09072021-TTB-01.qxd 7/8/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.188 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana 36 US STATES FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST GOOGLE WORLD /thetribunechd FOUR GERMAN CARMAKERS FINED $1BN OVER EMISSION COLLUSION BUSINESS PM MODI PITCHES FOR FLEXIBLE EDUCATION MODELS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday | 9 july 2021 Centre clears ~23K-cr Covid package to boost health infra as third wave looms Tribune News Service APMCs can now use ~1L cr agri infra fund BOOSTER DOSE New Delhi, July 8 The revamped Union Cabinet, in its first meeting on Thursday, approved Rs 23,123 crore Covid-19 emergency response package to boost health infrastructure and paediatric care across all 736 districts in the wake of a possible third wave. The package will be implemented by the Centre and states till March 2022, in a financial sharing pattern of Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 8,123 crore, respectively. The aim is to add 2.4 lakh medical beds and 20,000 ICU facilities with a special focus on paediatric care, add 8,800 ambulances, help states maintain a testing capacity of 21.5 lakh a day and install 2.4 lakh medical beds NEW DELHI: The Centre has made a fresh appeal to farm unions to resume talks on the ICU facilities provisions of the three new farm laws, assuring neither APMCs would be “weakened new ambulances nor MSP withdrawn”. The assurance by Agriculture Mintests a day in states Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur and Agriculture ister NS Tomar comes at a time when the farmers have decided O2 storage tanks in all districts Minister Narendra Tomar address the media in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI to step up protests during the GLOBAL CASES RISE AFTER 7-WEEK FALL, DEATHS TOP 4MN monsoon session. As per a CabFRESH CASES New Delhi: After a decline in newly reported cases for seven consec- inet decision, mandis under TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES utive weeks globally, there has been an increase in new weekly APMCs would now be eligible 4,05,028 4,60,704 cases in the past fortnight with over 2.6 million cases reported last to utilise resources from the Rs week, the WHO said in its weekly update. BACK PAGE 1 lakh crore infra fund. — TNS 817 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS 20,000 8,800 21.5 lakh 45,892 medical oxygen storage tanks with gas pipelines in every district. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the package would accelerate preparedness to improve Covid response. “The aim is early prevention, detection and management and infrastructure development, including for paediatric care,” he said. The plan will support cen- In jail for 14-22 yrs, 13 Agra inmates get bail Tribune News Service End of an era, 6-time CM Virbhadra passes away Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 The passing away of former Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh (87) today has not only marked the end of an era but also left a big vacuum in the Congress, as the party was synonymous with the veteran leader in the hill state. A six-time CM, nine-time legislator and five-term MP , Virbhadra breathed his last at the Indira Gandhi Medical College here at 3.40 am today after almost a threemonth-long battle against An able administrator, ‘Raja Sahib’ devoted six decades to public life Covid. Despite having recovered from Covid twice, his condition deteriorated on July 5, when he had to be put on a ventilator. He will be cremated at his native place Rampur on July 10. Despite his frail health and age-related issues, the Congress was still banking on him as the star campaigner contiued on page 9 Edit: HP stalwartpasses away New Delhi, July 8 The Supreme Court today granted interim bail to 13 prisoners languishing in an Agra jail for 14 to 22 years even after it was established that they were juveniles at the time of commission of offence. A Bench led by Justice Indira Banerjee ordered the release of the 13 prisoners after senior advocate Garima Prashad, representing the UP Government, said interim bail might be granted to them. She, however, said the facts needed to be verified. They were convicted by trial courts and in many cases their conviction was upheld by the Allahabad High Court. The petitioners moved the top court after the fact about their juvenility at the time of crime came to light via a PIL. Petitioners’ advocate Rishi Malhotra told the Bench that it was a case of illegal detention. Earlier, the top court Hold officers accountable for power crisis, says Coop Minister Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 8 Even as Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa questioned the role of the bureaucracy in “perpetuating” the power crisis in the state, Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari, CM Amarinder Singh’s confidant, today took on former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over his barbs against his own government. Randhawa, in a letter