12012019-TTC-01.qxd 12-01-2019 01:20 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.12 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, january 12,2019 J&K READY FOR JOINT POLLS: GUV PAGE 8 NOT HERE TO TELL ‘MANN KI BAAT’: RAHUL’S JIBE AT MODI IN DUBAI PAGE 7 /thetribunechd New pay scales for Punjab staff 6th Pay Commission from February Tribune News Service IN BRIEF Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal no more Mumbai: Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal died on Friday after a brief illness. Sanyal, 57, had joined the Aam Aadmi Party after quitting as the country chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, and contested the LS polls in 2014. Kochi-born Sanyal had also served as the head of corporate finance and chief operating officer for ABN Amro for Asia. PTI Agusta accused Michel allowed consular access New Delhi: An official from the UK High Commission in New Delhi has been granted consular access to British national Christian Michel, who extradited to India from the UAE in December 2018 in connection with the ~3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam. TNS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Sacha Sauda chief, 3 dera aides guilty of Chhatrapati’s murder Quantum of sentence on Jan 17I Ram Rahim’s manager, 2 carpenters also convicted Ruchika M Khanna Chandigarh, January 11 With the General Election round the corner, the Congress government in Punjab is all set to implement recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, headed by former Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill. The new pay scales are expected to be announced in February. The state has 3.5 lakh government employees, 1.5 lakh semi-government employees and around four lakh pensioners. The financial provision is likely to be made in the state Budget to be presented in the first half of February. Sources said the new recruits were expected to get pay scales on a par with those offered to the Central Government staff under the Seventh Pay Commission. For the employees who have been in service for long, the pay panel is expected to give a minimal hike, as their pay scales are already far above the scales of Central Government staff. The benefits given to employees (over and above the pay and allowances) could also be merged with new pay scales. The Dynamic and Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme will be strengthened and MANNED SPACE MISSION IN DEC 2021: ISRO PAGE 22 Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT ■ Coverage of farm labourers under the crop loan waiver scheme and more budgetary allocation for indebted farmers ■ Smartphones for youths ■ Loans of up to ~25,000 from cooperative banks by SC members may be waived introduced across the board. Allowances, such as medical reimbursement, could also be increased. It is learnt that the instalments of dearness allowance due since 2016 will be merged with the basic pay of the staff. The amount will be deposited in the provident fund. There could be more provisions made under the new pension scheme (applicable to those appointed after January 1, 2004). Even the contractual employees and those employed through outsourcing of work could get a reasonable hike. The pay panel, after having heard representations of 600 unions, has now sent a questionnaire to all departments seeking their feedback on the enhanced scales. Panchkula, January 11 The CBI special court today convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the 2002 Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case. Chhatrapati was editor of the Sirsa-based daily, ‘Poora Sach’. Along with Ram Rahim, dera manager Krishan Lal and carpenters Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh were also convicted. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on January 17. According to CBI, Chhatrapati was killed as the Sirsa dera chief was upset over reports in his newspaper, especially the news item on May 30, 2002, on the anonymous complaint about sexual exploitation of sadhvis in Dera Sacha Sauda. From then onwards, he started receiving threats. Ram Rahim attended the court proceedings through video-conferencing from the Rohtak jail. In 2017, he was sentenced to 20-year rigorous imprisonment in a case of rape of two women followers. “Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh have been convicted under Section 302 (murder) of IPC, read with Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy),” said GURMEET RAM RAHIM SEQUENCE OF EVENTS OCT 24, 2002 ‘Poora Sach’ editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati shot at outside his house in Sirsa Anshul Chhatrapati (right), eldest son of Ram Chander Chhatrapati, speaks to media after the verdict in Panchkula on Friday. RAVI KUMAR NOV 21 Chhatrapati succumbs JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE, SAYS SCRIBE’S FAMILY Justice has been done. We too had high hopes. We thank the judge, CBI and witnesses who stood by us despite pressure. We demand capital punishment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. moves Punjab and Haryana HC ❝ RAM CHANDER CHHATRAPATI Anshul Chhatrapati, SCRIBE’S ELDEST SON CBI counsel HPS Verma. CBI Special Judge Jagdeep Singh, in his order, said, “Offence punishable under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, read with Section 302 (murder) also stands duly proved beyond reasonable doubt against Krishan Lal alias Kishan Lal and Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.” Krishan Lal and Nirmal Singh were also convicted under the Arms Act. It was Kuldeep Singh who had shot five times at Chhatrapati outside