05042019-TTC-01.qxd 05-04-2019 01:33 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.93 | 20 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, april 5,2019 SHATRUGHAN’S WIFE LIKELY TO TAKE ON RAJNATH IN LUCKNOW PAGE 7 INDIA ONE OF HIGHEST TAXING NATIONS IN WORLD, SAYS TRUMP PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Naxals kill 4 BSF jawans in C’garh Target patrol team; two injured Roots for diversity, freedom of expression RLP, NDA forge pre-poll alliance in Rajasthan The NDA and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party on Thursday made a pre-poll alliance and the BJP announced to give the Nagaur seat to RLP convener and its sitting MLA Hanuman Beniwal. PAGE 2 Suspense over BJP’s Indore, Bhopal candidates Voters of Indore and Bhopal parliamentary constituencies in Madhya Pradesh are in the grip of suspense as to who will be the BJP candidates for these prestigious seats. PAGE 2 BJP’s big catch: MP who won Gorakhpur for Oppn In a boost for the BJP in UP, the Nishad Party on Thursday announced an alliance with it and Praveen Nishad, who won the Gorakphur Lok Sabha bypoll last year on the SP ticket as a joint Opposition nominee, joined the saffron party. PAGE 7 New Delhi, April 4 Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani today said the party had never regarded those opposed to it on the political plane as “anti-national” or “enemies”, a narrative that appears to have gained currency during the past few years. “The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as ‘enemies’, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as ‘antinational’. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at the personal as well as political level’’, the founding member of the BJP said in a blog ahead of the party’s April 6 foundation day. Recalling his long association with the ideology and passion to serve the motherland, Advani through a blog said his seven-decade-long political life had been insepa- Another RBI rate cut, EMIs may go down Mumbai, April 4 In a bid to boost sluggish economy before elections, the Reserve Bank of India today cut interest rate by 25 basis points for the second time in as many months, a move that may translate into lower EMIs for home and other loans. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, cut the repo rate to one-year low of 6 per cent and reverse repo rate to 5.75 per cent on prospects of benign inflation. Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends short-term money to the commercial banks. And, the reverse repo rate is at which the RBI borrows money from the commercial banks. LOWER TAX RATES IF VOTED BACK: JAITLEY The BJP-led NDA will continue with fiscal prudence and lower tax rates if elected back to power. ❝ Arun Jaitley, FM While four of the six members voted in favour of the rate cut, two were in favour of status quo. Five of six members voted to keep the stance unchanged at neutral. This is also the first back-to-back rate cut since the MPC was formed in late 2016. — PTI ❝ The BJP never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as anti-national. LK Advani, BJP MP ❝ Advani ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding mantra of ‘nation first, party next, self last. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER rably associated with the party, first with the Jana Sangh and later the BJP “The guid. ing principle of my life has been “nation first, party next, self last”, the nonagenarian leader, who was denied the ticket to recontest from Gandhinagar, said. He also said that defence of democracy and democratic traditions, both within the party and in the larger national setting, had been the BJP hallmark which had always espoused “protection of independence, integrity, fairness and robustness of all our democratic institution, including the media”. continued on page 11 AAP, Congress resume seat talks in Delhi New Delhi, April 4 The Congress and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party have resumed talks to discuss the seat-sharing formula for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, sources said on Thursday. Top leaders of the two parties are learnt to have discussed the matter. The ruling AAP has proposed to give two seats to the Congress, which has instead demanded three — New Delhi, Chandni Chowk and North East Delhi, sources in both the parties claimed. Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, however, at a party programme, gave a cryptic reply showing her reservation against alliance with the AAP . “Rest assured we will remain as we are.” — PTI Autonomy must, it determines ties with India, says Farooq Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Jammu, April 4 National Conference president and five-time CM Farooq Abdullah today termed the high-pitched exchange between the BJP and PDP over the ‘deadline’ for abrogation of Article 35A and that of the secession of Jammu and Kashmir from India as mere “election-time rhetoric”. Firmly maintaining that Delhi should start talking to J&K on restoration of autonomy, as agreed under Article 370, and the state’s accession to the country in 1947, he asked those calling for secession of the state, “If not India, where do we go, Pakistan or China? Or we become independent.” He was reflecting on the PDP president and former CM Mehbooba Mufti’s threat that “2020 would be THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW Farooq Abdullah Warns election-time rhetoric may have serious implications the deadline for separation of the state from India” in response to BJP national president Amit Shah’s declaration that Article 35A would be removed by 2020. “This election-time rhetoric has vitiated the atmosphere and it could have serious implications in the times to come. Elections may be won or lost, but the dignity of the discourse should be maintained,” he told The Tribune in an interview. “Autonomy granted to J&K is the inalienable right of the state as ensured in the terms of accession of the state. The autonomy determines the relationship. It cannot be compromised,” he maintained. Article 35A grants exclusive rights to permanent residents of J&K on immovable property, jobs and scholarships. The NC leader asserted that the Article, that accords special status to the state, was negotiated to respect the continued on page 11 late city MY PLACE REMAINS TILL THERE’S SUFFERING: DALAI LAMA PAGE 16 LK Advani turns liberalonpolleve Tribune News Service ! Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other leaders during a roadshow before filing his nomination papers in Wayanad on Thursday. PTI RAHUL’S ASSETS UP FROM ~9.4 CR TO ~15.88 CR IN FIVE YEARS Rahul Gandhi has assets worth over ~15.88 cr, as per the affidavit filed by him for Wayanad seat The affidavit shows he does not own a car and has a liability of ~72 lakh as loans from various banks There are 5 cases pending against him — 2 in Maharashtra, one each in Jharkhand, Assam, New Delhi INDIA IS ONE: CONG CHIEF ❝ I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one. South, north, east, west, centre... all are one... There is an assault taking place across the country by the RSS and BJP. I just want to send a message and I will stand from south India and north India. My aim is to give a message. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS CHIEF ‘HE BETRAYED AMETHI’ ❝ He is filing his papers from another Lok Sabha seat. This is an insult to Amethi and a betrayal of the people. The people of Amethi had to bear with the missing MP for 15 years. People here will celebrate Diwali on May 23, end the ‘vanvas’ and march towards the path of development. Smriti Irani, BJP LEADER Union Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi on Thursday. PTI DETAILED COVERAGE PAGE 7 Raipur, April 4 Four Border Security Force personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh today, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” said DIG (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P The . patrol team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of Naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s ASI Boro, and Constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Assistant Commandant Gopu Ram and Inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to 250 KM FROM RAIPUR ■ The encounter took place at BSF’s Mahla camp in insurgency-hit Kanker, which is around 250 from Raipur ■ First phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state is on April 11 the scene, he said, adding a search operation was underway in the area. The dead and injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats — Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon — in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling in other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23. — PTI Can’t destroy judiciary Jalandhar priest’s firmshave for transparency: SC Delhi linkto Bishop Franco Bhushan rues denial of info under RTI 2 of 5 companies rolled out during his stint in national capital New Delhi, April 4 The Supreme Court today said no one wanted a system of opaqueness but the judiciary can’t be destroyed in the name of transparency. “Nobody is for a system of opaqueness. Nobody wants to remain in the state of darkness or keep anybody in the state of darkness. The question is drawing a line. In the name of transparency, you can’t destroy the institution,” a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said while hearing the issue of applicability of RTI Act to the judiciary. The Bench, which also includes Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, is hearing appeals filed by Supreme Court Secretary General against various orders passed by the CIC and