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SERIOUS SAND
THEFT CHARGES
AGAINST PUNJAB
CM CHANNI: KEJRI
Amritsar: Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal,
during his one-day visit to
Punjab, on Tuesday said
that there are serious
allegations of sand theft
against Punjab Chief
Minister Charanjit Singh
Channi and added that the
“theft” would come to an
end after the Aam Aadmi
Party comes to power in
the state. Speaking to the
media here, Kejriwal said,
“I have been seeing for the
past few days that illegal
sand mining was found
in Chief Minister Charanjit
Singh Channi’s constitu-
ency Chamkaur Sahib. If
it’s happening in his own
constituency, it’s difficult
to think he doesn’t know
about it. P2
PM warns party MPs over absenteeism
New Delhi: BJP MPs
absentfrom,orirregular
inattending,Parliament
were pulled up on Tues-
day
, with sources saying
Prime Minister Naren-
dra Modi warned them
to “change yourself or
there will be changes”.
Modi attended the
BJP’s Parliamentary
party meeting at Dr
Ambedkar Internation-
al Centre, Janpath.
Union Ministers in-
cluding Amit Shah, Pi-
yush Goyal, S Jais-
hankar, Pralhad Joshi,
Jitendra Singh, were
present in the meeting
along with BJP nation-
al president JP Nadda.
In a strong warning,
the PM — who has re-
peatedly advised his
party MPs and minis-
ters to be disciplined,
punctual and not speak
out of turn — chided
BJP leaders for behav-
ing “like
children”.“Please be
regular in attending
Parliament and meet-
ings. It is not good for
me to continuously
stress about this (and
treat you) like children.
If you don’t change
yourself, there will be
changes in due course,”
Modi said at a meeting
of the BJP’s parliamen-
tary party in Delhi.
Modi’swordsof warn-
ing come as the BJP fac-
es a furious opposition
in the ongoing winter
session of Parliament,
with the ruling party
cornered on a variety of
issues,including14civil-
ian deaths after the
botched Army op in Na-
galand’s Mon district on
Saturday
. —ANI
PARL WINTER SESSION
PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Chief JP Nadda, and
Union Minister Piyush Goyal at BJP Parliamentary Party meeting.
CORONA CATASTROPHE
NEW DELHI
INDIA
6,822
new cases
220
new fatalities
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OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, AHMEDABAD, LUCKNOW & NEW DELHI
New Delhi: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez will have to face as many as
50 questions in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering case lodged
against multimillionaire conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar ED on Wednesday. Jac-
queline will record her statement as a witness and her statement will be recorded at
the MTNL office in Centre Delhi. The questioning can go for more than five hours.
New Delhi: A Delhi court has announced charges against Congress leader Saj-
jan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The case pertains to the murder of two
Sikhs in Raj Nagar, Delhi. Court has announced charges under the offences of
rioting, murder and dacoity under sections 147, 149, 148, 302, 308, 323, 395,
397, 427, 436, 440 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Sajjan Kumar.
JACQUELINE
FERNANDEZ TO
FACE AS MANY
AS 50 QUESTIONS
SAJJAN CHARGED
WITH MURDER,
RIOTING IN 1984
RIOTS CASE
A YEAR ON, FARMERS MAY CALL
OFF STIR, DECISION LIKELY TODAY
New Delhi: Samyukt
Kisan Morcha could
take a final call to with-
draw the agitation
against Central govern-
ment’s three farm laws.
A final decision in this
regard is likely to be
taken on Wednesday
.
The Centre has sent a
written draft regarding
issues raised by protest-
ing farmers to Samy-
ukta Kisan Morcha’s
five-member commit-
tee. The farmers’ union
had called a meeting of
its top leaders at the
Singhu border on Tues-
day to deliberate on the
Centre’s draft proposal.
Sources also told that
a major section of the
SKM is in favour of call-
ing off the agitation. A
final decision on the
government’s draft pro-
posal, however, will be
taken on Wednesday
.
Sources said Centre
was open to giving
farmers written assur-
ances on demands that
include a legal guaran-
tee for MSP and drop-
ping of all police cases
against them. —ANI
First India Bureau
New Delhi: A 1980
batch Rajasthan cadre
IAS officer and former
chief election commis-
sioner of India (CEC)
Sunil Arora has been
invited to join the board
of advisers at the Inter-
national Institute for
Democracy and Elec-
toralAssistance(IDEA),
which supports sustain-
able democracy around
the world. This organi-
zation was established
in 1995 in Stockholm,
Sweden. Arora was the
23rd CEC from Decem-
ber 2018 to April 2021,
when the commission
conducted the general
elections to the 17th Lok
Sabha in 2019 apart
from several assembly
and by-elections. The
ECI said under the lead-
ership of Arora, the
commission provided a
big push to its digital
programme by creating
a unified database of
more than 930 million
electors and a nation-
wide helpline among
other innovations. Be-
fore retiring Arora
headed various key de-
partments in the Cen-
tral government and the
Rajasthan government.
SC ADJOURNS HEARING
AGAINST ROAD BLOCKADE
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on
Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a
plea against the blockade of roads
between Delhi to Noida due to farmers
protests against the three agriculture
laws to January 2022. A Bench headed
by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul ad-
journed the matter at the request of So-
licitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing
for Centre, who said he needs to take
instructions in view of “recent develop-
ments” (repeal of the three farm laws).
‘GIVE COMPENSATION, JOBS
TO KIN OF DEAD FARMERS’
New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul
Gandhi on Tuesday demanded the
Centre to give compensation to the
families of the farmers who lost their
lives in the stir along with jobs. He
said Punjab govt has already given
financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to the fami-
lies of the deceased and provided
jobs. Rahul alleged that about 700
farmers died during the stir. —ANI
Repeal AFSPA: NPP MP
Agatha Sangma in LS
New Delhi: In the wake
of the Nagaland inci-
dent in which 14 civil-
ians were killed, Na-
tional People’s Party
(NPP) MP Agatha Sang-
ma on Tuesday said it is
time that ‘the elephant
in the room be ad-
dressed’ and the ‘draco-
nian’ Armed Forces
(Special Powers) Act be
repealed.
Speaking during the
Zero Hour in Lok Sab-
ha, Sangma, who is an
MP of BJP-ally NPP in
Meghalaya, said that an
‘’unfortunate and con-
demnable’’ incident
took place in the Mon
district of Nagaland.
‘’It also reminds us of
an incident that took
place in Manipur in
2000, in Imphal, which
is known as the Malom
massacre in which over
10 civilians were shot
dead and it prompted a
28-year old Irom
Sharmila to go on a 16
year-long hunger
strike,’’ Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the Na-
galand government will
write to the Centre call-
ing for the repeal of the
Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSPA), a
law that gives sweeping
powers to the army in
troubled regions.
Nagaland will also
call off the Hornbill
Festival, an annual
event that draws thou-
sands of domestic and
foreign tourists. Today
was the sixth day of the
signature 10-day event.
The decisions were
taken at an “urgent
meeting” of the Naga-
land cabinet. —ANI
EXTENDING OF BSF JURISDICTION
AIMED AT ITS EMPOWERMENT: RAI
New Delhi: The extension in territorial jurisdiction
of Border Security Force in some states is aimed
at empowering BSF to discharge
its border guarding duties more
effectively, Minister of State Home
Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on
Tuesday. “The extension in territorial
jurisdiction of BSF in some states
is aimed at empowering the BSF to discharge its
border guarding duties more effectively in the
wake of the use of technology like Dynamic Re-
motely Operated Navigation,” MoS Rai said. —ANI
Laal Topi,a red alert for UP; they want
to form govt to set terrorists free: PM
Gorakhpur: In a veiled
attack on Samajwadi
Party
, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Tues-
day termed those with
‘red caps’ as red alert for
UP & said that they want
to form the government
in the state to show mer-
cy to terrorists and set
them free. “Those with
red caps wish to form
government, to show
mercytotheterrorists,to
get the terrorists out of
jail,” he added. His said
this while inaugurating
devp projects worth over
Rs9600croresonTuesday
in Gorakhpur.
PM said, “When there
is double engine govt,
then work takes place in
double speed.” —ANI
More on P8
PM Narendra Modi inspects a miniature model in an exhibition
at inauguration of the development projects, in Gorakhpur on
Tuesday. Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, and Chief
Minister Yogi Adityanath are also present. —PHOTO BY ANI
PM Modi inaugurates projects worth over Rs 9600 crore in UP’s Gorakhpur
Govt goal to have
1 medical college
in each dist: PM
Gorakhpur: PM Modi
on Tuesday lauded the
development works
in UP & said govern-
ment’s goal is that
every district of the
country must have
at least one medical
college soon. Speak-
ing at an event in
Gorakhpur, Modi said,
“After independence till
the beginning of this
century, there was only
1 AIIMS in the country.
Former PM, Atalji had
approved 6 more AIIMS
during his time. Work
is going on across the
country to build 16 new
AIIMS for the last seven
years.” —PTI
Former
CEC Arora
invited to
IDEA! Thane: At least 12 peo-
ple are untraceable out
of 318 people who have
returned from foreign
countries to the Kaly-
an Dombivli MC area
of Maharashtra. This
comes amid rising con-
cerns over new Covid
variant, Omicron. “318
people returned from
foreign countries to
Thane of which 12 peo-
ple are untraceable. A
search operation is
on,” said KDMC chief
Vijay Sooryavanshi.
Meanwhile, as many
as 946 people died af-
ter taking Covid vax,
while 1019 were admit-
ted to hospitals,” MoS
for Health Bharati
Pravin Pawar told Ra-
jya Sabha in a written
reply. More on P5 —ANI
Omicron: 12 out
of 318 abroad
returnees in Maha
untraceable
BJP Punjab incharge
Shekhawat meets Capt!
First India Bureau
Chandigarh: With
each passing day, new
equations are being
forged and strength-
ened in politically sen-
sitive and volatile state
of Punjab. In this con-
nection, on Tuesday,
Union Jal Shakti Minis-
ter and senior BJP lead-
er Gajendra Singh
Shekhawat reached
Chandigarh and met
former Punjab CM and
founder of Punjab Lok
Congress Captain Ama-
rinder Singh. Shekha-
wat, who is BJP’s in-
charge of Punjab, had a
long meeting with Cap-
tain over lunch and it is
believed the meet is an
important one keeping
in view upcoming as-
sembly elections here.
Meanwhile Captain
lashed out at the Con-
gress high command
for appointing Ajay
Maken, nephew of one
of the accused in 1984
anti-Sikh riots, as chair-
man of the Screening
Committee for the next
Assembly elections in
Punjab.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted a pic with Captain Amarinder Singh
Agatha Sangma
TRS MPs boycott the entire session of Parliament over farmers’ issues during Winter Session, in New Delhi. —PHOTO BY PTI
CRUCIAL READ
BHIMA KOREGAON CASE: SC REJECTS
NIA PLEA CHALLENGING BAIL TO SUDHA
New Delhi: The SC Tuesday dismissed the NIA’s appeal
challenging the Bombay HC order granting default bail to
lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the Elgar Parishad-
Maoist links case. We see no reason to interfere with
the high court order,” said a bench while refusing to
consider the submissions raised by the NIA which had
moved the apex court against the December 1 order.
MADRAS HC
‘GROUNDS’ SPICEJET
PREZ KOVIND
‘FLIES’ SU-30
New Delhi: Madras HC has
ordered winding up of pvt
carrier SpiceJet & directed
official liquidator attached
to court to take over its
assets, in a plea filed by
a Swiss company over
unpaid dues. Spicejet said
court stayed order for a
period of 3 weeks, subject
to condition that it deposits
amount equivalent to $five
mn within 2 weeks.
Pune: On second day of
his four day visit to Maha-
rashtra, during his visit to
Air Force Station in Pune,
President Ram Nath Ko-
vind on Tuesday witnessed
the flypast by the Indian
Air Force, interacted with
the Air Warriors at the sta-
tion and also experienced
a full mission simulator of
India’s frontline fighter jet
Sukhoi-30 MKI.
CAPITOL
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Chandigarh: Illegal
sand mining is taking
place in Punjab Chief
Minister Charanjit
Singh Channi’s con-
stituency, and theft of
sand worth `20,000
crore is underway in
the state, AAP nation-
al convener Arvind
Kejriwal claimed on
Tuesday
.
Kejriwal, the chief
minister of Delhi, also
demanded an inde-
pendent probe into the
alleged illegal sand
mining in Channi’s
home constituency
and the registration of
an FIR.
Kejriwal is in Am-
ritsar on a day-long
visit ahead of the as-
sembly elections in
Punjab scheduled for
early next year.
“If illegal mining is
going on in the chief
minister’s own con-
stituency then it is dif-
ficult to think that he
(Channi) is not aware
about it,” the Delhi
chief minister said
outside the Amritsar
airport.
Kejriwal’s accusa-
tions comes days after
his party’s leader Ra-
ghav Chadha made a
surprise visit to Jin-
dapur village in Cham-
kaur Sahib and
claimed that illegal
sand mining activity
was going on in Chan-
ni’s home constituen-
cy
.
Channi had on Sun-
day refuted Chadha’s
claims.
Kejriwal sought to
know who was patron-
ising alleged illegal
sand mining in Chan-
ni’s constituency
.
“People of Punjab
want to know whether
he is the owner or has
partnership in the il-
legal sand mining in
his constituency or is
he patronising it,” he
said.
“What is the truth
and it should come
out,” he told reporters
in Amritsar.
Kejriwal said for-
mer chief minister
Amarinder Singh had
said a few days back
that there were several
MLAs and ministers
who either patronise
illegal sand mining or
are involved in it.
The AAP leader also
alleged that illegal
mining was taking
place in a large scale in
Punjab.
“If people who are at
the helm are involved
in it and ministers and
the chief minister face
such accusations then
where the public will
go and how will devel-
opment take place,” he
asked. —PTI
New Delhi: The Delhi
High Court Tuesday di-
rected the Delhi govern-
ment to conduct a fresh
inspection of a site in the
Tri Nagar area where
residents have been seek-
ing shifting of a liquor
shop opened recently.
Justice Rekha Palli,
who issued notice and
sought response from the
Delhi government and
Department of Excise,
was assured by the coun-
sel for the residents that
since they have ap-
proached the court, they
will immediately call off
‘dharna’ at the spot.
“Keeping in view the
nature of grievance
raised in the petition, re-
spondents 1 and 2 (Delhi
government and Depart-
ment of Excise) are di-
rected to carry out fresh
inspection of the site and
file a report,” the court
said and listed the plea
for further hearing on
December 13. Delhi gov-
ernment and Depart-
ment of Excise were rep-
resented through stand-
ing counsel Santosh Ku-
mar Tripathi and lawyer
Arun Panwar. —PTI
New Delhi: Ahead of the
civic polls in Delhi, the
civic body in north Delhi
announced a three-stage
amnesty scheme for
property taxpayers, with
some exceptions, on
Monday.
The scheme will be im-
plemented in three stag-
es. In the first stage, by
January 15, 2022, all
property taxpayers can
avail the benefit of a 100-
per cent interest and pen-
alty waiver and a 15-per
cent waiver on the prin-
cipal amount on a lump
sum payment of the due
property tax, Jain said.
In the second stage, a
75 pc waiver on interest
and a 100 pc waiver on
penalty will be given on
the payment of the out-
standing property tax by
February 28, while there
will be no waiver on the
principal amount, the
NDMC panel chief was
quoted as saying in a
statement.
In the third stage, a 50-
pc waiver on interest and
a 100 pc waiver on pen-
alty will be given on the
payment of the outstand-
ing property tax till
March 31, while no re-
bate will be given on the
principal amount. —PTI
New Delhi: The Ram
Manohar Lohia (RML)
Hospital Administration
on Tuesday issued a no-
tice to resident doctors,
who are protesting over
the delay in NEET-PG
2021 counselling, threat-
ening disciplinary ac-
tion.
“All Residents Doctors
(Junior and Senior Resi-
dents), appointed on ad-
hoc basis are informed
that they cannot indulge
themselves nor partici-
pate in any strike activi-
ty. Non-observance of
rules attracts discipli-
nary action as deemed fit
including termination,”
the circular issued by the
Office Superintendent
stated. Meanwhile, the
Directorate General of
Health Services earlier
in the day appealed to the
protesting resident doc-
tors to return to their du-
ties.
“I once again appeal to
you to return to duties
and lend your support to
Health Minister and Mo-
HFW who are trying th-
eir best to solve the sub-
judice matter,” the Direc-
torate General of Health
Services said. —ANI
New Delhi: The Delhi
High Court on Tuesday
directed Delhi Police to
ensure that shopkeepers
and vendors in the Sadar
Bazar area strictly fol-
low COVID-19 guidelines
and protocols.
The direction of the
Delhi High Court came
while hearing a plea
seeking direction to take
necessary legal action
against the Delhi police
officials for violating the
COVID-19 guidelines on
duty themselves and for
not implementing COV-
ID-19 guidelines in soci-
ety even after many or-
ders passed by the Min-
istry of Home Affairs
and Delhi Disaster Man-
agement Authority
(DDMA). The bench of
Justice Rekha Palli ad-
journed the matter for
January 2022 and asked
the petitioner to implead
as a party to police per-
sonnel allegedly violat-
ing covid guidelines and
misbehaving with the
petitioner.
Petitioner Shalen
Bhardwaj, practicing ad-
vocate, stated that on Au-
gust 9 around 1 am, two
police personnel posted
in Sadar Bazar Police
station during patrolling
on a government bike
without wearing a mask
and helmet misbehaved
with the petitioner and
his relative and allegedly
used derogatory words.
