24072020-TTB-01.qxd 7/23/2020 11:57 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.204 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 UK HAILS INDIA-CHINA EFFORTS TO DE-ESCALATE TENSION NATION /thetribunechd FLIPKART GROUP BUYS WALMART INDIA BIZ BUSINESS RELAY TEAM’S ASIAD SILVER UPGRADED TO GOLD SPORT /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, july 24,2020 SC: Won’t restrain HC from passing order Women officers PERMANENT COMMISSION IN ARMY in8morestreams, MoD issues order Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 23 Five months after the Supreme Court allowed Permanent Commission (PC) for Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers, the Ministry of Defence today issued a formal order allowing women to be permanent commissioned officers in eight additional streams in the Army. Women SSC officers were till now allowed Permanent Commission only in the Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC) branches. The Government Sanction Letter, paving the way for women officers shouldering larger roles in the organisation, specifies grant of PC to SSC women officers in eight additional streams of the Army: Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) and Intelligence Corps. The Army Headquarters has set in motion a series of preparatory actions for the conduct of the Permanent Commission Selection Board for Women Officers. The Selection Board will be set up as soon as all SSC women THE NEW BRANCHES Army Air Defence | Signals | Engineers | Army Aviation | Electronics and Mechanical Engineers | Army Service Corps | Army Ordnance Corps, | Intelligence Corps AVAILABLE TILL NOW Judge and Advocate General | Army Educational Corps BJP not going by value-based R’STHAN CRISISBut verdict will be subject to top court proceedings Prolonged standoff politics: Shanta Palampur , July 23 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 23 The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to restrain the Rajasthan High Court from delivering its verdict on rebel Congress MLAs’ petition challenging the disqualification proceedings initiated against them by state Assembly Speaker CP Joshi. Nineteen rebel Congress MLAs, including sacked Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, have challenged the validity of Joshi’s decision to issue show-cause notices to them under the anti-defection law. “Let the high court deliver VOICE OF DISSENT CAN’T BE SHUT, SPEAKER TOLD This is not a simple matter and these MLAs are elected representatives... voice of dissent in democracy cannot be shut down. We are trying to find out whether this process (disqualification) was permissible or not. SC Bench ❝ the verdict tomorrow,” a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said. However, the top court made it clear that the HC judgment would be subject to the outcome of the proceedings before it. Noting that there was a large question of functioning of democracy involved, the STILL BARRED Rail passengers at Howrah rush to board a bus amid lockdown in West Bengal on Thursday. PTI NITadmissionnorms In Punjab,~5K fine for eased in view of Covid violating homeisolation No layoffs, no basic pay cut for staff: AI New Delhi: National carrier Air India on Thursday said unlike other airlines that had laid off workers, none of its employees would lose job. “The recent decisions of the Air India Board regarding rationalisation of staff cost were reviewed at a meeting at the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday evening. “There has been no reduction in basic pay, dearness and house rent allowances. The rationalisation of some allowances had to be done on account of the prevailing financial crisis,” Air India said. — TNS China launches its first Mars mission BEIJING: China successfully launched its first Mars probe, named Tianwen 1 or Quest for Heavenly Truth 1, on Thursday, aiming to complete orbiting, landing and roving in a single mission. About 36 minutes after the launch, the spacecraft was sent into the Earth-Mars transfer orbit, embarking on a seven-month journey to Mars. — PTI Fortis ex-promoter granted bail by HC NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh in a case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Limited. Shivinder will have to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 crore and produce two sureties of Rs 25 lakh each. — PTI New Delhi, July 23 The HRD Ministry today announced a relaxation in the admission criterion for NITs and centrally funded technical institutions in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, doing away with the requirement of minimum 75 per cent marks in Class XII board exams. "Due to the prevailing circumstances, the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for admissions to NITs and other centrally funded technical institutions," Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" tweeted. "JEE Main-2020 qualified candidates will now need to obtain only a passing certificate in Class XII examination, irrespective of the marks obtained by them," he further said. Tribune News Service Minimum 75% marks in Class XII not must For admissions to NITs and other centrally funded technical institutions, apart from qualifying the JEE-Main, the eligibility was to secure a minimum of 75 per cent marks in Class XII board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains, which