04102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/3/2020 11:51 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.4 no.275 | 20 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 COVID: LIABILITIES CROSS ~12K CRORE HARYANA /thetribunechd TEJASHWI TO LEAD BIHAR’S GRAND ALLIANCE BACK PAGE THE GULERIAS’ JOURNEY FROM KANGRA TO AIIMS SPECTRUM /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, october 4,2020 Cong delayed defence projects: Modi PM says Atal Tunnel would have been completed by 2040 had UPA stayed in power Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Sissu (Keylong), October 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the previous Congress governments of putting defence projects, including border roads, bridges and tunnels, on the back burner despite their immense strategic relevance. Addressing public meetings after inaugurating the strategically important Atal Tunnel, the PM said the earlier regimes kept “playing around with files” and delayed the procurement of fighter jets, arms, ammunition and other strategic equipment. “There was lack of political will in according priority to defence projects. The Air Force kept demanding a modern fighter plane while they kept opening and closing files after files, and kept playing around with those files,” he said at Rohtang after inaugurating the tunnel. Modi’s reference assumes significance in the wake of the government’s repeated assertion that the UPA regime had delayed decisions on the acquisition of Rafale fighter jets from France. He listed several projects, including Atal Tunnel, Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in Ladakh and Tejas fighter aircraft production, to assert that they PLAYED AROUND WITH FILES ❝ An Army convoy passes through Atal Tunnel on Saturday. PTI There was lack of political will in according priority to defence projects. The Air Force kept demanding a modern fighter plane while they kept opening and closing files, and kept playing around with those files. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER ARMY RAISES MEMORIAL TO ‘GALLANTS OF GALWAN’ The Army has built a memorial to its 20 personnel who sacrificed their lives fighting Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on June 15. The memorial, located at Post 120 in eastern Ladakh, was inaugurated earlier this week. It mentions heroics of the ‘Gallants of Galwan’ under operation ‘Snow Leopard’ and the way they evicted the PLA troops from the area. INSIDE were “delayed” or “almost forgotten” during the Congressled UPA regime from 2004-14. “The tunnel work was being undertaken at a snail’s pace before our government took charge in 2014 and if the same speed had continued, it would have been completed by 2040. We increased the pace of construction from 300 metres annually to 1,400 metres and completed it in 2020,” he said. According to a 2005 assessment, he said, the tunnel would have been ready in about Rs 9.5 crore, but due to “continuous delays”, it cost Rs 3,200 crore. continued on back page 9.02-KM HORSESHOE-SHAPED TUNNEL ~3,200 CR COST INCURRED 46 KM MANALI-KEYLONG DISTANCE CUT Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the inauguration of Atal Tunnel near Manali on Saturday. PTI CBI to probe Hathras case, Harsimrat didn’t object to farm Cabinet meeting: Puri Gandhis meet victim’s kin laws atdissent note, SAD president rebuts claim She sent a Tribune News Service Tribune News Service SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT Death by hanging, AIIMS report rules out murder New Delhi, October 3 The AIIMS medical board has ruled out murder in the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, terming it “a case of hanging and death by suicide”, the premier institute’s forensic chief Dr Sudhir Gupta said today. In its conclusive medicolegal opinion to the CBI, the six-member team dismissed the claims of “poisoning and strangling”, with Dr Gupta saying the panel did not find any trace of poison and drugs in the viscera. “It is a case of hanging and death by suicide. We have submitted our conclusive report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),” Dr Gupta, who is also the chairman of the forensic medical board, said. There was no injury on the body other than that of hanging. Also, there was no mark of struggle and scuffle. The ligature mark on the neck was consistent with hanging, he said. The doctors’ panel did not find any trace of poison and drugs in the viscera. — PTI Nuclear missile ‘Shaurya’ test-fired ODISHA: India on Saturday suc- cessfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable hypersonic missile ‘Shaurya’. The land variant of K-15 missile has a strike range of 700-1,000 km and is capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg to 1,000 kg. Sources said the missile hit the impact point with precision and accuracy. PTI Shopian encounter: Kin bury the dead SRINAGAR: The bodies of three residents of Rajouri, allegedly killed by forces in a fake encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir in July, were exhumed and handed over to their families for burial, officials said on Saturday. The exhumation was done late Friday night at an unidentified location in north Kashmir. INSIDE