18082018-TTC-01.qxd 18-08-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.227 | 22 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, august 18,2018 US SANCTIONS MYANMAR’S FOUR MILITARY COMMANDERS PAGE 15 OVER 15 LAKH JAN DHAN ACCOUNTS PUT ON NOTICE PAGE 14 /thetribunechd INSIDE JAMMU AND KASHMIR /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Final farewell MANAS RANJAN BHUI Soldier dies in gunfight; 2 civilians killed in attacks Srinagar: A soldier was killed in a gunfight with militants in Handwara, 90 km from Srinagar, on Friday. In separate incidents, a woman was shot dead in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, while a 70-year-old civilian was killed in a grenade attack in the Awantipora area of Pulwama. P6 Sreevalsan Thiyyadi Hockey stalwart no more The mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee are consigned to flames as foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika look on. President Kovind, PM Modi and other dignitaries can be seen in the backdrop. REPORTS ON PAGE 7 Imran elected Pak PM, oath today Defeats ShehbazSharif easily as PPP abstains from vote Terlok Singh Sikh stabbed to death in US store NewYork, August 17 A Sikh man was stabbed to death at his store in the US state of New Jersey, the third incident targeting the minority Sikh community in the country in three weeks. Terlok Singh was found dead by his cousin on Thursday in his store with an apparent stab wound in the chest. The Essex County Prosecutor’s office is calling the incident a homicide. Terlok Singh, described as a very kind person, is survived by his wife and children who live in India. His family closed the store as a deeplysaddened community watched in horror. Civil rights organisation the Sikh Coalition expressed condolences to Singh’s family and the local community. Simran Jeet Singh, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Centre for Religion, said “this is the third attack on a Sikh in the last three weeks. So tired of all this sadness”. On August 6 in Manteca, California, 71-year-old Sahib Singh was brutally attacked while the elderly man was on a morning walk. On July 31, 50-year-old Surjit Malhi was attacked while putting up campaign signs in support of an incumbent Republican Congressman. — PTI 2.2 lakh in camps, toll reaches 173 inKerala FLOOD FURY Rescue operations stepped up SPORT Chandigarh: Former hockey player and coach Hardayal Singh, a member of the team that won the gold at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, died in Dehradun on Friday. He was 90. Singh, Hardayal Singh bestowed with the Dhyanchand Award in 2004, was in-charge of the national team from 1983 to 1987. P 17 IAF EVACUATES INJURED FRENCH WOMAN FROM LEH PAGE 18 Islamabad, August 17 Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was elected Pakistan’s new prime minister on Friday after he defeated veteran politician Shehbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly. The election for the top post had become just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (54 seats) abstained from voting following a rift over Sharif’s candidature. Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced. Imran Khan After the announcement of the result, PML-N lawmakers chanted slogans against Khan and protested in the House. Khan will take oath as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister on Saturday. In all, 172 votes in the 342member Lower House of Parliament are needed to form a government in Pakistan. The voting was held in the open through division of members in different galleries designated for different candidates. The PPP lawmakers remained seated during the voting process. The Jamaat-iIslami did not take part in the voting. In a last-ditch effort to persuade the PPP to vote for Sharif, senior PML-N leader and former speaker Ayaz Sadiq went to Bhutto’s seat and tried to convince him to change his decision to abstain from voting, sources said. Even Sharif spoke to Bhutto to persuade him not to abstain. However, Bhutto excused himself from voting, they added. — PTI SIDHU: IN PAKISTAN AS IMRAN’S FRIEND I have come here not as a politician, but as a friend. I have come here to take part in the happiness of my friend (Imran)… Hindustan jeevay, Pakistan jeevay ❝ Navjot Singh Sidhu, PUNJAB MINISTER The sun on Friday occasionally peeped through the dark menacing clouds over Kerala, lending a ray of hope to the people caught in a deluge that has submerged vast swathes of the coastal state, claiming 173 lives in a week. The state had last witnessed floods of such severity in 1924. There were signs of a let-up in the monsoon fury in several parts with the water level in most of Kerala’s 41 rivers receding below the danger mark. However, hill tracts along the Western Ghats in upstate Malabar continued to report random landslips. With rescue operations strengthened owing to better deployment of Central forces and 2.23 lakh people shifted to 1,568 relief camps, charity organisations and private enterprises have begun collecting funds and clothes for the affected — many of them stranded atop homes, hostels and even hospitals. Forty-two teams of the Indian Navy and 16 of the Army have been pressed into service. The IAF has chipped in too with 23 helicopters. As many as 250 motorised boats are providing help to those marooned in the worst-affected districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. The boats are lined along major rivers — the Periyar, Bharatapuzha and Pampa. The police and disaster management personnel are working round the clock. continued on page 7 STUCK ON ROOFTOP, AIRLIFTED, DELIVERS BOY Kochi: A pregnant woman — Sajita Jabil, 25 — stranded on the roof of her house in Aluva, a submerged area of Ernakulam district, with a ruptured amniotic sac was on Friday rescued in a Navy helicopter. A doctor was lowered to examine her before she was airlifted and taken to Sanjivani hospital in Alappuzha district. Almost half an hour later, she delivered a baby boy — some good news for Keralites in the despair. IANS COASTAL STATE SUBMERGED 2.23 LAKH PEOPLE LODGED IN 1,568 RELIEF CAMPS ON RESCUE MISSION 42 teams of the Navy 16 of the Army 23 IAF helicopters 250 motorised boats ~10crore HIGH ALERT IN 12 OF KERALA’S 14 DISTRICTS KERALA WORST-HIT DISTRICTS THRISSUR ERNAKULAM ALAPPUZHA PATHANAMTHITTA SC asks water in Mullaperiyar dam be brought down by 3 feet Kerala’s longest Periyar river breaches banks worth relief by Punjab PEOPLE STRANDED ON A ROOFTOP AWAIT AID IN KERALA. REUTERS Agnivesh attacked Face readers at border on way to BJP office to keep track of farmers New Delhi, August 17 Social activist Swami Agnivesh was allegedly heckled and assaulted purportedly by BJP workers near the party headquarters here on Friday. Agnivesh was on his way to pay homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Around 20-30 BJP workers came and pushed me. My ‘pagdi’ fell down and they started calling me a traitor,” Agnivesh, 79, told reporters. This follows a similar assault on him by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists during his visit to Pakur in Jharkhand in July. — PTI BSF begins pilot project along fence Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Agnivesh is attacked while on his way to pay tribute to Vajpayee. Chandigarh, August 17 Faced with increasing instances of cross-border smuggling and to check unauthorised movement across the border fence, the Border Security Force (BSF) is introducing face recognition-based access-control system at gates through which farmers move to till their land. As a pilot project, one such system is being installed at a border post to monitor and regulate movement. During a visit to Amritsar, BSF Director General KK Sharma said Pakistani smugglers were trying to push in more contraband into India and that seizures by the BSF had gone up in the recent past. Connivance of some border residents, including those who cross the fence for farming, is a known fact. According to BSF sources, the face reader, with ruggedised hardware, should be fixable on a fencing gate, naka or observation post. continued on page 7 Asia sets eyes on Jakarta as Games begin today THE TRIBUNE @ VINAYAK PADMADEO ‘Red and White’ was displayed outside most of the houses both in the plush Central Business District in Jakarta as well as on the outskirts. A day before the official opening of the 18th Asian Games, Indonesians celebrated their 73rd Independence Day on Friday. And so, the smiles were bigger and brighter on the faces of the volunteers — drafted in to ensure the smooth conduct of the Games. Vinyl hoardings and bright neon signs are visible everywhere as the country prepares to kickstart the festivities at the impressive Gelora Bung Karno Stadium — the main venue of the Games as well as the opening ceremony scheduled for Saturday. It’s only fitting that such an important event kicks off at a stadium named after Bung Karno, the leader who proclaimed Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch. The Games’ successful conduct has also become the biggest challenge for the country’s richest man, Erick Thohir, who co-owns the President Joko Widodo carries the torch for the Asian Games. AFP Inter Milan football club. But the high-handedness of the police to control the crime graph or the stench from the Sentiong river that flows near the Athletes’ Stadium in Kemayoran, to the rising pollution level, there have been many issues to mar the run-up to the Games. Amnesty International has claimed that the police have eliminated 31 petty criminals since January. The notorious traffic of Jakarta, omnipresent till a day ago, seems to have vanished overnight and the authorities have laid emphasis on the beautification of the city. The local administration has even covered the polluted river with nylon nets to spare the athletes an eyesore. The stench, though, remains strong, ironically strongest near the athletes’ dining hall. These issues, however, are of little concern for the Indian contingent. On Friday, Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. they mourned the demise of former PM Vajpayee with a two-minute silence. For Saina Nehwal and the badminton contingent, however, it was business as usual with a gruelling four-hour training stint under the watchful eyes of coach Pullela Gopichand. Medal favourites Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, too, were relaxed ahead of the actual competition. Bajrang, in fact, might well be India’s first gold medallist, with his bout slotted for August 19. “Ask him anything, he never says no to an interview,” Vinesh laughed, only to get a laugh in return. The banter aptly summed up the mood in the Indian contingent. 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