14102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/14/2020 12:00 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.285 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 SOCCER STAR RONALDO TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID SPORT /thetribunechd BIDEN MADE CORRUPT BARGAIN FOR HIS NOMINATION: TRUMP WORLD MAHA CM, GUV SPAR OVER OPENING OF SHRINES BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday, october 14,2020 Beijing rakes up Ladakh, border infra Seventh military meeting also fails to chart out pullback plan Ajay Banerjee CONFLICTING NOTES Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 13 An apparent distrust stood in the way of a breakthrough during the seventh round of talks between senior military commanders of India and China, while Beijing on Tuesday again ratcheted up aggression saying that it did not ‘recognise’ Ladakh’s UT status. It also opposed border infrastructure development, including the recent opening of bridges, by India. A joint readout today on the India-China commanders’ meeting held on Monday stated: “Both sides agreed to… arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement as early as possible.” However, sources said that no date or timeline had been set for any such disengagement. In Beijing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry CHINA FOREIGN MINISTRY IRKED BY 44 BRIDGES ❝ China doesn’t recognise ‘Ladakh UT’ illegally set up by India or ‘Arunachal’, and opposes infra in border areas… the root cause of tensions. Zhao Lijian, CHINESE SPOKESPERSON (From left) US envoy Ken Juster, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla in New Delhi. PTI US INDO-PACIFIC PLAN A SECURITY RISK: WANG Kuala Lumpur:The US poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. The US is trying to “stir up confrontation among different groups while maintaining its predominance,” he said. AP spokesperson Zhao Lijian, while answering questions at a press conference, said: “China doesn’t recognise the so-called ‘Ladakh Union Territory’ illegally set up by India or ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, and opposes infra- JOINT STATEMENT SAYS DISCUSSION ‘POSITIVE’ The 7th round of talks was positive & constructive. Both sides had enhanced understanding of each other’s positions. structure-building aimed at military contention in disputed border areas.” continued on back page Late-night cremation violation of Hathras victim’s rights: HC Mehbooba freed after one year new delhi, October 13 J&K ex-CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was released from detention on Tuesday. She had been detained since August 5 last year when the Centre abrogated Article 370. “The PDP chief is being released from detention,” J&K Administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted. Her release came after the Supreme Court last month questioned the administration how long she could be kept under detention. The top court had said the detention couldn't be forever. — TNS Dalit youth forced to ‘drink’ urine in Pb FAZILKA: An incident of a Dalit youth, Gurnam Singh, alias Gora, allegedly being forced to drink urine after being assaulted has come to light at Chak Janisar village in the district. Three persons have been booked in this regard. A video clip of the assault has gone viral. However, DC Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu said he was not aware of the incident. INSIDE Tanishq withdraws ad on interfaith wedding NEW DELHI: Jewellery brand Tanishq on Tuesday withdrew its ad showing an interfaith wedding following a sharp backlash on social media with some accusing the company of promoting "love jihad". In the ad, a woman donning sari and bindi was seen with her in-laws who were from a different faith. PTI Victim takes U-turn in Chinmayanand case LUCKNOW: In a courtroom twist on Tuesday to the highprofile case, a law student, who had accused former Union Minister Chinmayanand of sexually exploiting her, disowned her statements. Angered at this, the prosecution immediately sought stern action against her for perjury. PTI Lucknow/New Delhi, Oct 13 The Allahabad High Court has observed that the late-night cremation of the Hathras woman, who died after alleged gang rape, was a violation of human rights for which the responsibility should be fixed. The Lucknow Bench of the HC also directed the state government to lay down modalities for cremation in Hathras-like situations. Considering the sensitivity of the issue, the court directed Uttar Pradesh officials, political parties and all others to avoid making any statement in public on it. The court said it expected the electronic and print media to observe restraint while reporting anddiscussing the matter. Meanwhile, a CBI team on CRIMINALS EMBOLDENED: PRIYANKA The Uttar Pradesh Government’s politically motivated narrative of justifying and protecting perpetrators of crimes against women has only emboldened criminals across the state. ❝ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, CONGRESS LEADER CHEMICAL POURED ON 3 MINOR SISTERS IN UP YOGI GOVT MULLS NSA IN JHANSI RAPE CASE Gonda: Three sisters suffered injuries when someone poured a chemical on them while they were sleeping on the roof of their house at Paksa village here. The minor girls are out of danger. — PTI Jhansi: Eight college students have been arrested after a minor was allegedly raped inside their