08092018-TTC-01.qxd 08-09-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.248 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, september 8,2018 FASTING HARDIK TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BREATHING TROUBLE PAGE 7 BRAZIL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOLSONARO STABBED PAGE 17 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA SC raps states on lynching checks PM CALLS FOR INVESTMENTS IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES PAGE 20 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com J&K BJP leaders, Lone in Delhi, govt talk again Guard of honour Dinesh Manhotra To summon secys if no compliance Tribune News Service An Appeal to Readers The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past. The Tribune Trust, which has decided to contribute ~20 lakh, appeals to its readers to donate generously. 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While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust Tenth list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 IN BRIEF Rajnath to soon launch smart fence project New Delhi: The first ‘smart fence’ pilot project, which entails deploying laser fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug venerable gaps along India’s borders, is to be tentatively launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 17, the BSF chief said on Friday. Such gadgetry will be deployed along 2,400 km of border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. PTI Indian youth among three killed in US bank shooting Hyderabad: An Indian youth was among the three persons killed when a gunman opened fire at a bank in the US state of Ohio. Pruthviraj Kandepi, 25, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, and two others were shot dead by one Omar Perez, 29. Perez was later shot by the police. Five others were also injured. Kandepi was working as a consultant with a bank. His family in Tenali town of Guntur was shocked. IANS New Delhi, September 7 With only 11 of the 29 states and seven Union Territories having filed compliance reports on its order to take steps to check mob lynching, the Supreme Court on Friday warned that it would summon home secretaries of states/UTs if they did not file their reports in a week. Taking strong exception to non-filing of compliance report by several states and UTs, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra gave them the last opportunity to file reports. The Centre told the Bench that an empowered Group of Ministers had been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the verdict. The top court was hearing a petition by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, seeking contempt proceedings against Rajasthan officials, including the Chief Secretary and the police chief, for allegedly violating its verdict in the alleged lynching of dairy farmer Rakbar Khan on July 20. Amid growing concerns over incidents of mob lynching, the Supreme Court on July 17 ordered a set of preventive, remedial and punitive measures to check vigi- Jaipur: The Rajasthan Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against three Alwar villagers arrested for lynching a man in July after accusing him of smuggling cows. Dharmendra Yadav, Paramjeet Singh and Naresh have been accused of murder in the chargesheet filed in an Alwar court. Earlier, the state government had ordered a judicial inquiry amid allegations that policemen delayed taking Rakbar Khan to hospital. Khan and his friend Aslam had reportedly bought two cows from Ladpura and were taking them to their village in Haryana through a forested area in Alwar when they were attacked. PTI lante groups from taking law into their own hands. Such acts have to be curbed with an iron hand, it had said, directing the Centre and states to implement its order within four weeks and file compliance reports. It was the duty of the state to ensure maintenance of law and order, pluralistic social fabric and rule of law in the country, it had said, adding, “Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be tolerated... it cannot be allowed to become a new norm. It has to be curbed with an iron hand.” Deceased’s husband alleges scam Tribune News Service Rohtak, September 7 The husband of a deceased cancer victim has alleged a cash-for-surgery racket at the PGIMS, Rohtak. In a complaint to the University of Health Sciences (UHS) authorities, he has levelled serious allegations against a senior professor and some other doctors in that regard. Vice-Chancellor Prof OP Kalra confirmed that he had received a complaint and marked an inquiry to PGIMS Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) Dr Nitya Nand, who is also serving as the director of the institute. According to the complainant (a retired government official), the senior professor took Rs 2.38 lakh from him in three instalments, one Pak govt annuls minority economist’s nomination Hardliners wanted Ahmadi member out Islamabad, September 7 Succumbing to pressure from hardliners, the Pakistan government on Friday withdrew the nomination of noted economist Atif Mian, a member of the minority Ahmadi community, from a newly constituted economic panel, according to media reports. The move came three days after the Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) government defended the academic’s nomination to