11102020-TT-01.qxd 10/10/2020 10:58 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.282 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana ENSURE COTTON PURCHASE HALT COUTURE: WEDDING SEASON MAY NOT BE IGA 1ST POLISH TO WIN GRAND AT MSP: SUKHBIR PUNJAB ABLE TO SALVAGE FASHION INDUSTRY SPECTRUM SLAM SINGLES TITLE BACK PAGE /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, october 11,2020 Must probe rape cases within 2 months: MHA advisory to states post Hathras Tribune News Service JAMSHEDPUR GIRL RAPED AT GUNPOINT New Delhi, October 10 Amid a raging controversy around recent crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and a few other places in the country, the Centre has issued an advisory to all states and union territories (UTs), directing them to take mandatory police action in such cases. Jamshedpur: Five persons have been arrested for the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur. The girl was out with her boyfriend in Bagbera area late on Tuesday when the accused forcibly took her away at gunpoint. PTI STUDENT ‘BEATEN’ TO DEATH OVER AFFAIR CBI TO PROBE HATHRAS CASE, NOTIFICATION ISSUED New Delhi: Rahul Rajput (18), a Delhi University student, was allegedly beaten to death over his friendship with a woman in his locality. The woman’s brother, a relative and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the case. BACK PAGE with the provisions in the law relating to crime against women.” The states and the UTs have also been asked to monitor the cases on the Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences to ensure that suitable action is taken on the chargesheet of the accused in a timely manner. The ministry advisory came days after a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped by four men at Hathras, leading to her death. Such crimes have also been reported from Jharkhand, Rajasthan and other states. The ministry also referred to its 2019 advisory on “failure to record information under sub-section (1) of Section 154 of the CrPC punishable under Section 166A of the IPC”. The MHA also referred to another advisory issued on December 5, 2019, regarding timely and proactive action in cases of crimes against women. Besides recommending compulsory registration of first information report (FIR), the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) advisory said the investigation should be completed within two months of reporting of a case. The advisory further said any failure on the part of the police to adhere to the mandatory requirements in crime against women “will be inquired and necessary action will be taken immedi- ‘Skipping Sikh’ on Queen’s honour list New Delhi, October 10 Maintaining that mere continuation of temporary loan moratorium would not be in borrowers’ interest, the RBI has told the Supreme Court a moratorium exceeding six months might vitiate the overall credit discipline and have a “debilitating impact” on the credit creation process. Announced by the RBI in March for three months, loan moratorium is a legal authorisation to debtors to postpone the Eye on China, MoD plans airstrip in Spiti Washington, October 10 China has amassed 60,000 troops on India’s northern border, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he hit out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour” and the threats it posed to the Quad countries. The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations, known as the Quad group comprising the US, Japan, India and Australia, met in Tokyo on Tuesday in what was their first in-person talks since the Covid pandemic began. The meeting took place in the backdrop of China’s aggressive military behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea and along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on Shimla, October 10 In the wake of tension along the Indo-China border, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has given a green signal to the state to pursue the matter regarding construction of an airstrip at Rangrik in Spiti. The airstrip would act as a landing ground in case of exigency. In a letter to HP Governor Bhandaru Dattatreya, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said National Highway No. 5 would be widened up to Pooh in Kinnaur district. He further said the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways be consulted for funding the construction of the road beyond Kunzam Pass to boost tourism in the region. continued on back page QUAD NATIONS AT RISK Quad nations need the US to be their ally. They face risk associated with threats by Chinese Communist Party. ❝ Mike Pompeo, US SECRETARY OF STATE NO INFO ON CHINA ROLE IN PoK MISSILE SITES, SAYS ARMY Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Can’t extend loan moratorium: RBI to SC LONDON: Pompeo: China has 60K troops at LAC Rajinder Singh Harzall, a septuagenarian fundraiser fondly called ‘Skipping Sikh’, and Oxford University Professor of Ecosystem Science Yadvinder Singh Malhi lead the “most ethnically diverse” Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The 74-year-old Harzall receives an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his