27062018-TT-01.qxd 6/26/2018 10:59 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, june 27, 2018 ! haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 176 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Detained at US centre, Indians to get legal aid All set for Amarnath yatra RESULTS PERU 2 AUSTRALIA 0 DENMARK 0 FRANCE 0 Judge allows attorneys to meet them at federal prison PERU PIP AUSSIES 2-0, BOTH OUT Australia's World Cup ended with a whimper as goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero gave Peru a 2-0 victory in the teams' group finale on Tuesday. They go home without a win, joining Peru in being eliminated in Group C. TODAY’S MATCHES SOUTH KOREA VS GERMANY 7.30 PM MEXICO VS SWEDEN 7.30 PM SERBIA VS BRAZIL 11.30 PM SWITZERLAND VS COSTA RICA 11.30 PM PAGE 14 Threat to PM: Even ministers need clearance to meet now New Delhi, June 26 The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday issued fresh security guidelines to the states in the wake of an “alltime high” threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the new guidelines, not even ministers and officers would be allowed to come too close to the PM, unless cleared by the Special Protection Group (SPG). A senior MHA official said the security and Intelligence agencies had indicated that the threat to the PM’s life was at an “all-time high” and for those after him, he is the “most valuable” target. As the 2019 General Election draws near and the campaign kicks off, the “vulnerability is likely to increase further”, he added. Citing an “unknown threat” to the PM, the official said, the MHA, in its communication to the states, asked them that no one, not even ministers and officers, be allowed to come too close to the PM, unless a “prior clearance” was granted by the SPG. The SPG has reportedly advised Modi to avoid road shows and instead go in for addressing public rallies as these are easier to manage. The close protection team (CPT) for the PM’s security has been briefed about the new set of rules and the threat assessment. The PM’s security apparatus was reviewed threadbare recently after the Pune police told a court on June 7 that they had seized a “letter” from the Delhi residence of one of the five persons arrested for having alleged “links” with the banned CPI (Maoist), another official said. — TNS Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. /thetribunechd Sadhus line up to get themselves registered for the Amarnath shrine pilgrimage at the registration centre in Jammu on Tuesday. The annual yatra will be flagged off on Wednesday. INDERJEET SINGH New Delhi, June 26 In a relief to the 123 immigrants, including 52 Indians, detained in a federal prison in Portland, Oregon, a US judge has ordered access to legal aid. Citing The Portland Mercury, news agency PTI said an Oregon federal judge has granted the detained immigrants being held in a Sheridan prison immediate access to legal aid by allowing attorneys to meet them. On June 21, The Tribune had highlighted the “inhuman condition” in which these illegal immigrants have been kept in detention since mid-May, with the largest group being that of Indians, mostly from Punjab. US District Judge Michael Simon has now granted an emergency order sought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Inno- TOP COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN Washington: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. Trump tweeted: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!” PAGE 13 . vation Law Lab, a non-profit whose attorneys have been denied access to immigrants at the Sheridan. “Because we are a nation that lives under law, the right to legal counsel is a right that has been recognised as required,” Judge Simon reportedly said. The ACLU of Oregon filed a lawsuit on Friday arguing that the federal government is violating the constitutional rights of these detainees. According to US officials, 40-45 Indians are at a federal detention centre in the southern American state of New Mexico while 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs and Christians, are held in Oregon. An official from the Consulate General of India in San Francisco established access to those detained last week. But for the Indian government, the issue is complicated as these men are seeking asylum on grounds of “religious persecution”. “The detainees have culture-specific needs that are not being met, including translation services, legal assistance, and religious services. Seeking asylum is not a crime,” Jai Singh, field organiser of social justice non-profit APANO told The Tribune from Portland. — TNS IN BRIEF 36 hotels sealed in HP’s Kasol, Kullu-Manali Kasol: Acting on the directions of the High Court, three teams, under the supervision of Amit Guleria, SDM, Kullu, sealed 36 of the 48 illegal hotels and guest houses at Kasol, Tosh and Katagla in a day-long exercise on Tuesday. The drive passed off peacefully. INSIDE Now, apply for passport anywhere in India: MEA New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday launched a new scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay. The application can be submitted irrespective of whether the person’s present residential address is within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO or not. PTI Indian shooter sets junior world record at elite meet New Delhi: Sixteen-year-old Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary on Tuesday set a new world record on the way to winning a gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. PAGE 15 PM, Rahul spar over Emergency Mallya:Ready to pay, but made Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 26 Battle lines for the forthcoming elections were drawn on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming the 43-year-old Emergency episode as a dark spot in Indian democratic history and Congress president Rahul Gandhi hitting back with new national rape statistics put out by Thomson Reuters during the day. A full blown political war broke out between the principal rivals over the Emergency and its memories after senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday compared ex-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with German dictator Adolf Hitler. The Congress retorted vociferously on Tuesday equating Modi with the Mughal emper- ❝ When a notice was served on the (Gandhi) 'family', such was the arrogance, such was the ego, that even the Chief Justice of India was not spared. