06102022-TTB-01.qxd 10/6/2022 12:07 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 276 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA PAKISTAN ARMY TO STAY OUT OF POLITICS, SAYS GEN BAJWA WORLD /thetribunechd RUPAY CREDIT CARD INDIA GIVES BEFITTING REPLY USE ON UPI FREE UP TO WHEN THREATENED, SAYS ~2,000 BUSINESS RAJNATH BACK PAGE MHA DESIGNATES SIX MORE FROM VALLEY AS TERRORISTS J&K thursday | 6 october 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Shah rules out dialogue with Pak, says J&K poll after electoral rolls published Gazette notified, J&K delimitation final: EC tells SC From terror to tourist hotspot: HM hails Modi Samaan Lateef Srinagar, October 5 Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday lashed out at those advocating dialogue with Pakistan, saying, “I don’t want to talk to Pakistan, but I want to talk to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” Addressing a rally in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, Shah launched a scathing attack on the “three families” that ruled Kashmir for 70 years. He said the Assembly polls would be held with “full transparency” in Jammu and Kashmir after the Election Commission published the revised electoral rolls. This was Shah’s first public rally in the Valley after the revocation of Article 370. “There are some people who have ruled for 70 years and are advising me to talk to Pakistan. But I will rather talk to Gujjars and Paharis of Baramulla, and I will talk to the youth of Kashmir. They continued on page 10 Union Home Minister Amit Shah greets people during a rally in Baramulla on Wednesday. ANI US envoy visits PoK, calls it Azad J&K’ ‘ New Delhi, October 5 The Foreign Office here has not reacted so far to US ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome’s visit to Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK) this week with the US embassy in Islamabad highlighting it with a series of tweets over the three days that he was in the disputed region. In April, the MEA had not taken kindly the PoK visit of US Congresswoman Ilhan J&K as well as Article 370. But the US envoy’s visit was aimed at restoring Pakistani heritage and cultural sites as well as highlighting the American aid for the victims of the 2005 earthquake and the recent floods in Pakistan. This is the second visit by a US official to PoK. Also, Blome throughout mentioned PoK as AJK (Azad Jammu and Kashmir), continued on page 10 No MEA reaction yet, had objected to another US official’s visit in April Omar, describing her as a practitioner of “narrowminded politics”. This was the first official US delegation to PoK in three years. However, the difference is that Omar directly touched on the human rights issue in New Delhi, October 5 The delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir has attained finality after the publication of the Delimitation Orders in Gazette Notifications on May 5 in terms of the Delimitation Act, the Election Commission has told the Supreme Court. Before publication of the final order, a number of public sittings were held to accord full opportunity to members of the public to make oral and written submissions before the Delimitation Commission, the poll panel said in an affidavit filed in response to a petition challenging the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. Under Article 329(a) of the Constitution, there was a bar on judicial interference regarding the validity of any law relating to the delimitation of constituencies, it pointed out. Citing Section 10(2) of Delimitation Act, the EC said, “Upon publication continued on page 10 WHO: Sonepat firm’s spurious drugs linked to death of 66 kids in Gambia Health Ministry launches probe into four ‘substandard’ cough syrups Aditi Tandon PRODUCTS IN QUESTION Tribune News Service Army copter crashes in Arunachal, 1 pilot killed New Delhi, October 5 An Army pilot, Lt Col Saurabh Yadav, was killed and another sustained serious injuries after a Cheetah helicopter crashed in a forward area near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday. The incident took place around 10 am during a routine sortie in the forward area, a defence spokesperson from Tezpur, Assam, said. After the crash, both pilots were airlifted to the nearest military hospital. Lt Col Yadav succumbed to his injuries during treatment. “The cause of the crash is not known at this stage. Further details are being ascertained,” the ANOTHER INJURED ■ Cheetah copter crashed in Tawang during routine sortie ■ One of two pilots succumbed ■ Promethazine oral solution ■ Kofexmalin baby cough syrup ISTOCK The pilot rescued after the helicopter crash in Tawang on Wednesday. PTI New Delhi, October 5 The World Health Organisation on Wednesday issued a medical product alert for four “contaminated” Indian paediatric medicines, manufactured by a firm in Haryana’s Sonepat, saying these drugs identified in Gambia had been potentially linked with acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children in the west