monDAY U.S. LIFTS BAR ON INTERACTION WITH TAIWANESE OFFICIALS january, 2021 The US has lifted the ‘self-imposed restrictions’ on contacts between American and Taiwanese diplomats and officials 11 epaper.morningstandard.in No need to appease China, says Pompeo facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard M A D H Y A P R A D E SH GODSE LIBRARy raises hAckles Congress hits out at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt for glorifying Bapu’s killers Page 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l New Delhi SC to hear pleas on farm laws, ongoing agitation Amid a deadlock in the Centrefarmer union talks, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear today a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the agitation at Delhi borders. Senior police officers meet farmer leaders Senior Delhi Police officers, including DCP (Northwest) Vijayanta Arya, on Sunday met representatives of farmer unions protesting against the Centre’s agricultural laws. The meet came days ahead of Republic Day event. Farmers broke through two levels of barricades to reach the venue where the Haryana CM was to address the mahapanchayat | PTI Farmers ransack venue of Khattar’s mahapanchayat H a r p r e e t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was on Sunday forced to cancel a Kisan Mahapanchayat that aimed to drum up support for the three contentious Central agriculture laws, as protesting farmers ransacked the event venue at Kaimla village in Karnal district. The administration had anticipated trouble as farmers belonging to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Char uni) had on Wednesday last said they would not allow the event to take place. Yet, the intensity of the protest as the far mers broke through two levels of barricades on the road leading to the village and kept moving ahead despite the police firing tear gas shells and using water can- E x p re s s re a d Stop Covaxin trial in Bhopal: NGOs to PM Bhopal: At least four NGOs working for the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy wrote to PM Modi demanding that the clinical trials for Covaxin be stopped in the city in view of the “gross violation of laws and guidelines”. They demanded monetary compensation for damages as well. ‘Will retrieve Nepali territory from India’ Kathmandu: Ahead of crucial Nepal-India Foreign Minister level talks, Nepal M KP Sharma Oli said his government will retrieve the Nepali territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh from India. One of the prime items on the agenda of the Foreign Minister is the boundary dispute, he said. Poonawalla to move SC against love jihad New Delhi: Activist Tehseen Poonawalla said his ‘Team India Against Love Jihad Law’ will move the apex court against the “unconstitutional” laws brought about in several states against interfaith marriages. “Democracy and the spirit of our Constitution shall prevail,” Poonawalla said. 20 booked for stoning The police registered an attempt to murder case against 20 farmers who allegedly stoned the vehicle of Deputy Speaker Ranbir Singh Gangwa during his visit to a village in Hisar nons, left the administration overwhelmed. Upon reaching the venue, the farmers vandalised the stage and broke chairs, tables and flower pots, while the police was a mere spectator. The protesters also took control of a makeshift helipad where Khattar’s helicopter was to land. While most of them squatted on it, some others damaged the helipad, forcing Khattar to call off the trip. The farmers held black flags and shouted slogans against the BJP-led government as they Save Monuments get new life due to help from pvt agencies pushed towards the venue. Karnal’s Superintendent of Police Ganga Ram Punia tried to pacify the farmers but to no avail. The protestors initially staged a sit-in near the second barricade before breaking it. The police claimed it had made elaborate security arrangements, but the situation went out of control as farmers were adamant on not allowing Khattar to address the event. Later, Khattar blamed the Congress and the communists for the vandalism. “These people have defamed the farmers. I am an elected representative. We have never stopped anybody from expressing their views. But violation of constitutional provisions is not right,’’ he said, adding the Centre will not repeal the three agriculture laws but was open to introducP7 ing amendments. Be it beautification or conservation, specialised agencies like INTACH are doing wonders to Delhi’s heritage. ASI, meanwhile, is not ready to give a verdict right now | P5 l J8.00 l PAGES 12 The restrictions were introduced decades ago to appease the Chinese government, which lays claim to the island, the US state department said. “The US-Taiwan relationship need not, and should not, be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent bureaucracy,” Pompeo said. China termed it an attempt to sabotage the next administration 2nd impeachment move to start today 10 Number of days left for Donald Trump to remain U.S. president The Democrats plan to introduce an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday, in a bid to stop him from running for president again in 2024 On Sunday, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey became the second GOP senator to demand that Trump “resign and go away” | P9 C’garh first state to block Covaxin Health minister says won’t ask people to take the vaccine as it is yet to finish phase 3 trial E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Raipur/New Delhi Chhattisgarh’s Congress government on Sunday said it was not inclined to use Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin unless the vaccine successfully completes the recommended testing process, thus becoming the first state to indicate it may refuse the jab ahead of the national rollout of the vaccination programme on January 16. Whether or not other opposition states would adopt a similar approach was not immediately known. “The vaccine has been approved for emergency use (by the Drug Controller General of India). But its use should be Delhi Covid watch status of cases Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve Today 602 12 -399 Cumulative 6,16,054 10,678 3,468 6,30,200 Patient Management Total beds Occupied Vacant h os p i ta l 12,115 1,438 10,677 c a r e c e n tr e 7,422 30 7,320 h e a l t h c e n tr e 407 16 391 *72 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights 1,585 Home Isolation Testing Status 45,116 32,484 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted today 93,92,354 4,94,334 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment Zones as on date: 2,781 Source: Delhi health bulletin | January 10 Please ensure there are no proxies at all; the beneficiaries need to be uniquely and undeniably identified Ram Sewak Sharma, head of tech and data management group on Covid-19 avoided until its complete results are out,” Chhatisagarh health minister T S Singh Deo said. “In my opinion, it should not be allowed in the state. As of now, I am not confident of asking people to accept this vaccine,” he added. “We mustn’t rush headlong into starting its widespread use but wait for completion of phase 3 trials and its apprais- al. Else, it