27102020-TT-01.qxd 10/26/2020 11:17 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.298 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana CHINA TO SANCTION US FIRMS FUTURE RETAIL MAY CHALLENGE ARBITRATION $200 BN INVESTMENT IN OIL OVER TAIWAN ARMS SALE WORLD SECTOR LIKELY: PM BACK PAGE AWARD AGAINST RIL DEAL BUSINESS /thetribunechd /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday, october 27,2020 Indian military to get access to US satellite data, agreement today Ex-Union Minister Ray gets jail for 1999 coal scam New Delhi, October 26 A Delhi court today awarded three-year jail term to former Union Minister Dilip Ray in a coal scam case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand block in 1999, saying white collar crimes were “more dangerous” than ordinary ones because of the “damages inflicted on public morale”. Besides Ray, the 68-year-old former Minister of State (Coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the court awarded three-year jail term to two senior officials in the ministry then — Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, both aged around 80. The court also awarded three-year jail term to Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwal (75). — PTI IN BRIEF Contempt against Pokhriyal stayed DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed contempt proceedings against Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in connection with alleged non-compliance of the Uttarakhand High Court’s order on payment of rent by former chief ministers for occupying government accommodation. TNS NEW Gujarat HC begins live streaming AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat HC on Monday started live streaming of proceedings of its first court on an experimental basis. Anyone willing to view the live proceedings could access the link of the Youtube channel from the homepage of the HC’s website, Chief Justice Vikram Nath said in an order. PTI Mohali cops quiz Saini for 2 hours MOHALI: Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini appeared before a special investigation team at Mataur police station in Mohali on Monday. Saini was questioned for nearly two hours in the Balwant Singh Multani case. He emerged from the police station around 1.30 pm. TNS 2+2 MEET BECA to allow geo-spatial mapping for precision strikes Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 26 The Indian military is set to get access to the satellite network of the United States, allowing it to target enemy positions with more precision. The key pact will be signed tomorrow to share real-time geo-spatial intelligence, information on maps and satellite images for defence. Called the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), it will allow geo-spatial mapping of the land mass. The imagery generated from it can be used to accurately operate drones and long-range missiles. The contours of the land mass have to be known accurately to achieve precision strike from huge distances. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with his US counterpart Mark T Esper in New Delhi on Monday for talks. An Indian statement after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his US counterpart Mark Esper in New Delhi on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL the meeting said: “The two ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit.” Esper is in India along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the 2+2 ministerial dialogue slated for Tuesday. The BECA will be signed at that meeting. The BECA would be the last of the three ‘foundational agreements’ defining the bilateral relations. The first agreement —- Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Association (LEMOA) —- was signed in August 2016, permitting the respective militaries to replenish material and fuel from each other’s bases. The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) inked in 2018 facilitates access to advanced defence systems and enables India to optimally utilise its existing US-origin platforms. continued on back page Farm fires: Order on At 1.5%, fatality rate Lokur panel on hold lowest since Mar 22 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 26 Barely 10 days after appointing Justice Madan B Lokur as a one-man panel to monitor measures taken by governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to prevent farmers from resorting to stubble burning, the Supreme Court on Monday kept its order in abeyance following a request from the Centre. