15012022-TTC-01.qxd 1/15/2022 12:59 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.15 | 20 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 VISA REVOKED AGAIN, DJOKOVIC FACES DEPORTATION SPORT /thetribunechd AFRICA’S OMICRON WAVE HAS FLATTENED, SAYS WHO WORLD BUDGET: INDUSTRY FOR HOPE RIC WILL PROMOTE SIMPLIFYING INITIATIVES TRUST BETWEEN INDIA, BUSINESS CHINA: LAVROV BACK PAGE saturday | 15 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Cloud ‘disoriented’ copter pilots: Report Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 14 The Court of Inquiry into the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter crash, which killed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 13 others, has said that “disorientation” of the pilots caused by an unexpected cloud is the cause of the crash. It has ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as the cause of accident, an IAF statement said on Friday. The Court of Inquiry has submitted its preliminary findings, the IAF said. “The accident was the result of entry into clouds due to unexpected change in weather in the valley. This led to spatial disorientation of the pilot, resulting in controlled flight into terrain (CFIT),” it said. CFIT is term used when an aircraft crashes into the ground due to disorientation of the crew and not a technical glitch. It is noted as a common reason for crashes during bad weather in mountain- Fight for OBC, Dalit vote picks up as BJP’s 2 ex-ministers, 5 MLAs join SP Vibha Sharma 3 MINISTERS & 7 MLAs HAVE QUIT BJP SO FAR Tribune News Service Wreckage of the IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter in Coonoor. FILE COONOOR CRASH The accident was the result of entry into clouds due to unexpected change in weather in the valley. This led to spatial disorientation of the pilot, resulting in controlled flight into terrain. — IAF STATEMENT ous regions. A Russian-built Mi-17V5 copter carrying the CDS, his wife Madhulika and his military attache Brig LS Lidder among others crashed on December 8 near Wellington in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Training Command, who headed the continued on page 15 New Delhi, January 14 The fight for non-Yadav OBC/Dalit vote blocs in the poll-bound UP gained further momentum with Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav today welcoming two former BJP ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini and five BJP MLAs into the party fold at an event, which came under widespread criticism for “violation of ECI guidelines”. Though a huge crowd had turned up at the SP office in Lucknow to attend the “virtual rally”, leaders denied any violation of Covid norms, stating that no permission was required to have a programme inside the party office. CM Yogi Adityanath, meanwhile, had a meal at a Dalit household and accused the SP of indulging in “social exploitation” while his five party MLAs Vinay Shakya, 3 OBC MINISTERS ■ 2 OF THEM WITH SP Swami Prasad Maurya | Dharam Singh Saini ■ Dara Singh yet to join a party 7 MLAS, MOSTLY OBCs ■ 5 OF THEM WITH SP Vinay Shakya | Bhagwati Sagar | Roshan Lal Verma | Brajesh Kumar Prajapati | Mukesh Verma Former UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya joins the Samajwadi Party in ■ Avatar Bhadana joined RLD presence of party president Akhilesh Yadav at SP office in Lucknow. PTI ■ Bala Prasad Awasthi BJP LOSING WICKETS ❝ EXPECT NO SOCIAL JUSTICE ❝ The BJP wickets are Those in the grip of falling one after the other. Our dynastic politics cannot give CM doesn’t know how to play justice to any section of cricket. Akhilesh Yadav, SP PRESIDENT society. Yogi Adityanath, UP CM Bhagwati Sagar, Roshan Lal Verma, Brajesh Kumar Prajapati and Mukesh Verma joined the SP By adding non. Yadav OBCs into its fold, the SP aims to shed the tag of being a Muslim-Yadav party. Taking a dig at the recent resignations from the BJP , Akhilesh said: “Wickets gir SP MLC QUITS Samajwadi Party Legislative Council Member (MLC) Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi has resigned, accusing it of “neglecting the backward classes and Dalits”. rahe hein (wickets are dropping)”. Others who joined the SP today were one of the two MLAs of BJP ally Apna Dal who have quit and some for- mer MLAs from other parties. Maurya, whose exit triggered an exodus, vowed to ‘finish’ the BJP in the upcoming polls. Challenging Yogi’s controversial assertion that the UP polls were a “80 per cent vs 20 per cent” fight, Maurya claimed the contest was in fact “85 per cent vs 15 per cent”, 