21062020-TT-01.qxd 6/20/2020 11:17 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.171 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana CM CALLS MEET ON CENTRE’S ORDINANCES PUNJAB /thetribunechd LOVE & LEGACY SPECTRUM AIR TRAFFIC TO BE NORMAL BY YEAR-END: PURI BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, june 21,2020 Unacceptable, China’s claim on Galwan: MEA PMO clarifies as Opposition questions Modi’s ‘no intrusion’ remark Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 20 India’s position with regard to the Galwan valley has been historically clear, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday said, rejecting China’s claim of sovereignty over the area. At the same time, India maintained that the skirmish on June 15-16 took place after Chinese troops entered its side of the Line of Actual Con- Skirmish after intrusion for second time: Govt trol (LAC) in the valley for the second time. In response to Chinese Foreign Ministry’s “step-by-step” version of the Galwan valley incident, the MEA said the violence flared up when Indian troops resisted an attempt by the PLA to raise structures. Refuting Chinese assertions that the valley was located on its side of the LAC, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “Attempts by the Chinese side are not acceptable. They are not in accordance with China’s own position in the past.” However, India made no claim of its own with Srivastava simply Ladakh councillor mocks PM, held LEH: A Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development CouncilKargil councillor, Zakir Hussain, was arrested after his “highly objectionable” audio clip mocking PM Narendra Modi and the Army in the wake of the recent face-off with China went viral on social media, officials said. Earlier, the police filed an FIR against him. INSIDE Fatehabad panchayat ‘bans’ entry of widow HISAR: The panchayat of Dhani Bhojraj village in Fatehabad district has banned the entry of a widow in the village for 15 years. The diktat was part of a written decision pronounced by the panchayat while settling a land dispute between the widow and her father-in-law. The State Commission for Women has recommended suspension of the sarpanch. TNS stating that “the position with regard to the Galwan valley area has been historically clear.” Countering two other allegations, he said Indian troops had never undertaken any action across the LAC and that all infrastructure built for the purpose by India was “naturally on its own side’’. He said the Chinese troops had been hindering India’s patrolling pattern in the area for over a month and this led to a faceoff which was addressed by the ground commanders. Earlier Chinese attempts to cross the LAC in other areas of the Western Sector too were rebuffed, leading to talks between senior commanders on June 6, who agreed on deescalation and disengagement. But the Chinese side departed from this understanding and for the second time tried to erect structures. The Chinese troops turned to violent action when this attempt was foiled, Srivastava explained. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister’s Office said a “mischievous interpretation” was being made of the remarks by the PM during the Friday all-party meeting that there continued on page 16 Chinese Indians hold the Tricolour to protest the killing in Galwan valley of 20 soldiers, in Kolkata. PTI ❝ The PM’s observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces. —PMO INDIAN STUDENT IN CHINA IN SOUP OVER ‘OFFENSIVE’ POST A Chinese university has threatened to take action against an Indian student for allegedly posting offensive comments against the Chinese PC Chidambaram, CONG Is Galwan valley Indian or not? We don’t need clarifications. We need the truth Akhilesh Yadav, SP Washington, June 20 Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana was rearrested in Los Angeles on June 10 on an extradition request by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 persons were killed, according to the US prosecutors. Rana, 59, a childhood friend of David Coleman Headley, was recently released from jail on compassionate ground after he told a US court he had tested positive for Covid. India had informed the US Rana was being prosecuted for a number of offences, including the conspiracy to commit murder. Between 2006 and November 2008, Rana conspired with Headley and others in Pakistan to assist Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harakat ul-Jihad-e-Isla- HEARING IN US ON JUNE 30 ■ A US court has scheduled Tahawwur Rana’s bond hearing for June 30 ■ Covid-positive, he is in quarantine and will take up hearing by video or phone ■ Rana conspired to assist LeT to plan and carry out the Mumbai attack mi, both US-designated terrorist organisations, to plan and carry out the Mumbai attacks. Headley is serving a 35-year jail term in the US