26052020-TT-01.qxd 25-05-2020 23:38 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.145 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 US IMPOSES TRAVEL BAN ON BRAZIL WORLD /thetribunechd AMID LOCKDOWN, PETRO DEALERS STRUGGLE MAHA EX-CM CHAVAN TESTS POSITIVE BACK PAGE FOR SUSTENANCE BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, may 26,2020 630 flights cancelled on first day CHAOS PREVAILS States’ restrictions, low bookings lead to last-minute upsets Mukesh Ranjan AIRLINES DRAW FLAK Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 25 The first day of the resumption of domestic commercial flights in the country had its fare share of challenges, leading to chaos at almost all major airports as nearly 630 flights were cancelled due to states’ restrictions and airline operational issues. The confusion was further compounded by a variety of quarantine protocols by state governments, leaving several flyers high and dry. The government had on May 21 announced the resumption of domestic flights from May 25 after a gap of nearly two months in the wake of the Covidinduced nationwide lockdown. The two busiest airports Delhi and Mumbai witnessed cancellation of nearly 80 and 20 flights, respectively. Officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, said the cancellations were mostly on account of some states, including West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, refusing to allow flight operations and also because of some operational issues like low load factor faced by airline operators. “Around 80 flights to and from Delhi have been cancelled. The IGI airport was scheduled to handle a total of 125 departures and 118 arrivals today,” an official said. The Mumbai airport, the country’s second busiest airport after Delhi, was supposed continued on back page IN BRIEF Standoff with Chief Secy: CM meets Manpreet, Channi Chandigarh: The Council of Ministers, expected to be convened in a few days, will take up the standoff between Cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tried to mollify Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over lunch here on Monday. INSIDE Delhi BJP chief plays cricket sans mask in Sonepat Panipat: A show-cause notice was on Monday issued to Sanath Jain, managing director of Unique Stadium at Shekhpura village of Gannaur subdivision in Sonepat, for organising a T20 match on Sunday, in which Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari played as well. An explanation was sought as to how the match was organised during the lockdown. INSIDE Lockdown pass touts active on social media Gurugram: The desperation to cross the state border has led to mushrooming of agents offering cross-border passes. Advertising on social media, these touts offer single and weekly passes for travel across the NCR, cross-border movement of taxis, trucks and buses and ferrying more persons than the permissible limit. INSIDE Airlines drew flak for lack of communication. The airlines said they could not disclose cancellations until two hours before departure. With the new SOPs dictating that passengers arrive at least two hours early, this led to many turning up at airport only to find out that there would be no flight. 532 FLIGHTS TAKE OFF ❝ From no flights on Sunday to 532 on Monday, action has returned. With Andhra and WB set to resume ops, these numbers are all set to increase further Hardeep Singh Puri, Passengers with protective gear at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL AVIATION MINISTER Pb eases rules for domestic travellers, allows home quarantine for 14 days Quarantine stamps on a woman and her child in Mumbai. PTI SC PULLS UP A-I The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Air India to operate international flights with middle seats occupied for next 10 days even as it pulled up the national carrier over Covid-19 safety norms. BACK PAGE Chandigarh, May 25 All domestic travellers entering Punjab from other states by plane, train or road, and found asymptomatic or negative will have to remain under home quarantine for 14 days. Earlier, institutional quarantine was mandatory for all domestic travellers. However, all international travellers will be sent for institutional quarantine for at least seven days. All international travellers to undergo institutional quarantine As per the new guidelines issued by the Punjab Government, all international travellers arriving to the state by air, sea or land will submit a self-declaration form containing their personal and health details. Those found to be symptomatic during the screening shall be taken to a health facility for testing. If they are found positive, they would be kept in Covid care centres. Asymptomatic passengers and those found negative will be taken into institutional quarantine. They will be tested on the fifth day. If they test positive, they shall be shifted to a government isolation facility. — TNS Himachal extends curfew till June 30 Tribune News Service Shimla, May 25 With Himachal Pradesh witnessing a sharp spike in Covid cases to 225 over the past few days, the state government has decided to extend the curfew by a month till June 30. The caseload increased mainly on account of state residents who returned from other states, particularly Maharashtra, and tested positive for the virus here. Though the curfew would be extended, public and private transport, including taxis and autos, are to resume operations from June 1. Officials said all Deputy Commissioners had already issued