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Perspective

Death of a river

Many Indian rivers, both large as well as small, are in a critical state. Many tributaries feeding the Ganga and the Yamuna, the country’s lifeline, are either dying or dead. This is threatening the already fragile ecological balance

A trickle is all that remains

River waters are being diverted to hydro-power projects in HP

A dismal future ahead

The molasses disaster hasn’t shaken Punjab out of its slumber

Real efforts for mythical waters

The mythological Saraswati river ‘died’ some 5,000 years ago.

Sewage throttles Tawi’s flow in Jammu

Mighty rivers get mighty conservation plans, small rivers none.



Columns

Across the border: FS Aijazuddin
Unlikely asylums

US President Donald Trump and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s recent ‘missteps’ are lethal enough to damage their reputation


Ira Pande

Touchstones: Ira Pande
Tales of grit & determination

First-time World Cup finalist Croatia’s journey, the Thai boys’ cave rescue and Hima Das’ historic gold highlight victories against the odds


Military matters: Brig Indrajeet S Gakhal retd
Airing grievances: Keep the chain of command intact

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s reachout to jawans through WhatsApp has eroded the long-established norms




People

Of cultures & concepts

For a child to grow intellectually in the modern world, both the native language and English, the language of international cultural universe, are necessary

Missing the mother tongue

The tussle between teaching schoolchildren in their mother tongue or the English language is an old one.

A shaky start, still more hurdles ahead

Pooja, a 14-yeal-old student, despite being in Class IX, cannot write a simple sentence in English — “I love my mother”.

Surging ahead to be sufficient in English

Haryana,on the forefront in many fields ranging from sports, ease-of doing business and even churning out beauty queens, is now gearing up to tackle an area that it falls short of: Proficiency in English



Kaleidoscope

The inheritance of loss

The discrepancy between property ownership of men and women makes gender equity a long haul

Desolate dream homes of Punjab

Expansive bungalows, manicured lawns, contemporary architecture... NRI homes in the Doaba region have it all, but for the occupants



Nation>>

Former BJP MP Mitra, 4 Cong MLAs join TMC

Former BJP MP Mitra, 4 Cong MLAs join TMC

22 Jul 2018 | 1:32 AM

KOLKATA:Blowing the election bugle, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday called upon people to gear up to defeat the BJP in the next General Election.

To me, people’s trust matters most: Modi

LUCKNOW:PM Narendra Modi on Saturday hit out at the Opposition parties for the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha by asserting that he was not worried as long as the 1.

Call centre scam: 21 Indians get up to 20-yr prison in US

NEW YORK:Twenty-one Indian-origin persons have been sentenced up to 20 years in prison in the US for their involvement in a multimillion-dollar India-based call centre scam that defrauded thousands of American citizens of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Will be first responder: PM Modi to Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday jointly inaugurated via video link the nationwide expansion of the National Emergency Ambulance Service in the island nation aided by India.

AFT upholds woman officer’s conviction

CHANDIGARH:Almost a decade after a general court martial (GCM) awarded the first-ever conviction to a woman Army officer for alleged professional misconduct, the Armed Forces Tribunal has upheld the verdict but reduced the quantum of sentence from dismissal from service to a severe reprimand.

Won’t join NDA for 2019 polls: Naidu

NEW DELHI:Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said his party will not join the NDA even if the BJP approaches it for the 2019 general elections.

CITY FOCUS

Two Dera Bassi cops among violators: Victim’s husband

In a startling revelation, 21-year-old gang rape victim’s husband on Saturday claimed that two cops from Dera Bassi were involved in the crime.

Suspended cop blames SHO for no FIR

Panchkula: While the Haryana Police are facing criticism for not entertaining a gang rape victim’s complaint, the suspended woman cop has blamed the SHO of the Women police station, Sector 5, Panchkula, for directing her to send the victim and her husband to the Mani Majra police station, instead of lodging an FIR.

P’kula admn lacks record of illegal guest houses in Morni

PANCHKULA: The Panchkula administration does not have any record of guest houses in Morni. A majority of these guest houses are illegal.

Two teenaged cousins killed as car hits bike

MOHALI: Two teenaged cousins riding a motorcycle were killed after being hit by a Chevrolet Cruze car at Mullanpur here on Saturday.

