28062018-TTC-01.qxd 28-06-2018 01:40 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, june 28, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 177 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd TODAY’S MATCHES 7.30 PM JAPAN VS POLAND 7.30 PM SENEGAL VS COLOMBIA PANAMA VS TUNISIA ENGLAND VS BELGIUM 11.30 PM 11.30 PM KOREA 2 GERMANY 0 OTHER RESULTS Three held in Bathinda for Manali ‘rape’ Mandi, June 27 The Himachal Pradesh Police have arrested three youths from Bathinda for the alleged rape of two Class 12 students, including a minor (17), who were reported missing in Manali a few days ago. The victims are natives of Kullu and students of a government school. A hunt is on for two more suspects, both from Himachal. Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the two students had gone missing on June 15 and the families lodged a complaint the following day. The victims were found on June 20 and the minor narrated her ordeal to the family, which lodged a complaint. A case was registered against the five accused under Section 376-D of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act. The SP said while the minor girl claimed gang-rape by the five youths, the second victim alleged sexual harassment but was unwilling to lodge a complaint. “According to the victim, the youths offered them a lift in their vehicle at Seobag and took them towards Manali, where they kept them in a guest house and allegedly committed rape. The girls were recovered from Vashishth, close to Manali,” the SP said. The police arrested Amandeep (28), Ishu (23) and Akshay (23) from Bathinda on June 24. They have been remanded in 15-day judicial custody. A report of the minor’s medical examination is awaited. — TNS Brazil comfortably reached the World Cup last-16 after a 2-0 win over Serbia. The five-time world champions finished top of Group E with seven points and will face Mexico in the second round SWITZERLAND 2 COSTA RICA 2 Soon after the killing, the Tribune News Service police had released CCTV Srinagar, June 27 grabs of the three bike-borne The Jammu and Kashmir attackers with masked faces. Police on Wednesday Over the course of the invesclaimed to have identified tigation, police officials said the three militants behind they scanned the footage to the recent killing of senior get clues about the identities journalist Shujaat Bukhari, of the attackers. saying they belonged to the Police officials said they Lashkar-e-Toiba. had also identified A police official an anonymous said two of the milblogger who ran a itants were from smear campaign south Kashmir against Bukhari. region, while the The blogger was a third, Naveed Jatt, militant originally alias Hanzullah, from Srinagar and was a Pakistan currently settled in Shujaat Bukhari national. Karachi. Jatt, a wanted LeT comAn official said they had mander, had escaped from arrested one more person police custody in February and were looking into his poswhile being taken for a sible involvement in the case. check-up to Maharaja Hari Bukhari, along with his Singh Hospital in Srinagar. two bodyguards, was killed “We got the first leads last by assailants who fired more week,” the police official said. than a dozen bullets. Bukhari, editor of a local Meanwhile, the LeT, daily, was killed on June 14 among the first terror outfits outside his office, triggering to condemn the killing, has widespread condemnation. again denied any role. Rifat Mohidin BRAZIL 2 SERBIA 0 SWEDEN 3 MEXICO 0 LeT got Bukhari killed: Police Assailants Pak militant, two locals GERMANY OUT, BRAZIL THROUGH Defending champions Germany were eliminated from the World Cup, losing 0-2 to South Korea in a Group F clash at Kazan. Germany ended up last in the group. Korea finshed third and were eliminated too /thetribunechd P14 Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 27 At a time when minorities in Pakistan are increasingly being targeted by Islamists, an Urdu channel based in Lahore has hired a turbaned Sikh, as a news anchor. Hailing from Chakesa town in Shangla district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah province, 28-year-old Harmeet Singh, who is equally proficient in Pashto, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and English, says he wants to make his family and Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Jammu, June 27 Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday claimed that the “BJP fell into the trap of the saboteurs and revoked the Ramzan ceasefire with an eye on the 2019 general election”. In an interview to The Tribune, her first since the fall of the coalition government following the withdrawal of support by the BJP on June 19, she said the Centre acted in haste for its political expediency and exigency. “I knew it was coming and it could happen anytime. I had shared it with my family,” she said, adding that her regret was that “the BJP fell into the trap of those who wanted to sabotage the ceasefire... the other side (militants) were unhappy with the ceasefire. They continued ❝ There were positive vibes, but the haste with which it (ceasefire) was revoked undid the whole purpose of it. Mehbooba Mufti, FORMER J-K CM with their violence. They did not like the relief that had accrued to the common man, as at least one side was adhering to the ceasefire.” The ceasefire was announced by the Centre on May 16 and revoked on June 17. Mehbooba, who became the first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4, 2016, said had the ceasefire continued, the space and time would have helped in continued on page 7 Ruchika M Khanna LOSS-MAKING UNDERTAKINGS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has set the ball rolling for disinvesting government stake in three loss-making public sector undertakings — Punjab Communications Limited (PUNCOM), Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC) and Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC). This is the first attempt to sell stake in PSIDC and PFC, though several attempts to sell stake in PUNCOM have been made by both the previous government of Capt Amarinder Singh and the ■ PUNCOM: Punjab government holds 71.28% of equity share capital, amounting to ~8.57 crore. In 2017-18, corporation suffered a loss of ~3.81 crore, and accumulated loss (tentative) as on March 31, 2018, stood at ~20.53 crore ■ PFC: Punjab holds 72.57% of share capital. PFC remained in profit