24012023-TTB-01.qxd 23-01-2023 23:47 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 24 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA DJOKOVIC ENTERS AUSTRALIAN OPEN QUARTERFINALS SPORT /thetribunechd NO SURPLUS WATER TO SHARE WITH OTHER STATES: BJP PUNJAB DIGVIJAYA QUESTIONS CEC FLAGS THREAT OF SURGICAL STRIKES; VIEWS ‘DEEP FAKE NARRATIVES’ HISOWN: CONG J&K TO POLLS BACK PAGE tuesday | 24 january 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com On Netaji’s birth anniv, PM names 21 Andaman islands after PVC awardees Unveils model of Bose memorial Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined the importance of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and said this was the land where the Tricolour was hoisted for the first time and where the government of independent India was formed for the first time. Modi was addressing a programme to name 21 Andaman and Nicobar islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees through video-conferencing to mark the occasion of Parakram Diwas, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. He also unveiled a model of a national memorial dedicated to Netaji, which will be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep. Ross Island, part of the Andaman islands, was renamed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep by Modi in 2018, while Neil Island and Havelock Island were also renamed Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep, respectively. The proposed memorial will have a museum, a cable car ropeway, a laser-andsound show, a guided heritage trail through historical buildings and a theme-based children’s amusement park, continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Want to step down: Maha Guv Koshyari to PM NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari said he had asked the PM to relieve him of the gubernatorial charge. The move follows a furore over his remarks on national icons, including Shivaji. BACK PAGE NEW DELHI: An unruly male passenger was offloaded from a SpiceJet plane at the Delhi airport on Monday after he allegedly touched a female cabin crew in an inappropriate manner, said sources. PTI Online petition in UK for probe into BBC series LONDON: An online petition has demanded an independent probe into a ‘serious breach’ by the BBC in its duties as a public broadcaster in the UK over the controversial documentary series on PM Modi. PTI Probe mysterious death of 12 medicos: SC to CBI Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a CBI probe into “inexplicable and suspicious” deaths of around a dozen students at Shri Ram Murti Smarak Institute of Medical Science (SRMS-IMS), Bareilly, in Uttar Pradesh since 2013. A Bench led by Justice Petitioner alleges foul play at Bareilly college Aniruddha Bose ordered the CBI probe after senior counsel Siddharth Dave pointed out that two agencies of the state contradicted each other in the matter and hence it needed to be probed by the continued on page 9 PM Narendra Modi with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge after paying tributes to Subhas Chandra Bose. PTI Amid WFI standoff, Croatia series at stake Tourney from February 1, but no visas yet Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 23 The ongoing fight between some prominent wrestlers and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president has all but ended hopes of the country’s participation in the Zagreb Open Ranking Series. The tournament is scheduled to start on February 1 and the Indian team has not yet been issued visa to travel to Croatia for the tournament. As per the original plan, the team that included the likes of Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Jitender, Sangeeta Phogat and Vinesh Phogat was supposed to take a flight on January 28. However, the protest against the alleged sexual harassment of women wrestlers and the ensuing shutting down of the WFI secretariat by the Sports Ministry has ended any slim hopes of the squad reaching MARY KOM TO HEAD PROBE PANEL ■ Six-time world champion box- er MC Mary Kom has been made head of the oversight committee that will probe the sexual harassment charge against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh ■ Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgunde, former SAI ED Radhica Sreeman and former TOPS chief Cdr Rajesh Rajagopalan (retd) have been named in the committee the venue in time. Sources have confirmed to The Tribune that the WFI’s first request for continued on page 9 ‘Tanker mafia’ lords over G’gram as residents battle water woes Fake paragliding certificate fraud busted, two held Geetanjali Gayatri AbhinavVashisht Tribune News Service Gurugram, January 23 The “tanker mafia” lords over the city in the summer months while low pressure and dirty water in certain pockets ails the water supply even in the winter season despite adequate availability of water through the year. The main grouse of residents is that no infrastructure augmentation has taken place despite an increase in the number of families residing in sectors, stretching the existing ~1,000-~1,500 PER TANKER ■ Residents say no infra upgrade has taken