30092018-TTC-01.qxd 9/30/2018 1:37 AM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.270 | 40 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, september 30,2018 APPLE EXECUTIVE REFUSES TO STOP CAR, UP COPS SHOOT HIM DEAD PAGE 7 GANDHI AND THE PUNJAB IN 1919 SPECTRUM /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Accuses Islamabad of verbal duplicity, says India did not sabotage talks process ❝ Smita Sharma Pak’s commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit. Neither has its belief in hypocrisy. 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 Dhindsa quits party posts, SAD shocked Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 Veteran Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Saturday resigned from all posts of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), citing health reasons. He quit the party’s core committee and as the party secretary general. His resignation has shocked the Akali leadership, especially as it comes at a time when the party is facing a political crisis. Sources said SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal deputed senior vice-president Dr Daljit Singh Cheema to speak with Dhindsa as soon as they received his resignation. But Dr Cheema was told Dhindsa was “not at home”. His son and former Finance Minister PS Dhindsa, who is abroad, told The Tribune: “We continue to be loyal soldiers of the party. My father has resigned from party posts but will continue as Rajya Sabha member.” Dhindsa’s absence at the party’s “Jabar Virodhi” rally in Faridkot earlier this month had raised many an eyebrow. After the party’s dismal show in the panchayat samiti polls, the SAD core committee had last week resolved to launch an offensive against the Congress government, starting with a series of rallies. Dhindsa’s resignation at this critical juncture is likely to hit the party’s morale. Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including six-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune, four-page Life+Style and four-page additional pullout. Sushma Swaraj, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER ‘KILLING AVENGED’ Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday. AFP mander Burhan Wani, among others. India had cited the killing of security personnel, including a BSF jawan, whose throat was slit, as well as the Teams searchingfor 16 trekkers in Pangi Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, September 29 With 16 trekkers, including 10 foreign nationals, reportedly missing in Pangi area of Chamba district, the district administration on Saturday sent search teams comprising policemen, porters and mountaineers to locate them. The administration is clueless about the nationality of the trekkers, information about whom was provided by local porters. Atul Fulzele, the DIG (Kangra Range), said a group of 16 tourists, including 10 foreigners and three from LahaulSpiti, arrived at Hiltwan in Purthi on September 17. A rescue operation in Kullu. FILE Accompanied by 17 porters, they proceeded towards Tharu Nala and from there to the Bhujpatra Range Dhar where they decided to stay for the night even as the porters returned to Hiltwan. The DIG said as per the information provided by these porters, the tourists were carrying sufficient food items and medicines. late city 384 DEAD, SCORES INJURED IN INDONESIAN QUAKE, TSUNAMI PAGE 17 Pak glorifies killers, Swaraj tells UNGA New Delhi, September 29 Addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Pakistan for glorifying terrorists and killers. “In our case, terrorism is bred not in some faraway land, but across our border. Our neighbour’s expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism, it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity,” Swaraj said, focusing on cross-border terrorism. “Pakistan glorifies killers, it refuses to see the blood of innocents,” she remarked, alluding to postage stamps released by Islamabad in July commemorating Hizbul com- ! Home Minister Rajnath Singh has indicated that Indian forces struck Pakistan hard, avenging the killing of a BSF jawan. REPORT PAGE 20 al means to resolve the most complex of disputes. Talks with Pakistan have begun many times. If they stopped, it was only because of their behaviour,” Swaraj declared. Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi, in an interaction with a prominent think tank, had claimed that PM Modi and his government had developed cold feet after accepting the talks offer along the UNGA sidelines because of “domestic and electoral compulsions.” India and Pakistan have not had a structured dialogue since 2012. Swaraj also cited the case of Pakistan Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi displaying photographic proof of PDP proposesalliance, NC says ‘doors open’ Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, September 29 With the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) treasurer and former Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari proposing an alliance with archrival National Conference (NC), a new political force seems to be taking shape in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir. The NC too has hinted its “doors are open” to anyone who seeks to strengthen Article 370 and Article 35A. “We joined hands with the BJP in the interests of Kashmir. Now the PDP and NC should join hands to defend Article 35A and Article 370,” Bukhari remarked, responding to a query. “If the Government of India has the ❝ Our doors are open to anyone who seeks to strengthen Article 370 as well as Article 35A. Aga Ruhullah, NC CHIEF SPOKESPERSON agenda to disempower the Kashmiris, we (NC and PDP) should join hands. We have the numbers too,” he told The Tribune. The NC chief spokesperson, Aga Ruhullah, pointed out that the party had offered support to the PDP after the 2014 elections but the offer was declined. However, former NC minister Kangan Mian Altaf said his party was open to a “joint struggle” but any decision on a PDP pact would be taken by Omar Abdullah alone. release of the stamps when it called off talks with Pakistan. However, Islamabad had argued that both had occurred prior to the announcement of talks by New Delhi. “We are accused of sabotaging the process of talks. This is a complete lie. We believe that talks are the only ration- Witnesses in Pehlu lynching case attacked Punjab to regulate MBBS fee, amend law Jaipur, September 29 Four key witnesses in the Pehlu Khan lynching case were allegedly attacked by unidentified persons on Saturday. They were on their way to depose before a court. The witnesses — Irshad, Arif, Ajmat and Rafiq — and their lawyer were on their way to Behror from Jaisinghpur village. The attackers trailed their car and opened fire as they reached Neemrana in Alwar district. However, nobody was injured. A case was registered with the local police station. In April last year, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes while he was transporting cattle to his village in Haryana. — OC Chandigarh, September 29 Drawing flak for allowing private medical colleges to charge exorbitant fee for MBBS, Punjab has sought an amendment to the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006, Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service continued on page 7 Qureshi hits back Page 7 to include private medical universities that have mushroomed in the past one decade. This will empower the state to regulate the fee charged by these universities which had argued there was no such provision in law. The government intends to table the Bill in the winter session of the Vidhan Sabha. With Adesh Medical Col- lege, Bathinda, CMC, Ludhiana, and Sri Guru Ram Das College, Amritsar, charging Rs 50-70 lakh this session, the amendment is likely to curtial the fee to Rs 15 lakh. A senior government functionary said the amendment Bill had been cleared by the Office of Advocate General and was now with the legal remembrancer. THE ROW ■ Earlier, with all admissions made by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, fee for quota seats was determined by the state ■ But in 2017, pvt varsities were allowed to decide fee, despite the then Principal Secy, Medical Education, opposing the move
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