DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 HATHRAS DALIT VICTIM DIES; PROTESTS IN DELHI, UP ‘My daughter said she wanted to come home... She was conscious again, I thought she would survive’ HATHRAS, SEPTEMBER 29 AROUND 7 am, the 28-yearold’s phone rang. It was a call the family had been dreading for days. “It was my father, he said she was dead... Just like that, my sister is gone. We were up all night, praying for her recovery,” he said, crying. On Tuesday morning, the 19year-old Dalit woman who had beenassaultedandallegedlygangraped by four upper-caste men inHathrasdistrict,UttarPradesh, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Police take away the father and brother of the 19-year-old Hathras victim from Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, after persuading them to end a dharna on Tuesday. Tashi Tobgyal SHUBHAJIT ROY & JOHNSON T A NEW DELHI, BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 29 NGOAMNESTYInternational on Tuesday announced that it was shutting its offices in India and letting go of its staff, nearly 150 members, in Bengaluru and Delhifollowingthefreezingof its bank accounts by the Enforcement Directorate. “The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” Amnesty International India said in a statement. The offices will shut by Wednesday. Amnesty called the freezing of accounts “akin to freezingdissent” and said the action was “the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations”, leaving them unable to carry on with campaign and research work in India. Executive Director of Amnesty International India Avinash Kumar said over email that they SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 29 PUSHING ITS old claim line in Ladakh and hardening its position on the situation there, Beijing Tuesday said it does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh and is opposed to the construction of Indian infrastructure there. New Delhi reacted sharply, sayingit has“never acceptedthe so-called unilaterally defined Work on a highway in Ladakh. Reuters 1959Lineof ActualControl”,and that it is “untenable”. This exchange between the PM targets Opp: ‘not with farmers, youth or soldiers’ HARIKISHAN SHARMA & LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, DEHRADUN, SEPTEMBER 29 TARGETING THE Opposition for protesting against the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said “these people are neither with the farmer, nor with the youth, nor with the soldiers”. Saying that they were “opposingjustforthesakeof opposing”, Modi said “people who oppose and protest are becoming increasingly irrelevant for the country and society”. Speakingat the inauguration of six projects related to the THE IDEAS PAGE OPPOSINGFORTHE SAKE OF OPPOSING BY BHUPENDER YADAV PAGE 13 Namami Gange mission in Uttarakhand, via video conference, Modi said: “They are opposing the independence of the farmer.Thesepeoplearenowinsulting farmers by setting on fire the goods and equipment that farmers worship.” Youth Congress workers from Punjab set a tractor on fire near India Gate on Monday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 P17 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW CHAIRMAN, 15TH FINANCE COMMISSION PM at the inauguration of the Namami Gange projects. ANI two sides comes a week after their military commanders met at the Moldo border point facing Chushul following the Moscow agreement between the Foreign Ministers to dial down tensions along the LAC. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin, responding to a question on Indian road-building along the border, said China “doesnotrecognizetheso-called Union Territory of Ladakh” by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Babri order today, in the dock are Advani, Joshi, Bharti MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 29 ALMOST 28 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a Special CBI Court will Wednesday pronounce its judgment in the conspiracy case. While the court has directed all the 32 accused, including BJP leaders L K Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi, to be present in court, there was no clarity on Tuesday on how many will come. While Advani, Joshi and coaccused Nritya Gopal Das are above 80 years of age and may citehealthconditions,Bhartiand anotheraccused,SatishPardhan, are in hospital. Bharti is being treated for the coronavirus and Pradhan for a gangrene condition. Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who is among the accused, was discharged from hospital on Monday after undergoing treatmentforCovid-19.Theyoungest accused, Pawan Kumar Pandey, is in his 50s, a lawyer said. “We have no idea who will not attend court proceedings tomorrow. No defence lawyer has filed exemption applications for a client,” defence lawyer K K Mishra said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 299 vs 97 min per day: NSS confirms household, unpaid work falls on women PAGE 1 ANCHOR ZEESHAN SHAIKH MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 29 A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND ‘Time Use Survey’ conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has shown that only 38.2 per cent of the population participates in“employmentandother CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP WORST IN CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN, SCs: NCRB PAGE 8 Hardening stance, China rejects Ladakh UT, raises 1959 claim line CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 N K SINGH Ramu,26,andLuvKush,23—have been booked on charges of murder,gangrapeandundertheSC/ST Act. ADG, Law and Order (UP Police), Prashant Kumar said that in2015,acaseofassaulthadbeen filedbythevictim’sfamilyagainst Ravi, but due to “witness hostility”, he had got bail. Aninitialmedicalreportofthe LAC CRISIS: HOPES OF EARLY RESOLUTION RECEDE Untenable, says India, Beijing not interested in clarifying LAC; China opposes border infra-construction by India ED freezes its accounts, Amnesty shuts its India offices on September 14, died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. Fighting for her life for the past 15 days, with her tongue cut by the assaulters and her spinal cord and neck severely injured, leaving her paralysed in all four limbs, she had beenmovedfromanAligarhhospital to Delhi the day before. A seniordoctor at Safdarjung Hospital said she had been brought in on Monday at 3.39 pm. At 5.30 am Tuesday, she suffered a cardiac arrest. “She was declared dead at 6.15 am.” The accused — Sandeep, 20, hisuncleRavi,35,andtheirfriends related activities”, spending 429 minutes(7hoursand9minutes) on an average each day. Thereis,however,awidegender disparity, with only 18.4 per centwomenparticipatinginemployment activities compared with 57.3 per cent men; also, while men spend on an average 459minutes(7hoursand39minutes), women spend only 333 minutes(5hoursand33minutes). The NSS report, ‘Time Use in India2019’,whosefindingswere released Tuesday, has been con- ducted for the first time in the country.Theprimaryobjectiveof the survey was to measure participation of men and women in paidandunpaidactivitiesaswell asmeasurethetimedispositions on different activities. The survey was conducted between January 2019 and December2019.As manyas 1.39 lakh households across the country comprising 4.47 lakh persons over the age of six were enumerated. Itshowswomenparticipation in unpaid domestic services for household members – cooking, cleaning, household management – is as high as 81.2 per cent eachdaycomparedwith26.1per centformen.Womenspend299 minutes (almost 5 hours), thrice asmuchasmen(97minutesor1 hour 37 minutes). There is also a stark difference in the time spent by men and women in care-giving activities to a dependent child or an adult. While only 14 per cent of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chinese investment pacts, pvt JVs invite Govt scrutiny AASHISH ARYAN & SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 29 IN A move that is likely to mount more pressure on Chinese trade and investment in India, the government is planning to scrutinise old and new private sector joint ventures and investment agreements to check for alleged violation of tax laws and other laws, multiple sources in the know of the development told The Indian Express. The priority, the sources said, will be vetting documents and agreements of companies in the information technology and finance sector. The scope of the probe will, however, be expanded in time to cover other strategic and non-strategic sectors. “With the emphasis on Atmanirbhar Bharat, there is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Just 6.6% exposed to Covid till Aug: New sero-survey KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 29 AN ESTIMATED one in 15 individuals aged 10 years and above were exposed to the novel coronavirus infection by August, indicating that a large part of the population is still susceptible to the virus, according to the second nationwide sero-survey. Releasing the findings on Tuesday, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said 6.6 per cent of the 29,082 people (aged 10 years and above) surveyed from August 17 to September 22 showed evidence of past exposure to Covid-19. The prevalence was higher for adults (aged 18 years and above) at 7.1 per cent. This is a significant increase from the 0.73 per cent prevalence found in the first sero-sur- E E X P L A I NE D JIGNASA SINHA WITH RESTRICTIONS being eased, the sero-survey shows states with densely populated urban clusters remain the most vulnerable. With winter arriving, precautionary behaviour remains the most essential tool to protect the 90 per cent susceptible population. vey, conducted between May 11 and June 4, among adults in 70 districts. The second survey was conducted in the same districts, but children (above 10 years) (A Govt. of India Undertaking, Ministry of Defence) 43/46, Garden Reach Road, Kolkata-700024 Visit us at: www.grse.in CIN No.: L 35111 WB 1934 GOI 007891 Urban clusters ● vulnerable CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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