07092021-TT-01.qxd 9/6/2021 10:58 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 247 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH NEW ZEALAND SET TO LIFT COVID LOCKDOWN TODAY WORLD /thetribunechd BUSES OFF ROAD IN PATIALA, PASSENGERS HARRIED PUNJAB NAVAL AVIATION GETS PRESIDENT’S COLOUR BACK PAGE BUMRAH FASTEST INDIAN PACER TO PICK 100 TEST WICKETS SPORT tuesday | 7 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com PM Modi chairs high-level meet as Taliban enter Panjshir; Massoud blames Pakistan for killings Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the situation in Afghanistan shortly after the Taliban captured the main road and some administrative buildings in Panjshir Valley amidst accusations of Pakistani aerial assistance to scatter the National Resistance Front (NRF). Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval, who constitute a high-level group on Afghanistan along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was not in town, had first met six days back in a meeting chaired by the PM. At a press conference to announce the “defeat” of the Panjshir rebels, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid again promised an inclusive government which would not depend on any outside force, including Pakistan. But NRF leader Ahmad Massoud, in an audio message, alleged that it was Pakistan’s ISI spy agency which had assisted and egged on the Taliban to fight TWO RESISTANCE FRONT LEADERS DEAD A view of a gate of the provincial governor’s office in Panjshir. DON’T CROSS RED PAKISTAN ‘LEADING’ LINES, WARNS IRAN PANJSHIR ATTACK I strongly warn that all The Taliban are not fighting with us but the Pakred lines and obligations istani army and under international law must ISI are leading be observed. Iran is closely them: Ahmad following the developments Massoud, National Resisin Afghanistan. tance Front ❝ S Khatibzadeh, IRAN FM SPOKESMAN against the Panjshiris. This was an echo of 1996 when the ISI had allegedly instructed the Mujahideen to kill former Afghan President Mohd leader. I’M SAFE, TWEETS AHMAD MASSOUD National Resistance Front leader Ahmad Massoud said his force was still fighting. “We are in Panjshir and our Resistance will continue,” he said on Twitter. He also said he was safe, but gave no details on his whereabouts. Najibullah, who was then dragged out of a UN compound and hanged to death. However, both Massoud and Amrullah Saleh had melted in National Resistance Front media face Fahim Dashti (above) and prominent commander Gen Abdul Wudod Zara (right) were killed on Sunday night allegedly by a Pakistani drone. CHINA MUM ON TALIBAN ‘INVITE’ The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday did not respond to a report claiming that the Taliban had invited China to attend the new government formation ceremony in Afghanistan. the rugged mountainside but the NRF’s media face Fahim Dashti and a prominent commander Gen Abdul Wudod Zara were killed on Sunday night allegedly by a Pakistani drone. In this context, Iran “strongly warned” the Taliban against crossing the “red lines” and said its For- eign Office was examining the possibility of “foreign intervention” in Panjshir attacks after the audio message by Massoud. The Iranian Foreign Office said the “martyrdom” of Panjshir commanders was “utterly disappointing” and noted that the Taliban offensive took place even after Massoud had supported a plan, put forward by religious clerics, for a negotiated settlement. The meeting chaired by PM Modi took note of the presence of the ISI chief in Afghanistan amid government formation talks by the Taliban with reports suggesting differences between the Taliban and Haqqani network on the name of Haibatullah Akhundzada as the supreme leader. The meeting also deliberated on the measures to be taken for full and safe evacuation of Indian nations from Afghanistan and the minorities who might want to come. Evacuations from Afghanistan were suspended on August 31. Many people are still hoping to leave the country, but with Kabul’s airport not yet running international flights, their choices are few. The Taliban have reportedly said they were working to repair Kabul’s airport. Centre weakening tribunals, says SC IN BRIEF ED issues lookout notice against Deshmukh The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a lookout notice against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh who has skipped at least five ED summons to join the probe. TNS NEW DELHI: TMC MP Banerjee grilled in money laundering case NEW DELHI: The ED questioned TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is nephew of the West Bengal CM, on Monday in a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal pilferage scam in the state. TNS Ants found in business class, flight delayed NEW DELHI: Air India’s Delhi-London flight, which