CMYK Morning India CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY HELD LONG DISCUSSIONS ON MAJOR LABOUR ISSUES OPINION Rs. 3 PATNA MONDAY, 16 MAY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 170 (RNI NO: BIHENG / 2014 / 59124) WRIDDHIMAN SAHA'S 67 pOWERS GT TO SEv EN-WICkET WIN Ov ER CSk SPORTS Our ties with Nepal are unparalleled, based on people-to-people contact: PM AGENCIES NEW DELHI: A day before his trip to Lumbini, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the ties between India and Nepal are unparalleled and based on the civilisational and people-to-people contacts that form an enduring edifice of a close relationship. On Monday, Modi is slated to leave for Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, where he will participate in festivisites marking Buddha Purnima and also hold a bilateral meeting with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. In a departure statement issued by his office, Modi was Mundka fire: Building owner held; 19 still missing AGENCIES NEW DELHI: The owner of a building in outer Delhi's Mundka where a massive fire claimed the lives of at least 27 people was arrested on Sunday, two days after the incident, police said in New Delhi. "We received information that Manish Lakra was going towards Haridwar in Uttarakhand. We laid a trap and nabbed him from Ghevra Mod after conducting multiple raids in Delhi and Haryana," Sameer Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said. Lakra used to live on the fourth floor of the commercial building, and he managed to escape to the adjacent building along with his family members when the fire broke out, police said. The police have recovered 27 bodies so far and identified 14 of them as women and six as men so far, they said. Nineteen people are still unaccounted for. Meanwhile, 17 people were injured in the fire incident, police said. 6 Army Divs shifted to tackle China threat AGENCIES NEW DELHI: In his recent visit to the Ladakh sector, Army chief General Manoj Pande reviewed the security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in view of the Chinese threat for which the Indian Army has shifted six Divisions which were earlier deployed in counter-terrorism roles and after taking care of Pakistan front. The military standoff with China has been going on for over two years now when the Chinese side attempted to change the status quo unilaterally by moving troops in large numbers against Indian positions. The Indian Army has been doing rebalancing and realignment of its forces . quoted as saying: "I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha's birth. "I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month. We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity. "Apart from visiting the holy Mayadevi Temple, I will be participating in 'Shilanyas' ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone. I will also be attending celebrations to mark the occasion of Buddha Jayanti organised by the government of Nepal." This is Modi's fifth visit to Nepal since assuming office in 2014, but the first after he was re-elected in 2019. In conclusion, Modi said that his "visit is intended to celebrate and further deepen these time-honoured linkages that have been fostered through centuries and recorded in our long history of inter-mingling". To receive and welcome Modi in Lumbini, his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba has already reached Bhairahawa, a city nearby Lumbini on Sunday evening. Deuba will inaugurate the second international airport in Bhairahawa on Monday and will accompany Modi in Lumbini throughout the day. As per the itinerary, the Indian Prime Minister will arrive at Lumbini from Kushinagar by an IAF helicopter at 10.40 a.m. Then he will go to Maya Devi Temple and attend a special prayer. He will also be lighting a lamp in front of the Ashokan Pillar, and water the Bodhi tree, gifted by him, during his 2014 visit. Later, he will perform Bhoomi Poojan and lay the foundation stone of India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage, being built at the initiative of the International Buddhist Confederation, New Delhi. "I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti," Modi said in his pre-departure statement issued on Sunday. "I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha's birth." "I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister Deuba again after our productive discussions during his visit to India last month. We will continue to build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development, and connectivity," he said. A meeting between the two PMs is also scheduled to undertake a comprehensive review of recent agreements. 2 Sikh bizmen shot dead in Pakistan AGENCIES ISLAMABAD: Two Sikh businessmen were shot dead on Sunday by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the latest targeted terrorist attack against the minority community in the restive province bordering Afghanistan. Saljeet Singh, 42, and Ranjeet Singh, 38, died on the spot after being attacked by two bike-borne assailants in the morning, according to the police. The attackers fled after carrying out the attack. The two Sikhs were in the business of spices and had shops in the Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband, about 17 km from Peshawar. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing. The Counter-Terrorism Department registered a case of murder of the two Sikh men, Saddar Superintendent of Police Aqiq Hussain told Geo News. "The incident appears to be a terrorist attack. The CCTV footage will be acquired and the suspects will be arrested soon," he said. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the incident and directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan to ensure immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits. Chintan Shivir: Cong announces major organisational reforms AGENCIES NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday announced wideranging organisational reforms to make the party battle-ready for the next round of assembly and Lok Sabha polls, stressing on wider representation to those under 50 years of age and enforcing 'one person, one post' and 'one family, one ticket' rules with riders. They said the party has adopted the 'one-family, one ticket' formula with the rider that another family member seeking to contest elections should have worked in the party in an exemplary manner for at least five years. The party, the sources said, has also approved 50 per cent representation to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities at all levels of the organisation, as part of its social engineering efforts to win the confidence of the weaker and oppressed sections of society. In its Udaipur Declaration adopted after deliberations at the 'Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir', the Congress also decided to set up three new departments -- public insight, election management and national training. The party announced enforcing the one family, one Sonia to form advisory group AGENCIES NEW DELHI: With the Congress announcing a host of internal reforms, party chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said a task force will be set up in the next 2-3 days to implement them and an advisory committee of Congress Working Committee members headed by her will be formed to deliberate on political issues, making it clear that it will not be a collective decision-mak- ing body. Her assertion assumes significance as the G-23 dissident leaders had made a persistent call for 'collective leadership' in the party while demanding an organisational overhaul. In her concluding remarks at the Chintan Shivir, Sonia Gandhi said the three-day conclave has been 'very useful and productive' as many leaders expressed their views openly and offered suggestions in a spirit of constructive participation. ticket' rule with exception to be made only when another family member has been working in the party for at least five years. The party also decided that no person should hold one party position for more than five years to give opportunity to new people. The party has also decided to provide 50 per cent representation to those below 50 years of age at all levels of organisation. The Congress president will set up an advisory group from among Congress Working Committee (CWC) members to deliberate on political challenges, the party announced. In her concluding address, Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced that a task force will be set up to initiate the organisational reforms. She said the Congress will launch a 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' from Kanyakumari to Kashmir beginning on Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti October 2. The party will also launch the second phase of its 'Jan Jagran Yatra' at the district level from June 15, she announced. The Congress held the three-day conclave in Udaipur in the backdrop of a string of electoral defeats.