15092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/15/2021 12:07 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 255 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 PELE READY TO LEAVE INTENSIVE CARE AFTER SURGERY SPORT /thetribunechd UK PLANS COVID BOOSTER SHOT FOR 50-PLUS WORLD GOVT MAY BRING PETROL, DIESEL UNDER GST AMBIT BUSINESS PM REACHES OUT TO JATS IN UP, LAYS STONE OF VARSITY BACK PAGE wednesday | 15 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com US looking at India to secure staging postfor Af strikes, if needed: Blinken NHRC notices to 4 states on ‘adverse impact’ of farm stir Tribune News Service Modi to attend Quad summit in US on Sept 24 New Delhi, September 14 The US is in touch with India on using it as a staging post for aerial strikes in Afghanistan, while it will reassess its relationship with Pakistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the pullout from Afghanistan. Binken’s comments came days before PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet US President Joe Biden on September 24 at the Quad summit, possibly followed by a bilateral interaction. “I’m talking northwest India as a potential because Qatar and Doha are just a little bit too far,” said Blinken, New Delhi, September 14 Afghanistan, more than the Indo-Pacific, may occupy centre stage at the first-ever in-person Quad summit to be hosted by US President Joe Biden on September 24. PM Narendra Modi will participate along with PMs of Japan and Australia. The meet will review progress made since the first virtual summit on March 12 and discuss regional issues of shared interests, said an MEA statement. The summit will take place a day before PM Modi will address the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly that begins on Wednesday. —TNS New Delhi, September 14 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Centre and the Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments seeking action taken reports over complaints of alleged inconvenience caused to the general public due to the protests against the farm laws. The NHRC also issued notice to the District Magistrate, Jhajjar (Haryana), calling for a reply by October 10 in the case of alleged gang rape of a rights activist at the protest site in Tikri. “No report has been received from the DM regarding payment of compensation to the kin of the deceased,” the commission said. Acting on a clutch of complaints alleging that the Wholesale inflation up ‘Shift stir’ plea not political: Capt Says despite support, farmers’ leaders misread remarks at 11.39% in August Punjab increases gallantry award allowance by 80% Pak-organised terror module busted, 6 held Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 14 The Punjab Government today increased the monthly allowance of gallantry, distinguished service awardees, their widows, widows of posthumous awardees and the next of kin by 80 per cent. A spokesperson of the Defence Services Welfare Department said out of 2,044 winners of gallantry and distinguished awards, the allowance for Param Vir Chakra winners has been increased from the existing Rs 23,100 to Rs 41,580. The Ashok Chakra awardees would now get Rs 33,264 in place of earlier Rs 18,480, while the Maha Vir Chakra continued on page 9 New Delhi, September 14 The Delhi Police's Special Cell today claimed to have busted "a Pakistan-organised terror module linked to Dawood Ibrahim" with the arrest of six terrorists. Addressing a press conference, Neeraj Thakur, Special CP (Special Cell), said the module was linked to dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who is accused of carrying out the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai and is believed to be living in Pakistan. The official said two of the arrested terrorists were radicalised and ideologically motivated and had received training in Pakistan for 15 days. One of them, he said, Says ties with Pak to be reassessed Sandeep Dikshit A protest against Taliban’s order to vacate an army residential colony in Kandahar. ASVAKA NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS INDIA CALLS FOR UNITED APPROACH TOWARDS AFGHANISTAN CRISIS ■ Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has hoped the global community would take united approach towards Afghanistan. when asked at the hearing by Congressman Mark Green whether the US had reached ■ The approach has been artic- ulated by UNSC resolution on safe departure of Afghans and foreigners from Kabul and need to uphold human rights. out to India as a possible staging area for aerial strikes on any terrorist haven that might ■ India’s investments have earned it tremendous goodwill and our friendship with Afghans will continue to guide our approach, he said. crop up in Afghanistan. continued on page 9 edit: UN in Afghanistan Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 14 The wholesale price-based inflation rose marginally to 11.39% in August, mainly due to costlier manufactured goods, even as food prices softened. Snapping the twomonth easing trend, WPI inflation rose in August and remained in double-digit for the fifth consecutive month. In July 2021, WPI inflation was 11.16%, while in August 2020 it was 0.41%. “The high rate of inflation in August 2021 is primarily due to rise in prices of non- IN DOUBLE DIGITS FOR FIFTH MONTH ■ WPI inflation rose in Aug & remained in double digits for the fifth consecutive month ■ In July, WPI inflation was 11.16%, while in August 2020, it was 0.41% ■ Inflation in crude petroleum and natural gas was 40.03% in August food articles, mineral oils; crude petroleum and natural gas; manufactured products continued on page 9 IN BRIEF India, S’pore to link UPI, PayNow for fund transfer Chandigarh, September 14 Once again urging the farmers to discontinue their protests in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said it was unfortunate that the farmers’ leaders had given a political twist to his remarks on the issue. Reacting to Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s criticism of his call to protest in Delhi and not Punjab, the CM lamented that despite his government’s unequivocal support to their cause, the farmers had misinterpreted his appeal and tried to link it with the upcoming state Assembly polls. He said Punjab had always stood with the farmers on the issue and it was sad that its Farmers and others protest near Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO EC SETS THE BALL ROLLING FOR PB POLL ■ Gearing up for the state poll, the EC said it would increase the number of polling booths to 24,689 against 23,211 earlier ■ Amid Covid, the number of voters per booth would be reduced from 1,400 to 1,200, Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said people were suffering due to continued protests by the farming community across the state. The CM asserted that there was no question of trying to split the farmers of Punjab and Haryana, all of continued on page 9 Tribune News Service INDUSTRIAL UNITS HIT ■ Stir has hit 9,000 industrial units, rights panel told ■ Transportation and