31072020-TT-01.qxd 7/30/2020 11:19 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.211 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana US FUELLING COLD WAR AHEAD OF PREZ POLL: CHINA WORLD /thetribunechd RIL PROFIT JUMPS 31% TO ~13,248 CR IN JUNE QUARTER BUSINESS INDIA, CHINA DON’T CARE FOR AIR: TRUMP BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, july 31,2020 ArmycommanderstomeetagainoverLAC Conclave any time now even as India prepares for long haul Ladakh disengagement not yet complete: MEA Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Jadhav case: Pak Bench to hear review petition Islamabad, July 30 The Islamabad High Court on Thursday constituted a two-member Bench to hear a review petition filed by the Pakistan government in the case of retired Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on a death row, reported Pakistani media. The Bench would take up the plea on Monday. In a unilateral move, Pakistan filed the petition in the IHC on July 22, seeking appointment of a “legal representative” for Jadhav. However, the main parties, including the Government of India, were not consulted ahead of the filing of the application by the Ministry of Law and Justice under an ordinance which was enacted on May 20. — PTI New Delhi, July 30 More than two weeks after their last meeting and a deadlocked de-escalation process, Lt General-level commanders of India and China are slated to meet again. This, even as both sides are taking no chances to let down their guard militarily along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. India is mentally ready for a long haul that includes setting up pre-fabricated facilities for housing additional troops that have been rushed in to face the Chinese. Special Indian Air Force flights and helicopters are being pressed into service to carry these prefabricated structures. A meeting of the commanders was held on July 15. It lasted 15 hours. The two sides have met four times since June 6. A meeting was proposed between July 28 and 30, but the plan did not fructify. A meeting between Indian and Chinese military officials along the Line of Actual Control. FILE PHOTO A senior functionary said fresh dates for the meeting were being worked out. The aim would be to remind the Chinese that the agreed upon de-escalation schedule must be honoured. The Tribune was the first to report in its edition dated July 21 that China was dithering on honouring the deal to pull back troops, weapons and equipment. IT hardware never supplied to Western Naval Command and March 2016 at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai for supply of Information Technology and networking-related hardware. “None of the items mentioned in the bills was supplied to HQ, WNC (Western Naval Command). No documents pertaining to preparation of the bills i.e. approvals, financial sanction, purchase orders, receipt vouchers, etc. are available at HQ,” the FIR said. The agency has also booked four officials of the Controller of Defence Accounts, besides private companies Star Network, ACME Networks, Cyberspace Infovision and Moksh Infosys. — PTI Since then, India has made it clear that it wants the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China to fully adhere to the agreement on creating a physical buffer zone along the LAC and going back from some specific areas, before any progress could be made. China, despite agreeing to it, has not vacated the area east of Finger-4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso. There are issues of Chinese build-up in the Depsang area, but the prime concern is the Pangong Tso area. The PLA has pulled back its boats from the waters in front of Finger4, but its troops on ground remain there. TNS & PTI Sonia admitted to hospital, will undergo tests New Delhi, July 30 Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday for routine tests, hospital authorities said. She was admitted to the private facility here at 7 pm for “routine tests and investigations”, the hospital said in a health bulletin. “Her condition is currently stable,” Dr DS Rana, the chairman of the Board of Management of the hospital, was quoted as saying in the bulletin. Earlier, she chaired a meeting of party Rajya Sabha MPs that went on for more than 3 hours. — TNS NewDelhi/washington, July30 India registered record 52,123 new Covid-19 cases for the first time and 775 deaths in the past 24 hours, even as the United States recorded over 1,50,000 virus deaths — more than a fifth of the world’s recorded fatalities. The US also has over 44,26,000 confirmed cases, making it the world’s worst-hit country. While India’s caseload touched 15,83,792 and the death toll climbed to 34,968 on Thursday, recoveries rose to 10,20,582. India’s average daily recoveries have been steadily rising from an average of 14,852 in the first week of July to 34,230 between July 26 and 30. COUNT RECOVERED 10,20,582 FRESH FATALITIES 775 TOTAL DEATHS 34,968 15,83,792 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 1,73,01,039 1,07,89,545 6,72,369 ITALY FEARS 2ND WAVE With 200-300 new infections being reported each day, Italy has extended the state of emergency to October 15. AYODHYA PRIEST +VE Assistant to the chief priest of Ram Janmabhoomi temple and 16 cops at Ayodhya have tested Covid positive. 