23012019-TT-01.qxd 1/22/2019 11:14 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.23 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, january23,2019 9 PM ASPIRANTS AT OPPN SHOW: SHAH PAGE 7 SOON, INDIA TO BECOME 2ND LARGEST OIL-DEMAND CENTRE PAGE 12 /thetribunechd KOHLI SWEEPS ICC AWARDS AWARDS HE WON Virat Kohli becomes the first cricketer ever to win ICC’s top three player of the year awards. Besides, he was named captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year ICC CRICKETER OF THE YEAR ICC TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR ICC ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR TOP RUN-GETTER IN TESTS AS WELL AS ODIs IN 2018 1,322 1,202 11 Runs he scored in 13 Tests at an average of 55.08 Runs he amassed in 14 ODIs at an average of 133.55 Number of centuries he notched up across formats last year RONALDO FINED FOR TAX FRAUD ❝ To be rewarded in this manner is a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. — Virat Kohli PAGE 14 1984: Production warrant against Sajjan Kumar New Delhi, January 22 A Delhi court today issued production warrant for January 28 against former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. District Judge Poonam A Bamba issued the warrant after Tihar Jail authorities, where he is lodged after conviction in a related case, could not produce him in court today. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh in Sultanpuri. The witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar in the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court. — PTI Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Agrees to pay €19m fine Charged with hiding income from image rights during his stint with Real Madrid Received a 2-yr suspended sentence, which was reduced to a fine by court PAGE 15 FRANCO-GERMAN PACT GIVES EUROPE HOPE PAGE 13 PMtargets Cong, says BJP ended loot Shahira Naim ‘THEY DID NOTHING’ The disease had been diagnosed, but the treatment was not honestly pursued…things could have changed long ago had there been good intent. Tribune News Service Varanasi, January 22 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of allowing the loot of 85 paise out of every rupee of honest taxpayers’ money earmarked for development. Addressing the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Modi, without naming former PM Rajiv Gandhi, said the ex-PM was aware of the fact that 85 paise out of every rupee meant for development vanished without percolating down to the people. Hitting out at the Congress for not exhibiting any intent to check corruption, Modi said, “The disease had been diagnosed, but the treatment was ❝ Narendra Modi, PM PM Narendra Modi during the inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. PTI not honestly pursued…things could have changed long ago had there been good intent.” Claiming that the entire money meant for development had been reaching the people during his rule, Modi said the situation had been changed with the help of technology. He said a sum of Rs 5.8 lakh crore was transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries under various schemes. Had the old arrangement continued, Rs 4.5 lakh crore of this amount would have vanished into thin air by now. Listing another achievement of his government, he said he had managed to eliminate around 7 crore fictitious beneficiaries who had been availing benefits under various government schemes. IPS officer’s brother HC commandments on war on drugs among 3 ultras shot Punjab DGP to revamp & strengthen STF, cops in mufti around schools Saurabh Malik SHOWING THE WAY TO PUNJAB POLICE A TRAINEE DOCTOR Suhail A Shah Anantnag, January 22 Three militants, one of them the younger brother of a 2012batch IPS officer, Inam-ulHaq, were killed in a gunfight in Shopian, South Kashmir, today. They were identified as Amir Ahmad Dar of Chidipora, Shoaib Ahmad Shah of Shirmal and Shamsul Haq of Dragad. The latter was pursuing a degree in Unani medicine and surgery when he took to arms in May 2018. An official said the police had prior information about a militant hideout in Heff Shirmal which was searched a couple of times but in vain. "Today, the militants opened fire when the area was being sealed. A gunfight ensued, which lasted a few hours. The militants were neutralised." Tribune News Service ■ Training to be a Unani doctor, Chandigarh, January 22 In a judgment that will change the way drug peddlers are dealt with, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today took upon itself the task of guiding the Punjab Police by issuing 25 “mandatory” directions for eradicating the drug menace, virtually rapping the state for not doing