09072018-TTC-01.qxd 09-07-2018 01:43 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, july 9, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 188 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd INSIDE NATION Ansari: PM’s remarks ‘departure’ from norms New Delhi: Raising the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks at his farewell function a year ago, former VicePresident Hamid Ansari says many considered the comments to be a departure from accepted practices on such occasions. Ansari's second term (2007-2017) as Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha ended on P7 August 10, 2017. BACK PAGE Quantum jump in wrong direction: Amartya New Delhi: Eminent economist Amartya Sen has said that despite being the fastestgrowing economy, the country has taken a "quantum jump in the wrong direction" since 2014. "Things have gone pretty badly wrong... It has taken a quantum jump in the wrong direction since 2014. We are getting backwards in the fastest-growing economy," Sen said. /thetribunechd Parties split over one poll Four back idea, 9 voice opposition; BJP, Cong still to firm up view Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 Political exigencies and brinkmanship dictated the political parties’ views on the proposed simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, as four of them supported the idea, while nine opposed it when they met the National Law Commission for two days as part of the consultation process, which began on Saturday. The ruling BJP and main Opposition Congress decided to stay away. As the consultation process ended on Sunday, apart from NDA allies Shiromani Akali Dal and JD-U, the AIADMK, Samajwadi Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti supported the idea. Though the JD-U leaders did not meet the law panel, the party announced it supported the proposal, but claimed that implementing it would not be easy. “We are in the favour of simultaneous elections but we don’t think it is easy to be conducted. WHO STANDS WHERE ON PROPOSAL FOR SP SAD, TRS, AIADMK, JD-U , AGAINST TMC, AAP DMK, TDP JD-S, , , GFP CPI, TDP AIFB, CPM , , WHY SO TDP: Not practicle and against the spirit of federal structure AAP: Will turn federal democracy into a managed democracy However, we cannot oppose it as it is a step towards less expensive elections, curbing black money and better governance,” said JD-U national spokesperson KC Tyagi. However, BJP ally Goa Forward Party opposed the concept, as did the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK, Telugu Desam Party, CPI, CPM, Forward Bloc and the JD-S. The SP TRS, AAP DMK, , , TDP JD-S and All India For, ward Bloc representatives met the Law Commission to put forth their views. The SP , represented by Ram Gopal Yadav, supported the concept. But Yadav made it clear that the first simultaneous poll should be held in 2019, when the term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends. His views could be seen in the context that his party could get an early chance to go to polls in UP where it was , defeated in 2017. AAP’s Ashish Khaitan told the law panel that simultaneous polls are a “ploy” to keep people away from forming a government as the terms of Houses will be extended. He also dubbed the idea as a move to impose “managed democracy” in the country. In a written response, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said his party supports the idea as months are spent preparing for polls. B Vinod Kumar, who represented TRS, said the analysis that local issues would be overshadowed by national issues if simultaneous polls are held is incorrect. The TDP meanwhile, , opposed the idea, saying, “Simultaneous polls are no longer feasible in a vast country like ours with different political complexities. It is incompatible with the Constitution and is impracticable.” On Saturday, the Akali Dal had supported the concept, saying it would reduce expenditure of parties and shorten the period of the model code of conduct. The BJP which has voiced its sup, port, has sought more time to present its views. It has been told to do so by July 31. Valley shut & sealed onBurhanWanianniv Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 Amid heightened tension, normal life was affected across the Kashmir valley on Sunday, marking the second death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani. Due to the apprehensions over the law and order situation in Kashmir, the Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu. However, the pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine via both Pahalgam and Baltal. On July 8, 2016, Burhan Wani, the poster boy of newage militants, was killed along with two associates in a gunfight with security forces at Kokernag in Anantnag. His killing led to massive unrest in Kashmir in which nearly 80 people were killed. The joint resistance leadership — Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik — had called for a shutdown on Sunday and a public meeting at Tral. Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions were put in place Online sale of syringes zooms DAY 16 Chemists in Punjab say ban no remedy, strike on July 30 THAI BOYS OUT COST PER SYRINGE WAR ON ~400-450 DRUGS COST ON ONLINE PORTALS Ops to rescue remaining 8 boys, coach to resume on Monday morning ~2-3 COST OF A CARTON FOUR TRAPPED ~350-370 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 8 With Punjab banning the sale of syringes without prescription, these are now being sold online without any check. Chemists say that syringes (as such) are not covered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and that the orders prohibiting their sale issued by DCs or divisional commissioners are “not as per the law”. The chemists, numbering 2,400 in Punjab, had raised the issue with the Additional 12-13 SETBACK TO RETAILERS/WHOLESALERS Aparna Banerji E-PHARMACIES DOING BRISK BUSINESS 40% Chief Secretary on July 4, warning that online sale of syringes would push the addicts to opt for intoxicants, such as cough syrups, sold over the counter and Schedule H1 drugs (sold on prescription). To press their point, they plan a statewide strike on July 30. Meanwhile, 12 to 13 e-pharmacies are doing brisk business. Surinder Duggal, general secretary, Punjab Chemist Association, says while chemists sell a carton of 100 syringes for Rs 350, online portals sell it at discounted rates of Rs 300 or less. “You can order unlimited syringes. There is no check. Worse, forged and photostat copies of doctors’ prescriptions are being furnished online to order habit-forming drugs.” GS Chawla, state president of the Punjab Chemist Association warns syringes will now be sold at inflated rates. “With little check on the disposal of bio-medical waste, addicts will look for these in hospital bins. And sharing syringes will make them more vulnerable to communicable diseases.” FAZILKA NARCO CELL HEAD AMONG 7 SUSPENDED PAGE 2 Vaulting success HUMAN EFFORT An ambulance leaves the Thai cave area after evacuation began on Sunday. CAVE EXCURSION GONE WRONG June 23: 12 boys and a coach enter Tham Luang cave during rain, get stuck July 6: A diver dies after passing out June 25-26: Navy SEAL divers enter due to low oxygen levels on return cave. Floodwater forces them back July 8: With heavy rain expected June 28: Rescue temporarily halted soon, the extraction begins; 4 rescued PERILOUS MISSION O BOYS FOUND NLY way out is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air. First 1 km is most difficult, requiring a long dive with crevices barely wide enough for a person 90 13 13 divers in all — 50 foreign, 40 Thai — involved in the operation foreign divers, five Thai navy SEALs part of the rescue team medical teams outside cave — each with a copter & ambulance PAGE 13 ENTRANCE NARROW FLOODED PASSAGE PATTAYA BEACH APPROX 4KM (TAKES 6 HOURS TO COVER THE DISTANCE) Anantnag: The family of Andleeb (13), who was killed in Army firing on stone-pelters, said she was not part of the protesters. Pics of Hizb recruits Srinagar: The Hizbul Mujhideen has released pictures of over a dozen “new recruits”. Among them is Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, 25, brother of IPS officer Inamul Haq. PAGE 10 in many parts of the Valley to thwart any public meeting in Burhan’s native town. A large number of police and Central Armed Police Force personnel were deployed in Tral and the roads leading to the town were sealed. Restrictions were also imposed in Pulwama and the old city areas in Srinagar. Mobile Internet services were suspended in the Valley since Saturday evening. India clinch T20 series; Dhoni sets twin records Bristol, July 8 Rohit Sharma’s elegant 100 not out made it a walk in the park for India as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory against England to clinch the three-match T20 International series 2-1 here on Sunday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also completed a coveted double in T20 internationals, becoming the first cricketer to take five catches in a match and also reach 50 scalps in the shortest format. The 37-year-old achieved this feat in his 93rd T20 International. His tally of catches has risen up to 54. Rohit Sharma became the first player to score three hundreds in each format of international cricket. PAGE 15 Slain Sikh leader’s son in Afghanistan poll fray Rachna Khaira Tribune news service Jalandhar, July 8 The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan on Sunday granted permission to Narinder Singh Khalsa (38), the son of slain Sikh leader Avtar Singh Khalsa, to contest the October parliamentary elections. Speaking to The Tribune over phone, Khalsa said he had been asked to file nomination papers by July 21. He has also been exempted from submitting 200 taskira (identity cards) of