29102020-TT-01.qxd 10/28/2020 11:10 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.300 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana OUR LANKA VISION VARIES FROM THAT OF CHINA: POMPEO WORLD /thetribunechd TATAS TO BUY MAJORITY STAKE IN BIGBASKET FOR $1 BN: REPORT BUSINESS SHRINGLA’S 3-NATION VISIT TO BOOST TIES BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, october 29,2020 PM invokes Ayodhya at rallies Vibha Sharma JUNGLE RAJ KA YUVRAJ Tribune News Service ❝ Your vote for the NDA can save Bihar... The NDA is creating jobs through reform, could Bihar dream of IT hubs in jungle raj? Can ‘yuvraj of jungle raj’ take the state forward? New Delhi, October 28 Sharing the stage with ‘mitra’ (friend) Nitish Kumar at a series of public meetings in Bihar, which saw the first phase of elections BIHAR ELECTIONS PM Narendra Modi on Tejashwi RJD RAISES MUNGER RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav demanded an HC-monitored probe into the Munger incident in which one person was killed. “Who gave permission to Munger cops to act like Gen Dyer,” he asked. today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the Ram temple at Ayodhya to underscore the NDA’s commitment towards its poll promises at a rally in Darbhanga. Later in Muzaffarpur and Patna, in a scathing attack on RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, he cautioned voters against “jungle raj ka yuvraj”. As he went on to list achievements of the NDA and Nitish Kumar government, the PM said: “Bihar had two challenges: One from coronavirus and the other from those who wanted to make it ‘bimar’ (sick) again.” “Your one vote for the NDA can save Bihar from becoming sick again.... The NDA is creating jobs through reform, could Bihar dream of IT hubs in jungle raj? Can ‘yuvraj of continued on page 10 Phase-I Polling for 71 Bihar seats | 54.26% turnout | 54.94% in 2015 Voters in long queues, some with masks, outside a polling booth at the Bhabhua police station in Bihar’s Kaimur district. PTI Troops standing firm at LAC, says Rajnath China objects to US ‘meddling’, says border standoff bilateral issue Map row: JPC Groups, Integrated Theatre Commands and Integrated Air Defence Commands will be a game changer in the way Indian armed forces fight future wars,” he said. Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 28 On a day China objected to US “meddling” in the LAC standoff, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian troops were standing firm along the Line of Actual Control but talks for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis with China would continue. The Defence Minister was addressing the four-day Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi. The minister said it was a national responsibility to ensure the best weapons, equipment and clothing for the troops braving extreme weather and hostile forces to defend the country’s territorial integrity. The Army Commanders’ Conference, an apex-level biannual event which began in New Delhi on October 26, is deliberating upon existing Defence Minister: No budgetary constraints to enhance capability Rajnath Singh at the Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi. PTI security scenarios, situation along the borders and in hinterland and challenges for the present security apparatus. In addition, the conference is focusing on issues pertaining to organisational restructuring, logistics, administration and human resource management. Rajnath complimented the forces on the high standard of operational preparedness and capabilities. He also paid a tribute to the bravehearts of Galwan, Kashmir and the North-East. He termed the creation of the office of Department of Military Affairs (DMA) as a momentous decision. “The concept of Integrated Battle The government, he said, was focused on enhancing combat capability and ensuring the welfare of soldiers. He hailed the Border Roads Organisation for its work in far-flung areas. A day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured India that the US stood firmly with it to confront threats to its sovereignty, China objected to the US “meddling” in its border standoff with India, saying it was a bilateral issue. rejects Twitter explanation New Delhi, October 28 A joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on Wednesday rejected as “inadequate” Twitter’s explanation for showing Ladakh as part of China, saying it amounted to treason. Chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, the JPC said an explanation must be tendered by the US-based parent of the social media platform in the form of an affidavit, said sources. Twitter India representatives “begged apology”, but they were told by the JPC members that it was a criminal offence that questioned the sovereignty of the country and an affidavit must be submitted by Twitter Inc, not by its ‘marketing arm’ Twitter India, said sources. — PTI