23092021-TT-01.qxd 9/22/2021 11:11 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 263 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH WILL ENSURE FRIENDLY TIES WITH INDIA, CHINA, SAYS NEPAL FM WORLD /thetribunechd TRADERS’ STRIKE PARALYSES LIFE IN JAMMU J&K EX-CAG VINOD RAI SACKED AS IDFC DIRECTOR BUSINESS GEN NARAVANE: ARMY TO BE TECHNOLOGICALLY EMPOWERED BACK PAGE thursday | 23 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Diplomacy in high gear, PM Modi leaves for US WOMEN’S ENTRY IN NDA CAN’T BE DEFERRED: SC security architecture for the Indo-Pacific. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has already held a dozen bilateral meetings with his counterparts with Afghanistan being an important item, including the allimportant issue of who will represent the country at the UN. Unlike the takeover of Kabul that blindsided most countries, there is time for consensus on the issue since the UN will take time to decide on the Taliban’s application for membership, US officials have said. While PM Modi left for the US on Wednesday, Jaishankar participated in a G-20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting and held a joint interaction continued on page 11 IN BRIEF Sandeep Dikshit LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN TIES Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 22 India will put its Covid-hit diplomacy in high gear during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Washington and New York. Besides attending the inperson Quad summit, the PM will also hold bilaterals with Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia that were postponed due to calamities or illnesses. His one-on-one with US President Joe Biden too was becoming difficult to schedule due to shifting pandemic lockdowns. With India worried over the overspill of radicalism and extremism from Afghanistan, the regional situation will would ❝ My visitwith US,strengthen the comprehensive partnership consolidate relations with strategic partners Japan and Australia and take forward collaboration on important global issues. PM Modi ERDOGAN AGAIN RAISES NOMINATE AF ENVOY, KASHMIR AT UNGA TALIBAN WRITE TO UN MODI’S AIRCRAFT FLIES OVER PAK AIRSPACE Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again referred to the issue of Kashmir in his address at the UNGA session. Last year also Erdogan in a video message made a reference to J&K at the UN debate. PM Modi’s special flight to the US flew over Pakistan’s airspace to avoid Afghanistan. The Pak gesture was a reciprocation of India’s overflight permission to Pak PM’s aircraft flying to Sri Lanka in Feb. PAKISTAN, RUSSIA, CHINA ENVOYS HOLD TALKS WITH TALIBAN OFFICIALS, KARZAI IN KABUL REPORT ON WORLD Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves New Delhi for the US. form the crux of PM Modi’s discussions with Biden and at the Quad summit though the existential threat posed by China will remain an important point of the talks. Taking place after the AUKUS security arrangement was announced, the The Taliban have written to the UN Secretary-General nominating their spokesman Suhail Shaheen as new Afghan envoy to the UN and have sought permission to participate in UNGA session. in-person format would help India seek answers on the Quad’s place in the US New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down the Centre's request to postpone till May next year the entry of women into the NDA. “No, it has to be from this session only. We find it difficult to postpone everything by a year. After we have given hope (to women aspirants), we don't want to deny the hope," the top court said. BACK PAGE Six J&K employees dismissed for terror links NEW DELHI: The J&K administration has sacked six of its employees, including two police personnel, for their alleged terror link and for working as overground workers for militants. PAGE 11 3 British Sikhs let off in Rulda Singh murder case LONDON: A UK court has let off three British Sikhs — Piara Singh Gill, Amritivir Wahiwala and Gursharanvir Wahiwala — in the 2009 murder of RSS leader Rulda Singh, who was shot in Patiala. INSIDE Mahant Giri died of suffocation: Autopsy report NEW DELHI: As late akhara parishad president Mahant Narendra UK: Covishield okay, Will put up candidate not Cowin certificate against Sidhu: Capt Tribune News Service Tribune News Service QUARANTINE STILL MUST New Delhi, September 22 The UK today added Covishield to its list of approved Covid vaccines for incoming travellers, but is yet to accept certificates issued from India as valid proof. London’s visa rules are under constant review and the UK High Commission here said it was in dialogue with the Indian Government to break the impasse after Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla threatened reciprocation if the “discriminatory” regime was not reversed. Basically, the UK has problems with certificates issued by Indian public authorities as well as with the vaccine app Cowin. This means Indians fully vaccinated with Covishield on reaching the continued on page 11 ■ The UK now has problems with certificates issued by Indian public authorities as well as with the vaccine app Cowin ■ This means Indians fully vaccinated with Covishield on reaching the UK will have to undergo 10-day quarantine, besides two RTPCR tests 26,964 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,45,768 3,01,989 383 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS ~50,000 TO BE PAID TO COVID VICTIMS’ KIN: GOVT Chandigarh, September 22 Days after quitting as Punjab CM, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday said he was determined to put up a candidate against Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu in the coming Assembly polls to “ensure his defeat” as he was “dangerous for the state.” The remarks could invite disciplinary action from the party high command as