24112018-TTC-01.qxd 24-11-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.324 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | saturday, november 24,2018 3 Sikhs among 32 dead in Pakistan blast Peshawar, November 23 At least 32 persons, including three Pakistani Sikhs, were killed and more than 40 injured when a suicide bomber triggered a powerful blast at a busy market outside a religious seminary in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today, police said. An improvised explosive device was planted in a bike used for transporting vegetables to the popular Friday market near a Shia religious place in Orakzai district’s Kalaya area, bordering Afghanistan. “Three Sikh traders and three children were among the dead,” Deputy Commissioner Khalid Iqbal said. The minority Sikh community was previously displaced by the Taliban that controlled the region prior to the military operation in 2010. Most victims were minority Shia Muslims, who in the past were also targeted in the area. Orakzai, a terror hotbed, is one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions of Pakistan. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including 4-page The Tribune Trends and 4-page Bathinda Tribune. Bolstering amity apt tribute to Guru Nanak, says ex-PM Foundation stone of 26 projects worth ~150 cr laid Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Sultanpur Lodhi, November 23 “Sending across a message of communal harmony will be a befitting tribute to Guru Nanak Dev,” stressed former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who visited Gurdwara Ber Sahib, along with his wife Gursharan Kaur, for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of the Sikh faith, organised by the Punjab Government. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of 26 projects worth ~150 crore as part of the year-long celebrations, including the upgrading of infrastructure in the historic towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak and Batala. Dr Singh expressed concern over the growing menace of terrorism the world over. He said the path shown by the Guru alone could help tackle it. continued on page 7 Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Governor VP Singh Badnore and CM Capt Amarinder Singh lay the stone of 26 projects. MALKIAT SINGH IN PIPELINE TO MARK HISTORIC OCCASION ■ ~3,312 cr to facilitate pilgrims, chayats visited by Guru plant saplings in each village Nanak to be developed ■ Release of 32 prisoners and ■ Institute of inter-faith studies remission of term for 2,952 planned at GNDU, Amritsar ■ Sehat Bima Yojana under ■ Connectivity to Sultanpur which 43 lakh families will be Lodhi to be improved brought under cover of ~5 lakh ■ Medical college and hospital ■ 36 villages and 11 nagar panat Kotli Nangal in Gurdaspur Islamabad no to consular access to Sikh pilgrims New Delhi, November 23 Amid the Kartarpur corridor bonhomie, the Ministry of External Affairs has lodged a “strong protest” with Pakistan for denying its diplomats access to Sikh pilgrims. India also expressed “grave concern” at reports of attempts during the visit of pilgrims for Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti celebrations “to incite communal disharmony and intolerance and promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India’s sovereignty”. The MEA claimed consular officials were harassed and denied access to the pilgrims at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. “We have shared our grave concern that this is the third consecutive visit of the Sikh pilgrims when Pakistan has prevented the High Commission officials from meeting Indian nationals on the pretext of security to deflect attention from Pakistan’s violation of the international legal instruments,” it said. — TNS ISI footprint: Punjab page ! late city Bukhari killer among six militants shot in Kashmir Security agencies say ‘one of most successful operations’ Tribune News Service Anantnag/Jammu, November 23 A top Lashkar commander, accused of killing ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari in June, and a district commander of the Hizb were among six militants killed in a fierce gunfight in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district, 52 km south of Srinagar, today. Security agencies termed it as “one of the most successful operations of the year”. The police identified the dead as Lashkar commander Azad Malik, alias Daada, of Arwini Bijbehara; Unais Shafi Bhat of Takia Bal, Hizb’s Bijbehara district commander; Firdaus Ahmad Mir, Lashkar’s Pulwama district commander; Basit Ahmad Mir of Khannabal, Lashkar’s Anantnag operative; Shahid Ahmad Malik of Sangam, Anantnag, and Hizb’s Atif Hassan Najar of Waghama, Bijbehara. Malik ❝ The forces have broken the backbone of Lashkar-e-Toiba in Jammu and Kashmir, eliminating six of the top 12 militants. Dilbag Singh, J&K DGP EX-SPO KILLED A former Special Police Officer (SPO), who was among the three persons abducted by suspected militants in Shopian on Friday evening, was later found dead. While two locals, Reyaz Ahmad and Zahid Ahmad, were set free, Basharat Ahmad’s body was retrieved from Nikloora village, Pulwama. alias Daada was a confidant of Pakistani Lashkar commander Naveed Jatt. He had joined militancy in December 2016. It is believed Daada and Jatt killed editor Bukhari and his two guards in Srinagar’s Press Enclave on June 14. Sources said the police received inputs regarding a meeting of Lashkar and Hizb operatives in Bijbehara area. “An orchard was cordoned off at 2 am. The militants were hiding in a shed raised on the orchard premises,” a police official said. The militants opened fire. “In the gunfight, that lasted a few hours, all six militants were eliminated,” the official said, adding that there was no collateral damage. The bodies of the militants were handed over to the families after medico-legal formalities. Soon after, restrictions were imposed in parts of Anantnag. Also, mobile Internet services were snapped in most parts of south Kashmir. Despite the restrictions, thousands of people gathered for the funeral prayers. Clashes erupted in some parts of the district. Security personnel resorted to tear gas and aerial firing to disperse the protesters. Nobody was injured.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).