30082018-TTC-01.qxd 30-08-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.239 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, august 30,2018 JAITLEY TERMS CONGRESS’ RAFALE CAMPAIGN FALSE PAGE 7 TRUMP WARNS OF ‘VIOLENT’ CHANGE IF DEMOCRATS WIN MID-TERM POLL PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA 2 PRO-KHALISTAN ACTIVISTS BOOKED FOR ATTACKING DSGMC CHIEF PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 5 activists get SC relief, put under house arrest Corridor hope as Indian envoy visitsKartarpur Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Court calls ‘dissent safety valve’, seeks report from Maha An Appeal to Readers The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past. 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While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust Third list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 New Delhi/Pune, August 29 Describing dissent as the “safety valve of democracy”, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the five human rights activists arrested by the Maharashtra Police over suspected Maoist links be kept under house arrest until the next date of hearing on September 6. The interim relief, which spares the five Left-wing activists the prospect of being sent to jail or police custody for now, came on a day of multiple court battles following their Tuesday arrests. In a pan-India crackdown, poet Varavara Rao was arrested in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, trade unionist and lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad and Chhattisgarh and civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha in Delhi. The raids were part of a probe into a conclave — Elgar Parishad — held in Koregaon-Bhima near Pune on December 31 last year, which had allegedly triggered violence the next day. Giving relief to the activists, a Bench headed by Activists hold a protest in Delhi. NHRC notice to Maha Chief Secretary, DGP New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary and state DGP, seeking a report within four weeks. It said the “police have apparently not properly followed the standard operating procedure during arrests, which may amount to violation of human rights”. TNS Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud observed: “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy and if you don’t allow these safety valves it will burst.” The apex court questioned the police for arresting the activists nine months after the violence between Dalits and upper caste Peshwas at KoregaonBhima village. The apex court also issued notice to the Maharashtra Government and the state police asking for a “factual report” within four weeks on a plea by five leading intellectuals, including historian Romila Thapar and economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain. They claimed the arrests were aimed at “silencing dissent” and “instilling fear” in the minds of people. “The Supreme Court has passed an order that covers all who were arrested,” said lawyer Vrinda Grover after the ruling, adding they would be taken back to their homes. Shortly after the apex court order, a Pune court directed the police to send the arrested activists back to their homes. Rao, Ferreira and Gonsalves were taken to Pune late on Tuesday, while Bharadwaj is confined to her home in Faridabad and Navlakha to his Delhi residence. They were arrested under various Sections of the IPC, Continued on page 7 Edit: the Clampdown BJP legislators keen on govt formation in J&K Jammu: A majority of the BJP legislators on Wednesday suggested formation of a popular government in J&K. Though they authorised the high command to take a final call, they asked the state unit to convey their “feelings” to the national leadership. PAGE 10 2% DA for Central staff New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved release of additional instalment of 2 per cent of basic pay as dearness allowance (DA) to Centre Government staff and dearness relief (DR) to pensioners. The increase will be effective from July 1, 2018. TNS Shivpal Yadav floats party Lucknow: The uneasy truce within the Yadav family ended on Wednesday with Shivpal Yadav, estranged uncle of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, formally announcing the formation of Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM). PAGE 7 ARPINDER SINGH LEAP TO GLORY I NDIA bagged two gold medals on Wednesday with Swapna Barman, daughter of a rickshaw puller, winning the women’s heptathlon, and Punjab’s Arpinder Singh becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch the top spot after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970). Dutee Chand won her second silver at the Asiad in the women’s 200m and the table tennis duo of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal won bronze in the mixed doubles. PAGE 14 ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY INDIA 11 20 23 54 99.3% of DeMo notes back: RBI Oppn calls it ‘monumental folly’|Govt says objectives met Mumbai, August 29 Almost all 500 and 1,000 currency notes rendered illegal in November 2016 have returned to the banking system, the RBI said on Wednesday, prompting the Opposition to question the efficacy of demonetisation in curbing black money. The government, however, insisted that the exercise had achieved the objectives “quite substantially”. Banks received Rs 15.31 lakh crore (99.3 per cent) of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore worth of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in circulation on November 8, 2016, when the note ban was announced, the RBIsaid. This meant just Rs 10,720 crore of the junked currency did not return to the banking system as against initial estimates of Rs 3 lakh crore, presumed to be stashed away illegally to avoid tax. Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg said the objectives, like checking black money, terror-financing, promoting digital transaction and weeding out fake notes Continued on page 7 Explores possibility of bringing 4-km project to fruition Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa suggested that they were considering opening up the Kartarpur corridor to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next year. The 4-km corridor, if opened, would connect Kartarpur Sahib, where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years, to Dera Baba Nanak Dev in Gurdaspur on the Indian side. According to sources in Pakistan, the envoy during his visit looked towards the Indian border visible from the gurdwara rooftop, interacted with caretakers and Continued on page 7 4 cops shot, hours after Hizb commander killed Ludhiana shelter Kachroo’s elimination big success for forces Tribune News Service IN BRIEF SWAPNA BARMAN New Delhi, August 29 Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Ajay Bisaria on Wednesday visited Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Narowal, bordering Gurdaspur in Punjab. This comes just days after Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu visited Pakistan to attend the oath ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Sidhu had later mentioned that Srinagar, August 