29102018-TTC-01.qxd 29-10-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.299 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, october 29,2018 FURORE OVER THAROOR ‘SCORPION’ BARB PAGE 11 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF RBI Guv called to brief House panel on note ban /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Speaker backs sacked PM, Lanka in turmoil Personal touch New Delhi: A parliamentary panel, of which former PM Manmohan Singh is a member, has called RBI Governor Urjit Patel on November 12 to brief it on the government’s demonetisation move. Patel has been called for the third time to brief the members on demonetisation of ~500 and ~1,000 notes and the “ramifications thereof”. PTI Wickremesinghe’s arrogance led to action: Sirisena Lt Col among 2 Armymen injured in Rajouri blast Jammu: Two Armymen, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were injured in a landmine explosion along the LoC in Rajouri district on Sunday. They were on patrol and received splinter injuries in the blast near the anti-infiltration obstacle system in Laam sector, officials said. PTI Gurugram bank staffer dies, husband booked for murder Gurugram: A 34-year-old employee of IndusInd Bank, a mother of two, fell to death from her eighth floor apartment in Arravali Valley View late Sunday evening. Deepika Chauhan hailed from Sector 42, Chandigarh. The police have booked her husband Vikram Chauhan, an executive in a private company, for murder. Deepika’s father alleged the couple fought frequently. “She told me Vikram was having an affair and that he wanted to get rid of her. She was killed,” he told the police. Police PRO Subhash Bokan said a woman residing in the same society had also been booked. TNS KHALIN WINS OPEN INDIA GOLF TOURNEY PAGE 14 INFOCUS: BUTTRESSING THE FIELD PAGE 12 PM Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Yamanakako village, Yamanashi. It is the first time that Abe has invited a foreign dignitary to his holiday home. AFP BACK PAGE When Japan not ❝ The India-Japan partnership has been Nehru introducedwas Kishisoaswealthy, PM transformed and it has been strengthened ❝ PM someone as a ‘special strategic and global partnership’… there are no negatives but only opportunities. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER whom he respects… thinking of my grandfather’s (Kishi’s) visit, I swore I would remain India’s friend for life. Shinzo Abe, JAPANESEPM Colombo, October 28 In a relief to Sri Lanka’s embattled leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Parliament’s Speaker refused to endorse his sacking as the Prime Minister, even as President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asserted that the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as his successor was in strict accordance with the Constitution. In a letter to Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya backed the ousted PM’s request to retain his privileges and security until another candidate could prove a majority, saying it was “democratic and fair”. He also questioned the President’s decision to suspend Parliament till November 16, saying it will have “serious and undesirable” consequences for the country. Sirisena on Friday night sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former strongman Rajapaksa as the new PM. The next day, Sirisena suspended Parliament after Wickremesinghe, who had termed his sacking illegal and unconstitutional, sought an emergency session to prove his majority. The President also withdrew Wickremesinghe’s personal security and vehicles in order JUSTIFYING THE OUSTER (Wickremesinghe) appeared to treat Sri Lanka’s future as a joy ride for a coterie of people around him... he completely destroyed the concept of good governance. ❝ Maithripala Sirisena, SRI LANKA PRESIDENT RANATUNGA’S GUARDS OPEN FIRE, ONE KILLED Amid ongoing crisis, one person was killed and two injured as bodyguards of Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, a Wickremesinghe loyalist, opened fire on Rajapaksa supporters RAJAPAKSA CALLS FOR SNAP POLLS New PM Mahinda Rajapaksa said: “The primary objective… is to hold provincial council and parliamentary polls to allow people to vote for a programme that will bring the country out of crises.” to accord them to his 72-yearold successor, who staged a dramatic political comeback. In his first address to the nation after sacking Wickremesinghe, Sirisena said his former ally’s political conduct since the victory in 2015 elections was unbecoming. Sirisena also accused the United National Party (UNP) leader of treating very lightly the alleged plot to assassinate him. The President last week accused his unity government partner, UNP of going , slow on the investigations after a man named Namal Kumara disclosed the alleged plot to assassinate him and former defence minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. “Having taken into consideration all crises, the political and economic as well as the assassination plot, I was only left with one alternative, which was to appoint Rajapaksa as PM,” Sirisena said. Rejecting the allegation that the sacking was unconstitutional, he said, “The appointment was made on expert advice