04082018-TTC-01.qxd 04-08-2018 01:19 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday,august 4, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 214 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Broad Oppn consensus, PM post-poll, says Cong J&K Govt seeks adjournment of Art 35A hearing No pact with Sena, seat-sharing with SP, BSP in progress IN BRIEF Jammu, August 3 Amid simmering tension in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday moved an application in the Supreme Court seeking an adjournment of the hearing on Article 35A on August 6. In his application, J&K’s standing counsel sought adjournment of the hearing in view of the ongoing preparations for the panchayat and local body elections. Several petitioners have challenged the constitutional validity of Article 35A, that grants special privileges and rights to the permanent residents of J&K and debars nonresidents from buying land. Pak’s first Sikh cop sacked for absence from duty Aditi Tandon Lahore: Pakistan’s first Sikh police officer, Gulab Singh, has been sacked from service for being absent from work for three months, traffic police spokesperson Ali Nawaz said. Last month, the 35-year-old had claimed that he was forcibly evicted by the Evacuee Trust Property Board, the parent body of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, from his house in a village near Lahore along with his children and wife. PTI New Delhi, August 3 The Congress on Friday said a broad understanding had been reached between various Opposition parties to defeat the BJP in the 2019 General Election and that the issue of prime ministership would be decided after the poll. The party is of the view that firming up alliances in UP , Bihar and Maharashtra is crucial if PM Narendra Modi is to be ousted. “A broad strategic understanding between the SP BSP and the , Congress in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, has been struck and details of seat-sharing are being worked out,” a top Congress leader said. The Congress Working Committee has authorised ‘Mosquito Terminator’ to check breeding along tracks New Delhi: A special train that will help in preventing mosquito breeding along the railway tracks in Delhi was flagged off on Friday. It will cover 150 km in each cycle over a period of two days and other areas of NCR in subsequent days up to September 8. PTI STRATEGY FOR STATE ELECTIONS Tribune News Service Smelling victory, Congress is unlikely to announce CM faces in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which go to the polls later this year Party expects big gains in Rajasthan, MP , Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and some others in LS polls, that could help catapult it to centrestage of an Opposition alliance party chief Rahul Gandhi to forge alliances, where necessary. Insiders say views of state units will be taken into consideration before any such pacts. “We will give priority to the views of our state units — like their take on AAP in Punjab and Delhi — and won’t ally with parties like the Shiv Sena which are ideologically at variance with the Congress,” party sources said. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Delhi Congress Haryana first to give college, univ teachers 7th pay panel Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 3 The Haryana Government on Friday unveiled a bonanza for college and university teachers by announcing the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the first state to do so. “The recommendations, which will be implemented in seven state universities and government and aided colleges from January 1, 2016, will put an additional burden of Rs 230.6 crore on the state exchequer annually. As many as 5,809 persons on various teaching and nonteaching posts are slated to benefit,” said Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu. REVISED GRADES IN STATE PROFESSOR ~1,44,200—1,82,200 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ~79,800—1,31,400 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ~57,700—79,800 LIBRARIAN ~1,44,200 DEPUTY LIBRARIAN ~79,800—1,31,400 ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN ~57,700—68,900 Haryana’s decision comes at a time when other states, including neighbouring Punjab, are dilly-dallying on implementation of the pay commission report for college and university teachers. Under the new scales, an assistant professor’s monthly continued on page 7 chief Ajay Makan have repeatedly said they don’t want an alliance with AAP while the Haryana unit of the Congress wants to go it alone. Also, there are anti-TMC rumblings within the Bengal Congress with state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury calling West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee a chameleon. “Mamata Banerjee has prime ministerial continued on page 7 Day after, FIRs against Assam CM in Kolkata Kolkata, August 3 Two Trinamool Congress MPs and an MLA who were detained at Silchar airport in Assam on Thursday have filed two FIRs in Kolkata against Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. TMC Lok Sabha members Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Mamata Thakur accused him of physically preventing them from leaving the airport. A similar FIR was filed by TMC MLA Mohua Maitra. An eight-member team had gone to Assam to take stock of the situation in the wake of publication of the National Register of Citizens. They were made to spend the night at the airport and sent back. The TMC will observe “black day” in West Bengal on August 4 and 5 in protest. — TNS Punjab orders crackdown on fish markets Chandigarh in process to buy on-spot testing kits made by Kochi institute THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Chandigarh, August 3 The Punjab Government and Chandigarh’s Food and Drug Administration swung into action on Friday after The Tribune reported that sea fish laced with chemical formalin, which is used to preserve corpses, was being sold in the region. Two varieties of sea fish, Red Snapper and Mackerel, bought from Chandigarh’s Sector 21 Meat Market, had tested positive for formalin at the Food and Chemical Testing Laboratory in Kharar. FISH IN THOUSANDS FOUND DEAD IN SWAN RIVER Dharamsala: Locals woke up to see thousands of dead fish floating on the surface of the Swan river on the Punjab-Himachal border on Friday. Dead fish