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While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust New Delhi, September 4 US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Matis will hold bilateral and delegation-level talks and working lunch with counterparts Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman in Delhi during the inaugural 2+2 Dialogue on Thursday. This is the highest level of political engagement with the US this year with no visit of President Donald Trump to India expected in 2018. The American leaders will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India will be keen to seek “direct perspective” on missives to the newly formed Imran Khan government in Pakistan on cracking down on terror groups operating on its soil and the 1 dead, scores injured in Majerhat area incident In an incident reminiscent of the horrific Posta flyover collapse two years ago, a 50-year-old railway overbridge in Majerhat area (in the crowded Alipore) caved in at 4.45 pm on Tuesday, leading to the death of at least one person and injuries to several others. Some labourers, who work at the metro project in the area and stay in makeshift accommodation under the flyover, may have KOLKATA: REUTERS got trapped under the debris. Rescue teams have been working to clear the debris. A police officer said besides a minibus, three private cars, two app-based cabs, a truck and two bikes came down with the collapsed portion. “Luckily, the portion over the rail track did not collapse. Otherwise, there was possibility of people getting electrocuted (by overhead cables used by electric locomotives),” he added. — TNS IN BRIEF SC assures of funds to complete Amrapali flats New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday assured state-run NBCC of funds to complete 46,575 flats of crisis-hit Amrapali Group at an estimated cost of Rs 8,500 crores and favoured a forensic audit of balance sheets of the private realtor to assess the extent of siphoning of funds by them. PTI CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Gogoi as his successor New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday sent a letter to the government recommending the name of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, as his successor. CJI Misra is due to retire on October 2. TNS RUSSIA: Despite US sanctions against Moscow, India is likely to convey it will buy S400 Triumf air-defence missile systems for ~40,000 crore from Russia, citing its necessity for regional security architecture Iran: Delhi imports almost 25% of its crude oil from Iran. India and global players are under pressure to reduce oil imports from Tehran to zero after US pulled out of Iran nuclear deal. Sanctions will impact Chahbahar port operations China: Modi reset ties with Xi Jinping at the recent Wuhan summit amid worsening USChina ties over trade war. US’ Indo-Pacific strategy aims to counter Chinese aggression and focus on open navigation and rule-based order Afghanistan strategy. Ahead of the talks, sources categorically stated that ties with the US would not impact India’s “open, independent and transparent” relations with major powers like China and Russia. India hopes the US will 2 guilty of 2007 twin Cong in spot over Punjab’s blasts in Hyderabad sacrilege Bills, no firm view weigh in on its strategic relations on issue of purchase of S400 missiles from Russia in the wake of sanctions against Moscow by Washington under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). continued on page 7 J&K Constitution was aberration Mumbai, September 4 Having a separate Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir was probably an “aberration”, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said on Tuesday as he stressed that sovereignty can never be compromised. His remarks come at a time the Supreme Court is hearing pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to permanent residents of J&K. At the launch of a book on Sardar Patel, Doval said “his contribution is not about the merger of states, it is only a means to an end... to make a sovereign state in which sovereignty of people was established in Constitution, applicable to the whole of it.” — PTI Critics say new law has misuse clause Two acquitted; sentence on Monday Party to debate, work out response after Rahul’s return Much needed in Punjab, counters Capt Naveen S Garewal Eighth list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 ON THE TABLE FOR NEW DELHI DURING TALKS Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Hyderabad, September 4 Two of the five accused in the Hyderabad twin blasts, Aneeq Shafeeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary, both activists of the banned Indian Mujahideen, were on Tuesday convicted by an NIA court set up inside the Cherlapally Central Jail. Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivasa Rao said the quantum of punishment would be announced on Monday (September 10). The same day, the court is also expected to pronounce a verdict on Tarik Anjum, charged with giving shelter to the accused. Two more accused, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkish and Mohd Sadiq Israr Shaik, have been acquitted in the case. Blinded in one eye by splinters, Syed Raheem demanded death penalty for those convicted. “The sound of the New Delhi, September 4 As public criticism of Punjab Government’s anti-sacrilege Bills mounts, the Congress is finding itself in a spot. Senior party leader Manish Tewari told The Tribune that blasphemy laws had taken their own course across the world and this course had not been very encouraging. “This was best demonstrated by the 2011 murder of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Pakistan Punjab. So there are issues (around the Bills),” Tewari said a day after 34 former civil servants challenged the necessity of two Bills the Congress-led government piloted and the state Assembly recently passed. The Bills seek to make desecration of religion texts a major offence punishable with life imprisonment. The Congress, it is learnt, is yet to take a formal view on 42 CASUALTIES An explosion had ripped through Gokul Chat eatery in the heart of the city on August 25, 2007, killing 32 persons. Minutes later, another blast at Lumbini Park Auditorium, where a laser show was on, killed 10 more blast is still fresh in my mind. Each day I have lived in pain and will suffer so for the rest of my life,” he said. Chander Nayak, who too lost an eye, said he was disappointed over the acquittal of two. Then just 18, Nayak had gone to the Koti area to buy old books when he was injured in the blast. (With PTI inputs) No social media ban for troops, says Chief Will kidnap girl, hand over to you: BJP MLA to youth New Delhi, September 4 Faced with a growing number of issues being discussed on social media platforms, the Army is establishing a new setup for handling social media and also a new ‘app’ called ‘Arpan’. The ‘app’ will perform multiple tasks related to service conditions and requirement of soldiers, besides ensuring that fake and mischievous information is not spread. A cell already handles the Army’s social media outreach. The Army has a vibrant social media presence with more than 11 million followers on Facebook, 5.6 million on Twitter and another 1.23 million on Instagram. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said, “We are focusing on establishing a new setup for social media and training of soldiers.” He said troops could not be prevented from using the social media and smartphones, so it was best to Mumbai, September 4 A Maharashtra BJP MLA has told youngsters he would “kidnap” the girl a boy likes even if she says no to the proposal, a remark that drew sharp reactions from ally Shiv Sena and Opposition parties. Ram Kadam made the comments at a ‘dahi handi’ event in his suburban Ghatkopar constituency on Monday. “You (youngsters) can meet me for any work,” he is heard in a video clip. He said he had received requests from youngsters to help them after girls rejected their proposal. “I will help, 100 per cent. Come (to me) with your parents. What will I do if parents approve? I will kidnap the girl concerned and hand her over to you (for marriage).” Kadam is also heard sharing his mobile number with the crowd. When asked about the clip, Kadam said his comments were distorted. — PTI ❝ Social media is here to stay, soldiers will use it. Our adversary will use it for psychological warfare, deception, we must leverage it to advantage Gen Bipin Rawat allow them, but with discipline. There is an existing social media use policy of the forces that bars posting pictures of oneself in uniform, unit names, numbers or locations. General Rawat said, “If we have to leverage Artificial Intelligence to our advantage, we must engage through social media as a lot of what we wish to gain will come via it.” — TNS ❝ We all know blasphemy laws have had a certain trajectory which has not been pleasant. Manish Tewari, CONG LEADER the IPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill-2018 and the CrPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill-2018 passed on August 28. The party will debate the issue soon as Congress chief Rahul Gandhi returns from the Kailash Mansarovar yatra. “We will have to work out an extremely calibrated response going forward,” Pilot safe as MiG-27 crashes in Jodhpur Charred remains of the MiG-27 that crashed near Jodhpur on Tuesday. Jaipur, September 4 A MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in an agriculture field in Jodhpur's Banad area during a routine mission on Tuesday morning. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered. “The pilot ejected safely,” defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh said. The Russian-made single-seater tactical strike fighter fell within minutes of taking off from the Jodhpur airbase. “The crash occurred between 8.30-9 am. The pilot landed safely with a parachute,” Dangyawas SHO Surendra Singh said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jodhpur East) Amandeep Singh Kapoor said there was no loss of life or property. Eyewitnesses saw two fighter jets flying together but one of them suddenly took a turn towards the open field and crashed. — OC Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. committed with the intention of hurting religious feelings. Expressing misgivings over the new law, former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh pointed out that the Indian Penal Code already had an exhaustive chapter that dealt with offences related to religion. “The amendments should have been referred to a House committee and upon receiving the response, put to vote. It is not too late. The government, instead of sending the Bill to the Governor for approval, should refer it to a select committee for a thorough review,” he suggested. However, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh is convinced that harsher punishment will act as a deterrent. “Punjab has seen almost 200 cases of sacrilege in the past three years. As CM, I cannot allow this to happen. Harsher punishment is a must to ensure such incidents do not continued on page 7 another Congress leader privately said, acknowledging they won’t pass muster in the courts of law, especially on counts of definition of sacrilege and the choice of texts sought to be protected. “On what grounds can you resolve that the Bhagwad Gita deserves to be respected more than the Vedas do?” Officially the Congress was tightlipped on the Bills with Manish Tewari refusing an elaborate comment a day after several senior former bureaucrats reminding the Congress of its “chequered history of occasionally fishing in communal waters for short-term political ends”. The Bills also have the potential to derail the narrative the Congress is seeking to establish of “the 2019 battle being between fascism represented by BJP and democracy represented by pluralistic, liberal, secular forces”. sad: Will expose cong ‘lies’ p2 Ruchika M Khanna Shivinder versus Malvinder battle goes to tribunal English lessons for G’gram EOW cops New Delhi, September 4 Former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh said on Tuesday he has moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against elder brother Malvinder and exReligare chief Sunil Godhwani, while dissociating from his sibling as business partner. Shivinder, who took ‘public retirement’ and settled in Beas in 2015, also alleged that collective and ongoing actions of his brother and Godhwani led to a systemic undermining of the interests of companies and their shareholders. “I have filed a case against Malvinder and Sunil Godhwani for oppression and mismanagement of RHC Holding, Religare and Fortis,” Shivinder said. He said this was “long overdue” but got delayed in the hope that better sense shall prevail and another “ugly chapter of family feud” would not be written. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 4 Voices of dissent against Punjab’s amended blasphemy law are getting louder. Critics say it is aimed at empowering mainstream religions and supports majoritarianism. “Should governments become custodians of religion and take away the rights of religious minorities? In a system where the police work under their political masters, bringing in such a law will be empowering the religious majority. If the police would plant a weapon on a person to frame him, now all that would be required was a holy book,” cautioned eminent jurist Justice AS Bains (retd). Under the amended law, incarceration for the offence of sacrilege has been increased from two years to 10 years. Also, Section 295 AA provides for life imprisonment, if sacrilege has been To help deal better with corporates Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, September 4 With a whopping 95 per cent rise in complainants ‘preferring English’ for all communication, the Economics Offences Wing (EOW) of the Gurugram police is on a new mission. It has not only decided to make its staff of over 20 cops proficient in the language, but also acquaint them with the corporate world. The cops have been enrolled for a 60-hour ‘English communication’ course under the supervision of the police high-ups. The wing, say sources, has been turned into a school with any communication in Hindi or Haryanvi inviting a fine. All cops deputed with the EOW are graduates but barring one or two, none are proficient in English. “Most of our complainants comprise not just corporate executives but also foreign nationals, who do not know Hindi, and submit complaints in English. They complain they do not understand FIRs in Hindi that carry several Urdu words. This at times leads to misreporting of facts,” explained an officer. Sources said the cops had been instructed to communicate with one another in English and to refrain from profanities, much to their discomfort. “We are Haryanvis. What good is a conversation without a friendly banter? This grooming is surely tough,” lamented a constable. Commissioner of Police KK Rao called the training routine. “Brushing up soft skills is important to ensure efficiency. It is appreciable that the cops are in step with the times.”
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