supporters as the IEC already had more than 1,000 in support of his father. Applauding Sikhs and help groups across the globe for holding protest rallies in solidarity with those killed in the Jalalabad suicide blast on July 1, Khalsa expressed concern over the Afghanistan government not providing Narinder Singh Khalsa with ex-President Hamid Karzai. security to Sikh and Hindu families and their shrines. “In 1988, more than 22 Sikhs were shot dead inside a shrine in Kabul. The July 1 attack wiped out almost the entire Sikh leadership. Despite this, the government has not provided security to the surviving families or Sikh shrines that have been continued on page 11 Mallya shrugs off threat JD-U frowns on BJP’s Hindutva overtures of British asset seizures Flays Union Ministers for meeting lynching convicts, riot accused Lavish residences not in his name Dipa Karmakar (centre) clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. The 24-year-old from Tripura — who narrowly missed the bronze in the Rio Olympics — scored 14.150 to win the gold. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400. This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup. PAGE 15 July 2: 13 found alive 400m beyond ‘Pattaya Beach’, an air pocket where boys are believed to have retreated Andleeb wasn’t part of protest: Parents SILVERSTONE, July 8 Embattled tycoon Vijay Mallya said on Sunday he will comply fully with court enforcement officers seeking to seize his British assets, but there was not much for them to take as his family’s lavish residences were not in his name. India wants to extradite the 62-year-old former liquor baron from Britain to face charges of fraud as a group of Indian banks seek to recover loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. A verdict is expected by early September, with July 31 the final date for closing oral submissions and appeals likely whatever the outcome. Mallya said he would hand over British assets held in his name. But a luxury country residence belonged to his children and a house in London belonged to his mother, making them untouchable. “I have given the UK court on affidavit a statement of my UK assets. Which, pursuant to the freezing order, they are entitled to take and hand over to the banks,” he said. “There’s a few cars, a few items of jewellery and I said ‘OK, fine. You don’t have to bother to come to my house to seize them. I’ll physically hand them over. Tell me the time, date and place.’” continued on page 11 Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 The Nitish Kumar-led JD-U, that held its national executive meeting here on Sunday ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections, expressed displeasure over some BJP leaders’ Hindutva overtures in Bihar and Jharkhand. Expressing his opposition to "corruption, crime and communalism," Nitish Kumar asserted that those thinking of marginalising his party in Bihar would themselves be marginalised — a clear message to its ally BJP with whom it has lately had strained ties. While Union Minister Jayant Singh had a few days ■ Union Minister Jayant Singh had felicitated seven cow vigilantes convicted of lynching a man in Jharkhand ■ Giriraj Singh had met riot accused in Bihar's Nawada Jail on Saturday. ago felicitated seven cow vigilantes convicted of lynching a man in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district, Giriraj Singh, also a Union Minister, had met riot accused Bajrang Dal and VHP workers in Bihar's Nawada Jail on Saturday. Today’s issue consists of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Saying the JD-U would continue to fight “corruption, crime and communalism”, party national spokesperson KC Tyagi told mediapersons: “We do not think what they (Union Ministers) have done is good. We condemn it.” He sought to scotch speculation that his party wanted to revive its alliance with the Lalu Prasad-led RJD, saying his party would remain with the NDA and fight the 2019 elections together with its allies. Underscoring the JDU's importance in Bihar, he pointed out that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had been the worst for the party, yet it had bagged 17 per cent of votes. "It bounced back in 2015 and won the Assembly elections.". While reports said the national executive had authorised Nitish Kumar to take a final decision on all political issues, including seat-sharing with the BJP Tyagi, claimed , the issue did not figure at all during the meeting. But sources within the party said Nitish Kumar was likely to meet BJP president Amit Shah on July 12 regarding the issue. The party reiterated its opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill that makes Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship after a six-year stay. “Religion cannot be a basis for citizenship”, a senior party leader stressed..
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