WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard HARYANA SOME CHEER FOR GIRL CHILD Sex ratio at birth from a worrisome 871 in 2014 has gone up to 922 in 2020 A batch of Covid vaccine is shifted at RGSSH on Tuesday | PARVEEN NEGI A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 SC sets up committee, pauses farm laws Govt quietly accepts CJI’s formulation; no-show by three senior advocates; tractor rally will be peaceful, say unions MEET THE FOUR WISE MEN K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an “extraordinary order” to stay the implementation of the three disputed farm laws and set up a panel of four agriculture experts to talk to all stakeholders and report back to it within two months. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde stayed till further orders the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. “We are of the view that the constitution of a committee of experts in the field of agriculture to negotiate between the farmers’ bodies and the Government of India may create a congenial atmosphere and improve the trust and confidence of the farmers... a stay of implementation of all the three farm laws for the present may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith,” the order by the threejudge bench read. The court’s order comes a day after pulling up the Centre for its poor handling of farmers’ agitation. The bench also said that while the court doesn’t want to stifle a peaceful protest, “the extraordinary order of stay of implementation of the farm laws will be perceived as an achievement” and will encourage the agitating farmers to end their protest. Unlike on Monday, the Centre represented by Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta did not oppose the staying of the laws or formation of a committee. The SC rejected the submission by advocate M L Sharma, Who: Bhupinder Singh Mann is the national president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Mann) and All India Kisan Coordination Committee View: Was among a group that met minister Tomar and backed the new laws, but with some amendments; wants MSP ensured Farmers with their tractors during their agitation against farm laws at Ghazipur border on Tuesday | PARVEEN NEGI one of the petitioners questioning the laws, that the farmers are unwilling to appear before the panel. “If you want to agitate indefinitely you can. Every , person who is genuinely interested in solving the problem is expected to go before the committee. The committee will not punish you or pass any orders. It will submit a report to us.” The bench said it will protect farmers’ land only if they participate in the proceedings before the panel. “We are concerned about the validity of the laws and also about protecting the life and property of citizens affected by protests,” it said. The bench tur ned down farmers’ demand that the PM should approach them to hold negotiations and said, “We cannot ask the Prime Minister... he is not a party here.” The bench was surprised to learn that none of the three senior counsel appeared for the farmer unions Tuesday “Where . is (Dushyant) Dave? Yesterday he said he will get back today with the views of farmers unions. They have not logged in also,” the CJI remarked. P5,7 Unions to stay away from committee, see govt ploy ‘Haryana govt safe’ Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said his coalition govt will last full term. Khattar said this after he and his deputy met Amit Shah The committee members are progovt and thus not dependable. We never asked the court to form a committee; the government is behind all this Balbir Singh Rajewal, farm leader H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh TERMING the four-member expert committee set up by the Supreme Court on Tuesday as progovernment and pro-agri reform laws, farmer leaders refused to appear before it and decided to continue their protests. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, following the SC order. Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab (Rajewal) said, “The committee members are pro-government and thus not dependable. We never asked the court to form a committee; the government is behind all this.” Calling it a government ploy, Rajewal said, “our only demand is repealing the farm laws.” He, however, said the unions will attend the ninth round of talks with the government on January 15 “as we do not want to give them any excuse”. He also assured that the tractor march on January 26 will be peaceful. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said: “We had already said that we will not accept any committee formed by the SC for mediation.” The batch of three pictures that Kidambi Srikanth posted on Tuesday was disturbing to say the least. A close shot of him with a bloodied nose and a couple of pictures that showed him holding tissues showing the amount of blood he had lost. It had happened after he was administered the nasal swab test. EXPRESS READ Babri case: HC to hear plea against acquittal Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court will hear today a plea against the acquittal of all 32 accused, including BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, in the Babri mosque demolition case. The petition was filed on January 8 by two Ayodhya residents. AIMPLB executive member Zafaryab Jilani is their counsel. Godse library closed in Gwalior: MP Police Bhopal: Barely a day after being opened by All India Hindu Mahasabha, the Godse Gyanshala (library-cum study centre) was closed in MP’s Gwalior city. The action was initiated by the Gwalior district administration and police under Section 144 of CrPc on Monday night, the Gwalior district SP said. said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International THE first batch of Covishield Airport Limited. “The Delhi vaccine from the Pune-based airport has been relentlessly Serum Institute of India working for timely and reached Delhi on Tuesday smooth supply of medical and has been safely stored in equipment and other relief the cold-storage at Rajiv Gan- material in and out of Delhi dhi Super Specialty Hospital to various destinations in In(RGSSH), a Delhi govern- dia during the Covid times. ment health facility . We have cool chambers and According to the hospital cool dollies to maintain the administration, they have re- temperature required for these ceived around 2.64 lakh vac- vaccines at the cargo terminal cine doses which and during transit will be further disThree-layer between aircraft and tributed to 89 hospiterminal and vicesecurity tals — both private versa. Our both terand government — DCP (Shahadra) minals can handle Amit Sharma in the city Owing to . around 5.7 million vilimited availability said police were als in a day .” of cold storage fa- deployed at the Meanwhile, offistorage area of cilities in many hoscials of all 11 disthe hospital. pitals, a majority of tricts were directed CCTV cameras, them are likely to to speed up the Delhi Police and preparations for the receive the vaccine vials on January 16, hospital security immunisation prothe day the vaccina- staff are keeping gramme. According a close eye on tion programme beto an official from the storage area the West district, gins, the hospital authorities said. the target is to com“Vaccines will be dispatched plete the first round of vacon the same day early morn- cination of all doctors and ing. Each hospital will be healthcare workers by Janugiven vaccines as listed,” ary 24 and to begin inoculatsaid an RGSSH official. ing frontline workers from Earlier, the vaccines were January 25 onwards. kept at temperature-controlThe Delhi government will led facilities at two cargo ter- launch the vaccination drive minals on arrival at the IGI at LNJP Hospital on SaturAirport. Temperature-con- day in the presence of CM trolled facility ranging from Arvind Kejriwal. Health , -20°C to 25°C can efficiently Minister Satyendar Jain is and safely handle these tem- also expected to be present. CONTINUED ON P4 perature sensitive vaccines, TESTING STATUS 38,706 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Who: Anil Ghanwat is the president of Shetkari Sanghatana, a Maharashtra-based organisation founded by Sharad Joshi View: Has sided with the govt but agrees it did not hold proper discussions with farmers’ organisations before bringing the laws 95,24,657 Total tests done so far 5,01,297 Tests per million DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 545 6,17,006 DEATH 16 10,707 ACTIVE CASES -3,179 TOTAL +VE CASES 386 6,30,892 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied HOSPITAL 12,018 1,354 CARE CENTRE 7,422 39 HEALTH CENTRE 307 17 Vacant 10,664 7,329 290 1,383 HOME ISOLATION *54 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | January 12 SHEKHAR YADAV M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi A N M O L G U R U N G @ Chennai Test turns bloody mess for Srikanth Who: Agricultural economist Ashok Gulati is former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices View: Supports farm reforms. Has urged govt to address concerns on contract farming and assure that MSP, APMC systems continue S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi Army to hold ground in Ladakh till needed: Gen +VE SAINA BARRED IN MORNING, BACK IN PLAY AT NIGHT IN what was supposed to be a return to action for some of the elite Indian shuttlers, it turned out to be a controversial drama-filled day, both on and off the court. Saina Nehwal tested positive for coronavirus, so did HS Prannoy It looked . like their Thailand Open campaign would end even before take off. In fact, Saina, who was supposed to play on Tuesday, was forced to sit out. But after both of them cleared their IgG antibody tests, they were cleared to participate from Wednesday . “Nehwal, Prannoy and Jansen tested positive on the PCR test but their antibody IgG was positive. A positive antibody test means a person has been infected with COVID-19 virus at some point in the past. It does not mean they are currently infected,” said a BWF statement. Kidambi Srikanth, after his nasal swab test, posted a picture of his bloodied nose on social media. He termed it ‘unacceptable’. It looked like doom and gloom for Indians at one point with BWF, putting them in the ‘high risk’ category On the . court, PV Sindhu fluffed her chance after P11 going one game up. Who: Agricultural economist Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi is also director (South Asia) for International Food Policy Research Institute View: Votary of legalising MSP; on contract farming, feels it’s not govt’s job to buy/sell produce; market should determine prices DELHI GETS FIRST BATCH OF 2.64 LAKH VACCINE DOSES HOOCH FOURTEEN DIE OF POISONING IN MADHYA PRADESH This is the second such tragedy in Madhya Pradesh within three months. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a probe and promised the guilty will not be spared | P8 THE Army will hold on to its positions in eastern Ladakh — where it’s locked in a standoff with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — till as long as required, General MM Naravane said on Tuesday . While expressing the hope that an amicable solution can be reached through dialogue and discussion, the Army chief said, “If talks are prolonged, so be it. We are prepared to hold our ground, where we are, for as long as needed to achieve our national goals.” He was addressing the media on the eve of the Army Day . On reports that China has moved troops further away from the border in depth areas, General Naravane said not Training areas have been vacated by China in depth areas... There has been no decrease in strength, either on their side or on our side, as far as friction points are concerned Gen MM Naravane, Army Chief much should be read into the move as there is no reduction in deployment of personnel at the frontline. “Training areas have been vacated by China in depth areas which lie at a distance ranging between 500-1500 km from the border. There has been no decrease in strength, either on their side or on our side, as far as friction points are concerned,” he said. The Army is maintaining a vigil on the entire northern border, the chief said, adding that there are friction points with China not just in eastern Ladakh but in other sectors, too. “No eyeballs-to-eyeballs deployment in eastern and central sector, but there are friction points. Rebalancing as per threat perception is carried out. Rebalancing to northern border was required and it has taken place.” Referring to the rising cooperation between China and Pakistan, General Naravane said India’s two neighbours “together form a potent threat, and the threat of collusivity cannot be wished away”. He, however, added that the country’s forces are fully prepared. “We are ready to meet any eventuality; our operational preparedness is of very high order,” the Army chief said. FOWL-ED Bird flu stumps Dhoni’s Kadaknath chicken farming plan ready credited advance sums to Meda’s bank account. In August last year, Dhoni’s farm managers from Ranchi had got in touch with Meda through the Krishi Vikas Kendra (KVK) and MP Kadaknath mobile phone app. MP animal husbandry director Dr RK Rokde said that fourfive days ago, samples of Kadaknath chicken from a poultry E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal FORMER Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni’s plan to start Kadaknath chicken farming at his sprawling farm in Ranchi has been hit by the bird fl u o u t b re a k i n M a d hya Pradesh. Samples from Kadakanth chicken farm operated by local Kadaknath farmer Vinod Meda in Jhabua district have tested positive for the killer Avian Influenza virus. It was Meda who reportedly got order for supply of 2,000 Kadaknath chicks to the farm owned by Dhoni in Ranchi. Dhoni’s farm managers had al- Chicken breed with a GI tag Also known as Kali Masi, Kadaknath is a chicken breed known for its black colour. The fowl is found in tribal-dominated Jhabua district’s Bheelanchal region. The famous Kadaknath chicken meat from Jhabua had also got GI tag in 2018 after a legal battle with Chhattisgarh farm in Jhabua district had been sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSADBhopal).“We received a letter on Tuesday informing that Ka, daknath chicken samples from that poultry farm in Runipada village of Jhabua district have tested positive for the bird flu virus,” he said. “The deputy director (animal husbandry) in Jhabua district was directed to act in the matter as per the centre’s action plan, which includes culling, compensation, disposal of poultry, feed material, eggs, etc. Clean-up and disinfection-sanitization proc- ess will also be subsequently initiated at the concerned poultry farm. Further, treating the one km radius of the concerned poultry farm as Infected Zone, the chicken-chicks in the other poultry farms of the infected zone will also be culled.” Acting on the directives from Bhopal, a team reached Meda’s farm and culled 799 Kadaknath chicken. Meda was in tears. “I’m destroyed. I had to supply the chicks to Dhoni’s farm on January 10, but a week before it my fowls started dying. I reported the matter to local administration, after which tests confirmed bird flu.”
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