04122018-TTC-01.qxd 04-12-2018 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.334 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, december 4,2018 RAJAPAKSA BARRED FROM ACTING AS PM PAGE 13 Vertical growth in Punjabapproved /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Happy PhD’s mom asks her ‘Robby’ to surrender Because dogs know... FAR up, no change in ground coverage Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 3 The Department of Local Government has notified the Punjab Municipal Bylaw, 2018, allowing vertical growth in buildings by increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) without any change in the ground coverage. Construction of buildings with a higher FAR (total floor area covered on all floors divided by buildable area) has been allowed in group housing, hospital, institutional, industrial, sports and amusement complex and recreational greens categories, subject to a ‘no objection certificate’ from the Airports Authority of India. It has been clearly pointed out that additional FAR will not mean increasing the limit of maximum ground coverage. Hospital buildings with plot sizes of 250 sq yards and above 1,000 sq yards, respectively, can have FAR of 1:2 and 1:1.75, instead of the existing 1:1.50 and 1:1.25. Without mentioning any specific heights, the bylaw states that the authorities concerned can permit increase in height of the building as per the requirement. Terming bigger FAR an enabling provision, the bylaw stipulates that it is not a matter of right for consumers and G’gram cops set to fingerprint clubbers Sumedha Sharma Tribune news Service Gurugram, December 3 Those planning to party on MG Road this Christmas or New Year’s Eve will have to get themselves registered biometrically at clubs as the Gurugram police are set to record fingerprint and face profile of party patrons to ensure a crime-free nightlife. The clubs and lounges on MG Road have come under the police scanner yet again with the Punjab and Haryana High Court partially vacating a stay on its previous order barring police from taking coercive action against club owners. The court also sought detailed suggestions by December 20 to make the city’s nightlife crime-free. Acting on the orders, Commissioner of Police KK Rao, who spearheaded a drive against illegal activities such as prostitution on clubs’ continued on page 11 PV-429 *T&C apply UNLIMITED Voice calls & Data + 100 SMS / day Validity - 81 days Plan Validity : 180 Days For more detail visit : www.punjab.bsnl.co.in THE TRIBUNE EXCLUSIVE THE RIDER The vertical change will only be allowed on sanctioned projects or on ones where construction has already started Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Karnesh Sharma, DIRECTOR, LOCAL GOVT can be refused by the authorities under specific conditions. Karnesh Sharma, Director, Local Government, said: “A change in FAR projects will be cleared by the department alone after considering the traffic density in the area, traffic feasibility on approach roads, heritage sites or in light of future planning by the authorities.” Karamjit Singh Narangwal, chairman, Ludhiana Architects Association, welcomed the bylaws, saying: “The change in law will be beneficial to both builders and customers. Only the implementation needs to be simplified. For instance, implementation of the notification for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies remains unfruitful because of too much confusion in the implementation clauses.” The notification allowing a bigger FAR says all new constructions should be allowed only after providing for adequate parking space. After accompanying George HW Bush in the final months of his life, Sully, the late US President’s service dog, rests near his casket in a moving photograph. A highly trained service dog, Sully — named after Chesley B ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009 --- will now go back into service to help other veterans. As the poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “Dogs know but do not tell.” REUTERS Pak immigration office at Kartarpur Lahore, December 3 Pakistan has established an immigration centre at the Kartarpur border following the groundbreaking of the corridor for Sikh pilgrims. Since the border crossing could be an easy target for “terrorists, human traffickers and drug dealers”, a strong mechanism was required to keep the situation under control on late city 56 NEW SHIPS, SUBS FOR NAVY PAGE 16 UNILEVER BUYS HORLICKS IN ~31,700-CRORE DEAL PAGE 12 /thetribunechd ! both sides of the border, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Deputy Director (Punjab) Mufakhar