19TT01A.qxd 6/18/2013 10:19 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 133 No. 168 Himachal Pradesh Edition Rain fury: 70,000 still stuck in U’khand, toll 81 ❙Rescue ops on war-footing ❙11 copters make 365 sorties to airlift pilgrims in Rudraprayag, Chamoli Evacuations may take at least a week TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE & PTI NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN, JUNE 18 Rains wreaked fresh havoc in northern India leading to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslips as the toll climbed to 81 even as thousands of pilgrims and tourists were stranded in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Monsoon fury has claimed 52 lives in Uttarakhand while damaging 175 houses across the state. Officials said the toll could increase manifold as there were many areas where rescue teams are yet to reach. Rudraprayag was the worst hit with 20 persons reported dead in the district. As many as 73 buildings, including 40 hotels, along the banks of the Alaknanda have been swept away in the swirling waters of the river. A total of 71,440 pilgrims bound for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines are stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts as the famous ‘Char Dham Yatra’ has been suspended due to massive damage to the road network. While 27,040 devotees are stranded in Chamoli, 25,000 and 9,850 are stuck in INSIDE NATION Ishrat case chargesheet The Gujarat HC on Tuesday directed the CBI to file a chargesheet in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case by July 4. P2 WORLD Putin faces isolation at G8 Russian President Vladimir Putin faced growing isolation on the second day of the G8 summit on Tuesday over his support to the Syrian President. P13 JOBS & CAREERS A sunshine sector tions. Today, six IAF and private helicopters were able to airlift several pilgrims, who were stranded in different places, and drop 10,000 food packets,” Chief Secretary Subash Kumar told reporters. It could take rescue teams at least a week to complete evacuations in the flood-ravaged hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, said top government officials. The Union Home Ministry today termed the devastation in the two states as “extensive.” An assessment of the ground situation by the government revealed that over 31,000 people, mainly pilgrims and tourists, were stranded between Kedarnath and Gauri Kund. Another 7,000 were trapped near the Badrinath shrine. Around 5,000-6,000 pilgrims, including cricketer Harbhajan Singh, were stuck at Joshimath. In total, over 70,000 people were reported to be stranded in different areas. With the road network taking an extensive hit, the pilgrims would have to be evacuated by air. At many places, re-alignment of roads would be required by cutting through mountains. Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 NO LET-UP: The raging Mandakini river in Chamoli district on Tuesday; (below) Armymen rescue a stranded pilgrim. — PTI YAMUNA ABOVE DANGER MARK IN DELHI HP CM EVACUATED The Yamuna river is flowing above the danger mark in the national capital. “By 9 am today (Tuesday), the water level in Yamuna had reached 204.98 metres. The danger mark is 204.83 metres,” said an official from irrigation and flood department. The state government has started evacuating people from low-lying areas along the banks of the Yamuna. Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was stranded in Kinnaur district for nearly 60 hours due to landslides, was evacuated on Tuesday morning by a chopper hired by his party. Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi, respectively, said Disaster Management authorities. The Indian Air Force and private helicopters today jointly mounted rescue operations in the flood-affected areas of the state undertaking 365 sorties and rescuing around 300 to 450 pilgrims stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and other parts of the state. “We have seven IAF helicopters and four private helicopters at our disposal and they have been involved in the rescue and relief opera- 26/11 plotter Saeed’s group gets crores from Pak LAHORE, JUNE 18 Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has received over Rs 61 million (Rs 6.1 crore) from Pakistan's Punjab province government headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party. Besides a grant-in-aid of over Rs 61 million in its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal for 'Markaze-Taiba', the largest centre of the JuD, the provincial government PML-N GOVT’S LARGESSE ❚ The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has allocated Rs 61 million (Rs 6.1 crore) in its 2013-14 budget for the largest centre of the of the JuD, the parent body of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks ❚ The provincial government, headed by PM Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party, has allocated Rs 350 million (Rs 35 crore) for setting up a ‘Knowledge Park’ at the centre on Lahore’s outskirts and other initiatives ❚ There is no formal ban on the JuD and its chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed (pic), who lives and roams freely in Lahore has allocated Rs 350 million (Rs 35 crore) for setting up a ‘Knowledge Park’at the centre and other initiatives. Details of the allocations were presented in budget documents tabled in the Punjab Assembly yesterday by the PML-N government led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. One document stated: "Grant-in-aid to chief admin- istrator Muridkey Markaz (is) Rs 61.35 million". The JuD's centre is located at Muridkay on the outskirts of Lahore. In his budget speech in the assembly, Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman announced that the provincial government "intends to establish a Knowledge Park in Muridkey". He said the government had allocated Rs 350 million for the park and several other initiatives in Punjab. Continued on page 11 Punjab okays retail outlets in factories The Punjab Government has decided to allow all plot-holders in focal points and other growth areas to use 10 per cent of their premises to display their products or even open retail outlets. An official release said the industrialists would, however, have to ensure that their