28102018-TTC-01.qxd 28-10-2018 01:25 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.298 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, october 28,2018 TARIQ ANWAR OF NCP BACK IN CONG FOLD AFTER 19 YEARS PAGE 7 SPECTRUM /thetribunechd FORMER DELHI CM KHURANA DIES AT 82 Former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away after a prolonged illness in New Delhi on Saturday night. Khurana, who was 82, is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. His another son had died last month. A veteran BJP leader, Khurana was the Delhi CM from 1993 to 1996 and was appointed the Governor of Rajasthan in 2004. BACKPAGE Naxals blow up vehicle, 4 CRPF jawans dead Raipur, October 27 Four personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two injured after Naxals blew up a mineprotected vehicle (MPV) in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Saturday. The incident occurred at 4 pm near the Murdanda CRPF camp when its 168th battalion was out on an “area domination” operation, Bijapur SP Mohit Garg said. When the MPV carrying six personnel was around a kilometre away from the camp, the ultras triggered a blast. The attack took place on a day when CM Raman Singh launched the BJP’s campaign for the first phase of polls. — PTI VIRAT KOHLI’S TON IN VAIN AS WINDIES BEAT INDIA BY 43 RUNS PAGE 18 A RUN TO HELL & BACK /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Paid terrorism in J&K, says MoS GUV MALIK:More die in UP, Bihar New Delhi, October 27 Separatism in Jammu and Kashmir is more out of convenience rather than conviction and the children of separatists are enjoying while those of common people are suffering, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said. The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said terrorism in the Valley was mercenary in nature and was not driven by any conviction, ideology or motivation. “It is paid terrorism perpetrated, funded and sponsored by hostile powers which all of us know,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Pakistan. “There is no such issue as Kashmir issue. Jammu and Kashmir is a part of the Indian union very much like other states,” he said. Singh said if at all there was any issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, it was to retrieve Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and restore the original culture and demographic character of the state, “which would be possible only by the return of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community”. “Separatists stand exposed. Separatism in Kashmir is more out of convenience rather than conviction, which is not easily palatable but it is a fact,” Singh said at an event here last night. He also came down heavily on mainstream politicians for practising what he described as “opportunistic separatism”. Speaking at the event, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said for the last 50 years, the political leadership in the state had only made false promises to the people. “Be it the promise of freedom, freedom with Pakistan’s help or autonomy,” he said. The Governor said the need of the hour was to tell people that armed struggle was not the solution. “The policy of healing touch is needed, but what is needed more is development and removing corruption and unemployment,” he added. “I don’t have the mandate for a dialogue. It’s with the Prime Minister and with the political parties and other stakeholders,” he said. Malik also said a litany of lies was being propagated about the situation in Kashmir, which in reality was not that bad. “More people die in Bihar and UP than the number of casualties that take place in Kashmir,” he said. — PTI AMIN WAR Lankan Parliament suspended till Nov16 Seen as bid to allow time to Rajapaksa CISF ASI killed in ‘sniper fire’ on Srinagar’s outskirts An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Central Industrial Security Force was killed in a suspected sniper attack on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday. Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed it carried out the attack. The CISF officer, a resident of Rajasthan, was guarding the power grid station at Wagoora, Nowgam. REPORT INSIDE ON HURRIYAT The problem with Hurriyat is that they can’t even go to the toilet without Pakistan. They want to include Pakistan in everything. I have made it clear that we won’t have anything to do with Pakistan in Kashmir. ON FREEDOM MODEL The separatists’ freedom model is fake. It is a model that follows the pattern of getting the neighbours’ children to become jihadis and lodging your own children in safe havens. Satya Pal Malik, Jitendra Singh, MOS, PMO ❝ ❝ J&KGOVERNOR ON STONE-PELTERS Stone-pelters are nothing but overground workers of terror outfits. I still say the same... if they can kill people with such acts, are they not becoming like terrorists? ❝ Gen Bipin Rawat, ARMY CHIEF Colombo, October 27 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended Parliament till November 16 after sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought an emergency session to prove his majority, deepening the political crisis in the