TIRUCHY l MONDAY l OCTOBER 05, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION 20-25 CR PEOPLE TO GET COVID VACCINE BY JULY 2021: CENTRE The government estimates to receive and use up to 50 crore doses of vaccine by next July, the Union health minister said STATES ASKED TO SUBMIT LIST BY OCTOBER-END NO DECISION YET ON TRIALS OF SPUTNIK V The Centre will ensure fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, once they are ready, Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. The states have been asked to submit, by the end of this month, a list of priority population groups, as well as details of cold chain facilities and other related infrastructure, to ensure smooth vaccine distribution down to the block level ■ ■ ■ To ensure transparency, the minister assured that the government will share details of the distribution process soon The Centre is open to assessing the feasibility of introducing several vaccines in the country, Dr Vardhan said No decision yet on phase-3 trials of the Russian vaccine in India 9.37 lakh ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA AS OF SUNDAY EVENING 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 Pressure to shift DM, order judicial probe N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh participate in tractor rally in Punjab on Sunday | AFP Will bin farm laws if Cong wrests Centre, says Rahul THREE new pressure points emerged on Sunday in the horrific gang-rape and murder of a Hathras girl that has left the nation horrified. While her family pushed for a judicial probe and the political class joined their call for the District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar’s transfer, the counter consolidation of upper caste members claiming the four arrested youth in the case had been framed up, was equally noteworthy . A day after the state government recommended a CBI probe, the victim’s brother FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described the three recently passed farm sector reform Acts as black laws, saying the day his party comes to power at the Centre all three would be scrapped and consigned to the wastepaper basket. Addressing a rally at Badni Kalan in Moga as part of his three-day Save Farming Yatra before joining a tractor rally that wound its way through Moga and Ludhiana districts, Rahul described the Centre as a puppet of corporate biggies like the Adanis and the Ambanis. He charged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had misled the nation for the past six years and had only served the interests of two to three large corporate houses of his billionaire friends. Rahul cited demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST) regime and the debt and COVID SPIKE IN CHENNAI tax waiver of big industrialists amid the pandemic as Modi’s favour to the corporate leaders, charging that the poor and the farmers did not get even a rupee’s aid. “What was the need to implement these farm laws amid Covid-19? Prime Minister says laws are being framed for farmers. If that is the case, why didn’t you discuss them openly in the House,” he questioned. He was referring to the hurried passage of the bills in the Rajya Sabha amid ruckus through Centre will eventually kill MSP, warns Capt Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he feared the Centre might pay MSP for a couple of crops, but would eventually scrap it.”Attempts were being made to stifle the collective voice of the farmers, who had come together in this fight,’’ he said 1,364 TODAY’S MATCH 1,348 DELHI 1,278 1,295 1,289 1,283 1,277 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 FRESH CASES Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 DEATHS TOLL Oct 4 TALLY 5,489 66 9,784 6,19,996 After a brief break, cases surge in Chennai again EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai AFTER slowing down its infectious march through the city for a brief period, the coronavirus seems to be charging ahead once again. The city has been recording more than 1,200 cases daily for over a week, with 12 out of the 15 corporation zones reporting a positive case growth. It may be noted that the city had reported fewer than 1,000 cases daily for almost three consecutive weeks in September, before the daily count breached the 1,000-mark in the last week of that month. Corporation officials, citing the relaxations in lockdown measures, termed the surge as “natural”. “Now the whole city is almost opened up for economic activities. People commute by buses and visit places voice vote. The new laws, Rahul argued, were aimed at eventually dismantling the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) procurement system, which would break the backbone of the farmers, just as the British had done to seize control of India. While the tried and tested system that stands on the three pillars of MSP, food procurement and mandis does need reforms, the Congress would not allow it to be destroyed, he said. