28112018-TTC-01.qxd 11/28/2018 1:23 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.328 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, november 28,2018 SC FOR FRESH REPORT IN SINHA CASE PAGE 7 CAN BRITAIN REVERSE BREXIT NOW? EU TOP COURT HEARS SCOTTISH CASE PAGE 13 /thetribunechd BJP eyes Congress bastion Mizoram | Over 5.08 cr voters in 2 states to cast ballot today Tribune News Service Saffron citadel since ’03 New Delhi, November 27 The stage is set for the people of Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram to elect new governments for their respective states tomorrow. The BJP hopes to retain power in the Hindispeaking Madhya Pradesh for a fourth straight term thwarting the Congress, which plans to do an encore in Mizoram. The Congress lost power in MP in 2003 when BJP rode to power for first time under Uma Bharti. Since then, it has kept up winning streak unhindered with incumbent CM Shivraj Chouhan at the helm for past 13 years. Tomorrow, over 5 crore voters will have the option to elect candidates of their choice from among some 2,800-odd candidates fielded by BJP Congress, BSP SP , , , Gondwana Gantantra Party, AAP and others, including , 1,094 Independents. Chouhan is battling both anti-incumbency that resulted in party denying ticket to 47 MLAs and aggressive campaign led by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The Congress is straining at the leash to take a realistic shot at power. Opinion polls indicated the ruling BJP is up for a challenge, largely from the Congress. The 2013 results show that the BJP secured 44.88 per cent votes and reaped a rich harvest of 165 seats as The BJP has been in power in MP, which has 230 Assembly seats, since 2003; incumbent CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is at the helm for past 13 years 5 CRORE VOTERS will elect MLAs of choice from among 2,800-odd candidates in MP MP PARTY POSITION IN 2013 BJP 165 CONG 58 OTHERS 7 TOTAL SEATS 230 Election officials collect EVMs at a distribution centre ahead of MP polls, in Jabalpur on Tuesday. PTI Cong’s last bastion in N-E ■ For the 40-member Mizoram PM TEARS INTO FAMILY-RULED PARTIES Assembly, the principal contenders include the ruling Congress and the Mizo National Front ■ 7.68 lakh voters to decide fate of 209 candidates with the BJP aspiring to see “lotus” bloom in the Christian-majority state ■ NPP and ZPM nominees can also spring some surprises ❝ Congress and TRS are two faces of the same coin. Both are competing against each other on who tells more lies. They are familyruled parties playing a friendly match in Telangana… The CM and his family think they can get away with doing no work like the Congress. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER Bharti and Chouhan are from the OBC category and part of the new approach adopted by the BJP under then party incharge Narendra Modi, who, in 1998, brought to fore a new line of leadership by co-opting OBC members. Irrespective of whether issue like demonetisation and late city MITHALI BLAMES COACH FOR T20 AXING PAGE 15 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Chouhan battles anti-incumbency against the Congress’ share of 36.88 per cent for 58 seats. The outcome for either party would depend on the vote share of the BSP that had got 6.29 per cent votes last time. The Congress’ attempts to have Mayawati’s BSP on its side have proved futile. Incidentally, both Uma ! In Pak for big day, Sidhu says corridor will promote peace Lahore/chandigarh, Nov 27 The Kartarpur corridor would promote peace and erase “enmity” between India and Pakistan and create infinite possibilities between them, including the resumption of cricket ties, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Tuesday. Sidhu, who arrived here to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Narowal, 120 km from Lahore, was greeted at the Wagah border by officials of Pakistan’s Punjab. Amritsar MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla and SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal too crossed over for the event. In Chandigarh, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he had asked Sidhu to reconsider his decision. The 4-km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Narowal in Pakistan, providing visa-free access to India’s Sikh pilgrims. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is to perform the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday. Sidhu thanked Khan for making the corridor possible which, he said, would help promote peace between the two countries. “This will erase enmity between the two nations,” he stressed. — PTI/TNS Pak invites pm for saarc p11 Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu waves before crossing over to Pakistan at the Wagah border on Tuesday. AFP Stone row may reach PMO Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 27 The row over the names on the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor may reach the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, taking serious note of the faux pas by the Ministry for Road Transport and Highways, is likely to