02102018-TTC-01.qxd 10/2/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.272 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, october 2,2018 YOGI GOVT HARASSING BRAHMINS, ALLEGES MAYAWATI PAGE 7 GOODBYE NAFTA: USA, CANADA, MEXICO REACH SWEEPING NEW TRADE DEAL PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA IL&FS, trapped in debt, in govt hands TWO CANCER RESEARCHERS WIN NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com BCCI brought under RTI Act Bapu’s Young India Second such instance after Satyam Tribune News Service & PTI Thank You, Readers The Tribune Trust thanks all its readers who responded so generously to its appeal for contributions to The Tribune Kerala Relief Fund. You reached out as individuals, through your schools, clubs, resident welfare groups, organisations, and institutions from towns and villages to contribute in the relief and rehabilitation effort. You have always responded to our call to contribute towards noble causes, be it the Kargil War, Odisha cyclone, Himachal Pradesh floods, earthquakes in Gujarat or Uttarakhand, the tsunami, the cloudburst in Ladakh or the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. The Tribune Trust, individual Trustees and staff members through The Tribune Employees Union have all participated wholeheartedly in this effort. The Tribune Kerala Relief Fund is now closed. However, the names of contributors in the pipeline will be duly published. The total contribution is now ~2.47 crore. The readers’ cheques and drafts are being forwarded to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. We thank you for your magnanimity towards your fellow countrymen. The Tribune Trust IN BRIEF Gita Gopinath appointed IMF’s chief economist New Delhi: India-born economist Gita Gopinath was on Monday appointed as chief economist of International Monetary Fund. She currently serves as John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. Gopinath did her PhD from Princeton after earning a BA from University of Delhi and MA from both Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. PTI SBI halves daily ATM withdrawal limit to ~20,000 Mumbai: The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India has slashed the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs to half from Rs 40,000 to check fraudulent transactions. The new limit will be effective from October 31. The limit has been reduced to Rs 20,000 on classic debit card, its most popular ATM-cumdebit card. There is no change in the daily withdrawal limits on other cards. This card variant is not chip-based. PTI Mumbai/New Delhi, October 1 The government has taken over the management control of debt-trapped IL&FS and has appointed a sixmember board under Kotak Mahindra Bank MD and CEO Uday Kotak as its nonexecutive chairman after the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved an immediate takeover. This is only the second time after Satyam Computer Services Ltd in 2009 that the government has taken control of a company board. Th move followed the Ministry of Corporate Affairs moving NCLT against Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services and its subsidiaries, seeking a change of the board and management control. The ministry said IL&FS Group, which has assets of Rs 1.15 lakh crore, is facing tremendous debt pressure and struggling to service around Rs 91,000 crore in debt, an outcome of its “mismanaged borrowings”. “The government stands committed to ensuring that needed liquidity is arranged for the IL&FS from the financial system so that no more defaults take place,” the Finance Ministry said. The NCLT allowed the Centre’s interim prayer to reconstitute the board of IL&FS, observing that the company’s affairs were being conducted in a manner “prejudicial” to the public interest. The Finance Ministry said the government found “serious corporate-related deficiencies” in the IL&FS holding company and its subsidiaries and has ordered an SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) probe into the alleged financial irregularities. related report on page 7 CIC: Answerable to people of India Tribune News Service Students of a pre-school, dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters, walk along with their teacher to participate in a function organised by Gujarat Vidyapith on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti in Ahmedabad on Monday. PTI New Delhi, October 1 The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday ruled that the Indian cricket board (BCCI) should be held accountable under the RTI Act because it performs “state functions” such as selecting a cricket team to represent the country. The BCCI has fought tooth and nail for several years to avoid being held accountable, waging a long legal battle against the CIC, which is the top appellate body in RTI matters. Five years ago, the CIC issued a notice to the BCCI to appear before it and present its case regarding being brought under the RTI Act. The cricket board then petitioned the Madras High Court, which stayed the CIC’s notice to the BCCI in July 2013, and no further proceedings occurred in the case. The CIC on Monday ruled that the Madras High Court stay was valid only for six months. In its Monday ruling, the CIC referred to the Justice Lodha Committee’s report, which had stated that “the legislature must seriously consider bringing the BCCI