WEDNESDAY JEE-MAIN HELD AMID STRINGENT PRECAUTIONS 02 National-level entrance exam for admission to engg colleges began on Tuesday with strict social distancing measures SEPTEMBER, 2020 VIGIL TO KEEP THE DEADLY VIRUS AWAY morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers at the gate, distribution of masks and maintaining social distancing as candidates queued up, were among the scenes witnessed at the exam centres across India. The exam is scheduled to be held from Sept 1 to 6 | P8 twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard ASHWIN PRASATH ALARMING COVID FATALITY SHOOTS UP 100% Highest death per million in Delhi among states, UTs A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 9 lakh PAGES 12 THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR JEE-MAINS China made fresh bid to alter status quo Indian Army foiled the second aggression amid talks between two sides; brigade commander meeting ends inconclusively PUSHKAR BANAKAR & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday said the Chinese side resorted to aggression on Monday at the south bank of the Pangong Tso along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as commander-level talks were on to resolve the fresh face-off. “On August 31, even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to deescalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Amid fresh tensions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army top brass. The meeting chaired by Singh went for about two hours. Jaishankar, D E L H I Today Cumulative 1050 18 -2312 156728 4462 15870 177060 Total beds Occupied Vacant 14148 10143 601 An Army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday | PTI Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Genral Bipin Rawat and Army C h i e f M M N a r av a n e participated. The Director General Military Operations, the operations head of the Army, too, attended the meeting, according to an officer. “The meeting was held to analyse the current situation and discuss the future course of all military and diplomatic options,” he said. 4186 902 351 W A T C H TESTING STATUS 7,198 17,000 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Covid care centre Covid health centre In response to provocative military manoeuvers by China in the late night of August 29 and 30, “the Indian side took appropriate defensive measures along the LAC in order to safeguard our interests and defend the territorial integrity,” the MEA spokesperson said. “We have urged them to discipline and control their frontline troops.” C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Appropriate defensive measures taken: MEA 9962 5585* 250 HOME ISOLATION : 8119 *3656 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 Sept. 01 NUDGE CENTRE WRITES TO FACEBOOK ON ITS STAFF ABUSING PM Rapid antigen test conducted in city 16,07,683 84,615 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 846 Calls received in control room: 129 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1282 Total number of calls refused: Nil Law minister also writes to Mark Zuckerberg that the anti-government bias of his employees was “doubly problematic” when it became “the inherent bias of the platform” | P7 JNU STUDENT GETS BAIL IN RIOT CASE severely damaged peace and tranquillity along the China-India border areas. Similar accusations of trespassing the LAC were made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a trip to Europe, said that the problem has arisen as the two countries do not have a clearly demarcated border. P7 India has consolidated its position by occupying the heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. “It was a preemptive move after we observed Chinese movement towards the area accompanied with the heavy machinery to create infrastructure,” sources said. The second brigade commander-level meeting in as many days on Tuesday was inconclusive with China accusing India of entering Chinese territory, an allegation the Indian side rejected. Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong accused India of flagrant provocations on August 31. “India’s move has grossly violated China’s territorial sovereignty seriously violat, ed relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and AGR dues can be cleared in 10 years: SC Kafeel Khan free from NSA clutch EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Supreme Court on Tuesday gave telecom firms 10 years to clear Adjusted Gross Revenue dues, estimated to be around `1.6 lakh crore. A three-judge bench said the firms will have to pay 10% of the dues by March 31, 2021. Thereafter, they will have to pay an instalment by February 7 every successive year. Non-payment of instalments will not just accrue interest but also invite contempt of court proceedings, it said, adding that the court extended the timeframe of repayment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Telcom officials were also ordered to furnish personal affidavits, undertaking compliance of the SC’s order. The bench agreed with telcos’ submission that the NCLT and not the Supreme Court should decide whether spectrum can be a subject matter of dispute resolution under IBC. TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR VODA | P10 Q1 (April-Jun) FREE FALL Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) Figures in % 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 2019 Overall 2018-19 India’s GDP growth has been steadily declining over the past many quarters. Here’s a look: Overall 2019-20 6.1 Q1(April-Jun) 2020 4.2 -23.9 GST mop-up down; auto, mfg sectors up E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Khan was granted bail on January 29 but was not released. InTHE Allahabad High Court on stead, the NSA was invoked Tuesday dropped all charges un- against him in February by the der the National Security Act Aligarh district magistrate. The bench observed: “The state (NSA) against Dr Kafeel Khan, who was detained for his speech authorities have failed to disduring the anti-CAA protests on charge their bounden burden to the Aligarh Muslim University establish that the lecture delivered by Khan on December 12, campus in December last year. 2019, has such a deleteri“A complete reading of ous effect on the public orthe speech also nowhere der in Aligarh as had conthreatens peace and trantinued to exist up to quility of the city of AliFebruary 13, 2020 necessigarh. The address gives a tating preventive detencall for national integrity Dr Kafeel Khan and unity among the citition of the detenue on that zens,” the division bench later date.” Kin warn comprising Chief Justice It said the appellant was of action also denied the opportuGovind Marhur and JusFamily tice Saumitra Dayal Sinnity to seek the court’s ingh, said while allowing a members of tervention against his deDr Kafeel habeas corpus writ petitention under the NSA as Khan said tion filed by his mother “the orders of the extenthey will file a sion of detention were Nuzhat Perween. contempt While the speech was never served upon the deplea on delivered on December 12, tenue. Only radiograms Dr Khan was arrested