14012022-TT-01.qxd 1/13/2022 11:17 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.14 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH PANT HITS UNBEATEN TON, INDIA SET S AFRICA TARGET OF 212 SPORT /thetribunechd US, NATO TALKS SO FAR UNSUCCESSFUL, SAYS RUSSIA WORLD RIL TO INVEST ~5.95L CR FOREST COVER UP BY IN GREEN ENERGY 2,261 SQ KM IN 2 YEARS, PROJECTS BUSINESS SAYS REPORT BACK PAGE friday | 14 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India, China fail to end LAC deadlock, Cong CEC meets to select candidates but both agree on holding more talks for Punjab polls Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 13 Almost 20 months into the military standoff, India and China have yet again failed to agree on resolving all points of friction along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The 14th round of Corps Commander-level marathon meeting over 13 hours ended at 10.30 pm on Wednesday on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo border point. Sources told The Tribune there would be no immediate disengagement of troops from Patrolling Point (PP)-15, also known as Hot Springs. Resultantly, Indian forces would stick MoD STATEMENT SAYS... HOT SPRINGS LOGJAM ■ Both sides should follow the ■ No immediate disengagement guidance provided by state leaders and work for the resolution of remaining issues at the earliest. of troops from Patrolling Point (PP)-15, also known as Hot Springs, said sources. ■ Resultantly, Indian forces will stick to their locations and positions at the LAC. Both sides have some 75,000 troops in the sector. ■ The two sides have agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue. NO BLAME GAME ‘UNCONSTRUCTIVE’ REMARKS The statements issued this time were not as blunt as those issued after the 13th round of talks on Oct 10, 2021, when they blamed each other for the failure of the talks. to their locations and positions at the LAC. Weapons, equipment, tanks, artillery guns and other high technology surveil- ❝ Hope certain individuals refrain from making ‘unconstructive’ remarks. China on General’s remarks lance systems would also be around. Both sides have some 75,000 troops in the sector. A statement issued by the Ministry of Defence on Thursday evening said representatives from the defence and foreign affairs establishments of the two sides were present at the meeting. “They agreed that both sides should follow the guidance provided by the state leaders and work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.” The statements issued by both sides were not as blunt and sharp as those issued after the 13th round of talks on October 10, 2021, when they blamed each other for the failure of the talks. This time, the statement said: “The two sides have agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually continued on page 9 FIVE DIE AS TRAIN DERAILS IN BENGAL 5 PERSONS were killed and 45 injured in a train mishap in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal 12 BOGIES of Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed between Domahani and Mainaguri stations 5 PM when the accident occurred under Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway Took stock the ❝the bereavedoffamilies. situation... My thoughts are with Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER New Delhi, January 13 The Congress president Sonia Gandhi-led central election committee, comprising former PM Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal, Girija Vyas, Janardan Dwivedi, Mukul Wasnik, Veerappa Moily and Mohsina Kidwai, held a virtual meeting late Thursday evening to finalise candidates for the February 14 Punjab elections. Sources said Manmohan Singh could not attend the meeting because of frail health. Punjab Congress campaign committee chairman Sunil Jakhar is learnt to have joined the meeting from abroad. Names of candidates for 60-70 seats are expected to be cleared in the first list, actor Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika among them. She is expected to contest from Moga. The candidature of singer Sidhu Moosewala, an aspirant from Mansa, too will be discussed. The party is expected to first clear the names of a majority of sitting MLAs, including the candidature of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, ministers and former state unit president Partap Bajwa. Sources said the issue of a CM face in Punjab may also come Exodus from BJP continues, one Anti-CAA activist on more minister, 2 MLAs resign UP Congress’ first list Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service CM face: Kejriwal leaves it to voters Chandigarh, January 13 The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday left it to the voters to choose the CM candidate even as party convener Arvind Kejriwal declared he was not in the race. He asked the voters to either