15092023-TTC-01.qxd 9/15/2023 12:26 AM Page 1 13 SEOUL WARNS AGAINST BREACH OF UN RESOLUTIONS WORLD /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 255 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 friday | 15 september 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com INDIAout to destroy Sanatan, push us back into slavery: PM Oppnbloctoshun 14 news anchors; BJP slams move Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 14 The Opposition’s INDIA bloc on Thursday announced a boycott of 14 anchors from eight mainstream news channels — News18, Bharat Express, Aaj Tak, Times Now, Republic Bharat, India Today, Bharat24 and India TV — and made the list public. The decision to shun certain news anchors was taken at the first meeting of the coordination committee of the India National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc held here. In a post on X today, Congress leader Pawan Khera, a member of the INDIA subcommittee on media, said 14 anchors had been identified in whose shows INDIA parties would not send their representatives. Hitting back, BJP president JP Nadda said the Emergency-era mindset was still alive among these parties. “These days, the INDI Alliance is doing only two things: bashing Sanatan Sanskriti and bullying the media by filing FIRs, threatening individual journalists, making lists in true Nazi style of whom to target. continued on page 10 New Delhi, September 14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday waded into the Sanatan Dharma row, slamming the opposition “INDI alliance” for what he described as “their pledge to destroy the Sanatan faith that has united Indians through centuries”. At two separate events in electionbound Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the PM, in a blistering attack on the Opposition, urged people to unite and defeat their “nefarious designs”, saying: “Ghamandia (arrogant) alliance wants to push us back into slavery.” This is the first time the PM has spoken on the issue that has snowballed into a major controversy ever since Udhayanidhi Stalin of the DMK, an INDIA bloc party, compared Sanatan Dharma with “HIV, Covid and malaria” a few days ago. “Today, Bharat is displaying its capacity to unite the world, but some parties are busy dividing the society. They have formed an INDI Alliance, which some also call Ghamandia. Their leader is unknown but at a recent meeting in Mumbai they have finalised the strategy and hidden agenda, which is to attack the culture of India, the faith of its people, to destroy ideas, ideals and tradi- PM Narendra Modi and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bina on Thursday. PTI BLOC’S HIDDEN AGENDA Ghamandia alliance met in Mumbai recently. They have neither any policies, nor a leader. They have a hidden agenda of attacking Sanatan Dharma, which they want to destroy. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ❝ tions that have bound us together for thousands of years,” said the PM. Citing Sanatan ideology as the inspiration behind Ahilya Bai Holkar’s social work and warrior PM HEADS GA-NDA COALITION The PM is back to doing what he does best — insult… The man uses a govt function to abuse Opposition… he heads the GA-NDA coalition — Gautam Adani’s NDA. ❝ Jairam Ramesh, CONG GENERAL SECRETARY queen Rani Lakshmibai’s courage in the face of British assaults, the PM said even Mahatma Gandhi considered Sanatan ideology eternal continued on page 10 Shubhadeep Choudhury After Monu, Cong MLA Khan arrested over clashes in Nuh Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service People take out a candlelight march in Pulwama on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO More troops at encounter site in J&K, search intensifies Samaan Lateef Srinagar, September 14 The bodies of Commanding Officer Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish Dhonchak of 19 Rashtriya Rifles were recovered today amidst relentless firing in the rugged mountains of Kokernag in Anantnag district of Kashmir. The Army said on Thursday that two soldiers were wounded in the ongoing operation. The counter-insurgency operation, which began on Tuesday night, resumed in the wee hours of Thursday at Hallpora village of the Gadool area of Kokernag. The intelligence-based operation went haywire yesterday, leading to the killing of three officers, continued on page 10 edit: anantnag ambush DSP CALLED HOME FOR HELP ■ After coming under militant fire, the injured DSP Bhat talked to his family till 2.30 pm on Wednesday on WhatsApp ■ Bhat’s father, a retired DIG, told him how to roll down and descend from hillock, but the injured DSP said: “I can’t move” IN BRIEF Himachal Cabinet gives nod to new recruitment agency SHIMLA: The HP Government on Thurs- day approved the setting up of HP Rajya Chayan Aayog to conduct examinations for recruitment to Group-C posts. INSIDE India seeks prompt action over student’s death in US NEW DELHI: India on Thursday sought prompt action against American cops responsible for the death