11072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/11/2018 1:48 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, july 11, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 190 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd RESULTS FRANCE 1 BELGIUM 0 FRANCE IN FINAL /thetribunechd Top Army officer to lead Will only look into 377 validity:SC team to Beijing for talks Secpetitioners: Declare our rights LGBT First such visit since 2015 signals thaw post standoff Satya Prakash Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Tribune News Service F RANCE stormed into the World Cup final, beating Belgium 1-0 in the semifinal. France surged ahead through a header by Samuel Umtiti (Centre) in the 51st minute, and hung on to the slender lead until the final whistle. REUTERS PAGE 16 SECOND SEMI-FINAL ENGLAND VS CROATIA 11.30 PM New Delhi, July 10 A top Indian military commander is set to lead a delegation to China next month for talks to improve ties and control differences that can cause conflict along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto un-demarcated boundary that runs all along the Himalayan ridgeline. This is the first such highlevel military visit to Beijing, since December 2015, when the then Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen DS Hooda, had led a delegation. Also, it’s the first high-level military delegation since the 73day standoff in Sikkim in DOKLAM — CHILL & THEREAFTER JUNE 16 - AUG 29, 2017 JUNE 21 Military stand-off at Doklam Joint yoga session at Daulat Beig Oldie, Ladakh APRIL 4, 2018 Nirmala Sitharaman meets her counterpart in Moscow APRIL 24 India-China defence ministers meet for second time in 3 weeks JULY 2 - JULY 5 China senior military leadership in India APRIL 27 Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan June-August last year. The Indian visit is being finalised for the middle of next month. Either the Eastern Army Commander or the Northern Army Commander shall lead the delegation, it is learnt. The move indicates a further thaw in India-China military relations that have been edgy, to say the least. continued on page 13 New Delhi, July 10 As a Supreme Court Constitution Bench on Tuesday commenced hearing on petitions challenging the validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, petitioners demanded declaration of rights for them, saying these were needed for protection of life and property of members of the LGBT community. “Do not restrict it to Section 377… Further directions are needed for protection of my life, property. Our lives are passing by. How many of us can come on individual issues later?” senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing dancer Navtej Singh Johar, told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. “Ramifications of this case are not just on sexuality. It will have impact on how society looks at these people, about perception, about livelihood and jobs for such people,” Rohatgi said, adding: “My life as a sexual minority has to be protected.” The court should declare that the rights of members of sexual minority community were protected under Article 21 (Right to life and liberty) of the Constitution, he demanded. But the Bench said it would not look into the issue of marriage, live-in relationships, adoption and inheritance of continued on page 13 IN BRIEF Jio Institute eminence tag conditional: Govt New Delhi: Facing criticism over the selection of the yet-to-beestablished Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation as an ‘Institution of Eminence’, the HRD Ministry on Tuesday clarified that the tag was conditional and it would get only a letter of intent for now. If they establish themselves in three years and meet the expectations of the expert panel, they will get the IoE status. BACK PAGE China population would be 65% of India’s by 2050 Beijing: A Chinese expert has called for an end to China’s controversial family planning policy, claiming the world’s second largest economy’s population will be only 65% of India’s by 2050 due to the one child policy pursued by the government. China ended its decades-old policy in 2016 and permitted two children as the population of elderly rose and of the young declined. PTI Govt notice to IAS topper over tweet Cops’ drug abuse history Success for NRI abandoned bride Faesal terms it ‘bureaucratic over-enthusiasm’, seeks rule change Samaan Lateef tribune news service on April 22, referring to the frequent rapes or sexual harassment of women across India. The Centre asked the J&K Government to initiate action against the IAS officer, who is on a study leave to Harvard. Reacting, Faesal tweeted: “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are continued on page 13 may find place in ACRs Proclaimed offender surrenders in Chandigarh passport office Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 10 The Jammu and Kashmir Government has sent a notice to the 2009 IAS topper, Shah Faesal, over his tweets which it termed were against service conduct rules. It has asked him to explain his stand within 15 days, failing which action will be taken against him as per rules. “Patriarchy + Population + Illiteracy + Alcohol + Porn + Technology + Anarchy = Rapistan,” Faesal had tweeted Kathua trial info ‘leaked’ , counsel sorry 1st Pak Sikh police officer, kin ‘kicked’ out of house Punjab finally says yes to health scheme Ravi Dhaliwal Blames ex-PSGPC chief for ‘illegal’ action Aditi Tandon Varinder Singh New Delhi, July 10 The Congress-led Punjab