10082018-TTC-01.qxd 10-08-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.220 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, august 10,2018 VIOLENCE, ARSON MARK MARATHA QUOTA BANDH IN MAHARASHTRA PAGE 7 US TO SLAP SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER NERVE AGENT ATTACK IN UK PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Harivansh elected RS Dy Chief /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com SC clears BCCI draft rules with key tweaks Shared grief New Delhi: The ruling NDA on Thursday bagged the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha when Harivansh of the JD-U beat Congress’ BK Hariprasad in an election that was seen as a test of Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 poll. P7 Dilutes Lodha panel suggestions; gives 4 weeks to comply Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Night flights at Srinagar soon Srinagar: The Srinagar airport was “technically” cleared for night operations after first night landing and taking off of a commercial aircraft was undertaken on Thursday, officials said. PTI Sensex breaches 38K mark Mumbai: Benchmark Sensex broke past the 38,000-barrier for the first time, while the NSE Nifty extended its record run for the fifth day on Thursday as optimism surrounding the India growth story continued to override global concerns. P12 Rekha Sharma is NCW chief New Delhi: Rekha Sharma, who recently stoked a controversy by suggesting the abolition of confessions in churches, has been appointed the chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW). She was holding the extra charge of chairperson since September last year. PTI Kanika Rane holds her son Agastya during the funeral of her husband Major Kaustubh Rane — who was killed along with three soldiers during an operation to foil an infiltration bid in Gurez — in Thane on Thursday. AFP New Delhi, August 9 The Supreme Court on Thursday approved the much-awaited draft constitution of the BCCI with certain changes, giving a go-by to “one state, one vote” principle and diluting cooling-off period norm recommended by the Justice RM Lodha committee. The verdict pronounced by a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra restored full memberships to cricket associations of Saurashtra and Vadodara in Gujarat, Mumbai and Vidarbha in Maharashtra, Railways, Services and Association of Indian Universities in view of their contribution to cricket in India. Now, Gujarat and Maharashtra will have three associations each having full membership of the BCCI. “These associations have a long and abiding history of 128 took up arms in Valley in 7 months Figure for entire 2017 surpassed; majority from south Kashmir Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, August 9 In what may set the alarm bells ringing for security agencies, the number of local youths picking up arms in the Kashmir valley in the first seven months of this year has already surpassed the figures for the entire 2017. Police figures suggest that at least 128 youths have so far joined militant ranks this year. Last year, 126 youths had picked up arms, then the highest since 2010. While security forces are trying to woo back local militants, it seems to have had lit- Educated being lured Local recruits ■ In Jan, PhD scholar Mannan Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 (till July) Wani joined militancy ■ 2 months later, MBA Junaid Sehrai took up arms ■ In May, KU asst prof Mohd Bhat joined militant ranks. He was killed in Shopian 36 hours later ■ IPS officer’s brother Shamsul Mengnoo, pursuing BUMS, also joined militancy tle impact on the ground. The highest number of recruits, nearly 90 per cent, has come from volatile south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Shopi- No. 54 23 21 16 53 66 88 126 128 an, Kulgam and Anantnag. Nearly two dozen new militants, mostly ill-trained in warfare, have been killed in various operations, a police officer said. J&K Police’s two wings — intelligence and zonal police — separately keep count of militancy-related data. Once a youth goes missing, either the family approaches the police or his picture with a gun surfaces on the social media. The police then crosscheck with sources before listing the youth as a militant. Twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama account for nearly 70 new recruits. The spurt in militant recruitment in south Kashmir follows two major continued on page 11 ‘Dry’ Punjab draws Panel for SIT probe into 1.5 times the water Rohtak ‘honour killing’ that goes in ground Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 9 The Punjab Government may have put on hold the release of new tubewell connections, but the dramatic rate of fall in the ground water level is likely to continue unabated as the existing tubewells annually draw one and a half times the amount of recharge. As much as 77 per cent of the cultivable area in the state is irrigated by tubewells, while the rest is from canals or dependent on rain. These are the findings of a new study, published in the form of a book, “Emerging Water Insecurity in India: Lessons from an Agriculturally Advanced State”, written by eminent agro-economist RS Ghuman and Rajeev Sharma. The study has calculated that overall the state is drawing 49 per cent more water than is being recharged in the ground from rain or natural and manmade water bodies. The highest draft, of more than double the recharge, is happening in four districts — Sangrur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Moga, main- COACH WANTS DIPA TO AIM FOR ASIAD FINAL, NOT MEDAL PAGE 14 Top drawing districts (% more than recharge) Sangrur 111 Jalandhar 109 Moga 107 Kapurthala 105 Chandigarh/Rohtak, August9 The Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) on Thursday took suo motu notice of the murder of a woman and a policeman accompanying her in Rohtak. It also offered to carry out cremation of the alleged honour killing victim. The panel recommended a probe preferably by a special investigation team and allowing the victim’s husband, in jail on rape charges and forgery, to attend the cremation. In Rohtak, commission chairperson Pratibha Suman said the HSCW would recommend the death penalty. The Rohtak SP said some persons, including members of the victim woman’s family, had been rounded up. Meanwhile, the family members of the Dalit youth whom the victim had married maintained they had warned him against marrying the Jat girl as the consequences could be dire. They said the girl’s father had been threatening them with dire consequences after the couple eloped. — TNS Edit: Minor, PSO shot Verdict highlights ■ ‘One state, one vote’ principle diluted ■ ‘Cooling-off’ norm relaxed ■ Full membership of Saurashtra, Vadodara, Mumbai and Vidarbha restored ■ Railways, Services and Association