25102018-TTC-01.qxd 25-10-2018 01:11 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.295 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, october 25,2018 CHAUTALA TO TAKE CALL ON ACTION TODAY INSIDE ‘GOOD CHANCE’ US WILL HAVE SPACE FORCE NEXT YEAR: PREZ PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Food samples found wanting in 3 Hry towns Chandigarh, October 24 Officials in Haryana have stepped up the drive against food adulteration ahead of Diwali, collecting 35 samples in the past two weeks, several of which have tested substandard. In Faridabad, Kurukshetra and Ambala, samples of paneer, khoya and desi ghee, tested at the Public Health Laboratory in Karnal, have failed the food safety standards. In Faridabad, where 17 samples of milk products were found below the prescribed standards, District Food Safety Officer Prithvi Singh said notices had been sent, but “the legal procedure can take up to a year as the accused can opt for a repeat test”. In Kurukshetra, five samples of dairy products collected from Pehowa were found substandard. These were found stacked in a vehicle coming from Zirakpur. — TNS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Fastest-ever 10,000 runs in ODIs ❝ The intensity and consistency with which you bat is just amazing. @imVkohli, congratulations on achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Keep the runs flowing. Sachin Tendulkar Skipper Virat Kohli raises his bat after scoring a century during the second ODI match against West Indies in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The match ended in a tie. PTI 205 DISTRICT SAMPLES* FAILED Faridabad 32 7 Kurukshetra 15 5 Ambala 50 6 * ALL RESULTS YET TO COME 2 Hizb militants shot, second in Srinagar in week Srinagar, October 24 Two militants, among them a research scholar who had qualified for enrolment in PhD, were today killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Nowgan, the second in Srinagar district within a week. The gunfight erupted as the security forces cordoned a house where the militants were holed up. Deputy IGP VK Birdi said the search operation was launched on specific information. “As the security personnel closed in, the militants opened fire and hurled grenades, injuring six soldiers.” The locality was sealed and Internet services were snapped, even as protesters clashed with the forces. The slain militants were identified as Sabzar Bashir Sofi and Asif Gojri, both residents of Anantnag district. They belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen. Sofi, a research scholar, had joined militant ranks two years ago, a day after Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter. Sofi is the fourth militant killed in the past two years to have been enrolled for PhD. — TNS 59.62 11 Innings it has taken Kohli to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs, 54 innings quicker than Sachin Tendulkar Average at which he scored 10,000 runs. MS Dhoni had the second best average on reaching the 10K mark — 51.30 Number of innings taken to reach 10,000 from 9,000. Kohli has scored last 1,000 runs at average of 149.42, and a strike rate of 103.87 FAST & FANTASTIC PAGE 14 Law on workplace harassment anew MeToo Rajnath Singh to head GoM New Delhi, October 24 Flooded with horrific MeToo accounts of workplace harassment of women, the government today set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to revisit the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013. The GoM, to be headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will “examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with sexual harassment of women at workplace and recommend action for effective implementation of the existing provisions and strengthening legal and institutional framework for addressing such issues”. The government said the GoM had been set up in view of the “felt need for broader consultation on this issue” from the point of view of recommendations and laying down a plan of action. The GoM will include Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka ❝The Group of Ministers has two male and two female ministers and it will look into all aspects related to workplace safety.❞ —Maneka Gandhi, UNION MINISTER Gandhi as members. “It will look into all aspects of workplace safety,” said Maneka Gandhi, who had initially announced a plan to set up a MeToo committee on the lines of the JS Verma panel that had recommended criminal law amendments to punish sexual assault. That plan was dropped. “The MeToo movement has shown women revealing their accounts decades after the assault happened. You have to have some mechanism to address such things,” said a source. — TNS MeToo: Punjab minister in spot Chandigarh, October 24 Caught in the #MeToo storm, pressure is building on a Punjab minister to step down. A senior IAS officer has alleged that he had sent her “inappropriate” messages late in the night. The Opposition today demanded his resignation. Senior AICC members are learnt to have spoken to Punjab Congress leaders and conveyed