SATURDAY INDIA’S EXPORTS DIP 5.12% IN OCT; TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS 14 After recording positive growth in September, exports fell in October, dragged by petroleum products, gems & jewellery NOVEMBER, 2020 The Morning Standard Wishes its readers a 114% Our offices and press will remain closed today and there will be no issue of the paper on Sunday A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Jawans among 11 killed in fierce shelling on LoC Indian troops retaliate, kill 8 Pak soldiers, destroy bunkers and ammunition dumps F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar AHEAD of the onset of winter and forecast of two-day snowfall in the upper reaches of Jammu & Kashmir, the Line of Control witnessed heavy shelling on Friday as Pak troops violated the ceasefire agreement in multiple sectors, killing five Indian soldiers and 6 civilians and injuring a few others. Eight Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian forces. The Army later released videos showing immense damage to Pakistani infrastructure along the LoC including bunkers, ammunition dumps and terrorists’ launch pads. Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Itoo told this newspaper that Pakistani troops breached ceasefire in the Uri sector in the afternoon and targeted army positions and civilian areas. They resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in different sectors of Uri including Kamalkote, Charanda, Sultan Daki, Balakote, etc. Some of the shells landed in civilian areas, causing casualties and damage to property “This was the worst . shelling in the Uri sector in the last five to six years,” he said. Pak troops resorted to intense shelling on Friday morning after Indian soldiers foiled an infiltration attempt of militants in the Keran sector. This was the second infiltration attempt by militants at the LoC within a week. On Sunday , three army men were killed in action in the Machil sector. Friday’s intense artillery firing caused panic among bor- IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA ‘Will check Covid’ Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the Covid situation in the city should come under control in 7-10 days as his government was considering initiating steps to arrest the spread of the disease. Holding pollution as the “biggest reason” behind the spike, he said the situation was under control till Oct 20. Delhi recorded 7,053 fresh cases, taking the tally to over 4.67 lakh on Thursday. P4 10 die in MP mishap Ten people, including three women, were killed and 20 injured when their pick-up van over turned near Pohri in MP’s Shivpuri district. The incident took place around 7.15 pm when the group was returning to their village from Unawad in Sheopur after attending a religious programme, Shivpuri district police chief Rajesh Singh Chandel said. The spot where the vehicle overtured is 33 km from Shivpuri. THE FLARE-UP Gurez NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna AMID buzz that the BJP may opt for veteran Dalit leader Kameshwar Chaupal as the new deputy chief minister instead of incumbent Sushil Kumar Modi, the Bihar NDA held its first meeting after the elections on Friday . The speculation strengthened after hundreds of supporters of Chaupal raised slogans demanding his elevation as deputy CM chief minister, upon his arrival at the Patna airport. Chaupal is one of the 15 members of a trust set up on the directions of the Supreme Court to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya. He was also accorded the rare honour of performing the first Shilanyas — laying the first brick in the foundation for the construction of a Ram temple in have a wide vote bank Ayodhya on Novembut he is well experiber 9, 1989 — as part enced in running of the Sangh Pariministries like fivar’s social engineernance,” some NDA ing. He coined the leaders opined. slogan ‘Ram with As for Sushil Modi, Roti’, melding faith the speculation is with livelihood. Kameshwar Chaupal that the BJP leader H oweve r, C h i e f could be sent to the Minister Nitish Kumar may Rajya Sabha on the seat that not be comfortable with a new fell vacant after the demise of deputy. “Sushil Modi may not LJP founder Ram Vilas Pas- Haji Peer SRINAGAR LoC J&K E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Diplomat summoned Pakistan summoned a senior diplomat from the Indian High Commission in Islamabd to register its protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces along the Line of Control. der residents and many fled to safer places to escape shells. Apart from the Uri sector, Pakistan troops breached border ceasefire in Dawar, Keran, and Naugam sectors, too. Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said Pakistani troops used mortars and other weapons and deliberately targeted civilian areas. “Our troops also gave a befitting response. We caused substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure and inflicted heavy casualties on them,” Colonel Kalia said. An army official said Pakistan is attempting to push as many as militants into J&K before closure of infiltration passes by snowfall in the winter to foment trouble in the P7 militancy-hit region. wan.Propping up Chaupal could also help the BJP build a Dalit vote bank to occupy the space vacated by LJP chief Chirag Paswan. For his part, Chaupal said he had no official word on any new assignment within government or party . Later in the day, Nitish submitted his resignation. An NDA meeting on Sunday will take the process of government formation forward. BJP chief unveils new team of state in-charges, Radha Mohan gets UP PAKISTAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR Keran Sultan Daki Uri Balkote Export commodities that recorded negative growth in October included petroleum products (-52%), cashew (-22%), gems and jewellery (-21%) and leather (-17%). Imports also fell by 11.53% to $33.6 billion on a year-on-year basis. According to government data released on Friday, trade deficit in October narrowed to $8.71 billion against $11.75 bn a year ago | P10 Buzz on BJP naming Dalit veteran as Bihar Deputy CM NEW NORMAL Covid-19 patients celebrate the ‘Choti Diwali’ at Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida Extension | PTI TESTING STATUS 19,910 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 53,78,827 Total tests done so far 2,83,096 Tests per million DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 6,498 4,74,830 DEATH 91 7,423 ACTIVE CASES -44,329 TOTAL +VE CASES 7,802 4,74,830 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 16,609 8,664 7,945 CARE CENTRE 8,217 850 7,219* HEALTH CENTRE 527 272 255 26,741 HOME ISOLATION *148 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | November 13 DEFIANT ‘NO APOLOGY’ In an open letter, stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra says will not retract his tweets or apologise | P7 BJP chief J P Nadda on Friday announced his new team of states in-charges. The party’s national general secretary, Bhupender Yadav, retained his current assignments as incharge for Bihar and Gujarat, with national secretaries Harish Dwivedi and Anupam Hazara to assist him. Former Union Minister and BJP vice-president Radha Mohan Singh has been appointed to look after the affairs in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, with national secretary Satya Kumar, Sunil Ojha and Sanjeev Chaurasia assisting him. Satya Kumar will also be the in-charge of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Former national general secretary P Murlidhar Rao, who was earlier looking after Karnataka, will look after the affairs of the party in Madhya Pradesh while Union Minister V Muralidharan will be incharge of Andhra Pradesh along with Sunil Deodhar as coincharge. Arun Singh, who was the in-charge of Odisha, replaces Rao in Karnataka. A new entrant in the BJP na- tional office bearers’ list, C T Ravi has been appointed incharge for Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa. Ravi was instrumental in the induction of Khushbu Sundar in the party last month. National general secretary Kailash Vijayvargia has retained West Bengal, which he had been looking after for a couple of years. He will be assisted by national secretary Arvind Menon and BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya. BJP vice-president D Purandeshwari will look after the affairs of Odisha and Chhattisgarh while another vice-president, BJ Panda, will be in-charge for Delhi and Assam. BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh, who was earlier co-incharge for Delhi, will now look after the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Telangana. Party general secretary Dushyant Gautam was made in-charge of Punjab, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand and Dilip Sakia of Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh while national secretary Vinod Tawde will look after Haryana. No headway in Centre’s talks with farmers, stir to continue H A R P R E E T BA J WA @ Chandigarh THE seven-hour meeting between the Centre and representatives of the 30 Punjab farmers’ unions remained inconclusive, sources said, adding the farmers’ agitation in the state will continue. The farmer leaders met Union Ag riculture Minister Narendra Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State of Industries Som Parkash, who is also an MP from Punjab, at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi in an attempt to break the impasse over three farm laws passed by Parliament in October. No immediate breakthrough could be achieved and both sides agreed to talk further, farmer representatives