CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘STIMULUS INADEQUATE TO TACKLE PROBLEM’ POMPEO VOICES SUPPORT FOR TALKS BETWEEN GREECE, TURKEY P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. TOUR SCUPPERED BY QUARANTINE DISAGREEMENT JAISHANKAR TO VISIT JAPAN FOR QUAD FMS MEET NEXT WEEK P8 P5 P12 Opp wants middlemen to thrive, not farmers: Modi RAINFALL: 05.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Says farm laws are meant to free farmers from restrictions which they suffered for decades Max.96% SNS&PTI TEMPERATURE Min. 53% Max: 24.9°C (2) Min: 26.7°C (1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:28 hrs 17:25 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 16:51 hrs 03:58 hrs Next full moon on 2 October THUMBNAILS Delhi police detain Congress workers as they protest against Hathras gang-rape at Raisina Hills, in the Capital on Tuesday. DEEPAK V-P Naidu tests Covid positive: Vice President P M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19, the Vice President Secretariat said. It said Naidu, 71, is asymptomatic and in good health. “The Vice President of India who underwent a routine Covid-19 test today morning has been tested positive. He is however, asymptomatic and in good health,” the Secretariat tweeted. Naidu has been advised home quarantine. His wife Usha Naidu has been tested negative and is in self-isolation, the tweet said. EC not to hold Assembly bypolls in 7 seats across 4 states: The Election Commission on Tuesday decided not to hold Assembly bypolls in seven seats across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and West Bengal at this stage after specific requests from the states. In a statement, the EC said it had received inputs from poll officials and chief secretaries of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. “In view of the above, the Commission has decided not to announce the conduct of elections at this stage in the seven vacancies in legislative assemblies of the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal,” it said. New farm laws have to be opposed, says Rahul DEHRADUN, 29 SEPTEMBER n a scathing attack against those opposing the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they wanted only the middlemen to thrive and referred to the burning of a tractor in Delhi by Congress workers as an insult to farmers. “They are opposing the freedom of farmers and want their problems to continue forever. By torching farming equipment, which the agriculturists worship, these people are now insulting farmers,” he said without naming the Congress. The Congress' youth wing activists on Monday morning set a tractor ablaze near India Gate, a few hundred metres from the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament, to protest the contentious farm laws. Modi said the opposition has only one way of doing politics in the country and that is by opposing things. Terming it “opposition for the sake of opposition”, the prime minister said that by resisting big reformative steps by the Centre such as the farm laws, these forces were making themselves irrelevant in the society and the country. He accused them of challenging everything from GST, One Rank One Pension, Rafale deal, Statue of Unity, 10 per cent reservation for the poor and celebration of November 26 as Samvidhan Diwas. He said that this politics was the root of the frustration of a party which had ruled for four generations. “Frustration of a party I SNS&PTI NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER which has ended up riding the shoulders of others despite wielding power for four generations is behind this politics of the opposition for opposition's sake,” Modi said. He said none of the leaders of the political party had till date visited the Statue of Unity, built to honour the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel whose contribution to unifying the country is well known. “Why? Because they had to oppose,” he said. He said people had seen for themselves the role Jan Dhan accounts played in direct benefit transfer schemes during the coronavirus pandemic and they could also remember how it was opposed while being introduced by the Centre. He said after opposing the Ram Mandir in the Supreme Court for decades, they even began opposing its foundation stone laying in Ayodhya. Without naming the Congress, he accused it of being neither with the farmers nor with the youth nor the soldiers and recalled that the party had demanded proof of surgical strikes instead of praising the bravehearts who carried out the exercise. He also recalled how it opposed the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. “They did not do anything for years to strengthen the Air Force, ignoring its pleas for being better equipped and modernised. I am pleased to see that Rafale fighter jets are strengthening our Air Force today.” He said the farm laws were meant to set farmers free from restrictions which they had suffered for decades. “They will have both MSP and the freedom to sell their products anywhere in the open market but there are people who are spreading lies about the bills. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the new farm laws will have to be opposed not just for farmers but for the future of the country, as he alleged that they were like a “stab in the farmers' hearts”. Interacting with a group of farmers from across the country, he said the GST and the note ban were also attacks on farmers, but these three laws will prove to be more detrimental. Gandhi also claimed the laws will foster an East India company-like culture and this time, a “West India company” has come in. “There is no difference between GST, note ban and these three laws. The only difference is “They only want middlemen to thrive and want the problems of farmers to be perpetuated. The real reason behind the ongoing protests is that yet another source of black money has been closed for them,” the prime minister said. Modi was inaugurating six ambitious sewage treatment plants in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Muni-ki-Reti town and Badrinath under Namami Gange through video conference. He said the process of empowering people, farmers and the youth, and making the country self- Never accepted unilaterally defined 1959 LAC: India on China’s assertion STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER that this is directly stabbing your heart with a knife,” he said during