Adeel said. “The FIA has set up an immigration office at Kartarpur border in Narowal (120 km from Lahore) in connection with the opening of the corridor,” Adeel told Dawn. “The FIA officers will play the role of boarding officers and check the documents of Sikh pilgrims and identify them through biometric technology. Pilgrims with visas will be allowed to enter the city while those with permits will be given access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib,” he said. On November 28, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor. — PTI Amritsar, December 3 Harmeet Singh, alias Happy PhD, “Pakistan-based head of the Khalistan Liberation Force”, is a name mentioned in connection with nearly every terror case in Punjab. But his septuagenarian mother has this message for him: “Our life stands ruined since you disappeared. The religious studies you pursued advocated communal harmony. If you have committed any sin, you must surrender and seek forgiveness. Else, come clean.” “I wish he had called me once. I would have prevailed upon him to see reason,” said his mother, recalling her “Robby” while speaking to The Tribune in the family’s first-ever interaction with the media. Based in Chehharta, Amritsar, Harmeet’s parents — both retired from government service — said they were living with the hope of learning how Robby (his name at home) became the dreaded Happy PhD. Father Avtar Singh and mother Kushbir Kaur said their heart refused to accept that their soft-spoken and shy son could be responsible for acts of terror and causing death. However, they did Suspected terror mastermind left home to begin research at GNDU 10 yrs ago, no contact since HISTORY-SHEETER AND ‘PAK-BASED HEAD OF KLF’ ■ November 6, 2008: FIR No. 173 at Makhu police station for attempt to murder and carrying deadly weapons ■ September 6, 2013: FIR No. 108 at Amritsar City police station. Booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, besides conspiracy to carry out terror activities ■ Named key conspirator in the series of targeted killings of Shiv Sena, RSS and Dera Sacha Sauda representatives ■ Suspected of being involved in conspiracy to kill Rashtriya Sikh Sangat head Rulda Singh in Patiala in 2009 ■ Intelligence agencies claim he radicalises youth by motivating through social media. Also, he is a master planner of terror activities in Punjab ■ Harmeet is described as highly influential in Pakistan and pro-Khalistan groups as he is a bridge between Ranjit Singh Neeta’s Khalistan Zindabad Force and Lakhvir Singh Rode’s International Sikh Student Federation. He is in touch with organisers of Sikh Referendum-2020, and also close to pro-Khalistan leader in Pakistan Gopal Singh Chawla GIVE UP, SEEK FORGIVENESS, OR COME CLEAN I wish he had called me once. I would have prevailed upon him to see reason... If you have committed any sin, you must surrender and seek forgiveness. Else, come clean. Kushbir Kaur, HARMEET SINGH’S MOTHER ❝ realise there must be something amiss as he had not contacted them for 10 years. “He must be alive and involved in something. If the police had killed him or he had died somewhere else, they would not keep knocking at our doors looking for him,” the father said. The parents said his latest photos released by the Punjab Police did not match the face they remembered, but if the police claims were right, he should surrender. They hoped Harmeet would get their message through these columns and return. continued on page 11 ‘External source Mob violence over UP cow HCverdict today on influenced’ex-CJI slaughter; cop, youth killed appeal by Jagir Kaur Shahira Naim Justice Joseph:Impacted justice delivery New Delhi, December 3 Days after his retirement, Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four Supreme Court judges who held an unprecedented press conference in January, today claimed previous CJI Dipak Misra was working under some influence of an “external source”, adding this impacted the administration of justice. Justice Joseph along with three seniormost judges — Justices J Chelameswar, who has since retired; Ranjan Gogoi, current Chief Justice of India; and Madan Lokur — staged an open revolt against Justice Misra by convening the press conference on January 12 to flag concerns about preferential allocation of sensitive cases to judges lower down the court’s hierarchy. Asked about the basis on which he was making his claim, Justice Joseph said it was the perception among the judges, who went public, as well as among other judges. Justice Joseph, who retired on November 29, refused to elaborate on who the external source was and the cases where there