05102018-TTC-01.qxd 05-10-2018 01:40 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.275 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, october 5,2018 TO FIGHT BJP, NAIDU OFFERS TO ANCHOR FRONT PAGE 7 SENATE SPARS OVER FBI ‘CLEAN CHIT’ TO BRETT KAVANAUGH PAGE 13 /thetribunechd New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived here on Thursday for the annual summit with PM Narendra Modi after which Russia and India are expected to sign the S-400 air defence system deal and a number of other pacts in key sectors such as space and energy. The two leaders will hold comprehensive discussions on wide-ranging bilateral, regional and international issues, including US sanctions against Moscow and counterterrorism cooperation. PTI MORE ON BACK PAGE No Kartarpur visa if no talks: Pak Prithvi Shaw celebrates after scoring a century in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday. AFP Shaw begins 18 YEARS, 329 DAYS Islamabad/new delhi, Oct 4 Pakistan today stated that any possibility of opening of the Kartarpur border corridor hinges upon talks with India. Days after India accepted and then cancelled Foreign Minister-level talks proposed by Pakistan, Islamabad stated that without dialogue, there can be no forward movement on the issue. Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan “could only try” to co-exist peacefully with its neighbour. To a question on opening of the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims, Faisal said nothing can happen if there are no talks. The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev is being observed in November 12 convicts in Mirchpur case still absconding BSF man held for Hizb links in J&K Hisar, October 4 More than eight years after Dalit villagers were beaten up by upper caste residents in Mirchpur, the police have not been able to arrest 12 convicts in the case even as a status report has to be filed in the Delhi High Court tomorrow. Narnaund SHO Sadhu Ram said here today that 10 of the convicts had been sentenced to life imprisonment and the remaining two for two years and one year in jail. Hansi SP Vijender Vij said they had formed four teams to nab the convicts. The Delhi HC had on August 24 reversed the acquittal of 20 accused and upheld the conviction of 13 others for their involvement in arson and assault on the residents of a Scheduled Caste locality in the village on April 21, 2010. A differently abled teenaged girl and her father had died in the violence. Nine of the convicts had surrendered in the court while the police arrested 10 others who were awarded jail terms for different periods. — TNS Majid Jahangir 2019. Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib is built where Guru Nanak Dev breathed his last. It is located across the Ravi, 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur. Meanwhile, High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria’s proposed address at the annual meet of the Pakistan Civil Services Academy on Friday has been cancelled. — TNS LURED YOUTH TO TERROR Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 4 Days after a special police officer fled with eight weapons, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a Border Security Force man for his alleged links with Hizbul Mujahideen. Shakir Ahmad Wani, who had joined the BSF in 1994, was arrested along with his associate Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh, both residents of Tekipora (Lolab) in the frontier Kupwara district. The police said Wani, posted ■ BSF man Shakir Ahmad Wani of Kupwara, posted in North-East, had come home on leave for his marriage ■ He and associate Ghulam Sheikh allegedly have links with Hizbul Mujahideen ■ Were engaged in providing logistics support to terrorists, apart from luring youths onto the path of terrorism in the North-East, had come home on leave for his marriage. “We had an input that there were some militant activities in Kupwara. We New Delhi, October 4 The Delhi Sentence Review Board today rejected pleas for the early release of convicts in the Jessica Lall, Priyadarshini Mattoo and “tandoor” murder cases. The board, at a meeting chaired by state Health Minister Satyendra Jain, recommended the premature release of 22 life convicts, but A file photo of Manu Sharma (L). rejected applications of 86, including Manu Sharma (serving a life sentence for murdering model Jessica Lall in 1999), Santosh Singh (con- behind only Sachin Tendulkar arrested the duo and it led to recovery of a weapon. They were running a module to recruit youth for terror activities,” a police officer said. “We are investigating the case and looking at all angles, including how and when he got in touch with the militant group.” IG, Frontier, BSF Abhinav , Kumar said the arrested man was “posted in Aizawl (Mizoram). The police are probing and our people are also there as part of the investigation.” This is for the first time that a BSF jawan has been arrested for links with militants. victed in the Mattoo murder case of 1996) and Sushil Sharma (convicted in “tandoor” murder case of 1995). Manu Sharma is the son of former Congress leader and Haryana minister Venod Sharma. Santosh Singh is the son of a retired IPS officer, while Sushil Sharma is a former Congress MLA. Set up in 2004, the board takes up cases of prisoners who have spent at least 14 years in jail. continued on page 7 ‘Dead’ man moves court to get land back Faridkot villager lists ordeal to ‘prove I’m alive, 34 acres fraudulently transferred’ Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, October 4 Sant Parkash Singh, 78, is running from pillar to post to get back his 34 acres of land (worth around Rs 5 crore) that has been transferred in the name of one Jaswant Singh. The property mutation had taken place nine months ago on the orders of a Faridkot court, which was told