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OUR EDITIONS:
JAIPUR, AHMEDABAD
& LUCKNOW
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ECI team holds meetings with
reps of political parties in Assam
Guwahati: The team
of Election Commis-
sion of India held meet-
ings with the represent-
atives of various politi-
cal parties in Guwahati
on Tuesday
.
The political parties
have asked the Election
Commission to hold the
next Assembly polls in
the state around Bohag
Bihu, the Assamese
New Year, which falls in
mid-April.
The high-level EC
team headed by Chief
Election Commissioner
Sunil Arora, which is
on a three-day tour to
the state is taking stock
of poll preparedness.
The leaders of BJP,
Congress, Asom Gana
Parishad, Bodoland
People’s Front, AIUDF
among others held dis-
cussion with ECI and
put their views. The
ECI team also met gov-
ernment agencies who
have a role to play in the
upcoming Assembly
polls. Later, ECI also
held meetings with Dis-
trict Election Officers,
DEO and SPs.
The leaders insisted
that CCTV cameras
should be installed in
all polling stations in
order to ensure there’s
no tampering of elec-
tronic voting machines.
The political parties
expressed their views
and concerns to ensure
a free and fair assembly
polls. Turn to P6
First India Bureau
Surat: Thirteen mi-
grant labourers and a
year-old-girl from Ra-
jasthan who were sleep-
ing by the roadside in
Gujarat’s Surat district
were among 15 dead af-
ter a dumper truck ran
over them on Tuesday,
the police said.
Those killed include
8 women and a migrant
worker from Madhya
Pradesh, police said.
While 12 of them died
on the spot, three died
during treatment at a
hospital, police added.
Prime Minister Nar-
endra Modi announced
that ex-gratia of Rs two
lakh from the Prime
Minister’s National Re-
lief Fund would be giv-
en to the next of kin of
each person killed in
the accident and Rs
50,000 would be given to
each injured. Turn to P6
15 sleeping migrants crushed
by speeding truck in Surat
BIDEN, HARRIS TO BE SWORN IN
AS US PREZ, VICE PREZ TODAY
Washington:JoeBiden
will be sworn in as the
46th President of the
United States, while Ka-
mala Harris will take
oath as the first woman
Vice President on
Wednesday
, in the midst
of growing concerns
over the safety of the
historic inauguration
following the recent vi-
olent attack on the Cap-
itol Hill by pro-Trump
supporters.
Chief Justice John
Roberts will administer
the oath of office to
Biden just after the
clock strikes Turn to P6
12, including an infant girl, died on spot; 3 died in hosp; 14
were from Raj & 1 from MP; ex-gratia announced
NADDA & RAHUL LOCK HORNS
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National
President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday at-
tacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his repeat-
ed criticism of China’s al-
leged entry into India terri-
tory and asked if the latter
hasanyintentionsof cancel-
lingtheMoUsignedbetween
his party and ‘China and
their Communist Party’.
In a series of tweets, the
BJP chief asked the Con-
gress leader to acknowl-
edge the questions during
the press conference he is
scheduled to attend in the party HQ on Tuesday
and further urged the media to raise his questions
if Rahul Gandhi on his behaves. Turn to P6
New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tues-
day pressed further with his party’s backing of the
protest by some farmers against the new farm laws
as “designed to destroy ag-
riculture”. Taking aim at
the Centre, he said he’s
“not scared of Narendra
Modi or anyone”.
Taunted by JP Nadda
with a series of questions
before his press conference,
Gandhi shot back, “Who is
he that I have to answer to
him? Is he my professor? I
will answer to the country
.”
Gandhi added with the 3 new laws, the Centre has
put the entire farm sector into the hands of “three
to four crony capitalists”, Turn to P6
Nadda slams Rahul
for stand on China
and farm laws
Not afraid of PM or
anyone else, they
can’t touch me: RaGa
MISHRA, BIRLA, GEHLOT, RAJE CONDOLE DEATHS
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday condoled the death of
the migrant labourers from the state in Surat and announced a compensation of
Rs2 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the injured. Deeply sad-
dened to know many labourers from #Banswara, #Rajasthan have lost lives after
a truck ran over them as they were sleeping near the road in #Surat. My heart-
felt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of
those injured, he tweeted. Governor Kalraj Mishra, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla,
former CM Vasundhara Raje too took to Twitter to condole the victims’ deaths.
More on P2
JAIPUR l WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764 l Vol 2 l Issue No. 225
INDIA BREACHES
GABBA FORTRESS
Twitter went berserk as India beat Australia by 3 wickets in the 4th & final Test at
Gabba in Brisbane to win the four-match series 2-1 and clinch the Border-Gavaskar
trophy for the second time in a row. India also ended Australia’s 32-year undefeated
run at the Gabba! PM Narendra Modi and CM Ashok Gehlot congratulated Team India
on their win. Rishabh Pant played an outstanding knock and remained unbeaten on
89 to help India chase down 328 on a fifth-day track in Brisbane. BCCI secretary Jay
Shah announced that a prize of `5 crore will be awarded to the team as a bonus.
CRUCIAL GEHLOT CABINET TODAY
FOR CALLING BUDGET SESSION
Naresh Sharma
Jaipur: Fighting with
Corona pandemic over
the course of past ten
months has dented the
state’s coffers and the
upcoming Budget ses-
sion of the Rajasthan
Assembly will be a cru-
cial one since the future
of state’s businesses,
farmers and exchequer
will depend on it.
Therefore,onWednes-
day, Chief Minister
Ashok Gehlot will chair
a crucial meting of his
Cabinet wherein discus-
sion on the duration and
date of Budget session
along with a horde of
important issues will be
discussed. Turn to P6
Cabinet agenda also revolves around new
Ayush policy for state, establishment of
Forest Corporation, Formation of society
for Swacch Bharat Mission etc
ASHOK GEHLOT
@ASHOKGEHLOT51
Rahul ji in his press
conference reiterates
Congress Party’s support
for the farmers & stresses
that the Centre’s new
farm laws are designed to
destroy Indian agriculture.
The govt needs to take
back the farm laws in the
interest of the farming
community. #RahulGandhi
WithFarmers
CM Ashok Gehlot
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Vimal Kothari
Jaipur:TheIncometax
departmentonTuesday
conducted raids on
more than 28 premises
of real estate develop-
ersGokulKripabuilder
and Chordia Buildcon,
and jewellery group Sil-
ver art palace amid se-
curityarrangementsby
the police.
The raids were con-
ducted on the basis of
information that the
groups are in posses-
sion of immovable
property transactions
of more than Rs. 1,000
crores and the depart-
ment has details of un-
accounted cash loans
of more than Rs. 140
crore, said an official.
More than 200 IT of-
ficers and employees
conducted search oper-
ations on the premises
in Civil lines, Ajmer
road, Amber road,
Brahmpuri, New San-
ganer road, MI Road,
Civil lines, Sangram
colony and other loca-
tions of the city
. The Sil-
ver Art Palace owned by
Navratan Agrawal has
business in several
countriesandraidswere
conducted at his factory
,
and other premises.
IT raids on 2 builders, 1 jeweller
CRACKDOWN
ED ATTACHES ` 1.44 CR ASSETS
IRRIGATIONWATERSCARCITYFORCEDVICTIMS’EXODUS
First India Bureau
Banswara: Gloom de-
scended in Ambapura
and Kushalgarh areas
of Banswara on Tues-
day when the villagers
learned about the
death of 14 people in
an accident in Surat.
The villagers said that
people have small
farms here, but due to
no water, all have to go
to other cities to work
as labourers.
The families are also
left with very less
grains in their houses
as such they move to
cities in Gujarat as it is
close by.
Mukesh, 26, and his
family who moved to
Surat used to do daily
wage work in the day
and sleep at night on
the pavement. Mukesh,
his wife Leela, 25, sis-
ter Manisha, 18, Vani-
ta, 12, and a baby girl
were killed.
Mukesh’s brother
Manish said they have
land in Bhagatpura vil-
lage but have no water
as such his brother
moved to Surat along
with his family.
12 dead bodies were
sent from Gujarat
which would reach
Banswara on Tuesday
night while three dead
bodies will reach on
Wednesday. The funer-
al will be conducted
on Wednesday, Ban-
swara collector Ankit
Kumar Singh said. He
said the compensation
will be also given on
Wednesday.
Besides Mukesh,
three other families are
completely destroyed.
Family members and villagers mourn over the death of 14 people
in an accident in Surat.
RajBhavanRajasthan
@RajBhavanJaipur
Deeply saddened
to know about the
road accident in
Surat. My heartfelt
condolences to the
bereaved families
and prayers for
speedy recovery of
those injured.
Vasundhara Raje
@VasundharaBJP
Deeply saddened by
the news of the death
of more than a dozen
people in the horrif-
ic road accident in
Surat. I pray to God
to give patience to
the family who lost
their loved ones.
DrSharma,Rathorehandover
assistance to Jalore victims’ kin
Pooniashownblackflagsoveragrilaws
9,930 in fray at
90 local bodies
First India Bureau
Ajmer: Health minis-
ter Dr Raghu Sharma
and senior Congress
leader Dharmendra
Rathore on Tuesday
consoled the grieved
family members of Ja-
lore bus tragedy vic-
tims in Ajmer and
handed over the
cheques of Rs 2 lakh as
compensation an-
nounced by the state
government.
Six persons were
killed and over 30 were
injured when a bus in
which they were return-
ing to Beawar after visit-
ingaJaintempletouched
aliveelectricitywireand
caught fire on Saturday
nightinJalore’sMahesh-
pura village. Sharma
said that CM Ashok Ge-
hlot was serious on the
matter and a committee
has been formed to
probe the matter and ac-
tion against the guilty
will be taken. Congress
leaders Vijay Jain, He-
mant Bhati, Gopal Ba-
heti, and others were
also present with him.
Anuj Lata
Sujangarh: BJP state
president Satish Poon-
ia, who
visited
Salasar
Balaji
temple
in Chu-
ru, was
shown a black flag by
the farmers and Con-
gress workers over the
farm laws enacted by
the Centre.
The protestors were
pushed back by police
before Poonia’s visit to
the Salasar temple.
During the protest,
Congress and BJP
workers confronted
each other. The BJP
workers shouted slo-
gans in support of PM
Narendra Modi while
the protestors shouted
against Modi.
Later, Poonia visited
the temple in the pres-
ence of BJP district
president Dharmveer
Pujari and others. Ra-
tangarh MLA Ab-
hinesh Maharshi, for-
mer minister Khemar-
am Meghwal, and oth-
ers were present on
the occasion.
First India Bureau
Jaipur: A total of
9,930 candidates are
inthefrayfortheelec-
tion in 90 local bodies
after the withdrawal
of nomination pa-
pers. The elections
will be conducted in
one municipal corpo-
ration, nine munici-
pal councils and 80
municipalities) in 20
districts of the state.
Polling in the local
bodies will take place
from 8 am to 5 pm on
January 28, while
counting of votes will
be held on January 31
from 9 am.
Dr Raghu Sharma and Dharmendra Rathore consoled the family
members of Jalore bus tragedy victims in Ajmer.
‘GOVT OF BJP, NOT OF POONIA OR KATARIA’
MLSU VC ‘facing threat’
from dean, writes to SP
Ravi Sharma
Udaipur: The dispute
between Vice-Chan-
cellor Amarika Singh
and Dean of Law Col-
lege Prof. Anand Pali-
wal at Mohanlal
Sukhadia University
in Udaipur intensified
on Tuesday. The VC
wrote a letter to
Udaipur SP Rajiv
Pachar saying that he
faces threat from Pali-
wal as such a case
should be filed. Singh
has also written a let-
ter to the state govern-
ment seeking an in-
vestigation into the
tenure of Paliwal by
the SOG, said Kunjan
Acharya, a university
spokesperson.
After the day-long
events on Tuesday,
Paliwal was removed
from the dean post
and Prof. Seema Mall-
ick, Dean of Arts Col-
lege, was given an ad-
ditional charge.
However, Paliwal
has clarified that in
this whole case, the
VC has constantly
pressured him about
the agitation by Akhil
Bharatiya Vidyarthi
Parishad. “He (VC)
wants that the Pari-
shad should not agi-
tate,” Paliwal said.
Woman hammers
alcoholic hubby to death
Satyanarayan Sharma
Jaipur:Thepoliceon
Tuesday arrested
Mamta Dev, 28, on
charges of killing her
husband Surajmal
Bairwa by hitting on
his head with a ham-
mer in a fit of rage on
Monday night.
Surajmal was a liq-
uor addict and the
couple used to quar-
rel over this matter
quite often, the po-
lice said. On Monday
night, Surajmal
started quarreling
with Mamta under
the influence of alco-
hol, and in a fit of
rage, she hit on his
head with a hammer
leaving him dead on
the spot.
The accused had
cleaned the blood
spots in the room and
called her family in
the village saying
that Surajmal had
died in a road acci-
dent. But her neigh-
bours suspected and
informed the police.
When police reached
the village, the prepa-
rations for the funer-
al were going on.
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COVAX SHOT IN RAJ!
8,833 HEALTH WORKERS VACCINATED ON TUESDAY
5.50 lakh vax doses to
reach the state today
Vikas Sharma
Jaipur: The third batch
of Covid-19 vaccine con-
sisting of 5,50,500 doses
will reach Jaipur by air
on Wednesday. Earlier,
5.62 lakh vaccine sup-
plies of Covaxin and
Covishield were re-
ceived in Jaipur and
Udaipur on January 13.
Meanwhile, a total of
8,833 health workers
were vaccinated for
Covid-19 on Tuesday
, the
third day of vaccination
in Rajasthan, which is
about 55 percent of the
day’s target. As many as
16,092 health workers
were to be vaccinated
with the first stage vac-
cine at 167 vaccination
centres in 33 districts of
the state on Tuesday. It
is 54.89 percent of the
target. Eight cases of
AEFI (adverse event af-
ter vaccination like
mild fever etc) were also
reported in the state.
Corona vaccination
started in the state on
Saturday and is sched-
uled four days a week.
