13022021-TT-01.qxd 2/12/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.43 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana AFTER COUP, JUNTA ASKS PEOPLE TO ‘SAFEGUARD CONSTITUTION’ WORLD /thetribunechd SC UPHOLDS WINDING UP OF SIX FRANKLIN MF SCHEMES BUSINESS AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DJOKOVIC FEARS MUSCLE TEAR SPORT /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday | 13 february 2021 Oppn’s ‘Budget for cronies’ Tanks to shift 20 km from pullback site narrative wrong: Nirmala Defence Ministry says no territory ceded in disengagement process at Pangong Tso Ajay Banerjee BACK TO CHUSHUL Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 12 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday countered Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s jibe about the concentration of political and economic power by accusing the Opposition of creating a “false narrative”. “It has now become a sort of habit for some in the Opposition to constantly lie, in spite of what we are doing for the poor. A false narrative is being created that this government works only for cronies,” she said, respond- POLICIES FOR POOR Centre’s policies are meant to help poor and farmers and not the ‘damaads’. The Budget provisions are for poor, Dalits and tribals. ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman, FINANCE MINISTER Ahead of poll, TMC MP resigns from RS New Delhi, February 12 The ruling TMC on Friday suffered another pre-poll setback in West Bengal with former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi dramatically announcing his resignation from the Rajya Sabha saying he felt “suffocated in the party and could no longer condone political violence in his state.” “I can’t condone political violence in Bengal. I feel helpless sitting here because I am bound by party discipline. I feel suffocated. My conscience is saying it is best to resign... to serve my state,” Trivedi said, taking the House by surprise as he had risen to speak on the Union Budget. Recalling the emotional exchange between PM Modi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, he said people entered politics to serve the motherland. “Even as Railway Minister, I was faced with the same predicament as to who was greater: the nation, the party or self? I had even then heeded my conscience,” Trivedi said, recalling the Railway Budget that had upset Trinamool Con- IN BRIEF TRIVEDI MAY JOIN BJP ■ There is buzz Dinesh Trivedi may return to RS from Gujarat ■ Bypolls are to be held for two seats in the state in March ■ Fell vacant after the demise of Ahmed Patel, Abhay Bhardwaj gress chief Mamata Banerjee. BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya said Trivedi was welcome to join the party. Trivedi signalled his closeness to the BJP when he hailed Modi saying, “The whole world is looking at India... how well India responded to Covid. People came together but the fact is the PM led us all.” — TNS ■ Prior to April 2020, Indian ing to a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Union Budget. Sitharaman then went on to list the Centre’s pro-poor initiatives that include 1.67 crore houses under PM Awas Yojana, over 2.67 crore households electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana, 80 crore people given free foodgrain and the government placing orders worth over Rs 8 lakh crore with MSMEs. “Are they being given to big capitalists? They’re being given to MSMEs,” she stated, while counter-accusing the UPA government of having continued on page 7 New Delhi, February 12 Even as a debate is raging about the implications of Indian Army tanks vacating the strategic heights south of the Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, the ground reality is that these tanks would be located at their home base, less than 20 km from the site being vacated now. In August 2020, the Army had captured the Rinchen La and Rezang La heights overlooking the Moldo Garrison of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The area comes under the Kailash Govt gets 6 more weeks to decide on Rajoana plea PM has ceded land to China, says Rahul New Delhi, February 12 The Supreme Court on Friday gave six more weeks to the Centre to take a decision on the mercy plea of Balwant Singh Rajoana for commuting the death penalty awarded to him in ex-CM Beant Singh assassination case. A Bench headed by SA Bobde, CJI, had on January 25 given the last chance to the Centre to take a call on his mercy plea. — TNS New Delhi, February 12 A day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that India had not lost any territory in the LAC standoff, the Congress on Friday alleged that the Indian territory between Finger 3 and 4 had been ceded to the neighbour. The government refuted the claim through a Defence Ministry statement again. At a press conference at AICC headquarters, Con- Tribune News Service INDIA MAINTAINS PATROLLING RIGHTS TILL FINGER 8 range, and its ridgeline is considered as the alignment of the LAC. In October-November 1962, India and China had fought a pitched battle at the base of Rezang La. Now as part of the disen- MoD REFUTES CONG ALLEGATIONS RAHUL GANDHI’S POSERS GOVT’S RESPONSE ■ Why has PM given up area ■ LAC, as per Indian perception, between Finger 3 and 4? is at Finger 