19072020-TTB-01.qxd 18-07-2020 23:47 Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.199 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 TAPPED WATER IN TRIBAL DISTS BY DEC 15: THAKUR HIMACHAL /thetribunechd WEAVING THEIR OWN STORIES AMID TOUGH TIMES SPECTRUM /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, july 19,2020 Million global cases in100hrs DEF MIN VISITS J&K POST, PATS JAWANS ■ Defence Minister Rajnath Screen every visitor, govt directs RWAs amid daily surge of 34,884 Singh on Saturday visited a forward post in Kupwara where he lauded the soldiers for ensuring peace and security in the Kashmir valley ■ The minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane ■ An Army statement said, “The minister reviewed the situation along the Line of Control in the Keran sector. He appreciated the soldiers’ dedication and vigilance” INSIDE Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with soldiers at a post in Kupwara district on Saturday. PTI India summons Pak envoy, day after LoC deaths 3 militants shot in J&K New Delhi, July 18 India today summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to lodge a strong protest on the death of three civilians, including a child, in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces on Friday in Krishna Ghati Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. This year alone, 21 Indians have been killed and 94 injured in over 2,711 unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces. India also protested Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorist infiltration, including support cover fire by Pakistani forces. — TNS Srinagar, July 18 A day after a top Jaish-eMohammad commander was killed along with his two associates, three militants were killed in an encounter in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday, the police said. The gunfight took place on a day when Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was on a two-day visit to Kashmir and Ladakh. It erupted at Amshipora village in Shopian on Saturday morning when joint forces were laying a cordon in an orchard following an input about the presence of militants. “The security forces were fired upon from the cowshed of the lone house in the Pb local bodies poll in October Bulk of ‘dacoity plan’ cases fall flat in Haryana courts Chandigarh, July 18 The Punjab Government on Saturday decided to hold elections to the 126 urban local bodies in the second week of October. Ruling out conducting the polls next month, given the surge in Covid cases in the state, a Cabinet sub-committee unanimously decided to recommend to the State Election Commission to hold the elections around October 11. The government is likely to spend Rs 1,000 crore on development works ahead of the elections. The local bodies poll would help the government gauge the mood of the urban voter ahead of the Assembly elections in March 2022. INSIDE Notice to Twitter NEW DELHI: SELF-IMMOLATION BID OVER LAND DISPUTE BACK PAGE India’s cyber security nodal agency CERT-In has issued a notice to Twitter seeking details of a recent global hacking incident targeting high-profile users, as it sought information on the number of Indian users affected, as well as impact on data. — PTI Tribune News Service Second gunfight in south Kashmir amid Rajnath’s Valley visit orchard. In the gunfight three terrorists were killed,” the Army said in Srinagar. A police officer said the identification of three militants is yet to be done. “The identities of three are not known as yet. The postmortem has been done and DNA samples have been taken,” the officer said. This is the second gunfight in south Kashmir since Friday. Three militants, including a Pakistani Jaish commander, believed to be an IED expert, were killed in a gunfight in Kulgam on Friday. Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 18 The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the ITBP which , guards the LAC between India and China, to make its troops learn Mandarin. Sources said the force had been asked to improve the language skills of its troops for better communication with their Chinese counterparts and also to monitor their moves. The top officers have asked the Mussoorie training academy to work out an advanced course in Mandarin. “Every officer and jawan will have to complete the course, which will include basic learning and refresher course,” a senior officer said. HIGH ACQUITTAL RATE* Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 18 While acquitting six persons of “making preparation to commit dacoity” under Sections 399 and 402 of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act, a trial court in Jind observed it was “next to impossible” for the accused to have been speaking so loudly in the open (canal bridge) that the police overheard their plan. Raising a question mark over the recovery of weapons from the accused, the court in its March 6 judgment wondered why the accused “armed with a country-made pistol, iron rods, etc” didn’t inflict any injury on policemen. Similarly, a Yamunanagar court acquitted four persons on February 27, describing the police claim of overhearing their “plans to commit dacoity” as “highly improbable”. Such plans are made in secret, commented the court. Make Mandarin must for troops, ITBP instructed YEAR CASES ACQUITTALS %AGE 2016 147 2017 76 2018 83 131 66 73 89.1 86.8 88 * State Crime Record Bureau data POOR PROBE TO BLAME FOR FEWER CONVICTIONS We try hard to get convictions. Poor investigation is to blame for the poor rate