645 health workers were
vaccinated in Ajmer,
501 in Bhilwara, 88 in
Bikaner, 163 in Churu,
108 in Dausa, 266 in
Dholpur, 284 in Dungar-
pur, 431 in Jaipur, 190 in
Jhalawar, 144 in Jhunj-
hunu, 771 in Jodhpur,
250 in Kota and 248 in
Pali. On the first day, 74
percent of the health
warriors were adminis-
tered vaccines and the
figure was 68.72 percent
on the second day. In
Jaipur, only 28.73 per-
cent beneficiaries were
vaccinated on Tuesday
while half of the regis-
tered ones did not reach
for vaccination in 11
districts of the state.
Health worker gets vax at city’s Kanwatia Hospital on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY SUMAN SARKAR
BEDS UNRESERVED AS COVID CASES DROP
In view of the decreasing graph of
corona patients, the health department
on Tuesday reduced reserved beds
in private hospitals. Health Secretary
Siddharth Mahajan said that due to
less Covid patients, for hospitals with
a capacity of more than 100 beds, 10
beds will have to be reserved whereas
all beds in hospitals with 60 to 100
beds capacity are unreserved. That
means all beds in these hospitals
will be available for general patients.
However, beds can be reserved again
giving 24 hours ultimatum.
2 DEATHS, 209 NEW CASES
Rajasthan recorded two more fatal-
ities due to the novel coronavirus
on Tuesday, taking the Covid-19
death toll in the state to 2,752,
according to a health department
bulletin. The state also reported
209 new cases including 48 in
Jaipur, 33 in Kota, 23 in Jaipur,
23 in Jodhpur, 18 in Nagaur, 16
in Ajmer, 10 each in Bhilwara and
Banswara, besides cases reported
in other districts.
UN not effective in preventing pandemic: Guv
Kashiram Chaudhary
Jaipur: Governor
Kalraj Mishra on Tues-
day expressed the need
to increase India’s rep-
resentation in the Unit-
ed Nations in the con-
text of rapid changes
taking place globally
.
“Some countries are
openly promoting ter-
rorism and there is a
crisis before humani-
ty,” he said while virtu-
ally addressing an in-
ternational conference
on ‘United Nations and
International Peace’
organized by Sardar
Patel Police University
of Jodhpur. The Gover-
nor stated that the UN
has not been able to
play a very effective
role in preventing pan-
demic, terrorism, vio-
lence and civil wars in
world due to the veto
power system.
Jilted lover
had ‘killed’
minor girl
Durgsingh Rajpurohit
Barmer: A 16-year-old
girl, who was found
with a slit throat and al-
legedly raped in Sheo
area, was murdered by
her lover. The accused
Ashok Bhil has told po-
lice that he was in love
with the victim but was
enraged over her en-
gagement with another
man due to which he
killed her.
The police arrested
Ashok Bhil and Kheta
Bhil, and detained Go-
pal Bhil from Patodi
area in the matter. The
body was handed over
to family after postmor-
tem on Tuesday. Dis-
trict collector Vishram
Meena, SP Anand gave
a compensation of Rs 2
lakh to her family on
behalf of the state.
‘NHAI fails to
fix issues on
Jpr-Del NH’
Kashiram Chaudhary
Jaipur: Transport min-
ister Pratap Singh
Khachariyawas on
Tuesday said that
NHAI’s policy was re-
sponsible for a high
number of road acci-
dents on highways in
the country and the
Government of India
will have to take strict
steps to prevent the
road accidents.
Addressing the 40th
meeting of Transport
Development Council
held in New Delhi in the
presenceof unionminis-
terof roadtransportand
highwaysNitinGadkari,
Khachariyawas said
NHAI has given open
freedom to toll compa-
nies that charge money
from people, but do not
work for road safety
.
Adani gets Jaipur
& 2 other airports
Jaipur/New Delhi:
The Adani Group on
Tuesday signed conces-
sion agreements with
the AAI for the man-
agement, operations
and development of
Jaipur, Guwahati, and
Thiruvananthapuram
airports.
“The concessionaires
are required to take up
the Guwahati, Jaipur,
Thiruvananthapuram
airports fulfilling cer-
tain conditions prece-
dents within 180 days
from 19 January, 2021,”
the AAI said. The Cen-
tre had in February
2019 privatised six air-
ports of country like
Thiruvananthapuram,
Lucknow, Ahmedabad,
Jaipur, Mangaluru, and
Guwahati.
Through a competi-
tive bidding process,
Adani group won rights
to run all of them for 50
years. AAI chairman
Arvind Singh last
month said privatisa-
tionof thesesixairports
would begin in the first
quarter of 2021. —PTI
Kalraj Mishra addressing VC by Sardar Patel Police University.
MODERNISATION
OF AYURVEDA!
In 4th convocation cer-
emony of Dr Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan Rajasthan
Ayurved University of
Jodhpur, Mishra empha-
sised need for mod-
ernisation of Ayurveda.
He said that important
research is being con-
ducted in many countries
on herbs of Ayurveda.
PERSPECTIVE
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n the wake of
the assault on
the US Capitol
on January 6,
Twitter perma-
nently suspended Donald
Trump’s personal account,
and Google, Apple and Am-
azon shunned Parler,
which at least temporarily
shut down the social media
platform favoured by the
far right.
Dubbed “deplatform-
ing,” these actions restrict
the ability of individuals
and communities to com-
municate with each other
and the public. Deplat-
forming raises ethical and
legal questions, but fore-
most is the question of
whether it is an effective
strategy to reduce hate
speech and calls for vio-
lence on social media.
‘Sort of, but it is not a
long-term solution’
The question of how ef-
fective deplatforming is
can be looked at from two
different angles: does it
work from a technical
standpoint, and does it
have an effect on worri-
some communities them-
selves?
Does deplatforming
work from a technical
perspective?
Gab was the first “ma-
jor” platform subject to de-
platforming efforts, first
with removal from app
stores and, after the Tree
of Life shooting, the with-
drawal of cloud infrastruc-
ture providers, domain
name providers and other
Web-related services.
Before the shooting, my
colleagues and I showed in
a study that Gab was an alt-
right echo chamber with
worrisome trends of hate-
ful content. Although Gab
was deplatformed, it man-
aged to survive by shifting
to decentralised technolo-
gies and has shown a de-
gree of innovation – for
example, developing the
moderation-circumvent-
ing Dissenter browser.
From a technical per-
spective, deplatforming
just makes things a bit
harder. Amazon’s cloud
services make it easy to
manage computing infra-
structure but are ultimate-
ly built on open source
technologies available to
anyone.
A deplatformed compa-
ny or people sympathetic
to it could build their own
hosting infrastructure.
The research community
has also built censorship-
resistant tools that, if all
else fails, harmful online
communities can use to
persist.
Does deplatforming
have an effect on worri-
some communities them-
selves?
Whether or not deplat-
forming has a social effect
is a nuanced question just
now beginning to be ad-
dressed by the research
community. There is evi-
dence that a platform ban-
ning communities and con-
tent – for example, QAnon
or certain politicians – can
have a positive effect.
Platform banning can
reduce the growth of new
users over time, and there
is less content produced
overall. On the other hand,
migrations do happen, and
this is often a response to
real-world events – for ex-
ample, a deplatformed per-
sonality who migrates to a
new platform can trigger
an influx of new users.
Another consequence of
deplatforming can be users
in the migrated communi-
ty showing signs of becom-
ing more radicalised over
time. While Reddit or Twit-
ter might improve with the
loss of problematic users,
deplatforming can have
unintended consequences
that can accelerate the
problematic behaviour
that led to deplatforming
in the first place.
SOURCE: THE CONVERSATION
Does ‘deplatforming’ work to curb online hatred?
I
Now faith is confidence in
what we hope for and
assurance about what we do
not see. —Hebrews 11:1
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OVER ICONS
ith elections approaching, Bharatiya
Janata Party and the Trinamool Con-
gress have begun sparring over icons of
Bengal. Just like it appropriated the
legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and
BR Ambedkar from the Congress, the BJP is claim-
ing cultural rights over icons like Netaji Subhas
Chandra Bose and Nobel laureate Rabindranath
Tagore, who symbolise Bengali pride but only after
Swami Vivekanand whose legacy has already been
appropriated by the BJP. At a recent event of Vis-
va-Bharati University, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi said Tagore’s objective behind setting up the
university was the objective of Aatmnirbhar
Bharat. He said it was an embodiment of national-
ism during the freedom movement. Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee gave the event a skip saying that
she was never invited. She also charged the BJP
with destroying Bengal’s icons “just as they broke
the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar”.
The latest flashpoint between the parties is over
Subhas Chandra Bose for whose 125th birth anniver-
sary celebrations a high-level committee has been
formed. It is headed by the prime minister himself
and has high-profile members like the family mem-
bers of Netaji, cricketer Sourav Ganguly
, musician
AR Rahman, actors Kajol and Mithun Chakraborty
,
chief ministers of Odisha, Nagaland, Manipur, Mi-
zoram,Tripura,andMeghalaya,andseveralpolitical
leaders. Mamata Banerjee is also on the panel along
with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Adhir Ranjan Chaud-
hary of the Congress. The TMC argues that Netaji
stood for inclusivity
, but BJP is exclusivist. Mamata
hasdemandedthatJanuary23,whenthecelebrations
begin, be declared a national holiday and that the re-
cords of Netaji’s disappearance be made public.
W
IN-DEPTH
INDIA BREACHES
FORTRESS GABBA
ncredible India is a catchphrase made
famousbythetourismindustry
.Itshould
be used for Team India which registered
an epic victory over Australia at Bris-
bane’s Gabba cricket ground on Wednes-
day
. This was after 32 years that the hosts had lost
a match at their favourite ground, and the honour
of handing them the defeat went to India.
It is indeed incredible that a side that was bun-
dled out for a humiliating 36 in the first Test at Ad-
elaide and lost the match by eight wickets to bounce
back in the series the way it did. Considering that
the team was without its experienced players--- Is-
hant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav,
Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ha-
numa Vihari, and Ashwin---the relatively inexperi-
enced youngsters’ contribution was outstanding.
Mohammad Siraj made a sensational debut in the
second Test at Melbourne bagging five wickets and
followed it up with another fiver in the final Test.
ShubmanGill,thestrappingyoungopeningbatsman
whoalsomadehisdebutattheMCG,provedhismet-
tle with a scintillating knock of 91 at the Gabba.
Washington Sundar, who was drafted in place of the
injured offie Ashwin for his debut at the Gabba, and
Shardul Thakur put up a tantalizing show on Day 3
of the final Test to steer India to a safe position.
It is the character and self-belief shown by the
entire team, especially the young players, which
helped India register a back-to-back series win
over Australia in their backyard and retain the
Gavaskar-Border Trophy
.
I
dversity is known to foster cre-
ativity and breed innovation!
World – wide Entrepreneurs
today have pivoted, to navigate
the business challenges creat-
ed by the COVID19 pandemic.
From revamping their busi-
ness models, to restructuring
safety protocols and develop-
ing comprehensive digital
presence, they have adapted to
ensure their survival.
As a dexterous serial Entre-
preneur, I’ve seen many dy-
namic women in a business
considering factors such as
quality of information, rele-
vance, credibility, and team
rapport as the top four focus
areas in current times. These
aspects have helped women en-
trepreneurs stay ahead of the
pandemic curve and hone their
inherent nature of determina-
tion and perseverance. While
the margins have been notori-
ously thin for those encounter-
ing the Startup scene, reliance
on the investor, funding has
also been in the red zone. De-
spite the best ideas, sustaining
the company through these
times has proven that Entre-
preneurship is not an endeavor
intended for the faint of heart!
Building a business has in-
deed not been an easy task in
2020…moststartupsleapedfrom
onecrisistoanother.Duringmy
journey of mentoring many
women Entrepreneurs through
these critical times, I’ve docu-
mented these insights to benefit
one and all. Hope these provide
a strategic direction, planning,
and process to navigate the
“new normal” of 2021.
Build You Personal Brand
Be Known For Something
More often than not, as wom-
en entrepreneurs, we sell our-
selves short and feel conscious
of talking about our achieve-
ments. My advice is to focus on
the areas in which your com-
pany can create value and
make your customers happy.
Don’t be afraid of pursuing an
unexpected path and let every-
one know what you’re doing.
Be known for something
unique and achieve a higher
recall value with increased
word-of-mouth publicity
.
Connect With Other Like-
Minded Business Owners
Expand your network
through Linkedln / Facebook
and connect with like-minded
women entrepreneurs. These
groups could be community or
industry-based, don’t forget to
participate thereby adding val-
ue to your skills and new di-
mensions to your horizon.
Whether it is referring a new
client, an investor, or just some-
one to vent about the challeng-
es of running a business…no
one can empathize with your
situation better than another
female entrepreneur.
Make A Business Plan To
Solve something meaningful
The new year has identified
many gaps that need to be
plugged in our lives and the so-
ciety
. Think about a business
plan that fixes a problem in the
current state of affairs. Follow
the trends and build a solution
for satisfying the need across
generations.Bedrivenwithpas-
sion and instinct rather than
your mission/vision statement
from the pre-pandemic era.
Set Realistic Goals  Cel-
ebrate Small Achievements.
Setting the right expecta-
tions and goals lead to creating
a long-term vision. By organ-
izing time and resources, you
can make the very most of your
time and live a motivated life.
Once these goals are set, it is
important to measure the steps
you are taking and celebrate
even the small wins.
Stop Second Guessing
Yourselves.
A lot of women deal with
feeling symptoms of ‘impostor
syndrome’andholdthemselves
back. If you know what you’re
doing is worthy, then don’t let
anyone stop you, not even your-
self. Be decisive in your deci-
sion-making and take account-
ability as a conscientious busi-
ness owner.
Identify Your Target Au-
dience.
Be specific about who your
audience is and have a clear
picture of what you want to ac-
complish as an entrepreneur…
or face challenges as you grow
and scale your business. Tailor
your product and messaging
according to your ideal custom-
ers. Ensure a strong product-
market fit by listening to your
customers beforehand.
Find A Mentor  Practice
Creative Problem Solving.
No E-learning courses can
prepare you for the real-life
hurdles of owning a business.
Hence, find a mentor who can
guide you in creative problem-
solving techniques…a way of
solving problems when conven-
tional thinking fails. Find a
fresh perspective and set your-
self objectives to assess your
company’s processes and pro-
cedures; Look for loopholes
and brainstorm ways to over-
come them.
