25052022-TT-01.qxd 5/24/2022 11:10 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.143 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH IMF: WORLD ECONOMY HAS BUFFER AGAINST RECESSION BUSINESS /thetribunechd MILITANTS USING PISTOLS FOR TARGETED KILLINGS: IGP J&K SNOW HITS TRAFFIC ON MANALI-LEH HIGHWAY HIMACHAL RAHUL’S MEETING WITH CORBYN TRIGGERS ROW BACK PAGE wednesday | 25 may 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Punjab Health Minister sacked on corruption charge, arrested Mohali court sends Singla, aide to 3-day police remand ‘Audio clip’ of ~5 lakh deal did them in Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 24 In a dramatic turn of events, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann today sacked Health Minister Dr Vijay Singla over alleged corruption charges. The latter was arrested shortly afterwards. The action came just two months after the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in the state, with CM Mann asserting his government has zero tolerance towards corruption. Singla’s OSD and nephew Pradeep Kumar has also been arrested. A case under Sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered on the complaint of Rajinder Singh, Superintending Engineer, Punjab Health Systems Corporation. Both were produced before a local court, which remanded them to police custody for three days. Rajinder Singh alleged Singla demanded 1 per cent commission in tenders and purchases of his department. A purported recording of their conversation reached continued on page 10 Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Ex-minister Dr Vijay Singla in Mohali police custody. PHOTO: VICKY DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS APRIL Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh summoned by Minister Singla and his OSD, demanding ~1.16 cr commission MAY 8, 10, 12 & 13 WhatsApp calls exchanged between SE & accused MAY 23 SE makes audio recording at meeting where he is purportedly asked to pay up ~10 lakh & 1% commission on future tenders MAY 24 (8 AM): Singla summoned by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and confronted with audio clip. Minister admits it is his voice 11 AM: FIR filed against duo | 2.05 PM: Vijay Singla, Pradeep held 6:35 PM: Accused sent to 3-day police remand MOHALLA CLINICS MAY BE DELAYED ■ Singla’s ouster likely to cast shadow over AAP’s schemes, including mohalla clinics ■ As CM Mann has 28 portfo- lios, he may be unable to coordinate with health staff ZERO TOLERANCE TOWARDS CORRUPTION, SAYS CM MANN Chandigarh, May 24 An audio clip in which Vijay Singla and his nephew and OSD Pradeep Kumar are purportedly heard discussing the logistics of receiving Rs 5 lakh bribe from a Superintending Engineer landed them in police net. The audio recording was done on Monday in Singla’s office in the Secretariat. As per the FIR, Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh posted at Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) was approached by Pradeep, who told the former to see the minister immediately in Punjab Bhawan’s Room No. 203. During a meeting, the FIR says, the minister categorically asked the SE to take instructions from Pradeep. Following that, Pradeep told the SE that the latter had allotted civil works worth Rs 41 crore and had paid Rs 17 crore in March to various contractors. continued on page 10 Militants kill cop, injure daughter in Srinagar ASI opposes Hindu,Jain deities in Qutub complex Tedros Ghebreyesus re-elected WHO DG Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service NEW DELHI: WHO member Srinagar, May 24 Militants killed a policeman and injured his minor daughter on Tuesday in Srinagar even as security forces launched a massive operation against over-ground workers and hybrid militants in the Valley. This year, seven policemen have been killed by militants. Constable Saifullah Qadri received fatal injuries and his nine-year-old daughter received a bullet in her right arm after they were attacked outside their house in the Anchar area. The girl is under treatment at SKIMS Hospital, where her father succumbed. “We pay our rich tributes to the martyr and stand by the family at this critical juncture,” the Kashmir Police continued on page 10 New Delhi, May 24 Amid a raging controversy over claims and counterclaims on historic monuments, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday opposed before a Delhi court a plea demanding restoration of Hindu and Jain deities inside the Qutub Minar complex. The ASI, which has the mandate to protect and preserve ancient monuments, said it’s not a place of worship and the existing status of the monument could not be altered. It would be contrary to the law to agree to the contention of any person claiming a fundamental right to worship in this “centrally protected” monument, it added. The ASI, however, said the architectural materials and images of Hindu and Jain IN BRIEF states have re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve a second five-year term as Director-General of the world's leading public health agency. He was first elected in 2017. TNS 80% in 15 to 18 age group get first shot UP COURT TO DECIDE ON MAINTAINABILITY A Varanasi court has fixed May 26 for hearing on the maintainability of Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex case. District Judge AK Vishevesh will hear the matter as per SC directions deities were re-used in the construction of the Qutub complex. Additional District Judge Nikhil Chopra said he would