15102021-TTB-01.qxd 10/14/2021 11:29 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 285 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA FM RAISES VAX EQUITY WITH G20 LEADERS SENSEX ZOOMS 569 PTS TO BREACH 61K-MARK BUSINESS WORLD /thetribunechd INDIAN NAVY CHIEF, US COMMANDER AT MALABAR BACK PAGE DIMITROV STUNS MEDVEDEV WITH GRAND COMEBACK IN TENNIS C’SHIP SPORT friday | 15 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Transgressions to be countered with surgical strikes, Shah warns Pakistan Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 14 Home Minister Amit Shah today warned Pakistan that more surgical strikes could be carried out if there were transgressions at the Indian borders. “Jaisa samane se sawaal ayega, vaisa hi jawab diya jayega,” Amit Shah said while addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the National Forensic Sciences University in Goa’s Dharbandora. “There is no time to hold talks, will only retaliate,” he said. Amid the Opposition’ s criticism that the BJP-led Centre had “failed to provide security to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Shah said earlier (before 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over) whenever such incidents happened, there used to be a “polite request from the Delhi Durbar”. “All this changed after there was an attack and our jawans were killed. For the first time (in 2016), India conducted a surgical strike and told the world that India would not tolerate such attacks… that no one could disrupt India’s borders,” Shah said, terming Bhutan, China sign MoU on boundary issue, India wary JCO, ANOTHER SOLDIER CRITICALLY INJURED Jammu: A junior commissioned officer (JCO) and another soldier were critically injured on Thursday in an encounter with the terrorists in Poonch district. Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said: “In an ongoing counter-terrorist operation in Nar Khas Forest, Mendhar, there was exchange of fire between troops and terrorists during which one JCO and one soldier were critically injured. The operations are under progress”. IANS Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service ❝ There was a time when talks took place, now there will be retaliation. Amit Shah, HOME MINISTER PAK: INDIA DIVERTING RECLAIM LAND FROM ATTENTION FROM J&K CHINA FIRST: CONG New Delhi: Pakistan has termed Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s observations as irresponsible and provocative. “Such statements serve as smokescreens to divert world attention from J&K,” said the Pakistan Foreign Office. TNS the surgical strike under PM Modi and late Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister, an “important message to the world”. “For many years, there were transgressions at our borders, terrorists used to enter and carry out terrorist activi- ties. For the first time under the leadership of PM Modi and Manohar Parrikar, India established its position. There was a time when talks happened, now it is the time to retaliate,” Shah said. “Ek yug tha jab baat hoti thi, ab yug hai jaisa samne se New Delhi: The Congress hit out at Shah over the surgical strike remark, saying he must first reclaim Indian land from China. “Let him give a deadline for reclaiming 900 sq km of Indian territory from China,” said Randeep Surjewala. sawaal ayega, vaisa hi jawab diya jayega,” he said. Pakistan, meanwhile, has termed Amit Shah’s observations as irresponsible and provocative. ``Such statements serve as smokescreens to divert world attention from J&K and treatment New Delhi, October 14 India has “noted” the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday between Bhutan and China on “three-step roadmap for expediting the boundary negotiations” which may also include discussions on Doklam. “Bhutan and China have been holding boundary negotiations since 1984 just like India,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. Asked if Doklam is among the boundaries being discussed and could be part of the resolution package that would give control over it to Continued on page 11 of Muslims and other minorities in India,’’ said the Pakistan Foreign Office. Its statement said Pakistan’s swift response to India’s Balakot “misadventure” in 2019 “fully demonstrated the will and preparedness of our armed forces”. A banner put up outside Supinder Kour’s house in Srinagar. Slain principal was a quiet do-gooder Rohit Bhan Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 14 At RP Singh’s house in the Alochibaug area of Srinagar, the flow of VVIPs has reduced to a trickle. A week after his wife Supinder Kour was shot dead by militants in a government school, the distraught family is left mourning and the members of minority community fearing for their security. At their double-storeyed house on the Jhelum