till 1996-97. Due to high cost borrowings and stiff competition from banks, it went into red. Accumulated losses as on December 30, 2017, were ~275 crore ■ PSIDC: Punjab government holds 100% of share capital. Liability of PSIDC towards bonds guaranteed by state government is ~601.06 crore and interest due as on date is ~143.03 crore Akali-BJP government. Initially, the proposal was only to wind up the two corporations. However, the Punjab Governance Reforms and Ethics Commission headed by KR Lakhanpal had rec- ommended disinvestment in these three entities. Disinvestment would help in raising funds for capital expenditure and infrastructure development, funding continued on page 7 Homely hug Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 27 A day after two young women being treated at the newly set up Drug De-addiction Centre for Women at Kapurthala accused two police officials of putting them on drugs, they were promptly discharged on Wednesday. “They had completed the course,” claimed Dr Sandeep Bhola, the centre in-charge. Much to the discomfort of Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, who was accompanied by Kapurtha- Naxal attack in J’khand: 6 die US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley (left) embraces External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before their meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. The US, meanwhile, has postponed ‘2+2 dialogue’ with India, scheduled next week in Washington, due to “unavoidable reasons”. AP/PTI PAGE 11 Ranchi, June 27 Six jawans of the Jharkhand Jaguar Forces were killed and five critically injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals on Tuesday night, the biggest such attack in Latehar after the Palamu incident on January 27, 2016, in which seven police personnel were killed. In combing operations on Wednesday, a Maoist was killed. A joint team of CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar Forces, after completing combing operations, was on its way back when a series of landmines ripped through the area on Tuesday. “We have lost six jawans but our security forces will continue with the operations,” Jharkhand DGP DK Pandey said. — TNS community members in Pakistan proud. With a Masters in Journalism from Urdu University, Karachi, he already has a flair for writing and has had a year’s experience in reporting with an Islamabad-based channel. Not just his turban, his flamboyant personality and sonorous voice helped him get the job of an anchor. “I was in Malaysia doing business when I got a call from the ‘Public News’ management, offering me the job of newscaster. It was Job a dream come true but Harmeet still has one unfulfilled wish: Visit to Golden Temple a dream come true. I immediately accepted the offer,” he told The Tribune over the phone. A Sehajdhari Sikh, Harmeet Singh has now begun to grow his hair and sport a turban, which he says “enhances my personality and makes me feel special as it makes me stand apart from the rest”. Harmeet Singh’s maternal uncles live in New Delhi. He has not visited them for quite a while owing to visa restrictions. “I have not had the chance to pay obeisance at the Golden Tem- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. ple. I want visa norms eased. I will then visit the Golden Temple with my wife and son,” he says. Pointing out that not just in Pakistan but minorities across the globe face discrimination, he claims that things in Pakistan have begun to change with up to 10 per cent reservation in jobs for the Sikhs. He, however, admits that more needs to be done. “I would want the Pakistan government to introduce Gurmukhi in the school curriculum,” he adds. la MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, one of them had publicly claimed that a former SHO, now posted in Jalandhar, had got her hooked on to heroin while the other blamed it on a DSP . The MLA claimed he had asked one of them to submit a written complaint so that an inquiry could be ordered. He tore into his own government on the issue. “Action should be free, fair and immediate, but it’s not happening,” the former minister said, citing the case of a scribe’s son who was allegedly intro- ED Joint Director slams Revenue Secretary Adhia New Delhi: A joint director of the Enforcement Directorate, who probed the 2G scam and Aircel Maxis case, has made a scathing attack on Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia questioning him if he has developed animosity against him by “siding with scamsters and their affiliates”. In a letter forwarded to the Revenue Secretary by ED Director Karnal Singh, Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh asked a series of uncomfortable questions. P7 SPORT Punjab to divest stake in 3 PSUs 2 women addicts point finger at cops, MLA adds ammo Turbaned TVanchor from Khyber makes news GS Paul BJPrevoked ceasefire with eye on ’19:Mufti INSIDE NATION duced to smack by an ASI. He accused senior officials of not initiating action against “shady cops” despite complaints routed through him. “When I was minister, I moved a complaint against an ASI with the CIA staff in Kapurthala for putting a youth on drugs. More than 15 months later, there has been no action,” he claimed. At least 12 persons, he said, had made similar charges against the ASI, who had been promoted. Later in the evening, the MLA toned down the attack. continued on page 7 Jinson smashes 42-yr-old 800m national record Guwahati: Jinson Johnson, 27, smashed legendary Sriram Singh's 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati on Wednesday. P15 Manu shoots another gold with world record New Delhi: Teen sensation Manu Bhaker fired her way to an individual gold medal with a world record score while Anish Bhanwala bagged a bronze as India continued their dominance at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, on P15 Wednesday. BACK PAGE Army looks to change pension, service criteria New Delhi: In what will change the terms of employment and pension eligibility criteria for lakhs of jawans of the Indian Army, a proposal has been mooted by the personnel section of the Army for jawans to put in greater number of years of service with changed pension rules. The proposal for change is for all infantry units and all offices of the infantry have been asked to given their opinion by June 30.
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