The plea stated, “The
said police personnel not
only has violated the pro-
visions of Cr.P.C. but
also defamed the peti-
tioner in the eyes of his
relative, land, and resi-
dent. Further by misus-
ing the police power and
section 188 of the Indian
Penal Code (IPC), he ex-
tended the threat to the
petitioner to falsely im-
plicate him in false cas-
es, his said act does not
come under the dis-
charge of his official po-
lice duty.” —ANI
New Delhi: The Delhi
Pollution Control Com-
mittee (DPCC) spent
over `12 crore from a
fund set up for green pro-
jects on the implementa-
tion of the three phases
of the odd-even car ra-
tioning scheme between
2016 and 2019, according
to government data ob-
tained through an RTI
application.
Set up in 2008 and col-
lected through the De-
partment of Trade and
Taxes, the Air Ambience
Fund gets 25 paise from
the sale of each litre of
diesel in Delhi.
A total of `547 crore
has been collected in the
fund since March 2008.
Of this, `527 crore has
been spent on green ac-
tivities.
The government uti-
lised only `59 crore till
2015. In the last seven
years, it has used `468
crore from the fund.
The reply to the RTI
application filed by ac-
tivist Amit Gupta re-
vealed that the pollution
control body gave `3.38
crore to divisional com-
missioner and secretary,
revenue department,
and `25 lakh to Delhi
Tourism and Transport
Development Corpora-
tion Ltd from the Air
Ambience Fund for the
implementation of the
first odd-even drive in
January 2016.
The DPCC gave `4.50
crore and `4.25 crore to
the divisional commis-
sioner and secretary, rev-
enue department, for the
implementation of the
second and third phase
of the drive in April 2016
and November 2019, re-
spectively.
A DPCC official said a
major chunk of money
goes into paying duty al-
lowance to civil defence
volunteers, hiring of ve-
hicles for compliance
monitoring and informa-
tion and awareness cam-
paigns. —PTI
DPCC spent over `12 cr on 3 phases of odd-even scheme
RTI REVELATIONS
A total of `547 cr is collected in the
fund since March 2008. Of this,
`527 cr is spent on green activities
—Image for representational use only
UP IN ARMS!
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) members during their Sansad Gherao protest at
Jantar Mantar in New Delhi —PHOTO BY ANI
New Delh: A 30-year-old hearing and speech
impaired woman was allegedly sexually assaulted
by a man on several occasions since November
this year, police said on Monday. The accused,
identified as Rehan Rofiq (34), has been arrested
in the case, they said. Police said the matter was
reported in northeast Delhi’’s Bhajanpura police
station on Sunday. According to police, the
victim along with her mother and sister visited the
police station and narrated her ordeal.
MAN HELD FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING
DIVYANG WOMAN IN BHAJANPURA
CRUCIAL READ
FATHER KILLED HIS SON AFTER
QUARREL WITH WIFE
AIR QUALITY IN DELHI, NCR STAGNANT AT
‘VERY POOR’ QUALITY
New Delhi: A 26-year-old man killed his three-
months-old boy allegedly under the influence of
alcohol following a
quarrel with his wife,
police said on Tuesday.
The incident took place
in outer Delhi’s Bhalswa
Dairy on the night of
December 3, they said,
adding accused Ravi Rai has been arrested. Rai held
his child by leg and banged his head against the wall,
the police said.
New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital
continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on
Tuesday morning with an
overall Air Quality Index
(AQI) at 314, according to
the System of Air Quality
and Weather Forecasting
and Research (SAFAR). As
per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels were recorded at
150 in the ‘moderate’ category and PM 2.5 levels
were recorded at 81 in the ‘moderate’ category.
CM SEEKS PROBE INTO ILLEGAL
SAND MINING IN PUNJAB
Peopleof Punjabwanttoknow
whether heistheownerorhas
partnershipin theillegalsand
mininginhis constituencyoris
hepatronisingit:Kejriwal
HC asks Delhi Govt
to inspect liquor shop
in residential area
New Delh: East corporation authorities have issued
notices to owners of properties housing liquor shops
to check compliance with civic norms, the area’s mayor
said. Several documents, including building maps and
those related to house tax, conversion charges are
sought from those who have received notices. The
move comes days after East Delhi Mayor Shyam Sun-
der Aggarwal directed officials to ensure compliance of
norms and inspect buildings where new liquor vends
are to be opened under the new excise policy. —PTI
NOTICES TO PROPERTY OWNERS OF 34
LIQUOR SHOPS TO CHECK COMPLIANCE
Ensure COVID norms strictly followed
in Sadar Bazar: HC to Delhi Police
—Image for representational use only
NDMC comes
up with new
three-stage
amnesty plan
RML ADMN SERVES NOTICE TO AGITATING DOCS
Resident doctors of RML hospital on strike against delay in
NEET-PG 2021 counselling —PHOTO BY ANI
The AAP leader
alleged that illegal
mining is going on
unabated in Punjab
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the supporters as he visited
village Sarai Khas at Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday.Aam Aadmi
Party Punjab chief Bhagwant Mann also present. —ANI
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Mahesh Sharma
New Delhi: Despite all
the talk and lobbying,
the suspension of MPs
of Rajya Sabha does not
seem to be ending any
time soon. Rajya Sabha
Chairman Venkaiah
Naidu and Leader of the
House in Rajya Sabha
Piyush Goyal have
made it clear that the
suspended MPs are not
ready to express regret
for their conduct, so the
suspension will not end.
On the other hand,
the suspended MPs and
their parties—Con-
gress, Shiv Sena, Trina-
mool Congress, CPM
and CPI—have flatly
refused to express re-
gret or apologise. Just
think, how much will
the government benefit
if the suspension of 12
Opposition MPs is not
revoked.
Despite all its efforts,
the ruling coalition has
not been able to get a
majority in the Rajya
Sabha and has to take
indirect help of parties
like YSR Congress, BJD,
BSP etc. to get the neces-
sary bills passed. Their
leaders help the govern-
ment by voting or by
abstaining from voting.
But there are also many
bills, on which there is a
dilemma for them as
well. For example, in
this session, the govern-
ment has to pass a bill to
extend the tenure of di-
rectors of CBI and ED to
five years. Most of the
Opposition parties are
opposing it but now the
government doesn’t
care. In the absence of
these 12 MPs, only the
BJP and the parties in
alliance with the gov-
ernment will get a ma-
jority
.
Govt benefits from the suspension of 12 MPs in RS
PARLIAMENT IMPASSE ON
lll
Despite all its
efforts, the ruling
coalition has not
been able to get a
majority in the
RS and has to
take indirect help
of other parties to
get the necessary
bills passed
LSMEMBERSEXPRESSCONCERN
OVERPENDENCYOFCASESINCOURTS
New Delhi: The mem-
bers in Lok Sabha on
Tuesday expressed con-
cern over the large pen-
dency of cases in courts
with many of them sug-
gesting that the retire-
ment age of judges
should be increased.
Participating in a de-
bate on High Court and
Supreme Court Judges
(Salaries and Condi-
tions of Service)
Amendment Bill, 2021
that seeks to bring clar-
ity concerning date of
eligibility of additional
quantum of pension to
a retired judge, some
opposition members
said that there should
be uniformity in retire-
ment age of judge of
Supreme Court and
High Courts. A BJP
member said that the
government should re-
visit the NJAC judge-
ment and come out
with a new bill with
“corrections”.
Union Law Minister
Kiren Rijiju is expected
to give a reply to the de-
bate on Thursday
.
The bill seeks to
amend the High Court
Judges (Salaries and
Conditions of Service)
Act and The Supreme
Court Judges (Salaries
and Conditions of Ser-
vice) Act. It proposes to
insert an explanation
in section 17B of the
High Court Judges Act
and in section 16B of
the Supreme Court
Judges Act to clarify
the intention of the
government.
Initiating the de-
bate, Congress mem-
ber Shashi Tharoor
said the government
should propose a larg-
er bill to increase the
age of retirement of
judges, fill vacancies,
reduce pendency of
cases, and “eliminate
post-retirement ap-
pointments in govern-
ment, or at least have a
three to a five-year cool-
ing-off period before
any such appointments
can be made for judges
to guarantee the judici-
ary’s independence”.
—ANI
Members of Opposition parties stage a protest at Parliament.
DISTURBED BY SUU
KYI’S SENTENCING
IN MYANMAR: INDIA
New Delhi: New Delhi:
India on Tuesday said
it is “disturbed” by the
recent verdicts relating
to Myanmar’s ousted
leader Aung San Suu
Kyi and others, saying
the rule of law and the
democratic process
must be upheld. Suu
Kyi was sentenced to
four years in jail by
Myanmar court. Her
sentence was later
reduced to two years.
“We are disturbed at
the recent verdicts. As
a neighbouring democ-
racy, India has been
consistently support-
ive of the democratic
transition in Myanmar,”
MEA spokesperson
Arindam Bagchi said.
PADMA SHRI TEACHER OF ODISHA
DIES, PM TWEETS CONDOLENCES
JAYALALITHAA EX-AIDE VK SASIKALA
MEETS RAJINIKANTH IN CHENNAI
New Delhi: Padma Shri awardee and teacher Nanda
Prusty, who was admitted to a hospital in Odisha’s
Jajpur district last week, passed away on Tuesday.
According to a doctor at the district hospital, Prusty
had been ill for the past month and was suffering from
fever, cough and other old-age ailments. Nanda Prusty,
popularly known as ‘Nanda Master’, was honoured with
the Padma Shri on November 9 for his long contribu-
tion in the field of education and social service.
Chennai: VK Sasikala, the aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa, met actor Rajinikanth at the
superstar’s house in Poes
Garden in Chennai on
Monday evening, media
reported. Ms Sasikala
greeted Rajinikanth on his
Dadasaheb Phalke award
and also enquired about
his health, it said. The superstar had undergone a Caro-
toid revascularisation procedure in October this year.
CRUCIAL READ
PRISON, FINE OF UP
TO `20 CR: INDIA’S
DRAFT CRYPTO BILL
New Delhi: Individuals
and corporations violat-
ing government rules on
crypto finance will face
fines of up to Rs 20 crore
and a jail term of 1.5
years, according to the
proposed legislation to
regulate cryptocurrency.
All private cryptocur-
rency will be regulated
and not banned, as was
planned earlier. However,
crypto will not be recog-
nised as currency or legal
tender. The legislation’s
name has replaced the
word “cryptocurrency”
with “cryptoasset”. The
bill seeks to minimise
financial stability risk by
suitably ring-fencing the
formal financial sector
from crypto assets.
Govt responsible for ‘obstructions’,
suspension of MPs wrong: Kharge
New Delhi: Leader of
OppositioninRajyaSab-
ha Mallikarjun
Kharge onTuesdaysaid
thatthegovernmentwas
responsiblefor“obstruc-
tions” in the Upper
House today and termed
the suspension of 12 Op-
positionMPsas“wrong”.
“The Government is
responsible for the ob-
structions arising in the
Rajya Sabha today. We
tried a lot to facilitate
the functioning of the
House, we met Leader
of the House and Chair-
man repeatedly to put
forth our views that
MPs can be suspended
only as per Rule 256,”
Kharge said while ad-
dressing media persons
today
. “But they ignored
the rules, wrongfully
brought the events of
the monsoon session to
winter session, and sus-
pended our 12 MPs,” he
added.
Rajya Sabha was ear-
lier adjourned till 2 pm
on Tuesday amid de-
mand by Opposition for
revocation of suspen-
sion of the 12 Members
of Parliament. —ANI
BJD MP urges govt to
bring Uniform Civil Code
New Delhi: BJD MP
Bhartruhari Mahtab on
Tuesday urged the gov-
ernment to introduce a
Uniform Civil Code, as-
serting that the issue
was not about imposing
any religious code but
bringing the society un-
der one code.
Raising the issue dur-
ing the Zero Hour in
Lok Sabha, he said that
during the making of
the Constitution, the
matter was debated but
as the country was un-
dergoing Partition it
was thought fit that the
social and religious
code as was being prac-
tised for some years,
remains. —ANI
No plan to bring
CAPFs who joined
after 2004 under
old scheme: MoS
New Delhi: There is
no proposal under con-
sideration for new en-
trants of Central
Armed Police Force
(CAPF) under the old
pension scheme as ap-
plicable to the Armed
Forces, replied Minis-
ter of State in the Min-
istry of Home Affairs
Nityanand Rai on
Tuesday.
The question of
whether paramilitary
forces personnel join-
ing force after 2004 are
eligible for new pension
scheme was asked by
four Members of Parlia-
ment. Rai replied that
the personnel working
in Central Armed Po-
lice Forces and Assam
Rifles (CAPFs and AR)
are entitled to pension
and other related bene-
fits as governed by Cen-
tral Civil Services (Pen-
sion) Rules, 1972.
However, CAPFs per-
sonnel appointed on or
after January 1, 2004,
are governed by the
New Pension Scheme
(NPS). —ANI
PARL WINTER SESSION
Many of the Lok Sabha members suggest to increase the retirement age of the judges
PM HONOURED FOR ANNOUNCING TO CELEBRATE BIRSA
MUNDA’S BIRTHDAY AS JANJATIYA GAURAV DIVAS
New Delhi: Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi on Tuesday was
honoured at the BJP
Parliamentary party
meeting for announcing
the celebration of No-
vember 15, the birthday
of Birsa Munda, as
Janjatiya Gaurav Divas.
The meeting is currently
underway. Besides PM
Modi, Union Ministers
including Amit Shah,
Piyush Goyal, S Jais-
hankar, Pralhad Joshi,
Jitendra Singh, are
attending the meeting at
Dr Ambedkar Interna-
tional Centre, Janpath
here. BJP national
president Jagat Prakash
Nadda and several party
MPs were also present
there. Last month,
the Union Cabinet had
approved the declara-
tion of November 15,
the birth anniversary of
Birsa Munda, as ‘Jan-
jatiya Gaurav Diwas
Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’.
‘Will revoke suspension if
Opposition MPs apologise’
New Delhi: Union
Parliamentary Af-
fairs Minister Pral-
had Joshi on Tues-
day said that if the
suspended Rajya
Sabha MPs apolo-
gize, their suspen-
sion will be revoked.
The Union Minis-
ter also said that the
ministers explained
the reason for the
suspension of the
MPs during the BJP
parliamentary party
meeting held today at
Dr Ambedkar Inter-
national Centre in
New Delhi, which
was attended by PM
Modi. “We explained
why they had to be
suspended. The
country has wit-
nessed whatever
took place. It is on
record. If they apolo-
gise even today, we
are ready to revoke
the suspension,”
Joshi told media. A
total of 12 Opposi-
tion MPs were sus-
pended for allegedly
creating ruckus on
last day of monsoon
session. —ANI
ZERO INFILTRATION CASE REPORTED
ALONG CHINA-BHUTAN BORDER: GOVT
New Delhi: No infiltra-
tion cases took place at
the China and Bhutan
border in the last three
years, said Minister of
State in the Ministry of
Home Affairs Nisith Pra-
manik while responding
to a question on infiltra-
tion at borders in Lok
Sabha on Tuesday.MP
Chirag Paswan asked
questions on several
cases of infiltration that
have come to light in
bordering areas during
the last three years. In a
written reply, Pramanik
said, “128 infiltrations
reported along Pakistan
border, 1,787 along
Bangladesh border, 25
along Nepal border, 133
along Myanmar border
while nil at China and
Bhutan border.”
‘WILL HELP GOVT
IDENTIFY FARMERS
WHO LOST LIVES’
OPPN MPS FROM
RS TO HOLD SIT-IN
PROTEST TODAY
New Delhi: Con-
gress MP Adhir
Ranjan Chowdhury
on Tuesday alleged
that the central
government has not
yet given any data
on the exact number
of farmers who had
died in the year-long
agitation against the
three farm laws and
offered to cooperate
with the Centre to
identify the farmers
who lost their lives.
New Delhi: Opposi-
tion MPs will hold a
sit-in protest in front
of the Gandhi statue
in Parliament prem-
ises on Wednesday
in support of 12
suspended MPs of
the Rajya Sabha.
Speaking to ANI,
Shiv Sena MP San-
jay Raut said that
the Rajya Sabha will
not function without
the 12 suspended
MPs.
NASA opts India-born physician for space mission
Washington: Indian-
origin doctor Anil
Menon has been select-
ed along with nine oth-
ers to be astronauts for
National Aeronautics
and Space Administra-
tion (NASA)’s future
space missions, the US
agency announced.
Born and raised in Min-
neapolis, Minnesota, to
Ukrainian and Indian
immigrant parents,
45-year-old Menon has
previously served
NASA as the crew flight
surgeon for various ex-
peditions on the Inter-
national Space Station
(ISS). A lieutenant colo-
nel at the US Air Force,
Menon is married to
Anna Menon who
works at SpaceX, and
they share two chil-
dren.
The new group of
NASA astronauts will
have some exciting
spaceflight oppor-
tunities ahead of
them that will
potentially in-
clude flights to the
Moon someday, the
space agency an-
nounced.
AccordingtoTheVerge,
NASA announced the
selection of its 2021
class of astronauts on
Monday from more
than 12,000 people who
applied to the space
agency in
March of
2020. Among
those who
have been
s e l e c t e d
are six men and four
women. Menon, who
will be reporting for
duty in January 2022,
was American aero-
space corporation
SpaceX’s first flight sur-
geon, who helped to
launch its first humans
to space during the
Demo-2 mission and in
building a medical or-
ganisation to support
the human system dur-
ing future missions, as
per his official NASA
profile.
