06062018-TT-01.qxd 6/6/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, june 6, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 155 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE HIMACHAL Encephalitis outbreak confirmed in Himachal New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday confirmed the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in HP with two children from Solan district testing positive for the mosquito-borne viral infection of the brain. The Health Secretary has directed teams from the National Centre for Disease Control and National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme to be sent to HP to probe the cause of the infection. P12 NATION Akalis to roll out red carpet for Amit Shah tomorrow Chandigarh: When BJP chief Amit Shah comes to Chandigarh on Thursday, as part of his strategy to reach out to NDA allies, the Akali Dal is set to roll out the red carpet. Shah is scheduled to meet Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and a handful of senior Akali and Punjab BJP leaders. The coalition partners are likely to initiate discussion on the 2019 elections. P7 Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including fourpage Jobs and Careers, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. /thetribunechd SC: No bar on SC/ST promotions, but... Uphill task on quota move for govt as law requires ‘quantifiable data’ as ‘backwardness’ proof Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 5 Giving some leeway to the government on the contentious issue of reservation in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes employees, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was not debarred from making promotions “in accordance with law”. The interim order came from a Vacation Bench headed by Justice AK Goel after Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said the entire process of promotion has come to a “standstill” due to the orders passed by various high courts. The Supreme Court too had ordered “status quo” in a similar matter in 2015, he said. “It is made clear that the Union of India is not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law, subject to further orders, pending further consideration of the matter,” the Bench clarified. However, despite this seemingly favourable order, it would be an uphill task for any government to give reservation in promotions “in accordance with law”, for the law as interpreted by the Supreme Court in M Nagraj’s case in 2006 prescribes certain preconditions for it. While upholding the validity of four Constitutional Amendments in 2006, the top court had ruled that the State will have to show existence of “compelling reasons”, including “backwardness”, “inadequacy of representation” and Tharoor summoned in July as accused in Pushkar death case Charged with abetting suicide, MP says will ‘vigorously contest’ New Delhi, June 5 Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was on Tuesday summoned by a city court on July 7 as an accused in the Sunanda Pushkar death case after it took cognisance of the police chargesheet in which he was charged with abetting the suicide of his wife. In a setback to Tharoor, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, while asking the Lok Sabha member to appear before the court, said there are sufficient grounds to proceed against him for alleged offences of abetment to suicide and committing cruelty. Tharoor, 62, dubbed the charges as “preposterous and baseless” and the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against him that he would “vigorously contest”. The Delhi Police said it had “professionally” investigated the charges against the MP from Thiruvananthapuram and would defend these in the court. “There exist sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences under Sections 306 and 498-A of the IPC. Issue him summons for appearance on July 7,” the judge said. In a statement, Tharoor said he maintains steadfast conviction that ultimately the truth will prevail. “I will continue to vigorously contest these charges,” he added. Pushkar, 51, was found dead in a hotel room in the capital on the night of January 17, 2014. The Delhi Police had, on May 14, accused Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide. The couple’s domestic servant has been named as one of the key witnesses. — PTI overall “administrative efficiency” before making provisions for reservation in promotions for SCs and STs. The state concerned has to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class and inadequacy of representation of that class, it had said. Citing the top court’s ruling in the Nagraj case, several high courts, including Delhi and Bombay, have struck down decisions for reservation in promotions and most of such cases have reached the Supreme Court, which has referred the entire issue to a Constitution Bench. The Bench was hearing the Centre’s petition against an August 2017 verdict of the Delhi HC, which quashed the government’s order extending reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees beyond five years from November 16, 1992, when the Supreme Court declared reservation in promotions unconstitutional but allowed it to continue for five years. continued on page 7 Army camp attacked Six-time penalty for in J&K, no casualties excess train luggage Srinagar: An Army camp was attacked by militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district late on Tuesday. No causality had been reported till the filing of the report. Militants opened fire and lobbed grenades at 13 RR camp in Hajin, 30 km from Srinagar, prompting retaliation. “Firing came from at least three sides,” a source said. The Army has rushed in additional reinforcements. TNS New Delhi: Amid complaints of excess baggage being towed into train compartments, the Railways has decided to strictly enforce its three-decade-old baggage allowance rules, which will see passengers paying up to six times the stipulated amount as penalty, if caught travelling with overweight luggage, an official said on Tuesday. “The rules were already in place, we are just enforcing them strictly now,” he said. PAGE 10 Top Air Force officer dies in Jaguar crash Air Cmdr Chauhan was AOC, Jamnagar New Delhi, June 5 A senior Indian Air Force officer was killed in an air crash near Jamnagar in Gujarat on Tuesday morning. A Jaguar fighter jet crashed, killing the pilot, Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan. The crash took place at 9.45 am, IAF officials said. The officer was the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of the IAF’s Jamnagar base. The base has a role in maritime security. The AOC was on low-level flying mission over the Kutch. The rank of Air Commodore is equal to Brigadier in the Army. A junior pilot of his base was flying right behind Air Commodore Chauhan in formation flying. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident. The IAF said the Jaguar fighter aircraft was on a routine training mission. Commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on December 16, 1989, Air Commodore Chauhan was a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) Air Cmdr Sanjai Chauhan and Experimental Test Pilot with over 3,800 hours of service flying, officials said. He had flown 17 types of aircraft of the IAF and had the unique experience of flying modern foreign fighter jets such as Rafale, Gripen and Euro Fighter, officials said. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 2010. “During his service, Chauhan held several important posts such as the Commanding Officer of the Test Pilots’ School. He also commanded a fighter squadron of the IAF said one of the ,” officials. — TNS/PTI
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