04092018-TTC-01.qxd 04-09-2018 01:57 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.244 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, september 4,2018 CONGRESS HAS EDGE OVER BJP IN KARNATAKA CIVIC POLLS PAGE 7 MYANMAR JAILS REUTERS REPORTERS FOR 7 YEARS IN STATE SECRETS CASE PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India-US homeland security plan drafted Focus on intel sharing, counter-terror ahead of 2+2 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 Seventh list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 Bombay HC raps cops for presser on activist arrest Mumbai, September 3 The Bombay High Court on Monday rapped the Pune police for holding a press conference on Friday where Additional Director General of Police Parambir Singh claimed to have evidence linking the five activists arrested by them with Maoist groups. Judges SS Shinde and Mridula Bhatkar, hearing a petition filed by Satish Gaikwad, said it was wrong on the part of the police to reveal information related to the case to the media. “How can the police do this? The matter is sub-judice. The Supreme Court is seized of the matter,” Justice Bhatkar observed. The petitioner contended that he was a victim of the Koregaon-Bhima violence and did not trust the Pune police to carry out a fair probe into the incident. — TNS New Delhi, September 3 Prioritising cooperation in the fields of counter-terror initiatives and intelligence sharing, top internal security/homeland officials of India and the US have worked out a detailed draft plan in six key areas, including terror financing and cyber security, ahead of the crucial two-plustwo (2+2) dialogue. Sources said as part of the periodical Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue, which took place recently, the officials finalised a draft working plan for six joint sub-groups. The sub-groups will work in the areas of illicit finance, illegal smuggling of cash, financial fraud and counterfeiting; cyber information; megacity 6 sub-groups to handle ■ Illicit finance, cash smuggling, fraud, counterfeiting ■ Cyber information ■ Megacity policing, info sharing ■ Global supply chain, bor- der and maritime security ■ Capacity building ■ Technology enhancement TALKS AGENDA PAGE 11 policing and sharing of information among federal state and local partners; global supply chain, transportation, port, border and maritime security; capacity building; and technology enhancement. The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary in the MHA Rajni Sekhri Sibal, while the US side was led by Deputy Under Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security James McCament. The Security Dialogue was launched in 2010 as a mechanism following an agreement for joint counter-terrorism initiative. The maiden 2+2 dialogue is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Thursday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis will meet their Indian counterparts to discuss enhancing engagement with India on critical diplomatic and security priorities. — TNS Pakistan to host China’s FM after Pompeo’s visit Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 3 Amid a fresh standoff with the US over its suspension of $300m coalition “aid”, Pakistan is expected to host China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi from September 7 to 9. Wang’s likely visit, barely a fortnight after the Imran Khan government was sworn in, takes place just after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wraps up his stopover in the country. Ahead of his Delhi visit for the inaugural 2+2 dialogue, Pompeo along with US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford will be in Islamabad on September 5. Angry reactions have poured in over the US move to stop “aid” with Mushahid Husain, head of foreign affairs committee in Pakistan Senate, calling it a “sop to India”. “Earlier $500m CSF was stopped, all this is money owed to Pakistan, not aid!” Niti Aayog says NPAs, not DeMo, hit growth New Delhi, September 3 NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar today said that economic growth in six quarters starting from the last quarter of 2015-16 slowed down due to rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) and not the 2016 demonetisation drive, as claimed. “The declining trend for the last six quarters starting 2015-16, when the growth rate was as high as 9.2 per cent, was not a result of demonetisation. The growth was declining because of the rising NPAs in the banking sector. When this (Narendra Modi) government came to office, that figure was about Rs 4 lakh crore. It rose to Rs 10.5 lakh crore by the middle of 2017, because under the previous RBI Governor Mr (Raghuram) Rajan, they had instituted a new mechanism to identify stressed NPAs. This continuously began to Even ❝growthtooflarge industry, the credit came down to 1% and 2.5% in some months, even negative in some quarters. This is the cause of slowdown Rajiv Kumar, NITI AAYOG VICE CHAIRMAN rise, after which the banking sector stalled credit disbursal to the industry. “In fact, in some cases like that of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) industry, credit actually shrank,” he said. Following the decline in growth rate, the Aayog official said ramping up of capital expenditure was necessary to counter the decline in credit disbursal to industry players. —ANI IN BRIEF Withdraw anti-sacrilege Bills: Ex-bureaucrats to Punjab CM New Delhi: Punjab Assembly’s move to pass two Bills proposing life imprisonment for acts of sacrilege on Monday drew condemnation from former bureaucrats. They urged CM Capt Amarinder Singh to reconsider the Bills, describing them “bad in law”. P7 Haryana’s former minister Jai Singh Rana dead Karnal: Jai Singh Rana (71), four-time MLA from Nilokheri and former minister, died of anal