23102020-TT-01.qxd 22-10-2020 22:58 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.294 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana PAKISTAN REQUESTS BRITAIN TO DEPORT SHARIF WORLD /thetribunechd PM REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO WOMEN SAFETY BACK PAGE ONGC WINS 7 OIL BLOCKS, OIL INDIA LTD 4 IN LATEST BID ROUND BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, october 23,2020 Gradual relief: Visa norms eased for bizmen, students Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Muzaffarpur district; and (right) RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in Kaimur district of Bihar on Thursday. PTI BJP promises free vaccine, Oppn calls it playing on fear Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 22 Led by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the BJP today released its manifesto for the Bihar Assembly poll with a slew of promises, including 19 lakh jobs in the next five years, MSP regime for pulses and free Covid-19 vaccination. Taking a swipe, the RJD said the vaccine belonged to the country, not to the BJP The . NDA’s main rival and the CM face of the Mahagathbandhan, Tejashwi Yadav took a dig at Sitharaman releasing the vision document, terming it a clear case of lack of BJP leadership in Bihar. Health state subject, govt free to take call: BJP BIHAR ELECTIONS SAFFRON MANIFESTO 19 LAKH JOBS FOR YOUTH IT HUB; JOBS IN HEALTH SECTOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN HINDI PULSES AT SUPPORT PRICE The BJP’s vaccine sop, which prompted the CM of Tamil Nadu to make a similar pledge, was met with widespread criticism from rivals. They accused the saffron party of playing on the “Covid fears of people”. TAMIL NADU CM FOLLOWS SUIT Will EC take note, asks furious Cong Aditi Tandon Countering the criticism, BJP IT cell in charge Amit Malviya said the Centre would provide vaccines to states at a nominal cost and it was up to them to decide whether to give it for free or not since health was a state subject. New Delhi, October 22 Unprecedented furore followed the BJP’s promise of free Covid vaccine for Bihar with the Opposition and health experts on Thursday questioning the ethics of politicising a “public good” in pandemic times. The RJD, Congress, SP TMC, AAP Shiv , , Sena and NC were among those that slammed the ruling BJP for seeking “political gains” from the issue even as health experts asked if it was continued on back page Twitter warned for Leh in China map New Delhi, October 22 The riots in northeast Delhi in February were the "worst communal riots since Partition" in the Capital, observed a local court while dismissing the bail pleas (in three cases) of former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, who allegedly abused his power to foment communal violence. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said there was enough material on record to presume that Tahir Hussain was very well present at the spot of crime and exhorted the rioters of a particular community. — PTI IT’S UNACCEPTABLE The social media giant has been reportedly told that “this is unacceptable and Twitter must explain it. They should also ensure that it never happens again”. should also ensure that it never happens again. India is one of the countries with the maximum number of Hathras: Conspiracy angle to be probed LUCKNOW: The special task force (STF) of the UP Police has been handed over the probe into the alleged conspiracy to incite caste clashes in the state following the Hathras incident. The team probing the conspiracy angle would soon visit the scene of the crime, sources said. PTI Complaint against Kangana for tweet MUMBAI: Lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly posting a “malicious” tweet against the judiciary after a local court ordered the registration of an FIR against her. PTI THOSE ALLOWED Foreign nationals will be allowed to come to India for purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical and a few others. Civil Aviation. “All such travellers will have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of Twitter users,” said an official while referring to a letter to this effect sent to Twitter CEO James Dorsey by Union Electronics and IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney. A Twitter spokesperson said the company remains committed to working with the government and that it respects the sensitivities involved. Twitter has acknowledged the letter from the government, the spokesperson added. — TNS Tribune News Service Amritsar farmers protest illegal paddy transportaton from UP VISHAL KUMAR . 26 trucks carrying paddy from UP intercepted GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 22 In the past 24 hours, at least 26 trucks carrying paddy from Uttar Pradesh have been intercepted by farmers protesting in Amritsar. It seems the paddy bags from Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Sitarganj were to be delivered to rice shellers in Amritsar and Tarn Taran. The farmers got suspicious when one of the truck drivers stopped to enquire about a local mill, said Dilbagh Singh, the sarpanch of Rajewala village.