island nation. Sirisena’s move is seen as an effort to allow former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to buy time to seek a majority in Parliament. Parliamentary officials said the President prorogued the House till November 16. It was earlier due to meet on November 5 to unveil the Annual Budget. The Rajapaksa-Sirisena combine has 95 seats, well short of a simple majority in the 225-member House. Wickremesinghe’s UNP has 106 seats on its own, just seven short of a majority. The UNP leader said, “This is a created crisis... People must not suffer because of it.” He said the crisis could be resolved if Parliament was convened and he was allowed to prove majority. Sirisena formalised the sacking of his former ally by issuing gazette notices on Wickremesinghe’s removal as PM and appointment of SC to hear Ayodhya Shah backs protesting Rajnath: Oppn may dispute tomorrow devotees, warns Kerala launch MeToo drive Satya Prakash CJI TO HEAD BENCH Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 27 A three-judge Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will take up the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute on Monday. More than eight years after the Allahabad High Court’s September 30, 2010, order dividing the 2.7-acre disputed land at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board, the Bench — which also includes Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph — will consider the cross-appeals filed by various parties on October 29. Earlier, the case was being heard by a Bench of then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. After the retirement of CJI Misra on October 2, the Bench has been reconstituted. ■ The CJI-led three-judge Bench to hear Ayodhya land dispute on October 29 ■ Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph other two judges on the Bench ■ Earlier then CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were hearing the case ■ SC had on September 27 refused to refer to larger Bench its Ismail Faruqui verdict that said mosque is not central to Islam Procedural formalities, including filing of affidavits, counter-affidavits, rejoinders and translation of documents running into thousands of pages are already over and the case has now been listed for issuance of directions. The top court had on September 27 refused to refer to a larger Bench its 1994 verdict which ruled a “mosque is not an essential part of the practice of Islam”. Slams ‘crackdown’, lists court verdicts not followed Kannur, October 27 An “Emergency-like” situation prevails in Kerala with the government “playing with fire” in quelling with “brutal force” protests by Ayyappa devotees over the Sabarimala issue, BJP chief Amit Shah alleged on Saturday, escalating his attack on the Left dispensation. In a hard-hitting speech after inaugurating the BJP district office in politically sensitive Kannur, which has often seen clashes between the BJP-RSS and CPI(M) cadre, Shah alleged the Communist government was “conspiring against temples” and came out in support of Ayyappa devotees, protesting against the implementation of the Supreme Court decision to allow women of menstrual age into the shrine. Listing court verdicts which have not been imple- Amit Shah on his arrival at the Kannur airport on Saturday. PTI ❝ ... In the name of ending social evils, if the government tries to interfere in the customs and traditions of Lord Ayyappa, BJP workers across the country will stand like a rock behind the devotees. Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF mented, including the one on Jallikattu (traditional bulltaming sport in Tamil Nadu) and prohibiting loudspeakers in mosques, Shah said “impractical” directions should not be given by courts and they should pass orders that can be implemented. Hitting back, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reminded Shah that the state government was not at the mercy of the BJP — PTI . Hyderabad, October 27 In remarks that could stir up a row, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday used the #MeToo movement analogy to take potshots at the Congress and warn parties wishing to ally with it for elections that they should not repent later and be compelled to run a similar campaign. All the Opposition parties, which had allied with Congress, have repented their decision later, Singh claimed after inaugurating the national convention of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP . He alleged the parties who want to form an alliance against the BJP do not have any agenda associated with national interest. “Later, let such a situation not arise that all the Opposition parties form an alliance and later when they face deception by the Congress, they become constrained to run a MeToo campaign,” Singh said, ‘AGENDA-LESS FRONT’ The parties can form an alliance, but should have the right agenda... they do not have any agenda associated with national interest. They have only one agenda, ‘stop Modi’. ❝ Rajnath Singh, UNION HOME MINISTER apparently referring to the movement that has empowered women to call out those who harassed them. Singh, incidentally, heads the Group