saturDAY Trump raises a stink about India’s ‘filthy’ air quality 24 october, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in 729 facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard AQI in Anand Vihar slipped to ‘hazardous’ category Friday EN V I R ON M ENT 5 years in Jail for WAsTing water ‘US was treated unfairly in climate deal’ Bring penal measures for groundwater misuse too, Centre tells states A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 7 l New Delhi l J8.00 l Trump said the US pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate deal because it was treated unfairly despite its commitment to spend trillions of dollars, while countries like India got way with poor performance. India is the fourth highest emitter of CO2, while the US comes second | P7, 9 PAGES 12 In Delhi, e-vehicle owners can avail subsidies via portal Covid impact India’s GDP recovery years away, says RBI dy guv Patra As per information provided by the transport minister, In a bid to encourage commut- 36 manufactures have regisers to switch to electric vehi- tered and 98 dealers have cles, the Delhi government on joined the initiative till now. Friday launched a portal, The 100 models approved for ev.delhi.gov.in, for seamless subsidy comprises 14 electric and hassle-free disbursal of two-wheelers (Hero Electric, subsidies for purchase. Okinawa, Ampere, Jitendra Launching the portal, trans- New EV Tech and Li-ions Elecport minister Kailash Gahlot trik), 12 electric four-wheelers announced that the (Tata and Mahindra), government, under its 4 electric-autos (2- Manew electric vehicles hindra, 1-Piaggio, and policy, had approved 1-Saarthi), 45 e-rickmore than 100 models shaws models and 17 The portal will of e-vehicles for sub- be instrumental e-cart models. in disbursing sidy. “Vehicles priced The portal will help up to `15 lakh will be both incentives buyers to get informain a quick, eligible for the purtion about all regisefficient and chase incentive (subtered models and protransparent sidy), besides exempcedure for getting manner tion of road tax and subsidies without runKailash Gahlot, registration fee. Elecning from pillar to tric vehicles having a Transport minister post. It will provide inprice over `15 lakh formation about how will not get subsidy but will to buy the e-vehicles, apply for be eligible for road tax and subsidy, details about the EV registration fee exemptions,” models, dealers and list of he said. charging stations across the All e-vehicles purchased be- city with GPS location. fore August 7 will get subsidy The tariff charge for lowunder the new policy while tension EV is `4.5 per unit and road tax exemptions and reg- `5 per unit for high-tension istration fee concession will charging. Currently, the city be applicable from October 10 h a s a b o u t 7 0 c h a r g i n g and October 15, respectively . stations. G AYAT H R I MANI @ New Delhi Express read Kapil Dev recovering from heart attack Won’t raise Tricolour till Art 370 back: PDP chief Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, 61, is recovering after suffering a heart attack. He underwent angioplasty and is expected to be discharged from hospital in a day or two. Wishes and recovery messages poured in from the cricket fraternity and beyond. Later, the World Cup-winning captain and his family thanked his fans for their wishes | P11 In the first sign of defiance against revocation of Article 370, People’s Democratic Party chief and former CM Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said her party would not be raising the Tricolour till J&K’s flag and Constitution is restored. She also announced she would not be contesting any election without J&K state’s flag and constitution | P8 Blot Pakistan will remain in FATF’s grey list till Feb 2021 Islamabad failed to fulfil six of the 27 mandates so far as a result of which the country continues to be in the FATF ‘grey’ list, said FATF president Marcus Pleyer | P7 Express news service @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CM Nitish Kumar at Sasaram, Bihar; (Right) Cong leader Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at Nawada on Friday | pti Bihar battleground heats up with back-to-back rallies by Modi and Rahul; prime minister criticises RJD, seeks repeat mandate for Nitish for restoring the rule of law in the state Reject those who nurtured goons, says Modi, raps obstructionist Oppn R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna and national interest”. Alluding to the Congress for its strident stand Prime Minister Narendra Modi on against the new farm laws, Modi Friday tore into the Opposition said whenever middlemen are tarGrand Alliance spearheaded by the geted for providing direct benefits to RJD in a series of election rallies, farmers, some people in the opposiurging voters to reject those “who tion start fanning propaganda on the fed the goons and developed their MSP (Minimum Support Price) and own family”. other national issues. He also took a swipe at the Con“When Rafale fighter jets were gress for its belligerence on the new purchased, they spoke the language farm reform laws. “For of middlemen