PM Modi being felicitated at
the BJP Parliamentary Party
meeting on Tuesday.
—FILE PHOTO
Anil Menon
Bhartruhari Mahtab
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SPIRITUAL SPEAK
Your work is to discover
your work and then with
all your heart to give
yourself to it.
—Gautam Buddha
IN-DEPTH
Jagat Prakash Nadda
@JPNadda
On Armed Forces Flag Day, I salute all
our brave soldiers and their families.
Every Indian takes pride in their
indomitable valour  courage for the
nation. Let us all commit to contribute
towards the welfare of our brave
personnel  their families for their
selfless service.
Piyush Goyal
@PiyushGoyal
Saddened at the passing away of
Padma Shri awardee Nanda Kishore
Prusty Ji. He was a living embodiment
of our ancient wisdom. Devoting his
life to spreading education in Odisha,
he leaves behind a glorious legacy.
India has lost a true Guru.
TOP TWEETS
A DAY OF MASSIVE
RALLIES IN UP
MARKS BEGINNING
OF POLL SEASON
t was a day of rallies
in Uttar Pradesh, one
addressed by Prime
Minister Narendra
Modi in Chief Minis-
ter Yogi Adityanath’s constitu-
ency Gorakhpur and the other
by Samajwadi Party chief Akh-
ilesh Yadav and RLD chief Jay-
ant Yadav in Meerut. The Prime
Minister came with a bagful of
goodies which included an
AIIMS facility, a fertiliser plant
and ICMR’s Regional Medical
Research Centre costing over Rs
9600 crore. The Prime Minister
also addressed a rally in which
he attacked Akhilesh. Indirectly
referring to SP as “red caps” the
PM cautioned his audience
against their return to power.
Never mind the other political
parties in the fray
. The repeated
reference to the SP at different
rallies by the PM and other BJP
leaders has made the forthcom-
ing state elections a straight con-
test. Far away in Meerut, Akh-
ilesh and Jayant also addressed
a massive rally in the land of Jat
farmers. To PM’s “red cap” jibe,
the SP chief tweeted that “red
cap will oust BJP”.
I
lastic waste of all
shapes and sizes
permeates the
world’s oceans. It
shows up on
beaches, in fish and even in
Arctic sea ice. And a new re-
port from the National Acad-
emies of Sciences, Engineer-
ing, and Medicine makes
clear that the U.S. is a big
part of the problem.
As the report shows, the
U.S. produces a large share of
the global supply of plastic
resin – the precursor mate-
rial to all plastic industrial
and consumer products. It
also imports and exports bil-
lions of dollars’ worth of
plastic products every year.
On a per capita basis, the
U.S. produces an order of
magnitude more plastic
waste than China – a nation
often vilified over pollution-
related issues. These find-
ings build off a study pub-
lished in 2020 that concluded
that the U.S. is the largest
global source of plastic
waste, including plastics
shipped to other countries
that later are mismanaged.
And only a small fraction
of plastic in U.S. household
waste streams is recycled.
The study calls current U.S.
recycling systems “grossly
insufficient to manage the
diversity, complexity and
quantity of plastic waste.”
As scientists who study ef-
fects of plastic pollution on
marine ecosystems, we view
this report as an important
first step on a long road to
reducing ocean plastic pollu-
tion. While it’s important to
make clear how US is con-
tributing to ocean plastic
waste, we see a need for spe-
cific, actionable goals and
recommendations to miti-
gate the plastic pollution cri-
sis, and would have liked to
see the report go further in
that direction.
THECONVERSATION.COM
PLASTIC TRASH IN
THE OCEAN IS A
GLOBAL PROBLEM
US households throw
away more than 35
million tons of plastic
yearly. In 2018 only 3,090
tons of it was recycled
(8.7%). Most plastic
waste goes to landfills,
where it can escape
into the environment
and end up in ocean
P
ven as the Grand old Party is
on the wane nationwide,
West Bengal Chief Minister,
Mamata Banerjee, seems to
be in a hurry and is rushing
in to stake TMC’s claim to
grab the Opposition baton at
the national level.
Of late,Mamatahasmadeit
a point to reportedly cold-
shoulder Sonia Gandhi by
staying away from meeting
her during her recent visit to
Delhiandtoanextentsurpris-
ingall,Mamataevenaskedthe
reporter whether it was perti-
nent to meet Sonia every time
she was in New Delhi. With
Arvind Kejriwal busy cam-
paigningindifferentstatesfor
the upcoming Assembly elec-
tions in Punjab, Goa and Utta-
rakhand, Mamata has seized
the opportunity to take the
lead in Opposition politics.
Maintaining a “distance”
from the Congress, Mamata
has made extensive visits to
other Opposition camps to
catapult TMC into the centre
stage of the Opposition poli-
tics.
Unlike her earlier attempts
to garner support to form the
Opposition alliance, Mamata
this time is not only visiting
the Opposition leadership
but her attempt has been to
expand her party’s imprint
across the nation by induct-
ing leaders from various par-
ties – AND especially the
Congress!
TMC went several notches
in this regard when it said,
“Congress is a failure...UPA
is over...,” this was mentioned
by Trinamool Congress in its
latest attack on the Congress
and the “squabble over its
leadership” in TMC’s mouth-
piece Jago Bangla, the TMC
yet again launched a scathing
attack on the Congress, say-
ing that the party “has locked
itself in the freezer”.
Not stopping at that, Didi
went on to say “What is UPA?
There is no UPA,” Banerjee
told reporters after meeting
Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at
his residence on the second
day of her three-day visit to
Mumbai. On Tuesday, Baner-
jee met leaders of the Shiv
Sena, the biggest constituent
of Maharashtra’s ruling alli-
ance that also comprises the
NCP and Congress.
“Despite being the largest
opposition party, the Con-
gress has locked itself in the
freezer...Instead of organiz-
ing people’s movements, Con-
gress leaders have locked
themselves up in their house,
happily tweeting,” the TMC
said in the editorial titled
‘Congress in deep freezer’.
“Despite questions about
the leadership crisis, the
Congress has gone dormant
and not even aggressively
countering it,” the TMC said.
Picking up from Ghulam
Nabi Azad recent tweet…
“The Congress remains rid-
dled with internal squabbles
over leadership,” the TMC
also referred to this state-
ment in its editorial and went
on to say the Congress leader
“has openly stated how there
is no hope for the Congress to
return to power in the next
Lok Sabha polls”.
“...the party is gradually
moving away from power --
what the TMC has been reit-
erating in recent times,” The
TMC said in its editorial.
TMCwentontosay
,“
Azadis
only echoing what the TMC
hasbeensaying--thattheCon-
gressisafailure.ThattheUPA
is over. That the Opposition
must unite. That the bleeding
duetointernalrifthasmadeit
difficult for the Congress to
keep its flock intact.”
In the editorial, the TMC
said Mamata Banerjee has
been handed over the onus of
the “coalition of the Opposi-
tion forces”.
“The country today needs
a coalition of the Opposition
forces and that onus has been
handed to the TMC supremo
by the Opposition, because
she is the most popular and
most acceptable face of the
Opposition. Everyone is look-
ing up to her,” TMC said.
Taking this stand further,
aspartof theTMC’sblueprint
to expand nationally…,
Mamata has been especially
inductingleadersof Congress
into her party
. In Goa, TMC
got hold of the prized former
CMandCongressleaderLuiz-
inho Faleiro. During her visit
tothecoastalstate,tennisstar
Leander Paes was inducted
into the TMC.
TMC on October 25, induct-
ed two senior Congress lead-
ers of UP, Rajeshpati Trip-
athi,anex-MLC,andLalitesh-
pati Tripathi, a former UP
Congress vice-president and
an ex-MLA. Rajeshpati and
Laliteshpati are, respectively
,
grandson and great-grandson
of late UP Congress stalwart
and former Chief Minister
Kamalapati Tripathi.
Meanwhile, her nephew
and party national general
secretary Abhishek Banerjee
is playing a pivotal role in
TMC’s expansion plan in sev-
eral Northeastern states
such as Tripura, Meghalaya
and Assam.
Displaying her ambition to
spread across nationally,
Mamata in Mumbai also held
an interaction session with
civil society members, with
Javed Akhtar, Medha Patkar,
Mahesh Bhatt, Swara
Bhaskar, Richa Chadha and
stand-up comedian Munawar
Faruqui among others.
As the winter session of
Parliament, the TMC decided
to stay away from the Con-
gress-held meetings of the
Opposition parties.
Theimage-consciousTMC,
it seems, is planning to build
a “brand” as an alternative to
the Congress and to project
Mamata as a key leader of
the Opposition force which
can give a “credible fight” to
the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sab-
ha polls.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
DIDI RUSHING TO GRAB OPPN
BATON AT NATIONAL LEVEL!
E
ROBIN ROY
Writer is Senior Associate Editor,
Free Press Journal Mumbai and former
Managing Editor, First India
Of late, Mamata has made
it a point to reportedly cold-
shoulder Sonia Gandhi by
staying away from meeting
her during her recent visit to
Delhi and to an extent
surprising all, Mamata
even asked the reporter
whether it was pertinent to
meet Sonia every time she
was in New Delhi
Not stopping at that,
Didi went on to say
“What is UPA? There is
no UPA,” Banerjee told
reporters after meeting
Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) chief
Sharad Pawar at his
residence on the second
day of her three-day
visit to Mumbai
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REACHES DHAKA FOR HIS TWO-DAY VISIT
KERALA TO KNOCK SC DOORS AFTER TN
OPENS DAM SHUTTERS WITHOUT NOTICE
Mumbai: A Special Prevention of Money Laundering
Act (PMLA) Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail pleas
of Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde, private secre-
tary and personal assistant respectively of former Ma-
harashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection
with a money laundering case. Earlier on Sunday, the
Enforcement Directorate had recorded the statement of
former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh
in connection with the Rs 100 crore money launder-
ing case against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister. On
November 2, Deshmukh was arrested by Enforcement
Directorate in connection with the alleged Rs 100-crore
extortion and money laundering case.
Dhaka: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla
on Tuesday arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit
to the country. He was
received by Foreign
Secretary of Bangladesh
Ambassador Masud
Bin Momen in Dhaka
upon his arrival. Foreign
Secretary Harsh Vardhan
Shringla’s visit to Bang-
ladesh came in amidst the Maitri Diwas celebrations-
commemorating 50 years of the establishment of
India- Bangladesh diplomatic ties.
Mullaperiyar: Kerala government will approach SC
over the repeated opening of shutters of Mulla-
periyar reservoir at night by Tamil Nadu, according
to Water resources minister Roshi Augustine. TN
reportedly opened the shutters of Mullaperiyar
reservoir on Monday night. “A total of nine shutters
were opened without giving prior notice to Kerala,
as a result of which water has entered into the
houses of the people,” said Augustine. The govt
official claimed that this had happened earlier also.
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17 GIRLS TOLD TO
STAY BACK IN THE
SCHOOL, MOLESTED
PLEA IN HC SEEKS
DIRECTION TO
OFFICERS OF DDCs
Lucknow: Seventeen
Class 10 girls from Uttar
Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar
district have alleged that
they were drugged and
molested by their school
principal and his associ-
ate after being asked to
stay the night to prepare
for “practical exams”,
which were to be held
in another school in the
same area, the next day.
The incident is from No-
vember 18, according to
UP police. FIR has been
filed and five teams have
been formed to arrest
accused, police added.
New Delhi: A petition
was moved in Delhi HC
seeking direction to
all judicial officers of
Delhi District Courts to
conduct the hearing in
hybrid mode and follow
the direction passed
by Registrar General in
this regard. The plea
sought direction to all
judicial officers of Delhi
District Courts includ-
ing Principal District
and Session Judge and
a Metropolitan Magis-
trate of Dwarka Court to
conduct court hearing in
hybrid mode.
Moscow: Russian Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin and
US President Joe Biden
on Tuesday began their
bilateral talks in a video
conference format. Ac-
cording to sources, the
two leaders are expected
to discuss the situation
around Ukraine and
NATO’s eastward expan-
sion as well as issues
of strategic stability and
bilateral agenda. They
may also touch upon
some issues of regional
security, including
the situation in Afghani-
stan.
Mumbai: Bombay HC on
Tuesday issued notice
to Maharashtra Cabinet
Minister Nawab Malik
with regard to state-
ments against NCB’s
Mumbai unit chief Sa-
meer Wankhede’s family.
HC also asked NCP lead-
er to file an affidavit that
why action should not
be taken against him for
“wilfully breaching” its
earlier orders, in regard
to statements against
Dnyandev Wankhede
and family despite giving
an undertaking in court
that he won’t do it.
IN THE COURTYARD
Chandigarh: An ex-
soldier of the Indian
Army, who drove a
truck packed with am-
munition to Kargil in
1999 from his unit in
Kanpur. A political ac-
tivist who was named
Winnerjit by his par-
ents. They are among
21 first-time Shiromani
Akali Dal (SAD) candi-
dates announced by
party president Sukh-
bir Singh Badal for the
Punjab Assembly elec-
tion scheduled for early
2022.
Sukhbir has an-
nounced 91 candidates
so far for upcoming
polls that the SAD will
fight in alliance with
the Mayawati-headed
BSP. The SAD and the
BSP will contest 97 and
20 seats respectively for
polls to the 117-member
Punjab polls.
Of the 25 new faces
announced by the SAD
so far, 21 will contest
the Assembly polls for
the first time. Over 27%
of nominees would be
fresh candidates. —ANI
Akali Dal fields 21
first-time candidates
for Punjab Elections
POLITICS  MORE
‘Putin’s ‘governance model’
already implemented in Ind’
Mumbai: Taking a dig
at the ongoing visit by
Russian President
Vladimir Putin at the
invitation of PM Naren-
dra Modi, the Maha-
rashtra Congress has
said that the visiting
dignitary’s ‘Govern-
ance Model’ vis-a-vis
corporates is already
functional in India.
State Congress General
Secretary Sachin
Sawant said that under
Putin, Russian busi-
nessmen have been fol-
lowing 3 ‘cardinal rules’
like No donations to Op-
position, No Criticism
of Govt and No support
to Opposition. In India,
these same conditions
are being adhered to by
the corporates,”
claimed Sawant in a se-
ries of tweets. —ANI
New Delhi: Chhat-
tisgarh CM Bhu-
pesh Baghel said on
Tuesday that his
govtisworkinghard
to realise Mahatma
Gandhi’s dream of
‘Gram Swaraj’ ever
since it took charge.
Virtually address-
ing ‘Role of States in
Making Aatmanirb-
harBharat’atStates
Policy Conclave, he
said,’When Mahat-
ma Gandhi talked
about making vil-
lages ‘self-reliant’
units, he was talk-
ing about Aat-
manirbhar Bharat.
When ex-PM late
Indira appealed
about making the
Green Revolution a
success, she was
talking about Aat-
manirbhar Bharat
in agri sector.’
Bhupesh Baghel
New Delhi: ‘There can
be no front without
Congress. Even if there
is a new alliance, an al-
liance will work under
leadership of Cong.
There are many parties
with Congress. So why
three - three front are
required? What to do
with so many fronts? In
this way, we will not be
able to give an alterna-
tive to BJP,’ Shiv Sena
MP Sanjay Raut said
following his meeting
with Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi on Tues-
day.
Further, the Shiv
Sena MP also added
that, “The leadership
of this front will be de-
cided later. —ANI
New Delhi: President
of the Peoples Demo-
cratic Party (PDP) Me-
hbooba Mufti on Tues-
day launched a scathing
attack against the Un-
ion government, stating
that Gandhi’s India was
turning into “Godse’s
India”.
The former CM of the
erstwhile state further
said that JK was a
“laboratory” and what
was done in the state,
would be replicated in
the rest of the country.
“It feels Gandhi’s India
has become Godse’s In-
dia. We are not allowed
to speak, even if we
want to hold a peaceful
protest, we are locked
inside our homes,” Muf-
ti said at a press confer-
ence here. —ANI
Kolkata: WB CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday once
again slammed the Centre for not paying its “due
shares” in terms of funds and said the state, however,
would not stop in carrying out community develop-
ment for all sections of the society. She also said the
Duyare Sarkar’s second phase will start from January
1-10 and the second from January 20-30. In the first
phase 3 crore people have been benefited, she added.
MAMATA ANNOUNCES “DUYARE SARKAR”
2ND PHASE TO START FROM NEW YEAR
Former CM of JK Mehbooba
Mufti speaks to media during a
press conference at the IWPC
in New Delhi on Tuesday.
—PHOTO BY ANI
Gandhi’s India is turning into Godse’s
India: Mehbooba attacks Modi govt
My father did not want to be CM, he
wanted to resolve the problems of Kash-
mir. We wanted to take forward the
process Vajpayee started. There is no statesman
bigger than Vajpayee. —Mehbooba Mufti, PDP President
Before being
fielded by SAD,
I drove truck-
load of arms to Kargil
in 1999 from 11 Sikh
Light Infantry base in
Kanpur area. —Baldev
Singh Manuke, SAD candidate
Sachin Sawant
Rahul Gandhi  Sanjay Raut
Sukhbir Singh Badal
E
xpert says, peo-
ple should al-
ways wear dou-
ble face masks as these
continue to be the best
protection against any
variant and take vac-
cines while regulatory
authorities should au-
thorize emergency use
of two oral drugs for
treatment of Covid-19
Most of the vaccines,
in general, have demon-
strated their effective-
ness against new vari-
ants including Delta in
preventing hospitalisa-
tions and deaths. How-
ever, their effectiveness
seems to be waning rap-
idly over time.
