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1. 20?BD;4 ?=BQ =4F34;78 Fresh tension is reported from Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the Chinese army tried to intrude into Indian ter- ritory on Monday and Tuesday in eastern and southern Ladakh. While the first attempt came at the south bank of the Pangong Tso (lake), the other took place in Chumar and Depsang. The Indian Army foiled all the three bids in the last 24 hours and is on high alert all along the 1,600 km long LAC in the Ladakh region. All these “brazen” and “provocative” actions by the Chinese took place even as the Brigadier-level talks were on between the two sides at Chushul-Moldo at the LAC on Monday and Tuesday Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a series of meetings with the military top brass here on Tuesday to review India’s readiness to meet this threat. The Chinese troops engaged in “provocative action” on August 31 “even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation,” the External Affairs Ministry said. India has taken up the issue with China through diplomatic and military chan- nels and has “urged them to discipline and control their frontline troops,” it said. Giving details, sources said the Indian soldiers were sur- rounded by Chinese soldiers, who were trying to regain the heights that are being domi- nated by the Indian Army fol- lowing the action on August 29-30. Chinese soldiers were warned not to proceed near the Black Top hill and they were dissuaded. This came after their mil- itary commander in discus- sions with the Indian brigadier at the time was told to tell his forces to stand down to prevent any escalation. The Chumar incident on Tuesday saw the Chinese try- ing to provoke the Indian forces by attempting to intrude into India in ten to 12 armoured vehicles. However, the Indian forces blocked them and asked the Chinese to desist from escalating the situation, sources said. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s last rites were performed at the Lodhi Crematorium in the national Capital on Tuesday. His son Abhijit Mukherjee performed his last rites in the presence of friends and family. The former President was consigned to flames with full military hon- ours, under restrictions for Covid-19. The mortal remains of the late ex-President were taken to the crematorium in a hearse van, instead of a normal gun carriage, keeping Covid-19 protocols in consid- eration. Several political leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi paid their last respects to the former President. “Paid tributes to respected Pranab Mukherjee. He would be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India’s progress,” Modi tweeted. The demise of the former President was also condoled by the Union Cabinet. The Union Cabinet said the country has lost an out- standing parliamentarian and a distinguished leader. Headed by Prime Minister, the Cabinet also observed two minutes of silence in the mem- ory of Mukherjee. C=A067D=0C70Q D108 On the 12th day of its inves- tigations in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the CBI on Tuesday questioned actress Rhea Chakraborty’s parents Indrajit and Indrajit Chakraborty extensively, even as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) grilled hote- lier from Goa Guarav Arya in the Sushant case-linked money laundering case. On a day when the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) — in an apparently Sushant death case-triggered raids conducted in Mumbai and Delhi — seized 3.5 kg Marijuana (bud) worth C1.75 crore, the CBI subjected Rhea’s parents to questioning for more than eight hours. Rhea’s parents reached the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO)’s guest house at 11 am at Santa Cruz’s Kalina area in north-west Mumbai, where the CBI investigators have been camping ever since their arrival from Mumbai on August 20. After extensive questioning that went well beyond 7 pm, Indrajit and Indrajit Chakraborty returned from the DRDO guest house to their nearby Juhu residence. However, the CBI did not question Rhea and her brother Showik on Tuesday. Till Monday, Rhea had been ques- tioned for four consecutive days involving 36 hours, while her brother Showik had been grilled for five consecutive days. In simultaneous operations against the trafficked bud (curated marijuana) sourced from abroad carried out in Mumbai and Delhi, the NCB seized 3.5 kg of bud “having high street value in Mumbai and the best quality is sold at the price of C5,000 per gram”. “The seizure made in Delhi was destined for Mumbai. The seizure made in Mumbai was sourced from Canada and des- tined for Goa... The operations in Mumbai had links with Goa and one person namely F Ahmed, a resident of Calangute, Goa has been inter- cepted, who works in a promi- nent resort as driver,” a senior NCB official said. Tuesday was the first occa- sion when Rhea’s parents were questioned in connection with the actor’s death case. Indrajit and Sandhya Chakraborty are among the persons named along with Rhea, her brother Showik, Sushaant’s ex-manag- er Shruti Manager Shruti Modi and others in an FIR lodged by the actor’s father KK Singh with Rajiv Nagar police station in Patna. It was on the basis of this FIR that the Supreme Court ordered the transfer of the Rajput death case to the CBI. Rhea, her parents, her brother and others have been booked as part of this FIR under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful con- finement, 380 (theft), 406 (breach of trust), 420 (cheat- ing), 306 (abetting suicide) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Despite all-round protests, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains for admission to IITs and NITs took place on Tuesday amid stringent pre- cautions and social distancing measures in view of the Covid- 19 pandemic. Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers at the gate, distribution of masks, and maintaining social dis- tancing as candidates queued up, were some of the measures at the exam centres across the country. But several States reported that candidates faced difficul- ties in reaching centres due to heavy rain and lack of con- veyance facilities. Education Secretary Amit Khare said JEE was conducted smoothly all over the country. “I would like to thank all the State Governments and officials of the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the smooth conduct of the examination,” Khare told The Pioneer. There has been a decline in JEE aspirants in 2020 with 8,58,273 registering as com- pared to 9,35,741 in 2019. The West Bengal Government had earlier opposed the Centre’s decision to conduct JEE during Covid times as students would be exposed to the pandemic. ?C8Q =4F34;78 Waiver of interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period would be against “the basic canons of finance” and unfair to those who repaid loans as per sched- ule, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Reserve Bank of India has however come out with a scheme which provides for extension of moratorium for two years to certain stressed borrowers, the Cenre informed the apex court. The Ministry of Finance has filed an affidavit before the apex court which had asked the Centre and the RBI to review the move to charge interest on EMIs and interest on the inter- est during the moratorium period introduced under the scheme due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the hearing of a PIL on the issue, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and RBI, told a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that the moratorium period on repayment of loans amid the Covid-19 pandemic is “extendable” by two years. The bench would hear the case on Wednesday. There cannot be a “one-size fit all” solution to all the prob- lems faced by the banking sec- tors, Aditya Kumar Ghosh, Under Secretary with the Ministry of Finance, said in the affidavit. The Government said any “post facto” change in the terms of the RBI circulars with regard to non-charging of interest during the moratorium period would be unfair to those who kept paying EMIs. