WEDNESDAY The oil marketing companies increased the price of petrol in metros for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday 26 AUGUST, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard PETROL PRICES HIKED FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DAY PLASMA THERAPY DIESEL PRICES UNCHANGED SINCE JULY 30 According to the IndianOil website, petrol prices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai increased to `81.73, `83.24, `88.39, `84.73 per litre respectively. The prices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad were `84.39 and `84.94 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the diesel prices stayed the same across all metros since July 30 CLEAR POLICY REQUIRED: DOCS Lack of a clear scientific signal is hurting, they claim PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l PAGES 12 `1.3 IS HOW MUCH THE PETROL PRICES HAVE GONE UP IN DELHI SINCE AUGUST 16 Congress to address veterans’ concerns Leaders who wrote to Sonia say their sole aim was to make the party battle-ready for 2024 polls ner. Meanwhile, members of the group who sent the letter said they EVEN though none of the issues can’t be termed ‘dissenters’ as raised by 23 senior party leaders in their intention was only to their letter to Congress boss Sonia strengthen the party . Gandhi was discussed at the ConFormer Karnataka chief minisgress Working Committee (CWC) ter M Veerappa Moily said, the aim meeting on Monday their concerns was to ensure that the Congress is , will be addressed, sources said. battle-ready to take on the BJP in The All India Congress the 2024 general elections Committee (AICC) could and not to question the soon see organisational party leadership. Moily, changes with a reshuffle who was among the leadplanned in many states. ers who signed the letter, Party sources said the resaid they all have absolute structuring of state units faith in Sonia Gandhi. has already started while CWC member Anand Sonia to get a thorough revamp of the Sharma said the letter was functional AICC is on the cards. written with the best inteam T h e c o m i n g we e k s terest of the party in could see reshuffle of gen- Sonia Gandhi will mind. “India needs a eral secretaries and state get a functional strong opposition to conin-charges. According to team, comprising front the BJP Suggestions . both old and sources, Jharkhand infor the party’s renewal young hands to charge R P N Singh, Punmade in sincerity are not jab in-charge Asha Ku- help her overhaul dissent.” the party mari, and Chhattisgarh Rajya Sabha MP Vivek in-charge P L Punia will Tankha, one of the signaeither be moved to other states or tories, agreed. “The letter was a relieved of their responsibilities. parchment of action to strengthen A few fresh faces are likely to be the party he said. ,” inducted in the top team while Another leader claimed nobody young leaders may be given organ- in the CWC meeting questioned the isational posts. The changes, how- content of the letter, only its ever, are planned in a phased man- timing. R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi MIRACULOUS ESCAPE Four-year-old boy Mohammed Nadim Bangi was on Tuesday pulled out alive from the rubbles of a collapsed five-storey building at Raigad in Maharashtra. Many are still feared to be trapped under the debris | PTI | P8 GOVT DECIDES More centres for JEE, NEET to allay Covid fear of students EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMID the rising pressure from various quarters to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the Centre on Tuesday decided to increase the number of centres for these examinations to ensure proper social distancing. The National Testing Agency under the Union education ministry, which is responsible for organising the tests, said the number of examination centres has been increased from 570 to 660 in case of JEE Main, while it has gone up to 3,843 from 2,546 for NEET. The agency also said that in case of JEE (Main), the number of shifts has been raised from earlier 8-12, and the number of candidates per shift has been reduced from 1.32 lakh to 85,000. The NTA said that to ensure proper social distancing inside the examination halls, the candidates will be seated in alternate seats. The number of candidates per room has been reduced from earlier 24 to 12 now. “For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates has been staggered,” said a statement by the NTA. “Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centers to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing, while waiting.” Candidates have also been issued advisory guiding them about ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for proper social distancing. The NTA has also written to the state governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres on time. The JEE(Main), scheduled between September 1-6 is a computer-based test whereas NEET, planned for September 13, is a pen paper-based examination. The government has turned down requests from students, students’ organisations, activists, several politicians and even some state governments to defer these tests any further in view of the Covid 19 pandemic. Last week, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of these examinations. P7 Bhushan: SC reserves verdict on punishment for it despite repeated opportunities, what will be the THE Supreme Court on purpose of saying don’t do it Monday reserved its verdict again? It is not about us or on the quantum of punish- him. It is about the institument to be awarded to activ- tion after all.” ist-laywer Prashant BhushHe added that it was painan in the suo-motu ful for him to decide contempt of court the case days before case for his tweets he is due to demit against the office on September judiciary . 2. The apex court Senior advocate had on August 14 Rajeev Dhavan, repheld Bhushan resenting Bhushan, guilty of contempt reminded Justice for his tweets. Mishra that as a Fate of At the outset of judge of the Calcutother case the hearing, a threeta High Court, he Judge bench headed had let go of MamaThe contempt by Justice Arun charges related ta Banerjee after Mishra asked Attorshe said all judges to Tehelka ney General K K were corrupt. This interview in Venugopal for his institution must 2009 will be o p i n i o n o n t h e heard by another have criticism and quantum of not just criticism bench in the punishment. but extreme critiapex court The A-G submitcism. Your shoulted that Bhushan ders are broad should be let off with a enough,” Dhavan said. warning telling him not to He added, “Scandalising repeat this in future. the court is ambiguous. CritAn unconvinced justice icism of court is inevitable. Mishra replied, “If a person Consider the bona fide of the says he didn’t make a mis- ‘offender’ and then consider take and he won’t apologise the offence.” P7 K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi NIRAV MODI’S WIFE FACES INTERPOL ARREST WARRANT Red notice was issued by Interpol on the ED’s request against Ami Modi, who is said to have left India soon after the PNB bank fraud case came into light in 2018 | P7 Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Today Cumulative 1155 147743 17 4330 -- 11998 1544 164071 