31072018-TTC-01.qxd 31-07-2018 01:36 Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, july 31, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 210 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF /thetribunechd 12% of Assam residents off citizens’ list 40 lakh do not find name in final draft of National Register of Citizens| Political slugfest erupts Modi dials Imran Khan, congratulates on victory New Delhi: Days after cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan emerged as the top contender for the Pakistan PM’s job, PM Narendra Modi on Monday reached out to him. Modi congratulated him for his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerging as the largest party in the National Assembly. “The PM expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood,” said an official statement. TNS PUNJAB SAD leader Langah acquitted in rape case Gurdaspur: Former SAD minister and SGPC member Sucha Singh Langah was on Monday acquitted in a rape case filed against him by a Punjab Police employee on September 28, 2017. PAGE 3 NATION Guwahati, July 30 A Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam on Monday excluded over 40 lakh people from the final draft list, triggering a political slugfest, with the Opposition alleging it was a BJP gameplan to divide the people for electoral gains. Nearly 12 per cent of the population could not make it to the complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC). To be recognised as citizens, all residents had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971. Hundreds of thousands of people had fled to India during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s. Most of them settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km border with Bangladesh. Authorities said the citizenship test was crucial to protect ethnic Assamese, many of whom have demanded removal of outsiders they accuse of taking jobs and cornering resources. Registrar General of India Sailesh said, “It is a complete draft, but not the final NRC. There will be plenty of scope for filing claims. No genuine Indian citizen should worry at all.” — TNS/Agencies more on page 7, op-ed ‘NO NEED FOR PANIC’ No coercive action will be taken. There is no need to panic. This is a draft, not the final list. Those left out can approach the foreigners’ tribunal. ❝ 3,29,91,384 persons from Assam had applied for inclusion of their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) 2,89,83,677 names have been included in the complete draft of the updated NRC that was published on Monday 40,07,707 12% names (around 12% of Assam’s population) did not make it to the final list due to various reasons Rajnath Singh, HM People wait to check their names on final draft of NRC in Nagaon. REUTERS TWO ASSAM MLAs ALSO NOT ON LIST The names of two Assam MLAs also do not figure in the final draft of NRC. One of them is Ramakanta Deori, BJP MLA from Morigaon. In fact, Deori and family members did not apply for inclusion of names in updated NRC. The other MLA whose name is missing is Ananta Kumar Mallah, the AIUDF legislator from South Abhyapuri. ‘IT’S DIVIDE & RULE’ Indian citizens have become refugees in own land. Centre resorted to vote bank and divide and rule policy. I am fighting for all. ❝ Mamata Banerjee, WB CM Kejri plays caste card, says Bains Karnal youth freed with help insulted Dalits; MLA hits back of Indian embassy in Manila Bill for death to child rape convicts passed Jupinderjit Singh New Delhi: A Bill seeking death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years and making the law against such sexual offences more stringent was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday. It replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21. TNS Chandigarh, July 30 Days after he charged the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) with attempts to break his party’s state unit, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took on his former Punjab ally for its alleged “anti-Dalit” stand, saying LIP MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, a Jat, had insulted the Dalits by calling Leader of Opposition Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. TECTONIC SIFT Tribune News Service Arvind Kejriwal Simarjit S Bains (LoP) Harpal Cheema ‘Pappu’ in a TV interview recently. Bains, on the other hand, accused Kejriwal of trying to create caste tensions by “twisting” his remark. Speaking to The Tribune, he said ‘Pappu’ was a reference to Cheema being Kejriwal’s yes-man whereas Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who had been removed as LoP always , spoke his mind. “I don’t need a certificate from Kejriwal. Everyone knows Dalits are a part of my party and I have stood by them,” he said. continued on page 7 Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, July 30 The Philippines police on Sunday rescued a 20-yearold Haryana youth, Pardeep Kumar, from his kidnappers after Karnal Superintendent of Police (SP) Surinder Singh Bhoria approached the Indian Ambassador in Manila for help. The SP said Pardeep’s father Rajinder Kumar, a res- ident of Dhanokheri village in about the kidnapping by a Indri block, approached him girl, Kristine Ortiz. A Faceon July 28, informing book friend of him about the kidPardeep, Ortiz napping of his son for claimed unidentified a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. persons had kid“He showed me a napped him on July photo of Pardeep in 25. The Karnal SP captivity, received on wrote to the Indian the Facebook mesembassy in the Philipsenge. He was lying Pardeep Kumar pines, requesting the on a mat with limbs and envoy to take up the matter mouth taped up,” the SP said. with the authorities. continued on page 7 The family was informed P’kula dera rioting case falls flat too Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 30 In a blow to the Haryana Government, the second dera violence case (FIR no. 362) too has fallen flat with District and Sessions Judge Ritu Tagore on Monday acquitting six Sacha Sauda followers, also called Premis, accused of rioting and damaging public property in Panchkula in August last year. Those acquitted are Hoshiar Singh from Kaithal, Sanga Singh, Gyani Ram and Tarsem from Sangrur, Ravi Kumar from Muktsar and Ram Kishan from Karnal. They were charged with trying to set afire the Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in Panchkula’s Sector 4 near Hafed Chowk — the epicentre of the violence. They were earlier acquitted on April 30 in another case of rioting (FIR no. 415). Panchkula DCP Rajender Kumar Meena said they were yet to get a copy of the order. “We will examine it and decide the next course of action.” However, defence counsel RS Chauhan said a majority of prosecution witnesses failed to identify his clients in court. On December 21 last year, the six dera followers were charged with rioting, unlawful assembly and mischief by fire with intent to destroy houses. Sedition charges have been dropped in four cases so far.
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