24102020-TT-01.qxd 10/23/2020 11:00 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.295 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana MUFTI: NOT KEEN ON POLLS TILL STATE FLAG RESTORED J&K /thetribunechd KAPIL DEV SUFFERS HEART ATTACK, STABLE SPORT FLIPKART BUYS 7.8% STAKE IN ADITYA BIRLA FASHION BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday, october 24,2020 Jolt for Pak, remains on FATF grey list Fails to fulfil six obligations | Terror watchdog says Islamabad needs to take more steps PM Narendra Modi with Bihar CM and JDU president Nitish Kumar at an election rally in Sasaram. PTI In Bihar, PM targets Pb: MSP an excuse to shield brokers Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 23 Lending heft to the Bihar election trail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on the NDA’s main rivals, RJD and Congress, while also sending out a message as far as Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar. PTI BIHAR ELECTIONS Rahul, Tejashwi tear into NDA, rake up LAC, migrant crisis “These parties say they will bring it (Article 370) back if they come to power. And after saying this, they dare to ask for votes in Bihar. Is this not an insult to Bihar, which sends its sons and daughters to the border,” the PM said in his first speech at Sasaram. “They can do whatever, India will not step back from the decision,” he added. continued on back page Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 23 Grand alliance leaders Rahul Gandhi and Tejashwi Yadav were unsparing in their attack on PM Narendra Modi and CM Nitish Kumar over NDA’s handling of the pandemic, migrant crisis, LAC standoff and economy, as they addressed their maiden joint rally in Bihar’s Nawada today. Targeting the PM, Rahul said, “China has taken 1,200 sq km of our land. The PM should tell us when he will throw out the Chinese.” At another rally in Bhagalpur, Rahul said PM’s promise of 19 lakh jobs was a “jumla”, as was the “Rs 15 lakh cash in everyone’s bank accounts”. Tejashwi, speaking in chaste Bhojpuri, stole the show as he fired salvos at Nitish. New Delhi, October 23 The global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has retained Pakistan on the grey list and asked it to take action on six points relating to terror financing. A virtual FATF plenary meeting asked Pakistan to make progress on all 27 obligations related to money laundering and terror financing by June which will be followed by an on-site visit by its inspectors. India wanted Pakistan to be pushed onto the blacklist for INDIA ASSUMES ILO CHAIRMANSHIP New Delhi: After a gap of 35 years, India has assumed the chairmanship of the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Labour and Employment, has been elected Chairperson of the ILO governing body for the period from October 2020 to June 2021. At present, the international body has 187 members. TNS AMAZON REFUSES TO MEET HOUSE PANEL New Delhi: E-commerce giant Amazon has refused to appear before the joint committee of Parliament on the data protection Bill on October 28 and this amounts to breach of privilege, panel chairperson and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said on Friday. Lekhi said, “The panel is unanimous in its opinion that coercive action can be suggested to the government against the e-commerce company.” PTI ED summons Punjab Active cases below CM’s son on Oct 27 7 lakh after 2 mths Jalandhar, October 23 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Raninder Singh, son of Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, in connection with a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation case, on October 27. Earlier, Raninder had appeared before the ED on July 21, 2016. He was then asked to explain the alleged movement of funds to Switzerland and creation of Jacaranda Trust and a few subsidiaries in British Virgin Islands. The ED summons have come at a time when its officials had sought to inspect the I-T files in three cases against him and the CM through an application on 2016 FEMA CASE Raninder Singh September 14, 2020. Though the inspection was initially allowed, it was later stopped after Raninder submitted a revised petition saying the ED had no locus standi. Raninder’s lawyer Jaiveer Shergill said, “We will examine the summons and accordingly put up our case.” — TNS Tribune News Service COVID-19CASES INDIA New Delhi, October 23 India’s Covid graph continues to decline with the active cases falling below seven lakh for the first time after two months, 63 days to be precise. The virus caseload rose to 77,61,312 today with active cases settling at 6,95,509, merely 8.96% of the total cases. Recoveries surpassed 69 lakh as cases remained below 60,000 for the fifth day. India reported 54,366 cases in 24 hours against 73,979 fresh recoveries. Meanwhile, the DCGI has approved the ICMR-Bharat Biotech's Covaxin candidate for phase 3 human trial, considered conclusive for estab- Delayed projects: Hry real estate authority to blacklist 50 builders Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, October 