07102020-TT-01.qxd 10/6/2020 11:15 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.278 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana CONGRESS OUT TO PLACATE SULKING LEADERS PUNJAB /thetribunechd SERVICES SECTOR SLUMP EASES IN SEPT, BUT JOB LOSSES WIDEN BUSINESS DISCHARGED, TRUMP RETURNS TO WH AFTER 4 DAYS WORLD /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday, october 7,2020 Hathras shocking, says SC; wants witnesses protected In affidavit, UP Govt claims Aligarh hospital, forensic lab reports rule out rape Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 6 Amid allegations of pressure on the family of the Hathras gangrape victim from various quarters, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to spell out if a witness protection plan was in place and if the family had hired an advocate. While hearing a PIL on the issue, a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde termed the incident “shocking, extraordinary and horrible”. It adjourned the matter to next week after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UP Government, said an affidavit would be filed by Thursday. He said witnesses were already under protection. The apex court said it would ensure that the probe into the case was smooth. It also sought to know how the Police personnel outside the rape victim’s house in Hathras. PTI YOGI GOVT ALLEGES BID TO DERAIL PROBE ■ In an affidavit, the UP Gov- ernment said politicians and a section of media were trying to give a communal colour to the incident. ■ It urged the SC to monitor the CBI probe, alleging ‘vested interests’ were attemptscope of the proceedings before the Allahabad High Court could be widened. ing to ascribe motive to derail a fair probe. ■ Citing provisional medical report of JJ Medical Hospital, Aligarh, and final report of FSL, Agra, the affidavit asserted that there were no signs suggesting rape. Mehta said: “I am not opposing CBI probe. But the unfortunate incident should not be sensationalised. I am only praying that this court should supervise the probe... There are narratives and narratives that may impede a fair probe.” The state government has already recommended a CBI probe even as it denied that the 19-year-old Dalit girl was raped by four upper caste men in Hathras on September 14. The woman died on September 29 in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital during treatment and her body was cremated at night near her home on September 30. Her family alleged that the police forced them to hurriedly conduct the last rites. The charge was denied by the police. The police, meanwhile, arrested four persons in Mathura last night while on way to Hathras, claiming they were linked to the Popular Front of India, an organisation accused of fomenting violence over CAA. UP affidavit cites US stir, Cong cries ‘cover-up’ Rahul vows to save farmers, calls it entire nation’s fight Aditi Tandon Cong leader’s tractor rally briefly stopped at Hry border Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 6 The mention of “black men, NYPD, San Diego” among a range of American protest references in UP’s Hathras affidavit today gave the Opposition fresh fodder to seek the dismissal of CM Yogi Adityanath for attempting a “cover-up”. After the state government swore on oath before the SC that the victim was “not raped” and was “cremated with full rituals”, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev accused the state of falsifying facts. Questioning the UP administration’s claim that the girl was “not raped”, Dev said the victim’s statement that she was allegedly gangraped was legally enough to prosecute the perpetrators. A specific challenge the Opposition posed to the UP administration related to queer references to materials that appeared lifted from US “Black Lives Matter” stir. Tribune News Service Patiala/ Pehowa, October 6 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday kept up the attack on the Centre over new farm laws, saying the fight against these legislations was not of farmers or labourers alone, but it was “India’s fight”. Addressing a gathering here on the concluding day of his “Kheti Bachao Yatra” in Punjab which started from Moga district on Sunday, Rahul said if these new measures were implemented then farmers and labourers would become “slaves” of a few corporates. Later in the evening, he addressed farmers at Pehowa and Kurukshetra in Haryana. The Congress leader alleged that the Prime Minister was “killing” all institutions in the country to ensure his image across the world remained “strong”. “Modi is not interested in people of the Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders in Pehowa, Haryana. INSTITUTIONS AT RISK killing ❝ The PMtoisensureall institutions his image remains strong. Give me free press and other key institutions and this govt won't last long. Tribune News Service Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 6 After days of suspense, the NDA today declared its seatsharing formula for the upcoming Bihar elections. Making the announcement in Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said of 243 Assembly constituencies, the JD-U would contest 122 and BJP 121. While the JD-U would give seven seats from its quota to Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S), the BJP would allot some (expectedly nine) to Mukesh Sahani-led Vikassheel Insaan Party, which had