13092018-TTC-01.qxd 13-09-2018 01:22 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.253 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, september 13,2018 APEX COURT EXTENDS HOUSE ARREST OF ACTIVISTS, HEARING ON SEPT 17 PAGE 7 HURRICANE FLORENCE THREATENS US COAST WITH ‘VICIOUS’ WINDS, FLOODS PAGE 15 /thetribunechd GOT RAFALE AT BETTER PRICE, CLAIMS IAF OFFICER WHO NEGOTIATED DEAL PAGE 18 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Mallya claims met FM, Jaitley says false on facts THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA London court’s verdict on extradition plea on Dec 10 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 The 12th list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 IN BRIEF New policy to ensure hiked MSP to farmers New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an umbrella scheme to roll out its hiked MSP for farm produce under the “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyaan” for which it has earmarked ~15,053 crore. The scheme gives states the option to choose a farm produce compensation plan and also rope in private agencies for procurement to ensure profitable price for farmers. It also decided to incentivise ethanol production in a bid to reduce crude oil dependence. PAGE 13 Trump lists India among illicit drug transit nations Washington: US President Donald Trump has identified India, along with 21 other countries, as among the major illicit drug producing or transit nations. The other Asian countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar. “A country’s presence on the list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with us,” Trump said. PTI Women members of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India raise slogans against Bishop Franco Mulakkal during a protest march in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Appear on Sept 19, Bishop told Kochi, September 12 Amid mounting pressure for his arrest over rape charges by a nun, Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar Diocese has been asked by the Kerala Police to appear before the investigating team on September 19. IGP Vijay Sakhare said the delay in completing the probe was on account of “contradictions” in the statements by the victim, the witnesses and the accused. “It is an old case based primarily on oral evidence. It is very difficult to gather scientific and technical evidence. Bishop Mulakkal has been asked to appear,” Sakhare told the media. The Bishop was questioned in Jalandhar last month too. The review meeting, attended by Kottayam DSP Harisankar and Vaikom DSP K Subhash, head of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) entrusted with the case, finalised the affidavit to be submitted in the Kerala High Court on Thursday. The HC had earlier this week directed the state government to inform it of the steps taken by the SIT. Meanwhile, as protests by Catholic Reform organisations and nuns seeking justice continued, the Kerala Catholic Bishop Council slammed these as having “crossed all limits”. — PTI In Jalandhar, arrest sought Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 12 Raising slogans, activists of the women’s wing of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), the Janwadi Istri Sabha, gathered at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall today demanding that Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar Diocese be arrested for allegedly raping a nun. They were led by general secretary Neelam Ghuman and vice-president Raghuvir Kaur. continued on page 7 J&K civic polls ‘won’t be postponed’ Srinagar September 12 Even as two major political parties of Jammu and Kashmir — National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party — have announced to boycott the local body polls, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today told reporters that the elections would not be postponed. “There are multiple views. We have decided the elections will be held as per the schedule. There will be no change in the dates,” he said. “Three weeks from now, we will have urban body elections. In the first week of November, we will have pan- chayat elections,” the Chief Secretary added. The elections to municipal bodies are scheduled to be held in four phases between October 1 and 5, whereas elections to panchayats are scheduled to be held in eight phases between November 8 and December 4. — TNS Punjab sex ratio up by 15 in a year Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 12 Once labelled as the land of “female foeticide”, Punjab has seen a significant improvement in gender ratio in the past one decade — 907 girls for every 1,000 boys, up from 878 in 2009-10. Alarmed at the skewed figures in the 2001 Census (798 girls per 1,000 boys), the state government had launched special initiatives, which paid off. As per the 2001 Census, Fatehgarh Sahib had the worst gender ratio in the Live female births per 1,000 male births in state YEAR-WISE TREND 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 DISTRICT WISE 2017-18 878 884 885 884 890 892 891 892 907 country of 766, which now stands at 908 live female births per 1,000 male births. Barnala Mohali Ludhiana Patiala Kapurthala Fatehgarh Sahib Tarn Taran Gurdaspur Pathankot Nawanshahr 938 933 929 922 921 908 887 884 877 870 District-wise, Barnala tops the chart with 938 girls, continued on page 7 Sardar retires from international hockey Chandigarh, September 12 Indian hockey’s most famous face over the last decade — and arguably among the most popular — Sardar Singh called time on his long and illustrious career on Wednesday. The former India captain announced his retirement from international hockey. Having represented India for 12 years, Sardar said he had played “enough hockey” and it was time to move on. “Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. Twelve years is a long time,” Sardar told PTI. Sardar Singh “I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey,” he said. Sardar’s announcement came after Hockey India announced the 25-member core group for the national camp, which did not include the 32-year-old’s name. Sardar refused to comment whether the snub was the