25062018-TTC-01.qxd 6/25/2018 1:37 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, june 25, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 174 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Locks out for illegal Kullu-Manali hotels Sealing drive on an ‘unprecedented scale’ to begin tomorrow from Kasol Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, June 24 The padlocks are out and the notices are ready. An unprecedented clampdown on illegal hotels operating in Manali and its suburbs will begin from the tiny hamlet of Kasol in Kullu district on Tuesday. To start with, 48 such hotels are on the radar of the administration for violating a host of building and environmental norms in Kasol alone. There are 75 others in the Manikaran valley. With the horrifying memory of the demolition drive in Kasauli, which claimed the life of Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala on May 1 when an angry hotelier allegedly shot her dead, still fresh in the minds of people, precaution is being taken by the administration this time to ensure that all goes well during the fresh exercise. Following the Kasauli murder, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed the Himachal Government to launch strict state-wide action against hotels that had raised illegal structures. As a team headed by Kullu SDM Amit Guleria gears up INSIDE PUNJAB Separate barracks for sacrilege accused Chandigarh: With a group of gangsters attacking a sacrilege accused in Ludhiana Central Jail, the Department of Jails, Punjab, has issued orders that all the accused be kept in separate barracks. ADGP (Prisons) Inderpreet Singh Sahota said protection would be given to all those involved in sensitive cases. HARYANA Delhi Metro’s third foray into Haryana New Delhi: The 11.2-km-long fully elevated Mundka-Bahadurgarh section of the Delhi Metro’s Green Line was opened for passengers on Sunday. This is the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s third foray into Haryana. Metro services are already operational in Gurgaon (Yellow Line) and Faridabad (Violet Line). NUMBER MISMATCH ■ Every hotel should be registered with Tourism Dept 638in Manali, hotels, etc, ■ Consent to establish and operate has to be taken suburbs registered with tourism, excise departments from Pollution Control Board ■ Building plan has to be approved by the Town and Coun- try Planning Department and Municipal Council, which issues a completion report once the structure is ready 592 Manali Hoteliers ON THE RADAR Association members 48 hotels in Manali 75 in Manikaran valley 1,671 on such establishments 92 Manali hotels to dismantle illegal portions by 2019 various web portals to crack the whip on hundreds of illegally operating hotels and guest houses in the Kullu-Manali valley, there is a palpable fear and disquiet among the region’s hotel owners. This came even as 13 of the 48 hotels in Kasol that have been put on notice claimed to have “already completed formalities” that At least 500 hotels have to be inspected and report given to NGT by government in July would help them escape action. The sealed hotels will have their water and power supplies disconnected. The Himachal Pradesh High Court had earlier directed the authorities to file on July 5 a report detailing the action taken against unauthorised tourism units, including hotels, guest hous- es, home stay or bed-andbreakfast units in the state. The government also has to file a report before the NGT on July 16 with a list of at least 500 hotels that have been inspected. Officials maintain the total number of hotels in the district is close to 2,000, all of which need to be inspected, with Major arrested in Meerut for killing colleague’s wife Delhi cops act on CCTV footage, call record of 35-yr-old victim Prateek Chauhan Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 24 The Delhi Police arrested Army Major Nikhil Handa from Meerut’s Daurala on Sunday for allegedly killing his colleague Major Amit Dwivedi’s wife Shelja (35), whose mutilated body was found in Delhi on Saturday. DCP Vijay Kumar (West District) said Major Handa was spotted with the deceased hours before she went missing from the Army Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment. Information gathered from the hospital and the victim’s cellphone had Shelja Dwivedi studied and taught at GNDU, Amritsar. led them to Major Handa. He said they were not ruling out love affair or personal enmity as the motive. Major Handa is believed to have told the police that Shelja was pressuring him to marry her. Call Detail Record (CDR) shows the victim’s last call was for Major Handa. Shelja’s body was found near Brar Square in the Delhi Cantonment area, repeatedly run over by a vehicle to make it look like an accident. The police were informed that a woman had died in a mishap. On closer inspection, they found the throat slit. This raised suspicion and they began investigations for homicide. Sources said Shelja was dropped at the Army Base continued on page 7 Tewari triggers debate: How can MPs keep multiple official houses? Aditi Tandon NATION Tribune News Service HC judges: Collegium names returned again New Delhi, June 24 Former minister Manish Tewari has triggered a debate by publicly asking why ministers across states are hankering after bigger bungalows and why MPs are getting government houses allotted in their constituencies even though they are not entitled to. “As an MP and minister, I lived in my own apartment. Distressing to see ministers hankering after bigger bun- New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation for the appointment of two lawyers as judges of the Allahabad High Court has been returned for the second time by the government, citing complaints. The two lawyers are Mohammad Mansoor and Basharat Ali Khan. Mansoor is the son of former Supreme Court judge late Saghir Ahmed. MANDATORY PERMISSIONS galows, former ministers knocking the doors of courts to retain bungalows and MPs getting government bungalows allotted in their constituencies in Punjab and Chandigarh they are disentitled for (sic),” Tewari tweeted. Although the Congress leader did not take names, Lok Sabha records show