the displeasure of party chief Rahul Gandhi. The minister, not known for his “allegiance to the CM”, had earlier been accused of being involved with the sand mafia. At a Cabinet meeting recently, he and one of his colleagues had spoken against the CM over “inaction” against the Akalis on the sacrilege issue. Sources said the minister had two months ago sent a couplet to the woman, commenting on her looks. The officer complained to Capt Amarinder Singh, pointing out that the minister had harassed her earlier when she was posted in his district. The CM said the matter had been taken “very seriously” and to the best of his knowledge resolved to the officer’s satisfaction. — TNS Rani Jindan’s necklace fetches £1,87,000 Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s quiver sold for £1,00,000 at London auction London, October 24 An emerald and seed-pearl necklace owned by Maharani Jindan Kaur, the wife of Sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has sold for 1,87,000 pounds at a London auction after triggering a fierce bidding war, an official said. The necklace worn by Kaur, the final and the only one of Maharaja’s wives not to commit ‘sati’ on his death, surpassed its estimated price between 80,000 and 120,000 Rani Jindan’s emerald necklace. PHOTO COURTESY: SIKHFOUNDATION.ORG pounds. It was among a number of treasures from the Lahore Treasury auctioned. The entire sale, which had a number of items dating back to the Raj era, made an overall total of 18,18,500 pounds. As Regent to her five-yearold son Duleep Singh, who was proclaimed Maharaja of Punjab in 1843, Kaur organised armed resistance to the British invasion, but was captured and imprisoned. Escaping to Kathmandu, she was kept under house arrest, before eventually moving to England where she was reunited with her AUTONOMY ONLY WAY OUT, SAYS OMAR ABDULLAH PAGE 10 son and her jewellery, including the necklace up for auction this week. A gold-thread-embroidered, velvet-clad leather bow and arrow holder made for Maharaja Ranjit Singh sold for 1,00,000 pounds. It is believed the Maharaja commissioned the quiver in 1838 to wear at the wedding of his eldest son and heir Kharak, and he appears to be wearing the one in the sale in a painting of the continued on page 7 CBI gets interim Director as feuding top 2 sent on leave WAR WITHIN Chief non-cooperative: CVC I 13 officials shifted Tribune News Service NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 24 The raging war at the top within the Central Bureau of Investigation has resulted in its Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana being sent on leave and the government appointing Joint Director M Nageswara Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha-cadre officer, as the interim Director. The late Tuesday night move came after a meeting of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) took cognisance of various allegations against the CBI Director, observing that he was “noncooperative” with it and created “wilful obstruction” in the functioning of the CVC. The CVC, in its eight-page order, cited several instances in which Director Verma did not respond to three notices served on him since the original complaint received on August 24. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said as the premier investigation agency, CBI needs to maintain its institutional integrity and thus it is a pre- condition that fairness and honesty are maintained. “We could not have afforded a situation where those who are accused and have gone outside India could raise fingers at the institutional integrity of the CBI.” The unprecedented public battle between the officers was viewed by the government as one that vitiated the official eco-system of the CBI, leading to a “potential loss of credibility and reputation.” One immediate effect was the removal of CBI officers and the team probing the October 15 case of alleged bribery Director Verma ordered against Special Director Asthana, DSP Devender Kumar and others. The CBI formed a Special Investigation Team under a Joint Director and comprising a DIG and an SP . Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal emphasised the effort is to have an “expeditious, impartial and fair inquiry” into the case. While refusing to name members, he said the team had officers with proven credentials. continued on page 7 Verma moves SC after order, hearing tomorrow Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 24 Terming the government’s decision to send him on leave as “patently illegal”, CBI Director Alok Verma today moved the Supreme Court, challenging it on the ground that it curtailed his two-year tenure mandated by law and undermined the probe agency’s independence. The petition filed by Verma — who has been at loggerheads with Special Director Rakesh Asthana — was mentioned by advocate Gopal Sankarnarayanan before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which agreed to take it up on Friday. Sankarnarayanan wanted the Bench to urgently take up the matter as the CBI Director and the Special