WEDNESDAY Donald Trump finally agrees to begin transition of power 25 NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in Don has not formally conceded defeat but has given the nod to begin the transition process for president-elect Joe Biden facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard DON YET TO FORMALLY CONCEDE DEFEAT RELIEF FOR ACTOR On Monday, Trump tweeted as if he had finally accepted the people’s verdict. He, however, later hardened his stance: “The GSA does not determine who the next President of the US will be.” HC QUESTIONS SEDITION CHARGE A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 Yogi govt clears draft law against love jihad, moots jail up to 10 yrs @ New Delhi Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers via video conferencing in New Delhi; Raj Kumar, a volunteer for the 2nd phase trial of the India-made Covid vaccine Covaxin, at Taj Mahal | PTI ‘Enhance cold chain capacity for Covid shots’ Modi also urges all CMs to share their Covid strategy puts special emphasis on 8 high burden states, including Delhi @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narenadra Modi on Tuesday urged all the chief ministers to augment their cold chain capacity for Covid-19 vaccine distribution and set up a task force at the district and block levels for a smooth immunisation. The special Covid-19 immunisation programme will run parallelly with the existing Universal Immunisation Programme, thogh it will use the latter’s processes, technology and network, officials said. The National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 under Niti Aayog Member V K Paul and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan have already mapped the available cold chain facilities and made projections for additional needs, they added. In a virtual review meeting, Modi laid special emphasis on eight high burden states, including Haryana, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal. The modalities of Covid-19 vaccine delivery distribu, tion and administration were discussed. Modi urged all CMs to share their Covid-19 strategy in writing, adding no one can impose DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES RECOVERED DEATH ACTIVE CASES TOTAL +VE Today 4,943 109 -6,224 Cumulative 4,93,419 8,621 38,501 5,40,541 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant H OS P I TA L 17,958 9,367 8,591 CARE CENTRE 8,217 476 7,610* H E A LT H C E N T R E 562 188 374 who are directly in contact with Covid patients. “Those deployed in surveys are provided masks, gloves and hand sanitizers. If there are issues, we try and sort them out.” “We agree PPE kits are not feasible for thousands of teachers. But proper screening and safety kits should be provided to those visiting the red zones,” asserted Sant Ram, district secretary, Government Schools Teachers Association (GSTA), West. The door-to-door surveys will P4 continue till Wednesday . The second interim analysis of clinical trials has shown 91.4% efficacy for Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, 28 days after the first dose and over 95% 42 days after the first dose, Russia claimed | P7 any view and all have to work together to deal with the pandemic. “Vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states. States must also start working cold storage facili- *131 BEDS OF CCC ARE OCCUPIED BY PERSONS UNDER QUARANTINE INCLUDING TRAVELLERS WHO CAME BY VANDE BHARAT MISSION AND BUBBLE FLIGHTS 22,246 HOME ISOLATION TESTING STATUS 24,602 36,779 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted today 59,14,659 3,11,297 Total tests done so far Tests per million CONTAINMENT ZONES 4,708 Source: Delhi health bulletin | November 24 ties,” he said. “It’s yet not decided which vaccine will cost how much. Though two India-based vaccines are at the forefront, we’re working with global fir ms also,” he said, adding, “Even after drugs have been available for years, some people have adverse reactions. So a decision needs to be taken on a scientific basis.” Care will be taken to ensure the chosen vaccines meet all the necessary scientific criteria. Just like the focus in the fight against Covid was on saving lives, priority will be given to ensure that the vaccine reaches everyone, the PM assured. Past TAMIL NADU BRACES FOR ‘NIVAR’ IMPACT S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi A door-to-door survey is underway at New Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar slum area to assess the coronavirus situation | SHEKHAR YADAV Sputnik V 95% effective: Russia THE slow-moving cyclonic storm Nivar is intensifying in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal, and is turning into a “very severe” cyclonic storm that will make a landfall between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram late on Wednesday with , wind speed reaching up to 120130 kmph and gust up to 145 kmph. “The storm was moving at 5 kmph, centred over southwest of the Bay of Bengal, about 380 km east southeast of Puducherry and 430 km southsoutheast of Chennai,” said S Balachandran, deputy director general at