05052021-TT-01.qxd 5/4/2021 11:34 PM Page 1 13 UK, INDIA LAY ‘2030 ROADMAP’ TO BOOST TIES WORLD /thetribunechd chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.123 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday | 5 may 2021 Explain or face contempt, HC crisis tellstoCentre on Delhi O2directed by SC Wants it supply 700 MT oxygen daily to Capital, as Tribune News Service IPL halted after players infected New Delhi, May 4 Piqued over shortage of oxygen in the Capital, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to explain why contempt proceedings shouldn’t be initiated against it for failing to comply with the order to supply 700 MT oxygen daily to hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients. “ You can put your head in sand like an ostrich, we won’t.” —Bench Coming down heavily on the Centre over the inadequate oxygen supply to Delhi, a Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli said: “You (Centre) can put your head in sand like an ostrich, we will not…. Are you living in ivory towers?” It ordered two senior Central government officers to remain present before it on Wednesday to respond to the contempt notice. Relatives mourn the death of a Covid victim in New Delhi. PTI ARMY BASE HOSPITAL SHORT OF O2 SUPPLY? Even as the O2 quota of the Army Base Hospital in Delhi has been reduced, the Western Command said there was “adequate supply”. Sources, however, said the hospital was short of 2.4 MT O2 daily. 3.57 LAKH FRESH CASES 3,449 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 2,22,408 34,47,133 MAY EDITION OF JEE-MAINS POSTPONED The Bench rejected Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma’s submis- sion that the top court had continued on page 9 edit: waiting to breathe NEW DELHI: A barrage of Covid19 cases forced the IPL’s indefinite suspension on Tuesday, a move that was welcomed by the franchises. The decision was announced after SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra joined the infected players’ list, which already had KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier. SPORT ‘Health state subject’: HC on Hry O2 plea CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government on Tuesday pleaded before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that patients were gasping for breath as some proposals on oxygen supply were pending with the Centre, compelling the Bench to issue a reminder that health was a state subject. Read the Constitution, it suggested. INSIDE Pb pay panel for 2-fold On weekdays, Pb allows increase in staff salaries sale of grocery, liquor Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 Punjab’s 6th Pay Commission has recommended over two-fold increase in salaries of nearly 3.5 lakh state government employees, with an increase in the minimum pay from Rs 6,900 to Rs 18,000 per month retrospectively from January 1, 2016. The report, submitted to CM Capt Amarinder Singh on April 30, is being examined by the Finance Department. The latter will present it to the Cabinet later this month, seeking its approval for implementation. “The commission has suggested major hike in salary and other IN BRIEF Ex-Guv Jagmohan passes away NEW DELHI: Former J&K Governor Jagmohan passed away on Tuesday following a brief spell of illness. He was 93. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind paid tribute to him. BACK PAGE Kangana’s Twitter account suspended MUMBAI: Twitter has permanently suspended actor Kangana Ranaut’s account for repeated violations of rules, specifically its “Hateful Conduct and Abusive Behaviour policy”, the microblogging site said in a statement on Tuesday. — PTI WITH EFFECT FROM ’16 ■ Over two-fold hike in salaries, with increase in minimum pay from ~6,950 to ~18,000 per month with effect from January 1, 2016 ■ Hike in pensions and DA, fixed medical allowance doubled to ~1,000 per month for staff and pensioners ■ Maximum limit of death-cumretirement gratuity enhanced from ~10 lakh to ~20 lakh benefits and allowances. The average increment in salaries and pensions is expected to be in the range of 20 per cent with salaries in for a 2.59 times continued on page 9 related reports Inside Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 The Punjab Government today allowed the opening of shops selling non-essential items, including agriculturerelated products, grocery, hardware items and liquor, till 5 pm on weekdays. These shops will, however, remain closed during weekend curfew (6 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday). The instructions were issued by the Home Department following protests by shopkeepers. The amended instructions would remain in force till May 15. On May 1, the government had ordered that shops selling non-essential items WB violence toll rises to 12, PM dials Guv Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, May 4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and expressed anguish over the law and order situation in the state following reports of post-poll violence from several districts. Describing the law and order situation in the state as “alarmingly worrisome”, Dhankhar tweeted: “I share grave concerns given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order.” PIL SEEKS DEPLOYMENT OF CENTRAL FORCES A PIL in the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a direction to the Centre to deploy central forces for restoration of law and order in West Bengal. BACK PAGE SECURITY GIVEN TO NANDIGRAM RETURNING OFFICER The violence claimed three more lives in the state today, taking the toll since the announcement of the election results on May 2 to 12. BJP chief JP Nadda flew to West Bengal to meet the families of slain party workers continued on page 9 50 MT ADDL O2 SOUGHT Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought immediate intervention of the PM and the Union Home Minister to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state, along with additional allocation of 50 MT from a nearby source. INSIDE IN 18+ DRIVE, JUST 908 GET VAX IN PB, OVER 99K IN HRY P12 would remain closed till May 15. It also announced that not more than two persons could travel in a car, government offices would work with 50 continued on page 9 After 27-yr marriage, Bill, Melinda to split NEW YORK: Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda French Gates have announced they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage, saying they no longer believe “we can grow together as a couple”, but will continue to work together at their $50 billion foundation.— PTI Sikh man attacked with hammer in US NEW YORK: A Sikh, Sumit Ahluwalia, 32, was attacked with a hammer by a Black assailant at a hotel in Brooklyn here. Ahluwalia of Astoria has said his assailant was fuelled by racial hatred, according to a report. INSIDE HP institute’s antiserum trials show +ve results Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, May 4 Kasauli-based Central Research Institute (CRI) has manufactured an antiserum which has been found effective in neutralising the Covid virus, including its mutant strains. The test was conducted by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. The CRI had begun working on the antiserum in April last year in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research. Institute director Dr Ajay Tahlan said, “The test result is heartening. It will pave the way for further trial. A lot of work was involved in manufacturing the antiserum. Horses were inoculated with dead virus provided by the NIV and antibodies were developed. The antiserum was then sent to Pune for testing.” The antiserum will now be tested on more animals to study its efficacy. The animal BJP LOSES GROUND IN UP RURAL POLLS BACK PAGE NEUTRALISES VIRUS Antiserum is human or nonhuman blood serum containing polyclonal antibodies used to provide passive immunity against many diseases ADDED PROTECTION It will provide an additional protection to critical Covid patients and help reduce mortality toxological studies will be conducted at Hyderabadbased National Institute of Nutrition, he said. After positive results, the institute will send the antiserum to Central Drug Laboratory for final testing. If successful, the institute will approach the drug controller seeking nod for manufacturing its commercial batches. “The entire process will take at least a year. We are hopeful that good results will be achieved. This will help in reducing the Covid mortality rate,” Dr Tahlan said.
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