MONDAY PETROL NOW COSTS 33% MORE THAN EVEN AVIATION FUEL 18 OCTOBER, 2021 Sunday saw a 35 paise hike in per-litre price, the 16th increase in petrol cost and 19th in diesel cost since the last week of September epaper.morningstandard.in RECORD HIGH RATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Meeting on Covaxin The World Health Organisation’s technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider emergency use listing for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said in a tweet. “Our goal is to have a broad portfolio of vaccines approved for emergency use amd to expand access to populations everywhere,” Swaminathan tweeted. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) had earlier said it will take a call on granting Emergency Use Listing status to Covaxin in a week’s time. Twins fall to death Fourteen-year-old twins allegedly fell to death from the 25th floor balcony of Prateek Grand Society, Siddharth Vihar in Ghaziabad, the police said. “We received the information about the incident at around 1.05 a.m. After which a team of cops was rushed at the spot,” the official said. The deceased identified as Satya Narayan and Surya Narayan were students of ninth standard. The police began an investigation and sent the bodies of the deceased for post-mortem. U’khand rain alert Most educational institutions across Uttarakhand will remain closed on Monday while there will be a ban on trekking, mountaineering, and camping activities in the high altitude areas till Tuesday as a precautionary measure in view of the heavy rain alert issued by the Met department for all 13 districts of the state. The Chamoli administration also banned all trekking, mountaineering and camping activities in the Nanda Devi biosphere reserve and the entire forest area of Gopeshwar till October 19. A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 IN a suspected ‘honour killing’ incident, a runaway inter-caste couple who had entered into a relationship was killed and their bodies found abandoned at Sappanwali village of Abohar in Fazilka district of Punjab on Sunday . The man belonged to a Scheduled Caste (SC) and the girl to an Other Backward Classes (OBC) community . Brent crude is trading at $84.8, up from $73.51 just a month ago. India prices fuel at rates equivalent to international prices. “Sabka vinash, mehengaai ka vikas (destruction for all, development of rising prices),” Rahul Gandhi said in a dig against the central government over the high fuel rates Both victims from Bihar; third recuperating at hospital; political parties condemn attack Nitish dials L-G Sinha over targeted killings F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar TWO more non-Kashmiri workers were shot dead in J&K on Sunday in the latest attack targeting civilians, taking the number of civilian fatalities to at least 12 this month. Terrorists entered the rented residence of the Bihari labourers — Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev — in Wanpoh, Ganjipora in Kulgam on Sunday and fired indiscriminately killing them on the spot. , Another injured labourer, Chunchun Reshi Deva of Bihar, sustained multiple bullet injuries. He was shifted to Government Medical College-Anantnag, where doctors said his condition as stable. The killings took place a day after terrorists assassinated a street vendor from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh. J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha condemned the killings and promised a strong response, saying “We’ll hunt down terrorists, their sympathisers and avenge every drop of innocent civilians blood.” The killings evoked strong condemnation from all political parties including National Conference, PDP, BJP, Congress, CPI(M), Apni Party Peo, Security personnel at an encounter site in Poonch district on Sunday | PTI ples Conference. “There are no words strong enough to condemn the repeated barbaric attacks on innocent civilians. My heart goes out to their families because they leave the comforts of their homes to earn a dignified livelihood,” PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti tweeted. After the Sunday’s shootings, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar purportedly issued an advisory calling on police officials to bring all non-local labourers in their respective jurisdictions to nearest police, CRPF and army establishments. However, the IG later denied issuing the order, which went viral on social media, calling it fake. A police official said security in and around the areas where non-locals stayed has been increased and patrolling intensified as a preemptive step. Many non-locals left the Valley since October 5, when the targeted killings by militants started. As per estimates, about 50,000 migrant labourers are living in Kashmir. Meanwhile, the Army is continuing its search for a group of militants hiding in the forest P8 area of Poonch district. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and expressed concern over the recent killings of people from the state in terrorist strikes. Four natives of Bihar have been killed in targeted attacks, so far. The chief minister has announced an ex gratia of `2 lakh for the next of kin of all the three deceased, and issued instructions to the departments of labour and social welfare to ensure that benefits under relevant schemes reach the bereaved families. Army chief pays homage to Poonch martyrs Army Chief General M M Naravane offered his condolences to the families of Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh who were killed in action during an operation at Poonch. The two Army personnel were martyred during the counter-terrorist operation in Mendhar. “General Naravane and all ranks salute the bravehearts Subedar Ajay Singh and Naik Harendra Singh who made the supreme sacrifice and offer deepest condolences to the families,” the Army said. LATEST HEADACHE IN BORDER VILLAGES OF PUNJAB Punjab Police and BSF launch joint initiative to involve panchayats in plan to counter threat of drones carrying weapons from other side of the India-Pakistan international border PAGE 7 ONE FOR ALL SS Mand, Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga, said, “We got information that the boy and girl were kidnapped from the house of the boy’s sister in Rohta village near Moga. Following this, a case was registered for murder, kidnapping and c r i m i n a l c o n s p i r a cy against the alleged accused on the complaint of the brother-inlaw of the deceased boy .’’ Rain toll swells to 25 in Kerala, nine kids among victims @ T’Puram WHILE heavy rain that had been pounding central and south Kerala over the past few days abated on Sunday the toll , in rain-related incidents rose to 25, including nine children. With the Met department predicted further rains from Wednesday, the situation continues to remain grim. There were 13 fatalities in Kottayam district alone, 12 of whom died in Koottikkal. While 10 people lost their lives in a landslide, three others were swept away by the floodwaters in two different places. In Idukki, six persons died in the Kokkayar landslide, while a child remains missing. Two persons had died after a car was swept away in Thodupuzha on Saturday, while two others lost their lives to separate incidents in the district. On Sunday a one-and-a-half, year-old boy drowned in Kozhikode while a 23-year-old man died in Thiruvananthapuram after he fell into a check dam at Nellikkunnu near Vithura. The bodies of all 10 people trapped in the landslide at Koottikkal have been recovered. Six bodies were recovered from the Kokkayar landslide site in Idukki. The weather bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department said a fresh spell of rain is likely from Wednesday, with isolated heavy rain expected to continue for the subsequent three to four days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation. “Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala,” Modi tweeted. Around six teams of the NDRF are already working in six districts. On Sunday, five additional teams were deployed. Two Army teams have been de ployed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam while two teams of the Defense Security Corps are working in Kozhikode and Wayanad. A team of the Engineers Task Force from Bengaluru has reached Koottikkal. Those trapped at Mallappally in Pathanamthitta were rescued by the police and the fire force personnel. A Navy chopper was deployed at Koottikkal and Kokkayar to distribute relief materials. No Covid death in Mumbai after March 2020, survey shows vaccine efficiency Heavy rains forced people to resort to umbrellas of different sizes in New Delhi on Sunday | PARVEEN NEGI The deceased, Rohtash Kumar, 25, had worked as a mason, while Suman Rani was from an OBC category household, police said. Kumar’s throat was slit. Both were natives of Sappanwali village of Abohar in Fazilka district. The family of the man opposed the removal of the bodies for postmortem till a case was registered against the family of the girl. The debris of a two-storey house that collapsed following rains and landslide, along Pullakayar river at Koottikkal Chappath in Kottayam district | VISHNU PRATHAP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DRONE Honour killing claims couple in Punjab village H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh GLOBAL OIL PRICES AT 7-YEAR HIGH Terrorists kill two more non-locals in Kashmir, L-G vows harsh action INTERNATIONAL Clinton discharged Bill Clinton was released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday after being admitted to treat an infection. The former US President, 75, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to Covid-19, officials said. Clinton’s spokesperson Angel Ure’a had said on Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalised one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. But all health indicators were trending in the right direction, Ure’a said. “He has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” the spokesperson added. PAGES 12 The price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest-ever level