24072018-TT-01.qxd 7/23/2018 10:54 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, july 24, 2018 ! himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 203 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE JAMMU & KASHMIR To quell dissent, all six PDP office-bearers quit Srinagar: Fearing a split in the Peoples Democratic Party, all six office-bearers of the party, including its vice-president and Mehbooba Mufti’s maternal uncle Sartaj Madni, have put in their papers in a bid to silence the rebels and save the organisation from falling apart. The resignations come almost three weeks after dissension erupted. BUSINESS Sensex at record high as GST cut boost sentiments Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex hit a fresh all-time high of 36,749.69 points on Monday led by healthy buying in banking, FMCG and consumer durable stocks. Investor sentiments were boosted after Goods and Services Tax on many items was slashed on Saturday, analysts said. HIMACHAL PRADESH 5 of family charred to death in Mandi fire Mandi: Five persons, including three women and a child, were charred to death when a halftimbered house was gutted in a fire at Ner Chowk on Monday. The fire broke out at 4 am when they were sleeping. Short-circuit was the likely cause of the fire. PUNJAB NHPS: Hit by ‘narco terror’, Punjab seeks special status New Delhi: Presenting itself as the "biggest victim of Pakistansponsored narcotics terrorism", Punjab has approached the Centre for special category status under the National Health Protection Scheme which guarantees a financial cover up to Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore vulnerable families. /thetribunechd Mob violence wakes Centre up Committee of secys to give report in 15 days to Home Minister-led GoM Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 23 Two high-level committees have been constituted by the Union Government to suggest ways and legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Monday. One of the committees is headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the other by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The move came a week after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and mob violence. An advisory has been issued to states for initiating effective measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching, and to take stringent action as per the law, an MHA spokesperson said. The committee chaired by Gauba has been asked to submit its recommendations in 15 days. The secretaries of the departments of justice, legal affairs, legislative affairs and social justice are other members of the committee. The government has also decided to constitute a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Rajnath Singh to consider the recommendations of the committee. After fine-tuning the measures suggested, the GoM will submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. — PTI More on Page 7 Rajasthan Police’s special investigation team at crime spot on Monday and (right) a video grab of Akbar Khan before he passed away. Alwar: ASI ‘admits’ to delay, suspended Jaipur, July 23 The Rajasthan Police on Monday suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector and sent three constables to Police Lines for “delay” in taking Rakbar, alias Akbar Khan, who was allegedly lynched by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling, to a hospital, officials said. The action came after a video showing ASI Mohan Singh (posted at the Ramgarh police station) admitting to his “mistake” went viral. A five-member committee to look into the delay in taking Khan to the hospital, suspended the ASI and shifted three other constables to Police Lines, Special DGP (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said in Alwar. “There was an error in judgment while responding to the situation. The preliminary investigation suggested there was an error in prioritising the situation,” Reddy said. The inquiry is in addition to the overall probe that has been assigned to an Additional SP-rank officer. continued on page 7 SC to hear pleas against Rajasthan New Delhi, July 23 The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on August 28 petitions seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Rajasthan Government officials in the Alwar mob lynching case. The contempt petitions filed by Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala were mentioned before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which said the matter would be taken up on August 28 along with the main case. A contempt petition earlier filed by Tushar Gandhi accused Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Governments of not complying with the court’s September 6 order. Alleging that mob lynching and vigilantism incidents were happening despite the court’s directions to curb such violence, they demanded contempt action against the Rajasthan Government. The Supreme Court had on July 17 asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching. — TNS SC:Right to protest fundamental right NewDelhi, July23 Holding that right to protest was a fundamental right, the Supreme Court on Monday said there can’t be a blanket ban on demonstrations in Jantar Mantar and Boat Club areas of the national capital. “This right is crucial in a democracy which rests on