13102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/13/2020 12:07 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.4 no.284 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 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 LTC cash vouchers, fest Dispute part of China mission: Rajnath advancetospurdemand Tribune News Service FM unveils ~73K-cr stimulus | Sheer hype: Cong 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 Shopian teachers 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 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 the western sector and Himalayan region. “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 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. 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. border dispute is being created under a mission. We have a 7,000-km border with these countries where tension continues,” Rajnath said. The 44 bridges have been built in strategic areas. Constructed by the Border Roads Organisation, a body 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. New Delhi, October 12 Top US diplomat Stephen Biegun arrived here today and met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to exchange views on WE’VE BEEN TOO CAUTIOUS TO EXPAND QUAD: BIEGUN the regional situation and deepen the bilateral strategic cooperation, the MEA said. 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. — TNS FM Nirmala Sitharaman with MoS Anurag Thakur at a press meet in New Delhi on Monday. 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 ■ Pb BJP chief gheraoed; farmers split on talks HELPING THE 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. PROFESSOR PROFESSOR ROBERT B WILSON PAUL R MILGROM NOBEL PRIZE FOR 2 US ECONOMISTS For improving the theory of how auctions work and inventing better auction formats INSIDE Hathras victim’s family members appear in HC States adamant, GST meet again ends in deadlock 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 meeting of the GST Council on Monday ended inconclusively as 10 Opposition-ruled states stuck to their stand that the Centre should borrow money to meet the shortfall in guaranteed compensation due to them. At the end of the GST Council meeting, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was clear that the Centre would not borrow on behalf of the states because it had already finalised the borrowing calendar. Any further addition would jack up the bond yields, thus making borrowings dearer for the states and the private sector. `— 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 Haryana air quality dips Restore Rohtang stone laid as stubble fires shoot up by Sonia, demands Cong 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 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 stir if 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 wrote to CM Jai Ram Thakur, terming the removal of stone as undemocratic and illegal. “Such a step is only indicative of the political agenda of a particular ideology,” he said. Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. LEH LIFELINE Threatens statewide stir after 15 days Rathore also sent a letter to the Director General of Police (DGP), seeking the arrest of miscreants “against whom no action has been taken despite the registration of an FIR.” Jalandhar/Chandigarh, Oct12 A day after the Centre’s offer for talks, six farmers’ unions on Monday gheraoed the BJP meeting venue 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 Call spl session or face protest, 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. However, 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 the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, and the BKU-Kadian are keen on negotiating with the Centre. — TNS
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