12072018-TTC-01.qxd 12-07-2018 02:32 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, july 12, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 191 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd 6th largest economy, India beats France Restore Taj or World Bank updates figures for 2017 demolish it: SC Tribune News Service US is the biggest economy, Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 11 Either restore it or demolish it, an angry Supreme Court said on Wednesday, piqued at the failure of government agencies in taking appropriate measures to preserve the Taj Mahal. “You can shut down Taj. Demolish it if you like… You can also do away with it if you have already decided,” a Bench said after a “vague” answer from the Ministry of Environment and Forest. “Eiffel Tower gets 80 million visitors every year, eight times more than Taj Mahal and it is more beautiful than Eiffel Tower continued on page 7 Chandigarh, July 11 India has surpassed France to become the world’s sixth-biggest economy, an AFP report said on Wednesday, quoting updated World Bank figures for 2017. The gross domestic product (GDP) of the world’s largest democracy was $2.597 trillion at the end of last year compared with France’s $2.582 trillion, it said. However, in terms of per capita GDP France is much , ahead of India — the second most populous country in the world after China. India’s population is over 130 crore as compared to around 6.7 crore of France. According to the report, the followed by China, Japan, Germany, UK and India. A spokesperson for the World Bank in India could not vouch for the accuracy of the updated figures quoted by AFP from Paris. “The World Bank has not issued any official statement,” she told The Tribune. The Indian economy is on a recovery path after twin disruptions — the demonetisation that took place in November 2016 and the hasty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July last year. As a result of the double whammy, the country’s GDP rate had slumped to a three-year low at 5.7 per cent in the quarter ending June last year. If impression ‘I support vigilantism, I regret it’ British MP denied entry into India Ranchi, July 11 the innocent,” he said. Facing intense criticism over The Minister for State of felicitating eight Ramgarh Civil Aviation had stoked a lynching case convicts, controversy by felicitating Union minister Jayant Sinha the eight convicts after they has expressed regret. came out of prison on bail. “If by garlanding Trader Alimuddin them, an impression Ansari was beaten to has gone out that I death on June 29 last support such vigiyear by a mob on the lantism, then I suspicion that he was express regret,” he carrying beef. told reporters. His widow had “I have said many lodged an FIR Jayant Sinha times that the matter against 17 people, is still sub-judice. It won’t be including a BJP functionary. fair to talk on this. Law will A fast-track court had contake its own course. We have victed 11. Sinha had met always worked towards pun- eight of them. — PTI Edit: Crossing the line ishing the guilty and sparing New Delhi, July 11 Lord Alexander Carlile, British lawyer of Bangladesh’s jailed opposition leader Khaleda Zia, was on Wednesday denied entry into India for not having appropriate visa. The lawyer had scheduled a press meet in Delhi among other engagements. MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said: “Carlile arrived in Delhi without having obtained the appropriate Indian visa. His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application. It was, therefore, decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival.” — TNS Commando, civilian killed in Kupwara Srinagar, July 11 An Army commando of the elite Special Forces was killed in a gunfight with militants during a search operation in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday. A civilian was killed when security forces fired at stone-pelters in Trehgam area of Kupwara district. The soldier, identified by the police as Mukul Meena of 3 Parachute Regiment, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, was evacuated to a military hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The Kupwara SSP , Sriram Dinkar, said a search for militants was launched in Kandi forest area on Tuesday evening following a tip-off. “Since then, there has been intermittent firing and brief contacts with the militants.” The entire forest area in the hinterland has been cordoned. The officer said it was yet to be ascertained whether the militants had infiltrated from across the Line of Control (LoC) recently or had been hiding there for a while. Infiltration into Kupwara has been on the rise in recent weeks with the Army killing 22 militants during the Ramadan ceasefire which ended mid-June. Two more were killed in the subsequent weeks. According to a senior Army commander, 250 to 275 militants are waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir in groups of 20 to 25 at different launch pads facing the area under the Srinagarbased 15 Corps. Armed with MSP ,Modi hits out Accuses Cong of betraying farmers, promises more agri initiatives ArchitWatts Tribune News Service Malout, July 11 Accusing the Congress of betraying farmers and using them as a mere vote bank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at the “anti-farmer” policies of successive Congress governments at the Centre. Addressing a massive farmers’ rally here, the first after the BJP-led NDA government announced a substantial hike in the MSP (minimum support price) for various crops, PM Modi said his government had redeemed its promise to the farmers. He did not make any announcement at the thanksgiving rally organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal, an NDA ally, and Punjab BJP . He asked the people to question the Congress government as to why Punjab trailed other states in ease of doing business, as per the World Bank report, even as he congratulated the ML Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana for being ranked third. “Ask the Congress on Punjab’s ranking during the SAD-BJP government. You must also ask it to expedite work on AIIMSBathinda,” he said, terming cancer a serious problem in Malwa belt. Attired in an immaculate white kurta-pyjama, PM Modi arrived at 12.45 pm to a tumultuous welcome. He was offered a turban by state BJP chief Shwait Malik. Five farmers picked by SAD presented a model of a combine harvester and tractor to the PM who started his speech with “Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh”. Each time he spoke in Pun- IN BRIEF BJP MLA chargesheeted in Unnao rape case Lucknow: Three months after it had registered a case, the CBI has chargesheeted BJP’s Bangarmau (Unnao) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping a minor girl last year. On July 7, the CBI had chargesheeted the MLA and his brother for the custodial death of the rape survivor’s father. TNS HC orders Uttarakhand to release environmentalist Nainital: The Uttarakhand High Court has ordered the state government to release retired IIT professor-turned-sanyasi Gyan Swaroop Sanand and find the rationale behind his demand for stalling hydroelectric projects on the Ganga. Swaroop, 86, who was on a fast, was forcibly picked up as his condition worsened. PTI Navy war room leak: Retd Capt gets 7-yr jail Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal wave at the Malout farmers’ rally. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN jabi, a wave of excitement ran through the crowds. “The Congress is protecting and working for just one family. Our policies are making them restive. We have raised the MSP for crops. This will benefit farmers cultivating land on lease. We are developing varieties of seed, taking steps to improve soil health and ensure better marketing,” he said, describing the rally as a “farmers’ Kumbh”. Describing former CM Parkash Singh Badal an “ideal farmers’ leader”, the PM said he always took his advice on farm issues. Expressing concern over stubble-burning, he said the Centre was finding ways to ensure the farmers were not compelled to burn agricultural residue. HC: Compensation may encourage farm suicides Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 11 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday rapped the Punjab Government for virtually encouraging farmer suicides by providing monetary relief to the families, and that compensation may actually act as an incentive. More than 16,000 farmers and labourers have reportedly ended lives from 2000-15. The government had, in March, told the High Court that a scheme for giving financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh to the family of farmers committing suicide due to indebtedness was already in place. Besides, the government had framed a scheme to extend a loan waiver to small and marginal farmers. Taking up a petition filed in public interest, Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli verbally asserted that someone desperate could actually take the extreme step for providing monetary benefits to his family. “People who are starving, they may think on these lines,” it observed. Describing compensation as an interim measure, the Bench said it was not an answer to the problem continued on page 7 New Delhi: A court on Wednesday awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to retired Captain Salam Singh Rathore in an offshoot of the 2006 Navy war room leak case, saying he did not deserve leniency as he had committed an offence against BACK PAGE national security. Lanka to hang 19 drug convicts Colombo: Sri Lanka will carry out the death sentence for 19 convicts over serious drug offences, the government said on Wednesday, a day after the country decided to reinstate capital punishment for drugrelated crimes. PTI 27-yr-old Indian killed in accident in New Zealand Melbourne: A 27-year-old Indian was killed on Wednesday after his car collided head-on with a truck in Tauranga city. Parminder Jabbal of Ohauiti was travelling in his car when the accident took place. PTI Police rejig yet again in Punjab Ludhiana cop hurt trying to stop ‘underage’ Merc driver Bid to run over, clings to bonnet RESULTS Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service /thetribunechd CROATIA 2 ENGLAND 1 CROATIA CRUSH ENGLAND DREAMS A late goal from striker Mario Mandzukic helped Croatia beat England 2-1 to enter the final of the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to give Croatia the winning goal after Ivan Perisic (68th minute) cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s goal for England in the fifth minute from a free-kick. AP/PTI Ivan Perisic FINAL CROATIA vs FRANCE MOSCOW: JULY 15, 8:30 PM Chandigarh, July 11 In the second major reshuffle in the Punjab Police Department following the spate in drug-related deaths and angry