of Indian Universities also get full membership ■ SC orders to be complied within 30 days nurturing talent for the game of cricket in India. History is replete with their contribution to the cause of cricket. These associations have produced players who have brought laurels to their states and the nation,” said the Bench that also included Justice AM Khanwilkar and Bhushan Steel’s ex-promoter arrested for ~2,000-cr‘fraud’ New Delhi, August 9 The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has arrested Bhushan Steel’s erstwhile promoter Neeraj Singal for allegedly siphoning off funds worth over Rs 2,000 crore, according to officials. This is the first time that the SFIO has arrested a person for fraudulent activities, said a senior official. Singal was arrested in the national capital and has been sent to judicial custody till August 14. The probe agency, which comes under the Corporate Affairs Ministry, got powers to arrest people for violations of company law last year. The Finance Ministry said Singal is “accused of siphoning off over Rs 2,000 crore from the loans availed by Bhushan Steel Limited using more than 80 companies”. The companies were used for fraudulent rotation of funds through bogus loans and advances, and investments, among others, it said in a tweet. The ministry said fraudulent activities contributed to the company becoming insolvent. “Bhushan Steel Ltd is one of the 12 big cases that had been referred for insolvency resolution by banks. Tata Group has taken over management of the company from the Singals. SFIO investigation is ongoing,” it said. — PTI TUBEWELL SWELL ■ Study points out that in 1970-71, Punjab had 1.92 lakh tubewells, which increased to 14.14 lakh by 2015-16. ■ The result was that between 1996 and 2016, the ground water level in different districts declined between 6 and 22 metres. ly in the central plain zone, where paddy is the main crop during the kharif season. Among the other highdrawing districts are Barnala (94 per cent more than the recharge), Fatehgarh Sahib (91%), Patiala (89%), Ludhiana (62%), and Faridkot (60%). continued on page 11 Amritsar MP’s ~20 lakh donation to Chandigarh Golf Club sparks row said as an MP he was allowed to donate up to Rs 25 lakh outChandigarh, August 9 side his constituency and the Amritsar Congress MP Gur- Deputy Commissioner has to jeet Singh Aujla has ensure the donation was courted controversy by as per the provisions. At donating Rs 20 lakh the same time, he said, from his MPLAD fund many Army veterans, to the Chandigarh Golf including those who Club, with the Opposifought wars, were memtion SAD-BJP accusing GS Aujla bers of the club. him of “misusing” the fund SAD chief Sukhbir Singh meant for public-oriented Badal said the Amritsar MP development works. “cannot give money for any Justifying his action, Aujla development work outside Tribune News Service his constituency. It should be ascertained in lieu of which favour did he extend the MPLAD fund to the Chandigarh Golf Club by robbing the intended beneficiaries”. Aujla, on his part, dared the Opposition to prove that he or his any family member had got benefit from the club. “It is the responsibility of the DCs at Amritsar and Chandigarh to check proper utilisation of funds. continued on page 11 Justice DY Chandrachud. Their full BCCI membership was cancelled after the Lodha Committee’s recommendation on “one state, one vote” was implemented. The Bench also diluted the cooling-off norm. It said the cooling-off period would not start after every three-year term of an office-bearer. Instead, it would be imposed after two consecutive terms in the BCCI or a state cricket association or both, which effectively comes to six years. The Bench also increased the number of selectors from three (recommended by the Lodha panel) to five. The verdict dilutes many recommendations of the Lodha panel that were imposed on the BCCI by judicial orders. A compliance report will have to be filed with the Supreme Court Registrar General within four weeks. more on page 14 Bail provision now in triple talaq Bill New Delhi, August 9 The government on Thursday approved inclusion of a provision of granting bail to men accused of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. The approval came at the meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the offence will remain non-bailable, the latest provision makes it permissible for a magistrate to grant bail to the accused. Instant triple talaq will continue to be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, cleared by the Lok Sabha, is pending in the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers and the provision of bail was one of the demands of the Opposition. The Bill aims to “set aside” the centuries-old practice of instant divorce by men. The government drafted the Bill last year after the Supreme Court called the practice un-Islamic. Other changes ■ FIR against a man giving triple talaq will be cognisable only if filed by the victim or anyone having blood relation or relation by marriage ■ If the wife and husband agree to settle differences, the magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms and conditions The proposed law would be applicable on instant triple talaq and would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had last month written to the PM to ensure passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the monsoon session. A day later, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad responded with a “new deal” of equality by joining hands to pass the Bills on instant triple talaq and nikah halala too. — TNS Be drug vigilantes: Sidhu to youth Jalandhar, August 9 Even as the incidents of antidrug vigilantism are already making news in Punjab, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday asked the youth not to remain completely dependent on the government and rather take to activism against drugs. Sidhu was speaking at a student-interactive session organised by the Youth Congress at a college here. “Though the Punjab govern- karan so karan. ❝SarkaranJithe koi drugs vechda nazar aaye, thok deyo, uder deyo, gath ban ke sutt deyo (Let the govt be. When you see a person selling drugs, hit him, tear him, teach him a lesson❞ Navjot Singh Sidhu, LOCAL BODIES MINISTER ment has launched a major campaign to counter drug abuse, the menace cannot be curbed without your active participation. So was the case during the dark days of terrorism, which could be tackled not because of police action, but because of the people who became vigilant and took things in their stride,” Sidhu told the students. The minister said he felt pained whenever he came across horrific experiences of elderly Punjabis daily taking their grandsons to hospitals for de-addiction. — TNS
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