NATIONWIDE Jan 8 Jan 9 Fresh cases 1,41,986 1,59,632 Recoveries 40,895 40,863 Deaths 285 327 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths sambalpur l monday l january 10, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Evidence of water on moon found on-site for first time Prior discoveries of water have been based only on samples returned to Earth or data gathered by instruments from afar Lunar surface Much drier than the earth Chandrayaan-1 was the first to find it A device on-board China’s Chang’e 5 probe analysed the mineralogical composition of a patch of soil and a rock, and detected water on the spot. The analysis revealed that the lunar soil at the landing site contains less than 120 parts-per-million (ppm) water or 120 grams water per tonne while the rock carries 180 ppm, much drier than that on Earth ■ Scientists believe it was the solar wind that contributed to the humidity of lunar soil as it brought hydrogen that makes up water ■ In 2018, data gathered by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper on India’s first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, conclusively established that there exists water ice on the Moon’s surface | P12 Jan 8 3,679 260 0 Jan 9 4,714 386 0 1,731 grams worth of samples brought back to the earth by the probe CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Close to 400 Parliament employees infected Modi takes stock amid big clusters E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With humongous clusters of close to 400 Parliament employees and 150 Supreme Court registry officials and staff members testing positive for Covid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meet on Sunday and stressed the need to take area specific measures, besides accelerating vaccination of the adolescent age group. Modi will soon resume regular interactions with chief ministers for specific interventions to manage the pandemic, as he did during the second wave last year. “PM said that a meeting with CMs be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best practices and the public health response,” the PMO said in a statement after the meeting, which was also attended by Union ministers Amit Shah and Mansukh Mandaviya and top health experts. The interactions with chief ministers will likely be with high incidence states. In Parliament, 65 staffers of Rajya Sabha Secretariat, 200 of Lok Sabha Secretariat and 133 of allied services tested positive between January 4-8, sources said. As for the Supreme Court, a few judges, too, have been found infected. Meanwhile, the Centre will start administering booster doses to healthcare and frontline workers, and comorbid people in the 60-plus age group from Monday Since the model . code of conduct is now in place in five poll-bound states, Modi’s photo will be filtered out of vaccination certificates issued there. At the meeting with Modi, a detailed presentation was made on the status of Covid-19 in India, including areas of concerns with respect to states and districts with high positivity rates, the statement said. Delhi’s positivity rate on Sunday climbed to 23.53% with 17 Covid deaths and 22,751 new cases in a day . The Rajasthan government tightened its restrictions, ordering closure of schools in urban areas and other measures, including announcing Sunday curfew like in Tamil Nadu. P7 Veer Baal Diwas to honour Sikh icons E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi A day after the model code of conduct for polls came into force in five poll-bound states, including Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that December 26 shall be observed as Veer Baal Diwas to mark the martyrdom of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh. He made the announcement in a series of tweets while paying tribute to Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, on his birth anniversary Zorawar Singh . (9) and Fateh Singh (7) have a hallowed place in Sikh lore as they let themselves be Inclusive, bricked alive by Aurangzeb’s army harmonious so as to protect their faith. Modi’s gesture brought muscu“The martyrs envisioned a lar nationalism to the centrestage world that is of the Assembly polls. Not surpris, inclusive and ingly BJP’s ally and former Punjab harmonious. It is chief minister Captain Amarinder the need of the Singh welcomed it. “The courage hour for more portrayed by Sahibzades under people to know enormous oppression is unparalabout them,” leled and everyone across the globe Modi said must know about their supreme sacrifice. This is a commendable step in that direction,” he tweeted. Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, too, hailed it, saying the decision is in the spirit that history is a part of our collective identity . In his series of tweets, Modi said Veer Baal Diwas will be observed on the same day Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh attained martyrdom after being sealed alive in a wall. “These two greats preferred death instead of deviating from the noble principles of Dharma. The bravery and ideals of Mata Gujri, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the four Sahibzades give strength to millions of people. They never bowed to injustice,” the prime minister added. Odisha seeks restraint on AP incursion in Kotia E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar With incursion of Andhra Pradesh officials into disputed villages of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district becoming a regular affair, the Odisha government has sought intervention of the Supreme Court for restraining the public servants and agencies of the neighbouring state from intruding, trespassing or in any way interfering with the administration of the area. In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the State government made a prayer that the disputed villages of Kotia be declared part and parcel of Odisha and within its territory. Odisha has the absolute right to possess and administer the area, it added. It sought a decree of injunction seeking a restraint on Andhra Pradesh and its representatives from intruding or interfering in future in possession and administration of Odisha in the disputed area. It stated that AP government is consistently trying to encroach upon the villages in question which are an integral part of Odisha and the latter is undertaking various development work since inception by giving additional attention. Over `150 crore worth of development works have been executed by the State Government in Kotia group of villages. The affidavit further said that the adjacent district administration of Andhra Pradesh, however, is consistently attempting to conduct local body elections in the disputed villages and every time such moves have been opposed by the State. The Odisha government submitted that the disputed villages were included in Pottangi taluk of Koraput district in 2011 Census of India. Tax collection register of Pottangi gram panchayat in 1966 and land revenue collection receipts of Fagusinery and Patusineri villages in 1963-64, 1966-67, 1967-68 and 196869 also prove that the Odisha government is collecting land revenue and other taxes from the villages. Besides, the disputed areas are under judicial control of the subordinate judiciary of Odisha since inception. The State government had also established a police station at Kotia by bifurcating the Pottangi police station on February 28, 2009 to maintain law and order in the disputed villages. The Revenue department has established offices to ease registrations of documents. express read NEET-PG counselling to begin on Jan 12 New Delhi: Counselling for NEET post-graduate admission will begin from January 12, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday. The announcement comes two days after the Supreme Court allowed resumption of counselling for NEET-PG admissions for 2021-22. It also upheld the validity of 27 per cent OBC and 10 per cent EWS quotas. The exam was held on 11 September 2021 after being rescheduled twice. The results were declared in the last week of September, following which students for nearly 45,000 seats had been waiting for the counselling to begin | P7 Attack on Sikh driver ‘deeply disturbing’ New Delhi: The Indian Consulate in New York has taken serious note of the assault on a Sikh taxi driver at the JFK International Airport, calling it “deeply disturbing”, and has escalated the matter to the US authorities. A video uploaded on Twitter on January 4 showed a man assaulting the driver outside the airport. This is not the first time a Sikh driver has been assaulted in the US. In 2019, an Uber driver was assaulted in Washington in a suspected hate crime. Another one was assaulted in 2017 in New York and his turban knocked off | P7
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