26112018-TTC-01.qxd 26-11-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.326 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, november 26,2018 VETERAN CONG LEADER JAFFER SHARIEF DEAD PAGE 11 EUROPEAN UNION APPROVES BREXIT DIVORCE PACT PAGE 13 /thetribunechd 3 terror suspects from J&K detained in Pathankot Jammu, November 25 The Jammu and Kashmir Police with the help of their Punjab counterparts detained three terror suspects travelling in a Rajasthan-bound train at Pathankot railway station on Sunday. Sources said the J&K Police spurred into action after receiving an intelligence input about the suspects on Pooja Express. They were on way to Ajmer from Jammu. The Kathua police were sounded, but the train had left the station. “By the time we reached Hatli Morh railway station, the train had already left. Therefore, we sought the help of Punjab Police,” a J&K Police officer said. “Three men have been detained and are being questioned,” Punjab Police (Border Range) IG SS Parmar said. Security agencies in Pathankot have been on alert after four persons, travelling in a hired SUV from Jammu, had snatched the vehicle from its driver at gunpoint near Madhopur on November 13. — TNS late city SAMEER VERMA DEFENDS SYED MODI TITLE PAGE 14 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 6 militants killed in Shopian One all Soldier loses life in gunfightI Civilian protesting at encounter site dies Suhail A Shah Skipper Virat Kohli is embraced by Australia’s Mitchell Starc after the Twenty20 match in Sydney on Sunday. Kohli (61 not out) guided India to a six-wicket victory to level the three-match rubber 1-1. AP/PTI MATCH REPORT ON PAGE 14 Anantnag, November 25 An Army man, a civilian and six militants, three of them district commanders, were among eight persons killed on Sunday during a gunfight in Shopian’s Batgund village, 53 km south of Srinagar. More than 15 civilians were injured as security forces fired bullets, pellets and tear gas shells to quell protesters at the encounter site. “Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad of 34 Rashtriya Rifles, a resident of Ashmuji area in Kulgam district, was injured in the initial burst of fire. He later succumbed to his injuries,” a senior police official said. He identified the killed civilian, who had a bullet in his chest, as Noman Ashraf Bhat of Bolsoo village. The slain militants were identified as Umar Majeed Ganaie of Kulgam (Hizb district commander); Mushtaq Ahmad Mir of Cheki Cholan, Shopian (LeT district com- VHP at ‘sabha’: Won’t cede an inch Farmers’ mega march on Nov 29 Thousands throng Ayodhya I Seer says Ram temple date at Kumbh Mela New Delhi, November 25 Over one lakh farmers from across the country plan to assemble in the national capital on November 29 and 30 to participate in a mega march to protest against, what they have termed, the Centre’s “failure” to address their issues. Hannan Mollah, convener of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of 208 farmers’ and agricultural workers’ organisations, said on November 29, the farmers would start the Kisan Mukti March from different corners of Delhi to Ramlila ground. A cultural programme ‘Ek Sham Kisan Ke Naam’ dedicated to farmers would be held at the Ramlila ground on the first day of the congregation. “On November 30, the farmers will start their march to Parliament. Farmer leaders will speak on agrarian issues and leaders of different parties will address the gathering,” said Mollah. — PTI Shahira Naim Tribune News Service lucknow, November 25 Thousands of devotees thronged the temple town today for VHP’s marathon ‘Dharam Sabha’ for discussing construction of a Ram Temple, with a senior religious leader asserting that the dates would be announced early next year. At Badey Bhaktmaal Ki Bagia, Ramji Das of Nirmohi Akhara said the “date for construction of the temple will be declared in the 2019 Kumbh at Prayagraj”. Vishwa Hindu Parishad international vice-president Champat Rai said they did not want a division of the disputed site and would not settle for anything less than the entire land for raising Ram Mandir. In its 2010 verdict, the Allahabad High Court had given two-third of the site to the Hindus and one- ! Tight security arrangements near Hanumangarhi for the ‘Dharam Sabha’ organised by the VHP in Ayodhya on Sunday. PTI CAN’T WAIT MORE: BHAGWAT One year ago, I myself had said be patient. Now I say, patience will not work. Now we need to mobilise people. Now we should demand a law. Mohan Bhagwat, RSS CHIEF ❝ third to Muslim petitioners. He claimed the struggle for Ram Mandir was 500 years old. “Hindus now want the whole land for