03092021-TT-01.qxd 9/2/2021 11:06 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 243 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH CHINA EYEING BAGRAM AIR FORCE BASE: HALEY WORLD /thetribunechd KARVY CEO, CFO HELD IN INDUSIND FRAUD CASE BUSINESS EAM, SLOVENIAN PREZ HOLD TALKS ON AF, INDO-PACIFIC BACK PAGE 4TH TEST: KOHLI SCORES 50, BUT INDIA STRUGGLE ON DAY 1 SPORT friday | 3 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com show ‘Balika Vadhu’, died on Thursday. He was 40. Reports suggested he died of heart attack, but the exact cause wasn’t immediately known. PTI Fake, communal news on social media, portals may bring bad name to India: SC Amazon to hire 8,000 direct workforce in India Tribune News Service IN BRIEF Sidharth Shukla dies of ‘cardiac arrest’ MUMBAI: Sidharth Shukla, who acted in long-running TV COURT’S OBSERVATION GOVT’S RESPONSE MUMBAI: Amazon is planning to hire over 8,000 direct workforce across 35 cities in India this year across corporate, technology, customer service and operation roles, a company official said. PTI Moral policing: Woman, son attacked inside car KOLLAM (KERALA): In an alleged incident of moral policing, a 44-year- old woman and her 23-year-old son were attacked by a man while they were having food inside their car on a busy roadside. PTI Protest by RSS-affiliate farmers’ body on Sept 8 BALLIA (UP): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has decided to hold a nationwide dharna on September 8 as the Centre has failed to act on its “ultimatum” over demands related to the three central farm laws and MSP. PTI Ayush Ministry to distribute anti-Covid drugs NEW DELHI: The Ayush Ministry on Thursday launched a campaign for distributing Ayush prophylactic medicines to 75 lakh people across the country to help combat Covid-19 pandemic. PTI Quiet burial for Geelani in Srinagar amid security New Delhi, September 2 Expressing serious concern over dissemination of fake news on social media platforms and web portals, the Supreme Court today said even news broadcast in a section of TV channels had a communal tone, which might bring a bad name to the country. “Everything shown in a section of private news channels bears a communal tone. Ultimately, the country is going to get a bad name. Did you ever attempt to regulate these private channels?” a Bench led ■ There is no control over fake ■ Agreeing with the court, Solicitor news and slandering via web portals and YouTube channels ■ If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is freely circulated and anyone can start a channel on YouTube General Tushar Mehta said social media spreads not only communal, but also planted news ■ The new IT rules make social media intermediaries more accountable, he maintained by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana asked the Centre. “Twitter, Facebook or YouTube—they never PB FARMERS LATHICHARGED JP, Lohia off varsity syllabus, Bihar Govt orders probe ■ The police on Thursday lathi-charged farmers protesting outside the new grain market in Moga where SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was addressing a meeting ■ At least five farmers and some policemen were injured and 15 cars damaged ■ Sukhbir claimed those protesting were aligned to Cong and AAP, and were not farmers ■ In Hoshiarpur, farmers held a protest against Union Minister of State Som Parkash New Delhi, September 2 The JDU-led NDA government in Bihar on Thursday ordered a comprehensive probe into potential syllabi changes across universities of the state after evidence that political thought of Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia had been dropped from MA Political Science paper of Jai Prakash University, Chhapra, and that of some leaders, including Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay, added. — TNS New Delhi, September 2 Pro-Pakistan separatist Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani (92), who passed away late last evening after prolonged illness, was given a quiet burial amid tight security in the wee hours today. Several leaders and workers associated with the Hurriyat, including JK Peoples’ League chairman Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, were taken into preventive detention. Geelani, who suffered a minor heart attack in March 2018, was under house arrest for around a decade. He developed “breathing complications” at his Hyderpora residence on the outskirts of Srinagar city around 10.30 pm last evening. He breathed his last soon thereafter. As per his wish, he was buried at a mosque near his residence, one of his close associates said. His son Naeem is reported to have said that they wanted to bury him at the Idgah in downtown Srinagar. The UT administration had asked his family to carry out the burial at night as a precautionary measure. Intelligence reports had suggested that anti-national elements might use the occasion to create a law and order problem in the Valley, officials in the security establishment said. Officials said the authorities took Geelani’s body and buried it as per rituals in the presence of continued on page 11 Six years on, 69 HP road projects stuck in red tape 11 on run, clueless Hry cops seek info from public in paper leak case Bhanu P Lohumi Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Shimla, September 2 Even after the lapse of over six years, 69 roads declared national highways are nowhere on the ground. Even the detailed project report (DPR) of any of these roads has not been prepared so far. Karnal, September 2 With 11 accused in the Haryana Staff Selection Commission constable recruitment paper leak case yet to be arrested, the police have announced cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of the accused. The Kaithal police have arrested 30 accused so far. The HSSC had conducted the paper on August 7 in two shifts and it was also scheduled for Estimated at ~30K cr in 2015, delay to jack up cost In June 2015, the BJP then , in opposition, was all praise for Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for giving inprinciple nod to the 69 national highways having a total length of 4,312 km. The state PWD was assigned the task of preparing the DPRs. As per the information procured by RTI activist Rohit Bhagwat, consultancy work in respect of 58 highways is in progress and draft alignment reports have been sent to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Chief Engineer continued on page 