25092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/25/2021 12:50 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 265 | 20 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 INDIAN WOMEN’S TEAM LOSES SECOND ODI AGAINST OZ SPORT /thetribunechd TALIBAN ORDER CRACKDOWN OVER ABUSES WORLD SENSEX HITS NEW MILESTONE, BREACHES 60K-MARK BUSINESS BJP, NISHAD PARTY TO JOINTLY CONTEST UP ELECTIONS BACK PAGE saturday | 25 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Ministers’ list almost done, CM Channi in Delhi again Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 Hours after former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar met party leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Friday, the announcement on ministers picked for the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Cabinet was delayed and the CM summoned to Delhi, barely 12 hours after his return from the national Capital. Channi had flown to Delhi on Thursday evening for discussions on Cabinet expansion with Rahul. AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat along with Harish Chaudhary and Ajay Maken were at Kapurthala House, the CM’s Delhi residence, till late in the evening. The ministers’ list is expected to be announced on Saturday. Channi in the past four days has flown thrice to Delhi amid hectic lobbying. Jakhar, who is expected to be given a key role in Punjab RAHUL PICKING CHANNI A BOLD MOVE: JAKHAR CHANDIGARH: Former Pradesh Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Friday said Rahul Gandhi picking Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab CM was a “bold move.” Jakhar is learnt to have played an important role in Cabinet expansion as well as appointments for top administrative posts. TNS affairs, is learnt to have given to the party leadership his input on the induction of at least two new faces. “Five ministers in former CM Capt Amarinder Singh ministry are being left out,” said a par- IN BRIEF Enrolment in HP govt schools up post Covid SHIMLA: The Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a blessing in dis- guise for the state Education Department as 29,374 students have shifted from private to government schools this year. INSIDE Fratricide: Two BSF men killed in Tripura AGARTALA: Two BSF personnel were killed and their senior officer was injured in a fratricidal shoot-out at a post near the Bangladesh international border in Tripura, officials said Friday. PTI President Kovind undergoes cataract surgery NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday underwent a cataract surgery at the Army hospital here, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. He has been discharged from the hospital, it said. TNS Med admission: HC order on EWS quota set aside NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday set aside a Madras HC order that the Centre must seek the top court's approval before implementing 10% reservation for EWS in all-India quota seats of medical colleges. PTI Lt Gen Khanduri next Western Command chief CHANDIGARH: Lt General Nav K Khanduri has been appointed as the next General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Chandimandir-based Western Command. BACK PAGE Crores donated to PM-CARES, where's money: Didi KOLKATA: Slamming the Centre over its assertion that PM-CARES was not a government fund, the West Bengal CM said lakhs of crores of rupees had been donated, but where was that money. INSIDE ty leader, who did not want to be identified. Among those seen lobbying at Kapurthala House were Congress MP Ravneet Bittu and MLAs Lakhbir Singh Lakha, Madan Lal Jalalpur and Sangat Singh Gilzian. Channi first held a meeting with senior leaders KC Venugopal, Harish Rawat, Harish Chaudhary and Ajay Maken and then with Rahul Gandhi. The names of Pargat Singh, Raj Kumar Verka, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Raja Warring and Kuljit Singh Nagra are doing the rounds. Pargat Singh, considered close to Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Sidhu, is Punjab Congress general secretary. Gilzian is working president of the party’s state unit. After the Kapurthala House meeting ended, Channi reached Rahul’s residence at about 10.30 pm, where AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was present too. The three held detailed discussions. Women can apply for NDA & Naval Academy exams New Delhi, September 24 The UPSC has permitted unmarried women to apply for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy examinations, said officials. The move follows a Supreme Court directive on the issue last month. In a statement, the UPSC said in compliance with the apex court’s interim direction, it had decided to open the application on upsconline.nic.in for the exam to enable “unmarried women candidates only”, who were otherwise eligible in terms of