27092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/27/2020 12:37 AM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.5 no.268 | 18 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 jammu & kashmir AID FOR WOMEN, SHELTER FOR POOR: NITISH NATION /thetribunechd HIMACHAL’S TOURISM SECTOR SUFFERS CRUSHING BLOW SPECTRUM NCB QUIZZES BOLLYWOOD ACTORS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, september 27,2020 SAD, oldest BJP ally, walks out of How long will we have to wait NDAover contentious farm Bills for UN reforms, asks PM Modi FILE PHOTO Eminent economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia dead NewDelhi, September 26 Noted economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia died today after battling brain cancer for months. She was 74. The wife of former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Isher served as the head of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Affairs for 15 years. She stepped down from the post on August 10 due to poor health. CM Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Saddened to learn of the passing away of Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, one of India’s most distinguished economists.” — TNS Obit: Back page Bhatnagar award for PGI doctor CHANDIGARH: Dr Ritesh Agarw- al, professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGIMER, has been awarded the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize along with Rs 5 lakh in the medical sciences category. — TNS Protect transgenders from offences: PIL NEW DELHI: Highlighting gaps in penal laws dealing with sexual offences, a lawyer has moved the Supreme Court demanding equal protection for members of transgender community against sexual offences. Petitioner Reepak Kansal alleged that there was no penal provision protecting transgenders from such offences. INSIDE NCPCR: Send kids in care homes to families NEW DELHI: The country’s apex child rights body — National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) — has directed the eight states that account for over 70 per cent of children in care homes to ensure their return to their families, noting that it was the right of every child to grow up in a familial environment. — PTI COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 59,03,932 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 48,49,584 FRESH FATALITIES 1,089 TOTAL DEATHS 93,379 WORLD 3,28,40,214 2,42,13,925 9,94,799 Recovery rate rises to 82.14% New Delhi, September 26 The national caseload today reached 59,03,932, with daily recoveries (93,420) surpassing daily new (85,362) cases, taking the recovery rate to 82.14 per cent. The toll reached 93,379 after 1,089 deaths in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate is now 1.58 per cent. Total recoveries stood at 48,49,584 — five times the active cases — 9,60,969. The active cases now make up 16.28 per cent of all confirmed cases. The Covid-19 cases have neared the 60 lakh-mark after India crossed the 50-lakh mark on September 16. — TNS Chandigarh September 26 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee, the party’s highest decisionmaking body, at its emergency meeting here tonight decided unanimously to pull out of the BJP-led NDA alliance because of the Centre’s “stubborn refusal” to give statutory guarantee to protect assured procurement of crops on MSP and its continued “insensitivity” to Punjabi and Sikh issues such as excluding Punjabi as official language in J&K. The meeting was presided over by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. The decision came at the end of a marathon four-hour meeting. Addressing mediapersons, Sukhbir said the SAD would continue to stand by its core principles of peace and communal harmony and guard the interests of Punjab, Punjabis and Sikhs, farmers in SHEER COMPULSION The Badals were left with no other option after the BJP’s public criticism of SAD over the Bills. The BJP had made it clear that it held SAD responsible for failing to convince the farmers. ❝ Amarinder Singh, CHIEF MINISTER SAFEGUARD FARMERS Instead of mudslinging, the CM must act to NOT THE ALLIANCE ENVISIONED BY VAJPAYEE: HARSIMRAT safeguard the farmers. The only way to block the particular. He said the deci- government were disasimplementationof Centre’s sion had been taken in consul- trous for the farmers. tation with the people of PunHe said the SAD was the Bills in Punjab is to declare jab, especially party workers oldest ally of the BJP but the the state principal market and farmers. Sukhbir said government did not listen to area for farm produce. Blames Centre’s ‘stubborn refusal’ to give statutory guarantee to protect MSP regime the Bills on agricultural marketing brought by the BJP it on honouring the sentiments of farmers.— TNS ❝ Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD PRESIDENT New Delhi, September 26 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today again made a case for India’s permanent inclusion in the United Nations Security Council, questioning how long a country will have to wait, particularly when transformative changes in that nation affected a large part of the world. Speaking in Hindi via videoconferencing, he told the General Assembly that the Indians were concerned whether this reform process would ever reach its logical conclusion? “How long will India be kept out of the decision-making structure?’’he asked. Indirectly contrasting India’s behaviour with some new rising powers, Modi said, “When we were strong, we were never a threat to the world. When we were weak, we never became a burden on the world.” Pointing out the world of 1945 was signifi- WILL HELP WORLD FIGHT COVID: PM ■ PM Modi became the first world leader to declare that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for all of humanity in fighting the Covid pandemic. ■ In contrast, the US has tried to commandeer supplies from all over the world only for its population while Russia has adopted a purely mercantilist approach based on the ability to pay. cantly different from today’s, he asked: “ Is the 1945 character of the institution relevant even today?” He said the UN efforts to tackle various issues were sufficient. “The world has been battling the