06122018-TTC-01.qxd 06-12-2018 01:28 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.336 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, december 6,2018 RBI KEEPS KEY RATES UNCHANGED PAGE 14 late city FIRST TEST AGAINST AUSSIES FROM TODAY PAGE 16 MUELLER RECOMMENDS NO JAIL FOR FORMER NSA FLYNN PAGE 15 /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Punjab cane farmers end stir Michel in 5-day CBI custody Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 5 The protest by Punjab cane farmers, which saw major highways in Doaba and Majha being blocked, was called off today after the Punjab Government struck a deal with private sugar mills, costing the state exchequer about Rs 230 crore. However, it will still take another three or four days for crushing at the mills to begin as most are yet to obtain a licence to start operations. The government, conceding to the demand of private sugar mills, owned by leaders from across the political spectrum, decided to pay a part of the State Advised Price (SAP) — Rs 25 per quintal — to the farmers. Vishwajit Khanna, Additional Chief Secretary (Development), said the decision had been taken as wholesale sugar prices had crashed to Rs 2,900 per quintal. “The private mills said they were unable to buy cane at Rs 310 per quintal, use their own resources to produce sugar Magisterial probe clean Govt pay part chit to Sidhus Ruchikato Khanna of SAP, mills to release dues in phases VVIP CHOPPER CASE ED to seek court’s permission for questioning M Chandigarh, December 5 In a reprieve for Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife, former Amritsar-East MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the magisterial probe has not held them guilty on any count for the October 20 Dasehra tragedy in which 59 persons were run over by a train. Instead, the 300-page report by Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha has indicted officials of the Amritsar administration and Municipal Corporation, besides the Railways and the police, saying they did not do their duty properly, leading to the loss of so many lives. Sources said the Chief Minister would soon announce action taken on the report. The Purushartha report has specially pointed out that the organisers of the event, including councillor’s Vijay Madan’s son Mithu continued on page 13 Farmers hold a protest at Mukerian in Hoshiarpur. MALKIAT SINGH BIGWIGS IN BUSINESS ■ Jarnail Singh Wahid (SAD leader), Phagwara ■ DP Yadav (UP strongman), Mukerian and Dhuri ■ Rana Gurjit Singh (ex-minister), Buttar Sevian, Amritsar ■ Jasdeep Chadha (niece of CM confidant PS Sarna), Kiri Afgana, Batala ■ Raju Chadha (brother of late liquor baron Ponty Chadha), Dasuya ■ Industrialist Kamal Oswal, Amloh in Fatehgarh Sahib and then sell it at Rs 2,900 per quintal,” he said. The mill owners had been adamant on being paid Rs 35 per quintal as subsidy, if the government wanted the mills to pay the SAP (Rs 295, Rs 300 and Rs 310 per quintal) to cane growers. According to the deal, the private mills, which have a 70 per cent crushing capacity, will pay Rs 285 per quintal (early yielding), continued on page 13 Edit: Bitter Taste of sugarcane New Delhi, December 5 A Special CBI judge today remanded extradited British national Christian Michel in five-day police custody for questioning over the alleged kickbacks paid in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case. The middleman will now be produced before the judge at Patiala House Courts on December 10. Michel, 57, was extradited from Dubai last night under the guidance of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. He is one of the three middlemen, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI. Both agencies had notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him. The CBI filed a chargesheet against him in September last year. Anglo-Italian com- IYC expels leader for appearing as counsel New Delhi: The Congress party has expelled Indian Youth Congress leader and lawyer Aljo K Joseph after he appeared in a court for Christian Michel (in custody, right). The IYC said Joseph represented Michel in his personal capacity and did not consult the party before appearing in the case. PTI pany AgustaWestland is also one of the accused. Judge Arvind Kumar rejected Michel’s bail application over the complexity of the case. The public prosecutor said the CBI needed to question the accused for details of “kickbacks given to senior officers, influential people and others”. The public prosecutor said the agency needed his custody to investigate the money trail, confront the evidences gathered and ascertain the beneficiaries of kickbacks. Rejecting Michel’s bail plea moved by counsel Aljo K Joseph, the judge granted five-day custody, though the CBI had sought 14 days’ remand. The court ordered Michel’s medical examination before sending him to CBI custody. A new bail plea was moved on his behalf, but the court did not give any specific date for hearing. Meanwhile, ED is preparing to grill Michel over purported creation of “shell firms” in India and