05102022-TTB-01.qxd 10/5/2022 12:06 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 275 | 20 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA SIT TO INVESTIGATE GANGSTER TINU’S ESCAPE PUNJAB N KOREA’S LONG-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE SOARS OVER JAPAN WORLD /thetribunechd CCI GIVES CONDITIONAL AIR FORCE EYES 200 JETS APPROVAL TO SONY-ZEE TO TIDE OVER FLEET MERGER BUSINESS SHORTAGE BACK PAGE wednesday | 5 october 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com PM Modi speaks to Zelenskyy, offers Indian mediation to resolve conflict Tribune News Service Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Minister of State Jitendra Singh and J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at a rally in Rajouri on Tuesday. PTI J&K Paharis to get reservation: Shah Arjun Sharma Says won’t affect ST status of Gujjars & Bakerwals New Delhi, October 4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute to any peace efforts. PM Modi expressed his firm conviction that there could be no military solution to the conflict and reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The PM’s virtual call for a Says there can be no military solution to Ukraine crisis MOVE COMES AFTER PUTIN SOUGHT TALKS RAISES SAFETY OF N-INSTALLATIONS ■ PM Modi stresses the importance India attaches to safety of nuke installations, including those in Ukraine ■ Any danger to the nuclear facilities can have catastrophic consequences for public health and environment, he maintains stop to the conflict comes days after Russian President Vladimir Putin had called for talks with the Ukrainian side. The Prime Minister spoke to Zelenskyy a fortnight after he had told the Russian President that “now is not the PM Modi’s virtual call for a stop to the conflict comes days after Russian President Vladimir Putin had called for talks with Ukraine. PM’s offer to Zelenskyy comes a fortnight after he told Putin “now is not the time for war”. time for war” as high prices of food, fertiliser and fuel had emerged as the major concerns of the world. Jammu, October 4 Union Home Minister Amit Shah today announced reservation for the Pahari-speaking people of J&K, fulfilling a long pending demand of the community. Addressing a rally in Rajouri, Shah also assured the Gujjars and Bakerwals that there would be no decline in their Scheduled Tribe (ST) quota. The two communities were opposed to Paharis being granted ST status. He said the reservation benefits to the Paharis would be provided in accordance with the recommendations of the Justice GD Sharma Commission, which examined the issue of quota. “Some parties always wanted to deny the Paharis their rights. The Centre will now ensure justice to them. This has become possible only because Article 370 was abrogated,” he said. Shah alleged that due to vested interests, a few political parties had been instigating the Gujjars and Bakerwals that their quota would be diluted. “The reservation to Paharis will be given after proper administrative process is followed,” he said. A large number of Paharis had continued on page 16 Capt Amarinder’s ex-OSD booked in streetlights scam 2 Collegium members Trainee mountaineers among 10 say no to written consent killed in Uttarakhand avalanche Nikhil Bhardwaj New Delhi, October 4 The next round of appointment of judges to the Supreme Court appears to have run into rough weather for the time being with two Collegium members objecting to Chief Justice of India UU Lalit’s decision to seek written consent from them on four names proposed for elevation, sources said. In a departure from convention, CJI Lalit had written to the four other Collegium members, i.e. the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, seeking their consent for appointment of four judges to the Supreme Court, which is currently functioning with only 29 judges against its sanctioned strength of 34. The names circulated by the CJI for elevation to the top court were Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha, Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 4 The Vigilance Bureau (VB), Ludhiana, on Tuesday booked Capt Sandeep Sandhu, Congress leader and OSD to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, in the ongoing probe into the Sidhwan Bet Rs 65 lakh streetlights scam. The VB claimed that Sandhu had influenced the deal by buying streetlights at more than double the rate and he allegedly received financial benefit to the tune of several lakhs of rupees. After registering a case, the Vigilance Bureau has started tracking the whereabouts of Sandhu to arrest him. A VB official privy to the development confirmed to The Tribune that information regarding the nomination of Sandhu in the streetlights continued on page 16 ONE LASHKAR, 3 HIZB MEN DESIGNATED TERRORISTS The MHA has designated one Lashkar militant and three Hizb-ulMujahideen operatives as terrorists under the UAPA. INSIDE What’s rationale behind freebies, EC asks