21052020-TT-01.qxd 20-05-2020 23:47 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.140 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 WB ANNOUNCES $160 BN AID TO 100 COUNTRIES WORLD /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, may 21,2020 Domestic flights start fromMay 25 PANDEMIC Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 20 The government today announced that all domestic civil aviation operations will resume from May 25, but in a calibrated manner. The standard operating procedures, which will be issued tomorrow, may not stipulate keeping the middle seats vacant during flight operations. Announcing the decision, Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said domestic commercial passenger flights would resume in a calibrated manner from May 25, two months after the services were suspended due to Covid-induced lockdown in the country on March 25. “Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations,” Puri said in one of his Twitter posts. “The SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” the minister said. Ministry officials said a formal announcement of the SOPs would be made by the minister tomorrow. Stranded Indian nationals return from the UK at Vijayawada. PTI SOP FOR PASSENGERS TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY LIKELY GUIDELINES ■ No cabin baggage ■ Questionnaire on travel history ■ Web check-in ■ Reach airport two hours before departure ■ Three rows in plane to be vacant for medical emergency ■ Thermal screening upon arrival, departure ■ Airports to have isolation zone Recently, Puri had said he would not recommend a seating arrangement with the middle seat kept vacant, as airlines were already running on thin margins. He had also mentioned that the flights under the Vande Bharat mission had not kept the middle seats vacant. Sources said some of the busiest routes might see flight operations. However, it is to be noted that the country’s two LIFTING ECONOMIC SENTIMENT ❝ We welcome the govt’s decision. This resumption will go a long way in lifting the overall economic sentiment in the country. It will help many passengers by giving them access to the safest and quickest means of transport. Ajay Singh, SPICEJET CHAIRMAN busiest airports — Delhi and Mumbai —- are in red zones. Industry sources, meanwhile said, the aircraft parked across the country would require reassessment for utilisation as per the protocol that will be released by the government. They said most airlines had planned to initially utilise only about 30 per cent of their fleet and take further decision based on the demand. New Delhi, May 20 The Railways on Wednesday issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that it will operate from June 1, putting in operation popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express. Earlier, the Railways had said these trains would be fully non-air conditioned. On Wednesday it said these would have both AC and nonAC classes and fully reserved coaches. It said the general (GS) coaches will also have reserved seats for sitting, meaning there will be no unreserved coach in these trains. Fare would be as normal, it said. But second seating (2S) fare will be charged for General (GS) coaches being reserved. Seats will be provided to all passengers, the Railways said, adding these trains would run from June 1 and booking would commence at 10 am on May 21. Only online e-ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through mobile app and no tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any railway station, the Railways said. The ARP (advance reserva- T JAN SHATABDIS BACK; ONLINE BOOKING MUST ■ Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express put into operation ■ There will be no unreserved coaches in these trains ■ The advance reservation period will be maximum 30 days ■ Waiting list ticket-holders will not be permitted to board the train tion period) shall be maximum 30 days and RAC and waitlist will be generated as per extant rules. However, waiting list ticket-holders will not be permitted to board the train, it said. No unreserved (UTS) tickets will be issued and no tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey, it said, adding that no tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted. —PTI PTI 7.9 cases per lakh, recovery rate 40 pc: Govt IN THE EYE OF COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 42,297 DEATHS 3,303 1,06,750 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 50,35,898 19,88,535 3,26,238 OPEN TALKS WITH TALIBAN, US URGES INDIA BACK PAGE AMPHAN New Delhi, May 20 Architect of the military defence of Poonch during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Maj Gen KL Rattan (retd) breathed his last in Noida. Awarded the Mahavir Chakra, the second highest battle honour, he led the 6th battalion of the Sikh regi- You have projected that the stimulus package is worth 10% of the GDP. But in terms of governmental expenditure