MONDAY 20-25 CR PEOPLE TO GET COVID VACCINE BY JULY 2021: CENTRE 05 The government estimates to receive and use up to 50 crore doses of vaccine by next July, the Union health minister said OCTOBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard CHAR DHAM CAP ON PILGRIMS RELAXED Kedarnath helicopter service resumes on Oct 9 PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l 9.37 lakh PAGES 12 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA AS OF SUNDAY EVENING STATES ASKED TO SUBMIT LIST BY OCTOBER-END The Centre will ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, Harsh Vardhan said. The states were asked to submit, by the end of this month, a list of priority population groups, as well as details of cold chain facilities and related infrastructure, to ensure smooth vaccine distribution down to block level | P7 Pressure to shift DM, order judicial probe SP, RLD attempt to storm Hathras village N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh participate in a tractor rally in Punjab on Sunday | AFP Will bin farm laws if Cong wrests Centre, says Rahul THREE new pressure points emerged on Sunday in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a Hathras girl that has left the nation horrified. While her family pushed for a judicial probe and the political class joined their call for the District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar’s transfer, the counter consolidation of upper caste members claiming the four arrested youth in the case had been framed up, was equally noteworthy . A day after the state government recommended a CBI probe, the victim’s brother changed tack, demanding a judicial probe instead. “It doesn’t matter who investigates the matter, our questions are still unanswered. Why has no action been taken against the Hathras DM, who misbehaved with my family members and Attacks Modi, says he is only working to facilitate a few corporates; questions the hurry to pass legislations in RS without due process H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described the three recently passed farm sector reform Acts as black laws, saying the day his party comes to power at the Centre all three would be scrapped and consigned to the wastepaper basket. Addressing a rally at Badni Kalan in Moga as part of his three-day Save Farming Yatra before joining a tractor rally that wound its way through Moga and Ludhiana districts, Rahul described the Centre as a puppet of corporate biggies like the Adanis and the Ambanis. He charged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had misled the nation for the past six years and had only served the interests of two to three large corporate houses of his billionaire friends. Rahul cited demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST) regime and the debt and METRO TRAFFIC OUTSIDE DMRC STATIONS TO BE STREAMLINED tax waiver of big industrialists amid the pandemic as Modi’s favour to the corporate leaders, charging that the poor and the farmers did not get even a rupee’s aid. “What was the need to implement these farm laws amid Covid-19? Prime Minister says laws are being framed for farmers. If that is the case, why didn’t you discuss them openly in the House,” he questioned. He was referring to the hurried passage of the bills in the Rajya Sabha amid ruckus through Centre will eventually kill MSP: Amarinder Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he feared the Centre might pay MSP for a couple of crops, but would eventually scrap it.”Attempts were being made to stifle the collective voice of the farmers, who had come together in this fight,’’ he said. TODAY’S MATCH To improve last-mile connectivity and segregate pedestrian and vehicular zones, DMRC to develop multimodal integration hubs at 78 Metro stations across the NCR | P5 Airport work: Fate of 10K trees to be decided today are apprehensive that the move to cut the trees in the Thano OVER 10,000 trees may be felled range of the Dehradun forest for the expansion of the Jolly division could affect wildlife Grant Airport in Dehradun. movement in the elephant corThe Uttarakhand government ridors. “The felling of trees is has sought the National Wild- likely to have a major impact life Board’s approval over corridors in the to transfer 243 acres forest area which will of forest land to the adversely affect the Airports Authority movement of wild of India (AAI) for exanimals, including elpanding the airport. ephants,” activist T he Board will Shekhar Pathak said. meet on Monday to The airport is alconsider the expanready getting upgradsion plan. ed by the AAI with a The current length budget of around The area comes of the runway at the `353 crore. In the first within a 10 km Jolly Grant Airport is phase, a new state-ofradius of the Rajaji 2,140 m and it is prothe-art ter minal National Park Ecoposed to be expanded Sensitive Zone. This building will be comis why permission to 2,765 m. pleted by October from the wildlife “The area to which 2021. It will increase board is required the airport is prothe capacity of the posed to be expanded DJK Sharma, addl chief airport by eight-fold comes within a 10 km with an area of 42,776 conservator of forests radius of the Rajaji square metres. National Park EcoAfter the compleSensitive Zone. This is why tion of phase one, the airport permission from the wildlife will have 36 check-in counters board is required,” DJK Shar- and four aerobridges along ma, additional chief conserva- with other facilities like in-line tor of forests, said. baggage screening facility and Activists, environmentalists self check-in kiosks. V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun voice vote. The new laws, Rahul argued, were aimed at eventually dismantling the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) procurement system, which would break the backbone of the farmers, just as the British had done to seize control of India. While the tried and tested system that stands on the three pillars of MSP, food procurement and mandis does need reforms, the Congress would allow it to be destroyed, he said. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh labelled the Centre’s approach to agriculture as one that would kill farmers and Punjab. “India used to borrow from across the world to feed its people till Punjab farmers took the charge of feeding them,” he claimed. He said the fight will continue till the laws are amended and a written Constitutional guarantee given on MSP and FCI. P8 DELHI BANGALORE In-form Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals meet in Dubai on Monday after winning three out of four matches. A victory will help the team go top of the standings. Though both teams are almost on equal footing, Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi have an upper hand due to their pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. ODDS: DC: 9/10 RCB:1/1 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm SP and RLD leaders tried to barge into the victim’s Boolgarhi village along with supporters after breaking barricades. The police had use to use force to disperse them. RLD alleged that its vicepresident Jayant Chaudhary and party workers were baton charged Uttar Pradesh Police detain Congress workers during their protest demanding the transfer