07062021-TTB-01.qxd 6/7/2021 12:01 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.156 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 VACCINATE ALL BY 2022, BORIS URGES G-7 WORLD /thetribunechd SHORT-DURATION PADDY VARIETIES CAN TURN THE TIDE INFOCUS LAW & ORDER SITUATION GRIM: WB GUV BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday | 7 june 2021 At 1.14L, daily cases lowest in 2 mths; Centre to ramp up paediatric infra Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 6 The daily Covid-19 cases fell to a two-month low of 1.14 lakh on Sunday, with active cases dropping below 15 lakh in a consistently receding second wave. The official data shows a steady rise in national recovery rate at 93.67 per cent and the daily positivity rate falling to 5.62 per cent with the infection rate staying below 10 per cent for 13 days now. The toll climbed to 3,46,759 with 2,677 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest in nearly 42 days. The Health Ministry said 1,14,460 new cases were the lowest in the past two months. The country has recorded less than 2 lakh daily cases for 10 HRY EXTENDS LOCKDOWN, BUT EATERIES, BARS OPEN The Haryana Government on Sunday extended the lockdown till June 14 while easing restrictions, including opening of restaurants, bars, clubs, religious places and extended shopping hours. Besides, gatherings with up to 50 persons have also been allowed. INSIDE 1,14,460 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 3,46,759 14,77,799 2,677 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS DERA CHIEF TESTS +VE Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak district, has reportedly tested positive for Covid. NO 2ND WAVE IMPACT ON FARM SECTOR: NITI AAYOG Class XII students wait to get vaccinated in Kolkata on Sunday. PTI consecutive days. After a net decline of 77,449 cases today, active cases stand at 5.13 per cent of the total. The cumu- lative number of vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 23 crore today. The government is New Delhi: Niti Aayog Member (Agriculture) Ramesh Chand on Sunday said the second Covid-19 wave would not impact the agriculture sector in anyway as rural areas saw spread of infections in May when agriculture activities remained at bare minimum. now planning to ramp up paediatric Covid facilities to prepare for any eventuality in the face of growing com- plications among children. A number of states have started reporting multi-system continued on page 9 PDP’s Parra was asset for Pak terror groups, claim police Srinagar/New Delhi, June 6 Senior PDP leader Waheed-urRehman Parra, an aide of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, was an “asset” for Pakistan-based terror groups and his 13 years’ journey from 2007 as a journalist and politician was a “saga of subterfuge, deceit and double dealing”, claims the police chargesheet against him. Parra is alleged to have established a nexus with terrorists for seeking support from them for political gains and reciprocated it by providing a range of help and support which led to terror strikes. The Criminal Investigation Kashmir (CIK), a wing of the CID, submitted the chargesheet before an NIA court recently alleging that Parra was hand-in-glove with terrorists to further the agenda of Pakistan-based terror HE DID IT FOR POLITICAL GAINS: CHARGESHEET ■ Chargesheet claims Parra established a nexus with terrorists for seeking support for political gains ■ It says Para paid terror groups to swing electoral battle in PDP’s favour ■ He reciprocated it by providing help and support leading to terror strikes groups and also to ensure that his political adversaries are neutralised. The 19-page chargesheet, with hundreds of pages of annexures, has given instances of his targeted attempts to eliminate political opponents and to help his party leaders by paying terror groups to swing the electoral battle in his party’s favour. “Parra had the permission of the Pakistani establishment to keep throwing crumbs at India, allowing them petty tactical gains and systematically pushing the overall situation in favour of Pakistan in a strategic sense,” the chargesheet alleged. The police tracked his journey from 2007 when he went to Pakistan and interviewed Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and broadcast it on his local media operated from Pulwama. He joined the PDP in 2013 and systematically went about strengthening himself by craftily deepening his roots on two sides of the border. The chargesheet highlighted his links with Pak-trained Abu Dujana and Abu Qassim, who were killed in encounters with security forces. — PTI 2 Brigadiers promoted Talk of UP Cabinet rejig as BJP vice-prez Prevented a scam: BJP 4 years after retirement meets Governor, backs embattled Yogi on Delhi’s ration plan New Delhi, June 6 Four years after two Army Brigadiers retired, they have been given a promotion on the orders of the Supreme Court, which has also questioned why the two officers were not promoted at the first instance in 2015. The Military Secretary Branch of the Indian