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Against the backdrop of the Congress’ allegations that social media platform Facebook (FB) favoured the BJP and the RSS, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has written a letter to FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg claiming it was the BJP which suffered due to policy pursued by some biased officials of the Facebook India. Prasad said there was a “concerted effort” by FB India officials to delete pages of right-of-centre ideology. Prasad, in his letter, said, “Right from India MD to other senior officials, they all belong to a particular political belief”. The Minister said FB is the latest tool in their arsenal to stoke internal divisions and social disturbances. He said there have been “multiple instances” where Facebook was used by “anarchic and radical” elements but no action against them have been taken. “I would like to point out that there have also been mul- tiple instances recently where Facebook has been used by anarchic and radical elements whose sole aim is to destroy social order, to recruit people and to assemble them for vio- lence. However, we are yet to see any meaningful action against such elements,” he said. “I am writing this letter to raise serious concerns, some of which we have also raised in the past with senior officials of Facebook,” said the Union Law Minister. ?C8Q =4F34;78 The Supreme Court Tuesday granted 10 years to telecom firms such as Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices for paying the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)-related dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) with certain conditions. The apex court asked telcos to pay 10 per cent of the AGR- related dues by March 31, 2021. A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held that the demand made by the DoT and the verdict delivered by the top court in the matter are final. The Bench asked the Managing Directors (MDs) or Chief Executive Officer (CEOs) of the telcos concerned to fur- nish undertaking or personal guarantee within four weeks for payment of dues. Failure to pay the instal- ments of the dues would incur penalty, interest and contempt of court, the Bench cautioned the telecom firms. The top court said issue of sale of spectrum by telcos fac- ing insolvency proceedings shall be decided by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The Bench delivered its verdict on the issues, including the time line for staggered payment of AGR- related dues amounting to about C1.6 lakh crore. ?C8Q 0;;070103 The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday quashed the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act and ordered his immediate release, saying the Aligarh dis- trict magistrate did a “selective reading” of his speech at the AMU. The Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Marhur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh said a complete reading of the speech does not disclose any effort to promote hatred or violence and it gives a call for national integrity. The court allowed the writ petition filed by Khan’s moth- er Nuzhat Parveen and said the order for his detention passed by the DM is illegal. The petition argued Khan was granted bail in February and he was supposed to be released on bail. New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will take part respective Ministers’ meets of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Moscow. China and Pakistan too are part of this grouping. Both the Ministers may meet their Chinese counterparts there. ?=BQ =4F34;78 Abelligerent China has blamed India for the latest round of friction at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on south bank of the Pangong Lake, calling it a step to divert pub- lic attention from the domes- tic issues, and warned India that, “the PLA is bound to make the Indian Army suffer much more severe losses than it did in 1962.” China’s Western Theatre Command said on Monday evening that Indian troops once again illegally crossed the LAC near the south bank of the Pangong Lake and Reqin mountain pass, a blatant provocative move that seri- ously infringed on China’s ter- ritorial sovereignty, and under- mined the peace and stability in the China-India border area. China on Monday also tried to come close to one of the peaks occupied by India on August 29, however, local com- manders dissuaded the Chinese from coming close. A report in the China’s mouthpiece Global Times said that after the June clash between the two armies in the Galwan Valley anti-China opinion dominated Indian society and India overreached itself by economically sanc- tioning China and strength- ened interaction with the US in order to gain an upper hand over Beijing. 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Brahm Prakash Government Engineering College, Jaffarpur and ‘Ambedkar Institute Of Advanced Communication Technologies Research’ reg- istered under Department of Training and Technical Education. Deputy Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia said that both of these colleges will ben- efit from the reputation and resources that the Netaji Subhash University of Technology has. “It will also enable the colleges to progress in a more directed manner, considering NSUT's history, academic prowess and part- nerships with the industry,” he said. “It is expected that after coming under the brand name of NSUT, these institutes will have all-round development in the fields of teaching and research. The growth rate of these Institutes was not encour- aging despite their existence for more than 12 years. This new development has created 360 additional seats in the BTech course and 72 in the MTech course,” the government said in a statement. The West Campus at Jaffarpur will specialize in the area of core branches such as Civil, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering and likewise while the East Campus at Geeta Colony will enhance and cater to the needs in the area of Electronics and Communication Engineering and Computer Science Engineering, he said. “The admission in NSUT is done through JEE (Mains) exam. Now after the integra- tion, admission in these Campuses will also be made through JEE exams and there- fore the quality of intake stu- dents will improve,” he said. The deputy chief minister said that this new development will address various adminis- trative constraints such as recruitment of faculty, slow financial decision making, etc. emanating from lack of auton- omy. “Regular faculty strength at both the Institutes is very dis- appointing. This problem is due to slow recruitment processes and unfortunate court cases against some recruitment,” he added. The existing students will pay the same fees as prescribed at the time of admission. The fees for newly enrolled students would be decided by the Board of Management of NSUT, he said, adding that the degrees of currently enrolled students of these Institutes will continue to be under GGSIP University. The newly enrolled stu- dents after the integration will be given a degree under NSUT, he added. 