08082018-TTC-01.qxd 8/8/2018 1:51 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.218 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 wednesday,august 8,2018 HC REJECTS ABU SALEM’S PLEA FOR PAROLE TO GET MARRIED PAGE 7 US SANCTIONS ON IRAN COME INTO FORCE, TRUMP WARNS AGAINST DOING BIZ PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Import duty on 328 textile items doubled New Delhi: The government on Tuesday doubled import duty on 328 textile products to 20 per cent to boost manufacturing of these items in the country. A notification to this effect was tabled by Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan in the Lok Sabha. The increase in duties will give an edge to domestic manufacturers as imported products are currently cheaper and help create jobs in the sector. PAGE 12 Yogi recommends CBI probe into Deoria case Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday recommended a CBI inquiry into the Deoria shelter home case after the two-member probe panel submitted its report to him. He said a special investigation team headed by the ADG (Crime), which will also comprises two women police officials, has also been constituted to ensure that there is no tampering with evidence. TNS Indian’s killing: US navy veteran gets 3 life terms New York: A US navy veteran was on Tuesday awarded three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding two others at a suburban Kansas City bar last year. Adam Purinton of Olathe shot and killed Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounded Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, in February 2017. PTI /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Decorated Major, three soldiers killed at LoC 2 militants shot in Gurez infiltration bid, ops on Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, August 7 Four soldiers, including a gallantry award winning Major, were killed in a fierce encounter with infiltrators close to the Line of Control in Gurez sector of north Kashmir’s Bandipore district on Tuesday. Two unidentified militants were also killed. This is the first major infiltration bid and encounter along the LoC in Kashmir after the conclusion of parliamentary elections in Pakistan and comes just days ahead of Imran Khan being sworn in as Prime Minister. While the massive counterinfiltration operation is still under way at Bakhtoor, Gurez, 170 km from Srinagar, the Army suspects more militants may be hiding in the area. It has pressed into service a team of specialised forces to search for militants in the dense forest area. The Lashkar-e-Toiba claimed its men were involved. The slain soldiers were identified as Major Kaustubh Prakash Kumar Rane, 29, of Thane, Maharashtra; Grenadier Vikramjeet Singh, 25, of Ambala, Haryana; Rifleman Mandeep Singh Rawat, 26, of Kotdwar, Major Kaustubh Grenadier Vikramjeet Rane of M’rashtra Singh of Ambala Rifleman Mandeep Rifleman Hameer S Rawat of U’khand Singh of U’khand 133 CROSSOVER BIDS ■ 133 infiltration bids up to June this year, 69 successful ■ Six militants killed in Gurez sector in three different operations last year ■ Three militants killed in last operation in Gurez on July 27 Uttarakhand, and Rifleman Hameer Singh, 28, of Dunda, Uttarakhand. Major Rane, who was attached with 36 RR, was recently promoted and awarded the Sena Medal in May 2017 for his role in the same sector. Vikramjeet Singh, a resident of Ambala’s Tepla vil- REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION CHANU PULLS OUT OF THE ASIAN GAMES PAGE 14 lage, had tied the knot a few months ago. The gunfight began around 1 am when an Army patrol noticed the movement of at least eight heavily-armed militants and challenged them near Army’s Panth post at Bakhtoor. “They fired at the soldiers and in the intense gunfight, a Major and three soldiers of 36 RR were killed,” a source said, adding that two militants were also shot dead in the gunfight. Sources said at least four militants managed to return to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. “However, we suspect two militants are still hiding in the area and the operation is under way,” the source said. Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the infiltration bid was foiled in Gurez by the Army. Gurez is among the toughest routes to sneak into the Valley along the 350-km-long LoC in the region. In the past, militants have waded through the Kishanganga river to infiltrate into Gurez. In May, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the 330-MW Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project in Gurez. Pakistan had objected to the project. DMK patriarchdiesat94 Karunanidhi was enduring mascot of Dravidian Movement Chennai, August 7 DMK chief M Karunanidhi, one of the foremost Dravidian politicians in modern times, died here on Tuesday after waging a grim battle for life aged 94, the hospital where he was admitted for the last 11 days said. One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics, whose public life spanned over seven decades, he is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working chief and heir apparent MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP . Cries of “Ezunthu Vaa Thalaiva (arise leader and come)” rent the air as DMK supporters bearing the redand-black party flags broke into feverish chants. Shops and business establishments downed shutters as the news spread. Karunanidhi’s death comes barely 20 months after that of J Jayalalithaa, his long-time political foe, on December 5, 2016. The sharp-tongued, quickwitted Karunanidhi was a five-time Chief Minister who wielded considerable influence beyond his own state in the corridors of power in New Delhi — sewing up alliances with both the Con- Row over burial site, verdict today M Karunanidhi 1924-2018 CHANAKYA OF TAMIL POLITICS PAGE 9 END OF AN ERA PAGE 11 gress and the BJP . Hugely influenced by the rationalist and egalitarian ideology of EV Ramasamy ‘ Periyar’ and DMK founder and the state’s first Chief Minister CN Annadurai, Karunanidhi became one of the most enduring mascots of the Dravidian Movement, which aimed at seeking equal rights for the depressed sections and women, and was against Brahminism. Karunanidhi became the CM for the first time in 1969 after the demise of Annadurai. He subsequently helmed the state as CM in 1971, 1989, 1996 and 2006. