05072020-TTB-01.qxd 7/4/2020 11:43 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.185 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 WILL LEAD DELEGATION TO MEET PM: CAPT PUNJAB /thetribunechd THE REINVENTED DHABA IN POST-LOCKDOWN INDIA SPECTRUM ‘BUDDHA’S IDEALS SERVE AS BEACON’ BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Following global norms on fast-tracking vaccine:ICMR sunday, july 5,2020 Forces stocking up on winter supplies In for long haul at LAC, New Delhi working out logistics support for troops deployed age of food stocks or special high-altitude rations. Even the cold weather clothing can be transported as required. The troops are deployed at altitudes in excess of 14,000 feet where night tempera- tures can dip to minus 15°C in October-end. In New Delhi, the calculations will factor in the number of troops and their needs such as food, special clothing, shoes, etc. A decision will have to be taken by the Army within the next few weeks. The logistics support will involve procuring supplies and getting these to the troops at their place of deployment. The terrain on the Indian side is such that just to cross over from Leh to the areas of Daulat Beg Oldie, Depsang, Galwan, Pangong Tso, Hot Springs and Tangtse, the supplies will have to be carried either across Khardung La (18,300 feet) or Chang La (17,590 feet). Adequate number of snow or arctic tents can be provided to troops at higher altitudes. Meanwhile, the Indian Army today termed as “malicious and unsubstantiated” criticism in some quarters about a medical facility in a military hospital in Leh where PM Narendra Modi interacted with soldiers injured in the Galwan valley clashes on Friday. In a statement, the Army said “it is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how our brave armed forces are treated. The armed forces give the best possible treatment to their personnel”. India, Pak temperatures rise over Gilgit Punjab cancels varsity, college exams CRPF, BSF agree to recruit transgenders Work at Pak Hindu temple site halted NEW DELHI: The CRPF and the BSF have agreed to the proposal of recruiting transgenders in their ranks even as other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have begun the process of firming up their views on the issue. The MHA has asked CAPFs to give their opinion on incorporating “Third Gender” for officers’ exam. BACK PAGE Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 4 The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today rejected apprehensions about fasttracking India’s first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine (COVAXIN) saying the best of India’s medical professionals and researchers should not be second-guessed for their professionalism or adherence to highest scientific rigour. Defending the August 15 timeline for COVAXIN launch, as mentioned in a letter by ICMR chief Balram Bhargava to principal investigators at the vaccine’s 13 clinical trial sites, the agency said the fasttracking was as per globally accepted norms. “Faced with unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, all other vaccine candidates across the globe have been similarly fast-tracked. ICMR’s process is exactly in accordance with the globally accepted norms to fast-track the vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential, wherein human and animal trials can continue in parallel,” ICMR said about COVAXIN, an inactivated vaccine it has developed in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited. “The letter by the DG-ICMR to investigators of the clinical trial sites was meant to cut unnecessary red tape without bypassing any necessary process and to speed up recruitment of participants,” said the council. “While issues raised in public domain by commentators are welcome, the best of India’s medical professionals and research scientists should not be secondguessed for their professionalism,” the council said. COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 3,94,226 FRESH FATALITIES 442 TOTAL DEATHS 18,655 6,48,315 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 1,12,20,009 63,63,717 5,29,604 Meanwhile, the Covid case count on Saturday reached 6,48,315 on the back of record spike of 22,771 infections. With 442 deaths in 24 hours, the total number of fatalities reached 18,655. The government, meanwhile, revised national clinical management protocol for Covid-19, reducing the overall dose of antiviral Remdesivir to be given to moderately ill patients from six days to five days. Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service FLIGHTS TO KOLKATA SUSPENDED FOR 2 WEEKS Kolkata: Flights to Kolkata from six major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, will remain suspended for two weeks in view of the spurt in Covid cases in the state. The Kolkata airport authority tweeted: “No flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad from July 6 to 19, or till further order, whichever is earlier.” TNS NITISH SENDS SWAB SAMPLE FOR COVID TEST Patna: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday sent his swab sample for Covid-19 test after he shared the dais with Legislative Council Acting Chairman Awadhesh Narayan Singh, who has been found Covid-positive, at an official event, officials said. The sample has been sent to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here, they said. PTI New Delhi, July 4 As the Indian and Chinese armies prepare for a long deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, calculations are being made at the South Block in New Delhi to cater for logistics — accommodation, provisions and fuel — for additional troops and vehicles in the area. The window to ferry material by the two road routes — via Manali and Srinagar — will shut due to snow in four months i.e. by October-end. While Zoji La (11,500 feet) on the Srinagar route may be closed for traffic by Octoberend or early November, the Rohtang Pass (13,000 feet) on the Manali route may see snow before that, holding back traffic. Other high passes between Rohtang and Leh may also force an early closure. Once the passes close, the only option is to fly out supplies from the logistics hub in Chandigarh. But even these flights have time restrictions. Planes have to fly out of Leh before noon as a rise in temperature coupled with rarefied oxygen affect engine performance. Apart from a full-fledged Army division (some 16,000 troops) in Ladakh, two additional divisions have been rushed in since May and Members of the Indian-American community stage a protest, demanding boycott of Chinese products, at Times Square in New York on Saturday. PTI ‘FOLLOW RAJ DHARMA, SPEAK TRUTH ON LADAKH ROW’ Stop this politics of illusion and delusion and tell country the truth. Follow raj dharma. Late PM Pt Jawaharlal Nehru had in 1959 rejected the Chinese proposal of the LAC. That is what Pt Nehru did when India did not have a modern Army. Kapil Sibal, CONGRESS ❝ these now from an arc across the 826-km LAC there. The regiments that have moved up can survive on own stocks of rations, etc. for a few weeks. They have tents besides pre-fabricated struc- tures and other accommodations at several locations. The winter stocking for Ladakh is already under way, done by hundreds of private trucks carrying supplies from the plains. There is no short- Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 4 The war of words between India and Pakistan over Gilgit-Baltistan has heated up at a time of heightened tensions on the LAC amid calls in New Delhi to move beyond mere statements. Pakistan plans to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan next month, which India has opposed saying that it’s a part of India and that Islamabad must return the area. The region is also an issue of dispute with China which has built the Karakoram highway that allows Pakistan STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE ■ Area part of India, wants it to be returned by Islamabad ■ Also an issue of dispute with China which has built highway ■ Karakoram highway allows Pak to easily access military supplies via land 2 ultras killed, 3 Army men hurt in gunfight Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 4 Two unidentified militants were killed and three Army men injured in an operation in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district today, the police said. The gunfight broke out between militants and the joint forces in the Arah area of the district on Saturday during a cordon and search operation (CASO) that was launched following an input about militants’ presence. “A CASO was launched around 11.30 am and contact with militants was established almost two hours later. In the initial gunfight, a militant was killed and three Army men were injured,” a police officer said. Soon after the initial firing, efforts were made by the forces to make the other trapped militant surrender. “However, the militant resorted to firing on the forces. In the exchange of fire, another militant was killed,” the officer added. The identity of the slain militants could not be established so far. to easily access military supplies via land. The highway and Pakistani occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan denies India land access Central Asia. India, seriously viewing the impending elections, had called in a Pakistani diplomat to protest against the Pakistan Supreme Court’s order in “Gilgit-Baltistan”. Recently, National Security Advisory Board member Tilak Devasher urged New Delhi to move beyond the cosmetic exercise of including Gilgit-Baltistan in its weather bulletin. — TNS ISLAMABAD: The authorities in Islamabad have stopped construction at the site of the first Hindu temple in the city for not having an approved building plan, according to a media report. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was performed by Parliamentary Secretary Lal Chand Malhi recently. The Capital Development Authority stopped construction of the boundary wall on the plot. — PTI Chandigarh, July 4 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced cancellation of university and college exams in the state in view of the Covid pandemic though the exams currently being conducted online by some universities will continue uninterrupted. In his weekly #AskCaptain Facebook Live session, the CM said that university and college students would be promoted on the basis of their previous performance. Tribune News Service ■ Haryana CM Manohar Lal Maha cops to look into Akshay’s air Frees 2 already on bail in same case trip amid lockdown Khattar on Saturday donned the PPE kit and visited a Covid ward at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat district ■ This is, perhaps, the first time that any Chief Minister has visited a Covid ward and interacted with patients directly ■ Sources say the Chief Minister insisted on personally interacting with the patients despite officials urging him to refrain from entering the ward ■ The Chief Minister followed the protocol of donning and doffing the kit, said a doctor at the facility Tribune News Service Haryana CM ML Khattar in PPE kit at a Covid facility in Sonepat district. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Faridabad, July 4 The supply of “adulterated” diesel from one of the fuel stations of the Haryana Roadways depot here has led to the breakdown of 28 buses, forcing the authorities to launch an inquiry. The pump from which the fuel was supplied has been sealed. The issue came to light after several buses got stranded RAIN TO BLAME ■ Diesel was found mixed with water, which was established during cleaning of fuel tanks ■ GM Rajiv Nagpal claimed water is suspected to have seeped into an underground fuel tank midway over the past 48 hours due to a fuel problem. The diesel is learnt to have been mixed with water. ■ He ruled out the possibility of adulteration by the oil supplier Sources in the department said water flowed out of the fuel tank’s drain plug-point during cleaning, establishing However, the students would have the option take the exam later once the SITarrests 7 dera men for 2015 ‘bir’ sacrilege IN PPE KIT, KHATTAR CHECKS ON PATIENTS ‘Adulterated’ diesel halts 28 Haryana buses midway Bijendra Ahlawat Students to be promoted on basis of previous performance Covid crisis was over. “Universities and colleges are in the process of working out the modalities for implementing the decision,” he said, urging the students to continue with their studies in right earnest despite the cancellation of their exams. For ex-servicemen trying to make it to the PCS, Capt Amarinder announced that while SC candidates appearing in the general category would continue to get unlimited chances, ex-servicemen in the general category would get six and those in the BC category nine. that the bus engines malfunctioned due to fuel adulteration. All buses have been stationed for repair, a process likely to take three to four days. Almost half of the depot’s buses now lie grounded. The depot has around 110 buses, but 33 are awaiting renewal of insurance. Roadways General Manager Rajiv Nagpal claimed water is suspected to have got mixed with diesel in an underground tank at the fuel station, probably due to rain. The matter, however, was under probe to ascertain the exact cause, he said. The fuel to the two roadways’ pumps here is supplied from Rewari through a tanker of an oil company. Asserting that the buses would be made functional over the next three days, Nagpal ruled out the possibility of the adulteration having being done by the tanker supplier. Faridkot, July 4 The special investigation team (SIT) of Punjab Police, probing three cases relating to the theft and sacrilege of a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib in 2015, today arrested seven Dera Sacha Sauda followers from Kotkapura and Faridkot towns, only to release two of them later. After the arrest, the SIT, led by Jalandhar range DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra, claimed a major breakthrough in the cases, which had led to massive protests and killing of two protesters in police firing at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015. However, the SIT had to face embarrassment in the Judicial Magistrate’s court where the seven — Sukhjinder Singh, alias Sunny, Shakti Singh, Neela, Ranjit Bhola, Nishan, Baljit and Narinder Sharma — were produced, as the arrest of two of them was found to be illegal and in violation of the Supreme Court directions. The two, Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh, told the court they had already been RED-FACED IN COURT ■ In court, two of the seven arrested claimed a Mohali court had already granted them bail in the case in 2018 ■ The SIT, probing three cases linked to the sacrilege of ‘bir’, averred it was not aware of the fact and agreed to release them granted bail in the case by the Mohali-based CBI court on September 7, 2018, two months after they were arrested by the SIT on July 6, 2018. While the SIT claimed the accused were re-arrested as fresh offence under Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC was added to the case, the counsel for the accused contended court’s permission was mandatory before re-arresting an accused out on bail in the same case. The SIT then moved a plea in the court averring it was not aware of the fact that the two were out on bail and agreed to release them. While the two were later released, the court allowed two-day police remand for the five accused. MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s helicopter trip to Nashik in Maharashtra during the lockdown has sparked a controversy. Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said on Saturday that he would order an inquiry into the special permission reportedly obtained by the actor for the air travel and stay at a resort in Nashik earlier this week. While the actor’s spokesperson did not comment, sources close to him said he flew to Nashik after being granted special permission to see a doctor. — PTI Ahead of Bihar poll, Lalu seeks bail RANCHI: Jailed former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad has moved the Jharkhand HC for bail in the Chaibasa treasury fraudulent withdrawal case in the runup to the Bihar Assembly poll. “The Assembly elections are crucial for RJD’s survival. Lalu can’t rely on his sons,” said an RJD leader. — IANS
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