02012022-TTC-01.qxd 1/2/2022 12:47 AM Page 1 123 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO. 2 | 18 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 NEW BREXIT RULES IN, UK FEARS FOOD DISRUPTIONS WORLD /thetribunechd OMAR, MUFTI DETAINED AHEAD OF PROTEST J&K IT’S PACKED CALENDAR FOR CINEMA AND OTT RELEASES SPECTRUM OMICRON: DEPLOY FIELD HOSPITALS, STATES TOLD BACK PAGE sunday | 2 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Stampede at Vaishno Devi, 12 dead L-G Sinha sets up probe panel | Minor altercation may have led to tragedy: DGP Tribune News Service Pulwama connect: DNA test to verify slain ultra’s identity Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 1 The J&K Police today said a DNA test would be conducted on the mortal remains of a terrorist killed in the Anantnag encounter as his picture resembled with that of the last surviving ultra involved in the 2019 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said the picture of continued on page 6 New Delhi, January 1 At least 12 persons were killed and 20 injured in a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours during a heavy rush of devotees on New Year. Officials said the incident took place between 2.30 am and 2.45 am on Saturday near a relatively narrow passage at gate number 3 outside the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum where devotees usually arrive round the clock after trekking from the Katra base camp, a distance of nearly 13 km. Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha ordered a highlevel inquiry which is to be headed by Principal Secretary (Home) Shaleen Kabra with Jammu Divisional Commissioner Rajiv Langar and ADGP Mukesh Singh as its members. Rush of devotees at Vaishno Devi shrine that led to the stampede in Reasi district on Saturday morning. PTI RELIEF FOR KIN ‘SHEER NEGLECT’ ■ Prime Minister Modi ■ No Covid norms, numbers were beyond the permitted level, alleged eyewitnesses ■ Some accused the J&K admn of mismanagement ■ Shrine board denied charges, saying arrangements were made anticipating the rush announced ~2 lakh ex gratia each for the kin of the deceased and ~50,000 each for the injured ■ Shrine board will give ~10 lakh each to victims’ families and ~2 lakh each to the injured Condolences poured in from all quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Sinha and asked Union Minister Jitendra Singh to rush to the shrine and take stock of the situation. According to eyewitnesses, Covid norms were blatantly violated and the number of devotees was beyond the permitted limit. Some of the survivors reportedly accused the J&K administration of “mismanagement”. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board denied the charges, saying all necessary arrangements had been made in view of the expected New Year rush. The J&K Police claimed most of the deaths had occurred due to suffocation. They said among the deceased were seven were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Delhi and one each from Haryana and J&K. Director General of Police continued on page 6 IIT-Delhi, Jamia, Nehru Museum off FCRA list IN BRIEF Prof Ajay Kakkar, 50 others on UK’s honours list Tribune News Service Registration must to receive foreign funding LONDON: British-Indian academician Ajay Kakkar (57) has been con- ferred the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). Fifty other British-Indians are also on New Year Honours list. PTI India supplies 5L Covaxin doses to Afghanistan NEW DELHI: India on Saturday supplied 5 lakh doses of Covaxin to Afghanistan. The consignment, sent via a flight, was handed over to the authorities at Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul. TNS CDS copter crash report likely next week NEW DELHI: The tri-services probe into the copter crash that killed CDS Gen Bipin Rawat is nearly complete and the findings are likely to be submitted to the Air headquarters next week. PTI ‘Positive’ development on AFSPA soon: Assam CM New Delhi, January 1 Delhi’s top educational institutions, social and cultural hubs and the country’s top medical body are among nearly 6,000 entities whose registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) is deemed to have ceased on Saturday. Either these entities did not apply for renewal of the FCRA licence or their applications AROUND 6K NGOs FAIL TO APPLY FOR RENEWAL 22,762 organisations registered under FCRA until Friday 16,829 left as licences of 5,933 NGOs ceased on Saturday 18,778 entities were due to apply for renewal of registration 5,789 failed to apply, their licence deemed to have ceased 179 NGOs’ applications rejected by MHA citing various reasons were rejected by the Union Home Ministry, officials said. According to the MHA website, the organisations and entities whose registration under the FCRA ceased include IIT-Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Medical Association, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi College of Engineering and Oxfam India. The MHA regulates the activities of the NGOs and associations registered under the FCRA. The registration is mandatory for continued on page 6 The landslide site in the Dadam mining area of Bhiwani district. PTI Landslide at mining site in Bhiwani kills 3 Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, January 1 A landslide