12102021-TTB-01.qxd 10/11/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 282 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA SEASON’S BEST FINISH FOR SHUBHANKAR AT OPEN DE ESPANA SPORT /thetribunechd 24 MORE NATIONS JOIN GLOBAL METHANE AGREEMENT WORLD GOVT ISSUES LETTER OF INTENT TO TATAS FOR AI SALE BUSINESS INDIA NEVER HAD MORE DECISIVE GOVT: PM MODI BACK PAGE tuesday | 12 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Beijing diverts from agenda, LAC talks fail Rejects ‘constructive’ proposals by India, offers no viable plan Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 11 Indicating hardening of positions on the issue of troop build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the 13th round of talks between military commanders of India and China failed to make any breakthrough. Both countries issued separate statements, blaming each other for the deadlock. Sources said China diverted from the laid down agenda for the talks — disengaging from Patrolling Point 15 (Hot Springs). The Ministry of Defence said: “The Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas (of friction along the LAC), but the Chinese side was not agreeable CLAIM & COUNTER-CLAIM INDIA: Chinese side was not agreeable (to constructive proposals put forth by India) and and could not provide any forward-looking proposals. and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.” The 13th round of military talks (since June 6, 2020) ended at 7 pm last night at Moldo garrison of China. The Indian side said the situation along the LAC was CHINA: The Indian side persisted with its ‘unreasonable and unrealistic’ demands, thus adding difficulties to the negotiations. the result of unilateral attempts by China to alter the status quo in violation of various bilateral agreements. It was necessary that the Chinese side took appropriate steps in the remaining areas to restore peace along the LAC. continued on page 9 edit: India-china impaSSE 5 soldiers killed in anti-terror ops Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 11 Five Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed in a fierce gunfight during an anti-insurgency operation in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. They were identified as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh of Mana Talwandi village in Kapurthala, Naik Mandeep Singh of Chalha village in Gurdaspur, Sepoy Gajjan Singh of Pachranda village in Ropar, Sepoy Saraj Singh of Akhtyarpur Dhaukal village in Shahjahanpur (UP) and Sepoy Security personnel at the encounter site in Surankote area of Poonch. PTI Naib Subedar Naik Jaswinder Singh Mandeep Singh Punjab Punjab Sepoy Vaisakh H Kerala Sepoy Saraj Singh UP Sepoy Gajjan Singh Punjab PUNJAB ANNOUNCES ~50L EX GRATIA EACH FOR KIN OF 3 SOLDIERS Vaisakh H of Odanavattam village in Kerala’s Kollam district. They were part of an operation launched in a village close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote in the early hours following Intelligence inputs on the presence of terrorists after they infiltrated from across the Line of Control (LoC). The terrorists opened heavy fire on the search party, resulting in critical injuries to the JCO and four other soldiers. All five succumbed to their injuries at a nearby military hospital. The Army has information that a group of heavily armed terrorists is hiding in Chamrer forest. 2 TERRORISTS KILLED IN SEPARATE ENCOUNTERS New Delhi: Security forces killed two militants, including Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar who killed a civilian recently, in separate encounters in J&K’s Anantnag and Bandipora districts, police officials said. A policeman suffered injuries during the gunfight. INSIDE Local goon Mehran under lens for selective killings Rohit Bhan Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 11 Less than a week after the killing of three civilians, including two teachers, the security agencies have zeroed in on a local-goonturned militant from downtown Srinagar, who is suspected to have carried out the brutal killings at the behest of his Pakistani handlers. Highly reliable sources in the security establishment identified the militant as Mehran Yasin Shala, who was reportedly inducted into the terrorists’ ranks in June this year. Mehran, who belongs to Jamalata area of downtown Srinagar, till a few months WHY HE MAY HAVE BEEN PICKED ■ Has no terror-related background ■ Hence, detection of killers tough ■ Knowledge of Srinagar terrain ago was a local goon operating in the Nawa Kadal area. He was briefly associated with the Gujjar gang led by Sheikh Mehran Ali, who was killed in a gang war in downtown Itehad in Srinagar last month. Sources associated with the investigation into the killing of school principal Supinder Kour and her col- league Deepak Chand revealed that Mehran was recruited by Pakistani handler Wahid in June to carry out targeted killings. Mehran, along with an unidentified Pakistani terrorist, had killed the teachers and prominent pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo but was continued on page 9 MoS’ son in 3-day police custody No netasat bhog ceremony: BKU No harassment; quizzing in presence of lawyer: CJM Aditi Tandon New Delhi, October 11 Arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, Ashish Mishra, son of Minister of State Ajay Mishra, was today remanded in three-day police custody by a local court. The prosecution had sought a 14-day remand, noting that the accused had not yet cooperated in the matter and had not been able to satisfactorily answer queries about his location at the time of the crime. Senior prosecution officer SP Yadav said, “The remand was granted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Chintaram with the condition that Ashish will not be harassed and his lawyer will remain present during interrogation.” The case is being investigated by an SIT headed by DG Upendra Agarwal. Ashish has been named as a prime accused in one of the two FIRs lodged in the case. According to one of the FIRs, he was seated on the left front seat of the Mahindra Thar which was the first of the three SUVs that mowed down protesters on October 3. The FIR says that Ashish was carrying a gun and had escaped into the fields while firing shots. — TNS Tribune News Service Farmers gather at Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI New Delhi, October 11 People from other states have started arriving at Lakhimpur Kheri for the “antim ardas” of five persons, including four farmers, killed in the October 3 violence. BKU (Tikait) leader Balkar Singh said no politician would be allowed to share the stage with farm leaders. A gathering of about 1.5 lakh people from across the coun- Property rights for ‘lal dora’ dwellings Rawat: No friction, new Each beneficiary to be given red card, says Pb CM Channi CM issue after elections Tribune News Service Justice Rajan Gupta Justice Sureshwar Thakur 7 judges shifted, Justice Gupta goes to Patna HC Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 11 Justice Sureshwar Thakur of the Himachal Pradesh High Court has been transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His name figured on the list of seven judges whose transfers were notified by the Department of Justice on Monday. Justice Thakur moved to Pb & Hry HC Justice Rajan Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been transferred to the Patna High Court. These transfers were recommended by the SC Collegium led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana last month. Justice TS Sivagnanam has been transferred from the Madras HC to the Calcutta HC, while Justice PB Bajanthri of the Karnataka HC and Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma of the Rajasthan HC have been transferred to the Patna High Court. Justice T Amarnath Goud of the Telangana HC has been transferred to the Tripura continued on page 9 NO POWER CUTS Chandigarh, October 11 With the Assembly elections round the corner, the Congress government in Punjab has decided to give property rights to dwellers of houses within the “lal dora” in 12,720 villages and cities across the state. Each beneficiary would be issued a red card (property card) free of cost, which would serve as the title of the property. The dweller can then sell the property or take a loan against it. To include the intended beneficiaries in urban areas, an old scheme, “Mission Lal Lakir” launched by then CM Capt Amarinder Singh, has been rechristened as “Mera Tribune News Service No unscheduled power cuts will be imposed in Punjab… I have asked the Union Government to ensure supply of coal at the earliest. ❝ Charanjit Singh Channi, CM CM Charanjit Singh Channi at a press meet in Chandigarh. Ghar, Mere Naam”. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the Revenue Department had been mandated to undertake drone surveys of such properties for digital mapping. The beneficiaries would be given 15 days to file objections and in case no reply is received from them, the property card would be issued which would serve the purpose of registry. Earlier, this scheme was limited only continued on page 9 New Delhi, October 11 Congress general secretary and incharge of Punjab unit Harish Rawat today said there was no friction between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu and both would work together for the 2022 elections. “The CM and Sidhu will both collaborate on everything. They will work in tandem for the next elections. The Congress president will then decide who will be the next CM,” said Rawat, who was in New Delhi today. Asked about Sidhu’s resignation as the PCC chief, Rawat said, “What resignation? We Haven’t seen Sidhu’s resignation, he says have not seen any resignation. We have only read about it in the newspapers.” Sidhu had on September 28 posted his resignation letter as Punjab Congress president on Twitter. Rawat today clearly indicated the resignation had not been accepted. On the tension between the CM and Sidhu, Rawat said issues, if any, would