26072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/26/2018 2:07 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, july 26, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 205 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE NATION Three minor sisters die of ‘starvation’ in Delhi New Delhi: Three minor sisters have died in east Delhi's Mandawali area of “malnutrition and starvation”. The three — aged two, four and eight years — were taken by neighbours and family to the hospital where they were declared brought dead on Tuesday, the police said. DCP-East Pankaj Singh ruled out foul play, saying no injury marks had been found on the bodies. Doctors who conducted the post-mortem at Lal Bhadur Shastri Hospital said: “The death was a result of malnutrition and starvation and they were also suffering from diarrhoea.” Tackle fake news first, WhatsApp told New Delhi: The IT Ministry is keen to see WhatsApp prioritise curbing of fake news on its platform over its plans to launch payment service. WhatsApp has been reportedly told that the fake news issue is far more important than other plans in the current circumstances. The ministry feels WhatApp needs to resolve on priority basis the overhanging issue of misinformation and take more steps to control rampant abuse of its platform for PAGE 7 circulation of fake news. Imran’s swing stumps rivals GAME ON FOR ISLAMABAD PTI leads in elections marred by violence that leaves 31 dead POLL POSITION Sharif, Bhutto IN PAKISTAN cry rigging, reject results Fasihur Rehman Khan Islamabad, July 25 Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was on Wednesday in a clear lead while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) of Shehbaz Sharif was second in the initial rounds of counting in an election marred by a deadly suicide attack in Quetta that left 31 dead and allegations of manipulation by the powerful military. Khan’s security was stepped up and additional force deployed around his house as PTI emerged as the single largest party in the initial trends. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of Bilawal Bhutto was third. It could well play Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, shows his inked thumb after casting his vote and (right) PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif shows the victory sign. AP/PTI a “kingmaker” in case of a hung parliament, said media reports. The Muttahida Majlis-eAmal (MMA), an alliance of traditional religious parties Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Tehreeke-Jafaria, was ahead on a couple of seats. continued on page 7 30% rise in communal violence since ’14: Govt Yogi: Cows no less important than humans Mukesh Ranjan Lucknow, July 25 Charging the Congress with “making a mountain out of a molehill”, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the incidents of mob lynching were being given unnecessary importance. Speaking to a news channel, he said, “If you talk about mob lynching, what was 1984? Law and order is a matter of state, Congress’ intention to make a mountain out of a molehill wouldn’t be successful,” he said. Virtually equating cows with humans, he assured that both would be protected. “It’s the responsibility of every individual, community and religion to respect each other’s sentiments. Humans are important. Cows are also important. Both have their own roles in nature. Everyone should be protected,” he said. — TNS Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 25 Noting that the maximum number of incidents of communal violence were reported in 2017, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a written reply informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday of a steady rise of 30 per cent in such incidents across the country since 2014. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir provided a table enumerating the year-wise number of incidents of communal violence. According to it, while in 2014 the country witnessed 644 such incidents, in 2017 the number rose to 822. In 2015, the number of such incidents stood at 751, whereas in 2016, 703 such incidents were recorded. In his reply, the minister said as many as 111 persons were killed across the country in such incidents last year. He also told the Rajya Sabha that 86 persons were Foetus left in airplane’s loo, player owns up New Delhi, July 25 A six-month-old foetus was recovered from a lavatory of an AirAsia plane after it landed here from Guwahati on Wednesday, the police said. The cabin crew of a flight from Imphal raised the alarm after finding the foetus wrapped in toilet paper. A 19-year-old taekwondo player later admitted she lost the foetus. The plane landed at the IGI Airport at 3.30 pm. AirAsia India said a “newborn infant was found lifeless and abandoned” in one of the lavatories. The woman was slated to travel to South Korea on Thursday for a tournament and was accompanied by her coach. She boarded the plane in Guwahati and delivered “a pre-mature dead foetus”, cops said. The police have sent the foetus for post-mortem and the woman has been sent for a medical examination. Her coach said he was neither aware of her pregnancy, nor had she revealed about it in the travel papers. — TNS /thetribunechd How they stand National Assembly break-up SEATS MAJORITY Total seats Directly elected Reserved for women Reserved for minorities 272 137 Trends at 2 AM PTI 110 PML-N 69 PPP 38 342 272 60* 10* (*Selected through proportional representaOTHERS tion among parties with 51 over 5% vote share) GLIMPSES OF PAK POLL PAGE 13 Tribune News Service Suhail A Shah Doda boy among 2 shot ■ This was the first encounter Every 3rd non-science PGseat vacant in Haryana’s 7 varsities 2 serving cops get death for custody death VCs blame it on central admission system, online forms Thiruvananthapuram, July 25 In a landmark ruling, a Special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced to death two serving police officers in connection with the custodial death of a 26-year-old man in 2005. This is believed to be the first time that capital punishment has been awarded to two serving police officers in Kerala, police sources said. ASI K Jithakumar and civil police officer SV Sreekumar were awarded the death penalty along with a fine of Rs 2 lakh by the court here. Three other accused have been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for destruction of evidence and conspiracy, besides a fine of Rs 5,000 each. Judge J Nazer said “the acts would definitely adversely affect the very institution of the police department”. Udaykumar was taken into custody in a case of theft and allegedly tortured at a police station. He died of severe injuries and ruptured veins. — PTI Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 Incidents 822 703 751 644 Deaths 111 86 97 Unlisted killed in incidents of communal violence in 2016. The responsibility of maintaining law and order, peace and communal harmony, and action against culprits rests primarily with the state governments and UT administrations, the minister said. In order to maintain communal harmony, the Centre assists state governments in a variety of ways like sharing of intelligence, sending alerts and advisories on important developments, he