FRIDAY FIFTH TEST LIKELY TO GO AHEAD AFTER COVID SCARE 10 India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar contracts virus. All 21 players return negative tests. Last match expected to start today SEPTEMBER, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in ALL INDIA PLAYERS TEST NEGATIVE facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard The Morning Standard wishes its readers a A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Happy Ganesh Chaturthi IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Look-out circulars Mumbai: Look-out circulars have been issued against Union minister Narayan Rane’s wife Nilam and MLA-son Nitesh in connection with cases related to unpaid loans taken from a financial institution. Pune’s DCP said look-out circulars were issued on September 3. Nitesh Rane said his family will challenge the circulars in the high court and questioned the Pune police’s authority to issue them when they have already expressed willingness to repay. No stay on trial New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to stay the trial in a case related to alleged tampering with evidence in the 1997 Uphaar tragedy case in which real estate barons Sushil and Gopal Ansal were convicted and sentenced to two-year jail term by the Supreme Court. The HC was hearing a plea by Sushil Ansal seeking to crossexamine the investigating officer on the ground of change of his counsel. P4 INTERNATIONAL Terror meet in Pak Islamabad: Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review measures taken to counter terrorism and extremism in the country. The meeting of Apex Committee of National Action Plan was attended by ministers for Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Interior and Information along with Army and intelligence agency chief, NSA and Chief Ministers of the provinces and senior officials. NEW DELHI PAGES 12 J8.00 THE Allahabad High Court on Thursday stayed an archaeological survey to determine if the Gyanvapi Mosque adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple was built on the ruins of a Hindu temple. Justice Prakash Padia stayed the execution of a Varanasi fast-track court’s order in April directing the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a physical survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. The HC order came on peti- CLASH FOUR ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH TRIPURA VIOLENCE A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi Grouping to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis, support intra-Afghan peace dialogue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Secretary (CPV) in the ministry of external affairs, Sanjay Bhattacharya, said there was COUNTERING terror, particu- strong consensus on condemnlarly in the context of the Af- ing terrorism, including crossghanistan upheaval, dominated border terror, terror financing discussions on Thursday at the and the springing up of radical five-nation BRICS virtual sum- organisations. mit chaired by India, with all Bhattacharya said many heads of state collectively agreements, including the one agreeing to combat the calling for reforms of Reject export of terror and comultilateral organisadouble operate to mitigate the tions, remote sensing standards satellite constellation, humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country . agriculture refor ms “We reject “We call for refrainand cooperation and double ing from violence and some others related to standards in settling the situation the New Development countering by peaceful means. We Bank (NDB) were finalterrorism and stress the need to conised or endorsed durextremism tribute to fostering an ing the summit attendconducive to inclusive intra-Afghan ed by Chinese President terrorism. We dialogue so as to enXi Jinping, Russian call for sure stability, civil President Vladimir Puexpeditious peace, law and order in finalisation and tin, South African the country We under- adoption of the President Cyril Ram. score the priority of Comprehensive aphosa and Brazilian fighting terrorism, in- Convention on P r e s i d e n t Jair cluding preventing atBolsonaro. International tempts by terrorist orIn his opening adTerrorism g anisations to use within the UN dress, Prime Minister Afghan territory as terNarendra Modi said framework,” rorist sanctuary and to the BRICS joint BRICS has adopted a c a r r y o u t a t t a c k s declaration said counter-terrorism acagainst other countion plan that was tries, as well as drug trade drawn up by national security within Afghanistan. We em- advisors of the member states. phasise the need to address the Putin said the situation in Afhumanitarian situation and to ghanistan must not become a uphold human rights, includ- threat to its neighbours. “Rusing those of women, children sia, just like its BRICS partners, and minorities,” a joint decla- consistently supports the estabration adopted at the end of the lishment of the long-awaited summit, called the New Delhi p e a c e a n d s t a b i l i t y i n Declaration, stated. Afghanistan.” @ New Delhi tions filed by Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board and Anjuman Intazamia Masazid, Varanasi, challenging the April 8 order of the fast-track court. Justice Padia observed that the lower court shouldn’t have decided the application filed for an ASI survey as it had “full knowledge of the fact” that the HC had on March 15 reserved its verdict on pleas challenging the maintainability of the suit filed for the survey . Varanasi civil judge (senior CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury writes to PM seeking his intervention in Tripura, claims party’s offices were attacked by “mobs of BJP men” in a “pre-planned fashion” | P8 Haryana wants new House, CM writes to Shah for land