02062021-TTC-01.qxd 6/2/2021 12:14 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.151 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 TRUDEAU VOWS TO UNCOVER TRUTH BEHIND KIDS’ MASS GRAVE WORLD /thetribunechd SBI SLASHES GDP GROWTH FORECAST TO 7.9%, INDIA, OZ LOOK FORWARD TO HOLDING ‘2+2’ TALKS BACK PAGE PROJECTS ‘W-SHAPED’ RECOVERY BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday | 2 june 2021 LAC: China’s air defence at play, joint drill with Pak No vax mix, 1cr doses Ajay Banerjee CHINESE AIR-DEFENCE SYSTEM DEPLOYED New Delhi, June 1 In a new development along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China and Pakistan are conducting a joint military exercise in Tibet. It has two-pronged goals — targeting warships, besides launching land attack from sea; and honing air-defence skills to target enemy aircraft, missiles or UAVs. The exercise comes in the backdrop of a recent move of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which has, for the first time, integrated its units with air-defence assets IN BRIEF Delhi allows home delivery of liquor NEW DELHI: Delhi Government on Tuesday allowed home delivery of liquor via an app or web portal as per the amended Excise Act. In 2020, the SC had asked states to explore home delivery in view of overcrowding at vends. — TNS HC junks AI decision on terminating pilots NEW DELHI: Coming to the aid of all Air India pilots whose services were terminated last year, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday quashed the national carrier’s decision and directed their reinstatement. — PTI Vatican law criminalises adults’ abuse by priests VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalise the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority, and to say laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned. WORLD EXERCISE UNDER WAY IN TIBET SINCE MAY 22 ■ China-Pak joint military drill in ■ PLA air defence units in its system (LY-80) deployed, has a range of about 150 km ■ Anti-ship cruise missiles (YJ-81, YJ-82 & C-802) also being used at the drill Western Theatre (Tibet & Xinjiang) have formed a combined Air Defence Control System jointly with the PLAAir Force (PLAAF) ■ The PLAAF could be possibly controlling all air defence network assets along the LAC Tibet near LAC to end this week ■ Exercise includes targeting war- ships, planes, missiles, UAVs with PLA-Air Force (PLAAF) along the LAC. The exercise, which reportedly started on May 22, is scheduled to end in the middle of this week. China and Pakistan often exercise together. This year, the drill comes in the backdrop of around 1-year military standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh. The number of Pakistan troops taking part in the exer- cise is not known. From the Chinese side, troops of the 3 Air Defence Division are participating in it. In the run-up to the exercise, the PLA conducted a pre-exercise training for the ‘Safety a priority’ govt , cancelsCBSE-XIIexams Vibha Sharma EVALUATION NORMS SOON Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 In view of uncertain conditions due to Covid, feedback received from stakeholders and apprehensions voiced by parents and students, the Centre today cancelled the Class XII exams. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi. The CBSE and Education Ministry officials gave a detailed presentation on views received from all stakeholders, including states. “Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. Covid has affected the academic calendar and the issue of exams has been causing immense anxiety among students and parents, which must be put to an end,” the PM said. The CISCE, which does not Sidhu alerts panel on ‘ground realities’ in Pb Capt to meet committee tomorrow Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 Days after attacking Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on alleged lack of justice in the sacrilege and police firing cases, former state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu reiterated his stand before an AICC panel formed to resolve factionalism in the state unit. “My stand remains unchanged,” said Sidhu, who met the panel headed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge here today for nearly two hours. “I came here to apprise the AICC committee of Punjab affairs and have alerted them about the ground realities. I have echoed the truth of Punjab eloquently,” he said, looking INTEGRATING ARMY, AIR FORCE ELEMENTS ■ Chinese low-to-medium altitude Tribune News Service ❝ My stand still remains unchanged. I’ve shed light on truth. Truth can be suppressed, not defeated. Punjab, Punjabiyat and Punjabis willwin. Navjot Sidhu PUNJAB CONG MAY GET NEW CENTRAL IN CHARGE INSIDE