03072018-TTC-01.qxd 7/3/2018 1:39 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, july 3, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 182 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd To fight drugs, Punjab wants death for dealers INSIDE HARYANA Haryana achieves maximum revenue under GST; Punjab 9th Chandigarh: Haryana has achieved number one position in per capita collection of revenue in the first financial year under GST regime. Punjab is placed at ninth position. LAST 16 RESULTS BRAZIL BELGIUM EYMAR and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 on Monday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. They will play Belgium, which bounced back against Japan from 2-0 to 3-2. Tribune News Service New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Monday said the Congress-led dispensation left the Indian economy in "unbelievable decay with even the budget figures suspicious". Modi took swipes on his predecessor Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram. PAGE 7 Afghan Sikhs carry the coffin of one of the victims of Sunday’s blast in Jalalabad. AP/PTI NATION ‘Can’t live here’: Afghan Sikhs 5 Rajasthan communities to get 1% additional quota Day after blast, many consider moving to India for good Jaipur: Rajasthan Government on Monday issued an order mandating 1 pc reservation, besides 21 pc under OBC category, to five communities, including Gurjars, under the Most Backward Classes category. The Gurjars had threatened to protest during the PM’s rally on July 7. PAGE 7 KABUL, July 2 Many among Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh minority are considering leaving for neighbouring India, after a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 13 members of the community. The victims of the attack, claimed by militant group Islamic State, included Avtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate in parliamentary elections this October, and Rawail Singh, a prominent community activist. “I am clear we cannot live here anymore,” said Tejvir Singh, 35, whose uncle was killed in the blast. “Our religious practices will not be tolerated by the Islamic terror- BACK PAGE FIR against Mithun’s wife, son in rape, cheating case New Delhi: A Delhi court has ordered registration of FIR against veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty's wife and son on a complaint of rape and cheating filed by a woman. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate said prima facie there was sufficient ground for registration of an FIR in the case. SC: Won’t interfere in CVC post choice New Delhi, July 2 Noting that nowadays complaints against public functionaries can’t be taken at face value, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking to quash the appointments of Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner TM Bhasin. A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said such complaints accusing them of not having a “clean record” could be made even against “very honest persons”. It refused to interfere with the appointments, saying no grounds had been made to quash them. “The complaints against Chowdary were made and RESPONSE SOUGHT ON UP ENCOUNTERS The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Yogi Adityanath government to respond to a petition filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, seeking a CBI probe into alleged fake encounters in which 58 criminals have been killed. PAGE 7 were looked into. It is not for this court to decide on the choice,” the Bench said, rejecting the petition filed by Common Cause, which had continued on page 7 SC DEMANDS LOKPAL TIME-FRAME IN 10 DAYS PAGE 7>> After Swaraj, Twitter threat riles Congress Mumbai/New Delhi, July 2 Even as the after-effect of trolls abusing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj continued, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has been threatened on Twitter with rape of her 10-year-old daughter, prompting a verbal duel between the BJP and the Opposition party on trolling. The Congress described Swaraj as a victim of BJP’s “Frankenstein monster”. report on page 7 ‘HAD NO ANIMOSITY’ We could never imagine we would be subjected to a blast. Sikhs had no animosity with anyone. We are in a state of deep shock, remorse. ❝ Giani Satbir Singh, AIDE OF DECEASED AVTAR SINGH KHALSA ists. We are Afghans. The government recognises us, but terrorists target us because we are not Muslims,” added Singh, secretary of a national panel of Hindus and Sikhs. The Sikh community now numbers fewer than 300 families in Afghanistan, Tejvir Singh added. Kathua ‘juvenile’ accused above 20, says report Pathankot, July 2 The medical report of an accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, who had claimed to be a juvenile, was submitted before the