29012021-TT-01.qxd 1/28/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.28 | 14 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana WORLD TOUR FINALS: SINDHU SUFFERS SECOND LOSS SPORT /thetribunechd AMAZON UNDER ED SCANNER FOR VIOLATION MORE MADE-IN-INDIA VACCINES SOON: PM MODI BACK PAGE OF FEMA NORMS BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday | 29 january 2021 Oppn parties to boycott Prez Address Demand repeal of farm laws, probe into ‘Centre’s role’ in Republic Day violence Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Security personnel conduct a flag march at the Ghazipur border on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI At Tikri & Singhu, locals pull away, want stir sites vacated Villages to hold panchayat today, if demand not met Tribune News Service IN BRIEF Kalka legislator gets 3-year jail for rioting SOLAN: A Nalagarh court has sentenced Kalka MLA Pardeep Chaudhary and 14 others to three-year jail in a case of rioting, assault and use of force to deter a public servant from discharging duty. The convicts had attacked a police party in Baddi. INSIDE Ganguly undergoes angioplasty again KOLKATA: Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly underwent another angioplasty on Thursday when two more stents were implanted to clear clogged arteries, an official at a hospital where he is admitted said. The 48-year-old cricketing icon is “stable”. — PTI Farmers’ leaders Rakesh Tikait (L) and Jagtar Singh Bajwa at the Ghazipur protest site on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Defiant Tikait refuses to surrender,Ghazipur tense Vinayak Padmadeo Tribune News Service Ghazipur, January 28 Tension escalated at Ghazipur bordering Delhi today with BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait defying orders by the local administration to vacate the protest site and the Congress and RLD backing the farm union. Tikait, among 37 leaders booked by Delhi Police for the Republic Day incidents, alleged there was a plot to “attack and kill” farmers and refused to budge despite Ghaziabad DM’s orders to clear the site by night. “Police officials are here to take us away and a BJP MLA POLICE ACTION FLAYED The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha has flayed the UP Police for ‘cutting off’ basic facilities to the protesting farmers at Ghazipur and the attempt to evict them forcibly. TNS is waiting with supporters to attack and kill farmers,” Tikait claimed. “Anyone from the BJP will be taken hostage. I will hang myself but won’t call off protests until the farm laws are repealed,” he warned as police deployment at the site increased. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra and RLD chief Ajit Singh backed Tikait. New Delhi, January 28 The Delhi Police have issued lookout notices against 44 persons named in 33 FIRs registered so far in connection with the violence during the farmers’ tractor parade. The police said names of Punjabi singer and actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turnedsocial activist Lakha Sidhana had been added to the FIR reg- Friday with President’s Address to both Houses and tabling of Economic Survey ■ Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present Budget at 11 am on Feb 1 ■ Session to be in two parts — Jan 29 to Feb 15 and March 8 to April 8; 35 sittings in all MOTION CONDEMNING RED FORT INCIDENT LIKELY ‘CENTRE BEHIND VIOLENCE’ ❝ The protest has been largely peaceful. There were few acts of violence on Jan 26 which we condemn. An impartial investigation will reveal the Centre’s nefarious role in orchestrating those events. Cong-led Oppn parties OPPOSITION TO CORNER GOVT OVER CHINA, RECESSION, ARNAB the Centre’s “nefarious role in orchestrating the Republic Day events in the Capital” while accusing the government of attempting to discred- it the farmers’ movement. Akali Dal’s Naresh Gujral separately demanded the repeal of farm laws, saying the party had decided to PACKING UP Spl cell slaps UAPA case on farm leaders Lookout notices against 44, sedition charge added istered at Kotwali police station over Red Fort violence. In a separate FIR over the same incident, the police have invoked sedition charges. The officials said a continued on page 11 Farmers pack their makeshift tents while vacating the protest site at the Ghazipur-New Delhi border on Thursday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI New Delhi, January 28 Noting that certain content aired by TV news channels had an “instigating effect”, the SC on Thursday said the government wasn’t doing anything to check such reporting. “Fair and truthful reporting is not a problem. Problem is when it is used to agitate others,” the SC said. The petitioners have sought strict action against channels “spreading communal hatred”. — TNS New Delhi, January 28 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today suggested three “mutuals” and eight broad propositions to mend strained ties between India and China. The minister gave no indication whether any of this was being discussed by the two nations. He said the two countries were at crossroads and their choices would have profound repercussions, not just