26072021-TTB-01.qxd 7/25/2021 11:31 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 205 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA MACRON DIALS ISRAELI PM OVER SNOOPING ALLEGATIONS WORLD /thetribunechd GALLANTRY AWARDEES NARRATE WAR TALES IN DRAS J&K MICRO-LEVEL PLAN MUST FACTOR IN WATER AVAILABILITY INFOCUS BIGGER ROLE: DIDI’S DELHI VISIT BEGINS TODAY BACK PAGE monday | 26 july 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS TODAY HUMBLED BY SACRIFICES SALUTE TO BRAVEHEARTS I pay tribute to the bravehearts who fought for and defended the sovereignty and integrity of our great nation. I am humbled by the sacrifices of our families that unflinchingly sent their loved ones into battle. On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to be resilient and fearless in the face of adversity. The Kargil war is a symbol of the valour and discipline of our armed forces, which the entire world has witnessed. This time, this glorious day will be celebrated in the middle of ‘Amrit Mahotsav’. That’s why it becomes even more special... Let us all salute the bravehearts of Kargil. ❝ Gen MM Naravane, CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF ❝ Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER No consensus on LAC pullback sequence Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 25 More than 15 months into the military stand-off in eastern Ladakh, the deadlock persists as India and China are not agreeable on the sequence of pulling back troops. Both sides have around 75,000 troops lined up on either side of the 832-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. India wants a three-step process to be followed. The first step being dis- engagement from areas where troops are within close proximity. The next two steps — deescalation and de-induction — would entail pulling back troops and equipment to the pre-April 2020 home bases. Commanders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) want that “de-escalation and de-induction” should take place first. The troops in close proximity can “disengage” thereafter, sources say. Indian side sees a red flag in the sequence suggested STICKING POINT ■ India says troops in close prox- imity should ‘disengage’ first, while de-escalation and deinduction can take place later ■ China says de-escalation and de-induction should take place first, while troops in close proximity can ‘disengage’ thereafter by China. The terrain of Tibetan plateau is flat on the Chinese side, which means the PLA can induct troops quite rapidly. In some cases, it may take less than 8-10 hours by road or rail. In case of India, the two roads leading to Ladakh (one via Srinagar-Zojila and the other via Manali) remain closed due to snow for around seven months in a year. For India, the terrain does not allow rapid induction as several high passes, which get snowbound from October, can hold back even the infantry. Senior military commanders (Lt Gen-level) of either side last met on April 9. Since then, the dates and agenda for the next round of talks are being firmed up. PLA’s insistence on its own sequence of pullback is the stumbling block. Negotiations will take some time, sources say. On February 10, troops of either side started “disengagement” continued on page 9 INDIA AT OLYMPICS ■ BOXING: Mary Kom enters pre-quarters; Manish bows out ■ DOUBLE SCULLS: 9 tourists killed in Kinnaur landslide RAIN MAYHEM Maha toll 113; 100 missing Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, July 25 Shooting boulders triggered by a landslide hit a tourist vehicle near Batseri, 8 km from Sangla in Kinnaur district, killing nine persons on Sunday afternoon. The vehicle, a Tempo Traveller, carrying 11 persons was passing through the spot where the rolling stones fell. While eight persons died on the spot, one succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. Three others, including a pedestrian, sustained injuries. Victims were on way to Chitkul from Sangla DUEL OVER PARKING JUST BEFORE TRAGEDY On way to Chitkul, the Tempo Traveller driver had an altercation with the driver of a car over parking. Minutes later, boulders hit the Tempo Traveller, killing nine passengers. The deceased were identified as Maya Devi Banyani (55), her continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Jobs for kin of Dasehra train mishap victims AMRITSAR: Almost three years after the Dasehra train tragedy in Amritsar that claimed over 50 lives, the Punjab Government has finally given jobs to some of the kin of the deceased. INSIDE Pro-IS posts: NIA searches 6 locations in TN NEW DELHI: The NIA on Sunday searched six locations in four dis- tricts of Tamil Nadu in connection with a case relating to “pro-IS posts” on Facebook by an alleged extremist, Abdullah. TNS HC to hear docs’ plea against Ramdev today NEW DELHI: The Delhi HC will hear on Monday a plea by seven doc- tors’ associations against yoga guru Ramdev for allegedly spreading misinformation by his statements against allopathy. PTI SKM to launch ‘Mission UP’ in Lucknow today SONEPAT: The SKM, an umbrella body of farmer unions spearheading a stir against farm laws, will launch “Mission UP” in Lucknow on Monday on completion of eight months of their stir. INSIDE 32 Sirmaur hotels fined for violating Covid regulations Solan, July 25 Cracking the whip on tourism facilities failing to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour, officials of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department imposed a penalty of Rs 46,000 on 32 units in Sirmaur district in July. The