“The police must book the suppliers as well as mill owners who ordered the consignment,” he demanded. Complaining that he had yet to find buyers for the 1509 variety of paddy lying at his US proposal on H-1B visas may hit Indians Washington, October 22 The State Department has proposed not to issue temporary business visas for H-1B speciality occupations which allowed several companies to send their technology professionals for a short stay to complete jobs on site in the US, a move that could affect hundreds of Indians. The measure, made public on Wednesday, less than two weeks ahead of the November 3 presidential election, is also likely to impact several Indian companies that send their technology professionals to the United States on B-1 visas for short durations. — PTI Positivity below 5%, Pak panel nod to Bill over10 crore tested on Jadhav’s conviction New Delhi, October 22 India today reported two milestones in its Covid management journey with the cumulative tests crossing 10 crore and daily positivity rate staying below 5% for the third straight day. “The last five crore tests have been done in a record time of 45 days. Now, we have 2,000 Covid labs. The average testing has been over 10 lakh a day for the past 17 days,” the ICMR said. Till now, 74,000 tests per million people have been conducted, it said, allaying speculations that India’s Covid load was dropping due to reduced testing. The daily positivity rate has been less than 5% for three days, indicating that the spread of infection is being contained, Health Ministry said. The daily positivity rate reported today was 3.8%. Overall 68,74,518 have COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 77,06,946 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 68,74,518 FRESH FATALITIES 702 TOTAL DEATHS 1,16,616 WORLD 4,16,50,537 3,10,14,733 11,38,656 STEADY DECLINE The daily positivity rate has been below 5% for three days. Of the 702 deaths in 24 hours, over 25% have occurred in Maharashtra. With 23 deaths, Punjab is among 10 states with top death burden. Other such states include Karnataka, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, WB, UP , TN, Andhra and Kerala. recovered, taking the recovery rate to 89.20%. The toll has climbed to 1,16,616 with 702 deaths in a day. — TNS Islamabad, October 22 A Pakistani parliamentary panel has approved a Bill that seeks a review of the conviction of death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, complying with the directives of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), according to a media report on Thursday. The draft Bill titled “The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance” was discussed and approved by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Wednesday despite stiff resistance from the Opposition. Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem said the Bill had been introduced in compliance with ICJ directives. He said in case the Bill was not adopted, Pakistan could face sanctions for not complying with the ICJ verdict. Fifty-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Jadhav MLAs ‘misled’ SAD rejects Punjab farm Bills , Eight more held in Palghar case MUMBAI: The Criminal Investigation Department of the Maharashtra Police on Thursday arrested eight more persons in connection with the lynching of three persons by a mob at Palghar in April. With this, 186 persons have been arrested in the case so far. PTI OCI, PIO cardholders can visit India for specific purposes the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other Covid19 matters,” it said. The order said: “The government has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic, tourist and medical). If the validity of such visas has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained. Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply for a medical visa, including for their attendants.” While restrictions on visas were imposed following the outbreak of the pandemic in February, commercial flight operations were suspended when the nationwide lockdown came into effect on March 25. — TNS Tribune News Service Eye on Assembly poll next year, Tamil Nadu CM EK Palaniswami on Thursday assured free immunisation against coronavirus for all sections of people in the state as soon as a vaccine is made available. Delhi riots ‘worst’ since Partition New Delhi, October 22 The Union Government has conveyed its disappointment to the chief executive officer (CEO) of social media giant Twitter for incorrect location settings. Raising questions about its credibility and neutrality for showing Leh as part of China, officials said Twitter must respect India’s integrity and sovereignty. “This is unacceptable and Twitter must explain it. They New Delhi, October 22 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today announced graded relaxation in visa norms to allow Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders and foreign nationals to enter India through air or sea route for any purpose, except tourism. As per an order issued by the MHA, graded relaxation was made in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of