03012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/3/2018 1:28 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, january 3, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 3 | 30 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Amendment Bill on bankruptcy passed Tribune News Service Police personnel accompany the Dalit protesters in Mumbai on Tuesday as they rally against the violence in Bhima-Koregaon area of Pune. PTI SEE ALSO PAGE 7 Caste clashes in Maha over 1818 battle Enraged Dalits disrupt bus, train services after youth’s death; heads of 2 Hindu outfits booked Shiv Kumar Tribune News Service Mumbai, January 2 Maharashtra was rocked by violence today with activists of Dalit organisations protesting the death of a youth in Pune. Members of the Republican Party of India and Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) came on to the roads at noon and disrupted train and bus services in Mumbai, Pune and several other places. Protests were held in Kolhapur, Parbhani, Latur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Hingoli, Kolhapur, Nanded and Thane districts. Shops were forcibly shut and traffic on the Mum- bai-Pune Expressway was disrupted too. BEST buses were stoned and 40 other vehicles were damaged. Dalit leaders have given a call for a Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday to protest the death of Rahul Phatangale, 32, who died of head injuries in clashes that erupted while the Dalits were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle between the British forces and the Peshwas, in which the latter were defeated. The 1818 Bhima-Koregaon battle, in which members of the Mahar community fought alongside the British troops, is perceived by the Dalits as Trumped, Pakistan asks US to explain, gets China support $255 m military aid suspended washington/Islamabad/ Beijing, January 2 The United States has suspended its USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan for now, the White House has confirmed, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad’s response to terrorism on its soil. The confirmation comes as US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years. In Islamabad, Pakistan summoned the US envoy to register its protest after Trump rebuked the country. The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Ambassador David Hale as Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua sought an explanation over the US President’s remarks. China, on its part, rushed to defend Pakistan, saying the world community should acknowledge its all-weather ally’s “outstanding contribution” to counter-terrorism. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also chaired a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting attended by country’s civilian and military leadership. In his strongest attack on Pakistan yet, Trump in his first tweet of the year on New Year’s Day also appeared to suggest he could cut off foreign aid to Pakistan. Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said it had told the Trump administration that it would do “no more” for it (in the fight against terrorism). “Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the US aid that it has received over the last 15 years,” the minister said. Asked about Trump’s criticism of Pakistan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter-terrorism. The international community should acknowledge that.” He said China is glad to see Pakistan engaging in international cooperation, including counter-terrorism, on the basis of mutual respect so as to contribute to regional peace and stability. China is currently investing heavily in Pakistan as part of the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) over which India has raised objections as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. — PTI Edit: Trump tweets riotact THE TRIGGER ■ Members of Mahar commu- nity, then untouchables, fought alongside British troops in Bhima-Koregaon battle against Peshwas ■ The battle, perceived by the Dalits as the first step towards overcoming caste discrimination, is celebrated by them as ‘Vijay Diwas’ ■ The celebrations, first held by Dr BR Ambedkar in 1927, have been held since then. This time, Hindutva forces allegedly instigated trouble . the first step towards overcoming caste discrimination and is celebrated by them as ‘Vijay Diwas’. The celebrations, first held by Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar in 1927, have been held since then. But this time, some Hindutva bodies allegedly instigated the locals to attack the Dalits. In the ensuing clashes, Phatangale was hurt. He died on Monday. Ruling out conflict between the Marathas and Dalits, BBM leader Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of BR Ambedkar, blamed Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan for hurling stones at those visiting the Koregaon memorial and inciting the violence. Following which, the Pune police booked Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, who head the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan, respectively. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the Pune violence by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court. Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the event to celebrate the Bhima-Koregaon battle a “potent symbol” of resistance, while Sharad Pawar, NCP chief, appealing for peace, said: “Since the administration did not take precautions, rumours spread. Prominent people should defuse the situation.” (With PTI inputs) Bill replacing MCI sent to standing committee now New Delhi, January 2 Parliament today cleared the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill. The Rajya Sabha approved amendments to the legislation that bars owners of defaulting firms from bidding to buy back assets Aditi Tandon when they are auctioned as part of the bank- Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 2 ruptcy proceedings. Already cleared by the Lok Sabha, the Bill The government today cited representations sailed through with comfort in the Upper from doctors and MPs to refer the revolutionary House despite objections from Opposition National Medical Commission Bill 2017 to a parmembers on issues related to “haircuts”. They liamentary panel and sought its early report. Although listed for consideration and passalso wanted the government to identify willful defaulters of bank loans, an issue on which ing today in the Lok Sabha, the Bill was sent Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not broach to the parliamentary standing committee on health with Minister of Parliamentary Affairs upon while replying to the debate The government had earlier passed an ordi- Ananth Kumar making the announcement in nance to keep out such persons who have will- the House, while also urging the committee to fully defaulted, are associated with non-per- present its report before the commencement forming assets, or are habitually non-compliant. of the Budget Session. This means the government has given the Finance Minister Jaitley said the proposed changes in rules would help streamline the committee time up to January 31 to present the report. The Bill seeks to scrap the doctorprocess of selecting buyers for stressed assets. Given that this was a new learning experi- dominated Medical Council of India and set ence and the government had entered into an up a new regulator called the National Medical Commission, unchartered terwhich will be ritory as far as more broadbankruptcy and based in selectinsolvency code ing members. is concerned, he The NMC will said the governhave four ment would continue to modify the law dealing with the issue. autonomous boards to handle four medical The government, Jaitley said, has been education sectors — undergraduate education, encountering situations which were not antic- postgraduate education, medical ethics and ipated earlier and assured the House that it college accreditation. At present, the MCI is in charge of all four, with the government seekwould continue to take corrective action. The Bill seeks to replace an ordinance which ing to unshackle the “over-regulated sector”. The Bill ends annual inspections of colleges was promulgated in November to prevent unscrupulous persons from misusing or vitiat- every time they want to add MBBS or PG seats ing the provisions of the Insolvency and Bank- and expects institutions to show compliance ruptcy Code (IBC). The ineligible persons or with pre-drafted regulatory standards. The entities will include undischarged insolvent, idea is to enable more institutions to come up willful defaulter and those whose accounts and shift the focus from infrastructure-based have been classified as non-performing assets. monitoring of colleges to outcome-based. The Bill mandates a National Licensiate These persons, however, can become “eligible to submit a resolution plan” if they clear all the Exam (exit exam) for MBBS passouts, who overdue amounts with interest and other can practice medicine only if they pass the charges relating to their NPA accounts. Those test. The thinking is — testing the quality of defaulters who had participated in the insol- the medical graduate will automatically test the quality of his institution. vency proceedings before November 23 can continued on page 7 continued on page 7 LS PASSES BILL TO BUILD INFRA AT PROTECTED SITES PAGE 11 TRIPLE TALAQ FACE-OFF IN RS TODAY BACK PAGE Bars owners from bidding to buy back assets Govt hopeful Bill will be passed in Budget Session ‘Mentally-ill’ Haryana SDO kills 6 RAW ex-chief Paid leave for all Khanna named types of blood Deputy NSA Ex-Lt in Army, Dhankar injured in scuffle after fatally hitting victims in Palwal donation 2 New Delhi, January 2 New Delhi, January Rajinder Khanna, a former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency RAW, was today appointed the Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA), an order said. Khanna headed the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) from December 2014 for a fixed two-year period. