friDAY No testing for kids below five on arrival in India 12 Starting Friday, children will be exempt from pre- and postarrival testing, but will be subject to existing quarantine norms november, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard in the news t o day INDIA Centre on Pegasus The Central government will fully cooperate with the committee of experts set up by the Supreme Court to probe allegations of snooping using Pegasus software, IT and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday. The top court has appointed a committee to investigate the matter after widespread uproar from different parts of the soceity. AAP’s Goa card Aam Admi Party leader Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia has said in Panjim on Thursday that they would project a person from the Bhandari community as their chief ministerial face during the Goa Assembly elections next year. He added that a Christian will be Deputy CM if AAP comes to power in the state. Covid war reminder Stating that the fight against COVID-19 is at the final stage, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday cautioned against letting the guard down and requested states to enhance the vaccination coverage and motivate the over 12 crore beneficiaries who are due for their second dose to take it. He was virtually interacting with health ministers of the states and Union Territories. A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l New Delhi Transport 12.5- 13.5% Household sources 9.9-13.7% Industry 6.7-7.9% Construction 4.6-4.9% MAYAN K SINGH @ New Delhi At a time when India and China are locked in a tense border stand-off, the Ministry of External Affairs and the country’s senior most uniformed officer on Thursday made contradictory statements on Chinese construction activity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The foreign office said that it has neither accepted such illegal occupation of its territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims. Later, speaking at a media conclave, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that a Pentagon report on Chinese construction in Indian territory and building of a new village is not true. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has taken note of the US Department of Defense’s report and always conveyed its strong protest to such activities through diplo- matic means. The US report said China built a large 100home civilian village inside the disputed territory between Tibet Autonomous Region and Arunachal Pradesh. Bagchi added that the “gover nment keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all possible measures to safe guard its sovereignty and territorial integrity .” General Rawat had a different take. “Chinese are building villages, possibly for billeting and locating their civilians or for the military in the future all along the LAC, particularly after the recent face-offs. But this present controversy that has erupted that Chinese have come across into our territory and built a new village is not true,” said the Chief of Defence Staff. “It is just that their old infrastructure is being redeveloped along the LAC on their side. I As Delhi’s air quality plunged into the severe category again, a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday revealed that vehicular emissions are the biggest contributor to pollution in the city, accounting for over 50% of the particulate matter during the early phase of winter (October 24-November 8). The other major sources included household sources, industry, construction, waste burning and road dust. The report was based on an analysis of real-time source contribution data on the trend every alternate hour during the study period, generated by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology-Pune. Other sources included DG sets, crematoria, restaurants, airport etc.. Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, research and advocacy, CSE, said that after the closure of all coal-based power plants, expansion of natural gas usage in industry and controls on dirty fuels, vehicles had emerged as the biggest real-time contributor among the local sources of winter pollution this year. “Action on transportation has to gather strong momentum. At the same time, action on waste management, clean energy access in house- holds and dust control must be speeded up,” she said. The report highlighted that during November 2-6 (Diwali week), the contribution of NCR emissions dominated in the initial phase going up to 70-80%, but its share declined during the smog episode post-Diwali (November 5-8) and the local sources’ share increased. Delhi’s air turned ‘severe’ post-Diwali due to firecrackers and stubble burning along with calm winds. “The contribution of biomass burning from other states remained low in the initial pre-Diwali phase but peaked post-Diwali,” the report said. Also, it was noticed that the contribution of Delhi’s own sources go up during evening hours and lasts until early morning (7:30 pm-9:30 am). An additional analysis of the trends in traffic speed during October 27-November 6 on 15 key stretches showed that vehicular congestion is back to pre-pandemic times and correlates with the pollution peaks. Roychowdhury said that in the absence of measures like integrated public transport, walking/cycling infrastructure and parking area management, Delhi, where vehicle numbers are “explosive at 1.32 crore”, is unable to enforce emergency action to control traffic volumes during smog episodes. Waste burning Key stretches with high traffic volume 3.6 -4.1% MB Road (South), Outer Ring