for his role in the attack. — PTI Drug found useful in Oxford varsity trials amethasone has benefited diverse patients, including those suffering from respiratory diseases. We are using it in ICUs,” said Dr VK Katyal, nodal officer for Covid in Haryana. Dr Suraj Bhan Kamboj, Director General of Health Services, Haryana, said the drug would be tried in all medical colleges of the state where critically ill Covid patients were being treated. Of the 10,223 cases in Haryana, 68 are critically ill — 48 of them are on oxygen support and 20 on ventilators. — TNS Jammu/Kathua, June 20 The Border Security Force (BSF) today shot down a Pakistan drone strapped with arms along the International Border at Rathua village in Hiranagar sector of J&K’s Kathua district early today. A US-made M4 semi-automatic rifle, two magazines with 60 rounds and seven M67 Chinese grenades were found mounted on the drone. A radio signal receiver, two GPS devices and four batteries were also recovered. The incident took place at 5.15 am. According to a senior BSF official, a patrol team of 19 Battalion noticed a “hexa copter” flying from the Pakistan side in the Pansar border outpost area. “The drone was flying at a height of 150 feet inside the Indian territory. The troops reacted swiftly and fired 8-9 rounds, bringing it down. On recovery, it was found to be a China-made 17.5-kg hexa copter (8 ft x 6.2 ft) with heavy payload capacity,” he said. The official said the 6-kg arms consignment was apparently to be delivered at a border village in Hiranagar sector. Govt may restrict foreign investment inpensionfunds New Delhi, June 20 Amid LAC tension, the Finance Ministry has proposed restrictions on pension fund investments from any bordering country. Foreign investment in pension funds regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority is capped at 49 per cent under the automatic route. According to a draft notification circulated for comments on Friday, “A government approval would be required for the investing entity or individual from any of the bordering countries, including China.” The restriction will be appli- TRIGGER: LAC CRISIS A govt approval would be required for the investing entity or individual from any of the bordering countries, including China. Draft notification cable from the date of notification by the Centre. Stakeholders can submit their comments on the draft in 30 days. At present, the government approval is must only for investments coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan. — PTI WhatsApp chats hacked,100 women blackmailed in NCR Faridabad, June 20 The cyber crime branch of the Faridabad police has cracked a case of alleged blackmailing of WhatsApp users on the basis of information acquired by hacking their personal details from the social media platform. Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested. Manish Kumar of Palwal allegedly used to hack person- Ready for any situation along LAC: IAF Chief Tribune news Service New Delhi, June 20 Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today said that the IAF was well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Air Force Chief was speaking after reviewing the passing-out parade of officers at the IAF Academy, Dundigal, around 40 km from Hyderabad. “I assure the nation that we are determined ■ US-made M4 rifle ■ Magazines (60 rounds) ■ M67 Chinese grenades ■ Radio signal receiver ■ GPS devices ■ Batteries HOW THEY TARGETED & TRAPPED THEIR VICTIMS ■ Manish Kumar of Palwal obtained phone numbers of female WhatsApp users from Sattar Khan who worked for a telecom service provider ■ He would then ring up his victims, take them into confidence and convince them to take calls from unknown numbers during conferencing al details and chats of female WhatsApp users. He used to obtain phone numbers of his ■ As soon as the victim did so, he would hack into her WhatsApp chats and later blackmail her for money ■ The gang members have admitted to have blackmailed at least 100 women from Faridabad, Palwal, Gurugram and New Delhi over the past three years intended targets from Sattar Khan, who was engaged for number portability work by a telecom service provider. The accused then used to ring up victims, took them into confidence, and convinced them to take calls from unknown numbers during conferencing. As soon as any victim did so, he would hack into her WhatsApp chats. He would then threaten her with making her WhatsApp chat public unless she transferred money into his online account. “He used to demand anything between Rs 2,000 and Rs 10,000 from every victim," the police said. 1 2 7 1 2 4 BIG BREAKTHROUGH: BSF ❝ This is a big breakthrough for the BSF as people (Pak forces) on the other side have been adopting a similar modus operandi in Punjab also. BSF personnel carry a Pakistan NS Jamwal, IG BSF (JAMMU FRONTIER) drone in Kathua on