orders for the extension of the curfew for another month. The highest 63 Covid cases are in Hamirpur district, followed by 57 in Kangra, 30 in Una and 18 in Chamba. The state has so far seen five deaths. With a large number of people returning to the state from Maharashtra, Chennai, Gujarat and West Bengal, the Decision comes amid sharp spike in cases in a few days WORST-HIT DISTRICTS HAMIRPUR KANGRA UNA 30 CHAMBA 18 63 57 number of Covid cases have spiked from about 30 a few days ago to 225 today. A further spike is expected towards the end of this month as two trains carrying almost 1,500 persons from Maharashtra and Gujarat reached the state yesterday. The possibility of the curfew being extended by another month was high as the Cabinet, at its meeting on May 23, had authorised all district magistrates, under the provision of SubSection (4) of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to extend the order issued by them under Section 144(1) of the Code up to June 30. Mukesh Tandon REVELATIONS BY ASI Tribune News Service Panipat, May 25 For the past several years, Kharkhoda in Sonepat district was the transit point for liquor smugglers where police officials, including former SHO Jasbeer Singh, provided safe passage to trucks of kingpin Bhupender Singh of Sisana while misappropriating stocks by showing lower quantity seizures in official records. This was revealed by ASI Jaipal, arrested by a special investigation team (SIT) from Rohtak, during his interrogation. The ASI claimed he was obeying the orders of Inspector Jasbeer Singh, who was dismissed from service on Wednesday, to provide safe passage to Bhupender’s trucks, said Sonepat SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa. The police had allegedly seized 2,000 cases of liquor from a truck and booked the driver. However, only 1,100 cases were shown as seized in records for March. The ASI allegedly misappropriat- ■ Low-grade liquor from Rajpura distillery labelled as IMFL at kingpin’s godown & supplied to states with prohibition ■ A portion of stocks seized was allegedly misappropriated by showing lower quantity of seizure in police records ed the stock and kept 151 cases at another place. There was no mention of Bhupender in the FIR. “We have seized a huge stock of liquor in bottles without labels from godowns of the kingpin,” the SP said. The low-grade liquor was brought directly from a distillery in Rajpura and labelled as branded IMFL at Bhupender’s godown, said the SP . Dhirender Karya of Junagarh was Bhupender’s main supplier in Gujarat who allegedly managed cops there for unhindered supply of illicit liquor, he added. Bhupender travelled between Sonepat and Chandigarh to establish contact, while his brother Jitender and Satish managed the business of making fake labels of IMFL brands, he said. BOOZE SCAM New Delhi, May 25 India and China continue to be on the edge with both sides at a series of militarylevel meetings failing to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in eastern Ladakh. For now, Army and IAF deployments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, HP and Uttarakhand have been stationed to ‘mirror’ China’s movement. Sources say some mili- Gas leak: HC orders seizure of LG plant Amaravati (AP), May 25 The Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered the seizure of the premises of LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, where 12 persons were killed following a gas leakage. The court has also barred entry into the plant by all except the committees appointed by the government. On May 22, the court had ordered the firm’s directors not to leave the country without the court’s permission and instructed the authorities not to release their passports. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 25 In what could be an indicator of a scam, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has stumbled upon 58 graduation degrees submitted by lawyers for enrolment that appear to be non-genuine. Orders to send show-cause notices and restrain the lawyers from practice for the time being have already been issued. The degrees were sub- The Indian effort is to use UAVs to find out exact points where the Chinese can attempt a military move. The Chinese look to threaten a key strategic road in Ladakh, while clearly attempting to carve out its own path, away from the accepted principles and pacts for maintaining the sanctity of the LAC, say the sources. At the meetings, Chinese military officials are refusing to scale back troops from the existing flare-up spots, say the sources. India is seeking withdrawal of Chinese troops from points in the Galwan area of sub-sector north and north of Pangong Tso. edit: chinese posturing LIKELY TO FACE FIR ■ Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana would send showcause notices to lawyers ■ If found guilty, they could lose their licence to practice ■ The erring lawyers could even face registration of FIRs mitted by the lawyers from to the Bar Council’s enrolment committee between 2017 and 2020 and the reports received from the universities con- cerned indicate the documents were not issued by them. Available information suggests the Bar Council is in the process of sending notices. Enrolment committee chairman Lekh Raj Sharma said, “Documents with every application for enrolment are sent as a matter of routine for verification to the educational institutes.” Bar Council chairman Karanjit Singh said as he was out of station, he would look into the