09092018-TTC-01.qxd 09-09-2018 01:16 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.249 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, september 9,2018 KERALA NUNS PROTEST ‘INACTION’ AGAINST JALANDHAR BISHOP PAGE 7 SUSHMA SWARAJ’S VISIT TO STRIFE-TORN SYRIA DEFERRED PAGE 22 SHE WROTE THEIR DESTINY SPECTRUM /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Shah to remain chief, says fight 2019 on ‘good work’ THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA Asks BJP tochallenge ‘Chidambaram & Co with facts’ Vibha Sharma 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. 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The KP Oli government’s decision comes just a day before its squad was to leave for Pune. PTI Speculation ends, Aero India stays in Bengaluru New Delhi: Ending months of speculation, the Centre on Saturday said “Aero India-2019” will be held in Bengaluru. The biennial marquee event, to be held in February, sees participation from global aviation giants. There had been media reports suggesting the event could be shifted to Lucknow. TNS Maha to impose fines for open defecation, spitting Mumbai: Maharashtra has laid down fines between ~500-~150 to curb open defecation, littering and spitting in public. In an order, the government said open defecation would invite ~500 fine, while throwing garbage and spitting would attract ~180 and ~150 fines, respectively. PTI Tribune News Service Along with millions of readers and admirers, The Tribune pays homage to its founder, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who passed into eternity on this day 120 years ago. Orphanage kids drugged, raped, says Kathua team Kathua, September 8 Girls rescued from an orphanage here were allegedly being drugged and raped. They were given candies and chocolates laced with drugs, says a complaint to the police on Saturday by a five-member team of district officers. The team had raided the “illegal” orphanage run by pastor Anthony on Friday and saved 19 minors, including eight girls. According to the complaint, the pastor would show the girls porn videos, “undress them and touch them inappropriately”. Anyone who resisted was thrashed mercilessly. “The boys say they too were stripped naked and beaten up,” the complaint reads. The pastor, a native of Kerala who arrived in Kathua in 1994, has been sent to seven days’ police remand. — TNS New Delhi, September 8 The ruling BJP will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under national president Amit Shah. This was among the messages that emerged from the ongoing two-day national executive meeting of the party. Shah replaced Rajnath Singh as party president soon after the BJP came to power in May 2014. Rajnath quit his position to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet. Shah was elected president in January 2016. The BJP’s constitution allows its president to serve two consecutive Rohtak, September 8 A DSP-level officer has been directed to look into the implant “racket” at the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here following the recent seizure of several consignments of implants being taken out of operation theatres. After the seized implants were impounded, the private suppliers requested PGIMS to release these. However, they were reportedly not able to produce the bills/receipts. Tribune News Service Srinagar/Chandigarh, Sept8 Hanging fire for four years, the Shahpur Kandi Dam project on Saturday was revived by the governments of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir with an agreement to complete work within three years. The pact was signed by J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and his Punjab counterpart Karan Avtar Singh in the presence of J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and Punjab Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria. Halted in 2014 due to certain observations made by the J&K Government, the project on the Ravi river is a major irrigation project that continued on page 7 TO GENERATE 206 MW ■ Located in Gurdaspur district, the Centre approved it as a ‘national project’ in Feb 2008 ■ To be constructed on the canal from Shahpur Kandi Barrage to Madhopur headworks ■ Expected to generate 206-MW electricity ■ Due to delay, cost revised from ~2,285 cr to ~2,793.54 cr Dr Nitya Nand, Director, PGIMS, said the local police had been apprised and told to get the matter investigated. Patients at PGIMS are forced to buy costly implants from private suppliers due to the inability of the government authorities to provide surgical implants free of cost or at specified rates despite the Mukhyamantri Muft Ilaj Yojana being operational. The Centre’s Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) scheme has not been able to take off at PGIMS as a group of private suppliers has moved court challenging the opening of an AMRIT store on the PGIMS premises. The agents of private implant suppliers allegedly have free access to PGIMS wards and even OTs. Most of these implants, required in joint replacement procedures as well as other surgeries, are supplied only by some specific medical stores. In most cases, proper bills are not given. This indicates the possibility of tax evasion and an alleged nexus between suppliers and certain doctors. Nabha robbery mastermind is a cop himself Was posted with Intelligence wing in Chandigarh to track down gangsters Aman Sood