03092022-TTC-01.qxd 9/3/2022 12:15 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 243 | 16 PAGES | ~7.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 MORE LEADERS LIKELY TO JOIN AZAD AT JAMMU RALLY J&K JADEJA OUT OF ASIA CUP WITH KNEE INJURY SPORT /thetribunechd 8.3%, UNEMPLOYMENT 1,842 CASES DISPOSED RATE AT 1-YEAR HIGH: OF IN FOUR DAYS, SAYS CMIE REPORT BUSINESS CJI LALIT BACK PAGE saturday | 3 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Made-in-India Vikrant joins naval fleet Largest warship ever built in country commissioned Can track targets 400 km away, carry 30 aircraft 1,700 crew strength; can sail Flight deck 1,34,000 sq ft, sans refuelling for 45 days equals two football grounds Tribune News Service Activist Teesta Setalvad SC grants interim bail to Teesta Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 2 The Supreme Court today granted interim bail to activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been in jail for over two months for allegedly fabricating evidence to frame “innocent people” in the 2002 riots cases. A Bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, however, said her regular bail plea pending before the Gujarat High Court shall be considered on merit independently and uninfluenced by the observations made by it. The top court asked her to surrender her passport to the trial court until her regular bail plea was decided by the High Court and cooperate with the investigation. The Bench, which had yesterday wondered why the Gujarat High Court listed her bail plea for hearing on September 19, continued on page 7 New ensign unveiled New Delhi, September 2 India today launched its maiden indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioning the warship that put India into a select league of countries with domestic capability to develop such large vessels. India in select league with 40K tonne-plus warships “Vikrant is huge, massive, vast, distinguished and also special. It’s not just a warship, but a testament to the hard work, talent, influence and commitment of India in the 21st century,” the PM said. The 45,000-tonne warship was commissioned at the Cochin Shipyard in Kochi, Kerala. India is now the sixth country to make a warship bigger than 40,000 tonnes. It will be the second carrier in the naval fleet after the Russian-origin INS Vikramaditya, which has been operating for the past 10 years. INS Vikrant will be powered by four LM-2500 gas turbines continued on page 7 EDIT: watershed vikrant Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the commissioning of INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard in Kochi. PTI ❝ Testament to hard work, talent and commitment of India in 21st century. PM NewDelhi, September 2 PM Narendra Modi today unveiled the new naval ensign, the flag that is hoisted atop all warships, ground stations and naval air bases. The new ensign has dropped the horizontal and vertical red stripes that symbolised the Cross of Saint George, reminiscent of the colonial era. An octagonal shape with twin golden borders in its fly area that draws inspiration from the seal of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji has been incorporated. This is the fourth change since 1950 and all four have been carried out after 2001. — TNS Navy pushes for third carrier, a 65,000-tonne warship Ajay Banerjee ‘13 YRS TO BUILD VIKRANT, 8 YRS FOR NEXT’ Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 2 As the euphoria over the commissioning of the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant ebbs, the time may be right to announce another aircraft carrier, taking their number to three in the naval fleet. Besides the new INS ■ Having built Vikrant, Cochin Shipyard chief Madhu Nair said next carrier can be built in significantly lesser time Vikrant, the 44,500-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya procured from Russia is already in service. Strategic circles were expecting an announcement today at the commissioning of the Vikrant as the Navy has been pushing for the third carrier, expected to be a 65,000- ■ “After getting the go-ahead, we can make it in 8 years or so,” he said. It took 13 years to make INS Vikrant tonne warship. The Centre is yet to give its approval. Any delay in re-employing the hard-earned skill of making a carrier could be a missed For first time in 85 years, ex-player on AIFF top post SC refuses to hear plea on J&K militancy-hit BJP leader Chaubey defeats Bhutia 33-1 New Delhi, September 2 The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking direction to the government to rehabilitate Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs, including those who migrated since 1990 from Kashmir to other parts of India due to terrorism. A Bench led by Justice BR Gavai, however, gave liberty Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 2 For the first time in the 85 years of its existence, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has