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25 Indians trapped in Wuhan;

virus reaches S’pore, Vietnam

Twenty-five Indian students,

of whom 20 are from

Kerala, are trapped in Wuhan

after the Chinese city of 11 million

was locked down to contain

the spread of the coronavirus.

Another 14 students interning

at a hospital in Yichang, about

300 km from Wuhan, planned

to fly to Kolkata from Kunming

airport on Thursday night or

Friday morning.

The Indian government on

Thursday said a nurse from

Kerala working at Al-Hayat

Hospital in Khamis Mushait,

Saudi Arabia, had tested positive

on Thursday for the new

strain of coronavirus. However,

it was later reported that she

was suffering from MERS-CoV

and not the Wuhan coronavirus.

Cases of coronavirus were

confirmed in Singapore and

Vietnam on Thursday. Meanwhile,

two of five passengers

who returned to Mumbai from

Wuhan and other parts of China

were advised admission late

Thursday to Kasturba Hospital

in Chinchpokli, the city’s main

isolation facility, as a precautionary

measure. Officials said

that barring a mild cold and

cough, they didn’t have any

sign of the infection.

Junior foreign minister V

Muraleedhraran on Thursday

tweeted that an Indian nurse,

from Ettumanoor in Kerala,

was being treated at Aseer National

Hospital for coronavirus.

However, Lok Sabha MP Anto

Antony, and Ashraf Kuttichal,

an accredited volunteer of the

Indian embassy who visited the

Indian nurse at the Saudi hospital,

said no one had tested positive.

Quoting one Dr Tareq Alazraqi,

Kuttichal said the nurse’s

condition was improving.

Continued on page 10

18M On Virus

Lockdown In China

Beijing: Chinese authorities

Thursday moved to lock

down three cities with a combined

population of more than

18 million people in an unprecedented

effort to contain

the deadly new virus that has

sickened hundreds and spread

to other parts of the world during

the busy Lunar New Year

travel period. The train station

and airport in Wuhan, the epicenter

of the outbreak, were

shut down, and ferry, subway

and bus service was halted.

Normally bustling streets,

shopping malls, restaurants

and other public spaces in the

city of 11 million were eerily


Continued on page 10

Death penalty not

open-ended, must

have finality: SC

New Delhi: Revealing

judicial discomfort over

death row convicts exploiting

procedural loopholes

to avoid or delay execution

for years, the Supreme

Court on Thursday said

“it is extremely important

for death penalty to attain


Indirectly referring to

continuous and separate

litigations by the four

Nirbhaya convicts to delay

execution, the court said,

“Many are under the impression

that concurrently

awarded death penalty

(by trial court, HC and the

SC) is open-ended and can

be argued against as and

when one wishes. Finality

of death sentence is extremely

important. Recent

events have shown that.

One cannot go on fighting

endlessly on this.”

The court also held that

post-conviction “good behaviour”

in jail may not be

sufficient to modify a death

sentence as mitigating circumstances

are taken into

account by courts at the trial

stage. While the court was

not against reformation,

punishment reflected societal

expectation and gravity

of crime, the bench said.

Continued on page 11

No SC stay on CAA, process of

NPR; govt has 4 wks to respond

New Delhi: The Supreme

Court on Wednesday refused

to stay the Citizenship

(Amendment) Act, declining

to take note of protests

and anti-CAA resolutions by

the Kerala and Punjab assemblies,

and brushed aside

repeated pleas for deferment

of processes relating to the

National Population Register

as a corollary of CAA.

The court said the petitions

would be heard by

a five-judge Constitution

bench and granted the Centre

four weeks to file a comprehensive

response. This

means the hearing will not

start before February 22.

Importantly, the bench of

CJI S A Bobde and Justices

S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv

Khanna agreed with submissions

that petitions from Assam

and Tripura should be

heard separately from the

larger clutch as they were

opposing CAA on a different

ground than the rest of the


They said people of Assam

were agitated as CAA

abruptly changed the cutoff

date for grant of citizenship

to illegal migrants from Bangladesh

from March 24, 1971

(as fixed in the 1985 Assam

Accord) to December 31, 2014.

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Ontario Takes Steps to Safeguard the Health

of the Public Against the Coronavirus

TORONTO : Today, Christine

Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister

of Health, released the following

statement on Ontario's

preparedness for the new coronavirus

in Ontario:

"I want Ontarians to know

that their health and wellbeing is

my top concern. While the risks

posed by this new coronavirus

to Ontarians remain low, the

province is actively monitoring

and is fully prepared to respond.

To date, there have been no confirmed

cases in Canada.

Today, to strengthen the

ministry's ability to monitor any

coronavirus cases, our government

is adding novel coronavirus

as a designated disease reportable

under Ontario's public

health legislation. Now, physicians,

hospitals and other care facilities

will be required to report

a suspected or confirmed case of

the new coronavirus to their local

medical officer of health. The

local public health unit can then

quickly and effectively take all

necessary measures to investigate,

complete lab tests, and do

case and contact management

to prevent and control further

spread of the infection. Ontario's

reporting requirements now

align with British Columbia and


Given the recent media coverage,

it is also important to note

that Ontario's integrated health

system today is far more prepared

to respond to any potential

health risks than in the past. We

now have mechanisms in place,

which have strengthened how

health care providers work together

and coordinate responses

to emerging public health issues,

such as this new virus. Significant

investments in our public

health and infection prevention

and control systems have been

made, including the creation of

Public Health Ontario. All Ontarians

should take comfort in

knowing that our skilled health

care providers are bringing their

considerable experience to effectively

monitor and, should it be

needed, respond to this emerging


My ministry, in collaboration

with Public Health Ontario,

local public health units, hospitals

and other health care providers,

will continue to diligently

monitor this emerging situation

to ensure that Ontario is prepared

to identify, contain and

treat any potential cases of this

virus so that we can continue

to build and protect healthy and

safe communities.

Again, I want to reiterate our

top priority will always remain

safeguarding the health of the

public, patients and providers.

These changes announced today

support this commitment to protecting


Ontario government, feds sign

funding deal for French-language

university in Toronto

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OTTAWA : The federal and Ontario governments have

reached a deal on funding a new French-language university

in Toronto. An agreement signed today says the

two will spend $126 million on the project over eight


The federal government is kicking in $63 million

over five years, and then Ontario is to fund at least the

same amount, starting in 2023.

Federal Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly

calls it a historic day for Canadian francophones.

Her Ontario counterpart Caroline Mulroney says

the project is an excellent example of Ontario’s commitment

to the francophone community. Mulroney’s Progressive

Conservative government cancelled the plans

for a French-language university shortly after winning

power in 2018, but backtracked after an uproar among

Ontario’s francophones.

Local university soccer

player paralyzed after

accident in Costa Rica

EDMONTON: Edmonton’s soccer community is coming

together to support a local university player after

she suffered a devastating injury in Costa Rica.