in strict accordance with the Constitution.” — PTI ‘closely’ watching crisis page 16 Sacked IGMC worker ‘opens fire’ at senior Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, October 28 A dismissed ‘safai’ worker allegedly opened fire at a supervisor at the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital on Sunday morning, triggering panic in the area. The supervisor escaped unhurt, while the suspect, Vishwas Kumar, was arrested after fleeing the scene. Sources said the supervisor had terminated the services of Vishwas a few days ago over charges of indiscipline. There were allegations that he had been found drunk at workplace and was not carrying out his duties. Eyewitnesses said they heard a gunshot around 8.30 am. The police, however, said there was no evidence of a shooting. DSP Pramood Shukla said as per the supervisor, the accused only aimed a weapon at him. “We are examining the crime scene but so far there is no sign of shooting,” he said. Vishwas was nabbed from a forest area below Ramnagar (bypass road). He was booked for endangering life or personal safety of others, said Shukla, adding that the weapon was yet to be found. Senior Medical Superintendent Dr Janak Raj said forensic experts had examined the scene to identify the type of weapon used. 3,346 protesters held in Kerala SI waylaid, shot by Paddy yield down15%, small SABARIMALA FALLOUT Easwar in police custody too ultras in Pulwama farmers on the brink in Punjab Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 Over 3,345 protesters who prevented women from entering the Sabarimala temple have been arrested since October 26, while 517 cases have been registered across Kerala, authorities said today. Sabarimala tantri family member and activist Rahul Easwar was arrested in the morning, taking the total number of arrests to 3,346. He has been taken to Kochi. Easwar was arrested after a complaint that he had made provocative remarks on the issue in Kochi last week. Meanwhile, in the last 12 hours, over 500 arrests were recorded in Pathanamthitta district — where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located — as well as Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam. So far only 122 are in remand, while others have been released on bail. However, police chief Loknath Behra has directed that no arrest should be made of CONG SLAMS SHAH New Delhi: The Congress has criticised BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks on the Supreme Court’s Sabarimala temple verdict, saying the ruling party’s goal was to first weaken and then finish institutions. Spokesperson RAHUL EASWAR Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Shah’s remarks “insult the PROVOCATIVE: MAYA intelligence of the institution and the electorate”. With the Lucknow: BSP president BJP and the RSS leading Mayawati on Sunday said the Supreme Court should take cog- protests against the Supreme nisance of Amit Shah’s “irrespon- Court order to open the Sabarimala shrine to women sible and provocative statement”. In a statement here, the of all age, BJP president Shah on Saturday said courts Bahujan Samaj Party supremo should desist from pronouncsaid that Shah’s remarks ing verdicts which cannot be showed “the democracy of implemented. PTI the country is in danger”. PTI those people who protested by singing hymns and prayers. These arrests have been made for defying the September 28 Supreme Court order that overturned a ban on women of menstrual age from entering the hilltop temple where celibate deity Lord Ayyappa is worshipped. Defending the arrests, state CPI(M) secretary K Balakrishnan said this was normal police action when the rule of law is breached.— IANS SPO attacked in Budgam, injured Anantnag/ Srinagar, October 28 A Sub-Inspector of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was shot dead and a special police officer (SPO) injured in two separate militant attacks in the Kashmir valley in the past 24 hours. The bullet-riddled body of SI Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir was found in an orchard in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Sunday afternoon. A senior police officer said the SI, in civvies, was travelling in his car when he was intercepted. “He was heading home when militants forced him out of his car. They shot him dead near the road,” the officer added. The SI of Sonthbugh, Pulwama, worked with the intelligence wing of the police in Srinagar. According to sources, gunshots were heard in Wahibugh village of Pulwama about 3:45 pm. “The Debt trap worsens IGovt must step in, says BKU leader PDP WORKER KILLED Perneet Singh & Parvesh Sharma Srinagar: A Peoples Democratic Party worker was shot dead by suspected militants on the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday evening. Militants fired at Mohd Amin Dar at Gungbug Hyderpora. Soon after, the security forces launched a hunt to nab the attackers. TNS Tribune News Service villagers found the body riddled with bullets and called the police. We later got to know that he was a police official,” a local source said. No militant group has so far owned responsibility. In a separate attack, an SPO, Mohd Hafiz Khanday of Charwani Charisharief, was injured in a militant