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A day after conviction, Sajjan Kumar resigns from Congress

A day after conviction, Sajjan Kumar resigns from Congress

NEW DELHI: A day after being convicted for abetting the murder of five Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage, former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar resigned from primary membership of the party today. A three-time Lok Sabha MP from Outer Delhi, Kumar, 73, was convicted by the Delhi High Court yesterday and sentenced to imprisonment for the rest of his natural life.

OPINION

Editorials

No parochialism, please

MP CM Kamal Nath raises ‘outsider’ bogey

Tackling climate change

No headway in demand for rich-poor equity


Comment

General, the slip is showingCapt Amarinder Singh

Can’t lose sight of caution when it comes to Pakistan and its army

Sacrilege at India Gate must stopLt-Gen SR Ghosh (Retd)

An aura of sombreness and serenity generally prevails around war memorials the world over. There is an unwritten code of conduct for the visitors. It is sacrilegious to talk loudly, shout and laugh or have picnics at these monuments. But not so at India Gate. We need to have a code of conduct.

Protecting rights of minorities is essentialAftab Alam

It is because of their vulnerability in any given society that minority groups need special protection to ensure that they also enjoy the same rights and protection as enjoyed by the majority. The protection of the rights of minorities is not appeasement; rather, it’s a practical imperative and a legal obligation.


Musings

Why should red look blue?Sudhirendar Sharma

NOTHING could be more unreasonable to imagine than blood in blue colour, and yet it evokes collective embarrassment for the entire family on seeing a sanitary napkin advertisement on TV. As soon as the visuals pop on the screen, the channel is quickly changed.

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Nation>>

Rafale disrupts House again

Rafale disrupts House again

19 Dec 2018 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: Proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha remained disrupted for the fifth day today amid sloganeering and protests by Treasury and Opposition Benches over a range of issues, including the Rafale deal.

Modi: Nobody thought Cong leaders would get convicted

MUMBAI: “Four years ago, nobody thought Congress leaders would get convicted for the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 (following the assassination of Indira Gandhi).

Ram temple issue echoes at BJP meet

NEW DELHI: In the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting today, the Ram temple echoed with some MPs wanting to know when it would be constructed to which Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked them to be patient.

BJP slams Nath as ‘divisive’

NEW DELHI: Underlining Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s own “outsider” background, BJP leaders today berated him for his “divisive” claims that jobs given to people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh deny employment to youth of his state.

Rahul for PM: Akhilesh says not alliance opinion

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday expressed his disagreement over DMK chief MK Stalin’s suggestion of naming Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Big farm sops likely in Budget

NEW DELHI: As Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce loan waiver for farmers and newly anointed Chief Ministers of his party went on a waiver spree, the BJP called it all a “publicity stunt for vote bank politics”.

CITY FOCUS

Time Zirakpur had a fire station

ZIRAKPUR: The massive fire that gutted almost all shops at the sabzi mandi here last night has once again reinforced the need for a fire station in Zirakpur.

Day after, blaze-hit count their losses, seek relief

ZIRAKPUR: A visibly perturbed Shiv Kumar (name changed), 52, wonders where his next meal will come from.

Nod to bylaws for vendors

CHANDIGARH: Encroachments outside shops in corridors of markets will be considered illegal under the Street Vendors Act as the town vending committee approved the bylaws today. After the implementation of the bylaws, shopkeepers who encroach upon corridors will have to pay a penalty of up to Rs 10,000 instead of the earlier Rs 500.

Stop unfair trade practice, Uber told

CHANDIGARH: The State Transport Authority, UT, has directed Uber, a web-based cab company, to stop the unfair trade practice of asking people to deposit a minimum amount while booking a taxi through the digital mode of payment.

2 fraudsters dupe man of Rs 37,000

CHANDIGARH: In yet another case of cheating, two fraudsters allegedly duped a man of Rs 37,000 outside a bank in Sector 37 after befooling him by handing over a bundle of papers.

3 suspects have criminal background, say police

MOHALI: Three suspects in the firing incident at the Westcrown hotel in Phase 11 here in which 35-year-old Sarabjit Singh died after receiving a bullet injury on Sunday, have a criminal background, the police said.

Only 27 city schools claim reimbursement

CHANDIGARH: Of 77 private schools in the city, only 27 have sought reimbursement against admitting students from economically weaker sections (EWS).