his house in Sirsa on the evening of October 24, 2002. The journalist succumbed to his injuries on JAN 2003 Anshul Chhatrapati NOV 10 HC orders CBI probe DEC 9 CBI registers FIR, makes Ram Rahim the main accused JULY 31, 2007 CBI files chargesheet in special CBI court JAN 11, 2019 CBI court convicts Ram Rahim, three accomplices JUSTICE FOR CHHATRAPATI FULL COVERAGE PAGE 6 November 21 at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. Kuldeep Singh had come along with Nirmal Singh on a scooter to murder Chhatrapati. Nirmal managed to flee but the police nabbed Kuldeep Singh on the spot. Nirmal was arrested on October 26, 2002, and revealed the name of dera manager Krishan Lal for having provided a revolver. The Haryana Police filed a chargesheet against Krishan Lal, Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh on December 5, 2012, but not Ram Rahim. Not satisfied with the investigation, Anshul Chhatrapati, the slain journalist’s eldest son, approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which handed over the case to the CBI on November 10, 2003. A former driver of Ram Rahim, Khatta Singh, had told the court that it was the dera chief who had ordered Chhatrapati’s killing in front of him. He said the dera chief got angry following publication of a news report on the sexual exploitation of women followers. “Ram Rahim told Krishan Lal, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh to eliminate Chhatrapati. On hearing this, Krishan Lal came with his own revolver and gave it to Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh.” Kishan Lal is also an accused in the Ranjit Singh murder case. Ranjit Singh was murdered on July 10, 2002. The CBI has alleged that Ram Rahim suspected him to be behind the circulation of the anonymous letter of a sadhvi alleging sexual exploitation. edit: comeuppance for Gurmeet Major, jawan killed in 2 LoC blasts in Rajouri Tribune News Service Jammu/Rajouri, January 11 An Army Major and a jawan were killed in two IED blasts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district today. While two jawans were injured in the blasts, a porter was critically wounded in cross-border firing in the Sunderbani sector. The officer, identified as Major SG Nair of 2/1 GR, was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at Potwal forward post in Lam area of Nowshera sector, while the jawan, Rifleman Jeevan Gurung, lost his life in another explosion in the same sector. The injured soldiers included a JCO and a Lance Naik, whose identities were not yet known. Sources said the IEDs might have been planted by militants with the help of Pakistan army near the LoC. The first IED blast occurred around 3 pm in which Rifleman Jeevan Gurung was killed. The Army officer was killed in the second blast around 6 pm. Earlier, the Pakistan army violated the ceasefire agreement in the Sunderbani sector in which a porter was critically injured. He was identified as Hem Raj, a resident of Klasara area in Sunderbani. After the IED blasts, the area was cordoned off and search operations were on. HC refuses to quash Shah:Battle of ideologies, BJP Farmer kills wife, 2 FIR against Asthana win certain, Modi is invincible kids in Ferozepur New Delhi, January 11 In a big setback to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, the Delhi High Court today refused to quash the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations and set a 10-week deadline to complete the investigations. Holding that permission for prior sanction to prosecute Asthana was not required, the court vacated its interim order that granted the CBI’s No. 2 protection against criminal proceedings, which in effect meant there is no bar on his arrest. Asthana is likely to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court. Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad. The judge said the allegation of “mala fide” raised against the then CBI Director Alok Verma had not been Was debt-ridden, whereabouts not known Vibha Sharma TRANSFERS REVOKED Soon after taking over the charge of CBI interim director, M Nageswar Rao on Friday cancelled all transfer orders issued by his ousted predecessor Alok Verma and reverted officers to the positions held on January 8. TNS VERMA BOWS OUT Deciding not to take up the new assignment of Director General, Fire Services and Home Guards, former CBI Director Alok Verma asked to be treated “deemed superannuated”. He said the selection committee did not provide him an opportunity to explain the details as recorded by the CVC before arriving at the decision of transferring him. TNS made out. The court gave its verdict while dismissing the petitions filed by Asthana, Kumar and Prasad challenging the FIR lodged against them. — PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 11 Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ajeya yodha” (invincible warrior) and likening the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to the “Third Battle of Panipat” between the Marathas and the Afghan army, BJP chief Amit Shah today claimed the NDA’s victory was certain. “I believe the 2019 battle is going to be like this… this is an example in history which matches with the situation today. Under King Shivaji, Marathas had started freeing different parts of India and won over 131 battles before losing the Third Battle of Panipat. It was not merely a loss in one battle, India was sunk in slavery for 200 years and then the English ruled,” he said. And a day before the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party unveil their joint plan from Uttar Anirudh Gupta PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah during the BJP National Convention at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Friday. MUKESH AGGARWAL WANT RAM TEMPLE AT EARLIEST: BJP CHIEF The BJP wants the Ram temple constructed at the earliest at the same site. Let there be no doubt. The party is making all efforts to ensure that the matter is resolved in the Supreme Court as soon as possible. Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF ❝ Pradesh, Shah termed a “sham” all such “gathbandhans” which are “lacking in ideologies and built only with the purpose of ousting PM Modi”. “Once upon a time, it was the Congress versus all. Now, it is Modi versus everybody else, because they know that removing Modi is impossible. This is an acceptance of continued on page 7 Ferozepur, January 11 A debt-ridden farmer allegedly killed his wife and two children at his residence in Shahdin Wala village, 7 km from here, last night. Accused Paramjit Singh (alias Pamma), 36, later left the house on his bike during the wee hours and his whereabouts are still not known. Efforts are on to trace him. He first allegedly killed his wife using a sharp-edged weapon and then choked his kids to death while they were asleep. The deceased have been identified as Palwinder Kaur (32), Mankirat Kaur (13) and Prabhjotnoor Singh (six). Paramjit and his family lived in the house along with the family of his brother and his parents, but no one came to know about the incident till morning when Paramjit’s father Lakhbir Singh noticed Paramjit Singh Palwinder Kaur Mankirat Kaur Prabhjotnoor that his door was locked. “My son and daughter-inlaw used to go to the gurdwara every morning. This morning, when the bike started, I thought they were going to the gurdwara so I didn’t get up,” Lakhbir said. Palwinder’s father Manjit Singh, a resident of Karma village, said he was informed about the incident around 8.30 am. “I don’t know what went wrong,” he said. continued on page 7 Justices Maheshwari, Khanna recommended as SC judges New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Delhi High Court judge Sanjiv Khanna for evevation as judges of the top court. The five-member Collegium took the decision on Thursday. TNS India allows Pak to inspect Indus Basin, Chenab projects New Delhi: India has given the green signal to Pakistan to visit the Indus Basin, including the Ratle, Lower Kalnai and Pakal Dul hydro projects, on the Chenab. An official said the tour was originally scheduled for October 2018 but was postponed because of local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir. TNS H-1B reforms to ensure stay for skilled pros Pandya, Rahul sent home from Oz Washington, January 11 US President Donald Trump on Friday assured H-1B visa holders, an overwhelming majority of whom are Indian IT professionals, that his administration will soon bring changes that will give them certainty to stay in America and a “potential path to citizenship”. Trump on Friday tweeted that his administration is planning an overhaul of US policies on H-1B visa and will encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US. “H1B holders in the US can rest assured that changes are Trump shifts stance, promises changes in visa programme soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US,” Trump tweeted. Trump’s tweet comes as good news for Indian professionals, especially in the IT sector, who currently have to wait for nearly a decade to get a Green Card or permanent legal residency. In the first two years of his presidency, the Trump administration made it tough for the H-1B visa holders over their overstay, extension and issuing of new visa to them. Trump’s major announcement on H-1B visas — through Twitter, without any further details — comes as part of his known preference to attract and retain best talent in the US. In recent weeks, he has been talking about a merit-based immigration system to reduce overall immigration to the US. Trump’s tweet, given that his administration had created an image of being anti-H-1B visa, came as a surprise to many and several H-1B visa holders from India took to social media to welcome the move. “Thanks a ton for giving a hope and assurance, legal immigrants are contributing to US economy (billion dollar companies, universities, real estate etc.,) and yet waiting for decades on certainty. #MAGA #legalimmigration #H1B,” Indian techie Manofjoy tweeted. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Suspended pending BCCIprobe over comments on women New Delhi/Sydney, January 11 Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia as the BCCI suspended them today for their outrage-evoking comments on women, hours after the duo’s on-field leader Virat Kohli expressed his disapproval. The under-fire players have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling them out of the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Saturday. “Both Pandya and Rahul Hardik Pandya KL Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry,” said Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai. A few hours later, it was confirmed that a decision had been taken to send them home. “If they can book tickets then tomorrow they will be leaving (for India) or latest by day after,” an official said. He added that at this point, their chances of making it to the squad for the New Zealand tour were also “bleak”. The “Koffee with Karan” episode featuring the two has since been taken down by the channel’s online platform. On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents. Rahul was, however, a shade more restrained in his responses on relationships and women. — PTI
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