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh labelled the Centre’s approach to agriculture as one that would kill farmers and Punjab. “India used to borrow from across the world to feed its people till Punjab farmers took the charge of feeding them,” he claimed. He said the fight will continue till the laws are amended and a written Constitutional guarantee given on MSP and FCI. of worship. Restaurants too are functioning. So, cases will naturally go up,’’ an official said. In the last seven days, Thiruvottiyur, which had recorded fewer cases at the end of August, has been witnessing the highest daily case growth of 9.6 per cent among all zones, followed by Tondiarpet with 5.4 per cent growth. Similarly , Madhavaram and Alandur, too, are recording daily case growth of 5.4 and 5.3 per cent respectively Incidently, Alan. dur is the only zone to have percentage of active cases in double digits (10 per cent). After a brief fall in new cases, almost all zones in North Chennai are recording a surge. Against the 80 active cases at the end of August, Manali currently has 250 active cases, while the figure has risen from 500 to 800 in Tondiarpet. BANGALORE In-form Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals meet in Dubai on Monday after winning three out of four matches. A victory will help the team go top of the standings. Though both teams are almost on equal footing, Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi have an upper hand due to their pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. ODDS: DC: 9/10 RCB:1/1 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) SP, RLD attempt to storm Hathras village SP and RLD leaders tried to barge into the victim’s Boolgarhi village on Sunday along with hundreds of supporters after breaking barricades. The district police had use to use force to disperse them stays in the saddle. Amid mounting pressure, upper caste mahapanchayats are being held in different parts the district on a daily basis to try to change the narrative. A mahapanchayat held on Sunday drew hundreds of upper caste members from around 30 villages of the district. Hailing the government’s recommendation for a CBI probe, they questioned the objections of the victim’s family to the narco-analysis and polygraphic tests as well. Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team continued its probe and recorded the statements of the victim’s family . Fratricide looms in Bihar as LJP exits NDA, targets JD(U) Attacks Modi, says he is only working to facilitate a few corporates; questions the hurry to pass legislations in RS without due process H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh changed tack, demanding a judicial probe instead. “It doesn’t matter who investigates the matter, our questions are still unanswered. Why has no action been taken against the Hathras DM, who misbehaved with my family members and tried to threaten them? We want justice, we want a probe monitored by a Supreme Court judge,” he said. His demand was echoed by BSP chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who sought immediate action against the DM. Mayawati said no impartial inquiry into the matter would be possible if the DM Next Corps Commanders’ meeting on October 12 M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THE seventh round of IndiaChina Corps Commanders meeting will be held on October 12, Army sources confirmed on Sunday . “Our aim is clear that there should be an early disengagement,” a senior Army officer said. It comes after the 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on September 30, in which the two sides had agreed to another round of Corps Commanders meet so that both sides can “work towards early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC”. During the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting held on September 21, the two sides agreed to not send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate the tense situation. Lt Gen DS Hooda said there are ground to believe that the seventh round of Corps Commanders meet will see a breakthrough. “The 6th round of Corps Commanders talk was held after two high-level meetings of the Defence Minister and the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, but it did not lead to much. And, between the 6th round of Corps Commanders meeting and the 7th no big development has taken place which gives a ground to believe that there will be a breakthrough,” DS Hooda said MANISH ANAND & RAJESH K U M A R T H A K U R @ New Delhi/Patna THE Bihar political script changed a tad on Sunday with NDA ally Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) deciding to go it alone in the state Assembly elections. Stating that the LJP will seek a BJP-led government in Bihar, the Chirag Paswan-led outfit said it will field nominees against the JD(U). Hours before the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the BJP met to clear its list of party nominees, the LJP left the NDA at the state level citing “ideological differences with the JD(U)”. “There’s no bad blood between the BJP and the LJP. The victorious candidates of the party after the polls will support a BJP-LJP government,” the LJP said in a