14102021-TTB-01.qxd 10/13/2021 11:23 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 284 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA SHARDUL REPLACES AXAR IN T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD SPORT /thetribunechd CM CHANNI ATTENDS SEPOY GAJJAN SINGH’S LAST RITES PUNJAB GLOBAL DEBT HAS RISEN TO $226 TN, SAYS IMF WORLD PM LAUNCHES GATI SHAKTI PLAN TO BOOST INFRA BACK PAGE thursday | 14 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Lakhimpur killings condemnable but outrage selective, says Sitharaman Stoutly defends 3 farm laws while speaking at Harvard Kennedy School in America Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 13 The killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri is “absolutely condemnable”, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said but qualified her statement by stating that such condemnation should be for all such incidents that happen in India and not just in a BJPruled state where her Cabinet colleague’s son is “probably in trouble”. Asked why the PM and senior ministers had not spoken on the killings so far and why the BJP resorted to “defensive reaction” when questioned about such incidents, Sitharaman, who is on an official visit to the US, said: “It’s nice of you to have picked that one incident which is absolutely condemnable, every one of us say that. Equally, there are instances happening else- YOU’VE PICKED ONE INCIDENT ❝ It’s nice of you to have picked that one incident (Lakhimpur) which is absolutely condemnable. Equally, there are instances happening elsewhere, is my concern. DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH ■ India looking at registering double-digit growth this year NO COAL SHORTAGE ■ Reports of coal crisis ‘absolutely baseless’ Dismiss MoS, Cong delegation urges President New Delhi, October 13 A five-member Congress delegation on Wednesday called on President Ram Nath Kovind urging his intervention for dismissal of Minister of State (Home) Ajay Mishra and institution of an independent judicial probe by two sitting judges of the Supreme Court in the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence that killed eight persons, including four farmers. The delegation, consisting of Rahul Gandhi, former continued on back page BAIL PLEA OF UNION MINISTER’S SON ASHISH REJECTED; TWO MORE ARRESTED BACK PAGE where, is my concern.” Broadly echoing PM Narendra Modi’s observation over selective outrage over viola- tion of human rights, Sitharaman also attacked economist Amartya Sen, who in June had said the Modi govern- ment was focused on taking credit for its actions, resulting in schizophrenia that led to the second Covid wave. Speaking during a conversation at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday, the minister said India had issues of such nature happening in different parts of the country. But many others, including Amartya Sen, raised it because “it’s a state (UP) where the BJP is in power, one of my Cabinet colleague’s sons is probably in trouble, and also assume that it’s actually them who did it and not anybody else. Due course of justice will also have an inquiry process to establish it.” On the issue of turning defensive on such issues, Sitharaman said, “I will talk for India. I will talk for justice for the poor. I will not be mocked. And if it is mocking, I will be defensive to stand up and say ‘sorry, let’s talk on facts’. That’s my answer for you.” Sitharaman defended the three continued on page 10 SENSEX SURGES 452.74 Arunachal integral part of India, MEA POINTS junks China’s objection to Naidu’s visit Markets on roll for fifth day CLOSES AT 60,737.05 Tribune News Service ■ Nifty rallies 169.80 points to a ■ new closing peak of 18,161.75 M&M top gainer followed by PowerGrid, ITC, L&T, Tech Mahindra, Tata Steel and Titan New Delhi, October 13 India on Wednesday slammed China for questioning the visit of VicePresident Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh last week, saying the state is an integral and inalienable part of India. Naidu visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 9 and TELLS BEIJING TO RESOLVE PENDING LAC ISSUES ■ ’Have never recognised so- called Arunachal established unilaterally’, says China ■ ‘Arunachal an integral part of India. We reject such comments’, India hits back addressed a special session of the state Assembly. Chinese MFA spokesper- son Zhao Lijian during a TV interview said, “China’s position on the boundary issue with India is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and firmly opposes the Indian leader’s visit to the area.” Responding to the com- ments, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people. We reject such comments.” Though the visit took place on October 9, the Chinese continued on page 10 Pandits return to Jagti Camp in Jammu after targeted killings in Valley. We’ve never felt this insecure in last 30 yrs, say Pandits in Valley Rohit Bhan Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 13 “It’s the fear of the unknown,” says 53-year-old minority community leader Sanjay Tickoo, holed up in a temple in the Ganpatyar area of Srinagar where a posse of CRPF personnel keep a vigil round the clock. Tickoo, who heads the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, had to take security cover after selective killings in the Valley last week, triggering fears of another exodus. He had witnessed the largescale exodus of his community members in 1990 but his family along with over 800 other families had decided to stay put. But the recent killings have shaken his confidence. “In these 30 years I may have felt little insecure but never ever have I felt that death is lurking around,” he told The Tribune. Though the UT administration has assured enhanced security to the Pandit community, on the ground fear is allpervasive. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has been assuring the community of adequate protection, but giv- RSS cancels its annual Dasehra parade in Pb Govt withdraws reciprocal curbs, no forced quarantine for UK flyers Vishav Bharti New Delhi, October 13 The government has withdrawn a travel advisory that added Covid-19 related additional checks and restrictions, including 10-day mandatory quarantine, on those arriving from the UK after the British government ordered discontinuation of mandatory testing and quarantine norms for those vaccinated with Covishield travelling from India. The Health Ministry, in an order dated October 11, said based on the evolving scenario, revised guidelines with respect to the UK had been withdrawn and earlier guidelines on international arrival issued on February 17 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 13 Cornered by farmers’ resistance, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided not to hold its annual full-uniform parade, Path Sanchalan, in Punjab on Dasehra this year. It involves showcasing of strength by RSS cadres in full uniform and carrying sticks. Sometimes, they would display weapons too. The practice has been going on for several decades. The state leadership of the RSS has reportedly told its local units to avoid parade or hold small events in closed areas, not necessarily on Dasehra. Though they have not categorically mentioned the farmers’ threat as the main reason, an RSS leader from the Malwa region said they have PEACE MORE IMPORTANT ❝ Path Sanchalan is not more important than peace and harmony in society. Iqbal Singh, PB RSS CHIEF been verbally told not to hold any big event on Dasehra. RSS’ Punjab unit president Iqbal Singh said they had told local units to take any decision keeping in mind their security. Path Sanchalan was not more important than peace and harmony in society, he said. Another RSS leader said, “We used to make route maps weeks in advance and RSS workers would be excited about it. This year, no route map has been prepared and we have been asked to keep it a low-profile affair.” Aryan was in touch with peddlers, NCB tells court Mumbai, October 13 The NCB on Wednesday told a special court that its probe had revealed that Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, held in a drug case was, involved in conspiracy and drug trafficking. Special Judge VV Patil was on Wednesday hearing the bail plea filed by Aryan. The court will continue hearing on Thursday. Opposing the plea, the NCB said Aryan had been taking drugs and was in touch with persons who were “part” of a drug network. A probe was on to detect financial transactions done abroad, it said.— PTI Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, October 13 Maintaining a strict stand on not allowing any new construction in the congested core area of Shimla, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has turned down the Himachal High Court’s request to allow reconstruction of its old building. OPTION FOR STATE GOVT ■ Earlier this month, CM Jai Ram Thakur said his govt would move the HC for the modification of NGT’s “harsh” order of November 2017 ■ With HC plea being turned down by the NGT, the state govt can now only approach the Supreme Court on the issue, legal experts opine The HC had sought approval for the project in modification of NGT’s order dated November 16, 2017, where it had prohibited all such constructions in view of potential threat to public safety and environment. “Constructions in core areas of Shimla being serious hazard to public safety and continued on page 10 achieve the 100-crore vaccination mark around Oct 18-19 ■ The government is expected to showcase the event in a big way 15,823 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,51,189 2,07,653 226 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS RDIF: SPUTNIK LIGHT 70% EFFECTIVE AGAINST DELTA have ❝ Theyreportbeen in a asked to back fortnight. They live in fortified townships. We have told them we will further strengthen the security. Senior official RESTORE CONFIDENCE Though the security establishment claims to be on the trail of killers, the community members say it will take much more than anti-militancy ops to restore confidence en the security scenario, the community seems sceptical. After the 1990 exodus, 807 families had decided to stay back in the Valley. In the past few years