was a bias and administration of justice got affected. Asked whether the alleged influence was exerted by some political party or the ON JUSTICE MISRA... The then CJI was working under some influence of an external source. He was being remote-controlled, which impacted the administration of justice. The presser had an impact and things started changing for good. ❝ Justice Kurian Joseph, EX-SC JUDGE government in any particular case, Justice Joseph said the judges were only of the view that there was some bias by the judge concerned. He said there was no need to make a reference to any particular case. “I am sorry. I don’t want to take it any forward,” he said. The retired judge, however, said the presser had an impact and things started changing for good during the remainder of Justice Misra’s tenure as CJI and was continuing under the stewardship of Justice Gogoi. continued on page 11 Tribune News Service Lucknow, December 3 An Uttar Pradesh Police Inspector and a 20-year-old villager were killed in Bulandshahr today as a mob protesting against illegal cow slaughter turned violent and torched a police post. Five policemen, including Syana Circle Officer Satya Prakash Sharma, sustained injuries. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said the protesters hurled stones at the police, smashed around 15 vehicles parked in the police compound and torched three-four police vehicles. He said Syana Station Smouldering vehicles following the mob violence on Monday. AFP House Officer Subodh Kumar Singh was probably hit by a stone and was rushed to Bulandshahr, where he succumbed to injuries. “The postmortem report says he died of excessive bleeding due to injury from a blunt object.” A youth, identified as Sumit of Chigrawati village, died of a bullet wound. continued on page 11 Chandigarh, December 3 The Punjab and Haryana High Court will on Tuesday deliver its verdict on an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation seeking conviction of Akali leader and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur for her daughter Harpreet Kaur’s “murder”. The judgment was reserved in October by a Bench of Justices AB Chaudhari and Kuldip Singh. Bibi Jagir Kaur was convicted of abduction and forcible abortion of Harpreet Kaur in 2000. Both Bibi Jagir Kaur and the CBI have filed appeals. The investigating agency claimed the trial judge failed to appreciate that Harpreet’s death was homicidal and “committed a grave error in law in not giving a finding that it was under mysterious circumstances”. The CBI said Harpreet was abducted after being sedated, confined to a house and her pregnancy was terminated against her will. — TNS The Queen, a gangster and two rebels in Rajasthan Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Jaipur/Nagaur/Dausa, Dec 3 When Rajasthan Police killed gangster Anandpal Singh last June, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had no idea his ghost would return to haunt her. Resentment over the alleged fake encounter of Singh, a Ravana Rajput, has peaked this election season with the slain gangster’s family openly campaigning against the ruling BJP and in favour of the Congress. “Kamal ka phool, hamaari bhool” is the slogan Singh’s daughter Yogita is heard chanting at all poll rallies which she and her mother Nirmala Kanwar routinely attend these days to back the Congress. The majority of demographically dominant Rajputs in Rajasthan are livid at Raje over the killing of Singh, hailed by villagers across the Nagaur belt as a “good gangster”. “He never troubled the poor. Members of his gang respect- A file photo of slain gangster Anandpal Singh CM Raje faces new challenges in December 7 poll Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. ed women so much they would offer their own seats to women in roadways buses. Anandpal Singh routinely gave money to Rajput families in villages to wed their daughters. He was unfairly eliminated,” says Surender Singh Chouhan of Dausa, who feels the Rajput anger against Raje is justified. Anandpal’s killing, coupled with the release of film “Padmaavat” last year, fuelled Rajput angst against the ruling dispensation with the local Rajput Karni Sena aggressively posturing against the BJP in elections. “The Karni Sena was not in favour of the crimes Anandpal Singh had committed. But we are against his fake encounter. He deserved to face the justice system like any other citizen. He did not deserve to be killed,” says Madho Singh, a Karni Sena office-bearer in Dausa. Rajput-backed outfit Janata Sena has this time fielded continued on page 11
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