24112021-TTB-01.qxd 23-11-2021 23:23 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 324 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA KL RAHUL RULED OUT OF TEST SERIES AGAINST NZ SPORT TAX SOPS LIKELY UNDER INDIA TO RELEASE 5 MN VEHICLE SCRAPPAGE BARRELS OF OIL FROM POLICY BUSINESS RESERVES BACK PAGE wednesday | 24 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Bill to ban pvt cryptos listed; RBI digital currency in works Tribune News Service Third Covid wave unlikely, says AIIMS chief New Delhi, November 23 In a significant comment on the future course of the Covid-19 pandemic, AIIMSNew Delhi chief Randeep Guleria on Tuesday said it was “very unlikely” that India would see a third wave. He predicted that Covid, like swine flu (H1N1), would New Delhi, November 23 The Union Government on Tuesday listed a Bill to ban all private cryptocurrencies with certain exemptions to be taken up in the winter session of Parliament, scheduled to start on November 29. The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, listed for introduction, consideration and passing seeks to create a facilitative framework for the creation of official digital currency to be issued by the CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS LIKELY ■ The Cryptocurrency and Regula- tion of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, is among 26 draft Bills to be taken up in Parliament ■ As per the draft, the govt may allow a few exceptions to promote the underlying technology ■ The Bill aims at creating a framework for creation of official digital currency issued by RBI Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Bill seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India. It, however, allows for certain exceptions to promote Galwan martyr gets MVC IN BRIEF Kirti Azad, Tanwar join Trinamool Congress At 7,579, cases lowest in 543 days become endemic and the disease would cyclically affect the vulnerable and immuno-suppressed population but would not acquire a severe form, as previously predicted by experts. “As the national vaccine programme continued on page 10 Edit: Covid surge in hry the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its use. The Bill is among 26 draft laws listed for being taken up in Parliament and comes close on the heels of PM Narendra Modi calling upon democracies to ensure that cryptocurrencies don’t end up in wrong hands. The PM had recently chaired a meeting where it was decided that unregulated crypto markets could not be allowed to become avenues for money laundering and terror financing. The Bill is learnt to have been drafted based on the RBI, Finance Ministry and Home Ministry’s consultations on the issue with experts from continued on page 10 NEW DELHI: Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad and former Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Tanwar joined the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. BACK PAGE Rlys to launch theme-based Bharat Gaurav trains NEW DELHI: The Railways would launch a set of around 190 theme-based Bharat Gaurav trains dedicated to the tourism sector, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Tuesday. TNS President Ram Nath Kovind awards Maha Vir Chakra to Galwan hero Col B Santosh Babu posthumously. The martyr’s wife and mother received the award in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI PAGE 10 Himachal ex-MP quits BJP over ‘dictatorial’ set-up SHIMLA: Himachal BJP vice-president and former Rajya Sabha member Kripal Parmar resigned from the party post on Tuesday, terming the party leadership’s attitude “dictatorial”. INSIDE Monday - Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm IAF to get two more satellites; AK-203 deal with Russia gets nod Tribune News Service MODERNISING FORCES New Delhi, November 23 In a boost to the armed forces, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will get two more satellites allowing it long-distance real-time connectivity, while an India-Russia joint venture to make AK-203 rifles has also been approved. The joint venture is likely to be inked when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits India for an inter-governmental panel meeting with PM Modi on December 6. The two projects were okayed at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today. Acceptance of necessity (AoN) was okayed for an IAF proposal for its modernisation and operational needs amounting to Rs 2,236 crore under the “Make in India” initiative. This will entail IAF’s procurement proposal for having GSAT-7C satellites and ground hubs for real-time connectivity. The project envisages complete design, development and launching of satellites in India, the Ministry of Defence said. ■ The induction of GSAT-7C satellite and ground hubs will allow the Indian Air Force long-distance realtime connectivity ■ The AK-203 joint venture with Russia is expected to be inked when President Vladimir Putin visits India in December The induction of GSAT-7C satellites and ground hubs will enhance the ability of our armed forces to communicate beyond the line of sight among one another in all circumstances in a secure mode. ISRO launched GSAT-7A for the IAF in 2018 and another for the Navy a few years before. According to sources, India and Russia have agreed to the terms of the deal to make AK-203 rifles. The deal entails production of 6 lakh AK-203 rifles for India’s armed forces over 10 years. The first batch of 70,000 rifles will include Russian components. An existing factory of the MoD at Amethi will get the technology transfer. In Asr, Kejriwal skips naming CM candidate Amritsar, November 23 Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal chose not to announce party’s CM candidate for Punjab today, but said he “will disclose the name before other parties do”. He clarified that he would not be the CM face. “No political party is announcing its CM candidate. Even the ruling party hasn’t.” On AAP MLAs deserting the party, Arvind Kejriwal said it happened with every party. “Our two MLAs have quit, but at least 25 MLAs and a couple of MPs of the Congress are in touch with us, but we don’t want to induct kachra,” he said. — TNS ARIHANT ADVT. /thetribunechd HIGH COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF ORBIT BUSES PUNJAB For appointment call 0172 505 6969 OR SMS “JAGAT” to 98153 91339 ® GEI Scan QR for complete details Scan QR for complete details The Most Trusted Name in Eye Care SCO 168 - 169, Sector 9C, Chandigarh - 160 009, INDIA | email@example.com | 0172 - 505 6969 Scan for Appointment
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