17072022-TTC-01.qxd 7/17/2022 12:45 AM Page 1 123 US DOUBLES VISA VALIDITY FOR SAUDIS WORLD /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 196 | 18 PAGES | ~7.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 sunday | 17 july 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Bengal Guv Dhankhar is BJP’s VP candidate Selection a certainty as BJP has majority in Parliament Tribune News Service IN BRIEF Former Punjab Speaker Nirmal Kahlon dead GURDASPUR: Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon died following a heart attack at a private hospital in Amritsar on Saturday. He was 86. INSIDE ICSE Class X result to be declared today NEW DELHI: The ICSE Class X result will be declared on Sunday at 5 pm and will be available at the CAREERS portal of the CISCE and through SMS. TNS India set to cross 2 bn Covid vaccine milestone New Delhi, July 16 The BJP today named West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as the NDA’s candidate for the post of Vice President, the election for which is scheduled for August 6. Making the announcement, BJP president JP Nadda lauded Dhankhar as a “kisan putra” (farmer’s son), who established himself as a “people’s Governor”. The BJP parliamentary board in a meeting, attended by PM Narendra Modi and other senior leaders, picked the 71-year-old Dhankhar after deliberating over several names, Nadda said. Since taking over as the West Bengal Governor in July 2019, Dhankhar has had several run-ins with the Mamata Banerjee-led government. While his proactive conduct has drawn criticism from the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP has backed him, noting that he had stuck to constitutional provisions. Lauding the party’s deci- BJP HAS THE NUMBERS WOOING JATS ■ BJP has majority in the elec- ■ Being a Jat, a backward com- toral college comprising Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs ■ Of the 780 MPs, BJP has 394 while the majority mark is 390 munity in R’sthan, elevation to send a political message ■ Played role in grant of OBC status for Jats in Rajasthan ■ Has had several run-ins with BJP’s arch-rival TMC in WB WELL VERSED IN LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS He will be an outstanding Chair in the Rajya Sabha & guide the proceedings with the aim of furthering national progress. Narendra Modi, PM AAP BACKS YASHWANT SINHA IN PRESIDENTIAL POLL sion, PM Modi tweeted, “Kisan putra Jagdeep Dhankhar ji is known for his humility. He brings with him an illustrious legal, legislative and gubernatorial career. He has always worked for the well-being of farmers, youth, women and the marginalised. Glad that he will be our VP candidate.” The last continued on page 6 Duty to respect judiciary: Gehlot backs SC judges under attack in Nupur case ITBPjawanfiresat3 colleagues,killsself Tribune News Service Jammu, July 16 A day after an Army man killed one of his colleagues and injured two others before killing himself in Poonch district, a similar incident occurred in Udhampur where an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan injured three of his colleagues before ending his life with his service rifle today. NEW DELHI: The coun- try is set to cross a major milestone in its Covid vaccine delivery journey with the administration of a record over 200 crore doses. TNS Makes remarks in presence of CJI, Law Minister New Delhi, July 16 Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday came out in support of two Supreme Court judges who faced criticism for saying that suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma was responsible for the violence that followed her “irresponsible” comments on Prophet Mohammed. “Recently Justice (JB) Pardiwala and Justice Surya Kant said something… It’s our duty to respect the judiciary. One hundred and sixteen people, including former judges of high courts and the Supreme Court, bureaucracy, big officers and many others, were made to stand up against the judges. I don’t know who Chief Justice of India NV Ramana flanked by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in Jaipur on Saturday. PTI SPACE FOR OPPOSITION SHRINKING, SAYS CJI Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday said the space for the Opposition was diminishing, which was not a good sign for a healthy democracy. He also said the country was witnessing a decline in the quality of legislative performance. INSIDE these people were and how this was managed and an issue was created out of it in the country,” Gehlot said in his livestreamed address. continued on page 6 Our Correspondent 2ND FRATRICIDE INCIDENT IN 2 DAYS IN JAMMU DIVISION The incident took place around 3.45 pm on Saturday as constable Bhupendra Singh, a resident of Chamoli in Uttarakhand, opened fire on Dale Ram who is a head constable in the ITBP Gore , Rajnikant and Akhlak Malik, both constables. Bhupendra continued on page 6 Sonia acted via Ahmed to 129 take admission on frame Modi, claims BJP fake Class X certificates Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 16 Ahead of the monsoon session starting Monday, the BJP and Congress engaged in a war of words over PM Narendra Modi’s alleged implication in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. While the ruling dispensation alleged AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, through adviser Ahmed Patel, was the “driving force behind the conspiracy against PM Modi, then Nitish Sharma Cong hits back, says can’t wash hands of Guj riots SPARE LATE LEADER ❝ Charges against the late leader (Ahmed Patel) part of PM Modi’s strategy to absolve himself. Jairam Ramesh, CONGRESS LEADER Gujarat CM, the Congress refuted the charge. BJP continued on page 6 Tribune News Service Kurukshetra, July 16 A case of obtaining a fake Class X certificate and then taking admission in a school on its basis for appearing in the Class XII examination (session 2020-21) in April 2021 — during the Covid period — of the Board of School Education, Haryana, has come to light in Pehowa. The board has detected 129 such candidates belonging to 92 schools in Haryana. Class XII results cancelled by Haryana board INTER-STATE RACKET The fake certificates carried names of 31 state boards, including those of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Jharkhand, UP, Bihar, MP and Uttarakhand. Board secretary Krishan Kumar in his complaint to continued on page 6 Mann defends grandfather who honoured Gen Dyer Sangrur MP’s comment on Bhagat Singh stirs debate on Arur Singh’s act Vishav Bharti INTERACTION WITH GEN DYER AT ‘SIROPA’ CEREMONY Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 16 In calling Bhagat Singh a “terrorist”, is Sangrur MP Simranjit Singh Mann trying to cover up the “hurtful” act of his grandfather? It seems so as his maternal grandfather Arur Singh, then sarbarah (incharge) of the Golden Temple, honoured General Reginald Dyer with a “siropa” at Akal Takht after the Jallian- SS MANN “Sahib,”priests said, “you must become a Sikh.” The General thanked them, but said he could not, as a British officer, grow his hair long. Arur Singh laughed and said, “We will let you off... the long hair.” Gen Dyer said, “But I cannot give up smoking.” “That you must do,” said Arur Singh. “No,” wala Bagh massacre in 1919. Though Arur Singh’s act had hurt the collective Sikh PM: FREEBIES FOR VOTES DANGEROUS BACK PAGE said the General, “I am very sorry, but I cannot give up smoking.” The priests conceded, “We will let you give it up gradually.” “That I promise you,” said the General, “at the rate of one cigarette a year.” (SOURCE: THE AKALI MOVEMENT BY PROF MOHINDER SINGH) psyche and remained a “black chapter” in the Sikh history, Mann has always defended the move. At a press conference on Friday, continued on page 6
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