20082018-TTC-01.qxd 20-08-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.229 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, august 20,2018 SHIV SENA MAN DETAINED FOR DABHOLKAR’S MURDER PAGE 7 PTI’S USMAN BUZDAR ELECTED NEW CM OF PAKISTAN PUNJAB PAGE 13 /thetribunechd THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. Nearly 400 people have already lost their lives, over 7.25 lakh are in relief camps, tens of thousands of houses have collapsed, one lakh kms of roads have been destroyed and 134 bridges damaged. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past, be it the floods in Jammu and Kashmir, the landslides in Uttarakhand, the cloudburst in Ladakh, the tsunami, the Odisha cyclone, the Kargil War or the Gujarat earthquake. 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All donations received by us will be duly sent to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. — The Tribune Trust FLOOD FURY IN KERALA ‘SONS OF THE SEA’ TURN FRONTLINE SAVIOURS UNSUNG HEROES BRING SMILES KHALSA AID TO THE RESCUE BACK PAGE late city ASSAM-LIKE NRC IN REST OF THE COUNTRY UNDER STUDY PAGE 11 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Kerala toll 210,7.25 lakh displaced Most rescued, focus is rehabilitation:CM Vijayan An Appeal to Readers ! The rescue operations in flood-ravaged Kerala entered the last phase with week-long rains largely abated and daily death toll sliding to 16. Rehabilitation work gained momentum with the Centre set to send cereals and medical items amid increased participation of governmental bodies and voluntary organisations. The death toll touched 210 on a day several riverine towns and villages resurfaced from the deluge. Waste disposal became the area of focus, with more people returning to their homes littered with muck even as 5,645 refugee camps housed 7.25 lakh displaced in the disaster. Red alert has been withdrawn in all 14 districts. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said most of the state’s 39 dams had begun shutting more of their sluice gates. Most of the marooned had been rescued and the focus would now be on rehabilitation, he added. Road traffic resumed partly on vital roads like national and state highways, while the Railways announced it wouldn’t charge freight if the consignment to Kerala was relief material. Most of the 23,213 rescued persons expressed anger over the delay in moving them to safer places. — TNS His 2011report ignored, Gadgil’s fears come true Sreevalsan Thiyyadi NDRF personnel rescue residents in Alappuzha on Sunday. PTI BATTLING THE DELUGE 210 dead 18 trains since Aug 8 and more than 400 since May 29 cancelled, 9 partially cancelled 7,24,649lakh ~3,000 in 5,645 relief camps per day each for fishermen involved in rescue ops 22,000 MORE RESCUED 36 lakh ~4,441 cr books to be given free of cost to schoolchildren loss on account of damaged roads Seven years after he submitted a detailed report that prescribed ways to conserve Kerala’s Western Ghats, renowned ecologist Madhav D Gadgil is aggrieved again that his 2011 study of the ‘fragile’ mountain ranges met with total stonewalling from administrators. The expert’s worst fears have come true: the southern state is battling its fiercest floods in a century. At age 76 and away in Maharashtra’s Pune along the northern stretch of the same 1,600-km mountains also called Sahyadri, Gadgil told The Tribune that he feels for the people of God’s Own Country where he had worked intensively for a year as the head of a Centredeputed committee on environmental protection. Its task was three-fold: compile information on the biodiversity hotspot that is the Ghats, develop a geo-spatial database and interact with government bodies as well as civil-society groups. The nine-member Gadgil panel recommended a regulation on natural exploitation and concrete construction along the Kerala stretch of the Ghats, wanting it to be divid- IN BRIEF Six Punjab labourers killed as rice mill wall collapses Khamano: Six labourers were killed and four injured after a wall collapsed at the site of an under-construction rice mill at Lakhanpur village here on Sunday. Five of them died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh. P3 Kejriwal visits Punjab, meets party men but avoids Khaira GOA COULD BE NEXT ❝ Goa, of course, does not have Western Ghats which are so high as in Kerala, but I am sure Goa will also experience all sorts of problems... reason for not taking any environmental precaution is purely greed Madhav D Gadgil, ECOLOGIST ed into three zones and conserved with separate levels of intensity. None of it yielded a positive response from the then Oommen Chandy regime. What’s more, protests arose against those homilies made public in 2012, following which another committee headed by scientist K Kasturirangan effectively muted the Gadgil recommendations by preparing a watered-down version in October 2013. “Almost every political party had its interest in scuttling our recommendations. continued on page 7 Sangrur: AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday visited Sangrur and Barnala districts and interacted with party leaders. Former Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira and Kejriwal attended the bhog of AAP MLA Kulwant Singh’s father at Pandori village in Barnala but did not talk to each other. P2 No ATM to be replenished after 9 pm from next year New Delhi: No ATM will be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities and 6 pm in rural areas from next year even as two armed guards will accompany crisp notes in transit as per a new directive issued by the Home Ministry. PTI 15K personnel may stay on for J&K panchayat polls Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir is likely to retain over 15,000 additional security personnel, deployed for the Amarnath Yatra, to ensure the smooth conduct of panchayat elections scheduled to be held between October and December this year. P10 60% milk food samples seized Parl panel says 90% in Punjab raids fail quality test labs not accredited Sanjeev Singh Bariana DARK SIDE OF THE TRADE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 19 A whopping 60 per cent of milk and milk product (MMP) samples, including paneer (cottage cheese) and ghee, seized during raids across Punjab in the past 10 days have been found unfit for human consumption — 434 of the total 724 samples having failed the quality test. Alarmed, Health and Family Minister Brahm Mohindra has asked the District Health Officers and Assistant Food Commissioners to take stern action against those violating the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Tested at the