does it amount to more than 2% of the GDP? One newspaper has put the fiscal relief at 1.1% of the GDP. We are working with decisiveness on a well-demarcated road map for building ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ through the infusion of Rs 20 lakh crore to boost economic activity post Covid-19. In the days and weeks ahead, you will see swift implementation of these measures. In fact, Foreign investors pull out $16 bn from India OLA TO LAY OFF 1,400 WORKERS ■ “Super Cyclone” Amphan hit West Bengal on Wednesday, triggering heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction. ■ At least 10 persons were killed in the extremely severe storm packing winds gusting to a speed of 185 kmph. ■ NDRF teams have evacuated over 5 lakh people in West Bengal and took over 1.58 lakh to safety in Odisha. BACK PAGE “Foreign investors have pulled an estimated $26 billion out of developing Asian economies and more than $16 billion out of India, increasing concerns of a major economic recession in Asia,” independent Congressional Research Centre said in its latest report on global economic effects of Covid-19. — PTI ❝ Relief packages by other countries are on similar lines. Money will continue to go to intended beneficiaries. successful implementation of big-ticket reforms is the hallmark of the Modi government. The arithmetic has been transparently clarified. The relief packages by other countries are on similar lines. Money will continue to go to intended beneficiaries. The stimulus packages have been dubbed as a mega loan mela by critics. Instead of creating demand in the economy, Chandigarh, May 20 Following objections raised by Home Minister Anil Vij, the Haryana Government has slammed brakes on its proposed move to start the inter-state bus service. Vij not only wrote against it to CM Manohar Lal Khattar, but also met him today to convey his reservations. “The CM has asked the Transport Minister (Mool Chand Sharma) to halt the proposed start of the interstate bus service,” said Vij, who also holds the charge of health ministry. “We are not ready for it. How will we quarantine and test so many passengers?” he asked. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had on May 17 permitted inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses with the mutual consent of states/UT(s) involved. The Haryana transport department had written to the neighbouring states, including UP Delhi, Punjab, , HP Chandigarh, Rajasthan , and Uttarakhand, for their consent to start the service. Vij said they were in touch with the Railways for arrangements of maximum trains to ferry stranded migrants to their home states. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 20 Intensifying its frontline battle against Covid, the Capt Amarinder Singh government in Punjab today notified an ordinance to bring private clinical establishments under the ambit of its fight against the pandemic. The notification brings all clinical establishments having capacity of more than 50 beds under the provisions of the ordinance. This is in line with the decision taken by the Council of Ministers at its meeting on April 10. A government spokesperson said the ordinance would provide a mechanism for registration and regulation of ment to push back Pakistan troops. The action earned the unit “Theatre Honour” of J&K and Battle Honour “Defence of Poonch 1971”. In 1971, then Lt Colonel Rattan, who hailed from Una in HP, defended the strategically important town of Poonch against numerically superior Pakistani force. Pakistan attacked India’s Maj Gen KL Rattan (retd) breathed his last in Noida western front. Its brigades comprising 5 Frontier Force Rifles, 7 PoK battalions and 51 Punjab Regiment were given the task of capturing two pickets—405 and 406 of Banwat Heights—besides the Poonch helipad, which were held by the 6 Sikh Battalion. From December 3 to 6 in 1971, the enemy launched a series of attacks, but was pushed back. Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 20 Two Border Security Force men were killed in a militant attack on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday, officials said. Their weapons were also taken away by the attackers. The ambush on the BSF deployment was carried out by bike-borne militants at Pandach in Ganderbal district, 17 km from Srinagar city, this evening. “Around 5 pm, unidentified militants on a bike fired at BSF personnel of 37 Battalion deployed at Pandach. Two of our jawans were martyred and the militants took away their weapons,” a senior BSF official in Srinagar said. He identified the two slain constables as Zia-ul-Haq and Rana Mandal, both residents of West Bengal. Soon after the incident, joint teams of the forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to track the militants involved in the attack. won’t the liquidity injection create more debtors and NPAs? Our measures provide timely and adequate liquidity to those sections that need it most. This liquidity