85 per cent being OBCs, Dalits, Muslims, etc. While BJP leaders term the party-hopping a normal activity during election time, the developments have put a question mark on leadership’s strategy to rely on “imports” to win elections. Similar exits were also seen in West Bengal. Observers said most of those who quit the BJP in UP this week came from other parties with no RSS or BJP background. “They joined the BJP looking for greener pastures and left when the situation became tough. They saw a better deal continued on page 15 India gets first BrahMos order worth $374 mn from Philippines New Delhi, January 14 BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile system jointly made by India and Russia, has been selected by the Philippines under a $374.96 million deal, making it the first export order for the missile. The contract is for purchase of shore-based anti-ship variant of the missile from India. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand are other South-East Asian countries that have shown interest in the system. BrahMos is capable of being launched from land, sea, undersea and air against surface and sea-based targets. The range of the missile was capped at 290 km as per Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) regulations. India entered the MTCR regime in June 2016 allowing extension in range beyond 300 km. India has already deployed a sizeable number of the BrahMos missiles in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. — TNS WHO recommends two new HP hospitalisation 1%, drugs to treat Covid patients nobody on ventilator Subhash Rajta No undercount of deaths, says govt Tribune News Service CLEARING TRACKS: A crane lifts a coach of the derailed Bikaner-Guwahati Express. PTI IN BRIEF Parliament Session from Jan 31, Budget on Feb 1 NEW DELHI: The government on Friday decided to hold the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to April 8. President Ram Nath Kovind would address the two Houses on January 31. BACK PAGE Explosive device found in Delhi market, defused NEW DELHI: An unattended bag containing an improvised explosive device was found at Ghazipur flower market here on Friday morning, officials said, adding the device was later defused. INSIDE Near-collision between India-bound planes in UAE NEW DELHI: The DGCA has asked the UAE to share probe report of the near-collision of two India-bound planes on January 9 at Dubai airport. The planes had come on the same runway during take-off. INSIDE Six airbags mandatory in 8-passenger vehicles NEW DELHI: The Centre will make it mandatory for carmakers to provide a minimum of six airbags in vehicles that can carry up to eight passengers for safety of occupants, the government said on Friday. TNS Engine fault to blame for mishap: Railway Minister New Delhi, January 14 A problem with the electric engine pulling the 15633 Bikaner-Guwahati Express was to blame for derailment of the train near Domahani in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Thursday, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said today. Nine persons were killed and 36 injured in the accident. “Preliminary findings suggest there was an issue with the equipment of the locomotive,” Vaishnaw said at the accident site .— TNS Migrants UP-bound for polls, units jittery Mukesh Tandon Tribune News Service Panipat, January 14 In the wake of upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and fear of lockdown due to surge in Covid cases, migrant labourers have started leaving the Textile City for their native villages. Over 3.5 lakh people from UP Bihar, West Bengal, Mad, hya Pradesh and other states work in around 25,000 industrial units here. Nearly 30-35% of them belong to UP . The development is likely to create manpower shortage for the industry. Another reason for their departure is the shutting down of units for two days in a week as per orders of the Commission for Air Quality Management, said Bheem Rana, president, Federation of Industrial Association, and Panipat Dyers' Association. "Labourers are not worried about the Covid situation, but they are not getting full wages because of the five-day week rule. Already around 7 per cent of the workforce has left the city," he claimed. continued on page 15 New Delhi, January 14 The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday recommended two new drugs for Covid, providing more options for treating the disease. The extent to which the medicines will save lives depends on how widely available and affordable these will be. The first