Indian and foreign nationals who wished to enter or leave India. The relaxations include flights operated under the Vande Bharat Mission, air transport bubble arrangement or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of NEXUS AT WORK CHANDIGARH: The release of a chat between a Punsup official and a trader on sale of paddy bought at lower rates in other states to procurement agencies in Punjab has exposed the misuse of MSP system. INSIDE Chandigarh, October 22 Making a U-turn, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today rejected the Bills passed by the Punjab Assembly to block the Centre’s farm laws, claiming that the legislators had been misled. The Akali MLAs had supported the Bills in the House and were part of the CM-led delegation that handed these over to the Governor. The SAD had initially backed the Centre’s farm ordinances, but later snapped ties with the BJP saying the , government had reneged on its promise to include the amendments suggested by it in the final draft. CM HAS BETRAYED THE HOUSE Copies of the Bills were provided to the legislators just before the Bills were tabled. They had no time to read these carefully... The CM has misled and betrayed the House. ❝ Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD CHIEF Addressing the media after the party’s core committee meeting here, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh had misled the Opposition while reading out a resolution that the Bills brought by his government “rejected” the Central laws. “Copies of the Bills were provided to the legislators just before the Bills were tabled in the Assembly. They had no time to read these carefully. We have now rejected the Bills after going through the details,” he said, adding that if voted to power, SAD would block the Centre’s “antifarmer” laws by declaring Punjab as Principal Market Area and repealing the APMC Act enacted by the Amarinder government. “The THE ICJ DIRECTIVE ■ In 2017, India approached the ICJ against Pak over denial of consular access to its retired naval officer ■ In July 2019, Hague-based ICJ ruled that Pakistan must undertake an ‘effective review and reconsideration’ of his conviction ■ It also ordered grant of consular access to India was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. — PTI 60% parents in Himachal favour regular classes Shimla, October 21 Uncertainty looms over the commencement of regular classes for students in secondary and senior secondary schools in the state. A final decision will be taken after taking the consent of the School Managing Committees (SMCs) and parents. The Higher Education Department had held online parents-teacher meetings to elicit their opinion. Up to 60 per cent parents of the students of Classes IX to XII in some districts favoured the resumption of regular classes, said Amarjeet Sharma, Director, Higher Education. INSIDE Mishap-prone Gurugram plans cycle tracks, footpaths Sumedha Sharma home, he said he smelled a plot to destroy Punjab’s mandi system. “While in UP paddy is being purchased at Rs 900-1200 per quintal, the rate in Amritsar is between Rs 1,788 and Rs 1,888 per quintal,” said farmer Harjit Singh. Santosh Kumar, one of the drivers, said neither the firms in Aligarh nor the mills here were responding to his phone calls. “It seems we are stuck here,” he added anxiously. resolution, unanimously passed by the Vidhan Sabha, had outrightly rejected the Centre’s farm laws. It stated that the Punjab Government was committed to declaring the entire state as Principal Market Area. It also rejected the APMC Act of 2017. But the Bills subsequently brought by the Amarinder government carried none of these provisions. The CM has misled and betrayed the House,” Sukhbir alleged. Stressing that Punjab farmers were the backbone of the state, he said: “We have been demanding that the MSP regime must cover all 22 listed crops. When the SAD forms government, we will ensure that this happens.” KULBHUSHAN JADHAV Tribune News Service Gurugram, October 22 The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has chalked out a mobility plan to construct 800 km of cycle tracks and 400 km of footpaths in the city over the next two decades. Set to be tabled before CM Manohar Lal Khattar and the Resident Advisory Committee, the Comprehensive Mobility Plan, 2041, stresses UNSAFE CITY: STUDY ■ As per a study, Gurugram is one of the most ‘unsafe’ cities for pedestrians ■ Over 60 per cent accident victims in the last five years were pedestrians the need for pedestrian friendly and non-motorised mobility. Besides checking accidents, the plan aims at significantly reducing pollution, one of the biggest issues ail- ing the city. The plan also includes widening of six major roads, improving connectivity around metro stations via non-motorised transport and introduction of a public bike sharing system. A senior GMDA official said: “As per surveys, the city roads are not safe for pedestrians and cyclists. We had sought feedback from public. Residents want infrastructural changes to promote environment friendly transport.”
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