DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES EXPLAINED MEDICINE NOBEL FOR HEPATITIS C VIRUSDISCOVERY PAGE 13 SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Was prepared for strike after Galwan, China can’t get the better of us: IAF chief Modi, Xi at BRICS table in Nov, first meet since standoff KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 SENDING A tough message to China amid the Ladakh crisis, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said Monday that the IAF is “determined to handle any contingency” and its “deployment of combat-ready units in response to the standoff along the LAC in the North is indicative of our operational state today”. Stating “we are very well positionedandthereisnoquestion thatinanyconflictscenariothere that China can get the better of us”,AirChief MarshalBhadauria, responding to a query on whether the IAF had come close to carrying out strikes against SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in New Delhi Monday. PTI China after the Galwan Valley clashes,said:“Didwecomeclose tostriking?No.Butwerewepre- pared for it? Yes.” Addressing the press ahead CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INWHATcouldbethefirstinteraction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the border standoff in Ladakh this May, the two leaders are scheduled to attend the BRICS summit meeting via virtual mode on November 17. Russia, which currently holds the BRICS chair, announced Monday that the 12th BRICS Summit — of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa — is going to be held via video conference. Modi and Xi, who have met at least 18 times in the last six years, have not spoken to each other or met since the border standoff. No meeting or phone call between the two leaders is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GST deadlock: Opp states reject compensation plan Next meeting Oct 12; need to talk further: Sitharaman AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 THE DEADLOCK over compensation between states and the Centre remained unresolved at the42ndGoodsandServicesTax Council meeting Monday, with 10 non-BJP-ruled states rejecting the two borrowing options floated by the Centre. The Council, however, approved extensionof thelevyof compensationcessonluxuryandsingoods beyond the five-year transition period ending June 2022. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JDU hits back at LJP, says exit from alliance suicidal act We have faith in Nitish Kumar: BJP SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, OCTOBER 5 SLAMMING THE LJP’s move to leave the NDA for the Bihar polls as “overambitious and misplaced”, and “a suicidal act”, the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) said Monday that the political realignmentwith just three weeks left for votingwillhave “no impact” on DECISION the results. “TheLJPhas 2020 committed a BIHAR suicidal act by coming out of the NDA in Bihar while sticking on in the alliance at the Centre for its political survival,” K C Tyagi, JD(U) national spokesperson and former Rajya SabhaMP,toldTheIndianExpress. PutsNitish in a spot THE JD(U) may put up a brave face but LJP's open defiance of Nitish Kumar — with the BJP tacitly endorsing it — has put it in a spot. It has also given the Opposition a handle to play up anti-incumbency. Reiterating that the JD(U) is “unaffected” by the move, Tyagi said: “We (JDU and BJP) will swim or sink together. There are nocontradictionsbetweenus.In CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lokayukta leaves a dejected man: Might as well abolish post PAGE 1 ANCHOR SMITA NAIR PANAJI, OCTOBER 5 JUSTICEPRAFULLAKumarMisra (retd) left Goa on Monday, completely “disenchanted” with the state government that has not acted on even one of the 21 reports that he submitted against public functionaries during his nearly four-and-a-half years as Lokayukta. “If you ask me in one sentence my experience in dealing with these complaints as Lokayukta in Goa, I will say they should abolish the institution of Lokayukta,” Justice Misra told The Indian Express. “Why should public money During the meeting, Opposition-ruled states reiterated that the Centre needed to borrow money, instead of states, to bridge the compensation deficit of Rs 2.35 lakh crore this fiscal — and not make any distinction in revenue shortfall on account of GST implementation and the pandemic, The Indian Express has learnt. A call for voting, too, was learnt to have been proposed by Kerala, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal Justice (retd) Misra leaving his residence at Altinho in Goa on Monday. Smita Nair be spent for nothing? If the Lokayukta Act is being thrown into the dustbin with such force, then it’s better to abolish the Lokayukta,” he said. Misra, 73, served as Goa Lokayukta from March 18, 2016 to September 16, 2020. Among CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE HATHRAS PROTESTS Conspiracy, says CM, police file 21 FIRs across UP, six in Hathras Charges include sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity AVANEESH MISHRA LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 5 POSITIVE, NEGATIVE US President Donald Trump outside the Maryland hospital, where he is being treated for Covid. He made a surprise drive-by to wave at his supporters. Reuters REPORT,PAGE14 School reopening: How, which classes, Centre leaves it to states RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 2 CRPF MEN KILLED IN MILITANT ATTACK IN SRINAGAR PAGE 8 Tight security at the village of the Hathras victim, on Monday. Praveen Khanna RELATEDREPORTSPAGE8 THE EDUCATION Ministry on Monday issued broad guidelines for reopening schools amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, but left the decision on whether to bring back the youngest or the oldest students first up to the state governments. The states, a ministry official told The Indian Express, are free todecidethetimingandmanner of school reopening as long as it is inphases and afterOctober 15. “It is requested that as and when States/UT decide to reopen schools, a copy of the order and SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) may be emailed to this Ministry as well,” states the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FACING CRITICISM for its handling of the murder and alleged gangrapeof the19-year-oldDalit woman in Hathras, the Uttar Pradesh Police has filed 21 cases across the state against, among othercharges,attemptsto“incite casteandcommunaltensionand defame the state government” usingsocialmediaplatformsand public meetings. The charges includesedition,criminalconspiracy and promoting enmity. This comes a day after Chief MinisterYogiAdityanathalleged “conspiracies” against his government by “those who want to incitecasteandcommunalriots”. He reiterated this on Monday, saying “some anarchists who can’t bear to see development in the state are conspiring to promote communal frenzyand violence on caste lines”. The FIRs, filed in the last 24 hours, include six in Hathras – four at Chandpa police station, and one each at Sasni and Hathras Gate police stations. “Wehaveregistered21FIRsin the state, out of which six are in Hathrasdistrict.ThesixmainFIRs inHathrashaveunidentifiedpersons as accused. The rest of the FIRsinotherdistrictshavenamed persons as accused. Among the FIRs in Hathras, one is against Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya LokDalworkersforascufflewith thepolicewhileattemptingtoenter the village. Another FIR has been registered against some Congress members for circulating a video. An FIR at Sasni police station is against Bhim Army members for blocking the road. There was an FIR at Hathras Gate police station where a former MLA had organised a public meeting,” said Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Prashant Kumar. A statement issued by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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