8`geR__`f_TVdeh`_VhTR^afdVd`W?DFE BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to consider more legally viable and sus- tainable options for providing Goods and Services (GST) dues to States to help them tide over the coronavirus (COVID- 19) financial crisis. The two options that are given by the Ministry of Finance which primarily require the States to borrow and then meet the repayment liabilities will put an extreme- ly onerous burden on the States which are reeling under the financial crisis due to the short- fall in the revenue collections and an increased commitment of expenditure emerging from COVID-19 response, he said. “The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, very clearly provides for compensation to States for loss of revenue arising on account of the implementation of the GST in pursuance of the provision of the Constitution (101st Amendment Act, 2016),” he said. Kejriwal said that the GST Council should consider autho- rizing the Centre to borrow on its behalf and extend the peri- od of collection of cess beyond 2022. The GST council had on August 27 offered states with two options to tide over their revenue generated from GST shortfall as the cess collected from items such as cars and tobacco was not adequate to compensate them this financial year. The Centre specified that the state governments could borrow either via a special window it will facilitate through the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or raise debt from the market. Terming the GST reform as the landmark reform in the indirect tax structure of India, Kejriwal in the letter stated that the assurance of the GST com- pensation to states to meet the shortfall in tax collections is one of the pillars on which the entire GST edifice rests. “The options proposed by the Centre will lead to a cum- bersome process of borrowing by the States, crediting the debt amount to the GST com- pensation fund, to which legal- ly all the compensation fund has to be credited in terms of the Section 10 of the GST (Compensation Act, 2017) and thereafter release of such funds as may be due to the States from the Compensation Fund,” he said. BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal directed the offi- cials of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to take all possible steps to speed up the work on all the sections of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (1504 Route km) and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (1856 route km). The direction came in a review meeting called on Tuesday. “The progress of each individual state was discussed in detail and instructions were given to ensure smooth progress by resolving all hin- drances,” the ministry said in a statement. During the review meeting, progress made about acquisi- tion of land and construction of road over bridges (ROBs) in the states were discussed and resolved. State officials were asked to expedite the process of arbitration and enforce law if there were issues like obstruc- tion of work in any patch of work, it said. Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) is one of the largest rail infrastructure pro- jects a (total length of 3360 route km) undertaken by the Government of India. The overall cost is pegged at Rs 81,459 crores. DFCCIL has been set up as a special pur- pose vehicle to undertake plan- ning, development, mobiliza- tion of financial resources, construction, maintenance and operation of Dedicated Freight Corridors. 2^]bXSTa^aT[TVP[[heXPQ[T ^_cX^]bU^a_a^eXSX]V6BCSdTb c^BcPcTb)3T[WX2c^^SX 343820C435A4867C2AA83A B_TTSd_f^aZ^]P[[bTRcX^]b^UR^aaXS^ab)6^hP[ BC055A4?AC4AQ 6DAD6A0 The Gurugram district found 196 more Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday. The situation is alarming now the tally has zoomed up to 12,113. As of now a total of 133 persons have lost their lives in the district so far. The figures of COVID active patients are 1,048. A total of 10,932 have been cured and discharged including 142 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Coronavirus test rates in Haryana have been fixed at Rs 1,600, down from the current Rs 2,400 and Rs 8,500 for the plasma. According to officials in the district administration, all arrangements, be it isolation facilities or sample testing and admission of severely infected patients have been ensured. No corona infect- ed patient will have difficulty in getting treatment, they added. Claiming medical preparedness to tackle the present Covid-19 situation in the district Gurugram, Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said that a provision of about 4500 beds and 350 ventilators in both private and gov- ernment hospitals have been made. Apart from these, another 1000 beds are being arranged, so there will be no shortage of treatment facilities for the Covid-19 patients in the district. The district health department has also stated a second round of a sero survey in which about hundreds of people have been tested. “The purpose of this survey is to monitor the population of Stork-Cove 2 infection in the district. Out of 850 persons selected for the sero surveil- lance survey, 500 are from rural and 350 are from urban areas,” said civil surgeon Gurugram, Dr. Virendra Yadav. The official further informed that 44 clusters have been placed in each cluster in rural areas which will be sur- veyed. “This survey will consist of strat- ified multi-stage sampling, in which samples will be taken with the consent of people above 18 years of age. Also, a supervisor will be designated to mon- itor the clusters,” Yadav said. 6´VaPaT_^acb (%RPbTbX]PSPh* #!aTR^eTa BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sharpened its attack against the ‘failure’ and the corruption of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led municipal Corporations in keeping the city clean. The AAP MLAs and Councillors on Tuesday held protests across all the 70 con- stituencies and put more than 250 human banners all over Delhi. Party senior leader and MCD in-charge Durgesh Pathak said, It is very unfortu- nate that Delhi which is the cap- ital of the country ranked the dirtiest city due to corruption in BJP- ruled Corporations. “Tourists from different countries of the world come to Delhi, the Prime Minister of this country, all the Cabinet Ministers of the Central Government and all the MPs live in Delhi but the reluctance of leadership and the rampant corruption in civic bodies have made the national capital the dirtiest city,” he said. In a recent survey, SDMC was ranked 31, north MCD (43) and EDMC ranked 46. One of the key responsibilities of the municipal corporations of Delhi to clean the city but the survey clearly shows that they have miserably failed, he said. AAP Leader of Opposition in East Delhi Municipal Corporation Manoj Tyagi who led the protest outside the EDMC office in Patparganj said The leaders of municipal cor- poration are only involved in corruption. According to the recent survey, East Delhi has been ranked 46th in the survey of 47 cities, which is the second last position in the ranking,” he said For the last 15 years, the BJP has been