and brokers. them, the interest of midWhenever intermediaries dlemen is above the farmand brokers get hit, these ers’ welfare. They side with people get furious.” those who conspire against Accusing the former UPA the country,” the PM said, government of being vinadding the NDA governdictive against Nitish Kument will never go back on mar, he said that despite its decision to withdraw persistent demands for asspecial powers to J&K unsistance by the CM, the der Article 370. then government had igWhen Rafale fighter jets were “Bihar deserves developnored the state. “When the purchased, they ment but who will ensure it NDA gover nment was spoke the — he who developed his formed, Bihar under Nitish language of own family or he who forKumar started getting its middlemen and got his own family in the brokers. Whenever due,” he said, praising Nitservice of the people? Bihar ish for carrying out develintermediaries deserves better law and oropment works. and brokers get der, but who will ensure it Taking a dig at the RJD’s hit, these people get furious — he who fed the goons or 15-year rule in Bihar, the he who made the law to PM said, “The people of BiNarendra Modi, chase down the goons and har cannot forget those Prime Minister criminals?” Modi asked in days when everything had his trademark style, targetto be shut down and stalled ing the 15-year RJD rule while after sunset.” defending ally Nitish Kumar of “Those who have bribed millions the JD(U). from the youths of Bihar for governHe also paid rich tributes to LJP ment appointments, they are again leader Ram Vilas Paswan who passed looking at Bihar with seduction.” he away recently, but avoided criticis- said. “But now the people of Bihar ing his party, which recently broke have made up their mind, have deaway from the NDA in the state. cided that those with a history of Turning to the Opposition, the PM making Bihar sick will not fool said it was “opposed to development them again.” D E L HI status of cases Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 3,16,214 6,189 26,001 3,48,404 (covid-19) Patient Management Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 15,739 8,107 527 5,182 935 315 W AT C H Testing Status Today Cumulative 3,296 26 -- 4,086 C O V I D 10,557 6,566* 212 Home Isolation : 15,483 16,874 41,694 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 42,59,878 2,24,204 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 314 Containment zones as on date 2,777 The Uttarakhand forest department will start a snow leopard count in November covering over 12,800 sq km of area spreading across 10 forest divisions where the elusive species is found. The entire survey area will be divided into 80 grids for the exercise to be done in four phases. “The first phase will involve a field survey of all these grids while the second phase in MarchApril next year will again cover the entire area. In the third phase, Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for October 23 help us plan better for conservation of this species as well as others which co-exist with it,” said Suhag. In Uttarakhand, snow leopards Kicking off his party’s poll campaign in Bihar on Friday, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tried to pin down Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the emotive issues of migrants and the Chinese ingress into Ladakh, since many soldiers hailing from the state had laid down their lives in the Galwan valley violence in June. “You (migrants) covered hundreds of kilometers on foot hungry and thirsty, but Modi did not arrange transport. He left you to your fate,” Rahul said in back-to-back rallies with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav in Nawada and Bhagalpur districts. “A government for such migrants and labourers must be installed.” Rahul also accused Modi of insulting the Army by denying that the PLA had infiltrated into eastern Ladakh. “Our 20 soldiers were martyred and they took our 1,200 sq km area. When China intruded, why did our PM insult Indian Army’s heroes by lying that no one had come inside India?” Rahul questioned. “Merely bowing one’s head before martyred jawans of the Bihar Regiment would not do. When you will get the land occupied by the PLA vacated,” he asked. The Congress leader said the PM had not come to the rescue of migrant workers from Bihar while they were retur ning home from other states in a pathetic condition. Sharing dais with Rahul, Grand Alliance chief ministerial face and RJD leader Tejashawi Yadav said Bihar would no longer be ruled by Nitish Kumar. He alleged corruption had seeped into all government departments in Bihar to an extent where no work could be done without a bribe. “I worship Ma Durga and I promise that as soon as I become the CM, I will fulfill my promise to provide jobs to 10 lakh people,” said Tejashwi. “On November 9, Lalu ji is going to be released from jail and on Nov ember 10, Nitish Kumar’s farewell is fixed.” are found in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Gangotri National Park, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary and other places at an altitude between 3000 and 4500 