was to depart from the IGI airport here on Monday, was delayed for more than three hours after a swarm of ants was found in the business class. TNS Sena, VHP attack Akhtar for Taliban-RSS remark MUMBAI: Lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on Monday came under attack from the Shiv Sena and VHP for his comments that appear to equate the RSS and other right-wing outfits with the Taliban. PTI Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 6 With around 250 posts in various tribunals and appellate tribunals remaining vacant for years, the Supreme Court today charged the Centre with attempting to emasculate the quasi-judicial bodies. "We don't want confrontation with the government… we are happy with the way the nine Supreme Court judges were appointed... But what about these tribunals," a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana asked Solicitor Gen- ‘MAY INITIATE CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS’ ❝ There is no respect for the judgments of this court… You (the government) are testing our patience… We may consider initiating contempt proceedings. Supreme Court Bench NO STAY ON NEET- UG EXAM BACK PAGE eral Tushar Mehta. The government didn't want any confrontation either, Mehta said. The Bench asked the Centre to apprise it of alternative proposals, if any, and whether it wanted the tribunals to continue. "You (government) are emasculating the tribunals by not making the appointments," said the Bench, which also included Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice LN Rao. "There is no respect for the judgments of this court. This is what we are feeling. You are testing our patience. Last time, you made a statement that some persons have been appointed. Where are they appointed," the Bench said. "It seems you are bent upon not respecting the judgment Continued on page 8 Net snapped, security up in Karnal ahead of protest New Delhi, September 6 Following the detection of a Nipah case in Kerala’s Kozhikode, the Health Ministry today asked the Kerala Government to put Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanad on alert for the outbreak. Meanwhile, states and UTs sent 16,055 RTPCR-positive Covid-19 samples for whole genome sequencing to the apex laboratory network under the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in July and August, the government said today. The number of samples sent for sequencing in July and New Delhi, September 6 Russia and India have a “common concern” that the Afghan soil should not be a source of spreading terrorism and there is a “danger” of terror being spread to the Russian territory as well as Kashmir, Moscow’s envoy Nikolay Kudashev said on Monday. “As far as the phenomena of terror are concerned, we do share our concerns with India. There is a danger of terror being spread to the Russian territory and the territory of Kashmir. This is a matter of common concern,” Kudashev said. The Russian ambassador to India also said that there was not much difference between Russia and India’s position on the overall Afghan situation and noted that Moscow’s approach in according recognition to a Taliban regime would depend on its actions. — PTI India beat England by 157 runs, up 2-1 India beat England by 157 runs in the fourth Test here on Monday to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. Chasing 368 for victory, England were all out for 210. For India, Umesh Y adav claimed 3-60, while Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur took two wickets apiece. INSIDE India, China gear up to discuss Hot Springs Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 6 A month after Indian and Chinese troops pulled back from friction point PP 17-A, also referred to as Gogra, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the two sides are now readying for another round of military talks. The impasse over another friction point, PP 15, also called Hot Springs, is part of the agenda for the talks, the 13th since June last year. At the last round on July 31, conducted on the Chinese side of Chushul-Moldo meeting point, it was decided that further discussions would be needed on Hot Springs as the LAC claims of both sides “differed and overlapped”. The disengagement from 13TH ROUND OF TALKS ■ Both sides are working on final- ising the date of Cdr-level talks ■ Pullback will entail increasing dis- tance between troops of 2 sides ■ It will be like creating a wider buffer zone to prevent any flare-up Gogra was officially completed on August 5 and it was announced in a statement by the Ministry of Defence on August 6. As per the agreement, both sides ceased forward deployments in Gogra area in a phased, coordinated Continued on page 8 Genome sequencing on; Kerala dists on Nipah alert Chandigarh/Karnal, Sept 6 Citing threat to law and order, the Haryana