02102021-TTC-01.qxd 02-10-2021 00:42 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 272 | 24 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 CAPT, RAWAT IN WAR OF WORDS POST SHAH MEET PUNJAB /thetribunechd ARMY CHIEF REVIEWS PREPAREDNESS IN LADAKH J&K DoT SLAPS ~3,050-CR FINE ON VODAFONE IDEA, AIRTEL BUSINESS FOREIGN SECY STARTS 4-DAY LANKA VISIT TODAY WORLD saturday | 2 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com In reciprocity, Got assurance on farm stir resolution, raised procurement too: Channi after meeting PM quarantine for flyers from UK Postponement to rule out moisture in paddy:Govt Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 1 India acted on its word and imposed reciprocity on UK nationals arriving here by deciding to quarantine them for 10 days, irrespective of their vaccination status. The decision came after a stalemate in talks between the Indian authorities and the British High Commission to resolve UK’s policy that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said was “discriminatory”. The new regulations will come into force from October 4, the day the UK will begin its new policy of mandatorily quarantining passengers from India for 10 days. The Indian norms are an exact copy of the new British rules that stipulate self-isolation for 10 days as the UK has recognised Covishield, but not the CoWIN app. Under the new norms, all UK nationals will have to take an RTPCR test within 72 hours before travel, a similar test at the airport and another eight days after arrival. They will also have to undergo quarantine at home or at the destination address for 10 AUSTRALIA OKAYS COVISHIELD ■ Australia has declared two jabs of Covishield as “recognised” for international travellers as part of steps to safely reopen to the world ■ It also approved Chinese vac- cine Sinovac as it prepares to open its money-spinning educational institutions where students from these two countries form the majority OZ TO LIFT 18-MONTH TRAVEL BAN IN NOV 26,727 TOTAL DEATHS FRESH CASES ACTIVE CASES 4,48,339 2,75,224 277 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS days after arriving in India. Authorities in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Civil Aviation have been asked to take necessary steps, sources say. The action comes after 10 days of inaction by London after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and pressed for an early resolution of the quarantine issue in “mutual interest”. NewDelhi, October 1 Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded repeal of the three farm laws, resolution of pending issues of farmers and urgent commencement of paddy procurement. Speaking to reporters here after a half-an-hour meeting at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the CM said he flagged three major issues during his first official meeting with the PM. “It was a courtesy call, but I did raise three issues. Procurement season in Punjab always begins on October 1. Never in the past nearly seven decades has it been postponed. This time, the Centre has deferred it by 10 days till October 11. I demanded its immediate commencement and the PM said he would look into the issue,” Channi said. The CM said the prolonged agitation over the farm laws was “hurting the agriculturedriven economy of Punjab”. “I urged the PM to resolve the issue. He heard me patiently and said he also wants the problem solved and is working in that direction. I requested him to resume talks with the farmers and repeal the farm laws,” he said. Channi evaded queries on PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and the deadlock over appointments. PM Narendra Modi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi during a meeting in New Delhi. PHOTO: PMO Purchase delay sparks protests in Hry Chandigarh, October 1 The Centre’s decision to postpone paddy procurement today sparked off protests in the rice belt comprising Kurukshetra, Karnal and Kaithal districts along the National Highway-44 in Haryana. Even as Opposition parties, including the Congress, lent support to the farmers in their protest against the delay, the SKM to gherao houses of BJP-JJP leaders Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced to gherao the residences of BJP-JJP MLAs and MPs across Haryana from tomorrow till October 11. “Postponing procurement is a government ploy to force the farmers to sell their crop to private players at a price below the MSP ,” said Jagdeep Singh Aulakh, a member of BKU-Charuni’s state core committee. Former CM and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged the farmers had been left in the lurch as the procurement was first proposed from September 25 and then it was deferred from October 1 to October 11. — TNS New Delhi, October 1 With farmers protesting the 10-day delay in paddy procurement, the Centre today said the decision to start the process from October 11 in Punjab and Haryana had been taken keeping in mind the interests of farmers. “Procuring paddy having high moisture is fraught with risk. The