parties New Delhi, October 4 Ahead of the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the Election Commission today wrote to political parties seeking their views on the rationale behind polleve freebies. It also suggested providing voters with “authentic information” so that they can assess the financial viability of such promises. The EC’s move comes in the wake of the recent debate CJI wanted approval in writing on elevation of four judges to SC NAMES PROPOSED FOR SC ■ Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha ■ Patna High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Karol ■ Manipur High Court Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar ■ Senior advocate KV Viswanathan 29 JUDGES CURRENTLY IN SC 34 SANCTIONED STRENGTH Patna High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Manipur High Court Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar and senior advocate KV Viswanathan, they said. The CJI’s continued on page 16 over “irrational” poll promises made by political parties, which have attracted criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had recently termed “revadi culture” for votes as “very dangerous” for the development of the country. However, several Opposition leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had taken exception to the PM’s take on ‘freebies”, claiming that promises made with regard to education and health New Delhi, October 4 At least 10 mountaineers were killed in an avalanche at Mount Draupadi Ka Danda-II peak in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district on Tuesday, officials said. A total of 41 persons, including 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi, were caught in the avalanche at 8.45 am, a statement from the institute said. The trainee mountaineers were being taught the art of scaling high peaks. The team was descending the Draupadi Ka Danda-II peak, which is at a height of 18,600 feet. After scaling the mountain at 4 am, the team members were on their way back when the avalanche hit them at an altitude of 14,000 feet. The National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, Indo- WANTS MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT TWEAKED ■ In a letter to parties, the poll panel has proposed amending the model code of conduct to add a proforma giving details of financial feasibility of promises made in manifestos ■ The parties have been told to submit their views on proposals by October 19 were “legitimate” as the entire population had the right to avail “quality services”. The Supreme Court, which had earlier asked the Election Commission to frame guidelines for political parties offering such promises during their election campaigns, is again considering the issue following a PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a direction to the commission. In a letter to all recognised national and state parties, the poll panel has proposed amending the model code to ask political parties to provide Hisar, October 4 Following the announcement of byelection to the Adampur Assembly seat, all major political parties in the state have started the process to finalise candidates. Sources in the Congress say though the names of former ministers Jai Prakash and Sampat Singh and farmer leader Kurda Ram Nambardar are doing the rounds, former CM Bhupinder Hooda continued on page 16 ADAMPUR BYPOLL THOSE IN CONTENTION CONGRESS: Ex-ministers Jai Prakash & Sampat Singh, farmer leader Kurda Ram Nambardar BJP: Kuldeep Bishnoi’s son Bhavya Bishnoi AAP: Umesh Sharma, Ram Prakash Gharwal, Satender Singh INLD: Call after key meet on Oct 6 Stockholm, October 4 Three scientists jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their work on quantum information science. Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger were cited for discovering the way that particles known as photons can be linked, or “entangled,” with each other even when they are separated by large distances. INSIDE Faridkot, October 4 Not paid salaries for the past three months, mid-day meal cooks in government and government-aided schools are finding it difficult to feed their own families. “The outstanding dues of teachers and workers-cumhelpers for mid-day meal scheme are over Rs 200 crore,” claimed Surinder Kumar Puari, president, Government School Teachers’ Union, Punjab. Over 17 lakh students in about 19,700 government and aided schools in the state are served meals for J-K DGP’s murder Jammu, October 4 The sensational murder of J&K DGP (Prisons) Hemant Kumar Lohia was solved within hours as his 23-year-old domestic help, the main suspect, was arrested here on Tuesday, the police said. The murder of the 1992batch officer late Monday night at his friend’s house sent shockwaves with parties targeting the BJP over the “growing insecurity”. INSIDE IN BRIEF L-G orders probe into AAP’s free power scheme NEW DELHI: In a fresh flashpoint between Delhi L-G VK Saxena and HC grants bail to