18092022-TT-01.qxd 9/17/2022 10:54 PM Page 1 123 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 258 | 20 PAGES | ~7.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH INDIA DISTANCING ITSELF FROM RUSSIA, CLAIMS BLINKEN WORLD /thetribunechd GROUP CLASH AT FARIDKOTGURDWARA, 3 ARRESTED PUNJAB ASSISTED LIVING NOW SHAH FLAYS VOTE BANK CHOICE OF MANY IN POLITICS AT HYDERABAD INDIA SPECTRUM FUNCTION BACK PAGE sunday | 18 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com ANI PROJECT CHEETAH Troops along LAC in winter a new normal | Several border disputes unresolved ■ Seven decades after Cong wins Timisgam seat in LAHDC bypoll JAMMU: The Congress on Satur- day retained the Timisgam seat in the BJP-led Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), with its candidate defeating the BJP candidate by 273 votes in the bypoll. It was a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress as the nomination of the AAP candidate was rejected. INSIDE they became extinct in India, cheetahs arrived in the country from Namibia ■ They were released by PM Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park ■ The PM operated a lever from a high dais and the sliding door of the special cage below opened ■ The first of the cheetahs stepped into the special enclosure as the PM took pictures ■ A month in quarantine, the eight cheetahs — five female and three male — will be moved to an acclimatisation enclosure in the park before being released into the wild No complete pullback for now Ajay Banerjee CRUCIAL FACTORS IN EASTERN LADAKH Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 17 As India and China work to sort out the impasse along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, multiple reasons prevent India from de-escalating its troops and equipment or deinducting them from the existing positions. The disengagement at Gogra Hot Springs (patrolling point 15), verified on September 13, was only a pullback of troops by a few kilometres, sources said. The stationing of troops along the LAC was the “new normal and the same would be factored in the planning of things till the situation FILE PHOTO ■ Terrain in eastern Ladakh gives China the edge, can mobilise troops within two days ■ High passes closed in winter, India will take two weeks or more to mobilise troops ■ At Depsang plateau, both have issues over positioning of troops ■ India has been objecting to the PLA blocking its patrol route ■ Another issue is moratorium on patrol in the grey zones with both making overlapping claims returned to the pre-April 2020 level”, the sources said. The de-escalation and deinduction would depend on how the matters panned out, they said. About 8,000 to 10,000 troops would be sta- tioned in rear positions along the LAC in eastern Ladakh in the pre-April 2020 days, a count that rose manifold after the deadly clashes in the summer of 2020. The terrain is the main rea- son why complete disengagement may not be possible. While China’s mobilisation can be done within two days, for India it may take two weeks or even longer during continued on page 8 SEE ALSO BACK PAGE China blocks proposal to blacklist 26/11mastermind Illegal mining unabated in Kangra rivulets Tribune News Service Third such attempt by India, US in 4 months New Delhi, September 17 China has again blocked a joint US-India proposal at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to list a Pakistan-based terrorist Sajid Mir who is wanted for the 26/11 massacre in Mumbai. This is the third time in the past four months Beijing has put on hold the blacklisting Last month, a proposal to blacklist Abdul Rauf Azhar, brother of Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, was put on hold In June, a proposal to list AR Makki under the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was put on hold of terrorists believed to be holed up in Pakistan. Beijing put the “hold” on Thursday on the proposal at the 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UNSC to list Mir as a global terrorist which will freeze his assets and put him under a travel ban. Pakistan, which had earlier claimed that Mir had died, now claims that he has been sentenced for 15 years in a terrorfinancing case. Last month, China had put a hold on a USIndia proposal to blacklist Abdul Rauf Azhar, the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continued on page 8 CRIMINAL NEXUS Poses threat to Dagera bridge over Neugal AP moves SC against Amaravati as capital NEW DELHI: The Andhra Pradesh Government has moved the Supreme Court against the HC verdict declaring Amaravati as the only capital, in a bid to revive its plan to have three capitals. BACK PAGE Tension as molestation victim dies in Kheri LAKHIMPUR KHERI: A 20-yearold woman who was allegedly attacked by two youths with sharp-edged weapons during a sexual assault attempt succumbed to her injuries, the police said on Saturday. INSIDE Gujjars in HP oppose ST status for Hattees Ravinder Sood Palampur, September 17 Despite the authorities concerned launching a crackdown, illegal sand mining continues unabated in Neugal and Mol rivulets in Thural area of Palampur in Kan- IN BRIEF SOLAN: The Gujjar community Sand being excavated with the help of a JCB machine. TRIBUNE PHOTO gra district of Himachal. The illegal activity has been going on round the clock, resulting in large-scale environmental degradation. continued on page 8 has expressed resentment against the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Hattee community of the Trans-Giri area in Sirmaur. INSIDE
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