08012022-TTB-01.qxd 1/8/2022 12:10 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.8 | 18 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA KAZAKH PREZ GIVES SHOOT-TO-KILL ORDER TO QUELL PROTESTS WORLD /thetribunechd PSBS: WELL-CAPITALISED TO HELP STRESSED SECTORS BUSINESS COMMISSION O2 PLANTS ATP: BOPANNA, ON PRIORITY, STATES RAMANATHAN IN TOLD BACK PAGE SEMIS SPORT saturday | 8 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Secure all records, put probes on hold: SC on security lapse Chandigarh DGP, senior NIA officer told to assist HC Registrar General Satya Prakash Tribune News Service NEET-PG: Nod to counselling, SC upholds quota New Delhi, January 7 The Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for starting the stalled NEET-PG 2021 counselling process based on the existing 27 per cent OBC and 10 per cent EWS reservations in the All India Quota seats, saying there was an “urgent need” to begin the admission process. The order will bring relief to several doctors waiting for admissions to post-graduate courses. A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, which had for two consecutive days heard the matter on applicability of Rs 8 lakh annual income criteria for determination of economically weaker section (EWS), passed an interim order, saying “there is an urgent need continued on page 13 New Delhi, January 7 Amid a raging controversy over the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit, the Supreme Court today ordered the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and forthwith preserve all records relating to the visit. “We direct the Director General of Police, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and an officer of the National Investigation Agency, not below the rank of Inspector General, to be nominated by the Director General, National Investigation Agency, to assist the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court, to forthwith secure and seize the records from the state police as well as central agencies,” a Bench led by CJI NV Ramana ordered. It directed the Punjab Government, police authorities, the SPG and other central and state agencies to give necessary assistance to the Registrar General “in secur- A Central team at the flyover in Ferozepur district where the PM’s convoy was stranded. TRIBUNE PHOTO IB had warned of possible trouble Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 7 The Intelligence Bureau (IB) report, which was shared with the Punjab Government, had “specific and actionable” input saying “some sort of demonstration/agitation” could not be ruled out while the PM was on his way to Hussainiwala, a stronghold of farmers’ unions. The report said: “Leaders of SKM constituents, including the BKU/E-U and KMSC (Satnam Singh Pannu group), which have not joined SKM’s recently floated continued on page 13 << BJP workers protest near the AICC office over ‘security breach’. PTI ing and seizing the records”. The order came on a petition filed by Lawyer’s Voice seeking a thorough probe into the lapse in the PM’s security on Wednesday. The Bench, which also included Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli, asked the committees set up by the Centre and Punjab not continued on page 13 Commander-level Economy to grow at 9.2%: NSO LAC talks on Jan 12 Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 7 Three months after India and China blamed each other for the breakdown of military commander-level talks, commanders of the two sides are set to meet again. According to sources, the meeting has been scheduled for January 12. This will be the first meeting at the level of Lt Generals after October 10 and the 14th round of senior military-level talks since June 6, 2020. Pullback from military posturing along the 832-km LAC in eastern Ladakh will be the main agenda. The existing impasse is over Patrolling Point-15 (PP-15), also referred to as Hot Springs, besides the Depsang Bulge, a 972-sq km plateau. Both places are in eastern Ladakh. Troop build-up on either side, for now, shows no signs of getting back to pre-April PULLBACK ON AGENDA ■ Pullback from the 832-km LAC in eastern Ladakh will be the main agenda of the talks ■ The existing impasse is over Patrolling Point-15, also referred to as Hot Springs, besides Depsang Bulge New Delhi, January 7 The Indian economy is estimated to grow at 9.2 per cent in 2021-22, as against a contraction of 7.3 per cent in the previous fiscal, said the National Statistical Office (NSO) while releasing the GDP estimates for this fiscal. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) a month ago projected a more optimistic GDP growth IN FIGURES ~147.54 lakh cr estimated real GDP in 2021-22 ~147.79 lakh cr estimate in pre-Covid time (2019-20) 6.8% GDP deficit target likely to be achieved IN BRIEF SC acquits two convicts in Gikki murder case NEW DELHI: Ten years after hotelier Gurkirat Sekhon, aka Gikki, was 2020 levels. On October 10, the meeting ended in a deadlock with both countries blaming each other. A meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs held in November laid out the agenda for talks again. On January 1, troops of either side exchanged sweets at the Line of Actual Control. shot dead in Jalandhar, the Supreme Court on Friday acquitted two of the four convicts sentenced to life by the High Court. TNS Taliban govt thanks India for medical aid NEW DELHI: The Taliban