governed by the Municipal Corporation, despite that there is a pile of garbage mountains in Delhi. BJP should apologize to the people of Delhi and should resign from their posts based on morality. If AAP gets the responsibility of the MCD then we will run it in the same budget, he said. SDMC mayor Anamika said that the Delhi govern- ment agencies did not cooperate with the corporations resulting in water logging across the city. [email protected]]c2:@be^]e^YSY`QYdYUc_fUbSUQ^Y^Ucc 80=B Q 10BC8DCC0A ?A034B7 In a bizarre incident, a teenag- er in an Uttar Pradesh village of Basti district claims to have been bitten by the same snake eight times in the past one month, though he miracu- lously managed to survive. Yashraj Mishra of Rampur village has been hospitalised several times. The last attack by the reptile was about a week back. Besides, doctors the fam- ily has also sought help from snake charmers in the village. After my son was bitten for the third time by the snake, I sent him to my relative Ramji Shukla's place in Bahadurpur village. A few days later, my son saw the same snake near the house and he was bitten again. Yashraj was hospitalised and treated, Chandramauli Mishra, the father, said. The last incident was on August 25. The family said that they have been taking the 17- year-old to the village doctor for treatment and also using alternate therapies prescribed by snake charmers. We cannot understand why this snake is targeting Yashraj. The boy is now men- tally disturbed and lives in the constant fear of the snake. We have performed 'puja' several times and have even called snake charmers to catch the snake, but all have proved futile, said the father. D?Q^hR[PXbbPTb]PZTQXc WX'cXTbX]^]T^]cW Thiruvananthapuram: With the Kerala Police on Tuesday formally arresting four Congress workers and taking into custody another four alleged to be part of the con- spiracy to eliminate two activists of the CPI-M's youth wing, a war of words has bro- ken out between the two par- ties. The Congress is demand- ing a CBI probe into the dou- ble murder. The four were arrested on Monday and another four accused were being questioned on Tuesday. The murders took place close to midnight on Sunday, when 24-year-old Haq Mohammed and 32-year-old Mithilaj, both youth wing activists of the CPI-M, were hacked to death by five people who came on bikes armed with swords and knives at Venjaramoodu, about 25 kms from the state capital's suburbs. According to the police, the arrested include Shejith, Ajith, Najeeb and Sathi, while two others -- the prime accused Sajeev and Sanal -- are yet to be arrested. Four more people have been picked up for ques- tioning. State Industries Minister E. P. Jayarajan, soon after visit- ing the homes of the victims alleged that the Congress MP from the locality Adoor Prakash knew everything about the incident. There are reports that have come out that after the brutal murder of the two young CPI- M party workers, the attackers got in touch with Prakash. This is a cold blooded murder unleashed by the Congress party, who are out to wreck things. A detailed probe will have to be done, said Jayarajan. Reacting to this, Prakash said the onus was on Jayarajan to prove his allegation. I am ready to take up the challenge as I have done nothing in this. As the local MP, it's my duty to get involved when our party workers are wrongly arrested by the police. Since Jayarajan has levelled this allegation about me, the onus is on him to prove it, said Prakash. 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3. dccPaPZWP]S347A03D=kF43=4B30H kB4?C414A!!! ?=BQ 347A03D= Though the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Dehradun has seen a rise in recent days, the public need not panic as the government has made proper and adequate arrangements to treat the patients. However, it is vital to observe all precautions. Apart from this, efforts are being made under the smart city project to make Dehradun one of the most liveable cities in the country. The Dehradun district magistrate and Dehradun Smart City Limited (DSCL) chief executive officer Ashish Kumar Srivastava said this in an online interaction with The Pioneer on Tuesday. Regarding the challenges faced in the district while tack- ling the Covid pandemic, Srivastava said, “It has been almost five and a half months since the first positive case was found in Dehradun on March 15. The challenge here is more since it is the Capital city visit- ed by a large number of people. Later when the government started bringing back stranded citizens, Dehradun was one of the major hubs for transit of peo- ple to other districts. People were coming through all chan- nels and were being sent to dif- ferent parts of Uttarakhand from here. Amidst all this it is also vital to keep the morale of the team high to keep them working 24 x 7. We are still working round the clock. The situation in Dehradun has improved- earlier we were contributing about 50 per cent of the total cases of Uttarakhand which has now come down to about 21 per cent. However, this challenge gave us an opportu- nity to look into what is hap- pening in Dehradun, strength- en the health system and train our team. Now our team is properly trained and experi- enced and I assure the people that we are fully trained and equipped to deal with the situ- ation. We are trying our level best to get rid of this problem.” Regarding the recent rise in positive cases and public appre- hension about the treatment facilities he said that the trend of increasing cases in the past 10 days is because there are some institutions where coun- seling is underway for PG courses and armed forces per- sonnel are arriving who are being tested. Dehradun is also the biggest tertiary health centre for people of Uttarakhand and neighbouring regions of Uttar Pradesh. Many people are vis- iting the hospitals in Dehradun and they are also being tested which is also why the numbers are rising. During March about 20 tests were being conducted per day but today there are seven to eight labs conducting tests and the number of daily Covid tests being conducted now is upto 1,600. Regarding treat- ment facilities, there is no dearth of space in the district. “I would like to tell the people that in case they have mild symptoms, they should visit the Covid care centres instead of insisting on seeking admission in hospital. The fatality rate in this dis- ease is very low so nobody needs to panic. At the Covid care centres, the doctors con- duct regular checks and send the ones they deem in need of hospital treatment to the hos- pital.” On the subject of some persons still not observing pre- cautions like social distancing and wearing masks in public, the DM said that these rules have been made for the pro- tection of the public. People should also understand that these steps are also necessary to prevent risk to the young and old family members apart from those suffering from comor- bidities. Observing these pre- cautions is vital to check the spread of the virus, he stressed. Apart from the Covid sce- nario, the DM further said that there is a solution to the long standing problem of encroach- ment in Dehradun especially on the Rispana and Bindal riverbeds. “We are planning to shift and rehabilitate people encroaching on the riverbeds to homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The chief minister has also accorded top priority to the revival of Rispana and we are working on this. Under