25112018-TTC-01.qxd 25-11-2018 01:22 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.325 | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | sunday, november 25,2018 MODI: FARMERS WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN RUINED WITH PATEL AS PM PAGE 7 late city INDIA, CHINA AGREE ON EARLY FIX TO BORDER ROW PAGE 22 THE MAKING OF A MAVERICK MARTYR SPECTRUM /thetribunechd ! /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com date for temple: for over 4 yrs MARY KOM IN 7TH HEAVEN Give aAyodhya to awaken Kumbhkaran asleepSena Uddhav: I’m in 6th gold takes her World Championships tally to 7 Shahira Naim Vinayak Padmadeo Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 24 When Mary Kom stepped up to fight for her sixth World Championships gold, the packed KD Singh Jadhav Stadium went crazy, and chants of “Mary Kom, Mary Kom” rent the air. The expectations were high, but Mary Kom was not going to be weighed down by them — she delivered a decisive win over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final of the 48kg category. The nimble-footed Mary, clearly the superior boxer, won her sixth World Championships gold with a unanimous 5-0 verdict. The win made her emotional and she freely shed tears. “I am a little emotional as there is no 48kg category in the Olympics. But because of your love and support, I will be able to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (in 51kg division),” she said. Mary last won a World Championships medal back in 2010. Since then, she lost in the quarterfinals in 2012, did not participate in 2014 and lost in the round of 32 in 2016. Winning gold after An emotional Mary Kom during the medal presentation ceremony. MUKESH AGGARWAL an eight-year gap overwhelmed Mary. “She gets emotional when our national anthem is played and this was happening after a long time,” her longtime confidant and coach, Chhote Lal Yadav, said. Mary Kom, a 35-year-old mother of three and a Rajya Sabha MP , became the most decorated amateur boxer with six World Championships gold. Mary has a silver too from the event, won in 2001. Her first gold came in 2002 in 45kg. The next three (2005, 2006, and 2008) were won in the 46kg division, and she won the 48kg title in 2010. She and Cuba’s Felix Savon are the only two in amateur boxing to have won six gold medals in the World Championships. Dehradun airport to be named after Vajpayee Indonesian crash: Body of Indian pilot identified New Delhi: Indonesian authorities have identified the body of Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja who captained the ill-fated Indonesian plane that crashed into the sea on October 29. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a tweet, announced about identification of Suneja’s body. The Lion Air flight, with 188 passengers and crew on board, crashed into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java, minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport. Captain Suneja, 31, was from Delhi and was based in Jakarta. PTI Today’s issue consists of 32 pages, including six-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Ayodhya, November 24 Arriving in the holy city ahead of Sunday’s Vishwa Hindu Parishad rally for a Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today sought to know the date from the Narendra Modi government as to when it would be built in Ayodhya. “Mandir wahin banayenge, tareekh nahi batayenge, nahi chalega. Aaj hum Ayodhya ayen hain tareekh tai karne (Will build the temple but will not tell the date is not going to work any longer. I have come to Ayodhya to fix the date),” announced Thackeray after receiving the blessing of seers at Laxman Qila Maidan. Reiterating the “Pehle mandir, phir sarkar’ (first mandir, then government)” slogan, he claimed all Hindus wanted the temple built at the earliest and that his party would support an ordinance on the issue. Making it clear it was not a turf war, the Shiv To ensure peace, the UP government has deployed an Additional DGP, a DIG, three SSPs, 10 Additional SPs, 21 DSPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of the PAC, five of the Rapid Action Force, ATS commandos and drones in Ayodhya. VHP’S DHARAM SABHA Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray present a silver brick to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. PTI Sena chief said he would be more than happy if the BJP built the temple and took the credit for it. “But any further delay is unacceptable. I have come to awaken the ‘Kumbhkaran’ who has been asleep for the past four-and-a-half years,” he declared. Thackeray arrived in the holy city accompanied by wife Rashmi and son Aditya. Despite the media build-up and the large number of Shiv Sainiks brought to the city in chartered trains, the event was a damp squib with local participation practically nil. Even the seers, who had ostensibly come to “bless” Thackeray, left after receiv- The VHP expects one lakh supporters to attend the Dharam Sabha on Sunday. It has been holding processions to mobilise support. To maintain peace, Ayodhya has been turned into a fortress, with each district divided into eight zones. ing gifts without waiting for him to finish his address. The Sena chief, who went to the banks of