TUESDAY 06 OCTOBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard MICHAEL HOUGHTON twitter.com/TheMornStandard WELL-POSITIONED TO MEET THREATS PAGE 7 CHARLES RICE Nobel medicine prize for Hepatitis C virus discovery IAF CHIEF ASSERTS ‘Chinese air power can’t get the better of us in any conflict scenario in Ladakh’ HARVEY J ALTER 71 MN A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 Harvey Alter, Charles Rice from the US and Michael Houghton from the UK won the Prize, Nobel jury said HELPED SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES WORLDWIDE face chronic hepatitis C infection worldwide, according to W.H.O. PAGES 12 Their discovery of the Hepatitis C virus—a major cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis—made possible blood tests and new drugs that have saved millions of lives, the jury said Big compensation fight at UP Police see global plot, file 19 FIRs GST Council, deal put off N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow 10 non-BJP ruled states reject the borrowing options mooted by the Centre; apex panel to meet again on October 12 to resolve the issue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EVEN after eight hours of marathon talks, the GST Council meeting on Monday could not break the stalemate over compensation as 10 Oppositionruled states rejected the Centre’s borrowing options to meet revenue shortfall. The Council will meet again on October 12 to resolve the issue. However, states will get some immediate relief the total compensation cess collected so far this year, `20,000 crore, will be disbursed by Monday night itself. The pending IGST dues of `24,000 crore will also be transferred to states by the middle of next week. Sitharaman said the compensation cess will be extended beyond the original deadline of June 2022 in view of the economic distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last GST meeting, states were given two options to meet GST revenue shortfall — a special window arranged by the finance ministry to provide `97,000 crore at a nominal interest rate or borrow the entire gap in revenue shortfall of `2.35 lakh crore. Sitharaman said 21 states have opted for the first option, while 10 states including Kerala, Telangana, and West Bengal, said the Centre should borrow and give the money to states. In the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said the entire revenue shortfall of states needs to be compensated by the Centre. CURIOUS TIMING CBI recovers `57 lakh in raids on K’taka Congress chief B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru THE CBI on Monday said it recovered `57 lakh during simultaneous raids at 14 locations linked to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar, over alleged dispropor tionate assets worth around `75 crore. Coming as the raids did ahead of crucial by-elections, the Congress saw political motive in the whole exercise. The agency also raided properties of Shivakumar’s brother and Congress MP D K Suresh, and Sachin Narayan an excise baron and a close associate of Shivakumar. “The raids were conducted at nine locations in Karnataka, four in Delhi and one in Mumbai after a case was registered against Shivakumar and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988,” a CBI source said. The agency also seized incriminating documents including property documents and bank-related information, the source said. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 42nd GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday | PTI Later, he said in a Facebook post, “The Central government is just a member of the Council. Hence, the Council’s decision on the issue should be made through a voting.” Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said his state will not borrow money to meet revenue shortfall. If the Centre doesn’t release full compensation, Punjab will adopt “all legal options”, he warned. KEY DECISIONS This year’s compensation cess of `20,000 crore to be disbursed to states on Monday night Pending IGST of `24,000 crore to be transferred to states by the next week Compensation cess to be extended beyond the original deadline of June 2022 TODAY’S IPL MATCH MUMBAI VS RAJASTHAN Rohit Sharma & Co are the inform side with their middle-order firing on all cylinders. Facing them in Abu Dhabi this evening is RR, who are are showing some cracks after a confident start. ODDS : MUMBAI 4/6 | RAJASTHAN 25/19 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 An unknown person threw ink at AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh in Hathras | PTI ACTION AGAINST FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS In Lucknow, six FIRs were lodged against people who posted fake messages or morphed images of the chief minister on social media platforms to allegedly incite violence Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order), claimed that a “conspiracy was hatched to push the state into caste turmoil”. “Some specific groups used social media platforms to Pollution check: Govt focus on 13 hotspots EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I CE @ New Delhi TO help Delhiites breathe easy this winter, the Delhi government will implement a tailormade strategy for each pollution hotspot to tackle air pollution. