07102018-TTC-01.qxd 07-10-2018 01:25 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.277 | 36 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, october 7,2018 CONG PRACTISES VOTE BANK POLITICS, DIVIDES TO RULE, CLAIMS MODI PAGE 7 IN BRIEF late city BANKS, TELCOS MAY BE ALLOWED AADHAAR USE, SAYS JAITLEY PAGE 20 THE BOX REMAINS IDIOT SPECTRUM /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Artwork shreds itself after £1 m sale 5 states’ verdict on Dec11 Maverick British street artist Banksy self-destructs best-known piece Voting begins in Nov for semifinal to 2019 LS polls SP too distances itself from Cong for Assembly elections Lucknow:After Mayawati, Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav has also distanced himself from the Congress for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. PAGE 7 Sikhs decide to boycott BJP in Haryana Dachar (Karnal): A week after the cancellation of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s visit to a gurdwara at Dachar village, sewadars of various gurdwaras of Karnal district on Saturday announced to continue the boycott of the BJP in the state. They called upon the Sikhs not to invite any BJP leader in any programme and not to honour them in the gurdwaras. TNS Today’s issue consists of 36 pages, including six-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. London, October 6 British street artist Banksy has stunned the art world with arguably his most audacious prank yet, self-destructing one of his best-known works moments after it fetched more than a million pounds at an auction here. ‘Girl with Balloon’ had just sold at Sotheby’s for 1,042,000 pounds (USD 1.4 million, 1.2 million euros) — a joint record for the maverick artist — when it unexpectedly passed through a shredder hidden in the frame. “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art for Europe. “The unexpected incident became instant art world folklore and certainly marks the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself after coming under the hammer,” the auctioneers added. Banksy posted his own photo from midway through Banksy’s painting ‘Girl with Red Balloon’ is seen shredded after its sale at Sotheby’s auction in London. REUTERS the shredding on his Instagram page. The caption, imitating an auctioneer, read: “going, going, gone”. Sotheby’s did not disclose if it had prior knowledge of the stunt. Branczik said he was “not in on the ruse”. “We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story,” the auctioneers said. “We are in discussion about next steps.” Banksy, a mysterious artist from Bristol, southwest England, has never confirmed his real identity. He rose to fame painting clandestine street murals, typically simple graffiti stencils with a sharp political point, all over the world. The artist’s head-turning work have repeatedly sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Prior to its shredding, the faux-gilt framed piece — spray paint and acrylic on canvas mounted on board — depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart-shaped balloon. — AFP Tribune News Service ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2018 New Delhi, October 6 The Election Commission on Saturday announced the dates for polls to elect the Assemblies in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram in what may be a virtual semifinal ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Chhattisgarh will go to polls on November 12 and 20, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram elections will be held on November 28. Polling in Rajasthan and Telangana will take place on December 7, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said. The counting of votes will take place across all five states on December 11. The EC also announced polls to the Shimoga, Bellary and Mandya parliamentary seats on November 3. These seats fell vacant before May 18. The Congress, which is ruling in Mizoram, is trying to STATE CHHATTISGARH SEATS POLLING 90+1 PH-I NOV 12 PH-II NOV 20 MADHYA PRADESH 230+1 NOV 28 MIZORAM 40 NOV 28 RAJASTHAN 200 DEC 7 TELANGANA 119+1 DEC 7 RESULTS DECEMBER 11 +1 INDICATES A NOMINATED SEAT CEC OP Rawat addresses a press meet to announce election dates on Saturday. PTI PRESS MEET DELAYED, CONG SEES MODI HAND The EC delayed its press conference to announce poll dates from 12:30 pm to 3 pm on Saturday, which the Congress alleged was done to allow PM Narendra Modi to address a rally in Rajasthan. CEC OP Rawat, however, rubbished the allegation, saying the commission is not under pressure. PAGE 7 wrest power from the BJP in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi had dissolved the Assembly on September 6. The model code of conduct has come into force. The term of the MP Assembly ends on January 7, Rajasthan on January 20, Chhattisgarh on January 5 and Mizoram on December 15. The Centre has ordered the deployment of 25,000 troops for poll duties in Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan. Rally vs rally; Cong, J&K minibus falls into gorge, 22 die Pak, China pushing SAD test turf today Accidents routine on 