the Saryu river in the evening to offer prayers, asked the Sainiks to return to Mumbai on Saturday night, leaving the field clear for the VHP supporters on Sunday. continued on page 7 Key accused in Nirankari 2 from Punjab on hit Bhavan attack arrested listof Lankesh killers IN BRIEF Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Government has decided to rename the Dehradun airport after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died in August. The proposal to rename the Jolly Grant airport after former Prime Minister was approved by the Cabinet , which also gave its nod to the setting up of the Uttarakhand State Agency for Public Services to ensure time-bound delivery of services and redressal of complaints. PTI SECURITY BLANKET Tribune News Service Two pistols recovered from Avtar Singh: DGP Arora Both scholars had declined security Tribune News Service Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Locals try to fish out bodies from the submerged bus on Saturday. PTI 30 die in Karnataka as bus falls into canal Bengaluru, November 24 At least 30 passengers, most of them women and children, were killed when a speeding private bus in which they were travelling plunged into a canal in Karnataka’s Mandya district today, officials said. The bus, which was moving on a road along the VC canal at Kanaganamaradi, 105 km south-west of Bengaluru, swerved and toppled into it, completely submerging the vehicle and killing the victims instantaneously, they said. The police said 30 bodies have been recovered and two persons were rescued. Among those killed were eight men, 13 women and nine children. Preliminary reports suggested negligence on the part of the driver, officials said. The fate of the driver and conductor was not known. Most of those killed were from nearby Vadesamudra village, locals said. They said the children were returning home after half-day school when the accident took place. Long wails of grief-stricken kin rent the air as the bodies were fished out. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy rushed to the spot, cancelling his engagements. — PTI Chandigarh, November 24 Punjab Police have arrested Avtar Singh, 32, the key accused in the Nirankari Bhavan grenade attack, from Khiala village near Lopoke in Amritsar district. Three devotees were killed in the explosion on November 18. He was in touch with Harmeet Singh Happy alias PhD, the chief of ISI-backed Khalistan Liberation Force. Avtar Singh, the most active member of outfits working under Pakistan’s intelligence agency, roped in Bikramjit Singh to carry out the attack, the police said. Bikramjit was arrested on Wednesday. Punjab DGP Suresh Arora told a press conference here that it was Bikramjit who had led the police to Avtar Singh. The latter was produced in court and sent to seven-day police remand. Arora, who was accompanied by DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta and DGP (Law and Order) HS Dhillon, said Avtar Singh was nabbed from Police personnel escort Avtar Singh (R), main accused in Nirankari Bhavan grenade attack, to a court in Ajnala on Saturday. VISHAL KUMAR a tubewell motor shed. The son of “dharm fauji” Gurdial Singh of Chak Mishri Khan, his entire family had links with “parallel” jathedar Amrik Singh Ajnala. A graduate, Avtar Singh was a quack. He had no criminal history. “The two pistols used in the attack, four magazines and 25 live rounds have been recovered,” the DGP said. Initial investigations revealed that Avtar Singh was con- tacted on WhatsApp by one Javed, who claimed to be a Pakistani national residing in Dubai. He first approached him with a back problem. Thereafter, he began discussing Sikh issues and provoking Avtar Singh to “target the enemies of the Sikh community”. He introduced Avtar to Happy. The latter misguided him to carry out terrorist acts, the DGP said. continued on page 7 Chandigarh, November 24 The names of Patiala-based scholar Prof Chaman Lal and playwright Atamjit, who is based in Mohali, were found on the hit list of the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh. The latter was shot dead allegedly by activists of the Sanatan Sanstha in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder, in an additional chargesheet filed in a Karnataka court, has given the names of 34 prominent personalities the accused planned to eliminate. Prof Chaman Lal, a former professor of Hindi at the Centre for Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, is known for his work on Bhagat Singh. He has been a staunch critic of right-wing politics. “About three months ago, an official from the special cell of Delhi Police visited my house and offered security. He said they had directions from the Home Ministry,” he told The Tribune. SIT CHARGESHEET ■ 9,235-page chargesheet stated Lankesh’s killing was plotted for five years and Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha targeted her for “no personal reasons” ■ First chargesheet was filed 8 months after Lankesh, 55, known for left-leaning and anti-Hindutva views, was shot Similarly, a Punjab Police official visited Sahitya Akademi Award winner Atamjit’s house in Mohali and offered security, which he politely declined as he considered it an infringement of privacy. So