14092021-TTB-01.qxd 9/13/2021 11:33 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 254 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA MEDVEDEV BEATS DJOKOVIC TO LIFT US OPEN SPORT /thetribunechd ~25-CR INCENTIVE FOR INDUSTRY TO CURB FARM FIRES PUNJAB JET AIRWAYS TO START OPERATIONS EARLY NEXT YEAR BUSINESS INDIA, US LAUNCH DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE FINANCING BACK PAGE tuesday | 14 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Was Pegasus used illegally, asks SC after Centre refuses to file additional affidavit Satya Prakash Tribune News Service KOHLI TO STAY CAPT IN ALL FORMATS: BCCI New Delhi: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Monday junked reports suggesting that Virat Kohli was likely to step down as skipper of limited-overs format after the ICC T20 World Cup. IANS New Delhi, September 13 The Supreme Court on Monday said it only wanted to know whether or not the Pegasus spyware was used through illegal methods to allegedly snoop on citizens after the Centre stoutly refused to file an affidavit citing national security on pleas seeking an independent probe into the snooping row. Reiterating it was not interested in knowing issues related to national security, the SC said it would pass an interim order on petitions seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into alleged snooping on politicians, journalists and activists. “Hearing is concluded. Order is reserved,” a Says will pass interim order on pleas seeking court-monitored SIT probe WHY BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH, ASKS COURT Mr Mehta, you’ve been beating about the bush… We were only expecting an affidavit... You only had to say whether it has been done or not. CJI-led Bench ❝ CAN’T FILE AFFIDAVIT, NOT IN NATIONAL INTEREST, SAYS CENTRE The Solicitor General vehemently referred to the threat to national security and said the government didn’t wish to file a detailed affidavit as this was not in national interest. Bench led by CJI NV Ramana said after hearing arguments from various parties on the issue. The development came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the government didn’t want to file any additional affidavit to publicly clarify if Pegasus was used for snooping or not even if he maintained that the Centre had nothing to hide. “You have repeatedly been saying that the government doesn’t want to file an affidavit. We also don’t want any security issues to be put before us. You say that a committee will be formed and the report will be submitted... We have to look into the whole issue and pass an interim order,” the Bench told Mehta. As Mehta insisted that the matter should be examined by a panel of experts and the report should be submitted to the top court and then the court could decide if the report would be put in the public domain or not, the Bench said such a decision would not take the issue anywhere. “Mr Mehta, you have been beating about the bush and that’s not the question here,” the Bench told the Solicitor General. Mehta said if there was a rethinking in the government on filing a detailed affidavit, he would bring it to the court’s notice. “We are reserving orders. We will pass an interim order. It will take two-three days. If you have some re-thinking on this, you can mention the matter before us,” the Bench told the Solicitor General. On Mehta citing national security as a reason for not making it public, the Bench said, “We are not interested to know about national interest issues… but we want to know about the allegations that some software was used to snoop on certain citizens like lawyers etc. We wanted to know if it’s done and to see if it’s permissible under law.” On behalf of various petitioners, senior advocates Kapil Sibal, AM Singhvi, Shyam Divan, Rakesh Dwivedi, Meenakshi Arora and Colin Gonsalves insisted that the government must disclose if the controversial software was used in India or not as it was a question of violation of fundamental rights of citizens. TN passes Bill to opt out of NEET New Delhi, September 13 The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a Bill to opt out of the central medical entrance exam system NEET-UG and admit students to UG medical courses on the basis of Class XII marks. The Bill was passed by the Assembly with all parties in support, barring the BJP Presidential assent for . the Bill would, however, remain a challenge. — TNS WHO nod likely for Stir hurting Pb economy: Capt to farmers Covaxin this week Asks them to shift protest to Delhi borders He fears poll losses, claim SKM leaders Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 13 India’s first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin is likely to receive WHO approval for emergency use listing (EUL) this week. Sources in the government indicated that the process of WHO approval was “in the final stages”. Bharat Biotech had on July 3 announced Phase 3 trial results of Covaxin, showing the vaccine to be 78 per cent effective against the overall Covid disease and 93 per cent effective against severe infections. The safety and efficacy analysis data from Phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin, developed in partnership with the ICMR-National Institute of Virology Pune, revealed that the vaccine significantly cut hospitalisations and showed potential to limit infection and transmis- PM scheduled to visit US later this month 75 CR DOSES GIVEN As India crossed the milestone of administering 75 crore Covid vaccine doses nationally, the WHO congratulated India for scaling up the vaccination drive at an “unprecedented pace”. 