Nicole Palladino travelled to the Central American

country with her boyfriend to celebrate graduating

from the University of Alberta’s civil engineering


On Jan. 14, she lost control of her pedal bike and

fell off a cliff. The 24-year-old damaged her lungs and

broke her back, leaving her paralyzed from the waist


“My initial reaction was just shock,” said Rebecca

Reif, who played for the MacEwan Griffins and U of

A Pandas with Palladino. “They were doing tests for

several hours, and I think within the first 12 hours of

the accident she knew.”

In a GoFundMe that has raised more than $80,000

since Wednesday, Palladino is described as a “strong,

positive, and kind force that inspires everyone around

her with her optimistic outlook on life.”

Palladino showed that optimism to Reif in a text

message from her hospital bed. “My back is broken.

I’m probably paralyzed, but it’s going to be OK.”

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Facing minority Parliament, Trudeau

tells MPs to play nice with opposition

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OTTAWA : That was Justin

Trudeau's advice Thursday to Liberal

MPs as they gathered to plot

strategy for Monday's resumption

of Parliament for its first extended

sitting since the Oct. 21 election

reduced the Liberals to a minority

in the House of Commons.

"All is not the same as it was in

our previous mandate," the prime

minister told MPs at the start of a

two-day caucus retreat.

"It's up to us to work more

with other parties, to work more

across the country as we take Parliament


Trudeau's government will

need support from at least one of

the major opposition parties to

pass legislation and survive confidence

votes on matters like the

upcoming budget. And Trudeau

said it's up to Liberals to make it


"Bickering, grandstanding,

petty politics -- none of these

things create jobs. They don't

make anyone's retirement safer,

or our environment cleaner. Collaboration,

dialogue, and constructive

debate, however, can

... Common ground does exist in

this Parliament but it's up to us to

build on it."

The government faces opposition

pushback to its agenda right

out of the gate.

The top priority for the government

is ratifying the new

North American free-trade agreement,

with legislation to be introduced

next week. Trudeau wants

ratification as quickly as possible

to secure the deal, on which he

said millions of Canadian jobs depend.

But the Bloc Quebecois and

NDP have signalled that they're

in no rush to finalize the continental

trade pact, which has already

been ratified by the United States

and Mexico. They want the deal

to be studied in depth at committee

and debated thoroughly in the


The Conservatives are ardent

free-traders in general but have

accused Trudeau of caving into

U.S. President Donald Trump's

demands on the new NAFTA. It is

not clear yet whether they'll support

quick ratification or join demands

for lengthy debate.

Trudeau welcomed debate

and committee study but said:

"We need to make sure that we

move resolutely and rapidly to

put into reality this new NAFTA

deal that is so good for Canadians

from coast to coast to coast."

In an appeal for cross-party

solidarity, Trudeau thanked opposition

parties for adopting a

non-partisan "Team Canada" approach

to the renegotiation of

NAFTA in the face of Trump's

threats to scrap the pact altogether.

The Liberals' agenda also includes

action on a promised ban

on military-style assault rifles,

strengthening health care, battling

climate change, and seeking

meaningful reconciliation with

Indigenous Peoples. The government

also intends to introduce

next month amendments to the

law governing medical assistance

in dying, in response to a Quebec

court ruling that invalidated the

law's limitation that only people

who are near death can qualify

for medical help to end their lives.

Minority status means

Trudeau and his ministers will

have to pay more attention to

their own backbenchers as they

prepare legislation, to head off

any incipient revolts.

It was evident Thursday that

the assault-weapon ban is one issue

that will require some massaging

to maintain unity within

Liberal ranks. At least two MPs

said they had questions on behalf

of their rural constituents and

that they wanted to hear more on

the government's plans.

"It's a very emotional issue,"

said veteran Liberal MP Wayne

Easter, of Prince Edward Island.

"I have in my briefcase here,

probably a hundred letters, not

many from my own riding, opposed

to it, and I expect if you're in

the urban areas members would

be getting letters saying they support

it ... so it is a controversial


Public Safety Minister Bill

Blair said he welcomes the input

of MPs. He argued that everyone

is "completely united" in wanting

to keep Canadians safe, although

there can be disagreements over

how best to go about that.

Still, Blair made it clear that

as far as he is concerned, there is

no urban-rural divide over the issue.

"I don't believe anyone in this

country needs a military-style

weapon, except soldiers."

Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

-- who developed a

reputation during Trudeau's first

mandate as something of a freethinker

who was not afraid to vote

against the party line -- said he

doesn't think he needs to change

his approach now that Trudeau

is in a minority situation where

he'll want every Liberal vote on

every initiative.

He noted that Trudeau requires

backbenchers to support

the government only on matters

of confidence, platform promises

and issues involving human


"There's a lot of freedom beyond

that and I'll continue to exercise

that freedom," he said.

Investing Over $20 Million to

Strengthen Community Safety in Peel

The Canadian Press


Ontario government is

providing $20.5 million

to Peel Regional Police to

give police officers the tools

and resources they need to

increase community policing,

combat gun and gang

violence, and keep streets


“Our government is doing

everything in its power

to fight gun and gang violence

and build safer communities,”

Premier Doug

Ford said. “Today we are

giving our men and women

in uniform even more resources

to target violent

criminals and put them

behind bars – where they


Part of the funding will

go towards Peel Regional

Police’s Community Mobilization

Program. This

initiative assigns police officers

to small teams that

work directly with members

of the community on

projects to improve public

safety including neighbourhood

watches, town

hall meetings, and cultural

community outreach.

This initiative is part

of the $195 million total investment

the province is

making over the next three

years through the province’s

new Community

Safety and Policing (CSP)

Grant program announced

last month.

“Our police services

and their partners know

best what they need to combat

crime in their communities,”

said Sylvia Jones,

Solicitor General. “The

investment we are making

today in Peel Region

will help deploy additional

frontline officers and take

action where and when it is

needed most.”

In addition, the stable

and consistent funding will

help support Peel Regional

Police’s fight against gun

and gang violence as part

of Ontario’s Guns, Gangs

and Violence Reduction

Strategy. Both initiatives

build on the investment

Ontario has already committed

to create an Intensive

Firearm Bail Team

in Peel Region to focus on

prosecuting those involved

in firearms offences in the

Greater Toronto Area starting

this year.

“We are escalating the

local fight against gangs

who prey on young and

vulnerable people in Peel

Region and other communities

across Ontario,” said

Attorney General Doug

Downey. “Together, we are

determined to keep families

and communities safe

by supporting local police

and specialized prosecutors.”

“Public safety is the

number one priority of

Peel Regional Police,” said

Peel Regional Police Chief

Nishan Duraiappah. “This

provincial funding will

support our comprehensive

approach to mitigating

and ending gun and gang

violence. We look forward

to enhancing our response

to this serious risk in our


“On behalf of my Board

colleagues, I want to thank

the Premier and the provincial

government for their

investment in the resources

required by Peel Regional

Police to tackle escalating

gun and gang violence

in our Region,” said Nando

Iannicca, Peel Regional

Chair. “Today’s announcement

is another example of

how we are working with

our provincial partners to

ensure we provide a safe

and healthy community for

all our residents.”

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No transfer of state waters to

non-basin areas: All-party meet

Chandigarh: An allparty

meeting, chaired by

chief minister Amarinder

Singh, on Punjab’s “critical”

water situation on

Thursday demanded reassessment

of the state’s water

availability and unanimously

resolved that the

Centre should ensure the

river water is not in any

way transferred from basin

to non-basin areas of

the state’s three rivers.

