16112021-TT-01.qxd 11/15/2021 11:01 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 316 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH BIDEN, XI TO HOLD MAIDEN VIRTUAL MEETING TODAY WORLD /thetribunechd LESS THAN 20% FULLY VACCINATED IN FIVE DISTRICTS PUNJAB INFLATION JUMPS TO PM: PREVIOUS GOVTS 5-MTH HIGH OF 12.54% DID LITTLE FOR IN OCT BUSINESS TRIBALS BACK PAGE tuesday | 16 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com SC asks Centre to hold emergency meeting on containing air pollution Satya Prakash SUGGESTS ACTION PLAN Decide what industries are to be stopped, which vehicles can be prevented from plying, which power plants can be stopped. SC Bench Tribune News Service ❝ New Delhi, November 15 The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to call an emergency meeting on Tuesday to take measures such as stopping non-essential construction, transport and power plants and implementing work from home to check alarming levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. “We direct the Union of India to call for an emergency meeting tomorrow with all the stakeholders and discuss the areas which we have indicated above and to state what further orders PULLS UP DELHI GOVT FOR SHIFTING BLAME ■ As Delhi affidavit blamed stubble burning in neighbouring states for NCR pollution, the SC pulled it up for giving “lame excuses”. CONGRESS SEEKS ‘WHITE PAPER’ ■ The Congress demanded a An office building shrouded in smog in Noida on Monday. REUTERS they can pass or steps they can take to effectively control air pollution and to ensure implementation,” a Bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said. “white paper” from the Centre and Delhi Government on steps taken to tackle pollution in the NCR. It ordered the Principal Secretaries concerned of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Pun- 40% of NCR pollution owing to farm fires: Panel 62,863 Stubble burning incidents in Punjab this season 5,400 in Haryana FILE New Delhi, November 15 Contrary to the Supreme Court’s observation that “stubble burning is not responsible for causing air pollution to that extent”, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas has blamed it for about 35-40 per cent of total current pollution in the NCR. “Post Diwali, there has been a spurt in the number of fire incidents owing to paddy stubble burning, particularly in Punjab where IN BRIEF Eminent novelist Mannu Bhandari no more NEW DELHI: Renowned Hindi novelist Mannu Bhandari, famous for her novels ‘Aapki Banti’, ‘Mahabhoj’ and ‘Yahi Sach Hai’, died here on Monday due to age-related ailments. She was 90. PTI Noted historian Babasaheb Purandare dead PUNE: Noted historian and Padma Vibhushan awardee Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (99), popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, died at a Pune hospital on Monday after a brief illness. PTI At 5,270, Delhi dengue cases highest in 6 years NEW DELHI: The number of dengue cases in Delhi this season has crossed 5,270, the highest in the national capital in a year since 2015, according to a civic report released on Monday. PTI RSS worker hacked in front of wife in Kerala PALAKKAD: RSS worker Sanjith (27) was hacked to death in front of his wife in Mambaram in the district on Monday. The role of Social Democratic Party of India activists is suspected, the police said. PTI about 42,285 farm fires have been reported in the last 10 days alone, out of a cumula- tive fire count of 62,863 till November 13 this season,” the commission recorded in its November 14 meeting. “Likewise, the instances of paddy stubble burning in the state of Haryana have also witnessed an increase with respect to last year (with 5,400 incidences being reported so far in 2021 against a cumulative figure continued on page 9 Job for locals: Punjab halts process to fill police posts Chandigarh, November 15 A day after Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi in an interview with The Tribune announced bringing a law on job reservation for locals in public and private sectors, the government today halted the process to fill 560 posts of SI in Punjab Police. Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said he had sought a report from the DGP on the recruitment of “non-Punjabis.” The chorus within the ruling party is growing to review recruit- Navjot’s tweets contemptofcourt: Plea with Hry AG Sonepat murder accused threw DVR in canal: SHO Chandigarh, November 15 A Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate has moved an application before the Haryana Advocate General for his consent to file a criminal contempt petition against PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu for tweets on the ongoing drugs menace case. The proceedings were sought to be initiated on the ground that the tweets were allegedly "intended to interfere with the administration of justice". The AG's consent is a pre-requisite in a criminal contempt case. — TNS Tribune News Service ment drives in all government departments with Labour Minister SS Gilzian, in a representation to the CM, urging that the eligibility criteria be fixed in such a manner that it could not be challenged in court. However, Punjab’s industry which heavily depends on migrant workers has flagged serious concerns over the move. Badish Jindal, All Industries & Trade Forum, said: “This is not acceptable. We can’t sustain without the migrant labour.” —TNS Sonepat, November 15 The police have arrested another accused, Vikram of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, in connection with the killing of wrestler Nisha Dahiya and her brother Suraj in Halalpur village. Inspector