While executing your core
competency is a crucial factor
to your business’ success, a
critical step is to effectively
market your business. Inciden-
tally, there are many free digi-
tal marketing tools that can
greatly impact your business.
With the onset of 2021, it is
time to start thinking about in-
novative ways to evaluate your
business strategies and pave the
waytosuccess.HappyNewYear!
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY
THE AUTHOR ARE PERSONAL
BRAVO!
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
A
As a dexterous
serial
Entrepreneur, I’ve
seen many
dynamic women
in a business
considering factors
such as quality of
information,
relevance,
credibility, and
team rapport as
the top four focus
areas in current
times. These
aspects have
helped women
entrepreneurs stay
ahead of the
pandemic curve
and hone their
inherent nature of
determination
and perseverance
WHILE EXECUTING YOUR
CORE COMPETENCY IS A
CRUCIAL FACTOR TO
YOUR BUSINESS’
SUCCESS, A CRITICAL
STEP IS TO EFFECTIVELY
MARKET YOUR BUSINESS.
INCIDENTALLY, THERE
ARE MANY FREE DIGITAL
MARKETING TOOLS THAT
CAN GREATLY IMPACT
YOUR BUSINESS
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Coach, Image Consultant 
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New Delhi: As the ninth
round of talks between
the Centre and farmers
failed to resolve the
deadlock over the three
agriculture laws, Con-
gress leader Rahul Gan-
dhi on Tuesday said the
government wants to
“tire out” the protestors
by engaging them over
long discussions.
“There is no dead-
lock. The government,
in its arrogance, be-
lieves that they can tire
out farmers. But farm-
ers cannot be fooled.
Indian farmers know
more than the Prime
Minister. There is only
one solution that they
have to take back the
laws,” Gandhi said
while addressing a
press conference after
releasing a booklet
over the three Central
farm laws at the party
headquarters in Delhi.
The former Congress
chief extended support
to farmers who are agi-
tating against the agri-
culture laws for over a
month now.
“Now we are seeing
that the last bastion,
which was protected
from monopoly is now
being overrun. Three
new laws have been
passed. They are de-
signed to destroy Indi-
an agriculture, by de-
stroying the mandi,
Essential Commodities
Act and by making sure
that no Indian farmer
can go to court to pro-
tect himself,” Gandhi
said.
“To me, it is a tragedy
that this entire country
is just watching this ri-
diculous show. It is a
tragedy it shows me
that the country itself
is not able to under-
stand the depth of what
is happening. The re-
sult of this is three-four
people are going to own
India and the entire ag-
ricultural system.
Farmers will not get
the value they deserve.
The mandi system will
be destroyed. Only
three-four people will
be able to store a mil-
lion tonnes of wheat,
rice, and other essen-
tial commodities and
the middle class will be
paying prices that they
have never imagined,”
he added.
Meanwhile, Union
Information and
Broadcasting Minister
Prakash Javadekar
took a swipe at the Con-
gress after Rahul Gan-
dhi released the book-
let.
Javadekar while re-
ferring to the Congress
booklet, said, “It is
rather hypocritical of
Rahul Gandhi to be
talking about ‘kheti ka
khoon’ while Congress
has blood on its hands,
of farmers who com-
mitted suicide during
Congress rule.”
“You (Rahul Gandhi)
are talking about ‘kheti
ka khoon’ but what
about bloodbath during
the partition? 3,000
Sikhs were burnt alive
in Delhi in 1984. Was it
not bloodshed?...Lakhs
of farmers died by sui-
cide during Congress
rule, was there no blood
in their bodies?” asked
Javadekar. —ANI
INDIA
JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021
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NCB ARRESTS 2 DRUG PEDDLERS
WITH 65 GMS MEPHEDRONE
Mumbai: A team of
Narcotics Control Bureau
(NCB) has arrested two
drug peddlers and seized
65 grams of Mephedrone,
a psychoactive drug,
from them. The two drug
peddlers were arrested on
January 17. According to
a press statement from
NCB, Mumbai, on the
basis of intelligence devel-
oped by the Mumbai Zonal
Unit, the NCB team con-
ducted an operation near
Sir JJ Hospital in South
Mumbai from where the
drug peddlers- Md Nazim
Khan and Sandip Ganpat
Chavan were arrested.
Chavan is a fire safety offi-
cer. “These drug peddlers
have been active in the
Southern parts of Mumbai,
Parel, and adjoining areas
for a long time.
WILL BE DISCHARGED SOON:
UNION MINISTER SHRIPAD NAIK
Panaji: A week after
he met with a trag-
ic accident, Union
AYUSH Minister
Shripad Naik said he
would be discharged
from Goa Medical
College and Hospital
near Panaji in 4-5
days. Mr Naik, 68,
was admitted to the
hospital on January 12
after he met with an
accident while on his
way back to Goa from
neighbouring Kar-
nataka. Speaking to
PTI, Mr Naik said with
everyone’s blessings
and by God’s grace,
he has recovered from
the tragic accident.
MAHA FILM CHANNEL CEO
HELD IN COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
Mumbai: The Mumbai
Police on Tuesday
arrested Maharashtra
Movie television chan-
nel’s CEO Sanjay Verma
in an alleged copyright
violation case, a police
official said. He is also
a wanted accused in
the alleged Television
Rating Points (TRP) rig-
ging scam. Verma was
apprehended by the
Mumbai Police’s Crime
Intelligence Unit (CIU),
the official said. A case
of copyright violation
was registered at Juhu
police station here and
the investigation into it
was transferred to the
CIU, he said.
SENSEX SPURTS 834 POINTS LED
BY FINANCE AND METAL SCRIPS
Mumbai: Equity bench-
mark indices rallied 1.7%
on the back of across-
the-board buying amid
firm cues from their Asian
peers. Foreign  domes-
tic investors were upbeat
as the incoming US
administration pushed for
a big stimulus, which will
pump a massive amount
of money into the market.
At the closing bell, the
BSE SP Sensex was up
by 834 points or 1.72 per
cent at 49,398 while the
Nifty 50 surged by 240
points or 1.65 per cent to
14,521. All sectoral indi-
ces at the National Stock
Exchange were in the
positive terrain with Nifty
realty jumping by 4.2 per
cent, PSU bank by 2.7 per
cent, financial service by
2.4 % and auto by 1.7 %.
FARMERS’ STIR: Cong leader on Tuesday said the government wants to “tire out” the protestors by engaging them over long discussions
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi releasing a book while addressing
media at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY ANI
FARMERS CANNOT BE FOOLED: RAHUL GANDHI
There is a
tragedy un-
folding in our
country today. The
government wants to
ignore this tragedy. It
wants to misinform
people about this trag-
edy but the truth is a
huge tragedy is un-
folding. I am not just
talking about the
farmers, because that
is only a part of that
tragedy.
—Rahul Gandhi,
Congress Leader
Kolkata: Terming the
BJP as more dangerous
than the Maoists, West
Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on
Tuesday accused the
saffron party of making
false promises to the
people before elections.
The TMC supremo,
whose party is witness-
ing an exodus ahead of
the assembly elections
due in April-May, as-
serted that politics is a
solemn ideology and
philosophy and one can-
not daily change ideolo-
gies like clothes.
“The BJP is more
dangerous than the
Maoists,” Banerjee said
while addressing a rally
in Purulia district,
which was once a hot-
bed of Left-wing ex-
tremism.
“Those who want to
join the BJP can leave
but we will never bow
our heads to the saffron
party,” she said.
“You all voted for the
BJP in Lok Sabha elec-
tions, but does your MP
visit you? Have they
given you anything?
They will make false
promises before elec-
tion and once it’s over,
they will flee,” said
Mamata Banerjee.
Several TMC leaders
have left the ruling par-
ty in the state to join the
BJP. She claimed that
the BJP leaders misled
the Adivasi people of
the Jangalmahal area,
within which Purulia is
situated, with false
promises and did not
visit them after win-
ning the Lok Sabha
elections. BJP candi-
dates won all the seats
in the Jangalmahal
area including Purulia
in the 2019 Lok Sabha
elections. —PTI
New Delhi: In the first
official reaction to the
Arnab Goswami chats,
the Congress on Tues-
day demanded a probe
into the leakage of sen-
sitive Balakot strike in-
formation to the Repub-
lic TV editor and said
both the source and re-
cipient of the official
secret must be booked.
Congress leader Ra-
hul Gandhi led the of-
fensive on the issue and
said only five people
knew of the strike and
one of them shared it
with Goswami.
“Both the person who
gave the secret informa-
tion and the one who
received it must be
booked. Sensitive de-
fence information be-
fore Balakot was given
to a journalist. Even the
pilots get such informa-
tion at the last moment.
Top five people (the
prime minister, the de-
fence minister, the
home minister, the IAF
chief  NSA) had this
information. Someone
out of them gave him
this information. This
is criminal. We must
find out who gave and
the process of the probe
should begin but it will
not because PM must
have given the informa-
tion,” alleged Gandhi.
He also attacked Gos-
wami for saying after
the Pulwama attack
that “it is good for us.”
“I do not like that lan-
guage. It is the reflec-
tionof thePM’sthought
process that 40 people
have died and we will
now win the elections,”
said the former Con-
gress chief. —PTI
New Delhi: The
central government
has postponed the
tenth round of sched-
uled talks with the
protesting farmers’ to
January 20, said the
Agriculture Ministry
on Monday. The
meeting was earlier
scheduled for Tues-
day, January 19 and
now it will be held on
Wednesday at Vigyan
Bhavan at 2 pm.
As the ninth round
of talks between the
central government
and farmer unions on
January 15 remained
inconclusive, Union
Agriculture Minis-
ter Narendra Singh
Tomar said the un-
ions have been asked
to form informal
groups among them-
selves and submit a
draft to the govern-
ment regarding their
demands. —ANI
New Delhi: Protest-
ing farmers celebrated
Women Farmers’ Day at
Delhi borders on Janu-
ary 18 to respect the
incomparable role of
women in agriculture.
Women farmers took
the initiative by leading
the rallies, dharnas 
meetings. Samyukta
Kisan Morcha mem-
ber Dr Darshan Pal
said women farmers
took out a rally with
bullock carts driven by
women while a tractor
rally was arranged in
Rajasthan. Women
farmers expressed
their dissatisfaction
with the government
 SC for not recognis-
ing women’s agency
in various spheres
including in such
citizen movements, Dr
Darshan informed in
the Samyukt Morcha’s
special bulletin.
New Delhi: Under
attack from protest-
ing unions for their
“pro-government”
public stand on three
contentious farm
laws, members of a
panel set up by the
Supreme Court to
resolve the crisis said
on Tuesday they will
keep aside their own
ideology and views
while consulting
various stakeholders,
even as they indicated
a complete repeal
won’t augur well for
much-needed agricul-
ture reforms. A key
committee member
and president of
Maharashtra-based
Shetkari Sanghatana,
Anil Ghanwat said the
farm sector reforms
are much needed and
no political party in
the next 50 years will
ever attempt them
again if these farm
laws are repealed.
CENTRE
POSTPONES 10TH
ROUND OF TALKS
TO JANUARY 20
FOCUS ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN
AGRI ON WOMEN FARMERS’ DAY
FARM LAW REPEAL NOT GOOD FOR
FUTURE: SC-APPOINTED PANEL
IN THE COURTYARD
‘BJP more dangerous than Maoists’
Ernakulam (Kera-
la): Principal Ses-
sions Court on Tues-
day adjourned the
trial of the custodial
death of 29-year-old
S R Sreejith at Vara-
puzha area in Er-
nakulam district to
January 27.
The trial was set to
begin from today, but
the court posted it to
January 27, because
one of the accused
did not appear. It is
alleged that Sreejith,
a native of Varapu-
zha, was taken into
custody on April 9,
2018, and was killed.
The names of Nine
officers are men-
tioned as accused in
the charge-sheet.
The nine include
Santhosh Kumar
(Police Personnel),
Jithin Raj, Sumesh,
GS Deepak, were
slapped with Sec-
tions 323 (voluntari-
ly causing hurt), 342
(wrongful confine-
ment) and 302 (mur-
der) of IPC. —ANI
New Delhi: The Indian
government has asked
WhatsApp to withdraw
the recent changes in
the privacy policy, say-
ing unilateral changes
are not fair  accepta-
ble. In a letter to What-
sApp CEO Will Cath-
cart, Ministry of Elec-
tronics  Information
Technology said India
is one the biggest mar-
kets for its services 
asked WhatsApp to
withdraw the proposed
changes and reconsider
its approach to informa-
tion privacy, freedom of
choice  data security
.
New Delhi: The Su-
preme Court has direct-
ed the National Green
Tribunal (NGT)-ap-
pointed committee for
river monitoring to sub-
mit before it a copy of
its report regarding rec-
ommendations made
for the improvement of
the quality of the Ya-
muna river water.
A Bench headed by
Chief Justice of India
SA Bobde said along
with the report, the
NGT-appointed com-
mittee should also ap-
prise it of the extent to
which its recommenda-
tions have been imple-
mented. The Bench
posted the matter for
hearing after two
weeks and added the
NGT-appointed com-
mittee as a party in the
case initiated by the
top court on its own on
the “remediation of
polluted rivers”.
Senior advocate
Meenakshi Arora said
former Chief Secretary
of Delhi and an expert
member of NGT was
part of a committee
formed by NGT in 2018
to look at the pollution
in Yamuna river. —ANI
New Delhi: The Su-
preme Court on Tues-
day adjourned the hear-
ing of a plea filed by
Buffalo Traders Wel-
fare Association chal-
lenging the validity of
certain provisions un-
der the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act.
A bench headed by
Chief Justice of India
SA Bobde adjourned
the hearing for weeks
after the petitioner
sought time to file an
affidavit in the case.
Last week, while hear-
ing the case, the bench
had said Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals
(Care and Maintenance
of Case Property Ani-
mals) Rules, 2017,
which allows seizure
and of animals, includ-
ing cattle, before the
conviction of owner is
in “dissonance” with
Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act, 1960.
“We told you last
time that rules are in
dissonance with the
sections. The animals
are the source of liveli-
hood for people. The
section is clear that
only after conviction
that animals can be
taken away. The Rules
permit to take away
animals even before
conviction,” the bench
had asked Centre.
