19062020-TT-01.qxd 6/18/2020 11:53 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.169 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 TRUMP PLEADED WITH Xi FOR POLL WIN: EX-NSA WORLD /thetribunechd BJP CANCELS VIRTUAL RALLIES BACK PAGE SAUDI WEALTH FUND GETS JIO CONNECTION BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, june 19,2020 Nepal redraws map, Prez signs Bill The last salute Includes three Indian territories, move could hit ties between neighbours Family members of martyred Colonel Santosh Babu and others pay him their last respects at his residence in Suryapet on Thursday. Col Babu was among the 20 soldiers killed in the Galwan valley. PTI PLA bid to block Galwan river New Delhi, June 18 Even as a Major General-level meeting between Indian and Chinese armies was held for the third time at Ladakh on Thursday for disengaging the troops, both sides continued to keep up their military posturing across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and even build up additional resources and manpower at select sensitive spots. China has made several military structures in the Galwan valley. It has also attempted to build a barrier in the Galwan river so that it can hold and release water at will which can possibly threaten bridges on the 255-km Darbuk-ShyokDaulat Beg Oldie road. So far, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has not moved out of the Galwan valley or the ridgelines around it. More than 1,000 troops of each side are still in the valley that is stretched over 6 km. China on COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 1,94,325 FRESH FATALITIES 334 TOTAL DEATHS 12,237 COUNT ❝ We expect the Chinese side to confine its activities to its side of the LAC. MEA spokesperson JAISHANKAR TO ATTEND RIC MEETING LOAN DEAL STAYS Despite the tensions with China, India will take a $750 million loan from the Beijingheadquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to strengthen its response to the adverse impacts of Covid on the poor. TNS Tuesday had claimed that the entire Galwan valley belonged to it. India has categorically rejected that official statement. The two sides, however, have disengaged from the spot of the clash. The Indian side is seeking that all personnel of the PLA withdraw or disengage from the wider TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS REGION COMBATS VIRUS 5 MORE DEATHS IN PB Chandigarh: Punjab on Thursday reported five more Covid deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 83. Besides, as many as 118 fresh cases were reported. The total number of cases has reached 3,615. TNS KATHMANDU UPGRADES CHANGRU OUTPOST THE TRIGGER ■ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-kmlong strategically crucial road connecting Lipulekh Pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8 ■ Nepal reacted sharply, claiming it passed through Nepalese territory; India rejected the claim asserting that the road was ‘completely’ within its territory ■ Nepalese PM Oli vowed to reclaim Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura, saying these belonged to Nepal ■ Nepal has upgraded its border outpost at Changru, near Kalapani, and converted it into a permanent one to be manned by armed police personnel ■ Earlier, it was manned by baton-wielding policemen and used to remain closed from November to March every year ■ The upgraded post was inspected by Nepalese army chief Purna Chandra Thapa on Wednesday the strategically important areas, more than six months after India published a new map in November 2019. Earlier in the day, the National Assembly (Upper House) of the Nepalese Parliament, unanimously passed the Bill providing for the inclusion of the country’s new political map in its national emblem. All 57 members, who were present on the occasion, voted in favour of the amendment Bill, said National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timilsina. The Cabinet had endorsed the new political map on May 18. Anurag Srivastava, the MEA spokesperson in New Delhi, replying to queries, said: “This India at global high table, wins UNSC seat Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 18 In a one-of-its-kind election for the UN Security Council seat, India made it with an overwhelming number of votes for its eighth term at the global high table. One of India’s priorities during its two years at the UNSC from January 1, 2021, will be to streamline the sanctions against terrorists and terrorist entities, said Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs. “The process of sanctioning also needs to be de-politicised as there is no justification of any act of terrorism,’’ he added. India has taken the stand that rules are neither transparent nor consistent in this crucial matter. Swarup pointed out that India had chaired the counter-terrorism committee in the UNSC in 2011-12 and was instrumental in introducing the concept of ‘zero tolerance’ to terrorism. Immediately after the election results were announced with 184 countries out of 192 voting in India’s favour, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said: “We are confident that in Says will work to ‘streamline’ sanctions against terror outfits The Indian representative casts ballot for the UNSC election. PTI the Covid and post-Covid world, India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system.” Five new members – India, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Kenya – will join the UNSC on January 1, 2021, for a twoyear term replacing Indonesia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Belgium and Germany. As per rules, five non-permanent members out of 10 are elected each year for two years. Tirumurti described India’s election as recognition of PM Narendra Modi’s global role. ~50,000-cr job scheme for returned migrants Biz activity approaching Tribune News Service 3,66,946 WORLD 84,92,711 44,50,148 4,52,669 area of the Galwan valley. The fresh satellite imagery with the government shows that China has added to military structures east of ‘Finger 4’ which is north of the Pangong Tso (a 135-km lake). Meanwhile, the Indian Army in response to a news report in a US-based newspaper, said: “No Indian soldier is missing in action after the clash on the night intervening June 15 and 16.” The newspaper had claimed some soldiers were missing. This was the third consecutive day of meetings at Galwan. Talks between the two sides near the valley ended in a stalemate on Tuesday as well as Wednesday, sources said. On Wednesday, the two sides discussed ways to implement the disengagement of troops from the region as agreed to during a high-level military dialogue on June 6. — TNS Edit: Too little, too late Kathmandu, June 18 Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday signed a Constitution amendment Bill to update the country’s new political map which incorporated three strategically important Indian areas, hours after Parliament approved it, a move