01092018-TTC-01.qxd 10/1/2018 1:26 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.271 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, october 1,2018 BEFITTING REPLY FOR FOREIGN MEDDLING PAGE 16 INDONESIA QUAKE TOLL JUMPS TO 832, A STRUGGLE TO REACH VICTIMS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Subsidised LPG price hiked by ~2.89, non-subsidised by ~59 New Delhi: Subsidised cooking gas (LPG) price on Sunday was hiked by ~2.89 to ~502.4 per cylinder. The price of non-subsidised LPG in Delhi will be up by ~59 in October, mainly due to change in global price and foreign exchange fluctuations, Indian Oil Corporation said. The subsidy transfer in customers’ bank account has been increased to Rs 376.60 per cylinder in October as against Rs 320.49 per cylinder in September. PTI Madhya Pradesh to have cow ministry: Chouhan Chhattarpur: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced the setting up of a ministry for cows. “The cow ministry will replace the existing Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board because it (board) has limitations,” Chouhan said. An independent ministry will work in a better way to serve cows, the BJP leader said. PTI /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Pak chopper violates airspace in Poonch Monsoon bids farewell, with 9% deficiency Carried ‘PM’ of PoK I Indian troops fire with small arms New delhi, September 30 The four-month monsoon season that saw parts of the country struggle with devastatingly excess rains and some with deep deficiencies, officially ended today with rains 9 per cent below the long period average. According to end of the season estimates, seasonal rains this year remained below average and less than what was earlier predicted by the official forecaster IMD. Overall, from June 1 till September 30, the country recorded 804 mm rainfall against the normal of 887.5 mm, 84 mm below normal. In other words, India this year received 91% of the longterm average compared with the forecast of 97%, making it yet another year when the weathermen overestimated. The monsoon, which delivers about 70 per cent of India’s annual rainfall, saw states like Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh deal with devastating floods and some parts of western India in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch and Marathwada struggle with huge deficits. The sub-division marking Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh ended with 9 per cent deficiency. Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, September 30 In an incident that could have possibly led to farreaching consequences, a private Pakistani helicopter carrying Raja Farooq Haider, the ‘Prime Minister’ of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), on Sunday violated the Indian airspace in the Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC), making it 700 metres inside. Indian troops fired at the copter with small arms, mainly guns and mortars. Lt Col Devender Anand, PRO with the Ministry of Defence stationed at Jammu, said a civilian copter, flying very high, violated the airspace. “Air sentries at a forward location engaged it with small arms.” The copter remained inside the Indian airspace for a couple of minutes and then headed back to PoK. Sources told The Tribune: “The PoK ‘PM’, Farooq Haider, who was in the area to attend a condolence meeting of his party activist, crossed the LoC inadvertently. He landed safely at the Haveli helipad.” However, The Pakistani helicopter that violated the Indian airspace in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. TWITTER/ANI Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Anantnag: A policeman was killed in a militant attack on a police station in Shopian on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Constable Saqib Mir of Zavoora village of Shopian district. The incident comes nine days after three off-duty unarmed policemen were abducted and killed by militants in Shopian district. PAGE 10 Pakistani officials in Delhi claimed the copter was in the Pakistan airspace and that there was “no violation”. As per the norms, India and Pakistan need to give prior information about the movement of their military aircraft in the area. This is, however, not mandatory for private civilian helicopters. Taking to the social media, press secretary of PoK ‘PM’ Raja Wasim wrote: “Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir is alright and he is heading towards Islamabad from Samahani (sic).” This provoked interesting comments. “Thank God he is safe. But now Modi would have realised how surgical strike is carried. Ours was carried out by PM himself (sic),” observed a Twitter user. Another wrote, “Good to hear he is safe. But indeed the helicopter is of really very cheap quality.” This is not the first incident of its kind. On October 24, 2017, a Pakistan army