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ❝ While our PM tiptoes around his garden making yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia in rape and violence against women. Rahul Gandhi, CONG PRESIDENT SURVEY: INDIA MOST UNSAFE FOR WOMEN PAGE 7 or Aurangzeb “who was cruel to even his own family”. Speaking at a BJP event to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Emergency, the PM said, “Emergency was a black spot on democracy…and the psyche of the Congress remains as it was during the Emergency. Isn’t their approach towards institutions a reflection of the psyche of Emergency?” The PM slammed the Congress saying it “was spreading fear psychosis, intolerance and canards in the country”. His reference was to Congress’ repeat attacks that Dalits and minorities are unsafe under the BJP . Hitting back, Congress media head Randeep Surjewala said, “The Aurangzeb of Delhi Sultanate Narendra Modi is busy teaching everyone the lesson of a 21-month emergency, but the fact is there has been a 49month undeclared emergency under him and he has held democracy captive.” The CPM and BSP joined Congress in the attack even as BJP ally LJP backed the PM. The Congress president didn’t get drawn into the Emergency debate and stuck to asking the PM about Thomson Reuters findings that call India the most dangerous country globally for a woman due to high risk of sexual violence. (With inputs from Vibha Sharma and Shiv Kumar) ‘poster boy’ of bank loan default New Delhi, June 26 Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said he had become the “poster boy” of bank default and a lightning rod for public anger, and there’s nothing he could do “if politically motivated extraneous factors interfere” with his efforts to settle the dues. Speaking over the controversy surrounding him in the over Rs 9,000-crore Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) loan default case, Mallya denied that he was a wilful defaulter. In a statement, he said he had sought the Karnataka High Court’s permission to let him and his holding firm UBHL sell assets under judicial supervision and repay creditors, including state-run Objects to ED ‘objection’ ❝ (ED ‘objecting’ to banks’ claim to proceeds from sale of his assets) is an example of politically motivated abuse of power... and behoves the fundamental question of whether the government wants me to repay banks or not. — Vijay Mallya banks. Tired of the “relentless pursuit” of him by “the government and its criminal agencies”, Mallya said he had even written to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister on April 15, 2016 to explain his side of the story, but “no response was received”. Mallya, who also made public the letter, said he has been accused by politicians and the media alike of having stolen and running away with Rs 9,000 crore loaned to KFA. “Some of the lending banks have also labelled me a wilful defaulter,” he added. He claimed he made two settlement offers to banks when proceedings were filed by them in the Supreme Court on March 29 and April 6, 2016, but both the offers were rejected. Mallya is currently undergoing an extradition trial in a UK court. — Agencies WATER CRISIS STARES REGION IN THE FACE, EVEN MONSOON MAY NOT BE OF HELP Haryana villages clash Bhakra reservoir inflow at historic low 70 pc groundwater in Malwa unfit for farms over water, 12 injured Continuous use will reduce fertility, warns study Lalit Mohan Tribune news service Hisar, June 26 A violent clash erupted over water between residents of two villages in Hansi subdivision late Monday night. At least 12 persons, including panchayat members, were injured. Eight motorcycles and a pump set were set afire. The residents of Dhani Peeranwali installed a motor pump to draw water from Puthi minor. Residents of nearby Puthi Mangal Khan village objected to it. They dispersed on being told Dhani Peeranwali had the permission to do so, but returned in larger numbers. An argument led to a clash. The panchayats later met, but failed to sort out the matter. A case has been filed against 300-400 persons. — TNS A torched bike post clash. Water samples taken from schools fail test As many as 20 samples taken from various schools in Fazilka have failed the quality test. Sources said the Water Supply and Sanitation Department had collected 49 samples in the past 15 days. However, 25 samples taken from water tanks in villages were found fit for consumption, they added. TNS Dharamsala, June 26 The inflow in the Bhakra Dam reservoir has dipped to 21,954 cusecs, the lowest ever. This, coupled with the increased water outflow owing to the paddy season, has set the alarm bells ringing in Punjab and Haryana. With the water level at 1,494 feet, 70 feet lower than June 26 last year, sources said the gap was unlikely to be bridged even if the monsoon was good. The dam can be filled up to 1,683 feet. In case it is not filled to the optimum level, it could spell doom for the farmers. SK Sharma, member, irrigation, BBMB, said they were depending on a good monsoon. The water level is falling about 2 feet daily. If it slips to 1,464 feet, power generation could be hit. Sources attributed the low inflow to receding glaciers and poor melting of snow. ALARM BELLS FOR PUNJAB, HARYANA FARMERS Vishav Bharti 70 FEET lower that last year, 1,494 ft on June 26 2 Tribune News service 1,464 ft is critical level under which power generation may be hit FEET is the fall in water level every day 1,683 ft is dam’s capacity. May not be bridged, even if monsoon good 21,954 cusecs is lowest-ever inflow against 35,986 cusecs outflow Chandigarh, June 26 Groundwater in large tracts of Punjab has become unsuitable for irrigation purposes. A study commissioned by the Centre’s Department of Science and Technology has found that its over-use has led to high concentration of salts in the soil, destroying fertility. The study, published in the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, the official journal of the Saudi Society for Geosciences, says 76 samples from all 16 districts of Punjab’s Malwa belt were assessed on two international parameters — Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) and Sodi- um Absorption Ratio (SAR) — commonly used for assessing the quality of water for agricultural and drinking purposes. The study found concentration of calcium, magnesium, sodium, nitrate and flourine higher than the permissible limits, rendering 80.3 per cent area of Malwa unsuitable for drinking. “The entire region is highly contaminated with nitrate, which leaves children highly vulnerable to the blue baby syndrome,” says Dr Surindra Suthar, the author of the study, an assistant professor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doon University, Dehradun. continued on page 7
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