12102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/11/2020 11:52 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.4 no.283 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 NADAL BEATS DJOKOVIC, WINS FRENCH OPEN SPORT /thetribunechd FARM LAWS: MSP REGIME INDISPENSABLE INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday, october 12,2020 Control over LAC heights key to talks 70-km stretch near Pangong Tso under India gives it strategic advantage Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 11 As Indian and Chinese military commanders meet again tomorrow to resolve the fivemonth-old standoff along the Line of Actual Control, it is clear that New Delhi’s dominance over a 70-km stretch along the LAC holds the key to the negotiations. Since August 30, the Indian Army has dominated a 70-km front, starting from Thakung on the southern edge of the Pangong Tso and ending at COMMANDERS TO MEET AT CHUSHUL TODAY ■ 7th meeting of Lt Gen-level commanders since June 6 will aim to resolve LAC standoff ■ Will start at 9.30 am in Chushul on the Indian side of the LAC ■ Representatives of both foreign ministries to attend ■ Last meeting on Sept 21 agreed that both sides won’t unilaterally alter LAC or bring in more troops the crucial Renchin La. This means the Indian troops sitting atop Rezang La and the Renchin La — both occupied in the military action on August 29 and 30 — can get a bird’s-eye view of the Moldo garrison of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Also, the approach roads to the garrison, Spanggur Tso and Spanggur Gap are now within the visual range of Indian troops from the heights they have taken over. The Spanggur Gap is one of the 13 natural gaps in eastern Ladakh mountains, and securing the gaps is vital to counter China’s military thrust. India fears that vacating the heights along the 70-km front could continued on page 10 CBI files FIR, forms probe team Shopian school under lens over Hathras Case lodged under gangrape, murder Sections ‘terror links’ New Delhi, October 11 New Delhi, October 11 With intelligence inputs indicating that a religious school in Shopian has been pushing students towards terrorism, security forces have been keeping a close watch on it. An internal report has stated that in the recent past, 13 of its students were found to have joined banned outfits. Without identifying the school, officials said Sajjad Bhat, an accused in the February 2019 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 40 of its personnel dead, was an alumnus of the institution. The school’s students mainly hail from Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir, considered the hotbed of militancy. INSIDE Minorities panel moved over ‘assault’ on Sikh Kolkata, October 11 Even as Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga today complained to the National Commission for Minorities, alleging that a Sikh, Balwinder Singh, was attacked and his turban removed by cops during a rally in Howrah, the West Bengal police say the turban “fell off automatically in the ensuing scuffle”. Balwinder belongs to Bathinda. The WB Government said it had the highest respect for the Sikhs and the BJP was giving a communal hue to the incident. Later in the day, a delegation led by DSGMC chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa submitted a memorandum to the Governor at Raj Bhavan. — TNS Meham MLA, bro booked for fraud GURUGRAM: Meham Independent MLA Balraj Kundu, his brother Shivraj and two company officials have been booked in a Rs 14 crore cheating case. Complainant Parivartan Singh alleged the accused had sublet a Rs 75crore road project in MP but , refused to release payments despite half of the work having been done. INSIDE Ex-SOPU leader shot dead in Chandigarh CHANDIGARH: PM LAUNCHES PROPERTY CARD FOR VILLAGERS BACK PAGE A former state president of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) was shot dead by three unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in the Industrial Area here on Saturday night. The victim, identified as Gurlal Brar, was an acquaintance of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. TNS The CBI today registered an FIR and took over investigation into the alleged gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman last month in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh. The probe agency registered the FIR under Indian Penal Code sections related to gangrape and murder among others, and the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. It assigned the case to its Ghaziabad unit with a special team to probe the crime, officials said. The CBI registered the FIR on the basis of the case which was earlier FOR YOGI GOVT, SHE WAS ‘NO ONE’: CONG The CM & his ❝one was rapedpolice say no because for them, and many other Indians, she was no one. Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS LEADER registered at the Chandpa police station in Hathras. The notification issued by the Centre on the request of the state government had VICTIM’S KIN TO APPEAR IN HIGH COURT TODAY The Dalit victim’s family members will appear before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court amid tight security on Monday. The court will record the version of the family members. The hearing is likely to be held in-person at 2:15 pm. PTI asked the CBI to probe rape, murder and atrocity and “any attempt, abetment or any conspiracy in relation to such offences”. — TNS Feluda paper strip test to be out in few weeks Many states still undecided on reopening schools New Delhi, October 11 Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said the indigenously developed Feluda paper strip test for SARS-CoV2 diagnosis could be rolled out over the next few weeks. “While I cannot put an exact date on the availability, we should expect this test within the next few weeks,” he said during an online interaction. Named after the renowned detective created by Satyajit Ray, the test was developed by Tata CRISPR and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. Vardhan