due to the initiative taken by the Union Government which brought in employment packages for the minority community, some 4,000-odd Kashmir Pandits who had taken up continued on page 10 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 13 Concerned over the growing level of air pollution and in keeping with the directions of the Commission for Air Quality Management, Haryana has identified 1,485 units in the NCR districts of Haryana for switching to cleaner fuels, including PNG. This initiative could be extended to non-polluting units wherever the pipelines for supply of such fuel are available. Sources said the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), which OPTING FOR PNG TO CHECK POLLUTION DISTRICT UNITS ALREADY MARKED SHIFTED Faridabad 413 186 Gurugram 443 163 Jhajjar 18 11 Jind 23 Karnal 10 7 Nuh 1 1 Palwal 10 10 Panipat 387 24 Rewari 93 63 Sonepat 87 87 Total 1,485 552 drew up the list of such units, has stated to the industries department that 552 of the total units identified were already working on “cleaner” fuel while 933 New Delhi, October 13 Security forces today eliminated a top Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander, Sham Sofi, during an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir, police officials said. Acting on a tip-off about the presence of terrorists at Tilwani Mohalla Waggad in the Tral area of Pulwama district, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said, adding that an encounter broke out after the militants opened fire at the security men, who retaliated. In the exchange of fire, the militant was killed, the official said. IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar tweeted, “Top JeM commander Sham Sofi killed in Tral encounter.” — TNS Shah to review security in J&K New Delhi: Amid massive counter-offensive against terrorists in J&K, sources said security review would be high on agenda during Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s upcoming visit to the UT. He is likely to visit the UT on October 23-25. INSIDE IN BRIEF Manmohan Singh admitted to AIIMS NEW DELHI: Former PM Manmohan Singh was admitted to AIIMS’ cardio-neuro unit here on Wednesday after he complained of weakness following fever. TNS Double life term for killing woman using snake KOLLAM (KERALA): A sessions court in Kerala on Wednesday awarded double life sentence in the Uthra murder case to the victim’s husband, Sooraj S Kumar, for killing his wife using a cobra. PTI Ranji player among two held in cricket scam GURUGRAM: Two cricketers, including a Ranji player, were arrested here on Tuesday for role in a cricket scam. The police had busted a gang duping cricketers by promising them selection in teams. INSIDE Centre notifies appointment of 14 more judges NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday notified the appointments of 14 judges to the High Courts of Telangana, Kerala and Orissa which will get seven, four and three judges, respectively. BACK PAGE Woman Army officer found dead at Pune institute PUNE: A 43-year-old woman Lieutenant Colonel-rank officer was found hanging at her official accommodation on the premises of the Military Intelligence Training School and Depot here on Wednesday. PTI Hry picks 1,485 units for clean-fuel switch Geetanjali Gayatri NGT dismisses Himachal HC’s plea for building reconstruction 100-CR VAX MARK SOON ■ The country is likely to would be applicable to all travellers arriving in India from the UK. The relaxation came after British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said last week that there would be no quarantine requirement for Indian travellers to the UK, who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UKapproved vaccine from October 11. India also withdrew the new UK advisory from October 11 in reciprocity. Meanwhile, India is inching closer to the 100crore vaccination mark soon. The government is expected to showcase the event in a big way. edit: back to packed flights TIGHTER SECURITY Jaish commander gunned down in Pulwama district were yet to make the switch. With these units primarily dependent upon wood, coal, coke, cow-dung cakes and oil (diesel, furnace oil and other processed oils), the sources said district officers of the industries department along with those of the HSPCB were visiting these units for the switchover. “The NGT is of the view that all units (polluting and non-polluting) should go for cleaner fuel if they have access to it,” an officer said. In Faridabad and Gurugram, 186 and 163 units, respectively, have already switched to the PNG. A first: All adults in Kinnaur dist fully vaccinated Shimla, October 13 Kinnaur district has earned the distinction of becoming the first district in the country to administer both doses of Covid-19 vaccine to all eligible persons. It surmounted the challenges despite a tough topography, and inclement weather conditions. Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner Abid Hussain Sadiq said all 60,305 eligible persons above the age of 18 years had been fully vaccinated with both doses. INSIDE
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