enough. The commandments include directions to the DGP to revamp, restructure and strengthen the special task force (STF) and deployment of cops in mufti from 8 am to 6 pm in the vicinity of educational institutions to nab suppliers. The Bench directed the state, through the DGP to , register cases against kingpins under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Shamsul Haq, 23, joined the militants in May last year, seven months after seven militants were killed in a gunfight in his house in Dragad village ■ “I remember the efforts made by his brother and other family members to try and bring him back to the mainstream but he met a sad end today,” tweeted former DGP SP Vaid As locals, carrying stones, thronged the encounter site, they were chased away by the forces. Five persons, including four scribes, sustained pellet injuries. "We will look into the matter. These are the least number of injuries during an encounter in Shopian in the past many years," a police officer said. Mandatory chapter on Police to ensure minors drug abuse and illicit not served drugs, alcotrafficking in the syllabus holic beverages at bars, for Class XI and XII students restaurants and through vends Awareness drives, using ACP to visit every medical shop the media and internet. at least once every 24 hours to check supply of drugs to minors DC to be nodal officer State to develop special, Latest kits to investigatmobile, anti-peddling ing officers and periodic squads; jails to have refresher course for sniffer dogs to check visitors and police on probe procedure packages for drugs During raids, Drugs All addicts in prisons to be Inspector to be accomregistered and compulsopanied by an officer not rily sent for de-addiction below the rank of ACP Every prisoner entering ACP to personally monitor jail to be tested for cases registered under addiction and de-addictOpium and NDPS Act to ed if found addicted plug loopholes during inquiry Referring to news reports carried in The Tribune, the Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder JIND BYPOLL Sneh Lata, daughter-in-law Naina blame each other Sushil Manav Tribune News Service YOUNG ACHIEVER: President Ram Nath Kovind gives Rashrtiya Bal Puraskar to Hisar mountaineer Shivangi Pathak in New Delhi on Tuesday. MUKESH AGGARWAL BACK PAGE Book Syed Shuja over hack charge, says EC New Delhi, January 22 The Election Commission of India today asked Delhi Police to file an FIR against self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja, who claimed he was part of the electronic voting machine (EVM) design team and that machines being used in India could be hacked. Separately, a team of technical experts comprising Prof DT Shahani, Prof Emeritus, IIT Delhi, Prof Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Bhilai, and Prof DK Sharma, Prof Emeritus, IIT Bombay, reconfirmed to the ECI that the EVMs were stand-alone machines designed to connect only amongst ECI-EVM units (ballot unit, control unit and VVPAT) through cables that remain in full public view, and there was no mechanism to himachal pradesh /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Chautala family feud gets murkier Tribune News Service ! CONG, BJP SPAR ❝ There should be an inquiry into the charges. Chandigarh, January 22 Extremely distressed over the cancellation of furlough to her husband, former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his wife Sneh Lata has told her son Ajay, his wife Naina and grandsons Dushyant and Digvijay not to touch her body after she is dead. In a video, that has gone viral, she is seen on a hospital bed. “Everyone knows they (Dushyant and Digvijay) are behind the cancellation of furlough. The manhandling of Chautala Sahib at INLD's Gohana rally (on October 7, 2018) is an open secret. They wanted to inflict bodily injury on their grandfather but he ABHAY SNAPS TIES Leader of Opposition Abhay Chautala has severed family ties with his elder brother Ajay Chautala and his family. Addressing mediapersons in Jind on Tuesday, he said so far he had only political differences with his brother. "But the manner in which my nephews have connived with AAP to get my father's furlough cancelled, I do not wish to have any ties with my brother and his family." was saved by someone,” she is heard saying, amid sobs. “... If I die tomorrow, these four persons (Dushyant, Digvijay, Ajay and Naina) should not touch my body. They should not even see my body,” she adds, breaking down again. In another video, while praising Abhay for taking care of her, she blames her daughter-inlaw Naina, Dabwali MLA, for "ruining" the family. The latter, addressing an election rally in Jind's Pandu