WEDNESDAY OVER 90% SPEND TIME CHIT-CHATTING: NSO SURVEY SEPTEMBER, 2020 Only 38.2% people take part in job-related activities while 91% spend their time in socialising, a new survey has found 30 2.4% TAKE PART IN VOLUNTEER WORK morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard The National Statistical Office’s Time Use Survey revealed that 24.1% people participate in activities related to learning, while 2.4% take part in volunteer and other unpaid work. 20.7% people did unpaid care services for kin | P7 instagram.com/themorningstandard SERO SURVEY 1 IN 15 EXPOSED TO COVID Large chunk of population is still susceptible: Official A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 L DEMO 1992 , DEC 6 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 1,38,799 HOUSEHOLDS COVERED BY THE SURVEY CONDUCTED DURING JAN-DEC 2019 ITION BIG-TICKET BABRI PLOT VERDICT TODAY ACCUS E D FAC I N G T R I A L L K Advani. Was only an MP at that time. Gave a speech to kar sevaks before Babri masjid was brought down, earlier in 1990 he had led a rath yatra Murli Manohar Joshi. Was BJP president when the mosque was demolished; he was also at the site and addressed kar sevaks Kalyan Singh. Was UP chief minister. Had given Supreme Court an undertaking that he will not allow any damage to the mosque Uma Bharti. Was at the site on demolition day. Liberhan Commission accused her of inciting the mob; she took moral responsibility for the demolition Vinay Katiyar, then Bajrang Dal chief. Was BJP MP from Faizabad at the time of demolition in 1992. It is believed the conspiracy to demolish the structure was hatched at his place Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Head of Ayodhya’s largest temple and actively associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement since 1984 Ram Vilas Vedanti. Ex-BJP MP and Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member, he claimed to have incited the mob to raze the mosque Sadhvi Rithambara. Founder-chairperson of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of VHP; her speeches played a major role in the demolition of the masjid Champat Rai, current VHP vice-president and general secretary of Ram temple trust Did Advani and others conspire to raze the Babri Masjid in 1992? A special CBI court in Lucknow will deliver its verdict today T H E STO RY SO FA R After a Rae Bareli court discharged former BJP chief L K Advani in the plot case in 2003 citing insufficient proof, all other co-accused were absolved by and by. The Allahabad High Court upheld the orders in 2010. A year later, the CBI approached the SC to revive the conspiracy case. In 2017, SC gave its green light after quashing the HC order CASES ■ When Babri masjid was demolished on Dec 6, 1992, two cases 197/1992 and 198/1992 were registered through two FIRs at the Ram Janamabhoomi police station, Ayodhya ■ Case number 197/1992: Filed against unknown kar sevaks under IPC sections 395 (dacoity), 397(dacoity or robbery with attempt to cause death), 332 (causing hurt to deter public servants), 337, 338 (grievous hurt), 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult religion of any class), 297 (trespass in any place of worship) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) ■ Case number 198/1992: Named eight accused Askok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara. They were booked under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 505 IPC (intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) ■ 47 more FIRs lodged on complaints of mediapersons who were assaulted and their cameras and equipment snatched; the charges were robbery, rioting and mischief etc. OTHERS: Sakshi Maharaj, Brij Bhushan Singh, Lallu Singh (all BJP MPs); Ravindra Nath Srivastava, then Faizabad DM; Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, then minister in MP; Mahant Dharam Das; Satish Pradhan; Acharya Dharmendra Dev; Pawan Kumar Pandey; Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena head; Ramji Gupta; Prakash Sharma; Dharmendra Singh Gurjar; Ram Chandra Khatri, Sudhir Kakkar, Aman Nath Goyal, Santosh Dubey, Om Prakash Pandey, Vinay Kumar Rai, Kamlesh Tripathi, Gandhi Yadav, Vijay Bahadur Singh and Naveen Bhai Shukla (all kar sevaks) Police escort the father and brother of the Hathras gangrape victim to a vehicle outside Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday night. Workers of Bhim Army and Congress protested outside the hospital demanding that the rapists be sentenced to death | SHEKHAR YADAV NIRBHAYA CASE REPEAT OUTRAGE AS HATHRAS GANG-RAPE VICTIM DIES JNMCH superintendent Dr Harris Manzur Khan said the THE death of a 20-year-old gang- victim was critical and on ventirape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s lator with her legs completely Hathras district around 3 am on and arms partially paralysed Tuesday a day after she was ad- when her father sought to shift , mitted at the Safdarjung hospi- her to Delhi on Monday . tal, sparked nationwide outrage As news