04042019-TT-01.qxd 03-04-2019 22:59 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.92 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, april 4,2019 CBI TAKES NO STAND ON VANZARA PLEA IN ISHRAT ENCOUNTER CASE PAGE 11 JET AIRWAYS GROUNDS MORE PLANES AS IT SEEKS ACCESS TO BAILOUT FUNDS PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Mufti: Karan Singh’s remark on Art 370 unacceptable Tribune News Service After three weeks, Sidhu returns from ‘self-exile’ Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu ‘returned’ from a ‘self-imposed exile’ of three weeks. His absence led to files piling up in his office. PAGE 2 JD-U replaces Sitamarhi nominee, fields ex-minister The Janata Dal (United) has replaced its nominee from Sitamarhi Dr Varun Kumar with senior BJP leader and former Bihar minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, who joined the party on Wednesday, taking everybody by surprise. PAGE 2 To PM’s ‘speedbreaker’, Didi’s ‘voter strike’ jibe PM Narendra Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday went for each other's jugular in battleground West Bengal, with the former castigating “speedbreaker Didi” for stalling the state’s development and the latter hitting back. PAGE 7 Anantnag, April 3 Reacting to BJP president Amit Shah’s “2020 deadline for the removal of Article 35A”, former Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti today said the same will also be the deadline for secession of Jammu and Kashmir from India. “We should understand it will be a deadline for secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India as well,” Mehbooba said minutes after filing her nomination papers from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat. Shah had yesterday said that Article 35A, which grants special privileges and rights to permanent residents of J&K and debars non-residents from buying land or property, getting government jobs, or voting in the state Assembly elections, will be removed by 2020. Asked about former J&K Sadr-e-Riyasat Karan Singh’s interview to The Tribune, wherein he had maintained that the special status (under Article 370) to the state was given by the Government of India and was not FORMER CM REACTS TO AMIT SHAH’S CLAIM If Amit Shah says 2020 is the deadline for removal of Article 35A, 2020 will also be a deadline from J&K to secede. If you remove those terms and conditions on which J&K acceded to India, our relation with the country will also end ❝ Mehbooba Mufti, EX-CM & PDP CHIEF to guarantee the Muslim majority character of the state, Mehbooba said: “His late father, Maharaja Hari Singh, had laid down conditions for Article 370, which was also endorsed by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. So, he saying something like this is actually unacceptable”. Karan Singh had told The Tribune: “It is not that we said we are a Muslim majority state, that’s why we should get special status. The fact is that the special position was offered by the Government of India. Don’t forget that.” Meanwhile, senior Congress haryana BRUNEI SULTAN ORDERS STONING TO DEATH FOR GAY SEX PAGE 13 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com J&K will ‘secede if 35A tinkered with’ Suhail A Shah ! leader and former Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said while he held the Indian Army in high esteem for fighting militancy and making supreme sacrifices for the nation, no innocent civilian should be killed for the sake of ‘inam’ (reward). He said there was one such case during his tenure and he made sure the guilty policemen were punished. “And those policemen, guilty of the crime, have been languishing in jail for 11 years now,” Azad said. “Any officer, jawan or policeman guilty of such a crime should not be spared,” he added. Cong manifesto only favours separatists: BJP New Delhi, April 3 The BJP today attacked the Congress saying various provisions in its manifesto posed a threat to the country as those favoured separatists and terrorists, and demoralised the armed forces. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the manifesto was not in national interest and indirectly helped terrorists and others working against the country. She cited its promise to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and repeal Section 124A (sedition law) of the IPC to attack it. “Are you writing the manifesto to help separatists?” said Sitharaman. Insisting that her party was not against withdrawing AFSPA if the situation allowed it, she said tweaking its provisions would allow terrorists and their friends to target the security personnel with manufactured allegation. — TNS DANGER FOR NATION The Congress manifesto is a danger for the country. It would only demoralise the armed forces. ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman, DEFENCE MINISTER Drown in pool of water: Shah to Cong on AFSPA Says BJP standing ‘like a rock’ behind security forces Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 3 BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday lambasted Congress leaders over the party’s promise of reviewing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and withdrawing the anti-sedition law, saying they should “drown” themselves in a pool of water, as he pledged his party’s support to the forces and sanctity of the AFSPA. The Congress had in its manifesto promised a “review” of AFSPA, meaning it will review some sections of the Act. Addressing a rally in Udhampur, Shah said: “The Congress and its leaders should feel ashamed of what they have announced (to dilute AFSPA).” He also slammed former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti for advocating a separate PM for the state and threatening secession of J&K from India. Former Union Home Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram had yesterday said: “We said we will amend the law — the word is ‘amend the law’. It will bal- WE KICKED CHAIR IN J&K ON THE ISSUE The BJP brought down its government in J&K when the pressure came on it to dilute the AFSPA. We kicked the chair. We left government on AFSPA. The Congress and its leaders should be ashamed of what they have announced. Go drown yourself in a pool of water. They should be day-dreaming... ❝ Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF ance the rights of security forces, as well as human rights and remove immunity only in three cases — enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture.” “I don’t think anybody in the 21st century can say that enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture must be condoned,” Chidambaram said. Meanwhile, the Congress today demanded a treason case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Shah, accusing them of being “traitors”, a day after the Centre partially removed AFSPA from three out of nine Arunachal Pradesh districts. AFSPA will remain in force in the areas bordering Myanmar, officials said. The Justice BP Jeevan Reddy Committee had recommended scrapping of AFSPA from the state. Officials point out that an amendment to AFSPA and its sections is different from removing it from particular areas. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs notification, the four police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh that were declared “disturbed areas” under AFSPA are no longer under the purview of the special law. The police station areas from where AFSPA has been withdrawn are Balemu and Bhalukpong in West Kameng district, Seijosa in East Kameng and Balijan in Papumpare district. (With PTI inputs) More inside US nod to sale of24 Seahawks ‘Names missing’ at war memorial Monsoon likely to be ‘below $2.6-billion deal to boost Indian Navy operations Army summons records following complaints I Additions after corrections normal’ this yr Washington, April 3 Ajay Banerjee the names of only those who The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to India at an estimated cost of USD 2.6 billion, the State Department has announced, boosting Indian Navy’s antisurface and anti-submarine operations as China expands its presence in Indian Ocean. Designed for hunting submarines as well as knocking out ships and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea, the Lockheed Martin-built helicopters would replace India’s ageing fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters. The Trump Administration notified the Congress that it has approved the sale of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, which will provide the Indian defence forces ABOUT MH-60R MARITIME HELICOPTER ■ Experts term it the most capable naval helicopter available today ■ It’s designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers ■ It is deployed with US Navy as the primary antisubmarine warfare and anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. The helicopters are designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. In its notification, the State Department told the Congress that this proposed sale will sup- port the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the USIndian strategic relationship. The Seahawks would add lethal capabilities of Indian Navy, which experts say is need of hour given aggressive behaviour of China in the Indian Ocean region. — PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 3 Within a month of unveiling of the National War Memorial here, the armed forces have started receiving complaints of missing names of some of those killed in action from the carefully crafted ‘walls’ that list the names and ranks of 25,000 soldiers who died in various wars, counter-insurgency operations, etc. Sources say calls have been coming in from kin of soldiers claiming that their father, son or daughter was killed in action. Last week, a woman while visiting the memorial called up the Indian Army saying the name of her son, who died in counterinsurgency operations while on duty with the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kash- The National War Memorial was unveiled by PM Narendra Modi near India Gate on February 25. It pays tribute to 25,942 battle casualties, whose names are inscribed on a set of 16 ‘walls’. mir, is not on the ‘walls’. The Army has asked the parent unit to provide records. Another man approached the Army after failing to find the name of a woman Naval pilot on the ‘walls’. There are several other such cases. Sources say additions will be made as and when records are corrected. A functionary clarified that After massacre came onslaught on patriotic poetry Each and every book having reference to April 13, 1919, was banned by British I 100 literary works in archives Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service 13 Amritsar, April 3 Nadir Shahi vi Hind nu bhul gayi e, Chale Englishi aise furman aithe Karan kehde aakhran vich zahir, Jo-jo zulam de hoye samaan aithe (Even Nadir Shah