03052019-TT-01.qxd 02-05-2019 22:48 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.139 no.121 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, may 3,2019 EX-COPS VANZARA, AMIN DISCHARGED IN ISHRAT JAHAN CASE NATION VENEZUELA TENSE AS GUAIDO SUPPORTERS CLASH WITH ARMY WORLD /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Harvesting on, poor show at rallies, parties on toes With wheat harvesting on in full swing in Punjab, political parties are finding it tough to arrange crowds for their rallies. PAGE 3 GOVT PLAYS DOWN OMISSION OF J&K, PULWAMA IN AZHAR LISTING BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Odisha braces for storm Fani Gadkari: India has made up mind New Delhi, May 2 An estimated 10,000 villages and 52 towns in Odisha could be hit by the “extremely severe” cyclonic storm Fani, which is approaching the eastern coast and is expected to make landfall south of Puri on Friday, the Centre said today. A total of 11.5 lakh people in Odisha will have to be moved to safer areas. Of them, about 3.3 lakh people have already been shifted. Flights to and from the Bhubaneswar airport have been cancelled for May 3 and no flight will depart or arrive at the Kolkata airport between 9.30 pm on May 3 and 6 pm on May 4. Other states on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, are also expected to be affected. As many as 223 trains along the Odisha coastline on Tribune News Service Saffron leaders in Bhopal are not overtly worried over the EC ban on Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. They are “relieved” they will be able to “run the campaign as they want” for three days. PAGE 2 himachal pradesh ‘Modi to get a bigger mandate than 2014’ Sushil Manav BJP leaders’ half-hearted support to Pragya Thakur ! Chandigarh, May 2 Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is confident that the BJP will get a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha elections and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will come to power once again. In an interview to The Tribune, Gadkari said people of the country had made up their mind to bring the BJP back to power and would give it a mandate better than 2014. Refuting suggestions that the SP-BSP alliance could dampen BJP’s chances in Uttar Pradesh, where the party had won 71 seats in 2014, he said the situation in UP had improved. The Union Minister also brushed aside apprehension DIFFERENT BALLGAME Politics is altogether a different ballgame. Here, two plus two may not always be four. Despite getting lesser seats in three states in Assembly polls, we are going to perform better in this Lok Sabha election. ❝ Nitin Gadkari, BJP LEADER FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 2 that the BJP was likely to lose seats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since the Congress had recently won elections there. IN BRIEF 3.3 lakh evacuatedI10,000 villages could be hitIFlights, trains cancelled A satellite image shows Cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal. MOST SEVERE SINCE 1999, WHEN 10,000 DIED ■ Fani is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that claimed close to 10,000 lives and left a trail of destruction in Odisha ■ IMD said it is also the first cyclonic storm of such severity to have formed in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood in 43 years ■ Fani lays centred over westcentral Bay of Bengal, about 430 km south-southwest of Puri in Odisha, 225 km southsoutheast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 650 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal the Kolkata-Chennai route have also been cancelled. Railways has also pressed into service three special trains to ferry passengers. The National Crisis Management Committee, the country’s top body to handle an emergency situation, on Wednesday reviewed the preparedness for cyclone Fani. Around 900 cyclone shelters have been made ready to house evacuees, while troops of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 78 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been requisitioned for deployment. The India Meteorological Department has warned of storm surge of about 1.5 metre height which may inundate low-lying coastal areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall. — PTI 1975-born, Shahid Afridi reveals his ‘real age’ New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has finally ended the mystery around his age, revealing that he was born in 1975 and not 1980 as the official records state. The revelations in his autobiography means Afridi was not 16 when he smashed a record-breaking 37-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996. PAGE 14 Two killed in Panipat factory wall collapse Panipat: Two labourers were killed after a wall of a factory collapsed due to strong winds on Thursday in Dahar village. The duo died after being trapped under debris. TNS Neither love, nor respect in CBSE co-topper’s regret: One anything BJPdoes:Priyanka short of perfect 100 in English 498 marks, Haryana girl is all-India joint second Says voice of one leader can’t drown voice of people CLASS XII RESULT 499/500 for Hansika, Karishma of UP Amethi/Rae Bareli, May 2 True nationalism means love of the people