29012019-TT-01.qxd 28-01-2019 22:46 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.28 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, january29,2019 SINHA: FULL BUDGET WILL BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL PAGE 7 GIVE FINANCIAL POWERS TO NITI AAYOG, SAYS VIJAY KELKAR PAGE 12 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF ISB climbs world ranking, among top 25 B-schools Hyderabad: Indian School of Business (ISB) at Hyderabad and Mohali have been jointly ranked 24th internationally in the Financial Times (London) Global MBA Rankings 2019, four positions up from the 2018 ranking. ISB is ranked at No 1 in India and is the only business school in the top 25 global ranking. Dean Rajendra Srivastava said the ranking had improved because of emphasis on the selection process and efforts into research on growth markets. TNS Meghalaya miner’s body retrieved, another spotted New Delhi: The body of one of the 15 miners trapped for over a month in a rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya has been retrieved, state government told the SC on Monday. Another body has been spotted by the Navy, the Centre told a Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri. On behalf of the petitioner, senior counsel Anand Grover told the Bench that de-watering of the mine was necessary to retrieve the bodies. The Bench posted the matter for February 4. TNS ! himachal pradesh US DEMOCRACY ‘UNDER ATTACK LIKE NEVER BEFORE’ PAGE 13 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Give info on Assam For Congress, it’s ‘OROP’ detention centres: SC Rahul vowsminimumincome for poor Raipur, January 28 Congress president Rahul Gandhi today announced his party would ensure “minimum income guarantee” for every poor person in the country, if voted to power. The announcement comes ahead of the Union Budget, the last to be presented by the Modi government before the Lok Sabha polls this year. It also follows the NDA government’s decision to give 10 per cent quota to the economically backward section in the general category. “The Congress has decided to take a historic decision... The Congress-led government will give minimum income guarantee. This means, every poor will have a minimum income. There will be no hungry, poor people in India (any longer),” Gandhi said, addressing a rally to express gratitude to Chhattisgarh voters, particularly farmers, for the Congress victory after 15 years. Asserting that he gets done what he says, Rahul Shah’s ‘only Rahul, only Priyanka’ jibe Rajesh Sharma Rahul Gandhi and Chhattisgarh CM at farmers’ meet in Raipur. PTI WILL BE HISTORIC MOVE: CONG CHIEF The Congress will give minimum income to every poor person. No government in the world has done this till now. The Congress is going to do that, it will be a historic feat. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT ❝ explained the minimum income guarantee would be implemented across the country. He later tweeted: “We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty.” — PTI Una, January 28 Days after AICC chief Rahul Gandhi inducted his sister Priyanka as the party’s general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah claimed that for the Congress it was “only Rahul, only Priyanka.” He used the acronym for the ‘One Rank, One Pension (OROP)’ scheme for military personnel to take a jibe at the Congress. Hitting back, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah coined an acronym to target the BJP saying the , country was suffering from “ODOMOS — overdose of only Modi, only Shah”. Addressing “BJP Panna Pramukh Sammelan” in Una, a segment of the Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency that has a large number of ex-servicemen, Shah said unlike other Amit Shah with Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur at a rally in Una. parties, the BJP was “governed and guided by its workers and not by its leaders.” Striking a chord with the people of the area, Shah said four Param Vir Chakras had been awarded to the brave soldiers of the tiny hill state. This, he said, was proof of the valour of the people. New Delhi, January 28 The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to provide details of functional detention centres in Assam and foreigners detained there in the past 10 years, saying they can’t be kept in detention centres indefinitely. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said foreigners could not be kept in detention centres after being declared so by tribunals if the Centre had been unable to arrive at a settlement with the countries to which they were to be deported. “You can ask the neighbouring countries to accept their natives, but you cannot keep them in detention centres for all times,” the Bench, also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna, said. “We would like to know as to how many detention centres are there in Assam. We also want to know as to how many persons are lodged there and since when,” it said. Says foreigners can’t be confined indefinitely, wants year-wise details NDFB chief convicted for 2008 serial blasts Guwahati: The chief of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Ranjan Daimary, and 14 others were on Monday convicted by a CBI fast -track court in the 2008 serial bomb blast case in Assam that left 88 persons dead. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Wednesday. PTI The Bench also sought to know the period for which inmates had been detained, if all of them were declared foreigners and how many declared foreigners had been deported to their countries of origin. Asking for year-wise details in three weeks, the continued on page 7 Ponzi: ED attaches ~239-crore assets of TMC’s KD Singh 76% turn out for Jind bypoll HDK threatens to quit, rift wide open New Delhi, January 28 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth over Rs 239 crore of a firm linked to TMC MP KD Singh in connection with a Rs 1,900-crore ponzi scam. The ED said a provisional order had been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for attaching “immovable properties in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Dera Bassi, SAS Nagar and Shimla and also accounts in HDFC Bank in the name of Ms Alchemist Infra Realty Ltd”. The probe agency had last year summoned the MP now sidelined , in the Trinamool Congress (TMC), as part of its probe. While Singh had resigned as Chairman of the Alchemist group in 2012, his Rajya Sabha profile still mentions him Chairman, Emeritus and founder of the business group. The ED had in September 2016 filed a criminal case under the PMLA, taking cognisance of a charge-sheet filed against the company, its directors and others by market regulator SEBI. “Investigations revealed that proceeds of the crime generated by Alchemist Infra Realty were laundered through a web of companies. Investigations also revealed that the funds mobilised by the firm from investors were never used for the purpose for which these were collected and the same were transferred to bank accounts of other group companies, which