05112022-TT-01.qxd 04-11-2022 23:03 Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 305 | 18 PAGES | ~7.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH NZ QUALIFY FOR T20 WC SEMIFINAL WITH WIN OVER IRELAND SPORT /thetribunechd SC SEEKS GOVT REPLY ON SHIFTING OF DETAINEES J&K G7 RALLIES SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE, FLAGS CHINA’S RISE WORLD RAJNATH EXTENDS PRO-RATA PENSION BENEFITS TO JCOS, JAWANS BACK PAGE saturday | 5 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Sena leader Suri Delhi, Punjab take responsibility for farm fires Shiv dead in Amritsar shot Promise to resolve issue by next winter| Seek Centre’s support| UP, Haryana must act too: Tomar Take urgent steps, Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 4 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann today took responsibility for stubble-burning in the border state and promised to curb the practice by next winter amid alarming levels of air pollution in the Capital and its surrounding cities. SC TO HEAR PIL ON DELHI’S AIR POLLUTION ON NOV 10 Kejriwal said air pollution in winters was not a “Delhispecific problem” as it affected entire northern India, and that there should be no blame game on the issue. He also urged the Centre to take steps to prevent straw burning, adding that it was wrong to single out farmers for this. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar followed it up by saying that stubble-burning was “not a political issue” even as he asked state govern- ments to work together to curb it. “Despite the Centre providing funds and machines to states, rising stubble-burning incidents remain a cause for concern,” Tomar said, appealing the governments of four states—Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi— to take remedial steps. At a joint press conference with Mann, Kejriwal said, “We admit ‘parali’ (straw) is being put on fire in Punjab, but farmers are not responsible for it. The farmers need a solution. They will stop burning ‘parali’ the day they have a solution.” Kejriwal claimed the air quality in several cities in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar was in the ‘severe’ or ‘very poor’ category. “We have governments in Punjab and Delhi. This is not the time for pointing fingers, blame game or name-calling. Politics over such a sensitive issue does not produce any continued on page 7 L-G urges Punjab CM SCHOOLS SHUT Primary schools in Delhi closed 50% Delhi Govt staff to work from home Private offices asked to follow suit Staggered timings for markets, offices likely Odd-even car scheme under consideration A girl cycles to school amid heavy smog in Noida, Friday. PTI CAQM DIRECTIVE TO 10 DISTRICTS NHRC SUMMONS CHIEF SECYS The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Friday directed the DCs of 10 districts — Amritsar | Barnala | Bathinda, Ferozepur | Jalandhar | Kapurthala | Ludhiana | Sangrur | Tarn Taran | Patiala where more than 1,000 farm fires have been reported — to focus on the implementation of the action plan. Alarmed over the rise in pollution in Delhi-NCR, the NHRC has asked the chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi to appear before it on November 10 to discuss the matter, an official statement said on Friday. The NHRC said the chief secretaries were expected to inform it “on the steps taken to stop stubble-burning”. Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 4 Delhi Lieutenant-Governor VK Saxena has urged Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann to take “urgent and substantive” measures to control stubbleburning that had converted the Capital “into a gas chamber”. In response, Mann accused Saxena of stopping the work of Delhi’s elected government and said the L-G was politicising the issue. In a communication to Mann, Saxena said it was “baffling” that instead of addressing the issue at hand, “certain elements are indulging in unjustifiable blame-game and excuses and trying to shirk responsibilities, even in the face of a serious crisis situation”. Saxena said, on behalf of Delhi and its residents, he was urging Mann to galvanise all available resources and machinery to make the continued on page 7 Amritsar, November 4 Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri was shot dead by an armed assailant outside a temple in the city on Friday. More than five shots were fired at Suri after which he fell unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said. The incident took place when Suri and his supporters were holding an agitation outside Gopal Mandir in the presence of heavy police force. The police arrested a garment shop owner, Sandeep Singh, who allegedly shot Suri with his licensed weapon. His shop is located a few metres from the spot. Suri’s supporters also opened fire at the accused, who had taken shelter inside a house after committing the crime, and damaged his car. They later held a demonstration outside the hospital where Suri was admitted on continued on page 7 Trader held; initial probe hints at group rivalry HOW IT ALL UNFOLDED ■ 3 pm: Sudhir Suri (60) arrives at Gopal Mandir in Amritsar’s Kashmir Avenue area ■ Protests ‘dumping’ of idols and posters of deities on roadside ■ Stages dharna with supporters ■ 3.20 pm: Cops reach there ■ 3.40 pm: Shop owner Sandeep Singh arrives, shoots Suri BOOKED FOR HATE SPEECH ■ Was given ‘Y-category’ security ■ Arrested for offensive language against a community ■ Was on ‘hit list’ of Canada-based gangster-terrorist Lakhbir Singh 2 more suspects held for Another drug fails test, Sonepat firm faces ban TEST REPORT OF SYRUPS AWAITED attack on Imran Khan SPURIOUS IN DRIVER’S SEAT: Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar & his wife Dr Sudesh Dhankhar at ‘CII Agro Tech India 2022’ in Chandigarh. PTI IN BRIEF Arrested in Turkey, 17 Punjab youths return NEW DELHI: Seventeen Punjab youths arrested in Turkey after being duped by a travel agent have been brought back to India. The agent cheated them on the pretext of providing jobs in Europe. BACK PAGE DG (Prisons) shifted from Tihar over extortion charge NEW DELHI: Days after jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar levelled allegations of extortion of ~10 crore for protection, L-G VK Saxena transferred DG (Prisons) Sandeep Goel from the Tihar Jail. TNS ED attaches separatist Shabir’s Srinagar house The ED on Friday said it had attached J&K separatist Shabir Shah’s Srinagar house as part of its money laundering probe linked to a case of fuelling