27102018-TTC-01.qxd 27-10-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.297 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, october 27,2018 BJP SEALS SEAT DEAL WITH NITISH PAGE 7 WOMAN WITH KNIFE INJURES 14 AT CHINA KINDERGARTEN PAGE 17 /thetribunechd CONG CLEAN CHIT TO CHANNI PAGE 2 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Hafiz Saeed’s JuD no more on Pak list of banned outfits Rajapaksa PM in Lanka coup Probe charges against Islamabad, October 26 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-udDawa (JuD) and Falah-iInsaniyat Foundation (FIF) are no longer on the list of banned outfits in Pakistan as the ordinance that proscribed them under a UN resolution has lapsed and the new Imran Khan-led government did not extend it, a media report said on Friday. Colombo, October 26 Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback on Friday, becoming Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions from the Finance Minister, who termed the former strongman’s return an “anti-democratic coup”. Rajapaksa, 72, tweeted a photo of himself and Sirisena after the swearing-in ceremony. The sudden development came after Sirisena’s broader political front United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has decided to quit the unity government with Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP). Hafiz Saeed Report: Ordinance proscribing terror outfits not extended by Imran Khan govt In February this year, former President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, to declare JuD and FIF as proscribed groups. Saeed contended that he established JuD in 2002 and cut off all ties with the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba, but India continued to malign the JuD for its past association with the banned outfit. India has been pushing Pakistan to bring to justice the planners of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba, responsible for the attack in which 166 persons were killed.— PTI Former President makes dramatic comeback, Wickremesinghe sacked SHORT OF MAJORITY ■ The Rajapaksa-Sirisena combine has only 95 seats and is short of a simple majority ■ Wickremesinghe’s UNP has 106 seats on its own, just seven short of the majority ■ 113 is the majority mark in 225-member Parliament Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) is sworn in as the PM by Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. REUTERS Mahinda Amaraweera, Agriculture Minister and UPFA general secretary, said the decision had been conveyed to Parliament. Reacting sharply, Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera said the appointment of Rajapaksa is “unconstitutional and illegal, an anti-democratic coup”. The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe’s support, ending a nearly decadelong rule by Rajapaksa. The sudden political development ends an over threeyear-old coalition govern- ment that was formed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe on a promise to combat corruption and financial irregularities. Sirisena, who was Rajapaksa’s Minister of Health, broke away from him to contest the presidential elections. continued on page 7 Injured in stone-pelting, sepoy dies Was hit in the head in Anantnag; soldier from Una also killed in encounter Srinagar, October 26 Two soldiers lost their lives during operations in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. While Sepoy Rajendra Singh, 22, who was injured in stonepelting in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, succumbed to a head injury, Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar, 32, died in an encounter on the outskirts of Sopore in north Kashmir in which two militants were killed too. The Lance Naik belonged to Nanawin in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. He leaves behind his wife and daughter. Joint teams of the state Sepoy Rajendra Lance Naik Singh, 22 Brajesh Kumar, 32 police, the Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and 172 and 92 Battalions of the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Pazalpora Dangiwacha, 70 km from Srinagar, around 2 am following a tip-off. “During the operation, hiding militants opened fire. An encounter ensued in which two militants were neutralised,” Sopore SP Javid Iqbal said. Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar sustained splinter injuries and was evacuated to a hospital, where he died. Announcing the death of Sepoy Rajendra Singh, spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said he was part of the Quick Reaction Team providing security to a BRO convoy. “Around 6 pm, as the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, a few youths hurled stones at the vehicle. Sepoy Rajendra Singh was hit in the head. He was evacuated to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, where he died.” The deceased, who hailed from a village in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, is survived by his parents. “Many soldiers have been injured in stonepelting incidents, but it is the first time that a soldier has died,” said an Army officer. A senior police officer in south Kashmir, however, claimed no such incident yesterday. Meanwhile, militants targeted an Army camp in Shopian. Nobody was injured, said sources. — TNS CBI chief in 2 weeks: SC CVC inquiry to be supervised by retired SC judge Patnaik Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 26 The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to complete its inquiry into the allegations of corruption against CBI Director Alok Verma in two weeks. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph said the CVC’s inquiry would be supervised by former Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik. The Bench restrained CBI interim Director M Nageswara Rao from taking any policy or major decision from 11.30 am on Friday and said he could perform only routine functions essential to keep the probe agency functional. It ordered that all decisions taken by Rao as interim Director be placed before it in a sealed cover. The court said it would examine his decisions, including transfer of officials, taken since October 23 and pass appropriate orders on November 12, the next date of hearing. The Bench said the CVC’s inquiry into the allegations made in the August 24 note/letter of the Cabinet Secretary with regard to Verma would be supervised by retired judge Patnaik, while making it clear that its order for supervision was a onetime exception without any reflection on the functioning of any authority. The CVC, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, wanted more time NO POLICY DECISIONS BY INTERIM DIRECTOR ■ SC restrains CBI’s interim Director M Nageswara Rao from taking any major or policy decision ■ But Rao can continue with routine work to keep CBI going ■ Decisions taken by Rao between October 23 and 11.30 am on Friday to be submitted in sealed cover to SC by November 12, the next date of hearing ■ SC to pass orders on Rao’s decision on transfer of ‘CANNOT CAGE TRUTH’ Every institution in India being ruined by PM. No matter how hard the govt tries, it will not be able to cage the truth. You can push me or arrest me, but I do not care. ❝ Rahul Gandhi, CONG CHIEF after the CJI said they would give 10 days to complete the probe, saying it was too short. “Okay, then 240 hours,” said the CJI. But while dictating the order, he extended it to two weeks. On behalf of Asthana, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi wanted to be heard, but the court said, “Your petition is not before us. You have missed the bus.” investigations, change of investigating officers ■ Top court also issues notice to the Centre, CBI, CVC, Rakesh Asthana and Rao on Alok Verma’s petition ■ Notice also issued on Common Cause’s plea for an SIT probe into corruption allegations against CBI officials ■ Asthana too moves SC, but court refuses to take up his plea urgently ‘TRUTH COMING OUT...’ Truth coming out is in the larger interest of India. All CBI officers, particularly the top few, like Caesar’s wife must be beyond suspicion. ❝ Arun Jaitley, UNION FM When Rohatgi requested the Bench to list it for Monday, the CJI said, “We will see.” At the very outset, the Bench told Attorney General KK Venugopal that it would examine the matter and the CVC’s inquiry should be completed within 10 days under the supervision of a sitting apex court judge. continued on page 7 Gangraped, Russian Paddy procured is double the produce Punjab to merge 20 KARNAL MUDDLE HOW IT HAPPENS? tells police in Manali district coop banks Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Kullu, October 26 A Russian woman (33) was allegedly gangraped in Manali. Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the victim reported to the police that she was raped by two persons on Thursday night. The SP said the victim came a week ago with a study group conducting research in Manali. She said the victim was going towards Hadimba temple from Old Manali after having dinner, when two persons raped her. The exact location had not been identified so far, the SP said, adding that the victim had no clue about the location or about the accused. She said there were no CCTV cameras around and the police were clueless so far. The SP said the police were analysing various aspects related to the case. The medical examination of the victim was conducted on Friday. She said various other evidences and DNA samples have been collected. The Embassy concerned has also been informed. This is not the first time that such a heinous crime has been committed with a tourist in Manali. On May 30, a Japanese girl was raped in Manali and the police arrested the accused within two days. The SP said the police helpline numbers were available on all taxis and tourist centres for any kind of emergency and effective measures would be taken to ensure the safety of tourists. Karnal, October 26 Procurement agencies in Karnal have already purchased more than double the total paddy produced in the district and the harvesting season is not yet over. The Tribune has learnt that due to a nexus between procurement agencies, marketing board officials, millers and traders, PDS rice from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is being pushed into the procurement stream by showing it as rice delivered against custom milling of paddy. Since no paddy against this rice is needed by millers, its procurement is shown only on paper by procuring fake gate passes, etc. Paddy from UP is being brought to the state much to the detriment of local farmers, who allege that their crop Paddy crop purchased by state procurement agencies on behalf of FCI Sent to millers for milling (leave it to the millers to procure on their behalf) Millers have to deliver 67 kg of rice against 100 kg of paddy to FCI Area under paddy in Karnal 1.72 LAKH HECTARE Area under grade A paddy 1.03 LAKH HECTARE Average yield 6 MT PER HECTARE Total production 6.19 LAKH MT Paddy already procured in the district 13.53 LAKH MT Millers who already have ‘PDS’ rice or other cheaper rice stored with them make procurement only on paper by procuring gate pass, Form J and other documents in collusion with the officials of procurement agencies and marketing board Through a bogus procurement, the millers not only take away price of their inferior rice as per MSP of the paddy, but also get milling charges and other benefits without actually purchasing any crop is being rejected on one pretext or the other. “I brought paddy to this grain market on Wednesday and have been asked to wait as the moisture content is high. I have been informed that it will be sold for anything between Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,550 per quintal,” alleged a farmer in the Karnal grain market. According to the data available with the state Agriculture Department, paddy is grown on 1.72 lakh hectare in the district. With 40 per cent of it under basmati cultivation, grade A paddy was grown on around 1.03 lakh hectare. With average yield in the district being 6 tonne per hectare, the total paddy production in the district should be around 6.19 lakh tonne. However, the procurement agencies have already procured 13.53 lakh tonne of continued on page 7 Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 26 Punjab will be merging 20 District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank to enhance business. A decision in this regard was taken by state Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa at a high-powered meeting here on Thursday. The move, that is to be ratified by the Cabinet, will help improve the banks’ capital to risk assets ratio (CRAR), as mandated by the Reserve Bank of India (at 9%), thus allowing them to advance loans. The banks had suffered huge losses during demonetisation and thereafter owing to tardy remonetisation. The move will enhance business, help Cong wrest control from Akalis Most farmers in Punjab are dependent on cooperative banks for loans, which could not be given because of the CRAR issue. The merger of the DCCBs will raise the CRAR to over 12 per cent, which in turn will help the merged bank to enhance business by Rs 8,000 crore. Politically, it will help the ruling Congress wrest control of cooperative banks from the SAD-BJP Cooperation Minis. ter Randhawa pointed out that Jharkhand had already continued on page 7 Drones to drop medicines in remote Kullu areas MoD spokesperson sent on leave ❝ The endeavour is to provide quality healthcare on the doorstep of every citizen Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, October 26 Aiming to tackle the constraints of rugged terrain and inhospitable conditions, the Himachal Pradesh Government plans to make use of drones to collect blood samples and drop medicines in remote areas of Kullu district. If successful, the project, to be launched from December, will be replicated especially in the tribal belt of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Killar that remains snowbound for and we are trying to overcome the topographical constraints by using drones… If successful (in Kullu), model will be replicated in all remote and rural areas of the state. Jai Ram Thakur, HP CHIEF MINISTER almost six months. Since proper medical diagnosis is possible only through laboratory tests, drones will be deployed for carrying samples from the primary health centres to the commu- nity health centres of the district hospitals. “Doctors and specialists will diagnose the ailment and the prescription can be mailed to the PHC,” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said. The facility will be launched with the help of Tata Consultancy Services that has tied up with IIT-Roorkee. “Trials are underway. It will be very useful in reaching out to people living in panchayats like Bagipul and Arsu in Nirmand block, Malana in Kullu and Fozal and Mandalgarh under Manali block,” said Yunus Khan. Though modalities are being worked out, major expenditure will be met under the corporate social responsibility component. People of tribal areas of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Killar depend on the government-run helicopter service for air-lifting locals who fall sick and for facilitating movement of students for examination and job interviews. Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. over tweet to former Navy Chief New Delhi, October 26 A Ministry of Defence spokesperson has been sent on leave following an embarrassing and “distasteful” tweet to 1971 war hero and former Chief of Navy Admiral Arun Prakash (retd). Col Aman Anand took over as the acting spokesperson. The controversial tweet made around 9.30 am was from the official Twitter handle of spokesperson Swarnshree Rajsekhar. It was seen Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) said a civilian official of MoD seen using an Army flag on his car should be reprimanded. MoD spokesperson Swarnshree Rajsekhar tweeted: “What about misuse of jawans in your residence during an officer’s tenure, sir? And how about children being picked up and dropped to school in fauji gaadis? Not to forget madam’s shopping expedition on government vehicles. And endless parties... who pays for that?” as an “insult” by veterans. Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (retd) wrote: “This is indeed shameful for @SpokespersonMoD to tweet this to a former Service Chief.” In reply, the spokesperson said: “The tweet was inadvertently done and the same is deeply regretted please.” The tweet continued on page 7
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