27042019-TTC-01.qxd 27-04-2019 01:29 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.115 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, april 27,2019 22 LAKH JOBS WITHIN A YEAR: RAHUL PAGE 9 INNOVATIVE FEATURES DRIVE SALE OF BRANDED AIR-COOLERS PAGE 16 /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 BJP’s hyper-nationalism pitch ‘hitting’ Manvendra Located along the border with Pakistan, Barmer presents fertile ground for ruling BJP’s hyper-nationalism pitch this election season. PAGE 2 Congress moves EC against Arvind Kejriwal The Congress has filed a complaint with Delhi EC against CM Arvind Kejriwal for “giving a communal statement” in a bid to attract voters. PAGE 2 ‘Captain has to take bouquets, brickbats’ Congress leader Navjot Sidhu, in interview with The Tribune, questions Punjab CM’s diktat making MLAs accountable for winning all 13 LS seats. PAGE 3 SC refuses to revoke EC ban on Modi biopic Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 26 The biopic on PM Narendra Modi can’t hit cinema halls until the last phase of polling gets over on May 19 as the Supreme Court today refused to interfere with the Election Commission’s decision not to allow its release during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi refused to entertain the biopic producers’ plea against the poll panel’s order. The film producers’ counsel said the EC’s decision went against the certificate given to the film by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). But the Bench wasn’t convinced. “The issue is whether the movie can be exhibited at this time (during poll). The EC has taken a decision. We are not inclined to entertain this,” it said. Earlier, the EC had told the court that the biopic “produces a political environment where an individual acquired cult status” and its public screening during the period when the model code of conduct is in operation would favour a particular political party. ! late city UK COURT EXTENDS NIRAV’S CUSTODY TILL MAY 24 PAGE 20 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Modi lists ~2.5-cr assets Give RTIinfo on bank Affidavit says has MA degree from Gujarat University inspection: SCto RBI Varanasi, April 26 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assets worth Rs 2.5 crore, including a residential plot in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, fixed deposits of Rs 1.27 crore and Rs 38,750 cash in hand, according to his affidavit filed with the Election Commission on Friday. The PM, who is seeking a second term from Varanasi parliamentary constituency, had disclosed total assets of Rs 1.65 crore in 2014. Modi has named Jashodaben as his wife and declared that he has an MA degree from Gujarat University in 1983. The affidavit said he is an arts graduate from Delhi University (1978). He passed the SSC exam from Gujarat board in 1967, it said. While Modi has listed “salary from government” and “interest from bank” as his sources of income, his wife’s source of income is mentioned as “not known”. Her profession is also listed as “not known”. Modi has declared that he neither has any criminal case pending against him, nor has any government dues on him. The PM filed his nomination papers accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders. As the temple town virtually stopped in its tracks, Modi exhorted voters to not fall into the trap of those saying he has already won so it is fine to not exercise their franchise. — PTI Central bank given ‘last chance’ to escape contempt Tribune News Service PM Narendra Modi touches the feet of SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Friday. PTI MOVABLE ASSETS IMMOVABLE ASSETS ~1.41 crore ~1.1 crore ~1.27 crore fixed deposits ~20,000 in tax saving infra bonds ~7.61 lakh in NSC ~1.9 lakh in LIC policies ~4,143 bank savings ~1.13 lakh 4 gold rings ~38,750 cash in hand ~1.1 crore for 3,531 sq ft plot ANNUAL INCOME ~19.92 lakh (2018) ~14.59 lakh (2017) ~19.23 lakh (2016) ~8.58 lakh (2015) ~9.69 lakh (2014) IANS New Delhi, April 26 The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Reserve Bank of India to disclose information with regard to its annual inspection report of banks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, unless they were exempted under the law. A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao directed the RBI to review its policy to disclose information relating to banks under RTI, saying “it is duty-bound under the law”. Acting on a contempt petition filed by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, the top court had in January issued contempt notice to the RBI for its refusal to disclose the annual inspection report of banks under RTI. Sparing the central bank of contempt proceedings, the Bench gave it the last opportunity to comply with provisions of the RTI Act. “Any further violation shall be viewed seriously,” it added. “The respondents (RBI) are duty-bound to furnish all information relating to inspection reports and other material, apart from the material that was exempted. Any further violation shall be viewed seriously by this court,” the Bench said. MEANT TO ASCERTAIN LENDERS’ COMPLIANCE ■ The annual inspection of banks by RBI ascertains compliance of lenders on various parameters, including recognition of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans, capital framework and risk management ■ Based on the annual inspection, weaknesses are flagged to the banks for taking corrective action ■ After the SC rap, RBI is likely to withdraw its policy of nondisclosure of information on big loan defaulters under the Right to Information Act The court had earlier upheld a Central Information Commission