FALL FROM GRACE FOR PUNJAB POLICE CONSTABLE Tribune News Service Patiala, September 8 On Monday night, two miscreants barged into former SMO Rajesh Goyal’s house in Nabha and attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon. They overpowered his wife, talking on the phone, and minutes later decamped with cash and ornaments. They were later nabbed. The mastermind turned out to be a constable with the Intelligence wing of Punjab Police. A CIA team arrested Sangrur Constable Guriqbal The Punjab Police have dismissed Constable Guriqbal and the team that cracked the robbery rewarded with ~50,000 and a DGP’s Commendation Disc. The dismissal letter reads: “... this official is a blot on the police force and has shattered the image of Punjab Police, causing irreparable damage to its reputation...” Singh and accomplices Satgur Singh, Laddi Dass and Ranjit Singh. The latter ran an ‘akhara’ that was frequented by Guriqbal. “They struck a friendship and with Guriqbal all too familiar with the police functioning, decided to get rich. After the Nabha robbery, Guriqbal stopped using his cellphone and MORE ON PAGE 7 full terms of three years each. A host of issues are also being discussed at the meeting to prepare for the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the backdrop of growing unhappiness among the “upper castes” over the Scheduled Caste and Sched- Ruchika M Khanna Punjab, J&K ink pact to restart work Unbilled implants were seized by authorities, impounded Tribune News Service ❝ uled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. “Our party’s ‘sugandh’ (fragrance) has spread across the country. Our performance should be the base of our campaign for 2019,” Shah said. Shah termed the poll prospects of continued on page 7 Calls participation in polls meaningless Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Jammu, September 8 National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today justified his party’s decision to boycott polls as he charged the Centre with helping the secessionists and conspiring to “kill the mainstream parties in Kashmir by playing mischief on Article 35A”. In an interview, he said he was “justified in calling for NC’s non-participation in the Assembly and parliamentary polls, as also the panchayat and urban local bodies elections, in the given situation where the Centre and state have thrown a cover of deception on this constitutional provision”. "It is a special status state, hav- ‘POLITICAL INTRIGUE’ What elections, what for? Legal challenge to Art 35A is a political intrigue by the Centre to launch an onslaught on special status. ❝ Farooq Abdullah ing its separate Constitution and flag and is the most empowered legislature in the country that frames its own laws. By saying that the separate Constitution was an aberration, the NSA has given a boost to the Hurriyat Conference. continued on page 7 Shahpur Kandi dam Mustafa to head drug STF, Sidhu gets CMO post project back on track Task force, a separate entity till now, to be brought under Punjab Police chief Police told to probe PGIMS ‘racket’ Sunit Dhawan OPPN IS ‘BREAKING INDIA’ Opposition is indulging in breaking India in direct contrast to BJP’s Make in India. While former PM Manmohan Singh followed his party, the BJP followed Narendra Modi. Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF Centre conspiring against mainstream, says Farooq instructed his accomplices to do likewise,” Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said. Recruited in 2010, Guriqbal was posted with the Crime Investigation Agency in Sangrur for a few years. A graduate specialising in mobile technology, he was picked by the Intelligence wing and posted in Chandigarh. He was Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Spectrum. given the task of tracking down gangsters, sources said. What has startled the top brass is that Guriqbal was given a posting usually handled by an SI-level officer. Apprehending he may have leaked crucial information to gangsters, he is being grilled by the CIA, Patiala, said Nabha Kotwali SHO Sukhraj Singh. Another officer claimed Guriqbal had “very sensitive information on some gangsters and it will be dangerous to send him to jail where he will have access to gangsters he had been keeping tabs on”. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 The Punjab Government has decided to appoint 1985-batch IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa as the new chief of the Special Task Force (STF) on Drugs. He will be the second STF chief, replacing 1992-batch IPS officer Harpreet Sidhu. The decision to replace Sidhu comes in wake of a tussle between him and DGP Suresh Arora. Sidhu will be given charge of Special Principal Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office, becoming the first police officer to be appointed in the CMO, though the nature of his work is not yet clear. A posting in the CMO appears to be a smart move considering Sidhu’s many “admirers” within the Council of Ministers as well as among Congress MLAs. Sources say the decision to replace Sidhu was taken as CM Capt Amarinder Singh wanted a single line of command in Punjab Police. Sidhu was reporting directly to the CM, and was “resisting” the move to report to the DGP Over the past few . months, the STF was functioning like a separate entity continued on page 7
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