Hathras/NewDelhi, October 3 Under public and political pressure over the mishandling of the Hathras crime, the UP Government on Saturday recommended a CBI probe into the alleged gangrape and death of a 19-yearold Dalit woman, moments after Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra met the victim’s kin at their village. “With the objective of a thorough investigation into the Hathras tragedy and all related aspects, the UP Government is recommending a CBI probe into the case. We are committed to ensuring the strictest punishment for the perpetrators of this crime,” CM Yogi tweeted. The Gandhi siblings, meanwhile, said the family had sought a judicial probe. The Dalit girl was allegedly sexually assaulted near her home on September 14 and died of grave injuries at a Delhi hospital on Tuesday, triggering protests especially after the police cremated the body by stealth at night against the family’s wishes. “We will fight against injustice and will go wherever injustice is being done. No one can stop us,” Priyanka said after meeting the family for 45 minutes. The meeting took place after the UP Government buckled under pressure to lift barricades Rahul & Priyanka Gandhi with grieving family members. PTI The family says they have collected the mortal remains, but how can they be sure the remains belong to their daughter as her body was cremated using petrol at night without their consent… They want an SC judge-led probe. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ADDL CHIEF SECY AWASTHI, DGP ALSO MEET FAMILY PROTESTS IN PUNJAB, HARYANA, HP OVER INCIDENT that had kept the grieving family off limits for visitors for over 48 hours. The visuals of Priyanka hugging the victim’s mother went viral as the tragedy-struck Hathras home teemed with crowd that followed the Gandhis. “I understand your pain. I also have a daughter,” Vadra told the family. The state administration today cited Covid protocol to allow IOAupset, shooting may not be part of 2026 CWG New Delhi, October 3 In yet another setback for the sport of shooting, the 2026 Commonwealth Games (CWG) bid committee chief has indicated that the discipline may not be part of the event. The news has caused worry among the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) top brass. “It is a concern for our shooters as they will be denied an opportunity to win medals for the country,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told The Tribune. “I will talk to the heads of the IOA and National Rifle Association of India and urge them to take up the matter with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF),” he said. If shooting is dropped from the 2026 CWG, it would be the second successive instance the shooting discipline won’t be part of the main event. Shooting is not part of the 2022 Birmingham CWG, but a Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championship was allocated to Chandigarh after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) threatened to boycott the 2022 CWG. Lou Frapporti, bid committee chairman for the Canadian city of Hamilton for the 2026 CWG, during a virtual conference, said shooting might not be part of the CWG. IOA president Narinder Batra and NRAI president Raninder Singh were unavailable for comments. — TNS people in groups of five to meet the family. They also said barricading was in place only to facilitate the SIT team, which completed its probe today. Also, for first time since the crime, two high-ranking UP officials — Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi and DGP HC Awasthy — met the kin, who continued on back page Pb, Hry among states with most deaths in 24 hrs New Delhi, October 3 Punjab and Haryana were among the 10 states that accounted for 84.1 per cent of the 1,069 deaths over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed. While Punjab reported 50 fatalities, 23 deaths were witnessed in Haryana. With 424 deaths, Maharashtra led the high-fatality burden states, followed by Karnataka (125), Tamil Nadu (67), UP and Bengal (53 each), Delhi (37), MP (36) and Andhra Pradesh 31. The recoveries, meanwhile, are being fuelled by 10 states that account for 74.36 per cent of all discharged patients. These are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, UP Kerala, , Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and West Bengal. — TNS Chandigarh, October 3 Even as Union Cabinet Minister Hardeep Puri today claimed that senior Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal did not object to the new farm laws at the Cabinet meeting, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal challenged Puri to release the details of the meeting to prove his claim. “Harsimrat sent a dissent note. We have the documents. I dare the Union Minister to make the proceedings of the meeting public,” he said, pointing out that Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar had in a media interview admitted to Harsimrat having raised objections. Addressing the media here, Puri said: “I was present at the Cabinet meeting. I did not hear her raising any objection though later the Shiromani Akali Dal asked the Union Agriculture Minister to give in writing that the new laws would not end the MSP system. Som Parkashji I WAS