take up the matter with PM Narendra Modi, say sources. The protocol breach had evoked a strong protest by Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Housing Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa ahead of the inauguration ceremony, forcing the organisers to remove the stone, replacing it with a digital one. “MLAs are rightly aggrieved by names of Badals being put on plaque of Kartarpur corridor foundation stone laying ceremony (sic)”, the CM tweeted. continued on page 11 Punjab STF will now RSS leader Indresh monitor NDPS cases calls Sidhu ‘traitor’ Sumedha Sharma POLICY SHIFT Were handled by dist cops Says SC delaying temple case hearing Suhail A Shah Jammu, November 27 In remarks that could embarrass the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said had he looked to Delhi, he would have had to install a government led by Sajad Lone, and history would have remembered him as a “dishonest man”. Malik had abruptly dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly last week after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival NC and the Congress. This was followed by another bid from the twomember People’s Conference led by Lone, which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties. During a pre-convocation academic conclave of ITM University in Gwalior on Saturday, he said, “Delhi ki taraf dekhta to mujhe Lone ki sarkar banana padhti aur mein itihas mein ek bayiman aadmi ke tor pe jana jata... (Had I looked to Delhi, I would have had to install a government led by Lone, and history would have remembered me as a dishonest man).” “It was an Eid holiday and this is an auspicious day. Did they expect the Governor to stand by fax machine,” Malik said. Meanwhile, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said the Governor acted in an impartial manner and there was no pressure from Delhi. — PTI/TNS Serial ‘rapist’ breaks down in court: ‘I erred’ Army man killed in Kulgam encounter ‘Lone would have been CM if I had looked to Delhi’ which then gives impetus to its attempt to alter the power structure through LS poll. In Mizoram, the BJP may not appear to be a threat to the Congress, in power since 2008, the presence of NPP and ZPM can make poll calculations go awry. more reports page 7 Musa deputy, 2 other militants shot in Valley Satya Pal Malik GST would cast a shadow on the functioning of the Chouhan government or the series of welfare measures initiated by his government would carry the day, for the BJP much is at stake in this , state. The Congress feels the “mahoul” (condition) is ripe to shake this BJP citadel, Gurugram, November 27 Serial “rapist” and paedophile Sunil on Tuesday broke down at the local courts after a brief encounter with the family members of four of his victims, who tried to attack him. “Shaken, he realised the enormity of his crime for the first time, perhaps,” said one of the interrogators. “I have committed blunders. Please save me. I will confess all. I don’t want to be hanged to death,” he pleaded with the cops even as the angry families screamed “hang him right now or allow us to kill him.” Sunil’s police remand ends on Wednesday. “The Gurugram police will plead that his remand be extended as it plans to file challans in all four cases registered against him,” said sources. The police have obtained the continued on page 11 Anantnag, November 27 An Army man and three militants—one of them deputy to Al-Qaida affiliate Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind (AGH) chief Zakir Musa—were killed in gunfights with security forces in Pulwama and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir today. AGH deputy chief Shakir Hassan Dar was killed in a gunfight in the Tral area of Pulwama district, while two Lashkar operatives, Aijaz Makroo and Waris Malik, were killed in a gunfight that raged in Redwini Bala village of Kulgam district. Army man Prakash Yadav was killed in the Kulgam encounter, where two CRPF personnel also sustained minor injuries. “The condition of both of them is stable,” a senior police official told TWO GUNFIGHTS ■ Deputy chief of Zakir Musa- led Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind Shakir Hassan Dar was killed in a gunfight in the Tral area of Pulwama district ■ Two Lashkar operatives — Aijaz Makroo and Waris Malik — were killed in a gunfight in Redwini Bala village of Kulgam district ■ The martyred Army man was identified as Prakash Yadav The Tribune. In Redwini Baala of Kulgam, a cordon and search operation was launched around midnight yesterday, following inputs regarding the presence of militants in the area. “The joint team came under heavy fire from militants in which an Army man was injured, who later succumbed to his injuries,” the continued on page 11 Tribune News Service Jupinderjit Singh Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 27 In a major policy shift, all NDPS cases registered in Punjab will now be monitored by the Special Task Force (STF). These were earlier handled by the district police. Talking to a few mediapersons here on Tuesday, Mohammad Mustafa, DGP who took , over as STF chief two