terrorist activities in the Valley. INSIDE NEW DELHI: Lahore, November 4 The police in Pakistan’s Punjab province have arrested two more suspects, who they believe had sold the pistol and bullets for PKR 20,000 to Naveed Mohammad Basheer, who tried to assassinate former premier Imran Khan during a rally on Thursday. Khan, 70, suffered a bullet injury in the right leg when Basheer fired a volley of bullets at him at a rally in Wazirabad. Basheer later confessed that he had attacked Khan because “he was trying to mislead the public.” Police sources said two other suspects — Waqas and Sajid Butt — sold Basheer a pistol and bullets for PKR 20,000, adding that the pistol did not have a number or licence, Geo TV reported. They were arrested from Wazirabad in Punjab province. According to eyewitnesses, Basheer fired on the container-mount- Sold pistol, bullets to assailant for PKR 20,000 Apex court upholds amended employee pension scheme New Delhi, November 4 The Supreme Court today upheld the validity of the 2014 Employees’ Pension (Amendment) Scheme even as it read down some of its provisions to make it beneficial to current employees. Declaring the provisions of the notification dated August 22, 2014, as valid, a three-judge Bench ruled that exempted and un-exempted establishments had to be treated equally for the purposes of EPS. INSIDE AAP’s Gujarat CM candidate Isudan Gadhvi with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann. PTI race included state leaders Gopal Italia and Manoj Soratihya. Hailing from a farmers’ family at Pipaliya village in Dwarka district, Gadhvi is an OBC, a commu- VOTES 2022 Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service Shimla, November 4 As election day in Himachal Pradesh draws near, contesting parties and candidates are busy devising newer ways to engage the crucial women voters, who can swing the polls any which way. Growing in clout since 1998, nity that account for 48 per cent of the state’s population. Gadhvi said politics was not a “hobby” but “compulsion” for him. “As a TV journalist, I tried to raise the voice of people, however, if you want to clean the mess you have to be a part of it,” said Gadhvi. While the BJP is expected to name its incumbent Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel as the CM face, the Congress is yet to open its cards. A good continued on page 7 Chandigarh, November 4 Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited (HMSCL) has issued a show-cause notice to Sonepat-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals after its 19 batches of albendazole tablets, used in the treatment of parasitic worm infections, failed quality tests. Tocutcosts,Twitter fires majority of its employees in India NewDelhi, November 4 Twitter has fired a majority of its over 200 employees in India as part of mass layoffs across the globe ordered by its new owner Elon Musk, who is looking to make his $44-billion acquisition work. Sources said the layoffs were across engineering, sales and marketing, and communications teams. However, there is no clarity yet on the severance package to be paid to employees laid off in India. The entire marketing and communications department in India had been sacked, the sources said. INSIDE VOTING %AGE PULLING OUT ALL STOPS ■ Ruling BJP banking on a host ELECTION 1998 2003 2007 2012 2017 of schemes for girls as well as women beneficiaries ■ AAP has pledged ~1,000 a month to women above 18 ■ Congress has promised ~1,500 to every adult woman in need the year they outnumbered male voters for the first time, women are demanding their share in the welfare pie, forcing parties to make lofty promises, even as they keep their cards close to the chest. Central team collected samples of cough syrups from Sonepat firm for testing at CDL, Kolkata ■ The report was expected in a fortnight, but Haryana Health Department yet to get it Geetanjali Gayatri & Bhartesh Singh Thakur Parties list doles as women voters gain clout HIMACHAL ■ After WHO flagged concern, a Tribune News Service ed truck carrying Khan from a close range. Khan was shifted by road to his own-built Shaukat Khanum medical facility in Lahore where an operation was performed. His party said his condition was stable and he was determined to continue his protest march. Imran Khan’s party has announced it will hold countrywide protests to press for snap elections. SecretaryGeneral of Khan’s party Asad Umar tweeted that the anti-government protests would continue until their demands were accepted. He didn’t specify the demands. Meanwhile, officials have been suspended for leaking the suspected attacker’s confessional video statement. — PTI edit: attack on Imran khan Former TV anchor is AAP’s CM face in Gujarat New Delhi, November 4 AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that former TV anchor and journalist Isudan Gadhvi would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the next month’s Gujarat Assembly elections. Gadhvi, 40, received 73 per cent votes in a poll conducted by the party to choose its CM candidate, Kejriwal said at a press conference here. Over 16 lakh people voted in the survey, he said. Others in the DRUGS The importance of women as a decisive factor in state elections is evident from their growing assertion as voters. Even though the 2017 election saw the maximum difference between the voting percent- WOMEN MEN 72.21 70.26 75.92 73.14 74.01 68.36 76.20 69.39 77.92 71.6 ages of female and male voters, the trend of women outnumbering male electors has held good since 1998 when 72.21 per cent of them exercised their franchise as against continued on page 7 ❝ We are in touch with the lab and the Centre, but there is no information about the report yet. Work at unit already halted. Anil Vij, HEALTH MINISTER The firm is already under the scanner over its four contaminated cough syrups linked to the death of more than 66 children in Gambia. The firm has been told to reply to the notice, dated November 1, within seven days. Following this, an order for blacklisting the firm could be issued. If barred, the order would be sent to other states too. The HMSCL had procured albendazole tablets from the firm for government hospitals and dispensaries. Sources said of 23 batches of the tablets, 19 failed quality tests. Earlier on November 1, The Tribune reported that several batches of albendazole tablets had failed the “dissolution test parameter of IP (Indian Pharmacopoeia) continued on page 7
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