05062020-TT-01.qxd 04-06-2020 23:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.155 | 14 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 WILL PROBE JUMBO’S DEATH: GOVT NATION /thetribunechd AMAZON IN TALKS TO BUY $2 BILLION STAKE IN AIRTEL BUSINESS MOCKING CHINA ANTHEM A CRIME IN HONG KONG WORLD /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Five Babri accused appear in CBI court LUCKNOW: Five of the 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition trial appeared before a special CBI court in Lucknow on Thursday. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas officebearer Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, former MP Vinay Katiyar, former Shiv Sena MLA Pawan Pandey, Santosh Dube and Vijay Bahadur Singh recorded their statements under Section 313 of the CrPC. TNS SC: Prepare plan for smooth travel in NCR NEW DELHI: As lakhs of commuters face problems in crossing Delhi borders adjoining Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Sonepat and Faridabad during the Covid19 lockdown, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the governments of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to consider having a common pass system for the NCR for smooth interstate movement. INSIDE ‘Rajnigandha’ director Basu Chatterjee dies MUMBAI: Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his relatable, light as soufflé brand of cinema with films such as “Rajnigandha” and “Chitchor”, died on Thursday following age-related health issues. He was 93. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Chatterjee as a filmmaker whose cinema touched people’s hearts. OBITUARY ON PAGE 10 Reciprocal access to military bases; India, Australia elevate bilateral ties Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 4 India and Australia signed a joint declaration to enhance bilateral partnership on Thursday, which was accompanied by the parallel conclusion of bilateral defence arrangements. At their first-ever virtual summit, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison decided to elevate the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). Conducting business amid light-hearted banter, both Premiers hoped that measures decided today would bring Australia and India close in security and trade partnerships besides breaking new ground in cyber-security part- New Delhi, June 4 On a day when India’s Covid-19 load saw a record daily surge of 9,304 cases, industrialist Rajiv Bajaj assailed the Centre over the manner in which the lockdown had been imposed, calling it “draconian”. In a video conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the MD of Bajaj Auto said the lockdown ensured India “flattened the GDP curve instead of the Covid curve and got the worst of both worlds”. He said the lockdown was more along the lines of the western nations than the eastern ones such as Japan and Singapore, which settled for softer versions of the shutdown to let parts of their economies function. Bajaj also noted that reopening the economy was tough and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have to use a “clear narrative” to inspire confidence in the people and bring them out of fear. ❝ 7 PACTS SIGNED ■ Agreement on mutual JOINT DECLARATION logistics support ■ Framework arrangement on cyber and cyber-enabled critical technology cooperation ■ MoU on cooperation in mining and processing of critical and strategic minerals ■ Implementing arrangement concerning cooperation in defence science and technology to MoU on defence cooperation ■ MoU on cooperation in the field of public administration and governance reforms ■ MoU on cooperation in vocational education and training ■ MoU on water resources management nership with a new, four-year $12.7 million Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership. India and Australia have common concerns regarding the strategic, security and environmental challenges in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain PM Narendra Modi interacts with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison during a virtual summit in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI The expanded AustraliaIndia cooperation on maritime safety and security will be marked by building stronger links between coast guards and civil maritime agencies and by developing deeper navy-to-navy engage- ment. It will be under-girded by an agreement to share logistics, giving the armed continued on page 10 Entry of 2,550 foreign Tablighis banned for10 yrs New Delhi, June 4 Acting tough, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists who were staying in India during the Covid-19 lockdown and participating in religious activities in violation of visa norms. Hailing from nearly 40 countries, the Jamaatis have been barred from entering India for 10 years. Officials said this was per- Cases soar; Bajaj calls lockdown ‘draconian’ Tribune News Service friday, june 5,2020 haps for the first time that the MHA had blacklisted such a large number of foreigners in one go and banned their entry for such a long duration under the Foreigners Act. The MHA, said sources, took the decision after state governments provided details of the foreigners who were found to be illegally staying in mosques and religious seminaries. Over 2,300 