were seen along the 10-12 km stretch from Santokhgarh in Himachal to the point where the river merges with the Sutlej in Punjab. Villagers also noticed a change in the colour of the river water. A Ordering a statewide crackdown on fish markets, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra team of the Punjab Pollution Control Board reached the area and collected water samples. INSIDE said he had directed the civil surgeons to test samples. If tested positive for formalin, the district authorities would move court and initiate action under the Food Safety and Standards Act. A warning too would be issued to those in the fish trade, the minister said. Sukhwinder Singh, Chandigarh Food and Drug Authority, claimed they had carried out tests last week. All were found negative for formalin. “We are in the process of procuring onspot test kits for formalin, developed by the Central Institute of Fishery Technology in Kochi, Kerala,” he said. Depending on the ailment caused by the ‘unsafe’ food, the defaulter could be jailed for up to six years. — TNS edit: embalming fish In Punjab, ~1,500 for dope test that costs ~300 To be mandatory for staff, it is already must for those seeking arms licences Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 3 The dope test to be carried out by the Punjab Government on its employees, one of the several measures initiated to fight the drug menace, has attracted controversy even before it formally takes off. The Health Department is already charging Rs 1,500 for the test in the state that costs the government just Rs 300. Besides 3.25 lakh state government employees, including those with the Punjab Test kit costs ~200-350 in retail market; for bulk purchase, cost is ~200 Police, the dope test has been made mandatory for those applying for an arms licence. Though a final notification on the dope test for employees is yet to be issued, sources said the staff would have to pay from their own pocket and then apply for reimbursement. Employees’ bodies have already expressed their opposition. In the dope test, samples are analysed for 10 types of substances — morphine, codeine, D-propoxyphene, benzodiazepines, 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), barbiturates, cocaine, ampethetamines, buprenorphine and tramadol. The testing kit costs Rs 200 to Rs 350 in the retail market. If the government floats a tender and makes bulk pur- Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. chase, the cost falls to Rs 200. “This is not just about the employees but the common man too. Charging citizens five times more than the actual cost for the test is inexcusable. The government is not expected to act like a profit-making private enterprise,” observed Dr Joginder Dayal, member of the CPI’s national executive. The employees say the test must be free of cost. This will entail an additional burden of Rs 10 crore on the government that is struggling with near-empty coffers. Dinesh Manhotra Tribune News Service Bilaspur soldier, 2 ultras, one of them BTech, killed SOPORE GUNFIGHT Maj among 2 Army men, cop hurt Majid Jahangir & Suhail A Shah Tribune News Service Srinagar/Anantnag, August 3 A soldier was killed while two militants, including a BTech, were shot dead in a gunbattle in north Kashmir’s Sopore, 60 km from Srinagar, on Friday. Two Army men, including a Major, and a policeman were injured. The gunfight erupted at Drusoo Behrampora village when teams of the police, Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF’s 92 and 172 battalions launched a cordon-and-search operation following inputs about the presence of militants on Thursday evening. “As the forces cordoned off the suspected houses, militants opened fire from inside, triggering a gunfight, which ended on Friday afternoon with the killing of two local Lashkar-e-Toiba militants,” a police officer said. One of the soldiers, identified as Sawar Vijay Kumar of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, was injured in the gunfight and later succumbed. The militants were identified as Khursheed Ahmad Malik, a BTech from Pulwa- ma, and Reyaz Ahmad Dar of Naseerabad, Sopore. After Khursheed went missing earlier this week, his family in an appeal had urged him to return home. Reyaz, sources said, was released recently after spending two years in jail. He was booked under the Public Safety Act on charges of stone-pelting. The gunfight erupted hours after security forces killed two local militants of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kupwara. Sopore SSP Javid Iqbal said efforts were made to persuade continued on page 7 top LeT militant killed p8 Dera chief, 2 docs charged Choksi got citizenship after with castrating hundreds India’s all-clear, says Antigua Haryana High Court had ordered a CBI probe into Panchkula, August 3 charges of forced castration A special CBI court on Friday inside the dera after hearing framed charges a petition by former against Dera Sacha follower Hans Raj Sauda chief Gurmeet Chauhan in 2012. Ram Rahim Singh The petitioner had and his two associates alleged that around — Dr MP Singh, alias 400 male followers, Mahender Insan, and including those from Ram Rahim Dr Pankaj Garg — in a Punjab, Haryana and castration case. Rajasthan, were castrated at The CBI had accused the the dera chief’s behest. The three of castrating hundreds chargesheet claimed that of dera followers. On Decem- mass castrations took place at continued on page 7 ber 23, 2014, the Punjab and approached Antigua for action against Choksi after reports surNew Delhi, August 3 faced that he had been granted In an embarrassment for the citizenship by the Gaston Narendra Modi govBrowne government. ernment, the CitizenChoksi reportedly ship By Investment cited fears of “political Unit (CIU) of Antigua persecution” in his government has application. PM claimed that India Browne, in a media presented no adverse interview, said a probe Mehul Choksi report against fugitive would be ordered to diamantaire Mehul Choksi find out if any untrue informaafter he applied for citizen- tion was provided by Choksi ship of the Caribbean nation in his application. “The police in May last year. clearance certificate from the continued on page 7 India had only last week Rajinder S Nagarkoti Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service
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