19112018-TTC-01.qxd 19-11-2018 01:31 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.319 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, november 19,2018 PM TAKES ON CONG OVER KESRI PAGE 7 APEC FAILS TO REACH CONSENSUS AS US-CHINA DIVIDE DOMINATES PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Marathas to get job, education quota Mumbai, November 18 The Maharashtra Government has accepted the State Backward Class Commission’s report and decided to give quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Maratha community, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said today. The reservation will be granted under a new category called ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Class’ (SEBC) as per the recommendation, he said. The politically dominant Maratha community constitutes over 30 per cent of the state’s population. The Maratha community has been demanding quota for a long time and its agitation in July and August this year had taken a violent turn. Asked whether the proposed reservation for Marathas will cross the 50 per cent ceiling set by the Supreme Court, Fadnavis said the commission has described the condition of the Maratha community as “extraordinary and exceptional”. “Even though the case of Tamil Nadu, where reservation has crossed the 50 per cent mark, is pending in the apex court, it has not been struck down. We are confident of extending reservation to Marathas,” he said. — PTI Father-in-law of IAS officer shot dead near Rajpura Rajpura, November 18 Swaran Singh (72), father-inlaw of senior IAS officer and Markfed MD Varun Roojam, was shot dead by some unidentified persons near Rajpura this morning. Retired as a Superintending Engineer from the UT cadre, Swaran Singh had been staying in Chandigarh after his retirement. He would visit a religious dera every Sunday. This morning, he was stopped by some unidentified men while on way to Chandigarh. “The accused shot him in the temple and chest with a .32 bore pistol,” the police said. “The automatic vehicle that he had been driving later fell into a ditch,” said Rajpura DSP KK Panthe. “The body remained lying in the car for over two hours. It was noticed by a passerby after which the police were informed,” he added. Three shells of used bullets were found at the spot. Though Swaran Singh owned a licensed weapon, he was unarmed. “He had recently sold property and the murder could be a possible fallout,” the police said. — TNS ❝ QUANTUM IN BILL Maharashtra Cabinet has accepted report. The quantum of reservation will be fixed by the Cabinet sub-committee. Bill will be tabled in the coming session. Devendra Fadnavis, MAHARASHTRA CM WHAT REPORT SAYS... ■ Marathas are a “socially and educationally backward class of citizens” with minuscule representation in government and semigovernment services ■ A socially and educationally backward class can be extended benefits of reservation under Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution, and in view of such extraordinary and exceptional condition, the state government is liable to take action 22 injured; devotees gathered for congregation targeted close to Rajasansi in Amritsar border area PK Jaiswar CASUALTIES Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 18 Three persons were killed and 22 injured in a grenade explosion inside Nirankari Bhavan at Adliwal village near Amritsar’s Rajasansi village on Sunday. DGP Suresh Arora called it “an act of terror”. The incident occurred despite the Punjab Police being on high alert after armed persons, suspected to be Pakistan infiltrators, snatched a vehicle in Pathankot a few days ago. Witnesses said two persons on a motorcycle, their faces covered, entered the complex along with the devotees. One of them pointed a gun at a sewadar, identified as Gagan, manning the entrance gate, and took him into a corner. He then called his accomplice waiting in the parking area. The latter rushed inside the hall and set off the explosion, killing Sukhdev Kumar, reportedly a preacher, Sandeep Singh and Kuldeep Singh. “There was a deafening sound. I saw people rushing out, many of them bleeding,” said Gagan. Gurbaz Singh, among those injured, said he was seated near the dais when he saw an “object” being flung. Soon after there was a blast. “Both I and my wife Surjit Kaur were injured. My Sandeep Singh Sukhdev Kumar Kuldeep Singh Relatives and wife Parveen (C) of Sukhdev Kumar, who was killed in a grenade attack and (right) police personnel outside the Nirankari Satsang Bhavan in Adliwal. AFP/ VISHAL KUMAR TERRORISTS’ ROLE NOT RULED OUT Possibility of involvement of ISI-backed Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups can’t be ruled out… Nobody will be allowed to get away with trying to disturb peace. Capt Amarinder Singh, CHIEF MINISTER younger son Navpreet had a narrow escape. My elder son Lovepreet was at the joda ghar (place where devotees keep their footwear),” he said. Gurbaz Singh said as he rushed his wife to a hospital, he