17062020-TT-01.qxd 6/17/2020 12:00 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.167 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 N KOREA BLOWS UP OFFICE USED FOR TALKS WITH SOUTH WORLD /thetribunechd INDIA 9TH LARGEST RECIPIENT OF FDI IN 2019, SAYS UN BUSINESS ROLL BACK FUEL PRICE HIKE: SONIA TO PM BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday, june 17,2020 COL AMONG 20 SOLDIERS KILLED ON LAC India, China troops clash at Galwan Stones, iron rods with nails used First fatalities since 1975 skirmish poles with nails embed on Tribune News Service them were used by the ChiNew Delhi, June 16 nese to attack the Indian Fragile peace along the Line troops. The People’s Liberaof Actual Control (LAC) tion Army (PLA) also suffered between India and China fatal casualties, however, their was shattered last night with number was not confirmed. 20 Indian Army soldiers, The Indian Army categoricalincluding a Colonel, being ly said “no bullets were fired killed in action while battling in the clash”. The casualties the Chinese troops at Galwan would have been manifold Valley in Ladakh. had bullets been fired. The Indian Army conSources said the clash firmed around 10.20 pm 20 of occurred at an altitude of its personnel had died. In the 15,000 feet. The PLA, which afternoon, the Army was in talks with the had announced that Indian Army to deCol Santosh Babu, escalate the 40-day Commanding Officer standoff, had build a of Bihar Regiment’s fresh post and set up 16th Battalion, Havilarctic tents at vandar K Palani and tage points on the Sepoy Ojha had been south bank of the killed in action. Later, Col Santosh Babu Galwan river. it said 17 others had sucThe post gave a clear view cumbed to injuries. to the Chinese of the vital More than 900 troops on 255-km Darbuk-Shyokeach side were involved in Daulat Baig Oldie (DSDBO) a physical clash, which road, India’s only link to started Monday night and Depsang, Murgo and ended in the early hours of Karakoram Pass. The post Tuesday. Most of the was 5 km from the DSDBO deaths occurred as sol- road, the Galwan river flows diers during a physical in an east-to-west direction fight fell off the cliff into and joins the Shyok river. the river in the narrow Troops noticed the fresh Galwan valley. While some post near Patrol Point 14 and died of hypothermia, the asked the Chinese to vacate. others due to injuries. The number of Indian troops continued on page 12 Stones, iron and bamboo Ajay Banerjee INSIDE NEED TO GIVE STRONG RESPONSE: CAPT AMARINDER CLASH RIFE WITH RAMIFICATIONS IN J&K | SPITI TENSE ‘STRATEGIC SILENCE’ IN ERA OF INFO WARFARE 3 militants killed in Shopian gunfight Srinagar, June 16 Three militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Sources said one of them was Hizbul top commander Zubair Wani while another one was ex- MLC Zaffar Manhas' nephew Kamran Zahoor. INSIDE US hands over 100 ventilators to India New Delhi, June 16 The US on Tuesday handed over to India 100 ventilators, valued at $1.2 million, as part of President Donald Trump’s offer of assistance. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster handed over the ventilators to Indian Red Cross Society secretary general RK Jain in New Delhi. — PTI DAULAT BAIG OLDIE 900 MEN ON BOTH SIDES, BUT ‘NO BULLETS FIRED’ More than 900 troops on each side were involved in the clash, which started on Monday night and ended early on Tuesday. Most of the deaths occurred as soldiers fell off the cliff into the river. Some died due to hypothermia while others due to injuries. The Indian Army categorically said “no bullets were fired in the clash”. The PLA also suffered fatal casualties, but was silent on their numbers. GALWAN FLASHPOINT INDIAN ARMY ITBP BASE GALWAN RIVER DSDBO ROAD INDIA CHINESE ROAD TILL THIS POINT SHYOK RIVER LADAKH DARBUK LAC AKSAI CHIN PANGONG TSO CHINA THE TRIGGER — CHINESE POST OVERLOOKING KEY ROAD The PLA, in talks with the Indian Army to de-escalate the 40-day standoff, built a fresh post on south bank of Galwan river giving a clear view of vital 255-km DSDBO road. The troops noticed the post near Patrol Point 14 and asked Chinese to vacate, leading to the clash, say sources. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said: “Indian troops crossed the border and launched provocative attacks against Chinese personnel. The Chinese side has lodged a strong protest and solemn representation.” UN CHIEF ‘CONCERNED’ United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the violence and deaths at the LAC and urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint”, his spokesperson said on Tuesday. SOURING OF THE TIES & BLOODY FACE-OFFS IN THE PAST 1949: Chinese army enters Tibet, PM Jawaharlal Nehru deplores invasion 4,000 injured; 722 Chinese killed 1959: Dalai Lama escapes from Lhasa to India. New Delhi grants asylum, move angers Beijing. It refuses to accept McMahon Line 1962: India, China go to war. 1,383 killed, Ladakh, set up camp for several days 1967: Nathu La incident. 