23012021-TTB-01.qxd 1/23/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.23 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 LANKA PANEL TO PROBE FINDINGS OF WAR COMMISSIONS WORLD /thetribunechd RELIANCE Q3 NET PROFIT UP 12% AT ~13,101 CRORE BUSINESS MUST TRUST SCIENTISTS, PM ON VAX HESITANCY BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday | 23 january 2021 Rethink, it’s best offer: Govt to farmers Tomar: Anything but repeal of laws Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 22 The 11th round of talks between the Centre and farmers’ unions ended in a deadlock. While the unions rejected the government’s proposal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Agriculture Minister, said suspension of agri laws for a mutually agreed period was the “best offer” he had. At the end of the over fourhour-long meeting, that saw discussions for barely 30 minutes, Tomar asked the unions to reconsider his offer and to get back by Saturday, if they Tractors on a trailer arrive at the Singhu border for the Republic Day protest. PTI JOBS FOR DECEASED FARMERS’ KIN: CAPT CM Capt Amarinder Singh announced jobs for one member each of the state families, who lost their lives in the stir. PLOT TO DISRUPT R-DAY RALLY, YOUTH NABBED: UNIONS Sonepat: A youth in police uniform was nabbed by farmers near Kundli late Friday night. Farm leaders said the youth had confessed he was part of a 10-member team that had been ‘instructed by a cop’ to disrupt the tractor parade on January 26. The youth was presented at a press conference by union leaders. TNS Cong to elect new president by June after polls in 5 states Aditi Tandon RESOLUTIONS PASSED Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 22 The Congress will have a new, elected party president by June through a process of internal elections to be held after the Assembly poll in five states. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) today took this decision after a three-hour meeting where dissenting leaders, including Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad, pressed for immediate elections. The majority membership, however, discussed the central election authority’s proposal to conclude organisational poll by May 29 and IN BRIEF UPSC exam: Govt against extra chance NEW DELHI: The Union Government told the Supreme Court on Friday that it was against giving any extra chance to civil services aspirants who could not appear in their last attempt in the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) last year during the Covid-19 pandemic. BACK PAGE Sirsa booked for embezzlement NEW DELHI: Following a direction by a city court, the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police has registered a case of cheating against Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Sirsa in connection with a complaint of causing a loss of around 1 crore to the committee. BACK PAGE AGRI LAWS: Demand to repeal 3 contentious agriculture laws ARNAB CHATS: JPC probe into ‘violations’ of Official Secrets Act Anand Sharma Ashok Gehlot CLASH OVER DATES ■ Dissenters Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad pressed for immediate polls to the party chief’s post ■ Ashok Gehlot argued the pri- ority must be to fight the BJP in the forthcoming state poll and not internal elections said the schedule be deferred to June until after votes for all due state elec- VACCINE: Time-bound Covid-19 vaccination of the poor SONIA ON FARM STIR ❝ Government has shown shocking insensitivity and arrogance going through charade of consultations. tions were counted. “The CWC unanimously decided continued on page 7 Amritsar, January 22 During his childhood, Narendra Chanchal gathered neighbourhood kids to sing devotional songs and Bulleh Shah’s poetry, using wooden toys as his mike. “My first audience comprised people from my mohalla who encouraged me no end,” Chanchal shared in an interview in 2018. The 80-year-old singer, who rose from humble beginnings to become a popular bhajan singer, died in Delhi after a Myanmar receives the first batch of Covid vaccine from India. REUTERS HRY HEALTH WORKER DIES WEEK AFTER JAB Gurugram: A 56-year-old health worker vaccinated on January 16 died here on Friday, triggering panic among frontline warriors of the district undergoing immunisation. Sources said Rajwanti worked at the Bhangrola primary health centre. Her family blamed Covid immunisation for the sudden death. The authorities concerned have ordered a post-mortem examination. INSIDE NARENDRA CHANCHAL, OCTOBER 1940 – JANUARY 2021 long illness. He is survived by his wife and three children. Born on October 16, 1940, in Amritsar’s Shakti Nagar locality, Chanchal hailed from a middle class family. Despite his interest in singing, his family never encouraged him to become a singer. But when his father suffered huge losses in the share market, Chan- SS Kokri Kalan, BKU (UGRAHAN) EVEN MORE RESOLUTE ❝ The tragic loss has failed to dampen their spirits. They are now more resolute to fight this battle. Avtar Ealwal, FORMER SARPANCH Delhi border. I will go to Tikri to participate in the tractor parade. I don’t want her sacrifice to go waste.” continued on page 7 Sandeep Dikshit 2.28 lakh vaccinated on Day 7 The Amritsar-born singer changed the genre of devotional music with his unparalleled popularity Tribune News Service ❝ New Delhi, January 22 