01112022-TT-01.qxd 10/31/2022 11:42 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 301 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH PANDYA TO LEAD INDIAN T20 SQUAD IN NEW ZEALAND SPORT /thetribunechd PAK TERRORIST KILLED DURING INFILTRATION BID IN KUPWARA J&K RBI’S DIGITAL RUPEE ENEMIES TRYING TO PILOT PROJECT BEGINS BREAK INDIA, SAYS TODAY BUSINESS PM BACK PAGE tuesday | 1 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Toll rises to 134, Oppn seeks judicial probe Heartfelt condolences over the tragic mishap. Offering sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims and wishing speedy recovery to those injured. MORBI TRAGEDY PM’s visit today |350 were on bridge |MP loses 12 of family Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 31 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the accident site in Morbi town on Tuesday where a suspension bridge collapsed leading to the death of 134 persons. The Congress has demanded a judicial probe into the incident. In a tweet, the Gujarat Chief Minister’s office said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Morbi on November 1.” As many as 134 persons, including women and children, were killed and over 100 are receiving treatment for injuries sustained after the collapse of the suspension bridge on Sunday, plunging around 350 persons into the Machchhu river. Prime Minister Modi, who was in Kevadia today, said rescue operations were underway and there would be no laxity in the rescue and relief efforts. “The Gujarat Government has been carrying out relief and rescue operations since yesterday. The Centre, too, is extending all help to the state government,” he said. PM Modi on Monday night chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation, a statement from the PMO said. The PM was briefed on rescue and relief operations. The high- Preliminary probe hints at technical, structural flaws Morbi-based Oreva group was given contract to repair The tragedy revived memories of dam burst in Morbi and operate the bridge for 15 years. After its opening on on August 11, 1979. The two-mile-long Machchhu Oct 26, Oreva claimed ~2 cr was spent on renovation Dam-II collapse killed an estimated 1,800 people Morbi, October 31 Technical and structural flaws and some maintenance issues were prima facie responsible for the Morbi bridge collapse, a police officer said on Monday. Addressing reporters, Rajkot Range IG Ashok Kumar Yadav said the police would take help from forensic experts and structural engineers to investigate all aspects related to the incident. “Our preliminary investigation has revealed that technical and structural flaws, including (lack of) certification as well as some maintenance issues, were responsible for the tragedy,” Yadav said. CCTV footage of the incident has revealed that people standing on the narrow bridge fell into the river after one of the two main suspension cables suddenly snapped. continued on page 11 level meeting was attended by CM Bhupendra Bhai Patel and MoS (Home) Harsh Sanghavi, among others. The Congress on Monday demanded a probe, headed by a retired Supreme Court or inquiry, headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge,” he said. The Gujarat Police have registered an FIR under Sections continued on page 11 edit: morbi bridge collapse Rescue teams look for bodies after the collapse of a bridge over the Machchhu river in Morbi, Gujarat. PTI FIRM CLAIMS ~2 CR SPENT ON REPAIRS 1,800 DIED IN DAM BURST 43 YRS AGO High Court Judge, into the mishap. It also sought financial and medical assistance from the government to all those affected. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge paid homage to those killed in the tragedy. Talking to reporters here, Kharge said the reasons for the collapse of the bridge, that reopened five days ago, ought to be known. “Why were so many people allowed? There should be an Vladimir Putin, RUSSIAN PREZ Army personnel during the rescue operation in Gujarat’s Morbi. PTI Army sends in 800 troops for rescue ops Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 31 The Army has sent in nearly 800 troops, including infantry, the engineer task force and doctors, for relief operations at Morbi. Of them, nearly 300 personnel were deployed in the search and rescue operations at the site. Equipped with engineering equipment, Army columns are assisting the NDRF the State Disaster , Response Force (SDRF), the Navy and the Coast Guard in the rescue efforts, besides assisting civil administration and police in crowd manage- SC warns states on 2-finger test to confirm rape Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) with Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS Leftist Lula wins, to be Brazil Prez 2nd time Sao Paulo, October 31 Brazilians delivered a very tight victory to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a bitter presidential election, giving the Leftist former president another shot at power in a rejection of