has been postponed twice, will now be held from September 1 to 6. — PTI Chandigarh, July 23 Covid patients violating home isolation rules in Punjab will have to shell out a fine of Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 2,000 earlier, according to new guidelines announced by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today. At present, 951 patients are in home isolation across the state. The owners of eateries violating physical-distancing norms will be slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000. Those breaching minimum-distancing and permitted-strength regulations at social gatherings would invite a fine of Rs 10,000, as per the guidelines announced via a video-conference to check the spread of the pandemic in the state. Under the existing guidelines, commercial establishments are liable to pay Rs FromAugust,‘Register26’tocheck crime against women & children Shimla, July 23 Beginning August 1, maintaining a register on offenders of crime against women and children will be mandatory for all police stations in Himachal Pradesh. Orders have been issued to probe cases pertaining to gender crime on a priority basis and in a swift, professional manner. “We have decided to add ‘Register 26’ to record cases of crime against women and children in order to prepare a database for reference in future cases,” explained DGP Sanjay Kundu. As per police rules, 25 notebooks/registers are main- HP CRIME CASES 2009 2019 RAPE 182 358 CRUELTY 284 229 MOLESTATION 317 498 DOWRY DEATH 1 4 tained at every police station but there is no provision for a register on sex offenders. “Register 26” will be maintained for different categories of crime — rape, unnatural sex, molestation, outraging the modesty of a woman, obscene and indecent representation, sexual harassment/remarks, stalking, domestic violence, kidnapping, abduction and immoral trafficking. Cases of abetment to suicide on account of sexual violence, dowry death, child marriage, forced abortion, child pornography and cyber crime will also come under its purview. Crime details, physical, social, economic and psychological profile of the accused would be noted down in the register. The modus operandi adopted by the accused would also be mentioned. — TNS may benefit BJP, Pilot New Delhi, July 23 As things stand today, the “breather” Sachin Pilot has received may help the prospects of the BJP and the rebel Congress leader in Rajasthan. Though the rebel Congress leader claims he is not joining the BJP sources say the , saffron strategy in Rajasthan depends majorly upon “his ability to save what he has and wean away some (MLAs) from the Gehlot camp”. The party is hoping more time will help the former Deputy CM engineer defections and help it form the government — TNS Former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar today said his party had “deviated from valuebased politics.” Speaking to The Tribune, he said: “What pains me is the manner in which Opposition governments are being destabilised despite the fact that the BJP faces no challenge as the Congress, the main Opposition party, is on the verge of collapse.” Shanta Kumar, who has never hesitated to speak his mind, said Vajpayee believed in Gandhian socialism. — OC Used mask disposal after 72 hrs Caught in lockdown Infantry | Armoured | Mechanised Infantry | Artillery officers exercise their option and complete the requisite documentation. The directive will apply to those who had joined as SSC officers, but were not given an option during their service tenure to opt for Permanent Commission. Their male counterparts from same batches and streams went on to become PC officers. The SSC officers – men or women – join for a period of 10 or 14 years following which an option is given for becoming Permanent Commission officers. Bench said it would further hear the matter on July 27. The SC is seized of Joshi’s petition challenging the HC decision to defer its order on rebel Congress MLAs’ petition to July 24. The Bench told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Speaker, that it intended to adjourn his plea as it was a “serious matter” which required a “prolonged hearing”. It didn’t agree to Sibal’s demand to stay further proceedings in the HC till the matter was decided by the SC. Meanwhile, the Congress today said it was ready for a floor test. ACTING TOUGH ■ ~2,000 is the existing fine for those violating home quarantine ■ ~5,000 will be penalty for eateries not maintaining social distancing ■ ~10,000 will be the fine for violations at social gatherings 2,000 for violation of physical-distancing norms. For buses and cars, such violations are punishable by Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 fine, respectively. In case of autorickshaws and two-wheelers, the fine is Rs 500. The fresh penalties are in addition to Rs 500 each announced in May for not wearing a mask and spitting at public places. An average 5,000 violators are challaned daily for not wearing masks across Punjab. e-transport services in HP from July 27 Shimla, July 23 The state Transport Department will start providing all of its services at the click of a mouse from July 27. Be it grant or renewal of permit, registration of vehicle, vehicle model approval or issues related to taxation, etc., people will be able to do it from the comfort of their homes. “We will run a pilot project in two