FRIDAY Covid symptomatic persons must be administered RT-PCR tests if their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results are negative 11 SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard RAT -VE IN ALL SYMPTOMATIC CASES NEED RT-PCR TEST: GOVT instagram.com/themorningstandard BANK FRAUD 95,735 RAM MANDIR TRUST LOSES `6L Cloned cheques to withdraw money twice from Lucknow A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 ‘Private schools can’t hike fees in pandemic’ serious complaints received from the parents of the SanDEPUTY Chief Minister skriti School.” Manish Sisodia on Thursday Calls to the school managewarned private schools in ment by this newspaper Delhi against hiking, charg- went unattended. ing or demanding It was found that anything other than as per the 2017-19 actuition fees in the count of the school, pandemic, saying it had enough surstrict action will be plus money to pay taken against those the salaries of teachflouting the order. ers in line with the The AAP governrecommendations of ment revoked the the Seventh Pay permission granted Commission, Sisoto a private school dia said. But it, he The government for hiking fees to a will not bow down added, pressured the top private school, parents to pay the to any pressure. said Sisodia, who is We are taking this hiked fees. also the education decision based on “We directed the some serious minister. school to pay teachcomplaints “Private schools ers from the surplus received from are not allowed to inamount and not to the parents crease the fees and put this burden on Manish Sisodia, action will be taken the students. But the Deputy CM a g ainst all such school did not comschools found doing ply with this order. it,” he said, after receiving a The school is not allowed to large number of complaints increase the fees. Also, due to from parents. “The govern- the COVID-19 pandemic, no ment will not bow down to school is allowed to collect any pressure. We are taking any amount other than the this decision based on some tuition fee,” he added. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi D E L H I C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Today 2,637 28 -4,308 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases TESTING STATUS Cumulative 1,75,400 4,666 25,416 2,05,482 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 14,228 8,580 601 W A T C H 5,775 1,367 448 8,453 4,697* 153 HOME ISOLATION : 13,518 *2516 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights 9,004 49,336 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 19,62,120 1,03,269 Total tests done so far Tests per million Calls received in control room: 207 Containment zones as on date 1,272 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,516 SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 10 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 India stresses need for peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control with China P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi AMID the ongoing face-off between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow and stressed the need for peace and tranquility on the border. The much awaited bilateral talks went on for close to three hours. Sources said both sides put forward their respective stands on the prickly issue, with Jaishankar emphasising that Indian troops had never transgressed the LAC. An official statement on the outcome of the meeting is still awaited. This was their first face-toface meeting after the June 15 violent stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops. The two ministers had a telephonic conversation a day later. Tensions escalated further on Monday with both sides accusing each other of opening gunfire on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. India and China have an agreement in place since 1996, which prohibits the use of firearms within 2 km radius of the LAC. Earlier in the day the foreign , ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) had a luncheon meeting, where, sources said, the LAC situation did not come up for discussion. However, a RIC joint statement said all topical regional and international issues were discussed. “The Ministers exchanged views on further strengthening of Russia-India-China trilateral cooperation as well as topical issues of international and regional importance, in the spirit of mutual understanding, friendship and trust. The Ministers noted that common de- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L) and his Russian and Chinese counterparts Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi ahead of the RIC meeting in Moscow on Wednesday | PTI AGGRESSIVE LINE IN CHINESE GOVT MOUTHPIECE “Facts have proven that Indian nationalist forces yield to coercion, but not to persuasion. They very much need another lesson in failure before believing that China’s commitment to long-term border peace is not weakness,” Chinese govt mouthpiece Global Times said in an editorial velopment and cooperation of the three countries is conducive to promoting global growth, peace and stability,” the statement stated. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after the Supreme Court gave the Centre two more weeks to frame its position on the loan moratorium, the Union finance ministry constituted an expert committee to make an overall assessment on waiver of interest on interest. T he committee will be chaired by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi and will have Ravindra H Dholakia, former member of the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee, and B Sriram, former managing director of SBI and IDBI Bank, as members. The panel will submit its report in a week. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court extended its previous order on loan moratorium, saying accounts that have not been declared non-performing assets (NPAs) as on August 31 cannot be declared as such until further notice. The interim order will continue until the next hearing on September 28. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, while giving the Centre time to make a decision, said the court is inclined to pass an order against charging interest on interest as it viewed it as a penal interest. During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought time to file a comprehensive affidavit on the decisions taken so far. The bench accepted his plea and asked him to place all decisions taken by the RBI and the banks before it for further consideration. “A decision must be taken after considering the interest of all classes of creditors and all the sectors of the economy the court told Mehta. ,” Initially the bench was keen , to pass an interim order, but it refrained from doing so after the Centre and the banks’ association requested the judges not to do so. Actor Paresh Rawal was appointed as the chairperson of the prestigious National School of Drama. Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel took to Twitter to congratulate the veteran actor. The post was lying vacant since 2017 REVIEW PLASMA THERAPY RULES MAY CHANGE This is after findings of a trial showed that plasma therapy did not benefit Covid patients either in terms of reducing mortality or progression of the infection SOARING HIGH A Rafale leads a formation of IAF fighter jets at the induction ceremony of the French aircraft in Ambala on Thursday | SHEKHAR YADAV PAGE 7 Raghuvansh quits RJD, Lalu recalls four-decade ties to say no Came in contact with Karpoori Thakur and went to jail in 1973 during the United Socialist Party movement Was jailed again under MISA during JP movement in 1974 Elected to Lok Sabha for first time in 1996 from Vaishali Was Union minister for rural development from 2004 to 2009 Lost to Rama Singh of LJP in 2014 LS election from Vaishali R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna BIHAR’S main opposition party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, received yet another major setback on Thursday when its national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh resigned from the party . Singh has apparently been miffed with the party’s functioning for quite some time, but it’s the proposed entry of his arch rival Rama Kishor Singh, who had defeated him in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Vaishali, that re por tedly proved to be the proverbial last straw. In his resignation letter to jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, The Jaishankar-Wang meet comes close on the heels of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meeting his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on the side- lines of the SCO defence ministers’ meeting. Both sides have kept both military and diplomatic communications open. While there have been five corps commander-level talks and another one likely in the near future, the special representatives of the two countries and foreign ministers have held telephonic conversations after June 15. Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh, in an apparent barb at China, said the formal induction of Rafale jets by India is a stern message to the entire world, especially those eyeing India’s sovereignty . Earlier in the day Jaishankar , had bilateral talks with the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before participating in the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting. Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the meeting reviewed preparations for the upcoming SCO summit and also discussed various regional and global issues. After SC’s whip, Centre sets up panel UNLOCK 4.0 to assess waiving interest on interest Proposal to reopen Paresh Rawal made NSD chairperson Lalu’s Man Friday Apart from symptomatic persons, those who were asymptomatic at the time of the Rapid Antigen Test, but developed symptoms within two to three days, must also be administered RT-PCR test. In a letter to the states, the Centre said, “this is to ensure that symptomatic negative cases don’t remain untested and don’t spread the disease” | P7 Jaishankar, Wang discuss LAC flare-up EXPRESS READ A mathematics professor in Sitamarhi district, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh entered politics as socialist leader FRESH COVID CASES IN INDIA BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY MORNING WHAT ABOUT ASYMPTOMATIC CASES? Singh wrote that he stayed with him (Lalu) for 32 years,“…but not now… now forgive me”. Lalu, however, has sought to placate an ailing Raghuvansh and has written to him saying that he wanted to discuss the matter once the leader recovers and is discharged from hospital. At present, Singh is admitted at AIIMS-Delhi after he developed pain in the chest. “My family, I and the entire RJD family wants you to get well soon and discharged from the hospital. In the last four decades, we have resolved all political, social and family matters together. First you get well soon, then we will discuss the issues once again,” Lalu said in his letter. Citing ‘family relations’, he further said that “it is for sure that you are not going anywhere from RJD”. Singh, a former Union minister who had always been the party’s trouble shooter, had in June expressed unhappiness over some of the new inductions and had offered to resign, but continued following the assurance that Rama Singh would not be inducted into the party . However, a few days ago, Rama