01032019-TTC-01.qxd 01-04-2019 01:34 DO MBA Page 1 13 in CANADA Without GMAT Scholarship also Available upto 10 Lakhs* for MBA Gap upto 15 years Accepted chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.89 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, april 1,2019 CONGRESS NATIONAL PARTY IN TRUE SENSE: SHATRUGHAN NATION MAHA BALLOT 2019 PAGE 12 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Rahul from Wayanad, Left fumes Cong chief chooses constituency in Left Democratic Front-ruled Kerala, besides Amethi Aditi Tandon CPM: WILL DEFEAT HIM Their (Congress) priority now is to fight against the Left in Kerala. It goes against Congress’ national commitment to fight the BJP. We will work to ensure Gandhi’s defeat in Wayanad. Tribune News Service Campaign trail: Money might & shifting loyalties Konda V Reddy, the son-in-law of the founder of Apollo Hospitals, has family income net worth ~1,000 crore. Yet he is humble to the core. PAGE 2 Can’t use us to fetch votes: Chowkidars As many as 12,000 chowkidars approached the Punjab CEO seeking action against leaders for misusing their identity for political gains. PAGE 2 ‘Chowkidar’ outreach across nation by PM PM Narendra Modi, addressing a ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ event, on Sunday said he took the decision to go ahead with the Balakot airstrikes as he thought “the game” should be played from where terror is being controlled and “where terrorists are bred”. PAGE 7 IN BRIEF Link PAN with Aadhaar till September 30 now New Delhi: The government has extended the deadline for linking PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar by six months till September 30. This is the sixth time the government has extended the deadline. In June last year, the government had said that PAN has to be linked with the biometric ID by March 31. PTI late city HOTEL ROW: MAJOR GOGOI LIKELY TO LOSE SENIORITY BACK PAGE IN FOCUS: GIVE FARMERS A FAIR DEAL /thetribunechd ! New Delhi, March 31 The already fragile Opposition unity took another hit today with the Left slamming Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala, besides his current segment of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The CPI has fielded a candidate from Wayanad, which goes to polls on April 23. Gandhi communicated his consent to the Kerala unit today and the announcement was made by state veteran, former Defence Minister AK Antony. The Congress said Gandhi’s decision was inspired by his sense of respect for the sentiments of southern states. Three state Congress units — Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu — had requested Gandhi to consider contesting from any seat in their respective areas. Antony said, “It’s a happy occasion. While selecting Wayanad, the principal con- ❝ Prakash Karat, CPM LEADER SAFE FOR RAHUL? United Democratic Front workers celebrate Rahul Gandhi’s decision on Wayanad as the second seat. PTI sideration was since the request to fight came mainly from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Wayanad would be most suitable as it is a trijunction of the three states.” One side of Wayanad borders Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris and Theni areas and the other Karnataka’s Mysore belt. Moments after the announcement, the BJP accused Gandhi of running away from Amethi where Minister Smriti Irani is again challenging him. In 2014, Gand- hi’s victory margin against her was a little over one lakh, down from his previous leads that averaged over two lakh. The CPM, on the other hand, attacked Gandhi for choosing to contest against the Left continued on page 7 The late Congress leader ML Shanavas won the Wayanad seat in 2009 and 2014. The constituency in Kerala was created after the 2008 delimitation. This year the CPI was hoping to wrest it from the Congress considering Shanavas’ victory margin in 2014 dipped and he won by just 20,000 votes. SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Haryana officer on TN Leave my voters alone: NC’s poll duty creates panic nominee Lone to militants Fires into airI Removed, suspended Does it again, says aware remarks will rile Abdullahs back the gun to the stupefied constable, returned to his Chandigarh, March 31 room and fell asleep. Appointed poll observer in Sources said Kalson, among Tamil Nadu, IPS officer from the observers for the April 18 Haryana Hemant LS elections in Tamil Kalson allegedly fired Nadu, had been nine rounds into the relieved from duty. air in the wee hours Chief Electoral Officer today. He was staying Satyabrata Sahoo in at the Circuit House Chennai said an FIR at Ariyalur. had been filed. DIG Kalson, susMeanwhile, the Elecpected to be inebriattion Commission has Hemant Kalson ed, asked a constable placed the services of to hand over his semi-auto- DIG Kalson under suspenmatic gun and started firing sion and asked the state govinto the air. Others staying at ernment to initiate proceedthe Circuit House rushed out ings for major penalty in panic. Kalson then handed against him. Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Srinagar, March 31 A National Conference Lok Sabha candidate, Mohd Akbar Lone, who recently made pro-Pakistan remarks, has stoked yet another controversy by urging militants in the region to support his party to defeat the BJP . Lone, who is contesting from the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, has asked militants to not harass his voters. At a rally yesterday, Lone said he was aware that the party’s top leaders, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, would be “angry” at his comments, “but I want to tell those ‘tik tik wol’ (militants), when I am nothing ‘WILL ONLY BENEFIT BJP CANDIDATE’ What has happened to you (militants)? Why do you go to my workers and harass them? (If) they won’t vote for me, then do you want to send BJP (candidate to Parliament) who is against Kashmir cause? Mohd Akbar Lone, NC CANDIDATE I still talk about you, tomorrow when I will be something, I will talk more about you”. The video showing Lone making pro-militant comments has been widely shared on the social media. The pro-militant remark by the NC candidate is in addition to his already growing list of controversial state- ments. Lone had earlier raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally in north Kashmir. Lone, a former Speaker of Legislative Assembly, is pitted against Abdul Qayoom Wani of the PDP and Raja Aijaz Ali of Sajad Lone-led PC, the two parties that had governed the state in coalition with the BJP — TNS . The wreckage of a MiG-27 which crashed at Sirohi near Jodhpur in Rajasthan on Sunday. The jet took off from Uttarlai Air Force Station in Barmer for a routine sortie at 11.27 am and crashed around 11.45 am some 120 km south of Jodhpur. PTI MiG-27 crashes, 6 jets lost this year already IAF operating at its lowest strength jected over the next eight years will not help the IAF stem the downward spiral. Over the next four-five years, around 110 planes of MiG-21 and MiG-27 series are slated to retire. The year began with a Jaguar jet crash in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district, in which the pilot ejected safely. On February 1, two pilots were killed after a Mirage 2000 upgraded trainer version by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited crashed in Bengaluru. The plane was undergoing its acceptance trial by the IAF when both pilots ejected and one pilot crash-landed in the burning wreckage. On February 12, a MiG-27 crashed near Pokhran range, while the pilot ejected safely. Two weeks later, on February 27, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was shot over Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the air duel. On March 8, a MiG-21 crashed near Bikaner, but the pilot ejected safely. In February, two Hawk trainer jets, part of the ‘Surya Kiran’ aerobatic team, had crashed mid-air, killing a pilot. Also, on February 27, a Mi-17 helicopter ‘crashed’ killing six persons, including two pilots. It is being investigated if the helicopter was ‘accidentally’ shot down. See also back page Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 31 The Indian Air Force (IAF), which is operating at its lowest strength of fighter jets, has lost six jets so far this year, including the one downed by Pakistan in the February 27 dogfight over Nowshera in Jammu and Kashmir. A MiG-27 upgraded version jet, which had taken off from Uttarlai Air Force Station, crashed in Sirohi district near Jodhpur today. While the pilot ejected safely, a court of inquiry has been ordered. This is the second IAF jet to have crashed this month. This means, the IAF is losing two jets every month and the new accretions, including the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, are just not enough to prevent the slide in numbers. Crashes occur due to multiple reasons, one being the age of MiG-21 and MiG-27 jets, which the IAF is flying for want of newer options. The IAF is now operating at its lowest strength of 31 fighter squadrons — around 16-18 planes in each. The Cabinet Committee on Security has mandated 42 squadrons for a simultaneous two-front war scenario with Pakistan and China. Even the addition of 36 Rafale and 123 Tejas jets pro- Eye ops in Haryana Raids reveal 4 priests running 30 lakh died ‘due to govt hospitals halted ~40-crore contract business British failure in 1943’ R’sthan orders recall of J&J baby shampoo Move after botched cataract surgeries Father Anthony: Nothing stops me from entrepreneurship IIT team says not caused by drought Aditi Tandon Vishal Joshi Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Kurukshetra, March 31 Scores of elderly patients planning cataract surgery at government hospitals will have to wait as the state authorities have decided to suspend all eye operations indefinitely. Health Minister Anil Vij today told The Tribune that the decision was taken after cases of post-cataract surgery complications were reported recently. He said the eye operations would resume once it was ensured that medicines used in the procedure were strictly as per the standards. In March, at least 62 elderly patients were diagnosed with infections after they underwent cataract surgery at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Civil Hospital (LNJPCH), Kurukshetra, and Kishanlal Jalan Government Eye Hospital, Bhiwani. According to officials, the two government hospitals were known for organising a maximum number of cataract surgeries in the state. On March 20, The Tribune had reported that 24 patients were admitted to PGI, Chandigarh, with the post- Jalandhar, March 31 A raid by the Khanna police on Saturday evening has brought to light that four priests working under the Diocese of Jalandhar have been