09062020-TT-01.qxd 08-06-2020 23:00 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.159 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES IT’S COVID-FREE WORLD /thetribunechd EQUITY MF INFLOW AT FIVE-MONTH LOW BUSINESS CONG TELLS CENTRE TO SCALE UP MGNREGA BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, june 9,2020 LACtalkspositive,saysRajnath Worshippers back Holds meeting with CDS, Service Chiefs over Ladakh standoff Ajay Banerjee WILL GUARD NATION’S PRIDE Tribune News Service Devotees being offered water at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, after religious places were reopened on Monday with certain restrictions. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI House-to-house survey in 38 dists of 10 states, including Hry, J&K New Delhi, June 8 The Centre today asked the states to keep district-wise prospective plans ready for future pandemic response as Covid-19 caseload reached 2,56,611 with 1,24,429 persons discharged and 7,200 deaths. Health Secretary Preeti Sudan told representatives of 45 most affected municipalities in 38 districts of 10 states, which are witnessing record surge in new cases, to focus on house-to-house surveys, carry out prompt testing and undertake active surveillance to contain the infection and reduce mortality. The virtual meeting was attended by district collectors, municipal commissioners, chief medical officers, superintendents of district hospitals and principals of medical colleges from 45 civic bodies in Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. continued on page 12 COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION THREAT TO BE ASSESSED L-G OVERRULES AAP GOVT DECISION Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority would hold a meeting on Tuesday to assess if Covid-19 had entered community transmission phase in Delhi Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has overruled the AAP govt order to reserve government and private hospitals for Delhiites only. The move may trigger a confrontation between the AAP dispensation and the L-G office HC MOVED AGAINST ORDER ON HOSPITALS KEJRI IN SELF-QUARANTINE, COVID TEST TODAY Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has gone into self-quarantine after developing sore throat and fever. The CM, who is also a diabetic, will get himself tested for Covid on Tuesday DELHI CASES MAY RISE TO 56K IN 2 WEEKS: JAIN According to an expert panel, as cases were doubling in 14-15 days, the caseload was likely to hit 56,000 in two weeks, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain Four petitions were filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday challenging the Delhi Government’s order directing all state-run and also private hospitals to admit only “bonafide” residents of the Capital for treatment COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 1,24,429 FRESH FATALITIES 271 TOTAL DEATHS 7,200 2,56,611 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 71,46,119 34,85,693 4,07,408 matic talks are on between India and China,” he said. Speaking at a “Maharashtra Jan Samwaad” virtual rally organised by the BJP on Monday evening, he described as “positive” the military commanders’ June 6 meeting at Chushul-Moldo. “India and China have agreed that the present tussle and future border disputes will be resolved through talks,” he added. Earlier in the day, Rajnath Petrol, diesel prices raised yet again Probe finds three more audio recordings NEW DELHI: Bhanu P Lohumi Petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 60 paise per litre each on Monday, for the second day in a row, as state-owned oil firms reverted to daily price revisions after a hiatus of almost three months. The petrol price in Delhi was hiked to ~72.46 per litre from ~71.86 on Sunday while diesel rates rose to ~70.59 a litre from ~69.99. —PTI SBI reduces lending rate by 25 bps MUMBAI: The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), on Monday announced it would reduce marginal cost of fund-based lending rate (MCLR) by 25 basis points across all tenors from June 10. The one-year MCLR has been revised to 7% from 7.25%, the bank said. — PTI Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Anantnag, June 8 Security forces gunned down four militants in an encounter in Pinjoora village of Shopian district today, taking to nine the total number of ultras killed in south Kashmir over the past two days. Five militants were killed in Rebban village of the district on Sunday morning. Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir range) Atul Goel said the identity of the militants was being ascertained. “Their bodies have been retrieved with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition,” he said. Police sources, however, said the slain militants were Hizbul Mujahideen members. A police official said a search and cordon operation was launched in Pinjoora in the morning following inputs about the presence of militants. “The militants were told to surrender after contact was established, Soldiers at the encounter site. HUGE SUCCESS The killing of nine militants in the past two days is a huge success for the security forces. ❝ Senior police officer but they opened fire. The firing was retaliated and the exchange continued for a brief period during which the four militants were killed,” he said. Chandigarh, June 8 The Punjab Local Government Department has withdrawn instructions issued by its top officer on being ticked off by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for “arbitrarily interfering” in the functioning of the Punjab Bureau of Investment (Invest Punjab) that is directly under his purview. Reacting strongly to Additional Chief Secretary’s instructions withdrawing concurrent powers vested with the officials in the bureau for single-window clearance to change of land use (CLU), layout