31122017-TTC-01.qxd 12/31/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 256 | sunday, december 31, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 40 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Palestine on India ruse:Envoy’s recall Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 30 Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali has been recalled to Ramallah following India’s strong objection to his sharing the stage with terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed. After its initial condemnation of the envoy’s action last night, the Ministry of External Affairs today summoned Palestinian Ambassador to India Abu Adnan Alhaija. “The Government of India has strongly conveyed that the association of the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on December 29 is unacceptable,” said an MEA release. Pakistani media yesterday showed the envoy attending a large rally organised by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council, charity front of the Jamat Ud Dawah, in Rawalpindi. Ambassador Waleed was seated next to the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes main accused Hafiz and even addressed the rally. Reports and ❝ We have strongwith historical relations Film board for name change, director agrees India. We support New Delhi against terrorism and do not forgive our ambassadors for their faults, even if they do not mean it. He (envoy to Pak) should pay the price and has been recalled Abu Adnan Alhaija, PALESTINIAN ENVOY TO INDIA suggest he had addressed a meeting of the Difah-e-Pakistan Council along with Hafiz on December 14 too. India said in response to its strong protest, the Palestinian side conveyed deep regrets. “They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately. It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India.” Waleed’s action was worrisome given India’s longstanding support to the Palestinian cause. India remained an advocate for a two-state solution even as the US shifted its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. BSF and Pakistan Rangers jawans match the upward leg stride to perfection during the Retreat at Attari-Wagah border on Friday. As 2017 — marked by frequent LoC skirmishes — draws to a close, peace in 2018 remains an abiding hope. PTI TAXMAN It’s about self-respect, says sulking Gujarat Deputy CM YEAREND SPECIAL. SLAPGATE: MLA FILES COMPLAINT Shimla: Caught in a controversy of slapping a woman constable, All-India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and Dalhousie MLA Asha Kumari has lodged a police complaint against the woman cop, alleging that being a newly elected MLA, she was prevented from discharging her public duty. Asha’s video where she is seen slapping the woman constable, who retaliated in the same measure, has gone viral with sharp reaction from the public. “A woman constable restrained me from entering Congress Bhawan yesterday and slapped me,”she said. PAGE 5 Padmavati to lose ‘i’, aye, aye for Padmavat Retreat of 2017 YEAR OF THE Today’s edition of The Tribune carries a 16-page special supplement highlighting the major events of 2017. /thetribunechd Patidars in BJP rush to Nitin Patel’s support, want him as CM Manas Dasgupta Ahmedabad, December 30 The rift between Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel is out in the open with the latter publicly admitting that his “self-respect” had been hurt and the Patidars within the BJP rushing to his support, demanding that he be appointed Chief Minister. While senior Congress MLA Virji Thummar went to the extent of offering Nitin ‘outside’ support if he broke away from the BJP along with his supporters, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel announced: “If Nitinbhai is ready to quit the BJP I will speak with Con, gress leaders to ensure that he gets a post better than the one he holds now.” The Deputy CM has so far refused to assume charge of the portfolios allocated to Nitin Patel him. Divested of Finance and Urban Development, which he held in the previous government, he has been allotted road and building, health and medical education this time. “It is not about departments, this is about selfrespect,” he said. A large number of BJP workers belonging to the Patidar community staged demonstrations in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and several other parts of the state, demanding that Nitin be made CM. Lalji Patel, the convener of Sardar Patel Group which backed PAAS in its quota stir, called on the sulking Deputy CM. He later gave a call for “Mehsana bandh” (the Assembly constituency of Nitin Patel) on January 1. Several other Patel leaders, including former minister Narottam Patel and BJP state treasurer Surendra Patel, called on Nitin too. Narottam said Nitin had not been rewarded for his contribution to the party’s victory. Several former PAAS leaders, who had joined the BJP before elections, expressed displeasure over Nitin’s “illtreatment”. Mafatlal Patel, husband of former CM Anandiben Patel, described Nitin as “CM material” who had twice been denied his due. “It is BJP’s style to use a person to win polls and then throw him away,” he claimed. Sources said the BJP high command was sending a senior leader from Delhi for mediation. The conjoined twins from Kandhamal — Jaga and Kalia — with their mother at AIIMS. PTI tor of AIIMS, New Delhi, where the surgery was carried out, said Kalia is also showing improvement now. “He is being fed via ryles tube and is also accepting liquids orally in small amount. He often smiles and probably understands things too,” Dr Guleria said. While the children battled death and conquered it, life has been equally challenging for their parents, who turned almost permanent residents at AIIMS since July 14 so as not to miss any opportunity to be with their recuperating sons. “Jaga and Kalia are the two halves of my heart. If either of them breaks, my heart Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. RAJPUT BODIES WARY Founder-patron of Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi said it was “too early” to comment on the board’s decision. “A lot of clarifications are yet to come. It was proposed that the film will be reviewed by a panel of nine intellectuals, but it