The CBI has registered a case against UK-based Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research (GSR) for their alleged involvement in illegally harvesting data of 5.62 lakh Indian Facebook users for profiteering and manipulating elections. The agency said the case has been registered under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act, 2000, on the basis of a complaint filed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in July 2018. The complaint was based on news continued on page 7 Pune, January 22 Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said whether the fire at the Serum Institute of India (SII) was an accident or sabotage would be known after officials concluded their probe. Reiterating that there was no damage to the Covishield vaccine production, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the SII, said facilities involved in the production of Rotavirus and BCG vaccines had been damaged. He put the financial loss at Rs 1,000 crore. The Manjari facility is where the Covishield vaccine, used in the nationwide inoculation drive against the pandemic, is made. The building where the fire broke out is 1 km from the Covishield vaccine manufacturing unit. — PTI One serious adverse event was found in an individual who received the 6 micro gram dose, but the same was not related to vaccination. Chalo bulawa aaya hai…Chanchal no more Neha Saini Sangrur, January 22 Family members of the farmers, who lost their life either naturally or in mishaps during the ongoing protest at Delhi borders, have decided to participate in the tractor parade scheduled for January 26. They say it will be a befitting tribute to the departed souls. Maghar Singh (75) of Gharachon village said: “My wife Gurmale Kaur (73) who had been protesting at Kalajhar toll plaza since November last year died of cardiac arrest on December 8. She wanted to join protesters at AT THE FOREFRONT The Centre’s refusal to repeal laws has hurt the families. They have decided to stay at the forefront. Tribune News Service Kamala as V-P cements India ties: WH Tribune News Service rates for some Sars-CoV-2 vaccine platform candidates and similar to the rates for some other inactivated SarsCoV-2 vaccine candidates. Tribune News Service Data harvesting: CBI case against Analytica, GSR ~1K-cr loss in SII fire, probe on No major side-effects: Lancet cites Covaxin’s Phase-I data New Delhi, January 22 A top medical journal today published safety and immunogenicity results of Covaxin’s Phase-I trials with the PhaseIII trials about to be concluded. The Lancet publication reports interim findings from the Phase-I clinical trial of India’s first indigenous Covid vaccine Covaxin. The results show it was well tolerated in all dose groups with no vaccinerelated serious adverse events. Cell-mediated responses were observed in the recipients. The most common adverse event was pain at the injection spot, followed by headache, fatigue and fever. The overall incidence of solicited local and systemic adverse events in this study was 14 to 21 per cent in all vaccine-treated groups, which is noticeably lower than the decide in its favour. Thanking the unions, Tomar said: “Even though there was nothing wrong in the laws, for the benefit of farmers and respect for their agitation, the government came up with several proposals.” He said: “You (unions) launched agitations even as you were engaged in talks with us. We didn’t object. The vision (at your end) was lacking.” Later speaking to the media, the minister claimed there were forces which did not want the talks to succeed. “The government made several proposals to end the stir, but when the purity of the movement is lost, no solution is possible,” he maintained. continued on page 7 Will join tractor rally, say kin of deceased chal took up singing to support his family. “He began performing at weddings and other functions. He also worked with playwright Gursharan Singh, composing music for his plays. Gradually, his popularity grew and he started getting invitations to perform in other cities as well,” says Kewal Dhaliwal, theatre director and art historian. In 1972, one such invitation to perform in Mumbai changed Chanchal’s life forever. Raj Kapoor continued on page 7 BIDEN VALUES RELATIONS Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 22 Kamala Harris as America’s Vice-President has further cemented the importance of the India-US relationship, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in her maiden media briefing. “President Biden respects and values the long bipartisan successful relationship between India and the US,” she said. ❝ Biden respects and values the long bipartisan successful relationship between India and the US. Jen Psaki, PRESS SECRETARY, WHITE HOUSE WORKING WITH DELHI ❝ We are working with India so that no onecan challenge its sovereignty. KAMALA HARRIS Tony Blinken, BIDEN’S SECY OF STATE NOMINEE Meanwhile, Tony Blinken, Biden nominee as Secretary of State, during his confirmation hearing at the US Senate, said, “We are working with India so that no country, including China, can challenge its sovereignty.” The ties were bolstered by the civil nuclear deal (under George Bush), defence procurement and information sharing (Barack Obama) and the Indo-Pacific concept (Donald Trump), he added.
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