24092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/24/2021 1:28 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 264 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 ARCHERY WC: INDIAN WOMEN’S COMPOUND TEAM IN FINAL SPORT /thetribunechd LANDSLIDE BLOCKS MANALI-LEH ROAD HIMACHAL PRADESH SENSEX INCHES CLOSER TO 60,000 MARK BUSINESS AMID INTERNAL FEUD, RAWAT MEETS JAKHAR BACK PAGE friday | 24 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com PM Modi meets top American CEOs as India invites investment in key sectors Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service 2 killed in police firing on Assam ‘encroachers’ Mangaldai/Guwahati, Sept 23 Staccato sounds of gunfire broke the fragile peace of Sipajhar in Assam’s Darrang district on Thursday as the police tried to evict “encroachers”, leaving two persons dead in police firing and at least 20 injured in clashes, and a shocking video wherein an apparently dead man with a bullet wound on his chest lay motionless but was still hit by a man slinging a camera. Rahul:Assam is on state-sponsored fire A judicial probe has been ordered. The incident drew condemnation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi calling the police action “state-sponsored fire”. Darrang SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma, brother of CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, claimed the protesters pelted the police and others with stones. The dead have been identified as Saddam Hussain and Sheikh Forid. Bijay Shankar Baniya, continued on back page New Delhi, September 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington to a reception at the Andrews Air Force Base by an Indianorigin group. The PM had one-on-one meetings with CEOs of five US MNCs specialising in different sectors of great interest for New Delhi, ranging from military drones to advanced digital and solar technologies. The PM’s schedule included interactions with US Vice-President Kamala Harris and Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia, Yoshihide Suga and Scott Morrison. He will meet US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday followed by the first in-person Quad summit. Amidst strict security at the hotel with the main lane barricaded with concrete barriers, the Prime Minister’s Talks on military drones, 5G, semiconductors, solar panels, smart education, AI centres KAMALA: INDIA VERY IMPORTANT PARTNER Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US VicePresident Kamala Harris at the White House on Thursday. This was the first meeting between the two leaders. Harris described India as a “very important partner” for the US and welcomed New Delhi’s announcement that it will soon resume vaccine export. Harris, 56, is the first-ever person of Indian origin to be elected as US VicePresident. Their meeting comes a day ahead of the maiden bilateral between Modi & President Biden. << PM Narendra Modi with US Vice-President Kamala Harris in Washington DC on Thursday. TWITTER common message to the CEOs was to consider investing in India to cater to the local market as well as export. According to the MEA, all the CEOs were enthusiastic about intensifying ties with India. In contrast, the PM had met as many as 60 CEOs during his previous visit to the US in 2019, which led to a diffused focus, it is now believed. Unveiling his expectations, the PM said this was the right time to not only manufacture in India for the domestic market but also serve the needs of other countries. It is hoped that their expanded footprints in India would catalyse interest from other MNCs specialising in continued on back page Pegasus: SC to set up expert panel; order likely next week Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 23 The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would set up an expert committee to probe the allegations that politicians, journalists and activists were snooped on using the Pegasus spyware. A Bench led by Chief Jus- tice of India NV Ramana — which had on September 13 reserved its order on petitions seeking an SIT probe into the allegations — said a detailed order to set up a committee could be expected next week. The court wanted to pass an order this week, but it couldn’t as some of the SOME EXPERTS NOT KEEN TO JOIN COMMITTEE The CJI said the court wanted to pass an order this week, but it couldn’t as some of the experts it had in mind for the committee didn’t want to participate due to personal reasons. experts it had in mind for the committee didn’t want to participate due to personal reasons, the CJI told senior advocate CU Singh, who represented some of the petitioners in the case. The top court had on September 13 said it would pass an interim order on petitions seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the scandal. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said the government didn’t want to file any additional affidavit to publicly clarify if Pegasus spyware was used for snooping or not even if he maintained that the Centre had nothing to hide. “You have repeatedly been saying continued on page 9 Fix timeframe for UNSC reforms: G4 NEW DELHI: The G4 has called for concrete outcomes in a fixed timeframe on steps to reform the Security Council. “With G-4 Foreign Ministers Heiko Mass, Moteging and Carlos França, sent a clear message on need for reformed multilateralism,” said EAM S Jaishankar after meeting his German & Japanese counterparts. INSIDE Inoculation allowed at home for ill, disabled Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 23 The Centre today said twothirds of the country’s 94 crore adults had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and nearly onefourth had received both doses in a significant ramp-up of the inoculation drive even as it warned that the second wave wasn’t over. To expand vaccination coverage, the government today announced it had approved home vaccination for people who could not visit centres due to illness or disability. “Such persons will be administered vaccines at home under supervision,” NITI Aayog member VK Paul said. India saw 31,923 new cases on Thursday with Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan warning that the “second wave has not yet concluded.” “We are in the midst of a second surge even while we may be witnessing a decline. Covid-appropriate behaviour continued on page 9 Three Pak-origin terrorists shot dead along LoC NEW DELHI: Three armed Pak-origin terrorists who were trying to sneak in from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of J&K’s Baramulla district have been shot dead. INSIDE Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Kaza gets highest e-vehicle charging station MANDI: World's highest charging station for electric vehicles was inaugurated at Kaza in Lahaul and Spiti tribal district on Thursday. It has been set up by goEgo Network company. INSIDE PM CARES not govt fund, Delhi High Court told NEW DELHI: The PM CARES Fund is not a government fund as dona- IISc, 6 IITs in top 500 varsities in QS rankings PLAY TIME: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi performs bhangra with PTU students in Kapurthala on Thursday. He also allowed them to click selfies with him. Recalling his student days, Channi said he felt delighted to be back on the campus. MALKIAT SINGH UP Congress vice-president Tripathi quits Haryana orders special ‘girdawari’ as heavy rain batters cotton, paddy crops NEW DELHI: Claiming that workers were not being respected, LP Deepender Deswal Tripathi, vice-president of Congress’ UP unit and great grandson of ex-CM Kamalapati Tripathi, quit the party on Thursday. PTI Tribune News Service NEW DELHI: The IISc, Bengaluru, and six IITs are among 12 Indian institutions which have figured in the top 500 universities in QS Graduate Employability Rankings announced on Thursday. PTI 37 hurt as classroom roof collapses in Sonepat SONEPAT: Thirty-seven persons, including 33 students, a teacher and three labourers, were injured as the roof of a classroom of a school collapsed at a village in Sonepat district on Thursday. INSIDE Good apple crop in HP, but farmers fear losses Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, September 23 Even as the apple production is likely to be higher this time than the past couple of seasons, apple growers in Himachal are not upbeat. The reason: Quality deterioration due to untimely snowfall, hailstorms and a dry spell, besides a sluggish market. “As per our record, 2.1 crore apple boxes have hit the market,” said Gyan Singh Verma, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department. “Our production forecast this season is 3.22 crore boxes. With around one crore more boxes expected from Shimla and Kinnaur districts, we will end up close to our production forecast,” Verma said. Taking into account the sales made to the HPMC, HIMFED under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) and to CA stores, the total production in the state is expected to reach around 3.75 crore boxes. “Around 42,000 tonne apple has been procured by the HPMC and Himfed under the MIS,” Verma added. continued on page 9 62 cr 21.55 cr 45.75 cr 25.42 cr 43.39 cr 39.72 cr UK DECISION BIASED, SAYS HEALTH SECY ■ UK’s decision of 10-day quar- antine for those vaccinated with Covishield in India is “discriminatory”, the government said on Thursday ■ Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said both countries were engaged in a dialogue on the matter ■ British High Commissioner Alex Ellis said India and the UK held an “excellent” technical discussion on the issue of vaccine certification CM Channi: Regular jobs for ‘Class D’ staff IN BRIEF tions to it do not go to the Consolidated Fund and no third party information can be parted with, the government told Delhi HC. PTI TARGET 94 CRORE Received first dose Have received