to the CM, said the officers must be held accountable for failure to anticipate the impending crisis. He said power consumption had risen from 10,155 MW in 2014-15 to Top brass must take note if someone runs agenda through Twitter, says Tewari Sukhjinder Randhawa 13,148 MW in 2021-22. But the PSPCL had made no arrangements to fill the demand and supply gap. He pointed out that the 440 MW Bathinda and Ropar thermal plants were shut despite stiff opposition by engineers. “The Lehragaga thermal plant was closed on June 23 and one unit of the Talwandi Sabo plant was shut on March 8,” he wrote, urging the CM to renegotiate or cancel the power purchase agreements with these plants. Coming to the support of the CM, Tewari said: “If someone has an agenda and wants to run it through Twitter or another medium, then the high command should take it seriously.” The CM returned from Delhi on Wednesday after meeting party chief Sonia Gandhi. WERE JUVENILES AT TIME OF OFFENCE ■ The inmates remained in jail even after it was established that they were juveniles at the time of committing the offence ■ The maximum imprisonment for juveniles under the Juvenile Justice Act is three years and that too in juvenile homes had on July 1 issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government in the matter asking it to explain why these prisoners were still in jail. According to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the maximum imprisonment for juveniles is three years and that too in juvenile homes. IN BRIEF Paper scam: 29 Punsup employees lose job CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Gov- ernment has terminated the services of 29 Punsup employees in a 2015 recruitment paper leak scam. INSIDE ED questions NCP’s Khadse in PMLA case NEWDELHI: The ED on Thursday grilled NCP leader Eknath Khadse in a PMLA case related to 2016 Pune land deal. — TNS Don’t allow anti-India propaganda, OIC told NEW DELHI: India has asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not to let vested interests like Pakistan use it for anti-India propaganda. — TNS Kashmir valley on the edge of economic despair Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 8 A 35-year-old taxi owner was forced to sell two of his three vehicles to feed his family of seven members because the last two years have brought practically no business to him. For want of tourists, many Lockdown has dealt a blow to the already-distressed sectors taxi drivers are forced to work as labourers or sell vegetables, fruit or trinkets to make ends meet. A shikara owner switched over to selling vegetables because nobody was visiting Kashmir and an IT specialist lost his job because Internet connections stood snapped after the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, came into force. These aren’t stray stories but are reflective of the crumbling economy of Kashmir over the last two years. After repeated lockdowns, no home has remained untouched — be it over the continued on page 9 tral hospitals, including AIIMS, Delhi, and PGI, Chandigarh, for repurposing continued on page 9 2 JAWANS, 6 ULTRAS DIE IN 3 J&K ENCOUNTERS New Delhi/Jammu: The Army foiled a major infiltration bid on Thursday along the LoC in J&K’s Rajouri as they eliminated two Pakistani terrorists. Two soldiers were martyred in the gun battle. Four ultras were killed in encounters in Kulgam and Pulwama. PAGE 9 FUELLING PROTEST: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait leads a protest against fuel price hike at Ghazipur. PTI French court lets Cairn seize20 Indian assets No notice, ascertaining facts: Govt New Delhi, July 8 A French court has reportedly allowed Britain’s Cairn Energy to freeze 20 Indian Government properties in Paris to recover an arbitration award of $1.7 billion (over Rs 12,600 crore) even as the Finance Ministry here said it had not received any notice in this regard and was trying to ascertain facts. The French court had agreed to an application by Cairn to freeze the residential real estate owned by India in central Paris. The legal formalities were completed on Wednesday, said French media reports. continued on page 9 ROW OVER TAX ■ In January 2014, Cairn received ~10,247 crore tax demand notice over group’s reorganisation done in 2006 ■ The government claimed Cairn made a capital gain of ~24,503 crore in the process ■ Cairn launched an international arbitration to challenge the retrospective taxation ■ It was awarded ~8,800 cr plus costs in damages from govt TWITTER ROW Abide by Indian rules: IT minister New Delhi, July 8 Newly sworn-in Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who took charge today, said those living and working in India would have to abide by the rules of the country. His statement comes in the backdrop of the Centre’s standoff with Twitter over the new IT rules. The Delhi HC, meanwhile, told the Centre it was free to take action against Twitter in case of breach of IT rules. —TNS ASHWINI VAISHNAW NO PROTECTION FOR BREACH OF RULES: DELHI HC T0 TWITTER
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