is forgotten, so ran the English wrath here How do I express the acts of oppression inflicted here) JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY Feroz Din ‘Sharaf’ was trying to put words to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The celebrated poet, fondly known as the “bulbul” of Punjab, however, had no clue that he was under watch of the British Empire. On May 26, 1924, the Punjab government banned his anthology, Dukhan De Keerne (Wails of Pain). But by then, a new kind of resistance had emerged, with Punjabi poetry themed on the massacre becoming an inspiration for the struggle against colonial rule, says Mohali-based historian Dr Gurdev Singh Sidhu, who is known for his seminal work on banned literature during ‘Khooni Visakhi’ by Nanak Singh have died in line of duty are to be put on the ‘walls’ at the memorial, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25. The names of soldiers have been inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets arranged in a circular pattern, which symbolises the ancient Indian war formation ‘Chakravyuh’. The memorial comprises graphic panels and stone murals. Above all, busts of the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees have been installed. It has a layout with four concentric circles — ‘Amar Chakra’ or Circle of Immortality, ‘Veerta Chakra’ or Circle of Bravery, ‘Tyag Chakra’ or Circle of Sacrifice and ‘Rakshak Chakra’ or Circle of Protection. Father Anthony runs ‘five, not 3, companies’ Listed as director of 3 in ROC website Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service COMMEMORATES Banned books related to Jallianwala Bagh. COURTESY: DR GURDEV SINGH SIDHU the colonial rule. Dr Sidhu says after the massacre, every year on April 13, a “kavi darbar” used to be organised at Jallianwala Bagh and poems would be prepared in advance and later published in small pamphlets. Though it was on May 19, 1920, that Punjab’s Director Public Instructions sent a report to the state’s home secretary warning him about how some Punjabi poets were seeking inspiration in the contemporary political agitation, the banning and confiscation of literature started only two years later when the Akali Movement emerged. The British government banned seven books of poet- ‘Khooni Visakhi’ by Nanak Singh was published in 1920 and is believed to have been banned soon after. It remained in oblivion for six decades before it was republished in 1980 by the novelist’s publisher son, Kulwant Singh Suri. “Giani Zail Singh was a great admirer of my father’s work. I requested him to arrange a copy and it was sent to us,” recalls Amritsar-based Suri. Now, on the centenary of the massacre, the novelist’s diplomat grandson Navdeep Suri has translated it into English. However, historian Dr GS Sidhu says despite his best efforts, he has not been able to find any notification regarding banning of the book, as in other cases. ry in Punjabi alone. “The first book to be banned on December 6, 1922, was Harnam Singh’s Akali Goonj. The defiance of Sikhs, who were considered faithful, shocked the British administration. Jallianwala Bagh became the biggest metaphor of hate against the empire. So, they started ban- ning each and every work having any reference to 1919,” says Dr Sidhu. Though the complete list of confiscated and banned literature is not available, as per a rough estimate, 100 to 125 such literary works are lying at the National Archives in Delhi, the India Office continued on page 11 New Delhi, April 3 Private forecaster Skymet has predicted “below normal” monsoon this year. The monsoon is likely to be 93 per cent of the long period average (LPA), it said, attributing the possible below-normal rains to the El Nino phenomenon. Anything between 90-95 per cent of LPA falls under the “below normal” category. The LPA is the average of rainfall between 1951 and 2000, which is 89 cm. According to the Skymet forecast, there are 55 per cent chances of “below-normal” rains. As per Skymet, there are 0 per cent chances of excess (seasonal rainfall more than 110 per cent of LPA) and above normal (seasonal rainfall). — TNS Jalandhar, April 3 Under the Income-Tax Department scanner since the March 29 raid on his place, it has come to light that Father Anthony Madasserry may have been running five, and not three, companies. In the website of Registrar of Companies (ROC) maintained by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Father Anthony is listed as director of three companies — Words Worth Educational Aid Private Ltd, Eduzone Multimedia Private Limited and Navjeevan Nidhi Limited. The Sahodhaya Partnership Firm, which is into selling books, uniform and constructions, is not registered with the ROC. It, however, has a GST number. The fifth company, Shine Coaching too does not have an ROC registration. Father Anthony has already admitted to running a Rs 40-crore turnover partnership firm Sahodhaya (launched in 2014) and Shine Coaching. The only company in the name of Sahodhaya in the ROC is Sahodhaya Transport Pvt Ltd, registered as a transport and storage company which has three directors. In this, Father Jose and Father Paul have 5,000 shares each while Father Joseph Mathew has no share but has been attending all meetings of the company. Father Anthony’s lawyer said Sahodhaya, being a partnership firm, would probably be registered in Chandigarh.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).