units found violating the SOPs were in Nahan, Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb, said an official. INSIDE 39,742 NEW CASES IN INDIA TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,20,551 4,08,212 535 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS A bridge at Batseri in Sangla valley that collapsed after a landslide. PTI No follow-up results post PM’s meet, says Farooq Srinagar, July 25 A month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to mainstream leaders of J&K, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday that there had been “no follow-up results” on the ground. Abdullah said this in reference to the PM’s remarks at the June 24 meeting in New Delhi that he wanted to win the hearts of the people of J&K and remove “Dilli ki doori” (the distance from Delhi) and “dil ki doori” (dis- Farooq Abdullah, NC chief KOVIND IN SRINAGAR President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Srinagar on Sunday on a four-day visit to J&K and Ladakh, officials said. PAGE 9 tance between hearts). “That was a welcome statement but continued on page 9 Channi alleges bid to attack Sidhu, blames cops; no laxity, claims SSP Rajmeet Singh & Arun Sharma Tribune News Service Ropar/Chandigarh, July 25 Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi today alleged that a group of persons tried to attack Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Navjot Singh Sidhu during his visit to Gurdwara Katalgarh Sahib in Chamkaur Sahib yesterday. Channi claimed the incident occurred despite the police being informed in advance about the alleged presence of Charanjit Singh Channi Navjot Singh Sidhu CHAMKAUR SAHIB EVENT ■ Punjab Minister alleges cops allowed miscreants to move close to Sidhu’s vehicle ■ Channi claims no effort has been made to identify the troublemakers so far unscrupulous elements. Sidhu, PPCC working president Kuljit Nagra and Channi were reportedly returning in a vehicle after paying obeisance at the gurdwara when the incident occurred. “The police were involved in allowing the movement of miscreants close to the PPCC chief’s vehicle,” Channi alleged. He had already lodged a protest in that regard with the Director General of Police (DGP) and Ropar SSP Akhil Chaudhary, he added. While Sidhu continued on page 9 51 rescued from Hry rehab centre, owner booked Mukesh Tandon tribune news service Panipat, July 25 A joint team of the Health and Social Welfare Departments and CM flying squad conducted a raid at an illegal drug de-addiction centre at Ugrakheri village and rescued 51 inmates. The police have booked the facility owner, Bijender Malik, under Section 420 of the IPC, Sections 100, 101 INMATES SUBJECTED TO INHUMAN CONDITIONS ■ The facility was being run in gross violation of the rules ■ At least 51 inmates were confined to a hall meant to house 20 persons ■ There was no proper arrangement for food and no psychiatrist was appointed and 107 of the Mental Health Act and Section 32 of the NDPS Act. In his complaint to the police, Civil Surgeon Dr Jitender Kadiyan said a team of administrative and health officials during a surprise visit to the centre found that it was being operated illegally by Jeewan Suraksha Samiti. When asked to produce the registration papers, staff member Pravesh only showed a provisional document. Tehsildar Kuldeep Malik said inhuman conditions prevailed at the facility. “There was only a single washroom. No proper arrangement for food was made. The electricity connection was illegal and no psychiatrist was appointed to treat the addicts,” he said. Inspector Manjeet, SHO, Chandnibagh, said all inmates were over to their family members and a probe was initiated. New Delhi, July 25 The number of deaths due to flooding, landslides and other rain-related incidents in parts of Maharashtra reached 113 on Sunday, with one more casualty being reported in the last 24 hours, according to the state government figures. While 50 persons had been injured, about 100 were missing after the monsoon fury, the government said in a statement. As many as 1,35,313 persons have been shifted to safer places, including 78,111 in Sangli district, followed by 40,882 in Kolhapur district. BACK PAGE Pegasus: MP moves SC, demands judicial probe Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 25 Amid a brewing controversy over alleged snooping on around 300 activists, politicians, journalists and constitutional functionaries using Israeli spyware Pegasus, CPM Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas has moved the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe into it. Despite the serious nature of allegations, the Union Government had not cared to probe into it but “made only a hopeful hope that the time tested processes in our country were WHO PAID FOR SNOOPING? ~300 crore was spent for spying on 300 people in India. Who paid for it? Does our country have the capacity to spend so much on spying? It’s the death of freedom. ❝ Arjun, Arvind finish 3rd, qualify for semis ■ TENNIS: Sania, Ankita pair knocked out of Tokyo Games ■ SHOOTING:Bhaker misses final spot due to technical snag ■ HOCKEY (MEN’S): A listless India lose 1-7 to Australia Sanjay Raut, SHIV SENA MP ISSUE TO DOMINATE 2ND WEEK OF PARL SESSION P12 well-established to ensure that unauthorised surveillance did not occur,” Brittas said in a statement on Sunday. “Therefore, the queries were raised continued on page 9 India’s captain Manpreet Singh tries to get past Australia’s Flynn Andrew Ogilvie. PTI
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