Though the resolution

did not mention SYL, parties

including SAD and

AAP, said any move to

construct the canal would

be fatal for the state. The

parties also unanimously

demanded suitable

amendments to the proposed

Inter State River

Water Disputes Act to set

up a new tribunal, to ensure

that Punjab gets adequate

water “in a just and

equitable manner in keeping

with its total demand

and securing livelihood of

the future generations.”

The resolution read:

“Punjab does not have

surplus water and is facing

a threat of desertification

with declining availability

of its river water

and fast depleting groundwater.

State’s groundwater

that meets 73% of its

irrigation requirements,

has declined to alarming

levels, threatening the

livelihood of farmers and

other poor people.”

“In such a situation, it

is unanimously resolved

that the government of

India should ensure that

Punjab river water is not

in any way transferred

from basin to non-basin

areas of three rivers,

namely Ravi, Satluj and

Beas as per internationally

accepted riparian


Further, alternatives

should be ascertained,

including amendments to

the proposed Inter State

River Water Disputes Act

to set up a new tribunal

for a complete de novo

assessment of availability

of river waters before

final decision, to harness,

develop and provide adequate

water to Punjab in

a just and equitable manner

in keeping with its total

demand and securing

livelihood of the future

generations,” it added.

The resolution was

moved by cabinet minister

Sukhbinder Singh


Amarinder later said

he would seek time from

the Prime Minister to

take an all-party delegation

to represent Punjab’s

case. The internationally

accepted riparian principles

had been ignored

in the distribution of water

in India, he pointed

out, stressing the need to

correct the same. He also

announced that his government

would hold such

all-party meetings every

six months to discuss important

issues related to

the state.

Amarinder pointed

out that the level in Punjab

rivers had reduced

from 17 MAF, as listed by

the Eradi Commission, to

less than 13 MAF.

He said the Congress

government has been

pressing the Prime Minister

to set up a new commission

to assess the current

water levels in Punjab’s

three rivers. This was

imperative in view of the

changed situation, he told

media persons after the


SAD, Congress trade charges over

Behbal Kalan witness death

Bathinda: Demise of the

former sarpanch of Behbal

Kalan village in Faridkot district

has led to political duel

between the ruling Congress

and the Shiromani Akali Dal

(SAD). Ex-sarpanch Surjit

Singh was a witness in the

police firing case of October

14, 2015, in which two protesters

were killed.

Surjit though had died of

heart attack on January 19,

but his family members allege

that he was under mental

stress as the Punjab State

Power Corporation Limited

(PSPCL) officials were harassing

him on the pretext of

power theft. It had also been

alleged that minister Gurpreet

Singh Kangar did not listen

to him when PSPCL was

harassing Surjit’s family.

Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep

Singh Dhillon was allegedly

supporting one of the

local Congress leaders who

was among those harassing

Surjit. It is alleged that

the senior Congress leaders

were not happy with Surjit

deposing before various commissions

set up in the Behbal

Kalan police firing case.

On Thursday, Punjab

cabinet minister Rana

Gurmit Singh Sodhi, accompanied

by Faridkot

MP Muhammad Sadique

and Faridkot deputy commissioner,

went to Surjit’s

family to condole his death

and assured support. After

some time, SAD president

Sukhbir Singh Badal also

reached there to offer condolences.

Levelling allegations

against Kangar and Dhillon

for harassing Surjit, the

SAD chief demanded action

against them. Surjit was key

witness in the Behbal Kalan

case and he had deposed before

the commissions headed

by Justice Zora Singh and

Justice Ranjit Singh. His

son Lakhwinder Singh and

mother Jasvir Kaur alleged

harassment by PSPCL and a

local Congress leader. They

demanded action against

PSPCL officials and the local

leader. Lakhwinder said,

“My father died as he was being

harassed by PSPCL and a

local leader.”

After visiting the family,

Sodhi said some leaders were

playing politics and unnecessarily

making accusations

against some Congress members,

which were untrue. He

said the Congress government

was with the bereaved

family and would support it

in every way. Sodhi also assured

to look into the complaints

of harassment of


On the other hand, Sukhbir

said, “Kangar and Dhillon

abused their position.

Kangar had sent repeated

teams to Surjit’s house to

check his electricity load

leading to the imposition of

a fine of Rs 55,000 on the family.

When Surjit approached

the minister, he threw him

out of his office. Kushaldeep

was responsible for harassing

Surjit through his men

in the village with the sole

intention of saving the policemen

who had fired on the

innocent Sikhs.”

When contacted, MLA

Dhillon denied the charges,

saying that, “I never used

any Congress leader in harassing


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In reply to anti-Sikh jibe, Capt

sends Hitler’s book to Sukhbir

Chandigarh: Questioning

Sukhbir Singh

Badal’s logic in interpreting

his criticism of SAD’s

stance on the Citizenship

(Amendment) Act (CAA)

as being “anti-Sikh”, Punjab

chief minister Amarinder

Singh on Wednesday

sent the Akali chief a

copy of ‘Mein Kampf’, advising

him to read Adolf

Hitler’s autobiography to

understand the “dangerous

implications” of what

he described as an unconstitutional


passed by the Centre.

The CM attached a

letter with the book and

issued it to the media too

through his media advisor

on Twitter. In the letter, he

said the Centre was replicating

Hitler’s agenda, so

it was important for SAD

leaders to read the former

German chancellor’s autobiography

before reacting

to CAA.

Amarinder said he

had promised to send SAD

leaders copies of ‘Mein

Kampf’, which means ‘My

Struggles’, during the last

assembly session.

“These were his beliefs

that he sold to German

people in his rise to power,

which later became

his government’s policy,

when his Nazi party assumed

office,” wrote Amarinder.

“Apart from destroying

Germany in World

War II to fulfil his territorial

ambitions, from the

time he assumed office in

1933 to the end of the war

in 1945, his purification of

German race by his ethnic

cleansing, led initially to

the removal of his main

opposition, the communist

parties, followed by

the persecution of intellectuals,

and finally to the extermination

of the Jews.”

“Read the book, as

one always learns from

history. The world has

changed, and our television

and other media are

powerful, and certainly

different to that of Germany

in the 30s under Joseph

Goebbels. Nevertheless,

the talk of camps and a

national register to eliminate

Muslim and Jewish

communities is ominous,”

Amarinder said.

The CM, in a statement,

also asked Sukhbir

to explain how his demand

for the Akalis to quit NDA

over CAA amounted to

"subservience" to Gandhi


“Or are you trying to

say that lakhs of people

out on the streets to protest

against CAA are doing

so simply out of subservience

to the Gandhi

family,” he said.

Retorting to Sukhbir’s

“saving his chair” jab at

him, the CM said his chair

was secure.

“But you are worried

about your wife Harsimrat’s

chair in the Union

cabinet and do not want

her to lose that at any

cost,” said Amarinder. “I

fail to understand what

clarification Sukhbir

wants from me on this


Can he point out a single

instance or statement

where I have opposed giving

relief to persecuted

Sikhs or, for that matter,

to persecuted Hindus or

Buddhists? ” he said.

