23112018-TTC-01.qxd 23-11-2018 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.323 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | friday, november 23,2018 RUSSIA’S MILITARY INTEL AGENCY CHIEF NO MORE PAGE 15 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India, Pak move step closer to opening Kartarpur corridor 550 YEARS OF GURU NANAK DEV But no clarity yet on bilateral consensus to operationalise it SmitaSharma& Ravi S Singh New Delhi, November 22 On the eve of 550th Parkash Utsav celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, India and Pakistan today claimed a movement forward on the Kartarpur corridor, with the Union Cabinet giving approval to building and developing the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab up to the International Border with Pakistan. “It will be an integrated development project with Government of India’s funding to provide a smooth and easy passage,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. MEA spokesperson Ravneesh Kumar said India had “approached and urged the Pakistan Government to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community and build a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory to facilitate easy and smooth visits of pilgrims from India”. The announcement came a day after the Pakistan media reported that Islamabad had decided to lay the foundation stone for the corridor. Foreign IN BRIEF Links of blast accused with ‘parallel’ jathedar under lens Chandigarh: The Punjab Police are investigating the links of Amritsar grenade attack accused Bikramjit Singh and Avtar Singh with a Sikh radical leader, who was appointed ‘parallel’ Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib by a congregation in November 2015. Sources said Avtar Singh’s father, a “dharm fauji” who quit the Army after Operation Bluestar, was close to “parallel” Jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala. TNS Student shot dead in Rohtak group clash Rohtak: A 20-year-old student was shot dead and another injured critically in a clash between two student groups at Double Park in Model Town area of Rohtak on Thursday. Some other students were also injured in the clash, which is being attributed to an old enmity. TNS In Maha, adulterers to face life sentence Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government said it would make food adulteration a non-bailable and cognisable offence in the state punishable with life imprisonment. PTI 4 KM 4 HOURS KARTARPUR TIME TAKEN SHRINE-DERA BABA TO VISIT SHRINE NANAK DISTANCE VIA LAHORE 20 MINUTES TIME IT WILL TAKE ONCE CORRIDOR COMES UP PAKISTAN Tribune news service KARTARPUR INDIA RAV I RIV ER PAKISTAN IND O BOR -PAK DER PROPOSED CORRIDOR K -PA R DO RDE IN O B DERA BABA NANAK INDIA PREZ, CAPT TO LAY STONE ON NOV 26 P Binoculars on Indian side to view Kartarpur shrine. RESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lay the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor at Dera Baba Nank in Gurdaspur on November 26, the Punjab Government has said. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked the state government to make preparations for the ceremony. TNS Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tweeted, “Pakistan has already conveyed to India its decision to open the Kartarpur corridor for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. PM Imran Khan will do the (ground-breaking) ceremony on November 28. We welcome the Sikh community for this occasion.” Sources claimed the Union Cabinet had passed a resolution after weeks of internal consultation. “Any suggestion that the corridor or celebrations are being planned as a response to a Pakistani proposal is not only preposterous, but hurtful to the sentiments of the Sikhs,” said an official, adding that India wanted the corridor open not just for special occasions but the year round. “There must be free and readily available consular access for Indian citizens,” said another official. However, what remains unclear is bilateral consensus to operationalise the corridor with immigration check-points. The matter was to be discussed if Sushma Swaraj had met her counterpart SM Qureshi on the sidelines of the UNGA. India, however, called off the meeting. More on Page 2 Rlys blames people for Dasehra tragedy 3 policemen suspended for NCR extortion Report: Negligence led to 59 deaths Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 22 Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle, Shailesh Kumar Pathak, who conducted an inquiry into last month’s Amritsar tragedy in which 59 persons were mowed down by a train while watching Dasehra celebrations standing on a railway track, has concluded that people’s negligence was the reason behind the incident. The Chief Commissioner, in his provisional report, said the accident occurred “due to error in working by public near the railway line”. This, in a way, gives the Railways a clean chit in the case. “Having carefully considered the factual material and circumstantial evidence, I have provisionally come to the conclusion that the unfortunate incident near Joda Phatak on October 19 at 6.55 pm occurred due to the negli- MOWED ON TRACKS ■ The spot of the incident was not visible till the train was around 20 metres from the revellers due to an S-curve ■ The train was running at a speed of 82 kmph and the trials showed 389 metres was the braking distance for the train at that speed ■ 50 policemen were present at the spot and despite them trying to move the crowd away from the track, people did not oblige gence of persons reportedly standing on and near the track witnessing Dasehra mela at Dhobi Ghat,” the report said. The Commissioner recommended that prior intimation to the railway administration should be given by the district administration/organisers for holding big events so the transport monolith could take precautions in consultation with the stakeholders. continued on page 7 Sushil Manav Chandigarh, November 22 Three cops of