08102020-TTC-01.qxd 10/8/2020 12:00 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.4 no.279 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 NADAL REACHES FRENCH OPEN SEMIFINALS SPORT /thetribunechd Stockholm: Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing a method of genome editing likened to “molecular scissors” that offer the promise of one day curing inherited diseases and even cancer. The method can be used to change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision. Jennifer A. Doudna ITS SIGNIFICANCE The method can be used to change DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision. It offers the promise of one day curing inherited diseases and even cancer. REPORT ON WORLD PAGE thursday, october 8,2020 Can’t occupy public space ‘indefinitely’ Himachal ex-DGP Shaheen Bagh Supreme Court faults the authorities for failing to clear obstructions Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 7 Maintaining that “democracy and dissent go hand in hand”, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that roads and public spaces can’t be blocked indefinitely and demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone. Deciding petitions seeking the removal of those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, a three-judge Bench headed by Justice SK Kaul said: “We have no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests, is not acceptable and the administration ‘ONLY DESIGNATED PLACES FOR PROTESTS’ Democracy and dissent go hand in hand, but then the demonstrations expressing dissent have to be at designated places alone. Three-judge Bench ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions.” Though the protesters blocking the Kalindi KunjShaheen Bagh stretch, including the Okhla underpass since December 15, 2019, were removed on March 24 after the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced, the apex court had chosen to keep the mat- ter pending to clarify legal position on the issue. The court faulted the authorities for not taking any decision, saying: “Unfortunately, despite the lapse of a considerable period of time, there was neither any negotiation nor any action by the administration, thus warranting our intervention.” The court said: “In what DELHI RIOTS WERE PLOT TO DISTURB PEACE: MoS New Delhi: Nityanand Rai, MoS (Home), claimed that the Delhi riots this year were a “big conspiracy” to disturb peace in the country but security forces like the RAF played a key role in “suppressing elements that spread anarchy”. manner the administration should act is their responsibility and they should not hide behind the court orders or seek support therefrom for carrying out administrative functions. The courts adjudicate the legality of the actions and are not meant to give shoulder to the administration to fire their guns from.” To emphasise the impor- Hathras: Kerala scribe booked for sedition M Rajeshwar Rao is RBI Dy Governor Haryana offers reward to tackle stubble burning NEW DELHI: The government has appointed RBI’s seniormost executive director M Rajeshwar Rao as the Deputy Governor of the central bank. The post fell vacant after NS Vishwanathan quit three months ahead of his extended tenure on health grounds. PTI Rhea walks out of jail after 28 days MUMBAI: The Bombay HC on Wednesday granted bail to actor Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case related to her boyfriend Sushant Rajput’s death. She spent 28 days in Byculla prison. PTI UGC names 24 fake varsities, most in UP DELHI: The UGC on Wednesday announced a list of 24 “fake and unrecognised” universities. Eight of these are in UP seven in Delhi and two , each in Odisha and WB. Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Maharashtra have one each. BACK PAGE case was on Wednesday given 10 more days to wind up its investigation ■ UP cops claim they have evi- dence victim’s brother was in touch with prime accused Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 7 The Haryana Government has come out with a scheme to reward panchayats falling in the “red zone” for taking steps to prevent stubble burning in their respective villages. Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan said the efforts would be evaluated and the top three panchayats would be given Rs 10 lakh, Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, respectively. Addressing a virtual meet with deputy commissioners, Vardhan said the officers must ensure proper management of crop residue in compliance with the Supreme Court order. He said sarpanches should hold a meeting of the respective gram sabhas and pass a resolution against stubble burning. He also directed the DCs to ensure the availability of crop residue management machines to small and marginal farmers. ASHWANI KUMAR HE TOOK OVER AS CBI CHIEF MIDST TALWAR CASE PROBE WAS NAGALAND GUV FROM MARCH 2013 TO JUNE 2014 2014. He resigned from the post after the NDA came into power. He later joined as Pro Vice Chancellor of APG Shimla University, and was elevated as Chancellor. He resigned last year. Expressing shock, Shimla SP Mohit Chawla said he was a role model to many officers. — TNS Cure rate in Pb 87% Haryana 90.6 % may be considered,” say the guidelines. The ministry said the guidelines were meant to sustain recent gains in stabilisation of cases. The national recovery rate surged to 85 per cent today with daily new recoveries at 82,203, outpacing daily new cases at 72,049. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are reporting over half of all new cases. The sharpest recent surge of new infections was seen in Kerala (being linked to Onam celebrations). The recovery rate in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh is more than the national average. New Delhi, October 7 With Covid-19 cases nearing 6.8 million and the toll rising to 1.05 lakh, the government today issued guidelines for the upcoming festival season, barring events and mass gatherings in containment zones. People in containment zones have been advised to observe festivals at homes to prevent disease transmission due to crowding. “Events planned to last for many days or weeks such as fairs, puja pandals, Ramlila pandals and concerts should ■ The SIT probing the Hathras today given 10 more days to wind up its investigation amid claims by cops of fresh evidence that the brother of the victim was in touch with the prime accused in the gang-rape case. The Congress, meanwhile, described the turn of events in UP as “Orwellian”, saying that it was the first time that a government was harassing the victim’s kin instead of the perpetrators. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi slammed the UP Government for slapping sedition charges. “They are using sedition as if it is a pickpocketing offence,” he said. Shimla, October 7 The body of Ashwani Kumar, 70, a former DGP of Himachal Pradesh (August 2006 to 2008), was found hanging at his residence here on Wednesday evening. Sources said he had recently returned from Mumbai where he had been taking treatment for depression. He is survived by his wife and son. A suicide note found at the spot read: “I don’t want to be a burden on anyone. Embarking on journey after life”. Born on November 15, 1950, Kumar served as CBI chief from August 2, 2008, to November 30, 2010. He succeeded Vijay Shanker when the CBI was probing the Aarushi Talwar murder case. He served as the Governor of Nagaland from March 21, 2013, to June 27, Tribune News Service SIT GETS 10 MORE DAYS New Delhi, October 7 After submitting an affidavit in the apex court claiming that vested interests attempted to incite caste violence in the name of Hathras tragedy, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday booked four persons, including Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan, for sedition. The four were arrested on Monday when they were on way to meet the kin of the Hathras victim with cops alleging their links to the Popular Front of India. The four were sent to judicial custody even as the Kerala Union of Journalists moved a habeas corpus petition in the SC over the arrest. The FIR, in addition to other charges, also mentions IPC Section 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings). Meanwhile, the SIT probing the Hathras case was tance of right to peaceful protest, the Bench headed by Justice SK Kaul quoted Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Lippmann, who said: “In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated as constitutional, but must be maintained because it is indispensable.” However, it said, “While appreciating the existence of the right to peaceful protest, we have to make it unequivocally clear that public ways and public spaces cannot be occupied in such a manner and that too indefinitely.” Rejecting the contention of the protesters against the CAA, the Bench said: “The present case is not about one of the protests taking place in an undesignated area, but about the blockage of a public way that caused inconvenience to commuters.” commits suicide No festivities in containment zones Tribune News Service NEW CENTRE BANS 7 HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Two win Nobel Prize for genome editing Emmanuelle Charpentier HDFC BANK TIES UP WITH APOLLO FOR TREATMENT LOANS BUSINESS have adequate measures to ensure a cap on gatherings. Staggered timings and restricted entry US slaps fresh H-1B restrictions ahead of poll No dialogue, will step up stir, say Punjab farmers Washington, October 7 The Trump administration has announced new curbs on H-1B visa to protect American workers and better guarantee that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries. The move is set to hit thousands of Indian IT professionals. Announced ahead of the US presidential election on November 3, the curbs will narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” that allowed firms to game the system. It will require companies to make “real” offers to “real staff,” by closing the loopholes and preventing displacement of American workers. WORLD Tribune News Service COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 67,57,131 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 57,44,693 FRESH FATALITIES 986 TOTAL DEATHS 1,04,555 WORLD 3,62,76,890 2,72,98,533 10,57,867 Foreign Minister S Jaishankar follows his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo. REUTERS Pact with Japan on 5G tech Effectively shuts door on Chinese cos like Huawei, ZTE New Delhi, October 7 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held the 13th India-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on Wednesday. The ministers highlighted the need for robust and resilient digital and cyber systems and welcomed the finalisation of the text of the cybersecurity pact which will effectively shut the door on Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE to sell their advanced telecom equipment in India. The agreement promotes US cites PLA’s