Namami Gange, a scheme has been approved, tenders have been done and work has start- ed to address the issue of sew- ers draining into the Rispana and Bindal. Since this is not a problem created overnight, we are working to ensure a long term solution. Apart from this, we are also preparing a register of all gov- ernment lands in the district to ascertain the extent of encroachment.” As the CEO of DSCL, Srivastava said, “My long term priority is to see Dehradun as one of the most liveable cities in the country. We are working on various aspects including decongestion. We also want to uplift the face of the city. Most of the tourists coming here trav- el to Mussoorie but we want to elicit focus also on areas like Lakhamandal in Chakrata and Rishikesh in the district.” Responding to concerns regarding the expected benefit of the smart city project on the city as a whole, he said that with the IT component the service delivery will definitely improve in the whole city. Further, with construction of smart roads, the frequent excavation of roads and other problems will also stop. Last year, the Government of India approved the externally aided smart road concept for the whole city. The major roads in the city will be developed as smart roads. The bank loan process for this work has been affected a bit by Covid but progress will be achieved soon. The people will have to face some inconvenience for about a year and a half but the administration has received full cooperation from the pub- lic so far and hopes to receive it in the future too. Regarding the issue of dwindling agricultural lands and open spaces in the city Srivastava stressed on adopting a harmonious view to ensure that both agriculture is sus- tained and living space for cit- izens is also facilitated. ?=BQ 347A03D= In the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Unlock –IV, released on Tuesday, the Uttarakhand administration has allowed almost all types of activities in the areas not list- ed under containment zones. The schools and colleges would remain closed till the end of this month. However the schools can permit 50 percent of the teaching and non teaching staff in the schools from September 21. From this date the students of classes IX to XII can visit their schools, in the areas out- side the containment zones, on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. However, this would be subject to written consent of their par- ents. The Ph.D and post grad- uate students of technical and professional programmes can visit their laboratories in unlock IV after getting permission from the authorities. However all inbound teachers, students and parents coming to the state for entrance and other examinations would be allowed to enter the state without the necessary covid-19 negative report and would also be exempted from 14 days of quarantine period. They how- ever would have to register in the portal of the smart city. From September 21, 100 persons can attend any gath- ering like a marriage ceremo- ny. At present this limit is for 50 persons. The SOP clearly states that the district admin- istration shall not impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones on its own. In the new guideline, the necessity of registering on the smart city web portal remains enforced. There would be no restriction on such movement of persons and goods including those for cross border trade. The persons com- ing from high Covid-19 infect- ed cities would continue to undergo 14 days ( seven in institutional, seven in home) quarantine on arrival in the state. The present limit of 72 hours for a Covid-19 negative report for exemption for quar- antine period has now been extended to 96 hours. The pregnant ladies, ill persons, senior citizens above 65 years of age and children below 10 years of age would be exempt- ed from institutional quaran- tine. Such persons would have to remain in home quarantine of 14 days. All hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and religious places outside the containment zones would be allowed to open and operate . !deRWWTR_ReeV_U dTY``]dWc`^DVa# ?=BQ 347A03D= The number of Covid-191 cases in Uttarakhand breached the 20000 figure mark on Tuesday with the state health department reporting 571 fresh cases of the disease. The state now has 20398 cases of the disease. The speed of spread of contagion in the state could be gauged from the fact that while it took 149 days for the state to reach ten thousand cases mark; it took only 22 days to reach from 10 k to 20 k. It means that the second ten thousand cases occurred at a seven time faster rate than the first one. Death of 11 patients was also reported on the day which took the death toll to 280 in the state. The authorities dis- charged 404 patients of the dis- ease on Tuesday from different hospitals after their complete recovery from the disease. The state now has 14012 recovered patients of Covid-19 and the percentage recovery in the state is now at 68.69 per- cent. The disease is taking 23.49 days to double its numbers. A staggering 16964 swab samples are remaining untested in dif- ferent laboratories of the state and out of total samples tested 5.40 percent have tested posi- tive for the disease. Five patients of Covid-19 were reported dead at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh on Tuesday. Similarly four patients died at Sushila Tiwari Government Hospital, Haldwani on the day. One patient of the disease suc- cumbed to death in Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital and Mahant Indiresh hospital. The authorities reported 169 new patients of Covid-19 in Dehradun while 106 cases of the disease surfaced in Nainital. In Udham Singh Nagar district 79 cases were reported while 63 patients in Haridwar, 42 in Tehri, 29 in Almora, 25 in Champawat, 22 in Pauri, 20 in Uttarkashi and seven patients were reported in Bageshwar district. Six patients were found in Rudraprayag while three surfaced in Chamoli district on the day. Out of the 404 patients dis- charged on Tuesday, 170 are from Nainital, 92 from Haridwar, 80 from Dehradun, 17 Pauri, 15 Almora, 14 Uttarkashi, nine Rudraprayag, two Tehri and one from Chamoli district. The state now has 6042 active patients of the disease with Udham Singh at the top spot in the table of active patients of Covid-19 with 1559 patients. Dehradun is in second position with 1284 active patients while with 1124 active cases Haridwar is in third spot. Nainital has 666 active patients of Covid-19 while Tehri has 360, Uttarkashi 229, Almora 190, Pauri 136, Pithoragarh 124, Chamoli 117, Champawat 112, Bageshwar 89 and Rudraprayag 52 active patients of Covid-19. The founder of Social Development for Communities Foundation (SDCF), Anoop Nautiyal said that the state crossed the 10 K mark on August 10 and at that time the Infection Rate (IR) was 4.91 percent. “Today, with 20 K Covid- 19 cases, the IR is 5.4 percent even though we are testing far more than before. Usually with an increased number of tests the IR goes down. The gov- ernment should study the spread of the disease,’’ he said. ?