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14129 3617 10512 Covid care centre 10143 661 5989* Covid health centre 594 227 367 HOME ISOLATION : 5949 *3493 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Aug 25 S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi T H E Ja i s h - e - M o h a m m a d (JeM) had plans to carry out a second terror strike after the Pulwama attack but it was called off due to global pressure and India’s aggressive actions like the Balakot strike, according to the National Investigation Agency, which filed a charge sheet naming JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and two brothers as the masterminds of the attack. According to the NIA, the trio — Azhar, Rauf Azghar and Maulana Mohammed Ammar — was continuously giving directions and guidance to Pakistani terrorists who had infiltrated into India for the dastardly attack in 2019. The NIA has charged a total of 19 accused— seven Pakistanis and 12 locals—for carrying out one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. While seven of the accused have been killed, seven are under ar rest and five are absconding. The charge sheet running H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh The state is expected to procure 170 lakh MT of paddy during kharif season line with the state’s crop diversification efforts. The target was to complete the custom milling of paddy thereby , delivering all due rice to Food Corporation of India by March 31, 2021. The whole gamut of yearly procurement operations — from allotment of mills, their registration, application of release order, deposit of RO fee and levy, besides all important monitoring of stocks C O V I D STATUS OF CASES W A T C H (COVID-19) TESTING STATUS 5,380 14,461 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 14,62,845 76,991 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 654 n Calls received in control room: 114 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1136 n Total number of calls refused: Nil ‘AZHAR OVERSAW PULWAMA ATTACK’ NIA officers arrive at a court in Jammu on Tuesday to file the charge sheet in connection with the 2019 Pulwama terror attack case | PTI The charge sheet marks the culmination of year and a half long painstaking and meticulous investigation with valuable inputs received from other central and state agencies as well as foreign law-enforcement agencies NIA statement into over 13,000 pages, has described Mohammed Umer Farooq as the main accused in the case. Farooq, according to NIA, was the main assembler of the IED used in the attack and he Paddy procurement goes online in Punjab AMID COVID-19, Punjab is expected to procure a record 170 lakh Metric Tonne (MT) of paddy and the state is set to go online with rice delivery operations, including allotment, registration and physical verification of rice mills through videos, as part of the new milling policy for kharif 2020-21. T h e g ove r n m e n t w i l l launch a dedicated portal www.anaajkharid.in, as per a state cabinet decision. The cabinet approved the new policy, aimed at ensuring seamless milling of paddy and delivery of rice into the central pool from more than 4,150 mills operating in the state. The state is expected to procure 170 lakh MT of paddy during kharif season beginning October 1, with total area under paddy sowing this year at 26.60 lakh hectares, down from 29.20 lakh hectares the previous season, in D E L H I — will be done online on a continuous basis. All the state procuring agencies — Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation — Food Corporation of India and the rice millers as well as all other stakeholders will operate and interact on the website, with the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab, acting as the nodal department. Under the policy, the sole criterion for the allotment of free paddy to mills this season would be the millers’ performance in the previous year. An additional percentage-wise incentive would be provided to mills as per their date of delivery of rice against milling of custom milled paddy, including RO paddy in the previous year. Mills which had completed their entire milling by January 31 would be eligible for an additional 15% of free paddy milled in 2019-20. Those who had completed delivery of rice by February 28 would get an additional 10% of free paddy . In another measure to guard against paddy diversion, the RO paddy was brought into the ambit of Custom Milling Security. Millers will be required to deposit `125 for each MT for paddy stored or part thereof, with the agency concerned. was the one who convinced Adil Ahmad Dar to become a fidayeen. The conspiracy of carrying out the dastardly attack was hatched about a year ago by the top leadership of JeM and the execution of the terror attack began with the infiltration of Azhar’s nephew Ummer Farooq who crossed over in April 2018. Farooq was killed in an encounter in March last year. The NIA says it has enough evidence to show that Farooq was in touch with the Jaish leadership in Pakistan before, during and after the terror strike on the CRPF convoy. Soon after Farooq entered India, another key conspirator Mohammad Ismail also infiltrated for carrying out the attack. The two accused crossed over the international border into Samba district in Jammu and were received by co-accused Ashiq Ahmed Nengroo — named in chargesheet as absconding — and Mohd Iqbal Rather who facilitated Farooq and other Pakistani handlers with transport and logistics. While Ismail and Nengroo are absconding, Rather is in NIA’s custody Also absconding is an. other accused Sameer Dar, who was allegedly instrumental in making the IED. P8 J&K GOVT Domicile certificates to be handed out in five days F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Jammu and Kashmir government is fast-tracking the issuance of domicile certificates, fixing a time limit of five days from the current 15. “Government fixes a time limit of 5 working days for issuing a domicile certificate to Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC holders) and migrants,” the government’s information de par tment tweeted on Tuesday . The new time limit comes after Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday directed officers to speed up the process of issuance and delivery of domicile certificates. After the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A, the Centre in May introduced a domicile law to safeguard the interests of the local population. As per the domicile law, all those in J&K for 15 years are entitled to a domicile certificate. central officials, all India service officers, officials of PSUs, autonomous bodies of the central government, PSBs, statutory bodies, central universities and recognised research institutes of the central government who have served in J&K for 10 years, are eligible for the certificate. Besides, those who have studied for seven years and appeared in Class X/ XII exam in any J&K institution are also domiciles. The domicile status has been a touchy issue. “...One day there will be an elected government which will reverse all these decisions with equal urgency and , the process shall also be simple,” National Conference leader Tanvir Sadiq tweeted.
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