within the purview of the RTI Act”. The Law Commission ruled that the BCCI should also be treated as a public authority, as it has been getting “financial assistance in other forms and manner such as granting concessions in income tax, customs duty etc, providing land at excessively subsidised rates, and allowing the use of their infrastructure among others”. Continued on page 14 Identify Rohingya, ‘Time of extreme churning... Activist Navlakha’s Rajnath tells states what unites us? Constitution’ house arrest ends Biometric data to be used for deportation At farewell for CJI Misra, successor says system has done well Delhi HC relief, quashes transit remand MUKESH AGGARWAL Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, October 1 Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Centre has issued advisories to all states to identify the Rohingya from Myanmar. The states have also been asked to collect the biometric data of the Rohingya and send reports to the Centre to arrange for their deportation. “Concerned advisory (regarding Rohingya) has been issued. All states have been told to identify them. They (the states) have to take their biometrics also. After that, they will send the report to the Centre, which will initiate (dialogue) with the CENTRE: NO ADVANCE PAYMENT FOR FORCES Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to do away with the condition of advance payment for deployment of Central armed forces in states, a senior official said. PTI Myanmar government through diplomatic channels and see to it that the problem is resolved,” Rajnath said after presiding over the 23rd Eastern Zonal Council meeting here on Monday. The meeting was attended by CM Mamata Banerjee, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi. Trump says India wants trade deal primarily to keep him happy Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday slammed India for the allegedly high tariffs on American products and said New Delhi wants to have a trade deal with America primarily to keep him happy. Trump described India as a “tariff king”. After he warned against imposing similar tariffs on import of Indian products, Trump said Indians called him that they want to have a trade deal with the US. When US officials asked Indians why they want to have a trade deal with America, Indian officials told them that they want to keep the US President happy, Trump told reporters. PTI Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 1 Maintaining that judges will remain committed to the cause of dispensing justice despite inadequacies, Chief Justice of India-designate Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said, “The system has done well despite all odds.” “Let me assure you there is a lot to look forward to… despite inadequacies, judges will remain committed to the cause (of dispensing justice), I am sure,” the CJI-designate said at a function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association to bid adieu to CJI Dipak Misra, who retires on Tuesday. The CJI-designate said, “We must allow constitutional morality to prevail… Whenever we are in doubt, it is the constitutional morality which should guide us because that gives us the most balanced view.” Justice Gogoi — who is to take over as the 46th CJI on October 3 — praised outgoing CJI Dipak Misra for displaying “remarkable erudition and fortitude” ever since he was elevated to the Bench. “His greatest contribution has been in constitutional law, particularly concerning civil liberties,” UNITING FACTOR We live in a time of extreme political churning across the nation… What we wear, eat, believe, etc, are issues which cut and divide us. So what is it that unites us? Without doubt, the Constitution. DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE History can be sometimes kind, and unkind. I don't judge people by their history but by their activities, perspective. In my whole career, I never dissociated myself from the lady of equity. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, CJI-DESIGNATE Justice Dipak Misra, CJI ❝ Justice Gogoi said, citing the verdicts on honour killings, mob lynchings, homosexuality, among others. In his speech, CJI Misra said the Indian judiciary was the “most robust institution” in the world and young lawyers were assets having potential to develop the jurisprudence. “Our judiciary has been the strongest ❝ judiciary in the world having the capability to handle mind-boggling number of cases,” said CJI Misra. Attorney General KK Venugopal and SCBA president Vikash Singh too heaped praise on the outgoing CJI. Earlier, CJI Misra held court with his successor Justice Ranjan Gogoi for the last time on Monday. New Delhi, October 1 The Delhi High Court today freed Gautam Navlakha from house arrest, five weeks after he, along with four other rights activists, was arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence in Maharashtra. The High Court also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order that he had challenged before the matter was taken to the Supreme Court. The HC refused to accept the Maharashtra Government’s submission that his house arrest be extended by two days since the apex court, by its last week’s verdict, had also extended it by four weeks. A Bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel said the SC had extended the house arrest by four weeks to enable the