Maha ex-minister Deshmukh MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate. PTI 3-time MP Suresh Chandel rejoins BJP in Himachal SHIMLA: Three-time MP Suresh Chandel, caught in a sting operation in 2005 when he represented Hamirpur, on Tuesday rejoined the saffron party that he left in 2019 and had joined the Congress. INSIDE 4 of Hoshiarpur family kidnapped in California LOS ANGELES: A family of four from Hoshiarpur, including an eight- An SDRF team leaves from Dehradun to rescue the mountaineers. PTI month-old child, has been kidnapped in the US state of California, the police said and warned the suspect was armed. BACK PAGE 41 WERE CAUGHT IN SNOWSLIDE ■ Mountaineers were from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi ■ They were descending the Draupadi Ka Danda-II peak (18,600 feet) ■ Fortyone persons, including 7 instructors, were caught in the avalanche Tibetan Border Police and a team of mountaineers had launched rescue operations, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tweet- ~104 CRORE RELEASED The government has released ~104 crore and funds will be transferred into the accounts of workers in next couple of days. Varinder Singh, MANAGER, MID-DAY MEAL SCHEME ❝ under the scheme. Due to the mounting dues, many schools have threatened to authentic information to voters on the financial viability of their poll promises and asked them to submit their views on the proposals by October 19. The EC said empty poll promises had far-reaching ramifications and insisted that it could not overlook the undesirable impact of election promises that have implications on financial sustainability. The EC has proposed amending the model code of conduct to add a proforma to Part VIII continued on page 16 the AAP-led government, the former on Tuesday ordered a probe into alleged irregularities in the power subsidy scheme. TNS ed. He also dialled Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and sought the Army’s help. Air Force helicopters were also pressed into service. — TNS Bishnoi bats for son as Mid-day meal cooks struggle to feed families candidate race hots up Punjab Govt yet to release 3-month salary, workers threaten to halt scheme Tribune News Service Three share physics Nobel for work on quantum science Seeks info on financial viability of pre-poll promises, calls for response on proposals by Oct 19 Domestic help held Tribune News Service Deepender Deswal Besides speaking against a military solution and offering Indian mediation in peace efforts, PM Modi in his conversation with the Ukrainian President emphasised the importance India attached to the safety and security of nuclear installations, including in Ukraine. He underlined that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences for public health and environment. The two leaders had last met at Glasgow in November last year. Last week, India had maintained a balance while abstaining from a UNSC vote continued on page 16 halt the scheme. “For the past three months, teachers have been pooling funds from their pocket. Now, even they are helpless in contributing funds,” said Puari. Most of the 42,000 workers who cook mid-day meals are women. They get Rs 36,000 remuneration per year. Varinder Singh, state manager of the scheme, said the government had released Rs 104 crore and the funds would be transferred into the bank accounts of the workers in the next couple of days. “Another Rs 100 crore will be released soon for schools as cooking cost,” he said. — TNS Crash barriers mandatory for new HP road projects Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, October 4 With blind bends and absence of crash barriers attributing to 3 per cent accidents in Himachal, the focus has shifted to installation of crash barriers in the state. The Engineering-in-Chief has issued directions to PWD staff to make provision for crash barriers during preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for construction of new roads. The process of allotting tenders for installation of crash barriers on accident-prone stretches measuring 17-18 km of road under the road safety plan has begun. At present, crash barriers are installed only on 429 km out of the 39,500 km roads in the state. The crash barriers help in absorbing the impact, reducing the severity of the accident. These work well MISSING BARRIERS 2,633 DIED IN 5 YEARS ■ 2,633 persons died, 6,792 sustained injuries in 3,020 roll-down incidents in the past five years ■ Lack of crash barriers led to roll-down accidents, as per police analysis ■ 95% of roll-down accidents occurred in rural areas with small and mediumsized vehicles, but these are not 100 per cent successful in holding heavily loaded trucks and very high speed vehicles in hilly areas, leading to roll-down accidents. Roller crash barriers, which have been installed at few places on national highways, are well suited for hilly terrain continued on page 16
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