26102021-TTB-01.qxd 10/25/2021 11:44 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 296 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA MILITARY COUP IN SUDAN, PM ARRESTED WORLD /thetribunechd SURVEILLANCE UP IN POONCH, SEARCH OPs ENTER 15TH DAY J&K RBI: IMPARTIAL AUDIT MUST FOR RESILIENT ECONOMY BUSINESS ON UP VISIT, PM MODI LAUNCHES HEALTH INFRA MISSION BACK PAGE tuesday | 26 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com NCB orders vigilance probe against Wankhede over extortion allegation Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 25 The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has ordered a vigilance probe against zonal director Sameer Wankhede and others after a witness in the cruise drugs case involving Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan accused him of Rs 25 crore extortion bid. The witness also alleged NCB officers made him sign 10 sheets of blank paper on the day of their raid on the cruise ship. The probe will be conducted by Gyaneshwar Singh, NCB’s Deputy Director General of the northern region based at its headquarters here. He is also the chief vig- SOME OFFICIALS WILL BE EXPOSED It’s an attempt to malign Maha... some officials will get exposed. ❝ Sanjay Raut, SHIV SENA MP NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede in Mumbai. FILE NO TO BLANKET RELIEF OFFICER IN DELHI ■ A Mumbai court, on Wankhede’s ■ Wankhede reached Delhi plea, said it couldn’t pass blanket order against taking note of charges by a witness in the case. ilance officer of the anti-narcotics agency. “We have received the affi- late Monday and will call on the NCB DG, a meeting the agency called “routine”. davit and a report from our DDG (northwest) based in Mumbai and the NCB Direc- HE FORGED PAPERS TO GET RESERVATION Wankhede forged birth and caste certificates for quota in UPSC exams and job. ❝ Nawab Malik, NCP tor General (DG) has taken cognisance of this report. He has marked it to the vigi- lance section for inquiry,” Gyaneshwar Singh said. Asked if Wankhede would continue to probe the case, he said the question was “premature and we will take a call as the inquiry progresses”. Officials said the inquiry would look at all aspects of the claims made by independent witness Prabhakar Sail and would also record Wankhede and other officers’ statement. Meanwhile, a special Mumbai court said it “cannot pass a blanket order barring courts from taking cognisance” of an affidavit of an independent witness, in which he has levelled allegations of extortion attempt by Wankhede and others. The continued on page 11 Will speak to Valley youth than Pak, Shah snubs NC Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 25 Hitting out at National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah for suggesting that an IndiaPakistan dialogue should be held, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said if at all it was necessary, he would hold talks with the people and youth of the Valley. “Today I want to speak to you frankly, which is why there is no bulletproof shield or security here.... Farooq Sahib has suggested that I should speak with Pakistan but I will speak with the youth and people of the Valley,” Shah said in Srinagar while addressing a public gathering on the banks of the Dal Lake. On arriving at the venue, Shah had asked continued on page 10 Addresses event sans bulletproof shield in Srinagar Home Minister Amit Shah is greeted by supporters in Srinagar. PTI EXTENDS STAY, SPENDS NIGHT AT CRPF CAMP Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended his three-day visit to J&K. He spent the night at a CRPF camp in Pulwama and interacted with jawans over dinner. J&K WILL BE MOST PROSPEROUS BY ’24 the progress ❝ Compareside and PoK. between this J&K will get what it deserves by 2024... will be among most prosperous. Amit Shah Pb cancels 806 bus permits, Pb parties oppose more powers to BSF, spl session in Nov ‘monopoly’ routes included TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 25 In pursuance of its poll promise to put an end to the transport mafia, the Congress government in Punjab on Monday cancelled 806 bus permits extended illegally, affecting a large fleet of buses operated by 340 private companies, including those run by the Badals, on ‘monopoly’ routes. Among the companies whose permits have been cancelled are Rajdhani, Orbit and Taj Travels, sources in the Transport Department said. The orders would affect 1,00,000 km being covered by A MONTH FOR APPEAL ■ Among the companies whose permits have been cancelled are Rajdhani, Orbit and Taj Travels ■ A month’s time has been given to the affected transporters to file an appeal the transporters through these permits, including 30,000 km by