28122021-TTC-01.qxd 12/28/2021 12:22 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 358 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 AUSTRALIA CLOSE TO CLINCHING ASHES SERIES SPORT /thetribunechd TWO TERROR ASSOCIATES ARRESTED IN KASHMIR J&K RBL BANK’S FINANCIAL SET UP TASK FORCE TO POSITION SATISFACTORY, CHECK DRUG ABUSE, SAYS RBI BUSINESS STATES TOLD BACK PAGE tuesday | 28 december 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Keep tabs on drug use: EC to NCB ahead of state polls Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 27 The Election Commission today assessed the Covid-19 situation in the five poll-bound states with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and asked the top brass of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to check the influence of drugs in elections. The commission also met top officials of the paramilitary forces, including ITBP , BSF and SSB, and pressed them for maintaining strict vigil on borders. Sources said the Health Secretary briefed the commission for nearly an hour on the prevailing Covid situation in the country, especially with reference to the poll-bound Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The issue of the spread of Omicron also came up for discussion, they said. “The commission assessed the situation based on statis- RAMP UP VAX DRIVE, SAYS HEALTH SECY ■ EC assessed Covid situation in poll-bound Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur & Goa ■ It met top officials of ITBP, BSF and SSB and sought strict vigil on international borders ■ The Election Commission is expected to announce poll dates next month ■ The Health Secy also held a meeting with poll-bound states to review the Covid measures ■ He told them to ramp up vaccination and testing tics provided (by the Health Ministry),” a senior official said, adding that Bhushan also briefed the panel about the Covid protocols and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines issued in the recent past to check the spread of the deadly virus. During an interaction with top officials of the NCB, ITBP SSB and BSF the poll , , panel asked the anti-drug agency to ensure illicit substances did not influence the polls. The commission in particular referred to Punjab and Goa with regard to drug smuggling, the sources said. The terms of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur Assemblies are ending in March next year, while the Uttar Pradesh Assembly’s tenure is coming to an end in May. The commission is expected to announce election dates next month. On Tuesday, the Chief Election Commissioner and fellow Election Commissioners are scheduled to embark on a three-day visit to Uttar Pradesh to take stock of the poll preparedness in the state. HEALTH INDEX: KERALA TOPS, UP AT BOTTOM Kerala again emerges overall topper as Niti Aayog announces results of fourth Health Index for the reference year 2019-20 in three categories — larger states, smaller states and UTs LARGER STATES TOP THREE 1. Kerala 2. Tamil Nadu 3. Telangana BOTTOM THREE 1. Uttar Pradesh 2. Bihar 3. Madhya Pradesh FROM THE REGION HP slips from 6th to 7th spot Punjab improves ranking from ninth to eighth position Haryana retains 11th rank Chandigarh slips from first to second spot in UT category UP TOPS IN ONE SECTION Uttar Pradesh registers the highest change in terms of incremental performance from the base year 2018-19 to the reference year 2019-20 ❝ SMALLER STATES, UTS Mizoram and Tripura best overall performers among smaller states Among UTs, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu best performer Delhi and J&K at bottom in overall show, but leading performers in incremental performance States have started to take cognisance of indices such as Health Index and use these in policymaking and resource allocation. Rajiv Kumar, NITI VICE CHIEF PM unveils slew of hydel projects in HP Lists advantages of double-engine govt | Says BJP for ‘vikas’, Oppn for ‘apna vikas’ Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Mandi, December 27 Taking a dig at the Congress for indulging in vote bank politics and self-promotion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the BJP believed in the ideology of ensuring development of the country and welfare of the poor and downtrodden. Addressing a rally here today to mark the completion of four years of the BJP government in Himachal, Modi said the endeavour of the double-engine regimes —- at the Centre and state —was to ensure “sabka saath, Arlekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, ministers and party Channi, Sidhu ‘rivalry’ confusing cadre IN BRIEF Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 27 Even as Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is projecting himself as the CM face with his 13-point agenda on reviving Punjab’s ailing economy, the party high command is learnt to have told Punjab leaders that it would not declare the CM candidate ahead of the elections. It has been made clear that Mother Teresa charity’s plea on foreign funds turned down Tribune News Service Composite score of 24 indicators in 3 domains — health outcomes; governance and information; key inputs and processes New Delhi, December 27 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected the application of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, for renewal of its registration under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) for continuing to receive donations from abroad. Win in Chd MC signals change in Punjab: Kejri Pradeep Sharma Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 27 The much-awaited expansion of the Haryana Cabinet will finally take place tomorrow with Governor Bandaru Dattatreya administering oath to new ministers at the Raj Bhavan here. “The swearing-in will take place at 4 pm,” tweeted Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The second expansion of the BJP-JJP