abroad to launder bribe money, sources in the agency confirmed. It is expected to either seek fresh custody of Michel or move an application for questioning alongside the CBI under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), agency officials said, adding they may also file a fresh (supplementary) chargesheet in this case detailing the role of other accused. The ED, the sources said, will specifically ask about their “dealings” with Indian Air Force (IAF) officials during the course of the deal. A senior CBI official handling the case said that investigators had been grilling Michel since he was formally arrested soon after his arrival in India last night. “In view of our investigation so far, Michel appeared to be one of the missing links to establish the money trail and also beneficiaries of the bribe,” he said, adding that the agency was looking at “definite answers” to questions on four counts. continued on page 13 IN BRIEF Verma, Asthana were Death for Hisar honour killing Probing Babri anniv fighting like cats: Govt Sister, who got married in 2015, killed by brother in 2017 ‘conspiracy’:UPDGP Deepender Deswal Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Hisar, December 5 A district court today awarded death sentence to a man for killing his sister in February 2017 for marrying outside the caste at Juglan village here three years ago. Calling it the rarest of rare case, the court said “honour killing comes in the category of cool-minded and wellplanned murder”. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Dr Pankaj had convicted Ashok Kumar on November 29 on charges of murder and destruction of evidence. On August 8, 2015, victim Kiran Rani from the Jat community had married Rohtash Saini, a resident of Sishwal village, at Sanathan Dharam Charitable Trust, Hisar. Both were students at the time. After the marriage, Kiran went to stay with her parents. New Delhi, December 5 The Centre today defended before the Supreme Court its decision to divest CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana of their powers and send them on leave, saying the public fight between the two top CBI officers made the probe agency a subject of ridicule. “Dispute between CBI Director and Special Director was pulling down the integrity and respect of the premier institution. The two top officers were fighting like Kilkenny cats,” Attorney General KK Venugopal told a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph. The AG’s statement came in response to a question by Justice Joseph on whether Alok Verma R Asthana the Centre had the power to divest the CBI Director of his powers under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Justice Joseph pointed out that Section 4(1) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act that governs the CBI says that in corruption cases, the Central Vigilance Commission will have superintendence over CBI, while Section 4(2) says that the Centre will have power of superintendence in all other matters. He wondered if the Centre could also divest him of powers under the PC Act. continued on page 13 Victim Kiran Rani In 2017, Trust president Sanjay Chauhan got to know that Kiran’s body was cremated in the village. Chauhan informed Rohtash, who filed a complaint with the police suspecting it to be a murder by the girl’s family. After registering a case on February 14, 2017, the police collected ash samples from the cremation ground. The accused apparently killed his sister and secretly cremated the body. He later produced a note to pass it off as suicide. To corroborate the murder theory, Chauhan produced a copy of the Trust’s proceedings book in which the victim wrote that “she was going home and if she fails to contact her husband, it may be inferred that there is a threat to her life”. Holding the accused guilty on several accounts, the court said the accused committed the murder for the “false pride of the family”. In the order, the judge said: “There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence to show that the accused committed the crime as he felt he was dishonoured by his sister. The killing is only because of inter-caste marriage… there is also somewhere a social breach of trust as it is a murder by the real brother.” It said the sentence was subject to confirmation by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. ~10 lakh for kin of killed youth, also accused Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, December 5 The family of 20-year-old Sumit Kumar, who was killed during Monday’s Bulandshahr mob violence, has been awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Sumit has been named as an accused in an FIR. Two days after Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and Sumit were killed in the mob violence that broke out after suspected cow remains were found in the fields, the state DGP today said they suspected a “conspiracy” and were investigating why cow remains were found on December 3, three days ahead of the anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition. Presiding over a law and order