26082021-TTC-01.qxd 8/26/2021 12:24 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 235 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 SERENA WILLIAMS PULLS OUT OF US OPEN SPORT /thetribunechd CHINA, TALIBAN HOLD FIRST DIALOGUE IN KABUL WORLD MARUTI, TVS FOR STEPS NO COERCIVE ACTION TO REVIVE AUTO AGAINST RANE: MAHA SECTOR BUSINESS TO HC BACK PAGE thursday | 26 august 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Poll under Captain, Rawat sends out stern message to dissidents Any terror activity from Af will be dealt with firmly, says CDS 4 Punjab ministers meet AICC gen secy in Dehradun New Delhi, August 25 Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said India was ready to firmly deal with any possible terror activity originating from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. India, he said, had been anticipating the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, but the timelines of the developments were surprising. He was speaking at an interactive session organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, was present at the event. The possibility of terrorist activities from Afghanistan impacting India was expected and contingency plans were put in place to deal with such a challenge, said Gen Rawat. He suggested the quadrilateral or the ‘Quad’ nations could share intelligence inputs to continued on page 9 Chandigarh, August 25 AICC general secretary Harish Rawat today said the 2022 Punjab elections will be fought under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh as the four ministers seeking the “ouster” of the CM met the Congress leader in Dehradun. Rawat’s public statement is being seen as a jolt to the four ministers — Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Charanjit Singh Channi — and several MLAs who had yesterday sought the CM’s removal, saying he had failed to fulfil some key poll promises. The four ministers accompanied by three MLAs met Rawat in Dehradun and Sukhjinder Randhawa Tript Rajinder Bajwa Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Harish Rawat. FILE ❝ WE STAND BY OUR WORD: REBELS We have been authorised by party MLAs to take up pending poll issues. If we are called to Delhi, we will go. MINISTERS sought the CM’s replacement, saying they had “lost faith in him”. “Amid the tussle between the CM and Navjot Singh Sidhu camp, the outcome of the revolt raised by the rebels would be known by the line of action taken by party brass Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi after being briefed by Rawat. The tension between the two camps is far from IN BRIEF Akali Dal wins 27 of 46 seats in DSGMC poll New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has retained its control over the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) by winning 27 of the 46 seats, getting a clear majority. INSIDE Fresh trouble on Assam-Meghalaya border Diphu (Assam)/Shillong:A Meghalaya police officer was hurt while trying to control a situation after groups of people from the state and neighbouring Assam came face to face near a disputed border area. PTI Pankaj Kumar new BSF DG, Arora to head ITBP New Delhi: Pankaj Kumar Singh, a 1988-batch Rajasthan cadre IPS officer, has been appointed the BSF DG. Sanjay Arora of Tamil Nadu cadre and of 1988 batch will be the new ITBP head. PTI Pak objects to India’s hydro plant design New Delhi: Pakistan has objected to the design of India’s Kiru hydro plant over the Chenab in J&K even as New Delhi asserts it was fully compliant with the Indus Water Treaty. PTI Family pension of bank employees to go up New Delhi: The govt has approved the IBA proposal to hike family pension to 30% of the last salary drawn. The pension will go up to ~30,000-35,000 a month. It was earlier capped at ~9,284. TNS Medical student raped in Mysuru Mysuru, August 25 A medical student studying in a private college here was allegedly gangraped by unidentified persons on the outskirts of the city near Lalitadripura, the police said on Wednesday. The student, riding pillion with her male friend, was on her way to Chamundi Hills when a few persons waylaid them on Tuesday. BACK PAGE over,” said a senior leader. After the meeting, ministers Channi and Randhawa said they stood by what they had stated yesterday. “Being disciplined party men, we have raised our grievances and issues with the incharge of Punjab affairs who shares our concerns. We have been assured that our issues will be taken up with the party high command. We Tribune News Service Dharamsala, August 25 Covid lockdown and lack of foreign and domestic tourists have led to permanent closure of about 10 per cent shops in McLeodganj. McLeodganj, also known as Little Lhasa, wears a deserted look these days due to the shutting down of many shops. Adil, a shopkeeper, said, “We have been selling handmade Tibetan artefacts and Thanka paintings for the past 30 years. Most of our customers were foreigners who visited McLeodganj. For the past two years, there are no foreign tourists and our business has been badly hit.” Sukhbinder Sarkaria had been authorised by party MLAs to take up the pending poll issues. If we are called to Delhi, we will go,” said Channi. Rawat categorically denied that the flare-up had anything to do with the PPCC president Sidhu. He said, “There is no threat to the party or government. There is no threat to our victory either. These leaders continued on page 9 Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 25 The Centre today increased the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP), the minimum price sugar mills will pay to farmers, for sugarcane by Rs 5 to Rs 290 per quintal, calling it the “highest ever”. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, “The FRP for 2021-22 has been fixed at Rs 290 per quintal for a basic recovery rate of 10 per cent. The move will benefit 5 crore cane growers and 5 lakh workers employed in sugar mills and ancillary activities.” Goyal said the cost of production of cane was Rs 155 per quintal. The FRP of Rs Polls on mind, the Punjab Government on Tuesday announced ~50 per quintal hike in SAP over last year’s price, fixing it at ~360 per quintal. PURCHASE TARGET: 3,088 LAKH TONNES About 3,088 lakh tonnes of cane is expected to be purchased by mills. Total remittance to growers will be about ~1 lakh crore. 290 per quintal at a recovery rate of 10 per cent was higher by 87.1 per cent, giving the farmers a return of much more than 50 per cent over their cost, he said. Many states, including Punjab, announce their own State Advised Price (SAP) over and above the FRP . While SAP is a fixed amount, the FRP is based on the recovery rate of sugar from cane. Since SAP is generally higher, sugar mills prefer FRP for payment. Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 25 Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s firefighting mission to get Tajikistan’s assent for a Taliban government in Kabul received a rude shock from its President even as financial problems mounted for Afghanistan with the World Bank stopping aid, days after the International Monetary Fund withheld a loan. “The World Bank has paused Pak FM’s firefighting mission fails | Tajik Prez says no to Taliban govt disbursements in our operations in Afghanistan and we are closely monitoring and assessing the situation in line with our internal policies and procedures,” said its spokesperson Marcela Sanchez-Bender. Meanwhile, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon told continued on page 9 Indian Air Force fighter aircraft MiG-21 crashed in Barmer on Wednesday. The pilot ejected safely. PTI improvement in tourist inflow in July, but soon videos of flash floods in Bhagsunag went viral on social media. That again deterred tourists from heading towards this area. We don’t know when things will normalise,” he said. Sanjeev Gandhi, general secretary of the Smart City Hotel Association of Dharamsala, said many shops had been shut in McLeodganj due to lack of business. Being a popular tourist destination, rentals here were very high. Those running cafeterias and gift shops were the worst-hit as they were totally dependent on tourists for their income. New Delhi, August 25 The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today issued an advisory asking all Afghan nationals to travel to India only on e-visa, and that all previously issued travel documents stood invalidated. The advisory has come amid reports of Afghanistan passports with Indian visa being stolen from a travel agency in Kabul in a raid by a group allegedly backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Officials in the MHA said this posed a threat to India’s security as possibility of the passports being misused by Pakistan-based terror outfits was always there. Afghan nationals can apply for the e-visa, initially valid for six months, at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in. — TNS New Delhi, August 25 The Supreme Court today expressed displeasure over the ED and the CBI not giving any reasons for delay in their investigation against lawmakers. It asked the Centre to provide necessary manpower and infrastructure to the agencies. The Bench said it would pass a detailed order on the issue even as it maintained that it wasn't expressing any opinion on their work as it would lower their morale. However, it said they agencies should ensure that trials were completed expeditiously. While hearing a PIL seeking fast-tracking of criminal trials DECIDE ASTHANA CASE IN 2 WKS, DELHI HC TOLD against lawmakers, the Bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, however, said, "We are not against withdrawal of cases, if there is malicious prosecution. But this needs to be examined by the high court. If the high court agrees then the cases can be withdrawn." The Bench also made it clear that lawmakers can't be given priority in hearing of criminal appeals. Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria told the court that 51 MPs and 61 MLAs/MLCs faced cases under PMLA, while 121 cases were pending in CBI courts. NOTED SCHOLAR GAIL OMVEDT DEAD G AIL OMVEDT, a leading scholar on caste studies, died in Maharashtra’s Sangli district on Wednesday, family sources said. Having come as a student from the US, she married Marxist scholar Bharat Patankar and settled down in India in the 1970s. OBIT ON OP-ED Inoculate all teachers by Skewed vax cover, 71% Sept 5: Centre to states in Mohali, 12% in F’pur Tribune News Service Norbu said the lockdown had hit vendors like him very badly. “There was some WB too suspends aid to Af Af nationals can visit India only via e-visa: MHA Tribune News Service PUNJAB HAS HIKED SAP TO ~360/QUINTAL MiG crashes, pilot ejects High rentals, lack of tourists to blame Afghan women walk by posters of Taliban leaders and flags in Kabul. PTI Centre increases sugarcane FRP to SC unhappy over ED, CBI ~290/quintal, terms it ‘highest ever’ probe against lawmakers Lockdown, flash floods hit business, shopkeepers pack up in McLeodganj Lalit Mohan Charanjit Channi Tribune News Service Death certificate given after 25 yrs Tribune News Service Gurugram, August 25 It took 25 years for a Farukhnagar (Gurugram) family to get the death certificate of a member. After running from one department to another since 1996, the family finally moved the CM Window over the delay. The matter was dealt with on priority and finally the death certificate was issued for Deshraj, who had died in a bus accident. “We had lost all hope till somebody suggested we move the CM Window. Finally, we have a closure to the tragedy,” said Dulichand, a resident of Ghoshgarh village, Farukhnagar. According to OSD to the Chief Minister continued on page 9 New Delhi, August 25 With India crossing the milestone of administering 60 crore Covid vaccine doses on Wednesday, the government pledged an additional 2 crore shots to states urging them to inoculate all schoolteachers by September 5, the Teachers’ Day. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Vaccination is gathering pace. We took 85 days to administer the first 10 crore doses and then 45 days for 20 crore, 24 more days for 40 crore, 20 days for 50 crore and another 19 days for 60 crore.” continued on page 9 ZYDUS SHOT SOON The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation will soon meet to prioritise administration of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine, the first shot approved for kids above 12. 19% POSITIVITY RATE IN KERALA 37,593 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,35,758 3,22,327 648 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 Even as most Punjab districts are struggling to get Covid vaccine doses, with many able to get only 30 per cent population jabbed, Health Minister’s home district Mohali has achieved 71 per cent coverage. In Ferozepur district, just 11.71 per cent of the population has so far got vaccinated (either single or both doses). Other districts fairing poorly include Kapurthala (17.3 per cent), Mansa (22.8 per cent), Sangrur (23.17), Fazilka (23.38 per cent), Tarn Taran YAWNING GAP District Ferozepur Kapurthala Mansa Sangrur Fazilka Pathankot Hoshiarpur Coverage 11.71% 17.30% 22.80% 23.17% 23.38% 55.11% 57.14% (23.76), Jalandhar (24.48), Muktsar (28.01) and Moga (29.77 per cent). Health officials cite irregular vaccine supply as the reason behind poor performance of these districts. A civil surgeon, on the condition of continued on page 9 Traders to move apex court against Tikri blockade Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, August 25 The Bahadurgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, a body representing over 9,000 large and small-scale units in Bahadurgarh town, has decided to approach the Supreme Court for getting removed the blockade by farmers at Tikri border. The decision came almost a month after the trade body apprised the Union and the state governments of the Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. FARMERS BLAME POLICE Pargat Singh, a BKU (Rajewal) leader, said Tikri border had been sealed by the Delhi Police by setting up multilayer barricading, hence farmers couldn’t be blamed for it. “We provide passage to every vehicle,” he said. adverse effects of the blockade. “We were expecting some firm action, but nothing has happened. The industries in Bahadurgarh have been suffering a monthly loss of Rs 2,000 crore. Around 2,000 units have either closed or are on the verge of closure,” said Narinder Chhikara, commerce chamber’s senior vice-president. Chhikara maintained it was the government’s responsi- bility to provide safe passage for transportation of raw material and finished goods. “We will make the Centre, state government and the Delhi Police parties in our petition,” he said. He claimed vehicles carrying raw material from Delhi or elsewhere had to take a detour, leading to 300 to 400 per cent escalation in input cost. “Around 7.5 lakh people are directly or indirectly employed at the industries in Bahadurgarh,” he said.
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