government is likely to see the inclusion of two ministers, one each from the BJP and the JJP . Kamal Gupta, a two-time BJP MLA from Hisar, and Devender Singh Babli, JJP MLA from Tohana, are the frontrunners for ministerial berths. A meeting of JJP Continued on page 11 Chandigarh, December 27 With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerging as the leading party winning 14 of 35 wards in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation polls, its national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed the party’s victory “is a sign of the ensuing change in Punjab”. He said the people of Chandigarh have chosen “honest politics” of AAP , rejecting the “corrupt politics” of its rival parties. Party leader Manish Sisodia too claimed that the people of Punjab “have decided to give a chance to Kejriwal this time”. However, political analysts say infighting in the Congress IT’S MANDATE FOR HONEST POLITICS The victory of AAP in Chandigarh MC is a sign of ensuing change in Punjab. People of Chandigarh have chosen honest politics of AAP, rejecting corrupt politics. ❝ Arvind Kejriwal and anti-incumbency against the BJP favoured AAP in the UT. They feel the result may not be an indicator of the party’s performance in the Punjab Assembly elections. The analysts say AAP’s claims are far-fetched. The UT poll results may not help Continued on page 11 MHA CITES ADVERSE INPUTS The MHA issued a statement today hours after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Centre had frozen all bank accounts of the organisation. The MHA said the organisation itself had sent a request to the SBI for freezing its accounts. “The registration (under FCRA) was valid up to October 31, 2021. The validity was subsequently extended up to December 31, 2021, along with other FCRA associations whose renewal application were pending renewal. However, while considering the MoC’s renewal application, some adverse inputs were noticed. In consideration of these inputs on record, the renewal application of the MoC was not approved,” the Home Ministry statement stated. Continued on page 11 Take note of hate speeches: Lawyersto CJI New Delhi, December 27 Seventy-five lawyers and a former High Court judge have written to Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana, requesting him to take suo motu notice of hate speeches allegedly made at events recently organised in Delhi and Haridwar. The letter comes days after an FIR was filed against Jitender Narayan Tyagi (formerly Waseem Rizvi) following a complaint by Trinamool Con- CONTROVERSY OVER HARIDWAR, DELHI EVENTS The letter of lawyers refers to two events — the ‘Dharma Sansad’ in Haridwar and a Hindu Yuva Vahini-organised event in Delhi — where the purported hate speeches were delivered. An FIR has been filed against Jitendra Narayan Tyagi and others regarding the event organised in Haridwar. PAK SUMMONS INDIAN DIPLOMAT OVER ‘HATE SPEECHES’ gress leader and RTI activist Saket Gokhale who said the former chairman of the Shia Waqf Board and others had delivered “derogatory and inflammatory statements against Islam” at the event. The letter, which has also been signed by former Patna HC judge Anjana Prakash, said the speeches “pose a grave threat not just to the sabka vikas”. The function was attended by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Rajmeet Singh WHAT’S HEALTH INDEX Two more to join Haryana Cabinet today PM Narendra Modi with a ‘trishul’ gifted by HP CM Jai Ram Thakur at a rally in Mandi on Monday. JAI KUMAR legislators. “While the BJP firmly believes in the ideology of ‘sabka vikas’, the other parties are guided by the principle of ‘apna vikas’,” he said in an oblique reference to the Congress. The PM inaugurated the 111-MW Sawra Kuddu hydel project and laid the foundation stones of Renuka (40 MW), Luhri Stage-I (210 MW) and Dhaulasidh (66 MW) hydel projects. The four projects are worth Rs 11,581 crore. He said that while the BJP believed in the ideology of “vikas” (development), the Congress believed in the Continued on page 11 unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.” “It is also pointed out that the speeches are a part of a series of similar speeches that we have come across in the past... Thus, urgent judicial intervention is required to prevent such events,” said the letter signed among others by Salman Khurshid, Dushyant Dave, Vrinda Grover and Meenakshi Arora. — TNS High command won’t declare CM candidate ahead of elections the elections would be fought collectively with CM Charanjit Singh Channi as the Dalit face, PPCC chief Navjot Sidhu the Jat face and former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar the Hindu face. Indicating internal dissensions, the PPCC chief at the Batala rally on Sunday declared former MLA Ashwani Sekhri as the Congress candidate from Batala even though the party is yet to release a list of nominees. The announcement by Sidhu is being interpreted as a snub to minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa, who has been eying the Batala seat. In the Qadian Assembly segment, Sidhu is backing sitting MLA Fatehjang Bajwa. Continued on page 11 Panel recommends anti-Covid pill Molnupiravir NEW DELHI: An expert panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on Monday recommended permission to manufacture anti-Covid pill Molnupiravir in the country. PTI SAD leader Majithia moves HC for anticipatory bail CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who has been booked under the NDPS Act, on Monday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking anticipatory bail. PTI BJP, Capt and Dhindsa formalise alliance for polls NEW DELHI: The BJP, Capt Amarinder’s PLC and SS Dhindsa’s SAD (Sanyukt) will together contest Assembly polls, said Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat, who is party’s Punjab affairs incharge. TNS
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