12022019-TT-01.qxd 11-02-2019 22:50 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.42 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, february12,2019 IMF WARNS OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC ‘STORM’ AS GROWTH UNDERSHOOTS BUSINESS OPPN WANTS YOGI TO RESIGN OVER HOOCH TRAGEDY PAGE 7 /thetribunechd Govt notifies Dera Baba Nanak ICP Last Parliament session of Modi govt ends tomorrow, key Bills stuck New Delhi, February 11 The Union Government has set in motion the process for a passage to Kartarpur by officially notifying the designation of the Dera Baba Nanak crossing as an authorised Immigration Check Post (ICP) for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents. The gazette notification issued by the government today has named the Chief Immigration Officer at Dera Baba Nanak ICP as the “civil authority” for the purpose. The previous Immigration Check Post was opened last year at Dhubri on the IndiaBangladesh border. New Delhi, February 11 As the last Parliament session of the Narendra Modi government draws to a close, the chances of contentious Bills such as citizenship amendment and triple talaq getting through are getting dim. Opposition leaders have already warned the government against trying to clear contentious legislations, asking it to stick to “non-controversial” matters. While sources claim there will be no extension of the session that ends on Wednesday, it seems the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on another contentious issue — the Rafale fighter jet deal — Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lowers himself and sister and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to escape dangerously hanging electric wires, during their Lucknow roadshow. UPCC chief Raj Babbar and party general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia are also seen. PAGE 7 College girl gangraped near Ludhiana, 10 suspects booked Ludhiana, February 11 A 21-year-old college girl was allegedly gangraped near Issewal village, 9 km from Ludhiana, on the intervening night of February 9 and 10. She approached the police on Sunday evening following which a case was filed and 10 “unidentified” persons were booked. The girl and her male friend were going towards Issewal village in a car when they were stopped by three youths riding a bike. Two of them forced their way inside the vehicle, smashing the windscreen with a brick. They called some more persons and took the girl to a vacant plot, confining her friend in the car whose cellphone one of them used to call up his friend, Jaspreet, for a ransom of Rs 1 lakh. However, they set the two free at 2 am and fled. Top officials, including DIG Ranbir Singh Khattra and SSP-Jagraon Varinder Singh Brar, inspected the crime site while forensic experts collected evidence. SSP Brar said, “Teams have been formed to trace the suspects and their sketches made.” ASI Vidya Rattan, posted in Dakha, has been suspended for dereliction of duty. It is learnt that Jaspreet alerted the Dakha police, who did nothing. Farm suicides unabated in Punjab, over 900 in 2 years BKU list is based on news clippings during Cong regime Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 11 More than 900 farmers and agricultural labourers have taken their lives during the past two years in Punjab. Compiled by Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan), the number is based on news clippings related to suicides appearing in five Punjabi newspapers (Punjabi Tribune, Jagbani, Ajit, Sach Kahoon and Spokesman) after the Congress government took over in 2017. The newspapers reported that 919 farmers and agricultural labourers committed suicide between April 1, 2017, and January 31, 2019. While 359 suicides were DISTURBING FIGURE 2017 2018 2019 Total 359 528 32 919 Studies commissioned by the state government found that 16,606 agrarian suicides (9,243 farmers and 7,363 labourers) took place between 2000 and 2015 reported within the first nine months of formation of the government, the figure last year was 528. This year, in January alone, 32 suicides were reported. Sukhpal Manak, press secretary of Sunam block of the union, who prepared the list, says the actual number may be higher as they have not included the suicides reported in local news channels, Hindi and English newspapers and web portals. “There is no doubt that agrarian suicide is a continuous phenomenon despite the change in government,” says economist Prof Sucha Singh Gill. However, he feels a scientific study is needed to know the actual number. “Agrarian suicide is both an economic as well as a social phenomenon. Majority of the small and marginal farmers are victims of the agrarian crisis. The temporary solution lies either in creating employment out of agriculture sector continued on page 7 could be tabled on Tuesday. It would give the government an opportunity to end the growing perception on the issue, which the Congress continued to raise even during a discussion on the interim Budget today. Alleging corruption and impropriety, the Congress claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have been “number one accused” in the Rafale deal had the Lokpal law been implement- ed. According to Congress leader Veerappa Moily, if anybody had to be held guilty in the deal, “it is the PM and PM alone”. Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy said the Rafale issue “exposed chinks” in the government’s armour and proved it is “no longer incorruptible”. Speaking during the debate, Moily said the defence budget saw only a “paltry increase” in absolute Tribune News Service Panel for law to penalise spitting, urinating in open New Delhi, February 11 A parliamentary panel has recommended a law to penalise those found spitting, urinating and throwing garbage in public places — a move aimed at providing a “legal backing” to the Swachh Bharat Mission. The panel has also advocated introducing a chapter on SBM programme in the school syllabus up to primary standard. The committee’s report, presented to the Lok Sabha on Monday, said merely bringing in behavioural change and self-regulation may not be sufficient and a Central law to enforce the cleanliness drive will help the purpose. — PTI ‘PEDIGREE RECORD KEY’ Keeping record of individual animals is a basic necessity of any livestock development programme. This huge data will form the foundation for the Animal Health and Breeding Management System ❝ Sunil Kumar Gulati, ADDL CS, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY worming status and feeding practices. The information collected will be linked to another app, ‘Har Pashu Ka Dhyan’, where owners can access their own data. “With the help of this app, the Animal Husbandry Department can reach the owners and pro- Veerappa Moily, CONGRESS LEADER New Delhi, February 11 Non-resident Indians who marry an Indian citizen or a fellow NRI abroad have to compulsorily register their marriages within 30 days or face the prospects of their passports being impounded or even revoked, according to a Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha on Monday. It also allows courts to attach movable and immovable properties of NRIs who are declared “proclaimed offenders” for failing to appear before law. The Bill comes against the backdrop of cases of Indian women being trapped in “fraudulent marriages”. — PTI Bhartesh Singh Thakur by the Government of India,” says Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Sunil Kumar Gulati. The enumerators can choose between breeds of the livestock in the app. The data includes age, sex, milk production, inter-calving period, vaccination, de- ❝ SC: Decide on ‘minority’ definition 2,840 enumerators go house to house, use tabs to take info, pics of animals Tribune News Service ‘UNDER LOKPAL, PM WOULD BE NO. 1 ACCUSED’ Now it is crystal clear because if it (Lokpal) had been implemented, perhaps the present PM would have been the ‘number one accused’ in (Rafale) case. That is why he is afraid. Bill: Register NRI marriage within 30 days App clicks for Haryana livestock census Chandigarh, February 11 Buffaloes and cattle across Haryana have unexpected guests these days. Powered by apps, the 20th Livestock Census has started this month and for the first time, pictures of farm animals are being clicked. As many as 2,840 enumerators, equipped with tabs, are going from house to house, collecting details of the livestock through app ‘Har Pashu Ka Gyan’. Pictures are a key component of the app. “These will help distinguish the animals from one another. Our app is better than the one provided ASPIRANT ASSAULTS DELHI SELECTOR SPORT Rafale CAG report likely today No ducking now Tribune News Service Tribune News Service haryana /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Tribune News Service Jaswant Shetra ! vide facilities like de-worming, artificial insemination services, pregnancy detection, delivery, etc,” says Gulati. The mobile numbers of owners are also being collected for communication. After recording details, a green sticker, saying ‘Main continued on page 7 NCM chairperson says final decision to be taken by the govt only Satya Prakash New Delhi, February 11 The Supreme Court on Monday asked the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to take a decision in three months on a representation seeking guidelines for defining ‘minority’ — a term which has not been defined either under the Constitu- tion or any other law. The direction came from a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on a petition filed by Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who was earlier asked to approach the NCM. He moved court again as the NCM did not take a decision. Now the top court has asked him to re-file his representa- tion before the NCM, which has to take a decision on it in three months from today. NCM chairperson Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi told The Tribune, “A committee was set up to examine the issue and the decision would be communicated. But the final decision would be taken by the government only.” continued on page 7 terms. “There is an enhanced allocation of 2 per cent from last year’s Budget on defence... This is a paltry increase. You know what is happening today in the defence sector. Rafale has become a household scandal. Day by day this deal is becoming murkier. New things are coming out,” he said. “We find today that the government waived anti-corruption clauses in Rafale deal.” With CAG report likely to be tabled in the House, the Congress upped the ante, claiming CAG Rajiv Mehrishi was “ineligible” to conduct the Rafale audit due to conflict of interest since he was the Finance Secretary when the deal was announced. EAR TOTHE GROUND LOK SABHA POLLS RIFT WITHIN HAUNTS CONGRESS IN HARYANA PERILOUS PATH TO POLLING BOOTH IN SRINAGAR ANANDPUR SAHIB DIVIDES BSP AND TAKSALIS SHIA LEADER AMONG TWO NAMED BY LONE PARTY PAGE 2
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