pronounce on June 9 his order on a plea against a continued on page 10 NEW DELHI: Over 80 per cent of people aged between 15 and 18 years have received the first dose of Covid vaccine, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. TNS MNS leader tweets pic of Pawar with BJP MP MUMBAI: MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande on Tuesday tweeted a photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar with BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh and claimed they had formed an “alliance” against Raj Thackeray. PTI Jind villagers hire 2 private teachers for primary school; govt says no ‘shortage’ HP paper leak: DIG, 3 SPs on printing panel under lens Deepender Deswal Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Hisar, May 24 “Quality education” for children on their mind, a few youth of Shamlo Kalan in Julana block of Haryana’s Jind district have pooled funds to hire two private teachers at the government primary school in their village. The school has three teachers to cater to a total 82 students in Classes I to V. While the education authorities maintain that three teachers are “sufficient” for 82 students, the villagers have been demanding “one teacher for every class”. Block Education Officer SN Sharma says the primary school has adequate staff as per the Education Department’s norm of one teacher PRACTICE ILLEGAL The dept doesn’t allow private teachers in any school... The school has 82 students and three teachers are sufficient as per the Education Department’s ‘one teacher for 30 students’ norm. SN Sharma, BLOCK EDUCATION OFFICER ❝ for every 30 students. “The department doesn’t allow any school to hire private teachers,” he says, adding that he is unaware of the development at Shamlo Kalan primary school. Head teacher Sudesh Sehrawat too says that there is no vacancy at the school as per government norms. “A few youths have hired the two teachers to impart specialised training in math and English for Class IV and V students. Three of us (govern- ment teachers) have also decided to contribute Rs 1,000 per month towards the salary of the two appointees hired by the villagers,” he says. The villagers, however, allege that the “staff shortage” is responsible for the declining new admissions at the school and “fall in standards”. Krishan Kumar, husband of village sarpanch Sneh Lata, says the school earlier had four teachers, but one retired nearly five continued on page 10 Tribune News Service Shimla, May 24 Investigations by the SIT probing the constable recruitment scam revealed that the paper was leaked at the printing stage and not at the setting stage. The four-member printing committee, which was entrusted with the task to supervise the printing of papers and maintain secrecy, has come under the scanner. A handwritten question bank of 200 questions was prepared by the paper setting committee. It was found the candidates, who had access to the paper, knew only about the final 80 questions. Sources said the authorities were contemplating to recommend administrative action continued on page 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden (2L) and Japanese and Australian PMs Fumio Kishida (3L) and Anthony Albanese at the Quad summit in Tokyo on Tuesday. PTI In message to China, Quad opposes altering status quo Calls for rules-based order in Indo-Pacific region Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 24 In a clear message to China, the leaders of the Quad grouping, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, on Tuesday opposed “any provocative or unilateral attempt” to change the status quo even as Japan scrambled jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace. During the second in-person meeting of the Quad leaders here, Prime Minister Modi, President Biden, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida and Australia’s newly elected PM Anthony Albanese KEY DECISIONS NEXT IN-PERSON SUMMIT IN AUSTRALIA IN 2023 New Indo-Pacific partnership for maritime domain awareness $524 million for new vaccines Fellowship for 100 students to study in US from 2023 New MoU on 5G Supplier Diversification Quad Satellite Data Portal to help other countries CHINA, RUSSIA PLANES CONDUCT ‘AIR PATROLS’ Chinese and Russian warplanes on Tuesday conducted joint air patrols over the Sea of Japan as leaders of Quad held summit in Tokyo, in an apparent attempt to send a message of unity between Beijing and Moscow. $50-BN INFRA PUSH ■ Summit decided to extend $50 billion of infrastructure assistance and investment in Indo-Pacific in next five years. NO CRITICISM OF RUSSIA | 26/11, PATHANKOT ATTACKS CONDEMNED exchanged views about developments in the IndoPacific region and global issues of mutual interest. “We strongly oppose any coercive, provocative or unilateral actions that seek to continued on page 10 FB’s Zuckerberg suedoverbreach of personal data Washington, May24 The District of Columbia (DC) on Monday sued Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a privacy breach of millions of Facebook users’ personal data that became a major corporate and political scandal. DC Attorney General Karl Racine filed the civil lawsuit against Zuckerberg in DC Superior Court. The lawsuit maintains that Zuckerberg directly participated in important company decisions and was aware of the potential dangers of sharing users' data, such as occurred in the case involving data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. INSIDE
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