high courts on the applicability of the RTI Act to the judiciary. All these orders of CIC/high courts were stayed by the Supreme Court and the issues referred to a ‘NEGATIVE THINGS MAY COME OUT’ We find good people who choose to become judges. They fear negative things about them, right or wrong, will come out into public domain… It destroys reputations, family, careers. SC Bench ❝ Constitution Bench. The Bench reserved its verdict after hearing arguments by Attorney General KK Venugopal — representing the top court and advocate Prashant Bhushan for petitioners. Bhushan, representing RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, termed as “unfortunate” and “disturbing” the reluctance on part of judiciary to share information under RTI Act. — TNS Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 There seems to be a curious link between the businesses of Father Anthony Madasserry and Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Franco Mulakkal. Of the five companies being run by the Jalandhar priest, two were registered in New Delhi at the time when Mulakkal was Auxiliary Bishop in the Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi. The website of Registrar of Companies (ROC) suggests that Ashok Vihar-based company Words Worth Educational Aid Pvt Ltd, with Father Anthony as one of its two directors, was registered on November 10, 2009. Another company, Eduzone Multimedia Pvt Ltd, based at Suraj Nagar in Azadpur was started on April 6, 2011. Franco took over as Auxiliary Bishop in Delhi in January 2009 and joined the Jalandhar Diocese in June 2013. Father Anthony is an aide of Bishop Franco, who is continued on page 11 VICAR, TRANSPORTER, FINANCIER... Father Anthony Madasserry, under I-T Dept scanner, has fit himself into many roles. Besides being a priest, he is a school director, a vicar and secretary of charitable trust, a financier, a transporter, a book-seller and director of a securities firm and a construction company DIRECTORS REGISTERED ON ADDRESS TURNOVER NET WORTH WORDS WORTH EDUCATIONAL AID PRIVATE LTD (PUBLISHING FIRM) Fr Madasserry, Nov 10, Ashok Vihar, ~44.01 lakh ~25.12 lakh Sunil Bhaskar 2009 New Delhi EDUZONE MULTIMEDIA PVT LTD (RETAIL OF EDUCATIONAL AID) Fr Madasserry, April 6, Azadnagar, Zero ~60,183 lakh Sunil Bhaskar 2011 New Delhi NAVJEEVAN NIDHI LTD (FINANCE FIRM) Fr Madasserry, May 13, 388-B, Karol I-T returns not on ROC portal Fr Jose, Fr Paul 2016 Bagh, Jalandhar SAHODAYA TRANSPORT PVT LTD Fr Joseph Mathew, March 15, Model Town, ~4.06 cr ~34.32 lakh Fr Jose, Fr Paul 2016 Ludhiana WARY PASTORS GET ARMOUR FOR CARS Jalandhar: With polls round the corner, Christian pastors in the region have been getting their vehicles armoured fearing a security threat. Sanchit Sobti, Director of Laggar Industries, a firm engaged in the business, says many pastors have approached them for bullet-proofing. Pastors of churches in Khambra, Tajpur, Khojewal, Nakodar and Kartarpur are among those who have got their vehicles retrofitted. It costs around ~7 lakh to armour a vehicle like Fortuner, Endeavour or Scorpio, which are reinforced with cast iron plates and 42 mm-thick glass. The ‘Evil Cottonian’ who let the school down Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, April 4 While the world has known General Dyer as Butcher of Amritsar, the Old Cottonian Association of Bishop Cotton School (BCS), where General Dyer studied with his three brothers, has known him as ‘The Evil Cottonian,’ — the one who spurned the core of school ethos of “overcoming evil with good”. It was with the intention of educating his children at Bishop Cotton School that Dyer’s father Edward Abraham Dyer set up a brewery 13 COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY here, primarily an extension of the units he owned in Kasauli and Solan. As per the information on Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Dyerton Bizhub, a street named after General Dyer, in Bearkhana area of Shimla. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR the Old Cottonian Association website, it was in 1873, while Dr Slater was headmaster, that Dyer was given admis- sion in school as an eightyear-old boy. He was in school for barely seven months as a day scholar while his three elder brothers were boarders. “Apart from the entry of his name in the admission register, we know nothing of his time at BCS. At the age of 11, he was sent to a school in Ireland. Going by whatever remains of the admission register, he spent only a year at BCS,” is the brief reference of the man on the website. “There is hardly any mention of General Dyer, and if at all he is remembered it is as one who let his school down, making every Cottonian ashamed of the fact that he was an alumnus,” says historian and eminent writer Raaja Bhasin. continued on page 11
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