01012019-TTC-01.qxd 01-02-2019 01:20 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.31 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, february 1,2019 AFTER AKHILESH, MAYA FACES ED HEAT NATION ARCTIC AIR SENDS TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW ZERO IN US, 12 DIE WORLD /thetribunechd Prez defends DeMo, Rafale Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service President Ram Nath Kovind greets Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge during the joint session of both Houses on the first day of the Budget Session at Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi. PTI an honest system of trade”; call surgical strikes India’s “new policy and strategy”; and laud Rafale jets as ultra-modern aircraft that will strengthen India’s strike capability. The speech also lavished praises on government’s recent legislative moves, including the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill that the Opposition is questioning, Triple Talaq Bill, death penalty for aggravated child sexual assault and the new law on 10 per cent quota for Gener- al Category poor in education and public jobs. The Address drew thunderous applause from the ruling MPs when the President mentioned Rafale jet induction into the IAF and surgical strikes by the Army. continued on page 7 The Congress today called President’s Address insensitive saying it insulted the intelligence of Indians. Terming it “a summary of lame excuses for non-performance”, it alleged the government was seeking to lend credibility to “false promises” through it. “It’s another proof of government’s infamous bravado. We condemn the Address. It reveals the real face of the government. Investments have fallen; all indicators of economic development remain poor or in the negative; majority of the 34 crore bank accounts the President mentioned are zero-balance accounts and average Mudra loans given by the government were Rs 25,000,” said Congress leader Anand Sharma. He also said it was strange for the President to highlight surgical strikes ahead of the LS poll. — TNS BJP wins Jind bypoll, Cong third MOVE TO DIVIDE HINDUS: BHAGWAT Moves are afoot to divide Hindus. Diversity within religion is being exploited to weaken them… there is need for reuniting through a religious renaissance. ❝ Mohan Bhagwat, RSS CHIEF PAGE 7 IN BRIEF Temple vandalised in US with hate messages on wall Washington: In a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalised in the US state of Kentucky by miscreants who sprayed black paint on the deity and wrote repugnant messages on the walls. The incident happened at the Swaminarayan Temple in the Louisville city. According to local media reports, vandalism resulted in broken windows, walls spray-painted with inappropriate messages and graffiti. A knife was stabbed in the chair and cabinets were emptied. There are no suspects but an investigation is underway, police said. PTI ~3,500 for jobless youth from March 1: R’sthan CM Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday announced that his government would start paying unemployment wage of ~3,500 to jobless youth from March 1. “It was my government that had started unemployment wage of ~650 for the youth, and now as per our manifesto, the government has decided to raise this amount to ~3,500.” Girls will get ~3,500 per month and boys ~3,000, he added. OC Row over ‘mismatch’ of EVMs, two complaints lodged with election officials Jind, January 31 The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today won the Jind byelection with its candidate Krishan Middha polling 12,935 votes more than Jannayak Janata Party (JJP)-backed Independent Digvijay Chautala, who came second. The JJP was floated last month by jailed leader Ajay Singh Chautala following a feud with his brother Abhay Chautala. Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala barely saved his security deposit. He was placed third. Polling less than 3,500 votes, the INLD was on the fifth spot. The bypoll was necessitated owing to the demise of INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha on August 26, 2018. His son Krishan Middha VOTES POLLED 1,30,828 BJP 50,556 JJP 37,631 CONG 22,740 LSP 13,582 INLD 3,454 BJP’s Krishan Middha flashes victory sign after win on Thursday. CONG WINS RAMGARH, TALLY 100 IN R’STHAN ‘STAMP ON GOVERNANCE’ It’s a mandate for BJP government’s transparent policies and corruption-free, all-round development ❝ Jaipur: The Congress on Thursday touched the 100-seat mark in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly with party candidate Shafia Juber Khan defeating BJP’s Sukhwant Singh in the Ramgarh segment. Khan defeated Singh by 12,228 votes, ML Khattar, CM polling 83,311 votes against Singh’s 71,083. PAGE 7 joined the BJP that fielded him for the byelection. The counting process was halted briefly during the seventh round when polling agents of the LSP and the JJP alleged a “mismatch” in the serial numbers of two EVMs. The police resorted to a