24092018-TTC-01.qxd 24-09-2018 01:37 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.264 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, september 24,2018 PARRIKAR TO CONTINUE AS GOA CHIEF MINISTER, SAYS AMIT SHAH PAGE 7 MALDIVES PREZ POLL: OPPOSITION LEADER AHEAD IN VOTE COUNT PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA US MAY DENY GREEN CARD TO AID RECIPIENTS, INDIANS TO BE HIT PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com NDA’s big bang Modicare is on IN PARTING SHOT, MONSOON SHOWS ITS MIGHT PM launches health assurance plan Aditi Tandon 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 The 17th list of donors appears today on PAGE 11 IN BRIEF Muzaffarpur ex-Mayor, his driver shot dead Muzaffarpur: Former Mayor of Muzaffarpur town Samir Kumar (50) and his driver Rohit Kumar (40) were shot dead on Sunday, the police said. DSP Mukul Ranjan said the incident occurred around 7 pm near the fire brigade office. Asked whether an AK-47 was used to kill the two, the DSP said, “We have inspected the spot. I cannot say whether an AK-47 was used in the murder, but it is clear that some sophisticated gun was used. In all, 17 to 18 rounds were fired by the miscreants.” PTI Rohit, Shikhar’s tons aid India thrash Pak Dubai: Riding on Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s centuries, India on Sunday beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Asia Cup Super Four match in Dubai. Shoaib Malik’s disciplined innings along with useful contribution from Sarfraz Ahmed helped Pakistan post 237/7. India reached the target in 39.3 overs. PAGE 14 Two gunfights in Valley, three militants killed Srinagar: Three militants were killed by security forces in two encounters in the Kashmir valley on Sunday. A Jaish-eMohammad militant was gunned down in a gunfight in Tral area of Pulwama. The slain militant has been identified as Adnan Bhai of Pakistani origin. In another encounter, the Army foiled an infiltration bid by killing two militants in Kupwara district. PAGE 10 Tribune News Service The Beas floods a stretch of the busy Chandigarh-Manali highway near Dwada in Mandi on Sunday; and (right) an emptied tourist bus being swept away in swirling waters near Manali. Beas in spate, IAF chopper rescues19 stranded in Kullu In 2 days, all downhill for Punjab’s cotton farmers Incessant rain, Chandigarh-Manali NH stretch flooded Tribune News Service AbhinavVashisht Kullu, September 23 Nineteen persons, including two women, were stranded at Dobhi Bihal in Kullu district on Sunday after the water level in the Beas river rose abnormally, touching the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway 21, owing to incessant rains. The persons trapped in the river were airlifted to Bhuntar by an Indian Air Force chopper. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said most of the stranded persons were from Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. The rising water level in the Fozal Nullah having washed away the sidewalls of Dwara bridge, traffic on the Kullu-Manali road had been halted. However, small vehicles were being allowed via the left bank. Traffic near the Bhuntar bailey bridge too had come to a stop, the DC said. Also, 30 persons stranded at ALERT IN SEVERAL PARTS OF HIMACHAL ■ All schools in Kinnaur, Kangra and Solan districts have been closed in view of the rains ■ Several roads in Kinnaur and Chamba districts have been blocked by landslides ■ With water being released from Chamera dam, the SDM has warned people not to go near the Ravi and nullahs Landslide at Jubbal, near Shimla. ■ In Kangra, Larji dam gates are being opened and if situation rain. Sarkaghat in Mandi persists, shutters of Pandoh recorded 137 mm, Mehre dam may be opened 132.6 mm, Manali 127.4, ■ Naina Devi in Bilaspur was Dharamsala 125.2 and Kasauli 105 mm the wettest with 178.2 mm of Rohtang Pass because of heavy snowfall and some at a camping site in Raison were rescued. They were brought to Manali in a General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) vehicle with the help of Col AK Awasthi and the Kullu DC. Gushing Beas waters reportedly entered a truck union office at Bashing, 4 km from here, washing away two vehicles. The newly built helipad at Bahang near Manali was damaged too. With various rivers and rivulets in the district in spate, the administration has issued an alert. All educational institutions in Kullu will remain closed on September 24. Flights from the Bhuntar airport have been cancelled. Detailed reports page 10 Perneet Singh Bathinda, September 23 With rains lashing several parts of the region over the past couple of days, cotton and paddy farmers are at the receiving end of nature’s fury, apprehending a considerable crop loss. The Tribune team visited various villages and found the farmers worried while praying for the rain to stop. Cotton farmers are the worst hit as the rainfall has arrived just when they were close to harvesting what could have been a bumper crop. Meeha Singh of Gobindpura village, a small farmer who had sown cotton on his 1-acre land, said, “Had the weather remained dry for another week, I would have reaped a rich harvest, but all my hopes are dashed. I had a tough time rearing the cotton crop, protecting it from threats such as white fly. However, the rain has now led to moisture in blooming cotton bolls, a majority of which have also blackened.” 