25012022-TTC-01.qxd 25-01-2022 00:38 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO.25 | 22 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 NATO STRENGTHENS EAST EUROPEAN FLANK AMID TENSION WORLD /thetribunechd NEARLY 135 MILITANTS IN PoK READY TO INFILTRATE: BSF J&K MANDHANA IS ICC WOMEN’S CRICKETER OF THE YEAR SPORT EMULATE SAHIBZADAS, MODI TELLS CHILD AWARDEES BACK PAGE tuesday | 25 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Differences stall Congress’ 2nd list Channi backs Bhoa, Khem Karan sitting MLAs IJakhar opposes, cites their ‘sand mining interests’ Aditi Tandon NOMINATIONS START IN PUNJAB FROM TODAY Tribune News Service Union Home Minister Amit Shah, PLC chief Capt Amarinder Singh and BJP president JP Nadda in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL BJP: Alliance must for Punjab’s stability SEAT PACT BJP 65 | PLC 37 | SAD (S) 15 Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 24 The BJP will contest 65 seats, Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress 37 and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) 15 seats in the Punjab Assembly elections, BJP president JP Nadda said here today. Announcing the seat-sharing formula for the NDA alliance, Nadda, however, said there could be minor readjustments. “This is the broad figure that I am giving,” he added. Flanked by allies Amarinder Singh and Dhindsa at the BJP headquarters, he said the forthcoming elections were not only for “satta parivartan” (change in regime), but also to ensure safety and stability in the border state. Referring to the 600-km border India shares with Pakistan and its relationship with the neighbour, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, “If Punjab remains safe, the country remains safe.” “For the sake of stability and security of the country, the alliance is important,” BJP leaders said, building the case around the need for a “stable and safe government” in Punjab given its close proximity to Pakistan and issues like terrorism, drugs and arms smuggling. continued on page 14 IN BRIEF Sedition charges framed against JNU student NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday framed sedition charges against JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case of alleged inflammatory speeches during anti-CAA protests in 2019. BACK PAGE LS, RS to sit separately again amid Covid surge NEW DELHI: The Budget session of Parliament, scheduled from January 31 to February 11, will again have separate Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sittings due to surge in Covid cases. TNS Azad among Cong’s star campaigners for UP NEW DELHI: Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was part of ‘G-23’ that wrote a letter seeking changes in the Congress’ organisational set-up, is among 30 star campaigners for February 10 UP ph-1 poll. INSIDE Glitches mar nomination process on EPFO portal CHANDIGARH: Despite assurances, glitches continue to mar working of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) portal with users not being able to update mandatory e-nomination. BACK PAGE New Delhi, January 24 Disagreement on a number of seats stalled the announcement of Punjab’s second list of candidates with the Congress’ Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on Monday remaining inconclusive. The party has so far declared 86 candidates for the February 20 polls. With Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi skipping the meeting, a sub-committee consisting of veteran leader Ambika Soni, AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Punjab screening panel chairman Ajay Maken was asked to hold discussions with the CM on the pending seats and submit the list to the high ■ Filing of nomination papers will start on Tuesday ■ Only two persons can accompany a candidate ■ Filing time: 11 am to 3 pm from Jan 25 to Feb 1 ■ The number of vehicles too reduced from three to two ■ Nomination papers also avail- able on CEO/DEO website ■ Candidate can deposit secu- CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PCC ex-chief Sunil Jakhar. FILE PHOTO command for approval. Sources said the CEC would not meet again on the Punjab list as the sub-committee had been empowered to finalise the pending names. The sources said sharp dif- ferences between the CM and Punjab Congress campaign in-charge Sunil Jakhar persisted on renominating sitting MLAs Joginder Pal from the Bhoa SC segment and Sukhpal Bhullar from Khem rity through the online mode ■ Typed nomination papers in prescribed format okay Karan. While CM Channi is backing both, Jakhar is learnt to have opposed them citing their “interests in sand mining business”. Also, while the Congress is wanting to shift sitting Gill 1,545.67 POINTS BIGGEST FALL IN 2 MONTHS CLOSES AT 57,491.51 ■ Nifty slumps 468.05 points ■ Global factors, weakQ3 results and pre-Budget nervousness