01082018-TTC-01.qxd 01-09-2018 01:18 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.241 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, september 1,2018 RABRI DEVI, TEJASHWI YADAV GET BAIL IN IRCTC SCAM CASE PAGE 7 SHAPE UP OR WE WILL QUIT, TRUMP WARNS WTO PAGE 17 /thetribunechd RAHUL GANDHI LEAVES FOR MT KAILASH; CONG, BJP SPAR OVER HIS ROUTE PAGE 20 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com All abducted kin of cops freed in Valley SECOND BEST Art 35A hearing adjourned to January by SC Hizb commander sounds warning THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA Tribune News Service Suhail A Shah 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. The Tribune Trust, which has decided to contribute ~20 lakh, appeals to its readers to donate generously. Your donation will make a difference to the families of those who have lost their lives and homes. The names of all those who donate ~500 and above will be published. All such donations are eligible for deduction under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Donations should be in the form of crossed cheques or demand drafts in favour of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and sent to The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160030 or to The Tribune offices in various cities. All donations will be duly sent to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust T HE Indian women’s hockey team failed to break its 36-year-old gold jinx after losing to Japan 1-2 to settle for the silver medal. A gold would have guaranteed direct qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. PAGE 18 Swaraj Bir Singh joins as Punjabi Tribune Editor Chandigarh, August 31 Sahitya Akademi Award winner and prominent Punjabi playwright Swaraj Bir Singh took over as Editor of Punjabi Tribune on Friday. He has to his credit several anthologies of Punjabi poems and plays addressing social issues. ‘Swarajbir’ — as he signs in his literary works — received the Akademi honour in 2016 for his muchacclaimed 2013 play ‘Maseya di Raat’ (Moonless Night). Born in 1958 at Verka, Amritsar, Swaraj Bir trained as a doctor before he went on to join the police service, besides winning several national and state awards for literary works. His well-known plays include ‘Dharam Guru’, ‘Agni Kund’, ‘Krishna’, ‘Medni’, ‘Shayari’, ‘Kallar’, ‘Haq’ and ‘Pul-Sirat’, which have been staged in Punjab as well as abroad. Most of his works deal with themes such as patriarchy and religious bigotry. Though a 1986-batch IPS officer who retired as DGP Meghalaya, in July, he , is better known in the region for his writing. He said that as Editor he would endeavour to keep up the high traditions of journalism practised in Punjabi Tribune, with an impartial and balanced approach. — TNS INDIA 13 23 29 65 Image dented, senior Akalis demand course correction Stir from today, Sukhbir’s decision-making questioned Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service The fifth list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY Anantnag, August 31 All relatives of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel abducted by militants from different parts of south Kashmir on Thursday evening were freed on Friday. Militants at the same time released videos of those abducted appealing to the state Director General of Police to “not harass the families of militants”. The abductions started on Wednesday evening from Tral in Pulwama district where a policeman’s son was taken away from his house. The first abduction was carried out hours after Hizbul Mujahideen operation commander Reyaz Naikoo’s father was taken into police custody. Naikoo had then warned the police to release all relatives of militants within three days or face Chandigarh, August 31 The Shiromani Akali Dal is facing a political crisis, with the Capt Amarinder Singhled Congress government, with the help of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Vidhan Sabha, having succeeded in denting its “Panthic” image. Senior Akali leaders have begun questioning the decision of party chief Sukhbir Badal not to participate in a debate on the floor of the Punjab Assembly on the Ranjit Singh Commission report regarding incidents of sacrilege during the SAD-BJP tenure. Akali leaders, who had hitherto taken a back seat, have now taken upon themselves to salvage the party image and are ready to take the fight to of a walkout, ❝ Insteadshould have Akali MLAs stoutly defended party patriarch (Parkash Singh Badal), targeted by Congress and AAP, on floor of the House. Tota Singh, AKALI LEADER the streets. With the Akalis on Saturday launching a stir against the Congress and radical Sikhs and AAP on an “effigy burning” campaign, it is feared that clashes may erupt between workers. Clearly, it