MONDAY CRACKDOWN ON OLD VEHICLES INTENSIFIED 15 Delhi Traffic Police deploys teams at 170 locations across the city to check if vehicles have a valid pollution certificate or not NOVEMBER, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in CHECKING POINTS NEAR FUEL PUMPS Most of the chekingspots are located near petrol pumps, where the vehicles can be checked easily for such violations and at the same time drivers advised to get the certificates immediately. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday directed all concerned departments, including traffic, to strictly enforce anti-pollution guidelines facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard ACTION PLAN ‘FENCING MYANMAR BORDER PRIORITY’ Manipur CM says ambush militants came from other side of the border PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Centre extends tenure of ED, CBI directors Instead of two years, officials can occupy office for five; move likely to face Oppn fire in Parliament winter session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Sunday promulgated two ordinances to extend the tenure of the directors of CBI and ED up to five years. The move comes just ahead of the upcoming winter session of Parliament, with the Opposition parties accusing the government of destroying democratic institutions in a bid to avoid scrutiny . The government decided to amend the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act and the CVC Act to ensure the two directors a tenure beyond the current fixed tenure of two years. The move could give current ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra and CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal further extension. Mishra’s tenure is set to end on November 19. The Supreme Court had in September upheld the retrospective extension given to Mishra, but said that no fur- ther extension can be given to sion shall be granted to the sechim. The court had also opined ond respondent,” Justices BR that extension to superGavai and Nageshwar annuating of ficials Rao had said. should be given in rare The Opposition parcircumstances. ties questioned the gov“We do not intend to ernment for promulgatinterfere with the exing these ordinances tension of tenure of the just 15 days ahead of second Respondent the start of winter ses(Mishra) in the instant ED chief Sanjay sion of Parliament. case for the reason that “Parliament session beKumar Mishra his tenure is coming to gins on November 29. an end in November, 2021. We To avoid scrutiny Centre prom, make it clear no further exten- ulgates ordinances to extend the tenure of Directors of CBI and ED. This desperate hurry smacks of something fishy,” said CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury . Tweeting a long list of ordinances being brought by various gover nments over the years, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said: “How Modi-Shah’s BJP mocks Parliament and shamelessly uses ordinances. Same stunt repeated today to keep their pet parrots in ED and CBI.” Maoist leader Teltumbde among 26 killed in Gadchiroli police encounter tions if there is any retaliation,” Shinde said. S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai NATIONWIDE NOV 13 NOV 14 Fresh cases 11,850 11,271 Recoveries Deaths 12,403 555 11,376 285 DELHI NOV 13 NOV 14 Fresh cases 56 36 Recoveries Deaths 66 00 47 01 IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Army chief to Israel New Delhi: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Sunday left for Israel on a five-day maiden visit to further strengthen India’s defence and security cooperation with the Jewish state. During the visit, he will be meeting the country’s senior military and civilian leadership. The visit by the Army Chief to Israel comes weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar travelled to Tel Aviv. In August, then Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria also paid a visit to Israel. Chopper firm relief New Delhi: The defence ministry has formally lifted a ban on Italian firm Leonardo SpA and its subsidiary AgustaWestland as their names have not figured in an updated list of companies debarred and suspended from business dealings with it, officials familiar with the developments said on Sunday. Leonardo SpA, which was earlier known as Finmeccanica, and AgustaWestland were banned in 2014 in the wake of allegations of corruption in a Rs 3,500-crore VVIP helicopters deal. The ministry issued a new notification dated November 12 updating the list of firms debarred/put on hold/suspended from doing business with it. 4 boys die in mishap Jaipur: Four teenage boys were killed and another three injured when a truck trailer ploughed into the members of a wedding party standing on the roadside in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district on Sunday evening, police said. The accident took place in an area under the Hanuman Nagar police station limits and the reason why the victims had stopped at the spot was not immediately clear. The deceased were identified as Neeraj (16), Kuldeep (14), Rajendra and Manoj (both 18), the police said. The injured kids are undergoing treatment. MAHARASHTRA’S home minister Dilip Walse Patil has confirmed that top Maoist leader Milind Teltumade was among those killed in the anti-rebel operation in