07062018-TTC-01.qxd 07-06-2018 01:19 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, june 7, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 156 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI INSIDE NATION RSS event today, daughter warns Pranab against it New Delhi: A day prior to Pranab Mukherjee addressing an RSS event in Nagpur, the former President’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee on Wednesday warned he was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories, as “his speech will be forgotten but the visuals will remain”. The Congress leader hoped her father would realise how the BJP’s “dirty tricks P7 department” worked. Increases interest rates by 25 basis points after 4 yrs WORLD Maldivian parliamentarian sent back from Chennai New Delhi: In what could add to the tension between India and the Maldives, the parliamentary group leader of the ruling party was sent back from the Chennai immigration. Ahmed Nihan flew to Chennai via Colombo on June 4 around 10 pm. Sources claim Nihan has been travelling to India twice every year for checkup for two years. It is for the first time he was denied entry. P13 BACK PAGE Shifting Punjabis in Shillong not feasible: NCM official Shillong: National Commission for Minorities member Manjit Singh Rai on Wednesday visited violence-hit Punjabi Lane in Shillong and suggested against relocating the Sikh population from the prime business hub. “They have been living in the area for more than 100 years and relocating them is not feasible,” he said. LOOKS LIKE KOHLI, FOR SURE 24 MILLION DOLLAR MAN Fans take selfies with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s wax statue that was unveiled at Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi on Wednesday. Kohli’s figure was crafted from over 200 measurements and photographs during the sitting session. The 29-year-old also finds his name among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ compilation. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to feature on the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of $24 million. PAGE 14 Chandigarh, June 6 All five held guilty in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal have been sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. A Central Bureau of Investigation court here had pronounced the verdict on May 30. The quantum of punishment was announced on Wednesday. Among those convicted for raping a minor are KC Padhi, former Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General (DIG); Mohammad Ashraf Mir, former Deputy Superintendent of Police; Shabbir Ahmed Laway, a former militant; Shabbir Ahmed Langoo and Masood Ahmed. While Padhi and Mir were fined Rs 1 lakh each, the other three convicts were told to pay Rs 50,000 each. “This RISE IN GDP In January-March quarter, economic growth accelerated to 7.7%, a near two-year high. For fiscal year 2018, GDP expanded at 6.7%, lower than the 7.1% recorded in the previous year FUEL PRICE HIKE The global crude oil prices have touched $80 a barrel mark. India meets over 80% of its requirement through imports, which makes crude oil the most expensive item on import bill HIGHER INFLATION Retail and wholesale price inflation accelerated at faster-thanexpected rates in April. The former rose to 4.58% and latter to 3.18% WEAK RUPEE Step was needed to stabilise weak rupee. Forex market sentiment also took a beating with services sector activity contracting cent. In the subsequent years, the RBI cut interest rates on six occasions. In its last revision, on August 2, 2017, the rates were cut by 25 basis points to 6 per cent. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said the move reflected a balanced assessment of growth and inflation. — PTI more on biz page Chhattisgarh Guv refuses hike; fine with lesser pay 39 killed by IS: Lawyer for probe into ‘lapses’ fined 1L Chandigarh: The Akali Dal will raise the issue of wooing farmers with BJP president Amit Shah during his meeting with Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday. Sukhbir said the idea behind the meeting was to amicably discuss all issues and get ready for the 2019 battle. “SAD and BJP are traditional allies. We have to fight elections jointly and need to strengthen NDA. It is with this idea that the BJP chief is reaching out.” TNS New Delhi: All NRI marriages solemnised in India would have to be registered within 48 hours, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said on Wednesday. As of now, there is no time-frame to register marriages in India. However, a Law Commission report has recommended that the time limit should be restricted to 30 days. “NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued,” Maneka Gandhi said. PTI Raipur: Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon has declined the salary hike announced by the Centre in March, his office said on Wednesday. He will continue to draw Rs 1.1 lakh per month instead of the revised salary of Rs 3.5 lakh. He has decided not to accept the hike, as well as the arrears (applicable from January 2016). Tandon had written to the Accountant General (Audit), Chhattisgarh, last month expressing his willingness to continue with the old salary. PTI New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL by a lawyer, Mehmood Pracha, seeking a detailed probe into alleged “lapses” of the Centre in saving 39 Indians, who were killed by the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014, saying such pleas have to be “strongly discouraged”. The court also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner. A Bench said the petition ignores the welfare and sensitivities of families of the victims as well as the need to ensure healthy international ties. PTI ABOUT THE CASE ■ The scam broke in 2006 after two videos on Kashmiri women being sexually exploited surfaced ■ The police questioned the prosecutrix and alleged kingpin Sabeena, who later died during trial ■ The names of 56 persons came up; the case was moved to CBI and a sex scam was