23 In a bid to tighten the noose around errant builders, the Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (HARERA) has decided not to issue fresh licences to those builders whose previous projects have been delayed. Thousands of homebuyers suffer when builders leave their ongoing projects midway to undertake new ventures. They take deposits from the buyers even as the housing projects keep on lingering for years. No new licence till builder finishes earlier projects The regulatory authority has decided that now not only will the builders be debarred from getting licences, but will also be blacklisted. The authority has apparently drawn a list of 50 such builders in Gurugram. “A builder cannot leave one project midway and start another one to siphon off or divert funds of the project that should have been finished first. There are many builders who have been duping buyers and we plan to put a stop to it. Action has been taken against two builders and others will also not be spared,” said KK Khandelwal, Chairman, HARERA, Gurugram. The HARERA, Gurugram, has continued on back page COUNT 77,61,312 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 69,48,497 FRESH FATALITIES 690 TOTAL DEATHS 1,17,306 WORLD 4,22,04,079 3,12,78,009 11,45,259 lishing vaccine’s efficacy and safety. The Central Government is making a national Covid immunisation plan under which it will directly procure vaccines for states. Priority groups, such as health workers and those with co-morbidities, will get vaccine for free. Villagers in new HP MCs may get tax rebate Tribune News Service Shimla, October 23 The Himachal Pradesh Government is planning to formulate a tax rebate policy to placate those opposing merger of panchayats into three new municipal corporations and six nagar panchayats. CM Jai Ram Thakur has asked Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj and officials to work out tax rebate for five years, if possible. The residents of these panchayats have been holding protests to oppose the merger move. INSIDE Hafiz Saeed Masood Azhar Lakhvi FOR ACTION AGAINST MOST WANTED TERRORISTS ■ Pakistan told to make progress on all 27 obligations related to money laundering and terror financing by June ■ Obligations include action against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi persistent delinquent behaviour. Turkey was pressing for Pakistan’s progress on the remaining points to be considered proof of good intention and wanted the FATF to close the matter with an onsite inspection. Pakistani diplomats said they would now make another attempt to get out of the grey list at the next FATF meeting in June next year. The deadline for Pakistan to complete its FATF file was June this year, but it earned a reprieve after the plenary was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had on Thursday said Pakistan had addressed 21 of the total 27 action items. “As is well known, Pakistan continues to provide safe haven to terrorist entities and individuals. It has also not yet taken any action against those individuals proscribed by the UN Security Council such as Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, etc.,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. Pakistan has been under pressure from the international community for over two years to implement a plan to curb money laundering and terror financing. — TNS GST: Centre transfers Trump calls India’s air ~6K cr to16 states, 2 UTs filthy, ruffles feathers New Delhi, October 23 The Centre today borrowed and transferred Rs 6,000 crore as the first tranche of GST compensation shortfall to 16 states and two Union Territories, including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Delhi. The borrowing is at an interest rate of 5.19 per cent and the tenor is expected to be three to five years, stated an official press note. The Union Finance Ministry has evolved a special borrowing window to address the shortfall in INTEREST & TENOR ■ 5.19% is the rate of interest on the borrowing by govt ■ 3-5 years is expected to be its tenor for repayment GST collection during 20202021. According to the ministry, it intends to release Rs 6,000 crore to the states every week. — TNS New Delhi, October 23 After not figuring in the first presidential debate between US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, India did crop up in the second edition but not in the manner proponents of a closer Indo-US strategic relations would have wished for. “Look at China. How filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India, it’s filthy. The air is filthy,” Trump said. Social media users questioned the need for Trump to make an unsavoury reference ‘RESULT OF HOWDY MODI’ These are the fruits of friendship. Trump questions India’s Covid toll, calls India tariff king. This is the result of Howdy Modi. ❝ Kapil Sibal, CONGRESS LEADER to India when they were expecting Indo-US ties to turn the strategic corner during the forthcoming visit of two top US ministers to India. — TNS
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