23092018-TTC-01.qxd 23-09-2018 01:14 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.263 | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, september 23,2018 PM SLAMS ODISHA CM PATNAIK FOR REJECTING MODICARE PAGE 7 THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA late city GUNMEN KILL 29 IN ATTACK ON IRANIAN MILITARY PARADE PAGE 19 RUN TO MEET THE CHALLENGES SPECTRUM /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Quit, Hizb warns 24 J&K policemen At Rohtang, season’s first snow 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. Your donation will make a difference to the families of those who have lost their lives and homes. The names of all those who donate ~500 and above will be published. All such donations are eligible for deduction under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Donations should be in the form of crossed cheques or demand drafts in favour of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and sent to The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160030 or to The Tribune offices in various cities. All donations will be duly sent to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust Srinagar, September 22 A day after abducting and killing three cops, Hizbul militants on Saturday issued threats specifically to 24 policemen, including two officers posted in the militancy-infested South Kashmir, asking them to quit. The Hizbul Mujahideen released pictures of these personnel on the social media (authenticity yet to be verified). It asked these policemen to announce their resignation via a videotape, failing which they would be killed. Posting the picture of a particular police officer, the militants threatened: “There is no warning for you, will send you to hell.” In another post, the Hizb asked women constables and SPOs to resign too. The Jammu and Kashmir Police see this as part of “psychological warfare” aimed at demoralising the force. The targeted killing of three policemen in Shopian district on Friday morning had triggered a series of resignations by Special Police Officers (SPOs) who made the announcement via mosques or videotapes. However, the Union Home Ministry dismissed such reports as mere SHOPIAN KILLINGS: FIR NAMES 24 ULTRAS Srinagar: The J&K Police have named 24 local militants, including Syed Naveed, who was once a cop, while filing an FIR on the Shopian killings. “The militants (named in the FIR), carrying arms and ammunition at the behest of Riyaz Naikoo, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, entered the houses of the policemen at Batagund and Kaprin and kidnapped them with the intent to kill. It was done to intimidate the cops and their families,” the FIR reads. TNS PAGE 5 “propaganda” by militants. The militants had swooped on Kaprin and Batagund villages in Shopian and abducted three cops — Nisar Ahmad Dhobi (38), Firdous Ahmad (28) and Kulwant Singh (35). A relative of a cop was abducted too, but was set free later. This year, 37 policemen, including eight SPOs, have been killed by militants so far — the highest police fatalities in 12 years. Need to make Pakistan feel the pain: Army Chief Jaipur, September 22 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday that stern action is needed to avenge the barbarism by terrorists and Pakistan Army against Indian soldiers. The comment comes after a BSF jawan was shot and his throat slit recently, followed by the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir. “We need to take stern action to avenge the kind of barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out against our soldiers. It is time to give it back to them in the same coin but not by resorting to similar kind of barbarism. I think the other side must also feel the same pain,” the Army Chief said at a press conference here. He said talks and terrorism could not go hand in hand, and Pakistan needed to curb the menace of terrorism and not allow terrorists to use their soil against India. The Pakistan Army said it was “ready for war”, but chose peace in the interest of its people. — PTI/TNS Bishop’s bail plea rejected; sent to 2-day police custody Kochi: A Kerala court on Saturday rejected the bail application of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested on charges of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun, and sent him to a two-day police custody. The Bishop was brought to the Pala magistrate court amid tight security. PTI Releases pictures on social media Majid Jahangir IN BRIEF ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry for Oscars Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul valley, received more than 4 inches of snowfall, the season’s first, on Saturday, following which Kunzum Pass has been closed. A warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in Punjab on Sunday has been issued. TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE 6 Decision on H-4 visa ‘in 3 months’ Mumbai: Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese film “Village Rockstars” has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India announced on Saturday. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, Alia Bhatt-starrer “Raazi”, Rani Mukerji fronted “Hichki”, Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, “Love Sonia” directed by Tabrez Noorani and “Manto” were on the list of 28 films submitted for Oscars. PTI US move to have major impact on Indian women Former Finance Minister’s son Manvendra quits BJP family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its latest court filing on Friday told the US District Court in District of Columbia that it was “making a solid and swift progress in proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of Jaipur: Ahead of Assembly poll in Rajasthan, Manvendra Singh, son of former Foreign Minister in the Vajpayee government Jaswant Singh, on Saturday quit the party saying it was a mistake to join the party in 2013. He was addressing a mammoth ‘Swabhiman Rally’ at Pachpadra in Barmer district. However, he did not indicate his inclination whether he would join the rival Congress or form another front to contest the poll. OC Washington, September 22 The Trump administration has told a federal court that its decision to revoke work permits to H-4 visa users, a significant majority of whom are IndianAmericans, is expected within the next three months, a move which will have a major impact on Indian women as they are the major beneficiary of the Obama era rule. H-4 visas are issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to immediate aliens eligible for employment authorisation”. The DHS said the new rule would be submitted to the Office of Management of Budget (OMB), White House, within three months. Till then, the department urged the court to keep in abeyance its decision on a lawsuit filed by “Save Jobs USA”, who claim that their jobs have been hit by such a policy that was promulgated during the Obama administration. — PTI Cong asks Modi to come clean, BJP calls him symbol ofhonesty Congress sweeps Punjab local body poll; it’s rigged, says SAD Tribune News Service Tribune News Service RAFALE ROW: HOLLANDE STANDS BY COMMENT New Delhi, September 22 Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today alleged that former French President Francois Hollande’s remarks on Reliance Defence showed “clear-cut corruption” in the Rafale deal even as the BJP maintained it did not know under what compulsion the statement was made. Questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the issue, Rahul asked him to come clean on the allegations of favouring the Anil Ambaniled company as the offset partner and demanded that there be a probe by a joint parliamentary committee, in which Hollande could be called so that the “truth” came out. Reiterating that PM Modi was a “thief” and that Hollande too had “intended the same”, the Congress president said it was important for the PM to either accept the foreign leader’s statement or state that he was “lying”. “For the first time, a former AFP reported that former French President Francois Hollande said on the sidelines of a meeting in Canada on Friday that France “did not choose Reliance in any way”. On pressure by India, Hollande said he was unaware and “only Dassault can comment on this”. MORE ON PAGE 7 Mangled remains of the vehicle that fell into a gorge in Rohru. PTI ❝ It is very important for the PM now to either accept Hollande’s statement and say ‘Yes, it is the truth’ or ‘Mr Hollande is not telling the truth and here is the truth’ Rahul Gandhi, CONG CHIEF ❝ Nothing better can be expected from a person chargesheeted along with his mother (Sonia Gandhi) in National Herald case and whose entire family is embroiled in Bofors scam. Ravi Shankar Prasad, UNION LAW MINISTER French President is calling our Prime Minister a ‘thief’. It is a question of the PMO’s dignity. It is a question of the future of our jawans and the Air Force,” said Rahul. Hitting back, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called Rahul’s remarks as “shameful” and “dubbed” PM Modi as a “symbol of honesty”. “We expect nothing better from an ill-informed and continued on page 7 13 on way to temple die in Shimla mishap 3 couples from 2 families among victims Tribune News Service Shimla, September 22 All 13 occupants of a multipassenger Trax were killed after the vehicle plunged off the road into a gorge near Snail village in Saraswati Nagar area of Rohru in Shimla district on Saturday. The victims included three couples belonging to two families from Nandla and Dhara villages in Chirgaon and Rohru tehsils. The mishap occurred around 9.15 am while they were on their way to Mahasu Dev temple in Tiuni area of Uttarakhand. While 10 persons died on the spot, three succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. Residents of nearby villages were the first to launch a rescue operation. An official said it was with great difficulty that the injured and the bodies could be extricated from the mangled vehicle (HP-02-A-0695). He said a majority of the victims continued on page 7 Chandigarh, September 22 The Congress in Punjab swept the block samiti and zila parishad elections, counting for which began on Saturday. Barring Amritsar’s Majitha block, the