26012019-TTC-01.qxd 26-01-2019 01:31 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.26 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, january 26,2019 Apex court won’t 2019pollsonce-in-a-centurymoment:Prez stay EWS quota, R-DAY ADDRESS Says country is on the verge of eliminating extreme poverty will examine law Tribune News Service HOLIDAY NOTICE The offices of The Tribune will remain closed on Saturday on account of Republic Day. There will, therefore, be no edition on January 27. IN BRIEF Eminent Hindi author Krishna Sobti dead New Delhi: Eminent Hindi author Krishna Sobti, best known for writing on issues of female identity, passed away on Friday, barely a month before her 94th birthday, family sources said. The award-winning author had at least seven novels and four short stories to her credit. Many of her works have been translated into English and Urdu. Her last book "Channa" was launched at the New Delhi World Book Fair here on January 11 this year. PTI OPED PNB defaulter stopped from fleeing country Mumbai: Immigration officials at the Mumbai airport earlier this week stopped industrialist Braj Binani from leaving the country on the basis of a complaint by Punjab National Bank (PNB), sources said. They confirmed that Binani was to fly to London on Wednesday by a chartered flight. However, he was stopped from boarding the flight. He later left the city for a domestic destination, officials said. PNB had sought a “lookout notice” against Binani as one of his companies had defaulted on a Rs 300-crore bank loan. TNS Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 25 The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the operation of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment which provides for 10 per cent reservation to economically backward sections of the General Category in government jobs and educational institutions. However, it agreed to examine the validity of the constitutional amendment which paved the way for this quota. “We will examine the matter. Issue notice,” the Bench said. This means the government can go ahead with implementation of the quota in public employment and educational institutions ahead of the ensuing LS polls. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, however, issued notice to the Centre asking it to respond to the petition in three weeks. The directions came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the amendments can’t be stayed. A day after Parliament passed a constitutional amendment to provide for 10 per cent reservation to EWS, an NGO on January 10 challenged its validity before the Supreme Court, contending it violated basic structure of the Constitution. Passed Chandigarh: Days after suspending Zira MLA Kulbir Zira from the primary membership of the Congress for indiscipline at a public function, the party on Friday reinstated him. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Sunil Jakhar said the party after going through an apology submitted by Zira decided to reinstate him. Before suspending him, the party had issued him a show-cause notice. TNS by Parliament on January 9, the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been assented to by the President and notified in official gazette. Activist Tehseen Poonawalla, too, has challenged the legality of the amendment. In its petition filed in the top court, Youth for Equality has challenged Article 15(6) and Article 16(6) of the Constitution added by the amendment on the ground that economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation and that economic reservation cannot be limited to the general category alone. The NGO pointed that the new quota law exceeds the 50 per cent ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court in Indra Sawhney case cannot be breached. AyodhyaBench reconstitutedP7 New Delhi, January 25 After the decision by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to drop out of the 2019 LS race, the party is now considering fielding “strong veterans”, many of whom may be above the “cut-off” limit of 75 years. A top BJP leader ruled out imposing any age bar for alloting ticket. He said any decision on veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Shanta Kumar would be taken by the parliamentary board after “consulting” them. Advani and Joshi are part of the “margdarshak mandal” that has not met even once after it was constituted in 2014. The decision to sideline party stalwarts had invit- New Delhi, January 25 Former President Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna - the country's highest civilian award, the government announced today. The Bharat Ratna will be conferred after a gap of four years. Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Modi government in 2015. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique, on the eve of the 70th Republic Day, said the President was pleased to award Bharat Ratna to Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously), continued on page 7 ed criticism. Senior party leader Yashwant Sinha flayed the decision in strong terms. “All those who are above the age of 75 were declared brain dead on May 26, 2014 (the day Modi was sworn as PM),” he had said. Later, two ministers were dropped from the then Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in MP on the ground that they were over 75 years. But the top BJP leader claimed there was no such rule and the age bar was only for ministerial/party. On the decision by Swaraj not to contest the 2019 elections, he remarked, “Voh ghoshna unhone ki hai, party ne nahi (that announcement was made by her, not the party)” — a statement which itself says a lot. Faridabad, January 25 A private detective agency hired by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) here has failed to yield any positive result. It has not been able to trace any defaulter mentioned in the department records. While power dues amounting to Rs 20 crore are reportedly pending, the contract of