30-km Ramban-Banihal stretch of Jammu-Srinagar NH drugs into state: Capt Amir Karim Tantray Arch rivals in each other’s bastions Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 6 Punjab’s Malwa belt will see two “maha” rallies on Sunday — one by the ruling Congress at the Badals’ stronghold Lambi and the other by the Shiromani Akali Dal at Capt Amarinder Singh’s citadel Patiala. In a bid to outdo each other, the parties have given their all to turn the rallies into a show of strength. On the same day, the Sukhpal Khaira faction of the Aam Aadmi Party and radical leaders will lead a “Save the Panth” march from Kotkapura to Bargari in Faridkot district to express resentment over the incidents of sacrilege in Punjab. Faced with dissent, it will not augur well for the Akali Dal if its sulking Taksali leaders, such as Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, choose to skip the Patiala rally. But if the party succeeds in putting up a united show, it will boost the morale of party workers. Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday met minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa to review arrangements for the rally at Killian Wali in the Lambi constituency, where he is expected to announce the further plan of action against the Akalis regarding the desecration issue. PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar emphasised: “The key agenda is taking the findings of the Ranjit Singh Commission to the home turf of the Badals.” The commission, set up by the Congress government in April 2017, probed the sacrilege incidents, including those in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari, and the firing incidents at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in 2015. The commission report indicted Parkash Singh Badal, then CM, for the police action in Kotkapura, denting the image of the Akali Dal. continued on page 7 Contradicts party on fuel under GST Tribune News Service Jammu, October 6 Twenty-two persons were killed and 14 injured when a minibus fell into a gorge at Kela Morh near Marog on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district on Saturday. Thirteen critically injured passengers were airlifted to military hospital in Udhampur. Two of them died at the hospital. Three persons with minor injuries were discharged after first aid. Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Range DIG Rafiq-ul-Hassan said the minibus was on its way from Banihal to Ramban when it veered off the road around 9.55 am. “Thirty-six persons, including the driver, were travelling in the 20-seater vehicle. The driver probably lost control over the overloaded minibus, which fell into the 200-metre gorge,” Hassan said. The police, with the help of the Army and locals, immediately launched a rescue operation and shifted the Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service A wailing relative of a passenger who died in the mishap is consoled by rescuers on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO injured to the district hospital in Ramban. “As many as 19 passengers died on the spot,” he said. Most of the passengers were residents of Banihal and surrounding villages and were headed to Ramban. The rescue operation lasted for a few hours as it was difficult for the rescuers to reach down to shift the injured passengers and retrieve the bodies. Accidents appear to have become a routine on the 30km Ramban-Banihal stretch on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, said a villager, adding that thousands of lives had been lost on this link over the years and no action has been taken to address the problem. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of the deceased. 13 JAWANS INJURED Srinagar: At least 13 Army men were injured when their vehicle met with an accident in Shopian district on Saturday. The Army vehicle turned turtle near Kanipora in south Kashmir in the morning. Thirteen jawans were injured and were taken to a nearby medical facility. Their condition was stated to be stable, sources said. PTI New Delhi, October 6 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday claimed that Pakistan and China were pushing drugs into north India under a well-planned strategy to destroy the Indian military by spreading addiction among the youth of these states, mainly Punjab. “Two-thirds of the Indian Army regiments are from northern states. If the youth of these states are not healthy, enrolment in the Army will be hit,” he said, advocating a national policy on drugs. “We have had an influx of drugs... and we have cracked down hard. Pakistan has a long-term plan of destroying our youth. They are trying to demolish the youth along the border,” the CM said at a function here. He pointed to recent seizures of heroin at Gujarat’s Mandvi port and in Jammu ON APPOINTMENTS I have no problem working with Centre but state is facing issues regarding finance and key appointments such as that of DGP. ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM and Kashmir’s Uri. In both cases, he said, the intended destination was Punjab. In a departure from his party’s stand, Amarinder Singh said fuel should not be brought under the ambit of the GST as the states’ power continued on page 7 Town in Rewari shuts down ~4-cr illegal cosmetics Kangana’s #MeToo: ‘Queen’ over girl missing since June seized in 8-state raids director would hold me tight Ravinder Saini Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service BANNED COSMETICS Tribune News Service Bawal (Rewari), October 6 The bandh call given by the Bawal 84 panchayat evoked an overwhelming response with main markets and private schools remaining shut in Bawal town on Saturday. The bandh was against the police’s failure to locate 13year-old-schoolgirl Shivani, who went missing from Mohanpur village on June 27. People of several villages continued to stage dharna outside the local residence of Public Health Engineering Minister Banwari Lal for the third day. They announced to boycott Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s scheduled visit to Bawal on October 16 if the girl was not found by then. Rewari SP Rahul Sharma reached the dharna spot to persuade the protesters to SP Rahul Sharma (right) talks to a protester at the dharna spot in Rewari’s Bawal town on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO end their agitation, but failed to do so. The protesters clearly said the agitation would continue till the girl is found. “It is surprising the police are pulling out all the stops to make us end our agitation instead of locating the girl. We will carry on the agitation till she is found,” said Ram Kishan Mehlawat, leader of the protesters. Mehlawat said they had also staged a dharna outside the mini secretariat in Rewari for over a month and had ended it following an assurance by Industries Minister Vipul Goel about the continued on page 7 New Delhi, October 6 The next time you go for any imported face-lifting, skinwhitening or hair fall solution, watch out and think twice. These products could well be laced with ingredients prohibited for use in humans and imported illegally into India for sale to unsuspecting consumers. In the largest-ever raids on cosmetic makers across eight states through Friday and Saturday, India’s apex drug regulator has seized banned products worth ~4 crore and registered five FIRs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, against manufacturers for endangering human health. “We had formed 30 teams with 150 officers for raids in eight states. Ten seizures have been made at Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Chandi- ■ Mesenchymal stem cell based creams for skin firming ■ Oral Glutathion & placenta for skin lightening ■ Glutathion injections for white skin in 21 days ■ Hyaluronic acid injections for skin ■ Botulinum toxin injections to prevent excessive sweating ■ Hair serums, peels made with prohibited ingredients ■ Collagen pyruvate ampoules for skin regeneration ■ Anti-hair loss solutions and several skin peel exfoliators garh involving cosmetics with products classified as harmful for human health,” Drug Controller General of India S Eswara Reddy told The Tribune. Among the seized products are skin lightening, face-lifting, scalp continued on page 7 Mumbai, October 6 “Queen” actor Kangana Ranaut has alleged filmmaker Vikas Bahl made her feel uncomfortable on several occasions, after a woman employee at Phantom Films reiterated her allegations of molestation against the film director. Last year, the woman employee at Phantom Films, which had Bahl as one of the partners alongside Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, had alleged that Bahl behaved inappropriately with her during a trip to Goa. In a recent article in HuffPost India, the woman has reiterated the allegations, sharing further details about the incident. According to the report, in October 2015, the woman reached out to Kashyap and detailed her experience, but no action was taken while Bahl contin- KANGANA RANAUT PHANTOM DISSOLVED ■ Filmmakers Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl have decided to dissolve joint banner Phantom Films ■ Founded in 2011, the banner has produced films like “Lootera”, “Queen”, “Masaan”, “Udta Punjab” TANUSHREE FILES PLAINT Tanushree Dutta on Saturday filed a police complaint in Mumbai against Nana Patekar for allegedly harassing her on the sets of a film in 2008, the police said. ued to harass her until she finally quit the company. After the article went viral, “Queen” actor Kangana Ranaut also raised her voice against Bahl, the director of the movie. “(I) Totally believe her, even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming Queen, he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don't judge people and their marriages but you can tell when addiction becomes sickness,” Kangana said in a statement. The actor said she was “shamed” for not being cool enough by the director, who, Kangana claimed, was scared of her. “But still every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he'd bury his face in my neck, hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. continued on page 7
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