Dr Reddy who is also
a regional director
(South Africa) of global
health nonprofit, AC-
CESS Health Interna-
tional said, ‘India has
responded in a balanced
way. The country did
the right thing by not
shutting down its bor-
ders but taking stand-
ard measures of screen-
ing, testing, quarantine,
and isolation of incom-
ing people.’ —ANI
ARE WE READY
TO FACE OMICRON?
INDIA BETTER PREPARED TO FACE OMICRON, IF IT
COMES; WE MUST FOLLOW NORMS: HEALTH EXPERT
z 9 Omicron patients
in Rajasthan’s
Jaipur are asymp-
totic, says CMHO
z Withdraw revenue
share percentage
for Covid testing at
airports: AAI tells
regional heads
z Aviation Minister
takes stock of
preps at airports,
issues action plan
z Genome sequenc-
ing lab will be
established in Kar-
nataka, says K’taka
CM Bommai
z Karnataka deploys
IAS, IPS officers to
tackle Omicron
z Over 30k screened
for Covid at many
airports in Maha
z Section 144 CrPC
invoked in Luc-
know till January 5
z Srinagar prepares
to contain new
variant, sets quar-
antine centres
z Citing Omicron,
‘Massive 3rd wave’
warning from the
top doctors’ body
z ‘Feeling Perfectly
Alright,’ says Ben-
galuru doctor with
Omicron variant
z Colombia to ban
entry for those not
vaccinated
z Omicron infected
people not permit-
ted to leave SA,
says the Embassy
z 1st case of Omi-
cron detected in
Maldives  Japan
OMICRON
UPDATES
ACROSS
GLOBE...
Mumbai: Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray
urged the Centre to allow booster shots, reduce the
vaccine gap and bring down the cut-off age for inocula-
tions to 15. Thackeray wrote to Union Health Minister
Mansukh Mandaviya  suggested that restrictions on
travellers, schools and public places should continue
until more is known about Omicron. —ANI
New Delhi: CDS General
Bipin Rawat on Tuesday
warned that this may be
developing into biologi-
cal warfare and in such
case, the nations need to
be prepared to counter it.
At the curtain raiser event
of disaster management
exercise involving BIM-
STEC member countries,
IA Chief General Manoj
Mukund Naravane also
warned about the emer-
gence of new variants
and resurgence of cases
which suggests that Covid
is far from over. Countries
including Bangladesh,
Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan,
Thailand, Sri Lanka and
India are participating in
the exercise. —ANI
CDS RAWAT ASKS NATIONS TO BE PREPARED
FOR TACKLING THE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE
THACKERAY’S 3 SUGGESTIONS TO CENTRE
It has be-
come clear-
ly evident
that Omicron is
more infectious than
Delta variant, the
ongoing debate is by
how much. Preprint
research publication
from South Africa
has convincing evi-
dence that it evades
immunity acquired
after natural infec-
tion. Everyone has
kept their fingers
crossed as to its vir-
ulence.
—Dr Krishna
Reddy Nallamalla
HOTSPOTS! People throng market place to shop for woollen
clothes with the onset of winter in Jalandhar.—PHOTO BY ANI
WARM WELCOME! Bhagat Singh Koshyari  Aaditya Thackeray
welcome President Ram Nath Kovind at Mumbai Airport on Tuesday.
(L) MM Naravane  Bipin Rawat.
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  • 1. SERIOUS SAND THEFT CHARGES AGAINST PUNJAB CM CHANNI: KEJRI Amritsar: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, during his one-day visit to Punjab, on Tuesday said that there are serious allegations of sand theft against Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and added that the “theft” would come to an end after the Aam Aadmi Party comes to power in the state. Speaking to the media here, Kejriwal said, “I have been seeing for the past few days that illegal sand mining was found in Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s constitu- ency Chamkaur Sahib. If it’s happening in his own constituency, it’s difficult to think he doesn’t know about it. P2 PM warns party MPs over absenteeism New Delhi: BJP MPs absentfrom,orirregular inattending,Parliament were pulled up on Tues- day , with sources saying Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi warned them to “change yourself or there will be changes”. Modi attended the BJP’s Parliamentary party meeting at Dr Ambedkar Internation- al Centre, Janpath. Union Ministers in- cluding Amit Shah, Pi- yush Goyal, S Jais- hankar, Pralhad Joshi, Jitendra Singh, were present in the meeting along with BJP nation- al president JP Nadda. In a strong warning, the PM — who has re- peatedly advised his party MPs and minis- ters to be disciplined, punctual and not speak out of turn — chided BJP leaders for behav- ing “like children”.“Please be regular in attending Parliament and meet- ings. It is not good for me to continuously stress about this (and treat you) like children. If you don’t change yourself, there will be changes in due course,” Modi said at a meeting of the BJP’s parliamen- tary party in Delhi. Modi’swordsof warn- ing come as the BJP fac- es a furious opposition in the ongoing winter session of Parliament, with the ruling party cornered on a variety of issues,including14civil- ian deaths after the botched Army op in Na- galand’s Mon district on Saturday . —ANI PARL WINTER SESSION PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Chief JP Nadda, and Union Minister Piyush Goyal at BJP Parliamentary Party meeting. CORONA CATASTROPHE NEW DELHI INDIA 6,822 new cases 220 new fatalities 51 new cases 00 new fatalities www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia NEW DELHI lWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNITITLE NO.DELENG/2021/19840 lVol 1 l Issue No.99 OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, AHMEDABAD, LUCKNOW & NEW DELHI New Delhi: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez will have to face as many as 50 questions in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering case lodged against multimillionaire conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar ED on Wednesday. Jac- queline will record her statement as a witness and her statement will be recorded at the MTNL office in Centre Delhi. The questioning can go for more than five hours. New Delhi: A Delhi court has announced charges against Congress leader Saj- jan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The case pertains to the murder of two Sikhs in Raj Nagar, Delhi. Court has announced charges under the offences of rioting, murder and dacoity under sections 147, 149, 148, 302, 308, 323, 395, 397, 427, 436, 440 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Sajjan Kumar. JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ TO FACE AS MANY AS 50 QUESTIONS SAJJAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, RIOTING IN 1984 RIOTS CASE A YEAR ON, FARMERS MAY CALL OFF STIR, DECISION LIKELY TODAY New Delhi: Samyukt Kisan Morcha could take a final call to with- draw the agitation against Central govern- ment’s three farm laws. A final decision in this regard is likely to be taken on Wednesday . The Centre has sent a written draft regarding issues raised by protest- ing farmers to Samy- ukta Kisan Morcha’s five-member commit- tee. The farmers’ union had called a meeting of its top leaders at the Singhu border on Tues- day to deliberate on the Centre’s draft proposal. Sources also told that a major section of the SKM is in favour of call- ing off the agitation. A final decision on the government’s draft pro- posal, however, will be taken on Wednesday . Sources said Centre was open to giving farmers written assur- ances on demands that include a legal guaran- tee for MSP and drop- ping of all police cases against them. —ANI First India Bureau New Delhi: A 1980 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer and former chief election commis- sioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora has been invited to join the board of advisers at the Inter- national Institute for Democracy and Elec- toralAssistance(IDEA), which supports sustain- able democracy around the world. This organi- zation was established in 1995 in Stockholm, Sweden. Arora was the 23rd CEC from Decem- ber 2018 to April 2021, when the commission conducted the general elections to the 17th Lok Sabha in 2019 apart from several assembly and by-elections. The ECI said under the lead- ership of Arora, the commission provided a big push to its digital programme by creating a unified database of more than 930 million electors and a nation- wide helpline among other innovations. Be- fore retiring Arora headed various key de- partments in the Cen- tral government and the Rajasthan government. SC ADJOURNS HEARING AGAINST ROAD BLOCKADE New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a plea against the blockade of roads between Delhi to Noida due to farmers protests against the three agriculture laws to January 2022. A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul ad- journed the matter at the request of So- licitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre, who said he needs to take instructions in view of “recent develop- ments” (repeal of the three farm laws). ‘GIVE COMPENSATION, JOBS TO KIN OF DEAD FARMERS’ New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday demanded the Centre to give compensation to the families of the farmers who lost their lives in the stir along with jobs. He said Punjab govt has already given financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to the fami- lies of the deceased and provided jobs. Rahul alleged that about 700 farmers died during the stir. —ANI Repeal AFSPA: NPP MP Agatha Sangma in LS New Delhi: In the wake of the Nagaland inci- dent in which 14 civil- ians were killed, Na- tional People’s Party (NPP) MP Agatha Sang- ma on Tuesday said it is time that ‘the elephant in the room be ad- dressed’ and the ‘draco- nian’ Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act be repealed. Speaking during the Zero Hour in Lok Sab- ha, Sangma, who is an MP of BJP-ally NPP in Meghalaya, said that an ‘’unfortunate and con- demnable’’ incident took place in the Mon district of Nagaland. ‘’It also reminds us of an incident that took place in Manipur in 2000, in Imphal, which is known as the Malom massacre in which over 10 civilians were shot dead and it prompted a 28-year old Irom Sharmila to go on a 16 year-long hunger strike,’’ Sangma said. Meanwhile, the Na- galand government will write to the Centre call- ing for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a law that gives sweeping powers to the army in troubled regions. Nagaland will also call off the Hornbill Festival, an annual event that draws thou- sands of domestic and foreign tourists. Today was the sixth day of the signature 10-day event. The decisions were taken at an “urgent meeting” of the Naga- land cabinet. —ANI EXTENDING OF BSF JURISDICTION AIMED AT ITS EMPOWERMENT: RAI New Delhi: The extension in territorial jurisdiction of Border Security Force in some states is aimed at empowering BSF to discharge its border guarding duties more effectively, Minister of State Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. “The extension in territorial jurisdiction of BSF in some states is aimed at empowering the BSF to discharge its border guarding duties more effectively in the wake of the use of technology like Dynamic Re- motely Operated Navigation,” MoS Rai said. —ANI Laal Topi,a red alert for UP; they want to form govt to set terrorists free: PM Gorakhpur: In a veiled attack on Samajwadi Party , Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tues- day termed those with ‘red caps’ as red alert for UP & said that they want to form the government in the state to show mer- cy to terrorists and set them free. “Those with red caps wish to form government, to show mercytotheterrorists,to get the terrorists out of jail,” he added. His said this while inaugurating devp projects worth over Rs9600croresonTuesday in Gorakhpur. PM said, “When there is double engine govt, then work takes place in double speed.” —ANI More on P8 PM Narendra Modi inspects a miniature model in an exhibition at inauguration of the development projects, in Gorakhpur on Tuesday. Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are also present. —PHOTO BY ANI PM Modi inaugurates projects worth over Rs 9600 crore in UP’s Gorakhpur Govt goal to have 1 medical college in each dist: PM Gorakhpur: PM Modi on Tuesday lauded the development works in UP & said govern- ment’s goal is that every district of the country must have at least one medical college soon. Speak- ing at an event in Gorakhpur, Modi said, “After independence till the beginning of this century, there was only 1 AIIMS in the country. Former PM, Atalji had approved 6 more AIIMS during his time. Work is going on across the country to build 16 new AIIMS for the last seven years.” —PTI Former CEC Arora invited to IDEA! Thane: At least 12 peo- ple are untraceable out of 318 people who have returned from foreign countries to the Kaly- an Dombivli MC area of Maharashtra. This comes amid rising con- cerns over new Covid variant, Omicron. “318 people returned from foreign countries to Thane of which 12 peo- ple are untraceable. A search operation is on,” said KDMC chief Vijay Sooryavanshi. Meanwhile, as many as 946 people died af- ter taking Covid vax, while 1019 were admit- ted to hospitals,” MoS for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told Ra- jya Sabha in a written reply. More on P5 —ANI Omicron: 12 out of 318 abroad returnees in Maha untraceable BJP Punjab incharge Shekhawat meets Capt! First India Bureau Chandigarh: With each passing day, new equations are being forged and strength- ened in politically sen- sitive and volatile state of Punjab. In this con- nection, on Tuesday, Union Jal Shakti Minis- ter and senior BJP lead- er Gajendra Singh Shekhawat reached Chandigarh and met former Punjab CM and founder of Punjab Lok Congress Captain Ama- rinder Singh. Shekha- wat, who is BJP’s in- charge of Punjab, had a long meeting with Cap- tain over lunch and it is believed the meet is an important one keeping in view upcoming as- sembly elections here. Meanwhile Captain lashed out at the Con- gress high command for appointing Ajay Maken, nephew of one of the accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, as chair- man of the Screening Committee for the next Assembly elections in Punjab. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted a pic with Captain Amarinder Singh Agatha Sangma TRS MPs boycott the entire session of Parliament over farmers’ issues during Winter Session, in New Delhi. —PHOTO BY PTI CRUCIAL READ BHIMA KOREGAON CASE: SC REJECTS NIA PLEA CHALLENGING BAIL TO SUDHA New Delhi: The SC Tuesday dismissed the NIA’s appeal challenging the Bombay HC order granting default bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the Elgar Parishad- Maoist links case. We see no reason to interfere with the high court order,” said a bench while refusing to consider the submissions raised by the NIA which had moved the apex court against the December 1 order. MADRAS HC ‘GROUNDS’ SPICEJET PREZ KOVIND ‘FLIES’ SU-30 New Delhi: Madras HC has ordered winding up of pvt carrier SpiceJet & directed official liquidator attached to court to take over its assets, in a plea filed by a Swiss company over unpaid dues. Spicejet said court stayed order for a period of 3 weeks, subject to condition that it deposits amount equivalent to $five mn within 2 weeks. Pune: On second day of his four day visit to Maha- rashtra, during his visit to Air Force Station in Pune, President Ram Nath Ko- vind on Tuesday witnessed the flypast by the Indian Air Force, interacted with the Air Warriors at the sta- tion and also experienced a full mission simulator of India’s frontline fighter jet Sukhoi-30 MKI.
