09092022-TT-01.qxd 9/8/2022 QUEEN UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION WORLD /thetribunechd 10:58 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 249 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH friday | 9 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India, China begin ‘disengaging’ troops from Hot Springs Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Along with millions of readers and admirers, The Tribune pays homage to its founder, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who passed into eternity on this day 124 years ago. Withdrawal may open path for Xi-Modi meeting New Delhi, September 8 The withdrawal of Indian and Chinese armed forces from two flashpoints in Ladakh may have paved the way for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping either at next week’s Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan or at the G-20 Summit in Bali in November. Contacts between India and China reduced drastically after the Galwan Valley clash in 2020 which was preceded by the misreading of Xi’s intentions despite two unusually long interactions with PM Modi at Wuhan and Mamallapuram in 2019. The sequence of events in Ladakh is similar to the troop withdrawal from Doklam in 2017 which paved the way for PM Modi to travel to attend the BRICS summit in China. — TNS New Delhi, September 8 In a step to defuse tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China today began the “disengagement” of their troops from the Gogra-Hot Springs area (Patrolling Point 15) in eastern Ladakh. The Ministry of Defence in a statement said that “as per the consensus reached in the 16th round of India-China Corps Commander-level meeting, the Indian and Chinese troops in the area of Gogra-Hot Springs (PP-15) have begun to disengage in a coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to peace and tranquillity in the border areas.” The 16th round of talks was conducted on July 17 this year. After April 2021 when troops disengaged from the north and south banks of Pangong Tso, this is the first positive development on the ground towards an amicable resolution to the ongoing military standoff. Several more affirmative steps, however, will be required to get the troop positions back to pre-April 2020 levels. The Indian side has been insisting on a graded threestep process to ease the standoff. The first step comprises disengagement of troops within close proximity in grey zones along the LAC. First definite step after Pangong Tso pullback in April last year DEPSANG AMONG PENDING ISSUES ■ Dispute over Depsang, a 972-sq km plateau, is yet to be resolved ■ India has been objecting to the PLA blocking its patrols in the area after April 2020 ■ Moratorium on patrolling in LAC grey zone where both sides have overlapping claims is another concern The next two steps — deescalation and de-induction — would entail pulling back troops and equipment to the pre-April 2020 levels. Till that is agreed to and complied with, it cannot be business as usual. Till then, Indian troops intend to remain at the LAC, sources said. Among the pending issues is the dispute over Depsang, a 972-sq km plateau. The two sides have issues over the troop positioning, especially continued on page 10 US okays $450mn F-16 package to Pakistan New Delhi, September 8 In Washington’s first major security assistance to Islamabad in four years, the Biden administration has approved a $450 million F-16 fighter jet fleet sustainment programme to Pakistan to help it meet counterterrorism threats. In 2018, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had sus- IN BRIEF Cricketer suspended KATHMANDU: The Cricket Associ- ation of Nepal has suspended its cricket captain Sandeep Lamicchane over rape charge. AP Indigenous missile ready NEW DELHI: An indigenous quick reaction surface to air missile (QRSAM) system is now “ready for induction” into the Army. TNS Human index: India 132nd NEW DELHI: India ranked 132 of 191 countries in the 2021 human development index, according to an UNDP report. PTI BIDEN REVERSES TRUMP’S DECISION ■ US President Joe Biden has reversed his Republican predecessor’s decision ■ Donald Trump had stopped all aid to Pak in 2018, alleging it was not sincere in its fight against terrorism pended about $2 billion in security aid to Islamabad for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network terror groups. The Foreign Office HC raps Punjab over illegal registration of vehicles Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed “serious displeasure” over the failure of the authorities concerned in the state of Punjab to act on information regarding illegal registration of vehicles and manipulation of records. Taking up a petition filed in public interest, the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli INSENSITIVE APPROACH Prima facie, we are of the opinion that the approach and the manner in which the matter has been dealt with by the authorities thus far is insensitive. Bench ❝ asserted that it was told that the authorities had information regarding 1,300 vehicles illegally registered and plying continued on page 10 here, however, has not reacted so far to the Biden administration’s decision. “Pakistan is an important counterterrorism partner, and as part of the longstanding policy, the United States provides life cycle maintenance and sustainment packages for USorigin platforms,” said a State continued on page 10 SC: Can’t compare hijab with turban NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday took exception to a petitioner’s counsel in the Karnataka hijab ban case comparing religious practices in Sikhism with those followed in Islam, saying it’s not fair. “It is not fair to compare the practices in Sikhism…Don’t compare these because they have been recognised for over 100 years… The five Ks in Sikhism — kesh, kara, kangha, kachha and kirpan — are well established,” it said. INSIDE Illegal mining now non-bailable offence in Kangra Crackdown on mining mafia in Nuh Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 The Nuh police have seized three poclain machines and detained a minor driving one of these after launching a crackdown against illegal min- Dharamsala, September 8 Illegal mining is now a nonbailable offence in Kangra district, the development coming nearly three weeks after a portion of the colonialera railway bridge over the Chakki rivulet collapsed on August 20 following a flash flood. The mishap was attributed to the mining menace. Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal has ordered that those engaged in illegal mining should be booked for theft of government property, which was a non-bailable offence. The accused earlier continued on page 10 THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Geetanjali Gayatri CRIMINAL NEXUS ing at Bader in the district. The action came hours after The Tribune, in a report published in its September 8 edition, highlighted how illegal mining was underway at the site located in the Aravallis near the Haryana-Rajasthan border. The National Green Tribunal has declared the ecologically sensitive Aravallis a no-mining zone. Haryana Mining Minister Mool Chand Sharma has also directed the district administration to not continued on page 10 Lad from restive Shopian bags10th spot in NEET Samaan Lateef Srinagar, September 8 Celebrations broke out at Trenz village in Shopian district after a local fruit trader’s son topped the NEETUG, 2022, in the UT, securing the all-India rank 10. Haziq Parvez Lone, 16, who Haziq Parvez Lone with father. secured 710 marks out of 720 in the national-level test, is elated over his achievement and cred- PM MODI INAUGURATES KARTAVYA PATH BACK PAGE its the success to his family, teachers and to the hard work. Shopian has been in news for many years for heightened violence and militant activities. Lone’s achievement will come as an inspiration for local youth to follow his path. J&K Lieutenant Governor continued on page 10
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