H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh THE Haryana gover nment seems to be following in the footsteps of the Centre. While construction of a new Parliament building in New Delhi is in full swing, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has shot off a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting to provide ten acres of land for constructing a new assembly building in Chandigarh, a Union Territory . Confirming this, a senior official said more space would be needed after delimitation in 2026 as the number of MLAs would rise from 90 to 122 while CONCERN AMONG PLAYERS TOO Several players received treatment from Parmar, including the likes of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohd Shami. Parmar was part of the training session on Wednesday. The team may undergo another round of testing — lateral flow test — on Friday morning. India lead the series 2-1 BRICS to stem Af Ford folds up in India, over 4,000 jobs on the line terror export laid in Jt Declaration DEALING a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, US carmaker Ford on Thursday said it was shutting its manufacturing plants in the country in view of muted growth and $2 billion losses over the past 10 years. The move will impact at least 4,000 jobs across the two plants in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Industry sources said another 40,000 people employed with Ford dealers across the country JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT will also be affected. Ford has two manufacturing plants in India – one each in Chennai and Sanand. The company plans to wind down vehicle assembly in Sanand by the fourth quarter of this year and vehicle and engine manufacturing in Chennai by the second quarter of 2022. The sale of its products such as F i g o, A s p i r e, F r e e s t y l e, EcoSport and Endeavour will cease once existing dealer inventories are sold out. the present building can only accommodate 90 legislators. Also, new systems and technology needs to be incorporated. “Hence, the state government has requested for the land near the existing legislative assembly building,” he said. Last month, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta had written to CM Khattar to take up this issue with the Centre. A dispute between Haryana and Punjab has been going on over the present assembly building. The Haryana government complains that it has not got the due share of space as Punjab is in “illegal” occupation over a large part. division) Ashutosh Tiwari had ordered the ASI director general to get a comprehensive archaeological survey done of the entire settlement plot of the Gyanvapi compound to ascertain if a Hindu temple ever existed at the site before the mosque was built or superimposed. The court had directed the ASI to constitute a five-member committee of archaeological experts (two of them to be preferably from minority community) for the purpose and the “As part of our Ford+ plan, we are taking difficult but necessary actions to deliver a sustainably profitable business longer-term and allocate our capital to grow and create value in the right areas,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company’s president and CEO. The decision to exit Indian market comes at a time when industry veterans have warned against high tax rates and shrinkage of consumer base. Ford’s sales in India have been on a downward trajectory . Its market share in FY21 fell below 2% despite the company being here for over 25 years. Ford India also posted a 65% dip in exports last year. The company , which was the largest exporter of cars from India in FY19, slipped to third spot in the past year as exports dipped to 46,064 units in FY21, down from 1,31,476 a year before. According to industry analysts, India remains a tough market for US and European carmakers. CONTINUED ON P12 September 8 73,80,510 doses September 9 64,15,260 doses TOTAL DOSES: 72,25,86,576 NATIONWIDE SEP 08 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI SEP 09 37,875 43,263 39,114 40,567 369 338 SEP 08 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SEP 09 41 13 00 36 35 00 VAX TRACKER SOON Covid vaccines lower the risk of mortality by 96.6% after first dose and 97.5%t after the second dose, data from April 18 to August 16 showed. The government is set to launch a vaccine tracker that will allow users to access weekly updates on vaccine effectiveness and death figures | P7 DROP IN LEARNING At least 80% children in India in 14-18 age group reported lower levels of learning during pandemic than when physically at school, says a Unicef report. It said 76% of parents of students aged 5-13 years reported drop in learning levels during remote learning. No ASI survey of Gyanvapi mosque for now: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Varanasi The team didn’t train on Thursday. The contingent has been placed under isolation in their hotel rooms where all of them were subjected to RT-PCR tests. The results returned negative later in the evening. However, the BCCI is still worried that in case an IPL-bound player tests positive, it could impact resumption of the league in the UAE from September 19 UP government was told to bear the cost of the survey . The HC ruled that till the next date of hearing, all further proceedings on the suit pending before the lower court for the survey of the complex shall remain stayed. It gave three weeks to all the respondents to file their replies and slated the next hearing on October 8. A section of city residents had moved court contending that the mosque was built by Mughal ruler Aurangzeb in 1664 after demolishing a portion of Vishwanath Temple. A Lockheed C-130 J Hercules carrying Rajnath and Gadkari lands during inauguration of ELF on NH-925 in Barmer | PTI EMERGENCY LANDING STRIP FOR