09082018-TTC-01.qxd 09-08-2018 01:23 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.219 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 thursday, august 9,2018 IT’S HARIVANSH VS HARIPRASAD AS RS VOTES FOR DEPUTY CHIEF TODAY PAGE 7 IN A FIRST, PAKISTANI TROOPS TO TRAIN AT RUSSIAN MILITARY INSTITUTES PAGE 15 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Thailand to extradite Chhota Shakeel aide New Delhi: A criminal court in Thailand has ordered repatriation of Munna Jhingra, a close associate of Chhota Shakeel, to India. The case involving Sayyed Muzakkir Muddassar Hussain, alias Munna Jhingra, was on since April 2017 after Pakistan claimed he was its citizen. The court, however, ruled in favour of dossiers submitted by India. Jhingra was behind a 2000 attack on gangster Chhota Rajan in Bangkok. TNS ❝ The court should exercise restraint while dealing with PILs. India is facing a lot of problems… like caste. Day in and out, I read newspapers and your observations. KK Venugopal, AG New Delhi: Changes in the date of birth of an Aadhaar holder “more than once” may entail a visit to the regional office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), says a recent official notification. These changes have come into effect from July 31. PTI Plea in apex court against WhatsApp payments service New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre to restrain WhatsApp from proceeding with its payments systems unless it fully complies with provisions of the RBI. The plea filed by organisation Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change said the messaging platform does not comply with provision of mandating Grievance Officer and other laws of India. Almost one million people are "testing" WhatsApp's payments service in India. PTI New Delhi, August 8 Judicial activism versus judicial restraint played out in the Supreme Court on Wednesday with the NDA government pointing out to the court that many of its decisions adversely impacted governance, people and their livelihood. Attorney General KK Venugopal said cancellation of 2G spectrum licences on the apex court’s order wiped out huge foreign investment; its order on liquor vends along highways caused financial loss to the exchequer and people lost livelihood. “Not everything is negative, but the court should exercise restraint while dealing with PILs. India is facing a lot of problems… Like caste… (a veiled reference to the top court’s order diluting certain provisions of the SC/ST Act that led to protests and several deaths),” Venu- COURTESY: WINTERLINE TRUST Pt Jawaharlal Nehru with the Dalai Lama in Mussoorie in 1959. Dalai Lama blames Nehru for Partition Historians: Tibetan leader misinformed Panaji, August 8 Had Jawaharlal Nehru not been self-centred, India and Pakistan would have been one country, the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday, adding that while Nehru was gifted with experience, mistakes do occur. “Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, ‘I want to be PM’. India and Pakistan would have been united (had Jinnah been made PM). Pandit Nehru was very experienced. But mistakes do happen,” the Dalai Lama said. He gave the analogy in response to a question from a student at the Goa Institute of Management on how one could be sure about one’s decisions and how to avoid mistakes. Preceding the interaction, the Dalai Lama spoke on India’s ability to merge its rich traditional knowledge with the modern facets of education. He also stressed the need for dialogue and debate on a range of subjects. “We need more people to come together and talk and debate on aspects linked to India's ancient knowledge, Don’t carry the impression that we are preventing the government from doing anything or criticising you… But tell your officers to follow the law. Justice Madan B Lokur Judicial activism vs restraint in SC Tribune News Service Date of birth update may need UIDAI office visit ❝ ❝ I think it was a little bit self-centred attitude of Pt Nehru that he should be PM. He was very experienced, very wise but sometimes a mistake also happens Dali Lama in Goa such as ahimsa and compassion. We also need to find ways to reduce conflict amongst ourselves," he said. When asked what she made of the observations, historian Mridula Mukherjee said, “With due respect to the Dalai Lama, who has made great sacrifices for his people, he is clearly misinformed. It is very saddening to see someone of his stature make a statement not borne out by facts. “Rather, Jawaharlal Nehru was the person who gave refuge to the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama. You cannot blame any one person for the Partition of India. It was caused by long-term factors rooted in the British policy of divide and rule. Pt Nehru was as continued on page 9 gopal told a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur during hearing of a PIL on the condition of jail inmates. “Day in, day out, I read newspapers and your observations,” Venugopal said. Justice Lokur — who has been pulling up government agencies in various cases for lapses in dealing with issues of pollution, child rights and women’s rights — said the court was trying to solve some of these problems. “Through orders of this court, you (government) have got thousands of crores in cases like mining, construction work. What more do we do? Rest assured that Article 21 (right to life and liberty) is here to stay and we will uphold it,” he asserted. The AG admitted that with the top court’s intervention, tremendous inroads had been made. He, however, noted