districts – Shimla and Kangra – for 15 to 20 days to find and fix any loopholes from July 27. I am glad we will be the first in the country to have all our facilities online,” said Transport Director Capt JM Pathania. — TNS New Delhi, July 23 In its latest guidelines on disposal of Covid-19 waste, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed that masks and gloves used by everyone, whether infected or not, should be cut and kept in paper bags for minimum 72 hours before disposing them of. The CPCB has also directed commercial establishments like malls and offices to follow the same procedure with discarded protective personal equipment (PPE). It, however, said the leftover food and empty water bottles handled by infected patients should not be collected along with bio-medical waste but with No final exams till Aug 13, High Court tells PU Chandigarh, July 23 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today not only asked Panjab University (PU) to consider the feasibility of passing students on the basis of previous semesters’ performance, but also extended the stay on ‘final examinations’ till August 13. The direction by Justice Ritu Bahri came on a petition filed against the PU and other respondents by Yatin Mehta and other petitioners through ‘Consider’ past marks while promoting pupils counsel Harlove Singh Rajput. The petitioners were seeking the quashing of orders and notifications issued between May 26 and June 19, whereby final year students were directed to appear for their end-semester examinations. — TNS 45,720 new cases in a day, recovery rate stable COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 7,82,606 FRESH FATALITIES 1,129 TOTAL DEATHS 29,861 12,38,635 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 1,54,87,181 94,24,797 6,32,379 other general solid waste. It has also directed that isolation wards use double-layered bags for collection of Covid-19 waste and disinfect all bins/containers every day. The board’s directions came even as the country witnessed the highest single day surge of 45,720 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative national disease burden to 12,38,635. The death toll from the infection touched 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day. It was also a day of record recoveries with 29,557 getting cured or discharged. The national recovery rate is stable at 63.18 per cent with 7,82,606 recoveries and 4,26,167 patients currently on management. “The recoveries now exceed infections by 3,56,439 cases,” the Health Ministry said. — TNS MEA: Will explore options on Jadhav New Delhi, July 23 India today charged Pakistan with violating the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment and its own ordinance in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, and failing to provide remedy. New Delhi said it reserves its position in the matter, including its rights to avail of further remedies. Responding to questions on recent developments, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the entire exercise on part of Pakistan not to provide relevant documents even after repeated requests, deny unimpeded consular access and take reported unilateral action of approaching the high court exposed the “farcical nature” of its approach. He said India had sought consular access 12 times but Pakistan had not done so. On July 16, the meeting of con- Says Pak violated ICJ order, own ordinance FOR COMPLETE LAC DISENGAGEMENT India reiterated it expects China to work for complete disengagement and full restoration of peace at LAC. PAGE 10 sular officers with Jadhav was scuttled and the team was instructed not to hand over any documents to him. “It seems Pakistan was nonserious in its approach.... It has blocked all avenues for an effective remedy available for India,” he said. — TNS 50% women quota in Hry panchayats Bill in monsoon session| Part of BJP-JJP common programme Chandigarh, July 23 The Haryana Government today announced 50 per cent quota for women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions as against the current 33 per cent reservation. Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, who also holds the Development and Panchayats Department portfolio, said a Bill to amend the Panchayati Raj Act would be introduced in the upcoming monsoon session of the Assembly. Chautala said this was part of the common minimum programme of the BJP-JJP government. “The proposal will formally be placed Dushyant Chautala, Dy CM before the Haryana Cabinet for approval soon,” he added. Chautala said in order to make information concerning land registry and “intkal” (mutation) public, the Revenue Department would upload a copy of e-jamabandi and registry deed on its website for both buyers and sellers to study before making a deal. This would help eliminate brokers. In order to minimise human interference in tehsils, the government would introduce the concept of centralised registry after eregistry. This would allow people to get registry done at any tehsil after submitting documents, he asserted. Given the current scenario, deputy commissioners had been directed to check registries in controlled areas (for Covid-19) within the municipal corporation limits under the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, and submit a report within 15 days. — TNS
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