12012022-TTC-03.qxd 1/12/2022 12:39 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO.12 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 US-RUSSIA STALEMATE PERSISTS OVER UKRAINE WORLD /thetribunechd SC RESERVES VERDICT ON FUTURE GROUP’S PLEAS BUSINESS TATA GROUP REPLACES NO PROTECTION FROM VIVO AS IPL TITLE ARREST FOR EX-TOP COP SPONSOR SPORT PARAM BIR BACK PAGE wednesday | 12 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com KOHLI SCORES COMBATIVE 79 ■ Captain Virat Kohli scored 79 ■ Returning to the team after as India were bowled out for 223 on Day 1 of the final Test against SA in Cape Town ■ This is Kohli’s best score in 26 Test innings since his 136 against B’desh in 2019 missing the second Test, Kohli shepherded the team after yet another middleorder failure Setback for BJP in UP as minister, three MLAs resign, likely to join SP Vibha Sharma ‘DALITS, OBCs BEING IGNORED’ Tribune News Service REUTERS IN BRIEF Advanced version of BrahMos missile test-fired New Delhi, January 11 In a major setback to the ruling BJP in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, top OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya today resigned from the state Cabinet while three MLAs announced they were quitting the party. A five-time MLA from Padrauna, Maurya held the Labour portfolio. He cited “grave oppression” of Dalits, OBCs, farmers, unemployed and small businessmen” under CM Yogi Adityanath as the reason behind his resignation. Soon after, the three MLAs, Roshan Lal Verma (Shahjahanpur), Brijesh Prajapati (Tindwari) and Bhagwati Sagar (Bilhaur), quit the BJP in “Maurya’s support”. Hry invokes ESMA to ban strike by HCMS docs ROHTAK: After the HCMS Association went on a strike, the Haryana Government on Tuesday invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to prohibit protests by health workers. INSIDE Shivakumar booked for violating Covid norms RAMANAGARA (KARNATAKA): An FIR has been registered against 40 Congress leaders, including Karnataka unit chief DK Shivakumar, for taking out a march defying Covid-19 curbs. PTI Purohit seeks in-camera trial in Malegaon case MUMBAI: Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit, an accused in the Septem- ber 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, on Tuesday filed an application requesting that the ongoing trial be held in-camera. PTI Trying to secure release of Indian sailors: Govt NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday said it was making all efforts to secure the early release of Indian sailors who were aboard the ship that was seized by Houthis on January 2. TNS Swami Prasad Maurya, FORMER MINISTER WAS EXPECTED: BJP 4 FROM PB JOIN BJP ■ BJP claims it was aware UP Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya (L) with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Tuesday. PTI Though the Samajwadi Party tweeted a photo showing its president Akhilesh Yadav welcoming Maurya and Verma into the party, the minister’s daughter and Maurya was ‘hobnobbing’ with other parties ■ Says he was purposely left out of key decisionmaking panels ■ More leaders may quit BJP as it’s likely to drop 25% of its MLAs BJP’s Badaun MP Sanghamitra Maurya claimed her father was yet to join any party. He had quit the BJP and would reveal his strategy soon, she maintained. ■ Former Congress MLA Arvind Khanna is among four from Punjab who joined BJP on Tuesday ■ The other three are Kan- warveer Tohra (grandson of SGPC ex-chief GS Tohra), Gurdeep Gosha and Dharamveer Sareen Sources said the next 48 hours were crucial for the BJP as more ministers and MLAs could quit the party. “Maurya is trying to influence other ministers and MLAs. Lead- Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 11 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the current pandemic situation with state chief ministers on January 13 as the country’s active caseload surged to a 208-day high of 8,21,446 and daily infections rose to 1,68,063 today. The review meeting assumes significance as daily positivity rate has gone up to 10.64 per cent as compared to 0.61 per cent a fortnight ago and the government acknowledging that the country is likely to surpass the second wave peak of 4.4 lakh cases reached on May 7, 2021. Active cases have gone up from 75,456 on December 28, 2021, to 8,21,446, indicating a PM Modi to review situation tomorrow Policewomen receive booster shot in Thane on Tuesday. PTI LATA TESTS POSITIVE, ADMITTED TO ICU DELHI PRIVATE OFFICES TO SWITCH TO WFH Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has tested positive and has been admitted to the ICU of the Breach Candy Hospital, her family members said on Tuesday. The Delhi Government on Tuesday directed closure of all private offices, except those in exempted categories. They have been asked to follow the practice of work from home (WFH). massive transmission. The Health Ministry said