31082023-TTC-01.qxd 8/31/2023 12:43 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 240 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 COUP IN AFRICA’S GABON ENDS 56 YEARS OF FAMILY RULE WORLD /thetribunechd SEARCH OP IN POONCH AFTER INTEL INPUTS ON MILITANTS J&K SENSEX, NIFTY RETREAT 80% INDIANS HAVE FROM EARLY HIGHS TO FAVOURABLE VIEW OFMODI: END FLAT BUSINESS PEW SURVEY BACK PAGE thursday | 31 august 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com INDIA leaders to meet today, seat-sharing, CMP on agenda ANI ROVER’S 1ST PIC OF LANDER ■ Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Pragyan rover on Wednesday clicked Vikram lander’s image ■ The ‘image of the mission’, shared by ISRO, was taken by Navigation Camera (NavCam) on board the Pragyan rover ■ Detailed observations of lunar surface and in-situ scientific experiments are underway ■ All payloads are solar-powered and will stop working on Sept 6 28 parties to attend; oppn alliance says it has many PM faces, BJP just one Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service REPORT BACK PAGE Solar mission’s final checks done, will carry 7 payloads New Delhi, August 30 ISRO said on Wednesday that internal checks and rehearsal for the September 2 launch of its Aditya-L1 mission to study the sun have been completed. “The launch rehearsalvehicle internal checks are completed,” ISRO said in a post on X. The mission is scheduled to be launched at 11.50 am from the Sriharikota spaceport. Aditya-L1 spacecraft is designed for providing remote observations of the solar corona and in-situ observations of the solar wind at L1 (sun-earth lagrangian point), which is Aditya-L1 mission to be launched on September 2 at 11.50 am. about 1.5 million kilometres from the earth. It will be the first dedicated Indian space mission for observation of the sun to be launched by the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency. The spacecraft — the first space-based Indian observatory to study the sun — would be launched by PSLV-C57 rocket. The Aditya-L1 mission, aimed at studying the sun from an orbit around the L1, would carry seven payloads to observe the photosphere, chromosphere and the outermost layers of the sun, the corona, in different wavebands. Aditya-L1 is a fully indigenous effort with the participation of national continued on page 9 New Delhi, August 30 The stage is set for the third meeting of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), beginning Thursday, in which representatives of 28 political parties will discuss seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha elections, a common minimum programme (CMP) and a coordinating committee for the smooth functioning of the constituents. The two-day meeting in Mumbai will also discuss the role of regional parties in the backdrop of the recent split in the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). It will also unveil its logo, which will help the partners connect with voters. At a joint press briefing in Mumbai, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today spoke about creating an alternative forum for “changes that have to be made in the country”. Sixty-three delegates from 28 parties would attend the meeting, he said. Pawar said regional equations would also have to be (L-R) Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. PTI BLOC TO UNVEIL LOGO ■ INDIA will also unveil its logo, which will “help the partners connect with voters”; 63 delegates will attend the meeting ■ Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Kharge, Stalin, Mamata, Kejriwal, Nitish, Sharad, Uddhav and Hemant Soren among leaders who will attend the event Tribune News Service China map issue ‘very serious’, PM mustspeak:Rahul Chandigarh, August30 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday termed as “very serious” the issue of China releasing a “standard map” that laid claim over Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, saying the neighbouring country had already taken India’s land in Ladakh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak on the issue. MAP ROUTINE PRACTICE, MUSTN’T OVERINTERPRET: CHINA BACK PAGE Rahul also said “whole of Ladakh knows China has usurped our land”, a remark that triggered a political faceoff with the BJP asking if an “MoU the Wayanad MP signed with China in 2008 was compelling him to demoralise the Indian armed forces”. Dismissing Rahul’s claims on Chinese transgressions across the LAC, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia asked the Congress to come clean on the details of the alleged MoU the Congress had signed with the Communist Party of China. — TNS Chandigarh, August 30 Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, in a stern warning to the staff of the Deputy Commissioners’ offices and revenue officials (patwaris and kanungos), today said those proceeding on a pen-down strike could lose their jobs. Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) KAP Sinha, using powers conferred under the East Punjab Essential Services (Maintenance) Act (ESMA), directed all revenue officials, including patwaris, WHY THE PROPOSED AGITATION ■ The Patwar Union and the ■ The Punjab State Deputy Revenue Kanungo Association are demanding that a ‘false’ case registered by the Vigilance Bureau against their members be withdrawn Commissioner Office Employees Union is demanding due promotions and filling of vacant posts; warns govt against taking unilateral action kanungos, circle revenue officers and DC office employees in all districts, not to leave their place of posting till October 31 or till further orders. Any violation shall attract strict penal action, he said. Underlining that the gov- ernment would not tolerate any indiscipline or blackmail, the CM said anyone going on strike would be immediately placed under suspension. The warning comes in the wake of planned pen-down continued on page 9 PAC bares faults in Y’nagar mining ops Check-posts manned by employees of contractors instead of dept’s CRIMINAL NEXUS Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The Haryana Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has reported glaring culpabilities in mining operations in Yamunanagar district as the e-ravaana portal reflected multiple dispatches within a few seconds (which is impossible), mining check-posts CCTVs NOT WORKING ■ Sand mine converted to a boulder-gravel mine, but no boulders, gravel found at site ■ e-ravaana portal shows the impossible as multiple dispatches happen in seconds ■ CCTVs and weighbridge found non-functional; no DVR or backup of recording were operated by employees of mining contractors and CCTVs and weighbridge were found non-functional. A report of the committee was presented before the Assembly on August 29. The committee, headed by Congress MLA Varun Chaudhary, held a meeting with the Yamunanagar district administration and reviewed the functioning of the district-level task force committee on mining, besides inspecting the two mining sites at Kanalsi and Dhanaura in Yamunanagar on June 21. The report mentioned that “none of the continued on page 9 HP ties up withFrance on ~890-cr disasterreductionplan Shimla, August 30 The Himachal Pradesh Government has prepared a Rs 890-crore ‘disaster risk reduction and preparedness programme’ in collaboration with the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) to enhance disaster preparedness and climate resilience. “The primary goal of this initiative is to usher in a comprehensive approach to dis- EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRES IN ALL DISTS ■ Main aim is to usher in a com- prehensive approach to disaster, counter climate change ■ Emergency operation centres will be set up in all districts ■ Climate change vulnerability assessment for all river basins ■ Early warning systems for landslides and flashfloods aster and ensure climate risk reduction. The need of the hour is to address the issue of FILE Tribune News Service escalating threat of climate change and the need to take proactive measures,” said discuss role of regional parties in backdrop of split in the Shiv Sena and the NCP WILL GO SOLO, SAYS MAYA ■ BSP chief Mayawati said there was “no question” of her party joining hands with NDA or the INDIA grouping COMMON OBJECTIVE TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY: UDDHAV taken into account. He said those who were not a part of the INDIA bloc yet but were against the BJP would also have to be considered while taking into account the regional ramifications. Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena (UBT) said the ‘You may lose jobs’: Mann warns staff against strike, invokes ESMA till Oct 31 Sanjeev Singh Bariana REGIONAL PARTIES’ ROLE ■ The two-day meet will also Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The CM said the government proposed to establish the State Institute for Disaster Management along with strengthening the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA). “The plan encompasses the creation of an emergency operations centre (EOC) in the state and district-level EOCs and will ensure climate continued on page 9 c m y b bloc had a common objective of protecting democracy. “We have many choices for PM candidates. However, what choice does the BJP have, except one,” he said, taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi. “The Centre has slashed the LPG price by Rs 200. This has been done because of our meeting. In the past nine years, they did not remember to gift sisters on Raksha Bandhan, but since our meeting is happening, they felt pressured to reduce the prices,” Thackeray said. According to the meeting schedule, the delegates will be welcomed between 6 pm and 6.30 pm on Thursday. There will be informal meetings among the delegates thereafter and the day’s programme will come to an end with a dinner meeting hosted by Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray at Grand Hyatt Hotel, the venue of the meeting. The first event listed for the next day (September 1) is a group photo session of the delegates at 10.15 am. After the unveiling of the logo at 10.30 am, the meeting will get going. The last item on the meeting agenda on Friday is a press conference at 3.30 pm. Besides Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, DMK chief and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Cong MP Adhir Ranjan’s LS suspension revoked NEW DELHI: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s suspension from the Lok Sabha over ‘unruly behaviour’ was revoked on Wednesday, hours after a parliamentary panel made a related recommendation. TNS CBI takes over 27 cases of violence in Manipur NEW DELHI: The CBI has taken over the probe into 27 FIRs registered by the Manipur Police in connection with ethnic clashes that left over 160 persons dead recently. BACK PAGE Exhibitionon democracy to welcome G20 leaders NEW DELHI: A special exhibition on Indian democratic traditions, Bharat Mandapam, will greet G20 leaders at the summit venue here on September 9-10 to acquaint them with India’s uniqueness. BACK PAGE
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