08062018-TTC-01.qxd 08-06-2018 01:30 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, june 8, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 157 | 30 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE SPORT Tendulkar’s son makes it to U-19 team for Sri Lanka New Delhi: The Indian team list will once again have the Tendulkar surname, as legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, 18, has been included in the Under-19 side for the two four-day games P16 against Sri Lanka. JAMMU & KASHMIR Soldier killed, another injured along LoC Srinagar: Sepoy Sukhwinder Singh, 27, of Hakam Singhwala, Bathinda, was killed and another soldier injured in a suspected Border Action Team attack-cuminfiltration bid close to the LoC in Keran sector on Thursday. P12 FRIDAY | JUNE 8 | 2018 THE TRIBUNE GUIDE TOBEST B-SCHOOLS IN NORTH With B-schools in almost every city and a plethora of specialisations on offer, it is no longer an easy task to select the right institute or course. The Tribune Guide to Best B-Schools presents the options available in the region for students /thetribunechd At RSSHQ, Pranab preaches tolerance Says any attempt to define India through religion, intolerance will dilute its existence Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 7 Warning that hatred and intolerance diluted national identity, former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday spoke from an RSS platform to declare nationalism was not bound by race or religion. As his visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur to address new recruits of the organisation sparked criticism from Congress leaders, including his daughter, Mukherjee cautioned that any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” would only dilute the country’s existence. His half-an-hour address had a lesson for everyone. To the RSS, the former President recalled “vasudhaiv kutumbakam” (the world is one family) as the soul of Indian nationalism; to new Sangh recruits he spoke of the need for harmony; to his parent party Congress, he emphasised the need for dia- Charm offensive BHAGWAT ON VISIT Pranab Mukherjee will remain what he is and the Sangh will remain the Sangh even after the event. The RSS wants to unify the entire society and no one is an outsider for it. People may have different views but they are all children of mother India. MESSAGE TO SANGH India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion and one enemy. It is perennial universalism of 1.3 billion people who use 122 languages and 1,600 dialects... practise 7 major religions... live under one system, one flag and one identity of being Bharatiya and have no enemies. ❝ ❝ Mohan Bhagwat, RSS CHIEF Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. PTI Pranab Mukherjee, FORMER PRESIDENT logue and to PM Narendra Modi, he quoted Kautilya’s lessons in governance. Unfazed by the fact that he was standing with people he had ideologically opposed all his life, Mukherjee used the occasion to drive home “diversity and acceptance” as the bedrock of Indian nationalism and to remind the pracharaks of the need for unity. “We derive our strength from tolerance. We accept and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity. Any attempt at defining our nationhood in terms of dogmas and identities of religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our national identity,” the former President said. To sceptics, including his daughter Sharmishtha, the ex-President said informed public engagement was essential in democracy. “A dialogue is necessary not only to balance competing interests, faith and languages makes us special,” Mukherjee repeated to 707 pracharaks, passing out after rigorous RSS training. He carefully dotted his speech with quotes from S Radhakrishnan, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bal Gangadhar Tilak to hammer home his point. “When Tilak spoke of swaraj, he meant a swaraj for people encompassing all continued on page 7 More on page 7 but also to reconcile them. We may argue, may agree, may not agree but we cannot deny the existence of multiplicity of opinions,” he said. Wading through India’s past, Mukherjee spoke of how through 3,500 years of being ruled by dynasts, India’s 5,000 years of civilisational unity remained unchanged while foreign elements were absorbed to create a new synthesis of national unity. “Multiplicity of cultures, Girl dead an hour after hospital visit, honour killing suspected HR head shot at by ‘sacked’ apprentice Doc says was pregnant, Mahilpur villagers see family role Tribune News Service Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal seems amused as BJP national chief Amit Shah bows ahead of their meeting in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN PAGE 2 Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), June 7 A 22-year-old girl of Binjon village in Mahilpur died in mysterious conditions an hour after her elder brother had shown her to a doctor. Her family held the cremation the same evening without relatives and neighbours getting a whiff of it. Unmarried, the girl was pregnant. Dr Surinder Paul of Sutluj Hospital recalled: “The girl visited us on Tuesday evening. Her brother said they suspected a tumourlike growth in her abdomen. But she was in advanced pregnancy and was aware of it. She asked me to inform her mother. “I told her brother to drop her home and bring his mother for test reports. At 6 pm, he returned alone. I told him about his sister’s condition. He wanted an abortion performed, but I told him it was too late. He left in a huff, dropping the medical reports at the hospital door. The next day, I learnt the girl had died.” Denying the girl had been killed to protect the family “honour”, the mother claimed she was found lying dead on her bed by her two brothers. “She had a breathing problem. We suspect she had a severe attack. We chose to cremate her before dusk.” Asked if there were medicines in the house that the girl had been taking for her breathing problem, she replied in the negative. Sarpanch Paramjit Kaur said the circumstances and testimony of neighbours clearly pointed to honour killing. “It was an untimely death. Yet the family did not call a doctor. They could have at least informed me or a panchayat member. I will be writing to the police authorities.” Block Samiti member Avtar Singh too said the entire village suspected foul play. continued on page 7 Sumedha Sharma Gurugram, June 7 A sacked employee allegedly shot at the human resources (HR) head of Mitsuba Corporation, maker of parts for auto majors, in Manesar on Thursday. Dinesh SharDinesh Sharma ma, 50, was driving to office when two men on a bike approached his vehicle near Pathreri village. The bikers reportedly flashed a gun and signalled Sharma to stop. Sensing trouble, he tried to speed away even