07122018-TTC-01.qxd 07-12-2018 01:34 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.337 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, december 7,2018 YOGI MEETS SLAIN COP’S FAMILY MEMBERS PAGE 7 CBI chief’s fate hangs in balance, ruling reserved /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Pujara saves the day AP/PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 6 CBI Director Alok Verma’s fate hangs in balance as the Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on his petition challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of all powers and to send him on leave. Verma — who is due to retire on January 31 — and Special Director Rakesh Asthana have been at loggerheads for quite some time. They were sent on leave last month and both have filed separate petitions challenging the decision. Asthana’s petition remains pending. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reserved its judgment after marathon arguments from senior counsel Fali Nariman for Verma, Attorney General KK Venugopal for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for POSER TO CENTRE The essence of administration is to do what is acceptable. If there are two options, one acceptable and the other more acceptable, what stopped the Centre from going for the more acceptable option? ❝ CJI Ranjan Gogoi Central Vigilance Commission, Additional Solicitor General PS Nasarimha for CBI, senior counsel Dushyant Dave for Common Cause, senior counsel Rajiv Dhavan for CBI DSP AK Bassi and senior advocate Kapil Sibal for Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who represented CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, was allowed to make a brief submission as “an officer of the court”. In the pre-lunch session, the Bench — which also included Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph — fired a volley of questions at Mehta and asked him to explain why the appointments panel comprising the Prime Minister, CJI and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha was not consulted. “It’s not that the fight between Verma and Asthana emerged overnight and the government was forced to take immediate steps to divest the CBI Director of his powers without consulting the Selection Committee,” the CJI asked. continued on page 7 Soldier, BSF man die in LoC firing Ceasefire violated in Machil, Sunderbani Bench: Why appointments panel was not consulted Satya Prakash late city MY DEAL, NO DEAL OR NO BREXIT: MAY PAGE 13 INDIA INKS PACT WITH IRAN TO PAY CRUDE BILL IN RUPEE PAGE 12 /thetribunechd ! Cheteshwar Pujara hit his 16th ton as India ended the day at 250/9 in the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide. He became 12th Indian batsman to score 5,000 runs in Test. PAGE 14 Srinagar/Jammu, December 6 An Army jawan and a BSF constable were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir today. Rifleman Rajesh Kumar from Uttar Pradesh was killed when a volley of bullets was fired towards a forward post in Machil sector of Kupwara, 150 km northwest of Srinagar. “Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Machil sector at 10.45 am. One soldier got martyred in the enemy fire,” said Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia. “Indian forces retaliated strongly,” he added. This is the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the past 24 hours in north Kashmir. Earlier today, Pakistan forces violated the ceasefire in Kamalkote area of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, resulting in the sus- pension of cross-LoC trade via the Kaman bridge. Yesterday, Indian posts in the same area were targeted in which two soldiers were wounded, he said. In the Sunderbani sector, a BSF Constable was killed and another injured in heavy fire from across the LoC this evening, officials said. The incident happened at a forward post in Mala area. The sector is manned by BSF’s 126th battalion. While a bullet hit Constable Prosenjit Biswas in the stomach, Constable Mansa Ram suffered a gunshot wound in the thigh, they said. They were airlifted to Command Hospital at Udhampur, where Biswas succumbed to injuries. The condition of the other jawan is stable, officials said. The violations come a fortnight after a Brigade Commander-level flag meeting between the two sides. — TNS Singer Mika Singh arrested in UAE Dubai, December 6 Singer Mika Singh was held in UAE for allegedly sending “indecent pictures” to a Brazilian model, according to a media report on Thursday. Singh, who was here to perform at a party, was arrested in UAE after the model lodged a complaint that the singer has sent her inappropriate pictures, Gulf News reported quoting sources. He also promised her a job in a Bollywood movie, it said. The 'Subah Ho Na De' hitMika Singh maker was last seen on stage at a Bollywood awards ceremony followed by a performance at a private party. Mika Singh has sought consular access and the embassy staff is working on his case, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri was quoted as saying in the report. This is not the first time that the singer has faced charges of inappropriate behaviour. He has been accused of forcibly kissing Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant. — PTI DSGMC chief, panel ~1-cr daily loss for Haryana as Potholes killed more quit, call for fresh poll no online approval of site plan than on border: SC Syed Ali Ahmed Tribune News Service Savitri Bai Phule UP MP quits BJP, says party dividing society Lucknow, December 6 Accusing the BJP of dividing the society, disgruntled party MP from Bahraich Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule today resigned from the saffron party. The 37-year-old Dalit MP said upholding the Constitution and the rights it guaranteed to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was her duty, for which she was resigning. Phule said she would hold a massive rally in Lucknow on December 23 where she would make an “explosive announcement”. “I have resigned from the party. But I will continue as a Lok Sabha member,” she said. Phule charged the BJP with not only dividing the society, but even the party over its Hindutva agenda. The Dalit MP has been critical of the saffron party for months, not missing any opportunity to hit out. On April 1, she had addressed a ‘Hunkaar rally’ in Lucknow, launching a campaign to defend the Constitution while upholding the reservation for SCs and STs. The rally saw her attacking the BJP government for not only “vandalising” the statue of BR Ambedkar, but even conspiring to tamper with the Constitution by diluting reservation for SCs and STs and promoting privatisation in a big way. — TNS New Delhi, December 6 Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjit Singh GK today resigned in the wake of allegations of financial irregularities levelled against him and announced elections to the executive committee three months before the due date of March 29. Besides GK, general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa and all other 13 members of the executive