27092021-TT-01.qxd 9/26/2021 11:04 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 267 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH INDIA BEAT OZ IN 3RD WOMEN’S ODI, BUT LOSE SERIES SPORT /thetribunechd MOHALI MEDICAL COLLEGE GETS NMC’S APPROVAL PUNJAB ACT NOW TO SAVE PUNJAB ON THE WATER FRONT INFOCUS GERMANS VOTE TO DECIDE MERKEL’S SUCCESSOR WORLD monday | 27 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 15 ministers sworn in, Captain skips event Jakhar absent too I Randeep Singh Nabha surprise entrant I Brahm Mohindra first to take oath Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 26 Fifteen ministers joined the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Cabinet on Sunday, seven of them new faces. They were administered oath by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan here. In a lastminute change, four-time MLA from Nabha Randeep Singh was inducted in place of PCC working president and Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra after Rahul Gandhi spoke with the CM late last night. Unruffled, Nagra sought to clarify that he was never in the race, having resigned as MLA last year to mark his protest against the contentious farm laws.The Speaker has yet to accept his resignation. Eleven former ministers in Capt Amarinder Singh government were re-inducted. Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu was seen on the stage along with the RAHUL’S FOOTPRINT EVIDENT ■ A blend of fresh blood and experience, the Cabi- net expansion is being seen as an attempt by Rahul Gandhi to carry Capt Amarinder Singh’s loyalists along in the poll-bound state. Only one Sidhu loyalist, Pargat Singh, could make it ■ CASTE MATRIX: In the Cabinet are 9 Jats, 4 Hindus, an OBC, a Muslim & three SCs, including 2 women ■ REGION-WISE: Nine ministers from the Malwa belt, six from Majha and three from Doaba region NEW FACES: Raja Warring (Gidderbaha) THE ‘DROPPED’ | Raj Kumar Verka (Amritsar -West) | Sangat Singh Gilzian (Urmar) | Pargat Singh (Jalandhar Cantt) | Randeep Singh (Nabha) | Gurkirat Kotli (Khanna) Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sunder Sham Arora Rana Gurmit Sodhi Balbir Singh Sidhu Gurpreet Kangar RE-INDUCTED: Rana Gurjeet Singh (Kapurthala) OLD FACES: Brahm Mohindra | Manpreet Badal | Sukhbinder Sarkaria | Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa | Vijay Inder Singla | Aruna Chaudhary | Razia Sultana | Bharat Bhushan Ashu Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi with his Cabinet colleagues after the oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. Also in the picture are Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. PTI new ministers. Capt Amarinder and former PCC chief Sunil Jakhar did not show up at the ceremony. Election on mind, CM Channi said decision-making MANAS RANJAN BHUI Need more SBI-like banks, says Nirmala New Delhi, September 26 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said India needs four or five more banks like the SBI as the Indian banking sector needs to be scaled up in the light of shifting realities of economy and industry. “The way in which the economy is shifting to a different plane altogether, the way in which industry is adapting, so many new challenges keep arising. To address these challenges, we need not just more, but bigger banks.” The Union Minister said during the keynote address at the 74th annual general meeting of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) in Mumbai on Sunday. The Finance Minister exhorted the industry to visualise the shape of Indian banking in the immediate and long- would now be expedited. “I am working 24x7. I will fulfil all promises,” he added. ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman, FINANCE MINISTER 2 ultras shot, had hand in killing of BJP leader New Delhi, September 26 Aiming to strike a caste balance ahead of the Assembly poll early next year, UP CM Yogi Adityanath today inducted in his Cabinet seven new faces from “underrepresented” communities. The new ministers include former Congress leader and ex-Union Minister Jitin Prasada, whose entry is expected to assuage the “upset” Brahmin community as the BJP government under Adityanath was seen as “pro-Thakur”. The other ministers — MLAs Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Paltu Ram, Sangeeta Balwant Bind, Sanjeev Kumar, Dinesh Khatik and MLC Dharamvir Singh Prajapati — are from the OBC and SC/ST community. Former bureaucrat AK Sharma failed to make it. BACK PAGE New Delhi, September 26 India has expressed disappointment over China’s refusal to allow thousands of Indians, especially students and employees, to return to Beijing. Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri described China’s barring of Indians to enter the country as an “unscientific approach” to a humanitarian issue. Invited to speak along with China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong at a seminar, Misri said, “Far less complex issues which have a purely humanitarian context and are not connected to bilateral diplomatic stances, such as facilitating the movement of students, businesspersons and stranded family members from India to China for over a year and a half now, await a more balanced and sensitive approach.” “India, on the other hand, continuing to issue visas to Chinese nationals,” he said. About 25,000 Indian students studying in China have been unable to resume regular 25K STUDENTS STUCK ■ Nearly 25,000 Indian stu- dents, mostly studying medicine, and businessmen are awaiting return to China ■ Beijing has suspended flights from India for over 18 months now, citing Covid situation DIRECT FLIGHTS TO CANADA FROM TODAY Toronto: Canada will allow direct flights from India from Monday after a gap of more than five months. Transport Canada tweeted, “Travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test from the approved lab at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure.” classes. From March this year, China has even stopped its own nationals in India from returning home. — TNS Move to choke flow of funds to Naxals Shah chairs review meet with CMs, top officials of 10 violence-hit states NEED TO GO DIGITAL Long-term future of Indian banking is going to be largely driven by digitised processes term future. “If we look at the post-Covid scenario, India’s banking contours will have to be very unique, where there has been an extremely successful adoption of digitisation. While banks in many countries could not reach out to their clients during the pandemic, the level of digitisation of Indian banks helped us to transfer money to small, medium and big account-holders continued on page 9 Brahm Mohindra, being the seniormost MLA, was continued on page 9 UP CM inducts 7 new faces, strikes caste balance It’s irrational: India on China’s denial of visas 20 MEETINGS IN 65 HRS:PM Narendra Modi waves at supporters in New Delhi on his arrival from the US where he held a series of meetings. New Delhi, September 26 Union Home Minister Amit Shah today chaired a review meeting with CMs and top officials of 10 Naxal-affected states. It was agreed to intensify operations against the extremists, take steps to plug the flow of funds to them and act against their frontal groups. The CMs who attended the meeting were Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), K Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Shivraj Chouhan (MP), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra) and Hemant Soren (Jharkhand). West Bengal, Chhattis- 900 EXTREMISTS KILLED IN 6 YEARS ■ 90 districts considered Maoist-affected ■ 61 districts reported Naxal problem in 2019 ■ 45 districts where extremists were active in 2020 ■ 380 security men, 1,000 civilians, 900 Naxals killed during 2015-20 Chief Ministers of Naxal-hit states participate in a high-level meeting ■ 4,200 Naxals surrendered chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. PTI during same period garh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala were represented by senior officials. Shah tweeted, “The country has achieved substantial success in curbing left-wing extremism under PM Modi. The Centre and states are working closely to get rid of the menace.” — TNS SKM appeals for peace, parties back bandh CJI bats for 50% quota Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Sonepat, September 26 The traffic on all national and state highways would be hit during tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), said farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait. Speaking at Panipat after the farmers’ mahapanchayat, the SKM leader appealed to the people not to venture out till 3 pm because there would be traffic jams all around. Trains would also be stopped during the bandh, he said. The farmers in Sonepat reportedly plan to block traffic at 10 places by staging protests. All grain and veg- BLOCKADE 6 AM TO 4 PM; ADVISORY ISSUED ■ Emergency services, including ambulances, medical shops, hospitals, fire services etc., to be exempt ■ Central and state govt offices, markets, industries, educational institutions, transportation etc. won’t be allowed to function ■ No room for violence, people should be appealed to keep their establishments shut during bandh hours CONGRESS BACKS MORCHA CALL The Congress has said it supported the farmers’ call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday and demanded immediate rollback of the three farm laws passed by Parliament last year etable markets would also remain closed in the district. The SKM claimed that a number of political parties, traders’ bodies, transporters, bank unions etc. have assured support for the bandh call. Morcha leaders claimed the bandh would be peaceful. Jai Kisan Andolan conven- er Yogendra Yadav said, “We have got support from across the country. It will be a historic bandh.” The call for the bandh has been given to mark the anniversary of three contentious agricultural laws. The President had given assent to the three laws on September 27 last year. The SKM claimed the Andhra Government had expressed support for the bandh. The LDF AAP SP , , , TDP JD(S), BSP NCP DMK, , , , and many other parties have also extended support to the bandh, it claimed. A bandh would be observed across the country from 6 am to 4 pm tomorrow, the SKM said. for women in judiciary Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 