15052018-TTC-01.qxd 15-05-2018 01:22 Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, may 15, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 133 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Smriti divested of I&B portfolio, replaced by Rathore Piyush Goyal to look after Finance Ministry in Jaitley’s absence, SS Ahluwalia is Minister of State for I-T Tribune News Service SC verdict in Sidhu road rage case today Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 14 The Supreme Court will on Tuesday pronounce its judgment on Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s appeal against a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict sentencing him to threeyear imprisonment in a 1988 road rage case. A Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which had on April 18 reserved its verdict on cross-appeals by Sidhu, the state of Punjab and the victim’s family, is likely to pronounce its verdict at 10.30 am. According to the prosecution, Sidhu and co-convict Rupinder Singh Sandhu were allegedly present in a Gypsy parked near Sheranwala Gate crossing in Patiala on December 27, 1988, while Gurnam Singh was on his way to a bank in a Maruti car with two others. As Gurnam asked the Gypsy occupants to give them way, the duo “beat him up and fled”. Gurnam was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. continued on page 7 New Delhi, May 14 In a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday divested Union Minister Smriti Irani of the Information and Broadcasting portfolio and assigned it to her deputy Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Alongside, he also allocated the portfolios held by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley — Rajyavardhan Rathore Piyush Goyal Finance and Corporate Affairs — to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. Jaitley underwent a kidney trans- SS Ahluwalia plant at AIIMS on Monday. Rathore will independently control the I&B Ministry in place of Irani, who now only holds the Textiles Ministry in the Union Cabinet. While Rathore emerged as a gainer, Irani (who earlier was stripped of the HRD Ministry) lost out again in the reshuffle along with Alphons Kannanthanam, who too was eased out of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation SS Ahluwalia was relieved of the charge and 52 Palestinian protesters die 64 score over 99% 13 killed in WB poll violence in ICSE, ISC results Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Jasmine Chahal of Jalandhar’s St Joseph’s Convent School, who scored 99.2% in Class X, celebrates with her parents. SARABJIT SINGH New Delhi/jalandhar, May 14 The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Monday declared results for Class 12 and Class 10 exams with girls once again bettering boys in overall scores and 64 students getting more than 99 per cent marks. While 49 students got more than 99 per cent in the Class 12 exam, 15 scored over 99 per cent in Class 10. This year, the top score of 99.5 per cent in Class 12 was bagged by seven students from across the country. The second position with 99.25 per cent was shared by 17 students. The third highest score was 99 per cent, bagged by 25 students. Mumbai boy Swayam Das emerged the Class 10 allIndia topper with 99.4 per cent. Jalandhar’s Jasmine Kaur Chahal and Mumbai’s Anokhi Amit Mehta jointly bagged the second position with 99.2 per cent. The third position was shared by 12 students who scored 99 per cent. Jasmine is the daughter of DSP , Vigilance Bureau, Kapurthala, Karamvir Singh Chahal. The 16-year-old student continued on page 7 Kolkata, May 14 Living up to West Bengal’s notorious reputation for electoral violence, polling on Monday for the panchayat elections in the state saw massive bloodletting, leading to multiple deaths. Till the time of writing of this report, 13 deaths had been reported from various parts of the state. Over 100 persons were injured. DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, however, said that violence this time was much less than that during the 2013 polls. The tone for the polling day was set on Sunday night itself when a CPM-affiliated Unidentified persons damage ballot boxes after snatching them from a polling booth at Deotala in Malda district on Monday. PTI couple was burnt to death in Kakdwip, around 90 km from Kolkata, allegedly by TMC goons. According to Samik Lahiri, secretary of the CPM’s South 24 Par- ganas district unit, Debu Das and his wife were killed by Trinamool Congress thugs for refusing to succumb to their threats. continued on page 7 2 young victims of ‘honour killing’ Tarn Taran, May 14 In a suspected case of honour killing, a young couple, both in their 20s and in a relationship for the past one month, were allegedly killed by the girl’s family members in Khemkaran area of Tarn Taran early on Monday morning. The victims have been identified as Husanpreet Singh and Ramandeep Kaur. The bodies have been sent Husanpreet Ramandeep for post-mortem. Tarn Taran police chief Darshan Singh Mann said eight members of Ramandeep’s family have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC. He said Ramandeep’s father continued on page 7 ~250 pension turns a backbreaking ordeal Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Amar Singh with differently-abled daughter Pal Kaur in Sangrur. Sangrur, May 14 A Dalit labourer from Samundgarh village has been forced to make several trips to Dhuri and Sangrur, carrying his 30-year-old disabled daughter on his back, and changing two buses for the 25-km travel, to try and