nationality, age and educational qualification. The agency said the physical standards and number of vacancies for women candidates would be notified at later stage when it receives a recommendation from the Ministry of Defence. — TNS US Vice-President Kamala Harris with PM Narendra Modi on the balcony of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. AP/PTI India-US ties set for transformative decade: PM at bilateral with Biden Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said US President Biden had sown the seeds for India-US relations to expand further. At a summit meeting with Biden in Washington DC, PM Modi said the seeds for an even stronger Indo-US ties would usher in a transformative period for all democratic countries. Apart from expressing optimism about the trajectory of Indo-US ties, the Prime Minister referred to three aspects that needed nurturing. Forty lakh Indian-Americans are contributing their talent to the progress of America and this talent could play an even big- Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Friday. REUTERS TIES DESTINED TO BE STRONGER, CLOSER forward to ❝ I lookour nations,strengthening the deep ties between working to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific and tackling everything from Covid to climate change. Joe Biden, US PRESIDENT Gangster shot dead by ‘rivals’ in Delhi court Tribune News Service Assailants, who came dressed as lawyers, shot CJI CONCERNED, SPEAKS New Delhi, September 24 Three persons, including jailed gangster Jitender Gogi, were killed in a broad daylight shootout at the district court in Rohini here on Friday. Police officials said Gogi was shot dead by his rivals while being produced in the court. The two assailants from the ‘ Tillu’ gang who had come dressed as lawyers fired upon Gogi on the court premises, prompting the police to retaliate. The two were neutralised, said the police, adding that around 30-40 rounds were fired. WITH HC CHIEF JUSTICE ■ Two shooters from the ‘Tillu’ gang reached the court prem- ises around 12.30 pm ■ Dressed as lawyers, they came Police personnel at the Rohini court after the shootout. TRIBUNE PHOTO In a video footage of the shootout involving the two attackers, gunshots can be heard and policemen and lawyers can been seen trying to scramble to safety. The officials, however, said there were no other casualties or injuries. Delhi Police spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal said both HC: Keep record of MoD, Airbus sign ~21K-cr deal for 56 planes honey-trap plaints Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 Honey-trap racket is all set to turn bitter for the blackmailers with the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing superintendents of police at all district headquarters in Haryana to maintain a record of complainants registering more than one rape complaint. Directions have also been issued to the police to maintain record of complaints by honey-trap victims. The court made it clear that the direction would keep a check and protect innocent citizens. The directions by Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan came in a case wherein the Sonepat DSP Headquarters, after , probing a case, submitted that a woman and her coaccused were involved in running a honey-trap racket and blackmailing people by threatening to implicate them in false rape cases. The matter was brought to Justice Sangwan’s notice after the woman sought PROBE UNVEILS RACKET The directions came in a case wherein the Sonepat DSP, Headquarters, after probing a case, submitted that a woman and her co-accused were involved in running a honey-trap racket and blackmailing people by threatening to implicate them in false rape cases. grant of regular bail in a case registered on October 21, 2020, for criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement, extortion and other offences at the Murthal police station in Sonepat district Justice Sangwan, during the course of hearing, was told the circumstances suggested that four persons, along with the petitionerwoman, had been running a racket and would blackmail people by threatening to implicate them in false rape cases. In the case in hand, the victim was called to a flat and Rs 20 lakh was demanded after threatening to lodge a continued on page 13 New Delhi, September 24 The Ministry of Defence on Friday signed a contract with European company Airbus for procurement of 56 military transport aircraft C295MW at a cost of nearly Rs 21,000 crore ($2.8 billion). The C-295MW is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The aircraft has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para-dropping of troops ger role, he said, indirectly pitching for easier immigration norms for skilled Indians. In trade, the PM suggested a new beginning. In this new decade, he said both sides