08042019-TTC-01.qxd 08-04-2019 01:31 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.96 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, april 8,2019 MAYAWATI, AKHILESH, AJIT DENOUNCE BJP, CONG IN JOINT RALLY PAGE 7 MAHA BALLOT 2019 INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Highway ban bringsJ&K to halt Commuters stuck | Farooq, Mehbooba hit streets | Emergency vehicles allowed Ishfaq Tantry & Majid Jahangir LEADERS HIT OUT Tribune news service Sulking Cong ex-minister Kaypee in touch with BJP? Denied the party ticket from Jalandhar, former Congress minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee is reportedly being wooed by the BJP. SS Ahluwalia shifted to Burdwan, he thanks Modi The BJP on Sunday fielded Union Minister SS Ahluwalia from the Burdwan-Durgapur Parliamentary seat in West Bengal. Ahluwalia is currently MP from Darjeeling. He has been replaced with Raju Singh Bista. Mahajan’s exit from poll race a concern for BJP Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan's decision not to contest the elections has become a cause of worry for the BJP. While a search for a formidable candidate is on, hundreds of BJP workers thronged her residence on Sunday, urging her to reconsider her decision. PAGE 2 Srinagar, April 7 The biweekly closure of the 270-km Baramulla-SrinagarUdhampur national highway for troop movement, which came into force from today, threw life out of gear both in Kashmir and Jammu regions. The J&K Government has ordered the closure of highway for civil and public transport from Baramulla to Udhampur every Sunday and Wednesday to facilitate movement of security forces for the Lok Sabha election duty. It will remain effective till May 31. In the Valley, where the maximum impact was felt, chaos ruled as the closure turned into a major controversy as two former Chief Ministers — Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — took to the streets in protest, urging people to defy the ban. NC chief Farooq Abdullah, who led a highway sit-in at Pantha Chowk on the city outskirts, said it was necessary to withdraw the order to prevent more bloodshed. “Are we living in a free country or is this a colony? They have totally imprisoned us. It is crucial to withdraw the order to prevent more bloodshed,” he said. Driving to Uri, I’m getting to see first-hand the extent of disruption & inconvenience being caused to people because of mindless closure order. Omar Abdullah, NC VICE-PRESIDENT We won’t allow you to turn our beloved land into an open-air prison.Jis Kashmir ko khoon say seencha, woh Kashmir humara hai. BARAMULLA-SRINAGAR-UDHAMPUR NH BARAMULLA SRINAGAR Security forces are transported in a convoy on a closed highway on the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday. AFP KULGAM JAWAHAR TUNNEL NH-44 UDHAMPUR 270 KM 161 KM IN VALLEY JAMMU & KASHMIR JAMMU 109 KM IN JAMMU HIGHWAY SHUT ON SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY He claimed the Centre knew about the deadly Pulwama attack, which has triggered the ban. “It is their (Centre’s) mistake. They knew that the attack was going to happen. Where did the explosives late city FORMER MALDIVES PRESIDENT STAGES A COMEBACK IN POLLS PAGE 13 CONFRONTING SILENT EPIDEMIC /thetribunechd ! Mehbooba Mufti, PDP CHIEF It’s turning into a humanitarian HOW TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS IMPACT VALLEY disaster. People in ■ 10,000 vehicles enter & and Budgam — accessible dire need to travel only through highway leave Srinagar from north, stuck in a state of helplessness. south Kashmir every hour ■ 3 govt, 5 private hospitals @jandkgovernor needs to scrap ■ 200 major intersections located along the highway inhumanorder. Sajad Lone, JKPC CHIEF along Srinagar-Qazigund highway ■ 5 of 10 districts — Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam — covered ■ 2 districts — Bandipora come from? Modi had to win the elections, so he did this ‘karnama’,” he said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, leading a party protest, said they would move court. “It is not an occupational ■ 6 top private schools, scores of govt schools, colleges located on it ■ 40 companies comprising 3,000 security men deployed to secure highway force. If the Government of India thinks by such acts they will suppress people, it is wrong. We will defy the ban. We will go to court tomorrow against the decision. We have every right to ❝ Special passes were given to 493 vehicles falling in the exempted category. An official spokesman use these roads. I urge everyone to defy the ban,” she said. Commuters on the 161-km stretch in Kashmir, which interconnects different districts and serves as a lifeline for continued on page 11 Cong: Pact with AAP , if at all, only in Delhi Rules out alliance in Punjab, Haryana Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 7 The Congress today said it would go it alone in Haryana and Punjab in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and there would be no alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party or any other party in these states. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala made the announcement, saying, “There is no conversation with AAP or with any other party on any electoral alliance either in Punjab or in Haryana. In these states, we will fight alone.” Asked if the long speculated Congress and AAP alliance in Delhi will come through any time soon, Surjewala said the matter was under discussion and Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit will take a call. “We will soon announce the development as and when there is any. Wait for a while,” Surjewala said after Congress president Rahul Gandhi recently left the decision to the state unit. The Congress and AAP have remained engaged in prolonged discussions on seat sharing in Delhi, with AAP even exerting pressure on the Congress through NCP chief Sharad Pawar and TMC president conversation ❝ There’s noAAPinHaryana or alliance with or Punjab. We are soon going to declare our candidates. Randeep Surjewala, CONG MEDIA HEAD Mamata Banerjee. AAP had proposed a formula under which there would be a threestate alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. The Congress has, however, steadfastly refused any understanding with AAP in Punjab or Haryana. In Haryana, too, the Congress is preparing to go it alone. It now remains to be seen whether Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal stitches a pact with the Congress in Delhi after the party openly rejected his condition for seat sharing in Haryana and Punjab. In Delhi, the two parties are said to be discussing an alliance of 4-3 seats, with four in favour of AAP . The BJP has also kept its Delhi strategy close to the chest and is awaiting the outcome of Congress-AAP talks. Tourist, pilot die in 185 candidates, Nizamabad MEA: Pak’s action HPparaglider crash poll cost pegged at ~35 crore remark ‘hysterical’ Mandi, April 7 Two persons were killed when their paraglider crashed in Kullu district today. The deceased have been identified as Althwaf Bachu (23), a tourist from Kerala, and pilot Naresh Kumar (25), a native of Kullu district. The deceased tourist had gone to Dobhi along with his friends to enjoy paragliding. Around 1 pm, the paraglider took off, but Naresh Kumar lost control over it. While Bachu died on the spot, the pilot succumbed to injuries at the Regional Hospital, Kullu. Kullu Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the post-mortem of the deceased would be conducted tomorrow. The family of the deceased has been informed about the incident. The police have registered a case and investigation is on. In the past six months, over 10 paragliders have crashed at different places in Kangra and adjoining Mandi districts, injuring 10 persons. Several organisations have demanded a ban on tandem flights. Though the authorities have laid down rules and guidelines, these are hardly followed. Checks are carried out only when reports of illegal flying are published. Billing in Kangra district is among the top 10 paragliding sites in the world. During the World Cup in October last year, Singaporean pilot Kok Chang died after his paraglider crash landed in the high mountains of Dhauladhars. — TNS 170 farmers in fray against CM’s daughter as mark of protest Hyderabad, April 7 With 185 candidates, including over 170 farmers, in the fray for the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat, the cost of making arrangements for the April 11 poll would be about Rs 35 crore, Rs 15 crore more than the average. This is in addition to the procurement cost of a large number of EVMs that are required. Nizamabad hit the headlines after over 170 farmers filed nominations as a mark of protest, alleging that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi had failed to ensure minimum support price for turmeric and red jowar (sorghum) produce and in getting a Turmeric Board established in Nizamabad. MEGA OPERATION IN TELANGANA ON APRIL 11 ■ In view of the large number of contestants, 12 Ballot Units (BUs) would be coupled in a series and attached to a Control Unit in inverted 'L' shape ■ The Election Commission is using M3 type EVMs, which can support up to 24 BUs. Each BU will have 24 names ■ EC deploys 15 to 16 engineers in a constituency for troubleshooting, 600 is the count for Nizamabad seat ■ EC norm is to have one magistrate for every 10 polling sta- tions, here it would be one for every five polling stations ■ One helicopter will be kept on standby in case a large number of EVMs have to be airlifted ■ The major component of expenditure will be the TA/DA of poll officials Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter and sitting MP Kavitha is seeking re-election here. A section of contestants had last week moved the HC to postpone the poll date so as to give them time for campaigning. The court posted the matter for April 8. — PTI New Delhi, April 7 India today said it reserved the right of swift reprisal in case Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s “irresponsible” statement caused it to suffer another cross-border attack. It described Qureshi’s statement about another imminent attack on Pakistan by this month-end as a “public gimmick that appears to be a call to terrorists based on its soil to undertake a cross-border terror attack”. The Ministry of External Affairs saw the “`hysterical statements” as an attempt to obfuscate the core issue of cross-border terrorism and advised Pakistan to use the established diplomatic and DGMO channels to share any actionable and credible intelligence it had on imminent terror attacks. The MEA statement came after Qureshi said Pakistan had “reliable intelligence” that India is planning to attack again between April 16 and 20. In an attempt to internationalise the bilateral dispute, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmima Janjua held an emergency briefing of P-5 envoys (US, the UK, France, Russia and China) on Friday, asking the international community to “take notice of this irresponsible behaviour and restrain India from embarking on this path”. India has upped the ante after major attacks on security forces in Uri and Pulwama, with counter-reprisals by its conventional forces. — TNS Family of artists & legacy of ‘most talented’ Sunder Singh, 17 Son of famous fresco painter Gian Singh and brother of iconic GS Sohan Singh, he was martyred that fateful day 13 COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 7 Just before his death in the early 1950s, fresco painter Gian Singh ‘Naqqash’ handed over two elegantlyframed, stunningly sharp pencil sketches to his youngest son and told him to take care of the only “nishaani” of his departed son. One depicted a Sikh performing ‘ardaas’ and the other a fresco painting. The sketches are the only testimony to the great talent of Sunder Singh, who fell to bullets aged 17 at Jallianwala Bagh. These now hang from a wall at the family’s studio outside Golden Temple. Sunder Singh was the elder son of Gian Singh, the famous fresco painter who had worked at Darbar Sahib for 33 years. He had great hopes from his talented son, who had started drawing at a very young age. Sunder was very fond of attending mass gatherings. So, on the fateful day of April 13, 1919, Gian Singh took him as well as his younger son Jagat Singh along to Jallianwala Bagh, which was a stone’s throw away from their house. When the firing started, Gian Singh managed to escape but got separated from his sons. Jagat Singh, who later became a renowned ayurvedic expert, was found injured among the dead. Sunder wasn’t as lucky. His body was found with one bullet piercing through his neck and another, his stomach. Gian Singh’s grandson Surinder Singh, who in his eighties is struggling to save the family legacy, says the family had to take a loan of Rs 150 at heavy interest to perform Sunder’s last rites. Besides interest, as per the agreement, Gian Singh’s youngest son Sohan (the famous painter GS Sohan Singh) would port a pitcher of water morning and evening at the moneylender’s shop. Surinder Singh shows the sketch of his late uncle Sunder Singh, who fell to bullets aged 17 at Jallianwala Bagh. VISHAL KUMAR Later, the money swelled into a debt and was paid off when the British government gave a compensation of Rs 3,716 to the family for Sunder’s killing. But the bigger pain for Gian Singh was losing his talented Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. son. Even in his last days, Gian Singh regretted why he had taken him along that fateful day. “My most talented son didn’t deserve to go that way,” he would often say. It was a few years after Sunder’s death that he again saw hope when he noticed Sohan Singh drawing sharp lines. He had started making beautiful sketches, just like his brother. He rose to become an iconic painter and was known as the last master of fresco in the Sikh school of painting. From generation to generation, Sunder’s tale has been passed on in this family of artists. A few years after his death, Gian Singh stumbled upon Sunder’s photograph in an international magazine. Everybody was surprised how it figured there. The mystery was solved when the family came to know that the photographer was documenting various styles of turbans and had clicked Sunder while he was playing at the stairs of Darbar Sahib. The two sketches and the photograph have become an important treasure for the family. Four decades back, Sohan Singh had immortalised that only photograph of Sunder with his magical hands: with a young, smiling Sunder in the centre and people falling to bullets around him, he created a sketch of Jallianwala Bagh. As you walk out of the studio, a question repeatedly haunts you: how many Sunder Singhs fell to the bullets that afternoon? TOMORROW The family where newlyweds first bow before Jallianwala Bagh Ranike is SAD pick for crucial Faridkot seat Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 7 Former Punjab minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s most prominent Dalit face after Gurdev Singh Badal, is the party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Faridkot. A two-time minister, he was forced to resign in 2012 following embezzlement of funds from his discretionary quota. He was reinstated after an inquiry commission absolved him of all charges. Ranike is up against singer Mohd Sadiq of Congress, sitting MP Sadhu Singh, who is AAP’s candidate again, and Master Baldev Singh of Punjabi Ekta Party. Ranike is a Mazhbi Sikh, which is the dominant caste amongst Dalits in this reserved constituency. Party leaders say though he hails from Majha region, he was chosen because of his stature as a Dalit leader (he heads SAD’s Scheduled Caste wing). Faridkot is a crucial seat for Akali Dal: Burj Jawaharsinghwala, Bargari and Behbal Kalan — the three places that saw incidents of sacrilege in 2015 -— come under the constituency. It is also here, in the new epicentre of Panthic politics, that the party faced its worst showing in the 2017 Assembly polls and where it is finding the going tough to reconnect with its traditional vote base. This constituency is spread over four districts of Malwa region: Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar and Bathinda.
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