05102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/4/2020 11:59 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.4 no.276 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 POMPEO TO CUT SHORT ASIA TRIP WORLD /thetribunechd XI FOR CLOSER TIES WITH DHAKA FOR ROAD INITIATIVE BACK PAGE APMC MANDIS: TRIED-&-TESTED SYSTEM IN PERIL INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday, october 5,2020 PMacting at behest of corporates: Rahul Why narco test for us, not At ‘Kisan Bachao’ rally, Cong leader vows to scrap new farm laws when in power Kulwinder Sandhu Capt, Sidhu Badhni Kalan (Moga), October 4 cold-shoulder To protest the Centre’s new farm laws, Congress leader each other Rahul Gandhi along with accused, ask victim’s kin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today launched a three-day tractor rally at Badhni Kalan in Moga district. Addressing a gathering, Rahul vowed to scrap these new laws when the Congress returned to power at the Centre. Alleging that the BJP-led NDA government was acting at the behest of select corporate houses to “destroy” the farmers, he said: “Modi ko Ambani aur Adani chalaate hain (Modi government is run by Ambani and Adani). What can the farmers expect from a PM who is a puppet in the hands of big corporate houses?” He claimed the Union Government wanted to dismantle the mandi system in order to benefit the capitalists. “But we will not let that happen. Rahul Gandhi & Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on a tractor driven by PCC chief Sunil Jakhar in Moga. PTI ❝ You (PM Modi) claim that the farmers are happy with the farm legislations. Why are they then protesting against the laws? Rahul Gandhi PUNJAB BJP HOLDS TRACTOR RALLY IN PATHANKOT, SAYS FARM LAWS WILL BENEFIT FARMERS INSIDE We will not let them destroy the farming sector. The Congress fully backs the farmers’ agitation,” he told the gather- ing. Pointing out that the plight of the farmers was worsening, he said while the Centre had announced incen- tives for the industry and waived bad loans, it had done nothing to help the farmers. continued on page 10 Chandigarh, October 4 Despite efforts by the Congress high command to bring about a rapprochement between Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the two cold-shouldered each other at the Moga rally on Sunday. None exchanged pleasantries. The CM did not mention Sidhu in his speech. Speaking at the rally, Sidhu put the Punjab Government in a piquant situation, suggesting that it announced its own MSP for various crops to help farmers in the state. The Chief Minister has already made it clear that Sidhu is welcome to return to the state Cabinet, but cannot replace Sunil Jakhar as PPCC president. INSIDE Hathras/NewDelhi, October 4 The family members of Hathras gang-rape victim on Sunday refused to undergo narco test, saying such a test should be used on perpetrators of the crime and not those who had been wronged. Members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the case, visited the family again today. The SIT’s proposal for a narco test on the victim’s kin drew sharp reaction from across the political and legal spectrum. Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said: “As per the Supreme Court, no one can be forced to take a narco test. A narco test is akin to torture and is totally unconstitutional. The CM and his SIT continue to mock the rule of law.” The Congress and BSP demanded the removal of Hathras district magistrate (DM) over his alleged role in continued on page 10 Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on way to Hathras on Sunday. PTI SUSPEND HATHRAS DM ❝ The aggrieved family says the Hathras district magistrate subjected them to the worst treatment. He should be suspended and his role in the matter probed. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC GEN SECY ACCUSED ‘DEFENDED’ A meeting at the house of former BJP MLA Rajvir Singh Pehalvan in Hathras ‘defended’ the accused and sought an FIR against the victim’s family. Pehalvan’s son denied the gathering comprised members from the upper castes, claiming they were from ‘various sections’. LJP walks out of NDA in Bihar, Corps Commander-level meet likely on Oct 12 but ready to back BJP-led govt Tribune News Service Decision triggers speculation about ‘fixed match’ with BJP Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 4 After months of bickering with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD-U, NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) today finally made public its decision to exit the alliance and contest independently in Bihar. The decision did not come as a surprise to the BJP , which was “aware” of LJP president Chirag Paswan's plan ahead of its Central Election Committee meeting held later in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda were present. The BJP may now end up contesting a larger chunk of seats than the JD-U, which also has to accommodate Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S) from its quota of seats. Amid speculation over a “fixed match” between the BJP and LJP , the latter gave a hint with its public assurance of support to the BJP in case “it forms the government in Bihar under its own CM”. The LJP said it would contest 143 seats, mostly the ones the JD-U was contesting. “Owing to ideological differences with the JD-U, we have decided to contest the Assembly elections independently,” the LJP said, adding that it would not con- New Delhi, October 4 India and China will hold yet another round of Lt Generallevel talks to take forward the “positives” of the last meeting, which was held on September 21. This will be the 7th round of talks at this level since June 6 and is likely to be held on October 12. The talks are slated just three days before the Assam Rifles’ jawan killed in terror ambush LJP workers in Patna celebrate after the annoucement. PTI WILL CONTEST 143 SEATS, MOSTLY AGAINST JD-U ■ The BJP may now end up contesting a larger chunk of seats than the Nitish-led JD-U ■ The JD-U has also to accom- modate Manjhi-led HAM(S) from its quota of seats ■ The LJP will be contesting 143 seats, mostly against the JD-U. This has led to talks of a ‘fixed match’ POSTAL BALLOT FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED The Election Commission on Sunday came out with a set of new instructions to make it more convenient for the elderly and persons with disabilities to exercise the postal ballot option. It has appointed two expenditure observers for the Bihar Assembly elections. The postal ballot would be delivered at the residence of all those aged above 80 years and people with disabilities by the booth-level officer. TNS test under Nitish Kumar. At the same time, it also said it would continue to be part of the NDA at the Centre, citing instances when allies contested against each other, including in Jharkhand where the LJP contested independent of the NDA. “LJP legislators will strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” it assured. Political observers who see it as a “fixed match” between the LJP and BJP say Nitish Kumar is facing “massive anti-incumbency and possible loss of ground because of his handling of Covid situation, floods and migrants.” Itanagar, October 4 An Assam Rifles’ jawan was killed while another was hurt in an ambush by suspected militants in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, officials said. Militants reportedly attacked troopers of 19 Battalion of Assam Rifles near Hetlong village while they were going to collect drinking water in a water tanker. Police suspect around 30 terrorists belonging to the Paresh Baruah faction of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-Independent) and the Yung Aung faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) were behind the ambush. “The militants triggered an IED blast before resorting to indiscriminate firing. Full details are still awaited,” sources said. — IANS next Corps Commander Lt Gen PGK Menon takes over from Lt Gen Harinder Singh. Sources said the two officers had attended the last meeting together and it was possible that both could again go together for the talks. Lt Gen Menon has been appointed Commander of the Leh-based 14 Crops. After the September 21 meeting, India and China showed first signs of resolving the military SEVENTH ROUND ■ This will be 7th round of talks at the Lt General level since June 6 ■ The meeting is scheduled just three days before the next Corps Commander, Lt Gen PGK Menon, takes over from Lt Gen Harinder Singh standoff along the LAC. The two sides had agreed “to stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from uni- laterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any action that may complicate the situation”. Plan to vaccinate 25 cr by July Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 4 With six Covid vaccine candidates in advanced stages of human trials worldwide, including three in India, the government today said it was hoping to receive and use 400500 million doses for up to 25 crore people by July next. As India’s caseload crossed 6.5 million today, with over 5.5 million recoveries, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said health workers and high-risk groups with co-morbidities would get priority in vaccination. “We are working on plans to train people for vaccine administration on a massive scale. We are also monitoring immunity data with regard to Covid while finalising these plans,” Vardhan said. “The list of frontline health workers will include doctors, nurses, paramedics, COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 65,49,373 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 55,09,966 FRESH FATALITIES 940 TOTAL DEATHS 1,01,782 WORLD 3,52,48,482 2,62,25,244 10,39,541 ‘SPUTNIK-V’ TRIAL Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Phase 3 clinical trial of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine in India was under the consideration of the Drug Controller General of India and no decision had been taken yet. sanitary staff, ASHA workers and others involved in tracing, testing and treatment of patients,” he said as cases stood at 65,49,373 with 75,829 new infections and recoveries at 55,09,966 with 84.13% cure rate. Infection rate dips below 5% in Pb Chandigarh, October 4 Covid-19 seems to be on the decline in