03052022-TTC-01.qxd 5/3/2022 12:33 AM Page 1 13 CURBS GO, NZ WELCOMES BACK TOURISTS WORLD /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO.121 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 tuesday | 3 may 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Ukraine war will have no winners: PM at meet with Chancellor Scholz Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi refrained from criticising Russia during his interaction with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Monday but cautioned that there would be no winners in this war. “Everyone will suffer losses and that is why we are for peace. Recent geo-political events show the fragility of global peace and stability and how interconnected countries are. At the beginning of the crisis, we had immediately called for a ceasefire and emphasised that dialogue was the only way to resolve the conflict,” said PM Modi while delivering a press statement. Though the entire world has been affected due to skyrocketing oil prices and glob- India, Germany to deepen ties despite differences on Russia INVITE FOR G-7 SUMMIT ■ Scholz invites PM Modi for G-7 summit in June ■ India says committed to quick progress on FTA with EU GREEN DEVELOPMENT ■ Germany pledges 10 billion euros of additional commitments till 2030 NINE PACTS SIGNED ■ Among these are agree- Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Monday. REUTERS al shortage of food and fertilisers, poor and developing countries would lose the most, he added. The German Chancellor was more pointed in his criti- cism, accusing Russia of violating the fundamental principles of international law by its “brutal attack” on Ukraine. The gulf on the conflict was reflected in the joint No individual can be forced to get vaccinated, rules top court Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 2 Maintaining that bodily integrity is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that no individual can be forced to be vaccinated even as it asked the government to publish key findings of the clinical trials of vaccines approved for children as early as possible. “The personal autonomy of an individual, which is a recognised facet of the protections guaranteed under Article 21, encompasses the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment in the ‘Political bias can’t beruled out’, HC staysKumar’s arrest Chandigarh, May 2 In an embarrassment for the Punjab Government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today said former AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas’ contention that the FIR against him was “politically motivated” could not be ruled out. The assertion came as Justice Anoop Chitkara stayed further proceedings with regard to Vishwas, including his arrest. Vishwas had moved the court for quashing the FIR registered against him on April 12. Senior advocates RS Rai and Chetan Mittal contended that the petitioner was accused of making provocative statements against AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal in interviews from February 16 to 19 alleging his involvement “with certain nefarious and anti-social elements”. It was continued on page 12 WANTS FINDINGS OF VAX TRIALS ON KIDS PUBLISHED ❝ The decision taken by the Union of India to An elderly man being administered a booster shot in New Delhi. PTI vaccinate paediatric population in this country is in tune with global scientific consensus, and expert bodies like the WHO and UNICEF. SC Bench DECIDE ON RAJOANA’S PLEA IN TWO MONTHS: SC TO CENTRE sphere of individual health,” a Bench led by Justice LN Rao said. “However, in the interest of protection of communitarian health, the gov- ernment is entitled to regulate issues of public health concern by imposing certain continued on page 12 edit: voluntaryvaccination ments to improve migration and mobility, exchange of classified info, development cooperation projects in third countries and setting up green hydrogen taskforce statement which mentioned only Germany as strongly condemning Russia. The differences on Russia however did not impact other aspects continued on page 12 Home delivery of wheat flour in Punjab from Oct Chandigarh, May 2 The Punjab Cabinet today approved home delivery of wheat flour to 1.54 crore beneficiaries from October 1. The decision to give flour instead of wheat and to home deliver it will put an additional burden of Rs 670 crore on the exchequer. The beneficiaries will now get 5 kg flour per month, instead of 15 kg every three months. The flour will be delivered to them through GPS-enabled mobile fair price shops. Flour distribution will be live-streamed. The government has also identified 26,454 vacant posts in various departments. The process to recruit youth for the posts will start soon. — TNS Punjab’s all 163 urban local bodies fined Aman Sood ~35.26 CR PENALTY Tribune News Service Patiala, May 2 Acting tough, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has slapped a penalty on all 163 urban local bodies (ULBs) in Punjab for failing to comply with the directions of the National Green Tribunal on solid waste management. Not even a single municipal corporation or municipal council was able to fully com- FOR VIOLATING NGT NORMS ON SOLID WASTE MGMT ply with the norms defined by the NGT under its Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, as per a PPCB report. The ULBs were fined Rs 35.26 crore as “environmental compensation” for the period from April 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022. A senior PPCB official said the industrial hubs of Ludhiana and Jalandhar were found to be the worst performers as “too many lapses” were detected during on-spot inspections. The NGT rules suggest that “no person continued on page 12 Roadto Spiti opens after sixmonths IN BRIEF Sidhu set to face action over ‘anti-party’ stance CHANDIGARH: Taking cognisance of former PCC chief Navjot Sidhu’s “anti-party activities”, Punjab affairs incharge Harish Chaudhary has sought disciplinary action against him. INSIDE Ex-petroleum secy Tarun Kapoor is Adviser to PM NEW DELHI: Former petroleum secretary Tarun Kapoor has been appointed as an Adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Personnel Ministry said in an order issued on Monday. INSIDE Choksi pledged ‘lab diamonds’ to get loan: CBI NEW DELHI: The CBI has filed a fresh case against absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi for allegedly pledging ‘lab diamonds’ to get Rs 25 crore loan from IFCI, officials said on Monday. INSIDE Mandi: The BRO has restored the strategically important Gramphu-Sumdo road for traffic via the Kunzum Pass from Manali and Lahaul after six months. This road is strategically important for military personnel and civilians because Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts share boundaries with China. This road connects Lahaul and Spiti with Kinnaur. INSIDE G’gram societies pay ~38/unit for backup amid cuts Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, May 2 The ongoing power crisis has not only affected the local industry, but also hit the residents of about 50 high-rise societies in New Gurugram hard as they are being forced to pay as high as Rs 38 per unit for backup through DG (diesel generator) sets. Most of these societies are RESIDENTS PAYING THROUGH THE NOSE ■ About 50 societies in New Gurugram are facing 8 to 12-hour cuts every day ■ Realtors are charging ~30 to ~38 per unit for power through DG sets ■ The normal govt power supply rate is ~7 to ~8 per unit in Sectors 58 to 115 and are facing average daily cuts of eight hours. The residents of several societies have even approached the local administration seeking a cap on the WEIGHTLIFTER HARSHADA IS JR WORLD CHAMP SPORT backup prices, but to no avail. The realtors attribute the high prices to costly diesel, available at about Rs 97 a litre. “The Haryana Government is also to be blamed. It issues alert for six-hour cuts, but outages last over eight to 12 hours. Against the normal rate of Rs 7 to 8 per unit, we have to shell out Rs 38, which is five times higher,” said continued on page 12
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