07012019-TT-01.qxd 06-01-2019 22:39 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.7 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, january 7,2019 MALAYSIAN KING ABDICATES WORLD PAGE Medical PG exam: Separate test for J&K students Citizenship Bill report to be tabled in LS today Dissent notes by 4 Oppn parties: ‘Can’t link with religion’ Colourful kites fill the sky during the International Kite Festival in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Sunday. PTI Khaira quits AAP, may contest Bathinda LS seat Party seeking legal opinion on his status in Assembly Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 6 Five months after breaking away from Aam Aadmi Party, Bholath MLA and former Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira today resigned from the primary membership of the party, hinting that he may contest the Bathinda parliamentary seat presently held by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. He said he would decide whether or not to resign as MLA after consulting his confidants. Sources close to him claimed he intended to take on the Akalis in Bathinda as also Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, who has been nurturing the constituency. Khaira said he would announce his candidature if cleared by the new party he was in the process of forming with “like-minded” politicians. The state AAP reacted sharply, calling Khaira an opportunist. Leader of the Opposition and Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema said the party was taking legal opinion on Khaira’s membership in the Punjab Assembly. /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com On a string New Delhi, January 6 The Centre has decided to hold a separate medical postgraduate examination for students from Jammu and Kashmir who were unable to reach the centres for the exam held across India today. Inclement weather prevented several students from Jammu and Kashmir from taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test conducted by the National Board of Examination for postgraduate medical admissions. Around 1.48 lakh students took the test. Following reports from the Valley that despite extra centres students were unable to move out of their houses, the NBE discussed the matter with the Ministry of Health and the Medical Council of India Board of Governors, who allowed separate arrangements for the students. The date and venue will be announced in due course. — TNS Sukhpal Khaira ‘DRAMA, RE-CONTEST’ This is political drama. If he wants to test popularity, he must resign from House and seek re-election from Bholath. Bhagwant Mann, AAP MP ❝ “We may write to the Speaker. We are studying the relevant court orders,” he said. Two days ago, Dakha legislator HS Phoolka too had resigned from AAP saying he , was disillusioned with the party functioning and was considering an Anna Hazarelike movement to usher in change. Phoolka and Khaira have so far not hinted at any collaboration. Phoolka’s resignation from the Assembly is yet to be accepted. The state could see two byelections if the Speaker decides to cancel Phoolka’s membership and that of Khaira. The latter, in his resignation letter to party convener Arvind Kejriwal, alleged that the party had “deviated from its ideology and principles” and was no different than any other party, with “all powers vested in the central leadership”. “The turn of events in the run-up to the 2017 state elections further confirmed my belief that there was no innerparty democracy... I had strongly objected to the distribution of party ticket as we had received reports of money being exchanged, favouritism and nepotism.” Khaira claimed that Kejriwal had erred by listening to “two Delhi leaders: and later by tendering an apology to former SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the issue of drug smuggling. “...Flirting with the Congress is yet another example of sheer political opportunism that has left the people bewildered,” he added. Rajasthan panel for waiving loans of farmers who committed suicide Jaipur, January 6 An inter-department panel looking into the modalities of the farm loan waiver in Rajasthan has decided to recommend waiving loans of farmers who committed suicide between 2014 and 2018. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the committee chaired by Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Saturday. 70 farmers took their life during 2014-18 “At least 70 farmers committed suicide during 20142018. We will recommend that their loans, be it for farming or for any other purpose, be waived,” Dhariwal said. “Details such as the burden on the exchequer will be discussed on January 11.” Industries Minister Parsadi Lal Meena said they were in favour of waiving loans no matter the amount or bank. After forming the government, Ashok Gehlot had announced waiving shortterm loans from coop banks and agriculture loans of up to Rs 2 lakh from any bank. The panel was set up to decide the modalities. — OC Arrive 20 minutes ahead of train departure Just like airports, railways plans to seal stations for security checks New Delhi, January 6 Railways is planning to seal stations just like airports and passengers would be advised to arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains to complete the process of security checks. The security plan, with high-end technology, has already been put in motion at Allahabad, in anticipation of the Kumbh Mela which begins this month and at Hubli railway station in Karnataka, with a blueprint for 202 more stations ready for implementation. Railway Protection Force Director General Arun Kumar said, “The plan is to seal the railway stations. It is primarily about identifying openings and determine how many can be closed. There are areas haryana KULDEEP YADAV BAGS 5 AS INDIA DOMINATE SPORTS PAGE IN-FOCUS SINK OR SWIM, ONUS ON US /thetribunechd ! RANDOM CHECKING OF PASSENGERS ON ANVIL ■ Plan envisages layered security check where passengers will be scrutinised even before they enter the station It will include real-time face recognition software ■ Passengers will be checked randomly — every eighth or ninth passenger will undergo the process on arrival ■ which will be closed through permanent boundary walls, others will be manned by RPF personnel and yet others will have collapsible gates.” At each entry point, there will be random security checks. “However, unlike at airports, passengers need not come hours in advance, but just 15-20 minutes ahead of departure time to ensure that they are not delayed because of the security process,” Kumar said. While security will increase, the presence of personnel will not, he added. These steps are part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen the surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. The ISS will comprise CCTV cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and a bomb detection and disposal system, which together will provide multiple checking of passengers and baggage from the point of entry on the station premises till boarding of train. The anticipated cost of the ISS project stands at Rs 385.06 crore. — PTI New Delhi, January 6 The final report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday, does not have the approval of at least four Opposition parties — the