there were 25 major districts of concern across the country. These districts are registering over 10 per cent positivity and 5,000 weekly cases. The PM will review containment strategies and medical preparedness at the district level. As per central directions, states are mandated to enforce strict containment in districts and sub-districts with more than 10 per cent positivity over a week and those where bed occupancy is over 40 per cent for ICU and oxygen-supported beds. He will also review progress under the Emergency Covid Response Package II approved by the Union Cabinet last year. Sidhu promises govt-run corpns to China intimidating check mining, liquor, cable mafia neighbours, says US Gurugram woke up to heavy fog on Tuesday morning. S CHANDAN Expect dense fog, more chill over next few days New Delhi, January 11 Cold wave conditions, along with dense to very dense fog during night/morning hours, are likely to continue in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and UP over the next couple of days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said AT 4.7°C, HISAR COLDEST IN PUNJAB, HARYANA According to the IMD, cold wave conditions were likely in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of Rajasthan from January 13 to 15. It further said, "Dense fog is also likely in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh over the next four to five days." Two fresh western disturbances will also affect the north-west, first on January 16 and second on January 18. These are expected to cause precipitation over the western Himalayan region and rainfall over the adjoining plains, the IMD said. — TNS Chandigarh, January 11 Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday said this time the people of Punjab would elect their CM, and not the party high command. People will choose a leader who has a futuristic agenda for the state, he said at a press conference here. Projecting himself as the numero-uno leader who has a plan to pull the state out of the fiscal crisis and mafia raj, Sidhu shared the roadmap about his “Punjab model” broadly. He talked about setting up government-run corporations to boost state’s Says people, not party brass, will elect CM RAISING STATE INCOME ■ To boost income of state, Sidhu talked of setting up corporations for liquor, mining, cable, transport and outdoor ad businesses ■ The corporations can generate about ~50K crore additional revenue, he said PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses media in Chandigarh. income and check evasion of revenue in liquor, mining, transport and cable business. Ropeway cleared, soon reach Kasauli from Jabli in 20 mins Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, January 11 With an about 4-km ropeway connecting Jabli with Kasauli in Solan district of Himachal getting an all-clear from the authorities concerned, tourists as well as locals can hope of traversing between the two points in a mere 20 minutes. The eco-friendly transportation mode will have the twin advantage of easing traffic snarls as well as saving fuel to promote cleaner environment. It will also pro- To pay off dues, Voda offers 36% equity to govt New Delhi, January 11 Shares of mobile company Vodafone India crashed by 21 per cent on Tuesday after the company offered 35.8 per cent of Vodafone Idea’s equity to the Union Government to pay off its spectrum and adjusted gross revenue dues. If the government accepts the proposal, which has been in the air for some time, it will then own three telecom companies. BACK PAGE Active Covid cases reach 7-month high NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday successfully test-fired a naval variant of the advanced supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a stealth-guided missile destroyer of the Navy. PTI ❝ Because of the grave oppression of Dalits, OBCs, farmers, unemployed and small businessmen, I am resigning. ers have been tasked to talk to them,” said sources. BJP leaders, however, said a majority of those threatening to quit were the ones who knew they would be dropped on the basis of their performance. “Over 25 per cent of the MLAs may be denied the ticket. As far as Maurya is concerned, he was kept out of key decision-making committees as the leadership was aware this (resignation) was coming,” they said. Union Minister Amit Shah had a detailed discussion with Maurya during his last visit to UP as the latter was seeking “25-30 tickets for his supporters”, the leaders said. The defection comes as a shot in the arm for Akhilesh, who is trying to project himself as Continued on page 9 ECO-FRIENDLY OPTION 5,000 to 7,500 tourists visit Kasauli daily in peak season 3.88-km ropeway project is to be completed at a cost of ~206 cr 1,100 persons per hour will be the capacity of the project vide speedier access to Kasauli, the world-famous town frequented by 5,000 to 7,500 tourists on a daily