WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘HATHRAS HORROR MAJOR TRAGEDY’ P4 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 90% SC calls Hathras case ‘horrible, shocking’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER TEMPERATURE Min: 18.2°C (-4) SUN SETS 18:00 hrs MOON SETS 11:45 hrs THUMBNAILS Indian Air Force troops perform during a fulldress rehearsal for the 88th Indian Air Force Day , at Hindon Airbase, in Ghaziabad on Tuesday. SUBRATA DUTTA New SBI chief: Government on Tuesday appointed Dinesh Kumar Khara as chairman of State Bank of India for three years effective from 7 October. The country's largest lender, SBI, is headed by chairman with four managing directors to assist. Khara will replace SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar, whose three-year term comes to an end on October 7. Interestingly, Khara was among the contenders for the chairman’s post in 2017 as well. 1 DCGI nod to phase-1 human trials of 'antisera’: The Drugs Controller General of India has given permission for conducting Phase-1 human clinical trial for an ‘antisera’ that was developed by injecting inactivated SARS-CoV-2 in horses and can be a potential treatment for Covid-19, ICMR officials said on Tuesday. The ‘antisera’ has been developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with a Hyderabad-based bio-pharmaceutical firm. T erming the Hathras incident as “horrible”, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to inform it by 8 October about the steps taken to protect witnesses in the case in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died due to injuries from it. The apex court directed the Yogi Adityanath government to file an affidavit in this regard and also ascertain whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer. The apex court observation came while hearing a PIL during which the state government expressed willingness to refer the investigation to the CBI on the ground that fake narratives were being spread about the case with political motives. A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said it will ensure that the investigation is smooth in the case. The top court also asked all parties appearing before it to give suggestions on the scope of proceedings before the Allahabad High Court and how the apex court can make it more relevant. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the UP government, said, “Narratives after narratives being spread in Hathras case, this needs to be stopped.” The CBI probe in Hathras case will ensure no vested interests will be able to create a fake, false narrative with oblique motives, Mehta told the court. The state government told SC that a probe in Hathras case may be conducted by the CBI under the apex court’s supervision. Mehta said the state government is not opposing the plea for a fair probe by the CBI or a Special Investigation Team and said a young innocent girl has lost her life, but nobody should sensationalise it. The investigation should be fair and appear fair. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for few intervenors, asked the top court to provide protection to the victim’s family. Jaising said the family has expressed that they are not satisfied with the CBI taking up the case and said an SIT, monitored by the apex court, should probe the case. At this point, the Bench asked Jaising what her locus NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 6 OCTOBER India’s 9,19,023 active cases of COVID-19 constitute “merely” 13.75 per cent of the total caseload as on date and the country continues to report a steadily declining trend of percentage of active cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. So far 56,62,490 people have recovered from the disease in the country and exceed active cases of coronavirus infection by47,43,467 as on date, it stated.“The declining trend of the percentage of active cases is commensurate- ly supported by the rising percentage of recovered cases,” the ministry underlined.A higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 84.70 per cent, the ministry said. A total of 75,787 people have recovered from SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER The Health Ministry on Tuesday issued the standard operating procedures (SOP) on preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus during ensuing festivities and urged people in containment zones, and vulnerable populations to celebrate festivals at their homes. “Festive events shall be permitted only outside the Containment Zones. Organisers, staff and visitors from Containment Zones shall not be permitted. People residing inside Containment Zones may be encouraged to observe all festivals inside their homes and not move out,” the ministry added. It said that the festivals, fairs, rallies, exhibitions, cultural functions, processions and concerts associated with the Guidelines for cinema halls SNS & PTI NEW DELHI , 6 OCTOBER The Centre on Tuesday issued guidelines regarding the operations at cinemas and multiplexes that are set to reopen from October 15 after remaining shut for more than six months in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the new guidelines issued by the Union ministry of information and broadcasting, cinfestivities are mass events and advised the administrative requirement such as identification of spatial boundaries and preparation of a detailed site plan in compliance with thermal screening, physical ema halls are allowed to operate with 50 per cent occupancy so