11042019-TTC-01.qxd 11-04-2019 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.99 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, april 11,2019 100 NAXALS MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN CHHATTISGARH AMBUSH PAGE 11 NETANYAHU POISED FOR FIFTH TERM AS ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER WORLD /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 ! late city APEX COURT TURNS DOWN LALU’S BAIL PETITION BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com SC allows ‘stolen’ papers for Rafale review petition Yasin Malik held by NIA in terror funding case Court rejects govt objections |To decide plea on merits Satya Prakash Tribune News Service It’s over to voters in 91 constituencies today The starter’s gun for 17th LS will go off on Thursday. Over the next seven weeks, contestants will be out seeking a seat in the next House. PAGE 2 Congress stalwarts, wards lead ticket race in Haryana Haryana Congress stalwarts and their wards are leading the race for nominations with the chorus growing for Bhupinder Hooda to contest from Sonepat. PAGE 2 Cong-AAP alliance not possible: Sanjay Singh Amid suspense over whether the Congress and AAP will ally in Delhi, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the alliance wasn’t possible because the Congress was unwilling to give and take. He said, “In Punjab, AAP has four MPs and 20 MLAs and the Congress does not want to share seat there. In Delhi, where the Congress does not have any MLA or MP it , wants three seats from us. So, this pact is not possible.” TNS New Delhi, April 10 In a setback to the NDA government on the eve of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the Supreme Court today rejected its objections and decided to rely on fresh documents to decide a review petition in the Rafale deal case. “There is no provision in the Official Secrets Act and no such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice by which Parliament has vested any power in the executive arm of the government either to restrain publication of documents marked as secret or from placing such documents before a Court of Law, which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue concerning the parties,” said a Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph. Justice Joseph, who agreed with the CJI and Justice Kaul, delivered a separate but concurring judgment giving certain additional reasons for rejecting the government’s objections against considering the new documents. The review petition will now be decided on merits after considering the new documents MoD CONCERN: SENSITIVE INFO IN PUBLIC DOMAIN New Delhi: The main concern of the Centre relates to availability of sensitive and classified information concerning national security in the public domain, the Ministry of Defence said. The petitioners have relied upon documents, some of which could not have been placed in public domain, it said. The Centre has already raised an relied upon by petitioners Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan. The NDA government had signed a deal with France in 2016 for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore in flyaway condition. Alleging irregularities, Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan had sought a probe into the deal. But the Bench had on December 14 dismissed the petition, holding there was no commercial favouritism and occasion to “really doubt the decision-making objection that while considering the review petition, the said documents may not be considered, as they are classified. It is reiterated that the petitioners are using documents with the intention to present a selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations on a matter relating to national security and defence, the MoD said. The documents presented by the petitioners fail to bring out how the issues were addressed and resolved and necessary approvals of the competent authorities taken, it said. PTI process” warranting setting aside of the contract. The controversy in the review petition relates to three documents — an eight-page note dated June 1, 2016, written by three members of Indian Negotiating Team for Rafale deal and two “secret” documents — Note-18 of the Ministry of Defence and Note-10 written by Ministry of Defence Deputy Secretary SK Sharma relied upon in the review petition. Attorney General KK Venugopal had questioned the admissibility of the three documents “stolen” from the Continued on page 7 More on page 7 National Conference workers protest highway restrictions as an Army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday. MOHD AMIN WAR MHA defends highway ban, protests continue in Kashmir New Delhi/Srinagar, April 10 Facing criticism for closing down the National Highway connecting Jammu with Srinagar, the Union Home Ministry today cited statistics to claim the ban was for only 15 per cent of total weekly hours. Underlining that the ban became necessary in the backdrop of the Pulwama terror attack, it said the step has been taken for ensuring safe movement of forces till May 31. The statement comes at a time when the ministry has to file its reply to the Jammu May stops short of apology for Jallianwala On centenary of massacre, British PM describes it as ‘shameful scar’ on British Indian history London, April 