08072018-TTC-01.qxd 08-07-2018 01:42 Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 187 late city | sunday, july 8, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 34 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Unnao custodial death: BJP MLA’s brother named Lucknow: The CBI on Saturday filed a chargesheet against five people in the custodial death case of the father of the minor Unnao gangrape survivor, in which Unnao BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is the main accused. The chargesheet names the MLA’s brother and co-accused Atul Sengar as being responsible for the custodial death. TNS Indian-origin student killed in Kansas City Hyderabad: A 26-year-old student from Telangana was killed after unknown persons opened fire at a restaurant in Kansas City. The deceased, identified as Sharath Koppu, was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City or UMKC. The victim's cousin said that a group of unidentified miscreants opened fire at a restaurant in Kansas, during which Sharath received five bullet injuries. Although Sharath was immediately shifted to a hospital in the vicinity, his cousin said the victim succumbed to his injuries. AGENCIES Today’s issue consists of 34 pages, including eight-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Two teens among 3 dead in Valley firing Army: Stone-pelters attacked patrol Tribune News Service Anantnag/Srinagar, July 7 Tension mounted in Kashmir on the eve of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s second death anniversary on Saturday as a teenage girl and boy, and another civilian, were killed after Army personnel opened fire on protesters at Havoora village in Kulgam district. While locals claimed they had assembled to protest Army “highhandedness”, the latter attributed firing to “grave provocation, including firing by terrorists, and to ensure security of own troops”. Trouble started when an Army column entered Havoora and adjoining Red- wini villages of Qaimoh around 11.30 am. Accusing Army of highhandedness, the protesters raised slogans and pelted security personnel with stones, prompting retaliatory fire. “People ran for cover as we heard gunshots,” an eyewitness said. “All I could see was the injured being carried, first on shoulders and then on motorcycles.” The five injured were taken to a public health centre in neighbouring Frisal village, where doctors declared three of them dead: Andleeb Jan (13), Irshad Ahmad Lone (22) and Shakir Ahmad Khanday (19), all from Havoora. Andleeb was a Class 7 student. continued on page 7 /thetribunechd Madhav: BJP for continuing with Guv rule in J&K New Delhi, July 7 BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday rejected reports that his party was working to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir with rebel PDP MLAs and said that it was for continuing with Governor’s rule in the state. His comments on Twitter came after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted a news report that claimed that a “big chunk of PDP MLAs are in touch with the BJP high command”. Madhav, the BJP’s pointsman for the state, said the party will “keep itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties”. The BJP had last month pulled out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing the state under Governor’s rule. — PTI RESULTS ENGLAND 2 SWEDEN 0 ENGLAND IN SEMIS AFTER 28 YRS H EADERS from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli fired an impressive England into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years after they eased their way to a 2-0 victory over dogged but disappointing Sweden on Saturday. PAGE 20>> NTAto conduct NEET, JEE (Mains) twice a year To hold various entrance exams from 2019 New Delhi, July 7 Promising a “fair, transparent and flexible” entrance examination system for students, the Centre on Saturday announced that from 2019, the newly set up National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) in the online mode twice a year. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the NTA would be conducting various entrance exams for higher educational institutions from the next session and its first test will be NET, the qualifying test for those aspiring to take up teaching in higher educational institutions. 2 chances for students ■ National Testing Agency will hold exam in February and May for NEET; and in January and April for JEE (Mains) ■ This will give students two chances and best score will be considered for admission ■ JEE (Advanced) will continue to be conducted by the IITs ■ Students can visit computer centres from August-end to prepare; exam spread over five days, can choose date continued on page 7 SEMI-FINALS>> 10 JULY FRANCE VS BELGIUM 11.30 PM 130 Punjab DSPs shifted, four from task force SAD backs simultaneous polls, but Overdose deaths trigger for first such mass transfer order Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 7 The Punjab Police on Saturday transferred 130 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) — the first time so many have been shifted in one go — days after ministers at a special meeting questioned the police on the spate of drug overdose deaths. The transfer of SP-rank and SSP-rank officers is in the pipeline, say sources. WAR ON DRUGS The DSPs, including four from the Special Task Force fighting the drug menace, have been asked to join their new posting by July 9. No plea for change in the posting orders will be entertained. Most of the DSPs shifted had been serving at one station since April last year — some at the same station as during the SAD-BJP regime. As many as 103 DSPs have been shifted to another district or allotted a field posting after long tenures at Police Headquarters in Chandigarh or with Reserve Battalions. However, most of the DSPs in Ludhiana and Mohali have been shifted within the district, despite the charge that continued on page 7 Moga ex-SSP surfaces after lookout notice Chandigarh, July 7 In a dramatic turn of events, former Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh appeared on a TV channel hours after Punjab Police Vigilance Bureau issued a lookout notice fearing he might flee the country. Raj Jit said he would appear before the Vigilance Bureau on Monday and submit his passport to allay the propaganda against him by certain persons that he had fled. continued on page 7 BJP’s Goa ally opposes it outright New Delhi, July 7 The Law Commission of India’s exercise to find common ground among political parties to its proposal to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies evoked a mixed response on Saturday. While BJP’s Goa ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) rejected the proposal outright, its other ally Shiromani Akali Dal lent unequivocal support. Many boycott meet ■ CPI-M, BSP, NCP boycotted the consultation meeting ■ Cong said it’ll consult other Oppn parties before deciding on attending the meeting Party MP Naresh Gujral said it will save expenditure and keep the focus on governance. Another BJP ally, JDU, which backs the proposal, will attend on Sunday. The BJP and the Congress stayed away on the first day of deliberations, while CPI and Trinamool attended only to debunk the proposal. CPIM’s Nilopat Basu dubbed the move as “unconstitutional”. GFP chief Vijay Sardesai said simultaneous polls will impact regional parties and relegate state-specific issues. AIADMK said “it will possibly consider it after 2019”. — TNS see also page 7
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