03122018-TTC-01.qxd 03-12-2018 01:30 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.333 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday,december 3,2018 INFOCUS UNDER THE WEATHER PAGE 12 NO NEW TARIFFS: TRUMP, XI AGREE TO DEFUSE TRADE WAR PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Dhaka: Quashing the political ambitions of jailed former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the Election Commission on Sunday rejected her nomination papers from three constituencies, citing her conviction in two corruption cases. The decision came four days after the High Court ruled that a person jailed for more than two years cannot contest. The 73year-old is currently serving jail terms in two graft cases. Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the 2014 elections but has set up an alliance with the newly formed National Unity Front (NUF) led by eminent jurist Kamal Hossain. PTI Two Punjab teachers’ unions on indefinite stir Patiala: The differences within the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha — an umbrella union of teachers — came out in the open on Sunday as two of its disgruntled unions held a massive show of strength on Sunday. The SSARMSA Teachers Union and Model Adarsh School Karamchari Association are miffed at the morcha’s decision to call off the strike on Saturday. PAGE 2 INDIA HOLD BELGIUM TO 2-2 DRAW IN WORLD HOCKEY CUP PAGE 14 Expelled SAD leaders float ‘parallel Akali Dal’ Oppn leaders’ first big tie-up bid on Dec 10 Invite ‘all leaders, even Khaira’ to join I Details on Dec 14 Macron leads crisis meet | State of emergency not ruled out B’desh EC rejects papers of jailed ex-PM Khaleda Zia late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Paris burns as fuel price hike fuels huge unrest; 263 injured Paris, December 2 French President Emmanuel Macron led a crisis meeting today after anti-government protests in Paris that left 263 persons injured and a trail of widespread destruction around the capital. Macron met the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials at the presidential palace after flying in from the G20 Summit in Argentina. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said the Macron administration was considering imposing a state of emergency, but the matter was not discussed during the meeting. Griveaux said the president was open to dialogue, but would not reverse policy reforms. They spoke about adapting security forces for future protests following the riots that broke out in Paris yesterday, said a presidential source. Riot police were overwhelmed yesterday as protesters ran amok in posh neighbourhoods, torching dozens of cars, looting boutiques and smashing up luxury private homes and cafes in the worst disturbances the capital has seen since 1968. The unrest poses the most ! New Delhi, December 2 The first-ever formal meeting of political parties opposed to the BJP has been scheduled here for December 10 on the eve of the winter session of Parliament. The meeting also comes a day before votes for the five Assemblies will be counted. Coordinated by TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the meeting of leaders belonging to the Congress, NCP Left, SP , , BSP NC, JD(S) and Sharad , Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal, among others, is the first major attempt to work on a plan ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “It is a preliminary meeting of leaders who will discuss how to take the idea of working together forward… there could be talks on a common agenda,” former TDP MP and point person K Rama Mohana Rao said. While the SP-BSP tie-up in the Lok Sabha byelections showed that a combined Opposition can successfully challenge the BJP juggernaut, inherit contradictions continue to dog parties. continued on page 11 GS Paul Tribune News Service Demonstrators clash with riot police during a ‘Yellow Vest’ protest over rising oil prices at Arc de Triomphe in Paris. AFP formidable challenge yet to Macron’s presidency, with the escalating violence and depth of public anger against his economic reforms catching the 40year-old leader off-guard and battling to regain control. Macron earlier visited the Arc de Triomphe, a monument to France’s war dead, and other scenes of violence where he paid tribute to the police but was also booed by sections of the crowd. Police said 412 persons were arrested yesterday and 378 were still in custody. A total of 133 had been injured, including 23 security personnel who battled rioters for most of the day in some of the most famous parts of the capital. A motorist died overnight after crashing a van into traffic which had built up due to a “Yellow Vest” demonstration in Arles, southern France, a local prosecutor said. The “Yellow Vest” anti-government protests that have swept France over the last fortnight were sparked by a rise in taxes on diesel. Macron has so far refused to roll back taxes on fuel, which he says are needed to fund the country’s transition to a low-emission economy. — Agencies Amritsar, December 2 Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura today announced formation of a new political party, less than a month after the Shiromani Akali Dal expelled him and two other Taksalis (old guard) — Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala. The trio said the future line of action would be announced on December 14, which happens to be the foundation day of SAD. Brahmpura said the new “parallel party” would be based on Akali Dal’s “original ideology” of 1920, though adapted to suit the “present circumstances and prevailing situation”. The party, he added, would retain the words ‘Shiromani Akali Dal’, but the suffix would be announced soon. The veteran said all “likeminded” party leaders had been approached