review meeting late last night, Yogi announced compensation for Sumit’s family from the CM’s relief fund. Sumit of Chigrawati village under Siyana police station of Bulandshahr is listed as accused number 16 in the second FIR registered by Sub-Inspector Subhash Chand at 2.51 pm yesterday. Sumit’s post-mortem report confirms he was hit by a bullet fired from a 0.32 bore weapon, similar to the one that killed Inspector Singh, suggesting he was killed in the crossfire as the police used .303 bore rifles, say police sources. A video clip on the social media shows a crowd getting hostile towards the police after Sumit was shot. Youths are seen surrounding Sumit as he limps holding his chest. continued on page 13 Maruti to hike prices across models from Jan Mumbai: Maruti Suzuki India will increase prices of its vehicles across various models from next month to offset the “adverse impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates”. The company, however, did not specify by how much the prices of its vehicles would increase. At present, the company is working out the range, a company official said, Maruti Suzuki India said in a regulatory filing. PTI 1 killed in explosion at IISc lab in Bengaluru Bengaluru: A suspected cylinder blast killed a 32year old technician and injured three others during an experiment in a laboratory of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here on Wednesday, police said. Four technicians of a private start-up company were involved in some experiment when an explosion occurred suddenly around 2.20 pm, they said. PTI Witnesses to get govt protection Sahitya Akademi Award for Mohanjit Pharma links: Notice to 400 docs New Delhi: The Supreme Court has approved the Centre’s draft witness-protection plan and directed states and union territories to implement it forthwith “in letter and spirit”. P11 Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service STV-99 UNLIMITED Voice calls on anynet + Validity -26 days For more detail visit : www.punjab.bsnl.co.in *T&C apply Ring Back Tone Chandigarh, December 5 A complete generation of young poets tried to imitate Mohanjit’s style of poetry, with little success. That was the instant reaction of many when news broke of his being selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book of poems Kone Da Suraj. The Delhi-based former teacher of DU’s Deshbandhu College, Mohanjit hails from Adliwala village in Amritsar. He is considered a poet of modern sensibility, who inspired a generation with the new poetic language. The jury consisted of Mohan Bhandari, Nachhatar and Prof Avtar Singh. The award, comprising an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque for ~1 lakh, will be presented on January 29 Almost everybody feels that the award for Mohanjit came too late, especially when several poets who were inspired by his work got it long back. However, Mohanjit has a different take: “I know it’s too late to get this award at the age of 80, but I didn’t lose my dignity to get it.” He says there were people who had openly announced that they won’t let him get this award. “My response was, ‘Don’t worry, I will never crawl before you’.” His first poems were published in 1956. While living in Amritsar during the 1971 war, he started sending write- ups to Amrita Pritam for Nagmani, which were published under ‘Dispatches from the Western Front’. He tried to experiment by writing poetic sketches with Turde Phirde Maskhare (Rolling Clowns). “His first anthology Sehkada Shehir introduced Punjabi readers to a new kind of poetic language and sensitivity,” says Punjabi writer and editor of Punjabi Tribune Swarajbir. Ohle Ch Ojiara was considered the zenith of his poetry. He also edited a Punjabi magazine named Charcha. Akademi Awards are given in 24 languages. In spot for ‘prescribing non-generic medicines against HP norms’ Shimla, December 5 The Health and Family Welfare Department has issued notices to 400 doctors posted in various health institutions for prescribing branded instead of generic medicines in violation of the Himachal Government directives. “We have issued notices to 400 doctors,” Health Minister Vipin Parmar said today, warning of strict action if the allegations were found true. The notices have been issued on the basis of the Prescription Audit Scheme initiated four years ago to keep tabs on doctors from Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Health Minister Vipin Parmar addresses mediapersons. falling prey to the lure of pharmaceutical companies. Under the scheme, a copy of doctor’s prescription is put in a prescription box at the health institution, while another is given to the patient. The department then undertakes an audit of the prescription to see if the doctors are prescribing nongeneric medicines. The department has been receiving complaints of government doctors prescribing non-generic medicines and insisting on purchase from a particular store. Also, complaints of doctors asking patients to buy equipment for surgeries have been received. — TNS
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