28092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/28/2021 12:11 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 268 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 SPD NARROWLY BEATS MERKEL’S BLOC IN POLL WORLD /thetribunechd PROCUREMENT FROM OCT 1, FARMERS CAN PICK DATES HARYANA GOVT TO BORROW ~5.03 LAKH CR OVER 6 MONTHS BUSINESS CONGRESS VETERAN SUDHEERAN QUITS PARTY BACK PAGE tuesday | 28 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Bharat Bandh derails life across North India 50 trains hit | Massive jams paralyse cross-border movement in NCR | Business partially affected | Support unprecedented: SKM Tribune News Service Traffic thrown out of gear in most Haryana districts In Punjab, dharnas at 500 sites; unions block 20 rly tracks Chandigarh, September 27 With protesters blocking highways and squatting on railway tracks, normal life was thrown out of gear in several parts of Haryana. While traffic flow remained suspended on a majority of national and state highways, shops, educational institutions, commercial establishments and ‘mandis’ remained closed at several places. The protesters blocked highways in Sirsa, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri, Karnal, Kaithal, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Panchkula districts and squatted on railway tracks in Shahbad, Sonepat, Bahadurgarh and Charkhi Dadri. An official said the bandh effect was largely seen in the form of road and rail blockades, which hampered inter-city travel. Not much impact was seen in Gurugram, Faridabad, Narnaul, Rewari and Nuh districts, he claimed. — TNS RAKESH TIKAIT AT GHAZIPUR Chandigarh, September 27 The 10-hour bandh call evoked good response in Punjab with commercial and private establishments remaining shut and vehicular and rail traffic coming to a standstill. The Punjab Cabinet led by CM Charanjit Singh Channi, too, backed the bandh, which remained peaceful. Farmers staged dharnas at over 500 places across the state on highways, rail tracks and other public places. The emergency services, however, functioned as usual. The count of protesters at the 108 ‘pucca dharnas’ had started swelling since early morning as farmers and their supporters came out in large numbers. An SKM release said they had created road blockades at 400 points and rail blockades at 20 places in Punjab, besides the 108 ‘pucca dharnas’. About 25 trains were reportedly cancelled. — TNS 23 states. Looking ahead, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said at an online discussion that a solution could only be reached through dialogue and not in the courts. Though life in large parts of New Delhi, September 27 Several trains were cancelled, highways and key roads blocked and thousands of commuters stranded for hours on Monday as the nationwide 10-hour shutdown against the Centre’s three agri laws disrupted life across parts of India, particularly in the North. The 6 am to 4 pm Bharat Bandh, which saw demonstrations and rallies at many places, passed off relatively peacefully with no reports of injuries or serious clashes. The impact was felt the most around Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, the centre of farm protests, and also in pockets of Kerala, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. Protesters blocked highways and arterial roads and squatted on tracks at several places from morning as the shutdown called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, got underway to mark Presidential assent to the three laws. The SKM claimed in a statement that its call for a shutdown had received an “unprecedented and historic” response in more than Kanhaiya, Guj MLA likely to join Cong today Digital health IDs for all; CJI questions priority listing for corporate matters medical files to be passé WHAT OF THE POOR? New Delhi, September 27 Former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Scheduled Caste MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani are expected to join the Congress on Tuesday. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would induct the two into the party. Mevani, an Independent MLA from Gujarat’s Vadgam, rose to prominence after campaigning against the July 2016 public flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una. In 2017, Mevani was elected MLA with the tacit backing of the Congress which did not field anyone in the constituency. Kanhaiya, currently with the CPI, had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. — TNS New Delhi, September 27 Decks were cleared for the generation of digital health IDs of all Indians with PM Narendra Modi launching the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission today. The initiative would facilitate maintenance of patients’ record in digital format for easy access by doctors. It would also bring hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and laboratories on a single online platform for citizens to choose from. Terming the mission’s launch as historic and “an unprecedented phase