of Hathras district magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar, in Lucknow on Sunday | PTI tried to threaten them? We want justice, we want a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge,” he said. His demand was echoed by BSP chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who sought immediate action against the DM. Mayawati said no impar- tial inquiry would be possible if the DM stays in the saddle. Amid mounting pressure, upper caste mahapanchayats are being held in different parts the district on a daily basis to try to change the narrative. A mahapanchayat held on Sunday drew hundreds of upper caste members from around 30 villages of the district. Hailing the government’s recommendation for a CBI probe, they questioned the objections of the victim’s family to the narco-analysis and polygraphic tests as well. Meanwhile, a Special Investigative Team recorded the statements of the victim’s family P7 . Fratricide looms in Bihar as LJP exits NDA, targets JD(U) Next Corps Commanders’ meet on Oct 12 M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE seventh round of IndiaChina Corps Commanders meeting will be held on October 12, Army sources confirmed on Sunday “Our aim . is clear that there should be an early disengagement,” a senior Army officer said. It comes after the 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs on September 30, in which the two sides had agreed to another round of Corps Commanders meet so that both sides can “work towards early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC”. During the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting on September 21, the two sides agreed to not send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate the tense situation. Lt Gen DS Hooda said there are ground to believe that the seventh round of meet will see a breakthrough. “Between the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting and the 7th, no big development has taken place which gives a ground to believe that there will be a breakthrough.” MANISH ANAND & RAJESH K U M A R T H A K U R @ New Delhi/Patna THE Bihar political script changed a tad on Sunday with NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) deciding to go it alone in the state Assembly elections. Stating that the LJP will seek a BJP-led government in Bihar, the Chirag Paswan-led outfit said it will field nominees against the JD(U) in 143 seats. Hours before the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the BJP met to clear its list of party nominees, the LJP left the ruling National Democratic Alliance at the state level citing “ideological differences with the JD(U)”. “There’s no bad blood between the BJP and the LJP. The victorious candidates of the party after the polls will support a BJP-LJP government,” the LJP said in a statement. After the BJP’s CEC meeting, there were indications that the seat sharing formula could be announced in Patna soon. The decision of the LJP to go solo could hurt Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U). “This decision of the LJP is aimed at pruning Nitish Kumar’s political stature amid anti-incumbency It will harm the perfor. mances of JD(U) without harming the electoral prospects of the BJP ,” said Dr R K Sinha, a prominent political analyst. Bihar goes to polls on October 28, November 3 and 7, while the results will be announced on November10. Within the LJP the wily Nit, ish Kumar’s ‘Mahadalit plank’ is seen as an attempt to cut the Paswan family to size as he is promoting former chief minis- Ram Vilas Paswan has heart surgery Union minister and LJP patron Ram Vilas Paswan (74) underwent heart surgery in Delhi, his son Chirag said on Sunday. He had to undergo heart surgery due to sudden developments on Saturday evening. It forced him to cancel a party meeting and rush to his father’s side, Chirag tweeted. If needed, he will undergo another surgery in a few weeks, he added D E L H I STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today Cumulative 3,126 2,60,350 38 5,510 -- 24,753 2,683 2,90,613 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 15,833 8,137 527 5,896 9,937 1176 6084* 298 229 HOME ISOLATION : 14,700 ter Jitan Ram Manjhi. While the LJP claims to represent the state’s 16% Dalit constituency as well as the Bhumihars, the JD(U) and the BJP have been making significant inroads into their support base. Chirag Paswan is itching to lead Bihar and wants to test the political waters now. Thus far, the LJP has contested elections in alliances, mindful of the limitation of its support base, with his father Ram Vilas Paswan generally managing to stay on the winning side. While a little amused, the BJP too, will be keenly watch, ing Paswan junior’s moves. P8 C O V I D W A T C H TESTING STATUS 8,963 41,869 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 32,81,784 1,72,725 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 114 Containment zones as on date 2,696 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1344 n Total number of calls refused : NILL *877 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 OCTOBER 04 CHANGING CUSTOMS Traditional Kashmir dining finds few takers in Covid times F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar GONE are the days when guests sat in groups of four on a dastarkhwan or cloth sheet to savour wazwan, a multi-course meal, in a trami. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Kashmiris to temporarily forgo the age-old tradition of dining together at weddings. The large finely engraved copper plates, tramis, have given way to smaller separate plates. “My daughter is getting married later this month. I have decided to serve wazwan to the guests in separate and individual plates instead of tramis as a precautionary measure to prevent any guest from falling sick,” says Riyaz Ahmad, a resident of Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar. Riyaz says his family members and relatives advised him not to insist on tramis for the safety of guests and hosts. In view of the mandatory norms of social distancing, most people are now using plates in weddings as well as in other social events. Firdous Ahmad, a resident of uptown Srinagar, says serving wazwan in plates separately to guests is a must nowadays to prevent the spread of Covid-19. “It also gives self-confidence to the guests that they face less chances of infection by eating in separate plates. People are now are hesitant to eat in tramis in groups.” Guests, he says, make excuses not to eat food in tramis and instead demand food be served in separate plates. But it is just not tramis, says Jalal-ud-Din, a cook. “Right from disposable water to soap for cleaning hands, everything has to be provided individually to a guest. It has led to increase in expenses in the wedding.” Another chef Ghulam Rasool said people are very cautious while dining at weddings and other events. “We don’t see the mad rush that used to be there in weddings. It is less noisy and fewer people are invited,” he said. Given that the pandemic seems not to be ending in the next few months, Rasool feels the age-old tradition will fade away in distant memory “The . plate system may replace tramis forever,” he rues.
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