21032021-TT-01.qxd 3/20/2021 11:14 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.79 | 18 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana PAK PM IMRAN KHAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID WORLD /thetribunechd BHAGAT SINGH: RE-IMAGINING THE ICON SPECTRUM ISSF WORLD CUP: PANCHKULA’S DESWAL WINS GOLD BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday,march 21,2021 India, US to share high-end tech Rajnath, Austin discuss geospatial mapping, logistics, communication Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 20 India and the US on Saturday discussed the contours of sharing high-end technology and “operationalising” the three existing agreements that cover everything from geospatial mapping to logistics and secure military-tomilitary communication. In a statement after a meeting with his US counterpart General Lloyd Austin, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “We discussed wide ranging defence cooperation and expanding militaryto-military engagement, information sharing, cooperation in emerging sectors of defence DELHI CRUCIAL PARTNER DEFINING PARTNERSHIP ❝ India is an increasingly important partner amid shifting dynamics… US-India relationship is a stronghold of free & open Indo-Pacific region ❝ We are keen to work together to make the IndiaUS relationship one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. Lloyd Austin, US DEF SECY Rajnath Singh, DEFENCE MINISTER WORKING ON KEY PACTS 1 Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), first foundational Indo-US pact, meant for sharing of logistics Exchange and Coopera2 BasicAgreement (BECA) allows tion India to piggyback on US geospatial information to hit enemy targets with accuracy 3 Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) deals with secure military communication New RSS No. 2 vows to back laws against love jihad Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 20 Marking a major shift in the power structure of the RSS, Dattatreya Hosabale was today unanimously elected the new Sarkaryavah of the BJP’s ideological fountainhead at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Bengaluru. He takes over from Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi, who has been holding the important continued on page 12 IN BRIEF AIIMS to come up at Hry’s Majra village REWARI: Ending months of suspense, Haryana Cooperative Minister Banwari Lal on Saturday said the AIIMS would be established at Majra village in Rewari, the same site as announced by PM Narendra Modi in February 2019. — TNS More from Majha leave for Singhu AMRITSAR: A convoy of tractor- trailers and other vehicles with protesters from Tarn Taran and Amritsar in Majha left to take part in the farmers’ protest at Singhu. — TNS Una youth’s body to be brought back: CM SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday said the body of Sanjeev Kumar, a youth from Una who had died in Saudia Arabia recently, would be exhumed and the mortal remains brought back to the country. — TNS New Delhi, March 20 US Defence Secretary General Lloyd Austin on Saturday said concerns over human rights in India were raised during his meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. At a media briefing, General Austin was asked if he shared concerns over democracy, human rights violations and curbs on farmers’ protests. He said: “I did not discuss it with PM Modi. But I did have continued on page 12 Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 20 Doaba seems to have emerged as the epicentre of a second Covid spike in the state. Half of the state’s deaths in the last two weeks have been reported from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts. As per the Health Department, the state reported 370 deaths and 23,118 cases in the past two weeks. Of these, 181 deaths and 7,306 cases were DAILY CASES ABOVE 40K AFTER 111 DAYS New Delhi: The daily Covid cases breached the 40,000-mark (40,953) after 111 days on Saturday. The total cases reached 1,15,55,284, while vaccinations have crossed 4.2 crore. Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab accounted for 76.22 per cent of the active caseload. reported from the three Doaba districts. With 87 deaths and 3,171 cases, Jalandhar is the worst-affected district. It is followed by Hoshiarpur, which saw 63 deaths and 2,398 cases. SBS Nagar, where the first Covid case in the state was detected last year, witnessed 31 deaths and 1,737 cases during the same period. Meanwhile, there is no letup in new infections in the state, which saw 2,587 cases in the past 24 hours. << Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with US counterpart Lloyd Austin in New Delhi. MUKESH AGGARWAL and mutual logistics support.” General Austin arrived here on Friday on a three-day visit as part of his three-nation first overseas tour. He visited Japan and South Korea before India. The Ashoka row: Academics convey ‘distress’ two sides reviewed the gamut of bilateral and multilateral New Delhi, March 20 Over 150 academics from top global institutions have written to the trustees of Ashoka University expressing distress over the resignations of political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta and economist Arvind Subramanian. continued on page 12 Sale deeds, affidavits under lens as Pb cops probe stamp paper scam Dattatreya Hosabale Jalandhar sees 87 deaths in 2 wks Austin flags worry over rights, curbs on farm protests Doaba worst-hit, accounts for 50% casualties in Punjab Jupinderjit Singh & Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 20 Hundreds of property documents, sale-purchase agreements, powers of attorney, affidavits and bank loans in Punjab and Haryana and other parts of the country are under scrutiny following the unearthing of a Telgi-like stamp MODUS OPERANDI ■ Old stamp papers were not used for stated purposes by legal stamp vendors, who issued these under fake names, even of dead people ■ Documents with fake bank stamps/seals were prepared and used for civil purposes, including disputed properties paper scam in Mohali. Some of the stamp papers are suspected to have been executed in the name of dead persons and used in old property disputes. This is the third such scam — unearthed in February with the arrest of five suspects from Mohali — in the past two years. While the first two did not have major ramifications, concerns continued on page 12 Resignation a grievous blow to free speech, says RBI ex-Guv Rajan Mehta, who resigned on March 16, also received the backing of former RBI Gover- nor Raghuram Rajan, who said in a post today that Mehta was like a “thorn in the side of the establishment because he skewered those in the government and high offices with vivid prose and thought-provoking arguments”. The leading economist said Mehta’s resignation was a “grievous blow to free speech and the Ashoka founders have bartered away the varsity’s soul”. “If you show a willingness to barter your soul, is there any chance the pressures will go away?” said Rajan. continued on page 12
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