The bench had fur-
ther observed that the
sale of animals is some-
thing that is not injuri-
ous to them, and selling
doesn’t mean animals
were being injured.
The top court had ob-
served that animals are
normally a source of
livelihood and they
can’t be confiscated.
Custodial death case:
Court adjourns trial
Govt asks WA
to withdraw
privacy policy
changes
SC directs NGT panel
for river monitoring
SC adjourns plea challenging provisions
under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
‘Only 5 had Balakot info, must
probe who leaked it to Arnab’
Rahul Gandhi
Mamata Banerjee
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  • 1. OUR EDITIONS: JAIPUR, AHMEDABAD & LUCKNOW www.firstindia.co.in www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia instagram.com/thefirstindia ECI team holds meetings with reps of political parties in Assam Guwahati: The team of Election Commis- sion of India held meet- ings with the represent- atives of various politi- cal parties in Guwahati on Tuesday . The political parties have asked the Election Commission to hold the next Assembly polls in the state around Bohag Bihu, the Assamese New Year, which falls in mid-April. The high-level EC team headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, which is on a three-day tour to the state is taking stock of poll preparedness. The leaders of BJP, Congress, Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland People’s Front, AIUDF among others held dis- cussion with ECI and put their views. The ECI team also met gov- ernment agencies who have a role to play in the upcoming Assembly polls. Later, ECI also held meetings with Dis- trict Election Officers, DEO and SPs. The leaders insisted that CCTV cameras should be installed in all polling stations in order to ensure there’s no tampering of elec- tronic voting machines. The political parties expressed their views and concerns to ensure a free and fair assembly polls. Turn to P6 First India Bureau Surat: Thirteen mi- grant labourers and a year-old-girl from Ra- jasthan who were sleep- ing by the roadside in Gujarat’s Surat district were among 15 dead af- ter a dumper truck ran over them on Tuesday, the police said. Those killed include 8 women and a migrant worker from Madhya Pradesh, police said. While 12 of them died on the spot, three died during treatment at a hospital, police added. Prime Minister Nar- endra Modi announced that ex-gratia of Rs two lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Re- lief Fund would be giv- en to the next of kin of each person killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 would be given to each injured. Turn to P6 15 sleeping migrants crushed by speeding truck in Surat BIDEN, HARRIS TO BE SWORN IN AS US PREZ, VICE PREZ TODAY Washington:JoeBiden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, while Ka- mala Harris will take oath as the first woman Vice President on Wednesday , in the midst of growing concerns over the safety of the historic inauguration following the recent vi- olent attack on the Cap- itol Hill by pro-Trump supporters. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office to Biden just after the clock strikes Turn to P6 12, including an infant girl, died on spot; 3 died in hosp; 14 were from Raj & 1 from MP; ex-gratia announced NADDA & RAHUL LOCK HORNS New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday at- tacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his repeat- ed criticism of China’s al- leged entry into India terri- tory and asked if the latter hasanyintentionsof cancel- lingtheMoUsignedbetween his party and ‘China and their Communist Party’. In a series of tweets, the BJP chief asked the Con- gress leader to acknowl- edge the questions during the press conference he is scheduled to attend in the party HQ on Tuesday and further urged the media to raise his questions if Rahul Gandhi on his behaves. Turn to P6 New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tues- day pressed further with his party’s backing of the protest by some farmers against the new farm laws as “designed to destroy ag- riculture”. Taking aim at the Centre, he said he’s “not scared of Narendra Modi or anyone”. Taunted by JP Nadda with a series of questions before his press conference, Gandhi shot back, “Who is he that I have to answer to him? Is he my professor? I will answer to the country .” Gandhi added with the 3 new laws, the Centre has put the entire farm sector into the hands of “three to four crony capitalists”, Turn to P6 Nadda slams Rahul for stand on China and farm laws Not afraid of PM or anyone else, they can’t touch me: RaGa MISHRA, BIRLA, GEHLOT, RAJE CONDOLE DEATHS Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday condoled the death of the migrant labourers from the state in Surat and announced a compensation of Rs2 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the injured. Deeply sad- dened to know many labourers from #Banswara, #Rajasthan have lost lives after a truck ran over them as they were sleeping near the road in #Surat. My heart- felt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured, he tweeted. Governor Kalraj Mishra, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former CM Vasundhara Raje too took to Twitter to condole the victims’ deaths. More on P2 JAIPUR l WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 l Pages 12 l 3.00 RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764 l Vol 2 l Issue No. 225 INDIA BREACHES GABBA FORTRESS Twitter went berserk as India beat Australia by 3 wickets in the 4th & final Test at Gabba in Brisbane to win the four-match series 2-1 and clinch the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the second time in a row. India also ended Australia’s 32-year undefeated run at the Gabba! PM Narendra Modi and CM Ashok Gehlot congratulated Team India on their win. Rishabh Pant played an outstanding knock and remained unbeaten on 89 to help India chase down 328 on a fifth-day track in Brisbane. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that a prize of `5 crore will be awarded to the team as a bonus. CRUCIAL GEHLOT CABINET TODAY FOR CALLING BUDGET SESSION Naresh Sharma Jaipur: Fighting with Corona pandemic over the course of past ten months has dented the state’s coffers and the upcoming Budget ses- sion of the Rajasthan Assembly will be a cru- cial one since the future of state’s businesses, farmers and exchequer will depend on it. Therefore,onWednes- day, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will chair a crucial meting of his Cabinet wherein discus- sion on the duration and date of Budget session along with a horde of important issues will be discussed. Turn to P6 Cabinet agenda also revolves around new Ayush policy for state, establishment of Forest Corporation, Formation of society for Swacch Bharat Mission etc ASHOK GEHLOT @ASHOKGEHLOT51 Rahul ji in his press conference reiterates Congress Party’s support for the farmers & stresses that the Centre’s new farm laws are designed to destroy Indian agriculture. The govt needs to take back the farm laws in the interest of the farming community. #RahulGandhi WithFarmers CM Ashok Gehlot
  • 2. RAJASTHAN JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 02 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Vimal Kothari Jaipur:TheIncometax departmentonTuesday conducted raids on more than 28 premises of real estate develop- ersGokulKripabuilder and Chordia Buildcon, and jewellery group Sil- ver art palace amid se- curityarrangementsby the police. The raids were con- ducted on the basis of information that the groups are in posses- sion of immovable property transactions of more than Rs. 1,000 crores and the depart- ment has details of un- accounted cash loans of more than Rs. 140 crore, said an official. More than 200 IT of- ficers and employees conducted search oper- ations on the premises in Civil lines, Ajmer road, Amber road, Brahmpuri, New San- ganer road, MI Road, Civil lines, Sangram colony and other loca- tions of the city . The Sil- ver Art Palace owned by Navratan Agrawal has business in several countriesandraidswere conducted at his factory , and other premises. IT raids on 2 builders, 1 jeweller CRACKDOWN ED ATTACHES ` 1.44 CR ASSETS IRRIGATIONWATERSCARCITYFORCEDVICTIMS’EXODUS First India Bureau Banswara: Gloom de- scended in Ambapura and Kushalgarh areas of Banswara on Tues- day when the villagers learned about the death of 14 people in an accident in Surat. The villagers said that people have small farms here, but due to no water, all have to go to other cities to work as labourers. The families are also left with very less grains in their houses as such they move to cities in Gujarat as it is close by. Mukesh, 26, and his family who moved to Surat used to do daily wage work in the day and sleep at night on the pavement. Mukesh, his wife Leela, 25, sis- ter Manisha, 18, Vani- ta, 12, and a baby girl were killed. Mukesh’s brother Manish said they have land in Bhagatpura vil- lage but have no water as such his brother moved to Surat along with his family. 12 dead bodies were sent from Gujarat which would reach Banswara on Tuesday night while three dead bodies will reach on Wednesday. The funer- al will be conducted on Wednesday, Ban- swara collector Ankit Kumar Singh said. He said the compensation will be also given on Wednesday. Besides Mukesh, three other families are completely destroyed. Family members and villagers mourn over the death of 14 people in an accident in Surat. RajBhavanRajasthan @RajBhavanJaipur Deeply saddened to know about the road accident in Surat. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured. Vasundhara Raje @VasundharaBJP Deeply saddened by the news of the death of more than a dozen people in the horrif- ic road accident in Surat. I pray to God to give patience to the family who lost their loved ones. DrSharma,Rathorehandover assistance to Jalore victims’ kin Pooniashownblackflagsoveragrilaws 9,930 in fray at 90 local bodies First India Bureau Ajmer: Health minis- ter Dr Raghu Sharma and senior Congress leader Dharmendra Rathore on Tuesday consoled the grieved family members of Ja- lore bus tragedy vic- tims in Ajmer and handed over the cheques of Rs 2 lakh as compensation an- nounced by the state government. Six persons were killed and over 30 were injured when a bus in which they were return- ing to Beawar after visit- ingaJaintempletouched aliveelectricitywireand caught fire on Saturday nightinJalore’sMahesh- pura village. Sharma said that CM Ashok Ge- hlot was serious on the matter and a committee has been formed to probe the matter and ac- tion against the guilty will be taken. Congress leaders Vijay Jain, He- mant Bhati, Gopal Ba- heti, and others were also present with him. Anuj Lata Sujangarh: BJP state president Satish Poon- ia, who visited Salasar Balaji temple in Chu- ru, was shown a black flag by the farmers and Con- gress workers over the farm laws enacted by the Centre. The protestors were pushed back by police before Poonia’s visit to the Salasar temple. During the protest, Congress and BJP workers confronted each other. The BJP workers shouted slo- gans in support of PM Narendra Modi while the protestors shouted against Modi. Later, Poonia visited the temple in the pres- ence of BJP district president Dharmveer Pujari and others. Ra- tangarh MLA Ab- hinesh Maharshi, for- mer minister Khemar- am Meghwal, and oth- ers were present on the occasion. First India Bureau Jaipur: A total of 9,930 candidates are inthefrayfortheelec- tion in 90 local bodies after the withdrawal of nomination pa- pers. The elections will be conducted in one municipal corpo- ration, nine munici- pal councils and 80 municipalities) in 20 districts of the state. Polling in the local bodies will take place from 8 am to 5 pm on January 28, while counting of votes will be held on January 31 from 9 am. Dr Raghu Sharma and Dharmendra Rathore consoled the family members of Jalore bus tragedy victims in Ajmer. ‘GOVT OF BJP, NOT OF POONIA OR KATARIA’ MLSU VC ‘facing threat’ from dean, writes to SP Ravi Sharma Udaipur: The dispute between Vice-Chan- cellor Amarika Singh and Dean of Law Col- lege Prof. Anand Pali- wal at Mohanlal Sukhadia University in Udaipur intensified on Tuesday. The VC wrote a letter to Udaipur SP Rajiv Pachar saying that he faces threat from Pali- wal as such a case should be filed. Singh has also written a let- ter to the state govern- ment seeking an in- vestigation into the tenure of Paliwal by the SOG, said Kunjan Acharya, a university spokesperson. After the day-long events on Tuesday, Paliwal was removed from the dean post and Prof. Seema Mall- ick, Dean of Arts Col- lege, was given an ad- ditional charge. However, Paliwal has clarified that in this whole case, the VC has constantly pressured him about the agitation by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. “He (VC) wants that the Pari- shad should not agi- tate,” Paliwal said. Woman hammers alcoholic hubby to death Satyanarayan Sharma Jaipur:Thepoliceon Tuesday arrested Mamta Dev, 28, on charges of killing her husband Surajmal Bairwa by hitting on his head with a ham- mer in a fit of rage on Monday night. Surajmal was a liq- uor addict and the couple used to quar- rel over this matter quite often, the po- lice said. On Monday night, Surajmal started quarreling with Mamta under the influence of alco- hol, and in a fit of rage, she hit on his head with a hammer leaving him dead on the spot. The accused had cleaned the blood spots in the room and called her family in the village saying that Surajmal had died in a road acci- dent. But her neigh- bours suspected and informed the police. When police reached the village, the prepa- rations for the funer- al were going on.
