20092023-TTC-01.qxd 9/20/2023 12:26 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 7 NO. 260 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 SIX KILLED IN RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON UKRAINIAN CITY WORLD /thetribunechd INDIA LOSE 1-5 TO CHINA IN FOOTBALL OPENER AT ASIAN GAMES SPORT HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS FALL TO FIVE-DECADE LOW: RBI BUSINESS FINDING WAYS TO ENHANCE WOMEN’S ROLE: ARMY CHIEF BACK PAGE wednesday | 20 september 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Govt junks Trudeau’s ‘absurd’ allegation on terrorist’s killing In tit-for-tat move, New Delhi expels Canadian envoy NIJJAR HEADED KTF ■ Born in 1977 in Jalandhar, Nijjar moved to Canada in 1997 ■ Initially linked to the BKI, he later became KTF chief ■ Trained, financed KTF members ■ Elected head of a gurdwara in Surrey; shot on June 18 Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 19 A new chill entered India’s already frosty ties with Ottawa after New Delhi expelled station head of Canadian intelligence Olivier Sylvestere and vigorously contested PM Justin Trudeau’s charge that his security agencies were “pursuing credible allegations” that linked Indian Government agents to the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Nijjar, 45, chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and one of India’s most-wanted terrorists, was shot dead by two gunmen outside a gurdwara in Surrey on June 18. The Foreign Office here summoned Canadian High Commissioner Cameron MacKay on Tuesday and expelled a senior diplomat after Canada asked an Indian diplomat, reportedly station chief of RAW Pavan Kumar Rai, a 1997-batch Punjab-cadre IPS officer, to leave the country. In retaliation, Sylvestere has been asked to leave India Row won’t affect trade talks: UK London, September 19 PM Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson on Tuesday said the “serious allegations” over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada won’t impact the own ongoing trade negotiations with India. The statement came US, AUSTRALIA EXPRESS CONCERN OVER ALLEGATIONS INSIDE after a UK government official earlier said, “We are in close touch with our Canadian partners about these serious allegations... It would be inappropriate to comment further during the ongoing investigation by the Canadian authorities.” — TNS ATTACK ON SOVEREIGNTY Our agencies pursuing credible charges of potential link between Indian Govt agents and killing of a Canadian… unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. ❝ Justin Trudeau, CANADA PM IN HOUSE OF COMMONS BID TO SHIFT FOCUS Absurd and motivated allegations… seek to shift focus from Khalistani terrorists who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty. MEA ❝ INDIRA’S PLEA BEFORE KANISHKA WENT UNHEEDED ■ Lackadaisical Canadian response to Indian concerns over pro-Khalistani activity led to loss of 329 lives in Kanishka bombing of 1985 ■ In 1982, then PM Indira Gandhi had sought extradition of Talwinder Parmar but Trudeau’s father Pierre, the then PM, rejected the request CANADA ISSUES ADVISORY ON TRAVEL TO INDIA STRAINED TIES MORE INSIDE EASY ASYLUM, HAVEN FOR SIKH HARDLINERS NIJJAR FLED TO CANADA ON FAKE PASSPORT ■ GANGSTERS WANTED HERE, BUT FREE THERE ■ LIFE GOES ON AS USUAL IN NIJJAR’S VILLAGE ■ ■ within five days. The spat deals a fresh blow to the diplomatic ties that have been fraying for years, with New Delhi unhappy over Sikh separatist activity in continued on page 9 edit: one greater than 329 Inside new Parliament House, govt tables33%women’s reservation Bill We will write history, says PM | Unlikely to be effective in 2024 | Will be in force for 15 yrs Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 19 In a major pre-election move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government introduced the long-awaited women’s reservation Bill as the first agenda in the new Parliament building, where parliamentarians got into business moments after bidding farewell to the old House on Ganesh Chaturthi today. OLD PARLIAMENT NAMED ‘SAMVIDHAN SADAN’ “God has chosen me for many pure deeds. We will write history today. Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam will strengthen democracy and further our resolve of women-led development,” PM Modi said in the new Lok Sabha, announcing his government’s move to table The Constitution (128th) Amendment Bill 2023. He sought a consensus on the passage of law that has been in the works since September 1996, when the first draft was tabled in Parliament. In its current continued on page 9 edit: 33 per cent quota Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh and other MPs enters new Parliament building. PTI KEY PROVISIONS IN LEGISLATION ■ 33% quota for women in LS, Assemblies, Delhi Assembly (where direct elections happen) ■ No reservation in RS/state legislative councils (where indirect elections take place) ■ 1/3rd LS seats within 33% quota to be reserved for SC/ST women; no quota for OBC women ■ Reserved seats to rotate after each delimitation Falling popularity led Canadian PM to raise the flag over Nijjar’s murder? Running govt with backing of pro-separatist Jagmeet’s party Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 19 Did his plummeting popularity force Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Foreign Minister Melanie Joly to stress the “sovereignty” issue over the killing of India-designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, in June? Anecdotal as well as study-based evidence points to Trudeau facing substantial headwinds. “It is pretty bad here. Inflation is very high and gro- FACING HEADWINDS ■ Inflation is high and gro- ceries, homes and car loans very expensive in Canada ■ A survey put Trudeau’s approval rating at 33% and disapproval rating at 63% ■ Inflation may force youngsters to opt for Conservatives, showed another survey ceries, home and car loans are very expensive. We have been paying our home loan for a year and a half... but the principal right now is five times more than what we 7 leopard cubs die at B’luru biological park Saurabh Malik died at Bannerghatta Biological Park here after being infected by a highly contagious virus, officials said on Tuesday. PTI Tribune News Service ANI Check builder-official nexus: HC to Haryana BENGALURU: Seven leopard cubs borrowed. You save nothing,” said a recently migrated Indian-origin Canadian. Referring to several videos showing drug abuse and homelessness in Canada, she, however, felt the situation is not so dire. “The Indian media loves to show Canada in a bad light actually when their own government is not amazing either,” she added. “Yes, the drugs are there, but the problem is not huge and is limited mostly to downtown areas. Likewise, homelessness is there, but it continued on page 9 IN BRIEF 8 killed as pvt bus falls into canal in Muktsar MUKTSAR: Eight passengers, including five women, were killed after an Amritsar-bound private bus fell into Sirhind Feeder Canal near Jhabelwali village. INSIDE Chandigarh, September 19 Taking cognisance of unholy and clandestine nexus prevailing between builders/colonisers and the Department of Town and Country Planning, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Haryana Chief Secretary to ensure updation of revenue record to curb the registration Tells govt to update its revenue record of sale deeds pertaining to acquired land in the state. The Chief Secretary has been asked to immediately requisition reports from all quarters regarding acquired land before issuing specific continued on page 9 At IGMC,17 beds for 70 chemo patients Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, September 19 There is an acute shortage of beds in the chemotherapy ward of the Regional Cancer Centre at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla. There are just 17 beds in the ward even though around 50-70 cancer patients are administered chemotherapy and related treatment on a daily basis. continued on page 9 Armymen return from Kokernag. Uzair among two LeT ultras killed in Kokernag Samaan Lateef Srinagar, September 19 The J&K Police said on Tuesday two LeT militants, including local recruit Uzair Khan, had been killed in the Kokernag encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. 2 shifts can address problem, need more staff: HoD SEARCH FOR MORE TERRORISTS AT ENCOUNTER SITE CONTINUES UNDERGOING TREATMENT ON DENTAL CHAIRS Additional Director General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said, “Khan’s body has been retrieved while the body of the second terrorist is lying close to the encounter site.” “We will continue the search to find if there is any more terrorist in the area,” he said. Earlier, Kumar, along with the Army’s GoC, 15 Corps, Commander continued on page 9 ■ Due to bed shortage, sev- eral patients are given chemo and related treatment on dental chairs ■ As chemo session lasts three to four hours, patients don’t feel as comfortable on chairs as on beds <
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