and for the country, but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said. Stepping up her attack on the BJP and PM Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, she said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader. In an interview, the Congress leader also said there is growing “public anger and pain” for which the people will give a message on May 23. “Nationalism means solving New Delhi, May 2 Ghaziabad’s Hansika Shukla, who has topped the CBSE Class XII examination with 499 marks, has only one regret: scoring 99 in English. Shukla, who scored 100 each in history, political science, psychology and Hindustani vocals, says she followed a ‘no social media’ policy. “I am on cloud nine, but now I feel it would have been perfect to get one more mark and have 100 in English. I regret that,” Hansika said. While her mother is an associate professor at a college in Ghaziabad, her father works as a secretary in the Rajya Sabha. A student of DPS, Hisar, May 2 With 498 out of 500 marks, Bhavya Bhatia of BKRS Public School in Safidon town of Jind district has secured the joint second position in the CBSE Class XII examination. She shares the rank with Rishikesh’s Gaurangi Chawla and Rae Bareli’s Aishwarya. A student of arts, Bhavya scored 100 out of 100 in economics, history, political science and Hindi, besides 98 per cent in English. Hailing from Urlana Kalan village in Panipat, around 12 km from her school, Bhavya said, “I focused on self-study and never took any tuition. I was expecting an excellent result but this has totally surprised me.” ‘TARGETING US METHODOLOGY OF THEIR POLITICS’ This is part of BJP politics (targeting Gandhis). They have targeted every person who has spoken against them. This is the methodology of their politics and it is the methodology of an undemocratic mindset. Priyanka Gandhi, CONGRESS LEADER ❝ the problems of the people. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it,” Priyanka Gandhi said. “Wherever I go, I see a lot of public anger, pain, which has not been addressed,” the Congress leader said. “Any leader, if public pain is not addressed, if voice of people is drowned by the voice of one leader or by the kind of ideology they have, they will have to suffer consequences.” — PTI Hansika Shukla, the topper Ghaziabad, she said, “Whenever I wanted to relax, I listened to music but I followed a ‘no social media’ policy because it is a huge distraction. I never took any tuition.” Sharing similar marks with her is Muzaffarnagar’s Kar- ishma Arora, who chose dance over music to relax. “I am not much of a sportsperson. I like to dance when I am free and want to relax,” she said. Coincidentally, both toppers want to pursue Psychology Honours. While Hansika has her eyes set on the UPSC exam, Karishma said she hadn’t thought about her future plans yet. Rishikesh’s Gaurangi Chawla, Rae Bareli’s Aishwarya and Bhavya from Jind got the second rank, scoring 498. With 497 marks, Parth Saini from Solan, Dishank Jindal (Chandigarh) and Piyush Jha (Dehradun) are among the 18 ranked third. — PTI Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Bhavya Bhatia On her study routine, Bhavya said: “I never followed a timetable.” Her father Vikas Bhatia, who is a bookseller, said he wanted Bhavya to go abroad, “but she insists on joining the IAS”. Her mother Anju is a schoolteacher. With 497 marks, Rubani Cheema of Hisar’s Vidya Devi Jindal School is among 18 students to rank third. PepsiCo to withdraw Decide on code violations by Accept Shergill’s nomination case against farmers PM, Shah by May 6: SC to EC if in order:HC after rejection Gujarat activists sound note of caution Manas Dasgupta AHMEDABAD, May 2 Even as food and beverages giant PepsiCo India today said the company had decided to withdraw the lawsuits against four farmers in Gujarat for cultivating a special variety of potato for which the company had exclusive rights, the farmers’ organisations sounded a note of caution against getting carried away by the promise. “The question is not of just the four farmers in Gujarat. The company may withdraw the cases against them under pressure. But the country will have to guard against the multinational companies dictating terms to farmers on what they should cultivate and what not. The question is of corporatisation of agriculture, which must be prevented,” a spokesman for the Gujarat Kisan Sangh said. PepsiCo India, which had sued four farmers of Sabarkantha district in north Gujarat last month for cultivating and selling FC5 variety of potato, which it claimed had been patented, was facing the farmers’ ire and the government also agreed to join it as party in favour of the potato-growers. “After discussions with the ❝ The company is silent on other cases. Farmers will have to stay guard against companies trying to browbeat them into cultivating particular varieties of crops that suit their purpose. Gujarat Kisan Sangh government, the company has agreed to withdraw the cases,” a PepsiCo India spokesman said. “We are relying on the discussions to find a long-term and amicable resolution of all issues around seed protection.” At different times, the company had filed cases against 11 farmers in Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Banaskantha