06052023-TT-01.qxd 5/5/2023 PAWAR AGREES TO STAY AS NCP CHIEF NATION /thetribunechd 11:05 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 124 | 16 PAGES | ~7.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH saturday | 6 may 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 5 jawans killed in Rajouri ops; India slams Pak’s talks offer Terrorists trigger blast during search for Poonch attackers | Major injured Jammu, May 5 Five Army men were killed and a Major injured today in an explosion triggered by terrorists in the thickly forested Kandi area in Rajouri district. The explosion occurred while an operation was underway to flush out terrorists suspected to be behind the Army truck ambush in Poonch on April 20 that killed five soldiers. In the morning, two soldiers belonging to the Special Forces were killed and four others, including the Major, injured during the ongoing operation in the Rajouri sector. Later in the day, three soldiers succumbed to their injuries in a hospital in Udhampur, an Army spokesperson said. Mobile internet facilities in Rajouri area have been suspended. “On specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Kandi forest in the Rajouri sector, a joint operation continued on page 6 Covid no longer global health emergency:WHO Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 5 Covid-19, which claimed over 69 lakh lives since its outbreak in January 2020, no longer constitutes a global health emergency with the World Health Organisation on Friday declaring its spread over as a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”. The WHO had declared Covid-19, caused by the SARS-Cov 2 virus, first reported in China’s Wuhan, a PHEIC on January 30, 2020. Since then, the world has seen 76,52,22,932 confirmed cases, including 69,21,614 deaths. As of April 29, a total of 13,344,670,055 vaccine doses have been administered continued on page 6 SRINAGAR LADAKH J&K RAJOURI MAP NOT TO SCALE Arjun Sharma Security forces near the site of the encounter in Rajouri. PTI THE DECEASED ■ L/Nk Ruchin Singh Rawat, Gairsain, Uttarakhand ■ Paratrooper Siddhant Chettri, Darjeeling, WB ■ Nk Arvind Kumar, Palampur, HP ■ Havildar Neelam Singh, Akhnoor, Jammu ■ Paratrooper Pramod Negi, Shillai, Sirmaur, HP ON APRIL 20 FIVE SOLDIERS WERE KILLED AS TERRORISTS AMBUSHED ARMY TRUCK IN POONCH Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 5 The Union Government, apparently to keep the prices under control before the General Election next year, has decided to extend the ban on export of wheat till July next year and impose a stock limit to prevent hoarding, a senior official said. Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE BENAULIM (GOA), MAY 5 India, in a strongly worded response to Pakistan’s overtures for talks, said victims of terrorism do not sit together with perpetrators of terrorism to discuss terror. Rebutting each of the points made by Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in interviews to the media, including the BBC, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said he was “a promoter, justifier and spokesperson of a terrorism industry which is the mainstay of Pakistan. These positions were called out at the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).” Speaking after the death of five Indian Army soldiers in a terrorist attack near the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, Jaishankar said Bilaw- S Jaishankar and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Goa on Friday. ANI TALKS TOUGH ON TERROR ❝ Bilawal is promoter, justifier and spokesperson for terrorism industry which is the mainstay of Pakistan. Victims of terrorism don’t sit together with perpetrators of terrorism. — S Jaishankar, EAM al’s suggestion to sit together and talk was “hypocritical” continued on page 6 Army conducts flag march | 13,000 civilians moved to camps KARNATAKA Elections Ban on export of wheat extended; cap on stock Karam Prakash SCO: EAM also rejects China overtures to keep LAC aside Amid Manipur crisis, Shah calls off rallies, more troops rushed in New Delhi, May 5 Union Home Minister Amit Shah today reviewed the situation in Manipur with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and top officials, even as the Centre dispatched additional security forces and anti-riot vehicles to maintain peace there, sources said. Shah cancelled his rallies in poll-bound Karnataka for keeping a close watch on the violence-hit state, the sources said, adding Shah had been taking regular inputs from security and intelligence agencies. At least 20 companies MOVE TO CHECK INFLATION BEFORE 2024 GENERAL ELECTION There have been reports of hoarding by private players, especially in UP The Food . Corporation of India (FCI) had fallen short of the procurement target in 2022 on account of a heatwave that affected productivity and continued on page 6 A charred car in Imphal on Friday. PTI drawn from the CRPF and the BSF and anti-riot vehicles today reached Manipur to assist the state machinery in restoring normalcy. On Thursday night, Shah held two videoconferences attended by the Manipur CM, Chief Secretary, police chief, Union Home Secretary and other top officials. He also held telephonic conversations with Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, Mizoram CM Zoramthanga and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma. It is learnt that Shah continued on page 6 IN BRIEF PM to attend Bastille Day Parade on July 14 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this year’s Bastille Day Parade at Paris in France as the guest of honour on July 14, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday. TNS Emergency landing by Bangladesh flight in Patna PATNA: A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu with 77 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport here on Friday due to a snag. PTI Ahead of Modi’s visit, temple vandalised in Oz MELBOURNE: A temple in Australia has been vandalised ahead of PM Modi’s visit to the country on May 23. A wall of Swaminarayan temple in Sydney was spray-painted with a message against Modi. IANS Budding players back their ‘heroes’ at Jantar Mantar Anger, apprehension in Haryana nurseries for women’s wrestling Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Balali/Sisay, May 5 Balali in Charkhi Dadri and Sisay in Hisar are famous as the nurseries of women wrestling in the country. Located 100 km apart in separate districts, the two Haryana villages are bound by a common sentiment as both are standing strongly by the women wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar against the alleged sexual harassment by Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. VIJ EXTENDS SUPPORT As the Sports Minister of Haryana, I fully back the players. The matter is being taken up at the highest level. If required, I will talk to the higher-ups at the Centre... will do whatever it takes to resolve the issue amicably. Anil Vij, SPORTS MINISTER ❝ Wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Sangeeta Phogat with Congress leader Kiran Choudhry at the protest site at Jantar Mantar on Friday. PTI The tone and tenor of the budding wrestlers at ‘akharas’ and residents of these villages match the grit and ABHISHEK WINS GOLD AT ARCHERY ASIA CUP SPORT determination of a player fighting an opponent on the mat — and that of their daughters engaged in a “do- or-die battle” against an “allpowerful” WFI chief. Naresh Kumar, a coach at a continued on page 6
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