of conviction. Narsher Singh, DIRECTOR PROSECUTION ❝ These are only a fraction of a growing number of similar cases in Haryana where the charges have failed to hold up in court. The National Crime Records Bureau report suggests while Haryana has been registering cases under the two sections, there is no such practice in Himachal Pradesh, J&K and some northeastern states. According to the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) data, the Haryana Police reg- istered 89 cases and arrested 411 persons in 2016. The next year, while the number of cases fell to 40, the arrests were substantial at 200. In 2018, the cases further dropped to 29, but 118 arrests were made, while in 2019 (till October), 13 cases were registered and 76 persons arrested. So, while the number of cases has been gradually falling, the number of suspects facing trial remains substantial. continued on back page Not eligible for Khel Ratna, Bhajji clarifies New Delhi, July 18 Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Saturday clarified that the Punjab Government had decided to withdraw his nomination for Pb withdrew 40-yr-old cricketer’s nomination this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award as he did not meet the eligibility criteria for the country’s highest sporting honour. “I have been flooded with calls as to why the Punjab Govt withdrew my name for Khel Ratna nominations. The truth is I am not eligible for Khel Ratna, which primarily considers the international performances in last three years,” the 40-year-old cricketer tweeted. “The Punjab Govt is not at fault as they have rightly withdrawn my name. Would urge my friends in the media not to speculate.” Harbhajan, who has 417 Test and 269 ODI wickets, is an Arjuna Awardee and was also conferred with Padma Shri. He last represented India in Test and ODIs in 2015. Harbhajan has not played for India since 2016. But to make to the award list, he needed to show consistent performance internationally in the last three years. In an interview recently, he had said that age criterion for selections should be set aside and that he was ready to compete with the best spinners even now. Harbhajan took 25 wickets in Twenty20 International (T20I) matches for India. — PTI/TNS New Delhi/London, July 18 With a surge of 1 million cases in under 100 hours, global Covid-19 cases crossed 14 million on Friday. The first case was reported in China in early January and it took three months to reach one million. It has taken just four days to climb to 14 million cases from 13 million recorded on July 13. The US, with more than 3.6 million confirmed cases, is still seeing huge daily jumps in its first wave of infections. It reported a daily global record of more than 77,000 new infections on Thursday, while Sweden has reported 77,281 total cases since the pandemic began. COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 6,53,750 FRESH FATALITIES 671 TOTAL DEATHS 26,273 COUNT 10,38,716 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS The number of cases globally is around triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation. The pandemic has now killed more than 6,00,000 persons in seven months. WORLD 1,42,51,200 85,10,588 6,00,762 The disease is accelerating the fastest in the Americas, which account for more than half the world’s infections and half its deaths. In Brazil, more than 2 million people have tested positive and 76,000 have died. India, the 2 FIRs lodged over audio clips Gehlot meets Guv; 2 Bharatiya Tribal Party MLAs back govt Jaipur/New Delhi, July 18 Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case in connection with two audio clips of conversations purportedly regarding a “conspiracy” to topple the Ashok Gehlot government. ACB Director General Alok Tripathi on Saturday said the FIR was registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act on a complaint by Congress MHA SEEKS REPORT ON ‘PHONE-TAPPING’ The MHA has sought a report from the Rajasthan Chief Secretary on allegations of phonetapping after two audio clips of conversations regarding a "conspiracy" emerged. PTI chief whip Mahesh Joshi on Friday. In the FIR, details of conversations of rebel Con- gress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma with Sanjay Jain and Union minister Gajendra Singh are mentioned. While the Congress alleged that Sanjay Jain was a BJP leader, the saffron party rejected the allegation, saying he had no connection with the BJP “We will send the . audio clips to the Forensic Science Laboratory for testing,” the police official told reporters. continued on back page only other country with more than 1 million cases, has been grappling with an average of almost 30,000 new infections each day for a week. With India’s cases climbing to 10,38,716 today after a daily increase of 34,884, the government issued guidelines for resident welfare associations (RWAs), asking these to thermal screen every visitor. The RWAs have been asked to get colony residents to report those showing Covid symptoms. Vendors, helps, car cleaners and delivery boys will undergo such screening daily. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is to be followed at all locations. — TNS/Reuters WHY DRAG THE BJP? ❝ There is no point in trying to drag the BJP and its leaders’ names through the mud! Vasundhara Raje, FORMER CHIEF MINISTER BSP FOR PREZ RULE ❝ The Governorofmust take cognisance thepoliticalinstability and recommend President’s rule. Mayawati, BSP SUPREMO
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