monDAY Data of 2 crore bigbasket users on sale on dark web 09 A hacker has put customer data, including contact details, on sale for about `30 lakh, cyber intelligence firm Cyble said november, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in email-ids, addresses leaked: Cyble facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard According to Cyble, which routinely monitors the dark web, the data put on sale includes names of customers, email IDs, password hashes, contact numbers, addresses, date of birth, location and IP addresses. The data breach occurred on October 14, but was detected only 17 days later on October 31. After validation, Cyble informed BigBasket on November 1 Sh i f t e d t o j a i l Arnab Taken to TALOJA PRIsON $3bn Republic TV owner says his life is in danger, claims he was assaulted by Alibaug jailer A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 8 l New Delhi l J8.00 l expected size of India’s online grocery segment by year end PAGES 12 Army officer, 3 jawans killed in J&K encounter Forces foil infiltration attempt by armed terrorists near the LoC in one of fiercest shootouts in the UT this year, kill three Electoral college votes 75,199,800 popular vote 70,804,676 popular vote 270 TO WIN Expect green card, H1-B visa squeeze to ease P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi With Joe Biden set to enter the Oval Office in January the prot, estations of President Donald Trump notwithstanding, lakhs of Indians who head to the United States every year for studies, employment and immigration could heave a sigh of relief. In the four years of the Trump administration, it has not been smooth sailing for Indians for whom the US is a land of opportunities and a stepping stone for economic prosperity. From green card holders, students and H1-B visas, the numbers have been steadily going down. Take the lawful residence permits, or green cards. The road to the US has been bumpy since Trump took tenancy of the White House, resulting in a decline of Indians acquiring the coveted residency permit. n 2010 when Barack Obama was President, more than 69,000 Indians got the green card (see table). The number peaked in Up and down Year Indians who got green card % increase/ decrease 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 69,162 69,013 66,434 68,458 77,908 64,116 64,687 60,394 59,821 54,495 ---0.2 -3.7 3.04 13.8 -17.7 0.89 -6.6 -0.9 -8.9 Source: Department of Homeland Security 2014, when nearly 78,000 Indians managed to get it. But in the years since, and particularly after Trump became President, it has slowly gone down. Last year only about 54,000 Indians got the green card, registering a sharp drop of 8.9% from the previous year. “Biden is likely to be more open to easing restrictions on visas and immigration. It is worth noting that he is the only presidential candidate to release an agenda proposal aimed at Indian-Americans, which among other things, lays out his plan for visas and immigration,” said Kriti Upadhyaya, a researcher at the Washingtonbased Center for Strategic and International Studies. She felt that Biden would be more supportive of familybased immigration. “His more progressive visa plans include exempting recent graduates of PhD programmes in STEM fields from any caps,” Upadhyaya said. H1-B visas, the most sought after by Indians, is another area where Trump has cracked down and proposed curbs. Though a US court stayed the move, Trump’s decision to halt all nonimmigrant visas, including H1B, caused tension among Indians, especially the IT sector. Continued on P9 While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities Kamala Harris, US Vice-President-elect Biden set to pick PIO doc to lead Covid task force K S h i v a K u m a r @ Mysuru With Democrat Joe Biden winning the US Presidency former US , Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy , 43, who traces his roots to Hallegere in Karnataka’s Mandya district, is expected to take over as the head of the Covid-19 task force of the US. President-elect Biden is likely to make an official announcement on Monday . Dr Murthy is a former Vice Admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States under former President Barack Obama. With the Covid-19 pandemic raging in the US, Dr Vivek will have a tough job on hand. Speaking to this newspaper, his father Dr H N Narasimha Murthy confirmed that Dr Murthy will be named the head of the Covid Task Force on Monday. “We deeply appreciated all the prayers for Vivek’s success and his family when he was appointed as Surgeon General by then President Obama.” Dr Murthy has strongly criticised President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Slow chug for double engine in Bihar’s