statement. After the BJP’s CEC meeting, there were indications that the seat sharing for- mula could be announced in Patna soon. But unconfimed sources said the JD(U) will get 121, the BJP 117 and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM 5 seats. The LJP’s decision to go solo could hurt the JD(U). “This decision is aimed at pruning Nitish Kumar’s political stature amid anti-incumbency. It will harm the performances of JD(U) without harming the electoral prospects of the BJP ,” said Dr R K Sinha, a prominent political analyst in Bihar. Within the LJP the wily Nit, ish Kumar’s ‘Mahadalit plank’ is seen as an attempt to cut the Paswan family to size as he is promoting former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. While the LJP claims to represent the state’s 16% Dalit constituency as well as the Bhumihars, the JD(U) and the BJP have been making significant inroads into their support base. Chirag Paswan is itching to lead Bihar and wants to test the political waters now. Thus far, the LJP has contested elections in alliances, mindful of the limitation of its support base, with his father Ram Vilas Paswan generally managing to stay on the winning side. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar is understood to have called up Chirag Paswan multiple times but there was no response. The CM then called his mother to enquire about the health of Ram Vilas Paswan, who underwent heart surgery in Delhi. Ram Vilas Paswan has heart surgery Union minister and LJP patron Ram Vilas Paswan (74) underwent heart surgery in Delhi. It was necessitated due to sudden developments. If needed, he’ill have another surgery in a few days, Chirag said 2 NAVY OFFICERS KILLED IN KOCHI GLIDER CRASH E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Remains of a naval glider that crashed in Kochi on Sunday NAVY ORDERS FULL PROBE The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The Kochiheadquartered Southern Naval Command has ordered a probe into the incident. Lt Rajiv Jha is a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and Sunil Kumar is from Bhoj in Bihar. According to Navy spokesperson Sridhar Warrier, Kumar was an experienced glider pilot TWO officers of the Indian Navy died in Kochi on Sunday morning when the power glider they were flying on crashed due to a technical glitch. Lieutenant Rajiv Jha, 39, and Petty Officer (Electrical Air) Sunil Kumar, 29, were flying a routine training sortie when the power glider, which took off from INS Garuda— the Naval air station of Southern Naval Command—developed a glitch and crashed near Thoppumpady in Kochi, around 7.15 am. People who were out for a morning walk saw the glider crashing and informed the local police. Soon, the police and a Navy team reached the spot and pulled out the two from under the wreckage. They were then rushed to INS Sanjivani—a Navy hospital in Kochi. “The officers were critically injured and they were shifted to INS Sanjeevini in a Navy ambulance. But they were declared brought dead,” Navy Spokesperson Sridhar Warrier said. “Both of them were not moving while being taken to the hospital,” an eyewitness told TNIE. Police said the glider had defects, which could have led to the crash. “We found the mangled remains of the glider. It’s up to the Navy to investigate,” a police officer said. A case of unnatural death has been registered. The bodies of the two will be handed over to their families on Monday after a post-mortem. , VOTE POWER This panchayat president takes transparency to doorsteps ANTONY FERNANDO @ Nagapattinam GANDHI once termed democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. When the voters chose 31-year-old R Subburaman as the president of Karuppambulam panchayat, they were convinced that enough was enough. For 33 long years, this rural hamlet, located near Vedaranyam, had not witnessed any contest for the coveted post. Instead, a local strongman used to name who would be the next president. However, 2020 dawned with a MCA graduate taking up the task of rising against the practice and winning the trust of voters. Nine moths after assuming office, Subburaman continues to prove that the voters made the right choice. Panchayat president Subburaman handing over the budget report of nine months to a resident A staunch believer in transparency, the young president was planning to present an account of the income and expenditure of the local body at the Grama Sabha meeting scheduled on Gandhi Jayanthi day When the government, cit. ing the pandemic, cancelled the meetings in the last moment, Subburaman didn’t give up. Literally taking the ‘budget presentation’ to door steps, he took printouts of the accounts and started visiting households to distribute them. What’s more, he has circulated the soft copies of the report through social media. Express had in January reported about Karuppambulam voters electing the young man as the president. The panchayat didn’t have any contest for the post during polls in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. P5
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