14042021-TT-01.qxd 4/13/2021 11:09 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.102 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana NATO URGES RUSSIA TO END UKRAINE BUILD-UP WORLD /thetribunechd INDIRECT TAX REVENUE UP 12.3% AT ~10.71 LAKH CRORE BUSINESS INDIA, FRANCE DISCUSS INDO-PACIFIC BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Modi bats for global efforts to check virus Says India will continue to help world NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 Faced with a surging epidemic and a shortage of vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed for patience, understanding and the need for global cooperation. “We know the supplies have been modest. We know the demands are huge. We know it will be a long time before the entire humanity can be vaccinated,” said the Prime Minister while inaugurating this year’s fullydigital Raisina Dialogue, a marquee event of the MEA with the Observer Research Foundation. “We will continue to share our experiences, our expertise and resources with the entire humanity in the fight against Covid,” he said. On the slow pace of vaccination worldwide, the PM said, “How do we administer vaccine on a scale and with speed?” Though many solutions have emerged, the PM said the situation had come to this stage perhaps because THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a setback to the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in Kerala, Higher Education minister KT Jaleel resigned on Tuesday, days after the Lokayukta indicted him for nepotism, abuse of power and breach of oath of office. — PTI Goa Forward Party withdraws from NDA PANAJI: The Goa Forward Party walked out of the NDA on Tuesday, citing “anti-Goan policies” of the state government. The move of the GFP , which has three MLAs, won’t impact the stability of the government since the GFP is not a ruling constituent. — PTI SC defers hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing on Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging a clean chit to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in which her husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed. — TNS NORMAL MONSOON EXPECTED FOR THIRD YEAR IN ROW BACK PAGE PANDEMIC LONG WAY FROM OVER: WHO CHIEF Even though more than 780 mn doses of Covid vaccine have been administered globally, the pandemic is “long way from over” but it can be brought under control in months with public health measures, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. INSIDE Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service THERE’S NO PLANET B We may be used to having ‘Plan A’ and ‘Plan B, but there is no Planet B. It’s only Planet Earth, which we hold as a trustee for future generations. ❝ Narendra Modi PRIME MINISTER the concern for welfare of humanity had been left behind in the race of economic development. The PM said the horrors of the first and second World Wars compelled the emergence of many structures and institutions. But they were aimed at answering only one question — how to prevent World War III? —TNS New Delhi: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday flagged China’s assertive moves such as coercing neighbours in the region and hampering freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. In his virtual address at the Raisina Dialogue, Stoltenberg also said India was a “pivotal player” in the Indo-Pacific region. PTI Indicted by Lokayukta, Kerala minister quits M’rashtra clamps15-day curfew; Centre fast-tracks approval for foreign vaccines Waives domestic trials for now NATO SECY GEN FLAGS CHINA COERCION IN BRIEF wednesday | 14 april 2021 New Delhi, April 13 The Maharashtra Government on Tuesday announced a 15-day-long statewide curfew from April 14 amid a sharp spike in Covid cases in the state. The curfew, which excludes essential services, will come into effect from 8 pm on Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in his address to people via social media. Section 144 of the CrPC will be in force till the “lockdown-like” restrictions are in place, Thackeray said. The state will provide 3 kg of wheat and 2 kg of rice free for the next one month to poor and needy persons, he said. Under pressure from states to expedite vaccine supply, the Centre on Tuesday waived regulatory condition of local bridging study data for foreign-made jabs seeking emergency use approval. The government modified national clinical trial rules after the expert group recommended that vaccines continued on page 9 edit: vaccine optimism Amid Didi’s dharna, EC turns heat on BJP Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, April 13 On a day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee protested the Election Commission’s 24-hour campaign ban with a dharna, the panel cracked the whip on the BJP . It barred BJP leader Rahul Sinha from campaigning for 48 hours and slapped a notice on West Bengal party chief Dilip Ghosh over their "provocative" remarks on the killing of four persons in firing by the CISF during poll violence in Sitalkuchi, saying continued on page 9 48-hr ban on Sinha, notice issued to Ghosh GOVT MAY RETHINK CBSE EXAM DATES BACK HOME Migrants arrive from Maharashtra at the Patna railway station on Tuesday. PTI Sputnik target