17082020-TT-01.qxd 8/16/2020 11:22 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.227 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana UK PLANS NEW PANDEMIC RESPONSE INSTITUTE WORLD /thetribunechd POST-HARVEST LOSSES: STRIVING TO REIN IN GRAIN DRAIN INFOCUS PMMODI’S STERN MESSAGE TO CHINA, PAK ON I-DAY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com China Foreign Minister makes rare Tibet visit Beijing, August 16 China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a rare visit to Tibet and the border areas last week and stressed that the security and stability of the region was important to the overall development of the country, the official media here reported. Wang, who is also State Councillor of the Communist Party of China, met Tibet’s Communist Party secretary and chairman of the Tibet regional government. “The security and stability of the region is important to the overall development of China,” the Global Times quoted Wang as having told the Tibet Daily. Wang goes on special “research trips” to several Chinese regions every year, the report said. Top Chinese leaders visit Tibet annually but it’s rare for the Foreign Minister to visit the remote Himalayan region. — PTI Biden: Will stand by India NCC expansion in coastal, border areas to counter border threat Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 16 US presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said if elected, his administration will stand with India to counter any threat it may face in the region or along its borders. Biden also backed India’s no-tolerance approach to cross-border terrorism and pledged to rescind the “harmful policy” of placing restrictions on the movement of skilled persons from India by removing caps on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates. He said he would take steps to reform the H-1B visa system, work towards eliminating the country-quota for Green Cards and ensure prompt issuance of religious worker visas from TOGETHER ON INDO-PACIFIC If elected, I ❝ India in thewillwork with Indo- Pacific to ensure no country, including China, is able to threaten its neighbours with impunity. Joe Biden, DEMOCRATIC PREZ NOMINEE VOWS TO REFORM H-1B VISA FUNDS FOR GURDWARA AND MANDIR SECURITY KAMALA: ASIAN DESCENT I stand before you ❝first candidate for as the Vice-President of the US of S Asian descent. Kamala Harris ‘Tongue cut’ UP teen raped &killed , Lucknow, August 16 A 13-year-old girl was raped and strangled to death in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, police said on Sunday. Two men have been arrested for the crime that took place on Friday. The police dismissed reports that the girl was brutalised with her eyes gouged out and tongue chopped off, saying the post-mortem stated the death was due to “strangulation after rape”. The incident drew strong condemnation, with the monday, august 17,2020 NO HARASSMENT, COPS ON B’SHAHR INCIDENT Two persons have been arrested in connection with the death of Sudiksha Bhati, 20, pursuing a course in US, the police said while claiming they had no proof she was harassed by bikers before dying in a mishap. PTI Opposition Congress and SP attacking the Yogi government over the law and order situation in the state. The police said the girl had gone to her fields on Friday afternoon. When she did not return home, her family started looking for her and found her body in a sugarcane field. Dhaurahra DSP Abhishek Pratap said two men were arrested on Friday night. “On the complaint of the victim’s father, two men had been arrested,” said the DSP An FIR . has been registered under the IPC, POCSO Act and SC/ST Act. — Agencies reputed organisations. Biden made the declaration while appearing with his vice-presidential pick Kamala Harris and several aides, including three — Richard Verma, Jake Sullivan and Tony Blinken — tipped for weighty positions, in an hour-long webinar on India’s Independence Day. In a three-minute video, he introduced Harris as a “dear friend, smart, tested and prepared,” adding that “it’s your story too”. Harris recalled that she had picked up values from her mother Shyamala, who instilled in her the obligation to do something for society. “That’s how she marched and shouted during the civil rights movement, inspired by Martin Luther King, who was in turn inspired by Gandhi. There she met my father. And the rest is history.” continued on back page India shows interest in Russian vaccine New Delhi, August 16 A week after Russia announced a breakthrough in Covid vaccine, Indian Ambassador Venkatesh Varma met Russian Direct Investment Fund chief Kirill Dmitriev and said he hoped for a “positive outcome” to his offer for cooperation. Before going ahead with concrete details, India would like to have technical details of Phase 1 and 2 trials of ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine for evaluation by R&D apparatus. — TNS Fatality rate dips to 1.93%; ICUs full, Pb struggles ex-opener Chauhan dies to cope with caseload New Delhi, August 16 With vaccine development on the fast track, India’s Covid-19 case fatality rate today dropped to a new low of 1.93 per cent, while the recovery rate rose to 72 per cent with the total cases touching 25, 89,682. Recoveries now constitute 18,62,258 cases out of the total disease load, taking the national cure rate to 71.91 per cent. The daily spike in cases was 63,490 and the toll reached 49,980 with 944 succumbing in the last 24 hours. In his I-Day speech yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said every Indian could expect a Covid-19 vaccine in the shortest possible time once a safe vaccine was approved and ready for production. He said a road map to ensure mass production of the vaccine was ready. Meanwhile, one of Indian cricket’s most well-known batsmen without an international hundred, ex-opener Vishav Bharti Once ready, vaccine for all, says PM Modi COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 18,62,258 FRESH FATALITIES 944 TOTAL DEATHS 49,980 25,89,682 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 2,17,01,338 1,44,08,292 7,70,535 WAS UP MINISTER A minister in the Yogi Cabinet, former opener Chetan Chauhan died due to Covid-related complications after being on life support for 36 hours. OBIT ON PAGE 11 Chetan Chauhan, died due to Covid-19 related complications at a Gurugram hospital. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 16 With a sudden spike in Covid19 cases, intensive care units in Punjab seem to be bursting at the seams. With most of these already full, patients requiring treatment in ICUs are reportedly being turned away. The state has reported around 14,000 cases in the first 15 days of this month. The number of deaths during the period was around 400, which was more than the deaths witnessed between March and July. Gian Sagar Medical College, which provides ICU facility to patients from Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali and Ropar districts, has started sending back such patients. The hospital has 20 ventilators and 300 other beds. Over the past two weeks, the hospital authorities sent back two ambulances carrying high-risk Covid patients on the pretext of non-availabil- SUDDEN SPURT ■ The state saw 14,000 cases in the first 15 days of August ■ Around 400 deaths were reported during this period ■ This was more than the death toll reported between March and July ity of beds, said a senior health functionary in Mohali district. A doctor posted in the Covid ward at the Ropar district hospital said earlier they were referring high-risk patients to Gian Sagar Hospital, but not anymore as not enough beds were available there. Even the authorities at government hospitals in Chandigarh seem reluctant to take patients from Punjab. Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, state’s nodal officer for Covid, could not be contacted for comment. You’ll always be my captain: Kohli to Dhoni Chandigarh, August 16 Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, who had been groomed for the top job for several years by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, paid him the ultimate tribute as Dhoni retired from Grateful, you showed belief in me: Skipper international cricket. “I’ve always said this and I will say it again, you will always be my captain!” Kohli said. Kohli and Dhoni have shared excellent rapport over the last few years, and Kohli has stood by his former cap- tain even as calls for the sacking of Dhoni became louder over the last two years. In a video tribute posted online, Kohli said Dhoni’s retirement had left him short of words. “Words fall short a lot of times in life and I think this is one of those moments. All I can say is that you will always be that guy who sat in the last seat of the bus (sic),” Kohli said. “We have shared a great camaraderie, friendship, understanding because we have always played for the same roles, same goals, which was to make the team win.” “It’s been a pleasure playing under you, alongside you. You showed belief in me, which I would always be grateful for,” he added. Dhoni had announced his retirement on Saturday with a somewhat cryptic post on Instagram. — TNS New Delhi, August 16 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal to expand the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in 173 border and coastal districts from where one lakh new cadets will be inducted, an official statement said on Sunday. The expansion of the NCC was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech on Saturday. He said the corps would be expanded in border and coastal districts so that these areas “get HARNESSING YOUTH POWER 1 lakh to be inducted from 173 districts 1/3rd of the cadets will be girls 1,000 schools, colleges selected for scheme trained manpower for disaster management, and youth get skill training for making a career in the armed forces”. The Defence Ministry’s statement said Singh had approved the NCC proposal “for a major expansion scheme”. “More than 1,000 schools and colleges have been iden- tified in border and coastal districts where NCC will be introduced,” it said. A total of one lakh cadets from 173 border and coastal districts would be inducted into the NCC, it said, adding that onethird of them would be girls. “As part of the expansion plan, a total of 83 NCC units This House session, seats in chambers, galleries for MPs Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 16 The monsoon session of Parliament is going to be marked by several firsts. The Rajya Sabha secretariat has been working overtime for the past two weeks to ensure full preparedness by the third week of this month for the sitting of the House, sources says. “Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla last month decided to use the chambers and galleries of both Houses for enabling the monsoon session under the ARRANGEMENTS AMID COVID CURBS ■ Members of the Upper House will be seated in chambers and galleries of both Houses ■ 60 members will be seated in the Rajya Sabha chamber, 51 in the galleries of the RS and the remaining 132 in the Lok Sabha chamber ■ Large display screens and consoles, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, special cables between the two Houses and polycarbonate separators will be in place will be upgraded (Army 53, Navy 20, Air Force 10) to impart training to cadets in the border and coastal areas,” the ministry noted. The Army will provide training and administrative support to the NCC units located in border areas, the Navy will provide support to those in coastal areas and the Air Force will help those close to its stations. The NCC expansion plan will be implemented in partnership with state governments, the ministry said. — PTI Vaishno Devi shrine opens after 5 mths jammu:Several religious shrines, including the holy cave of Goddess Vaishno Devi, were thrown open to devotees on Sunday. In Katra, the pilgrimage resumed with a special puja, havan and yagya at the sanctum sanctorum amidst chanting of Vedic mantras. — TNS 4G BACK IN 2 J&K DISTS Tiger cub named after Ladakh martyr prevailing restrictions,” a senior official said. Rajya Sabha chamber and galleries and Lok Sabha chamber will be used for seating members of the Upper House during the monsoon session. continued on back page hyderabad: The Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad has named a cub born to a Royal Bengal tigress after Colonel Santosh Babu, who laid down his life during a violent clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh. — TNS
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