Road (South), Outer Ring Road (North-West), Ring Road (South), Ring Road (North-West), Ring Road (North-East), MG Road (East), Mathura Road (East), ITO Road, Sri Aurobindo Marg (South), Central Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (South), Guru Ravidas Marg (South) and GT Karnal Road 1 and 2 | P5 Road dust WHEN her son expressed his desire to join the defence forces, B Vijayalekshmi thought it was natural as many in their family had already been part of the service. Yet, she was a bit reluctant as she feared he would end up consuming too much liquor. But the young boy promised he would not drink at all. It is a word Vice-Admiral R Harikumar has kept ever since. As he gets ready to take charge as the new Navy chief on November 30, Vijayalekshmi Contact tracing of the symptomatic Passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening at the airports will be isolated. If they test positive, their contacts will be identified and managed according to protocol, the rules say. Fliers from countries that have reciprocal certification pacts with India, if they are fully vaccinated, need not do self-monitoring Health ministry relaxes norms for foreign arrivals @ New Delhi Indian soldiers at LAC get leave to go home: CDS Arunachal Governor seeks help from Centre Noting that Chinese soldiers are isolated, Rawat said they are living thousands of miles away from the mainland. The Indian soldiers do get leave to go home from the positions on LAC at least twice a year if not thrice, he said. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra has requested the Centre to provide financial help to the state for developing villages along the China border. He said this at the Governors’ Conference in New Delhi. would not call it muscle flexing. We are noticing permanent structures on the Chinese side, so if we have to be permanently there, so be it,” the CDS said. Gen Rawat affirmed that India is well prepared for any misadventure, and are stocked up for a long winter. Assuring the nation, he said, “Should the Chinese carry out a Galwan again, they will get the same response. Troops from both sides are closer... but there is nothing to be worried about right now.” WT20 aussies vs kiwis in summit clash Men from Down Under hold nerves to script narrow win against Pakistan in Dubai to set up trans-Tasman final against New Zealand to be played on Sunday| P11 Relaxing norms for international travellers, the government on Thursday announced that children below five are exempted from pre and post-arrival Covid-19 testing 19 in India. The latest guidelines for international travel come at a time when cases continue to surge in countries such as Germany , which recorded more than 50,000 cases just on Thursday. However, overall infections in India have been low for a few months now. These new guidelines issued by the Union health ministry specified if children below five years are symptomatic on arrival or during home quarantine, they will have to undergo tests and will be treated as per the laid down protocol. This standard operating procedure shall be valid from November 12 till further orders, the ministry stated. The government underlined that the global trajectory of the pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations and emphasised the need to monitor the changing nature of virus and evolution of SARSCoV-2 variants of concern. On February 17, the government had issued the last detailed guidelines for international travel. On Thursday, the ministry said it decided to review the guidelines in view of increasing vaccination coverage and the changing nature of the pandemic. According to the guidelines, if travelers are fully vaccinated and coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of vaccines, they shall be allowed to leave the airport and need not undergo home quarantine. They have to self-monitor for 14 days. If partially or not vaccinated, travellers need to undertake measures including submission of sample for post-arrival testing at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport, home quarantine for seven days, re-test on the eighth day of arrival and if negative, further selfmonitor for seven days. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff upon arrival in India. Presumed dead, man gets fresh lease of life thanks to Chennai’s woman cop e x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai An inspector with the Chennai police, E Rajeswari, has earned praise from all quarters after a video of her rescuing a 28-yearold man, presumed dead, went viral on social media. “At around 8.15 am, I received a call from the control room informing me that a man had died after a tree branch fell on him at the cemetery in TP Chatram. My team and I rushed to the spot. But soon I realised that he was only unconscious,” E Rajeswari told TMS. The man identified as R Udhayakumar works at the cemetery. His friend had informed the control room that Udhayakumar had died. As Rajeswari realised that he wasn’t dead, she confronted his friend for not rushing him to hospital. “They had got drunk last night and Udhayakumar’s friend did not even check if he was breathing. I carried him on my shoulder, and thought of taking him in our patrol vehicle,” said the inspector. With an autorickshaw in sight, she got him into that vehicle instead. Incessant rains leave 14 dead in Tamil Nadu TP Chattram Police Station Inspector E Rajeswari rushes to the spot and rescues Udhayakumar who was lying unconscious, in Chennai | Pti NATIONWIDE Nov 10 Nov 11 Fresh cases 11,466 13,091 Recoveries Deaths 11,961 13,878 460 340 delhi Nov 10 Nov 11 