26122021-TTC-01.qxd 12/26/2021 12:59 AM Page 1 123 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 356 | 26 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 ENGLAND EASES VISA RULES FOR HEALTH WORKERS WORLD /thetribunechd TOURISTS JOIN LOCALS IN XMAS CELEBRATIONS J&K JUDICIARY FACES PERENNIAL PROBLEMS: CJI RAMANA NATION MODI GOVERNMENT EMPOWERED MASSES, SAYS SHAH BACK PAGE sunday | 26 december 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Ludhiana blast accused had links with Pak’s ISI, says Punjab DGP Jupinderjit Singh MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service PM Modi recalls contribution of Sikh Gurus New Delhi, December 25 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there was a need to ensure that nobody was able to harm the unity of the country and that it remained secure. Addressing Gurpurb celebrations at Gurdwara Lakhpat Sahib in Kutch in Gujarat via video-conferencing, the PM said the dangers against which the Gurus alerted the people continued to exist even today. “We must ensure that the country remains secure,” he added. BACK PAGE Chandigarh, December 25 Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya on Saturday said that police leads on the December 23 blast at the Ludhiana court complex showed it was the handiwork of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. Addressing the media for the first time after assuming charge as DGP Chattopad, hyaya said elements linked to anti-India agencies in Pakistan, Khalistani groups and the drug mafia appeared to be behind the explosion. He claimed accused Gagandeep Singh, a dismissed Punjab Police head constable from Khanna, who had died while “fixing wires of the bomb” inside a toilet, was allegedly taking directions from handlers in Pakistan. “It was an external conspiracy. The motive was to scare the judiciary. Two persons undergoing trial in drug cases have been brought on production IN BRIEF 22 farm unions form Samyukt Samaj Morcha CHANDIGARH: Twenty-two farm organisations floated the Samyukt Samaj Morcha on Saturday and announced they would contest the Punjab Assembly elections for a "political change". INSIDE For local production, govt tweaks subsidy policy NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday decided to make changes to the existing nutrient-based subsidy policy to promote domestic production of phosphatic and potassic fertilisers. PTI WB Speaker writes to Prez on Guv's ‘interference’ KOLKATA: West Bengal Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay on Saturday said he had written to the President and PM to apprise them of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s "interference" in legislative matters. INSIDE Siddharth Chattopadhyaya, PUNJAB DGP recently bailed out in a drug case. warrant while a woman constable has been detained for questioning,” the DGP said. Gagandeep, a former munshi with the Khanna police, was booked for possessing 385 gm of heroin by the Ludhiana STF (special task force) in August 2019. “Bailed out recently, Gagandeep seemed to have undergone continued on page 8 4 terrorists gunned down in two J&K encounters New Delhi, December 25 Security forces gunned down four terrorists in two encounters in the past 24 hours in Jammu & Kashmir. While two belonging to the Lashkare-Taiba were neutralised in Shopian, two unidentified militants were killed in the Tral area of Awantipora district, officials said. Besides killing the terror- PHOTO: JAI KUMAR Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Preparations in full swing for PM Modi’s visit at Paddal Ground in Mandi. town had been divided into 11 sectors for security purpose. “Drone cameras, sniffer dogs and CCTV cameras will be used for surveillance. Other than mobile phones, no electronic gadgets will be allowed inside the venue. There will be a ban on edible and drinking items,” she said. The DGP said it was difficult to ascertain whether the accused, being an ex-cop, stole the explosives from a police malkhaana. “To rule out this possibility, we have ordered an audit,” he said. Elements linked to anti-India agencies in Pakistan, Khalistani groups ACCUSED HAD HEARING and drug mafia appear to IN COURT NEXT DAY be behind the blast. The Accused Gagandeep Singh, who motive was to scare the died in the blast, had a hearing in judiciary and create unrest. Ludhiana court on Dec 24. He was 2K cops, drones, sniffer dogs: All set for Modi’s visit to Mandi tomorrow Mandi, December 25 Security has been beefed up in Mandi town of Himachal Pradesh for PM Narendra Modi’s visit on December 27 for a rally to mark four years of the BJP govenrment in the state. A ground-breaking ceremony for investment MoUs worth thousands of crores is also to be held. Around 2,000 police and Home Guard personnel will be deployed to maintain law and order and manage traffic. The rally venue—Paddal Ground— is already out of bounds for the common people with the Special Protection Group (which guards the PM) taking charge of its security. Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said Mandi TWO UNDERTRIALS, WOMAN COP QUIZZED EXPLOSIVES STOLEN FROM MALKHAANA? ❝ The SP said BJP supporters coming from Sundernagar, Ner Chowk, Gagal, Rewalsar, Kotli and Talyahar will have to deboard near the Truck Union bypass and park their vehicles near the new bypass towards Sabzi Mandi. While returning, the continued on page 8 2 militants belonged to Lashkar outfit ists, the J&K Police have also arrested two militants belonging to The Resistance Front (TRF) backed by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Srinagar, the officials said. Inspector continued on page 8 Ahead of polls, ECI to meet Health Secy New Delhi, December 25 The Election Commission of India (ECI) has convened a meeting on Monday with senior officials of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&W), including Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, to deliberate on the prevailing Covid situation in the country in view of the Assembly elections in five states, including Punjab and UP early next year. , The meeting also assumes significance in view of the Allahabad High Court asking the Election Commission to postpone the Uttar Pradesh elections. But Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra, while talking to the media yesterday in Dehradun, had said the poll panel would take an appropriate decision in days to come. continued on page 8 ‘Fake’ income certificates irk private schools Ravinder Saini EWS QUOTA ADMISSION Tribune News Service Mahendragarh, December 25 The Progressive Private Schools’ Association, a group of CBSE schools, has raised questions over the “authenticity” of income certificates being submitted to get admissions under the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota. “Many parents are furnishing income certificates of Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh per annum for admitting their wards under the Rule 134A. All school owners are ready to pay them double the Rule 134A of the Haryana School Education (Third Amendment) Rules, 2013, provides for free education in 10 per cent seats in private schools for students from the BPL category and economically weaker sections (EWS). The annual income of such parents should be less than ~2 lakh. amount shown in their income certificates, if they are ready to work in the schools as per their qualifications,” tweeted Anil Kaushik, president of the association. He maintained that the certificates submitted by the parents to get their children enrolled in private schools under the Rule 134A should be re-verified by the Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page additional pullout. Booster shots for health staff from Jan 10| Masks must, says Modi Tribune News Service INDIA WELL-PREPARED Two undertrials in drug smuggling cases were brought on production warrant and a woman constable detained for questioning. IT’S MIX OF PAK, DRUG MAFIA & KHALISTAN Vax for 15-18 age group from Jan3 district authorities as many of them managed to get the documents made despite being financially sound. “After apprising the district education authorities of such cases, we demanded verification of such certificates, but the officers washed their hands off claiming that they had no authority to verify the documents,” said Kaushik. Sunil Dutt, District Education Officer (DEO), Mahendragarh, said income certificates were issued by the tehsildars, hence the Education Department could do nothing about it. New Delhi, December 25 Amid Omicron concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a vaccination drive for those between 15 and 18 years of age from January 3 and “precautionary doses” for healthcare and frontline workers as well as the elderly with comorbidities from January 10. Addressing the nation, he stressed that this was the time to remain alert as several countries were experiencing a rise in Covid infections due to 18 LAKH isolation COVAXIN OKAYED FOR CHILDREN ABOVE 12 DCGI has given emergency use approval for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for kids above 12 years the new variant (Omicron). The PM called on the people not to panic and take precautionary measures such as beds, 5 lakh oxygensupported beds, 1.40 lakh ICU beds 90% of eligible adult population given 1st dose; over 61 pc both doses NASAL VAX, world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid-19, to soon start in India wearing masks and washing hands frequently. “The country is fully prepared to deal with the infections,” the PM Drug mafia-politician nexus still thriving, FIR not enough: Sidhu Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 25 Breaking his silence on the FIR registered under the NDPS Act against Bikram Singh Majithia, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu told The Tribune on Saturday that registering an FIR against the Akali leader was not enough. While pointing out that the FIR was possible only because he could get the DGP and AG changed, he THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW ‘AFTER WEST BENGAL, ATTEMPTS TO POLARISE VOTES IN PUNJAB’ PAGE 2 said it did not mean that the case had been solved as the drug peddler-police-politician nexus continued to thrive. “The FIR does not mean that justice has been delivered. Had that been the case, the FIR in the sacrilege cases would have meant justice being done,” maintained Sidhu as he sought to know the reasons as to why there had been reluctance to initiate action against the Akali continued on page 8 Modi assured the nation. India, he said, had 18 lakh isolation beds, five lakh oxygen supported-beds and 1.40 lakh ICU beds. “If all ICU and non-ICU beds are added, there are 90,000 especially for children. Over 3,000 oxygen plants have been set up and four lakh oxygen cylinders distributed across the country.” The PM said besides precaution, vaccination was a must to fight the virus. “Our country, understanding the seriousness, had very early on started work on vaccines. continued on page 8 Centre sends health teams to Pb, 9 other states New Delhi, December 25 Multi-disciplinary central teams have been deployed in 10 states, including Punjab, which are reporting either an increasing number of Omicron and Covid-19 cases or a slow vaccination pace, according to a Union Health Ministry office memorandum. As per the document, besides Punjab, the teams have been sent to Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. — TNS
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).