88 killed, 160 injured; 350 Chinese killed 2017: Two-month stand-off at Doklam 1975: Four Assam Rifles men killed in an ambush by Chinese in Arunachal 2013: Chinese troops intrude 19 km into May-June 2020: Chinese troops intrude into Ladakh and Sikkim and engage in violent skirmishes. Chinese deployment along entire border with India MAP NOT TO SCALE PLAmenpreventedrescueofinjured Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 16 Following last night’s bloody clash, a series of meetings have been conducted at the military level along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Another series of meetings were held in New Delhi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the military brass mulling over various options. Delhi weighs options as Beijing insists on claiming entire Galwan Valley Prime Minister Narendra Modi too reviewed the situation late on Tuesday with Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane. The task at the LAC was the toughest. The physical fight between the troops of both sides ended well into start of Tuesday. At dawn, some Indian troops were noticed on the south bank of Galwan. The Chinese troops, however, prevented the rescue of the Indian soldiers. The Commander of the Indian Army’s 3 Division, Maj Gen Abhijit Bapat, flew in a helicopter to the spot and negotiated the issue. Green shoots in economy visible, says Modi at e-meeting with CMs Tribune News Service ‘HAVE SET EXAMPLE IN COOP FEDERALISM’ New Delhi, June 16 A fortnight after the country moved into unlock mode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there were visible signs of green shoots in economy across several sectors while reminding the threat from Covid-19 “still required utmost vigil”. On the opening day of twoday video-conference with chief ministers, PM Modi noted that efforts during the past few weeks showed a rise in power consumption, sale of fertilisers, increase in kharif sowing as compared to last year, rise in production and demand BEIJING BLAMES DELHI ❝ When we look back, people will remember that we have presented an example for cooperative federalism to the world. We have tried to save each and every life. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ADVOCATES PUNJAB MODEL TO COMBAT COVID Chandigarh: Appreciating Punjab’s Covid micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all other states to adopt the model which was helping northern state successfully control the spread of the pandemic to a significant extent. INSIDE for two-wheelers, increase in retail digital payment, toll collections and also exports. Stating that health experts the world over were praising the discipline shown by Indians, he said at present the recovery rate in the country was over 50 per cent and India was amongst the nations with the least deaths due to the disease. A big lesson, he said, was that if all remained disciplined and followed rules, Covid-19 would cause least damage. Stressing on the Atma-nirbhar (self-reliance) campaign, he asked all states to work together so that programmes could be rolled out faster. He said all states should work in tandem to set up value chains to give fillip to trade and industry. Thanking the CMs for their views, he underscored the importance of being focussed on both life and livelihood. Today’s interaction saw participation by 21 states and UTs. The meeting to resolve the impasse and restore some stability was on till 8 pm today, with several back-andforth issues. China reportedly insisted on claiming the entire Galwan valley. In New Delhi, the Defence Minister and the Foreign Minister met Gen Rawat and the three service chiefs. Later in the evening, Gen Naravane again briefed Singh before the two headed to meet the PM. Chinabidtounilaterally changestatusquo:MEA Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 16 India today said the clash in Galwan Valley occurred after the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, said the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. He pointed out that the clash happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there. Giving a rundown of the events that led to the violence, MEA said both sides had been discussing through military and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of Tribune News Service Gurugram, June 16 Following repeated complaints about Gurugram private hospitals allegedly fleecing patients for Covid treatment, the Haryana Government has decided to rein in private hospitals and labs. The Health Department has initiated a process to cap treatment charges following the Ahmedabad model. From the current charges that are as high as Rs 70,000 per day for an ICU bed with ventilator in some private hospitals, the facility may now be available for Rs 23,000. A senior official revealed that Chandigarh: The Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh has strategic significance because of its proximity to the vital road link to Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), the world’s highest landing ground that lies close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and serves as an important aerial supply the process was underway to cap the hospital charges. “There is a huge disparity in prices and we have been getting numerous complaints. We are looking at the Ahmedabad model of Covid management and will try to work out charges for an ICU bed with ventilator for around Rs 23,000 per day,” said a senior health official. CM Manohar Lal Khattar visited Gurugram yesterday to review the Covid situation in the state. Following a meeting with 12 key officials involved in the management of the pandemic, 14 nodal officers have been asked to monitor private hospitals. Won’t force exams on students: CISCE 4 lakh pvt school staffers in Haryana without pay for months New Delhi, June 16 The CISCE board students of Class X and XII can choose not to appear for pending board exams and be marked as per their performance in pre-board exams or internal assessment. The students will have to communicate their option to their respective schools by June 22. — PTI Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, June 16 A majority of around four lakh teaching and non-teaching staff of private schools in Haryana have not been paid salary for May — even for March and April in some cases. The schools put the onus on students claiming over 90 per cent of them were yet to deposit their fee pending for the past three-four months. A teacher working at a prestigious school in the city says all employees at her school have been working without pay for the past three months. “I am the sole breadwinner in my family comprising my children and elderly parents. Survival has been a challenge. I have had to bor- LAYOFFS ON CARDS? ■ Several schools have been mulling laying off employees for the time being ■ They claim their financial situation was poor due non-receipt of fee ■ With Covid crisis worsening, there seems to be no immediate relief in sight row from relatives to meet our daily needs,” she says. Rajbir, who used to drive a school bus, says all drivers and conductors of school transport business are without job. “Our transporter has expressed inability to pay salaries as the buses continue to remain off road,” he adds. Ravinder Nandal, district head of the Haryana Private School ❝ India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side. Anurag Srivastava, MEA SPOKESPERSON the situation in the border area in eastern Ladakh. Senior commanders had a productive meeting on June 6 and agreed on a process for such de-escalation. Subsequently, ground commanders had a series of meetings to implement the consensus reached at a higher level. “While it was our expectation that this would unfold smoothly, Chinese intransigence led to the events taking a different turn,” said Srivastava. “We remain firmly convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas,” he added. Ladakh’s Galwan Valley strategically vital To rein in hospitals, Hry to cap Covid cure cost Sumedha Sharma ALWAYS HONOURED LAC Sangh, says many schools are contemplating layoffs. Anil Kaushik, president of the state Progressive Private Schools Association, says they have made partial payments to employees for March and April. “The lockdown has reduced earnings of several parents, which will indirectly impact schools too,” says Kaushik. line. The all-weather 255km Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road will reduce travel time from Leh to DBO from two days to just six hours. Control of the ridgeline along the valley allows domination of the road and also gives access to the Aksai Chin plateau on the east. REPORT ON BACK PAGE SC extends parole granted to bizman Jagjit Singh Chahal Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 16 The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the parole granted to Punjab businessman Jagjit Singh Chahal in view of worsening Covid-19 situation. “It doesn’t make sense to send someone back to an overcrowded jail when he can be out on parole,” a Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman said. The Bench, which perused the affidavit filed by Punjab He is also accused in Jagdish Bhola drug racket Government, took note of the fact that Chahal had been on parole since February 19 and his appeal against conviction in a criminal case would come up for hearing on July 16. “The parole is to continue until the appeal is heard and finally decided, provided the petitioner cooperates and does not ask for any adjournment on any ground when the appeal comes up for hearing,” it ordered. During hearing on Chahal’s parole plea, the Bench said the Covid-19 situation wasn’t getting any better with each passing day. “It’s getting only worse,” it said.
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