last lap MU K E S H RANJAN @ Muzaffarpur/Darbhanga/Bhagalpur The first years of the Nitish rule were great, but nothing significant was done in last five years. All he did was ban liquor Mukesh Kumar, a voter Rise & fall The primary sector grew by 9.6% in 201213, but fell to 0.6% in 201819. The secondary sector grew by 27.8% in 201314, falling to 6.3% in 2018-19. Health sector Interview DEL H I COVID WATC H J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha paid tributes on Sunday to the four security forces personnel killed in Kashmir. “The L-G saluted the supreme sacrifice of the jawans and lauded the courage and valour displayed by them while protecting the integrity and sovereignty of the country,” a spokesperson said Two soldiers, who were injured were evacuated to a military hospital for specialised treatment. The anti-militancy operation was still going on when the reports last came in. Defence sources said Sunday’s encounter was the second deadliest along the LoC this year. Sources added that the Army has beefed up security and antiinfiltration grid along the LoC, anticipating Pakistani attempts to push more militants into Jammu and Kashmir before the onset of winter. status of cases Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today 6,069 77 -- 7,745 Cumulative 2012 2014 ‘Worth printing notes for stimulus’ Patient Management Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 16,027 8,072 7,955 8,107 1,002 6,688* 527 326 201 *417 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Home Isolation: 24,723 n Containment zones as on date: 3,878 n received in control room: 337 Calls n number of calls dispatched to Total ambulances: 1,857 Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for NOV 08 HAPPY 93rd Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates the 93rd birthday of BJP patriarch LK Advani in New Delhi on Sunday. Advani’s daughter Pratibha is also seen with her father | PTI Delaying the enforcement of a strict lockdown would have helped lessen the economic impact of the pandemic, feels economist Abhijit Banerjee. Also, India could have printed notes amounting to 3% of its GDP and given it away to the people as stimulus. Even now, it’s worth printing and giving 1% of GDP to people, he feels Abhijit Banerjee Nobel Laureate in Economics full report: p7 Delhi sees 7,745 Covid cases, Jain says worst wave E X P RE S S NE W S S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Delhi registered a record 7,745 new coronavirus cases on Sunday the highest ever daily count, , taking the national capital’s overall tally to 4,38,529 while the active cases stood at 41,857. On Sunday, Delhi reported 77 deaths due to the infection in a 24hour span while Saturday saw a total 79 deaths, the second highest since July 4, when 81 deaths were recorded. Amid the festive season and rising pollution, the positivity rate has increased to 15.26 per cent, according to the health dep a r t m e n t ’s d a i ly C ov i d - 1 2 bulletin. Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the third wave of Covid-19 in Delhi was the worst so far. “The third wave of Covid-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon,” he said while speaking to reporters in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Blaming laxity on part of the people for the surge, Jain said, “Some people think nothing will happen to them if they don’t wear a mask. They are wrong. Mask is the only medicine for Covid-19 till a vaccine is developed.” He cited aggressive testing and contacttracing among reasons for the spike in cases. Jain said the government had no plans yet to rope in hotels and banquet halls for Covid patients as it had already increased the number of beds in hospitals. The National Centre for Disease Control had recently warned Delhi to be prepared for 15,000 Covid-19 cases daily . 2016 2018 2013 3,89,683 6,989 41,857 4,38,529 2017 2015 If the exit poll projections come true when the votes are counted on Tuesday, then the “double engine” that has powered Bihar since 2017 faces the danger of getting derailed. The “double engine” refers to the combination of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar and the NDA government at the Centre that, in their proclamation, is taking the state on the path of development. Both Nitish and PM Narendra Modi often referred to the “double engine” during the campaign. From the first rally in Sasaram on October 23 to the last address to the voters through an open letter, Modi said he had “full faith that the power of the double engine will take Bihar to new heights of development in the next decade.” But did Bihar really take huge strides because of the double engine? The record is rather mixed, with the state’s