08022019-TTC-01.qxd 08-02-2019 01:24 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.38 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, february 8,2019 GADKARI DRAWS PRAISE, FROM SONIA PAGE 7 Noida, no way! late city BACK FROM INJURY, CHANU CLINCHES GOLD PAGE 14 EU AGREES TO WORK WITH MAY ON BREXIT DEMANDS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com ~20K for Jammu to Srinagar by air Grand alliance adulterated: PM Launches fiercest attack ever on Cong, says thief is scolding watchman Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Aditi Tandon Jammu, February 7 Owing to traffic disruptions after heavy snowfall, air travellers on the Jammu-Srinagar section are forced to shell out over Rs 20,000 for a oneway ticket that normally costs Rs 4,000. Airlines have jacked up fares by up to five times as the national highway remained shut for the second day today. Also, air traffic has been disrupted since yesterday due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall at the Srinagar airport. All 13 flights were cancelled today. With the weather likely to improve tomorrow, most flights are pre-booked for the next week and a handful of seats available are selling at Rs 20,000 or higher. “The airlines are taking advantage. The government should set a ceiling,” said Bashir Dar, a passenger stranded in Jammu. Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 7 In an aggressive pre-poll pitch today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Opposition’s “mahagathbandhan” a “mahamilavat”, saying people will reject an “adulterated grand alliance” in favour of a stable majority government. In his 100-minute reply in Lok Sabha to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on President’s address, the PM launched a fierce attack on the Congress, calling it “dynastic” and said the new voters had a choice between Congress’ 55 years of satta bhog and BJP’s ‘BEFORE CONGRESS (BC) & AFTER DYNASTY (AD)’ Congress sees things in two time periods — before Congress (BC) when nothing happened and After Dynasty (AD) when everything happened. I hope you can bring another motion of no-confidence against BJP govt in 2023. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ❝ ❝ 55 months of seva bhaav. He defended the Rafale deal, accusing the Congress of trying to weaken the Indian Air Force when India’s enemies were enhancing their combat preparedness. “I am levelling a grave charge. The Congress doesn’t want the IAF to be strengthened. The Supreme Court has cleared the Rafale deal but the Congress wants to get it scrapped. I want to ask to whose benefit?” quipped the PM as he challenged Con- Moderate to heavy rains also lashed parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh, sending the mercury down by three to seven notches. In J&K, 10 cops were stranded after an avalanche hit a post near Jawahar Tunnel. PTI Never play with our order: SC to ex-CBI Director Loans may be cheaper Satya Prakash A Noida street wears a white mantle after a hailstorm struck parts of National Capital Region on Thursday. At least 38 flights, including 23 domestic, were diverted from Delhi airport to nearby cities between 6 pm and 8.45 pm. The Reserve Bank of India, under career bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das, today announced reduction in key rates on expectation of inflation staying within its target range, a move that may make home and other loans cheaper. The monetary policy stance was also changed to “neutral” from “calibrated tightening” in line with the Modi government’s thinking, according to analysts here. Das had taken over as the RBI Governor after the abrupt resignation of Urjit Patel last December. With Deputy Governor Viral Acharya and another member Chetan Ghate voting for status quo, Das and three others outvoted them for reduction in repo rate to 6.25 per cent from 6.50. Accordingly, reverse repo was reduced to 6 per cent from 6.25 per cent. Tribune News Service Punjab sacrilege panel chief takes Sukhbir to court Dinkar Gupta is PunjabDGP Saurabh Malik Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 7 A former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ranjit Singh, has filed a criminal complaint against Punjab’s former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and MLA Bikram Singh Majithia for “false, derogatory and defamatory” statements against him. Justice Ranjit Singh has asserted that the intention was to bring into disrepute him and the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) headed by him to look into the cases of sacrilege in Punjab during the previous SAD-BJP regime. Dubbing the panel report as “worth Rs 5” allegedly by Sukhbir, Majithia and other SAD members has been quoted as an “instance of wilful disrepute”. continued on page 7 Chandigarh, February 7 Dinkar Gupta, a 1987-batch IPS officer, today took over as the Director General of Punjab Police even as another contender and Gupta’s senior, DGP (Special Task Force) Mohd Mustafa, asked the government to relieve him from the post as he did not wish to work under his junior. Gupta took over from DGP Suresh Arora, who has taken voluntary retirement. He was on a one-year extension till September 30. Arora and Gupta share a good equation. He said the government has waived his threemonth notice period. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh issued Gupta’s orders earlier in the day. Gupta has superseded five officers, some of whom may move court. A major Can’t work under junior, relieve me from post, says Mustafa Dinkar Gupta (left) takes over as DGP from Suresh Arora. reshuffle in the police department is on the cards as these five officers may not be posted under him due to seniority issue. The five are Mustafa, Hardeep Dhillon, Jasminder Singh, Sidharth Chattopadhayaya and Samant Goel (on Central deputation). The appointment, though made as per procedure laid down by the Supreme Court, threatens to trigger a fresh confrontation among DGPrank contenders for the post. Chattopadhayaya is already locked in a legal battle in the High Court with Gupta for allegedly patronising an SSP accused of protecting a drugtainted Inspector. continued on page 7 New Delhi, February 7 Angry at mishandling of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse cases, the Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the trial from Bihar to a court in Delhi and also summoned former interim CBI Director M Nageswara Rao for allegedly transferring an officer involved in the probe against its order. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ordered that the cases would now be transferred from a CBI Special Court in Bihar to a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Court at Saket in two weeks. The POCSO court has to conclude the trial in six months, it ordered. The top court had on October 30 ordered shifting of prime accused Brajesh Thakur from Bhagalpur jail in Bihar to a high-security prison in Patiala, Punjab. It was his NGO which ran the shelter home where the horrific crime took place. continued on page 7 In towns, sifarish-free jobs Pak for Kartarpur may win votes; Jats bitter talks on March 13 Agriculture distress, quota stir key issues in villages LIKELY CANDIDATES EAR TOTHE GROUND HISAR DEEPENDER DESWAL I N Jat heartland Hisar, it will be the caste factor that will be decisive. The epicentre of the Jat quota stir that turned violent in February 2016, the aftershocks are expected to be felt in the coming General Election with caste polarisation expected to be far greater than has been in the previous polls. In the urban areas, voters seem pleased with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the Chief Minister. In villages, the farmers are bitter. “PM Modi has not been able to bail out farmers in distress. Claims of hike in MSP are hollow. My earnings declined by Rs 10,000 per acre this season,” laments Mahavir Singh of Muklan village. Another resident Ajit Arya nods in agreement. “The PM talks big but delivers little. Nothing has changed on the ground. continued on page 7 SITTING MP DUSHYANT CHAUTALA BJP: Ashok Mangaliwala, Brijendra Singh, Capt Abhimanyu, Chhatarpal Singh JJP: Dushyant Chautala, the sitting Hisar MP who had won as INLD candidate in 2014 CONG: Kuldeep Bishnoi, his wife Renuka and their son Bhavya; former minister Sampat Singh INLD: District president Satbir Sisay says the party is fully geared up for Lok Sabha polls, no names yet TOTAL VOTERS ASSEMBLY SEGMENTS 15,58,281 ■ Adampur, Uklana (SC), Narnaund, Han- MALE 8,40,185 FEMALE 7,18,096 si, Barwala, Hisar, Nalwa, Uchana Kalan (Jind) and Bawani Khera (SC) in Bhiwani ■ Uklana (SC), Barwala and Nalwa have INLD MLAs, Narnaund, Hisar, Uchana Kalan & Bawani Khera (SC) seats are represented by the BJP. The Congress holds Adampur & Hansi seats Wants Indian follow-up visit on Mar 28 Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 7 Days after India proposed two sets of dates for talks with Pakistan to finalise the Kartarpur corridor draft, Islamabad today said it will send across its team on March 13 for discussions. The Ministry of External Affairs had last month proposed February 26 and March 7 for talks. An official confirmation is awaited on the new date proposed by the Pakistan ministry of foreign affairs, which has also suggested that the Indian delegation travel across the border for followup talks on March 28. Earlier today, the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan also approved the formation of a special committee “to oversee the development in Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib”. Governor of Punjab Ch Mohammad Sarwar will head the committee. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in consultations held in New Delhi this week, hoped that India would share a draft agreement with Pakistan and complete legal modalities for the 4-km-long corridor sacred to Sikh pilgrims within a month. It discussed ways to fast-track the implementation of the project ahead of the 550th anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev this year. DREADED GANGSTER ANKIT BHADU KILLED IN ENCOUNTER NEAR ZIRAKPUR A slushy street in Hisar’s Kaimari village. PHOTO: BANSI LAL BANIWAL Patiala: The Punjab Police special intelligence cell on Thursday killed dreaded gangster Ankit Bhadu in an encounter at Peer Muchalla near Zirakpur. The gangster, aged around 23 years, carried a cash reward of ~1 lakh announced by Rajasthan Police. Bhadu was a resident of Sherewala village in Abohar and was dreaded for extortion-related crimes. PAGE 3 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. gress’ Mallikarjun Kharge’s claim that surgical strikes happened under the UPA too. “You had emaciated the Army so much they could not take the decision to launch surgical strikes. You didn’t even buy bulletproof jackets for our soldiers,” the PM said as UPA chief Sonia Gandhi chuckled. Hours after Congress president Rahul Gandhi called him a “coward” and dared him to a debate on national security, the PM tore into the UPA ministers for planting stories of alleged Army coup. “Ulta chor chowkidaar ko daante? The Congress imposed the Emergency but Modi is continued on page 7 Central govt set to penalise top cops RBI cuts key lending rate by 25 basis points seen at Didi sit-in Mumbai, February 7 Collateral-free farm loan limit now ~1.6 L Mumbai: The RBI has raised the limit of collateral-free agricultural loans to ~1.6 lakh from the current ~1 lakh with a view to help small and marginal farmers. It also decided to set up an internal working group to review agricultural credit. Repo rate is the rate at which commercial banks borrow money from the RBI. Officials of public sector banks said several will cut interest rates on loans. — TNS New Delhi, February 7 The Centre is likely to take punitive action against five senior police officers of West Bengal, including DGP Virendra Kumar, for taking part in the dharna of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This may include stripping them of meritorious awards and removal from seniority list. A similar action is likely against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who will now be quizzed by the CBI on February 9 at Shillong in connection with the Saradha case, for sitting at the CM’s dharna. The four other officers under the radar are ADG-Security Vineet Kumar Goyal, ADGLaw and Order Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Police (Bidhan Nagar) Gyanwant Singh and Additional Commissioner of Kolkata Police Supratim Sarkar. — TNS
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