Signs of India’s virus curve flattening as new cases fall friDAY Ashwin prasath 16 october, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard DONATIONS BJP GOT MOST FROM CORPORATES 72.8 days With `698.082 cr, BJP sits top on the list followed by Congress & Trinamool A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 7 India, China in confidential LAC PARLEYS P ushkar B anakar @ New Delhi External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said India and China are engaged in confidential talks to resolve the ongoing border tensions. “Discussions are on. Disengagement is a work in progress. What is going on is something confidential between us and the Chinese, There is not very much that I am in a position to say in public. I certainly do not want to prejudge it,” he said, addressing the Bloomberg India Economic Forum. The minister noted that there has been an unprecedented troop build-up along the LAC. “Can a rising China and rising India find equilibrium? What you see at the border is an expression of that challenge.” Jaishankar said ties have improved since 1993 when the two countries signed a series of agreements on maintaining peace along the border. “The primary cause of disruption is when peace D E L H I COV I D WAT C H status of cases Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 2,755 26 -- 3,483 Cumulative 2,92,502 5,924 22,605 3,21,031 Patient Management Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 16,109 5,109 11,000 8,137 913 6,499* 527 290 237 Home Isolation: 12,810 *725 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Testing Status 13,985 41,906 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 38,27,164 2,01,429 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 2727 n received in control room: 297 Calls n number of calls dispatched to Total ambulances: 1391 n number of calls refused : Nil Total Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Oct 15 slow movie HALLS re-open Very few opened like PVR at DLF Promenade that only organised a special screening for Covid-19 warriors | P3 and tranquility is not ensured and the agreements that have been signed are not honoured.” A former diplomat said the minister was being cautious in his comments as China could not be fully trusted. “Only a couple of days ago, China said it does not recognise Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. The minister is making sure that he and his government are not making far-fetched comments only to be embarrassed by Chinese actions. Also, there are some diplomatic dialogues which cannot be out in the public.” At the same time, India strongly rebutted China for its remarks on Ladakh and Arunachal. “Our position on this has always been clear and consistent. The UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India. China has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Continued on P7 l New Delhi To unitedly begin fight for restoring special powers the state had before August 5, 2019 NC chief Farooq Abdullah along with his son Omar and PDP head Mehbooba Mufti during a meeting on the Gupkar Declaration, in Srinagar on Thursday | PTI A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi The Centre on Thursday said it will “borrow” up to `1.1 lakh crore in tranches under a special window to bridge states’ GST revenue shortfall. According to a finance ministry statement, the money “will be passed on to states as a back-toback loan in lieu of GST compensation cess releases”. This means, while the Centre will arrange the money, it will reflect in states’ books. Reacting to the development, Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao said, “It is not acceptable to us. The loan amount will be shown in the capital receipts of States. So, the burden will be on States.” However, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac’s office said the Centre has taken responsibility for the shortfall at least partially. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, too, welcomed it. “If the Centre has decided to borrow the `1.1 lakh crore and extend it to the states as back-to-back Simmering tension? E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi In a state whose government regularly harps on girl empowerment and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ slogan, a woman allegedly locked inside a toilet by her husband for over a year was rescued in Haryana’s Panipat district. Women protection and child marriage prohibition officer Rajni Gupta said she acted upon information and rescued the woman at Rishpur village on Wednesday . “I received information that a woman was locked in the toilet for over a year. I reached there with my team. It seems that woman has not eaten anything for many days,” Rajni Gupta said. “It is being said that she is mentally unstable, but it is not true. We have talked to her and it was apparent that she is not mentally unstable. We cannot confirm whether she is mentally unstable, but she was locked in the toilet. We rescued her. We have filed a police complaint.” The woman, 35, was able to identify all family members and replied to the questions asked by the team. “Her hus- l PAGES 12 F aya z W ani @ Srinagar Some indications of the revival of political activity in J&K emerged on Thursday as major mainstream Opposition parties like the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference and four others formalised their consolidation by forging a Peoples Alliance to demand restoration of the state’s special status. Fresh from her release from detention after 14 months, Mufti added heft to the meeting convened at Abdullah’s residence on the Gupkar Declaration, which had on August 4, 2019 vowed to safeguard J&K’s spe- cial status — a day before Article 370 was hollowed out. “We have now named it the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Ours is a constitutional battle,” Abdullah