09032019-TT-01.qxd 3/8/2019 10:44 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.67 | 52 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, march 9,2019 SP FIRST LIST OUT, MULAYAM TO FIGHT FROM ‘SAFEST’ MAINPURI NATION TAKE ‘SUSTAINED AND IRREVERSIBLE’ ACTION AGAINST TERROR: US TO PAK WORLD /thetribunechd Army caps, match fee for Defence Fund ! haryana PRESIDENT CONFERS NARI SHAKTI AWARDS ON 44 ACHIEVERS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 3-member mediation panel to resolve Ayodhya dispute: SC Seeks report in four weeks| Proceedings to be held in Faizabad Satya Prakash Tribune News Service As a mark of respect for the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack, the Indian cricketers on Friday sported special Army caps during the third ODI against Australia. The players also donated their match fee to the National Defence Fund. The idea was floated by MS Dhoni, who holds honorary rank of Lt Col in Territorial Army. Australia won by 32 runs. PTI PAGE 22 Pak prevents media access to Balakot,buttressesIndiaclaims Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 8 In what buttresses Indian claims and counters Pakistan claims on airstrikes on Balakot, the international media has yet again been prevented from visiting the site by Pakistan, leading to questions on the veracity of previous reports about “targets not being hit” and that there was no “visible damage” to structures. The Indian Air Force (IAF) had hit at a major Jaish-eMohammed (JeM) terror camp at Balakot in KhyberPakhtunkhwa on February 26 and has always maintained that its missiles hit the desired target and there was “definite” evidence. Sources said fresh media reports originating from Pakistan were now clear that ear- A Pakistan army man stands guard in the area. REUTERS lier media reports from the neighbouring country decrying and doubting IAF airstrikes were not correct. The IAF has maintained that its missiles penetrate through the roof and the warhead detonates subsequent- ly, causing damage to people present inside. The roof may not collapse and the “blast wave” can very well go out of the doors and windows, which are weaker structures as compared to the roof. News agency Reuters has now said that its team was “prevented from climbing a hill in north-eastern Pakistan to the site of a madrasa (the JeM terror camp) and a group of surrounding buildings that were targeted by Indian warplanes last week”. This, the news agency said, was the third time in nine days that its reporters have visited the area — and each time the path was blocked. The team could view the madrasa (JeM terror training camp) from 100 metres away and only from below, the report said. continued on page 7 New Delhi, March 8 The Supreme Court today referred the politically sensitive Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya to mediation and appointed former top court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Chennai-based advocate Sriram Panchu as mediators to find an amicable solution. “We do not find any legal impediment to making a reference to mediation for a possible settlement of the dispute(s) arising out of the appeals,” said a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The top court said the proceedings will be held in Faizabad and the three mediators can start work within a week. Giving liberty to the mediators to co-opt more members into the panel, it asked them to file a report in four weeks THE MODERATORS PICKED BY TOP COURT FAKKIR MOHD IBRAHIM KALIFULLA SRIRAM PANCHU The retired SC judge, who will head the mediation committee, began his legal career in 1975. He became an SC judge in 2012. He was made the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 2011 after serving as acting CJ for two months. Justice Kalifulla retired in 2016 A known and expert mediator, he founded The Mediation Chambers in 2005. He heads the Association of Indian Mediators and a director on the board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He set up India’s first court-annexed mediation centre in 2005 SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR A noted spiritual leader known for his mediation skills in several social disputes ❝ We must all move together towards ending long-standing conflicts happily by maintaining harmony... respecting everyoneand turning dreams into reality. Sri Sri Ravishankar, SPIRITUAL GURU from the day they start work. It said mediators can take legal assistance, if necessary. The Bench, which also included Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok PRICE CUT Drug Old MRP New MRP Azacitidine (MDS Plus) Bendamustin Hcl Bevacizumab (Bevatas) Eriotinib (Zycev) Everolimus (Afinitor) ~8,900 ~4,367 ~11,000 ~5,500 ~25,990 ~9,500 ~13,078 ~3,330 ~53,400 ~19,882 brands reported by manufacturers, showed downward price movement after the February 27 move. The average ‘out-of-pocket’ expenditure continued on page 7 Lucknow, March 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today deplored the attack on some Kashmiris in Lucknow. Terming the accused “sarfirey log” (mad people), he asked states to take strict action against the culprits in such cases. At a rally at Kanpur’s Railway Maidan, he urged citizens to remain vigilant against such misadventure so he could wage a war against terrorism. He praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government for taking prompt action against those who targeted “our Kashmiri brothers”. He also launched an attack on his opponents. He said they were saying and doing what Pakistan likes, thus Was paid by HM for grenade attack I Toll mounts to two Jammu/Srinagar, March 8 A teenager who allegedly lobbed a grenade at the Jammu bus stand yesterday, killing two persons, was a juvenile and was paid by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant for the job, preliminary investigations have suggested. Arrested hours after the incident from Nagrota, the accused claimed himself to be a Class IX student. Police said the Aadhaar card recovered from him showed he would turn 16 on March 12. Inspector General of Police MK Sinha said they would conduct tests to determine whether he was