Ladakh coercion for Pompeo’s attack on China cooperation in capacity building, research and development, security and resilience in the areas of critical information infrastructure, 5G, internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI), among others, stated a Ministry of External Affairs news release. Reaffirming the similarities in their respective Indo-Pacific visions, the Japanese side agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative. The duo also discussed convergence in several areas, including maritime security, trade and investment, manufacturing, skill development, health and wellness and UN reforms. They emphasised that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region must be premised on diversified and resilient supply chains; and in this context, welcomed the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative between India, Japan, Australia and other likeminded countries. — TNS edit: quad cooperation Chandigarh, October 7 Rejecting the Centre’s offer for talks, Punjab farmers have decided to intensify their agitation against the new farm laws over the next seven days. Thirty farmers’ unions, at a meeting today, asked the Punjab Government to hold a special Assembly session by October 15 to nullify the laws passed by the Centre failing which they would protest outside the houses of Congress leaders. The BKU (Lakhowal) has been barred from participating in the joint protest till it withdraws its plea against the Shimla hospital suicide ~3.05-cr fine slapped on Patiala probehints at negligence brewery for smuggling liquor Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, October 7 The report of inquiry into the alleged suicide by a Covid patient at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital here on September 22 points towards medical negligence with no conclusive evidence of her being under psychiatric treatment, as claimed by the doctors attending to her. The 54-page report submitted by Additional District Magistrate, Shimla, Prabha Rajeev says the 54-year-old woman, hailing from the Chopal area, was not given any medication for hypertension for three days ever since she was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. The report men- Ruchika M Khanna Debunks claim that patient was depressed tions that the woman had to sleep on the floor of the ward for three days and she had been feeling very low. The report debunked doctors’ claim that the patient was suffering from depression. The doctor who treated the woman at Chopal and had referred her to DDU Hospital said the woman suffered from hypertension only. The post-mortem report cited asphyxia as the cause of her death. The woman committed suicide by hanging herself at the hospital on the intervening night of September 22 and 23. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 7 In a major offensive against liquor smuggling, the Punjab Excise Department has imposed a penalty of Rs 3.05 crore on a prominent Patialabased brewery. Sources said a raid was conducted on the brewery by the Excise Department recently after a tip-off about a large quantity of beer being unaccounted for on its premises. “Upon searching, we found a brand of strong beer was 1,050 cases short of what was recorded in the ledger, and 468 cases of another strong beer brand were in excess of what was accounted for in the company records. Other than this, 2.27 lakh bulk litres of Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. BOOZE SCAM 1,518 cases of beer show mismatch in ledger 2.27 lakh bulk litres unaccounted for ~22.77-lakh penalty for mismatch in beer cases ~2.83 crore fine for mismatch in bulk litre stock Excise officials say manufacturers account for just 600-700 cases per month in lease lines while actually sell thousands of cases beer was also found less than what was projected,” said a senior excise officer. This meant that what was less or more than accounted for was kept for sale without paying the excise duty, the sources said. “The intent was prima facie suspicious. After a thorough investigation, we have now imposed a penalty of Rs 22.77 lakh on the brewery for the mismatch in stock of beer cases and Rs 2.83 crore for the mismatch in the bulk beer stock,” said the officer, requesting anonymity. As a measure to check smuggling, all distilleries and breweries are now required to bottle at least 6,000 cases per month to ensure that all liquor bottled continued on back page A protester in Amritsar. contentious laws in the Supreme Court. Buta Singh Burjgill, BKU (Dakaunda) chief, claimed the Centre seemed in no mood to withdraw the laws. “The invitation continued on back page 3 militants shot in Shopian gunfight Srinagar, October 7 Three militants were killed during an anti-terrorism operation in Shopian area of south Kashmir after repeated persuasions and even halting up the operation to enable their surrender failed to yield any positive results. The operation, which began at 4 pm yesterday at Sugan area of Shopian district, was halted around 8.30 pm by the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles after the troops decided to rope in prominent locals to persuade the terrorists to surrender, officials said. The Army resumed its operations at daybreak after the militants lobbed grenades at those making appeals for surrender. In no time, the militants, belonging to Al-Badr terror outfit, were neutralised, the officials said. INSIDE
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