NGOs in J&K raided in terror funding case Pvt plants run out of Oxford vaccine likely SIT toprobe F’bad girl’s coal, Punjab stares by Dec: Poonawalla killing, kin get security at power shortage NIKITA AmanSood Tribune News Service Patiala, October 28 Punjab is staring at power shortage. All three thermal power plants owned by private players have exhausted their coal stock following the “rail roko” stir by farmers. The Mansa-based Talwandi Sabo Power Limited has shut, Nabha Power Limited is expected to close by tomorrow and the GVK's 540-MW power plant at Goindwal Sahib is left with just two days of stock. Ahead of the festival season, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is looking to buy power. Sources said 700 rakes of coal in bogies stationed in different parts of the country were waiting to be transported to Punjab. “We are left with no option but to buy power from the central grid. We are banking on 700 MW of power bought by us to meet our everyday demand. In addition, we are paying the fixed charges to private thermal plants even though they have shut down production,” said a top PSPCL official. The crisis deepened after the Railways suspended the movement of goods trains to Punjab in view of the stir till October 29. The state-owned Rupnagar and Lehra thermal plants are left with five-day stock but are currently shut as they are required to have BUYING FROM NATIONAL GRID, SAYS PSPCL ❝ We are purchasing power from the national grid on a daily basis. The coal shortage has dealt a financial blow to the PSPCL as it is spending money to purchase power from the grid and also paying fixed charges to thermal plants Venu Prasad, PSPCL CMD emergency coal in stock to meet any power shortage. As against the demand for 1,100 lakh units of power, around 200 lakh units were purchased from the national grid by the PSPCL. “The industry has finally started operating after the lockdown and any power pangs now will hit the state's economy hard,” a senior power official said. “The industry is now working overtime to meet the winter demand by stocking goods and the government must ensure enough coal so that the industry does not have to shut production,” he added. New Delhi, October 28 Serum Institute chief Adar Poonawalla today said the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine could be ready by as early as December and the first 100 million doses could be available by the first or second quarter of 2021. He did not rule out applying for emergency authorisation of the vaccine saying the decision would depend on the Centre and the safety data from the UK trials, which could be out in two weeks. While the cases touched the 8 million-mark today, the recoveries stood at a record 90.85 per cent (over 72 lakh). In last 24 hours, 43,893 fresh cases were witnessed against 58,439 recoveries. India added the last one million cases in 18 days as against 12 days it took to COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 72,59,509 FRESH FATALITIES 508 TOTAL DEATHS 1,20,010 79,90,322 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 4,44,12,891 3,25,46,147 11,74,341 CASES CROSS 8 MN The Covid cases surged past 8 mn on Wednesday night (last 1 mn added in 18 days) after touching 79.90 lakh in the government’s 8 am update. reach from six to seven million cases. The country crossed 20 lakh cases on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, 50 lakh on September 16 and 60 lakh on September 27. — TNS Tribune News Service Faridabad, October 28 A three-member SIT, headed by ACP (Crime) Anil Kumar, has been set up to probe the murder of a 21-year-old woman, who was shot outside a college in Ballabgarh on Monday. The SIT members visited the aggrieved family this morning. The victim’s mother alleged the key accused, Tausif, had been pressuring Nikita to marry him. Booked in 2018 on the family’s complaint, Tausif was later let off. He did not contact any member of the family thereafter. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said the SIT would look into the 2018 complaint and inquire if any Congress leader was involved in hushing up the matter. Yashpal Yadav, DC, MURDER ABOUT ACCUSED TAUSIF ■ Key accused Tausif was booked in 2018 on the complaint of the victim’s family ■ He had allegedly been pres- suring Nikita to marry him ■ The SIT will look into the 2018 complaint and ascertain if any Congress leader had any role in hushing up the case said security had been provided to the family. Union Minister of State for Social Justice KP Gurjar visited the family. Former Congress MLA Karan Dalal demanded an FIR against cops for “laxity in handling the case.” Delhi University VC Yogesh Tyagi was on Wednesday suspended on the orders of President Ram Nath Kovind following a tussle among top DU functionaries last week over appointments. Tyagi was accused of “misconduct” and “dereliction of duty” by the Education Ministry, which then