Singh’s name was tossed up as the party candidate from Lalganj assembly seat. Raghuvansh had also expressed his displeasure when the party had made businessman AP Singh its candidate for Rajya Sabha polls. With Singh’s resignation, eight MLA, MLCs and former MP have quit the RJD ahead of polls in Bihar and seven of them have joined the JD-U. Reacting on the resignation, JD-U leader Lallan Singh said RJD does not value even a senior most leader like Raghuvansh. Though no official statement came either from Singh or the JD-U, it is learnt that Singh may join the ruling party after he is discharged from AIIMS. schools draws mixed reaction from states EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE S EPTEMBER 21. That is from when schools can partially reopen, as per the Unlock 4.0 guidelines issued by the Centre. However, not all states are comfortable with the idea. Parents across the board are wary because of the pandemic though some senior students are upbeat. While Delhi and Congressruled Punjab turned it down, southern states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Telangana appear to be sitting on the fence for now. According to TN school education minister K A Sengottaiyan, any decision on reopening shall be taken only after there is some relief from the pandemic. Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, too, are yet to make up their minds. However, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand are gearing up to open schools for students of classes 9-12. As for Kerala, it will take up the matter at a state cabinet meeting on September 16. According to experts, it is inevitable that schools will have to open soon. “Online mode cannot replace the traditional classroom teaching method completely. Hence students, especially in higher classes, can be allowed to get guidance from teachers on an individual basis at schools,” said noted educationist R V G Menon. Kar nataka plans to announce its own guidelines shortly According to S Suresh . Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education, the state government has already taken steps for facilitating regular student-teacher interaction. “Not just of 9-10, children of all classes are engaged through Vidyagama,” he said. Vidyagama is a programme under which teachers meet students in their neighbourhood to conduct activities and clear their doubts. In Andhra Pradesh, the government is “mulling whether to ask teachers of all subjects to come every day in the regular school hours or whether to have specific days for specific subjects,” said Principal Secretary (Education) B Rajasekhar. Neighbouring Telangana and Maharashtra are yet to take their call.”A decision will be made based on the situation,” said R Rohini, District Education Officer of Hyderabad. Odisha doesn’t have plans to open schools anytime soon. All educational institutions in the state have been directed to remain closed till Durga Puja. Delhi, too, is wary. “Many parents requested us not open schools. I want to assure all of you that schools will remain closed till we are fully in control of the coronavirus,” CM Arvind Kejriwal had said last month. There is no change in his position. According to Ashok Agarwal, president of the All India Parents Association, 80% of HOW MUCH KIDS ARE AT RISK 12 FRIDAY NEW DELHI 0.2 - 8.8% of child Covid-19 cases in the US, based on data from 44 states gathered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, required hospitalisation, suggesting moderate to severe symptoms OPEN QUESTION TO REOPEN FOR CLASSES 9-12 TO STAY SHUT NOT YET DECIDED This map shows the status of school systems around the world based on UNESCO data. Postreopening experiences of selected countries are explained below Israel managed to control its Covid-19 outbreak early, in May, and pushed ahead with school reopenings. But the government was forced to shut many schools a few weeks later when cases increased rapidly among students and teachers. Later, older people got infected too FULLY OPEN | PARTIALLY OPEN | CLOSED | ACADEMIC BREAK 3500 OPENED TOO SOON? Kenya Mexico 3000 New daily Covid-19 infections in Israel, 7-day rolling average The country took the extreme step of cancelling the academic year and telling students they have to repeat it — the only nation to do so. Kenya said this was to give a level playing field for those cannot access remote learning The federal government signed a $20 million deal with TV networks to broadcast study programmes, as 94% of families in the country of 126 million have TVs 2500 2000 1500 Lockdown begins Schools reopen 1000 500 United Kingdom Since classes resumed in Aug and Sep, 62 schools in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England have reported coronavirus cases, with many institutions now closed again 0 Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep 19 Haryana 1 France France has closed 22 of its 62,000 schools since in-person classes resumed last week. Overall, schools have reported 250 suspected cases per day since Sep 1, when they reopened for the first time ANIMAL POPULATIONS don, is the 13th edition of the biennial publication trackPARIS: Global animal, bird ing wildlife populations and fish populations have around the world. plummeted more than twoWWF International directhirds in less than 50 years tor general Marco Lamberdue to rampant over-con- tini told AFP of the staggersumption, exper ts said i n g l o s s o f E a r t h ’ s Thursday in a stark warning biodiversity since 1970. to save nature in order to “It’s an accelerating desave ourselves. crease that we’ve been moniHuman activity has se- toring for 30 years and it converely degraded three quar- tinues to go in the wrong ters of all land and