29 Hours after the security forces eliminated two top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Hizb and Jaish militants killed four policemen in neighbouring Shopian. The militants decamped with weapons of the slain cops, who were all security guards of Shopian Deputy Superintendent of Police (Operations) Ashiq Tak. The DSP's picture with his four guards had gone viral on the social media after it appeared in the New York Times on August 1. The officer had trailed Hizb commander Sameer Tiger, who was killed on April 30 this year. The latter had allegedly killed his uncle Bashir Ahmad in Pulwama. The slain policemen — Constables Ishfaq Ahmad Mir, Javed Ahmad Bhat and Muhammad Iqbal Mir and Special Police Officer (SPO) Adil Manzoor Bhat — had stopped at an auto work- home owner held encounter, the authorities snapped mobile/internet Anantnag, August 29 services in Anantnag and Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Kulgam. Also, train services Kachroo, one of the longest on the Banihal-Srinagar track surviving militants and divi- were suspended for a day. sional commander of Hizbul Restrictions were imposed in Mujahideen, was killed in a most parts of Anantnag town gunfight with security and its periphery. Despite forces in Anantnag, 45 km that clashes broke out in from Srinagar, on Qaimoh and KhodWednesday. His aide weni areas of Kulgam, Umar Rashid Ganaie district the area to was shot dead too. which the slain miliThe gunfight on the tants belonged. Severoutskirts of Anantal civilians were hurt. nag, lasted four hours. Kachroo joined the “The operation was Hizb in 2007. “He launched at about 2 Altaf Ahmad Dar recruited local youths am following inputs alias Kachroo and engineered attacks on the presence of milon security installaitants in the area,” a senior tions and civilians. His death police official said. “ The mil- is a huge success for the forces itants fired from their hide- and will help restore normalout at about 6 am.” Local cy in the state,” a police official sources said the house where said. Several militants are the militants were holed up reported to have attended was reduced to a rubble. Kachroo’s funeral. More on page 10 Minutes after the Ludhiana, August 29 The Jharkhand Police on Wednesday arrested Satyandra Parkash Musa, 60, who ran Packiam Mercy Cross Trust, a child shelter home in the city, facing allegations of religious conversion. Four children among eight rescued by the police last week have been taken to Jharkhand. At least 38 children, aged between 5-18, had been living at the home, that was issued notice by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in July to get itself registered. The CWC later learnt 30 children had been sent back to their parents in Jharkhand without informing the CWC. When the home was raided on August 20, eight children were found. They were shifted to a home in Doraha. Jharkhand’s SI Balram Das said they started investigations after receiving a com- Tribune News Service J&K Police chief SP Vaid, along with ADGP Munir Khan, IG SP Pani and others, carries the bodies of four policemen killed in a militant attack in Shopian on Wednesday. PTI Javed Ahmad Bhat Mohd Iqbal Mir Ishfaq Ahmad SPO Adil Manzoor Bhat IQBAL & ISHFAQ HAD APPEARED IN A NYT REPORT WITH DSP TAK shop on the outskirts of Shopian for to get their official vehicle repaired. In Tral, militants abducted the son of a policeman late in the evening. Unregistered, was put on notice in July The child shelter home in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN plaint that children were kept illegally at the Ludhiana home. DC Pradeep Agrawal said a probe into the conversion charges was on. The CWC had been asked to file an FIR, he added. Musa and his son denied the charges. — TNS Rewari villagers lock school gates, demand more staff Gurdaspur clerk behind bars gets additional charge of two schools! Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rewari, August 29 Angry villagers on Wednesday locked the main gates of Government High School, Chhillar. With no math or science teacher for almost a year, they said the studies of their wards had been hit. Accompanied by students, they staged a dharna outside the school for over three hours, obstructing teachers. One of them filed a police complaint. Tension mounting, Rewari SDM Jitender Kumar, along with local officials of the Education Department, rushed to the village. He assured the protesters their grievance would be examined and a way out found. Thereafter, the vil- Villagers and students protest outside government high school at Chhillar village in Rewari. TRIBUNE PHOTO lagers opened the school gates, warning they would resume their stir if their demand was not met “soon.” The gram panchayat, they said, had passed a resolution on September 11 last year, demanding math and science teachers at the school, but nothing had come of it. The school has a strength of 156 students (68 in primary and 88 in secondary wing). “We have been running from pillar to post, but none has paid any heed to our demand. The residents locked the school gates only to draw the attention of the higher authorities,” explained sarpanch Balram. A Class IX student said they were forced to take the help of private coaching centres, paying exorbitant charges. As a temporary arrangement, a teacher had been deputed at the school, Rewari DC Ashok Sharma said, adding he had written to the education authorities to depute more teachers at the school. Rajeev Ratan, Director (Secondary Education), said the process of “rationalisation of teachers” was underway to cope with the staff shortage in government schools. Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, August 29 A clerk in Punjab’s Education Department, lodged at Gurdaspur Central Jail in a Rs 18-lakh fraud case for the past 13 months, has been handed over charge of two more schools. Besides his duties at Lakhan Kalan, undertrial Kulwant Singh has been asked to handle work at the Kandiala and Panjgrain high schools. The department orders, dated August 8, clearly suggest his headquarters should be moved to Jalandhar. Explaining the faux pas, Deputy District Education Officer Rakesh Gupta says that work had been re-allocated on the basis of data collected by the department months ago, which was probably not updated. Clerk Kulwant Singh, in prison since June 27, 2017, was at the government high school in Lakhan Kalan when an FIR was filed against him at the Kalanaur police station on February 22 last year for GPF fraud. He was booked on the complaint of the school headmistress after she was informed by the treasury office of the scam. Kulwant Singh was suspended forthwith. Kuldeep Singh Purewal, convener of Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, Gurdaspur unit, remarked: “Senior officers pushing for ‘smart classes’ are apparently not smart enough when it comes to elementary tasks, such as transfers.” Harjinder Singh Wadala Bangar, a teachers’ union leader, said the blunder “speaks volumes of the department efficiency. It was common knowledge that the clerk had been incarcerated. The faux pas must be explained.”
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