26112021-TTB-01.qxd 25-11-2021 23:32 13 IND VS NZ: IYER, GILL SHINE ON DAY 1 SPORT /thetribunechd Page 1 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 326 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA INDIA FOR MORE PROJECTS IN CENTRAL ASIA BACK PAGE friday | 26 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Air quality poor, SC reimposes ban on construction in NCR One year of protest Tribune News Service Farmers gather at Tikri on Thursday as their protest against the farm laws completes a year on Friday. PTI ■ HEAVY RUSH AT TIKRI, SINGHU ■ ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS A large number of farmers from the region reached Delhi’s borders to mark the first anniv of farm stir Expecting thousands of farmers, the SKM has organised langar at 20 locations at Tikri protest site alone ■ MARCH TO PARL MAY BE OFF Unions have been considering ending the stir; may even call off the Nov 29 march to Parliament North’s logistics gateway: Modi lays stone of Noida airport, Asia’s largest Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 25 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh and highlighted the development activities in the poll-bound state. He said the airport, slated to be completed by 2024, would become the logistics gateway for North India. He asserted that infrastructure was “not politics for us but part of national policy”. The much-awaited mega aviation project was flagged off weeks before the announcement of the UP Assembly elections. The ambitious project has been showcased as one of the major infrastructure projects of the country, which will help create over 1 lakh jobs. COMPLETION BY ’24 ~10,050 cr phase-I cost 1,300 hectares area 2024 phase-I deadline 1.2 cr annual flyer capacity 2 runways initially, 3 more to be added subsequently PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Jewar. PTI The project will be executed by Zurich Airport International AG. PM Modi said, CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 IN BRIEF Param Bir Singh appears before Mumbai cops MUMBAI: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, declared an absconder, arrived here on Thursday and was questioned by crime branch officials in an extortion case. PTI Shakti Mills rape: HC commutes death penalty MUMBAI: The Bombay HC on Thursday commuted to life term the death penalty awarded to three convicts in the gangrape of a photojournalist inside the defunct Shakti Mills compound in 2013. PTI Reliance, Aramco call off $15-billion deal NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries (RIL) and Saudi Aramco have called off a $15-billion deal under which the Saudi oil giant was to buy a 20% stake in the oil-to-chemicals business of RIL. BUSINESS Himachal BJP to issue show-cause notice to 24 SHIMLA: To rein in growing indiscipline in the party, 24 BJP leaders in Himachal are likely to be issued a show-cause notice for working against the party’s interest in recent bypolls to four seats. INSIDE Cong-led Oppn to skip Parl event New Delhi, November 25 The Congress-led Opposition will skip the Constitution Day celebrations in the Central Hall of Parliament on Friday. Top Congress sources said the event was mere “tokenism anyway”. Party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh reached out to the larger Opposition to skip the celebrations after deciding that the party MPs would boycott it. MPs of the Congress, TMC, SP NCP DMK, AAP Shiv , , , Sena, CPI, CPM, RSP IUML, , RJD and the JMM are expected to skip the event. Sources in the TMC and Left parties said none of their MPs would be in New Delhi tomorrow. — TNS New Delhi, November 25 As air quality refuses to show any considerable improvement, the Supreme Court has reimposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR and ordered states to provide subsistence money to workers from the funds collected as labour cess during the ban period. “In the meantime, as an interim measure and until further orders, we reimpose the ban on construction activities in the NCR… Nonpolluting activities relating to construction such as plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry are allowed to be continued,” a Bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana ordered. The states shall use the funds collected as labour cess for the welfare of con- Sidhu threatens to go on fast over drugs, sacrilege Moga, November 25 In yet another embarrassment to Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu has said he would go on indefinite fast if the Congress government does not make public reports on drug menace and sacrilege incidents. "If CM Channi does not provide justice in sacrilege cases, I will sacrifice my body. Our Gurus are supreme and above us, our state and the country," he said. INSIDE ED raids 8 premises of Fastway cable owner Tribune News Service Ludhiana/Jalandhar, November 25 Probing a money laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate today raided several premises of Gurdeep Singh, owner of Jujhar Group which runs Fastway cable network, bus service and real estate business in the state. In all, eight premises were searched — five in Ludhiana and one each in Chandigarh, Mohali and Banga. Gurdeep Singh is said to be a close MONEY LAUNDERING ■ Probe relates to Gurdeep Singh’s alleged links with Surinder Pal Pahalwan, former GMADA Chief Engineer ■ Pahalwan was arrested in a corruption case in June 2017 ■ The former Chief Engineer amassed 92 properties worth over ~1,200 crore associate of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal. The raiding ED officials were accompanied by 60-70 security CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 26/11: 40 ships, 10 aircraft patrolling seas daily Tribune News Service SURVEILLANCE UP New Delhi, November 25 Post 26/11 attacks in 2008, the Central government brought in various reforms to tighten the coastal security. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has conducted more than 300 coastal security exercises and operations in coordination with the coastal state authorities since 2009, said ICG Director-General K Natarajan on the eve of the ■ Indian Coast Guard has conducted over 300 exercises since 2009 ■ 3.5 tonnes of drugs coming via sea route have been seized in last 2 years 13th anniversary of the Mumbai attacks. The force now deploys almost 40-44 ships and 10-12 aircraft to maintain surveillance on a daily basis to patrol the seas around India, he said. As a result of its intensive patrolling in coastal areas, the ICG has seized more than 3.5 tonnes of drugs coming through the sea route in the last two years. The Coast Guard is working in close synergy with several agencies. In November 2008, 10 terrorists had entered India from Pakistan via the sea route and targeted multiple locations, including Taj Hotel, Nariman House and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in Mumbai. At least 166 persons were killed and over 300 injured in the attacks that lasted four days. NATIONAL CAPITAL ON THE EDGE City Delhi Faridabad Ghaziabad Gurugram Noida An anti-smog gun at work in Gurugram. AQI* 361 394 362 322 330 *301 TO 400 AQI FALLS IN ‘VERY POOR’ CATEGORY Source: Pollution Control Board PROVIDE SUBSISTENCE TO WORKERS, STATES TOLD The SC has ordered the NCR states to provide subsistence money to workers from the funds collected as labour cess during the construction ban period struction workers to provide them subsistence for the period during which construction activities would remain prohibited and pay wages notified under the Minimum Wages Act for the respective categories of workers, it ordered. Asking the Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR and Adjoining Areas and the states of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to continue with their measures to curb the spike in pollution, it reversed the decision to allow construction activities from November 22. It directed the commission to “conduct a scientific study of air quality based on available data of previous years bearing upon recorded levels of air pollution”. “We direct that instead of waiting for the air quality to deteriorate before initiating action under the graded response plan, necessary measures must be put in place in anticipation of a deterioration of air quality. For this purpose, it is necessary for the commission to engage expert agencies with domain knowledge in meteorological data and statistical modelling,” it said in its order uploaded on Wednesday night. On Wednesday, it postponed the hearing on worsening air pollution in DelhiNCR to November 29. “Take the measures for the next two-three days and we will again hear this matter next Monday,” it had said. NEET-PG: Centre to revisit ~8L income limit for EWS quota New Delhi, November 25 Proposing to revisit the limit of Rs 8 lakh annual income fixed for determining Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category for reservation in NEET admissions for post-graduate medical courses, the Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that a panel will be constituted to fix the EWS criteria. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a Bench led Justice DY Chandrachud that the government had taken a considered decision in this regard and the panel would CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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