12042019-TTC-01.qxd 12-04-2019 01:32 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.100 | 20 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, april 12,2019 Bihar sees lowest turnout, Bengal tops ! late city Anandpur Sahibseat for Tewari, Sangrur Dhillon PHASE- I AP, Arunachal, Sikkim vote for state Assemblies; brisk polling in Naxal-hit areas 2 killed in Andhra; Cong clears four candidates for Haryana Tribune News Service will be awaited on May 23 EVM glitches, from this phase will be that of New Delhi, April 11 Union Minister Nitin GadThe festival of democracy in kari, who was challenged in India got underway today with Nagpur constituency by forfate of 1,239 candidates, includ- mer BJP MP Nana Patole, ing Union Ministers and now with the Congress. prominent political leaders Of the states that to went to across the spectrum, sealed in the polls, Andhra Pradesh, electronic voting machines Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim across 91 seats in 20 states and simultaneously voted for their Union Territories at the end of Assemblies as well as to the the first phase of polling. Lok Sabha in a single phase. The Election Commission The Assembly elections were described the held in Odisha too process of polling as along with the first “by and large peaceof the three-part parBALLOT ful barring sporadic liamentary polls. incidents”, includIn the four Bihar ing efforts by Leftconstituencies, the Defending 32 seats, wing extremists in more at stake for BJP poll percentage Chhattisgarh to pre- PM: Oppn resorting to stood at 50, lowest vent voting by causamong all states, scaremongering ing an IED blast near EC: Ensure convicts on sealing the fate of Narayanpur or putLok Janshakti Parparole keep off ting up a roadblock ty sitting MP ChiPAGES 2, 7 that did not deter the rag Paswan among voters as the turnout was others. On the other hand, around 56 per cent. West Bengal, which voted for The heartening feature was two seats, recorded the highthe 77 per cent polling in est turnout at 81 per cent. The Chhattisgarh’s Shyamgiri TMC, which had won both where a blast this Tuesday Cooch Behar and Alipurduar killed five persons, including seats, is being challenged priBJP MLA Bheema Mandavi. marily by the BJP . However, in Maharashtra’s Telangana too completed Gadhchiroli-Chimur con- voting for its 17 Parliament stituency, polling could not be seats with over 60 per cent held at four stations, fresh turnout. The state also entered date for which will be into record books with Nizamannounced later, the EC said. abad constituency witnessing continued on page 11 Yet, the contest whose result names ‘missing’ Tribune News Service MAHA 2019 An elderly couple with inked fingers after casting their vote in the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha General Election, at a polling station in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Thursday. PTI 91 20 SEATS Schoolboy killed in Kupwara Tribune News Service STATES/UTs 1,239 CANDIDATES State Seats %age West Bengal 2 81 Andhra Pradesh 25 66 Odisha 4 66 Uttar Pradesh 8 63.69 Telangana 17 60 Uttarakhand 5 57.85 J&K 2 57 Chhattisgarh 1 56 Bihar 4 50 Baramulla/Jammu, April 11 An overall 57.31 per cent turnout was registered in J&K’s Baramulla and Jammu parliamentary constituencies in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections today even as the polling ended on a violent note with the killing of a Class VII boy. Owais Ahmed Mir, 14, of Langate in frontier Kupwara district was killed in clashes after security personnel were attacked by Seat Baramulla Jammu %age 35 72 locals soon after polling ended. “The boy suffered multiple pellet injuries in the skull, neck, chest and abdomen and was brought dead,” said the Medical Superintendent of Handwara sub-district hospital. Earlier, the Baramulla seat recorded 35 per cent polling, while the Jammu seat saw 72 per cent voting. IN RECKONING Cop ‘guilty’ of framing man, raping his wife CBI probe indicts Jalandhar ASI Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Vice Admiral Bimal Verma Admiral Verma files complaint with MoD Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 11 Vice Admiral Bimal Verma today filed a ‘statutory complaint’ with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) contesting the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Indian Navy. The application has been filed, sources confirmed today. The application has to be responded to within a specified time period. This is an “internal remedy” to address any grievance. This comes after the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), on Tuesday, asked Vice Admiral Verma to explore all remedies before filing a plea before the AFT. He had withdrawn his plea from the AFT and the ‘statutory complaint’ has been filed with MoD. Admiral Verma is the commander-in-chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. He has asked why he was overlooked as the next Navy chief despite being the senior-most in the line of command. The government last month named Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as next chief of the naval staff, succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 31. Chandigarh, April 11 A CBI probe has “established” that a Jalandhar man was not only falsely implicated in a drugs case, but an ASI demanded and accepted ~50,000 from his wife as illegal gratification for not registering a criminal case and also raped her. When the accused moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after eight months in jail and his wife’s alleged rape by the moneydemanding investigating officer, the best he hoped for was bail. But Justice Rajan Gupta of the High Court ordered a CBI probe after the Bench was told that the same officer, ASI Gyan Ishwar, had poured acid in the mouth of another accused following his refusal to admit his role in contraband smuggling. The petitioner-accused, name withheld to protect his wife’s identity, was seeking regular bail in a case registered against him on August 12, 2017, under the NDPS Act at Maqsudan police station in Jalandhar. The police had claimed that the accused was found in possession of 160 grams of intoxicant power containing alprazolam. During the course of hearing, his counsel referred to the petition to submit that the ASI concerned started demanding money from his wife after implicating him in the case. The officer also started visiting the petitioner’s house before harassing his wife. “Ultimately, he raped her,” he