District and Sessions Judge on Monday by the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Crime Branch in which his age was stated to be more than 20 years, special public prosecutor JK Chopra said. District and Sessions Judge Tajwinder Singh had asked for a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of one of the eight accused in the rapeand-murder case of an eightyear-old nomadic girl. “Final arguments will be concluded on Tuesday,” Chopra said. The defence counsel claimed pressure on the accused to turn approver, which the police denied. — PTI 8 Delhi victims showed ‘no signs of struggle’ Tribune News Service & PTI New Delhi, July 2 Eight of the 11 members of a family found dead in north Delhi’s Burari locality showed no signs of struggle and had died as a result of hanging, officials said on Monday after the postmortem examination. The elder son of the family, who lives in Rajasthan, was present during the autopsy. Eyes of all of them have been donated. The last rites were performed later in the day. The police suspect the deaths were part of a suicide pact, carried out in accordance with some religious practice. Eleven pipes protruding from a wall of the house, all set close together, have baffled investigators as there is no water outlet on that side of the house. continued on page 7 Following the Jalalabad attack, some Sikhs have sought shelter at the city’s Indian consulate. “We are left with two choices: to leave for India or to convert to Islam,” said Baldev Singh, who owns a book shop in Jalalabad. India has issued longterm visas to members of Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu communities. “They can all live in India without any limitation,” said Vinay Kumar, India’s ambassador to Afghanistan. “The final call has to be taken by them. We are here to assist them.” Kumar said the government was helping organise the last rites of Sikhs killed in the blast. continued on page 13 Chandigarh, July 2 Jolted by the public outcry over a spate of drug overdose deaths in the state, the Punjab Cabinet, that met under Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday, decided to recommend to the Union Government death penalty for drug peddlers at the first instance. This provision already exists in the NDPS Act for those held guilty for the second time. A formal note suggesting an amendment to the NDPS Act will be sent to the Centre soon. Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu reportedly expressed concern at the growing perception that the government had failed to eliminate the drug menace as well as instances of “dubious” police role. The Cabinet decided to constitute a special working group under ACS (Home) NS Kalsi to daily monitor the measures taken to check drug abuse. The group will have ACS (Health) Satish Chandra, DGP (Law and Order) Ishwar Singh, DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta and ADGP (STF) HS Sidhu as members. DSP SACKED Chandigarh: The state government has dismissed former Ferozepur DSP Daljit Singh and Head Constable Inderjit Singh. Two women drug addicts had accused the two of pushing them into drugs. Also, Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh, accused of patronising (now dismissed) Inspector Inderjit Singh, has been replaced by Kanwaljit Singh Dhillon. The latter too is in the dock for allegedly cancelling a drug smuggling case against three cops. TNS Also, a sub-committee, comprising the CM, Health and Family Welfare Minister and Social Security Minister, will meet once a week to assess the anti-drugs drive. Prior to the meeting, senior Home Department and Punjab Police officers briefed the Cabinet members and PPCC president Sunil Jakhar. continued on page 7 0 2 N Rajmeet Singh Modi: Economist PM left economy in decay MEXICO JAPAN BRAZIL VS BELGIUM IN QUARTERS Will ask Centre for changes in NDPS Act NATION 2 3 TODAY’S MATCHES SWEDEN VS SWITZERLAND 7.30 PM COLOMBIA VS ENGLAND 11.30 PM PAGE 14 >> Interpol issues Red Corner notice against NiMo, brother Mukesh Ranjan 650 PENDENCIES Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 2 As requested by the CBI, the Interpol has issued a Red Corner notice against absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi, his brother Nishal Modi and his employee Subhash Parab. The three are accused of being involved in a Rs 13,000crore PNB fraud. All 192 member-states have been asked to arrest or detain the fugitives, if spotted. continued on page 7 ■ Red Corner notices are pend- ing against 650 persons wanted in India ■ Among the fugitives are Dawood Ibrahim, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Sajid Mir and Lalit Modi ■ Interpol itself has no coercive powers, but a few successes have been the deportation of Abu Salem and Chhota Rajan
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