Haryana yet to challenge

discharge of Honeypreet

Chandigarh: Even after two-andahalf

months of discharge of Honeypreet

— sociallyadopted daughter of rape and

murder convict and Dera Sacha Sauda

(DSS) head Gurmeet Ram Rahim —

by Panchkula court from the sedition

charges in relation to August 2017 violence,

the Haryana government is yet to

challenge the lower court’s verdict.

Although the Panchkula district administration,

after taking legal opinion,

had sent the matter to the state government

for filing a revision petition before

the Punjab and Haryana high court,

challenging the discharge of Honeypreet

and several other accused from sedition

and related charges.

The charges under Sections 121

(waging or attempting to wage war) and

121-A (conspiracy to commit offences

punishable by section 121) of the Indian

Penal Code (IPC) against Honeypreet

and other accused were dropped by the

trial court in Panchkula on November

2, 2019. However, she is facing trial for

other charges of mild offences regarding

the August 25, 2017 violence that had

erupted after the conviction of DSS chief

in rape cases.

The limitation period to challenge

Honeypreet’s discharge through revision

petition before the HC is 90 days.

Panchkula district attorney Pankaj

Garg told media that they have already

recommended filing revision before the

HC in this case.

“The recommendation to challenge

the dropping of serious charges against

the accused has been sent to the government

through the district magistrate,”

Garg added.

When media contacted a senior law

officer of the advocate general Haryana,

he said as of now no legal opinion

has been framed on the issue. He,

however,said it is up to the state government

to take a final decision for which

the state would examine several aspects.

“The state cannot approach HC without

examining the matter to avoid any

embarrassment, if no strong case for

filing revision is made out,” the officer

said on the condition of anonymity.

Haryana advocate general Baldev

Raj Mahajan did not respond to calls despite

several attempts.

As per the chargesheet, Honeypreet

and Dr Aditya Insan, had held a conspiracy

meeting on August 17, 2017 at

Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa. Duties were

assigned to other dera functionaries to

spread violence in Panchkula in case of

conviction of dera chief in rape cases by

the special CBI court, Panchkula.

No coercive action against Farah,

Raveena: High court tells Punjab

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana

high court on Thursday restrained

the Punjab government from taking any

coercive action against director-choreographer

Farah Khan and Bollywood actor

Raveena Tandon in a case related to hurting

religious sentiments.

The HC has also issued notice to the

Punjab government and the complainant

in the case seeking their replies by March

25 on the petition filed by both the celebrities.

Justice Ashok Kumar Verma of the HC

passed these orders while hearing a petition

filed by Farah and Raveena seeking

directions to quash the case registered

against them.

The counsel for the petitioners contended

that from the contents of the FIR,

none of the ingredients pertaining to offence

under Section 295-A of the IPC are

made out. The allegations are vague and

general in nature with the ulterior motive

to fasten the criminal liability on the

petitioners. The petitioners’ statements

cannot be perceived to be disrespectful or

hurtful to the sentiments of the Christian

brothers or do not remotely qualify to constitute

the offence under Section 295-A of

the IPC, the counsel argued.

It was further contended that the FIR

has been concocted on non-existent facts.

On December 25,2019, they were

booked by Ajnala police under Section

295-A of the IPC for deliberate and malicious

acts intended to outrage religious

feelings of any class by insulting its religion

or religious beliefs. They had allegedly

made some comments about the Bible.

The FIR was registered on the complaint

filed by Sona Masih alias Sonu Jaffar. Accordign

to the complaint, the show aired

on the eve of Christmas, where the celebrities

allegedly made fun of the word “Hallelujah.”

When their plea seeking quashing of

FIR came up for hearing before the HC

on Thursday, their counsel submitted

that Farah and Raveena were producer/

anchor and guest/ participant of a show

telecast on a digital platform. The counsel

for the celebrities, advocate Abhinav Sood

argued that the so-called incident arises

from an unintentional conversation during

the quizzing of two participants by the

host at Mumbai on November 30, 2019.

“The show was not being telecast for

discussing anything about Christian or

Christianity. It was a show for entertaining

people and it was a non-fiction quiz

show. In this situation, no ill-intention on

the part of the applicant can be attributed

by any stretch of imagination,” counsel

has submitted. The matter would now

come up for hearing on March 25.

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Strike CAA Down

Refugee persecution must

be assessed on a case by

case basis, not on that of


The constitutionality of the Citizenship (Amendment)

Act must be fast decided by Supreme Court in

the wake of the widespread protests that it has provoked.

Centre has shown no intention of altering

CAA provisions and it falls upon SC to restore the

primacy of constitutional values. CAA as passed by

Parliament has an inherent bias against Muslims.

The apex court has given the government four more

weeks to respond to the petitions against CAA – perhaps

to give it enough time to come up with the best

possible arguments it can marshal given that those

advanced so far look weak and unconvincing. Centre’s

argument that CAA provides relief to minorities

of six religions living as illegal migrants in India

after fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh

and Afghanistan – where Islam is the state

religion – is ridden with contradictions galore.

For example, take the United Arab Emirates,

which also has Islam as its state religion. If the government

takes the position that it’s therefore a theocracy

that’s persecuting its minorities, it should

strongly discourage Indians of all denominations

(or at least all non-Muslim denominations) from

travelling there. But there’s no sign of such a policy

in place. Or take another example: Buddhism is Sri

Lanka’s state religion and thousands of Sri Lankan

Tamils are languishing as illegal migrants in India

for several years. Their exclusion in this mass citizenship

drive is inexplicable.

Perhaps the Centre means to make a distinction

between nations that have a state religion and those

governments gripped by religious fundamentalism

(such as Pakistan). But in that case, why does CAA

equate Pakistan with friendly nations such as Bangladesh

or Afghanistan? Moreover, CAA also operates

on flawed notions of religious persecution. Arguably,

religious fundamentalists target the “apostate” who

is considered a deviant from the state religion – like

Ahmadiyyas in Pakistan – with even greater fervour

than the non-believing “infidel”. Even Baloch nationalists

whose cause India espouses, Bangladeshi atheists,

or Myanmar’s Rohingyas fleeing various shades

of persecution may be living as illegal migrants in

our midst but don’t make the cut under CAA.

Under the Citizenship Act’s naturalisation process

for legally entering aliens 2,830 people from

Pakistan, 912 from Afghanistan and 172 from Bangladesh,

many of them Muslims, were granted citizenship

in the past six years. Extending this naturalisation

facility to illegal migrants fleeing persecution,

irrespective of country and religion, would be both

humane and helpful in mending the CAA-engineered

gaping hole in India’s secular fabric. TNN

Petition to make social media traceable strips the

privacy right of all meaning

Mishi Choudhary & Eben Moglen

A current proceeding

earlier before the Madras

high court but now transferred

to the Supreme

Court of India threatens

fundamental harm to the

freedom of expression on

the internet, not only in

India but elsewhere in the

world. The pending petition

seeks to require that

Facebook make all WhatsApp

messages traceable

to their originator through

the linkage of identity information

(mobile phone

or, perhaps, Aadhaar numbers)

to all messages exchanged.

