WEDNESDAY ‘TANDAV’ FURY RAGES ON 20 Makers of the controversial web series agreed to implement changes amid several FIRs, calls for ban and protests for inappropriate depiction of Hindu deities JANUARY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in Apologising for a second time, the makers of the video series said they did not intend to hurt or offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard TRP CONTROVERSY ‘WANT PROBE IN BALAKOT LEAK’ Only five people, including the PM, were supposed to know it, says Rahul Gandhi PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Cases against the series in Lucknow, Shahjahanpur and Greater Noida (UP) and Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) Leaders who have panned the series for hurting Hindu sentiments include MP Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Haryana’s Home Minister Anil Vij GABBACADABRA! Unlikely heroes defy odds, help battered and bruised India snatch a magical series win at the deadliest of Aussie venues NEWCOMERS, YET SHOWSTOPPERS SESSION BY SESSION STEADY START SHUBMAN GILL Matches 3, Runs 259 Has taken to Test cricket like duck to water. Those back-foot punches, cuts have already won him quite a few admirers. Scored two valuable fifties and it was his 91 that set the tone for India’s chase Chasing 328, India's plan for Day 5 was simple. Play the entire day was the message. Though they lost Rohit Sharma early, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship CONSOLIDATING THE POSITION When the post-lunch session began, India still had plenty to do. While Gill cut loose, Pujara did his thing. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins repeatedly tested Pujara, who took blows to his fingers, head, hip, but he stood like a rock. India lost Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the session MOHAMMED SIRAJ Matches 3, Wickets 13 Find of the tour as far as bowling department goes. Led the attack in the absence of seniors and emerged as India’s highest wicket-taker WASHINGTON SUNDAR Mat 1, Wickets 4, Runs 84 Be it with the ball or with the bat, he didn’t show any nerves. His 62 in the first innings kept India in the Test and his final assault on Pat Cummins broke Aussie hopes T NATARAJAN Matches 1, Wickets 3 The tour that has made Natarajan a household name beyond Tamil Nadu. Picked as a net bowler, he ended up making debut in all three formats. Here to stay in limited-overs SHARDUL THAKUR Mat 1, Wickets 7, Runs 69 Didn’t make his debut, but it felt like one as his first Test lasted all of 10 deliveries. His 67 in the first innings was priceless. Also chipped in with 4 wickets in the second EXPRESS READ No respite for Yediyurappa Bengaluru: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa faced more trouble as at least two BJP MLAs are miffed with the recent Cabinet expansion. G H Thippareddy and Shivanagouda Naik pitched for a new look to the Cabinet. Same bunch of MLAs are becoming ministers, Thippareddy told reporters. BENGAL BJP IS LIKE A SNAKE: MAMATA In a rally at Purulia, the Trinamool Congress boss urged voters to “kick out” the BJP whom she claimed was more dangerous than the Maoists PAGE 8 Rishabh Pant (centre) scored an unbeaten 89 to guide India to their second successive Test series win in Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane | AFP S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai FOR one last time, as the clock struck 4.30am on Tuesday morning, the broadcaster opened the last day’s preview show with ‘Come See The Wonder Come See The Wonder’. , As it was the theme song for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it was a constant presence during the last month. During breaks, post match, before the toss... On Tuesday when , it filled the dimly-lit houses across the country, nobody would have had an inkling of the wonder that was about to follow. Chasing 328 at the Gabba where an opposition team (West Indies) last won in 1988, nobody gave them a sniff. Yet, in what will go down as one of the greatest fourth-innings chases of all time, India got there with about 18 balls to spare. After two months of multiple hard quarantines, suffering racial abuse, los- ing men like they were on a battlefield and getting bowled out for 36 among things, they pushed and pulled together as a collective unit for one final dash. It’s why India coach Ravi Shastri called this as one of India’s greatest tours. That it came down to the final day only added to the theatre, with Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant, the embodiment of new India, finding an unshakeable ally in Cheteshwar Pujara, the charm of old. Even if this team has spoken a lot about intent, the plan on Tuesday wasn’t to actively look for the target or defend. The dressing room message was simple: play normal cricket and see where it takes you. But the above-mentioned three guys did not play ‘normal cricket’. While Pujara copped blow after blow but stood his ground, Gill, free of baggage and fearless in approach, took it on. The runs flowed. By now, pretty much the whole country were living their dreams, hour by hour, session by session. One thing that this new team excel at is their tunnel vision. For example, Mohammed Siraj mourned the loss of his father while in quarantine. That he was India’s highest wicket-taker is a reflection of this ethos. They are outspoken, too. Coming from a farming background, Gill’s Instagram stories about the