was reviewed by only three. Also, the recommendations of the panel are not in the public domain.” Rajput Sabha chief Giriraj Singh Lotwara said it was unfortunate that the board wanted to “favour” the film producers. “We will continue to protest in a democratic manner,” he said. PTI was based on the 16th century epic poem ‘Padmavat’ by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The board also suggested modifications in disclaimers — one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati and also relevant changes in the song “Ghoomar” to befit the character portrayed. The meeting was attended by CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi, who said they had only suggested five modifications, including the title change, but “no cuts”. Considering the complexities and concerns around the film, the CBFC appointed a “special panel to add perspective to the final decision of the censor board’s official committee”. Bhansali Productions, in a written communication, had requested that a panel of historians/academics and members of the Rajput community viewed the film. According to the board, producers Viacom and Bhansali, who attended the feedback session post the screening, were in agreement with the changes. “The certificate, as per procedure, will be issued once the required modifications are carried out,” the board said. — PTI Facing abuse, 52 For Sikh identity, amend Art 25: SAD madrasa girls MP rakes up demand in LS; 4 such bids have failed in past rescued in UP Ajay Banerjee “Please amend clause 2 of ed the “right to freedom of Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 30 The demand to amend Article 25(2) of the Constitution, which clubs Sikhs with Hindus, reverberated yet again in Parliament with Shiromani Akali Dal’s Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, while speaking on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, in the Lok Sabha, maintaining the Sikhs had waited far too long to be granted a separate identity. Lucknow, December 30 In a midnight raid on an Islamic seminary in the old city, the Lucknow police rescued 52 residential girl students allegedly being sexually exploited by manager Qari Taiyyab Ziya, who has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and other IPC Sections. The students, aged between six and 19, have been shifted to a government Nari Niketan. SSP Deepak Kumar said the students’ sexual exploitation came to light when they wrote tales of abuse on bits of paper and threw these down the streets. The chits were picked up by the local residents, who then informed the Saadatganj police as well as madrasa owner Syed Mohd Jilani. The latter too approached the police. But the local cops, reportedly influenced by the manager, did not register a complaint. Rather, a counter-complaint of a “threat by local residents to abduct the girls” was filed. First separated New Y for conjoined twins ear New Delhi, December 30 Having battled the impossible, Jaga and Kalia, the conjoined twins from Odisha’s Kandhamal, will for the first time usher in a New Year “separately”, albeit from a hospital ward. It’s been two months and five days since the twins, who were joined in the head, underwent a marathon 21hour separation surgery after which their lives hung in balance for almost a month. While Jaga kept showing a steady progress, Kalia’s road to recovery has been a rather bumpy ride with his condition deteriorating on quite a few occasions to the extent that his survival seemed difficult. But the steely determination of the doctors and the unflinching faith of the parents bore results and Kalia is off ventilator now for the last three weeks. Dr Randeep Guleria, Direc- Mumbai, December 30 The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has decided to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial ‘ Padmavati’ a U/A certificate and suggested that he change the film’s title to ‘ Padmavat’, to which he has reportedly agreed. The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history. As protests spread across various states, the December 1 release was deferred as the film didn’t have a censor clearance. The CBFC held a meeting of its examining committee on December 28 and decided to give the film a UA certification along with “some modifications and likely change of the film’s title on the basis of the attributed material/creative source”. Director Bhansali, who appeared before a parliamentary panel, said his Rs 150crore period drama, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, would be shattered,” said Pushpanjali Kanhar, mother of the two-year-eight-monthold twins. “It is my faith that they will soon be fine and we all shall return to our village Milipada,” she said. Dr Deepak Gupta, professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS, said Jaga is on a normal diet comprising eggs and bananas and interacting well with parents. “He is also able to stand and walk with support,” Dr Gupta said. Recalling the crucial moments of the surgery, Dr Gupta said Jaga suffered a cardiac arrest when he was separated from his twin. A team of anaesthetists resuscitated the child and almost after half-an-hour, Jaga’s heart started beating again. However, the brains of the twins weigh a little less than normal. The children recently underwent skin grafting procedure to continued on page 7 Article 25 and give us justice,” he pleaded. Tarlochan Singh, former Rajya Sabha member, had made two attempts to get Article 25(2) amended through a private member’s Bill, but it could not be tabled. In 2012, Akali leader Rattan Singh Ajnala made a similar effort in the Lok Sabha but drew a blank and so did Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) in 2014. Dhindsa and Ajnala had argued that Article 25 grant- religion”, which must be given to the Sikhs. Chandumajra reiterated much the same. Clause 1 of Article 25 gives every person the right to freely profess, practise and propagate religion. Clause 2 clubs the Sikhs with Hindus. The National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution, set up in 2000, via a resolution when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was PM, had recommended that this Clause be reworded.
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