reason behind his decision. Sardar, who made his international debut in 2006, became the captain in 2008 — the youngest in the history of Indian hockey. He held that position for eight long years. At the peak of his popularity, he was being considered as one of the greatest Indian hockey players ever. But just like many top play- ers before him, Sardar also overstayed his welcome. His retirement had become a publicised issue over the last two years, with many expecting him to quit after making his second appearance at the Olympics — in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. By excluding Sardar from the core group so close to the World Cup, the federation and the management made their intentions clear that the veteran midfielder was no longer a part of their plans. It might have proved to be the nudge to call it a day. — TNS more on page 16 London/New Delhi, Sept 12 Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya today said he met the Finance Minister before leaving India, a sensational claim denied by Arun Jaitley as “factually false” even as Congress president Rahul Gandhi demanded a probe and called for Jaitley’s resignation. Immediately after Jaitley’s rebuttal, Mallya appeared to tone down the seriousness of his comments, saying it was “not fair” to create a controversy as it was not a “formal meeting” and he only “happened to meet” the FM. Mallya, who appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in the case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was ‘MAKE OFFERS TO BANKERS, I HAD TOLD HIM’ ❝ Mallya misused privilege of being MP to catch me in corridors of Parliament on one occasion. He uttered a sentence that ‘I am making an offer of settlement’. Briefed about his ‘bluff offers’, I curtly told him to make offers to his bankers. Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER ‘A CONTROVERSY CREATED BY MEDIA’ ❝ Vijay Mallya, EMBATTLED BUSINESSMAN Kejri changes tack, asks LoP to bring rebels back Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 12 In a serious bid at unity, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Harpal Cheema and AAP’s Punjab co-convener Dr Balbir Singh have begun reaching out to party “rebels”, including Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, Sucha Singh Chhotepur and the Khaira group — at the bidding of party convener Arvind Kejriwal at a meeting in Delhi on Sunday. Dr Balbir said he and other party leaders had already Extension of 3 months for DGP Arora Chandigarh, September 12 Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora got a three-month extension today, even as the state government issued a notification bringing the Special Task Force (STF) against drugs under the ambit of the DGP office. The extension order was issued by the Centre following a special recommendaSuresh Arora tion by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The CM reportedly wanted to give a longer tenure to DGP Arora, but a Supreme Court ruling in July said a state has to submit names of prospective DGP candidates to the Centre, which will form a panel of three candidates for the state government to choose from. Arora will now retire on December 31, unless he gets another extension. Under the rules, a DGP can be given two extensions of three months each. Meanwhile, DGP Mohd Mustafa and ADGP Harpreet Sidhu have not so far joined their new postings. Mustafa has been posted as the STF head in place of Sidhu, who has been posted as the Special Principal Secretary to CMO. — TNS met some rebel MLAs. “We will soon meet all rebels and urge them to stand united in the larger interest of Punjab,” he said. Cheema on Wednesday met Narinder Singh in Moga. The latter is close to Sukhpal Khaira, who heads a group of eight rebel MLAs. “Kejriwal wants the leaders to sink differences. We can best serve the interests of Punjab if we are united,” he said. Kanwar Sandhu, spokesperson for the Khaira group, welcomed the peace initiative. continued on page 7 ‘open to talks with cheema’ p2 SC agrees to review plea in road rage case Satya Prakash Tribune News Service This is a controversy created by media. I said I happened to meet Jaitley in Parliament, told him I’m leaving for London. I had no formal meeting. Media should question banks why they are not supporting me in efforts to repay “tipped off” to leave India. “I left (in 2016) because I had a meeting in Geneva. I met the FM before I left, repeated my offer to settle with banks,” Mallya said at Navjot Singh Sidhu the end of his hearing, when the judge fixed December 10 as the date for the verdict. Jaitley said, “Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment.” — PTI/TNS ED prosecution complaint against PACL Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 12 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a prosecution complaint in the Tis Hazari court against Pearls Group, its chief Nirmal Singh Bhangoo and others in connection with a ponzi scam. The prosecution complaint relates to PACL Limited’s attached properties in Australia, valued at Rs 472 crore. Fraudulent activities on part of promoters and continued on page 7 New Delhi, September 12 Three decades after a man died in a road rage case involving Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned politician is in a legal trouble again. The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a petition seeking review of its May 15 order that let him off with a fine of ~1,000 for voluntarily causing hurt to the deceased under Section 323 of the IPC, which prescribes a maximum imprisonment of one year. A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which permitted filing of the review petition by the legal representative of complainant Jaswinder Singh (dead), condoned the delay and issued notice to Sidhu “restricted to the quantum of sentence”. Earlier, a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar (since retired) and Kaul had acquitted him of the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the 1988 case in which one Gurnam Singh had died after allegedly being beaten up by Sidhu and his friend RS Sandhu. continued on page 7
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