09072020-TTB-01.qxd 7/9/2020 12:11 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.189 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 FRESH US VISA CURBS ON CHINA OFFICIALS WORLD /thetribunechd COMEDIAN JAGDEEP PASSES AWAY AT 81 BACK PAGE ADB TO RAISE $35 BILLION FROM CAPITAL MARKET BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, july 9,2020 Farce, says MEA on Pak’s Jadhav claim Generals to meet again to Islamabad ‘coerced’ ex-officer on death row into not filing review plea India at UN: Pak ❝ Sandeep Dikshit Pak claim that Jadhav has refused to initiate review petition is a continuation of the farce that has been in play for the last four years Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 India today accused Pakistan of coercing former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav into not filing an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against his death sentence by a military court. Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav had refused to initiate a review petition was a “continuation of the farce” that had been in play for the past four years. Jadhav was also sentenced to execution through a farcical trial, asserted the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. KULBHUSHAN JADHAV Anurag Srivastava, MEA SPOKESPERSON CONVICTED OF ‘SPYING’ IN 2017 March 3, 2016: Pak arrests Jadhav for ‘spying’ in Balochistan April 10, 2017: Jadhav found guilty and sentenced to death May 8, 2017: India initiates proceedings before the ICJ July 17, 2019: ICJ stays Jadhav’s execution, asks for review “He has clearly been coerced to refuse to file a review in his case,” he added. At a press conference staged at the Pakistan Foreign Office earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan said the authorities had asked Jadhav to file a review petition but he instead opted to apply for a mercy petition. In an attempt to divert public attention to the case, he said Jadhav could meet his father and wife, in case India was willing. After denying 22 requests, Pakistan had allowed a 40-minute meeting with his wife and mother in 2018, two years after he was detained. Jadhav’s second meeting was with Indian chargé d’affaires in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia in late 2019. However, there are still 11 days to go for Jadhav or his legal representative to file a review petition in the Islamabad HC after Pakistan issued an ordinance on May 20, giving him six months to continued on page 12 terror epicentre, must introspect United Nations, July 8 Hitting out at Pakistan for peddling “false narratives” against it, India has asked Islamabad that it must introspect about why it is universally acknowledged as the “international epicentre” of terrorism and the “best safe haven for terrorists”. Mahaveer Singhvi, head of the Indian delegation, at a UN webinar said: “The international community should call upon Pakistan to take sustained, verifiable and irreversible actions against terror outfits on territory under its control.” — PTI chart out troop reduction Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 Lt General-level commanders of India and China have been tasked to carry out a complex de-escalation of the military buildup along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The commanders of the two sides will begin meeting each other, yet again, anytime next week. They will draw up a timeline for the second stage of the three-step pullback process agreed to by both sides. They will focus on deescalating the present deployment of war-waging weapons and thousands of Both sides to physically verify commitment to 3-km buffer zone 2ND PULLBACK PHASE ■ A fresh round of Lt Gen-level talks will begin tentatively by mid-July. ■ Meetings to lay down frame- work for the 2nd stage of deescalation, which will include withdrawing war-like stores. ■ At present, there is no change in location or number of longrange guns, tanks & missiles. troops. Before entering the second stage, the two sides will physically verify the ongoing process of creating a 3-km buffer zone at the LAC between the troops of both sides. The creation of a buffer zone is the first of the threestep process of pulling back. The process started on Monday and the physical verification may start next week. Currently, there is no change in the deployment. Hundreds of artillery guns and tanks, deadly rocket launchers, missiles, fighter jets, airborne bombers and attack helicopters of both sides are lined up near the LAC. Long-range artillery guns, which can take 40-km continued on page 12 BJP leader, father, brother shot in J&K Panel to probe three Cong-backed Trusts Srinagar, July 8 A BJP leader, along with his father and brother, was shot in a militant attack in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district this evening, police said. The slain leader, Wasim Bari, was the former district president of party’s Bandipora unit. At least eight guards were part of his security detail. Police said the three were at their shop near Kaloosa bridge when the attack took place. “BJP Bandipora leader PF CONTRIBUTION SCHEME EXTENDED The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to extending 12% employees’ share, along with 12% employers’ share, under the Employees’ Provident Fund for another three months, i.e. June to August. Around 72.22 lakh workers in 3.67 lakh establishments will benefit. The government will provide ~4,800 cr during 2020-21 for the purpose. OTHER DECISIONS ■ Agriculture Infra- structure Fund worth ~1 lakh crore approved ■ 3 state-owned insurers to get ~12,450 cr infusion ■ Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana extended till Nov and Sept, respectively. REPORT ON BACK PAGE ❝ Shocked and saddened. Killings despite eight security commandos. Condolencestofamily. Ram Madhav, BJP NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARY Sadly, the violent targeting of mainstream political workers continues unabated. WASIM BARI Omar Abdullah, FORMER J&K CHIEF MINISTER Bari was at the shop with his father Bashir Ahmad and brother Umer Bashir when unidentified terrorists opened fire, injuring them critically. They were shifted to the hospital, where all three succumbed to injuries,” a police officer said. The personal security offi- cers were on the first floor of their house where the shop is located. “The PSOs are being questioned,” the officer said. Soon after the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and carried out searches. No militant group has claimed responsibility. The