place even though the number of families in sectors has increased manifold ■ The tanker mafia charges anything between ~1,000 and ~1,500 per tanker, but residents have no choice services and infrastructure. “The number of families in my sector has gone up from 2,000 to nearly 8,000 in the past 10 years. The fastest growth in numbers has been in the past two years with the government allowing construction of four floors. We are continued on page 9 Kullu, January 23 A fraud regarding the issuance of fake SIV certificates to paraglider pilots in the region has come to light. The police, along with Kullu SDM Vikas Shukla, arrested Dhungar Singh and his accomplice, who hails from Nainital, from the Dhobhi paragliding site and recovered blank certificates of a training institute based in Uttarakhand yesterday. continued on page 9 In a first, Punjab Police get 2 women DGPs Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 23 Gurpreet Kaur Deo and Shashi Prabha Dwivedi have become the first women officers to be promoted to the rank of Director General of Police (DGP) in Punjab. The duo is among seven Punjab Police ADGPs promoted to the DGP rank today in an order issued by the state 7 ADGPs PROMOTED; STATE NOW HAS 13 DGPs Gurpreet Kaur Deo Varinder Kumar Ishwar Singh Jitendra Kumar Jain Satish Kumar Asthana Shashi Prabha Dwivedi Rajendra Namdeo Dhoke Department of Home Affairs. Deo, a 1993-batch IPS officer, is the senior-most among the promotees. She is also the Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Vinayak Padmadeo Unruly flyer offloaded from SpiceJet plane Judges don’t face polls, public scrutiny: Rijiju in latest dig at judiciary first woman IPS officer in the Punjab Police. “I am delighted at the elevation,” she said in a brief response to the pro- motion. Director (Vigilance) Varinder Kumar has also been promoted to the DGP rank. Others include Ishwar Singh, Jitendra Kumar Jain, Satish Kumar Asthana and Rajendra Namdeo Dhoke. The promotions have led to the Punjab Police becoming top heavy with as many as 13 officers in the DGP rank working in the state and four continued on page 9 Her right: HC allows abortion at 32 wks MUMBAI:A woman has the right to choose whether to continue her pregnancy or not and the decision is hers and hers alone, the Bombay HC said while allowing a woman to terminate her 32-week pregnancy after the foetus was detected with severe abnormalities. BACK PAGE New Delhi, January 23 The government appears to be relentless in its attempts to question the judiciary over its functioning. Having endorsed the view of former Delhi High Court Judge RS Sodhi that the Supreme Court “hijacked” the Constitution by deciding to appoint judges itself, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said “judges were being judged by the people even though they didn’t contest elections”. “Once they become judges, they don’t face elections; there is no public scrutiny of judges,” Rijiju said even as he sought to remind them that their actions and judgments were under public scrutiny. “People are watching you (judges)... the judgments you give… how you work... How you dispense justice… In this age of social media, you can’t hide anything,” the Law Minister said at a function organised by the Delhi Bar Association. Noting that there have been several changes since 1947, Rijiju said it would be wrong to think that the existing system would carry on forever and it would never be questioned. WRONG TO THINK SYSTEM WILL BE FOREVER will ❝ Itthat be wrong to think the existing system will carry on forever and it will never be questioned. Kiren Rijiju, LAW MINISTER DO NOT SHOOT FROM MY SHOULDER ❝ I thank the Law Minister for raising the issue, but I am not a political person. Don’t shoot the gun from my shoulder. This is my personal opinion that the Collegium system is unconstitutional. Justice RS Sodhi, HC EX-JUDGE The Law Minister, who has been attacking the Collegium system of appointing judges for being “alien” to the Constitution, said it’s the changing situation that dictated the continued on page 9 Third temple vandalised in Oz in fortnight MELBOURNE: In the third such incident in a fortnight, Hare Krishna Temple in Melbourne’s Albert Park was vandalised allegedly by “Khalistani supporters” with anti-India graffiti, according to a media report. A complaint has been filed with the Victoria Police and CCTV footage was provided to assist them in their pursuit of the culprits. “We are shocked and outraged with this blatant disregard for respect for the place of worship,” Bhakta Das, director of communication for ISKCON temple, said. Earlier this month, Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Victoria, and Swaminarayan Temple in Melbourne were vandalised in a similar manner. — PTI Dec 31 deadline for locker pacts NEW DELHI: The RBI on Monday extended the time till December 31 for banks to enter into revised agreements with safe deposit locker holders as a large number of customers are yet to do so. The RBI had earlier asked banks to sign revised agreements by January 1, 2023, in view of developments in banking and technology. INSIDE
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