20TT01A-new.qxd 9/19/2012 11:35 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 261 City Edition* Hizb head faceless Banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit's head Syed Salahuddin may be on the most wanted list of the NIA, but he remains faceless on the website of the country's premier anti-terror force. P2 WORLD Film fury The Pakistan Government has decided to join demonstrators on Friday to protest against the American anti-Islam film that has caused an outrage throughout the Muslim world. P13 BACK PAGE IMG action continues The government on Wednesday decided to de-allocate three more coal blocks while taking punitive action against four others. The Inter Ministerial Group has so far recommended the deallocation of 10 blocks. TODAY AT T20 WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA V ZIMBABWE LIVE ON STAR CRICKET: 7.30PM AGNI-IV TEST-FIRED No going back on diesel hike & retail FDI decisions, decides core group Cong-ruled states to NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 If Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee had her say yesterday with her decision to pull out from the UPA government, the ruling coalition had its way today when it categorically rejected its estranged ally’s demand for a rollback on diesel price hike, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and FDI in multi-brand retail. Contrary to the impression given yesterday that the Congress would seek a rapproachment with the Trinamool chief, the UPA was looking at life without Mamata Banerjee today as it began enlisting the support of other allies to ensure the government’s survival. Relations between the TMC and the ruling combine deteriorated further as the two engaged in a public war of words today. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi today said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi had separately tried to SUCCESSFULLY N-capable: Yes Strike range: 4,000 km Launch weight: 17 tonne Payload: Up to 1 tonne THE LAUNCH The missile was test-fired from a road mobile launcher from complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, about 100 km from Balasore in Odisha, around 11.35 am on Wednesday. The trial was successful and the missile reached the target in 20 minutes. raise LPG cylinder cap from 6 to 9 ANITA KATYAL/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee interacts with the media in Kolkata on Wednesday. — PTI WAR OF WORDS “ The Centre's claim that the Prime Minister tried to contact me is wrong. The Centre was never in touch with me. I request Congress leaders not to distort facts. — Mamata Banerjee, TMC chief get in touch with Mamata to explain the Centre’s compulsions for taking these recent decisions but she did not respond. They said the two leaders had left word with Mamata’s colleague Mukul “ We have tried to speak to her (Mamata) four days ago. The Prime Minister tried to speak to her. We have left a message. We have not heard back from her. — P Chidambaram, FM Roy that the PM and Sonia Gandhi wished to speak to her but met with no success. Chidambaram said the government would try to explain its viewpoint to TMC ministers who are reaching tomorrow to submit their resignations. Mamata promptly rejected these statements and instead accused the UPA leaders of distorting facts and making false charges against her. Continued on page 11 Despite talking tough and ruling out of a rollback of its market-friendly reforms, the government on Wednesday appeared softening its stand as a large part of the country braced for a strike against foreign companies entering multi-brand retail trade and the hike in diesel prices. A day after the Trinamool Congress pulled out of the UPA over the issues, the dominant Congress asked states run by the party to raise the quota of subsidised cooking gas cylinders from six to nine. "Sonia Gandhi has asked Congress CMs that now the government's decision of subsidising six cylinders should be increased to nine. Now nine cylinders will be given at subsidised prices," spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said. Congress-ruled Delhi and Haryana have already announced they will give three more cylinders. — IANS 18 pages `2.50 www.tribuneindia.com Cong ready to sail without Mamata “ NATION “ INSIDE Bathinda Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Thursday, September 20, 2012 Cong ex-minister Henry loses Indian citizenship BIPIN BHARDWAJ/TNS Punjab Government directed to report back to SC on Sept 28 December 13, 2011 judgment of the same court on the issue. In the 2011 verdict relating to the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board, the high court had directed the authorities to first determine the genuine and bonafide victims to whom Red Cards had been issued. Today, the SC asked the Punjab Government to take “positive steps” on the issue within 10 days and listed the petition, filed by Dharminder Singh and three others, for further hearing on September 28. Continued on page 11 Army Chief General Bikram Singh today contradicted Beijing’s claims that no soldier of the People Liberation Army (PLA) was in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) saying Chinese troops were present there. The Army Chief, however, said the frontier was well guarded. “Chinese soldiers are present in PoK to provide security to its ongoing railways and road projects,” the General said. Earlier this month, Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie on a visit to Delhi had told an English daily that not even a single Chinese soldier was stationed in PoK. “We have already conveyed this to the government. We have our frontiers well guarded,” General Bikram Singh said in response to a specific query whether the presence of Chinese troops in ’62 REPEAT WON’T HAPPEN “ I am assuring the nation as the Chief of Army Staff that 1962 will not be repeated. The country's borders are secured and the Army will not allow the enemy to cross it. — Gen Bikram Singh, Army Chief MUST HOLD ON TO SIACHEN: GEN General Bikram Singh made it clear that Indian troops would not like to move out of the "strategically important" Siachen Glacier. He termed the glacier as “very important” and said “we must continue to hold it always. These are positions of strategic importance and we have expressed our concern to the government. It’s now for the government to decide.” Pakistan has been pushing for demilitarisation of Siachen while India has asked proper authentication by both sides of the present troop positions on the glacier. PoK, especially in the GilgitBaltistan region, was a matter of concern. In February this year, External Affairs minister SM Krishna had met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and raised concern over the