18092020-TT-01.qxd 9/18/2020 12:05 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.259 | 14 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana INDIA AMONG MAJOR ILLICIT DRUG PRODUCERS: US WORLD /thetribunechd AUTOMAKERS SHOULD CUT ROYALTY PAYMENT TO PARENT FIRMS: GOVT BUSINESS OPPN MEETS PREZ ON DELHI COPS’ ROLE IN RIOTS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com None can stop us, will get back all patrolling points: Rajnath Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 17 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said “no power in the world” can stop the Indian armed forces from reaching the traditional patrolling points on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that are currently blocked by China. Upper House members across party lines responded to the call for unity in the face of a difficult situation on the border made by Rajnath and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. But former Defence Minister AK Antony and Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad wanted to know whether the government CHINA DOESN’T KEEP ITS WORD Unki kathani aur karni alag hai (China’s actions are at variance with its words)…. This time the number of Chinese troops and friction points on the border are very different… yet we are committed to peace. ❝ Rajnath Singh, DEFENCE MINISTER INSIST ON COMPLETE DISENGAGEMENT OF TROOPS: MEA ■ India on Thursday said China should take forward the process for complete disengagement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, and not make would be able to restore the April status quo on the border and if the Army could reach unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the LAC ■ Both sides should refrain from taking any action that may lead to an escalation, said MEA spokesperson the patrolling points in the Galwan valley and Pangong Tso continued on page 9 Three militants, woman killed in J&K gunfight Nab Maur blast key accused in two weeks: HC Srinagar, September 17 Three local militants and a 45-year-old woman were killed, while two CRPF men, including a senior officer, were critically injured during a gunbattle in the Batamaloo area of the city here today. The gunfight broke out when joint teams of the police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation around 3.30 am in the con- CHANDIGARH: 2 CRPF men injured, protesters clash with security forces gested Batamaloo area following information about the presence of militants there. A civilian, Kounsar Riyaz, who was on her way to a bakery early in the morning, lost her life in the crossfire. INSIDE Nearly a year after the Punjab and Haryana HC ordered the constitution of a new special investigating team to look into the Maur Mandi blast case after disbanding the earlier one, a Division Bench on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the probe. Directing all-out efforts to arrest the main accused, the Bench set a deadline of two weeks. — TNS friday, september 18,2020 Harsimrat quits over farm Bills New Delhi, September 17 Union Food Processing Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal today resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against the farm-related Bills. She walked out of the Lok Sabha when the House was taking up a discussion on the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, tabled by the NDA government to replace the ordinances issued earlier. Participating in the discussion, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal vehemently opposed the Bills, saying his party had been consistently opposing the ordinances and flagging concerns on the same. He said these Bills would destroy the farm sector in Punjab and help the corporates. Even as Sukhbir threatened that his party MP continued on page 9 Face-savingby Akalis Sanjeev Singh Bariana WITH FARMERS I have resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest against the antifarmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with the farmers as their daughter and sister. Harsimrat Kaur Chandigarh, September 17 The resignation of Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is clearly a face-saving attempt by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), given the fact that Harsimrat was part of the Cabinet that cleared the farm Bills and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal did not oppose these Bills then. The SAD took a U-turn after Punjab farmers, the party’s core base, took to the streets opposing the Bills. Having lost ground in the battle of public perception, the party had no choice but to pull out of the NDA government. Farmers believe that the Bills are aimed at dismantling the MSP regime as well as the mandis. Senior party leader PS Chandumajra was among the first to warn the party on the issue. Later, in a strong message to the TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE Akalis will not succeed in misleading the farmers... Had they backed the Punjab Govt against the ordinances, the things may not have come to this pass. WILL MAKE ANY SACRIFICE SAD is ready to make any sacrifice for farmers and their welfare… Whether to stay in the ruling NDA or not will be decided at a party meeting later. Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM Sukhbir Badal, SAD CHIEF ❝ NEWS ANALYSIS Tribune News Service ❝ Book Shourie in ITDC hotel case: Court Jodhpur: A special court here has asked the CBI to file cases against former Union Minister Arun Shourie and the then disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal over the sale of an ITDC hotel, allegedly at a loss of Rs 244 crore to the exchequer. INSIDE ED files chargesheet against Shabir’s wife Farmers protest in Patiala. SENA FIRST, NOW SAD REPORT ON PAGE 7 party leadership, former state minister Sikander Singh Maluka hinted at a “vertical split” in the party. The SAD received a ‘very negative’ feedback during its ‘Pind Jagao’ campaign in August. It cannot risk another drubbing in the 2022 Vidhan Sabha elections. continued on page 9 FARM BILLS PASSED NEW DELHI: The ED on Thursday said it had filed a supplementary prosecution complaint (equivalent to police chargesheet) against Shabir Shah's wife Bilquis in the Patiala House Court here in a terror-funding case. INSIDE High fatality rate in Pb blamed on rumours CHANDIGARH: Punjab health staff “forcefully” collected samples. This led to rumours doctors were killing Covid patients to harvest organs, says a central team report. People sought help only when it was too late, increasing the fatality rate. INSIDE COVID-19 CASES INDIA ■ SAD: Bills will ruin agri infrastructure, opposes ■ CONG: Ravneet Singh Bittu, GS Aujla and Jasbir Singh Dimpa oppose ■ SHIV SENA: Backs govt ■ BJD: Send Bills to Standing Committee ■ AAP, TMC & BSP members oppose ■ UNION MINISTER Tomar calls Bills ‘revolutionary’ COUNT RECOVERED 40,25,079 FRESH FATALITIES 1,132 TOTAL DEATHS 83,198 51,18,253 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 3,01,09,036 2,18,57,994 9,46,422
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