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at the launch of an anti-pollution campaign, ‘Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh’, that specific focus will be given to polluting areas. The emphasis is on regular checking of construction sites to monitor and contain dust pollution. “Our inspection teams will visit construction sites across Delhi and will be empowered to impose heavy fines if these sites are found violating the anti-pollution measures,” said the CM. In the coming days, various government departments will work on a war footing to control air pollution in 13 areas and will identify pollution generators in hotspots and deal with them individually “Areas . and colonies at 13 locations in Delhi, where the impact of pollution is the maximum, have been identified. The government has done detailed planning for each hotspot to ascertain the reasons for increased pollution. Measures to contain it will now be implemented,” the CM said. Focus is also on stubble burning, for which the government is preparing an eco-friendly solution. A war room has been set up at Delhi secretariat for monitoring of measures to be implemented. Daily reports will be sent to the CM. To get more public participation, the gover nment has launched Green Delhi app, where people can upload and post pictures. The government will ensure timely action on the complaint. Paswan Junior’s revolt part of BJP’s Bihar gambit R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna THE Lok Janshakti Party’s decision on Sunday to contest in 143 Assembly seats in order to hurt NDA partner Janata Dal (United)’s prospects, has actually been scripted by the Bharatiya Janata Party sources , in the saffron party said. “At the national level, we have a strong alliance with the BJP. At the state level we have decided to contest alone due to our differences with the JD(U),” an LJP statement said while announcing the decision. A recent slogan, “Modi tujhse bair nahin, Nitish teri khair nahin (No enmity with Modi but no sparing Nitish),” put up through anonymous posters in Patna, captures the LJP’s political line. Sources said the BJP nudged the LJP as the saffron party wants to return the humiliation of 2013, when Nitish pulled out his party from the NDA after the BJP decided to project Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. “History repeats itself in politics. What the LJP has done to the JD(U) now is what Nitish did to the BJP in 2013, when he refused to accept Modi’s leadership for the 2014 elections,” a senior NDA leader said. The BJP and the LJP hope to win enough seats, enabling them to dump the JD(U) after Nitish Kumar Chirag Paswan Chirag keeps up attack on Nitish Kumar On Monday, LJP leader Chirag Paswan criticised Nitish Kumar, saying his party had “many expectations from the current Bihar chief minister, but he hasn’t fared well. The benefits of schemes haven’t reached the grassroots.” the elections. The saffron party , the junior partner in Bihar, has long been itching to emerge out of Nitish’s shadow and the tacit support to the LJP is aimed at becoming the bigger partner after a positive poll outcome. The fact that the BJP has not asked the LJP to desist from attacking Nitish has not been lost on anyone. “The BJP never asked the LJP to stop giving statements to the media against the CM,” the sources said. Those privy to developments said Chirag met Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda in Delhi on Saturday a , day before announcing his divorce from the NDA in Bihar. spread hatred and incite people for creating a conflict on caste lines by organising unlawful gatherings in times of Covid pandemic.” Kumar claimed the police TRUMP’S RECKLESS DRIVE-BY SETS A BAD PRECEDENT Covid-positive US President Donald Trump did the unthinkable on Sunday, disregarding all disease management and quarantine protocols by briefly stepping out of the Walter Reed Medical Center where he is admitted President Donald Trump drives past supporters gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on Sunday | AP | P11 FOR A PATIENT WHOSE OXYGENATION LEVELS DIPPED BELOW SAFE LEVELS TWICE IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, WAS ADMINISTERED SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND ADMINISTERED A STEROID, ATTEMPTING THEATRICS, TRUMP STYLE, WAS NOTHING SHORT OF MADNESS He drove by wellwishers, waving to them from behind the glass pane of his sealed car. Inside the car were at least two Secret Service agents wearing protective gear in the front seats, while Trump sat in the back But such is his insecurity ahead of the November 3 presidential elections that he is resorting to knee-jerk reactions and hurting his cause in the process. He is now itching to get back to the White House “This is insanity,” tweeted Dr James P Phillips, a physician at Walter Reed. “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential drive-by has to be quarantined for 14 days,” he tweeted TESTING STATUS 7,585 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 33,17,377 Total tests done so far 1,74,598 Tests per million