WEDNESDAY RETAIL INFLATION AT A 5-MONTH LOW, INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT GROWS 13 Retail inflation declined to 4.35% in September, mainly due to lower food prices, according to govt data released on Tuesday OCTOBER, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT EXPANDS IN AUGUST facebook.com/TheMorningStandard The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63% of the Index of Industrial Production, grew 9.7% in August, data showed. Mining output during August expanded by a robust 23.6%.Consumer durables manufacturing increased 8% in August 2021 against a decline of 10.2% in August 2020 | P10 twitter.com/TheMornStandard KASHMIR 5 ULTRAS KILLED IN TWO ENCOUNTERS One of the slain terrorists was involved in the killing of a non-local street hawker PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 FOOD PRICES MODERATE IN SEPT The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation was at 5.3% in August 2021 and at 7.27% in September 2020. The inflation in food basket eased to 0.68% in September 2021. For the third consecutive month, CPI inflation stayed within the RBI’s tolerance band of 2-6% in September Covaxin safe for Selective outrage damages human rights: Modi 2-plus age group, says govt panel M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at selective outrage by a section of the people, saying political opportunism causes maximum damage to human rights. While he did not identify the people who were “weighing violations of human rights on the scale of political gains and losses”, his remarks assumed significance in the backdrop of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. For, the BJP then launched a For under-18, it has been suggested that vaccines be supplied in pre-filled syringes S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi BHARAT Biotech’s Covaxin can be administrated on adolescents and children as young as two years, an expert panel of India’s apex drug regulator has recommended. The final approval by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is expected soon, sources said. All data related to the clinical trials in the 2-17 years age group has been submitted to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and the subject expert committee, Bharat Biotech said in a statement on Tuesday . “This represents one of the first approvals worldwide for Covid-19 vaccines for the 2-18 age group,” said the company. “We now await further regulatory approvals from the CDSCO prior to product launch and market availability of Covaxin for Children. Raches Ella, clinic lead of Covid vaccines at the company , said in a tweet that Covaxin has been “reported to be safe and immunogenic” in a paediatric IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA HC nod for Asthana New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday upheld the Centre’s decision to appoint senior IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner four days before his superannuation on July 31, saying there was ‘no irregularity, illegality or infirmity’ in his selection. Dismissing a PIL challenging his selection, it said the justification and reasons given by the Centre for appointing Asthana are plausible, calling for no interference in judicial review. P4 NCR likely to shrink New Delhi: The National Capital Region is likely to shrink to 100-km radius from Rajghat with the NCR Planning Board on Tuesday approving the Draft Regional Plan 2041, which is aimed at focused development of NCR’s urban areas, official sources said. The NCR currently spreads to 150175 km, covering entire districts and their rural areas. But with the approval of the Plan 2041, areas beyond 100 km are not likely to be main parts of the NCR. A detailed draft plan will soon be made public for suggestions and objections and thereafter, it will be notified by the NCR Planning Board. INTERNATIONAL Row over ISI chief Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Tuesday claimed that there were no differences between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa over the appointment of the new ISI chief. The Pakistan Army last week announced that Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum was appointed as the new Director General of the ISI replacing Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, who was Peshawar Corps Commander. However, the notification of Anjum’s appointment has not been issued by the PM’s office. cohort and “the approval in children will help expedite the reopening of schools”. Once the final approval by the DCGI comes, Covaxin would be the second vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV D to be permitted for under-18 population group in India. Cadila’s threedose vaccine has got emergency use authorisation for use in those above 12 years. Sources in the drug regulatory body said though the amount of Covaxin recommended for children remains the same — 0.5 ml — as it is for adults and will also be administered in two doses, there will be slight difference. “It has been suggested that for under-18 group, vaccines be supplied in pre-filled syringes instead of vaccines being taken out of vials at the time of administration,” said an official. This was recommended in order to ensure that exactly the specified quantity of vaccines are administered in children as the higher quantity may have adverse effects on children, especially younger ones. blistering attack on the Congress for overlooking atrocities against members of the scheduled castes in Rajasthan. Modi was speaking at the 28th foundation day ceremony of the National