17092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/17/2020 12:17 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.258 | 14 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 FOR STRONGER TIES WITH JAPAN: PM TO SUGA WORLD /thetribunechd LS PASSES BILL TO BRING COOPERATIVE BANKS UNDER RBI BUSINESS EXPANDING SECURITY COUNCIL UNGA CHIEF’S PRIORITY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, september 17,2020 SAD opposes farm Bills, issues whip No Chinese infiltration in last 6 mths: MoS in Rajya Sabha New Delhi, September 16 The Shiromani Akali Dal today decided to oppose the three farm Bills in Parliament and issued a three-line whip to its MPs. Party president Sukhbir Badal asked his parliamentary colleagues to oppose these Bills that are to replace The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance. Naresh Gujral, party Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha, today issued the notice. The party has three MPs in the House, including Gujral, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Balwinder Singh Bhunder. The SAD, an ally of the BJP , is a member of the governing 47 attempts to push terrorists across India-Pakistan border in J&K Tribune News Service ‘EFFECTIVE APPROACH’ ALLY’S CONCERNS BEING ADDRESSED: NADDA A day after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal told the Lok Sabha that his party was “not consulted” over the ordinances, BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday said they were talking to their Punjab ally to “address its concerns”. Asserting that the MSP would stay, Nadda said decisions had been taken after consultations. coalition at the Centre. It remains to be seen whether it will vote in case a division is sought by the Opposition on any of the Bills. —TNS New Delhi, September 16 The government today said there has been no infiltration from across the SinoIndian border over the past six months while 47 attempts were made along the India-Pakistan border during the period. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha that the highest 24 attempts along the Pakistan border were made in April. While no infiltration bids were made in February and June, there were four attempts in March, eight in May and 11 in July, the minister said. Over the past three years, said Rai, 594 attempts were made by Pakistani militants to infiltrate into Jam- No central data on deaths during lockdown: Govt Farmer organisations protest in Patiala on Wednesday. PTI Will drop FIRs against protestingfarmers:Capt Tribune News Service STATE GOVT WITH THEM Chandigarh, September 16 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday appealed to farmers not to block traffic in the state over farm Bills even as he assured them that no case would be registered against them for violating Section 144 of the CrPC that prohibits public gathering as they were “fighting for their lives”. The FIRs already registered against the farmers for protesting in violation of Section 144 would be withdrawn, said the Chief Minister, talking to mediapersons outside Governor’s House after submitting a memorandum against the “antifarmer” Bills on behalf of the Punjab Congress. “The farmers are protesting as the ordinances will ruin them and their families,” he said in response to a question. Farmers are protesting as the Bills will ruin them. My government is with them. The Bills will spell doom for the state, in fact the whole nation. ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM His government was with the farmers, the Chief Minister asserted, adding that the Centre’s legislations would harm Punjab and its agriculture. The Bills would pave the way for ending the MSP regime, which would spell doom for the state and the whole nation, he added. Capt Amarinder urged the farmers to take their protests to Delhi, on the doorstep of the Union Government. New Delhi, September 16 The government today said it did not have a centrally compiled data on deaths or injuries caused to people while enforcing the nationwide lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Informing this through a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home G Kishan Reddy said, “Data pertaining to complaints and cases registered, FIRs regarding harassment, injury, death of individuals in enforcing the Covid-19 lockdown across the country is not maintained centrally.” The minister was responding to a question by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. — TNS ❝ ARMY LOSES OVER 70 MEN IN THREE YEARS 582 ULTRAS were gunned down by security forces in J&K in last 3 years 76 ARMY MEN 46arrested, the TERRORISTS were martyred were from 2018 till Sept 8 this year mu and Kashmir, of which 312 were successful. “The government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain crossborder infiltration,” he said. Among the measures were multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control, MHA informed Parliament improved intelligence and operational coordination, fencing, deploying technological solutions and taking proactive action against infiltrators, the minister said in a written reply to a question. Sources in the security and intelligence establishment maintained that In Jammu and Kashmir, we have adopted a multipronged approach, including multi-tiered deployment, improved intelligence, fencing and technological solutions, to contain infiltration Nityanand Rai, MOS (HOME) though there was a 30 per cent fall in infiltration, August, September and October