saw two youths, “both sporting a woollen shawl”, A view of the under-construction gurdwara building that collapsed in Hanumangarh on Sunday morning. TRIBUNE PHOTO relief operations that were later supervised by SDM Sayed Shiraz Ali Zaidi and DSP Attar Singh Poonia. Nohar police station incharge Ishwer Singh said a civil defence and disaster management team also reached from Hanumangarh. Four JCB machines were deployed to remove the debris. Around 7.30 am, all victims were extricated, but two of them had already died. Two others died while being taken to the Civil Hospital. The deceased were identified as Mohinder Singh (65) of Ellenabad, Avtar Singh (27) of Mamera village and Jagga Singh (28) and Jagtar Singh (27) of Thandewala village in Raisinghnagar. Balwinder Singh and Darbara Singh are battling for life. The district administration has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Mumbai gets two floating restaurants COVER CHARGE: ~2,500 FOR 3 HOURS Tribune News Service Mumbai, November 18 Two floating restaurants — complete with bars, banquet halls and open decks — will open for business off the iconic Gateway of India from Monday, according to the company which is behind the venture. Queensline Sea Yah and Queensline Neverland were inaugurated by Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. The two floatels will be anchored about 1 km from ■ Both restaurants house bars, banquet halls and open decks ■ These will open for business off the iconic Gateway of India ■ Each of these has a capacity of accommodating 475 persons ■ Patrons will have to pay a cover charge of ~2,500 each to spend three hours aboard the two floatels the Gateway of India. Each has a capacity to accommodate 475 persons. A third floatel will soon begin operations off Girgaum Chowpatty, according to entrepreneur Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, who brought the vessels MARY KOM THROUGH TO SEMIFINAL PAGE 14 Grenade blast at Nirankari Bhavan kills 3 Raj Sadosh Shiv Kumar late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 4 staying for ‘kar sewa’ die in gurdwara building collapse Abohar, November 18 Four devotees staying in a Hanumangarh gurdwara for ‘kar sewa’ were killed and two others seriously injured as a part of the under-construction building collapsed this morning. People from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan come here to take part in the ‘kar sewa’, the management said. Residents of Dhani Saharan, about 4 km from Nohar town on Sahwa road in Hanumangarh, said the construction of the community kitchen building at the gurdwara had been going on for the past three years. The work on the threestoreyed building had been completed, and only the dome was to be constructed. Residents of the neighbouring dhani (cluster of houses) woke up to a thunderous sound as a part of the building collapsed around 2.30 am. At least six devotees were in the room that collapsed. Hundreds of people immediately launched rescue and ! from Istanbul. The Mumbai Port Trust is a partner in the joint venture. The first cruise will begin at 8 pm on Monday. Gadkari said Mumbai has the potential to develop cruise tourism. He said the Maha- rashtra Tourism Development Corporation would build a ropeway to link Sewri in mainland Mumbai to Elephanta Island at a cost of Rs 800 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2022. HE THREW SOMETHING AND RAN Each Sunday, I do sewa at the bhavan. I was on duty near the stage when I saw a person, who appeared young, with his face covered, throw something and run. There was a blast, smoke all over. Everyone ran for lives. Simranjeet Kaur, WITNESS STRONGEST POSSIBLE ACTION Capt Amarinder apprised me of the situation. Strongest possible action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime. Rajnath Singh, UNION HM escape on a motorcycle. Senior police and administrative officials reached the site within minutes. The Nirankaris did not allow the media inside. A team of the National Investigation Agency and forensic experts from Chandigarh visited the site late in the evening. SPS Parmar, IGP Border , Range, said at least 200 devotees were inside the hall when attacked. There were no CCTV cameras. Education Minister OP Soni, Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Amritsar (West) 14 killed as bus rolls down gorge in Uttarakhand On-camera executions, the new fear factor in Shopian Uttarkashi, November 18 Fourteen persons were killed and as many injured today when the bus in which they were travelling fell into a 150-metre-deep gorge in Uttarkashi district. The private bus was on its way to Vikas Nagar from Jankichatti, near the Himalayan shrine of Yamunotri, when it fell into the gorge near Damta. District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said a search and rescue operation was underway, adding that some bodies could be stuck in the bushes. Six persons seriously injured in the accident were flown in a chopper to AIIMS, Rishikesh, and Dehradun. The