20072021-TTB-01.qxd 7/19/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 199 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA HAMILTON SUBJECTED TO RACIST ABUSE POST GRAND PRIX WIN SPORT /thetribunechd FIRST KIDS’ SERO SURVEY KICKS OFF PUNJAB QURESHI DIALS COUNTERPART AS AF RECALLS STAFF WORLD NAQVI NAMED DEPUTY LEADER OF HOUSE IN RS BACK PAGE tuesday | 20 july 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cornered, govt trashes Pegasus report IT Minister calls it ‘sensationalism’ I Questions its timing I Oppn seeks Shah’s resignation IN PARLIAMENT ON SNOOP LIST PM Narendra Modi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament. PTI OPPOSITION QUESTIONS NATIONALITY OF NEW MINISTER AMID UPROAR RS PAYS HOMAGE TO MILKHA SINGH, ACTOR DILIP KUMAR, OTHERS ❝ ❝ Report amplified by a few to humiliate India at the world stage. Amit Shah, HOME MINISTER It appears to be an attempt to malign the Indian democracy. Ashwini Vaishnaw, IT MINISTER Lok Sabha that the report’s timing — a day before the session — could not be a coincidence. “There is no substance behind this sensationalism,” Vaishnaw informed Parliament, arguing three points: “The publisher of the report states that it can’t say if the phone numbers on the published list were under surveillance; the company whose technology was allegedly used has denied these claims; the time tested processes in our country are well-established to ensure that unauthorised surveillance does not occur”. After the Congress demanded Shah’s resignation, with Rahul Gandhi alleging breach of privacy, the Home Minister dismissed the Pegasus report as a “conspiracy”. Shah said, “Aap chronology samajhiye. This is a report by the disrupters, for the obstructers. Disrupters are global organisations that do not like India to progress. Obstructers are political players in India, who do not Will take everybody along: Sidhu Says journey has just begun I Vows to implement Cong’s 18-pt agenda Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 19 Having being appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress chief, a buoyant Navjot Singh Sidhu today made his agenda loud and clear — to return power to the people of Punjab by implementing the 18-point agenda spelled out by the Congress high command. At the same time, he tweeted an old picture (1956-1957) of his father with Pandit Nehru to silence critics calling him an “outsider”. “Will work along every member of the Congress family in Punjab to fulfil the mis- Newly elected PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu with party leaders in Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN sion of #JittegaPunjab as a humble Congress worker, give power back to the people IN BRIEF Have ‘great respect’ for Stan Swamy’s work: HC MUMBAI: The Bombay HC, while hearing posthumously the appeals filed by late Jesuit priest Stan Swamy in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on Monday said he was a wonderful person and the court had “great respect” for his work. — PTI Top LeT commander killed in Shopian encounter NEW DELHI: Two terrorists, including Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commander Ishfaq Dar (alias Abu Akram), were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Check Sadiq Khan area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. INSIDE Porn films: Bizman Raj Kundra held MUMBAI: Businessman and husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, was arrested on Monday in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them on apps, an official said. Kundra might be the key accused, he added. PTI 3 killed in G’gram building collapse Gurugram, July 19 Three persons died while one was severely injured after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Khawaspur village near Gurugram late last evening. All three victims were employed as labourers at a nearby warehouse. The police have nabbed the warehouse manager while the owner is reportedly absconding. continued on page 9 Vibha Sharma ■ Ashwini Vaishnaw, the new IT Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 19 The report of the alleged use of spyware Pegasus to snoop on journalists, politicians and other personalities generated much political heat on Monday with the government dismissing the issue as “sensationalism” and the Opposition seeking the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah and an inquiry against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The issue resonated inside and outside Parliament. Opposition parties, including the Congress, disrupted both Houses and demanded a probe. In a statement in the Lok Sabha, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw questioned the timing of the report and said illegal surveillance was impossible with checks and balances in place. He flagged some chinks in the Pegasus story, while