07042019-TTC-01.qxd 07-04-2019 01:21 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.95 | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, april 7,2019 MALDIVES VOTES TO ELECT HOUSE, SEES 78% TURNOUT PAGE 17 3 more for Cong in Punjab, one HP SPECTRUM /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com BJP’s eight of 10 Haryana names out, two new faces BJP’s Shatru joins Cong 5 sitting MPs repeatedI No names for Rohtak, Hisar yet Four seats pending in Punjab now With this decision, the plan of inducting Suresh Chandel, New Delhi, April 6 ex-BJP member from HamirThe Congress today named pur, has come to a naught. A candidates for three more section of state leaders was Punjab parliamentary also pressing for constituencies, fieldfielding CLP leader ing folk singer Mohd Mukesh Agnihotri Sadiq in Faridkot, forfrom Hamirpur, but mer MLA Jasbir the party decided Singh Dimpa in against it. Khadoor Sahib and Back to Punjab, forMohd Sadiq former bureaucrat mer minister Manish FARIDKOT Amar Singh from Tewari has sought a Fatehgarh Sahib. ticket from Anandpur The party has now Sahib, as has state declared nine candiYouth Congress chief dates and four are Amarpreet Lally and pending. No decision the son of former could be reached on minister Jagmohan Jasbir Singh Dimpa Anandpur Sahib, Kang. Earlier, the KHADOOR SAHIB Sangrur, Bathinda screening panel had and Ferozepur. taken only Tewari’s Congress president name for Anandpur Rahul Gandhi withSahib, which Gandhi held the announcehad kept pending ments on these seats like Sangrur’s single after a meeting this name panel featuring Amar Singh morning with Punjab FATEHGARH SAHIB former MLA Kewal Chief Minister Capt Dhillon. Amarinder Singh, In Bathinda and AICC in charge of the Ferozepur, the Constate Asha Kumari gress continues to and state unit chief await the Akali Dal’s Sunil Jakhar. strategy. The party is, Meanwhile, formeanwhile, strugRam Lal Thakur mer Himachal mingling to strike a caste HAMIRPUR ister Ram Lal balance with only Thakur was named the par- one Hindu candidate named ty candidate from Hamir- so far — sitting Gurdaspur pur opposite three-term MP Sunil Jakhar. continued on page 7 BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Aditi Tandon Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Actor and MP Shatrughan Sinha gestures while joining the Congress in New Delhi on Saturday. He was soon after fielded as the party’s Patna Sahib candidate. MUKESH AGGARWAL PAGE 7 Shanta questions 75-yr norm Calls Shatru’s switchover ‘unfortunate’; tears into Sukh Ram Tribune News Service Dharamsala, April 6 Veteran BJP leader and former Himachal Chief Minister Shanta Kumar today questioned the criterion adopted by the BJP to retire leaders above 75 years of age. Addressing mediapersons, Kumar (84) said: “As a party worker, I accept the decision (to not contest the Lok Sabha election) and am happy to abide by it. But as a writer, I don’t agree with it. Age cannot be the sole yardstick. During the freedom movement, many Sentenced to death for honour killing, Hisar man set free by HC Court says prosecution failed to provide credible proof Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 6 Less than six months after Ashok, a resident of Hisar district, was sentenced to death in an honour killing case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has acquitted him. The matter was placed before the Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill for the confirmation of death sentence pronounced in December last year for poisoning his sister over an inter-caste marriage. Ashok had filed an appeal. The prosecution contended that Ashok was unhappy with his sister’s marriage to Rohtash. Ashok was charged KEY LOOPHOLES ■ Contrary to charge, forensic lab report said poisoning was not the cause of death ■ Victim’s cousin testified there was no resentment in family ■ The accused’s parents did not give deceptive answers in the polygraph test with administering poison to his sister, resulting in her death. The prosecution had claimed that her body was cremated hurriedly. Justice Sharma said the case record indicated that the police visited the place of occurrence and collected the residue of vomit. Ash and burnt bones were also lifted from the cremation ground before being sent to the Foren- late city DRDO CHIEF: FEASIBLE TO TARGET MULTIPLE SATELLITES PAGE 20 NO TAKERS IN THEIR OWN LAND /thetribunechd ! sic Science Laboratory. Poison did not emerge as the cause of death. In any case, the marriage was solemnised in August 2015 and the date of incident was February 13, 2017. The deceased’s cousin, Krishan Kumar, had admitted that there was no resentment in the family. The polygraph test of the parents of the accused showed that the answers given by them were not deceptive. Justice Sharma asserted that