verdict that said the RBI can’t deny information to an RTI applicant under the Act unless the information sought was exempt from disclosure under the law. The RBI had contended that it can’t disclose informa- tion as the annual inspection report of the bank contained “fiduciary” information as defined under the RTI Act. Agrawal had sought complete information, including related documents, from RBI on imposition of fines on some banks for violating rules. He had demanded the list of banks and the default for which show-cause notices was issued to them before the fine was imposed. But despite a 2015 verdict of the top court for disclosure of such information, the RBI had issued a “Disclosure Policy” under which it had listed certain information as being exempted from being disclosed on RTI queries. The RBI had refused to disclose such information on the ground of economic interest and holding such information in fiduciary relationship with these individual banks. In 2015, the top court had said the RBI cannot withhold information under the “guise” of confidence or trust with financial institutions and is accountable to provide information sought by public. The RBI should take rigid action against financial institutions which have been indulging in “disreputable business practices” and cannot withhold information on defaulters, it had said. Lt Cdr DS Chauhan Navy officer dies in fire on board aircraft carrier Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 26 Navy officer Lt Cdr DS Chauhan died following a fire on board seagoing aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya this morning. A fire was reported on board the warship as it was entering harbour at its home base at Karwar, located south of Goa. The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a swift action, preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability. Lt Cdr DS Chauhan led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment. While the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness due to smoke and fumes. He was evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali, for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived, a spokesperson of the Navy said. A Board of Inquiry to investigate into the circumstances of the incident has been ordered. Gurugram cops strike Assembly poll not possible ISI ‘bid to woo J&K it big:14 shooters held in June, defer till Sept: J&K students in Turkey’ Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, April 26 The Gurugram police have nabbed 14 shooters of the notorious Kaushal gang. While the police have so far officially confirmed the arrest of only six from Dehradun and Delhi, sources claim that eight other shooters have also been picked up and their arrest would be declared soon. Among those arrested is Ranbir Saini, for whose arrest Haryana and Delhi governments had announced Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh awards, respectively. He had been staying with four others in a rented accommodation in Dehradun and would visit Gurugram to execute orders of gangster Kaushal. Kaushal, who is believed to be hiding in Thailand, reportedly communicated with him RAP SONG DID THEM IN Sources claim the police had got a video of a rap song glorifying gangster Kaushal. Through it, they managed to put the mobile phone of shooter Ranbir Saini on surveillance through WhatsApp calls. According to Commissioner Mohammad Akil, they had been on the trail of the accused for two months. “We have given the Kaushal gang a big blow. Now, the only thing left is to nab Kaushal. The arrests have solved many heinous crimes.” The other shooters arrested have been identified as Aashu, Sumit and Gaurav, who then led the police to Satish and Sushil in Manesar. The gang is wanted in over two dozen incidents of murder and extortion, including threatening shootings. ECI reviews ground situation after observers file report Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service JAMMU, April 26 The much awaited elections to the J&K Legislative Assembly are likely to be deferred till September after the state administration, headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik, expressed its “inability” to hold elections in June in view of the annual Amarnath Yatra and start of the tourist season. At a meeting at the Election Commission of India in New Delhi today, top officers of the state administration and police expressed their reservations over the conduct of state Assembly poll in June. The meeting, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, was called “to discuss possibilities of a feasible time” for holding poll. J&K Chief Secretary BVR 3 OPTIONS GIVEN Three special observers appointed by the ECI, in their report, recommended three options to hold Assembly polls in J&K, which has been without an elected government for 10 months — hold elections in June, or after September 15, or delay it to NovemberDecember when they were held in 2008 and 2014 Subrahmanyam, Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar, DGP Dilbag Singh and Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra attended the meeting. Sources said it was just a “review meeting” called by the ECI with regard to the ground situation in the state. “The chances of holding Assembly poll in June are bleak and the elections are most likely to be deferred till September-October. There are several issues attached to these polls, including security concerns, the holy month of Ramadan, annual Amarnath Yatra starting from July 1, and tourist season in Kashmir valley,” sources said. “Time constraint for deployment of security forces for the Amarnath pilgrimage is one of the major issues involved in deferring poll. The deployment begins 15 days ahead of start of the yatra on July 1,” sources said, adding “though the final decision has to be taken by the ECI in consultation with the MHA, the possibility of deferring polls till September-October is quite high.” Another ECI meeting is likely on April 30. Mukesh Ranjan GOVT SCHOLARSHIP Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 26 With the Indian Army and other security agencies going all out against terror outfits and terrorists in the Kashmir valley, intelligence agencies have sent a report to the government indicating that Pakistan’s ISI is now targeting those Jammu and Kashmir students who have gone to Turkey on scholarship to brainwash them against India. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said both internal and external intelligence agencies have confirmed that Pakistan’s ISI has set up a cyber cell in Turkey with an aim to target Kashmiri students. Sources also said that the ISI has hired a few Turkish nationals, funded them to set up an online portal and provide anti-India content ■ Since 1992, Turkey every year offers scholarship to students from across the world ■ Last year, 35,000 students applied, 17,500 got the scholarships; a little over 100 are from Jammu and Kashmir to Kashmiri students. As the security agencies have started eliminating leading terror operatives in Kashmir, the top functionaries of the terror factories across the border are finding it difficult to get local recruits. “Therefore, with the help of the ISI, they are focusing on Kashmiri students in Turkey and trying their best to brainwash them with anti-India content,” a senior MHA official said. This year, Indian forces have neutralised around 70 terrorists in the Valley so far. Balakot action strikes a chord in Haryana Punjab Cong war room firms BJP candidates pitch IAF op in Pak as Modi govt’s biggest achievement; Oppn cries foul Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 26 Like in the rest of the country, the ruling BJP has been trying hard to make the Balakot airstrikes — carried out by the Indian Air Force after the Pulwama terrorist attack on CRPF jawans — the key election issue in Haryana, and seems to be succeeding to an extent in its endeavour. At election meetings, the BJP candidates as well as campaigners are portraying this as one of the biggest achievements of the Narendra Modi government. To counter the claim, the can- didates from the Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, accuse the BJP of trying to gain electoral benefits out of sacrifices of the martyrs. Be it BJP candidate Rattan Lal Kataria from Ambala, Nayab Saini from Kurukshetra, Sanjay Bhatia from Karnal, Ramesh Kaushik from Sonepat, Arvind Sharma from Rohtak or Sunita Duggal from Sirsa, all have been speaking on similar lines on this issue, as if following written text. “When terrorists from Pakistan entered Mumbai and killed so many, the Congress government did nothing. But BJP ploy seems to be finding resonance even in rural areas when the terrorists from across the country attacked our soldiers at Pulwama, it was due to PM Modi’s stern policy on national security that the IAF conducted airstrikes. Now, the terrorists know if they make the mistake of entering Indian territory for mischief, they will not be allowed to return alive and if at all they manage to return, our forces will kill them by entering Pakistan,” is Sanjay Bhatia’s pitch at election meetings. “It was Modi’s fear that Pakistan had to return Wing Commander Abhinandan within 24 hours. Had it not done so, India would have wiped off Pakistan from the world’s map the next day,” he adds, amidst applause. The BJP candidates also accuse the Congress of speaking the language of Pakistan by asking IAF to provide proof of destruction of terror camps. The Congress leaders, on the other hand, are left to defend themselves by accusing the BJP of politicising the armed forces and using the sacrifices of soldiers to garner votes. The BJP ploy is working to some extent as people, even in rural areas, are talking about this. “Modi has proven himself to be a strong leader and that is the reason why Pakistan is so afraid of continued on page 9 up plan against ‘Border’ hero Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 26 To counter BJP’s nationalism pitch in the high-stake Gurdaspur seat, where PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar is pitted against “Border” hero Sunny Deol, the Congress plans to raise the terror attacks in Dinanagar in 2015 and the Pathankot IAF airbase the following year as well as the Pulwama attack, blaming it on Intelligence failure. “Sunny Deol is an actor picked by PM Modi to further BJP’s agenda. He has no local connect. It is a fight Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Sunil Jakhar Sunny Deol between truth and falsehood. People will surely see through the BJP designs,” Jakhar told The Tribune. Anticipating a tough fight, the Congress leadership has thrown its weight behind the PPCC chief. Senior Congress leader from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Sukhjinder Randhawa said, “Nationalist sentiments have always pervaded in Punjab’s border districts, the first line of defence. Therefore, the people are aware of the consequences of a cross-border conflict. Strident militarism doesn’t work here. People want jobs, not war.” Senior leader Tript Rajinder Bajwa said the Congress would concentrate on the Kartarpur corridor, BJP’s “neglect” of the border state and denial of industrial package. Vehemently denying differences between Capt continued on page 9
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