elected a former player as its president, though it’s the less-celebrated Kalyan Chaubey rather than the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia who got the job. In the election for the president’s post held here today, Chaubey polled 33 out of the 34 electoral votes while Bhutia got only one vote. Bhutia had the right credentials – after all, he is the first Indian footballer to get to 100 international caps. The former India captain had been making passionate pleas over the last few days, seeking to rid state football associations of their political affiliations and work for the betterment of the sport. However, his appeals fell on deaf ears and former East Bengal and Mohun Bagan goalkeeper and BJP leader Chaubey defeated him 33-1. Kalyan Chaubey Bhaichung Bhutia RIJIJU ‘INFLUENCED’ OUTCOME: MANVENDRA Rajasthan Football Association chief and Congress leader Manvendra Singh alleged Union Minister Kiren Rijiju influenced the outcome of the AIFF elections. Chaubey’s elevation as the AIFF boss was never in doubt as he was backed by the ruling party at the Centre and his nomination was supported by the Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh football associations. The only point of interest in the election was over the number of votes Bhutia could swing to his side in a battle of two 45-year-olds. The result was overwhelming, though not surprising. While Bhutia played 80 times for the Indian national continued on page 7 CHANGED FOURTH TIME Aug 15, 2001: Vajpayee govt removes red St George’s Cross, adds navy blue Indian Navy crest April 2004: Vajpayee govt reintroduces St George’s Cross, adds Ashoka emblem at intersection of cross, drops naval crest 2014: On the MHA’s order, national motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ added under Ashoka emblem Sept 2, 2022: PM Narendra Modi unveils the new naval ensign Tribune News Service Asks NGO to approach Centre and UT over rehabilitation of displaced Hindus and Sikhs to advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, representing the petitioner NGO, to approach the Central government and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the grievances. The petitioner NGO — We The Citizens – had demanded that a special investigation team (SIT) be set up to identify the perpetrators who abetted the “genocide” of Hindus and Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir from 1989 to 2003 in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre and J&K should prosecute the accused on the basis of the report of the SIT, it said, while alleging that those who migrated from Kashmir by leaving behind their immovable properties had been living the life of refugees in other parts of India. It pressed for a census of Hindus and Sikhs of J&K residing in different parts of India. It also demanded to declare sale of all properties after the exodus in January 1990 as null and void. opportunity. Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, at a press conference last week, said: “The Navy’s plan has catered for a third aircraft carrier.” An indigenous ecosystem has been created by building the Vikrant. The stage is now well set to take the next step forward to continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 2 Riding on robust demand, Swaraj Tractors, part of the Mahindra group, will set up a Greenfield tractor manufacturing facility at Humayunpur in Mohali district with an investment of Rs 400 crore. The expansion is the first in a decade by the world’s largest tractor maker in Punjab. Spanning over 40 acres, the tractor maker plans to produce 30,000 tractors per annum at the unit initially, which may be expanded fur- Punjab Tractors Ltd, first Indian firm to indigenously manufacture tractors ■ Seeds sown in Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, WB, in 1960s as design project ■ Took form of an organisation in Mohali in 1972 with the Punjab Government as the stakeholder ther. The new unit is likely to be fully operational by 2023. Mohali has been home to India pips UK, now 5th largest economy NEW DELHI: India has become world’s fifth largest economy, pushing Britain to the sixth place in 2021, according to media reports from London. The US, China, Japan and Germany are ahead of India. India went past the UK in the final three months of 2021, according to GDP figures from the IMF. — TNS Indian-origin Laxman named Starbucks CEO NEW DELHI: Laxman Narasimhan, a veteran in leading global brands, has been named as CEO of Starbucks, joining a growing cohort of Indian-origin business leaders at the helm of global corporations. TNS Karnataka seer held in abuse case hospitalised CHITRADURGA: Seer Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, arrested in a sexual abuse case, was shifted to the Chitradurga district hospital for treatment after he complained of chest pain. PTI 5 JD-U legislators in Manipur merge with BJP IMPHAL: Five of the six JD-U MLAs in Manipur have merged with