04012019-TTC-01.qxd 04-01-2019 01:23 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.4 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, january4,2019 SC ASKS AHMED PATEL TO FACE TRIAL PAGE 7 SAUDI PROSECUTOR SEEKS DEATH SENTENCE TRUMP MOCKS MODI, FOR 5 AS KHASHOGGI TRIAL OPENS PAGE 13 INDIA HITS BACK PAGE 16 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cong protecting those behind Bulandshahr key 1984 anti-Sikh riots, claims PM accused arrested Had been on the run for a month Attacks Punjab CM for befooling farmers with false promises Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Case against Anupam Kher in Bihar court Patna, January 3 A case was filed against film actor Anupam Kher and 13 more associated with film “The Accidental Prime Minister” in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Wednesday for “attempt to malign the clean image of some great personalities.” The petitioner sought the release of the Kher-starrer on January 11 be stopped, arguing that the image of prominent political figures, including that of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani had been ‘altered’. A subdivisional judicial magistrate heard the case and fixed the next hearing for January 8. Talking to The Tribune, petitioner advocate Sudhir Ojha said: “It is a biopic on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who laid the foundation of ‘modern India’ with his economic policies when he was Finance Minister. But the movie is an attempt to tarnish his image as also of other political figures, hurting the sentiments of crores of people.” — OC Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, January 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a rally here today, launched a blistering attack on the Congress on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the farm loan waiver issue. He accused Congress governments in various states of making “false” promises to farmers on loan waivers. “Amarinder Singh formed government in Punjab by pulling the wool over the farmers’ eyes and selling white lies,” he claimed. On the other hand, his government, he said, had sanctioned grants for realignment of the Sirhind feeder canal. “Once this is done, vast tracts of agriculture land in southern Punjab will get better irrigation facilities and Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepur districts will benefit in a big way.” The PM attacked the Gandhi family for alleged patronage to perpetrators of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, including Sajjan Kumar. By appointing a “tainted person as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the Gandhi family has proved it is rewarding those involved in the riots," he claimed, while pointing out that the accused were brought to book only after his Sabarimala entry by women ‘sponsored’ Cong moves adjournment notices Kerala MPs protest at Parliament House over the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, in New Delhi on Thursday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 3 As violence erupted in Kerala over two women breaking the faith barrier in the Sabarimala temple, the Congress protested the development in Parliament, giving adjournment notices on the issue and accusing the state’s Communist government of playing with the sentiments of devotees. Congress MPs from Kerala, including former ministers KV Thomas and Shashi Tharoor, protested outside Parliament over the entry of women into the shrine, calling it “sponsored” by the state government. “We are observing a black day in Kerala. The CPM government in Kerala is challenging the sentiments of Sabarimala devotees. The two young women who entered the temple did so with the sponsorship of the state government. These women are activists. They are Maoists,” K Suresh, Congress MP from Mavelikkara (reserved) said. Present during the protest was Congress MP and party’s deputy whip in Lok Sabha KC Venugopal. IUML’s PK Kunhalikutty too joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, Union Minister Harsimrat Badal and BJP state president Shwait Malik, at a rally at Gurdaspur on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH government set up a special investigation team (SIT). Taking potshots at the Punjab Chief Minister, the PM wondered why the Congress government in Punjab was “so keen to take credit for the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor when the ground work was actually done by the NDA government.” The PM did not announce any project for the backward border area even as he praised the late BJP Member of Parliament, Vinod Khan- ~2,000 note printing down to minimum New Delhi: The printing of ~2,000 banknote, introduced post-demonetisation in November 2016, has been reduced to the “minimum” by the Reserve Bank, a top Finance Ministry official said on Thursday. When the ~2,000 note was launched after the note ban was imposed, it was decided that the printing would be “scaled down” going forward. “The printing of ~2,000 notes has been substantially reduced. It has been decided to limit the printing of ~2,000 currency notes to minimum,” the official said. PTI PAGE 12 daspur to mainland India, are noteworthy,” he said. The rally was sponsored by Mumbai businessman Swaran