8, not Finger 4 ■ India hasn’t ceded any territory as a result of the LAC agreement ■ To be taken up within 48 hours of Pangong pullback ■ Why have the Indian troops been asked to vacate Kailash heights? ■ Why hasn’t China withdrawn from Depsang and Gogra? gress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of compromising the original Indian demand of restoration Hate speech: Notice to Centre, Twitter NEW DELHI: The SC on Friday issued notices to the Centre and Twitter India on a PIL seeking a mechanism to regulate content spreading hatred through fake news and messages through bogus accounts. TNS Faruqui case: Two co-accused get bail BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday granted interim bail to two men accused of organising a comedy show in Indore, during which stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui allegedly insulted Hindu deities. PTI The government position at the beginning of the LAC standoff was restoration of status quo ante as of April 2020. Now, sheepishly, the Defence Minister makes a statement and we find that the Indian troops are going to be stationed at Finger 3. Indian territory was till Finger 4. Why has the PM ceded the land between Finger 3 and 4 to the Chinese?” Rahul asked, accusing the PM of cowardice and not standing up to China. Kharge replaces Azad as Leader of Oppn in RS NEW DELHI: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is all set to return as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. The Congress on Friday conveyed to RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s office its decision to appoint Kharge as the LoP once Ghulam Nabi Azad retired on February 15. His appointment comes at the cost of party’s deputy leader in RS Anand Sharma, long seen as Azad's successor. — TNS Ghazipur, February 12 In a flip-flop, the Varanasi police first registered a case against Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a few of the top officials of the tech giant, but then removed their names from the FIR later. A case was registered at the Bhelupur police station on a complaint by a local resident, who alleged that he received death threats after he objected to a video that allegedly insulted Prime VIDEO CONTROVERSY ■ Google CEO Sundar Pichai and 17 others were booked over a video ‘defaming’ PM ■ Pichai, names of 3 others removed after probe;complaint alleged over 8,500 threat calls Minister Narendra Modi. The complainant first approached both Google and YouTube to delete the video, failing which he lodged a complaint, which among others named Pichai and three other Google India officials, including Sanjay Gupta. Ghazipur-based musicians, who shot the video, and a local music company too have been named in the FIR. The names of Google officials were removed after initial probe suggested none of them were involved. The case includes Section 504 (intentional insult and intent to breach peace). — TNS A helicopter ferries security personnel and essential goods to the rescue site in Chamoli. PTI Days on, 2 more bodies found; Now, aptitude test part Bail for former banker Tapovan tunnel a challenge Tribune News Service NURPUR: Senior Congress leader Sujan Singh Pathania (78), sitting legislator from the Fatehpur Assembly constituency in Kangra district, passed away at his native Harra village on Friday. He died after a prolonged illness. OC of status quo ante as part of the negotiations with China. “There are some things that need to be made crystal clear. Tso — a 135-km glacial lake. The target is to eventually return to the pre-April 2020 positions. In case of India, the pre-April 2020 position of the tanks was in Chushul, sources confirmed to The Tribune. UP Police book Pichai, rescind of HCS (prelims) exam Kochhar in PMLA case Himachal MLA Pathania dead gagement agreement between India and China, the Indian Army and the PLA will vacate the positions occupied in the past nine months from the south and north bank of the Pangong tanks were positioned in Chushul, which is less than 20 km from the vacated sites at Rezang La ■ With Chushul site being a plateau, redeployment will not be an issue in case of any PLA misadventure US WELCOMES INDIA, CHINA EFFORTS TO DE-ESCALATE SITUATION IN LADAKH The spot is less than 20 km from the Rezang La heights and since it’s a flat plateau, redeployment would not be an issue in case of a misadventure by the PLA. As per the pre-April 2020 deployment, Ladakh has some four regiments of tanks stationed across the terrain. Each regiment has 46 tanks. As reported in these columns yesterday, Depsang will be crucial and will be addressed in the next phase. On Friday, the Ministry of Defence issued a statement to counter instances of what it termed as “wrongly understood information”. continued on page 7 Chandigarh, February 12 For the Haryana Civil Service (HCS) examination, the state government has decided to replicate the pattern used by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for conducting the civil services examination. The aptitude test will now form part of the preliminary examination, along with the general studies paper. Sources said the Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch) Rules, 2008, have now been replaced with the Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch) Amendment