TIRUNELVELI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION OVER 90% SPEND THEIR TIME CHIT-CHATTING, N.S.O. SURVEY ONLY 2.4% TAKE PART IN VOLUNTEER WORK The National Statistical Office’s Time Use Survey revealed that 24.1% people participate in activities related to learning, while only 2.4% take part in volunteer and other unpaid work. The survey also said that 20.7% people said they do unpaid care giving services for household members. Such services include child care and care for dependent adults Only 38.2% people take part in job-related activities while 91% spend their time in socialising, a new survey has found ■ 1,38,799 WHY THE TIME USE SURVEY IS IMPORTANT ■ The primary objective of the Time Use Survey is to measure participation of men and women in paid and unpaid activities It is an important source of information on the time spent in unpaid care-giving activities, volunteer work, unpaid domestic service producing activities of the household members, etc | P7 HOUSEHOLDS COVERED BY THE SURVEY CONDUCTED DURING JAN-DEC 2019 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI TN SCHOOLS TO REMAIN SHUT E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai , DEC 6 I EMOL 992 D 1 TION BIG-TICKET BABRI PLOT VERDICT TODAY ACCUS E D FAC I N G T R I A L L K Advani. Was only an MP at that time. Gave a speech to kar sevaks before Babri masjid was brought down, earlier in 1990 he had led a rath yatra Murli Manohar Joshi. Was BJP president when the mosque was demolished; he was also at the site and addressed kar sevaks Kalyan Singh. Was UP chief minister. Had given Supreme Court an undertaking that he will not allow any damage to the mosque Uma Bharti. Was at the site on demolition day. Liberhan Commission accused her of inciting the mob; she took moral responsibility for the demolition Vinay Katiyar, then Bajrang Dal chief. Was BJP MP from Faizabad at the time of demolition in 1992. It is believed the conspiracy to demolish the structure was hatched at his place Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Head of Ayodhya’s largest temple and actively associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement since 1984 Ram Vilas Vedanti. Ex-BJP MP and Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member, he claimed to have incited the mob to raze the mosque Sadhvi Rithambara. Founder-chairperson of Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of VHP; her speeches played a major role in the demolition of the masjid Champat Rai, current VHP vice-president and general secretary of Ram temple trust Did Advani and others conspire to raze the Babri masjid in 1992? A special CBI court in Lucknow will deliver its verdict today T H E STO RY SO FA R After a Rae Bareli court discharged former BJP chief L K Advani in the plot case in 2003 citing insufficient proof, all other co-accused were absolved by and by. The Allahabad high court upheld the orders in 2010. A year later, the CBI approached the SC to revive the conspiracy case. In 2017, SC gave its green light after quashing the HC order CASES ■ When Babri masjid was demolished on Dec 6, 1992, two cases 197/1992 and 198/1992 were registered through two FIRs at the Ram Janamabhoomi police station, Ayodhya ■ Case number 197/1992: Filed against unknown kar sevaks under IPC sections 395 (dacoity), 397(dacoity or robbery with attempt to cause death), 332 (causing hurt to deter public servants), 337, 338 (grievous hurt), 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult religion of any class), 297 (trespass in any place of worship) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) ■ Case number 198/1992: Named eight accused Askok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Rithambara. They were booked under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 505 IPC (intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) ■ 47 more FIRs lodged on complaints of mediapersons who were assaulted and their cameras and equipment snatched; the charges were robbery, rioting and mischief etc. OTHERS: Sakshi Maharaj, Brij Bhushan Singh, Lallu Singh (all BJP MPs); Ravindra Nath Srivastava, then Faizabad DM; Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, then minister in MP; Mahant Dharam Das; Satish Pradhan; Acharya Dharmendra Dev; Pawan Kumar Pandey; Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena head; Ramji Gupta; Prakash Sharma; Dharmendra Singh Gurjar; Ram Chandra Khatri, Sudhir Kakkar, Aman Nath Goyal, Santosh Dubey, Om Prakash Pandey, Vinay Kumar Rai, Kamlesh Tripathi, Gandhi Yadav, Vijay Bahadur Singh and Naveen Bhai Shukla (all kar sevaks) THE Tamil Nadu government has decided to extend the lockdown in the State for one more month, till October 31, albeit with more relaxations. In a statement here on Tuesday Chief Minister Edappadi , K Palaniswami said the lockdown has been extended based on the discussions he had with the district collectors, health experts and senior ministers. Putting to rest speculation on reopening of schools, the Chief Minister said the GO issued on September 24, for allowing students of Classes 10 to 12 to come to their schools from October 