at Wednesday if relating to the decision of the Mumbai airport by the govt did the state government for not release the UP Special Task Force the extension of the term him as per on January 29. of detention were supThe petition said Dr the HC order plied to the him.” P8 THREE sets of data released on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the state of the country’s economy . Goods and Services Tax collection for August fell both on a year-on-year basis as well as sequentially On an . annual basis, the August mop-up at `86,449 crore was 12% lower compared to `98,202 crore recorded in the same month last year. Experts, however, say the drop in indirect tax collection is due to reduced imports and that the latest revenue figure is actually impressive as it shows domestic economic activity is on the mend. GST collections have faltered since the beginning of the current fiscal as Covid-19-induced lockdown disrupted economic activity. The revenue collected in April was `32,172 crore, `62,151 crore in May, `90,917 crore in June and `87,422 crore in July . Meanwhile, India’s manufacturing sector activity reentered the growth territory in August. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose from 46 in July to 52 in August, signalling an improvement after four consecutive months of contraction. With economic activity picking up pace, energy use is also gradually going up across the country Accord. ing to power consumption data released on Tuesday , 110.57 billion units were consumed in August, almost the similar level as last year. FULL COVERAGE: P10 IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK, WE CAN ACHIEVE 90% EFFECT OF LOCKDOWN: E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi the spot was disclosed by a witness in his statement recorded PINJRA Tod activist Devangana before the magistrate under Kalita was present in a peaceful Section 164 of the Code of agitation, which is a fundamen- Criminal Procedure. But, Justice Kait refused to tal right guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution, the accept this saying the witness Delhi High Court said on Tues- never named Kalita in his stateday while granting bail to her in ment. “Admittedly, agitation , a Northeast Delhi riot case. was going on since long, print and electronic media “The police had was present throughfailed to produce any out, in addition to cammaterial to show Kalita eras of police departhad instigated women ment, but there is no of a particular commusuch evidence, which nity or gave hatred establishes that the alspeech due to which leged offence has taken precious life of a young place on the act done by man has been sacrificed the petitioner, except and property damaged,” Justice S u r e s h The petitioner statements recorded unis a student der Section 164 CrPC Kait said. pursuing her much belatedly, though This is the third case higher those witnesses allegin the February riots in education and edly remained present which the JNU student sufficient at the spot throughout,” got bail, but she will restanding in stated the order. main behind bars as the society Kalita was arrested Special Cell is probing without any her alleged role in the possibility of without a notice and fleeing from evidently did not evade riots to unearth the justice arrest or even file for larger conspiracy beanticipatory bail behind the violence. Delhi HC cause she had no reason “In my considered opinion, no prejudice would be to believe that she ought to be , caused to the respondent’s in- in custody the court said. “The vestigation by grant of relief to petitioner is a student pursuthe petitioner, and she would be ing her higher education and prevented from suffering fur- sufficient standing in society ther unnecessary harassment, without any possibility of fleehumiliation, and unjustified ing from justice,” Justice Kait said, setting aside the police detention,” the court noted. The police infor med the submission that she might tamcourt that Kalita’s presence at per with evidence. Q2 (Jul-Sep) 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 DR D NAGESHWAR REDDY Can you be reinfected by Covid if you’ve recovered from it once already? How long after you notice symptoms can you afford to wait before you rush to a hospital? If the virus keeps mutating over time, will the upcoming Covid vaccine still be effective? Six months of on-again, off-again lockdowns later, the average Indian still has a whole load of basic questions about the virus. To address them, TNIE Editor G S Vasu spoke to renowned gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy. The Hyderabadbased Chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology sought to dial down the panic, spoke on how wearing masks can achieve 90% effect of lockdown, and why India’s numbers are likely to be 5x higher than we think. Scan the QR code or watch it on: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lUGKK4KjyLM FAREWELL, STATESMAN For transcript on TNIE site, go to https://bit.ly/3bh6fJX Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB Unlock 4.0: Weekend lockdowns only on Sundays in UP N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ON Day 1 of Unlock 4.0, the Uttar Pradesh government modified the weekend lockdown that have been in place in the state since mid-July limiting it , just to Sundays. Markets will now remain open on six days a week from 9 am to 9 pm except Sundays. Confirming the decision on Tuesday Additional Chief Sec, r e t a r y, H o m e, Aw a n i s h Awasthi claimed the decision to limit the weekend lockdown to Sundays was taken to speed up development activities in compliance with the Centre’s guidelines. “Now the lockdown will come into effect on Saturday midnight and will continue till Sunday midnight,” said Awasthi. During weekend lockdowns markets and the majority of establishments used to be closed from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am. While reviewing the situation, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked senior officials to review the development projects of their respective departments and expedite them. The senior officers were also asked to visit the offices under their departments and spruce up their functioning. The CM also asked the state health authorities to ramp up testing to 1.5 lakh samples a Eleven districts to be covered under sero survey Ghaziabad, Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Agra, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Moradabad and Baghpat districts will be covered under UP’s first sero survey from September 4 to 6. As per sources, 1,080 blood samples would be collected in each district day “Till the time a medicine . or vaccine is not developed to tackle the deadly corona virus, doing more and more tests is the only and biggest tool to handle the crisis,” he said. Sources said the CM drew the officers’ attention towards the Covid surge in Lucknow and Kanpur. He directed them to pay special attention to both the districts, do microanalysis and come out with a strategy to combat the virus.
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