WEDNESDAY STICKER FOR FULLY VACCINATED HOUSEHOLDS? 17 The idea was shared by Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya at a meeting on Tuesday with NGOs, civil society groups and development agencies to take the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ (door-todoor vaccination campaign) across the length and breadth of the country NOVEMBER, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard INDIA 75 A PORTAL ON UNSUNG HEROES Culture ministry creating digital repository on little known freedom fighters A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 To encourage more people to complete their Covid-19 vaccine regime, the Centre wants states to adopt innovative measures Mandaviya praised the NGOs and civil society organisations for supplementing the govt efforts to ensure nobody went hungry during lockdown The minister also underlined their contribution in ensuring that nearly 80% of the adult population had received and the first dose while 40% had taken the second dose PM opens UP e-way, slams SP family rule Modi hits out at previous dispensation, claims it encouraged mafia rule and widespread poverty in eastern part of state N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the 341 km-long Purvanchal Expressway and used the occasion to slam the previous Samajwadi Party government for not doing justice to the people of eastern UP and “working for only one family .” Modi landed at the 3.3-km airstrip in a C-130 Hercules plane to inaugurate one of the biggest completed projects of the UP government. He said he had never thought of landing on an expressway the foundation for which he , had laid only three years ago in Azamgarh in July 2018. “The previous government never cooperated with me despite my repeated efforts till Yogi PM Narendra Modi after landing on the airstrip adjacent to the expressway | PTI ji took over... I used to come here and they would disappear after receiving me at the airport. They were ashamed as they had nothing to show as proof of their ‘Not for SC to decide how a coconut should be broken’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that constitutional courts cannot interfere with dayto-day rituals of temples while disposing of a special leave petition challenging an Andhra Pradesh High Court order, which rejected allegations of wrongful and irregular procedure being followed in the conduct of rituals at the Tirupati temple. A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, however, said this does not give a free pass to the temple administration and asked it to give a proper response to the appellant in eight weeks. “This court cannot entertain this under a writ. Apart from pooja, if the administration is ignoring rules and regulations or indulging any other violation of arrangements, those are the only areas where we can ask Tirumala T i r u p at i D ev - asthanams (TTD) to clarify the issues raised by the petitioner or any other devotee. Other than this, if we start interfering in sevas, then it will not be feasible. How a coconut should be broken or a pooja done in a temple is not for a constitutional court to look into,” the bench said. Appellant Srivari Dadaa had faulted the procedure to perform Abhishekam Seva, Thomala Seva, Arjitha Brahmotsavam, Yekanta Utsavalu (Srivari Varshika Brahmotsavams – 2020) and Maha Laghu Darshan at the temple. The Andhra High Court had said that the procedure is the TTD’s exclusive domain and cannot adjudicated upon unless it impacts secular or civil rights of others. Activities that fall within ecclesiastical domain are not amenable to writ jurisdiction at the behest of an outsider, the court pointed out. THREE ICC EVENTS IN INDIA FROM 2024-31 Cricket’s governing body announces future tournament calendar. US and Namibia set to make debut as hosts of such tournaments work,” said the PM taking a swipe at the SP government. “The airstrip along the Purvanchal Expressway will give a message to those who neglected the JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Nov 15 54,46,295 doses Nov 16 61,21,626 doses TOTAL DOSES: 113,61,68,939 country’s security .” In praise for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the PM said he had ushered in an era of unforeseen development. “The expressway is a testimony to the development witnessed in UP during the last 4.5 years,” he said. In scathing remarks on the law and order scenario during SP rule, Modi said there were regions identified as “hubs of mafia and poverty”. “Governments that ruled the state for long never paid attention to UP’s all-round development. As a result, certain regions slid back on the growth trajectory Today the same back. , ward Purvanchal region is scripting the story of development.” Addressing a gathering in Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur, where he NATIONWIDE NOV 15 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 10,229 11,926 125 NOV 16 8,865 11,971 197 landed on the Indian Air Force transport aircraft, Modi called the project worth `22,496-crore “the pride of