to join. “We welcome even non-Akali parties who can adhere to our ideology. The Bains brothers and AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who have old Akali connections, (From R) Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sewa Singh Sekhwan in Amritsar on Sunday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR ‘CREDIT FOR KARTARPUR CORRIDOR GOES TO SIDHU’ Ranjit Singh Brahmpura said the credit for the move to open the Kartarpur corridor goes to Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. “Undoubtedly, the prayers of crores of devotees bore fruit, but credit should go to Sidhu. It was his association with Pakistan PM Imran Khan that made it happen,” he said. TNS . too have been apprised of our vision,” he added. Sekhwan and Dr Ajnala said they had committed a blunder by not raising their voice at the “appropriate platform”. “With folded hands, we seek an apology from the entire Punjabi community that though we had opposed Badal-Majithia over anti-Panthic policies within the party, we should have placed the issues in the people’s court then,” they said. Citing the flip-flop decision to pardon the Dera Sacha Sauda chief for blasphemy, the series of sacrilege incidents at Bargari and police firing in Behbal Kalan, continued on page 11 KV Prasad Tribune News Service CEC Arora in charge, for ‘fair, ethical’ polls Valley student who Pak can seek our help if it can’t joined IS arrested handle anti-terror fight: Rajnath ‘BEST FOOT FORWARD’ Took up arms after Noida varsity assault Asks Congress why it kept earlier surgical strikes a secret New Delhi, December 2 Seniormost Election Commissioner Sunil Arora today took charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), a day after Om Prakash Rawat demitted the office. In his joining statement, Arora expressed hope that he would get cooperation from all political parties and people in holding “totally free, fair and ethical” elections. Arora, a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, is the 23rd CEC. He was appointed an Election Commissioner on August 31, 2017. The 62-year-old former bureaucrat will have a tenure till October 2021. This means that besides the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019, he will also lead the poll panel in conducting Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Arora has been the Infor- BBG ULD 150 GB @Rs. 199/- 24 hrs. UNLIMITED *T&C apply PM Calling any net and Speed upto 20 mbps till 5GB/Day, 1 mbps beyond For more detail visit : www.punjab.bsnl.co.in For Circulation and Advertisement related issues please call at following numbers between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Circulation: 0172-3050419 or e-mail at email@example.com Advertisement: Classified: 0172-3050257, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Display: 0172-3050256, or e-mail at email@example.com ❝ All of us in the commission shall continue to put our best foot forward to meet the expectations of all stakeholders strictly in accordance and conformity with the vision and ideals of the Constitution, especially the Preamble. Sunil Arora, CEC mation and Broadcasting Secretary and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He has also worked in ministries such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission. In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he had been Secretary to the CM during 1993-1998. — TNS Pak FM defends ‘googly’ remark Islamabad, December 2 Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi today defended his controversial “googly” comments, saying linking his remarks to “Sikh sentiments” was misleading and “what I said was strictly with reference to bilateral interaction”. On Thursday, Qureshi had said Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a “googly” to ensure the Indian Government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said his comments “exposed” him and that Pakistan has “no respect for Sikh sentiments”. — PTI More voices for Sidhu’s resignation PAGE 4 Rifat Mohidin Tribune News Service Srinagar, December 2 The 18-year-old Srinagar student who went missing from Sharda University in Noida on October 28 and reportedly joined Islamic State’s Kashmir chapter has been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police from his home. The police said the teenager, Ehtisham Bilal, had been brought to the mainstream “with the help of his family and an individual”. Bilal, pursuing BSc in radiology and imaging technology at the Noida university, was allegedly beaten up by some students on the campus on October 4 and a video was shared on the social media, his family said. On October 28, Bilal disappeared from the university and days later, his photograph in a black attire surfaced on the social media with an audio message claiming that he had joined the militant ranks. The police said Bilal was arrested from his home in Khanyar, Srinagar. Further investigations were being carried out by the Delhi Police and J&K Police. “He was not feeling well, so we took him to hospital. He will be handed over to the family. He has come back on his family’s request. We are there to help him. They will not be harassed,” DGP Dilbagh Singh told The Tribune. The family had made passionate appeals to militant outfits to send their son home and urged J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to help them bring him back. The police officials said the teenager had joined the university this year after clearing his Class XII exams in Kashmir. Jaipur, December 2 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said Pakistan can seek India’s help if it cannot handle the fight against terrorism alone. He asserted that there has not been any major terrorrelated incident in over four years of the Narendra