NEW DELHI 01 NOVEMBER 2020 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 32 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard The WiFi Fit List https://epaper.morningstandard.in Flight of the Little Birdwatchers The Dairy Diaries PLUS: 12 PAGES Taking India on a Ride MAGAZINE How to be a Successful YouTuber EXCLUSIVE VOICES TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Damyanti Biswas Sowmya S The Dragon Trail Pushpesh Pant Sathya Saran Neil McCallum Gautam Chintamani SADHGURU SPEAKS Where’s the Party Tonight? A Perfect Union obeying unique universal rules Brace up for a foggy Sunday, folks While the temperature in the national capital is likely to hover between 31 and 12 degrees for the next seven days with partly cloudy sky, the weather office said Sunday may be foggy degrees Celsius. The normal minimum temperature is 15-16 degrees Celsius, the IMD said. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecast- ing center, said that the absence of cloud cover is a major reason for such low temperature and that dry weather would continue for another 10 days. Clouds trap some of the outgoing radiation, leading to a rise in temperature. “Similar weather conditions will continue at least for another 7-10 days as no activity in the region is expected around this time. Some rains may occur in Ja m m u a n d K a s h m i r o r Himachal Pradesh, but there is hardly any possibility of rains in Delhi and neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,” said Srivastava. “Absence of clouds will remain for the next seven days. It means the temperature will hover around 31 degrees. The minimum may fall gradually to 12 degrees Celsius.” Another reason is calm winds which allow formation of mist and fog, the IMD regional head said, adding that pollutants in the air might lead to a fall in day time temperature as well. Completed Ongoing LEGENDARY actor Sir Sean Connery, known widely for playing James Bond, has died at the age of 90, after a prolonged battle with illness. The actor’s tryst with playing Bond began with Dr. No (1962), when he was 32, and lasted for as many as seven Bond films. Legend has it that Bond author Ian Fleming, who was initially sceptical of Connery playing the part, was so impressed by the Scottish actor’s portrayal that he gave the Bond character Scottish ancestry in SEAN CONNERY: 1930-2020 were asked to suggest the ideal actor to play Bond. After an interview with producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, Connery reportedly landed the role without even a screen test. It was a controversial choice at the time, but one that subsequent international fame has corroborated. He wasn’t just Bond, of course, having gone on to feature in many critically-acclaimed films including The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Murder on the Orient Express, The Wind and the Lion, and The 98.74 33.3 MAY JUN JUL NA 2019-20: Expression of interest was issued on 29.01.2020 for filling up the vacant slots that arose due to withdrawal of projects by promoters or cancellation JAN (Source: Ministry of Food Processing Industry) FEB MAR APR AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC (Source: Ministry of Consumer Affairs) The lack of storage facility is one of the prime reasons behind high volatility in onion prices. Additional storage facilities may be planned to store rabi onion Ministry of Food Processing Industry chain is critical for onions, the most market sensitive agricommodity known for its huge price volatility. This was stressed in a RBI report in 2018 titled ‘ report on the study of A onion value chain.’ “The lack of storage facility is one of the prime reasons behind high volatility in onion prices. Additional storage facilities may be planned to store rabi onion (storage facilities to store at least 25% of rabi onion production need to be ensured 22.4 28 Cancelled 27 22.52 49 47.97 33.5 25 in all major onion growing taluks),” the report said. Why a good network of cold storage facilities is crucial is because of the nearly sixmonth gap between the rabi and kharif produce. Onion typically is grown three times a year. The early kharif sowing starts in July and is harvested in October. The late kharif season is September-November while rabi sowing starts in November and is harvested in January-April. Given the 5-6 months gap between rabi and early kharif, there has to be enough onion stored to keep the supply chain running from April to October. But this year there was less summer stock while the new onion supply was hit because of heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, Kar nataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, the major onion-producing states. The RBI report had said that prices tend to rise when rabi onion stock starts to deplete and kharif onion is yet to hit the market. To ensure enough supply, it had called for enhanced cold storage capacity . CONTINUED ON P9 EXPRESS READ Minister’s seven family members Covid +ve Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar’s wife and