12052018-TTC-01.qxd 12-05-2018 01:12 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, may 12, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 130 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Neighbourhood First is Modi pitch in Nepal New Delhi: The EC has postponed elections to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat in Karnataka, saying there was “definite inference” to suggest that efforts were made to induce voters. Polling will be held on May 28. Nearly 10,000 voter ID cards were found from a flat in the constituency. PAGE 8 New Delhi: UP’s Keshav Chand Yadav on Friday replaced Congress’ Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, 41, as the Indian Youth Congress president. Yadav, 38, hails from Deoria district. Srinivas BV from Bhadravati, Karnataka, will be his deputy. TNS Former Mumbai ATS chief Roy ends life Mumbai: Senior Maharashtra IPS officer Himanshu Roy allegedly committed suicide on Friday. ADGP Roy had been suffering from cancer and was on leave for the past several months. He served as the Joint Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Crime Branch, and headed the Anti-Terror Squad. PAGE 17 Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Haryana Police personnel stand guard as Muslims offer Friday prayers in an open car parking area in Gurugram. AFP 76 duty magistrates for namaz in G’gram Gurugram, May 11 Amid an ongoing controversy over namaz at open sites, prayers were offered peacefully across 50 locations in the city under a close watch by the police and local administration on Friday. As many as 76 duty magistrates oversaw namaz at 24 mosques and 23 open spaces amidst heavy police deployment. However, owing to confusion and fear, many stayed away from the venues. Earlier, right-wing organisations had assured that they would not disrupt namaz after an agreement on the designated sites. While it was reported that 13 sites had been designated, the exact number and their location were kept under wraps by the administration. “We thank the local admin- istration and police for maintaining law and order and safeguarding our right to practise religion. We hope this marks an end to fear dogging the community for weeks,” said Aamir Hasan, vice-chairman of Haryana Congress’ minority cell. Meanwhile, the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti claimed that namaz was held at around 100 places. “CM Manohar Lal Khattar initially said namaz will not be held in open spaces, but formal orders were never issued. The police then claimed it would be held only at nine places, but they later increased the number to 13. They fooled us as namaz was held illegally at 100 places. We will meet the administration on Saturday,” said samiti leader Vikram Singh. — TNS In-principle yes, but no finality on Joseph ~100 cr for Janakpur, direct bus service to Ayodhya Polling in K’taka’s RR Nagar deferred Keshav Yadav is new IYC president /thetribunechd New Delhi, May 11 The Supreme Court collegium on Friday failed to take a final call on the controversial proposal to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the top court despite unanimously agreeing in principle to reiterate his name. Led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the top five judges of the Supreme Court met in the afternoon. They decided to meet again on May 16 as they felt “the said reiteration (of Justice KM Joseph’s name) should also be accompanied by recommendation of names of Chief Justices of (other) high courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which a detailed discussion is required,” a resolution adopted by the collegium stated. This is the second time that the collegium, which also included Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, has deferred a decision on the controversial proposal to elevate Justice KM Joseph, that has turned out to be a bone of contention between the government and the judiciary. Earlier, the collegium had on May 2 decided to defer a decision on his appointment without assigning any reason. The government had last month returned Justice Joseph’s name. It had raised Janakpur/Kathmandu, May 11 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured Nepal that it was at the top of India’s Neighbourhood First policy as he announced a Rs 100-crore package to develop Janakpur — birthplace of Lord Rama’s wife Sita — while invoking mythological links between the two countries. Speaking at a civic reception by the Janakpur SubMetropolitan City at Barhabigha ground here in the afternoon, Modi briefly spoke in Nepali and Maithili. Modi, who is on his third visit to Nepal since assuming office in 2014, read out a verse from Ramcharitmanas that says “one cannot remain isolated from the suffering of a friend and a true friend always helps his friend in the time of suffering”. “Whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together. We have been there for each other in the most difficult of times,” said Modi, whose voice appeared hoarse apparently due to his hectic campaign in the Karnataka Assembly elections. Modi, accompanied by his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli, also inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya — the two sacred cities for Hindus. Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (R) and PM Narendra Modi shake hands at a temple in Janakpur (Nepal) on Friday. AFP “Without Nepal, India’s faith, dhams and our Lord Ram is incomplete,” said PM Modi. With the launch of the bus service, 15 destinations in nine states will be developed — Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot in UP Sitamarhi, Buxar and , Darbhanga in Bihar, Chitrakoot in MP Mahendragiri , in Odisha, Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, Nashik and Nagpur in Maharashtra, Bhadrachalam in Telangana, Hampi in Karnataka and Rameshwaram in TN. “India and Nepal will work towards building the Ramayana circuit between both the countries. This will act as a foundation for strong people-to-people contact between the two nations,” Modi said. Later in the day, Modi and Oli jointly laid the foundation stone of the 900MW Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant in Tumlingtar area of eastern Nepal through a remote system. The project is expected to bring in $1.5 billion foreign direct investment to Nepal and create jobs for thousands. continued on page 8 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service J&K High Court judges Manipur, Meghalaya CJs New Delhi: Two judges from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court have been appointed as chief justices of the Meghalaya and the Manipur high courts. Justice Ramlingam Sudhakar, who originally belongs to the Madras HC and is functioning as Acting Chief Justice of the J&K High Court, has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Manipur HC. Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir, also of the J&K HC, has been appointed as CJ of the Meghalaya HC. Justice Alok Aradhe, seniormost judge of J&K HC after Justices Sudhakar and Mir, has been appointed as Acting CJ of the J&K HC. PTI the issue of fair regional representation and questioned his seniority, saying he stood at serial No. 45 in the combined seniority of HC judges. There were 11 CJs senior to him, it had said. The collegium’s failure to reach a final decision on Justice Joseph’s elevation is being interpreted as a lack of unanimity among the top five judges who decide who can be appointed as judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts. If the collegium fails to take a decision on May 16, things are likey to go more complicated as judges would go on vacation after May 18 and Justice Chelameswar would retire on June 22 — 11 days before the top court reopens.
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