17052018-TTC-01.qxd 5/17/2018 1:59 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, may 17, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 135 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Centre: Ramzan ceasefire in J&K Says security forces reserve right to retaliate if attacked, no lowering of guard Army to lose advantage? Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 16 Endorsing the demand put forth by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Centre on Wednesday asked the security forces not to launch antiterror operations in the troubled state during the holy month of Ramzan. The move is seen as a bid to create an atmosphere of peace in the restive Valley and incidentally, the announcement comes two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the decision had been taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”. It, however, went on to add that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”, as the move is “not a concession to militants” and there will be “no lowering of guard during this period”. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a Twitter post, said, “It is important to isolate the forces that bring a Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service PEACE OVERTURE: Newly-appointed BJP state chief Ravinder Raina (right) holds a lotus at a welcome rally at the party’s headquarters in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI Lashkar: Truce no option, ‘favour negotiations’ Srinagar: Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba said “ceasefire is no option” and “no thought can be given on such compromise”. In a mailed statement to local news agency KNS, Lashkar chief Mahmood Shah said the outfit is in favour of negotiations “but the talks of negotiations in presence of armed occupational forces are lies”. TNS bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.” He added that the “government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully”. The announcement comes a week after Mehbooba Mufti had said that the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan till the completion of the Amarnath Yatra in August. The fasting month of Ramzan is likely to start on Thursday. New Delhi, May 16 Seventeen years after a unilateral ceasefire by the Centre failed to yield results in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army on Wednesday walked into a similar situation where it cannot initiate operations but can respond to attempts by terrorists. An Army source said: “Our concerns have been met. Army can retaliate in case of an attack on them and also respond to any attack on the civilian population.” Sources said the search and destroy operations (SADO) and the cordon and search operations (CASO) would be reduced, or ceased during the month of Ramzan. The Army will still have troops out on area domination as convoys for winter stocking in Ladakh and Siachen are already moving through the Valley. Also, convoys carrying soldiers proceeding on leave need security cover. Within the Army, there is an assessment that this period continued on page 7 Cops to grill Kejriwal in CS assault case New Delhi, May 16 The Delhi Police on Wednesday sent a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to appear before it on Friday in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February, an official said. Crying foul, the Aam Aadmi Party accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “misusing” the Delhi Police to “bother” Kejriwal. A senior police official said the notice asked the CM to join the investigations at 11 am on May 18. “In case such timing is not convenient, kindly intimate an alternative time,” the notice read. However, Kejriwal has not responded to the notice. There is a possibility that the police may ask Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia to join the investigation later. AAP state unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “It is for the Survey:Indore is cleanest, then Bhopal, Chandigarh New Delhi, May 16 Indore has emerged as the cleanest city in the country, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri. Jharkhand was adjudged the best-performing state, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. This year’s exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well, but that survey was conducted only for 434 cities. This time it was conducted for 4,203 urban local bodies. The names of the worst-performing cities would be announced on the day the awards are presented. — TNS Delhi most populous in world by 2028: UN United Nations, May 16 Delhi is projected to become the most populous city in the world around 2028, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday, which said India is expected to add the largest number of urban dwellers by 2050. The 2018 Revision of World Urbanisation Prospects said 68 per cent of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050, up from 55 per cent at present. Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35 per cent of the projected growth of the world’s urban population between 2018 and 2050. By 2050, it is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million. Tokyo is the world’s largest city with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants, followed by New Delhi with 29 million, Shanghai with 26 million, and Mexico City and São Paulo, each with around 22 million inhabitants. Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing and Dhaka all have close to 20 million inhabitants. “By 2020, Tokyo’s population is projected to begin to decline, while Delhi is projected to continue growing,” the report said. The projected population size of New Delhi in 2028 is about 37.2 million, surpassing Tokyo’s 36.8 million, it added. — PTI first time in the country that a Chief Minister is being examined in a fake case. Modi is misusing the police to bother Kejriwal, but people stand by him.” He also alleged that the PM was pressuring the Chief Secretary to pursue a false case. Last month, Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar and a party volunteer, Vivek Kumar, were also questioned. The police have already questioned 11 AAP MLAs present at the CM’s residence for the February 19 meeting in which Prakash was allegedly attacked. Kejriwal, his former adviser VK Jain and Sisodia were also present there. On February 23, a police team had examined the CCTV system installed at the Chief Minister’s residence in the Civil Lines area and seized the hard disk, a forensic report of which is awaited. — TNS /thetribunechd Guv invites BJP, Yeddy oath today, 15 days for floor test Cong moves SC, midnight drama unfolds KARNATAKA NATAKA Aditi Tandon RAMAKRISHNA UPADHYA Tribune News Service K ARNATAKA Governor Vajubhai Vala late Wednesday evening invited BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government, giving him 15 days to prove majority, even as the Congress cried foul. The oathtaking is scheduled for 9 am in Bengaluru on Thursday. The decision to invite Yeddyurappa capped a day of intense jockeying for power and allegations by the Congress of bribery and horsetrading against the BJP and PM Narendra Modi. A joint delegation of the Congress and JD(S) leaders had earlier called on the Governor, submitted a list of MLAs from both parties and staked claim to form a government. They had brought a large number of newly elected members in buses to be paraded before the Governor, who were stopped outside the Raj Bhavan gates. Only the leaders were allowed in. The grouping’s CM candidate, HD Kumaraswamy, outgoing CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara were among those who met the Governor. Parameshwara later told the media they had submitted a list with signatures of 117 elected members and urged the Governor to invite Kumaraswamy to form a government since they had “a clear majority”. “The Governor told us he would take a decision based on Constitutional provisions, Supreme Court judgments BJP’s Chief Minister-designate BS Yeddyurappa leaves after the BJP legislature party meeting in Bengaluru on Wednesday. PTI and precedents,” he said. State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, accompanied by senior party leaders, too called on the Governor earlier in the day and asked to be invited as leader of the single largest party. The BJP has won 104 seats, eight short of simple majority in the 222-member Assembly, with elections in two seats being deferred. All three parties convened their respective legislature party meetings in the morning. While the JD(S) and the BJP elected Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa as their party leaders, the Congress resolved to support the JD(S) government headed by Kumaraswamy. There was some anxiety in both camps as eight of the Congress’ 78 legislators and two of the JD(S)’s 37 could not be reached for signatures. Later, they were reportedly able to get the sig- natures of seven. An Independent legislator, whose support the Congress had claimed, has reportedly decided to go with the BJP . Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Governor was “duty-bound” to invite the JD(S)-Congress grouping as it clearly had the majority. “Otherwise,” he warned, “there will be bloodbath.” Coming out of the legislature party meeting, a tenselooking Kumaraswamy alleged: “Our MLAs have been approached by the BJP with Rs 100 crore and Cabinet positions. Where is that money coming from?” BJP leader Prakash Javadekar rubbished the allegation as “imaginary”. A senior Congress leader said if the Governor did not invite the group, “our legislators and MPs will sit on a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan.” RElated reports page 7 New Delhi, May 16 Minutes after reports surfaced that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited the BJP to form government in the state, a belligerent Congress moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing on the matter against what it called an “illegality and unconstitutionality”. Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi moved the SC for a hearing either tonight or before 9 am tomorrow ahead of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa taking oath as the CM. Sources said Congress leaders tried approaching Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra tonight for an early hearing and also filed their plea with the SC registrar. The Congress-JD(S) joint petition sought quashing of the Governor’s order inviting the BJP for government formation. At the time of going to the press, the SC had agreed to hear the Congress petition at 1.45 am in court number 2 comprising a three-judge Bench of Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan. The CongressJD(S) petition maintained that the BJP may be the single largest party but with 104 MLAs, it did not have the numbers needed to prove majority in the Assembly with an effective strength of 222. The Congress and the JD(S) have argued that their postpoll coalition of 117 MLAs had the majority and, therefore, the first right to form the government, something the continued on page 7
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