the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying in categorical terms that it will “not bow to extremists”. THREE CHARGESHEETED FOR ALWAR LYNCHING Cash-for-surgery at PGIMS?Probe on Sunit Dhawan Ahmadis are designated non-Muslims in Pakistan’s Constitution and their beliefs are considered blasphemous in most mainstream Islamic schools of thought. They are often targeted by the extremists and their places of worship vandalised. Mian, an MIT-educated economics professor at Princeton University, was named a member of the 18-member EAC to advise the government on economic policy. He is the only Pakistani to be considered among IMF’s list of ‘Top 25 brightest young economists’. — PTI Tribune News Service ~2.38 L FOR TREATMENT ■ Deceased cancer victim’s husband said a senior prof demanded ~1.5 lakh for the surgery, which was paid ■ While the surgery was on, he sought ~38,000 more, citing requirement of a machine ■ Before discharging patient (who later died), the doctor took ~50,000 for three rounds of chemotherapy of which was sought inside the OT during surgery. He said his wife was admitted for treatment in January this year after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. However, no treatment was given to her for several days, following which he met the said senior professor. continued on page 7 Former England captain Alastair Cook, 33, the country’s highest Test run scorer, received a thunderous ovation as he walked on to the pitch through an Indian guard of honour to open the batting, marking his farewell to international cricket on the first day of the fifth Test at the Oval, London, on Friday. He missed out on a century when he played on to fall for 71 off 190 balls. AP/PTI Jammu, September 7 Amid uncertainty over urban local bodies and panchayat elections, state BJP leaders, with the support of Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone, have reinitiated steps to re-establish a government in Jammu and Kashmir. On the eve of BJP’s national executive meeting, state party leaders met the party’s point-man in J&K, Ram Madhav, in Delhi on Friday to devise a strategy to reinitiate the government formation process. Sources said Lone met Madhav separately as well. “Before meeting Madhav, state BJP leaders held KEY MEET TODAY ■ BJP leaders’ meeting with Ram Madhav assumes significance as national executive committee is to meet on September 8 and 9 ■ Situation in J&K is likely to be discussed at the meet detailed discussions with Lone,” sources said, adding that the BJP unit had already put the onus on Lone (with two MLAs) to muster support of like-minded MLAs to achieve the magic figure of 44. On August 29, majority of the 25 BJP MLAs had emphasised the need for establishing a democratic dispensation in the state to “solve” day-to-day problems. Kathua victim was sexually 20 freed from Kathua ‘orphanage’ assaulted, says doctor panel Minors from Punjab, HP, Jammu allege sexual exploitation Pathankot, September 7 A board of doctors set up by the Medical Superintendent of the medical college in Jammu to ascertain the cause of death of the eight-year-old Kathua victim has confirmed she died of asphyxiation and was sexually assaulted. The board was constituted on the request of the SHO, Hiranagar police station. The evidence was submitted in the court of Dr Tejwinder Singh, Pathankot J&K cops pose as stone-pelters, nab two in action Srinagar, September 7 The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday adopted a fresh strategy to nab stonepelters in action by planting its men among them at the Jama Masjid downtown. After the prayers, a mob started pelting the police and CRPF personnel with stones, but the law enforcing force desisted from firing teargas shells or canecharging attackers. As the crowd swelled to over 100, two stone-pelters started leading the agitation. The first tear gas shell was then lobbed, dispersing the mob. The two were grabbed by policemen, covertly placed in the crowd, and whisked away in waiting vehicles. The policemen also flashed toy guns to scare others. The protest soon fizzled out as the protesters were caught unawares. This strategy was earlier adopted in 2010. — PTI District and Sessions Judge. The minor girl, from the minority Bakkerwal community, was allegedly abducted, raped and murdered in January this year. “Dr Jyoti Rao, Medical Officer of the Kathua Civil Hospital, one of the three members on the board, is a prosecution witness,” special public prosecutors Santokh Singh Basra and JK Chopra said. The other members were Dr Madhu Dhingra and Dr Mukul Ubbot. — TNS Sanjay Pathak Kathua, September 7 The Kathua district administration late on Friday rescued 20 children, including eight girls, from an “orphanage” after their teachers at a government school filed a complaint alleging they were being sexually exploited. The police said they had detained one person, Thomas Antony, who ran the Here’s proof, says Cong “orphanage”, even as they awaited a formal complaint by the district administration to lodge an FIR. Official sources said the children told the teachers about their ordeal, following which the school administration sent a written complaint to the district administration. Antony’s rented residence was raided and the children — all aged less than 12 years and most from Punjab, PCsays not in sync with sacrilege Bills Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service The Congress on Friday posted on Twitter a picture of party chief Rahul Gandhi posing in front of Mount Kailash along with his trekking details. ‘Fitbit’ data suggested he ‘travelled 46,433 steps, 34.31 km over 463 minutes, while burning 4,466 calories’ during Kailash Mansarovar yatra. This after Union Minister Giriraj Singh called Rahul’s pictures with pilgrims ‘photo-shopped’. The Congress wrote: “Leaving all the haters behind, Rahul sets pace during Yatra. Can you keep up?” Himachal Pradesh and Jammu — rescued. In their statement, they alleged they had been sexually abused for a long time. Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Kathua, Jatinder Mishra said: “During the raid, no official papers were found. The accused claimed the orphanage was a sister concern of a Christian missionary branch. On verification, it was found that this was not true.” New Delhi, September 7 Congress heavyweight P Chidambaram today said he was not in agreement with the anti-sacrilege Bills passed by the Punjab Assembly recently, but added that his views in the matter were irrelevant. “I am not in agreement with the anti-sacrilege law, but that is irrelevant. I am not the boss of Punjab Chief Minister. The entire legislature of Punjab seems to have passed the Bills unanimously and was of the view that there should be life imprisonment for desecration of four religious books… Personally, as a liberal and as a practising lawyer, I do not agree with that view, but then 117 lawmakers in the Assembly do agree with it,” Chidambaram, a member of the Congress core committee for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said. NOT CONG POSITION I am not stating my party’s position. CM of Punjab has taken a view, Assembly’s subscribed to it. The Congress has no position. I don’t think party has formulated an opinion. ❝ P Chidambaram He was answering a question on how the Congress, which swears by secular and liberal credentials, will reconcile with the passage of a blasphemy law in Punjab where its government is in power. Chidambaram was answering a question during a panel discussion that followed the launch of former minister continued on page 7 Punjab ZP polls all about expanding family footprint Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 7 With nominations for the September 19 Punjab Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections closing on Friday, it has turned out that it is all about kin and kinship. At least four political heavyweights are using the polls as a launching pad for their near and dear ones. While former Akali minister Bibi Jagir Kaur has fielded her daughter Rajneet Kaur from the Nangal Lubana Zila Parishad (ZP) that is part of the Bholath Vidhan Sabha seat, Bibi’s stronghold, Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Raman- DOABA’S POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS FIELD THEIR OWN RAJNEET KAUR MANINDERJIT Daughter of Akali SINGH MANI leader Bibi Jagir Son-in-law of Cong’s Kaur fielded for Khadoor Sahib MLA Nangal Lubana ZP Ramanjit Sikki for Ramidi ZP MEHTAB SINGH GAURAV KUMAR Son of Cong ex-MLA Son-in-law of Cong’s Kawaljit Singh Lally Balachaur MLA fielded from Patara Darshan Lal Mangupur Zila Parishad in Adampur for Pojewal Block Samiti AKAL TAKHT CHIEF’S SON IN FRAY TOO Muktsar: Despite the growing demand for the resignation of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh for pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case, the SAD leadership has fielded his son Manjinder Singh Bittu for the Zila Parishad elections. Bittu filed his nomination from jit Sikki has picked his sonin-law Maninderjit Singh Mani for the Ramidi ZP . Ramidi too falls in Bholath. Sikki has been in charge of Udekaran here on Friday. His wife Lakhvir Kaur was earlier a ZP member from Harike Kalan. Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa had sought the Jathedar’s resignation and even urged the SGPC to remove him. The Congress has fielded Simarjeet Singh ‘Bhina’ Brar. His father Gursant Singh has been president of Muktsar District Congress. However, Bhinder Sharma, party’s Manjinder S Bittu Muktsar block president, too has filed his papers. TNS the seat since 2017. Congress MLA Darshan Lal Mangupur, who represents Balachaur, has fielded his son-in-law Gaurav Kumar Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. BHAWAR RANA Son of PPCC gen secy Rana Kuldeep Singh for Daulatpur Zila Parishad for the Pojewal Block Samiti zone. Ex-Congress MLA Kawaljit Singh Lally has fielded his son Mehtab Singh for the Patara ZP in Adampur constituency. PPCC general secretary Rana Kuldeep Singh’s son Bhawar Rana is in fray from the Daulatpur ZP in Nawanshahr, while PPCC vice-president Rajinder Singh Johal is the party candidate for the Jandiala ZP in Jalandhar Cantonment. The PPCC chief, Sunil Jakhar, had sent out a message that party workers alone would be allotted the party ticket. “It was only a piece of advice,” Jakhar explained. Bibi’s son-in-law Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh, chairman of the Nangal Lubana ZP since 2013, had contested the Bholath seat last year. Thus, he chose to field his wife for the ZP polls this time. Sikki’s son-in-law Mani, reportedly with the Akalis earlier, joined the Congress years after his marriage. continued on page 7
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