  • 2. CAPITOL NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Chandigarh: Illegal sand mining is taking place in Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s con- stituency, and theft of sand worth `20,000 crore is underway in the state, AAP nation- al convener Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Tuesday . Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, also demanded an inde- pendent probe into the alleged illegal sand mining in Channi’s home constituency and the registration of an FIR. Kejriwal is in Am- ritsar on a day-long visit ahead of the as- sembly elections in Punjab scheduled for early next year. “If illegal mining is going on in the chief minister’s own con- stituency then it is dif- ficult to think that he (Channi) is not aware about it,” the Delhi chief minister said outside the Amritsar airport. Kejriwal’s accusa- tions comes days after his party’s leader Ra- ghav Chadha made a surprise visit to Jin- dapur village in Cham- kaur Sahib and claimed that illegal sand mining activity was going on in Chan- ni’s home constituen- cy . Channi had on Sun- day refuted Chadha’s claims. Kejriwal sought to know who was patron- ising alleged illegal sand mining in Chan- ni’s constituency . “People of Punjab want to know whether he is the owner or has partnership in the il- legal sand mining in his constituency or is he patronising it,” he said. “What is the truth and it should come out,” he told reporters in Amritsar. Kejriwal said for- mer chief minister Amarinder Singh had said a few days back that there were several MLAs and ministers who either patronise illegal sand mining or are involved in it. The AAP leader also alleged that illegal mining was taking place in a large scale in Punjab. “If people who are at the helm are involved in it and ministers and the chief minister face such accusations then where the public will go and how will devel- opment take place,” he asked. —PTI New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday di- rected the Delhi govern- ment to conduct a fresh inspection of a site in the Tri Nagar area where residents have been seek- ing shifting of a liquor shop opened recently. Justice Rekha Palli, who issued notice and sought response from the Delhi government and Department of Excise, was assured by the coun- sel for the residents that since they have ap- proached the court, they will immediately call off ‘dharna’ at the spot. “Keeping in view the nature of grievance raised in the petition, re- spondents 1 and 2 (Delhi government and Depart- ment of Excise) are di- rected to carry out fresh inspection of the site and file a report,” the court said and listed the plea for further hearing on December 13. Delhi gov- ernment and Depart- ment of Excise were rep- resented through stand- ing counsel Santosh Ku- mar Tripathi and lawyer Arun Panwar. —PTI New Delhi: Ahead of the civic polls in Delhi, the civic body in north Delhi announced a three-stage amnesty scheme for property taxpayers, with some exceptions, on Monday. The scheme will be im- plemented in three stag- es. In the first stage, by January 15, 2022, all property taxpayers can avail the benefit of a 100- per cent interest and pen- alty waiver and a 15-per cent waiver on the prin- cipal amount on a lump sum payment of the due property tax, Jain said. In the second stage, a 75 pc waiver on interest and a 100 pc waiver on penalty will be given on the payment of the out- standing property tax by February 28, while there will be no waiver on the principal amount, the NDMC panel chief was quoted as saying in a statement. In the third stage, a 50- pc waiver on interest and a 100 pc waiver on pen- alty will be given on the payment of the outstand- ing property tax till March 31, while no re- bate will be given on the principal amount. —PTI New Delhi: The Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital Administration on Tuesday issued a no- tice to resident doctors, who are protesting over the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling, threat- ening disciplinary ac- tion. “All Residents Doctors (Junior and Senior Resi- dents), appointed on ad- hoc basis are informed that they cannot indulge themselves nor partici- pate in any strike activi- ty. Non-observance of rules attracts discipli- nary action as deemed fit including termination,” the circular issued by the Office Superintendent stated. Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Health Services earlier in the day appealed to the protesting resident doc- tors to return to their du- ties. “I once again appeal to you to return to duties and lend your support to Health Minister and Mo- HFW who are trying th- eir best to solve the sub- judice matter,” the Direc- torate General of Health Services said. —ANI New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed Delhi Police to ensure that shopkeepers and vendors in the Sadar Bazar area strictly fol- low COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. The direction of the Delhi High Court came while hearing a plea seeking direction to take necessary legal action against the Delhi police officials for violating the COVID-19 guidelines on duty themselves and for not implementing COV- ID-19 guidelines in soci- ety even after many or- ders passed by the Min- istry of Home Affairs and Delhi Disaster Man- agement Authority (DDMA). The bench of Justice Rekha Palli ad- journed the matter for January 2022 and asked the petitioner to implead as a party to police per- sonnel allegedly violat- ing covid guidelines and misbehaving with the petitioner. Petitioner Shalen Bhardwaj, practicing ad- vocate, stated that on Au- gust 9 around 1 am, two police personnel posted in Sadar Bazar Police station during patrolling on a government bike without wearing a mask and helmet misbehaved with the petitioner and his relative and allegedly used derogatory words. The plea stated, “The said police personnel not only has violated the pro- visions of Cr.P.C. but also defamed the peti- tioner in the eyes of his relative, land, and resi- dent. Further by misus- ing the police power and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he ex- tended the threat to the petitioner to falsely im- plicate him in false cas- es, his said act does not come under the dis- charge of his official po- lice duty.” —ANI New Delhi: The Delhi Pollution Control Com- mittee (DPCC) spent over `12 crore from a fund set up for green pro- jects on the implementa- tion of the three phases of the odd-even car ra- tioning scheme between 2016 and 2019, according to government data ob- tained through an RTI application. Set up in 2008 and col- lected through the De- partment of Trade and Taxes, the Air Ambience Fund gets 25 paise from the sale of each litre of diesel in Delhi. A total of `547 crore has been collected in the fund since March 2008. Of this, `527 crore has been spent on green ac- tivities. The government uti- lised only `59 crore till 2015. In the last seven years, it has used `468 crore from the fund. The reply to the RTI application filed by ac- tivist Amit Gupta re- vealed that the pollution control body gave `3.38 crore to divisional com- missioner and secretary, revenue department, and `25 lakh to Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corpora- tion Ltd from the Air Ambience Fund for the implementation of the first odd-even drive in January 2016. The DPCC gave `4.50 crore and `4.25 crore to the divisional commis- sioner and secretary, rev- enue department, for the implementation of the second and third phase of the drive in April 2016 and November 2019, re- spectively. A DPCC official said a major chunk of money goes into paying duty al- lowance to civil defence volunteers, hiring of ve- hicles for compliance monitoring and informa- tion and awareness cam- paigns. —PTI DPCC spent over `12 cr on 3 phases of odd-even scheme RTI REVELATIONS A total of `547 cr is collected in the fund since March 2008. Of this, `527 cr is spent on green activities —Image for representational use only UP IN ARMS! Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) members during their Sansad Gherao protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi —PHOTO BY ANI New Delh: A 30-year-old hearing and speech impaired woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man on several occasions since November this year, police said on Monday. The accused, identified as Rehan Rofiq (34), has been arrested in the case, they said. Police said the matter was reported in northeast Delhi’’s Bhajanpura police station on Sunday. According to police, the victim along with her mother and sister visited the police station and narrated her ordeal. MAN HELD FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING DIVYANG WOMAN IN BHAJANPURA CRUCIAL READ FATHER KILLED HIS SON AFTER QUARREL WITH WIFE AIR QUALITY IN DELHI, NCR STAGNANT AT ‘VERY POOR’ QUALITY New Delhi: A 26-year-old man killed his three- months-old boy allegedly under the influence of alcohol following a quarrel with his wife, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place in outer Delhi’s Bhalswa Dairy on the night of December 3, they said, adding accused Ravi Rai has been arrested. Rai held his child by leg and banged his head against the wall, the police said. New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday morning with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 314, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). As per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels were recorded at 150 in the ‘moderate’ category and PM 2.5 levels were recorded at 81 in the ‘moderate’ category. CM SEEKS PROBE INTO ILLEGAL SAND MINING IN PUNJAB Peopleof Punjabwanttoknow whether heistheownerorhas partnershipin theillegalsand mininginhis constituencyoris hepatronisingit:Kejriwal HC asks Delhi Govt to inspect liquor shop in residential area New Delh: East corporation authorities have issued notices to owners of properties housing liquor shops to check compliance with civic norms, the area’s mayor said. Several documents, including building maps and those related to house tax, conversion charges are sought from those who have received notices. The move comes days after East Delhi Mayor Shyam Sun- der Aggarwal directed officials to ensure compliance of norms and inspect buildings where new liquor vends are to be opened under the new excise policy. —PTI NOTICES TO PROPERTY OWNERS OF 34 LIQUOR SHOPS TO CHECK COMPLIANCE Ensure COVID norms strictly followed in Sadar Bazar: HC to Delhi Police —Image for representational use only NDMC comes up with new three-stage amnesty plan RML ADMN SERVES NOTICE TO AGITATING DOCS Resident doctors of RML hospital on strike against delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling —PHOTO BY ANI The AAP leader alleged that illegal mining is going on unabated in Punjab Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the supporters as he visited village Sarai Khas at Kartarpur in Jalandhar on Tuesday.Aam Aadmi Party Punjab chief Bhagwant Mann also present. —ANI
  • 3. INDIA NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Mahesh Sharma New Delhi: Despite all the talk and lobbying, the suspension of MPs of Rajya Sabha does not seem to be ending any time soon. Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal have made it clear that the suspended MPs are not ready to express regret for their conduct, so the suspension will not end. On the other hand, the suspended MPs and their parties—Con- gress, Shiv Sena, Trina- mool Congress, CPM and CPI—have flatly refused to express re- gret or apologise. Just think, how much will the government benefit if the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs is not revoked. Despite all its efforts, the ruling coalition has not been able to get a majority in the Rajya Sabha and has to take indirect help of parties like YSR Congress, BJD, BSP etc. to get the neces- sary bills passed. Their leaders help the govern- ment by voting or by abstaining from voting. But there are also many bills, on which there is a dilemma for them as well. For example, in this session, the govern- ment has to pass a bill to extend the tenure of di- rectors of CBI and ED to five years. Most of the Opposition parties are opposing it but now the government doesn’t care. In the absence of these 12 MPs, only the BJP and the parties in alliance with the gov- ernment will get a ma- jority . Govt benefits from the suspension of 12 MPs in RS PARLIAMENT IMPASSE ON lll Despite all its efforts, the ruling coalition has not been able to get a majority in the RS and has to take indirect help of other parties to get the necessary bills passed LSMEMBERSEXPRESSCONCERN OVERPENDENCYOFCASESINCOURTS New Delhi: The mem- bers in Lok Sabha on Tuesday expressed con- cern over the large pen- dency of cases in courts with many of them sug- gesting that the retire- ment age of judges should be increased. Participating in a de- bate on High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condi- tions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021 that seeks to bring clar- ity concerning date of eligibility of additional quantum of pension to a retired judge, some opposition members said that there should be uniformity in retire- ment age of judge of Supreme Court and High Courts. A BJP member said that the government should re- visit the NJAC judge- ment and come out with a new bill with “corrections”. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju is expected to give a reply to the de- bate on Thursday . The bill seeks to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act and The Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Ser- vice) Act. It proposes to insert an explanation in section 17B of the High Court Judges Act and in section 16B of the Supreme Court Judges Act to clarify the intention of the government. Initiating the de- bate, Congress mem- ber Shashi Tharoor said the government should propose a larg- er bill to increase the age of retirement of judges, fill vacancies, reduce pendency of cases, and “eliminate post-retirement ap- pointments in govern- ment, or at least have a three to a five-year cool- ing-off period before any such appointments can be made for judges to guarantee the judici- ary’s independence”. —ANI Members of Opposition parties stage a protest at Parliament. DISTURBED BY SUU KYI’S SENTENCING IN MYANMAR: INDIA New Delhi: New Delhi: India on Tuesday said it is “disturbed” by the recent verdicts relating to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others, saying the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in jail by Myanmar court. Her sentence was later reduced to two years. “We are disturbed at the recent verdicts. As a neighbouring democ- racy, India has been consistently support- ive of the democratic transition in Myanmar,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. PADMA SHRI TEACHER OF ODISHA DIES, PM TWEETS CONDOLENCES JAYALALITHAA EX-AIDE VK SASIKALA MEETS RAJINIKANTH IN CHENNAI New Delhi: Padma Shri awardee and teacher Nanda Prusty, who was admitted to a hospital in Odisha’s Jajpur district last week, passed away on Tuesday. According to a doctor at the district hospital, Prusty had been ill for the past month and was suffering from fever, cough and other old-age ailments. Nanda Prusty, popularly known as ‘Nanda Master’, was honoured with the Padma Shri on November 9 for his long contribu- tion in the field of education and social service. Chennai: VK Sasikala, the aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, met actor Rajinikanth at the superstar’s house in Poes Garden in Chennai on Monday evening, media reported. Ms Sasikala greeted Rajinikanth on his Dadasaheb Phalke award and also enquired about his health, it said. The superstar had undergone a Caro- toid revascularisation procedure in October this year. CRUCIAL READ PRISON, FINE OF UP TO `20 CR: INDIA’S DRAFT CRYPTO BILL New Delhi: Individuals and corporations violat- ing government rules on crypto finance will face fines of up to Rs 20 crore and a jail term of 1.5 years, according to the proposed legislation to regulate cryptocurrency. All private cryptocur- rency will be regulated and not banned, as was planned earlier. However, crypto will not be recog- nised as currency or legal tender. The legislation’s name has replaced the word “cryptocurrency” with “cryptoasset”. The bill seeks to minimise financial stability risk by suitably ring-fencing the formal financial sector from crypto assets. Govt responsible for ‘obstructions’, suspension of MPs wrong: Kharge New Delhi: Leader of OppositioninRajyaSab- ha Mallikarjun Kharge onTuesdaysaid thatthegovernmentwas responsiblefor“obstruc- tions” in the Upper House today and termed the suspension of 12 Op- positionMPsas“wrong”. “The Government is responsible for the ob- structions arising in the Rajya Sabha today. We tried a lot to facilitate the functioning of the House, we met Leader of the House and Chair- man repeatedly to put forth our views that MPs can be suspended only as per Rule 256,” Kharge said while ad- dressing media persons today . “But they ignored the rules, wrongfully brought the events of the monsoon session to winter session, and sus- pended our 12 MPs,” he added. Rajya Sabha was ear- lier adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday amid de- mand by Opposition for revocation of suspen- sion of the 12 Members of Parliament. —ANI BJD MP urges govt to bring Uniform Civil Code New Delhi: BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab on Tuesday urged the gov- ernment to introduce a Uniform Civil Code, as- serting that the issue was not about imposing any religious code but bringing the society un- der one code. Raising the issue dur- ing the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, he said that during the making of the Constitution, the matter was debated but as the country was un- dergoing Partition it was thought fit that the social and religious code as was being prac- tised for some years, remains. —ANI No plan to bring CAPFs who joined after 2004 under old scheme: MoS New Delhi: There is no proposal under con- sideration for new en- trants of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) under the old pension scheme as ap- plicable to the Armed Forces, replied Minis- ter of State in the Min- istry of Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Tuesday. The question of whether paramilitary forces personnel join- ing force after 2004 are eligible for new pension scheme was asked by four Members of Parlia- ment. Rai replied that the personnel working in Central Armed Po- lice Forces and Assam Rifles (CAPFs and AR) are entitled to pension and other related bene- fits as governed by Cen- tral Civil Services (Pen- sion) Rules, 1972. However, CAPFs per- sonnel appointed on or after January 1, 2004, are governed by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). —ANI PARL WINTER SESSION Many of the Lok Sabha members suggest to increase the retirement age of the judges PM HONOURED FOR ANNOUNCING TO CELEBRATE BIRSA MUNDA’S BIRTHDAY AS JANJATIYA GAURAV DIVAS New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday was honoured at the BJP Parliamentary party meeting for announcing the celebration of No- vember 15, the birthday of Birsa Munda, as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas. The meeting is currently underway. Besides PM Modi, Union Ministers including Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal, S Jais- hankar, Pralhad Joshi, Jitendra Singh, are attending the meeting at Dr Ambedkar Interna- tional Centre, Janpath here. BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and several party MPs were also present there. Last month, the Union Cabinet had approved the declara- tion of November 15, the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, as ‘Jan- jatiya Gaurav Diwas Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’. ‘Will revoke suspension if Opposition MPs apologise’ New Delhi: Union Parliamentary Af- fairs Minister Pral- had Joshi on Tues- day said that if the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs apolo- gize, their suspen- sion will be revoked. The Union Minis- ter also said that the ministers explained the reason for the suspension of the MPs during the BJP parliamentary party meeting held today at Dr Ambedkar Inter- national Centre in New Delhi, which was attended by PM Modi. “We explained why they had to be suspended. The country has wit- nessed whatever took place. It is on record. If they apolo- gise even today, we are ready to revoke the suspension,” Joshi told media. A total of 12 Opposi- tion MPs were sus- pended for allegedly creating ruckus on last day of monsoon session. —ANI ZERO INFILTRATION CASE REPORTED ALONG CHINA-BHUTAN BORDER: GOVT New Delhi: No infiltra- tion cases took place at the China and Bhutan border in the last three years, said Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Nisith Pra- manik while responding to a question on infiltra- tion at borders in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.MP Chirag Paswan asked questions on several cases of infiltration that have come to light in bordering areas during the last three years. In a written reply, Pramanik said, “128 infiltrations reported along Pakistan border, 1,787 along Bangladesh border, 25 along Nepal border, 133 along Myanmar border while nil at China and Bhutan border.” ‘WILL HELP GOVT IDENTIFY FARMERS WHO LOST LIVES’ OPPN MPS FROM RS TO HOLD SIT-IN PROTEST TODAY New Delhi: Con- gress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday alleged that the central government has not yet given any data on the exact number of farmers who had died in the year-long agitation against the three farm laws and offered to cooperate with the Centre to identify the farmers who lost their lives. New Delhi: Opposi- tion MPs will hold a sit-in protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament prem- ises on Wednesday in support of 12 suspended MPs of the Rajya Sabha. Speaking to ANI, Shiv Sena MP San- jay Raut said that the Rajya Sabha will not function without the 12 suspended MPs. NASA opts India-born physician for space mission Washington: Indian- origin doctor Anil Menon has been select- ed along with nine oth- ers to be astronauts for National Aeronautics and Space Administra- tion (NASA)’s future space missions, the US agency announced. Born and raised in Min- neapolis, Minnesota, to Ukrainian and Indian immigrant parents, 45-year-old Menon has previously served NASA as the crew flight surgeon for various ex- peditions on the Inter- national Space Station (ISS). A lieutenant colo- nel at the US Air Force, Menon is married to Anna Menon who works at SpaceX, and they share two chil- dren. The new group of NASA astronauts will have some exciting spaceflight oppor- tunities ahead of them that will potentially in- clude flights to the Moon someday, the space agency an- nounced. AccordingtoTheVerge, NASA announced the selection of its 2021 class of astronauts on Monday from more than 12,000 people who applied to the space agency in March of 2020. Among those who have been s e l e c t e d are six men and four women. Menon, who will be reporting for duty in January 2022, was American aero- space corporation SpaceX’s first flight sur- geon, who helped to launch its first humans to space during the Demo-2 mission and in building a medical or- ganisation to support the human system dur- ing future missions, as per his official NASA profile. PM Modi being felicitated at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday. —FILE PHOTO Anil Menon Bhartruhari Mahtab