government laboratory in Kharar, 20 per cent of the food samples seized have been found to contain spurious or adulterated milk, revealing the dark side of the “white trade” flourishing in a state that leads in per capita milk availability — 1,035 ml of ■ 434 of the total 724 samples tested by Kharar lab fail the quality test ■ 20% of the seized food samples found to contain spurious milk ■ This despite Punjab leading other states in per capita milk availability ■ With 52 lakh buffaloes and 21 lakh cows, state produces 360 lakh litres milk per day ❝ None of the milk samples seized were of a particular brand. The raided outlets, mostly shops in towns, were selling sweets or milk to local consumers, supplied from outside the state via trains or trucks KS Pannu, COMMISSIONER, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, PUNJAB milk per person per day. According to the Animal Husbandry Department, there are 52 lakh buffaloes and 21 lakh cows in Punjab of which 70 per cent yield milk. The daily milk production is 360 lakh litres. Despite abundant milk, a sizeable number of units are manufacturing spurious milk and milk products. “While lowgrade paneer is sold at Rs 170 per kg, poor quality ‘khoya’ is making its way from other states,” a senior officer said. Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, and Director of Tandrust Punjab Mission, Kahan Singh Pannu, said the authorities needed to be much more vigilant. Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 19 One in four food samples in India failed the quality test over the past two years, while 90 per cent food testing labs were found unaccredited and many food operators were found to be either unregistered or running on expired licences. These are a few of the damning observations by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, which in its latest report has recommended restructuring of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the apex food regulator. It has said the regulator should be headed by a food scientist rather than a bureaucrat. The report, “The Functioning of FSSAI”, red-flags food safety lapses, saying people’s fundamental right to pure food was being compromised. “Existing food laws and policies are inadequate and FOOD SAFETY: FACTS ■ Ministry of Health told panel that food-borne illnesses were a greater health burden in India than malaria, HIV/AIDS or TB ■ Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) found food poisoning one of the commonest outbreaks reported in 2017 apart from acute diarrhoeal disease ■ More than 200 diseases spread through contaminated food ranging from diarrhoea to cancers, says WHO weakly enforced. This poor implementation has resulted in rampant food adulteration and various food scandals. Substandard quality food has Continued on page 7 BAJRANG WINS 1ST GOLD FOR INDIA W RESTLER Bajrang Punia, 24, on Sunday clinched India’s first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the 65-kg freestyle title bout. Earlier, shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event. REPORT PAGE 14 ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY INDIA 01 00 01 02 Capt says hugging Pak army ‘Museum of Peace’ opens close to border with Pak chief ‘not nice’ Sidhu defends , GS Paul Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 19 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ticked off his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging the Pakistan army chief at Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as PM, saying it was “not a nice gesture” and was “completely avoidable”. However, Sidhu defended his action. The BJP had hit out at the cricketer-turned-politician for “hugging” Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and sitting next to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ‘president’ Masood Khan. Capt Amarinder said the gesture was avoidable when Indian soldiers were getting killed every day on the borders. “After all, it is the army chief who gives the orders to kill, with the soldiers merely following the orders,” he said. “Sidhu should not have shown such niceties.” Dismissing the Opposition demand for Sidhu’s resignation, he said Sidhu possibly did not know he was sitting next to the PoK ‘president’, as the seating arrangement was “not in his hands”. On Sidhu going to Pakistan, he said it was in his personal capacity due to his close ties with Imran. Sidhu, the only Indian to attend the ceremony, said what was he supposed to do “when someone tells (him) we belong to the same culture” and talks of opening the route to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. — TNS More on Page 4 Attari, August 19 Barely 2 km from the AttariWagah border, the open-air ‘Museum of Peace’ opened on the premises of ‘Sarhad’, a restaurant that specialises in Amritsari-Lahore cuisine, on Sunday — the mission being to promote peace through food. Parked outside ‘Sarhad’ are two mini vans painted in vibrant colours by Pakistan artist Haider Ali, “IndiaPakistan Friendship” boldly emblazoned on the front. Ironically, less than 10 km away on the same road is the War Museum that cele- Blowups of The Tribune (1938 to 1947) on display at the museum. brates military conquests. Designed and curated by retired Punjab civil servant DS Jaspal, the ‘Museum of Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Peace’ was conceived to celebrate the common culture of pre-Partition Punjab in general and that of Amritsar- Lahore in particular. The museum has 48 panels mounted on pedestals 7 feet high, depicting pre-Partition Punjab in three sections — Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s military conquests, the capture of Peshawar and Jamrud forts and the Zamzama gun. The dove logo on each panel symbolises peace, with India and Pakistan flags painted on the inside of the wings. At the bottom of each panel is the tagline: “Borders without Barriers”. Also on display is the map of Ranjit Singh’s empire with the observation: “Ranjit Singh’s greatest achievement was not military con- quest, but political. He was able to unite Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs under one banner and deliver peace and prosperity to Punjab.” The museum also depicts the symbiotic link between the twin cities of Amritsar and Lahore with the advent of railways, education and trade in British India. One of the panels exhibits a 100year-old Lahore-Pathankot rail ticket priced at Rs 3. The horror of Partition is brought out through blowups of old issues of The Tribune (1938 to July 1947) sourced from the Lahore archives. continued on page 7
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