03012022-TTB-01.qxd 1/3/2022 12:07 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.3 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA LIONEL MESSI TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SPORT /thetribunechd FACE MASKS MADE MANDATORY IN UK SCHOOLS WORLD GUARANTEED MINIMUM PM LAYS STONE PRICE VIA AREA OF DHYAN CHAND PLANNING INFOCUS VARSITY BACK PAGE monday | 3 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Pak bid to aid infiltration foiled in Kupwara, 1 gunned down: Army Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 2 In a complete breach of the ongoing understanding on maintaining ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC), a Border Action Team (BAT) of the Pakistan army allowed and aided an infiltration bid in Keran sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The bid was foiled and a terrorist, later identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national, eliminated. He was equipped with weapons, ammunition and warlike stores. The incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the anti-infiltration obstacle system, kept under PAKISTAN ASKED TO TAKE BACK BODY ■ The infiltrator was identified Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. PTI FILE surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by infiltrators or Pakistani troops. A statement by the Army ‘Bulli Bai’ app targeting Muslim women shut Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 2 Facing outrage after photographs of almost 100 influential Muslim women were uploaded for a fictitious “auction” on an app, Minister for Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw has said GitHub, the hosting platform, has confirmed blocking the operator of the app called “Bulli Bai”. In a tweet late on Saturday evening, Vaishnaw said, “GitHub confirmed blocking the user this morning. CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and police in Delhi and Mumbai are coordinating further action.” The Delhi and Mumbai Police have registered separate cases. In Delhi, a journalist lodged a complaint with the cyber cell, alleging her pictures had been uploaded on the app. She took to Twitter informing SECOND SUCH CASE ■ ‘Bulli Bai’ app was similar to ‘Sulli Deals’ which came up in July last year ■ Photos of 100 Muslim women were uploaded ■ GitHub, the hosting platform, said user was blocked ■ CERT, police coordinating further action: IT Minister that her complaint had been registered and a case under Sections 153A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion etc), 153B (imputations prejudicial to national integration), 354A & 509 (sexual harassment) had been filed. The app was almost similar to “Sulli Deals” app upload in July last year. “Sulli” and “Bulli” are slang words used derogatorily for Muslim women. GitHub was the host for both apps. The app encouraged people to participate in the “auction”. continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Omicron: SC to conduct hearings virtually NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Sunday decided to conduct all hearings in virtual mode for the next two weeks starting from January 3, in view of the rising number of Omicron cases. PTI NCM chief to visit Kartarpur gurdwara today NEW DELHI: National Commission for Minorities Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura is scheduled to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, on Monday. He will lead a group of devotees. PTI Fire ravages South Africa’s Parliament building CAPE TOWN: A major fire ripped through South Africa’s Parliament complex on Sunday. As firefighters struggled to tame the blaze, a dark plume of smoke rose high into the air. WORLD said the armed intruder dressed in a Pathani suit and black jacket was detected moving from areas under the control of Pakistan army as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a national of Pakistan ■ He carried an identity card and vaccination certificates issued by the Pakistan authorities ■ The Pakistan army has been asked to take back the body of the killed individual across the LoC around 3 am yesterday. Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and his movement was tracked till 4 pm. The ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator eliminated. The surveillance of the area is in progress, said a Srinagar-based spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence. The slain man’s identity card and vaccination certificates, issued by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Government of Pakistan, helped ascertain his identity. The belongings also included a photo of the infiltrator in army uniform bearing the name tab of Shabbir. A communication has been made to the Pakistan army to take back the body of the slain terrorist. Will retain ~8L income norm for EWS quota: Centre to SC Accepts proposal of panel set up to revisit criterion New Delhi, January 2 The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has decided to accept the recommendation of a three-member panel to retain the current gross annual family income limit of Rs 8 lakh or less for defining the economically weaker section (EWS). The government said the panel had recommended that the family income was a “feasible criterion” for defining EWS and, in the current situation, a threshold of Rs 8 lakh of annual family income seemed reasonable. In its affidavit filed in a matter related to admissions for NEET-PG, the Centre said the panel had recommended that “only those families whose annual WHAT PANEL SAID... ■ A threshold of Rs 8 lakh annual family income seems reasonable ■ EWS may, however exclude, irrespective of income, a person whose family has 5 acres of agricultural land or more ■ Revisiting criterion delayed the NEET-PG 2021 counselling, leading to protests income is up to Rs 8 lakh would be eligible to get the benefit of EWS reservation”. “I respectfully submit that the Central government has decided to accept the recom- mendations of the committee, including the recommendation of applying the new criterion prospectively,” Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, R Subrahmanyam, who filed the affidavit on behalf of the Centre, told the top court. The Centre had set up the three-member panel, comprising Ajay Bhushan Pandey, former Finance Secretary, VK Malhotra, Member Secretary, ICSSR, and Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser to Centre, on November 30 last year after an assurance given to the top court to revisit the criteria for determining the EWS. The committee in its report submitted on December 31 last continued on page 9 2 more bodies found, Bhiwani landslip toll five Tribune News Service Chandigarh/Bhiwani, Jan 2 A day after the landslide at Dadam mining zone in Tosham block of Bhiwani, two more bodies were recovered, taking the toll to five. The deceased were identified as Dinesh Dutt of Hoshiarpur and Dharambir of Bhaloth village in Rohtak. A fact-finding committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Rahul Narwal will conduct an inquiry into the incident and look into any possible violations in carrying out mining operations. Will file case against contractor: DC Landslip site in Bhiwani district where rescue operations are on. At least 70 members of the NDRF and the SDRF were deployed for the rescue operation. Deputy Commissioner RS Dhillon said, “A case will be registered against the con- tractor.” Jarnail Singh (50), an eyewitness, said he was at the site when he saw the landslide near pit number 37-38. “A thick blanket of dust had enveloped the site. There was a change in shift at 8 am, which was why not many workers were present. This was the first-of-its-kind incident since I started working here over two decades ago,” he said. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said all clearances for mining were given by the central department. “Once a detailed investigation is carried out, we will take action against the guilty,” he said. Contractor Vedpal Tanwar, a representative of Govardhan Mines, said they had sublet the site to Kumkum Mines. Day after stampede, devotees undergo thermal screening on way to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, which saw a footfall of 15,000 on Sunday. PTI Sidhu praises Channi as efficient TMC’s Dev sole woman CM, woos Dalits at Phagwara rally on panel to review Bill Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Phagwara, January 2 Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, addressing a rally here on Sunday, said Punjab had got a Dalit CM after seven decades and credited his party (Congress) for the same.“The CM is heading the state with remarkable efficiency. In a short span, he has paved the way for an ‘enterprising’ Punjab and kindled hope for equality and justice for all,” Sidhu said. Calling the Congress the champion of the underprivileged, he claimed all other parties had failed to provide any significant benefit to the Dalits. “What has the BJP done for them,” he asked, exhorting the people not to be “misled” by those working for certain corporate New Delhi, January 2 The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, tasked to review and report back on the controversial Bill to enhance the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, has only one woman member. The committee composition, as published on the website of the Rajya Sabha, shows TMC’s Sushmita Dev as the lone woman member of the committee. Dev said more women should have been part of a committee mandated to look at the Bill which has farreaching consequences for women’s rights and choices. Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani Pradesh Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a rally at Phagwara in Kapurthala on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH houses. Sidhu dubbed the Shiromani Akali Dal, Capt Amarinder Singh and BJP as different sides of the same coin. Addressing the rally in favour of Phagwara Congress MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, he claimed Punjab was now changing. “We are moving towards a new Punjab. We are batting for the welfare of Dalits, education, employment and legal guarantee for MSP .” Amid applause, the Pradesh Congress chief, while attacking BJP’s politics of “divisiveness” and “arm-twisting”, said that this would not work in Punjab, “the land of the Gurus that only knows oneness.” MOVE TO RAISE MARRIAGE AGE ■ The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021 seeks to amend the parent Act of 2006 besides the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, Indian Christian Marriage Act, Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act and Special Marriage Act. had introduced The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament and urged Speaker Om Birla to refer the same to the standing committee for scrutiny after the Opposition demanded that all stakeholders should be engaged on the continued on page 9 Filewith6queries sentbacktoCMO onDec31:Guv Chandigarh, January 2 Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Sunday said CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s claim that he was deliberately stalling regularisation of 36,000 employees was “factually incorrect.” A statement issued by the Punjab Raj Bhawan said the file concerned had been sent back to the CMO with six queries for clarification. “This file was duly received by the CMO on December 31, 2021, and the reply to the queries is awaited... Once the reply comes, continued on page 9 HP varsity sold 50K degrees: Probe In Hry, CBSE schools to move HC over Class VIII board exam Count likely to go up, SIT inquiry to conclude soon Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, January 2 The number of fake degrees allegedly sold by Manav Bharti University (MBU), Solan, is all set to cross the 50,000 mark. The investigation agencies have detected over 45,000 fake degrees and digital evidence in respect of another 5,000 is being verified. The special investigation team (SIT) of the CID had recovered 55 hard disks which were being scanned. The investigation has now reached its conclusive stage, CERTIFICATES WERE PRICED AT ~1-3 LAKH ■ In 2019, the UGC pointed out 2 HP varsities allegedly sold about 5 lakh degrees ■ A probe was launched against APG University (Shimla) and Manav Bharti University (Solan) ■ As many as 36,000 fake degrees were detected in January last year official sources said, adding that the number of fake degrees could mount further as the process of scanning the retrieved data was still on. The investigation pointed out that fake degrees were sold outside the state through agents for Rs 1-3 lakh in cash deal in majority of the cases. Properties worth Rs 194.74 crore out of Rs 440 crore linked to the crime proceeds were attached. Raj Kumar Rana, chairman, Manav Bharti Charitable Trust, is the main accused. The extradition process to bring back his wife, son and daughter from Australia is in progress. Various teams are looking continued on page 9 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, January 2 Private schools affiliated to the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) are at loggerheads with the Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) over the latter’s directive on conducting Class VIII board exams in all schools of the state. The schools have not only decided that they will not get registered with the BSEH for the purpose, but have also resolved to file a writ petition in the high court against the decision. They say that the BSEH cannot force any school affil- ILLOGICAL DECISION ❝ There’s resentment among CBSE schools... BSEH decision is illogical. We have no other option, but to approach the court . Anil Kaushik, STATE PREZ OF PVT SCHOOLS’ ASSN iated to other boards to follow its directive. “Mandating Class VIII exams by the BSEH for all schools will mean dual affiliation, which is neither practical nor feasible. Hence, we SCHOOLS REFUSE TO GET REGISTERED ■ Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) has asked all schools to get registered on its website before January 10 for the Class VIII examination ■ All schools, however, have taken a collective decision to not get registered in protest ■ They say the syllabus differs from school to school are resisting its decision and are all set to challenge it in the high court. Since the schools (opposing the decision) possess a no objection certificate issued by the state government, allowing NOTHING WRONG ❝ There’s nothing wrong with the decision. CBSE bylaws state that schools up to Class VIII have to follow directives of the state concerned. VP Yadav, VICE-CHAIRMAN, HRY SCHOOL BOARD them to affiliate with any board for the purpose of curriculum, assessment and exam structure, it is beyond our understanding why the BSEH is imposing its decision,” said Anshul Pathania, district president, Haryana Progressive School Conference (a group of CBSE-affiliated schools). The syllabus for Class-8 differs from school to school and a common examination such as this would disrupt the current curriculum followed in schools affiliated to other boards, Pathania said. The BSEH had asked all schools to register themselves on its website before January 10 so that students could get enrolled for Class VIII examination. All schools, however, took a collective decision at a recent meeting to not get registered in protest, said Pathania.
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