29062021-TTB-01.qxd 6/28/2021 11:49 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.178 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana RAHI SARNOBAT BAGS GOLD AT SHOOTING WORLD CUP SPORT /thetribunechd MAMATA CALLS GUV ‘CORRUPT’, HE HITS BACK BACK PAGE RELIEF FOR FRANKLIN TEMPLETON MF AS SEBI’S ORDER STAYED BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com tuesday | 29 june 2021 Initial findings hint at LeT role in drone attack ~1.1L cr loan guarantee Another strike thwarted as troops fire at two drones in Ratnuchak-Kaluchak area Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 28 Intelligence and investigative agencies today said the preliminary probe into the drone attack at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu yesterday indicated the role of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the use of highly sophisticated explosive RDX, which also pointed towards likely involvement of Pakistan’s state actors in the blast. Sources said two bombs, weighing over 2 kg each, were dropped from a height of about 100-150 m and activated by “impact charge”. The attack appeared to be closely linked with the recovery of a 6kg IED by the Jammu police from an LeT operative that led TOP LeT MILITANT HELD INVOLVEMENT OF PAK STATE ACTORS LIKELY Jammu: Nadeem Abrar, LeT commander involved in several killings, was arrested on Monday. “Big success for us,” tweeted Kashmir zone IGP Vijay Kumar. A pistol and a grenade were seized from him. — TNS ■ Use of highly sophisticated explosive RDX points towards likely involvement of Pakistan’s state actors ■ Two bombs (over 2 kg each) were dropped from a height of about 100-150 m and activated by ‘impact charge’ ■ The attack appeared to be closely linked with the recovery of a 6-kg IED from an LeT operative recently ■ Over 300 drones have been sighted along the country’s western frontier with Pakistan since August 5, 2019 to detention of at least three terror suspects, they added. The agencies did not rule out the possibility of the AGNI PRIME TEST-FIRED Security men rescue civilians during an encounter in Srinagar on Monday. Two CRPF men were hurt in the gunfight. PTI the Army. It has ❝ Iahave full faith into aggressors. the ability to give befitting reply DEFENCE MINISTER drones having originated from the Indian side of border, but claimed these might have been activated by ter- rorists who infiltrated from Pakistan, sources added. Meanwhile, a fresh attempt to attack a military installa- Balasore (Odisha): India on Monday successfully test-fired its new generation nuclear-capable Agni Prime missile from a defence base off Odisha coast, an official statement by DRDO said. tion with the help of drones was foiled by alert Army Continued on Page 9 Edit: drone scare Forces had opposed relaxing norms 2 JeM militants behind for civilian drones at meet last week killing of cop, his family Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 28 Days before the drone attack on the Jammu air base, top officials in the armed forces and the Home Ministry had objected to any further opening up of the skies for civilian drone operations. The use of drones by civil- Home Ministry too objected to any further opening up of skies ian operators came up for discussion last week during a meeting on Unmanned Aircraft System Rules, which came into effect on March 12. The rules allow flying of drones under certain conditions. There are 34 green zones in which drone operations are permitted after intimation about the time and location of flight. “Yellow zones” require permission to operate drones, but “red zones” are no go Continued on Page 9 Srinagar, June 28 Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including a foreigner, were involved in the killing of Special Police Officer (SPO) Fayaz Ahmad, his wife and daughter in Pulwama district. Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said the SPO’s wife and daughter tried to save him but they were also fired upon by the militants. “There is a movement of militants in this area. Two terrorists came last night, one of them from appearance seems to be an FT (foreign terrorist),” said Kumar, who visited the SPO’s family. He assured that the militants involved in the act would be neutralised soon. — PTI planforCovid-hitsectors SECOND WAVE ~50,000 cr for health infrastructure Tribune News Service ECONOMIC RECOVERY MEASURES New Delhi, June 28 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced eight measures, six of them new, pertaining to growth, exports, health and employees aimed at ameliorating the distress caused by the second wave of the Covid pandemic as well as to gear up to counter a possible third wave. The government estimates the package to amount to Rs 6.29 lakh crore, but it also includes earlier announced schemes such as the extension of the free foodgrain scheme, which alone will cost the exchequer over Rs 93,000 crore. Asked about the actual cash outflow, Sitharaman said: “We will come back with greater details. We have clearly given out what this implies in terms of financials. When it reaches the ground, it makes a difference.” Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman announced a Rs 1.1-lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for Covidaffected sectors, including Rs 50,000 crore for the health sector. ECLGS scheme limit raised by ~1.5 lakh cr to ~4.5 lakh cr Free visas to 5 lakh tourists, financial support for tourism sector New policy on anvil to PPP fast-track clearances for PPP proposals Govt to infuse equity in ECGC to boost export Gupkar puts off meet as Mufti cites unavailability Serum applies for EU nod to Covishield Aditi Tandon New Delhi, June 28 The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Monday applied to the European Union’s regulatory body for the inclusion of Covishield on the list of jabs approved for the green pass vaccine passport programme that will allow inoculated people visit EU nations. CEO Adar Poonawalla said, “I realise that a lot of Indians inoculated with Covishield are facing travel issues. I have taken this up both with regulators and at the diplomatic level and hope for an early resolution.” Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 28 The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, an amalgam of six mainstream Jammu and Kashmir parties, today postponed a meeting it had scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June 24 outreach on the region. The meeting was postponed after PAGD vice-chairperson Mehbooba Mufti cited her inability to attend the Tarigami denies rift conference on Tuesday due to personal reasons. The development has further fanned speculation of the simmering tension within the PAGD on the stand principal constituents ended up taking on issues concerning the state at the meeting chaired by the PM. Even after the June 24 meeting, PAGD leaders did Continued on Page 9 Tribune News Service INDIA OVERTAKES US IN VAX DOSE DELIVERY India on Monday overtook the US in the cumulative vaccine dose delivery, having administered 32.36 crore doses against 32.33 crore in the US. 46,148 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS People at a mobile vaccination centre in Bengal’s Nadia district. PTI The SII earlier consulted the government on the matter, which is learnt to have asked it to apply to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Tribune has learnt that the SII had not applied for EMA approval since it was not ACTIVE CASES 3,96,730 5,72,994 979 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS supplying doses to the EU. Sources said the matter was being pursued through diplomatic channels also. PM: WILL BOOST PRODUCTION The measures would help stimulate economic activities, boost production & exports and generate employment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. She announced the enlargement of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) given as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package by Rs 1.5 lakh crore from the present corpus of Rs 3 lakh crore. A new credit guarantee scheme has been launched to give loans to small borrowers, through micro finance institutions (MFIs), where the maximum loan to individuals will be Rs 1.25 lakh at an interest rate 50% victims in Haryana had no comorbidities Chandigarh, June 28 More than 50 per cent of patients who died in Haryana during the second wave of the pandemic did not have any comorbidities. As per the Health Department, as many as 5,598 persons died between April 27 and June 27. Of them, 2,819 or 50.38 per cent did not have any underlying disease. The share of multiple comorbidities among Covid victims, which was 46 per cent of total fatalities till April 26, came down to 29 per cent in the second wave. INSIDE Twitter shows J-K, Ladakh Sidhu to meet Rahul, Priyanka today Pick-up van falls into gorge, outside India, rescinds 10 killed in Sirmaur district Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 28 For the second time in eight months, US-headquartered social media giant Twitter has shown a wrong map of India, this time depicting Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a “separate country”. In October last year, a senior journalist had pointed out that geo-tagging from locations in Leh were shown in People’s Republic of China. The latest distortion appears on the career section of Twitter website under the header “Tweep Life”. The map was later removed. The distorted map has triggered angry responses, with netizens demanding action against Twitter. The government is seized of the matter and may take action. Already, the micro-blogging site is under fire over the noncompliance of new IT rules despite repeated reminders. Twitter and the government have been at loggerheads on multiple instances in the past few months. In November last NAMES US CITIZEN AS GRIEVANCE OFFICER Twitter has named California-based Jeremy Kessel as India’s grievance redressal officer. The appointment violates new IT rules, which state key officers to be Indians. TWITTER INDIA MD FILES CAVEAT IN SC Fearing that the Ghaziabad Police would challenge the Karnataka HC order protecting him from arrest in a viral video case, Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari has filed a caveat in the SC. DELHI HC WON’T STAY NEW IT RULES The Delhi HC has refused to stay new IT rules, saying it is not in agreement with the petitioners on passing such an order at this stage. year, the government issued a notice to Twitter for showing Leh as part of Jammu and Kashmir instead of Ladakh. Chandigarh, June 28 Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will meet senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in New Delhi on Tuesday. Sidhu’s