NEW DELHI 06 SEPTEMBER 2020 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard ASK PRABHU www.thesundaystandard.com/www.morningstandard.in Tech Tonic The Warp and Weft of Life PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com, and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, will answer them. Prabhu Chawla TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Pushpesh Pant Tapping Talent Ravi Shankar Shinie Antony S Vaidhyasubramaniam Sathya Saran No Gut Health, No Glory Ghosts Haunting the Ocean SADHGURU SPEAKS Hello Hallyu How to Walk Krishna’s Path India bluntly tells China to back off India set to surpass Brazil as Rajnath tells Chinese counterpart that his forces are determined to protect India’s sovereignty Border row very nasty, would love to help: Don M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA did not blink once during the two-and-a-half-hour intense meeting with China on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow. Defence Mnister Rajnath Singh was as direct as possible during his interaction with his Chinese counter part General Wei Fenghe, stating Indian forces are determined to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity . Drawing attention to the fact that Indian troops have always taken a responsible approach towards border management, Singh said China’s aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements. The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed that the Chinese side desired to resolve the issues peacefully and suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers. Both the countries agreed to continue discussions and dialogue. Later, the MEA said Singh “emphasized that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilat- US President Donald Trump has said that the situation along the India-China border has been very nasty and that he would love to get involved and help. “While we’re at it, we’re talking about China and India are going at it pretty good on the border, as you know. It’s been very nasty,” he said at White House. Asked if China is being the bully in the situation, Trump hoped that was not the case but observed that Beijing was ‘really going at it’. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his Russian and Chinese counterparts in Moscow on Saturday | PTI eral agreements.” According to experts, Rajnath Sigh’s is a stern message to China not to escalate matters any further as India has the capability to protect its interests and will not hesitate to hit back if its national interests are hurt. Indian forces’ strong response to the PLA’s aggression has rattled the Chinese leadership, says Lt Gen V K Chaturvedi (Retd). “The Chinese never expected such response from the Indian military, which not only has dug in its heels along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but is also strengthening its positions.” India has successfully blocked China’s ‘salami slicing tactics’ and told the Chi- Parents of malnourished children to get cow in UP N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow PARENTS of acutely malnourished children in Uttar Pradesh will get a bovine gift from the state government. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed district magistrates to provide cows to such families. This is part of the state government’s strategy to reduce malnutrition in the state by 1 per cent in the next six months. India observes September as National Nutrition Month every year. In a virtual meeting, the CM interacted with the parents of malnourished children in different districts. He asked officials to arrange `900 per month for those who will be given a cow so that they can bear the rearing expenses. Interacting with the parents through videoconferencing, Yogi explained to them the benefits of rearing a cow. A number of parents accepted the CM’s offer. According to various studies, cow milk, alternately with sugar-maize-soybean-vegetable oil preparations, is an acceptable alternative in case of stock-outs in conventional therapeutic milk. As per food experts, malnutrition in the case of Uttar Pradesh refers to ‘undernutrition’ which includes stunting (low height for age), wasting (low weight for height), underweight (low weight for age) and micronutrient deficiencies or insufficiencies (a lack of important vitamins and minerals). A study, published by Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, stated that Rajasthan, UP Bihar and Assam have the , highest malnutrition levels in the country . Reviewing the ‘National Nutrition Month-2020’ in UP the , CM asked government departments to converge to mitigate the problem of malnutrition. By ‘Uttam Poshan, Uttar Pradesh Roshan’, he exhorted the officials to ensure participation of citizens. Yogi also laid stress on the development of ‘nutri gardens’ with nutrition-rich fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants across the state to help in the eradication of malnutrition among children. He said people should be sensitized about the nutritional qualities of mint, turmeric, bel (wood apple), aonla (Indian gooseberry), neem and tulsi. nese to go back to positions before the end of April, Lt Gen Chaturvedi added. Talking to this newspaper on condition of anonymity, a serving Army officer said the Defence Minister’s statement has reaffirmed Indian stand on the territorial dispute, standoff and disengagement. “The Statement is a clear-cut red line on how much is acceptable and what is non-negotiable,” the officer said. Meanwhile, in a predictable response, Beijing blamed New D e l h i fo r t h e s i t u at i o n along the LAC. “The relations have been severely affected by the border issue. The cause and truth of the current tension on the border between China and India are very clear, D E L H I and the responsibility lies entirely with India,” said Wei Fenghe. A former diplomat said it was important that India stated its position. “We have seen in the past few days the statements from many quarters. The latest statement about the defence ministers’ meeting shows that India is not going to listen to China. We will put our foot down and stand up to them,” he said. According to B R Deepak, Sinologist and Chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU, India’s statement after the meeting points to the fact that India will not tolerate any unilateral change to the status quo. C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative 1920 25 -2973 Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases 163785 4538 19870 188193 Total beds Occupied Vacant 14163 8580 601 4934 1049 400 TESTING STATUS 9,562 29,333 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Covid care centre Covid health centre W A T C H 9229 5194* 201 HOME ISOLATION : 10,514 *2337 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 05 Rapid antigen test conducted in city 17,44,466 91,814 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 976 Calls received in control room: 174 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1462 Total number of calls refused: Nil 2nd worst Covid-hit nation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH India reporting 86,432 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number past 4 million, the country has registered more cases in a day than the total coronavirus cases reported in mainland China, where the pandemic outbreak began. China has reported 85,112 confirmed cases so far. India is also set to overtake Brazil as the second worst hit country after the US. It has only 68,622 cases lesser than the Latin American country and could leap ahead by Sunday morning. On Friday, India also witnessed 1,089 deaths due to the infectious disease, taking the total toll to 69,561. The total number of active Covid cases stands at 8,46,395, as per the official figures. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi account for 70% of the total deaths in the country These states also con. tinue to report the highest number of cases daily . On Saturday, the Centre exhorted Maharashtra, Andhra and Karnataka to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of transmission and to ensure that the mortality is kept below 1%. The three states have been advised to proactively ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels. These states account for about 46% of active cases reported nationally in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra alone accounts for 22% of all active cases reported in the last 24 hours. Similarly, these three states account for 52% of all Covid deaths reported across the country in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra alone accounted for 35% of all deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The Union home and health ministries asked authorities in these states to optimally utilise RTPCR testing facilities, to strengthen their door to door active case search and to protect their healthcare workers. A camp for Covid antibody test underway in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI ICMR permits ‘test on demand’, RAT in containment zones gen kits, especially in cities. It also insisted that no emergency procedure such as delivTHE Indian Council of Medical eries should be delayed due to Research (ICMR) has, in its lat- lack of tests, and pregnant est advisory, permitted for the women should not be referred first time Covid-19 testing on for a lack of testing facility. demand, but has allowed states Also, the existing recommendato do modifications, if needed. tions related to testing have The new guidelines, released been extended, elaborated and Friday evening, were put in divided into four parts — rouplace as per the rectine surveillance in ommendations of the containment zones National Task Force and screening at on Covid-19. It advised points of entry, routesting on demand for tine surveillance in For the first time, “all individuals unnon-containment arealong with more dertaking travel to as, hospital settings simplified countries or Indian and testing on demodalities, the states mandating a Guidelines provide mand, and choice of for ‘On-demand’ negative Covid-19 test test (RTPCR, TrueNat at the point of entry”. testing in order to or CBNAAT and rapid ensure higher It said that all individantigen tests). levels of testing uals who wish to get Under the category tested should be alof ‘routine surveilICMR advisory lowed to do so. lance in containment Experts point out zones and screening at that while this has already points of entry’, the advisory been happening in most cities recommended testing of all over the last few months — asymptomatic high-risk indimainly in the private sector — viduals including people above officially only symptomatic in- 6 5 , and those with dividuals could ask to get tested co-morbidities. thus far. All asymptomatic direct and The new advisory recom- high-risk contacts of a laboramended that all individuals liv- tory-confirmed case are to be ing in containment zones tested once between day 5 and should be tested by rapid anti- day 10 of coming into contact. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Rehab plan for farmers in Jewar to be reviewed N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AS land acquisition for Jewar International airport gains momentum, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to review the rehabilitation and resettlement compensation for the farmers whose land has been acquired for the ambitious project in Gautam Buddh Nagar. Quoting provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation Act, 2013, special secretary civ, il aviation, Surendra Singh, has asked the Gautam Buddh Nagar DM to act as per the definition of ‘rural population’ given in the UP Revenue Code-2006. Sources said farmers would also get a developed plot (ahata) of up to 500 square metres to keep cattle and fodder machines. The ‘ahata’ area had not been taken into account earlier in the rehabilitation and resettlement package. It led farmers to accuse the government of going back on its promise. In another development, the state government has received 92 applications from domestic toy manufacturers showing their interest in setting up their units. A toy manufacturing hub is proposed near the Toy manufacturers evince interests In another development, the Yogi Adityanath government has received 92 applications from domestic toy manufacturers showing their interest in setting up their units in the state. upcoming airport. PM Narendra Modi had given a call to turn India into a major toy manufacturing hub. China and Taiwan account for a bulk of Indian toy import. The applications from domestic manufacturers were received by the state government in the first week of August. The last date for applying was August 31. Sources said the toy manufacturing hub encompasses 100 acres spread across 155 plots of different sizes. The scheme is likely to draw an investment of up to `3,000 crore. CARE BUILDING LIVES OF CHILDREN In Jharkhand, an IAS officer has rescued at least 35 children working in garages and hotels and sent them to schools in Koderma, Khunti and Bermo HUMANITY FIRST PAGE 5 Army rescues three Chinese lost in cold barren plateau at 17,500 ft EXPRESS READ M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Realising danger to the lives of the Chinese citizens in sub-zero temperatures, the soldiers of Indian Army immediately reached out and provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect them from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions Army Statement DESPITE a grim standoff in eastern Ladakh with the PLA, the Indian Army came to the rescue of three stranded Chinese citizens at Sikkim border on September 3 and assisted them in their safe return. “The three Chinese citizens lost their way near Sikkim at an altitude of 17,500 feet on Sept 3. The Indian troops helped them to return safely,” said the Indian Army . The Army personnel were prompt in protecting them – two men and a woman — from the vagaries of extreme altitude. “Realising danger to their lives in sub-zero temperatures, the soldiers immediately reached out with medical assistance such as oxygen, food and warm clothes,” said the Army . The flat plateau area of north Sikkim is sparsely populated. “If one loses direction, it is difficult to find any support on the ground,” said an Army officer. The plateau lies near the 220 km international border at Sikkim. The Indian troops gave the Chinese guidance to reach their destination. The trio expressed gratitude to India and the Ar my for prompt assistance. Indian soldiers helping the Chinese citizens at Sikkim border | PIB BJP forms 70-member poll team for Bihar The BJP announced a 70 -member election steering committee headed by Union Minister Nityanand Rai for the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar. The Union minister has been made chairman-cumconvenor of the committee, while the state unit general secretary Devesh Kumar will be its co- convenor, Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said.
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