NEW DELHI 14 NOVEMBER 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in Brushstrokes of Urban Complexity Cancer Correction PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE Baker’s More Than a Dozen A Tale of Two Travellers EXCLUSIVE VOICES Eat, Pray, Live Prabhu Chawla TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Pushpesh Pant SADHGURU SPEAKS Rohtash Mal Aparajita Jain Ravi Shankar Hetal Sonpal Mum is the Buzzword COLONEL, HIS FAMILY, 4 JAWANS DIE IN MANIPUR AMBUSH PM, Rajnath condemn killing of army officer; success in anti-Maoist operation is second biggest since 2018 when 40 were gunned down P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati IN one of the deadliest insurgent attacks on security forces in Manipur in recent times, Col Viplav Tripathi, the commanding officer of 46 Assam Rifles, his wife, son and four jawans died in an ambush on Saturday at Thinghat in Churachandpur district close to the Myanmar border. Some personnel injured in the attack, which took place around 11 am when the victims were returning from a visit to a forward camp in the Singhat sub-division of the district, were airlifted to Imphal and admitted to a private hospital. The suspected militants first triggered an IED blast followed by indiscriminate firing, official sources said. “Five soldiers, including Col Viplav Tripathi, have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty The family of Command. ing Officer i.e wife and child also lost their lives in the incident. DG and all ranks of Assam Rifles offer condolences to the brave soldiers and families of the deceased,” the Assam Rifles said in a statement. THE FIVE SOLDIERS MARTYRED MAN 1. Col Viplav Tripathi (left) 2. Rifleman Suman Swargiary 3. Rifleman Khatnei Konyak 4. Rifleman RP Meena 5. Rifleman Shyamal Das I PU 26 MAOISTS KILLED IN GADCHIROLI OPERATION R E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THINGHAT, CHURACHANDPUR DEADLIEST ATTACK SINCE JUNE 5, 2015, KILLINGS OF 18 ARMYMEN IN CHANDEL This is the deadliest attack on security personnel in the state since the June 5, 2015, killings of 18 Army personnel in Chandel district by Naga militant group NSCN-K. No militant organization has so far owned responsibility for the attack but state director general of police L M Khaute told this newspaper that the People’s Liberation Army could be behind the ambush. He said the available indications suggested the involvement of the PLA. An retired Army general also suspected the PLA’s involvement. “The information I received from the field officer suggests there was some IED blast followed by a series of gunfire, including shell firing,” Khaute said. “We understand that not many people carried out the attack. We are trying to ascertain everything,” the DGP said. “It was in the (Myanmar) border area. Sometimes, incidents such as this happen in border areas. They come from across, hit when they find an opportunity and go back. This has been their modus operandi for the last several years now,” Khaute said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were those who condemned the incident. “Strongly condemn the attack on the Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur. I pay homage to those soldiers and family members who have been martyred today Their sacrifice . will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” the PM tweeted. Rajnath called it a “cowardly attack.” “The nation has lost five brave soldiers, including CO of 46 AR and two family members...The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon,” P8 he said. IN a major anti-Maoist operation, at least 26 suspected rebels, including women and activists, were killed in the Mardintola jungle of Gadchiroli district on Saturday. The operation was carried out about 250 kilometres from Nagp u r b o r d e r i n g Chhattisgarh. According to preliminary reports, the encounter happened when jawans of the C-60 force, an elite antiMaoist squad of the police, were patrolling the area. The left-wing extremists who were hiding in the jungle fired on the jawans, who retaliated immediately . Unconfirmed reports said a senior Maoist leader, Milind Teltumbde, was killed in the gunfight. Three security personnel were injured and they were airlifted to Nagpur for DELHI chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced emergency measures to give some respite to citizens gasping for a breath of fresh air as air quality in the national capital remained close to emergency levels and is likely to be so at least over the next five days. The measures include shutting down of all schools, colleges and educational institutions for a week starting Monday, banning all construction activities from November 14-17 and government offices shifting to 100% work from home mode. Private establishments, too, have been advised to follow suit. Besides, the Delhi government will prepare a proposal to induce a brief lockdown in the city in consultation with all