02062020-TT-01.qxd 01-06-2020 23:10 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.152 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 DHUMAL LOYALISTS’ MEET CREATES RIPPLES HIMACHAL /thetribunechd SENSEX ZOOMS 879 POINTS, NIFTY CROSSES 9,800 BUSINESS OZ PM-MODI VIRTUAL SUMMIT ON THURSDAY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, june 2,2020 Paddy MSP hiked by ~ 53/quintal More trouble for Farmers call it miniscule | Loan repayment at 4% per annum Nod to MSME Tribune News Service Punjab CM rejects hike, terms it paltry Chandigarh: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh rejected the paddy MSP hike, terming it totally inadequate and paltry. He said the Centre had failed to address the extreme distress faced by the farmers amid the Covid crisis. The debtridden and stressed farming community was looking up to the Centre to come to their rescue in these unprecedented distress, but the muchneeded support once again eluded them, he said, describing the paltry MSP hike as shameful. — TNS New Delhi, June 1 The government today hiked the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy marginally by Rs 53 per quintal to Rs 1,868 per quintal for the common variety and Rs 1,888 for ‘Grade A’ for the crop year 2020-21. As recommended by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), the rates of all 14 crops of the season, including oilseeds, pulses and cereals, have been raised. The Cabinet also extended the repayment date for shortterm agriculture loans up to Rs 3 lakh due between March 1 and August 3. This will help farmers repay/renew such loans up to the extended repayment date at 4 per cent continued on page 12 MANUFACTURING AT HISTORIC LOW IN MAY New Delhi: Manufacturing output stayed at historic low levels, as weak demand led to lower production in May. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing PMI index pointed to a substantial decline in the sector’s health, a shade better than that in April. IANS Women plant paddy on the outskirts of Srinagar. AFP MOODY’S LOWERS RATING, SAYS CHALLENGES AHEAD New Delhi: Moody’s Investors RATES OF 14 CROPS RAISED ON CACP SUGGESTION Service downgraded India’s ■ Repayment date extended for short-term agriculture loans up to ~3 lakh ■ Farmers can repay/renew loans up to the extended date at 4% per annum interest without penalty ■ MSP for cotton (medium staple) raised by ~260 per quintal to ~5,515 ■ Cotton MSP (long staple) raised to ~5,825 per quintal; return on cost highest for bajra sovereign rating to ‘Baa3’ from ‘Baa2’, saying there would be challenges in implementation of policies to mitigate risks of a sustained period of low growth and deteriorating fiscal position. “The outlook remains negative,” the agency said. PTI NCR commuters stimulus push Delhi seals its borders for a week New Delhi, June 1 The Union Cabinet on Monday formally approved all announcements relating to MSMEs as part of the Rs 20lakh crore Covid stimulus package. The Cabinet also approved changes in the definition of MSMEs which was further fine-tuned after being announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on May 13. “The Cabinet’s decisions will aid MSMEs to attract investments and create jobs,” said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at a joint press conference with his Cabinet colleagues Prakash Javadekar and Narendra Singh Tomar. The Cabinet approved a Rs 50,000-crore Distressed continued on page 12 Mukesh Ranjan INTER-STATE TRAVEL SOP Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 The first day of the Central government’s month-long “Unlock-I” brought in confusion and harassment, as border-crossing woes continued to haunt commuters in the National Capital Region. The Delhi Government on Monday decided to seal the Capital’s borders for a week in the wake of the increased cases of coronavirus, while the district administrations in Ghaziabad and Noida also announced that their borders with neighbouring states would remain closed. The decisions were so sudden that people were caught unawares, leading to massive continued on page 12 PUNJAB Asymptomatic persons to be sent home, symptomatic to undergo institutional quarantine. HARYANA Home quarantine not necessary for those entering Haryana. Those running fever can’t travel. HIMACHAL Inter-state movement through passes issued by District Magistrates. Upon arrival from red zone, 14-day institutional quarantine; 14day home quarantine for those from orange/green zones. Inter-state buses haven’t been resumed. CHANDIGARH 14-day selfmonitoring for visitors. For ‘travel pass’, apply online to District Magistrate. Elections to fill 18 RS seats on June 19: EC LAC stalemate persists, US backs India New Delhi: The EC on Monday announced a fresh date for polls to 18 Rajya Sabha seats, deferred due to lockdown. The polling and counting of votes will now be held on June 19. Of these, four each are from Andhra and Gujarat, two from Jharkhand, three each from MP and Rajasthan, and one each from Manipur and Meghalaya. — TNS Tribune News Service Singer Wajid Khan dies of Covid at 42 Mumbai: Singer-composer Wajid Khan of music director duo Sajid-Wajid, popular for their work on Salman Khan’s films such as “Wanted”, “Dabangg” and “Ek Tha Tiger”, died early on Monday at a hospital due to Covid-19. The 42-year-old singer had underlying kidney issues. “He died of a cardiac arrest,” his brother Sajid said. OBIT: BACK PAGE U’khand CM, three ministers in isolation Dehradun: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and three Cabinet colleagues went into self-quarantine on Monday following a meeting last week with Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj who, along with his wife and 21 others, has tested positive for Covid19, an official said. — PTI Protesters vandalise a car to protest George Floyd’s death, near the White House in Washington. PTI Washington, June 1 The US remained a tinderbox of anger and emotion as violent protests erupted for the sixth day across the country over the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd, resulting in the death of at least five persons, the arrest of thousands and placing of curfew in nearly 40 cities, while forcing President Donald Trump to take shelter in a White House bunker. Considered to be the worstever civil unrest in the US in decades, the violent protests have engulfed at least 140 cities across America in the days following the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old man who ‘WILL DESIGNATE ANTIFA TERRORIST GROUP’ Washington: US President Donald Trump has said America will designate far-Left extremist group Antifa as a terror outfit over its role in violence after the killing of an African-American man by a white cop. Antifa is regarded as a militant, anti-fascist political activist movement comprising autonomous activist groups. PTI PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKES SHELTER IN WHITE HOUSE BUNKER was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis on Monday by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath. Some of the protests have turned violent, prompting the activation of the National Guard in at least 20 states. The police have arrested 2,564 persons in two dozen US Vibha Sharma New Delhi, June 1 The India Meteorological Department today declared the onset of monsoon over mainland, two days after private agency Skymet said it had arrived. The Southwest Monsoon set in over Kerala today (June 1), coinciding with its normal date, the IMD said, while upgrading its countrywide forecast to 102% of the long period average (LPA). Issuing the long range forecast update, the weather office said rainfall over the country in June to September season is most likely to be normal (96% to 104%). Quantitatively, it is expected to be 102% of the LPA with a model error of ±4%. In its first update on 2020 monsoon in April, the IMD predicted 100% rains of the LPA with a model error of ±5%. China calls situation in border areas ‘stable’ Both sides kept under wraps diplomatic negotiations to resolve the standoff that emerged after Chinese troops reacted to efforts to 40 US cities under curfew as protests rage over Floyd killing BFI nominates Panghal, cities over the weekend. The unrest initially began in Minneapolis in Minnesota, but has now spread across the country, with reports of violence coming in from across major cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. — PTI global anger grows page 11 Monsoon hits Kerala, to be above normal: IMD Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 The military stalemate on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continued even as the US backed India and the Chinese Foreign Office reiterated that the situation in the border areas was “stable and under control.” Sources said the militarylevel talks at the two designated points in eastern Ladakh had not yielded results and postures had hardened with troops mandated to hold ground. 107% RAIN FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST Nationwide forecast upgraded to 102% of long period average (LPA) Northwest India is expected to receive 107% of LPA this year In 2019, India received 110% of the LPA and the Northwest 98% People look at dark clouds over Arabian Sea in Kochi on Monday. REUTERS The region-wise forecast also has good news for the Northwest, which is expected to receive 107% of LPA this year. For Central India, rains are expected to be 103% of LPA, South Peninsula 102% and Northeast around 96%, all with a model error of ±8%. In 2019, India received 110% of the LPA and the Northwest 98%. In the region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, western UP and the three hill states, the LPA is 599.5 mm. Last year, the region received 98% of it, that is 586 mm. Meanwhile, in main sowing month of July, the rainfall on the whole is expected to be 103% of LPA and in August 97%, said Earth Sciences Secretary M Rajeevan. Both figures come with a model error of ±9%. Officials said El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions are prevailing over the equatorial Pacific and neutral IOD conditions over the Indian Ocean. Global models are indicating cool ENSO conditions will prevail during the four-month season with some possibility of development of weak La Niña conditions in the later part. “All these are signs of good monsoon rains,” said Rajeevan. “ENSO neutral and weak La Nina conditions