attack in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday night. The attack triggered a fresh wave of fear among the low-paid contractual employees of the J&K Police. — TNS Mansa/Sangrur, October 28 With paddy production recording a decline of 10 to 15 per cent owing to untimely rains, small and marginal farmers are staring at misery, clueless as to how they will repay debts. Farmers owning less than 5 acres of land and those cultivating land on lease are torn between meeting the needs of their families and repaying outstanding debts, that just keep mounting. What has hit them hard is the fact that land lease rates have gone up while the yield has dipped. Gurcharan Singh of Khokhar Kalan village in Mansa owns 2 acres of land. He tilled another 2 acres on lease at Rs 50,000 per acre. However, the drop in yield has left him in dire straits. “I Farmers awaiting purchase of their paddy produce at Mansa grain market on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR had thought I would at least partially repay a Rs 3-lakh debt. Now I can’t even think of paying the interest.” Gulab Singh too owns 2 acres and had taken 3 more acres on lease at Rs 55,000 per acre. He owes Rs 4 lakh to a bank and has already received a notice. Jagroop Singh of Ramanand village puts his crop loss at 8 quintals per acre. “I have learnt the arhtiyas have begun imposing cuts on paddy with high moisture. This will further hit my earnings. I don’t know how I will make ends meet.” Four days ago, Kulbir Singh (28), a debt-ridden farmer from Mansa, had committed continued on page 7 Sukhbir says will step down Rakbar Khan’s daughter drops out of school as chief, if party so demands No income or hope, family of Alwar lynch mob victim on the edge in Haryana village Geetanjali Gayatri GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 28 As a beleaguered Sukhbir Singh Badal announced on Sunday he was ready to step down as the Shiromani Akali Dal president, “if the party so demands”, the Taksali leaders, the first to publicly express dissent, called the decision “belated”. After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Sukhbir met senior vice-president Bhai Manjit Singh at his residence. He was accompanied by SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia. Accepting that the party ‘SAD IS SUPREME’ Let somebody else lead the party. No individual is bigger than the party. The party is not a ‘personal’ property. ❝ Sukhbir Badal, SAD CHIEF could not be the “property” of one particular family, Sukhbir reiterated: “I am ready to quit the post, if asked to. Let somebody else lead the party. No individual is bigger than the party. The party is not a personal property." He said the contribution of veterans could not be ignored and he was willing to meet anyone “who invites me”. A section of Akali leaders blame the party’s ignominious defeat in the 2017 Assembly polls on certain decisions by the high command, including the flip-flop on the pardon (later rescinded) granted to Dera Sirsa chief, the inept handling of the sacrilege incidents at Bargari and the Behbal Kalan police firing. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Nuh, October 28 It’s a dingy room, lit by a single low-watt bulb. The door is left ajar to ensure sunlight filters in. A woman veiled in a dupatta sits on a charpoy, saying her prayers, a string of beads in hand. Asmeena has been in mourning since her husband Rakbar Khan of Kolgaon was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar in August this year for allegedly smuggling cows. She is to stay confined to her room for the four-and-a-half months mourning period. “I am praying that when I die, I meet Rakbar in heav- Rakbar Khan’s wife Asmeena (L) at her house in Nuh’s Kolgaon along with daughter Sahila and two other children. PHOTO BY WRITER en. He will be waiting for me, if I pray with my heart,” she says, as her three-yearold daughter tugs at her dupatta, seeking attention. She is taken away by her eldest sister, Sahila (14), who tries to distract her. Sahila, a Class V student at the local government school, has had to drop out of school to attend to daily chores. “I had no option. With me in mourning, there is nobody to get fodder for the cattle, to look after my two infants and to cook and clean. I regret the decision,” says Asmeena. Sahila, who used to wake up at 7 am and hurry to school, now works from dawn to dusk and still can’t seem to manage everything. “I miss school. I want to go back some day,” she says. Four of Rakbar’s children, two girls and two boys, have been adopted by an NGO which is funding their studies in Ajmer. Also, a Kerala politician is financing the construction of Rakbar’s house. “Rakbar is gone and so has our income. I have three children with me. The Haryana Government and the Wakf Board gave Rs 5 lakh, which I have put in the bank for children’s marriage. The Rajasthan Government is yet to release the promised compensation. As of now, my parents are taking care of our needs. But this cannot go on,” she says, sobbing. Asmeena is afraid to step out of her confinement after the mourning period ends, not quite sure of tackling life thereafter.
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