is “do or die” for the SAD, its image soiled just days ahead of the panchayat elections. The Congress has managed to project itself as Panthic by forcefully taking on those believed to have committed sacrilege, squarely blaming followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief and the Akalis for “protecting” the dera. Alarmed, senior Akali leaders, including former minister Tota Singh, a close associate of former CM Parkash Singh Badal, at a meeting of the party’s core committee meeting here on Thursday, is learnt to have told Sukhbir Badal that the party was losing the perception battle and that it was time for corrective measures. The SAD president, in a bid to quell dissent, is reported to have contended that a survey showed a tide building in favour of the Akalis. continued on page 7 more on page 2 dire consequences. The arrest of Naikoo’s father coincided with the setting ablaze of at least three houses of militant families in Shopian, allegedly by security forces. Those abducted included close relatives of some senior police officials, including at least two Deputy SPs, an SHO and a Sub-Inspector. Naikoo announced their release via an audio message circulated over social media: “We have released them for now, but the policemen should learn a lesson and be aware that we can harm their families at will.” He said the war was not against the policemen, but the militants were being pushed to take extreme steps. “The next time we abduct their kin, they should know we can’t keep them for long. And they know we have only one way of punishment,” Naikoo said. Satya Prakash New Delhi, August 31 The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to January 2019 hearing on petitions against Article 35A of the Constitution after both the Centre and the state of Jammu and Kashmir sought deferment citing law and order problem and preparations for local body elections in the state. Added to the Constitution through a Presidential Order in 1954, Article 35A gives special rights and privileges to permanent residents of J&K and debars rest of Indians from acquiring immovable property, obtaining state government jobs and settling in the state. It denies property rights to women marrying men from other states. Besides being violative of the right to equality and certain other rights, Article 35A has been challenged on the ground that the President could not have amended the continued on page 7 J&KGuv banks on accessibility mantra ‘Youth more alienated, hugely talented’ Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Jammu, August 31 Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, who assumed charge on August 23, on Friday said there was “no instant formula” to overcome the multitude of challenges facing the state and its residents, but a process could be evolved to reach out to the people and “that’s what I have started doing”. In a telephonic interview, he said he was banking on the accessibility mantra that would go beyond Raj Bhavan. “I am keen to strengthen the grievances cells at all levels. This is what would connect us with people. I am determined to weed out lethargy and corruption from the administrative system.” He said there was a huge difference between the Valley he saw in 1988 (before militancy broke out) and now. “That Activists spoke of Toxic froth in Baddi too ‘Rajiv-type’ event, claim Maha cops Mumbai, August 31 The five rights activists arrested by Pune police earlier this week were part of a conspiracy to spark caste riots across Maharashtra, the state’s ADGP Parambir , Singh, said here on Friday. “After the Elgaar Parishad at Pune on December 31 last year, a case was registered regarding hate speeches at the event, most of these by those associated with Kabir Kala Manch,” the ADGP said. The activists were involved in radicalising students of JNU and TISS, he claimed, as he read out excerpts from letters purportedly exchanged between Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling and Maoist associates. He said one of the thousands of letters seized spoke of ending “Modi raj” with a “Rajiv Gandhitype incident”. — TNS tribune news service chandigarh, August 31 The ever blunt and the man “with malice towards all”, the late Khushwant Singh, might have been rather unkind to the first woman writer of Punjabi literature, the grand dame of Punjabi letters, Amrita Pritam. His dismissive remark on her life may have led her to name her memoir ‘Raseedi Ticket’. But for the rest of the world and the less sceptical, the iconic Amrita remains the ultimate woman and writer. Tallest of them all, her towering presence may possibly have eclipsed a true and critical analysis of her writing. The Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards belie any undermining of her writing talent though. Besides, her