27112018-TTC-01.qxd 27-11-2018 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.327 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, november 27,2018 NOD TO PROSECUTE PC, CBI TELLS COURT PAGE 13 GOVT TO INFUSE ~42,000 CRORE IN PSU BANKS BY MARCH PAGE 14 /thetribunechd Showdown at Kartarpur show Ravi Dhaliwal KV Prasad Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 26 In an effort to clean up corrupt practices in public life, moves are afoot to create a permanent institutional mechanism to monitor the assets and sources of income of legislators, their spouses and associates and also to take action, including disqualification of membership, in case of undue accretion. Several months after the Supreme Court ordered such a set-up, a meeting attended by senior officials of Parliament, Central Government, Election Commission of India and 20 state legislatures held discussions on how to implement it, sources said. In the Lok Prahari versus Union of India case, the apex court in February directed the creation of a permanent institutional mechanism to continuously monitor assets and sources of income of legislators, spouses and associates, including dependents. It also asked for appropriate action in case of a disproportionate increase in assets during the tenure of membership, including disqualification. Participants pointed out that while there are rules in different legislatures requiring members to declare assets and liabilities soon after election, there is no provision to ensure compliance. Besides, there is no provision for subsequent declaration at periodic intervals. At the same time, there is no provision under any Act of Parliament or rules of respective legislatures to disqualify members in case of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. continued on page 13 Tribune News Service Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa argues with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu as Governor VP Singh Badnore implores him to calm down. CM Capt Amarinder Singh is to the Vice-President’s right. VISHAL KUMAR CORRIDOR STONE REMOVED, DIGITAL OPENING The actual foundation stone was removed hours before the event after Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa objected to the names of the Badals on the stone. He covered his name and that of the CM on the stone. Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), sensing that the situation could get unpleasant in the presence of dignitaries, removed the foundation stone and replaced it with a digital one. PAGE 2 ters, MLAs and other dignitaries away from the dais, quickly reached the stage and countered the Vice-President, stunning all. “Mr Vice-President, are you sitting on a stage which is being managed by the BJP? Mrs Harsimrat Badal is destroying the sanctity of the event and she should immediately be asked to discontinue her speech. This is neither a Congress stage, nor a BJP one. This is a function solely dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev and the Kartarpur Sahib corridor and, as such, we should maintain its sanctity,” said Randhawa. No end to paedophile’s horrific crime file Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, November 26 The police might have found corroborative evidence connecting him to only nine rapes and murders of minors, but paedophile Sunil has admitted to having raped and killed at least 15 girls in the past seven years. During questioning by the Gwalior police after the recovery of a skeleton of a girl who had been missing for five years, Sunil is said to have admitted to having targeted four girls in that city over five years. “So far, we have evidence to concretely connect him to nine cases though we are verifying the claims made by him about the girls, places, etc. We will reveal any additional numbers only when we get solid evidence,” said ACP Shamsher Singh. With horrific details coming to light with each passing day, panic has gripped especially those whose daughters have gone missing over the past seven years and remain untraced so far. Sources said over 50 parents from Gurugram, neighbouring districts of Haryana and even Delhi have approached the police with pictures of their daughters, seeking that these be shown to the accused for verification. Sources say the accused discreetly remembers each one of his victims, the place of murder and the place of dumping the body. It was within minutes of seeing a picture of the Gwalior girl, who went missing five years ago, that he revealed the place where he had dumped the body. The Gwalior police recovered her skeleton late Saturday night. continued on page 13 All of 18months, and she’s pellet victim Hiba was hit in eye as pellets pierced through door during Shopian clashes Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 26 An 18-month-old baby has become the youngest person to suffer pellet injuries in Kashmir. Hiba Nisar was hit by a pellet in the right eye yesterday at her home in Shopian district — that witnessed a fierce encounter that left six militants and a soldier dead. In the clashes that followed, a youth was killed and many others were injured. “Hiba underwent surgery yesterday evening,” said a doctor at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital. “She had suffered cornea perforation due to the pellet injury,” the doctor added. Marsala Jan holds Hiba in her lap at SMHS hospital in Srinagar. AFP Hiba’s mother Marsala Jan said she was playing in the house when clashes erupted Centre for J&K, Lok Sabha polls together Mukesh Ranjan Move afoot to scan 9casestraced,admits assets of legislators torape,murderof15 Continuous monitoring on cards BRING 26/11 ATTACKERS TO JUSTICE: US PAGE 18 MHA factors in security logistics Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, November 26 Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib corridor today and termed it a “passage of humanity, humility, faith and universal brotherhood”, even as the 90minute programme saw high drama with Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa asking Naidu “if he was sitting on a BJP-managed stage” after Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal touched the 1984 riots issue. Harsimrat, who was the first