07052019-TTC-01.qxd 5/7/2019 1:29 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.125 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, may 7,2019 PM’s PROMISES ARE LIKE BAMBOO, LONG BUT HOLLOW: SIDHU NATION BASMATI EXPORTS TOUCH RECORD HIGH IN 2018-19 BUSINESS /thetribunechd MAHA BALLOT 2019 Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been leading the BJP’s campaign in Haryana. During the past one month, Khattar has criss-crossed the length and breadth of the state several times. The Tribune interviews him. PAGE 2 EC clean chit to Modi in two more cases The EC has given clean chit to PM Narendra Modi in two more cases, sources said on Monday. The poll panel has cleared Modi’s “roadshow” in Ahmedabad on April 23 and his April 9 speech at Chitradurga. Earlier, the EC had cleared his six speeches. PTI No US relief on Iranian crude, seeks concession Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, May 6 India held top-level interactions with the US today aimed at fulfilling its critical requirements of strategic and energy security. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross offered no relief to India on accessing American oil in return for completely turning off its dependence on Iranian crude. Nor did Ross give any sign of trying to achieve a middle ground in the trade dispute by sticking to the US positions. The Indian side though gave signals of being eager to achieve closure on the trade disputes. “The US is one of the biggest partners and this is an opportunity to de-escalate tensions,” said a Commerce Ministry source, with the game-plan being to highlight Indian acquiescence in the US strategic plan of squeezing Iran and stepping up joint military activity in the Indo-Pacific region in return for Washington easing some of the pressure on trade. Ross emphasised the US perception of viewing Iran from the terrorism lens and ruled out cheap US oil on grounds that the government has no role in pricing. continued on page 7 FOURTH SCORPENE-CLASS SUBMARINE ‘VELA’ LAUNCHED BACK PAGE 63.5% turnout in Phase V SC panel gives clean chit to Stray violence in WB IVoting for 424 seats concludes New Delhi, May 6 The fate of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani was sealed as polling for the fifth phase of General Election concluded today. Fifty-one parliamentary constituencies across seven states recorded 63.5 per cent voter turnout. Satya Prakash Tribune News Service POLL PERCENTAGE WEST BENGAL MADHYA PRADESH JHARKHAND RAJASTHAN UTTAR PRADESH BIHAR J&K TOTAL 74.42 66.31 65.12 63.72 57.93 57.76 19.55 63.5 With the completion of the fifth phase of polling, voting for 424 of the 543 parliamentary seats has concluded. Barring a few incidents of violence reported from West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir, “voting was largely peaceful and no loss of human life was reported from anywhere”, Election Commission official Sandeep Saxena said. Election is being held on 542 seats. Polling for the Vellore continued on page 7 CJI, ‘no substance in charges’ SEXUAL HARASSMENT ROW Report not to be made public: Court An election official sits inside an empty polling station in Kashmir’s Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on Monday. AFP 2.1% polling in Pulwama amid violence, Ladakh records 71.1% Srinagar, May 6 The five-phase elections for six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir concluded today with south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts recording the lowest voter turnout. J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said Pulwama and Shopian areas of the Anantnag constituency recorded a turnout of 2.14 and 2.88 per cent, respectively. The polling in Shopian and Pulwama witnessed militant violence and incidents of stone-pelting. Two grenades were tossed in Pulwama. “The incidents occurred at Rohoma and Tikken. There was no harm at Rohoma and the grenade at Tikken did not explode. No one was injured,” Kumar said. The Ladakh constituency witnessed a turnout of 71.1 per cent. The polling percentage for all six constituencies was 44.51, he said. Jammu recorded the highest turnout of 72.16 per cent. — TNS More on page 10 New Delhi, May 6 The Supreme Court’s inhouse inquiry — which probed into allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a dismissed woman employee against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi — has given him a clean chit, saying there was no substance in the allegations. Citing the top court’s verdict in Indira Jaising versus Supreme Court of India and Another (2003), SC Secretary General Sanjeev S Kalgaonkar said the panel’s report will not be made public. The top court had in that case held that a report of a committee constituted as part of the In-House Procedure was not liable to be made public. The committee submitted its report dated May 5, in accordance with the In-House Procedure, to the next senior judge competent to receive the report, the release said, adding that a copy had also been sent to the judge concerned, namely, the CJI. The panel — which was headed by Justice SA Bobde and included Justices Indu SC TO HEAR PIL FOR PROBE INTO ‘CONSPIRACY’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a petition filed