07112022-TTC-01.qxd 11/7/2022 12:29 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 307 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 INDIA BEAT SPAIN 3-1 IN PENALTY SHOOTOUT IN FIH PRO LEAGUE SPORT /thetribunechd MUGHAL ROAD SHUT FOR TRAFFIC AFTER SNOWFALL J&K EMPOWER FARMERS TO THOSE DEFAMING GUJARAT ADOPT ECO-FRIENDLY WILL BE WIPED OUT IN WAYS INFOCUS POLLS: PM BACK PAGE monday | 7 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 4 out of 7 for BJP; Uddhav’s 33% job quota, free cylinders, pension, BJP goes all out to woo women voters party, TRS, RJD win one each BYPOLL Bhavya wins in Adampur | His father’s ’19 margin was bigger Vibha Sharma BJP breaks the jinx in Haryana Tribune News Service Geetanjali Gayatri New Delhi, November 6 The BJP won four of the seven seats in byelections across six states — Haryana, UP Bihar, , Odisha, Maharashtra and Telangana. The RJD, TRS and the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) bagged one seat each. The byelections were held on November 3. The BJP won the Adampur seat in Haryana with its candidate Bhavya Bishnoi defeating Congress’ Jai Prakash with a margin of 15,714 votes. Bishnoi secured 67,492 votes and Jai Prakash 51,752.The bypoll was necessitated after Bhavya’s father Kuldeep Bishnoi switched sides from the Congress to the BJP In the 2019 Assembly . polls, the latter had defeated BJP’s Sonali Phogat with a margin of 29,417 votes. In Maharashtra, Rutuja Latke of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) won the Andheri (East) Assembly constituency that fell vacant after the death of her husband Ramesh Latke. Tribune News Service RESULTS Bhavya Bishnoi with family members after his victory. MAHARASHTRA BIHAR Uddhav party’s Rutuja Latke wins Andheri-East seat with 66,530 votes, in an election no major party was in fray. NOTA accounted for 12,806 votes, which is 14.7% of the total votes polled One each for BJP and RJD. Neelam Devi of the RJD wins the Mokama seat.The BJP contested this seat for the first time. The saffron party retains the Gopalganj Assembly seat with 70,053 votes TELANGANA UP & ODISHA High-voltage contest, ruling TRS wins Munugode Assembly seat. TRS candidate Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy polls 97,006 votes and BJP’s Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy 86,697 votes BJP retains the Gola Gokarannath Assembly seat in Lakhimpuri Kheri I BJP’s Suryabanshi Suraj wins the Dhamnagar seat in Odisha, polling 80,351 votes, defeating BJD’s Abanti Das, who polled 70,470 votes An elated Uddhav Thackeray said: “This is the beginning of a fight which has begun with a victory. The forthcoming elections too will be won.” Rutuja polled 66,530 votes. In the election, no major party was in the fray. Significantly, NOTA accounted for 12,806 votes — 14.79 per cent of the total votes polled. continued on page 9 Chandigarh, November 6 The Adampur bypoll victory in Haryana has come as a shot in the arm for the BJP , the party having suffered two consecutive defeats in Baroda and Ellenabad over the past two years. Congratulating BJP candidate Bhavya Bishnoi, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said the result showed the “people’s faith in the inclusive policies” of the BJP-JJP combine’s doubleengine government that had “fast-tracked development”. The BJP now has 41 MLAs in the 90-member Assembly whereas its ally JJP has 10. The JJP is supported by six Independent MLAs and one of the Haryana Lokhit Party. The opposition Congress has been reduced to 30 MLAs. Having held the Adampur seat since 1968, Bhavya is the sixth member of ex-CM Bhajan Lal’s family to be elected from the segment. The seat continued on page 9 HIMACHAL VOTES 2022 Tribune News Service Shimla, November 6 The BJP has promised Uniform Civil Code, 8 lakh jobs, 33 per cent reservation for women in government recruitment and a slew of sops for different segments in its manifesto for the Himachal Assembly elections that was released here today. Maintaining that their focus was on “empowerment” than allurement, Nadda claimed that the 11-point ‘Sankalp Patra’ contained commitments for empowering women, employees, youth and horticulturists. The BJP rolled out a stand- ELECTION MANIFESTO ~12K CRORE FOR RELIGIOUS CIRCUIT PROMISES 8L JOBS ■ 8 lakh jobs, ~900 crore ■ The BJP has promised an startup fund, resolving pay anomalies ■ ~3,000 per year proposed to farmers, in addition to ~6,000 under the PM Kisan Nidhi ■ ~5,000 crore fund to build allweather roads to all villages ■ Uniform Civil Code, survey of Waqf properties; GST on apple cartons at 12%, state to bear 6% cost ■ Five new medical colleges, existing ones to be strengthened BJP chief JP Nadda releases the party manifesto for the HP elections in Shimla. ANI investment of ~12,000 cr to promote religious tourism ■ Aim will be to enhance transport facilities, infrastructure around prominent temples ■ Pilgrimage tourist circuit ‘Himteerath’ has been promised ■ Will connect all key temples, Shakti Peeths across the state ■ 45 buses will be started from Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Meerut & Mathura to link temples alone manifesto — ‘Stree Shakti Sankalp’—for women, promising bicycles for schoolgirls and scooties for college students, enhanced ‘shagun’ for marriage, Rs 500 crore corpus for interest-free loans to women entrepreneurs to set up homestays and a system for procurement and disbursement of fodder through fair price shops. It promised three free LPG cylinders to women of poor households, enrolment of all women over 30 years from poor families under the Atal Pension Yojana, Rs 2,500 per month to 50,000 meritorious female students of government schools during graduation and ‘Stree Shakti Cards’ to all women for treatment of continued on page 9 CLASH WITH ENGLAND ON NOV 10 AT 1.30 PM INDIA IN T20 WC SEMIFINAL ■ Crush Zimbabwe; finish on top of Group 2 with 8 pts ■ India score 186/5 ■ Suryakumar smashes 61 off 25 balls; KL Rahul (51), Virat Kohli (26) other scorers Pak too in semis, will face New Zealand on Nov 9 THE TRIBUNEINTERVIEW: JAI RAM THAKUR, HIMACHAL PRADESH CM SL cricketer arrested for ‘We have the edge, rebel ‘sexual assault’ in Sydney factor will fade away’ T HE BJP clearly has the edge and will change the tradition of governments alternating every five years, says Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur. With four days left for campaigning to end, the CM speaks to Aditi Tandon on a range of issues, including the rebels, whose impact ‘in only some seats’ he believes will fade away as the campaign peaks. On the Old Pension Scheme, he points out Congress governments in the state did not restore the same when they had a chance in 2003 and 2012. Excerpts: ■ Campaign is at its peak, what are the key issues? Our campaign punch is clear. We will end the tradition of change of government every five years. Our poll slogan is ‘Naya rivaj banayenge, phir bhajpaa layenge’. Due to governments alternating every five years, there is a perception that a government means only five years. We have to shatter this myth. Uttarakhand and UP have already ❝ We’ve quelled dissent at several places but at some rebels are in the fray. I believe once the campaign peaks, the rebels will fade away. done so. The Congress is saying it’s their turn to rule, but that won’t happen. ■ What about inflation and jobs? The Congress has promised one lakh jobs. Congress’ 10 guarantees and the promise of one lakh continued on page 9 Sydney, November 6 Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, who was with the national squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia, was arrested on charges of sexual assault here on Sunday, prompting the Lankan government to order an “immediate investigation” into the incident. It has been learnt that the 31year-old Danushka was arrested and taken to Sydney City police station in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on November 2. “Danushka has Lankan govt orders ‘immediate’ probe been arrested for an alleged rape. The Sri Lankan team has left Australia without him,” a source said. The Sri Lankan team was eliminated from the tournament after losing to England on Saturday. In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket said it would take strict action against the player if found guilty. The Sri Lankan government also continued on page 9 < Suryakumar Yadav celebrates < after scoring 50 runs during the T20 WC match with Zimbabwe . PTI Cut cash spending limit to ~2,000, EC tells govt Tribune News Service Existing cap ~10,000 New Delhi, November 6 Aiming to ensure greater transparency in the electoral process, the Election Commission has written to the government suggesting to 5-member SIT to probe Suri’s murder Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 6 The Punjab Police have formed a five-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the murder of Shiv Sena (Taksali) leader Sudhir Suri. The SIT would be headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective) Jagjit Singh Walia. Other members are Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police Prabhjot Singh NIA TEAM IN AMRITSAR ■ Punjab Police form SIT amid reports that probe likely to be handed over to NIA ■ An NIA team was in Amritsar to hold meetings with police officials on the case Virk and Abhimanyu Rana, CIA in-charge Amandeep Singh and Anti-Gangster Staff Wing in-charge Shiv Darshan Singh. ADGP (Internal Security) RN Dhoke would supervise the investigation, said Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh. The development came amid reports that the probe is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after preliminary investigations hinted at the alleged role of radical groups. An NIA team was already in the city and held meetings with police officials on the case. While Canada-based gangster continued on page 9 