infusion will help small and medium units across the country to pay wages, purchase raw material and keep afloat, particularly the MSME sector that provides employment to 120 million people and contributes about 45% to overall exports. Most of these MSMEs could not operate because of the lockdown. After due consultations with stakeholders, we took this decision to ensure availability of liquidity for businesses. Goldman Sachs is predicting that our economy will contract at 5% of the GDP in 2021. The NCAER had painted a scary picture of 12.5% contraction without a stimulus package. Now with the stimulus package, what does the Ministry of Finance foresee? Agencies themselves have revised their figures numerous times in the past two months. continued on back page Pb ordinance ropes in pvt clinics tofight virus As Vij objects, Haryana scraps 2 BSF men killed by militants in move to start inter-state buses J&K, their weapons taken away Officer who defended Poonch in ’71 war dies Tribune News Service HE government is working on a welldemarcated road map and will provide adequate liquidity for sections that need it most, says Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur. The government has taken measures to ensure businesses stay afloat amid the pandemic and has initiated landmark structural reforms to accelerate growth post Covid-19. Excerpts from an email interview with The Tribune: Washington, May 20 Amid global economic recession due to Covid, foreign investors have pulled out an estimated $26 billion from developing Asian economies and over $16 billion out of India, a latest Congressional report has stated. Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 20 The government today said three national lockdowns had led to significant improvement in the national recovery rate with around 40 per cent of all Covid patients recovering as of today. Out of the total 1,06,750 cases in the country, 42,297 have recovered. The Health Ministry’s assessment places India in a far better position vis-à-vis world’s 10 most affected nations. India is the 11th most affected nation in the world. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said as against global average of 62 Covid cases per lakh poulation, India has 7.9; against the world average of 4.2 deaths per one lakh, India has 0.2 deaths. This was possible due to early detection, surveillance and improved health infra, he said. THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW Anurag Thakur, UNION MOS FOR FINANCE AC trains resume from ‘Will support small businesses and industry at large’ June 1, bookings begin C VID-19 COUNT MHA OKAYS OPENING OF SCHOOLS TO HOLD BOARDS BACK PAGE METHODOLOGY FOR AUCTION OF COAL BLOCKS APPROVED BUSINESS Centres with more than 50-bed capacity to pitch in clinical establishments in a professional manner to ensure compliance of minimum standards of facilities and services as well as transparency in the functioning of these establishments. To implement the provisions of the ordinance, a Punjab State Council for Clinical Establishments would be set up under the chairmanship of Administrative Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, with its Director to function as Member Secretary. REGION COMBATS VIRUS 173 ACTIVE CASES IN PB Chandigarh: The health authorities in Punjab discharged another 152 patients on Wednesday. With this, the total number of people who have been cured has reached 1,794. Now, there are just 173 active cases. TNS COVID-19COUNT STATE +VE DEATHS 205 2,005 993 110 1,390 43 11,088 03 38 14 03 18 00 176 Security personnel at the ambush site in Ganderbal. AMIN WAR Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi HIZB MILITANT ARRESTED FOR KISHTWAR KILLINGS 18 TEST POSITIVE IN HP Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen involved in the murder of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar in Kishtwar district in 2018. Rustam Ali, 56, of Kishtwar was apprehended by Central agency sleuths from his hometown on Tuesday. INSIDE Shimla: Eighteen persons — 14 from Kangra and four from Mandi — tested positive in HP on Wednesday, taking the tally to 110. Majority of the persons had returned from Mumbai.TNS The militant attack took place a day after top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Junaid Sehrai was killed along with aide in a gunfight in Srinagar’s old city. A fortnight back Hizb operational chief Riyaz Naikoo was also killed in another gunfight in south Kashmir. Incidentally, the BSF is not involved in anti-militancy operations in J&K. The unit that was ambushed was brought along with other Central Armed Police Force companies to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year for law and order duty. GURUGRAM MAN DIES Chandigarh: A Gurugram man died and Haryana’s tally inched closer to the 1,000-mark on Wednesday. The NCR districts accounted for 24 of the 29 cases that took tally to 993. TNS
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