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly 13 times, the last time in 2016 at the age of 92. Karunanidhi, who earned the sobriquets of ‘Thalaivar’ (The Leader) and ‘ Kalaignar’ (The Artist), became the DMK president in 1969 and held the position till his death. — PTI Chennai, August 7 Hours after the AIADMK government announced its inability to allot space on the Marina beach for burial of DMK leader M Karunanidhi, the Opposition party moved the Madras High Court, challenging its decision late on Tuesday. Senior counsel for DMK P Wilson and Saravanan went to acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh’s residence and sought permission to move an urgent motion. The acting Chief Justice heard the case at 10.30 pm at his residence. As the Tamil Nadu Government sought more time to prepare its case, the Chief Justice adjourned the hearing till 8 am on Wednesday. Earlier, DMK working president MK Stalin had written to CM K Palaniswami, seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader’s mentor CN Annadurai at the Marina. A government statement said it was “unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to several pending cases in the Madras High Court and legal complications”. — PTI Jakhar alleges cash for vote scam by govt Flaws in scheme for SC pupils, late payments: CAG 3 SC judges take oath, What’s to be done, women being no seniority change raped left, right ¢re, says SC New Delhi, August 7 Punjab Congress chief and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday attacked the government in the Lok Sabha for seeking personal details of petrol pump workers from all dealers and stalling supplies in the event of refusals. Citing a recent report by The Tribune on how oil companies had written to petrol dealers seeking details of their staff, Jakhar said, “This is a fine example of a cash-for -vote scam because the oil companies are promising a certificate from the Centre plus Rs 500 per person whose details are received. The payment of money will be timed with Lok Sabha elections. This is cash for votes.” Jakhar was speaking during the Zero Hour and demanded an urgent response of the Petroleum Minister on the matter. He New Delhi, August 7 The CAG has noted that deficiencies in guidelines and lack of planning has led to a delay (between one and six years) in disbursement of scholarship funds to 18.58 lakh Scheduled Caste students under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, it said the guidelines did not contain any provision for monitoring and evaluation, essential for decisionmakers to realistically evaluate the scheme’s progress. There were persistent short releases of funds by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, resulting in accumulation of arrears amounting to Rs 5,368 crore (71%) pertaining to the five states, the report read. — PTI New Delhi, August 7 Putting at rest the sevenmonth-old controversy over his elevation, Justice KM Joseph on Tuesday took oath as a judge of the Supreme Court along with two other judges, who were administered oath by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra before him. The much-hyped swearingin ceremony took place in court no. 1 — the CJI’s court, which was jam-packed, with many advocates and journalists failing to gain entry. The two judges administered oath before Justice KM Joseph were Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran as their names figured at number 1 and 2 in the Warrant of Appointment signed by the President last week. With three more judges taking oath, the strength of the Supreme Court has risen to 25 against the sanctioned Sunil Jakhar flashes The Tribune report in the Lok Sabha. quoted The Tribune to say that the dealers who refused to comply were being punished with stalled supplies. The dealers, Jakhar told the LS, were being asked to send caste, religion and constituency details of staffers. Why is this necessary, the Congress leader asked. — TNS JUNIORMOST JUDGE ■ Justice KM Joseph took oath as juniormost judge ■ CJI Dipak Misra first administered oath of office to Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran ■ No change in seniority as determined by the Warrant of Appointment signed by Prez ■ A day before oath, senior judges met CJI on altering of Justice Joseph’s “seniority” strength of 31 judges, including the CJI. Despite objections raised by some senior judges against undermining of Justice Joseph’s “seniority”, there was no change in the seniority and Justice Joseph was the last one to take oath. After the ceremony, the three new judges sat in the first three courts. — TNS Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 7 The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a blanket ban on publication of pictures and videos of child victims of sexual abuse across the country, even as it raised serious concern over how incidents of rape, saying sexual assaults were happening “left, right and centre”. Taking strong exception to the publication of images of child victims in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh, a three-judge Bench headed by Justice Madan Lokur directed the media not to publish even blurred/morphed pictures. Earlier, a similar ban was ordered with regard to victims of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse on August 