06042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/6/2017 1:16 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday,april 6, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 94 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 20 parliamentary secys, 1 CPS via ordinance likely 5 officers indicted for Jat stir violence get postings again Capt moves to placate Cong leaders Include Gohana, Jhajjar, Hansi ex-SDMs Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 5 In an apparent move to placate colleagues in the Punjab Congress who have not found a place in the state Cabinet, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is set to appoint one Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) and 20 Parliamentary Secretaries through the ordinance route. An ordinance is valid for six months and must be passed by the legislature before that so as to become a law. Since the Punjab Cabinet can have a maximum of 18 ministers, including the CM, the government has found a way out to accommodate its sulking MLAs. Noted lawyer HC Arora, on whose petition the CPSes appointed by the previous SAD-BJP government were declared “unconstitutional”, says the government move violates Article 164 of the Constitution that has fixed the strength of the Cabinet at 15 per cent of the total elected representatives. Also, it could be construed as contempt of court. The government intended to table the Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary (Appointment, Salaries, Allowance Power, Privileges and Amenities) Bill in the first session of the Vidhan Sabha, but had to hold it back because of “legal hurdles”. The proposed Bill had fixed the salary of CPSes at Rs 40,000 and that of PSes at Rs 35,000 along with a house rent allowance of Rs 50,000 and travelling allowance. Sushil Manav Tribune News Service WHY POLITICS AGAIN: A novice monk yawns as he attends teachings by the Dalai Lama at Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. REUTERS China fumes, India holds firm DALAI LAMA IN ARUNACHAL Beijing says ties ‘severely damaged’ Simran Sodhi ❝ The Dalai Lama has visited Arunachal on Tribune News Service Railways gets regulator To recommend fares, guard commuter interest Girja Shankar Kaura Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 5 The Union Government tonight paved the way for setting up of the Rail Development Authority (RDA), an independent regulator that will recommend passenger and freight fares and protect the interests of commuters. The approval came at a meeting of the Cabinet. The authority, with an initial corpus of Rs 50 crore, will have a chairman and three members. It would have a fixed term of five years and the authority to engage experts from various spheres. “It will act within the parameters of the Railway Act, 1989, and undertake the following functions: Tariff determination, ensuring fair play and level-playing field for stakeholder investment, setting efficiency and performance standards and dissemination of information,” an official statement read. But officials said the chairman could be from the private sector too and would be selected by a committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. continued on page 7 New Delhi, April 5 China today didn’t hold back on its anger over India’s decision to allow Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh and said India has “severely damaged” the bilateral relationship by doing so. India reiterated its stand that no “artificial controversy” should be created around the visit, which is religious and not political in nature. In Arunachal, the Dalai Lama sought to clear the air, saying “India has never used me against China”. He also thanked the Indian Government for its hospitality. “I have been here since 1959. India has taken great care of me. I am their longest staying guest. I am thankful to them.” China has accused the half a dozen occasions. Political colour should not be ascribed to his religious and spiritual activities, and no artificial controversy created around his ongoing visit❞ Gopal Baglay, MEA SPOKESPERSON Tibetan spiritual leader of having a separatist agenda, but the Dalai Lama today said: “I am a messenger of the ancient Indian thought and I talk about ahimsa (non-violence), peace, harmony and secular ethics wherever I go.” The indications from the government here are, however, quite clear. India is using the Tibet card more publicly and forcefully than ever before and Beijing has been quick to notice that. An article in the state-run Global Times (GT) said: “Unlike his predecessors, Narendra Modi seems to have taken a different stance on the Dalai issue, raising public engagements with the monk and challenging Beijing’s bottom line.” The Chinese foreign ministry said China “expresses firm opposition and will lodge stern representations”. Act against drug peddlers or we Govt, Oppn spar over act against you, Punjab cops told ‘tampering’ of EVMs Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, April 5 Laying down the new rules of engagement, police officers in the rank of SP and below in Punjab were today clearly told to either “act against drug peddlers or face the consequences”. At the first meeting of the Special Task Force (STF) set up to fight the drug menace, ADGP Harpreet Sidhu warned his men that their work was being monitored. “Either you act against the peddlers in your areas or we will act against you. Any lax- ity will invite stern action,” Sidhu is reported to have told the officers. “I have been tasked with fighting the drug menace. And there will be no room for any error,” the STF chief warned. The 1992-batch IPS officer, who headed the anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh that won him the President's Medal for Gallantry in 2003, is known to be a tough task master. All officers, including IG (Zone) AS Rai, DIG (Range) Sukhchain Singh and the SSPs of Patiala, Sangrur and Barnala were asked to raise the slogan “Punjab Police di jai”. The ADGP spotted an officer dozing off. He made every officer below the rank of SP perform 10 sit-ups. A DSP from Patiala, who was reportedly fidgeting with his cellphone, got a dressing down. Another DSP and subordinate could not come up with a convincing answer when asked about steps being taken to check the flow of drugs in their area. They were told to pull up their socks. It is for the first time that an ADGP has held a meeting with SHOs. New Delhi, April 5 The Rajya Sabha today witnessed a ruckus when the Opposition and government clashed over the alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) to favour the ruling BJP . Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the House briefly as the Opposition members protested. An angry exchange was witnessed between BSP’s Mayawati and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. This was followed by a war of words between Naqvi and Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Naqvi pointed out that EVMs were also used in the 2004 and 2009 General Election, as also during the Delhi, Bihar and Punjab elections where the BJP lost. He wondered why the Congress did not question EVM use at that time. In his defence, Azad said Congress governments did not tamper with EVMs. Ramgopal Yadav of the SP alleged EVMs were being deliberately programmed to favour the BJP while Mayawati alleged , mass irregularities in the recent UP elections. — TNS 9 lives for CRPF’s Cheetah, recovers from 9 bullet wounds New Delhi, April 5 Almost two months after CRPF Commander Chetan Cheetah, 45, went into coma with nine bullet wounds suffered during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the officer today walked out of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after making a “miraculous” recovery. Cheetah, who belongs to Rajasthan, was wheeled in on February 14 at the trauma centre after being airlifted from Srinagar. Doctors said he had shown a steely resolve to respond to their intensive medical care. Subodh Kumar, Professor of Trauma Surgery at Comatose for 16 days after encounter in J&K ■ On February 14, CRPF commander Chetan Cheetah suffered nine bullet wounds during an encounter with terrorists in Bandipora’s Hajjan area of J&K ■ He was initially treated at the Army Base Hospital, Srinagar, before being airlifted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where he underwent brain surgery ■ He remained in coma for 16 days and spent a month in the ICU. He had bullet injuries in the head, upper limbs, waist, pelvic region, hands and right eye << MoS Kiren Rijiju with CRPF CO Chetan Cheetah at AIIMS. PTI AIIMS, while announcing his recovery, said it was “nothing short of a miracle”. “Cheetah was in coma for 16 days and spent a month in the intensive care unit,” Amit Gupta, Additional Medical Superintendent at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, said. Gupta said the Commanding Officer (CO) of CRPF’s 45th Battalion in the Kashmir Valley had suffered bullet injuries to the head, upper limbs, waist, pelvic region, hands and right eye. Doctors said the chances of vision returning to the right eye were “bleak” although his left eye, which had splinter injuries, had been restored. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Twitter hailed the courage of the officer. “Fortune favours the brave. Extremely happy to know that Cheetah has made a miraculous recovery. I thank the team of doctors who have helped Chetan Cheetah in his recovery. Hope to see Cheetah back in action soon.” His deputy Kiren Rijiju visited the officer at the hospital and said he was “proud” of him. continued on page 7 Beijing later lodged a protest with India’s Ambassador Vijay Gokhale over the visit. GT spoke about the costs that India would have to pay for this decision: “New Delhi may have underestimated Beijing’s determination to safeguard its core interests... China doesn’t allow India to free-ride on its economic growth while jeopardising Beijing’s core interests.” The two main points of contention that came to the fore last year were China’s insistence that India, being a nonsignatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), should not be allowed entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); and Beijing’s consistent veto at the UN to block India’s move to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as an international terrorist. edit: Provoking the Dragon Chandigarh, April 5 The Haryana Government, taking a U-turn on action against officials for their role in the violence that followed the Jat quota stir in February last year, today reinstated three HCS and two HPS officers who were suspended on the basis of the Prakash Singh Committee report. Dharmender Singh, who was posted as SDM, Gohana, during the violence; Pankaj Setia, who was SDM, Jhajjar; and Jagdeep Singh, who was SDM, Hansi, were reinstated. Dharmender Singh has been posted as Additional Director (Administration), AYUSH, against a vacant post, Setia as Joint Director (Admn) and Deputy Secretary, Industries and Commerce (against vacant posts), and Jagdeep Singh as Joint Director (Admn), Social Justice and Empowerment. Gohana, Hansi and Jhajjar were among the worst-affected districts during the Jat stir. The government also reinstated HPS officers Satish Kumar and Jagat Singh, subject to the final outcome of departmental proceedings against them. The former has been posted as DSP/HVPNL (newly approved ex-cadre post) and latter as DSP/HVPNL, replacing Joginder Sharma. Sources said the suspension of eight more HPS officers — Sunil Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Rajbir Singh, Sandeep Malik, Pawan Kumar, Bijender Singh, Surender Singh and Sukhbir Singh — may be revoked “very soon”. Based on the findings of the Prakash Singh Committee, that was assigned the task of looking into acts of omission and commission by government officials during the February 2016 violence, the state government had suspended three HCS and 10 HPS officers. The report had held at least 90 officials guilty of not taking appropriate action to contain the violence that took 30 lives. The government had replaced Home Secretary PK Das and DGP Yashpal Singhal with Ram Niwas and KP Singh, respectively. Five IAS and five IPS officers had been indicted too. Claiming they were innocent, the officers had raised questions on the probe report. After today’s reinstatements, any action against them seems highly unlikely. PELTING STONES FOR HIS NATION: FAROOQ ❝ Recently the tunnel was opened. (PM) said the youth should think whether they want tourism or terrorism. I want to tell Modi Sahib tourism is our lifeline, there is no doubt about it. But he is a stone-pelter. He has nothing to do with tourism. He will starve to death but is pelting stones for his nation. — Farooq Abdullah, FORMER CM, J&K PAGE 11
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