farmers’ protest is bold. Like that pull off Mitchell Starc. Or that drive off Pat Cummins. Siraj, for his part, called out racist abuse. Another cricketer who is bold is Pant. He is so bold, he doesn’t care what you think of him. A maverick in every sense, he wasn’t even told what to do by the team management. They prefer to leave him alone. The team only realised that he had planned to go after the target when he started looking up at the score- Final session of the Tests are not for faint-hearted. Especially if you have the exuberance of Rishabh Pant. After Pujara’s dismissal, Pant took charge. In the company of Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, Pant handed Australia their first Test match defeat at the Gabba since 1988 board in the final session. Plan is something, execution is another. But he has the conviction and self belief. If that 97 in Sydney was an entree, this unbeaten 89 was the dessert. The clue to his innings lay in his acceleration. Before Pujara’s dismissal, he had scored 34 off 84. After Pujara went, he scored 55 off 54. That’s what he can do. Chasing down lost causes when a draw would have sufficed to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy . Another sign of this new attitude. Cast your mind back to 2011 when MS Dhoni shook hands and opted for a draw when they needed 86 runs from 15 overs with seven wickets in hand against West Indies. India were leading the series 1-0. This team though? None of that. More than a hour after the celebrations, the broadcaster, for one last time, said goodbye. ‘Come See P11 The Wonder’ started playing. Don’t be lax, take the vax: Govt’s appeal E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi LESS than expected number of healthcare workers turning up for Covid-19 vaccination, which kicked off on Saturday has become a ma, jor worry for the Centre, top officials conceded on Tuesday . “The whole world is clamouring for a vaccine. If we still decline, then it is a matter of sadness... I will urge them (healthcare workers) to please endorse the vaccine. We have to start non-Covid services. Those who are fortunate to receive the vaccine should not refuse it,” said V K Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog, who also heads the national task force on Covid-19, at a briefing. “A lot of efforts have gone into making the vaccines. If our healthcare workers, especially doctors and nurses are declining it (vaccination), then it’s very upsetting,” said Paul as he once again sought to allay the apprehensions regarding side-effects. Making an impassioned appeal to healthcare workers to fulfill their “societal responsibility” by taking BENEFICIARIES SO FAR 2,06,959 17,072 JANUARY 16 1,48,266 JANUARY 17 JANUARY 18 89.3 85.7 82.6 81.9 81.1 BEST PERFORMING 80.8 75.4 71.4 WORST PERFORMING 1,77,368 JANUARY 19 STATES/UTS IN VACCINATION COVERAGE 34.9 34.6 27.9 FIGURES IN PERCENTAGE NAVDEEP SAINI Matches 2, Wickets 4 A tear-away quick, who India will hear a lot in the coming years. Though he didn’t quite make an impact like Siraj, he complimented the attack with crucial breakthroughs BREACHING THE FORTRESS Lakshadweep Odisha Telangana Arunachal Tamil Nadu Punjab Andaman Dadra & Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Sikkim & Nicobar Nagar Haveli Puducherry The whole world is clamouring for a vaccine. If we still decline, then it is a matter of sadness... I will urge them (healthcare workers) to please endorse the vaccine. We have to start non-Covid services —VK Paul, Niti Aayog member the shot, he said, “We never know what form this pandemic could take, how big it could get; so please get vaccinated.” So far, nearly 6.31 lakh people have taken the jabs which are being offered only to healthcare workers in the first phase due to limited supply . Paul reiterated that concerns about serious problems related to the two vaccines were unfounded. “If there is an adverse effect, there are all preparations in place. But let me assure you that adverse events are not even taking place on a significant scale. The hesitancy about adverse effects among healthcare workers needs to end,” he said. “I request them to get vaccinated and please be a role model, motivate others. This vaccine hesitancy needs to end,” Paul underlined, adding vaccination is the only route that will “take us to the end of this calamity”. Till Monday, a total of 580 cases of vaccine-related adverse reactions were reported which the government said was only 0.18 % of the total vaccinations, much lesser than what was being reported in other countries. The two deaths that have been recorded in people following vaccinations were unrelated to the shots, it said. The Centre had set a target of vaccinating nearly 30 crore population by July which include healthcare and frontline workers, those above 50 years of age and people with serious co-morbidities. The government had said that in the beginning, nearly 100 people will be vaccinated at each of the 3,000-plus vaccination centres. However, less than 3 lakh people have been turning up to take jabs P7 every day so far. NO FRILLS INAUGURATION JOE BIDEN WILL BE THE 46TH PRESIDENT OF THE US KAMALA HARRIS WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN AND PERSON OF COLOUR TO BECOME VICE-PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WILL BE THE FIRST PREDECESSOR SINCE THE 1800S WHO WILL NOT ATTEND THE INAUGURATION WHAT THE INAUGURATION WILL LOOK LIKE Theme of the inauguration