as the assailants opened fire. He was shot in the back. continued on page 7 Home Minister Rajnath Singh hugs Tajamul Islam, the eight-yearold world kickboxing champion from Bandipora, as MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh looks on in Srinagar on Thursday. AMIN WAR Rajnath:May extend J&K truce after review Open to talks with ‘right-minded’ people Ehsan Fazili Tribune News Service Srinagar, June 7 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Thursday said the Centre “cannot rule out” the possibility of extending the Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir “after reviewing the situation”, even as he reiterated his “appeal” to the people (including separatists) to come forward for talks. Talking to mediapersons, he said any decision on extending the suspension of anti-militant operations would be taken after getting feedback from the state government. The Home Minister is on a two-day visit to the state. He earlier attended a sports enclave and had a series of discussions with senior officials of the state government, Army and security forces to get a firsthand account of the situation in view of the Ramzan ceasefire. Singh asserted that talks could be held with “rightminded” people and not necessarily with “like-minded” ones. He said the government’s stand on talks was clear and categorical. For this ‘Youth are the future’ Some powers are trying to mislead state youth. Youth are our children… should not play with their future. Such forces don’t want the situation to change ❝ Rajnath Singh, UNION HOME MINISTER purpose, he said, a special representative, Dineshwar Sharma, was appointed to hold talks with all stakeholders and had visited the state 11 times since October last year. The Home Minister invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mantra of “Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat (democracy, humanity, Kashmiriyat)” and hit out at separatist forces, saying they did not believe in it. Rajnath added that PM Narendra Modi had announced that “not the bullet, but hugging” approach would be adopted in the state. Rajnath lamented that Pakistan was not helping India in eradicating terrorism and some forces were helping terrorism in the region. More on page 12 Samples of key source of Shimla File goes missing from 20,000 RTI applications and water clear test, but HP cautious CMO, officer quizzed 13 years later, man gets justice Pratibha Chauhan Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Shimla, June 7 While the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has in its report cleared the water samples taken from one of Shimla’s key sources, Ashwani Khud, the Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to adopt ultra-violet radiation technology before the supply can be resumed in the crisis-hit state capital. The Pune institute reports say the surface water from Ashwani Khud is fit for human consumption. Even the reports of samples tested at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) laboratory have declared it free from contamination. “Some companies have made their presentations Chandigarh, June 7 A file pertaining to an inquiry into the regularisation of services of 30 daily-wagers by Indian Forest Service officer Harsh Kumar went missing from the heavily guarded premises of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on the second floor of the Civil Secretariat here in April. On April 12, Harsh Kumar had visited the office of the Deputy Principal Secretary to the CM — from where the file went missing — to submit an explanation on regularising the jobs of daily-wagers. It is learnt he was among those questioned as part of an inquiry into the missing file. When contacted, Harsh Kumar said he had visited the A view of the Ashwani Khud near Shimla. FILE PHOTO about the UV radiation procedure, which is used to ensure that water is free from contamination. We have decided to undertake a pilot project on Ashwani Khud before the supply is resumed as we are not willing to take any chances,” said Davesh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Public Health (IPH). A Central Water Commission (CWC) team also visited Ashwani Khud to see the possibility of augmenting supply. The team has suggested two new borewell sites to help tide over the present scarcity. continued on page 7 More on page 12 CMO to demand a Vigilance inquiry into the case. Claiming he was not aware of the file going missing, he said there was nothing incriminatory against him as his “orders pertaining to the regularisation of daily-wagers have been upheld by the High Court”. Intriguingly, two other files (also pertaining to chargesheets issued to Harsh Kumar in two other cases) that were lying with the file that went missing were untouched. These two chargesheets issued to the IFS officer have been stayed by the Central Administrative Tribunal. A discreet probe into the disappearance of the documents had been marked to a police officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police. continued on page 7 Awarded police commendation for probe into own case Jupinderjit Singh PATH TO FREEDOM Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 7 It took 13 long years and around 20,000 RTI applications for Iqbal Singh of Rasulpur village in Jagraon to first prove himself and his three relatives innocent in a case of murder and now obtain an order for registration of a case against a policeman and three others for allegedly abducting, torturing and keeping them in illegal detention. On May 28, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes ordered (copy received on Thursday) registration of a case against Sub-Inspector GS Bal (posted in Jagraon) and three others on Iqbal’s complaint. Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune and eight-page additional marketing pullout. ■ Iqbal Singh and his three relatives were implicated in a case of murder in 2005 ■ In the jail, he came to know about the RTI Iqbal Singh Act and then went on to file around 20,000 RTI applications, collecting various documents and information ■ He utilised those documents to get released in the case in 2010 and finally got an order passed by SC Commission (on May 28, 2018) for registration of a case against a cop and three others The panel also ordered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the four victims. However, all this will perhaps be not sufficient enough to make good the loss that Iqbal and his relatives have suffered. The alleged police torture has left Iqbal’s sister Satwant Kaur permanently disabled. His mother Surinder Kaur and sister-inlaw (brother’s wife) have also not been able to overcome the mental scars that they got during their illegal detention. The commission decided in continued on page 7
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).