THERE TOO ❝ RELEASE MINUTES ❝ I was present at the I dare the Union Cabinet meeting. I did not Minister to make the hear her raising any objection. proceedings of the meeting public. Sukhbir S Badal, SAD CHIEF Hardeep S Puri, UNION MINISTER FOUR DALIT LEADERS QUIT SAFFRON PARTY INSIDE (Hoshiarpur MP and Union Minister of State for Commerce) was present at that meeting too.” Som Parkash was seated next to Puri at the media briefing. Emphasising that the minimum support price (MSP) regime would continue, Puri further said that “lies” were being spread that farmers’ land would be “snatched” by big corporates. “Sale, lease or mortgage of farmers’ land is prohibited. Farmers’ land is also protected against any recovery,” he explained. To counter the Opposition on the farm laws, Puri said Jasmine Sandhu Sandhawalia had been appointed Punjab BJP’s media in charge. Sandhawalia has earlier worked with the SAD media unit and with Congress leader Preneet Kaur. Centre to waive compound interest on loan New Delhi, October 3 The Centre has agreed to waive “interest on interest” charged on loans up to Rs 2 crore for “most vulnerable category of borrowers” for the six-month moratorium announced by the RBI in view of Covid-19. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Finance Seek authorisation from Parliament for making grants Ministry said the concession would be given to eight categories, including housing, education, MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), consumer durable, credit card dues, auto, personal and consumption loans, irrespective of whether a borrower availed of moratorium or not. After careful consideration and weighing all possible options, the government has decided to continue the tradition of “hand-holding of small borrowers”, the Centre said even as it clarified that the concession won’t be applicable to loans above Rs 2 crore. — TNS India’s case fatality rate Lost 4 of family to virus, among lowest at 1.56% siblings now battle debt Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 3 Even as the Covid toll in India this morning breached the one lakh-mark and cases climbed to 64,73,544, the country posted the largest share of 21 per cent in global recoveries while its share in the world caseload came to 18.6 per cent. The toll reached 1,00,842 with 1,069 deaths in 24 hours. There were 79,476 new infections and 75,628 recoveries. India accounted for 21 per cent of global recoveries while its share in the total cases stood at 18.6 per cent, the Health Ministry said. The US accounts for 21.7 per cent of global cases and 18.4 per cent recoveries. "India has also maintained one of the lowest case fatality rates (CFR) globally. While the global CFR is 2.97 per cent, India's CFR is 1.56 per cent. The deaths per million in India are one of the lowest in the world at 73 against 130 globally," the ministry said. The CFR in the US is 2.87 per cent and in the UK it is a whopping 9.17 per cent. Meanwhile, Hyderabadbased Dr Reddy's Laborato- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 64,73,544 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 54,27,706 FRESH FATALITIES 1,069 TOTAL DEATHS 1,00,842 WORLD 3,49,40,872 2,59,75,005 10,34,773 TRUMP SHIFTED TO MILITARY HOSPITAL Washington: US President Donald Trump was shifted to a military hospital where he was given Remdesivir therapy following treatment with an experimental drug after testing positive for Covid-19. “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” Trump tweeted on Saturday. PTI ries today applied to Drugs Controller General of India for approval to start phase-3 human clinical trials of Sputnik V the Russian Covid vac, cine, in India. Dr Reddy's recently struck a deal with the Russian Direct Investment Fund for supply of 100 million doses of the vaccine in India, upon regulatory permissions. Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 3 Twenty-one-year-old Gary and his 16-year-old brother Prabhudass were still recovering from the shock of death of three family members when they got the news of their mother’s demise today. All four lost their lives to Covid-19. Left penniless and under huge debt, the brothers did not even have money to pay for their mother’s last rites till a social activist came to their rescue. Gary said: “My grandfather was the first to contract the virus, followed by my grandmother. Both died within days. Later, my maternal uncle tested positive. My aunt and my mother sold their jewellery to pay Rs 10 lakh treatment cost, but failed to save him.” The worst was yet to come, said Gary. “My mother’s sickness was totally unexpected. I had to sell my scooter to pay part of her hospital bill,” he said. Gary’s mother Manvinder Kaur ran a boutique. She was the sole bread winner of the family. His father can’t work Gary & Prabhudass perform their mother’s last rites. They spent lakhs on treatment of kin due to his ill-health. “I still owe a lot of money to the hospital,” Gary said. Dr SPS Grover of Gulaab Devi Hospital said: “Manvinder Kaur was seriously ill. Her medical bill was Rs 3.10 lakh, but we made an exception and reduced it.” Jalandhar DC Ghanshyam Thori promised Rs 50,000 aid to family.
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