in health reforms in India”, the PM said it had the potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery with huge benefits for the poor and middle Continued on page 9 BKU-Ugrahan activists halt the Delhi-Sriganganagar Intercity Express at Daun Kalan village near Patiala. PTI ❝ NEED TO MODIFY ■ Drawn up post Kargil, the plan was to acquire 3,000 local guns by 2027 ■ Lt Gen TK Chawla, Director Gen, Artillery, says the guns failed on some parameters ■ DRDO asked for further modification of these guns ■ Of 114 Dhanush guns ordered in 2019, only 12 have been delivered ❝ THE INITIATIVE I stand with farmers & appeal to the Union Govt to repeal the three anti-farmer laws. ■ Punjab, Haryana, UP, Jammu, Bihar, Kerala The agitation can end today if the Centre agrees to a rollback... The support to the bandh has proved it is a pan-India protest. Charanjit Singh Channi, ■ MIXED RESPONSE Chhattisgarh, Puducherry Rakesh Tikait, BKU LEADER PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER ■ TEPID RESPONSE Andhra Pradesh India was unhindered by the shutdown, North India felt the pinch with about 50 trains being affected and ■ Parts of Assam, K’taka, TN , Maha, R’sthan ■ Movement disrupted in parts of Jharkhand ■ In Bengal, activists block roads, rail tracks ■ Odisha shops shut, public transport off road massive jams that prevented the cross-border movement of commuters as well as trucks carrying essentials. The Delhi-NCR region, including the satellite towns of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida, where thousands New Delhi, September 27 Taking exception to lawyers frequently mentioning corporate matters for urgent listing, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Monday said he would streamline the system of mentioning urgent cases. The CJI, who was heading a three-judge Bench, made the comments after senior counsel CU Singh mentioned a corporate matter for priority listing. Noting that cases of the weaker sections and criminal matters were taking a backstage, the CJI said, “We have to wait. We are streamlining the (mentioning) system and here corporations want their matters to be listed first.” Referring to pending criminal appeals, family disputes and cases of poor people, the CJI said, “There are pending criminal appeals, bail matters and other cases of people Saini’s counsel Deol appointed Punjab Advocate-General Only 29% women workforce in organised job sector Saurabh Malik New Delhi, September 27 India’s organised job market is severely skewed against women with employment opportunities for them mostly restricted to traditional sectors of education and health. Disaggregated data from the government’s quarterly employment survey (AprilJune) covering 10,593 units employing over 10 workers across nine non-farm sectors ❝ There are pending criminal appeals, bail matters and other cases of people from weaker sections. They are lagging behind NV Ramana, CJI Mission will bring hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and laboratories on a single online platform ■ Health records of citizens will be digitally protected and patients and doctors can access these whenever or wherever they want ■ Patients won’t have to move around with old medical files or undergo repeat tests whenever they visit a new hospital/doctor 1,580 towed guns, 100 tracked self-propelled guns, 180 wheeled self-propelled guns and 145 ultra-light howitzers. Lt Gen TK Chawla, Director General, Artillery, spoke to the media on the eve of the Gunners’ Day, which marks the anniversary of the raising of the first Indian Mountain Battery. “There are a few teething issues which will be ironed out. It is good work in progress,” he said. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 After about eight days and three names, senior advocate APS Deol was today appointed AdvocateGeneral for the state of Punjab. The decision is likely to snowball into a political controversy as Deol was the counsel for former top cop Sumedh Singh Saini and suspended IG Paramraj Singh Umranangal, both accused in the Behbal Kalan police firing case. When the Punjab and Haryana High Court just over a fortnight back ruled — much to the embarrassment Continued on page 9 Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mandi, September 27 Two trekkers died while 14 others were stranded at Khemenger Glacier in Pin Valley in the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti. According to the police, a team comprising six trekkers from Arete Mountaineering Club, Kolkata, Admn sends rescue team; deceased Bengal natives along with one guide and 11 porters crossed the Parahio Valley to reach Khemenger Glacier in the Spiti region. Two trekkers, identified as Bhaskardeb Mukhopadhyay from weaker sections. They are lagging behind.” After taking over as the CJI in April, Justice Ramana had discontinued the practice of allowing direct mentioning of cases for urgent listing before the Benches and has instead asked the lawyers to mention their cases before the designated