direction,” he said. 4 0 % o f E a r t h ’s “In 2016 we docuoceans, and our mented a 60% dequickening destruccline, now we have a tion of nature is 70% decline,” LamAll this is in a likely to have untold blink of an eye bertini added. The last half-decconsequences on compared to the millions of years ade has seen unprecour health and that many edented economic livelihoods. The Living Planet species have been g r o w t h u n d e r living on the pinned by an exploIndex, which tracks planet sion in global conmore than 4,000 speMarco Lambertini, sumption of natural cies of vertebrates, WWF International resources. war ned that indirector general Whereas until creasing deforesta1970, humanity’s tion and agricultural expansion were the key ecological footprint was drivers behind a 68 percent smaller than the Earth’s caaverage decline in popula- pacity to regenerate resourctions between 1970 and 2016. es, the WWF now calculates It warned that continued we are over using the planet’s natural habitat loss in- capacity by more than half. While aided by factors such creased the risk of future pandemics as humans ex- as invasive species and pollupand their presence into ever tion, the biggest single driver closer contact with wild of species lost is land-use changes: normally, industry animals. 2020’s Living Planet Re- converting forests or grassport, a collaboration between lands into farms. This takes an immense toll WWF International and the Zoological Society of Lon- on wild species. 5 19 14 2 1 Rajasthan The state government has refrained from giving any official response to the SOPs from the central government C K Punnose, a senior teacher 6 13 11 10 6 16 Anupam, a Class XII teacher It is too early to call students to school. We have to wait till the Covid-19 curve flattens When they resume, classes should be in batches of 10-12 students 17 2 As every class has over 80 kids, downsizing classes will force the teacher to repeat a lecture several times 7 12 PK Ilamaran, president of the Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Association 10. Jharkhand 11. Bihar 12. West Bengal 13. Assam 3 15 9 4 8 3 5 Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash said they will be shut till Oct 25 Uttarakhand Uttarakhand is following the SOPs of the central government We are not in favour of The map shows how states are responding to the Central government’s new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) The situation is more risky than ever. I would prefer my child to take online classes reopening of schools when Covid-19 spread is at its peak Anurodh Jain, head of a parents’ association in the state 7 than going to school Vinay Sheel Sharma, father of a Class 11 student 8 9 Madhya Pradesh The state government is yet to take a call on allowing limited reopening under the SOPs Telangana R Rohini, District Education Officer of Hyderabad, said no decision has been taken yet Kerala The state’s Director of General Education is preparing a roadmap on reopening schools The SOPs are shocking at a time when the Covid-19 curve is actually peaking Parents don’t want kids to go to school. We know what happened with US schools Anurodh Jain, head of Parents Association in Indore MA Hussain Sohail, head of a parents’ association in the state Online mode cannot replace traditional teaching. The return to normal should be in a careful, phased manner Karnakata The state will issue its own SOPs in a few days. It has told all schools to complete admission by Sep 30. Minister of primary and secondary education S Suresh Kumar said the state is already arranging regular student-teacher interaction for all classes RVG Menon, noted educationist 14 United States Schools have reopened without taking adequate precautions, especially in states such as Florida, where infections rates are too high. In one summer camp in the Georgia in June, half of the 364 children attending tested positive. Photographs of maskless school students in hallways have been shared widely on social media. Students and staff have tested positive in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, forcing such states to close schools that had reopened Human activity wiped out 2/3rds wildlife in 50 yrs Punjab Schools won’t be reopened now as cases are still increasing, said School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla 4 Tamil Nadu The state’s school education minister KA Sengottaiyan has said that any decision on reopening of schools shall be taken only after there is some relief from the pandemic 18 Delhi 1 Nations that have reopened safely Some Scandinavian countries reopened with strict rules, and have had no outbreaks tied to schools THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Israel Research in the West suggests that children are at relatively low risk of developing severe Covid-19. But the main concern is the kids’ role as vectors. How likely they are to spread the virus is not yet clear morningstandard in thesundaystandard com 11 09 2020 While parts of India are gearing up to partially open schools from September 21, many other countries have already done so and have had mixed results. Here are the takeaways from the reopening experiments done by various countries and the lessons they offer to our policymakers 15 16 Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said they there were no clear guidelines for reopening the schools physically after studying the central government’s SOPs. She said the state government is being cautious as the pandemic is not yet over Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary (Education) B Rajasekhar said reopening plans are being chalked out 17 Chhattisgarh A government statement said the SOPs are being