07072020-TTB-01.qxd 7/7/2020 12:01 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.187 | 60 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 VICTORIA SHUTS BORDER, 1st TIME IN 100 YRS WORLD /thetribunechd BJP SLAMS RAHUL FOR SKIPPING DEFENCE MEETINGS BACK PAGE FINMIN RULES OUT MERGER OF CBDT, CBIC BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, july 7,2020 Partial pullback at Galwan, Hot Springs Both sides move back a km from clash site| Pangong Tso still tense Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 6 Twenty days after the deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops at the Ladakh’s Galwan valley along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), there is a minor breakthrough. Both sides have started to pull back, almost like the first baby steps, from the flash point — Patrolling Point (PP) 14 — in the Galwan valley. This is the first stage of the proposed disengagement, which has clearly defined the phases for full restoration of “status quo ante” as in April this year. The Army, for now, is maintaining the same number of troops at the LAC, lest the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China spring a military surprise. The Indian side is stopping short of terming it a disengagement as each move can be reversed by the PLA at its will. The mistrust hasn’t gone, as on June 17 some pullback had taken place, but the PLA had soon returned to hold ground at Galwan. A source said a pullback was initiated by both sides on Sunday night at PP-14, the spot of the clash on the night intervening June 15 and 16. Troops have moved back by a kilometre on each side. Some minor pullback is also seen at PP-15 Doval, Wang agree on speedy withdrawal Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service Amid India-China standoff over LAC, Army trucks head for Ladakh from Kullu on Monday. PTI STEP-WISE DISENGAGEMENT FIRST STAGE Maintaining a specified distance (buffer zone of 3 km between two armies) will be part of the first stage. It will be validated in two weeks if both sides keep the commitment SECOND STAGE It will include pulling back thousands of additional troops and war-like stores to a pre-agreed distance the disengagement and will be validated in some two weeks if both sides keep their commitment, a source said. Creating a minimum buffer zone of 3 km between the two armies was suggested and agreed upon as the first step of the graded and Dhindsa to float party todaytotakeonBadals e-registration must for travel in Punjab Tribune News Service ■ Pullback initiated on Sunday night at PP-14 in Galwan ■ Minor withdrawal also seen at Hot Springs, where 2-3 THIRD STAGE tents were removed Restoration of ‘status quo ■ The mistrust,however, perante’ to the level of April 2020. sists as on June 17 some It will mean allowing the Indian pullback took place but PLA Army to patrol the disputed soon returned to hold ground at Galwan valley Pangong Tso area and PP-17A, both in the Hot Springs area, where two-three tents have been removed. There has been little movement at Finger-4 in the north bank of Pangong Tso. Maintaining a specified distance will be the first stage of Aman Sood 2-3 TENTS REMOVED Chandigarh, July 6 Punjab has made e-registration mandatory for travellers entering or passing through the state, beginning Monday midnight. They need to register themselves either through COVA app or on official website cova.punjab.gov.in/registration. The staff at the border checkpoints will scan the QR code on the printout. All travellers will be screened for Covid. Those asymptomatic will have to undergo selfquarantine for 14 days. They would have to report their health status daily either on 112 or via Cova. “For symptomatic passengers, appropriate instructions will be given at the checkpoint,” said a government spokesperson. He said details about those entering Punjab would be shared with the health authorities and the police stations concerned through a real-time alert system. The police stations would keep a check on the incoming visitors at their given addresses. — TNS gradual disengagement by both sides. These decisions were taken at a series of Lt General-level meetings on June 6, June 22 and June 30. The second stage will include pulling back the continued on back page New Delhi, July 6 A conversation between designated Special Representatives of India and China for Border Affairs facilitated Monday’s readjustment of force postures on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at several places in eastern Ladakh. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor-cum-Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke on Sunday evening for close to two hours via video-conferencing during which they agreed on the need for a quick withdrawal in the interest of bilateral ties as well as full restoration of peace and tranquillity by completing the disengagement in a phased and stepwise manner, as per a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement. The Indian side refrained from any blame game and wanted both sides to strictly respect and observe the LAC, desisting from any unilateral action to alter the status quo. “Both sides need to work together by utilising the existing Working Mecha- The Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today approved a proposal for drafting “Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Ordinance 2020” to address unemployment on a priority basis. The draft of the ordinance that will be brought before the Council of Ministers at its next meeting will provide for 75 per cent of the fresh employment for local candidates in jobs hav- ~50,000 SALARY CAP ■ Jobs with salaries less than ~50,000 per month to be reserved for local youth