13072022-TT-01.qxd 12-07-2022 23:06 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 192 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH GOTABAYA, KIN STOPPED FROM FLYING OUT OF SRI LANKA WORLD /thetribunechd MORE THAN 7,000 PILGRIMS LEAVE FOR AMARNATH YATRA J&K FACTORY OUTPUT GROWTH RISES TO 19.6% IN MAY BUSINESS WON’T ALLOW BID TO CHANGE LAC, SAYS EAM BACK PAGE wednesday | 13 july 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Uddhav backsMurmu after Sena MPs’ plea Deepest look of cosmos No pressure, says ex-CM |Cong slams ‘unfathomable’ move Tribune News Service The image provided by NASA shows a galaxy cluster (SMACS 0723) captured by a new space telescope. AP/PTI from NASA’s new space telescope offers the deepest look of the cosmos ■ The $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s premier space science observatory ■ The ‘deep field’ image released at the White House is filled with stars. It will be followed on Tuesday by four more shots Economy on table at Modi-Biden meet New Delhi, July 12 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually participate in the first summit of the ‘I2U2’ grouping on Thursday along with US President Joe Biden, UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Israel PM Yair Lapid. Called the ‘West Asia Quad’, it was conceptualised NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair's plea seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him at Sitapur to September 7. TNS Rahul goes abroad ahead of key Congress meet NEW DELHI : Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday left for a foreign visit ahead of a key meet of party general secretaries and state heads on July 14 to discuss the details of the Bharat Jodo Yatra. TNS Himachal ex-BJP chief Khimi Ram joins Cong NEW DELHI: Khimi Ram, a former president of the Himachal Pradesh BJP, joined the Congress in the presence of AICC secretary in-charge of the state Rajeev Shukla here on Tuesday. INSIDE SKM to hold panchayat on Aug 22 on MSP, Agnipath NEW DELHI: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Tuesday said it would hold a panchayat on August 22 to protest against the government over the MSP, Agnipath and Lakhimpur Kheri issues. TNS Glitch delays SpiceJet’s Dubai-Madurai flight New Delhi, July 12 Budget carrier SpiceJet’s Dubai-Madurai flight was delayed on Monday after its Boeing B737 Max aircraft’s nose wheel malfunctioned. Today’s incident was the ninth incident of technical malfunction in a SpiceJet aircraft in 24 days. The aircraft was operating on the Mangaluru-Dubai route. After the aircraft landed in Dubai, an engineer found the nose wheel was compressed. The After trial run in June, sanctions-proof ASI killed, 2 cops hurt corridor to Russia via Iran takes off in J&K terror attack New Delhi, July 12 Taking exception to the Centre filing a one-page response to a PIL seeking to declare the PM CARES Fund ‘State’ within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution to ensure transparency in its functioning, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought “an extensive reply”. Sandeep Dikshit will be on joint projects and ways to strengthen economic partnership ■ This time, post-Covid supply chain disruption and rise in inflation due to Ukraine war will be the focus SC defers hearing on Zubair’s plea to Sept 7 9th such incident in 24 days engineer, therefore, decided to ground the aircraft. “Flight delays can happen with any airline There has been no safety scare on this flight,” SpiceJet said. — TNS ■ Uddhav’s announcement PLEA SOUGHT TRANSPARENCY IN ITS FUNCTIONING “You have filed one-page reply to such an important issue. There is not even a whisper of what the senior advocate (Shyam Divan) is arguing. The issue is not so simple. We want an extensive reply,” A Bench led by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said. The court’s comments came after it was informed by the Centre’s counsel that a detailed reply had already been filed in a similar petition filed by the same petitioner. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the arguments raised by petitioner Samyak Gangwal were relevant and needed to be decided. “Let an exhaustive reply be filed because this matter will certainly travel to the apex court and we have to decide all issues raised,” it said. — TNS/PTI New Delhi, July 12 Iran on Tuesday held an elaborate ceremony to welcome the first Russian cargo bound for India via the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a sanctionsproof land-sea transportation corridor passing through a dozen countries. Iran says the transportation of cargo through the north-south corridor has entered the operational phase after completing a trial phase in June when commodities were transited the move as “unfathomable”. Maharashtra Congress veteran Balasaheb Thorat said the Shiv Sena was a compo- THE ROUTE INSTC ROUTE OLD ROUTE Tribune News Service comes a day after Sena MPs urged him not only to back Murmu but also rebuild ties