30072018-TTC-01.qxd 30-07-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, july 30, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 209 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Modi: What’s wrong in standing with bizmen IN BRIEF Call for two-day shutdown in Kashmir over Article 35A Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, on Sunday called for a two-day strike in the Kashmir valley from August 5 against what it called a “serious challenge” to Article 35A of the Constitution. Article 35A confers special rights and privileges on the permanent residents of J&K. The meeting comes even as Governor NN Vohra is learnt to have requested the Centre to defer the hearing on Article 35A in the Supreme Court on August 6 until an elected government is in place in the state. TNS Old Yamuna Bridge closed to traffic as water level rises New Delhi: Traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi was closed on Sunday evening with the water level in the river rising due to rains, a day after the flow breached the danger mark, officials said. The city government set up a flood control room and a round-theclock emergency operation centre to monitor the river situation, they said. The river was flowing at 205.5 metres with the danger mark being 204.83 metres, the officials said. TNS /thetribunechd They too have role in nation-building, PM counters Cong Karuna wages Shahira Naim People fall off the tin shed of a stadium that collapsed in Padampur area of Sriganganagar on Sunday. PTI 50 hurt in Rajasthan shed collapse 17 critical; 700 had climbed to watch tractor-drag race Our Correspondent Abohar, July 29 At least 50 persons were injured, 17 of them grievously, when a tin shed collapsed during a tractor tug-of-war competition in the grain market at Padampur, 40 km from Sriganganagar, in Rajasthan on Sunday. Witnesses said around 5,000 people were present to witness the “tractor-drag” race organised by 302 Randhawa Tractor Stunt Club. Around 700 spectators had climbed atop the tin shed to witness the competition. The shed collapsed under the weight of the spectators, triggering a stampede. “At least 50 people were injured and shifted in ambulances and private vehicles to the local Civil Hospital,” an eyewitness said. Police officials, however, said only five were seriously injured. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief and ordered an inquiry. Minister of State for Mines Surinderpal Singh, District Collector Gyana Ram and other senior officials met the injured. The administration denied having granted the permission to organise the event. The organisers had announced a motorcycle as prize for the winner and a sports bicycle for the runnerup. Each competitor was charged Rs 1,000 as entry fee. Posters of the event released showed 16 members of the organising committee. Lucknow, July 29 Stoutly defending his friendship with industrialists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said while some people preferred to meet them behind closed doors, he met them publicly. “ Agar neeyat saaf ho toh kisi ke saath khade ho, daag nahi lagta (If your conscience is clear, you can stand along anybody without a blot on your name).” The PM was hitting out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has often criticised him for shaping policies to “help capitalist friends”. Speaking at the launch of 81 investment projects worth over Rs 60,000 crore for Uttar Pradesh, the PM, while referring to Mahatma Gandhi, said since his conscience was clear, “he stood with the Birla family without hesitation”. He emphasised that industrialists deserved respect for Khattar, Capt push for ring road No headway, Khaira, to unclog UT-Mohali-Panchkula Sisodia won’t budge Jupinderjit Singh Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 29 The Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana are pushing for a road encircling Chandigarh-Mohali-Panchkula tricity on the Delhi pattern. In separate proposals, they have sought a 100-km-long ring road touching the Chandigarh-Ropar, ChandigarhAmbala, Nalagarh-Baddi and Panchkula-Nariangarh highways to ease inter-state traffic. Citing the Chandigarh Master Plan: 2031, UT Adminis- Tribune News Service TRAFFIC FLOW THAT KEEPS ON INCREASING ■ About 1,52,650 vehicles enter/leave Chandigarh Urban Complex on any given working day, indicate studies ■ As per survey conducted by M/s Rites in 2008, the daily total inter-city passenger traffic in the Chandigarh Urban Complex was 4.93 lakh trips (including cars, twowheelers, autos and buses). The traffic flow has more than doubled since then trator VP Singh Badnore too has taken up the matter with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, say sources. Sharif’s health sinks, shifted to hospital Islamabad, July 29 Jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was today admitted to the country’s top hospital here, after his health deteriorated due to heart trouble in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. Sharif, 68, was shifted to the Cardiac Centre of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad this evening, where his condition is said to be stable, a hospital official said. The three-time Pakistan premier is serving a 10-year jail term in a corruption case over his family's purchase of luxury apartments IMRAN WON 5 SEATS, HAS TO VACATE FOUR The PTI leaders who have won more than one seat will have to vacate additional seats as the law allows an individual to retain only one seat. PTI chief Imran Khan has