the mandir. Building a masjid there is unacceptable. Muslims should withdraw their case.” He accused the Supreme Court of dragging its feet on the issue. “We have come to remind some people that the issue did not end on December 6, 1992. That is why we have had to organise this Sabha after 25 years.” In a startling revelation, Swami Rambhadracharya of the Tulsi Peeth told the gathering that a Union minister had assured him of a “positive development regarding the mandir in January after the model code of conduct is withdrawn”. The ‘Dharam Sabha’ began at 11 am amid recitation of mantras till 3 pm. continued on page 7 Fake message spells trouble for job aspirants in Ludhiana Hundreds arrive from far away only to find it to be hoax Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service A pedestrian is silhouetted as he walks past the Trident Hotel, one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attacks. AFP MUMBAI TERROR ATTACKS 10YEARS ON OPINION: SO IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN... PAGE 8 BETTER PREPARED NOW: NAVY CHIEF PRAYERS, MEMORIAL SERVICES PLANNED WHEN US MOBILISED SPECIAL FORCES ‘ANOTHER ATTACK ON SAME SCALE MAY TRIGGER WAR’ DETAILED COVERAGE PAGE 16 Ludhiana, November 25 Following a fake viral message of campus interview by a reputed company, hundreds of ITI passouts from various districts of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan reached the Government Industrial Training Institute at Gill Road, Ludhiana, this morning. The candidates, majority of them freshers, were a harried lot when they came to know that there was no such event scheduled for the day. They said a message about the recruitment of fitters, welders, electricians and mechanics at a salary of Rs 22,700 per month had gone viral on WhatsApp and social media platforms. The contact numbers mentioned in the message were switched off. Some candidates from other states had landed in Ludhiana last night, while PRIME ACCUSED OF LT FAYAZ KILLING SHOT Martyr Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad One of the six militants killed in Shopian, Mohd Abbas Bhat, was the main accused in the abduction and killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz, police said. Lt Ummer, 22, was abducted from Batpora village of Shopian on May 9, 2017, where he was attending a marriage. His body was found the next morning. INSIDE mander); Muhammad Abbas Bhat of Mantribugh, Shopian (Hizb district commander); Muhammad Waseem Wagay of Amshipora, Shopian (Hizb) and Khalid Farooq Malik of Aliyalpora, Shopian (Hizb). The militants were believed to be behind the recent spate of abductions and killings in Kulgam. Hizb district commander Umar Majeed’s picture, posing in front of Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, had gone viral on the social media. But the police had called it “doctored”. The police official said material found at the encounter site indicated that one of the militants could be a Pakistani, “possibly a Lashkar operative”. He said a search operation was launched by a joint team around 11.30 pm on Saturday night. “After about an hourand-a-half, the forces zeroed in on a house where the mili- tants were hiding and were fired upon. Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad was injured. He later died.” The gunfight lasted more than six hours. Two houses were gutted. At the break of dawn, hundreds of residents assembled at the encounter site. The security forces opened fire, leaving more than 15 hurt, six of them with bullet injuries. A health official at the hospital said they had received 15 injured persons, “six with bullet wounds and nine with pellet injuries, including an 18month-old girl”. Later in the day, the bodies of the militants, barring one, were handed over to the families. IGP (Kashmir Range) Swayam Prakash Pani said: “We have been able to make a considerable dent in terror groups.” Two days ago, a module of six militants was eliminated at Bijbehara in South Kashmir, which included a militant wanted in the assassination of journalist Shujaat Bukhari. Capt declines Pak corridor invitation, Sidhu accepts Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 25 Citing continued terrorist attacks in Punjab and the killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistan troops at the LoC, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today turned down the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s invitation for the stone-laying of the Kartarpur corridor on November 28. His Minister for Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Museums Navjot Singh Sidhu, though, will be flying to