11092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/11/2020 12:23 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.5 no.252 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 jammu & kashmir UN CALLS FOR $35 BILLION MORE TO COMBAT PANDEMIC WORLD /thetribunechd RIL’S MARKET VALUATION CROSSES $200-BN MARK BUSINESS PM’S MULTI-CRORE BONANZA FOR BIHAR BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com India, Japan pact on using each other’s military bases Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 10 India and Japan on Thursday announced they had signed an agreement allowing the forces of either country to seek supplies and services at each other’s bases. This would include fuel, spares and services like food and water. This means Indian military planes and warships plying in the far-east can land or dock at any Japanese defence station. This extends the reach of operations for India. Conversely, the Japanese warships or military planes can use Indian facilities. With this, India has completed arrangements of sharing military logistics with the other three members of the ‘Quad’ or Quadilateral, an Japan PM Shinzo Abe MODI CALLS UP ABE ■ PM Modi rang up Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hailing signing of the pact ■ The leaders said it would ensure peace, security in Indo-Pacific ■ Supplies will include fuel, spares and services like food and water emerging alliance of India, US, Japan and Australia. India and Japan signed an agreement on “reciprocal provision of supplies and services between forces of both coun- tries”, a statement of the Indian Ministry of Defence said. The agreement was signed in New Delhi on Wednesday by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Suzuki. The pact establishes a framework for cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services while engaged in bilateral training activities, UN peacekeeping operations and international relief. The pact will also enhance the interoperability between the armed forces of India and Japan, thereby further increasing the bilateral defence engagements under the ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ between the two countries, said the statement. friday, september 11,2020 Jaishankar,Yimeet overLAC row 2-hr talks on SCO sidelines after rounds of diplomatic & military-level interaction Tribune News Service TRILATERAL HELD New Delhi, September 10 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday talked for over two hours with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow to resolve the worsening situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. After a lull following the Galwan valley incident on June 15, troops from both sides have come dangerously close to confrontation on two occasions in the last fortnight. Jaishankar’s interaction follows another one held last week between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart, also in Moscow, where both ministers set out their respective positions on restoring normalcy on the LAC. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly at the induction ceremony of Rafale in Ambala on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Rafale induction stern signal to adversaries, says Rajnath Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Actor Paresh Rawal appointed NSD chief DELHI: Veteran actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal was on Thursday appointed chairperson of the National School of Drama (NSD), India’s premier theatre institute that has trained actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Irrfan Khan. — PTI NEW US spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla WASHINGTON: An American commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been named after fallen NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight. — IANS 2 security men killed in Odisha encounter BHUBANESWAR: Two security men lost their lives in the gunfight with Maoists in Odisha's Kalahandi district, the police said on Thursday. Five Maoists were also killed in the exchange of fire that took place in the Bhandarangi Sirki forest area on Wednesday. — TNS India and China held trilateral talks on the sidelines of SCO ■ “Attended the RIC Foreign Ministers Meeting hosted by FM (Sergey) Lavrov in Moscow. Thank him for his warm hospitality. India takes on the Chair of the RIC process,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted (From left) India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov & China’s State Councillor Wang Yi at a meeting in Moscow. REUTERS Jaishankar and Wang were holding talks after three rounds of virtual meetings of the working mechanism on the border and several army commander-level meetings failed to stem a series of aggressive actions that culminated in shots being fired at the LAC for the first time in 45 years. At the time of the going to the press, there was no official word on the meeting between the two. Earlier in the day, Jaishankar and Wang sat together at two multilateral interactions in which bilateral disputes were not discussed. The main show for which Jaishankar had gone to Moscow — the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation — was held in the morning. Consider waiving interest on interest: SC Army issues alert after Pak drone spotted near LoC Srinagar, September 10 After the use of a quadcopter by Pakistan’s ISI in J&K, the Army has issued an alert along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Valley as it believes the drones could be used for dropping weapons for terrorists. Lt Gen BS Raju, GeneralOfficer-in-Command of XV Corps, said after an incident in the Jammu region, “we have alerted all formations to keep a check on any flying object seen along the LoC”. He said the terrorists in the Valley were facing shortage of arms and ammunition and they were desperately looking for some help from across the border. — PTI ■ Foreign Ministers of Russia, Ambala, September 10 Terming the Rafale fighter a game changer for India’s security, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the induction of the aircraft has sent a strong message to the world, especially to those who challenge the country’s sovereignty. Speaking at the formal induction ceremony for the first batch of five Rafales with No.17 Squadron at the Ambala Air Force Station today, Rajnath said the induction was significant in the light of the present situation that has been created on the borders. Reiterating the resolve to not compromise India’s sovereignty under any circumstances, he said: “Strengthening our defence is aimed at achieving international peace and stability and we do not want to take any step that can endanger international peace. We have the same expectation from our neighbours and other countries of the world.” Complimenting the IAF for its swift and decisive action during the current standoff in Ladakh, he said the speed with which the IAF deployed its ■ Rafale literally means ‘gust 9,500 KG PAYLOAD CAN BE CARRIED ‘INDIA TO HAVE EDGE’ TO WORK CLOSELY IN INDIAN OCEAN REGION In strategic terms, it Defence Minister Rajnath (Rafale induction) means Singh and his French India will have an edge over counterpart Florence Parly the entire region to protect