20092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/20/2021 12:53 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 260 | 34 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 NEPAL OBSERVES 7TH CONSTITUTION DAY WORLD /thetribunechd ONE MORE SUSPECT HELD IN JALALABAD BLAST CASE PUNJAB RECOGNISING PLURIACTIVITY OF FARM FAMILIES INFOCUS KOHLI TO STEP DOWN AS RCB CAPTAIN AFTER IPL 2021 SPORTS monday | 20 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com RANDHAWA, MOHINDRA ‘DY CMs’ Sukhjinder Randhawa, Brahm Mohindra have been appointed Dy CMs, as per a tweet by AICC treasurer Pawan Bansal 6-MONTH TENURE FOR CHANNI Charanjit Channi’s tenure as the CM will be a short one as Punjab is expected to go to the polls early next year HE WAS THE COUP ARCHITECT A Rahul Gandhi loyalist, Channi was one of the architects of the coup against outgoing CM Capt Amarinder Singh CAPT TWEETS ‘BEST WISHES’ ‘Best wishes. Hope he’s able to keep the state safe and protect people from threats from across border,’ said Amarinder Channi to be Punjab’s first Dalit CM Rajmeet Singh Cong plays SC card to checkmate AAP SAD , Tribune News Service AG NANDA QUITS ALONG WITH 20-MEMBER TEAM The Punjab Advocate-General’s office on Sunday plunged into crisis with the resignation of 20 law officers along with Advocate-General Atul Nanda soon after Capt Amarinder Singh’s decision to step down as the Chief Minister. UNKEPT PROMISES MAY WEIGH HEAVY ON CHANNI With chief ministerial tenure of less than six months before Punjab goes to the polls early next year, it will not be easy going for Charanjit Channi for he wears a crown of thorns of unfulfilled promises and innerparty wranglings. INSIDE IT TOOK 80 YEARS FOR SC LEADER TO BE CHOSEN AS CM HOPE CAPT WON’T ACT AGAINST PARTY’S INTERESTS: GEHLOT CONG MUST PROBE CHARGES AGAINST SIDHU, DEMANDS BJP Chandigarh, September 19 Charanjit Singh Channi, Chamkaur Sahib MLA, who was elected Congress Legislature Party leader here on Sunday, will be Punjab’s first Scheduled Caste CM. Announcing Channi’s appointment, All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat said: “Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab”. Flanked by Rawat, Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and AICC-appointed observers Harish Chaudhary and Ajay Maken, Channi met Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit in the evening to stake claim to forming a government. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am on Monday. A minister in the outgoing Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Newly elected CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi (in red turban) and Navjot Singh Sidhu outside Punjab Raj Bhavan. NITIN MITTAL Capt Amarinder Singh-led Cabinet, Channi’s election as the Congress Legislature Party leader came a day after Capt Amarinder quit amid bitter infighting in the Pradesh Congress. Channi’s tenure will be short as Punjab goes to the polls early next year. A confidant of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he is believed to be Jaishankar, Saudi FM talk Covid curbs, Af Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 19 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his visiting Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud here today. The first ministerial visit from Saudi Arabia to India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic took place against the backdrop of both countries having to witness the developments in Afghanistan from the sidelines. Both ministers discussed all issues related to their bilateral relationship and regional and international issues of PM TO DECIDE ON INFRA INVESTMENT: GADKARI New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said the final decision on continuing infrastructure investments in Afghanistan will be taken by PM Modi. STAY INDOORS: TALIBAN TO WORKING WOMEN External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI mutual interest, said an MEA statement. They also exchanged views on develop- IN BRIEF Prima facie Deshmukh took ~4.7 cr: PMLA court MUMBAI: A special PMLA court, taking note of a chargesheet filed against ex-cop Sachin Waze, said money trail prima facie indicates that former minister Anil Deshmukh received ~4.7 crore from Waze and his aide Kundan Shinde. BACK PAGE Forces to use pump action guns to down drones NEW DELHI: Top officials in security establishment have asked the forces guarding borders and vital installations