Punjab as the last week’s average positivity rate remained below 5 per cent. A fortnight ago, it was over 10 per cent. While the state has been conducting over 25,000 tests a day, average positive cases remained around 1,200 during the last week. The average positivity rate between September 14 and 20 was over 9.83 per cent. However, it started declining after that and came down to 7% during September 21 to 27. Between September 28 and October 4, it dipped to 4.2 per cent. Experts say the fall in positivity rate indicates a decline in the overall spread of infection. INSIDE Atal Tunnel will check winter migration On drug trail, Hry nails Delhi firm Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Mandi, October 4 The opening of all-weather Atal Tunnel on the ManaliLeh highway will help commuters bypass Rohtang to enable traffic movement during snow. This will also check the migration of people from Lahaul and Spiti during the harsh winter months. Generally, 70 per cent of the people of Lahaul and Spiti would leave the district from November to April as they remained cut off from the rest of the world due to the closure ALL-WEATHER LINK 70% people would leave Lahaul each year ■ To avoid getting cut off from rest of the world, people of Lahaul and Spiti migrated from there during winter ■ Earlier, the road link to Lahaul LEH LIFELINE of the 13,058-foot-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul on the Manali-Leh highway. Now, the Lahaul valley has got an all-weather connectivity between Manali (Kullu) from Manali was only via Rohtang Pass, which officially closes for traffic from November 15 till mid-May and Keylong (Lahaul and Spiti) via the tunnel and the travel distance has been reduced to 74 km from 120 km. Earlier, the road link to Lahaul from Manali was only via the Rohtang Pass, which is officially closed for traffic from November 15 till mid-May or June every year. Mohan Lal Relingpa, a resident of Lahaul, said: “Atal Tunnel has come as a blessing for Lahaul residents. The tunnel has brought light to the lives of tribal people in the district.” Sanjiv Kumar, another resident of the valley, said: “The tunnel will play a crucial role in checking the migration of people from Lahaul and Spiti during winter. Now, tourism will also pick up in the valley.” The two sides had also agreed to hold the 7th round of Corps Commander-level meeting as soon as possible and also take practical measures to properly solve problems on ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area. Even as the talks are on, India is ramping up its logistics to meet the winter requirement of drinking water and accommodation for troops. Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, October 4 Cracking down on illicit drugs, a Delhi pharmaceutical firm owner involved in illegal manufacture and supply of intoxicating tablets in the region has been arrested, the Fatehabad police said today. Besides, three others who were part of the supply chain have been nabbed. DSP Subhash Chander said Gaurav Arora, a resident of Rajouri Garden in Delhi and owner of Unitech Healthcare Private Limited Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. INTER-STATE RACKET ■ A Delhi drugs unit owner has been held for roping in wholesalers, medical stores to supply illegal drugs in Haryana ■ 2.5 lakh intoxicating tablets were seized from Fatehabad district alone over nine months in Narela, was arrested on September 30. “He manufactures and supplies intoxi- cating drugs to the region. Gaurav has been sent to judicial custody.” In another development, three other accused — medical store owners Ramprakash and Saurabh at Nangloi in Delhi and Sunil from Jind town — were arrested today in the case. They supplied drugs in the region. Fatehabad SP Rajesh Kumar said an inter-state drugs chain had been busted. Cops set out to trace the source after illegal tablets flooded medical stores in Fatehabad, Hisar and Sirsa. Stormy GST Council meet likely today NEW DELHI: The GST Council meeting on Monday may turn out to be a stormy affair, with non-BJP-ruled states still being in disagreement with the Centre on the compensation issue. While 21 states have opted to borrow Rs 97,000 crore to meet the GST shortfall, Oppositionled states, including West Bengal, Punjab and Kerala, have not accepted the option. BACK PAGE Two Navy personnel killed in glider crash KOCHI: A Navy glider on a routine sortie crashed here on Sunday. Officer Lt Rajeev Jha (39) and Petty Officer Sunil Kumar (29) were pulled out from the wreckage and rushed to Naval hospital INHS Sanjivani where they were declared “brought dead”. The power glider, which took off from INS Garuda, crashed around 7 am. PTI KZF terror module busted, two held CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police on Sunday claimed to have busted a Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terror module with the arrest of two terrorists — Makhan Singh Gill (alias Amli) and Davinder Singh (alias Happy), both residents of Nurpur Jattan village in Hoshiarpur district. Sophisticated arms and ammunition were seized from their possession. INSIDE
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