pandemic. Where is the UN in this joint fight against Covid? Where is its effective response?” he asked. — TNS 11-point agenda, but Sri Lanka HC refuses CBI probe Chugh among five won’t commit on Colombo port into illicit distillation NADDA PICKS NEW FACES new BJP gen secys Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 26 The much-awaited team of BJP president JP Nadda was announced on Saturday, with many prominent names from among the previous officebearers missing and several new faces included. Party leaders claimed that efforts had been made to maintain regional balance with adequate representation to all prominent states. Major changes are on the list of eight general secretaries, the crucial organisational position that serves a link between states and the central leadership. It now has five new faces, including Punjab’s Tarun Chugh, who is a national secretary at present. His elevation holds significance in the wake of the BJP’s recent fallout with the Akali Dal over farm Bills. It is being seen as an effort by the saffron party towards projecting leadership in the state. Punjab has got another representation with the appointment of former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura as national spokesperson. Dr Narinder Singh, a Sikh leader of J&K, has also been appointed as the national secretary. Striking regional & social balance Tarun Chugh PUNJAB Narinder Singh J&K NEW ENTRANTS Tarun Chugh of Punjab, Dalit leader Dushyant Kumar Gautam, D Purandeswari of AP, CT Ravi of Karnataka and Dilip Saikia of Assam. New Delhi, September 26 PM Narendra Modi resolved to pursue closer bilateral ties with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa through a mutually agreed 11-point agenda that will seek to address key issues like resolving the demands of the Tamil community, ban on Indian imports, the Colombo port project and the harassment of fishermen. Most of the points stated in the joint statement touched on programmes to provide social and medical assistance MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA No firm assurance either on resolving issues of Tamils to Sri Lanka, including a $100 million credit line, stepping up people-to-people contact Refusing to relent UMA, MADHAV OUT Ram Madhav Uma Bharti ■ Gen secys, including Ram Madhav, P Muralidhar Rao and Anil Jain, replaced ■ Tejasvi Surya, a fiery advocate of Hindutva, made party’s youth wing president ■ Mukul Roy (WB) and Vinod Tawade and Pankaja Munde of M’rashtra also in team ■ Uma Bharti dropped as vice-president continued on page 7 Sitting on rail tracks, farmers raise slogans against the Centre over the passing of three farm Bills, at Devi Dasspura village near Amritsar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Govt needs ~80K cr to Procurement in Punjab, buy vaccine: Poonawalla Hry begins from today New Delhi, September 26 With the national Covid-19 count nearing six million, leading vaccine maker Serum Institute of India today asked the Centre if it had the finances for the potential vaccine to cover the entire population. Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute, which is undertaking phase-3 trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, said Rs 80,000 crore would be needed for the vaccine to reach every Indian. “Will the government have this much money over the next one year because that’s what the Ministry of Health needs to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India?” Poonawalla said. — TNS WHO: DEATH TOLL MAY HIT 2MN BEFORE VACCINE Geneva: The WHO has warned that the global Covid death toll could cross the 2 million figure before an effective vaccine is widely used. WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan said the figure could be higher without concerted international action. PTI FORTIFYING OIL WITH VITAMINS REPORT INSIDE Chandigarh, September 26 Amid the farmers’ agitation, the Centre today allowed Haryana and Punjab to begin paddy procurement from tomorrow (September 27) instead of October 1. Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan reviewed preparations for the same. PK Das, Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary for Food and Civil Supplies, said initially procurement would be started in four districts — Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Ambala — where about 4 lakh quintals of paddy had arrived in mandis. Regular procurement would begin from Tuesday. Das said that Hafed, Haryana State Warehousing Corporation, Food and Civil Preponed by 5 days, move seen to allay farmers’ fears on MSP Supplies and the Consumer Affairs Department had made adequate arrangements for hassle-free procurement. He made it clear that paddy would be purchased only from farmers listed on the “Meri Fasal, Mera Byora” portal. By preponing procurement by five days, the government hopes to allay farmers’ apprehension that the MSP regime may be dismantled once the new laws come into force. The milling period remains unchanged. — TNS and increasing coordination between security agencies. Rajapaksa gave no firm assurance on Indo-Japanese involvement in the Colombo port project, seen as a counter-balance to Hambantota port being allotted to the Chinese. Nor was there a firm commitment to resolving the issues of the Tamil community, almost a decade after the end of the civil war. On the port project, the joint statement merely resolved to work towards the continued on page 7 Chandigarh, September 26 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to order a CBI probe into alleged “rampant distillation” of illicit liquor in Punjab, but has expressed confidence that fair and impartial investigations will be carried out by the state agencies. The Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli also made it clear the police probe into the matter, in its opinion, could neither be dubbed as farce, nor fair at the current stage. The Bench was hearing a BOOZE SCAM petition filed in public interest by Tarsem Jodhan and another petitioner. Referring to five FIRs registered in different parts of the state between 2018 and this year, the petitioners’ counsel submitted only petty labourers, workers and bootleggers were booked. INSIDE
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