saturDAY Trump slaps anti-dumping duty on India; China spared 10 The Donald Trump administration on Friday imposed steep new tariffs on $2 bn in aluminium imports from 18 countries october, 2020 Levy collection to start immediately The US will immediately begin collecting the tariffs from importers, the Commerce Department said epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard FIREPOWER anti-radiation missile tested Integrated on an SU-30 MKI fighter, the indigenous missile was fired off Odisha coast A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 7 l New Delhi l J8.00 l PAGES 12 “Most countries impacted by the pandemic are becoming more protectionist and are trying to shut out imports on pretexts,” said a professor | P10 $123 bn Value of common alloy aluminium sheet India exported to U.S. in 2019 FY21 contraction 8 activists charge-sheeted for ‘war against state’ 9.5%, possible economic revival next year: RBI E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai/New Delhi GDP growth in FY22 projected at 10%, but second Covid wave could dampen forecast S u n i t h a N at t i The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is done punching numbers. Its official read on the economy — the first since the coronavirus outbreak — shows India’s real GDP growth to first contract 9.5% in FY21, but rebound to score a perfect 10% in FY22. But as uncertainty of the virus spread continues to fog the outlook, all forecasts are pretty much down to the wire. According to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, the disastorous phase is behind us. Meaning, the sudden and steep contraction like 23.9% seen in Q1 is over and growth rates will regain their model behaviour hereon. The central bank’s projections pursued three scenarios — benign, baseline, and adverse. Taken together, GDP could contract 7.5-11.5% in FY21, but rebound by 7.2-11.6% in FY22. The big cheese is, regardless of the scenario, growth is bound to recover in 2021, though much will depend on investments, consumer spending, monsoon, exports, global growth, and of course some good luck and fortune. All this is subject to avoiding a second wave of infections, and it’s unclear if RBI modelled such a scenario where the ‘deathly grip of the virus’ invokes future lockdowns or delays re-opening of the economy. In Q2, growth may shrink D E L H I 3,098 39 -- 2,860 2,76,046 5,692 21,955 3,03,693 (covid-19) Patient Management Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 15,833 5,235 10,598 Covid care centre 8,137 986 6,129* Covid health centre 527 265 262 Home Isolation : 12,609 *1022 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 Oct 09 solo NDA GOVt Now has only one minister from allieD parties and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Barring Milind Teltumbde, who is absconding, all other accused are in jail. Stan Swamy, the 16th person to be arrested in the case, was remanded in judicial custody till October 23 by a special NIA court in Mumbai on Friday. He will be in Taloja jail in Maharashtra 9.8%, followed by an even modest 5.6% contraction in Q3 and eventually recover to 0.5% in Q4. If everything goes by the script, real GDP growth in Q1 of FY22 will be an unprecedented 20.6%. Notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence pointing to recovery, the question on the pace of reboud remains. Will it be a V U, , W, L or K-shaped? Das believes it could be a 3-speed recovery First . layer includes sectors opening up early like agriculture and allied activities, FMCG goods and auto to an extent. Second includes those where activity is normalising gradually followed by third comprising ‘slog overs,’ or those entities severly affected by social distancing norms. With agriculture outlook remaining robust, it’s expected to boost rural demand and consumption may go up in Q3. CONTINUED ON P10 W A T C H (covid-19) Testing Status 11,651 37,484 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 35,24,930 1,85,522 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 2727 n Calls received in control room: 617 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1353 n Total number of calls refused: Nil The Union Cabinet expansion may weigh in the option to induct a few members from other parties after the Bihar polls to gain the semblance of an alliance government | P7 along with the other accused. Terming the CPI (Maoist) a terror outfit, the charge sheet said the eight accused “abetted violence, brought into hatred and incited disaffection towards the government established by law and promoted enmity between dif ferent groups on grounds of religion, caste and community”. It further said that a “systematic network of Maoists” Investigation revealed systematic network of Maoists operating for supply of arms and ammunitions, having proper nexus with the Maoist cadre and other banned organisations — NIA charge sheet R a j e s h A s n a n i @ Jaipur Dal delight A girl participates in a three-day water sports event, Jashen-e-Dal, at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Friday | PTI Statute inclusive due to Hindu ethos, Indian Muslims most content: Bhagwat E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh supremo Mohan Bhagwat said on Friday that Indian Muslims are the most content in the world. “Our Constitution did not say only Hindus can stay here or others will have to accept superiority of Hindus. We created a space for them in line with the nature of our nation, which is called Hindu,” he said in an interview to a Hindi magazine. Bhagwat observed that bigotry and separatism are spread only by those whose self-interest gets affected. Speaking on religions, Bhagwat said people of all faiths have come together to protect the essence of India on a number of occasions. Stressing on the coexistence of diverse religions in India, Bhagwat wondered whether a foreign religion still existed in a country where its followers ruled in the past. Religion should be connecting, uplifting, uniting everyone in one single thread, the Sangh head said. “Whenever the devotion for India and its culture awakens and feeling of pride arises for the ancestors, the distinctions between all religions disappear and people from all faiths stand together.” The Ram temple is not merely for ritualistic purpose, but is a symbol of national values and character, he said. cused went ahead and started building a hut on the plot. A priest in Rajasthan’s KaAn altercation ensued and rauli district died after being the accused set him ablaze, set afire by a group of six the priest said in his statemen over a land dispute, giv- ment to the police before his ing the BJP, which is under death. He named six people fire over the Hathras gang- — Kailash, Shankar and rape and murder in Uttar N a m o M e e n a a n d t h re e Pradesh, a handle to attack others. the Congress. As the ghastly killing Before he died, priest Babu sparked outrage, the BJP tarLal Vaishnav told the police geted the Congress and the the culprits doused him in Ashok Gehlot government petrol and set him law and order in Raablaze. The incident jasthan ‘going for a took place at Bunka toss’. Targeting Ravillage in Sapotra on hul Gandhi, who reWe d n e s d a y. T h e The crime graph cently visited Hathpriest was rushed to continues to grow ras, Union minister Jaipur’s SMS Hospi- and the Congress Prakash Javadekar government tal where he died on said, “Instead of goshould wake up Thursday night. A ing to dif ferent from its slumber case of murder has places on political and ensure that been registered and tourism, he should the culprits are the main accused, take cognizance of punished Kailash Meena, has heinous crimes Vasundhara Raje, been arrested. against women and The police said the BJP leader and former apologise to the peoRajasthan CM priest had about 15 ple of Rajasthan bighas belonging to that his government the Radha Krishna Temple has failed.” Trust in the village that was ‘‘The crime graph contingiven to him for livelihood. ues to grow and the Congress A dispute arose as Vaishnav government should wake up wanted to build a house on a from its slumber and ensure plot close to his land, but the that the culprits are punaccused claimed they owned ished,” BJP leader Vasundthe land and the village elders hra Raje tweeted. ruled in the priest’s favour, Calling the incident unforpolice said. tunate and condemnable, CM Vaishnan then placed the Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “We bales of his newly harvested do not have a place for such bajra crop on the land as a acts here...The accused won’t sign of ownership. But the ac- be spared.” Kejriwal govt approves policy for tree transplantation E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi THE Delhi government on Friday approved its ‘Tree Policy’, paving way for one of its kind scheme to protect the green cover of the city. The new rules make it mandatory in Delhi that consturction firms have to transplant 80 per cent of the trees affected by any project work. In its fight to curb air pollu- tion, the government also announced of setting up a ‘smogtower’ in Connaught Place, Central Delhi. “It is the responsibility of the agencies which are responsible for transplantation, to ensure that 80% of the transplanted trees survive after a year, ” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “A dedicated cell and local committees will be formed which will include government officials, citizens, RWAs for monitoring the process and the trees.” The Morning Standard had reported on Thursday about the AAP government planning to finalise a ‘Tree Policy very soon. As per the policy the Delhi , government is required to form a panel of the agencies that have technical expertise in the task of transplantation. According to the government, any department can approach agencies identified for the work of transplantation. Moreover, the payment of the agencies will be made only if 80% of the trees continue to survive after a year. This, officials said, will be done to ensure upkeep of the greens. Appre c i a tio n Doctor’s Covid service gets royal recognition from IPL franchisee E XPR E SS ne w s s e r v i c e @ Bhopal The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have been clean bowled by a young Corona Warrior