at least two MPs from the region, Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, have government accommodation not just in Delhi but also in their parliamentary segments. Both also have ancestral houses in their constituencies. Former Lok Sabha Secretary General PDT Achary said an MP can have only one official government accommodation in Delhi. “The MPs Salaries and Allowances Act is very clear on the housing entitlement of MPs. The MP is entitled to official government accommodation only in Delhi and not anywhere else. continued on page 7 ~3.5 lakh, 2-yr ‘struggle’ later, gets back ~6,500 phone Praful Chander Nagpal Fazilka, June 24 Harpreet Singh Mehami (45), an RTI activist in Jalalabad, is a happy man today. He has finally got back his stolen cellphone after a more than two-and-a-half years’ struggle during which he claims to have received police threats even as he approached the DGP’s office and courts. Mehami’s Samsung phone worth Rs 6,500 was stolen from his shop in October 2015. But the Jalalabad police refused to register a case. On October 26, he filed a complaint before Judicial Magistrate KD Singla, who ordered that a case be filed. The police disposed of the case in two days and took no action. Mehami met several senior police officers, but to no avail and, finally, moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2016. A probe by AIG Crime (Bathinda) indicted SHO Jawant Singh, investigating officer Kashmir Singh and Head Constable Bhajan Singh, and recommended departmental action. “Enraged, they tried to cancel the FIR and implicate me in a false case. I met DGP Suresh Arora on July 7, 2017, who ordered a fresh probe,” says Mehami. In the meantime, Mukhtiar Singh, SP (Detective), Fazilka, found the stolen cellphone with Yovan Kumar, a Class IV employee at the Jalalabad Civil Hospital, which was handed over to Mehami through the courts on June 21. “I spent about Rs 3.5 lakh on getting justice and faced humiliation too. It was not a fight for a phone but against injustice,” says Mehami, who plans to file a petition for compensation. about 1,500 in Manali alone. Of these, only 638 are registered with the tourism and excise departments. The NGT had also directed the government to demolish unauthorised portions of 92 hotels in Manali that it had identified as illegal. The owners rushed to the Supreme Court, which gave them a year to pull down illegal portions on their own. “We have identified 48 unauthorised hotels in Kasol, Tosh and Manikaran and 75 in the Manikaran valley,” said Guleria. Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism and Civil Aviation, said, “The Tourism Department will act tough with such hotels and those functioning illegally will be closed down.” Manali Hoteliers Association president Gajender Singh Thakur, while not contesting the action, asked, “Hotels may have committed illegalities, but why did the officials not act while structures were being raised?” Thakur added: “Moreover, the Manali development plan has never been approved by the Cabinet. If we move court, the government will not be able to enforce the Act.” ‘Deport all illegal immigrants without any judicial process’ President Donald Trump said on Sunday that all illegal immigrants should be sent back without any judicial process. PAGE 13 Mufti: Never wavered on Agenda of Alliance ‘Sad to see BJP disown own initiative’ Srinagar, June 24 Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, taking exception to the allegations hurled at her party by Amit Shah, president of former ally BJP has termed , these as “false”, asserting that her commitment to the common minimum programme never wavered. The PDP and the BJP were in a coalition government for two tenures since March 2015 till the BJP pulled out on June 19, saying it had become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the PDP president pointed out that the measures initiated by her government to restore confidence on the ground were “recognised and endorsed” by the BJP . “Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance (AoA), coauthored by Ram Madhav and endorsed by senior leaders like Rajnathji, never wavered. It is sad to see them disown their own initiative and label it a soft approach. “Status quo on Article 370, dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat were a part of AoA. Encouraging dialogue, withdrawing cases against stonepelters and the unilateral ceasefire were much needed measures to restore confidence on the ground. This was recognised and endorsed by the BJP she said. ,” She termed Shah’s allegation on discrimination against Jammu and Ladakh RESULTS ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 1 JAPAN 2 SENEGAL 2 COLOMBIA 3 POLAND 0 YES, HE KANE ENGLAND IN LAST 16 ❝ Their MLA (Lal Singh), notorious & even punished for role in aftermath of Kathua case still threatens journalists of Valley. So what are they going to do about him? Mehbooba Mufti, FORMER J&K CM LeT commander killed England’s young and freeflowing team banished the ghost of past national failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of feeble Panama on Sunday that included a hat-trick by skipper Harry Kane and eased them into the last 16. This is England’s biggest-ever World Cup win, featuring two penalties by Kane, and then a fortuitous deflection off his heel. Ahead of Amarnath pilgrimage, two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists, including its selfstyled divisional commander Shakoor Ahmed Dar, were killed in an encounter with security forces. PAGE 10 regions as baseless. “Yes, the Valley has been in turmoil for a long time and the floods of 2014 were a setback, therefore needed focused attention. But that does not mean that there was any less development elsewhere,” she said. Asking the BJP to review the performance of its (former) ministers, mostly representing Jammu, Mehbooba said: “If there were any such concerns, none either at state or central level talked about it during the last three years.” — TNS TODAY’S MATCHES URUGUAY VS RUSSIA SAUDI ARABIA VS EGYPT SPAIN VS MOROCCO IRAN VS PORTUGAL PAGE 14 7.30 PM 7.30 PM 11.30 PM 11.30 PM
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