11082018-TTC-01.qxd 11-08-2018 01:17 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.221 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, august 11,2018 CONG SKIPS PARTY FOR NEW RS DEPUTY CHIEF; TRIPLE TALAQ BILL PUT OFF PAGE 7 TWO POLICE OFFICERS AMONG FOUR FATALLY SHOT IN CANADA PAGE 19 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF SC: Don’t concur with TN on freeing Rajiv Gandhi killers /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Three Hindutva activists held with explosives Havoc in God’s Own Country New Delhi: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court it does not concur with the Tamil Nadu Government’s proposal to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying remission of sentence will set a “dangerous precedent” and have “international ramifications”. PTI Dalai Lama apologises for calling Nehru ‘self-centred’ Bengaluru: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday apologised for his statement that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was “self-centred”. “My statement has created a controversy. I apologise if I have said something wrong,” said the Dalai Lama. He had also claimed that Partition would not have happened if Gandhi’s wish of Jinnah becoming the PM had materialised. PTI Maj-Gen, 2 Cols face GCM for 'fake' encounter 24 years ago Chandigarh: More than 24 years after an incident of alleged extrajudicial killing took place in Manipur, a major general and two colonels are among seven Army personnel being tried by a general court martial (GCM) for their acts of omission and commission, it is learnt. PAGE 7 An aerial view of flooded Aluva area of Kerala on Friday. Nearly 54,000 people have been affected and 29 killed by the floods caused by heavy rains in the southern state. Seven of the 14 districts have been marooned and 40 rivers are flowing above the danger mark. PTI PAGE 9 SC says vandalism during protests must stop, won’t wait for govt action Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 10 Terming the incidents of vandalism of private and public property by various groups during protests as “grave”, the Supreme Court on Friday said it would not wait for the government to amend the law and would issue directions to deal with the problem. “We will not wait for the amendment. This is a grave situation and this must stop,” said a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra after Attorney General KK Venugopal said the government was contemplating an amendment to the existing law to tackle such violent protests. During hearing of a petition by Kodungallur Film Society seeking guidelines to ensure that there was no violence and rioting during protests, Venugopal suggested that responsibility should be fixed on authorities such as the SP if Indian envoy calls on Imran, bats for talks; Pak PM oath on Aug18 Fasihur Rehman Khan & Smita Sharma Islamabad/New Delhi, Aug 10 Resumption of India-Pakistan official talks “at the earliest” was the key issue on the table as Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria called on Pakistan’s premier-in-waiting Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday. The meeting came on a day the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced that Khan’s oath-taking ceremony would be held on August 18. Fawad Chaudhry, PTI official spokesperson, former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and senior leaders Naim-Ul-Haq, Shireen Mazari and Shahzad Imran Khan is presented a bat signed by the Indian cricket team. Waseem were among those present at the meeting that lasted 30 minutes. “Called on Imran Khan and his team for a positive, con- structive conversation,” Bisaria tweeted, who presented Khan with a bat signed by all members of the Indian cricket team. continued on page 9 Asiad squad gets last-min sanction List of contingent was sent to Sports Ministry in August first week Vinayak Padmadeo Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 10 Finally on Friday night, the Asian Games-bound Indian sportspersons got a sigh of relief. In a late night development, the government cleared the squad representing India at the Asian Games. The Sports Ministry had not cleared the list of athletes and officials to represent India at the Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2, till Friday evening. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had sent a list of 572 athletes and 232 officials to the Sports Ministry for clearance in the first week of this month. At the send-off, the athletes and officials were wondering about when the official sanction for their tour would be received. IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta NEERAJ FLAG-BEARER Haryana javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra, expected to win gold at the Asian Games, has been named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the Opening Ceremony on Aug 18. brought up the issue of delay in his vote of thanks to the chief guest of the ceremony, Sports Minister RVS Rathore. “Very few days are left for the Games, so I humbly request the minister to clear the names. I hope he gives the clearance within an hour,” Mehta said, raising laughter in the gather- ing, and added: “The minister is very generous, too. First he rejects all the proposals and then agrees for them in no time.” The basketball team was scheduled