23072018-TT-01.qxd 7/22/2018 10:51 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, july 23, 2018 ! haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 202 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Lakshya clinches Asia Junior Championship /thetribunechd Forging state-specific Dealers protest as oil cos seek info poll pacts left to Rahul on caste, faith, constituency of staff IOCL officer claims data being collected to provide training, certification CWC MEET Gets backing as face of party-led Oppn Rachna Khaira Aditi Tandon Jalandhar, July 22 The country’s top public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the oil sector have put their dealers on slippery ground. In a recent communication, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd have sought information on the caste and religion, among other personal details, of over 10 lakh workers at various retail fillings stations and LPG agencies in India. From lorry drivers to mechanics, they have been asked to fill forms that also ask for the par- ■ 3 ultras who killed J&K cop shot in Valley SC asks AIIMS for plan on drug abuse Canada sends back 2 AAP legislators Our Correspondent Told to submit panel report by Sept 7 Anantnag, July 22 Security forces on Sunday killed three militants involved in Saturday’s killing of trainee constable Muhammad Saleem Shah after he was abducted from his home in Kulgam district. The militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Khodweni area of Kulgam district, 70 km south of Srinagar city. One of the slain militants was a Pakistan national, Abu Maviya, while two others were locals — Mudassir Ahmad Dar of Shalipora and Suhail Ahmad Dar of Redwni in Kulgam district. “They were directly involved in the abduction and killing of a trainee constable continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 22 Canadian Immigration authorities on Sunday refused entry to two AAP MLAs — Kultar Singh Sandhwan (Faridkot) and Amarjit Singh Sandoa (Ropar). Sent back from the Ottawa airport, they are likely to reach New Delhi on Monday morning, said sources. The reason for them being turned away could not be ascertained. But three AAP MLAs said the authorities were not convinced about the purpose of their visit. Accompanied by Sandoa, Sandhwan had reportedly gone to visit his sister who lives in Ottawa. Sandoa is facing a case of alleged molestation. State co-convener Dr Balbir Singh said Sandoa had taken permission from a Ropar court to go abroad. — TNS Tribune News Service New Delhi: Lakshya Sen on Sunday became only the third Indian shuttler to secure a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships after defeating reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in straight games in the finals at Jakarta. PAGE 14 CAPFs to hire 54,000 jawans New Delhi: The government has decided to recruit over 54,000 jawans in the CRPF, BSF and ITBP, among others. Of the total 54,953 vacancies advertised by the SSC, the maximum are for the country’s largest paramilitary force, CRPF, at 21,566 posts. BACK PAGE Kerala, HP best run states Bengaluru: Kerala stands as the best governed state in the country and Karnataka is at the fourth position, as per the Public Affairs Index 2018. Among smaller states, Himachal topped the list. PAGE 7 New Delhi, July 22 Sounding the bugle for the 2019 General Election, the extended Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Sundday authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to forge state-specific alliances with like-minded parties to defeat the BJP and backed him as the face of the joint Congressled Opposition alliance. The highest decision-making body of the Congress, after a five-hour meeting, passed a resolution authorising Gandhi to form any committee for election preparations, including one to consider pre and post poll alliances in states. As the CWC stamped statespecific alliances, sources said former minister P Chidambaram spoke of how with smart pacts the Congress-led Opposition could reach 300 seats with the Congress alone winning 150 from 12 states where it is dominant. From these 12 Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former party chief Sonia Gandhi at the extended CWC meeting. MANAS RANJAN BHUI states, the Congress today has 48 Lok Sabha MPs. Rahul Gandhi, who chaired his first CWC meeting after assuming party presidency on December 16 last, reiterated the narrative he built by giving his rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a headline grabbing hug in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Congress media head Randeep Surjewala said, “Mr Gandhi urged the CWC to pledge they will not leave Centre mulls changes in IPC to deal with lynchings New Delhi, July 22 The Centre is considering the possibility of amending the Indian Penal Code to define ‘mob lynching’ as a penal offence, a senior government functionary has said. Another option being considered is to draft a model law that states can adopt to prevent incidents of mob lynching, he said. “Everything is in the preliminary stage as the entire Supreme Court order asking the Centre to come up with a new law has to be examined,” he added. If the IPC is amended, the government will not have to bring a standalone law on mob lynching. If the burden of proof to prove innocence is put on the accused, then certain sections of the CrPC and the Indian Evidence Act would also require amendments, the functionary said. He said it will take several days before the government firms up its stand. The government may also strengthen the framework relating to social media to ensure that rumours which may lead to such incidents are checked. Condemning the rising incidents of lynching, the Supreme Court had on Tuesday asked the government to enact a law to deal with the “horrendous acts of mobocracy”. — PTI Relief after Meo protest Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, July 22 Outraged over the killing of Akbar Khan, 28, allegedly by Alwar’s cow vigilantes, hundreds of members of the Meo community blocked the Delhi-Alwar highway for four hours late Saturday night, placing the victim’s body on the road. They were led by ex-minister Aftab Ahmed. “The state government did not even express grief. It was only after our protest that it announced compensation,” continued on page 7 ISI meddling in Sharif case: Judge POLL POSITION IN PAKISTAN Islamabad, July 22 Pakistan’s top court on Sunday said it had begun reviewing statements made by a judge alleging the country’s spy agencies were influencing judicial proceedings, as the powerful military called for an investigation. Pakistan’s July 25 General Election has been hit by accusations of pre-poll rigging with ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) accusing the military of influencing the judiciary to deny it a second term. Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui accused the country’s premier spy agency, the InterServices Intelligence (ISI), of interfering in legal cases. “The ISI is fully involved in trying to manipulate the judicial proceedings,” Siddiqui said in a speech to lawyers, adding the agency CANDIDATE RADESH SINGH TONY, THE BRAVE Radesh Singh Tony (centre) is the first independent candidate from Pakistan’s Sikh minority to run in conservative, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The odds are already heavily stacked against Tony in a constituency populated with around 130,000 mostly Muslim registered voters, compared to just 160 Sikhs. His two opponents come from parties backed by hardline religious organisations with links to militant groups. The contest comes just months after local community leader Charanjeet Singh was shot dead. If elected, Tony has vowed to serve all communities, but is still wary of simmering threats. “We are vulnerable targets,” Tony says. “We are campaigning in an atmosphere of fear.” AFP had told the court not to release Sharif and his daughter Maryam until after the elections. “In order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, the Supreme Court has been requested to initiate appropri- ate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly,” the army said. Disqualification of candidates is one of the challenges the former ruling PML-N has faced ahead of the elections. — Reuters More reports on page 13 any stone unturned to defeat the BJP in 2019. He said the BJP was assaulting individuals and institutions alike. The Congress president while saying that we alone can fight BJP’s injustice defined party ideology as one that spreads love, shuns hatred and thrives in inclusion. He said the first duty of the Congress is to fight for farmers, and then the marginalised, women, minorities, SCs and STs.” More on page 7 CIC WARNS OVER CHANGES IN RTI ACT New Delhi: Voice of dissent has emerged from within the Central Information Commission against the proposed changes in the RTI Act, which many argue would “weaken” information commissions, with a commissioner urging the panel to write to the government for withdrawing the controversial amendment Bill. PAGE 11 SKILL PROGRAMME Tribune News Service Indian Oil Company Limited officer: Data being collected on behalf of Hydrocarbon Sector Skill Council ■ Council has been set up by the Ministry of Petroleum to address skill development needs across the value chain of the sector ■ At its meeting in May, it pro- posed “Prior Learning Programme” to certify 10 lakh employees at retail petroleum outlets ■ It also decided that the expenses for the programme would be borne by the oil companies New Delhi, July 22 Terming it an issue of national importance, the Supreme Court has asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to draft a national action plan to check drug abuse, particularly among schoolchildren. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra directed that the report be finalised by September 7. It will include measures to educate people on the adverse effects of drug abuse. “No further extension shall be granted. The competent authorities of AIIMS shall bear in mind that framing of this policy is of national importance and it cannot liamentary constituency each employee belongs to. The form, prepared by the Hydrocarbon Sector Skill Council set up by the Ministry of Petroleum, seeks to know the Aadhaar number, name of the bank seeded with it, Aadhaar enrolment number and Aadhaar verification status. On completion of the exercise, each worker will get skill certification and Rs 500 will be deposited in his or her bank account. That the information was mandatory dawned on petroleum retailers when the supply of products to their outlets was allegedly stopped. In a letter to each of the brook any delay,” the Bench told Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh. The order came after the court was told that its December 2016 verdict on the petition by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, was not being implemented. Issuing a series of directions, the top court had asked the Centre to formulate in six months a national action plan to curb rising drug abuse among schoolchildren. It had also ordered a national survey to be conducted to understand the extent of the problem. Directing the Centre and the states to create awareness about the serious continued on page 7 three companies, Paramjit Singh Doaba, president, Petrol Pump Dealers Association, Punjab, has written: “This is a serious breach of our rights as well as the rights of our employees. The information sought is a direct affront to the privacy and dignity of our employees where their religion, caste and annual household income are sought. Only the GoI and its agencies through government notification are authorised to collect this information, and we are neither authorised nor in a position to ask for such information from our employees as this would continued on page 7
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