25012023-TTC-01.qxd 25-01-2023 00:50 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 25 | 20 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 FAMILIAR WITH INDIA’S DEMOCRATIC VALUES: US ON BBC SERIES NATION /thetribunechd INDUSTRIALISTS SEEK ACT ON FAKE DRUGS, INCENTIVES IN BUDGET WHO TELLS NATIONS AMID FOR GROWTH BUSINESS SYRUP ROW WORLD TERROR RECRUITMENT MODULE BUSTED, 5 YOUTH RESCUED J&K wednesday | 25 january 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Disclosing RAW reports serious: Rijiju targets SC Collegium again Egypt Prez arrives for R-Day Court recently discussed intel inputs on gay advocate’s Swiss partner Satya Prakash WILL HAVE IMPLICATIONS Tribune News Service Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will be the chief guest at R-Day parade, in New Delhi. PTI India invites foreign ministers of Pak, China for SCO meet Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 24 India has formally invited foreign ministers of Pakistan and China for the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Goa from May 4 to 5. The invitation to the two countries with which diplomatic ties have dipped is part of the invitations to all SCO members for the foreign ministers meeting. NO CONFIRMATION FROM ISLAMABAD ■ Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will have to overcome the domestic imperatives to arrive in India ■ Sources say so far, there is no confirmation from Islamabad about Bilawal’s acceptance of the invite India took over the chairmanship of the nine-member SCO in September last year and will hold several ministerial meetings including that of defence ministers when this invitation will be repeated for ministers from Pakistan and China, posing a bigger dilemma for South Block as well as for Beijing and Islamabad even though no bilateral issues are taken up at SCO meetings. For the Goa SCO summit, the arrival of the new Foreign Minister of China Qin Gang continued on page 13 New Delhi, January 24 The Centre on Tuesday took strong exception to the Supreme Court Collegium making public “sensitive” reports of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) on candidates recommended for appointment as judges of High Courts, saying it’s a “matter of concern”. “Putting secret or sensitive reports of the RAW or IB in the public domain is a matter of concern which I will react to at an appropriate time,” Rijiju said at the felicitation of award winners of e-courts project here. While reiterating the names of six candidates for appointment in Delhi, Madras, Bombay and Calcutta High Courts, the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud had in its resolutions dated on January 17 and January 18 rejected the government’s objections to the elevations. The Collegium had specifically mentioned the objections raised in RAW and IB ❝ An officer concerned, who is working for the nation in disguise or in a secretive manner, will think twice if his/her report is going to be in the public domain. It will have an implication. Law Minister people even though they don’t contest elections….People are watching you (judges) ■ Collegium system of judges appointing judges is alien to Constitution ■ No system can be perfect. But we need to strive for a better system (of appointing judges) ■ “SC hijacked Constitution by deciding to appoint judges itself”: This is the voice of a judge (ex-Delhi HC Judge RS Sodhi) and majority of people have similar sane view ■ Collegium can itself issue notification for judges’ appointment if it thinks the government is sitting over its recommendations ■ As long as a new system (of appointing judges) is not created, the issue of vacant posts will continue to crop up ■ I have a feeling that what Parliament and the people at large want is not reflected (in the appointment of judges) reports; explained why the objections were unsustainable; and then rejected each one of them. With regard to the proposed elevation of senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal, an openly gay person, as a judge of the Delhi High Court, it had discussed in detail RAW reports about his Swiss partner. The two communications of RAW did not reflect any apprehension with continued on page 13 AI fined ~10 lakh for not reporting unruly flyers 360 in 3-match ODI series, Gill equals Babar’s record Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 24 Young Punjab batsman Shubman Gill smashed his third century in four innings while captain Rohit Sharma struck his 30th One-Day International century as India racked up 385/9 against New Zealand in the third and final ODI here today. India beat New Zealand by 90 runs and Gill was named Man of the Series. Gill (23), who had made 208 and 40* in the first two matches against New Zealand, aggregated 360 runs for the series, a world record for a bilateral series that he shares with Pakistan’s Babar Azam. Azam had racked