08112023-TT-01.qxd 11/7/2023 11:10 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 309 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH EX-SERVICEMAN LOSES ~1.5 CR IN CRYPTO SCAM HP NETANYAHU: ISRAEL OPEN TO 'LITTLE PAUSES' IN GAZA FIGHTING WORLD /thetribunechd JSW AND VEDANTA’S STOP PICK-AND-CHOOSE MEGA PUNJAB PLANS APPROACH IN APPOINTMENTS: SC TO GOVT BACK PAGE IN LIMBO BUSINESS wednesday | 8 november 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Put an end to stubble burning, it’s your job: SC slams Punjab, Haryana & other states Nitish wants caste quota raised to 65% Says can’t let people die due to pollution| Terms Delhi’s odd-even car rationing scheme ‘optics’ Patna, November 7 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced his intent to raise the quota for Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the state, saying a legislation to this effect was likely to be brought in the ongoing Assembly session. The announcement, which was much anticipated in the wake of his government’s ambitious caste survey, was made on the floor of the House during a debate that followed tabling of the report. “The quota for SCs and STs together stands at 17 per cent. It should be raised to 22 per cent. Likewise, the reservation Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 As the Delhi-NCR continues to be a virtual gas chamber due to smog, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to take immediate steps to stop stubble burning by farmers – the main reason behind higher levels of air pollution during this season. It said it could not let people die due to pollution. A Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul made the local SHO under the supervi- FIGURES DON’T ADD UP IN PUNJAB, HARYANA 56,000 farmers harvested paddy in Ludhiana, but just 993 farm fires recorded 56,743 registered on portal for paddy sale in Karnal, but only 12K applied for incentive for not burning straw sion of the DGP and the Chief Secretary of the respective state responsible for ensuring that stubble burning was 5-STATE POLL BATTLE 71% TURNOUT IN CHHATTISGARH ■ 71% turnout in Ph-1 of Chhattisgarh poll amid Naxal violence ■ Polling held for 20 constituencies on Tuesday ■ Of the 20 seats, 12 reserved for Scheduled Tribes ■ A total of 223 candidates, including 25 women, in the fray ■ Violence reported from Sukma, Narayanpur, Bijapur & Kanker ■ Four securitymen injured in encounter in Sukma district L-G HITS OUT AT AAP’S MEASURES The Delhi Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday said the odd-even scheme announced by the AAP government was nothing but an attempt to “mislead” people and courts to “divert” attention from the crisis caused by air pollution in the national Capital stopped. From today onwards, they must start working on it, the Bench said. “We want it (stubble burn- Amid LAC standoff, Army to add more air power Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Women line up to vote in Bastar. PTI 77% VOTING IN MIZORAM ■ The Mizoram Assembly election passed off peacefully on Tuesday ■ 77% of 8.57 lakh electors exercised their franchise in state ing) stopped. We don’t know how you do it… it’s your job. But it must be stopped. Something has to be done immediately,” the Bench – which also included Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia — told Punjab Advocate General Gurminder Singh. Directing the Cabinet Secretary to convene a meeting on Wednesday with all stakeholders to ensure that crop burning is stopped forthwith, the Bench posted the matter for further hearing on Friday when it will monitor the progress. “We do not care how you do it… it must stop. Whether by forceful actions and sometimes by incentives, you have continued on page 9 Supreme Court has capped it at 50% New Delhi, November 7 Adding to the air power in the Himalayas, the Army plans to raise two additional Aviation Brigades along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The Army currently has three Aviation Brigades. Of these, two — one in Leh and the other in Missamari, Assam — are assigned for the To raise two more Aviation Brigades LAC. The two additional raisings will also “look northwards”, said sources. Each brigade has 50-55 hel- icopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) enabled for satellite communication. The copters specialise in reconnaissance, troop transportation, anti-tank warfare and close air support. The IAF’s heavy-lift USmade Chinook and the Russian-made Mi17 helicopters are co-located with the Army Aviation as part of the air effort to quickly deploy troops in the Himalayas. The upgrade plan is threepronged and looks to have an inventory of about 500 copters. It will include a future induction of 90 light combat helicopters (LCH); Israeli UAV Hermes will be added to the existing fleet of Heron UAVs; and the delivery of light utility helicopters (LUHs), currently undergoing trial, is expected from December next year. continued on page 9 IN BRIEF WILL SOON MOVE BILL ❝ We intend to bring in the required legislation duringthe ongoing session of the Bihar Assembly. Nitish Kumar, BIHAR CM for OBCs should also be hiked from the current 50 per cent to 65 per cent,” Kumar said. The continued on page 9 CRICKET WORLD CUP MAXWELL’S 201* LANDS OZ IN SEMIFINALS Glenn Maxwell came up with arguably the greatest knock (201*) in history of limited overs cricket to propel Australia to a sensational win over Afghanistan and book semis berth. Afghanistan: 291/5; Australia: 293/7 (46.5) TODAY’S TIE TEAMS VENUE TIME Eng vs Netherlands Pune 2 pm Short-range ballistic missile ‘Pralay’ testfired BALASORE (ODISHA): India on Tuesday successfully testfired its surface-to-surface shortrange ballistic missile ‘Pralay’ from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, a defence official said. PTI Advisory to social media platforms on ‘deepfakes’ NEW DELHI: A day after a deepfake video of actor Rashmika Mandanna emerged, the Ministry of Information Technology has asked social media platforms to remove offensive content. TNS Lawyer accuses TMC MP Moitra of trespass NEW DELHI: Lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai, who earlier made bribery charges against TMC’s Mahua Moitra, has filed a complaint against her, accusing Moitra of trespass and intimidation. 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