Army has issued orders to promote Brig NK Bhatia and Brig VN Chaturvedi as Maj Generals. Besides the promotion, their retirement and pensionary benefits will be upgraded. Following the intervention of the apex court, a special review board was conducted for the two officers. Since NO ADVERSE REPORT, THEY TOLD APEX COURT Centre denies funds diverted for Central Vista Punjab among top five Jalandhar MC, Health Dept figures performers in education on Covid fatalities just don’t match New Delhi, June 6 Responding to the Opposition’s charges against the Central Vista project, the Centre has claimed that no healthcare funds were diverted for it. In a release, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Says no heritage building will be razed Affairs debunked the charge that Rs 20,000 crore was being spent on the project this year amid the pandemic. The ministry said the plan was envisaged in 2019, many months before the outbreak. The ministry said none of the heritage buildings — India Gate, Parliament, North & South Blocks, National Archives or any other — would be demolished. — TNS ■ Brig NK Bhatia, Brig VN Chaturvedi promoted as Maj Generals ■ After approaching AFT, the duo filed an appeal before the SC, saying they were not promoted despite having no adverse report ■ Since both have crossed 58 yrs (retirement age of Maj Gen), they will not rejoin force both have crossed 58 years, the retirement age of Maj General, they will not rejoin the force. The two were first considered, along with their continued on page 9 Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 6 BJP national vice-president and Uttar Pradesh in-charge Radha Mohan Singh today met Governor Anandiben Patel in Lucknow, again sparking off speculations of a reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet. The senior BJP leader, however, described his meeting with Patel as a “courtesy call”. When asked about the possibility of a reshuffle, Singh told mediapersons that there were vacant posts in the Cabinet which would be filled by the Chief Minister at the right Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 6 Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” today approved the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 for states and Union Territories (UTs) in which Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kerala have got the highest grade (A++). The PGI aimed at creating an environment that nudged states/UTs to improve their performance, the minister said. “I’m happy to share that 19 states and UTs have shown improvement by 10 per cent (36 points) or more in PGI domain of governance process. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh with Governor Anandiben Patel. PTI PM AIDE’S ENTRY INTO CABINET IMMINENT? ■ On the possibility of a reshuffle, Radha Mohan Singh says there are vacant posts in Cabinet, and CM will take a call on the issue ■ Coming on heels of RSS meetings in Delhi, the visit triggers talk of PM aide AK Sharma’s entry into Cabinet time. “I think the CM will take a call on the issue,” he added. Singh said after becoming Aparna Banerji PERFORMANCE GRADING INDEX A++ Punjab | Chd | TN | Kerala | Andaman & Nicobar Islands A+ Delhi | Guj | Hry | R’sthan |Puducherry|Dadra & Nagar Haveli Punjab scores max points for governance, mgmt Bihar & Meghalaya score lowest in infra, facilities Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal improved by at least 20 per cent,” he said. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Puducherry, Punjab and continued on page 9 Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 6 The records of the Health Department and the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, show a mismatch of around 200 Covid deaths in May. The data for April also had a gap of 54 Covid deaths. The mismatch in the figures raises a question if the Covid deaths in the district are being under-reported. A Health Department official said, “The death of those in home isolation might go unreported, leading to a mismatch in Covid death figures given by the two authorities.” While the MC records say 485 persons died due to Covid-19 in the district in May, the Health Department the party in-charge of UP he , had not met the Governor. “When she was the CM (of DEATH SURGE COVID DEATHS MISMATCH May April March MC HEALTH DEPT 485 296 321 167 195 3 MONTHS OF MAYHEM MONTH May April March Total CASUALTIES 2021 2020 1,947 1,237 2,955 1,203 2,158 1,405 7,060 3,845 Gujarat), I was the agriculture minister (in the Centre). I met her today as courtesy demanded so, especially since she is the Governor of the state of which I am the (BJP) in-charge. It was a personal meeting,” Singh said. Backing the embattled CM, Singh said the UP Government and the party’s organisation were going strong. “The strongest organisation and most popular government are working in UP ,” Singh said. However, observers are reading much into the meeting given the hectic political developments continued on page 9 puts the figure at 296. The Covid death figures, as per the MC and Health