up 360 runs in three ODIs against West Indies in 2016, hitting a century in all three games. MINISTER’S RECENT STATEMENTS AGAINST COLLEGIUM ■ Judges are being judged by the ATAL TUNNEL, Bilkis’ plea against release of convicts not heard LAHAUL CUT OFF NEW DELHI: The hearing on Bilkis Bano’s plea challenging remission of sentence of 11 convicts in the gang-rape case, could not be held in the SC as judges were hearing a matter related to euthanasia. PTI MORE SHOWERS LIKELY OVER NEXT 2 DAYS ■ The Lahaul valley was cut off from the rest of Himachal after heavy snowfall near Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway on Tuesday ■ Higher reaches of Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Mandi districts received snow while lower regions received rain ■ Due to inclement weather, the movement of tourists was allowed to the Solang valley only from the Manali side in 4x4 vehicles Two from Ahmedabad drown in New Zealand WELLINGTON: Ahmedabad residents Saurin Nayankumar Patel (28) and Anshul Shah (31), who were roommates in New Zealand, drowned when a rogue wave hit them while trying to swim at Piha Beach. INSIDE 5 Kullu paraglider pilots barred over ‘fake’ papers KULLU: The government has barred five paraglider pilots from tandem flying till an inquiry into the racket of issuance of fake SIV certificates by an Uttarakhand-based institute was completed. INSIDE SpiceJet passenger held for ‘unruly behaviour’ Widespread rainfall likely in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi till Thursday ■ Chandigarh, parts of Punjab, Delhi for allegedly misbehaving with a female cabin crew member on a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Hyderabad, officials said. INSIDE Haryana received light rain on Tuesday even as cold conditions persisted in the region ■ Jammu plains witnessed rain and snowfall, resulting in power cuts in several areas ■ In Kashmir, the minimum temperature stayed below freezing point in several areas Not consulted:Wrestlers onprobepanelmembers New Delhi, January 24 Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Air India for not reporting to the authorities two incidents of passenger misbehaviour aboard its Paris-New Delhi flight (AI142) on December 6 last year. AIR INDIA MODIFIES IN-FLIGHT ALCOHOL POLICY INSIDE LIGHT RAIN IN REGION NEW DELHI: The police have arrested Absar Alam of Jamia Nagar in CHANDIGARH: A bomb threat call received by the UT Police on Tuesday turned out to be a hoax after no suspicious item was found post a thorough check of the district court complex. An unclaimed bag with a tiffin box was found in the court complex, but there was no explosive, the police said. — TNS New Delhi, January 24 Modifying its guidelines on “living will”, the Supreme Court on Tuesday did away with the requirement of a magistrate’s approval for withdrawal or withholding of life support to a terminally ill person. “Living will” is an advance medical directive on end-oflife treatment recognised by the Supreme Court. Acting on a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause, the Supreme Court had in 2018 recognised the right to die with dignity as a fundamental right and an aspect of Article 21 (right to life). “The directive and guidelines shall remain in force till Parliament brings a legislation in the field,” it had said. However, people wanting to get a “living will” registered were facing problems due to cumbersome guidelines as it continued on page 13 SNOWFALL NEAR IN BRIEF Now, magistrate’s nod not needed for ‘living will’ Bomb scare at Tribune News Service Chandigarh court Vehicles stuck in a jam at Nehru Kund amid snowfall in Manali. PTI This is the second time in less than a week that the watchdog has taken enforcement action against the airline in connection with unruly passenger behaviour. While one passenger was caught smoking in the lavatory, was drunk and not adhering continued on page 13 Tremors in Delhi, epicentre Nepal NEW DELHI: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday afternoon with tremors also being felt in the northwestern region of India, including Delhi and Jaipur. The quake struck at 2.28 pm and the epicentre was located in western Nepal. Reports of tremors came from Delhi, Uttarakhand, UP Haryana , and Rajasthan. INSIDE MAN OF SERIES Hailing from Punjab, Shubman Gill made 208 & 40* in first 2 matches against NZ, 112 in the third 112 78 BALLS 13 FOURS 5 SIXES INDIA SWEEP SERIES AGAINST NZ, BECOME NUMBER 1 IN ODIs INSIDE He ended up with 112 off only 78 balls today, reaching his 100 off the 72nd ball. continued on page 13 Vinayak Padmadeo Roads chock-a-block, commuting in Gurugram a nightmare Tribune News Service NewDelhi, January24 The Sports Ministry has hit back at the claims made by Indian wrestlers that they weren’t consulted before the appointment of the fivemember oversight committee that will probe the sexual