26 Highlighting under-representation of women in the judiciary, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Sunday exhorted women lawyers to strongly demand 50 per cent representation and assured them of his “total support” to address the problem of gender gap in the field of law. “Enough of suppression for thousands of years! It’s high time we have 50 per cent representation for women in the judiciary. It’s your right. It’s not a matter of charity,” the CJI NO CHARITY, YOUR RIGHT Enough of suppression for thousands of years! You have to shout and demand that we need 50% reservation. It’s not charity, but your right ❝ NV Ramana, CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA said at a function organised by women lawyers of the Supreme Court to facilitate the nine newly appointed judges, continued on page 9 Security forces gunned down the militants in Bandipora. FILE Srinagar, September 26 Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants involved in the murder of BJP leader Waseem Bari and two of his family members last year were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district on Sunday. The police had received information about the presence of terrorists in Watrina village of Bandipora on Saturday evening, a spokesperson said. A cordon and search operation was launched by the police, the 14 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF The militants were . given opportunity to surrender but they fired indiscriminately at the joint search party, triggering retaliation that resulted in their killing, the ARMS, AMMUNITION SEIZED The slain terrorists have been identified as Azad Ahmad Shah and Abid Rashid Dar, alias Haqani. Arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles and a pistol besides incriminating material have been seized. police spokesperson said. The slain terrorists have been identified as Azad Ahmad Shah and Abid Rashid Dar, alias Haqani. Arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles and a pistol, besides incriminating material have been seized. “Records show both were involved in planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and killing civilians,” the spokesman said. — PTI 69% seats in HP pvt varsities had no takers Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, September 26 About 69 per cent of the seats sanctioned for admission in 402 courses run by private universities in HP remained unfilled in the 2020-21 session, the highest in engineering. Only 8,604 of the 27,837 seats could be filled last year amid Covid, said Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPERC) Chairman Maj Gen Atul Kaushik (retd). The craze for engineering courses was diminishing nationwide and Himachal was no exception, he said. “The unfilled seats indicate the reluctance of students to take admission in private universities. Though the pandemic is also to be blamed, students seem to be preferring to study in universities outside the state,” he said. Some parents were averse to shell out more money for education in private universities when classes had to be conducted online. Moreover, the fake degree scam of Manav Bharti University, Solan, and the failure of some private universities to recruit eligible faculty had made stu- MOST IN ENGINEERING ■ Only 8,604 of 27,837 seats were filled in 2020-21 session ■ The highest number of seats that remained unfilled were in engineering courses ■ Regulator says the courses may be disapproved if the trend continues for 3 years dents apprehensive, said an education expert. The number of seats would be reduced if private universities failed to fill them and in case the trend continued for three years, the courses would be disapproved, maintained Kaushik. Meanwhile, a tender of Rs 1 crore has been awarded to ITI Limited (Chandigarh) for an online management system to ensure real-time information exchange between the HPPERC and private universities. The system would keep the regulator updated about infrastructure, admissions, faculty, courses offered, student strength and financial status of institutions. IN BRIEF Kishor enrols as voter in Didi’s seat, row erupts NEW DELHI: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has registered himself as a voter of the Bhabanipur constituency. The BJP alleged that Kishor became an elector from the seat to vote for Banerjee. BACK PAGE NY court stays suit to allow Cairn to settle dispute NEW DELHI: A New York court has paused Cairn Energy's pursuit of US assets of Air India for recovery of $1.2 bn arbitral award, so as to allow the British firm to reach a settlement with the Indian Government. PTI Accused ‘borrowed’ car to ferry Rohini assailants NEW DELHI: Initial probe into the Rohini courtroom shootout has revealed the car used to ferry two attackers was of accused Umang Yadav's friend. The latter did not know why his vehicle was borrowed. PTI J’khand CM meets Shah, demands caste census NEW DELHI: An all-party delegation from Jharkhand led by CM Hemant Soren met Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday and demanded that a caste-based census be conducted in the country. PTI
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