banks, a banner put up by friends unravels a rather fitting tribute to the life of the 46-yearold school principal. “A Muslim orphan girl has lost her Sikh Godmother,” reads the banner. Kour had been spending a part of her earnings for the welfare of a Muslim orphan girl in the neigh- MUSLIM ORPHAN’S SIKH GODMOTHER ■ School principal Supinder Kour used to spend a part of her earnings for the welfare of a Muslim orphan girl ■ She also financially helped a school helper who had been undergoing dialysis at a city hospital bourhood. She also financially helped a school helper who had been undergoing dialysis at a city hospital. Despite Supinder’s active social work, her husband doesn’t want it to be publicised. “It was not a big deal for us or for her. She never wanted to make it sound big,” he says. Their daughter Jasleen Kour (11) and son Jasjit Singh (4) have still not come to terms with the Continued on page 11 Temples vandalised in Bangladesh; 4 dead in clashes Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 14 Some Hindu temples were vandalised during Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh, prompting the Hasina government to deploy paramilitary forces in 22 districts after four persons were killed and many others injured in riots. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka and its consulates were in close contact with the authorities following the reports of attacks on Hindu temples. Terming the reports as “disturbing”, Bagchi indicated that the response by the Hasina government was to the satisfaction of the Indian Government. “The Bangladesh Government reacted promptly to control the situation, he said. BACK PAGE I have faith in Gandhis: Sidhu post meeting Channi calls on Captain IN BRIEF Man with bow & arrows kills 5 persons in Norway COPENHAGEN (DENMARK): A man armed with a bow fired arrows Indications are some issues raised by him may be addressed at shoppers in a small Norwegian town Wednesday, killing five persons before he was arrested, authorities said. INSIDE Petrol, diesel prices hiked by 35 paise per litre NEW DELHI: After two days of lull, petrol and diesel prices on Thursday were again hiked by 35 paise per litre, sending retail pump prices to their highest level ever across the country. PTI Three militants arrested near Myanmar border NEW DELHI: Three hardcore militants of the banned NSCN-K (YA) outfit were nabbed from Mon town of Nagaland by the Assam Rifles after the ultras crossed over to India from Myanmar. PTI Class 10, 12 Term-I board exams to be offline NEW DELHI: The first-term board exams for Classes 10 and 12 will be conducted offline in November-December and the date-sheet will be announced on October 18, the CBSE said on Thursday. TNS IPL final: MS Dhoni's last hurrah tonight? Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu with party leader Harish Rawat after a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. MUKESH AGGARWAL New Delhi, October 14 Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said he had conveyed his concerns on Punjab affairs to the party and would abide by any decision taken by the Gandhis, even as party leaders claimed that Sidhu had been told to strengthen the party organisation in Punjab. AICC general Secretary incharge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat said Sidhu had been appointed PCC chief to empower the party. “He clearly said today that any decision by the Gandhis would be acceptable to him and he would follow it. The party’s orders to Sidhu are clear — to strengthen the party and the organisation in the state,” Rawat said after a 90-minute meeting. Sidhu met AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Rawat at the AICC headquarters and reiterated his concerns about Punjab. Venugopal later said the party would formally clear the air on Sidhu in 12 to 16 hours. There are indications that Sidhu may be asked to continue and some Continued on page 11 with family, raises brows Chandigarh, October 14 As PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu landed in Delhi on Thursday to meet party top brass, CM Charanjit Singh Channi landed at former CM Capt Amarinder Singh’s Siswan house along with his wife, son and daughter-inlaw to seek “blessings”. Though leaders close to the CM called it a courtesy call, sources said Channi might be sending out a message to Sidhu. Significantly, the CWC is scheduled to meet in Delhi on October 16, where “G-23” leaders are expected to rake up Captain’s “uncer- emonious removal.” The CM’s Siswan visit has reportedly not gone down well with those loyal to Sidhu and Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. — TNS DUBAI: MS Dhoni's CSK take on KKR in the final of IPL-14 in Dubai on Friday. Dhoni can get a golden chance to bid adieu to competitive cricket on