stronghold of former SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the SAD- BJP alliance lost control of rural bodies across the state. For the Congress, the win means rebuilding its cadre at the grassroots level which could prove helpful in the General Election next year. Congress leaders attributed the win to “positive development”. In fact, it was owing to astute “political strategising”. Gurdaspur went completely the Congress way with the SAD unable to open its account. The Akalis did well in Lambi but lost in Muktsar, the home turf of the Badals. In Jaito block, which includes Bargari village, the centre of anti-SAD protests, the party failed to register a win in any panchayat samiti or zila parishad. The KIN RISE: Mehtab Singh (L), Rajneet Kaur and Manininderjit Singh SAD (Amritsar) wins in Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib ■ SAD (Amritsar) won in Bar- ■ Congress MLA Ramanjit nala’s Mehal Kalan zone & the Fatehgarh Sahib panchayat samiti polls ■ AAP, with candidates in 30% rural bodies, won 5 seats — 3 in Mansa & one each in Barnala and Bathinda ■ Housing Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa’s son Ravi Nandan Singh Bajwa won ZP poll from Wadala Granthian, Batala Singh Sikki’s son-in-law Maninderjit Singh won the ZP poll from Ramidi, K’thala ■ Former MLA Kawaljit Singh Lally’s son Mehtab Singh won the ZP poll from Patara in Jalandhar dist ■ Fomer SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur’s daughter Rajneet Kaur won from Nangal Lubana in Bholath tehsil loss does not augur well for the Akalis that has its vote base in rural areas. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the SAD president, claimed the election process had been “manipulated”. “Our agents were not allowed inside counting centres in Kharar, Chamkaur Sahib, Budhlada, Gidderbaha and other places. In Sanuar and Ghanaur, the results were continued on page 7 more on page 2 ~5,000a month, Punjab contract staff anger spills out Fake products sold as popular brands For regular employment, threaten to ‘abandon young kids at houses of ministers from Sept 30’ Spurious salt, tea, detergent also found in Mansa factory raid Tribune News Service quality tea were also found. Ruchika Khanna ABOUT CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYEES Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 22 Working as a teacher on a contractual basis, all that Jagmohan of Manuke Gill village in Moga had ever wanted was to rid his family of abject poverty. His father a labourer, he somehow managed to give himself a decent education and got a “sarkari naukri”. Nine years later, losing all hope of regular employment, he took his own life on September 13. His elder brother Paramjit Singh claims he was heart-broken when told by his superiors ■ There are 27,000 contractual Members of deceased Jagmohan Singh’s family at Manuke Gill. that he would not be made a regular employee. “Working on a salary of Rs 5,000 per month, he could not bear the thought of having to take up labour like our father. As news of his suicide spread, local politicians urged us to hasten the cremation. No FIR was registered, nor inquest proceedings initiated,” he claims. Jagmohan Singh’s tragic employees whose regularisation was okayed in 2016 ■ With the matter in courts, employees say the cashstrapped govt is delaying the matter ■ There are over 20,000 employees with 100-odd end has become the trigger for a faceoff between 50,000 Punjab employees — 27,000 on contract, 20,000 hired by companies which have been outsourced works and 1,000 companies that have been outsourced various works ■ These employees are paid anything between ~3,000 and ~7,000 per month ■ The third category comprises 1,000-odd employees hired by Water Supply & Sanitation Department enlisted with the Water Supply and Sanitation Department. Beginning next Sunday (September 30), these employees will “abandon” continued on page 7 Today’s issue consists of 32 pages, including six-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Chandigarh, September 22 The Punjab Government’s food safety wing claims to have unearthed a racket in Mansa where adulterated ghee, prepared from vegetable fat and other concoctions, was being sold under the name of popular brands such as Verka, Amul and Milkfood. Food Safety and Drug Administration Commissioner KS Pannu said the racket was busted following a raid in a residential area. Pannu claimed besides ghee, the accused were The seized products. preparing fakes of Tata Salt, Good Day Salt, Tide detergent and other products. About 700 packets of Tata Tea Gold filled with inferior- A large number of labels of various brands were seized, indicating the accused had a vast production and marketing network, said Pannu. The entire stock, including wrappers and packets, was seized and an FIR registered, he added. In a similar incident in Sangrur, a mustard oil packer by the name of Ganesh Trading Company was allegedly caught labelling rice bran oil as pure mustard oil. The unit has been sealed following sampling of the seized material.
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