KOCHI 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 Will bin farm laws if Cong 2 Navy officers killed in Kochi glider crash wrests Centre, says Rahul E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi 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 FORMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday described the three recently passed farm sector reform Acts as black laws and said 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 or three large corporate houses of his billionaire friends. Rahul cited demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST) regime and the debt and 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 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 spell the death knell for farmers in Punjab. “India used to borrow from across the world to feed its people till Punjab farmers took the charge of feeding them,” he claimed. The fight will continue till the laws are amended and a written Constitutional guarantee given on MSP and FCI, he P8 added. TWO officers of the Indian Navy died when a power glider they were flying crashed here on Sunday morning. The Kochi-headquartered Southern Naval Command has ordered a probe into the incident. The officers — Lieutenant Rajiv Jha, 39, and Petty Officer (Electrical Air) Sunil Kumar, 29 — were on a routine training sortie when the naval power glider developed a glitch and crashed near the Thoppumpady bridge in the vicinity of Kochi Naval Base around 7.15am. Lt Rajiv Jha is a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and Sunil Kumar is from Bhoj in Bihar. The glider took off from INS Garuda, the Naval Air Station of Southern Naval Command here, at 7am. People who were out for a morning walk saw the glider crash- Next Corps Commanders’ meeting on October 12 M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh participate in a tractor rally in Punjab on Sunday | AFP TODAY’S MATCH EXPRESS READ Dentist stabbed by live-in partner dies Thrissur: A 30-year-old dentist, who was stabbed by her live-in partner at a dental clinic at Kuttanelloor here, succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. The deceased is Dr Sona Jose of Muvattupuzha. Sona was attacked by her partner Mahesh, 40, who hails from Pavaratty, last Monday following disputes over their business transactions. Mahesh has absconded. P4 Girl dies after being bitten by snake in sleep Kollam: A 10-year-old girl, who was bitten by a snake while sleeping with her parents at their house in Pathanapuram, died on Sunday. The snake bit Adithya, daughter of Rajeev and Sindhu, in the wee hours of Saturday. The Class 5 student was rushed to the primary health centre, from there to taluk hospital and a private hospital in Tiruvalla but could not be saved. P4 DELHI 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 Chennithala to go for legal action against Unitac MD T’Puram: With no sign of a police probe being launched even two days after Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala lodged a complaint with the DGP on the iPhone controversy, he has decided to move legally against Unitac Builders managing director Santhosh Eapen. Chennithala will demand Eapen to retract the defamatory comments against him. “Talks are on with legal experts on what needs to be done. A notice will be served on Eapen on Monday,” said a Congress source. P4 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) THE seventh round of India-China Corps Commanders meeting will be held on October 12, Army sources confirmed on Sunday “Our . aim is clear that there should be early disengagement,” an officer said. In the 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs on September 30, the two sides had agreed to another round of Corps Commander-level meet so that both sides can “work towards early and complete diseng a g ement of the troops along the LAC”. During the last Corps Commander-level meeting, the two sides agreed to not send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking actions that may complicate the tense situation. While China wanted to discuss the build up on the south bank of the Pangong lake, India insisted on taking up all friction points, including Depsang. “Between the 6th round of Cor ps Commanders meeting and the 7th no big development has taken place which gives a ground to believe there will be a breakthrough,”said Lt Gen D S Hooda. CHURCH ROW CM to hold joint talks with factions today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram CHIEF Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will hold a second round of talks on Monday to resolve the century-old dispute on the Malankara Church issue. The intermediary talks — scheduled for 3pm in Thiruvananthapuram — will see both the Jacobite and Orthodox factions sitting together in the meeting chaired by the chief minister after decades. The first round of separate talks with the two warring factions held on September 21 under the aegis of the CM had failed. The Jacobite faction’s demand to conduct a referendum among believers was rejected by the Orthodox faction which urged the CM to implement the Supreme Court verdict. The Supreme Court had ordered the LDF government to take over the churches and to hand them over to the Orthodox faction. This had not gone down well with the Jacobite faction which demanded that a conclusive decision be taken only after hearing from a majority of the faithful. Though the Jacobite faction exuded confidence after the first round of CM-led talks, the Orthodox faction had taken a stand that any discussion should be based only on the apex court order. They had also expressed their displeasure over the state government’s move to come up with an ordinance in case the stalemate continues even after holding discussions with both parties. Lt Rajiv Jha The mangled remains of the Navy power glider that crashed at Thoppumpady in Kochi on Sunday morning | EXPRESS ing and informed the Harbour police. A Navy team rushed to the spot and shifted the two officers to INS Sanjeevani, the Navy hospital. “The officers were critically injured and were shifted to INS Sanjeevini in ambulances. But they were declared brought dead,” said Navy Spokesperson Sridhar Warrier. “A Board of Inquiry has been ordered by the Southern Naval Command into the incident,” an official statement from the defence wing said. The wreckage was salvaged and taken to the naval base. An eyewitness told TNIE that Sunil Kumar was taken to the Navy Hospital in Cochin Port’s ambulance while Rajiv was taken in a Navy ambulance. “Both of Sunil Kumar them were not moving while being taken to the hospital,” the eyewitness said. Meanwhile, an officer with Harbour police said the glider had some defects, which might have led to the crash. “We found the mangled remains of the glider when we reached the spot. It’s up to the Navy to investigate and find out what went wrong with the glider. As far as we are concerned, a case of unnatural death has been registered,” the officer said. He said the the bodies will be handed over on Monday after the postmorP4 tem examination. Fratricide looms in Bihar as LJP exits NDA, targets JD(U) 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 formula 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 constitu- 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’ll have another surgery in a few days, his son Chirag said Pressure to shift DM, order judicial probe N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow 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 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 government recommended a CBI probe, the victim’s brother 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? We want justice, we want a probe monitored by a SC 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 ency 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. P8 KERALA CASE DIARY 8,553 positive cases on Sunday 7,527 4,851 recovered Priyanka Gandhi Mayawati SP, RLD bid 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 to use force to disperse them the matter would be possible if the DM 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 narco analysis and polygraphic tests as well.P8 infected through local contact 84,497 active cases 23 deaths 58,727 samples tested 2,29,886 total confirmed cases Periya CASE: HC TO CONSIDER CONTEMPT PLEA The court on Monday will consider a plea filed against DGP Loknath Behera for not handing over Periya case diary to CBI. Petitioners say Behera’s action was illegal. P5
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