THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard DIEGO MARADONA NIA CRACKDOWN PDP YOUTH WING CHIEF ARRESTED OCT 30, 1960 NOV 25, 2020 MARADONA REUNITES WITH HAND OF GOD Role in terror case involving Hizbul commander and suspended DSP alleged A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI Doomwali J8.00 The Argentine great passed away after a heart attack following a brain surgery earlier this month. Hailing from Villa Fiorita, one of Argentina’s poorer localities, he conquered the world in 1986. PAGES 12 In a year that has brought about unprecedented chaos to the world, Maradona’s passing away will arguably be the single most piece of news that will reverberate with the most. P11 Ambala Khanauri Kurukshetra Karnal Sonipat Delhi Faridabad Gurugram Jhajjar BORDERS ON HIGH ALERT Clashes in Punjab Traffic being diverted on the national highway in Ambala on Wednesday due to the farmers’ proposed march to Delhi | PTI Clashes in Haryana A Delhi Police personnel stops a tractor from Haryana on Wednesday | PTI Haryana-Delhi entry points Farmers-cops showdown looms on Delhi Chalo Delhi Police denies permission to protest; Metro suspends services to NCR cities till 2 pm today; Haryana seals borders EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chandigarh CITING Covid-19 restrictions, Delhi Police on Wednesday denied per mission to various farmer organisations to protest in the city against the Centre’s new farm laws on November 2627, thereby setting the stage for a confrontation with the agitating farmers. Haryana, too, barricaded all entry points to the national capital and sealed its borders with Punjab to stop the farmers from marching to Delhi. “Various farmer organisations have requested permission for protest in Delhi on November EXPLOITATION Ashram under lens for abuse of deaf, mute girl E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal AN ashram in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh has come under police scanner after a deaf and mute young woman residing there delivered a child recently . A rape case has been registered against unidentified persons by Dewas police. DNA tests of six middle-aged men residing at the ashram, including its 60-year-old head, are being conducted to ascertain who could be behind the sexual exploitation of the 22-year-old woman. The district administration and police have shifted six more women from the same ashram (four being physically or mentally challenged) to the government shelter home. According to district collector Chandramauli Shukla, what has happened with the young woman at kabir Ashram suggests she has been sexually abused, either at the ashram or outside. “The police have already registered a case and multiple teams have been formed to probe the matter from all angles,” Shukla added. Dewas DSP Shiv Dayal said medical examination of the other six women shifted from the ashram have been conducted, but nothing incriminating has been found in their reports. The makeshift ashram on the Bhopal-Indore highway housed physically and mentally challenged women, mostly abandoned by their families. According to ashram sources, the deaf and mute woman was left at the ashram by her parents when she was just 6 years old. 26 and 27. We have conveyed to them in writing and through various media that the protest is not permitted in view of the latest DDMA guidelines,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said. The police warned of legal action if the farmers flouted the guidelines. “Please cooperate in ensuring no gathering takes place in Delhi amid coronavirus, failing which legal action will be initiated as per law,” it said. The Delhi Metro has also suspended services to neighbouring cities till 2 pm on Thursday The . Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said no metro services will be available from Anand Vihar to Vaishali and New Ashok Nagar to Noida City Centre during this period. Trains between Sultanpur and Guru Dronacharya stations will also be suspended. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have joined hands and formed a ‘Samyukta Kisan Morcha’ to press the Centre to scrap the farm laws. The Haryana Police on Tuesday issued a travel advisory ask, ing commuters to avoid certain national highways along the state border with Delhi and Punjab for next two days. The Hary- ana Roadways has already suspended bus services to Punjab. The move came as Punjab farmers started assembling at 10 routes along the Haryana border for the proposed march to Delhi. The farmers’ unions have said the protestors will reach Delhi through five highways: NH-1 (Amritsar-Delhi), Agra-Delhi highway (Ballabgarh), JaipurDelhi highway (Daruhera), Rohtak-Hisar-Delhi highway (Bahadurgarh) and Bareilly-Delhi highway from Hapur. At a couple of places, Haryana police on Wednesday were unable to stop the farmers from moving ahead despite using wa- Nivar-an, as cyclone spares Chennai E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IT was a nail-biter, as the severe cyclonic storm Nivar kept shifting its movements and patterns – keeping both public and disaster managers on