16062020-TT-01.qxd 6/15/2020 11:34 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.166 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 US-INDIAN LEADS PROTEST AGAINST RACISM WORLD /thetribunechd MARRIAGE VIOLATING AGE LIMIT NOT VOID: HIGH COURT HARYANA SPRINTER HIMA NOMINATED FOR KHEL RATNA BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, june 16,2020 India, Pak in another diplomatic row Deep ties with Nepal, will sort Two Mission staffers go ‘missing’ in Islamabad, return later in the day as Delhi objects Tribune News Service comes two weeks after India expelled two Pakistan High Commission officials here on charges of espionage. India had declared Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir as ‘persona non grata’ after they were found obtaining sensitive documents related to movement of Indian Army troops from an Indian national, as per the authorities here. Detained on charges of endangering India’s national security, they were released after a few hours of detention and expelled the following day. Following their expulsion, Pakistani agencies started harassing a number of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad, including Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia. The incident in Islamabad climaxes a sustained period of aggressively tailing Indian diplomats. including Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia. India had protested against this unwanted belligerence in a diplomatic note to Islamabad in March, citing 13 such instances. India and Pakistan have also been indulging in verbal volleys, including over the inclusion of GilgitBaltistan’s weather in the Indian weather bulletin, shootouts in Kashmir and on reports of desecration of Buddhist artefacts in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. ( With PTI inputs) New Delhi, June 15 India and Pakistan were embroiled in yet another diplomatic row within a fortnight when two officials of the Indian High Commission, reported “missing” on Monday morning, found their way back late in the evening. Indian sources said the staffers had been abducted by the ISI while the Pakistani Foreign Affairs Ministry claimed that the two were involved in a road accident and had hit-and-run charges slapped on them. With no news about the staffers till the afternoon, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned the Pak- istan Charge d’ Affaires to seek their return. Receiving reports that the two were arrested, the Pakistan Charge d’ Affaires was asked to ensure they were not interrogated or harassed and that the responsibility for their Monsoon may hit region by June 25 Join hands to fight virus:Shah to parties New Delhi: With conditions becoming favourable for the monsoon advancing into UP and MP over the next 48 hours, meteorologists are predicting its early arrival in the northwest, including Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Private forecaster Skymet says it can arrive over Delhi by June 25-26. BACK PAGE Tribune News Service Crucial noting in ~250-cr Himachal scam ‘ignored’ Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, June 15 A crucial file-noting by an official of the state Directorate of Higher Education recommending physical verification of students of private institutes to weed out bogus applicants was allegedly ignored by the higherups in the Rs 250-crore scholarship scam, it has been learnt. The official, one among those chargesheeted by the CBI in the scam, made the noting in 2015 in view of the large number of applications that were received for the scholarships. Even after complaints of nonreceipt of scholarships, the authorities didn’t stop release of funds, but chose writing to the institutes that they would be held accountable for financial irregularities, if any. In one instance, a Kala Amb institute was let off with small penalty after one of its students complained that he was not receiving scholarship. No effort was made to plug the gaps, said sources. SOFTWARE TRICKED ■ Software used for scholar- ship disbursal couldn’t detect doubling of mobile and Aadhaar numbers ■ The man operating it, however, was allegedly aware of the loopholes ■ Transferred several times, but he managed to get orders cancelled, indicating complicity of higher-ups Indian High Commission in Islamabad. New Delhi, June 15 Asking all political parties to shun differences in the interest of the people, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today exhorted them to join hands in the fight against Covid-19 in the National Capital. He visited the LNJP Hospital to review preparedness, officials said. The Home Minister made the appeal at an all-party meeting, attended by representatives of the BJP AAP , , Congress and BSP . According to officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Shah impressed upon the leaders to ask their workers to help ensure ground implementation of the Delhi Government’s Covid-19 guidelines. safety and security lay squarely with the Pakistani authorities, sources said. The Pakistan side was asked to return the two