existed only on paper, from where these were siphoned,” the ED said. — TNS Bengaluru, January 28 A war of words has erupted between ruling coalition partners in Karnataka with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today threatening to quit “if snide comments” against him and his family members continued. After Congress MLA and chairman of Bangalore Development Authority ST Somashekar remarked at a public meeting that more than concentrating on administration “one family was only inter- Jind, January 28 The Jind byelection on Monday saw a 76 per cent turnout, with rural voters exhibiting more enthusiasm than those in the cities. A total of 1,30,913 of the 1,72,774 voters in the Assembly segment cast their ballot. The DC-cum-District Electoral Officer, Amit Khatri, said the polling was peaceful. “There was no untoward incident. Police personnel deployed at the polling stations ensured free and fair polling,” he said. According to figures provided by the district administration, the Ramakrishna Upadhya Voters in a queue at Vijay Nagar village in Jind. PHOTO: SAYEED AHMED turnout in villages touched 84 per cent. In the urban areas, the polling percentage was 71 per cent. In 2014, an almost similar KIWI FEATHER IN INDIA’S CAP Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third ODI against New Zealand. AFP 10 years after MS Dhoni’s men won an ODI series in New Zealand, Virat Kohli-led Team India registered a 3-0 series win against Kiwis at Mount Maunganui on Monday. India recently clinched ODI and Test series against Australia Down Under. 7 -wicket win in the third tie of the five-match series came as Kohli (60) and Rohit Sharma (62) anchored the chase after Mohammed Shami (3/41) and Hardik Pandya (2/45), returning from suspension over sexist remarks, restricted hosts to 243 in 49 overs. PANDYA CAN SCALE NEW HEIGHTS: KOHLI ❝ You don’t need do anything extra (in a situation like Pandya’s). Whoever comes out of it positive, his career can scale new heights, like in case of many cricketers in the past. Virat Kohli on Hardik Pandya’s return PAGE 14 polling percentage was recorded in the segment when 1,21,276 of a total 1,59,000 voters cast their vote. — TNS Prasad wants Ayodhya case hearing expedited Patna, January 28 Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad today disapproved of the slow pace of hearing on the Ayodhya title suit in the Supreme Court, and appealed to it for an “expeditious decision” as had been done in the matters related to adultery and Sabarimala temple. Prasad qualified his views with the remark that he spoke as a citizen and not as Law Minister. His remarks came a day after the SC cancelled the January 29 hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case as one member of the fivejudge Constitution Bench would not be available. Prasad cited examples of expeditious decisions on the entry of women into Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the adultery law, social and cultural activists being dubbed urban Naxals and the latenight intervention in the political turmoil in Karnataka that went in favour of the post-poll Congress-JD(S) alliance, and wondered why the apex court could not come out with a mechanism to decide the Ayodhya petition. “It is the wish of the people of the country that a Ram temple be built at Ayodhya. Our PM and party president have also made it clear that this will take place within the constitutional framework,” Prasad said. “It took 60 years for the Allahabad HC to come out with a verdict on the title suit and the appeal against the same has been pending before the Supreme Court for 10 years,” Prasad, who was the counsel for one of the petitioners in the High Court, said. — PTI Luxury hotels, choppers for finance panel members Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 28 Cash-strapped Punjab is all set to roll out the red carpet for the 17 members of the Finance Commission, who will be on a four-day visit, beginning Tuesday. Unable to pay dearness allowance to its employees and asking its teachers to work at 40 per cent of their salary if they want their services regularised, the state is hiring two choppers to ferry the delegates to and from Amritsar, it is learnt. For the commission members, 21 rooms have been booked for the initial two days in a luxury hotel in Chandigarh. The third day, they will be flown to Amritsar where they will be lodged in a luxury hotel near the plush Basant Avenue. What has raised many an eyebrow is the fact that to date, most commission delegations visiting the state have been put No money, yet Punjab to roll our red carpet. ‘Salaam thok kar kaam nikalta hai to kya bura hai,’ says an official. up in state guest houses. According to top Punjab officials, the commission, headed by NK Singh, initially requested for luxury suites/villas in an ultra luxu- ry hotel on the outskirts of Chandigarh. But in view of the “phenomenal” room tariff, the government insisted that the delegation be put up in the hotel where deliberations with stakeholders, including members of Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies, are to be held. However, the state government did accept some demands, including the “menu” for various meals. At the disposal of the com- mission members will be a posse of cops and several security vehicles. Refusing to go on record, a senior functionary remarked: “Salaam thok kar kaam nikalta hai to kya bura hai (If we can get our way by giving in to small demands, it’s not a bad deal).Moushami Chakravarty, media adviser, Finance Commission, said: “Even the field visit is decided by the state government. We have not dictated any terms.” ested in the welfare of their sons Somashekar and also forced and daughter-in-law”, Con- him to apologise for his stategress minister MTB Nagaraj ment. Siddaramaiah said he praised former CM Siddarama- had no intention of returning iah saying as far as he was con- as the CM and that he would cerned “Siddaramaiah try to pacify continues to be our Kumaraswamy. Chief Minister”. Congress legislators Another Congress and ministers have minister Puttaranga expressed displeasShetty also endorsed ure at the style of Nagaraj’s views. HD Kumaraswamy functioning of Angry Kumaraswamy Kumaraswamy, said, “If this continues, I’m accusing him of interfering in ready to step down.” Congress their portfolios and not releashigh command’s trouble ing sufficient funds for their shooter KC Venugopal imme- constituencies. Home Minisdiately issued a notice to ter MB Patil took exception to the CM “unilaterally” effecting some changes in the police department. Tension is building up between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) as the Lok Sabha elections are nearing and there are serious differences between the two parties over sharing of 28 seats. JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda has already pitched his claim for 12 seats, though the JD(S) currently holds only two Lok Sabha seats. Through informal sources, the JD(S) continued on page 7
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