  • 4. PERSPECTIVE NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 04 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Vol 1 Issue No. 99 RNI TITLE NO. DELENG/2021/19840 Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Impressions Printing and Packaging Limited, C-21, 22 Sector-59, Noida-201301. Published at G-20, 3rd Floor, 309, Preet Vihar, New Delhi-110092. Phone 011-49846474. Editor-In-Chief: Jagdeesh Chandra. Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act SPIRITUAL SPEAK Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. —Gautam Buddha IN-DEPTH Jagat Prakash Nadda @JPNadda On Armed Forces Flag Day, I salute all our brave soldiers and their families. Every Indian takes pride in their indomitable valour courage for the nation. Let us all commit to contribute towards the welfare of our brave personnel their families for their selfless service. Piyush Goyal @PiyushGoyal Saddened at the passing away of Padma Shri awardee Nanda Kishore Prusty Ji. He was a living embodiment of our ancient wisdom. Devoting his life to spreading education in Odisha, he leaves behind a glorious legacy. India has lost a true Guru. TOP TWEETS A DAY OF MASSIVE RALLIES IN UP MARKS BEGINNING OF POLL SEASON t was a day of rallies in Uttar Pradesh, one addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chief Minis- ter Yogi Adityanath’s constitu- ency Gorakhpur and the other by Samajwadi Party chief Akh- ilesh Yadav and RLD chief Jay- ant Yadav in Meerut. The Prime Minister came with a bagful of goodies which included an AIIMS facility, a fertiliser plant and ICMR’s Regional Medical Research Centre costing over Rs 9600 crore. The Prime Minister also addressed a rally in which he attacked Akhilesh. Indirectly referring to SP as “red caps” the PM cautioned his audience against their return to power. Never mind the other political parties in the fray . The repeated reference to the SP at different rallies by the PM and other BJP leaders has made the forthcom- ing state elections a straight con- test. Far away in Meerut, Akh- ilesh and Jayant also addressed a massive rally in the land of Jat farmers. To PM’s “red cap” jibe, the SP chief tweeted that “red cap will oust BJP”. I lastic waste of all shapes and sizes permeates the world’s oceans. It shows up on beaches, in fish and even in Arctic sea ice. And a new re- port from the National Acad- emies of Sciences, Engineer- ing, and Medicine makes clear that the U.S. is a big part of the problem. As the report shows, the U.S. produces a large share of the global supply of plastic resin – the precursor mate- rial to all plastic industrial and consumer products. It also imports and exports bil- lions of dollars’ worth of plastic products every year. On a per capita basis, the U.S. produces an order of magnitude more plastic waste than China – a nation often vilified over pollution- related issues. These find- ings build off a study pub- lished in 2020 that concluded that the U.S. is the largest global source of plastic waste, including plastics shipped to other countries that later are mismanaged. And only a small fraction of plastic in U.S. household waste streams is recycled. The study calls current U.S. recycling systems “grossly insufficient to manage the diversity, complexity and quantity of plastic waste.” As scientists who study ef- fects of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, we view this report as an important first step on a long road to reducing ocean plastic pollu- tion. While it’s important to make clear how US is con- tributing to ocean plastic waste, we see a need for spe- cific, actionable goals and recommendations to miti- gate the plastic pollution cri- sis, and would have liked to see the report go further in that direction. THECONVERSATION.COM PLASTIC TRASH IN THE OCEAN IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM US households throw away more than 35 million tons of plastic yearly. In 2018 only 3,090 tons of it was recycled (8.7%). Most plastic waste goes to landfills, where it can escape into the environment and end up in ocean P ven as the Grand old Party is on the wane nationwide, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, seems to be in a hurry and is rushing in to stake TMC’s claim to grab the Opposition baton at the national level. Of late,Mamatahasmadeit a point to reportedly cold- shoulder Sonia Gandhi by staying away from meeting her during her recent visit to Delhiandtoanextentsurpris- ingall,Mamataevenaskedthe reporter whether it was perti- nent to meet Sonia every time she was in New Delhi. With Arvind Kejriwal busy cam- paigningindifferentstatesfor the upcoming Assembly elec- tions in Punjab, Goa and Utta- rakhand, Mamata has seized the opportunity to take the lead in Opposition politics. Maintaining a “distance” from the Congress, Mamata has made extensive visits to other Opposition camps to catapult TMC into the centre stage of the Opposition poli- tics. Unlike her earlier attempts to garner support to form the Opposition alliance, Mamata this time is not only visiting the Opposition leadership but her attempt has been to expand her party’s imprint across the nation by induct- ing leaders from various par- ties – AND especially the Congress! TMC went several notches in this regard when it said, “Congress is a failure...UPA is over...,” this was mentioned by Trinamool Congress in its latest attack on the Congress and the “squabble over its leadership” in TMC’s mouth- piece Jago Bangla, the TMC yet again launched a scathing attack on the Congress, say- ing that the party “has locked itself in the freezer”. Not stopping at that, Didi went on to say “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” Banerjee told reporters after meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his residence on the second day of her three-day visit to Mumbai. On Tuesday, Baner- jee met leaders of the Shiv Sena, the biggest constituent of Maharashtra’s ruling alli- ance that also comprises the NCP and Congress. “Despite being the largest opposition party, the Con- gress has locked itself in the freezer...Instead of organiz- ing people’s movements, Con- gress leaders have locked themselves up in their house, happily tweeting,” the TMC said in the editorial titled ‘Congress in deep freezer’. “Despite questions about the leadership crisis, the Congress has gone dormant and not even aggressively countering it,” the TMC said. Picking up from Ghulam Nabi Azad recent tweet… “The Congress remains rid- dled with internal squabbles over leadership,” the TMC also referred to this state- ment in its editorial and went on to say the Congress leader “has openly stated how there is no hope for the Congress to return to power in the next Lok Sabha polls”. “...the party is gradually moving away from power -- what the TMC has been reit- erating in recent times,” The TMC said in its editorial. TMCwentontosay ,“ Azadis only echoing what the TMC hasbeensaying--thattheCon- gressisafailure.ThattheUPA is over. That the Opposition must unite. That the bleeding duetointernalrifthasmadeit difficult for the Congress to keep its flock intact.” In the editorial, the TMC said Mamata Banerjee has been handed over the onus of the “coalition of the Opposi- tion forces”. “The country today needs a coalition of the Opposition forces and that onus has been handed to the TMC supremo by the Opposition, because she is the most popular and most acceptable face of the Opposition. Everyone is look- ing up to her,” TMC said. Taking this stand further, aspartof theTMC’sblueprint to expand nationally…, Mamata has been especially inductingleadersof Congress into her party . In Goa, TMC got hold of the prized former CMandCongressleaderLuiz- inho Faleiro. During her visit tothecoastalstate,tennisstar Leander Paes was inducted into the TMC. TMC on October 25, induct- ed two senior Congress lead- ers of UP, Rajeshpati Trip- athi,anex-MLC,andLalitesh- pati Tripathi, a former UP Congress vice-president and an ex-MLA. Rajeshpati and Laliteshpati are, respectively , grandson and great-grandson of late UP Congress stalwart and former Chief Minister Kamalapati Tripathi. Meanwhile, her nephew and party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee is playing a pivotal role in TMC’s expansion plan in sev- eral Northeastern states such as Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam. Displaying her ambition to spread across nationally, Mamata in Mumbai also held an interaction session with civil society members, with Javed Akhtar, Medha Patkar, Mahesh Bhatt, Swara Bhaskar, Richa Chadha and stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui among others. As the winter session of Parliament, the TMC decided to stay away from the Con- gress-held meetings of the Opposition parties. Theimage-consciousTMC, it seems, is planning to build a “brand” as an alternative to the Congress and to project Mamata as a key leader of the Opposition force which can give a “credible fight” to the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sab- ha polls. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL DIDI RUSHING TO GRAB OPPN BATON AT NATIONAL LEVEL! E ROBIN ROY Writer is Senior Associate Editor, Free Press Journal Mumbai and former Managing Editor, First India Of late, Mamata has made it a point to reportedly cold- shoulder Sonia Gandhi by staying away from meeting her during her recent visit to Delhi and to an extent surprising all, Mamata even asked the reporter whether it was pertinent to meet Sonia every time she was in New Delhi Not stopping at that, Didi went on to say “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” Banerjee told reporters after meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his residence on the second day of her three-day visit to Mumbai
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  • 6. INDIA NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 05 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia PUTIN, BIDEN HOLD VIRTUAL TALKS POST DNYANDEV’S AFFIDAVIT, NOTICE FROM HC TO MALIK Baghel: C’garh works to realise Gandhi’s ‘Gram Swaraj’ dream There can be no Opposition front sans Cong: Raut post RaGa meet FOREIGN SECY HARSH VARDHAN SHRINGLA REACHES DHAKA FOR HIS TWO-DAY VISIT KERALA TO KNOCK SC DOORS AFTER TN OPENS DAM SHUTTERS WITHOUT NOTICE Mumbai: A Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail pleas of Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde, private secre- tary and personal assistant respectively of former Ma- harashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with a money laundering case. Earlier on Sunday, the Enforcement Directorate had recorded the statement of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with the Rs 100 crore money launder- ing case against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister. On November 2, Deshmukh was arrested by Enforcement Directorate in connection with the alleged Rs 100-crore extortion and money laundering case. Dhaka: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to the country. He was received by Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Ambassador Masud Bin Momen in Dhaka upon his arrival. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s visit to Bang- ladesh came in amidst the Maitri Diwas celebrations- commemorating 50 years of the establishment of India- Bangladesh diplomatic ties. Mullaperiyar: Kerala government will approach SC over the repeated opening of shutters of Mulla- periyar reservoir at night by Tamil Nadu, according to Water resources minister Roshi Augustine. TN reportedly opened the shutters of Mullaperiyar reservoir on Monday night. “A total of nine shutters were opened without giving prior notice to Kerala, as a result of which water has entered into the houses of the people,” said Augustine. The govt official claimed that this had happened earlier also. CRUCIAL READ 17 GIRLS TOLD TO STAY BACK IN THE SCHOOL, MOLESTED PLEA IN HC SEEKS DIRECTION TO OFFICERS OF DDCs Lucknow: Seventeen Class 10 girls from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district have alleged that they were drugged and molested by their school principal and his associ- ate after being asked to stay the night to prepare for “practical exams”, which were to be held in another school in the same area, the next day. The incident is from No- vember 18, according to UP police. FIR has been filed and five teams have been formed to arrest accused, police added. New Delhi: A petition was moved in Delhi HC seeking direction to all judicial officers of Delhi District Courts to conduct the hearing in hybrid mode and follow the direction passed by Registrar General in this regard. The plea sought direction to all judicial officers of Delhi District Courts includ- ing Principal District and Session Judge and a Metropolitan Magis- trate of Dwarka Court to conduct court hearing in hybrid mode. Moscow: Russian Presi- dent Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday began their bilateral talks in a video conference format. Ac- cording to sources, the two leaders are expected to discuss the situation around Ukraine and NATO’s eastward expan- sion as well as issues of strategic stability and bilateral agenda. They may also touch upon some issues of regional security, including the situation in Afghani- stan. Mumbai: Bombay HC on Tuesday issued notice to Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik with regard to state- ments against NCB’s Mumbai unit chief Sa- meer Wankhede’s family. HC also asked NCP lead- er to file an affidavit that why action should not be taken against him for “wilfully breaching” its earlier orders, in regard to statements against Dnyandev Wankhede and family despite giving an undertaking in court that he won’t do it. IN THE COURTYARD Chandigarh: An ex- soldier of the Indian Army, who drove a truck packed with am- munition to Kargil in 1999 from his unit in Kanpur. A political ac- tivist who was named Winnerjit by his par- ents. They are among 21 first-time Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candi- dates announced by party president Sukh- bir Singh Badal for the Punjab Assembly elec- tion scheduled for early 2022. Sukhbir has an- nounced 91 candidates so far for upcoming polls that the SAD will fight in alliance with the Mayawati-headed BSP. The SAD and the BSP will contest 97 and 20 seats respectively for polls to the 117-member Punjab polls. Of the 25 new faces announced by the SAD so far, 21 will contest the Assembly polls for the first time. Over 27% of nominees would be fresh candidates. —ANI Akali Dal fields 21 first-time candidates for Punjab Elections POLITICS MORE ‘Putin’s ‘governance model’ already implemented in Ind’ Mumbai: Taking a dig at the ongoing visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the invitation of PM Naren- dra Modi, the Maha- rashtra Congress has said that the visiting dignitary’s ‘Govern- ance Model’ vis-a-vis corporates is already functional in India. State Congress General Secretary Sachin Sawant said that under Putin, Russian busi- nessmen have been fol- lowing 3 ‘cardinal rules’ like No donations to Op- position, No Criticism of Govt and No support to Opposition. In India, these same conditions are being adhered to by the corporates,” claimed Sawant in a se- ries of tweets. —ANI New Delhi: Chhat- tisgarh CM Bhu- pesh Baghel said on Tuesday that his govtisworkinghard to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Gram Swaraj’ ever since it took charge. Virtually address- ing ‘Role of States in Making Aatmanirb- harBharat’atStates Policy Conclave, he said,’When Mahat- ma Gandhi talked about making vil- lages ‘self-reliant’ units, he was talk- ing about Aat- manirbhar Bharat. When ex-PM late Indira appealed about making the Green Revolution a success, she was talking about Aat- manirbhar Bharat in agri sector.’ Bhupesh Baghel New Delhi: ‘There can be no front without Congress. Even if there is a new alliance, an al- liance will work under leadership of Cong. There are many parties with Congress. So why three - three front are required? What to do with so many fronts? In this way, we will not be able to give an alterna- tive to BJP,’ Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said following his meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tues- day. Further, the Shiv Sena MP also added that, “The leadership of this front will be de- cided later. —ANI New Delhi: President of the Peoples Demo- cratic Party (PDP) Me- hbooba Mufti on Tues- day launched a scathing attack against the Un- ion government, stating that Gandhi’s India was turning into “Godse’s India”. The former CM of the erstwhile state further said that JK was a “laboratory” and what was done in the state, would be replicated in the rest of the country. “It feels Gandhi’s India has become Godse’s In- dia. We are not allowed to speak, even if we want to hold a peaceful protest, we are locked inside our homes,” Muf- ti said at a press confer- ence here. —ANI Kolkata: WB CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday once again slammed the Centre for not paying its “due shares” in terms of funds and said the state, however, would not stop in carrying out community develop- ment for all sections of the society. She also said the Duyare Sarkar’s second phase will start from January 1-10 and the second from January 20-30. In the first phase 3 crore people have been benefited, she added. MAMATA ANNOUNCES “DUYARE SARKAR” 2ND PHASE TO START FROM NEW YEAR Former CM of JK Mehbooba Mufti speaks to media during a press conference at the IWPC in New Delhi on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY ANI Gandhi’s India is turning into Godse’s India: Mehbooba attacks Modi govt My father did not want to be CM, he wanted to resolve the problems of Kash- mir. We wanted to take forward the process Vajpayee started. There is no statesman bigger than Vajpayee. —Mehbooba Mufti, PDP President Before being fielded by SAD, I drove truck- load of arms to Kargil in 1999 from 11 Sikh Light Infantry base in Kanpur area. —Baldev Singh Manuke, SAD candidate Sachin Sawant Rahul Gandhi Sanjay Raut Sukhbir Singh Badal E xpert says, peo- ple should al- ways wear dou- ble face masks as these continue to be the best protection against any variant and take vac- cines while regulatory authorities should au- thorize emergency use of two oral drugs for treatment of Covid-19 Most of the vaccines, in general, have demon- strated their effective- ness against new vari- ants including Delta in preventing hospitalisa- tions and deaths. How- ever, their effectiveness seems to be waning rap- idly over time. Dr Reddy who is also a regional director (South Africa) of global health nonprofit, AC- CESS Health Interna- tional said, ‘India has responded in a balanced way. The country did the right thing by not shutting down its bor- ders but taking stand- ard measures of screen- ing, testing, quarantine, and isolation of incom- ing people.’ —ANI ARE WE READY TO FACE OMICRON? INDIA BETTER PREPARED TO FACE OMICRON, IF IT COMES; WE MUST FOLLOW NORMS: HEALTH EXPERT z 9 Omicron patients in Rajasthan’s Jaipur are asymp- totic, says CMHO z Withdraw revenue share percentage for Covid testing at airports: AAI tells regional heads z Aviation Minister takes stock of preps at airports, issues action plan z Genome sequenc- ing lab will be established in Kar- nataka, says K’taka CM Bommai z Karnataka deploys IAS, IPS officers to tackle Omicron z Over 30k screened for Covid at many airports in Maha z Section 144 CrPC invoked in Luc- know till January 5 z Srinagar prepares to contain new variant, sets quar- antine centres z Citing Omicron, ‘Massive 3rd wave’ warning from the top doctors’ body z ‘Feeling Perfectly Alright,’ says Ben- galuru doctor with Omicron variant z Colombia to ban entry for those not vaccinated z Omicron infected people not permit- ted to leave SA, says the Embassy z 1st case of Omi- cron detected in Maldives Japan OMICRON UPDATES ACROSS GLOBE... Mumbai: Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray urged the Centre to allow booster shots, reduce the vaccine gap and bring down the cut-off age for inocula- tions to 15. Thackeray wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya suggested that restrictions on travellers, schools and public places should continue until more is known about Omicron. —ANI New Delhi: CDS General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday warned that this may be developing into biologi- cal warfare and in such case, the nations need to be prepared to counter it. At the curtain raiser event of disaster management exercise involving BIM- STEC member countries, IA Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane also warned about the emer- gence of new variants and resurgence of cases which suggests that Covid is far from over. Countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India are participating in the exercise. —ANI CDS RAWAT ASKS NATIONS TO BE PREPARED FOR TACKLING THE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE THACKERAY’S 3 SUGGESTIONS TO CENTRE It has be- come clear- ly evident that Omicron is more infectious than Delta variant, the ongoing debate is by how much. Preprint research publication from South Africa has convincing evi- dence that it evades immunity acquired after natural infec- tion. Everyone has kept their fingers crossed as to its vir- ulence. —Dr Krishna Reddy Nallamalla HOTSPOTS! People throng market place to shop for woollen clothes with the onset of winter in Jalandhar.—PHOTO BY ANI WARM WELCOME! Bhagat Singh Koshyari Aaditya Thackeray welcome President Ram Nath Kovind at Mumbai Airport on Tuesday. (L) MM Naravane Bipin Rawat. DESHMUKH CASE: COURT DISMISSES BAIL PLEAS OF SANJEEV PALANDE, KUNDAN