will help India get good rains,” he added. Vikas for Khel Ratna New Delhi, June 1 The Boxing Federation of India today nominated world silvermedallist Amit Panghal and the seasoned Vikas Krishan for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, picking only Olympicbound names as its nominees for the annual honours. Asian Games champion Panghal (52 kg) has not won any national sports award. Nominated for the Arjuna Award for the past three years, his name has not been considered by the selection committee because of a 2012 “inadvertent” dope offence. Commonwealth and REGION COMBATS VIRUS 2 DOCTORS INFECTED IN PB Chandigarh: With 38 new cases, including two doctors, coming to the fore on Monday, Punjab tally reached 2,301. Besides, one person in Pathankot is in critical condition. In Patiala, four persons, including an ASHA worker, tested positive. TNS 265 NEW CASES IN HRY Chandigarh: Haryana recorded the highest number of cases in a day (265) on Monday. It has crossed Punjab in the total number of cases. Of the fresh cases, Gurugram reported 129, taking the total cases in the district to 903. TNS 8 MORE TEST +VE IN HP Shimla: With eight new cases on Monday, the total number of cases in HP has risen to 338, including 213 active cases. The number of those who have recovered has also risen to 116. TNS modernise military infrastructure on the Indian side of the LAC. In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Office said the two countries were capable of resolving border issues through dialogue and negotiations at the military and diplomatic levels. Both India and China have said they are committed to safeguarding national security along the LAC. Sources said the Indian troops had been forwarddeployed with food and sleeping bags to hold ground in the Galwan valley and the north of Pangong Tso. The Chinese have stopped the Indian troops 5 km short of the earlier accepted patrol point in the valley. At Pangong Tso, China is trying to push Indian troops back to ‘ Finger 2’ from ‘Finger 4’, a distance of over 10 km. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the Sino-India border standoff to assert the Chinese military advances were for real. The US could be good partners with India, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and Europe, he said. POWER CHEAPER, LIQUOR DEARER IN PUNJAB ADDL EXCISE DUTY ON BOOZE (W.E.F JUNE 1) TYPE QUART PINT SMALLER SIZE ~5 ~10 PML IMFL ~3 ~6 ~2 ~4 BEER ~5 (650 ml) WINE ~10 (650 ml) RELIEF FOR DOMESTIC ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS ■ Domestic consumers to pay ~0.25-0.50 per unit less; 45 lakh to benefit ■ No tariff hike for small Amit Panghal Vikas Krishan commercial consumers Asian Games gold-medallist Krishan (69kg) won the Arjuna Award in 2012. The BFI has nominated world bronze-winning trio of Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) for the Arjuna Award. — PTI ■ 1-3 paisa per unit hike for those having over 20 KW load ■ No change in tariff of small, medium industries charges on agri consumers, to be paid by govt ■ PSPCL’s reliance on govt subsidy up as 1/3rd of total ARR to be met load to pay 0.09-0.22 per through subsidy release unit more REPORT INSIDE ■ Industries with over 100 kVAh Record surge, cases cross 1.9 lakh mark New Delhi, June 1 India today became the seventh most Covid-affected country overtaking Germany even as the total disease burden rose to 1,90,535, registering a record daily surge of 8,392 cases. On the positive side, the recovery rate continued to improve with total 91,818 persons discharged (cure rate of 48.19 per cent). That leaves 93,322 active cases in the country and fatality rate remains 2.83 per cent, with progressive declines over time. The Health Ministry today said during the last 24 hours, 4,835 patients had been cured. “The recovery rate today is 48.19 per cent as against 38.29 pc on May 18 and 26.59 pc on May 3. The case fatality rate is 2.83 pc. On May 18, it was 3.15 pc and 3.25 pc on May 3,” a government statement said. — TNS ■ ~0.29 per unit hike in Keep middle seat vacant, DGCA tells airline operators COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 91,818 FRESH FATALITIES 230 TOTAL DEATHS 5,394 COUNT 1,90,535 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 63,12,451 28,72,256 3,74,863 COVID-19COUNT REGION +VE STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi DEATHS 297 2,301 2,356 338 2,601 67 20,834 04 44 21 05 31 01 523 ICMR SCIENTIST TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID, BUILDING SANITISED New Delhi: Keeping in view the Supreme Court order, aviation regulator DGCA has asked the airline operators to keep middle seats vacant to the extent possible in the interest of public health. To give wrap-around gown if passenger allotted centre seat However, if a flyer has been allotted the middle seat due to high passenger load “then additional protective equipment like wrap-around gown of the Ministry of Textile approved standards” must be provided to him or her in addition to a three-layered face mask and face shield, said the DGCA order. It added members of the same family might be allowed to sit together. — TNS
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