18042019-TTC-01.qxd 18-04-2019 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.106 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, april 18,2019 RAHUL PRAYS AT STREAM WHERE FATHER’S ASHES IMMERSED PAGE 7 53 DEAD IN FOUR STATES AS RAIN, THUNDERSTORM WREAK HAVOC PAGE 11 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 late city 50 LAKH JOBS ‘LOST’ IN 2 YEARS AFTER NOTE BAN BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cong-AAP alliance saga spills over to Haryana Azad says ‘mundane exchange’, Sanjay blames Cong Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 The ongoing saga of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party’s elusive alliance spilled over to Haryana today with top leaders meeting in the capital to discuss the matter. AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad met AAP’s alliances incharge Sanjay Singh today. Though he dismissed it as “a mundane meeting between two Rajya Sabha MPs”, its timing wasn’t lost on anyone. “I don’t know who is talking about a Haryana alliance in Delhi. There is no such thing right now,” Azad said. Sanjay Singh, however, blamed the Congress for no headway in talks. “In order to stop BJP we were ready for , an alliance, but Congress is not in a mood for any coalition or compromise. It’s sad.” The meeting came barely three days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal had a public spat. Gandhi said the Congress was open to offering four Lok Sabha seats to AAP in Delhi and keeping three for itself. Congress’ political line so far ! China again holds out hope on Azhar ‘JeM chief as global terrorist heads toward resolution’ IN BRIEF 20,000 jobs at stake as Jet Airways grounds itself members and all 10 of its non-permanent members have approached the Indian Permanent Representative in New York, Syed Akbaruddin, to express their solidarity with India on the listing of Masood as a global terrorist. The solitary exception is China, which has four times blocked moves by the UNSC to sanction the JeM chief, who, New Delhi says, is behind the Pulwama and other grave terror attacks. Earlier this month, China had similarly attempted to wriggle out of a spot after France, UK and the US were exasperated by its stonewalling. The trio directly moved the UNSC (instead of a UNSC sub-committee as in the past), but China tried to be reasonable by claiming that “positive progress” was being made on the issue. China had also taken on these countries by claiming that it was not a “good move” to move the UNSC directly. Today also, China refrained from mentioning India but criticised “the relevant parties” for forcing a new resolution through the UNSC. Mumbai: After flying for 25 years, Jet Airways on Wednesday announced temporary grounding of operations after its lenders declined a Rs 400crore lifeline, putting at stake 20,000 jobs and thousands of crores in passenger refunds, dues to vendors and over Rs 8,500 crore to banks. Founded by Naresh Goyal, the carrier served tens of millions of passengers for over two-and-a-half decades, before becoming the seventh domestic carrier to shutter operations in the past five years. BUSINESS PAGE 50 ambulance halts, Sadhvi Pragya joins BJP, to Aramco in talks for CRPF orders probe take on Digvijay in Bhopal stake in Reliance oil Maoists strike in Odisha, election official shot dead Ranike harps on Capt’s ‘broken’ promises In Faridkot, which saw a series of sacrilege incidents, SAD’s Gulzar Ranike accuses the of going back on his oath ‘on the Gutka’ at Takht Damdama Sahib to wipe out the drug menace. PAGE 2 Five new faces on INLD’s list of six INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala has announced candidates for six LS constituencies, refielding sitting MP Charanjeet Singh Rori from Sirsa, who polled over 5 lakh votes in 2014. PAGE 2 Officer checks PM’s chopper, suspended The EC on Wednesday suspended an officer posted as General Observer in Odisha for allegedly checking PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Sambalpur in violation of the laid down norms. PAGE 7 Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, April 17 Amid mounting anger against the biweekly ban on civilian traffic on the national highway, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has ordered a probe into the incident involving the death of a cancer patient whose ambulance was repeatedly stopped during the convoy movement last week. Despite orders to allow movement of ambulances during the ban, the driver of the vehicle carrying the patient to Doda after his discharge from a Srinagar hospital last Wednesday was stopped around 50 times on April 10, including a 30-minute halt at Lower Munda. Abdul Qayoom Banday of Doda was stopped on the Sri- nagar-Jammu NH near Lower Munda in Qazigund area on April 10 for about 30 minutes by CRPF men. Ambulance driver Javed Ahmad said the patient died near Batote. “Before that, our ambulance was stopped around 50 times between Srinagar and Doda.” This is the first casualty due to the biweekly ban on civilian traffic on the 270km Baramulla-SrinagarUdhampur highway imposed on April 3. “A highlevel inquiry has been ordered,” the CRPF said, expressing “anguish” over the demise of the patient after a video of the ambulance being stopped surfaced on the social media. The force said: “Strict instructions are in place to enable speedy passage of ambulances and ailing civilians.” Tribune News Service ‘NOTHING SPECIAL’ It was a courtesy meeting (with Sanjay Singh). MPs keep meeting each other. What’s special about that? ‘DON’T NEED IT’ We don’t need any alliance in Haryana but if the party takes a call in national interest on any alliance, we will see. Ghulam Nabi Azad, CONG LEADER Bhupinder Singh Hooda, EX-CM, HARYANA has been that there can be no alliance with AAP beyond Delhi because such alliances are not “practical”. AAP is insistent on a comprehensive and reasonable understanding beyond Delhi. In that context, today’s meeting troubled several Haryana Congress leaders in contention for the remaining four seats in the state. AAP wants a Congress-JJP-AAP pact in Haryana, seat understanding in Chandigarh, space in Punjab and Goa. Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who heads the state LS poll coordination committee ruled out any immediate talks of alliance with AAP in Haryana but left the door ajar. Top leaders privately wondered how the Congress that fought INLD for decades could ally with its split faction. Buzz is AAP wants Karnal seat for itself and three seats for the JJP . ❝ ❝ NEW DELHI, APRIL 17 China today once again reiterated that the stalemate over designating Pakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist is moving towards a resolution. Isolated in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the issue, Beijing has issued statements of this nature with no timeline in the past as well. This time, China denied it was served an ultimatum by three permanent members of the UNSC — US, UK and France — to change its position by next week. “I don’t know where you get such information,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing. “China’s position is very clear. This issue should be resolved through cooperation,” he added. “On listing Azhar, China’s position remains unchanged. We also stay in communication with relevant parties. The matter is moving towards the direction of settlement,” he had observed. Malegaon blast accused says is waging ‘dharmayudh’ Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 Putting to rest speculation, the BJP today fielded controversial Hindutva leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh against an equally controversial Congress leader — Digvijay Singh — within hours of her joining the party. The BJP also replaced Vidisha MP and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has voluntarily opted out, with state leader Ramakant Bhargav. The decision to field Pragya, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, has already drawn criticism. Belonging to Bhind district, she is known for making provocative statements Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is welcomed by BJP leaders in Bhopal. PTI and has long been associated with the Sangh, the BJP’s ideological fountainhead. Pragya replaces sitting Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar, who said he would ensure her victory. “No allegation was proved against her. A woman was harassed. Now it is the time for revenge,” he said. Meanwhile, Digvijay Singh, one of the key proponents of the “Hindu terror” theory that the BJP wants to destroy with the help of Sadhvi Pragya, “welcomed” her continued on page 7 more on page 7 JeM chief Masood Azhar NO VISA TO GEN JJ SINGH New Delhi: China has stalled a visa to former Army Chief General JJ Singh (retd), most likely because he had served as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh over which Beijing lays claim. It led him to miss a build-up conference to the Second Belt and Road Summit. In 2010, India had cancelled military exercises with China after it denied a visa to its GOC-in-Chief, Northern Command. TNS . Officials from the Ministry of External Affairs say China’s isolation is evident from the fact that UNSC’s four out of five permanent New Delhi, April 17 Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, is in talks to buy a stake in Reliance Industries’ oil refineries and petrochemical complex, sources said. Aramco opened talks with Reliance as the $44-billion mega refinery-cum-petrochemical complex, where it was taking a 50 per cent stake along with UAE’s ADNOC, got delayed after the BJP government scrapped plans to acquiring land for the project in Maharashtra. Reports suggested Aramco may take a 25 per cent stake for $10-15 billion, but sources discounted such a valuation, saying market capitalisation of Reliance was over Rs 8.5 lakh crore, at least half of which or Rs 4.25 lakh crore ($60 billion) would be coming from refinery and petro- Sajjan Kumar assigned his Tihar jail job: Gardening 73-year-old given work 3 months after surrendering following award of life term for role in 1984 riots Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 Sikh carnage convict Sajjan Kumar has just been assigned some jail work: gardening. Lodged in Tihar Central Prison’s newest complex at Mandoli, Kumar, 73, will be part of the jail’s horticulture gang where convicts are required to do light work, including maintaining the green cover around the largely concrete compounds, plant and water saplings and tend to the available tree cover. The work was assigned only recently, three months after Sajjan Kumar surrendered following his conviction in a case involving five killings during anti-Sikh riots in Delhi Cantonment on November 1 and 2, 1984. The Delhi High Court on December 17 last awarded life term to Kumar in the matter. Kumar subsequently surrendered and was jailed starting December 31, 2018. All his attempts to secure bail thereafter have failed, with the apex court agreeing to hear his bail