28072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/28/2018 1:54 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, july 28, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 207 | 48 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF PM friend got $20 bn offset contracts in Rafale deal: Rahul New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a fresh jibe at PM Modi over Rafale deal, alleging joint venture of “Mr 56’s friend” received “$20 bn (~1,30,000 cr) actual benefits” through offset contracts. PAGE 7 Cong chief wishes Uddhav on b’day, eyebrows raised Mumbai: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday wished Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on his 58th birthday, raising eyebrows in political circles. PAGE 7 Assange’s stay at embassy may end, hints Ecuador Prez Madrid: Ecuador President Lenin Moreno, signalling the desire to end the sojourn of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy, said he never supported leaking activities. REUTERS Today’s issue consists of 48 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, 10-page Chandigarh Tribune and 8-page Life+Style and four-page additional Marketing pull out. /thetribunechd Capt discharged in Sushma: Agent of 39 Iraq Top cops in firing line Amritsar graft case dead still at it; kin clueless for 2015 Behbal firing tribune news service Ruchika M Khanna 2008 LAND TRANSFER Mohali, July 27 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and 17 others were on Friday discharged in a decade-old corruption and criminal case registered by the Vigilance Bureau (VB), alleging a scam in granting exemption for transfer of 32.1acre prime land of the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) to a private developer. The case was registered on the recommendation of the Vidhan Sabha. Special Judge Jaswinder Singh, accepting the cancellation report filed by the VB, ordered the discharge of the accused — including former Speaker Dr Kewal Krishan and former ministers Raghunath Sahai Puri and Jagjit continued on page 7 ■ The case involves executive decision taken by previous Capt-led govt to grant licence to a private developer ■ Since the developer applied for licence before AIT notification for land acquisition, it was granted to him on a ‘first come-first-served basis’ ■ The Oppn objected to this, alleging the exemption was not according to govt policy and ‘favoured an individual’ proved that ❝ It’s beenthe allegations were motivated, borne out of sheer political vendetta. Capt Amarinder Singh on Twitter Ravi S Singh & Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service New Delhi/Jalandhar, July 27 Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Friday expressed concern over states, including Punjab, failing to take action against dubious travel agents. At a conference on “NRI marriage and trafficking of women and children”, she said the agent who had illegally sent 39 workers to Iraq, who were abducted by ISIS in Mosul and subsequently killed, was still operating in Punjab. The MEA, she added, had taken up the issue with the state government, but it had failed to take action. In Punjab, however, most of the families of the victims said they were not even Tribune News Service ABSCONDING NRI HUSBANDS IN MORE TROUBLE New Delhi: The MEA is developing a portal where summons and warrants against absconding NRI husbands would be served, and if they do not respond, they would be declared proclaimed offenders and property would be attached, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday. Such a portal would require amendments to CrPC. Swaraj said the move aims to prevent NRI marriages where husbands abandon wives and abscond or abuse abroad. The MEA said 3,328 complaints have been received in three years. TNS aware of the names and addresses of the “agents” — since the victims, working for a construction company, were from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur and Amritsar, they reportedly did not have a common travel agent. “My husband left six-seven years back. All I know is that the agent was from Chandigarh. But during the past four years, I did not even try to find out who he was as I was more worried about getting information if my husband was alive or dead. All this while we simply continued on page 7 Chandigarh, July 27 The Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, which probed incidents of sacrilege in Punjab and submitted its report to the government on June 30, has recommended strict action against police officers involved in the 2015 Behbal Kalan firing incident. It has also recommended compensation for the victims. The report extensively dwells on findings of the special investigation team as regards the role of Dera Sacha Sauda followers in various incidents of sacrilege. The commission had requisitioned call records of top police officers for the period between October 12 and October 14, 2015. The top cops whose call records were requisitioned Ally trouble for BJP: LJP Draft Bill for data protection body Starvation deaths: Father WHAT JUSTICE SRIKRISHNA PANEL SAYS gave girls ‘unknown drug’ joins Dalit group bandh TNS & Agencies Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 27 With less than a year to go for the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling BJP is facing trouble from yet another ally. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswanled LJP has decided to join the “Bharat Bandh” called by Dalit groups on August 9. continued on page 7 PASWAN’S DEMANDS ■ Restoration of provisions of the ST and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act ■ Removal of ex-SC Judge AK Goel (part of Bench that allegedly diluted the law) from the post of NGT chairperson New Delhi, July 27 Former Supreme Court Judge BN Srikrishna on Friday submitted the data protection Bill, which seeks to address key issues like individual’s right over data and data protection. Recognising privacy as a fundamental right, it proposes “explicit consent” for processing “sensitive personal information” like religious or ■ Data Protection Authority (DPA) can categorise fiduciaries as significant data fiduciaries based on ability to cause harm to data principals ■ DPA can issue directions/warnings, call for info, conduct inquiry, order data fiduciaries to cease and desist ■ Penalties can be imposed on data fiduciaries and relief awarded to data principals for violations of data protection law ■ Centre to set up appellate tribunal or grant powers to existing tribunal to hear and dispose of appeal against a DPA order political belief, sexual orientation and biometric information. Calling for setting up a Data Protection Authority, the Bill provides for the right to be continued on page 7 New Delhi, July 27 A preliminary magisterial probe report has sought further investigation into the conduct of the father of three girls, who allegedly died due to starvation in East Delhi, and said he had given them “unknown medicine”. He has been untraceable since July 24. The report said the girls were suffering from loose motion and vomiting, but were not provided adequate oral rehydration solution (ORS) and proper medication. It said the father, Mangal Singh, gave “unknown medicine” to his daughters by “mixing it in hot water” during the night of July 23. The report said the “nutritional condition of the deceased was not quite well” despite getting “some food items regularly”. — TNS POLICE ACTION ■ The police resorted to firing in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district in 2015 on Sikhs protesting against sacrilege incidents ■ In Kotkapura, police fired into the air after protests turned violent ■ At Behbal Kalan too, protesters turned violent, but here police fired at them, leading to two deaths included then DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, then IG Jatinder Jain, then Commissioner of Ludhiana Range Paramraj Singh Umaranangal; and the then SSPs of Faridkot and Moga, Sukhminder Singh Mann and Charanjit Singh Sharma, among others. continued on page 7 Truckers call off 8-day-old strike New Delhi, July 27 Truckers on Friday called off their eight-day-old strike after the government’s assurance to look into their demands, a statement said. All India Motor Transport Congress had gone on an indefinite strike demanding reduction in diesel prices, among others, from July 20. The decision was taken after a meeting of transporters and senior transport ministry officials. — TNS
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