Rules, 2021, incorporating the aptitude test in the preliminary examination. To replicate pattern adopted by UPSC Now, there would be two papers of 100 marks each (objective/multiple choice questions type) in preliminary continued on page 7 Mumbai, February 12 Former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar was granted bail on Friday after she appeared before a court here in the alleged ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case. It was the former banker’s first appearance in the court. On January 30, the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had summoned Kochhar, her husband Deepak, Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot and other accused after taking cognisance of the chargesheet. Kochhar’s lawyers argued that she had been cooperating with the Enforcement Directorate’s probe and had visited the ED office in ICICI ex-CEO told to surrender passport Delhi whenever summoned. The central agency has never arrested her in the case, they pointed out. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Joshimath, February 12 Rescue teams continued their efforts for the sixth day today to evacuate around 35 person, believed to be trapped inside the sludgechoked Tapovan tunnel, but without any major success. The toll in the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga flashflood on Sunday rose to 38 with the recovery of two more bodies while 166 are still missing. Around 114 m stretch of the tunnel has been cleared and drilling is on to reach the silt- MORE TROUBLE AS STREAM BLOCKED Dehradun: The debris brought by the avalanche in Uttarakhand has blocked a stream that joins the Rishiganga, forming a temporary lake which, if breached, can cause further damage in the valley, said a report by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. PTI flushing tunnel, where some workers might be trapped, officials at the Tapovan rescue site said. A senior official said the families of missing continued on page 7 Sniffer dogs join rescue operation Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service Joshimath, February 12 ITBP and SDRF teams have deployed sniffer canines Rambo, Diesel, Phantom and Arrow to help them locate those trapped inside the slushfilled tunnel at the devastated Tapovan power project here. “These canines are highly trained in sniffing out human scent. We are hopeful that once the tunnel is cleared, continued on page 7 SC: Free to choose life partner, Campaign din ends, polling tomorrow approval of kin & clannot must Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 12 Amid controversies over inter-caste and inter-faith marriages, the Supreme Court has emphasised the autonomy of an individual in choosing his or her life partner, saying it’s integral to the dignity of the individual. “We are fortified in our view by earlier judicial pronouncements of this court clearly elucidating that the consent AUTONOMY INTEGRAL Educated younger boys and girls are choosing life partners… this is way forward where caste and community tensions will reduce by such marriages. ❝ Supreme Court Bench of the family or the community or the clan is not necessary once the two adult individuals agree to enter into a wedlock and that their consent has to be piously given primacy,” a Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said. The Bench, which also included Justice Hrishikesh Roy, quashed the FIR lodged against the petitioner woman, a college lecturer from Karnataka who married continued on page 7 Chandigarh, February 12 With Assembly polls round the corner, the ruling Congress, riding the pro-farmer sentiment, seems to have the edge over its rivals in the civic body polls scheduled for February 14, canvassing for which ended today. While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appears to have retrieved some lost ground, the going has been tough for both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP Facing . hostile protesters over the PB CIVIC POLL COUNTING ON FEB 17 109 9,222 MCs & nagar panchayats, 8 corpns go to polls on Feb 14 (8am-4pm) candidates in fray in all; 1st time that SAD and BJP will fight separately after alliance snapped recent farm laws, the latter has been able to field candidates on just 50 per cent seats. Fought on local issues, the outcome of the civic body polls will reflect the mood of the voter in urban and semiurban areas.The AAP has canvassed hard to expand its footprint in Punjab with a young and energetic Raghav Chadha attacking Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh. Unflapped, the CM says AAP is “totally faceless” and its ambition to form the next government in Punjab is but a “pipe dream”. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who canvassed in Amritsar on the last day of campaigning today, also visited the Golden Temple. The fact that Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and other senior ministers have been camping in their constituencies indicates the importance of the polls. On the back foot, the SAD is making efforts to rev up its cadre. A beleaguered Sukhbir Badal, SAD president, has faced angry crowds while canvassing. SAD leader DS Cheema and Leader of the Opposition Harpal Cheema (AAP) have sought paramilitary forces.
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