27102022-TTB-01.qxd 10/26/2022 11:45 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 296 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA KOHLI STORMS INTO TOP 10 T20I BATTER’S LIST SPORT /thetribunechd CHINA LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST ORAL COVID VACCINE WORLD PAK LeT TERRORIST KILLED IN INFILTRATION ATTEMPT J&K MHA’S ‘CHINTAN SHIVIR’ WITH HOME MINISTERS BEGINS TODAY BACK PAGE thursday | 27 october 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com No side should opt for N-weapons, Rajnath tells Russian counterpart Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 26 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, on Wednesday said that the nuclear option should not be resorted to by any side involved in the Ukraine conflict and that the crisis should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. Shoigu briefed Rajnath Singh on the evolving situation in Ukraine, including his concern on possible provocations through the use of “dirty bomb” by Ukraine. Reiterating India’s stand, Rajnath Singh said the prospect of the usage of nuclear or radiological weapons went against the basic tenets of humanity. The conversation took place at the initiative of the Russian Defence Minister amid escalation of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. The two Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. FILE PHOTO SHOW OF FORCE BY MOSCOW WITH DRILLS, PRACTICE LAUNCHES ■ Putin had issued a veiled threat that Moscow could exercise the option of using N-weapons to defend Russian territory in case of escalation ■ In a show of force, the Russian President on Wednesday monitored drills of Russia’s strategic ministers also discussed defence cooperation. Russia has made it public that two organisations in Ukraine have been ordered to create the “dirty bomb” nuclear forces involving multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles ■ Since the conflict began in February, PM Modi has spoken to Russian Prez Vladimir Putin as well as Ukrainian President Zelenskyy a number of times and the work is at the concluding stage. It says the office of the President of Ukraine and representatives of the United Kingdom are in touch regarding the possible technologies to create nuclear arms. “Ukraine has the required production and scientific capacities. There are enterprises of nuclear industry in Ukraine that pos- sess stockpiles of radioactive substances which can be used for creating the ‘dirty bomb’. These concern three operating nuclear power plants: the Yuzhnoukrainsk, Khmelnitsky and Rivne plants with nine storage pools for spent nuclear fuel,” Russia has said. Rajnath Singh’s comments that the nuclear option should not be resorted to is a message to Russia as well as western powers backing Ukraine, those familiar with the matter said. Hostilities between Russia and Ukraine have intensified with Moscow carrying out retaliatory missile strikes targeting Ukrainian cities in response to a huge blast in Crimea nearly two weeks back. Moscow blames Kyiv for the blast. The Indian embassy in Ukraine has asked Indian nationals to leave the country at the earliest in view of the fresh wave of hostilities. Attempt to hide anti-Hindu face: BJP Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM He is resorting to Hindutva to outwit BJP in Gujarat elections. AMRINDER RAJA WARRING, Punjab Cong chief Slogan of ‘badlav’ (change) lies exposed… Kejriwal now wooing voters through religion. DALJEET SINGH CHEEMA, SAD spokesman Chief Minister said. Asserting that he was not requesting to exchange all the notes in circulation, Kejriwal said his suggestion was for those printed every month. “This way, a significant amount of these notes will be in circulation in some time,” he said. The Delhi CM said his suggestion was not against anyone, and that even Indonesia, a Muslim country with less than 2 per cent Hindus and continued on page 10 Rahul Gandhi greets Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge as Sonia Gandhi looks on. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Gurugram, October 26 As Nuh emerges as the biggest cybercrime hub of the NCR, the district police have launched a massive crackdown on 40 villages identified as Jamtaras of Haryana. ‘Jamtara’ is a TV series in which a bunch of small-town young guns operate a phishing racket. Following an exhaustive exercise of analysing mobile tower dump, the police have identified 10,000 suspicious mobile numbers active around these villages and in the forests of the Aravallis. Our Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking “constitutionally appropriate” action against Finance Minister KN Balagopal for making a speech “undermining unity”, a demand turned down by the CM. “I am left with no option but to convey a minister who deliberately violates the oath and undermines the unity and integrity of India cannot continue in office,” the Governor said. He expressed hope the CM would “consider the matter with seriousness it deserves and take action which is constitutionally appropriate”. While this indicates an indirect way to ask the CM to sack the minister, Vijayan shot back a letter to the Governor, rejecting his demand, an