meters. Due to its reclusive nature, the snow leopard has earned the sobriquet of ‘Ghost of the Mountains’. India has identified three landscapes — Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Gangotri-Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand, and KanchendzongaTawang in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh — for habitat conservation of snow leopards. docs indefinite hunger strike begins Five resident doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital began the stir seeking clearance of pending salary | P4 Amazon skips jpc meeting, draws members’ wrath E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi n Total number of calls refused : NILL *606 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Snow leopard count to begin next month in U’khand 150 camera traps will be installed followed by segregation of data by field survey and camera traps,” said Uttarakhand chief wildlife warden JS Suhag. The results of the survey which , was delayed by the Covid pandemic, will be out by November next year. Locals, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Army will be kept in loop given their locations and camps near the possible habitat of the elusive cat whose numbers are estimated to be around 86 in Uttarakhand. “The counting will E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Patna n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1360 Ghost of the Mountains VINEE T UPA D H YAY @ Dehradun Rahul bid to pin down PM on migrants, China ingress Coronavirus’ impact on the economy is unlike any other and it could take years to regain the lost output, RBI Deputy Governor Michael Patra has warned. “If the projections hold, the level of GDP would have fallen approximately 6% below its pre-Covid level by the end of 2020-21 and it may take years to regain this lost output,” Batra said at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting earlier this month, whose minutes were released on Friday . “There is also an anecdotal sense that the economy’s potential output has fallen, and the post-Covid growth trajectory will look very different from what has been recorded so far,” Patra added. Advocating structural reforms, the deputy governor pointed out that both monetary and fiscal policy in India face tightening constraints. “For fiscal policy, it is the collapse of tax revenue — by 32% in the first quarter; consequently, the Centre’s revenue deficit during April-August is 121.9% of budget estimates. For monetary policy, it is the persistence of headline inflation above 6% for the third month in succession. Structural reforms to unlock growth impulses are needed, but may lack social traction in an atmosphere of depressed growth and employment, and high uncertainty he noted. ,” India’s economy is estimated to have contracted 23.9% in the April- June quarter while RBI projections peg the full-year contraction at 9.5%. FB faces tough questions JPC members grilled Facebook representatives, including its policy head Ankhi Das, about data protection and data portability. MPs said while there were millions of Indian users of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the personal data was being stored outside. Later, a Facebook spokesperson said the firm holeheartedly support the panel’s initiatives SOCIAL media giant Facebook’s representatives were on Friday questioned for two hours, while e-commerce major Amazon chose not to appear before a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) that is looking into the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 saying its ‘subject matter experts’ were all abroad. Facebook’s representatives were asked about portability of data, advertisement revenue generated from India and the corporate tax the company pays in India, while Amazon received a stern warning from the joint parliamentary committee for skipping the meeting. Amazon said it has utmost respect for the JPC and expressed regret that its executives were unable to travel to India due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sources privy to the meeting said the JPC members were unanimous in considering action against Amazon. Some parliamentarians said the Union government should intervene in the matter while others suggested to move a privilege motion against Amazon. The panel’s chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi said JPC members have demanded strict action against the US firm because if one company had refused before the parliamentary committee and it was possible that in future more companies and individuals too could just skip meetings or refuse to appear before a parliamentary committee. “The panel is unanimous in its opinion that coercive action can be suggested to the government against the e-commerce company she said. ,” Sources said members of the JPC were also dissatisfied with Facebook’s “vague” replies about the advertisement revenue, its alleged electoral bias and the corporate tax being paid in the country. The social media platform was asked to give a more specific detailed written reply within two weeks.
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