MANGALURU SATURDAY DECEMBER 05, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION COVID-19 VACCINATION DRIVE AFTER SCIENTISTS’ NOD: PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that experts believe the coronavirus vaccine will be ready in a few weeks HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY In his remarks at a virtual all-party meeting, Modi said healthcare workers involved in treating Covid-19 patients, frontline workers including police personnel and municipal staff, and old people suffering from serious conditions would be inoculated on priority. On vaccine price, the PM said public health will be accorded top priority and states will be fully involved ■ 8 vaccines PANDEMIC A SECURITY CHALLENGE: AZAD ■ Covid-like pandemics can pose a threat to the country’s internal security and policy makers should address this challenge, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said This is the second all-party meeting by the Centre to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the outbreak of the pandemic | P9 AT VARIOUS STAGES OF TRIAL & THEIR PRODUCTION ASSURED IN INDIA: PM 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 Karnataka braces for bandh today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Farmers during their protest against the new farm laws at Ghazipur on the Delhi-UP border on Friday | PARVEEN NEGI Farmers intensify stir, announce Bharat Bandh H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh FARMER unions on Friday intensified their agitation by announcing a Bharat Bandh on Tuesday (December 8) if the Centre fails to agree to repeal three contentious farm sector reform laws that were rammed through by Parliament. Rejecting the government’s offer to suitably amend the laws to address their concerns during Thursday’s talks, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’s meeting at the Singhu border unanimously decided to explore other means as well to bring the Centre to its knees, including laying siege to toll plazas across the country to stop them from charging toll tax from commuters and choking all entry points to Delhi. Though a timeline for the new agitation programme is yet to be firmed up, the earlier decision on burning effigies of the Modi government and corporate leaders on Saturday will happen as scheduled. Also, the award wapsi that began on Thursday with Badal Foreign office pulls up Canadian envoy The foreign office on Friday summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and lodged a protest against comments by Canadian leaders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the farmers protests, saying it could have a damaging impact on bilateral ties | P9 Senior returning his Padma Vibhushan, would intensify on Monday they decided. In all, 51 , union leaders participated. All 32 protesting farmer unions had a joint session before the marathon meeting of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha. Though farmers will participate in the next round of talks with the Centre on Saturday a , categorical assurance on repealing the three laws and constitutional guarantees on the minimum support price (MSP) regime alone will take the process forward, they said. Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab (Lakhowal Group) general secretary Harvinder Singh Lakhowal said, “Now that farmers from across the country are with us, dharnas will be held in Karnataka, Maharashtra and elsewhere. It’s no longer an agitation restricted to Punjab farmers. We have told the government to call a special session of Parliament to repeal the three farm laws.’’ Bharatiya Kisan Union general secretary Yudhvir said, “Farmers are upset across the country We have told our state . leaders to get the farmers ready for a long battle as the government wants to test our patience.’’ Political support for the protest snowballed on Friday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav announcing a series of agitations in solidarity Mamata spoke to . various groups of agitating farmers and announced street protests from next week in Bengal to amplify the call against the new farm laws. DESPITE Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s appeal to pro-Kannada organisations not to go ahead with the Karnataka bandh from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturday the organis, ers are determined. Yediyurappa said on Friday: “This bandh is not required, and I appeal to them not to trouble people with the bandh.” He also stressed that he was making all efforts to WHAT IS take all communities RUNNING along. The CM said Medical stores, hospital his government is givand other medical ing prominence to services, -BMTC, KSRTC buses, Metro service, Milk Kannada language and is even willing to supply, essential consider suggestions services, ATMs, Fuel from the pro-Kannada pumps, Food joints, organisations. Hotels and Vegetable/ However, Kannada fruit shops, Meat stalls, Government offices of all activist Vatal Nagaraj, who is leading the departments and agitation against the Garment factories and formation of the Marindustries atha Development WHAT MAY Cor poration, conBE OFF firmed to The New InCab and auto services, dian Express that Theatres and Shopping they will go ahead malls with the state-wide bandh on Saturday “It . will be 100 per cent successful. The government is trying to do everything to ensure that the bandh is not successful, but people of the state are supporting us,” he claimed. Several pro-Kannada outfits, including Vatal Nagaraj’s Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and Kannada Samara Sene had called for the statewide bandh after the CM announced the formation of the MDC with a grant of Rs 50 crore for the “overall development of the Maratha people in Karnataka”. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government will take stringent action against those forcing the bandh. CONTINUED ON: P4 FIVE MLAS MAY MAKE Liquor stores IT TO BSY CABINET MAKEOVER to have new, clean look A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru SOON, liquor outlets and bars across the state will sport a fresh look and will also be spick and span. Right from the signboards to wall painting and kitchens, the premises will have to be kept clean with focus on hygiene. The State Government will issue guidelines to improve the look and feel of these establishments. Excise officials will conduct inspection and, if the premises is not clean, or even if the glassware is not washed p r o p e r l y, they will lose their licence, warned Excise Minister H Nagesh. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Nagesh said most of the liquor stores and bars are not maintained properly and cleanliness is the least of their priorities. “These establishments should look attractive. If not of international standard, at least cleanliness should be maintained. We will be directing them to change the nameboards/signboards, have clean furniture and clean premises including painting of walls,” he said. “Once the guidelines are issued, officials will conduct inspection at random and licences of those outlets not adhering to the policy may even by cancelled,” the minister asserted. CONTINUED ON: P7 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Belagavi THE much-talked about expansion of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s cabinet is expected to happen soon with the party senior leadership believed to have given its nod to induct five legislators. BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh, is said to have handed over the list to Yediyurappa prior to the start of the core committee meeting held in Belagavi on Friday. Highly placed party sources said R Shankar, M T B Nagaraj, Muniratna, Umesh Katti and C P Yogeshwar will make it to the cabinet. Ever since the formation of the Yediyurappa-led BJP government, Umesh Katti, eight- time MLA from Hukkeri, has been consistently lobbying for a cabinet berth. If Katti is inducted as expected, Belagavi district will have the highest number of five lawmakers in the cabinet. Including Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and state par ty incharge, Arun Singh, 10 members of the BJP core committee participated in the meeting held on Friday They in. cluded Union minister Pralhad Joshi, party state president Nalin Kumar Kateel, ministers Jagadish Shettar, Govind Karjol, R Ashoka and K S Eshwarappa, party national general secretary C T Ravi and Mahadevapura MLA Aravind Limbavali. Union Minister D V Sadananda Gouda and senior leader C M Udasi and two othP4 ers skipped the meeting. EXPRESS READ US okays sale of $90 mn worth of military hardware Washington: The US has approved the sale of $90 million worth of military hardware and services in support of its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft. I am very pleased that the Prime Minister recently reviewed the advances made with regard to Covid-19 vaccines in various labs in the country H D Deve Gowda, Former PM Will Union Govt pick up vaccine tab, asks Gowda E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru FORMER Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Friday raised four pertinent questions regarding the Covid-19 vaccination plan during the all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At a time when states, including Karnataka, are facing severe fund crunch, Gowda asked if the Union Gover nment will bear the cost of vaccination or if state governments will have to pitch in. In an 8-point written submission, the JDS national president also offered suggestions to the Centre on mitigation of CONTINUED ON: P7 Covid-19. $1 MN AWARD Global teacher with a golden heart E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi FOR a primary school teacher in rural Maharashtra, it was a million dollar moment as he was named winner of the 2020 Global Teacher Prize that had more than 12,000 contenders from over 140 nations. That Ranjitsinh Disale has a heart of gold became evident from the fact that he resolved to share a whopping 50% of the prize money with nine other fellow finalists. Hailing from Paritewadi village in Solapur district, Disale, 32, won Ranjitsinh Disale the $1 million prize for his efforts to promote girls’ education and help trigger a quick-response coded textbook revolution in the country . A video clip of the ceremony cap, turing the moment Disale was named the winner and his beaming parents, trended on Twitter. Disale’s interventions since 2009 helped kids access books in local languages. He embeded textbooks with unique QR codes to give students access to audio poems, stories and assignments. Teachers, he said, are the real changemakers. “They always believe in giving and sharing, which is why I will share 50% , of the prize money among my fellow finalists.” Well said. MONETARY POLICY RBI HOLDS KEY RATES, PROJECTS REVIVAL BY Q3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Factoring in the nascent signs of economic revival, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said RBI now expects GDP to contract only 7.5% in FY21, as against its previous projection of 9.5% slippage. WITH inflation remaining stubbornly high, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday chose the predictable option of leaving interest rates unchanged for the third time in a row, but maintained its accommodative stance and improved growth forecast. The banking regulator’s sixmember Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the benchmark repo rate — at which RBI lends to commercial banks — at 4%. The reverse repo rate — at which banks lend to the central bank — was kept unchanged at 3.35%. The MPC also decided to continue with the accommodative stance “as long as necessary” — not just in the current financial year but also in the next year too. Talking to reporters after the MPC meeting on Friday, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said inflation continues to be a sticky issue, hinting at similar monetary policy action in the P12 next MPC meeting. Saffron dims pink glow in GHMC polls E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IN a major setback for the ruling TRS in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls, the BJP has emerged as the second largest party winning , 12 times the seats it had won in 2016. The BJP’s stellar performance came close on the heels of TRS suffering a drubbing in its hands in the by-election to the Dubbaka rural assembly constituency a few weeks ago. The GHMC results signify two aspects — the political space hitherto occupied by the Congress or TDP is going the BJP’s way and the victories in Dubbaka and Hyderabad for BJP may see more leaders from other parties beginning to look at the P7 saffron party with renewed interest. PARTY POSITION TRS 55 (-44*) MIM 44 (0*) BJP 48 (+44*) Cong 2 (0*) Results declared: 149 (one result withheld) TOTAL DIVISIONS: 150 *Figures in brackets are gain/loss from 2016 polls
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