were the main months for the illegal crossover. These months saw an average surge of 20-25 attempts, they said, adding the figure could go up to 100 (from 47 currently). What about Galwan, it’s insult to martyrs: Cong New Delhi, September 16 The Congress today attacked the Centre for denying any infiltration along the IndoChina border terming the claim as an insult to martyrs who died in Galwan. “Understand the chronology. The PM said no one crossed the border. Then he took a huge loan from a China-based bank. Then the Defence Minister said China occupied our land. Now, MoS Home says New Delhi, September 16 Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das today sought to project an optimistic outlook for the economy in his second recent address to an industrial chamber after the GDP for the first quarter recorded a 24 per cent crash. Predicting a gradual recovery as against a “V” shaped bounce-back as suggested by economists, Das said in the medium-term, India needed to focus on five there’s no infiltration. Is Modi government with Indian Army or with China?” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said the government was “bolstering China by yet again denying infiltration”. — TNS ‘Snooping’ raised: MEA New Delhi, September 16 The MEA raised the issue of alleged spying on prominent Indians with Chinese envoy Sun Weidong. He was told the government was deeply concerned over any report suggesting foreign sources were seeking to access the personal data of its citizens. The Chinese Foreign Min- istry, quoting Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co, said the firm’s clients were research institutions and it only mobilised data which was online. An expert panel will evaluate the implications of the alleged snooping and submit a report in 30 days, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told MPs. — TNS Dr Reddy’s bags Russian deal for supply of Covid vaccine in India Long-route bus Nitin Gadkari tests service back in positive for virus : Union Minister for Hry after 5 mths Road Transport and Highways ly begin in late 2020 subject to completion of successful trials and vaccine registration by the Indian regulator, Dr Reddy’s said. ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said Russia had good manufacturing history with vaccines and results of Sputnik V’s early trials had been promising. Russia had announced Sputnik V as the world's first registered vaccine against Covid-19 on August 11. Meanwhile, India’s caseload reached 5.02 million with 3.94 million recoveries. Highest single-day recoveries of 82,961 were reported today, while new cases were 90,123. The recovery rate has reached 78.53 per cent. Chargesheet against 15 for Delhi riots Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 16 Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Wednesday bagged a deal from Russia for trials and supply of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India. After regulatory approvals here, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will supply to Dr Reddy’s 100 million doses of the vaccine, which is based on human adenoviral vector platform with proven safety. Dr Reddy’s is set to seek approval for phase 3 clinical trials in the country from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Deliveries could potential- COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 50,20,359 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 39,42,360 FRESH FATALITIES 1,290 TOTAL DEATHS 82,066 WORLD 2,99,29,686 2,16,86,960 9,42,613 SERUM CENTRE RESTARTS OXFORD PHASE 3 TRIALS The DCGI on Wednesday permitted Serum Institute to restart Oxford vaccine’s phase 3 trials, which were suspended temporarily due to safety concerns. The permission followed submission of global safety data to the drug controller. NEW DELHI Faridabad, September 16 The Haryana Roadways resumed long-route bus service, the Faridabad-Chandigarh route included, after over five months this morning. With the number of passengers remaining thin, the department faces operating losses. The Faridabad-Chandigarh bus will bypass Delhi due to Covid. Four buses left for Chandigarh from Faridabad, the first one at 4.50 am and the last one at 10 am. “Operating buses with few passengers will hit its financial viability. This is because the buses will miss the important stop of Delhi, due to a ban on the entry of roadways buses in the wake of Covid19,” sources said. INSIDE Recovery not ‘fully entrenched’ Tatas win bid to raise Tribune News Service Are you giving clean chit to China, it asks GRADUAL PROCESS: DAS The recovery yet ❝entrenched…isItnotlikely fully is to be gradual as efforts towards reopening of the economy are confronted with rising infections. Shaktikanta Das, RBI GOVERNOR areas — human capital in education and health, productivity, exports, tourism and food processing. The sunrise sectors that offered potential for higher exports in the post-Covid period were drugs and pharmaceuticals, he said. “A sharp policy focus on other global value chain intensive network products, including IT hardware, electrical appliances, electronics, telecommunications and automobiles would also provide the cutting edge to India’s export strategy with considerable scope for higher value additions,’’ he said. Das said tourism and hospitality sectors had been impacted more by Covid, but these might see early revival. Parliament building New Delhi, September 16 Tata Projects Limited today won the bid to construct a new Parliament