upbeat after emerging from the deliberations. The Amritsar MLA said all anti-Punjab forces had to be continued on page 9 The PM has directed officials to ensure that results are prepared in accordance with “well-defined objective criteria in a fair and time-bound manner” MARKING OPTIONS HRY TOO CANCELS EXAMS ■ Performance in internal The Haryana Government has decided to cancel the Class XII examinations conducted by the state board, Education Minister Kanwar Pal said on Tuesday. assessment, pre-boards ■ Marks obtained in the previous three-four classes ■ Class X result may be considered CISCE ALSO CALLS OFF EXAMS | PUNJAB TO WAIT & WATCH Tribune News Service Shimla, June 1 The State Clinical Team in Himachal today issued a recommendatory presumptive treatment for suspected Covid patients in home isolation. The data compiled by the Health Department show that of the 3,143 Covid fatalities in the state, many individuals neglected initial symptoms and later succumbed to the virus and were confirmed New Delhi, June 1 Indian economy would rebound in the current fiscal ending March 2022 and clock a growth of 9.3%, but a severe second Covid wave has increased risks to India’s credit profile and rated entities, Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday. It had in February forecast a 13.7% growth in the current fiscal. — PTI JJP MLA heckled by farmers in Tohana Hisar, June 1 Ruling JJP MLA Devender Singh Babli was today allegedly heckled by a group of protesting farmers even as he confronted them for obstructing his movement at Tohana in Fatehabad district. Though the police managed to defuse the situation by escorting Babli away, the MLA alleged the farmers attacked his vehicle and tried to assault him. He alleged his personal assistant sustained injuries. Refuting the charge, the farmers claimed the police resorted to lathicharge following which their two leaders were injured. Surender Singh, SHO, said they were in the process of registering an FIR. Babli alleged the protesters were anti-social elements in the garb of farmers. Demanding an apology, BKU’s Gurnam ■ Tab Ivermectin 12 mg once a day for 3 days ■ Tab Zinc 50 mg once daily for 3 weeks ■ Tab Vitamin C 500 mg once daily for 3 weeks ■ Tab Vitamin D 60,000 IU once a week for 3 weeks ■ Cough suppressant for dry irritating cough only ■ Steam inhalation twice a day; plenty of fluids ■ Tab Paracetamol 500-650 mg 6 hourly till fever subsides far from normal. “All patients awaiting their Covid test reports should be put on presumptive therapy and the management protocol should be strictly adhered to,” advised Nipun Jindal, Director, National Health Mission. Besides recommending use of masks, hand sanitisation, physical distancing, monitoring oxygen saturation, temperature and pulse for suspect patients, experts have suggested medication, along with vitamin supplements. As a precautionary measure, it has now been decided continued on page 9 Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 1 The worst Covid month of May ended on a note of relief for India as the daily new cases on Tuesday fell to 1,27,510, a 70 per cent decline from the May 7 peak of 4.14 lakh, while the case positivity rate dropped to 6.62 per cent, the lowest since April 1 after peaking to 22.35 per cent on May 7. The daily new cases today touched a 54-day low while the death count in 24 hours stood at 2,795, also the lowest since April 22. ICMR chief Balram Bhargava warned the states against hasty lifting of lockdowns; this a day after Delhi opened up marginally. The government also ruled out mixing of vaccine doses for India and said mixing was an unresolved scientific question and was “not an Indian protocol”. “Opening up must revolve on three pillars—the area being opened should have less than 5 per cent case positivity rate in a week; 70 per cent of vulnerable popula- PAINFUL MAY ENDS WITH RECORD CASES, DEATHS 1,27,510 TOTAL DEATHS FRESH CASES ACTIVE CASES 3,31,895 18,95,520 2,795 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS CENTRE’S UNLOCK ADVISORY 1 Areas being opened should have less than 5% positivity rate in a week 2 70% of vulnerable population (elderly, 60 plus and 45 plus with comorbidities) must have got vaccinated 3 Communities must own Covid-appropriate behaviour HOW CURBS HELPED April 1st week: Less than 200 dists with over 10% case positivity (ideal positivity under 5%) April last week: 600 districts with over 10% case positivity June 1: 239 dists with over 10% positivity; 145 with 5-10% positivity and 350 (over half of India) with less than 5% positivity tion (elderly, 60 plus and 45 plus with comorbidities) continued on page 9 China reports 1st human case of H10N3 bird flu Beijing, June 1 China has reported the first global