six other family members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The minister underwent test for COVID-19 and his report came negative. Gangwar, who is the MP from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, said that his family members had recently gone to Delhi where they contracted the infection. SMART RURAL REVOLUTION Seventy villages in Muzaffarpur are connected by bamboo bridges | MUKESH RANJAN Where Nitish has failed to bridge gap between promise and delivery M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Muzaffarpur An IIT alumnus, stuck in village in Hazaribagh, prepares a plan to transform it into Jharkhand’s first smart village | P4 Sean Connery, the spy who loved to entertain, dies at 90 his later books. A poll conducted by a British weekly magazine this year, on the occasion of Connery’s 90th birthday de, clared Sir Sean as the best James Bond ever. The actor’s robust physique landed him the role of a battered prizefighter in the 1956 BBC production, Requiem for a Heavyweight. His first film to get a theatrical release was No Road Back, a 1956 crime movie. A noteworthy performance in the 1961 TV movie, Anna Karenina, brought him the attention needed to win a newspaper poll, in which readers 68.87 61 ORIGINAL 007 S U D H I R S R I N I V A S A N @ Chennai 2020 NA 2019 53.53 49.63 27 Sanctioned (Retail price in `/kg in Delhi) 24.2 23.77 30 DELHI experienced its coldest October in 58 years with the mean minimum temperature at 17.2 degrees Celsius. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, this year’s mean minimum temperature was the lowest since 1962, when it was 16.9 degrees Celsius. Normally, Delhi records a mean minimum temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius in October. On Thursday, the minimum temperature was 12.5 degrees Celsius — the lowest in the month of October in 26 years. The last time Delhi recorded such a low temperature was on October 31, 1994 when the minimum stood at 12.3 degrees Celsius. The all-time low for the city is 9.4 degrees Celsius that was recorded on October 31, 1937. On Saturday, the maximum temperature was 30.8 degrees Celsius and the minimum 13 SHEKHAR YADAV 2 0 2017-18 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 76 Delhi records coldest October in 58 years, chill to continue for a week 2 ONION PRICE VOLATILITY 24 25 2017-18 CITING an observation made on Friday by the Allahabad high court, which said that religious conversion just for the sake of marriage was not acceptable, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday issued a warning on “love jihad” and those who “play with our sisters’ respect.” Addressing an election rally in Jaunpur’s Malhani Assembly segment, where by-elections will be held on Tuesday , Adityanath cautioned those who allegedly indulged in such a practice. “The Allahabad high court said religious conversion isn’t necessary for marriage. The government will work to curb love jihad and we will bring in a law.” “Here is a warning to all those who conceal their identity and play with the honour of our sisters and daughters. If you don’t mend your ways then your Ram naam satya journey will begin,” he warned. Ram naam satya is a chant during funeral processions among Hindus. The Allahabad high court had on Friday dismissed a writ petition filed by an inter-faith couple, who sought police protection. The Muslim woman and had converted to Hinduism just a month before their marriage. The court said religious conversion just for the purpose of marriage was not acceptable. Taking a leaf out of the verdict, the CM said the government was committed to legally stopping such cases of forceful conversion. The Uttar Pradesh government, in fact, has been mulling an ordinance against love jihad for a long time. Sources said the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission had submitted a report to Adityanath last year, suggesting “a new law to check forcible religious conversions.” This year, scores of so-called love jihad cases were reported in Kanpur. The state government had set up a special investigation team to probe the incidents. 2 113 N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE government on Saturday announced new regulations to start a medical college, making it mandatory to set up a fully functional 300 bed multi-speciality hospital for at least two years at the time of application for establishing a new college. The norm is part of the “Minimum Requirements for Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations, 2020” notified by the newly-established National Medical Commission. The new norm replaces the “Minimum Standard Requirements for Medical Colleges, 1999,” passed by the Medical Council of India. The earlier regulations did not specify the period of functionality for hospitals for starting new medical colleges. As per the new norms, the beds required in various departments of the teaching hospital have also been rationalized to align with the annual student intake, teaching time to be spent in clinical specialties and