20112018-TTC-01.qxd 20-11-2018 01:41 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.320 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, november 20,2018 NISSAN CHAIRMAN HELD FOR FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT PAGE 12 LANKA PARTIES AGREE TO FORM SELECT PANEL TO RUN HOUSE PAGE 13 /thetribunechd On fast track TRIBUNE PHOTO: S CHANDAN ! late city NARROW NATIONALISM DANGEROUS: EX-PM PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Doval, CVC, minister RBIpaneltodecide dragged into CBI feud on ‘excess’ capital Shiv Kumar Another officer, who probed Nirav Modi case, moves SC Tribune News Service PM Narendra Modi and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar at the opening of an expressway and a metro-rail project in Gurugram. The PM also laid the foundation stone of a skill university. He raked up the CWG scam while blaming the UPA government for delay in the completion of the expressway. PAGE 5 DGP: Local youths behind Nirankari Bhavan attack Punjab CM calls it an ‘act of terror’, hints at Pak role Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 Investigations into the grenade explosion inside Nirankari Bhavan in Amritsar's Adliwal village on Sunday point to the involvement of ISI-backed local youths instead of any militant group. Punjab DGP Suresh Arora told The Tribune that the assailants spoke the local Punjabi dialect and that the police had obtained important leads regarding their handlers. He admitted that the police had "failed to anticipate" the threat to Nirankari centres. “We stepped up security at likely targets — offices of a controversial dera and of radical organisations besides the RSS — but did not foresee the threat to the Nirankaris." Chief Minister Capt INSIDE ‘Accidental’ blast in J&K outpost kills BSF officer Jammu: A BSF officer was killed and four others, including two Inspectors and two SIs, injured in an “accidental” blast, apparently caused by a grenade, inside a Border Out Post (BOP) at Manguchak along the International Border in Samba sector on Monday. The BSF said it was not yet clear how the blast occurred. PAGE 10 Up to ~25K loans of Punjab farm workers set to go Chandigarh: Loans of up to ~25,000 taken by landless farm labourers from agricultural societies in Punjab are likely to be waived by the state government. The scheme will be rolled out in the run up to the panchayat or LS polls, it is learnt. “The loan waiver to around 3.5 lakh landless farm labourers may cost the state around Rs 350 crore,” said a government functionary. PAGE 3 Cops frisk devotees entering the Nirankari Bhavan in Amritsar. PAGE 2 Amarinder Singh pointed a finger at Pakistan, saying the grenade used in the blast seemed to have been made in Pakistan's ordnance factories. “The attack seems to carry Pakistan’s signature with initial investigations indicating that the grenade used was similar to the ones being manufactured by the Pakistani army ordnance factory,” he said in a statement. The police, he said, had found a similar (HG-84) grenade after it busted a terror continued on page 7 edit: act of terror Thakur FIR quashed by mistake:Top court New Delhi, November 19 against Thakur, his father and The Supreme Court said on former CM Prem Kumar DhuMonday it had quashed an FIR mal and others in two separate against BJP MP Anurag cases — one related to alleged Thakur and others in a case irregularities in granting land related to alleged on lease for the conencroachment of struction of the staland for the condium and another struction of Dharampertaining to alleged sala cricket stadium encroachment of by “mistake”. government land. A Bench of JusSenior advocate tices AK Sikri and PS Patwalia, SA Nazeer was told appearing for by the counsel Thakur and others, Anurag Thakur appearing for forsaid there was no mer Himachal CM Virbhadra need to recall the order as the Singh, who has been arraigned main FIR was already as a respondent in the case quashed by the court. The filed by the HP Cricket Associ- counsel representing Singh ation, that the November 2 said the November 2 order order of the top court should be should be recalled as the recalled. On November 2, the apex court had by mistake continued on page 7 SC had quashed two FIRs New Delhi, November 19 The infighting in the CBI today turned uglier with yet another senior officer moving the Supreme Court, accusing NSA Ajit Doval, Union Minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC KV Chowdhury of attempting to interfere in the probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Manish Kumar Sinha, who was investigating Asthana and the PNB scam involving Nirav Modi and was transferred to Nagpur, also alleged that Union Law Secretary Suresh Chandra had contacted Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana — complainant in the case against Asthana — while the proceedings were on in the CVC against the CBI Director, Alok Verma. The NSA and the CVC were not available for comment. Minister Chaudhary called it “baseless and malicious”. Chandra too denied the allegations as false and concocted. “I do not know this person,” he told The Tribune. The CBI had booked Sukhbir quizzed by SIT, lashes out at Cong govt Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 Former Deputy CM and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal appeared before the SIT regarding the Kotkapura police firing in 2015. Speaking to the media later, he claimed Justice Ranjit Singh