that could severely hit bilateral ties with New Delhi. India has already termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal after its Lower House of Parliament on Saturday unanimously approved the new political map of the country featuring Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which India maintains belong to it. Nepal had last month released the revised political and administrative map of the country laying claim over New Delhi, June 18 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Rs 50,000 crore Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan from Bihar’s Khagaria district on Saturday to provide 125 days of employment to returned migrants in 116 districts of six states, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference today. “We have found that migrant workers returned in large numbers to 116 districts spread over six states — Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. MAPPING SKILLS The government has mapped the skill sets of migrants. Nearly threefourths of the surveyed migrants are skilled. They will be offered jobs in construction work, laying of fibre optic cables and horticultural activities ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman, FM WEST BENGAL NOT INCLUDED ■ The cut-off is a minimum of 25,000 workers per district ■ WB not included as scheme drawn up on June 15: Sources ■ Uttar Pradesh’s 31 districts included as against Bihar’s 32 The government will pool 25 projects to give jobs to migrant workers who have returned amid the Covid crisis. The government will frontload Rs 50,000 crore for the cause. The top priority is to provide immediate relief to migrant workers who have returned home,’’ the Finance Minister said. Activities, otherwise spread over 25 schemes in a period of six months to a year, would be frontloaded so that there was no dearth of money. “No issue will hamper the scheme. As we go along, we will see how many will stay back for continued employment,” the Union Minister said. pre-Covid level, says PM New Delhi, June 18 Fitch Ratings on Thursday revised India’s outlook to “negative” from “stable” even as PM Narendra Modi said business activity in India was fast returning to normal with consumption and demand approaching the pre-Covid levels. Fitch expected the economic activity to contract by 5 per cent in the fiscal year ending March 2021 due to the lockdown, before rebounding by 9.5 per cent in FY22. PM Modi cited spurt in power generation and consumption besides demand for Fitch revises rating to ‘negative’ expects , growth to shrink by 5% petroleum products during the last week of May and first week of June to buttress his point. Compared to April, e-bills have seen about 200 per cent rise. Toll collection in June has reached 70 per cent of the pre-Covid levels. “These indicators point to the Indian economy fast preparing to bounce back,” Modi said. — PTI 386 NEW CASES IN HRY Chandigarh: With four deaths and 386 fresh cases, Haryana's Covid tally reached 9,218 on Thursday. The number of recovered cases in the state is 4,556. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 374 06 3,615 83 9,218 104 595 06 5,555 71 472 01 47,102 1,904 HP TALLY REACHES 595 In two days, Haryana sees Ringing in trouble, 140 phones seized at Asr jail 3 ‘Covid-linked’ suicides NO DETERRENT PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 18 Three suicides in the last two days have been committed in the state by people who learnt about their own or their family member’s Covid positive status. Sonu, a 22year-old youth from Shahjahanpur village of Faridabad, today committed suicide in the district jail after he was informed about his Covid positive status. The police Two end life after testing positive, another after wife gets infected had arrested him in connection with a clash between two groups on June 10. He was in judicial custody when he was informed he was Covid positive. continued on page 12 Amritsar, June 18 Despite being guarded by paramilitary personnel, prohibited goods, mainly mobile phones, continue to be smuggled inside the high-security Amritsar Central Jail. Six phones were seized on Monday — two from inmates, while others were found abandoned. In all, 140 phones were seized this year and 77 cases registered against 76 prisoners. ■ The presence of paramilitary per- sonnel hasn’t been a deterrent ■ Two warders were arrested this year for sneaking in phones ■ Smugglers have been caught oper- ating drug network from the jail Officials claimed the jail’s proximity to a densely populated area posed a challenge as unscrupulous elements flung illegal material over the boundary wall. The alleged collusion of the staff with the jailed criminals and peddlers was another major factor. Two jail warders were arrested this year for allegedly sneaking in phones. An official said the complex’s outer wall wasn’t high enough to deter the accomplices of inmates from flinging things inside. Security and Intelligence agencies have repeatedly expressed concern over the illegal activity as the jail also houses foreign nationals. Arshdeep Singh, Jail Superintendent, said strict action had been recommended against the accused. “High seizures signify better vigil,” he said. artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues.” — PTI Virus effect: SC stays Jagannath Rath Yatra NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed this year’s Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, scheduled to commence from June 23 in Puri (Odisha), in view of the pandemic. “A procession of this magnitude cannot be permitted... Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we allow this to continue,” a threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said while ordering a ban on all activities related to the yatra. The order came on a PIL filed by Odisha Vikas Parishad, an NGO. — TNS SFJ’s Pannu booked on sedition charge CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police on Thursday booked Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, USA-based legal adviser of the banned Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), for sedition, unlawful activities, enticing Punjab youth for Referendum 2020, attempts to spread dissatisfaction among the armed forces and abetting mutiny. The latest trigger for registration of the case came after he reportedly approached the Chinese government for helping him in his anti-India activities. inside Kullu boy tops HP board Class XII exam DHARAMSALA: Prakash Kumar, son of an auto-rickshaw driver from Kullu, has topped the Class XII exams of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education by scoring 99.4 per cent marks in PRAKASH KUMAR the science stream. Megha Gupta of Nahan topped the commerce stream with 97.8 per cent marks, while Shruti Kayshap topped the arts stream with 98.2 per cent marks. All three toppers want to become IAS officers. report inside
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