won five seats and will have to vacate four. Ghulam Sarwar Khan of Taxila has also won two seats. The seat count of PTI will be reduced to 110 from 116, adding to Imran’s troubles. PAGE 13 in London. He has been lodged in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi since July 13. Last week, it was reported that Sharif is on the verge of a kidney failure. — PTI Man lynched in Gujarat, police say robbery foiled Ahmedabad, July 29 Two persons, allegedly with a criminal background, were attacked by a mob on Saturday night, resulting in the death of one and serious injuries to the other in Kali Mahudi village in Jhalod Taluka in the tribal-dominated Dahod district. According to the police, about a dozen people had planned to “commit robbery” and had gathered at the village. But, the local people got wind of it and around 100 people, armed with sharp weapons, gathered in the vil- 6th UP VISIT IN MONTH Tribune News Service lage. As soon as they saw the group of robbers, the villagers chased them. Most of them managed to flee but two were caught. The villagers beat them up mercilessly, resulting in the death of Ajmal Mohaniya and serious injuries to Bharu Mathur Palas. The assault continued till the police arrived. The police claimed both victims had come out of Dahod sub-jail recently after serving their sentence. An FIR has been lodged against 100 unidentified persons. — TNS Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has shot off a demi-official letter to Gadkari, saying the proposed continued on page 11 Chandigarh, July 29 Talks between AAP’s central leadership and the Sukhpal Khaira-led Punjab group over his removal as Leader of Opposition, that were held in Delhi on Sunday, ended without any headway with Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy CM and in-charge of party’s Punjab affairs, reportedly refusing to reinstate Khaira on the post. Livid, Khaira too rejected Sisodia’s demand to cancel the August 2 party convention called by him in Maur, Sukhpal Khaira Manish Sisodia Bathinda district. Sources said the meeting scheduled for 6 pm started at 8.15 pm and ended at 9.30 pm. Eight MLAs — Kanwar Sandhu, Pirmal Singh Dhaula, Master Baldev Singh, Nazar Singh Manshahia, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, Jagtar Singh and continued on page 11 ■ JUNE 28: PM visits ‘Nirvana Sthal’ on the occasion of Kabir Jayanti ■ JULY 14: Lays stone for Lucknow-Ghazipur Purvanchal Express; addresses rally in Varanasi ■ JULY 15: Opens Bansagar Canal Project in Mirzapur ❝ Inki (industrialists) bhi bhoomika hoti hai. Apmanit karenge? Kaun sa tariqa hai? Jo galat hain woh toh desh chhod kar chale gaye hain. Narendra Modi, PM ■ JULY 21: Addresses Kalyan rally in Shahjahanpur ■ JULY 28: Addresses ‘Transforming Urban Landscape’ meet attended by top industrialists ■ JULY 29: Launches 81 projects worth ~60,000 cr grim battle for life in hospital Chennai, July 29 DMK president M Karunanidhi continued to wage a grim battle for life tonight, with the five-time Chief Minister facing a “transient setback” while undergoing treatment at a hospital here where delirious supporters cried and prayed for the leader. “It is true that there was a transient setback. But it has been set right due to intensive medical care. Do not believe in rumours. He continues to be treated at the ICU,” DMK leader and former Union Minister A Raja told reporters at the hospital premises. The announcement was greeted with loud cheers by the ardent admirers of Karunanidhi, who have gathered in large numbers at the hospital. continued on page 7 they were as much partners in the nation’s growth as were farmers, artisans, bankers, employees and labourers. “Inki bhi bhoomika hoti hai. Apmanit karenge? Kaun sa tariqa hai? Jo galat hain woh toh desh chhod kar chale gaye hain (They also have a role. Will you insult them? Is this the way? Those who were in the wrong have already fled the country).” “Who knows better than Amar Singh, sitting here, continued on page 11 Ultras gun down CRPF man on vacation in J&K Meo mahapanchayat for case against MLA Anantnag, July 29 Militants shot dead a CRPF man on vacation inside his house in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Sunday. Naseer Ahmad Rather, a resident of Naira village in Pulwama, was posted with the 182 Battalion in Pulwama district and was visiting his home. A police official said militants barged into his house around 9.20 pm and shot him multiple times. He was taken to the district hospital where doctors declared him dead. A search operation was on to nab the assailants. — OC Gurugram, July 29 Accusing Ramgarh MLA Gyandev Ahuja and VHP leader Naval Kishore of choreographing Akbar Khan’s lynching in Alwar, the Meo mahapanchayat has demanded registration of FIR against the duo. Held in Akbar’s native village Kolgaon, it was attended by Meo leaders and ulemas in addition to the likes of MP Ali Anwar Ansari and Swaraj leader Yogendra Yadav. “The post-mortem proved that every single injury on Akbar’s body was inflicted by Ahuja’s men. The VHP leader who was amongst the assailants became the prime witness and wove a story of custodial death. Yes, the police delayed his treatment and should be punished for this, but the leaders who raise such an army of goons and get innocent people killed should also be booked,” demanded panchayat members. The panchayat demanded Rs 50 lakh to raise Akbar’s children till they come of age, and a probe by a sitting senior judge. — TNS
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