16112022-TT-01.qxd 11/15/2022 10:57 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 316 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH MIGRANT WORKER’S BODY WITH BULLET INJURY FOUND J&K TRUMP EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE BID FOR NEXT PREZ POLL WORLD /thetribunechd EXPORTS DECLINE BY 17% TO $29.78 BN IN OCT BUSINESS wednesday | 16 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India abstains from UN vote against Russia New Delhi, November 15 India abstained in the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution seeking to hold Russia accountable for violations of international law by its invasion of Ukraine and requiring it to pay reparations for damage, loss and injury resulting from the war. The draft resolution, “Furtherance of remedy and reparation for aggression against Ukraine”, introduced by Ukraine, was adopted on Monday in the 193-member UN General Assembly by 94 votes in favour, 14 against and 73 abstentions, including by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Belarus, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Russia and Syria voted against the resolution. India, in its explanation of vote, questioned whether a reparation process would resolve the conflict and sounded a note of caution against this example becoming a precedent. “We need to objectively consider whether a reparation process through a vote in the General Assembly would contribute to efforts at a resolution of the conflict. Moreover, the legal validity of such a process by a General Assembly resolution continued on page 9 PM calls for diplomacy to ensure ceasefire in Ukraine, opposes curbs on Russian crude G20 Says India’s energy security key to global growth | Warns fertiliser shortage may cause food crisis ❝ Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 15 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on G20 leaders to find a way to return to the path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine. Speaking out against the western sanctions on Russian oil as well as on Moscow’s war in Ukraine, the PM argued that together with Covid, the conflict had “caused havoc in the world”. Speaking at the G20 session on energy and food security, the PM said India’s energy security was important for global growth as it was the world’s fastest growing economy. Therefore, there should not be any restrictions on the supply of energy and stability in the energy market should be ensured, he said. The PM identified the current shortage of fertilisers as another huge crisis and warned that the fertiliser shortage of today would be tomorrow’s food crisis, for which the world would not have a solution. “We should continued on page 9 edit: Biden-Xi meeting Emerging tech in focus at Modi-Biden meet PEACE PARAMOUNT There is a huge difference between pre-2014 and post-2014 India, India of today thinks big.... When G20 meets again (under India’s presidency), we will all agree to convey a messageof peace. PM Modi 8 BILATERALS TODAY ■ PM Narendra Modi has at least eight structured meetings lined up for Wednesday, as per the MEA ■ He will have his first bilateral with Indonesian President Joko Widodo ■ This will be followed by meetings with leaders of Spain, France, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom ■ A meeting with Trudeau, which was expected, isn’t mentioned PM Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden in Bali. ANI MODI’S REMARK ‘ERA ISN’T OF WAR’ PART OF G20 COMMUNIQUE ■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand on the sidelines of the SCO summit on September 16 that “today’s era isn’t of war” has reportedly been incorporated in the G20 draft communiqué ■ The wording on the Ukraine conflict was a subject of much haggling among G20 diplomats and a prominent role was also played by Indian representatives. PM Modi’s statement has been quoted approvingly in many western capitals Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 15 As the world crossed the 800 crore population mark on Tuesday, India emerged as the top contributor to the historic milestone having added 17.7 crore people. Asia and Africa drove much of the 800 crore population growth and both regions are expected to drive the next 100 crore by 2037 too, while Europe’s contribution will be negative due to a declining population. ISTOCK Earth now home to 800 cr people; India emerges top contributor over last decade, adding 17.7 crore Aditi Tandon INDIA TO BE MOST POPULOUS NEXT YEAR 2022 2050 141 cr 166 cr GROWTH STABILISING ❝ The good news is that India’s population growth appears to be stabilising. UNFPA “India, the largest contributor to the last 100 crore, will surpass China, which was the IN BRIEF 12 killed in Mizoram stone quarry collapse AIZAWL: At least 12 persons died in Mizoram after a large portion of a stone quarry collapsed on Monday and fell on them while they were working, officials said. Eight bodies have been retrieved so far. IANS Morbi: HC flags violations in awarding contract NEW DELHI: Days after the Morbi bridge collapse, the Gujarat HC on Tuesday asked the state as to why the contract for maintenance and operation of the bridge was awarded without floating a tender. INSIDE Delhi murder accused quizzed, 13 body parts found The Delhi Police on Tuesday grilled Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused of killing his live-in partner Shradha Walker, and retrieved 13 body parts believed to be of the victim. BACK PAGE NEW DELHI: Missing US trekker found dead in Dharamsala DHARAMSALA: A 30-year-old US citizen, Macmillan Anderson, who had gone missing in the Dhauladhar range last week, has been found dead in a gorge in the forest area here, the police said. TNS WORLD POPULATION 2011 2022 2037 2058 700 cr 800 cr 900 cr 1,000 cr second largest contributor having added 7.3 crore people and whose contribution to the next 100 crore will be negative, as the world’s most populous nation by 2023,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said today. The UN body hailed India’s population stabilisation noting that it could gain much from the demographic dividend. “The good news is that India’s population growth appears to be stabilising. The total fertility rate, the average number