Airlines can now operate at 70% of pre-Covid capacity Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday that the Centre has raised the cap on the number of domestic flights Indian airlines can operate to 70 per cent of their pre-Covid levels. Currently, the limit is 60 per cent HYDERABAD l thursday l november 12, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION 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 `1.46 lakh cr production linked incentive scheme for 10 crucial sectors Poll outcome shows development will be the only basis for politics in the 21st century, says PM; agrees women are BJP’s silent voters, adding they turned out in large numbers; puts West Bengal govt on notice over political killings Approval of Covid policy, says Modi MA N I SH A N A N D @ New Delhi Phase NDA MGB 22 47 51 42 1 Phase III 52 21 th e U n i o n C ab i n e t o n Wednesday approved a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth `1.46 lakh crore for 10 sectors to boost domestic manufacturing, create jobs and reduce dependence on imports. The scheme will be offered to white goods manufacturing, pharma, auto, telecom, textile, food products, solar photovoltic and cell battery among others, with a , total outlay of `1,45,980 crore spread over five years. Of the total outlay the larg, est pie — `57,042 crore — goes to auto and auto components, followed by advance chemistry cell (ACC) battery (`18,100 crore), drug makers (15,000 crore), telecom products (`12,195 crore), food products `(10,900 crore) and textile manufacturers (10,683 crore). Announcing the scheme, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it will help attract more investments into these sectors, promote job creation and will help in building a self-reliant India. Wednesday’s announcement is in continuation of the gover nment’s earlier PLI scheme for electronics and for active pharma ingredients with an outlay of `50,000 crore spread over five years, which takes the total outlay for such incentives to nearly `2 lakh 2 Phase II @ New Delhi Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday “saluted” people for giving majority to the NDA in Bihar and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support. “I salute people for the majority they have given to the NDA. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support,” Kumar tweeted in his first reaction after the ruling coalition won majority in Bihar Others Phase I Express News Service Nitish thanks modi for bihar victory Phase III was decider Stating that Bihar will march on the development path under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the NDA’s electoral victory across the country was an endorsement of the measures taken by the government to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. While the world paused in the face of the pandemic, India continued to take “historic decisions” to reform agriculture, education, land titles and others, Modi said. A day after the Bihar verdict, the BJP headquarters turned saffron, with party workers celebrating the victory BJP chief . J P Nadda set the tone of the celebrations, saying the verdict is an endorsement of the Covid19 management under the PM’s leadership. “The battle that India waged against the Covid-19 pandemic has no parallel, as the principal priority has been to save the lives of the people. It was also ensured that while free ration was made available to the people, the immediate requirement of employment was also addressed,” Modi said. Reflecting on the poll outcome, Modi said the verdict is another indication of the “new mood” in the country, adding, “people reward those who work Good railways, better airports, bridges, internet connectivity, some will say, are not important in elections. People are telling political parties that this is not the case - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister 5 for development with honesty .” He also lavished praise on Nadda for leading the party to victory in the polls. Referring to the BJP’s silent voter base, Modi said women trust the party because they prioritise “safety and respect”. “Women are the biggest silent voters. They have shown their might in Bihar, with a large turnout,” he added. Without naming the Congress, Modi came down heavily against dynasties, saying one large national party’s leadership has just one family. “The future is full of possibilities, and the women and the youth see hope in the BJP. The poor and the downtrodden see their BIHAR 2020 representations in the BJP he said. ,” In a signal to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister flagged the BJP’s allegations of the political killings in the state, saying that “the game of deaths should never be part of democracy”. After Bihar, the BJP will go full steam in Bengal for the next year’s AsP7 sembly polls. TMC unease as owaisi to contest wb polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi flashes the victory sign at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. BJP National President JP Nadda is also seen | Parveen Negi Kolkata: With Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ulMuslimeen announcing its decision to contest the 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal, the ruling TMC in the state on Wednesday called it a “communal force which acts as the B team of BJP”. Buoyed by the Bihar results, Owaisi had on Tuesday said AIMIM would contest in Bengal and UP Axe Chirag from central NDA: JD(U) R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna A day after winning a fresh mandate to rule Bihar, NDA leaders on Wednesday started putting their heads together to form the new government led by Nitish Kumar, though his JD(U) will be the junior partner with 43 seats as against the BJP’s 74. While the BJP is understandably keen on government formation, the JD(U) doesn’t quite share the enthusiasm, amid indications the new ministry could be sworn in only after Diwali (Nov 14) or even after the Chhath festival (Nov 19-20). For, the JD(U) first wants the BJP to send a clear no-nonsense message by ejecting the Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from the central NDA before government formation, it is reliably learnt. It was the LJP that deliberately damaged the JD(U)’s chances across the state and hurt the BJP to a lesser extent in some seats, indirectly benefiting the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The LJP had dropped out of the state NDA barely weeks before polling. For the record though, JD(U)’s senior spokesperson Dr Ajay Alok denied setting terms on purging the central NDA of the LJP. He, however, said the new government is likely to be formed after Diwali. As for who will lead the new government, there was no ambiguity. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the NDA will stick to its pre-poll announcement of Nitish Kumar staying as chief minister. The BJP expects a bigger share of power with proportional representation in the new ministry “A formal discus. sion over this between JD(U) and BJP leaders has already been held,” a BJP leader said. Containers, bearing the logos of Dr Reddy’s and Sputnik V, being unloaded Sputnik V vaccines reach India, trials shortly Express News Service @ Hyderabad The Russian Sputnik V vaccines have arrived in India and Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories will soon conduct the adaptive phases two and three human clinical trials. Dr Reddy’s had already sought the approval for the trials from the Drug Control General of India (DCGI). A video of small containers, bearing the logos of Dr Reddy’s and Sputnik V being un, loaded from a vehicle went viral on social media on Wednesday . A senior official from Dr Reddy’s confirmed with Express that the vaccines have arrived in India and that the clinical trials will start shortly . This development coincides with the announcement by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and Russian Direct Investment Fund that the Sputnik V vaccine has been found to be 92 per cent effective in protecting people against Covid-19. Continued on P2 In a setback to the Telangana government, the High Court on Wednesday directed it not to process applications received after October 29 for the regularisation of unregistered sale transactions (Sada Bainama) as the new Revenue Act came into force on the said date. The government had received about 6.74 lakh such applications after October 29. A division bench of the HC, however, permitted it to process applications (about 2.26 lakh) received between October 10 and 29, and to call an inquiry into these. The bench made it clear that the decision taken on such applications are subject to the outcome of a PIL which challenged the GO 112 issued on October 12 for reg- ularising Sada Bainamas under the Telangana Rights in Law and Pattadar Passbook Act, 1971. The Act has now been repealed. Comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy the bench passed this in, terim order in the PIL filed by Shinde Devidas, a farmer from Nirmal district, who sought to set aside the impugned GO 112. The petitioner’s counsel, C Naresh Reddy, had earlier submitted that Rule 22 (2) of the Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Passbooks Rules, 1989 and Section 5(A) of the Act, 1971 deals with regularisation/ validation of unregistered transactions, i.e., sale of agricultural land parcels through Sada Bainamas (agreements made on white papers). Continued on P5 The Cabinet also decided to extend the viability gap funding scheme to social infrastructure sectors. The scheme is currently available only for projects concerning economic infrastructure dustries, labour-intensive manufacturing, export-oriented sectors and advanced technology products,” said Uday Kotak, president, Confederation of Indian Industry . With economy headed towards a sharp contraction this fiscal, the governmental indicated the manufacturing and infrastructure sector will remain the focus area to kickstart economy . Will hold a meeting to discuss reopening higher educational institutions | P4 Express News Service @ New Delhi Blow for TS govt as HC halts 6.74 l Sada Bainamas @ Hyderabad Boost for social infra Colleges SC criticises to reopen after High Court, Diwali? TSCHE to take a call soon gives Arnab interim bail TO u g h s t a n d Express News Service crore over a five-year period. India Inc has welcomed the move and said its timely espe, cially when the economy is limping back to normal from the aftershocks of Covid. “The new PLI policy is transformational and will facilitate India becoming a global manufacturing hub. It identifies the right sectors and products across core in- Smart policing Officials man the Telangana State Police Public Safety-Integrated Operations Center, the first of its kind in India, after MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated it on the premises of the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate in Gachibowli on Wednesday P3 Defeat a bitter pill for shocked TRS P K ri s h n a @ Siddipet As the Dubbaka defeat slowly sinks in, ruling TRS party leaders are trying to analyse the reasons behind the bypoll debacle. As far as welfare goes, the TRS government has delivered the goods and provided financial assistance to nearly 1.50 lakh people in Dubbaka under various schemes. Crops over 1.30 lakh acres are now irrigated and drinking water issues have been solved. Finance Minister T Harish Rao led the campaign from the forefront and many expected him to ensure a thumping victory for the party yet again. On the occasion, TRS leaders are referring to the Telugu proverb that says “The causes for Karna’s death were many” (Karnudu chhavu ki karanaalu anekam). Harish highlighted the State’s development programmes and visited every village in the constituency twice. It was felt that the TRS would win with a comfortable majority of 40,000-50,000 votes. Continued on P4 Observing that personal liberty is increasingly becoming a casualty in the country , the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 case of abetting suicide. A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee issued the order on Goswami’s petition challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision on November 9 to deny interim bail. Hours later he walked out of the Taloja jail in Raigad district. The top court also granted bail to two other co-accused, Feroze Shaikh and Neetish Sarda. Expressing deep concern at the growing trend of states targeting those who follow a different ideology than that of the government, Justice Chandrachud cited a case from West Bengal where a girl, who tweeted that the coronavirus was not being properly dealt with, was issued a police notice. “They did this, saying we will show you reality,” he remarked. Continued on P8 Regulation Centre brings online news portals under I&B ministry’s ambit R it w ik a Mitr a @ New Delhi The Central government has brought online news portals such as The Wire and over-thetop (OTT) platforms like Netflix under the ambit of the Ministry of Infor mation and Broadcasting (MIB). According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat late on Tuesday night and signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers, as well as news and current affairs on online platforms would come under the MIB’s purview. The order also covers news on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The decision has evoked sharp reactions from the digital media industry “This move . is a step towards censorship of online news platforms. The government is doing this be- cause some online news portals criticise government policies,” said Poonam Agarwal, editor, investigations, The Quint. Siddhar th Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, said, “The underlying impulse of involving the I&B ministry is to introduce special rules to hinder digital media, which has so far bucked the trend in print and TV spaces of giving the government a free ride.” Press Council of India chairperson Justice C K Prasad said, “We are of the view the content should be looked after by a statutory independent body .” Dushyantt Kohli, chief operating officer of Khabri, a digital audio platform, said he was hopeful the growth of the industry would be supported and not impeded. Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal said, “The government must lean in the direction of enabling regulation and ensure such regulations do not tantamount to arbitrary misuse of powers. The golden balance is what the government needs to search for and attain, while moving ahead in this regard.” Why online content needs to be regulated The print media is regulated by the Press Council of India and the News Broadcasters Association represents television channels. But till now, there were no rules to regulate content on OTT platforms
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