copter was spotted flying close to the LoC in Jhangar area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri. Prior to that on August 29, 2016, a Pakistan aircraft flew for a couple of minutes near the Arnia sector along the International Border. Some days back, two Pakistan army choppers were seen landing close to the LoC across Poonch sector. Emergency landing by flight to Chandigarh Cop killed as ultras target police station in J&K Plot, 54 years after land was acquired Tribune News Service Cemented link road in Dhasolli village built on his own by Punjab Singh. ~4.8 L path to self-help Kangra resident gets road stretches built Rajiv Mahajan Nurpur, September 30 With no help forthcoming either from the village panchayat or the state authorities, a plucky Punjab Singh of Dhasolli village in the Jawali Assembly constituency of Kangra in Himachal decided to take matters into his own hands. He spent Rs 4.85 lakh from his pocket for the construction of two concrete stretches to connect the village to nearby Harnota Khas. Interestingly, he erected two signboards on the road, mentioning the expenditure incurred and the length of the stretches (163 metres and 51 metres) and the fact that the local gram panchayat, part of the Fatehpur development block, had not made any contribution whatsoever. As the narrow, dusty village path posed a danger to schoolchildren and the elderly, the villagers approached representatives of Dhasolli panchayat several times, “but to no avail”. It was then that Punjab Singh decided on self-help. Local MLA Arjun Singh Thakur claimed the problem had not been brought to his notice. “Panchayats must address local problems and turn to me for help,” he said. Hyderabad, September 30 Over 100 passengers of a Jet Airways flight (9W 955) from Hyderabad to Chandigarh had a miraculous escape as the pilot managed to land the plane at Indore after one of its engines failed. There were 103 persons on board (96 passengers and seven crew), all of whom were evacuated after the landing. According to Indore airport director A Sanyal, the Boeing 737 aircraft was flying at an altitude of 36,000 feet at a speed of 850 km per hour when the pilot informed the Indore Air Traffic Control (ATC) about the engine failure. The flight had taken off from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 10.48 am. The plane developed a snag after about 82 minutes and it landed at Indore at 12.06 pm. This is the second incident involving the Jet Airways flight over the last one week. Consumer panel relief for 85-yr-old Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 30 The Punjab Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered the Department of Local Government and Improvement Trust, Ludhiana, to allot a 500 square yard plot to 85-year-old Jagir Kaur, 54 years after her son Jagdish Singh’s land was acquired for upmarket quarters at Sarabha Nagar. The commission president, Justice Paramjeet Singh Dhaliwal (retired), and members Kiran Sibal and Rajinder Kumar Goyal said if a plot was not available at Sarabha Nagar, the allotment be made in some other equally developed area. If a smaller plot was available, the varying amount be adjusted between the complainant and the Improvement Trust. It has been asked to allocate the plot within three months. The late Jagdish Singh’s land (10 kanals and 15 marlas) was acquired in January 1964 for development of the Sardar Kartar Singh Sarabha Nagar Development Scheme. Advocate SS Salar, arguing on behalf of Jagir Kaur, said she was contesting the case alone as her unmarried son Jagdish, a truck driver, died in 1978. He was 25 at the time. According to the Utilisation of Land and Allotment of Plots by Improvement Trust Rules 1964 and 1975, the complainant was entitled to a plot. She alleged that instead of considering genuine cases, the Trust allotted plots to “undeserving persons”. When she filed a complaint for the first time, the Trust contended that it was “hopelessly time-barred”. The state commission disallowed it in 2015. The national commission, however, allowed the complaint, saying “there is no question of the complaint being time-barred”. Sons’ tribute to Khamano’s ‘shatranj ke khiladi’ Into 16th year, tournament in memory of chess enthusiasts a huge draw in Punjab village Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 30 Picture sports activity in rural Punjab and invariably, the exciting Qila Raipur or perhaps a kabaddi or volleyball tournament would come to mind. But in Khamano, a village developing into a small township near the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway, it is the game of chess that is the centre of attraction. For the last 16 years, the village is perhaps the only one in Punjab to organise a cash prize tournament in chess. This time, nearly 300 players from 10 states, including The chess tournament underway at Khamano. TRIBUNE