13042019-TTC-01.qxd 4/13/2019 1:16 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.101 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, april 13,2019 NITISH SENT KISHOR WITH PROPOSAL TO MERGE JD(U), RJD: RABRI PAGE 7 JET AIRWAYS TOLD TO UPDATE PASSENGERS ABOUT FLIGHTS 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE PAGE 16 /thetribunechd Anthony raid: IG for FIR against 2 ASIs /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Electoral bond to stay Sharma quits HP Cabinet, says us alone’ SC asks parties to list donors in sealed cover to EC ‘leave Chauhan Pratibha 100 years on... Tribune News Service Satya Prakash Jalandhar, April 12 Days after ~6.66 crore allegedly went missing in the Khanna police raid on the premises of Father Anthony Madasserry on March 29, Punjab IG (Crime) Praveen Kumar Sinha today recommended an FIR against two ASIs and one Surinder Singh. In a report submitted to the Punjab DGP Sinha said , the case needed to be investigated in detail. The DGP has reportedly decided to form a new SIT under Sinha, Jalandhar Commissioner of Police, Patiala SSP and Punjab AIG (Crime). A day after the raid, Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya had said that unaccounted continued on page 7 SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 21, INJURES 50 IN QUETTA MARKET PAGE 17 Tribune News Service (From right) Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, state Congress incharge Asha Kumari, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and state Congress president Sunil Jakhar lead a candlelight march to pay tribute to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR EDIT: THE DAY WE LEARNT DEFIANCE New Delhi, April 12 The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the electoral bonds scheme but ordered all political parties to submit in sealed covers details of donations received by them to the Election Commission. In an interim order, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked them to furnish names of donors, the amount received through electoral bonds along with bank accounts to the poll panel. Details of electoral bonds received by them up to May 15 will have to be submitted by May 30, it said. “The sealed covers will remain in the custody of the EC and will abide by such orders as may be passed by the court,” it added. The top court said it would examine in detail the validity of changes made in laws — income tax, electoral and banking — through Finance Act 2017 to bring them in consonance with the electoral bond scheme later. “…the rival contentions give rise to weighty issues which have a tremendous bearing on the sanctity of the electoral process. Such issues would require an in-depth hearing which cannot be concluded and the issues answered within the limited time that is available before the process of funding through the electoral bonds comes to a closure…,” the Bench said. “The court, therefore, has to ensure that any interim arrangement that may be made would not tilt the balance in favour of either of the parties but that the same ensures adequate safeguards against the competing claims of the parties which are yet to be adjudicated,” it noted. The order came on PILs filed by the Association for Democratic Reforms and two others challenging validity of the electoral bonds scheme. The Centre had defended the donors’ anonymity, saying the new method of political funding was a “policy decision” even as the Election Commission questioned it for lack of transparency. Rakesh Dwivedi, representing EC, had said that “anonymity must go”. Tribune News Service Shimla, April 12 Himachal Power Minister Anil Sharma today tendered his resignation from the Jai Ram Thakur Cabinet, days after his father, former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, quit the BJP to join Congress, saying the CM should talk of development and leave his family alone. TAKES JIBE AT CM want to tell the ❝ Ime and my familyCM to leave alone as we know how to chart our course. You (Thakur) worry about development and becoming a true leader Anil Sharma, POWER MINISTER Remembering dark day in UK history Book drug convicts for money Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, writes on the epochal event 13 COMMEMORATES JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY T ODAY, we remember a dark day in the UK’s history. As Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier this week, the tragedy that occurred at Jallianwala Bagh a hundred years ago is a ‘shameful scar’ on the UK’s past. We deeply regret what happened. Veterans write to Prez on forces’ politicisation, 2 claim they didn’t Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 12 A letter written by retired military veterans to President Ram Nath Kovind to protest “politicisation of the forces” and purportedly endorsed by eight former Chiefs of the armed forces led to a controversy today. Within hours of the letter getting reported in the media, two former Chiefs — General SF Rodrigues and Air Chief Marshal NC Suri — denied having endorsed the letter. By afternoon, another retired Chief, Admiral L Ramdas, wrote an email to both with screen-shots of an emailed conversation in which Gen Rodrigues and Air Chief Marshal Suri had separately endorsed the protest letter on April 8 and April 9, respectively. Maj Priyadarshi Chowdhary (retd), who had put out the letter in public domain, responded on Twitter: “We have proof of endorsement.” The other 154 signatories have not backed down from endorsing the letter, which appeals to the President to ensure that the “secular” and “apolitical character” of the armed forces is preserved. The President is the Supreme Commander. continued on page 7 Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. It was an event whose brutality was recognised at the time, and has been repeatedly to this day. On this anniversary, I take heart from the consistency and strength of my government’s regret across time and across the political spectrum. My great-grandfather HH Asquith, who was Prime Minister between 1908 and 1916, called it “one of the worst outrages in the whole of our history”. Her Majesty the Queen has spoken of it as a distressing example of our past history with India, deeply regretting the suffering caused. Former Prime Minister David Cameron described it as a “deeply shameful act”. The events, our role and its implications are still debated ‘WILL NEVER FORGET’ What happened has not been, and will not be, forgotten... Today is a time to pause, remember and regret. But tomorrow I will look forward once again, determined to continue our shared ambition to build a better future. Dominic Asquith ❝ by my country’s leadership to this day, most recently by the House of Lords in February and by Parliament on Tuesday this week. What happened has not been, and will not be, forgotten. On this anniversary, I am conscious of how many there are, not just in India, whose minds are turned towards Amritsar and to the events of April 13, 1919. I approach today with deep sympathy for the victims and their families, and with remorse for the legacy of trauma. I reflect on the shame that my great-grandfather must have felt at the time, and the collective horror of the British people across the last century, on learning how their name has been tarnished. continued on page 7 laundering, HC tells Haryana Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 12 In a judgment that will change the way drug peddlers are dealt with, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to book with- in three months all drug trafficking convicts in Haryana for money laundering. Virtually rebuking the state for not doing enough, the Bench took upon itself the task of guiding the police by issuing 25 “mandatory” directions for eradicating the men- ace, including directions to the DGP to revamp, restructure and strengthen the Special Task Force and deployment of cops in mufti from 8 am to 6 pm around all educational institutions. “It is intriguing to note that students are getting continued on page 7 Sharma sent his resignation to the CM’s office here this morning. “The CM was unable to take a decision on my future and after his remarks against me and my family in Mandi yesterday, I thought it wise to put in my papers,” said Sharma. “The CM said a lot that had hurt me and my family. His remark that he had lost faith in me was the final straw. I wanted to put an end to the continued on page 7
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