running an independent business with a turnover of Rs 40 crore. Under the radar of the Income Tax Department, Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s right-hand man Father Anthony Madasserry today revealed that he was running a business for taking contracts for sales of books, stationery, construction work and security services for private schools and this business was not related to the Church. He said he was running this business along with three partners — Father Jose Palakuzha, Father Paul and Father Shine — under a partnership firm, Sahodhaya. Father Anthony said the cash collected by the Khanna police, Income Tax team and Enforcement Directorate was the collection he and his partners had raised from the sale of books at 45-46 counters continued on page 7 New Delhi, March 31 The Rajasthan Drug Controller today directed withdrawal of all existing stocks of Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo from the market, saying these were not of standard quality and contained harmful ingredients. In an order released by the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), the drug controller said the stocks of J&J baby shampoos sampled from its Baddi plant in Solan were not of the quality required under the Drugs and Cosmetics Law and that the company will be proceeded against as per the rules. “Ensure that these stocks are not consumed anymore and appropriate safeguards to consumers are provided by withdrawing the available stock and acting under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act Rules 1940,” the order said. It refers to J&J baby shampoo stocks that are to expire in September 2021 and are currently in the market. J&J, in a statement, said its products were safe. “J&J is in full compliance with Indian regulatory requirements and standards,” said a spokesperson. ❝ Civil surgeons have been instructed to put cataract surgeries on hold till the safety audit is completed. Operations will resume once it is ensured medicines used are as per the standards. Anil Vij, HEALTHMINISTER surgery bacterial infection after cataract operations at the Kurukshetra hospital. Later, 38 other patients were admitted to PGIMS, Rohtak, with post-cataract operation complications from other districts. At least 19 had to undergo fresh surgeries on March 28. While the health authorities claim prima facie bacterial infection was caused by contamination in fluids used in the surgery, officials said any continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Father Anthony Madasserry (centre) makes a point at a press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Anthony: ~6.66 cr missing Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 31 Two days after the raid at his residence, Father Anthony Madasserry has alleged that Rs 6.66 crore has gone missing. “I cannot point fingers at the police as the money could have possibly been with the bank people too. When the raid took place, the staff from South Indian Bank were counting my cash which had come as collection from book sales,” he claimed. He narrated, “Ahead of the raid, I had cash of Rs 16 crore. The police have shown only Rs 9.66 crore. While in custody, I thought it had been taken by the bank, but I got to know the police took it.” He further said, “I am yet to get a statement from the bank. I also need to take narration of the witnesses. Once I get that, only then I will be in a position to accuse the police and get a case filed.” A press release by his team at the venue, however, had a hard-hitting statement against the raiding Khanna police team. continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. AHMEDABAD, March 31 A research paper by a team headed by a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, has blamed the “complete policy failure” of the then British government for the deaths of nearly 30 lakh people in India in the 1943 famine, also known as the Bengal Famine, rather than due to the crop failure caused by depleted rainfall. The team, headed by Vimal Mishra, associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, included Amar Deep Tiwari, Saran Aadhar and Reepal Shah of the same department, Mu Xiao and Dennis Lettenmaier of the Department of Geography in the University of California, and DS Pai at the India Meteorological Department, Pune. Based on publications and available records, the team studied the direct relation between soil moisture conditions and food shortages during the 12 major periods of famine in various parts of India between 1870 and 2016 and found that of the major occurrences before 1947, only COURTESY: REUTERS Manas Dasgupta BENGAL FAMINE ■ An estimated 20-30 lakh people perished in 1943 ■ But severity of drought was more widespread in the second half of 1941 than in 1943 ■ Ignoring food shortage, British continued to impound a large quantity of grains for WW-II soldiers while Indian civilians died ■ In the previous drought conditions, British had imported wheat from Burma to provide sustenance to famine-hit in India the famine of 1943, when Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister, could not be concluded to have been caused by monsoon failure. “Famines had occurred earlier than 1943 also, but most of the time the then British government in India had taken some curative steps, for continued on page 7
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