2 Rewari gangrape key accused held Nabbed from Mahendragarh I Police say more persons may have been involved Rewari, September 23 Ten days after a 19-year-old college girl from Rewari district was allegedly gangraped, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police on Sunday arrested two key accused, including an Army man. Pankaj Fauji and Manish of Naya Gaon village were nabbed from Satnali in Mahendragarh district. The other accused — Nishu Phogat, Deendayal, owner of the tubewell room where the girl was allegedly raped, and Sanjeev Kumar, a medical practitioner — are already behind bars. “Pankaj and Manish were nabbed in Satnali town at 5 am. They had buried their Accused Pankaj and Manish (squatting) in custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO cellphones before escaping,” Nuh SP Naazneen Bhasin, the SIT head, announced. She said the two, aided by petty criminals, remained in hiding at various loca- tions along the Rajasthan border, at times in the fields, and at dharamshalas and dhanis. “The accused were sighted in Bikaner, Ranthambore and Gogamedi in Rajasthan as well as in Uttarakhand. The SIT, that worked round the clock, followed every lead,” Bhasin said, adding the police were on the lookout for those who had sheltered the absconders. The SIT chief said they did not rule out the possibility of more persons having been involved. “It was an organised crime. The tubewell room had been reportedly used for nefarious activities in the past too.” The SP said Nishu appeared to be the mastermind. The girl was abducted at a bus stop in Kanina in Mahendragarh on September 12. She was allegedly drugged and gangraped. — TNS Even paddy growers stare at huge losses Jarnail Singh, another cotton farmer from Dhelwan village, said he apprehends losing at least 25 per cent of the yield due to an unexpected spell of rainfall at the fag-end of the season. He said he had been hoping for good returns from the crop cultivated on his 1.75 acres, but it didn’t turn out the way he desired. PAU’s senior farm economist Dr GS Romana said, “The rains could not have come at a worse time for the cotton farmers, as they were about to reap a rich harvest. continued on page 7 New Delhi, September 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the world’s largest health assurance scheme, PM Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY), from Ranchi, to cover 40 per cent of the national population. The scheme, one of the two pillars of NDA government’s Ayushman Bharat Mission (the other being the creation of 1.5 lakh villagelevel health and wellness centres) will provide financial cover of Rs 5 lakh annually for hospitalisation care to 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families enlisted in the Central Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC). The scheme will cover costs for secondary and tertiary healthcare of beneficiaries, while primary care will be provided to people at the health and wellness centres being established in villages, close to the community. Launching the scheme on the birthday of national poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, and ahead of the birth anniversary of RSS ideologue Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the PM said, “PMJAY will provide health assurance to the last man in the line and will offer Rs 5 lakh cover per family per year benefitting over 50 crore people. This is the world’s biggest health assurance scheme. The number of beneficiaries nearly equals the population of the European Union, or the population of the US, Canada and Mexico, taken together.” continued on page 7 these dolls, conceputalised and designed by two social entrepreneurs to help the weavers raise funds out of the damaged fabric stock through crowd-sourcing. With the support of hundreds of volunteers, they are now collecting saris left soiled and beyond re-use in the looms of Chendamangalam. They chlorinate the textile, boil it and convert it to ‘Chekutty’. Lakshmi Menon, a cofounder of the initiative, explained: “The weavers had no option but to burn the severely damaged textile. But the same soiled stock is ‘Chekutty’ can be used as keychain, wall decor or tied to a bag. Mobile app launched to take the tiny handmade dolls to wider global audience now expected to fetch them much more through the cloth doll.” Cutting across geo- graphical barriers, people are placing bulk orders on the website, Facebook and What- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. BENEFICIARIES 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families