13092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/12/2020 11:52 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.254 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 US-MALDIVES DEFENCE DEAL AMID CHINA TENSIONS WORLD /thetribunechd AWADH ARCHIVES IN AYODHYA SPECTRUM CONTEMPT: BHUSHAN MOVES SC ON RIGHT TO APPEAL BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, september 13,2020 Peace process should protectminorities:EAM PLAreleases 5 Arunachal youths Kolkata, September 12 The five Arunachal Pradesh youths, whose “disappearance” had triggered a diplomatic row between India and China, were today handed over to the Indian Army by the Chinese PLA at Kibitu. “Absolutely glad to know that five of our Arunachali youths have been safely handed over to Indian Army. I am wholeheartedly thankful to the Govt of India and the Indian Army for their persistent effort in securing their return (sic),” Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu tweeted. While the local media had reported that the youths were “abducted” by the PLA, the Army today said they had “inadvertently strayed to the other side of the LAC”. Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, spokesperson for the Tezpurheadquartered 4 Corps, said Arrest warrant against Saini Liquor with fake labels seized inAmbala CHANDIGARH: Ambala, September 12 The police have seized illicit liquor in bottles with labels of popular IMFL brands — McDowell’s No 1, Old Monk, Imperial Blue and Royal Challenge — from two godowns at Mandour village here. Sources said the liquor was allegedly smuggled to Gujarat and Rajasthan in boxes of aloe vera juice. The police identified the key suspect as Nikhil Patel from Gujarat. The lid was blown off the scam after a transporter, whom Patel allegedly A Mohali court on Saturday issued an arrest warrant against former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in connection with the 1991 Balwant Singh Multani disappearance case. INSIDE FUEL CHEAPER PETROL DIESEL 13 PAISE 12 PAISE AMID STANDOFF, IAF SEEKS LAND IN U’KHAND Dehradun: Amid the ongoing standoff with China along the LAC, Central Air Command chief Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to seek land for setting up facilities that would help the IAF carry out its activities in border areas. Uttarakhand shares its borders with China and Nepal. PTI The arms confiscated by the BSF along the border in the Abohar sector. Weapons seized near Pak border in Abohar sector Our Correspondent The youths were handed over to the Army at Kibitu on Saturday. instances of Indian nationals unknowingly trespassing into the Chinese side and landing in the custody of the PLA were not uncommon. — TNS BOOZE SCAM TARGETING BRANDS ■ Bottles found with labels of popular brands McDowell’s No 1, Old Monk & Royal Challenge ■ Allegedly smuggled in aloe vera juice boxes to Gujarat as well as Rajasthan ■ Transporter hired to ferry the boxes exposed the scam approached to ferry 150 boxes in a Canter to Gujarat, got suspicious and hastened to inform the police. The police impounded the Canter and further investigation led them to the two godowns in Ambala. The owners of the godowns said they had rented out the properties and had ‘no idea’ about the liquor stock. Rajesh Kalia, SP said, “Excise , officials have been called to check the stock and labelling. One of the godowns belongs to a retired policeman.” — TNS Fazilka/Abohar, September 12 Days after two suspected Pakistani drug smugglers were shot along the border, the BSF today seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition near the border in the Abohar sector. 124 Battalion of the BSF seized three AK-47 rifles with six magazines and 91 rounds, two M-16 rifles with four magazines and 57 rounds and two 97,570 FRESH CASES IN INDIA; OXFORD RESUMES TRIALS REPORT ON BACK PAGE COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 36,24,196 FRESH FATALITIES 1,201 TOTAL DEATHS 77,472 46,59,984 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 2,88,37,565 2,07,15,977 9,22,572 pistols with four magazines and 20 rounds. Sources said a BSF patrol party observed a yellow plastic sack adjacent to the Zero Line track near the Gazniwala outpost. Another bag was found 2 metres away. Both contained arms. The BSF called it yet another attempt by anti-national elements to push illegal consignments across the border. A search operation was in progress, it added. New Delhi, September 12 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday hoped that the Afghan peace process, which began today, would preserve the interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections. “The issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed,” Jaishankar said while participating in the inaugural session of the intra-Afghan negotiations via a video link. He also referred to India’s role as a development partner with over 400 projects completed in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Giving a gist of his address in a series of tweets, Jaishankar reaffirmed India’s long-held position that the peace process should be “Afghan-led, Afghanowned and Afghan-controlled”. The representatives of Afghanistan’s two warring fac- SAD U-turn on ordinances Chandigarh, September 12 Amid protests by farmers, the SAD today urged the Centre not to enact laws incorporating the provisions of the three farm ordinances during the monsoon session. The SAD core committee said the Centre must legislate only after apprehensions of the farmers were addressed. The Akalis had earlier backed the ordinances, claiming these would benefit the farmers. A SAD delegation will now ALLAY FARMERS’ FEARS FIRST, AKALIS TELL CENTRE meet central leaders and other parties on the issue. The SAD core committee resolution, said “no sacrifice is too big to ensure the future of our farmers is safeguarded.” INSIDE Refers to India’s over 400 projects in Afghanistan S Jaishankar tions are now in Qatar for USbrokered negotiations on a political settlement to the war. A senior official of a delegation led by MEA’s Pakistan-AfghanistanIndia desk chief JP Singh participated in the ceremony at Doha. However, a report by the International Crisis Group anticipates that the continued on back page Delhi riots: Yechury, Yadav ‘co-plotters’ New Delhi, September 12 The Delhi Police have named CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators in the February Delhi riots. BACK PAGE
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