official source said. The CM reiterated his trust in Balagopal, saying it remained “undiminished”. In his letter, the Governor did not explicitly seek the removal of Balagopal from the LDF cabinet, but it seemed to be the essence of continued on page 10 ENTIRE HOUSEHOLDS INVOLVED IN PHISHING In Haryana’s Jamtara, entire households actively involved in phishing racket Police identify 10,000 suspicious mobile numbers across 40 villages in Nuh district Locals indulge in Olx frauds, honey-trapping, account hacking and card cloning Being in Aravallis’ foothills, call location in these villages remains untraceable In some cases, village elders have rented out fields for making calls The numbers have been forwarded to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) that is reviewing those. Over the past week, it has identified 1,500 fake ones and deactivated 983. “It is the first exercise in the NCR where we are reviewing numbers at such a large scale and deactivat- Sunak dials Zelenskyy, says can count on UK London, October 26 Newly appointed UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak held a conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy and expressed UK’s solidarity and support for the Ukrainian people. “A privilege to speak to the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelenskyy, this evening. Both he and the Ukrainian people can count on the UK’s continued solidarity and support. We will always stand with Ukraine,” Sunak tweeted following the conversation. Earlier, then UK PM hopeful Sunak wrote a letter on Ukraine’s Independence Day, praising the country’s steadfast courage in standing up to Russian “aggression” and promising support from the people of the UK as the war continues in the country. In the letter published in Kyiv Post, Rishi had said he would be a lifelong friend and help Ukraine rebuild into a prosperous, ambitious and forward-looking country. “Your steadfast courage in standing up to aggression has given hope to peaceful and freedom-loving people around the world, and sends a continued on page 10 New Delhi, October 26 History was created on Wednesday with 80-year-old Karnataka leader Mallikarjun Kharge assuming charge as the first non-Gandhi Congress president in 24 years, signalling the beginning of a new era in the journey of the 137-year-old party that faces the worst-possible odds ever. The Congress retains power in only Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, faces an aggressive BJP in poll-bound Himachal and Gujarat this year and nine states—MP Rajasthan, , Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram—in 2023. The new Congress president’s clarion call to cadres today was former party presi- dent Rahul Gandhi’s slogan “Daro Mat” (do not fear). Kharge “expressed gratitude” to Rahul for undertaking the “mass connect” event, urging workers to ensure national resonance for the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, and said, “When Congress workers shed fear, the mightiest of empires kneel down.” Kharge, who took over from continued on page 10 Kerala Guv flags speech Uproar in J&K over public varsities Bill by FM, wants him ‘fired’ Teachers oppose hiring through ‘scam-hit’ selection boards Jammu, October 26 Anger is brewing among teachers and students of different universities over the Jammu and Kashmir Public Universities Bill, 2022. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday staged a protest in Jammu, alleging the Bill would curtail the autonomy of the universities. The Administrative Council led by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha approved the Bill on October 8. ABVP state secretary Mukesh Manhas said, “Vice chancellors Crackdown on cybercrime in 40 Nuh villages, 983 SIMs disabled Sumedha Sharma The current India-Russia trade story is buoyant. In the first five months of the current fiscal, trade with Russia was at a record $18 billion. This has given rise to expectations that the Putin-Modi target of $40 billion trade by 2025 would be accomplished within this fiscal itself. But there are storm clouds. The Union Finance Ministry will have to make a large provision in the supplementary demands for grants to cover up for the rise in fertiliser prices. The biggest worry is continued on page 10 Tribune News Service ❝ MALWINDER KANG, Punjab AAP spokesman PRICE CAP BY G7 COULD FORCE INDIA TO PICK SIDES British PM Rishi Sunak during his first Cabinet meet in London. REUTERS Forms 47-member steering panel | Gujarat, HP polls first task CITES INDONESIA Lakshmi and Ganesha photos on currency notes will bring prosperity… Muslim-majority Indonesiatoo has Ganesha images on its currency. Who does not want Lakshmi? It is a necessity for everybody. New Delhi, October 26 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s reported plans to visit Moscow in November would come at a critical time in India’s ties with Russia. The prolonged Ukraine conflict leading to high energy and food prices and the screws being tightened by the western countries on trade with Russia are the key concerns. Kharge takes over, his clarion call Rahul’s ‘daro mat’ slogan Print Lakshmi, Ganesha images on notes: Kejriwal New Delhi, October 26 Playing the “Hindu card” ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections and throwing a challenge to the ruling BJP in the state, Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today demanded that the Centre should print images of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on new currency notes to bring “economic prosperity to 130 crore Indians”. The BJP leadership dubbed the demand as an “unsuccessful attempt to hide AAP’s ugly anti-Hindu face” and claimed that the only aim was to woo the voters in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Maintaining that the Indian economy was not in a good shape, Kejriwal, at a press conference, said the country needed a lot of efforts to get the economy back on track along with the “blessings of our gods and goddesses”. “Today, I am appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government that Mahatma Gandhi’s image on one side of the currency notes should remain as it is but on the other side, there should be an image of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi,” the Jaishankar’s visit to Russia in Nov comes at crucial time ing those. Each fraud subscriber identity module (SIM) costs over Rs 3,000 to criminals and cancelling the SIM will be a major jolt to them. The CID has, so far, identified 1,500 as fraudulent and we expect more updates soon,” SP Varun Singla told The Tribune. The district has received 450 complaints related to cybercrime so far this year. Nai is the most notorious village in the list followed by Tirwara, Bicchor, Singar, Jaimat, Gangadbas, Piproli, Khedla, Lohingakalan, Jakhopur, Aminabad, Bisru, Dudholi and Tuseni. Residents are allegedly known to be involved in phishing, Olx frauds, honeytrapping, account hacking, social media hacking, online cards cloning, digital lockers hacking and tampering with ID cards. Each household in these villages is allegedly actively involved in cybercrime. The men and boys source fake SIMs from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan etc. Being in the foothills, these villages serve as perfect spots for fraudulent calling as the locations are highly untraceable in the Aravallis and nearby fields. The village elders rent out their fields for calling purposes. continued on page 10 UNIVERSITIES WILL LOSE AUTONOMY The law will take away the autonomy of universities and give all powers to govt officials. This will ruin the academic environment. ❝ A professor, UNIVERSITY OF JAMMU will have no power. All decisions regarding the universities will be taken by the UT Administration.” He said it would lead to recruitments through the Public Service Commission and the Services Selection Board which were “already embroiled in scams”. The draft proposal states, “Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, all universities established and regulated under the Act shall refer all open and direct posts of officer cadre and all teachers and equivalent positions in their universities to the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) for an all-India advertisement and screening.” A professor at the University of Jammu said, “The law will give all powers to government officers.” An official claimed the aim was to make the functioning of universities transparent. IN BRIEF India, Aus play out thrilling 5-5 draw in hockey JOHOR (MALAYSIA): Indian junior men’s hockey team scored a last-minute goal to play out a thrilling 5-5 draw against Australia at the 10th Sultan of Johor Cup here on Wednesday. INSIDE IIT-Ropar to have centre for defence research NEW DELHI: The IIT-Ropar is coming up with the National Research Centre for Defence Research and Security, an MoU for which has been signed with the UK-India Business Council. BACK PAGE ITR deadline for companies extended till Nov 7 NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry on Wednesday extended the deadline for filing income tax returns for assessment year 2022-23 by companies till November 7. Earlier, the last date was October 31. INSIDE BJP-Shinde reach pact on Maha civic polls NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said the rul- ing BJP and Shiv Sena faction led by CM Eknath Shinde will contest some of the civic polls separately and others in alliance. BACK PAGE Honeypreet is now Ruhani Didi, says Ram Rahim Tribune News Service Hisar, October 26 Putting speculation to rest, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who has been convicted in rape and murder cases, has announced he would continue to be the head of the dera. Interacting with disciples during an online session from Barwana ashram in Baghpat, he renamed ‘daughter’ Honeypreet as ‘Ruhani Didi’. He said Honeypreet, who is ‘dharm ki beti’ and ‘mukhya shishya’, was being renamed as ‘Ruhani Didi’ aka ‘RuDi’. “She is working for the welfare of humanity and always listens to her ‘papa’ (the dera chief),” he said, indicating her status as number two at the dera headquarters. Ram Rahim is staying at Barnawa ashram after getting parole from Sunaria Jail. He has been addressing his disciples online. Earlier, he released a 3.52-minute Punjabi video song featuring himself from his dera located in UP’s Baghpat.
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