lathi-charge to disperse workers of the two parties continued on page 7 edit: jolt for cong, inld ‘Defiant’Alok Verma may face action New Delhi, January 31 Ousted CBI Director Alok Verma is likely to face departmental action for defying a government order asking him to join as the chief of Fire Services today, the day of his superannuation, and this may include suspension of pensionary benefits, officials said. Alok Verma maintained: “I stand superannuated from the post of Director, CBI, with effect from January 10, 2019, evening.” According to officials, the non-compliance of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directive amounted to violation of service rules for all-India services officers. In a letter sent to Verma late city NO CHANGES IN TEJAS JET DESIGN: IAF CHIEF BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cong: Insensitive, lame excuses for Addressing House, heaps praise on govt on triple talaq, surgical strikes non-performance New Delhi, January 31 New Delhi, January 31 Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, President Ram Nath Kovind today defended the BJP government’s controversial decisions, from Rafale jet purchase and demonetisation to GST implementation, saying the government had commenced its journey towards building a “New India”. His hour-long Address to the joint sitting of Parliament marked the start of Budget Session with PM Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in attendance. Gandhi debuted in the front rows. The President used the occasion to hail demonetisation as “a defining moment in the government’s war on corruption and black money”; term the GST a “means to establish ! Goyalmaygivereliefto salaried class, farmers income tax exemption ceiling. The raise is being anticipatNew Delhi, January 31 ed ever since the government The BJP-led NDA govern- piloted and Parliament ment is expected to passed the law reserving 10 announce some major pop- per cent quota for General ulist measures in its sixth Category poor in jobs and and last Budget tomorrow education. The law preahead of General Election. scribes annual income ceilClose on the heels ing of Rs 8 lakh for of BJP’s losses in the beneficiary famMadhya Pradesh, ily. Expectations of Rajasthan and a hike in I-T exempChhattisgarh, the tion ceiling have Budget presentabeen raised after tion offers the last the passage of the opportunity to PM quota law with peoNarendra Modi to ple asking how can 2019-20 woo voters, espetaxpayers be treatcially farmers, ed as poor? youth, small traders and A meaty new largesse for salaried class. the distressed farming sector Among the anticipated may also be announced with measures, interim Finance the BJP government feeling Minister Piyush Goyal may the pinch of serial debt announce tomorrow in the waivers by Congress governLok Sabha are tax sops, ments across various states. continued on page 7 including potential raise in the Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service INTERIM BUDGET Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 31 Amid a controversy over resignation by two members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) and the employment figures based on NSSO’s periodic labour force survey (PLFS) reported in a section of the media, the government today said the same “is not finalised and is just a draft report”. The Opposition Congress, however, mounted a scathing attack on the government declaring: “NoMo jobs” and “Time for NoMo2Go”. The BJP hit back, saying Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had inherited Italian dictatorMussolini’s short-sightedness. The media report quoting the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) PLFS sug- NoMo JOBS: RAHUL NoMo Jobs! The Fuhrer promised us 2 cr jobs a year. 5 years later, his leaked job-creation report card reveals a national disaster. Unemployment is at its highest in 45 yrs. 6.5 crore youth are jobless in 2017-18 alone. Time for NoMo2GO. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT gested that India’s unemployment rate hit a 45-yearhigh of 6.1 per cent in 2017, which Niti Aayog ViceChairman Rajiv Kumar, who had previously mounted a defence of lowering of UPA-era GDP growth rates, at a press conference here WILD ENCOUNTER implies that date of superannuation was July 31, 2017. “The undersigned has already crossed the age of 61 years and continued to serve even after his superannuation date as Director, CBI, which is a tenure post for a period of two years,” Verma wrote in a letter. He said since he ceased to Tribune News Service Karnal, January 31 With an average 14 deaths in 31 road accidents every day, Haryana continued to be one of the most unsafe states for commuters in the country in 2018. The authorities blamed it on rash driving, wrong parking, poor road engineering, drunken driving, overloading and speeding. A total of 5,118 persons were killed in 11,238 accidents in 2018 and 10,020 were injured. The data compiled by the Traffic and Highways, Haryana, CASUALTY