01072018-TTC-01.qxd 8/1/2018 1:47 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,august 1, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 211 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Women’s Hockey WC: India beat Italy, enter quarters London: Playing with aggression from the word go, the Indian team on Tuesday trounced the 17th ranked Italy 3-0 to enter the quarterfinals of the Women’s Hockey World Cup. India will now face Ireland on Thursday for a berth in PAGE 15 the semifinals. UIDAI warns people against sharing Aadhaar number New Delhi: Days after TRAI chief’s Aadhaar dare created a flutter, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday asked people not to share publicly their 12-digit identifier on the Internet and social media, or pose such challenges to others. TNS NIA raids Cong Manipur MLA; recovers arms, ~26L New Delhi: The NIA conducted raids on the residence of Congress’ Saikul MLA Yamthong Haokip in Manipur and recovered weapons and ammunition, including a pistol missing from the DGP pool, a central probe agency spokesperson said. A sum of ~26.40 lakh and gold ornaments worth ~20 lakh were also recovered. PTI Imran may invite Modi to oath event PTI mulls calling all SAARC leaders Lahore, July 31 Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting leaders of SAARC countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to his oath-taking ceremony as Pakistan PM next month, a party official said. The PTI, led by 65-year-old Khan, has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, but it is still short of numbers to form the government on its own. Khan had on Tuesday said that he would take oath as PM on August 11. “The core committee of Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads, and a decision on this is expected shortly,” a leader of Khan’s party said. He termed Modi’s telephone call to Khan on his victory a welcoming sign to begin a new chapter in ties between the two countries. continued on page 7 /thetribunechd No action against 40 lakh, says SC ASSAM NRCCalls for ‘fair’ procedure by Aug 16 to decide claims of those left out Satya Prakash ‘SECURITY OUR CONCERN’ The process for NRC was started in 2005, when UPA was in power, but it lacked the courage to throw out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. It (NRC) will be implemented to last full stop and comma. (Mamata) sees vote bank, BJP looks at security of country. Tribune News Service IMRAN WOOS MQM ■ Imran’s PTI is inching towards a simple majority of 137 members of a total of 270 elected directly ■ It has 115 seats in the national assembly; its allies have 20 ■ It is negotiating with MQM for six seats ■ In Punjab, the PTI needs 148 directly elected seats; it has secured 123 ■ Its main rival PML-N has won 129 seats; the PTI has the support of 18 of the 29 Independents ■ It also has the support of 8 PML-Q legislators, which takes the figure to 149 — Fasihur Rehman Khan in Islamabad New Delhi, July 31 Amid an uproar over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that excluded 40 lakh people, the Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that “it can’t form the basis for any action”, as it was only a draft NRC. A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohington F Nariman asked the Centre to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) for deciding claims and objections against exclusions and inclusions by August 16, the next date of hearing. It said the process adopted had to be fair and every affected person must be given proper opportunity to be heard before their claims and objections were disposed of. The final draft NRC excludes 12 per cent of Assam’s population in a Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in the state. To be recognised as cit- ❝ Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF Activists of the Minority Youth Federation shout slogans against the Centre following publication of final NRC draft, in Kolkata. PTI izens, all residents had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971. The Bench said once the SOP was prepared, it would approve it if the process adopted was fair. Attorney General KK Venu- gopal said no coercive action would be taken against anyone until the claims and objections were disposed of. Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela told the Bench that affected persons can go to NRC Sewa Kendras and local registrars up to WILL LEAD TO CIVIL WAR: TMC P7 EDIT: NOT A CITIZEN, YET P8 August 7 to find out why their names did not figure. Hajela said people can file their claims and objections between August 30 and September 28 before 2,500 local registrars, who would be gazetted officers. On the date for publication of the final draft NRC, Hajela said it would be done only after approval of the court. Venugopal said the government wanted to collect biometric details of the 40 lakh people excluded from NRC as they might shift to other states. The Bench said, “At the moment, we will not express any opinion... Our silence is neither consent, nor agreement or assurance.” The AG said the government was extremely concerned about what will happen in the next few days. He wanted the Bench to give an assurance to the people that it was only a draft NRC. “We don’t give assurance... We issue only orders,” said the Bench. After the court dictated its order, a transgenders body urged it to give a second chance to around 20,000 persons, of whom only 2,000 had applied and just a few got included in the final draft NRC. “You missed the bus,” said the Bench. However, it kept their plea