the virtual meeting with the group of farmers. “But I have clarity that this has to be opposed. Not for farmers, but for the future of India,” he told the farmers in a nearly 11minute long video shared on social media. The Congress has opposed the new farm laws and the party is protesting across the country, even as farmers' unions have launched a stir in Punjab and Haryana. “They said this is a fight against black money but it was not true. The purpose was to weaken our unorganised sector and the poor, farmers and labourers,” Gandhi alleged, adding that the purpose of GST was also the same. reliant through big reforms will continue relentlessly. Modi also attacked the previous governments for wasting too much money over Ganga rejuvenation, drinking water and irrigations schemes without any results, claiming there was no coordination between the government departments involved. “This led to further aggravation of the problems instead of resolving them. But today the work culture has changed and every penny is going into the implementation of the projects,” he said. India today rejected China’s renewed attempt to revert to the 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC), making it unequivocally clear to Beijing that its insistence of only one LAC was contrary to the solemn commitments made by it in various bilateral agreements. “India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 LAC. This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side,’’ External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in response to the Chinese foreign ministry's statement to a leading Indian daily that Beijing abides by the LAC as proposed by Premier Zhou Enlai to fomer Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a letter dated 7 November 1959. New Delhi noted that under various bilateral agreements, including the 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the LAC, 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the military field, 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, the two countries have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding on its alignment. In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003 but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show a willingness to pursue it, it added. Srivastava said the Indian side has always respected and abided by the LAC and referred to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent statement in Parliament that it was the Chinese side which by its attempts to transgress the LAC in various parts of the Western Sector, has tried to unilaterally alter the status quo. He noted that in the last few months, the Chinese side has repeatedly affirmed that the current situation in the border areas should be resolved in accordance with the agreements signed between the two countries. In the agreement reached between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 10 September, the Chinese side has reiterated its commitment to abide by all the existing agreements. “We therefore expect that the Chinese side will sincerely and faithfully abide by all agreements and understandings in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC,” he added. MHA rejects Amnesty’s Dalit woman gang-raped in UP’s ‘witch-hunt’ allegation Hathras dies in Delhi hospital Security scenario in eastern Ladakh at an uneasy ‘no war no peace’ status: IAF chief SNS &PTI NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is halting all its activities in India due to freezing of its accounts and claimed that it is being subjected to an “incessant witchhunt” over unfounded and motivated allegations. Amnesty India, in a statement, said the organisation has been compelled to let go of staff in India and stop all its ongoing campaign and research work. “The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” it said. However, the government has said that Amnesty has been receiving foreign funds illegally. Responding to Amnesty International’s decision to close its operations in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today said that the international human rights watchdog had circumvented the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to bring funds to India. In a statement, the MHA said “The stand taken and the statements made by Amnesty International are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth.” The facts were Amnesty International had received permission under the FCRA only once and that too 20 years ago (19.12.2000), MHA said. Since then Amnesty International, despite its repeated applications, was denied FCRA approval by successive governments since as per law it is not eligible to get such an approval. MHA said, however, in order to circumvent the FCRA regulations, Amnesty UK remitted large amounts of money to four entities registered in India, by classifying it as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). A significant amount of foreign money was also remitted to Amnesty (India) without MHA’s approval under FCRA. This mala fide rerouting of money was in contravention of extant legal provisions, MHA said. Owing to these illegal practices of Amnesty, the previous government had also rejected the repeated applications of Amnesty to receive funds from overseas. This had led Amnesty to suspend its India operations once during that period as well, MHA pointed out. “This bipartisan and purely legal approach towards Amnesty, under different governments, makes it clear that the entire fault lies in the dubious processes adopted by Amnesty to secure funds for its operations,” MHA said. MHA said, “All the glossy statements about humanitarian work and speaking truth to power are nothing but a ploy to divert attention from their activities which were in clear contravention of laid down Indian laws. Such statements are also an attempt to extraneously influence the course of investigations by multiple agencies into the irregularities and illegalities carried out over the last few years.” PRESS TRUST OF INDIA HATHRAS(UP), 29 SEPTEMBER: A 19-year-old Dalit woman from Uttar Pradesh's Hathras died at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi on Tuesday morning, days after she was raped by four men here. The family of the woman said she died around 3 am, Hathras SP Vikrant Vir said. The woman was gangraped on September 14 following which she was admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh. She was