Saturday. PTI to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of our braves of Galwan go in vain,” he said. “I salute the act of Col Santosh Babu and his men in defending the LAC. It shows our resolve,” he said. In spite of unacceptable Chinese actions in violation of agreements reached during military talks and the resultant loss of life, all efforts were underway to ensure that the current situation along LAC was resolved peacefully, he added. — TNS The BSF officials took it in their possession and informed senior officials, he said. The BSF intelligence branch had been receiving inputs about possible use of drones to ferry arms from Pakistan. “Accordingly, the troops were put on high alert and the border domination was exponentially increased.” NS Jamwal, IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier), said: “The drone was launched from the Pakistan side and the arms were apparently meant for delivery at one of the villages or settlements along the border.” — TNS Record surge; new phase, says WHO New Delhi, June 20 A day after WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the world was entering a new and dangerous phase of Covid, India saw another record daily surge of 14,516 new cases, taking the national total to 3,95,048. The 24-hour spike is a matter of great concern to India’s Covid managers with the steepest daily increase in cases consistently being wit- COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 2,13,830 FRESH FATALITIES 375 TOTAL DEATHS 12,948 COUNT 3,95,048 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 88,12,096 46,60,866 4,63,712 Deaths rising, Pb to house high-risk patients in hotels Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Flying Officer Anurag Nain from Hisar received the Sword of Honour from Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria during the passing out parade at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Telangana, on Saturday. He also got the President’s Plaque. PTI INSIDE RIFLE, GRENADES ON BOARD Vishav Bharti Bijendra Ahlawat TOP HONOUR FOR HISAR PILOT 26/11 plotter held on Pak drone carrying arms shot down in Kathua India’s extradition plea Hry using dexamethasone on critically ill Chandigarh, June 20 Haryana has started using dexamethasone, a steroid found to be life-saving in Covid clinical trials at Oxford University, to treat critically ill patients. The drug is being used under the observation of a multidisciplinary specialist team constituted by PGIMS, Rohtak. “For decades, dex- people on social media, a media report said. The Indian national is a student at the Jiangsu University in east China’s Jiangsu province. PTI ❝ POSERS TO GOVT If the land was Chinese, why were our soldiers killed and where were they killed? Rahul Gandhi, CONG What else did the PM say at the all-party meeting which he did not mean? Sacrifices of our soldiers should not be reduced to vote-bank politics, Mr Modi. Sitaram Yechury, CPM If no Chinese troops are in Indian territory, why did the Foreign Minister’s statement and by the MEA demand restoration of status quo ante? Chandigarh, June 20 Concerned over the increasing mortality rate in the state due to coronavirus, the Punjab Government has decided to keep high-risk persons away from containment and micro-containment zones. In a communication to civil surgeons, Additional Chief Secretary Anurag Aggarwal has asked them to identify decent accommodation in local hotels or lodges to house such individuals. The highrisk persons include those aged over 60 years, pregnant OPTIONAL FACILITY ■ Those going in for the facility, which is optional, will be allowed one caretaker from home ■ Senior medical officer of nearest government facility will ensure morning, evening rounds ■ Medicines, diagnostic services and medical care will be made available too women and the ones suffering of co-morbid or immunecompromised conditions. The health officials have been told to prepare an online list of the aforementioned continued on page 16 nessed in Delhi and Maharashtra. After objections from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi LG today revised his directions for mandatory fiveday institutional quarantine for any potential case of home isolation. “Only those cases that do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment and do not have adequate facilities for home isolation will undergo institutional isolation,” the LG said. — TNS REGION COMBATS VIRUS 20 JALANDHAR COPS +VE Chandigarh: With six more deaths in Punjab on Saturday, the number of Covid-19 casualties has reached 98 and the number of cases 3,952. Among the new patients are 20 police personnel from Jalandhar. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 404 06 3,952 98 10,223 149 656 06 5,832 81 718 01 53,116 2,035 5 DEATHS IN HARYANA 29 FRESH CASES IN HP
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