Jamaatis, including 250 foreigners, were ON BLACKLIST ■ Jamaatis were blamed for spreading Covid-19 in over 20 states and UTs ■ Over a thousand cases and more than 20 deaths were traced to them ■ MHA had in April told police chiefs of states and UTs to identify the activists found to be living at the sect’s headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin soon after the nation- wide lockdown was announced on March 25. Several of them had tested positive for Covid. An MHA official said almost all the Tablighi activists came to India on tourist visa, but engaged in religious activities and violated the visa norms. Those who have been blacklisted are from the US, the UK, France, Australia, Russia, China, Indonesia, In solidarity New Delhi, June 4 The government today issued guidelines to unlock places of worship for the public from June 8, but barred distribution of prasad, sprinkling of holy water and touching of idols inside shrines. As per the new standard operating procedure (SOP), people visiting shrines must leave their footwear in cars and managements of shrines must ensure thermal screening of every visitor and allow only asymptomatic ones to go in. A physical distance of six feet will have to be maintained while preparing and serving langar. The government also issued a range of SOPs to help states open shopping malls, restaurants and hotels from June 8, except in containment zones. All SOPs mandate six feet physical distance between people at all times; face covers and masks; hand and respiratory hygiene; staggered visiting; sanitisers and thermal screening at entrances to let only asymptomatic people enter; and prohibition on large gatherings. Devotees will have to bring their own mats for prayer at shrines. Restaurants can have only 50 per cent occupancy of the total seating capacity at any given time with mandatory six feet physical distance. SOPs say the restaurant owners should encourage takeaways rather than dining in and delivery persons must leave food packets on the ❝ COUNT 2,16,919 A member of the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation protests outside the US Consulate General over the death of African-American George Floyd, in Hyderabad on Thursday. AFP TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 66,27,331 32,01,016 3,89,251 Meanwhile, the disease load rose to 2,16,919 with 1,04,106 recoveries and 6,075 deaths today, while the recovery rate was 47.99 per cent and fatality rate 2.8 per cent. RESTAURANTS Only 50% seating at a time; owners to encourage takeaways rather than dining in; delivery persons must leave food packets at the doorstep rather than handing these directly SHOPPING MALLS Gaming arcades, children’s play areas and cinemas to remain closed OFFICES Regular disinfection to be compulsory, besides maintaining six feet physical distance between employees and visitors COMMON DIRECTIVES Six feet physical distance between people at all times; masks, hand and respiratory hygiene; staggered visiting; use of sanitiser; and thermal screening at entrances to let only asymptomatic people in doorstep rather than handing these directly. Cinema halls will remain closed in malls. The SOPs require 65-plus people, pregnant women and kids below 10 years to remain home. —TNS Washington, June 4 US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has opposed invocation of the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell the ongoing civil unrest, over the death of an African-American, for now. “The option to use activeduty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now,” Esper said. Thiscameashispredecessor Jim Mattis denounced Chandigarh, June 4 Amid the continuing standoff with China, the ITBP has rushed to operationalise the newly sanctioned Commands at Chandigarh and Guwahati that will control all ITBP formations in the western and eastern theatres, respectively. An officer of the rank of IG from the headquarters in New Delhi has been transferred to Chandigarh with immediate effect “in public interest” to head the force’s Western Command. He will officiate as ADG till the posting of a regular officer here, as per the orders issued by ITBP Director General SS Deswal.This would be in addition to his present duties at New Delhi. — TNS MARK ESPER JIM MATTIS Defence Secy Ex-Defence Secy PresidentDonaldTrump’s heavyhanded use of military force to quell protests. “Trump is the first President in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” he said. — Agencies Can’t coerce firms to pay full wages, says apex court New Delhi, June 4 The Supreme Court today said no coercive action can be taken against employers for violating the March 29 notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) mandating payment of full wages to employees during the lockdown. The Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed an interim order after the Centre submitted that the MHA notification was a temporary Prasad distribution, sprinkling of holy water and touching of idols not allowed; footwear to be left in cars; devotees to bring their own mats for prayers ITBP rushes to operationalise new Commands COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 1,04,106 FRESH FATALITIES 477 TOTAL DEATHS 6,075 SOPs: NO PRASAD SHRINES Defence Secy opposes Trump move on troops CENTRE