25082021-TTC-01.qxd 8/25/2021 12:24 AM Page 1 PARALYMPICS ON: TEK CHAND LEADS INDIAN SQUAD SPORT /thetribunechd 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 234 | 20 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 wednesday | 25 august 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com US won’t extend pullout date; G7 for ‘safe passage’ beyond Aug 31 Modi, Putin discuss Af, agree to form bilateral channel CIA DIRECTOR MEETS TALIBAN TOP LEADER ■ CIA chief William Burns trav- elled to Kabul this week for talks with Taliban leader Mullah Baradar, US media reported as the US came under pressure from allies to extend withdrawal deadline Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 24 US President Joe Biden turned down pleas from other G7 leaders for extending the deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. A tweet from the White House skipped the deadline extension aspect and said Biden discussed at G7 a continuation of “our close coordination on Afghanistan policy, humanitarian assistance and evacuating citizens and vulnerable Afghans”. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the G7 had agreed on a roadmap for “future engagement with the Taliban, but are currently insisting on ‘safe passage’ beyond the August 31 CONTINUED ON back page 78 MORE EVACUATED FROM AFGHANISTAN ■ India on Tuesday brought back Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and two others carry saroops of Guru Granth Sahib brought from Kabul, at IGI Airport. PTI REPORT INSIDE Hope Pak terror groupsdon’t use Afghan soil: India at UN New Delhi, August 31 India on Tuesday spoke about the “grave humanitarian crisis” unfolding in Afghanistan and hoped that the situation does not pose a challenge to its neighbours nor is its territory used by terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to threaten any country. Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) special CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 Cong rift widens, 4 ministers, several MLAs want Capt out Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 24 The simmering unease in the Punjab Congress today gave way to an open revolt against CM Capt Amarinder Singh, with four of his ministers and at least 24 MLAs seeking his replacement, saying they “have lost faith in him”. The four ministers — Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Charanjit Singh Channi — and the dissident MLAs, including Pargat Singh, met at Bajwa’s residence here. The legislators authorised the ministers to CM’S MEN FOR ACTION AGAINST SIDHU’S AIDES Captain loyalists, including ministers Brahm Mohindra and Vijay Inder Singla, and MLAs, called for action against Sidhu’s advisers press the leadership to call a meeting of the CLP . Addressing the media, Randhawa and Channi claimed the Congress wouldn’t be able to win the 2022 Assembly elections under IN BRIEF Harris accuses China of ‘intimidation’ Singapore: China continues to “coerce, intimidate and make claims” to most parts of the South China Sea, US Vice-President Kamala Harris said. INSIDE HC stays verdict in case against dera chief Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana HC on Tuesday stayed the pronouncement of verdict in the Ranjeet Singh murder case, allegedly involving Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. INSIDE Three militants killed in Sopore encounter Srinagar: Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, the police said. INSIDE mRNA Covid shot cleared for more trials New Delhi: India’s first mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared for further trials by the Drugs Controller General of India. It will now undergo Phase II/III studies. TNS Schools in Himachal to remain closed till Sept 4 Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government on Tuesday decided to extend closure of all schools till September 4. The step aims at breaking the Covid-19 transmission chain. TNS Rahul slams monetisation move New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said the government's decision to monetise assets would lead to enslavement of people by creating monopolies. BACK PAGE Capt Amarinder’s leadership. They said they had lost faith in him as he had failed to fulfill poll promises like justice in sacrilege cases, scrapping faulty PPAs and eradicating the drug and transport mafias. “We have the best portfolios, but we don’t care. There is a dire need for a change in leadership if the party has to be saved,” said Bajwa. The meeting comes amid severe criticism of two advisers of PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu for making controversial remarks on sensitive issues like Kashmir. Sources said a number of dissident MLAs pointed out the CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 78 persons, including its 25 nationals and some Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, from Dushanbe, a day after they were evacuated from Kabul TALIBAN TO SEND TEAM TO PANJSHIR FOR TALKS ■ On a tense day around Pan- jshir when the resistance forces stalled Taliban march, reports said the insurgents agreed to send a team for talks with Ahmad Massoud 14-DAY QUARANTINE FOR AFGHAN EVACUEES Pb hikes cane SAP, farmers call off protest Chandigarh, August 24 The Punjab Government today announced a hike in the state advised price (SAP) of sugarcane by Rs 50 per quintal over the last year’s price, fixing it at Rs 360 per quintal. Welcoming the decision, the protesting farmers lifted the blockade on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway and rail tracks. The decision was taken after a meeting between Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders and CM Capt Amarinder Singh here. Sources said during the talks, the CM initially proposed Rs 340 per quintal, but later agreed to hike it to Rs 360 per quintal. INSIDE Rane gets bail after arrest over ‘anti-Uddhav’ barb Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 24 A Raigad Magistrate late on Tuesday granted bail to arrested Union minister Narayan Rane in a case pertaining to his "slap slur" against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The development came around 8 hours after Rane's dramatic arrest by the police from his camp in Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, where he is travelling as part of the BJP's Jan Ashirwad Yatra. The Central minister was nabbed — a first ever for the state — after multiple cases were filed against him in various districts for his remark targeting Thackeray. Earlier, Rane had defended his remark saying he had not committed any crime. "It is shameful that the CM does Narayan Rane Nadda: Arrest against constitutional values not know the year of Independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of Independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap," Rane was quoted as saying. BJP chief JP Nadda said, "The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Raneji by the CONTINUED ON back page Hry session: 3 key Bills passed, no clarity on O2 deaths Geetanjali Gayatri FARM LAWS SUB JUDICE, GOVT EVADES DEBATE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 24 The Opposition lacked sting and the Treasury Benches aced the art of around-theedges statements without giving any direct replies during the three-day monsoon session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha which concluded here today. While the House passed three important Bills pertaining to attachment of property ■ The Khattar-led government did not allow any discussion on farm laws as the matter is sub judice. ■ The short duration of the session also did not go down well with the Opposition << CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Vidhan Sabha. TRIBUNE PHOTO of accused in paper leaks, cheating in examinations and fast-tracking land acqui- sition for development projects, a committee to look into allegations of negligence by POWER TUSSLE: C’GARH CM MEETS RAHUL BACK PAGE hospitals during the pandemic dominated the proceedings as did farmers’ issues. No discussion on farm laws was allowed in view of the matter being sub judice and the short duration of the session did not go down well with the Opposition. In the absence of Health Minister Anil Vij, the banter was missing even as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar deftly dodged the Congress CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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