04052019-TTC-01.qxd 04-05-2019 01:46 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.122 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, may 4,2019 SHARIF’S PERMANENT BAIL PLEA TURNED DOWN WORLD DEBT RESOLUTION UNDER IBC: LENDERS TAKE 57% HAIRCUT BUSINESS /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 BJP has no history of nationalism: Azad Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks about issues confronting the nation ahead of the conclusion of 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Congress prospects in Haryana . PAGE 2 At 82, Atwal marching slowly but steadily At 82, Charanjit Singh Atwal, the Shiromani Akali Dal nominee from Jalandhar, is the oldest candidate in fray for the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. PAGE 3 Twin EC clean chits for Modi, Amit Shah ! late city DIDN’T VOTE, AKSHAY ADMITS HE IS CANADIAN BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Odisha withstands 200kmph storm Last of Burhan’s pic Massive damage after Fani landfall I 8 killed I West Bengal next in line but cyclone eases Bhubaneswar, May 3 Cyclone Fani, or ‘Hood of Snake’, barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175-200 km per hour, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages. The extremely severe cyclonic storm made landfall around 8 am in Puri, with roaring winds flattening huts, enveloping the pilgrim town in sheets of rain, and submerging homes. Though it unexpectedly weakened into ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm in a matter of hours, it left a trail of devastation in large parts of coastal Odisha, with the pilgrim town of Puri being the worst hit. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Puri district suffered huge damage. “Energy infrastructure has been completely destroyed,” he said. Hundreds of engineers and technicians were working on a war-footing to restore power supply and road communication, with thousands of uprooted trees blocking the way in innumerable places. The cyclonic system, whose eye is around 28-km wide, moved at around 30 kmph, Director of the Meteorological Centre HR Biswas said. But within the system, the winds CM IN RESCUE ACT 12 LAKH PEOPLE were shifted to safer locations within 24 hours ahead of the cyclone from 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in probably the largest such exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country, said CM Naveen Patnaik 4,000 SHELTERS, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres, are housing evacuees where free cooked food is being served 10,000 PEOPLE A ravaged street after Cyclone Fani pounded Puri on Friday. PTI were killed in a super-cyclone that battered the coast of Odisha in 1999. A mass evacuation of 10 lakh people likely saved thousands of lives in 2013. In contrast, casualties have been minimal this time owing to technological advancements and improved disaster management system AIRPORT EQUIPMENT DAMAGED ■ Equipment at Bhubaneswar airport has been significantly damaged but flight operations are expected to begin by 1 pm on Saturday ■ Centre announced cancellation of Bhubaneswar as a centre for AIIMS PG 2019 exam on May 5. A part of the roof of a building at AIIMS was also ripped off, but all students, staff and patients were learnt to be safe reached speeds of up to 175 km per hour that gusted up to 200 kmph, leaving in their wake uprooted trees and thatched structures, including in the state capital Bhubaneswar. National Disaster Response Force DIG Randeep Rana said not many casualties were reported as precautionary measures were in place. Special Relief Commissioner BP Sethi said Bhubaneswar was hit by high velocity wind of around 140 kmph. Mobile towers were damaged and power supply was disconnected at many places. The system is passing through Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore. It is now expected to enter West Bengal in the wee hours of Saturday. The West Bengal Government has shifted around 45,000 people to shelter camps in Midnapore, North Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Howrah. The Centre has released over Rs 1,000 crore in advance for the affected states. edit: facing fani group shot in Valley Dar 10th in 2015 photo to be killed Suhail A Shah Anantnag, May 3 Lateef Ahmad Dar, alias Lateef Tiger, the last of the militants still unaccounted for from the Burhan Wani group photo taken a few years ago, was among three militants killed in an early morning gunfight in Shopian district of south Kashmir today. Several civilians were injured in clashes that erupted near the site in Imam Sahib area of Shopian district. Dar belonged to Dogripora in Awantipora police district, while the other two slain militants were identified as Tariq Ahmad Sheikh, alias Tariq Molvi, of Moolu Chitragam in Shopian and Shariq Ahmad Nengroo, alias Shaheen Bhai, a resident of Chotigam village also in Shopian. Dar, a carpenter by profession before he joined militant ranks, had been active since 2014. He was part of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s 11member group seen in the picture that went viral in 2015. The picture was described by many as the poster of the new-age militancy in the Valley. While 10 of them, including Lateef Ahmad Dar Dar, have now been eliminated, the 11th, Tariq Pandith, is currently lodged at Srinagar’s Central Jail. “While Dar was one of the longest surviving militants in the area, Sheikh was instrumental in recruiting new militants,” said IGP IG Pani. He said there was no collateral damage during the operation. A senior police official said the operation was launched in Aadkhara village around 6 am. The exchange of fire continued for several hours before all three militants were killed, he said. Clashes broke out near the site as protesters pelted security forces with stones. At least two dozen protesters were injured after security forces fired pellets, bullets and tear smoke shells. The bodies of the militants were handed over to the families. Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 3 The Election Commission today gave a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi on two complaints filed by the Opposition parties related to his Nanded speech in Maharashtra on April 6 in which he dubbed Congress a “sinking Titanic” and his interview to a TV channel in Varanasi on April 25. With this, the PM has got five clean chits from the EC. Similarly, BJP president Amit Shah got clean chits from the poll watchdog on complaints by Opposition parties for his references to defence forces during an April 22 speech at Nadia in West Bengal and April 9 speech in Nagpur in which he said it was difficult to make out if “Wayanad is in India or in Pakistan”. Meanwhile, the EC said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has sought time till May 7 to respond to its May 1 notice against BJP’s complaint regarding a statement made during an April 23 rally at Shahdol in MP and asked him to reply within 48 hours. Ex-SC judge to probe ‘Missing ~6.6 cr’: 2 ASIs reached Bookwomanwhotold Haryana judicial exam Kerala to strike deal with priests men to rape girls: Panel Came under radar in bid to get passports from home Says she outraged modesty of all Justice Sikri to look into evaluation Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 3 The Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Justice AK Sikri to look into the evaluation process of the main examination for 107 posts of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in Haryana, in which only nine candidates were shortlisted out of more than 1,100. A total of 14,301 students took the preliminary examination on December 22 last year for 107 vacancies and 1,282 were declared successful to take part in the main examination held on March 15 and 17 this year. More than 1,100 candidates appeared, but only nine qualified. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to sub- mit answersheets to Justice Sikri, who will examine if the evaluation was acceptable. On Monday, the Bench had directed the HC Registry not to appoint any civil judge without its nod and summoned the Registrar General with the selection records. The order came on a petition by 92 aspirants, seeking quashing of result of the main examination which was declared on April 11. They have challenged the selection process and evaluation method adopted, terming the entire exercise “unreasonable, arbitrary and mala fide”. They alleged that RTI applications seeking disclosure of marks, copies of answer scripts, model answers and marking criteria were not answered and interviews were scheduled. Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 3 Failure to pick their passports before fleeing landed the two Assistant SubInspectors in the police net after remaining fugitives for 33 days in the ~6.65 crore “missing cash” scandal that rocked Punjab Police and a Jalandhar-based group of Christian priests. ASIs Joginder Singh and Rajpreet Singh hid in many states and eventually reached Kochi, planning to strike a deal with the priests, who belonged to Kerala and allegedly owned the cash, to return the money and get the complaint withdrawn. A team headed by IG PK Sinha tracked them down with the help of Kerala Police. Sinha said the duo took away the money thinking it was part SENT TO FIVE-DAY POLICE REMAND ■ The SIT led by AIG (Crime) Rakesh Kaushal produced the ASIs and five others in a CBI court in Mohali on Friday ■ AIG Kaushal said they had recovered ~2.38 crore and sought seven-day remand to recover the remaining amount. “The ASIs have been remanded in five-day police Joginder Singh custody, the rest in three-day.” Rajpreet Singh of a larger illegal amount and if they siphoned off some, there would not be any complaint. “When the money was recovered during a raid, senior officers told the two to deposit it at the Khanna police headquarters, but the duo hatched a plan midway. They initially thought of taking a few lakhs from ~6.65 crore, but later thought of pocketing the whole amount,” the IG said. He said the duo thought it was ill-gotten money. “But, the priests complained the next day, forcing the ASIs to flee. They later thought of leaving the country and tried to get their passports picked from their houses. It was then that our intelligence network caught them.” The ASIs stayed in Uttarakhand, New Delhi, Jaipur, Meerut and Mumbai. Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, May 3 The Haryana State Commission for Women today sought police action against a middle-aged woman allegedly instigating men to rape women in short dresses after a video of the incident went viral on the social media. In a letter to the Haryana DGP the commission sought , details of the case and asked the police to book the woman under relevant sections as soon as possible. “The woman is apparently thrashing and using demeaning language against regular customers of a restaurant and commenting on their (group of girls) attire. She is seen inciting a sense of hatred towards those girls and specifically referring to men present there that these women who wear short clothes deserved to be raped,” the letter read. “This is against the human spirit. The indecent remarks in public spaces outrage the modesty of not only the girls present at the restaurant but the entire community,” it further read. Meanwhile, after being trolled, the woman has uploaded an unconditional apology on Instagram after the video got 1.8 million views. On April 30, she had asked seven men at a restaurant to rape the six girls as they were wearing short dresses. The group accosted the woman at a nearby store and demanded an apology. However, the woman refused to apologise and told the girl filming the video to “go to hell”. Pulwama not keen, leaders not seen Illegal mining has free run, whoever comes Ahead of phase three polling for Anantnag LS seat, negligible activity on ground Majid Jahangir THIRD-PHASE POLLING FOR LS SEAT ON MAY 6 Tribune News Service Pulwama, May 3 No banners, no buntings, not a trace of political activity just three days ahead of the election — Pulwama is living up to its image of a militancy stronghold. Activities related to the May 6 third-phase polling for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat are restricted to offices and residences of politicians, where security guards outnumber political activists. The February 14 bombing, which left 40 CRPF personnel dead and brought India and Pakistan on the brink of a war, still plays on the minds of people here. Though the Pulwama attack has taken centrestage in the country’s politics, at ground zero, the focus is on Pulwama voters 3,51,314 Shopian voters 1,71,216 Assembly segments 6 Polling stations 695 Turnout so far 12.3% Pulwama voting (2014) 7.7% NC district president Mohideen Mir at his near-deserted office in Pulwama. TRIBUNE PHOTO peace, not the poll turnout. Political workers feel the voting percentage may dip further as compared to Anantnag and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir. “People are indifferent. Politicians know this and don’t expect even a doubledigit turnout… We have seen the worst violence here. There is no question of voting. Pulwama may be a national issue, but for us, Kashmir is an issue that needs a solution,” said Tariq Ahmed, a local resident. Anantnag is the only seat where polling is being conducted in three phases owing to security concerns. The authorities have already made a string of arrests ahead of Monday’s polling. The twin south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Pulwama are the epicentre of Kashmir’s “new-age militancy” where 100 “native militants” are reportedly active. Two active operational commanders — Riyaz Naikoo and Zakir Musa — belong to Pulwama district. It was home to Burhan Wani, whose killing in 2016 triggered unrest. Pulwama district comprises four Assembly segments of Tral, Pampore, Pulwama and Rajpora, while Shopian district continued on page 7 Brazenness, damage to roads key electoral issue for voters in Anandpur Sahib area Rajmeet Singh TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE AGAMPUR (ANANDPUR SAHIB), May3 The more things change, the more they remain the same. In Agampur, 2 km from the Anandpur Sahib-Nangal road, the only impact on illegal mining since the change of guard in Punjab has been the shift in location. “With the Akalis being voted out, illegal mining around the foundation piers (pillars) of the 1-km Agampur bridge on the Sutlej has stopped, but (under the Congress rule) goes on unabated downstream now. The tippers bringing gravel from stone crushers have damaged the road,” says Ajmer Singh, a villager. On Friday, over a dozen stone crushers were at work on the Sutlej embankment, Sand-gravel path on Sutlej riverbed to allow mining vehicles access. crushing stone seemingly extracted from the riverbed at night to evade attention. Like Ajmer Singh, other voters also see no end to the problem as the movement of heavy tippers transporting sand and Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Bathinda Tribune. gravel has taken a heavy toll on the vital road link in the Kandi area — used by thousands of devotees bound for Anandpur Sahib, Naina Devi and other religious places. There is palpable anger among voters in the area, part of the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat, against successive MPs — be it from Akali Dal or Congress — for doing little to get the road repaired. “After promising four-laning in 2014, sitting MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra credits himself with getting the stone of upgradation of Banga-Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi road laid just before announcement of the elections. Only time will tell whether it is a poll stunt or it gets constructed,” quips Darshan Matto of Kandi Area Sangharsh Committee. And it’s not this stretch alone, the assurance of repairing other roads and improving basic amenities in the area remains unfulfilled. continued on page 7
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