trigger heavy selloff No vax, no entry for R-Day parade Tribune News Service TIGHT VIGIL: A security man stands guard at Rajpath ahead of Republic Day parade. MANAS RANJAN BHUI New Delhi, January 24 The Delhi Police today issued guidelines for the Republic Day parade, saying people attending the event must be fully vaccinated against Covid and children below 15 will not be allowed at the venue on Rajpath. The police said people would have to adhere to all Covid-related protocols such ONLINE POLL TO SELECT BEST CONTINGENT ■ The MoD has asked citizens to watch R-Day parade, Beating the Retreat ceremony online ■ A digital certificate to be issued for watching the events online ■ The registered users can also participate in an online poll for selecting best contingents ■ Registration can be done at www.mygov.in/rd2022 as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Listing the guidelines, the police tweeted the seating blocks would be opened for visitors at 7 am and requested them to arrive accordingly. “Since parking is limited, the visitors have been advised to use carpool or taxi. They are also requested to carry a valid identity card and cooperate during security check,” they said. Majithia’s bail petition dismissed by HC Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 24 Just about a fortnight after senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia was granted interim anticipatory bail in a drugs-related case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed his plea. The setback for Majithia comes a day before the filing of nominations is scheduled to begin for the Punjab Assembly elections. The order was passed by Justice Lisa Gill after hearing rival contentions during COUNSEL SEEKS WEEK’S TIME TO SURRENDER ■ Bikram Majithia’s counsel asked the court for a week’s time to surrender ■ Justice Lisa Gill said the court would consider the request ■ On Dec 20 last year, a case was filed against Majithia under the NDPS Act in Mohali the final arguments on his bail plea this afternoon. The detailed order was yet to be uploaded on the High Court’s official website. The case status on the website said “dismissed”. His counsel, during the course of hearing, asked for a week’s time for Majithia to surrender. Justice Gill said the court would consider the Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Zimbabwe’s cricket team ex-capt may face ICC ban APPROACHED ICC FOUR MONTHS AFTER INCIDENT ■ Brendan Taylor captained Zimbabwe in 2011-2021 ■ He last played for the national team in July last year THREATENED TO MAKE COCAINE VIDEO PUBLIC They offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in, and I foolishly took the bait. Next morning, I was threatened the video (of drug consumption) will be released unless I indulged in spot-fixing. Brendan Taylor ❝ man and his associates, who had made a video of him using cocaine. “We had drinks and during the course of the evening, they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in, and I foolishly took the bait,” Taylor said, adding that the next morning he was threatened that the video would be released unless he indulged in spot-fixing. Taylor said he approached the ICC four months after SENSEX CRASHES INSIDE request. Majithia was earlier granted interim anticipatory bail and directed to join the investigation. The Punjab Government’s stand before Justice Gill’s Bench, on the previous date of hearing, was that Majithia had not extended full cooperation during the investigation. Majithia now has the option to move the Supreme Court following the dismissal of his plea. Else, he can surrender before the police or the court. Among other things, Majithia was — at the time of continued on page 14 Was blackmailed into fixing deal 2 villages insist on sending kids to school Won’t let villagers reopen by Indian businessman: Taylor schools: Fatehabad DC New Delhi, January 24 Former Zimbabwe cricket team captain Brendan Taylor has revealed that an Indian businessman gave him $15,000 in 2019 as a ‘deposit’ to spot-fix matches after blackmailing him into the deal. Taylor, who retired from international cricket in September last year, said the International Cricket Council (ICC) was about to impose a ban on him because he had delayed reporting the incident. In a statement on social media, Taylor said he met the businessman, whom he did not name, in India in October 2019 after being approached to discuss “sponsorships and the potential launch of a T20 competition” in Zimbabwe. “I was handed the $15,000 but was told this was now a ‘deposit’ for spot-fixing and that an additional $20,000 would be paid once the ‘job’ was complete,” he said. He said he didn’t approach the ICC because he was being blackmailed by the business- MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid to Jagraon citing anti-incumbency, he is insistent on recontesting the