have thanked India for medical assistance to Afghanistan after a third batch of essential life-saving medicines was handed over to Indira Gandhi Hospital in Kabul on Friday. TNS 3 Jaish militants killed in Budgam encounter SRINAGAR: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces at Zolwa village in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said. INSIDE Only 1% in 13-15 age group use tobacco in Himachal Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Shimla, January 7 Himachal Pradesh has been ranked the best in the country in tobacco control among children aged 13-15 years by Global Youth Tobacco Survey. Compared to Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, where the tobacco prevalence has been found the highest in the country at 58 per cent, only 1 STATE TOPS COUNTRY IN TOBACCO CONTROL ■ As per a survey, HP tops country in tobacco control among kids aged 13-15 ■ At 58%, tobacco prevalence per cent children use tobacco products in Himachal. Besides, the state has witnessed a significant decline in the use of tobacco among adults too. The survey in highest in Arunachal & Mizoram ■ Himachal also witnessed sig- nificant decline in use of tobacco among adults 2016-17 recorded a decline of 24 per cent in tobacco use from 2010. “If we go by the real-time data at present, the decline is roughly around 50 per cent. It puts us among the best performing states on this count,” said Dr Gopal Chauhan, state programme officer for tobacco control. The sharp reduction in tobacco use could be attributed to the programme’s success in reducing the exposure of smoking at home. “In the 2010 GATS survey, 82.5 per cent adults were exposed to smoke at home. Thanks to continued on page 13 rate of 9.5 per cent with inflation estimated at 5.3 per cent. Some rating agencies fear that the rising Omicron cases may shave off up to 0.3 per cent from the GDP estimates for the fourth quarter. In actual numbers, the real GDP in 2021-22 is estimated at Rs 147.54 lakh crore against the provisional estimate of Rs 135.13 lakh crore. continued on page 13 Seven-day home quarantine for foreign arrivals New Delhi, January 7 The government on Friday revised international travel guidelines in the wake of a rapidly expanding Covid pandemic and said all foreign arrivals, starting January 11, would have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for seven days. NO APPOINTMENT FOR BOOSTER DOSE: GOVT The guidelines came as daily new Covid cases touched 1,17,100, the highest in 214 days. The last time India saw over 1 lakh cases was on June 7 (1,00,636 cases). The guidelines say all foreign travellers, including the 2 per cent who are selected for random testing on arrival and found negative, will undergo home quarantine for seven days and undertake RT-PCR test on the eighth day. Children under five will remain exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. — TNS FIR lodged, Punjab sends report to MHA Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 7 The Punjab Government has sent its report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on lapses in PM Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to Ferozepur on Wednesday. The report says the protest by farmers was sudden, but an FIR has been lodged and a twomember panel formed to probe the matter and respond in three days. The MHA had sought a detailed report on the PM’s security breach as his vehicle remained stranded on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. In the report sent to the MHA by Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari last night, it has been stated that on completion of the probe, the findings would be shared with the Centre. The sequence of events leading to the incident has been shared. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi chaired a meeting last evening to finalise the report. Sources said the report was prepared in consultation with the state DGP and other police officers incharge of the PM’s security. Channi has been maintain- NOTICE TO SSP ■ The MHA has issued a show- cause notice to Bathinda SSP Ajay Maluja and sought a reply by 5 pm on January 8 ■ It is learnt that the SSP piloted the motorcade from Bathinda to Ferozepur ❝ Ensured peaceful passage of the cavalcade in my jurisdiction, which was till the limits of Bathinda district. Ajay Maluja, SSP BADAL AGAINST PRESIDENT’S RULE ❝ President’s rule should not be imposed... Polls have nothing to do with the ‘security lapse’. These should be held on time PS Badal, SAD ing that there was no breach of security as farmers came suddenly on the road. He claimed the SPG was informed and the PM’s convoy was stopped 1 km short of the spot. BKU: Protesters meant no harm to PM Modi Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 7 The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) today accused the BJP-led NDA government of resorting to propaganda to further its divisive game plan for political goals. In a statement, BKU president Joginder Singh Ugrahan and general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said the unions had no plan to hold a demonstration to block the Prime Minister’s movement during his Ferozepur visit. “No untoward incident occurred. There was no attempt to harm the Prime Minister. Not a single suspicious person was found near his convoy when it was stopped,” they stressed.
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