27,254 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,42,874 3,74,269 219 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS sion. The data was submitted to the national regulatory authority and also to the WHO, which assesses safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of vaccines before notifying these in the EUL. Such EUL would enable Indians inoculated with Covaxin to travel abroad without continued on page 9 Hoshiarpur, September 13 Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the representatives of farmers’ unions not to hold protests over the three central farm laws in Punjab as these “have considerably impacted economic development”. He said if the farmers wanted to put pressure on the Centre, they should shift their protest to Delhi borders as Punjab had already expressed solidarity with them on the issue. In his public address after laying the stone of a government college at Mukhliana village in Chabbewal, the CM emphasised: “The farm REJECTED FARM LAWS Anything within the purview of my government has already been done by us. ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, CM protests at 113 sites in Punjab are not in the interests of the state’s economy and its people. Anything within the purview of my government was done promptly.” Capt Amarinder pointed out that the Constitution had been amended 127 times since 1950. “So why not one more time to repeal the farm continued on page 9 Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Panipat, September 13 The Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders flayed the Punjab Chief Minister’s remark. While Harpal Singh Sangha, president of the Azad Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Doaba, claimed Captain was afraid that the farm stir could damage his party’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly elections, Kulwinder Singh Sandhu, who heads the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha pointed out: “We have not paralysed the functioning of any Punjab Government office. Adani and Jio establishments are surely not part of the government.” Securityforcesdetect,defuse six hand grenades along highway in Srinagar Tribune News Service Traffic hit on Manali-Leh highway after fresh snow Mandi, September 13 The Manali-Leh highway was restored for traffic near Baralacha pass in Lahaul & Spiti district of HP today, hours after the local administration shut it following fresh snowfall. The Border Roads Organisation pressed into service its personnel and machinery to clear the snow from the highway. However, the Himachal transport corporation’s Keylong depot suspended its Delhi-Leh bus service. The bus service on the Kullu-Kaza route was also suspended due to fresh snow at Kunzum pass. The ManaliKeylong road also remained blocked for hours as a huge boulder rolled down from the hillside on the road at Nehru Kund near Manali. INSIDE New Delhi, September 13 Averting a major terror attack, the security forces today defused six hand grenades placed by militants on the busy Parimpora-Panthachowk axis of the National Highway-44 in Srinagar. A senior security official said, “During a routine road opening exercise along the NH-44, alert troopers of the 73 Battalion of the CRPF found six Chinese grenades in a sandbag placed on a divider of the road.” He went on to add that the troops averted a major Security personnel stand guard in Srinagar. FILE PHOTO incident on the busy highway. “Since there was a lot of rush on the highway, the grenades were not defused at the site. These were handed over to the police for disposal,” sources said. The official said the stretch where the grenades were found is used by security forces to reach places in remote border districts, including Kupwara and Bandipora. The road is also used to reach Ladakh. ANIL VIJ FLAYS CAPTAIN Punjab CM telling farmers to do whatever they want in Haryana or Delhi, not in Punjab, is an irresponsible statement... He has done the task of instigating farmers. HRY MINISTER ❝ He claimed the CM was afraid that the Centre may impose President’s rule in Punjab and “that’s why he is making such statements.” Yogender Yadav of Jai Kisan Andolan called the CM’s statement “very unfortunate and irresponsible,” adding that it was an attempt to divide the farmers of Punjab and Haryana. Vigil at Geelani’s burial site up New Delhi, September 13 Security forces have been keeping a close watch on the grave of separatist leader and Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani as they fear that his supporters may try to build a shrine or a memorial around it. Officials in the J&K security establishment said nearly three dozen police and paramilitary vehicles had been deployed in a radius of 500metre around Geelani’s grave. Security arrangements have been made in all the lanes leading to the place where the Hurriyat leader was laid to rest on September 2. — TNS 17TH GUJ CM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the new Gujarat CM, Bhupendra Patel, at the swearing-in. PTI BACK PAGE Wary of direct aid to Af, India pitches for UN role Sandeep Dikshit TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, September 13 The global community has promised to be generous to the needs of the Afghan people but had reservations about providing aid directly to the Taliban even as there were rumours in Kabul over the death of its Deputy PM Mullah Baradar. Speaking at a UN conference called by its Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday to address the critical humanitarian needs of Afghans, many participants, including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, pointed out the need to ensure that humanitarian assistance providers are accorded direct access to Afghanistan. The situation in the country, dire Taliban dismiss rumours of Dy PM Baradar’s death WILLING TO STAND BY AFGHANS, SAYS INDIA India is willing to stand by the Afghan people, just as in the past. The world must come together to create enabling environment. ❝ S Jaishankar, EAM because of an ongoing drought, has worsened after the Taliban takeover. “Once relief materials reach that country, the world will naturally expect a non-discriminatory continued on page 9 IN BRIEF Veteran Cong leader Oscar Fernandes dead NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes passed away at a private hospital in Mangalore on Monday. He was admitted there in July after a fall during a yoga session. He was 80. BACK PAGE Giani Zail Singh’s grandson joins BJP No relief, Hry veggie growers bitter Punjab-origin nominees in Canada poll fray face racist slogans, attacks Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, September 13 The Haryana Government’s Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana (BBY) has proved a “bitter” pill for bitter gourd growers in the district who are awaiting compensation for the loss suffered by them last year. The scheme was introduced to protect the farmers from losses if the prices of some specified vegetables fell below the fixed rate. The farmers from Mubarkabad village in Gharaunda block are running from pillar to post to get compensation as they had to sell their crop at OFFICIALS MUM I had sold 80 quintals of bitter gourd at loss... gave all papers in June last year, but the officials are yet to respond. Joginder Singh, FARMER ❝ Rs 5-6 per kg against the government price of Rs 13.5 per kg during the lockdown last year. They claim they have deposited all relevant documents at the office of the Karnal market committee. Joginder Singh, one of the farmers, said, “I had sold 80 quintals of bitter gourd at loss. Even after depositing all papers in June last year, I have yet to get the compensation.” Similarly, Amandeep Kaur and Major Singh, who had each sold around 45 quintals below the fixed price, are yet to get relief. A market committee official said the documents deposited by the farmers were forwarded to the authorities at the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board headquarters. Sukhmeet Bhasin SARAI’S POSTER DEFACED Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 13 Punjab-origin candidates contesting the federal election are facing racial attacks in Canada. A poster of Randeep Singh Sarai, a Liberal candidate who is running for re-election in Surrey Centre, was defaced by spray-painting a swastika, a symbol of Nazis. Sarai tweeted, “I am disappointed to see that one of my signs was defaced in Surrey Centre. This behaviour is ■ A poster of Randeep Singh Sarai, a Liberal candidate, defaced by spray-painting a swastika, a symbol of Nazis VOLUNTEERS ATTACKED OFFENSIVE REMARKS ■ NDP leader Jagmeet Singh faced a racist remark during campaigning in Windsor intolerable. I deplore this anti-Semitic behaviour, I know my neighbours will join me in calling it out. Let’s ■ Two volunteers of Sabrina Grover, a candidate of the Liberal Party, attacked during campaigning. move forward with kindness and constructive discussion.” In another incident, continued on page 9 FARIDKOT: After over 24 years, a family member of former Presi- dent Giani Zail Singh has entered active politics with his grandson Inderjeet Singh Babbu joining the BJP on Monday. INSIDE Shooter Namanveer dies by ‘suicide’ in Mohali MOHALI: National-level shooter Namanveer Singh Brar, 28, allegedly died by suicide at his house here on Monday. The post-mortem was conducted at the local civil hospital. Further probe is on. TNS Tamil is language of gods, says Madras HC CHENNAI: Hailing Tamil as the “language of gods”, the Madras High Court has said temple consecrations across the country should be done reciting Tamil hymns composed by saints like Azhwars. PTI Barring 3, all states integrate land record NEW DELHI: Land records have been integrated with the Centre's e-portal by all states, barring three, the govt said, adding that procurement would be according to new mechanism. BACK PAGE Piyush, Truss talks to set pace for trade deal LONDON: India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will hold virtual talks with his UK counterpart Liz Truss on Monday to discuss steps to begin negotiations for a UK-India trade pact. WORLD
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