Human Rights Commission. Hours later, the BJP held a presser to show video clippings of violence against members of the scheduled castes in Congress-ruled Rajasthan. Referring to Modi’s remarks earlier in the day, BJP national general secretary Dushyant Gautam said his (Modi) anguish is justified since victims of the Rajasthan violence want Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to show similar Harms India’s image, says PM “In incidents of similar nature, there are some who see violation of human rights in some case, while ignoring the others. Selective outrage is harmful to democracy. It also harms India’s image,” PM said. Govt med colleges too catch faculty data fudge bug S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Taking serious view ALARMED at reports that government medical colleges have started data fudging to show higher faculty count, the Centre has asked all colleges to share details of vacancies in all departments immediately. Till now, the malaise was restricted to dodgy private medical colleges. In a letter issued to all government medical colleges in the country on Monday, accessed by this newspaper, the National Medical Commission asked them for these details within 24 hours. There are about 275 government medical colleges in India at present. The letter said the Union The letter said the Union government had taken a serious view of the matter, adding it could figure in a conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have with chief secretaries government had taken a serious view of the matter, adding it could figure in a conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have with state chief secretaries. The Commission said its Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) observed that faculty positions in many departments of government medical colleges have stayed vacant for several years. “The colleges and the institutions for undergraduate, postgraduate and broad and super-speciality courses without proper eligibility qualifications of the teachers,” said the letter signed by MARB member G Suryanarayana Raju. Teachers in some government medical colleges this newspaper spoke to conceded that to tide over faculty shortage, many of them have been calling teachers from other institutions on short deputation. “Faculty shortage was a ma- jor problem during regulatory inspections. Though inspections are happening only during seat enhancement, government medical colleges are struggling to show the required number of teachers and are forced to call them on deputation though they are bound to other institutions,” said a senior faculty attached with a medical college in Himachal Pradesh. Another faculty member in UP said the practice was rampant in the state as well. “It is also because many doctors do not want to teach in rural and tribal areas. Besides, a proposal to get private practitioners to teach in medical colleges as guest faculties has not picked up too well,” he pointed out. Suspected Pak terrorist arrested, was U-TURN living in Delhi for a decade on fake ID Gehlot govt decides to withdraw law on child marriage registration E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested a Pakistani national from East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area who was planning an attack in the national capital during the festival season. Police recovered one AK47 with two magazines and 60 rounds, two sophisticated pistols with 50 rounds and a hand grenade. The suspected terrorist was identified as Mohammad Ashraf alias Ali Ahmad Noor, resident of Pakistan’s Punjab. He came to India through the Bangladesh-Siliguri route and was hiding for more than a decade with a fake Indian identity . He was living in Shastri Nagar under the cover of a Peer Baba Maulana who has a large number of followers. DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha said, “Specific information was received that a Pakistan national is staying in Laxmi Nagar. A Special Cell team was deployed and they arrested Ashraf. Based on interrogation, raids were carried out in and around the Trans Yamuna area.” Preliminary interrogation revealed he had been acting as a head of sleeper cell nodes in India and had been assigned to carry out attacks during the festive season. “In 2004, he was trained by an ISI handler with the code name of Nasir in Sialkot. Nasir motivated him to work as a sleeper cell for subversive activities in India. Af- “There has been a controversy that this law will enIN a major U-turn, the Ashok courage child marriage. We Gehlot government in Rajas- decided it was not a question than is in the process of with- of our prestige. We will redrawing the controversial quest the governor to return Bill containing the provision the bill we have passed; we’ve related to the registration of also taken legal opinion on child marriages. this. Next legal opinion will The Compulsory Registra- be taken If the opinion comes tion of Marriages (Amend- unfavourable, we will not ment) Bill was promote it,” Gehlot passed in the state said on Inter naAssembly last tional Girl Child month and proDay . vides for the regis- This draconian Act is BJP as well as tration of child a violation of law. It human rights activpromotes minor marriages. After a ists had objected to girls’ exploitation huge controversy the clause in the and mocks the erupted over the Amendment Bill whole system of Bill, with activists that made registralaw. BJYM forced a n d o p p o s i t i o n this insensitive govt tion of marriage claiming it would to roll back this Act mandatory within legalise child mar30 days