30102018-TTC-01.qxd 30-10-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.300 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, october 30,2018 INDIA, JAPAN DEEPEN SENSEX RALLIES OVER 700 POINTS; BANKING MERKEL WON’T RUN BILATERAL TIES PAGE 16 AGAIN IN 2021 PAGE 13 SHARES HOG LIMELIGHT PAGE 12 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com No urgent hearing on temple Mounds of sand on Sutlej SC bans 15-yr-old petrol, 10-yr diesel vehicles in NCR AYODHYA CASE SC to fix date in 1st week of Jan | Chorus grows for ordinance Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 29 Citing “very critical” air pollution level, the Supreme Court on Monday banned 15-yearold petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital region (NCR) and directed the transport departments concerned to announce that such vehicles would be impounded if found plying. Calls pollution level ‘very critical’ ‘horrible’; next , hearing on Nov 1 A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur directed that a list of such vehicles be published on the websites of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and transport department and advertised in newspapers. The Bench – also comprising Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta – directed the CPCB to immediately create a social media account on which citizens could lodge their complaints about pollution for appropriate action by the authorities concerned. Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni supported the move to create a social media account for lodging of pollution-related complaints by citizens. Terming the prevailing pollution situation in Continued on back page Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 29 With the Supreme Court on Monday declining urgent hearing, it is highly unlikely that the Ayodhya land dispute verdict will be delivered before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said cross-appeals against the September 30, 2010, Allahabad High Court’s order would be listed before an appropriate Bench in the first week of January for fixing the date of hearing. “It will come up in the first week of January not for hearing, but for deciding the date of the hearing. Hearing may be in January, February, March or April whenever… Also, the Bench by which it shall be heard will be constituted”. The CJI said an “appropriate Bench” would decide in January when to hear the case, sparking demands by Hindu groups for a law to begin temple construction at the disputed site. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Uttar Pradesh, demanded that the case be taken up immediately after the top court reopens post Diwali. Senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for Ram Lalla, demanded that the case be taken up in NEW BENCH TO TAKE UP CROSS-APPEALS ■ A new Bench will be consti- the case has been listed for issuance of directions tuted to hear and decide cross-appeals against the ■ The top court had on SepAllahabad HC order dividing tember 27 refused to refer to the disputed land equally a larger Bench its 1994 verbetween Ram Lalla, Nirmodict which had ruled a hi Akhada and the Sunni “mosque is not an essential Wakf Board part of the practice of Islam”. ■ Procedural formalities, It had directed that crossappeals in the Ayodhya title including filing of affidavits, suit be listed before a rejoinders and translations, three-judge Bench running into thousands of on October 29 pages are already over and ❝ Building a temple will create goodwill and harmony in the country... if there is any difficulty, the government should enact a law to remove barriers and hand over the site to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. RSS spokesperson The court is not above Parliament. We have the right to alter laws. The SC can consider whether this is a violation of the Constitution or not... we should bring an ordinance. ❝ ❝ Sumbramanian Swamy, BJP LEADER Why don’t they bring it (ordinance)... let them do it. You are in power. I challenge them to do it. Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM CHIEF November itself. But the Bench – also comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph – turned down the request for taking it up in November. Immediately, there was a chorus of demands from within the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits that the Centre bring an ordinance or legislation in the winter session of Parliament for early construction of Ram Temple ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, without waiting for the apex court verdict. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Alok Kumar emphasised the Hindus could not wait eternally for a judgment. Union Minister Giriraj Singh pointed out the “Hindus are running out of patience” . Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya voiced disappointment while senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy observed the judiciary was not above Parliament. Sources say the government is likely to wait for a Supreme Court verdict, despite RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s aggressive posturing and the VHP threat to step up Ram Temple campaign. Significantly, amid the buildup, Prime Minister Modi has not uttered a word on the party’s pet poll plank, concentrating on development and administrative issues instead. Speaking in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP had never linked the Ram Temple issue to elections. The Congress said everyone should wait for the Supreme Court orders on the issue. banks, mining mafia digs in Arun Sharma Tribune News Service Anandpur Sahib, October 29 The mining mafia has dug around 40-foot-deep pits on the Sutlej bank near a bridge on the Garhshankar road. Three pathways have been laid to ferry sand and stone from the digging site to various stone crushers. District authorities, including the police and officials of mining, drainage and revenue departments, seem to have turned a blind eye to the largescale illegal mining. Villagers say a large number of JCBs and tippers can be seen loading the material every night. Gurcharan Singh of Agampur village says around 100 tippers can be seen transporting sand and stone every night. District Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal conducted a raid late last evening following a directive by the National Green Tribunal. RTI activist and local lawyer Dinesh Chadha had moved the tribunal. Two earth-movers and a number of tippers involved in illegal mining were seized. Dozens of deep pits can be seen in the area. Big mounds of sand were also visible at many places. Three pathways have been created by putting cement pipes in the river to ferry The Sutlej riverbed has been dug up 40 feet deep at certain sites by the mining mafia at Agampur village, near Anandpur Sahib. A pathway across the Sutlej laid by the mining mafia to ferry illegally mined material at Agampur village. TRIBUNE PHOTOS material from one bank to the other. Residents say these pathways were washed away a few weeks Party rallies behind Sukhbir 189 aboard, Indonesia jet crashes SAD dissident Sekhwan insists on change of guard Ruchika M Khanna & Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Chandigarh/Gurdaspur, Oct29 A day after Sukhbir Badal offered to step down as SAD president, if demanded by the party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee, which met in Chandigarh on Monday, endorsed his leadership. Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal too was present at the meeting that lasted over three hours. Sources in the party said the core committee members “stood firmly behind the party president”. There was no mention of the banner of revolt raised by Taksali leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, MP former minister Sewa , Singh Sekhwan and former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala. In Gurdaspur, Sekhwan insisted that Sukhbir must step down, paving the way for the party’s reconstitution. “Sukhbir should resign so that the party can be recast. The party can be spared the ignominy of another drub- Sukhbir Badal bing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, if we have a new leader. An old hand should be appointed the new chief,” Sekhwan contended. He squarely blamed Bikram Singh Majithia for the SAD’s dismal show in the Assembly polls. “Bikram was born and brought up in Delhi and knows nothing about the party policies and goals”, he claimed. “My father was the party chief when Parkash Singh Badal was in jail. I only want a change in leadership and due respect to senior leaders,” he emphasised. Sekhwan and Brahmpura have quit party posts. A decision on their resignations pending, they were not invited to the core committee meeting. Another party MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who too has quit party posts, has chosen not to speak against the leadership. He was not invited either.” Since the party cadre and leaders are firmly behind Sukhbir Badal, what they (rebels) say is not significant,” remarked a senior member. The party had adopted the same approach while dealing with the rebellion by another party MP Sher Singh , Ghubaya, two years ago. The party claimed the core committee meeting on Monday was called to discus the “assault” on Sikh history. “Party leaders will perform ardas at Akal Takht on November 1 before launching a struggle against the Congress government for the assault on the image of the Sikh Gurus,” a leader said. edit: sukhbir’s offer Low-cost airline’s new plane falls into sea minutes after take-off from Jakarta Jakarta, October 29 An Indonesian plane belonging to low-cost Lion Air with 189 passengers and crew aboard crashed into the sea on Monday, officials said, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta. The plane vanished from the radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the ocean. Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said the plane lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), en route to Pangkal Pinang. “The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 metres deep.” The Boeing 737, which went into service in August, was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies. The flight radar showed it looping south on takeoff and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast. Indonesia relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but has a poor aviation safety record. — AFP Rescuers inspect debris recovered from the sea where a Lion Air jet crashed in Jakarta, Indonesia. AP/PTI Delhi pilot had logged 6K flight hours Bhavye Suneja JAKARTA: Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja (31), who was captaining the ill-fated plane, also died in the crash, said Indian Embassy. “...Most unfortunate that Indian Pilot Bhavye Suneja, who was flying JT610 also lost his life,” Indian Embassy in Indonesia said in a tweet. Suneja, having experience of 6,000 flight hours, was a res- Terrified after attempt on son’s life, widow wants case shifted from Behror to Alwar Geetanjali Gayatri ROHIT SLAMS 162 AS INDIA ROUT WI Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu struck centuries as India thrashed West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth ODI in Mumbai on Monday. PAGE 14 Nuh, October 29 For 51-year-old Jaibuna, each day has been a struggle ever since her husband Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar in April last year on the suspicion of smuggling cows. Resources dwindling, the family has had to sell its cattle to raise money for the battle to bring the guilty to book. What worries Jaibuna is her eldest son Irshad having to travel to Rajasthan’s Behror for court hearings. “We want the case to be shifted to Alwar. A month Pehlu Khan’s widow Jaibuna consoles her mother-in-law Angoori (L) at their home in Jaisinghpur village in Nuh. PHOTO BY WRITER ago, unidentified persons attacked my son and other key witnesses while they were on their way to court. I have lost my husband. I can’t afford to lose my son,” she IN BRIEF Army targets Pak military administrative HQs in PoK Jammu: The Indian Army has targeted Pakistan military administrative headquarters across the Line of Control in retaliation to the recent shelling in Poonch and Jhallas, security officials said Monday. The Army retaliated in the Khuiratta and Samani areas of PoK, they said. The Pakistan army had shelled the brigade headquarters and other military formations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch on October 23. PTI HC orders status quo on CBI proceedings against Asthana Pehlu Khan’s family sells cattle to fight legal battle Tribune News Service ago when the area witnessed heavy rains, but these were re-laid immediately. Continued on page 7 says, pacing up and down the courtyard, waiting for Irshad’s call from Behror. The Alwar police have provided security to Irshad. Three policemen accompany him where ever he goes. This has further burdened the family struggling to make both ends meet. Irshad leaves his house in Jaisinghpur village on a mobike and on reaching Alwar is joined by the three policemen. He hires a car to accommodate the cops and proceeds to Behror, paying though his nose. “Irshad attends two or three court hearings every month. Each trip costs him Rs 6,000. If other key witnesses are to go with him, he hires a taxi. The legal expenses are backbreaking. The boys cannot pick up a job because they need to pursue the court case. The entire village is ready to chip in. The fight will go on, whatever the financial situation,” says Hussain Khan, Pehlu’s paternal uncle. From eight buffaloes and five cows, the family now has only two buffaloes and two goats. “They provide enough milk for a family of 13. But we cant raise income Continued on page 7 ident of Jakarta. Originally from New Delhi, he had attended Ahlcon Public School in East Delhi’s Mayur Vihar. According to his Linkedin profile, he had been working at Lion Air since March 2011 and was also a trainee pilot with Emirates from September and December 2010. — PTI Justice Gupta set to be SC judge Chandigarh, October 29 Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta’s name has been cleared for elevation to the Supreme Court. Justice Gupta served as the Additional Advocate General of Punjab from 1997 to 1999, and was made a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on July 2, 2002. After putting in the longest stint and serving as one of the senior most judges at the Punjab and Haryana High Court till February 8, 2016, he was transferred to the Patna High Court. Continued on page 7 New Delhi: The Delhi HC on Monday directed the CBI to maintain status quo till November 1 on the criminal proceedings initiated against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations. The HC questioned the CBI for not filing its response to the petitions of Asthana and its DSP Devender Kumar, who has been in CBI custody since October 23. PTI Punjab, Hry told to come up with security plan for judges Chandigarh: Chief Justice Krishna Murari of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the police and state authorities to come out with a security plan for judicial officers in the districts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The instructions for preparing the plan follow the gunning down of the wife and son of a Gurgaon Additional District and Sessions Judge. TNS Ranatunga arrested for fatal shooting in trouble-hit Lanka Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister and former cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that left one dead amid the ongoing political crisis in the country, police said. On Sunday, bodyguards of 54-year-old Ranatunga, a loyalist of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, opened fire at supporters of new premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, killing one person. PAGE 16
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