60-year-old dies as tempo rams bicycle

ZIRAKPUR: In a hit-and-run, a 60-year-old man was killed when his bicycle was reportedly hit by Tata tempo on the Patiala-Zirakpur stretch here on Saturday morning.

‘Car-o-bar’: Now, UT police to impound vehicle

CHANDIGARH: The city police have initiated a crackdown on ‘car-o-bar’ lovers and started seizing the vehicles in which people are found consuming alcohol.

Mandi native dies in hit-&-run

MOHALI: In a hit-and-run case, a 50-year-old person died near Firozpur village at Mullanpur here.

Downpour disrupts life, yet again

DERA BASSI/ZIRAKPUR: Once again, the downpour on Saturday inundated Dera Bassi and Zirakpur.

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Punjab>>

No word on sops, investors hold back big-ticket projects

No word on sops, investors hold back big-ticket projects

22 Jul 2018 | 1:16 AM

CHANDIGARH: Almost 11 months after the state government announced its new industrial policy, investors are awaiting detailed schemes and operational guidelines for availing fiscal incentives promised therein. Till the time, investors are keeping their projects on hold.

STF arrests Ugandan woman from Delhi; seizes 1-kg heroin

AMRITSAR: The Special Task Force (STF) arrested a Uganda national, Rabia, from New Delhi on Friday on the charge of drug peddling. Following her disclosure, the STF seized 1-kg heroin hidden at a place along the Tarn Taran-Patti road.

Drug crackdown sparks villagers’ exodus

PATHANKOT: The Pathankot and Kangra police have declared the twin villages of Bhadroya and Chhanni Beli — notorious for harbouring drug smugglers – as ghost villages because 90 per cent of the residents have fled after locking their houses.

Assault accused let off after MLA’s aide gives clean chit

ROPAR: In a twist in the case of an assault on AAP MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa, his personal assistant (PA) Jaspal Singh, alias Palli, has given the clean chit to one of the eight suspects held after the incident on June 21.

Muktsar DC releases Rs 4 lakh for draining out water from fields

MUKTSAR: After The Tribune highlighted the plight of farmers of Pakki Tibbi village (‘Fields inundated, dept awaits funds for water-lifting pumps’, July 21), Muktsar Deputy Commissioner MK Aravind Kumar and other senior officials visited the flooded fields and immediately released Rs 4 lakh to install more water-lifting pumps.

2 wells excavated at gurdwara

AMRITSAR: The Kartarpur Langha organisation, a Sikh religious body, has claimed that two wells have been excavated at the historic Dera Baba Nanak Gurdwara.

Diaspora>>

Indian detainees in US not handcuffed, says volunteer

Indian detainees in US not handcuffed, says volunteer

20 Jul 2018 | 1:24 PM

WASHINGTON: The over 50 Indian nationals detained in a prison in the US State of Oregon after illegally entering the country are not being handcuffed, a legal advocacy group volunteer said on Friday.

US authorities probe mid-air crash that killed Indian trainee pilot

WASHINGTON: Police and aviation authorities in Florida’s Miami-Dade are scouring a swampy grassland for clues to help explain what caused the mid-air collision between two small aircraft in which an Indian woman trainee pilot and three others were killed.

Indian student Koppu's killer had long criminal record in US

WASHINGTON: The man who killed 25-year-old Indian student Sharath Koppu in Kansas City had an extensive criminal background and was just 15 when he was first arrested, according to a media report.

Sikh, Hindu victims of Afghan attack honoured in Washington

WASHINGTON: Condemning the terrorist attack on Sikhs and Hindus that killed 18, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has called for confronting "hatred with love, fear with understanding, and darkness with light".

Suspect involved in killing of Indian student in US shot dead: Police

WASHINGTON: A suspect in the killing of 25-year-old Indian student Sharath Koppu in Kansas City has been killed in an exchange of fire with the police, leaving three undercover officers injured, US authorities said on Monday.

Canadian PM reshuffles Cabinet; all 4 Indian-origin ministers retained

OTTAWA: All four Indian-origin ministers have retained their positions in a major Cabinet reshuffle carried out by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in what is described as the beginning of his preparations for the 2019 elections.

Haryana>>

Every grain of bajra to be procured, says Khattar

Every grain of bajra to be procured, says Khattar

22 Jul 2018 | 1:04 AM

MAHENDRAGARH: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said here on Saturday that his government would ensure the procurement of every grain of the bajra crop so as to extend to farmers the benefit of the minimum support price (MSP) that was recently hiked by the Centre.