the ruling BJP. Assembly Secretary K Meghajit Singh said Speaker T Shyamkumar Singh had accepted the merger. PTI Christian body moves HC for protection of churches No MoU, Himachal to monitor private apple CA stores Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 2 The president of a social organisation, National Christian League, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for providing security to churches in Punjab. Directions have also been sought to protect the property, including statues of Jesus Christ, from being damaged. Further directions have been sought to protect the minority com- SIT FORMED TO PROBE TARN TARAN INCIDENT Shimla, September 2 A process has been set in motion to form a policy for private CA (controlled atmosphere) stores procuring and storing apple in the state. Following the constitution of a committee by the government to monitor the functioning of these CA stores, it has come to light that these The Punjab Police have constituted a three-member SIT to probe the incident in which a church was vandalised at Patti in Tarn Taran district munity in the state “in view of the prevailing out-of-control law and order situation”. Petitioner Jagdish Masih asserted this was essential in continued on page 7 TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY NEXT YEAR, WILL PRODUCE 30,000 TRACTORS YEARLY SALES IN INDIA THE LEGACY MAJOR MILESTONES ■ Swaraj Division, formerly New Delhi, September 2 The Congress said INS Vikrant was launched in 2013 and PM Narendra Modi only commissioned it today. “Then Defence Minister AK Antony launched INS Vikrant on August 12, 2013. The PM commissioned it today. A selfreliant India existed before 2014. All other PMs would have acknowledged the continuity in governance,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, tweeting a video of Antony launching Vikrant. Even as the Congress attacked the PM “for not acknowledging the efforts of past governments that went into the final commissioning of INS Vikrant”, Rahul Gandhi hailed the momentous occasion. “Congratulations to the Indian Navy, Naval Design Bureau and Cochin Shipyard for the many years of hard work,” Rahul said. — TNS IN BRIEF CLOUDBURST: Locals take stock of damage at Khanyara in Dharamsala on Friday. PHOTO: KAMALJEET Coming up, ~400-cr Swaraj tractor plant in Mohali Goa Police seal Phogat’s Vijay C Roy Congress targets Modi: No credit given to past govts 2021-22 2020-21 8,42,266 units 8,99.411 units Swaraj for over four decades with two existing manufacturing plants, a foundry and an 1972: Construction starts at Mohali 1974:Commercial production begins 2002:Cumulative sales cross 5L mark 2007:M&M gets majority stake in PTL 2009: Merger of PTL with M&M Punjab is home to major tractor manufacturers such as Swaraj Tractors (M&M), Sonalika and Preet, having an installed capacity of over four lakh tractors per annum. R&D facility. In 2007, the Mahindra group acquired Swaraj Division, formerly known as Punjab Tractors Ltd. “We were scouting for land for the new Greenfield tractor manufacturing plant under the Swaraj brand to cope with the rising demand for tractors. We have already acquired 40 acres at Humayunpur in Dera Bassi tehsil for the purpose and future expansion. Initially, we will start with 30,000 tractors per annum, which can be ramped up further. The new unit will be operational by early 2023,” said Harish Chavan, CEO, Swaraj Division, M&M Ltd. continued on page 7 locker, seize three diaries making a video phone call. Sources said Sangwan, one Hisar, September 2 of the two accused in the The Goa Police, investigating murder case, gave two passthe Sonali Phogat murder words of the locker to the Goa case, today seized three Police, but these were diaries and sealed a lockfound incorrect. Later, er at her residence in the police sealed the Hisar. The two-member locker. Family mempolice team, staying in bers also tried to open Hisar for the past three the locker by using a days, tried to open the password, but all Sonali Phogat digital locker and conefforts proved futile as tacted Sonali’s PA Sudhir none of the passwords was Sangwan, who is in the cus- found correct. Phogat died in tody of the police in Goa, by Goa on August 23. Tribune News Service PANEL SEEKS VIEWS WITHIN 10 DAYS TO FRAME POLICY have not signed any MoU with the government. “We have asked farmer representatives and delegates of CA stores to give their suggestions within 10 days for forming a policy. Once we have the suggestions, we can start working on framing the terms and conditions of the policy,” said committee chairman Rajeshwar Chandel, VC, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, following a meeting of the committee here today. Calling it a major development, Sanyukt Kisan Manch (SKM) co-convener Sanjay Chauhan said all SKM members would be asked to send suggestions for the policy. “The policy would help the continued on page 7
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