Fresh cases 54 40 Recoveries Deaths 15 00 61 00 Navy chief-designate a teetotaler, reveals mom says she is proud that he is a was under the impression those teetotaler though his colleagues days that a majority of them were amused as it’s rare in the would end up drinking a lot. armed forces. Noticing my dilemma, “Harikumar has almy son gave me his ways been a keen obword that he would server and I had remain a teetotaler. thought that he would He has stayed that pursue a career in the w a y, ” s a i d medical field. But he Vijayalekshmi. decided to join deAt Madhurima, her fence forces. Since house in ThiruvananR Harikumar many members of the thapuram, Vijayalefamily were in the kshmi is busy attendforces, it was natural for him to ing phone calls and visitors join the National Defence Acad- who turn up to congratulate emy. I was apprehensive as I Harikumar. A law graduate, 1075 helpline for fliers undergoing self-monitoring of health e x p r e ss n e ws s e r v i c e setting standards C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’Puram PAGES 12 Ministry says India has taken note of border constructions, Gen Rawat calls reports untrue V at s a l a S h r a n g i @ New Delhi 50% l J8.00 China’s LAC moves: MEA, CDS differ Delhi air pollution returns to severe, 50% caused by vehicles Real-time source contribution to Delhi’s overall pollution l 15-day post-jab schedule must elapse The health ministry said symptomatic children would have to undergo testing and be treated according to protocol. Besides, the fliers must have marked 15 days since the completion of the vaccination schedule she is keen to attend his ceremonial takeover as the Navy chief, though she is a tad worried about the early onset of winter in Delhi. Harikumar wants her presence as he takes charge from Admiral K Singh and has sent his wife Kala Nair to fetch her to the Capital. Vice-Admiral Kumar was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Navy on January 1, 1983. During a career spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Intense showers battered Chennai and northern regions of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. As many as 14 people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state, standing crops were submerged, trees uprooted and over a 1,000 tenements, mostly huts suffered damage across Tamil Nadu. Kafeel Khan fired, vows to fight decision in court Reacting to this, Khan said he had confidence in judiciary After being suspended for and would challenge the disfour years, Dr Kafeel Khan, missal in court. He added he paediatrician at Gorakhpur’s was surprised because the BRD Medical College, has been court had given him a clean terminated from service. chit. “They have no authority The order of termination of to terminate me. They should Khan’s services was released have taken orders from UP Pubby Medical Education authori- lic Service Commission,” asties late on Wednesserted the doctor. day night. He was susHowever, government pended in connection authorities claimed with the death of 67 the order of terminakids at BRD Medical tion was released only College due to lack of after fulfilling formaloxygen in August, ities. “I am the only 2017. Khan was sacked one targeted in the after being found case. Seven others, guilty in a probe conwho were suspended, Dr Kafeel Khan ducted into the cirwere reinstated by cumstances leading this gover nment. I to the mishap. have been dismissed despite Alok Kumar, principal secre- the high court’s clean chit to tary, Medical Education, said me in April, 2019,” said Khan. the matter is sub-judice and a Khan’s dismissal drew sharp report would be furnished to reactions from Congress genthe high court on next date of eral secretary Priyanka Ganhearing. At present, Khan was dhi Vadra. She said this is done attached to the office of Direc- to harass the doctor, who tried tor General Medical Education his best to rescue the children after his suspension in 2017. in the Gorakhpur tragedy . N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Roughed up Kashmiris asked to chant Jai Shri Ram m u k e s h r a n j a n @ Ranchi Four Kashmiri salesmen were on Thursday allegedly thrashed by a group of people in Ranchi and forced to chant ‘Pakistan murdabad’ and ‘Jai Sri Ram’. According to an FIR lodged at Doranda Police Station, the culprits threatened the men to leave Ranchi within two days or face dire consequences. The FIR was lodged by Bilal Ahmed, Shabbir Ahmed, Wasim Ahmed and another person who alleged that they were asked to leave the city within two days or be ready to face the consequences. The salesmen said they have been living in Doranda for 20 years in rented flats and selling woolen clothes, but some locals have been threatening them to leave the city . “As soon we I reached Hathikhana in Doranda, one local called Sonu intercepted us and assaulted us with a weapon asking to chant Pakistan murdabad and Jai Sri Ram. When I asked why should I chant Jai Sri Ram, they started assaulting us and told us to go back to Kashmir,” said Bilal. “One of us said Pakistan murdabad, but he was also beaten up by them,” he added. According to Bilal, some other Kashmiris were beaten up in the city on Diwali day “There . is a group of people who have been targeting Kashimiris wherever they spot them.” Ramesh Kumar Singh, Officer in charge of Doranda Police Station, said an FIR has been lodged and they are looking into the matter. “According to the FIR, one Sonu with other persons allegedly abused and beat up some of the Kashmiri people. Action will be taken.”
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