added. Vishal Joshi Tribune News Service Kurukshetra, July 25 At least 32 per cent seats in postgraduate non-science courses in Haryana’s seven universities are lying vacant. The Vice Chancellors blame it on the central admission system (CAS) and intend to oppose it in the next session. Of the total 4,692 seats in courses other than the science stream, 1,503 have not been filled, say sources. Although most educationists pin the blame on the rise in the number of universities in Haryana and adjoining states, Kurukshetra University claims students from villages, who are only semiliterate in information technology, were unable to fill online forms correctly. “The prospectus carries all details about the forms. No scanned document is needed. Yet the students erred at various steps,” said an official. Prof KC Sharma, VC, KU, UNIVERSITY VACANT SEATS Ch Devi Lal University, Sirsa 404 Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur 287 Ch Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani 258 Bhagat Phool Singh Women University, Sonepat 179 Ch Ranbir Singh University, Jind 157 Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 114 Kurukshetra University (KU) 104 stressed that policymakers must not confuse the use of cellphones with IT literacy. “Most students relied on cyber café operators to fill forms, who were not much of a help.” The VC of Jind’s Ch Ranbir Singh University, Prof RB Solanki, said many students had erred while picking a university of choice. Whatever the reasons may be, the picture is dismal. At Ch Devi Lal University, 73 of Tribune News Service ‘SYSTEM SO HELPLESS?’ New Delhi, July 25 Parliament on Wednesday passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018, which seeks to deter big ticket economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from evading the process of law by fleeing the country. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha with a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had cleared the measure on July 19. During the debate, the Opposition parties said the step was “too little and too late” and pointed out that the Bill was being brought in with an eye on the General Election next year. They also criticised the government for not taking action and letting the likes of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya flee the country. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said without a law, it is not possible to stop those indulging in economic offences from leaving the is agitating the ❝ Whatman is whether common the system so helpless. People want to know if confiscation of property, criminal prosecution and bringing the accused back will be possible. Venkaiah Naidu, RS CHAIRMAN country as there would be allegations of political targeting. Goyal said the Bill sought to confiscate properties of the absconding economic offender and the threshold for this law to kick in had been fixed at Rs 100 crore so that the special courts being set up did not get clogged. Goyal said the government could not allow a situation where the properties of an absconding economic offender could not be attached. continued on page 7 Anantnag town sees Women activists to Pope: Remove 1st gunfight in 14 yrs Jalandhar Bishop for fair inquiry Anantnag, July 25 The security forces gunned down two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in Anantnag on Wednesday in the first gunfight in the town in 14 years. The slain militants were identified as Bilal Ahmad Dar (alias Binyamin Dar) of Khodweni in Kulgam district and Abid Hussain Bhat of Suzan village in Doda district of the Jammu region. Dar had been among militant ranks for a year now, while Bhat joined the outfit on July 1. Bhat is considered to be the first youth from Doda district to have joined militancy in recent memory. The gunfight started in the wee hours in Mehman Mohalla locality of Lal Chowk — the busiest business hub of Anantnag town. The area was cordoned off and searches were conducted for several hours. “They were holed up in a house,” BATTLEGROUND INDIA Islamabad, July 25 Pakistan’s mainstream political parties — Shehbaz Sharif’s PML-N and Bilawal Bhutto’s PPP — on Wednesday night rejected the poll results, alleging widespread rigging and manipulation. The country’s election commission, however, played down the charges, claiming that the delay in results was due to the tedious resultgathering system. “We reject the results as there has been a blatant violation of election rules. We will announce the future line of action after a meeting of our party on Thursday,” Sharif said. Earlier, the PPP leadership charged election officials with bias. Fugitive offenders Bill through in Parl the 100 MBA seats in the general category are vacant. MDU has 24 MBA seats vacant. In KU’s “business economics” course with 60 seats, 25 are vacant. The Institute of Mass Communication is short of 23 students. At Bhagat Phool Singh Women University, Sonepat, 29 of the 60 MCom seats are vacant. At Bhiwani university, 34 of the 55 seats in MA (Hindi) are vacant. in Anantnag main town after around 14 years ■ Last one was a shootout in 2004 in which Pakistani militant Babar was shot dead in Malaknag area ■ Among the dead was Abid Bhat of Suzan village in Doda, first from district to have joined militant ranks in recent memory police sources said. The contact with militants was established at 4.30 am. The militants were neutralised after about six hours. People were not allowed to venture out of their houses, but that could not prevent clashes in which a policeman was injured. The body of the local militant was handed over to his family at Khodweni. Several rounds of funeral prayers were held and some militants also offered a gun salute. Jalandhar, July 25 Trouble for Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar Diocese seems to have amplified with voices being raised demanding his removal following an FIR alleging rape being lodged against him by a nun in Kerala last month. On Wednesday, women activists requested the Vatican to advise Pope Francis to remove the Bishop from his post at least till the time the investigation was on. Leaders of various national women's organisations and human rights activists submitted a memorandum to Giambattista Diquattro, India Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican envoy), on the alleged sexual harassment of the nun. Annie Raja, general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, said an impartial inquiry could be conducted only if the Bishop stepped down. The activists have already taken up the matter with the National Women Commission, which has assured all help to the aggrieved nun. Earlier, the Joint Christian Council too had demanded the Bishop’s removal. “Bishop Franco Mulakkal and other priests who have similar complaints against them should be immediately removed. The churches should take immediate action,” the council had said. A team led by Viakom DSP K Subhash was in Bengaluru last week interrogating two ex-nuns who served with the complainant when the offence allegedly took place (between 2014 and 2016). The DSP said he would be meeting the Vatican representative in New Delhi next continued on page 7
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