added. continued on page 11 Aditi Tandon New Delhi, April 11 The Congress tonight cleared the candidature of former Union ministers Manish Tewari from Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat and Kumari Selja from Ambala in Haryana. The party’s central election committee chaired by president Rahul Gandhi met this evening to decide the four pending seats in Punjab and all 10 Lok Sabha segments in Haryana. The committee is learnt to have cleared two candidates in Punjab — Manish Tewari from Anandpur Sahib and former MLA Kewal Dhillon from Sangrur. With this, the Congress has fielded two Hindu faces — Tewari and Sunil Jakhar — in Punjab. Four candidates have been cleared for Haryana — sitting MP Deepender Singh Hooda repeated from Rohtak; former minister Selja from Ambala; state president Ashok Tanwar from Sirsa and state legislature party leader Kiran Choudhry’s daughter Shruti Choudhry from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh. Shruti was the MP from the seat in 2009. A formal announcement on the nominations will be made soon. Tewari, who had applied Hyderabad, April 11 Two workers of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress (YSRCP) were killed in a clash at Veerapuram village in the Tadipatri Assembly constituency of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Similar skirmishes were reported in other parts of the state. Polling in Telangana was largely peaceful, but voters were disappointed at several places on finding their names missing. Initial reports put the polling percentage in Telangana at 60.57 per cent and Andhra at 65 per cent. Andhra Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad was reportedly attacked in Sattenapali constituency of Guntur district. In Puthalapattu, police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse TDP and YSRCP workers. In Narasaraopet, sitting MLA and YSRCP candidate Gopireddy Srinivasa Reddy sustained injuries in an attack. A Jana Sena Party candidate was arrested for allegedly damaging an EVM while several YSRCP polling agents reportedly vandalised EVMs at the Panakalapalem polling centre in Guntur district. continued on page 11 Tribune News Service MANISH TEWARI KEWAL DHILLON HARYANA NOMINEES DEEPENDER HOODA ROHTAK KUMARI SELJA AMBALA ASHOK TANWAR SHRUTI CHOUDHRY SIRSA BHIWANI-M'GARH for the Chandigarh seat, was accommodated in Anandpur Sahib after days of suspense over his nomination. The state screening committee had earlier given his name to the central committee for Anandpur Sahib but Rahul had kept the seat pending. With Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and AICC continued on page 11 Haryana told to identify, shut units polluting Yamuna at once Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service ‘MODI NOT INVINCIBLE, WAIT FOR RESULT’ There have been people in Indian history who believed they were invincible. Modi ji has done nothing for the people.His invincibility will be there for all to see after the polls. ❝ Sonia Gandhi, UPA CHAIRPERSON POLL AFFIDAVIT: IRANI NOT GRADUATE Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Smriti Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday submitted to the EC that she did not complete Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning. In her 2014 affidavit, she had reportedly said she was a graduate. PTI DETAILED REPORT PAGE 7 Panipat, April 11 Untreated industrial waste is polluting the Yamuna in Yamunanagar, Panipat and Sonepat districts, says a report of the Yamuna Pollution Monitoring Committee constituted on the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Acting on the report, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to identify and shut erring units in Yamunanagar, Panipat and Kundli in Sonepat district with immediate effect for not complying with the norms prescribed under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. A joint team of the CPCB and the Central Council for Industrial Research (CSIR)-National continued on page 11 A tanker releases industrial waste into a Yamuna drain in Panipat. Untreated industrial waste going into the river, says panel constituted on NGT directions SAMPLES FROM SONEPAT, PANIPAT, Y’NAGAR ■ A Central team monitored water quality in Sonepat, Panipat & Yamunanagar from Dec 24 to 27 last year without informing state pollution board officials ■ It was found that industrial waste was being directly released into the river without treatment, says its report ■ The river water failed to meet the primary criterion — bathing water quality standard — at all monitored locations No festivities in April, Amritsar’s Behals mourn their kin Vishav Bharti 13 Tribune News Service Mahesh with a picture of his grandfather Hari Ram Behal, who fell to bullets during Jallianwala Bagh firing. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Amritsar, April 11 It was Baisakhi. Ratan Devi had prepared kheer, her husband Hari Ram Behal’s favourite sweet dish. But he was in tearing haste that day. “I will be back in a couple of hours,” he told her as he left the house. A couple of hours later, his body was brought home. It had two bullets — one in the stomach and another in the leg. He was No 19 on the list of Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims. COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Ratan Devi lived with regret all through her life. Each time she recalled that fateful day, she would break into tears. A hundred years have passed since then. Neither is kheer cooked, nor sweets brought home by Hari Ram’s children during the month of April. “We don’t attend weddings or buy new clothes either,” says Mahesh Behal, one of the grandsons. A petition writer, who understood the legal implications of the Rowlatt Act, Hari Ram joined the campaign against the legislation on Mahatma Gandhi’s call. He was a staunch follower of the Arya Samaj and an untiring activist. Mahesh points at a large framed photograph of his grandfather. “How could a man who knew how to use the pen even in those times remain silent on such a draconian law?” he observes. Jallianwala Bagh is not too far from Chowk Passian where the Behals have been living for generations. Mahesh recalls his grandmother continued on page 11 WIKILEAKS’ ASSANGE HELD IN LONDON London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its asylum which had allowed him to take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the last seven years. PAGE 16
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