killing comes a month after Kashmiri Pandit sarpanch Ajay Pandita, 45, associated with the Congress was shot in Anantnag district on June 8. — TNS Remdesivir sells for ~60,000 on black market, govt takes action Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 8 India is aiming to augment the domestic production of anti-viral Remdesivir injectable formulation to at least five lakh vials by August with the authorities coming down heavily on black marketers of the medicine, currently seen as a life-saver. As Covid count reached 7,42,417 today after a daily spike of 22,752 cases, the government sent out clear directives to three domestic Remdesivir manufacturers — Hetero Drugs, Cipla and Mylan Labs — to upload their stock situation, supply and distribution chain details for the Centre to COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 4,56,830 FRESH FATALITIES 482 TOTAL DEATHS 20,642 7,42,417 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 1,20,26,177 69,53,556 5,48,211 monitor. The government had received complaints that one Remdesivir vial priced at Rs 5,400 by Hetero Drugs was being sold on the black market anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 60,000. “The supply situation on Remdesivir front will soon ease,” said a government source. 2.8L cases per day in 2021: MIT study New Delhi: India may record about 2.87 lakh Covid cases per day by the end of winter 2021 in the absence of a vaccine, according to a modelling study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study said that the top 10 countries with high infection rates at the end of winter 2021 would be India, followed by the US, South Africa, Iran, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Turkey, France, and Germany. The projections are highly sensitive to assumed testing, behavioural and policy responses. — PTI New Delhi, July 8 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today said it has formed an inter-ministerial committee to probe alleged violations of legal provisions by Congressbacked Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The panel, headed by a special director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has been tasked with coordinat- J&K IPS officer Rath suspended for ‘misconduct’ Jammu, July 8 Senior IPS officer of the J&K cadre Basant Rath was on Wednesday suspended by the Union Home Ministry for “gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. Rath, a 2000-batch IPS officer, has been attached to Police Headquarters in Jammu and has been asked not to leave the headquarters without the permission of the DGP . The MHA order stated that proceedings against Rath were “contemplated in connection with repeated instances of gross misconduct and misbehaviour”. Incidentally, on June 25, Rath had filed a written complaint against DGP Dilbag Singh. —TNS 70 Ayurveda licences Dubey flees F’bad hotel; aide shot in 3 mths, no checks Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 8 In a display of unusual haste, the Ayurveda Department handed out on average one licence every day to hand sanitiser manufacturers without following the protocols. As per the record of Directorate of Ayurveda, Punjab, 70 new brands had been given licence to sell in the market since March, without checking the raw material or formulations. There have been instances where a manufacturer got the licence in a day and the product was out in the market the next day. The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently tested two Ayurvedic sanitisers and both failed the quality test. One of these, manufactured in Jalandhar, contained over 95 per cent methanol. Several others didn’t mention the plant’s location, mandatory under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. LOW-GRADE SANITISERS ■ Ayurveda Dept issued around 70 licences since March ■ There are instances of licence being issued in a single day and product being out in the market the next day ■ The FDA recently checked two sanitisers and both failed the quality test The FDA is learnt to have conveyed to the Directorate of Ayurveda about the excess use of methanol in sanitisers. Dr Rakesh Sharma, Director, Ayurveda, said they had received instructions from the Centre to promote ayurvedic products in the fight against Covid-19. “We are testing all Ayurvedic hand sanitisers and will take stringent action against defaulters,” he said. Gurugram/Kanpur, July 8 An alleged aide of gangster Vikas Dubey was killed and six others arrested in separate operations even as a raid to nab the fugitive, the main accused in last week’s Kanpur ambush that left eight policemen dead, from a hotel in Haryana’s Faridabad proved futile. This even as suspended Chaubeypur station officer Vinay Tiwari and another cop were held for leaking information to Dubey of last week’s police raid. In UP’s Vikas Dubey (R) with Amar Dubey Hamirpur district, gangster’s alleged accomplice Amar Dubey, carrying a reward of Rs 50,000, was shot in a firefight. Sources said Amar looked after Dubey’s security. In Faridabad, Dubey was reportedly seen at a hotel, but escaped before the cops reached there. Dubey tried to check in using a fake ID. CCTV footage showed him inside the hotel and later on the roadside. He earlier reportedly took refuge at the house of a relative, Shravan, in the city. Shravan, son Ankur have been arrested along with Dubey’s aide Kartikey. Shravan later tested positive for Covid. — TNS/PTI SALUTE TO VALOUR: Mohinder Kaur and Avtar Singh salute their son, Naik Rajwinder Singh, who was killed in an encounter in J&K on Tuesday, during his cremation at Dodra in Patiala district. RAJESH SACHAR WON’T BE INTIMIDATED: RAHUL ❝ He (Modi) thinks everyone has a price or can be intimidated. He will never understand that those who fight for the truth have no price and cannot be intimidated. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS MP MOVE NOT MOTIVATED, SAYS BJP to investigate these transactions after ❝ It is naturalrecently brought out in public domain…so much info was Govt would not have waited for six years if politics was behind probe. P Muralidhar Rao, BJP NATIONAL GEN SECY ing investigations into alleged violation of various provisions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by these organisations, an MHA spokesperson said. This comes in the backdrop of recent allegations levelled by the ruling BJP on the Congress and the Gandhi family, claiming China had funded the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. — TNS
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