participation of an informed citizenry in governance… strengthens representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs… but more so to aid in assertion of rights of marginalised and poorly represented minorities,” said a Bench. However, it also emphasised that “nobody can claim that I have a right to hold a demonstration in one particular area only”. It directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to frame guidelines in two No to total ban on protests at Jantar Mantar, Boat Club months in consultation with other agencies for allowing demonstrations in Jantar Mantar and Boat Club areas of the national capital. The guidelines should ensure that demonstrations were regulated in such a manner that these do not cause any disturbance. The verdict came on a batch of petitions challenging prohibitory orders, including by the NGT, to keep these areas out of bounds for protesters. — TNS Test live streaming from CJI court: Govt Wants it only for constitutional matters Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 23 Having supported the idea of live streaming of court proceedings, the Centre on Monday sought to qualify its stand, with Attorney General KK Venugopal telling the Supreme Court that it should be done only in constitutional matters. Venugopal told a threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra that live streaming should start in important cases on an experimental basis from the CJI’s court. “The government is taking this very seriously. My recommendation is that this may be initially restricted to only cases involving constitutional issues, which the Chief Justice decides, and no other continued on page 7 Modi becomes first PM to set foot in Rwanda Kigali, July 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Rwanda on the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour, becoming the first Indian premier to visit the East African country, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame, delegation-level talks and meetings with the business and the Indian communities. He will also visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on “Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme initiated by Kagame. To gift 200 cows for African country’s ‘Girinka’ scheme An important element of Modi’s programme would be his visit to Rweru Model Village where he will gift 200 cows as a contribution from India to the scheme. Under “Girinka”, the poorest families are gifted dairy cows and the first female calf born to the cow is gifted to the neighbour. The cows to be gifted by India would be sourced from Rawanda. — PTI Man scales wall as hospital exit Govt:60 crore face high Ethnicity status for British Sikhs flooded in Rewari, electrocuted to extreme water crisis in 2021 census, no to ‘Indian’ tag Demand to be twice the supply by 2030 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rewari, July 23 A farmer from Gangachay Jat village was electrocuted as he tried to scale a wall of the Civil Hospital to avoid wading through its waterlogged entry-exit on Monday — ironically, hours after Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sharma’s surprise visit to take stock of arrangements to drain out rainwater. As the half-an-hour rain blocked the exit, Banke Bihari, 49 — who had got an X-ray done of his hand that he injured in a scuffle — tried to climb an outer wall to step out but came in contact with a transformer installed adjacent to it. Though rushed to the trauma centre, he died within hours. Patients take the wall route to leave and enter the hospital. “Waterlogging is a major problem at the hospital. Even a short spell of rain blocks the entire entrance. Patients walking on the outer wall to enter and leave the premises is a common sight. Over 1,200 patients visit the hospital daily. Nothing has been done for years,” said an employee on condition of anonymity, adding: “Sometimes even doctors take the wall route”. continued on page 7 New Delhi, July 23 Sixty crore people in India face high to extreme water crisis and its demand is projected to be twice the availability supply by 2030, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. Answering a question in the Lok Sabha on a study conducted by the NITI Aayog on the water crisis in the country, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi said there was an imminent need to deepen understanding of water resources and their usage. “As per the latest report by the NITI Aayog on Composite Water Management Index, 60 crore population faces high to extreme water stress,” he said. The country’s water demand is projected to be twice the availability by 2030, he said, quoting the report. The minister said his ministry through Centrally-sponsored schemes like the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) was providing technical and financial assistance to states for providing safe drinking water in rural areas. Adopting best practices related to groundwater management, efficient irrigation management and rainwater harvesting would considerably help in mitigating the water crisis, he said. — PTI London, July 23 Britain’s strong Sikh community is all set to be listed in the 2021 census as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, the UK Statistics Authority has said, a major step that will give the community a fair access to all