Congress, TMC, CPM and Samajwadi Party — whose members on the panel have moved dissent notes, sources said. “As members of the joint committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, we can state that there was no consensus on the final report. We had opposed the Bill as it brings out ethnic divisions in Assam,” a note stated. Members from the Left and TMC said the committee faced demonstrations during its Assam visit. “We promised to AMENDMENT SEEKS Grant citizenship to minorities, including Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, after 6 yrs of residence in India visit the state again to talk to more stakeholders, promising that until then we would not submit a report,” said a member. The Opposition parties alleged: “The Bill links religion with citizenship. This is the basic objection. This is against the spirit of our civilisation, culture and Constitution.” Citizenship can’t be linked with state, religion, caste, creed and be country-specific, argued ‘Liar, liar’: Rahul, Nirmala ask each to resign on HAL Minister takes on Cong chief over defence PSU orders New Delhi, January 6 Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today sparred bitterly over military PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), accusing each other of “lying” and “misleading” the nation while suggesting the other to resign. While Gandhi alleged the Defence Minister “lied” in Parliament that government orders worth Rs 1 lakh crore were provided to HAL, Sitharaman hit back, tweeting details of various works done by the leading defence PSU, including those in the pipeline, and asked him to apologise. “HAL has signed contracts worth 26,570.8 crore (between 2014 and 2018) and contracts worth Rs 73,000 crore are in the pipeline. Will he apologise from the floor of the House and resign?” Sitharaman tweeted, using the handle of the Defence Ministry. Rahul said: “When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies to cover up the first one. In her eagerness to defend the PM’s Rafale lie, the RM lied to Parliament. Tomorrow, RM INDIA WIN IN ASIAN CUP FOR FIRST TIME AFTER ’64, CHHETRI SURPASSES MESSI WILL HE APOLOGISE? It’s a shame that (Rahul Gandhi) is spreading lies and misleading the country. Will he apologise from the floor of the House and resign? ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman ON TWITTER LIES, AND MORE LIES When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies, to cover up the first one. She must place before Parliament documents showing 1 lakh crore of orders to HAL. ❝ Rahul Gandhi, CONG PRESIDENT must place before Parliament documents showing 1 lakh crore of govt orders to HAL.” Suggesting that Gandhi jumped the gun while making the charges following a media report, Sitharaman said Gandhi should “start from ABCs” and read the complete report before commenting on that. She tweeted details of contracts awarded to HAL since 2014 when the BJP came to power, including a Rs 49,797crore contract for the supply of 83 light combat aircraft Tejas to the Indian Air Force, which was at the technical evaluation stage. Another contract (tentative size Rs 20,000 crore) for the supply of a batch of Kamov Ka 226 T helicopters was also at a similar stage. Sitharaman also pointed out that the media report said that “LS record shows” she did not claim the orders were signed and it mentioned they were in the works. Meanwhile, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted: “The lying Defence Minister's lies get exposed! She claimed that procurement orders worth Rs 1 lakh crore provided to HAL! HAL says not a single paisa has come, as not a single order has been signed!” He added: “For the first time, HAL forced to take a loan of Rs 1,000 cr to pay salaries!” — TNS more on back page another member. The members also raised objections over the way the committee had functioned. They said they had suggested amendments to Clause 2 of the Bill, seeking to eliminate the specific mention of six minority communities and also the names of neighbouring countries. “This was to secularise the Bill,” the dissent note from the TMC said. The amendments were defeated by show of hands. Speaking in Assam on Friday, PM Modi had reiterated his commitment to pass the Bill “as atonement for the wrong done during Partition”. Meanwhile, BJP ally Shiv Sena said it would oppose the Bill as “Asom Gana Parishad appealed to us to do so”. — PTI more on back page Lone Akali MLA in Haryana joins Dushyant party Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 6 Balkaur Singh, the lone MLA of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in Haryana, today joined Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). He announced his decision in presence of Dushyant’s father Ajay Singh Chautala. Along with 50-year-old Singh, some local leaders from his Kalanwali reserved Assembly segment in Sirsa also joined the JJP He said . Dushyant was the only Balkaur Singh leader who could carry forward the legacy of Ch Devi Lal. With this, the number of MLAs supporting the JJP has gone up to four, as Dabwali MLA Naina Chautala, Uklana MLA Anoop Dhanak and Charkhi Dadri MLA Randeep Fogat are with the JJP . Balkaur joined the JJP at the same time when SAD’s Haryana unit was meeting to draw up a strategy for the elections. At the meeting, chaired by Balwinder Singh Bhunder, the party mulled over prospects to contest at least two LS seats in the state. Mission on Sun’s corona in 2020 IIA says co-building telescope better than Hubble Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Abu Dhabi: Sunil Chhetri struck a brace to help India stunningly outplay Thailand 4-1 and record its first victory in the Asian Cup since 1964 on Sunday. Playing in his second Asian Cup and 105th match, Chhetri scored in the 27th and 46th minutes for his 66th and 67th international goals. The 34-year-old went past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, who has scored 65 goals in 128 matches. SPORTS PAGE Phagwara, January 6 The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru, in association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will in 2020 launch the country’s first mission to study the chemical composition of Sun’s corona and various heat-generating reactions around it. While such missions are currently being undertaken by US space agency NASA, India will send out a coronagraph aboard Aditya-L1 satellite, the first Indian mission to study the Sun. Amit Kumar from the IIA, who is at an expo being organised by Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University, showed a Prototype of the first coronagraph set to go on a mission. SARABJIT SINGH laboratory model of the project and said the coronagraph in titanium (having less thermal expansion), weighing 175 kg, was being readied that will set out on a 1.5 millionkm journey from the Earth. “It has seven types of optical assemblies, including deflectors and cameras, which will create a spectrum that will help study the chemicals in the corona. “We know that hydrogen and helium are largely present but there are some metals too, including calcium and iron. It will be positioned to face the Sun in such a way that artificial eclipse gets created and only corona light enters. continued on page 7
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