01112018-TTC-01.qxd 01-12-2018 01:19 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.331 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, 1 december,2018 ED SUMMONS VADRA IN BIKANER LAND SCAM PAGE 7 US, MEXICO, CANADA INK NEW TRADE PACT REPLACING NAFTA PAGE 17 /thetribunechd ! late city SHAW INJURED, OUT OF FIRST TEST PAGE 18 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Oppn rallies behind farmers ‘Fake kills’: SC rejects Rahul vows to work with non-BJP parties as 2-day national protest ends Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service To Pak: ‘Turn secular from Islamic state’ Pune, November 30 Venturing into uncharted waters, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat today said Pakistan should turn into a secular state from an Islamic nation. Pakistan’s turning into a secular state is essential if it has to stay together with India, the Army Chief said on the sidelines of the passingout parade at the NDA here. “See this staying together, staying separate, ispe Pakistan ko apni andruni halat dekhni hogi. Pakistan ne apne state ko Islamic state bana diya hai. Hum log secular state hain (Pakistan has to look at its internal situation. They are an Islamic state, we are a secular state),” he said. Gen Rawat said, “How can we stay together if you say I am an Islamic state and there is no role for anybody else. If they are willing to become secular like us, they seem to have an opportunity. Pehle dekhen karte hain ki nahin karte (Let us see if they do so or not)?” The Army Chief also asked Pakistan to curtail terror activities. — PTI ‘armynotreadyforwomen’ p20 INSIDE Himachal Cabinet approves stringent law for drug abuse Shimla: The Himachal Cabinet on Friday gave its nod to bringing in the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Himachal Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2018, to make the offences related to drug abuse more stringent. PAGE 9 At G-20, Modi, Trump, Abe hold first trilateral meet Buenos Aires: PM Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Friday met for their first trilateral meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit to discuss major issues of global and multilateral interests. PAGE 20 New Delhi, November 30 Leaders of Opposition parties, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, today used the second day of the farmers’ protest as a platform to demonstrate unity against the BJP as they underscored the need to oust the Narendra Modi government in 2019 to “protect farmers’ interest”. Earlier, the farmers took out a march from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street, where it ended in a rally — culmination of a two-day national protest by farmers affiliated with 209 organisations. The farmers are demanding laws to ensure remunerative MSP in line with recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission and to secure them from indebtedness. At the rally, Gandhi (From L) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, NC president Farooq Abdullah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav and CPI’s D Raja at ‘Kisan Mukti March’. MUKESH AGGARWAL pledged to work with other Opposition leaders to build a strong fulcrum, especially for farmers, to ensure their progress and welfare. “In spite of our ideological differences, we have come here for farmers,” Gandhi said. Gandhi, who shared the podium with Modi-baiters, including AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and Gujarat Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, said Modi was oriented in favour of corporate houses at the cost of farmers. He castigated Modi for not fulfilling the promise of remunerative MSP and loan waiver to farmers, made during the 4,000 HIV patients in Doaba quit treatment 14 HP youths in Riyadh lockup; 2 agents booked No bus pass, most too poor to travel: NGO Pratibha Chauhan Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 30 In the absence of free bus pass facility and timely availability of medicines at the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre at the Civil Hospital here, a whopping 4,000 HIV-infected patients in the Doaba belt — most of them daily-wagers or from weaker sections — have quit free treatment over the past few years. They were required to attend the clinic twice a month. Pradeep Sharma, working for an NGO attached with the “Prayas Positive Network” programme, said a survey showed that the patients — most of them from Phillaur, Nawanshahr, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur — had opted out as they were unable to bear the transport cost. “Many are widows or orphans. Some having lost a family member do not see any hope for themselves,” he explained. A daily-wager from Bhogpur, the sole bread-winner, said: “I have four daughters to take care of. Coming twice a month is costly, so I skip treatment every now and then. Often there are no medicines at the centre. These cost Rs 500-700. I can’t keep up.” Aarti Singh, district head of NGO Abhivyakti Foundation working for HIV/AIDS patients, described the situation as distressing. “Medication slows down build-up of the HIV virus, which ensures an infected person has a healthier and longer life. Skipping treatment results in rapid deterioration of health. Lack of free transportation is certainly a hindrance.” Dr Manpreet Chhatwal, Additional Project Director, Punjab State AIDS Control Society, said he had written for free bus passes, but to no avail. WORLD AIDS DAY