17112021-TTB-01.qxd 11/16/2021 11:53 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 317 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA COACH DRAVID ERA BEGINS WITH INDIA-NZ T20 SERIES SPORT /thetribunechd PFIZER GIVES NOD FOR GENERIC VERSION OF ITS PILL WORLD ECONOMIC RECOVERY NAVY TO COMMISSION NOW TAKING HOLD: MISSILE DESTROYER, RBI GUV BUSINESS VELA SUB BACK PAGE wednesday | 17 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Kartarpur corridor reopens today, Pb Cabinet to be part of first jatha Aditi Tandon MARKING GURPURB Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 16 Closed since March last year in the wake of the Covid pandemic, the Kartarpur corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan, will reopen for pilgrims on Wednesday. Making the announcement on Twitter today, Home Minister Amit Shah said, “In a major decision that will benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims, the government ■ The online registration for the The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. FILE PHOTO has decided to reopen the Kartarpur corridor from tomorrow, November 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi government towards Guru Kartarpur pilgrimage will commence from Wednesday ■ The passage is being thrown open to the public after a 20-month hiatus ■ The corridor was closed after the outbreak of Covid in March last year ■ The pilgrimage starts two days before Gurpurb on November 19 Nanak Dev and our Sikh community.” The Home Minister said the nation was all set to celebrate the Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev on November 19 and the decision would further boost the joy and happiness across the country. Welcoming the move, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said the state Cabinet would be part of the jatha which would visit the historic shrine in Pakistan on November 18. Sources said the PMO had been in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home to finalise the continued on page 9 Landing on eway IN BRIEF Child porn: Raids in Pb, Hry, 12 other states NEW DELHI: The CBI conducted raids across the country, including Sangrur, Malerkotla, Hoshiarpur, Patiala, Panipat, Sirsa and Hisar, in connection with child sexual abuse material. BACK PAGE Don’t travel to J&K, US advises its citizens WASHINGTON: In an advisory, the US has urged its citizens not to travel to J&K due to terrorism and civil unrest, and also within 10 km of India-Pakistan border due to potential for armed conflict. PTI Ban on Zakir Naik foundation extended by 5 yrs NEW DELHI: The ban on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), set up by Zakir Naik, who is accused of inspiring Muslim youths to commit terror acts, has been extended by the Centre for five years. PTI PM Narendra Modi arrives for the inauguration of Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur, UP. BACK PAGE Biden upholds free, openIndo-Pacific at virtual meet with Xi Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, November 16 US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday morning held a three-hour virtual meeting to manage competition responsibly, with Taiwan as the top focus. However, Biden also discussed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and “communicated the continued determination” of the US to uphold its commitments in the region. Biden reiterated the importance of freedom of navigation and safe overflight to the region’s prosperity, said a White House readout of the meeting. India is part of the US-led Quad grouping that is putting its economic and military muscle in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is also interpreted as an exercise to contain China. Biden’s observations indicate that Washington will not be walking back from its Quad commitments even as it tries to tamp down on tensions with China. On the other hand, of concern to India will be Xi Jinping’s indirect offer to Biden Raises Chinese strong-arm tactics in Tibet, Xinjiang KEEP OFF CONFLICT It is to ensure the competition does not veer into conflict, either intended or unintended. ❝ Joe Biden, US PRESIDENT DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE Such (Taiwan) moves are dangerous, just like playing with fire. Whoever plays with fire will get burnt. Xi Jinping, ❝ CHINESE PRESIDENT to cooperate in their rival visions of modern, worldwide infrastructure encompassing even the poorer countries. “We hope the reverse is also true,” said Xi while stating that all global initiatives proposed by China are open to the US. India has signed on to the Biden’s “Built Back Better World” continued on page 9 Row over death of two civilians in J&K encounter Cong, AAP suffer from Delhi air turns ‘severe’; states chalk out plan CAUSES OF POLLUTION ‘Badal phobia’: Sukhbir Srinagar/Jammu, November 16 A controversy erupted over Monday’s encounter near Srinagar following conflicting claims about the two deceased civilians as their family members contested the