to speak, started extolling the achievements of the Narendra Modi government. A few minutes into her speech, she raked up the issue of the antiSikh riots. “The Modi government will not let the perpetrators walk free. Already two of the accused have been sentenced with one being given the death penalty. Our government knows the names of the other accused too. We will not spare them,” said Harsimrat. A section of the audience started shouting slogans against the Union minister. Even as Congress leaders questioned the wisdom of raising the riots issue at a religious event, Randhawa, who was sitting among the minis- late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 9 Naxals, 2 DRG personnel killed in Chhattisgarh Punjab minister asks Vice-Prezif it’s BJP event as Harsimrat rakes up ’84 Raipur, November 26 Nine Naxals and two police personnel were killed in two encounters in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district today, a senior official said. The encounters took place in the forests of Kistaram, bordering Telangana, and Chintagufa, both in south Sukma, during an antiMaoist push, titled Operation Prahar IV, involving over 1,200 troopers, DM Awasthi, Special Director General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations), said. He said several teams of the Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and CRPF’s elite CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), along with Telangana police, launched the operation late Sunday night in the forests of Sakler, Tondamarka and Saletong villages. South Sukma is considered a stronghold of the Naxal “military battalion number 1” and the target area is located on the tri-junction of Sukma and Bijapur districts and Telangana’s Kothagudem district, the DG said. When a DRG team was cordoning off a forest patch at 9.40 am, it came under Naxal fire, leading to a gunbattle. The first three phases of Operation Prahar were conducted two years ago. — PTI ! in the neighbourhood. “Our house is far away from the encounter site. But there Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. were some clashes. Suddenly tear gas engulfed our house and Hiba started vomiting. Within minutes, there was a loud bang and pellets pierced through the door and she was hit in the eye. I also suffered injuries while trying to shield her face,” she said. Hiba was taken to the Kulgam hospital, from where she was referred to SMHS hospital. “She screamed with pain through the night. This morning, doctors removed her bandage. They said she could be taken home, but will have to be brought back for checkup,” said Marsala. Hiba was back home in the evening, and there was not an eye that was not moist at home. Naidu, sitting next to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, did not react. The CM, however, tried to pacify Randhawa, who kept insisting “what Harsimrat was doing was not justifiable”. Even as the CM was trying to figure out what would continued on page 13 Edit: corridor of faith New Delhi, November 26 Keeping in view the logistics required in terms of deployment of security forces, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is gearing up to recommend to the Election Commission that it conduct Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir along with the national elections scheduled for the first half of next year. Sharing the views of the ministry on conducting fresh elections to the J&K Assembly, dissolved on November 21 by Governor Satya Pal Malik, senior officials at the MHA said they are going to have a series of consultation meetings in the days to come with the EC on issues relating to conducting the General Election, scheduled for sometime in March-April next year. During such meetings, the officials of MHA and poll panel will finalise deployment of the Central forces all over the country, including the troubled state, where security remains a top concern. “During those interactions, we are going to propose to the EC to hold Assembly elections in J&K around the Lok Sabha polls, as it will be easy SUNIL ARORA NEW CEC New Delhi: Sunil Arora has been appointed the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Sources said Arora is likely to assume charge on December 1 as the tenure of incumbent OP Rawat ends on December 2, which happens to be a Sunday. Arora, a Rajasthancadre officer, is the seniormost Election Commissioner in the three-member poll panel. TNS for us to mobilise Central forces to the state,” said a senior MHA official. He added that it would certainly be easier to re-locate paramilitary forces from neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the state once the General Election is completed in these states. “If not with the Lok Sabha elections, then we will have to make special arrangements, which would be more time-consuming and involve a higher financial cost also,” he added. Even the EC is reported to have said that Assembly polls in J&K will be held within the next six months, as it did not rule out the possibility of holding polls in the state around the time the 2019 Lok Sabha election is conducted. Govt to review airlines’ web check-in charges New Delhi, November 26 The government today said it was reviewing the airlines’ decision to charge passengers for any of the seats selected at the time of web check-in to ascertain whether the move is in compliance with existing rules. With questions being raised about IndiGo’s move, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said it would review the decision. It has noted that airlines are now charging for web checkin for all seats. “We are reviewing this fees to see whether they fall within the unbundled pricing framework,” it added. No-frills airline IndiGo, which has a domestic market share of nearly 43 per cent, has been levying charges for web check-in from Nov 14 Under IndiGo’s revised policy, all seats are chargeable for web check-in. “Alternatively, you may check-in at the airport for free. Seats will be assigned as per the availability,” the airline had said. Grappling with spiralling operational costs, airlines have been looking at ways to increase their revenues from ancillary services. — PTI
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