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CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH T20: ENGLAND HAMMER BANGLADESH BY 8 WICKETS SPORT /thetribunechd SOLDIERS’ SACRIFICES TO BE PART OF SCHOOL SYLLABUS J&K 5 DIE IN PAK CLASHES BETWEEN ISLAMISTS, POLICE WORLD FIRM ON PROTECTING MARITIME INTERESTS: RAJNATH BACK PAGE thursday | 28 october 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com ISTOCK COMPELLING CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND ORDER ■ Right to privacy, speech free- involvement of foreign parties dom alleged to be impacted, ■ Possibility that some foreign which needs to be examined authority, agency or private ■ The entire citizenry is affectentity involved in placing Indian citizens under ed by such allegations due to the potential surveillance chilling effect ■ The allegations ■ No clear stand by the that the Union or Centre regarding state govts are party to the rights’ deprivaactions taken by it NV RAMANA tion of citizens ■ The seriousness accord■ Limitation under writ jurisdiced to the allegations by foreign nations and the tion to delve into facts COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE ■ To find if Pegasus was used to access stored data, eavesdrop on conversations, intercept information ■ Details of those affected by such a spyware attack ■ Steps taken by Centre after reports of hacking What- sApp accounts were published in 2019 ■ Whether spyware was acquired by the Centre, any state or other agencies for use against Indians and under which law? Right to privacy sacrosanct, says SC; retired judge to head Pegasus probe Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 27 Noting that the right to privacy is sacrosanct, though not absolute, the Supreme Court today set up an independent expert committee led by former top court judge RV Raveendran to look into the allegations of snooping on journalists, activists, politicians, etc. using Pegasus spyware. A Bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said Justice Raveendran would be assisted by former IPS officer Alok Joshi and Dr Sundeep Oberoi, Chairman, Sub-Committee (International Organisation of Standardisation/International Electro-Technical Commission/Joint Technical Commit- CJI-led Bench says state cannot get ‘free pass’ each time national security is raised NO OMNIBUS BAR AGAINST JUDICIAL REVIEW ❝ National security can’t be the bugbear that the judiciary shies away from... Although this court should be circumspect in encroaching upon the domain of national security, no omnibus prohibition can be called for against judicial review. tee), in overseeing the work of a three-member technical committee. The members of the technical committee are Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Professor (cyber security and digital forensics) and Dean, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar; Dr Prabaharan P Professor , (School of Engineering), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala; and Dr Ashwin Anil Gumaste, Insti- tute Chair Associate Professor (computer science and engineering), IIT, Bombay. Asking the panel to expeditiously probe the issue and submit a report to it, the Bench posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks. The court also turned down the Centre’s offer of setting up an expert panel to look into the allegations, saying, “Rather than relying upon any government agencies, we have constituted the committee and shortlisted expert members based on biodatas and information collected independently.” It also rejected Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s arguement that the petitions and media reports were motivated, saying such omnibus oral sub- New party after EC clears name: Capt Chandigarh, October 27 Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh hinted at possible seat-sharing with the BJP and breakaway Akali groups, claiming the Congress was nowhere in the picture and his fight in the coming Assembly elections would be with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). MANY ARE IN TOUCH WITH ME If Rahul Gandhi needs to hold back-to-back meetings with Punjab Congress MLAs, what does it mean? I will not mention names. Already my supporters are being harassed. Capt Amarinder Singh, FORMER PUNJAB CM ❝ None of his former Cabinet Ministers, MLAs or senior party leaders considered close to him showed up, but the former CM claimed many were in touch and they would come out in the open at the right time. “I will not mention names. Already my supporters are being harassed. I promise that we will contest all 117 Assembly seats”, he said. Asked how many MLAs were in touch with him, he quipped: “If Rahul Gandhi needs to hold back-to-back meetings with Punjab Congress MLAs, what does it mean?” Asked as to why he had not resigned from the Congress yet, he replied: “I have spent 50 years in the Congress, how does it matter if I stay for another 10 days?” Heading a delegation continued on page 9 Former CM Capt Amarinder