considered Uttar Pradesh The state is following the SOPs from the Union government All students of class 9 to 12 should not be allowed to attend classes in one go The schools are seeking an affidavit from parents, that means they will not take responsibility Prof Narava Prakasa Rao, state convener of Right To Education Jawahar Surisetti, a noted academician Given the rising cases, we can’t even think of sending our wards to schools. My son has to take 12th board exams but I would not send him PAGE 12 Mask shortages still a problem, say US medicos Geetika Dixit, a parent S’pore noise tech drowns out urban din N95 ACOUSTIC SHIELD FRESNO: White House officials say US hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but frontline health care workers, hospital officials and even the Food and Drug Administration say shortages persist. Critical shortfalls of medical N95 respirators — commonly referred to as N95 masks — and other protective gear started in March, when the pandemic hit New York. Pressure on the medical supply chain continues today and , in “many ways things have only gotten worse,” the American Medical Association’s president, Dr. Susan Bailey, said in a recent statement. “N95s are still in a shortage,” said Mike Schiller, the American Hospital Association’s senior director for supply chains. “It’s certainly not anywhere near pre-COVID levels.” Early in the pandemic the White House failed to heed stark warnings — specifically about N95s — from high-level administration officials. SINGAPORE: Sick of noise from construction work, speeding trains and car alarms flooding in through the open window of your tiny apartment in a crowded metropolis? Scientists believe they have found a way for city dwellers to let in fresh air while reducing the urban cacophony -- and it is a bit like popping massive, noisecancelling headphones onto your flat. Under the system devised in Singapore, 24 small speakers are placed on the metal grille of an open window to create what researchers ter med an “acoustic shield”. When noise such as traffic or a subway train is detected, the speakers generate sound waves that cancel out some of the din -- much in the same way some high tech headphones work. It is like “using noise to fight noise,” said Gan WoonSeng, from Nanyang Technological University . parents in Delhi are against school reopening. Though Rajasthan has not American spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla yet offered any official reaction, most teachers, students and parents don’t want schools to re-start from September 21. Assam is planning informal voluntary classes for students above Class V from the last week of this month. Haryana will start classes for students of classes 10-12 in two gover nment schools on a trial basis, as most parents have given their consent, said a state government official. (With inputs from our bureaux in Bengaluru, T’Puram, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Delhi, Lucknow, Raipur, Patna, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ranchi, Bhopal and Mumbai) A lion looks towards the Nairobi skyline | AFP BANANA BRUNCH A mahout feeds elephants at Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ranchi district, Jharkhand, on Thursday | PTI ASTRONAUT’S LEGACY SPACEFLIGHT WASHINGTON: American commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been named after fallen NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight. Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defence technology company, announced that its next Cygnus capsule will be named the “S.S. Kalpana Chawla”, in memory of the mission specialist who died with her six crewmates aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. “Today we honour Kalpana Chawla, who made history at @ NASA as the first female astronaut of Indian descent. Her contributions to human spaceflight have had a lasting impact,” the company tweeted on Wednesday . “Northrop Grumman is proud to name the NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Kalpana Chawla. It is the company’s tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight,” the company said on its website. “Chawla was selected in honour of her prominent place in history as the first woman of Indian descent to go to space,” it said. “While Chawla made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the space programme, her legacy lives on through her fellow astronauts and those she has inspired to follow in her footsteps.” “Her final research conducted onboard Columbia helped us understand astronaut health and safety during spaceflight. Northrop Grumman is proud to celebrate the life of Kalpana Chawla and her dream of flying through the air and in space,” it said. The S S Kalpana Chawla capsule is scheduled to launch on the NG-14 mission atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Vir- ginia on September 29. The spacecraft will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later. For the NG-14 mission, the Cygnus spacecraft will deliver approximately 3,629 kg of cargo to the space station. Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana on March 17, 1962. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India in 1982. Chawla then moved to the US to pursue her graduate education; in 1984 she received a Master’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas. REVISED CENTRAL ADVISORY ON HOLDING EXAMS Ahead of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test next week, the Centre issued a revised SOP, which said that the discretion of whether or not to allow a Covid symptomatic candidate to write the test will lie with the examination authorities | P7
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