set at 850 mn doses yearly New Delhi, April 13 The Drug Controller General of India on Tuesday approved Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in India, making it the third registered jab in the country. The approval came a day after subject experts recommended that Russia-made vaccine be cleared for local use. Hours after the Indian approval, the Russian Direct BJP bags mayoral posts in Mandi, Dharamsala Shimla, April 13 The ruling BJP managed to win the coveted post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Mandi and Dharamsala municipal corporations (MC) while the Congress gained control over the Palampur urban body. CONG REIGNS IN PALAMPUR; SOLAN POLL DEFERRED Mamata protests in Kolkata. The elections to the Solan MC could not be held today for want of quorum as seven BJP councillors abstained. The nine Congress councillors took oath and left, while the lone Independent councillor also abstained. The poll has been put off to April 16. — TNS IG heading Kotkapura probe puts in papers, Capt refuses to accept Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 13 Within days of the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing his investigation into the Kotkapura police firing case related to sacrilege incidents, Punjab Police IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap put in his papers today. Though Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh rejected his resignation, Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu visited Bargari and criticised his own government In Bargari, Sidhu slams govt for not ensuring justice in sacrilege cases Kunwar Vijay Pratap over its “failure” to deliver justice in sacrilege cases. He demanded that the IG’s probe report be made public. In a statement, Capt Amarinder said: “I have rejected his resignation. Kunwar Vijay Pratap is a skilled, capable and courageous officer. We will challenge the HC orders.” The IG headed the SIT, probing the 2015 police action in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan against people protesting over sacrilege incidents. His investigation had held many senior cops continued on page 9 HP now says no curbs on entry; SOPs for hotels Dharamsala, April 13 Two days after the Himachal Pradesh Government announced that a negative RT-PCR report would be mandatory for visitors from seven high risk states, CM Jai Ram Thakur today said no one would be stopped at interstate borders. Responding to queries on curbs to be implemented from April 16, the CM said stopping Hoteliers say earlier decision on test reports cost them dear, bookings from 7 states cancelled MONITORING TOURISTS Rather than stopping tourists at the borders, we are proposing strict standard operating procedures in hotels. Jai Ram Thakur, HIMACHAL CM ❝ people at the state borders would cause a lot of inconvenience to them. “The state’s tourism industry has already suffered a huge loss. Rather than stopping tourists at the borders, we are proposing stricter standard operating procedures in hotels,” he said. Earlier it was announced that no visitor from Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP and Maharashtra would be allowed to enter the state without producing a negative RT-PCR report. Some hoteliers said confusion over the matter was costing them dear. — TNS US 'PAUSES' J&J VAX ■ The US is recom- mending a “pause” in using the J&J vax over reports of clots ■ The US said it was probing unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination ■ The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain Investment Fund (RDIF) said over 850 million doses of the vaccine would be produced in the country annually. Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund, said, “India is a vaccine-manufacturing hub and our strategic partner for the production of Sputnik V The RDIF has partnered . with a number of India’s leading pharmaceutical companies continued on page 9 The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and government may consider rescheduling Class X and XII board exams, which are slated to begin on May 4, amid rising Covid cases. BACK PAGE AT 13.5K CASES, DELHI SEES HIGHEST SURGE Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the Capital registered more than 13,500 Covid cases in the past 24 hours, the highest-ever single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic early last year. IANS SC ASKS STATES TO FURNISH DATA ON MIGRANTS BACK PAGE India may clock double-digit growth: Moody’s New Delhi, April 13 The second Covid-19 wave presents a risk to India’s growth forecast as the reimposition of measures to curb the spread of the virus will hit economic activity, but a double-digit GDP growth is likely in 2021 given the low level of activity last year, Moody’s said on Tuesday. Moody’s expects that given the focus on ‘micro-containment zones’ to deal with the current wave of infections, as opposed to a nationwide lockdown, the impact on economic activity would be less severe than that seen in 2020. “India’s very low death count and relatively young population also help mitigate risks. The GDP is still likely to grow in double digits in 2021 given the low level of activity in 2020,” Moody’s said. — PTI
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