SATURDAY 24K BENEFICIARIES VACCINATED IN DELHI 20 24,321 PEOPLE RECEIVE SHOTS, INCLUDING 1,790 PEOPLE WHO GOT THEIR SECOND DOSE, ON FRIDAY, AS INOCULATION FIGURES CROSS 24,000-MARK FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY FEBRUARY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in ADVERSE EVENTS facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 10 minor cases of adverse events were reported on Friday twitter.com/TheMornStandard SHARP RISE IN JABS VALLEY ON FIRE PAST TWO-DAY REPORT TWO COPS, THREE MILITANTS KILLED 24,417 RECEIVED JABS ON THURSDAY Second militant attack in Srinagar in 3 days; 3 held for attack on dhaba owner son A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 15,337 On January 16, a total of 4,319 (53 per cent) health workers against a target of 8,117, were administered the shots at 81 centres across the city on day one DAILY COVID CASES The city recorded 158 fresh cases and one new fatality on Friday, even as the GOT SHOTS ON WEDNESDAY positivity rate stood at 0.26 per cent PAGES 12 HC raps media sensationalism; 3-day jail for Disha E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi ON a day a local court placed student-activist Disha Ravi in threeday judicial custody in connection with the toolkit case, the Delhi High Court on Friday underlined her right to privacy and told media houses not to sensationalise the probe coverage. The HC passed the directions on Disha’s plea regarding leak of probe details and sensational coverage by media houses. Earlier, seeking more time to interrogate Disha, the Delhi Police told the city court: “We have issued notices to several others to join the probe. We want to confront Disha and Shantanu. Dur- ing the course of interrogation, Disha shifted the blame on to Nikita and Shantanu.” In the high court, Additional Solicitor General Suryaprakash V Raju strongly opposed Disha’s petition, saying the activist was defaming and vilifying the police. He claimed the petition was a systematic attempt to blame the police and derail the probe. However, Justice Prathiba M Singh stated: “Right to privacy, the sovereignty and integrity of the country and the freedom of speech need to be balanced. The recent coverage definitely shows there is sensationalised reporting by the media. While press briefings are generally held, me- Disha Ravi being produced at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Friday | EXPRESS ‘Freedom of speech not negotiable’ Five days after Disha Ravi’s arrest, Greta Thunberg tweeted: “Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest and assembly are non-negotiable human rights. These must be a fundamental part of any democracy.” Round 10 of India-China talks today Pangong Lake disengagement completed, core commanders to discuss stand-off in other areas dia cannt disseminate the information in such a sensationalised manner.” Upholding the journalistic ethics of not disclosing the source, the court, however, directed media houses to base their coverage on verified and authentic sources. It also declined to order removal of such content already in the public domain at this stage. The court also directed Delhi Police to abide by its stand on affidavit that it has not leaked, nor intends to leak, any probe details to the press. Disha had moved the HC seeking to restrain the police from leaking any probe material and the media from publishing the content of her private chats. STAFFER TAG Landmark UK verdict on Uber drivers sparks hope in India A Video footage from China’s CCTV via AP Video show an honour guard carrying the coffins of Chinese soldiers killed in Galwan clash (right) between Indian and PLA soldiers | PTI Four Chinese soldiers were killed during a fierce hand-to-hand battle with Indian troops in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh last June M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi WITH the disengagement of troops from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso (lake) completed, the Corps Commanders of India and China are scheduled to meet on Saturday for the next round of talks aimed at resolving the standoff in other areas like Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh. Confirming the development, a senior Army officer said, “The 10th round of meeting is scheduled to be held in Moldo and is expected to start at 10 am.” The Indian side will be led by China acknowledged this for the first time on Friday, 8 months after the biggest military confrontation between two sides in 5 decades 14 Corps Commander Lt-Gen PGK Menon while the Chinese side will be headed by Major General Lin Liu, Commander of South Xinjian Military District. The ninth round of meeting, too, was held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Cont r o l a c r o s s I n d i a ’s Chushul sector on January 24th. On the Pangong banks, all the bunkers, tents and other temporary structures have been dismantled and the troops and equipment have moved back to the pre-April positions, the of- Chinese state media also tweeted a video showing Galwan confrontation as the country again blamed Indian troops for trespassing ficer said. Both sides have carried out a verification of the dismantling and pullback. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced in Parliament that the 10th round of talks would be held within 48 hours of complete disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso. Singh on February 11 told Parliament that the agreement between India and China mandated both sides to “cease” forward deployment of troops in a “phased, coordinated and verifiable” manner. As per the agreement, the Chinese troops were to relocate to the east of Finger 8 and the Indian Army will be based at Dhan Singh Thapa post close to Finger 4 on the north bank of the lake. The disengagement process began on February 10. On Tuesday, the Indian Army had released short videos and photographs showing thinning down of troops and dismantling of facilities by the Chinese in the areas around the lake. The visuals also showed Chinese military using a bulldozer to flatten some structures, and vehicles with troops and equipment preparing P7 to retreat to rear bases. Crimes in capital down by 16 per cent; POCSO convictions top nat’l average G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi A makeshift structure was ‘reconstructed’ in Chandni Chowk, where a Hanuman temple was demolished last month after high court order. BJP, AAP leaders welcomed the development | P5 EXPRESS READ Notice to Centre on plea against Covishield vax Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre, DGCI, ICMR and others, including Serum Institute of India, on a plea by a man who alleged serious side effects after being administered the Covishield vaccine last year during trial. In his plea, which came up before Justice A Quddhose, the petitioner sought a declaration that the traumatic health issues he faced following the shot was a ‘serious adverse event’ as defined in the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules. CASES REGISTERED ARRESTS MADE FIR REGISTERED* Cases 1,699 2,186 434 472 35,019 1,34,455 9 11 2019 2020 * Total IPC Decline from 2019 21.63% 25.16% 12.32% 9.4% 24.23% 30.52% 40% 26.67% have been solved. About 68% of those charged under the POCSO Act in Delhi were convicted, much better than the national average of 35 per cent. According to the data, 44 per cent of accused in the rape cases were known to the victim — 12 per cent were neighbours, 14 per cent relatives, 2 per cent employer or co-workers and 26 per cent other known persons. Only 2 per cent accused were are unknown or strangers. In 381 cases i.e, 22.42 per cent cases, the accused was either in a live-relation with TWO persons were arrested by Unnao police on Friday evening in connection with the poisoning of three minor Dalit girls in Baburaha village of the district on Wednesday. One of them, according to police, was in love with one of the girls but she spurned him. Two of the poisoned girls died on way to hospital while the third one is battling for life in a Kanpur hospital. Making the announcements about the arrests before the media, Laksmi Singh, IG, Lucknow Range, said Vinay (25) and a 15-year-old boy of a village adjoining Baburaha were arrested on the basis of surveillance and a tip-off received from a police informer. The IG claimed Vinay had accepted to have committed the crime. IG Singh revealed that the accused was known to the girls. On the fateful day while they were collect, ing fodder in the field, the duo approached them and offered snacks and water spiked with insecticide. Vinay revealed during his interrogation that he was frustrated as he had proposed to the girl on February 14 and had asked for her mobile number, but she refused to share it. On Wednesday, Vinay, accompanied by the teenager, allegedly came prepared with his plan to poison the girl who had rebuffed his professions of love. The IG said that as per Vinay’s confession, he offered the spiked water only to the girl he loved but other two also snatched it from him and had it as they were thirsty All the three girls started frothing as soon as . they drank the insecticide-laced water. During the interrogation, the accused told the police that he came to know the girl during the lockdown while both worked in their fields, which were adjacent. Earlier in the day, the last rites of the girls were performed amid tight security in the presence of the family and police and district administration officials. The bodies were brought to their village after the autopsy on Thursday The DM denied reports of . any pressure being exerted on the family with regard to performing the last rites. Meanwhile, a team from Forensic Science Laboratory visited the village to collect more evidence. A team of nine officials recreated the crime scene at the spot and collected samples for chemical tests. Unilateral decisions S HA RP D EC LIN E IN HEIN OUS CR I M ES Crime RAPE MOLESTATION OF WOMEN INSULT TO MODESTY MURDER MV THEFT OTHER THEFT DACOITY