a winning note if he can lead CSK to fourth title. INSIDE ARYAN BAIL VERDICT ON OCT 20 In a setback to Aryan Khan, a Mumbai special NDPS court on Thursday reserved its order on his and co-accused’s bail applications till October 20, even as the NCB virtually labelled him a “junkie.” Aryan Khan and co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha will remain in judicial custody. SELECTIVE LEAKS TO FRAME PEOPLE The anti-drugs agency (NCB) has mala fide intentions and is involved in selective leaks to frame people. ❝ Nawab Malik, NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY LEADER Rajnath Singh hails Indira SITin Kheri, Varun tweetsVajpayee tape on farmers New Delhi, October 14 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday recollected the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for not only leading the country for a number of years, but also did so during the times of war. In an address at a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) seminar on the role of women in the armed forces, the Defence Minister was referring to the 1971 war with Pakistan when Indira was Tribune News Service REFERS TO ’71 WAR India’s former PM Indira Gandhi not only led the country for a number of years, but she also did so during times of war MESSAGE TO PARTY? ❝ Rajnath Singh, DEFENCE MINISTER the Prime Minister. Rajnath Singh cited the example of Rani Laxmi Bai for women having taken up arms to Continued on page 11 Uttar Pradesh cops on Thursday attempt to recreate the sequence of events leading to the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. PTI PENDING PAYMENT Tribune News Service Rohtak, October 14 A latest report has disclosed that 46,852 consumers in the Rohtak circle have been using electricity for the past several months without paying bills to the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). Dues to the tune of Rs 47,233 lakh are stacked against them up to August 31. Significantly, local offices of some government and semi-government departments also figure in the list of ~47,233 LAKH CONSUMERS Domestic Industrial Govt/semi-govt Non-domestic ❝ DUES ~26,584 lakh ~18,317 lakh ~1,847 lakh ~463 lakh Clear dues at the earliest or electricity connections will be snapped. Ashok Yadav, SE non-payers. The UHBVN authorities are now gearing up to snap electricity connec- tions of these defaulters as they haven’t responded despite repeated requests for payment. Ashok Kumar Yadav, Superintending Engineer (UHBVN), Rohtak circle, said: “The defaulters are advised to clear their dues at the earliest otherwise their electricity connections will be snapped soon.” Of the 46,852 non-payers, 43,097 fall in the domestic category, 2,498 in non-domestic, 445 agricultural, 104 industrial and 708 come under the government and semi-government category, said sources. Continued on page 11 The BJP MP has been vocal in empathising with farmers agitating against the three agri laws enacted by the Modi government and his sharing Vajpayee’s speech is being seen as his message to his party and the Centre. 65% Shimla buildings ‘vulnerable’; experts say demolition no answer In Rohtak, 46k power users not paying bills Ravinder Saini New Delhi, October 14 Refusing to back down despite being dropped from the party’s top decisionmaking body, BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday posted on Twitter a short clip of a speech of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1980 in which he warns the then Indira government against repressing farmers and extends his support to them. Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service A building collapsed at Kachhi Ghati in Shimla recently. FILE Shimla, October 14 If the hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment (HVRA) carried out by the Shimla Municipal Corporation is to be believed, the city is staring at a repeat of disasters like Kachhi Ghati. The assessment, funded by the United Nation Development Programme and executed by TARU in 2016, DISASTER IN MAKING ■ The report finds 65% of 2,795 buildings it surveyed “in class of high vulnerability” ■ Findings are based on age, type of construction and structural details of all buildings ■ It says given the risk, any natural disaster can be catastrophic for Shimla found that as many as 65 per cent of the buildings it surveyed were “in class of high vulnerability”. “About 65 per cent of the 2,795 buildings surveyed are vulnerable owing to their age, type of construction and structural details across all wards,” said the comprehensive report. “The building vulnerability is too high that natural calamities like earthquakes and landslides can cause a catastrophic damage,” it said. The report put the city in Continued on page 11
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