24012019-TTC-01.qxd 1/24/2019 1:54 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.24 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, january 24,2019 LOKUR: DEC 12 COLLEGIUM DECISION SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC PAGE 7 UNION CABINET GIVES NOD TO GST APPELLATE TRIBUNAL PAGE 12 /thetribunechd ! late city VENEZUELA’S GUAIDO DECLARES HIMSELF INTERIM PREZ PAGE 13 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Ahead of polls, Rahul plays Priyanka card Mega Rlys drive, Appointed general secretary in-charge of eastern UP that includes PM’s constituency of Varanasi Aditi Tandon Venugopal as general secretary (Organisation). But the Hands-on, highlight of the day was the Ahead of the Lok Sabha elecadvent of Priyanka on the took the big tions, Congress president political scene of the ConRahul Gandhi today pulled gress and the country — a leap now out the party’s last trump transition the party had been Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 card — his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, appointing her general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, which includes the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Moments after inducting Priyanka, 47, into the AllIndia Congress Committee, Rahul said he was personally elated that his sister, an “extremely capable and tenacious leader”, would now work with him. “This is a huge step. We want to give a new direction to politics in Uttar Pradesh,” the Congress chief said after the party made a range of appointments, also inducting Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh (West). The Congress rested Ghulam Nabi Azad as general secretary in UP moving him to , Haryana and replaced Ashok Gehlot, now Rajasthan CM, with Lok Sabha MP KC ❝ Today I have installed Priyanka as general secretary. This means the Congress will have its own Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh now. Rahul Gandhi to party workers CONGRESS AND THE NEHRU-GANDHI DYNASTY Motilal Nehru Jawaharlal Nehru Indira Gandhi INC chief INC chief:1929, INC chief 1919 and 1928 1930, 1936, ’51-54 1959, 1978-1984 GENERAL SECRETARY << Sanjay Gandhi 1980 Rajiv Gandhi 1980-1984 Rahul Gandhi 2007-2013 Rajiv Gandhi INC chief 1985-1991 Sonia Gandhi INC chief 1998-2017 OTHER MEMBERS IN POLITICS Maneka Gandhi Founded Sanjay Vichar Manch in 1980, general secy, Janata Dal, 1988-89 Rahul Gandhi INC chief 2017-to date Varun Gandhi general secy, BJP, 20132014; now Member of Parliament awaiting for years. “Priyanka has been the campaign manager of Sonia Gandhi since 1998 when the latter first decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections after assuming Congress presidency,” former Home Minister and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde said. It has taken 21 years for UPA chief Sonia Gandhi to get her daughter to formally enter the party and expand her UP role beyond Lok Sabha segments the family holds – Amethi represented by Rahul Gandhi and Rae Bareli represented by Sonia. Her appointment makes it clear she is seen as crucial to Congress' “do or die” battle in UP's 80 seats. The stakes for the Congress rose after the BSP and SP declared an alliance keeping the grand old party out. The Congress believes Priyanka’s entry into UP politics will revive the dormant party organisation, continued on page 7 Admission by Cong Rahul has failed, says BJP Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 As Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics, the BJP saw the development as “admission” by the Congress that its chief Rahul Gandhi had “failed to deliver”. All in the BJP including , PM Narendra Modi, saw it as vindication of their belief Piyush interim Finance Minister New Delhi, January 23 Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was tonight given additional charge of the Ministries of Finance and Corporate Affairs in place of Arun Jaitley who would remain a minister without portfolio for the duration of his indisposition. Jaitley reportedly underwent a surgery at a hospital in New York yesterday and was advised at least twoweek rest by the doctors. President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of PM Narendra Modi directed that during the ''period of indisposition'' of Jaitley, Goyal will temporarily hold the charge of the two ministries in addition to his existing portfolios. “Arun Jaitley be designated as minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said. — TNS that “the Congress is only and all about the Gandhis.” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said it was no surprise that the Congress had coronated someone from within the family while the PM , in an apparent swipe, remarked unlike the other parties, “the BJP leadership sees the party as its family. Democratic culture and values run in ACT OF DESPERATION It is an admission ❝Rahul Gandhi has that failed. As the Congress is not being accepted as part of ‘mahagatbandhan’, it was looking for a crutch. Priyanka is Rahul’s crutch. Sambit Patra, BJP SPOKESPERSON AI ex-chief booked for irregularities New Delhi, January 23 The CBI has booked former Air India Chairman-cumManaging Director Arvind Jadhav for allegedly constituting an illegal and irregular promotion panel to recommend suitable candidates for promotion to the post of General Manager (Operations), officials said. Besides Jadhav, the CBI has named former Executive Director (Personnel) LP Nakhwa, and former Additional General Mangers (Operations) A Kathpalia, Amitabh Singh and Rohit Bhasin in its FIR, accusing them of criminal conspiracy and corruption. The panel had called 15 candidates for interview and selected five. It is alleged there was a criminal case against Kathpalia who was given vigilance clearance. Bhasin and Singh, too, were having pending complaints against them yet they were BJP’s blood, unlike many others where family is the party.” He was interacting with Maharashtra BJP workers. Akali leader and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “Priyanka is the last card the Congress could play and her entry shows Rahul has been a non-starter”. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the appoint- ment a “family concern”. Though the BJP believes “Mrs Vadra” (sic), as she will expectedly be referred to, will not affect the party prospects”, sources said, adding plans were afoot to pit Union Minister Smriti Irani, who has engaged with her on several occasions, against her. Will Priyankaqueer the pitch Cong on front foot Page 7 Providential escape KV Prasad Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 The announcement of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s appointment as a Congress general secretary was slipped in this morning in the most unassuming manner — an official communication. It set the news wires burning with TV channels scrambling to decode the big development, social media on the roll and political leaders, on either side of the divide, reacting on predicted lines. Unlike the summer of 2004 when the Congress called a press conference on a Sunday to declare the formal 2.3L jobs on way NewDelhi, January23 Aiming to win over unemployed youth on the eve of General Election to take place later this year, the Indian Railways today announced a mega-recruitment drive by throwing up 2.3 lakh jobs.The recruitments will be made over the next two years in two phases. It will be first major move with the benefit of 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker section (EWS). Announcing the decision, the Rail Bhawan in a statement said, “In line with the mega recruitment process for recruitment of 1,51,548 employees initiated 14 months ago, the Indian Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of 2.3 lakh more employees under its various cadres, which will be recruited over the next two years in two phases.” Noting that the move is “in line with Prime entry of Rahul Gandhi into politics as the Lok Sabha candidate from Amethi, his sister was not ushered in with a similar hype. For one, Priyanka probably did not need such a grand entry for she is already the behind-thescenes brains that the party trusts and has been active since 1998-99 when her mother Sonia Gandhi took over the party reins. Priyanka was her constant companion, especially during the Lok Sabha elections, managing affairs first in Amethi and then also in Rae Bareli. Since then, she has been active in Uttar Pradesh and is credited to be well-versed with the organisation. continued on page 7 ■ During 2009-10, Air India Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 23 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has opposed Pakistan’s proposal to allow only Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, maintaining Guru Nanak was revered by followers of all religions, especially Hindus. The CM urged the Union Government to take up the issue with Islamabad during parleys on the Kartarpur corridor draft agreement. "Pakistan should take into consideration the fact that the first Sikh Guru’s ideology is not Patiala, January 23 Contractual Punjab teachers who had rejected the state government’s regularisation policy and continued with their protests are in for a shock as the Capt Amarinder Singh regime has backtracked from its earlier announcement and ordered a 60 per cent cut in their salary. Not paid for eight months, the SSA/RMSA teachers would now get salary equivalent to their counterparts who had accepted the terms of the regularisation policy, which was announced in October last. As per the policy, teachers who enrolled under the scheme--6,060 of 8,900 SSA/RMSA teachers had said yes--were to face a 60 per cent pay cut and get Rs 15,000 (primary) and Rs Tribune News Service eligible to be on the panel, was appointed in violation of the prevailing rules ■ Officers were selected even though criminal cases or complaints were pending against them . cleared for promotion, it said. The CBI alleged Jadhav had constituted the panel in 2010 to promote officers to the rank of GM (Operations) in violation of laid down procedure. The three-member panel included former Chief Operating Officer Gustav Baldauf, former ED (Operations) AS Soman besides Nakhwa, it said. — TNS Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. A vehicle crushed by boulders after a massive landslide near Khalara village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. ■ Eight members of a wed- ding party had a close shave on Wednesday as boulders from a hillside buried their Tata Sumo (HP-01K-1605) near Khalara village in Lug valley of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh ■ Two of them received injuries and were rushed to the Kullu Civil Hospital. The wedding was being solemnised at a temple nearby and all the eight persons were seated inside the vehicle when the landslide occurred PAGE 10 690 ROADS STILL CLOSED IN HIMACHAL REMOTE AREAS REEL UNDER DARKNESS 15,06,598 EXISTING STRENGTH 12,23,622 RETIREMENT PROJECTION(2 yrs) 99,000 TOTAL PROJECTED VACANCIES 2,30,000 . Minister Narendra Modi’s vision”, the Indian Railways is consistently expanding its workforce to match the manpower requirements of new projects and increase the overall efficiency of the entire railway network, it said. At present, the Railways has a sanctioned strength of 15,06,598 employees. — TNS Why corridor only for Sikhs, asks Capt Govt reneges, pay cut for contract teachers PROMOTION VIOLATIONS ■ A member, who was not SANCTIONED STRENGTH NEWS ANALYSIS Karam Prakash ex-CMD Arvind Jadhav violated rules in constituting a promotion panel for the post of GM (Operations) WOOING YOUTH Salary shock Level Earlier Revised Primary ~37,000 ~15,000 Upper Primary ~42,000 ~20,000 20,000 (upper primary) salary for 30 months. Their probation period was to be counted from April 1, 2018. Once the probation was over, the teachers were to draw Rs 37,000 (primary) and Rs 42,000 (upper primary), but as regular staff. Those who didn’t enroll under the scheme were to continue on contract at the continued on page 7 confined to the Sikhs but is emulated by people of all faiths," he said, pointing out that gurdwaras were open to all, without bias. "To keep devotees out of Kartarpur Sahib because they are not Sikhs is illogical." Objecting to limiting the number of devotees to 15 per group, the CM demanded that individual yatris too be permitted. Advocating ‘khulle darshan’, he questioned the rationale behind allowing only 500 pilgrims per day, especially in November when the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev is to be celebrated. 4 convicts in Naroda Patiya case get bail New Delhi, January 23 The Supreme Court has granted regular bail to four convicts in Gujarat’s Naroda Patiya massacre case in which 97 persons were killed by a mob during the 2002 riots, saying the high court’s order convicting certain accused was “debatable” and “doubtful”. The riots took place on February 28, 2002, in the Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad a day after 59 kar sevaks were burnt alive in a coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra. The Gujarat HC had on April 20, 2018, upheld the conviction of 12 out of the 29 accused held guilty on various charges by the trial court and had acquitted 17, including Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the state. Those granted regular bail are convicts Umeshbhai Surabhai Bharwad, Rajkumar, Padmendrasinh Jaswantsinh Rajput and Harshad alias Mungda Jila Govind Parmar. — TNS
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