would set a precedent for other companies seeking copycat approvals before completing trials,” Singh Deo said, adding there was no point in risking human lives. India recently g ranted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines, Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute in India and Covaxin. Both vac- cines achieved parameters set for safety and immunogenicity, the regulator said. However, experts severely criticised the regulator for clearing Covaxin without seeing its phase 3 efficacy data. In Delhi, the Union health ministry held a video conference with officials from states and Union Territories to get feedback on the Co-WIN software that was trialled during the dry runs. Ram Sewak Sharma, the chairman of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat Covid-19, asked the states to urge the beneficiaries to seed their current mobile number with Aadhaar for registration on Co-WIN. 89 sites identified for rolling out Covid vaccination drive in Delhi express news service @ New Delhi THE Delhi government has identified 89 sites to roll out the Covid vaccination programme, beginning later this week, Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced on Sunday . He said 36 government and 53 private hospitals were chosen for the purpose. “Delhi has 2.25 lakh healthcare workers who will get the vaccine first. The government will also include teachers who have worked as frontline workers in the time of the pandemic. The vaccines will start arriving between January 12 and 14. The government has prepared a very strong and robust storage system to store the vaccine,” Jain said. The hospitals where the shots will be administered include AIIMS, Safdarjung, Lok Nayak, GTB, Hindu Rao, Max, Fortis, Apollo, BL Kapur and Sir Gangaram. Vaccines to all the centres will be supplied by the government and will be Around 10 HCWs will be deployed at each centre to facilitate the drive | FILE free for the beneficiaries. There will be one Covid-19 vaccination centre each in every hospital. Around 10 healthcare staff will be deployed at each centre to facilitate the drive. “The whole system of vaccination is ready and we are fully prepared to start the immunisation drive. Currently, we are only waiting for the vaccines and as soon as they start arriving, the work will start immediately Jain said. ,” The vaccine to be administered in Delhi may be the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India. The minister said the Delhi government had already requested the Centre to provide vaccines free of cost. “On Saturday Chief Minister Arvind , Kejriwal requested the central government to provide free vaccines to everyone. Earlier, in a meeting with the Union health minister, I also requested for the same. The Delhi government is of the view that every person should get the vaccine free of cost. From our side, every decision regarding Covid vaccination will be for the benefit of the people of Delhi,” Jain said. ‘Nasty’ Sydney crowd at it again, six thrown out for abusing Siraj S w a r o o p S w a m i n ath a n @ Chennai THE Sydney crowd, it seems, has always been hostile. Hurling abuses at players can reach a different level. If Saturday was nasty with allegations of racist abuses against two India players, Sunday turned out to be extremely sour as Mohammad Siraj, who was allegedly racially abused on Saturday as well, had to face the brunt again. He and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane approached the on-field umpires to complain about the behaviour of a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground. At least six people were evict- ed over allegations of racism that is threatening to overshadow the keenly-contested third Test between India and Australia. Just before the hosts declared at tea on the fourth day, Siraj was targeted by the crowd. The security officials, who had instructed the India team to bring such incidents to their notice as and when it happens after Saturday, involved the stadium officials who interviewed the fans before ejecting the offenders. As per protocol, New South Wales police, as well as Cricket Australia opened an investigation into the matter. After the day’s play, India spinner R Ashwin said the team was happy with the action taken. However, he also revealed that the crowd in Sydney has always been like this — hostile and nasty “This has been a con. tinuous thing at Sydney,” he said. “I have experienced it as well. They do tend to get nasty . I don’t know why and for what reason.” Ashwin, who visited Australia on three previous tours, said, “If I take myself back to the first tour in 2011-12, I had no clue what racial abuse was or how you can be made to feel small in front of so many people.” In the end, Ashwin’s words aptly sums it up: “disappointing is actually a very very mild , P11 word, I must say .” WHITE BLANKET Vehicles lie buried in snow in Kashmir where Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopened on Sunday | Zahoor Punjabi Making a splash Boat to canoe, MP fisherman’s daughter living her Olympic dream A n u r a a g S i n g h @ Bhopal It is another rags-to-riches tale. In 2016, she was ferrying boats to help her father and four elder sisters for fishing in the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam on Narmada in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. Her only motive was to repay her family’s debt. Five years down the line, the script has taken a dramatic turn. From boat to canoe, dam to the vast expanse of the Bhopal Lake, the journey has taken her to the India national camp that would select a team for Asian Olympic qualifier in Pattaya, Thailand (March 14-17). She is tipped to emerge as India’s top woman canoer and make her international canoeing debut two months later. Kaveri Dhimar (centre) We are talking about Kaveri Dhimar, all of 17 years, who has already won 12 gold medals at national canoeing events. “I’m fifth among the seven sisters and two little brothers. We didn’t have any land and being from the fishermen community our parents only relied , on fishing in rivers to run the family Kaveri said. ,” Memories of helping her elder sisters fish in the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam on river Narmada in 2016 to repay her father’s loan of `40,000 are still fresh in her mind. “We finally succeeded,” she said. I n t h e s a m e ye a r, t h e Khandwa district sports officer Joseph Baxla spotted Kaveri’s talent in swimming and took her to the MP Water Sports Academy in Bhopal. “We still don’t have our own land and my parents fish in the river Narmada. My dream is to make it big in the international arena one day and buy land for my family said Kaveri. ,” Madhya Pradesh Water Sports Academy coach Pijush Baroi, under whom Kaveri trains have encouraging words for the youngster. “Kaveri has emerged as the country’s top female canoer within just four years. In a sport where height is considered advantageous, Kaveri with her short stature has emerged as country’s top female canoer on the basis of her never say die approach and ability to grasp,” he said. A relatively unknown sport in India, canoe became an Olympic discipline in Berlin in 1936.
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