18022019-TTC-01.qxd 18-02-2019 01:38 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.48 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, february 18,2019 RAJINIKANTH NOT TO CONTEST POLL PAGE 7 PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY PREPARE TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS PAGE 13 /thetribunechd Pak cricketers off PCA wall Saudi prince in Pak as Pulwama looms large Security cover of 4 separatists goes Srinagar, February 17 Four days after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy, leaving 40 jawans dead, the Jammu and Kashmir government today withdrew the security cover provided to four separatist leaders — Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, former chairman Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Shabir Shah. Orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra this evening. An official statement earli- PROTECTION TO HURRIYAT LEADERS WITHDRAWN Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, considered pro-dialogue. Several members of his party and family were targeted by militants for pro-dialogue stance Security: Category Y (26 personnel) In Tihar in terror funding case, heads Democratic Freedom Party, a constituent of APHC headed by Geelani. Considered pro-dialogue, was the first separatist leader to break ranks in early ’90s to have a dialogue Security: No PSO attached er in the day had carried Hashim Qureshi’s name too. But the final order read: Ludhiana gangrape:ASI sacked, SI suspended, SHO sent to Lines Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj New Delhi, February 17 The Central Reserve Police Force, which lost 40 bravehearts in Pulwama, on Sunday reached out to Kashmiri students and those out of the state who may have become the target of harassment or mob fury after the February 14 deadly terror attack. Sending a strong message of unity, the force tweeted: “Contact @CRPFmadadgaar on 24x7 toll-free number 14411 or SMS at 7082814411 Ranbir Singh Khatra said zero tolerance was shown to the cops who “dealt poorly with the complaint of kidnapping of a girl and a boy, coupled with a ransom call at Issewal village”. Khatra said when a friend of the boy, who was held captive with his female friend by the six accused on Saturday night, reached the police station, the ASI was lax and careless. SI Jarnail Singh, the additional SHO, for speedy assistance in case of difficulty/harassment.” Security forces and various state administrations also released statements to ensure the safety of Kashmiris, reeling under the Pulwama backlash, even as attempts were on to bust fake communal videos and divisive news circulating online. The Ministry of Home Affairs had yesterday issued an advisory to all states and UTs to ensure the safety and was suspended for not taking action despite knowing that the ASI was lax. Though the SHO claimed he was on casual leave, “being the head, it was his duty to keep tabs on the staff”, DIG Khatra asserted. He said taking a cue from orders of the Juvenile Justice Board, they planned to move an application to consider one of the six accused, who is more than 17 years old, to be treated as an adult. Insurance firms reap ~15,000-cr profit, fail to pay farmers ~2,800 cr Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 17 Companies empanelled under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana made a quick profit of over Rs 15,000 crore in two years, but failed to pay claims worth over Rs 2,800 crore to farmers in the same period. As per information obtained under the RTI from the Agricultural and Farmers’ Welfare Department, the crop loss incurred by 3.01 crore farmers during the fiscal 2016-17 was an estimated Rs 16,448 crore. But the companies approved a payment of Rs 16,242 crore and finally ended up paying Rs 15,902 crore — Rs 546 crore less than the estimated loss. Similarly, in the financial year 2017-18, the crop loss by over 1.25 crore farmers was estimated at Rs 17,992 crore, of which the companies approved claims worth Rs 16,611 crore but paid only Rs 15,710 crore till November last — Rs 2,300 crore less than the estimated loss. Ropar-based RTI activist Dinesh Chadha claimed the figures clearly showed the scheme was “of the insurance continued on page 7 ~9.25 lakh per case: Right to Service panel Haryana Commission has spent ~11.1 cr in 5 yrs to dispose 121 cases Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 17 The Haryana Right to Service Commission, constituted a little less than five years ago, has spent Rs 11.18 crore on salaries of staff and its office. During this period, it disposed of 121 of the 129 cases received, costing the state exchequer Rs 9.25 lakh per case. The commission, in response to an RTI query by Ajay Kumar Bahl of Faridabad, said it was allocated a budget of over Rs 16 crore from 2014-15 to 2018-19 by the state government. It spent more than Rs 4.45 crore on salaries, over Rs 3 lakh on daily wages, Rs 1.28 crore on dearness allowances, Rs 1.55 crore on office expenses, Rs 86 lakh on vehicles, Rs 3.35 lakh on medical reimbursement, over Rs 9 lakh on leave travel concession and Rs 2.25 crore on contractual services. The total came to Rs 11.18 crore. The Haryana Right to Service Commission, set up by Was chairman of undivided Hurriyat. Close aide of Mirwaiz and considered pro-talks, heads Muslim Conference Security: 6 personnel Bilal Gani Lone Executive member of APHC headed by Mirwaiz, Bilal rechristened Peoples Conference as J&K Independent Movement. Is elder brother of ex-minister Sajad Gani Lone, considered close to BJP Security: Category X (10 personnel) “As a first step, the security and allied arrangements awarded to the four sepa- CRPFreaches out to Kashmiris Punjab Bill backs bullock cart race Ludhiana, February 17 Cracking the whip over the laxity shown in the Ludhiana gangrape case, Punjab Police today dismissed ASI Vidya Rattan, who was initially suspended for dereliction, suspended SI Jarnail Singh and also shifted the SHO of Dakha police station, Rajan Parminder, to the Police Lines. DIG, Ludhiana Range, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat Shabir Shah ments of over $10 billion. The tour is seen as a attempt by the prince to rebuild his reputation after the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, analysts say. But his arrival comes amid a vow by India to isolate Pakistan internationally following the deadly attack in Kashmir. The crown prince will arrive in India on February 19 on his first official visit. Counter-terrorism and energy security are expected to top the agenda. — Agencies Chandigarh, February 17 The Punjab Cabinet today approved an amendment to the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Punjab Amendment) Act” to enable resumption of bullock cart races at the Kila Raipur Rural Sports held in Ludhiana every year. The events were prohibited by the Supreme Court in 2014. The amendment Bill will be tabled in the ongoing Budget session of the Assembly. Today’s decision comes a year after Tamil Nadu passed a Bill to revive controversial bull-taming sport Jallikattu. In Punjab, the government said, bullock cart races had been an integral part of its rich cultural legacy and heritage, till these were prohibited by the Supreme Court in 2014. A number of representations were received from time to time by the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Animal Husbandry Minister to allow bullock cart races. In October last year, the Cabinet, had favoured to bring a law in this regard, a press release said. MALVINDER FILES FRAUD PLAINT AGAINST BROTHER BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com ISLAMABAD, February 17 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday kicked off his tour of South Asia and China with a high-profile visit to Pakistan, but the trip risks being overshadowed by escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. PM Imran Khan and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa welcomed the prince, with Pakistan sending fighter jets to guide the incoming plane of Prince Mohammed, who is set to sign investment agree- Tribune News Service late city Sidhu skips Cabinet meet, Hurriyat unfazed, says never asked for it I Hashim Qureshi’s name missing in final order says show on Tribune News Service Like in Mumbai, the Punjab Cricket Association removed photographs of 16 Pakistani cricketers, including Imran Khan, at the Mohali stadium on Sunday in a show of solidarity with the martyred CRPF personnel. A TRIBUNE PHOTO SPORT PAGE ! the state government on July 31, 2014, comprises Chief Commissioner Satish Chander Choudhary and Commissioners Sarban Singh, Hardeep Singh, Dr Amar Singh and Sunil Katyal. Yogesh Kumar Mehta, HCS, is the secretary. The commission receives complaints pertaining to 325 services notified by the state government under the Right to Services Act, including driver’s licence, certified copies of mutation, copies of Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. medico-legal reports and issuance of marriage certificate. It can take suo motu notice of failure of any of these services, impose penalty on designated officers up to Rs 20,000 and award compensation up to Rs 5,000. Explaining the fewer number of cases dealt with, Chief Commissioner Choudhary said they received a complaint only after it had been dealt with by the designated officer and two appellate authorities. security of residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, police in the National Capital Region claimed vigilance had been heightened to prevent any attempt at mob harassment of Kashmiris or minorities. Uttarakhand ADG (Law & Order) Ashok Kumar, meanwhile, denied the incident of Kashmiri students “being trapped in a girls hostel”, terming it a “rumour”. — TNS Edit: Unequivocal message ratists are being withdrawn immediately.” There was no mention of Qureshi. Regarding a decision on other separatists, the order said a security review meeting would be held in Jammu on Wednesday. Mirwaiz, with Y security, had 26 policemen guarding him and his residence. He had been allotted three police vehicles. Bilal Lone, the brother of Sajad Lone, had X security with 10 policemen. Shabir Shah is lodged in Tihar Jail. His wife Dr Bilquees said he had “no security cover” and his name on the list was “mere propaganda”. The Hurriyat said the separatist leaders had never sought security. continued on page 7 Capt assures protection to students, 125 reach Mohali Mohali, February 17 Following threats to Kashmiri students, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today assured that all such students would be given protection in the state. He said around 4,000 Kashmiri students were studying across the state. “I assure full protection. They have nothing to do with the Pulwama attack,” he said. Meanwhile, around 125 Kashmiri students are said to have arrived in Mohali so far from other states, including Uttarakhand and Haryana. Around 70 students from Dehradun and Ambala had arrived in Mohali yesterday. “All have been put up at private places with the support of the Jammu and Kashmir Students Organisation and a local religious body,” sources said. A gurdwara has offered food and shelter. — TNS Chandigarh/Dinanagar (Gurdaspur), February 17 Facing criticism for his alleged comment on the Pulwana terror attack, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today skipped the Punjab Cabinet meeting held at the CM’s residence. Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora reportedly asked Capt Amarinder Singh to advise Sidhu to shun public functions for a while. ❝All I said was that such cowardly acts should be condemned. I also said such acts of terror should be dealt with in strongest possible manner. Judge me by what I said and not by what I did not❞ Navjot Singh Sidhu, LOCAL BODIES MINISTER However, in Dinanagar to lay the stone of a water supply and sewerage project, Sidhu stoutly defended himself. He claimed he had skipped two episodes of the comedy The Kapil Sharma Show only because he was busy with the Budget session. There were reports that Sidhu had been asked to leave the show. — TNS
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