the minimum clinical material required for undergraduate medical training. The new rules are applicable to all proposed medical colleges and to the established medical colleges proposing to increase their annual MBBS intake from the academic year 2021-22. During the transitory period, the already existing medical colleges will be governed by the relevant regulations prior to the current notification. “The new standards have been defined keeping the functional requirements of the institution,” the union health ministry said. “These allow optimization and flexibility in utilizing available resources and harnessing modern educational technology tools to facilitate the moving towards quality education even when resources are relatively scarce,” the ministry said. As for the teaching faculty, over and above the minimum prescribed faculty, a provision for “visiting faculty” has been made to enhance quality of training. Two new teaching departments — departments of emergency medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation — have now become mandatory in all medical college hospitals for the training of undergraduate medical students. 8 2016-17 With funeral chant, Yogi warns love jihad elements EXPRESS N E WS S E RVI CE @ New Delhi INTEGRATED COLD CHAIN PROJECTS 34 LAW ON ANVIL Rules also applicable to existing institutions that want to increase annual MBBS intake HEAVY and unseasonal rainfall in key onion-producing states have resulted in the staple’s prices going north, but if two major central schemes were on track and not progressed at snail’s pace then the country would have possibly weathered the current crisis. Government data has revealed that in the last five years, only 34% of the sanctioned cold chain projects were completed while nearly 24% projects were cancelled. According to the ministry of food processing industry’s submission to a parliamentary standing committee on demand for grants in 2020-21, of the 253 integrated cold storages sanctioned in 2015-16, only 87 were completed while 60 were cancelled. The remaining 106 cold storage projects are in progress. But even these projects are facing delays. “Projects are delayed due to delay in obtaining statutory approvals like CLU (change of land use), CTE (consent to establish), building plan, power connection, FSSAI licence, final sanction of term loan,” the ministry said. Besides the delay in the cold storage projects, Operation Greens, a scheme for integrated development of tomato, onion and potato, has made a fitful start. A budgetary allocation of `500 crore was announced in the 2018-19 budget, but only `5.77 crore as has been spent till January this year. Having a robust cold storage 2015-16 An 8-page Express Focus ‘A Radical Transformation for Human Life’ with today’s edition K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi 34.03 A s our taxi drove past the village of Chalavara, 20 km north of Shoranur, the countryside seemed pictureperfect with paddy fields, coconut trees, interspersed with thick, shimmering forest foliage. I was going to interview Dr. T P Jayakrishnan, the inventor of Holistic Human Metaphysics, a philosophy founded on science, analysis, and astute calculations to fight one’s so-called given fate. It was a while before the car took a turn and suddenly a huge palatial structure showed up facing the hillock across the paddy field. The vehicle stopped before the high walls of a rather different yet traditional looking mansion: Palat Palace, residence of Dr. T P Jayakrishnan. I should admit that such massiveness was pretty unprecedented. It was a Palace, literally spread over 2 acres of land almost covering the entire land area sparing only a few spread for gardens with three waterfalls. It had plenty of rooms empanelled with brass, wood and marble. Even the porch was a sight to behold, with plenty of cars. Luxury cars. A well-pruned garden meandered around a swimming pool. At a corner of the courtyard was a huge temple devoted to elephant God Ganesha and Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth. We went up in a small wooden elevator. We sat in a well-appointed hall. Soon Dr. T P Jayakrishnan greeted us. I sensed a profound presence in him. What transpired was a deep conversation on the subject of metaphysics and how Dr. T P Jayakrishnan and his team of scientists have given shape to a new way towards human wellness, wealth, and happiness. Dr. Jayakrishnan stumbled upon the world of metaphysics when he hit a rough patch in his life. At one point he was told that as per astrology his stars were not aligned with his wife Usha Jayakrishnan’s and their marriage will be shortlived. The hardships faced by Dr. T P Jayakrishnan after this point were unparalleled including severe financial crisis. The burning desire to overcome this prediction and to lead a happy life drove him deeper and deeper into the mystery of the universe. He met with his mentor Dr. Nimay Banerjee who encouraged him to ask questions and find answers. He achieved everything he dreamt of. He is now healthy, wealthy and surrounded by a loving family of his wife, children and grandchildren. So what was the magic that changed his life? The simple ways he practised, along with his findings, he turned into a branch of metaphysics called the Holistic Human Metaphysics (HHM). 