11082022-TTC-01.qxd 8/11/2022 CHINA REAFFIRMS THREAT TO ANNEX TAIWAN WORLD /thetribunechd 12:14 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 221 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 thursday | 11 august 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Nitish throws dart at PM: ‘Will 2014 winners be victors in 2024?’ Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service NewDelhi, August10 Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar, who today took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar for a record eighth time, stressed the merits of “Opposition unity” and dismissed speculations that he was a contender for the post of Prime Minister. At the same time, however, Nitish threw an open challenge to PM Narendra Modi (though without naming him) after the swearing-in ceremony. Says not contender for PM’s post | Calls for Oppn unity Miffed, BJP holds protests in Patna ‘NO-TRUST’ AGAINST SPEAKER “Those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024? I would like all (Opposition parties) to be united for 2024. I am not a contender for any such post,” he told mediapersons. Five years after Nitish resigned and walked out of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress ‘Mahagathbandhan’, accusing the Lalu Prasad Yadav family of “corruption”, he and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav were sworn in as Chief Minister and Deputy CM, respectively, by Governor Phagu Chauhan. continued on page 9 EDIT: Nitish’s gambit Nitish Kumar with Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav after taking oath as Bihar CM for a record eighth time in Patna on Wednesday. PTI New Delhi, August 10 The BJP staged protests in Patna ahead of the oath-taking ceremony. Top BJP leaders, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nityanand Rai, Sushil Modi and Mangal Pandey, claimed he had lost support by joining hands with the “most corrupt” party. “It’s good riddance,” they claimed. Contrary to the buzz, the BJP leaders said that “no one, least of all Union Home Minister Amit Shah, contacted Nitish or tried to stop him,” dismissing charges the BJP had tried to split the JD(U) like the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. “Nitish has insulted the people’s verdict and pushed Bihar into darkness and uncertainty”, claimed Prasad. — TNS WANTED VP’S POST: BJP JD(U)’S DWINDLING NUMBERS BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi alleged Nitish Kumar wanted to become Vice-President and he dumped the BJP after the party failed to accommodate his ambitions. Nitish had 117 MLAs in 2010, 72 in 2015, and now 43. Many political commentators say his image is teflon-coated. The numbers don’t show that. ❝ Prashant Kishor, POLL STRATEGIST SC orders shifting all FIRs Panipat gets country’s against Nupur to Delhi first 2G ethanol plant New Delhi, August 10 The Supreme Court on Wednesday provided relief to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma by clubbing all FIRs lodged against her across the country in connection with her remark on the Prophet and transferring these to the Delhi Police. “Whatever view we have taken as a three-judge Bench in the Mohammed Zubair case and some other cases, we will follow,” said a Bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, which ordered that the future FIRs against Nupur would also be transferred to the Delhi Police. The three-judge Bench had on July 20 ordered the IN BRIEF Prophet row: Asks her to approach Delhi HC for quashing of cases release of Zubair, co-founder of Alt News, on interim bail continued on page 9 Panipat, August 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated to the nation India’s first secondgeneration (2G) ethanol plant and said it would go a long way in curbing pollution in the NCR and raising farm income. PM Modi said the plant, worth about Rs 900 crore, would save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 3 lakh metric tonnes in a year. “In simpler terms, it will be equivalent to taking 61,000 cars off the road annually,” he said, addressing the event through video-conference. Based on ‘Infinity’ technology developed by private firm Praj Industries Limited, the project is a major leap towards Will curb NCR pollution FARMERS WILL BENEFIT ❝ Pollution-causing stubble will be used to produce ethanol.... The initiative will increase the income of farmers. PM fulfilling the Centre’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. continued on page 9 Majithia given bail in drugs case Justice Lalit to take oath State had contended he had links with peddlers in Canada as 49th CJI on Aug 27 Tribune News Service AAP, SAD IN COLLUSION NEW DELHI: Justice UU Lalit was on Wednesday appointed the 49th CJI with the President signing his warrant of appointment. He will assume charge on August 27. TNS Bail for Varavara Rao on medical grounds NEW DELHI: The SC has granted bail to 82-year-old poet P Varavara Rao, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, on medical grounds. TNS Nod to Corbevax as booster dose for adults Chandigarh, August 10 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asserted that it was satisfied about the existence of reasonable grounds to believe that senior Akali leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia was not guilty of the offences alleged against him in a case registered under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The assertion came as a Division Bench of the High Court AAP, whose chief Kejriwal had apologised to Majithia, failed to pursue the case or provide evidence, despite repeated requests... People should now decide who has colluded with whom. Bikram Majithia after his release Ravneet Bittu, CONGRESS MP granted regular bail to him. The Bench of Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Jus- tice Sureshwar Thakur asserted that it was of the continued on page 9 Centre has approved Corbevax as a precaution dose for those above 18 fully vaccinated with either Covishield or Covaxin. TNS Domestic airfare caps to go from August 31 NEW DELHI: Airfare caps imposed on domestic airlines in 2020 during the pandemic will go from August 31. BACK PAGE ICAR develops vax for lumpy skin disease NEW DELHI: In a breakthrough, two ICAR institutes have developed an indigenous vaccine for lumpy skin disease in cattle. PTI Wanted for KP staffer’s killing, ultra shot dead Cong, CPM move no-trust motion against HP Govt Our Correspondent NEW DELHI: For the first time, the Shimla, August 10 The Congress and the CPM moved a no-confidence motion against the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government in the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session here on Wednesday. Speaker Vipin Parmar accepted the motion after the Opposition created a ruckus. Parmar fixed four hours for a debate on the no-confidence motion on Thursday after suspending all other listed business. INSIDE Srinagar, August 10 In a major success for the security forces, a Lashkar-eToiba (LeT) militant, accused of killing Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat, was among three ultras gunned down in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district today, the police said. The security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Watirhall in Khansahib area of the district IAF CHIEF SAYS MUST UPGRADE OFFICERS’ TRAINING BACK PAGE Rahul Bhat was killed inside Budgam office following inputs about the presence of terrorists, an official continued on page 9
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