12062022-TTC-01.qxd 12-06-2022 00:16 Page 1 123 UK’S ASYLUM PLAN GETS COURT NOD WORLD /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 161 | 18 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 sunday | 12 june 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Thaw in ties with Kabul, flights from next week Sandeep Dikshit Taliban allow peace negotiator to return from India exile Tribune News Service HATE REMARK: FRESH VIOLENCE IN HOWRAH ■ Protesters-cops clash, houses gut- ted, Bengal BJP president arrested ■ Ranchi under heavy police cover as two die of gunshot wounds ■ UP Police arrest 227 protesters for violence after Friday prayers ■ Student groups protest at DU, seek arrest of Nupur, Jindal INSIDE New Delhi, June 11 In signs of thaw in ties, the Taliban have announced that they would soon resume flights to India, most likely from next week. On Saturday, the Taliban also permitted Dr Abdullah Abdullah, former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, to return to Afghanistan from India. Rahmatullah Agha, chief of Afghanistan’s flag carrier, Ariana Afghan Airlines, announced that it would soon resume flights to India, China and Kuwait, but the focus was on New Delhi. “Flights will soon start to India, where there are a lot of goods. A number of our passengers are there for treatment. Our flights to India, China and Kuwait will start soon,” he said. The decision to resume flights to India and allow the return of Dr Abdullah Peace negotiator Dr Abdullah Abdullah at Kabul airport. TWITTER AID TO AFGHANISTAN ■ India donated 20,000 tonne wheat, 13 tonne medicines, 5 lakh Covid vaccine doses ■ Another 30,000 tonne wheat and life-saving medicines to be sent soon ■ India also gifted 10 lakh vaccine doses to Tehran for Afghan refugees in Iran Abdullah comes after the first visit of an Indian official delegation to Kabul on June 2, since the Taliban EYEING AGRI MARKET is a ❝ India’s marketagri good opportunity for our sector. It is now the season of grapes, pomegranates, apricots, saffron and medicinal plants. M Hajizada, AF CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK takeover, and their meetings with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and continued on page 7 Invalid vote: Focus on Cong agent, he stays mum Bhartesh Singh Thakur RAJYA SABHA RESULTS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 11 A day after the keenly contested Haryana Rajya Sabha poll ended in a defeat for the Congress, a blame game has erupted in the party’s state unit over the lone invalid vote that tilted the scale in favour of Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma. A media baron backed by the ruling BJP-JJP alliance, Kartikeya defeated Ajay Maken, a Congress general secretary who has also remained a Union minister. STATE SEATS CONG+ BJP MAHA R’STHAN K’TAKA HARYANA 6 4 4 2 3* 3 1 — 3 1 3 2 *1 SEAT EACH FOR MVA ALLIES CONG, SENA, NCP FOR CONG, RERUN OF 2004 In 2004, a Cong vote was declared invalid due to a dot on ballot paper, leading to Kiran Choudhry’s defeat The counting for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana was conducted in the wee hours today follow- BISHNOI EXPELLED The Congress on Saturday expelled Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi from all party positions after he openly cross-voted against party nominee Ajay Maken in Rajya Sabha poll held on Friday. ing a clearance from the Election Commission. A vote polled in favour of the Congress candidate had a tick mark against his name instead of a numerical ‘1’. It was, thus, declared invalid. Congress state in-charge Vivek Bansal, the party’s authorised agent to see ballot papers of MLAs, refused to disclose whose vote was declared invalid. “Though I checked all ballot papers, I can’t comment on who marked a tick instead of writing ‘1’ against the name,” he said. In the Rajya Sabha poll, a ballot paper has to be shown to the party’s authorised agent for it to be counted as a valid vote. continued on page 7 Nagaland Police chargesheet 30 soldiers of 21 Para Special Force Russian company to modernise 24 airports NEW DELHI: Russia’s Technical Systems has signed a contract with the Airports Authority of India for the supply of radio equipment. The firm will manufacture 34 sets of instrument landing system ILS 734 to modernise 24 Indian airports, said a Russian embassy release. TNS 13 DIED IN BOTCHED OPERATION MAJOR AMONG THOSE INDICTED BY PROBE President Ram Nath Kovind with his wife in Kullu on Saturday. PTI ■ SIT revealed Army team President Kovind visits Atal Tunnel didn’t follow SOPs and rules of engagement ■ Resorted to indiscriminate firing, which led to killing of 13 civilians ■ Chargesheet against 30 soldiers, including a Major, filed in court FILE PHOTO Dimapur, June 11 The Nagaland Police have chargesheeted at least 30 members of the 21 Para Special Force, including a Major, in the December 4, 2021, botched Army operations in the OtingTiru area of Mon district, which claimed 13 lives. An SIT probe found that the Army team had not followed the standard operating procedure and the rules of engagement and resorted to indiscriminate firing on civilians. T John Longkumer, DGP , said a case was registered at the Tizit police station after 13 civilians were killed in an ambush laid for militants as a result of mistaken identity and a scuffle with villagers. The case was re-registered by the crime wing of the state police on December 5 against continued on page 7 IN BRIEF PU alumnus UN chief’s Envoy on Technology NEW DELHI: Senior diplomat and Panjab University (PU) alumnus Amandeep Singh Gill has been appointed UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s first Envoy on Technology. BACK PAGE China hardening position along LAC: US Def Secy NEW DELHI: China is continuing to harden its position along the borders with India, US Defence Secretary Lloyd James Austin said, stressing that America always stands by its friends. BACK PAGE Kullu, June 11 President Ram Nath Kovind said today the future of the country was associated with the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang. Interacting with mediapersons at the south portal of the Atal Tunnel, he said it was a marvellous creation. He said infrastructure development would help the country grow. “I had visited Manali many times, but could not visit Lahaul because of various hindrances. I am glad that I was able to visit the Lahaul valley because of the tunnel,” he said. Earlier, the President, along with First Lady Savita Kovind and his daughter, arrived at Sissu in Lahaul-Spiti. They were welcomed by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and CM Jai Ram Thakur. INSIDE 12 langars at Musa village to mark singer’s b’day Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Fans pay tribute to Sidhu Moosewala at his village in Mansa. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bathinda, June 11 Slain singer Sidhu Moosewala’s family on Saturday shared a 41-second video on his Instagram account to mark his 29th birthday. The video, which garnered lakhs of views, showed the singer’s childhood moments with his parents. Moosewala’s death has left a void in the hearts of his fans, PREZ POLL: DIDI CALLS OPPN MEETONJUNE15BACK PAGE which was evident even at the “antim ardas” for him as thousands of people from various walks of life attended it. Since last night, Moosewala has been trending on top social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, as emotional fans showered their love on the singer, demanding justice in the case. Many social continued on page 7
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