pending. Inflated water pipe sales, fake Khaira vs zonal Arthur Jail to ‘house’ Mallya, UK IDs to usurp ~17-cr subsidy heads over meet court wants cell clip in 3 weeks Firm in Mewat ‘connived with Agriculture Dept’ officials Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 31 A firm in Mewat’s Nuh purchased fountain sets and pipes worth Rs 97.23 lakh but showed sales of Rs 13.79 crore, usurping government subsidy worth over Rs 9 crore, allegedly in connivance with agriculture officials, during 2011-2012. The figure swelled to Rs 17 crore by 2016. The firm reportedly got bogus signatures/thumb impressions of villagers to show pipes had been laid in their fields and also prepared fake photo ID cards of “beneficiaries” which, when sent to the election department in the DC’s office for verifica- HOW SCAM SURFACED ■ The govt gives 90 per cent subsidy on mini-sprinkler sets and 50 per cent on underground water pipes ■ This subsidy was fraudulently cornered by the Nuh firm ■ A complaint was filed by farmers with CM Window, first in 2016 and then again in Jan this year.A probe uncovered the scam tion, were found to be bogus. For example, voters of the Ferozepur Jhirka Assembly segment were shown as that of Nuh. Most of the farmers owning 2 or 3 acres were wrongly shown to have received subsidy for 5 acres. All this happened during 2011-2016. Taking note of a complaint in this regard on the CM Window, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar has now ordered that an FIR be registered. Khattar’s OSD Bhupeshwar Dayal said this would enable the police to “get to the truth”. A group of farmers had lodged a complaint on October 6, 2016, alleging that the Assistant Soil Conservation Officer at Nuh and the Divisional Soil Conservation Officer, Gurugram, had connived with dealers and swindled government subsidy worth Rs 17 crore. An inquiry was marked to the officers against whom the farmers had approached the CM. continued on page 7 Bathinda convention divides AAP Chandigarh, July 31 statement. “But the prime A battle seems to have erupt- objective is to demand autoned within Punjab AAP with omy for the state unit to pre, its five zonal heads declaring vent undemocratic decithe August 2 Bathinda con- sions.” He said it was a party vention called by event to which party Sukhpal Khaira, chief Arvind Kejriwrecently removed as al and political Leader of Opposiaffairs in-charge tion (LoP), as “antiManish Sisodia too party”. The national had been invited. leadership has Taking to Twitter, already dissociated Sukhpal Khaira Khaira asked: “If we itself from the event. Punjabis can’t hold a The Khaira group claimed meeting on our soil, how will it expected a huge response we safeguard the interests of and had, therefore, changed Punjab? The AAP meet at the venue to a bigger site. Bathinda will settle the issue Kanwar Sandhu, who for once and all.” resigned as party spokesperDr Dharamvir Gandhi, susson after Khaira was pended AAP MP said he , removed as LoP said they would back the meet if the , would seek Khaira’s rein- agenda was autonomy. — TNS New Delhi/London, July 31 Union Home Ministry officials on Tuesday said fugitive Vijay Mallya would be kept at Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail — one of the best in the country — after his extradition from the UK. This came as a UK court asked the Indian authorities to submit a video within three weeks of the jail cell where they planned to keep Mallya post-extradition, while setting September 12 as the date for closing arguments in his extradition trial. During a brief hearing, Judge Emma Arbuthnot addressed representations from the Crown Prosecution Service, representing the Indian Government, and Mallya’s defence team on the conditions at Barrack 12 of the Mumbai prison. Vijay Mallya outside a court in London on Tuesday. REUTERS She asked the Indian authorities to submit a “stepby-step video” of Barrack 12 for “the avoidance of doubt” over the availability of natural light in the cell where the 62-year-old businessman is expected to be detained pretrial, during trial and in the Graduate IAF intake New gates for Wagah-Attari JCP 50% of cases filed by from Punjab is just 3 Installed in 1947, India, Pak to replace these for better view blackmailers: NGT GS Paul Tribune News Service Vijay Mohan YEARLY DROP Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 31 While intake of officers into the armed forces from Punjab has witnessed an encouraging trend over the past few years, there has been a consistent decline in the number of officers from the state getting selected into the Air Force at the graduate level. In 2013-14, as many as 35 graduate candidates from Punjab joined the IAF for pre-commission training, which has come down to just three in 2017-18, according to data compiled by the state government in June. The number of such candidates joining IAF academies was 27 in 2014-15; 26 in 201516; and 16 in 2016-17. These figures are based on the claims received for the grant of Rs 1 lakh that the Punjab Government gives to every person from the state who joins a service training academy. This does not include intake into the triservice National Defence Academy at the 10+2 level, where some cadets later opt for the Air Force. The Air Force, having an authorised strength of 12,581 officers, 35 27 26 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 16 2016-17 3 2017-18 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 ASPIRANTS SELECTED KEY FACTORS Medical parameters for the IAF, especially flying branch, are more stringent than the Army The IAF requires at least 60% marks