stakeholders. With the apex court asking the Centre and Delhi government to take immediate measures to tackle the severe air EMERGENCY STEPS Schools shut for a week starting Monday (virtual classes will continue) All construction activity banned from November 14-17 All government offices to shift to work from home mode Private establishments advised to work from home as well Complete lockdown only after consultation with all agencies pollution in the Capital, Kejriwal called an emergency meeting of cabinet ministers and top officials on Saturday to decide on the measures. The measures are aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the road to cut emissions in order to reduce the K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi COMING down heavily on the centre and state governments for passing the buck to each other for not managing the rising pollution levels in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Saturday asked the governments to look beyond politics and find an immediate solution. During an urgent hearing headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, Justices D Y Chandrachud and Suryakant proposed a few measures of its own, including a t wo - day lockdown, and stressed the need for an emergent intervention, noting that schools had reopened and children were at risk of being exposed to pollution. The court was hearing a PIL filed last year by a 17-yearold boy on the deteriorating air quality in Delhi around Diwali and winter. Other than the lockdown, some immediate measures suggested by the bench to tackle the current state of severe air quality include a hold on stubble-burning, if there is any, in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh till the air quality improves. The special bench gave the central government time until Monday to come up with its plan. “The situation is extremely severe. We have to wear masks even while staying inside our homes. Think of two days lockdown otherwise how will people live?” CJI Ramana told solicitor general Tushar Mehta. Mehta assured the bench that the central authority constituted to find remedial measures to keep Delhi’s air quality in control will convene a meeting on Saturday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 evening and some emergent s t e p s wo u l d b e t a k e n thereafter. Justice Chandrachud expressed concern over the potential threat to children for whom schools have just reopened after the pandemic in Delhi and questioned the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Rahul Mehra, for keeping schools open during such severe times. “Look at the seriousness of the problem, schools have opened post-Covid and children will be out at 7 in the morning. We are exposing them not just to the pandemic, but even to pollution and dengue,” the judge added. He asked Mehra if the Delhi government had any plan in place on the issue of reopening schools. “Have you responded to this emergent situation, keeping the students in mind? You are exposing their lungs to these pollutP7 ants,” the judge said. NOV 12 NOV 13 Fresh cases 12,516 11,850 Recoveries Deaths 13,155 12,403 501 555 DELHI NOV 12 NOV 13 Fresh cases 62 56 Recoveries Deaths 56 02 66 00 EXPRESS READ Punjab aid for R-Day protesters The Punjab Government has decided to give Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people who were arrested by the Delhi Police after a tractor march against the Centre’s farm laws turned violent on Republic Day this year. Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday tweeted: “Reiterating My Govt's stand to support the ongoing #FarmersProtest against three black farm laws, We have decided to give `2 lakh to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on 26th January.” SC paves way for arrest of ‘arrogant’ UP officials pollution load. The measures are listed under the Graded Response Action Plan and to be taken when PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels remain above the emergency mark for 48 hours. Delhi’s particulate matter (PM) levels improved slightly on Saturday after remaining in the emergency zone for 36 hours till noon. Though out of emergency, air quality is likely to remain in the severe category at least over the next five days, warned government agencies. As per the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) was 437, slightly better than 471 the previous day the , highest spike of the season. While city schools will remain closed for a week, virtual classes will continue, said Kejriwal in a statement. Schools in Delhi had reopened only earlier this month after a long hiatus since the Covid-19 pandemic. CONSIDER 2-DAY LOCKDOWN: SC NATIONWIDE TOUGH STAND Schools and colleges shut, construction banned in city V AT S A L A S H R A N G I @ New Delhi medical treatment. The Gadchiroli police control room said the encounter was still going on between the police and the Maoists. Additional police forces were already sent to the spot after the incident, Gadchiroli superintendent of police Ankit Goyal said. The death toll of the Maoists could increase. The police claimed to have recovered huge arms and ammunition from this operation site. With 26 Maoist casualties, Saturday’s encounter is the second biggest in Gadchiroli’s history On April . 