TUESDAY ZIMBABWE PLAYER FACES BAN FOR FIXING APPROACH FROM INDIA 25 Brendon Taylor says he was blackmailed after consuming cocaine, but did not fix games. Being late in reporting matter likely to lead to suspension JANUARY, 2022 CONFESSION ON SOCIAL MEDIA epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard BITTER TRUTH? ‘FLAWS’ IN POLL PANEL Former CEC says appointment system in commission defective A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI L-G to take call on curfew & curbs at Jan 27 meeting As Delhi cases keep declining, decision likely on reopening schools E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi COVID-19 numbers in the capital are coming down. Considering that, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will have a meeting with Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) officials on January 27. Decisions on lifting weekend curfew and odd-even system of opening shops are on the cards. While Baijal had refused to lift the weekend curfew as proposed by the AAP government last week, the decline in numbers suggests there might be change in stand this time. The government is also expected to take a call on reopening schools from February, depending on the vaccination status of students and techers by the end of this month. Delhi on Monday recorded 5,760 fresh cases from the high of over 28,000 a fortnight ago. While 30 deaths were reported, the positivity rate was 11.79%. This is good news for traders and businessmen, who had repeatedly urged the authorities to reconsider the odd-even system and weekend curfew. However, the fall in numbers is also because of the fact there have been fewer tests of late. According to Monday’s health bulletin, 48,844 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Traders in many parts of the city have been protesting against the restrictions and demanded the curbs be lifted, in- Sample collection for Covid-19 testing, in New Delhi on Monday | PARVEEN NEGI JAB-O-METER NATIONWIDE JAN 23 JAN 24 TAKE YOUR SHOT Fresh cases 3,33,533 3,06,064 Jan 23 27,56,364 doses Recoveries 2,59,168 2,43,495 Jan 24 49,52,290 doses 439 Deaths 525 TOTAL: 1,62,77,06,092 cluding those imposed on shops selling non-essential items. On Monday traders of Sadar Bazar , market submitted a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor and urged him to lift the weekend curfew and stop the odd-even arrangement for opening shops in markets. The traders said that the number of Covid-19 cases have come down considerably in the national capital and so, the DDMA, which is headed by the Lieutenant Governor, should relax restrictions for traders. Vice chairman of the Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders BLACK MONDAY WIPES OUT `9 LAKH CR INVESTOR WEALTH R A M SA H GA L @ Mumbai INVESTORS in Indian stockmarkets lost a whopping `9.07 lakh crore on Monday as key indices fell for the fifth straight day in tandem with the meltdown in global shares. The Sensex slipped 1545.67 points or 2.6% to end at 57491.51 points on Monday while the broader Nifty , shed 468 points to close at 17149.10, led by foreign institutional investors selling `3,752 crore worth of shares and domestic investors buying just `75 crore of shares. Some buying at the lows helped the Sensex to close 507 points above the day’s low while the Nifty closed 151 points above its intraday low. Such was the ferocity of the fall that all of the Sensex’s 30 constituents ended in the red and just two of the Nifty 50 shares closed in the green. The FIIs have sold shares worth `12,543 crore in the calendar year to date and `42,534 crore in the fiscal year so far. Relentless selling by foreign portfolio investors amid a rise in global inflationary expectations and fears of a rate hike by the US 62000 61000 61308.91 60754.86 60098.82 59464.62 59037.18 60000 59000 CRASH COURSE SENSEX 58000 57000 57491.51 56000 55000 17 Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21 Jan 24 Jan Fed is behind the 1200-plus fall in the Nifty since January 17. The combined loss of investors over the past five days is a massive `19.5 lakh crore. Global markets are likely to remain choppy this week in view of rising geopolitical tensions between Russia and US-led Nato over Ukraine. Some of the key frontline Nifty losers were JSW Steel, Tata Steel, Bajaj Finance, Grasim and Hindalco, which fell between 5.5% and 7%. The sole gainers were Cipla and ONGC. However, unless the market manages to close above the key 17,300 level , it could test 17,000 and break even lower to 16850, or more. Some experts do not rule out a quick recovery . DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JAN 23 JAN 24 9,197 5,760 13,510 14,836 34 30 Association, Paramjit Singh Pamma gave a memorandum to the Lieutenant Gover nor, which mentioned among other things that in the last two years, several restrictions including lockdowns were imposed which impacted business adversely . The meeting of DDMA to be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Baijal is scheduled at 12.30 pm, a day after Republic Day. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also likely to attend the meeting that will discuss the relaxations that may be allowed in view of the improvement in the Covid-19 situation. J8.00 PAGES 12 In a detailed confession on social media, the former captain claimed that he was invited by the businessman to India to discuss “sponsorships” and potential launch of a T20 event in Zimbabwe besides an offer of `15,000 in October, 2019. He did not name the businessman. He said he was also given a part payment to spot fix matches | P11 GOVERNING BODY YET TO COMMENT The 35-year-old, who played 205 ODIs, 34 Tests and 45 T20s before retiring last year, expects the ICC to ban him for not reporting the incident back then. The game’s governing body is yet to comment on the matter Cong struggles to field candidate against Captain H A R P R E E T BA J WA @ Chandigarh CONGRESS is finding it difficult to choose a candidate for the Patiala (Urban) Assembly seat. Reason? Former CM Amarinder Singh has been the MLA from this seat for 20 years. The heavyweight could be a major thorn in the flesh for the state’s ruling party in the polls. The Congress screening committee has sent a list of the remaining 31 candidates president Sonia Gandhi for her final nod. Sources said that due to the differences between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress president Navjot Si ngh Sidhu on certain names, the list could not be finalised at the screening committee’s meeting held on Saturday A subcommittee was . formed to decide on the names and reach a decision. The Patiala (Urban) seat has been represented by Amarind- er since 2002. Four months ago, he left Congress and formed his own party Punjab Lok Congress. It has tied up with BJP and will contest in 37 seats in the election on February 20. Amarinder has been saying that he will content from ‘his’ seat, and win hands down as people of the royal city is with him due to his royal roots. Sources said the name of Vishnu Sharma, who was re- Just 9.4% seats to Yadavs in SP’s first list for UP election N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow UNDER attack from the ruling BJP for distributing party tickets ‘under the table’ but not making the names public, the Samajwadi Party on Monday released a list of 159 candidates for the first three phases of polls in Uttar Pradesh on February 10, 14 and 20. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is the candidate from Karhal in Mainpuri district. While sitting MLA Nahid Hasan has been re-nominated from Kairana, the SP’s Rampur MP Azam Khan has been fielded from his pocket borough of Rampur. Both Hasan and Azam Khan are in different jails. The party again fielded Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Azam from Suar in Rampur. Abdullah’s election was declared null NDA’s first Muslim nominee Apna Dal’s Haider Ali Khan (32) became the first Muslim candidate fielded by the NDA in Uttar Pradesh. He hails from the Rampur royal family. He got a Congress ticket but defected to Apna Dal | P8 and void by the Allahabad High Court in the previous Assembly (2017) on charges of forging age documents. Having woven a bouquet of alliances with smaller OBC outfits for the first time to woo the non-Yadav OBCs, the SP walked the talk by giving them 48 seats (30%). Interestingly, just 15 (9.43%) in the list of 159 are Yadavs. However, the party treaded cautiously in signalling the minority vote bank and drawing Dalits by giving both Muslims and SCs a respectable chunk of 31 (19.5%) and 29 (18.23%) seats, respectively Be. sides, nine Brahmins and Baniyas each as also seven Thakurs have been fielded. One name that stands out is Umar Ali, son-in-law of Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi. Umar will contest from Behat. The other big name is Shivpal Yadav, uncle of Akhilesh and chief of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia. Shivpal will contest from his traditional seat and Yadav from family bastion Jaswantnagar in Etawah district on the SP symbol. SP has accommodated 18 turncoats — 7 from BJP 9 from , BSP and 2 from Congress. BJP defector Dharam Singh Saini has been fielded from Nakur. EXPRESS READ Hearing today in NGO-FCRA case New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday said it would hear on Tuesday a petition which has sought quashing of the Centre’s alleged decision by which 5,789 NGOs lost their Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration. The FCRA registration is mandatory for any association and NGO to receive foreign funding. The plea, filed by US-based NGO ‘Global Peace Initiative’, came up for hearing before a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar. The bench said the matter would be heard on Tuesday. FOR the first time, viewers will watch enthralling visuals of fly-past formations and parade shots from the flight deck. Doordarshan has tied up with Indian Air Force (IAF) to capture new elements added to the Republic Day celebrations. “Doordarshan’s coverage of Republic Day this year will not just be mega in scale, but also unique in features. Special arrangements have been made in association with Indian Air CHEERS HAPPY HOURS FOR TIPPLERS OF NATIONAL CAPITAL Delhi government reduces number of dry days to three from 21. Licensed liquor shops will remain closed on Republic Day (Jan 26), Independence Day (Aug 15) & Gandhi Jayanti (Oct 2) PAGE 4 Delhi bizman’s crypto stolen, transferred to Hamas: Police P T I @ New Delhi THEATRE OF LIGHTS Government buildings along