23062020-TT-01.qxd 6/22/2020 11:09 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.173 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana E-PASSES ONLY ON MEDICAL GROUNDS: THAKUR HIMACHAL /thetribunechd FITCH DOWNGRADES SBI, EIGHT OTHER BANKS BUSINESS EFFORTS ON TO DEEPEN TIES WITH INDIA: OZ WORLD /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, june 23,2020 Generalsmeetfor10hrs,nooutcome;Rajnath in Russia New Delhi insists on demolishing all LAC structures | Adamant China refuses to alter stance Ajay Banerjee 32 ROAD PROJECTS ALONG LAC TO BE EXPEDITED Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 22 Lieutenant General-rank officials of India and China met for almost 10 hours on Monday, discussing the way forward after the Galwan valley clash along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The last such meeting on June 6 had tasked middle-level officials to implement a formula to pull back from flash points. At today’s meeting, no dramatic breakthrough was expected with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) adamant that it would not alter its stance. The two sides met at Moldo on the Chinese side of the designated meeting point at Chushul-Moldo, 200 km south-east of Leh. The meeting, that started at 11.30 am, continued past 10 pm, according to officials in New Delhi. New Delhi: The Centre on Monday reviewed ongoing road projects along the SinoIndian border and decided to expedite work on 32 of them, officials said. PTI TANKS AIRLIFTED TO LADAKH Amid LAC crisis, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Moscow on a three-day visit. COURTESY: TWITTER Lt Gen Harinder Singh, the Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps, was tasked with conveying to China to restore status quo as it prevailed on May 4, the day before the first clash between troops on May 5. India has cited how China had violat- ed all agreements, protocols and the laid-down drills related to maintaining ‘peace and tranquillity’ along the LAC and for the conduct of soldiers. New Delhi’s military officials have asked the PLA to demolish all structures that it has built in disputed areas along the LAC, especially the ‘Finger 4’ area north of Pangong Tso, a 135-km glacial-melt lake. Status quo ante would mean pulling back troops and tanks, amassed by both sides in the past weeks and permitting PMmustbemindfulof hiswords:Manmohan Luxury cars recovered by police. Luxury car-jacking gang busted in G’gram Gurugram, June 22 A special task force of the Haryana Police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of automobile thieves who stole high-end vehicles and got these registered at regional transport authorities across the state in alleged connivance with government staff. Three employees of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) at Meham — Anil Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Sombir — and a key member of the gang, Praveen Kumar, have been arrested. Fourteen premiumsegment cars worth Rs 5 crore have been recovered. Two members of the gang were nabbed recently in Chandigarh and a large number of premium-segment cars recovered. continued on page 12 New Delhi, June 22 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today broke his silence on the LAC standoff, saying PM Narendra Modi should be mindful of the implications of his words and cannot allow China to use them as a vindication of its position. In a statement today, Singh, 87, also said disinformation was no substitute for decisive leadership. LAC STANDOFF Congress veteran Singh added his weight to the Opposition charge and asked the PM to ensure justice for Col B. Santosh Babu and other soldiers who had sacrificed their lives to defend India’s territorial integrity. “To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith,” said the former PM. Singh also noted China had been brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of India by committing incursions since April. “We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats. The Says he can’t allow China to use them to justify its claim DISINFORMATION CAN’T GO LONG WAY Our government’s actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us…. Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership. ❝ Manmohan Singh, FORMER PM PM cannot allow it to use his words as a vindication of its position and must ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle this crisis,” Singh said. