08062020-TT-01.qxd 07-06-2020 23:01 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.158 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ STIR GOES GLOBAL WORLD /thetribunechd DON’T LEAVE FARMERS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES INFOCUS WILL GET MAJORITY IN BIHAR: SHAH BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday, june 8,2020 Delhiopensitsborders, hospitals for locals only LACsolutiononlyviatalks, says MEA New Delhi, June 7 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced the city’s borders will be reopened from Monday. He also said the hospitals run by the Delhi Government and private entities would only treat Delhiites during the Covid-19 crisis. Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said hospitals run by the Centre would have no such restriction, and if people from other states come to the Capital for specific surgeries, they could get medical treatment at private hospitals. There are around 40 Delhi Government-run hospitals in the Capital, including LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. Among the major Centre-run hospitals in the city are RML Hospital, AIIMS and New Delhi, June 7 India and China will persist with military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation, and ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) after the latest round of border talks on Friday between Army commanders ended in a stalemate. “Talks took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere. Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements,’’ it said in a statement released on Sunday. The MEA indicated that both sides were in for a long haul and that despite bringing in military reinforcements, the focus would be on dialogue. In this respect, it reiterated its earlier stand of HP scam: Aide of former BJP chief arrested Tribune News Service Shimla, June 7 Prithvi Singh, an associate of former BJP state chief Dr Rajeev Bindal, was arrested by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department last night in connection with the Health Department purchase scam. The marketing manager of Apex Diagnostics, Solan, was called for interrogation and later arrested. He is believed to have recorded a 43-second clip in which the former Director, Health Services, Dr Ajay Gupta, is purportedly heard seeking a Rs 5-lakh bribe for placing orders for 6,500 PPE kits worth over Rs 1 crore. Only a part of the recording went viral. It is yet to be ascertained if this was done by mistake or was mischief. Both persons in the recording used code words such as “Sahib”, “Madam” and “Sirmaur”. Decoding these will be crucial for further investigation. Source said there were more recordings and Prithvi Singh had deliberately recorded the conversation. REGION COMBATS VIRUS 51ST COVID DEATH IN PB Chandigarh: With one more death, the total number of Covid casualties in Punjab has reached 51. Besides, 93 fresh cases were reported on Sunday, taking the state count to 2,608. Amritsar recorded 35 fresh cases. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 313 2,608 4,448 411 4,087 103 27,654 05 51 28 05 41 01 761 HOTELS STILL SHUT Malls, restaurants and religious places will open, but hotels and banquet halls will remain closed as we might need to convert them into hospitals in the coming time ❝ Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM Safdarjung Hospital. The Delhi Government will implement instructions — like maintaining social distancing and wearing masks — that the Centre and its experts have asked to be taken at these places, Kejriwal said. — TNS/PTI ❝ of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries ■ The commanders agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship May 21 that “peace and tranquillity in the India-China border regions is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations.” While Indian media has prominently highlighted the standoff, its Chinese counter- parts have refrained from it. However, 'Global Times' released a video that supposedly showed a Chinese airborne brigade taking just a few hours to manoeuvre from central China to “northwestern region amid border tension”. ‘Purchase probe on, govt acted swiftly’ A MID allegations of irregularities in purchases by the Health Department, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, in an interview with The Tribune correspondent Pratibha Chauhan, accused the Opposition of sensationalising the issue. He spoke at length on his government’s revival plan, regrouping of dissidents and Cabinet expansion. Excerpts: being Rs 3 lakh is rubbish. The company has itself said that those were merely for the purpose of demonstration. Tenders were floated for the purchase of PPE kits. But we got the entire consignment from the