28122018-TTC-01.qxd 28-12-2018 01:32 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.138 no.358 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, december 28,2018 RAJASTHAN MINISTERS GET PORTFOLIOS: GEHLOT KEEPS NINE, PILOT 5 PAGE 7 FRENCH GROUP VINCI TAKES OVER GATWICK AIRPORT, BRITAIN’S SECOND-BUSIEST PAGE 13 /thetribunechd ! late city INDIAN-ORIGIN POLICE OFFICER SHOT DEAD IN CALIFORNIA PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cong fooling on loan waiver: PM Nod to amended triple talaq In a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Modi says only corrupt afraid of chowkidar Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, December 27 Addressing the ‘Jan Aabhaar Rally’ here today to mark Jai Ram Thakur government’s one year in power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of fooling the country’s farmers with the promise of a loan waiver which, he said, was not achievable. “Don’t lie to farmers. In Punjab, the Congress government promised a waiver but did not give anything. The Congress is back-stabbing farmers. We have never made false promises,” the PM said. The criticism comes within days of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s remark that his party would not let the PM rest till the Centre wrote off farm loans across the country. The just-elected Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have already announced loan waiver. Claiming he had launched a fight against corruption, the PM said it were the “corrupt who are afraid of the chowkidar” (a jibe at Rahul’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark). Pointing out that the Centre had saved Rs 90,000 crore by weeding out six crore fake beneficiaries under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme, he claimed those affected by such steps were IN BRIEF Govt mulls farm package ahead of 2019 elections New Delhi: Under attack for the agrarian crisis, the Centre is contemplating several incentives, including a big financial package, to woo farmers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, according to sources. Sources said the Agriculture Ministry has prepared a roadmap and given a presentation to PM Modi suggesting both short and long-term “sustainable” solutions to various issues impacting farmers. PTI Don’t gather at Noida park today for namaz: Organiser Noida: A key organiser of Friday prayers in Noida’s Sector 58 on Thursday appealed to Muslims not to gather at a park, which was declared off-limits to religious gatherings by the police, as permission had not been granted for holding prayers there. Adil Rashid, 45, said he did not want to “whip up” further controversy. “The administration has denied permission, so I appeal to people to find other appropriate place,” he said. PTI Offence compoundable, wife and close relatives alone can file FIR Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds the hand of Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur as Governor Acharya Dev Vrat and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal look on in Dharamsala on Thursday. KAMALJEET CALLS HIMACHAL PRADESH HIS SECOND HOME, STRIKES A CHORD Himachal is my second home. Shanta Kumar reminded me of the days I had spent amid snow-clad Dhauladhars, working to strengthen party organisation. I will always remember the Kangri dham Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ❝ now carrying out a “false propaganda” against him. Modi praised the Thakur government, saying it had worked hard in the past one year, especially mentioning the ‘Swabhlamban Yojana’ meant for youth seeking to start business. Pointing out that the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a special connect with the state, he said the latter had granted a package to help set up industry in Himachal and that his (Modi) government too was working in the same direction. “UPA gave Rs 21,000 crore to Himachal. The NDA government has given Rs 72,000 crore. New projects worth Rs 26,000 crore are on the way, Rs 15,000 crore has been sanctioned for expanding the state’s rail network. National highways worth Rs 9,000 crore are under construction. “Tourism is growing. In 2013, 70 lakh foreign tourists visited India. The number rose to a crore in 2017. They spent 27 billion dollars in India — an increase of 50 per cent since 2013.” Crediting the NDA with implementing the ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme, Modi claimed the Congress had earmarked a mere Rs 500 crore for it in its last Budget. “However, Rs 12,000 crore was required for the scheme, provisions for which were made by the NDA government.” Kangra has a sizeable votes of ex-servicemen. The PM was welcomed by the CM, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, Kangra BJP MP Shanta Kumar and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda. more on page 10 New Delhi, December 27 The Lok Sabha today cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, an amended version of the popularly called triple talaq Bill, criminalising the practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ among Muslims with the provision of a three-year jail term for the husband. A united Opposition saw it as “criminalising” the entire community. After a heated debate, the Bill was passed with 245 votes in favour and 11 against, with the Congress, SP and AIADMK staging a walkout. It will now go to the Rajya Sabha for approval. The BJP-led government asserted that the Bill should not be viewed from the prism of politics. It rejected the allegation that it was aimed at targeting a particular community. “It is all about insaaniyat aur insaaf,” insisted Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, while moving the Bill. The RJD and AIMIM rejected it