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi tweeted to urge PM Modi to heed his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s advice. — TNS Cong ceded 43K km to Beijing: Nadda New Delhi, June 22 Reacting strongly to the Congress badgering Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the LAC crisis, BJP president JP Nadda said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saw over 600 incursions into the country while the grand old party “helplessly surrendered over 43,000 km to China”. “One only wishes that Dr Singh was as worried about Chinese designs when, as PM, he abjectly surrendered hundreds of square kilometres of Indian land to China,” Nadda said, terming the former PM’s statement “mere wordplay”. “He presided over 600 incursions made by China between 2010-13, and belongs to the party which surrendered over 43,000 km of Indian territory to the Chinese.” — TNS Cops sitting on Ghanaur distillery case file Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, June 22 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is yet to receive case files pertaining to the Ghanaur liquor distillery case, despite “official and personal requests” to the state police by ED Deputy Director Niranjan Singh. The police reportedly seem reluctant as the names of some ruling party leaders have cropped up in the case. On June 9, Niranjan Singh, who had also led the investigation into the Jagdish Bhola-led multi-crore synthetic drugs racket, wrote a letter to three district police departments, sources said. He wanted them to share FIRs, probe reports, property BREWERY FORCED SHUT, NOTICE TO DISTILLERY Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has temporarily forced shut production at a brewery citing various irregularities and issued notice to a distillery for violations. Both units are located in Rajpura block of Patiala district. The brewery is located in Boghara village, while the distillery is at Sandharsi. Notices were reportedly issued to the management of the two units, pointing out various irregularities and asking them to rectify the same. — Ruchika M Khanna BOOZE SCAM details of the accused and interrogation reports of those arrested in the liquor scam. Niranjan Singh also personally met senior police officials to seek records pertaining to seizure of illicit liquor and manufacturing units. The directorate, conducting probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), is looking into at least 12 FIRs registered at various police stations in Patiala, Khanna and Ludhiana. A top cop said, “Given the political sensitivity of the case, nothing can be shared (with the ED) till the government gives the nod.” “There is reluctance by the police to share case files with us. Our probe will identify those pocketing crores by evading excise duty,” Niranjan Singh told The Tribune. “Delay, if any, will only help the accused and create hurdles in the probe. We want to register an FIR and probe the case, but I have received no communication from any SSP so far,” he said. Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said a special investigating team (SIT) was already probing the case. “We can share case files, once the SIT completes its probe. Moreover, the property-related documents of the accused are with the revenue department and not with us,” he said. Chandigarh: The IAF has airlifted dozens of additional tanks and armoured personnel carriers to Himalayan heights. It has used its American C-17s and Russian IL-76s freighters for multiple sorties out of Chandigarh and other places. each other’s patrols to pass through the disputed areas. In New Delhi, the apex leadership of the Indian Army carried out a comprehensive review of India’s security preparedness along the LAC in Ladakh. RIC meet to set tone for lowering LAC tensions Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 22 A virtual meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India, China and Russia on Tuesday will form a critical component of New Delhi’s move to lower tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where a meeting of senior army generals on Monday failed to provide a breakthrough. This second conversation between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart within a week is expected to pave the way for a more substantial meeting in Beijing between Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri and Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui later in the week. The effort will be to leverage the RAJNATH MAY PRESS FOR TIMELY S-400 DELIVERY Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday arrived in Russia on a three-day visit during which he is likely to press for the timely delivery of the S-400 missile defence systems. Russia had hinted at some delay due to Covid. In October 2018, India had signed a $5 billion deal to buy five units of S-400 systems. PTI lowering of tensions to seek a pre-May 5 status quo in several sectors on the LAC as well as agree on not raising permanent structures in overlapping areas, said sources. The tenor of the talks will be continued on page 12 Soldier killed in Pak shelling Havildar Dipak Karki was killed in Pakistan shelling in Rajouri. INSIDE Maha: Status quo on MoUs with China firms MUMBAI: There will be status quo with regard to the MoUs, worth more than ~5,000 crore, the Maharashtra Government signed with three Chinese companies on June 15, Industries Minister Subhash Desai said on Monday. — PTI More docs for Pb hospitals Chandigarh: Amid the surge in Covid cases, Punjab has sanctioned 300 ad hoc posts in the Medical Education Department, 100 each in the three government-run medial colleges. Surveys have found 0.5 per cent with Covid-like signs. INSIDE
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