cancer at Arpana Hospital in Madhuban on Monday. His last rites were performed at his native village Nadana in Nilokheri on Monday evening. P6 Patidar leader Hardik’s fast enters 10th day Ahmedabad: Support from Opposition parties continued to pour in for quota leader Hardik Patel whose indefinite fast for Patidar reservation and farm loan waiver entered the tenth day on Monday. The BJP government in Gujarat is yet to intervene into the matter. PTI Just 500 machines to check stubble burning Sangrur SAD worker, wife shot 14K ordered, makers blame it on late payment| Punjab heads for choked winter Were close to MP Dhindsa; Cong ex-councillor booked Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, September 3 Punjab, which saw 43,800 stubble-burning cases post paddy harvesting last year, may be headed for a choked winter ahead. It has at its disposal barely 500 machines to take care of the leftover straw as against the government sanction for 20,000. These machines were to be delivered by August 31. The deadline has now been extended to September 30. With the harvesting season barely over a month away, the Punjab Government and the PADDY STRAW ISSUE ■ In Punjab, harvesting is pri- marily done with combines which operate 50-60 cm above the ground, leaving behind a stubble that cannot be easily disposed of ■ State generates 22-23 million tonnes of paddy straw, of which 85-90% is burnt — one of major reasons for air pollution Punjabi works finally in PU translation course Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 3 Panjab University authorities, after a review of the syllabus of ‘Indian Writing in Translation’ in MA (English), have recommended a complete paper on literature from Punjab and another on Indian writers, which will include ‘Heer’. On June 2, The Tribune highlighted how the syllabus did not include any work from Punjabi literature. Sources said following a brainstorming session, it was decided that along with other Indian authors, Sant Singh Sekhon’s English translation of Waris Shah’s ‘Heer’ should be taught. The current syllabus includes English translation of eight works in Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya and Urdu, but none from Punjabi. Akshay Kumar, a Professor at English Department, said “it was just a brainstorming session. It is too early to say anything because it is a long process”. continued on page 7 Teacher from Mewat with ‘magic wand’ picked for national award Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, September 3 The educationally backward Mewat — with an abysmal 56 per cent literacy rate, 35 per cent annual school dropout rate and a staff crunch of 45 per cent — has a reason to rejoice. Schoolteacher Basruddin Khan, 54, is to be felicitated by the President of India this Teacher’s Day. Teaching science and math at Government Middle School, Tappan village, it’s said he wields a magic wand — he not only brings down the dropout rate whichever school he joins, but also trebles the student strength, OVER DOZEN KEY VERDICTS BEFORE CJI DIPAK MISRA RETIRES PAGE 16 Basruddin Khan has raised enrolment, held night classes, got funds. effectively using education as a tool to bring about change. When he arrived at Tappan village, the school strength was a mere 78. It now stands at 600. Basruddin Khan managed to persuade an NGO and an agency to invest Rs 1.7 crore for upliftment. continued on page 7 Centre are working hard to ensure there are enough machines in the fields to check stubble-burning, the target being 25,000. The state had placed orders for 14,026 machines (including Happy Seeders, Super-Straw Management System). But till date it has received merely 500 on subsidised rates. As per official records, the subsidy on the machine is 50 per cent if purchased by individual farmers and 80 per cent if bought by cooperatives, farmers’ groups and custom hiring centres. The Centre had in March this year approved a Rs 1,151-crore scheme to promote paddy straw management in Punjab. The state was allotted a budget of Rs 695 crore to be spent in two financial years (2018-20). The remaining amount was meant for Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Under the scheme, the users were to deposit the subsidised amount with the Agriculture Department, which would then place the order with makers once their applications were cleared. Manufacturers say the delay in continued on page 7 Sangrur, September 3 A prominent worker of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Dr Charnjit Garg alias Chidi, a property dealer, and his wife Pooja were shot dead in the city late last night. Four persons, including a former Congress councillor, have been booked. A money dispute is believed to have led to the crime. Garg had close ties with senior Akali leader and Rajya Sabha member SS Dhindsa and his son PS Dhindsa, who was Finance Minister in the Badal government. “Congress leaders have no fear of the law. All accused must be arrested,” Charnjit Garg and wife Pooja the latter demanded. Garg and his wife reportedly left their house at 10.45 pm. As they reached Sardar Basti, their car was reportedly intercepted by four persons identified as Jaidev, Rakesh Sharma aka Jassi, his brother Pradeep Sharma and former councillor Pompy. They were shot at point-blank range. Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg and other senior officers rushed to the site, sealed the city and launched a search for the killers. “The couple were shot in the head. Garg’s body bore several injury marks, suggesting he may have been attacked with sharp-edged weapons first,” the SSP said. Garg’s brother Karmjit said he received a call for help. “I reached the spot in 10 minutes. But it was too late. Jassi and Pradeep owed Rs 5 lakh to my brother. I saw them and two more flee.” — TNS
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