outright. The Congress demanded that the “unconstitutional” legislation be referred to a joint select com- AIMED AT GIVING JUSTICE: BJP Do not look at the Bill from the prism of politics, but from that of humanity. It is aimed at giving justice, respect… The Opposition is creating hurdles in its passage due to vote bank politics ❝ Ravi Shankar Prasad, LAW MINISTER BJP WANTS TO SEND MUSLIMS TO JAIL: AIMIM While the SC is decriminalising adultery and same-sex relationships, the government is criminalising triple talaq because you want to send Muslims to jail ❝ Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM SUPREMO VIOLATES MUSLIM PERSONAL LAW: CONG The Bill is against the spirit of the Constitution and has violated several articles dealing with the rights of individuals… It is a divisive Bill and violates Muslim personal law and the right to equality ❝ Mallikarjun Kharge, LEADER OF CONGRESS IN LOK SABHA mittee of Parliament for greater scrutiny and for better sustenance of the aggrieved women. The demand was rejected, following which the Congress walked out. Opposition leaders, including Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, AIADMK leader P Venugopal, TMC’s Sudip Bandhopadhyay and AIMIM's Assaduddin Owaisi, argued that the three-year jail provision virtually ruled out the scope of a rapprochement. The Bill violated Articles dealing with rights of individuals, they argued. Congress’ Sushmita Dev said the real purpose was not to empower Muslim women but to “penalise” Muslim men and that criminalising triple talaq was against the Supreme Court verdict. Moving a statutory resolution opposing an ordinance (which the Bill seeks to replace), NK Premchandran of the Revolutionary Socialist Party said the legislation was bad in law as it aimed to criminalise a “civil wrong”. Defending the legislation, Prasad argued that the accused husband would attract jail only if convicted. He said 477 cases of triple talaq had been reported since January 2017. The new Bill makes the offence compoundable, meaning that the case can be withdrawn if the man and his estranged wife reach a compromise. To avoid its misuse, the aggrieved wife and her close blood relatives alone can file an FIR. The earlier Bill too was approved by the Lower House. However, as it continued to face resistance in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an ordinance, incorporating the amendments. more on page 7 No relief for Punjab on Crackdown on illegal KLF banned, year after rejected poll nominees crushers in Y’nagar attacks on RSS leaders Next HC hearing only after Dec 30 poll 59 screening plants to be put on notice MHA: Bid to revive militancy in Punjab Chandigarh, December 27 Turning down Punjab Government’s plea, a Vacation Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned hearing till January 7 on the petition for modification in directions to the authorities to hear the grievances of all candidates whose nominations have been rejected for the December 30 panchayat elections. The Division Bench of Justices Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and Mahabir Singh Sindhu held that the plea was required to be heard for review/modification by the Division Bench that had passed the order. Acting on a bunch of more than 100 petitions against alleged arbitrary mass rejection of nomination papers for posts of panch and sarpanch, Justices Fateh Deep Singh and Harsimran Singh Sethi had on Monday set a 48-hour deadline for the authorities to pass fresh orders, directing that all complaints regarding eligibility be heard. Punjab had on Wednesday moved the court for modification, review or recalling of these orders. Additional Advocate General Ramiza Hakim argued that the entire poll process would be affected because of the order and that it was difficult to examine the cases of about 12,000 rejected candidates within the time span. The Vacation Bench declined to review the order and referred the matter back to the Bench that had passed it. Meanwhile, when asked for a reaction, a senior official of the State Election Commission said: “Complaints of rejected candidates will be heard on merit.” — TNS Karmapa holds foreign passport, hasn’t applied for India visa: Govt KV Prasad Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 27 Rejecting any controversy over the absence of travel documents for the return of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, known as the 17th Karmapa, India says the monk now holds a foreign passport and has not till now applied for a visa. Responding to reports suggesting that the Karmapa was unable to come since his identification certificate, given to Tibetans in the country, is not recognised, sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said the validity of the document lapses automatically once Bill in LS, Oppn walks out Ogyen Trinley Dorje the card-holder acquires a passport of another country. Stating that while New Delhi does not recognise Ogyen Dorje as the Karmapa, the sources said he had come to India on his own and was given the identity card just as some 1.8 lakh others from the region. Dismissing reports of visa denial as motivated, the sources said Ogyen Dorje had acquired a Commonwealth of Dominic Republic passport and travel permission could be granted only if applied for. Reports suggested that the Karmapa wanted unhindered access to travel with his supporters claiming he was under surveillance. He is currently in the US. In October, the Government of India had asked Karmapa Dorje to return as his followers desired. Sikkim’s Buddhists, who follow the Khagyu sect, recognise continued on page 7 Shiv Kumar Sharma Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Yamunanagar, December 27 As many as 59 screening plants