11 Syed Ali Shah Geelani NET SNAPPED Mobile services and the Internet were snapped as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours and fake news. Barricades were put up at various places and vehicles checked STRIDENT SECESSIONIST VOICE FALLS SILENT OBIT BACK PAGE respond to us and there’s no accountability. About the institutions they have written badly and they don’t Get 2 jabs or shun gatherings: Govt New Delhi, September 2 As daily new cases rose to a two-month high of 47,092 today, the government warned people against mass festive gatherings. Indian Council of Medical Research chief Balram Bhargava went to the extent of saying that while mass gatherings must be absolutely avoided at the moment, and only fully inoculated people must gather if meetings are critical. “Mass gatherings continued on page 11 2 ACCUSED FROM J&K ■ ~2 lakh reward has been announced for arrest of two J&K residents ■ Were allegedly involved in the supply chain of the answer key ■ ~50,000 for arrest of nine from Haryana who procured, circulated answer key August 8. However, the paper was cancelled after reports emerged it had been leaked. Kaithal SP Lokender Singh VAX COVERAGE ■ 54%of India’s 94 crore adults have received first dose ■ 16%have received both doses MED SUPPLIES TO B’DESH India has delivered two medical oxygenplants to Bangladesh, manufactured by the DRDO. said Rs 2 lakh reward each had been announced for Mohammad Afzal of Srinagar and Mujjafar Ahmed of Gul village in Ramban, Jammu. Both were allegedly involved in the supply chain of the answer key. The Rs 50,000 reward each has been announced on Kuldeep, Naveen, Pardeep (Hisar); Ved Prakash (Rohtak); Ramesh, Ashok (Mahendragarh); Nihal Singh, Manohar (Bhiwani) and Radhey Sham (Jind). They allegedly procured circulated answer key. OVER 10% POSITIVITY IN 39 DISTRICTS ■ 39 districts in Kerala and Northeast have over 10% Covid positivity, 38 have 5-10% ■ Districts with over 10% positivity need urgent containment measures, says the government 47,092 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,39,529 3,89,583 509 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS Punjab eases vax norms for urgent foreign travel Chandigarh, September 2 The Punjab Government will allow people travelling abroad for urgent work to take the second dose of Covishield without waiting for the mandatory 84 days. The relaxation has also been extended to foreign nationals needing to return to home countries. The people will have to produce a copy of travel documents such as visas, confirmed tickets and other documents justifying urgent travel. — TNS Efforts on to evacuate girls’ soccer team from Af Washington, September 2 They move from place to place at a moment’s notice in a desperate bid to evade the Taliban — girls whose lives are in danger simply because they chose to play a sport they loved. An international effort to evacuate members of the Afghanistan national girls’ soccer team, along with their family members and soccer federation staff, suffered a MOVING PLACES TO EVADE TALIBAN The rescue efforts raise the visibility of these young women and importance of equality. Julie Foudy, FORMER US WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM CAPTAIN ❝ Most members of Afghan women’s team were evacuated to Australia last week But the girls aged 14-16 and their families could also be targeted by the Taliban crushing setback last week after a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed 169 Afghans and 13 US service members during a harrowing airlift. Frightened and desperate, the girls now worry whether a far-flung coali- tion of former US military and Intelligence officials, Congressmen, US allies, humanitarian groups and the captain of the Afghanistan women’s national team can get them and their loved ones to safety. Most members of the Afghan women’s team, formed in 2007, were evacuated to Australia last week. But the girls aged 14-16 and continued on page 11 ONE INCIDENT, FIVE FIRs; HC QUASHES 4 The Delhi High Court has held that the police cannot lodge five FIRs for the same incident and quashed four of them registered for the alleged offences of looting and setting on fire a compound during the Delhi riots last year. PTI respond… and say this is their right. They only worry about powerful men and not judges, institutions or common man. That is what we have seen,” the CJI said during hearing on petitions filed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind and others. The petitioners have sought directions to the Centre to stop fake news on Tablighi Jamaat’s March 2020 congregation at Markaz Nizamuddin and act against those involved. “There is no control over fake news and slandering via web portals and YouTube channels. If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is freely circulated and anyone can start a channel on YouTube,” the Bench noted. Agreeing with the continued on page 11 SC to hear 40 ‘death cases’ from Sept 7 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued a circular stating that 40 ‘death cases’ will be listed before threejudge benches starting from September 7, including the one related to LeT terrorist Mohammad Arif. The list includes four review petitions of convicts. — PTI Terrorism main concern, says India as Af clashes turn deadly Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 2 The battle between the Taliban and Resistance-2 defending Panjshir Valley has entered a serious phase after reports of casualties on both sides and an indirect signal of support to fellow ethnic Tajiks by Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon. Resistance-2 said Wahed Khan became its first martyr in Shotul, one of the eight districts in Panjshir Valley. It was an indirect admission of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid’s statement that fighters had entered Panjshir. Days after the talks with continued on page 11 Refugees gather at Chaman on Afghanistan-Pakistan border. REUTERS EARLY DAYS YET, SAYS MEA Let’s see further what our roadmap will be. Let’s treat Doha meeting for what it is... It is just a meeting. These are very early days. Arindam Bagchi, MEA SPOKESPERSON ❝ IN HERAT, WOMEN DEMAND RIGHT TO WORK “Don’t be afraid, we are together,” woman shouted in unison in Herat during a demonstration demanding right to education and work. Women are anxious following Taliban decree ending co-education.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).