Tribune News Service Shimla, November 30 Two local travel agents were today booked for allegedly defrauding 14 youths from various villages of Sundernagar in Mandi district. The youths are currently lodged in a police station in Riyadh. Saroj Kumari (35), whose husband Harjinder Singh is among those in the lockup, had filed a complaint on behalf of all 14 families against the two agents. The youths had left on July 18. “They have been in the police station for 10 days. They have pleaded with their families to take up the issue with the state government so the Centre could raise the issue with Saudi Arabia for their early release,” said Saroj. The agents allegedly charged Rs 90,000 each, promising driver’s job on a tourist visa. “After three months, they were promised work visa, but it didn’t happen,” claimed Saroj. Sher-Gil’s ‘Little Girl’ fetches ~18.69 crore Tyeb Mehta’s ‘Durga’ sold for ~20.49 cr IRecord price for 1950s sculpture too Mumbai, November 30 Amrita Sher-Gil’s “The Little Girl in Blue” fetched a whopping Rs 18.69 crore at Sotheby’s maiden auction in India — ‘Boundless: India’, setting a record price for the artist in the country. The 1934 artwork, a portrait of Sher-Gil’s then eight-year-old cousin Lalit Kaur Mann, was estimated at Rs 8.5 crore to 12.5 crore. First exhibited in 1937 as part of the artist’s debut show in Lahore, it was bought by art historian Charles Fabri, and was brought back on the market after eight long decades by Sotheby’s, making it only the seventh oil painting by SUBJECT MATTER Subject of ‘The Little Girl’ was Shimla resident Lalit Kaur Mann, who was related to Amrita Sher-Gil. Lalit, then eight, recalls feeling bored at having to sit still for the sessions in Amritsar in 1934. Lalit’s mother felt the painting did not do justice to her daughter, acclaimed a beauty even as a child. TNS her to be offered anywhere. Record price was also achieved for an untitled 1950s bronze sculpture by Sadanand Bakre. At Rs 1.88 crore, it fetched the highest price for any 20th century Indian sculpture. It was esti- mated at Rs 40-60 lakh. Contemporary artist Arpita Singh’s “Men Sitting, Men Standing” estimated at Rs 1.2-1.8 crore also sold for Rs 1.88 crore. Leading the lot was Tyeb Mehta’s “Durga Mahisasura Mardini”, which sold for Rs 20.49 crore, a little above the painting’s lower estimate of Rs 20 crore. Mehta’s painting had remained in the same private collection since it was commissioned in 1993. The auction house noted that over 75 per cent of sold lots achieved prices above their pre-sale high estimates, fetching Rs 55.4 crore. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Bathinda Tribune. 2014 election. “If Rs 3.5 lakh crore of bad loans of corporate houses can be written off, so can the loans of farmers,” Gandhi said, stressing that farmers and youth constituted India’s backbone. He said if chief ministers or the Prime Minister needed to be changed to protect farmers’ interest, it must be done. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury urged farmers to use the ballot to dislodge the BJP-led NDA government. Kejriwal said the Centre’s Kisan Fasal Bima Yojana was a misnomer, while former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah flayed the BJP for its politics of communalism. Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Yogendra Yadav and leaders of RLD and SP also addressed the rally. edit: angry farmers Related report page 7 350 Army men’s plea Overrules ‘demoralising effect’ stand Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 30 The Supreme Court today rejected a petition by more than 350 Army men challenging FIRs against soldiers in Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir, where AFSPA is in force, overruling the Centre’s contention that it will have a “demoralising effect” on soldiers fighting terrorism. As a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur made it clear that it was going to dismiss the petition, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre wanted to be heard and that there should be a debate on the issue. “There has to be a mechanism where the hands of our soldiers do not shake while fighting terrorism,” Mehta said, adding, “Human life has a value which can never be disputed.” The top court had in July 2017 ordered a CBI probe into alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, Assam Rifles and Manipur Police in Manipur between 2000 and 2012. The use of “excessive force” was not permissible under AFSPA, it had said. The CBI has already filed several chargesheets against security personnel in connection with fake encounter killings and over a dozen of them have been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence. It was after the filing of chargesheets that the Army personnel challenged dilution of AFSPA, contending continued on page 7 My captain Rahul Gandhi sent me to Kartarpur: Sidhu Hyderabad, November 30 Amid the row over his Pakistan visit, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today said it was Congress president Rahul Gandhi who had sent him there for the stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor. Asked why he had not reconsidered his decision as suggested by Captain (Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh), Sidhu quipped: “Which captain? Oh, Capt Amarinder Singh. He is a Captain of the Army. My captain is Rahul Gandhi. His (Amarinder’s) captain too is Rahul Gandhi.” — TNS
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