basis during peak season. The project is to be completed at a Continued on page 9 CONG MULLS FIELDING CM CHANNI FROM 2 SEATS With a month left for the Punjab Assembly elections, Continued on page 9 New Delhi, January 11 As the military commanders of India and China are set to meet for yet another round of talks for reducing tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the US has said it was concerned at China’s attempt to “intimidate” its neighbours. Military Commanders at the level of Lt Generals are to meet for the 14th round of talks at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point in eastern Ladakh tomorrow. In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US was closely monitoring the situation Ahead of talks, Beijing says border ‘stable’ along the India-China border. “We continue to support dialogue and peaceful resolution of border disputes,” she said. “Beijing’s behaviour in the region and around the world can be destabilising. And we’re concerned by the China’s attempt to intimidate its neighbours. We’ll continue to stand with our partners,” Psaki asserted. India and the US are strategic partners. Continued on page 9 Migrant labourers leaving Gurugram. FILE PHOTO Fearing lockdown, G’gram migrants head for villages Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, January 11 As the Covid crisis continues to deepen and restrictions turn stringent, migrants have started leaving the city fearing a lockdown. Gurugram has been reporting over 2,000 cases daily since last few days and several parts, including prominent high-rises, have been converted into containment zones. The rising numbers have led to panic as migrants fear job loss and getting stuck in lockdown. They are thus making a beeline to their home towns. Be it domestic helps, roadside vendors, construction workers or other daily wagers, a majority of migrants, primarily hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, are seen crowding bus stands and other transit points, jostling to leave the city. The rush is higher during night hours when private buses are more operational. “The society where I used to work has been locked down after several cases surfaced. I IN PANIC MODE ■ Fearing job losses and lock- down, migrants have started heading home again ■ Sustaining without job and money won’t be possible, they argue ■ Gurugram has been witnessing over 2,000 Covid cases daily have no job or money left. I got a message on my phone that borders may be shut again. So, I am taking my family back home and will return once the situation gets normal,” said Savita, a cook from UP She boarded a bus . with her three children and husband from Rajiv Chowk. “Last time, too, they had said there will be no lockdown. But everything was shut and we were left high and dry. Had to borrow money... can’t take chances again. We will be moving to Bengal in a special bus tonight,” said Jameel Khan, a roadside tailor. The panic and the exodus have left city shop owners harried. “All barbers of my Continued on page 9 Not tech-savvy, many find online outreach a task PUNJAB POLL 2022 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 11 Leaders of various political parties are finding it difficult to have any meaningful conversation with their voters online. SAD leader and former MLA Sarup Chand Singla said, “With the Election Commission banning physical campaigning for elections, I have got the requisite system TOUGH IN RURAL AREA IT’S NOT EASY a ❝ Our segment isarerural systemhaveup atthe requisitefor ❝ I set got my home area where people not very tech savvy. With physical campaigning banned, we don’t know how to connect with our voters. Harvinder Laddi, CONG set up at my home for running a digital campaign. However, it’s not easy to do so, especially if you’re not already used to it.” Congress leader from Bathinda (Rural) Harvinder running a digital campaign. However, it’s not easy to do so, especially if you’re not already used to it. Sarup Chand Singla, SAD Laddi said, “One of my relatives is managing my social media campaign. Our segment is a rural area where people are not very tech savvy. With physical campaigning banned, we don’t know how to connect with them.” “Terms like virtual rallies, social media influencers and digital outreach etc. have many probable candidates baffled. I have been receiving calls from such persons enquiring about various options available for digital campaigning,” says Pushpinder Singh, owner of an IT company. However, some tech savvy leaders have already launched their virtual campaigns. Singer Sidhu Moosewala is one of them. He has created Facebook page “Mansa da Sidhu” where he uploads his video messages, highlighting his priorities on various issues. Several candidates are apprehensive that if the curbs continue beyond January 15, it could adversely impact the voter turnout.
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