buses run by politically influential families. A month’s time has been given to the affected transporters to file an appeal. To cancel the 806 bus permits, the State Transport Commissioner (STC) has issued 680 orders. In most cases the permits had been in operation for over 10 to 15 years. “The cancelled permits were being used to run ordinary buses and not super integral coaches”, explained a senior official. Transport Minister Amrinder Singh Raja Warring confirmed that “speaking orders” for cancellation of the permits had been issued. The Transport Department initiated the process to scrap the illegally extended bus permits after private bus operators in July withdrew 38 writ petitions in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the government’s cancellation notices. Chandigarh, October 25 At an all-party meeting chaired by Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday, all prominent parties, barring the BJP opposed the , Centre’s notification extending the BSF’s jurisdiction from 15 km to 50 km along the international border. It was decided to convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha in mid-November to reject the notification. Tribune News Service IN BRIEF Pak releases 350 activists of banned group LAHORE: Pakistan on Monday released 350 activists of banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan as the radical Islamist party issued a two-day deadline for release of their party chief Saad Rizvi. WORLD Bengal Governor admitted to AIIMS-Delhi NEW DELHI: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was admit- ted to AIIMS, New Delhi, after he was found suffering from malaria. He is under observation at a private ward. TNS Bajrang Dal activists throw ink at filmmaker Jha BHOPAL: Bajrang Dal activists vandalised the set of the third season of web series ‘Ashram’ and also threw ink on filmmaker Prakash Jha, accusing him of portraying Hindus in a bad light. PTI Cong seeks JPC probe into FB’s India activities NEW DELHI: A day after revelations that Facebook struggled to com- bat hate speech in India, the Congress demanded a joint parliamentary committee probe into the firm’s domestic dealings. TNS Fix social media’s accountability: LS Speaker NEW DELHI: Underlining the importance of checking the spread of wrong information in society, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the accountability of the social media must be fixed. PTI New Delhi, October 25 Bharti Airtel has informed the government that it will opt for the four-year moratorium on payment of AGR and spectrum dues, a source said. The option of dues moratorium was offered by the government to telcos as part of a recently announced relief package for the telecom sector. Airtel communicated its decision to the telecom department on Friday, the source added. Airtel told the government that it will take the four-year moratorium on AGR and spectrum dues “with the option of prepaying as per NIA (notice inviting application) norms”. — PTI CM Charanjit Channi and PCC chief Navjot Sidhu at a press meet. Channi said the government would take legal recourse by filing a petition in the Supreme Court against the unilateral move of the Centre. He said it was also While all major political parties in Punjab attended the meet, the BJP boycotted it. Party leader Ashwani Sharma said the decision was uniform for all border states. He tweeted that drugs were making way into the state and the decision was taken on that account. decided to bring another resolution during the session to reject the central farm laws. PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu was seen sitting next to Channi. He said the move was taken ahead of the state Assembly elections and was politically motivated. “The notification amounted to creating a state within the state. The law and order is a state subject,” he said, citing West Bengal where “the BSF was used to torture people during the elections”. Other leaders who attended the meet were AAP state unit chief continued on page 11 No question of returning home, say SKM leaders as agitation nears a year Mukesh Tandon Airtel opts for 4-yr moratorium on spectrum dues BJP STAYS AWAY Panipat, October 25 A month before the completion of the yearlong protest over the three farm laws, farmers’ leaders have claimed that the stir has spread all across the country, which is a “big achievement”. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has given a call for a protest all across the country to mark the completion of 11 months tomorrow and have demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and his dismissal from the Union Government over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. The morcha claimed that the morale of the protesting farmers continued to be high and they would not return to their homes till the government repealed the three contentious laws and provided legal guarantee for the MSP for all crops. Morcha calls for protest today, seeks resignation of Union MoS Ajay Mishra STIR A BIG SUCCESS… ALL ACROSS COUNTRY Had we entered New Delhi on November 26 last year, the movement would have been limited to the Capital. Now, it is spread all across the country, which is a big success for the movement. ❝ Kulwant S Sandhu, JAMHOORI KISAN SABHA Kulwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said “peacefulness and continuity” were the main strengths of the protest. The big achievement of the farmers’ movement was that it got the support of all sections of society not only in the country but also globally, he added. “Had we entered New Delhi on November 26 last year, the movement would have been limited to Delhi. Now, it is spread all across the country, which is a big success for the movement,” he claimed. Harinder Singh Lakhowal, continued on page 11 A health worker administers vaccine dose at a Mumbai college. PTI WHO to decide today on Covaxin approval Tribune News Service ALL DATA GIVEN: BIOTECH New Delhi, October 25 The World Health Organisation’s technical advisory group will meet on Tuesday to consider emergency use listing of India’s indigenous Covid vaccine Covaxin. The WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said, “The technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider emergency use listing for Covaxin. The WHO has been working closely with Bharat Biotech to complete continued on page 11 Biotech chairman Krishna Ella said all papers required for considering approval to Covaxin had been given. $50 MN VACCINE PACT A US firm and Hyderabad’s Biological E signed a $50 mn pact to expand Covid vaccine manufacturing. BACK PAGE 14,306 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,54,712 1,67,695 443 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS Staff crunch at Karnal blood bank stings dengue patients Paddy procurement tardy, extend it Parveen Arora JUST ONE DOCTOR; NO PLATELETS AFTER 4 PM Tribune News Service Karnal, October 25 The Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (RBTC) at the Civil Hospital here is finding it difficult to serve dengue patients amid staff shortage. Sources say the centre can’t prepare fresh platelets after 4 pm even as the demand has increased amid spike in the number of dengue patients. The centre has just one doctor against the requirement of three. It has six technicians against 11 posts. Besides, there are general ■ Regional Blood Transfusion Centre has just one doctor against three posts ■ It can’t prepare platelets after 4 pm even as number of dengue patients is soaring ■ Civil Surgeon says another doctor has been roped in << The blood bank at Karnal Civil Hospital. SAYEED AHMED duty attendants against three posts of lab attendants. The district reported 80 dengue cases till Monday evening. The centre is getting request for 30-40 units of platelets a day. “I went to the RBTC late on Friday. I was told that no fresh platelets could be prepared as there was no doctor to issue fitness certificate to donor,” said Damanpreet Singh, a patient’s attendant. Dr Sanjay Verma, Regional Blood Transfusion Officer, said, “I am the only doctor at the centre. In my absence, no other staff member can prepare platelets. We have 70 units for emergency.” Dr Yogesh Sharma, Civil Surgeon, said instructions had been issued that after working hours, the fitness certificate would be given by the doctor in trauma centre. by a month till Dec 30: HP to Centre Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, October 25 Witnessing tardy procurement of paddy, the Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Centre to extend the purchase process by a month till December 30. KC Chaman, Director, Food and Civil Supplies, said the state had written to the Centre seeking extension of the deadline. “Given the pace at which paddy is being procured, the farmers who have registered 54K MT TO BE BOUGHT District Sirmaur Kangra Solan Una Target 19,000 MT 15,000 MT 10,000 MT 10,000 MT on online portal will not be able to sell their produce by November 30,” he said. It’s for the first time paddy is being procured through the portal in the state. “There’s no middleman involved. Farmers sell their produce directly and get payment in their accounts within 48 hours,” said Chaman. Though paddy growers are happy with the initiative, some farmer bodies had raised questions over the pace of procurement, claiming it may take six months for all to sell their produce. continued on page 11
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