28052021-TTB-01.qxd 5/27/2021 11:29 PM 13 MARY KOM ENTERS FINALS OF ASIAN C’SHIPS SPORT /thetribunechd Page 1 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.146 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday | 28 may 2021 Bid to defame India, says govt as Twitter toolkit row escalates Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 27 The tussle over handling of certain messages by Twitter escalated today with the Union Government calling a statement issued by the social media platform alleging intimidation as “baseless” and an attempt to “dictate terms to the world’s largest democracy and defame India to hide own follies”. Twitter, through its actions and “deliberate defiance”, sought to “undermine” India’s legal system, said a three-page note issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. In its statement, Twitter called a visit by the Delhi Police to its offices in the Capital and Gurugram three days ago as “intimidation tactics” and a “potential threat to the freedom of expression”. The Delhi Police claimed Punjab curbs now till June 10; OPD services to resume Chandigarh, May 27 The Punjab Government today extended Covid restrictions till June 10, but removed the cap on the number of passengers in personal vehicles and allowed elective surgeries in both private and government hospitals. The OPD services have been Pb & Hry HC for uniform test rates at pvt centres allowed to resume in government hospitals. To deal with a possible third wave, CM Capt Amarinder Singh asked the health authorities to strengthen the health infrastructure and seek 500 paediatric ventilators from the Centre. Taking note of overcharging by some private hospitals, the CM directed that 11x5 feet display boards specifying charges be put up at the entrance of health facilities. — TNS ATTEMPT TO IMPEDE PROBE: DELHI POLICE New Delhi: Accusing Twitter of not cooperating with investigation into the complaint lodged by a Congress leader on the controversial toolkit issue, the Delhi Police said, “(Twitter’s) statement is not only men- dacious but designed to impede a lawful inquiry. Twitter is purporting to be both an investigating authority as well as an adjudicating judicial authority. It has no legal sanction to be either.” WHATSAPP USERS NEEDN’T FEAR: PRASAD GOOGLE TO COMPLY WITH LOCAL LAWS, SAYS PICHAI New rules only empower the ordinary users when they become victims of abuse and misuse. WhatsApp is obliged to reveal the first originator of an offensive message Google will comply with local laws and engage constructively with govts as they adopt regulatory frameworks, CEO Sundar Pichai said. ❝ NBA DEMANDS EXEMPTION The News Broadcasters Association has urged the Centre to Ravi Shankar Prasad, exempt traditional TV news media from the ambit of the new IT rules. IT MINISTER the statement was “mendacious” and designed to “impede a lawful inquiry”. Twitter had marked several tweets by ruling BJP leaders, including continued on back page Political effort to tarnish image of govt: EAM in US New Delhi, May 27 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has alleged “a political effort” to tarnish the government’s image and said there is a difference between the political imagery that has been “concocted” and the actual governance record. “I would be very open about it. I mean these are people (in the government at the Centre) who perhaps are less from the English-speaking world, less connected to other global centres. So there is a difference. And I think sometimes that difference is judged politically harshly and it is often used to create a certain narrative,” he said continued on page 9 To spur imports, India waives local trials for foreign vaccines New Delhi, May 27 Faced with acute Covid vaccine shortage, India on Thursday altogether waived the requirement of local trials for leading foreign vaccines to facilitate imports of Pfizer, Moderna and J&J jabs. The decision comes after the April move whereby the government had said vaccines approved by the drug regulators of the US, UK, EU, Japan and those in the WHO emergency use listing would be granted approvals in India without the need for prior bridging trials. continued on page 9 edit: cover priority groups FOREIGN JABS NOT IN FREE SUPPLY: GOVT Buying vax internationally is not similar to buying ‘off the shelf’ items. Vaccines are in limited supply globally, and companies give preference to countries of origin. The Centre ❝ A medic inoculates a woman