bus, after plunging into the gorge, landed a few metres away from the Yamuna. — PTI Majid Jahangir MLA Raj Kumar Verka visited the site too. The latter called it a failure of the security and Intelligence agencies. DGP Suresh Arora, DGP (Law and Order), DGP (Intelligence) and the Home Secretary reached Rajasansi in the evening. He said security at CRPF MAN KILLED Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 18 In another spell of violence this week, Shopian in south Kashmir saw kidnappings, militant killings and slaughter of civilians. A dangerous dimension to the sordid saga was on-camera recording of executions, released on social media platforms. Two videos showed the execution of two youths, one of them dubbed by militants as an Army informer. Of the eight youths abducted since November 15, two — Nadeem Manzoor (17) and Huzaif Ashraf (19) — were killed. Nadeem’s bullet-riddled body was found hours after he was abducted. Operational chief of the Srinagar: A CRPF head constable was killed in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday evening. Militants fired UBGL grenades followed by firing at a CRPF camp, resulting in critical injuries to Chandrika Prasad, 53, of Nainital. PAGE 10 Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo took responsibility for the killing. He accused Nadeem of informing the Army about the presence of two militants in Safanagri village. A purported video of Nadeem confessing that he was an informer surfaced on the social media later. On November 6, two Hizb militants, one of them an Army deserter, identified as Nirankari Bhavans across the state had been fortified. CM Capt Amarinder Singh did not rule out the possible involvement of Khalistani or Kashmiri terror groups. He announced Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased. more on page 3 Mohd Idrees Sultan, had died in a pre-dawn encounter. Five youths were abducted in Saidpora Payeen and Memandar areas on November 17. Throat slit, the body of one Huzaif was found later. The others were released. A short clip on the social media showed a masked man slaughtering Huzaif. “We suspect the hand of Hizb’s local Abbas module behind this barbaric act,” said a police officer. “Both Nadeem and Huzaif were innocent,” Shopian SSP Sandeep Chaudhry said. In an encounter in Shopian on November 18, two Al-Badr militants were killed. The police said they were ascertaining whether they had a role in Nadeem’s killing. RBI board meets today, rift to play out Bank, govt in favour of reaching common ground in face of differences New Delhi, November 18 The ongoing rift with the government is set to play out at the Reserve Bank of India’s crucial board meeting on Monday, with the Finance Ministry nominees and some independent directors expected to take on Governor Urjit Patel and his team over issues ranging from MSME credit to the Central bank’s reserves, though both sides are in favour of reaching a common ground. While there have been reports and demands from some quarters for the Governor to step down, sources said Patel is unlikely to yield under pressure and will rather mount a strong defence of the bank’s policies regarding stringent NPA recognition norms as well as measures taken to ease credit supply to MSMEs. Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. HELP FOR MSMEs, NBFCs MAY BE CONSIDERED ■ RBI may consider special dis- pensation for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) — facing liquidity issues ■ Govt feels the MSME sector — which employs about 12 crore — needs support after being impacted by demonetisation and GST. However, Central bank has Patel and his four deputies, who all are members of RBI’s 18-member board, will present a united front, while a few independent directors too are expected to support the bank’s mission to clean up bank balance sheets. The RBI’s central board has 18 members, though it can go up to 21. been averse to govt’s demand as it considers the sectors to be vulnerable The members include Governor Urjit Patel and his four deputies as ‘full-time official directors’, while the rest 13 have been nominated by the government, including the Economic Affairs and Financial Services secretaries. Sources said the government and RBI are looking to reach at an agreeable solu- tion with respect to relaxation of the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework and easing of lending norms for the MSME sector. If not in this board meeting, the issue of relaxation of PCA framework would reach a resolution in the next few weeks, they added. As a result of the relaxation, some banks may come out of the PCA framework by the end of this fiscal. Of the 21 state-owned banks, 11 are under the PCA framework, which imposes lending and other restrictions on weak lenders. These are Allahabad Bank, United Bank of India, Corporation Bank, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Dena Bank and Bank of Maharashtra. — PTI
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