09042018-TTC-01.qxd 4/9/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 9, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 97 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd REUTERS China terms it ‘transgression’ , India says ours Kibithu (Arunachal Pradesh), April 8 Indicating fresh friction, the Chinese military strongly protested against the Indian Army’s “transgression” into the strategically sensitive Asaphila area along the disputed border in Arunachal Pradesh, but the Indian side roundly rejected the complaint. Official sources said the Chinese side raised the issue at a ‘Border Personnel Meeting’ (BPM) here on March 15 but the Indian Army dismissed it, saying that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal belonged to India and it had regularly been carrying out patrols. Sources said the Chinese side called India’s patrolling in the area a “transgression” and the Indian Army objected to the terminology. “China’s protest is surprising,” said a source, adding there were several instances of Chinese intrusions in the area, which had been taken up seriously in the past. Under the BPM mechanism, the two sides can register their protest over any incident of transgression as there are varying perceptions about the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The delegation of China’s People’s Liberation Army specifically mentioned extensive patrolling in Asaphila by Indian troops, saying such “violations” may escalate tensions. Rejecting the Chinese protest, the Indian side said its troops were aware of the alignment of the LAC and that the Army would continue to carry out patrols up to the LAC. The Chinese military specifically mentioned large-scale Indian patrolling in Asaphila near Fishtail 1 on December 21, 22 and 23 last. The Indian Army has reportedly increased warfighting drills following the Doklam standoff. — PTI NBWs against Nirav, Choksi by CBI court INCREDIBLE INDIA MANIKA BATRA MADHURIKA PATKAR MOUMA DAS S MUKHERJEE POOJA S PUNAM YADAV GOLD TABLE TENNIS WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT GOLD WEIGHTLIFTING (69KG) Maiden table tennis gold, 16-yr-old shooting champ AP Rohit Mahajan Tribune News Service Gold Coast, April 8 Sunday brought good tidings for the Indian contingent, from some very special women in the squad — 16year-old Manu Bhaker brought in the promised gold in the women’s 10m air pistol, Punam Yadav lifted the 69kg weightlifting gold and the table tennis girls shocked Singapore to win team gold. There was more: Vikas Thakur got the 94kg weightlifting bronze, adding to the silver he’d won four years ago in the 85kg category. Heena Sidhu rose sensationally in the final of the 10m pistol event, getting silver after flirting with elimination. Following the event of Manu and Heena, Ravi Kumar stepped up in the 10m range to shoot down the air rifle bronze. After the fourth day of SILVER HEENA SIDHU competition, India lay at the fourth spot with seven gold, two silver and three bronze. Boxing legend MC Mary Kom made it to the semifinals of her event to assure herself of at least a bronze; the mixed badminton team 10M AIR PISTOL GOLD MANU BHAKER and the men’s table tennis teams also made sure they’d come back with at least silver medals after they reached their finals. After the table tennis victory, the most unexpected success for India was in women’s hockey, in which the Indian girls shocked world champions England 2-1 to rise to the top of Pool A. The men’s team would be less happy, for the scoreline of the win over Wales was wholly unsatisfactory 4-3. The day’s best for India was at the shooting range, in Brisbane: Manu and Heena did a 1-2 in the 10m air pistol event. Manu then went back to the Games Village and became untraceable: she prefers to keep her phone switched off, and had gone off to play table tennis — one of her 20-odd pastimes — with players from Sri Lanka and Jamaica. “I don’t know what the excitement is about,” she said. “I’ve won a medal, but no need to become so excited!” The paddlers couldn’t hide their excitement though, considering how Manika inspired India to a historic gold with her stunning singles victories. The world No. 58 scored the biggest win of her career by humbling world number four and multiple Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei 3-2 and then brushed aside 100th-ranked Yihan Zhou 3-0. more on page 14 Mumbai, April 8 A special CBI court here on Sunday issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi in connection with the Rs 13,500crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud. The court move comes following a CBI request as both the diamond traders, who left the country in January, refused to join investigations. Meanwhile, the CBI continued questioning officers of overseas branches of Indian banks that extended alleged credit facilities on the basis of Letters of Undertaking issued by the PNB to firms associated with Modi and Choksi — the promoter of the Gitanjali Group. Earlier, a lookout notice was issued against Modi and Choksi but they had already fled the country. While Modi and brother Nishal left India on January 1, his wife Ami, a US citizen, and Choksi left on January 6, all before the CBI received a complaint from the PNB on January 29. On Friday, the CBI questioned RBI’s former Deputy Governor Harun Rashid Khan in connection with the PNB fraud and relaxation of 80:20 gold import scheme brought by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram. He was asked about the lapses in the statutory audit of the central regulator owing to which the PNB fraud remained undetected for a long time. — IANS ‘Gas attack’ in Syria, UN alarmed Free insurance for Haryana traders WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, April 8 US President Donald Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for a chemical attack against a besieged rebel-held town in Syria where medical aid groups reported dozens of people were killed by poisonous gas. The Syrian state denied government forces had launched any chemical attack and Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s most powerful ally, called the reports bogus. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he was "deeply concerned" about renewed violence in the city of Douma, “particularly by allegations that chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations in Douma”. More on page 13 Rohtak: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday made several announcements for traders, including ownership rights for legal occupants of shops for more than 20 years, compensation ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh (under compensation policy) for loss of stock and buildings and free-of-cost accidental insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh. INSIDE Karnataka poll: BJP names 72 candidates New Delhi: BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, will contest from the Shikaripura constituency, the party’s central election committee announced on Monday, as it released a list of 72 candidates for the high-stake contest. The elections to the 225seat Assembly are scheduled for May 12. MORE ON P7
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