contribution to the annals of Punjabi ‘sahitya jagat’ remains immeasurable. Noted Punjabi playwright Dr Atamjit feels, “Today, if you see an army of women writers in Punjabi, the credit goes to her. She opened the doors for them.” Yet another quality which he upholds with awe and admiration is how she broke conventions without whipping up a storm, creating a new bar without shattering the glass ceiling. Her non-conformist personal life has intrigued her readers as much as her lucid writ- Born 99 years ago, Amrita Pritam was quintessential modern woman of yesterday, today & tomorrow ❝ Jahan bhi azad rooh ki jhalak pade, samajh lena wahi mera ghar hai ing. According to celebrated poet Surjit Patar, “It was the poetic quality of her writing, ❞ evident not just in her heartfelt poems but also her prose, that made her stand apart.” Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Satya Pal Malik, J&K GOVERNOR time Kashmir was happy and satisfied. Now there are challenges that have to be overcome to reach that level.” continued on page 7 IN BRIEF GDP growth hits 2-year high of 8.2% in first quarter New Delhi: India’s economy grew at a two-year high of 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2018-19 on the strong performance of manufacturing and agriculture sectors, increasing its lead over China to remain the fastest growing major economy. The GDP at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 5.6 per cent in the AprilJune quarter of last fiscal. PAGE 16 Diesel crosses ~70 per litre, LPG price up by ~1.49 As in a Bengaluru lake, thick toxic froth appeared on Balad river in Solan’s industrial town of Baddi on Friday, affecting flora-fauna. Avinash Sharda, XEN, Pollution Control Board, blamed it on leakage in the chamber of an effluent treatment plant. A show-cause notice has been issued to plant management for failure to prevent the leakage that caused immense damage to environment. The analysis of water samples from four sites would help ascertain the cause of the froth, he added. PAGE 8 Hamari Amrita: Like river of Punjab, as integral to culturalscape Nonika Singh ❝ Problem of alienation is not that much among the leaders as it is among the youth. This needs to be addressed. Youth here are talented, they are extraordinary entrepreneurs. We must provide opportunities to let them excel further. He also hails her as the only woman writer in Punjabi who wrote on Partition. Her epic poem ‘Aj Aakhan Waris Shah Nu’ — as much an ode to Waris Shah as reflecting the trauma of women affected by Partition — is almost the national poem of Punjabis, popular in both parts of Punjab. Her last love poem ‘Mein Teinu Pher Milangi’ is quoted each time her name appears. And yet another name that is bound to her being is of her life-long lover and companion Imroz. Yes, much has been said about her unrequited love for legendary poet Sahir Ludhianvi, who will soon be immortalised on screen. How much of the movie on Sahir will reflect on Amrita is hard to say though. But in Imroz’s words — ‘Hum jeete hai ke hum ko pyar karna aa gaya hai aur hum pyar karten hai ke hum ko jeena aa jaaye’— she lives forever. As she does in ‘Pinjar’, the heartbreaking novel set against Partition which was also made into a movie. Her journal ‘Nagmani’ was a coveted platform for budding writers. Patar recalls, “Rarely would her own poem appear on its first page. And we all looked forward to its arrival almost as if it was a red letter day in literature. Amrita is like a river of Punjab... as famous, as integral to its culturalscape.” New Delhi: Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was on Friday hiked by ~1.49 per cylinder while diesel rates crossed ~70 a litre mark for the first time ever on the drop in rupee value. Subsidised LPG with effect from midnight will cost ~499.51 per cylinder in Delhi. Hiked by 28 paisa, a litre of diesel now costs ~70.21 in Delhi, where rates are the cheapest in all metros. PTI Rupee sinks to 71-mark on high crude oil, dollar outflows Mumbai: The rupee on Friday slumped 26 paise to breach the 71 level against the US dollar for the first time in history due to worsening macro environmental factors and heavy monthend dollar demand from importers. The rupee has been the worst among the large emerging market peers, losing over 10 per cent in 2018. PTI Extended third party cover for vehicles from today Mumbai: From Saturday, it would become mandatory for new cars and two-wheelers to have third-party insurance cover of three and five years, respectively, with the Supreme Court on Friday refusing to extend the September 1 deadline. A Bench dismissed an application filed by General Insurance Council, seeking extension of the deadline fixed by the top court. PTI
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