05072018-TTC-01.qxd 05-07-2018 01:38 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, july 5, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 184 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd L-G bound by Delhi Govt advice: SC INSIDE NATION Can't check private messages: WhatsApp New Delhi: Outlining steps it has taken to curb abuse of its platform, WhatsApp — in its response to a notice sent by the IT Ministry — has said it cannot see the content of private messages. It said it’s privacy protection has trade-offs in form of “the inability to see problematic content spreading through private conversations on the app.” P7 HARYANA IPS officer who skipped Vij’s meeting transferred again Chandigarh: Two years after IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia was given marching orders from Fatehabad after a spat at a grievance redressal meeting with Health Minister Anil Vij, she has been handed the same treatment again for skipping his meeting in Panipat where she was posted as SP. The Haryana Government on Wednesday posted her as Commandant, 1st P6 IRB, Bhondsi (Gurugram). HIMACHAL PRADESH Mining mafia goons attack cops in Kangra Dharamsala: Goons of a mining mafia allegedly attacked a police party in Nurpur subdivision of Kangra district. They also ran away with two JCBs impounded by the police during a raid in the P10 Chaki river area. Victory for Kejriwal, apex court says no room for absolutism, no space for anarchy Satya Prakash New Delhi, July 4 The Delhi Lt Governor (L-G) does not have independent decision-making powers and is bound to act on the advice of the Council of Ministers, except on subjects reserved for him or where he differs and decides to refer an issue to the President, the Supreme Court has ruled. The top court’s ruling circumscribing the L-G’s powers came as a victory of sorts for the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, which has been at loggerheads with the Centre’s nominee over a host of issues since voted to power in February 2015. The verdict came on the Kejriwal government’s petition challenging the Delhi High Court’s August 2016 decision declaring the L-G as the administrative head of Delhi, which was referred to a Constitution Bench. In a landmark verdict seven months after completion of hearing, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said: “The meaning of ‘aid and advice’employed in Article 239AA (4) has to HEAD TO HEAD Matches: 7 | Uruguay won: 2 France won: 1 | Drawn: 4 Brazil vs Belgium 6 July, 11:30 PM IST Matches: 4 | Brazil won: 4 Belgium won: 0 | Drawn: 0 Kylian Mbappe Neymar Harry Kane Sweden vsEngland 7 July, 7:30 PM IST Matches: 24 | England won: 8 Sweden won: 7 | Drawn: 9 Russia vs Croatia 7 July, 11:30 PM IST Matches: 3 | Croatia won: 1 Russia won: 0 | Drawn: 2 PAGE 14 ‘Shamed’ in road rage case, girl kills herself Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, July 4 Threatened by two youths with “sexual assault” after her scooter rammed into their bike, a 22-year-old student was so terrified that she returned home and committed suicide. Her body was found hanging in her room late Tuesday evening. Fearing for the safety of his two surviving daughters, the victim’s father told the police he did not want to press the matter and that he blamed nobody. But her close friend told the police that shamed and threatened by the rowdy youths, she had taken the extreme step. “She walked in and went straight to her room. We went looking for her after a continued on page 7 2015 AAP alleges transfer of ACB’s control to then Lt Guv Najeeb Jung impeding action against corrupt officers Delhi L-G has to act on the advice of the elected government ■ He has no independent powers, except on land, public order and police ■ May 2015 L-G appoints Shakuntala Gamlin as Acting Chief Secy despite CM’s objection. In December, bureaucrats go on mass leave over suspension of 2 Special Home Secys ■ On these three subjects, the L-G needn’t go by the Cabinet’s advice ■ If he differs and sends a matter to Prez, he is not supposed to act mechanically ■ AAP government must act prudently and accept the fact that Delhi is not a full state ■ Apex court says there is requirement of discussion and deliberation A file photo of Delhi L-G Anil Baijal (R) and CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI GRATEFUL TO JUDICIARY: AAP If Modi govt had not withdrawn the powers of elected govt through illegal orders, precious three years would have been saved. People of Delhi are grateful to judiciary. Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM ❝ The Delhi Government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the approving authority, hours after the Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle was delivered. be construed to mean that the L-G of the NCT of Delhi is bound by the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers, and this position holds true so long as the LG does not exercise power under the proviso to clause (4) of Article 239 AA. Tribune News Service Lucknow, July 4 Lucknow University has been closed till further orders after "outsiders and former students" beat up several university officials, including the proctor and Dean Students Welfare. The ongoing counselling for the next academic session has been suspended too. The university authorities accused the police of not cooperating with them, citing it as one of the reasons for having summarily shut the university when the academic session had just begun. Information on the closure was conveyed to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, who holds the Higher Education portfolio, via Twitter. Trouble had been brewing on the campus for the past few days with several students, who were denied admission, holding an indefinite fast. These students, who belong to the All-India Students Association and Samajwadi Chhatra Sangh, had waved black flags at the CM's cavalcade in June 2017. They were then brutally beaten up and booked in criminal cases. Out on bail, they are now seeking readmission in the university. “The L-G has not been entrusted with any independent decision-making power. He has to either act on the ‘aid and advice’ of the Council of Ministers or is bound to implement the decision taken by the President on a reference made by him.” The top court said the L-G could not act as an obstructionist. “The difference of opinion between the L-G and Council of Ministers should have a sound rationale and there should not be exposition of the phenomenon of an obstructionist, Poll in mind, paddy MSP hiked by ~200 Centre calls the move ‘historic’ Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 4 Ahead of key Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led Union Government on Wednesday announced a “historic” hike in the MSP for kharif (summer-sown) crops, including paddy, for the 201819 marketing season. The move has, however, failed to impress farmers, whose representatives say their agitation for a “scientifically calculated MSP” with real input costs and loan waiver will continue. Announcing the support prices of 14 kharif crops, including pulses, coarse grains, cotton and oilseeds, following a Cabinet meeting headed by PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the MSP of paddy (common grade) had been increased by Rs 200 to Rs 1,750 per quintal and of grade A by Rs 180 per quintal to Rs 1,770. Terming the decision “historic”, Singh said the hike would ensure a “return over cost” per cent of 50.09 and 51.80 as promised in the Union Budget. The “sharp increase” would cost the exchequer over Rs 15,000 crore, he added. Agriculture experts, however, claimed the “much-hyped MSP hike was useless without a robust procurement system. Farmer representatives said the MSP hike alone was insufficient as 90 per cent of them were unable to sell crops at the assured price because of lack of procurement mechanism. BKU leaders said input costs were much higher than factored in by the government while calculating the support prices. CROP PRICES THEN, AND NOW Commodity Paddy (common) Paddy (grade A) Cotton (medium staple) Cotton (long staple) Jowar (hybrid) Bajra Ragi Maize Old MSP New MSP Increase 200 1,550 1,750 1,590 1,770 180 4,020 5,150 1,130 4,320 5,450 1,130 1,700 2,430 730 1,425 1,950 525 1,900 2,897 997 1,425 1,700 275 Sukhbir’s pet ~8.6-cr amphibious bus project sinks Up for auction, Harike cruise generated mere ~70,600 revenue in year-and-a-half: Sidhu ‘WASTEFUL’ EXPENDITURE ~4.52cr ~2.11cr ~1.29cr Cost of the bus Annual maintenance Spent on building ramp, wall ~5.6lakh ~10 lakh For insurance 2018 Chief Secy Anshu Prakash ‘assaulted’ by AAP legislators at CM’s residence. Bureaucrats boycott meetings with AAP ministers. Kejriwal holds nine-day sit-in at L-G Anil Baijal’s office in June CM V Narayanasamy said the SC verdict was 'totally applicable' to Puducherry as well and threatened contempt proceedings if it was not followed in the UT. Naranaswamy has been locked in a bitter turf war with Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi. P7 (FIGURES IN ~) Chandigarh, July4 The Punjab Government has decided to auction former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s ambitious amphibious bus, calling it “unviable and wasteful”. The bus was procured in 2016 at a cost of Rs 8.6 crore to promote tourism at Harike wetlands, bordering Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts. Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu quoted a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report to suggest that the bus operated for only 10 days over one-and-ahalf years, generating a mea- ■ Feb HOURS AFTER VERDICT, A NEW TRANSFER SYSTEM REPLICATE RULING IN PUDUCHERRY: CM Post violence, UPvarsityshut; Deanthrashed GOLDEN BOOT RACE: MOST GOALS Harry Kane England 6 Romelu Lukaku Belgium 4 MEN TO WATCH OUT FOR... ■ May ■ The Shahira Naim 6 July, 7:30 PM IST ROCKY PAST THE TAKEAWAYS Tribune News Service QUARTERFINAL LINE-UP Uruguay vs France /thetribunechd Sundry costs gre Rs 70,600 in revenue. Sidhu wondered whether Sukhbir ever managed his own buses like that. “It is an atrocious waste of public money to satisfy one’s ego.” In a communiqué to the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, CAG termed it “ungainful expenditure of Rs 8.62 crore”, he said. CAG found that the project was “not financially viable” at any stage and it was conceived without preparing any feasibility, execution or financial viability plan. Sidhu said he had ordered the department to auction Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. the bus. The infrastructure built for the bus, he added, would now be utilised for paddle boats and “shikaras” in the wetlands. In 2015, Sukhbir, in Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s presence, said the ‘paani walian bussan’ will be a common mode of transport in Punjab. During trials, the amphibious bus, procured from Europe, got stuck due to low water level. Before inauguration, a large amount of water was released from the Sutlej but it entered fields, destroying crops. — TNS but reflection of the philosophy of affirmative constructionism and profound sagacity and judiciousness,” said CJI Misra, writing the verdict for himself and Justices AK Sikri and AM Khanwilkar. continued on page 7 250 pilgrims evacuated Kathmandu: More than 250 Indian pilgrims were evacuated from Nepal’s mountainous Hilsa region on Wednesday as authorities stepped up efforts to rescue those stranded due to heavy rain while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet. Another 336 were moved from Simikot to Surkhet and Nepalganj, an Indian Embassy official said. — PTI Dope test a must for all Punjab staff Anxious govt takes war on drugs to next level Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 In its effort to check drug abuse in Punjab, the Capt Amarinder Singh government has ordered mandatory dope test of all its employees, including police personnel. The number of government employees is 3.25 lakh. The CM said the employees would have to undergo the dope test at every stage of their service, starting from recruitment. Employee unions were quick to tell the elected representatives that they should be the first ones to undergo the test. A senior functionary said drug screening would be mandatory in all cases of recruitment and promotions. It would be part of the annual medical examination of all civilian/police employees, wherever prescribed, he added. The Chief Secretary has been asked to work out modalities. The government claimed the move was part of a series of initiatives taken over the past three days to eliminate drug menace. While welcoming the move to make dope test mandatory for new recruits, the Punjab Employees Union questioned the rationale behind making it must for serving staff, too. “Rather, the CM, ministers and MLAs should undergo the dope test first,” said Sukhchain Khaira, chief of the Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association. “Around 40 per cent staff are women. How is the government going to proceed?” asked MS Sidhu of the Punjab State Ministerial Service Union. In villages, youth take on addicts, peddlers Form groups, share info with cops PK Jaiswar & Gurbaxpuri Tribune News Service Amritsar/Tarn Taran, July 4 Moved by images of a child hugging his father’s corpse, crying bitterly, residents of Dhotian village in Tarn Taran have declared a war on drugs — help or no help from the police. A video of the grieving child went viral on the social media. Soon after, village youths formed a group and decided to track down drug peddlers in the vicinity and chase them away. They have met with some success. Many NGOs and Sikh organisations, such as Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee, have joined the drug fight. The latter helped nab a 20year-old girl of Jagatpur village selling heroin after one of its members approached her as a ‘customer’. The incident was videographed, the police called and the girl handed over. continued on page 7
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