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CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA monday | 29 august 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com GONE IN 9 SECONDS 3,700 kg explosive used to raze Noida’s twin towers 2.30 pm floors come crashing down 5,000 people in nearby societies evacuated 200 pets, 3,000 vehicles removed EXECUTION COST ~20 CR TO BE BORNE BY SUPERTECH ~500 CR VALUE OF TWIN TOWERS 55,000- 80,000 tonnes of debris at site, will take 3 months to clear BROUGHT DOWN ON SC’S ORDER Cong to elect its chief on Oct 17 Says only party to hold such poll | Anand raises doubts over voter list Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 28 Facing serial defections, the Congress on Sunday announced that the election for its president would be held on October 17 in case of a contest even as G-23 leader Anand Sharma questioned the sanctity of the electoral rolls. The CWC chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi met in a virtual mode under the shadow of veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad’s departure and ELECTION SCHEDULE LAST POLL IN 2017 Notification Sept 22 Nominations Sept 24-30 Scrutiny Oct 1 Withdrawal Oct 8 Election (IF NEEDED) Oct 17 Counting & result Oct 19 ■ Nearly 9,000 PCC delegates to vote in state headquarters ■ In 2017, Rahul Gandhi was chosen unanimously ■ If single nominee is left in the fray, then the president will be known on Oct 8 ONLY A HANDFUL OF CONTESTS SO FAR BACK PAGE unanimously approved the election schedule with nominations to be filed between September 24 and 30. October 8 would be the last date for the withdrawal and the party president would be known the same day if a single nominee is left in the fray. The poll schedule has been pushed back by 29 days. The CWC had last year approved the August 21-September 20 window for the election. The Tribune has, meanwhile, learnt that before Chairman of the Congress Election Authority Madhusudan Mistry presented the poll schedule to the CWC today, Anand Sharma questioned the sanctity of the electoral rolls. He asked if the due process laid down under the Congress Constitution continued on page 9 Staring at ouster, Soren may make his wife CM Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service BHUVNESHWAR 4/26 INDIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS Indian team celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan’s Babar Azam during an Asia Cup match in Dubai. AP/PTI Another drug peddler held in Phogat case Panaji, August 28 The Goa Police have arrested one more drug peddler in connection with the case of alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, an official said on Sunday. With this, five persons have so far been arrested in the case. If needed, will seek CBI probe: Goa CM Phogat (43), a former Tik Tok star and contestant on the reality TV show “Big Boss”, was brought dead to a hospital on August 23, a day after her arrival in Goa. On Saturday night, the Anjuna police in North Goa district arrested drug peddler Ramadas Mandrekar for allegedly supplying drugs to another peddler Dattaprasad Gaonkar, who is already in custody in connection with the case, the official said. Gaonkar had allegedly supplied drugs to two other accused Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh, who had accompanied Phogat on the Goa trip. The Goa Police on Saturday said Phogat was given methamphetamine, a recreational drug, by her aides Sangwan and Sukhwinder continued on page 9 New Delhi, August 28 With Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren staring at disqualification as an MLA following the Election Commission’s (EC) recommendation against him in the mining lease case, there is a buzz in Ranchi that the JMM leader may hand over the reins to his wife Kalpana Soren in case he ran out of options. This would somewhat be on the lines of Bihar where RJD veteran Lalu Prasad Yadav made his wife Rabri Devi the CM when he had to quit the post after his name Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 28 The southern Malwa region, also known as the cotton belt of the state, has a high number of cancer patients, and their count is growing by the year. Over 82,000 patients, a majority of them from the Malwa region, availed treatment last year from the Advanced Cancer Institute in Bathinda which was set up six years ago. The institute saw 11,000 patients in 2016, 27,000 IN 6 YRS, 2.6L TREATED AT BATHINDA CENTRE Year 2021 2020 2019 Patients 82, 000 60,000 48,000 Year 2018 2017 2016 Patients 39,400 27,000 11,000 in 2017, 39,400 in 2018, 48,000 in 2019 and 60,000 in 2020. Experts claim that research studies have revealed that the disease has spread in the Malwa region largely due to consistent use of pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture. GOING THE LALU WAY? RJD leader Lalu Prasad had made his wife CM when faced with a similar situation surfaced in the fodder scam. Already, there are reports of celebrations in Kalpana’s village in Odisha, a state that recently sent Droupadi Murmu to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the first tribal constitutional head of the country. “Like continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Akasa Air suffers data leak, apologises to flyers NEW DELHI: Akasa Air has suffered a data breach, resulting in certain customer information being accessed by unauthorised individuals. The airline on Sunday apologised to customers for the breach. TNS PM lays stone of Maruti Suzuki plant at Kharkhoda SONEPAT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of Maruti-Suzuki's third plant, through video conferencing, at Industrial Model Township, Kharkhoda. INSIDE 3 injured in shooting outside gurdwara in US BATHINDA: Three persons were injured in a shooting after two groups clashed outside the Stockton Gurdwara Sahib in California. The gurdwara committee said the incident had no link to the shrine. TNS Cancer cases on the rise in Malwa Sukhmeet Bhasin THERE WAS BID TO DEFAME GUJARAT: PM BACK PAGE A 2018 study, commissioned by the Central University of Punjab, had found concentration of calcium, magnesium, sodium, nitrate and fluoride higher than the permissible limits, rendering 80.3 per cent of the groundwater in the Malwa region unsuitable for drinking. The Advanced Cancer Institute Director, Dr Deepak Arora, emphasised that early detection and diagnosis improved the chances of continued on page 9 Central team takes stock of HPrainloss Nurpur/Chamba, August 28 An Inter-Ministerial Central Team, led by Sunil Barnwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, today visited rain-affected areas in Kangra, Chamba and Kullu districts. The team took stock of the damage caused by natural calamities — cloudbursts, flash floods and landslides — during the ongoing monsoon season. Officials of the PWD and other departments briefed the team about the damage. INSIDE
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