call on 7074870748 or send a message on WhatsApp. “We want to leave the choice to the people of Punjab… they can give their option by January 17,” he said, claiming he had acted on Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann’s suggestion. “I told Bhagwant that I should clear his name, but he said we should not choose the CM face at a closed-door meeting,” he said. “My personal choice is not important… public’s choice is supreme. But I reiterate that I will not be the CM face,” Kejriwal added. INSIDE REBELS MEET SP CHIEF New Delhi, January 13 Exodus from the BJP in Uttar Pradesh continued for the third day. One more minister and two MLAs quit the party on Thursday. The total number of leaders who left the saffron party since Tuesday rose to nine. Rebel leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan warned of more resignations. OBC leader Dharam Singh Saini, who became the third minister to resign from the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet this week, claimed the trouble within the BJP started more than a year ago. “Almost 140 MLAs launched a dharna against the government because of the way oppressed and backward were being treated. We were waiting for the right moment. One minister is resigning every day. This will go on till January 20,” he said. Maurya, who today led rebel leaders at a meeting ■ OBC leader Swami Prasad ~4 cr ‘bogus bill’ scandal hits Haryana forest dept Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 13 A scam involving alleged embezzlement of government funds through bogus bills has come to light at the Haryana Forest Department’s Research Division in Pinjore. The alleged bungling, amounting to Rs 4 crore, is learnt to have taken place in the first quarter of 2021. It’s a curious case of plants allegedly being ferried on a motorbike, continued on page 9 GLARING ANOMALIES ■ Lakhs of polythene bags shown filled with soil even before empty bags supplied ■ Soil shown filled in 12 lakh bags even as 10.30 lakh supplied ■ 10.30 lakh bags supplied, but bills claimed for 14.40 lakh ■ ~74.68 lakh ‘spent’ on manure and sand, but no record to justify purchase ■ ~46,575 spent on ferrying plants, but vehicle details of a motorcycle provided Maurya and other rebel BJP leaders met with SP chief Akhilesh on Thursday ■ Dharam Singh Saini, third minister to quit Yogi Cabinet, said their movement started over a year ago ■ He claimed the trouble started as the government ill-treated oppressed and backward classes << SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with UP Minister Dharam Singh Saini in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, claimed “endgame” for the BJP. “I will not give up till they (the BJP and RSS) are wiped out from UP,” he tweeted in Hindi. Shikohabad MLA Mukesh Verma while resigning from the party cited the UP government’s “lack of respect” towards backward classes and Dalits as the reason. While most of the legislators belong to the OBC category, a Brahmin MLA, Bala Prasad Awasthi, is also believed to have walked out of the BJP today, sources said. The four-term MLA from Lakhimpur Kheri is a known Brahmin face in the Terai region. BJP sources said most of rebel leaders are “loyalists” of Maurya. New Delhi, January 13 The mother of Unnao rape victim Asha Singh, anti-Citizenship Amendment Act activist Sadaf Jafar and Sonbhadra’s tribal leader Ram Raj Gond have made it to the first list of 125 candidates the Congress announced on Thursday. The list has 50 women (40 per cent of the total) as earlier promised by AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who herself evaded queries on whether she would contest the upcoming elections. Priyanka, however, said she would continue to work in UP even after the elections and contribute to other states as well, should the party ask her to. The candidate list, she said, sends out the message “that the Congress will support those fighting against injustice. It will help them enter electoral politics and take power into their own hands to Also among 50 women candidates, mother of Unnao rape victim Sadaf Zafar bring their struggles to fruition.” She also said the Congress wanted to herald a “new kind of politics in UP”, the politics of positive agenda and people’s issues. “We need to steer the politics of UP and the country into a more positive direction, and on the issues that concern the people. Look at the level of our health spending, our education expenditure. It is much easier to mobilise people on hate. It is difficult to mobilise them on positive agendas. We need continued on page 9 ■ Badal started as youngest sarpanch of Badal village in 1947 Archit Watts ■ Contested 1st Assembly poll from Tribune News Service Malout on Cong ticket in 1957 ■ He first became CM in 1970, youngest person to hold the post at that time ■ He was the oldest CM in 