office confirmed the meeting. The Gandhis are expected to discuss with Sidhu the emerging scenario in Punjab in the runup to the 2022 Assembly elections. Sources did not rule out discussions regarding the role to be assigned to Sidhu to end factionalism within the Punjab Congress. The biggest challenge before the leadership is to bring Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Sidhu on the same page. The high command has already asked the CM to deliver on 18 promises made by the Congress in its 2017 poll manifesto. Reports suggest that given the CM camp’s opposition to Sidhu being elevated as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, the leadership will have to take some tough decisions. “It all depends on whether the high command opts for minor changes or a major overhaul of the PPCC,” a senior leader observed. The Chief Minister during his last meeting with the AICC panel is learnt to have put forth two proposals to placate Sidhu. Sources said the party leadership may summon the CM again before taking a final decision. The panel, led by Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, had earlier proposed suitable rehabilitation of Sidhu while continuing with CM Amarinder Singh at the helm, with greater accountability of governance structures in the state. Tribune News Service Solan, June 28 Ten members of a marriage party, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed and two injured when a pick-up van they were travelling in fell into a 250-foot-deep gorge in Shillai subdivision of Sirmaur district on Monday evening. The marriage party was returning from Chareyu village to Bateudi when the driver lost control of the vehicle near Pashog village and the vehicle plunged into the gorge. Most of the The accident site in Sirmaur. victims were young. Paonta Sahib DSP Bir Bahadur, who rushed to the spot on receiving the information, said the cause of the accident was yet to be Continued on Page 9 Despite protection, kin of Sonepat youth fear for life Mukesh Tandon HONOUR KILLING Tribune News Service Sonepat, June 28 The streets of Gopalpur, which was shook by the death of a village youth in a case of honour killing, continue to wear a deserted look. No one talks about the incident even as a PCR van keeps patrolling the area. The family members of ■ Vinay of Gopalpur was shot Om Prakash, victim’s father allegedly by family members of his wife on June 24 ■ Victim’s father says they fear for their life as none of the accused was arrested so far deceased Vinay Dahiya, who was shot dead in Delhi allegedly by family mem- bers of his wife, are living in constant fear despite 24hour police security. Om Prakash, victim’s father, said a panchayat was held after his son married Kiran of the same village and gotra. The panchayat had banned the couple’s entry into the village. “Even we had to break our relationship with them,” he said. None of the accused has been arrested even five days after the incident. “The insurance cover Additional ~23,220 cr funding for paediatric facilities in hospitals ~93,869 cr allocated this year for free foodgrain scheme ~19,000 cr more for BharatNet for rural broadband connectivity police have deputed a gunman with us, but till the accused are not arrested, we cannot feel secure,” Om Prakash said, adding that it was ironical that he had to cross the accused’s house every day on his way to work. ASI Jagdish Kumar said they were regularly patrolling the area even as there was no tension in the village. 2 per cent below the rate prescribed by the RBI. For the tourism sector, financial support will be extended to more than 11,000 registered tourist guides and travel and tourism stakeholders (TTS). These TTS will receive up to Rs 10 lakh loan, while licensed tourist guides will get up to Rs 1 lakh loan. Besides, the government will give 5 lakh free visas to boost tourism. These will be for short-term stays up to one Continued on Page 9 IN BRIEF Suspect in Red Fort violence case arrested NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Monday said its Special Cell had arrested Gurjot Singh, who was wanted in the Red Fort violence case, from Amritsar in Punjab. — TNS Monsoon sluggish, expect rain next wk NEW DELHI: Prevailing meteorological conditions suggest that southwest monsoon was unlikely to advance in the northwest regions in the next seven days, IMD said on Monday. BACK PAGE Justice Malimath is acting CJ of HP HC NEW DELHI: Justice Ravi Vijaykumar Malimath was on Monday appointed as the acting chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Law Ministry said. — TNS Fake doctor holds health camp in Solan, booked Solan, June 28 The police have registered a case against a woman for posing as a doctor and holding a health camp in Dharampur on Sunday evening. In his complaint to the police, Dharampur panchayat member Ajay Kumar said he had met Puja Sharma a few days ago through some villagers. They had introduced her as a doctor who had served with the IGMC and PGI. Villagers decided to hold a health camp, hoping it would benefit the people. Doubts arose when the “doctor” prescribed some supplements and directed people to buy them online. Locals called the police. However, she failed to produce any proof of her medical qualifications. DSP Yogesh Rolta said a notice had been served to her. — TNS
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