=BQ 347A03D= The Provincial Medical Health Service (PMHS), the association of Government doctors of the State started their agitation in support of their five point demands by donning black arm bands on Tuesday. It has given a time period of one week to the State administration to fulfill its demands. The association has threatened that its members can take the extreme step of mass resignations from the State health services if their demands are continued to be ignored. The doctors would work wearing black armbands from September 1 to 7. The doctors are particularly peeved over the state administration’s decision of deduct- ing salary of one day for Covid-19 fund. The President of the PMHS, Dr Naresh Napalchayal said that the doctors are working honestly and dedicatedly and have forgotten their families during the Covid-19 crisis. He said that while many states are providing extra salary to the doctors, the state administration here is deducting one day’s salary which is causing resentment among the doctors. He said that the state government should stop deducting the salary of the doctors and instead provide encouragement allowance to them. The president of PMHS expressed strong reservation on the misbehavior done by the Jaspur MLA with the officiating CMO of Udham Singh Nagar. The PMHS is demanding that the Chief Minister’s declaration of giving full salary to PG students should be fulfilled without any further delay. The association is also angry over undue interference of admin- istration in functioning of hospitals. In many cases, the association points out that Tehsildar and pat- wari visit hospitals and give direc- tions to doctors. This according to the PMHS is affecting the prestige of the doctors.a 6WXGHQWV HQWHULQJ VWDWH IRU HQWUDQFH WHVWV DQG RWKHU H[DPV H[HPSWHG IURP TXDUDQWLQH RYLG YH UHSRUW D=;2:8E ?=BQ 347A03D= No untreated effluent from drains should enter the Ganga river while septage management should be ensured in places not linked to sewer lines. In addition to this, action should be taken immediate- ly to ensure septage management in Gangotri, Badrinath and Devprayag. The chief secretary Om Prakash issued these directions while chair- ing the ninth meeting of the State level Ganga committee at the sec- retariat on Tuesday. Addressing the officials, the chief secretary said that trans- portation and processing of solid waste should be facilitated soon in towns which lack solid waste man- agement system. He also directed the urban local bodies concerned to facilitate pro- cessing and disposal of old garbage. All the district development committees were also directed to ensure actions in accordance with guidelines of the National Green Tribunal. The district magistrates of Tehri, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Haridwar were direct- ed to ensure cleaning of rivers and hold regular meetings of district Ganga committees. Additional secretary Uday Raj informed that 29 out of 32 sewage treatment plants had been con- structed and were presently treating sewage. One STP in Joshimath and two at Srikot are under construction. Principal secretary Anand Bardhan, secretary Nitesh Jha and Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) member secretary SP Subudhi were also present in the meeting. 2^eXSR^d]c^eTbQTh^]S!:PaZX]D´ZWP]S 7DOO QRZ VWDQGV DW HOHYHQ GHDWKV IUHVK FDVHV UHSRUWHG RQ 7XHVGD 1R QHHG WR SDQLF EXW YLWDO WR REVHUYH SUHFDXWLRQV 'HKUDGXQ '0 1Y]Y^Wd_]Q[U4UXbQTe^_^U_VdXU]_cdYfUQRUSYdYUcY^S_e^dbi*CbYfQcdQfQ ?=BQ 347A03D= On achieving 124th rank in the Swachchh Survekshan of this year, the Dehradun Mayor Sunil Uniyal 'Gama' had recently stated that the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) will try to reach among the 50 cleanest cities in the country in Swachchh Survekshan 2021. However, this target appears considerably difficult to achieve considering several issues including the current sanitation issues in the city. The corporation jumped 264 slots to get 124th position in the survey within one year so the corporation seems to be optimistic regarding its chances of improving further in the next year's cleanliness survey. However, the condition of the city has changed in the last few months after Covid-19 pan- demic hit the State because before Covid-19, the public was using less single-use plas- tics, the garbage collection facilities were better and there was comparatively less accu- mulation of garbage on the roadsides. Now besides the other anomalies in the working of the corporation like overflowing drains during the monsoon, these issues have added to the already existing problems of the corporation. However, 'Gama' said that the MCD will attempt to attain a position among the 50 clean- est cities of India. According to him, the corporation will work harder and try to remove the shortcomings in the city regarding sanitation facilities so that Dehradun can improve its ranking in the Swachchh Survekshan 2021. He said that the municipal corporation knows that it is challenging to maintain sani- tation facilities in the city in the post-Covid era therefore. However, the MCD will con- tinue to maintain its current ranking and then it will work its way up to upgrade its position in the 2021 survey. We will work to eradicate all the shortcomings which we could not remove this time regarding sanitation and drainage facilities in the city. Moreover, the contribution of citizens is also crucial, so I appeal to everyone to maintain cleanliness in Dehradun and contribute their time in the future for the cleanliness sur- vey too, added the mayor. 6^ecS^Rbd_X]PabPXS2^eXS_P]STXR 30+6 WKH DVVRFLDWLRQ RI GRFWRUV ZDUQV RI PDVV UHVLJQDWLRQV LI GHPDQGV QRW DFFHSWHG 4]bdaTd]caTPcTSTUU[dT]cUa^SaPX]bS^Tb]´cT]cTa6P]VP)?aPZPbW CWT?aTbXST]c^UcWT?7B 3a=PaTbW=P_P[RWPhP[bPXS cWPccWTS^Rc^abPaTf^aZX]V W^]Tbc[hP]SSTSXRPcTS[hP]S WPeTU^aV^ccT]cWTXaUPX[XTb SdaX]VcWT2^eXS (RaXbXb 2adRXP[c^PX]cPX]aP]ZX]VfWX[Tf^aZX]Vc^PRWXTeTQTccTa_^bXcX^]X]BfPRWRWWBdaeTh!! )Ph^a ?=BQ 347A03D= In view of the increasing use of single-use plastics in the last six months, the Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal'Gama' stated that the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) will com- mence an anti-plastic cam- paign in the city only after the State Government reinstates the ban on the use of plastic. He said that he is aware of the increased use of plastic in the city during the Covid-19 pan- demic but the campaign will be effective only when the public will be aware that the government is no longer val- idating the plastic use in the city. According to the offi- cials, the MCD is checking out proposals to recycle and dispose of the plastic waste of the city but it will be brought into the action only after the government reinstates the ban on the plastic use. 23c^R^T]RTP]cX_[PbcXR SaXeTPUcTa6^ecaTX]bcPcTbQP] FXcWcWT2^eXS_P]STXRQaX]VX]Vc^daXbPRcXeXchc^PWP[ccWTbXcdPcX^]XbVaPSdP[[hX_a^eX]VPbbTT]WTaTfXcWc^daXbcb T]Y^hX]VQ^PcaXSTb^]cWT=PX]X[PZTX]=PX]XcP ?X^]TTa_W^c^