of I105.84 a litre and I111.77 per litre in Mumbai. With this rise, petrol is now at I100-a-litre mark or more in all state capitals while diesel has touched the I100-mark in over a dozen states. The highest rate is in Ganganagar, a border town in Rajasthan, where petrol is sold at I117.86 a litre and diesel at I105.95 Kumar and Suman’s families had turned down their request to get married. They ran away on September 28 and got married on October 1 after registering with the court at Chandigarh. Later, the couple went to the house of the boy’s sister. The girl’s parents came to know of the couple’s whereabouts from the boy’s sister. On Sunday a group of 16 people en, tered the house of the boy’s sister and took the couple away . S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai MUMBAI reported zero Covid-19 deaths on Sunday Accord. ing to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, this was the first day after March 26, 2020, that the city did not report a single Covid-19 death. “This is great news for all of us in Mumbai. I salute Team BMC for this spectacular performance. I appeal to everyone to help us keep Mumbai safe,” said BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal. In the BMC’s genome sequencing survey, it has been found out fully vaccinated people are safer than the non-vaccinated. Out of 342 samples, 54 per cent of patients had the Delta variant, while 35 per cent had Delta derivatives and 12 per cent other variants. The significant findings are, the 54 persons who got infected had taken the first dose of the caccine. Of the 54, only seven were admitted to hospitals. Interestingly none of them needed oxy, gen or treatment in ICU. None of them died. There were 168 persons who were vaccinated with both doses and got infected. Of them, 46 were admitted to the hospitals and seven were admitted to ICU. No deaths were also reported among them. Fully vaccinated persons who are following Covid-19 guidelines are protected from the virus, according to the sur- vey. It also shows that infections in children are relatively under control, compared to senior citizens. “Below 18, out of 343, only 29 patients were infected. Out of this, 11 were found to be infected with Delta variant, 15 with Delta derivatives and three with other types of Covid. These findings suggest the outbreak is completely under control as a result of vaccination. Therefore, it has been underlined once again that all eligible citizens should be vaccinated and they must strictly follow the Covid prevention guidelines,” said a BMC official. About 97% eligible citizens of Mumbai have received the first dose and 55% got both. ACADEMIC INTEREST All aboard: Jharkhand principal’s initiative brings students back to school M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi IN a bid to make children interested to attend school, Principal Arvind Tiwari painted the Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya, Tangarain in Jamshedpur, to resemble a train coach waiting for passengers to enter. Even the school floor has been painted as a giant Snake-and-Ladder board game so children can enjoy the game at class. After the school reopened post Covid lockdown this year, this makeover became the talk of the town, such that the school saw 75 new students on September 24, compared to the 30-35 students that walked in last year. At present, the school has 269 students in Classes 1-8. After he was transferred to this school in 2017, Tiwari observed that the children were least interested to attend school. “I heard that the teachers had already been trying out unique initiatives to attract students, and even I decided to come up with a plan. After various brainstorming sessions during the lockdown, I decided to give my school a shape of train. This has actually worked,” says Tiwari. Apart from making children punctual so that they don’t ‘miss’ the train, new admissions have shot up. Interestingly, six students who earlier studied in private schools, sought admission to this school, despite their village already having a school. Apart from the hope that the The school building resembles a train to attract students | EXPRESS children enjoy studying, Tiwari said the aim was to make the children feel that even though theirs is a government school, they must feel proud and in no way inferior to students in private schools. Gram Pradhan Mangal Pan also asserted that the initiative has succeeded in drastically improving daily attendance. This is probably first school in the region, Mangal says, where the number of students has been increasing by the day, even from the neighbouring Jonodih, Khidirsai and Siling villages. “Various ways were adopted so that the children do not get bored,” says Mangal. Saurabh Pan, a Class III student, says it is “so much fun” to attend school these days. “We are being taught in very simple language and also allowed to play games in between the classes. Entering school every day feels like I am boarding a train to go somewhere, which is exciting!”
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