as to maintain adequate physical distance between people. “Seats not to be occupied” have to be marked for the purpose. Show timings of the screenings will also be staggered and a sufficient number of box office counters shall be opened to avoid overcrowding, the ministry has said. They have also advised the audience to avoid movement during the intermission. distancing, sanitisation etc. “In case of events that run for days or weeks, the crowd density doesn’t remain the same throughout and usually peaks around certain hours of the day and some previously 3 scientists share Nobel physics prize for work to understand black holes ASSOCIATED PRESS STOCKHOLM, 6 OCTOBER The 2020 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to Roger Penrose for black hole discovery and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for discovering a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy. It is common for several scientists who worked in related fields to share the prize. Last year's prize went to Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles for theoretical work about the early moments after the Big Bang, and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovering a planet outside our SNS & PTI standi was in the case. “You don’t have any locus in this matter. But we are hearing you because the case is such and of huge importance. We are hearing you because this a shocking incident, but we are still pondering over your locus in this case,” said the Bench. Advocate Kirti Singh, appearing for a few women lawyers, said the probe should be under the supervision of the court. The apex court said this is a horrible incident but it does not want repetitive arguments in court. “It is a horrible incident but the question is how many similar arguments should we hear? Please understand that there is no need to duplicate concerns in the court of law,” the Bench said. “Court of law need not hear the same argument by every party. This is not a comment on the incident but please understand our point of view,” it added. Quoting FSL reports, it has however denied the charge that rape was committed. COVID-19 and discharged in a span of 24 hours whereas 61,267 new infections were reported during the same period, according to the data updated at 8 am. The new recoveries have exceeded the new confirmed cases in 25 states and UTs, the ministry highlighted. No festive events in containment zones: Health ministry solar system. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (more than USD 1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation. On Monday, Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice were awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for seminal discoveries that led to the identification of Hepatitis C virus. known auspicious days. Planning for the event should specifically factor this so that crowds are regulated and managed to ensure physical distance and frequent sanitisation," the guidelines added. In case of rallies and immersion processions, the number of people should not exceed the prescribed limit and proper physical distancing and wearing of masks must be ensured. In any case, the number of such rallies and the distance covered by them may be kept within manageable limits. The Health Ministry said that the events such as rallies, and processions spread over long distances would require support of ambulance services. Events planned to last for many days or weeks such as exhibitions, fairs, puja pandals, Ramlila pandals or concerts and plays should have ade- NEW DELHI , 6 OCTOBER India on Tuesday said advancing security and economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the Indo-Pacific remained a key priority. In an address at a ministerial meeting of the Quad grouping in Tokyo, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also talked about its common position of ensuring a “free, open and inclusive” Indo-Pacific. The meeting of foreign ministers of the ‘Quad’ or Quadrilateral coalition comprising India, the US, Japan and Australia is taking place in the backdrop of growing concerns over China's military muscle flexing in the Indo-Pacific. Besides Jaishankar, the meeting is being attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Japan's Toshimitsu Motegi. “As vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values, our nations have collectively affirmed Bengal cases: West Bengal today recorded a single-day spike with 3,370 fresh Covid cases and 63 deaths due to the infection. Till now, 2,77,049 people have been detected positive, 5,318 died and 2,43,743 recovered of which 3,036 patients were discharged. Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee contracts Covid KOLKATA, 6 OCTOBER 66,85,082 9,19,023 61,267 75,787 1,03,569 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8 A.M. TUESDAY 06 OCTOBER 2020 quate measures to ensure a cap on physical numbers. P12 Advancing key security and economic interests in Indo-Pacific a priority: EAM Active cases only 13.75 pc of total caseload SNS & PTI ASHWIN WON’T ALLOW ANY LET-OFFS NOW P10 P6 UP government directed to inform on steps to protect witnesses Min: 37% Max: 36.4°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:18 hrs MOON RISES 21:31 hrs PAK OPP RALLY ON 16 OCTOBER AGAINST IMRAN SLOW START Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has tested positive for Covid, his daughter Poulomi Basu said on Tuesday. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata in the morning, she said. The 85-year-old actor had fever for the last three days and he tested positive on Monday night, she added. “Baba (father) is stable now. He is fully conscious. He is under observation due to his advancing age,” Basu said. Chatterjee has been shifted to a cabin, a spokesperson of the hospital said. In the last two months, the Dadasaheb Phalke Awardwinning actor had been PTI shooting for a biopic. the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar said. “We remain committed to upholding the rulesbased international order, underpinned by the rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas, respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty and peaceful resolution of disputes,” he said. The external affairs minister also said that it was a matter of satisfaction that the Indo-Pacific concept has gained increasingly wider acceptance. “Our objective remains advancing the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the region,” he said. Jaishankar also mentioned about the IndoPacific Ocean's Initiative which was presented by India at last year's East Asia Summit. In November 2017, the four countries gave shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the “Quad” to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the IndoPacific free of any influence. The first meeting of foreign ministers of the four countries under the 'Quad' framework had taken place in New York in September 2019. The second ministerial meeting of the Quadrilateral coalition on Tuesday is expected to collectively affirm the importance of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the region. Last week, the Ministry of External Affairs said the meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries is expected to collectively affirm the importance of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Delhi past peak of 2nd Corona wave: Kejriwal A health worker collecting swab samples for Covid testing in DEEPAK the Capital on Tuesday. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the city was past the peak of its second wave of coronavirus infections (Covid-19) and that the situation has been "controlled to a large extent". He said the Delhi government ramped up the Covid testing sharply to detect the cases. “Delhi hit the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 on September 17 when 4,500 cases were reported across the city. The situation has been controlled to a large extent,” the CM told reporters, adding “I hope the second wave will slowly pass”. The testing in the national capital hit nearly 60,000 per day during September as compared to about 20,000 tests per day earlier. Kejriwal said 10,000 beds were now unoccupied in city hospitals.The number of new coronavirus cases has remained below the 3,500-mark over the last 10 days. Several experts also said that Covid cases have dipped in Delhi in the last few days and that the city has crossed the peak of the second Covid wave. Strict surveillance of home isolation cases, aggressive contact tracing, creation of containment zones at micro level and efforts for human behaviourial changes through extensive campaign will be part of Delhi's "revised Covid management strategy" discussed by the DDMA today. Meanwhile, Delhi today conducted 53,591 tests and identified 2,676 fresh Covid cases. The city's Covid caseload thus climbed to 295,236. The national capital today recorded 39 Covid deaths, which pushed its coronavirus (SEE PAGE 2) toll to 5,581. Bihar: NDA backs Nitish, snubs Chirag; JD-U gets 122 seats, BJP 121 SNS & PTI PATNA, 6 OCTOBER The ruling NDA in Bihar on Tuesday announced its seatsharing formula for the assembly elections under which JD(U) will contest in 122 seats and BJP 121 out of a total of 243 seats. BJP stoutly backed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership to the hilt and snubbed LJP chief Chirag Paswan who has raised a banner of revolt. At a joint press conference of the top leadership of the JD (U) and the BJP where Kumar , who heads the former was also present, it was declared that the two partners have clinched a deal where both will have an almost equal share of the pie. “The JD(U) has got 122 seats out of which we have set aside seven for the Hindustani Awam Morcha (headed by former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi). “The BJP has got the remaining 121 wherein new entrant Vikassheel Insaan Party of Mukesh Sahni will be accommodated”, Kumar told reporters. Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said “the LJP is our ally at the Centre and we pray for early recovery of its founder and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. But there should be no confusion concerning the fact that in Bihar the NDAs leader is Nitish Kumar. Our alliance with his party is atoot (unbreakable). Responding to a query about a post-poll scenario, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, asserted “we have said unequivocally that Nitish Kumar will be our Chief Minister. It does not matter which party gets how many seats in the elections”. Kumar did not mention Chirag by name but remarked sarcastically, “I believe in doing my job. If some people derive pleasure out of saying something inconsequential, they are most welcome to do so. It does not bother me”. However, he sought to repudiate Chirag's allegation that the JD(U) has not treated its alliance partners in the state well and asked: “Did Ram Vilas Paswan get elected to the Rajya Sabha without JD(U)s support?”.
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