Director had been sent on leave and several officers probing sensitive cases changed. The Central Vigilance Commis- CBI Director Alok Verma sion (CVC) took the decision at 6 am today to divest Verma of his duties, he said. However, the Bench, also including Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, simply said, “Friday”. Verma’s move came within hours of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issuing orders divesting him and his bête noire Asthana of all the functions, ordering them to proceed on leave. continued on page 7 more on page 7 No vehicle sale from Guru Granth Sahib 2020 if it’s not BS-VI in Chinese in works SC bans sale if BS-IV compliant Courses for ‘digital sangat’ started Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 24 Holding that right to clean and pollution-free environment is a part of citizens’ right to life, the Supreme Court today banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage-IV emission normscompliant vehicles across India from April 1, 2020. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur made it clear that after March 31, 2020, only BS-VI norms-compliant vehicles would be sold. The court said: “Once BS-VI emission norms are enforced, there will be a 68 per cent improvement in PM2.5. This is not a small change. It is a vast improvement and the FOR GREENER DRIVE ■ BS emission norms are stan- dards set to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles ■ Since April 2017, country has been following BS-IV norms ■ In 2016, Centre announced the country would skip BS-V norms and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020 faster it is brought, the better it is.” In 2016, the Centre had announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020. continued on page 7 GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 24 The Chinese version of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is in the making. The multi-volume translated scripture will be in a descriptive format. This was disclosed by Kulbir Singh Khalsa, chief of the US-based Sikh Dharma International (SDI) founded by his father Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi, popularly known as Yogi Bhajan. A delegation from various countries under the banner of SDI is in Amritsar to take part in the celebrations chalked out by the SGPC to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das, founder of the holy city. The SDI also launched its online SikhNet learning courses for the benefit of “digital sangat”. Japuji Sahib has already been translated into Chinese. Khalsa said thousands of people from the UK, US, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Russia and India were associated with the SDI. “We have members from at least 20 countries. Looking at Chinese people’s curiosity on Japuji Sahib and ‘Dhan Dhan Guru Ram Das mantra’, it was translated into Chinese. Experts are now making efforts to translate Guru Granth Sahib into that language. It will be in several volumes,” he said. continued on page 7 Spanish paraglider rescued Kangra authorities ban free flying in Bir-Billing area Dharamsala, October 24 Missing Spanish paraglider Jos Lewis (53) was rescued this morning with the help of a helicopter from Bandla hills in Palampur. Talking to reporters at Bir, he said he was well and did not suffer any major injury. “I’ve become a bit weak after remaining trapped in the hills for five days,” he said. He had gone missing on October 20. The authorities used paramotors and helicopters to trace him. He was finally traced to Bandla hills, near Palampur, last evening. Meanwhile, 170 pilots, including 24 women, from 20 countries have got themselves registered for the India Open Paragliding World Cup 2018 to be held from October 27 to November 3 at Bir-Billing. Baijnath SDM Vikas Shuk- Explosive devices sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN The Spanish paraglider (second from right) with the rescuers. la said only 150 pilots would be allowed to participate. It is the second consecutive year that the World Cup is being held at Bir-Billing. Meanwhile, following a spate of accidents involving free-flying paragliders, Kangra Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar has banned free flying till further orders. The Baijnath SDM was reportedly directed not to allow free flying unless he was satisfied as regards the security of such pilots. Free flying means any pilot with paragliding equipment can come and go flying from Billing. — TNS Two ‘potential explosive devices’ sent to the homes of former US president Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were intercepted and proactively detonated on Wednesday, in an incident police termed an attempted terrorist attack. Explosives were also found in package sent to the US news network CNN, after which Time Warner building in New York City, where the CNN bureau is located, was evacuated. CNN’s anchors left their studios to broadcast from the streets outside their building.. PAGE 13
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