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CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA RUSSIA ISSUES FRESH NUCLEAR WARNING TO WEST WORLD /thetribunechd SC ALLOWS EC TO HEAR SHINDE GROUP’S CLAIM ON ‘REAL’ SENA NATION ADANI PLANS TO INVEST ARMY SET TO MODERNISE $100 BN IN NEW ENERGY, ARTILLERY TO COUNTER DATA CENTRES BUSINESS CHINA BACK PAGE wednesday | 28 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com PTI EAM, Blinken vow to deepen ties, but no meeting point on Russia REUTERS Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service ‘INDIA REMEMBERS ABE VERY MUCH’ PM Narendra Modi pays his respects to former “Shinzo Abe was a great leader, a phenomenal individual Japanese PM Shinzo Abe during the state funeral in and someone who believed in India-Japan friendship,” Tokyo, Japan, which was attended by 20 heads of state the PM said in his tribute to the assassinated premier Congnotice to Gehlot loyalists; CM spared Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 27 The shadow of Rajasthan crisis continued to loom over the election for the post of Congress president with the party on Tuesday issuing show-cause notices to three Ashok Gehlot loyalists, including two ministers. Their replies have been sought within 10 days, failing which disciplinary action could be taken. AICC disciplinary committee member Tariq Anwar late today sent notices to Rajasthan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, chief whip in the Assembly Mahesh Joshi and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation chairman Dharmerdra Rathore for committing “gross indiscipline” by planning and holding an unofficial MLA meet- G’gram waste not cleared, NGT fines Haryana ~100 cr Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a Rs 100 crore penalty, to be paid as ‘environmental compensation’, on the Haryana Government for its failure to adhere to the norms related to handling and disposing of legacy solid waste at the Bandhwari landfill site in Gurugram. About 33 lakh MT of legacy (collected over years) waste lies dumped at Bandhwari in the form of a massive dump, nearly 38 metres high. The site is used for dumping waste from Gurugram and Faridabad. According to reports dated March 25 and August 3 of the joint committee constituted by the NGT, the Gurugram Municipal Corporation was continued on page 12 Gehlot still in reckoning for top party post Sachin Pilot arrives in Delhi, sets off speculation. PTI ing in Jaipur on Sunday while an official CLP meeting had to be cancelled. The notices followed submission of a report by AICC observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken to party president Sonia Gandhi. In the report the observers said Rajasthan CM Gehlot knew of the CLP meeting. continued on page 12 Punjab CM moves confidence vote amid Oppn uproar Chandigarh, September 27 Pandemonium was witnessed in the Punjab Assembly today as Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann moved a confidence motion while accusing the BJP of trying to topple his government. Adopting an aggressive posture, the Congress MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa opposed the confidence motion. The voting will be conducted on October 3, the last day of the session. The Congress MLAs were suspended for the day after they continued to disrupt the proceedings despite being warned against it. They subsequently protested outside the Vidhan Sabha and staged a mock session. The BJP MLAs had walked out of the House earlier. The session has been extended from one to seven days, though only four sittings will be held. INSIDE New Delhi, September 27 India expressed its keenness to work with the US on a wide range of issues to "help shape the world" and pressed for more coordination in the Indian subcontinent. But it drew red lines on its diversified military relationship and imposing a price cap on Russian oil. Addressing a joint press conference after meeting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "We engaged in all domains. We discussed political coordination and exchanged assessments on the regional situation." However, Jaishankar was unwilling to endorse the G-7 proposal for a price cap on Russian oil on which he had a brief discussion with Binken. "You have to understand in the last few months, the energy markets have been under Dadasaheb Phalke for Asha Parekh External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a press meet in Washington. OIL PRICES BREAKING OUR BACK You have to understand, the energy markets are under great stress and the prices must soften. Price of oil is breaking our back. S Jaishankar, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER ❝ great stress and the prices must soften. Price of oil is breaking our back. We will judge how it affects us and the MANAGE TIES WITH INDIA: US TO PAK We talked about the importance of responsible ties with India, and I also urged our colleagues to engage China on issues of debt relief. Blinken after meeting Bilawal ❝ global south," he said. Asked about an impact on supplies of spares for Russian equipment, he said there had been AAP puts minister Sarari on notice over ‘extortion’ clip Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 Punjab Minister for Food Processing and Horticulture Fauja Singh Sarari has been served a show-cause notice by the Aam Aadmi Party, days after a purported audio clip about an “extortion plan” went viral. Sources said the minister was served the notice recently and the party was awaiting his reply on the matter. “If the reply is unsatisfactory and our fact-finding team finds him guilty, he will be dropped from the Cabinet,” a top government functionary said. The purported clip wherein the minister is allegedly heard discussing an extortion plan had gone viral earlier this month after being “leaked” by his close aideturned-foe Tarsem Lal Kapoor. The latter was reportedly upset with the minister for not defending his close relative in a police case. Sarari has all along maintained that the clips were doctored, and that he was being “framed”. Despite May be dropped if found guilty CONTROVERSIAL TAPE In the purported clip, Fauja Singh Sarari is allegedly heard discussing a plan to trap some contractors hired for transportation of foodgrain to extort money from them. repeated attempts, the minister was not available for comment today. Sources in Fresh crackdown against PFI, Afirst,ConstitutionBench over 170 held across 7 states hearings live-streamed Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 27 In a fresh crackdown five days after the joint operation by the NIA and the ED under “Operation Octopus”, the police of seven states detained or arrested more than 170 persons allegedly having links with the Popular Front of India (PFI), which is often accused of promoting radical Islam. Following the crackdown, the PFI stares at a possible countrywide ban. The raids were spread across Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. On September 22, the multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested 106 leaders and activists of the PFI in 15 states for NIA investigating 19 cases involving Popular Front of India RAIDS AT SHAHEEN BAGH raids ❝ In the Capital, multiple were conducted at sites, including the Shaheen Bagh and Nizamuddin areas. So far, we have detained 30 associated with the PFI. A PFI member in custody of the Assam Police in Guwahati. PTI A senior police officer allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The NIA is investigating 19 cases involving the PFI. While 25 persons each were arrested in Assam and Maharashtra, 57 were detained in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. Thirty were detained in Delhi, 21 in Madhya Pradesh, 10 in Gujarat and six in Pune (Maharashtra) while several were also arrested in Karnataka. In Uttar Pradesh, the raids were conducted across 26 districts and were jointly carried out by the Anti-Terrorist continued on page 12 HISTORIC DAY New Delhi, September 27 The Supreme Court made history on Tuesday as it reached the living rooms of citizens with simultaneous live-streaming of proceedings of three Constitution Benches through YouTube and other TV channels. This is the first time since the Supreme Court came into existence on January 26, 1950, that Constitution Bench proceedings have been live-streamed, making these directly accessible to millions of people. Earlier, the top court on August 26 live-streamed proceedings of a Bench led by the then CJI NV Ramana on his last day in office through the NIC webcast portal. The three Constitution Benches were: CJI UU Lalit- ❝ Statistics show more than eight lakh people watched the proceedings. Truly, a historic day. SC BIG SUCCESS, SAY INDIAN SCIENTISTS ■ Mission a step towards preparing world for potential future asteroid strikes, Indian scientists say ■ Some asteroids are hazardous to Earth, it’s better to prepare defence technology demonstration — targeted the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, a small body just 160 m in diameter. Dimorphos orbits a larger 780-m asteroid called Didy- defence, says Chrisphin Karthick of IIA-Bengaluru ■ “We now know to precisely aim spacecraft for such a small body,” he adds mos. Neither asteroid poses a threat to Earth. The mission’s one-way trip confirmed NASA