with ‘natural ally’ BJP ■ As of now, 15 Sena MLAs are with Uddhav and 40 with CM Eknath Shinde RUSSIA ■ A train had left Chekhov station in Russia on July 6 and travelled 3,800 km through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to enter Iran IRAN ■ The cargo will be transported to INDIA Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran through a 1,600 km rail route to finally be sent to India’s ARABIAN SEA Nhava Sheva Port via sea CHABAHAR PORT between Russia and India. The project remained in the early stages of execution for many years. But due to new conditions and the disconnection of Russia and Europe, this corridor has come under the spotlight once again for the purpose of carrying cargo between India and Russia. Indicating the importance of this initiative, the Russian cargo of 39 containers was welcomed into Iran by First Vice-President Mohammad continued on page 9 Srinagar, July 12 A Jammu and Kashmir Police officer was killed and two constables were injured when terrorists attacked a police team on the outskirts of the city on Tuesday, officials said. The incident occurred around 7.15 pm when the terrorists fired at a police checkpost in the Lal Bazaar area, the officials said. They said an Assistant SubInspector (ASI) Mushtaq Ahmad was killed while Constables Fayaz Ahmad and Abu Bakar were injured in the attack. PIL filed against Chadha as advisory committee chief Chandigarh, July 12 Hours after the Punjab Government appointed Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha as the chairman of the state’s interim ‘Advisory Committee’, the move today came under the judicial scanner with the filing of a petition in public interest. Challenging the appointment on more than 20 counts, petitioner-advocate Jagmohan Singh Bhatti contended that it was illegal, arbitrary and in exercise of APPOINTMENT ‘VIOLATES’ NORMS ■ The petitioner contended that the appointment of Chadha, RS member from Punjab and an “outsider not being a part of the state Legislative Assembly”, was in violation of the Constitution “non est” or non-existent laws of the state and the Central government. Bhatti also contended that the appointment of Chadha, ■ He submitted that ministeri- al rank has been conferred to the panel. “The person holding a minister’s rank is administered an oath, but there is no such administration of oath to Chadha” Rajya Sabha member from Punjab and an “outsider not being a part of the state Legislative Assembly”, was also in violation of the Constitution. It entailed unwarranted burden on the public exchequer and amounted to “inviting multiple people to run the affairs of the alleged temporary and ad hoc committee to advise the state government on matters of public importance pertaining to public administration”. Bhatti added it, rather, amounted to a “parallel government within the government”, which was not permissible. He added the continued on page 9 Row over angry ‘lions’ replacing benign ones Haryana’s scheme for EWS students VIEWS ON EMBLEM fares poorly, only 6% seats sought Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 12 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the National Emblem atop the new Parliament building, another controversy erupted, this time over the “facial expression and built” of the Ashokan lions on it. While yesterday it was the ceremony that triggered a massive row with Opposition parties accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making ■ Union Minister Hardeep The new national emblem it a “personal event with rituals of one particular religion”, they today accused the gov- Inflation eases to 7.01% in June HC to Centre: File detailed reply on PM CARES Fund ■ The focus of the ‘I2U2’ in the long term IN BRIEF PRESSURE ON EX-CM TO RECONNECT WITH BJP NewDelhi, July12 At least 98% candidates appearing for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will be allotted the exam centres in the city of their choice, UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar said on Tuesday. His comments came against the backdrop of candidates’ grievances about late release of admit cards. — TNS The ‘I2U2’ also has sherpalevel interactions regularly to discuss possible areas of RISE IN INFLATION FOCUS OF I2U2 SUMMIT during the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four countries on October 18, 2021. NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu in Kolkata. 