and building plans, the CM pointed out that these not only violated “the spirit of ease of doing business”, but had been issued without consulting him. The instructions were issued by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Sanjay Kumar upon approval by Local Govern- After Budha Nullah, another controversy ment Minister Brahm Mohindra. When contacted, the minister said: “The CM is supreme. On his instructions, the ACS has withdrawn the letter.” The ACS was not available for comment. The Bureau of Investment and the Local Government Department have had differences on the ‘ease of doing business’. Local Government officials claim that project clearances by the bureau continued on page 12 Burglary in Covid patients’ house causes alarm Karnal, June 8 Burglars last night broke into a house whose all five family members were in hospital after having tested positive for Covid-19. Now, the police have to trace the burglars not only to retrieve the stolen valuables, including gold ornaments and a TV set, but also to ascertain if they too have been infected. An angry relative said the administration and the police had failed to effectively seal the infected area. “Only barricades were raised in front of the house. No police personnel was stationed there.The entire lane should have been declared a ‘containment zone’ and security deployed there,” he said. Relatives, ward councillor accuse cops of negligence Ward councillor Megha Bhandari too accused the police of negligence. “In the absence of adequate security at their homes, people will Washington, June 8 The global economy, which has plunged into a severe contraction, will shrink by 5.2 per cent this year due to the massive shock of the Covid pandemic and the shutdowns, the World Bank said on Monday. The Covid recession is the first since 1870 to be triggered solely by a pandemic, World Bank President David Malpass said in his foreword to the latest edition of the Global Economic Prospect report released on Monday. The current projections suggest the Covid recession will involve a decline in global per capita GDP by 6.2%, making it the deepest global recession since 1945-46 (World War-II), and more than twice as deep as the recession associated with the global financial crisis, it said. — PTI New Delhi, June 8 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said the India-China boundary dispute was longpending and “we want it to be resolved as soon as possible”. This is the second public statement on the issue by a senior government functionary after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the matter of demarcation of the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) at a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2014. Rajnath also made the first public comment on the ongoing India-China tension along the LAC in Ladakh. “Military and diplo- 4 Hizb militants killed Chided by Capt, Local in Shopian encounter Govt withdraws order Suhail A Shah never try ❝ Weand can’t to hurt anyone’sto honour tolerate any hit “India’s policy is that we never try to hurt anyone’s honour and cannot tolerate any hit to our own,” he said. On the Congress and Rahul Gandhi asking questions over developments along the LAC, he said, “I will reply in Parliament… and state everything clearly,” while pointing out that the nation was led by a strong person like Narendra Modi. “So don’t try and tell us what to do,” he told the Congress. Since 2003, special representatives of India and China have held 22 rounds of talks. The boundary between India and China was never demarcated even during the British times. The dispute spilled over post-Independence. Worst recession since WW-II, says World Bank stop venturing out for testing,” she warned. The Sector 4 police station incharge denied the charge, claiming that a police team patrolled the area during the night. “The police have registered a case and efforts are on to nab the burglars,” Surinder Singh Bhoria, Superintendent of Police, said. — TNS our own. Rajnath Singh, DEFENCE MINISTER IMPLEMENT CONSENSUS, SAYS CHINA Tribune News Service Shimla, June 8 Three more audio recordings of conversations between former Director (Health Services) Dr Ajay Gupta and Prithvi Singh of Bioaide Corporation, indicating a dispute over the bribe amount, have been found in the PPE kits’ purchase scam. Forensic experts have examined at least six cellphones held a meeting with the Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force, along with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. Sources said the minister was briefed on the situation along the LAC, deployment of forces and the possible outcome of emerging threats. The Defence Minister said that under no circumstances would the government let country’s honour be affected. HIMACHAL PRADESH PURCHASE SCAM seized by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. As per these recordings, Dr Gupta wanted Rs 5 lakh as bribe but the agent was willing to pay Rs 3 lakh and wanted another purchase order. However, no such order was placed with the state govern- ment deciding that all Covidrelated purchases were to be made through tenders. Sources said Prithvi Singh had deliberately recorded the conversation to pressure Dr Gupta into placing more orders. Dr Gupta was arrested on May 20 and released on bail on May 30. Prithvi Singh, a close associate of former BJP state chief Dr Rajeev Bindal, was arrested on June 6. Both have been booked under Sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Voice samples of both accused have been sent to the forensic lab at Junga. A report is awaited. After the name of Prithvi Singh figured during the inquiry, Bindal resigned from the post of state BJP president and his resignation was accepted by BJP national president JP Nadda the same day.
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