04112022-TTB-01.qxd 11/3/2022 11:46 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 304 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA PAK BEAT SOUTH AFRICA IN T20 WC, KEEP SEMIFINAL HOPES ALIVE SPORT /thetribunechd 3 TERRORISTS KILLED DURING INFILTRATION BID IN POONCH J&K RBI PANEL TO FINALISE SOREN IGNORES SUMMONS, REPORT ON INFLATION SEEKS 3 WEEKS TO APPEAR FOR GOVT BUSINESS BEFORE ED BACK PAGE friday | 4 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Imran Khan shot in shin at Two-phase Gujarat Assembly poll on Dec 1, 5 DEC 8 4.9 CRORE 4.6 LAKH rally, survives bid on life Tribune News Service COUNTING Was leading march to Islamabad to demand snap poll Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 3 A gunman on Thursday opened fire on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, injuring him in the shin, while the latter was delivering a speech at a rally in Wazirabad in Punjab province. Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the suspect had been arrested. Ousted as PM in a parliamentary confidence vote in April, Khan was six days into a protest procession bound for Islamabad, waving at thousands of cheering supporters from the roof of a container truck when the shots rang out. Several in his convoy were reportedly wounded in the attack. “It was a clear assassination attempt. Khan was hit but he’s stable. There was a lot of bleeding,” said Fawad Chaudhry, spokesperson for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. “If the shooter had not been stopped by the crowd, the entire PTI leadership would have been wiped out,’’ he claimed. Khan’s PTI colleague Faisal Javed, who was also wounded and had bloodstains on his clothes, told SC orders status quo on release of GM mustard New Delhi, November 3 The Supreme Court today ordered status quo on a recent decision of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to approve genetically modified (GM) mustard for commercial cultivation. A Bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sudhanshu Dhulia asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati to ensure “no precipitative action was taken” until an application filed before it was heard. Appearing for petitioner Aruna Rodrigues, advocate Prashant Bhushan informed the court that it had, in 2012, formed a technical expert committee with broad terms of reference to examine the matter of GM crops in India. The GEAC, functioning under the Union Environment Ministry, had recommended the environmental release of GM mustard, paving the way for its commercial cultivation. The move comes amid opposition from green groups, which say GM mustard could have an adverse impact on human health and food security. — PTI Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan being shifted to a car from a mounted truck after being injured in firing in Punjab province’s Wazirabad. PTI HISTORY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN PAKISTAN Pakistan has a long history of political violence. Former PM Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 in a gun and bomb attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi, next to Islamabad. Her father and former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged in 1979 after being deposed in a military coup. New Delhi, November 3 The Election Commission today announced the schedule for two-phase Gujarat Assembly polls. While voting will take place on December 1 and 5, the counting of votes is fixed for December 8 along with that in Himachal Pradesh where the single-phase election will be held on November 12. Announcing the schedule for the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said voting for 89 seats would be held on December 1 and the remaining 93 seats would go to the polls on December 5. While the Opposition parties, ELIGIBLE VOTERS FIRST-TIMERS LAST DATE FOR FILING PAPERS NOV 14 (PH-I) | NOV 17 (PH-II) SCRUTINY OF DOCUMENTS NOV 15 (PH-I) | NOV 18 (PH-II) WITHDRAWALS NOV 17 (PH-I) | NOV 21 (PH-II) 2017 RESULTS BJP 99 CONG 77 OTH 6 including the Congress, criticised the poll panel for allegedly delaying the Gujarat poll announcement to benefit the ruling BJP the CEC brushed , aside the claims of bias. He 182 said the commission had to keep in mind many aspects, continued on page 9 ly dismissed,” said a Bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi. continued on page 9 Designate separatists as ultras, Canada told POLLING PEACEFUL IN ADAMPUR THE ATTACKER IS OVERPOWERED burst of shots after which Khan and his aides fell down. The gunman, who appeared to be in his twenties, was grabbed by a PTI activist, continued on page 9 GoI had earlier asked Nov 6 referendum in Ontario not be allowed son Arindam Bagchi said. He said Canada had been told to designate under its own laws individuals and entities declared terrorists by India. Though the Government of Canada had conveyed that it respected New Delhi, November 3 The Supreme Court today affirmed the death penalty awarded to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist and Pakistani national Mohammad Arif, alias Ashfaq, as it rejected his petition seeking review of its verdict awarding death penalty to him in the December 2000 Red Fort attack case that had claimed the lives of three Army men. “We do not find