seat. In Ferozepur Rural, the Congress appears to be inclined to field former AAP leader Ashu Banger, who recently switched over. This means sitting MLA Satkar Kaur could be dropped. The Tribune has learnt that the name of former Punjab CM Harcharan Kaur Brar’s daughter-in-law Karan Brar as a candidate from Muktsar is too on the table. “The party appears to have made up its mind to field her,” a source said. Discussions on Patiala, Jalalabad and Batala are still on. Rahul Gandhi will kickstart Punjab’s election campaign virtually on January 27, the sources said. the incident. “I approached the ICC on my own terms and I hoped that if I explained my predicament, my genuine fear for our safety and well-being, they would understand the delay. Unfortunately, they did not...” Taylor also said he would be “checking into a rehabilitation centre” on January 25 to deal with his substance abuse problem. The ICC is yet to make a formal statement on the issue. — TNS Hisar, January 24 Upset over the closure of schools and learning loss to students, residents of Dhani Bhojraj and Dhani Sanchla in Fatehabad district have announced the “reopening” of the schools in their villages from tomorrow. Their decision, however, is in violation of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which is in force in view of the pandemic. The state had earlier this month extended MUMBAI SCHOOLS REOPEN the closure of physical classes till January 26 as part of the Covid-19 restrictions. The two villages have one government school and three private schools. Fifty per cent of the teaching staff members have been coming to schools, as per government order. Satbir Godara, a resident of Dhani Bhojraj, said: “Both vil- lages took a joint decision on the reopening of the schools. We have requested the district administration to cooperate with us. When political activities and rallies can be organised in poll-bound states then why should students not attend schools?” “We shall send our children to school tomorrow and will stage a dharna if the authorities oppose our move,” said Balwan Lamboria after participating in the villagers’ meeting on the issue in continued on page 14 A trekker being taken to a hospital in Dharamsala. TRIBUNE PHOTO Stuck in snow on D’sala hilltop, 2 trekkers dead Tribune News Service Dharamsala, January 24 Two youths reportedly died of hypothermia after getting trapped in snow on Rising Star hilltop in the Dhauladhar mountain range, near Yol, around 6 km from Dharamsala. Sources said Rohit, Satyam and Rohit of Dharamsala and Monti Dhiman of Nurpur went to the hilltop for trekking on Sunday. They got stuck on the hill due to heavy snowfall in the region. After their parents informed the police that their wards had gone missing, rescue teams were dispatched to the area. They managed to locate the TWO RESCUED ■ The four youths had gone trekking to a hilltop, about 6 km from Dharamsala ■ Got stranded on the hill due to heavy snowfall, but managed to alert their parents ■ Till rescue teams reached the spot, two of them had died youths today, but by then Rohit (son of Paramjit) and Monti had died due to hypothermia. Rohit (son of Raj Kumar) and Satyam were rescued and got admitted to the Dharamsala zonal hospital. Their condition was stated to be stable. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to the respective families. Hockey Olympian Ajit Pal picks the ‘stick’ again Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 24 Hockey Olympian Ajit Pal Singh, 74, who has been named Capt Amarinder-led Punjab Lok Congress’ candidate from Nakodar, had captained the Indian team when it won its first World Cup in 1975. Forty-seven years later, it is his passion for sports that led KEY CONSTITUENCY NAKODAR him to join politics and contest his first election. The Padma Shri awardee, who hails from Sansarpur village, also known as nursery of hockey in Jalandhar, is elated at playing the new innings. Interestingly, PLC’s poll symbol is Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Candidate of PLC which has hockey stick & ball as symbol LED INDIA TO WC WIN IN 1975 ■ Was part of the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich bronze winning Olympic teams ■ Hails from Jalandhar’s Sansarpur, famous as the nursery of hockey hockey stick and ball. “I never intended to join politics in my life. I am told that I am a fit case to fight the elections this time. So why not?” he said, adding his con- cern for the youth of Punjab and the plight of the present day sports also helped him in his decision. Ajit Pal remained part of the Indian hockey team during three World Cups and a host of international championships. He was also part of the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich bronze winning Olympic teams. He was conferred upon continued on page 14
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