of children born per woman, has declined continued on page 9 HOTSPOTS PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 15 Despite tall claims by the Punjab Government, drug abuse is rampant in the holy city. The police have identified 31 hotspots — 26 in the city and five in the rural belt. “We have identified 26 drug hotspots in the city. These were identified on the basis of police record regarding the seizure of narcotic substances, number of drug peddlers arrested and number of drug abuse victims identified during the past few years,” said Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Maqboolpura, Anngarh, Gate Hakima, Gujjarpura, wheat in Kaithal, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad ■ The grain was procured during 2018-19 and 2019-20; was stored in the open on plinths ■ To be auctioned for ~45 cr, remaining cost to be recovered from erring officials ■ A majority of the addicts are using heroin & narcotic powder while medicinal drugs are also being misused to get a high ■ The police have identified 31 hotspots — 26 in the city and five in the rural belt — where drugs are ‘easily available’ ■ There are 56 OOAT centres in the district, which are struggling with shortcomings such as shortage of staff, including counsellors Islamabad, Kot Khalsa, Putlighar, Mohkampura, areas located on the Tarn Taran road, localities such as Verka, Gwal Mandi and those near Rattan Singh Chowk are among the hotspots identified by the police. Dr Taranjit Singh, medical officer attached with the Out- Modi’s meeting with that of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. It said Biden discussed with the two leaders how the G20 continued to continued on page 9 New Delhi, November 15 Matching up to the Chinese infrastructure push, eastern Ladakh and Siachen will now get year-round access through the Manali-Leh road axis by 2026 even as a 2,000- GRAIN WAS WORTH ~83 CR COPS ZERO IN ON 31 TROUBLE ZONES PM Modi on Tuesday exchanged pleasantries with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the duo shaking hands. This was the first time the two leaders acknowledged each other since the Galwan valley clash in 2020 soured Sino-Indian ties. BACK PAGE New Delhi, November 15 The State Bank of India has raised the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by 15 basis points across tenors, making most consumer loans costlier for borrowers. The benchmark one-year MCLR, which is used as base for fixing most of home, auto and personal loans, has been raised by 10 basis points (bps) to 8.05 per cent, as against 7.95 per cent earlier. Likewise, the two-year and three-year MCLRs have been raised by 10 basis points each to 8.25 per cent and 8.35 per cent, respectively. Among others, one-month and threemonth MCLRs have been increased by 15 basis points each to 7.75 per cent. The sixmonth MCLR is up by 15 basis points at 8.05 per cent. — PTI New Delhi, November 15 The Supreme Court on Tuesday appointed senior advocate PS Patwalia as amicus curiae to assist it in deciding if a lawmaker can claim immunity from prosecution for taking bribes for voting or making a speech in the House? A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice S Abdul Nazeer asked advocate Gaurav Agarwal to assist Patwalia in the matter and posted the matter for further hearing on December 6. The Bench would examine if continued on page 9 ■ Panel formed to look into rotten would be auctioned. It was expected to recover half the cost. The remaining cost would be recovered from the officials held responsible for FIRST SINCE GALWAN: PM, XI SHAKE HANDS SBI hikes lending rates; home, auto loan EMIs to go up All-weather Manali-Ladakh road by 2026 44,938 MT wheat rotting in the open, Haryana to recover cost from officials Chandigarh, November 15 Haryana’s Food and Civil Supplies Department has detected 44,938 MT of rotten wheat in Kaithal, Karnal, Kurukshetra, and Fatehabad. The damaged grain was worth Rs 83 crore. It was procured during 2018-19 and 2019-20 and was stored in the open on plinths. Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala said a committee had been constituted and strict action would be taken against those found guilty. He said the spoiled wheat New Delhi, November 15 Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefly met US President Joe Biden on the margins of the G-20 Summit in Bali on Tuesday and reviewed the continuing deepening of the India-US strategic partnership, including cooperation in future-oriented sectors such as critical and emerging technologies, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, etc. They expressed satisfaction about the close cooperation between India and the US in new groupings such as the Quad and I2U2, stated an MEA release. PM Modi thanked Biden for his constant support for strengthening the India-US partnership and was confident that both countries would continue to maintain close coordination during India’s G-20 presidency, the statement said. The American readout clubbed PM Bribe for vote: Amicus curiae to examine lawmakers’ immunity the damage, the Deputy CM said. As per the norms issued on February 7, 2017, 20 per cent of the damages for continued on page 9 Addiction rampant in Amritsar dist, locals flag easy availability DRUG BJP WILL BREAK PREVIOUS POLL RECORDS IN GUJ: AMIT SHAH BACK PAGE patient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centre at Maqboolpura, said a majority of the victims were using heroin and narcotic powder while medicinal drugs were also being misused to get a high. A large number of victims included economically weaker sections of society while patients from upper classes were also approaching de-addiction centres for continued on page 9 Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service 4.5-km Shingo La tunnel under construction km ‘frontier highway’ and its route to connect the western and eastern extremities of Arunachal Pradesh was formally notified by the gov- ernment yesterday. The all-weather access on the Manali-Leh road will be via a new 4.5-km tunnel under the 16,700 feet high Shingo La (pass). The target to complete the tunnel is by 2026, said sources. The route continued on page 9
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