1, is being withheld. This issue would be reviewed at an appropriate time in the coming days. Even though the State has been unlocked further, educational institutions, movie halls, swimming pools, amusement parks, large auditoriums, beaches, zoological parks, museums, tourist spots and the places where people gather in large numbers will remain closed. The ban on religious and political gatherings, processions, educational, and cultural events will continue. The restrictions on international flight services except for those routes allowed by the Union Home Ministry will also continue. Suburban trains will not be operated and enforcement of Section 144 will continue. While the restrictions will be enforced strictly in the containment zones, the relaxations would be in force in other areas, the statement added. Earlier, during the discussions with district collectors, Palaniswami said that so far, the State government has spent `7,323 crore towards relief measures and for preventing the spread of Covid infection. Of this, `1,983 crore was towards health-related expenses, while `5,340 crore was towards relief measures. He pointed out that the recovery rate in the State remains the highest (90.50 per cent), while the mortality rate stands at P4 1.60 per cent. Fund frozen, Amnesty 5,546 70 9,453 46,281 5,91,943 exits India, blames it on govt’s ‘witch hunt’ CM CANDIDATE FRESH CASES COVID COUNT DEATHS TOLL ACTIVE CASES Outrage as Hathras gang-rape victim dies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi THE death of a 20-year-old gang-rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district around 3 am on Tuesday a day , after she was admitted at the Safdarjung hospital, sparked nationwide outrage and led to chaotic scenes outside the hospital premises. The victim’s younger brother claimed her sister’s body, was handed over to the UP police after autopsy instead of giving it to the family But the . claim couldn’t be verified with the hospital’s administration despite multiple attempts. In what brought back memories of the horrific Nirbhaya gang-rape case, the Dalit girl was left grievously injured by four men who sexually abused her on September 14. She was admitted to the Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH) a week after the sexual assault. By then, her legs had paralysed and she had severe spinal cord injury and neck damage, as the accused had dragged her by her dupatta to a field near the spot in her village where she was gathering cattle fodder. She also has a deep cut on her tongue. JNMCH superintendent Dr Harris Manzur Khan said the victim was critical and on ventilator with her legs completely and arms partially paralysed when her father sought to shift her to Delhi on Monday . As news of her death spread, protests broke out at Safdarjung Hospital, Vijay Chowk and in Hathras. Leading the protest outside Safdarjung Hospital, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad said the attack represents the deteriorating law and order situation in UP “Do not test our patience. . We won’t rest until the culprits are hanged,” he said. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad protesting the death of a Dalit gang-rape victim outside Safdarjung Hospital, in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV EXPRESS READ Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for Covid-19 New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19, the Vice President Secretariat said. It said Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. “The Vice President of India who underwent a routine Covid-19 test today morning has been tested positive,” the Secretariat tweeted TALLY No confusion, says leaders as OPS skips two key meetings E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A day after the AIADMK executive meeting ended without naming the party’s CM candidate for 2021 Assembly elections, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday skipped two key Covid-review meetings, both chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and attended by district collectors and the Health Exper ts Committee, at the Secretariat. Meanwhile, Panneerselvam held meetings with AIADMK’s deputy coordinators, KP Munusamy and R Vaithilingam, and former MP Manoj Pandian, at his , residence. Besides, former IT Minister, M Manikandan, and Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar called on Panneerselvam separately at his residence. Similar meetings took place in the evening also, reminding people about the days when Panneerselvam launched Dharma Yuddham in 2017 against VK Sasikala. However, the AIADMK leaders downplayed the meetings and said party functionaries meeting their leaders cannot be described otherwise. Answering queries of reporters after holding discussions, Vaithiligam said, “This is not a politically important meeting and that the CM candidate would be announced on October 7.” Asked which leader (Palaniswami or Panneerselvam) he would support, Vaithilingam said, “I support both of them. My desire is that the AIADMK should come back to power after the elections. On whether the confusion within the