for them, but for the entire world. “The three mutuals — mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests — are determining factors. Any expectation that they Adhering to pacts in entirety, maintaining LAC’s sanctity must can be brushed aside is simply not realistic,” he said, while delivering the keynote address at the 13th All-India Conference of China Studies. Jaishankar underlined the COVID-19VACCINATION Lakshadweep tops in vaccine coverage, Haryana third best INDIA 28,47,608 4,91,615 293 TOTAL DAY’S COUNT ADVERSE EVENTS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO REMAIN SUSPENDED TILL FEB 28 VACCINE SHOTS SAFE FOR THOSE ON BLOOD THINNERS: ICMR INDIA AT SIXTH SPOT GLOBALLY IN VACCINATION COVERAGE new delhi: The special cell of the Delhi Police has registered a case under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to probe criminal conspiracy leading to violence during the farmers’ tractor rally. Farm leaders, including Yogendra Yadav, Medha Patkar, Rakesh Tikait and Darshan Pal, would be probed under the UAPA, a police official said. — TNS Scan & watch customer experiences EAM outlines 8 principles to mend strained ties with China Tribune News Service boycott the Address of President Ram Nath Kovind to support the “legitimate demands of farmers”. The Congress-led group- ing, meanwhile, said farm laws were brought in without consultations and lacked national consensus. “Parliamentary scrutiny was bypassed and the laws were pushed through muzzling the Opposition in a brazen violation of parliamentary rules, practices and conventions. The very constitutional validity of these laws is questionable. The Prime Minister and the BJP remain arrogant, adamant and undemocratic in their response. Shocked by this insensitivity, we reaffirm the collective demand for the repeal of the anti-farmer laws and have decided to boycott continued on page 11 SC to Centre: Curb inciting TV content importance of stabilising the relationship through eight broad propositions. Among these are: Agreements already reached must be adhered to in entirety; the LAC must be strictly observed; border area peace and tranquility basis for development of relations in other domains; management of differences essential to ties; and the two nations must always take the long view. On Galwan clash and troop buildup along the LAC, he said: “Significantly, to date, we have yet to receive a credible explanation for the change in China’s stance or reasons for massing of troops along the borders.” Covid graph flattens, no new case in 146 dists in a wk New Delhi, January 28 The Centre today announced flattening of the Covid-19 graph with no new case being reported in 146 out of India’s 734 districts in a week and considerably low levels of infection in the rest of the country. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Covid had been contained in a fifth of India. “As many as 146 districts have no new cases since the past ■ Budget Session begins on Deep Sidhu, Sidhana named in Red Fort FIR Geetanjali Gayatri Chandigarh, January 28 After the violence that rocked the Capital on Republic Day, it may be an uphill task for farm leaders to keep the agitation against the Centre’s farm laws on course as the first signs of resistance to their sit-ins have begun to surface in Haryana. While the farm leaders are out to restrategise, locals from villages around Singhu and Tikri have started voicing their concern about the adverse impact of the stir on their lives and livelihood, keeping the police on their toes. Protesting close to the main site of the agitation at Singhu, villagers of Manoli, Aterna and Sersa among others demanded that the farmers vacate the border. Stating that the traffic flow must resume between Delhi and Haryana, the residents announced the decision to hold a panchayat tomorrow to decide the future course of action if their demand was not met. In Rewari, local petrol pump continued on page 11 New Delhi, January 28 The Budget Session of Parliament is expected to be off to a stormy start on Friday with 18 Opposition parties, including 16 Congress-led outfits, Shiromani Akali Dal and AAP set to boycott the , President’s Address to both Houses to express solidarity with the protesting farmers. The 16 parties, announcing their decision to boycott the President’s speech, accused the government of showing “insensitivity” to the demands of protesters. They sought repeal of farm laws in a joint statement and demanded an impartial investigation into STORMY BUDGET SESSION EXPECTED seven days, 18 districts in the past 14 days, six districts in the past 21 days and 21 districts in the past 28 days,” Vardhan said. India was currently sixth globally in vaccination coverage behind the US, UK, Israel, UAE and Germany, the government said, with 16 post-vaccine hospitalisations reported so far — 0.0007 per cent of all vaccinations. — TNS Now I initiate my foreign trade transactions online. Even on a holiday. Kunal Saha Director, Vandelay Brands Health & Personal Care Products Experience ICICI Bank Trade Online A digital banking platform for all your foreign trade transactions. 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