FIGURES Patiala, January 31 Haryana landlord Jaswinder Singh alias Sarpanch, owning 70 acres of land in Fatehabad, would travel in his luxury car to deliver drugs to his clients on their doorstep. A fan of Bollywood musician Bappi Lahiri, he sported flashy gold chains. Among his clients were big industrialists and senior officials. He was arrested with 3.4 kg of opium in his Pajero on Wednesday. be the CBI Director from the evening of January 10, 2019, and has already crossed 60 years, he stands superannuated from the post. The MHA communication on Wednesday was seen as a rejection of his plea in a letter to the Secretary, Department of Personnel. — PTI DISTRICT DEATHS DISTRICT Gurugram Sonepat Karnal Yamunanagar Rewari Jhajjar Ambala Panipat Kurukshetra Faridabad Hisar Mewat 446 432 353 284 277 267 262 261 258 235 226 214 Palwal 211 Rohtak 210 Jind 202 M'garh 190 Bhiwani 171 Kaithal 165 Fatehabad 131 Sirsa 120 Panchkula 105 Charkhi Dadri 98 TOTAL DEATHS Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. DEATHS 5,118 reveals that 11,258 accidents took place in 2017, causing 5,120 deaths and injuries to 10,339. In 2016, the death casualty was 5,024. In 2018, Gurugram reported the maximum deaths (446). At least 60 pc accidents took place on NHs. Rajshri Singh, IG, Traffic and Highways, said some accidents occurred due to commuters’ negligence. On the poor condition of NH-44, she said they had written to the NHAI for proper marking. “We will hold a road safety week beginning February 4.” He delivered drugs to clients on their doorstep Tribune News Service A Bappi Lahiri fan, nabbed by cops with 3.4 kg opium 14 casualties a day, Haryana roads turn death traps Parveen Arora said what the media report cited “is not finalised. It is a draft report”. The reported NSSO data also compared the unemployment rate in the country, which had gone down to 2.2 per cent in 2011-12. But Kumar, while refusing to comment on the content of the media report, said the government would release the employment report by March after collating quarter-on-quarter data. Debunking claims of jobless growth, the Vice-Chairman said how a country could grow at an average of 7 per cent without employment. Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who was also present at the conference, said India was creating adequate jobs for new entrants, but “probably we are not creating high quality jobs”. Aman Sood New Delhi: SC Judge Justice NV Ramana on Thursday recused himself from hearing a petition challenging the Centre’s decision to appoint M Nageswara Rao as CBI interim Director saying he had attended the wedding of the IPS officer’s daughter. He became the third judge of the apex court to recuse from hearing the matter after Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice AK Sikri. On January 10, Rao was made the interim chief of the agency. PTI yesterday, the ministry said, “You are directed to join the post of DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards, immediately.” In his response to RS Vaidya, Deputy Secretary in the Home Ministry, Verma said his date of birth from the official records is July 14, 1957, which New Delhi, January 31 Domestic cooking gas price was cut by Rs 1.46 per cylinder on Thursday, the third straight reduction in a month due to tax impact on reduced market rate of the fuel. Also, non-subsidised or market priced LPG rates have been cut by Rs 30 per cylinder. A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 493.53 in the national capital as against Rs 494.99 currently and nonsubsidised Rs 659, Indian Oil Corp said in a statement. The reduction comes on the back of a steep Rs 120.50 cut on January 1 and Rs 133 on December 1. — PTI Leaked job data not final: Niti THIRD SC JUDGE RECUSES FROM RAO CASE ALOK VERMA Non-subsidised LPG cylinder cheaper by ~30 A leopard strayed into Lamma Pind in Jalandhar city on Thursday, injuring six persons, including a forest official. The big cat was first sighted at 11.30 am in the fields, sending officials on a six-hour chase as it shifted locations, attacking people. Around 6 pm, forest officials from as far as Dasuya and Chandigarh trapped the animal inside the washroom of a locked house. A veterinary officer later sedated the big cat before it was brought to Chhatbir Zoo. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH PAGE 3 “To hoodwink the police, he would travel with paramour Amarjit Amro, booked in 20 NDPS cases, posing as a couple," said Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu. Jaswinder told the police he first got in touch with his clients in 2014 on social media sites. Soon their number swelled and he would travel to Sangrur, Nabha, Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana and Haryana districts to supply drugs. The police said his clients too would be questioned after his claims were verified. Sources said soon after his arrest, several “wellconnected persons" tried to continued on page 7
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