10 British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history, but stopped short of a formal apology sought by a crosssection of Parliament in previous debates. In a statement, marking the 100th anniversary of the massacre, at the start of her weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, she reiterated the “regret” already expressed by the British Government. ‘AS QUEEN SAID IN 1997, DISTRESSING EXAMPLE’ The tragedy is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Her Majesty the Queen (Elizabeth II) said before visiting Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India ❝ Theresa May, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER The massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army troops, under the command of Col Reginald Dyer, fired at a crowd holding a pro-Independence demonstration. According to British records, 379 persons were killed and 1,200 injured. “We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased that today the UK-India relationship is one of collaboration, partnership, prosperity and security. Indian diaspora makes an enormous contri- bution to British society and I am sure the whole House wishes to see the UK’s relationship with India continue to flourish,” she said. In response, Opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded that those who lost their lives in the massacre deserve a “full, clear and unequivocal apology for what took place”. May’s statement comes a day after British MPs at Westminster Hall of the Parliament complex debated the issue of a formal apology for the massacre to mark its centenary this Saturday. Foreign Office Minister Mark Field had told MPs that he had been “compelled” by the arguments to raise the issue of going further than the “deepest regret” expressed over the killings during the British Raj. “I feel we perhaps need to go further... I have now been persuaded to take a different approach,” he said, adding that the government had to also consider the “financial implications” of any apology for events of the past. “These issues are an important way of trying to draw a continued on page 7 and Kashmir High Court, which has directed it to respond by April 19 to a bunch of petitions challenging the decision. The ministry said the total duration of prohibition is for 24 hours out of 168 hours in a week, which amounts to only 15 per cent of the time. “The state government... has already clarified that of seven days in a week, only reasonable restrictions have been imposed, that too for 12 hours, two days in a week. This has been done to ensure safe movement of forces and Imran takes U-turn, says there’s a better chance of peace if BJP wins Islamabad, April 10 Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP wins the General Election. On an earlier occasion, he had expressed reservations about talks going ahead if the BJP were to win again. The Pakistan PM said other parties would be afraid of a right-wing backlash in case of settlement on the central issue of Kashmir. Dyer, O’Dwyer couldn’t gag ‘Voice of the People’ The Tribune was unsparing in its criticism of colonial excesses, championed civil liberties 13 COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY Vikramdeep Johal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 10 Days before the Jallianwala Bagh bloodbath, The Tribune wrote two hard-hitting, cautionary editorials, titled ‘A Colossal Blunder’ and ‘Blazing Indiscretion’. Both proved amazingly prophetic, foreshadowing the mayhem unleashed by the colonial rulers. The first editorial (March 21, 1919) questioned the government’s “extraordinarily unwise” action of going ahead with the draconian Rowlatt Bills. “We can only hope it (government) will have the chivalry and the fairness to accept all the responsibility for the consequences that will follow, consequences in the shape of constitutional agitation of unprecedented magnitude and strength both for the reversal of this particular measure and the making of a recurrence of the present disaster impossible in future,” wrote The Tribune, then based in Lahore. The other editorial (April 10) was a scathing indictment of the ruthless policies of Michael O’Dwyer, then Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab province. Pulling no punches, the newspaper asserted: “But our strongest objection is to the spirit and temper which Sir Michael O’Dwyer brings to the discussion. His Honour knows, as we all do, that the atmosphere is highly surcharged, that the public mind is in a 5 CRUCIAL QUESTIONS POSED BY THE TRIBUNE IN 1919 In its edition dated December 7, 1919, The Tribune asked five key questions based on Brigadier General Reginald Dyer’s deposition before the Hunter Committee: 1 Was the General justified in taking no step between 12:30 pm, when he first heard that a meeting was going to take place, and 4:30 pm, when the meeting did take place, to prevent the crowd from assembling? 2 Was he justified in opening fire without warning and without giving an opportunity to the gathering to disperse? 3 Was he justified in not stopping the firing when he found that with the very opening of fire the crowd had begun to disperse? 