24082021-TTC-01.qxd 8/24/2021 12:22 AM Page 1 13 NITISH, TEJASHWI MEET PM, SEEK CASTE CENSUS NATION /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 233 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 tuesday | 24 august 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com 146 more brought from Doha; govt calls all-party meet on Af Tribune News Service 70, including Indians, Af Sikhs & Hindus, flown to Dushanbe New Delhi, August 23 Even as India evacuated 146 of its nationals in four different flights from Qatar’s capital Doha on Monday, the Union Government called an all-party meeting on Thursday on the developments in Afghanistan. AFGHAN SOLDIER DIES IN AIRPORT FIREFIGHT ■ An Afghan soldier was killed in a firefight outside Kabul airport on Monday as Taliban moved to quell resistance. PANJSHIR READY FOR WAR Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar would brief the floor leaders of political parties on the present situation in Afghanistan in the in-person meeting. The government’s briefing is expected to focus on its evacuation mission from Afghanistan as well as its assessment of the situation in the wartorn country. Those evacuated today were earlier airlifted MUSIC KILLED IN AF: STUDENT’S MESSAGE ■ “Music killed in Afghanistan!” This message was sent by an Af student to a noted sitar player in India. INSIDE << Afghan refugees protest outside the UNHCR office in New Delhi. MUKESH AGGARWAL from Afghanistan by NATO and US aircraft. This was the second batch of Indians to be brought back from Doha after their evacuation from Kabul. At least 104 people were brought back in a Vistara flight, 30 by continued on page 12 edit: prioritise evacuation Govt to raise ~6 lakh cr from infra assets Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 23 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday launched the National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) to unlock value in infrastructure assets across sectors ranging from power to road and railways that is expected to net Rs 6 lakh crore in over four years. Maintaining that the asset monetisation did not involve selling of land, she said, “We MONETISATION MOVE LOOKING TO PVT SECTOR ~1.6 lakh cr from Asset monetisation is national highways aimed at tapping ~1.5 lakh cr worth private sector of railway assets investment for ~85K cr power transnew infra mission/generation creation. ~35K cr assets of ❝ telecom sector are talking of brownfield assets where investment is already being made, but the assets are either languishing IN BRIEF Ex-IG challenges quashing of Kotkapura probe Chandigarh: Former IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh on Monday filed an appeal before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, challenging the order of a single judge quashing the probe into the 2015 Kotkapura firing case. The next hearing is on December 7. INSIDE BSF men fire at flying object in Arnia sector New Delhi: Border Security Force personnel opened fire at a flying object that was spotted along the International Border in Arnia sector of Jammu district on Monday, an official said. INSIDE ‘Combat-support arms’ get women colonels New Delhi: For the first time, the Indian Army has allowed Colonel-level rank for women officers in “support arms” of the force. A selection board has cleared the promotions. INSIDE CCI imposes ~200-cr penalty on Maruti Suzuki New Delhi: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Monday imposed a penalty of ~200 crore on Maruti Suzuki for restricting discounts offered by its dealers. INSIDE Boulder threat FINMIN or not fully monetised or underutilised. We will monetise it better with the private sector.” Sitharaman said roads, railways and power were the top three sectors identified for the purpose. The maximum monetisation is expected from the road sector where Rs 1.6 lakh crore worth of national highways have been identified. The Railways is next with about 400 stations, 150 trains, dedicated freight corridor and tracks, which are expected to yield Rs 1.5 lakh crore. The power sector will see continued on page 12 3rd wave imminent in Sept-Oct: Panel to PMO Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 23 An expert panel constituted by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has predicted a third Covid-19 wave hitting the country anytime between September and October. It would, however, not be as severe as predicted by some quarters, it said, adding that there still existed a cause of concern with respect to medical infrastructure, particularly paediatric facilities. The panel strongly recommended ramping up vaccination at a significant level. The panel, in its report to the PMO, observed that 7.6 per cent (10.4 crore) people had been fully vaccinated and if the current rate was not increased, the nation could see six lakh cases per day in the next wave. Ramp up paediatric infrastructure, expedite vaccination of kids REPORT QUOTES IIT-KANPUR Three likely scenarios based on the level of unlocking Scenario 1: Third wave may peak in October with 3.2L cases/day Scenario 2: More virulent variants emerge, 3rd wave may peak in September with 5L cases/day Scenario 3: It could peak in late October with 2L cases/day 25,072 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,34,756 3,33,924 389 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS PFIZER VAX FIRST TO GET FULL US FDA APPROVAL 20,839 vacancies yet to be filled in Hry Police A house was damaged after a landslide at Hathnidhar near Shimla on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR INSIDE Find solution to farmers’ blockades: SC to Centre New Delhi, August 23 The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and governments of UP and Haryana to find a solution to the blockade of roads connecting Delhi with NCR towns by farmers agitating against the three farm laws. The farmers have a right to protest at a designated space, but they can’t block the traffic, a Bench led by Justice SK Kaul said. “The solution lies KHORI: HRY GETS 2 WKS The SC on Monday gave two more weeks to Haryana to implement its order to demolish 10,000 illegal structures erected on forest land at Khori village in Faridabad. in the hands of the Union of India and state governments.... Mr Mehta what is happening? You have to find continued on page 12 KAMALA: INDO-PACIFIC TO DICTATE WORLD’S FUTURE WORLD Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 23 There is 29 per cent shortage of personnel in Haryana Police and many police posts do not have light motor vehicles. The state government today stated in the Vidhan Sabha that there were 20,839 vacancies (29.3%) in the police force against the sanctioned strength of 71,069. The force is short of 35 IPS officers (24.3 per cent) and 61 DSPs (18.5 per cent). These facts came to light in reply to a question of Congress MLA Varun Chaudhary. The maximum number of vacancies are of the head constable (male) post. Against the sanctioned strength of 11,466, there are only 7,673 —- a short- ASSEMBLY IN SESSION RECRUITMENT SOUGHT Police dept has put in a request for 5,500 more male constables, 1,100 female constables, 400 male subinspectors, 65 female subinspectors and 7 DSPs. Force short of 35 IPS officers, 61 DSPs age of 33.1 per cent. The police department has made a requisition for recruitment of 5,500 male continued on page 12
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