incumbent Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right politics. Da Silva received 50.9 per cent of the vote and Bolsonaro 49.1 per cent, according to the country’s election authority. Yet hours after the results were in — and congratulations poured in from world leaders — Bolsonaro had yet to publicly concede or react in any way. Bolsonaro’s campaign had made repeated — unproven — claims of possible electoral PEOPLE’S VICTORY Today the only winner is the Brazilian people. It’s the victory of a democratic movement. BRAZIL’S PREZ-ELECT ❝ manipulation before the vote, raising fears that, if he lost, he would not accept defeat and try to challenge the results. For da Silva, the high-stakes election was a stunning comeback. His imprisonment for corruption sidelined him from the 2018 election won by Bolsonaro, who has used the presidency to promote conservative social values while also delivering incendiary speeches and testing democratic institutions. — AP New Delhi, October 31 The Supreme Court on Monday deprecated the “regressive” and “invasive” practice of the ‘two-finger test’ on rape survivors and said it has no scientific basis and instead re-victimises women who may have been sexually assaulted, and is an affront to their dignity. The top court issued a slew of directions to the Centre and state governments that any person who conducted the ‘REGRESSIVE, INVASIVE’ PRACTICE It’s a regressive and invasive test… has scientific basis ❝neither proves nor disproves allegationsno rape. It instead and of re-victimises and re-traumatises women who may have been sexually assaulted, and is an affront to their dignity. SC Bench two-finger test or per vaginum examination (while examining a person alleged to have been subjected to a sexual assault) in contravention of the directions of the court shall be guilty of misconduct. The ‘two-finger test’ is conducted on victims of sexual assault and rape to determine whether they are habituated to sexual intercourse. The top court said it was “patriarchal” and “sexist” to suggest that a woman could not be believed when she stated that she was raped, merely for the reason that she was sexually active. A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli made the remarks in a judgment on a plea of the Jharkhand Government in continued on page 11 edit: two-finger test is a crime Winter session in new Parliament building unlikely New Delhi, October 31 The new Parliament building, coming up in the heart of central Delhi, is unlikely to meet the November deadline with top sources saying that they were expecting the Budget session of Parliament next year to be held in the new complex. Sources said while the civil workers are nearly complete, finishing touches were underway and could take a while apart from the time required to train security and Parliament staff to ensure a smooth transition to the new space, and conduct smooth proceedings. — TNS Bhartesh Singh Thakur INTRUDERS POST ROOM’S VIDEO ❝ It’s appalling and has made me feel very paranoid about my privacy… Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment. Virat Kohli called for his privacy to be respected. Kohli posted a video on social media, which was originally posted on another social media app by an unidentified user with a ment. Four medical columns are assisting in the treatment of survivors at three hospitals. Sources said the Army was also assisting the civil administration and other agencies in the retrieval of the remaining bodies. Five NDRF teams, six platoons of the SDRF a team of the IAF and , two teams of the Navy were also involved in the rescue. The operations continued through the night on Sunday and Monday and efforts were still on to look for survivors, though the possibility of finding survivors was bleak, said an official. The thoughts and prayers of all Israelis are with the people of India following devastating bridge collapse. Yair Lapid, ISRAELI PM Our condolences go out to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy. US Embassy Extend sympathies to the bereaved families and those who are injured in the accident. Zhao Lijian, CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY Shocked and saddened by the tragic bridge collapse incident… deepest condolences. Ranil Wickremesinghe, SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT We extend heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India on the loss of precious lives. Sher Bahadur Deuba, NEPALESE PRIME MINISTER IN BRIEF BJP suspends HP vice-president among 5 rebels NEW DELHI: The BJP has suspended five of its Himachal rebel leaders from the primary membership of the party for contesting poll as Independents. State vice-president Kripal Parmar is among them. INSIDE Aeroflot to start Moscow-Goa flight from Nov 2 MUMBAI: Russian carrier Aeroflot on Monday said it is set to launch flight services to Goa from Moscow, starting November 2. The airline currently operates Moscow-Delhi-Moscow flight twice-a-week. PTI