rice grain will be vulnerable to shrivelling, blackening, discolouration and infestation. This may result in rejection of paddy at procurement centres and trigger distress sale, causing losses to the farmers,” said officials from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. They cited a letter from the Haryana Government requesting relaxation in moisture content in view of untimely rains. The moisture problem could be minimised if paddy crop was harvested after 10 days, they said. The officials said the FCI’s regional offices had found paddy samples having moisture ranging from 18 to 22 per cent in Punjab and 18.2 to 22.7 per cent in Haryana against the permissible limit of 17 per cent. — TNS Sacrilege: Bains made spl public prosecutor Chandigarh, October 1 The Punjab Government today appointed Senior Advocate Rajwinder Singh Bains as Special Public Prosecutor to represent the state in four FIRs regarding the October 2015 Behbal Kalan and Kotkpaura protests over sacrilege and police firing incidents. Move comes after criticism over AG issue The appointment is being seen as a move to placate PPC chief Navjot Sidhu and check criticism over appointment of APS Deol as Advocate General. Apart from Opposition, Congress leaders, including Navjot Sidhu, were reportedly opposing Deol’s appointment as he was counsel to ex-DGP Sumedh Singh Saini. The role of ex-DGP is under probe in FIRs over police firing at protesters in Behbal Kalan and Kotkpaura. — TNS edit: Focus on governance Have lot of reservations about You have strangulated entire Tatas top bidder for AI; behaviour of bureaucracy:CJI Capital: SC to farmers’ body govt panel to take call Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 1 Expressing serious concern over the alleged nexus between bureaucrats — especially police officers — and politicians, the Supreme Court on Friday said it once considered setting up standing committees led by Chief Justices of high courts to examine complaints of atrocities committed by police officers. “I have a lot of reservations at the way bureaucracy, particularly police officers, are behaving in this country,” a Bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said. Says once wanted to set up CJs’ panels to probe ‘police-politician nexus’ CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA NV RAMANA The Bench reserved its orders on separate petitions filed by senior IPS officer Gurjinder Pal Singh, suspended Director of Chhattisgarh Police Academy challenging IN BRIEF three FIRs lodged against him by the state government for offences of sedition, corruption and extortion. “I was at one time thinking of creating standing committees to examine atrocities and complaints against bureaucrats, particularly police officers, headed by the Chief Justices of the high courts. Now, I want to reserve that… I do not want to do it now,” the CJI said. Earlier also it had raised the issue of nexus between politicians in power and police officers and had asked as to why the courts should protect such officers in criminal cases continued on page 12 Ajay Banerjee NEW DELHI: Five members of a mountaineering expedition of the Tribune News Service Indian Navy went missing on Friday following an avalanche at Mt Trishul in the western Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. BACK PAGE New Delhi, October 1 In what will be a show of diplomatic heft, India plans to host the largest naval exercise involving 46 countries. The naval exercise, ‘MILAN 2022’, is scheduled for March next year in Visakhapatnam. NEW DELHI: Air Marshal Sandeep Singh on Friday took over as IAF Vice Chief, while Air Marshal Amit Dev took over as Chief of the Western Air Command. TNS Lashkar terrorist gunned down in Shopian Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 1 The farmers protesting against farm laws received a rap on the knuckles on Friday from the Supreme Court which questioned the rationale behind blocking of roads even after approaching the judiciary and reminded them that citizens have equal rights to move freely without fear. “You have strangulated the entire city, now you want to come inside the city and start protesting again here…. The residents around… are they happy with the protest? This business should stop. You are WHY PROTEST WHEN MATTER SUB JUDICE? There is no point in protest once you come to the court challenging the laws SC Bench obstructing security and defence personnel. This was in the media. All this should stop…. There has to be a balanced approach,” a Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar told the counsel for Kisan Mahapanchayat. “There is no point in protest once you come to the court challenging the laws,” the Bench told the farmers’ body during hearing on its petition seeking directions to the Centre, Delhi Lt Governor and Delhi Police Commissioner to allow it to stage “satyagraha” at Jantar Mantar in the Capital. “Are you protesting against the judicial system? Once you have approached the judicial system, have faith in the court. You pursue that matter for urgent