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde virtually stayed its October 16 order after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the Centre would come out with a comprehensive law on air pollution in three-four days. Mehta, who had earlier expressed reservations about the committee, said the legislation was being contemplated to specifically deal with the issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. On behalf of PIL petitioner Aditya Dubey, senior counsel Vikas Singh objected to Mehta’s submissions. “I don’t understand the interest of the Union Government in getting the order suspended. Ultimately, it is for the benefit of the people of Delhi,” he said. “We think our own measure should be kept in GOVT MULLING LAW It’s good that the government is coming up with a law. This is an issue that anyway should have been looked into... Everyone in this city (Delhi) is choking due to bad air ❝ New Delhi, October 26 India's Covid-19 case fatality rate today dropped to a low of 1.5 per cent, the lowest since March 22. Daily deaths fell below 500 to 480, the first record drop for a 24-hour period since July 10 when 475 deaths were reported. "Today's fatalities are the lowest in 108 days. The figure peaked to 1,290 on September 16 and has since been dropping," an official said as daily new infections fell below 50,000 for the second time this month. Total recoveries stood at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar addresses an election campaign rally at Mahua in Vaishali on Monday. PTI Nitish missing from BJP posters CM loses his cool at rallies | May be on slippery ground Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 26 Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna on Wednesday, threetime Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appears to have gone missing from the BJP posters there. Sources say the Chief Minister, who was recently seen losing his cool at rallies, appears to be on slippery ground in the state. Apart from Patna, the PM will also cover Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. At Sakra in Muzaffarpur district today, a slipper was flung towards Nitish by some protesters while he was going towards his helicopter after completing his speech at an election meeting. The police took four per- BIHAR ELECTIONS PHASE-I POLL TOMORROW FOR 71 SEATS PHASE -II NOV 3 94 SEATS PHASE-III NOV 7 78 SEATS BJP LAYING IT OUT AS ‘MODI VS REST’ To divert attention from the anti-incumbency being faced by Nitish, the BJP is trying to make these elections into a ‘Modi versus the rest’ with a liberal sprinkling of electioneering revolving around the ‘nationalism’ theme. sons in custody on the charge of creating disturbances at the rally, police sources said. The Sakra incident is one COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 71,37,228 FRESH FATALITIES 480 TOTAL DEATHS 1,19,014 79,09,959 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 4,34,83,368 3,19,77,884 11,60,920 71,37,228 making up 90.23 per cent of all cases. Surging recoveries mean active cases stayed below 7 lakh for the fourth day making up 8.26 per cent of the caseload. — TNS 3 leaders quit PDP, claim Mufti ‘insulted’ Tricolour Srinagar, October 26 Three PDP leaders from the Jammu region resigned from the party following a statement by its president Mehbooba Mufti regarding the national flag, party sources said here today. Senior leaders TS Bajwa, Hassan Ali Waffa and Bed Mahajan have resigned from Had said won’t hold flag till J-K spl status restored the PDP they said. The trio , was unhappy over Mehbooba’s statement about not holding the Tricolour till J&K’s special status was restored, sources said. INSIDE DELHI’S AIR ‘VERY POOR’ FOR FOURTH DAY BACK IN HOSPITALS WITH EVEN MORE ACUTE SIGNS Gurugram: Owing to smog, those discharged after recovery are back in ICUs with even more acute Covid symptoms. The hospitals here have received more than 100 such patients. The number could go higher, the authorities say. Pharmacies across the city have run out of oximeters. INSIDE abeyance. What is your problem? After all you are a PIL petitioner,” the CJI said, posting the matter for further hearing on October 29. New Delhi, October 26 With work on the country’s first bullet train connecting Mumbai-Ahmedabad progressing, the government is focussing on other routes, including one between Delhi and Amritsar via Chandigarh. Earlier this month, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited invited bids for survey of the 465-km project to identify both overhead and underground utilities and power source options, including substations, along the proposed corridor. Tribune News Service ❝ Jai Ram Thakur, CM your state.” Kangana has attacked the Mumbai police and Maharashtra Government ever since actor Sushant Rajput’s death. continued on back page Leh, October 26 Retaining power, the BJP on Monday won the election to the 26-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Leh by bagging 15 seats, while the Congress got nine seats. Independents won two seats in the election, the first since Ladakh was made a UT in August last year. INSIDE Del-Chd-Asr bullet train on cards 200 farmers’ unions to Saurabh Malik Himachal is known as ‘dev bhoomi’. Such remarks are unfortunate and unacceptable. BJP wins 15 of 26 seats in Leh poll SA Bobde, CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA TRAVEL TIME 2 HRS ■ The bullet train will cut travel duration by four hours ■ Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi covers the 465-km distance in 6 hrs ■ The bids for the survey report will be opened on Nov 10 As per documents in public domain, the bids have to be submitted between November 3 and November 9 and will be opened the next day. The Delhi-ChandigarhAmritsar route is among other corridors identified for high-speed rail network in the