committee also sent in their resignations to Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal. While 14 members belonged to Akali Dal, one, Tarvinder Singh Marwah, was an Independent. The resignations were forwarded on the eve of a court hearing on a petition by Gurmeet Singh Shanty, Independent member of the GK ON CHARGES... In politics, all sorts of allegations are levelled against those in power, but nobody resigns. I leave the post of president in protest against the allegations. I will not be active in gurdwara politics till I am cleared of charges ❝ Manjit Singh GK DSGMC, appealing for registration of an FIR against GK. According to an official statement of the DSGMC, a proposal for election has been sent to the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, Delhi continued on page 7 17 days on, Haryana ULB Dept’s new system a non-starter Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 6 The much-touted system for online approval of site plans of buildings in urban areas across Haryana, unveiled last month, has proved to be a non-starter, causing a daily loss of nearly Rs 1 crore in the form of approval fee to the state exchequer. The government is also losing cess for the Haryana Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Fund, as a part of the approval fee goes towards this fund. Not only has the new system remained non-functional since its launch 17 days ago, even the old manual system has failed to approve even a single site plan during the period. Sources said the govern- ‘TEETHING TROUBLE’ There are some snags in the website, but these are teething issues and will soon be addressed… very few architects and engineers have applied for approval so far. ❝ Kavita Jain, HARYANA ULB DEPT MINISTER ment had introduced the online system for approval of site plan of buildings in all 10 municipal corporations, 18 councils and 53 committees from November 19. On an average, nearly five site plan applications are received daily in each municipal corporation, one to two in a council and 10-12 per month in a municipal committee, making it 90 to 100 applications per day in the state. While applicants could upload their applications online earlier too, they had to also submit a hard copy of the documents and the approval was granted on these copies. With the new system coming in, the government shut down the existing website and launched a new one where the applicants were supposed to upload applications. As the new website is inoperative, even architects who were to be registered for the new system are at sea. Architect Ekta Kapoor, who uploaded her application on November 26 for registration as a technical person for Panipat MC, is still awaiting action on part of the authorities. continued on page 7 New Delhi, December 6 Expressing serious concern over 14,926 deaths in road accidents due to potholes in the last five years, the Supreme Court today said the number was probably more than those killed on border or by the terrorists. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said it was “unacceptable”. It asked the Centre to respond to a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. The panel headed by former SC Judge KS Radhakrishnan has highlighted the number of deaths due to potholes in India. Earlier, the top court had asked the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety to look into the matter. It had also said that people who have lost their lives as a result of accidents due to potholes should be entitled to compensation. Referring to media reports, the court had said, “So many Crackers, grief, Babri anniv peaceful Centre clears decks for Uttar Pradesh heaves sigh of relief I Calcutta HC denies BJP ‘rath yatra’ permission Lucknow, December 6 The 26th anniversary of demolition of Babri Mosque passed off peacefully in Uttar Pradesh today, with Hindu and Muslim organisations observing the day as “shaurya diwas” and “black day”, respectively. While the VHP and Bajrang Dal burst crackers and resolved to build a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Muslim outfits held protests to express grief. In Ayodhya, Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhara said Ram Temple is the biggest issue facing the Members of a Hindu outfit demand a temple. MUKESH AGGARWAL country. “We must go to the people’s court and convince the public for construction of Ram Temple,” he said. There are reports of protests being held in Kerala, Hyder- abad and Maharashtra. Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court today denied permission to the BJP to hold a ‘rath yatra’ to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah from Cooch Behar tomorrow. This was the first of the three rath yatras the BJP had planned to build up the momentum for its poll campaign. PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath were supposed to hold public meetings during the “yatra”. The HC said it could not take place till the next hearing on January 9. — PTI/TNS Shahpur Kandi Dam New Delhi, December 6 The government today cleared a proposal to implement the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project in Punjab on the Ravi for which Central assistance of Rs 485.38 crore would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “The project was cleared by the Union Cabinet, which will minimise some of the water of the Ravi, currently going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan.” Jaitley said the project Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune and eight-page additional marketing pullout. would be implemented by the Punjab Government with Central assistance of Rs 485.38 crore and would be completed by June 2022. He said on the completion of the project, “an irrigation potential of 5,000 hectare area (ha) in Punjab and 32,173 ha in Jammu and Kashmir would be created. Funding for Central assistance shall be made through NABARD”. The Indus Waters Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 for sharing of Indus waters. — TNS NOT ACCEPTABLE The number of deaths between 2013 and 2017 in accidents due to potholes — 14,926 — indicated that the authorities were not maintaining roads. SC Bench ❝ are dying due to accidents caused by potholes. Reports say that more people have died due to accidents caused by potholes than in terror attacks.” It had asked the committee to file a report within two weeks. — TNS Agri export policy gets Cabinet nod New Delhi, December 6 The Union Cabinet today approved an agriculture export policy aimed at doubling the shipments to $60 billion by 2022. It is set to boost exports of agriculture commodities such as tea, coffee and rice and increase the country’s share in global agri-trade, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said. The policy would focus on all aspects of agricultural exports, including modernising infrastructure, standardisation of products, streamlining regulations, curtailing knee-jerk decisions, and focusing on research and development activities. — PTI
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