SEBI bans Choksi for 10 yrs, slaps ~5 cr fine NEW DELHI: SEBI has barred fugitive Mehul Choksi from the securi- ties markets for 10 years and imposed ~5 crore fine on him for indulging in fraudulent trading in shares of Gitanjali Gems Ltd. PTI Maiden Pharma’s19 batches of albendazole tablets fail quality test Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 31 Already under a scanner for contaminated cough syrup that killed more than 66 children in Gambia, as many as 19 batches of albendazole tablets manufactured by Sonepatbased Maiden Pharmaceuticals have failed quality test. Haryana Medical Services Corporation Ltd (HMSCL) had procured these tablets for government hospitals and dispensaries.These are used for treating parasitic worm infections. The batches (manufacturing date August/September 2022 and expiry date SPURIOUS DRUGS August 2024), put to a quality check at a private empanelled laboratory, failed the “dissolution test parameter of Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission2018.” To blacklist the firm, a show-cause notice needs to be issued by the HMSCL. A speaking order too is required. The Tribune, in its October 22 report, had said the HMSCL had blocked Maiden Pharmaceuticals orders and halted the use of medicines and syrups procured last year. Health Minister Anil Vij said the State Drug Controller had seized the samples which would be tested at a government laboratory. For further action, he said, the government was consulting the Advocate General. “Also, we will impose a penalty on the firm,” he added. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had on October 5 issued an alert after four cough syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals were found containing unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.These syrups are believed to have caused the Gambian deaths. Kohli appalled at breach of privacy in Perth hotel Punjab won’t allow mining Perth, October 31 Former India captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have reacted strongly to a fan allegedly breaching their hotel privacy in Perth and taking a video of their room while the charismatic batter was playing the ICC T20 World Cup Super-12 game against South Africa here on Sunday evening. The former India captain said he was appalled by the actions of the “fans” and WORLD LEADERS EXPRESS SHOCK AND GRIEF caption, ‘King Kohli’s hotel room’. The short video scans through the room where Kohli was staying, showing his clothes and belongings. “I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that,” Kohli wrote on Instagram, while also posting the video taken by the unidentified fan. Kohli said he was not okay with such kind of “fanaticism”. “This video is appalling and it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy… Please respect people’s privacy and not treat continued on page 11 within 1 km of int’l border Chandigarh, October 31 Just about three months after mining in the border districts of Punjab came under the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s scanner, the state has decided that legal mining would not be allowed within a kilometre of the International Border. In an affidavit, the advance copy of which was circulated among the parties concerned today, the state also submitted that the decision had been taken following the concerns expressed by the Army and the BSF . The state added another decision taken vide orders dated October 18 was that screening-cum-washing plant and stone crushers would not be allowed to operate within 2 km of the International Border. INSIDE Paddy at the Jundla grain market in Karnal on Monday. SAYEED AHMED Paddy scamsters use scooter, car numbers Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, October 31 After the surfacing of an alleged paddy procurement scam in the Jundla grain market following raids by the CM’s flying squad, the Karnal police have found shocking negligence at the time of issuing outgoing gate passes to vehicles for the delivery of paddy for custom-milled rice (CMR) to various rice mills. The police investigation revealed that the numbers of a scooter, car and tractor were used for multiple rounds of delivery of paddy to various rice mills. According to sources, only vehicles of transporters can be used for the delivery of paddy to the mills. The numbers of the vehicles provided by the transporters Probe bares negligence in issuance of gate passes THE SCAM ■ The numbers of three trailer trucks were used showing 80 rounds of delivery of paddy to various rice mills ■ When the police contacted owners of these trucks, they denied the use of their vehicles for paddy delivery are used on the outgoing gate passes. Besides, the numbers of three trailer trucks were used showing 80 rounds of delivery of paddy to various rice mills, revealed the police investigation. Interestingly, when the police contacted the owners of these trucks, continued on page 11
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