4. ]PcX^]#347A03D=kF43=4B30H kB4?C414A!!! ?=BQ =4F34;78 Five States — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh — are reporting over 500 deaths in a day, which is over 65 per cent of the total fatalities registered in the coun- try in the past 24 hours. These States have also accounted for over half of the total COVID- 19 cases in the country even as they registered close to 60 per cent of the total recoveries during the period. Worst-hit Maharashtra topped the list at 11,852 fol- lowed by Andhra Pradesh (10,004), Karnataka (6,495), Tamil Nadu (5,956) and Uttar Pradesh (4,782). Together they account for 56 per cent of the confirmed cases added in the last 24 hours, a senior official from the Union Health Ministry. Incidentally, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are the three States that are con- tributing maximum to the overall number of tests include among others. “These three States account for nearly 34 per cent of the total testing, “ the official added. “These five states have also reported the maximum number of patients that were cured and discharged in the last 24 hours, cumulatively accounting for 58.04% of the national figure of 65,081 per- sons. While Maharashtra reported recoveries of 11,158 patients, the corresponding figures for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka stand at 8,772 and 7,238. Tamil Nadu follows with 6,008, while Uttar Pradesh posted recovery of 4,597 Covid-19 patients, “ said the official. With a cumulative figure of 536 deaths in the last 24 hours, the above mentioned five states together account for 65.4 per cent of the deaths added to the national total (819). Maharashtra has reported 184 deaths, Karnataka has added 113, followed by Tamil Nadu (91), Andhra Pradesh (85) and Uttar Pradesh (63). Meanwhile, India’s cumu- lative tests have crossed 4.3 crores today (4,33,24,834). 1,22,66,514 tests were done in the last two weeks alone. Moreover, States/UTs are pro- gressively increasing their test- ing capacity. India’s per day testing capacity has crossed 10 lakhs tests, including 10,16,920 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. 344?0::D0A970Q =4F34;78 Contrary to expectations that the new stringent Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, implemented almost a year ago, would lead to lessen- ing road crash deaths in the country, the numbers have actually alarmingly increased— from 1,52,780 deaths in 2018 to 1,54,732 deaths in 2019, which is a 1.3 percent rise. Concerned over this wor- rying rise, reported by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a high-level meeting has been convened by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to plug the loop- holes. Ministry sources said the increase in overall road fatali- ties in last one year could be due to the poor implementa- tion of the new MV Act by the States. The report on ‘Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India (ADSI)’ for the year 2019 released by NCRB marks a year since the notification of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019. The NCRB report has also highlighted that road traffic injuries constitute the eighth leading causes of death in India. As per the ADSI, 1,54,732 people were killed and 4,39,262 people were injured in 4,37,396 road accidents in India in 2019. The number of road accident fatalities increased from 1,52,780 in 2018 to 1,54,732 in 2019. During 2019, two wheelers have accounted for maximum fatal road accidents (58,747 deaths), contributing 38.0% of total road accidental deaths, followed by trucks/lorries (22,637 deaths) (14.6%), cars (21,196 deaths) (13.7%) and buses (9,192 deaths) (5.9%). Over speeding contributed to 56% of the total road crash deaths (86,241 deaths), fol- lowed by dangerous or careless driving, contributing to 27.5% of total crash deaths (42,557 deaths). The annual accident report of 2019 also reveals that out of the total 154,732 people killed in road crash deaths in 2019, 65 percent were the youth of 18 to 45 years and children of 14 years age group involved in road crash deaths were 2.6 percent. Among the States, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest road crash deaths with 23285 deaths (15% of total deaths in 2019) followed by Maharashtra recording 14608 deaths (9.4%) and Madhya Pradesh recording 11856 deaths (7.7%). Additionally, in terms of crashes - road accidents (67,228 cases) accounted for 97.3% of total traffic accidents in 53 mega cities during 2019. Chennai accounted for 10.2% (6,871 out of 67,228 cases) of total road accidents reported in 53 mega cities followed by Delhi (8.0%) (5,349 cases). Last year as per the new MV Act hefty fines were levied which accounted for an increase in over 10 times of existing offences but some of the States protested the move and are still to implement them. “On one hand India con- tinues to see a rise in road crash fatalities, and on the other hand State Governments are yet to fully implement the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019, which was passed with the intent of reducing road crash deaths. The latest figures call for introspection by all those who’ve been resisting or oppos- ing the implementation of the new law, “ said Piyush Tewari, CEO and founder of Savelife Foundation, when sought for his comments in this regard. Every year in India, around 1,50, 000 lives are lost in road accidents alone according to Road Transport and Highways Ministry. C`RUUVReYdfaUVdaZeVe`fXYVcG2P 0b_TacWT03B8 $#!_T^_[TfTaTZX[[TSP]S#(!%!_T^_[T fTaTX]YdaTSX]#(%a^PSPRRXST]cbX]8]SXPX]! (CWT]dQTa^U a^PSPRRXST]cUPcP[XcXTbX]RaTPbTSUa^ $!'X]! 'c^ $#!X] ! ( P 3daX]V! (cf^fWTT[TabWPeTPRR^d]cTSU^aPgXdUPcP[a^PS PRRXST]cb$'#STPcWbR^]caXQdcX]V'^Uc^cP[a^PSPRRXST]cP[ STPcWbU^[[^fTSQhcadRZb[^aaXTb!!%STPcWb #%RPab! (% STPcWb P]SQdbTb( (!STPcWb$( P eTab_TTSX]VR^]caXQdcTSc^$%^UcWTc^cP[a^PSRaPbWSTPcWb '%!# STPcWbU^[[^fTSQhSP]VTa^db^aRPaT[TbbSaXeX]VR^]caXQdcX]V c^!$^Uc^cP[RaPbWSTPcWb#!$$STPcWb P 0^]VcWTBcPcTbD?aTR^aSTScWTWXVWTbca^PSRaPbWSTPcWbfXcW !!'$STPcWb $^Uc^cP[STPcWbX]! (U^[[^fTSQhPWPaPbWcaP #%'(#P]SPSWhP?aPSTbWaTR^aSX]V '$%STPcWb ?=BQ =4F34;78 In a major feat, the ITBP mountaineers of Sector Head Quarter Shimla climbed 22,222 feet high Leo Pargil peak locat- ed at International Boundary (IB) in Himachal Pradesh. Twelve members of the 16-member team climbed the peak and it is the only suc- cessful mountaineering expe- dition in Northern India amid the Covid-19 pandemic, offi- cials said. The leader of this chal- lenging expedition was Deputy Commandant Kuldeep Singh and Deputy Leader was Deputy Commandant Dharmendra . Head Constable Pradeep Negi, native of Chhitkul, the last border village in Kinnaur, climbed it a second time. Negi has also climbed the world’s largest mountain Mt Everest twice. Leo Pargil peak is consid- ered one of the toughest and technical peaks in India. This snow-covered difficult peak is located in remote Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. KRWVSRW 6WDWHV UHFRUG RYLG GHDWKV HYHU GD ?=BQ =4F34;78 Public health experts from three medical associations- — Indian Public Health Association, the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine and the Indian Association of Epidemiologists — have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi sug- gesting that schools and other educational institutions should be reopened in a graded man- ner. They have stated that the closure has had a significant impact on the teaching-learn- ing system and mental health of the children particularly of lower socio-economic strata, who do not have social capital for alternatives like digital plat- forms. “It is time now to move towards normalcy. The open- ing of schools and other edu- cational institutions could be started in a graded manner. There should be a pragmatic approach, especially in areas where a sufficient population is already infected, “ the experts said. The associations further said that it must be assumed that an effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus “would not be available in the near future “ and any false sense of hope that this panacea is just around the corner must be avoided. Twenty members of the joint Covid-19 task force went on to say that schools may be opened with due safety mea- sures with social distancing, alternate work days and with adequate surveillance