09102020-TT-01.qxd 10/8/2020 11:02 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.280 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana AMERICAN POET GLUCK WINS NOBEL FOR LITERATURE WORLD /thetribunechd SENSEX RECLAIMS 40K-MARK AFTER 7 MONTHS, WB: INDIA’S GDP EXPECTED TO CONTRACT BY 9.6% BACK PAGE IT STOCKS HOG LIMELIGHT BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Dominating skies MANAS RANJAN BHUI friday, october 9,2020 Freedom of speech ‘most abused’ Paswan, voice of SC objects to govt’s ‘evasive’ affidavit on media coverage of Tablighi event Tribune News Service Sarang copters in action during IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria said the the 88th Air Force Day event at force will bring in changes to up its Hindon base in Ghaziabad. combat capability. BACK PAGE Stubble-burning cases rise 5 times in Punjab Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 8 The number of stubble-burning cases in Punjab so far has been five times more than those reported during the corresponding period over the past two years. According to the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, Ludhiana, 1,692 cases of burning paddy straw were reported between September 21 and October 7 this year. The number was 302 and 307 between the said dates during 2018 and 2019, respectively. The maximum cases this year are from Amritsar (857), followed by Tarn Taran (366), Patiala (104), Gurdaspur (95) and Ludhiana (50). Saudagar Singh Ghudani of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) said, “Farmers are forced to burn continued on back page COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 68,35,655 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 58,27,704 FRESH FATALITIES 971 TOTAL DEATHS 1,05,526 WORLD 3,64,84,460 2,74,70,508 10,62,023 PUNJAB’S 24-HR COVID TOLL FALLS BELOW 50 REPORT INSIDE Poll rallies allowed even before Oct 15 NEW DELHI: Amending its earlier order, the MHA has allowed political gatherings in poll-bound states even before October 15. It said such meetings — not allowed in containment zones — were to be held with a maximum 200 people in a closed or open space. TNS Airlines may operate at 75% capacity soon NEW DELHI: Airlines may be permitted to operate maximum 75 per cent of their preCovid scheduled domestic flights if the passenger numbers continue to remain healthy during the next seven to 10 days, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. TNS No overweight cops during raids: HC to Pb CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana HC has asked the Punjab Police not to depute overweight police officials who are unable to run in investigation of cases involving raids on bootleggers and drug peddlers. It called for fitness test of the cops failing to nab the accused in excise and drugs cases. INSIDE IN FIGURES cases 1,692this yearreported21 between Sept and October 7 was the number of 302periodcases during such the same in 2018 was the count in 2019 307during the same dates WHAT EXPERTS SAY ■ Paddy harvesting began late in 2018 and 2019 due to rain ■ As it began early this year, stubble-burning cases are initially high ■ The situation is likely to improve in the coming days New Delhi, October 8 Describing the Centre’s affidavit on media reporting of the March event of the Tablighi Jamaat in the Capital as “evasive” and “brazenly short in details”, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked it to file a fresh one. “Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms in the recent times,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said while hearing a petition filed by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, an Islamic body in India, which accused the media of communalising the Tablighi Jamaat event and demonising the Muslim community. The top court — which had refused to restrain the media from reporting on the alleged role of the Tablighi congrega- PLEA ON MEDIA GIVING COMMUNAL COLOUR MUMBAI COPS BUST TRP MANIPULATION RACKET Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind moved the Supreme Court on April 6, alleging the nature of media reporting of the Tablighi Jamaat event led to demonising the entire Muslim community in India. Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a Television Rating Points (TRPs) manipulation racket with the arrest of four persons. Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh told the media that Republic TV, facing flak over its attack on the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Government in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, was also involved in the “false TRP” racket. Republic TV rubbished Singh’s claims. SC: HOW CAN YOU SAY NO BAD REPORTING? The ❝ saysaffidavit is evasive and the petitioner shows no instance of bad reporting. You may not agree, but how can you say there is no instance of bad reporting? FILE PHOTO tion at Nizamuddin Markaz in the Capital in spreading Covid-19 — took strong exception to the affidavit filed by a junior officer that said there were no instances of “bad reporting” of the event. Terming the affidavit of the REPORT BACK PAGE Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as “extremely evasive” and “brazenly short continued on back page marginalised, dies New Delhi, October 8 Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders of the country, died on Thursday at the age of 74, his son Chirag Paswan said. The Lok Janshakti Party founder and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution was admitted to a private hospital here for several weeks and had recently undergone a heart operation. “Papa, you are no more in this world but I know you are with me wherever you are. Miss you papa,” Chirag, who now heads the LJP tweeted. , A stalwart of the socialist movement who later emerged as Bihar’s foremost Dalit leader with a following across the country, Paswan was instrumental in the implementation of the Mandal Was victim’s friend, Talks with PM alone, say wary farmers claims key accused New Delhi, October 8 Hathras case prime accused Sandeep Thakur today claimed innocence in a letter addressed to the district SP and called for an investigation to get to the truth. Thakur alleged he knew the victim and her family was against their relationship. Signed by three other accused in the case involving the death of the 19-year-old Dalit girl after an alleged gangrape on September 14, Sandeep alleged on the day of the incident, he went to see the girl in the fields but returned after her mother and brother took objection. Seema Kushwaha, lawyer DESERVES JUSTICE, NOT SLANDER Creating a narrative that defames a woman’s character is revolting and regressive. She deserves justice, not slander ❝ Priyanka Gandhi, CONG GEN SECY for victim’s kin, said, “Which law allows accused to write letters to police? What narrative is being built?” — TNS Chandigarh, October 8 Punjab farmers will hold talks with the PM and none else, said Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan today. He said the farmers wanted the government to legalise MSP and the assurance that the mandi system would stay. “The new farm laws will make mandis non-viable in a few years with farmers getting better prices outside the man- dis. That will see the demise of the agrarian economy built on trust,” he argued. The BKU (Dakaunda) general secretary, Jagmohan Singh Patiala, said they were determined to take their struggle to its logical end. “If we give up now, we will be jeopardising the future of the farming community,” he said. — TNS Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Commission report in the 1990s. Condoling his death, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “In the demise of Ram Vilas Paswan, the nation has lost a visionary leader. He was the voice of the oppressed, and championed the cause of the marginalised.” — PTI obit on back page RC, driving licence racket busted in Hry PANIPAT: The Chief Minister’s flying squad has unearthed a racket of agents involved in preparing registration certificates (RCs), driving licences and permits at higher rates, allegedly in connivance with officials of the Regional Transport Authority, Panipat. INSIDE
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