and two stone crushers have been found operating illegally in Yamunanagar district. The owners are to be served show-cause notices. Some of the screening plants were being run without obtaining consent to establish (CTE) and the others without getting consent to operate (CTO) from the regional office of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Yamunanagar. This came to the fore when Ashok Khetarpal, chairman, HSPCB, Panchkula, formed three teams to inspect screening plants and stone crushers. Balraj Ahlawat, regional officer, HSPCB, Yamunanagar, had sent a report to the higher-ups and Girish Arora, Deputy Commissioner. New Delhi, December 27 A year after attacks on RSS leaders and attempts at revival of militancy with the support of Pakistan’s ISI were traced to Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), the Ministry of Home Affairs has banned the outfit and four other Sikh extremist groups — Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Commando Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force and International Sikh Youth Federation. The KLF has been banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for committing and promoting acts of terrorism in India as well as recruitment of youth for terrorist activities. “KLF was engaged in the killing of innocent persons and police officers, several bombings on civilian targets The teams conducted surveys at Tajewala, Mandauli Gaghar, Belgarh, Lakkar, Kanalsi, Bibipur, Nainapur, Majri Tapu, Taharpur, Madipur, Ranjeet Pur, Ranipur, Bhattuwala, Gaurabani, Nagli-32 and Jaitpur villages. The teams visited about 140 stone crushers of the total 180 and found two being run illegally. The teams also inspected about 175 screening plants of the total 290 and found 59 operating illegally. As many as 61 screening plants of 290 had been sealed in the past. in India, collection of funds for terror activities through extortion, kidnappings, bank robberies and assassination attempts of important government functionaries,” reads a Home Ministry circular. According to sources, the National Investigation Agency recommended that KLF , that came into existence in 1986 with the objective of establishing an independent ‘Khalistan’, be banned. The NIA claimed that KLF , revived by now dead Harminder Singh Mintoo in 2010, was being run by UK and Pakistan-based terrorists with funding from several countries, including the UK, the UAE, Pakistan and Australia. The NIA chargesheet named British national Jagtar Singh Johal for conspiring to carry out attacks. KLF is believed to have carried out eight attacks in 2016 and 2017. IndiGo‘worstperformingforconsumers’ Parliamentary panel: Air India luggage policy best, others need to follow suit New Delhi, December 27 Private airline IndiGo is the “worst performing” carrier for consumers, while national carrier Air India has the best luggage policy, said parliamentary panel on civil aviation chairman Derek O’ Brien. TMC MP O’Brien, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism, Culture, Road, Shipping and Aviation, on Thursday said the panel had taken strong note that during festive season some airlines were charging 8-10 times more than the normal fares. At a press conference on the panel’s latest report, he ‘EVEN CHARGES FOR 1-2 KG OVERWEIGHT’ Every single member is disgusted with the way some private airlines are operating, more so IndiGo, it is discourteous. Airline is very rigid, even charges for 1-2 kg overweight... committee is looking into the matter seriously. ❝ Derek O’ Brien, PANEL CHAIRMAN said, “Our committee is very clear that the worst performing airline for consumers is IndiGo. All 30 members agreed on this. IndiGo has not responded despite many complaints. The way they behave with Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. consumers and charge for just 1 kg or 2 kg overweight of air baggage...” O’Brien asserted these were not only his views but of all members of the panel. The TMC leader said, “The committee has recommend- ed that cancellation charges can’t be more than 50 per cent of basic fare. Tax and fuel surcharge collected should be refunded to passengers. Airlines are charging too much.” On the luggage policy, he said the national carrier had the best luggage policy and the other private airlines should also enhance the baggage limit. “The maximum luggage limit prescribed by the airlines, except Air India, should be enhanced.” O’Brien also applauded Nitin Gadkari, who is heading the Shipping Ministry, for improvement in cargo handling in India. — PTI Sajjan likely to surrender on December 31 New Delhi, December 27 Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is likely to surrender before a court here on December 31 to serve the life imprisonment awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 antiSikh riots case. “We will comply with the High Court’s judgment,” his counsel Anil Kumar Sharma said. The counsel said Kumar’s appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict is not likely to be taken up for hearing before December 31. Delhi HC had on Dec 21 rejected plea for extension till Jan 30 to surrender The 73-year-old former Congress leader was sentenced to life for the “remainder of his natural life” by the Delhi High Court on December 17 in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The case relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar part-I area of Palam Colony in south-west Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurdwara in Raj Nagar part II. The High Court had on December 21 rejected Kumar’s plea seeking extension till January 30 to surrender. The Supreme Court will open on January 2 after the winter break. — PTI
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