23112021-TT-01.qxd 11/22/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 323 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH FM INAUGURATES ~130 CRORE PROJECTS J&K /thetribunechd 5 DEAD, 40 INJURED DURING PARADE AT WISCONSIN WORLD SENSEX LOGS WORST SINGLE-DAY FALL IN 7 MONTHS BUSINESS TMC MPs MEET SHAH ON ‘POLICE VIOLENCE’ IN TRIPURA BACK PAGE tuesday | 23 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Panel adopts report on data protection Bill,7MPs dissent Oppn questions provisions allowing exemptions to govt agencies Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 22 The Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) examining the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 adopted its report on Monday with seven Opposition MPs submitting dissenting notes to various provisions of the draft law that seeks to regulate personal data processing mechanisms in the country. Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Manish Tewari, Gaurav Gogoi and Vivek Tankha, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’ Brien and Mahua Moitra and BJD’s BKU’s Rakesh Tikait and other leaders attend the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Lucknow on Monday. PTI Won’t move, resume talks on MSP: Tikait to Centre Tribune News Service New Delhi, Nov 22 Even as the agitating farmers today reiterated their sixpoint charter of demands at a mahapanchayat in Lucknow, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait accused the Centre of trying to divide the farmers. “They did the right thing by withdrawing the laws but tried to divide us, saying they had failed to convince a section of farmers on the usefulness of the laws,” he said, referring to the PM’s big announcement on Gurpurb. Despite the government climbdown, he said the farmers’ stir would continue till all their demands were met. Asking the government to resume talks with the farmers on minimum support Aus to open borders for int’l students, workers from Dec Canberra, November 22 Australian PM Scott Morrison today announced that his government will allow international students and skilled workers to enter the country from December to accelerate the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Morrison said eligible visaholders who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be allowed to enter from December 1. The announcement comes after Australia’s fully vaccination rate surpassed 85 per cent. As a result, more international students, skilled migrants and refugees who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, test negative within 72 hours of departure and hold a valid visa will be allowed to enter Australia, with priority given to skilled workers. — IANS SC PANEL MAY MAKE AGRI REPORT PUBLIC Anil J Ghanwat, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, on Monday said the panel’s report should be made public even as he maintained that the legal issues involved should be considered. “It has been eight months since we submitted the report after studying the three farm laws. It should now be made public,” Ghanwat said. INSIDE price (MSP) for crops, he declared: “We are not going away. The PM must give a clear answer on the demand for a law guaranteeing MSP that he had ‘supported’ when he was Gujarat CM.” Addressing thousands of farmers, he said: “We want MSP based on the C2+50 per , cent formula, be made a legal right. In our letter, we have reminded the PM that it was a committee under his chairmanship which in 2011 recommended this to the then PM.” The mahapanchayat sought the dismissal and arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra Teni. Eight persons, including four farmers, were run over by an SUV allegedly driven by his son Ashish in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, on October 3. Tikait announced that the next meeting would be held on Delhi borders on November 27. He said he had learnt the government was bringing a new policy on dairy development and demanded the dairy farmers be consulted on the matter. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 22 Haryana has been seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases over the past fortnight. The November 15-21 week recorded 110 cases, the highest in the last 13 weeks. While 108 cases were reported between November 8 and14, the first week of the month saw just 74 cases. Before this, the last highest in the recent past was 139 in the August 16-22 week. According to the districtwise analysis (from Nov 15-21), Gurugram alone reported 85 cases, making it 77.3 per cent of the total. Ten cases came from Panchkula (9.1 per cent). From November 8-14, Gurugram reported 74 cases (68.5%) out of the 108 in the state. The district is seeing an 77% cases in dist despite highest vax rate in state Moga, November 22 Promising social security and better healthcare, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced Rs 1,000 per month allowance to women above 18 years in Punjab, irrespective of other financial benefits, including pension and salary. “This will be the first-of-its-kind monetary help to women by any government,” he claimed. Kejriwal accused the Punjab CM of “imitating” his agenda. He said: “For the past few days a ‘nakli Kejriwal’ is roaming in Punjab. Whatever I promise in Punjab, he announces the same two days later.” the age group of 21 to 25; in 67 mishaps, the age group was 26 to 30 and in 61 cases, youths aged between 16 and 20 were involved. Kangra and Una reported UNITED FACE: CM Charanjit Singh Channi, PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Finance Minister Manpreet at a tea stall in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Targeting the Akalis, he said transport and cable businesses were owned by the Badal family and that people needn’t pay more than Rs 100 per month now. Strict action would be tak- IN BRIEF Andhra scraps controversial ‘three capital’ model HYDERABAD: In a significant decision, the Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday passed a Bill, repealing the contentious legislation that provided for a three-capital structure. TNS Navy officer held in info leak case gets bail ICMR: NO PROOF OF NEED FOR BOOSTER DOSE NEW DELHI: Serving Naval Commander Ajit Kumar Pandey, arrested by the CBI in the alleged leak of confidential information on naval equipment, has been granted bail from a special court. PTI increase in cases despite having the highest rate of first dose (124 per cent) and second dose vaccination (84 per cent) in the state. Till November 21, Gurugram had administered first dose to 22.40 lakh people and 15.20 lakh had been given the continued on page 9 HC issues notice to Minister Raja Warring CHANDIGARH: The High Court on Monday issued notice, among others, to Punjab Transport Minister Raja Warring on a plea filed by New Deep Bus Service against cancellation of route permits. TNS Pakistan to allow transit of Indian wheat for Af NEW DELHI: Imran Khan on Monday announced that Islamabad would allow transit of 50,000-tonne wheat offered by India to Afghanistan. TNS FILE PHOTO ❝ The focus is now on regular checking of licence and compliance to traffic rules. Sanjay Kundu, DGP the maximum casualties (24 each), followed by Baddi and Sirmuar (17 each), Mandi (11) and Kullu (10). The highest number of 82 accidents took place in Kangra, followed by social media intermediary (Facebook, Twitter, etc) whose actions can impact security of state ■ Lay down obligations on entities collecting personal data ■ Govern processing of data by govts, private Indian& foreign cos ■ Empower Centre to exempt any govt agency from proposed law ■ Impose fines and penalties for contravention of legislation Tribune News Service VIRUS SPREAD IN STATE Week Cases Nov 15-21 110 Nov 8-14 108 Nov 1-7 74 Oct 4-10 78 Sept 6-12 88 Aug 16-22 139 131 DIE FROM JAN TO SEPT 384 ACCIDENTS 392 VEHICLES INVOLVED 131 DEATHS 231 INJURED protect personal data of people ■ Will specify provisions relating to Ludhiana, November 22 It seems parties in Punjab will go to any length to woo the voter, with the Congress on Monday pledging to fix the cable TV connection rate at Rs 100 per month. Putting up a united face, CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived together at a workers’ meeting here where CM Channi vowed to eliminate the cable mafia and announced cable connection rate at Rs 100 per month. Earlier at a meeting with autorickshaw drivers, he announced that their pending challans would be waived. HPPolice dataYouth involved in 67% accidents REGULAR CHECKS NOW KEY OBJECTIVES ■ Set up Data Protection Authority to The Tribune Service Bhanu P Lohumi Shimla, November 22 In Himachal Pradesh, riders without valid licence have been behind 43.5 per cent of the total accidents involving two-wheelers till September this year. As per the state police’s data, as many as 131 persons riding two-wheelers died and 231 sustained serious injuries in 384 road accidents from January to September. Of the total 392 mishaps during the period, in 167 cases (43.5 per cent) the riders did not possess a valid licence. In four cases, the riders had learner’s licence and in two, it was expired. In 67.4 per cent of the cases, mostly youth were involved between the age group of 16 and 30. In as many as 131 accidents, the youth were in July 31, 2017: Govt sets up panel headed by Justice BN Srikrishna. Panel submits report on July 27, 2018, based on which Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 drafted. August 24, 2017: SC declares privacy a fundamental right September 26, 2018: SC asks govt to draft a data protection regime Dec 11, 2019: Ex- IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduces Bill in Lok Sabha. JCP set up to look at Bill Kejriwal pledges ~ 1,000/month grant to women In 43% mishaps, riders found without licence Tribune News Service THE BACKGROUND Amar Patnaik dissented, with the TMC terming the provisions of the Bill “Orwellian”. The majority Opposition questioned provisions of the draft law that allow the government to exempt its agencies, including the CBI and ED, from the entire legislation on the grounds of sovereignty and integrity of India, friendly relations with foreign states, security of the state and public order. The issue is all set to rile the Opposition ahead of the winter session of Parliament starting November 29 with continued on page 9 Channi, Sidhu arrive together at party meet; CM caps cable rate at ~100/mth Covid cases up in Hry, Gurugram hit most Bhartesh Singh Thakur REPORT TO BE TABLED IN WINTER SESSION Sirmaur (57) and Una (51). The data further reveals that in 220 accidents (57.3 per cent), the riders were not wearing helmets, while in 36 cases, they were under the influence of alcohol. Further, 164 accidents took place on national highways, 96 on link roads, 90 on state highways, 20 on major district and city roads and nine on village roads. As many as 155 accidents occurred during 6 pm and 12 am and 112 between 9 am and 3 pm. DGP Sanjay Kundu said alcometers were being used to keep a check on drunken driving as the number of fatalities in accidents involving twowheelers is quite high. Police sources said issuance of challans for riding without helmet and driving license was being reviewed on a weekly basis. Top court grants Mumbai ex-cop arrest protection Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 22 The Supreme Court on Monday granted protection from arrest to former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh, who has been declared a proclaimed offender in an extortion case, after his counsel said he was in India. “The accused shall join the investigation. Meanwhile he shall not be arrested,” said a Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. The Bench also issued notices to the Maharashtra Government, state DGP and CBI on his petition and listed the matter for further hearing on December 6 after senior counsel Puneet Bali, continued on page 9 en against those not adhering to the new rate, he warned. He also announced that all illegal bus permits would be revoked and new permits allotted to the unemployed youth. Alert has been sounded following the grenade attack in Pathankot. Grenade blast near Pathankot Army camp Tribune News Service Pathankot, November 22 The twin border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur were put on high alert after a Pakistan-made hand grenade was lobbed at an Army camp leading to a lowintensity blast around midnight in Pathankot. Some unidentified persons on a motorcycle hurled the grenade in front of the Triveni Dwar of the military area here, the police said, adding they were verifying CCTV footage of the area. Senior officers, after completing preliminary probe, termed it a “terror attack”. Inspector General (Border range) Mohinish Chawla, who rushed in from Amritsar early in the morning, was supervising the investigations. No casualties were reported in the incident. INSIDE
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