24052023-TT-01.qxd 5/23/2023 10:53 PM GANEMAT SEKHON WINS SILVER AT SHOOTING WORLD CUP SPORT /thetribunechd Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 142 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH wednesday | 24 may 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Oppn set to keep away from new Parl launch TMC, CPI, AAP announce boycott; Cong holds meeting Tribune News Service MUTUAL TRUST BASE OF INDIA-OZ TIES: PM BACK PAGE IN BRIEF Punjab sacrilege key accused held in B’luru CHANDIGARH: Sandeep Bareta, one of the main conspirators in the 2015 Faridkot sacrilege cases, has been arrested at the Bengaluru airport. INSIDE I-T Dept enables online filing of tax returns NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department has enabled online filing of returns 1 and 4 by individuals, professionals and small businesses. PTI New Delhi, May 23 The larger Opposition is set to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament House complex by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28 in a massive offensive against the ruling BJP government. Top Opposition sources confirmed to The Tribune that like-minded non-BJP parties led by the Congress held discussions through Tuesday on the boycott over PM Modi inaugurating the new Parliament. The Opposition has been demanding that President Droupadi Murmu do the honours. A Congress-led Opposition statement on the boycott of the Sunday event is expected soon. Meanwhile, the ruling All India Trinamool Congress of West Bengal, CPI and AAP today formally announced their decision to skip the May 28 function. TMC parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien tweeted, “Parliament is not just a new building, it is an estab- The new Parliament inauguration is scheduled for May 28. FILE MISGIVINGS OVER PM OPENING COMPLEX ■ Cong cited Articles 60 & 111 to say that the President is the head of Parliament and must open new Parliament complex ■ Party MP Shashi Tharoor said it’s incomprehensible for the PM and not the President to inaugurate the building BJP COUNTERS OPPOSITION ATTACK ■ “Tragic that the Congress, claiming to be a national party, lacks national spirit and sense of pride in India’s progress,” said Union Minister for Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri CONG, CPM, DMK, IUML, JMM LIKELY TO SKIP EVENT lishment with old traditions, values, precedents and rules. It is the foundation of the Indian democracy. PM Modi doesn’t get that. For him, Sunday’s inauguration of the new building is all about I, me, myself. So count us out.” D Raja, CPI general secretary, told The Tribune that the party had decided not to attend the inauguration. “We want President Murmu to inaugurate the new Parliament complex,” Raja said. continued on page 9 Certification from govt labs now must for exporting cough syrups Haryana blacklists Maiden Pharma, but no penal action NIA team in UK to probe attack on Indian Mission NEW DELHI: The NIA has sent a five-member team to London to probe vandalism at the Indian Mission during a protest by proKhalistan activists. BACK PAGE Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 23 The Centre has issued a notification amending the export policy related to domestically manufactured cough syrups saying export consignments would henceforth be cleared only if certified for quality by accredited government labs. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Commerce said, ISTOCK Move follows 3 WHO alerts over substandard drugs Aditi Tandon REPUTATION AT STAKE ■ Indian pharma industry is worth over $40 bn, third largest globally in terms of volume, 14th by value ■ There is a risk of damage to its reputation if its drugs continue to be red-flagged over quality issues “Cough syrups will be permitted for exports subject to export sample being tested and production of certificate of analysis being given by any of the following labs: Central continued on page 9 edit: cough syrup exports Apple season start nearing, HP mandi awaits restoration Women bag top 4 spots in civil services exams Shimla, May 23 Even as the apple season is less than two months away, the Himachal Government seems in two minds over the future of Bhattakuffar Fruit Mandi near Sanjauli in Shimla. The mandi was damaged in a landslide three years ago, but not much has been done yet to restore it. The rubble hasn’t been removed so far and the 15-20 arhtiyas run their business in a cramped space in a relatively safer portion of the yard. The work to remove debris is expected to be started shortly in accordance with the advice of IIT, Mandi, roped in to suggest safety measures. INSIDE New Delhi, May 23 Women candidates secured the top four ranks as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today declared the results of the civil services examination 2022. Ishita Kishore, daughter of an Air Force officer, secured the first position. Garima Lohia, Uma Harathi N and Smriti Mishra secured the second, third and fourth ranks, respectively. Ishita, Garima and Smriti are Delhi University (DU) graduates while Uma has a BTech degree from IITHyderabad. Incidentally, this is the second consecutive year continued on page 9 Ishita Kishore, IAF officer’s daughter, stands 1st Ishita Kishore DU GRADUATE Ishita, a graduate in Economics (Hons) from DU’s Shri Ram College of Commerce, had political science and international relations as her optional subject ANANTNAG YOUTH RANKS 7TH, POONCH WOMAN 11TH J&K FATEHABAD VILLAGE YOUTH SECURES 12TH RANK HARYANA Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 23 Haryana Medical Services Corporation Ltd (HMSCL) has debarred Maiden Pharmaceuticals, Sonepat, for three years from participating in the tendering process for the supply of albendazole tablets even as the government is yet to take any penal action against the firm. SPURIOUS DRUGS Vivek Aggarwal, Managing Director, HMSCL, in his order dated May 17, took action against the firm as samples from 21 batches of albendazole tablets, used for parasitic worm infections, were found “not of standard quality”. The Tribune was the first to report the matter on November 1 last year and subsequently followed it up with more reports. The rate contract awarded to Maiden Pharmaceuticals has now been cancelled. Soon after the lab test report of the HMSCL-empanelled laboratory, the State Drug Controller, Haryana, lifted the samples for testing at a government lab, but the state doesn’t have the facility to carry out dissolution tests. Hence, no action was taken. After Aggarwal took over the charge at HMSCL in April this year, he pursued the matter and debarred the firm. Rescued from Oman, Punjab women relate ordeal Lured by agents over greener pastures, they were ‘enslaved, thrashed’ by employers GS Paul MP HELPS IN RESCUE Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 23 Five women from Punjab, who were illegally confined in Oman, finally heaved a sigh of relief after being reunited with their families following the nightmarish ordeal they had to go through. Rajya Sabha MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney played a key role in their rescue by paying the compensation amount. “We were able to identify 35 Punjabi women stranded in Oman. My team was in ■ As per the law, they were unable to travel back till the penalty for overstay was paid to Oman courts ■ Rajya Sabha member Vikramjit Singh Sahney played a key role in their rescue by paying the amount << Rescued women in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR touch with the Indian Embassy to complete the formalities. A batch of seven more women will be arriving SKIPPING G20 CHINA’S LOSS, SAYS MINISTER BACK PAGE in New Delhi soon,” he said. Rajwinder (name changed) cursed the day she met a Moga-based woman, who misguided her. Greener pastures on mind, she opted to grab the “offer” of settling in continued on page 9 c m y b
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