27072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/27/2018 1:31 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, july 27, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 206 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF WB House renames state as ‘Bangla’, over to Centre now Salute to Kargil heroes Kolkata: The West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’, but the process for final approval would require an amendment to the Constitution. The move is aimed at climbing the alphabetical sequence of state names in which West Bengal appears last on the list. The resolution said the state would be called Bangla in three languages: Bengali, English and Hindi. TNS New Pak capt pitches for peace Set to be PM, Imran Khan says ready to resolve all issues with India, including J&K LS passes anti-trafficking Bill New Delhi: The Lok Sabha has passed a Bill to criminalise and penalise trafficking for exploitative sex, forced and bonded labour, begging, surrogacy and forced marriages. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill is the first standalone legislation to prevent trafficking, protect and rehabilitate victims, prosecute offenders. PAGE 7 Govt nod to Voda-Idea merger New Delhi: The Centre approved the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular, creating the country’s largest mobile operator with 35% market share. The merged entity, which would have over 430 million subscribers, came after the two firms made a joint payment of ~7,268.78 crore to the Department of Telecom. BACK PAGE /thetribunechd Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, along with Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, pays tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti on Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on Thursday. The forces’ chiefs called on Sitharaman at the Parliament House complex. Sources said it was a routine meeting. Significantly, it came on a day the results of Pakistan elections were declared. PTI Islamabad, July 26 Pakistan is ready to improve its ties with India and his government would like the leaders of the two sides to resolve all disputes, including the “core issue” of Kashmir, through talks, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said on Thursday, asserting that the blame game between the two neighbours, detrimental to the subcontinent, should stop. “If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least (we) need a start,” 65-year-old Khan said at his first public address after leading his party to victory in the general elections held on Wednesday. His party emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly elections, amid rival parties’ claim of “blatant” rigging by the army in Khan’s favour. Khan, who is set to be the next Pakistan PM, said Kashmir was the “core” issue between the two countries and it should be resolved through talks. continued on page 7 edit: imran khan in the seat MORE ON PAGE 13 WHERE THEY STAND MAJORITY 137 PTI 120 61 SECOND AUTOPSY REPORT: IT’S MALNUTRITION New Delhi, July 26 A political slugfest broke out on Thursday over the starvation deaths of three minors, including a toddler, in the national capital, with the Union Government attacking the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation for the incident. In the Lok Sabha, three BJP MPs — Ramesh Bidhuri, Parvesh Verma and Maheish ■ It looked like a typical case of malnutrition, dishevelled, monkey-like faces, no trace of fat in the bodies ■ When the body was opened, stomach, bladder and rectum were all found empty ■ No foul play suspected (like poisoning etc.) as there was no food in the stomach Girri — came down heavily on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi for the deaths. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, they alleged a “ration scam” in Delhi was stopping subsidised grains from reaching the poor. The area where the tragedy occurred fell in the constituency of Delhi’s Deputy CM, continued on page 7 Leh, July 26 Innovator from Ladakh Sonam Wangchuk, on whose life Bollywood flick ‘3 Idiots’was made, is one of the two Indians declared winners for Ramon Magsaysay Award this year. “His unique initiative to harness science and culture for economic progress improved the lives of Ladakhi youth,” read a citation by the award foundation. Wangchuk had earlier received Rolex Award for PPP OTHERS 40 51 TOTAL 272 BLAME GAME WON’T DO We ❝withwant toifimprove ties India, their Supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief, celebrate party’s victory in Islamabad. AP/PTI INDIAN EXPERTS WARY HIS JALANDHAR CONNECT Jalandhar: Imran Khan’s mother Shaukhat Khanam was from Jalandhar and the family had their house in the city’s Basti Danishmanda area. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH PAGE 2 New Delhi: There is very little possibility of any improvement in New Delhi’s ties with Islamabad if Imran Khan becomes Pakistan’s PM as he has been “propped” by the Pakistani military, politicians and strategic affairs, experts say, adding that Pakistan’s powerful military is likely to continue its hostile approach towards India, including supporting terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Sonam Wangchuk Bharat Vatwani helping Ladakh farmers overcome water shortage through an artificial glacier. Dedicating the award to teachers and students, a humble Wangchuk said: “It belongs to everyone — students, teachers and leaders.” Named after the seventh President of the Philippines who died in a 1957 air crash, the award will be presented to six winners on August 31 in Manila. Wangchuk is the foundingdirector of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, an initiative by students “who have been victims of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh.” leadership wants it too. This blame game that whatever goes wrong in Pakistan’s Balochistan is because of India and vice versa brings us back to square one. Imran Khan REPORT PAGE 13 Slugfest over Delhi starvation Magsaysay for innovator who inspired ‘3 Idiots’ deaths, BJP alleges ration scam Ladakh native, Mumbai psychiatrist Vatwani among 6 picked for award Tribune News Service & PTI PML-N The other winner is Mumbaibased Bharat Vatwani, a psychiatrist recognised for “his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing mentally afflicted destitute”. He and his wife established Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in 1988 that rescues mentally ill persons living on the streets, provides them food and shelter and reunites them with their families after psychiatric treatment. — OC File tax returns by Aug 31 now New Delhi, July 26 The government has extended the last date for filing income tax returns by a month to August 31. The new deadline was announced today, days before the July 31 deadline. The new income tax return forms were notified early in April and taxpayers (whose accounts are not liable for audit) were allowed to e-file their ITRs till July 31. “The CBDT extends the due date to August 31,” a Finance Ministry statement said. — TNS AAP replaces Khaira with Cheema as LoP Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 26 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday appointed Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema as Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in place of Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira. Delhi Deputy CM and in-charge of Punjab affairs Manish Sisodia made the announcement on Twitter. AAP has sent a letter to Punjab Speaker Rana KP Singh on the appointment. Cheema is the third LoP in 16 months, Dakha MLA HS Phoolka being the first. “AAP wants more MLAs to hone leadership skills. Also, the leadership wanted a Dalit as the party’s face in Punjab,” said a spokesperson. Khaira has called a press conference on Friday to speak on the issue. “I have discharged my duty as the Leader of Opposition with uttermost sincerity, dedication n fearlessness towards PB n Punjabi’s. If speaking d truth n espousing d cause of PB, Punjabi’s n Sikhs cost me LoP I’m pre, priority ❝ Myissues ofis to take up the drugs, unemployment and illegal sand mining. By picking a Dalit as head of its legislative wing, AAP has fulfilled its equality for all promise. I will ensure the party works as a cohesive unit. Harpal S Cheema pared let go 100 such positions. Those at d helm have done what Cong-SAD-BJP wanted (sic),” he tweeted. He had fallen out with state co-convener Dr Balbir Singh on party appointments and the “Sikh Referendum 2020” issue. He had posted a video on social media, demanding an apology from Dr Balbir for accusing him of corruption. Following Khaira’s removal, MLA Kanwar Sandhu quit as party spokesperson. AYYAPPA CELIBACY MUST BE RESPECTED, SC TOLD New Delhi: Women devotees, who ran “Ready to wait” campaign to support restrictions on the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 years into Sabarimala temple in Kerala, on Thursday told the Supreme Court that Lord Ayyappa’s right to privacy as an ‘eternal celibate’ must be respected. “A deity, having a distinct legal personality, is entitled to the rights under Articles 21, 25 and 26 of the Constitution….Lord Ayyappa’s right to maintain his ‘eternal celibate’ status is covered under the right to privacy under Article 21,” advocate J Sai Deepak told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on behalf of People4Dharma. 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