  • 7. BIZ BUZZ NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 06 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia New Delhi: The gov- ernment is consider- ing appointing the Securities and Ex- change Commission of India (Sebi) to oversee cryptocur- rencies as authorities are trying to classify them as financial as- sets. PM Narendra Modi government, who plans to introduce the law in an ongoing par- liamentary session, will probably give crypto holders a dead- line to declare their assets and meet the new rules, people in the know of develop- ment said. One said the bill is likely to use the term “cryptoassets” rather than “crypto- currency” and does not mention the cen- tral bank’s plans to create its own digital currency. According to proposal, people said the offender could be fined 200 mil- lion rupees or sen- tenced to 1.5 years in prison. As Bloomberg News previously re- ported, the govern- ment may also con- sider setting mini- mum thresholds for investing in crypto assets to protect small investors. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week said that the government was rewriting its previous bill, which had pro- posed a ban on all private cryptocurren- cies, to take into account new develop- ments. She added that there was no proposal to recognize Bit- coin as the do- mestic currency. According to an Oct report from crypto analysis firm Chainalysis, the In- dian crypto market grew 641% in the year to June 2021. The government is cur- rently considering taxing profits from digital currencies and is required to impose stricter rules on trad- ing virtual coins due to the unregulated na- ture of the business. Earlier this month, PM Modi held a re- v i e w meeting on digital curren- cies, discussing that the unregu- lated crypto market could not be a means of money laundering or terrorist financ- ing. —Agencies According to Bloomberg, the government may also consider setting minimum thresholds for investing in crypto assets to protect small investors Sebi amends delisting rules to make MA more convenient New Delhi: Sebi has amended rules pertaining to delisting of equity shares of a company following an open offer as part of efforts to make merger and acquisition transactions for listed companies more conven- ient. Under the new frame- work, promoters or ac- quirers need to dis- close their in- tention to delist the f i r m through an initial pub- lic announce- ment, accord- ing to a notifica- tion. If the acquirer is desirous of delisting the target company, the acquirer must propose a higher price for delisting with suitable premium over open offer price. In case the open offer is for an indirect acquisition, the open offer price and indicative price will be notified by the acquirer at the time of making the de- tailed public statement and in the letter of offer. “The indicative price shall include a suitable premium re- flecting the price that the ac- quirer is willing to pay for the delisting offer with full disclo- sures of the rationale and jus- tification for the indicative price so determined that can also be revised upwards by the acquirer before the start of the tendering period,” Sebi said in a notification on Monday . In the existing framework, if an open offer is triggered, com- pliance with takeover regula- tions could take the incoming acquirer’s holding to above 75 per cent or perhaps even 90 per cent. However, to ensure compli- ance with the Securities Con- tract (Regulation) Rules, the acquirer would be forced to first bring his stake down to 75 per cent as the Sebi delisting norms would not let the ac- quirer even to attempt at delisting unless the h o l d - ing is first brought down to 7 5 % . —PTI Govt may consider Sebi for CRYPTOCURRENCIES The government was rewriting its previ- ous bill, which had proposed a ban on all pri- vate cryptocurrencies, to take into account new developments, there was no proposal to recog- nise Bitcoin as the domestic currency. —Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister India exports 9.39 lakh tonnes of sugar in this marketing year New Delhi: Sugar mills have exported 9.39 lakh tonnes of the sweetener till the first week of December during the ongoing 2021-22 marketing year that started from October 1, and are not in hurry to sell fur- ther stock in view of sluggish global price trend, trade body AISTA said on Tues- day. About 4.68 lakh tonnes of sugar is in transit. Mills have con- tracted to export 33 lakh tonnes of sugar with- out the government sub- sidy so far in the 2021- 22 marketing year, it added. The sugar market- ing year runs from October to September. Sugar exports this year are being under- taken without the gov- ernment subsidy. According to AIS- TA, mills have export- ed a total of 9,39,435 tonnes of sugar from October 1 to December 6, 2021. “Indian mills are not in a hurry to sell sugar as pre- vious sales are yet to be e x e c u t e d . Also, they do not like the c u r r e n t global pric- es, which shall have to move up to attract more Indian sales,” AISTA said. —PTI OCT-SEPT TERM India amongst the most unequal countries in the world New Delhi: As per the ‘World Inequality Re- port 2022’, India is among the most une- qual countries in the world, with rising pov- erty and an ‘affluent elite.’ The report high- lights that the top 10% and top 1% in India hold 57% and 22% of the total national in- come respectively while the bottom 50% share has gone down to 13%. The report was authored by Lucas Chancel and co-ordi- nated by renowned economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zuc- man. The average nation- al income of the Indian adult population is `2,04,200. Here, the bot- tom 50% of earns `53,610 while the top 10% earns `11,66,520, over 20 times more. The report goes on to say that over the past three years, the quality of inequality data re- leased by the govern- ment has seriously deteriorated which has made it particu- larly difficult to as- sess recent inequality changes. The report notes that the share of public wealth across coun- tries has been on a de- cline for decades now. Public assets typically include public build- ings, housing adminis- trations, schools, uni- versities, hospitals and other public services. The ‘secular decline’ in public wealth and rise in private wealth was exacerbated by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The report says that emerging econo- mies like In- dia and Chi- na experi- enced faster increases in private w e a l t h t h a n wealthy c o u n - tries af- ter they t r a n s i - t i o n e d away from reg- ulated economies. In India, particularly, private wealth went up from 290% in 1980 to 560% in 2020. Going back in time, the report shows that the income inequality in India under the Brit- ish colonial rule (1858- 1947) was very high, with a top 10% income share around 50%. Af- ter independence, due to socialist-inspired five-year plans, this share was reduced to 35-40%. Owing to poor post-Independence eco- nomic conditions, In- dia embarked upon de- regulation and loosen- ing controls in the form of liberalisation policies. The report ar- gues that these policies have led to one of the most extreme increas- es in income and wealth inequality ob- served in the world. It says that while the top 1% has largely benefit- ed from these econom- ic reforms, the growth among low and middle- income groups has been relatively slow and poverty persists. —Agencies  The average household wealth in India is around `9,83,010. The bottom 50% of the nation can be seen to own almost nothing, with an average wealth of `66,280 or 6% of the total pie.  The middle class is relatively poor with an average wealth of `7,23,930 or 29.5% of the total.  The top 10% owns 65% of the total wealth, averaging `63,54,070 and the top 1% owns 33%, averaging `3,24,49,360.  In 2021, the wealthiest 10% of the population own 65% of total household wealth in India. WEALTH INEQUALITY 19of22economicindicators atlevelshigherthanthatof2019 New Delhi: Citing the latest data related to the High Frequen- cy Indicators (HFIs), the Centre has said that the economy is showing ‘strong signs’ of recovery, adding that among the 22 HFIs, full re- covery has been achieved in 19. The levels of these 19 eco- nomic indicators, the Centre said, are high- er in September, Oc- tober and November this year, as com- pared to their pre- pandemic figures, during the same months in 2019. “High Frequency indicators are being monitored to track the progress of eco- nomic recovery in In- dia since the first Covid-19 case was re- ported in January 2020. Among the 19 indicators which have recorded full re- covery, the improve- ment in some is at way more than 100 per cent. These in- clude E-way bill vol- ume, merchandise exports, coal produc- tion, rail freight etc. This suggests that not only is the recovery complete, the eco- nomic growth is now gathering momen- tum over the pre-pan- demic levels of out- put,” PTI quoted offi- cials as saying. As per the latest data, E-way bill vol- ume was at `7.4 crore in October 2021, up 139 per cent from Oc- tober 2019. The rise for merchandise im- ports, exports, coal production, rail freight traffic etc. was recorded at 146%, 135%, 131%and 125%, respectively . —Agencies MPC may not raise repo rate yet as Omicron threatens eco recovery New Delhi: The Re- serve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Com- mittee (MPC) will pre- sent its fourth bi- monthly monetary policy on Wednesday. The central bank is expected to keep repo and reverse report rate unchanged keep- ing implications of the Omi- cron var- iant in view. L a s t y e a r, two rate cuts of 75 bps in March and 40 bps in May reduced repo rates to a record low of 4% and since then, rates have been kept unchanged. This poli- cy comes in the back- drop of the perceived strengthening of the domestic economy and the moderation in headline inflation in recent months, said analysts. Given the uncertainties associ- ated with the scale of economic recovery, the RBI is expected to maintain its growth focus and continue with the accommoda- tive mone- tary poli- c y s t a n c e even as it moves to- wards gradual n o r m a l i z a - tion. MPC is likely to maintain key interest rates i.e., the repo rate and reverse repo rate at a record low of 4% and 3.35% respective- ly. The reverse repo rate corridor could be narrowed in a graded manner from Febru- ary 2022. —Agencies
  • 8. NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 07 NEWS www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Lucknow: With caste politics playing significant role in boosting the electoral prospects of vari- ous political parties, the Samajwadi Party (SP), which has entered into alliance with several caste-based smaller parties, seems to have made considerable headway in matching the ruling BJP, which has aggressively pursuing “Mandal and Kamandal” politics in the run up to 2022 elections. Though trying to keep away from BJP’s Kamandal poitics and not fall into its trap, the SP has also been following in the foot- prints of saffron brigade to sew up cased-based alliances. The apparently rising graph of the SP has given enough indication that by and large in most of the constituencies the contest is likely to be between BJP and SP as against triangular or multi-cornered contests in 2017 when the BJP was major gainer because of division of votes. CASTE POLITICS IN UP: SP TAKES ON BJP HEAD ON Mathura: Uttar Pradesh minister Laxmi Narain Chaudhary has rhetori- cally asked if the Krishna temple is not built in Mathura, will it be built in Lahore in Pakistan. The supposed temple site, which is a subject of mul- tiple lawsuits, is located inside an Aurangzeb-era mosque in Mathura and shares its premises with a prominent temple. The minister said the Krishna temple will be complete if it is constructed on the entire land up to the remains of Kans Qila, an area which includes the Shahi Idgah mosque. “The area of the temple should stretch up to the dilapidated wall of Kans Qila,” Chaudhary told reporters. “If the Krishna temple will not be built in Mathura, would it be built in Lahore,” he had asked. His remarks came days after the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha was denied permis- sion for installation and ‘jalabhishek’ of Lord Krish- na’s idol on December 6 at the Idgah adjoining the Krishna temple. The district admin on Nov 28 h a d imposed prohibi- tory or- ders. Lucknow: Samajwadi Par- ty chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday asserted that the people wearing red caps, a trademark headgear of his party members, are red alerts also for the BJP as they will oust it from the power in the next UP assembly polls. Yadav made the retort soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a dig at the Samajwadi Party, said in Gorakhpur that those wearing red caps are after red beacon and are a red alert to Uttar Pradesh. Re- acting to PM’s remarks, Akhilesh said, “For the BJP, there is a red alert of inflation, of unemploy- ment, of the bad plight of farmers and labourers, of Hathras and Lakhimpur Kheri of the oppression of women and youths, of a destroyed education system, business and health, besides the red cap, which will oust the BJP from power,” he said. First India Bureau New Delhi: A reliable integrated avionics sys- tem for drones, home solution for blood cell counting, and FM RDS Utilities are some of the most innovative tech- nologies produced by Indian start-ups and students this year to win the Ministry of Electronics and Infor- mation Technology’s “Swadeshi Micropro- cessor Challenge”. On August 18, 2020, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Infor- mation Technology (MeitY) launched the “Swadeshi Micropro- cessor Challenge” as part of their series of proactive, pre-emptive and graded measures taken to spur the tech- nology led innovation ecosystem in the coun- try and staying at the forefront of digital adoption. Open to students at all levels and start-ups, the Challenge demand- ed contestants to tinker with the Swadeshi Pro- cessor IPs (VEGA pro- cessor by C-DAC SHAKTI processor by IIT Madras) and facili- tate them with innovat- ing the frugal solutions for societal needs. Financial support to the tune of Rs 4.40 crore was provided at various stages of the Challenge for developing the hard- ware prototype and in- cubating a start-up to participating teams. About 6,170 teams contested during initial stages of the challenge. First India Bureau New Delhi: The Union Government, led by Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi, is according top priority to make provision of tap water connection in every ru- ral household across the country, for which since August, 2019, Jal Jeevan Mission is un- der implementation in partnership with States. With a focus to expe- dite the implementa- tion of Jal Jeevan Mis- sion in the States of Rajasthan, Punjab and Meghalaya, the Centre has released Rs 2917 crore. Of the total amount, Rs 2,345 crore has been allocated to Rajasthan, Rs 402.24 crore to Punjab and Rs 169.6 crore to Megha- laya. In Rajasthan, the Central fund of Rs 10,180.5 crore has been allocated for 2021-22, which is nearly four times the fund alloca- tion made during 2020- 21. Rajasthan plans to make provision of tap water supply to every rural household by 2024. As on date, out of 101.32 lakh rural house- holds in the State, 21.71 lakh (21.4%) house- holds have tap water connections. Since 2019, about 9.97 lakh house- holds have been provid- ed with tap water sup- ply. Considering the massive task of provid- ing tap water supply to remaining 80 lakh households in the State by 2024, Union Jal Shak- ti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in- creased the budgetary allocation to Rs. 10,180.5 crore in 2021-22. In Punjab, the Cen- tral fund of 1,656.39 crore has been allocated for 2021-22, which is nearly four times the al- location for 2020-21. There are 34.41 lakh ru- ral households in the State, out of which 31.55 lakh rural households (91.68%) have tap water connection. In 2021-22, the State plans to pro- vide tap water connec- tions to 8.69 lakh rural households. In Meghalaya, the Central fund of 678.39 crore has been allocated for 2021-22, which is nearly four times the al- location for 2020-21. There are 5.90 lakh ru- ral households in the State, out of which 1.88 lakh (31.94%) have tap water connection. In 2021-22, the State plans to provide tap water connections to 3.39 lakh rural households. First India Bureau New Delhi: In yet an- other reform to en- hance ease of living for elder citizens, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Tueday said that the government has decided to extend the time limit up to De- cember 31 for submis- sion of Life Certificate (JeevanPramaan) by the Central Govern- ment Pensioners in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vulnerability of the elderly population to Coronavirus. Earlier, a pensioner was required to submit the Life Certificate till November 30 for unin- terrupted disburse- ment of his or her pen- sion. Dr Singh said that pensioners can submit alifecertificatethrough any of the modes in- cluding in physical form or digitally using an online system. Pen- sion will continue to be paid by the Pension Dis- bursing Authorities un- interrupted during this extended period. Muslims should hand over mosque in Mathura to Hindus: UP Minister Ballia: Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swarup Shukla has said Muslims should hand over a mosque close to a temple at the Shri Krishna Janmab- hoomi in Mathura to Hindus, referring to it asasafedbhavan(white structure). In provocative re- marks on Monday, he said while the court had resolved the Ayodhya issue, the white struc- tures in Varanasi and Mathura hurt Hindus. “A time will come when the white struc- ture in Mathura that hurts every Hindu will be removed with the help of the court, Shukla, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs, told reporters Monday evening. “Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had said that the Mus- lims of India would have to believe that Ram and Krishna were their ancestors and that Babar, Akbar and Au- rangzeb were attackers. Do not associate your- self with any building built by them,” he add- ed. The minister said, “The M u s l i m commu- n i t y should come forward and hand over the white structure located in the Shri Krishna Janmab- hoomi complex in Ma- thura to Hindus. Time will come when this work will be complet- ed.” He said on Decem- ber 6 (1992), karsewaks’ had removed a blot on Ramlalla and now a grand temple is being constructed there. He was apparently re- ferring to the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. —PTI New Delhi/ Ahmedabad: Un- accounted trans- actions of over Rs 500 crore have been detected af- ter the Income Tax Department raid- ed a Gujarat-based group engaged in the manufacture of stainless steel and metal pipes, informed the Cen- tral Board of Di- rectTaxes(CBDT), on Tuesday . The searches were launched on November 23 at thirty premises of the unidentified group in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. “A large number of incriminating documents, loose sheets, digital evi- dence, among oth- er proof, have been found and seized. All this evidence contains detailed records of the group’s unac- counted income, on which due tax- es have not been paid,” the CBDT said in a state- ment. First India Bureau Surat: A POCSO court in Surat on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to a 38-year-old mi- grant worker for raping and mur- dering a two-and- a-half-year-old girl last month in Su- rat. To ensure fast justice delivery, Pandesara police had submitted the charge sheet seven days after the ar- rest of the ac- cused, Guddu Ya- dav, on November 08. The court had recorded state- ments of 43 wit- nesses and the judgment came within 30 days. The court had on Monday con- victed the accused on various charg- es of kidnapping, rape and murder. On Tuesday , spe- cial POCSO court judge PS Kala ob- served that the case was the “rar- est of rare” and awarded capital punishment to the accused. IT dept finds out `500-cr transactions by Guj group Govt pensioners can submit life certificate till Dec 31: Dr Singh Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge brings innovation in drone technology Man gets death term for toddler’s rape, murder UNDER JAL JEEVAN MISSION, `2,917 CR CENTRAL GRANT RELEASED TO 3 STATES Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh (right) with an official. RED CAP WILL OUST BJP FROM POWER, SAYS AKHILESH YADAV IN PROVOCATIVE REMARKS MINISTER ANAND SWARUP SHUKLA SAID WHILE THE COURT HAD RESOLVED THE AYODHYA TEMPLE ISSUE, THE WHITE STRUCTURES IN VARANASI AND MATHURA HURT HINDUS Rs 10,180 crore has been allocated to Rajasthan for 2021-22. Of the total amount, `2,345 cr has been allocated to Rajasthan, `402.24 cr to Punjab and `169.6 cr to Meghalaya Laxmi Narain Chaudhary Anand Swarup Shukla WILL KRISHNA TEMPLE BE BUILT IN LAHORE IF NOT IN MATHURA? ASKS CHAUDHARY