Washrooms raise a stink at Student Centre in PU

CHANDIGARH: Nearly a year after a budget of Rs 30 lakh was passed by the Board of Finance (BoF), Panjab University, for the repair of washrooms at the Student Centre (Stu C), ill-maintained toilets still greet the visitors there.

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Punjab>>

Liquor smuggling hits state’s excise revenue

Liquor smuggling hits state’s excise revenue

19 Dec 2018 | 1:38 AM

CHANDIGARH: Excise collections in Punjab – an assured income for the state — have fallen by 10 per cent as compared to the corresponding period last year.

CM wants to give water mgmt Bill another shot

CHANDIGARH: Following the withdrawal of the Punjab Water Resources (Management and Regulation) Bill, 2018, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is learnt to have directed the Department of Water Resources to take up the issue again in the Cabinet meeting after consulting ministers.

Ask Kamal Nath to resign: Badal to Sonia

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday urged Sonia Gandhi to order Kamal Nath to resign as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and face the law of the land on charges of scripting the gruesome massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs in 1984.

Will challenge Sajjan’s appeal in SC: Phoolka

AMRITSAR: A day after the Delhi High Court sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in an anti-Sikh riots case, senior advocate and Aam Adami Party (AAP) MLA HS Phoolka paid obeisance at the Golden Temple today.

NRI Sikhs miffed over Nath’s selection as CM

JALANDHAR:Congress leader Kamal Nath's selection as MP Chief Minister has left Punjabi diaspora “indignant”.

Witness alleges threat by Sarna

MOHALI: A Dera Bassi-based 1984 riots victim, Harvinder Singh Kohli, who was a witness in the Sajjan Kumar case, today alleged that he was threatened by Paramjit Singh Sarna, religious adviser to Punjab Chief Minister, over the phone.

Diaspora>>

Global Sikh diaspora anguished over Kamal Nath's taking over as MP CM

Global Sikh diaspora anguished over Kamal Nath's taking over as MP CM

18 Dec 2018 | 9:05 PM

JALANDHAR: Senior Congress leader Kamal Naths taking over as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has sparked a deep indignation of the members of the global Punjabi diaspora who have sought stern action against powerful people and Congress leaders--Kamal Nath, Jagdish Tytler and Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly having instigating genocidal violence against Sikhs in November 1984.

United States Sikhs thank PM Narendra Modi for Kartarpur corridor

WASHINGTON: The American Sikh community has expressed gratitude to PM Narendra Modi following the laying of the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor in Punjab.

Two men from Telangana drown off beach in Australia

HYDERABAD: A software engineer and another man from Telangana drowned off a beach in Australia while trying to rescue three teenagers trapped in strong tides, family members said on Tuesday.

This 13-yr-old Indian boy in Dubai owns software company with 3 employees

DUBAI: A 13-year-old Indian boy in Dubai, who developed his first mobile application four years ago, also owns a software development company.

Man charged with hate crime for assaulting Indian-origin woman

NEW YORK: A 54-year-old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman travelling in a subway and using homophobic slurs against her.

22-year-old Indian student found dead in Dubai apartment

DUBAI: A 22-year-old Dubai-based Indian student and musician has been found dead in his apartment in Al Garhoud area, the police said.

Haryana>>

All set for counting of MC votes today, results significant for BJP

All set for counting of MC votes today, results significant for BJP

19 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: Stage is set for counting of votes on Wednesday for five municipal corporations (MCs) and two municipal committees that went to polls on Sunday. The results are significant for the ruling BJP, the INLD and the Congress because these elections were held less than six months before the parliamentary elections and nearly 10 months is left for the Assembly polls.

BJP accuses Cong of misleading people on Rafale deal

SONEPAT: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists led by local MLA and Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain held a protest against the Congress for allegedly trying to misguide people over the Rafale deal at Geeta Bhawan Chowk on Tuesday.

Will back non-BJP, non-Cong govt at Centre in 2019: Digvijay

NEW DELHI: The Jannayak Janata Party will be fully established and ready to take to the streets by the end of January next year. It will help in the formation of a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre after the General Election.

Suspension of SHO facing extortion charges revoked

HISAR: In view of shortage of manpower in the police, the authorities have revoked the suspension of Inspector Saroj Bala, former SHO, Women police station, who was suspended after the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) booked her in a case of extortion and corruption on April 29.