FLATTENED THE WRONG CURVE The way India has been locked down is draconian... You (Centre) have decimated the economy. You flattened the wrong curve. It is not the infection curve that you flattened, it is the GDP curve. Rajiv Bajaj, BAJAJ AUTO MD Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, the Philippines, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Ukraine. — TNS Thermal screening at shrines, restaurants measure for 54 days. The court reserved its order on a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the MHA notification for June 12. The petitioners, including Karnataka-based company Ficus Pax and Ludhiana Hand Tools Manufacturers Association, have challenged the validity of Section 10(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The provisions of this Act MHA NOTIFICATION ■ An MHA notification mandated payment of full wages to staff during lockdown ■ The govt said this aimed at averting mass migration by workers ■ Petitioners say the Disaster Management Act cannot impinge upon provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act cannot “impinge upon express provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, and take away the right to layoff workmen during times of natural calamity,” they said. Terming the MHA order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, as arbitrary, they said the order violated the private companies’ right to carry on any occupation, trade or business guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitu- tion. Attorney General KK Venugopal said the notification aimed at averting mass migration by workers and preventing human suffering. “But your notification compelled payment of 100 per cent of salaries... it can be around 50 to 75 per cent. So the question is, do you have the power to get them to pay 100 per cent, and on their failure to do so, prosecute them?” the Bench sought to know. — TNS REGION COMBATS VIRUS 39 FRESH CASES IN PUNJAB Chandigarh: Punjab recorded 39 fresh Covid cases on Thursday. The state's tally has risen to 2,415. Amritsar remained the worst hit with 15 new patients, followed by Ludhiana (6), Jalandhar and Pathankot (4 each). TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Found dead in toilet, Covid victim’s autopsy done after 2 days Distress coupons given to Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, June 4 The postmortem of a 39-yearold Covid patient was performed by a board of doctors at the PGIMS here on Thursday, two days after he died at an isolation centre in Charkhi Dadri. The patient who worked at a private Gurugram firm was found dead in a bathroom of the isolation centre on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The body was BODY KEPT IN AMBULANCE FOR 24 HRS ■ The victim was found dead in the bathroom of an isolation centre in Charkhi Dadri on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday ■ The body was brought to the PGIMS, Rohtak, on Wednesday afternoon. It remained in ambulance for 24 hours as cops from Dadri did not come to complete paperwork till Thursday evening brought to the PGIMS on Wednesday afternoon. “The body remained in the ambulance for 24 hours. Doctors at the PGIMS were ready to conduct the autopsy, but policemen from Dadri came this evening to complete the paperwork,” said Krishan Phogat, cousin of the deceased. Phogat maintained they had filed a police complaint against the doctors on duty of “negligence”, but to no avail. Dr Manju, Civil Surgeon, Dadri, said postmortem of Covid patients was generally not performed, but in this case the autopsy had been recommended to find out the exact cause of death. Sources said Charkhi Dadri DC Shri Prasad Sharma had issued the orders for the postmortem by the PGIMS and deputed Tehsildar Ajay Kumar as duty magistrate for the cremation of the deceased. Kumar said the delay happened due to a technical reason. The exact cause of death would be ascertained tomorrow, said Dr SK Dhattarwal, Head of Forensic Department, PGIMS. Meanwhile, a video showing a youth at the centre alleging negligence has gone viral. “A Covid patient was lying in the washroom. I informed the staff but no doctor came,” he is heard saying. the affluent: BJP councillors Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, June 4 BJP councillors of the Karnal Municipal Corporation have alleged that more than 1,000 distress ration coupons have been issued to well-to-do families while the needy have been denied the benefit. They blame some BJP leaders for it. The councillors say some of the affluent beneficiaries are government employees and ex-servicemen. They want the CM to order an inquiry. The government had started a scheme to provide ration to the needy. The authorities distributed 23,000 coupons. Of these, the BJP councillors alleged, over 1,000 coupons were issued to affluent people. Nishant Kumar Yadav, DC, promised action after holding an inquiry. Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 302 2,415 3,281 376 3,142 90 23,645 05 47 24 05 35 01 606 24TH DEATH IN HARYANA Chandigarh: With 327 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours, Haryana's tally jumped to 3,281 on Thursday. A death was reported from Jind, taking the state’s casualties to 24. TNS 285 NEW CASES IN J&K
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