08042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/8/2017 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday,april 8, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 96 | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd US hits Syria, takes on Russia AI lifts ban on Sena MP, TMC 59 missiles target air base days after ‘gas attack’ killed 70 civilians MP sparks row Palm Beach/Beirut, April 7 The US fired 59 cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian air ase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct US assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. In the biggest foreign policy decision of his presidency so far, Trump ordered the step his predecessor Barack Obama never took: directly targeting the Syrian military for its suspected role in a poisonous gas attack that killed at least 70 peo- ❝ Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically... Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this barbaric (gas) attack. Donald Trump, US PRESIDENT ple, catapulting Washington into confrontation with Russia. Trump announced the strikes from Florida, where he was meeting Chinese President. ❝ President Putin views the US strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international norms. This will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties. A Kremlin statement The Kremlin termed the strikes “illegal”. Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said the strikes were “one step away from clashing with the Russian mili- tary”. Syria President Bashar alAssad’s office said they would strike enemies harder. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint and said “there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution”.US officials said the strike was a “one-off” intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks, and not an expansion of the US role in the Syria war. The missiles were fired from two US warships from the Mediterranean, killing 15. — Agencies Edit: Trump’s first strike No gamechanger: Experts p19 National film honours for Akshay, Zaira New Delhi, April 7 Akshay Kumar was chosen the best actor for his portrayal of a patriotic naval officer in “Rustom” at the 64th National Film Awards today, where Marathi movie “Kasaav” led the regional cinema dominance bagging the best feature film honour. “Rustom”, a courtroom drama directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, is loosely based on the 1959 Nanavati murder case. 3 Talwara students die in bus mishap Hoshiarpur: Three students, two of them siblings, of a Dasuya school were killed and 11 others injured when the school bus they were in and a Mahindra Bolero Pickup collided near Singhpur village of Hoshiarpur on Friday. The driver of the bus was killed too. The deceased students belonged to Talwara. The overloaded Pickup was reportedly being driven rashly. INSIDE Nitish can appoint Kishor adviser: SC New Delhi: The Bihar Government’s decision to appoint political strategist Prashant Kishor as an adviser to Nitish Kumar on Friday got a thumbs up from the Supreme Court. “He is CM and not an expert who knows everything. He can seek advice on various subjects of public importance and can appoint anyone as adviser,” said a Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar. PTI EC says Bhind EVMs not tampered with New Delhi: The EVMs and paper trail machines used during a demonstration exercise for a Madhya Pradesh bypoll were not tampered, a probe by the Election Commission has found. The probe panel was sent to Ater segment of Bhind district after media reports claimed the vote went to the BJP, irrespective of the button pressed on the EVM. PTI Today’s issue consists of 30 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Akshay Kumar Sonam Kapoor Akshay, 49, said Sonam Kapoor, who received a special mention for her role in “Neerja”, was shooting with Zaira Wasim him for “Padman”and it was a double celebration for them. “Neerja”, directed by Ram Madhvani, was named the best Hindi film. It is based on the 1986 hijacking during which flight attendant Neerja Bhanot was killed by terrorists while saving passengers. Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Pink”, a female-centric courtroom drama, won the award for best film on social issues. Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim was chosen as the best supporting actress for her role in the Aamir Khan-starrer “Dangal”, while continued on page 9 Ontario says ’84 was genocide, India upset Girja Shankar Kaura Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 7 As Air India (AI) today announced it had revoked the “no fly” ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, there came more trouble for the national carrier, this time at the hands of TMC Rajya Sabha member Dola Sen. Picking a quarrel with staff over seats, a “screaming and shouting” Sen delayed the Delhi-Kolkata flight by 40 minutes. She refused to abide by the security protocol. Sources said the staff requested Sen to shift her mother’s seat as being on a wheelchair, rules prohibited her from taking a seat near any of the emergency exits. The MP refused to oblige. continued on page 9 New Delhi, April 7 In a major embarrassment for India, the legislative assembly of the Canadian province of Ontario has passed a motion describing the antiSikh riots of 1984 as “genocide”, which New Delhi was quick to reject as “misguided”. It also conveyed its views to the government and political leadership of Canada. MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India has “noted the passage of a Private Members’ Motion... We reject this misguided motion which is based on a limited understanding of India, its Constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and the judicial process”. The motion was moved by Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament Harinder Malhi, who represents BramptonSpringdale Riding near Toronto. The ruling Liberal Party of Ontario had voted down a similar motion last summer. Those privy to the developments said India had conveyed its concerns in advance to the ministers in Justin Trudeau’s government. India has long struggled to keep any global condemnation of the 1984 riots out of official and state assembly resolutions while human rights organisations have lobbied for the riots to be labelled as “genocide”. Several prominent IndoCanadian organisations had written to Premier Kathleen Wynne and representatives to oppose the motion. But it went through nevertheless. Sajjan on India visit this month KV Prasad Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 7 Taking forward the bilateral relations on to the next stage, Punjab-born Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will be travelling to New Delhi and Punjab later this month. Sajjan is scheduled to arrive on April 17 for an interaction with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley as both countries look to increase engagement in the sector. India and Canada at present have agreed to explore cooperation in cold climate continued on page 9
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