27052021-TTB-01.qxd 5/27/2021 12:05 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.145 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 AMARTYA SEN RECEIVES SPAIN’S TOP AWARD WORLD /thetribunechd SENSEX REGAINS 51,000-LEVEL AS FINANCE, IT, AUTO STOCKS SPARKLE BUSINESS VAX ABSOLUTELY IMP TO SAVE LIVES: PM BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday | 27 may 2021 From Asr to Tikri, black flags hoisted to mark six months of farmers’ agitation Tribune News Service NewDelhi/Chandigarh, May26 Farmers in Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday hoisted black flags atop their houses and vehicles and burnt effigies of the Union Government to mark the completion of six months of their agitation against the three contentious agri laws. Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders, spearheading the protest, said they were prepared to stretch the stir till 2024 when the next General Election is to be held. Speaking at an event in READY FOR LONG HAUL Made during the pandemic, why can’t the laws be repealed during the pandemic? We are prepared for a long haul. ❝ Rakesh Tikait, BKU ❝ BKU members protest in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR 41% deaths in rural Hry during second surge Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 Around 41% of the total Covid deaths in Haryana during the second wave of infection occurred in rural areas, according to the state Health Department data. From April 5 to May 23, 4,321 Covid deaths were reported in the state and 1,773 of these (41 per cent) GOVT ALWAYS READY FOR TALKS: BJP We are always ready for talks. Farmers should not be misled by politicians. RP Singh, BJP had occurred in rural areas. From the start of the pandemic to April 4 this year, the deaths in rural areas (964) comprised 30.2 per cent of the Covid toll (3,191) across the state. In fact, the rural areas witnessed a surge of 83.9 per cent in Covid deaths from April 5 to May 23, as compared with the figures since continued on page 9 By June-end, expect 93% dip in infections Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 26 India’s top Covid-19 modelers have projected a fall of 93 per cent in average daily infections by June-end with the pandemic’s second wave expected to hit the rock bottom by August 31. The Covid-19 SUTRA mathematical model, developed by leading experts — Prof M Vidyasagar of IIT, continued on page 9 Delhi, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the SKM was prepared for a long haul.“There is no going back,” he stressed. Protesters at Singhu and Tikri, the epicentres of the farm movement, hoisted flags at the main stage, atop tents, bamboo huts and vehicles. They gathered at the ‘Kisan Andolan’ office at Kundli and held a march amid sloganeering. At Tikri, male protesters wore black badges and the women black salwar-suits and dupattas. They held a bike rally that culminated at continued on page 9 28% health workers in Pb yet to be inoculated Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 The vaccination drive for health workers was started across the country over four months ago, but in Punjab, around 28 per cent of them are yet to get even the first dose. Similarly, around 10 per cent of the frontline workers are yet to be vaccinated. Additional Health Secre- 2,08,921 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 3,11,388 24,95,591 4,157 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS JEE-ADVANCED PUT OFF tary Dr Manohar Agnani, in a letter to the state, said so far the Centre had supplied 49.13 lakh doses, of which 47.87 lakh doses were consumed. continued on page 9 WhatsApp moves HC againstnew digital rules Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 26 WhatsApp has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Centre’s new digital rules that require the company to provide access to encrypted messages, saying it will break privacy protections. Filed on Tuesday, the petition challenged the rules on the ground that mandating the service provider to identify the first originator of any mes- FILE STATUS REPORT: GOVT Confirm and share compliance status ‘ASAP’ and preferably today itself. ❝ Govt to social media platforms IT’S TOTAL CENSORSHIP: CONG sage that undermined sovereignty of India went against the right to privacy, which has been declared a fundamental right by the Supreme Court. continued on page 9 edit: Regulating digital media No Net in remote HP area, outsiders book 90% vax slots Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service IMA slaps ~1K-cr IN BRIEF defamation notice Step up probe into on Ramdev Covid origins: Biden Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 26 The ongoing confrontation between the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and yoga guru Ramdev escalated further on Wednesday with the medical body serving a Rs 1,000-crore defamation notice on the latter, besides writing to the PM seeking sedition charges against him. In the notice, the IMA’s Uttarakhand branch demanded a written apology from Ramdev in 15 days and a video statement clarifying continued on page 9 WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has asked the US Intelligence to ‘redouble’ efforts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying there was insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion. PAGE 10 Fugitive Choksi held by Dominica police NEW DELHI: Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, who had gone missing for some days, has been traced to Dominica and arrested by the police there. He is currently in the custody of the CID of Dominica, as per Antigua media. — PTI Shimla, May 26 Over 90 per cent slots for vaccination (18-44 age group) in the remote Dodra-Kwar area of Shimla district, which has no Internet connectivity, have been booked by outsiders. Cancel bookings, SDM urges non-locals To make amends, the Rohru SDM has requested all outsiders to cancel their slots so that the underprivileged local population is not deprived of a chance to get vaccinated. “Given the geographical condition and other factors like Internet connectivity, I have written to the continued on page 9
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