Government has ordered suspension of mobile Net services in Karnal district with effect from Monday midnight till Tuesday 23:59 pm in the wake of the farmers’ protest against the August 28 police lathi-charge. An official spokesperson said the apprehension was that the Net services could be misused to spread rumours and provoke trouble. Meanwhile, a meeting between farmers and the Karnal administration on Monday ended in a Continued on page 8 Danger of terror spilling to Russia, Kashmir: Envoy TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS ■ Vehicles coming from Delhi towards Chandigarh will be diverted via Panipat’s Pepsi Chowk near Karna Lake via Munak to Assandh; light vehicles to be diverted towards Chd via Madhuban, Daha, Bajida, Hansi Chowk, Yamuna canal bypass & Karna Lake ■ Vehicles going towards Delhi from Chandigarh to be diverted at Kurukshetra’s Pipli near Gharaunda after crossing Ladwa; light vehicles will be allowed from the Ramba cut, Taraori, for reaching Gharaunda NH-44 after crossing Ramba Chowk, Indri road ANOTHER LANDSLIP: JCBs clear NH-5 blocked after a landslide near Jeori in Rampur (Shimla) on Monday. PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR INSIDE DEATHS AT 5-MTH LOW Daily deaths (219) on Monday were lowest in around five months. The country had seen 199 daily deaths on March 23. NO WEEKLY COVID CASE IN 86 DISTS 38,948 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,40,752 4,04,874 219 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS August is, however, less than 16,681 samples sequenced in April alone. The Health Ministry today attributed the declines in numbers to Continued on page 8 Lauding vax feat, PM now gives call for chemical-free Himachal Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, September 6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attributed Himachal’s feat of administering first dose of Covid vaccine to its entire eligible population to strong belief in deities and high level of education and technology despite the state having geographical constraints. Modi virtually addressed from Delhi the healthcare workers and beneficiaries across Himachal. The state has been ranked number one nationally in vaccine coverage with 55.28 lakh people having been administered the first dose and 17.92 lakh both the jabs with zero wastage. The PM said the state should move forward with USE TECH TO TACKLE CALAMITIES ❝ We need to look for scientific solutions for developing early warning signals to counter recurring natural calamities. Narendra Modi, PM the mission of “chemicalfree Himachal” in the next 25 years so that it could become an organic state. “I have complete faith in the people of Himachal. They will protect our soil against chemicals,” he said. Modi said Himachal could reap the benefits of digital technology, especially in the field of education and health, as eminent doctors and teachers could virtually provide their services to the state people. “It’s with this objective that the Centre has simplified the rules for using drone technology. It can help in delivering medicines, undertaking land survey and protecting forests,” he remarked. Himachal had become the favourite “work from home” destination for professionals from across the country, which was giving a boost to tourism, he said. BJP president JP Nadda and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur also joined the programme. Parents of two brothers who allegedly died of drug overdose at Mehraj village in Bathinda district. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA I have lost 2 sons, curb drug menace: Father Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 6 In Mehraj, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s ancestral village in Rampura block in Bathinda district, 52-year-old Jasbir Kaur’s eyes well up as she narrates the tragic tale of her two sons Gobind Singh (28) and Chinda Singh (23), who died of an overdose of “chitta” (heroin) a week ago. “We had no idea they were taking drugs. They returned from the brick kiln where they were working as labourers and went off to sleep after taking dinner. In the morning, to our utter grief, we found them both dead.” The heartbroken father Bhinder Singh said: “I have lost my sons at the prime of WILL CALL SPECIAL MEETING SOON: DC ❝ Even though the police are taking steps to curb the drug menace, I will call a special meeting soon to review the situation. B Srinivasan, BATHINDA DC their youth. I do not want any compensation. I just want that no other parent should bear such loss due to drugs. The government should take concrete steps to curb this menace.” The two deaths are not isolated cases in Mehraj village. Three months ago, 22-year-old kabaddi player, who lived near Bhinder’s Continued on page 8
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