referred to the Delhi hospital on Monday after her condition showed no signs of improvement. The accused had also tried to strangulate her to death as she resisted their attempt and in the process, she had also ended up biting her The four accused who have already been arrested will now also face charges under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC, according to the Hathras SP. tongue and suffering a severe cut on it. A spokesman of the Aligarh hospital had said that the woman's legs were completely paralysed and arms partially paralysed. The four accused who have already been arrested will now also face charges under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC, according to the Hathras SP . Opposition leaders Priyanka GandhiVadra and Mayawati have condemned the incident and demanded strict pun- ishment for the culprits of the heinous crime. On September 14, the woman had gone to the fields with her mother and had gone missing soon after. She was later found brutally injured, with her tongue having a serious cut as she bit it while the accused attempted to strangulate her, the SP had said while giving details of the incident. The Hathras SP said initially they came to know that Sandip, 20, had tried to kill her following which he was arrested the same day. Later in her statement to the magistrate, the woman had said that besides Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi had raped her and when she resisted their attempts, they tried to strangulate her, leading to the cut in the tongue. SNS&PTI The present security scenario along our northern frontiers is at an uneasy “no war no peace” status, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday, referring to the prolonged border row with China in eastern Ladakh. In an address at a conference, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the Indian Air Force has responded to the situation with rapidity and is fully resolved to counter any “misadventure” in the region. “The present security scenario along our northern frontiers is at an uneasy no war no peace status. Our defence forces are prepared for any eventuality as you are aware,” the Chief of Air Staff said. Air Chief Marshal Bhadau- ria said the recent induction of Rafale jets along with previous acquisitions of C-17 Globemaster aircraft as well as Chinook and Apache helicopters have provided the IAF with substantial tactical and strategic capability enhancement. “Air power will be a crucial enabler in our victory in any future conflict. It is, therefore, imperative that IAF obtains and maintains a technological edge over our adversaries,” he said at the conference on energising the Indian aerospace industry. Five French-made multirole Rafale fighter jets were inducted into the IAF on September 10. The fleet has been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh in the last couple of weeks. The IAF chief also said that the raising of two squadrons of light combat aircraft Tejas and integration of some indigenous weapons on Su-30 MKI combat jets in a very reduced time frame has been the “most promising” development, reflecting the country's capabilities to develop indigenous military hardware. India’s recovery rate past 83%; recoveries outnumber active cases STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER The number of people who have recuperated from COVID19 in India crossed 51 lakh, improving the national recovery rate to over 83 per cent and outnumbering the active cases by more than 41.5 lakh, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. As much as 73 per cent of the new recovered cases were reported from 10 states and Union Territories -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Kerala, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra topped the list with nearly 20,000 recoveries, while Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contributed more than 7,000 to the single-day recoveries, the ministry said. The sustained high level of recoveries have led to a further widening of the gap between active and recovered cases, it said. “Recovered cases exceed active cases by more than 41.5 lakh (41,53,831). The recovered cases are 5.38 times the active cases. The recoveries are consistently rising,” the ministry underlined. There are 9,47,576 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently, which is “merely” 15.42 per cent of the total caseload and “is con- sistently declining”. The daily new recovered cases again exceeded the new infections, the ministry said. While 84,877 patients recuperated from COVID-19 in 24 hours in the country, 70,589 new infections were reported during the same period, according to the data updated at 8 am Tuesday. The total number of recoveries has touched 51,01,397 pushing the recovery rate to 83.01 per cent as on date. The recovery rate was 82.58 per cent on Monday. Ten states and UTs account for 73 per cent of the 70,589 new cases that have been reported in 24 hours in the country. CMYK Maharashtra continues to lead this tally, accounting for more than 11,000 cases, followed by Karnataka with more than 6,000. There have been 776 fatalities in a day, with 10 states and UTs accounting for 78 per cent of the deaths in 24 hours due to coronavirus infection. Of the new fatalities, Maharashtra reported more than 23 per cent with 180 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 70. India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 61,45,291 with 70,589 new infections, while the death toll reached 96,318 after 776 people succumbed to the disease in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. Bengal logs 3,188 fresh cases, 62 deaths:West Bengal today recorded a singleday spike with 3,188 Covid cases and 62 deaths. Till now, 2,53,768 people have been detected Covid positive and 4,899 died due to infection while 2,22,805 patients have recovered in the state. In a single day, 2,961 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals and currently there are 26,064 active cases. Kolkata recorded 691 fresh cases and 15 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 634 cases and 11 deaths. A discharge rate of 87.80 per cent and bed occupancy rate of 35.77 per cent were recorded today. 61,45,291 9,47,576 70,589 84,877 96,318 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 10.00 PM TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020
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