BHUBANESWAR 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 | P7 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 Congress wrests Centre, says Rahul Attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says he is only working to facilitate a few corporates 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 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 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 imple- ment 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 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. Punjab CM 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. P8 STRONGMAN OF PIPILI, MAHARATHY NO MORE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar THE strongman of Pipili, senior BJD leader and former minister Pradeep Maharathi passed away at a private hospital here in the early hours of Sunday . He was 65. A seven-time MLA from Pipili in Puri district, Maharathy is survived by wife Prativa, son Rudra Pratap and daughter Pallavi. Maharathy had tested positive for Covid-19 on September 14 and was discharged from the hospital after recovery However, he . had to be admitted again as his condition became critical. He was on ventilator support since Friday . The veteran politician had worked his way up through student politics and made a name as a mass leader. His leadership qualities came to the fore from his college days when he became the secretary of SCS College in Puri. He joined the students’ movement against Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi in 1975 and was arrested under MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA). P5 TODAY’S MATCH DELHI BANGALORE In-form RCB and DC 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 | P11 ODDS: DC: 9/10 RCB:1/1 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH Pressure to 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 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 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 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 . P7 LJP exits NDA in Bihar, targets Nitish’s 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 Man- jhi’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 perfor mances 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. P8
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