of Jaahnavi Kandula in Seattle in January. BACK PAGE Candlelight marches for soldiers in militancy hub Srinagar, September 14 On Thursday night, the town of Wagoora in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, once a militancy hub, found itself bathed in the poignant sea of candlelight. In a gesture of unwavering solidarity, the civil society of Wagoora held a candlelight march to mourn and honour the Kokernag gunfight martyrs. People from all walks of life, united by grief and a sense of duty, joined hands for this sombre procession. They held aloft posters bearing the images of the brave officers who had laid down their lives fighting militants the previous day. Scores of people holding candles and posters of the martyrs marched through the main market of Wagoora town. The candlelight march commenced at 7 pm from the Main Chowk of the town. The march was led by Tehsildar, Wagoora, Zeeshan Khan. “My last tributes to my friend continued on page 10 Chandigarh, September 14 The Haryana Police have arrested Congress MLA Mamman Khan in connection with the communal clashes during a ‘shobha yatra’ in Nuh district on July 31. Sources confirmed that the MLA, representing the Ferozepur Jhirka segment, who was earlier rounded up, was arrested after preliminary questioning. The MLA had failed to appear before the Nuh police twice in the last fortnight despite a notice being sent to him, asking to join the investigation. Sources said the MLA’s name cropped up after his supporters were arrested in connection with the violence that left six persons dead. They added that the police had evidence in the form of calls made by the MLA to his supporters and there was likelihood of him being booked for instigating them. Additionally, the statements of those arrested would also be used to “build up” the case against Khan. Apprehending trouble, the MLA had moved court seeking constitution of an SIT to probe the violence while seeking protection from arrest. The high court had issued a notice of motion to the state earlier in the day. Since the arrest of cow vigilante Monu Manesar, the government was continued on page 10 MANESAR PLAYED ‘KEY ROLE’ IN NASIR-JUNAID MURDER Gurugram: Cow vigilante Monu Manesar played a key role behind the scenes in the Nasir-Junaid murder and was in constant touch with over 20 accused named in the case through WhatsApp, his interrogation by Rajasthan’s Deeg police has revealed. A Kaman court on Thursday remanded Manesar in 14-day judicial custody. INSIDE Govt further cuts stock limit on wheat traders Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 14 The government on Thursday further reduced the stock limit on wheat traders, wholesalers and big chain retailers to 2,000 tonnes from 3,000 tonnes with immediate effect amid uptick in prices. On June 12, the government had imposed a stock limit of 3,000 tonnes on wheat traders till March next year. The stock limit has now been reduced to 2,000 tonnes as the government found an “uptick in the wheat prices on the NCDEX by 4 per cent to Rs 2,550 per quintal in the past one month,” said Food Secretary Sanjeev Chopra at a press conference. WPI IN NEGATIVE FOR 5TH MONTH IN ROW WPI-based inflation remained in the negative territory for the fifth successive month in August at (-) 0.52% though it rose sequentially from the previous month on account of firm prices of food items. The rate has been negative since April. ‘Unique ID’ for industrialists in Punjab border dists GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, September 14 To give a major fillip to the industry in the state, especially in border areas, Punjab will soon provide a unique “border area identification” to industrialists in six districts — Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, and Fazilka — to facilitate a special economic package and compensation to them. The programme is being worked out based on a feedback from industrialists. This was revealed during the maiden ‘Sarkar Sanatkar Milni’ in HINDI A UNITING, DEMOCRATIC LANGUAGE: SHAH BACK PAGE Modalities being worked out to extend economic package to them TOURISM SQUAD ANNOUNCED ■ CM Bhagwant Mann has announced a tourism police squad and an eco-friendly shuttle bus service for Amritsar ■ The squad, which will be a dedicated unit of the Punjab Police, will have a separate dress code Amritsar today, where AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann put forth the party’s agenda on future programmes on industrialisation for inviting fresh investment in the state. Mann said the state had been able to attract investment to the tune of Rs 50,840 crore, with Tata Steels making the biggest contribution and Jindal Steel, Virbio, Class, Tafe, Hindustan Liver and others too investing in the state. Addressing the gathering, CM Mann directed Irrigation Secretary Krishan Kumar to ensure that the canal water supply was made available to industrialists as well. Spelling continued on page 10 c m y b
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