that problems in India were “enormous”. continued on page 9 RAFALE BIGGEST DEFENCE SCAM EVER, ALLEGE FORMER MINISTERS PAGE 18 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Karuna laid to rest at Marina beach DMK wins battle for burial site in High Court; PM, top leaders pay respects to Tamil titan Chennai, August 8 Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a doyen of Dravidian politics, was laid to rest on the Marina beachfront as a sea of humanity bid him a tearful farewell after an unsavoury courtroom battle his party won to secure for him the final resting place at the Chennai landmark. The country’s high and mighty descended on the city to pay their last respects to the “Thalaivar” (the leader), a school dropout who left an indelible imprint on the state’s public life over decades through his literary, cinematic and political achievements. The 94-year-old leader had breathed his last at a hospital here after fighting for life for 11 days. A galaxy of leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, and his Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh counterparts Pinarayi Vijayan, K Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu, respectively, were in attendance. Karunanidhi was buried with full military honours with soldiers giving him a gun salute and buglers sounding the last post. Karunanidhi’s son and TWO DIE IN STAMPEDE Chennai: Two persons were killed and 35 suffered injuries in a stampede outside the Rajaji Hall as thousands jostled for a final glimpse of the DMK leader. An official at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital said: “Two persons were brought dead to the hospital with injuries arising due to trampling. One is a 60-yearold woman, while the other is an unidentified male.” Around 35 persons were brought with minor injuries. Some were dehydrated and were given treatment. IANS << A glass casket carrying the body of DMK president M Karunanidhi during the funeral procession in Chennai on Wednesday. AFP EDIT: WHAT IT WAS TO BE KALAIGNAR P12 | OPED: OF A WORTHY MEMORIAL FOR POLITICAL STARS P13 heir apparent MK Stalin received the national flag wrapped around his father’s body. Other family members, including the leader’s wife Rajathi Ammal, and other sons and daughters showered flower petals. Stalin broke down after touching his father’s feet before the casket containing the body was lowered into the grave. Karunanidhi being a self-proclaimed atheist and rationalist, no Hindu rituals were performed. Earlier in the day, as thousands of grieving DMK supporters, leaders and celebrities filed past the golden casket containing the mortal remains of the leader at the stately Rajaji Hall, a courtroom battle raged over where he should be buried. The AIADMK government had on Tuesday rejected the DMK’s demand for space at the Marina for Karunanidhi’s burial and construction Girl, her PSO shot dead Pak CEC slept through poll Rohtak SP hints at honour killing; four men rounded up day, says CJ Tribune news service “Four persons have been Subsequently, the youth was Islamabad, August 8 Taking a swipe at the Chief Election Commissioner, retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said he called him thrice on polling day, July 25, but he didn’t answer the phone and was likely sleeping. Chief Justice Nisar made the comments during the hearing of a case regarding the rejection of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Abida Raja’s nomination papers for a reserved seat, a newspaper reported. During the hearing, the CJ said he was astonished at the current state of the Election Commission. He said it was smooth sailing on poll day, until the EC messed it up. He expressed displeasure over the failure of the result transmission system, saying the EC spent millions on the technology, yet it failed. The CJ, while allowing the petitioner to contest on reserved seats, said Raja had requested a vote transfer on April 23 but the EC did not do anything in this regard. — PTI Rohtak, August 8 A girl and a police officer accompanying her were shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants near the mini secretariat here on Wednesday. At least seven bullets were fired at them. Jashandeep Singh Randhawa, the Rohtak Superintendent of Police, said preliminary investigation indicated that it was a case of honour killing. rounded up. We have obtained vital clues. The killers will soon be arrested,” he said. The police have registered a case, naming the father of the deceased girl as one of the suspects. The girl, a Jat from Rohtak, had eloped with a Dalit youth of Singhpura village last year. The two got married and sought police protection. But a scrutiny of their certificates revealed the girl was a minor. arrested. The girl refused to go back to her parents and was sent to a women’s shelter home in Karnal. Accompanied by SI Narender Kumar of the Karnal police and a woman constable, she was brought to Rohtak for a court appearance when she was attacked. Critically injured, she and the SI were rushed to the local PGIMS, where both were declared “brought dead” by doctors. Bihar minister quits over scam Patna, August 8 inmates of the Brajesh Facing flak over the alleged Thakur-owned Muzaffarpur role of her husband Chandra short stay home were sexualShekhar Verma in the ly exploited and menMuzaffarpur shelter tally tortured, 42 of home scam, Bihar them were medically Social Welfare Minister examined. Reports Manju Verma tendered confirmed 34 of them her resignation to CM had been raped. Nitish Kumar on Manju