PHOTO Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, took part, 135 among them rated players. On Sunday, Akshay Anand from Patiala emerged the champi- on, upsetting top seeds. Vijay Kumar was second and Arvinder Preet, winner of the world amateur chess meet in Italy earlier this year, came third. ‘CHINA-INDIA PLUS’ CAN BE NEW MODEL: ENVOY PAGE 16 The co-hosts — jeweller Deepak Verma and petrol pump owner Navneet Kumar — have been organising this tournament in celebration of a friendship over chess between their fathers Bhim Sen Verma and Pawan Kumar Sharma. Both villagers died within a few months of each other in 2000. The passion for the game is not limited to the two families. About 15 players from Khamano competed in the tournament and the village lapped up the event with open arms. Two schools provided halls to accommodate the guests, while at least 20 households opened doors free of cost. “From 17 participants in 2002, we have come a long way. It was like a mela,” says Deepak Verma. Sharat Behl, a mathematics teacher from Panchkula, has been a regular. “In those days, very few tournaments were organised in the region. Though two or more such events are held every month now, the delight in playing at Khamano is incomparable.” The organisers distributed prizes worth Rs 2.5 lakh while arrangements cost Rs 4 lakh. “We pool in money, and apart from some sponsors, the entry fee covers the cost.” Majha satraps bare fangs, but only just — ‘no quitting’ No individual bigger than Akali Dal, says Brahmpura GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 30 Amid speculation of a widening rift within the Shiromani Akali Dal a day after senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa quit party posts, three senior Akali leaders from Punjab’s Majha region met here on Sunday — but they stopped short of open revolt, while questioning “illconceived” party policies. The three chose to call it an attempt to “diagnose” what was ailing the Akali Dal and to find a remedy. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, the Khadoor Sahib MP ex, MLA Sewa Singh Sekhwan and former Beas MLA Manmohan Singh Sathiala met at the residence of Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, a former MP . They said the exoneration of the Sirsa dera head, the Bargari sacrilege and the Behbal Kalan firing had created a crisis-like situation. Ruling out parting ways with the party, they admitted all was not well within the Ranjit S Brahmpura Sewa S Sekhwan Rattan S Ajnala HOW BADAL SR STEPPED IN TO SAVE THE DAY SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, it is learnt, spoke with Ranjit Singh Brahmpura late Saturday night and managed to prevent a possible split. At least two more party veterans, one of them from Malwa, were invited to the Amritsar meeting by the sulking leaders, but they turned down the invitation. SAD. “No individual is bigger than the party. We have gathered here to find remedial measures to prevent any further damage to the party image,” stressed Brahmpura. On Dhindsa’s resignation, he said, “We have devoted our lives to nurturing the party. He has quit owing to illhealth. But he will always be there for the party welfare.” Sekhwan claimed that key Sikh institutions — Akal Takht, SGPC and SAD — had suffered a blow to their image because of certain “ill-conceived policies”. He pointed out that the BJP-led government at the Centre had tried to weaken Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh with its recent notification placing the city’s administrative control entirely with the UT cadre. “Such antiPunjab steps will not be tolerated and we will not hesitate parting ways with the BJP if , it comes to that,” he declared. how badals saved the day p3 Maldives ex-Prez Gayoom freed Colombo, September 30 A Maldivian court has granted bail to jailed former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the country’s longest-serving leader, a week after his estranged halfbrother was defeated at a presidential election. Gayoom, 80, and his legislator son Faris Maumoon, were released after they mounted fresh appeals against their controversial convictions. The release followed appeals from Maumoon Abdul Gayoom President-elect Ibrahim Mohd Solih, who urged incumbent Abdulla Yameen to free all political prisoners in the tourist paradise atoll nation after his stunning victory at the Sep- tember 23 election. Gayoom had ruled the nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims for 30 straight years till he was defeated at the country’s first multi-party elections in 2008. He helped his half-brother Yameen win a controversial run-off election in 2013, but they later fell out. Gayoom was arrested in February along with the country’s Chief Justice and another SC justice on a charge of attempting to topple Yameen. — AFP
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