Modiled NDA government. “I want to ask the Pakistan Prime Minister (Imran Khan) that if in Afghanistan a fight can be carried out against terror and the Taliban with the help of the US, then Pakistan can seek help against terrorism from India if it feels that it cannot handle it alone,” he said. At a press conference here, he said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue as it was an integral part of the country. “The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it.” “I do not want to claim that terrorism has stopped, but no ‘WE’VE BROUGHT J&K INTO POLITICAL PROCESS’ ❝ The government has brought Jammu and Kashmir into the political process. As far as terrorism is concerned, there is no second thought that it is Pakistan-sponsored Rajnath Singh, UNION HOME MINISTER major terrorist incident has happened in the last fourand-a-half years,” he said. Terrorism is confined to Kashmir where also the situation is improving, Rajnath Singh said, adding that panchayat polls in J&K are being conducted successfully. “Naxal-related incidents have come down by 50-60 per cent in the last four years and the problem will get eliminated in three to five years,” he said. Hitting back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his statement that surgical strikes were conducted during the UPA regime also, the Home Minister sought to know why it was kept a secret. “Why was the country not informed earlier? If our Army had shown its valour and strength, should this country not have any knowledge of this matter?” Rajnath Singh asked. “Why was the attempt made to keep the valour and strength of the Army hidden? Whose fear was it? I want to have an answer to this question,” the Home Minister said. — PTI 750 kg onions sold for ~1,064 MBBS fee cut in Punjab pvt varsities? Nashik grower sends money to PMO for Disaster Relief Fund State govt likely to amend law in winter session of Assembly to put a cap Mumbai, December 2 An onion-grower from Maharashtra who had to sell his produce for a little over Re 1 per kg has sent his earnings to the Prime Minister to mark his protest. Sanjay Sathe, resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district, was among the handful of “progressive farmers” selected by the Union Agriculture Ministry for an interaction with then US President Barack Obama in 2010. Sathe said, “I produced 750 kg of onion this season but was offered a rate of Re 1 per kg at the Niphad wholesale market last week. “Finally, I could negotiate a deal for Rs 1.40 per kg and ❝I do not represent any political party. But I am angry because of the government’s apathy towards our woes❞ Sanjay Sathe, PROGRESSIVE FARMER received Rs 1,064 for 750 kg.” “It was painful to see such paltry returns on four months of toil. Hence, I have donated Rs 1,064 to Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO as a protest. I had to pay an additional Rs 54 for sending it by money order,” he said. Nashik in north Maharashtra accounts for 50 per cent of onion production in India. Asked about his meeting with Obama, he said, “I have been using a voice-based advisory service (run by a telecom operator) for farmers for a long time. I used to get information about weather changes, and thus succeeded in increasing the production. “I had also been invited to speak about experiments in agriculture on AIR. So I was selected to set up a stall in Mumbai. I spoke to him for a couple of minutes through an interpreter.” — PTI Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 2 Students paying exorbitant fee for MBBS and BDS courses at private universities in Punjab can finally see a ray of hope as the state government is likely to amend a related legislation in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha session. The Punjab Advocate General recently gave approval to amending the Punjab Private Health Sciences Education Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making Reservation) Act 2006, it is learnt. The amendment will enable the government to regulate the fee being charged by the private health HOW MUCH THEY CHARGE ■ Punjab has three private health universi- ties: Adesh University, Bathinda; Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar; and Desh Bhagat University, Amloh ■ The first two offer both MBBS and BDS courses while the third one only offers BDS ■ The full-course MBBS fee is around ~50-70 lakh and the amendment is likely to bring it below ~15 lakh sciences universities. In his advice, the Legal Remembrancer said though the present Act — enacted much before private universities came into existence — had a provision to regulate the fee charged by private medical colleges, there was no reference to private health universities. Citing the Act, Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. the universities would get favourable directions from the court and they not only fixed fee arbitrarily, but also prepared admission criteria that suited them the best. Laying stress on bringing the universities under the amended Act, the Legal Remembrancer observed that there was no justification in having different sets of fee structure for private medical colleges and private universities when the courses they were offering were the same. Sources said the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) has proposed to bring the amendment in the upcoming Cabinet meeting. Medical Education and Research Minister Brahm Mohindra confirmed that after the Cabinet nod, the government would try to table the amendment Bill. Before private universities came into existence, at least 50 per cent of the seats in private colleges were kept under government quota. The fee was decided by the government.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
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).