KIDNAP FOR RANSOM N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknow CONTINUED ON: P8 2,50,324 3,01,085 1,25,986 1,09,138 2,66,070 OVERNIGHT; POLITICS STARTS 3,16,261 TEMPLE RECONSTRUCTED THOUGH 2020 was full of big challenges for Delhi Police — communal riots in northeast Delhi, lockdown and farmer agitation — the force managed to bring down the crime rate in the national capital by 15.87 per cent — from 31,6261 cases registered in 2019 to 2,66,070 last year. The number of arrests, however, increased by 15.43 per cent. “The year 2020 gave many challenges... We took this challenge as an opportunity to serve the people,” said Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava. Technology played a key role in solving the crimes. Cases related to communal riots, street crimes, heinous crimes, organised crimes and even terror activities were cracked using modern and latest technology Several . terror modules were busted last year and 32 terrorists arrested, compared to five in 2019. According to data provided by Delhi Police, crime against woman and children and street crimes like motor vehicle theft, snatching and others saw a sharp decline. Heinous crimes against senior citizens also dropped in 2020 by 19 per cent. A total of 7,322 crimes were reported against women in 2020, down from 9,365 in 2019, and about 90 per cent of these cases OVERALL CRIME IN DELHI landmark verdict of the UK Supreme Court on Friday classifying ride-hailing app Uber’s drivers as its employees and not self-employed, was widely welcomed by drivers’ unions in India, hoping it would help build their case for changing the oppressive work conditions back home. It ruled that the driver would have full protection as an employee from the moment the app is switched on and not from when the ride commences. A similar demand for the regularisation of Uber and Ola drivers is pending before the Industrial Tribunal in Kerala’s Thrissur. T R S Kumar, president of the All Kerala Online Taxi Driver Union, said online taxi drivers are upbeat about the UK verdict. “We were first in India to file a similar case. We hope the UK Sup re m e C o u r t verdict would be helpful in our case as well. It will surely be a lesson to employers to treat online taxi drivers as regular employees with pension and other welfare schemes,” he said. “This is a big victory for Uber drivers. It has been a long journey for this status. In India, too, we had earlier approached the court but lost the case. However, this verdict is a ray of hope and we feel things will change here as well. Cab service providers need to understand that we are employers who have fixed working hours and not running our own business,” said Kamaljeet Gill, Sarvodaya Drivers Association Of Delhi President. Unnao deaths: Two held, cops suspect affair the victim or refused to marry . The police chief said for security and safety of women and children, the police has started initiatives like Himmat app, selfdefence training for children in schools and colleges, increasing street-lighting and deployment of beat officers at dark spots. The initiative to give out-ofturn promotions and Asadharan Karya Puraskar to police personnel helping trace missing children has resulted in huge success with 103 per cent of such chilP4 dren traced in 2020. Among the factors examined were Uber dictating the fare and the driver’s share, unilateral contract terms, and penalising them through star ratings and/or multiple rejection of rides Accused Vinay at Asoha police station in Unnao on Friday | PTI GUN POINT Airport ordeal for shooter Manu E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi COMMONWEALTH Games goldwinning shooter Manu Bhaker was in for a tough time at Delhi airport on Friday. Travelling to Bhopal for training, she was stopped for carrying arms and ammunition. She could fly out only after tweeting her problem and drawing the attention of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The 19-year-old alleged she was stopped for carrying guns despite having clearance from Directorate General of Civil Aviation. She also accused an Air India staff of misbehaving and deleting from her phone photos she took while being ‘harassed’. In a tweet at around 9 pm, Bhaker wrote: “IGI Delhi. Going to Bhopal.. I need to carry weapons & ammunition. Request @ airindiain Officials to give respect... & please don’t ask money . I have @DGCAIndia permit.” Civil Aviation Minister HS Puri and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje were tagged in it. Soon came another tweet, saying she was asked to pay `10,200. PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were tagged in this. It seems her problems ended following the intervention of the sports minister. “Thank you @ KirenRijiju sir. Got boarded...” Travelling with gun is allowed Shooters are allowed to carry arms and ammunition while travelling by plane, provided they have license and clearance from DGCA and the national federation.
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