said the exposure risk and co-morbidities would determine the prioritisation of groups for administration of Covid vaccine, dispelling apprehensions that youngsters and working class people would get preference in inoculation for economic reasons. New Delhi, October 11 The Centre has given the goahead for graded reopening of schools from October 15, but many states, including Delhi, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, have decided against it, while states like Haryana and Meghalaya are still assessing the situation in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases. According to the latest unlock guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions outside Covid19 containment zones can reopen after October 15. The final decision on reopening the institutions has been left with the states and UTs. The Delhi Government has decided to maintain status quo on schools till October 31 following which the situation will be reviewed. Maharashtra and Gujarat have decided to assess the situation post-Diwali and the schools will remain closed till then. — PTI RESULT IN 45 MINUTES ■ Feluda is a paper strip test, similar to a pregnancy test ■ Is touted to provide results in 45 minutes; price: ~500 ■ Has been approved by the drug regulator for launch COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 70,53,806 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 60,77,976 FRESH FATALITIES 918 TOTAL DEATHS 1,08,334 WORLD 3,75,88,109 2,81,87,903 10,78,984 He said one vaccine would not suffice India’s needs and the government was open to introducing several vaccines. He said emergency-use authorisation of vaccines was still being debated and adequate safety and efficacy data was required before a decision could be taken. — TNS 40,000 litres of ENA seized in Rohtak Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, October 11 The CM’s Flying Squad seized over 40,000 litres of extra neutral alcohol (ENA) from a dhaba near Kanhi village on the Rohtak-Gohana road this morning. “The ENA was brought here from NV Distillery, Rajpura (Punjab). The papers and permits issued by the distillery for transportation to Assam have been seized. A preliminary investigation reveals the pilfered ENA was to be supplied in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for making substandard liquor,” said squad head DSP Ajit Singh. “Following a tip-off, police and excise officials raided ‘Bhole ka Dhaba’ around 2 am and found two tankers stationed there,” he added. PILFERAGE DENIED There is no possibility of pilferage from the distillery. The seized papers and permits may have been forged. The Excise Department has set up a post inside the distillery and the officials posted there check every consignment before it moves out. NV Distillery manager ❝ BOOZE SCAM SEIZED ENA CONTAINERS Labourers were seen filling ENA from one tanker into small containers, while the second tanker had already been unloaded. Labour Inspector Dilawar Singh was also called there as the labourers maintained they were forced to do that Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. work. “Dhaba owners, Sandeep and Kuldeep of Rukhi village, said they used to pilfer ENA from the tankers of various distilleries in Punjab, Bhopal, Karnal and Ambala and then supplied it to customers in UP continued on page 10 To negotiate or not, Pb farm unions to decide tomorrow Centre invites 29 groups for talks in New Delhi on Oct 14 New Delhi/Chandigarh, Oct 11 Amid the escalating protests against the new farm laws, the Centre has invited 29 farm unions in Punjab for talks on October 14. A communication from the Secretary (Agriculture), Sanjay Agarwal, to representatives of these unions reads: “Farmers in Punjab are protesting regarding certain issues. The Indian Government has always been very serious about agriculturerelated issues. That is why the Centre wants to have a dialogue with you.” Subsequently, these unions have decided to meet at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall in Jalandhar on October 13, a day prior to the proposed meeting. 4K BASMATI CONTAINERS STRANDED AT DRY PORTS Ludhiana: Owing to the farmers’ stir, over 4,000 containers carrying Punjab-produced basmati and other perishable goods are stranded at dry ports across the state. Rice exporters fear they may lose orders in case of any delay as Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh too export basmati. Jalandhar exporter Viney Gupta sought government intervention. INSIDE Farmers protest at a railway track in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR Secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) Shingara Singh Mann said: “The opinion of different groups would be sought on whether we should negotiate with the Centre or continue our agitation till the controversial farm laws are withdrawn”. Bharti Kisan Union (Qadian) continued on page 10 edit: fighting for farmers GST Council meets again Sun Pharma recalls generic today over compensation diabetes drug made in Mohali New Delhi, October 11 The GST Council will meet on Monday and is likely to discuss the suggestion of non-BJP ruled states for setting up a ministerial panel to develop consensus on the issue of compensation. The council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and comprising state finance ministers, will meet the third time to discuss the issue of funding the shortfall of GST revenue of states. BJP-ruled states have already opted for the borrowing option. — PTI New Delhi, October 11 Leading drug maker Sun Pharma is recalling 747 bottles of generic diabetes drug in the US due to possibility of the affected lot containing cancer-causing nitrosodimethylamine above the acceptable intake limit, the US health regulator has said. Sun Pharma is recalling the bottles of RIOMET ER (metformin hydrochloride for extended-release oral suspension) in the US market. The product has been manufactured at the company’s Mohali-based plant. — PTI
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