case of human infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu from the country’s eastern Jiangsu province, China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday. The patient, a 41-year-old man from Zhenjiang city, is currently in a stable condition and meets discharge standards, the state-run CGTN TV reported. Health authorities played down the outbreak, saying the case was a sporadic virus transmission from poultry to humans, and the risk of causing a pandemic was extremely low. — PTI Former West Bengal Chief Secy accused of abstaining from PM’s meeting ‘Victim tried, not Tejpal’: Goa Govt appeals for retrial Mumbai, June 1 The Goa Government has, in its appeal before the Bombay High Court against journalist Tarun Tejpal’s acquittal in a rape case, said it was a fit case for retrial, citing the trial court’s lack of understanding of a victim’s post-trauma behaviour and censuring of her character. The appeal, filed before the HC’s Goa Bench, was amended this week to bring on record the judgement and to include further grounds against the acquittal. The government said the trial court “considered the evidence given by defence witnesses as gospel truth, but at the same time discredited without any finding the evidence given by the victim and the prosecution witnesses”. The finding of the trial court on how a woman, who continued on page 9 daily by July, says govt MHA serves show-cause notice on Alapan vided to them as and when the situation becomes conducive. The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani, and Piyush Goyal. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal could not attend as he is admitted to AIIMS because of “post-Covid complications”. MEDICATION RECOMMENDED positive after death. Though the number of daily deaths and new infections has started declining, the situation is Moody’s cuts growth forecast to 9.3% come under the Education Ministry, also reportedly cancelled the Class XII exams. Modi directed officials to ensure that results were prepared in accordance with “well-defined objective criteria in a fair and time-bound manner”. It was also decided that like last year, in case some students want to take the exams, the option will be pro- Pop prescribed pills, HP tells Covid suspects Pratibha Chauhan Pakistan army at Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan. Pakistan already uses some of the missiles being used in this exercise. For India, this means that similar arsenal could be on board PLA navy and Pakistan navy warships. Moreover, Indian pilots, drones and missiles could face similar threats and counters on both borders. Indian security establishment is aware that the Chinese low-to-medium altitude air-defence system, also known as LY-80, is being used. This is a mediumrange surface-to-air defence continued on page 9 Tribune News Service NOTICE UNDER DISASTER MGMT ACT Kolkata, June 1 The Union Home Ministry (MHA) has served a showcause notice on former Chief Secretary of West Bengal Alapan Bandyopadhyay under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years. JJP MLA DEVENDER SINGH BABLI VIDEO GOES VIRAL ■ The incident took place when MLA Devender Babli visited Tohana Civil Hospital ■ A group of farmers gathered there to protest his visit ■ One of the protesters allegedly damaged the MLA’s car ■ In a viral video, the MLA was purportedly seen using abusive language against farmers Singh Charuni alleged Babli used abusive language against the farmers. “We will protest in Tohana tomorrow,” he said. — TNS Choksi hearing in Dominica today New Delhi, June 1 India has sent an eight-member team to Dominica with relevant documents to assist the Dominican public prose- Eight-member Indian team in island nation cution service to present the case relating to deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi in the island nation continued on page 9 Upon arrival in the meeting room, the PM and other members of his entourage waited for around 15 minutes for the officers of the state government to arrive. — MHA notice The notice says PM Narendra Modi and others accompanying him were kept waiting for over 15 minutes on May 28 at the IAF base at Kalaikunda, where a meet- ing had been convened to review the damage caused by cyclone Yaas that lashed the coastal areas on May 26. “In view of the absence (at PM meeting), the Chief Secre- tary was called by an official as to whether they wanted to participate in the meeting or not. Thereafter, the Chief Secretary arrived along with the CM and left immediately,” stated the notice sent on May 31. The notice asked Bandyopadhyay, a 1987-batch IAS officer, to explain within continued on page 9 edit: centre vs state
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