Captain is still a member of the Congress. Asserting that he would quit politics only on a high note, the former CM said he had offered to resign three weeks ago but was asked by AICC president Sonia Gandhi to continue in office. “If she had called me and asked me to step down, I would have done so.” Captain Justice Aggarwal panel to probe Karnal lathi-charge on farmers Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 22 The Haryana Government today appointed Justice Somnath Aggarwal, a retired Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, as a one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the circumstances that led to the August 28 Karnal violence during farmers’ protest, including the role of then SDM Ayush Sinha. A decision to this regard was taken at a meeting of Council of Ministers held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here. A file photo of police ‘lathi-charge’ on farmers in Karnal on August 28 VIJ: FARMERS SKIPPED MEET, WILL TELL SC Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said the Supreme Court will be apprised of farmers not attending the meeting of a committee constituted by the state government for Justice SN the reopening of National Highway-44. The case is slatAggarwal ed to come up for hearing on September 24. The CoI will inquire into the circumstances leading to violence, including use of force against demonstrators at Karnal on August 28. continued on page 11 ATTACKS CRITICS Now that they (his critics) are in power, let them throw the Akali leaders behind bars. How can Venugopal or Ajay Maken or Randeep Surjewala decide who is good for which ministry? Channi is well-educated, but he has no experience in managing Home affairs. Capt ❝ Amarinder Singh claimed that “inexperienced” Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were being clearly misguided by their advisers. continued on page 11 Cases rising, HP Govt may keep schools closed Shimla/hamirpur, Sept 22 There is uncertainty that the HP Government will reopen schools and colleges as the positivity rate and daily Covid cases have been rising consistently. The Cabinet will take a decision on September 24 whether or not to extend the closure of schools beyond September 25. The most worrisome situation is in Mandi district where the positivity rate has escalated to 8.5 per cent. In Hamirpur, the death of two fully vaccinated women hascaused alarm among people. The total deaths in the district has gone up to 270 while the number of confirmed cases now stands at 15,994. INSIDE New rule: Batsman out, gender-neutral batter in Tribune News Service IPL PLAYER NATARAJAN TESTS +VE New Delhi, September 22 The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodian of the laws of cricket, has decided to go gender-neutral on one of the most commonly used terms in cricket, ‘batsman’. The MCC today announced amendments to the laws of the sport so that from now terms “batter” and “batters” would be used in the rules, rather than “batsman” or “batsmen”. The changes have been approved by the MCC Committee, which currently Dubai: Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan has tested positive for Covid, but the team’s IPL match against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday went ahead as scheduled. includes Sourav Ganguly, Alastair Cook, Kumar Dharmasena and Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, among others, the club said in a statement. The London-based MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology would help reinforce cricket’s status as an inclusive game for all. The MCC said in a statement that at time of the last redraft of the laws two years ago, it was agreed, after consultations with the International Cricket Council (ICC), that the terminology would remain as “batsman” and “batsmen”. However, the MCC noted today that the changes reflect the wider usage of the terms “batter” and “batters” in cricketing circles since then. “The move to ‘batter’ is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and fielders that already fits within the laws,” an MCC statement added. Before today’s announcement, news outlets have been using terms such as batsman, batswoman and batter for female cricketers. However, female cricketers have been referring to themselves as batters for a long time, and now MCC wants men’s game to use batter rather than batsman. Big deal: Zee Entertainment to mergewith Sony Pictures NewDelhi, September 22 Zee Entertainment and Sony Pictures on Wednesday said they have received in-principle approval for a merger that will combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. Further, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) managing director and CEO Punit Goenka will lead the merged entity. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) said the merger would bring together two leading Indian media network businesses, benefitting consumers throughout India across content genres, from film to sports. INSIDE Giri was given a “bhoo samadhi” (burial), the autopsy report is learnt to have hinted the possible cause of death as suffocation. BACK PAGE Bansal, Rajaraman new Aviation, Telecom Secys NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday issued orders appointing Air India Chairman Rajiv Bansal as Civil Aviation Secretary and K Rajaraman in the department of telecommunication. PAGE 12 4 Afghans among 8 held for Gujarat heroin haul AHMEDABAD: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has arrested eight persons, including four Afghan nationals, in connection with the seizure of 2,988 kg heroin at Mundra Port in Gujarat. PAGE 10 Ravi quits as interlocutor for Naga peace talks NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has resigned as the Union Government’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks. PAGE 12
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