Gadchiroli on Saturday Teltumade had a reward of . `50 lakh on his head. Patil said it was a big and successful operation that will be noted in the history of India. “Gadchiroli police carried out the operation for more than 10 in a dense forest area. The death of Teltumade is a big achievement of our police force. In this operation, 26 Maoists were killed, including 20 men and six women,” he said. “The police also recovered 29 weapons from these deceased Maoists that include AK-47, SLR, AK with UBGL attachment, 303, 12 bore, pistol etc,” Patil added. It was one of the biggest operations in recent Violence probe panel Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal (2nd R) with police officials addresses the media regarding Saturday’s encounter in the Gyarapatti-Kotgul forest area | PTI The death of Teltumade is a big achievement of our police force. In this operation, 26 Maoists were killed, including 20 men and six women —Dilip Walse Patil, Maharashtra home minister times, added Walse Patil. Eknath Shinde, the guardian minister of Gadchiroli, said that four jawans got injured and they are recovering. “I personally spoke to two of them over telephone. We congratulate them. We have deployed additional forces in this area for a few more days. The situation is under control, but we are taking utmost care and precau- Home minister Walse Patil also said a panel will be set up to investigate the violence that occurred during protests against violence in Tripura in some parts of Maharashtra. He said the police are collecting infor mation like who sought permission for the protests, participants and people who indulged in stone-pelting in Malegaon, Amarawati, Parbhani and Nanded. Curfew in these four towns have been extended for a few more days. “The panel will probe these things from every angle such as anyone deliberately instigated violence, delivered hate and inflammatory speeches, shared videos and messages on social media etc. As a precautionary measure, the curfew has been extended,” he said. ‘USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ONCE IN A MONTH’ Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has urged people to use public transport for at least one day every month to make the city healthy and pollution-free. Meanwhile, doctors say there has been a “30 to 40 per cent increase” in the number of people coming to hospitals with respiratory problems SCHOOLS CLOSED IN NCR DISTRICTS OVER POLLUTION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh KEEPING in view the rising levels of air pollution, the Haryana government has decided that all schools will remain closed in four districts — Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar — in the National Capital Region (NCR) bordering Delhi with immediate effect till November 17. All government and private offices have been advised to ask employees to work from home. Also, a complete ban has been imposed on all types of construction in Gurugram, Faridabad and Jhajjar. An official said the state government is putting a number of measures in place with immediate effect for the next seven days in Faridabad, Gurugram and Jhajjar falling within NCR area. He said that with an aim to reduce 30 per cent vehicles on roads, which will reduce pollution and dust in the air, government and private employees are advised to work from home. Vehicles older than 10 and 15 years (diesel and petrol, respectively) shall be strictly MOCKING SC, Mr KHURSHID? Despite the Supreme Court ruling that Hindutva depicts the way of life and ethos of Indians, Congress leader Salman Khurshid in his book Sunrise over Ayodhya, likens the Hindutva movement to Islamic terror outfits ISIS and Boko Haram. Is Khurshid mocking the Supreme Court, wonders S Gurumurthy | P7 AUSSIES MAKE IT LOOK EASY TOURNAMENT MEN Australia came into this event as rank outsiders. Their form was terrible but they once again showed how they transform during multi-team competitions. They now have six ICC white-ball World Cups David Warner and Mitchell Marsh combine for 92-run stand to hand Australia first WT20 title HAZLEWOOD KING BIG STAND The world-class railway station to be inaugurated by the PM on Monday Tribal connect prominent in PM Modi’s MP itinerary E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal THE Madhya Pradesh capital of Bhopal will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two grand events on Monday First . is the unveiling of the country’s first world-class railway station — Rani Kamlapati Junction (formerly named Habibganj) — and second is addressing the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas to mark the birth anniversary of tribal icon and freedom fighter Birsa Munda. The twin events are seen as a major move by BJP to win back the crucial Scheduled Tribe votes, which did not go to the BJP in the last Assembly polls in MP and also in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Other than celebrating Munda, the move to rename the station after a tribal queen shows how keen the BJP is on these votes. According to BJP sources, more than three lakh tribal people from across the state are likely to attend the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas event at Jamboree Maidan. Enthused by its recent success in by-elections in the Jobat-ST Assembly seat and tribal-dominated