presence of PLA soldiers in PoK. Indian intelligence agencies have been reporting the presence After 29 yrs, Chandigarh gets rid of its ‘disturbed area’ tag SAURABH MALIK/TNS CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 19 Around three decades after it was labelled a “disturbed area”, Chandigarh today finally managed to shrug off the tag, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing a notification to that effect. The tag was given to Chandigarh in 1983 during the dark days of militancy in Punjab. The intention was to bestow special powers on the Administration, the police and the security forces for effectively dealing with militancy between 1981 and 1992. Since Punjab was mostly under President’s Rule, Chandigarh was also brought under the Punjab Governor’s purview. He was, in fact, made the UT Administrator. Punjab gave up the title in 1997. But nearly two decades after militancy was wiped out from the state, Chandigarh refused to let go the “disturbed” status. This was despite the fact that no major terror incident took place in the city after 1995. As a petition filed in public interest on the issue came up for resumed hearing before ADMINISTRATOR STAYS ❚ Though the “disturbed area” tag has gone, the Punjab Governor remains the Chandigarh Administrator ❚ The petitioner said after the issuance of the notification, the Punjab Governor was appointed the Chandigarh Administrator. But after 1986, no such notification was issued, he argued while seeking revival of the Chief Commissioner’s post ❚ The high court refused to accept the plea stating the relief was not even sought in the petition the high court this morning, the Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain held that Chandigarh was no longer a disturbed area, as the notification had ceased to have any relevance in present times. The Bench minced no words in holding that the Chandigarh Administration had failed to justify the relevance of such notifications in present times, particularly when no terror incident had been reported in the city for the past many years. The court also observed chances were that the tag was acting as a deterrent for tourists. So many of them would obviously be reluctant to visit the city after finding it labelled on the Internet as a disturbed area, the Bench added. The development is significant also because the Chandigarh Administration had, just about two days ago, made clear its intention of not withdrawing the notification declaring Chandigarh a disturbed area. Appearing before the high court during a hearing on the petition filed by Janata Dal (United) president Surinder Bhardwaj, the UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal had claimed that besides accommodating government functionaries of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh was also catering to the security needs of protected persons actively involved in the fight against terrorism. c m y b of around 4,000 Chinese troops across PoK, including in the sensitive GilgitBaltistan region that borders Kargil, Drass, Batalik and Turtuk (all located east of the Zoji-La connecting Kashmir with Ladakh). As the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Chinese invasion of India approaches, the Army Chief assured the nation that a repeat of the situation was not possible as enough safeguards were in place along the border. “No it will not be repeated, I am assuring the nation as the Chief of Army Staff that 1962 will not be repeated. The country's borders are secured and the Army will not allow the enemy to cross it,” he said. The General said there were no transgressions. "The patrols (of India and China) meet and both sides show banners to say that this is our area and both sides disengage and that is an ongoing process,” said General Bikram Singh. On infrastructure development in the North-East, the General said: “There are ongoing projects and they are time-stipulated. We are trying to meet deadlines.” On being asked if he was satisfied with the pace of development work, the General said: “Yeh dil maange more.” “ — Avtar Henry SON BLEW THE LID “ ❚ Avtar Henry's son Gurjit had accused him of holding dual citizenship ❚ He said Henry had visited the UK on an Indian passport procured from the Delhi Passport Office posing as Lakhbir Singh Sanghera's son ❚ Lakhbir Singh was Henry's elder brother and his father's name was Joginder Singh ❚ The Centre had ceased Henry’s Indian citizenship from the date he acquired British citizenship and passport in 1969 “ NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 The Supreme Court today observed that it was the responsibility of the nation and the government to provide flats to all those rendered homeless in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A Bench comprising Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai made the remarks while hearing a petition challenging the July 10, 2012 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner and the Police Commissioner to evict unauthorised occupants of flats meant for the riot victims and hand these over to deserving claimants. Arguing for the petitioners, counsel Jaspal Singh and Satinder Singh Ghulati contended that the high court order was contradictory to a TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE “ LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Chinese troops in PoK: Army Chief The Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) has ceased the Indian citizenship of senior Congress leader and transporter Avtar Henry. In a communication to Principal Secretary (Homes) DS Bains, Undersecretary, Union Government, SN Garg has said the Centre, while exercising powers under Sections 9(2) of the Citizenship Act-1955, had ceased Henry’s Indian citizenship from the date he acquired British citizenship and passport in 1969. Henry, however, is at liberty to acquire Indian citizenship by following the procedures laid down under the law. In the letter, Garg stated that an inquiry report forwarded by the Additional Director General of Punjab Police specified that the office of the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner was not in possession of any record that could be used to ascertain whether Henry had submitted an application to acquire Indian citizenship or not. Henry had acquired an All this is politically motivated. I will take up the issue with the higher authorities. I have not received any letter from the government on the matter. “ SC: Punjab must give flats to ’84 riot victims JALANDHAR, SEPTEMBER 19 Legal experts say Henry could be deported P11 Indian passport in 1981 and subsequently in 2004. The passport can be issued only to an Indian citizen. Continued on page 11
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