Efforts on to provide residential facilities to CRPF personnel: DG

SONEPAT: Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), said that the efforts were being made to provide maximum family residential facilities in the group centres to the serving personnel of the force so that they could perform their duties without any tension and worry even in the sensitive areas in the country.

Now, information about colleges just a tap away

CHANDIGARH: Information about colleges, faculty and students will be just a click away, as the Education Department has launched the “Shiksha Setu” mobile phone application.

Himachal>>

Relaxed after win, Rahul in Shimla

Relaxed after win, Rahul in Shimla

19 Dec 2018 | 1:34 AM

SHIMLA: It was a relaxed holiday after the victory in the Assembly elections in three states for AICC president Rahul Gandhi who arrived here today with sister Priyanka and her children.

NGT seeks report on froth in Baddi river

SOLAN: Taking a strict note of the large-scale froth found floating in the Balad river in Baddi owing to the leakage in the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the District Magistrate and officials of the State Pollution Control Board to ascertain the facts and file a report within a month.

PGI team handed over land for satellite hospital

UNA: The Una district administration today handed over an additional 10 kanals of land for the PGI Chandigarh satellite centre at Malahat village in Una district, which will be used for constructing an approach road to the proposed hospital.

Vande Mataram by 5,000 to be winter carnival attraction

KULLU: Forests, Transport and Youth Services and Sports Minister Govind Singh Thakur has said new activities will be included in the winter carnival in Manali to be held from January 2 to 6.

Stone laid for ~69-crore water scheme for Shimla

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today laid the foundation stone of Rs 69-crore Shimla lift water supply scheme at Chaba in Sunni area that will provide additional 10 MLD of water, ensuring a regular water supply to people of the capital city by April, 2019.

Lack of adequate dumping sites hampers work

SOLAN: The unavailability of adequate dumping sites has become a headache for four-laning projects being executed on the National Highway-22 from Parwanoo to Kaithlighat.

Jammu & Kashmir>>

Kargil shuts down over cluster varsity

Kargil shuts down over cluster varsity

19 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Normal life came to a grinding halt in Kargil of the Ladakh region on Tuesday after a complete shutdown was observed on the call of two powerful religious organisations — Islamia School Kargil and Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust.

42 die in collateral damage at gunfight sites

SRINAGAR: Giving an indication that the civilians have not been deterred from marching towards the gunfight sites despite security forces having adopted new strategies, as many as 42 civilians have been killed near the encounter sites this year.

To save Dal, Army begins clean-up ops

SRINAGAR: In a desperate move to save an ailing lake in Srinagar, Army men have joined efforts to clean up the Dal Lake, which is at the heart of Kashmir’s tourism industry.

HC bans allotment of evacuee property

SRINAGAR: The High Court (HC) has imposed a ban on the allotment of evacuee property in the state, stating the Custodian General of J&K has been allotting such property in an arbitrary and illegal manner.

In bitter winter, Kashmir battles power pangs

SRINAGAR: With mercury plunging to record-low levels in Kashmir, the erratic supply of electricity has become a cause of distress with the gap widening between its supply and demand.

Budget fails to cheer flower cultivators

JAMMU: The Budget provision for the promotion of flower cultivation in J&K has failed to cheer the farmers, who say the plan will remain on papers only due to unscientific cultivation and absence of technical support structure.

Uttarakhand>>

Ex-CM Rawat accuses govt of stopping all works in Gairsain

19 Dec 2018 | 1:18 AM

DEHRADUN:AICC general secretary and former state Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday accused the state government of stopping all development works in Gairsain.

5 killed, 12 hurt in road mishaps in U'Khand

DEHRADUN: Five persons were killed and 12 injured in two road accidents in the state late on Thursday.

Banks asked to hold financial literacy camps

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant Thursday asked banks to increase their cash deposit ratio in hill areas by holding maximum number of campaigns to increase financial literacy of the people living in remote areas.

Mother of missing seer begins fast for Ganga

DEHRADUN: Mother of the missing seer and Ganga activist Gopal Das has started a fast-unto-death on the banks of the Ganga river in Rishikesh, demanding a stringent law for the conservation of the river.

Chakrata, Dhanaulti areas get snow

DEHRADUN: Snowfall in the higher reaches of the hills and light showers in lower areas coupled with cold winds added to chill across Uttarakhand Wednesday with the maximum temperature dropping at most places.