Singh at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN OCI cards, visas of farm No Covaxin clearance yet, WHO to meet on Nov 3 protest backers revoked Health ministers from North skip Centre’s meeting to review vax challenges Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 27 The Centre has cancelled Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards and long-term (LT) visas of people of Indian origin found involved in antiIndia activities. Without disclosing the number of cancelled OCI cards and LT visas, sources said action was taken against those who indulged in anti-India activities in the guise of supporting the ongoing farmers’ protest against three farm laws enacted by the Centre. Indian missions in different countries have been keeping a close eye on the activities of the people of Indian origin participating in anti-India activities, sources say. It has been noticed that in several countries, particularly Canada, Indian students studying there have been participating in anti- THEY WERE INDULGING IN ANTI-INDIA ACTIVITIES: GOVT A student being inoculated by a health worker at a Thane college. PTI assessment on November 3 if the data is received by then.” Currently the WHO has included six vaccines in its emergency use list — Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, SIIAstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac. Meanwhile, northern states, including Punjab, Haryana and HP skipped a , meeting called by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today to review the challenge of over 11 crore second Covid doses being overdue and asked for the inoculations to be expanded. The Health Ministers of nine states — Arunachal, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, MP Sikkim, , TN, UP and Uttarakhand — were present while the rest of the states were represented by health officials. — TNS 12 IDENTIFIED ■ If people so identified try to trav- el to India, they will be sent back ■ The government has reportedly identified around 12 such persons India protests outside missions. The government has reportedly identified around 12 such persons. If they try to continued on page 9 Nihangs decide to stay put at Singhu border Sonepat, October 27 All nine Nihang groups at the Singhu border decided at a mahapanchayat on Wednesday to stay put at the protest site while the SKM distanced itself from the meeting. Nihangs claimed they arrived at the the decision after taking public opinion in the matter both online and offline. The four-hour mahapanchayat held at Bharat Plaza in Singhu was attended by jathedars of various Nihang New Delhi, October 27 The World Health Organisation met on Tuesday to discuss emergency use listing for the India-made Covaxin and decided to seek more clarifications from manufacturer Bharat Biotech. After the meeting that ended late Tuesday in Geneva, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan tweeted, “The WHO’s independent technical advisory group has asked for additional clarifications from Bharat Biotech for global use of Covaxin. It will reconvene for the final groups among others, said Baba Balwinder Singh of Panth Akali Nirvair Khalsa, Udna Dal. The decisions of the ‘mahapanchayat’ would be formally announced tomorrow at a press meet, he added. The Nihangs also decided that Baba Aman Singh, who was seen with the Union Minister of Agriculture in a photograph, would stay at the Singhu border till the court decision in the Lakhbir lynching case. — TNS BSF row: Spl Pb session on Nov 8 Ludhiana, October 27 Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today called a special Vidhan Sabha Session on November 8, asking the Centre to withdraw the notification of increasing the BSF’s area of control from 15 km to 50 km. He made it clear if the notification was not rolled back, the government would move the Supreme Court. INSIDE Chopra, Dahiya in race for Khel Ratna New Delhi, October 27 India’s inspiring show at Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics reflected in unprecedented 11 recommendations for the Khel Ratna award today. The selection committee also named 35 athletes for Arjuna Award. Champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who became the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold, silver medal-winning wrestler Neeraj Chopra Ravi Dahiya 11 RECOMMENDED Lovlina Borgohain, PR Sreejesh, Mithali Raj, Sunil Chhetri, Avani Lekhara, Manish Narwal, Sumit Antil, Pramod Bhagat, Krishna Nagar Ravi Dahiya, bronze-winning boxer Lovlina Borgohain, hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, women’s cricket team Test captain Mithali Raj and footballer Sunil Chhetri were recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, country’s highest sporting honour. All five gold medallists from Tokyo Paralympics — Avani Lekhara (shooting), continued on page 9 New Delhi, October 27 India has expressed concern over China’s land boundary law passed on October 23. “China’s unilateral decision to bring about