23032019-TTC-01.qxd 23-03-2019 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.80 | 22 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, march 23,2019 FORMER CM SHANTA KUMAR NOT TO CONTEST LOK SABHA POLL PAGE 10 FITCH LOWERS INDIA FY20 GROWTH FORECAST TO 6.8% PAGE 14 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Modi sends greetings to Imran on eve of Pak Day New Delhi/Islamabad: PM Narendra Modi on Friday sent a message to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, greeting people of the neighbouring country on the eve of its National Day. PM Modi said it was time for the people of the sub-continent to work together for a democratic, peaceful and prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence, sources said. Significantly, India boycotted a reception at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, objecting to invites to J&K separatist leaders. SEE ALSO BACK PAGE Yasin Malik faction of JKLF banned for promoting terror New Delhi: The Centre on Friday outlawed the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Yasin Malik, alleging it was responsible for promoting terrorism and secessionism in the state. PAGE 10 ED arrests Naik’s aide; fresh chargesheet soon New Delhi: The ED on Friday arrested Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak, an aide of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, from Mumbai in connection with a moneylaundering case against him and others. The agency will soon file a fresh chargesheet in the case. PTI /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Grand alliance Start, end of innings:Shah 12-yr-oldhostage, seals Bihar deal in fray from Advani’s citadel 6 militants killed 40 seats: 20 for RJD, 9 Cong, Left left out No ticket for BJP veteran in first list, most MPs to re-contest Kin pleaded, Pak ultras did not relent TNS & Agencies Patna, March 22 The Opposition ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) in Bihar today announced its seat-sharing formula, under which the RJD will contest 20 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress nine, leaving the remaining share for smaller allies. While former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) will field candidates for five seats, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM(S) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) will contest three seats each. The Lalu Prasad-led RJD will give one seat out of its quota of 20 to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML). No seats have been left for the CPI and CPM, making it clear that former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is contesting from Begusarai, will not be supported by the alliance. The Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD), formed by former JDU chief and NDA convener Sharad Yadav, will contest from Madhepura on the RJD CPI: UNFORTUNATE Vibha Sharma New Delhi: CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said the failure of the grand alliance to accommodate the Left parties was “unfortunate” and did not bode well for the Opposition as a whole in the bigger scheme of creating an antiBJP front. The party’s state leadership is scheduled to meet on March 24 to decide on its future course of action. PTI New Delhi, March 22 There were no dramatic surprises in BJP’s much-awaited first list of 185 candidates for the coming Lok Sabha elections yesterday. Some sitting MPs were dropped, but a large number was repeated. The party refrained from any big culling to ensure those “witness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s excellent work in Parliament” are able to spread the message in the public. It also meant fewer rebels to deal with. The biggest surprise, however, was party chief Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha debut from Gandhinagar, replacing a leader who was once the BJP’s PM candidate — veteran LK Advani — marking the end of the political career of the 91-year-old sitting MP from the constituency. Expected to remain in the “margdarshak mandal” for the rest of his life, it is unlikely that Advani will be fielded from elsewhere. If that happens, it will be a bigger surprise. He may be sent to the Rajya Sabha, but for now it seems curtains for him. continued on page 7 More on page 7 symbol and merge with Lalu’s party after the polls. Bihar is going to the polls in all seven phases. The first phase is scheduled for April 11, for which nominations will be filed till March 25. The four constituencies going to the polls in the first phase will see HAM contesting on Gaya and Aurangabad seats, the RJD on Nawada and the RLSP on Jamui. In 2014, the NDA won 31 seats, of which the BJP alone bagged 22. The JD-U contested alone then and won only two seats. The RJD won four seats, the Congress two and NCP 1. But NCP’s Tariq Anwar later rejoined the Congress. 5 arrested for hoodwinking banks Police:Took ~40,000 to fudge marks Tribune News Service Patiala, March 22 Five youths, employed with a private company for loading cash in ATMs, hoodwinked banks and siphoned money for well over two years before being nabbed today. They had even planned to fund at least two candidates from Patiala. The modus operandi was simple. Aware that the CCTVs did not work on inverters, they would withdraw cash whenever there was a power outage. They executed more than 19 thefts in this fashion. “Before demonetisation, while employed with Cash Management System, Mumbai, they would not enter the entire amount in ATMs. Instead, they would give out loans or use the cash themselves. Before the bank audit, they would siphon the amount from another ATM and HOW THEY WERE CAUGHT ■ The accused were handling cash for Axis Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, SBI, PNB ■ PNB was closing eight ATMs in Patiala, team was asked to withdraw cash ■ Since ATMs carried currency less than real amount, they conspired to report fake theft ■ They targeted the SBI ATM at Samania Gate which they knew held maximum cash ■ They siphoned ~33 lakh and reloaded PNB ATMs with amount falling short deposit the same in the ATM to be audited,” explained Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu. Rajinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Dharampal, Deepak Rai and Deepak Tiwari were arrested with Rs 5.16 lakh in cash