by a lawyer seeking directions to the CBI to probe into an alleged conspiracy to implicate CJI Ranjan Gogoi in a "false sexual harassment" case. Petitioner advocate ML Sharma has named lawyers Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan, Kamini Jaiswal, Vrinda Grover, Indira Jaising, Nina Gupta Bhasin and Dushyant Dave as parties. He alleged the actions of some lawyers amounted to “contempt of court” and there was a “planned conspiracy” to defame the CJI. On Monday, he mentioned the matter before a Bench of Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer and demanded urgent hearing. “What is the urgency?” the Bench said. As Sharma said his petition be placed before the Bench which dealt with advocate Utsav Bains’ affidavit claiming a larger conspiracy to frame CJI, Justice Bobde said, “We will see when it will be listed.” TNS HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED, SAYS COMPLAINANT I am highly disappointed and dejected. I am on verge of losing faith in the capacity of our system to deliver justice to the weak... despite placing all material, no justice or protection was given to me. Complainant ❝ Malhotra and Indira Banerjee — went ahead with the unprecedented inquiry and submitted its report despite the complainant withdraw- ing from the proceedings. After the committee submitted its report, another panel headed by retired Justice AK Patnaik is expected to commence its probe into allegations of a conspiracy to implicate CJI Gogoi in a false sexual harassment case. The dismissed employee — whose allegations created a storm in legal circles on April 20 when four online portals published details of her affidavit sent to 22 judges of the Supreme Court — had opted out of the inquiry, expressing “serious concerns and reservations” about its functioning over not being allowed to be accompanied by a lawyer and lack of video recording. She had appeared before the panel for three days. The panel started its proceedings late last month. The CJI himself had on Wednesday last appeared before it. On Sunday, the Supreme Court had denied reports that Justices RF Nariman and DY Chandrachud met Justice Bobde and suggested that the panel should not go ahead with the proceeding ex parte after the complainant withdrew. Later, it was reported that Justice Chandrachud had requested not to proceed ex parte as it would undermine the court’s credibility. ‘justice for cji’: back page All in a day :‘Didi arrogant, expiry PM’ Modi punched coach Advani: At poll rallies, Modi and Mamata have go at each other over cyclone Fani Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, May 6 Sparks flew thick and fast in West Bengal today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a go at each other on a crucial day of polling in the state. At an election rally in Tamluk, Modi accused Mamata of doing politics over cyclone Fani. He alleged she did not even speak to him when he rang her up to enquire about the calamity. “I am just back from Odisha after reviewing the postcyclone situation. I also wanted to speak to the West Bengal Chief Minister to discuss the issue. I called her up, but Didi is so arrogant that she didn’t speak to me. I waited for her call, but she didn’t get back to me,” Modi said. “Speed-breaker Didi was more interested in doing politics. I wanted to speak to officials, but the government did not allow that,” the PM said. ‘DIDN’T TALK TO ME’ I wanted to speak to CM Mamata Banerjee to discuss the issue (Fani cyclone). I called her up, but Didi is so arrogant she didn’t speak to me. I waited, she didn’t get back Narendra Modi, ‘CHEAP POLITICS’ When PM called up, I was not in Kolkata. I was in Kharagpur (to oversee disaster preparedness in wake of Fani), so I couldn’t speak. The PM is indulging in cheap politics PRIME MINISTER Mamata Banerjee, ❝ Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Cops take away the body of the shooter in Jalandhar. her head. The incident occurred around 2.30 pm, when Seema, who works at the billing counter, was having lunch in the pantry located on the third floor. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said: “The accused arrived 15 minutes ❝ WEST BENGAL CM CONTEST IN NAME OF RAJIV GANDHI: MODI I had called a member of naamdar parivar (dynasty) bhrashtachari (corrupt) no. 1 and some people got such a severe stomach ache. I challenge the Congress to fight elections in the name of Rajiv Gandhi when polling takes place in Punjab, Delhi and Bhopal. Narendra Modi, PM ❝ HE HATES US, I ONLY HAVE LOVE FOR HIM: RAHUL Narendra Modi insulted a martyr (Rajiv Gandhi); no matter how much hatred he has for my family, I only have love for him. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS CHIEF ❝ 27-yr-old shoots at woman, kills self in Jalandhar auto dealership Jalandhar, May 6 Spurned by his love interest, a youth shot and injured a car dealership employee before fatally turning the weapon on himself here this afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Manpreet Singh (27) of Mustafapura, Kartarpur. Seema Tiwari (26), who worked at the automobile showroom at Nakodar Chowk, was taken to a private hospital, where her condition was stated to be critical. Tiwari, a resident of Bashirpura locality, suffered two bullet wounds in the right forearm and the back of late city /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Tribune News Service People are giving BJP another chance: Khattar ! before the incident. Eyewitnesses said he was pressuring the woman to talk to him. A heated exchange ensued and the suspect fired six shots.” A suicide note in Punjabi was recovered from Manpreet’s pocket that said: “I’m responsible for our death. She said something wrong to me over some issue and I was disturbed after that.” Seema is learnt to have been working at the showroom for the past six months, while the suspect had worked at the dealership’s Kartarpur showroom for some time, said an employee. He later moved to another car dealership, which he left a fortnight ago. Earlier, the TMC hit out at Modi for calling up Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday instead of talking to the CM to enquire about the ground situation in the wake of the cyclone. At a public meeting at Gopiballabhpur in Jhargram constituency, Mamata said the “expiry Prime Minister” was indulging in petty politics on the cyclone relief issue. She said her government would not hold a meeting with Modi because she considers him an “expiry PM”. The Chief Minister said she had stationed herself at Kharagpur as the path of the cyclone was supposed to pass through that area before reaching Bangladesh. She oversaw the disaster preparedness and took care that people were safe. “When Modi called up, I was not in Kolkata. I was in Kharagpur and so could not speak to him,” Banerjee, who is frequently seen talking on mobile phone, claimed. Rahul in boxing hub Bhiwani Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Bhiwani, May 6 Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a “boxer” who was sent to fight unemployment, but ended up punching his “coach” and veteran BJP leader LK Advani. Addressing a rally in support of Congress’ BhiwaniMahendragarh candidate Shruti Choudhry, he tried to strike a chord with the people of Bhiwani by terming it “mini Cuba”. Bhiwani is known as India’s boxing nursery that has produced many famous pugilists, including Vijender Singh, the Congress candidate from the South Delhi seat. Gandhi said Modi had been using the Army for political gains for which he should apologise to the people. He said, “The Army is not the personal property of Modi. When a soldier lays down his Rahul Gandhi flanked by Congress leaders Kiran Choudhry (left) and Shruti Choudhry at a rally in Bhiwani. INDERVESH DUHAN ‘WAS TO FIGHT FOR PEOPLE, HURLED BLOWS’ Boxer Narendra Modi, who boasted of his 56-inch chest, entered the ring to fight unemployment, farmer issues, corruption, but hurled blows not only on his own team, but also on farmers, poor sections of society and small shopkeepers. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS PRESIDENT life, it’s the blood of the people of Bhiwani or other parts of the country that is shed.” “Instead of fighting for the common people, Modi fought on behalf of big corporates. He promised Rs 15 lakh in every account, but ended up giving away lakhs of crores to these corporates,” he said, while assuring NYAY to the people. Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad also addressed the meeting. 499/500 marks,13 share top rank in CBSE Class X 25 score 498I59 stand third with 497 marksI Girls from Bathinda, Ambala among toppers New Delhi, May 6 Girls outperformed boys yet again in the Central Board of Secondary Education Class X examination, in which the top rank was shared by 13 students with 499 out of 500 marks. Bathinda’s Manya Jindal and Ambala’s Divjot Kaur Jaggi figured among the top 13. The pass percentage was 91.10 per cent, an improvement of 4.40 per cent since last year. The second rank was bagged by 25 students, who scored 498 out of 500 marks, while the third rank was shared by 59 students who got 497 marks. Those who shared the sec- BEST PERFORMERS REGION ❝ I’m preparing for I refrained from using NEET/AIIMS & the Internet or social media travel daily from throughout the year… Ambala to Studied regularly for 4-5 Chandigarh for hours and 8-9 hours during exams. I aspire to be a doctor. coaching. I want to be an IAS officer. Divjot Kaur, JOINT TOPPER Manya Jindal, JOINT TOPPER (BATHINDA) Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. TRIVANDRUM CHENNAI AJMER PANCHKULA PRAYAGRAJ BHUBANESWAR PATNA DEHRADUN PASS %AGE 99.85 99 95.89 93.72 92.55 92.32 91.86 89.04 UTTAR PRADESH SHINES WITH… TOP RANKERS SECOND RANKERS THIRD RANKERS 8 13 19 Govt-run Kendriya Vidyalayas have outperformed others with a pass percentage of 99.47 ond rank in the region are Kaashvi Jain (Ambala), Sakshi Saxena (Palwal), Rohan Batra (Ambala), Drishti Gupta (Panchkula), Stuti Dixit (Faridabad) and Priyanka (Ambala). Thirteen students from the region, including Rishika Chaudhary and Hiteshwar Sharma of Panchkula, and Shridhar Vashishtha of Chandigarh, made it to the all-India third rank. Congratulating the students, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Proud of my young friends who have successfully cleared the CBSE Class X examinations. Wishing them the very best for their journey ahead.” — PTI
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