  • 9. 08 2NDFRONT www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia First India Bureau Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has directed to expedite the work of making villages Laldora- free across the state. In this regard, on Monday, the Chief Minister held a meeting of the officers of Haryana Revenue De- partment and Survey of India. Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala was also pre- sent during this meeting. The CM said that the Haryana govt has given the actual rights to the owner of the property by abolishing Lal Dora. Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi has also praised this scheme of Haryana and has implemented this scheme in the whole country under the name Svamitva Yojana. People living in rural areas are getting huge benefits of this scheme. In future, villagers can start any business by taking loan against their property . Khattar said so far the mapping work has been completed in 6042 villages of thestate.Somevillages arestillleftanddirections have been given to com- plete the drone mapping workattheearliest.Apart from this, after mapping, the maps being prepared by the Survey of India will also be expedited. He said so far 11, 65, 593 property cards have been made in 6309 vil- lages. More than 1 lakh property cards have been made in Rohtak, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Mahendragarh. Wherever the work has been completed, direc- tions have also been given to ex- pedite the work of giving proper- ty cards. The Haryana CM said that the Masavi and Shajra records will also be digitised. This will make it easier to prepare land maps in future. The work of scanning the re- cord of Shajra written on the cloth has been com- pleted in some dis- tricts, in other dis- tricts this work will be com- p l e t e d soon. Drone mapping work completed IN 6042 VILLAGES OF HARYANA So far the mapping work has been com- pleted in 6042 vil- lages of the state. Some villages are still left and direc- tions have been giv- en to complete the drone mapping work at the earliest. —Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana Chief Minister NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 Nothingisimpossiblefor‘DoubleEngine’ govttodrivegrowth,saysPMModiinUP First India Bureau Gorakhpur:PrimeMin- isterNarendraModisaid on Tuesday the inaugu- ration of the fertiliser plant and All India Insti- tute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gorakhpur is a proof that nothing is impossiblewhenthereis determination and a double engine govern- ment to drive growth. “When there is a dou- ble engine government, then work takes place at double speed. When work is done with hon- est intentions, then even calamities can’t become obstacles,” PM Modi saidinGorakhpur,chief minister Yogi Adity- anath’s home turf as he inaugurated the ferti- liser plant, AIIMS and a Regional Medical Re- search Centre of the In- dian Council of Medical Research, all worth over 9,600 crore and dedicat- ed them to the nation justmonthsaheadof UP assembly polls. “When there is a gov- ernment that worries about the oppressed and deprived sections, then it works hard and even yields results. The program in Gorakhpur today is proof of the fact that nothing is im- possible for new India when it becomes deter- mined,” he added. Modi said everybody knew the importance of Gorakhpur fertiliser plant for farmers and employment here. “But the previous govts showed no interest in starting it. Everyone knew that AIIMS Gora- khpur has been a long pending demand but the governmentsbefore2017 made excuses in allot- ting land for it,” he said. CM Yogi, in his speech, targeted opposi- tion parties and said no one took the initiative to restart the Gorakh- pur fertiliser factory shut from 1990 until 2014 and “only the BJP government had the courage to restart it.” “This inauguration programme today is like a dream come true for the people in eastern UP, which was impossi- ble for the opposition. Five governments came and went in UP in the last 30 years,” he said. GIFTS GALORE MODI HAI TO MUMKIN HAI: YOGI HAILS PM MODI'S LEADERSHIP, SAYS AIIMS WILL BE A BOON FOR THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN UP First India Bureau Gorakhpur: Thanking Modi for the launch of the developmental projects, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said ‘Modi hai toh Mumkin hai’. In 2016, the Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone of this fertilizer factory in Gorakhpur, which became functional on Tuesday. “This inauguration today is like a dream come true for the people in East UP which was impossible for the opposition. Five governments came and went in UP in the last 30 years. Only the BJP govt had the courage to start this fertilizer factory in Gorakhpur,” he said. The CM was in Gorakhpur which is his home turf, attending the inaugural ceremony of three mega projects worth Rs 10,000 crore. The projects include a fertiliser factory, an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and a hi-tech lab of the Indian Council of Medical Research-Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR- RMRC). The CM maintained that the Gorakhpur Fertilizer Factory was shut in 1990. For 24 years, no governments showed interest in starting it. In 2016, PM Modi laid the foundation stone. The fertilizer plant at Gorakhpur will be 4 times as big as the earlier plant which was shut in 1991. Ministry mandates Air Suvidha Portal for Ease of Travelling First India Bureau New Delhi: To ensure the smooth passage of international travellers arriving in India, the Ministry of Civil Avia- tion and Ministry of Health Family Wel- fare has mandated con- tactless self-declaration at Air Suvidha Portal. The portal was launched in August 2020 and now has been strengthened to accom- modate travel guide- lines issued on Novem- ber 30. It is first of its kind digital portal for easing international passenger arrival in In- dia. This portal devel- oped by MOCA aids pas- sengers in providing their details of travel and final stay along with RTPCR, Vaccina- tion status etc. In to- day’s time, this helps state officials in contact tracing. The implemen- tation of the Air Suvid- ha intends to provide hassle-free, queue free, and convenient air trav- el to all international passengers arriving in India. Air Suvidha por- tal has already assist- ed2,51,210 passengers from December 1 to 5, 2021 since the updating of the new travel guide- lines on November 30. To ensure the preven- tion of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the exemption forms from the portal have been discontinued, and filling of the details have been made com- pulsory for all interna- tional passengers arriv- ing in India. Indian National Birds are born in an incubator Vijaykumar Harishchandre Pingori (Pune): Pea- hens are very wary dur- ing the breeding season. They lay eggs on ground on farm bunds or con- ceal them in thorny veg- etation. If they are found by humans or if the hens get disturbed, the peahens abandon the eggs. Since it is a Schedule 1 bird under WLP Act 1972, handling the eggs is prohibited. However, out of sym- pathy, people rescue the eggs and keep them un- der chicken for warm- ing and assist hatching. However, in such cases, due to mismatch in the size of the small brood patch of the poultry chicken and larger size of peahen eggs, the eggs most often than not, fail. So also, this is not allowed by law. The ELa Foundation experts succeed in suc- cessfully hatching pea- fowl eggs in an artificial home made incubator at the ‘ELa Transit Treat- mentCenter’atELaHab- itat, Pingori. The centre is run by Maharashtra Forest Department and ELa Foundation. “We are glad that four peafowl eggs hatched with 100% success. This happened for the first time in India and it paves the path for the survival of abandoned peafowl eggs or any other avian eggs, which would otherwise be doomed,” said Dr Satish Pande, a famous bird researcher and Found- er of ELa Foundation. The temperature and humidity should be maintained correctly and eggs need frequent turning. We can guide other Forest Depart- ment approved centers for helping the peafowl eggs to hatch. “Today , the incubator born peafowl chicks are growing well at ELa Transit Treatment Center, Pingori. They will soon be re-wilded in their natural habitats. The successful hatching of Indian peafowl eggs, for the first time ever in the country, in an incu- bator opens new hope for abandoned eggs,” Dr Pande said. FIRST IN INDIA Haryana CM Khattar at the meeting regarding making Haryana villages Laldora free, in Chandigarh. Alert pilot averted freak crash at Surat airport: Inquiry report First India Bureau Surat: The Director- General of Civil Avia- tion has ordered an inquiry into the No- vember 28 incident at the Surat airport when a 9- seater plane from Amreli found four vehicles on the airstrip when it was about to land. Withaquickresponse from the ATC and the pilot, the aircraft was saved from crashing into the vehicles there. Airport sources said the accident was avoided by just 3 minutes and the plane landed after 15 minutes. The Ventura Air Connect flight was scheduled to land 800 feet off the runway from Vesu on Novem- ber 28. Just then, five jeep lines of Surat po- lice reached the run- way. As soon as he spotted the vehicles, he took off without landing. Investigations re- vealed that the police were performing an aircraft hijacking mock drill by police but the ATC was not kept in loop. Official sources claimed that the pilot was also not informed. You can give a complete book of advice but a sentence of example will make a stronger impact. —Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor-in-Chief, First India PM Modi inaugurates the Gorakhpur Fertiliser Plant and kickstarts other developmental projects in the district on Tuesday. He was accomopanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Deputy CM DInesh Sharma and other BJP leaders.
  • 10. NEW DELHI, WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 assion and will are two igniting powers that are required in any field of profes- sion, especially showbiz. The world of modelling, though filled with glitz and glamour is also a tough industry to make a mark in. But, Rutvi Ti- wari, an ace teen model hailing from Rajasthan has made her mark, early on. Rutvi, an academic prodigy, top 10 finalists of First Miss India Teen 2021 got candid with City First about her journey as a model and her plans for the future in the model- ling industry . Talking about her jour- ney, Rutvi said, “Being a young girl from Kota, Ra- jasthan, a city famous for its academic culture, I broke my own boundaries and the lineage that forces us to be successful only in professional degrees. I started modelling, and it gave me the sense of con- tentment, happiness and the realisation that one should only make a career in the field which makes them happy from the in- side.” Discussing her inspira- tion, she said, “I started modelling at the age of 15 and my biggest inspira- tion was instagram, which showcased the small town teenage girls put so much effort in their profiles to serve the audi- ence reached heights only through influencing people. Apart from that, everyone who follows their passion, is the big- gest inspiration for me. Because success and passion go hand in hand.” Being a part of a massive beauty pag- eant like First Miss India Teen 2021, Rutvi shared her experience. She said, “My parents are my big- gest support and their faith in me and my pas- sion made me confi- dent enough to be a part of this huge pag- eant. First India made full efforts to provide us with the best mentors, acco- modation, facili- ties, stage, prizes. The journey went like a dream, all of the partici- pants took back some- thing precious home, be it prizes, confidence, friends, or strength.” Rutvi, an academic prodigy, top 10 finalists of First Miss India Teen 2021, held on Oct 30 at Novotel Goa, got candid with City First about her journey as a model and her plans for the future! MONICA PRABHAKAR cityfirst@firstindia.co.in P
  • 11. Sagittarius NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 Financially, you will feel more secure now, than before. Judicious spending will help you save much. Don’t pick up an argument at workplace as it can go against you. Wayside food is best avoided, especially during this season. Family life will be immensely fulfilling. Capricorn DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Getting a suitable accom- modation is foreseen for those desperate for it. Good earning will keep your coffers brimming and keep you in high spirits. Financially, you are likely to find yourself on the top of the world. You will find things moving favourably at work. Health remains satisfactory. Aquarius JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 All property matters will be resolved favourably. Adding to your comfort on the domestic front can be one of your aims today. Your sugges- tions at work are likely to be appreciated and implemented too. Joining a gym or meditation/yoga classes is possible in the quest for a healthy body and mind. Pisces FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 A function at home is likely to keep you busy and entertained. You can be invited to a social function. Less workload at work will give you adequate time to pursue some personal commitments. Joining a gym or starting an exercise routine is indicated on the fitness front. 10 ETC NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia YOUR DAY Horoscope by Saurabbh Sachdeva Aries MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Marital relationship will get strengthened by mutual give and take. Those travelling by road are likely to make good time. You may find yourself growing financially strong. Your inputs on the professional front will be much appreciated. Becoming health conscious will be a first step. Taurus APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Converting a freehold prop- erty into builder floors is possible and will prove a win-win situation for all. Doing exceptionally well on the academic front will add to your prestige. Some award or recognition awaits those in a government job. A new health product may benefit. Gemini MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Keeping a tab on others will help strengthen your position on the academic front. Peace prevails on the home front. Your bank balance is likely to swell and make you financially secure. Good performance is likely to get recognition for you on the profes- sional front. Take care of your expenses. Cancer JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Parents are likely to give you a free hand in something you wanted to do all by yourself. Whatever preparations you have done for an exam or competition will be enough to see you through. Someone may be planning to take you out for a meal, so remain available! Leo JULY 23 - AUGUST 22 Good preparation will keep you in contention in a competition. Money comes from unexpected sources . Hiring party agreeing to the terms and conditions for a payment will be like a financial coup for those freelancing. You will take up an exercise regimen that suits your lifestyle. Virgo AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 22 Don’t expect any conces- sions on the promotional front, but the system will not be unfair to you. Those suffering from a lifestyle disease will succeed in getting it under control. Your innovations on the home front will be much appreciated. Possession of a property may be given to some. Libra SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22 A social obligation may make you waste your time. Financial front looks okay but don’t let up on savings. Excellent man management skills will help you in managing many things at once on the professional front. Eating right and remaining active will help maintain good health. Scorpio OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 22 You will find someone knowledgeable enough to discuss a complex property matter. Financially, you could not have been on a sounder wicket, as money flows in. A new deal is in the offing for businessperson and is likely to prove lucrative. It is time to get going on the fitness front. t wasn’t until I was in my second job, several years after college, that I had developed my own Emotional In- telligence. And then it hit me. I had suffered as a consequence of my primi- tive emotions-management when in actual fact, had I the foresight and maturity to have worked on my own EQ earlier on in life, I could have benefit- ted immensely as a student. Emotional Learning, along with all and any types of cogni- tive education, is absolutely vital in order to optimize one’s productivity. Generally, we make the mistake of equating emotional learning only with a superficial level of social skills, otherwise known as a good bedside man- ner. However, along with that key fac- tor called g o o d social skills, emotional learning un- derstanding can stand as the difference between success at- tained, and success denied! How, let us find out. WHAT IS IT? So how could I have been a bet- ter student and a learner if I had good Emotional Learning? In order to understand that, let us first demystify and simplify Emotional Learning in the first place. EQ, Emotional Quotient, a measure similar to IQ, is a term, not unlike Emotional Learning itself, that is thrown around a lot these days. This kind of jargon has become fashionable to use, with- out properly discerning what it essentially means. Let us first do that. The acknowledg- ment, recognition and acceptance of one’s own range of different emotions is the start of developing one’s emotional learning or intelligence. It means that as human beings, we experience a myriad of emo- tions, some positive, others negative. That each has a reason, a place, a space, a function. And each has pros and cons but more importantly, each can be USED to harness good within us. Let me give you a simple ex- ample. Say one is feeling angry . If we did not have a well-devel- oped emotional understanding of our own emotions, we would ‘waste’ that anger by directing it negatively, screaming at a loved one, for instance. The same anger, if we focused on recognizing it objectively , could be channelized positively by , for example, going and having a great workout at the gym! Therein lies the difference be- tween emotional intelligence, and emotional ignorance. FOR STUDENTS Now we can relate this emo- tional enlightenment to stu- dents and their lives. In today’s high-stress student lives with grades/performance pressure, recognition of emo- tions would be immensely de- sirable as it would help them cope better with frustration, disappointment and the almost everyday mountain of high ex- pectations that they experience. With a better understanding of their own emotions, they will also be able to ‘manage’ their emotions in a more ma- ture manner. Negative emo- tions will either be dissipated using constructive activities such as sport, or their effects will last much lesser than they ordinarily would (because they have an intellectual apprecia- tion of their emotions’ origins) and therefore leave MORE time in a better, more positive frame of mind, having dealt with the negativity quicker and more ef- fectively . Finally, this will reflect in their regular and exam-related grades because if through the year they are in a relatively happier and calmer emotional state, naturally that will trans- late into better preparedness for exam-time, leading to tangi- bly better results as well! A win- win situation for all concerned – student, school, sponsor. Students are, at the end of the day, a set of people who will grow up to occupy the next gen- eration of our beloved planet. For a moment if we broaden the scope of this subject and think, is it not important, aside from good grades, for the planet to be inhabited by individuals who are happy, calm, at peace with themselves, and content; we will find that developing emotional intelligence in our children isn’t just about scho- lastic performance, rather a vital prerequisite to solving many of the human race’s problems. So as adults who constitute the roles of teachers, parents, caregivers, educators, guardi- ans, friends and guides to chil- dren, we owe it to them to help them develop their emotional centers, so that we can all look upon a tomorrow that is bright, healthy, and full of happy po- tential. KARTIK BAJORIA Jaipur-based Communication Skills Educator and Writer I EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS VITAL FOR STUDENTS!
  • 12. ETC www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia NEW DELHI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021 11 RIDER ON THE STORM ON THE OCCASION OF THE LEGENDARY SINGER, JIM MORRISON’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY, CITY FIRST CELEBRATES HIS SONGS AS WE GAUGE BACK INTO THE ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL! et’s go back to the era when rock and roll d o m i n a t e d the world. With the tunes of Janis Joplin, AC/DC, Aeros- mith, Led Zeppelin among others took overthestage.Itwasn’t just about music or tunes or perhaps lyr- ics, but, also about how live performances brought a change among listeners. Onesuchlegendwhose birth anniversary we celebrate today was, Jim Morrison. You might have come across his name if in case you have seen the Bollywood film, Rock- star, where Janardan aka Jordan wanted to become an established singer as well as a per- former as Jim. Not a very hand- some looking but pale guy , what attracted the crowd in listening to him was that he never gave a thought about what his contempo- rary artists or his lis- teners were to think about his music. He brought to life the mu- sic that wasn’t altered but was his own. He was the lead singer of the famous band, The Doors. A child born with the ideas of existen- tialism, his songs of- ten devote to the themes of Nihilism as were greatly spread by Friedrich Nietzsche. He developed a drink- ing habit at an early age, was often caught by police for misbe- haviour. He never wantedtowalkaround according to the stand- ards that were devel- oped by society but rather give hype to the hippie culture. Per- haps an extremist he was often found un- conscious during his live performances. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, let’s go for a fun thrilled ride with the best playlist, here are a couple of my favour- ites:- Riders on the Storm roadhouse Blues When the Music’s Over Light my Fire People are Strange Moonlight Drive The End Love Street Love Her Madly SUSHMITA AIND sushmita.aind@firstindia.co.in L