inspirational health and fitness videos during lockdown. He has raised nearly 14,000 pounds for the National Health Service. PTI Modi biopic set for re-release on Oct 15 MUMBAI: ‘PM Narendra Modi’, starring Vivek Anand Oberoi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is all set for a big screen re-release once cinemas re-open on October 15. Directed by Omung Kumar, the film, released in 2019, traces the journey of Narendra Damodardas Modi from his beginnings to his years as Gujarat CM onto winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to become the PM. IANS Hamirpur NIT Director sacked HAMIRPUR (HP): The Director of National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, has been terminated from service with immediate effect following several complaints against him. Prof Vinod Yadava had assumed charge on March 23, 2018, for five years. Following several complaints against him, a committee was constituted on July 13 to inquire into the state of affairs at the NIT. The probe found there was certainly a prima-facie case against him. HIMACHAL Valmiki community members during a protest against the Hathras gangrape and murder, in Jalandhar on Saturday. SARABJIT SINGH GOVT REITERATES: ‘ZERO FIR’ IF CRIME COMMITTED OUTSIDE POLICE JURISDICTION CAN’T DISCARD DYING DECLARATION EVEN IF NOT RECORDED BY MAGISTRATE ately against the officers concerned”. The advisory reads: “It is requested that the states Says it could vitiate credit discipline payment of EMIs. It was extended to six months till August 31. The government said more than 50 per cent of the borrowers didn’t avail moratorium. The apex court is hearing a bunch of pleas, including the one which has sought a direction to declare the portion of an RBI notification, issued on March 27, “ultra vires to the extent it charges interest on the loan amount during the moratorium period”. In its affidavit, the RBI said New Delhi, October 10 Chief financial officer (CFO) of Republic TV Network S Sundaram has moved the Supreme Court against summons issued to him in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam case registered by the Mumbai Police. In his petition, Sundaram has challenged the October 9 summons issued to him and sought an early hearing in the matter. Earlier, he had urged the Mumbai Police to stop the probe against Republic TV Network and its employees till the matter was heard in the apex court. The police have already arrested owners of channels Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema after they claimed to have busted a TRP scam to the tune of more than Rs 100 crore. They alleged that some TRP SCAM Republic TV’s chief financial officer S Sundaram did not appear before the Mumbai Police on Saturday to record his statement in connection with the TRP racket, saying the channel had approached the Supreme Court. employees of a company involved in TRP measurement were manipulating “sampling metering services” by bribing people to watch certain TV channels. — TNS FOUR ULTRAS KILLED IN J&K ENCOUNTERS Srinagar: Four militants were killed on Saturday in two separate encounters with security forces in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of J&K. Those killed in Kulgam were affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad, the police said. INSIDE farmers and arhtiyas on the new farm laws at district-specific video-conferences. Significantly, Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar is Former DGP Saini named accused in Kotkapura case Balwant Garg DOESN’T APPEAR BEFORE MUM COPS not on the list. The Congress government in Punjab too has been opposing the new laws. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi last week led a “tractor march” in Punjab in solidarity with the agitating farmers. Farm organisations have been laying siege to fuel stations and godowns of corporate houses seen close to the Modi government. INSIDE any waiver of interest on interest would entail “significant economic costs” which cannot be absorbed by the banks without serious dent on their finances and this, in turn, would have huge implications for the depositors and the broader financial stability. It also requested the top court to vacate “with immediate effect” its September 4 interim order restraining banks from classifying accounts into NPAs. — TNS PA(Y)NDEMIC PANGS Doctors and nursing officers of Hindu Rao Hospital, a Covid-19 treatment centre, protest against North Delhi Municipal Corporation over non-payment of pending salaries, in New Delhi. PTI Tally crosses 7 mn; 1 In Pb, active cases fall in 8 under treatment below10K after weeks Republic TV executive moves SC in TRP scam BJP lines up 8 ministers to tackle protests Chandigarh, October 10 To counter the farmers’ protest in Punjab, the BJP has lined up eight Cabinet Ministers — Hardeep Puri, Kailash Chowdhary, Smriti Irani, Anurag Thakur, Dr Sanjiv Kumar Balia, Som Parkash, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Dr Jitendra Singh. Beginning October 13, they will answer queries by and UTs may suitably issue instructions to all concerned to ensure strict compliance their northern border... Quad nations have real risk associated with