to fly on Saturday. IOA officials, however, said they didn’t expect any problems for the players. In another development, IOA has snubbed the Ministry over its reservations about the choice of India’s chef-de-mission and deputy chef-de-mission. BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is the chef-de-mission while Rajkumar Sacheti, Col Satyavrat Sheoran, Balbir Singh Kushwaha and Dev Kumar Singh are his deputies. There are a series of criminal cases against Singh while Sacheti has been under a shadow for his alleged involvement in malpractices in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. INDIA RUN FOR COVER AT LORD’S IN 2ND TEST AGAINST ENGLAND PAGE 20 acts of vandalism and rioting were reported. “Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in Delhi... When the film ‘Padmavat’ was to be released, one group gave an open threat that it will cut the nose of the lead actress. Nothing has happened. No FIR,” he said and went on to refer to the Maratha protests and the nationwide violence following the top court’s verdict on the SC/ST Act. continued on page 9 US cuts military training courses for Pak officers Islamabad/Washington, Aug 10 US President Donald Trump's administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programmes that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, US officials say. The move is one of the first known impacts from Trump's decision this year to suspend US security assistance to Pakistan to compel it to crack down on Islamic militants. The effective suspension of Pakistan from the US government’s International Military Education and Training program (IMET) will close off places that had been set aside for 66 Pakistani officers this year, a US official said. — Reuters Mumbai, August 10 At least three people with links to suspected right-wing Hindutva outfits — Hindu Janjagaran Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha — have been arrested from different parts of Maharashtra after the seizure of a huge quantity of explosives, gunpowder, sulphur and detonators from a shop owned by one of them, police said here on Friday. While Vaibhav Raut (40) and Sharad Kalaskar (25) were arrested in Palghar district, their interrogation led to the arrest of Sudhanva Gondhalekar (39) in Pune. Explosives were seized by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police that raided the house and shop of Hindu Janjagaran Samiti activist Raut. ATS officials said they had kept Raut under watch following inputs that he was assembling bombs. “There were enough explosives to manufacture 18-20 bombs or IEDs.” Data from his mobile phone indicated he was in regular touch with two others who were also picked up. ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni said they would be questioned about cases in which the involvement of right-wing extremists was suspected. Raut’s associates claimed he was being framed “for opposing cow slaughter and love jihad”. — TNS/PTI Cong seeks JPCprobe into Rafale, no support Sonia leads protest over alleged corruption in deal Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 10 Former Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday led protests in Parliament House complex over alleged corruption in the Rafale deal, with Congress Lok Sabha MPs later staging a walkout. A sprightly Sonia Gandhi joined her party MPs near Mahatma Gandhi’s statute to seek a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal, which the Congress claims is the “mother of all defence scams”. Seen with her were Trinamool Congress MP Idris Ali, CPI’s D Raja and RJD’s Manoj Jha. The protest lasted a few minutes. Later, during Zero Hour, the Congress raised the matter with party MPs storming into the well of the House. Among the most vocal protesters were Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar and his Ludhiana counterpart Ravneet Bittu. The Congress was unable to garner the support of other Opposition parties on the JPC demand. Jakhar, who carried a paper jet in his hand, kept saying he could make a better fighter Sonia Gandhi leads protest over Rafale deal on Friday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI IGNORE THOSE WHO DIDN’T GET JOBS: SHAH New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday brushed off corruption charge levelled by former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha on the Rafale deal, saying credence should be given to the Defence Minister’s statement and not what those “who did not get jobs” say. Nirmala Sitharaman has said the base price of aircraft is less than what was finalised by the UPA, he asserted. PTI jet if given the contract. “India’s Foreign Secretary does not know of the deal but Indian companies do. This is a violation of the Official Secrets Act,” he claimed. In the debate on the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, Jakhar said the Rafale deal could well end up in arbitration. Wagah route for terror training SC stays order allowing own Kashmiri recruits travel on valid papers, return via LoC food, water Majid Jahangir inside theatres ULTRAS’ NEW TRAIL Tribune News Service Srinagar, August 10 Militant recruits in Kashmir have adopted a new strategy to get arms training in Pakistan. They travel on valid visas and infiltrate back into the Valley through the treacherous Line of Control after receiving training. Of