doctor from Madhya Pradesh, who lived in his car for a week to prevent possible spread of Covid-19. Team India and RCB leggie Yuzvendra Chahal will wear in the days to come the RCB jersey bearing the name Dr Sachin Nayak — the young MP government anaesthesiologist now posted at the district hospital of home district Shajapur. As part of the RCB’s dedicated mission to salute Corona Warriors across the country, Chahal will wear on the ground the RCB jersey bearing Dr Nayak’s name. On Wednesday, captain Kohli, leg spinner Chahal and explosive batsman AB de Viliers — a former south African cricket skipper — interacted with Dr Nayak through a webinar and lauded his feat. In the two-minute video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle and Facebook page on Wednesday Chahal thanked Dr , was operating for “supply of arms and ammunition... to carry out urban revolution”. Their funding activities also came to the fore, the charge sheet said. Navlakha, according to the NIA, was in touch with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. He was allegedly mobilising intellectuals against the Union government and was also recruiting people for the CPI-Maoist. Babu was making efforts to secure the release of G N Saibaba, a DU professor, from jail, it added. P7 Priest burnt alive in Rajasthan, BJP takes swipe at Congress RBI has kept key interest rates unchanged. The sixmember Monetary Policy Committee, with three newly inducted external members, voted unanimously to retain the benchmark repurchase or repo rate at 4% while keeping its policy stance accommodative, implying it could ease again C O V I D status of cases Today Cumulative Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases MPC keeps key rates unchanged The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a second supplementary charge sheet in the Bhima KoregaonElgar Parishad case against e i g h t p e r s o n s, i n cl u d i n g 83-year-old Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who was arrested Thursday evening. The 10,000-page charge sheet filed in a Mumbai court also names Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, Goa Institute of Management professor Anand Teltumbde, activists Gautam Navlakha and Milind Teltumbde and members of cultural group Kabir Kala Manch — Jyoti Jagtap, Sag ar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor. All eight activists have been charged with waging war against the country, conspiring with other accused to further the Maoist ideology, encouraging lawless activities and criminal conspiracy under various sections of the Indian Penal Code Nayak for his services as a corona warrior doctor in Bhopal. “I feel proud of wearing a jersey bearing your name,” said Chahal to Dr Nayak. The young anaesthesiologist recounted his memories of April days. “I belong to an agrarian family. My family wanted me to leave the job and return home instead of being on Covid-19 duties. But with the system already being short of Dr Nayak used to stay in car for fear of infecting his family | PTI doctors, I decided to do my 19 duty he recollected. ,” Dr Nayak was a senior resident doctor and deployed in Covid-19 isolation ward and sampling duties at Madhya Pradesh government’s JP Hospital in April. “While performing Covid-19 duties at the hospital was my priority I had to also , prevent the possibility of me being a carrier of the killer virus, including my family,” he It feels great to know that India’s top leg spinner will wear the jersey bearing my name. Around a fortnight back, I was contacted by the RCB for my pictures and videos — Dr Sachin Nayak, doctor from MP told the cricketers. “I tried to get a rented single room or hotel room, but failed due to lockdown. Then I was left with no option but to make my car as my home for a week,” Dr Nayak told the RCB cricketing trio. “It feels great to come to know that India’s top leg spinner will wear the jersey bearing my name. Around a fortnight back, I was contacted by the RCB for my pictures and videos,” Dr Nayak told this paper regarding his brush with the elite cricketers. e x pre s s re a d Nobel Peace Prize for World food programme The World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger in regions facing conflict and hardship and at a time when the coronavirus has driven millions to starvation. The UN agency has specialised in getting assistance to some of the world’s most dangerous places, from air-dropping food in South Sudan and Syria to creating an emergency delivery service that kept aid flowing even as restrictions grounded commercial flights. P9 Nirav Modi’s plea to be heard on Nov 3 Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi was on Friday further remanded in custody during a routine call-over hearing held via videolink at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. The 49-year-old jeweller, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank scam case, is expected to appear again via videolink from his prison in south-west London for the next scheduled hearing in his ongoing extradition trial on November 3.
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