03102021-TTB-01.qxd 10/2/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 123 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 273 | 16 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA INDIA DOMINATE OZ ON DAY 3, JHULAN SHINES SPORT /thetribunechd 225X150FT LARGEST KHADI TRICOLOUR UNFURLED IN LEH J&K JOBS GONE, HOUSEWIVES PLEDGE TO MAKE INDIA TAKE CHARGE DURING SELF-RELIANT: SHAH TO COVID SPECTRUM CITIZENS BACK PAGE sunday | 3 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Farmers on warpath, Centre relents; procurement in Pb, Hry begins today Tribune News Service Sidhu: Post or no post, will stand by Rahul, Priyanka Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said he would stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi whether he held any post or not. Sidhu took to Twitter on Gandhi Jayanti in a post that remained silent on whether he would take back the state unit mantle that he’d given up earlier this week. Sidhu tweeted: “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji & Shastri Ji… Post or No Post will stand by @RahulGandhi & @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (universal brotherhood) win & every Punjabi win!! (sic)”. NewDelhi, October 2 Acceding to farmers’ demand, the Centre today decided to begin procurement of paddy in Punjab and Haryana from Sunday (October 3) instead of October 11. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey said kharif procurement would start in both states tomorrow. ‘Thank you, PM’ tweets , Punjab CMO I SKM calls off protest The announcement came after Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar met the MoS. “The decisions to start procurement as well as accept paddy stock as per FAQ specifications are in the overall interest of farmers and consumers,” an official statement read. Expressing gratitude, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said the decision would help ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement. “On Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s request, the Centre allows Punjab to start paddy procurement from October 3. Tribune News Service Farmers stage dharna outside the residence of Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Karnal on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO KHATTAR MEETS MoS CHOUBEY DROP CASES: CHANNI TO RLY BOARD CHIEF The announcement on procurement came after a meeting between Union MoS for Consumer Affairs Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. “I am happy Minister Choubey has accepted our request,” said Khattar. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday urged the Railway Board Chairman to withdraw cases filed by the Railway Protection Force against members of various farm organisations, pleading that a sympathetic view be taken. The Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal intervention to resolve this issue expeditiously (sic),” the Punjab CMO tweeted. The Punjab CM had met PM Modi on Friday on the matter. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farm unions spearheading the protest against the three central agricultural laws, has called off the gherao of the houses of ministers, MLAs and MPs in the two states. The decision to defer procurement by 10 days till October 11 had irked farmers, who laid siege to the residences of India, China to hold military talks over disengagement of troops in mid-Oct Tribune News Service ARMY CHIEF VISITS LEH ■ Army Chief General Naravane visited Leh on Saturday to check operational readiness ■ He also visited forward locations in Ladakh, including the Rezang La and Rinchen La areas huge deployment of Chinese troops along the LAC was a matter of concern. IN BRIEF EC freezes LJP’s poll symbol amid factionalism NEW DELHI: The EC on Saturday issued an interim order to freeze LJP’s poll symbol amid tussle between two factions led by Chirag Paswan and Union Minister Pasupati Kumar Paras. TNS Cong names Baghel senior observer for UP poll NEW DELHI: Gearing up for the UP Assembly elections, the Congress on Saturday named Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel as a senior observer for the elections next year. PTI Avalanche: 4 naval mountaineers found dead NEW DELHI: Hit by an avalanche, four naval mountaineers were found dead near Mt Trishul in Uttarakhand on Saturday. Two more persons, including a guide, are yet to be traced. BACK PAGE 3 terror attacks in Kashmir; civilian shot dead SRINAGAR: A civilian was killed and another was hurt when militants opened fire in two separate incidents in Srinagar on Saturday. Ultras also targeted a CRPF bunker in Anantnag. INSIDE Defeat Covid: UN chief on Gandhi Jayanti UNITED NATIONS: Calling upon global community to heed Mahatma Gandhi’s peace message, UN chief Antonio Guterres said combatants should focus on defeating Covid and not one another. BACK PAGE General Naravane visited forward locations in Ladakh, including the Rezang La and Tribune News Service Rohtak, October 2 Government schools in Haryana