held extensive talks during which they vowed to step up its people…. France has always stood beside India cooperation in the Indian Ocean, a region which is in good times and bad. witnessing rising Chinese ❝ Florence Parly, FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER For Golden Temple ‘langar’, overseas funds allowed Tribune News Service FOR RELIEF DURING MORATORIUM ■ The SC has asked the Centre, RBI and banks to reply in two weeks ■ The RBI and Centre said a complete interest waiver was not possible ■ They said banks would interest on interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium. “On the interest issue, we are yet to take a decision. But on the aspect of interest on inter- est, we are inclined to pass an order that it may not be debited,” the Bench said, but chose not to issue such a direction. The Bench, however, made military posturing. New Delhi, September 10 With the government granting Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration to an Amritsar association to receive overseas funds to serve “langar” to devotees at the Golden Temple, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said, “PM Narendra Modi is blessed that ‘Waheguru ji’ has taken ‘seva’ from him.” Set up in 1925, the organisation so far has been taking donations within the country. It can now take foreign contributions. New Delhi, September 10 The candidates detected with above normal temperatures at the exam centres for the September 13 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-UG will be placed in isolation rooms and allowed to take exams there. The Health Ministry today issued standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 while conducting the upcoming NEETUG, UPSC and NDA tests. Candidates will have to IAF needed to look into new challenges related to artificial continued on back page edit: welcome, rafale Centre issues exam SOPs; Serum institute halts Oxford vaccine trial COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 34,71,783 FRESH FATALITIES 1,172 TOTAL DEATHS 75,062 44,65,863 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 2,81,11,887 2,01,72,651 9,09,570 bring self-declaration forms on their health status. If a student is found symptomatic at the centre, permission to take the exam or denial thereof would be granted as per the policy of the agency conduct- CASELOAD PAST 44 LAKH ing the exam. In case of NEETUG, the National Testing Agency advisory said, candidates would be checked with thermal guns at the entrance to registration rooms. “Those with above normal temperature will be allowed to take the exam continued on back page Punjab prepares to check stubble burning Farm fires could aggravate Covid-19situationinthestate Tribune News Sevice RAFALE AIRCRAFT BEING ACCORDED WATER SALUTE IN AMBALA. PTI it clear that its interim order with regard to NPAs shall continue. It also wanted the Centre and the RBI to place on record all decisions taken by them on this. The top court posted the matter for further hearing on September 28 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said an expert committee had been set up to take decisions on the issue of moratorium extension, interest on interest during moratorium and other related issues. — TNS NEET aspirants with symptoms to take test in separate rooms Aman Sood assets at forward bases instilled confidence that it was fully prepared to carry out its operational tasks. Stating that the suffer losses as they had to pay interest to depositors Tribune News Service ALL-WEATHER FIGHTER of wind’ or ‘burst of fire’ ■ Five fighter aircraft arrived on July 29 from France ■ India signed a pact for 36 jets at a cost of ~ 59,000 cr ■ Combat aircraft is N-capable New Delhi, September 10 The Supreme Court today gave two weeks to the Centre, RBI and banks to put their heads together and chalk out sector-specific schemes with regard to loan restructuring, charging of interest on interest and related issues. A Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which had earlier directed that accounts not declared NPA till August 31 shall not to be declared NPA till further orders, wanted the Centre to consider not charging Patiala, September 10 With less than a week left for harvesting to begin in Majha where paddy was sown early, Punjab has appointed nodal officers at the village level to check stubble burning. They will report farm fires and take action on the spot. These officials will have a mobile app that will send live reports for on-the-spot action. INCIDENTS (SEPT- NOV) YEAR 53,000 51,751 50,841 2019 2018 2017 1, 700 FIRs FILED IN 2019 The deputy commissioners of Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Patiala, Tarn Taran, Muktsar and Ferozepur have been briefed in this regard, says Punjab Pollution Control Board member-secretary Karunesh Garg. Experts warn that farm fires may begin by mid-September, aggravating the Covid-19 situation. Sources say a penalty of Rs 6 crore is yet to be realised from erring farmers. Backed by unions, they refuse to deposit the fine. The government had last year announced an incentive of Rs 2,500 per acre for not burning stubble. The scheme was dropped after several panchayats reported it was being ‘misused.’ Stopped from reaching rally, farmers clash with cops Tribune News Service Kurukshetra, September 10 A high-voltage drama was witnessed here today as farmers clashed with the police after being denied entry to Pipli grain market to participate in a state-level ‘Kisan Bachao-Mandi Bachao’ rally, organised to demand withdrawal of the Centre’s farm ordinances. The face-off saw the farmers breaking barricades and pelting the police with stones and the cops cane-charging the protesters to disperse them. An alleged attempt was made to run a tractor-trailer over the Shahabad SDM, who was on the spot to stop the farmers. It was after the farmers, gathered under the aegis of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), blocked the DelhiAmbala highway for an hour that they were allowed to pro- ‘PB VILLAGES WON’T ALLOW MPs BACKING ORDINANCES’ Ludhiana: The Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) announced on Thursday that MPs backing the Centre’s farm ordinances would not be allowed to enter Punjab villages. Its general secretary HS Lakhowal claimed that the NDA government wanted to hand over cultivable land to corporate houses. “We will hold a dharna outside Parliament House on the day Bills to replace the ordinances are tabled in Parliament,” he added. OC ceed towards the rally venue. The commuters, meanwhile, were a harried lot. Farmer unions and commission agents have threat- ened to go in for a statewide blockade on September 20 if their demands for withdrawal of the three ordinances and making ‘Right to sell at MSP’ a law were not met by September 19. The unions have also decided to start dharnas at district headquarters across Haryana from September 15 if the Centre or the state government failed to invite them for talks on their demands by September 14. Deputy Commissioner Sharandeep Kaur said the farmers had been denied permission for the rally due to the Covid pandemic. Farmers block the National Highway in Kurukshetra on Thursday.
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