19032021-TT-01.qxd 3/18/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.77 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana SURYAKUMAR STARS AS INDIA LEVEL T20I SERIES SPORT /thetribunechd DELHI HC RESTRAINS FUTURE GROUP FROM GOING AHEAD WITH RIL DEAL BUSINESS CONG, CPM COHORTS OF BJP, SAYS DIDI BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com No toll booths, GPS-based collection in year: Gadkari Deduction via imaging | Will allow seamless movement Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 18 India will do away with toll booths and implement complete GPS-based toll collection within one year, said Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today. He said 93 per cent of the vehicles pay toll using FASTag, but the remaining 7 per cent had still not adopted it despite paying double the toll. “I want to assure the House that within one year, all physical toll booths in the country will be removed. It means toll collection will happen via the global positioning system (GPS). The money will be collected based on GPS imaging of the vehicle,” he said during the question hour. He had directed police inquiry of those continued on page 9 Registration of marriage via video link allowed: HC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 18 Amid the Covid outbreak, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has permitted the registration of marriages through videoconferencing. A Division Bench has overruled a Single-Bench judgment that refused to permit the e-registration of marriage on the ground that the parties could not be exempted from being personally present before a marriage officer to sign the “marriage certificate book”. continued on page 9 Phogats’ cousin kills self after bout HISAR: Wrestler Ritika Balauda (17), a cousin of Geeta and Babita Phogat, allegedly died by suicide in Charkhi Dadri district, police said. She was staying with uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat at Balali village. She hanged herself on March 15 asshewasupsetatlosing the final bout at Bharatpur meet. — TNS IN BRIEF RS passes Bill to hike FDI in insurance sector NEW DELHI:A Bill to raise foreign direct investment limit in the insurance sector to 74% from current 49% was approved by the Rajya Sabha. It is aimed at improving life insurance penetration in the country. — TNS SC quashes ‘Rakhi for bail’ order by HC NEW DELHI: The SC has set aside an MP High Court order granting bail to a molestation accused on the condition he would tie ‘Rakhi’ to the victim, saying it “reflects adversely on entire judicial system of country”. BACK PAGE 5% REBATE TO CAR BUYERS ON SCRAPPING OLD ONES ■ Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari unveiled the proposed “Vehicle Scrappage Policy” in Parliament on Thursday ■ It provides for strong incentives to owners opting for scrapping their old and unfit vehicles ■ These include 4-6% of ex-showroom price of new vehicle by registered scrapping centres, up to 25% rebate in road tax by states and 5% discount by manufactures ■ Rules for vehicle fitness test and scrapping centres likely to be applicable from October 1, 2021, while scrapping of government and PSU vehicles older than 15 years will be from April 1, 2022 friday | 19 march 2021 Night curfew extended Govt bats for IAS-like judicial service by 2 hrs in nine Pb dists Chandigarh, March 18 Terming the spread of Covid19 in Punjab as alarming, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today announced twohour extension in the night curfew in the state’s nine worst-affected districts. The night curfew will now be in place from 9 pm to 5 am, instead of 11 pm to 5 am, in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Ropar. The announcement came as Punjab’s daily cases shot up to 2,387 with 32 deaths on Wednesday. continued on page 9 edit: Prevent vax wastage FRESH CASES CROSS 35K ■ New cases at 102-day high of 35,871, recovery rate down to 96.41% ■ Vaccinations nearing 4-cr mark with 17,83,303 doses given today ■ If allowed, will vaccinate all in Delhi in three months, says CM Kejriwal Tikri farmers shun jab, to be sensitised Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, March 18 Despite the best efforts of the district health authorities, farmers camping at the TikriBahadurgarh border have so far been reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid-19. For the second consecutive day today, no farmer turned up for vaccination at a booth set up at the protest site. The dismal response has forced the health authorities to plan holding an awareness campaign at Tikri. “We have been contacting farmers for continued on page 9 New Delhi, March 18 A “properly framed” allIndia judicial service (AIJS) on the lines of other all-India services, including IAS and IPS, is important to strengthen the overall justice delivery system, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Rajya Sabha today. Talks on with stakeholders to reach consensus The service will give an opportunity for induction of suitably qualified fresh legal talent selected through a proper all-India merit selec- tion system as well as address the issue of social inclusion by enabling suitable representation to marginalised and deprived sections of the society, he said in a written reply. A comprehensive proposal was formulated for the constitution of the AIJS and the continued on page 9
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