harassment allegations against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik took to social media to raise objections over the formation of the committee. Ministry sources, however, said it were the wrestlers who had suggested three names during the first meeting with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. “It’s sad our views weren’t taken before the formation of the committee,” Bajrang wrote on his social media page. Vinesh and Sakshi also followed suit and tagged PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Sports Minister in their posts. Meanwhile, the oversight committee met for the first time today and decided to help Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service WORD NOT KEPT ❝ We were assured that we will be consulted while appointing the oversight committee. It’s very sad our views weren’t taken before its formation. Bajrang Punia, WRESTLER 27 of the 36 wrestlers compete at Croatia ranking series that starts on February 1. Six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgunde, former SAI ED Radhica Sreeman and former TOPS chief Cdr Rajesh Rajagopalan (retd) were named in the committee to probe all allegations. The latest public outburst from the top wrestlers is learnt to have surprised the continued on page 13 Gurugram, January 24 Crawling vehicles, blaring horns and choked roads — traffic congestion is at its worst in Gurugram, seen as Haryana’s show-window, with commuting even small stretches taking several hours during morning and evening rush. According to information, more than 30,000 new vehi- cles are registered annually in the four sub-divisions in the district — Gurugram, Badshahpur, Sohna and Pataudi. On an average, about 10.50 lakh vehicles crossed the Gurugram-Delhi border daily in 2022, a count that stood at 6.80 vehicles in 2021, as per data gathered from the Gurugram traffic police. The growing load of vehicles has been translating into TRAFFIC JAMS A ROUTINE 30,000 10.50 lakh vehicles registered per year in 4 sub-divisions in Gurugram district vehicles daily crossed Gurugram-Delhi border in 2022; 6.8L in 2021 long traffic jams at the busiest crossings in the city — IFFCO, Hero Honda and Rajiv chowks — while bumper-tobumper driving has become a norm at the district’s border points with Delhi. The Old Railway Road, New Railway Road and the area around the bus stand are among points that always remain choked. Maintaining that it takes him 45 minutes every day to cross a 200-metre stretch in Udyog Vihar, Col Raj Singh says, “We have three sector roads and a peripheral road that need to be widened urgently. Tenders were floated, but there has been no headway since. The roads should be widened and more continued on page 13 obituary Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi ARCHITECT (AUGUST 26, 1927 — JANUARY 24, 2023) Corbusier associate Doshi, who built IIM-B, no more Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 24 Leading modern Indian architect, urban planner and educator Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi breathed his last on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the condolences. “Dr BV Doshi ji was a brilliant architect and a remark- able institution builder. The coming generations will get glimpses of his greatness by admiring his rich work across India. His passing away is saddening. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om shanti,” the PM tweeted. Born to a humble family in Pune, Doshi (95) studied at the JJ School of Architecture, CHANDIGARH CONNECT Dr BV Doshi worked with Le Corbusier for four years in India supervising Corbusier’s projects in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad Mumbai, before he went on to work with the legendary Le Corbusier in Paris as sen- ior designer from 1951 to 1954 and later again for four years in India supervising Cor- busier’s projects in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects, Doshi is famous for building imposing educational campuses, including for the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad; National continued on page 13 Ridiculous, need no proof of surgical strikes: Rahul on Digvijaya’s remark Tribune News Service Jammu/New Delhi, January 24 Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi today termed as “ridiculous” the comments by party leader Digvijaya Singh questioning surgical strikes saying the Rahul Gandhi armed forces were doing their job “exceptionally well” and did not need to give any proof. Facing criticism from the BJP Rahul, in reply to a volley , of questions from the media on Digvijaya’s remarks on surgical strikes and the Pulwama terror attack, said he and the party completely disagreed with his statement. “There are people who will say ridiculous things. It’s his (Digvijaya’s) personal view, continued on page 13
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