Pakistan to attend the “groundbreaking ceremony” by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Talking over phone from poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, where he is campaigning for the Congress, Sidhu said: “I have the permission of the CM and have informed the Ministry of External Affairs, as required.” In a letter to the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Sidhu wrote: “On this momentous day, the hearts of the Sikh community will overflow with hope and gratitude as they contemplate their chance to pay obeisance at the historical gurdwara.” Capt Amarinder welcomed the “historic occasion” but said he could not make it. He expressed hope that the Pakistan PM “will do all he can to bring the countries together on the road to peace”. TO ISLAMABAD: CAN’T GO, BECAUSE... Not a day passes when Indian soldiers are not killed or wounded on LoC; secondly, because of ISI’s nefarious activities in Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh ❝ RAY OF HOPE FOR BOOSTING TIES, SAYS SIDHU I had sought the CM’s permission for a cause. I see it as a ray of hope for boosting India-Pakistan ties. I will attend the state function in Amritsar too. Navjot Singh Sidhu ❝ Kartarpur proves our intention of peace: Pak New Delhi, November 25 As India and Pakistan prepare to lay the Kartarpur corridor project foundation, Islamabad hopes it will send a message globally. Ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 28, his Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhary today said the step proved that Islamabad meant peace. In remarks alluding to the Modi government’s U-turn on proposed talks in September in New York, Chaudhary tweeted: “Pakistan, through its conduct, has once again showed who stands for peace in South Asia and which force is not sincere.” Meanwhile, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who, along with Cabinet colleague Harsimrat Badal, will attend the ceremony, hailed the movement forward. Calling it “one pilgrimage every Sikh longs for”, Puri tweeted: “I feel blessed that I will be able to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib.” The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has also welcomed the move to open the corridor. However, sounding a cautionary note, it said no individual should take undue credit, referring to leaders across parties in Punjab and the Centre patting their own backs. — TNS Credit war ahead of ceremony Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Candidates express anger over fake message. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN many others travelled through the night. Satish Kumar (21) from Kangra in Himachal said, “I got a message on WhatsApp about a test and interview. When I reached, I was shocked to see candidates leaving as no firm was conducting recruitments. I travelled through the night and could not sleep. Somebody has played a crude joke.” “I came to Ludhiana hoping to get my first job, but the effort proved to be a sheer waste. Around 400 unemployed youths faced harassment,” said Ranjit Singh (20) from Hoshiarpur. “I came from Ambala with great expectations. Whosoever spread false information on social media should not be spared,” said another youth. Ludhiana ITI principal Jaswant Singh Bhattal said: “There seems to be a fake message. We had organised a job fair from November 19 to 22. We will file a complaint.” Dera Baba Nanak, November 25 Ahead of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor stone-laying ceremony here on Monday, a credit war has erupted between the BJP and Punjab Congress leaders. A Punjab minister remarked angrily: “The list of speakers, as announced by the Vice-President’s secretariat, clearly carries the stamp of approval of PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The BJP wants to use the corridor plank to garner Sikh votes in Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. A devotee prays while looking towards Kartarpur Sahib. AFP 2019. That is why only BJP leaders are being given an opportunity to speak.” Significantly, barring CM Capt Amarinder Singh, no Congress leader’s name is on the list. Navjot Singh Sidhu, the first to take up the corridor issue with Pakistan, appears to have been caught between a rock and a hard place. “If he does not come, his hard work will come to naught. If he does, he will find himself sidelined,” observed a Congress leader. Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s names are not on the reception committee. “It does not bother me. I’m just seeking the Guru’s blessings,” Randhawa said.
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