African country. The medicines in question are cough and cold syrups produced by Maiden Phar- ■ Makoff baby cough syrup ■ Magrip N cold syrup ASSOCIATED RISKS WITH MEDICINES ■ Contaminants diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol can prove fatal. Toxic effects include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state and acute kidney injury. maceuticals Limited, Sonepat. The WHO said laboratory analysis of samples of each of the four products confirmed that these contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol as contaminants. “To date, these four products continued on page 10 Modi sounds poll bugle in HP, joins Dasehra festivities Tribune News Service Bilaspur/Kullu, October 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sounded the poll bugle in the election-bound hill state as he inaugurated the AIIMS in Bilaspur and paid obeisance to Lord Raghunath, becoming the first Prime Minister to take part in the Dasehra festivities at Kullu. PM Modi addressed a public meeting in Bilaspur after inaugurating the AIIMS constructed at a cost of Rs 1,471 crore. Last month, he could not arrive for the Mandi rally due to bad weather. He also inaugurated Government Hydro Engineering College here and laid the foundation stones of the Rs 350- crore Medical Devices Park in Baddi and Rs 1,692crore Pinjore-Nalagarh fourlane project virtually. “I have blown the victory bugle on the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi today and I am sure the people of Himachal will re-elect the BJP he ,” remarked. He credited the people of Himachal with the unprecedented development the state has witnessed. “The Zelenskyy to PM: No talks till Russia returns annexed areas Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, October 5 Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told PM Narendra Modi during a telephonic conversation on Tuesday that Kyiv will not conduct any negotiations with the current Russian President Vladimir Putin till the annexation of Ukrainian territories is reversed. APPRECIATES INDIA’S AID, PM’S ‘NO TIME FOR WAR’ COMMENT PM Narendra Modi blows an instrument in Bilaspur. PTI INAUGURATES AIIMS ■ PM inaugurates AIIMS in Bilaspur (cost ~1,471 cr) ■ Opens Govt Hydro Engi- neering College, Bilaspur ■ Lays stone of Baddi Med- ical Devices Park, PinjoreNalagarh four-lane project power of the vote has enabled the formation of double-engine continued on page 10 During the telephonic conversation, PM Modi had conveyed India’s readiness to contribute to peace efforts. He had said there could be no military solution to the conflict and reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and need to pursue dialogue and diplomacy, according to the Indian readout. As per a Ukrainian readout of the conversation, Zelenskyy said: “Russia did not stand for dialogue and put forward an ultimatum instead, deliberately undermining this process. During my speech at the UN General Assembly, I outlined our clear formula for peace. We are ready continued on page 10 TRS now BRS as KCR eyes entry into nat’l politics US cops nab 1 in Punjab family kidnapping case Hyderabad, October 5 Seeking to expand its electoral footprint beyond Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday changed its name to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). Over two decades after the founding of the party with the objective of carving out a separate Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, the party adopted a unanimous resolution at its general body meeting here, rechristening it as BRS. Now, the goal is to take on the BJP and emerge as a national continued on page 10 Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi Hoshiarpur, October 5 The United States police have taken into custody a person suspected of kidnapping four members of a family in Merced County, California. He was nabbed when he was using a victim’s ATM card. As he was being nabbed, he attempted suicide and is in a critical condition. Meanwhile, Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur, parents of two of the victims, left for the US late last night. Merced County sheriff’s office had received informa- No trace of victims; no call for ransom either tion on October 4 that an ATM card of one of the victims was used at a bank in the city of Atwater. Investigators obtained the surveillance photo of the person withdrawing the money. They found the man in the photo was similar in appearance to the suspect whose photo was secured from the kidnapping scene. In a few hours, working in conjunction with continued on page 10 to injuries during treatment ■ Cause of crash not immedi- ately known; probe underway ■ The Army is in the process to replace the single-engine copters with advanced ones spokesperson added. The single-engine Cheetah helicopters are based on Alouette Aérospatiale 315B Lama of France designed in the 1950s. The Army has already planned to phase out Cheetah helicopters and replace these with twin-engine advanced light helicopters. — TNS