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The girl, in a disturbing video uploaded on social media, claimed she was raped in Samaro town in Umarkot district. Till Sunday, the police in Mirpurkhas have failed to register a case against those named by the girl, a Hindu local leader said. “The girl and her family are sitting outside the police station, but no case has been registered as yet,” the leader said. The victim claimed she was abducted by Ibrahim Mangrio, Punho Mangrio and their accomplice. She said they threatened her and told her to convert to Islam, but when she refused, she was raped for three days. She returned home after managing to escape her abductors. — PTI New Delhi, January 22 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday batted for the availability of Supreme Court judgments in regional Indian languages, lauding Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud for stressing the need for translating apex court orders in a language that people can understand. The Prime Minister shared a video where the CJI is heard making a case for translation of judgments in Indian languages. “At a recent function, CJI DY Chandrachud spoke of the need to work towards making SC judgments available in regional languages. He also suggested the use of technology for it. This is a laudatory thought, which will help many people, particularly youngsters,” the PM said, adding that India had several languages, which added to its cultural vibrancy. “The Central Government is undertaking numerous efforts to encourage Indian languages, including giving the option of studying subjects like engineering and medicine in one’s matru bhasha,” the PM said. Gunman kills 10, injures as many at LA dance club WFI controversy rages on, wrestlers turn to Shah Day after Jammu blasts, NIA team inspects site MontereyPark (US), January22 A gunman killed 10 persons and wounded 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect in the fifth mass killing in the US this month. Capt Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department said the wounded were taken to hospitals and their conditions range from stable to critical. He said 10 persons died at the scene in the city of Monterey Park. Meyer said it was too early to know if the gunman knew anyone at the ballroom or if it was a hate crime or not. He gave no other details. INSIDE Vinayak Padmadeo Arjun Sharma the need for translating apex court orders in a language that people understand ■ Shares a video where the CJI is heard making a case for translation of judgments in Indian languages ■ Says government has initiated the process of drafting legal education curriculum in 22 official Indian languages BATS FOR ‘MATRU BHASHA’ The Centre is undertaking efforts to encourage Indian languages, including providing the option of studying subjects like engineering and medicine in one’s matru bhasha. Narendra Modi, PM ❝ Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 22 The tussle between India’s top wrestlers and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is not quite over even though the wrestlers had called off their protest late on Friday night. It is learnt that some top wrestlers, who are upset with the way their dharna ended –- neither did their demand that the WFI be disbanded was accepted, nor did Singh resign as president but merely “stepped aside” –- have sought a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah. It is understood that the In the video shared by the PM, the CJI is heard underlining the need for democratising justice delivery through translation of SC judgments. “The next step of our mission is to provide translated continued on page 8 MAJORITY’S ‘SANE VIEWS’ New Delhi, January 22 The tug of war between the government and the judiciary over the appointment of judges to constitutional courts appears to be intensifying by the day. A day after Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud controverted the views of VicePresident Jagdeep Dhankhar on the basic structure doctrine, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju approved of the views of former Delhi High Court Judge RS Sodhi, who accused the Supreme Court of “hijacking” the Constitution by deciding to appoint judges itself. Rijiju shared a video of Justice Sodhi’s interview in which the retired Delhi High Court Judge said the right to frame laws was with Parliament. Describing the statement as wrestlers have been asked to send two representatives to meet Shah. Shah, who was busy in a meeting of the country’s top police officials today, was to travel out of the capital and may meet the wrestlers at a later date. Also, the extraordinary general body meeting of the WFI, scheduled to be held in Ayodhya to discuss the charges of sexual harassment and financial irregularities against Singh and other officials, was cancelled. It was understood that the meeting was only a continued on page 8 Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Vehicles parked haphazardly at a locality in Gurugram. PHOTO: S CHANDAN ENCROACHMENTS IN MOST LOCALITIES ■ In Sector 31, small cabins have ■ In Sec 43, 45 where even small been set up on stilt floors using aluminium and glass fittings ■ Stilt space for lifts or guard room permitted, but occupants encroach upon entire space houses have shot up to 4 floors, there’s space for only one car ■ Other cars remain parked along narrow roads, leading to frequent quarrels tor 31, the stilt parking has been turned into small cabins for offices. Consequently, the cars remain parked outside. ■ Law Minister Kiren Rijiju approved of the views of former Delhi High Court Judge RS Sodhi, who accused the Supreme Court of “hijacking” the Constitution by deciding to appoint judges itself ■ Describing the statement as the “voice of a judge”, Rijiju said the majority of the people had similar “sane views” the “voice of a judge”, the Law Minister said the majority of the people had similar “sane views”. “Only people who disregard the provisions of the Constitution and the mandate of the people think that they continued on page 8 BSF launches ‘Ops Alert’ along IB ahead of R-Day Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 22 The Border Security Force (BSF) today said its troopers had launched “Ops Alert” with an aim to enhance security along the International Border (IB) with Pakistan in Kutch district of Gujarat and Barmer in