walked out of the 7 SEATS FOR MANJHI ■ The JD-U will give seven seats from its quota to Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S) ■ The BJP will allot some (expect- edly nine) to Mukesh Sahaniled Vikassheel Insaan Party NITISH CM FACE The BJP says its alliance with the JD-U is “unbreakable”. Deputy CM Sushil Modi says state BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has made it clear that those who don’t accept Nitish’s leadership will not be a part of the NDA in Bihar. RJD-led “Mahagathbandhan” a couple of days back. Nitish said there was no confusion among NDA partners over seat allocation. On Chirag Paswan led-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which parted ways with the NDA in Bihar, Nitish said: “Ram Vilas Paswan is unwell. We want him to recover. But could he go to the Rajya Sabha without JD-U support?” he questioned. On LJP using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures on its election posters, BJP leaders said if need be they would write to the Election Commission against the move. New Delhi, October 6 A three-hour meeting of Foreign Ministers from the "Quad" countries in Tokyo on Tuesday decided to step up practical cooperation in maritime security, cyber security and data flows, resilient supply chains, quality infrastructure and counterterrorism. This was the second meeting of ministers from the US, India, Australia and Japan to jointly address the changing balance of power in the Asia Pacific region due to the rise of China. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in his interactions before the Quad meeting began, targeted the Chi- Foreign Minister S Jaishankar speaks during a meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS nese Communist Party. But in the end, all Quad Foreign Ministers — S Jaishankar, Marise Pyne, Toshimitsu Motegi and Pompeo — kept off China from their readouts or opening addresses. Jaishankar focused on the need for "like-minded countries to coordinate responses to various challenges" and advance their security and economic interests. The ministers sought to Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS LEADER country but is only concerned about protecting and promoting his image which would have got dented had he admitted to China’s incursion.” Rahul said the Congress favoured grain markets continued on back page bring a quiet focus on advancing cooperation in maritime security and anti-terrorism, critical technologies and education. The strategic goal was to ensure a "free and open Indo-Pacific", an indication towards not letting China have a free run through a debt-fuelled infrastructure building spree and unilateral claims to maritime territory. The Quad's broader reading of security was explained by Pompeo. "Remember, when one talks about security, one's talking about economic capacity, the ability to protect intellectual property, trade agreements, diplomatic relationships, all of the elements that form a security framework. It's not just military," he observed. At 61K, sharpest drop Took loans to manage straw, Can MSP be withheld in daily Covid cases but govt failed us, say farmers over farm fires, asks SC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service NewDelhi, October 6 India today saw the sharpest month-long decline in daily new Covid cases with 61,267 infections over 24 hours as against an average of 90,000 plus seen through the first week of September. As the Covid caseload reached, 66,85,082, lowering trends in daily new cases firmed up with the Health Ministry data showing stable decline in week on week average new cases starting September 2. “Since the week starting September 2, there have been consistent and stable declining trends in daily new cases on a week to week basis,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. The daily new cases initially rose from 84,179 through September 2-8 to 92,830 (September 9-15) and then declined to 90,346 (September 16-22), 83,232 (September 23-29) and 77,113 (September 30-October 6). The Health Ministry data reveals that out of total deaths, 48 per cent are in 25 districts of eight states, including Ludhiana (Punjab). “Among the 25 districts carrying high death burden, 15 are in Maharashtra,” Tribune News Service Sameer Singh Ludhiana among 25 high death districts COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 66,85,082 RECOVERED 56,62,490 FRESH FATALITIES 884 TOTAL DEATHS 1,03,569 WORLD 3,58,41,690 2,69,48,972 10,50,447 FIRM TOLD TO MODIFY SPUTNIK TRIAL PROTOCOL TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the drug controller had asked Dr Reddy’s, Indian partner of Russia for Sputnik-V vaccine trial, to modify its trial protocol. “The controller will take a decision on the request for trials in India after the firm submits the modified protocol,” he added. HARYANA DY CM, PUNJAB HEALTH MINISTER TEST +VE Bhushan said. The Health Secretary said the active cases (9,19,023 today) had remained below 10 lakh for two weeks starting September 23, a positive sign for disease management. Tribune News Service Bathinda, October 6 Paying heed to the Punjab Government’s appeal to not burn paddy stubble, Harvinder Pal of Mehma Sarkari village in the district, had last year sown wheat using a super seeder machine. Pal owns 2 acres of land. He had taken the machine on rent. Pal said the government had promised to pay Rs 2,500 per acre to