06112021-TTC-01.qxd 11/6/2021 12:25 AM Page 1 13 INDIA BEAT SCOTLAND IN T20 WORLD CUP SPORT /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 306 | 16 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 saturday | 6 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Day later, toxic smog across North Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX New Delhi, November 5 Day after Diwali, North India was engulfed in toxic smog as people flouted ban on firecrackers. With emissions from stubble burning peaking at 36 per cent, most cities across the Indo-Gangetic plains recorded air pollution levels in ‘very poor’ and ‘hazardous’ categories. As La Nina makes an appearance for the second time in a row, meteorologists say several parts of North may see prolonged spells of pollution in coming months and “record-breaking” low temperatures in December and January. The coming two weeks will be crucial as stubble burning may peak. Delhi recorded its poorest postDiwali air quality in five years on Friday with a deadly cocktail of noxious fumes from firecrackers and stubble burning pushing the 24-average AQI to 462. 401-500 SEVERE 301-400 VERY POOR 201-300 POOR Delhi records poorest post-Diwali air quality in 5 years 101-200 MODERATE 51-100 SATISFACTORY 0-50 GOOD Haryana had imposed a ban on firecrackers in 14 districts in NCR G’GRAM MOST POLLUTED IN HRY CITY AQI CITY AQI GURUGRAM 472 BHIWANI 437 FARIDABAD 469 ROHTAK 437 JIND 462 CHARKHI DADRI 424 BALLABGARH 462 PANIPAT 413 MANESAR 458 HISAR 405 24-HOUR AVERAGE AQI 462 462 435 2021 2020 368 390 403 2019 2018 2017 445 2016 Recently launched smog tower fails to ensure breathable air SC JUDGE RUES SPIKE IN POLLUTION ‘Weather outside not good at all’, Justice S Ravindra Bhat observed Punjab sees overall 18% less pollution on Friday, referring to the spike in air pollution levels in the Capital post-Diwali celebrations. AQI IN PUNJAB He was speaking at a book launch. CITY 2021 2020 AMRITSAR 303 386 JALANDHAR 327 328 LUDHIANA 289 376 PATIALA 241 334 Vehicles ply amid low visibility due to smog, a day after Diwali in New Delhi. PTI BJP leaders held hostage in Rohtak, let off after ‘apology’ Sunit Dhawan Tribune News Service Rohtak, November 5 Former Haryana minister Manish Grover and several other BJP leaders were allegedly held hostage for several hours by farmers inside a temple at Kiloi village here this evening. The leaders were there to watch the live telecast of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath. Grover had also faced the farmers’ wrath in Hisar earlier July after he allegedly made an obscene gesture towards them. On learning of Grover’s visit to the village, a number of farmers assembled at the temple, deflated the tyres of cars and parked tractors-trailers to block the way. They placed thorny Farmers clash with the police during the visit of BJP MP Ram Chander Jangra in Narnaund town of Hisar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO bushes at the entrance. The farmers demanded an apology from Grover and other leaders visiting the village. Top administrative and police officials rushed to the spot and a huge police force IN BRIEF Diarrhoea outbreak in Rajpura, 4 kids die PATIALA: Four children have died and 25 taken ill due to diar- rhoea outbreak in Rajpura town. A medical camp has been set up at Dheha Basti (slum area) in Mirch Mandi. INSIDE Allow overflight to Sharjah: MEA to Pakistan NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has requested Islamabad to grant overflight clearance for the Srinagar-Sharjah flight in the larger interest of common people. BACK PAGE Wankhede removed from cruise drugs case NEW DELHI: The NCB on Friday removed its Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede as the lead investigator in the cruise drugs seizure case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. BACK PAGE I-T raids in J&K, Pb unearth ~200-cr black money NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Direct Taxes on Friday said income tax sleuths detected Rs 200-crore unaccounted income after raiding people engaged in dry fruits' trade in J&K and Punjab. INSIDE was deployed. The leaders were released hours later after Grover and district BJP chief Ajay Bansal reportedly apologised to the farmers from the temple’s balcony. continued on page 12 China firms up position along LAC: Pentagon New Delhi, November 5 The US Department of Defence has said that despite the ongoing diplomatic and military dialogue to reduce border tension, China continues to take incremental and tactical actions to press its claims at the LAC. A Pentagon report said China refused to withdraw any forces until India’s forces were withdrawn behind its version of the LAC. China also wants India to stop all infrastructure improvement in the area. The “Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China – 2021” claims that China is taking “incremental and tactical actions to press its claims at the LAC” and has built civilian villages continued on page 12 Pfizer to seek approval for its antiviral tablet New Delhi, November 5 The race to develop easy to use home therapies for Covid-19 heated up on Friday with the American multinational Pfizer claiming 89 per cent reduction in hospitalisation and death among highrisk adults who took its newly developed antiviral pill. The company said it would soon apply to the US drug regulator for emergency use approval for the medication. With this announcement, Pfizer becomes the second pharma firm in the world after BJP-ruled states slash fuel rates; Pb to decide today Sidhu: Will attend office after officers replaced New Delhi, November 5 After 22 BJP-ruled states as well as UTs announced reduction in fuel rates, states ruled by the Opposition are considering to do the same. The Punjab Government, which is mulling VAT cut on fuel, will take a call at a Cabinet meeting on Saturday. The VAT on petrol in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Maharashtra is still over Rs 30, while in many BJPruled states it’s now in the Rs 21-Rs 25 range. The Centre’s excise duty cut of Rs 5 and Rs 10 on petrol and continued on page 12 edit: fall in fuel prices Chandigarh, November 5 Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday announced the withdrawal of his resignation from the party post even as he mounted pressure on the Channi led-government by reiterating his demand for the replacement of Advocate General APS Deol and DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota. Addressing a press conference, he said he would resume work after the new appointments were made. Sidhu had resigned on September 28. Questioning his own government, Sidhu said continued on page 12 MANOJ MAHAJAN NO RESPONSE YET I have been raising issues with the CM, but nothing has happened so far. Navjot Singh Sidhu, PPCC CHIEF ❝ IN U’KHAND, PM UNVEILS PROJECTS BACK PAGE SECOND SUCH PILL Pfizer announcement comes a day after US drug maker Merck’s first oral Covid therapy got UK nod for use at home 12,729 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 4,59,873 1,48,922 221 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS US drug-maker Merck to present an easy to administer continued on page 12 edit: covid prevention & cure Himachal CM rules out Cabinet rejig post bypoll loss Dharamsala, November 5 Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur today brushed aside the talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle or leadership change in the state BJP after its recent bypoll loss in the state. During his visit to Kangra today, Thakur said nobody from the party high command had talked to him over the matter yet. “I will be going to New Delhi to attend the national executive meeting next week,” he said. “We will analyse the reasons for the bypoll loss in the state executive meeting and try to work on shortcomings if continued on page 12
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).