activists to avail appropriate legal remedy and the extension was for that limited purpose and Navlakha has availed it. Setting aside the August 28 order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate granting Navlakha’s transit remand to Pune police, it said there was non-compliance of basic provisions of the Constitution and the CrPC. Holding that the trial court ‘I HOLD NO GRUDGE’ It thrills me no end… The period of house arrest, despite the restrictions imposed, was put to good use, so I hold no grudge. ❝ Gautam Navlakha, ACTIVIST order was unsustainable in law, the court said Navlakha’s detention has exceeded 24 hours, which was “untenable”. The court made it clear that this order will not preclude the state of Maharashtra from proceeding further. Navlakha was arrested on August 28. The other four activists were arrested from different parts of the country. The Maharashtra police had arrested the activists in connection with an FIR following a conclave held on December 31 last year that had allegedly triggered violence later at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state. — PTI MDU is cleanest govt university PNB fraud: ~637-crore Mewat institutions under lens GNDU in Amritsar number two in HRD Ministry rankings New Delhi, October 1 Haryana’s Maharshi Dayanand University has been declared the cleanest government varsity by the HRD Ministry, followed by Guru Nanak Dev University in Punjab’s Amritsar. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the “Swachh Campus rankings” under different categories on Monday. The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in the national capital has been ranked third among the government institutions, followed by Algappa University in Tamil Nadu’s Karaikudi and Acharya Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur. “Cleanliness must be a habit among students and it can be developed only in educational institutions. Therefore, the ministry is promoting and awarding universities for their efforts to promote cleanliness on campuses,” Javadekar said. Among the residential campuses of private universities, Pune’s Symbiosis International University has been ranked at the top, followed by OP Jindal Global University in Sonepat, Haryana, KLE Academy of Higher Educa- tion and Research in Karnataka’s Belagavi and Manipal University in Jaipur. Raipur’s ITM University has been ranked at the top among non-residential campuses of private universities. The Northcap University in Gurugram and Dr CV Raman University in Bilaspur have been ranked second and third respectively in the category. Among the technical institutions, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore bagged the top rank, followed by IIT-Guwahati, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University in Bhubhaneswar and IIIT in New Delhi. — PTI Nirav assets attached New Delhi, October 1 The Enforcement Directorate today said it had attached assets worth Rs 637 crore of absconding jeweller Nirav Modi and family, including two apartments in New York’s Central Park, as part of its fresh action in the $2-billion PNB fraud. The agency said it had issued five provisional orders, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), for attachment of assets in London, New York, bank balances in Singapore and other countries, a flat in Mumbai and diamond-studded jewellery that was shipped to India from Singapore. — PTI Local leaders fume, term it harassment on a false pretext Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service SEIZED BY ED ■ 2 apartments worth ~216 cr in New York ■ Flat worth ~56.97 crin London ■ Jewellery worth ~22.69 cr from Hong Kong ■ Bank balance of ~44 cr in Singapore account ■ 5 overseas bank accounts holding ~278 cr Gurugram, October 1 Mosques, madrasas and NGOs in Mewat are under the lens following NIA reports that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) may be funding some of these. The NIA and state agencies, sources say, have begun scrutinising Mewat institutions receiving funds from abroad, especially Dubai and other UAE member-states. This has left local religious leaders fuming. They perceive it as an attempt to victimise Mewat residents. “We have never supported terrorism and will not tolerate harassment of our religious and educational institutions on the false charge of terrorfunding. The local government has never cared for us and we will not let overseas help be stopped. We will speak to our representatives, who will take up the matter with the Union Government,” said Maulana Hakmuddin of Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind. Three days ago, the NIA had busted a hawala module, arresting three operatives of the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a Pakistan-based charity organisation set up by Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks with LeT links. Among those arrested was Mewat resident Mohammad Salman, who reportedly confessed to “ploughing back charity money into Mewat institutions”. Alarmed, the security agencies swooped on Mewat, bringing all educational, religious and charitable institutions under the lens, the first one being a multi-crore mosque raised by accused Salman in his paternal village of Uttawar. NIA officials along with their state counterparts visited the mosque to evaluate Continued on page 7
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