months ago, said they were ready with a list of 62 persons who could be “detained for a year under the NDPS Act.” He refused to reveal their identity or if they had political connections. Citing a study, he said more than 1,300 persons nabbed for smuggling in the past two months had escaped the law either due to police negligence or lack of co-ordination between the STF and the district police. continued on page 11 Chandigarh, November 27 Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Tuesday attacked the Supreme Court for the “delay” in Ram temple case hearing. He also flayed Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, calling him a “gaddar (traitor).” Addressing a gathering at a function organised by Joshi Foundation in Panjab University (PU) here, he claimed that the Supreme Court Bench, by declining Uttar Pradesh’s plea for an early hearing in the Ayodhya title suit case, “insulted” 125 crore people. “The Supreme Court could hear terrorists’ plea in the middle of the night, but peace is mocked and insulted... Even the British didn’t dare to do this kind of injustice,” he claimed. Stressing that the Modi gov- AIG Snehdeep with contraband. JAMMU COUPLE HELD WITH 10-KG HEROIN Ludhiana: The STF in Ludhiana nabbed a couple from Jalalabad Sunjma village in Jammu with 10.25-kg heroin in boxes of walnuts. Mohammad Arbi, 48, and his wife Jamila Begum, 36, confessed to supplying drugs to clients in Punjab. Snehdeep, AIG, said the duo had links with Pakistan-based smugglers. TNS ‘PVT BILL ON AYODHYA’ New Delhi: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday said he would bring a Private Member Bill in Parliament for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Tiwari made the announcement after meeting VHP leaders. IANS ernment wanted to introduce a legislation for raising Ram Mandir, he cautioned: “A freak, however, could approach the court and today’s Chief Justice may order a stay.” Turning to Sidhu, the RSS leader said whosoever called him Punjab’s hero was “not true to the Gurus.” On the issue of Khalistan, he retorted: “Will Khalistan cover all religious places of the Sikhs? Will it cover all five Takhts? The whole of India is Khalistan.” Landing on Mars after 6-month journey No doctor for dialysis, 2 deaths Washington, November 27 NASA’s robotic InSight lander, designed to dig deep into the rocky surface of Mars to reveal its secrets, has successfully touched down on the red planet after a supersonic plunge through its rose-hued atmosphere, the US space agency said on Tuesday. The lander sent signals indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface, InSight mission team said in a statement. “Aaah...soaking up the Sun with my solar panels. After a long flight, and thrilling #MarsLanding, it feels great to get a good stretch and recharge my batteries,” the NASA craft shows an image on Mars shot by a robotic camera. AP/PTI InSight Twitter handle posted. NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals of the landing, which were received on Earth at about 5:30 pm PST (7 am IST, Tuesday). Solar array deployment ensures the spacecraft can recharge its batteries each day. Odyssey also relayed a pair of images showing InSight’s landing site. The lander touched down near Mars’ equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at approximately 3 pm EST (1:30 am IST, Tuesday). The probe was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on May 5. “InSight will study the interior of Mars, and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. — PTI Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. in 3 weeks rock Una hospital Rajesh Sharma Una, November 27 The death of two patients during dialysis at Una district hospital over the past three weeks has raised questions over the functioning of the dialysis centre. The facility is without a doctor for the past around 45 days. The dialysis centre has been set up under the publicprivate partnership mode. At present, it is being managed by one senior and three junior technicians. Six patients undergo dialysis here everyday. The building also houses LEFT TO TECHNICIANS ■ The dialysis centre, set up under the public-private partnership mode, was inaugurated on March 1 this year ■ Six patients undergo dialysis daily at centre, being manned by one senior and 3 junior technicians for past 45 days ■ District Medical Officer Dr Nikhil Sharma said the company would soon be asked to post a doctor at centre the offices of the Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Superintendent. The Health and Family Wel- fare Department entered into an agreement with Delhi-based Deep Chand Dialysis Centre Private Limited for providing haemo dialysis to patients. After the signing of an MoU between the management of the dialysis company and the Una Chief Medical Officer, the centre was formally inaugurated by Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar on March 1 this year. The same firm has reportedly set up 100 such centres across the country in collaboration with government establishments. continued on page 11
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