28102022-TTC-01.qxd 10/28/2022 12:58 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 297 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 INDIA BEAT NETHERLANDS BY 56 RUNS IN T20I WORLD CUP SPORT /thetribunechd RBI’S MONETARY WILL TAKE BACK POK, POLICY PANEL TO MEET GILGIT & BALTISTAN: ON NOV 3 BUSINESS RAJNATH BACK PAGE 18 DETONATORS FOUND AT JAMMU RLY STATION J&K friday | 28 october 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Big fan of India: Chinese envoy to Dhaka Remark comes day after EAM told outgoing envoy Weidong border peace was must for ties Tribune News Service CHINA, RUSSIA DEFENCE CHIEFS HOLD TALKS NO RIVALRY New Delhi, October 27 Against the backdrop of terse exchanges between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and outgoing Chinese envoy to India Sun Weidong, the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh has said he is a big fan of India. Li Jiming, the top Chinese envoy in Bangladesh, said, “China never views India as a strategic rival or strategic competitor. I think India and China can work together closely to resolve economic and geopolitical issues.” China does not have any strategic rivalry with India and does not want to see a heavily armed Bay of Ben- never views ❝ China strategic India as a ■ Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe held a telephone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu ■ Both exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern, an official said ■ China has backed Russia in its war against Ukraine, accusing the US and NATO of provoking conflict competitor. Both nations can work together closely to solve economic and geopolitical issues. Li Jiming, CHINA’S AMBASSADOR TO BANGLADESH gal, he added. On Wednesday, Jaishankar had indirectly refuted the observations by Weidong a day earlier that both India-China should break out of the “geopolitics trap and find a new path that is different from the past”. The EAM told Weidong that peace and tranquility in border areas were essential for normal ties between India and China even as the normalisation of bilateral ties was in the interest of both countries, of Asia and the world at large. The Chinese envoy in his farewell remarks a day earlier said both countries should seek common ground while reserving differences. “China and India are important neighbours to each other. It is only natural for both countries to have some differences. The key is how to han- dle the differences. We should be aware that the common interests of the two countries are greater than differences,” he said. In effect, the Chinese envoy was suggesting that the two countries should develop ties in other areas while trying to sort out the border dispute. In a tweet, Jaishankar said he reiterated his proposal to the Chinese about “three mutuals” for sustainable ties between the two countries. In his last major address on China on October 18, he had said India was looking for bilateral ties based on “mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interest.” No intentions of using N-arms in Ukraine: Putin Moscow, October 27 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any intentions of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but described the conflict as part of the alleged efforts by the West to secure its global domination, which he insisted were “doomed to fail”. Speaking at a conference of international foreign policy experts, Putin said it was pointless for Russia to strike Ukraine with nuclear weapons. He said an earlier warning of his readiness to use “all means to protect Russia” didn’t amount to nuclear saber-rattling, but was merely a response to Western statements about their possible use of nuclear weapons. — AP Equal match fee for men, women players Format Test ODI T20I Old pay ~2.5 lakh ~1 lakh ~1 lakh Revised* ~15 lakh ~6 lakh ~3 lakh *REVISED PAY STRUCTURE FOR CENTRALLY CONTRACTED WOMEN PLAYERS RETAINERSHIP: MALE VS FEMALE PLAYERS ■ There is a big difference in the annual retainer fee for male and female cricketers ■ Male players’ categories: Grade A+ (~7 cr annually), Grade A (~5 cr), Grade B (~3 cr) and Grade C (~1 cr) ■ Female players’ categories: Grade A (~50 lakh), Grade B (~30 lakh), Grade C (~10 lakh) KOHLI, HARMANPREET EARNINGS IN 2021 Will sign only ‘fair, reciprocal’ FTA, says new UK minister Azamgets3-yrjail for hate speech against PM, Yogi Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 27 A Rampur court on Thursday sentenced Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan to three years in jail pronouncing him guilty in a 2019 case related to inflammatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. The court, however, granted bail to the Rampur legislator, allowing him time to file an appeal in a higher court. Khan, who is 74 years old, was booked for making inflammatory speeches while addressing a public meeting at Khatanagaria village in the Milak Kotwali area during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A video of Khan’s remarks had gone viral. Khan faces disqualification as an MLA. continued on page 9 New Delhi, October 27 The UK has completed most of the sections of the muchawaited free trade agreement (FTA) with India, but would sign the deal only once “it is happy that the pact is fair and reciprocal”, said British Trade Department Minister Greg Hands. “We have already closed the majority of chapters and look forward to the next round of talks shortly. We are PM MODI TALKS TO SUNAK PM Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke with Rishi Sunak and congratulated him. “We will work together to further strengthen our strategic