both Jabs in rural centres In urban centres To men To women Hisar/Sirsa, September 23 The Haryana Government today ordered special “girdawari” to compensate farmers as record rainfall over the last two days has wreaked havoc on cotton and other kharif crops in various parts of the state. The state’s cotton belt comprising Sirsa, Fatehabad and Hisar is worst-affected due to the incessant rain coupled with the pink bollworm infestation. The rain has also HIGHEST RAINFALL SINCE 2013 89 mmrainfall recorded in Hisar on Wednesday (highest since 2013), 32.1 mm on Thursday HISAR, SIRSA, FATEHABAD WORST-HIT Haryana has 14.78 lakh acres under cotton, including 5 lakh acres in Sirsa & 3 lakh acres each in Hisar and Fatehabad districts led to waterlogging of paddy crop in several districts, including Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala, dampen- ing the prospects of a bumper crop. Haryana has about 14.78 lakh acres under cotton which includes 5 lakh acres in Sirsa and 3 lakh acres each in Hisar and Fatehabad districts. Babu Lal, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Sirsa, admitted that the rain had hit the cotton crop hard. “The cotton plants that are now ladenwith fruit (white bolls) and are at maturity stage cannot withstand rain. continued on page 9 ‘Anti-national’ plot hatched in Pb: Vij Chandigarh, September 23 Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday claimed that an “anti-national” conspiracy had been hatched in Punjab by the Congress that had brought Pakistan PM and army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa’s “friend” Navjot Singh Sidhu and his aides to power. Vij alleged former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, who had been “obstructing” such designs, had been sidelined, adding that not just Captain, but all nationalist forces should together thwart Congress’ “dirty politics”. — TNS Kapurthala, September 23 Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today said the ‘Class D’ jobs in the state government would now be regularised and not outsourced, as was being done earlier. He said he had directed his officials to make 1 lakh appointments. Speaking at a state-level job fair and the inauguration of Rs 150-crore Dr BR Ambedkar Museum at IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKGPTU), he told the youth, “Your brother has become the CM and all that he knows is that you have to be adjusted and given opportunities. I have directed my officials to ensure that as many government jobs are given as possible.” “As a minister, I used to point out that we must have regular posts of Class D employees, but I was invariably told that we can have regular jobs only for Class A and B officers who draw salaries to the tune of Rs OFFICIALS INSTRUCTED ❝ I have directed my officials to ensure that as many government jobs are given as possible Charanjit Singh Channi, PB CM ANIRUDH TIWARI NEW PUNJAB CHIEF SECY ■ The Punjab Government has chosen Anirudh Tiwari as the new Chief Secretary. ■ Tiwari replaces Vini Mahajan, handpicked by ex-CM Amarinder Singh in June last year. INSIDE 2.25 lakh a month. For those drawing Rs 10,000 or so, jobs were always outsourced. Now that I have that authority, I will make sure that all Class D employees are regularised.” False narrative built before Bluestar: Ex-Punjab Guv Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 A false narrative about Punjab’s situation was built in the months leading up to Operation Bluestar in June 1984, leading to disastrous consequences, says a new book based on the memoirs of the late BD Pande, the Governor of Punjab from October 10, 1983, to June 27, 1984, when the state was under President’s rule. Titled ‘In the Service of Free India’, the book edited by his daughter Ratna M Sudarshan, and published by Speaking Tiger, comes more than a decade after his death in 2009 at the age of 92. Pande, who also served as the Union Cabinet Secretary and Gover- Memoirs of late BD Pande claim Centre was adamant on harsh measures nor of West Bengal, penned the memoirs between 1986 and 1999 and instructed his family to publish these at least five years after his death. Pande, who had a front-row seat of the events, lauds the Sikhs as a community and is highly critical of the central leadership, especially PM Indira Gandhi, and some “Hindu hardliners and vernacular press for contributing to the false narrative”. He also blames the tussle between President Zail Singh and former Punjab CM Darbara Singh for the unfolding of the events. Pande vehemently defends the Punjab Police and bureaucracy, saying they were on the top of the situation. “What has been essentially a failure on the political front has been bandied about as a failure of the police,” he insists. Before resigning three weeks after Bluestar, Pande had offered to quit thrice due to his “difference in continued on page 9
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