23, 2018, the Gadchiroli police had gunned down 40 Maoists in two different skirmishes. While 34 were killed in the Boria-Kasnasur area of Etapalli tehsil, six from the same group were gunned down while they were reportedly on the run in Aheri tehsil. The Intelligence Paradox AWARD GOES TO... President Ram Nath Kovind confers the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021 to Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI THE Supreme Court on Saturday refused to give any relief to Uttar Pradesh state finance secretary and the additional chief secretary (revenue) from arrest against whom the Allahabad high court had issued bailable warrants for not adhering to its order. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana termed the act of both the officers as arrogant and said, “You deserve all this. More than that. What are you arguing here in this matter. The high court should have ordered arrest by now, we think more severe punishment was needed to be awarded. The high court has been gentle with you. Look at your conduct, you are depriving an employee of his arrears. The high court has been very kind to you. This additional chief secretary appears to be very arrogant.” The matter is related to regularisation of service and payment of arrears to a collection amin in Allahabad. On November 1, the high court observed that the officials have been treating the court as a playground and have refused to grant arrears of salary to a person who was earlier denied the rightful claim of regularisation of service. “As the respondents (officers) have deliberately flouted the undertaking given by the additional advocate general in not granting arrears of salary to the petitioner, this court records it distress and anguish about the reprehensible conduct of the respondents, and accordingly, believes that it a fit case to issue bailable warrant against additional chief secretary (revenue) and Sanjay Kumar, the then district magistrate currently posted as secretary (finance), government of UP, Lucknow to appear before this court on November 15. Let bailable warrant be issued,” the high court had ordered. The state government had approached the top court to save the top officials from getting arrested. Additional solicitor general Aishwaya Bhati, appearing for the officials, said the service of the petitioner, Bhuneshwar Prasad Tiwari, as collection amin had been regularised. Concerns at cryptocurrency misuse POLLS BJP AND SP RAISE PITCH AS UP BATTLE HEATS UP While home minister Amit Shah said Akhilesh’s “love for Jinnah grows”, the SP leader alleged the BJP govt in the state failed on all fronts. Shah claimed law and order improved under Yogi’s rule PAGE 7 NEW DELHI: Amid concerns over misleading claims of huge returns on cryptocurrency investment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting on the way forward on the issue, with government sources asserting that such unregulated markets cannot be allowed to become avenues for “money laundering and terror financing”. It was strongly felt in the meeting that attempts to mislead the youth through overpromising and non-transparent advertising should be stopped, the sources said, signalling that strong regulatory steps are in the offing. “The government is cognizant of the fact that this is an evolving technology, it will keep a close watch and take proactive steps. There was consensus also that the steps taken in this field by the government will be progressive and forward looking,” a source said. The government will continue to proactively engage with experts and other stakeholders, sources added, noting that since the issue cuts across geographical borders, it was felt that it will also require global partnerships and collective strategies. The meeting on the way forward for cryptocurrency and related issues was a very comprehensive one. “It was also an outcome of a consultative process as RBI, Finance Ministry, Home Ministry had done an elaborate exercise on it as well as consulted experts from across the country and the world. Global examples and best practices were also looked at,” the source said. The RBI has repeatedly reiterated its strong views against cryptocurrencies saying they pose serious threats to the macroeconomic and financial stability of the country and also doubted the number of investors trading on them as well their claimed market value. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had reiterated his views against allowing cryptocurrencies saying they are a serious threat to any financial system since they are unregulated by central banks. PTI
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