13062022-TT-01.qxd 6/12/2022 Page 1 13 ATTAINED NEW HEIGHTS IN GRAM SWARAJ: PM NATION /thetribunechd 10:32 PM CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.162 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH monday | 13 june 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Working on LAC peace, good ties in interests of both nations: China Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 12 China and India are neighbours, and maintaining a good relationship meets the interests of both countries, Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe said in Singapore on Sunday, stressing that the two nations are working together for peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue, Wei also called for peaceful means for settling ON BORDER CONFLICT We have had 15 rounds of talks at commander level with the Indians and we are working together for peace in this area ❝ General Wei Fenghe, CHINESE DEF MIN territorial disputes, including those in the South China Sea. “But on frictions along the border areas, the merit of the issue is clear. I personally experienced the start and end of the frictions as Defence Minister,” he added. Asserting China’s longstanding position on Taiwan, Wei warned: “If anyone dares to secede Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight. We will fight at all costs. And we will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China.” Refuting US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s speech at the Dialogue a day earlier, Zhang said the US’ strategy was designed to destroy peace. Austin had called the IndoPacific strategy “our priority continued on page 8 Sonia Gandhi hospitalised New Delhi, June 12 Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital today due to Covid-related issues. Party media chief tweeted the information saying she was stable and would be kept at the hospital for observation. “We thank all Congress members and well-wishers for their concern and good wishes,” Surjewala said. Sonia was summoned by the ED on June 8, but she sought time citing Covid illness. —TNS IN BRIEF Bishop Franco set to resume pastoral duties THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vati- can is learnt to have approved Jalandhar ex-Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s return to pastoral duties post acquittal. PTI Khattar’s residence now ‘Sant Kabir Kutir’ CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said on Sunday that his official residence would now be known as “Sant Kabir Kutir”. INSIDE The ‘illegally constructed’ house of alleged mastermind of Friday violence being razed in Prayagraj. PTI Bulldozers out in Prayagraj, house of key accused razed Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 12 In a massive crackdown after the Friday violence over the anti-Prophet remarks of two former BJP spokespersons, the UP Police arrested 304 people from eight districts while the Prayagraj Development Authority demolished “an illegal property” owned by one Javed Shah, who the cops alleged was the mastermind of the violence in the city. This was the third demolition of “illegal properties” in AKHILESH TWEETS VIDEO ARRESTS IN EIGHT UP ON ‘BEATINGS IN LOCKUP’ DISTS POST VIOLENCE ■ SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a video of policemen thrashing some men with sticks in a ‘lockup’, saying questions must be raised ■ UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya mocked: “Rioters are being beaten up but Akhilesh Yadav is feeling the pain.” two days in the state. On Saturday, the “illegal properties” of two others accused of vio- PRAYAGRAJ SAHARANPUR HATHRAS AMBEDKAR NAGAR MORADABAD FIROZABAD ALIGARH JALAUN 91 71 51 34 34 15 6 2 lence in Saharanpur were similarly brought down by continued on page 8 Despite notices, Punjab MLAs refuse to vacate flats Rajmeet Singh Vidhan Sabha Sectt plans ‘final action’ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 12 Nearly four months after their defeat in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, a few former legislators continue to cling on to the MLA hostel flats allotted to them during the previous Congress regime. And that too despite the MLAs, belonging to the Opposition Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), being served several notices. The Vidhan Sabha Secretariat is now planning to serve a final 15-day notice on the illegal occupants with a strict warning to face eviction proceedings if the premises weren’t vacated. The flats continued on page 8 THOSE ON THE LIST SHIROMANI AKALI DAL People led by a Buddhist monk march from Leh to Kargil. Buddhist monk’s march stirs communal tension in Ladakh Bikram S Majithia Gurpartap S Wadala Arjun Sharma CONGRESS Gurpreet Singh GP Kulbir Zira Sukhpal Bhullar | Angad Saini | Raminder Awla | Satkar Kaur Jammu, June 12 A march by a monk has triggered communal tension in Ladakh, the northernmost UT of the country. The march, started from Buddhist-dominated Leh on May 31, will end in Muslim-dominated Kargil on June 14. ROOTS FOR MONASTERY AT CONTROVERSIAL SITE IN KARGIL Choskyong Palga Rinpoche started the journey along with his followers. He aims at laying the stone of a monastery at a controversial site in Kargil. Some members of the Muslim community have already continued on page 8 Mid-day meals back in Haryana schools Himachal to provide smartphones to To be served from July 1| Scheme was halted during Covid meritorious students Ravinder Saini Rohtak, June 12 Suspended in 2020 with the onset of Covid, mid-day meals are set to be cooked and served again at all government schools across Haryana from July 1 when classes resume after the summer break. At present, dry ration is supplied to Class I-VIII students at their houses and they are paid cooking expenses too. A few schools had started serving meals on their own days before the vacation began. FILE PHOTO Tribune News Service There are over 15 lakh students at more than 13,500 schools in the state who are served mid-day meals. Sources said the decision to cook the mid-day meals again in all schools had been taken in view of the declining number of Covid cases. The matter had been discussed threadbare by the education higher-ups with the authorities concerned in the district administration, they said. The Directorate of Elementary Education recently directed the District Elementary Education Officers to restore the facility in all schools from July 1. An Education Department continued on page 8 FRANCE VOTES, STAKES HIGH FOR MACRON WORLD Shimla, June 12 Smartphones will be provided to meritorious students of Classes X and XII for the academic session 2020-21 in Himachal Pradesh. The procurement committee has given its consent and the proposal has been sent to the state government for approval. The cost of smartphones would be around Rs 15,000 each and 10,000 students would benefit under the scheme, said Director Higher Education Amarjeet Sharma. INSIDE
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