Rajasthan in view of the Republic Day celebrations. The border guarding force said the exercise, which began on Saturday, was being carried out to “thwart any ill-designs of anti-national elements” during the Republic Day celebrations. Probe panel announced, but not formed INDIA CRASH OUT OF WORLD CUP India bowed out of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, losing 4-5 in a penalty shootout to New Zealand after a 3-3 stalemate in a crossover match Offices in parking lots, cars on roads in G’gram Gurugram, January 22 The vertical growth of the city is having a fallout in the most unlikely of places — sector bylanes. Chock-ablock with cars parked along either side of the road in front of the newly constructed four-storey houses, these are the bane of Gurugram’s growth story. If weekdays are bad, driving in and out on weekends is worse. The Haryana Government addressed this problem when it increased the floor area ratio and allowed a fourth floor by making stilt parking mandatory. Since there is always a way around the rules, the new owners are using these to their advantage to ensure no space is “wasted”. At newly constructed buildings in Sec- BSF men conduct an ‘Ops Alert’ exercise along the India-Pak border. PTI Tribune News Service Even in houses with parking space, cars are parked outside for “convenience”. While using the stilt space for a lift and a guard room is permitted, the occupants have gradually “encroached” upon the space to carve out cabins, using these as personal office space or stores. In Sector 43 and 45, where even small houses have shot up to four floors, there’s space only for one car. Consequently, the other cars remain parked along narrow roads. “The roadside parking is a big nuisance. In case there is an emergency and a fire brigade or an ambulance has to reach a particular house, especially at night, there is no way it can manoeuvre its way through the bylanes,” said Vikram Singh of the Sector 23 Residents Welfare Association. The problems of parking and encroached stilts seem to stretch across sectors. India, ranked sixth, produced a below-par performance, allowing New Zealand to claw back into the match after taking a 2-0 lead in first half Tiger pug marks spotted in Paonta; welcome sign: DFO Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, January 22 In a rare occurrence, pug marks of a tiger have been reported from Paonta Sahib, about half a km away from Simbalbara National Park. “The presence of a tiger in the state is rare. Simbalbara National Park staff checked the length and other dimensions of the pug mark, and found it to be of a tiger,” said N Ravisankar, DFO, Wildlife, Shimla. Wildlife officials are suspecting that the tiger may have crossed over from Rajaji National Park. “The water level in the Yamuna has reduced due to a dry winter this time. So the tiger must have crossed the river to reach this territory,” said Ravisankar. The wildlife officials are, however, not sure whether the EYE ON INTRUSIONS IN FORWARD AREAS ■ The exercise is being carried out to “thwart any ill-designs of anti-national elements” during the R-Day celebrations ■ The border guarding force will carry out special operations in forward areas and creeks as part of the exercise It said, “Ops Alert, which commenced on January 21, will continue till January 28 along the International Border from Sir Creek (marshy area) to the Rann of Kutch in continued on page 8 Jammu, January 22 A special team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday inspected the site of the twin blasts here. Back-to-back blasts in Narwal on the outskirts of the city had left nine persons injured on Saturday. The team inspected the vehicles on which the suspected IEDs were planted to ascertain if sticky explosives were used. It collected samples of splinters and other debris. The team included forensic experts, who will assist the J&K Police in the probe. A team of the State Investigation Agency (SIA) had visited the site yesterday. Sources said the NIA team would determine if the suspected IEDs were planted on the vehicles with the help of magnets or were kept inside, besides ascertaining the type of explosives used. A senior police officer said, “The NIA, SIA, police and the Army are working in a coordinated manner. The security agencies are working hard to thwart any designs of ultras ahead of Republic Day.” All Collects samples of splinters; J&K cops quiz 12 ‘suspects’ AMRITSAR COPS DOWN DRONE, SEIZE HEROIN ■ The police shot down a drone carrying heroin at a border village on Sunday ■ An assembled hexacopter was carrying 5 kg of heroin worth nearly ~25 crore ■ The police rounded up two suspects, who reportedly attempted to flee the spot business establishments in Narwal remained shut as the security forces were deployed in the area for complete sanitisation. At least 12 persons from different parts of the city were questioned. These men, mostly history-sheeters, either live near the blast site or had links with terror groups in the past. Some residents of an adjoining slum area were also questioned. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha held a security review briefing in which top police and administrative officials participated. Security in districts which continued on page 8 IN BRIEF A tiger pug mark in Paonta Sahib. WILL BOOST BIODIVERSITY ■ For Simbalbara National Park, the arrival of a tiger will boost its biodiversity & eco-tourism ■ The department has been making efforts to attract carnivores in and around the park tiger has returned or is still around Simbalbara National Park. “We have asked the staff continued on page 8 US launches new initiatives to cut visa wait time NEW DELHI: To cut delays in visa processing in India, the US has launched new initiatives, including scheduling special interviews for first time applicants and increasing strength of consular staff. PTI Prez to confer national awards on 11 children NEW DELHI: President Droupadi Murmu will on Monday confer the PM Rashtriya Bal Puraskar on 11 children for their exceptional achievements. The PM will interact with the awardees on Tuesday. PTI Vikram Dev appointed DGCA Director General NEW DELHI: The Union Government has approved the appointment of IAS officer Vikram Dev Dutt as the next Director General of aviation regulator DGCA. He will take charge on February 28. TNS
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