Centre. So we did not buy any. The Congress says the resignation of Rajeev Bindal as state BJP chief is not enough? Do you see any justification in the argument? The Health Department being headed by you, the Congress has sought your resignation in view of the purchase scams. What’s your take on the matter? Whether the purchase of sanitisers or PPE kits, we acted promptly and ordered registration of FIRs. In case of purchase of ventilators, no irregularities were detected. Nevertheless, an inquiry was ordered. We bought ventilators at the same cost as Odisha — Rs 9.19 lakh. Talk of the actual cost They must come out with evidence, facts and figures. They are making false charges based on anonymous complaints to derive political mileage. I have received complaints against CLP Leader Mukesh Agnihotri, but I have ignored these. If pushed to the wall, I will be compelled to mark an inquiry. continued on page 12 Probe ordered into fake registration of construction workers in Punjab 820 monuments under ASI to reopen today Karam Prakash New Delhi, June 7 The Union Culture Ministry on Sunday approved opening of 820 Archaeological Survey of India-protected monuments which have places of worship from June 8, Minister Prahlad Patel said. However, sources said around 65 such monuments in Maharashtra are unlikely to be opened in view of the large number of coronavirus cases in the state. The culture ministry has decided to open only those monuments among the over 3,000 ASI-maintained sites where religious events take place, such as Nila Mosque at Hauz Khas enclave, the Qutub archaeological area and Lal Gumbad in Delhi. — PTI Tribune News Service Patiala, June 7 The Labour Department has initiated an inquiry after fake registration of construction workers surfaced in Punjab. Suspicion grew when several workers were found registered on a single mobile number. In a case, 217 workers were registered on a single contact, allegedly in connivance with labour inspectors. It came to light when the Labour Department ordered tele-verification of financial help of Rs 3,000 given by the Punjab Government. Thousands of workers have been registered on a similar pattern. When The Tribune fact-checked by dialing a contact number on which 141 workers were registered, it was 217 registered against single phone number MIDDLEMEN BENEFIT ■ Middlemen approach construc- tion workers, assure them of aid ■ Take their Aadhaar cards, details ■ Taking labour officials in the loop, middlemen fill forms, give their contact number/ bank accounts ■ Aid transferred to given accounts, middlemen take the benefit found that the mobile number belonged to a person who was not even a construction worker. Labour inspectors have been asked to check the irregularities. The department is also planning to map Aadhaar with bank accounts. Sources say fake registration is done by middlemen to usurp benefits. Jatinder Pal Singh, Deputy Secretary, Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, said, “We are verifying the numbers so that benefits reach labourers only.” No passes, daily railway commuters in a fix Nitish Sharma Chandigarh: Haryana reported 496 Covid cases in a single day on Sunday besides three more deaths, taking the state's death toll to 28. The disease caseload in the state is 4,448. TNS Ambala, June 7 Thousands of commuters who travel daily by trains are in a fix as despite the resumption of services, they are unable to board trains as only those with confirmed or reservation against cancellation (RAC) tickets are allowed inside the railway station. A majority of these commuters prefer monthly season ticket (MST) as it is a cheaper option than purchasing a ticket daily. After the restrictions were lifted for business establish- Srinagar: Two persons have died of Covid and 620 fresh cases have surfaced in J&K, taking the state's caseload to 4,087. One of the deceased hailed from Kolkata. So far, 41 people have died of the virus in J&K. TNS ‘BOTH SIDES ARE FOR IN FOR A LONG HAUL ■ The MEA indicates India and PEACEFUL WAY OUT’ China are in for a long haul, Talks took place in a and despite military presence cordial and positive the focus will be on talks atmosphere. Both sides ■ The ministry reiterates its earliagreed to peacefully resolve er stand of maintaining “peace and tranquillity in the the situation in the border India-China border region” areas in accordance with ■ During talks, the Army comvarious bilateral manders noted that this year agreements. MEA marked the 70th anniversary THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW: JAI RAM THAKUR, HIMACHAL CM 496 NEW CASES IN HRY TWO MORE DEATHS IN J&K Tribune News Service Tribune News Service NO NORMS ON MONTHLY TICKETS ❝ Guidelines regarding monthly season tickets and unreserved travel