  • 3. RAJASTHAN JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 03 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia COVAX SHOT IN RAJ! 8,833 HEALTH WORKERS VACCINATED ON TUESDAY 5.50 lakh vax doses to reach the state today Vikas Sharma Jaipur: The third batch of Covid-19 vaccine con- sisting of 5,50,500 doses will reach Jaipur by air on Wednesday. Earlier, 5.62 lakh vaccine sup- plies of Covaxin and Covishield were re- ceived in Jaipur and Udaipur on January 13. Meanwhile, a total of 8,833 health workers were vaccinated for Covid-19 on Tuesday , the third day of vaccination in Rajasthan, which is about 55 percent of the day’s target. As many as 16,092 health workers were to be vaccinated with the first stage vac- cine at 167 vaccination centres in 33 districts of the state on Tuesday. It is 54.89 percent of the target. Eight cases of AEFI (adverse event af- ter vaccination like mild fever etc) were also reported in the state. Corona vaccination started in the state on Saturday and is sched- uled four days a week. 645 health workers were vaccinated in Ajmer, 501 in Bhilwara, 88 in Bikaner, 163 in Churu, 108 in Dausa, 266 in Dholpur, 284 in Dungar- pur, 431 in Jaipur, 190 in Jhalawar, 144 in Jhunj- hunu, 771 in Jodhpur, 250 in Kota and 248 in Pali. On the first day, 74 percent of the health warriors were adminis- tered vaccines and the figure was 68.72 percent on the second day. In Jaipur, only 28.73 per- cent beneficiaries were vaccinated on Tuesday while half of the regis- tered ones did not reach for vaccination in 11 districts of the state. Health worker gets vax at city’s Kanwatia Hospital on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY SUMAN SARKAR BEDS UNRESERVED AS COVID CASES DROP In view of the decreasing graph of corona patients, the health department on Tuesday reduced reserved beds in private hospitals. Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said that due to less Covid patients, for hospitals with a capacity of more than 100 beds, 10 beds will have to be reserved whereas all beds in hospitals with 60 to 100 beds capacity are unreserved. That means all beds in these hospitals will be available for general patients. However, beds can be reserved again giving 24 hours ultimatum. 2 DEATHS, 209 NEW CASES Rajasthan recorded two more fatal- ities due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the Covid-19 death toll in the state to 2,752, according to a health department bulletin. The state also reported 209 new cases including 48 in Jaipur, 33 in Kota, 23 in Jaipur, 23 in Jodhpur, 18 in Nagaur, 16 in Ajmer, 10 each in Bhilwara and Banswara, besides cases reported in other districts. UN not effective in preventing pandemic: Guv Kashiram Chaudhary Jaipur: Governor Kalraj Mishra on Tues- day expressed the need to increase India’s rep- resentation in the Unit- ed Nations in the con- text of rapid changes taking place globally . “Some countries are openly promoting ter- rorism and there is a crisis before humani- ty,” he said while virtu- ally addressing an in- ternational conference on ‘United Nations and International Peace’ organized by Sardar Patel Police University of Jodhpur. The Gover- nor stated that the UN has not been able to play a very effective role in preventing pan- demic, terrorism, vio- lence and civil wars in world due to the veto power system. Jilted lover had ‘killed’ minor girl Durgsingh Rajpurohit Barmer: A 16-year-old girl, who was found with a slit throat and al- legedly raped in Sheo area, was murdered by her lover. The accused Ashok Bhil has told po- lice that he was in love with the victim but was enraged over her en- gagement with another man due to which he killed her. The police arrested Ashok Bhil and Kheta Bhil, and detained Go- pal Bhil from Patodi area in the matter. The body was handed over to family after postmor- tem on Tuesday. Dis- trict collector Vishram Meena, SP Anand gave a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to her family on behalf of the state. ‘NHAI fails to fix issues on Jpr-Del NH’ Kashiram Chaudhary Jaipur: Transport min- ister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas on Tuesday said that NHAI’s policy was re- sponsible for a high number of road acci- dents on highways in the country and the Government of India will have to take strict steps to prevent the road accidents. Addressing the 40th meeting of Transport Development Council held in New Delhi in the presenceof unionminis- terof roadtransportand highwaysNitinGadkari, Khachariyawas said NHAI has given open freedom to toll compa- nies that charge money from people, but do not work for road safety . Adani gets Jaipur & 2 other airports Jaipur/New Delhi: The Adani Group on Tuesday signed conces- sion agreements with the AAI for the man- agement, operations and development of Jaipur, Guwahati, and Thiruvananthapuram airports. “The concessionaires are required to take up the Guwahati, Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram airports fulfilling cer- tain conditions prece- dents within 180 days from 19 January, 2021,” the AAI said. The Cen- tre had in February 2019 privatised six air- ports of country like Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, and Guwahati. Through a competi- tive bidding process, Adani group won rights to run all of them for 50 years. AAI chairman Arvind Singh last month said privatisa- tionof thesesixairports would begin in the first quarter of 2021. —PTI Kalraj Mishra addressing VC by Sardar Patel Police University. MODERNISATION OF AYURVEDA! In 4th convocation cer- emony of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University of Jodhpur, Mishra empha- sised need for mod- ernisation of Ayurveda. He said that important research is being con- ducted in many countries on herbs of Ayurveda.
  • 4. PERSPECTIVE JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 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 2 Issue No. 225 RNI NO. RAJENG/2019/77764. Printed and published by Anita Hada Sangwan on behalf of First Express Publishers. Printed at Bhaskar Printing Press, D.B. Corp Limited, Shivdaspura, Tonk Road, Jaipur. Published at 304, 3rd Floor, City Mall, Bhagwan Das Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan. Phone 0141-4920504. Editor-In-Chief: Jagdeesh Chandra. Editor: Anita Hada Sangwan responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act n the wake of the assault on the US Capitol on January 6, Twitter perma- nently suspended Donald Trump’s personal account, and Google, Apple and Am- azon shunned Parler, which at least temporarily shut down the social media platform favoured by the far right. Dubbed “deplatform- ing,” these actions restrict the ability of individuals and communities to com- municate with each other and the public. Deplat- forming raises ethical and legal questions, but fore- most is the question of whether it is an effective strategy to reduce hate speech and calls for vio- lence on social media. ‘Sort of, but it is not a long-term solution’ The question of how ef- fective deplatforming is can be looked at from two different angles: does it work from a technical standpoint, and does it have an effect on worri- some communities them- selves? Does deplatforming work from a technical perspective? Gab was the first “ma- jor” platform subject to de- platforming efforts, first with removal from app stores and, after the Tree of Life shooting, the with- drawal of cloud infrastruc- ture providers, domain name providers and other Web-related services. Before the shooting, my colleagues and I showed in a study that Gab was an alt- right echo chamber with worrisome trends of hate- ful content. Although Gab was deplatformed, it man- aged to survive by shifting to decentralised technolo- gies and has shown a de- gree of innovation – for example, developing the moderation-circumvent- ing Dissenter browser. From a technical per- spective, deplatforming just makes things a bit harder. Amazon’s cloud services make it easy to manage computing infra- structure but are ultimate- ly built on open source technologies available to anyone. A deplatformed compa- ny or people sympathetic to it could build their own hosting infrastructure. The research community has also built censorship- resistant tools that, if all else fails, harmful online communities can use to persist. Does deplatforming have an effect on worri- some communities them- selves? Whether or not deplat- forming has a social effect is a nuanced question just now beginning to be ad- dressed by the research community. There is evi- dence that a platform ban- ning communities and con- tent – for example, QAnon or certain politicians – can have a positive effect. Platform banning can reduce the growth of new users over time, and there is less content produced overall. On the other hand, migrations do happen, and this is often a response to real-world events – for ex- ample, a deplatformed per- sonality who migrates to a new platform can trigger an influx of new users. Another consequence of deplatforming can be users in the migrated communi- ty showing signs of becom- ing more radicalised over time. While Reddit or Twit- ter might improve with the loss of problematic users, deplatforming can have unintended consequences that can accelerate the problematic behaviour that led to deplatforming in the first place. SOURCE: THE CONVERSATION Does ‘deplatforming’ work to curb online hatred? I Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. —Hebrews 11:1 Spiritual SPEAK Top TWEET Prakash Javadekar @PrakashJavdekar It is rather hypocritical of @ RahulGandhi to be talking about ‘kheti ka khoon’ while Congress has blood on its hands, of farmers who committed suicide during Congress rule, of lakhs of people who died during partition, of over 3000 Sikhs burnt alive in Delhi during 1984 riots. Dharmendra Pradhan @dpradhanbjp Congratulate @Shell_India on this endeavour of supporting India’s environmental as well as clean energy transition goals by giving thrust to creation of necessary infrastructure to promote LNG as a transport fuel. Promoted by Ashiana Housing Limited TMC-BJP NOW SPAR OVER ICONS ith elections approaching, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Con- gress have begun sparring over icons of Bengal. Just like it appropriated the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and BR Ambedkar from the Congress, the BJP is claim- ing cultural rights over icons like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who symbolise Bengali pride but only after Swami Vivekanand whose legacy has already been appropriated by the BJP. At a recent event of Vis- va-Bharati University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tagore’s objective behind setting up the university was the objective of Aatmnirbhar Bharat. He said it was an embodiment of national- ism during the freedom movement. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave the event a skip saying that she was never invited. She also charged the BJP with destroying Bengal’s icons “just as they broke the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar”. The latest flashpoint between the parties is over Subhas Chandra Bose for whose 125th birth anniver- sary celebrations a high-level committee has been formed. It is headed by the prime minister himself and has high-profile members like the family mem- bers of Netaji, cricketer Sourav Ganguly , musician AR Rahman, actors Kajol and Mithun Chakraborty , chief ministers of Odisha, Nagaland, Manipur, Mi- zoram,Tripura,andMeghalaya,andseveralpolitical leaders. Mamata Banerjee is also on the panel along with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Adhir Ranjan Chaud- hary of the Congress. The TMC argues that Netaji stood for inclusivity , but BJP is exclusivist. Mamata hasdemandedthatJanuary23,whenthecelebrations begin, be declared a national holiday and that the re- cords of Netaji’s disappearance be made public. W IN-DEPTH INDIA BREACHES FORTRESS GABBA ncredible India is a catchphrase made famousbythetourismindustry .Itshould be used for Team India which registered an epic victory over Australia at Bris- bane’s Gabba cricket ground on Wednes- day . This was after 32 years that the hosts had lost a match at their favourite ground, and the honour of handing them the defeat went to India. It is indeed incredible that a side that was bun- dled out for a humiliating 36 in the first Test at Ad- elaide and lost the match by eight wickets to bounce back in the series the way it did. Considering that the team was without its experienced players--- Is- hant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ha- numa Vihari, and Ashwin---the relatively inexperi- enced youngsters’ contribution was outstanding. Mohammad Siraj made a sensational debut in the second Test at Melbourne bagging five wickets and followed it up with another fiver in the final Test. ShubmanGill,thestrappingyoungopeningbatsman whoalsomadehisdebutattheMCG,provedhismet- tle with a scintillating knock of 91 at the Gabba. Washington Sundar, who was drafted in place of the injured offie Ashwin for his debut at the Gabba, and Shardul Thakur put up a tantalizing show on Day 3 of the final Test to steer India to a safe position. It is the character and self-belief shown by the entire team, especially the young players, which helped India register a back-to-back series win over Australia in their backyard and retain the Gavaskar-Border Trophy . I dversity is known to foster cre- ativity and breed innovation! World – wide Entrepreneurs today have pivoted, to navigate the business challenges creat- ed by the COVID19 pandemic. From revamping their busi- ness models, to restructuring safety protocols and develop- ing comprehensive digital presence, they have adapted to ensure their survival. As a dexterous serial Entre- preneur, I’ve seen many dy- namic women in a business considering factors such as quality of information, rele- vance, credibility, and team rapport as the top four focus areas in current times. These aspects have helped women en- trepreneurs stay ahead of the pandemic curve and hone their inherent nature of determina- tion and perseverance. While the margins have been notori- ously thin for those encounter- ing the Startup scene, reliance on the investor, funding has also been in the red zone. De- spite the best ideas, sustaining the company through these times has proven that Entre- preneurship is not an endeavor intended for the faint of heart! Building a business has in- deed not been an easy task in 2020…moststartupsleapedfrom onecrisistoanother.Duringmy journey of mentoring many women Entrepreneurs through these critical times, I’ve docu- mented these insights to benefit one and all. Hope these provide a strategic direction, planning, and process to navigate the “new normal” of 2021. Build You Personal Brand Be Known For Something More often than not, as wom- en entrepreneurs, we sell our- selves short and feel conscious of talking about our achieve- ments. 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  • 6. New Delhi: As the ninth round of talks between the Centre and farmers failed to resolve the deadlock over the three agriculture laws, Con- gress leader Rahul Gan- dhi on Tuesday said the government wants to “tire out” the protestors by engaging them over long discussions. “There is no dead- lock. The government, in its arrogance, be- lieves that they can tire out farmers. But farm- ers cannot be fooled. Indian farmers know more than the Prime Minister. There is only one solution that they have to take back the laws,” Gandhi said while addressing a press conference after releasing a booklet over the three Central farm laws at the party headquarters in Delhi. The former Congress chief extended support to farmers who are agi- tating against the agri- culture laws for over a month now. “Now we are seeing that the last bastion, which was protected from monopoly is now being overrun. Three new laws have been passed. They are de- signed to destroy Indi- an agriculture, by de- stroying the mandi, Essential Commodities Act and by making sure that no Indian farmer can go to court to pro- tect himself,” Gandhi said. “To me, it is a tragedy that this entire country is just watching this ri- diculous show. It is a tragedy it shows me that the country itself is not able to under- stand the depth of what is happening. The re- sult of this is three-four people are going to own India and the entire ag- ricultural system. Farmers will not get the value they deserve. The mandi system will be destroyed. Only three-four people will be able to store a mil- lion tonnes of wheat, rice, and other essen- tial commodities and the middle class will be paying prices that they have never imagined,” he added. Meanwhile, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar took a swipe at the Con- gress after Rahul Gan- dhi released the book- let. Javadekar while re- ferring to the Congress booklet, said, “It is rather hypocritical of Rahul Gandhi to be talking about ‘kheti ka khoon’ while Congress has blood on its hands, of farmers who com- mitted suicide during Congress rule.” “You (Rahul Gandhi) are talking about ‘kheti ka khoon’ but what about bloodbath during the partition? 