28052018-TTC-01.qxd 28-05-2018 01:19 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, may 28, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 146 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Oppn’s Dalit play a ploy: PM In Baghpat for inaugurating expressway, rakes up Kairana issues Ravi S Singh ‘TOTALLY MISLEADING’ The effort was to portray its (NDA’s) failures as achievements... a farmer, not far away, died protesting against non-payment of cane dues. The PM did not utter a word. The project was announced by Chidambaram in his Budget speech and a steering group was set up by then PM Manmohan Singh Tribune News Service IPL SUPER KING Watson (117*) powers Chennai to third title Shane Watson’s stellar 57-ball 117 not out propelled Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the 2018 final in Mumbai on Sunday. CSK reached the 179-run target with nine balls to spare. AFP PAGE 14 Shimla queues up for water, in anger Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, May 27 Water shortage during peak summer is nothing new for Shimla. But it’s for the first time in living memory that the Municipal Corporation has failed to supply water for almost a week, bringing the city to a near halt. Owing to the water crisis, the popular Shimla-Kalka toy train was delayed on Sunday by 45 minutes. There was not enough water for the train engine and the toilets. The train left Shimla at 4 pm only after 500 litres of water was People line up to collect water from a tanker at Mall Road on Sunday. PTI arranged. With the BJP-controlled corporation seemingly helpless and Mayor Kusum Sardet away to China, the residents’ anger has begun to spill on to the streets. “If the government is unable to provide water to the residents, which is a basic need, it must stop promoting Shimla as a tourist destination as the tourist rush only aggravates the problem,” observed 76year-old BD Joshi, a local. Reports of sewage entering the water pipes have created a scare. Two years ago, the jaundice outbreak because of contaminated water had taken an epidemic form and the Ashwani Khud supply scheme had to be scrapped. Shimla hoteliers claim the authorities continued on page 11 Parched city Page 10 Shot at in Ohio,truck ID without turban? 27 driver, 32, succumbs yrs on, leaves France NewYork, May 27 wound in the upper torso on A 32-year-old truck driver, May 12. He died on May 21. who was shot at two weeks He had been living in the US ago in Ohio, has succumbed for about eight years. to his injuries, with prosecuAdvocacy group The Sikh tors saying they will seek a Coalition said no immediate murder charge proof had been against the accused. released to suggest Jaspreet Singh of any bias was involved. Monroe, Ohio, died of Judge Jennifer injuries he sustained McElfresh set a bond when he was shot at of USD 1 million, subby 20-year-old Brodstantially increasing erick Malik Jones it from the initial Roberts on the night USD 1,25,000. of May 12, the Journal Jaspreet Singh Manjinder Singh, a News said. friend, said the victim Roberts, who has a criminal was a devoted father and hushistory, has been indicted for band, leaving behind four aggravated robbery, felo- young children. “He was well nious assault and possessing liked in the Sikh communiweapons under disability. ty,” Manjinder said, “It is just Singh suffered a gunshot senseless.” — PTI to India on Saturday to stay with his son in Pathankot. Jalandhar, May 27 Singh was first issued the ID In March 1991, Ranjit Singh in 1991 with the turban and it left for France in search for was due for renewal in 2001. better prospects. Twenty-sev- For months, the French en years on, he is back authorities asked him in India, having lost to get himself phosubsistence allowance tographed, this time for refusing to forego without the turban. his identity as a turHowever, Ranjit baned Sikh. Singh refused to comSingh, who ply, and after a couple belongs to Ambala, of years, the French paid the price for government stopped refusing to get pho- Ranjit Singh his social security tographed without allowance. the turban — for the ID to Singh took on the French renew his status as a Government, filing a case in refugee. After fighting his the Administrative Tribunal battle with the French there. He even took the battle authorities for nearly two to the European Court of continued on page 11 decades, Singh, 82, returned Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Baghpat, May 27 Launching a scathing attack on the Congress and those supporting it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said these parties were not sincere to the cause of the Dalits and oppressed sections and were “spreading canards” against his government, “that had been working towards inclusive growth with a thrust on infrastructure”. The PM’s criticism comes ahead of the important Kairana Lok Sabha byelection on Monday where the Opposition parties have put up a common candidate. Before heading for Baghpat, the PM inaugurated the first phase of the DelhiMeerut 14-lane expressway (9-km stretch) from Sarai Kale Khan to UP Gate in Delhi, holding an impressive roadshow in an open car, waving at cheering crowds on both sides of the highway. Addressing a public meeting at Baghpat after inaugurating the 135-km-long Eastern Peripherial Expressway 3 Indians among 11 killed in Oman Dubai: Three Indians were among 11 persons killed by cyclone Mekunu that has battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra. Cyclone Mekunu hit Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces on Friday after intensifying from a category one to a two cyclone. PTI Test for Cong as Shahkot votes Jalandhar: The Congress government’s performance in the last 14 months will be put to test as Shahkot goes to the polls on Monday. The electors will also decide on whether the Congress can complete two-third majority by getting its 78th MLA in the 117-member House. TNS Nirmala: Ready to review Cantt call New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday indicated the government’s readiness to review its decision to allow civilian access to all roads in military cantonments across the country. PTI Alma mater matters, so back after 60 years J&K Governor returns to Ludhiana college where he studied in 1950s and taught for a year Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 27 It was an emotional homecoming for NN Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, as he visited Satish Chander Dhawan Government College after more than 60 years on Sunday — this time as chief guest at the annual convocation of the institution where he had joined as a student way back in 1955. Walking down memory lane, he fondly remembered Santa Singh, who used to run the canteen on the college campus. He was full of praise for the late Lala Sunder Das, the owner of Lyall Book Depot, who would lend him books. “Whenever I visited Lyall Book Depot located at Chaura Bazaar, I would take a look at the books and keep them back. They were too costly SCD Government College principal Dharam Singh Sandhu (left) conferring the Lifetime Achievement Award on Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra in Ludhiana on Sunday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN for me. When the owner, Lala Sunder Das, asked me why I was not buying the books, I remained quiet. He would give me the books and tell me to return those books after reading them.” The col- lege librarian would also allow him to take the books home on the condition of returning them before the library opened. For Governor Vohra, meeting his old friends over a cup of tea was an experience that brought alive cherished memories. He stood first in Panjab University in postgraduation in English and served here as a lecturer for a year before getting selected for the Indian Administrative Service. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2007. The Governor recalled how he used to earn Rs 265 a month, but “am happy that today teachers are paid well”. When he joined as a student, Dr Ishwar Chandar was the principal. “Top positions in the IAS, police, Army and sports were achieved by half the class during that time and it was all due to good and hardworking teachers and strict discipline maintained in the college,” he recalled. He urged the students never to compromise on their integrity and ethical values. After awarding the degrees, he said one phase of their life was coming to an end but the next phase entailed more responsibilities. The college conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on the Governor. ❝ Shaktisinh Gohil, AICC SPOKESPERSON Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during the roadshow after inaugurating the 9-km-long section of Delhi-Meerut expressway. PTI (EPE), also known as the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal expressway, he said it encapsulated the philosophy of “Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas”. Taking on the Congress and its allies, he said: “They only shed crocodile tears for Dalits, OBCs and other underprivileged sections. They blocked a move in Parliament to grant constitutional status to the National Com- mission for Backward Classes. But we will not give up. Your demand will be met. Modi brings a project to fruition when he undertakes it,” he declared. Accusing the Congress of mocking “every poor-oriented policy and decision” of the government, he said the party was vitiating the country’s atmosphere with its attempts to create mistrust for the Constitution and the Supreme Court. He cautioned the farmers on the Opposition’s “false propaganda” that agriculture produce from contract farming would attract 18 per cent GST. Addressing the concerns of sugarcane farmers of western UP he said the MSP , had been raised by 11 per cent and more steps to improve their lot were in the pipeline. India protests Gilgit-Baltistan move, asks Islamabad to desist New Delhi, May 27 India on Sunday summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and lodged a strong protest over Islamabad’s latest move relating to administrative authority over the GilgitBaltistan region, saying any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under its “forcible and illegal occupation” has no legal basis. The Ministry of External Affairs said it conveyed to Shah that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” areas, is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. Through its May 21 order on Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seized more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the region. Civil rights groups in Pakistan have criticised the order. “Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable. Instead of seeking to alter the status of the occupied territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” the MEA said. According to some media reports in Pakistan, the order provides for devolution of greater financial powers to the areas. — PTI Protests in Peshawar P13
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