can successfully navigate a spacecraft to intentionally collide with an asteroid to deflect it, a technique known as kinetic impact, the agency said. “Dart represents an unprecedented success for planetary defence, but it is also a mission of unity with a real benefit for all humanity,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. The team will now observe Dimorphos using ground-based telescopes to confirm that Dart’s impact altered the asteroid’s orbit around Didymos. — PTI AAP said the party could illafford to spare the minister if found guilty, given its agenda of ridding the political system of corruption. “With Assembly poll in Himachal and Gujarat round the corner, and AAP trying to gain foothold in both the states, action against anybody found guilty of corruption is bound to be taken,” said a senior leader. The party had earlier sacked Health Minister Vijay Singla on corruption charges. As Chief Minister Bhag- want Mann was abroad on an official trip, he has reportedly not been briefed about the internal inquiry. Sources said he may be briefed tomorrow, following which the next course of action would be decided. It has been learnt that the CM refused to give private audience to Sarari. In the clip, Fauja Singh Sarari is purportedly heard discussing a plan to trap some contractors hired for transportation of foodgrain to allegedly extort money continued on page 12 IN BRIEF Bombay HC CJ recommended for elevation to SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Justice Dipankar Datta, as a judge of the apex court, which is currently functioning with only 29 judges against the sanctioned strength of 34. TNS Google India policy head Archana Gulati quits NEW DELHI: Google India’s public policy head Archana Gulati, who had joined the tech giant just five months back after quitting government service, has resigned, sources said. The move comes at a time when Google is facing a series of antitrust cases in India. INSIDE Bird-hit Air India flight makes unscheduled halt NEW DELHI: A Delhi-bound Air India flight, carrying 135 passen- gers, was forced to land at the Kannur International Airport in Kerala on Monday due to a bird-hit. “The aircraft went for safety checks and assessment of damage after the incident,” an official said. TNS led Bench that heard petitions challenging the validity of 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections; Justice DY Chandrachud-led Bench which heard petitions on recent political crisis in continued on page 12 edit: supreme court goes live In 1st planetary defence test, NASA’s Dart mission hits asteroid Washington, September 27 After flying in space for 10 months, a NASA spacecraft successfully crashed into an asteroid on Tuesday in a firstof-its-kind mission to test whether space rocks that might threaten Earth in the future could be nudged safely out of the way, the US space agency said. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) — the world’s first planetary no particular problem in this respect. "We have a tradition of multi-sourcing," he said on continued on page 12 New Delhi: Veteran actor Asha Parekh has been selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said today. Parekh, 79, will be presented the award at the National Film Award ceremony here on September 30. Having starred in over 95 films, she was conferred Padma Shri in 1992. She has also served as the head of Central Board for Film Certification from 1998-2001. — TNS PHOTO: NASA An illustration showing Dart spacecraft headed to crash on asteroid Dimorphos. Cong to repeat all MLAs in HP ‘1 family, 1 ticket’ ,no Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 27 The Congress on Tuesday decided to field all its sitting MLAs in the upcoming Himachal Assembly poll with the central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi approving candidatures in 39 constituencies. These seats include 20 segments where the Congress has sitting legislators. Congress Legislature Party leader Mukesh Agnihotri will contest again from Haroli, campaign committee chief Sukhwinder Sukhu will defend Nadaun, deputy CLP leader Harshwardhan Chauhan will fight from continued on page 12 Pratibha Singh Jai Ram Thakur WILL PRATIBHA TAKE ON JAI RAM THAKUR? ■ Central poll committee clears 39 names, including of 20 MLAs ■ Some leaders suggest Pratibha to take on CM Jai Ram in Seraj ■ Kaul Singh Thakur, daughter Champa may both be fielded ■ Manali may go to Bhuvaneshwar Gaur, son of ex-minister RK Gaur ■ From Banjar, former BJP state chief Khimi Ram may be fielded ■ No consensus on giving 2 ticket to Youth Congress leaders
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