4 Was it necessary for him to continue, and was he justified in continuing to fire until ammunition had run short and about 500 men had been killed and at least thrice as many men had been wounded? THE TRIBUNE EDITORIALS: ‘A Colossal Blunder’ (March 21, 1919) and ‘Blazing Indiscretion’ (April 10, 1919). 5 Was he justified in leaving the wounded to their fate, and taking no step to render first aid to them? The newspaper made it clear that “to all properly constituted minds, these questions admit of but one answer” — an unequivocal ‘no’ — and went on to demonstrate how unconvincing were the General’s answers. A century later, Britain continues to maintain silence on The Tribune’s probing posers. Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. at the same time minimising the inconvenience to public.” Meanwhile, political parties held protests against the highway ban on April 7 as well as today. Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has termed this order a reflection of a BJP-led mindset of turning Kashmir into a colony like the British-era. The Army has already stated that it is not going to follow the order of the state government as it will continue to run its convoys as per the need, officials said. — TNS/PTI New Delhi, April 10 The National Investigation Agency today arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik in connection with a terror funding case. A local court has remanded Malik in the agency’s custody till April 22. The NIA said the court had granted police remand in connection with a case relating to funding of terror and separatist groups in the state. Malik was produced before Special Judge Rakesh Syal. The NIA arrested him inside the courtroom and sought his 15-day custodial interrogation. The proceedings in the case were heard in-camera. Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail yesterday after the NIA secured his production remand. He would now face NIA questions on funding of his organisation. Malik faces charges of being involved in abducting Rubaiya Sayeed (daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed) in 1989 and in the killing of four IAF personnel in 1990. The JKLF was recently banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terror activities, pelting security forces with stones, burning down of schools and damaging property. — TNS state of unusual excitement. At such a time, a wise ruler would do all he could to allay the public feeling, to utter the soft word that turneth away wrath. The exact reverse of this policy Sir Michael O’Dwyer follows.” It was such bold writing, unjustly dubbed seditious by the repressive powersthat-be, that led to the arrest and incarceration of the Editor, Kalinath Ray; the newspaper was fined and its publication suspended. Ray was accused of having “published false reports which he had no reasonable ground to believe to be true and which were likely to cause fear and alarm to the public, and promote feelings of enmity and hatred among His Majesty’s subjects”. Pleading “not guilty”, he found a vociferous defender in Mahatma Gandhi, who observed, “In every case… the writer has fortified himself with what he believed to continued on page 7 ‘KASHMIR ISSUE HAS TO BE SETTLED’ Number one task of the two governments is to reduce poverty and that is by settling our differences through dialogue and there is only one difference — Kashmir. The issue has to be settled. Imran Khan, PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER ❝ The PM said Pakistan was taking action against all militants groups, including the JeM. “We have taken the religious schools of these groups under state control. It is the first serious effort to disarm the militant outfits,” he said. He said action was taken because it was important for the future of Pakistan. He also rejected the impression that Pakistan was compelled to taken such an action. In New Delhi, the Opposition, often accused by PM Modi of “speaking Pakistan’s language”, was quick to get back at the BJP — PTI . More on page 7 No release of Modi biopic till polls: EC Order will not impact NaMo TV Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 10 The Election Commission (EC) today disallowed the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha elections, saying any material disturbing the level-playing field for any party or individual should not be displayed. Opposition parties have been calling for a ban on the movie “PM Narendra Modi” in view of the model code of conduct. The EC said it had also received complaints about films “NTR Laxmi” and “Udyama Simham”. The Supreme Court had yesterday dismissed a plea by a Congress activist seeking a stay on the release of the biopic and asked him to raise the matter before the EC. The order, however, has no co-relation with NaMo TV, EC officials said hours after it was suggested that the order might have a bearing on the channel. A clarification was sought from the EC regarding pre-certification of political advertisement on NaMo TV, which is being processed. The order comes just a day before the film’s screening. The biopic was supposed to be released on April 11 after earlier delays. Its release was deferred last week on grounds of pending certification clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which it secured on Tuesday. The original release date was April 12 but it was advanced to April 5 by producers citing public demand.
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).