Congress ministers asking the Chief Minister to act tough, the state government on Wednesday shifted 30 IPS and PPS officials, including 14 SSPs. Earlier last week, nearly 130 DSPs were shifted in the state. However, the district police chiefs of Tarn Taran and Amritsar, which saw most deaths and allegations of a nexus between police and drug smugglers have not been transferred. — TNS Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 In brazen disregard for law, an “underage” driver of a Mercedes car allegedly tried to run over a traffic policeman, forcing the latter to jump onto its bonnet to save himself, at Hero Bakery Chowk here on Wednesday. The policeman suffered minor head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital. The driver fled the scene after the incident. The police have impounded the car (PB-08-BL-0941) registered in the name of Rajesh Khaneja. The traffic cop who was hit allegedly by an underage driver in Ludhiana. ADCP (Traffic) Sukhpal Singh Brar said the incident took place around 6.30 pm when traffic wing’s Home Guard Surinder Singh tried to stop the car for jumping the red light. “The Home Guard on seeing the car driver jump the red light blocked its path. Instead of halting, the driver slowed down the car and tried to run him over. The policeman jumped onto the bonnet to save himself and stop the car, suffering minor head injuries,” said Brar. The police were yet to verify if the driver was underage. continued on page 7 Digital map to finally end police station turf war DGP:Give Harman 3 Haryana employs technology to resolve jurisdiction issues flagged for crime sites Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Relying on GIS Hisar, July 11 Disputes between police stations over the issue of jurisdiction — figuring out under which police station an area falls where an incident of crime took place — will soon be a thing of the past in Haryana. The state Police Department is all set to introduce a digital map detailing the jurisdiction of police station areas. Some years ago, a rape victim, whose child had been abducted from near the Hisar railway station, was admitted to the civil hospital. The city police and the railway police got engaged in a jurisdictional row for four days before they began an investi- ■ The digital map, known as GIS map of jurisdiction of police stations, demarcates police stations’ areas without ambiguity ■ System is simple to operate with help of android and Internet-enabled phones MAP NOT TO SCALE gation and attempted to recover the child. The city police station had registered a zero FIR (transferrable to any police station) under Section 376 (rape) and 361 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship) and the probe was kept in abeyance until the jurisdiction issue was settled between the two police stations. The child was eventually found. Such turf wars will be over once and for all with the introduction of digital mapping of jurisdiction areas of police station in the state. The Haryana Space Application Centre (Harsec) has done the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping that marks the exact boundary, with a list of villages within the jurisdiction of each police station. The digital map, known as GIS map of the jurisdiction of police stations, demarcates the police stations’ areas without ambiguity. Dr RS Hooda, chief scientist of Harsec, said that they have completed the project but minor changes in jurisdiction continue to be updated as per the information provided by the police. Dr Hooda said the system is simple to operate with the help of android and Internetenabled mobile phones. “One can get the global positioning system (GPS) location of any crime spot on the phone and transfer it to the digital map of the Police Department. The GPS location — by measuring the latitude and longitude — will show the jurisdiction of the police station in which the particular crime site falls,” he said. He said they had prepared the digital map with the operating guidelines and provided it to the Police Department. Hisar range IGP Sanjay Kumar said the “digital map will instantly flash the exact location and jurisdiction under a specific police station”. IGP (Modernisation) Saurabh Singh said, “It will take some time to integrate and implement the software for proper usage.” yrs to graduate, as DSP Chandigarh, July 11 preet was working with the Punjab DGP Suresh Arora Railways before CM Capt has recommended that ace Amarinder Singh offered Indian women’s cricketer her the post of DSP She . Harmanpreet Kaur — fac- joined this March. ing demotion from the post Harmanpreet got political of DSP to constable after support with state Congress her graduation chief Sunil Jakhar degree from a suggesting to the Meerut university government to was found to be fake retain her rank and — be given three status in spite of her years to complete fake degree. On her graduation. Wednesday, Leader A case for special of Opposition Sukhexemption would pal Khaira also secbe put before the Harmanpreet onded it. In a stateCabinet soon. The ment, he urged the DGP has recommended CM not to demote Harmanthat Harmanpreet may not preet. “This will humiliate a be paid salary for three girl who has done Punjab years, but would retain her and India proud. It also DSP rank. amounts to trivialising her A native of Moga, Harman- achievements”. — TNS
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