30052021-TTC-01.qxd 5/30/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.148 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 KIN OF COVID VICTIMS TO GET PENSION: SINHA J&K /thetribunechd CLASS ACT: ONLINE TEACHING HAS WELL-DEFINED SOPs SPECTRUM SENSE OF SECURITY POST INDIA, PAK TRUCE: NARAVANE BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday,may 30,2021 Didi asks Modi not to recall Chief Secy Says ready to touch PM’s feet for Bengal’s sake I Accuses Centre of pursuing vendetta Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington. AP/PTI EAM takes up China border crisis with top US officials Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 29 The partnership between the US and India was vital, strong and increasingly productive, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken while listing India-China border situation as one of the major topics discussed with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his visit to Washington. Security issues were high on Jaishankar’s US visit and the Quad, the US-India defence partnership itself, Afghanistan and Myanmar were the common ground he GETS ASSURANCE ON COVID FIGHT In earlier days of Covid, India was there for the US, something we’ll never forget. Now, we want to make sure that we’re there for and with India. ❝ Antony Blinken, US SECRETARY OF STATE covered with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and NSA Jake Sullivan. The subject also figured in the External Affairs Minister’s engagements with US lawmakers. Refugees from 3 nations can apply for citizenship Tribune News Service DIRECTIVE FOR 13 DISTS New Delhi, May 29 The Centre has issued a notification inviting applications from the immigrants belonging to minority communities from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, residing in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship. According to the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the 13 districts in five states are Morbi, Rajkot, Patan and Vadodara in Gujarat; Durg and Balodabazar in Chhattisgarh; Jalore, Udaipur, Pali, Barmer and Sirohi in Rajasthan; Faridabad in The applications will be accepted in Morbi, Rajkot, Patan and Vadodara districts of Gujarat Durg & Balodabazar in C’garh Jalore, Udaipur, Pali, Barmer and Sirohi in Rajasthan Faridabad in Hry; Jalandhar in Pb Haryana and Jalandhar in Punjab. The collectors of these districts would have “the powers exercisable by the Centre for the registration as a citizen of India under Section 5, or for grant of certificate of naturalisation under Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, in respect of such applicants, it said. continued on page 7 Sullivan, in his meeting with Jaishankar, reaffirmed the Biden administration’s commitment to deepening the US-India partnership and discussed a broad range of issues, including Covid relief, efforts to strengthen IndoPacific cooperation through the Quad, and a shared commitment to combating the climate crisis and enhancing multilateral cooperation, including at the UNSC, said US State Department spokesperson Ned Price. Jaishankar had travelled to the US against the backdrop of his stalemated conversation continued on page 7 Kolkata, May 29 Maintaining that the meeting held by PM Narendra Modi in Kalaikunda on Friday to discuss cyclone relief was “stuffed with BJP representatives” and was not between her and the PM, as was notified, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked the Centre to withdraw its order recalling Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to Delhi. Addressing the media here, she alleged the PM and Union Home Minister were trying to create problems for her government as they were yet to come to terms with the BJP defeat in the Assembly elections. The CM said she was ready to touch Modi’s feet, if told to do so, for the sake of West Bengal’s development. “Because you (Modi and Shah) cannot digest BJP’s defeat in Bengal, you have started creating problems for us. Recalling the Chief Secretary amid the Covid crisis shows the Centre is indulging in political vendetta,” the feisty TMC supremo said. On her skipping the cyclone review meeting, Mamata explained: “It was originally decided that only the PM and CM would meet. Later, a revised list was given which looked like a big BJP team,” Mamata said, accusing the PM of creating “confusion and confrontation” each time he visited Bengal. The CM said that accompanied by the Tribune News Service Bail for Kalra in black-marketing case NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to businessman Navneet Kalra in the oxygen concentrator blackmarketing case, saying he had clean antecedents and would not tamper with evidence. — TNS 2 civilians die in J&K as ultras open fire SRINAGAR: Two civilians, San- jeed Ah Parray (19) and Shan Bhat (35), were killed in firing by militants at Jablipora in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, the police said. — PTI MeToo: Tamil lyricist ‘returns’ award CHENNAI: Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu has announced ‘returning’ the ONV literary prize following protests