01122019-TTC-01.qxd 01-01-2019 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.1 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, january 1,2019 HASINA WINS 288 OF 300 SEATS AS OPPN IN BANGLADESH REJECTS RESULT PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Non-subsidised LPG price cut by ~120.50 New Delhi, December 31 Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was cut by Rs 5.91 per cylinder today. A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs 494.99 in the national capital from midnight, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, said. On December 1, subsidised LPG price was cut by Rs 6.52. IOC said non-subsidised or market-priced LPG rates have been cut by a steep Rs 120.50 per cylinder “due to fall in price of LPG in international market and strengthening of US dollar-rupee exchange rate”. It will now cost Rs 689 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi. On December 1, price of non-subsidised LPG was cut by Rs 133 per bottle. All consumers have to buy the fuel at market price. The government, however, subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per household in a year by providing the subsidy amount directly in bank accounts of users. — PTI SONIA, RAHUL DIDN’T INTERFERE IN ANY DEFENCE DEAL: ANTONY PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com THE TRIBUNE WISHES ITS READERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR Sajjan surrenders, sent to Mandoli jail Plea for Tihar Jail rejectedI Sikh inmates to be kept away New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. AFP New Delhi, December 31 Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, was brought to Mandoli jail after he surrendered before the Karkardooma court here this afternoon. The trial court declined the plea of Kumar’s lawyer that he be sent to the high-security Tihar Jail as the case pertains to Delhi Cantonment area, which comes under Tihar Jail’s jurisdiction. The court was informed by the jail authorities that from Karkardooma court, all convicts are first taken to Mandoli jail and from there, the authorities may shift them, if they deem it appropriate. On the court’s direction, Sajjan Kumar was brought to the jail in a prison bus with two escort vehicles. His med- None from family accompanied Sajjan Kumar as he gave up. FILE ical examination was carried out at a Delhi government hospital. He would be lodged in prison number 14. Jail personnel, it is learnt, have been asked to ensure that the two-three Sikh prisoners in the jail were kept away from the 73-year-old as a precautionary measure. The Delhi High Court had set a deadline of December 31 for the former Congress leader to surrender and on December 21, declined his plea to extend the time. The High Court had, on December 17, sentenced him to life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”. Subsequently, he resigned from the Congress. The case relates to the killing of five Sikhs in 1984. Outside the court complex, a group of Sikhs raised slogans flashing the victory sign. The court was told that the Rs 1 lakh fine imposed by HC was yet to be deposited. Earlier in the day, former MLAs Krishan Khokhar and Mahender Yadav, who were also convicted in the same case, surrendered to serve their 10-year jail term. They were sentenced to three-year jail by the trial court, but the High Court enhanced their term to 10 years. — PTI/TNS Tribune News Service Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, December 31 The Gurugram police today arrested five auto-rickshaw drivers hours after a 42year-old Delhi widow alleged gangrape in the Manesar area. The incident occurred on December 29, but the victim approached the police this evening. The police arrested Ankit, Deepak, Mahipal, Ajit and Sunnu after the woman approached the Manesar woman police station. The victim, mother of two, told the police that she had gone to Manesar for financial settlement with her deceased husband’s company but was raped by five men after she hired an auto-rickshaw. In her complaint to the police, the victim said: “My husband used to work for a company. I had come to Manesar to settle his account. I got down at Nakhrola Chowk, where auto-rickshaw driver Ankit agreed to take me to the company. “A youth was already seated beside him. Realising that I was new to the area, they took me to a room in Bhangrola village where they called another youth. While two of them raped me, the third molested me.” The two later drove her back in the auto-rickshaw in the dark and allegedly handed her over to two other auto-rickshaw drivers at Rampura Morh. They called another man and two of them allegedly raped her in the moving autorickshaw, while the third drove it around for an hour. The victim was allegedly dumped by the roadside in a semi-conscious state. The police later got her medically examined at a hospital and booked the five for abduction, illegal confinement and gangrape. BANKS ON ‘COURSE TO RECOVERY’ AS NPAS RECEDE: RBI GOVERNOR The banking sector is on “course to recovery” as the afflicting non-performing assets (NPAs) recede, but state-run lenders need reforms in governance, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Monday. BUSINESS PAGE Srinagar, December 31 The Army foiled a Border Action