05012023-TT-01.qxd 1/4/2023 Page 1 13 PANT AIRLIFTED TO MUMBAI SPORT /thetribunechd 11:18 PM CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 5 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH thursday | 5 january 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Guj Bill empowering police to book protesters gets Prez nod Any violation of prohibitory orders under Sec 144 to invite action Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 President Droupadi Murmu has given her assent to a Bill passed by the Gujarat Assembly, empowering the police to register cases against persons who stage protests in violation of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), officials said today. The Code of Criminal Procedure (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2021, passed by the state Assembly in March last year, is stipulated to make any violation of prohibitory orders issued under Section 144, CrPC, a cognisable offence under Section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. It amends Section 195 of the CrPC, which states that no court shall take cognisance of any criminal con- OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 188 OF IPC Any violation of prohibitory orders issued under Section 144, CrPC, will now be a cognisable offence under Section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the IPC CAN INVITE 6-MONTH JAIL The maximum punishment under Section 188 is six-month jail ARREST WITHOUT WARRANT ■ The amended law empowers a public authority to register a case and arrest a person for violation under Section 144 of CrPC ■ Before this Amendment, the state (police) could only detain violators for a limited period of time ■ For a cognisable offence, a public authority can arrest an accused without a warrant. For a non-cognisable offence, an accused cannot be arrested without a warrant spiracy for contempt of the lawful authority of public servants except on the complaint in writing of the public servant concerned. According to the statement and objects of the Bill, the Gujarat Government, police commissioners and district magistrates are empowered to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, directing any person to abstain from a certain act or to take a certain order to prevent disturbance of public tranquillity or a riot or an affray to maintain public order on various occasions. It said the police officers while deployed on such duties come across incidents of violation and need to take appropriate legal action against the violators under Section 188 of the IPC. However, Section 195 of the CrPC, 1973, makes it mandatory for the public servant issuing such orders to be the complainant against the violators thereby creating an impediment to taking cognisance of violations.... Section 195 (1) (a) (ii) CrPC prohibits the jurisdictional courts from taking cognisance of the offences except on the complaint in writing of the public servant concerned, the statement and objects said. ~19,744cr govt outlay for No spare water, says Mann; Green Hydrogen Mission build canal, insists Khattar New Delhi, January 4 The government today announced the launch of the National Green Hydrogen Mission with an outlay of Rs 19,744 crore to make India a global hub for manufacturing clean energy. Giving the break-up of the outlay, Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said incentives worth Rs 17,490 crore would be given for electrolysers and manufacturing of green hydrogen, whereas Rs 1,466 crore would be spent on pilot projects, Rs 400 crore for R&D and Rs 388 crore towards other mission continued on page 10 ISTOCK Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service AIMS & OBJECTIVES ■ Green hydrogen production capacity of at least 5 MMT per annum envisaged ■ ~8 lakh crore investment, at least six lakh jobs by 2030 ■ Export opportunities for green hydrogen and its derivatives ■ Decarbonisation of industrial as well as energy sectors ■ Less dependence on imported fossil fuels and feedstock ■ Development of indigenous manufacturing capabilities New Delhi, January 4 The decades-old issue regarding construction of the SutlejYamuna Link (SYL) canal for river water-sharing between Punjab and Haryana was nowhere near resolution on Wednesday with a crucial meeting of the chief ministers of the two states called by the Centre to evolve a consensus remaining inconclusive. At the meeting convened by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, as per the directions of the Supreme Court to resolve the matter through mediation, SYL MEET INCONCLUSIVE ❝ How can we agree to build the SYL canal when we don’t have a drop of water to spare? Bhagwant Mann, PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER Punjab is not cooperating and the CM (Mann) has refused to accept SC order. ML Khattar, HARYANA CM Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said the state continued on page 10 To counter China, Nyoma airfield in Ladakh to be full-fledged base in 2 yrs Sonia hospitalised with viral infection Ajay Banerjee NEW DELHI: Ex-Cong chief Sonia MoD also approves new airfield in Himachal’s Rangrik Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 4 In a two-pronged strategy to match the Chinese airfields located across the Line of Actual Control, the Ministry of Defence has invited bids to upgrade the Nyoma airfield in eastern Ladakh into a fullfledged base with allied infrastructure. Separately, it has approved a new airfield near Kaza in Himachal Pradesh. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has, in December last week, invited bids for upgrading the Nyoma airfield at a cost of Rs 214 crore. Located close to the Indus and some 180 km south-east of Leh at 13,700 feet, it is a naturally flat portion of Ladakh plateau and is already being used by heli- SECURING LAC ■ Nyoma airfield to be upgrad- ed at a cost of ~214 crore; it’s located close to the Indus, some 180 km south-east of Leh at 13,700 feet ■ Rangrik airfield to come up in Spiti valley, close to Chepzi in Tibet from where Chinese troops come for patrolling at LAC copters and special operation planes such as C-130J, which can land on mud. The plan is now to have a full-fledged fighter jet base that can launch and recover planes and also carry out minor maintenance jobs. The BRO plans to complete the upgrade in two years, according to the tender docu- ment. The site is spread over 1,235 acres where a 2.7-km runway with allied military infrastructure will come up. The alignment at Nyoma is such that aircraft can land from both directions. The other important aspect is having an airfield at Rangrik in Spiti valley near continued on page 10 IN BRIEF Gandhi has been admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with a viral respiratory infection. TNS Flyer who ‘urinated’ on co-passenger booked NEW DELHI: A passenger who ‘urinated’ on a co-passenger on a New York-Delhi AI flight in Nov has been booked. TNS Bilkis case: SC judge recuses from hearing NEW DELHI: Justice Bela M Trivedi of the SC has recused herself from hearing pleas in the Bilkis Bano case. BACK PAGE SC stays order on UP urban local body poll NEW DELHI: The SC has stayed Allahabad HC order asking UP to hold the urban local body poll sans quota for OBCs. TNS PTI Pathania set to be elected Speaker Tribune News Service 18 CRPF COs FOR POONCH, RAJOURI With Intelligence inputs indicating possible fresh attacks on civilians in Jammu region, the government has decided to deploy 18 CRPF companies in Poonch & Rajouri. INSIDE Dharamsala, January 4 Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Congress MLA from Bhattiyat Assembly constituency in Chamba district, today filed his nomination papers for the post of Himachal Assembly Speaker. With the Congress having 40 MLAs in the 68-member House and the Opposition BJP 25, Pathania’s election to the post appears to be a foregone conclusion. Pathania submitted his papers to Bhattiyat MLA Kuldeep Pathania files his papers in Dharamsala. Vidhan Sabha Secretary Yash Pal in the presence of senior leaders, including GARCETTI RENOMINATED AS ENVOY TO INDIA BACK PAGE state Congress chief Pratibha Singh. The Speaker’s continued on page 10
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