listed in 2011 Socio Economic Caste Census, updated in 2015, to benefit irrespective of family size and age HOW MUCH ~5 lakh financial cover for secondary and tertiary care (hospitalisation) per family per year for 1,350 medical conditions listed in the scheme NATURE OF CARE Cashless, paperless. A resident of one state will get benefits in other states also due to portability of scheme WHICH STATES ON BOARD 30, except Delhi, Odisha, Telangana and Punjab, which are yet to sign MoUs with Centre HELPLINE NUMBER 14555 WHAT YOU MUST CARRY TO HOSPITAL Letter from government containing the beneficiary’s QR code and one proof of identification WHICH HOSPITALS TO VISIT All government hospitals are deemed as empanelled; 15,686 private hospitals have applied PROCEDURES C-Section surgeries, hysterectomies, appendectomies, mental health procedures reserved for government hospitals to prevent abuse All queries and list of hospitals and services available on website mera.pmjay.gov.in France fears damage as Hollande fans row Paris, September 23 in it” added fuel to claims that The French government said the Modi government had on Sunday it feared damage to intervened to help Ambani. its relations with India after for“I find these remarks... mer President Francois Hol- do not help anyone and lande stirred controversy about above all do not help a major deal to sell 36 France,” junior forRafale fighter jets. eign minister JeanHollande, who left Baptiste Lemoyne office last year, said said about Hollande. on Friday that jet “Because one is no manufacturer Daslonger in office, caussault Aviation had ing damage to a stratebeen given no choice Francois Hollande gic partnership by about its local partmaking remarks that ner in a 2016 deal with the cause controversy in India is Narendra Modi government. really not appropriate,” he said. Dassault announced afterHollande made the comwards it was partnering with ments to defend himself Anil Ambani rather than pub- because Reliance had partiallic defence conglomerate HAL. ly financed a film produced by Hollande’s remark that his girlfriend in 2016. — AFP more on back page Dassault “did not have a say Flood-hit Kerala weavers pin hope on dolls from soiled saris Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 23 A tiny handmade doll made out of soiled and damaged fabric has become a symbol of survival and hope for a group of weavers, whose dreams and livelihood were washed away by the floods in Kerala. A month after the deluge had ravaged Chendamangalam, a traditional handloom village in Ernakulam district, the weavers are pinning hope on ‘Chekutty’, dolls fashioned with handloom material spoiled in the floods, to rebuild their life. Demands are pouring in from across the globe for KEY FEATURES sApp for the dolls. A mobile app launched in the Silicon Valley on September 21 to take the desi dolls to a larger global audience would become functional soon. One of the seven Chendamangalam weavers co-operative societies, with which the doll-makers are associated, has already received Rs 5 lakh through online booking. The entire amount raised through the sale of ‘Chekutty’ would go to livelihood programmes envisaged by the handloom weavers cooperative society of Chendamangalam. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recently came forward to support the unique initiative. Also, the Kochi-based IT hub Infopark has adopted the ‘Chekutty’ dolls movement to support its sales. The founders are now getting ready to trademark their unique doll before launching the product officially in the market in Kochi on October 2. Menon said: “The soft handmade dolls can be used as a keychain, wall decor or tied to a handbag and would always serve as a reminder of the sacrifices and resurrection of a state ravaged by a murderous flood.” — PTI Sarveswara Rao S Soma Maoists gun down Andhra MLA, ex-MLA Hyderabad, September 23 The police in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have sounded a red alert after the killing of a sitting Andhra Pradesh MLA and a former MLA by Maoists today. The Maoists gunned down Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Sarveswara Rao and former MLA S Soma at Thutangi village in Araku valley, around 125 km from the coastal city of Visakhapatnam. Rao represented the Araku constituency. After being forced to stop their vehicle, the two politicians were shot at point blank range. They died on the spot. The two Telugu-speaking states are in the midst of Ganesh immersion festivities that attract many people to witness processions and ceremonies. People have been advised to take precaution. Police sources said the ultras were celebrating the CPI-Maoists’ formation day. About 60 Maoists, including women cadres, were involved in the attack. Rao is believed to have been warned by ultras to stop supporting Bauxite mining in the area. Security forces said Araku valley had becoming the new base for the ultras. — TNS
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