of her death spread, and led to chaotic scenes outside protests broke out at Safdarjung the hospital premises. Hospital, Vijay Chowk and in The victim’s younger brother Hathras. Leading the protest claimed her sister’s body, was outside Safdarjung Hospital, handed over to the UP police af- Bhim Army chief Chandrashekter autopsy instead of ar Azad said the attack giving it to the family . represents the deterioProtests in But the claim couldn’t rating law and order Lucknow be verified with the situation in UP. “Do Hathras DM hospital’s administranot test our patience. announced `10 tion despite multiple We won’t rest until the lakh compensation culprits are hanged,” attempts. for the family of In what brought he said. the woman. back memories of the Azad was later arProtests broke h o r r i f i c N i r b h aya rested by Delhi Police out in Lucknow gang-rape case, the and taken to an undiswith SP and Dalit girl was left closed location. Congress taking grievously injured by The victim’s body out marches four men who sexually was handed over to her abused her on Septemfamily after postmorber 14. She was admitted to the tem was done. Aligarh Muslim University’s The Uttar Pradesh Police took Jawaharlal Nehru Medical Col- custody of the body and conlege and Hospital (JNMCH) a vinced the aggrieved family to week after the sexual assault. By return to home in Hathras. then, her legs had paralysed and Though the girl’s father and she had severe spinal cord inju- brother sat on a dharna outside ry and neck damage, as the ac- the hospital, the Delhi Police cused had dragged her by her claimed that it was not the case dupatta to a field near the spot in and added that different groups her village where she was gath- tried to hijack the issue. Later ering cattle fodder. She also has the family left with local SDM a deep cut on her tongue. and circle officer, it said. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @New Delhi A fast track court should be set up and the culprits should be punished within 30 days. Do not test our patience. We won’t rest until the culprits are hanged—Chandrashekar Azad, Bhim Army chief EXPRESS READ Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for Covid-19 Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19, the Vice President Secretariat said. Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. “The Vice President who underwent a routine Covid-19 test today morning has been tested positive,” the Secretariat tweeted. Shekhar Kapur appointed FTII Society president The Centre appointed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur as president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and chairperson of the Pune-based institute’s governing Council. Kapur, 73, will hold the post till March 3, 2023. “Mr Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute,” I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said. Centre, 5 states to discuss air pollution on Oct 1 WITH stubble burning resuming in Punjab and deterioration of air quality in National Capital Region, the Centre has called a meeting of environment ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi on October 1 to discuss the progress on air pollution management plans. The move comes as air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to further deteriorate the next month. Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said the meeting will review the short, medium and longterm plans implemented since 2016, along with a review of the current status of air quality . “We will also review CPCB’s performance of the last two years and teams are set up every year October 15 onwards to handle the situation.” Environment secretaries, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) representatives, and officials from the pollution control boards, municipal corporations and New Delhi Municipal Council will attend the virtual meeting. “As winter kicks in from mid-October in Delhi-NCR, and stubble burning begins in Punjab, the level of pollution dete- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @New Delhi SEPARATED by a distance of 200 km between Hathras in UP and Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital, the family members of the 19-year-old gang-rape victim were fighting separate battles. Shattered by the news of the death, the family would have hardly braced for the chaos and confusion that ensued over handing over of the body . The victim reportedly breathed her last around 3 am. But no one from the hospital was speaking clearly to the family about handing over the body Members of the Bhim . Army meanwhile, started gathering , at the hospital. “I think the UP Police have misplaced the body of my sister; they have taken it away without informing us. We won’t move from hospital unless they (hospital) hand it over to us,” said Sandeep, the victim’s younger brother. In Hathras, the other family members were clueless and confused. “I don’t know about the body being misplaced…no one told me anything...I