even if the riage, the Bill has Tejasvi Surya, Bharatiya bride and groom Janata Yuva Morcha been put on hold. had not attained In less than a the legal age. month, the government has There was a huge uproar decided to recall the recently in the assembly on Septempassed marriage registration ber 17, with the BJP staging a bill to re-examine it, Chief walkout. The National Child Minister Ashok Gehlot said, Rights Protection Commisciting concerns that its provi- sion also wrote to the Rajassions will encourage child than government and asked marriages. Gehlot said that it to reconsider the bill. A the state government will was petition has also filed in urge the governor to return the Supreme Court and sot h e b i l l f o r l e g a l cial activists have vehementconsultations. ly opposed it. R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Mohd Ashraf alias Ali Ahmad Noor after his arrest from Laxmi Nagar | EXPRESS ter completion of his training, Ashraf entered India and befriended a maulvi in Ajmer,” Kushwaha said. In 2006, he came to Delhi to the factory of a relative of the maulvi and started Tilawat (daily wages prayer job) in factories in that locality. He was receiving money from Western Union Money Transfer through the IDs of the maulvi’s relatives, said officials. They added that he was in regular touch with Nasir through different secure communication channels. Recently he was tasked to or, chestrate terror strikes during the festival season. The recovered arms and ammunition were arranged by his handler to carry out these activities. He is suspected to be involved in terror strikes in J&K and other parts of India, said Kushwaha. An FIR under relevant sections has been registered against the accused. Further investigation case is in progress. solidarity with them as he’s been doing in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. “Since UP is heading for polls, Congress leaders are trooping into Lakhimpur Kheri while ignoring similar atrocities elsewhere,” he charged. The BJP broadside came a day after its top leadership brainstormed its strategy for UP. While the party had earlier hoped that Lakhimpur would be handled locally, the escalating political heat forced the brass to lead the attack. P8 Restrictions off, domestic flights at full capacity from Oct 18 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FROM October 18, domestic flights can operate without any capacity restriction, the Centre said on Tuesday Currently . , the domestic carriers can operate only up to 85% (of their preCovid services). “After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial order dated May 21, 2020... it has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18-10-2021 without any capacity restriction,” read the order issued by the civil aviation ministry . With the gradual decline in coronavirus cases, airports across the country are recording heavy rush. In a bizarre incident last week, many flyers reportedly missed their flights due to long lines of passengers at the Mumbai airport. On October 9, Indian carriers operated 2,340 domestic flights, which is nearly 71% of their total pre-Covid capacity . Airlines witnessed around 61,100 departures in September compared to 39,628 in the same month of 2020. The number of departures in the month went higher by 6% as Covid-19 cases saw a decrease. Private airlines IndiGo and Vistara welcomed the Central government’s decision. PRAISE SAVARKAR AN ICON: BHAGWAT, RAJNATH RSS chief says ‘the current era is Savarkar’s era’ while defence minister says it was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to appeal for mercy PAGE 7 Harak Singh Rawat’s meeting with Uttarakhand BJP chief sets party abuzz V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun THE political landscape in Uttarakhand seems to be in a flux. A day after state cabinet minister Yashpal Arya and his MLA son Sanjiv Arya re-joined the Congress, Harak Singh Rawat, also a senior minister, announced that he would not contest the 2022 assembly polls. The announcement came following Rawat’s hour-long closed door meeting with BJP state president Madan Kaushik. Sources, however, said say Rawat wanted ticket for his daughter-in-law Anukriti Gosain and discussed this with Kaushik. “This is pressure politics by Rawat. If the BJP does not give in to his demand, he can re-join the Congress,” said a BJP insider who is privy to the developments. Many in the party doubt that he will stay true to his words about not contesting. “Situation is developing and we will have to wait and watch,” said another leader. Yashpal Arya and his son Sanjiv Arya had returned to the Congress on Monday | PTI Rawat was among the nine Congress rebels who had join ed the BJP in May 2016. However, he has been voicing his dissent from time to time. With the Aryas returning to the grand old party the BJP is , rattled that this might open the floodgates for the other rebels to rush back to the Congress. In fact, one more BJP MLA was scheduled to join the Congress with the Aryas and, but stopped after Anil Baluni, national chief spokesperson of the BJP , reportedly intervened. Both BJP and Congress leaders, meanwhile, claimed that people from the other side were in their contact with them. “This is just a trailer; the film is yet to follow. Many BJP MLAs are in contact with us and soon they will join us,” Congress state president Ganesh Godiyal said. Manvir Singh, media-incharge, BJP, too, claimed that “many from the Congress are talking to us and will join the party in the coming days”.
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