28042019-TT-01.qxd 27-04-2019 23:18 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.116 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, april 28,2019 OPPN ALLIANCE OF OPPORTUNISTS, WILL FAIL IN ITS MISSION: PM NATION CLASS APART SPECTRUM /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Cong banking on turncoat to breach Raje bastion It has been ages since the Congress tasted victory in Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary segment, famous for its association with Vasundhara Raje, former Rajasthan CM. As Raje’s son Dushyant Singh seeks his fourth re-election from the area, the Congress is working overtime to put up a spirited fight. PAGE 2 Gautam Gambhir faces FIR over rally sans EC nod The Delhi police have registered a complaint after Election Commissioner Vijay Singh asked them to take action against Gautam Gambhir for holding a rally without permission. PAGE 2 Playing on ‘fauji’ image in border constituency The BJP think-tank is preparing an anti-Pakistan and nationalist recipe for its candidate Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur constituency. PAGE 2 SHAH SLAMS ‘MEEK RESPONSE’ TO TERROR DURING UPA TIME BACK PAGE 15 die as Lanka forces raid hideout Air India server trips, EASTER CARNAGE Suspects blow themselves up| Six kids, 3 women among dead Colombo, April 27 Six children and three women were among 15 persons killed when militants linked to the Easter Sunday bombings opened fire and blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, the police said on Saturday. The shootout occurred as the security forces continued their hunt for members of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the local terror outfit behind the April 21 coordinated blasts in which 253 persons were killed and over 500 injured. The Special Task Force and army troops, following a tipoff, raided a house in Kalmunai city, about 360 km from Colombo, on Friday night, leading to heavy exchange of fire with the armed group. As the heavily-armed men opened fire on the troops, a civilian caught in the middle got killed. As the clashes intensified, three men are believed to have set off explosives. “A total of 15 bodies recovered — six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. “When the police was doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasek- Plea against HC verdict dismissed New Delhi, April 27 The Supreme Court has paved the way for promotion of 44 Haryana state civil servants as IAS officer by dismissing a petition challenging a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict that had cleared their seniority for promotion. In an order dated December 19, 2018, the HC had upheld seniority list dated December 12, 2006, and dismissed petitions challenging it. It had also quashed seniority list dated April 16, 2010, which had placed Sandeep Singh and others of his batch above Virender Singh Hooda who was appointed before them. Advocate Jasbir Malik, who represented Hooda and his batchmates, said, “This is perhaps the largest group of himachal pradesh /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Haryana Civil Service officers getting promoted to IAS. The state government had also told the court that it was facing shortage of IAS officers in the state.” The HC verdict was challenged in a special leave petition by Surender Kumar Setia before the Supreme Court that dismissed it on April 22. “The special leave petition is dismissed,” said a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice KM Joseph in a one-line order. Setia had contended that the HC miserably failed to consider that the state of Haryana was bound to uniformly apply the statutory provisions contained in Rule 20 of the 1930 rules for fixation of inter se seniority among the members of Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch). 155 flights hit globally Fliers left stranded, carrier offers rescheduling, lodging Backpacks, explosive material and other items at the site of an overnight gun battle in Sri Lanka. REUTERS INDIANS ADVISED AGAINST ‘NON-ESSENTIAL’ TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA New Delhi: In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of recent terror attacks, the government has advised Indians not to undertake nonessential travel to the island nation. Indians undertaking essential travel must contact the era said. A suicide blast took place and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was also found at the site. A huge cache of explosives was also seized from the spot. “Officials have recovered detonators, suicide kits, army uniforms and ISIS flags,” an army officer said. Meanwhile, the police said that curfew imposed in the Indian High Commission in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy/ Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna if they need any assistance. The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the mission’s website. TNS Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice. At least 76 people have been arrested by the police in connection with the attack so far. Twenty were arrested in the last 24 hours. Officials also seized 1 kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular 44 Haryana officers Shotgun’s Jinnah to get IAS promotion gaffe stirs up row Tribune News Service ! Chhindwara(Mp), April 27 Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has stirred a controversy by saying that Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah was among the leaders of the Congress “family” who had the “biggest” role in India’s Independence and progress, evoking sharp attack from the BJP . Addressing a rally in support of Congress candidate and Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath in Sausar on Friday, Sinha said the Congress “family” belongs to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who played the “biggest and the most significant role” in India’s progress and Independence. “This is the reason why I have come here. I have joined the Congress for the first and last time and will not turn ‘PART OF CONG FAMILY’ The Congress ‘family’ belongs to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jinnah... who played the ‘biggest role’ in India’s progress and Independence. ❝ Shatrughan Sinha back now,” Sinha said. Sinha made the remarks in the presence of Nath, who despite sharing the same stage said on Saturday that he did not hear any such thing. — IANS south Colombo suburb. Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million which is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus. Around seven per cent of Sri Lankans are Christians. — PTI EC notice to BJP, Cong candidates for raising Balakot Karnal, April 27 Taking cognisance on the front page story of The Tribune, the Election Commission today issued notices to BJP candidate Sanjay Bhatia and Congress candidate Kuldeep Sharma and sought clarification for seeking votes on Balakot action and on two PMs of the Congress sacrificing their lives fighting terrorism, respectively. The EC had earlier on Friday also issued notice to Bhatia for allegedly addressing a political meeting at a temple in Dachar village. Vinay Partap Singh, District Election Officer-cumDeputy Commissioner, has asked both the candidates to reply on the statements. “Notices have been issued to both candidates for reply in 24 hours on the news article in which they are quoted as commenting on airstrikes in Balakot,” he said. In its Saturday edition, The Tribunehad carried the news item ‘Balakot action strikes a chord in Haryana’. — TNS New Delhi, April 27 Thousands of Air India passengers had a harrowing time at airports across the world today as its 155 flights were delayed due to the shutdown of its check-in software for more than five hours because of a technical snag. The national carrier’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Ashwani Lohani, said the passenger service system (PSS) software, which looks after check-in, baggage and reservation, did not work from 3.30 am to 8.45 am on Saturday. During this time period, thousands of AI passengers were stranded at airports globally as the airline staff was unable to issue a boarding pass to them. Lohani said “till 10 am, 85 flights were delayed” because of the PSS shutdown. “Because of the 85 flights that have been delayed, a ripple effect will take place throughout the day,” he said, adding that a “few flights will also be cancelled because of this delay”. Later in the day, the airline’s spokesperson clarified that 155 flights would be delayed for an average duration of two hours till 8.30 pm. It is mostly the domestic Air India passengers stranded at the IGI Airport in New Delhi. A snag in AI’s check-in software had delayed 25 flights in June 2018. PTI GLITCH IN CHECK-IN SOFTWARE ■ The airline was not able to issue boarding passes to its passengers because of a technical snag in its passenger service system. The problem occurred at 3 am and was resolved at 8.45 am on Saturday flights that have been affected the most due to the software shutdown, Lohani clarified. “International departures will not face much problems... There will be delay in one or two international flights. One Delhi-Shanghai flight is getting delayed by about 1.5 hours. The flights departing for Europe are largely running on time,” he said. Kavita: Voters upset over ticket to Deol New Delhi, April 27 With tears in her eyes on the second death anniversary of actor and four-time MP from Gurdaspur Vinod Khanna, his wife Kavita Vinod Khanna said that the party (BJP) had let her down. She said the people of Gurdaspur were upset with the BJP’s decision to field actor Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur in the Lok Sabha poll. “There is no denying that I was extremely hurt and upset with the decision. It is the second time that the party is letting me down. The first time, days after my husband’s passing away, I was told to support Swaran Salaria, a candidate who caused the party a huge loss in the byelection last year. This time as well, I only got to know of the party’s decision from the media,” she said. She was under pressure to file nomination as an Independent, but after days of thought, ‘SECOND BETRAYAL’ There is no denying the fact that I am extremely hurt and upset with the decision. It is the second time that the party has let me down. ❝ Kavita Khanna she decided against it. Instead, she will continue to serve the nation by fully supporting Narendra Modi whom she believes is the only leader who could lead the nation. — TNS Guransh not legally adopted by DeMo to impact voter’s choice in Punjab dera chief, says CBI prosecutor Vijay C Roy Tribune News Service Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 27 Guransh Insan is one of the 30-odd girls who were raised in “Shahi Betiya Basera”, a shelter home for destitute girls that was run by Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa. The home was shut on the