2. “They cannot be compelled to relive the trauma again and again,” it had said. NO PUBLICATION OF PICTURES, NOT EVEN BLURRED ■ Media not to publish even blurred/morphed pictures of child victims of sexual abuse ■ Centre to submit report on survey of 8,000-9,000 shelter homes across India ■ Victims to be interviewed only by national and state child rights panels The Bench, including Justices Deepak Gupta and KM Joseph, made it clear that only the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) can interview them with the help of counsellors. It also ordered immediate arrest of the wife of an accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case for publishing child vic- Defiant AAP rebels form parallel PAC NDA on stronger wicket for RS Kejriwal confidant dares Khaira group MLAs to resign and contest afresh Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 7 Continuing to defy the Aam Aadmi Party leadership, the Sukhpal Khaira-led group on Tuesday announced a parallel political affairs committee (PAC) in Punjab even as Sangrur MP and Arvind Kejriwal confidant Bhagwant Mann dared the rebel MLAs to resign and face elections afresh. Pointing out that the party PAC had more members from Delhi than Punjab, the Khaira group had revolted against the central leadership and sought “autonomy”. Mann, who has kept off Punjab affairs since March, when he resigned as state convener to protest Kejriw- MANN: OPPORTUNISTS HUNGRY FOR POSTS ❝ I am willing to accept any post offered, including that of state convener, if Kejriwal and the people want so. They (Khaira and Kharar MLA Sandhu) are opportunists who will join anyone for posts and power. Bhagwant Mann, AAP leader al’s apology to former Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the drug charges, said he was willing to work on any post, including that of state convener, if Kejriwal and the people wanted so. Importantly, Mann was accompanied by Barnala MLA Meet Hayer. There had been speculation that he could join the dissidents. Attacking Khaira and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu, Mann dubbed them as opportunists “who will join anyone for posts and power”. Hayer claimed Sandhu had told Kejriwal that if made Leader of the Opposition, he would “manage” Sukhpal Khaira. Warning that disciplinary action may be taken against the rebels, Mann claimed Khaira’s Bathinda convention was an effort to launch his son in politics as he was among those holding the stage. The Khaira group said they would respond to the allegations on Wednesday. The ad hoc PAC comprises all eight dissident MLAs — Sukhpal Singh Khaira, (Bholath); Kanwar Sandhu (Kharar); Nazar Singh Mansahia (Mansa); Jagdev Singh Kamalu (Maur); Master Baldev Singh (Jaiton); Pirmal Singh Khalsa (Bhadaur); Jagtar Singh Jagga Hissowal (Raikot) and Jai Krishan Rodi (Garhshankar). Continued on page 7 post as larger Oppn backs out Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 7 The NDA government on Tuesday emerged stronger in a potential election on August 9 for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with the larger Opposition backing out of the race, leaving it to the Congress to fight. At a late evening meeting, the NCP Trinamool Congress, , SP and the Left declined to put up a candidate. “We told the Congress to put up a candidate, being the largest Opposition party in Rajya Sabha with 50 MPs. We will stand united behind whosoever it fields,” CPI leader D Raja said. With nominations to be filed on Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. ‘Rock solid’ with BJP Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party was rock solid with the BJP and will support any candidate the government puts up. The statement came after his meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah, which he described as routine. Wednesday, the name of BK Hariprasad was doing the rounds. The Congress has opened channels of communication with the BJD, Shiv Sena and TDP The BJD was to inform . its stand by lunch, but there was no response. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar called up Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik to seek support for Harivansh, the NDA nominee. The BJD will reveal its stand on Thursday. The Shiv Sena has sent feelers it may go with the ruling dispensation. The TRS and YSRCP too are expected to back the NDA nominee. With the demise of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, four MPs may not participate. The PDP has already said it will abstain. If the DMK and PDP both abstain, the effective strength of Rajya Sabha will be 238 and the half-way mark 119. The BJP claims to have the backing of 129 MPs. ■ NIMHANS (Bengaluru), AIIMS (Patna) and TIIS (Mumbai) to prepare roadmap tims’ names on her Facebook wall. Expressing concern over incidents of rape, the SC referred to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, which suggested a woman was raped in India every six hours. According to the data, it said 38,947 women were raped in India in 2016. “What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre,” it remarked. Slain J&K BTech ultra got picked for SI interview Suhail A Shah Anantnag, August 7 Days after a BTech-turnedmilitant was killed in the Sopore area of north Kashmir, his name on Tuesday appeared on the list of candidates selected for interview for the post of Sub-Inspector in Jammu and Kashmir Police. Khursheed Ahmad Malik, son of Ghulam Nabi Malik, of Argam Pulwama along with another local militant was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Behrampora village on August 3. A soldier also died in the gunfight. Malik had appeared in the SI written test in June and was preparing for the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) exam. Continued on page 7
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