Rajpath illuminated during Beating Retreat ceremony rehearsals at Vijay Chowk on Monday | PTI Cockpit view of R-Day events from IAF aircraft E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi inducted in Congress last week by Sidhu, is doing the rounds as a probable candidate. Also, there is demand from a section of local Congress leaders that Sidhu or his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu should fight from this seat. The Congress is likely to announce its candidate for this seat in the next list, which is expected any day now. Aam Aadmi Party has fielded turncoat Ajitpal Singh Kohli from this seat. He was earlier with Akali Dal. Force to showcase new elements of fly-past along with live coverage of different formations of large fleet of planes which are 75 in number to commemorate 75 years of Independence,” said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Monday . It was said that 59 cameras and more than 160 personnel have been engaged for the coverage. “Viewers will get to watch two special streams of parade and fly-past — cock- pit view and pilot view,” said an official of the ministry . Preparations began in November to ensure 360 degree coverage of all aspects of every event on Republic Day DD has deployed 59 . cameras along Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhawan dome to National Stadium dome. Thirtythree cameras are installed at Rajpath, 16 at National War Memorial, India Gate, National Stadium and 10 cameras at Rashtrapati Bhawan. “To give people a bird’s eye view of the celebrations, two 360 degree cameras have been installed — one at Rajpath and the other on the top of India Gate. Visuals from both cameras will be live-streamed through two separate streams on DD National YouTube channel,” said the ministry . Doordarshan, the public broadcaster, has procured stateof-the-art equipment and high quality camera lenses to provide breathtaking shots of the decorated Rajpath. THE Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell on Monday said a Delhi-based businessman’s cryptocurrencies were allegedly stolen and transferred to the wallets of AlQassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian organisation Hamas. The matter came to light in 2019 when the businessman reported to police that some unknown persons had fraudulently transferred cryptocurrencies from his wallet. The cryptocurrencies were worth about `30 lakh and its current value is `4 crore, police said. Investigation into the case was transferred to the Cyber Crime Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) KPS Malhotra said, “The cryptocurrency trail led to startling facts. The cryptocurrencies have ended up in the wallets maintained by Al-Qassam Brigates, which is the military wing of Palestinian organisation Hamas and to the wallets which have already been seized by Israel’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing.” Police said they have recovered details of these accounts. While some were used for financing terror operations, others were used for accessing child pornography . WEDDING BELLS Slain vendor’s daughter finds ‘father’ in Bihar MLA R A M A S H A N K A R @ Patna NEARLY four months after her father was killed by militants in Srinagar, Nitu Kumari tied the nuptial knot with a banker late on Sunday evening, thanks to the promised help from BJP MLA Lalan Paswan. The Pirpainti MLA not only bore the expenses of the wedding but also performed rituals with his wife Gunjan Devi. The four-day wedding rituals were performed at the Barahat residence of the MLA, who broke down after bidding adieu to the newly-wed couple on Monday . While the bride is doing her graduation from a local college, the groom, Rajendra Kumar Paswan, is a field officer in a private bank. The ‘baraat’ had arrived from Birnia Balbadda village in neighbouring Jharkhand. The ring ceremony was held at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur at the initiative of the legislator on December 11. “The day I visited the house of slain gol gappa vendor Virendra Paswan in Bhagalpur district in October last year, I had promised his widow to bear the expenses of two of their three unwed daughters. I consider them as my family members and have been trying to live up to their expectations on all fronts,” the MLA said. Virendra, a resident of Saidpur village in Bhagalpur dis- trict, was shot dead by militants near his gol gappa vend in Srinagar on October 5. Virendra’s elder son, Vikram Kumar said, “I have no words to express my gratitude to the MLA for his support and proper guidance. He is an ideal for many in true sense.” The bride sounded equally grateful. “Vidhayakji (the MLA) is like god for us. We were in tatters after the death of my father, a vendor away in Srinagar, who barely eked out a living for a family of seven,” Nitu said. The wedding was held without any dowry. Only selec guests were invited to the function keeping in mind the pandemic-related protocols. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently launched ‘Samajik Sudhar Abhiyan’ (social reform campaign) to create awareness against social evils such as dowry, child marriage and liquor prohibition. BJP MLA Lalan Paswan with Nitu and her husband at the wedding | EXPRESS
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