officials, along with the official car, to the High Commission immediately. The incident TRAMS ARE BACK ON TRACK IN KOLKATA WITH RESTRICTIONS. PTI LOCKDOWN IN CHENNAI PM-CMTALKS FROM TODAY Chennai: With Chennai and suburbs witnessing a surge in cases, CM K Palaniswami on Monday declared a total lockdown in these areas from June 19 to 30. He announced another round of cash relief of ~1,000 to rice ration card holders and unorganised sector workers in the areas. PTI New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers for the next two days starting Tuesday. This will be the first such exercise after the Centre launched Unlock 1.0 this month. It aims to take stock of the experiences of different states during the period. BACK PAGE Their active participation would enhance public trust and the situation in Delhi 11K-plus surge for 3rd day; cure rate 51.08% Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 15 India’s Covid-19 caseload surged to 3,32,424 today on the back of 11,502 new cases over the past 24 hours that saw 7,419 recoveries and 325 deaths. Total national recoveries now stand at 1,69,797 cases with the cure rate improving to 51.08 per cent. The number of active Covid-19 infections in the country is 1,53,106. The Health Ministry said the improved recovery rate was indicative of better disease tracing and management and also showed that people were seeking medical care. The testing capacity of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is being ramped up, said the ministry amid low-testing concerns. In all, 653 government and 248 private laboratories are now conducting Covid tests across the country. The total number of samples tested so far is 57,74,133. COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 1,69,797 FRESH FATALITIES 325 TOTAL DEATHS 9,520 3,32,424 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 80,31,716 41,49,905 4,36,310 NURSING HOMES, CLINICS GRANTED MSME STATUS The government on Monday accorded medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) status to health services being offered by doctors through selfowned nursing homes and clinics. This has paved the way for benefits of Covid-19 economic package to be extended to such establishments. — TNS MASS TESTING IN BEIJING Beijing: China has begun mass testing of people who had visited a Beijing wholesale market that sparked a fresh bout of Covid-19 cases even as the country reported 67 new infections. WORLD would improve soon, he said. All parties should forget political differences and REGION COMBATS VIRUS 127 NEW CASES IN PUNJAB Chandigarh: As many as 127 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday, taking the Punjab's tally to 3,267. Ludhiana reported the highest number of 33 cases, followed by Jalandhar (23), Amritsar (20) and Sangrur (15). Meanwhile, 2,443 persons have recovered so far. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 357 06 3,267 71 7,722 100 556 06 5,220 62 472 01 42,829 1,400 12 DEATHS IN HARYANA Chandigarh: Twelve deaths were reported in the state on Monday, taking the toll to 100. As many as 514 fresh cases were reported, the highest so far. Haryana’s tally jumped to 7,722. Among the dead so far 68 were men and 32 women, with 1.3 per cent fatality rate. Meanwhile, 562 people got cured on Monday. TNS work together for the people of Delhi, he said after the meeting. “We will have to increase testing in Delhi by adopting new solutions,” said Shah. The meeting was held in the wake of a spurt in cases in the Capital. Shah apprised the leaders of the steps taken to check the pandemic and sought their views on the issue, a Home Ministry official said. Over 41,000 have been infected in Delhi so far, of whom 1,300 have lost their lives, the third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. On Sunday, Shah held meetings with L-G Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, mayors and commissioners of three civic bodies on strengthening the strategy. outrowwithdialogue:Rajnath Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 15 Rejecting Nepal’s territorial claim, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted on Monday that the LipulekhDharchula road falls very much in India and conveyed the Modi government’s willingness to sort out the “misunderstanding” with the neighbouring country through dialogue. Singh talked of the centuries-old ties between the two counties, noting that they were not only social, geographical, historical and cultural but also spiritual. India can never forget this reality and Indians can never have any bitterness towards Nepal, ‘NO POWER IN WORLD CAN BREAK OUR RELATIONS’ ❝ Relations between two nations are not ordinary.We are bound by ‘roti’ and ‘beti’. No power in the world can break it. Rajnath Singh, DEFENCE MINISTER the defence minister added. He said: “If there is any misunderstanding among the citizens of Nepal, we will resolve it through talks.” “Relations between the two nations are not ordinary. We are bound by ‘roti’ and ‘beti’ CHINA NO ALTERNATIVE TO INDIA: NEPALESE EXPERT ❝ Nepal-India relationship should