that Sant Parkash Singh was an unmarried and issueless person who died in 2014 and that CLAIM REFUTED ■ Refuting Sant Parkash Singh’s claims, Jaswant Singh said the person claiming land ownership was not the original Sant Parkash ■ “He is taking undue benefit of being a namesake of Sant Parkash Singh,” he claimed Jaswant Singh was the person who took care of the man before his “death”. Proving himself alive is turning out to be an ordeal for Sant Parkash. “I’m passing through a legal nightmare to prove I am alive, married and have three children,” he said. Carrying photocopies of his and his children’s passports, PAN cards, ration card, voter cards, Aadhaar cards, bank passbooks, electricity and water bills, Sant Parkash is trying hard to prove his claim. Owner of 272 kanals and 15 marlas of prime agriculture land at Mumara village in Faridkot, Sant Parkash said he came to know about the entire episode after he visited Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Balls he took to reach 100 — third-fastest on Test debut 2ND Board rejects Jessica, Mattoo, ‘tandoor’ murder convicts’ plea Tribune News Service 99 Prithvi Shaw is the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut. Abbas Ali Baig was 20 years and 126 days when he Shaw is only the second made 112 against England in 1959 Indian to score 100s on firstclass and Test debuts, after Shaw is the second-youngest Gundappa Viswanath Indian to score a Test century, No early release for Manu, Santosh Ananya Panda & Prateek Chauhan INDIAN-AMERICAN TO HEAD US NUCLEAR DIVISION PAGE 13 Centre cuts fuel price by ~2.50,13 BJPstates follow ICICI Bank says probe to continue Putin arrives for annual summit with PM Modi late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Kochhar resigns, Bakhshi successor New Delhi, October 4 inquiry instituted by the Facing inquiry over charges board against Kochhar in of nepotism and conflict of May would continue and the interest, ICICI Bank Manag- benefits to her would be subing Director and CEO Chan- ject to its outcome. da Kochhar today Following the quit the bank, six board’s decision to months before her institute an inquiry current tenure by retired Supreme was to end. Court Judge BN Kochhar, 57, has Srikrishna, Kochhar also resigned from had gone on leave in all subsidiaries of May. There are allethe bank, includgations of involveing ICICI Securiment of Kochhar ties where she had and her family Chanda Kochhar sought reappointmembers in a loan ment as the chairperson. provided to Videocon group on The board elevated Chief a quid pro quo basis. Operating Officer (COO) Kochhar’s current five-year Sandeep Bakhshi as the new tenure as CEO was to end on MD and CEO for five years. March 31, 2019. — PTI More on page 12 The bank said the external ! a revenue office to procure some documents relating to his land some days ago. “I was told my land has been transferred in the name of Jaswant Singh on the basis of an order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, dated December 21, 2017,” he said. “Stunned, I procured the court order and came to know that Jaswant Singh and Pala Singh — both of whom I had never heard of — filed cases on May 2, 2017, claiming continued on page 7 REPORT PAGE 14 New Delhi, October 4 The Centre today slashed petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2.50 per litre, asking states to contribute equally for a Rs 5 per litre relief to consumers in a move that follows mounting public anger over rising fuel costs. Reduced costs apply from midnight today. Soon after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the move, 13 BJP-ruled states cut local sales tax and VAT. Haryana, Uttarakhand and even Himachal Pradesh — ravaged by rain — joined the league. Jammu and Kashmir, under Governor’s rule, also followed suit. In Haryana, diesel and petrol would cost Rs 71 and Rs 79 per litre post-revision. The move would cause an annual burden of Rs 1,920 crore on the state exchequer. While BJP chief Amit Shah rushed to congratulate the Centre and CMs of BJP-ruled states, the Congress trashed the move as “meagre”. Jaitley earlier said fuel cost reductions would work out through an excise duty cut of Rs 1.50 per litre on petrol and diesel and absorption of Re 1 per litre by oil companies. Without naming the Con- Petrol, diesel to cost ~5 less in Haryana, J&K, U’khand, Himachal; Punjab to decide today ~2.50 EXTRA CUT IN... ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ MAHARASHTRA GUJARAT CHHATTISGARH JHARKHAND TRIPURA UTTAR PRADESH MADHYA PRADESH HIMACHAL PRADESH HARYANA ASSAM JAMMU AND KASHMIR UTTARAKHAND ARUNACHAL PRADESH GOA gress, Jaitley said CMs of those states would be on test whose leaders only paid lip service to consumers. Punjab is to take a call today. — TNS IN BRIEF Balbir Singh Sr, hockey legend, still critical Chandigarh: Three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior continued to remain critical after being admitted to PGI due to difficulty in breathing. The legendary centre-forward’s condition was described as “critical” by doctors attending to him. TNS Naga talks interlocutor Ravi appointed Dy NSA New Delhi: RN Ravi, the government interlocutor for talks with Naga insurgents, has been appointed Deputy National Security Adviser. Ravi is chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. The 1976-batch IPS officer retired as the Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau in 2012. PTI Chargesheet against 28 in Dhule lynching case Mumbai: A chargesheet has been filed against 28 persons in connection with the lynching of five members of a nomadic tribe in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on July 1. “We found that bogus WhatsApp posts about a gang of child-lifters moving in the area led to the killings,” the SP said. PTI
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