Regional Meteorological Centre. “Nivar will intensify into a severe cyclonic stor m by Wednesday morning, and then into a very severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to cross between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram coasts on November 25 late evening,” Balachandran said. A further intensification of the storm cannot be ruled out, considering the ocean and atmospheric conditions, said experts. “Chennai will also feel its impact,” says weather blogger Pradeep John. The State has declared Wednesday a public holiday to , reduce the impact. “All government offices, including offices of local bodies, government undertakings/ statutory corporations, boards, banks and financial institutions etc., will be closed on November 25. However, all essential services will function as usual,” said a government order issued to this effect. Three ports in and around A EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Sans proper safety gear, teachers on Corona surveys fear infection home who are prone to infections. “We should be given proper safety kits.” She says even as she goes out for the survey, students keep sending voice messages to clear doubts about subjects and worksheets. “At times it becomes impossible to manage the twin-job,” she said. “We have been given a target to survey 30 houses covering 150 people in one day But we are forced . to cover 60 houses.” Shaleen Mitra, OSD, Delhi Health Department, said PPE kits are provided only to those AN DH R R AP AD ES H Chennai Mahabalipuram KERALA Karaikal TAMIL NADU NIVAR Chennai have also stalled operations and raised a level-6 warning. The Railways too cancelled 14 pairs of trains run via Villupuram and Tiruchy . Speaking to reporters about the arrangements that have been made ahead of the cyclone, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured the public that there was no reason to panic or worry . AGENT OF CHANGE Child climate activist from Uttarakhand makes it to BBC’s list V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun CLIMATE activist Ridhima Pandey, 12, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand has featured in the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for this year. The British broadcaster released the list on Tuesday, describing her as “a climate activist who, at the age of nine filed a petition against the government of India in response to its inaction to mitigate climate change”. She is among 16 children from around the world to petition the United Nations along with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on environmental issues. “I am humbled and honoured. World leaders should come together collectively to ensure environment security for the next generations. We, as global citizens, should ask our governments and compel them to make changes to conserve and protect the environment,” Ridhima said. Also known as Greta Thunberg of India, Ridhima has been actively involved in ‘Save T hano Forest’ movement against the Uttarakhand government move to fell over 10,000 trees to expand the Dehradun DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE TOUCHED RECORD HIGHS ON TUESDAY Manohar (Khattar) ji, we have these figures, right before us... Tell us your perspective about how you plan to contain Covid spread EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SCHOOL teachers deployed in the forefront of Delhi government’s latest fight against Covid-19 are complaining about risk of infection in the absence of adequate safeguards such as N-95 masks and face shields in their house-to-house surveys. CM Arvind Kejriwal launched the surveys on November 20 to identify people with Covid symptoms following a spike in cases. Thousands of Delhi government and MCD school teachers have been enrolled for these surveys. “I have been assigned Raghubir Nagar, Chand Nagar, Khayala and nearby areas. At many places, residents respond to our queries without wearing masks. We have been provided surgical masks, sanitizer and gloves. None of us has been given a PPE kit despite the fact that some of us visit risk zones,” says Vikas, a primary teacher of government school in Subhash Nagar. “Some of my colleagues were infected and then their families tested positive. Many of them have lost their parents.” Anita Yadav, a primary teacher at SDMC, says she has children and elderly in-laws at Biden is expected to name former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the treasury department. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to hold the position | P9 We need to speed up our efforts to reduce transmission of the virus. Testing, confirmation, contact tracing and data must be given top priority ATA K Siddharth Nath Singh said if anyone wants to change religion after marriage, he THE Uttar Pradesh Cabinet or she can do so. But the dison Tuesday cleared a draft trict magistrate has to be inordinance that seeks to for med two months in check religious conversions advance. for the sake of marIn recent weeks, riage. The proposed BJP-run Haryana law entails severe and Madhya punishment up to Pradesh have also 10 years for revealed plans to violators. enact laws to counConfirming the ter alleged attempts development, state at converting Hinminister Siddharth du women into IsNath Singh said, lam in the guise of “The way in which marriage, which Penalties religious converHindu activists call Forced conversion sions are done us‘love jihad’. through fraud ing deceit, lies, The development will be punished force and dishoncomes days after by up to 5-year esty is heart the Allahabad High jail or a fine of wrenching, and it Court said the right `15,000. Mass was necessary to to live with a perconversions will have a law in this son of one’s choice, attract a similar regard.” irrespective of relijail term and a Punishment ungion, is intrinsic to fine of `50,000 der the new law is a right to life and perjail ter m of 1-5 sonal liberty . years, and a fine of `15,000. The Yogi Adityanath govIf the girl involved is a mi- ernment had recently set up nor or belongs to Scheduled a SIT to probe into at least 14 Caste or Scheduled Tribe, cases, where Muslim men then the jail term will range have allegedly concealed from three to 10 years with their religious identity to the fine increasing to `25,000. lure Hindu girls. 30,000 PAGES 12 RN PAGE 8 KA Bombay HC asks whether not agreeing with govt tantamounts to sedition JANET YELLEN TIPPED TO BE TREASURY SECY Ridhima has been actively involved in the ‘Save Thano Forest’ movement airport. The BBC website says that this year ‘100 Women’ is highlighting those “who are leading the change and making a difference during these turbulent times”. The list includes Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine, Jane Fonda, a climate activist and actress, Sanna Marin, who leads Finland’s all-female coalition government, and Michelle Yeoh, star of the new Avatar and Marvel films. Four women made it to the list from India with Pandey being the youngest. They are 82-year-old Bilkis Bano for leading a peaceful protest against the new citizenship law, Indian para-athlete and current parabadminton world champion Manasi Joshi and Isaivani for making her name in the field of Tamil Nadu’s Gaana singing which is considered maledominated. Ridhima is a big fan of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Simba’ and loves ‘Kathak.’ She welcomes US presidentelect Joe Biden’s announcement that he would bring the US back to Paris Climate Accord. “It is going to make a huge difference. I want to see more world leaders acting on climate issues.” The child activist has been busy with online campaigning to make children and youth aware about environmental issues across the world. She had filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal in which she requested the Centre to have a ‘Carbon Budget’ to cut down on carbon emissions contributing to global warming. The Haridwar girl had told a foreign publication in 2017 that the government has failed in controlling the carbon emissions, which is why she had to move the tribunal. experiences, he said, have shown that several myths and rumours are spread around vaccines, adding they need to be tackled through spreading greater awareness, by taking all possible help. On the pandemic situation, Modi said the country needs to bring down the positivity rate to 5% and the fatality rate below 1%. On the controversial PM-CARES fund, he said its special emphasis is on making medical oxygen available. During the meeting, Kejriwal urged the central government to reserve ICU beds in its hospitals in the city amid a surge in Covid cases. NEW ORDINANCE Kerala to kill amendment to Police Act EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram A day after putting it on hold in view of widespread criticism, the Kerala government on Tuesday decided to withd r aw t h e c o n t rove r s i a l amendments to the Police Act that gave sweeping powers to the police to prosecute anyone posting objectionable comments on social media. A special cabinet meeting on Tuesday decided to recommend Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to issue another ordinance to repeal Section 118-A introduced last week. The new ordinance will clearly mention that the amendment is being withdrawn in view of widespread concerns and apprehensions, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. “Opinions cropped up that the amendment will give more powers to the police and there are possibilities of this being misused. The Left government gives due value to opinions emanating from society. In view of such concerns and suspicions, the government feels it would be appropriate to withdraw the same,” he added. He also claimed the amendment to the Police Act was introduced with good intention and that it was not aimed at gaging the media. The CM added that in future, legislations of this nature would be introduced only through debates in the state Assembly . FUTILE LOCKDOWNS NOT OF MUCH USE UN agency report says carbon dioxide emissions reaching record levels in 2019. Adds lockdown related falls in emissions is just a tiny blip PAGE 7
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