A WSJ report said his rapid antigen test was positive on Thursday itself but he did not disclose it and went ahead with a Fox interview. Later when his RT-PCR test, too, was positive, he could no longer put a lid on it DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 3,588 2,63,938 DEATH 32 5,542 ACTIVE CASES -23,080 TOTAL +VE CASES 1,947 2,92,560 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 15,832 5,802 10,030 CARE CENTRE 8,137 1,126 6237* HEALTH CENTRE 527 300 227 13,905 HOME ISOLATION *774 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | October 05 CONTINUED ON P7 MOHALLA CLASS Jharkhand: Teachers ‘adopt’ students, provide digital content at doorstep M U K E S H R A N JA N @ Ranchi CBI conducts a raid at the residence of D K Shivakumar | SHRIRAM BN Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao, too, rejected the Centre’s borrowing options. The Tamil Nadu government reiterated its demand for immediate release of dues in one instalment while agreeing to Option 1. “Our stance has consistently been that the Centre has a moral and legal obligation to pay compensation for the shortfall in GST collections,” said Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative reforms minister D Jayakumar. Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Bugg ana Rajendranath demanded the borrowing limit be increased by 2% . He also urged the Centre to clear the dues with interest. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai welcomed the decision to to extend the cess collection beyond 2022. With inputs from our bureaux in New Delhi, Thiruvananthpuram, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Bengaluru AMID continuing outrage over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras, the Pttar Pradesh Police on Monday sought to turn the narrative by claiming to have unraveled an international conspiracy to foment caste conflict to defame the Yogi Adityanath government. The police registered as many as 19 FIRs — some including sedition charges — and at least six persons, including two in Lucknow, have been arrested in the alleged plot. Police sources said intelligence agencies indicated the involvement of organisations like Amnesty International, Popular Front of India, Social Democratic Party of India and workers and leaders of many mainstream political parties in the conspiracy. The police also claimed it had evidence of international funding to fuel the unrest. had audio and video clips suggesting some of these groups even offered `50 lakh to the victim’s family to speak against the government. He confirmed that the police had lodged 19 FIRs and said it would be too early to reveal names or details without proper investigation. Of them, six were lodged in Bijnor, Bulandshahr, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Mathura, Shamli and Saharanpur for unlawful protest over Hathras case, breaching Section 144 of CrPC and inciting hatred on social media. In Lucknow, six FIRs were lodged against people who posted fake messages or morphed images of the CM to incite violence. A website that offered information on how to protest safely and avoid the police has been linked to the conspiracy. The site has now been taken down. It also listed dos and don’ts on how to stay safe during riots and in situations when the police use teargas shells. P5&8 WITH only 33 per cent of 42 l a k h s ch o o l s t u d e n t s i n Jharkhand connected through WhatsApp for online classes, the government has found an innovative solution so that the not-so-privileged children do not miss out on lessons. Government school teachers will now ‘adopt’ such students who don’t have access to smartphones or internet connection at homes and will visit them every week to make digital content available to them. The teachers will also guide these students personally so thats they don’t lag behind their classmates who get regular access to the digital contents. The School Education and Literacy Department has a prepared the SOP in this regard which is to be presented before the state government for approval. But, some schools in the remote villages in districts like Dumka and Jamtara have al- Aapke Dwar, a ‘school-at-your-doorstep’ in Dumka district of Jharkhand | EXPRESS ready adopted this concept. “Talks are on the concept of ‘mohalla class’ under which teachers weekly hold classes with small groups of students every week,” said an official. Under this initiative, teachers will also be in a position to evaluate the progress of a child, which is not possible under the current arrangements where students are being provided content on WhatsApp, he said. Students will be distributed equally and put under specific teachers, who will further divide them in separate groups in order to guide them. Sham Kishore Gandhi, principal of Bankathi Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya, said they have been doing it for last several months. “In Dumka itself, more than 500 schools have been holding such classes at different locations in small groups following social distancing norms,” said Gandhi. The initiative was also hailed by NITI Ayog in a tweet.
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