approached the President. TNS Six BSP MLAs in UP rebel, may quit party A house that was damaged during an encounter in Srinagar. PTI 2 MILITANTS SHOT DEAD Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter on Tuesday night in Budgam district of J&K, the police said. INSIDE ments and electronic devices were seized. The case was registered by the agency on October 8. — TNS Farmers’ stir hits tourism in Kangra belt Tribune News Service Dharamsala, October 28 The hotel and tourism industry in Kangra has been hit owing to the farmers’ agitation in Punjab. With passenger trains stopped, the tourism industry in the Kangra belt has come to a standstill. The area used to get a large number of tourists from Maharashtra, West Bengal and Gujarat in October and November. Ashwani Bamba, president of the Hotel and Restaurant association of Himachal Pradesh, said besides the suspension of train services, inter-state bus service too was yet to be resumed. He said if the situation persisted for a few more days, big hotels could be forced to close down operations. Punjab, HP, Chd ‘best’ in keeping tabs on pollution Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 28 Among the 23 states/UTs listed in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), only three — Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab — accounted for above average PM10 readings (104 readings are required in a year) in past three years, an analysis of the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme said. While this does not mean that pollution has gone down (rather it remains a concern), the rankings indicate that monitoring is better in Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh as compared to others on the list. Chandigarh recorded the maximum number of 136 readings. It has five monitors and witnessed a slight improvement in the PM10 level from 105 micrograms/cubic metre in 2016 to 102 in 2018. CAREFUL MONITORING DELHI ‘MOST POLLUTED’ State/UT Avg readings Chandigarh 136 Himachal Pradesh 125 Punjab 107 Delhi ranked the most polluted state, followed by Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, according to CarbonCopy and Respirer Living Sciences. President suspends DU VC Yogesh Tyagi NEW DELHI: Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 28 The National Investigation Agency today searched 10 locations in Srinagar and one in Bengaluru in connection with a case related to NGOs and trusts allegedly diverting charity funds for secessionist activities in J&K. Those whose premises were searched included Khurram Parvez (J&K Coalition of Civil Society co-ordinator), his associates Parvez Ahmad Bukhari, Parvez Ahmad Matta, Bengaluru-based associate Swati Sheshadri and Parveena Ahanger, the chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, the NIA said in a statement. It said the offices of NGO Athrout and GK Trust, which runs English daily ‘Greater Kashmir’, were also searched. A senior NIA official said several incriminating docu- IN BRIEF With three monitors, Himachal Pradesh had three-year average PM10 readings of 125. In Punjab, Jalandhar and Ludhiana have four manual monitors each, Amritsar has three, Khanna, Patiala, Dera Bassi and Naya Nangal have two each and Mandi Gobindgarh and Dera Baba Nanak have one each. Punjab’s average PM10 readings for 2016-18 remained at 107, continued on page 10 LUCKNOW: In a jolt to the BSP , four of the 10 MLAs who had proposed the name of the party’s lone candidate in next month’s Rajya Sabha polls withdrew support amid hints that they may switch sides. The four accompanied the two other BSP MLAs to the SP headquarters and met party chief Akhilesh Yadav, said sources. PTI T’gana man gets death for killing 9 HYDERABAD: A court in Telangana’s Warangal on Wednesday sentenced Sanjay Kumar Yadav (24) to death for killing nine persons of a family in what has come to be known as Gorrekunta mass murder case. In May, nine migrant labourers were drugged and their bodies dumped in a well to make people believe they committed suicide. TNS Coveted UN award for Indian green body UNITED NATIONS: An Indian organisation, Global Himalayan Expedition, that leverages tourism and technology to help remote communities access solar energy has won the prestigious UN Global Climate Action Award for its efforts to combat climate change amid the Covid pandemic. PTI I-T Dept seizes ~62 cr from hawala agents New Delhi, October 28 The Income Tax Department has seized Rs 62 crore in cash as part of its multi-city tax evasion operation against hawala/entry operators, official sources said on Wednesday. The seizure is linked to the searches launched by the department at 42 premises in Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa on Monday. The cash, in crisp Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes, was found stashed in almirahs and furniture. — PTI
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