get her pension restored, which was stopped around six months ago. Amar Singh says his daughter Pal Kaur has been certified as “100 per cent physically disabled” — she has no control over her legs — and was receiving a monthly pension for disabled persons of Rs 250 through a bank in Kauseri village, close to his village. However, around six months back, bank officials informed her that her pension had been stopped by the Social Welfare Department, but did not give any reasons. “Over the past four months, I have made several trips carrying Pal to visit government offices in Dhuri as well as A file photo of late Sunanda Pushkar with Shashi Tharoor. PTI Chargesheet: It was suicide, and Tharoor abetted ’84 riots: Sajjan lie-detector test on May 30 Cong MP: Preposterous, will contest Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the US embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border on Monday. At least 52 Palestinian protesters were killed. REUTERS PAGE 13 Jalandhar’s Jasmine 2nd in country assigned the portfolio held by Alphons, who will though continue as the Minister of State for Tourism. Sources claimed Rathore was given the big jump in view of the upcoming elections in Rajasthan — a state he represents in the Lok Sabha. Also, BJP chief Amit Shah is said to be at loggerheads with incumbent Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Continued on page 7 Sangrur. But no one is willing to give us a hearing. It is tough for a man of 52 years like me to carry a grown-up daughter. But I do not have the money to hire a rickshaw,” Amar Singh told The Tribune as he came out of the District Social Welfare Office (DSWO) in Sangrur. “I first carry my daughter to the village bus stand, from where I board a bus to Dhuri, and then another bus to Sangrur. I request the authorities to let us know what they expect us to do, so that her pension may be restarted. My daughter was never married, and the money is important for her,” he said. Aasha Rani, Dhuri Child Development and Project Officer, however, said Amar Singh and his daughter had never visited her office. Jobandeep Cheema, Sangrur DSWO, said: “There must be some reason for the pension to be stopped. I am on leave today, but I will check what the issue is and have the pension restored at the earliest.” New Delhi, May 14 A local court on Monday ordered former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar to undergo a lie-detector test on May 30 in connection with a 1984 antiSikh riots case. The matter pertains to the killing of Sohan Singh and his son-in-law Avtar Singh in the Janakpuri area and setting Gurcharan Singh afire in the Vikaspuri area. Gurcharan died three years later. Kumar gave his consent for the test, saying he was willing to undergo it either in India or abroad and would bear the expenses. The judge recorded his consent. The test would be conducted at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Lodhi Road. The special investigation team (SIT) had alleged that Kumar was not cooperating. His counsel, however, countered that the SIT claim was not right because Kumar’s assent was mandatory. They said Kumar was named for the first time as an accused in the case in 2016 and he joined the probe. Kumar was granted interim bail by a lower court in December 2016. The High Court on February 22 turned down the SIT plea to cancel it. — TNS New Delhi, May 14 Over four years after Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead in a hotel suite here, the Delhi Police on Monday charged the senior Congress leader with abetting her suicide. The chargesheet, filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh, who will consider it on May 24, says Pushkar’s body bore “scuffle marks” when found in her suite at Leela Hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. “These (the marks) seem to have been caused due to a scuffle between Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor and her husband Shashi Tharoor, as per the statement of their personal attendant Narain Singh. However, this fact is being examined further.” The chargesheet also says that Pushkar’s brothers and son have made “no allegations against anyone”. Dismissing as “preposterous” the nearly 3,000-page chargesheet, Tharoor, 62, said he intended to contest it vigorously. “No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part. If this is the conclusion after four-plus years of inves- tigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of Delhi Police. In October 2017, the law officer made a statement in the Delhi HC that they have not found anything against anyone, and now they say I have abetted suicide. Unbelievable!” The Congress stood by its Thiruvananthapuram MP , calling it a “conspiracy” by the Modi government to malign and defame him. Tharoor is the only one to be arrayed as an accused in the case, which the police have concluded is that of suicide. On January 1, 2015, the police had filed an FIR against unknown persons under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. The Congress MP has been charged under IPC Sections 498-A (husband or relative subjecting a woman to cruelty), which entails a maximum punishment of three years, and 306 (abetment to suicide), which attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years. Pushkar died days after she alleged her husband was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. The police said there was no evidence of murder but she may have been driven to suicide. — Agencies & TNS more on page 7
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