WEDNESDAY KARNATAKA FARMER’S PAYBACK FOR INSULT IN SHOWROOM 26 JANUARY, 2022 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard A farmer at Tumkur in Karnataka came to buy a Bolero pick-up truck at Mahindra & Mahindra showroom. In a video that has gone viral, he claimed he was insulted by a sales staff for his appearance and told he probably didn’t even have I10 in his pocket. The vehicle costs I10 lakh. The farmer dared the sales person to arrange for same-day delivery of vehicle if he came back with the money within an hour. GROUNDED GUJARAT’S FLYING CAR PROJECT Manufacturing was scheduled to begin mid-2021 but the plant is yet to start PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 He returned with cash but the salesperson could not manage instant delivery due to long waiting period. The staff apologised, but the farmer left saying he didn’t want to buy from the showroom. M&M promised urgent remedial action. Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted saying any aberration from the company’s core values “will be addressed with great urgency”. PADMA VIBHUSHAN Gen Bipin Rawat Kalyan Singh Biggest Padmas to Kalyan Singh, Gen Bipin Rawat PADMA BHUSHAN Ghulam Nabi Azad Former Union minister RPN Singh is welcomed by BJP senior leader Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday | PARVEEN NEGI CPM’s Buddha rejects his Padma Bhushan S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi IN what appeared to be an attempt to strike the right notes in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Centre on Tuesday awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, posthumously to former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh and General Bipin Rawat, who hailed from Uttarakhand and was India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. Gen Rawat died in a helicopter crash in December last year. Two senior leaders of the opposition — Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee (CPM) — were on the list of Padma awardees announced by the Centre on the eve of the 73rd Republic Day Both were honoured with . the Padma Bhushan, but Bhattacharjee later said he would reject it. “Nobody told me about it. If I have been awarded the Padma Bhushan, I would reject it,” he said. But the Centre said his wife had been informed, adding she did not get back to convey the rejection. Azad, one of the members of the G23, the Congress rebel group, was given an emotional farewell by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when his tenure ended in Rajya Sabha in February last year. Azad has been vocal on calling for sweeping organisational changes and a permanent accountable leadership in the Congress. Vaccine makers featured prominently on the list. Cyrus Poonawalla, founder of Punebased Serum Institute of India and Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech’s chairman Krishna Ella and his co-founder wife Suchitra Ella were awarded Padma Bhushan. Indian-origin Silicon Valley titans Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, classical vocalists Dr Prabha Atre and Rashid Khan and for mer Comptroller and Auditor General of India Rajiv Mehrishi, too, were awarded Padmas. Among sports persons, paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia was conferred Padma Bhushan. Para javelin thrower Sumit Antil, para shooter Avani Lekhara, para badminton player Pramod Bhagat and Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra were named for Padma Shri. Famous singer Sonu Nigam and Jamia Millia Islamia’s first woman Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar, too, were on that list. Of the 128 Padma awards, four were Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 FULL LIST: P7 Padma Shris. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi N Chandrasekaran Krishna Ella Satya Narayana Nadella Sundararajan Pichai TAKE YOUR SHOT January 24 49,52,290 doses January 25 51,64,473 doses NATIONWIDE JAN 24 New Delhi: A plea was filed on Tuesday in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled on March 12 for admissions in post graduate medical courses, claiming that many MBBS graduates would not be able to take up the examination due to non-completion of mandatory internship period. The plea filed by six MBBS graduates seeks a direction to the National Board of Examination to defer the test until various requirements, such as completion of mandatory internship period, are met by many aspirants. One of the NEET PG regulations said that 30 beds of a hospital have to be assigned to one unit of students pursuing the PG course. N E W D E L H I : The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a plea by US-based NGO Global Peace Initiative seeking extension of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licence of 5,789 NGOs. Advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for the organisation, sought a direction to the Centre from the three-judge bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar for extension of FCRA licences of the NGOs if they applied within next two weeks. FCRA registration is mandatory for receiving foreign funding. The plea said the sudden and arbitrary cancellation of FCRA registration of these NGOs violated the rights of the organisations, their workers and the millions of Indians whom they serve. But the bench refused any interim relief and directed Global Peace Initiative to approach the authorities with a representation that could be considered on merit. Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the FCRA licences of 11,594 NGOs which had applied within the cut-off date had been renewed. ENS JAB-O-METER Cyrus Poonawalla Plea in SC seeks deferment of NEET-PG Supreme Court rejects plea for extension of FCRA licence THE haemorrhage in the Congress continued with another dynast and former Union minister RPN Singh (57) joining the BJP on on Tuesday That it . happened a day after his name figured on the list of Congress star campaigners for the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, indicated the party high command was possibly clueless about his bolting. Singh hails from Padrauna in Uttar Pradesh and is the son of late Congress leader CPN Singh. He was considered close to for mer party president Rahul Gandhi. “I spent 32 years in one party . But that party has not re- TOTAL DOSES: 1,63,49,62,688 EXPRESS READ NO RELIEF Now RPN Singh’s turn to bolt from Cong; joins BJP JAN 25 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,06,064 2,43,495 439 2,55,874 2,67,753 614 JAN 24 JAN 25 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 5,760 14,836 30 6,028 9,127 31 Mercury drops to lowest max in 9 yrs, no respite in next few days DELHI UNDER COLD GRIP Second consecutive ‘severe’ cold day in the city 12.1 0C SAFDARJUNG 11.6 0C PALAM 12.2 0C LODHI ROAD Homeless children play with a mobile phone at a night shelter on a chilly day | PTI VATSA L A S H R A N G I @ New Delhi DELHI remained in the grip of biting cold for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with the mercury plummeting to 12.1 degree Celsius making it the coldest day of the season and the lowest maximum recorded in January since 2013. The minimum temperature settled at 6.2 degree C. This was the second ‘severe cold day’ of the season after Monday The IMD has issued a . yellow alert for ‘cold day’ conditions on January 26 as well. Also, this January was the wettest ever since record keeping began with a monthly rainfall (till January 23) of 88.2 mm. The IMD declares a ‘cold day’ if the maximum temperature is more than 4.5 degrees below normal, with the minimum below the 10-degree mark. A ‘severe cold day’ is when the maximum temperature is more than 6.5 degrees below normal. Scientists said day temperature will begin to rise after January 26 as, but cold wave conditions (when minimum temperature drops) could be seen with night temperature to drop to 5-6 degrees by January 27. Northwesterly winds blowing from snow-clad hills will will lead to a drop in night temperature by 3-5 degrees. 11.7 0C RIDGE 12 0C AYANAGAR 11.4 0C JAFARPUR 12.5 0C NAJAFGARH 11.7 0C NARELA 11.9 0C MAYUR VIHAR mained the same as it was before,” Singh said. He joins a long list of Congress deserters like Jitin Prasada, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushmita Dev. “RPN Singh left just before the elections, after he was listed as a star campaigner in UP . This was not a coincidence. It was planned... But the question for us in INC is, why did we let it happen this way?” Salman Soz, another dynast, tweeted. Reacting to Singh’s exit, the Congress said the party is fighting a battle that needs courage and coward people cannot handle the same. “The Congress is fighting against a greedy government and for truth. It needs bravery,” said P8 Supriya Shrinate. Top court glare on poll freebies The SC on Tuesday sought replies from the Centre and the EC lection Commission on a PIL seeking direction to seize the symbol or deregister a political party that promises or distributes ‘irrational freebies’ before polls, saying it is a ‘serious issue’ as sometimes ‘freebie budget is going beyond regular budget’. 19 accused convicted for Bihar shelter home abuse N E W D E L H I : Nineteen accused have been convicted in the sexual abuse of minor girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, the state government has informed the National Human Rights Commission. In a statement on Tuesday, the NHRC said it has been informed by the government that compensation ranging from `3 lakh to `9 lakh was paid to the 49 victims. The action taken report reveals that FIRs under various sections of IPC and POCSO Act were registered at Muzaffarpur on May 31, 2018 and later investigation was transferred to the CBI. A charge sheet was filed against 20 accused, out of which 19 were convicted by the trial court in Saket, New Delhi, the panel said. The statement further said that NHRC had been informed that the registration of NGO which ran the shelter home was cancelled and the premise housing it was demolished in compliance of court orders. The trial was concluded within a stipulated period. ENS
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