the Bahadurgarh Special Task Force (STF), constituted by Haryana Police to check organised crime in the National Capital Region (NCR), allegedly kidnapped a businessman at gunpoint in West Delhi and released him on payment of Rs 19 lakh. ASIs Sandeep and Lokesh and Constable Pramod have been suspended after a preliminary probe. Sources said CCTV footage clearly showed the gun-toting cops taking away the victim. B Satheesh Balan, DIG, SFT, Bhondsi, said: “All three have been found guilty of abduction and extortion.” The businessman, abducted from Ranjit Nagar on October 31, was released in Rohini. He moved court after the Delhi Police “refused” to register a complaint. BS Sandhu, Haryana DGP , said he ordered an inquiry as soon as he got a complaint. J&K Guv stands ground on dissolution NC, BJP for polls along with General Election I Madhav retracts ‘across border’ charge Jammu/Srinagar, November 22 A day after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, some political groups questioned his action and its timing, while others welcomed it and called for holding Assembly elections along with the parliamentary elections early next year. Unfazed by criticism by the National Conference, Congress and PDP leadership over his action of dissolving the Assembly yesterday when rival alliances staked claim to form the government, the Governor stood his ground, claiming, “I acted as per the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.” POLLS TO BE HELD WITHIN 6 MONTHS: CEC New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday said fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within next six months even as it did not rule out the possibility of holding polls before the LS elections due next year. “The J&K Assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May... it could be held before the parliamentary elections also,” Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said. He said as per the SC, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after dissolution of a House is six months, that is May, 2019. PTI The Governor told mediapersons that the “alliance staking claim to form the government was opportunistic in which money power was used and what I did was keeping in with my stance from day one of my assumption of the Governor’s office that I will never allow a government through defections.” The dissolution of the House also kicked off a war of words between the BJP its , ally People’s Conference and the PDP National Confer, ence and Congress in which charges were traded over the nationalistic credentials of the groups concerned. Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. late city PREZ KOVIND CALLS FOR BOOST TO INDIA-AUSTRALIA TRADE TIES PAGE 18 Taking strong exception to BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s charge that the three parties got together on the “directions from across the border”, NC vice-president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dared the BJP leader to prove his charge. Ram Madhav later retracted his charge. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also questioned the BJP on the issue, saying how she was a “nationalist as long as she was an ally of the saffron party”. However, the BJP and the NC appeared on the same page in demanding that the Assembly polls be held along with the parliamentary polls in 2019. — TNS More on Page 12 ‘Guru Nanak’s message of inter-faith dialogue stands’ Ex-PM: Best solution to contain terrorism, radicalism Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539), who founded the Sikh faith, dedicated his life to spreading the word of God. Fighting ritualism, orthodoxy and bigotry, he established a religion whose followers span the world. His teachings, emphasising the virtues of equality, brotherhood and charity, continue to be relevant in a conflictridden world. The Tribune launches the year-long celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of the great religious leader Devoted to the common good Timeless teachings with a universal appeal From darkness unto light PAGES 8-9 New Delhi, November 22 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said Guru Nanak Dev’s message of inter-faith dialogue was the best solution to terrorism and fundamentalism and should be followed to promote harmony in the country, which is witnessing strife, religious disputes and caste rivalries. “Guru Nanak’s message that all religions have merit and it is necessary to learn from each other is as relevant today as it was when He lived in our midst,” the former PM said in an exclusive interview to The Tribune on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of Sikh religion. He stressed the urgency of mobilising all institutions — political, religious and social — to end the scourge of terrorism. In reference to the recent terror act on the Nirankari congregation in Amritsar, he said that Punjab had suffered enough and it would be sad if terrorism were to again take root in the state. The Congress veteran called upon all segments of the Sikh society, the Hindus and Muslims and all others, to unite on the occasion of MUKESH AGGARWAL TOP COURT LETS OFF DELHI BJP CHIEF MANOJ TIWARI WITH A RAP PAGE 7 ! ❝ Guru Nanak’s philosophy has universal validity. His emphasis on ‘kirat karo, naam japo, wand chhako’ (hard and honest labour, meditation and sharing one’s bounties) is a strategy which is as relevant today. The 550th Parkash Utsav has great significance for the world in which strife and disharmony are widespread. Dr Manmohan Singh, FORMER PRIME MINISTER EXCERPTS OF INTERVIEW ON PAGE 7 EDIT: 550 SAAL GURU NANAK DE NAAL Parkash Utsav to promote the cult of good and honest living preached and practised by Guru Nanak. A practising Sikh and India’s first Sikh PM, Dr Singh quoted poet Allama Iqbal, who best described the “Master’s” advent: “Phir uthi aakhir sada tauheed hi Punjab se…Hind ko ek mard-e-kaamil ne jagaaya khwaab se…”
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