3,000 Sikhs were burnt alive in Delhi in 1984. Was it not bloodshed?...Lakhs of farmers died by sui- cide during Congress rule, was there no blood in their bodies?” asked Javadekar. —ANI INDIA JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 05 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia NCB ARRESTS 2 DRUG PEDDLERS WITH 65 GMS MEPHEDRONE Mumbai: A team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested two drug peddlers and seized 65 grams of Mephedrone, a psychoactive drug, from them. The two drug peddlers were arrested on January 17. According to a press statement from NCB, Mumbai, on the basis of intelligence devel- oped by the Mumbai Zonal Unit, the NCB team con- ducted an operation near Sir JJ Hospital in South Mumbai from where the drug peddlers- Md Nazim Khan and Sandip Ganpat Chavan were arrested. Chavan is a fire safety offi- cer. “These drug peddlers have been active in the Southern parts of Mumbai, Parel, and adjoining areas for a long time. WILL BE DISCHARGED SOON: UNION MINISTER SHRIPAD NAIK Panaji: A week after he met with a trag- ic accident, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said he would be discharged from Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji in 4-5 days. Mr Naik, 68, was admitted to the hospital on January 12 after he met with an accident while on his way back to Goa from neighbouring Kar- nataka. Speaking to PTI, Mr Naik said with everyone’s blessings and by God’s grace, he has recovered from the tragic accident. MAHA FILM CHANNEL CEO HELD IN COPYRIGHT VIOLATION Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested Maharashtra Movie television chan- nel’s CEO Sanjay Verma in an alleged copyright violation case, a police official said. He is also a wanted accused in the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) rig- ging scam. Verma was apprehended by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), the official said. A case of copyright violation was registered at Juhu police station here and the investigation into it was transferred to the CIU, he said. SENSEX SPURTS 834 POINTS LED BY FINANCE AND METAL SCRIPS Mumbai: Equity bench- mark indices rallied 1.7% on the back of across- the-board buying amid firm cues from their Asian peers. Foreign domes- tic investors were upbeat as the incoming US administration pushed for a big stimulus, which will pump a massive amount of money into the market. At the closing bell, the BSE SP Sensex was up by 834 points or 1.72 per cent at 49,398 while the Nifty 50 surged by 240 points or 1.65 per cent to 14,521. All sectoral indi- ces at the National Stock Exchange were in the positive terrain with Nifty realty jumping by 4.2 per cent, PSU bank by 2.7 per cent, financial service by 2.4 % and auto by 1.7 %. FARMERS’ STIR: Cong leader on Tuesday said the government wants to “tire out” the protestors by engaging them over long discussions Congress leader Rahul Gandhi releasing a book while addressing media at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY ANI FARMERS CANNOT BE FOOLED: RAHUL GANDHI There is a tragedy un- folding in our country today. The government wants to ignore this tragedy. It wants to misinform people about this trag- edy but the truth is a huge tragedy is un- folding. I am not just talking about the farmers, because that is only a part of that tragedy. —Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader Kolkata: Terming the BJP as more dangerous than the Maoists, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the saffron party of making false promises to the people before elections. The TMC supremo, whose party is witness- ing an exodus ahead of the assembly elections due in April-May, as- serted that politics is a solemn ideology and philosophy and one can- not daily change ideolo- gies like clothes. “The BJP is more dangerous than the Maoists,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Purulia district, which was once a hot- bed of Left-wing ex- tremism. “Those who want to join the BJP can leave but we will never bow our heads to the saffron party,” she said. “You all voted for the BJP in Lok Sabha elec- tions, but does your MP visit you? Have they given you anything? They will make false promises before elec- tion and once it’s over, they will flee,” said Mamata Banerjee. Several TMC leaders have left the ruling par- ty in the state to join the BJP. She claimed that the BJP leaders misled the Adivasi people of the Jangalmahal area, within which Purulia is situated, with false promises and did not visit them after win- ning the Lok Sabha elections. BJP candi- dates won all the seats in the Jangalmahal area including Purulia in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. —PTI New Delhi: In the first official reaction to the Arnab Goswami chats, the Congress on Tues- day demanded a probe into the leakage of sen- sitive Balakot strike in- formation to the Repub- lic TV editor and said both the source and re- cipient of the official secret must be booked. Congress leader Ra- hul Gandhi led the of- fensive on the issue and said only five people knew of the strike and one of them shared it with Goswami. “Both the person who gave the secret informa- tion and the one who received it must be booked. Sensitive de- fence information be- fore Balakot was given to a journalist. Even the pilots get such informa- tion at the last moment. Top five people (the prime minister, the de- fence minister, the home minister, the IAF chief NSA) had this information. Someone out of them gave him this information. This is criminal. We must find out who gave and the process of the probe should begin but it will not because PM must have given the informa- tion,” alleged Gandhi. He also attacked Gos- wami for saying after the Pulwama attack that “it is good for us.” “I do not like that lan- guage. It is the reflec- tionof thePM’sthought process that 40 people have died and we will now win the elections,” said the former Con- gress chief. —PTI New Delhi: The central government has postponed the tenth round of sched- uled talks with the protesting farmers’ to January 20, said the Agriculture Ministry on Monday. The meeting was earlier scheduled for Tues- day, January 19 and now it will be held on Wednesday at Vigyan Bhavan at 2 pm. As the ninth round of talks between the central government and farmer unions on January 15 remained inconclusive, Union Agriculture Minis- ter Narendra Singh Tomar said the un- ions have been asked to form informal groups among them- selves and submit a draft to the govern- ment regarding their demands. —ANI New Delhi: Protest- ing farmers celebrated Women Farmers’ Day at Delhi borders on Janu- ary 18 to respect the incomparable role of women in agriculture. Women farmers took the initiative by leading the rallies, dharnas meetings. Samyukta Kisan Morcha mem- ber Dr Darshan Pal said women farmers took out a rally with bullock carts driven by women while a tractor rally was arranged in Rajasthan. Women farmers expressed their dissatisfaction with the government SC for not recognis- ing women’s agency in various spheres including in such citizen movements, Dr Darshan informed in the Samyukt Morcha’s special bulletin. New Delhi: Under attack from protest- ing unions for their “pro-government” public stand on three contentious farm laws, members of a panel set up by the Supreme Court to resolve the crisis said on Tuesday they will keep aside their own ideology and views while consulting various stakeholders, even as they indicated a complete repeal won’t augur well for much-needed agricul- ture reforms. A key committee member and president of Maharashtra-based Shetkari Sanghatana, Anil Ghanwat said the farm sector reforms are much needed and no political party in the next 50 years will ever attempt them again if these farm laws are repealed. CENTRE POSTPONES 10TH ROUND OF TALKS TO JANUARY 20 FOCUS ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN AGRI ON WOMEN FARMERS’ DAY FARM LAW REPEAL NOT GOOD FOR FUTURE: SC-APPOINTED PANEL IN THE COURTYARD ‘BJP more dangerous than Maoists’ Ernakulam (Kera- la): Principal Ses- sions Court on Tues- day adjourned the trial of the custodial death of 29-year-old S R Sreejith at Vara- puzha area in Er- nakulam district to January 27. The trial was set to begin from today, but the court posted it to January 27, because one of the accused did not appear. It is alleged that Sreejith, a native of Varapu- zha, was taken into custody on April 9, 2018, and was killed. The names of Nine officers are men- tioned as accused in the charge-sheet. The nine include Santhosh Kumar (Police Personnel), Jithin Raj, Sumesh, GS Deepak, were slapped with Sec- tions 323 (voluntari- ly causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confine- ment) and 302 (mur- der) of IPC. —ANI New Delhi: The Indian government has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in the privacy policy, say- ing unilateral changes are not fair accepta- ble. In a letter to What- sApp CEO Will Cath- cart, Ministry of Elec- tronics Information Technology said India is one the biggest mar- kets for its services asked WhatsApp to withdraw the proposed changes and reconsider its approach to informa- tion privacy, freedom of choice data security . New Delhi: The Su- preme Court has direct- ed the National Green Tribunal (NGT)-ap- pointed committee for river monitoring to sub- mit before it a copy of its report regarding rec- ommendations made for the improvement of the quality of the Ya- muna river water. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said along with the report, the NGT-appointed com- mittee should also ap- prise it of the extent to which its recommenda- tions have been imple- mented. The Bench posted the matter for hearing after two weeks and added the NGT-appointed com- mittee as a party in the case initiated by the top court on its own on the “remediation of polluted rivers”. Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora said former Chief Secretary of Delhi and an expert member of NGT was part of a committee formed by NGT in 2018 to look at the pollution in Yamuna river. —ANI New Delhi: The Su- preme Court on Tues- day adjourned the hear- ing of a plea filed by Buffalo Traders Wel- fare Association chal- lenging the validity of certain provisions un- der the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde adjourned the hearing for weeks after the petitioner sought time to file an affidavit in the case. Last week, while hear- ing the case, the bench had said Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Care and Maintenance of Case Property Ani- mals) Rules, 2017, which allows seizure and of animals, includ- ing cattle, before the conviction of owner is in “dissonance” with Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. “We told you last time that rules are in dissonance with the sections. The animals are the source of liveli- hood for people. The section is clear that only after conviction that animals can be taken away. The Rules permit to take away animals even before conviction,” the bench had asked Centre. The bench had fur- ther observed that the sale of animals is some- thing that is not injuri- ous to them, and selling doesn’t mean animals were being injured. The top court had ob- served that animals are normally a source of livelihood and they can’t be confiscated. Custodial death case: Court adjourns trial Govt asks WA to withdraw privacy policy changes SC directs NGT panel for river monitoring SC adjourns plea challenging provisions under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act ‘Only 5 had Balakot info, must probe who leaked it to Arnab’ Rahul Gandhi Mamata Banerjee
  • 7. INDIA JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 06 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia Crucial Gehlot... The meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday , was postponed for Wednesday 5 pm and it is believed that after themeetinganddeciding onthedateforcallingthe Session,theCabinetnote for the same could be for- warded to Raj Bhawan forformalproceedingsto be initiated. It is believed that the state Budget Session couldbecalledinthesec- ondorthirdweekof Feb- ruaryandsourcesreveal that 4,800 grade pay em- ployees will be given a majorboost.Meanwhile, it is believed that in the Cabinet on Wednesday , seven proposals will be movedincludingamend- ment in departmental rules. A proposal to change the name of post of Gram Sewak to Gram Vikas Adhikari will also be moved. Furthermore, the Cabinet agenda also re- volves around new Ayush Policy for state, establishment of Forest Corporation, Forma- tion of society for Swacch Bharat Mis- sion, handing over of Ambedkar Peeth to So- cial Justice and Empow- erment Department from Higher Education Department among many others. ECI team... Mostof thepoliticalpar- ties emphasised to in- crease the number of polling booths as per COVID protocol. Politi- cal parties also stressed to hold the polls in 2 to 3 phases. Among other is- sues—raids against ille- gal arms and safety of EVMs were highlighted during the meeting. 15 sleeping... Except for the 19-year- oldworkerfromMadhya Pradesh, all the other deceased were from vil- lages in Banswara dis- trict in south Rajasthan, police said. The tragedy took place near Kosamba vil- lage, around 60 km from Surat, police said. The truck driver, who appar- ently lost control over the vehicle after hitting a sugarcane laden trac- tor, has been booked un- der sections of the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act, police said. The truck driver and the vehicle’s ‘cleaner’ were also in- juredintheaccidentand are being treated at a hospital. The truck ran over the migrant con- structionworkersonthe Kim-Mandvi road short- ly after midnight, Surat SP Usha Rada said. “The truck’s front win- dow pane shattered on impact,whichblockedthe driver’s vision. The truck then veered off the road andcrashedintothesleep- ing labourers,” she said. Three workers injured in the tragedy are being treated in a nearby hospi- tal,thepoliceofficialsaid. The deceased were identfied as Rahul Ma- hida (19), (native of MP) Manisha Mahida (19), Vanita Mahida (17), San- geeta Vasunia (27), ChampaPanda(16),Nar- esh Panda (25), Rajila Mahida (25), Vikesh Ma- hida (27), Shakan Vasu- nia(21),MukeshMahida (25), Lila Mahida (22), Anita Mahida (40), Dilip Vasania (20), Shobha Vasania (23) and one- year-old girl Tejal Mahi- da (all from Banswara). Nadda slam... “Now that Mr Rahul Gandhi has returned from his monthly vaca- tion, I would like to ask him some questions. I hope he will answer theminhistoday’sPress Conference,”hetweeted. “When will Rahul Gandhi, his dynasty and Congress stop lying on China? Can he deny that thousands of kilome- ters,includingtheonein ArunachalPradeshheis referring to was gifted by none other than Pan- dit Nehru to the Chi- nese? Time and again, why does Congress sur- render to China?” Na- dda asked. He further questioned if Rahul Gandhi has any inten- tion to cancel the Con- gress Party MoU with China and their Com- munist Party? Not afraid... an allegation that the farmers have been mak- ing too. “The new farm laws are designed to de- stroy the agriculture sec- tor. I support the protest- ing farmers 100 per cent andeverysinglepersonin the country should sup- port them as they are fighting for us,” Gandhi said on Tuesday at the launch of a booklet on farmersandthenewlaws, adding nothing short of complete withdrawal of the laws would do. Biden, Harris... 