partnership. We agreed on the importance of early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA,” the PM tweeted. working towards the best deal for both sides and won’t sign until we have a deal that is fair, reciprocal and ultimately in the best interests of the British people and the UK economy,’’ Hands told Parliament. The government’s deadline of a deal by Diwali, however, remained unfulfilled, largely due to the sudden resignation by then UK PM Liz Truss. However, the government said duty on liquor was a major sticking point. If that is so, observers say the deal was still stuck where it was six months ago when the UK was pressurising India to cut its tariff on alcoholic beverages and processed food while resisting New Delhi’s demand that more Indian professionals should be allowed to live and work in the UK. India and the UK are said to have covered significant ground in three rounds of trade talks earlier this year, but critics have said this amounted to plucking the low hanging fruits first. The UK has so far agreed to reduce duty on Indian rice and textile goods and New Delhi is set to reciprocate by allowing zero duty entry for continued on page 9 ‘Op Lotus’ in Telangana, TRS MLA BJP to EC: Freebies bid to says was offered ~100 cr to join BJP allure, welfarism a policy Hyderabad/New Delhi, Oct 27 A day after the Cyberabad police booked three persons for allegedly trying to lure four Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs to defect to the BJP the saffron , party today dubbed the allegations as a “drama scripted” by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Based on a complaint by Pilot Rohith Reddy, one of the MLAs, cases under sections related to criminal conspiracy, bribery and Prevention of THREE DETAINED ■ TRS MLA PR Reddy alleges he was offered ~100 cr ■ Claims he was told to bring more MLAs who would be paid ~50 cr each; cops detain three persons Corruption Act were filed against the trio, identified as Ramachandra Bharati, alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy, according to the FIR. A senior police official said the accused had been detained. He claimed Bharati was a Delhi resident while Kumar belonged to the BJP . As per the FIR, Reddy alleged that the accused offered him Rs 100 crore and in return, the legislator had to leave the TRS and contest as a BJP candidate in the next Assembly elections. He claimed they also offered him civil contract works from the Central Government, besides higher continued on page 9 New Delhi, October 27 Making a distinction between freebies and welfarism, the BJP is learnt to have suggested to the Election Commission that parties should emphasise on voter empowerment and capacity building rather than increasing the dependency of people. According to party leaders involved in drafting a response to the EC, freebies were meant to allure voters while welfarism was a policy intervention for inclusive OKAY WITH PARTIES GIVING INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF POLL PROMISES growth. The emphasis should be on empowering voters, increasing their capacity and imparting skills to raise the country’s human capital, the BJP suggested in response to the EC seeking views of parties on its proposal to amend the model code of conduct. The BJP said it had no objections to the idea continued on page 9 ‘Won’t return, what will we do without a degree?’ Sukhmeet Bhasin NO GOVT HELP There’s been no government assistance so far. My daughter’s career is over and we have been hit financially. Tribune News Service Gurugram police arrange for removal of garbage. TRIBUNE PHOTO 1,000 cops guard G’gram garbage pickers amid stir Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, October 27 The ongoing strike of sanitation workers has led to the entire city being “buried” under garbage. The protesters have not only dumped 1,300 tonnes of garbage on the streets across the city, but are also waging a war against Ecogreen Energy, the concessionaire engaged by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) for waste management, to stop it from picking up garbage. The protesters are attacking vehicles, puncturing tyres of waste dumpers and threatening people. Ecogreen has sought police protection, espe- GET ROADS CLEARED Cops not only accompanying garbage vans for collecting domestic garbage, but also getting roads cleared using JCB in at least 10 areas. cially in areas like Rajiv Nagar Sector 12, New Colony, Gurgaon village, Patel Nagar and Lakshman Vihar. “We have sought police help to continue picking garbage. Our vehicles are being attacked. The police are now accompanying us,” said an official spokesperson of Ecogreen. Meanwhile, over 1,000 police personnel have taken it on themselves to bring the situation under control. The policemen are now continued on page 9 Bathinda, October 27 At least 1,000 Indian students pursuing medicine are staying put in Ukraine amid escalation of war between Russia and Ukraine, despite two advisories by the Indian Embassy urging Indian citizens to leave at once. The ‘dirty bomb’ threat has made the parents restless. Balwinder Sharma of Bhikhi in Mansa said his daughter Anshika and her friends had now decided against returning to Ukraine. “I took a loan of Rs 20 lakh to send my daughter to Ukraine, but this war has ruined every- ❝ Balwinder Sharma, BHIKHI, MANSA 20K STUDENTS WERE EVACUATED FROM UKRAINE ■ At least 20,000 medical students from India were evacuated from Ukraine after the war escalated in March this year ■ They have held protests seeking admission in Indian medical colleges as a one-time measure, but no decision taken