01062021-TTC-01.qxd 6/1/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.150 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA CALL FOR VIRUS PROBE WORLD /thetribunechd CORE SECTORS’ OUTPUT JUMPS 56.1% IN APRIL BUSINESS TIME TO DEFINE LIMITS OF SEDITION: SC ON COVID REPORTAGE BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com IN BRIEF Twitter has to comply with new IT rules: HC NEW DELHI: Twitter has to comply with new IT rules if they have not been stayed, the Delhi HC said, issuing notice to the Centre and Twitter seeking stand on a plea claiming non-compliance. — PTI Retd IAS, IPS officers to monitor MES, BRO NEW DELHI: In an unprecedent- ed move, the MoD has appointed a retired IAS and IPS officer as “independent external monitors” to screen the functioning of MES and BRO. BACK PAGE EX-DGP SAINI GRILLED IN KOTKAPURA CASE INSIDE GDP contracts by 7.3%, worstshowin4decades WB ChiefSecy quits, joins as Didi’s adviser Tribune News Service Shubhadeep Choudhury LOCKDOWN IMPACT New Delhi, May 31 The Indian economy contracted by 7.3 per cent during the financial year 2020-21, weighed down by a nationwide lockdown that hit consumption and halted most economic activities. This is the first full-year GDP contraction in the past four decades since 1979-80, when it had shrunk by 5.2 per cent. The GDP however, grew at , 1.6 per cent in the fourth quarter and 0.5 per cent in the third quarter. The first GDP growth (FY 2020-21) April-June -23.9% July-Sept -7.5% Oct-Dec 0.5% Jan-March 1.6% ~135 lakh crore real GDP in FY21 ~145 lakh crore in FY20 10-11% growth needed for recovery two quarters of the financial year saw negative growth. According to data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday, India’s real GDP contracted to Rs 135 lakh Vax for all by year-end, says govt as SC questions dual pricing policy Tribune News Service 1,52,734 New Delhi, May 31 The entire eligible population would be vaccinated by the end of 2021, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court, which sought clarifications on vaccine procurement by states, pricing and the need for mandatory registration on CoWIN app for people to get vaccinated. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a Special Bench tuesday | 1 june 2021 TOTAL DEATHS FRESH CASES ACTIVE CASES 3,29,100 20,26,092 3,128 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS CoWIN: TOP COURT FLAGS DIGITAL DIVIDE How will an illiterate labourer from Jharkhand get registered in Rajasthan? How will you address this digital divide? Supreme Court ❝ headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that the government was also in talks with companies such as Pfizer for vaccine procurement. The Bench, which was hearing a suo motu PIL on Covid management, posed a series of questions to the Centre on the Covid vaccine procurement policy and pointed out that states such as Punjab and Delhi were in the process of issuing global tenders to continued on page 9 crore in 2020-21 from Rs 145 lakh crore at the end of March 2020. To regain Rs 145 lakh crore size, the economy will have to grow by 10-11 per cent in continued on page 9 Decision on Class 12 exams in two days NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it would decide in two days if ICSE and CBSE Class 12 examinations would be conducted this year amid the Covid pandemic. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court a meeting had been called to take a decision on the issue. “If you are departing from last year’s policy, you must give good reasons...,” the Bench told Venugopal. BACK PAGE Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Disregards Centre’s transfer order Tribune News Service Kolkata, May 31 West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been caught in the crossfire of the tussle between PM Modi and CM Mamata Banerjee. At a press conference here today, the CM announced his superannuation as well as appointment as her Chief Adviser. “We need the services of Alapan Bandyopadhyay very badly. He has retired as Chief Secretary but I haven’t allowed him to leave ‘Nabanna’ (state secretariat). I will not allow a bright officer like him to leave us,” Mamata said, announcing Bandyopadhyay’s appointment as Chief Adviser for three years. continued on page 9 Mamata Banerjee with adviser Alapan Bandyopadhyay. PTI ABOUT SERVICE RULES ■ Former Tripura DGP KS Sub- ramanian says since the officer has chosen to retire, “the Centre can’t initiate disciplinary action against him” ■ But criminal proceedings can be initiated if somebody lodges a complaint ■ Govt sources say the Centre will initiate disciplinary action against Bandyopadhyay Variant first detected in Indiato be called Delta GENEVA: The Covid variant detected first in India will henceforth be referred to as Delta variant, the WHO announced on Monday. The other “variants of concern” generally known by the country where they were detected have been named as Alpha (UK), Beta (South Africa) and Gamma (Brazil). — Reuters No beds, only mattresses at Covid centre in Haryana Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Mahendragarh, May 31 Depicting a sorry state of healthcare in rural areas, a Covid isolation centre at Dhanonda village has no beds. The authorities have only laid some mattresses in a room of a government school. The centre was set up nearly Covid centre in Dhanonda village 10 days ago, but not a single patient has come so far. Village sarpanch Rupender Singh continued on page 9 Panel keen on ‘adjusting’ Sidhu: Pb ministers Aditi Tandon and Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service NewDelhi/ Chandigarh, May31 The AICC panel set up to strengthen party’s Punjab unit ahead of the Assembly elections began discussions with key stakeholders today. The committee, led by Mallikarjun Kharge, met 25 leaders, among them state 25 leaders meet Kharge committee |Some attack bureaucracy, CM’s coterie unit chief Sunil Jakhar, ministers OP Soni, Brahm Mohindra, Rana Sodhi and Sukhjinder Randhawa and legislators Pawan Adia and Raj Kumar Verka. The panel aims to conclude deliberations by the weekend and submit a report to the party president for the final call on solutions to resolve the rift between CM Capt Amarinder Singh and his former Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. A section of ministers claimed “accommodating” Sidhu appeared high on the panel’s agenda. A combative Jakhar, after a 15-minute meeting, said, “We hope the committee takes note of certain leaders who gunned for their own government when hooch tragedy struck the Chief Minister’s constituency but are now silent on the illicit liquor bottling plant in Badal village.” continued on page 9
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