Selja launches ‘Shakti Mahila’ app in Karnal

KARNAL: With an aim to establish direct contact with party president Rahul Gandhi and central leadership, the state women Congress on Saturday launched ‘Shakti Mahila’ app.

If voted to power, Cong to probe all appointments: Surjewala

NARWANA (JIND): All-India Congress Committee (AICC) communication in charge Randeep Surjewala on Saturday alleged that government jobs in the state were being given for money and question papers were being leaked.

Villager ‘manhandles’ UHBVN team

AMBALA: Members of a team of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) were on Saturday allegedly manhandled by a resident of Brahmin Majra village in the district.

HC raps state for Rs 70-crore excess relief to landowners

CHANDIGARH: Rapping the State of Haryana in a case involving excess payment of Rs 70 crore as compensation to landowners some three years ago, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that action was not initiated against the erring officials.

Samples of fertilisers, pesticides lifted

YAMUNANAGAR: The Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department has taken samples of pesticides, insecticides, weedicides and fungicides to stop the sale of misbranded chemicals in the district.

Himachal>>

Snow leopard population survey on cards

Snow leopard population survey on cards

22 Jul 2018 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: The Forest Department in partnership with the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mysore, will undergo population estimation of the highly endangered snow leopard in the 20,000 sq km belt spread across six districts of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Kangra and Chamba.

Landslip in Malana, 80 vehicles stuck

MANDI: A massive landslide took place on the Malana road near a power project on Friday night.

Uncertainty over Bal Mela venue

DHARAMSALA: The venue for Bal Mela, organised to mark the birthday of Congress leader GS Bali every year, is yet to be finalised, with the administration denying permission to party workers for holding a medical camp at Senior Secondary School in Nagrota Bagwan.

Manali residents voice anger over flesh trade

MANDI: Concerned about the growing flesh trade in Manali, residents staged a protest in the town on Saturday.

Dept starts cleanliness drive at Bijli Mahadev

MANDI: The Forest Department has started a cleanliness drive around Bijli Mahadev Temple.

State board to buy power from small units: CM

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited will purchase electricity from small power projects.

Jammu & Kashmir>>

PDP rebels skip crucial party meet

PDP rebels skip crucial party meet

22 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rebel lawmakers continue to be defiant as they boycotted a crucial meeting of party leaders from north Kashmir which was chaired by Mehbooba Mufti.

Militants attack security forces in Anantnag, Kulgam districts

ANANTNAG: Militants on Saturday carried out attacks on security forces in Anantnag and Kulgam districts of the state, the police said.

Identify, remove encroachments from govt land, Guv tells officials

SRINAGAR: While having a first-hand assessment of the scale and nature of land encroachments in the state, Governor NN Vohra on Saturday directed all district collectors to immediately carry out a comprehensive mapping of all encroachments.

MLAs meet Guv, seek early completion of bridges

SRINAGAR: A five-member delegation of legislators led by Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, Deputy Speaker Legislative Assembly, met Governor NN Vohra at the civil secretariat here on Saturday.

Vohra discusses education initiatives with Adviser

SRINAGAR: Adviser Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Saturday informed Governor NN Vohra about the status of various important developmental schemes in departments under his charge.

J&K cricket scam: Farooq gets no exemption from personal appearance

SRINAGAR: In a setback to former Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, the trial court has refused to grant him exemption from personal appearance in the multicrore scam involving the J&K Cricket Association.

Uttarakhand>>

50 roads blocked in Uttarakhand

50 roads blocked in Uttarakhand

22 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

DEHRADUN:Due to heavy rain in the past few days, several rural roads have been blocked whereas the Badrinath-Rishikesh National Highway that was closed on Friday was opened tosmall vehicles.

Probe begins into CM’s wife plaint

DEHRADUN:The police have begun a probe into the complaint filed by Rajni Rawat, wife of Chief Minister TS Rawat, against former BJP leader Subhash Sharma for allegedly raising questions on her qualifications and denting her reputation.

Singapore, Panama likely to invest in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand could witness investments from countries like Singapore and Panama as representatives of the two countries, who were in the state, have expressed their interest for the same.