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by PM Narendra Modi, has approved Khanna’s appointment on a re-employment and contractual basis, said the order issued by the personnel ministry. Khanna is currently Officer on Special Duty (Neighbourhood Studies) in the National Security Council Secretariat. Neighbourhood Studies prepares policy papers of neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. — PTI TROUBLED PAST Bijendra Ahlawat Tribune News Service Palwal, January 2 Six persons, including a woman, were brutally done to death by a “mentally disturbed” ex-serviceman in the wee hours today. The accused, nabbed soon after the crime, was critically injured in a scuffle with the police. He has been admitted to Delhi’s Safudrjung Hospital. He is reported to have suffered a brain haemorrhage. Naresh Kumar Dhankar (45), working with the Haryana Agriculture Department as an SDO, went on a killing spree at 2.30 am, hitting the victims with an iron rod. The police, informed about the first murder near a park, were stunned to find five more bodies dumped within a radius of 500 metres. ■ Naresh Kumar Dhankar was earlier booked for assault and abusing a cop in 2015 ■ Dhankar served in Army as Lieutenant till 2003; he was granted medical VRS ■ Appointed SDO in Agriculture Dept in 2006, he was posted in Bhiwani district ■ He had not been attending his office since Dec 29 ■ Hails from Machhgar in Faridabad ■ Married, has an 8-year-old son; wife’s kin live in Palwal Naresh Dhankar seen in CCTV footage of a private hospital. Moti Ram (37), a watchman, was the first victim. Dhankar then targeted a woman sleeping in the corridor of a private hospital. Identified as Anjum (34), she had come with a patient admitted for delivery. Next, he assaulted security guards Sita Ram (50) and Subhash (42) and then a man in his fifties, believed to be a beggar, sleeping outside the hospital. By 4 am, he had killed six persons. The police identified the accused from the CCTV footage. Reportedly waiting for his next victim, Dhankar was confronted by the police near the hospital around 7 am. He fell unconscious on being hit on the head as he tried to assault a policeman. Claiming that Dhankar was “mentally ill”, the police said it was yet to be ascertained what had provoked him to commit the murders. DC Mani Ram Sharma said swift police action helped nab the accused, who could have done more harm. Earlier in the day, a message on social media asking residents to remain indoors triggered panic. Related report page 6 Central Government employees can now get paid leave for blood donation. At present, service rules allow leave for whole blood donation and not apheresis donation, the ministry of personnel said. It is felt that the rule should cover apheresis donation as well since it will have the added advantage of getting blood components like platelets, plasma, etc, the ministry said. “It has been decided that special casual leave may be granted for blood donation or for apheresis (blood components such as red cells, plasma, platelets, etc) donation at licensed blood banks on a working day (for that day only) up to a maximum of four times a year on submission of valid proof of donation,” the order said. — PTI In Panda, CRPF loses ‘face’ of its assault team inKashmir Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, January 2 Gallantry award winning Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando Pradip Kumar Panda, 33, who had a close brush with death in 2016, was killed while fighting Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeen at Lethpora in south Kashmir on Sunday. He was among the five paramilitary personnel killed in a 36-hour gunfight inside a CRPF commando training camp that also left three fidayeen of the Afzal Guru squad of Jaish-e-Mohammad dead. Two of the three fidayeen were locals. A senior CRPF officer said Panda had been part of the Valley-based Quick Action Team (QAT) of the CRPF for around six years and was a “legendary expert of face-toface gunfight”. Panda was killed while trying to flush out the third holed-up militant during room intervention on Sunday. Pradip Kumar Panda “He was the face of the assault team of the Valleybased QAT. He used to deal final blows to terrorists in their hideouts. He was also awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry on Independence Day last year,” said Ravideep Singh Sahi, Inspector General of CRPF . Panda was honoured with the police medal for showing raw courage during a fidayeen attack on Independence Day in 2016 at Nowhatta in Srinagar’s old city. Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. “It was that deadly encounter in Nowhatta Chowk that saw the martyrdom of Commandant Pramod Kumar, who was later awarded the prestigious Kirti Chakra. It was during that gunfight that Panda displayed raw courage and devotion to duty,” a CRPF spokesman said. Sahi said the QAT of CRPF reached Lethpora around 4 am and after analysing the situation, the assault was launched against militants. “Panda was martyred during room-to-room intervention on Sunday. He was a brave soldier who was always at the forefront of any operation,” the CRPF IG said. Panda, who hailed from Odisha, joined the CRPF in 2006. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family, besides a monthly pension of Rs 2,000 to the martyr’s widow. Panda hailed from Liploi village in Sundergarh district.
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