in privately managed companies, societies, trusts in Haryana ■ Ordinance will be implemented once it receives the assent of the Governor and the President of India Ram Rahim named in ‘bir’ theft case to birthday, ❝If you wantaskcelebrate my the Mani I would like to you to recite NIA chargesheets J&K mantra at least a thousand times. Faridkot, July 6 The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police on Monday named Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim as an accused in the June 2015 “bir” theft case. Ranbir Singh Khattra, the SIT head, said as per the confessional statements of three of the accused in the case, the dera chief was behind the three sacrilege incidents at Faridkot’s Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages. In all, 11 persons have been named in the case. While seven were arrested two days ago, Mohinder Pal Bittu was killed in the Nabha jail last year. The dera chief is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail after being convicted in a rape case. The SIT is yet to arrest the remaining accused. INSIDE Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, REBEL AKALI DSP Devender Singh New Delhi, July 6 The NIA today filed a chargesheet against former J&K DSP Devender Singh and five more in a special court in Jammu for their alleged involvement in terror activities. They have been charged under various Sections of the IPC, UAPA and the Arms Act. A case was filed on January 17 on the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Besides Devender Singh, the chargesheet names Hizbul commander Syed Naveed Mushtaq, alias Naveed Babu, his brother Syed Irfan Ahmad, the outfit’s alleged overground worker Irfan Shafi Mir, its member Rafi Ahmad Rather and Tanveer Ahmad Wani, a trader. Singh, who was arrest- Suspended cop accused of involvement in terror activities ed in January while ferrying two Hizbul terrorists, had established contact with officials of the Pakistan High Commission through secure social media platforms, the chargesheet says, adding that he was being “groomed by Pakistani officials for obtaining sensitive information”. The NIA released a statement that read: “During the course of investigation, the accused were interrogated thoroughly and searches were conducted at 15 places continued on back page Wang reportedly told Doval that China would continue “firmly safeguarding territorial sovereignty as well as peace and tranquility in the border areas”, while obliquely commenting on the war phobia generated in the Indian media and calls to crack down on trade ties with China. “We hope India can work with China to guide public opinion in the right direction… avoid amplifying differences and complicating matters,’’ he said. Arunachal Pradesh Sikkim BHUTAN Assam SAKTENG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Meghalaya BANGLADESH INDIA China for border talks with Bhutan, India wary New Delhi, July 6 To India’s discomfiture, China is signalling its desire to hold border talks with Bhutan after objecting to funding of a wildlife sanctuary, which is claimed by Thimphu. Bhutan and China have held 24 rounds of border talks and sources said Beijing began putting renewed pressure towards the end of last year that Thimphu managed to fob off. The last round of talks was held in 2016 and the next edition was put off after India and China clashed at Doklam. As against its desire to frequently hold talks with China on border dispute, India looks askance at its border talks with Bhutan because of claims over Doklam. China has been putting forward a deal for over 20 years that includes both sides establishing diplomatic ties followed by a comprehensive border settlement. But things took a decisive turn during the 2014 CHINESE CO. INVESTS IN PoK, INKS $1.5 BN DEAL ■ AChinese company on Monday signed a ~1.5 billion agreement with Pakistan to set up a hydropower project in PoK under the China-Pak Economic Corridor project. ■ Prime Minister Imran Khan witnessed the signing of the agreement with China Gezhouba for “Azad Pattan Hydropower Project” at a ceremony in Islamabad. PTI talks in Shaanxi when China proposed a joint field survey of the disputed areas. Soon after, India cut fuel subsidy, leading to skyrocketing of LPG prices in Bhutan. This led to an election loss for the Jigme Thinley government that might have crossed another South Block red line by assuring China that his country wanted border settlement. — TNS edit: naked expansionism Pink slip for 1L employees of pvt POLL PROMISE Council of Ministers to approve ordinance at next meeting schools in Hry Chandigarh, July 6 Party (JJP) had promised the Raja Sabha leader in October 2019. The same year he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. “Dhindsa first objected to Sukhbir Badal’s leadership and then refused to take orders from SAD-Taksali chief Brahmpura,” remarked SAD spokesperson DS Cheema. ❝ Beijing talks tough, Delhi refrains from blame game CHINA 75% quotain pvt jobs for Haryanvis soon Patiala, July 6 Punjab is likely to witness a multi-cornered contest in the next Assembly elections withrebel Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today announcing a new party that would “mainly oppose” the SAD and the Badal family. Dhindsa will hold a meeting of his supporters in Ludhiana tomorrow and then make a formal announcement. “Our doors are open to all like-minded leaders who want to free the SGPC from the clutches of the Badals,” said Dhindsa. He was here to induct Akaliturned-Congress leader Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu into his party. Rebel Akalis led by RS Brahmpura had formed the SAD (Taksali) last year ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Dhindsa shared