the five Kashmiri militants killed along the LoC in Kupwara this year, at least four had visited Pakistan through the Wagah border on valid documents, a top police official said. The five were buried in Kupwara as they were believed to be from Pakistan. However, the bodies had to be exhumed after their families here identified them. J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid 3 Infiltrate into Kashmir PoK LoC via Line of Control 2 Undergo training at terror camps TRAINING CAMPS 1 Recruits use Wagah border to enter Pak Satya Prakash Tribune News Service JAMMU & KASHMIR WAGAH BORDER PAKISTAN termed it a “new phenomenon”. “While many such militants have been detained, it seems they are now finding it hard to return via Wagah and are taking the LoC route.” Another officer said a “wellknit militant network” was managing visas and documents. The police say the individuals first acquire a passport AMRITSAR PUNJAB and get a recommendation letter from their contact to obtain a visa from the Pakistan High Commission. The purpose of visit mentioned is usually meeting a relative or studies. Intelligence agencies have been alerted at Wagah, while youths intending to visit Pakistan have been advised to get clearance from SSPs. Teachers on mission turnaround Highly motivated, they are changing face of govt primary schools in Punjab Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 10 There is a set of government primary schools in Punjab that will surprise you — not by their lack of upkeep, rather the opposite. Walls decorated with art work, poems and educative information; greenery all around; clean playgrounds; neatly laid out libraries; and in most cases even toilets cleaner than home. Most of these are the outcome of personal initiatives of highly motivated teachers. The state Department of School Education has now identified 450 such teachers to bring them under an umbrella of coordination to take the movement further. The identified teachers have been assigned 10 primary schools each in their area, where they will inspire “The minister should inform us why this will not end up in arbitration? This will be the biggest arbitration after the Bhopal gas tragedy.” In the Rajya Sabha, as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma raised the JPC demand, MoS Vijay Goel said those with a “history of scams are pointing a finger at others”. Students come out of a class at Government Primary School, Nabha. DONATIONS FROM VILLAGERS PRIMARY SCHOOL Court Road, Nabha Vada Bhaike, Ferozepur Rattoke, Sangrur Takarla, Nawanshahr Bihla, Barnala AMOUNT ~15 lakh ~10 lakh ~15 lakh ~14 lakh ~21 lakh WHAT’S SPECIAL English medium, maths lab Smart classrooms Waiting list for admission Child involvement Smart classrooms, computer lab PADHO PUNJAB, PADHAO PUNJAB This is a programme introduced by the current government aimed at fixing greater responsibility on teachers by evaluating the academic standards of students. While no student is failed, all are evaluated twice a year. Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. and guide the staff to undertake transformation with a target of December 31. In all, there are 13,000 primary schools in the state. Secretary (School Education) Krishan Kumar, a few months back, selected a team of four such teachers — Harjinder Singh Grewal, Amarjit Singh, Labhjit Singh and Anju Bhardwaj — to coordinate the programme. Using innovative teaching methods and material, the schools of these ‘guide’ teachers have demonstrated impressive academic results already under the parameters of the “Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab” programme, with which the current transformation plan has been associated. The proof of their work also lies in the fact that many schools have waiting lists for admission, and several of continued on page 9 New Delhi, August 10 The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Jammu and Kashmir High Court order allowing cinema-goers to carry their own food and water into theatres. A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman stayed the July 18 order after advocates representing the Multiplex Association of India (MAI) highlighted the security risks involved. Issuing notice to the state government and the petitioners, the Bench asked them to respond in four weeks, posting the matter for further hearing after six weeks. “Should I be allowed to carry my whiskey in Taj Hotel and order for soda there?” wondered Rohatgi, who represented the MAI. “The High Court has completely ignored aspects of safety and hygiene. There have been blasts in cinema halls too. How are we supposed to scan thousands of people who turn up five minutes before the screening?” another senior counsel AM Singhvi asked. Acting on a PIL, a Division Bench of the High Court had directed multiplexes/cinema owners “not to prohibit cinema-goers/viewers henceforth from carrying his/her own food articles and water inside the theatre”. It had also ordered a “complete ban” on the use of polythene bags in the multiplexes. The HC had ordered the government as well as district magistrates to ensure these directions were complied with in letter and spirit. “Such kind of acts on the part of owners are against the right to choice of food, which comes under the purview of Article 21,” the HC had observed.
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