IAF NEAR BORDER IN RAJASTHAN M AYA N K S I N G H @ Barmer ADDING to military infrastructure for emergency use for aircraft operations, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated a stretch of national highway which has been developed into an Emergency Landing Field (ELF). This is on NH-925 in Gandhav Bhakasar Section, south of Barmer, in Rajasthan. It will be used for aircraft operations in emergency on the western borders with Pakistan. A Hercules C-130J plane of the IAF, carrying the ministers, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, conducted a mock emergency landing on the field. NH-925 is India’s first National Highway to be used for emergency landing of IAF aircraft. Multiple landing and touchdown sorties were conducted starting with the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter. A 32 military transport aircraft and Mi17v5 helicopter also landed at the ELF, showing its complete operational readiness. The defence minister said 20 emergency landing strips are being developed across the country “Many helipads . are also being created with the help of the Union roads ministry. This is an important step to strengthen our security infrastructure,” Singh said. Later in the day the defence , By creating a strip so near the international border, we have given a message that we will stand up for unity, diversity and sovereignty of our country at whatever the cost Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister minister commissioned the first squadron of the first Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) in Jaisalmer and said self-reliance has become a necessity in today’s global scenario. “Whether it is South China Sea, Indian Ocean region, Indo-Pacific region or Central Asia, we can see uncertainty everywhere. The current developments in Afghanistan is one such example,” Rajnath said. “Amid this changing global scenario, the equations between the nations are also changing quickly as per their interests. In such a situation, the strength of our security and our self-reliance is not an achievement, but a necessity he added. ,” MRSAM has a range up to 70 km. It has been jointly developed by DRDO and Israel and provides defence from enemy aerial threats. 5 DU colleges in NIRF Top 10 list; Miranda ranks first INDIA’S BEST INSTITUTIONS OVERALL ➊ IIT Madras ➋ IISc Bengaluru ➌ IIT Bombay ➍ IIT Delhi ➎ IIT Kanpur ➏ IIT Kharagpur ➐ IIT Roorkee ➑ IIT Guwahati ➒ JNU Delhi ➓ BHU Varanasi ENGINEERING IIT Madras ● IIT Delhi ● IIT Bombay ● IIT Kanpur ● IIT Kharagpur ● IIT Roorkee ● IIT Guwahati ● IIT Hyderabad ● NIT Tiruchy ● NIT Surathkal ● UNIVERSITY To help make an informed choice on your course and institution for higher education this admission season, the National Institutional Ranking Framework has just put out lists of top institutions. Check them out. More on P7 IISc Bengaluru JNU Delhi ● BHU Varanasi ● Calcutta University ● Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore ● Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi ● Manipal Academy of Higher Education ● Jadavpur University ● University of Hyderabad ● AMU, Aligarh ● ● MANAGEMENT IIM Ahmedabad ● IIM Bangalore ● IIM Calcutta ● IIM Kozhikode ● IIT Delhi ● IIM Indore ● IIM Lucknow ● XLRI Jamshedpur ● IIT Kharagpur ● IIT Bombay ● MEDICAL AIIMS Delhi ● PGIMER Chandigarh ● CMC Vellore ● NIMHNS Bangalore ● SGPIMS Lucknow ● Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore ● BHU Varanasi ● JIPMER Puducherry ● King George’s Medical University, Lucknow ● Kasturba Medical College, Manipal ● G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi We are fortunate that our college has been recognised and it very heartening and motivating for our teachers, students and non-teaching staff who worked really hard Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Principal, Miranda House DU COLLEGES IN TOP 10 College Rank Miranda House 1 Lady Shri Ram College 2 St Stephen's 8 Hindu College 9 SRCC 10 DELHI University’s Miranda House has topped the list of best colleges in India for the fifth consecutive year in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) conducted every year by the Ministry of Education. The college has bagged the top slot every year since the first ranking list was released in 2017. “We are indeed humbled. We have always strived for excellence. All DU colleges are doing very well. This time, many colleges from outside Delhi also joined. All of us are working hard. We are not the kind to rest on our laurels,” said an ecstatic principal, Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda. “Last year, Unnat Bharat Abhiayan was the focus of the government and we really accorded priority to that, adopting five villages in Delhi. This time the focus was to amplify research. So, we tried to do that, bringing multi-disciplinary and social science re- search,” Nanda added. Suman Sharma, principal of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) which retained its second rank, also credited the hard work, sincerity and commitment of the teaching and nonteaching staff for the achievement. “Also, the liberal support and valuable guidance of governing boards and the hard work of students who always want to excel in academic, cocurricular and extra-curricular activities,” said Sharma. Two DU colleges that figured in the top 10, St. Stephen’s and Hindu saw their rankings drop from third and fourth to eighth and ninth positions, respectively However, Shiram . College of Commerce, which was ranked 12th last year, secured 10th position. Hindu College principal Anju Srivasta said, “The ranking this year is very disappointing for us. I have not seen the scores and details. We are in top 10, but the rank has slipped. So, yes, it is disappointing.” CONTINUED ON P4
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