16042019-TTC-01.qxd 16-04-2019 01:35 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.104 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, april 16,2019 URMILA CRIES THREAT TO LIFE AFTER POLL MEET DISRUPTED PAGE 11 CEMENT PRICES SHOOT UP BY 25% IN PUNJAB IN TWO MONTHS PAGE 12 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 NC veteran Farooq vs novices in Srinagar With only a day of campaigning left in Kashmir valley’s heartland constituency of Srinagar, veteran politician and incumbent Farooq Abdullah faces a competition from novices. PAGE 2 Grand Alliance on firm footing in Seemanchal The Mahagathbandhan in Bihar seems on a strong footing in the Seemanchal region which goes to the polls on April 18. The NDA in this Muslim-dominated region faces a tough challenge. PAGE 2 BJP fields Ravi Kishan from CM Yogi’s bastion The BJP has announced popular Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan as its nominee for Gorakhpur — the constituency UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath represented for five consecutive terms. PAGE 7 late city JET LENDERS UNDECIDED ON FUNDING, BOARD TO MEET TODAY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com EC’s campaign bar on Yogi, Maya We came better off in CM can’t make poll speech for 72 hrs, BSP chief 48 hrs Poll panel says it New Delhi, April 15 Castigating Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati for communal remarks made by them during campaign speeches, the Election Commission in separate orders today barred them from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively. Holding Yogi guilty of breaking the model code of conduct through his speeches, the poll panel said: “Being the CM of a state, Yogi Adityanath has an added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets of the Constitution, including secularism, but also to display the same in his public appearances/speeches as well.” Yogi has been pulled up for calling the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a “virus” as well as for his April 9 speech in which he had said, “If the Congress, SP and BSP have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrangbali (another name for Lord Hanuman).” The panel has barred him from holding public meetings, processions, rallies, roadshows and interviews, public utterances in media, etc, for 72 hours from 6 am on April 16. Meanwhile, the EC has censured Mayawati for 48 hours Satya Prakash YOGI ADITYANATH ■ Rajya Sabha had on January 9 approved amending the Constitution to provide 10% reservation to general category poor in jobs and education ■ Quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) Cabinet, a total of 2,14,766 additional seats will be created. While 1,19,983 additional seats will be created during the 2019-20 academic session, 95,783 seats will be added in 2020-21,” sources said. MAYAWATI AZAM, MANEKA BARRED FROM CANVASSING TOO New Delhi: The EC on Monday barred SP leader Azam Khan and Union minister Maneka Gandhi for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively, for controversial remarks. Khan had made derogatory remarks against BJP candidate from Rampur Jaya Prada, while Gandhi told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the polls are over. PAGE 7 SC CONTEMPT NOTICE TO RAHUL ON RAFALE New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on a criminal contempt petition by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who accused him of making wrong statements about a recent verdict on admissibility of certain documents in the Rafale case. Lekhi said Rahul Gandhi had commented that the “Supreme Court has said that chowkidar chor hai” in its April 10 verdict on Rafale review petitions. PAGE 7 from 6 am on April 16 for her statement asking members of the Muslim community to vote for the SP-BSP coalition at a rally in Deoband on April 7. “Mayawati, being a senior leader, should have desisted herself from making statements that have the under- A sanction of Rs 4,315.15 crore has been approved for the 158 CEIs for implementation of reservation in admission to students belonging to EWS. In pursuance of 103rd Constitutional Amendment and guidelines of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) to provide for 10 per cent reservations for EWS category, without adversely affecting the proportionate reservations for SC/ST an SEBC and also not reducing the seat availability in General category, the HRD Ministry had issued instructions in January to all CEIs to increase the intake of students in all branches of study. The Interim Budget for 2019-20 also provided for an increase of 25 per cent of all seats in CEIs. — PTI tone and propensity to polarise the elections, which is not confined to the constituency where the statement is made,” the EC said. The order comes three days before phase-II of polling. Eight constituencies in UP go to the polls on April 18. — TNS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service 10% QUOTA FOR POOR~4,315 cr for 158 institutions FOR GENERAL CATEGORY Pak air duel: IAF Chief is ‘toothless’, SC set to examine scope of powers Says Rafale, S400 will tilt balance in India’s favour Ajay Banerjee Cabinet clears 2 lakh more seats in education institutes New Delhi, April 15 Over two lakh additional seats will be created in 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) across the country to implement 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), with the Union Cabinet giving a go-ahead on Monday, sources said. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the provisions of reservation in admission for EWS students. According to sources, the HRD Ministry had sought the permission of the Election Commission before moving the proposal in the Cabinet, as the model code of conduct has been enforced ahead of Lok Sabha elections. “With the approval of the ! New Delhi, April 15 The Chief of Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, today said “we came better off” in the air duel with Pakistan on February 27 and added that Rafale and S400 air defence missiles would restore the technological balance in favour of India, which existed at the time of the last standoff, Operation Parakaram in 2002. Speaking at a seminar on “Aerospace power in the 2040s: Impact of Technology”, he said, “Air power is more sensitive to technology.” He gave the example of the Israel-Syria conflict in 1982, referred to as the ‘Bekaa valley’ clash, saying Israel operating fourth generation fighter jets downed Syria’s third generation planes. Talking about the air duel with Pakistan, he said, “We came better off as we had upgraded the MiG-21 Bison and also the Mirage.” “Did they (Pakistan) succeed in their objective? The answer is a clear ‘no’ as the attack was thwarted while we achieved our objective in Balakot; this is the main argument,” he said. The IAF Chief New Delhi, April 15 Taking a serious note of Election Commission’s inaction on alleged hate speeches by BSP supremo Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the ongoing poll campaign, the Supreme Court today sought to know from the poll panel what action it had taken. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also decided to examine the scope of EC’s powers to deal with violation of the model code of conduct after its counsel said it was “toothless” and “powerless” against hate speeches by candidates and political leaders. It asked a representative of the EC “who is well conversant with the issues raised” to be present tomorrow at 10.30 am during the hearing. The top court’s stern stand almost immediately had the desired result as the EC “strongly condemned” and “censured” Mayawati and Adityanath for their communal remarks. EC counsel Amit Sharma told the court continued on page 7 Tribute to Marshal Arjan Singh on birth centenary Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa unveiled a bust to mark the birth centenary of the late Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh, who led IAF during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, and died in 2017 aged 98. A seminar was organised on his 100th birth anniversary. was categorical that a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plane was hit that day. “We have electronic signatures.” Arguing his point, the IAF Chief said, “It’s often stated by the PAF that it lost fewer planes than the IAF in the 1971 war. You (Pakistan) lost half your country for God’s sake. So what difference does it make if you lost a fewer aircraft even if we were to believe your version?” Speaking on technology, he said it affected the IAF the most. Purchase of air-borne INDIA’S SQUAD FOR STARTS MAY30 IN ENGLAND 2019 WORLD CUP Rahul-Kejriwal faceoff over Delhi poll alliance T HE BCCI on Monday announced a 15-member Indian squad for the ICC World Cup. The side, led by Virat Kohli, comprises five specialist batsmen, two wicketkeepers, three fast bowlers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners Virat Kohli (C) Rohit Sharma MS Dhoni (wk) Shikhar Dhawan KL Rahul Dinesh Karthik Kedar Jadhav Hardik Pandya Vijay Shankar Ravindra Jadeja Yuzvendra Chahal Kuldeep Yadav Bhuvneshwar Jasprit Bumrah Mohd Shami PANT MISSES OUT TO KARTHIK Returning to WC squad after 12 years, veteran Dinesh Karthik nudged out young Turk Rishabh Pantin the fight for second wicketkeeper’s slot. Vijay Shankar debuts in WC as number four batsman, Ravindra Jadeja goes in as an all-rounder, while KL Rahul joins in as back-up opener. PAGE 14 Cong points to ‘U-turn’, AAP hits back Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 15 In a fresh turn of events around the ever-unfolding saga of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi alliance, chiefs of two outfits Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal today publicly sparred over the jinxed deal for Lok Sabha polls and blamed one another for the delay in reaching an understanding. In an unusual move, Gandhi took to Twitter to put the onus of failed talks on Kejriwal and said the Congress was still ready for a Delhi-specific pact. Kejriwal hit back, saying the Congress was sabotaging Opposition unity not just in Delhi but also UP and other states and was blaming others for its deeds. “An alliance between the Arvind Kejriwal Rahul Gandhi Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP The Congress is willing . to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U-turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out,” tweeted Gandhi, taunting AAP which wanted to , ally in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh also. The comment provoked Kejriwal to ask Gandhi: “Which U-turn? Talks (on Delhi) were still underway. continued on page 7 radars and intelligence gathering platforms will have to be fast-tracked. The development process of fighter jets and Light Combat Aircraft (LCH) has been slow, he said, adding that he expected the soon-to-be implemented Strategic Partnership model to bring in technologies that will allow production of fifth generation jets and long-range missiles. By the 2030s, over 55 per cent of fighter aircraft would be indigenously manufactured, he said. ‘Near normal’ monsoon this year, says IMD New Delhi, April 15 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted “near normal” southwest monsoon at “96% of the long period average (LPA) with a model error of 5%” for the 2019 season. In its first forecast for JuneSeptember rain, India’s official weather forecaster also did not foresee “strong El Niño conditions” affecting the season. According to M Rajeevan Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, “India is expected to get good rain. We are not worried because of a weak El Niño.” HOW THEY DO IT ■ The long period average Allow women to pray 487 mining FIRs in Y’nagar, just 6 convictions in mosques:Plea in SC High Court raps Haryana GovtI Directs action against police, prosecuting agency, officials Saurabh Malik Pune couple cites Sabarimala order New Delhi, April 15 A Muslim couple from Pune on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the government to allow Muslim women to enter mosques and offer namaz. Asserting Muslim women’s right to equality, right to nondiscrimination and right to religion, Yasmeen Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and her husband Zuber Ahmad Nazir Ahmad Peerzade said Muslim women should be allowed “to pray in the musalla without being separated by a barrier, including in the front and in mixed-gender congregational lines”. They cited the example of Mecca, where “the faithful, both men and women, together circumambulate the Kaaba”. Besides, most sacred mosques in the world equally embrace both men and women, they submitted. Citing the SC’s verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, the petitioner couple said, “The court held that ‘religion cannot be used as cover to deny rights of worship to women’. ” They demanded that all fatwas restraining Muslim women should be quashed. Pointing out that there was no mention of gender segregation in the Quran or Hadith, they contended that such practices were repugnant to basic dignity of women. — TNS DAMAGE TO YAMUNA EMBANKMENT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 15 Just 1 per cent conviction rate in cases of illegal mining has virtually placed the police, the prosecuting agency and mining officers in the dock in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district. Digging deep into the issue of illegal mining in the district during the past eight years, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has not only described it as “distressing”, but also called for action against erring officials. The Bench also directed that the matter be brought to the notice of the Secretary, Union Ministry of Mines, Haryana Chief Secretary and the State Director General of Police, for taking a “serious view”. In its April 10 report, The Tribune had highlighted how the mining mafia has damaged a large section of the ‘right lower down-stream embankment’ (RLDSE) along the Yamuna at Tajewala village by carrying out illegal digging up to 50 feet deep along the embankment. The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) had later decided to close down 14 crushing and screening plants operating close to the RLDSE Justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu also set a threemonth deadline. The censure and the directions came on a petition filed by Vishal Bansal against the State of Haryana. He was seeking anticipatory bail in a case registered on August 29, 2018, at the Khizrabad police station in Yamunanagar for theft and other offences under provisions of the Mines and Minerals Act, 1957, and Section 379 of the IPC. Justice Sindhu directed Haryana to furnish details of all criminal cases registered under the Mining Act in Yamunanagar district from January 1, 2011, till date. In response, an affidavit was filed by Ashish Chaudhary, DSP Bilaspur, Yamu, Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. nanagar. Taking it on record, Justice Sindhu asserted that its perusal revealed that 487 criminal cases were registered for the breach of the Act from March 25, 2011, till March 31, 2019. However, the conviction was recorded only in six cases. It was quite distressing that in 271 cases, the accused had been acquitted and this showed lack of interest by the prosecution agency, Justice Sindhu added. The Bench said cancellation reports were submitted in 22 cases and un-traceable reports were furnished by the police in 33 cases. “A copy of this order be brought to the notice of Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana, as well as DGP , Haryana, to take a serious view in the matter regarding illegal mining in Yamunanagar district as well as lack of interest shown by the police as well as by the mining official(s)/officer(s). It will also be brought to the notice of Secretary, Ministry of Mines, New Delhi, for necessary action,” the Bench added, while confirming interim bail to the petitioner. (LPA) of the season rainfall as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm ■ The monsoon is categorised “normal” if average rains are between 96 and 104% of the LPA and “above normal” if between 104 and 110% ■ An average between 90-96% is considered “below normal”, while rains less than 90% are termed “deficient” and above 110% “excess” Predicting a “good season, especially in July and August”, they said overall the country is expected to have “well distributed rainfall which will be beneficial to farmers”. However, the IMD’s prediction of a normal monsoon last year had been way off the mark. 2018 saw parts of the country struggle with devastatingly excess rain, while some faced deep deficiencies. Private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted a sluggish start to the 2019 monsoon due to El Niño. — TNS
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