It should hardly be necessary

– given the Supreme

Court’s judgment in Justice

KS Puttaswamy and Anr

vs Union of India and Ors

which confirmed that we

have a fundamental right

of privacy – to say that this

petition must be dismissed

as an affront to our basic

constitutional freedom.

But technology is hard

and law around it complicated,

therefore, sweeping

statements about terrorism

and nationalism are made

by counsels in court forcing

the judges to become

experts in matters far beyond

most people’s expertise.

They are expected to

not only understand the

intricacies of technology

but also ensure innovation

is not curtailed, all along

addressing the fear mongering

of new uses of technology.

Facebook is also entirely

justified in objecting

that it could not possibly

satisfy such an order without

fundamentally compromising

the architecture

of WhatsApp not only in

India, but also throughout

the world. WhatsApp is a

credible communications

system because it provides

“end to end” encryption of

the messages it carries, ensuring

that Facebook itself

cannot read the contents

of our communications.

Facebook can, it is true,

determine the identity of

any message’s sender and

recipient, but if A sends to

B a message that B then forwards

to C, because Facebook

cannot see the content

of the messages it cannot

tell that what B sent C was

originally written by A.

The demand for traceability

is therefore a demand

that Facebook compromises

the security of all communications

it handles.

By now, many of us are

accustomed to observing

technologists who find law

challenging and lawyers

who understand no technology

and policy makers

who are expected to know it

all but are usually lost balancing

several competing

interests. Most law officers

for the government assisting

the court nonetheless

inform the court that if

only Facebook understood

its technology as well as

they understand it, everybody

would see at once that

down is up, light is dark

and left is right.

To give an example of

how hard an intersection of

law, technology and policy

can get: this petition is supported

by filing of academics

including renowned

names from IITs. We have

great respect for them and

others who are really trying

to assist matters here

but cannot find gold keys

where none exist. One such

submission says that Facebook

can be required to add

the identity information of

each message originator to

the message itself before it

is “end to end” encrypted,

allowing every communication

to be traced back

through the chain of forwarding

to its original


Thus, A sends a message

to B which is “tagged”

as coming from A. B decrypts

the message, and forwards

it to C, who receives

it with the included “tag”

identifying A, and decrypts

it in his turn. If C finds the

message “disturbing”, he

can then complain to law

enforcement authorities

with A’s identity in hand.

The submission says that

this does not require Facebook

to compromise encryption.

That’s narrowly

true: Encryption is formally

undisturbed, but the privacy

encryption designed

to protect is destroyed anyway.

Obviously this mechanism

destroys A’s privacy,

if for example she didn’t

want her message to B forwarded

and is now being

pursued by the government

at the behest of C. According

to the submission this

is no problem, because A

has a remedy: B has broken

an implicit contract with A

by forwarding the message

over A’s implicit objection,

violating a relationship of

trust which (he says) must

have existed between A and

B in the first place.

But this advice ignores

how law operates. Government

here orders an unconstitutional

invasion of privacy,

directing F to destroy

the privacy of A, as well as

other intermediate recipients

of A’s message. But

though A’s right against

government has been vitiated,

that has been theoretically

replaced by a private

action against B.

From the lawyer’s point

of view, this is preposterous.

Unconstitutional action

is not acceptable just

because a party harmed

by the state can potentially

bring a contract action

against some non-governmental

private party. Also,

if you have ever dealt with

the Indian legal system,

saying go to court if you

are worried about privacy

in this age is the most ineffective

way of getting any


Many well-intentioned

observers have pinned all

their hope on the recently

tabled Personal Data Protection

Bill, 2019, to protect

citizens from the ever

broadening reach and

greed of companies and

other entities for our data.

While India does need

such a law urgently, in no

way can this address the

problems being presented

by this case where all citizens’

privacy and security

is held ransom to check

the notoriety of a few malicious


In our view, the Supreme

Court should reaffirm

that the fundamental

right of privacy under Article

19 recognised in Puttaswamy

protects both the

secrecy and the anonymity

of our personal communications,

and prevents GoI

or its courts from ordering

technological intermediaries

to breach those rights

on its behalf. The government’s

law officers should

be required to tell the Supreme

Court whether they

wish to stand behind this

witch’s brew, or whether

the technologies of totalitarianism

are unacceptable

in the world’s largest democracy.

Source Credit: This article

was first published in The Times

of India. Mishi Choudhary is

legal director of Software Freedom

Law Centre, New York.

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London triple murder: 3 of 5 men

involved in fight illegal immigrants

London: At least three

of the five Punjabi men involved

in the fight which

ended in a triple murder in

Redbridge in east London

are Indian nationals who

were illegally living in the

UK, it has been confirmed.

The immigration status of

the other two men has not

yet been confirmed, but all

five men are from the Sikh

and Hindu communities

and were known to each


Three Punjabi men

were killed in a vicious

fight involving weapons

that took place near Seven

Kings station in Ilford, in

Redbridge last Sunday.

Indian national Gurjeet

Singh, 29, who lives in Dagenham,

appeared in a London

court on Wednesday

with his hand and wrist

bandaged and required

a Punjabi interpreter to

understand court proceedings.

Singh was charged in

court with possessing an offensive

weapon in a public

place, but remains under

investigation in connection

with the murders. He did

not enter a plea and was

remanded in Pentonville

prison before his next hearing

on February 19. He only

spoke to confirm his name,

age and address.

The other man arrested

in connection with the

deaths of three, remains in

hospital in police custody.

Both Singh and the other

accused have been in hospital

under police custody

ever since the murders on

Sunday. So far only Singh

has been discharged and


“It’s unclear when he

entered the UK, but he

was issued with a student

visa with an expiry date

of November 2013. In 2015,

he made a failed application

to remain here under

the Human Rights Act. As

of this moment, he has not

been granted any right to

remain in UK,” prosecutor

Jagjeet Saund said, the

Daily Mail reported.

Redbridge magistrates’

court heard the fight “may

have been” over a debt

Singh owed a number of

individuals. On Sunday

evening, Singh walked

down the stairs near Seven

Kings station, the court

heard. Two men were waiting

for him at the bottom.

There was a confrontation,

so he ran back up. He was

chased and two other men

were waiting at the top. He

got boxed in by men at the

bottom and at the top and

a fight ensued involving

weapons. Three Punjabi

men — Narinder Singh,

Baljit Singh and Harinder

Kumar — were killed.

The Indian high commission

has confirmed

to TOI that two of the deceased

are Indian nationals

that were illegal immigrants.

They are still trying

to ascertain the immigration

status of the third. The

spokesman said: “We will

provide all assistance to the

families and will facilitate

the return of the bodies, if

requested to do so.”



Hundreds of Sikhs

paid tribute to Nottingham

Trent University British

Punjabi student Arjun

Singh at a vigil held on

Wednesday night at the

spot at which he was killed.

Candles were lit and flowers

laid outside the Slug

and Lettuce pub and restaurant

in Long Row, Nottingham.