IN BRIEF Operations shut, Panipat units suffer ~100 crore daily losses Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Panipat, October 5 With the directions of the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) on switchover to green fuel coming into force from October 1, industrial units in the textile city that failed to adopt the new technology are lying shut and facing a loss of over Rs 100 crore per day. While exporters fear they would not be able to dispatch their orders on time, the local dyers’ association has decid- Need more time to switch over to non-fossil fuel, say industrialists PROTEST ON OCT 13 ■ Industrial units which failed to switchover to green fuel lying shut since October 1 ■ Facing loss, dyers’ association to hold protest against eco regulations on October 13 ■ Thousands of labourers whose livelihood is at stake to participate ed to hold a protest against the CAQM’s order on October 13. Till then, all units would remain shut, said Bheem Rana, president, Panipat Dyers’ Association, adding thousands of labourers employed in these units would join the protest. The association has also decided to increase the rate of dyeing as the cost has gone up by almost 50 per cent. In February, the CAQM had ordered no industry would be allowed to operate on fossil fuel in the NCR after September 30. Raman Chhabra, president, Young Exporters’ Association, said, “We are not against the CAQM norms and are ready to switch over to PNG, but we need some more time.” Over 500 coal-based dyeing continued on page 10 Chemistry Nobel for 3 who made molecules ‘click’ Stockholm, October 5 Americans Carolyn R Bertozzi and K Barry Sharpless and Danish scientist Morten Meldal were jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for their work on click chemistry and developing a way of “snapping molecules together” that can be used to design better medicines, including ones that target diseases such as cancer more precisely. INSIDE 33 of wedding party killed in Garhwal accident PAURI GARHWAL: At least 33 persons were killed and 15 others injured when a bus carrying nearly 50 members of a wedding party fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district. BACK PAGE Old friends Bedi and Alam meet at Kartarpur, relive 1971 tour memories RohitMahajan AltNews co-founders in race for Nobel Peace Prize NEW DELHI: AltNews co-founders Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair are among the favourites for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as per the shortlists released ahead of the announcement. BACK PAGE 10 bodies retrieved, 27 mountaineers missing DEHRADUN: Twenty-seven mountaineers remained missing after rescue workers brought 14 injured members of their team to safety even as 10 bodies were retrieved in Uttarkashi. BACK PAGE 4 ultras killed in separate encounters in Shopian SRINAGAR: Four terrorists, including those involved in the killing of a policeman three days ago, were neutralised in two encounters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on Wednesday, police said. INSIDE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 5 When Bishan Singh Bedi and Intikhab Alam, former captains of the Indian and Pakistani cricket teams, met at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on Tuesday, Bedi wanted a song from his old friend. Alam obliged with ‘When The Saints Go Marching’, in the throaty style of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The two cricketers have a history with this number. “In 1971, when we were part of the same team, the World XI, for four months on the tour of Australia, we formed a Sunday Club for entertainment,” says Alam, who turns 81 in November. “I used to sing during our Sunday gatherings, and Bishan used to love my singing. So when we met yesterday, we talked about the old times for hours, and he wanted me to sing a song.” Bedi, 76, has rarely been seen Bishan Singh Bedi with Pakistani cricketers Shafqat Rana & Intikhab Alam. in public since early last year, when he underwent a heart surgery, which was followed by a brain surgery to remove a clot. But he was very keen to make the journey to Kartarpur, for both spiritual and earthly reasons – he was desperate to meet an old friend. “We last met in 2013, in Kolkata,” says the Hoshiarpur-born Alam. “After he had a stroke last year, we have been praying for him, and my wife has been in constant touch with his wife Anju. Anju had been saying that Bishan wanted to meet me, and that she would bring him to Kartarpur. So yesterday, we too went from here (Lahore) to Kartarpur and met them and spent four-five hour together.” Also present was Shafqat Rana, a Shimla-born cricketer who played five Tests for Pakistan. “He is also great friends with Bishan,” Alam says. “We had a great time together — we had food at the langar there, and we talked about the old times and heard old stories from each other. Anju said she saw Bishan laugh so much after a continued on page 10
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