said. Terming the meeting positive, Bhartiya Kishan Union Punjab leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal and Darshan Pal said the farmers’ agitation in Punjab would continue. “We will meet in Chandigarh on Nov 18 to decide the next course of action. The Centre wants no disruption in goods and passenger train service. We told them the tracks are already vacated, so the railways can resume goods movement. We’ll decide on the passenger train movement on November 18,” said Rajewal. “The Centre said it would consider setting up a committee to look into our demands,” he PTI We invited representatives of farmers. The misconceptions being spread on agricultural laws were cleared. Discussion will continue — Narendra Singh Tomar, Agriculture Minister said. “We have listed five demands, mainly including revocation of the three farm laws, restoration of train services in Punjab and withdrawal of strin- gent penalties for burning stubble and a cut in diesel tax.” “The Centre gave us a presentation explaining the benefits of the new laws, but we told them that the purpose of our visit was not to get enlightened about them. We in turn asked them as to what they intended to do about these laws,” said Rajewal. He said Agriculture Minister Tomar carefully listened to the issues raised by the farmer representatives. Darshan Pal said as decided earlier by more than 500 unions from across the country, the farmers would go to Delhi on their tractor-trolleys on November 26-27. Punjab BJP leader Surjit Kumar Jyani, who the heads a committee to resolve the issue, said, “The meeting was held in a positive atmosphere. No solution can be expected in the first meeting, so a few more such meetings are planned.” Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has welcomed the talks and hoped that an amicable solution would be arrived at. INGENIOUS Jugaad provides free power to Jharkhand village M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi UP govt site crashes A UP government website created to enable people to light an earthen lamp digitally amid the Deepotsav in Ayodhya on Friday evening crashed due to high participation in the digital event. The website www. virtualdeepotsav.com crashed due to heavy traffic of people on the site. He said the site would be rectified soon and the people will be able to light “diyas” virtually on Saturday. YEAR-ON-YEAR PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN EXPORTS OF RICE IN OCTOBER 2020 TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS TO $8.7 BILLION Kamil Topno has so far invested more than `20,000 for the project on his own that provides electricity to up at least 20 houses | EXPRESS KAMIL Topno is no engineer. Yet, the undergraduate of Kharia Thakurain Dera village in Lohardaga has been able to light up at least 20 houses using river water that falls from a 100ft hillock near his village. “That’s what my teacher had told me in school,” says Topno. Posted as lab technician at Bharat Cocking Coal Limited (BCCL) hospital at Dhanbad, Topno’s ‘jugaad’ contraption – first he made use of rickshawwheels and then Pelton-wheel, (an impulse-type water turbine invented by American Lester Allan Pelton in the 1870s) to convert the energy of water falling from a height into electricity which is supplied 24x7 free of cost. Power supply was introduced to the village in 2018, but it is so erratic that the villagers use the Topno supply to light their homes and charge mobile phones. “I started the project in 201314, but succeeded a year later. Initially I used rickshaw wheels , fitted with a dynamo for extracting electricity which was not so efficient when the flow of water was slow,” said Topno. When he got a smartphone, he bought a Pelton wheel and fitted it with a dynamo. This has been the source of electricity to the entire village since 2018, he said. “I hit upon the idea when I was jobless and feared if I shared by idea, people would laugh at me. I started it silently , but when I succeeded, I shared my little invention with villagers who were very happy,” I started the project in 2013-14, but succeeded a year later. Initially, I used rickshaw wheels fitted with a dynamo which was not so efficient when the flow of water was slow — Kamil Topno, innovator said Topno. The water falling from the hillock is used for irrigation. He has so far invested more than `20,000 for the project on his own without taking help from anybody. “I failed twice and had to lose around `10,000. But I did not lose heart and finally succeeded in 2015,” said Topno. “Topno has really done a wonderful job,” said Mukhiya Sumitra Lakra of Deodharia Panchayat. “On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, the Block Development Officer visited the place and praised Topno, said the Mukhiya.
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