matter tomorrow. obituary Goodbye Balbir Singh, hockey legend and good friend Bishan Singh Bedi T BALBIR SINGH SR DECEMBER 31, 1923 - MAY 25, 2020 ODAY I mourn the passing of hockey legend Balbir Singh Dosanjh, a man I am proud to call a friend. ‘Balbir’ means all-powerful in body and spirit, and Balbir Singh was definitely an all-powerful centre-forward, the best in Indian hockey since Independence. Growing up in the 1950s, I heard of him pretty early in my youth and had the good fortune of getting to know him well. I’d known Balbir Singh since 1969, when he came home for a family function in Amritsar. Someone pinched his shoes there and not once did he let me know of it – till March 2020, when I was asked to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award! It was then that he told me that he The Olympian became synonymous with the glory of Indian hockey had to go back barefoot from my place 50 years earlier! There was a time when Indian hockey had a plethora of ‘Balbirs’ and they all were powerful wielders of the hockey stick. But one of them 1,38,345 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 55,42,056 23,21,556 3,47,381 New Delhi: The WHO Executive Group on Monday temporarily suspended the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) trial while the data is reviewed by its safety monitoring board. The trial, being undertaken by 10 nations including India, is testing four drugs and combinations against Covid-19. Of the four drugs, HCQ trial has been suspended, said WHO. TNS Their graduation degrees under cloud, 58lawyersmaybebarredfrompractice Saurabh Malik RECOVERED 57,720 FRESH FATALITIES 154 TOTAL DEATHS 4,021 COUNT New Delhi: The pending Class 10 and 12 board exams will be conducted by the CBSE at 15,000 centres across the country instead of 3,000 centres planned earlier, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Monday. The decision has been taken to ensure social distancing at exam centres and minimise travel for students. PTI New Delhi: China has asked its citizens staying in India and willing to return to register their names with its mission here. Sources said it was part of routine evacuations and denied any link with the tension on the Sino-India border. TNS tary movement is taking place in China across the Tibetan plateau to its key base at Nygari, 100 km south-east of Demchok. COVID-19CASES INDIA WHO SUSPENDS HCQ TRIALS CHINA TO EVACUATE CITIZENS, SAYS ROUTINE Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 25 India appears to be staring at the July peak of the Covid-19 pandemic with the new cases increasing daily. On Monday, the 24-hour surge in the cases crossed the 7,000-mark. The disease load in the country soared to 1,38,345 with 57,720 recoveries and 4,021 deaths. The government continued to stress on the positives saying recovery rate had further improved to 41.57 per cent with the case doubling rate still 13 days. For the past four days, the daily cases have risen from 6,000 plus cases to the 7,000-mark. Although the daily case growth rate is still stable at around 5 pc, the rising disease graph is against the anticipated results by public health experts who had hoped the curve would regress. — TNS EXAM CENTRES GO UP 5 TIMES Hry cops let kingpin’s No headway, India using drones at LAC trucks move freely Ajay Banerjee India stares at July peak, cases rise 7K in 24 hrs became known as ‘Senior’, thanks to his seniority as well as his stature as a winner of three gold medals in the Olympics. Thus Balbir Singh became synonymous with the overall glory of Indian hockey. Honestly, I can’t visualise a more unassuming sports icon than Balbir Singh, who wore the Tricolour on his sleeve. He could have easily passed the gates of humility without ever having to bow before the high and the mighty. Since 1969, I had the good fortune of knowing and meeting the great centre-forward on numerous occasions, and every time he gave me a fresh lesson in calmness and humility. Honestly, I’ve often wondered if Balbir Singh ever got angry or upset. continued on back page edit: death of asporting hero REGION COMBATS VIRUS 21 FRESH CASES IN PB Chandigarh: With 21 new cases reported on Monday, the total number of cases in the state has reached 2,081. Ten cases were reported from Amritsar, six from Jalandhar and one each from Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, SAS Nagar and Sangrur. Now, there are 128 active cases in the state. TNS COVID-19COUNT +VE DEATHS 276 2,081 1,213 225 1,668 43 14,053 04 38 14 05 19 00 276 STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi AMBALA COVID-FREE Chandigarh: With 29 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, Haryana’s tally jumped to 1,213 on Monday. Nuh, Ambala and Yamunanagar have been declared Covid-free, while Sirsa and Panchkula are left with one patient each. TNS FIFTH DEATH IN HP Shimla: Two women, both suffering from chronic kidney disease died on Monday, taking the total number of persons who have succumbed to the virus to five, with there being a sharp spike in the number of positive cases to 225. The two deaths took place at the IGMC, Shimla, and Nerchowk Medical College, Mandi. TNS 2 MORE DEATHS IN J&K Srinagar: Two persons died of Covid-19 and 47 tested positive, taking the tally in J&K to 1,668. So far, 23 persons have died. A 65-year-old woman from Budgam village, died at Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital and an income tax lawyer in Jammu. TNS
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