08102018-TTC-01.qxd 08-10-2018 01:33 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.278 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, october 8,2018 INLD PROJECTS MAYAWATI AS PRIME MINISTER PAGE 5 KAVANAUGH SWORN IN AS US SUPREME COURT JUDGE PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF India crush Sri Lanka to lift U-19 Asia Cup Dhaka:India rode on an all-round show to crush Sri Lanka by 144 runs to bag their sixth Under-19 Asia Cup title here on Sunday. India put up a challenging 304/3 in 50 overs. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 160 runs in 39 overs. PAGE 14 Two choked to death in Doraha restaurant fire Doraha: A youth and a girl were asphyxiated when a fire broke out in a restaurant, which doubled as a hotel, reportedly due to short circuit on Saturday night. The two arrived around 9 pm and asked for a room to stay overnight. It took nearly two hours to extinguish the fire. PAGE 3 Rohtak PGIMS resident doctors end agitation Rohtak: The resident doctors at the PGIMS, who had been on strike over pay anomalies since Wednesday, ended stir on being assured of the fulfilment of their demands on Sunday. Nearly 1,200 resident doctors had gone on strike, bringing services at PGIMS to a standstill. PAGE 5 Panel questions pvt airlines over excess-luggage charges New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has questioned major private airlines in the country over an “exorbitant rise” in the excessluggage charges and asked them to submit a report comparing their fees with those of their foreign counterparts. PTI Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. ! late city INDEPENDENT POLICY: RAWAT ON S-400 PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Girls object to lewd Best course is conducting Bargari walk steals remarks, thrashed fresh polls, says J&K Guv march on rally day 24 students hospitalised in Bihar Patna, October 7 More than 24 students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika School in Bihar’s Supaul district were mercilessly thrashed by local goons after they objected to lewd comments scribbled on hostel walls. The girls, admitted to Triveniganj Referral Hospital, are in a trauma, said hospital sources. Taking serious note of the incident, Supaul District Magistrate Baidyanath Yadav took stock of the situation in and outside the school and ordered a probe. He said an FIR would be filed after a preliminary inquiry. “The accused will be identified with the help of CCTV footage and action initiated against them,” he said. “Some boys wrote salacious remarks and we informed the warden and teachers, who chided us. The boys, in the meantime, fled and falsely claimed they had been beaten up by the schoolgirls,” a student told the police. “A group of boys, accompanied by their guardians, entered the school premises and attacked the girls on the school playground. When the staff interevened, they too were thrashed,” claimed a schoolteacher. — TNS Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 7 Governor Satya Paul Malik on Sunday said he would go “by the rule book” if any party or a combination of parties comes forward to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir. “I will go by the rule book,” Malik told The Tribune to a question on what if a combination of parties stakes claim to form the government as the current Assembly has more than 30 months left. He, however, maintained that so far no one has come forward with this claim; even senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari, who had mooted the ‘GO BY RULE BOOK’ If some groups have adequate, sustainable numbers (to form the government in the state), I will invoke the rule book. ❝ Satya Paul Malik, J&K GOVERNOR FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 10 idea of a coalition government of PDP and NC, did not broach this subject when he met him, the Governor added. At present, the Assembly is under suspended animation. Governor Malik opined that the “best course would be to hold fresh elections”, but was quick to add that “this call will be taken by Delhi”. At the time when Delhi is in “election mode” for the 2019 parliamentary polls, Malik could take up this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to Delhi Tuesday onwards. The availability of security forces for the Amarnath Yatra made the government announce the urban local body and panchayat elections in quick succession rather than test the waters, he said. 342 held for attacks on non-Gujaratis Pathankot DC, DFO fight DGP says exodus to Bihar, UP may be ‘in view of festive season’ Ahmedabad, October 7 The police have so far arrested 342 persons from various parts of Gujarat for allegedly attacking non-Gujaratis, especially those from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district, a senior officer said on Sunday. Non-Gujaratis were targeted and hate messages circu- lated on social media after a native of Bihar was arrested for allegedly raping the toddler on September 28. “Six districts have mainly been affected and 42 cases have been lodged,” DGP Shivanand Jha said. On the exodus of non-Gujaratis, Jha said they may be leaving in view of the festive season. “I have told officers to visit resi- dential areas, and if required, visit bus stands and railway stations and if people are found leaving due to fear, persuade them to come back.” Meanwhile, Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, who had raked up the issue of nonGujaratis, said he would go on a fast if “false cases” against his supporters were not withdrawn. — PTI it out over 27,000 acres Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Dhar (Pathankot), October 7 The Pathankot Deputy Commissioner and the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) are fighting for the possession of 27,000 acres of forest land, called the Shahpur Kandi area, in the submountainous Dhar block of Pathankot district. Transferred to the Forest Department in 1904 in the revenue records, the land title remained “shamlat”. Taking advantage of the lacunae, a powerful lobby of bureaucrats, politicians, doctors and private companies, in connivance with revenue officials, began making “encroachments”. Continued on page 7 Cong eyes polls, SAD the Sikh Panth Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 7 The Congress and SAD rallies at Lambi and Patiala, respectively, saw an impressive turnout on Sunday with CM Capt Amarinder Singh and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal delivering fiery speeches, but it was the popular surge at Bargari that stole the show. As leaders of the two main political parties in Punjab tried to run down each other, the emotive issue of sacrilege and the subsequent police firing in 2015 saw people from Majha, Malwa and Doaba, a large number of them women, converging on Kotkapura, ‘langar’ packed. They came on their own, in tractor-trailers, trucks and buses. Significantly, Hindus and Muslims were also seen participating in the march from Kotkapura to Bargari to protest against the sacrilege incidents in the state. This came as a shot in the arm for AAP’s rebel faction led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who was seen sharing the dais with Panthic leaders. The AAP’s official group was clearly upstaged. At Lambi, the stronghold of the Badal family, Capt the Bargari ❝ Afterthe Akali Dal incident, leadership has been exposed. The Akalis have lost support of the people. Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM ❝ Certain forces are trying to weaken the Akali Dal and the Panth (Sikh religion). We must be wary of such designs. Sukhbir Badal, SAD CHIEF Amarinder sounded the bugle for the Lok Sabha elections, asking the people to wipe out the SAD from the state and ensuring Congress’ victory in all 13 seats. At the ‘Jabar Virodh’ rally by the Akalis in the CM’s hometown Patiala, patriarch Parkash Singh Badal impressed with his hard-hitting speech. The sulking Taksali leaders were absent. More on Page 2
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