Arjun died on

Sunday in hospital after

being brutally assaulted

outside the pub just before

4am on Saturday night.

Mathiwos Tekle, 20, of Ryeland

Gardens, Nottingham,

appeared at Nottingham

magistrates’ court on

Wednesday charged with

manslaughter and robbery

and supplying a controlled

drug to three people.

He was remanded in

custody and will next appear

at Nottingham crown

court on February 19. Another

man was arrested

on Tuesday in connection

with Arjun’s death. Aron

Kahsai, 23, of Queens Walk,

Nottingham, is charged

with offer to supply a controlled

drug. He has been

released on bail.

Facing threat to life, Pak Sikh

politician flees country with kin

Amritsar: Pakistani

Sikh leader Radesh Singh

Tony, who had contested

the 2018 general elections as

an independent candidate,

has fled the country along

with his wife and three sons

due to threats from fundamentalists

in his country.

The move comes barely

a year after Tony, who is

chairman of Khalsa Peace

and Justice Foundation,

fled to Lahore in November

2018 from his native city of

Peshawar in Pakistan’s restive

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

province leaving behind his

business and property following

threats from fundamentalists


Tony, who did not

want to reveal his current

location, told TOI on

Wednesday that minority

communities in Pakistan,

including Sikhs, Hindus

and Christians, were living

under constant threat

of fundamentalists, who he

claimed enjoyed the Pakistan

government’s support.

Categorically stating

that he was not in India,

Tony, a human rights activist

who had taken up the

cause of Pakistan’s transgender

community, said he

couldn’t disclose his location

for security reasons.

“In a few days, I will come

out in open and expose the

situation of Sikhs and Hindus

in Pakistan and how the

present government (led by

Pakistan PM Imran Khan)

is systematically orchestrating

their persecution,”

he claimed.

After gunning down of

Peshawar’s prominent Sikh

leader Charanjit Singh in

May 2018, a large number

of Sikhs and Hindus had

migrated from Peshawar

to safe places in Pakistan,

which have sizeable population

of their communities.

His family’s stay in

Lahore was tough. “I didn’t

get any job in Lahore. My

sons somehow managed to

get jobs in call centres. It

is nearly impossible for a

Sikh to take a house on rent

in Lahore. Life was becoming

miserable yet I couldn’t

bear denigrating comments

on Sikhs and Sikhism and

expressed my emotions and

objections on Twitter,” he


Tony said he had raised

his voice against venomous

propaganda by fundamentalist

mullahs such as farright

Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s


and chief Khadim Hussain

Rizvi against Sikhs and

gurdwaras in Pakistan.

“Since then I am getting

continuous threats to eliminate

me and my family. So

with heavy heart I had to

take the decision to leave

Pakistan, which is my country,

to save my family,” he

said while claiming that a

few days ago he and one of

his sons were thrashed in


In recent past, Rizvi

while delivering religious

sermons had stated that

Pakistan was not formed to

give (Kartarpur) corridor to

Sikhs. Similarly, Imran Chishti,

the man who led a mob

to storm the Nankana Sahib

gurdwara had threatened to

wipe out Sikhs from Nankana

Sahib and to change the

name of the historical town

to Ghulam-e-Mustafa.

He claimed that Imran

Chishti had support of the

Pakistan government. “A

nephew of Pakistan’s interior

minister was among

the protesters and played

a major role in gathering

Muslims to demonstrate in

front of the Nankana Sahib

gurdwara and they had active

support of civil and police

administration of Nankana

Sahib,” he alleged.

“Believe it or not, there

is a simmering resentment

among Sikhs and Muslims

in Pakistan.

If one man can lead a

mob to attack a gurdwara,

imagine what will happen

when many like Imran Chishti

will join hands,” he


Giving an example of

discordant relationship between

the two communities,

Tony said if there were cordial

ties between Sikhs and

Muslims then why would

Sikhs object to a Sikh girl

marrying a Muslim boy.

Pak has little credibility

on J&K: US report

New Delhi: Pakistan has “limited options” to respond to

India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 on Jammu & Kashmir

and can only hope to gain from “self-inflicted” damage

caused by New Delhi’s policies in Kashmir and on the citizenship

law, US Congress’s research arm, the Congressional

Research Service, has said.

“Given also that Pakistan and its primary ally, China,

enjoy limited international credibility on human rights issues,

Islamabad may stand by and hope that self-inflicted

damage caused by New Delhi's own policies in Kashmir

and, more recently, on citizenship laws, will harm India’s

reputation and perhaps undercut its recent diplomatic

gains with Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE,”

the CRS said.

In a new report, the CRS said Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation

as well as its “reduced” capability to alter the status

quo in J&K through military means limited its options.

“Many analysts view Islamabad as having little credibility

on Kashmir, given its long history of covertly supporting

militant groups there. Pakistan’s leadership has

limited options to respond to India’s actions, and renewed

Pakistani support for Kashmiri militancy likely would be

costly internationally. Pakistan’s ability to alter the status

quo through military action has been reduced in recent

years, meaning that Islamabad likely must rely primarily

on diplomacy,” the CRS said, noting that Pakistan appeared

diplomatically isolated on the Kashmir issue and had only

Turkey as its explicit ally.

The CRS said following India’s August 2019 actions,

numerous members of the US Congress went on record in

support of Kashmiri human rights. A House resolution introduced

in December and currently with 40 co-sponsors,

urged the Indian government to end the restrictions on

communications in J&K, it said. “Yet, any US impulse to

tilt toward India is to some extent offset by Islamabad's current,

and by most accounts vital, role in facilitating Afghan

reconciliation negotiations.

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Four personalities from region

likely to get Padma Awards

Chandigarh: Punjab governor

V P Singh Badnore’s address

on the first day of Punjab

assembly’s special session on

Thursday was marred by walkouts

by the opposition — Aam

Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani

Akali Dal (SAD) — over

'unfulfilled promises' of the

Congress government.

At least names of four persons

from the region, including

three doctors, are up for consideration

by the selection committee

for the Padma Awards

2020. Padma awards are the

highest civilian awards of the

country after Bharat Ratna.

Dr Raminder Dhillon, Dr

Raj Bahadur and Dr D Behera

in the field of medicine and Jagdish

Lal Ahuja in the field of social

work could find their name

in the final list to be announced

on January 25, on the eve of Republic


Dr Dhillon is a Chandigarh

resident who had served

as Indian volunteer doctor

on UN Mission in Sudan and

other war-torn countries. Dr

Bahadur is an orthopaedic

surgeon and vice-chancellor of

the Baba Farid University of

Health Sciences at Faridkot.

Dr Behera is head of the pulmonary

medicine department

in the Post Graduate Institute

of Medical Education and Research

(PGIMER) at Chandigarh.

Ahuja (85) is popularly

known as ‘PGI’s Langar Baba’,

who had been distributing free

food outside PGIMER, Chandigarh,

since 2001. In addition,

the Union sports ministry has

recommended names of nine

sportswomen for the Padma

Awards. These recommended

names also include wrestler

Vinesh Phogat from Haryana,

Indian women T20 cricket captain

Harmanpreet Kaur from

Punjab, and Indian women

hockey captain Rani Rampal

from Haryana.