reduce the amount a candidate contesting polls can pay in cash for campaign-related expenditure from the existing Rs 10,000 to Rs 2,000. Sources say the poll panel has recommended that the Conduct of Election Rules should be amended to ensure that all cash payments in excess of Rs 2,000 made to a person or entity for election-related expenses are IN BRIEF Sri Lankan navy arrests 15 Indian fishermen CHENNAI: The Sri Lankan navy has arrested 15 Indian fishermen, including a minor, from Tamil Nadu on charges of fishing in their country's waters after crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line. BACKPAGE Bulletproof cars for Chinese workers in Pak ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have agreed to use bulletproof vehicles for movement of the Chinese nationals working on the CPEC projects in Pakistan to protect them from terrorist attacks. INSIDE Curbs on plying of diesel vehicles eased in Delhi NEW DELHI: The Centre's air quality panel on Sunday directed the authorities to lift the ban on plying of non-BS VI diesel-run light motor vehicles in Delhi-NCR and entry of trucks into the Capital. PTI Reconsider consent age in POCSO Twitter may begin charging for blue tick in cases: Karnataka HC to law panel less than a month; no word on India pricing Bengaluru, November 6 The Karnataka High Court has directed the Law Commission of India to reconsider the age of consent in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. In a judgment passed on November 5, a Bench of Justices Suraj Govindaraj and G Basavaraja said, “Having come across several cases relating to minor girls above 16 years having fallen in love TAKE GROUND REALITIES INTO CONSIDERATION ❝ We are of the opinion that the Law Commission of India will have to rethink on the age criteria, so as to take into consideration the ground realities. Bench and eloped and in the meantime, having had sexual intercourse with the boy, we are of the considered opinion that the Law Commission of India will have to rethink on the age criteria, so as to take into consideration the ground realities.” The court was hearing an appeal filed by the police challenging the acquittal of a POCSO accused. It found that the girl, then 17, had eloped with the boy in 2017. Though the girl’s parents had filed the complaint, continued on page 9 Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 6 Twitter may start charging for its blue tick verification service in India in “less than a month,” tweeted new owner Elon Musk. However, there is uncertainty how the government will respond when it is asked to pay for the blue tick on the handles of ministries, government departments and PSUs. MASS LAYOFFS ACROSS THE GLOBE Twitter has fired a majority of its over 200 employees in India — including four top executives, among them CEO Parag Agrawal and legal executive Vijaya Gadde — as part of mass layoffs across the globe. “Hopefully, less than a month,” Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user’s query on when the service was expected to be launched in India. He had earlier this month announced that a ver- ification blue tick in front of a user’s name that authenticates an account will be charged $8 per month. There is no official word on India pricing just yet. Twitter’s strategy to intro- duce a monthly charge for the verified badge has polarised users globally. Musk, the CEO of electric carmaker Tesla Inc, completed his USD 44-billion takeover of Twitter in October-end, placing the world’s richest man at the helm of one of the most influential social media apps in the world. He fired the social media company’s four top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal. made either through account payee cheques or online and digital means. As per the existing rules, the candidates are required to make all payments in excess of Rs 10,000 through cheque, continued on page 9 2015-22 could be warmest period on record: UN agency New Delhi, November 6 The global mean temperature in 2022 is estimated to be 1.15 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) average, likely making the eight years from 2015 the warmest on record, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), a UN agency, said in a report on Sunday. MEAN TEMP UP 1.15°C; RATE OF SEA LEVEL RISE DOUBLES The report titled “WMO Provisional State of the Global Climate 2022” released at the 27th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC on Sunday stated the rate of sea level rise had doubled since 1993 and had risen by nearly 10 mm since January 2020 to a new record high this year. The past two-and-a-half years account for 10 per cent of the overall rise in sea level since satellite measurements started nearly 30 years ago, the report stated. The figures used in the provisional 2022 report are till the end of September this year. The final version will be issued next April. — PTI
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