districts, all in north Gujarat. The company had claimed huge losses and demanded damages ranging from Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 1 crore from each farmer for cultivation and sale of the variety the company used for production of popular variety Lay’s chips. New Delhi, May 2 The Supreme Court today directed the Election Commission to decide by May 6 nine complaints of the Congress alleging model code of conduct violations by PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The poll panel told a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it had already decided on two of the 11 complaints which were filed by the Congress against Modi PANEL CLEAN CHIT TO MODI AND RAHUL New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday gave a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi for his “nuclear button for Diwali” remark and Congress president Rahul Gandhi for calling his BJP counterpart Amit Shah a “murder accused”. The PM made the remark in Barmer and Rahul in MP. TNS and Shah for alleged violation of the model code. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Congress Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev who has filed a petition in the apex court on the issue, said they had given 11 representations to the EC against the duo but it had taken a decision only on two of these. The poll panel has given clean chit to Modi for two of his speeches. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh/Ropar, May 2 Less than three hours after the returning officer rejected the nomination papers filed by Aam Aadmi Party’s Anandpur Sahib candidate Narinder Singh Shergill, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the order. Shergill was debarred from contesting the election by the Election Commission for not submitting details of the elec- tion expenditure incurred during the previous elections, following which he moved the High Court on April 30. Allowing the plea after hearing the matter for four hours, a Division Bench of Justices Daya Chaudhary and Sudhir Mittal asserted: “The writ petition is allowed and the impugned orders (of rejection) are set aside. The nomination papers be accepted in case the same are otherwise in order.” The Bench, on the previous date of hearing, had directed the EC and another respondent to provisionally scrutinise Shergill’s papers. But Returning Officer-cumRopar DC Sumeet Jarangal today rejected the papers. Appearing on Shergill’s behalf, senior advocate Akshay Bhan and Amandeep Singh Talwar submitted that the petitioner furnished “accounts” to the District continued on page 7 From flight attendant to bodyguard to Thailand’s new queen Days ahead of coronation, 66-year-old king unexpectedly marries personal bodyguard unit deputy chief BANGKOK, May 2 Thailand has a new queen just in time for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies this weekend in Bangkok. The 66-year-old king unexpectedly married the 40-yearold deputy commander of his personal bodyguard unit on Wednesday in a surprise ceremony, giving her the title Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhaya. Born in 1978 as Suthida Tidjai, she graduated from Assumption University, a private university in Bangkok, with a degree in communica- FIRST CORONATION BEGINNING TOMORROW IN 69 YRS ■ King Maha Vajiralongkorn will King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida leave after paying respect at the statue of King Rama V in Bangkok. REUTERS tion arts in 2000. She worked as a flight attendant at Thai Airways before joining the protection unit of then-Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Criticising or insulting her is a crime under Thailand’s lese majeste laws, which carry be crowned in pageantry-laden ceremony, as Rama X furthers his primacy over one of the world’s richest monarchies ■ May 4-6 coronation comes more than two years after he ascended the throne at the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose coronation took place in 1950 ■ Bhumibol reigned over seven tumultuous decades and was punishment of up to 15 years in prison. The king, queen, heir to the throne and regent are covered under the law. revered as a symbol of unity in a politically chaotic country ■ His fiercely private 66-year-old son — Rama X of the Chakri dynasty — is less well-known by his subjects, and makes frequent trips overseas ■ Ceremony to cost $31 million ■ The kingdom has been cut by political divisions for 13 years, with coups and violence toppling short-lived civilian govts She already held the rank of General in the Royal Thai Army, having been promoted to the position in December 2016 by King Vajiralongkorn by royal decree shortly after he took the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Before the wedding, she was deputy commander of the King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment. The king is commander of the unit, and first designated her to the unit in 2013. The wedding came as a surprise to many Thais because the palace had never acknowledged any personal relationship between her and King Vajiralongkorn, who has previously been divorced three times. — Reuters more on Page 13
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