3 more in HPCabinet Jammu, July 30 National Conference vicepresident Omar Abdullah has declared that he will fight for what was taken away from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, that is the special status of the state and its statehood. “I am very clear about it,” he told The Tribune in a telephonic interview, explaining what all he believes in and why didn’t he speak immediately after his release in March this year. “My silence was being misinterpreted as some kind of understanding with Delhi, so I’ve decided to debunk that theory.” Excerpts from the interview: You’ve been saying there is no space for the mainstream parties I have never said the space for mainstream parties has obliterated, but we haven’t been able to hold public meetings to know where we stand. What will be your first step now? To facilitate the release of my colleagues. Dr (Farooq Abdullah) Sahab and I have filed petitions for the release of NC leaders from detention. Thereafter, the NC will decide the future course. ❝ What’s your assessment of the Kashmir situation? The mood is obviously that of anger and disappointment. People were waiting for the views of the mainstream parties, even the separatists were watching Governor’s rule to Anurag Srivastava, MEA SPOKESPERSON had not been completed. The Chinese envoy said Indian troops had been making roads, bridges and infrastructure in the Galwan valley area since April. Following representations from China, India agreed to withdraw its troops and dismantle the infrastructure. On June 15 evening, Indian troops crossed the LAC and attacked Chinese soldiers, leading to a physical clash. — TNS Tribune News Service CM Jai Ram Thakur (R) inducted (from back left) SR Chaudhary, Rajinder Garg and Rakesh Pathania into HP Cabinet. Sushil Manav We cannot tell what verdict the Supreme Court will deliver on the subject. But our case is quite strong. Chandigarh, July 30 The Haryana Government has ordered the state Ayush Department to cancel through a general order all licences it had issued for the manufacture of surface disinfectants as the product wasn’t ayurvedic in nature and outside its domain. The government has also ordered prosecution against those who violated rules by manufacturing such disinfectants on a licence obtained for hand sanitisers. Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, It was in national interest. It was a matter of trust and sovereign commitment of the country with the people of J&K. I can convince the country, but we are up against vast propaganda machinery (of the BJP). There are dangers involved. continued on page 9 While Chaudhary and Pathania were in reckoning, inclusion of Garg, a first-time Ghumarwin MLA, came as a surprise. INSIDE Ayush told to cancel disinfectant licences How do you hope to get the pre-August 5 position? Can you convince the nation that Article 370 was in national interest? Herd immunity ‘not an option’ New Delhi, July 30 The government today made it clear that India would have to wait to acquire herd immunity through Covid vaccination and could not look at herd immunity through mass infections as a strategic option or a choice. OSD to Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said herd immunity through the nonvaccination route in which large population has to be infected to become immune to the virus cannot be an option for a country of the size and population of India as it would involve a huge disease and death burden. — TNS Tribune News Service Imphal, July 30 Three Assam Rifles personnel were killed and six injured in an attack by suspected militants in Manipur’s Chandel district, Army sources said. The miscreants carried out an IED explosion and opened fire on the Assam Rifles personnel while they were patrolling the Khongtal area in Chandel, near the India-Myanmar border, around 6.30 pm on Wednesday, sources said. The bodies of three deceased jawans — Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman YM Konyak and Rifleman Ratan Salim — have been sent to Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, Imphal, for autopsy. The injured have been shifted to a military hospital in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district. No outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. “The local administration and intelligence agencies are working to identify the insurgent group that carried out the attack on the patrolling party,” said a senior government officer. — Agencies HC stays Jaitly’s 4-year jail term for corruption NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday stayed the four-year jail term awarded to Samata Party former president Jaya Jaitly in a 2000-01 case related to a purported defence deal. The court sought the CBI’s response on Jaitly’s appeal challenging her conviction and sentence. — PTI Delhi cuts VAT, diesel cheaper by ~8.36/l NEW DELHI: Diesel price in the national capital was on Thursday cut by Rs 8.36 per litre after the state government rolled back VAT or sales tax from 30 per cent to 16.75 per cent. Diesel will now cost Rs 73.64 per litre. — PTI ‘Rich’Sanskrit at primary level PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR see if it would end corruption and generate employment. Nothing has happened. I can convince the country that Art 370 was in national interest, but we are up against propaganda. There are dangers... work with us for complete disengagement and full restoration of peace and tranquillity in border areas at the earliest. Aditi Tandon ‘Will fight for special status’ Tribune News Service OSD to Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said testing had also steadily been increased as per the WHO guidelines with collection of 140 samples per 10 lakh people per day. India is testing 324 samples per million per day. “The WHO guidelines say testing should continue at high levels until the region attains infection positivity rate below 10 per cent and ultimately below 5 per cent,” said Bhushan. Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir had achieved positivity rate of less than 5 per cent. States with positivity rate less than 10 per cent include Jharkhand, Kerala, Assam, Goa, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, he added. COVID-19CASES INDIA THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW OMAR ABDULLAH, NC LEADER Arun Joshi ❝ We expect that the Chinese side will sincerely Record 52K cases; US death toll 1.5L 4 Navy officers booked over ~6.76-cr fake bills New Delhi, July 30 The CBI has booked four Navy officers and 14 others for allegedly generating fake bills amounting to Rs 6.76 crore for supply of IT hardware to the Western Naval Command, officials said. Captain Atul Kulkarni, Commanders Mandar Godbole and RP Sharma, and Petty Officer LOG (F&A) Kuldeep Singh Baghel allegedly prepared seven fraudulent bills of Rs 6.76 crore, they said. “All these accused naval officers abused their official position to defraud the naval authorities and rob the exchequer of public money, which led to pecuniary gain to themselves,” according to the FIR. The probe agency has carried out searches in this connection, sources said. The bills were allegedly raised between January Pre-fabricated facilities in place to house additional troops New Delhi, July 30 India today said more meetings at the military level were needed because the process of disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) had not been completed. “We expect that the Chinese side will sincerely work with us for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity in border areas at the earliest,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a virtual briefing. Speaking minutes after the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong again accused Indian troops of breaking an understanding between military commanders not to transgress the LAC in the Galwan valley, Srivastava said there had been some progress towards disengagement, but the process 3 Assam Rifles men killed in border ambush HRY ORDER POST ROW ■ With Covid outbreak, demand New Delhi, July 30 Hailing Sanskrit for its rich body of classical literature, the government is all set to offer the language at all levels of education through schools and colleges. The National Education Policy 2020, stressing multilingualism as a force for national integration, provides for introduction of Sanskrit at foundation stage, which covers primary school students, and goes on to recommend the language as a subject till university level. While the new policy retains the long-in-force three-language formula, it provides for it to be implemented from grade 3 through grade 12 instead of the previous system where it was introduced for sanitisers and disinfectants spiralled ■ Several manufacturers obtained Ayush licences as approaching FDA would have meant stringent norms ■ Row erupted over licensing between FDA and Ayush following a raid at a unit in Gurugram SALARY PANGS Health and Family Welfare Department, has told the Director General, Ayush Department, that the disinfectants could not have continued on back page The lives of Revenue and Forest staff are on the brink. They have not got salaries for 4 months. The Pbi varsity guest faculty face same predicament. NEW EDU POLICY WHAT IT MEANS The NEP 2020 recommendation on Sanskrit means the language would be offered for learning across all levels of school education by all state school boards and also up to the university level later. between grades 6 and 8. The policy also allows state governments to sign bilateral agreements to hire teachers for satisfying the three-language formula where two of the three languages have to be Indian languages. “Sanskrit contains vast treasure of knowledge, written by people of varied reli- gions as well as non-religious people over thousands of years. It will be taught in interesting, experiential and relevant ways,” the policy says. Sanskrit textbooks at the foundational and middle school level may be rewritten in “simple standard” Sanskrit to make its study truly enjoyable, it says. The policy seeks to introduce language learning at the age of two, noting that children pick up languages quickly between ages of two and eight and multilingualism enhances cognitive abilities in young students. Among foreign languages the NEP mentions for offer under the three-language formula are Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, German, Spanish or Russian. edit: a new beginning Longwaitforwagesfor4KForeststaff Sameer Singh Tribune News service Bathinda, July 30 Angrej Singh (50) of Pakka Kalan village has been buying groceries on credit from a shop in his vicinity. Unable to clear an outstanding bill of more than Rs 8, 000, he is now looking for another grocery shop for purchases on credit. Life for him has been tough. Since the past four months, Angrez Singh, among the 4,000 employees with the Forest Department, have not been paid wages. “My savings are all gone. My two sons, both farmhands, are without work. I had to borrow Rs 20,000 on an interest of Rs 400 per month to meet household expenses. continued on back page
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