against the award to a songwriter facing “MeToo” charges. — PTI Gangster’s aides nabbed for killing 2 Punjab ASIs Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 29 The Punjab Police have arrested two aides of a gangster accused of killing ASIs Bhagwan Singh and Dalwinderjit Singh at a grain market in Jagraon on May 15. The accused — Baljinder Singh alias Babbi of Moga and Darshan Singh of Ludhiana, both associates of gangster Jaipal Bhullar — were nabbed from Dabra in Gwalior (MP) on Friday evening. Their aide Harcharan Singh, who had allegedly given shelter to them, was also arrested. DGP Dinkar Gupta said the accused had gone to Jagraon in a Canter to pick Jaipal and another gangster Jaspreet alias Jassi Baba. The two ASIs cornered them on seeing some drugs in the Canter. Darshan opened fire at Baljinder Singh Darshan Singh HAD SHOT COPS IN JAGRAON ON MAY 15 ■ Accused Baljinder Singh and Darshan Singh had gone to Jagraon in a Canter on May 15 to pick gangsters Jaipal Bhullar and Jaspreet ■ The two ASIs cornered them on seeing drugs in the Canter ■ Darshan opened fire at the ASIs from his .32 revolver and fled along with others the ASIs from his .32 revolver and fled with others. On a tipoff, a police team nabbed the accused from Dabra railway station near Gwalior. withdraw the letter (calling back CS) and allow him to work for Covid and cyclone-affected people. West Bengal CM Chief Secretary, she met the PM and handed over the papers on cyclone losses. “I sought PM’s permission to leave as the weather was bad and I had to visit Digha. There was no need for me to be there. Anyway, the chairs were too far from where the New Delhi, May 29 The Centre today announced a number of welfare measures for children who had lost both parents to Covid, including ensuring a corpus of Rs 10 lakh when they turn 18 and providing for their education. All such children who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian or foster parents will be supported under the ‘PM Cares for Children’ scheme. The announce- PM CARES: MONTHLY STIPEND FOR 5 YEARS ■ A ~10 lakh corpus will be created for orphaned kids when they turn 18 ■ Corpus will be used to give stipend for five years till the age of 23 ■ At 23, the corpus will be given as lump-sum for per- sonal or professional use ■ Free education in Sainik Schools, Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools ■ ~5 lakh health insurance till the age of 18 years ■ All contributions to be made from PM Cares Fund FAMILY PENSION FOR DEPENDENTS OF VICTIMS ment came following a meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The measures include a PM was seated,” she held. Mamata, reportedly upset over the PM’s decision to invite Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari to the meeting, questioned him on not giving due recognition to the Opposition in Parliament. She also asked why Modi had fixed deposit in the name of the children in which PM Cares will contribute through a specially designed scheme to create a corpus of Rs 10 lakh when they turn 18 years old. This corpus will be used to give a monthly financial support and stipend from 18 years of age, for the next five years to take care of the child’s personal requirements during the period of higher education. On turning 23, the children will get the corpus amount as one lump-sum for personal and professional use. “The child will be given continued on page 7 modi 2.0tough road ahead, p16 not called the Opposition leader during his recent Gujarat visit. “The Opposition leader was not present at the Bhubaneswar meeting too,” she pointed out. Bandyopadhyay, who was to retire on May 31, was given a threemonth extension on state government’s request. Mamata said the state government was not consulted prior to calling the CS back to New Delhi and that her government might explore legal options regarding the matter. She said her government might explore legal options with regard to Bandyopadhyay’s transfer. Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh alleged the CM skipped meeting to avoid giving detail of her Rs 20,000 cr demand for cyclone relief. Centre flags vaccination trend in hotels NEW DELHI: The Centre has flagged the trend of certain big hotels offering Covid vaccinations in collaboration with private hospitals and asked state governments to initiate action against them. In a letter to the Principal Secretaries (Health), the Union Additional Secretary said it had come to light that certain private hospitals were offering vaccination in collaboration with hotels. —TNS Pb positivity rate declines to 5.8% Tribune News Service Lt- Gen YK Joshi at the pipping ceremony as Nitika Kaul, widow of martyr Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, gets the coveted stars. Chandigarh, May 29 Punjab’s Covid positivity rate has dropped to 5.89 per cent from 13.51 per cent in nearly two weeks, pointing towards a possible downward curve of the pandemic. According to the Health Department, the state was witnessing around 9,000 cases and over 200 deaths everyday till about two weeks ago. The daily cases have come down to 3,000-4,000. However, the