Department records, for April were 321 and 167, respectively. As per Health Department records, there were 195 Covid deaths in the district in March. Official spokesperson for Covid Dr TP Singh said, “We will impart special training to our teams for maintaining proper records.” MC Commissioner Karunesh Sharma said, “The cause of death in the MC certificates is recorded as per the documents provided by institutions (hospitals) where the patients died, or as per the statement of their wards and supporting documents.” continued on page 9 New Delhi, June 6 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP today engaged in a war of words over the former’s proposed doorstep ration delivery scheme in the national capital. While Kejriwal asked PM Narendra Modi why the scheme was stalled by the Centre, BJP’s Sambit Patra alleged the initiative was a scam as people “will be charged for wheat flour under the scheme”. Patra alleged, “Kejriwal is trying to mislead people. One nation, one ration card is a Central initiative, but the Delhi Government refused to implement it.” “The Centre provides grain Tribune News Service BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait leads a farmers’ protest in Tohana on Sunday. PTI Hisar, June 6 Even as SKM activists Vikash Sisar and Ravi Azad were granted bail by a Tohana court, farmers led by BKU’s Rakesh Tikait on Sunday raised tents in the Tohana police station complex and launched an indefinite dharna after four-hourlong talks with the district administration on withdrawal of criminal cases against Sisar, Azad and others failed. An SKM leader said the Joginder Singh Ugrahan GHERAO OF POLICE STATIONS TODAY ■ Farmers to gherao police stations in all districts from 11 am to 2 pm on Monday ■ Farmers from Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad & Jind districts to gather at Tohana police station ■ Farmers in other districts of Haryana to gherao their local police stations district officials, including the DC and SP failed to give , an assurance on withdrawal of cases against the farmers. Joginder Singh Ugrahan, who reached Tohana today, said farmers from Haryana and Punjab had begun to descend on Tohana. “This dharna is being converted into a morcha. We will go back only after our demands ❝ If pizzas, burgers, smartphones and clothes can be delivered at home, why not ration? Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CM under two schemes and these cannot be tampered with. If Kejriwal wants to start another scheme, let him buy grain on his own and do so,” he said. — TNS Decks cleared for IN BRIEF central varsity Dilip Kumar in hospital, campus at Dehra put on O2 support Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, June 6 Decks have been cleared for the construction of Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) campus at Dehra in Kangra district. Transfer of forest land in varsity’s name okayed The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has allowed the state government to transfer the proposed land in the name of CUHP The land . was earlier transferred in the name of Department of Higher Education. At present, the file in that regard is with the Revenue Department. Sources said over 200 hectares would be transferred in the name of continued on page 9 Tension brewing, farmers pitch tents at Tohana ❝ This dharna is being converted into a morcha. We will go back only after our demands are met. Deepender Deswal PIZZA CAN BE DELIVERED, WHY NOT FOODGRAIN? are met,” he declared. Legislator Devender Singh Babli of the JJP had on Saturday night tendered an apology to the farmers, indicating that his PA and driver would withdraw the police complaint against the farmers. However, the matter could not be resolved owing to another FIR registered on June 3 in connection with the gherao of the MLA’s residence on the night of June 2 in which the police itself is the complainant. continued on page 9 MUMBAI: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, 98, was admitted to Hinduja Hospital on Sunday after experiencing breathlessness. Dr Jalil Parker said Kumar had been diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and was on oxygen support. — PTI No rural development fund for Punjab CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government will not get any rural development fund (RDF) for the 132 lakh metric tonnes of wheat it has procured for the central pool in the just-concluded wheat procurement season. INSIDE 6,000 children quit Rohtak pvt schools amid Covid crisis Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Rohtak, June 6 Over 6,000 students of private schools in the district have sought the “School Leaving Certificate” (SLC) in the last two months. A majority of them are likely to shift to government schools as the Covid-induced lockdown has hit their parents’ earnings hard. Rohtak has more than 400 private schools affiliated to the CBSE and the Haryana board. “The Covid situation has hampered my work, hence I cannot afford continued on page 9
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