registered 4.86 lakh new enrolments in Classes I to XII in the past two years (3.6 lakh in 2021-22 alone), which points to the fact that amid the pandemic, parents are preferring state-run schools. Sources said the number of students at government TOP PERFORMING DISTRICTS IN 2021-22 District Nuh Admissions 2,34,441 Hisar 1,68,200 Sirsa 1,55,039 Karnal 1,48,953 Gurugram 1,48,297 Faridabad 1,35,819 the Rinchen La areas where the two sides had come face to face in August 2020, but disengaged subsequently. The General’s visit was aimed at checking logistics and operational readiness in Ladakh where winter had set in and the high plateau was already experiencing sub-zero night temperature. Speaking at the annual session of PHD continued on page 10 Pb okays pension for families of employees Chandigarh, October 2 Punjab Government employees covered under the National Pension Scheme (NPS) have been allowed family pension in case of death in harness. The decision in this regard was taken today by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, in line with the guidelines dated May 5, 2009, and subsequent linked instructions issued on September 4, 2019. Suitable government modifications were made earlier in respect of employees covered under the NPS, as also applicable to similarly placed Union Government staff. The government has also waived the annual income Enrolments up 4.8L in Hry govt schools Ravinder Saini Chandigarh: Ahead of paddy procurement, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Saturday issued strict instructions to the Punjab Police not to allow illegal “import” of produce from other states. He directed Senior Superintendents of Police to put up ‘nakas’ at all main roads and link roads. PM slams Oppn’s ‘political dishonesty’ on agri laws PLAbuildup at LAC matter of concern: Naravane New Delhi, October 2 India and China will hold the 13th round of military talks in mid-October for completing disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who was in Leh today to check operational readiness, said the CHECK ILLEGAL PADDY INFLOW: DY CM TO COPS schools was 20.58 lakh in the 2019-20 session, which increased to 25.44 lakh this session, the highest in the past four years. While the 2020-21 session witnessed a rise of 1.20 lakh enrolments, 3.66 lakh fresh admissions were added in the 2021-22 session. Primary classes (Classes I-V) saw the highest 2.46 lakh enrolments continued on page 10 AASHIRWAD SCHEME INCOME LIMIT GOES The Punjab Government has ordered exemption or waiver of the annual income limit under the Aashirwad scheme (~51,000 wedding grant) for girl beneficiaries who have lost both parents during the Covid pandemic. limit under Aashirwad scheme for girl beneficiaries who have lost both parents during the Covid pandemic. The annual income limit for availing benefits of the scheme, earlier called Shagun, was Rs 32,790. — TNS HP bypoll: BJP to list probables today Dharamsala, October 2 The state-level election committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet on Sunday to shortlist probables for the byelections to three Assembly constituencies (Fatehpur in Kangra district, Arki in Solan district and Jubbal Kotkhai in Shimla district) and Mandi parliamentary constituency. INSIDE ruling party politicians on Saturday. The protesters broke police barricades and faced water cannons, including near the Haryana CM’s house in Karnal. In Ambala, the police put up barricades to prevent farmers from gheraoing the residence of BJP MLA Aseem Goel. Tight security arrangements were made outside the house of Minister Anil Vij at Ambala Cantonment. In Punjab, farmers protested outside the residences of several Congress MLAs, including Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh in Ropar and MLA Harjot Kamal in Moga. New Delhi, October 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday defended farm reforms, saying a section of the political class opposing the move was ‘politically dishonest’ as it had supported reforms when in power. Promising to resolve any disagreements farm unions might have on the three agriculture reform laws, the PM, in an interview with a magazine, said: “If you look at those opposing pro-farmer reforms, you will see the real meaning of intellectual dishonesty and rajneetik dhokhadhadi (political deceit).” He said India shouldn’t be made to wait any longer for reforms and “for this to happen, tough decisions should be taken, if need be.” Questioning the politics ‘MISS GENUINE CRITICS’ The PM said he looked forward to healthy criticism, but missed genuine critics. “When a person views anything with a preconceived mindset, he creates a perception accordingly,” he said, adding that the number of genuine critics was abysmally low. around agricultural reforms, the PM observed: “There is a particularly detestable trait in certain sections of political parties — intellectual dishonesty (rajneetik dhokhadhadi). There are parties continued on page 10
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