09022019-TTC-01.qxd 09-02-2019 01:15 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.39 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, february 9,2019 black and white... ❝ It’s nowPM negotiated dealcrystal clear thatofwatchman is RAFALE PMOThey are flogging a deadOppn’s playing intoenquiries by ❝ can’t be interference... horse. Periodical hands of the thief... independently the Ministry ROW of Defence and the MoD raised objections vested interests, not working in IAF interest — RAHUL GANDHI Maya told to pay for statues J&K creates Ladakh division Separate Divisional Commissioner, IGP; HQs at Leh SC: Public money can’t be spent on own statues, or of party symbol New Delhi, February 8 The Supreme Court today said BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has to refund to the state exchequer the public money spent on her statues and those of the party’s symbol elephant at parks in Lucknow and Noida. “Mayawati has to deposit the public money into the state exchequer,” said a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, while hearing a 10year-old petition by advocate Ravi Kant. Contending that public money cannot be spent on creating own statues and symbol of one’s political party, Kant alleged that crores were spent during 2008-09 to glorify the then Chief Minister Mayawati. He has also demanded a CBI probe. Clarifying that it was its tentative view, the Bench posted the case for final hearing on April 2. It turned down a request by senior advocate Satish Mishra, a close aide of the BSP supremo, to post the matter for hearing in May. The top court had earlier passed interim orders, SBI lowers home loan interest rate Mumbai: Within a day of RBI reducing repo rate by 25 basis points, largest lender State Bank of India announced a cut in interest rates by 5 basis points on its home loans up to Rs 30 lakh. The new rates are effective from Friday. SBI officials said the bank has the highest market share in the home loans category and it is “appropriate to transmit the rate cut announced by the RBI”. Within hours of the RBI move, state-run Bank of Maharashtra had also announced a 0.05 per cent cut in its MCLR for sixth-month loan tenor. — PTI edit: rbi’s interest rate cut Tejashwi fined ~50,000, asked tovacatehouse ■ ■ ■ ~1,362 cr ~727 cr ~655 cr Cost of BR Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal Kanshi Ram Smarak Sthal on VIP Road, has 30 elephant statues Ramabai Ambedkar Rally Sthal (main venue for rallies) ~1,075 cr Kanshi Ram Green Garden ~458 cr Buddha Vihar Shanti Upwan has statues of Mayawati, Kanshi Ram and Gautam Buddha, besides a library on Buddhism ~750 cr Two parks and other structures built outside Parivartan Sthal including those on related environmental issues. It had also asked the Election Commission to cover the elephant statues during polls. Terming it as arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution, the petitioner alleged that the statues were installed at a cost of more ~750 cr Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida ~142 cr Ambedkar Park, Gautam Buddha Park in Mayawati’s village Badalpur, Greater Noida than Rs 52 crore by misusing public funds. He had also demanded removal of the statues of Mayawati and party symbol elephant. — TNS Poll dole: Punjab announces 6% DA, but staff not enthused Want dues cleared as per earlier three announcements PENDING DUES Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 8 The Punjab Government today patted its back for announcing 6 per cent dearness allowance (DA) for 3.5 lakh employees and three lakh pensioners in the state. But this DA instalment, entailing a burden of Rs 720 crore on the exchequer, is unlikely to be paid immediately. Employees have thus rejected the announcement, saying it is nothing more than ■ 4 per cent DA announced in January 2017 ■ 3 per cent DA announced in June 2017 ■ 3 per cent DA announced in January 2018 ■ 22-month arrears on account of unreleased DA a means to appease them before the General Election. Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association president Sukhchain Singh Khera said INCUMBENT MP EAR TOTHE GROUND GURDASPUR NEERAJ BAGGA T (Lucknow Development Authority figures) Without adding cost of land, monuments commemorating Dalit icons cost ~5,919 crore Constructed at 9 places in Lucknow, Noida and Greater Noida areas of Uttar Pradesh Over 5,600 employees were deployed for maintenance of of the parks and memorials Diverse voter expectations in Gurdaspur & cane of worms HE uniqueness of the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat lies in its heterogeneity. This can be seen as much in its people, who come from diverse religions and dialectic groups, as from its geographical terrain. This Lok Sabha constituency has 10 Assembly seats. Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot are its urban pockets, while Bhoa (reserved), Dina Nagar (reserved), Sujanpur, Qadian, Sri Hargobindpur, Fatehgarh Churian and Dera Baba Nanak are rural. Qadian is known for its Ahmadiya Muslim population, while Fatehgarh Churian, Sri Hargobindpur and Dera Baba Nanak are Jat Sikh-dominated areas. Pathankot and Sujanpur have a sizeable population of Dogri-speaking people. No wonder, this diversity gives rise to a vast variety of expectations of the continued on page 7 Tribune News Service RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav COST OF BSP SUPREMO’S PET PROJECTS SUNIL KUMAR JAKHAR CONGRESS Sunil Kumar Jakhar of Congress became the MP from the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency after winning the byelection in 2017, necessitated by the death of Vinod Khanna. He polled 4,99,752 votes while BJP’s Swaran Salaria was runner-up with 3,06,553 votes and AAP’s Suresh Khajuria stood third with 23,579 votes. LIKELY CONTENDERS TOTAL VOTERS ■ From Congress, Sunil Kumar Jakhar is 15,22,000 ■ Kavita Khanna, widow of Vinod Khanna, MALE 8,09,923 FEMALE 7,12,077 the only prominent contender so far and Swaran Salaria are staking claim for the BJP ticket ■ AAP and new entrant SAD (Taksali) are likely to field their candidates. However, these parties are yet to activate their working in these areas the announcement amounted to nothing. “At present, three instalments of DA are yet to be paid, besides arrears for 22 months on the unreleased DA. What is the use of making announcements, when the money is not to be paid immediately?” he said. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, however, maintained that this 6 per cent DA would be credited along with the next month’s salary. “We know the state of finances. continued on page 7 IN BRIEF BSP to announce snapping of ties with INLD today Chandigarh: Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party has finally decided to snap its 10-month-old ties with the Indian National Lok Dal in the wake of results of the Jind bypoll where the latter’s candidate fared very poorly and lost his security deposit despite an alliance. TNS 450 Indians confirmed UK citizens under new scheme London: More than 450 Indians have confirmed their British citizenship under the government’s ‘Windrush Scheme’, set up in the wake of an immigration scandal last year. The ‘Windrush Generation’ refers to citizens of former British colonies who arrived in the UK before 1973, when the rights of such Commonwealth citizens to live and work in Britain were substantially curtailed. TNS Rejig among 10 top-level police officers in Punjab A queue of tractor-trailers outside a sugar mill. SUNIL KUMAR CONSTITUENCY COMPOSITION Eight of the 10 Assembly seats in this parliamentary constituency are represented by Congress and one each by Akali Dal and BJP Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. — NIRMALA SITHARAMAN PAGE 7 Chandigarh: In a rejig of topranking cops, Punjab Government on Friday shifted 10 senior IPS officers, including DGP anti-drug Special Task Force Mohd Mustafa, a day after Dinkar Gupta was appointed the new police chief. The work of DGP-STF will be looked after by Gupta till ADGP Gurpreet Deo returns from leave. TNS New Delhi, February 8 The Supreme Court today dismissed former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s petition against a Patna High Court order to vacate a government bungalow meant for the Deputy CM and fined him Rs 50,000 for wasting “precious judicial time”. Yadav occupies 5 Desh Ratna Marg bungalow at Patna, which is very close to the Raj Bhavan and the CM’s official residence. It was allotted to him in 2015 when he was appointed Deputy CM of the then ‘Grand Alliance’ government headed by Nitish Kumar. But RJD and JD(U) parted ways and the latter joined hands with the BJP . A Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi ordered the RJD leader to shift to an accommodation for the Leader of Opposition. It took exception to Yadav pursuing the litigation even after two Benches of the Patna HC dismissed his plea. — TNS Jammu, February 8 In a major administrative decision, the Jammu and Kashmir Government today announced creation of a separate division for the arid Ladakh region while rejecting opposition by Kashmirbased political groups. With this, the state gets a third division, after Jammu and Kashmir divisions. The region currently falls under the Kashmir division. The new division with administrative and revenue powers will comprise Leh and Kargil districts with headquarters at Leh. It will go a long way in fulfilling the “governance and development aspirations” of the peo- Has 58% of state’s area Area Leh Kargil Population Kargil Leh Villages Kargil Leh 59,146 sq km 45,110 sq km 14,036 sq km 2.74L (2011 Census) 1.41 lakh 1.33 lakh 242 129 113 ple of Ladakh, which remains cut off from the rest of the world for six months due to harsh winter. The decision comes five days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ladakh on February 3. The government has also approved creation of the posts of Divisional Commissioner (Ladakh), Leh, and Inspector General of Police (Ladakh), Leh, besides constituting a committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Planning) for creation of posts, staff, roles, responsibilities and location of offices. The appointment of Divisional Commissioner and IGP will be made shortly, said an official spokesperson. There had been a longstanding demand for creation of the third division. continued on page 7 ‘guv peddling bjp agenda’ P8 Spurious liquor leaves 34 dead Saharanpur/Haridwar, Feb 8 Thirty-four persons died in two adjoining districts allegedly after drinking spurious liquor at a village in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, officials said Friday. Most of the victims had consumed the liquor on Thursday evening at the ‘tehravin’, the 13th day of mourning after a relative’s death in Balupur village, they said. 16 took ill at post-death ceremony in Haridwar, 18 in UP’s Saharanpur Sixteen of the victims died in that village, close to Roorkee, according to the Uttarakhand police. But at least one man also brought some liquor pouches from Balupur and might have sold them in Saharanpur, officials said. The Uttarakhand police too said apart from the 16 deaths in their state, more people died in neighbouring Saharanpur. The Uttarakhand government has suspended 17 administration and police personnel and ordered a magisterial probe. In Uttar Pradesh, 10 policemen have been suspended. — PTI
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