thing. There has been no assistance from the Union Government. My daughter’s career is over and we have been hit financially,” he lamented. A final-year medical stu- dent, who returned to Ukraine despite the escalation, did not want to be identified. Contacted on the phone, he said: “We did not get any assistance in India. So, we returned to resume our studies. We can’t return now. To start from scratch is unthinkable. Besides, what will we do in India without a degree?” Amandeep Kaur from Mansa said she had applied for a transfer to Georgia, “which is under process”. Sahil Nain, another finalyear medical student, who returned to Kyiv on September 30, has decided to stay put despite the risk to his life. VIRAT KOHLI Format Matches Earning Tests 11 ~1.65 cr ODIs 3 ~18 lakh T20Is 10 ~30 lakh Total 24 ~2.13 cr Total with retainership ~9.13 cr HARMANPREET KAUR Format Matches Earning Tests 1 ~2.5 lakh ODIs 2 ~2 lakh T20Is 6 ~6 lakh Total 9 ~10.5 lakh Total with retainership ~60.5L India 2nd to implement equal pay New Delhi, October 27 In a landmark decision, the BCCI on Thursday announced equal match fee for its centrally contracted female and male players in a bid to promote gender equality in the country’s most popular sport. As per the newly introduced system, the Indian women cricketers will now receive Rs 15 lakh per Test, Rs 6 lakh per ODI and Rs 3 lakh per T20I, the same as their male counterparts. Earlier, the women players received Rs 1 lakh each for ODIs and T20Is while the match fee for a Test match was Rs 4 lakh. The decision was taken at the BCCI Apex Council emergent meeting. Earlier this year, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had struck a deal with the country’s players’ association, which enabled the women cricketers to earn as much as the male players, while Cricket Australia (CA) was also working to do away with gender disparity. India thus became only the second country in international cricket to implement equal pay. BCCI president Roger Binny said, “This decision sets the platform to grow and develop cricket. I believe this is a significant step forward for women’s cricket and the game overall.” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said pay equity was an important step towards tackling discrimination. “This is a landmark decision as we continued on page 9 edit: fair play IN BRIEF 2 Punjab ex-cops convicted in fake encounter case MOHALI: In a fake encounter case, the CBI court in Mohali on Thursday convicted two former Punjab Police officials — Shamsher Singh and Jagtar Singh — for killing two persons in 1993. INSIDE Tata-Airbus to make aircraft C-295 in Vadodara NEW DELHI: A consortium of European major Airbus and Tata will make the C-295 MW military transport aircraft in Vadodara. PM Narendra Modi will lay stone of the facility on October 30. BACK PAGE MHA hands over Coimbatore blast probe to NIA NEW DELHI: The MHA has decided to hand over to the NIA the probe into the recent blast near a temple in Coimbatore. The decision was taken following a request by Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin. BACK PAGE Death for first turbaned US Sikh cop’s killer HOUSTON: Robert Solis, the man convicted of murdering Sandeep Dhaliwal, the first turbaned Indian-American Sikh police officer, in the US state of Texas in 2019, has been sentenced to death. INSIDE ‘Chitta’ consumption up, drug abuse ‘high’ on agenda in Himachal HIMACHAL VOTES 2022 Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, October 27 Rampant drug abuse has emerged as a major political issue in the run-up to the Himachal Assembly elections with the opposition Congress attacking the ruling BJP over alleged easy availability of narcotics in the state. As Baddi (Solan) has become India’s pharmaceutical hub, a few firms were in recent past caught illegally producing and selling opioids, including ‘chitta’ (adulterated heroin). A few pockets in Kullu have also been known for ‘charas’ production. The police each year launch special drives to destroy cannabis cultivated illegally over hundreds of RISE IN RECOVERIES Contraband Charas Opium Poppy husk Ganja Heroin 2017 307 kg 8 kg 701 kg 148 kg 3 kg 2021 595 kg 40.8 kg 1,903 kg 814 kg 14.9 kg acres. But what’s most worrisome is the increasing number of people, particularly youth, getting hooked on to ‘chitta’. An official said addicts from affluent families were turning peddlers to manage their daily ‘chitta’ doses and chains were being formed by roping in new vulnerable targets. As per data based on addicts lodged in rehabilitation centres in the state in 2020, about 35 per cent were ‘chitta’ users. The youngest addict in a de-addiction centre was 13 years old while the older people, in their mid-40s, were mostly addicted to ‘charas’. Congress MLA from Haroli (Una) and Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri said a major crackdown was needed as the menace had assumed alarming proportions. “Once voted to power, the Congress will act tough on the drug mafia, which is operating in an organised manner across the state,” he said. Rohit Thakur, Congress MLA from Jubbal-Kotkhai, one of the affected belts, said drug abuse was a major issue in upper Shimla and setting up effective rehabilitation centres was the need of the hour. Cabinet minister and Shimla (Urban) MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who is contesting from Kasumpti, claimed the government had taken concrete steps to curb the menace. A woman from Theog said drug abuse used to be prevalent in urban belts, but now it had penetrated rural pockets continued on page 9
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