06082018-TTC-01.qxd 06-08-2018 01:23 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.216 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 monday, august 6,2018 JD-U SAYS NITISH WON’T RESIGN OVER SHELTER HOME RAPES PAGE 7 MADURO SURVIVES ‘DRONE ATTACK’, BLAMES IT ON COLOMBIA PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF PV SINDHU IS SECOND-BEST AGAIN, LOSES TO NEMESIS MARIN PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Now, 2020 Referendum is ISI op ‘Express’ Valley shut over Article 35A AMIN WAR Security agencies say Pakistan funding, promoting campaign for Sikh state Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Bhullar claims maiden European Tour title Natadola Bay (Fiji): Gaganjeet Bhullar on Sunday grabbed his maiden European Tour title with a brilliant chip-in eagle on the 17th hole for a one-stroke win over a charging Anthony Quayle of Australia at the Fiji International. It was Bhullar’s first win on the European Tour, ninth Asian Tour title and 10th crown overall. P15 Gavaskar: Will take govt advice on Imran event New Delhi: Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday said he will take the government’s advice before deciding to attend his cricket rival Imran Khan’s swearing-in as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. “I got the invite on Saturday from his (Imran’s) office. An official invite in a way hasn’t been there.” PTI Virat Kohli tops ICC Test ranking for batsmen Dubai: India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday topped the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Kohli thus became the seventh India batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to be ranked the number one Test batsman in the latest ICC ranking released on Sunday. P14 200 Mansarovar pilgrims stranded in Nepal Kathmandu: Around 200 Indians on their way back home after the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet are stranded in Nepal’s Humla district due to bad weather, Indian Embassy said on Sunday. There were around 150 persons stranded in Simikot and 50 in Hilsa, near the Nepal-Tibet border. PTI Chandigarh, August 5 The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, in a clandestine operation codenamed “Express”, is funding and promoting the “Sikh Referendum 2020” campaign. Security agencies have intercepted digital, particularly social media, chatter to make this conclusive claim. Referendum posters were put up prominently at Pakistani gurdwaras — Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib — during the pilgrimage of Sikh jathas. A prominent Sikh radical leader based in Germany, known to be an ISI operative, is linked to these 2020 campaigners. Another strong ally of the 2020 organisers is Paramjit Singh Pamma, involved in the murder of Rashtriya Sikh WHAT ALL HAS HAPPENED ON GROUND ■ ‘Referendum ’ posters in Pak gurdwaras during jatha visits ■ Hoardings of 2020 appeared in Mohali, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Barnala, Gurdaspur, Moga, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Tarn Taran and villages of Amritsar. Security agencies insist these were funded by ISI through SFJ ■ Paramjit Singh Pamma, involved in bomb explosions and murder of Rulda Singh, is also involved in 2020 ■ Activists of SFJ and radical leaders, some accused of spreading terror in India, from US, UK and Spain visited Iraq as observers for the Sangat chief Rulda Singh and other terror incidents. The security agencies believe he is funded by the ISI. Kurdistan Referendum in September 2017 ■ Nawanshahr police busted a group of radicals in February 2018. The three arrested men “The people of Punjab have rejected those who spread hate, violence and propagate the secessionist agenda. We had written slogans in more than 50 places in Doaba, supporting the referendum ■ SFJ activists posted videos threatening Punjab Police officials to hurt their children studying or settled in US, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand ■ In May, Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa threatened by SFJ ■ Online campaign asking Sikhs in police and armed forces to punish “oppressors of Sikhs” ■ After gangster Vicky Gounder’s encounter, SFJ, agencies claim, uploaded video asking other gangsters to join them are keeping a close track of their activities, especially during the August 12 gathering in London, where Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) plans to make a case for secessionism. Punjab Police are capable of dealing with the fringe elements. Since a lot of the propaganda happens online, the security agencies are also monitoring social media platforms and immediate action (FIRs and arresting supporters) is being taken,” said Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora. Though the “Sikh Referendum 2020” was conceptualised by SFJ, a US-based advocacy group, in June 2014, the ISI is learnt to have “lapped up the opportunity” in 2015, and has