Salaria, the BJP candidate for Gurdaspur during the 2017 bypoll. The 15,000-capacity pandal was jam-packed by the time the PM reached at 2 pm, an hour behind the scheduled time. As Modi ended his 30minute speech without announcing any project, the crowd left the venue looking rather disappointed. more on page 2 Victim Subodh Kumar Singh Accused Yogesh Raj da raj”.Till date, 33 persons have been arrested for the mob violence that followed after a cow carcass was found in the fields of Raj Kumar, a former gram pradhan of Mahav village, one of the accused in the FIR. Yogesh Raj had registered the first case, naming seven persons, five of them members of the masjid committee, who were found innocent. Satish and Vineet, also accused of violence, and Azhar, accused of alleged cow slaughter, had surrendered in a court in Bulandshahr on Wednesday. Soldier from HP killed in Poonch avalanche Jammu: An avalanche hit the Mukhiar post of 40 Rashtriya Rifles in Saujiyan sector along the LoC in Poonch district on Wednesday evening, killing Lance Naik Sapan Mehra of Kangra. Sepoy Harpreet Singh, who belongs to Punjab, was injured. The area receives heavy snowfall every winter. The 744km-long Line of Control with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) continues to be volatile with Pakistan regularly violating the ceasefire agreement and pushing militants into India. TNS Dakha legislator Phoolka quits Aam Aadmi Party Chandigarh: Dakha legislator HS Phoolka has resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party with immediate effect. There was speculation that he may join the BJP. Taking to Twitter, he said he would reveal the reasons for his resignation as well as his future plans at a press conference in Delhi on Friday. Appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Phoolka had resigned from the post, saying he needed to focus on the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. TNS EC issues notification for January 28 Jind bypoll Chandigarh: The EC set the ball rolling for the Jind Assembly bypoll, scheduled for January 28, by issuing a formal notification on Thursday. Nomination papers can be filed till January 10, while scrutiny of papers will be held on January 11. Candidates can withdraw their papers till January 14. Counting of votes will take place on January 31. TNS Act fast to save trapped miners, Uncle sells minor for take Army help, SCtellsCentre ~2 lakh in Bhiwani New Delhi, January 3 Expressing dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the Meghalaya Government to rescue 15 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine since December 13, the Supreme Court on Thursday said “prompt, immediate and effective” operation was needed to rescue them. Terming it a matter of life and death, a Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said: “Every minute counts” for those trapped there for almost three weeks. “Prompt, immediate and effective operation is required for rescue of these miners,” it said. The Bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to apprise it by Friday the steps intended to be taken by the Centre. “As the Union, you should do something now. Either you take the help of Army, which has not been done yet. They (Army) are ready and they Girl jumps off building to flee, injured Hisar, January 3 A migrant girl, who was allegedly forced to “marry” a local youth, was badly injured when she tried to escape her tormentors by jumping off the first floor of a house in Bhiwani. The girl, aged 15, is admitted to the Civil Hospital with injuries in both legs. A case of rape, illegal confinement, child trafficking, child marriage and various provisions of the SC/ST Act has been registered against her “husband” Sandeep and his mother Shakuntala Devi. Both of them have been arrested and remanded in judicial custody. The girl told the police that her uncle brought her to Bhiwani and sold to a family for Rs 2 lakh a few months ago. She alleged her uncle had also tried to sell her to two other persons while they were on way to Bhiwani in a train. Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson Subhash Jindal said they had deputed an attended to look after the girl at the Civil Hospital. He said the girl was brought here over two months ago and kept in confinement after “marriage”. The family used to keep the doors and windows locked to keep her indoors. She managed to flee when she found one of the windows open on Tuesday. In her attempt to flee, she suffered injuries in her both legs. He said the girl was a student of class IX at a school in Odisha. DSP Virender Singh said a case had been registered and her family informed. One of her family members would arrive here tomorrow. The case would be taken forward after the girl’s family produced documents as regards her age etc. — TNS Wildlife Dept proposes ‘heritage’ tag for Beas Ayodhya title suit hearing today ❝ The two young women who entered the temple did so with the sponsorship of the state government in Kerala. These women are activists. They are Maoists. K Suresh, CONGRESS MP the Congress in the issue. The protests moved outside after the Lok Sabha was adjourned owing to disruptions by 21 MPs of the TDP and AIADMK, who were suspended by the Speaker. Inside, Kerala MPs NK