Karamjeet Singh, SHO, said Vikram had been nabbed at the Kharkhoda bypass. He said during interrogation it was found that the accused had thrown the digital video recorder (DVR) installed at the academy into a nearby canal after the murders. “We tried to retrieve the equipment, but in vain,” the SHO said. Nisha was shot at Sushil Kumar Wrestling Academy on the outskirts of Halalpur while her teenaged brother was shot near the canal. Their mother, who was injured, is recuperating at the PGIMS, Rohtak. The coach, Pawan, his wife and his two brothers-in-law, Sachin and Amit, have already been arrested. The police on Monday produced Amit in a local court which sent him to judicial custody. EC gets application for Captain’s party New Delhi, November 15 The Election Commission has received an application from an association seeking to register itself as a political party with the name of Punjab Lok Congress, sources said, adding that the application was under process. Capt Amarinder Singh, after resigning from the Congress, had announced he would launch a political party by that name. —TNS HP notice to NHAI for dumping debris along Beas AbhinavVashisht Kullu, November 15 Taking a stern note of dumping of debris by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) along the Beas, the HP Forest Department has directed it to take corrective measures. Earlier in August, the department had imposed a fine of Rs 1.15 crore on the Debris from highway construction dumped in the Beas in Kullu. FILE NHAI for violations during the construction of the 40km-long two-lane highway between Ramshila (Kullu) and Manali and 10-km-long four-lane highway between Jia (Bhuntar) and Ramshila. Angel Chauhan, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Kullu, said to protect the sites where debris had been dumped illegally from landslides and subsidence, the department had sent a notice to the NHAI directing it to plant saplings using jute matting technology. He said rolls of jute mats would be continued on page 9 jab, Haryana and Delhi to attend the meeting and make their submissions before the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas. The Bench, which also included Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant, directed the Centre and NCR states to allow their officials to work from home, as done by the Delhi Government to minimise vehicular pollution. “Decide what industries are to be stopped, which vehicles can be continued on page 9 Edit: As Delhi chokes Kheri: UP agrees to SC proposal on probe New Delhi: The UP Government on Monday agreed to the Supreme Court’s suggestion to appoint a retired HC judge to monitor the probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight persons were killed. “Whoever your Lordships consider may be appointed,” senior counsel Harish Salve said on behalf of UP Government. BACK PAGE Tenure of Home & Def Secys, RAW chief extended Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 15 In a major administrative decision, the government on Monday allowed a provision to pave the way for extension in service of Defence Secretary, Union Home Secretary, Director, Intelligence Bureau, and Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The government had yesterday extended the tenure of Directors of the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. As per a notification issued on Monday, the government can extend the service of these officers for a period it may deem proper on a caseto-case basis for reasons to be recorded in writing. The extension can be subject to the condition that the total extension would be for two years. At present, all these officers can serve till 62 years of age and enjoy a fixed tenure of two years at the post. The new rules will allow them to function till 64, but it will be on a case to-case basis and won’t apply uniformly. The notification also mentions the extension in tenure of the CBI and ED Directors. NOTIFICATION SAYS... ■ Govt can give extension to chiefs of central agencies for a period it may deem fit ■ The total extension will be for a period of two years ■ New rules allow officers to serve till 64 yrs against 62 ■ It will be on a case to-case basis, won’t apply uniformly TMC RESOLUTION IN RS OVER ORDINANCES The TMC has moved notices for statutory resolutions in the Rajya Sabha objecting to the ordinances to extend the tenure of CBI and ED chiefs, questioning government’s ‘hurry’ to amend laws In fact, the notification endorses the previous decision of the government taken in May when it extended the tenure of Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar and RAW Secretary Samant Kumar Goel by one year. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla was also given an extension of one year in August this year. Salman Khurshid posted a photo of the blaze at his Nainital house Days after book launch,Khurshid’s housevandalised New Delhi, November 15 Congress leader Salman Khurshid today posted pictures of arson at his Nainital home on his Facebook page. The arson came days after it became known that his book on Ayodhya drew similarities between Hindutva and the ideologies of radical jihadi groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. His party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad disagreed, saying that “the comparison is factually incorrect and an exaggeration”. Posting pictures, including one of fire at the house entrance, Khurshid said: “Shame is too ineffective a word. I still hope we can reason together one day and agree to disagree.… Am I still wrong to say this cannot be Hinduism?”— TNS
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