economy growing in double digits during 2017-18 and 201819 but not doing so well on other fronts. The cold statistics find expression among the people, with the mood on the ground overwhelmingly of Nitish doing a lot of good work in his first two terms in office but faltering in the last five years, three of which were with the double engine. Vinit Vijay, a banker in Darbhanga, said “all the developmental work relating to roads, electricity water and other ba, sic infrastructure were carried out in the first two terms of Nitish Kumar, but in the last terms he got stuck in politics.” Mukesh Kumar in Muzaffarpur agreed. “The first years of the Nitish rule were great, but during the last five years nothing significant was done. All he did was ban the sale of liquor and putting restrictions on the sand mafia.” The people may not be entirely wrong. Take sectoral growth for instance. According to the Bihar Economic Survey 20192020, which has quoted National Statistical Organisation data, the primary sector grew by 9.6% in 2012-13, but fell to 0.6% in 2018-19. The secondary sector grew by 27.8% in 2013-14, falling to 6.3% in 2018BIHAR 19. Clearly, manufac2020 turing, industry and factories did not perform well in the later years of the Nitish government. The agriculture sector also showed mixed results. The total cereal production was 14,321.11 MT in 2014-15, it increased to 15,858,11 MT in 2018-19. But rice production fell from 8,241.62 MT to 6,115.53 MT in the corresponding period. As for pulses it remained almost constant in these years, with production being 428.93 and 453.43 MT. On jobs the Nitish government did poorly, becoming a major election issue. The rural and urban unemployment rates in 2017-18 were 6.8% and 9.0% respectively while the national average was 5.3% and 7.7%. CONTINUED ON P8 development indicators Per capita availability of power (KWH) 2004-05 78 2009-10 119 2014-15 181 2018-19 287 Taps Ammonia SPIKE recurs in YAMUNA DJB water plants are unable to treat water when ammonia content crosses .90 ppm, leaving thousands of housholds in the lurch Page 5 2009-10 2004-05 214 DONALD TRUMP Electoral college votes J&K L-G pays tributes to slain soldiers 2014-15 290 JOE BIDEN More troops were then rushed to the area in the pre-dawn hours to search and track the other terrorists down. Drones, helicopters and other surveillance equipment were also deployed. Finally, more than six hours after the initial gunfight ended, the Army found the ter rorists. Around 10.20 am another gunfight erupted about 1.5 km from the LoC, during which two terrorists and three Army soldiers were killed, Kalia said. 2017-18 Three Army personnel, including one of officer rank, and a Border Security Force constable were killed during an operation to thwart an infiltration bid by a group of heavily-armed terrorists in J&K’s Machil sector on Sunday. Three of the terrorists were eliminated. According to defence spokesman in Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, it all started around 1 am when a joint team of Army and BSF troops guarding the Machil sector noticed suspicious movement, about 3.5 km from the Line of Control (LoC). On inspection, it was found that an infiltration attempt was underway The troops . confronted the infiltrators, leading to an encounter, which lasted until 4 am. A BSF jawan, identified as constable Sudip Sarkar, was killed. One terrorist was also killed while others managed to slip away after three hours of gunfight. 109 106 104 102 100 99 99 F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar 1674 1918 3529 3461 51430 3767 No. of factories No. of workers 2005 3989 73443 125557 104057 Length of state highways (kms) 2010 4426 2015 4006 2017 Amarinder seeks Shah’s help for resumption of rail service H a r p r e e t B a j wa @ Chandigarh Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has sought Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s intervention to ensure restoration of train services. Amarinder assured Shah that there would be no trouble on the law and order front in view of the farmers’ agitation over the newly enacted agri laws. Resumption of rail services are must for supply of essential commodities to and from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and J&K, all of which were suffering colossal losses due to the continued suspension of trains. The CM pointed out that there could be serious security concerns if essential supplies did not reach the armed forces in Ladakh and Kashmir before snowfall due to the Railways’ decision not to ply goods trains. The situation on the ground was totally peaceful and conducive to safe transportation of goods, he apprised Shah.
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