drug, baricitinib, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical Covid, the WHO said, noting that the fourth pandemic wave driven by Omicron in Africa was flattening after a six-week surge. The WHO, however, continued on page 15 A health worker takes a swab sample in Kolkata on Friday. PTI TACKLING VIRUS BARICITINIB: Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, it’s recommended for patients with severe or critical Covid SOTROVIMAB: Conditionally recommended for mild or moderate patients facing high hospitalisation risk New Delhi, January 14 The Health Ministry on Friday dismissed reports of “significant undercount” of deaths due to Covid-19 during the first two waves and claims by a study published in Science journal that actual deaths could have been as high as 3.2 million. “These reports are not based on facts. All deaths are independently reported by states and complied centrally. The backlog by states is being reconciled,” the ministry said. — TNS Tribune News Service Shimla, January 14 Compared to the Delta-driven second wave, the number of deaths and hospitalisation recorded in the third wave so far has been significantly lower in Himachal. Against 8,115 active cases recorded on January 13 in the third wave that hit the state around a fortnight back, 15 deaths have been recorded and 90 patients are admitted in various hospitals across the state. However, the death and hospitalisation numbers were much higher with a similar number of active cases during the second wave. “Against FATALITIES MUCH LESS NOW Active cases 2ND WAVE 3RD WAVE APRIL 18 JAN 13 8,696 8,115 Hospitalisation 5% 1% Deaths in 24 hrs 10 1 Fatalities 195 15 8,696 active cases on April 18 last year during the second wave, 195 deaths had been recorded, and the hospitalisation rate was consistently continued on page 15 HC paves way for police 1st list: Bid to iron out differences quizzing under CCTV Back-to-back meetings| Screening panel to meet again today Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 In a significant order liable to change the way accused are quizzed in police stations, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that interrogation rooms will also be covered by the Supreme Court directions on installing CCTV cameras in every nook and corner of the police stations. The observation is significant as the process of grilling and investigation will be video-recorded once the CCTV cameras are installed in interrogation rooms. The stand of the Haryana Director General of Police is that there is no provision in the CrPC for conducting interrogation under CCTV POLICE STATIONS UNDER e-SURVEILLANCE No part of the police stations would be left uncovered by CCTVs... interrogation room would also be covered by such directions (of the SC). ❝ Justice Amol Rattan Singh, PB & HRY HC cameras. His Punjab counterpart is “conspicuously silent in his affidavit on the aspect”. Justice Amol Rattan Singh has asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh DGPs to file affidavits on the compliance of Supreme Court directions. The directions came after accused Kaushal filed a plea continued on page 15 PUNJAB POLL 2022 Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 The Congress is yet to announce its first list of candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections. Sources say differences persist among members of the AICC-appointed screening committee, which held two back-to-back meetings on Friday in a bid to reach a consensus on certain seats. Ropar, Kharar, Dera Bassi, Garhshankar, Sujanpur, Balachaur, Khemkaran and Sunam are among these. Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary is said to be supporting the candida- CS Channi Navjot Sidhu Sunil Jakhar Harish Chaudhary NO CONSENSUS ON... ■ Ropar, Kharar, Dera Bassi, Garhshankar, Sujanpur, Balachaur, Khemkaran and Sunam constituencies ■ DERA BASSI: Harish Chaudhary supporting Deepinder Dhillon, Sidhu Amit Bawa Saini ■ ROPAR: Channi opposed to candidature of Barinder ture of Deepinder Dhillon from Dera Bassi while Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is keen on fielding Youth Congress Dhillon but he is backed by Harish Chaudhary ■ GARHSHANKAR: Chief Minister keen on fielding Namisha Mehta, Jakhar supporting Amarpreet Lally ■ Party gauging opposition to candidature of Malvika from Moga & Moosewala from Mansa leader Amit Bawa Saini. In Ropar, Channi is reportedly opposed to the candidature of Barinder Dhillon but he has continued on page 15
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