are yet to be issued. The Railways may extend validity of passes. This shouldn’t be an issue. Senior railway official ments and offices, the employees were told to resume work but the ongoing restrictions on rail travel have forced them to use personal vehicles, which is a costly affair. Amit Goyal, the Karnalbased owner of an Ambala flour mill, says: “I have been travelling daily by car since March. Train services were stopped due to the lockdown, but mills, being an essential service, continued to run. “A quarterly train pass costs Rs 1,635, but these are not available now and my travel cost has gone up mani- fold. Many with businesses in other districts are facing a similar situation,” he says. Sonu Singh, who commutes from Kurukshetra to work in a showroom here, says: “I got my quarterly pass renewed on March 16 but after a few days, services were suspended. My pass is due to expire on June 15. There should be some relaxation for pass-holders.” A senior railway official says: “Currently, only passengers with confirmed or RAC tickets are allowed to travel as it will be impossible to track those travelling on unreserved tickets.” Biggest impasse in 53 yrs, but resolution might be in sight Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 7 Even as the Indian security establishment is assessing the cause and motivation behind the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) move along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, one thing is evident — the current standoff has no parallel in the past over 53 years. The magnitude of the development — in terms of number of troops, armour and guns — is way bigger than 2013, 2014 and 2017 standoffs. Despite the escalation, Lt Gen SL Narsimhan (retd), member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), told The Tribune: “Reading into the happenings of the past few days, there is a possible resolution in sight.” The General refused to set a timeline, saying “that cannot be guessed”, but termed the tone and tenor as “reconciliatory”. Beijing with its resources can NEPAL TAKES UMBRAGE AT INDIA-CHINA TALKS BACK PAGE station troops at the present locations, but whether it wants to do so is the big question, said a senior serving officer. The PLA first held ground in 2013 at Raki Nallah in Depsang Plains, followed by Chumur in Ladakh in September 2014. It tried to take over a ridge in Bhutan in 2017, but the Indian Army resisted and the PLA withdrew. 5 ultras killed in Shopian Our Correspondent Anantnag, June 7 Five militants were killed in a day-long gunfight with security forces here in Shopian district of Kashmir, some 50 km from Srinagar, today. Officials said the militants were yet to be identified, but police sources believed that four of them were locals while one hailed from Pakistan. “This might have been a group of militants from more than one outfit,” a police source said, adding that their names were being ascertained. A senior police officer said, “After specific inputs, a cordon and search operation was launched. The house, where the militants were holed up, was zeroed in on and they COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 1,19,292 FRESH FATALITIES 287 TOTAL DEATHS 6,929 2,46,628 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 70,33,771 34,38,790 4,03,238 Petrol, diesel price hiked after 82 days NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel price was on Sunday hiked by 60 paise per litre, as the stateowned oil firms restarted daily price revisions after an 82-day hiatus. Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to ~71.86 per litre from ~71.26 a litre, while diesel rates were increased to ~69.99 per litre from ~69.39, according to a notification of oil companies. PTI Terror suspect in NIA custody tests +ve NEW DELHI: A Kashmiri woman, who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly planning a terror attack in the country during the anti-CAA protests here, has been sent for treatment after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) informed a court that she had tested positive for Covid-19. PTI Congress shifts 21 Guj MLAs to R’sthan Soldiers at the encounter site in Shopian on Sunday. AMIN WAR were asked to surrender.” At about 8 am, the militants opened indiscriminate fire in a bid to escape. Security personnel retaliated and in the exchange of fire all five ultras were gunned down. AHMEDABAD/JAIPUR: The Congress on Sunday shifted 21 of its Gujarat MLAs to a resort in Rajasthan and alleged the BJP was indulging in horsetrading ahead of the June 19 polls for four Rajya Sabha seats. After the resignations of three MLAs, the Congress had earlier shifted its MLAs to resorts in Gujarat to thwart any “poaching” bid. PTI
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