tenterhooks – until it made a landfall at 10.30 pm on Wednesday. As per the update received at 11.15 pm, the slow-moving storm is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast, 30 km north of Puducher ry, at around 2 am Thursday . Despite the initial threats, the cyclone spared Chennai and the Delta districts by taking a new path. However, under the influence of the weather system, these districts received heavy rainfall. As per the weather bulletin issued at 11.15 pm, “the storm was located 50 km eastnortheast of Cuddalore, and 115 km away from Chennai.” “It would take three hours for the centre of the cyclone to cross the coast and reach the land,” said S Balachandran, deputy director general of meteorology at RMC. “Wind speed would be around 120-130 kmph, gusting at Fire officials rescue people affected by the flood due to incessant rains at Velacherry in Chennai on Wednesday | ASHWIN PRASATH 145 kmph. Even after landfall, the system is likely to maintain its cyclone intensity for about 6 hours and then weaken gradually Northern Tamil Nadu and .” Delta districts will continue to receive heavy rainfall, as will southern parts of Andhra. In the last three days alone, Chennai has received over 30 cm of rainfall as a result of the cyclonic impact. Several areas of Chennai witnessed waterlogging despite high-technology machinery being deployed to D E L H I STATUS OF CASES Today 5,361 99 -5,246 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Cumulative 4,98,780 8,720 38,287 5,45,787 9,268 489 562 8,928 7,637 380 HOME ISOLATION : 23,102 26,080 35,698 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 59,76,437 3,14,549 Total beds Occupied Vacant 18,196 8,217 562 W A T C H TESTING STATUS (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre C O V I D Total tests done so far clear out blockages. Low-lying areas and former lake-beds that have now turned into habitations were flooded. The airport was shut for 12 hours and small aircraft were moved to safer spots. Even before the actual storm hit, the city lost 80 trees to rain and strong winds. Addressing the media earlier in the evening, minister RB Udhayakumar said that over 1.2 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps from vulnerable areas in the Delta districts. Tests per million Calls received in control room: 345 Containment zones as on date 4,980 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,483 Total number of calls refused : NILL *91 BEDS OF CCC ARE OCCUPIED BY PERSONS UNDER QUARANTINE INCLUDING TRAVELLERS WHO CAME BY VANDE BHARAT MISSION AND BUBBLE FLIGHTS Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for November 25 SC lifts gag order on Amaravati land scam reportage E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A Supreme Court bench on Wednesday vacated a media gag order issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on reporting about a first information report (FIR) filed by the state’s Anti Corruption Bureau in the Amravati land scam case. The case became a hot potato as the FIR names a former advocate general and two daughters of a senior apex court judge. However, the bench did not lift the high court’s stay order into the ter cannons on them. Thousands of farmers in Ambala, led by BKU Haryana chief Gurnam Singh Charuni, started their march to Delhi on tractor trailers, cars and bikes. The police barricaded the route and used water cannons, but the farmers marched on. In Kurukshetra, the farmers again removed the police barricades and moved on. In Delhi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said the focus of the force would be Ghazipur and Chilla borders and DND expressway. “A heavy deployment is already in place. Paramilitary forces have also been deployed,” said Singh. ACB probe. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notice and slated the matter for final hearing in January last week. It asked the high court not to decide on the former A- G’s writ petition till it (SC bench) adjudicates the matter. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for the Andhra government, argued that the interim order issued by the high court barring probe and gagging the media couldn’t have been passed at all. The writ petition filed by the former A-G, Dhavan said, alleged malafide but offered nothing on record to corroborate it. “This was an entirely a political writ petition against the CM and this government,” he em- phasised.Pointing to the suspicious transactions involving the former A-G and others, he said, “Should such a complaint be investigated or not? This is the simplest question.” Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the former A-G, said, “My client is targeted because he was appearing for the (former) CM. This case reeks of malafide. This is worse than Emergency CBI did not do any. thing. My reputation is being damaged.” CONTINUED ON P7 “Two Naval ships have been roped in from Visakhapatnam, and are stationed off the TN coast, to deal with emergencies.” The minister said that 1.89 per cent of cellphone towers in the State have been affected by rains. However, as the optic fibre cable network has not faced any disruptions, communication channels are still open in all areas. The fishing community in Nagapattinam and adjoining areas – which are still recovering from the impact of Gaja and Ockhi – expressed serious concerns about the impact of yet another cyclone. “We have not seen the waves rise this high ever before,” said Lakshmanan, a fisherman. “We faced severe losses during the last two cyclones and have just started rebuilding our lives. We cannot afford to lose once again,” he said. Most fishermen along the coast have brought their boats to the land using tractors. Based on the weather bulletin, the impact is unlikely to be severe in Nagapattinam time. Congress loses its best crisis manager, Sonia her pillar of support R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi AHMED Patel’s demise couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Congress, which is struggling to deal with the revolt by a group of veteran leaders seeking radical changes in the party His death could, however, pave the . way for organisational and generational changes in the Grand Old Party . Patel, 71, who passed away in a Gurugram hospital on Wednesday following complications related to Covid-19, was known for his political acumen to take everyone, including the warring young and old guards, together. According to sources, he worked hard to settle the internal strife within the party till his last. When voices were raised against the party high command, Patel ensured to reach out to the dissenting leaders who wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot was candid to say that in the current situation, Congress will miss Patel even more. P Chidambaram said, “Whence do we find another like him?” When the Rajasthan political crisis was at peak, Patel was holding back-channel talks to manage the situation arising AHMED PATEL out of the rebellion by Sachin AUG 21, 1949 NOV 25, 2020 Pilot. He was part of the threemember committee that looked into issues between Pilot and Gehlot. Patel was part of all major decision-making committees in the Congress. “The road to 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi’s official residence) passes through 23 Mother Teresa Crescent (Patel’s residence),” said a senior leader. Mourning the demise of “a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress”, party president Sonia Gandhi said, “His faithfulness and dedication, commitment to his duty always being there to help and generos, ity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others... I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend.” Rahul Gandhi said Patel “lived and breathed Congress and stood with the party through P7 its most difficult times”. Good Samaritans: Delhi cops donate plasma, save 350 Covid patients’ lives G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi THEY are panned much more than praised, but Delhi Police personnel have a humane side too. They have saved more than 350 lives by donating plasma. Leading such Good Samaritan cops is Head Constable Krishan Kumar, 42, currently deployed at Kapashera border police station in South West district. “I was on ventilator for nearly a month battling for life. Nobody thought I would survive but I did, by God’s grace. After I recovered, I realised how tough it is for people running from pillar to post to save their loved ones. That’s what made me donate plasma to people in need,” said Kumar, who has donated plasma for the highest five times and saved the lives of nearly 15 people. As per the doctors, the plasma donated by one person can save three lives. Kumar had tested positive in May Later, his entire fam. S E R V I N G T H E M A N K I N D A M I D PA N D E M I C 81,346 TOTAL STRENGTH OF DELHI POLICE 6,937 6,809 TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED ily — wife and two children — was also infected. Kumar also inspired his wife to donate plasma after she recovered. “I approached my seniors and colleagues to contact me if anyone need plasma,” said Kumar. Out of its 81,346-strong force, the Delhi Police has seen 6,937 (8.52%) of its personnel get infected by coronavirus. Of them, 26 succumbed while 6,809 (87.77%) recovered and 822 (11.84%) are still battling the disease. “A large number of Delhi Police officers and subordinate Covid warriors, after defeating the deadly disease, have gone beyond the call of duty in s av i n g t h e 26 DIED OF COVID 19 323 NO. OF COPS WHO DONATED PLASMA lives of Covid-19 victims. They donated plasma to their colleagues, families, friends and even to the unknown people in Delhi and adjoining states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana,” said Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal. Till November 23, a total of 323 Delhi Police had donated plasma, of which 82 donated for their colleagues, 107 for their family members/friends and 134 for unknown people. Four police personnel from South East District and one from Police Training College have donate the plasma three times each while eight Police personnel from South East District have donated twice.
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