need to find out, we have no clue what is happening in Delhi,” said Satyendar, elder brother of the victim, before disconnecting. At the hospital, police rushed more force and asked the protesters to vacate. Finally around 10 pm, the , family was handed over the body P5 and was taken to Hathras. D E L H I COV I D WATC H STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Cumulative 2,728 48 -3,227 2,43,481 5,320 27,524 2,76,325 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 15,839 Covid care centre 8,137 Covid health centre 527 6,515 1,412 321 9,324 5504* 206 *1221 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights HOME ISOLATION : 16,049 STUBBLE BURNING E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Chaos and drama at hospital before body handed to kin riorates,” Javadekar said. The environment minister asserted that there is no magic bullet for mitigation of air pollution. “The factors are meteorological and geographical which gets exacerbated by manmade factors every year during 2-3 months. The Centre, the Delhi gover nment, neighbouring states and citizens need to work in synergy Its a shared respon. sibility he added. ,” TESTING STATUS 9,576 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 30,20,158 Total tests done so far 49,526 Rapid antigen test conducted in city 1,58,955 Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2505 Calls received in control room: 164 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1492 Total number of calls refused: Nil SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN DATA FOR SEPT 29 Fund frozen, Amnesty exits India, blames it on govt’s ‘witch hunt’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NINETEEN days after its bank accounts were frozen by the Centre, Amnesty International on Tuesday announced winding up its India operations. The organisation said it was compelled to let go of its staff in India and pause its ongoing campaign and research work. Accusing the government of “incessant witch-hunt”, it claimed it was targeted for flagging human rights violations in Kashmir and during the Delhi riots. “The constant harassment by government agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal How it calls for transparency in the governraised funds ment,” said Avinash Kumar, execuAmnesty said it tive director of Amnesty Internaoperated through tional India. a “distinct model Activists said the BJP-led governof raising funds”, ment is systematically targetting adding that 1 lakh voices of dissent. “The clampdown people have on Amnesty is part of a larger project to attempt to silence independ- contributed for its work in India. ent voices of dissent, which are criti“These cannot cal of the majoritarian politics of the have any relation present regime,” said bureaucratwith the FCRA,” turned-activist Harsh Mander. it said Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs said Amnesty’s statement is far from the truth and is a ploy to influence probe into its illegalities. The MHA said Amnesty was denied permission to receive foreign funds by successive governments including UPA in view of its “illegal activities”. The government also highlighted that the rights body is not registered under FCRA and it had received permission only P7 once and that too 20 years ago. IPL TODAY RAJASTHAN KOLKATA After taking CSK and KXIP to cleaners in Sharjah, Rajasthan head to Dubai to face Kolkata. In five matches, teams opting to field first have ended up losing the match. Will this trend change? | P11 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M India calls out Chinese doublespeak on LAC P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday rejected Chinese claims of the position of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, saying it has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 perception of the LAC. Under various bilateral agreements, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC. “In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify Ladakh’s and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but UT status this process could not proceed furChinese Foreign ther as the Chinese side did not show Ministry a willingness to pursue it. Therefore, spokesperson the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is Wang Wenbin said Beijing does not contrary to the solemn commitments recognise Ladakh made by China in these agreements,” UT and accused Ministry of External Affairs spokesIndia of illegally person Anurag Srivastava said. establishing The response came after China on Central rule there Monday said it abides by the 1959 LAC perception of then premier Zhou Enlai. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh. “China does not recognise the so-called Union Territory of Ladakh, which was illegally established by India, and opposes infrastructure construction in disputed border areas for military control purposes,” Wang said. CONTINUED ON P8
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