2012. If he contests again, will be the oldest candidate in fray Lambi (Muktsar), January 13 The extreme cold weather conditions notwithstanding, the grand old man of Punjab politics, Parkash Singh Badal, has started door-to-door campaigning at his home turf Lambi. At 94, he is the oldest active politician of the state. The former CM had been regularly holding public meet- Ex-CM Parkash Singh Badal campaigns in Lambi constituency. TRIBUNE PHOTO ings before the imposition of poll code and subsequent ban on political gatherings. Though Badal has already covered most part of the Lam- bi constituency, he decided to go door-to-door to mobilise support for the SAD in the remaining around 15 villages. Badal today spent nearly Bigger share for Youth Cong expected Rajmeet Singh CS Channi Sidhu Moosewala Navjot Sidhu Malvika Sood Party’s poll posters to carry pictures of Chief Minister CS Channi, Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Sidhu and former PCC president Sunil Jakhar for ‘inclusivity’ up for discussions. While Channi feels the Congress has always won whenever a CM face has been declared before elections, Sidhu believes the decision must be left to the “people of Punjab.” The sources said the screening committee decided that poll posters must carry the pictures of CM Channi, Sidhu and Jakhar for “an inclusive appeal.” — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 13 The first list of 70 Congress candidates for the Punjab elections will be released on Makar Sankranti (Friday). PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has already announced that the youth will get greater representation than in the last elections and that he will honour merit. He has been batting for a number of young leaders working in the organisational setup. Twelve leaders associated with the IYC are reported to have sought the party ticket. In the 2017 Assembly elections, the party had fielded 11 from the IYC state unit. Barinder Dhillon, Punjab Youth Congress chief, is a front-runner from the Ropar segment followed by Amarpreet Singh Lally from Garhshankar. Lally is IYC general secretary and a former Punjab Youth Congress chief. IN BRIEF Tree felling: PWD directed to stop road work SOLAN: Taking a strict note of reckless felling of trees for a link road in Kasauli tehsil, the Forest Department on Thursday directed the Public Works Department to stop the construction. INSIDE HC refuses to stay CIC order on Hockey India NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) directing Hockey India to disclose certain information, including list of its members. PTI NEW DELHI: Online food delivery platform Zomato on Thursday said it would provide a job to Sucheta Tripathi, wife of its delivery partner Salil Tripathi who died in a road accident last week. PTI WILL BE OLDEST IN FRAY IF HE CONTESTS POLL 2022 ON FIRST LIST Delivery man’s death: Zomato offers job to wife At 94, Badal relentless, goes door to door PUNJAB Names for 60-70 seats expected to be cleared four hours at Mann village. He remained seated in his car most of the time and met villagers from a distance. continued on page 9 BSF dy commandant held for ~100 crore fraud GURUGRAM: The police have arrested a BSF deputy commandant, his wife and sister for allegedly defrauding three businessman of over ~100 crore by promising construction contract in the NSG. TNS Protect livelihoods: PM at Covid review meet New Delhi, January 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ruled out any lockdown in the wake of Covid surge and urged states and UTs to focus on local containment to ensure minimum impact on livelihoods and growth momentum. “While making any strategy, it is very important to keep in mind that there should be minimum damage to economic activities. The momentum of growth should be maintained. It would be better to focus more on local containment,” the PM said in his closing remarks at a Covid review meeting with CMs even as India saw 2,47,417 new infections, the highest in 236 days. Asking people to stay alert but avoid panic, the PM said vaccine was the best tool against all variants and it was important to fight vaccine hesitancy. He also stressed the need to strengthen home isolation to minimise burden on hospitals. — TNS Rules out lockdown, urges local containment 23% HOSPITALISATION, LOWER THAN 2ND WAVE Data from Chandigarh hospitals reveal 23% occupancy as against 85100% during second wave. UT has 1,206 Covid beds and 278 of these are occupied. ‘AAP JIYEN QAYAMAT TAK’: CHANNI TO PM Punjab CM Charanjit Channi on Thursday wished PM Modi a long life. He was quoted as having said: “Aap jiyen qayamat tak aur qayamat naa aaye.” He urged the PM to expedite health infrastructure projects in Punjab that could not be inaugurated on January 5 due to ‘security lapse.’ TNS
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