Rohtash, on whose insistence an FIR was registered, had not supported the prosecution case. “The chain of circumstances is not complete. The prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt,” the Bench ruled, while setting Ashok free. ALL PRAISE FOR VIRBHADRA Virbhadra Singh and I have always been loyal to our parties. We’ve never switched sides despite feeling uncomfortable at times. We’ve stood firm on our principles. Shanta Kumar, EX-CM ❝ young people sided with the British and worked against the interests of the country, while 80-year-old Kanwar Singh died fighting the Raj. Will you call him a ‘budha’? “I consider 80-year-old Kanwar Singh younger than those young people who lacked the courage to fight.” Reacting to the blog written by senior party leader LK Advani, Kumar said he had merely reiterated the basic tenets of the party. continued on page 7 New Delhi, April 6 Putting an end to speculation, the BJP today announced its candidates for eight of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, repeating five sitting MPs and fielding two new faces. While Sunita Duggal, a former Indian Revenue Service officer, has been fielded from the Sirsa (reserved) constituency, the party has picked Sanjay Bhatia for Karnal and Haryana minister and Naraingarh MLA Nayab Singh Saini for Kurukshetra. It has yet to announce nominees for Rohtak and Hisar. The BJP’s 18th list of 24 candidates for the General Election also includes candidates for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. In Jhansi, where sitting MP Uma Bharti has opted out of the race, the BJP has fielded industrialist Anurag Sharma. In Haryana, the BJP has repeated five sitting MPs — Ratan Lal Kataria (Ambala SC), Ramesh Chandra Kaushik (Sonepat), Dharmvir Singh (Bhiwani-Mahendragarh), Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram) and Krishanpal Gurjar (Faridabad) — as was expected. Gurjar and Singh are part of the Modi Cabinet. THE NOMINEES SO FAR Ratan Lal Kataria Dharmvir Singh Krishanpal Gurjar Sanjay Bhatia AMBALA (SC) BHIWANI-M’GARH FARIDABAD KARNAL Rao Inderjit Singh Nayab Singh Saini Ramesh Kaushik GURUGRAM KURUKSHETRA Sanjay Bhatia in Karnal is the new entrant. An aide of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, he replaces sitting MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra, who was absent from the constituency for most part of his tenure. The BJP’s sitting Kurukshetra MP Raj Kumar Saini, , had left the party on an acrimonious note months ago. He has been replaced by Nayab Saini. In 2014, the BJP had contested eight of the 10 seats, leaving two — Hisar and Sirsa — for its then ally Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), head- Majid Jahangir & Suhail A Shah Grieving relatives of Mohd Rafi Yatoo in Warpora. TRIBUNE PHOTO most of them from south Kashmir districts. In June last, Rifleman Aurangzeb was abducted and killed while on way home for Eid. In 2017, Lt Umar Fayaz was abducted and shot in south Kashmir. The same year, BSF Constable Mohd Ramzan Parray was dragged out of his house in Hajin and killed. Meanwhile, two Hizb mili- tants, one of them a BTech from Ganderbal, were today killed in a ‘chance’ encounter in Shopian. They were identified as Rahil Rasheed Sheikh and Bilal Ahmad of Keegam village in Shopian district. Sheikh is the second militant from Ganderbal in recent times, the first being research scholar Muhammad Raafi. Mohan Meakin Breweries, manufacturer of Old Monk, was set up by Gen Dyer’s father Tribune News Service The iconic Mohan Meakin brewery at Solan, the home of global brands, which has a lot of history attached to it. TRIBUNE PHOTO Solan, April 6 Dyer Meakin Breweries Ltd would never have been rechristened as Mohan Meakin Breweries Ltd had the country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, not refused to visit it while on way to Shimla in 1960. Though the company’s then owner, Narendra Nath Mohan, was keen on the PM visiting the Solan-based brewery, the latter said no as it was named after Edward Dyer, whose son General Reginald Edward Dyer was associated with the gruesome Jallianwala Bagh massacre. “The refusal of PM Nehru served as the compelling reason to remove Dyer’s name,” recalls Lt Gen Pradeep Khanna (retd), whose father, Krishan Gopal Khanna, was the Financial Director with the company from 1959 to 1975. The company’s name was changed to Mohan Meakin Breweries Ltd on November 1, 1966, and from April 24, 1980, it was known as Mohan Meakin Ltd. Edward Dyer opened a brewery at Kasauli in 1855 and a distillery at Solan. It marked the advent of industrialisation in the region and was the first brewery to be set up in Asia. Another entrepre- 13 COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY neur, HG Meakin, coming from a well-known brewing family of Burton-on-Trent, founded