did Prof Chaman Lal. “Both of us spoke in Karnataka on the death anniversary of rationalist MM Kalburgi. Another person on the hit list, scribe Antara Dev Sen, too attended the function. Perhaps that is why we were on the hit list,” explained Prof Chaman Lal. After Kalburgi’s murder, Atamjit and Prof Lal had returned their Sahitya Akademi Awards to protest the “rising intolerance”. Sushma no to Pak invite; Puri, Land prices set to skyrocket in Dera Baba Nanak Harsimrat to attend ceremony KARTARPUR CORRIDOR Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Batala hoteliers keen to open offices Ravi Dhaliwal Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 24 After weeks of bitterness, signs of thaw in ties between India and Pakistan have emerged over the issue of Kartarpur corridor opening. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a letter to her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi to attend the groundbreaking ceremony by Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 28 wrote, “Due to my prior commitments, including the poll campaign scheduled in Telangana on that day, I will not be able to travel to Kartarpur,” wrote Swaraj in the letter today thanking Qureshi for the invitation. Tribune News Service VICE-PREZ TO LAY CORRIDOR STONE TOMORROW ■ Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor at a function in Mann village of Gurdaspur district on November 26 ■ Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will be present ■ Guru Nanak Dev lived in Kartarpur for 18 years till 1539. Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is built where he breathed his last Earlier, Qureshi in a tweet extended a formal invitation to the Modi government to be part of the historic occasion. The Indian Government has instead nominated Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Badal and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri, both from the Sikh community, to represent India at the event. Navjot Sidhu of the Congress has also accepted the invitation. “It is our hope that the Government of Pakistan will expedite the construction of the corridor to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur using the corridor as soon as possible,” Swaraj added. DeraBabaNanak, November 24 Land prices in and around the historical township of Dera Baba Nanak, located barely 100 metres from the International Border, are set to skyrocket following the decision of the Indian and Pakistan governments to construct a 3.5-km corridor from the town till the Kartarpur shrine across the border. Real estate experts claim that apart from land prices, the economy of the entire border district of Gurdaspur is set to grow exponentially. The starting point of lakhs of devotees from the Indian side, who are expected to pay obeisance at Kartarpur Gurdwara, will be Dera Baba Nanak. “The town will be converted into an important religiotourism hub following which land prices will invariably increase manifold. Already some Delhi-based property dealers have started eyeing the area. The biggest beneficiaries will be the hotel and restaurant industry. In just one stroke, the town has been catapulted to international fame,” said Manjit Singh Dala, a Gurdaspur-based real estate owner. Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said prices of both agriculture and commercial land would see an increase. There are reports that overnight the prices of agriculture land have surged. “The price per acre of land was Rs 15 COMMERCIAL BOOST ■ Real estate experts claim the economy of the entire border district of Gurdaspur is set to grow exponentially ■ Biggest beneficiary if corridor opens will be the hotel and restaurant industry ■ There are about 15 hotels in Gurdaspur and 20-odd in Batala. In Amritsar, the count is over 150 ■ Overnight, reports suggest, the prices of agriculture land have surged from ~15-20 lakh per acre to ~30-35 lakh to 20 lakh. After Thursday’s announcement, agriculturists are demanding Rs 30-35 lakh per acre,” said a farmer. Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Batala-based hoteliers have begun the process of opening offices in the city. “We have decided to establish offices in Dera Baba Nanak and will offer free transportation to pilgrims till Amritsar, Batala and Gurdaspur. Since the town does not have even a single hotel, long-distance pilgrims will have no option except to stay in our hotels. The corridor has actually revived our industry. For the last several years, business had not been good but now we see a ray of hope,” said Romesh Mahajan, president of the Gur- daspur District Hotel Owners Association. There are about 15 hotels in Gurdaspur and 20-odd in Batala. In Amritsar, the count is over 150. “Pilgrims travelling from HP and J&K will be taking the Pathankot-Dinanagar-Gurdaspur-Kala-naur route to reach Dera Baba Nanak. Because Gurdaspur is the last big city on the way to Dera Baba Nanak, we expect people to make a stopover. Devotees coming from Delhi and other parts of the country will be taking the Jalandhar-Tanda-DasuyaMukerian route or alternatively the Jalandhar-Baba Bakala-Batala road. Both ways, we stand to benefit,” averred Romesh Mahajan.
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