hearing instead of protesting again,” the Bench told the counsel continued on page 12 India plans jumbo 46-nation naval exercise 5 of Navy team missing in U’khand avalanche New Air Force Vice Chief takes charge Tribune News Service Satya Prakash The invitations have been sent to 46 countries, senior official said today. Some of the nations have confirmed their participation. Among the countries that have been reportedly invited are the Quad nations — the US, Japan and Australia. The exercise is conducted Quad nations among the invitees once in two years. The one in 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. The exercise MILAN, which commenced two decades ago, was conducted at Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar. Since the space for berthing of warships at the islands was limited, continued on page 12 New Delhi, October 1 Tata Sons is learnt to have emerged as the top bidder for the Air India takeover, but the bid for the debt-ridden national carrier is yet to be approved by a ministerial panel headed by Home Minister Amit Shah and comprising Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman and Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. Amid reports that Tata Sons had won the bid, Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Tuhin Kanta Pandey said, “Reports indicating approval of financial bids in the AI disinvestment case are incorrect. The media will be informed of the government’s decision as and when it is taken.” Sources, however, con- firmed that the bids put in by Tata Sons and SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh were opened a few days ago and vetted last Wednesday by the core group of secretaries on disinvestment, a body headed by the Cabinet Secretary. They also confirmed that the bids were evaluated against the reserve price and Tata Sons emerged as the highest bidder. The highest bid would now be placed before the ministerial committee. Incidentally, if Tata Sons’ bid is accepted, one of India’s oldest industrial conglomerates will take over the continued on page 12 GST CROSSES ~1L-CR MARK FOR 3RD MONTH The country’s GST collection remained above ~1 lakh crore for the third month in a row at over ~1.17 lakh crore in September. It was 23 per cent higher than that in the same month last year. Of the total collections, CGST is ~20,578 crore, SGST ~26,767 crore, IGST ~60,911 crore (including ~29,555 crore collected from imports) and cess is ~8,754 crore (including ~623 crore from imports). NATION SRINAGAR: In a joint operation, security personnel killed a Lashkar- e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist during an encounter at Rakhama village in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. INSIDE Chaudhary set to replace Rawat as Pb incharge Smriti first Indian woman to score a ton Down Under Tribune News Service SCHANDIGARH: Having played a key role in handling the Punjab Con- gress crisis recently, Rajasthan minister Harish Chaudhary is tipped to replace Harish Rawat as state affairs incharge. PUNJAB IS takes responsibility for killing Pak Sikh man PESHAWAR: The Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, IS-Khorasan or ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for killing a known Sikh ‘hakeem’, Satnam Singh, in Pakistan’s restive city of Peshawar. WORLD AFSPA extended in three Arunachal districts NEW DELHI: The Centre has declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal “disturbed” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for six more months. TNS Smriti Mandhana after scoring her first 100 in her fourth Test. New Delhi, October 1 Star Indian batter Smriti Mandhana, who scored her first Test century in her fourmatch career today, has also become the first Indian woman centurion in Australia. Smriti scored 127 against Australia in the one-off Day/Night Test in Gold Coast today as India reached 276/5 at stumps on Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. STAR SCORER ■ Smriti Mandhana played some eye-catching strokes to reach 127, which included 22 fours ■ It is also the highest Test score by a visiting woman batter Down Under Day 2 of the rain-hit match. Though the Indian women have been playing Test cricket in Australia since 1977, they have figured in only five Tests there before the ongoing one. Rajani Venugopal, who made 58 in the second innings of the Melbourne Test in 1991, held the previous Indian record for the highest score Down Under, and Smriti got past that number on Day 1 on Thursday. Resuming on 80 today, Smriti played some eyecatching strokes both sides of the wicket to reach her 100, continued on page 12 PaneltoprobeHP building collapse Shimla, October 1 The Himachal Government on Friday constituted a factfinding panel to look into the reasons behind the collapse of a seven-storey building in Kachi Ghati area of the town on Thursday, besides making recommendations to prevent recurrence of such mishaps. The panel will submit its report by October 7. INSIDE
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