Meakin & Co. Ltd. They joined hands to form Dyer Meakin & Co Ltd. Today’s issue consists of 32 pages, including six-page Spectrum and six-page Bathinda Tribune. SIRSA (SC) ed by former CM Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi. The BJP won seven seats, losing Rohtak to Congress’ Deepender Hooda. The HJC lost both its seats to the INLD. Bishnoi’s party has since merged with the Congress. However, sources say talks are on to convince him to return to the BJP fold. That is perhaps why the names of candidates for Rohtak and Hisar have been withheld. There is talk of Union Minister Birender Singh and his IAS son Brijendra Singh being fielded from these Jatdominated seats. MAHA BALLOT 2019 AAP picks Mittal, Saran for Patiala, Ferozepur seats Tribune News Service Nehru refused to visit Solan’s Dyer brewery, its name was changed Ambika Sharma Sunita Duggal Sunita Duggal, the BJP candidate from Sirsa (SC) parliamentary constituency, is a former IRS officer. Her husband Rajesh Duggal is an IPS officer in Haryana. The other new face, Sanjay Bhatia (52), a resident of Panipat, has been fielded from Karnal. MORE INSIDE Off-duty soldier shot in Sopore Srinagar/ Anantnag, April 6 An Army man, who was off duty, was shot dead in north Kashmir’s Sopore sub-district today, while two local militants were killed in a brief gunfight in south Kashmir. The killings come five days ahead of the Baramulla Lok Sabha poll on April 11. Mohammad Rafi Yatoo, who was on leave, was shot dead at Warpora, 54 km from Srinagar, while on his way to a mosque. The JAKLI soldier, in his twenties, was deployed with 52 Rashtriya Rifles and posted in Baramulla district. “He joined the Army in 2011 and was on leave for a week,” an officer said. It is the first such killing this year. Militants in the past have targeted soldiers on leave, SONEPAT FORMER IRS OFFICER AMONG FRESH ENTRANTS Raids at Bhushan Steel by CBI over 2 Hizb men killed in encounter, one of them BTech ~2,348-cr fraud New Delhi, April 6 The CBI today carried out multi-city searches on the premises of Bhushan Power and Steel Limited after registering a case of alleged cheating amounting to Rs 2,348 crore against the firm and its directors, the CBI said. The searches were carried out at multiple locations in a number of cities, including Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Kolkata. The agency has booked the firm, its directors, unidentified public servants and other private persons in the case. It is alleged that the company directors diverted huge amounts of bank funds using their companies and shell companies. It deliberately defaulted on repayment and also claimed inadmissible credit, causing a loss of Rs 2,348 crore to banks, the CBI alleged. — TNS NEW FACES With the country attaining Independence, the British owners were looking for a buyer and their first choice was their employee Subodh Chandra Ghosh, recalls his grandson Vijay Ghosh. He declined the offer. Employing about 200 people, the Solan brewery served as a key job avenue and oldtimers still recall the football tournaments in which reputed teams from across the nation participated. It was finally bought by Narendra Nath Mohan in 1949 as he was already doing business with the company. The company’s Old Monk rum went on to become a coveted global brand. Known for its smokey taste since it was manufactured from the spring water of Solan, which was ideally suited for brewing, the liquor manufactured here has gained acclaim for its taste. It was savoured by soldiers in the British army and continues to be popular with the Indian armed forces. Narendra Nath Mohan expanded the venture and set up an industrial hub near Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh known as Mohan Nagar by establishing various manufacturing units. TOMORROW Death of a talented artist Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday announced the candidatures of Nina Mittal from Patiala and Harjinder Singh Kaka Saran from Ferozepur. Mittal, 47, a graduate from Punjabi University, Patiala, heads the party’s trade wing. Harjinder Singh, also a graduate, has been with the party for several years. Party state president Bhagwant Mann said both candidates had been picked by the state core committee. TNS Sonia counters BJP’s definition of patriotism New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Saturday launched an offensive on the Modi government, saying people are being taught a new definition of patriotism with those not accepting diversity being called patriots. P7 ITBP men cast first vote at remote post Chandigarh: The first vote of the country for the 2019 General Election has been cast by an ITBP unit through secret postal ballot at Lohitpur, Arunachal Pradesh, more than 2,600 km from New Delhi. P7
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