in the Dadam mining zone in Tosham block of Bhiwani on Saturday left three persons dead and two injured. At least eight persons were feared trapped under the debris. The Army, NDRF and SDRF teams have launched rescue operations. It was 9 am when huge boulders at the site adjoining a forest area caved in. Officials identified the deceased as Sanjay of Jind, Vijender of Tosham and Tufan Singh of Jharkhand. The mishap occurred a day after mining operations were resumed in the area, which were shut on the NGT directions to prevent air pollution. Ajit Singh Shekhawat, Bhiwani SP confirmed three , OPPN LEADERS BLAME ‘ILLEGAL DIGGING’ ■ Ex-CM Hooda and other Oppn leaders blame illegal mining, demand a judicial inquiry ■ BJP MP Dharambir too blames illegal mining for the mishap ■ Ajit S Shekhawat, Bhiwani SP, says firm had valid contract, no report of illegal mining persons had died, two were injured and two were missing. He said prima facie there was no report of illegal mining as the firm engaged for the work had a valid contract. However, several leaders blamed ‘illegal mining’ for the mishap. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda demanded a probe. “Illegal mining is being done in the area, but the government is mum,” he claimed. continued on page 6 GUWAHATI: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said ‘some positive development’ could be expected during the year with regard to AFSPA in the state where militancy was on the wane. PTI India, Pakistan exchange lists of nuclear sites NEW DELHI: In keeping with their years-old tradition that has survived vicissitudes in bilateral ties, India and Pakistan exchanged lists of nuclear installations and prisoners on Saturday. BACK PAGE Guv stalling regularisation of 36,000 Enrolment for 15-18 age group on employees, claims Punjab CM Channi Complaints over registration I Govt denies CoWIN glitches ❝ Tribune News Service On TMC anniv, Didi vows to strengthen federal structure Kolkata, January 1 West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, while congratulated TMC workers on the party’s foundation day, today vowed to strengthen the federal structure of the country. This could be aimed at bringing together various regional parties for a united fight against the BJP in 2024 under her stewardship. “I extend my best wishes to our workers, supporters and members of the Maa-MatiManush family. Our journey began on January 1, 1998, and since then we have been committed in our efforts towards serving people,” she tweeted. INCREASING FOOTPRINT ■ The TMC has been buoyant after its stunning victory in Assembly polls last year ■ It is now trying to increase its footprint across the nation ■ The party has made inroads in BJP-ruled Goa and Tripura “As we step into yet another year, ...let us work towards strengthening the federal structure of this nation,” she wrote on the microblogging site. Dilip Ghosh, BJP’s vicepresident, ridiculing the TMC, said: “TMC’s track record of protecting democratic values is abysmal.” —TNS Chandigarh, January 1 Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday blamed the Punjab Governor for the “deliberate and inordinate” delay in clearing the file regarding regularising the services of 36,000 contractual employees in the state. At a press conference here, he said: “I met the Governor and requested him to clear the file at the earliest. The Chief Secretary did likewise, but to no avail.” The CM said it seemed the Governor was acting under pressure of the BJP “If need . be, I will not hesitate to stage a dharna in front of Raj Bhawan along with my Cabinet colleagues and party MLAs to safeguard the legitimate rights of Punjab employees,” he warned. Won’t hesitate to hold a protest outside Raj Bhawan with Cabinet colleagues CS Channi, PUNJAB CM FALSE DECLARATIONS EXPOSED: AAP CM that employees ❝ Thebeenhas publicly acceptedbeen36,000so since the haven’t regularised. We had saying beginning. Will dharna solve the problem? Harpal Singh Cheema, AAP The Punjab Protection and Regularisation of Contractual Employees Bill, 2021, was passed during a special session of the Vidhan Sabha on November 11 last year to regularise the services of contract, ad hoc, work-charged and temporary employees with more than 10 years of service. Despite several phone calls and text messages, The Tribune failed to get any response from the Governor’s press secretary. The CM reiterated that the big fish involved in the drug mafia would be dealt with severely as per the law. Boosting income: Chamomile farming picks up in Dharamsala Lalit Mohan ~55,000/KANAL AID Tribune News Service Dharamsala, January 1 Many women covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have taken to chamomile farming in Dharamsala block. Chamomile is a popular tea flavour. Rural development officers say women involved in its farming will be able to earn Rs 2.5 lakh per hectare annually. Chamomile plants keep giving flowers every three months, thus fetching regular income to the growers. Dharamsala BDO Abhineet ■ Chamomile is a popular tea flavour , its growers will be able to earn ~2.5 lakh per hectare annually, say officials ■ Rural Development Dept is providing Rs 55,000 /kanal assistance to chamomile growers, including farm labour under MGNREGA <
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