Team (BAT) attack on one of its forward posts as two heavily-armed unidentified intruders dressed in Pakistan army fatigues were killed after a fierce nightlong gunfight near the Line of Control in the Nowgam sector of north Kashmir. The BAT attempt to carry out an attack on Sunday night comes as an exceptionally violent year draws to a close in the Kashmir valley with back-to-back counterinsurgency operations over the recent weeks resulting in a large number of killing of WILL ASK PAKISTAN TO TAKE BACK BODIES: ARMY The Army on Monday said it would ask Pakistan to take back the bodies of the two intruders killed in a foiled incursion in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector. “We will ask Pakistan to take back the mortal remains of the deceased, likely Pakistani soldiers since Pakistan did provide full cover fire to these intruders,” an Army spokesman said. cadres of militant groups. An Army spokesman said the intruders were detected in the Nowgam sector, 120 km northwest of Srinagar in the frontier Kupwara district. It was the scene of at least one previous BAT action in August this year in which four soldiers were injured. The spokesman said the bodies of the two intruders were recovered on Monday morning when soldiers conducted a search operation in the mountainous terrain. Arms, ammunition and IEDs were recovered. Pakistan’s BAT includes highly-trained army commandos and militants, who sneak through the LoC and International Border and carry out lightning-fast raids before withdrawing. “It was a major attempt and possibly Jind Assembly byelection on Jan 28 Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The byelection to the Jind Assembly constituency, that fell vacant after the death of INLD legislator Dr Hari Chand Midha, will be held on January 28, the Election Commission of India announced on Monday. Counting of votes will take place on January 31. The Model Code of Conduct (MMC) comes into force with immediate effect. “It shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the Haryana Government.” The notification will be issued on January 3. The last date for filing nominations is January 10. Scrutiny will take place the following day and the last date for withdrawals is January 14. Midha (76), who won from Jind twice — in 2009 and 2014 — died of a cardiac arrest on August 26, 2018. A byelection is to be held within six months of the seat falling vacant. During his parole in October, INLD patriarch Om Prakash Chautala campaigned vigorously in Jind villages along with Midha’s son Krishan Midha, laying the foundation stone of a charitable hospital in Jind town. However, owing to the split in the INLD later, Krishan Midha quit the party and joined the BJP Subsequently, at a rally . on October 21, Chief Minister ML Khattar announced a slew of development proj- Britain appoints its first food waste chief London, December 31 Britain appointed its first food waste chief on Monday to help drive a campaign to reduce the millions of tonnes of food binned every year by restaurants, supermarkets and manufacturers. Ben Elliot, the nephew of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and wife of heir-tothe-throne Prince Charles, was appointed to the oneyear voluntary role of Food Surplus and Waste Champion by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger, as well as environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. “There continues to be an unforgivable amount of food waste which is both morally deplorable and largely avoidable,” said Elliot, co-founder of luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially and a philanthropic foundation that works with food charities. “As a nation, we need to stop this excessive waste and ensure that surplus food finds its way to people in our society who need it most, and not let it get thrown away and go to landfill,” he said in a statement. Britain has among the low- by BAT because only BAT members carry so many weapons,” the spokesman said. The rest of the members of the intrusion team are suspected to have fled back. In the past three weeks, things have been on the boil along the 749-km LoC, with BAT teams having tried to raid Indian Army posts four times. Before last night’s attempt, the Indian Army has rebuffed three similar attempts in three weeks. The Indian assessment is that it is a sign of desperation. Tomorrow, the weekly telephonic talks are scheduled between DGMO officials and the matter may come up. (Inputs by Ajay Banerjee) Ben Elliot will work with food businesses to tackle waste ‘from farm to fork’ under a voluntary monitoring plan est levels of food redistribution in Europe, a system where out-of-date but edible food is given to people in need via charities and food banks, according to FareShare, a leading British food bank charity. Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants in September backed a drive to halve Britain’s food waste by 2030 and save the nation 10 billion pounds ($13 billion) a year. Tesco, Nestle and CocaCola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up to a government-backed plan to reduce the 10 million tonnes of fruit, vegetables and other foods that are binned every year, worth about 20 billion pounds. The government said earlier this month it would look at introducing a requirement for businesses to report annually on food waste policies and set mandatory targets. Other European countries, including France and Italy, have already adopted national measures to fight food waste. “Food waste is an economic, environmental and moral scandal. We must end it,” Gove said in a statement. Globally, one third of all food produced — worth $1 trillion — is binned every year, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and researchers fear annual food waste could rise by a third to 2.1 billion tonnes by 2030. World leaders pledged to halve food waste by 2030 as part of the UN global development goals. — Reuters ects worth hundreds of crores for Jind. Dushyant Chautala too chose to launch his Jannayak Janata Party at a rally in Jind. He obviously had the impending byelection in mind. Convicted in the JBT recruitment scam, Dushyant’s father Ajay Chautala came out on 14-day furlough from Tihar Jail on Monday. He is expected to campaign for his son’s fledgling party. The Congress is yet to get going. Year after death, Telgi acquitted Nashik, December 31 The Nashik sessions court in Maharashtra on Monday acquitted late Abdul Karim Telgi and seven others in a 2004 multi-crore fake stamp paper case in absence of “solid evidence” against them. Telgi, who was convicted in several cases in connection with the scam and sentenced to imprisonment of 30 years in total, died in Bengaluru in October last year while serving his jail term. — PTI Kolkata, December 31 The West Bengal Government will pay Rs 2 lakh in case of death of a farmer, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced today. The money will be paid to the family in death case of any peasant aged between 18 and 60 years under the Krishi Krishak Bandhu scheme, which will come into effect on January 1. “We have a total of 72 lakh farmer families. We do not want them to suffer. We will start the scheme from tomorrow and farmers will be able to start applying from February,” Banerjee said. Under the scheme, farmers will also get Rs 2,500 twice a year for growing a single crop per acre, she said. “We will spend over hundreds of crores of rupees for the peasants under this scheme,” Banerjee said. The state government will spend the money from the budgetary allocation of the agriculture department, the Chief Minister added. — PTI THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW Widow gangraped, BAT attack foiled in Valley, 2 killed Intruders were dressed in Pak army fatigues; arms, ammunition recovered five auto drivers held in Gurugram Azhar Qadri If farmer dies, Bengal to pay family ~2 lakh MANOJ MAHAJAN GOVT, OPPOSITION LOCK HORNS IN RS OVER TRIPLE TALAQ BILL PAGE 11 ❝ You may wish free power away but when farmers are already economically stressed, we cannot impose such a decision. — CAPT AMARINDER SINGH CM: Will help every debt-ridden farmer before I demit office Capt Amarinder says loan waiver will be extended to Punjab farm labourers Ruchika M Khanna Punjab’s crop loan waiver scheme has been hailed as a successful model. How does it feel? I am happy other Congressled states have adopted our model. The party chief has already announced that if elected to power at the Centre, a similar waiver for farmers across the country will be announced. Are you content with the results of the waiver? We have kept our promise to small and marginal farmers despite the Rs 1.95 lakh crore debt burden we inherited. An additional burden of Rs 31,000 crore on food account was forced on the people by the SAD-BJP barely a week before it relinquished office. It makes me happy that we could work out a formula and keep our promise to the farmers. But it saddens me that we have not been able to give 100 per cent relief to all debt-ridden farmers. As things improve, we shall extend the scheme to farm labourers. BJP, SAD claim the scheme exists only on paper. They are, perhaps, confusing Punjab with UP where , amounts less than a rupee are reported to have been disbursed. As on December 28, a total of 3,13,715 farmers were given loan waiver by cooperative banks, with the total amount standing at Rs 1,779.94 crore; as many as 19,456 farmers received amounts above Rs 1.5 lakh and 28,552 between Rs 1-1.5 lakh. Only 19,601 farmers got amounts less than Rs 10,000, totalling Rs 11.49 crore, which is the loan amount pending against them in coop banks. Are real numbers being brushed under the carpet? It’s because of vested interests, especially when the LS polls are near. Everyone in Punjab knows about the plight of farmers under the SAD-BJP rule. As per PAU data, 9,155 farm suicides were reported owing to debt between 2007 and 2017 — a shocking 915 suicides a year. In contrast, there have been 140 such cases between March 2017 and December 2018, a decline of 84 per cent. Will you extend waiver to farmers who have availed loans exceeding Rs 2 lakh? As of now, we cannot do that. But we are moving in that direction. Before I demit office, every debt-ridden farmer would have been covered. Does not the waiver create a bad credit culture? It is only a temporary solution. The situation now warrants immediate and direct support. We are also looking at long-term measures, such as diversification.
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