12 (local time) at the West Front of the Capitol, un- der the unprecedented security umbrella of morethan25,000National Guards, who have trans- formed the capital into a garrison city , mainly be- causeof thethreatof vio- lent protest by Trump’s supporters.Biden,78,will take the oath on his 127-year-old family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Jill Biden. FROM PG 1 New Delhi: A sample of a dead crow from Red Fort has tested positive for bird flu and orders have been issued to re- strict the entry of public into the monument, of- ficials said on Tuesday . Around15crowswere found dead in the prem- isesof RedFortonJanu- ary 10. A sample from a dead bird was sent to a Jalandhar-based labora- tory for testing, Rakesh Singh, the director of the Delhi government’’s animal husbandry de- partment, said. “Thereportsuggested bird flu. A confirmatory testattheNationalInsti- tute of High Security Animal Disease, ICAR, Bhopal confirmed the presence of H5N1 strain of avian influenza,” he said. The entry of public into the monument has been restricted till Jan- uary 26 as a precaution- ary measure, Singh said. “As per the action plan of animal hus- bandry for control and containment of avian influenza, the Red Fort comes under alert zone and infected area,” the department said in an order. On Saturday , samples from a dead owl in the Delhi zoo had tested pos- itive for avian influenza. Red Fort ‘fortified’ till Jan 26 as dead crow tests +ve Mumbai: The cast and crew of Amazon Prime series ‘Tandav’ on Tues- day said they will im- plement changes to the political drama. In an official state- ment, the team reiter- ated that they had no intention to hurt any- one’s sentiments. “We have utmost re- spect for the sentiments of the people of our country. We did not in- tend to hurt or offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, com- munity , race, religion or religious beliefs or in- sult or outrage any in- stitution, political par- ty or person, living or dead. “The cast crew of ‘Tandav’ have made the decision to imple- ment changes to the web series to address the concerns raised to- wards the same,” the statement read. Team ‘Tandav’ to implement changes to web series New Delhi: CBI has seized an additional Rs 2.04 crore hidden in a private hotel in South Delhi by execu- tives of ABCI Infra- structure Pvt Ltd, ac- cused in a bribery case involving senior Railway officials, on Tuesday, sleuths said. The agency had ar- rested Chief Adminis- trative Officer MS Chauhan of NFR and other senior officials with regards to the bribery case . So far, Rs 4.43 crore (approx) have been re- covered, the CBI said. “It was found during further searches at the premises of a private firm (allegedly involved in the said case) located at Kailash Colony, New Delhi that certain items were removed and con- cealed at another place in Delhi.” Railways bribery case: CBI recovers ` 2.04 crore Red Fort PM Modi accredits Indian scientists and health warriors for successful manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine aimed at ending the pandemic ‘VAX WILL HELP HUMANITY AT LARGE’ New Delhi: Indian sci- entists and health war- riors have risen to the occasion and the vac- cines being developed and manufactured in India will help our peo- ple as well as humanity at large in escaping from the COVID-19 pan- demic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message to Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih on Monday . He conveyed this to Solih on Twitter while responding to the lat- ter’s congratulatory message over India’s “landmark pro- gramme” to vaccinate Indian population against COVID-19. “Congratulations to PM @narendramodi and Indian government for its landmark pro- gramme to vaccinate India’’s population against COVID-19,” Solih tweeted on Sun- day . “I’m highly confident that you’ll be successful in this endeavour and that we are finally see- ing an end to the COV- ID-19 scourge,” he said. Responding to Solih’s message, PM Modi tweeted Monday, “Thank you, President @ibusolih. Our scien- tistsand health-warri- ors have risen to the oc- casion.” “The vaccines be- ing manufactured in India will help our people as well as hu- manity at large in es- caping from the pan- demic,” Modi said. Bhutan Prime Minis- ter Lotay Tshering and Sri Lankan premier Mahinda Rajapaksa had also congratulated PM Modi earlier. New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday praised the role of the Delhi Police during the coronavirus pandemic and said the police force has been providing ex- emplary services to people of the national capital. He also said that the police force tackled the northeast Delhi riots last year and brought back peace to the city . Be it tackling the northeast Delhi vio- lence, or the lock- down announced af- ter the outbreak of coronavirus, or the unlocking process, or the movement of mi- grant workers, the Delhi Police has pro- vided exemplary ser- vices to the people, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at an event held at the Del- hi Police headquar- ters here. The minister said the Delhi Police has a very large area of responsi- bility as various key installations come un- der its jurisdiction that include Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minis- ter’s residence, embas- sies of a large number of countries, headquar- ters of many key organ- isations, science cen- tres, among others. He also appreciated the city police’s initia- tive to reunite missing children with their par- ents and said such moves were service to humanity . Shah praises role of Delhi Police during COVID-19 pandemic LAKSHADWEEP REPORTS FIRST COVID-19 CASE Nearly a year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, the first coronavirus case was reported in the Lakshadweep Islands on Monday. Lakshadweep Islands, until now, was India’s only Covid-free ter- ritory. The Covid-infected man, belonging to the India Reserve Batallion, had left for Kavaratti by ship from Kochi on January 3 and tested positive on Monday. I I I MADE IN INDIA C-VAX FOR SIX NATIONS Prime Minister Narendra Modi Union Home Minister Amit Shah First India Bureau Jodhpur: Indian and French Air Force’s De- sert Knight-21 joint ex- ercise will be inaugu- rated on Wednesday at Jodhpur airbase and will be on till January 24. The Ministry of De- fence on Tuesday an- nounced that the newly inducted Rafale fighter jets are going to be part of the bilateral air exer- cisethatwillbeconduct- ed at the Air Force Sta- tioninJodhpurbetween January 20 and January 24. “French side will participate with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tacti- cal Transport aircraft and approximately 175 personnel. IAF aircraft participating in the ex- ercise will include Mi- rage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale,IL-78FlightRefu- elling Aircraft, AWACS and AEWC aircraft,” said Ministry . The exer- cisemarksanimportant milestone in the series of engagements be- tween the two forces. Rafale fighters to be part of Desert Knight exercise REVIEW OF 1987 BATCH IPS OFFICERS SOON Review of 1987 batch IPS officers to the rank of DG in the Government of India is likely soon. Santosh Mehra, Mukul Goel, S N Sahay and A K Sharma are likely to be empanelled. WHO WILL BE NEW CHIEF SECRETARY OF MAHARASHTRA ? Who will succeed Sanjay Kumar on March 1 as Chief Secretary of Maharashtra. Tie is now said to be between two 1985 batch IAS officers Praveen Pardeshi and Sitaram Kunte. TEXTILE SECRETARY TO BE FROM 1989 BATCH ? Whisper has it that a 1989 batch IAS officer will be appointed to the post of Secretary, Textile after an empanelment of this batch. SECRETARY POWER TO RETIRE THIS MONTH Secretary Power in the Government of India S N Sahai is retiring by this month end. He is 1986 batch IAS officer of UT cadre. SBI MD’S FILE ? Appointment of two MDs of the State Bank of India is also stuck up. No one knows what is in store? WILL GUPTESHWAR PANDE GET SOME ASSIGNMENT ? Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pande who resigned from the IPS on the eve of Vidhan Sabha elections may get some assignment. He is former 1987 batch IPS officer. RAJIV GANDHI RETURNS TO PARENT CADRE Rajiv Gandhi, Commissioner (Personnel) in DDA, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre on personal grounds. He is a 1998 batch IRPS officer. Top Prev Next Click here for Your POST OF VIJAY KUMAR UPGRADED AS DIRECTOR, SPORTS The post of Vijay Kumar has been upgraded as Director in the Department of Sports. He is a 2007 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre. DR GURUPRASAD MOHAPATRA IS ALSO SECRETARY, MSME Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises till the appointment of a regular incumbent. PRADIP KUMAR TRIPATHI GETS ADDL CHARGE OF TEXTILES Pradip Kumar Tripathi has been assigned an addi- tional charge of Secretary, Textiles till the appoint- ment of regular incumbent. SANJEEV KUMAR PROMOTED TO ACG GRADE IN IDAS Sanjeev Kumar has been promoted to the grade of Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts in the India Defence Accounts Service (IDAS). SIDDHARTHA MOHANTY APPOINTED AS MD, LIC Siddhartha Mohanty, CEO, Housing Finance Limit- ed, has been appointed as Managing Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). The Appoint- ments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post. TENURE OF S K SINGHAL AS DGP BIHAR EXTENDED The tenure of S K Sighal as Director General of Po- lice (DGP), Bihar, has been extended till December 2022. Singhal, who belongs to a 1988 batch IPS officer, was scheduled to retire in August this year. POWERGallery By arrangement with: http:// whispersinthecorridors.com
  • 8. The world of Pandora from the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar has been recreated by Disney. —DYLAN COLE/DISNEY TALKING POINT JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 07 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia WILL THE PANDEMIC REVITALIZE IDEAS COMMON GOOD? OF THE GLOBAL Faced with unprecedented crises, humanity will have to find a way to come together and develop novel and innovative concepts of governance wo decades into the 21st century, hu- manity is faced with a plethora of unprece- dented global crises. Af- ter SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreakinWest Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and wide- spread public health cri- sis in at least a century . Globalclimatechange is finally being recog- nized as the single most severe threat to human- ity and the planet. This century is also on track to become the era of natural disasters, unique in the history of humanity , with tropical storms,floods,droughts, heatwaves and wildfires rising exponentially in number. Pandemics, global warming and naturaldisastersarebut three of the many large- scale crises at play, pos- ing problems that are particularlychallenging for policymaking at var- ious levels. The 21st century is ex- pected to produce even more and ever greater challenges for the global community .Biodiversity loss, water scarcity and desertification, food in- security , refugee crises, failing states and more will affect many socie- tiesinintricate,complex ways. Termed “Grand Challenges” by the Unit- ed Nations and various other institutions in an effort to generate data, knowledge and advice to decision-makers, the pressing problem cent- ers around how we go about solving them. T Transforming Globalization n less than a year, the COV- ID-19 pandemic disrupted the very tenets of 50 years of globalization: the tyranny of international trade regimes, return on investment-oriented global supply chain management, carbon-in- tense industrial production, the brutal transnational labor market and related migration schemes and global air travel. The notoriously short-lived internation- al capital flow and foreign direct invest- ment came to a halt for a moment — something the 2007-09 financial crisis failed to achieve — and are now being questioned by unlikely sources. Even die-hard Chicago School econo- mists have started to explore the circu- lar economy (better late than never). It appears that the pandemic and its fall- out are a drastic eye-opener that forces us to realize, finally, that much of the “progress” that globalization has brought about is borrowed, if not stolen, from future generations, non-human species, ecosystems and the planet, di- vided as we are by equators of rich and poor, of winners and losers, of “devel- oped’ and “underdeveloped.” It is sim- ply not sustainable. COVID-19, climate change and many of the other “Grand Challenges” are of course correlated with the so-called Third Industrial Revolution and 50 years of neoliberal globalization and Wall Street finance capitalism. One does not have to be a socialist to understand this simple truth. Indeed, there is hope that the current global public health cri- sis will lead to a general reckoning, in- cluding of people in power, and that there will not be a mere continuation of business as usual after the pandemic. Globalization and capitalism have to be transformed, enlightened, guided by mutuality and governed by wisdom and foresight based on the revitalized ideas of the global common good, of global citizenship and of a new global social contract. Think “Avatar.” I Complexity, Uncertainty, Ambiguity h e n o m e n a like climate change, pan- demics or the creeping col- lapse of democratic gov- ernance and the rule of law can be resolved nei- ther by any individual country, let alone by pop- ulist and nationalist politics that defy multi- lateralism, nor by con- ventional policy design. Humanity will have to find a way to come to- gether and develop novel and innovative concepts of governance of global public goods and com- mons, and of global cri- ses, under 21st-century conditions. These are conditions of wickedness, ambigu- ity, non-linearity, multi- causality and multi-sca- lar occurrence at a plan- etary scale. Humanity and planet Earth, with all its living species, form a huge symbiosis, a socio-ecological system, much as depicted in James Cameron’s 2009 movie “Avatar.” There is no pristine natural space left untouched by hu- man influence and no human remains un- touched by at least one of the many disturbance regimes, such as climate change or the current pandemic, that are haunting us. In our previous op-eds, we advocated that in the face of these mega cri- ses, new or renewed so- cial contracts are key and that social learning will provide for the vehi- cle to get us there. We argued that scientists play an important role if they become engaged citizens of their socie- ties and that the self- serving politics of delu- sional populists and au- tocrats — whose global mushrooming coincides with the exponential rise of global crises — are to be replaced. Future narratives that are necessary to guide collective action in the 21st century must be principled and must be about resilience and, sometimes, resistance, often through adaptive or transformative ap- proaches and processes, as well as through edu- cation, learning, en- lightenment, empower- ment and responsible citizenship. Such narra- tives have to be global and universal, mirror- ing the scale and globali- ty of the crises that are so daunting today . The truth is simple: Solutions have to fit the scale and magnitude of the problems, as the pan- demic has shown. Hu- manity must now over- come the comfort zones and confines of tribal- ism, nationalism and self-interest, or it will perish. In the face of a perfect storm of global mega crises, we must transcend the ideologi- cal concept of self-inter- est driven nation-states, of hegemony and of balance-of-power ideolo- gies that date back from the 17th century but still drive much of our mod- ern world. The 21st cen- tury poses brutal chal- lenges to humanity but bears the potential for an evolutionary leap for- ward, toward true global citizenship and a global social contract. P SOURCE: FAIROBSERVER.COM