unearthed ■ Despite names of several politicians and influential persons cropping up, only nine were chargesheeted ■ The case was transferred to Chandigarh by the Supreme Court the same year ■ Prosecutrix said she was drugged and forced into prostitution by Sabeena, when she was just 12 ■ The first time she was paid Rs 500 and the exploitation continued for two years amount will go to the victim as compensation,” ordered the court. Families of the convicts claimed they had been made scapegoats. “Several high-profile persons were let off. They were never booked,” they alleged. The accused had pleaded for a lesser sentence. Turning down Padhi’s plea for leniency — who said he had killed 40 militants while in service — the court noted: “Performing official duty efficiently does not condone the individual immoral act of an officer, if the act falls in the definition of crime. “Killing militants at the risk of his life and being a target of militants in the Valley does not fall in the category of mitigating factors while awarding sentence for a heinous crime — rape of a minor girl.” continued on page 7 New Delhi: India is all set to launch its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 in OctoberNovember this year. Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Minister of Science Jitendra Singh said it will carry a rover. Chandrayaan2’s launch was scheduled for March but had to be postponed for want of tests. This will be the first-ever attempt to land a rover on the moon’s South Pole. It is an indigenous mission consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover. Chandrayaan 1 was launched in 2008. TNS NDA principal booked by CBI NEW DELHI: The CBI has booked the principal of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla in Pune, four faculty members and some unidentified persons for alleged irregularities in the appointment of teaching staff at the institute for training military officers. A case was registered under Sections 12-B, 420, 465 and 471 of the IPC and Sections 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused. Those booked are Principal Om Prakash Shukla, a political science professor, an assistant professor of chemistry, an assistant professor of mathematics and head of the department of chemistry. There were complaints that academic performance indicator (API) scores of applicants were approved in violation of rules and sent to UPSC. Later, these persons were appointed as professors and associate professors by UPSC. Some officials from the defence ministry have also been named in FIR. — TNS TWO SIDES OF HUMANITY UKmosque, gurdwara Cop carries man 2 km set afire at same time uphill on back, saves life London, June 6 A popular gurdwara and a mosque were set afire in simultaneous arson attacks in the city of Leeds on Tuesday. The police are treating these as hate crimes. Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque in Hardy Street, Beeston, and Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in Lady Pit Lane were attacked at the same time, the BBC reported. The main door of the mosque was set ablaze at about 3.45 am (local time). A few minutes later, the gurdwara door too was set on fire. The Sikh Press Association REASONS FOR CENTRAL BANK’S DECISION Maneka: NRI marriages to Chandrayaan-2 launch be registered within 48 hrs scheduled for Oct-Nov Court declines plea for lesser sentence, ‘sees no reason’ Tribune News Service Mumbai, June 6 The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday hiked the key rate for the first time in over four years — by 25 basis points — to curb inflationary pressure because of rising oil prices. The move will translate into higher EMIs (equated monthly instalments) for home, auto and other loans. With all its members voting for the increase, the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) surprised markets by raising the repo rate (at which it lends to other banks) to 6.25 per cent, but kept its policy stance “neutral”. The reverse repo rate (at which it borrows from banks) was also raised by similar proportion to 6 per cent. This is the first increase in interest rate since January 28, 2014, when rates were hiked by a similar proportion to 8 per Sukhbir on Shah meet: For 2019, must strengthen ties J&K sex scam: All 5 held guilty sent to10-year jail Ishrat S Banwait RBI hikes key rate; auto, home EMIs set to go up said a bottle filled with petrol was set alight on the gurdwara doorstep, triggering a smoke alarm. Residents called the fire brigade and the police and the fire was quickly put out. Inspector Richard Holmes, Leeds District CID, said: "We are treating both the incidents as linked, given the closeness of the locations and the similar time that these have occurred. While our investigation is at a relatively early stage, we do believe these premises have been specifically targeted as places of worship and we are treating both incidents as arson and hate crimes. continued on page 7 Uttarkashi, June 6 A local policeman on Wednesday travelled nearly 2 km uphill carrying a pilgrim, who had a mild heart attack, on his back and ensured the man received timely medical attention. SI Lokendra Bahuguna’s heroic act not only proved to be a blessing for 55-year-old Ranjhi Rajag, but also earned accolades for the man in khaki for his commitment to duty. Only recently, SI Gagandeep Singh hit the headlines when he saved a youth from being assaulted by an angry mob near Ramnagar in Nainital district. The pilgrim from Madhya Pradesh collapsed near Bhairo Mandir soon after arrival at the Yamunotri shrine, Barkot police station incharge Vinod Thapliyal said. Rajag’s family tried to make him sit on horseback to take him to the nearest hospital, but he could not sit steady because of his condition. This is when Bahuguna arrived and offered to carry the pilgrim on his back. “The SI walked 2 km uphill to the Yamunotri hospital, where the pilgrim was treated for four hours before being discharged,” Bahugana said. — PTI
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