the farmers for incurring extra cost, but failed to keep its word. Like Pal, there are scores of farmers in Malwa who are at the receiving end. Claim Punjab Govt failed to keep promise to pay ~2,500 per acre compensation Raghubir Singh and nine other farmers of a Mansa village had pooled in money to purchase a super seeder. They too are disappointed. Raghubir said: “Some of us had even borrowed mon- ey at high rate of interest.” B Srinivasan, Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, said: “Many farmers have got the compensation. If some have been left out, we will get their claim expedited.” New Delhi, October 6 The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a suggestion that a portion of the minimum support price (MSP) should be withheld from farmers and released later only after a verification that they didn’t burn stubble. However, a Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde sought to know, “Who is going to supervise and verify if a farmer has indulged in stubble burning?” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “Tinkering with the MSP may not be in the interest of farmers.” The Bench posted the will not only call a ❝ Wesession to oppose special the new laws being implemented in Punjab but will also take legal recourse to ensure our farmers are saved. Capt Amarinder Singh, CM NDA seals Bihar pact, JD-U Eying China, Quad nations to step up ties to contest 122 seats, BJP 121 Sandeep Dikshit PB TO CALL SPL SESSION Plea seeks measures to check stubble burning matter for further hearing to October 16 after Mehta said the Centre would file a reply on the issue. The court was dealing with a fresh plea filed by Vikrant Tongad, a farmer and an environment conservationist, who demanded “an alternative incentive mechanism be formulated for tweaking the amount of Rs 100 per quintal and its payment be deferred from within the MSP until it is verified that no stubble has been burnt.” BJP leader’s guard killed in J&K attack SRINAGAR: Militants opened fire on a BJP office-bearer in Ganderbal district of J&K on Tuesday, leaving his security guard critically injured who later died at a hospital. The ultras fired at Ghulam Qadir, BJP district vice-president, near his residence at Nunner in Ganderbal, a police official said. He said the assailants missed the target but Qadir's personal security guard, Constable Altaf Hussain, was hit. PTI 3 share Nobel for black hole research STOCKHOLM: Three scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for advancing the understanding of black holes. Briton Roger Penrose would receive half of the prize “for discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of general theory of relativity”. German Reinhard Genzel and US Andrea Ghez will receive the second half for discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy. WORLD 2 cops, 3 gangsters injured in encounter GURUGRAM: Three aides of gangster Sube Gujjar and two cops were critically injured after an encounter near Saap Ki Nangli village in Sohna on Tuesday. They have been admitted to a Sohna hospital. An illegal weapon has been seized. The police claimed they were out to kill a local wrestler. Police Commissioner KK Rao announced a Rs 2 lakh reward for the police team involved in the operation. INSIDE Gudiya’s kin regret ‘elusive justice’ as Hathras reopens wounds Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, October 6 Few would understand the pain and anguish of the family of the Hathras murder and alleged gangrape victim more than the parents of ‘Gudiya’ (not her real name), who was raped and murdered over three years ago in Kotkhai area of upper Shimla. Yet, the family has nothing to offer, not even the hope of justice, to the UP’s bereaved family. “What can we tell them after what has happened with us? From our experience, we can’t even tell them justice will be done,” says Gudiya’s elder sister. “It’s been almost four years now and we are as far away from justice as on Day 1 after the incident,” she bemoans. For the family, the Hathras KOTKHAI RAPE-MURDER ❝ The general view in our village is nothing is going to happen in this (Gudiya’s) case. When such message goes out, who will be afraid of law? Won’t all goons get emboldened? Won’t they target other innocent girls? Sister of rape-murder victim Gudiya incident has reopened their wounds. “Even as we are fighting for justice, we are trying hard to get back some normalcy in our lives. But when such incidents happen, thoughts like how much pain she must have endured and how scared she must have been when she was assaulted hit us hard,” the sister mumbles in a choked voice. The mother sounds equal- ly helpless and defeated: “We want justice for our daughter and for every other wronged girl. If our daughter had got justice, maybe many other incidents wouldn’t have happened.” The father, on the other hand, is furious with everyone—media, government, politicians and law enforcing agencies. “What do we tell others when we haven’t been able to get justice for our own daughter. We have knocked on all doors, and everyone has disappointed us,” he asserts. The schoolgirl was raped and killed at Halaila village in Kotkhai area of Shimla district on July 4, 2017. She had gone missing while on her way back from school and her body was found in a forest two days later, triggering massive protests.
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