the liveli- hood of people ‘impacted’ ■ ‘Breach’ of Covid protocol at the farm protest sites REPORT SOUGHT ON ‘RAPE’ AT TIKRI The NHRC has sought a report from the District Magistrate, Jhajjar, on alleged gang rape of a rights activist at the protest site in Tikri. protests had adversely impacted industrial units, transportation and the livelihood of people, the NHRC also put on notice the chief secretaries and the police chiefs of the four states. The commission noted that there were allegations of adverse continued on page 9 In WB, Datta 4th AG to quit in row New Delhi, September 14 West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Datta on Tuesday resigned from his post citing “personal reasons”, following which Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed senior counsel Gopal Mukherjee in his place. Datta, who took charge in February 2017, is the fourth Advocate General in row to have resigned during Mamata Banerjee’s 10-year rule in the state. Hours later, Mukherjee was named his successor. BACK PAGE Rounded up from UP, Maha, Delhi, R’sthan; Dawood link suspected was tasked to identify potential targets for attacks during the upcoming festival season. Those arrested were identified as Jaan Mohammad Shaikh (47) from Maharashtra, Osama (22) from Delhi, Moolchand (47) from Rae Bareli, Zeeshan Qamar (28) from Allahabad, Mohd Abu Bakar (23) from Behraich and Mohd Amir Javed (31) from Lucknow. They were taken into custody during raids at various places in UP Maha, rashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan. "Osama and Zeeshan were continued on page 9 MUMBAI: India and Singapore will link their fast payment systems — UPI and PayNow — to enable users to make instant, low-cost fund transfers on a reciprocal basis, the RBI has said. BUSINESS Zomato co-founder Gaurav Gupta quits NEW DELHI: Co-founder of online food delivery platform Zomato Gaurav Gupta, a key figure in run-up to the company’s IPO in July, has resigned, saying he would be starting a new chapter. BUSINESS 4 civilians hurt in Pulwama grenade attack SRINAGAR: At least four civilians were injured after militants lobbed a grenade towards a vehicle of security forces in Pulwama this afternoon, but it exploded on the roadside. INSIDE Heavy rain lashes Gujarat, 7,000 evacuated NEW DELHI: Heavy rain in Rajkot, Junagadh and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat has led to evacuation of more than 7,000 people. CM Bhupendra Patel assured help to flood-hit persons. BACKPAGE MoD offices to relocate to new complexes NEW DELHI: Defence Ministry offices that have been functioning from makeshift barracks on Dalhousie Road will move to two new complexes — one at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and the other in Africa Avenue. TNS Himachalschools Goods train derails in Odisha shut till Sept 21 Shimla, September 14 The Himachal Pradesh Government today decided to keep all schools, except residential ones, closed till September 21 in view the Covid19 pandemic. The teaching and nonteaching staff would, however, continue to attend schools. The schools in the state were re-opened for Classes IX to XII after the second wave of Covid-19 in the first week of August, but closed a week later following spurt in fresh cases. — TNS States approve 667 claims from Covid orphans New Delhi, September 14 State governments have so far received 3,250 claims for government support to children orphaned due to Covid-19, and have granted approval in 667 cases and rejected 380. Top Union Government sources today said as of Tuesday, 667 orphaned children had been cleared by states to receive Central support — Rs At least nine wagons of wheat-laden goods train derailed on the Angul-Talcher route on Tuesday. Loco pilot and other staff are safe. PTI Netas turn hosts, Sansad TV goes on air today Hry creates document database, now Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 14 Renowned domain experts and public personalities like former J&K Governor Karan Singh and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will host special shows for Sansad Television, which is set for national launch tomorrow to coincide with the International Day of Democracy. The platform, that will merge Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TVs, has been in the works since March 1, when the decision to integrate the Karan Singh Shashi Tharoor Amitabh Kant LOK SABHA, RAJYA SABHA TVs MERGED ■ Shashi Tharoor will interview legendary personalities ■ J&K ex-Governor Karan Singh to host show on interfaith issues and Niti CEO Amitabh Kant on infrastructure ■ Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal to talk economy two channels was announced by LS Speaker Om Birla. Sansad TV, to be launched jointly by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bir- la on September 15, will feature researched shows on a range of subjects from religion, economy and infrastructure to health, public policy and gender. Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh will anchor a special programme on interfaith issues and religion, sources said. Congress MP and former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor will conduct interviews with legendary personalities across spheres from films and poetry to dance continued on back page student verification just a click away Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 14 Sparing applicants the trouble of standing in long queues, cutting down admission time and providing verified documents at the click of a button, Haryana’s ambitious Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) programme is beginning to bear fruit. The online admissions in the 2021-22 session to undergraduate courses in 327 participating colleges became a UNIQUE FAMILY ID ■ Awaiting formal launch, Parivar Pehchan Patra aims to digitise family data ■ Each family gets 8-digit ID linked to birth, death and marriage record ■ Database to be used for scholarships, subsidies and pensions cakewalk, thanks to the availability of this consolidated data that is complete with various documents verified under the PPP programme. Of the 1.96 lakh candidates who registered for admissions, the PPP data for 1.78 lakh was available immediately. The remaining 18,000 students whose names did not figure in the PPP records belonged to other states and did not have the PPP ID. Principal Veena Behl of Government College, Alewa, said the auto-fetch provision had simplified admissions considerably. “In manual continued on page 9 25,404 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,43,213 3,62,207 339 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS 2,000 monthly stipend, which the Centre proposes to increase to Rs 4,000 soon; health care cover under PM Jan Arogya Yojana; and a promise of Rs 10 lakh once the child turns 23. “This is an ongoing process. We have received 667 approved claims in respect of children orphaned by Covid. More will come as verifications happen,” said a Women and Child Development Ministry continued on page 9
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