Commission was a ploy to divert public attention from the "abject failure" of the Congress government on several fronts. He claimed successive Congress governments had set up SITs only to implicate rivals. “I was questioned on the directions I gave on October 14, 2015, when I was out of the state after duly informing the CM. "I made it clear to SIT officials that they had been given the mandate to malign the SAD and that was why I had been called for questioning”. He pointed out that no action was initiated against radicals elements who had targeted his vehicle in Amritsar recently. Claiming the SIT members posed irrelevant questions based on mere hearsay, Sukhbir said he had never met film actor Akshay Kumar outside Punjab. Punjab school board has no funds for salaries Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 The Punjab School Education Board has no funds to pay November wages to staff. Sources said the board had a cash reserve of only Rs 3 crore, while the monthly salary bill comprised around Rs 5 crore on account of salary and Rs 4.5 crore towards pension. The situation looks alarming as the board has already dug into its fixed deposits and pension fund. PSEB Chairman Manohar Kant Kalohia said, “Yes, we are in a tight spot. However, we will manage to pay salaries. We will soon receive money in the form of annual examination fee, which will settle the salary bill besides the pension of retired personnel.” A senior official, however, said, “While we may manage the situation this month, things are likely to get difficult in future. During the past few months, we have had to rely on fixed deposits and pension funds.” Another officer said, “The board has not got its due pay- Cash reserve of ~3 cr against ~9.5 crore needed to pay wages, pension for November ment of over Rs 250 crore from the Department of Social Security for a long Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. time. Besides, we need funds for giving free books to children. We have written to the department several times, but to no avail.” A senior board official said the government had burdened the board with extra responsibility of 18 Adarsh schools, which cost around Rs 32 crore annually. He said staff rationalisation was the need of the hour. “The numbers at the top need to be slashed while manpower at the lower level should be raised,” the official emphasised. NSA Ajit Doval CVC KV Chowdhury Union Minister HP Chaudhary TRIO ‘INTERFERED’ IN PROBE AGAINST ASTHANA ■ Senior officer Manish Kumar Sinha, investigating a bribery case against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has challenged his transfer to Nagpur ■ He claimed CBI DSP AK Bassi favoured immediate search of public servants involved in the case, but the CBI Director stepped in, saying NSA did not permit it MANISH SINHA ■ A Hyderabad-based businessman SB Sana had claimed that ‘crores were paid’ to Union Minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary in June this year ■ As per Sana, CVC Chowdhury had called Asthana to his residence and made inquiries, Sinha claimed Asthana for allegedly receiving bribe from an accused, Manoj Prasad, probed by him in a case linked to meat exporter Moin Qureshi. He was divested of his duties and sent on leave, along with CBI Director Alok Verma. Both have challenged the government decision in the SC. On Monday, Verma filed his response to the CVC report of inquiry against him in a sealed cover. His petition would be taken up tomorrow. In his plea before the SC, Sinha — a 2000batch IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre — has challenged his transfer to Nagpur. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Mumbai, November 19 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will set up an expert committee comprising members appointed jointly with the Union Government, the bank said after a nine-hour board meeting on Monday. The committee will look into the "excess" capital supposed to be held by the central bank. The government claims that the RBI holds Rs 3,60,000 crore by way of excess capital which should be transferred to it. But RBI officials, including Governor Urjit Patel, have been defending the need for the bank to hold a strong balance sheet to enable the country withstand financial crises and external shocks. An RBI statement said its Board of Directors discussed the Basel regulatory capital framework which define the need for capital reserves to be held by the central bank and individual financial institutions. The board also discussed the health of banks, mostly those in the public sector, which have been put under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework. Under this framework, Board discusses recasting scheme to help stressed SMEs major banks with burgeoning non-performing assets (NPAs) have been forbidden to lend money. The government blames strict norms for the reduction in liquidity. The RBI board also dealt with a restructuring scheme for stressed enterprises in the medium and small-scale sectors. “ The board advised that the RBI should consider a scheme for restructuring stressed standard assets of MSME borrowers with aggregate credit facilities of up to Rs 250 million, subject to such conditions as are necessary for ensuring financial stability.” Sources said the next meeting of the board would be held on December 14.
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The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).