be resolved within the party. Downplaying Sidhu’s recent comments, he said there was no proposal to form any panel in Punjab for party and government coordination. SECURITY AT KHERI UP ■ Organisers expect a gathering of more than one lakh people ■ Top SKM leaders, including Rakesh Tikait and Darshan Pal, will attend the function ■ UP Police have beefed up security to prevent trouble UP VIOLENCE try is expected with local farm groups preparing to host them across six acres of land. Top leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, including Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav, Darshan Pal, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Baldev Singh Sirsa, will address the gathering and spell the future course of action. “We expect a gathering of over a lakh at the bhog on Tuesday,” continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Maruti reports 2-fold dip in production in Sept NEW DELHI: The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) witnessed a massive over two-fold drop in production last month owing to the shortage of semiconductor chips. The MSI reported total production of 81,278 units in September. INSIDE PM Modi to attend G-20 summit on Af today NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi will participate in the G-20 summit on Afghanistan on Tuesday. The agenda includes a discussion on response to humanitarian needs and access to basic services. TNS Maharashtra bandh in solidarity with Kheri victims MUMBAI: Road transport services were hit and many shops remained closed in Maharashtra on Monday in the wake of the bandh to protest the killing of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri district. BACK PAGE Setback to BJP; U'khand minister, son join Cong NEW DELHI: The BJP suffered a setback ahead of the 2022 polls with Uttarakhand Transport Minister Yashpal Arya joining the Congress along with son and MLA Sanjeev Arya. BACK PAGE Why lock when no money, asks burglar in note DEWAS (MP): Not being able to find enough cash at a government officer’s house in Dewas, MP, a burglar left behind a note asking "why the house was locked when there was no money" kept at home. PTI Desi arms from UP Bihar make way into Hry HP schools open for Class VIII, , DANGEROUS TREND 49 per cent attendance on Day 1 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, October 11 In an increasing trend, illegal weapons manufactured in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli (UP) and Munger (Bihar) are being smuggled into Haryana. While a ‘desi katta’ is available for anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,000, a more sophisticated gun can be procured for Rs 25,000-50,000, said sources. The matter came to the fore during police investigation into 128 cases registered under the Arms Act ■ Not just people with criminal background, others are also buying arms either for showoff or for personal security ■ A ‘desi katta’ is available for ■ The matter came to fore dur- ~5,000-7,000, while a 9 mm revolver for ~40,000-50,000 ing investigation into 128 cases in which 138 revolvers were seized in Jhajjar dist in Jhajjar district since January this year. At least 135 persons were arrested and 138 revolvers and 335 live cartridges seized in these cases. It was found that not just people with criminal background, others are also buy- ing these weapons either for show-off or for personal security. Reference of those already in contact with illegal weapon manufactures is necessary to buy a firearm. Rajesh Duggal, Jhajjar SP , said, “We had launched a campaign against those dealing in illegal weapons or possessing them early this year. A special team was formed in every police station to nab the offenders.” He said acting on a tip-off, a police team nabbed three accused from Jhajjar on June 18 and seized seven illegal weapons from them. They had bought the weapons from Meerut through a mediator. The accused, involved in 17 cases of heinous crimes, disclosed vital information about the illegal weapon trade, he said. Tribune News Service Shimla, October 11 About 49 per cent Class VIII students of government schools across Himachal Pradesh attended physical classes today. The overall attendance for Classes VIII to XII was 59.33 per cent as 2,21,747 students out of total 3,73,761 attended the classes. “I’m back to school after almost a year and a half and feel so happy to meet 77% TURN UP IN KINNAUR DISTRICT Kinnaur PRESENCE 76.64% Lahaul & Spiti 64.29% Hamirpur 63.37% Mandi 57.43% DISTRICT PRESENCE Kangra Shimla Bilaspur Una 53.5% 46.46% 46.29% 41.04% friends and attend regular classes,” said Class VIII student Neha. “It’s nice to be back in school with friends after a long time,” said another student Suchit. In all, 28,536 out of total 62,175 (48.95 per cent) Class VIII students of government schools attended classes. The highest turnout was 76.64 per cent in Kinnaur district, followed by Lahaul and continued on page 9
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