13102020-TT-01.qxd 10/12/2020 10:52 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.284 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 himachal pradesh ISHANT OUT OF IPL WITH RIBCAGE INJURY SPORT /thetribunechd FACTORY OUTPUT CONTRACTS BY 8% IN AUGUST BUSINESS TAMIL ACTOR KHUSHBU JOINS SAFFRON PARTY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, october 13,2020 FM unveils ~73,000 cr Dispute part of China mission: Rajnath plan to boost demand Tribune News Service Cash vouchers in lieu of LTC, festival advance for staff Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 12 The Union Government on Monday announced a onetime Rs 10,000 interest-free festival advance and cash vouchers in lieu of LTC for its employees as part of a Rs 73,000 crore stimulus to boost consumer spending. Addressing a press conference, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Rs 12,000 crore interest-free 50-year loans would be given to states for spending on capital projects. Both LTC scheme and festival advance come with riders. As travel is restricted, the scheme mandates purchases worth three times the fare and one time the leave encashment by March 31, 2021. The vouchers will have to be spent on goods that attract 12 per cent or more GST — a condition that eliminates the possibility of the money being spent on food items. continued on back page PSA slapped on 3 schoolteachers SRINAGAR: Three teachers of a religious school in Shopian district of south Kashmir were arrested on Monday under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) for allegedly spreading hatred while teaching, police said. The three were booked after it came to the fore that some of the school students and alumni were involved in militant activities. INSIDE Lashkar commander shot dead in Valley SRINAGAR: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, including a top Pakistani commander involved in several recent attacks on security forces, were killed on Monday here, the police said. The security forces had launched a search operation after receiving a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area. INSIDE SC allows second round of NEET exam NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the National Testing Agency to conduct second round of the NEET (UG) for the Covid-19 affected students and those in containment zones on October 14. A Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde said the result should be declared on October 16. TNS India and China on Monday held the seventh round of high-level military talks with the agenda of finalising a roadmap for disengagement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh. New Delhi, October 12 Top US diplomat Stephen Biegun arrived here on Monday and met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to exchange views on the regional situation and deepen the bilateral strategic cooperation, said the Ministry of External Affairs. The import of the US Deputy Secretary of state’s visit goes beyond the fact that he arrives within a week of Jaishankar meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Tokyo. Biegun is also slated to travel to Bangladesh. — TNS New Delhi, October 12 After Pakistan, China has created a dispute at the border with India as if it is part of a “mission”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday as Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a standoff in eastern Ladakh. The Defence Minister was speaking at an online event after inaugurating 44 bridges in vital areas in the western sector and the Himalayas. “You are well aware of the conditions created along our northern and eastern borders. First it was Pakistan, and now it is China, it’s as if a border dispute is being created under a mission. We have a 7,000-km border with these countries where tension continues,” Rajnath said. Nobel Prize for 2 US economists Pb BJP chief gheraoed; farmers split on talks STOCKHOLM: Jalandhar/Chandigarh, Oct12 A day after the Centre’s offer for talks, six farmers’ unions on Monday gheraoed the venue for a BJP meeting at Maqsudan in Jalandhar for over six hours and clashed with the police. Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma and general secretary Subhash Sharma were among those present at the meeting. In no mood to relent, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (EktaUgrahan) insisted that the new farm laws must be repealed. The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee too 10 IN J&K | 8 EACH IN LADAKH, U’KHAND, ARUNACHAL | 4 EACH IN PUNJAB, SIKKIM | 2 IN HP PROJECTS IN PIPELINE ■ 290-km-long road linking Dar- GREENFIELD AIRPORT cha in HP to Nimu, near Leh. Crucial for movement of troops to Ladakh region ■ 450-metre-long Nechiphu Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh to ensure all-weather connectivity The government has approved a greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh. The facility will be built by Nov 2022, said the Airports Authority of India. The 44 bridges have been built in strategic areas. Constructed by the Border Roads Organisation, an organisation under the Ministry of Defence, a majority of these bridges are expected to significantly improve the movement of troops in areas along the border with China. FM Nirmala Sitharaman with MoS Anurag Thakur at a press conference in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL ~12K CR TO STATES ■ ~5,675 CR cash vouchers in lieu of LTC for 2018-21 ~1,900 CR if scheme extended for PSUs/banks ■ ~4,000 CR cost of interestfree festival loan to staff ■ ~12,000 CR interest-free 50-year loans to states ■ ~25,000 CR for capital expenditure already announced ■ TO BENEFIT POOR ❝ We want to incentivise people to boost demand for the benefit of the less fortunate. Nirmala Sitharaman, FM ~450 CR FOR HIMACHAL Of ~12,000 crore 50-year loans to states, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will get an assured loan of ~450 crore each. The eight Northeastern states will also get ~200 crore each. Two American economists Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson won the Nobel Prize on Monday for improving the theory of how auctions work and inventing new and better auction formats that are now woven into many parts of the economy. Both economists are based at Stanford University in California. INSIDE Hathras victim’s family members appear in HC Deadlock persists over GST relief to Oppn-ruled states Lucknow, October 12 Family members of the 19year-old Dalit woman who died after being allegedly raped by four upper caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras appeared before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, which fixed November 2 as the next date of hearing. They were heard by the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy today. The UP Additional Chief Secretary, DGP and the ADG (Law and Order) also deposed in the court, along with the Hathras DM and SP . The DM told the court that the decision to cremate the continued on back page New Delhi, October 12 A second GST Council meeting in a week failed to break the deadlock between Opposition-ruled states and the Centre to meet the shortfall in compensation cess. At the end of the meeting on Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appealed to the states to show a large heart, and take the first option. The two options given to the states include one calculating the GST related shortfall in revenue at Rs 1.10 lakh crore, which states should borrow from the RBI. The second option allows states to borrow the expected shortfall of Rs 2,35,000 crore this year. —TNS Kin of Hathras victim arrive at the HC, in Lucknow on Monday. PTI BACK FAMILY: RAHUL New Delhi: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra on Monday appealed for people’s support for justice in the Hathras case terming the Uttar Pradesh Government‘s conduct in the matter insensitive and inhuman. Govt wary as Covid graph flattens New Delhi, October 12 Steady decline in the active caseload continued with currently ill people making up only 12.10 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases, which rose to 71,20,538 today. Active cases remained below the 9-lakh mark for the fourth day in a sign of the disease graph stabilising, but the officials are not letting the guard down in view of the festive season when congregations can create fer- COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 71,20,538 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 61,49,535 FRESH FATALITIES 816 TOTAL DEATHS 1,09,150 WORLD 3,78,48,604 2,84,23,863 10,82,782 JAI RAM THAKUR, HIMACHAL CHIEF MINISTER, TESTS +VE REPORT INSIDE tile ground for the spread of the virus. The toll climbed to 1,09,150 with 816 deaths in a day, while the total recoveries rose to 61,49,535, making up 86.36 per cent of the confirmed cases. In another positive and stable trend, 71,559 patients recovered in the last 24 hours — more than the new confirmed cases, which were 66,732. New recoveries have outstripped new cases for over three weeks now. — TNS Farm fires shoot up, air RestoreRohtangstonelaid quality dips in Haryana by Sonia, Cong to HP CM Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Karnal, October 12 With cases of stubble burning reaching 1,042 in Haryana till Sunday, the air quality in most districts of the state has started deteriorating. The air quality index in the rice producing districts like Kurukshetra and Karnal has turned poor, revealed the data of the Central Pollution Control Board. Out of the 1,042 farm fires detected so far, Kurukshetra with 213 cases is leading the tally, followed by Karnal (204), continued on back page 44 bridges inaugurated INDIA, CHINA HOLD TALKS Top US diplomat holds talks with Jaishankar, Shringla POOR AIR QUALITY PANIPAT 281 JIND 244 YAMUNANAGAR 232 KARNAL 222 KURUKSHETRA 221 (AIR QUALITY INDEX ON SUNDAY) 0-50 is good | 51-100 satisfactory | 101-200 moderate | 201-300 poor | 301-400 very poor | 401-500 severe Shimla, October 12 The Congress today threatened to launch a statewide agitation in case the foundation stone of the Rohtang tunnel laid by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on June 28, 2010, was not restored. State Congress president Kuldeep Rathore sent a letter to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, terming the removal of stone laid by Gandhi as undemocratic and illegal. "Such a step of removing the foundation stone is only indica- Threatens statewide stir after 15 days tive of the political agenda of a particular ideology," he wrote in the letter. He also sent a letter to Director General of Police (DGP), seeking arrest of the miscreants against whom no action has been taken despite the registration of an FIR. He said the Congress would wait for 15 days for the restoration of the foundation stone after which it would launch a statewide agitation. Call spl session or face gherao, says SAD NOTICE TO CENTRE Protesters at the venue of BJP meeting in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH rejected the Centre’s offer, announcing that the protests would continue. “The proposed October 14 meeting at New Delhi will be an exercise in futility” opined Baldev Singh Latala, All-India Kisan Sabha, Punjab unit. RMS The SC on Monday issued a notice to the Centre on petitions challenging the validity of the recently enacted farm laws, seeking a response in 4 weeks. It refused to entertain advocate ML Sharma’s plea, saying: “Mere passage of legislation can’t be a valid cause of action.” TNS Randhawa, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, and the BKU-Kadian group are keen on negotiating with the Centre. — TNS
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