The recommendations of

the Padma Awards selection

committee are sent to the Prime

Minister and the President for

final approval. In 2019, a total

of 112 personalities were recipients

of Padma Awards. However,

the central government

has received over 25,000 nominations

for the Padma Awards


Instituted in 1954, Padma

Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan

and Padma Shri – are conferred

in recognition of distinguished

and exceptional achievements

in various fields. Union cabinet

secretary heads the selection


The committee includes

Union home secretary, secretary

to the President and four

to six eminent personalities

as members. The awards are

conferred by the President at

ceremonial functions held at

Rashtrapati Bhawan in March

or April every year.

No SC stay on CAA, process of NPR;

govt has 4 wks to respond

25 Indians trapped in Wuhan; virus reaches S’pore, Vietnam

Continued from page 01

It was also learnt that she was shifted to

the general ward from isolation at around 3

pm. Ashraf also gave her a mobile phone at her

request. Later, a tweet said that Dr Tarik Al

Azraqi, chairman, scientific regional infection

control committee, Aseer region, confirmed

that the nurse was suffering from MERS-CoV

and not coronavirus. In Mumbai, officials said

the five passengers were put under surveillance

soon after they returned from China in

the last 48 hours. While three of them are residents

of Jogeshwari, Kalyan and Nala Sopara,

two are from Pune. “Since the passengers from

Kalyan and Nalasopara have shown signs of a

mild cold and cough, we have asked them to

come and get admitted to Kasturba Hospital

Continued from page 01

The SC said these petitions would be

heard after two weeks. The bench’s pronouncement,

“we are not going to grant

any ex parte stay”, saw Sibal arguing that

the process for implementation of NPR

would start in April and it would be in the

interest of justice if the court asked the government

to defer it for two months. However,

attorney general K K Venugopal and

solicitor general Tushar Mehta said, “That

kind of interim order will be as good as a

stay order.” Sibal attempted several indirect

pleas to get at least the NPR process

deferred, but the CJI-led bench said, “If the

law is prevented from being implemented

or ordered to be deferred, it is as good as

granting a stay. We are not going to do any

such thing without hearing arguments on

the requirement of stay.

Arguments for interim order will also

be heard by the Constitution bench.” When

Sibal persisted, the CJI said, “The (CAA)

law will always remain subject to the outcome

of the petitions.”

Explaining why it was not considering

so that we can run some checks and rule out

any infection,” said the BMC executive health

officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar. Epidemiologist Dr

Pradeep Awate said none of them had exhibited

any coronavirus symptoms. Two of the five

passengers had been to Wuhan, the epicentre

of the novel coronavirus outbreak. “Those

two passengers are also currently asymptomatic,

like the other three who had been to

other parts of China,” said Dr Awate. The local

health officer said that the Nala Sopara traveller,

a woman who had stayed in China’s Foshan

city — almost 1,000 km south of Wuhan

— for six days, had complained of a bodyache

and cold when health department officials contacted

her but didn’t have fever, a sore throat,

abdominal pain or any other symptom.

arguments on interim stay at this stage, the

CJI said: “The problem is petitions are continuously

being filed. If the court passes an

interim order on one batch, a fresh batch

will file petitions seeking review of it on

the ground that they were not heard. And it

will go on and on in a vicious cycle.” Sibal

said the importance of the issue raised by

the petitions and its consequences for the

nation warranted hearing by a five judge

Constitution bench. The bench agreed and

said: “Why not? Maybe all the petitions

should be referred to a five-judge bench.”

18M On Virus

Lockdown In


Continued from page 01

Police checked all incoming vehicles but

did not close off the roads. Authorities announced

similar measures would take effect

on Friday in the nearby cities of Huanggang

and Ezhou. In Huanggang, theatres, internet

cafes and other entertainment centres were

also ordered closed.

In the capital, Beijing, officials cancelled

“major events” indefinitely, including traditional

temple fairs that are a staple of holiday

celebrations, in order to “execute epidemic

prevention and control”.

Seventeen people have died in the outbreak,

all of them in and around Wuhan.

More than 630 have been infected, the vast

majority of them in Wuhan, and many countries

have begun screening travellers from

China for symptoms of the virus, which can

cause fever, coughing, trouble breathing and


The open-ended lockdowns are unprecedented

in size, embracing more people than

New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago

combined. Chinese officials have not said

how long the shutdowns will last.

In China, the illnesses from the newly

identified coronavirus first appeared last

month in Wuhan, an industrial and transportation

hub in central China’s Hubei province.

Other cases have been reported in the

US, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Most

of the illnesses outside China involve people

who were from Wuhan or had recently travelled


Images from Wuhan showed long lines

and empty shelves at supermarkets, as residents

stocked up for what could be weeks

of isolation. Local authorities in Wuhan demanded

all residents wear masks in public

places. Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary

troops guarded Wuhan’s train station.

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Wife, kids found murdered, man

injured near rly tracks

Chandigarh: A woman,

her daughter and son were

found murdered with their

throats slits with a sharpedged

weapon at their house

in Modern Housing Complex,

Manimajra, early on Thursday.

The woman’s husband,

who later succumbed at PGI,

was found critically injured

near the railway tracks at

Mansa Devi underbridge

hours before.

Police said the deceased

were identified as Sunita

Arora, alias Sarita, 45, her

husband Surinder Arora,

alias Sanjay, their daughter

Ratna Khandpur, alias Saanchi

Arora, 22, and son Arjun

Arora, 15.

Karambir, a business associate

of Surinder, said he

had received information

from PGI that Surinder had

met with an accident and was

admitted to the hospital in a

critical condition. Karambir

reached PGI and called up on

the mobile phone of Sunita

to inform her. When Sunita

did not answer the phone,

Karambir went to their

house and found the main

gate locked from outside and

doors of house half open.

With the help of torchlight,

Karambir saw blood inside

the house and informed

the police around 1am. Cops

from Manimajra police station

patrolling in the area

reached the spot in a few minutes

and broke the lock.

On finding Sunita, Ratna

and Arjun murdered, cops

registered a case under Section

302 (murder) of the IPC

against unidentified persons

and recorded the statement

of Karambir.

SP (city) Vineet Kumar,

DSP (east division) Dilsher

Singh and the Manimajra

Death penalty not

open-ended, must

have finality: SC

SHO also reached the spot.

A CFSL team, photographers

and dog squad were

also called. Police have collected

all the scientific evidence,

along with footages

of CCTVs installed near the

house, and sent bodies for

post-mortem. Police said they

have not recovered any weapon

from the crime scene.

Cops said Surinder was

found injured near Mansa

Devi underbridge around

11.30pm wednesday. The

Government Railway Police

(GRP) rushed him to Panchkula

Sector 6 civil hospital.

Due to his critical condition,

he was referred to PGI. “He

has sustained blunt injuries

on the right side of head and

other body parts, as he may

have been hit by a train,”

said a cop. Police said Sunita’s

body was found in the

bedroom and her son Arjun’s

in another room. Ratna was

lying on the floor in the drawing


Police told that the murderer

slit throats of all the

three with a sharp-edge

weapon. However, he hit Ratna

on her head with an iron

rod before slitting her throat.