official. Instead, he had started a new system of mentioning cases for urgent hearings GENDER DISPARITY ■ 70.7% MALE WORKERS in manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accommodation & restaurant, IT/BPO and financial services sectors ■ 29.3% FEMALE WORKERS in the surveyed 10,593 units (employing over 10 workers) across nine non-farm sectors show massive gender disparity. Out of all estimated workers in manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accommodation & restaurant, IT/ BPO and finan- Back to classroom before top court officials instead of directly before Benches to ensure that senior lawyers were not given “special priority”. “We do not want to give any special priority to the senior lawyers and deprive the junior lawyers of opportunities. So this system was made, where all can make the mention before the mentioning Registrar”, he had said. — TNS edit: call for women’s quota (61) and Sandeep Kumar Thakurata (38), died due to extreme weather conditions. The incident came to light when two members of the trekking group reached Kaza on Monday after a gap of two days to seek help from the administration. Neeraj Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul and Spiti, said, “A team compris- Today’s issue is of 16 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. ing Army, ITBP personnel and doctors has been sent to rescue those stranded. Due to long distance, it will take almost three days to reach the glacier.” The trekking expedition was scheduled from September 11 to October 7. The group had taken permission from the Indian Mountaineering Federation. cial services, 70.7 per cent are male and 29.3 per cent female. Women workforce share is higher among employee category and negligible in the selfemployed category. Of the entire organised job market in the nine sectors, 98.3 per cent of the total estimated employment is in the employees category and just 1.7 per cent in the selfemployed section. Across both segments, women remain at the bottom of the ladder. Men make up 69.2 per cent of the employees and women 29.1 per cent. The self-employed category has 1.5 per cent are male Continued on page 9 IN BRIEF SC fumes at last-minute changes in NEET syllabus NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the NMC and the National Board of Examination over last-minute changes to the syllabus for the NEET PG super-speciality exam. IANS Top US diplomat Wendy Sherman to visit India NEW DELHI: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit India from October 6 to 7 during a multination tour that also includes Pakistan. She will meet businessmen in Mumbai. TNS 2 trekkers die at Lahaul glacier, 14 stranded Dipender Manta cross the borders each day was particularly hit. Even as business activity remained Continued on page 9 New Delhi, September 27 Amid continued blockade of key roads connecting Delhi to NCR regions by farmers protesting against farm laws, the Haryana Government has told the Supreme Court that it was making “sincere” efforts to remove the blockade for resumption of free flow of traffic. “Sincere efforts are being made to remove the blockade from inter-state roads and national highways and to resume free flow of traffic on those roads for the convenience of the general public by way of persuading the farmers’ organisations to cooperate,” the Haryana Government said in an affidavit filed in the top court. Regular deliberations were being held by local administrations with farmers’ organisations Continued on page 9 ■ The Ayushman Bharat Digital 22 yrs on, local artillery plan still in works New Delhi, September 27 Twenty two years after the Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan was drawn up, the guns available from local sources are still not meeting the set parameters. Prepared after the Kargil conflict (May-July 1999), the plan was aimed at acquiring some 3,000 guns of 155 mm/52-calibre of all kinds by 2027. The projection included 814 truck-mounted guns, NEAR STANDSTILL TAKE BACK FARM LAWS WITH FARMERS: CM Trying to convince farm unions to lift blockade: Hry to SC Remains of soldier missing since ’05 sent to kin UTTARKASHI: The remains of a soldier's body found near Satopanth peak, with evidence suggesting these were of Anish Tyagi, who went missing in 2005, were sent to his family in Ghaziabad on Monday. PTI Ultra killed, 3 soldiers hurt during infiltration bid SRINAGAR: A militant was killed and three soldiers were injured as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, officials said on Monday. INSIDE Plea in HC for higher security in district courts Students going to a school in Shimla on Monday after a long break due to Covid-19. Classes X, XII recorded 48% attendance, with the highest 60.99% in Kullu. AMIT KANWAR NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday said it would hear a plea seeking enhanced security in district courts, which recently witnessed a courtroom shootout that killed three persons. BACK PAGE
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