SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘GANDHIS ARE CONGRESS UNIFIERS’ ‘INDO PACIFIC CONCEPT A REJECTION OF SPHERES OF INFLUENCE’ P5 NADAL AMONG LAST FOUR IN LONDON COMBATS ‘TRUMP SENDING DAMAGING MESSAGE BY NOT CONCEDING’ P7 P12 P10 Mainly clear sky. Cold wave conditions at isolated pockets. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 25 and 08 degrees Celsius respectively. ‘JeM terrorists were Gehlot’s ‘love-jihad’ planning 26/11 rerun’ remarks get BJP’s goat RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY PM reviews security apparatus amidst incidents of border infiltrations WEATHER Max: 93% Min: 42% INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Max: 25.4°C (-2) SUN RISES 06:49 hrs MOON RISES 13:13 hrs Min: 07.5°C (-5) SUN SETS 17:26 hrs MOON SETS 23:30 hrs THUMBNAILS Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during Chhath Puja celebrations at Doi Ghat in Kolkata IANS on Friday. ED files money laundering case in TRP scam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering complaint in the alleged TRP rigging scam that is being investigated by the Mumbai police, official sources said . They said the central probe agency has filed an enforcement case information report under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED complaint was filed after studying a Mumbai police FIR that had named the Republic TV, two Marathi channels and few others. Pfizer seeks emergency use of vaccine in US: Pfizer said on Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its Covid-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic~ but not until after a long, hard winter. The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe Covid-19 disease in an ongoing study. P10 Modi to attend G-20 virtual summit today NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER P rime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the security apparatus along the International Border and the Line of Control with Pakistan on Friday amidst incidents of terrorists infiltrating into the country. The review meeting happened a day after four terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) infiltrated the international border area in the Samba sector and were on the way to Srinagar before being killed in an encounter near Nagrota in the Jammu area. Soon after the meeting attended by other top security dignitaries of India, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Intelligence Bureau Chief Arvind Kumar, Modi through social media said: "Neutralising of 4 terrorists belonging to Pakistanbased terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed and the presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted.” He also said, “Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir.” Sources privy to the high-level meeting said that Prime Minister Modi NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER reviewed the security grid as investigations in the Nagrota encounter indicated that the terrorists were planning to do something big on the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The Intelligence Bureau Chief briefed Modi on inputs suggesting that the four Jaish terrorists killed in an encounter on Thursday were planning something big for forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Source said this year 16 terrorists were killed and seven arrested in the Jammu zone. The source also said that security forces had also arrested 26 overground workers. Pakistan is exploiting the International Border in Punjab and Jammu area in an attempt to push in the maximum number of terrorists before the onset of winter. The terrorists have started using these sectors along the IB to infiltrate due to the strong anti-infiltration grid established by the Indian security forces along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan is unable to infiltrate neither terrorists nor weapons into the Valley to increase violence levels in the valley via the LoC. “Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence has been given an ultimatum to push in maximum infiltrators along with weapons into Kashmir before the onset of winter, when the undergrowth/bushes in most infiltration prone areas will die down due to dew and snowfall,” the Indian intelligence alerted the security establishment. The IG, Jammu Zone also informed that the kind of seizure from the encounter site is “unprecedented”. “It’s possible that they were planning a big attack. This kind of seizure is unprecedented. It is possible that they were targeting the DDC election. However, we are investigating,” Singh said. India’s Covid tally over 90 lakh STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 9 million (90 lakh) mark on Friday with 45,882 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total cases in the country included 4,43,794 active cases and 84,28,409 recoveries. With 584 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,32,162. On Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said that India’s active caseload has fallen under 5 per cent and the new recoveries continue to overtake the daily new cases continuously for the past 47 days. It also said that the national recovery rate now stands at 93.58 per cent.The testing data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Delhi logs 118 corona deaths, toll 8,159 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER The national capital today recorded 6,608 fresh coronavirus infections (Covid-19), which took its Covid caseload to 5,17,238, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. Delhi logged 118 fresh Covid fatalities, which raised its coronavirus toll to 8,159. showed that 10,83,397 samples were tested on Thursday while 12,95,91,786 samples have been tested so far. Statewise, the worst-hit continues to be Maharashtra with 17,63,055 confirmed cases, fol- The new Covid cases were detected out of 62,425 tests, including 38,918 rapid antigen tests and 23,507 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TreNat tests, the health bulletin said. The positivity rate was 10.59 per cent against yesterday's 12.09 per cent. The city yesterday logged 7,546 Covid cases and 98 more fatalities. SEE ALSO PAGE 2 lowed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. A 57-hour curfew has been imposedinAhmedabadandsurrounding areas from Friday night as Covid cases continue to rise in the state after Diwali. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India at the first-ever virtual G-20 Summit on 2122 November which will, among other critical issues, discuss the Covid-19 crisis and draw up a strategy to deal with the impact of the pandemic on the global economy. The summit is being hosted by Saudi Arabia as the current chairman of G-20 with “Realising the Opportunities of 21st Century for All” as its theme. The External Affairs Ministry said the summit was the second G20 leaders’ meeting in 2020. The last G-20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit was held in March 2020, where the leaders developed a timely understanding among the member countries to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. India will enter the G-20 Troika, along with Saudi Arabia when Italy will take over the Presidency of the G-20 on 1 December. Modi will again come face-toface with Xi Jinping at the summit after their virtual encounters at SCO & BRICS summits earlier this month. SNS NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER 4,43,794 45,882 44,807 1,32,162 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2020 Congress president Sonia Gandhi has set up three separate committees for discussing policy issues related to economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security, with former prime minister Manmohan Singh part of all the three panels. Incidentally, among those nominated in the committees include senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Veerappa Moily and Shashi Tharoor, who were part of the 23 letter-writers seeking an organisational overhaul of the Congress. While former finance minister P Chidambaram, and party leaders Mallikarjun Booker for Stuart’s Bain; Avni misses out PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 20 NOVEMBER NewYork-based Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the prestigious 50,000-pound Booker Prize for his autobiographical debut novel Shuggie Bain, a coming of age tale of love and alcoholism set in 1980s Glasgow and “destined to be a classic”, beating Indian-origin author Avni Doshi’s Burnt Sugar. Stuart, 44, dedicated the book to his mother, who died of alcoholism when he was 16years-old. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York to start a career in fashion design. “I cannot believe this. Shuggie is a work of fiction but writing the book was extremely healing for me; hugely Douglas Stuart; (right) Indian-origin author Avni Doshi cathartic,” Stuart said. “I always wanted to be a writer so this is fulfilling a dream. This has changed my entire life,” he said in his acceptance speech. Stuart has worked for various brands, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Gap. He started writing in his spare time a decade ago. Dubai-based Indian-origin writer Doshi, who was shortlisted among the final six authors for her debut novel Burnt Sugar, lost out on the top prize. She was in the running for this year’s prize alongside Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga for the third novel in her trilogy This Mournable Body on a shortlist oth- erwise dominated by US authors - Diane Cook for The New Wilderness, Maaza Mengiste for The Shadow King and Brandon Taylor for Real Life. The 2020 Booker judging panel was chaired by Margaret Busby, editor, literary critic and former publisher, and consists of author Lee Child; author and critic Sameer Rahim; writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay; and classicist and translator Emily Wilson. “We bonded across Zoom meetings. It was a wonderful experience please read all the books on the shortlist,”said Busby, who led the panel through whittling down the finalists from 162 entries. “Shuggie Bain is destined to be a classic~ a moving, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social JAIPUR, 20 NOVEMBER Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said love jihad is term manufactured by the BJP to disturb communal harmony, provoking a sharp reaction from Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. In a tweet, Gehlot said marriage is a matter of personal liberty and bringing a law to curb it is unconstitutional. Hitting back, Shekhawat asked if marriage is a matter of personal liberty why are the women not free to use their maiden name or religion. BJP leaders use the term love jihad while alleging that Hindu women face harassment and forced conversion in the name of love and marriage. BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have said they are considering enactment of laws to curb such marriages. But Gehlot said such law will not stand scrutiny in any court. “Love jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony,” the Congress leader tweeted. “Jihad has no place in love. They are creating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. Marriage is a personal decision and they are putting curbs on it, which is like snatching away personal liberty,” Gehlot said. It seems a ploy to disrupt communal harmony, fuel social conflict and disregard constitutional provisions like the state not discriminating against WAR OF WORDS Love jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty and bringing a law to curb it is unconstitutional. Jihad has Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot no place in love. Dear Ashok ji, Love Jihad is a trap that has thousands of young women believing the marriage is a personal affair, where later it turns out it isn't. Also, if it is a matter of personal liberty, then why are the women not free to keep their maiden name or religion? Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat UP mulls tough law against ‘love jihad’ LUCKNOW, 20 NOVEMBER The Uttar Pradesh Home Department has sent a proposal to the state’s Law Ministry for a stringent law to deal with the alleged religious conversion of women in the name of marriage, which BJP leaders refer to as “love jihad”. The development follows an announcecitizens on any ground, he added. Union Jal Shakti Minister and prominent BJP leader from Rajasthan Gajendra Singh Shekhawat reacted strongly. Dear Ashok ji, Love Jihad is a trap that has thousands of young women believing the marriage is a personal affair, where later it turns out it isn’t. Also, if it is a matter of personal liberty, then why are the women not free to keep their maiden name or religion? he asked. Why are families of girls too forced to accept the other religion? Isn’t reli- Sonia includes rebels in panels on foreign affairs, security, economy PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 90,04,365 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA world, its people and its values. The heart-wrenching story tells of the unconditional love between Agnes Bain~ set on a descent into alcoholism by the tough circumstances life has dealt her ~ and her youngest son, she said in reference to the winning book. Stuart has described himself as “a working-class kid who had a different career and came to writing late. He is the second Scot to win the award after James Kelman took the prize in 1994 with How Late It Was, How Late . The Booker Prize ceremony this year was very different due to the coronavirus pandemic. The so-called innovative and globally accessible 2020 winner ceremony without walls was broadcast from London’s Roundhouse. Manmohan Singh is a member of all three panels. P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge & Digvijaya Singh are in the economic affairs committee Kharge and Digvijaya Singh will be part of the economic affairs committee, Jairam Ramesh will be its convener. The committee on foreign affairs will have Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Salman Khurshid and Saptagiri Ulaka. Khurshid will be the convener of the panel. The committee on national security will have leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party leaders Veerappa Moily, Vincent H Pala and V Vaithilingam, with Pala as its convener. “The Congress president has constituted three committees to consider and discuss issues and policies related to the subjects of economic affairs, foreign affairs and national security,” an official statement from AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said. While Sharma is the chairman of the AICC foreign affairs department, Shashi Tharoor heads the party's Professional Congress. The changes come amid further churn in the party and calls for introspection over its poor show in the recently concluded Bihar Assembly election. 14 dead, including 7 children, as car collides with truck in UP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRATAPGARH, 20 NOVEMBER Fourteen people, including seven children, died when their car collided with a stationary truck on the Lucknow-Allahabad highway, around 70-km from Pratapgarh district headquarters, an official said on Friday. The road accident took place late Thursday night when the victims were returning from a wedding function in the Nawabganj area of Pratapgarh, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi said. Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police (SP) Anurag Arya said the speeding SUV dashed into the truck parked by the road in the Manikpur police station area after one of its rear tyres got punctured near Deshraj Inara. While five bodies could be taken out initially, a JCB machine had to be used to pull out the SUV from under the truck to retrieve the remaining bodies, he said, adding the bodies have been shifted to CHC Kunda and will be sent for autopsy later in the day. It took almost two hours to pull the car out from under the truck, the SP said. Arya, who visited the spot, said the police have spoken to the family members of the victims and assured all possible help. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed senior officials to reach the spot and extend all possible help. The CM has extended ex gratia of Rs two lakh to each of those killed in the crash. ment by chief minister Yogi Adityanath during recent election rallies that his government would come out with a law to deal with the love jihad. A proposal for strict law against love jihad has been sent to the Law Department, a government spokesman conPTI firmed on Friday. gion a matter of personal liberty? he tweeted. Shekh-awat asked if supporting this in the guise of personal freedom was the new comm-unal agenda” of Congress. He said that manufacturing terms, riots and hatred is a Congress prerogative. The BJP he said believed , in Sabka Vikas, or universal development, and will ensure that womenfolk are not subject to injustice of any kind BJP’s Rajasthan chief Satish Poonia also targeted Gehlot, claiming that his statement reflected petty vote bank politics. Sebi moves SC against Sahara for dereliction in payment NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER Markets regulator Sebi has moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to two Sahara firms to pay Rs 62,602.90 crore in compliance with the court’s earlier orders, failing which the group’s chief Subrata Roy be taken into custody. Sebi said the contemnors, Roy and his two firms~ Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd. (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd. (SHICL)~are in gross violation of various orders passed by the court regarding the deposit of entire monies collected along with the interest. Despite the top court granting various reliefs to Roy and his firms, they have neglected and failed to comply with various orders passed by this court, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said. In its intervention application filed on 18 November, Sebi said the “the contemnors are enjoying their release from custody as granted by this court vide order dated 6 May, 20l6, further extended by this Court from time to time without even any attempt at compliance with the orders passed by this Court, it said. The markets regulator said that it would be just, expedient and in the interest of justice that this court pass appropriate orders directing the Saharas to forthwith deposit the balance amount, which was Rs 62,602.90 crore as on 30 September this year, in SebiSAHARA refund account. Failing this, Sebi said, “the contemnors may be directed to be taken into custody” as directed by the court in its verdict on 15 June, 2015. PTI
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