Police suspected that

the three were murdered in

daytime. As per preliminary

investigation, the accused

first killed Sunita, then Arjun

around 2.30pm — as he

was found in school uniformand

at last Ratna, a law

student who reaches home

from Chandigarh University

around 4pm.

Cops said Arjun was

studying in Class X in a private

school in Panchkula and

Ratna, a law student, was in

her fifth semester.

Surinder had bought the

house in Manimajra around

two years ago. Earlier, he and

his family lived with his parents

and brother in Sector 9,


He is the second of five

brothers. His two brothers

live in Chandigarh, one in

Kharar and one in Panchkula.

Arora runs Krishna

Sweets in Sector 9, Panchkula,

with Karambir, the police


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The bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices S

Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna said this during an open

court hearing of petitions by one Shabnam and Saleem seeking

review of their death sentences. Infuriated by constant

objections to their relationship, which had resulted in pregnancy

at the time of the crime, Shabnam mixed sedatives in

tea and served it to her family members. She then held the

heads of her parents and four other family members while

Saleem slit their throats. A seventh victim, her brother’s

10-month-old child, was throttled to death. The duo wanted

to lay claim over the entire family property.

The bench’s remarks assume significance as the Centre

on Wednesday, responding to public resentment over

Nirbhaya convicts delaying execution, sought a change in

guidelines laid down by the SC in 2014 to protect the rights

of death row prisoners. The Centre said the rights of victims

and society must also be factored in. When solicitor

general Tushar Mehta mentioned this during Thursday’s

hearing, the SC said it would separately deal with it.

For Saleem and Shabnam, senior advocates Anand Grover

and Meenakshi Arora strenuously attempted to convince

the bench that the couple’s exemplary post-conviction

conduct should be considered for commuting the death

penalty to life imprisonment. Arora said as the couple now

had a child to look after the court could exercise forgiveness

as they had shown enough signs of reform during incarceration.

The bench asked, “Does the couple having a child mitigate

the gravity of their crime? Does it mitigate the murder

of a 10-month-old child? Does that mitigate the murder of

seven innocent family members? We are not against forgiveness.

But it is the law which prescribes punishment

for crime. A judge awards punishment as per law, which

reflects society’s expectations. We must protect innocent

and also punish the guilty. Can a judge forgive a murderer

brushing aside evidence if he feels an accused appears innocent?”

The bench then reserved its verdict on the review


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Centre shortlists two firms for

`50,000cr stealth sub contract

Nod To Acquire Equipment Worth `5,100cr

The defence ministry has short-listed

only defence shipyard Mazagon Docks

(MDL) and private ship-builder L&T in

the race to bag the long-pending project

to construct six new stealth submarines

with foreign collaboration, effectively torpedoing

Congress allegations that Adani

Defence was being favoured in the over Rs

50,000 crore deal.

The defence acquisitions council

(DAC) chaired by Rajnath Singh on Tuesday

also approved the names of five foreign

submarine-builders who can tie up

with either of the two Indian “strategic

partners (SPs)”, MDL or L&T, to present

their joint bids to execute the complex

“Project-75 India”.

The original equipment manufacturers

(OEMs) are Rubin Design Bureau

(Russia), Naval Group-DCNS (France),

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Germany),

Navantia (Spain) and Daewoo (South


The DAC also approved procurement

of indigenous equipment worth over Rs

5,100 crore, including electronic warfare

systems for the Army.

But the beleaguered Navy, grappling

with a fast-depleting underwater combat

arm, cannot pop the bubbly just yet.

Though the initial “acceptance of necessity”

(AoN) cost of P-75I was set at Rs 43,000

crore by the MoD, it will easily cross Rs

50,000 crore. It will take around two years

from now for the actual contract to be

inked with the selected SP-OEM combine,

with another seven to eight years thereafter

for the first submarine to be ready.

P-75I to build the six new submarines,

with both landattack cruise missiles and

airindependent propulsion for greater

underwater endurance, was first granted

AoN way back in November 2007. But it

suffered from general politico-bureaucratic

apathy, with just files and succession of

committees doing the rounds.

The project, along with the Rs 21,000

crore plan to build 111 naval utility choppers,

will now be among the first projects

to be launched under the strategic partnership

model promulgated by the NDA

government in May 2017 to boost indigenous


None of the major six to seven “Make

in India” defence projects, collectively

worth over Rs 3.5 lakh crore, have actually

taken off in over the last six years, as was

first reported by media.

The MoD will now issue the RFP (request

for proposal) to MDL and L&T within

two months. The two entities, in turn,

“will talk” to the five OEMs to work out

their joint bids and respond to the RFP before

the end of this year.

Raj turns saffron again, backs Modi

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman

Sena chief Raj Thackeray,

who had attacked the Modi government

during the 2019 Lok Sabha

campaign, turned saffron all

over again on Thursday, coming

out in full support of CAA and

asking local Muslims why they

were protesting in favour of Pakistani

and Bangladeshi Muslims.

“Throw out the illegal Pakistani

and Bangladeshi Muslims.

I fully support the Centre for

this,” Raj said at MNS’ first ever

convention, marking four years

of its formation. The event saw

the induction of Raj’s son Amit

into the party, making it clear

that the MNS chief now wants

to groom him for a larger role

in party politics at a time when

Amit’s cousin Aaditya is a minister

in the state.

Raj said that while he had

criticised PM Modi, he would

not hesitate to support him when

he does the right thing. “India

needs to intensify its security

even if it means people are inconvenienced.

We are sitting on

a ticking bomb. It is important

to throw out Muslims from Pakistan

and Bangladesh and for this

I am with the PM,” he said.

He announced that MNS

would hold rallies on February 9

in support of CAA.

While Raj said he stood for

Muslims of the country, he noted

that he would not tolerate those

Muslims who “fanned trouble in

the country”. “Is India a dharamshala?

I am told it costs only Rs

2,500 to make your way from Bangladesh

into India. From Pakistan

they come via Nepal. Stop

Samjhauta Express and the bus

service. Why do we have any ties

with Pakistan,” he asked.

Religion, he said, was a personal

thing. Targeting Muslims,

he said, “Keep your religion in

your house. Shut off loudspeakers

on masjids. Our aarti does

not trouble, why should namaz?”

Raj, who changed his party’s

flag to saffron with Shivaji’s royal

seal on it, said it had been first

used by Samyukta Maharashtra

Samiti which, however, later disintegrated,

leading to the birth

of Shiv Sena. “When MNS was

being formed in 2006 I wanted to

make this the party flag, but advisers

told me to include green

— what they now call social engineering.

I was 36-37 then and

there was no one to guide me, so I

went along,” he said.

Appearing to counter MNS'

move to turn the party flag saffron,

Shiv Sena president and

CM Uddhav Thackeray asserted

on Thursday evening that his

party’s “colour and conscience”

were still saffron. “In the recent

past, many critics thought we

had abandoned the colour saffron.

Certainly not. We have not

changed. Our party’s colour and

conscience are still saffron,” he

said at a Sena gathering to mark

the 94th birth anniversary of Bal


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