the people of UP”. “A balanced development of the country is important. Some areas are marching ahead in the race of development while some are lagging and are decades behind,” he said, adding there had been governments in UP and at Centre driven by families. “This hampered the development as they put the familial interests ahead of the nation’s. The people of UP will permanently remove them from the path of the state’s development,” he said. Both Modi and the CM Yogi felt the expressway would strengthen UP’s economy and create emP8 ployment opportunities. DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths NOV 15 NOV 16 16 26 01 44 24 00 In pre-poll gesture, Kartarpur corridor to reopen from today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi / Chandigarh THE Kartarpur Sahib corridor, which links the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to Darbar Sahib Gurdwara at Kartarpur in Pakistan, will re-open on Wednesday. Announcing the decision, Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “In a major decision that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @Narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community .” The corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2019 but it had to be closed just four months later in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The latest decision comes three days ahead of the upcoming Pakistan’s top Sikh body welcomes move The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee welcomes decision to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor, saying it will help Indian Sikhs to visit the last abode of Guru birth anniversary (Gurpurab) of Guru Nanak on November 19, for which the Union government has already allowed Sikh pilgrims to travel to the Kartarpur gurdwara via the Attari-Wagah border. Political observers see it as an outreach by the BJP-ruled gov- ernment to the people of Punjab, which goes to Assembly elections early next year. Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, his predecessor Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu welcomed the decision. Channi said the entire state Cabinet will pay obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib on November 18 as a part of the first delegation after reopening of the corridor. “Registrations for pilgrims will open on the portal on Wednesday Pending applications . will be cleared first. Vaccination certificate is a must,” said a senior of ficial of the state government. The official added that during the four months when the Kartarpur corridor was open, 5,00017,000 devotees visited the hist o r i c g u rdw a r a e a ch d ay. According to the official, in all, around 65,000 pilgrims visited the shrine during that period. PhD for Asst Prof’s job may go for good S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi AFTER deferring the implementation of PhD as minimum qualification for the appointment of university teachers for two years, the higher education regulator is now considering to junk the proposal completely. The possible U-turn comes amid emerging understanding that making it mandatory may further dilute the quality of the research degree in India. In August, the University Grants Commission had put on hold the implementation of guidelines released three years ago, which proposed making PhD mandatory for hiring assistant professors. The guidelines, “Minimum qualifications for Appointments of Teachers in universities and colleges and measures for maintenance of standards in higher education,” proposed by the UGC in 2018 were set to be notified from the current academic session but have been deferred in the view of Covid. Sources said the proposal could now be dropped for good as policy makers feel it could spur instances of fake PhD and PhDs for sale by many institutions. Union education minister DharWe believe PhD is mendra Pradhan had last week said not required to become asst prof. in Prayagraj that making PhD manThis condition datory for the post of assistant procannot be kept if fessor is “not favourable” in the curgood talent is to rent education system. be drawn to UGC officials who did not want to teaching be named said the new thinking is that pushing candidates to pursue Dharmendra PhD to get a teaching job may end up Pradhan making the degree a “compliance tool” rather than ushering in reforms. In 2019, a four-member committee tasked with recommending ways to improve the quality and standard of research, while proposing sweeping changes, had also hinted that PhD as a minimum qualification for assistant professors may not be a good idea. The recommendations of the panel headed by former Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, director P Balram, however, are yet to be officially accepted. Clean air: Work from home, no construction in NCR V AT S A L A S H R A N G I @ New Delhi 2024-2031 Where West Indies & US Pakistan India & Sri Lanka South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Australia & New Zealand India England, Ireland & Scotland India & Bangladesh When June 2024 Feb 2025 Feb 2026 Oct/Nov 2027 Oct 2028 Oct 2029 June 2030 Oct /Nov 2031 What T20 World Cup Champions Trophy T20 World Cup 50-over World Cup T20 World Cup Champions Trophy T20 World Cup 50-over World Cup THE Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), after a joint meeting with NCR states on Tuesday, issued a slew of directions to curb the soaring air pollution levels in Delhi- NCR. These include ban on entry of trucks in Delhi till November 21; shutting down of public/private schools, colleges and all educational institutions in the National Capital Region until further orders; state governments to allow work from home to 50% of the staff at least till November 21 in the region as well as encourage private establishments to follow suit, among others, the minutes of the meeting stated. A joint meeting of the CAQM with states including Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan was held to discuss steps to address air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region on directions of the Supreme Court. Minutes of the meeting issued late on Tuesday evening also stated that Delhi and the NCR states must stop all construction and demolition work till November 21, except for essential services such as “railways, Metro, airports and inter-state bus terminals, national security and projects of national importance subject to strict compliance of Pollution compliance report to be submitted on Nov 22 Chief Secretaries of Delhi and NCR states will file a compliance report on Nov 22. The directions also say that Delhi and NCR states shall “enforce a strict ban on use of diesel genefrator sets except for emergency services”. C&D waste management rules,” stated the minutes signed by Arvind Nautiyal, member secretary CAQM. , The minutes of the meeting further said that of the 11 thermal plants located within 300 km radius of Delhi, only five — NTPC Jhajjar; Mahatma Gandhi TPS, CLP Jhajjar; Panipat TPS, HPGCL; Nabha Power Ltd TPS, Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo TPS; and Mansa — shall be allowed to schedule their operations. The other six plants have been instructed to remain inoperative P4 till November 30. CARING MIND Club for elderly, another noble initiative by Jharkhand government official M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi JAMTARA, which hit the headlines for equipping all 118 panchayats with community libraries by giving a makeover to the old and dilapidated school buildings lying unused, is gearing up for something new. It is working on clubs or recreational centers for the elderly at the block level. Like community libraries, this is a brainchild of Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Faiz Aq Ahmed Mumtaz. He has taken this initiative to set up clubs for the elderly with minimum expenditure. Once again, he wants to utilise old buildings in block offices. These clubs will come up in all six blocks — Nala, Fathepur, Jamtara, Narayanpur, Karmatand and Kundhit. Buildings have been identified and renovation is in progress. According to Ahmed, these centers will be exclusively for senior citizens so that they can interact socially and lead a dignified lifes. According to the Deputy Commissioner, the idea struck him after coming across instances of depression among elderly people due to various social issues. “There was a teacher who was teaching children even after retirement. After his wife’s death, he went into depression and started waiting for his death. When it came to the notice of district administration, we motivated him to live a normal life. I thought why not give an opportunity to live a dignified social life to the poor and elderly people by setting up such clubs at the block level,” said Ahmed. He added health camps will also be organised in these clubs. A committee will be formed with a Block Development Officer as the ex-officio secretary to ensure proper monitoring. One has to be above 60 to join the club. Locals are elated to know about the initiative. “Since the most miserable part of a person’s life is old age with no one to look after, it is a great initiative by the district administration,” said social activist from Nala Block, Vijan Rai. Bodi Lal Murmu, an elderly person, said that although people from distant areas might not be able to come to these clubs, it will definitely be great relief for those living within 2-3 kilometers of the block offices. An old building gets a facelift before being converted into a club for the elderly | EXPRESS BRIBE TO TEACH IN RAJASTHAN To question from Gehlot, teachers say they have to pay illegal sums to secure transfers. CM calls it unfortunate | P8 EXPRESS READ HC ‘no’ to bail for Indrani Mukerjea Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. Mukerjea’s lawyer Sana Khan said they will move the Supreme Court for bail. Mukerjea is at the Byculla women’s prison following her arrest in August 2015. This was her first attempt to seek bail from high court on merit.
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