WEDNESDAY 04 AUGUST, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard TRUCE FORMULA PEACE IN TROUBLED BORDER RAJ CM AGAINST RESHUFFLE Gehlot wants Cabinet expansion with berths for MLAs from Pilot camp PAGE 8 AFTER 18 MONTHS No arrests in JNU violence case, minister tells Parliament E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi ABOUT a year and-a-half has passed since violence at the JNU campus in January, 2020. Still, no arrests have been made in the case, which saw masked goons storm the university and leave several students injured, it was revealed in Parliament on Tuesday . Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that three cases had been registered by Delhi Police at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, but no arrests have been made. “The investigation conducted includes examination of witnesses, collection and analysis of footages and examination of identified suspects. As reported by the Delhi Police, no arrest has been made in these cases,” Rai said, replying to a written question from DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran. On January 5, 2020, around 50 masked men and women, armed with rods and hammers, unleashed violence at the JNU campus, attacking students and ransacking hostels and other buildings for several hours before police intervened. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was among several students who suffered severe injuries in the attack. Photos of her bleeding from the head triggered widespread anger across the nation. Students of the university staged a major protest inside and outside the campus after the attack. These protests drew widespread attention and actor Deepika Paduoke was among those who dropped in to show solidarity Protests were . held in other cities also, including Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Odisha, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Big dip in ceasefire violations after India-Pakistan pact in February A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 Only six incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported since India and Pakistan agreed in February to observe all pacts related to cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday that 5,133 violations were reported in 2020, 3,479 in 2019 and 2,140 in 2018. PAGES 12 Armies OK with disengagement at Gogra point Political clearance awaited from China to defuse tension there, create a buffer zone M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi AT the recent meeting of Corps Commanders of India and China, both sides agreed to disengage from the Gogra (Patrolling Point 17A) stand-off point along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. A political decision by both countries is awaited. A senior official said, “Both the Corp Commanders agreed to disengage from Gogra but the final go ahead has to come from the political hierarchies of both the governments.” There is a platoon-level strength (35 soldiers) stationed in stand-off mode on both sides at Gogra. Once the go ahead comes, soldiers will retreat to a designated position on the ground and will leave a buffer zone as was done in Pangong Tso. In their first step towards defusing tension, India and China had in February had pulled back troops and heavy equipment, including tanks, artillery guns and mechanised vehicles, to create buffer zones at North and How buffer South banks of the Pangong Tso. zones worked Also, troops were disengaged from Galwan, at Pangong which was the site of deadly skirmishes leadAt Pangong Tso, ing to the death of soldiers from both sides. Chinese troops at As reported earlier by this newspaper, ofNorth Bank had ficials on the ground had indicated that dismoved back north engagement could take place both at Gogra of Finger 8 and and Hotspring (Patrolling Point 15), but a deIndian soldiers cision was arrived at on one of the two during retreated close to the last meeting. The Chinese had rushed in Finger 3. The area soldiers after clashes at Finger 4 in May 2020 in between became and the stand-off deployment was done at a buffer zone with both banks of Pangong Tso, Hotspring, Gogra a temporary and Galwan. Besides, there was stand-off at moratorium on Depsang and Demchok. patrolling from There are mirror deployments from both both sides. A sides, with the Chinese moving in four divisimilar accord is sions along the Eastern Ladakh. Similarly, expected at Gogra the Indian Army has stationed four divisions to counter any movement and also to handle the stand-off deployment. Other than talks at various levels, the hotline has been used extensively with up to five calls a day “Hotline talks between May , . 2020 and till July have happened 1,450 times,” said an official. There have been 12 meetings so far between the Corps Commanders, 10 between division commanders and 55 at the delegation level (sector commanders or Brigadier level) to address the matter. The last Corps Commander meeting was on Saturday between Lt Gen P G K Menon and Maj Gen Liu Lin. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a breakfast meeting of MPs from 15 Opposition parties, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI Rahul steps up to fill Oppn leadership vacuum R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi FORMER Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hosted a breakfast meeting for Opposition MPs to possibly stake his claim for their leadership at a later date. By doing so, he tried to end a self-created leadership vacuum, which leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and NCP boss Sharad Pawar had sought to fill in recent weeks. Rahul had never in the past actively engaged with Opposition leaders inside or outside Parliament. Even within the party, many veteran Congress leaders have been critical of him for not meeting or listening to them on key issues. Until now, he was rarely part of joint meetings of Opposition leaders even on vital issues like the reading down of Article 370, farm legislation or strategy meetings during Parliament session. In his absence, they were attended by the then Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and his deputy Anand Sharma. “He is now regularly interacting with MPs from other like-minded parties and attending joint protests by the Opposition in Parliament on issues concerning the people,” said a senior Congress MP . This change in approach is seen as welcome step by many party leaders. They wonder if calls for a united Opposition to take on the Modi government by Mamata and Pawar prodded Rahul to step up the ladder to prevent encroachment in Opposition leadership. “He has held a few meetings with strategist Prashant Kishor 15 PARTIES ATTEND Apart from the Congress, MPs from Trinamool Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, DMK, CPM, CPI, RJD, SP, JMM, NC, IUML, RSP, KCM, LJD and were present. BSP and AAP gave it a miss and there are discussions to have him (Kishor) in the party or taking his services to overhaul the Congress. This change (in Rahul) could be part of the revamp or due to Mamata and Pawar taking the lead in uniting the Opposition,” said another party leader. At Tuesday’s meeting, he pushed for a united Opposition taking on the BJP-RSS. “The single most important thing in my view is that we unite (against) this force... We can have a few discussions and arguments but I think it is important for us to come up with the principles of the foundations of our unity he said. ,” BETTER LATE THAN NEVER RIPOSTE LOVLINA’S OLYMPIC GLORY PM CALLS OPPN UNDEMOCRATIC Reacting to chaotic scenes in both House of Parliament during ongoing monsoon session, Modi accuses Opposition MPs of having a negative approach and asks BJP MPs to not react to provocations | P7 GETS HER VILLAGE A ROAD Day before semis, hockey player’s house gets television M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi INDIA LOSE SEMIS 2-5, FACE GERMANY FOR BRONZE MEDAL Men’s hockey team lead world champions Belgium for 10 minutes before penalty-corner goals come back to haunt them WOMEN SEEK HISTORY AGAINST ARGENTINA Now, all eyes will be on Rani Rampal & Co as they face Las Leonas for a place in the final. If they do manage to beat them, it will be their first ever final. The Indian team has been on a roll, winning their last three games including a 1-0 win over Australia in the quarters. The Argentina test will be a physical examination. The Dutch face Great Britain in the other semifinal EXPRESS READ Landslide kills one in Himachal’s Solan Shimla: A 22-year-old man died and two others were injured in a landslide that hit Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Tuesday, a state disaster management official said. The Solan District Emergency Operation Centre said that the landslide took place near a hotel in Parwanoo at around 2:30 am. Roads nearby got blocked. Illegal immigrants arrested in Bareily Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh ATS has arrested two Bangladeshi nationals, who allegedly entered the country illegally and were working in a meat factory in Bareilly, an official release said on Tuesday. It was said that these persons were carrying forged documents including Aadhar Card, PAN card and passports. Work is going on in full swing to build a 3.5-km motorable road from Barpathar town in upper Assam’s Golaghat district to Lovlina’s village Baro Mukhia WORLD RECORD IN MEN’S 400M HURDLES FINAL In one of the greatest athletics finals of all time, Norway’s Karsten Warholm broke his own previous 400m hurdle world record of 46.70 seconds with a time of 45.94 US’s Rai Benjamin finished second with a timing of 46.12. Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos won bronze, clocking 46.72 seconds Norway’s Karsten Warholm wins 400m hurdles on Tuesday | AP TPR goes below 2%, but situation in 8 states grim S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi INDIA’s test positivity rate has fallen below 2% for the first time in three months, but eight states still report high infection rates as shown by the R factor (reproduction rate). R factor denotes the number of people getting infected by one person. If the R factor value is above 1, it means one person can spread the infection to more than one person which suggests that the infection is spreading. For India, the highest R values are in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, and Karnataka where this figure is 1.2 or higher. “We are concerned that some states have the R factor in the wrong direction. It is above 1 and rising, it is truly a cause of concern. The virus wishes to expand. We must curb it,” said V K Paul, member (Niti Aayog) and head of the national Covid19 task force. Authorities in the press briefing by the Union health ministry also shared that there are 44 districts in the country where the Covid-19 case positivity rate is over 10%. These districts are in Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, among others. According to Chennai-based Institute of Mathematical Sciences, R value of SARS-CoV-2 in India crossed 1 on July 27. The R value needs to be brought down to less than 1 for the virus to eventually stop spreading because it cannot infect enough people to sustain the outbreak. 3.30 PM INDIA VS ARGENTINA WOMEN’S HOCKEY SEMIFINAL | P11,12 STATES WITH HIGH REPRODUCTIVE FACTOR Stable Decreasing Increasing Himachal Pradesh 1.4 Nagaland 1 Meghalaya 1 J&K 1.4 Haryana 1 Delhi 1 Mizoram 1.2 West Bengal 1 Goa 1 Jharkhand 1 Andhra Pradesh 1 Maharashtra 1 Karnataka 1.2 Puducherry 1.1 Tamil Nadu 1.2 Kerala 1.1 Lakshadweep 1.3 NATIONWIDE AUG 2 AUG 3 Fresh cases 45,892 30,549 Recoveries 44,291 38,887 Deaths 817 422 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths AUG 2 AUG 3 51 95 00 50 65 04 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT August 2 53,67,190 doses August 3 51,51,891 doses TOTAL DOSES 48,41,81,676 P R A SA N TA M A Z U M DA R @ Guwahati TAKING note of the lack of basic infrastructure in Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain’s village Baro Mukhia, first reported by TMS, the Assam government has started building a motorable road to her village. The 3.5-km stretch will connect Barpathar town in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district with the ace boxer’s village that has a population of around 2,000. Work started two days ago. Prior to her Olympics glory, locals had highlighted the lack of infrastructure in the village. They were optimistic Baro Mukhia will undergo a transformation like sprinter Hima Das’s Kandhulimari village in Nagaon district if Lovlina wins a medal. The medal is now assured, thanks to her entry into the semifinal in women’s 69 kg category The bout takes . place today . The area falls under Sarupathar Assembly, which has often been represented by the Congress. Local MLA Biswajit Phukan of BJP said the kutcha road was being made concrete. A bumpy ride to the village made him decide on building the road. “I was travelling to Lovlina’s house the other day after she had stormed into the semis. The condition of the road was very bad after overnight downpour. So, I took a decision to build it and complete it before Lovlina’s return,” Phukan said. The state’s Public Works Department is working on the road. “We are making it motorable. If money is not sanctioned by the government, I will spend from my pocket,” Phukan added. The MLA admitted the region has a lot of problems in terms of infrastructure. Lovlina’s f ather Tiken Borgohain said the villagers were happy that the boxer’s glory fetched them a road. “People are very happy to see a concrete road coming up on a kutcha road. I thank the state government and the MLA,” he said. He added, “Lovlina has secured a medal and for that, the government is giving us a road. I will consider it as a gift for my daughter.” Horen Gogoi, a villager, said the gover nment needs to put in place other infrastructure. “We need facilities such as a hospital with beds, drinking water, a playground, a gym, a boxing ring etc. Lovlina is winning the world and our constituency doesn’t have even a boxing ring,” he said. FINALLY, parents and family members of Salima Tete can watch her play in the Olympics. There was no TV in the house of this member of the Indian women’s hockey team, which will take on Argentina in a semifinal encounter in Tokyo on Wednesday . After this newspaper reported this, the administration installed a TV at their house in Badkichapar village on Tuesday. The instruction came from the Prime Minister’s Office, said officials. According to District Sports Officer Tushar Roy, a 43-inch smart TV with a set top box has been installed. “Deputy Commissioner Sushant Gaurav directed me to get a TV installed at her house. This will also inspire other girls to play said Roy ,” . According to Salima’s younger sister Mahima, also a national-level hockey player, everyone in the village wanted to see Salima play in the Olympics. “The village has more than 45 families. There is not a single TV set. And due to poor internet connectivity we were not able to , watch the matches on mobile phones,” said Mahima. The TV being installed at the house of Salima Tete on Tuesday | EXPRESS
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