Pindara village on Tuesday, while alleging her sons were being hounded by “certain persons," asked: "If the people of Haryana love Dushyant and Digvijay, are they to be blamed? Have you ever heard somebody cursing her sons and grandsons?” Breaking into tears, she made an ardent appeal to the people to vote for Digvijay. "My grief is genuine. I am not crying to manipulate votes for my son," she claimed. continued on page 7 The SC and the law say there should be an FIR. It is your (govt) responsibility. Punjab slipping on healthcare Kapil Sibal, CONGRESS LEADER TIME FOR REMEDYSpends 25 pc of what it did 4 decades ago what capacity was ❝ Inpresent at the event?... Sibal Is the Cong-sponsored event designed to defame Indian democracy. Ravi Shankar Prasad, UNION MINISTER PAGE 7 communicate with any device through wireless communication. All versions of ECI-EVMs were regularly and rigorously tested against low to high wireless frequencies, it asserted. Meanwhile, the Electronics Corporation of India said Shuja had neither been on its rolls nor associated in the design of EVMs between 2009-2014. Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 22 Till the eighties, Punjab healthcare was considered the best in the country, until the state decided to turn a facilitator instead of service provider. This cost the people of the state dear. According to experts, whether per capita availability of health institutions in the public sector or availability of staff —including doctors, nurses and paramedics— Punjab was rated one of the best states in the country. AILING SERVICES NEED A CHECKUP Year Amount spent %age of Budget 1970-71 9.86 crore 11.10 1983-84 88.46 crore 10.66 1993-94 222.91 crore 5.51 2006-07 689.02 crore 3.72 2018-19 4011 crore 3.10 “In the nineties, the state took its first step towards privatisation, establishing Pun- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. jab Health Systems Corporation, getting a loan of Rs 422 crore from the World Bank,” says Dr Pyara Lal Garg, who then headed a government doctors' association. "As per the agreement, the state was to get Rs 60 crore annually. Of the total loan amount, the government spent Rs 277 crore on constructing buildings and the rest for purchasing equipment, which later turned into junk," says Dr Garg. With the setting up of the health corporation, the state government continued on page 7 Singh Sidhu asserted: “It is intriguing to note that students are getting the prohibited drugs, but the police is not in position to catch hold of kingpins and peddlers”. Asserting that the menace had attained alarming proportions, the Bench gave the state six months to establish rehab centres in each district, ensuring basic necessities to inmates, including board and lodging and counselling. The directions came on appeals by Baljinder Singh and Khushi Khan against Patiala Special Court order convicting and sentencing them in September, 2011 to 12 years' imprisonment. Acquitting them, the Bench asserted the court’s prime concern was that charas, heroin and synthetic drugs were not available in the state at all. The entire police force was required to focus on catching the kingpins and bringing them to justice. continued on page 7 “Imagine a population more than the total population of countries like the UK, France or Italy existed only on paper, thus draining resources of the country,” he said. These measures to check corruption under his rule were just a tip of the iceberg of the “New India” his rule had brought in, he said. Talking about measures like e-passport, e-visa and simplified procedure to acquire PIO card or upgrade it to OCI card, PM Modi said such measures would help NRIs to actively participate in the change towards “New India”. “We are in the process of relaxing norms as regards passport and visa. continued on page 7 Mohali cops grill UP don Ansari in extortion case Mohali, January 22 The police today brought donturned-politician Mukhtar Ansari on production warrant from Uttar Pradesh in connection with an extortion case. According to sources, the five-time BSP MLA from Mau had allegedly called up a local realtor and demanded Rs 10 crore. A case under Sections 386 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC was registered at the Mataur police station. “The police have brought Ansari from Banda Jail,” said a police official. The police produced Ansari in a local court, which remanded him in two-day police custody. SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said: “His interrogation is on. We are also looking at his involvement in some other case registered in our area.” — TNS
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