Khandwa Lok Sabha seat, BJP is focusing on a series of tribal-centric initiatives. The PM will launch the ‘Ration Aapke Gram’ scheme aimed at delivering ration to beneficiaries from the tribal community in their villages every month, so that they don’t have to travel far. He will also hand over genetic counselling cards to beneficiaries, marking the launch of the Madhya Pradesh Sickle Cell (Hemoglobinopathy) Mission. The Mission has been developed to screen and manage patients suffering from sickle cell anaemia, Thalassemia and other Hemoglobinopathies, whose impact is seen to be more profound on the tribal community of Madhya Pradesh. He will also visit an exhibition of products made by tribal self-help groups and a photo exhibition of martyrs and heroes of the freedom struggle from the tribal community of Madhya Pradesh. The tribal community forms a r o u n d 2 2 % o f M a d hya Pradesh’s population. Out of 230 Assembly seats, 84 are influenced significantly by tribal voters, among which 47 seats are tribal reserved seats. Australia’s pacers were subdued this time, but Josh Hazlewood stepped up big time. His 3/16 put the brakes on the scoring and contained the NZ top-order Marsh and Warner, battling an injury and indifferent form ,respectively, coming into the World Cup, scored 130 runs between them to make mincemeat of a tricky chase of 173 in Dubai on Sunday THREE This is New Zealand’s third ICC World Cup final loss since 2015 checked with regard to emissions and impounded accordingly . He also said there would be complete ban on construction and development activities. Mechanized stone crushers and hot mix plants used in construction activities shall be closed. No trash burning by municipal bodies shall be allowed. Stubble burning shall be prohibited. There will be no manual sweeping of roads. The state government official added that to control dust pollution, water sprinkling on roads will be done. De puty Commissioners will constitute joint inspection teams for enforcing directions and ensure extensive checking, monitoring and action against the violators as per instructions issued from time to time by the Haryana government. These guidelines come into force with immediate effect and will remain operational till November 17. A fresh call will be taken after that. Publicity shall be carried out through press releases and social media. Strict compliance directions will issued to all concerned. KANE SHOW Australia players rejoice after winning the T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday. They beat New Zealand by 8 wickets in the final | AFP | P11 Kane Williamson stood tall amid some slow Kiwi batting after they were asked to bat. They were 58/1 after 10 overs but the skipper’s 85 off 48 lifted them to a competitive total on a fresh pitch POLL PLUNGE Sonu Sood’s sister to make electoral debut H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh SONU Sood’s sister Malvika is ready to take the electorial plunge. Confirming this on Sunday, the Bollywood actor and philanthropist said she would contest the upcoming Assembly elections from Moga. However, the party she would represent is yet to be finalised. “We officially want to say Malvika will come to serve Punjab. She has done a lot of amazing work. We have not yet taken a call about the party. Whenever the time comes, we will let you know,” Sood said at his residence in Moga. Asked whether he too would enter politics, Sood said he has not thought about it. “It is a very big decision. First, it is important to support Malvika, she is connected to our roots in Moga. For me joining politics, I have not thought of it. I will reveal my plans later.” However, he mentioned that he would join any platform that allows him independence to work for people. “The platform can be political and apolitical,’’ he said. Malvika said she will contest the Assembly polls from Moga and added that she had been working towards addressing issues related to healthcare and education. Sood also emphasised the need to improve the healthcare system in the state. “There are several dispensaries in villages in Punjab where nobody is there for patients. Sometimes in government hospitals, doctors and medicines are not available. These things should be set right,” Sood added. He also announced a dialy- Sonu Sood and Malvika sis service for needy patients free of charge. Sood said unemployment was the biggest issue in Punjab. “When people do not get jobs, they take to drugs. We are working on it,” he said. He stressed that the IT industry should be promoted in a big way for generating employment opportunities. Asked about the ongoing farmers’ protest, Sood said, “What we are eating is because of them. It is important they should be happy It is important . that the far mers get their rights. Their issues should be resolved so that they can return to their fields.’’ About his recent meetings with Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, Sood said both are good people. On Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Sood said he would meet him too, adding that he has vast experience in politics. To a question on income tax raids on his premises in September, Sood said he has faced many difficulties in the past but continues his fight for the people.
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