building at a cost of Rs 861.90 crore, officials said. The L&T Limited had submitted a bid of Rs 865 crore, they added. “The Tata Projects Limited has won the contract to build a new Parliament building,” an official said. The new building will be constructed close to the existing one under the Central Vista redevelopment ~861.90 cr to be spent on construction project, and it is expected to be completed in 21 months. According to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the new building will come up at plot number 118 of the Parliament House Estate. The existing building would continue to be used during the period of execution of the new project. — PTI Nitin Gadkari tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. He had attended the monsoon session on Monday. “I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself,” he said, asking those who came in contact with him to follow health protocols. TNS NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in a city court under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and various Sections of the IPC against 15 persons for larger conspiracy in northeast Delhi riots in February. The special cell of the police told the court that it had relied on CD-R and WhatsApp chats. INSIDE US tariffs on China illegal, says WTO GENEVA: A World Trade Organ- isation (WTO) panel ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the US has all but incapacitated the WTO's ability to hand down a final, binding verdict. It’s the first time that the Geneva-based body has ruled against a series of Trump government’s such decisions. INSIDE No quarantine for visitors: Thakur After 28 yrs, widow gets dues with interest Tribune News Service Shimla, September 16 There will be no quarantine for those visiting Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told the Vidhan Sabha today, stressing that the move was aimed at reviving the economy and creating jobs. While the industry is elated over the decision, the general public apprehends that opening the borders at this juncture could lead to a further spurt in the Covid-19 cases. To allay such fears, the CM announced that makeshift hospitals would be set up at five places — Shimla, Tanda, Nalagarh, Una and Nahan — JOBS MUST BE CREATED ❝ Anybody, including tourists, can enter the state without any restrictions. The economy needs to be back on track if jobs are to be created. Jai Ram Thakur, CM for treating severe and moderate cases. There would be fewer quarantine centres, primarily in industrial belts, to cater to migrant labourers. While a majority of businessmen welcomed the move, some pointed out at the “lack of preparedness” by the government. Rakesh Bansal, senior vice-president, Parwanoo Industries Association, said: “There is no point curtailing economic activity. Livelihood is important.” However, a sceptical Sanjay Sood, president of the Shimla Hotels Association, was not sure if the decision would help revive tourism. “The tourism industry is ailing. We must be given soft loans,” demanded Mohinder Seth, president, Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association. Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 16 For almost three decades, widow Ram Rati fought for her legitimate dues. But justice evaded her even after she won a legal battle against the state. Asked to pay interest on the payment delayed since 1991, Haryana moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking the order’s review on a “factually incorrect” plea — an act that resulted in a reprimand. Rapping the state for harassing the widow by denying legitimate pensionary benefit to her for 28 years, Justice Harsimran Singh Sethi dismissed the state’s review petition with Rs 50,000 costs. The amount is to be paid by Haryana Roadways General Manager (GM) Amarinder Singh Manais from his own pocket without reimbursement by the state as the plea was filed by him. Justice Sethi said the cost was being imposed as “during the restricted hearing, the court time, which could have been used for deciding other urgent matters, has been wasted for this kind of frivolous petition”. Justice Sethi ordered initiation of suo motu contempt proceedings against the GM for not implementing the court’s Contempt proceedings initiated against Hry Roadways GM earlier order on payment of interest. The officer intentionally and willfully disobeyed the order, Justice Sethi said. Ram Rati filed a petition more than a decade ago, seeking compassionate appointment for her son and monetary benefits admissible to her after her husband’s death, along with arrears. Allowing the petition in September 2010, the court granted only compassionate appointment to her son following which she moved the court again for the pensionary benefits. The state, during the course of hearing, itself decided to grant pensionary benefits from 1991 to January 2017 to the petitioner for service rendered by her late husband. But it filed a review petition, claiming that the grant of pensionary benefits along with interest was liable to be reviewed. MOTHER’S PROTEST: Former JNU student Umar Khalid’s mother Sabiha at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI Babri demolition verdict on Sept 30 LUCKNOW: A special court here will deliver judgment on September 30 in the Babri Masjid demolition case, ruling whether BJP veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were involved in razing the mosque in 1992. — PTI
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