stage with them but did not jointhe outfit. Dhindsa quit the SAD as its WILL FREE SGPC We want to free the SGPC from the clutches of the Badals... Our party will be true representative of the people of Punjab. nism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (which did not meet for over a year till it was activated last month),” it noted. The Chinese readout, while affirming the need for dialogue and forbearance to sort out difficulties on the LAC, also maintained that right and wrong of what recently happened at the Galwan valley was “very clear”. NEPAL ing salaries less than Rs 50,000 per month in privately managed companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms and partnership firms situated in Haryana. However, the employers will have the option of limit- DALAI LAMA TURNS 85 ing the candidate count from one district to 10 per cent. Deputy Chief Minister and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala put the proposal for a draft of ordinance before the Cabinet which was immediately passed. The Jannayak Janta Infection rate rises to 6.7%, infra under strain Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service DALAI LAMA’S VIDEO MESSAGE Expat Bill: 8 lakh Indians may have to quit Kuwait Dubai, July 6 Around 8 lakh Indians could be forced to leave Kuwait after a parliamentary committee approved a draft expat quota Bill seeking to gradually slash the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country, according to media reports. The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota Bill is constitutional. According to the Bill, Indians should not exceed 15 per cent of Kuwait’s population. This could result in 8 lakh Indians leaving Kuwait as they constitute the largest expat community in the country, totalling 1.45 million, the Gulf News reported. The current population of Kuwait is 4.3 million, with 1.3 million Kuwaitis and 3 million expats. An official in the Indian Embassy in Kuwait said they had not yet been informed about any such measure being taken. — PTI Today’s issue is of 60 pages, including 24+24 (48) page additional pullout. youth 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs. Terming it a “historical day”, Chautala said it would be mandatory for industries and companies in the private sector to give 75 per cent jobs to Haryana youth. The BJPJJP government was committed to providing employment to the youth, he added. Chautala said the companies would face a penalty from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh if they were not registered on the portal. — TNS New Delhi, July 6 On the back of a rising caseload in Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, India today crossed Russia as the third most Covid-hit nation with the national positivity rate climbing to 6.73 per cent against 4.5 per cent until mid-April. Among all states and UTs, Punjab had the lowest positivity rate of 1.92 per cent as of today and was among eight states and UTs with a rate lower than the national average of 6.73 per cent. Others in this bracket are Chandigarh, Puducherry, Assam, Tripura, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Goa. The national disease burden today rose to 6,97,413, surpassing Russia’s 6,81,251. Over the last 24 hours, the country added 24,248 new cases and deaths topped 19,693 after 425 fresh fatalities. Recoveries improved to 60.85 per cent as 4,24,432 patients were cured as against 2,53,287 currently infected. The cumulative tests crossed the one crore milestone. India had tested only 1.30 lakh samples until HOLD EXAMS BY SEPT, HRD TELLS VARSITIES The HRD Ministry on Monday asked universities to conclude final-year exams by Septemberend. The ministry said varsities could hold exams in online, offline or blended mode. TNS COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 4,244,32 FRESH FATALITIES 425 TOTAL DEATHS 19,693 6,97,413 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 1,16,24,659 65,79,153 5,38,124 mid-April. Although national fatality rate of 2.86 per cent is among the positives, a key concern for the government is the rising positivity rate calculated as the proportion of people who test positive against the total samples tested. The WHO has advised nations to ensure this rate does not cross 10 per cent despite ramped up testing. A surging positivity rate signals a growing burden on health systems. Ambala: At least 1 lakh teaching and non-teaching staff of private schools in Haryana have lost their jobs during the Covid-induced lockdown. Around 60,000 of them are teachers, while the remaining are drivers and attendants of school buses and Class IV employees. The process began during Unlock 1.0 when schools were not allowed to reopen. Activity teachers and nonteaching staff were shown the door initially, but now nursery and subject teachers are being told to leave as well. “Nearly 10,000 drivers of school buses and an equal number of attendants have been rendered jobless,” sources said. INSIDE REGION COMBATS VIRUS 5 DEATHS IN PUNJAB Chandigarh: As many as 208 fresh cases and five deaths were reported in the state on Monday. With this, the state’s caseload has risen to 6,491. Ludhiana has the highest number of cases at 1,104. TNS 391 RECOVER IN HARYANA Chandigarh: With 11 deaths and 499 fresh cases, Haryana's tally jumped to 17,504 on Monday. Meanwhile, 391 persons have recovered in the past 24 hours. TNS 14 NEW CASES IN HP Shimla: With 14 new cases, Himachal's tally reached 1,077. The state now has 303 active cases, while 750 persons have recovered so far. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 487 06 6,491 169 17,504 276 1,077 09 8,675 138 1,005 01 99,444 3,067
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