05032021-TT-01.qxd 3/4/2021 10:56 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.63 | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 himachal pradesh POLLARD 2nd PLAYER TO HIT 6 SIXES IN 1 OVER IN T20I SPORT /thetribunechd NOW, MAKE WHATSAPP VOICE, VIDEO CALL ON PC BUSINESS JAISHANKAR CALLS ON B’DESH PM BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday | 5 march 2021 Punjab, 5 other states fuel surge Pb debt to double PM to address military brass in Guj tomorrow Account for 85% of fresh cases | 10 lakh given jabs in 24 hours New Delhi, March 4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a conference of the country’s top military leadership in Gujarat’s Kevadia on Saturday. The conference will witness the participation of jawans and junior commissioned JCOs, JAWANS TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE FOR FIRST TIME officers (JCOs) for the first time, senior officials said. They said the jawans and JCOs would be attending specific sessions related to human resource issues during the three-day Combined Commanders’ Conference that started on Thursday. — PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 4 Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka continue to report a surge in daily new Covid-19 cases, accounting for 85.51 per cent of fresh cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 9,855. This is the highest number recorded in the state since October 19, when 10,259 new cases were reported. Kerala saw 2,765 new cases and Punjab 1,074. The active caseload surged Farmers gear up for show of strength on March 8 100 days of FARM STIR Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 4 Despite the death of 300 farmers since they shifted their agitation to the Delhi border on November 26 last year, protests have not lost steam. Besides the permanent camps GIVE PRIORITY TO ELDERLY IN PVT HOSPITALS, SAYS SC 10 TEACHERS, 76 PUPILS TEST +VE IN JALANDHAR The Supreme Court has ordered that elderly be given priority in admission to private hospitals amid the pandemic. A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which had on December 4 ordered government hospitals to give priority in admissions and treatment to the elderly, modified its order to include private hospitals in view of the vulnerability of the elderly. At least 76 students and 10 teachers of eight government and private schools tested positive for the virus in Jalandhar on Thursday. Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, gets a shot in Delhi. PTI TOTAL DAY’S COUNT to 1,73,413 after an addition of 17,407 cases over the past 24 hours. “Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh are showing a rise in active cases. On the other hand, Kerala, UP Jharkhand, , Bihar and Assam have shown continued on page 11 SHIMLA, B’LURU ‘MOST LIVEABLE’ 111 cities covered in the government’s ‘Ease of Living Index’ divided into two categories: ‘Population below 10 lakh’ (62 cities) and ‘10 lakh-plus population’ POPULATION BELOW 10 LAKH ■ Gurugram ■ Bhubaneswar ■ Davangere ■ Silvassa ■ Tiruchirapalli Dharnas at Delhi border ■ Kakinada on Women’s Day ■ Salem people across ■ Vellore 111 cities participated at the Delhi border, Punjab is ■ Gandhinagar in the survey also witnessing massive gath■ SHIMLA 32.2 lakh erings all over the state. The next major step will be the “dharnas” at various protest sites on the Delhi border, particularly Singhu and Tikri, on March 8. continued on page 11 15 DEATHS, 1,074 NEW CASES IN PUNJAB COVID-19VACCINATION 10 LAKH-PLUS POPULATION ■ Navi Mumbai ■ Pune ■ Coimbatore ■ Ahmedabad ■ Vadodra ■ Chennai ■ Indore ■ Surat ■ Greater Mumbai DELHI AT 13TH SPOT, SRINAGAR LAST INDIA 1,77,11,287 10,93,954 Delimitation panel gets 1-yr extension New Delhi, March 4 The Delimitation Commission, a panel for redrawing the parliamentary and Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, has got a one-year extension, a move indicating the Assembly polls in the union territory would not be held anytime soon. 4 PARAMETERS The panel was constituted Four broad performance parameters to redraw the electoral confor rankings—governance and social, stituencies in J&K and four physical and economic infrastructure northeastern states — Assam, (evaluating quality of life and impact Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh of urban development initiatives) and Nagaland. PAGE 11 ■ Bengaluru in five years: CAG Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 4 Punjab’s financial crisis is set to worsen with the public debt likely to reach Rs 3.73 lakh crore by 2024-25, according to the latest report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. As per projections made by the CAG using Semilog Linear Regression model, the state’s public debt will be Rs 3,73,988 crore by 2024-25, which is more than double the public debt of Rs 1,79,130 crore, as on March 31, 2019. The debt swell around four times in the past 10 years. It was around Rs 40,000 crore when the SAD-BJP alliance came to power in the state in 2006-07. A decade later, when they lost elections in 2016-17, the debt stood around Rs 1,53,773 crore. IN BRIEF EPFO retains 8.5% interest on deposits NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO on Thursday decided to retain 8.5 per cent annual interest on provident fund deposits for the current financial year. — TNS YEAR 2028-29 PUBLIC DEBT ~6,33,159 cr Three cops die in J’khand IED blast 2024-25 ~3,73,988 cr RANCHI: 2019-20 ~1,93,659 cr 2014-15 ~86,818 cr 2009-10 ~53,252 cr Even the Congress rule over the past four years could not bring economy back on track. Between 2016-17 and 2018-19, the state saw the debt go up by around Rs 25,500 crore. For the past many years, the state has been repaying its earlier borrowings utilising around 73 per cent of its new borrowings. continued on page 11 Three personnel of Jharkhand Jaguars, a special state police unit, were killed in a Naxal-triggered IED blast in West Singhbhum district on Thursday. — PTI Markle faces probe for ‘bullying staff’ LONDON: Buckingham Palace has launched a probe into allegations that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, bullied staff when she was a frontline royal with Prince Harry. —PTI Oz warns of deportation post attacks on Sikhs NewDelhi, March 4 The Australian Government has threatened deportations following four attacks on the Sikh community ahead of the March 15 roundtable in Australian Parliament to highlight concerns about Delhi’s heavyhandedness and suppression Instances of intimidation ahead of roundtable on farm laws in Parliament of dissent in dealing with the farmers’ legitimate demands. It all started with a pro-farm Bill rally billed as “Tiranga Yatra” followed by another that provocatively stopped in front of a gurdwara. In both cases, the organisers and members of the Sikh community traded charges of intimidation. In the next two incidents, there was continued on page 11 Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including 18-page additional pullout.
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