the threats imposed by the Chinese Communist Party,” said Pompeo. — PTI Tribune News Service Faridkot, October 10 A special investigation team (SIT) probing police firing incidents has named former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini as an accused in the Kotkapura case. It sent a letter in this regard to the Kotkapura police today. On September 27, the Bajakhana police in Faridkot had named Saini accused in the Behbal Kalan police firing incident. The SIT has already filed three charge-sheets in the continued on back page New Delhi, October 10 India’s Covid caseload breached the seven-million mark on Saturday with recoveries making up 85.81 per cent of all confirmed cases, leaving only one in eight infected persons currently ill. It took India 12 days to move from six million to seven million after previously adding a million cases in 11 days. The country had crossed 20 lakh cases on August 7; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5; 50 lakh on September 16 and 60 lakh on September 27. While cases took 21 days to double from 10 lakh to 20 lakh, the doubling time from 30 lakh to 60 lakh cases has been 35 days. The signs of stabilisation of the disease graph remained COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 69,79,423 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 59,88,822 FRESH FATALITIES 926 TOTAL DEATHS 1,07,416 WORLD 3,72,22,385 2,79,54,012 10,74,118 DCGI SEEKS PH-2 DATA Bharat Biotech, which had sought DCGI’s nod for phase3 clinical trials of its vaccine candidate, has been told to submit data of phase-2 trial. firm today with active caseload remaining below 9 lakh for a second day in a row after falling below the nine-lakh mark for the first time yesterday since September 9. — TNS Chandigarh, October 10 After a gap of several weeks, the number of active Covid19 cases in Punjab has come down to less than 10,000. Last month, the average number of active cases on any given day was around 20,000. The graph started witnessing a decline in the beginning of this month with the fall in the number of fresh cases and higher recoveries. In the first 10 days of October, the average number of active cases remained around 12,000. The same came down to 9,752 on Saturday. The positivity rate too has come down drastically to 4 per cent in the first week and showing further decline in last three days. Health Minister Balbir Sidhu said: “With testing made Trader faked death by strangling villager Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, October 10 The police on Saturday identified the body found in the car of the trader who had faked his own murder to claim insurance money. Lokender Singh, SP said on , October 6, accused Ram Mehar (35) of Data village offered drinks to a co-villager, identified as Ramlu (28). When Ramlu got drunk, Mehar allegedly strangled him. He placed the body inside his car and set it afire. Mehar then fled to Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh in another car. INSURANCE FRAUD ■ Ram Mehar faked his own death in order to claim ~1.60-crore insurance, allegedly strangling a co-villager, Ramlu ■ He placed the body in his car, set it afire and fled to Chhattisgarh ■ Suspicious of the family’s murder and robbery claim, the police arrested the trader The SP said in a complaint, the accused’s family told the police that Mehar had called them to inform that he was in danger as two robbers on a bike were chasing him. The police launched a search and found the car with a charred body inside it near Mahjat village on the intervening night of October 6 and 7. The officer said circumstantial evidence at the crime spot made the forensic experts suspicious of the incident. “Following a probe, we arrested the trader, who was staying with one of his former factory work- ers near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh,” he said. The accused told the police that he suffered huge losses during the lockdown and was under a debt of about Rs 2 crore. He even contemplated suicide, but later hatched a conspiracy to fabricate his own death. He got himself insured for about Rs 1.60 crore in July. The SP said as per preliminary probe, Mehar was in touch with his two women friends after the incident, but he didn’t contact his family. A local court remanded him to police custody for seven days. GRAPH IMPROVING 9,752 active cases as on October 10 30,000 samples collected daily 4% positivity rate 89% recovery rate easier and norms for home isolation simpler, people are coming forward to get themselves tested. The number of patients getting treatment in hospitals has decreased considerably.” — TNS Three suspended for wrong blood transfusion Bathinda, October 10 Acting on the report of an inquiry committee in connection with the wrong blood transfusion incident at a hospital here, the Director, Health and Family Welfare Department, has issued orders suspending three employees for gross negligence. As per the orders, blood transfusion officer Dr Krishma Goyal, and medical lab technicians Baldev Singh Romana and Richa Goyal have been suspended with immediate effect. continued on back page
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