even in low infection areas. “Sufficient evidence is available that infected, young children are at an extremely low risk of developing mor- bidity, “ the public health experts said. They requested the Government to discontinue the imposition of lockdown as a strategy to control the spread of Coronavirus infection and said that limited restrictions should be imposed in epi- demiologically-defined clus- ters for short periods. The three health associa- tions said that even cluster restrictions should be imposed only after weighing its impact on the livelihood of the pop- ulation. They added that creating containment zones and aggres- sive testing for Covid-19 offers little advantage in large cities where the infection has already spread wide. “The focus should instead be on prevent- ing deaths from Covid-19 and not containing the infection. “ The experts said that con- tainment zones should be revamped with a clear roadmap and timelines for periodic review by an expert committee, with the aim to test all suspects, isolate all infected individuals for prop- er treatment and that they should be de-contained in 14 days. ?dQ[XRWTP[cWTg_Tacb bTTZVaPSTSaT^_T]X]V ^UbRW^^[bR^[[TVTb ?=BQ =4F34;78 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that India received 27 per cent more rain- fall than normal in August, the fourth highest amount in the last 120 years. This is due to formation of five low pressure areas in Bay of Bengal in August which led to heavy to moderate rainfall across India. The August of 1926 saw 33 per cent more rainfall than nor- mal, the highest precipitation recorded so far in the month; 1976 recorded 28.4 per cent more rainfall than normal, while the August of 1973 recorded 27.8 per cent than normal. This year saw 27 per cent rainfall. The IMD had predicted that August was likely to receive rainfall that is 97 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus/minus nine per cent. The overall rainfall record- ed in India from June 1 to August 31 was 9 per cent more than normal. It has recorded 784.8 mm rainfall as against the normal of 716.9 mm so far. According to the IMD, This is also one of the rainiest months of August recorded. “Rainfall recorded in August 2020 is the fourth highest in the last 120 years and highest in 44 years. August has record- ed 27 per cent more rainfall than normal, “ IMD’s scientist RK Jenamani said. The official rainfall season in the country is from June 1 to September 30. Jenamani said five low pressure areas formed over Bay of Bengal brought heavy rains over central and north India. Of the five, four developed into a well-marked low pressure area. In its forecast for August last month, the IMD had pre- dicted rainfall of 97 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with an error margin of plus or minus 9 per cent. Monsoon in the range of 96- 104 per cent of the LPA is con- sidered normal. According to the IMD, the first low pressure area formed between August 4 and 10 off the Odisha coast. ?=BQ =4F34;78 The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has for the first time appointed a female IPS officer as the Inspector General (IG) of the paramilitary’s sensi- tive Srinagar Sector, one of the most terror-hit areas in Jammu and Kashmir. The 1996-batch Telangana cadre IPS officer Charu Sinha will head the Srinagar Sector of CRPF as the Inspector General. She was earlier heading the Jammu Sector. Earlier,Sinhahadworkedas IG of CRPF’s Bihar Sector and had successfully led various anti-Naxal operations in the area of responsibility following which she was transferred to Jammu to head the Sector as IG. On Monday, the CRPF headquarters issued an order assigning her the task to lead the Srinagar Sector. Director General of CRPF AP Maheshwari headed the Srinagar Sector as IG in 2005. The Srinagar Sector started functioning in 2005 but never had a female officer to lead it. This sector is engaged in anti- terror operations in close con- junction with the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir police. The Srinagar Sector, locat- ed at Brein Nishat, Srinagar has operational jurisdiction over three districts of Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar as also the Union Territory of Ladakh. 8C1?^d]cPX]TTab^UBTRc^a7TPS @dPacTaBWX[PR[XQb!!!!!Uc WXVW;T^?PaVX[_TPZ[^RPcTSPc81 2A?5VTcbUXabc UTP[T8?B^UUXRTac^ WTPSBaX]PVPaBTRc^a 0dVdbcaTRTXeTb!^aT aPX]UP[[U^dacWWXVWTbcX] !hab ?C8Q =4F34;78 The Supreme Court has sought response from the Centre and the Delhi government on a plea challenging an NGT order refusing permission for registration of diesel vehicles of the Special Protection Group. A three-judge bench headed by Justice R F Nariman issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi pollution control committee and others. “Issue notice returnable within four weeks, “ the bench, also comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee, said. Special Protection Group moved the apex court against National Green Tribunal’s October 9, 2019 order dis- missing its plea seeking review of its order refusing permission for registration of diesel vehicles. The NGT had said the permission cannot be granted in view of the Supreme Court order that no new diesel vehicles can be registered in Delhi. “Subsequently, the top court per- mitted (registration of) diesel vehicles in category of private cars and SUVs with the engine capacity of 2000 cc subject to certain conditions. The vehicles in question are not covered by the said cate- gory, “ it had said. The green panel had said though it had earlier made exception in cases where public utility was involved, such orders cannot continue to be passed forever so as to become a rule. The tribunal noted that it had earlier directed that no commercial diesel vehicle could be reg- istered in Delhi in view of the high lev- els of air pollution. The green panel said it cannot pass conflicting orders. The tribunal was hearing plea filed by lawyer Vardhaman Kaushik who had filed a petition on deteriorating air qual- ity in Delhi and NCR. B2]^cXRTc^2T]caT3T[WX6^ec^]B?6´b _[TPU^aaTVXbcaPcX^]^USXTbT[eTWXR[Tb ?aXTX]XbcTa=PaT]SaP^SX_PhbWXb[PbcaTb_TRcbc^U^aTa?aTbXST]c?aP]PQdZWTaYTTPcWXbaTbXST]RT APYPYXPaV X]=Tf3T[WX^]CdTbSPh ?C8 ?C8Q =4F34;78 The CPI(M) on Tuesday claimed that the latest offi- cial data on the Indian econ- omy has revealed the “total devastation “ that had begun much before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Asserting that close to 24 per cent contraction in the gross domestic product (GDP) is “phenomenal and unprece- dented “, the left party alleged the cumulative impact of demonetization, GST imple- mentation and the “abrupt, unplanned and unprepared national lockdown “ have all contributed to the “destruc- tion “ of the Indian economy. According to official data released on Monday, India’s economy suffered its worst slump on record in April-June, with the GDP contracting by 23.9 per cent as the coron- avirus-related lockdowns weighed on the already-declin- ing consumer demand and investment. The GDP contraction in the world’s fifth-largest econo- my compared with 3.1 per cent growth in the preceding January-March quarter and 5.2 per cent expansion in the same period a year back. “The data released by the government yesterday shows the total devastation of the Indian economy that began much before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, “ the CPI(M)

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