police’s charge that they were “terror associates”. The IG, Kashmir, said businessman Altaf Bhat was killed in cross-firing with the terrorists. He, however, said Bhat would be counted among “harbourers” of ultras. PAGE 9 Sanjeev S Bariana & Jupinderjit Singh HC quashes Punjab selection process for 2.3K ETT posts Chandigarh, November 16 Eighteen months after an ad was issued for appointing Elementary Trained Teachers (ETT) meant for border area, the Punjab and Haryana HC has quashed the entire selection process, including provisional merit list for carrying out recruitment to 2,364 posts. The HC has also set aside the ad dated March 6, 2020, containing the impugned selection criteria. INSIDE New Delhi, November 16 The air quality in the Capital deteriorated to the severe category on Tuesday while the Delhi Government suggested implementing workfrom-home policy in the NCR and closing down Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 16 Claiming that all political parties, especially the Congress, were suffering from ‘Badal phobia’, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has asserted only his party has a clear chain of command to provide a stable government in Punjab. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, Sukhbir took a dig at the Congress and the AAP alleging both were conspiring against the Akalis as they were afraid of the Badals. He dared the two parties to name a CM candidate and not fall through. In contrast, he said, everybody knew who the CM candidate of the SAD-BSP alliance was. “You will see Navjot Singh Sidhu leaving the Congress if (CM Charanjit Singh) Channi is announced CM candidate. Similarly, (AAP chief Arvind) Kejriwal himself wants to be the CM of Punjab,” he said. Terming Channi’s self-projection as ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) a “drama”, Sukhbir insisted that the state needed a visionary CM unlike the present incumbent who was “doling out sops without any financial basis”. The SAD chief asserted that the party would not go in for any new alliance while claiming that they had received resounding response during their campaign for the 2022 Assembly elections. “I have covered 55 constituencies, including those where the Akalis are contesting for the first time post break-up with the BJP . The response is phenomenal. We are heading for a landslide victory,” he said. Ahead of Assembly polls, BJP may carve more districts out of Kangra Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, November 16 Amid reports of the BJP facing anti-incumbency in Kangra, the largest district of the state in terms of population having 15 Assembly segments, the ruling party may carve out new districts out of it. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave an indication to this affect during an informal talk with mediapersons on National Press Day at Dharamsala today. He said demands for the ATTEMPT TO BEAT ‘ANTI-INCUMBENCY’ ■ BJP leaders are demanding district status for Nurpur, Palampur and Dehra ■ Sources say the BJP is likely to create new districts early next year to beat anti-incumbency ■ The BJP had, in its earlier tenure, contemplated a similar move, but it was dropped creation of new districts had been coming from various parts and “we will consider these sympathetically”. Sources said with BJP leaders demanding district status for Nurpur, Palampur and Dehra, the party was likely to go for it early next year to beat anti-incumbency. This is not for the first time that the BJP is contemplating creation of new districts. During the tenure of then CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, the party had posted ADCs in continued on page 9 industries as part of measures to deal with the pollution crisis during a meeting with other northern states. The Supreme Court, which had instructed the Commission for Air Quality Management to hold the joint meet- ing regarding the pollution levels in Delhi, will hear the matter on Wednesday. Delhi’s air quality was again in the severe category with the 24-hour average AQI (air continued on page 9 edit: Tackling pollution PREZ@PEC CONTRIBUTOR PERCENTAGE Vehicles Household Industries Construction 50 12.5-13.5 9.9-13.7 6.7-6.9 (COMPILED BY DELHI DATA OF CENTRE FOR SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT DURING OCT 24-NOV 8) President Ram Nath Kovind at PEC’s centenary function in Chandigarh. PRADEEP TEWARI Fatehabad sees 1,276 farm fires, most in Haryana Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, November 16 Fatehabad district has reported the highest number of 1,276 stubble-burning incidents this season in Haryana, forcing the administration to contemplate strict action against the erring farmers. Mahavir Kaushik, Deputy Commissioner, held a meeting with the SDMs of Fatehabad, Ratia and Tohana and directed them to take steps to prevent farmers from setting their fields on fire. Besides Fatehabad, Kaithal, Jind and continued on page 9
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