Calculate rent dues of ex-CMs: HC to govt

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to submit before it the amount to be recovered from former chief ministers for occupying government bungalows for years after demitting office.

World>>

Prez Xi to world: Don’t dictate to China

Prez Xi to world: Don’t dictate to China

19 Dec 2018 | 2:05 AM

BEIJING:China will not heed to any dictation by others on what it should do or what it should not, President Xi Jinping asserted on Tuesday as the Communist giant celebrated the 40th anniversary of its reform and opening-up policies that have transformed it from an impoverished country into a global economic powerhouse.

Japan to get first post WW-II aircraft carriers

TOKYO:Japan will get its first aircraft carriers since World War II and buy dozens of fighter jets under a new defence plan approved on Tuesday that is intended to counter China’s growing military power.

Rajapaksa is Lanka’s main Oppn leader

COLOMBO:Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday became Sri Lanka’s main opposition leader in Parliament, days after he resigned as PM after clinging on to power for nearly two months, amidst the unprecedented political turmoil in the country.

Hafiz Saeed pens column in newspaper

LAHORE:Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has donned the hat of a column writer for a leading Urdu newspaper, stirring a debate among journalists as to how the media house allowed the head of a banned terror group to write on the Kashmir issue and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Drone delivers vaccines for baby in island nation

SYDNEY:A one-month-old on a remote island in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu became the first child to be immunised in a commercial trial of drone-delivered vaccines, the UN children’s fund UNICEF said Tuesday.

Alibaba opens first hotel with futuristic features

Beijing: Chinese Internet giant Alibaba on Tuesday opened its first hi-tech hotel in Hangzhou where guests can check-in by simply scanning their faces.

Business>>

India again defers duty hike on US products till Jan 31

19 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI: India for the fourth time deferred deadline to impose retaliatory customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, by another 45 days, the government has said.

Govt didn’t ask for Urjit Patel’s resignation: Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government did not seek resignation of Urjit Patel as RBI Governor over differences on some issues, and went on to cite how central bank heads were made to resign under Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and when Yashwant Sinha was finance minister.

SEBI nod to NSE for weekly options

NEW DELHI: Leading bourse NSE today said it has received SEBI’s approval to launch weekly options on Nifty 50 index, a move that will provide hedging tool to market participants to manage the portfolio risk more effectively.

Rupee vaults 112 paise on crude slide

MUMBAI: The Indian rupee on Tuesday rallied by a whopping 112 paise, its best single-day gain in over five years, to settle at 70.

Renault crosses 5-lakh sales milestone: CEO

CHANDIGARH: Renault India recently crossed the 5,00,000 sales mark, becoming one of the fastest automobile brands to achieve this milestone, said, Sumit Sawhney, country CEO.

SC order does not impact 31.1% stake sale to IHH Healthcare: Fortis

NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare on Saturday said the Supreme Court ordering a status quo on its deal with IHH Healthcare Berhad does not impact the company’s 31.1 per cent stake sale to the Malaysian firm.

Sport>>

Backlash!

Backlash!

19 Dec 2018 | 2:05 AM

PERTH:Australia cleaned up India’s lower order with a barrage of hostile fast bowling before lunch on the fifth day to secure a series-levelling, confidence-boosting 146-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday.

Didn’t want one on this track: Kohli

PERTH:Virat Kohli effectively admitted to misreading the pitch at Perth’s new stadium after not picking a frontline spinner in a Test match in which off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked up eight wickets, to be the named Man of the Match.

Virat didn’t say he’s world’s best: BCCI

PERTH:The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has rubbished media reports in Australia which claimed that Virat Kohli bragged about being the best batsman in the world while ridiculing Tim Paine during the Perth Test.

Assess Kohli, Shastri roles if India don’t win series: Gavaskar

PERTH:The qualities of Virat Kohli as captain and Ravi Shastri as coach must be assessed if India fail to win the next two Tests, suggested Sunil Gavaskar, who is baffled by the “selection blunders” committed by the management.

No-spin option cost India, says Manjrekar

MUMBAI:Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels India made a mistake in not including a frontline spinner in the second Test.

Patiala cousins strike it rich

PATIALA: Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh, cousins from Patiala, became the talk of the town today when they were bought for a combined total of Rs 5.6 crore in the IPL auctions this evening.

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