Verma “Leader of OpposiWednesday. tion (Tejashwi Yadav), After a social audit report by has been raising a hue and the Tata Institute of Social cry over CDR (call details Sciences (TISS) revealed that report) of my husband’s phone, alleging he had been communicating with the scam accused. I want the CDR to be in public domain. My husband is innocent. I have faith in the HC-monitored CBI probe,” said Verma. Thakur, who is alleged to have spoken with her husband 17 times in seven months, claimed he had been framed as he was likely to contest from Muzaffarpur on the Congress ticket. — TNS of a memorial to him, citing pending litigations over ecological concerns. The DMK had swiftly moved the Madras High Court, which ruled in DMK’s favour and the Thalaivar got his final resting place next to his mentor and former chief minister CN Annadurai. “There is no legal impediment for not allotting the place... Provide a place for a decent burial forthwith in terms of the rough sketch given by the petitioner,” a Division Bench ruled. AIADMK founder and former chief minister MG Ramachandran and his protégée J Jayalalithaa, who were buried on the beach and have memorials there, had died in office, and the government cited this as a ground for not bestowing the same privilege on Karunanidhi as he was not a serving CM. — PTI more reports page 7 Begging no longer an offence in Delhi HC: Criminalising it violates rights New Delhi, August 8 Begging in the national capital will no more be treated as an offence with the Delhi High Court quashing the legal provisions that criminalise it, holding that people beg on streets not because of their wish but as a “last resort” to meet their needs. Criminalising begging violates the most fundamental rights of some of the most vulnerable people in our society, the court said, as it blamed the state for not being able to ensure even the bare essentials of the right to life to all its citizens. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the state cannot fail to do its duty to provide a decent life to its citizens and add insult to injury by arresting, detaining and imprisoning those who beg in search for essentials of bare survival, which is even below sustenance. A person who is compelled to beg cannot be faulted for such actions in these circum- ‘Poverty root cause’ ❝ If we want to eradicate begging, artificial means will not suffice. A move to criminalise them will make them invisible without addressing the root cause — poverty Delhi HC Bench stances and any legislation penalising them was in the teeth of Article 21 (protection of life and liberty). The Bench said the provisions of the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, which treats begging as an offence, cannot stand constitutional scrutiny and deserved to be struck down. Currently, there is no Central law on begging and destitution. — PTI 4 ultras die in Sopore After HCban, U’khand makes rafting safer gunfight, soldier hurt ADVENTURE SPORTS POLICY Srinagar, August 8 Four militants were killed and a Special Forces soldier injured in a fierce gunfight in a thick forest area of north Kashmir’s Sopore sub-district on Wednesday. The militants were killed in Baramulla’s Dooniwari forest area. The gunfight raged through the day. The exchange of fire began early in the morning. With the police suspecting the presence of five militants, the jungle area was cordoned off by security personnel A soldier from the Army’s elite Parachute Regiment was injured in the initial gunfight and was hospitalised. Helicopters were pressed into service to transport soldiers even as the operation was put on hold for the night. “It is a thick forest area and movement is difficult in the dark, so we have put the operation on hold,” a police official said. The bodies of the four militants have not been recovered as yet. — TNS Dehradun, August 8 The Uttarakhand Cabinet on Wednesday approved a revised policy on adventure sports, imposing a total ban on the use of intoxicants by enthusiasts while rafting, kayaking or canoeing in the state. The revised policy, which also fixes a minimum qualification for raft operators, got the Cabinet’s nod at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The amended rules on river rafting, kayaking and canoeing are more practical, which will make adventure sports Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. ■ Alarmed at accidents, HC had in June banned rafting, underlining the need for a new policy on adventure sports ■ The revised policy bans use of intoxicants by enthusiasts and fixes a minimum qualification for raft operators ■ Revised rules on paragliding and aero sports also cleared safer, Finance Minister Prakash Pant said. Stricter penal provisions had been made in the revised policy for violators, he said. Taking a serious view of frequent accidents during raft- ing, the Uttarakhand High Court had imposed a ban on the activity at the peak of the season in June until a revised policy on adventure sports was brought into force. The High Court had attrib- uted the rise in accidents during river rafting primarily to the absence of proper regulations and underlined the need for a revised policy on adventure sports. The Cabinet also gave its nod to revised rules for paragliding and aero sports. In another decision, the Cabinet cleared amendments to the Religious Freedom Act, laying down a welldefined procedure for cancellation of registration of institutions that indulge in fraudulent activities in the name of religion. — PTI
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