of Ministers to strengthen the frameworks to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, set up in the wake of the MeToo movement. — PTI ‘I AM THE PREMIER’ I’m the constitutionally appointed Prime Minister and continue in that office... I command the confidence of Parliament as contemplated in Article 42(4) of the Constitution. ❝ Ranil Wickremesinghe, OUSTED LANKAN PM Rajapaska as the premier. Meanwhile, Prof GL Peiris of the JO frontliner argued that the government of Sirisena and Wickremesinghe ceased to exist the moment Sirisena’s party, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), announced it had withdrawn from it. Rauff Hakeem of the Muslim Congress said his party would firmly back Wickremesinghe. Two other constituent party leaders also said they would support Wickremesinghe, calling Sirisena’s move “illegal”. — PTI SK Mishra gets additional charge of ED Director New Delhi, October 27 The government on Saturday appointed 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as the new chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the next three months. Incumbent Karnal Singh’s tenure comes to an end on Sunday. Mishra, posted as Chief Commissioner of the Income Tax Department in Delhi, has been made ED chief “for three months, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent”. Appointed Principal Special Director in the probe agency, he has been entrusted with the “additional” charge of ED Director as he is yet to be empanelled as Additional Secretary in the Union Government, said sources. Karnal Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer, is credited with leading the high-profile VVIP helicopters case, cases against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son and the Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya probe. — TNS Clampdown on roadways staff Nuh schools await funds for stipend, uniform Two women recruits join as conductor in Rewari, Sirsa Chandigarh, October 27 In a clampdown on the agitating Roadways workers, the Haryana Government on Saturday suspended 138 leaders and stepped up its recruitment drive to induct new drivers and conductors and restore the bus services in the state, crippled for the past 12 days. Among the recruits were two women, who have already joined duty. Nirmala worked on the Sirsa-Ellenabad route. Sharmila (32), a mother of two, joined as a conductor in Rewari district. Employees’ union leaders alleged several members of Conductor Sharmila on the job. the joint action committee had been rounded up. An official source put the figure at 15. The Ambala police arrested Inderjeet Singh Badhana, state president of the Road- ways Employees Union under ESMA. Gagandeep Singh, GM said he misbehaved with the police and was arrested." CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s media adviser Rajiv Jain said: "At least 30 drivers, 10 conductors, 10 mechanics, 20 regular employees and 10 probationers have reported back on duty. Also, 136 drivers and conductors and two clerks have been suspended under ESMA.” He said a list of 905 candidates, to be inducted as conductors under the outsourcing policy, was ready. “They will be appointed soon.” — TNS Staff claim problem chronic, attendance hit; Haryana dept says dues for 2017-18 cleared Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Nuh, October 27 Seven-year-old Mantasa was excited about joining school. It meant new books, new friends and new clothes, even if it was uniform. Nearly seven months into the academic session, while the books have begun to come apart, she is yet to don the school uniform. Mantasa’s class is full of tiny-tots who flock to Government Primary School at Firozpur Namak in Nuh (nearly 50 km from Gurugram) in civil clothes Students of Government Primary School at Firozpur Namak attend classes in their everyday clothes. PHOTO BY WRITER because funds meant for their school uniform have yet to arrive in their bank Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Spectrum. accounts and their parents, who have modest means, cannot bear the cost. It seems the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana Government has not only failed to release funds for school uniform, but also the monthly stipend meant for children from Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes (A) and below poverty line (BPL) families. The stipend for SC students varies from Rs 150-300, for students from BPL families from Rs 75-200 and BC (A) students Rs 75-200 — depending on the gender and the class the child is going to. Sources in the School Education Department admitted there had been delay in the release of funds meant for stipends and uniform. “We are facing some programming issue. The department is working on it and the issue is likely to be resolved in another month, after which the entire backlog will be cleared,” an officer said. Whereas schools complain the delay in payment is chronic and that it is not the first time the students have encountered such a problem, the department maintains all dues for 2017-18 and previous years have been cleared. continued on page 7
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