legislation which can have implications on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. He said the passage of the law did not confer any legitimacy to the so-called China Pakistan Boundary Agreement of 1963, which India had consistently maintained was illegal and invalid. Analysts believe this law New Delhi, October 27 The Congress on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court order of a probe into the Pegasus spyware issue with Rahul Gandhi vowing to again raise the matter in Parliament and hold the government accountable for key questions the row has raised. Rahul alleged Pegasus was a weapon “only two persons — the PM and Home Minister” — could have authorised for use and said the spyware was an assault on national security, democracy, constitution and idea of India. — TNS NH shut at Tikri, Hry to fix 15 other roads to Delhi Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service A potholed road on the Badli-Najafgarh stretch in Jhajjar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Deputy Commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia disclosed this at a meeting of officials with protesting farmers and local industrialists in Bahadurgarh yesterday. Both farmers and industrialists had demanded an improvement in the condition of roads. These potholed roads pose a risk to commuters who have continued on page 9 Can have implications for border pacts: MEA which entrusts the border area responsibility to the People’s Liberation Army from January 1 would make any Indian attempts to persuade a pullback in eastern Ladakh difficult. The “Land Boundary Law”, among other things, states that China abides by treaties concluded with or jointly acceded to by foreign countries on land boundary affairs. It also has provisions to carry out reorganisation of districts in the border areas. — TNS IN BRIEF India successfully test-fires Agni-5 missile NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to- surface ballistic missile Agni-5 that can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy, officials said. TNS Will have entire Kashmir someday: Air Marshal Dev SRINAGAR: Western Air Command Chief Air Marshal Amit Dev on Wednesday said there was no plan ‘at the moment’ to capture PoK, but said India would have the ‘whole of Kashmir’ someday. PTI Modi most successful administrator ever: Shah NEW DELHI: Home Minister Amit Shah said PM Modi was most successful administrator who had taken India into a different trajectory in spheres of eradication of poverty and economic growth. BACK PAGE Apologise to people: Cong on EC warning to Sarma NEW DELHI: The Congress said the EC should have sternly pun- ished Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma (let off with a warning) for violating poll code and asked the BJP to apologise to people. TNS Schools, colleges to reopen in Delhi from Nov 1 NEW DELHI: After 19 months of closure due to the Covid, schools in Delhi will reopen from November 1 for all classes with 50 per cent strength. Classes will continue in the hybrid mode. TNS SDO ‘hit’ by BJPmen in bypoll-bound Fatehpur Tribune News Service Jhajjar, October 27 As many as 15 alternative roads leading to Delhi from Bahadurgarh and Badli towns in the district will be repaired or recarpeted to facilitate commuters facing trouble with the Rohtak-Delhi national highway blocked at Tikri border for the past 11 months. Rahul vows to raise issue in Parliament China’s new boundary law has India worried No former minister or MLA considered close to ex-CM shows up Tribune News Service missions can’t be accepted. “Privacy is not the singular concern of journalists or social activists. Every citizen of India ought to be protected against violations of privacy,” said the Bench, which also included Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli. Admitting that the scope of judicial review was limited on issues of national security, the Bench said, “However, this does not mean that the state gets a free pass every time the spectre of ‘national security’ is raised. National security cannot be the bugbear that the judiciary shies away from, by virtue of its mere mentioning. Although this Court continued on page 9 edit: pegasus probe Dharamsala, October 27 An SDO posted in the Fatehpur area was allegedly beaten up by some BJP workers at a rest house late last night. The victim, Sanjay Kumar, has filed a complaint in this regard and the police are investigating it. The matter came to light after Rajan Sushant, an Independent candidate contesting the upcoming Fatehpur bypoll, released a video clip purportedly showing the MINISTER’S AIDE NAMED IN VIDEO ■ In a video, SDO purportedly alleged assault by minister Bikram Thakur’s PSO ■ Thakur denied charge, saying the SDO apologised for false accusation ■ Kangra SP said a medical examination of the officer was being done SDO alleging that he was beaten up by BJP workers and the PSO of Industries continued on page 9
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