a juvenile. If he turns out to be a juvenile, he cannot be booked under the terror Act and will have to be presented before the juvenile justice board. The attack resulted in the MODI TAKES ON OPPN After being caught involved in terror activities, Pakistan is facing global shame. At such a time, some people in our own country are making statements to help Pakistan. Is this correct? ❝ Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER Kashmiri dry fruit vendors Mohd Afzal and Abdul Salam back at work in Lucknow. PTI demoralising the armed forces. Due to “their hatred for Modi” and selfish political advantage, they were indulging in “bayanbaazi” that was providing advantage to the coun- try’s enemies and those patronising terrorism, he added. Meanwhile, the Centre has again issued an advisory asking states to ensure safety of people from J&K. — TNS Nirav’s beach bungalow demolished using explosives Shiv Kumar Tribune News Service Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s seaside bungalow being demolished using explosives in Alibaug town near Mumbai. PTI Mumbai, March 8 An illegal bungalow belonging to absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi was demolished this morning using explosives, according to Maharashtra Government officials. The sprawling bungalow measuring 30,000 sq ft at Kihim beach in Alibaug, across the sea from Mumbai’s Gateway of India, was declared illegal since it violat- The SC said the media can’t report on the mediation proceedings, to be held in-camera with utmost confidentiality to ensure its success. Even the mediators’ views shall be kept confidential, it said. IDEA SUGGESTED BY EX-CJI IN 2017 TOO New Delhi: An amicable settlement through mediation was mooted on March 21, 2017, as well by then Chief Justice JS Khehar. However, the contesting parties were hesitant to support the suggestion. PTI MORE ON PAGE 7 BJP COULD BENEFIT IN POLLS CONGRESS EDGY POST ORDER Pradesh Government to provide facilities and security in Faizabad to the mediators. It said, “The chairman of the mediation panel may also continued on page 7 Rafale papers not stolen, photocopies used: AG New Delhi: Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday claimed the Rafale documents were not stolen from the Defence Ministry and that what he meant in his submission before the Supreme Court was that petitioners in the application used “photocopies of the original” papers, deemed secret by the government. His comments in the SC on Wednesday that Rafale deal documents were stolen caused a political row. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said probe into ‘missing’ papers should start from Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, who claimed files were with him. PTI Eye on polls, AAP govt nod to hike in Delhi auto fares New Delhi: To woo 90,000 auto-rickshaw drivers in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the AAP government has approved a hike of Rs 1.50 per km in auto fares. The meter-down charge of Rs 25 for first 2 kms has been revised to Rs 25 for 1.5 kms. The existing fare is Rs 8 per km. The fares were last revised by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2013. PTI Jammu blast accused ‘juvenile’ MiG-21 crashes close to 390 anti-cancer drugs PM: Attack on Kashmiris by cheaper by up to 87% ‘sarfirey log’ take strict action , New Delhi, March 8 The government today announced a massive reduction in the prices of anti-cancer drugs and put out a list of 390 drugs that will get price slash. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has put out the list of 390 anti-cancer non-scheduled medicines with MRP reduction up to 87 per cent. The revised prices came into effect from today. On February 27, the authority had put 42 anti-cancer drugs under “30 per cent trade margin” cap to enable price reduction. Manufacturers and hospitals were directed to convey the revised MRP on the listed drugs, based on the revised trade margin formula. “As many as 390 brands, 91 per cent of the 426 anti-cancer Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer, said the media cannot report on the mediation proceedings, which will be held in-camera. The court directed the Uttar MEDIA BARRED FROM REPORTING ON MATTER IN BRIEF ed Coastal Regulation Zone laws prohibiting construction near the sea-shore. Since manual demolition was progressing at a slow pace, it was decided to bring down the building using dynamite. For the past several days, experts supervised the placement of dynamite at strategic locations. Bharat Shitole, Additional Collector, Raigad district, who has so far demolished over 40 illegal structures in different parts of the state using dynamite, said several items from the bungalow such as jacuzzi, a chandelier and a statue of the Buddha were recovered before demolition and handed over to the Enforcement Directorate. The ED is investigating Modi for allegedly defrauding banks like the Punjab National Bank for several thousand crore rupees. Officials said the bungalow was used by Modi to host grand parties for celebrity clients and government officials. Today’s issue consists of 52 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, four-page Haryana Tribune and eight-page pull out. death of Muhammad Shariq (17) of Haridwar and injuries to 31 others. Another person, Muhammad Riyaz of Mattan in Anantnag, succumbed to his injuries late last night. The condition of three more persons was said to be critical. The grenade attack signals that like in Yemen, terrorist groups have started using underage boys for creating terror in J&K. — TNS Bikaner, pilot ejects safely Jaipur, March 8 A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Shobhasar-ki-Dhani area, near Bikaner, around 1.30 pm today. It was on a routine sortie. The pilot managed to eject safely, according to IGP , Bikaner range, BL Meena. The plane reportedly crashed after a bird hit, Defence PRO Col Sombit Ghosh said. The accident occurred immediately after the aircraft took off from Nal airport of the IAF 10 km from Bikaner, , the IGP said. No loss of life or property was reported. — OC
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