said, adding the alliance would strive for restoration of the constitutional position of J&K as it existed before August 5 last year. A meeting to evolve an action plan will be held in a few days. “We will struggle for restoration of the rights that were snatched last year from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” said Abdullah, who was the first mainstream leader and former chief minister to be booked under the stringent Public Safety Act after his de- Climbdown? Centre to borrow for states’ gap Both the parties were said to be involved in a dispute earlier over the payment of rent and payment of electricity bills, police said The woman posted this photo showing bruises that she allegedly sustained during their heated argument at the house | twitter “Following the written complaint filed by the tenant, an FIR has been registered for house trespass, theft, voluntarily causing hurt among others under IPC at Amar Colony police station,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East Delhi, RP Meena. “The case is under investigation,” the DCP said. The Delhi Commission for Women, meanwhile, has issued a notice to the police seeking an action taken report, copy of the case and whether any arrests have been made in the case. Following the written complaint filed by the tenant, an FIR has been registered for house trespass, theft, voluntarily causing hurt among others at Amar Colony police station RP Meena, DCP Southeast Delhi Bolted for a year, Haryana woman rescued EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh J8.00 Experts, however, cautioned that number of cases and deaths may rise again, as a possible second wave of infections kicks in especially during the festival season and winter | P7 Oppn biggies form Peoples Alliance in J&K assaulted by landlady, called terrorist: Kashmiri woman A woman from Kashmir staying at a rented apartment in East of Kailash, a posh residential colony in southeast Delhi, accused the property owner of assaulting and labelling her a “terrorist”. The complainant, a native of Srinagar, also claimed that the landlady broke into the house and removed her furniture and stole clothes and `20,000 cash in her absence. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday . “So my landlady enters my house along with a man, that i have never seen in my whole life and starts to call me and my friends ‘TERRORISTS’ just because we are from KASHMIR that too, in front of a police official. They trespassed, broke in and our money, furniture (sic),” she tweeted. In a series of tweets, she also claimed that the landlady framed her for stealing the furniture. “She is calling us names, abusing us and provoking us.” The Delhi Police said that the landlady made a PCR call at Amar Colony police station regarding theft in the house. The fourth floor of the house was rented to the two sisters from Srinagar, the police said. Both the parties have filed a complaint against each other with the police. l Time for Covid-19 cases to double in India now. It was 25 days in mid-august but, no time to rest band could not produce document related to treatment of mental illness,” Gupta said. T h e v i c t i m ’s h u s b a n d claimed she is mentally unstable. “Whenever we asked her to sit outside, she did not. We have taken her to doctors but there was no improvement in her condition.” The couple is married for 17 years and has three children. The police have filed a complaint. “We will take action after investigation. We will take doctors’ advice and proceed further,” said a police officer. Case lodged The in-charge of Sanoli PS said a case was registered against the husband. Cops said the behaviour of her children was not good towards her. The children will also be counselled in the course of investigation loans, I welcome (it)...” Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj sought to downplay the notion that the government has climbed down. “The Centre will borrow from RBI and the amount will be passed on to States as ‘backto-back loan. This will have no impact on the fiscal deficit of the Central government.” Clarifying the rationale, an officer explained, “When states borrow directly from RBI, in- terest rates will depend on states’ ratings. When the Centre borrows and passes on to states, it will ensure the rate of interest is similar for all.” Divakar Vijayasarathy, founder of DVS Advisors LLP , said, “The Centre has stuck to its ground and borrowing in its name only for operational convenience and it should not be construed as the Centre yielding to the States.” Twenty-one states have so far chosen the Centre’s special window to borrow money to meet the revenue shortfall. tention on August 5. For her part, Mufti said: “Gupkar Declaration is an amalgamation of NC, PDP PC, , CPI(M), ANC & JKPM jointly striving to restore the rights & dignity of people of J&K The greatest disservice would be reducing it to PDP/NC or two political families.” Thursday’s meeting was also attended by former chief minister Omar Abdullah, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone, J&K Peoples Movement leader Javaid Mustafa Mir and CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. J&K Congress president Ghulam Ahmed Mir did not attend due to ill health. e x p r ess r ead NEET results expected to be released today Chennai: Results of National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is likely be announced on Friday. It can be checked on nta. ac.in, ntaneet.nic.in. The number of applicants in the State has come down from 1,34,714 in 2019 to 1,17,990 this academic year. While the results were expected on Monday, it was postponed as the National Testing Agency (NTA) was directed to conduct a re-exam on Wednesday following the Supreme Court’s order. The result for both exams will be declared together.
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