the agency expires on January 31. ~20 CRORE PENDING The 5,700 defaulting users -with ~20 crore reportedly pending -- have either changed their place of residence or their earlier addresses had been replaced with new ones due to development of new colonies or merging of one colony with another. The agency ‘Countrywide Detective Services’ was awarded the contract in request all eligible voters to go out and vote,” he said. At the same time, he said the election was only a milestone in the journey towards fulfilling the aspirations of the people and building a developed India. The country, he said, for the first time in memory was on the doorstep of eliminating extreme poverty. Talking of the spirit of inclusiveness, the President said the country belonged to “each of us and to all of us.” RSS CONTROLLING ALL ❝ You currently have one institution called the RSS, mothership of the BJP, which believes it should be the only institution in the country. They want to penetrate into all other institutions and control them. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT REPORT PAGE 7 December 2018. It was assigned the task of detecting defaulting consumers under the jurisdiction of the Faridabad operation circle. The agency was to be paid at Rs 350 per consumer (excluding applicable taxes) and the bills could be raised each fortnight. Officials of the power department had handed over the defaulters’ list to the agency that was told to start operations in the subdivision of Tilpat where the number of defaulters was 5,700. This subdivision is located in Old continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. fresh case after raid Sunit Dhawan Tribune News Service Pranab Mukherjee Nanaji Deshmukh PADMA BHUSHAN AWARDEES SS Dhindsa Kuldip Nayar Bhupen Hazarika PADMA SHRI HS Phoolka PVSM FOR ARMY CHIEF RAWAT | LIST OF PADMA AWARDEES PAGE 7 Jind bypoll: Split in Jat votes may benefit BJP Tribune News Service Two months on, detective agency hired by power dept unable to trace any of them Tribune News Service HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD FOR THREE Sushil Manav Haryana’s defaulting power users vanish Bijendra Ahlawat Ram Nath Kovind, PRESIDENT Dhindsa, Phoolka among 112 Padma awardees Party considering ‘strong’ veterans for LS elections Vibha Sharma ❝ Decisions and actions of today will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. As such, this is not just a oncein-a-generation moment, it is a once-in-a-century moment. “An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents renewal and a re-commitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society. It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India. This makes the very act of voting sacred. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses is up to him or her, I would only Bharat Ratna for Pranab CBI books Hooda in BJP may drop age bar of 75 Tribune News Service Cong revokes suspension of legislator Kulbir Zira Youth for Equality had challenged new quota law, saying it exceeded 50% ceiling fixed by SC in Indra Sawhney case New Delhi, January 25 President Ram Nath Kovind today urged the citizens to perform the "sacred act" of voting in the General Election later this year, stressing the polls should be seen as a "once-in-a-century moment" that will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. In his customary address to the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day, the Presi- dent said: “Decisions and actions of today will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. As such, this is not just a once-in-a-generation moment, it is a once-in-acentury moment’’. President Kovind noted that while voters will this year deliver their verdict and write their destiny, the 2019 General Election would be the first when voters born in the 21st Century will contribute to electing a new Lok Sabha. Chandigarh, January 25 In Jind, which goes to the polls on January 28, a division of Jat votes among Dushyant Chautala (JJP), Randeep Surjewala (Congress) and Umedh Redhu (INLD) could mean advantage Krishan Middha of the BJP and the saffron party, say observers, may see its first victory in the Haryana Jat heartland. The punters too are betting big on Middha’s victory. Jats comprise nearly 50,000 of the total 1.70 lakh votes in the Jind Assembly segment. Kavita Jain, Haryana’s Urban Local Bodies Minister has been camping in Jind ever since campaigning began. She claims the BJP will get votes from all sections. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Birender Singh, state BJP president Subhash Barala and several Haryana ministers addressed a rally in Middha's support on Friday. A confidant CM claimed he was certain Jind voters would create history by electing the BJP candidate. However, supporters of Digvijay Chautala and Surjewala are equally confident of their win. “The JJP is getting immense support. They have decided to elect Digvijay,” claimed a JJP worker even as Congress supporters maintained the people would back Surjewala as his election would ensure development. Rohtak, January 25 Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda is in more trouble. The CBI on Friday booked him on cheating and corruption charges in connection with land acquisition in Gurugram to “favour” private builders and conducted searches at 20 locations, including his Rohtak residence, where the search operation lasted more than five hours. Hooda called it “sheer vendetta.” The CBI officials reached Hooda’s house at 7.30 am and left at 1 pm after examining documents, including property papers and I-T returns. A locksmith was reportedly Bhupinder Singh Hooda 15 builders also named in FIR; former CM calls it vendetta called to open almirah(s). In the FIR, the CBI also named Additional Chief Secretary Trilok Chand Gupta, who was then chief Administrator, HUDA, and 15 builders, whose official premises in Delhi and Gurugram were searched.
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