and tools after an ATM was stolen on March 17 and an FIR lodged. continued on page 7 Sunit Dhawan Tribune News Service Rohtak, March 22 The CIA wing of the district police has unearthed a racket to help BTech students pass exams by fudging their marks. The racketeers, via a middleman, would pay the university staff Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per pupil to increase marks on answersheets sent for re-evaluation. Pawan Sangwan, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Baba Mast Nath University (BMNU) here, and two BTech students — one from Faridabad and the other from a village in Jhajjar — have been arrested. According to police sources, Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) would send BTech (Civil Engineering) answersheets to VK Ahuja, the director of an institute in Julana, for rechecking/re- evaluation, who would further send these to Sangwan. Acting as a middleman, Vineet Dahiya of Sisana village in Sonepat, whose office is located near BMNU, would contact students who had applied for re-evaluation. He would call them to his office where they were asked to identify their answersheets. "Charging Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 from each, the answersheets were tampered with and the marks increased,” said a police investigator. The matter came to light when a CIA team raided Dahiya’s office and found Sangwan and the two BTech students with answersheets. When questioned, none could give a convincing reply. The team seized 175 answersheets. The two teachers have been debarred from exam duty and an inquiry has been ordered, said BS Sindhu, Controller of Exams, MDU. 48 hrs on, Hisar child rescued from borewell 18-month-old Nadeem ‘hale, hearty’ after falling into 60-ft-deep shaft Sushil Manav PAST, PRESENT DANGER tribune news service Chandigarh, March 22 Nearly 48 hours after he fell into a 60-foot-deep borewell at Balsamad village of Hisar, 18-month-old Nadeem was today rescued by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Army personnel. “The child is safe and healthy. The doctors have given him glucose drip and are keeping him under close watch. But there is nothing to worry, as he is hale and hearty,” Hisar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Meena said. Nadeem had fallen into the borewell while playing near his house on Wednesday evening. A farmer had got that borewell The accident has again brought into focus the dangers posed by uncovered borewells. A massive operation was launched in 2006 to rescue five-year-old Prince, who had fallen into a borewell in a village in Kurukshetra. He was also pulled out safely after nearly 48 hours. Rescuers carry 18-month-old Nadeem after pulling him out. dug to install the tubewell, but it had been left open for the past some days. The authorities said the rescue operations took long because they did not want to take any risks with the safety of the child. “As the rescuers reached close to the spot where the child was trapped, digging by machines was stopped and was carried out manually to ensure that soil did not fall over the infant,” they said. Earlier, the Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Majid Jahangir & Suhail A Shah Tribune News Service ATM cash loaders BTech marks scam: load own pockets Teacher, pupils held Aman Sood INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON BEGINS TODAY PAGE 16 rescue teams had started digging a parallel well about 20 feet away from the borewell and later, a tunnel was dug to bring out the child safely. continued on page 7 edit: no more death traps Tribune News Service Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir is greeted by BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Friday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI REPORT PAGE 7 SHAH BEHIND ADVANI’S SUCCESS: JAVADEKAR Amit Shah was the man behind Advani’s success in every election. He was the incharge of the seat. Advani used to travel throughout the election campaign, but it was Shah who ensured his landslide victory every time. Prakash Javadekar, UNION MINISTER PM FROM VARANASI AGAIN, 25 MPs DROPPED ■ PM Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, like in 2014 (when he also contested from Vadodra) ■ Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur) retained ■ 25 MPs dropped, including six in UP ■ Smriti Irani to take on Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, Hema Malini to re-contest from Mathura ■ VK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, Kiren Rijiju back from same seats Srinagar/Anantnag, March 22 A 12-year-old boy allegedly held hostage by ultras and six militants, including two Pakistanis, were killed in three separate gunfights in Kashmir today. With the killing of six militants, the security forces have eliminated eight militants in the past 24 hours. The police said a cordonand-search operation was launched in north Kashmir’s Hajin area, around 30 km from Srinagar, yesterday. “As the searches were going on, the hiding terrorists fired from a house. There were at least eight persons inside the house when the first contact was established,” Bandipore SSP Rahul Malik said. The operation, he said, was put on hold and at least six civilians were rescued in the first two hours. “Once we rescued them, we came to know that two more persons, including 12-year-old Aatif Mir, had been taken hostage. We tried to rescue them through multiple measures. The family appealed to the militants to release them. Community members were The damaged house in Hajin after the encounter. AMIN WAR PSO INJURED ■ Arshid Ahmad, Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Congress leader and Anantnag Municipal Council Chairman Hilal Shah, was injured in a militant attack in Anantnag ■ “The MCA Chairman was inside the town hall and his security personnel were waiting out,” an official said engaged,” SSP Malik said. “We also involved our team specialising in room intervention and they went to the third floor, but militants fired at them again,” he said. They were able to rescue the boy’s uncle on Thursday afternoon. “We waited for nine hours. As the firing from that side intensified, we also retaliated and in the process, two Pakistani militants — Ali and continued on page 7
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