case fatality rate, which is HIGH FATALITY RATE REMAINS A WORRY ■ The case fatality rate in Punjab remains high at 2.4% ■ Till about two weeks ago, the state was reporting around 200 deaths per day ■ It is still witnessing around 150 deaths per day even as daily cases are down by 50% 2.4 per cent, continues to be a cause of concern, with the state still reporting around 150 deaths per day. The state’s positivity rate was 13.51 per cent on May 12 with many districts, including Bathinda, Fazilka and Mohali, recording more than the average rate. The positivity rate for the last week (May 22-28) was 5.89 per cent. It dropped to 5.12 per cent on Friday. With the situation getting better, it may decline further, say officials. The number of active cases too has dipped from 79,963 on May 12 to 44,964 on May 28. (with PTI inputs) Cong panel’s one-on-one meetings Sushil in further 4-day to end Pb unit rift start tomorrow custody in murder case Tribune News Service IN BRIEF I appeal to you to ❝ political vendetta,end this Free education,~10 lakh aid for Covid orphans Move backdoor Martyr’s widow joins Army entry of CAA: Left New Delhi, May 29 The Centre’s move to invite citizenship applications from members of minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh reveals the government’s “fascist character” and is a way to give a “backdoor entry” to the CAA-2019, the Left parties alleged today. “Subterfuge. Rules under CAA-2019 not framed, yet the Centre issues gazette notification to implement it. Petitions challenging validity of the CAA remain unheard. Hope the SC takes this up promptly & stops backdoor implementation,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted. CPI general secretary D Raja said the move “exposes the fascist character” of the government. — PTI LET HIM WORK FOR THE COVID-HIT New Delhi, May 29 The Congress panel on Punjab affairs will kickstart its proceedings from Monday with one-on-one meetings, starting with state unit president Sunil Jakhar. The panel, led by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, met at AICC headquarters this morning for three hours. It decided to conduct meetings with state leaders, starting with the PCC chief, MLAs and ❝ Sidhu an important leader, will meet him as an MLA or separately as he wants. Harish Rawat Rahul calls up 3 ministers, including Channi then ministers, MPs, past presidents and finally the CM. “The panel plans to wind up discussions with MLAs by the first week of June,” AICC general secretary incharge of Punjab Harish Rawat said. Asked under what category former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu would fall for the purpose of deliberations, he replied: “Sidhu is an important leader of Punjab. He can come as an MLA or separately as he wants.” The panel would hold physical continued on page 7 New Delhi, May 29 A Delhi court today extended by four days the police custody of Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar, arrested in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old wrestler at the Chhatrasal Stadium here. The court had earlier remanded him in six-day police custody. “I deem it appropriate to allow the application of the police for four days only,” Metropolitan Magistrate Mayank Goel said. The police had sought Sushil’s custody for seven 20 days, 10,869 ‘no mask’ challans in Himachal Tribune News Service Shimla, May 29 Despite a spurt in Covid cases in Himachal Pradesh, the state residents don’t seem to be adhering to the standard-operating procedures issued by the government to keep the virus at bay, something evident from the high number of challans issued for not wearing masks. MOST IN KANGRA DIST Kangra CHALLANS 2,168 Mandi 1,564 Sirmaur 1,019 As many as 10,869 persons were challaned for violating the mandatory mask-wearing norm at public places across the state from May 7, when the Covid curfew was imposed, till May 26. A fine of Rs 6,48,730 was recovered, police department data shows. The maximum challans were issued in Kangra district (2,168), followed by Mandi (1,564) and Sirmaur (1,019). Two FIRs were registered for attempting to enter the state on fake details while 42 FIRs and 1,006 challans were issued for curfew violations in market places and a fine of Rs 11,74,150 was recovered, according to the police data. Six FIRs were registered and seven vehicles impounded for transport violations and a sum of Rs 3,60,600 recovered as fine. An amount of Rs 80,000 was recovered as fine for not wearing mask continued on page 7 SERIOUS CHARGES Olympian is accused of murdering a 23-year-old wrestler at the Chhatrasal Stadium days. Sushil and his associates allegedly assaulted wrestler Sagar Dhankar and his friends on May 4 night. Dhankar later died. — PTI Illegal casino busted in G’gram gurugram, May 29 The Gurugram police busted an illegal casino operating from a basement of a house in Sushant Lok amidst lockdown. Five persons have been arrested, including the house owner, who is a protocol officer with the German Embassy. Liquor was being illegally hoarded and served there. — TNS
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