13112018-TTC-01.qxd 13-11-2018 01:30 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.313 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, november 13,2018 DENIED TICKET, R’STHAN MINISTER SURENDRA GOYAL QUITS BJP PAGE 7 LANKAN PARTIES DRAG PREZ TO SC OVER HOUSE DISSOLUTION PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF 3-yr-old raped, brutally killed by ‘neighbour’ in Gurugram Gurugram: A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped and brutally murdered by a 20-yearold neighbour in Sector 66 here. Missing since Sunday, the victim’s body was found in bushes near her house on Monday morning. According to the postmortem report, the child was raped and a 10-cm wooden stick inserted into her private parts, leading to injuries and excessive bleeding. The child died owing to head injury and internal bleeding, the report said. INSIDE Haryana NIT student found dead in his hostel room Kurukshetra: A 22-year-old student of National Institute of Technology, Aakash Nasir, was found dead in his hostel room here on Monday. He hailed from Sonepat. The police said they had found a handwritten note. Initial investigations point to asphyxiation. DSP Gurmail Singh said: “Pieces of burnt coal were found in the room. An investigation is on.” TNS 2,382 Indians languishing in US jails for illegal entry Washington: As many as 2,382 Indians are languishing in various American jails for illegally crossing the US border to seek asylum in the country, according to the latest figures.These detainees, a significant number of whom are from Punjab, are seeking asylum, claiming that they “experienced violence or persecution” in India. BACK PAGE Soldier killed in truce violation by Pak troops Jammu, November 12 A soldier was killed and another injured when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on the Line of Control today. The incident occurred around 5.15 pm. A Defence spokesperson said Lance Naik Antony Sebastian KM was critically injured in the incident. He later succumbed to injuries. “Havildar Mari Muthu D also sustained gunLance Naik Antony shot injuries Sebastian KM and was critically injured in the firing. Immediate resuscitation and medical aid was provided to the soldier. He has been evacuated to Military Hospital, Poonch,” he said. Lance Naik Sebastian KM (34) belonged to Manakunnam village of Ernakullam district in Kerala. He is survived by his wife Anna Dayana Joseph. — TNS FIRST INLAND CARGO TERMINAL OPENS ON GANGA IN VARANASI PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Govt submits Rafale papers 70% polling in C’garh, five SC to take up PILs on court-monitored CBI probe tomorrow Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 12 Ahead of the November 14 hearing on PILs seeking court-monitored CBI probe into the Rafale deal, the Centre on Monday shared documents with petitioners on the decision-making process for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, in compliance with the court’s October 31 order. The Centre pointed out that during the long period of inconclusive Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) procurement process, “our adversaries inducted modern aircraft and upgraded their older versions. They acquired better capability air-to-air missiles and inducted indigenous fighters in large numbers. “Further, they (India’s adversaries) modernised and inducted aircraft with advanced weapon and radar capabilities... our adversaries inducted more than 400 In a 14-page document, the govt said Rafale jets were negotiated on ‘better terms’ and it ‘completely followed’ the defence procurement procedure laid out in 2013 and secured the CCS approval before the deal fighters (equivalent to more than 20 squadrons) during 2010-15. They not only inducted 4th generation aircraft but also inducted fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft. The combined effect of our own reducing combat potential and our adversaries enhancing their combat potential made the situation asymmetrical and extremely critical.” The Centre explained the purchase of 36 Rafale jets (two squadrons) in fly-away condition as “an urgent need to arrest the decline in the number of fighter squadrons in IAF and enhance their combat capabilities.” Rafale fighter jet is a twin-engine MMRCA made by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. The top court is seized of petitions filed by advocates Vineet Dandha, ML Sharma and Prashant Bhushan and former Union Ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha. They have sought a court-monitored CBI probe into the deal. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi — which had on October 31 asked the Centre to submit in a sealed cover in 10 days strategic, confidential and pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets — will take up the matter on November 14. On Indian offset partners, the Centre said: “The offset contract does not envisage manufacture of 36 Rafale aircraft in India by any public or private sector firm. continued on page 7 NO TO EARLY AYODHYA HEARING CVC SUBMITS VERMA CASE REPORT The Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of the petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, saying it has already listed them for January next year. “We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” the SC Bench said. PAGE 7 The SC on Monday deferred hearing on CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition against the Centre’s decision to send him on leave in view of delayed filing of preliminary report by the Central Vigilance Commission of its inquiry into allegations against him. The SC Bench took the report in a sealed cover on record. PAGE 7 CoBRA men hurt in attack Maoist-affected Bastar records 58%, Dantewada 49% New Delhi, November 12 Defying Maoist threat, over 70 per cent voter turnout was registered in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, marking the start of five-state polls dubbed the “semi-final” before the Lok Sabha battle next year. Voting was held in 18 of the 90 Assembly seats. The second phase of polling for 72 seats will be held on November 20 and the results will be announced on December 11. The day saw violence as two Naxals were killed and five CoBRA personnel injured in two encounters with security forces in Sukma and Bijapur districts, police said. There were contradictory figures on the turnout. While the Election Commission, at a press conference in New Delhi, said 70 per cent electorate cast their vote, Chhattisgarh Chief Electoral Officer Subrat Sahoo told reporters at Raipur later that 60.49 per cent turnout was recorded, adding the figure may go up. “Since there were queues at several polling stations, the exact number of votes polled will be known later... it may match or surpass the 2013 figures,” said Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha. A turnout of Voters at a polling station in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday. PTI 75.06 per cent was recorded in the 2013 elections. The poll panel said a voter turnout of 61.47 per cent was recorded in Kondagaon, 63.51 per cent in Keshkal, 62 per cent in Kanker, 58 per cent in Bastar, 49 per cent in Dantewada, 70.14 per cent in Khairagarh, 71 per cent in Dongargarh, 71 per cent in Dongargaon and 72 per cent in the Khujji constituency. Of the 18 seats that went to the polls, 12 were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and one was for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. Naxals, who had warned people against taking part in the election process, opened fire on a District Reserve Guard (DRG) team returning continued on page 7 NDA ally Kushwaha Now ~22-cr scam, vocational Ananth Kumar dies cosies up to Sharad training providers favoured of lung cancer at 59 New Delhi, November 12 RLSP president and BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha met Opposition leader Sharad Yadav on Monday, fuelling speculation that he may switch camps over his differences with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the proposed seatsharing arrangement among the saffron party’s Bihar allies for the Lok Sabha polls. Kushwaha, also a Union Minister, met Yadav at the latter’s residence and both leaders are believed to have discussed the current political situation, especially in Bihar, RLSP sources said. In a tweet, Kushwaha described the meeting as a courtesy call. He has often asserted that he would work to get Narendra Modi elected as prime minister for another term but his unease with Nitish and meetings with opposition leaders, including RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, have sparked speculation about his future course. Yadav had snapped ties with Kumar after the JD(U) chief joined hands with the Rajmeet Singh 5 PUNJAB OFFICIALS FACE INVESTIGATION Tribune News Service Upendra Kushwaha Sharad Yadav TUSSLE OVER SEATS ■ RLSP, which had fought three seats in 2014 and won all, is unlikely to be spared more than two seats in 2019 ■ Kushwaha has opposed BJP chief Amit Shah’s proposal that his RLSP and Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP contest fewer number of seats than in 2014 ■ Shah’s purported aim was to allot as many seats to Nitish’s JD(U) as the saffron party fights BJP last year, and he was working to rally the opposition against the saffron party. An old rival of Kumar, Kushwaha had also attacked the chief minister for allegedly insulting him and had targeted him again on Sunday over reports that two MLAs of his party may join the JD(U). — PTI Chandigarh, November 12 Five officials of the Technical Education Department of Punjab are under the scanner for irregular payments of Rs 22 crore to private vocational training providers (VTP) imparting ‘modular employable skills’ to job-seekers. This comes even as the state government is yet to conclude its inquiry into bogus SC scholarships claimed through the department by several ITIs. VTP centres were registered without the mandatory verification of their infrastructure. Also, the beneficiary students’ qualifications were not authenticated. The payments were made for the training imparted under short-term employable skill courses run between April 2012 and May 2014. The anomaly came to light following an inquiry by the state Vigilance Bureau, which sent a report to the Technical Education Department. DK Tewari, Secretary, said he had ■ 80,000 admissions made, 36,000 were without following due procedure ■ VTP centres registered without verification of their infra ■ Beneficiary students’ qualifications not authenticated ■ Officials authenticated 60 batches of more than 20 students a day! sent the report to the department head for action. The Vigilance Bureau has suggested a thorough verification before releasing pending payments of Rs 18 crore. The expose comes at a time when the state government is conducting a special audit to verify allegations of fake admissions and bogus SC postmatric scholarship claims by educational institutions during the SAD-BJP government. An audit by the CAG had pointed to discrepancies in the disbursement of scholarships. Under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the state is entrusted with the verification and approval of VTPs before clearing payments from the Centre. Of the 80,000 admissions made during the two years, at least 36,000 enrolments were done without following due procedure. The officials reportedly authenticated 60 batches of more than 20 students each in a single day, which would not be humanly possible if due procedure was followed. During checking of records of 14 VTP centres, including eight approved by the suspect officials without clearance, the Vigilance Bureau spotted 47 candidates for whom payments had been claimed in multiple courses. Bengaluru, November 12 Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar died at a private hospital early on Monday after battling lung cancer, hospital authorities said. The 59-year-old Bangalore South MP had been receiving treatment at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre after returning home in October following treatment in the US and Britain. He had been on ventilator for the past few days. His wife Tejaswini and two daughters — Aishwarya and Vijetha — were by his side. The mortal remains were kept at his residence where a large number of people paid homage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in from Varanasi and drove to Kumar’s residence to pay last respects. The Union Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to mourn the demise of the leader, official sources said. The last rites will be performed on Tuesday, the Karnataka unit of the BJP said. Ananth Kumar President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and leaders across the political spectrum mourned the death of the six-time MP . The national flag flew at half mast nationwide as a mark of respect. The Karnataka Government has declared three-day state mourning. Kumar made his parliamentary debut in 1996 from Bangalore South, where he remained unconquered till his death. — PTI obituary back page JOB CRISIS As unemployment levels soar, those with postgraduate and professional degrees apply for lowly jobs in Punjab, Haryana Engineers want to be jail warder, dept in a fix Teachers in Class IV job race — for better pay Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, November 12 More than 57,000 aspirants, including graduates, postgraduates and engineers, have applied for 267 posts of jail warder in Punjab. The post, equal to that of constable, requires managing gangsters and hardened criminals lodged in jails. As many as 20,000 graduates and 22,000 postgraduates have applied for the post, as per the initial data compiled by the department. Also, there are 17,000 applicants with Candidates in a queue during a Punjab jail warder recruitment drive. “other” qualifications. The minimum educational qualification for the post, in the pay band of Rs 10,300-Rs 34,800, excluding allowances, is intermediate (Class XII). With highly qualified candidates shortlisted after clearing the physical test, the top brass is in a dilemma. “Over-qualified for the job, we cannot expect these men and women to use force to enforce discipline. Already, we are facing problems with the recently recruited constables in the Punjab Police deputed for law and order,” remarked an official. To “adequately prepare” the new recruits for jail duty, the authorities have decided to extend their training by six months. continued on page 7 Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 12 Unemployment in Haryana is forcing educated youth to opt for Class IV posts of peon, gardener and beldar, as is evident from the 18 lakh applicants for the 18,216 Group D posts. Nearly 9 lakh candidates appeared in the written test conducted by the Haryana Services Selection Commission (HSSC) in 11 districts on November 10 and 11 and an equal number will take the test on November 17 and 18. The Tribune spoke to some Class IV job aspirants wait to board a train at Karnal railway station. candidates. Amit Kumar, Bachelor of Education (BEd) with a masters degree in San- skrit, said he was working with a private school on a salary of Rs 5,000. “Ten years after doing BEd, I have not been able to find a job in a government school. Whereas science teachers in private schools are paid Rs 10,000 per month, the minimum salary of a peon is Rs 20,000,” he pointed out. Deepak Puri, with Masters in Mass Communication, has been working in a small newspaper in Sirsa. “Not only me, even those who have cleared the National Eligibility Test for teaching in colleges and universities, are appearing for Group D posts. continued on page 7
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