BHUBANESWAR l Wednesday l October 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION Three share Nobel physics prize for black hole study Three scientists on Tuesday won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for advancing the understanding of black holes Roger Penrose Reinhard Genzel Andrea Ghez UK, GERMAN, AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WIN AWARD Still many questions unanswered Briton Roger Penrose received half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez received the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”, the Nobel Committee said ■ ■ Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. “These exotic objects pose many questions that beg for answers and motivate future research,” said David Haviland, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics Ghez is the fourth woman to get the Physics Nobel | P12 SEK 10 mn or $1.1 mn is the prize money, which will be shared among the winners 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 No ifs and buts over Nitish, claims BJP as allies unwrap deal Cremation in the dead of night to prevent Hathras violence: govt UP wants CBI probe under SC supervision; bench seeks clarity on witness protection and scope of Allahabad HC proceedings E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi For the first time since the September 30 cremation of the Hathras gang-rape and murder victim in the dead of night allegedly without the consent and presence of her family the , Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday sought to justify its action, saying it was done to prevent large-scale violence the next morning. Citing intelligence inputs of the possibility of major law and order problems, the UP government in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, said the cremation happened at 2.30 am and security forces were already on high alert in the district because of the Babri masjid verdict a day later. Amid demands for protection to the victim’s family, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde directed the UP government to submit a fresh affidavit specifying whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for them and other witnesses. The court described the assault as horrible and shocking. Appearing for the state government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in the public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation should just be f air and impartial.” In its affidavit, the UP government requested the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI under its own supervision into the horrific assault on September 14. In the court, Mehta said: “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.” Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she was on the same page on having a court monitored probe while seeking the protection for the victim’s family and ensuring fair investigation. During the hearing, the bench asked Mehta to clarify whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. It also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings before the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We want suggestions from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can widen and make them more relevant,” it said while putting off the hearing for next week. Rajesh Kumar Thakur and M a n i s h An a n d @ Patna / New Delhi File photo of police personnel cremating a Dalit woman in the wee hours of September 30 in Hathras district, allegedly without her family’s consent | PTI However, seasoned jurists wondered why the SC chose to hear the case in the first place despite the Allahabad High Court having already passed several directions in the matter. The HC ordered several senior police and revenue officers to be present in court on October 12. Also, the court directed that the parents, brothers and sisters of the victim be personally present in court so as to ascertain facts from them directly . Expressing surprise, Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said: “It is unclear why the Supreme Court would interfere or what would be the scope of its interference when a more effective arrangement in uncovering the truth had already been made by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.” Echoing him, advocate on record at the Supreme Court Anas Tanvir said, “Supreme Court has in past held that the high courts are better equipped to deal with such matters and have asked the petitioners to Journalist among four arrested In a late night swoop, the UP police arrested a journalist and three others allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India and its allied outfit Campus Front of India. They were taken into custody near Mathura late on Monday evening. They were on way to Hathras from Delhi. The journalist was identified as Siddique Kappan, who works out of Delhi P7 approach HCs instead. The same could have been done in present case, more so because the Allahabad HC had already taken suo motu cognisance of the issue.” Be that as it may the UP gov, ernment’s affidavit justifying the cremation said: “The district administration at Hathras had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 on the manner in which the dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given.” Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol also came into play it said. , “In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large-scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem,” the affidavit stated. It said once the postmortem had been done, “there cannot be any bad intention” to speed up the cremation “except to obviate the potential violent situation resulting from the planned caste divide by certain vested interests”. India’s subtle poke at China from quad meet PUSH K AR B A N A K AR @ New Delhi In a subtle message to China, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India believes in respecting territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes. Addressing a meeting of the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan and the US in Tokyo, he said India is “committed to upholding the rules-based international order”. The US-India-Australia-Japan quadrilateral consultations come amid growing concerns over Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region and IndiaChina border tension in eastern Ladakh. Beijing is opposed to the ‘quad’ grouping, which it says was set up to contain China’s ‘development’ in the region. In an apparent reference to China, Jaishankar said, “The fact that we are meeting here today, in person, despite the glo- bal pandemic, is a testimony to the importance that these consultations have gained, particularly in recent times.” The meet was also attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi. Jaishankar said as vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values, nations have collectively affirmed the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. “Our objective remains advancing the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the region.” Jaishankar also had a one-onone meeting with Pompeo. The two leaders discussed various aspects of bilateral ties and measures to enhance cooperation. “Began my Tokyo visit with a bilateral meeting with @ SecPompeo. Pleased to see the progress of our partnership in External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan and other Quad Foreign Ministers, in Tokyo on Tuesday | MEA so many fields. Will work together for stability and prosperity in the Indo- Pacific,” he Jaishankar tweeted. A statement from the US Department of States said Pompeo and Jaishankar discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on topics of international concern. “They reaffirmed the strength of the US- India relationship, reviewed efforts to combat the pandemic, and asserted the need to work together to advance peace, prosperity and security in the IndoPacific and around the world,” it said. The leaders agreed to continue close cooperation during the US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue later this year. BJP releases first list The BJP named 27 candidates for the three-phase Bihar polls, starting October 28. The list includes international shooter Shreyasi Singh and ex-MP Hari Manjhi, who joined the party on Sunday LJP, which has announced to field its candidates against JD-U nominees. Nitish asserted that there is no misunderstanding in the NDA, and that the alliance is firm on projecting its development plans and achievements before the electorate. To the criticism of his leadership by Chirag Paswan, the CM remained guarded. But he sought to remind the LJP that it was his party that had played a role in sending Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to the Rajya Sabha. In a related development, senior BJP leader Rajendra Singh, who had narrowly lost the last elections, joined the LJP Singh, who is with the RSS . background, is all set to contest on the LJP ticket against the JD-U nominee. There are indications that a few of the defeated BJP candidates in the 2015 Assembly elections may also contest from P8 the LJP. two days ahead of the close of nominations for the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, the NDA on Tuesday unveiled the seat adjustment plans: the JD-U will contest 122 seats and the BJP 121. On the alliance’s chief , ministerial candidate, the two lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. As per the seat arrangement, the JD-U will adjust the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) from its quota while the BJP will leave seats for the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahini, who exited the opposition Grand Alliance a few days ago. The BJP may end up contesting more seats since it is reportedly negotiating for threefour seats with the VIP. On the other hand, HAM will get seven seats from the JD-U’s share. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi sought to set at rest all doubts over the postpoll leadership issue, saying the NDA would form the government with Nitish in the saddle. State BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal went so far as to say the party could write to the Election Commission against the use of names and pictures of the party leaders in poll campaigns by anyone outside the NDA — a clear hint at the Coal scam: Ex-Union Minister Dilip Ray convicted CAG questions continuance of WODC in present form E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Former Union minister Dilip Ray was convicted by a special CBI court on Tuesday in connection with a coal scam case which dates way back to 1999. Ray and five others - two senior Coal ministry officials Pradip Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL), its director Mahendra Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML) - were found involved in irregularities regarding allocation of a coal block in Jharkhand’s Giridh district. Special Judge Bharat Parashar held the accused guilty of offences under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on October 14. Ray was the Minister of State (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. A founding member of the Janata Dal, Ray had parted ways with the Odisha-based P5 party in 2002. Misplaced priorities in utilisation of funds, execution of unwarranted