98% to get CUET centre of choice cooperation, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The group will create “new frameworks that aim to harness unique American capabilities to enable partners to work more closely together, which is essential to a more secure, prosperous, and stable Middle East region over the long term,” said a US statement. — TNS MAP NOT TO SCALE ■ The first image, unveiled on Monday, New Delhi, July 12 In the first signs of thaw between the BJP and Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction, the former Maharashtra Chief Minister on Tuesday broke ranks with allies NCP and Congress to announce support for NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. Explaining his decision that “shocked” the allies, Uddhav said there was no pressure on him to back Murmu and he was doing so only because this was the first time a tribal woman leader was contesting for the highest office in the country. “There is no pressure on me to back Droupadi Murmu. Considering the prevailing political atmosphere, I should not have supported her because she is the BJP’s nominee. But we are not narrow-minded.... This is the first occasion when a tribal woman has been nominated to run for the President’s office,” Uddhav said, inviting a sharp reaction from the Congress, which described nent of the erstwhile ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi but it had not discussed the Murmu decision with it. “It is unfathomable why the Sena is supporting Murmu after the government that Uddhav Thackeray led was undemocratically brought down. The presidential election is a battle of ideologies and individuals do not matter in this battle,” Thorat said, adding that the Sena was free to take its call. Uddhav’s announcement came a day after party MPs urged him not only to back Murmu but also rebuild ties with the BJP whom they , called a natural ally. Sena sources said 16 Sena MPs attended a meeting at Uddhav’s residence yesterday and most of them termed the alliance with the Congress and NCP “unnatural”. The Sena has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha. It remains to be seen if Uddhav, after declaring support to Murmu, will also mend ties with the BJP and the breakaway Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led continued on page 9 Puri’s argument about the difference in size of the Sarnath original and the replica atop Parliament failed to convince rival parties. ■ Historian S Irfan Habib objected saying: “Why should our lions look ferocious and full of angst?” ernment of “distorting” the National Emblem by replacing “graceful and regally confi- dent” Ashokan lions with a “menacing, teeth-baring and aggressive” version. Union Minister Hardeep Puri’s argument about the difference in size of the Sarnath original and the replica atop Parliament failed to convince rival parties who insisted it to be yet another “Constitutional violation” by the Modi government. Observers termed the controversy as yet another example of the “growing mistrust and differences between the continued on page 9 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, July 12 The CHEERAG (CM Haryana Equal Education Relief, Assistance and Grant) Scheme, which provides for free education to economically weaker section (EWS) children in private schools from Class II to XII, has evoked a tepid response. Only 1,470 applications NO APPLICATION IN SIX DISTRICTS ■ Only 1,470 applications received for admissions against 24,987 seats in private schools across Haryana ■ Not a single application was received in six districts — Rohtak, Karnal, Mahendragarh, Mewat, Palwal and Panchkula ■ At 615, Hisar got highest number of applications have been received against 24,987 seats reserved under the CHEERAG scheme in 381 private schools across the state. This comes to be just six per cent of the total seats. The last date to apply was continued on page 9 New Delhi, July 12 Retail inflation dropped marginally to 7.01% in June mainly due to slight easing in food prices, though it still remained above the Reserve Bank’s comfort level. The consumer price index-based inflation stood at 7.04% in May and 6.26% in June 2021. — TNS Militants fire at a police check-post in Srinagar The injured cops were rushed to a hospital. “ASI Mushtaq Ahmad succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom. We pay rich tribute to the martyr for his supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty. Other two injured personnel are being treated,” tweeted the Kashmir Zone Police. Political parties and their leaders condemned the attack. — PTI Subhag applies for CIC post, HP may get new CS Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 12 With Himachal Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh applying for the re-advertised post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) despite having one year of service, the state could have a new Chief Secretary. STILL HAS ONE YEAR TO SUPERANNUATE Despite 43 applications being received for the post of CIC when it was advertised earlier, the government chose to invite fresh applications after a meeting of the high-powered committee headed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on June 25. The fresh applicants include two retired IAS officers—JC Sharma, who was Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, and Vikas Labroo. A retired Lt General and two lawyers have also applied for the post. The last date for applications was July 11. The corridors of power are continued on page 9
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