Preference sought for state agitationists

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Congress has sought preference for state agitationists in recruitment of posts in various commissions and statutory bodies.

Anti-encroachment drive questionable: Cong

DEHRADUN:Questioning the way the anti-encroachment drive was being carried out in the state capital, state Congress president Pritam Singh asserted that though it was against encroachments it would not tolerate the harassment of the people in the name of any such exercise.

High court orders opening of trauma centre in each district

DEHRADUN:The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday directed the state government to establish a trauma centre equipped with essential equipment in each district within a period of three months.

World>>

Israel, Hamas agree to restore calm in Gaza

Israel, Hamas agree to restore calm in Gaza

22 Jul 2018 | 12:03 AM

GAZA/JERUSALEM: A truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, largely held on Saturday a day after one of the most fierce flare-ups along the volatile border in years.

Putin football gift to Trump gets security check

WASHINGTON: The red-and-white football tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia’s Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening.

Thatcher’s spouse was not happy about McCartney invite

LONDON: Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn’t the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street.

Maryam refuses to shift to rest house

ISLAMABAD: Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam has refused to shift to the Sihala Rest House, saying she would prefer staying at the high-security Adiala Jail with her father and husband, according to a media report.

Trump denies wrongdoing, says taping of client ‘perhaps illegal’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.

Myanmar violated UN child rights pact in Rohingya crackdown, experts find

YANGON: Myanmar violated its obligations to the United Nations child rights convention in its crackdown on the Rohingya that led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the minority community, legal experts have found.

Business>>

UPL makes largest foreign acquisition

21 Jul 2018 | 12:17 AM

MUMBAI: UPL (earlier known as United Phosphates) on Friday announced the acquisition of Arysta Life Science Inc for $4.2 billion, which will enhance its position as a global leader in agriculture solutions market and will make it a $5 billion entity in combined sales.

Punjab gears up to energise investors’ sentiment

CHANDIGARH:Punjab has roped in the Central government’s e-governance backbone — the National Informatics Centre (NIC) — to improve its “Ease of doing business” ranking and consulting management experts for adapting global best practices to woo investors.

Wipro posts Q1 profit of Rs 2,121 crore

BENGALURU:India’s third largest IT firm Wipro on Friday posted over 2% increase in consolidated net profit at Rs 2,120.8 crore for June 2018 quarter.

Honda to inspect 7,290 units of new Amaze

NEW DELHI:Honda Cars India on Friday said it will carry out preventive inspection of 7,290 units of its newly launched compact sedan Amaze for possible issues with steering system.

Rupee recovers from record lows, up 9 paise against US dollar

MUMBAI: The rupee recovered from its all-time low, rising 9 paise to 68.96 against the American currency in late morning deals on bouts of dollar-selling from banks and exporters amid higher domestic equities.

Rupee sinks 43p to end at life-time low of 69.05

MUMBAI: The rupee on Thursday took a hard 43-paise knock to close below the 69 level for the first time at a historic low of 69.05 against the US currency as upbeat comments on the US economy by the Federal Reserve chairman drove the greenback to one-year high levels higher against global currencies.

Sport>>

India punch above their weight

India punch above their weight

22 Jul 2018 | 2:33 AM

LONDON: India produced an impressive display before conceding a late goal to play out a 1-1 draw against world No. 2 England in their opening match at the women’s hockey World Cup here today.

3 silver, 1 bronze, but no gold

NEW DELHI:Indian wrestlers failed to win a gold medal for the third day in a row as three of them finished second-best in the men’s freestyle competition of the Junior Asian Championships.

Finally, Tiger roars again

CARNOUSTIE :Tiger Woods turned back the clock and briefly tied for the lead en route a 5-under 66 as players plundered Carnoustie in perfect conditions in the third round of the British Open on Saturday.

Shivpal can throw up a suprise at Asiad

PATIALA:Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, 23, may not be India’s top thrower in his discipline, but he is determined to win a medal at his first major competition, the Asian Games.

Chepkoech shatters 3000m steeplechase record in Monaco

MONTE CARLO:Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech obliterated the world record in the women’s 3000m steeplechase by more than eight seconds in a stunning Monaco Diamond League meeting.

Archers bag silver, bronze in archery World Cup

BERLIN:Indian archers ended their campaign with a silver and bronze medal, both coming from compound section, at the Stage-4 of the archery World Cup.

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