will be ‘America United’, the Biden-Harris poll campaign focus There will not be crowds as the National Mall and Washington Monument have been closed due to security threat Over 20,000 National Guard personnel have been deployed at the inauguration venue. TRADITIONAL BALL TO GIVE WAY TO GLITZY LIVE SHOW 90-minute SHOW TO REPLACE THE EVENING BALL SHOW TO BE HOSTED BY TOM HANKS FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND INAUGURATION Barack and Michelle Obama George W Bush Bill Clinton INDIAN-AMERICANS NOMINATED US Surgeon General: Vivek Murthy First Lady’s Policy Director: Mala Adiga First Lady’s Asst Press Secretary: Sabrina Singh INDIAN-AMERICANS IN TEAM BIDEN-HARRIS A total 20 members of the community have been nominated 17 of the 20 would be working in White House SC H E DU L E The event is likely to begin at 9am Pacific Time (2230 IST) with the inauguration celebrations for Young Americans, to be hosted by Entertainer Keke Palmer The Young American celebration will also feature an address by First Ladyelect Jill Biden After the event, Biden and Harris will take oath outside the US Capitol Building Around 10 am PT (2330 IST), Biden will give his inaugural address where he will lay out his vision for American on various issues, including Covid Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem Following this, Biden and Harris will conduct the Pass in Review – an inspection of the tri-services troops The new president and vicepresident then will pay tribute at the ‘tomb of the unknown soldier’ at the Arlington National Cemetry A Presidential Escort will then lead the Bidens to the White House. This will be joined by escorts from the Univeristy of Delaware and Howard University, the alma matter of Biden and Harris, respectively. Around 12:15 pm Pacific Time (0145 IST), virtual celebratory parades will begin across the country 13 of them are women (Times subject to change as inaugural committee has not given exact times) | P9 Breach of trust: Sajjad Lone quits Gupkar Alliance SC PANEL TO MEET FARMERS ON F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Resentment Sajjad wrote there was a predominant feeling in the party that the PAGD sentiment was not followed on the ground. The proxies made trust among partners elusive, he asserted. THREE months after its formation to fight for the restoration of Article 370, the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on Tuesday suffered a major jolt with the exit of the Sajjad Lone-led Peoples Conference over the fielding of proxy candidates in the recent local polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The party said the “breach of trust between partners” was “beyond remedy .” PC chairman Sajjad Lone, also the PAGD spokesperson, wrote to Gupkar Alliance chairman and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah informing about the deci- sion to part ways with the sevenparty conglomerate. Apart from the Sajjad Lone-led party, the NC, the Peoples Democratic Party, the CPI, the CPI(M), the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement and the Awami National Conference had come together to for m the alliance in October last year. “There has been a breach of trust between partners, which we believe is beyond remedy The majoritarian . view in our party is that we should pull out of the alliance in amicable manner rather than waiting for things to get messier,” wrote Sajjad. “We, henceforth, will no longer be a part of the PAGD.” He said the party is divorcing from the alliance, not its objectives. “We will continue to adhere to objectives that we set out when this alliance was made. We will extend support on all issues which fall within the ambit of the stated objectives.” The PC leaders, especially Imran Reza Ansari Abdul Gani Lone, were critical of the Gupkar Alliance parties fielding proxy candidates in the first-ever District Development Council polls in J&K. The Alliance had emerged as the single largest group with 110 seats, including eight of the PC, while the BJP emerged as single largest party with 75 seats. THURSDAY, ADMITS WORK TOUGH E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court-appointed committee on the new farm laws held its first meeting on Tuesday and said it will meet farmer leaders and other stakeholders on Thursday a day after , talks between the farmers and the Centre. Panel member Anil Ghanwat said both physical and virtual meeting facilities would be available. “The biggest challenge is to convince the agitating farmers to come and speak with us. We will try our level best.” Another member said the panel will meet all stakeholders, including corporates, to understand their view points. “We will reach out to everyone who is concerned about the farm laws.” The SC had on January 11 stayed the implementation of the new laws and formed a four-member panel comprising Ashok Gulati, Anil Ghanwat, Bhupinder Singh Mann and Pramod Joshi. Later, Mann recused himself. While protesting farmers have already refused to meet the panel, one of its members asserted that the problems can be only resolved P7 through dialogue. Reaching out to stakholders Besides farmers, the panel will seek views of other stakeholders such as farm exporters, traders, millers, ginners, dairy and poultry industry on the new farm laws, in addition to the central and state governments. a website will also be launched to invite suggestions.
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