AIAMK would lead to the dissolution of the government, Vaithilingam replied in negative and asserted that the AIADMK would retain power. In the evening, after the CM returned home, Minister SP Velumani called on him. FEWER JOBS Morning walkers of another kind keep Delta roads busy M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy AS the moist earth awaited the crack of the dawn, a woman in her late thirties stepped out of her home in a small village in Tiruchy. Soon after she hit the road, a few others, mostly women, joined her. Leaving several milestones behind, they kept walking. By the time the eastern sky was filled with warm colours, the group was far from their villages. On both side of their path, acres of agricultural lands were lying ready for another season of Samba cultivation. They were not the typical morning walkers who circuit back home after burning calories. Life used to be slightly different for these walkers until the pandemic wrecked the farming sector, among others. These walkers, comprising traditional agriculture labourers, used to be much sought-after during the major cultivating seasons in this fertile Delta region. But now, they wander around vil- lages in search of work, setting out from their homes in the early hours of the day and keep moving from one village to another, looking for farmers to give them work. Even though the Samba season has kick-started with fields being prepared and paddy transplanted, there is less demand for labourers, thanks to the increased mechanisation. Fatigued after covering almost 15 kilometres, the group reached a village in Manachanallur Block. Giving them relief was a farmer who invited them for work. Farm worker Kavitha, a resident of Valadi village, said this has been her routine for a while as the opportunities have become scantier. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NINETEEN days after its bank accounts were frozen by the Centre, Amnesty International on Tuesday announced winding up its India operations. The organisation said it was compelled to let go of its staff in India and pause its ongoing campaign and research work. Accusing the government of “incessant witch-hunt”, it claimed it was targeted for flagging human rights violations in Kashmir and during the Delhi riots. “The constant harassment by government agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government,” said Avinash How it Kumar, executive director of Amnesraised funds ty International India. Amnesty said it Activists said the BJP-led governoperated through ment is systematically targetting a “distinct model voices of dissent. “The clampdown of raising funds”, on Amnesty is part of a larger proadding that 1 lakh ject to attempt to silence independpeople have ent voices of dissent, which are criticontributed for its cal of the majoritarian politics of the work in India. present regime,” said bureaucrat“These cannot turned-activist Harsh Mander. have any relation Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home with the FCRA,” it Affairs said Amnesty’s statement is said far from the truth and is a ploy to influence probe into its illegalities. The MHA said Amnesty was denied permission to receive foreign funds by successive governments including UPAled governments in view of its “illegal activities”. The government also highlighted that the human rights body is not registered under FCRA and it had received permission only once and that too 20 years ago. IPL TODAY RAJASTHAN KOLKATA After taking CSK and KXIP to cleaners in Sharjah, Rajasthan head to Dubai to face Kolkata. In five matches, teams opting to field first have ended up losing the match. Will this trend change? P11 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M India calls out Chinese doublespeak on LAC P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday rejected Chinese claims of the position of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, saying it has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 perception of the LAC. Under various bilateral agreements, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC. “In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not Ladakh’s proceed further as the Chinese side UT status did not show a willingness to pursue Chinese Foreign it. Therefore, the insistence now of Ministry the Chinese side that there is only spokesperson one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in Wang Wenbin said Beijing does not these agreements,” Ministry of Exrecognise Ladakh ternal Affairs spokesperson Anurag UT and accused Srivastava said. India of illegally The response came after China on establishing Monday said it abides by the 1959 Central rule there LAC perception of then premier Zhou Enlai. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh and accused India of illegally establishing Central rule there. “China does not recognise the so-called Union Territory of Ladakh, which was illegally established by India, and opposes infrastructure construction in disputed border areas for military control purposes,” Wang said.
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