21 21 26.23 dr. t P Jayakrishnan Our cOrrespOndent 36.97 the universe runs on a highly precise mathematical balance. if superintelligence has brought you to this planet earth, it certainly means that there is a grand purpose behind it Medical college ‘Only cold storage can cool onion prices’ norms tweaked, hospital a must 20.87 IntroducIng dr. t P JayakrIshnan whose lIfe-changIng methods of holIstIc human metaPhysIcs are all set to take the world by storm 40.54 ol s h PhYsic istic An m e um tA humAn life h A rAdicAl trAnsformAtion for 20.53 exPress focus raInbow route to haPPIness 64.33 HHM World: a futuristic coMPany HHM World is a futuristic company exploring potentials of wellness industry in line with new normal after Covid-19 pandemic. The company headquartered at Chalavara in Palakkad district of Kerala, is committed to developing value-added products based on scientific research, which help in enhancing the levels of quality living. A PMD initiAtive 20.25 HHM village What is special about HHM Village is that mud houses will be constructed by a special Tribal community who resides at Marayoor in Idukki in Kerala. The construction method is unique which is known only to this special Tribal group. It is a UNESCO-recognised construction method. The 50 houses of HHM Village will generate employment opportunity for them. 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 22.8 sunday l november 01, 2020 PaGes 08 Panacea ultiMate for rousing energy Panacea ultimate for rousing energy (PURE) is a product designed by HHM, after researching for more than 20 years from Vedic practice called Agnihotra. PURE contains two components: Panacea ultimate and PURE pyramid. Panacea ultimate is an intelligent combination of 43 herbs handpicked specifically from different geography at various seasons. Dr. Jayakrishnan says “Success in life underlies in adjusting the receptive infrastructure of the physical body and to obey the unique universal rules”. The receptive infrastructure of human body refers to the capacity of an individual to inhale the essential cosmic rays in abundance and HHM insists that it is the responsibility of each and every individual to collect them for their best. Holistic Human Metaphysics (HHM) illustrates techniques and tools to balance the energy flow in the human body. Since every human being is unique, HHM provides simple living habits which are personally customised. Man Who Would Be King. He also delivered notable performances in several underappreciated films, most notably Sidney Lumet’s The Hill and The Offence, both of which showcased a little-known raw and vulnerable side of Connery The actor was honoured . with his first Oscar for his emotionally overpowering turn as a tough Irish cop in Brian De Palma’s 1987 classic, The Untouchables. He was knighted in 2000 for his services to film and drama, and also has two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes under his belt. IF an example of the lack of development and infrastructure in Bihar was to be witnessed, all that is required is a visit to Aurai block, hardly 30 kilometers from the Muzaffarpur district headquarters. Though Bihar is known for its network of concrete bridges, people living in 70 villages under the Aurai block have to make do with bamboo bridges, called ‘chechri pul’ in local parlance. While these bamboo bridges are the lifeline for the more than 2.5 lakh villagers, for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar they are symbols of his failure to deliver. It is no wonder the lack of development has become an election issue for which Nitish is under attack from his opponents, particularly from RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav A recent . survey by the Delhi-based think-tanks, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Lokniti, had found that de- velopment was the top issue this time around. Roads and bridges are washed away every year in the floods. With no government succour, these bridges are built by local musclemen, who invest `75,000`1.25 lakh and make a quick buck by imposing “toll tax.” Those who cross the bridges on foot are charged `5 while motorcyclists have to pay `10. Some of the ‘chechri puls’ are sturdy enough for four-wheelers, which are charged `100-`150. BIHAR The “toll-tax collec2020 tors” have been constructing the ‘chechri puls’ for the last several generations, locals said. According to them, politicians promise to solve their problem every election but they forget as soon as they get over. “There is a total of 52 ‘chechri puls’ in the entire block. Several politicians have come and gone, but none of them has cared to do anything for this region,” said Kaisar Imam, who was going to Muzaffarpur on his motorcycle. CONTINUED ON P9
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