reiterating his predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement when the issue first surfaced in Parliament last year. The IT Minister told the PM slams Oppn’s ‘negative mindset’ through the #Punjabmodel & high command’s 18-point agenda ... my journey has just begun (sic)!” he wrote. continued on page 9 edit: congress gambit Chd-Manali road blocked for 9 hrs, tourists stranded Mandi, July 19 Traffic movement between Mandi and Kullu on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was hampered for almost nine hours today following a massive landslide near Pandoh in the district. Hundreds of tourists, including children, were stranded. The traffic on the highway was restored around 4.15 pm. Heavy rain reportedly triggered the landslide around 120mm RAIN IN OVER 18 HRS 7.30 am. A vehicle was damaged in the landslide, while people travelling in a car had a narrow escape. As the rain subsided, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) engaged its workforce and machinery to clear the debris from the highway. The alternative MandiKullu road via Kataula was also blocked due to a massive landslide near Kandi. The traffic was restored around 2.30 pm. INSIDE Delta accounts for 80% of new cases NEW DELHI: The rescue op at Khawaspur village lasted 19 hours. TRIBUNE PHOTO The Delta variant was primarily responsible for the second wave of Covid-19 in the country, accounting for over 80 per cent of new cases, Dr NK Arora, co-chair of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium said. Addressing the media before the House session, the PM remarked: “Vaccine is given in the baahu (arm) and those who take it become Baahubali.” — TNS Tribune News Service Minister, Railways Minister, Minister of State for Jal Shakti ■ BJP leader Vasundhara Raje’s PS when she was CM of Rajasthan ■ Sanjay Kachroo, who worked as OSD to Smriti Irani when she was Union Minister in 2014-2015 ■ VHP’s Pravin Togadia, an opponent of Modi from his CM days ■ Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ■ Former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa ■ Poll strategist Prashant Kishor ■ TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee ■ Numbers belonging to SC staffer (had accused ex-CJI of harassment) ■ Poll watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms ■ Top virologist Gagandeep Kang ■ Hari Menon, India head of Gates Foundation New Delhi, July 19 As expected, the monsoon session got off to a stormy start with the Opposition in both Houses creating a ruckus and preventing Prime Minister Narendra Modi from introducing the new ministers in his Council and forcing him to table the list. Upset over the disruptions, Modi lashed out at the Opposition, saying that such a “negative mindset” had never been witnessed in Parliament. “It seems some people cannot digest that more women, SC, ST and OBC community members are becoming ministers,” 300 verified Indian numbers listed as ‘potential targets’ for surveillance (2017-2019), says the report want India to progress.” The Opposition vowed to again raise the issue in Parliament, with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Randeep Surjewala in a joint statement asking the government, “Is spying on security continued on page 9 edit: Spyware for snooping Not allowed to introduce ministers the Prime Minister said. “It is a matter of pride that people from rural India, who come from ordinary families, have taken oath as ministers. But some people don’t want ministers to be introduced. They also have an antiwoman mindset since they do not want women ministers to be introduced to the House,” PM Modi said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha and newly appointed Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal also slammed continued on page 9 $50 DAILY ALLOWANCE FOR ATHLETES, MUCH MORE FOR OFFICIALS The Indian Olympic Association has decided to give a daily allowance of $50 to Indian athletes, $300 to chef-de-mission of the Indian contingent and $150 to other officials. INSIDE Adjournment motions on agri laws rejected New Delhi, July 19 Farmers’ issues resonated in Parliament on the very first day of the monsoon session with several Opposition parties, including the Congress, SAD, AAP and BSP , moving adjournment motions to discuss the matter and raising slogans in the wells of both Houses. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla disallowed the notices. NOTICE IN RS Cong’s Bajwa gave a notice, seeking RS adjournment on Tuesday to Harsimrat Badal Bhagwant Mann Manish Tewari discuss three farm laws. SAD AAP Cong Congress MPs Manish Tewari, JS Gill and Amar Singh; Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal and AAP’s Bhagwant Mann gave notices demanding suspension of LS business to discuss farm laws. INSIDE
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