application in August. Back in Mandoli jail complex, located far away from Tihar prisons complex, Kumar is lodged in ward number 3 with 25 other convicts. Tihar authorities confirmed that Kumar was assigned work after three months of assessing what would suit his profile. “A convict’s jail assignment has to be appropriate to PRISONER’S DIARY ■ Sajjan Kumar is lodged in ward number 3 with 25 other convicts ■ Up at 6 am, does his yoga ■ No eggs, breakfast is khichdi and vegetable sandwiches at times ■ Spends most of his lock-up time reading newspapers ■ Sleeps on a cot measuring 3 feet by 6 feet Sajjan Kumar is lodged in Tihar’s new complex at Mandoli. FILE his age and health condition. Sajjan Kumar is 73 and has a back condition. His assignment had to be based on medical advice. He has been attached with the horticulture wing,” a top jail source told The Tribune, adding that a range of work options, including carpentry, bakery, book-binding and file covering, were considered for Kumar before he was attached to horticulture. Horticulture is one of the day-to-day maintenance Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. tasks prisoners handle on their own; others being painting, cooking, cleaning and light masonry. Asked what Kumar’s day in jail looked like, Tihar authorities said he wakes up at 6 am when the wards are opened; has tea like other convicts and then does his yoga. “Sajjan Kumar is trained in yoga and does regular yoga sessions in jail,” a Delhi prisons official said. Kumar’s usual breakfast is khichdi and vegetable sandwiches sometimes. No eggs are allowed. “Eggs are only allowed on medical advice for lactating mothers and prisoners who are patients of TB, Hepatitis C and HIV,” a jail source said. The main punishment for Sajjan Kumar and other convicts is jail lock-up, which happens twice daily. “Lock-ups entail deprivation of liberty and are the principal part of a convict’s punishment; the part where a convict has to stay indoors,” said an official. So far as lodging goes, Sajjan Kumar is eligible for a cot measuring 3 feet by 6 feet. “All convicts above 65 years of age are eligible for cots of prescribed size,” jail sources say, adding that Kumar spends most of his lock-up time reading newspapers. Delhi Prison Rules 2018, which replaced Delhi Prison Rules 1998, are based on model prison rules that are in consonance with the UN standards for human dignity. BIG TICKET OPERATION ■ Reliance operates two refineries at Jamnagar ■ It plans to expand its only- for-exports SEZ refining capacity to 41 million tonnes from 35.2, but does not plan a new refinery ■ Crude oil is the basic raw material for manufacture of petrochemicals. Saudi Arabia is keen to get a foothold in world’s fastestgrowing fuel market chemical business. A 25 per cent stake would translate into $15 billion without even considering any premium of giving a firm foothold into a wellestablished business in the world’s third largest energy consuming nation, they said. Reliance declined to comment. — PTI In a first, age checks to access porn sites in UK London: Britain in July is set to become the first country to introduce age verification to access online pornography. The new law, which comes into force on July 15, will require commercial providers of Internet pornography to check on users’ ages to ensure they are 18 or more. Different sites will use different verification methods ranging from online passport or credit card checks. Child protection groups welcomed the move but digital rights groups warned of possibility of online privacy. AFP Phulbani (Odisha), April 17 The Maoists struck on the eve of second phase election in Odisha, gunning down a woman poll officer and setting ablaze a poll vehicle on way to the booths on Wednesday, police said. The incidents occurred in Maoist-affected Kandhamal district where the red rebels have asked the people to boycott the elections. Sector Officer Sanjukta Digal was shot dead when she got down from the vehicle to check a suspicious object lying on the road while passing through a jungle, DGP BK Sharma said. The other four polling personnel were in the vehicle and were unhurt. The incident occurred in Phulbani Assembly segment under Kandhamal LS seat where polling is scheduled to begin on Thursday. — PTI Monument ‘missing’ in Haryana:RTI reply Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, April 17 Haryana has 89 monuments and sites being preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) — responsible for archaeological research and conservation of monuments — but one has been declared a “missing monument”. Kos Minar at Shahabad (Kurukshetra) is a “missing monument”, according to ASI’s reply to an RTI query by Panipatbased activist Amit Rathee, who had sought information about the maintenance of ASI sites and monuments along with their status in Haryana. The ASI has no information on how and when the monument disappeared. An official, however, said the Kos Minar might have been demolished by the people. The ASI spent Rs 9.18 crore on the maintenance of these sites between April 1, 2015, and February 28, 2019. The RTI reply said six sites — the ruined fort of Prithviraj Chauhan in Hansi; ancient mounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Rakhigarhi, Hisar; Ther mound in Sirsa; Theh Polar at Siwan in Kaithal; ancient site Khokrakot in Rohtak; and ancient mound at Naurangabad in Bhiwani — have been encroached upon and cases are pending in the HC.
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