hostel. District officials said the stringent National Security Act might be invoked against them. — PTI Tuesday quizzed family members of the victim and examined the crime scene. The team called her brother to take it to the crime spot and directed the police to cordon off the area. — TNS/PTI edit: the hathras question New cases below 60K, but govt warns of next wave Himachal resumes inter-state bus service from today New Delhi, October 13 India’s new infections today dropped below 60,000 to settle at 55,342 for the first time in two months, signalling that the Covid-19 graph was flattening. The government announced that the graph had plateaued but gains could be lost if people disregarded Covid-appropriate behaviour. The Health Ministry said a potentially severe second wave was likely in winters if people didn’t maintain hygiene. NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul said the 1918 pandemic wreaked greater havoc during its second wave in winter. — TNS COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 71,75,880 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 62,27,295 FRESH FATALITIES 706 TOTAL DEATHS 1,09,856 WORLD 3,81,91,381 2,86,92,345 10,87,371 J&J HALTS VACCINE TRIAL Johnson & Johnson has paused trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate while it investigates whether a study participant's “illness” is related to the shot. INSIDE Shimla, October 13 The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses would resume plying on interstate routes after around seven months from tomorrow, said state Transport Minister Bikram Singh here today. To begin with, the buses would start plying to 25 destinations, including Chandigarh, Pathankot, Baddi, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Ambala and Haridwar. Only non-AC buses would ply on interstate routes and the night service would also be available. The service would soon be extended to other destinations, the minister said. — TNS Hry BPL flats unallotted since ’15 Ravinder Saini 2,500 DOORS STOLEN Tribune News Service Jhajjar, October 13 Constructed at a cost of around Rs 25 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, 696 flats meant for BPL families at Sector 5 in Bahadurgarh town have been awaiting allotment since 2015. The HSVP had invited applications from eligible beneficiaries in 2015, but the process could not be completed. Meanwhile, as many as 2,500 doors, 1,100 windows and 400 iron railings have ■ 696 flats were constructed at Sector 15, Bahadurgarh ■ ~25 crorecost was incurred on the flats, completed in 2015 ■ 2,500 doors, 1,100 windows and 400 railings have been found missing << Flats constructed for BPL families at Bahadurgarh town in Jhajjar. been stolen from the flats. The thefts came to light when HSVP officials inspected the flats recently. Sandeep Dahiya, HSVP Executive Engineer, said a team had been formed to finalise eligible candidates on the basis of parameters continued on back page India, US vow to bolster strategic partnership New Delhi, October 13 Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held consultations with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun over a range of issues today, said the Ministry of External Affairs. “They highlighted convergences and shared interests between India and the US. Both sides reiterated their commitment to comprehensive global strategic partnership. They discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in the UN,” it added. Biegun’s engagements will also “focus on how the US and India can work together to advance peace, prosperity, and security in the IndoPacific and around the globe,” said the US State Department in a statement. — TNS IMF: INDIAN ECONOMY TO SHRINK BY 10.3% The Indian economy, severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3% this year, says IMF. REPORT ON PAGE 10 Farmers raise slogans as they block railway tracks at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar. PTI 30 Punjab farm unions accept Centre’s invite, meeting today Chandigarh/amritsar, Oct 13 As many as 30 farmers’ unions in Punjab, which have been holding protests against the contentious farm laws, have agreed to hold talks with the Centre on Wednesday. Representatives of 29 organisations met here on Tuesday and decided to accept Centre’s invitation. The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), which has been holding separate protests, has also agreed to be part of the meeting with the Secretary, Agriculture. The unions, however, decided to continue the protests. Punjab ministers Tript Puri meets farmers as NDA begins outreach drive FUTURE ENTERPRISERS ‘ATTACK PRE-PLANNED’ A day after Opportunities are being Pathankot:Punjab BJPhe was attacked, chief created to boost farming Ashwani Sharma on Tuesday and help farmers termed it ‘an act of statesponsored terrorism’. He to grow from claimed he had evidence that being food state agencies had planned providers to and executed the ‘assault’. “They wanted to make it entrepreneurs. ❝ Narendra Modi Bajwa and Sukhbinder Sarkaria told union leaders that a special Assembly session was being convened to reject the farm laws. appear as if farmers were behind it,” Sharma alleged. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also held a virtual meet with farmers, most of whom expressed resentment against the laws. — TNS
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