intervention of the State Commission for Protection of Children after the conviction of dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. With elections only weeks away, the dera chief has moved the High Court, seeking a four-week suspension of sentence for Guransh’s wedding, who he claims is his “foster daughter”. Ram Rahim has sought parole for wedding of ‘foster daughter’ But CBI special public prosecutor HPS Verma points out that Guransh has not been legally adopted. “He may claim to have adopted more daughters and seek release in this fashion, if allowed this time,” he argues. Anshul Chhatrapati, the son of scribe Ram Chandra Chhatrapati is also opposed to parole for the dera chief convicted for his father’s murder. The timing of the plea raises suspicion, he says. “After all, Ram Rahim was responsible for the violence in Panchkula that resulted in the death of 36 persons.” Hans Raj Chauhan, a former sadhu at the dera who has filed a case of alleged castration against the dera chief, fears that he may try to influence witnesses in the case, if set free for four weeks. Chandigarh, April 27 When traders, workers in the informal sector and those employed with Punjab’s micro and small units cast their vote, two factors will weigh on their mind — demonetisation and GST — both of which has dealt a debilitating blow to the state’s economy. Nearly two-and-a-half years later, tremors caused by these steps continue to be felt on the ground, with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the backbone of Punjab’s economy, still tottering. Jobs lost and several units shut, workers employed across industrial cities such as Ludhiana, FACTFILE ■ Small and Medium Enter- prises (SMEs) have driven Indian economy for decades ■ Their number is estimated at 45 lakh, registered & unregistered together, a staggering 95% of the industrial units in India ■ SMEs employ 40% of India’s workforce, next only to the agricultural sector ■ There has been a steady uptick in demand for credit from SMEs following note ban, GST Jalandhar and Amritsar, have been forced to return home while the MSMEs are reeling under the impact of GST. Be it auto parts, cycle or sports, Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including six-page Spectrum. ■ The supply of credit being tight, it has led to liquidity squeeze ■ If denied breathing space, this may translate into a credit risk, which could be catastrophic for economy every industry in the state has been hit. Ludhiana industrialist Ranjodh Singh says: “We lost two years of high-impetus growth that would have aided rural and semi-urban growth. More than two years later, demonetisation has not helped curb black economy, the main reason for its sudden implementation.” Singh, who is all praise for GST, points out that the move was initiated by former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, but was “delayed owing to political compulsions.” But Ajit Lakra, president, Ludhiana Knitters’ Association claims the note ban and GST will not have “any negative impact on the elections.” Niranjan, who runs a fast food shop in Ludhiana admits to have faced difficulty for a few months. continued on page 7 ■ Air India’s software solution is provided by Atlanta-based SITA, a global airlines IT services major, which provides it check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology, among others About affected passengers, the CMD said the airline is trying its best to inform them through social media and its call centre. “The magnitude is so big that our call centre is not able to handle the volume,” he said. The passengers missing their flights will be given hotel accommodation or they will be rescheduled in a different flight, he said. — PTI US imposes visa sanctions on Pak citizens Washington, April 27 The US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan after Islamabad refused to take back its citizen deportees and visa overstayers from America, warning that it may withhold visas of Pakistanis beginning from its senior officials. The state department on Friday said consular operations in Pakistan remain “unchanged” as of now, but as a result of such a sanction mentioned in a Federal Register notification dated April 22, the US may withhold visas of Pakistanis beginning with its senior officials. Pakistan is the latest to join the list of 10 nations that have been imposed with sanctions under a US law according to which countries refusing to take back deportees and visa overstayers will be denied American visas. Notably, eight of these countries have been slapped with such visa sanctions under the Donald Trump administration. Two of them Ghana and Pakistan have been included in the list this year. The other countries include Guyana in 2001, the Gambia in 2016, Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2017 and Burma and Laos in 2018. Under Section 243 (D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of State is required to discontinue granting immigration or non-immigrant visas to a nation upon receiving notice from the Homeland Security Secretary that the country has denied or is unreasonably delaying accepting a citizen, subject, national or resident of that country. The state department tried to downplay the impact of sanctions on Pakistan. “Consular operations in Pakistan remain unchanged,” a State Department Spokesperson said when asked about the federal register notification. — PTI
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