any merit in the instant review petitions, which are according- India’s sovereignty and would not recognise the “Khalistan referendum”, Bagchi said India had in the past stated that it was “deeply objectionable that politically motivated exercises by extremist elements are allowed to take place in a friendly country”. He pointed out that the Canadian High Commission here and the Deputy Foreign Minister had also said that 3 OF ARMY WERE KILLED ■ The attack in December 2000 had left three Army personnel dead ■ A Pakistani national, Arif was among three intruders involved in the attack ■ A Delhi court awarded him death penalty on Oct 31, 2005 the so-called referendum would not be recognised. The government had served a demarche on Canada on October 9, asking it to stop the referendum on November 6 to be held in Ontario. Though Indians are immigrating to Canada at a rate of over one lakh per year and the numbers are set to go up, ties between India and Canada have been rocky over the activities of separatists. — TNS ACCOUNTABILITY MUST Every corrupt individual must be held accountable. It is important to build such an atmosphere in country. You needn’t fear. ❝ Narendra Modi, PM might be. In a veiled reference to Opposition leaders, the PM said people calling themselves honest were not NEW DELHI: With AAP emerging as a key challenger, Gujarat will see a three-way contest in the two-phase elections. For the BJP, retaining the home state of the PM and the Union Home Minister is a prestige issue. With just two states —Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — in its kitty, it is a do or die for the Congress. For AAP, it is a chance to register a pan-India presence after its success in Delhi and Punjab. The Congress has lost all polls to the BJP since 1995. For new chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Gujarat and HP poll will be the first major test. BACK PAGE ashamed to be standing next to corrupt individuals and getting photographed. “Agencies like the CVC need not be defensive. People with vested interests will try to strangulate the institutions and defame dedicated officials,” PM Modi said. Sharing his own experience, he said, “I have also gone through mudslinging and abuses, but people stand with you when you walk the path of honesty.” — TNS BYPOLLS CONSTITUENCY ADAMPUR (HARYANA) TURNOUT 75.25% ANDHERI EAST (MAHA) 31.74% MUNUGODE (TELANGANA) 77.55% MOKAMA (BIHAR) 53.45% GOPALGANJ (BIHAR) 51.48% GOLA GOKARANNATH (UP) 57.35% DHAMNAGAR (ODISHA) 66.63% COUNTING OF VOTES ON NOVEMBER 6 IN BRIEF India abstains on resolution against Ukraine NEW DELHI: India abstained from voting on yet another resolution involving Ukraine at the UNSC. Russia and China voted in favour while the US, the UK and France voted against it. BACK PAGE Nepalese among two non-locals shot in Kashmir SRINAGAR: Terrorists on Thursday shot and injured two non-local workers, including a Nepalese national, who were working at a private school, at Bondialgam in J&K’s Anantnag district. INSIDE Zuckerberg allows 32-person WhatsApp video call Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced the global rollout of a 32-person video calling feature called ‘Communities’ on WhatsApp. It also allowed groups with up to 1,024 users. IANS NEW DELHI: 24,000 farm fires, but Punjab AQI ‘moderate’ Oz offers record ~5.3 cr for info GRAP-IV implemented in Delhi as air quality dips to ‘severe’, diesel LMVs barred NewDelhi/Patiala, November 3 showed six major cities of on Moga man in 38% POLLUTION DUE TO STUBBLE-BURNING The average air quality in Punjab witnessing “moder’18 murder case Punjab, where over 24,000 ate” air quality in October. The share of farm fires in Delhi’s PM2.5 jumped A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field near Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH farm fires were reported this season, remained “moderate” in October even as Delhi witnessed “severe” pollution today and saw implementation of curbs under the final stage of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP-IV). With Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) of 450 just short of “severe plus” category, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) directed the authorities to ban the to 38% on Thursday. As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, this is highest percentage of farm fires adding to Delhi’s pollution this season. plying of diesel light motor vehicles (LMVs) in Delhi and adjoining NCR districts. The entry of trucks other than electric and CNG ones is banned. Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav had on Wednesday blamed the Punjab Government’s failure to check farm fires for rising pollution in Delhi. Sources said Punjab witnessed 24,146 stubbleburning cases from September 15 to November 3 this year compared to 20,433 during the same period last year. Data released by the Punjab Pollution Control Board In October, the average AQI was 126 in Jalandhar, 116 in Patiala, 121 in Mandi Gobindgarh, 153 in Ludhiana, 111 in Khanna and 134 in Amritsar 134. The CAQM said BSVI vehicles and those used for essential and emergency services were exempted from the ban on diesel-run LMVs in Delhi. It said the government might take a call on the closure of educational continued on page 9 BJP hardens battle lines in HP, top brass hardsells growth Irisscan,QRcodesamong Aditi Tandon Attacks rival Congress over graft, royals and dynasts Tribune News Service Shimla, November 3 In pursuit of history, the ruling BJP is pulling out all stops in election-bound Himachal and is hardening the battle lines each passing day. Saffron target in the hill state involves bucking the anti-incumbency trend the state has witnessed in every election since 1982 and ensuring that the conventional dip in BJP vote share in alternate polls is addressed. The scale of the challenge explains BJP’s never-before campaign push with PM Narendra Modi leading from High-stakes 3-way contest on cards SC affirms death to LeT Agencies handling corruption cases ultra for Red Fort attack needn’t be on defensive: PM Modi The news we dread ... Thank God he’s okay. And thank you from his sons to the heroic man in the crowd who tackled the gunman. Jemima Goldsmith, IMRAN’S FIRST WIFE New Delhi, November 3 Escalating its drive against separatists based overseas, India has called on the Canadian authorities to declare as terrorists individuals and entities who have been similarly designated by the Indian authorities. India has also called on Canada to stop the so-called referendums on a separate state of “Khalistan” as such exercises in the past had led to violence, MEA spokesper- TOTAL SEATS Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar with Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey (R) at a press meet in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO New Delhi, November 3 Pledging full support to antigraft agencies, PM Narendra Modi today said officers handling cases of corruption needn’t be defensive when people with “vested interests” attacked and maligned them. Addressing an event to mark Vigilance Awareness Week organised by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), PM Modi said agencies must not spare the corrupt no matter how powerful the individual Geo TV that several of his colleagues had been hurt. The military, which has been at odds with Khan, said the shooting was “highly condemnable”. Witnesses heard No bias, multiple factors behind delay, says CEC DATES TO REMEMBER EYES 2017 REPEAT ■ In 2017, the BJP posted the high- est vote share ever of 48.8% ■ The last election also saw the highest voter turnout of 74.51% ■ These are the two trends the BJP would hope to repeat in HP the front. He has so far addressed nine rallies, starting from the eve of declaration of elections until today, with two more planned ahead of the voting day on November 12. The PM will address rallies in Solan and Sundernagar on November 5 to touch segments across the Shimla and Mandi Lok Sabha seats and in Shahpur and Sujanpur to cover Hamirpur and Kangra segments. He will also visit Radha Saomi Satsang in Beas. Once these rallies conclude, the PM would have held 11 pro- grammes in the state, where the BJP top brass is expanding its canvassing plank gradually. From the promise of development and doubleengine growth to attacks on the Congress over dynastic politics, graft and promotion of royalty in the poll fray, BJP stalwarts are going all out to counter the rival party which is banking on anti-incumbency, unemployment, withdrawal of old pension scheme and inflation to defeat the incumbents. The BJP is, meanwhile, fighting negative narratives through continued on page 9 steps for Haryana job test Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 3 Iris scan, QR codes to ascertain candidates’ identity, ban on wearing ornaments, “punishment” marking for leaving blank questions and multiple sets of question papers are among measures in place to check cheating during the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment for Group C posts to be held on November 5 and 6. Rocked by the Haryana Pub- Hit by ‘scam’, panel takes tough measures lic Service Commission (HPSC) “cash-for-marks” scam earlier this year, the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) is leaving nothing to chance for the CET. While no ornaments, including nose pins, will be allowed inside the examination centres since these can also have embedded devices, for the first continued on page 9 New Delhi/moga, November 3 The Australian police on Thursday announced a record 1 million dollar (Rs 5.31 crore) reward for information leading to the arrest of a Punjabi suspect in a murder Rajwinder Singh case. Rajwinder Singh (38), who worked as a nurse in Innisfail, reportedly fled to India after allegedly murdering 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley on a beach in Queensland in 2018. “This is the first time a reward of 1 million Australian dollars has been announced to reach a suspect,” said a Queensland police official. Rajwinder was born in Buttar Kalan in Moga. Believed to be living in India, his whereabouts are not known. India has already approved his extradition. The police have released his images as he was on way to board a flight to India on October 23, 2018, leaving behind his wife and three children. His brother had earlier admitted that Rajwinder landed at Amritsar airport and was in mental distress over workrelated issues. Little is known about him since. — TNS
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