country for which detailed project report would be needed. The other projects include Varanasi-Patna-Howrah, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru and Mumbai-PuneHyderabad. — TNS jointly oppose agri laws Chandigarh, October 26 Over 200 farmers’ unions from across the country have decided to launch a joint protest against the Centre’s three farm laws and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020. The unions have given a call for a nationwide “chakka jam” on November 5. Though the farm unions in Punjab have suspended their “rail roko” stir, the decision of Ministry of Railways to halt trains to Punjab is being per- Thakur slams Uddhav’s Spurious liquor health hazard, Faridabad girl shot dead ‘ganja fields’ comment need to unearth racket, says HC on way home after exam Shimla, October 26 Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday condemned his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray’s “ganja fields in Himachal” comment following a faceoff with actor Kangana Ranaut. “Such remarks are unfortunate and unacceptable,” Thakur said, pointing out that Himachal was known as “dev bhoomi” and valiant soldiers from the state had served the nation and protected its borders. reacting to the actor’s remark, the Maharashtra Chief Minister, had said: “Ganja fields are in of the many protests Nitish has faced during his rallies in different parts of the state. At many places, Nitish lost his cool and chided protesters for “acting on behalf of political rivals” and telling them that nobody was bothered even if they didn’t vote for him. For Nitish, the anti-incumbency factor is all too obvious. The BJP-JD (U) -Hindustani Awami Morcha (S)Vikassheel Insaan Party alliance was counting heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said sources. To divert attention from the anti-incumbency being faced by Nitish, the BJP is trying to make these elections into a ‘Modi versus the rest’ with liberal sprinkling of continued on back page Chandigarh, October 26 Spurious liquor, being sold to consumers, is hazardous to public health, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted while accentuating the need for unearthing the entire racket. Justice Anil Kshetarpal also made it clear that the Bench was disinclined to grant the concession of pre-arrest bail to an accused in a case alleging preparation of spurious liquor. The matter came up after Ramesh Kumar filed a petition against the Haryana Government for pre-arrest bail in BOOZE SCAM Denies bail to Hry man accused of running illicit bottling plant an FIR registered on June 28 under the provisions of the Punjab Excise Act, the Copyright Act and for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and other offences at Pehowa police station in Kurukshetra. The prosecution had claimed that fake liquor was being manufactured at an illegal bottling plant. Appearing before the Bench through videoconferencing, the petitioner’s counsel had contended that he was sought to be indicted as an accused on the statement of another person, which was not admissible in evidence. He said the petitioner and the other person were business rivals. The state counsel pointed out that the other person was in constant touch with the petitioner and the prosecution had collected the call details record in this regard. Faridabad, October 26 A 21-year-old woman student was today shot dead allegedly by two youths outside Aggarwal College here while on her way home after appearing in an examination. The accused escaped after committing the crime. The police said it could be a case of revenge killing as the victim had earlier lodged a complaint against one of the accused for harassment. Nikita, a BCom final year student, is learnt to have had a verbal duel with the accused after the duo allegedly tried to force her into a vehicle parked near the college gate. As she resis- She had complained against one of the two accused for harassment ted, one of the accused pulled out a gun and fatally shot her. “One of the accused has been identified as Tausif, a resident of Sohna. He was known to the victim and her family had lodged a complaint for harassment and molestation a few months ago. Both the parties subsequently reached a compromise,’’ said Ballabgarh ACP Jaiveer Rathi. He said a forensic team had visited the spot. — TNS RESTORE FREIGHT MOVEMENT: CAPT There is no plausible reason to stop freight operations in Punjab. ❝ Amarinder Singh ceived as an “economic blockade’ by the Centre. The issue was discussed by union leaders in Delhi on Monday. INSIDE Umashankar is Principal Secy to Haryana CM Chandigarh, October 26 The Haryana CMO has got a complete makeover with the appointment of 1993-batch officer V Umashankar as Principal Secretary to the CM and 2003-batch officer Amit Agarwal as his deputy. Umashankar is credited with digitisation of various government schemes. Agarwal, seen as a low-profile officer, has been posted DirectorGeneral, Urban Local Bodies. The government also posted Shatrujeet Kapoor Principal Secretary, Transport; Shashank Anand MD, UHBVN; and MD Sinha Principal Secretary, Tourism. — TNS
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