to use rubber bullets bearing pump action guns to ground low-flying drones. BACK PAGE Backdoor entries in colleges must stop: HC NEW DELHI: Lakhs of students work hard to secure admissions in educational institutions and it’s high time backdoor entries, including in medical colleges, should stop, the Delhi HC has said. PTI Iranian boat with drugs seized off Guj coast AHMEDABAD: An Iranian boat with seven crew members and about 30 kg heroin was seized in Indian waters off the Gujarat coast. The contraband is worth about Rs 150 crore. PTI ments in Afghanistan besides other regional issues and discussed bilateral cooperation Tribune News Service DECISION IN 10 DAYS New Delhi, September 19 With the number of Covid-19 cases seeing a decline, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been holding deliberations with stakeholders on the expected date and modalities for opening up of the country for foreign tourists. Senior MHA officers are working on it and a formal announcement on permitting foreign tourists to visit India may come within the continued on page 11 74-YEAR-OLD PUNJAB FARMER DIES AT SINGHU Tribune News Service Sonepat, September 19 Farmers’ leaders today did not attend a meeting scheduled by the state government at Murthal to find a solution to the protest blockade on NH-44 following the recent Supreme Court directions to allow one-way passage to commuters on the KundliSinghu border. Sonepat: A 74-year-old farmer from Samrala in Punjab was found dead in his tent on Sunday. Heart attack is suspected to be the reason behind the death of Jai Singh, camping at the protest site for the past around six months. The meeting called by a high-powered committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeev Arora ended after a discussion with members of industrialists’ associations, who had at multilateral forums such as UN, G-20 and the GCC. continued on page 11 Foreign tourists may be allowedto visit India soon Farmers skip talks on NH blockade Mukesh Tandon Kabul:Women employees of the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men. WORLD also been invited. Arora said it was the first meeting of the committee, and more rounds would be held till the matter was resolved. Sonepat DC Lalit Siwach had invited 43 continued on page 11 Today’s issue is of 34 pages, including 20-page additional pullout. ■ MHA is in talks with stakeholders on allowing foreigners ■ A formal announcement may come in 10 days, say officials ■ First 5 lakh visas to be issued free to help tourism, aviation 30,773 TOTAL DEATHS FRESH CASES ACTIVE CASES 4,44,838 3,32,158 309 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS WHO TO TAKE A CALL ON COVAXIN ON OCT 6 P14 Warm send-off for President in Shimla Shimla, September 19 President Ram Nath Kovind was today accorded a warm send-off at Annadale helipad after his four-day sojourn to the state. Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar were prominent among those present on the occasion. INSIDE one of the architects of the coup against Capt Amarinder Singh. He played a crucial role in bringing Sidhu and Majha stalwarts Sukhjinder Singh Rand- hawa, Tript Rajinder Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and MP Partap Bajwa on a common platform continued on page 11 edit: congress fiasco NewDelhi, September 19 The Congress on Sunday sprang a surprise in Punjab, giving the state its first Dalit CM and seeking to checkmate the Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party, who have announced appointment of Dalits as Deputy CM, if voted to power. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi decided to gamble on Channi in the state with a 32.2 per cent Scheduled Caste population. The appointment is a signal to the SCs who backed Congress wholeheartedly in 2017. Of the total 80 Congress MLAs, 23 were SCs and 32 Jat Sikhs. Two factors aided Channi’s selection — social engineering and acceptance of a Dalit face Scheduled Castes had backed Cong in 2017 Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra picked for ‘Dy CM’ post across Punjab Congress factions. The gamble paid off with even Capt Amarinder Singh and his loyalist Manish Tewari welcoming Channi’s election as CLP leader. Discussions veered towards Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Randhawa until PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, sources said, continued on page 11
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