Premchandran of the RSP Con, gress’ KC Venugopal and K Suresh and IUML’s Kunhalikutty moved notices of adjournment to discuss the situation arising out of the entry of young women into the shrine. The Congress stand on Sabarimala has remained ambivalent. The central leadership says it respects the apex court verdict allowing women of all ages – including the hitherto barred women of reproductive age — to enter continued on page 7 Kerala on the edge page 7 na, for several initiatives in the constituency. There was a buzz that the PM would announce an AIIMS, a railway wheel factory (RWF) and cane and wheat research centres. Starting his speech in Punjabi, the Prime Minister described Vinod Khanna and Dev Anand as two “prodigal sons of Gurdaspur” who catapulted the town to international fame. “I am proud of a visionary leader like Vinod Khanna whose developmental works, including bridges to link Gur- Lucknow, January 3 The main accused in the Bulandshahr violence, Bajrang Dal district convener Yogesh Raj, was finally arrested today, a month after a mob lynched Syana Station House Officer (SHO) Subodh Kumar Singh on December 3. A civilian, Sumit, too was killed. Raj, believed to be the mastermind behind the Bulandshahr violence, had been on the run. He had released a video on the social media, claiming he was innocent. The police had raided his residence and hideouts and issued a notice that his property would be impounded. Bulandshahr SP Prabhakar Chaudhary said acting on intelligence inputs, Raj was arrested from the Khurja T-point on National Highway 91. After a medical examination, he was presented before a local court for judicial remand. Sources said the police arrested Raj late Wednesday night as pressure from local BJP leaders mounted. Earlier this week, the Syana police had arrested Prashant Nat, who allegedly severed the deceased inspector’s fingers before he was shot. The axe used in the crime has been recovered. The widow of the slain police officer, Rajni Singh, said the arrest would help check “goon- IN BRIEF Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, January 3 To ensure that the “natural habitat of thousands of aquatic creatures and plant species is preserved”, the Punjab Wildlife Department has proposed a "heritage" tag for the Beas, the "only living river in Punjab". The proposal will be sent to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh,who holds the Wildlife and Environment portfolios. The proposal was put before a committee of experts, some of them from abroad, at a workshop last month. The experts were of the unanimous opinion that it was time the river was saved from being further polluted. The "heritage" tag, they maintained, would entail an action plan to clean and save the river. The Congress government had in 2017 notified a 185-km stretch from the Harike Headworks to Talwara as Beas Conservation Reserve. Recently, the Wildlife Department released 47 hatchlings of critically-endangered gharials (gavialis gangeticus) into the Beas, which seem to have adjusted well. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Kuldeep Kumar told The Tribune: “Beas We are satisfied (with steps taken for rescue). ❝questionnotlife and death. No matter whether they It is a of (trapped persons) are all dead, some alive, few dead or all alive, they should have been taken out by now. SC Bench have volunteered also,” it told Mehta while posting the matter for hearing on Monday. Located on top of a hillock fully covered with trees in East Jaintia Hills district, the rat-hole mine got flooded on December 13 when water from the nearby Lytein River gushed into it, trapping the miners. Mehta told the Bench that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were working at the site and instead of the Army, the government has sent Navy personnel there as the mine was submerged in water. — TNS SPECIAL STATUS FOR INDUS DOLPHIN LIKELY The Wildlife Department intends to get the CM’s nod to declare the Indus river dolphin as the “state aquatic animal” to safeguard it from disappearing in Punjab. The black buck is the state animal while the baaj, also known as northern goshawk (accipiter gentilis), is the official state bird. originates near the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh and flows into Punjab. Its water is used to irrigate fields in more than four states. A separate budget could be earmarked to save the river, which is Punjab's lifeline. We will approach the CM in this regard." The initial draft of the proposal states that the river is home to rare aquatic wildlife, including the Indus dolphin, smooth Indian otter, turtle species, 500 bird species, 90 fish species and hundreds of plant species and that it is important that “like the Ganga, a Beas river action plan too is chalked out." New Delhi, January 3 The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up on Friday a batch of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. The matter is listed before a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul which is likely to constitute a three-judge Bench for hearing 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre site be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.— PTI
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