Government has ended its reluctance to join the Centre’s ambitious National Health Protection Scheme and will soon sign the memorandum of understanding needed to implement it. The decision was made recently after Health Minister JP Nadda wrote to state Health Minister Brahm Mohindra addressing Punjab’s concerns in the matter. Punjab had refused to sign the MoU in Shimla where the Centre recently held a workshop for northern states to get them on board for the plan. Mohindra said, “We are now in the process of setting up a state health agency to roll out NHPS and will soon be signing the MoU. Financial modalities are being worked out besides convergence of the state’s universal health insurance scheme with NHPS. We are on board.” continued on page 13 Tribune News Service Pathankot, July 10 Defence counsel in the Kathua rape and murder case on Tuesday had to tender an apology to District and Sessions Judge Dr Tejwinder Singh following allegations that the trial proceedings were being leaked despite the Supreme Court orders that these be held in-camera. Prosecution witness Rajnish Khajuria, who owns a chemist shop in Rasana village, the native place of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered, unexpectedly turned hostile while being examined by Special Public Prosecutors Santokh Singh Basra and JK Chopra. He denied he had sold sedatives to one of the accused, Deepak Khajuria, as claimed in the chargesheet. As this made big news on the social media, Basra and Chopra blamed defence counsel Anil Kumar Sawhney for “leaking” information. continued on page 13 Shah Faesal’s file photo Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 10 Pakistan’s first Sikh traffic police officer Gulaab Singh Shaheen and his family were reportedly kicked out of their home in Dera Chahal village on the outskirts of Lahore on Tuesday by a team comprising the police and officials of the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB). Gulaab Singh’s home, standing on land owned by Gurdwara Bebe Nanki Janam Asthaan where 400-500 Sikh families reside, was “forcibly taken over”. “Pulled by my hair, I was dragged out in front of my wife Paramjit Kaur and three sons,” he said. Having sustained injuries on April 4 when “thrashed” by PETPB officials in a similar bid to take over his house, he was on medical leave. However, PETPB claimed it had sought police assistance to help clear Gurdwara Chaal Langar Hall of illegal occu- Gulaab Singh Shaheen pants. “Action is being taken against all those occupying PETPB properties,” it said. Gulaab Singh, who claimed the police action was illegal, alleged his house had been singled out at the behest of two influential persons, one of them a former president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. “I had obtained a stay from court. The next hearing was on July 18. The house has been with my family since 1947 and we have been duly paying bills,” he said. Appointed a traffic police officer in 2006, Gulaab Singh was posted as SI (Traffic Warden) at Mughalpura, Lahore. Chandigarh, July 10 The drug abuse history of Punjab Police personnel may be mentioned in their annual confidential reports (ACRs), in a step aimed at checking their complicity in the drug menace plaguing Punjab. This and several other measures form part of a timebound action plan being Tribune News Service Miracle or science? All 13 out of flooded cave 4 boys, football coach brought out in Thailand on Day 3 of daring, gripping rescue Thailand, July 10 Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their football coach from deep inside a flooded cave on Tuesday, a successful end to an extraordinarily perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks. The “Wild Boars” football team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now Volunteers celebrate at a makeshift press centre in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai after the 12 boys and their coach were rescued. AFP out of the cave,” the Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said. British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the Tham Luang cave complex, on Monday last week. Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers. Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday, prompting rounds of spontaneous applause. Celebrations were tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died while on a re-supply mission inside the cave. The boys were being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week. — Reuters WAR ON DRUGS PUNJAB’S ACTION PLAN TO CHECK POLICE COMPLICITY drawn by the state government to fight the menace. The Cabinet sub-committee continued on page 13 Mohit Khanna Chandigarh, July 10 An NRI groom, who was declared a proclaimed offender after he fled to New Zealand, abandoning his wife and son, surrendered at the Regional Passport Office here on Tuesday. He was deported from New Zealand after his wife moved an application and his passport was impound- ed. Kahlon, a native of Sangrur, was detained as he appeared before officials for re-issue of passport and was handed over to the UT police. The Sangrur police too were informed. The RPO has a dedicated staff to fast-track deportation applications moved by wives against their NRI spouses. One of the applications was by Kahlon’s wife Davinder Kaur, who hails from Sardulgarh in Sangrur. Kahlon had fled the country, abandoning his wife and son, more than 11 years ago. continued on page 13
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