28092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/27/2020 11:43 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.5 no.269 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 jammu & kashmir PM’s COVID INITIATIVES EARN WHO PRAISE WORLD /thetribunechd MOHALI: A special investigation team (SIT) has issued summons to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini to appear before it at Mataur police station at 11 am on Monday in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of Balwant Singh Multani. INSIDE COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 49,41,627 FRESH FATALITIES 1,124 TOTAL DEATHS 94,503 60,66,061 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 3,31,77,416 2,45,04,931 10,00,202 Cases in country cross 60-lakh mark NEW DELHI: As the Covid-19 caseload in India breached the six-million mark on Sunday night, the government said the country was way off the herd immunity. It said masks and social distancing were sole protections against the virus. BACK PAGE at the Samboora area of Awantipora in Pulwama district on Sunday, two militants were killed and a jawan was injured. The encounter started after a joint team of the forces was fired upon. — TNS monday, september 28,2020 Prez nod to farm Bills as protests rage in region Capt to launch stir at Khatkar Kalan today Modi says farmers play big role in making country self-reliant New Delhi, September 27 President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to three contentious farm Bills that have triggered protests by farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana. According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Meanwhile, underscoring the tremendous contribution of the agriculture sector and farmers in playing a major ❝ Our farmers, our villages are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant India. If they remain strong then the foundation of Atmanirbhar Bharat will remain strong PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat NCDC OKAYS ~19,444 CR FOR MSP OPS BACK PAGE role in making the country “atmanirbhar”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reit- erated the recent reforms would liberate them from restrictions prevalent in the sector. “Even in this time of crisis, the agriculture sector of the country, our farmers, our villages are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant India. If they remain strong, the foundation of Atmanirbhar Bharat will remain strong,” PM Modi said in his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio talk. Modi said if the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s economic philosophy had been followed, there would not have been any need for the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign as the country would have become selfreliant much earlier. — TNS Farmers during ‘rail roko’ stir at Devi Dasspura village, Amritsar. PTI DAY ON, HARSIMRAT RIPS CONGRESS DARES JJP INTO CENTRE, PB GOVT TO PULL OUT OF GOVT Fazilka: A day after the SAD pulled out of the NDA, former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal held a rally here on Sunday, squarely blaming the Centre and the Punjab Government for the new farm laws. Flashing a copy of the Punjab Congress poll manifesto, she said the Congress too had promised privatisation of mandis in the state. INSIDE New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday dared the JJP to break ranks with the ruling dispensation in Haryana over the farm laws. “We dare the JJP, which sought votes in Haryana in the name of farmers, to dissociate itself from the ruling BJP in the state,” said Kumari Selja, Haryana Congress president. BACK PAGE Chandigarh, September 27 State Congress leaders, led by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar, will launch an agitation against the contentious farm laws at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr on Monday. Coincides with martyr Bhagat Singh’s birth anniv Amritsar (East) MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu is expected to attend the function, party sources said. The Chief Minister, along with Rawat and Jakhar, will fly to Khatkar Kalan prior to attending a Congress Legislature Party meeting in Chandigarh. — TNS MULLING CHANGES IN STATE LAWS My government is exploring all options, including possible amendments to state laws, to protect farmers’ interests. Pb CM ❝ SAD, IT’S A DARK DAY FOR COUNTRY It is sad and extremely unfortunate that the assent has been granted to the Bills. It is really a dark day for the country. ❝ SAD chief Spurious ghee racket busted in Hry 8K nodal officers to check farm fires in Punjab Tribune News Service 2 militants killed, jawan hurt in J&K SRINAGAR: In an encounter INFOCUS JASWANT SINGH PASSES AWAY AT 82 BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com SIT asks Saini to join probe today COUNT REACH OUT TO STAKEHOLDERS Faridabad, September 27 A team of the CM’s flying squad on Sunday busted a spurious ghee racket in Sector 3 here. Two persons — Ravi and Rajesh — were booked under Sections 272, 273, 420 and 120-B of the IPC. According to officials, the accused had been packing Was being sold in packets of various well-known brands spurious ghee in the packets of some well-known brands such as Amul, Mother Dairy and Milkfood illegally. They had been supplying these in various market for the past several months. Around 45 kg ghee, containers, cartons and wrappers of various brands were seized during the raid. A police officer said the spot was raided after they received a tip-off. The racket of preparing or packing the ghee was carried out from a room located on the rooftop of their shop-cum-residence, sources said. Tribune News Service Patiala, September 27 The Punjab Government has appointed 8,000 nodal officers in paddy-growing villages to check burning of straw in the fields. These officers will remain deployed in these villages till November 15. They will work in close coordination with the staff of vari- Reports of straw burning pour in from the Majha belt ous departments and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). Besides preparing lists of persons who have given their land on rent, they will also ring them up to warn that red entries will be made in their land records, if they failed to ensure that there was no burning of straw in their fields. Moreover, 23,500 more machines will also be made available to farmers for straw management. Reports of farm fires have already started pouring in from the Majha area in the state. continued on back page
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