buildings were in accordance with applicable zoning and building bylaws. It said the Punjab Small Industry Export Corporation (PSIEC) would grant PROMOTING GROWTH ❚ All plot-holders in focal points and other growth areas will have the facility of using 10% of their premises to display their products or open retail outlets ❚ The Punjab Small Industry Export Corporation will grant permission for the same without payment of “change of land use” charges ❚ Plot holders will also be allowed extra entry gates on their premises depending on the number of units permitted by the Department of Industries on that plot this permission without the payment of CLU (change of land use) charges. The release said industrial plot-holders have also been allowed to open entry gates on their premises equivalent to the additional number of units permitted by the Department of Industries on a particular plot. It said plot-holders would have to make a payment of Rs 10,000 as fee for each additional gate. Industry across the state had been petitioning that display centres had become necessary to showcase their goods to their clients, especially foreigners who were used to such set-ups. They had also pleaded that allowing opening of retail centres would also help them in self-marketing of their goods. The spokesman further said the government had already announced a special package of incentives for those having plots at Jalandhar (extension) focal point by giving them interim relief in making payment of enhanced land cost. IAF inducts its first heavylift C-17 Globemaster III TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE JUMBO CARRIER NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 The first of the 10 US-made Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft landed at the Hindon airbase today. The aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability. It would also augment the strategic reach during disaster relief and similar missions. The induction of C-17 (ordered for $4.1 billion) is a major milestone in the modernisation of the IAF. Five C-17 aircraft will be delivered this year, while the remaining five will come in 2014. With the completion of the order, India will become the largest C-17 operator outside the US. Each plane has a carrying capacity of 74 tonne, which is more than double the capacity of the IAF’s existing heavy-lift aircraft-Soviet-ori- TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 18 Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including four-page Jobs & Careers and eight-page Himachal Plus. Modi meets Advani in Delhi, turns down Ayodhya invite TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE The solar energy sector can contribute significantly to plugging the country's energy gap. As a result, this sector is rising as a potential job generating avenue as a large number of vacancies are likely to open up over the next few years. 40 pages `3.00 www.tribuneindia.com Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Srinagar Wednesday, June 19, 2013 The first IAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III after its arrival at the Hindon airbase on Tuesday. AFP ❚ The plane has a carrying capacity of 74 tonne, which is more than double the capacity of the IAF’s existing heavy-lift aircraft, the Soviet-origin IL-76 ❚ The plane can land at small forward airbases on semiprepared runways and can ferry a tank along with a couple of hundred troops ❚ After the completion of the order, the IAF will be in a position to airlift an infantry brigade (around 4,500 men) and land them at different place within hours ❚ Five C-17 aircraft will be delivered this year, while the remaining five will come in 2014 In a bid to mend fences and to project himself as a moderate, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called on veteran leader LK Advani at his residence and declined an invitation to visit Ayodhya, apparently to avoid starting a fresh controversy on BJP’s ‘Hindutva’ plank, especially after the split with the JD(U) over his “secular” credentials. Reports emerging from the CM’s office in Ahmedabad clarified that Modi “politely declined” an invitation to attend the ‘Amrit Mahotsava’ on the 75th birthday of Ram Janma Bhumi Nyas Trust president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Modi expressed his inability to attend the function and wished the Mahant success for the function. Modi’s scheduled meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was followed by an informal meeting with general secretaries at the BJP headquarters. In his first meeting as poll campaign chief, he discussed preparations for the forthcoming Assembly elections in five states. The focus, however, was his hour-long meeting with party patriarch Advani at his Prithviraj Road residence. Modi and Advani are believed to have discussed the recent political developments, including the split in the NDA. Advani, who had resigned from all organisational posts to register his protest against Modi’s elevation, is understood to have expressed his views on the recent political developments. Though Advani withdrew his resignation after the intervention of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and persuasion by BJP leaders, sources say the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi leaves after meeting LK Advani in New Delhi on Tuesday. MEETING ‘POSITIVE’ ❚ Modi and Advani are believed to have discussed the recent political developments, including the split in the NDA ❚ Advani reportedly told Modi that he was not opposed to the new post of election campaign committee chief ❚ Instead, he would have preferred two separate teams to handle the upcoming state and national elections so that the workload could be divided for effective management ❚ The meeting was termed “positive” by insiders, with Modi seeking Advani’s blessings and promising to consult senior party leaders while taking decisions contentious issue was far from over. Political observers, however, believe that despite the attempts to mend fences, issues remain. Even though the RSS has made it clear that Modi was their man, a section within the BJPbelieves that the last word on the contentious issue — Modi as BJP’s PM candidate — is yet to be said. 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