02052019-TTC-01.qxd 02-05-2019 01:44 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.120 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, may 2,2019 DISMISSED BSF JAWAN’S NOMINATION PAPERS REJECTED IN VARANASI NATION WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE SENTENCED TO 50 WEEKS IN BRITISH JAIL WORLD /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 ! late city AFTER 29 YRS, KASHMIRI PANDIT REOPENS SHOP IN SRINAGAR BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Azhar a global terrorist, Naxal blast kills 15 cops in Maha Driver of Gadchiroli-bound pvt bus also dies ITeam was to inspect burnt vehicles finally, as China relents Shiv Kumar Tribune News Service India settles for blacklisting without Pulwama mention Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Modi factor may eclipse local issues in Bhiwani Political analysts say the Modi factor as well as polarisation on caste basis is likely to overshadow all local issues in the constituency. PAGE 4 Deol’s charisma versus Jakhar’s experience The battlelines have been drawn between actor Sunny Deol’s charisma and the experience of three-time MLA and sitting MP Sunil Jakhar. PAGE 4 EC notice to Sidhu for remarks against PM The Election Commission has issued a notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for calling PM Narendra Modi the “biggest liar” and a “thief” in a speech in Ahmedabad on April 17. Sidhu has been told to furnish his response by Thursday. This is the second time the EC has issued a notice to Sidhu. PAGE 5 NEW DELHI, MAY 1 China’s turnaround on Wednesday enabled the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Jaish-eMohammed chief and alleged Pulwama attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China let go of its technical hold on sanctioning Azhar after pressure from its UNSC peers, relentless diplomatic outreach by India and its vulnerabilities in Xinxiang proved untenable. Azhar will now be subject to a travel ban, freeze on his funds and prevented from accessing arms, with Pakistan assuring it would immediately implement the fineprint of UNSC directions. The Tribune was the first to report that this week will be crucial for blacklisting of Azhar and, if there was no spanner, he could be arraigned by mid-week. Hectic bargaining and consultations at the UN and in Beijing had preceded the Chinese decision to stop blocking Azhar’s blacklisting. As a result, the listing removes all references con- EC clean chit to Modi on Balakot, notice to Rahul New Delhi, May 1 The Election Commission on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Latur last month in which he had urged first-time voters to dedicate their vote in the name of the Balakot airstrike heroes and the soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack is not violative of its instructions on invoking armed forces in campaigns. Local poll authorities in Maharashtra had reportedly told the EC that Modi’s remarks were prima facie violative of its orders, asking parties not to use the armed forces in their campaigns. Meanwhile, the EC issued a show-cause notice to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that the Modi government has formulated a new law that allows tribals to be shot dead. It gave Gandhi 48 hours to respond. — TNS Omar:Mishandling of Kashmir behind dismal poll turnout Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 1 With parliamentary elections in Kashmir witnessing an abysmally low turnout, an angry National Conference vice-president and former CM Omar Abdullah today blamed it on the “complete mishandling of the situation in Kashmir in the past five years” and the delay in Assembly poll on the “instinct to hold on to power by those wielding it”. Citing PM Narendra Modi’s frequent invocation of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mantra of “Insaaniyat (humanity), jamhooriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat (ethos of co-existence)”, Omar asked: “What of jamhooriyat? Where is democracy in J&K?” In an interview to The Tribune, Omar Abdullah, CM in 2014 when parliamentary and Assembly elections were last held, remarked: “The abysmally low polling percentage for the three Valley seats is obviously owing to the complete mishandling of the situation by the Centre, ‘HAD VOHRA BEEN GUV’ I am sure, though many will not like it, that had (NN) Vohra been the Governor, J&K would have seen simultaneous LS and Assembly elections. I have seen him hold Assembly poll on time despite the Amarnath land row stir. He did not cite security reasons to defer poll as he had no interest in hanging on to power ❝ Omar Abdullah, FORMER J-K CM made worse by the disastrous PDP-BJP alliance.” Comparing the situation when he was the CM and now, he said: “After the traumatic summer of 2010, there was a steady improvement and in the 2014 elections, there was a huge turnout for all Lok Sabha seats. Look at the turnout in Kashmir now. While there was enthusiasm in 2014, it is apathy now. continued on page 11 Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. BIG DIPLOMATIC WIN AT UN ❝ Azhar will be subjected to travel ban, fund freeze, prevented from accessing arms sidered “political” and by implication not factual. India thus had to settle for blacklisting without a mention of J&K and Pulwama attack. China hinted as much when its Foreign Office spokesperson said, “Recently, relevant countries revised and re-submitted the materials for the listing proposal to the 1267 Committee. After careful study, China does not have objection.” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin, who helmed New Delhi’s diplomatic lobbying at the UN, expressed gratitude to all the UNSC members, “big or small”, for their backing. It is a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism… India’s views cannot be ignored any longer, it has been proved… This is just the beginning. Just wait for what happens next. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER France, which was the first to nationally designate Azhar and was attempting blacklisting by the European Union, took the lead in welcoming Azhar’s designation. The US, France and the UK had served an ultimatum on China to lift its technical hold in a UNSC subcommittee and were threatening to approach the UNSC plenum if this did not happen. China consoled its all-weather friend Pakistan for breaking ranks by crediting it with “enormous contributions to fighting terrorism” and promising to “firmly support” its efforts to combat terrorism. more on back page 72-hrcampaignbaronPragya New Delhi: Condemning her impugned statements relating to the “curse given to late IPS officer Hemant Karkare” and “her role in demolishing Babri Masjid”, the Election Commission on Wednesday barred BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from campaigning for 72 hours starting 6 am on May 2. The poll panel warned Pragya and asked her not to repeat such conduct in the future. — TNS Mumbai, May 1 Fifteen police personnel and the driver of a private bus they were travelling in were killed in an ambush by Naxalites outside a village at Kurkheda in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district this afternoon. State DGP Subodh Jaiswal said the Naxalites had earlier burnt more than 25 vehicles belonging to a road contractor around 3.30 am. Following this, the Quick Response Team was rushed to the site. The police team was on its way when an explosive device buried beneath the surface of the road was set Mangled remains of a bus targeted by Naxals in Gadchiroli. PTI off, blowing up the vehicle. “It was not an intelligence failure... we will give a befitting response,” Jaiswal said. However, state government sources faulted officials in the state Home Department for letting their guard down soon after the first phase of Lok Sabha elections was completed earlier this month. Elections in Gadchiroli were held on April 11, and polling for all 48 Lok Sabha seats of the state ended on April 29. “There were enough indications that bands of heavily armed Naxalites were mov- ing in Gadchiroli for the past several weeks,” sources said. Groups of Naxalites had even fired at helicopterborne security personnel who were moving officials after polling concluded. Though one policeman was injured in the firing, security was not tightened in the area. The 15-member State Reserve Police Force team was hurriedly assembled and sent in a private bus. Standard operating procedures like a patrol being sent ahead to sanitise the route were also ignored, sources said. The Opposition sought the ouster of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who said an inquiry would be ordered. Baramulla civilian traffic ban lifted CJI meets SC in-housepanel Restrictions to continue on Srinagar-Udhampur stretch New Delhi, May 1 Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday met the three-member in-house committee looking into allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a former woman employee of the Supreme Court, an official source said. “A letter of request was issued to the CJI asking him to meet the committee and he responded to it and met the committee on this issue,” the source said. The in-house inquiry committee is headed by Justice SA Bobde, who is the seniormost judge in the Supreme Court after the CJI. The woman, who levelled the allegations, walked out of the panel hearing on Tuesday, raising objections over various issues, including denial of her lawyer’s presence. — PTI Srinagar, May 1 In a big relief to commuters, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has completely lifted the restrictions on civilian traffic movement on the Srinagar-Baramulla stretch of National Highway-44. The restrictions every Wednesday and Sunday were put in place to facilitate the movement of security forces’ convoys. However, the biweekly restrictions on the Srinagar- WHAT IT MEANS Unrestricted passage to commuters, especially students, tourists, and fruit-laden trucks on way to markets across the country even during security forces’ convoy movement . Udhampur stretch would continue, with the government promising a “periodic review”. Days after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, the government on April 3 imposed the biweekly restrictions on the 270-km stretch between Baramulla and Udhampur. The restriction order has also been challenged in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. On April 22, the restrictions on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla were reduced only to Sundays. — TNS
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