at a hospital in Kullu. PTI 2,11,298 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS RAMPING UP DOMESTIC PRODUCTION Bharat Biotech to ACTIVE CASES enhance monthly 3,15,235 24,19,907 manufacturing capacity from 90 3,847 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS lakh doses to 10 cr by Oct REVIVAL OF CONSUMPTION MUST FOR GROWTH: RBI PAGE 10 CONTINUE WITH COVID NORMS TILL JUNE-END, STATES TOLD IN BRIEF India abstains from UN motion on Israel NEW DELHI: India abstained from a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to probe alleged rights violation and abuses in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel. — TNS IMA files complaint against Ramdev NEW DELHI: Seeking the registration of an FIR against Yog Guru Ramdev over his alleged “dishonest and wrongful representations” on allopathy, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday lodged a complaint at the IP Estate police station in New Delhi. — TNS Tribune news Service Tribune News Service After ABVP and NSUI, SIO too has written to the Centre, pressing for ‘open book’ and at-home exams for Class XII (CBSE). ■ Augment vaccine supply first, says Punjab Government ■ Staff on exam duty must be jabbed, says Hry Minister ■ Exams fine if cases fall, can’t vaccinate all: HP BACK PAGE Tougher curbs, 13 G’gram villages stay Covid-free Manav Mander STUDENT BODIES FOR ‘OPEN BOOK’ EXAMS Fateh kits not in sync with fresh guidelines Gurugram, May 27 While Covid spread in rural areas continues to be a challenge for the state, 13 local villages have managed to remain virus-free. As per a survey of 166 villages, 13 have not reported a single Covid case in the past 40 days, while 65 reported one case each. Seven of the Covidfree villages are in Pataudi block, four in Farukhnagar and two in Sohna. Yash Garg, DC, said, “The villages which managed to keep Covid at bay followed the norms religiously. The panchayats ensured a complete lockdown, barring the entry of outsiders, and held frequent sanitisation drives.” Gurugram has so far reported 250 patients in rural areas, many of whom remained in home isolation. Ludhiana, May 27 The use of antibiotics in the treatment of Covid-19 has been discontinued by the state but these are still part of the ‘Fateh kits’ provided to patients under home isolation. The guidelines have been updated but the state has failed to update the kits and continues to deliver the old packets. Doxycycline tablets, found in the kit, were used last year to treat Covid-positive patients but are now no longer part of the state’s guidelines. In 2020, doxycycline tablet was recommended for 5 days and ivermectin for 3 days but subsequently in April this year, doxycycline was dropped and ivermectin was included under investigational therapy to be given to only DOXY OFF THE LIST ■ Antibiotic doxycycline discon- tinued for treatment but still provided to patients in home isolation in Punjab ■ In 2020, doxycycline tablet was recommended for 5 days and ivermectin for 3 days ■ Subsequently in April this year, doxy was dropped and ivermectin included for mild patients in home isolation mild patients for three days. Dr Bishav Mohan, a senior cardiologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital continued on page 9 Sumedha Sharma Trying to save others, Tarn Taran man dies in California rail yard shooting Gurbaxpuri Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, May 27 The death of a 36-year-old engineer belonging to Gagrewal village, 50 km from here, in a shooting incident at San Jose in the US state of California, has sent shockwaves in the region. The victim, Taptejdeep Singh Gill, a baptised Sikh, was employed as a light rail operator at Valley Transportation Authority. He was among 10 persons killed in PM TO VISIT CYCLONE-HIT WB, ODISHA TODAY BACK PAGE 8 OTHERS, SHOOTER DEAD ■ Taptejdeep Singh Gill, who migrated to the US in 2005, was a light rail operator ■ Eight other persons, besides the shooter, were killed in the incident ■ His co-workers hailed him as a hero, say- ing he left the office room to rescue others the shooting that took place at a rail yard. His co-workers hailed him as a hero, saying he left the office room to help others escape the line of fire. The shooter, Samuel Cassidy (57), a maintenance worker, had some litigation with the company. He reportedly died of a selfinflicted gunshot. Taptejdeep’s uncle Sakhwant continued on page 9
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