public services in the country. Last year, over 100 British MPs, including Indian-origin lawmakers, had asked the authority to include Sikh as a separate ethnic box for the 2021 census. The 2021 census is set to list Sikhism as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, The Sunday Times reported. In the most recent census in 2011, more than 83,000 Sikhs refused to tick any of the choices in the question on ethnicity, rejecting options such WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR COMMUNITY ■ Sikhs are a legally recog- nised ethnic group and campaigners for change believe this gives them a right to be able to identify themselves separately from current census options, such as Indian or British Indian ■ Sikhs are already recognised as a separate religion within an optional religious question introduced in 2001 as Indian in order to write “Sikh” in the space for “any other ethnic group”, it said. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is considering the inclusion of Sikhism as an ethnicity on the 2021 form, but had raised concerns over the issue of “public acceptability” and whether the ■ In 2011 census, 83,000 Sikhs refused to tick choices in the question on ethnicity, rejecting options such as Indian move would have backing across Britain’s 430,000strong Sikh community, the report said. The all-party parliamentary group for British Sikhs offered to write to gurdwaras to assist the ONS with its public consultation, it added. continued on page 7 Sharif’s no to hospital, ‘can’t appear weak’ German football star quits, over this picture Ex-PM, a heart and diabetes patient, may agree after Wednesday polling Mesut Ozil on race row: I’m German when we win, immigrant when we lose POLL POSITION IN PAKISTAN Fasihur Rehman Khan Islamabad, July 23 Jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has for the moment refused to avail a hospital facility even after a medical board advised authorities to do so. Aides close to Sharif, who is a heart and diabetes patient, however, revealed that the former premier might agree to hospitalisation within this week as he does not want to PARTIES MAKE LAST DITCH EFFORTS TO WOO VOTERS A two-month-long electioneering by candidates contesting the July 25 elections in Pakistan were making last ditch efforts through public gatherings, corner meetings and door-to-door canvassing as the campaign came to close at midnight tonight. PAGE 13 A DJ performs during an poll campaign rally by Shehbaz Sharif in Pindi Gheb, Punjab. send out a weak signal to millions of party voters and supports on July 25, only 24 hours before a crucial general elections. Nawaz Sharif was quoted having told the authorities on Monday to provide him with medical facility on the jail premises. Doctors have done some basic tests and are going to do the more sophisticated ones in a day or two. Meanwhile, Sharif is also not giving a nod to shift his imrprisoned daughter and heir apparent, Maryam Nawaz , to a government rest house, some miles away from the jail. Since Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law’s incarceration on July 13, the issue has become the most talked about in the political arena. The Opposition led by former cricketer-turned-politician, and premiership hopeful, Imran Khan has repeatedly objected to any extra facilities to the Sharifs. Supporters have since then demanded better medical and living conditions for the former premier. On Monday, provincial governors of Punjab and KPK provinces, both his party’s political appointees, met continued on page 7 BERLIN, July 23 German football star Mesut Ozil quit the national team late on Sunday due to “racism and disrespect” he faced over his Turkish roots, throwing spotlight on the country’s relations with its largest immigrant community. The midfielder was a key member of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014 — and also of the side eliminated at the group stage of the 2018 tournament in Russia. The Arsenal star — who came under fire for having his photograph taken with Turkey’s authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan in May — was especially piqued by criticism from German Football Association (DFB) head Reinhard Grindel, who he Mesut Ozil (left) — the German and Arsenal star — with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in London in May. FILE PHOTO said blamed him for Germany crashing out. Ozil also took a swipe at the German media who suggested that the 29-year-old was partly to blame for Germany’s shock group-stage exit. “This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed,” Ozil said, noting that there had been little criticism of former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus over a recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Twitter, Ozil said: “The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted.” While Ozil said he had received support from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and team coach Joachim Low, he claimed “in the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”. A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said she valued Ozil as a “great player”. Just as 2014’s victorious German side was celebrated for its diversity, so too was France’s World Cup-winning team in 2018. — Agencies
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