  • 9. Many a times, we have to do something that may not please us, the best thing is to do it well and quickly so we can move on. —Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO Editor, First India JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 08 2NDFRONT POSTAL REG NO. JPC/010/2019-21 Shivendra Parmar Jaipur: Motivated with the success it has tasted over the past several months, the Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) is all set to bring new schemes across the state including the state capi- tal Jaipur as well. The Rajasthan Housing Board Commissioner Pawan Arora informed that on Tuesday , the 163rdmeetingof thePro- ject Committee was held in the Board Room at the RHB Headquarters un- der the Board’s Chair- man Bhaskar A Sawant. During the meeting, sev- eraldecisions,including developing a housing scheme in Merta City in Nagaur district, build- ing flats under Mukhy- amantri Jan Awas Yoja- na in Pratap Nagar Sec- tor-8 and Bhiwadi, con- structing 61 shops in MansarovarSchemeand planning 187 additional independent houses in Vatika Awas Yojana were taken. “In accordance with the intention of Urban Development and Hous- ing Minister Shanti Dhariwal, the Board will create a housing scheme in Merta City to provide a housing scheme in small towns wherein, 743 independ- ent houses will be built. These include 224 in EWS category, 158 in LIG category, 212 in MIG-I category, 233 in MIG-II category and 16 independent houses in high income category,” Arora said. Adding fur- ther, he informed that the registration scheme for this housing scheme will be started soon. Moreover, flats will be built under the Chief Minister Jan Awaas Yo- jana in Pratap Nagar Sector-8 of Jaipur and Bhiwadi in Alwar. For this, registration scheme will be brought in the ongoing month. “Under the Mansarovar scheme near VT Road, 61 shops will be con- structed at the shopping centre located at Com- mercial Belt-B and Vi- jay Path on Road. Addi- tionally, in view of the public trends, 187 addi- tional independent houses will be con- structed under Vatika Residential Scheme,” the Commissioner said. Givingimpetustorealestatesector,RHB announces major projects in state Housing scheme in Merta City, flats under the CM Jan Awaas Yojana to be built in Pratap Nagar Sector-8 Bhiwadi Suryaveer Singh Jaisalmer: Union Min- ister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday said that Rahul Gandhi does not know the differ- encebetweenalamband goat, wheat and a rice plant as such it does not suit him to talk about ag- riculture. Shekhawat re- acted in Jaisalmer to the distribution of ‘Kheti ka khoon,teenkalekanoon’ booklet by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. On the upcoming Ben- gal elections, he said that the BJP will win more than 200 seats a new lo- tus will blossom there with a historic majority . Shekhawat was on a tour of Jaisalmer district on Tuesday . He addressed the meeting of the Dis- trict Development Coor- dination Monitoring committee. The status of thedistrictwasdiscussed indetailwiththeofficials. First India Bureau Jaipur: In a massive crackdown against ille- gal liquor, 346 people have been arrested and 718 cases registered in the state in two days. The action was taken during a state level campaign started by the Excise Department af- ter a hooch tragedy in Bharatpur, which claimed seven lives. On direction by Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya, the Excise De- partment along with district administration and police started the campaign across the state and took action against illegal liquor trade on a large scale. Excise Commission- er Jogaram conducts review of the campaign every evening. Under the special campaign which is being moni- tored by Finance Secre- tary (Revenue) T Ravi- kanth, actions at 1,846 places were taken on Jan 16 17. Maximum of the action was taken in Udaipur at 388 plac- es, followed by Jaipur 516, Jodhpur 282, Ajmer 146, Bharatpur 136, Bi- kaner 265, and Kota 113. New Delhi:Food served in Parliament canteens for MPs and others will becomecostlier as a sub- sidygivenforit hasbeen stopped, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said. While Birla did not spec- ifythefinancialimplica- tions of the move, sourc- es said the Lok Sabha Secretariat can annual- ly save more than Rs 8 crore with the subsidy coming to an end. Talk- ing to reporters about preparations for the next Parliament ses- sion, beginning Janu- ary 29, Birla also said the Parliament canteens will now be run by ITDC in place of Northern Railways. Birla said all Members of Parliament will be requested to un- dergo the COVID-19 test before the start of the Budget session. While RS will sit from 9 am to 2 pm, LS will function in the second half from 4-8 pm. The Question Hour will be allowed during the session for an al- ready fixed time of one hour. He said all ar- rangements have also been made for RTPCR COVID-19 tests of MPs near their residence. In Parliament premises, the RTPCR tests will be conducted on Jan 27-28, while arrangements have also been made for the same. —PTI Shekhawat takes jibe at RaGa’s farm booklet 346arrested,718 casesinaction againstillegalliquor A SALUTE TO CORONA WARRIORS... Subsidyends,prices of foodservedinParl canteenstogoup Nirmal Tiwari Jaipur: Chief Secre- tary Niranjan Arya on Tuesday, asked the of- ficials of the revenue, forest, energy and ur- ban development de- partments to remove bottlenecks in the con- struction of National Highway projects in the state. Arya held a video conference to review the projects of the Na- tional Highway Au- thority of India (NHAI) going on in the state and issued nec- essary directions to the state officials. He reviewed the pro- gress in Amritsar- Jamnagar and Delhi- Mumbai Expressway corridor and other projects of the NHAI in the meeting of the state-level High Power Committee. 3,171 km long 51 NH projects with a cost of Rs 46,789 crore are in progress across the state. At the same time, a 637 km long highway under the Amritsar- Jamnagar Express- way and 374 km long highway under the Delhi-Mumbai Ex- pressway will be con- structed in Rajasthan with a cost of Rs 11,387 crore and Rs 11,204 crore respectively. Arya instructed the Collectors of Hanu- mangarh and Jalore districts to quickly re- solve pending cases of land acquisition for the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway project on top priority. He also instructed NHAI officials to ex- plore the possibilities of constructing a direct National Highway to connect Sirohi Jalore District Headquarters. Principal Secretary PWD, Rajesh Yadav said that the District Collectors are being constantly being inter- acted with regarding various issues pertain- ing to Amritsar-Jam- nagar Delhi-Mumbai Expressway projects. Remove bottlenecks in construction of NH projects in state: CS EXPEDITING PROJECT WORK CS Niranjan Arya chairs the review meet of NHAI projects in state via VC wherein, Rajesh Yadav, DR Meghwal MK Jain were present. Bhaskar Sawant and Pawan Arora discussing issues in the meeting at the RHB Headquarters on Tuesday. Esteemed guests stand for the National Anthem before the commencement of the event. Ajmer Dairy MD Umesh Chand Vyas, Dairy Chairman Ram Chandra Chaudhary, Former MLA Dr Rajkumar Jaipal, Outgoing City Congress President Vijay Jain, Zila Pramukh Sushil Kanwar Palada, National Vice-President of Bhartiya Kho Kho Sangh Bhanwar Singh Palada, former MLA Dr Gopal Baheti, Chairman Mahatma Jyotirao Phule University, Nirmal Panwar and BJP Spokesperson,Ajmer City Anish Moyal present during the felicitation ceremony at Hotel Grand Xenia in Ajmer on Tuesday. CoronaWarriors standing along with the guests during the event. Om Birla Jogaram T Ravikant THE ORDER Corona Warriors present at the venue during the programme. COVID-19 UPDATE RAJASTHAN 2,752 DEATHS 3,15,603 CONFIRMED CASES GUJARAT 4,369 DEATHS 2,56,852 CASES DELHI 10,764 DEATHS 6,32,821 CASES WORLD 20,55,696 DEATHS 9,62,22,720 CONFIRMED CASES INDIA 1,05,96,107 CONFIRMED CASES 1,52,743 DEATHS MAHARASHTRA 50,523 DEATHS 19,94,977 CASES UTTAR PRADESH 8,584 DEATHS 5,97,238 CASES KARNATAKA 12,181 DEATHS 9,33,077 CASES NOW LOCAL BODIES TOO CAN BUILD HOUSES ON PLOTTED LAND
  • 10. JAIPUR, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia 09 nother glamourous evening took place in the Pink City, as the sash ceremony of the prestigious beauty pageant Miss Teen Diva 2020 by Gla- manand Group was organised on Tuesday evening at Hotel Grand Uniara. Jagdeesh Chandra was the chief guest of the event, and motivated the participants to achieve their dreams in life. RR Dalpat Singh, GM, Grand Uniara was also present dur- ing the event. In sash ceremo- ny , Aayushi Dholakia, Simran Sharma, Tanvi Malhara and Kanchan Khatana started the program by sashing the con- testants. The pageant will take place from January 19 to 25 in Jaipur and Gurugram. Organizer Nikhil Anand and mentor Yogesh Mishra said, “Participants from across the country will com- pete for the titles of Miss Teen IndiaInternational,MissTeen India Universe and Miss Teen India Earth. The three win- ners of the competition will represent India in Miss Teen International, Miss Teen Uni- verse and Miss Teen Earth. These contestants will get an opportunity to participate in 3 top-notch international beau- ty contests organised for the teens.” The 25 national finalists of the beauty pageant are- Aish- waryaVeenuNair,AasthaDev, BhumikaSahu,ChetnaArora, Debpriya Sharma, Divya Chaudhary , Gargi Yadav, Gur- mrit Kaur, Kannakshi Rathi, Mahi Nikam, Manishika Goy- al, Melissa Nayak, Parvi Dholakhandi, Pranjal Priya Bhatt, Rashi Parasrampuria, Ritu G Gadhavi, Riya Chaud- hary , Rudrangi Sundare, Saya- li R Ayer, Sejal Kumar, Shivan- gi Desai, Shrishti Zalxo, Vachi Pareekand Yashika Dudeja. MANSI BACHANI cityfirst@firstindia.co.in A THE YOUNG DIVAS THE YOUNG DIVAS THE SASH CEREMONY OF MISS TEEN DIVA 2020 WAS HELD ON TUESDAY AT HOTEL GRAND UNIARA, JAIPUR! —PHOTOS BY SANTOSH SHARMA Jagdeesh Chadra during the cake cutting ceremony with Aayushi Dholakia, Tanvi Malhara, Rudrangi Saundaray, Rashi Parasrampuria, Maahi Nikam, Pranjal Priya, Aayushi Dholakia, Chetna Arora, Rajiv Srivastava and others From left: Melisha Nayak, Parvi Dhaulakhandi, Sejal Kumar, Ritu Gadhvi Wachi Pareek, Rashi Parasrampuria and Divya Chaudhary Clockwise: Wachi Pareek, Ritu Gadhvi and Rashi Parasrampuria Yogesh Mishra and Nikhil Anand Shivangi Desai and Aayushi Dholakia Aayushi Dholakia
  • 11. 10-11 ETC JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia CORONAWARRIORSAWARDED SOME MORE GLIMPSES City First shares a few more glimpses of the Salute First event organised by First India News at Hotel Marriott Jaipur on Monday evening. Various frontline workers were honoured during the event, for their courage and unending efforts during the peak of the Corona pandemic! The honourable Dais led by BD Kalla and Raghu Sharma stand at attention during the National Anthem. Seen here are (from right) Rajendra Rathore, Satish Poonia,Jagdeesh Chandra, Bhawar Singh Bhati, Ashok Chandana, Mamta Bhupesh and Tikaram Jully —PHOTOS BY SUMAN SARKAR SANTOSH SHARMA Shweta Mishra, Master of Ceremonies Shishir Awasthi Isha Agarwal Sandeep Bakshi, Chancellor, JNU receiving the award from BD Kalla, Govind Dotasra and Jagdeesh Chandra Dr Vikas Swarankar, Chairperson, MGH University receiving the award from Satish Poonia, Rajendra Rathore and Pratap Singh Khachariyawas Dr Sushma Nagar receiving the award from Govind Singh Dotasra, Mamta Bhupesh, Jagdeesh Chandra and Tikaram Jully Dr Manish Sharma Collector Antar Singh Nehra appreciated First India’s initiative Mansi Bachani and Dr Saumya, Mayor, Jaipur Heritage Chai pe charcha- Political leaders enjoy scintillating conversation after the event Dr Jagdish Modi Dr Rekha Singh (From right) Ashok Parnami, Mahant Kailash Sharma, Aditi Nagar, BL Soni and Sanyan Lodha along with the audience Sunil Jain Virendra Meel Jagdeesh Chandra greets Ashok Lahoti Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Satish Poonia and Rajendra Rathore enjoy a laugh together (From left) Lokesh Joshi, Rajesh Duggal, Maheep Poonia, Gaurav Chaudhary and Aishwarya Pradhan Akanksha Bhalla, Swati Jangid with Dr Shalini Tomar Garssa and Dr Sunil Kumar Garssa of Dana Shivam Heart Superspeciality Hospital Pawan Goyal Sumitra Godara, Soni Kumari and Tanu Chaudhary Jagdeesh Chandra greets Nirmal Pawar, Chairperson, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University Gaurav Gaur, Radhika Choudhary, Karishma Tak and Yashvi Soni Shreyans Mehta, CEO, MedCords Healthcare Solutions (Aayu Health App) receiving the award from Govind Singh Dotasra, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Mamta Bhpesh, Tikaram Jully and Rafiq Khan Senior Editor Syed Umar with First India team (from left) Hemant, Sanjiv, Mukesh, Santosh, Ashish, Dinesh, Vishal, Sarish, Mahendra and Shaan Nitesh Agarwal Kailash Daga, Director, Galaxy Enclave- The Urban Village Dr Shalini Tomar Garssa
  • 12. GUJ: Bizo Women’s Designer organised a group exhibition of designer sarees, clothing, wearable art, wedding dresses and real diamond jewellery at Bohemian Gallery, Ahmedabad on Tuesday. —PHOTO BY HANIF SINDHI 12 JAIPUR | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 www.firstindia.co.in I www.firstindia.co.in/epaper/ I twitter.com/thefirstindia I facebook.com/thefirstindia I instagram.com/thefirstindia CITY BUZZ Promoted by AK Jain Sales and Marketing Pvt. Ltd. Poster Launch Celebration Lokesh Sharma Show Director Rishee Miglani Brand Ambassador (ENTRY BY INVITATION ONLY) Drink Responsibly R SEASON 9 DUBAI EDITION Sparkling Wine Desserts at 20th January, 2021 | 5:30PM to 7:30PM Hotel Sarovar Premiere, Sahakar Marg, Tonk Road, Jaipur T he COVID-19 pandem- ic caused immense collateral damage to society. When the gov- ernment first declared a na- tionwide lockdown in March, it was the school-children who suffered the most while the underprivileged who are unable to afford online edu- cation hardware were hit the most. FormerChief ElectionCom- missioner Naveen Chawla the founder of Darshan Trust, whichrunsaspecialschoolfor hearingimpairedkidsreached out to First India, to help such underprivilegedstudentswith their online education; First India ran a campaign on be- half of Darshan Trust. As a result, the trust successfully received 23 tablets for the stu- dents with hearing impair- ment. To distribute those tab- lets,aceremonywasorganised by Darshan Trust on Tuesday at Pratap Nagar, Jaipur. Pre- sent on the occasion were D. R. Mehta from Bhagwan Ma- haveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) Jaipur; Ga- janandSharmaCommissioner Secretary to Government, Disabilities, Surendra Surana and Anita Hada. During the event, D R Me- hta announced to donate more 27 tablets, reaching a total of 50 tablets to help these needy students. Naveen Chawla and Director P Capt (retd) H Latif thanked Jagdeesh Chandra and First India for their support. G auahar Khan and Zaid Darbar jetted off to Udaipur on Monday for their first holiday together after their wedding. The newly married couple shared happy pic- tures of themselves on social media. On Monday, Zaid Darbar shared the first set of pictures from their vacation. “Finally, our time,” he captioned the photos, in which he can be seen pos- ing with Gauahar at the Mehrangarh Fort. FIRST MINI HOLIDAY EVENT! Jagdeesh Chandra greeted Kavita Chauhan of the First India family on her birthday on Tuesday, 19 January. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A GOOD DEED! CITY FIRST agdeesh Chandra was the chief guest at the launching ceremony of ‘Son- vi’s Astrological Calendar 2021’ held by Astrologer and Tar- ot card reader Sonvi in col- laboration with First India on Tuesday at Hotel Grand Safari, Jaipur. This unique calendar includes Astrolo- ger Sonvi’s expertise on lucky numbers and colours of different zodiac signs. Present on the occasion as special guests were JD Ma- heshwari, Vijay Aggarwal, Pawan Tank and Vishnu Sharma.Theeventwitnessed evening full of glamour as various models walked the ramp in the western outfits. The event was hosted by an- chor Reena Jain. On the occasion, Sonvi shared, “For the first time we are launching a calendar basedonthethemeof astrol- ogy . This calendar will help people to get the annual pre- dictions, future horoscopes, festivals and auspicious dates. The calendar is con- ceptualised, designed and shot by Harshita Nair.” Sonvi is the founder of modern astrology. She is also a social worker and teaches astrology in vari- ous NGOs. She has also been awarded as a young astrologer, spiritual coun- sellor and youth tarot card reader. cityfirst@firstindia.co.in Sonvi’sAstrological Calendar 2021 J KARISHMA GWALANI Karishma.gwalani @firstindia.co.in Sonvi with others during the event Jagdeesh Chandra with (from left) J.D. Maheshwari, Pawan Goel, Sonvi, Harshita Nayyar, Pawan Tank, Jyoti Singh and Vishnu Sharma Gajanand Sharma hands over a tab to a student Naveen Chawla in conversation with Gajanand Sharma as H Latif explains a point to D. R. Mehta Naveen Chawla shows the facilities of Darshan to Anita Hada Zaid Darbar’s post