could be complementary to each other. “There are many things with the US that are needed by India and many things with India that can be useful for the US. Trade will be a major sector in this decade,” the PM said in his opening statement. Third, he pointed out that technology had become the driving force and both sides must join hands to “utilise our talents to leverage technology for the greater global good.” The Prime Minister also extensively touched on the continued on page 7 Airbus and IAF officials at the contract-signing ceremony. PTI TATAS TO COLLABORATE FOR MANUFACTURING ■ 16 aircraft to be delivered by Airbus unit in Spain over next fouryears ■ 40 to be made in India by Airbus-Tata consortium in next 10 years and cargo. Sixteen planes will be delivered in a flyaway condition by the Airbus manufacturing unit in Spain within the next 48 months. The remaining 40 will be made in India by Airbus-Tata consortium within the next 10 years. This is the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India by a private company. All 56 aircraft will be installed with indigenous electronic warfare suite. A large number of parts, sub-assemblies and major component assemblies continued on page 13 through gate No. 4, reserved for lawyers and court staff ■ Attackers opened fire as dreaded gangster Jitender Gogi brought to court around 1.30 pm ■ Armed cops escorting Gogi retaliated, killing the assailants the assailants were dead along with under-trial prisoner Gogi, one of Delhi’s most wanted criminals. continued on page 13 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 24 About 40 per cent of the rape cases disposed of by the police in Haryana between 2018 and 2020 have been declared “false”, according to the State Crime Record Bureau data. Also, the conviction rate in cases where the court trials proceeded was less than two incidents STATE CRIME RECORD BUREAU DATA DECLARED FALSE CONVICTIONS YEAR (*DISPOSED OF BY POLICE) CASES* FALSE %AGE CASES CONVICTION %AGE 2018 2019 2020 Total 1,310 1,392 1,391 4,093 520 536 594 1,650 39.7 38.5 42.7 40.3 685 708 145 1,538 out of every 10. The police disposed of 4,093 cases in the three-year period, of which 148 102 31 281 21.6 14.4 21.4 18.3 1,650 (40.3 per cent) rape FIRs were found false. Citing instances, an official Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. said in October 2020, the Gurugram police registered a case of extortion against a woman for allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore from a retired cop for taking back her rape case against him. In September 2019, a Rohtak court ordered the registration of a case against a woman for allegedly reporting false gangrape incident, the official said. “In several cases, including Top American CEOs and business leaders, during their meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, were appreciative of the recent reforms in India and felt that there were significant investment opportunities in the country, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. PTI TIKAIT URGES INDIANS IN US TO HOLD PROTEST BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday appealed to Indians living in the US to hold a protest during PM Modi’s programme on Saturday in support of the 10month-long farmers’ stir at Delhi’s borders. Shubham from IIT-Bombay civil services topper New Delhi, September 24 A total of 761 candidates, including 216 women, have cleared the coveted civil services examination 2020, results of which were declared today. 5TH RANK FOR MAMTA YADAV FROM MAHENDRAGARH Shubham Kumar, civil engineering graduate from IITBombay, secured the first rank and Jagrati Awasthi, who has done B Tech in electrical engineering from MANIT, Bhopal, the second. Ankita Jain from Agra has achieved the third rank. — TNS Darrang, a day later People search for their belongings after their houses were razed during an eviction drive in Darrang district of Assam. PTI INSIDE 40% rape cases declared ‘false’ by Haryana Police Bhartesh Singh Thakur TOP AMERICAN CEOs PRAISE REFORMS those of elopement and marriage-related disputes, rape is alleged initially, but the charges are dropped later due to lack of evidence,” said Haryana DGP PK Agrawal. Among gang-rape incidents, 55 cases (39.6 per cent) of the total 139 were declared false in 2018. The corresponding figures stood at 80 (51 per cent) of 157 in 2019 and 72 continued on page 13 HP schools to open for Classes 9 to 12 Shimla, September 24 The HP Government today decided to reopen schools for Classes 9 to 12 from September 27. In order to ensure social distancing, it has been decided to call students of Classes 10 and 12 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while students of Classes nine and 11 will attend school on the next three days of the week. — TNS
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