at the graduate level for most branches Increasing number of bright youngsters are opting to go abroad for higher studies or jobs including women, faces a shortage of 206 officers. At 1.6 per cent, this shortage is the lowest compared to 12 per cent for the Navy and 15 in the Army. continued on page 7 Amritsar, July31 The Attari-Wagah border joint check post (JCP) between India and Pakistan will soon see a welcome change. Installed in 1947, the two countries have decided to replace their oversized gates and broad pillars for better viewing of the Retreat ceremony that draws crowds every day. The gates will be identical in design. Of course, the national flags and emblems will be different. Approved by Director Generals of both sides in New Delhi in October-November last year, the process to replace these gates has already begun on either side of the border. JS Oberoi, BSF DIG, said the new gate was expected to be installed by August 31. “Also, parallel pillars, their width reduced, will be raised for the benefit of the Retreat spectators, both in India and Pakistan,” he explained. Meanwhile, the new Ushaped gallery with an enhanced capacity (25,000 persons) coming up at a cost of Rs 33 crore is expected to be inaugurated in August. It will have a control room with CCTVs, an advanced sound system, a conference hall, medical room, lounges and adequate parking space. An added attraction will be a BSF museum. New Delhi, July 31 The National Green Tribunal has taken strong note of frivolous petitions being filed in the name of environment and said 50 per cent of the cases were filed by blackmailers. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the tribunal would deal with only those cases which have an important question relating to environment and ecology. “Nowadays, 50 per cent of cases are of blackmailers... Earlier, we used to issue notices... Now we are not issuing notices and disposing of cases,” Justice Goel observed. The observation came while disposing of a plea seeking stay on the construction of the 70-storey Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in Mathura by ISKCON. The green panel noted that the project had all the requisite approvals and asked the petitioner to approach the authorities for its grievances. — PTI Daughter pilots cabin crew mother’s farewell flight New Delhi, July 31 Pooja Chinchankar could not hold back her tears. Having served as Air India’s crew member for 38 long years, she retired on Tuesday from the service with her final flight from Mumbai to Bengaluru. Passengers cheered as she walked down the aisle one last time. But what made her farewell memorable was that her send-off was steered by her daughter Ashrrita, a pilot with the airline. Ashrrita, who witnessed her mother’s last stint as an air hostess from the flight deck, has been tweeting heartwarming messages about the “one flight that mattered” since Monday. The tweets went viral on social media as followers showered both the mother and daughter with love and goodwill messages. Ashrrita also posted a tweet on Tuesday evening after an eventful day with a video showing the passengers clapping for Pooja. Pooja Chinchankar with colleagues on her farewell flight. TWITTER “For all of you who asked, that’s mom on her last flight as an operating cabin crew for @airindiain. What a lovely day and what amazing passengers! So many best wish- Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers, eight-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. es and hugs. Of course, I was in the flight deck,” she said. An Air India spokesperson said that it was a coincidence that Ashrrita was flying the aircraft which was her mother’s farewell flight. “Our heartfelt wishes to your mother and you for this special flight when she passes the baton on to you to have the privilege of serving our passengers with dedication. The legacy lives on,” the national carrier tweeted. — PTI event he is convicted by the Indian courts. In New Delhi, Home Ministry officials said the prisons in India were as good as in any other country and prisoners’ rights were fully protected. Mallya’s apprehension about threat to his life was “misleading”, a Home Ministry official said. The Centre had conducted an assessment of security cover in the jail and conveyed its findings to the UK court. As Mallya arrived at court, he said: “I have made a comprehensive offer to the Karnataka HC to settle dues... the question of stealing money, money laundering are all blatantly false charges.” Mallya is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering. — PTI US designates LeT commander global terrorist New Delhi, July 31 In the latest counter-terrorism action, the US Departments of State and Treasury have notified Lashkar commander Abdul Rehman alDakhil as a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT). The list imposes sanctions on “foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of American nationals or the country’s national security, foreign policy or economy”. Among other consequences, all of his property and interests subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him, said the State Department. Dakhil, a longtime member of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), was an operational leader for the attacks carried out in India between 1997 and 2001. In 2004, Dakhil was captured in Iraq by British forces and held in US custody. He was transferred to Pakistan in 2014. After his release, Dakhil returned to work for LeT as divisional commander for the Jammu region. — TNS
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