18042021-TTB-01.qxd 4/18/2021 12:00 AM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.106 | 18 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 ENSURE SPEEDY LIFTING OF WHEAT: DALAL HARYANA /thetribunechd SET UP THE COLD PLATTER SPECTRUM RAVI BAGS GOLD AT ASIAN WRESTLING C’SHIP BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday,april 18,2021 4 Sikhs dead in US shootout; rights groups demand probe Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 Four Sikhs, including three women, were among eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in Indiana. This was the worst attack on Indianorigin people in the US since the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting in Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. The victims were identified as Amarjeet Johal (66), Jaswinder Kaur (64), Amarjit Sekhon (48) and Jaswinder Singh (68). Five IndianAmericans were injured, one of them seriously with a bullet in the eye. The gunman — 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole — was a former employee, who allegedly died by suicide after the shooting on Thursday night. He was last employed by FedEx in 2020. About 90 per cent of the GUNMAN BRANDON SCOTT HOLE US FLAG AT HALF-MAST ON FEDERAL BUILDINGS ■ This is the worst attack on Sikh community members in the US since Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting of 2012 ■ While the FBI claimed the accused possessed no ‘racially motivated ideology’, rights groups think otherwise ■ About 90 per cent of the workers at FedEx delivery service facility said to be mostly from the Sikh community workers at this delivery service facility are said to be Indian-Americans, mostly from the Sikh community. Demanding a probe, New York-based Sikh Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, said it could be an act of racial or ethnic hatred. Community leader Gurinder Singh Khalsa said: “This should be a wake-up call for the country, in particular the Sikhs and Asians, against whom there has been a sudden spurt in hate crimes.” He said community leaders are meeting on Saturday to demand a probe into the incident. Another leader Harinder Singh Khalsa said the Sikhs were especially vulnerable because of their appearance. US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris expressed grief over the killings as did Japanese President Yoshihide Suga, who is in Washington for an in-person bilateral. Biden issued a proclamation in honour of the deceased. It’s shocking, says Capt NEW DELHI: The police in Australia have arrested an Indian with an expired visa for one among a series of violent incidents within the Indian community over the farm laws. The man has been remanded to custody after being denied bail in an alleged incident of hate crime at Harris Park in Sydney. “Sikhs were targeted because of tensions over farm laws in India,’’ said a news report. — TNS Review meetUse entire national capacity to ramp up vax production, Modi tells officials Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Maharashtra (63,729), UP (27,360), Delhi (19,486), Chhattisgarh (14,912), Karnataka (14,859), MP (11,045), Kerala (10,031), Gujarat (8,920), TN (8,449) and Rajasthan (7,359). REMDESIVIR PRICES CUT Companies manufacturing antiviral drug Remdesivir, used to treat Covid patients on oxygen support, on Saturday announced voluntary reductions in prices from 25 to 67%. Cadila announced largest cut from ~2,800 to ~899 per 100 mg vial. resolved urgently,” the PM told officials at his fourth review meet within 10 days. RANCHI: The Jharkhand HC on Saturday granted bail to RJD president Lalu Prasad in the Dumka treasury case of the multi-crore rupee fodder scam on completion of half the sentence period, paving way for his release. BACK PAGE MARKETS DESERTED: Connaught Place wears a deserted look during the lockdown in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Punjab fatality rate drops to 1.8% R-Day violence: Bail given to Deep Sidhu NEW DELHI: A court has granted bail to actor Deep Sidhu, who was arrested for Red Fort violence on Republic Day. However, the Crime Branch later arrested Sidhu in connection with an FIR lodged by the ASI for damaging public property. INSIDE Tarn Taran resident held for espionage NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have arrested Harpal Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran, for allegedly passing sensitive information on Army deployment to a foreign intelligence agency. INSIDE No Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy this year NEW DELHI: The BCCI plans to start domestic season in September with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, but the Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Irani Cup are not a part of the tentative calendar. — PTI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 The second Covid wave seems to be proving worst for Punjab, which witnessed nearly 1,600 virus-related deaths in the last one month. Besides, 87,658 cases have been reported since March 17. Despite such a large number of cases, the number of deaths is almost half as compare to September last year when the state hit first peak and reported around 60,000 cases and 2,000 deaths. The fatality rate (deaths for every 100 cases) in September Month 2020. March June September December 2021. January March Cases Deaths 46 3,305 59,894 14,431 4 95 1,954 534 6,754 57,558 234 1,036 was 3.3 per cent. It is now 1.8 per cent, still higher than the national rate of 1.2 per cent. The outcome of the low fatality rate in recent months is that the state’s overall rate has come down to 2.7 per cent, which otherwise had remained above 3 per cent for almost one year. Amid the second wave and despite dip in fatality rate, the biggest concern for the state remains a high load of patients suffering from noncommunicable diseases. In the first 5,000 deaths attributed to Covid in the state, around 90 per cent were suffering from comorbidities. Amid an increase in Covid-19 cases and reports of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha testing positive for the virus, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today suspended physical hearing of cases. The High Court also made it clear that the District and Sessions Judges across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh would take a call on the mode of hearing cases after taking into consideration the prevailing local conditions. The High Court also made it clear that Chief Justice Jha would not be holding the continued on page 12 Fissures in Morcha over march to Parliament Haryana groups were firm on organising the march in May, a majority of the 32 unions from Punjab Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Sonepat, April 17 The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is likely to defer by a month its march to Parliament that the umbrella body comprising protesting farm unions from Punjab and Haryana had planned in the first half of May. The SKM, spearheading the protests against the three central farm laws, held discussions on holding the march at a meeting here today. Sources said while Haryana unions firm on holding event in May, Pb groups want it deferred Farmers at Tikri border opposed it. The dissenting unions got into a heated debate with some leaders even threatening to walk out of the meeting, said sources. Though the SKM cited “unfavourable conditions” for deferring the event, sources said a section of union leadership emphasised on increasing numbers at the Delhi protest sites before finalising a date for the march. Another group argued the count of protesters would rise once wheat harvesting was over. Some leaders stressed such events should be avoided in view of an alarming nationwide surge in Covid cases. They also called for strict adherence to Covid protocol at the protest sites to curb the spread of the virus. Himachal stares at drought, Chief Secy orders action plan Tribune News Service Shimla, April 17 Anil Kumar Khachi, Chief Secretary (CS), today instructed the agriculture, horticulture and allied departments to prepare district-level action plans to tackle the drought-like situation in the state. At a videoconference with DCs, he instructed the Agriculture Department to prepare a database on weather and crop conditions to assist the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA). Of the total 4,13,134 hectares under crops, 1,46,508 hectares have been hit owing to poor rainfall. The maximum loss has been in Bilaspur district where 20,280 hectares of the total 28,020 hectares of cropped area have been affected. Likewise, in Chamba, 3,571 hectares of 2,34,692 The Kumbh is all set to end before the scheduled date (April 30) after the Juna Akhara, one of the most prominent religious groups at the event, called off its participation. Akhara chief Avdheshanand Giri announced conclusion of festivities hours after the PM urged that Kumbh be kept symbolic to strengthen fight against Covid. FRESH CASES IN 24 HOURS TAKE INDIA’S CASELOAD TO 1,45,26,609 16,79,740 ACTIVE CASES IN THE COUNTRY 1,341 RECORD DEATHS TAKE TOLL TO 1,75,649 GLOBAL DEATH TOLL TOPS <
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