since been supporting the movement. For the security agencies, the support by Kashmiri “freedom-seeking groups” to SFJ and the referendum is the biggest indicator of ISI role. continued on page 7 Quota is of no use if there are no jobs, says Gadkari Set up expert group to revive HMT: Parl panel Another row, this time over SCjudge’s seniority ‘School of thought: Consider poorest of poor’ New Delhi, August 5 A parliamentary panel has asked the government to constitute an expert group consisting of renowned technocrats to examine the prospects of reviving all the ailing units of HMT Limited. In its report presented to the Lok Sabha, the Committee on Petitions suggested a detailed strategy of allocating a special financial package to all PSUs, including all units of HMT, to release the pay and allowances apart from statutory dues to all serving as well as retired employees before March 2019. The panel said it was “flabbergasted” to discover the huge backlog in payment continued on page 7 Warrant puts Justice Joseph at no. 3 Aurangabad, August 5 jobs? The problem with the Stating that reservation will not quota is that backwardness is guarantee employment as jobs becoming a political interest. are shrinking, Union Minister Everyone says I am backward. Nitin Gadkari has said there is a In Bihar and UP Brahmins are , “school of thought” strong. (And) They which wants policysay they are backmakers to consider the ward,” the senior BJP poorest of poor in leader said. every community. “So one school of He was responding thought is that a to queries on the agipoor is a poor; he has tation by Marathas Nitin Gadkari no caste, creed or for reservation. language. In all com“Let us assume the reserva- munities there is one section tion is given. But there are no which has no clothes to wear, jobs. Because in banks, the no food to eat. One school of jobs have shrunk because of thought also is to consider IT. The government recruit- the poorest of poor section in ment is frozen. Where are the every community.” — PTI Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 5 The controversy over the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court refuses to die down. After the government cleared his elevation along with that of Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran, it is now alleged his “seniority” has been undermined. The CJI is likely to administer the oath of office to the three on Tuesday. The warrant of appoint- ment signed by the President puts Justice Joseph at number three after the two other judges, undermining his chances of becoming a member of the Collegium and possibly Chief Justice of India, it is being said. Justice Joseph had struck down President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. Sources said members of the Bar might raise the issue before CJI Dipak Misra on Monday as it amounted to undermining not only the seniority of a judge, but also the independence of the judiciary. Sources said undermining continued on page 7 The otherwise bustling main market of Srinagar wears a deserted look on Sunday. Kashmir observed a shutdown as part of a two-day strike over fears that Article 35A may be abrogated by SC. PAGE 10 J&K surrender policy to win over local militants Host of incentives on offer for ‘renouncer’ Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, August 5 Worried over the growing number of local youths taking to militancy, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has drafted a policy for rehabilitating those willing to shun arms and return to the mainstream. Almost 100 youths have joined the militant ranks this year so far. Militants placed on the list of the Subsidiary MultiAgency Centre (SMAC) — a nodal agency comprising officials for security and intelligence inputs — will be eligible for incentives. A militant who has surrendered will be referred to as a “renouncer”. He will surrender only before the designated authorities — divisional commissioners, district magistrates, top police officers and heads of operational units not below the rank of Commandant. Entitled to Rs 5 lakh-6 lakh as fixed deposit, the “renouncer” will be able to withdraw the money after the LAY DOWN ARMS, GET... ■ ~5-6 lakh fixed deposit with a lock-in period of 3 years ■ ~5,000 monthly stipend during lock-in period ■ Self-employment under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana & Himayat ■ Consideration for accommodation in Jammu/Srinagar lock-in period of a minimum three years, subject to continued good behaviour as certified by the CID. “The objective is to offer an opportunity to terrorists who eschew the path of violence... The policy is particularly aimed at economic rehabilitation, enabling them to lead a normal life and contribute towards society's progress...” reads the draft policy prepared by the Home Department under the directions of K Vijay Kumar, Adviser to Governor NN Vohra.
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