not deteriorate. The situation will be vulnerable if India retaliates…. It will be unwise to consider China an alternative to India. Dr Posh Raj Pandey, LEADING NEPALI ECONOMIST (livelihood and marriage). No power in the world can break it,” Singh said in an obvious reference to China’s growing proximity to Nepal. Rajnath was speaking at the ‘Uttarakhand Jan Samwaad’ virtual rally organised by the BJP . Cops to probe Sushant’s FUEL DEARER clinicaldepression angle PRICE RISE IN 9 DAYS PETROL ~5 | DIESEL ~4.8 Petrol price on Monday was hiked by 48 paise per litre and diesel 23 paise as oil companies for ninth day in a row adjusted retail rates in line with costs since ending an 82-day hiatus in rate revision. The freeze in rates was imposed in mid-March. PTI WPI AT 4.5-YR LOW OF 3.21% PB HIKES VAT ON PETROL With Punjab raising VAT on fuel, petrol price in state goes up by Re 1- 1.20 per litre and that of diesel by 53 paise a litre. The VAT on petrol has been hiked from 23. 30% to 26. 43% and diesel from 15.15 % to 15.98%. PAGE 3 Mumbai, June 15 Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh today said the Mumbai police will take into account actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s reported clinical depression while conducting a probe into his death. “While the postmortem report says actor committed suicide by hanging himself, there are media reports that he allegedly suffered from clinical depression because of professional rivalry. @MumbaiPolice will probe this angle too,” he tweeted. The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina will also probe the case and submit its report in 10 days, an official said. Rajput, 34, was cremated today in the presence of family and friends. — PTI SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT VICTIM OF NEPOTISM? ❝ If you look at his last few posts, he is literally begging, ‘Watch my films. I have no godfather. I will be taken out of the industry’ Kangana Ranaut, ACTOR I knew people let you down so bad you would weep on my shoulder. What happened to you was their karma. Not yours. Shekhar Kapur, DIRECTOR In Hry, over one lakh kids leave pvt schools Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, June 15 The lockdown necessitated by the Covid-19 outbreak has forced many parents to get the names of their children struck off from costly private schools to have them admitted in cheaper government schools. In Rohtak, over 5,500 students have sought school leaving certificates (SLCs) from private schools while the figure of such pupils across the state is over one lakh, said sources. Sonu, a driver, said his autorickshaw remained off road for the past three months. He was arranging two square meals by selling vegetables, hence couldn’t afford the hefty private school fee of his children. He got their names struck off from the private school. Ramesh, who lost his job as a clerk in a private firm, said: “Facing financial crisis, I am left with no option but to shift my son to a government school ADMISSION FACILITATED IN GOVT INSTITUTIONS Amid complaints that private schools are either refusing or delaying the issuance of school leaving certificates (SLCs), the Director, School Education, on Monday issued an order saying that in case schools fail to issue an SLC in 14 days, it will be presumed to have been issued. All such affected students should be given admission immediately, the order said. where the fee is nominal and books, uniform provided free of cost.” Ashok Kumar, a school owner, said he had issued SLCs to 22 students during the past two months while many more applications were pending. “Most of these children belong to families facing financial problems,” he added. Ravinder Nandal, District President, Haryana Private School Sangh, said private schools had been hit hard as over one lakh children across the state had so far applied for SLCs. No test, migrant workers head straight to fields Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 15 Farmers in Punjab’s Malwa region are bringing migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for transplanting paddy, most of whom have not been screened for Covid19. Neither are these farm labourers placed under quarantine, as is mandatory. Even more alarming, there are reports that some of them had earlier worked on farmlands in Maharastra, the state worst hit by the pandemic. A farmer in Bathinda, Gurmeet Singh, said they did not have the option of getting the workers screened as time was running out. “Also, in the absence of experienced farmhands, we are sending buses to UP and Bihar to gather more workers, offering them much higher wages this paddy season”, he told The Tribune. Mohan, a migrant labourer from UP said he had planned , to return by March-end for harvesting wheat, but could not do so owing to the nationwide lockdown. “As soon as transport services were resumed, I boarded a bus for Punjab for transplanting paddy as there is hardly any employment opportunity at my village,” he said. continued on page 12
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