projects and huge unspent money have led the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to question the continuance of Western Odisha Development Corporation (WODC) in its present form. It has failed to meet the objectives for which it was set up, the CAG has observed. Though the State Government has provided `100 crore per annum from 2 0 0 8 - 0 9 o n w a rd s t o WODC for undertaking various developmental projects, the CAG said that `135.71 crore were lying unspent as of March, 2018. Out of this, `57.20 crore had remained unspent for a period of one to 14 years. Huge funds were also wasted because of misplaced priorities. The report maintained that out of total outlay of `409.72 crore during 2015 and 2018, `183.41 crore were allotted for different projects in developing and developed blocks while only `128.79 crore (31 per cent) had been provided to very backward and `97.52 crore (24 per cent) for back- @ New Delhi @ Bhubaneswar today’s IPL match Kolkata vs Chennai After ending a three-match losing streak, CSK will look to keep the momentum going as they face KKR. Against Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistent side, Dhoni & Co start favourites. Odds : Kolkata 22/23 | Chennai 10/11 ward blocks. As per the Ghadai Committee Report, of the 89 blocks under WODC, 34 were very backward and 25 were backward. The Planning and Coordination department stated that there were backward and very backward areas in some developed blocks for which projects had been sanctioned. However, CAG maintained that there was no study or report on the basis of which such areas were treated as backward areas. As per section 11 of WODC Act, the Council was to prepare long term/short term plans and conduct impact assessment studies of various developmental programmes. The Planning and Coordination department in November, 2013, selected the Poverty and Human Development Management Agency (PHDMA) to assess critical gaps and suggest remedial measures. The WODC in December, 2013, authorised the CEO to coordinate and execute agreement with PHDMA for the purpose. However, the CEO neither took up the matter with the PHDMA nor the Planning and Coordination department took any step in P5 this regard. 5 Piyush Chawla (156) is five wickets shy of becoming second-most successful bowler in tournament. Lasith Malinga (170) and Amit Mishra (160) are ahead of him. Live: Star Sports1/ Hotstar @ 7.30PM Doctors cry for dedicated Covid facility as cases surge E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The doctors and health care workers have been on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic, working day in and out to not only save lives from the virus but also ensuring that general health service doesn’t collapse. The foremost Covid warriors have been literally putting their lives on the line as they are the most exposed to the virus but despite tall claims of the Govern- ment, they are being left on their own when they get infected and need medical treatment. The fact that, many doctors are not able to find beds in the Covid hospitals unless they are connected to the higher ups in the Government or can pull strings with the help of other authorities has begun to fuel great resentment in the ranks. While the nationwide picture on vulnerability of doctors and medical professionals to Covid is grim with case fatality rate among them found to be as high as 17 per cent, the State Government has failed to prioritise medical care for them. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) in its recent report claimed that the risk of death due to infection is 17 times higher in doctors and 15 times more in healthcare workers. Sources at the Odisha chapter of IMA said, while 19 practicing doctors have succumbed to Covid-19 in the State so far, hundreds of others have been infected. There is no count of other healthcare professionals like nurses, laboratory technicians, ANMs and other paramedics. Not only the MBBS doctors, the AYUSH doctors deployed at Covid facilities are also equally suffering. While six have died so far, more than 100 have been infected. The rising death figures notwithstanding, Odisha Government is yet to make any special provision for treating doctors. Though the Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) and IMA have been demanding a separate Covid care facility with ICUs and ventilators for health care professionals, the Government is yet to take a call. “Many states like West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have already set up dedicated Covid hospitals for doctors and paramedics. We have been demanding similar facility in the State so that the health professionals, many of whom have serious comorbidities, can be provided specialised care without knocking doors,” said IMA state president Dr Kamalakanta Panigrahi. OMSA president Dr Narayan Rout also demanded special Covid hospitals for frontline Covid warriors. He alleged that the DCHs managed by mostly private doctors are not responding to the relatives and family members of doctors being treated there whenever they call to know their health status. “They are not even divulging the names of treating doctors,” he stated. Doctors said they do not want the Government or public ring bells, beat drum, sing Bande Utkal Janani or lit diya in their honour. As doctors are getting infected more, what they need is timely hospitalisation and specialised care, which would be real honour for them. “It should be the duty of the Government to take care of the medical personnel who are getting afflicted while saving lives and ensure they get the dignity P5 in treatment.
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