DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE HOWSCHOOL REOPENS BY RUKMINI BANERJI PAGE 10 WORLD LAC NEGOTIATIONS ON SIMULTANEOUS WITHDRAWAL China insists Indians vacate Chushul heights, India says clear Pangong north PANGONGTSO Chushul SPANGGURGAP RezangLa RechinLa PAGE 14 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 CHINA’S INSISTENCE on India vacating its advanced positions on the south bank of Pangong Tso as a precursor to discussions onDelhi’sdemandforstatusquo ante of April has emerged as the INDIA Leh nk Ba k rth an No hB ut So Indian troops crossed LAC at 7 places to occupy dominating positions: sources RAVISH TIWARI TRUMP AND BIDEN SPAR FROM AFAR AT TOWN HALLS TIME TO PREPARE FOR NO-TRADE DEAL BREXIT: UK PM `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 new sticking point in efforts to resolve the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, highly placed government sources said Friday. SourcessaidDelhiisinsisting CHINA Ladakh Jammuand Kashmir on simultaneous withdrawal of forces from the Pangong north bank — where Chinese troops have crossed the point which India says marks the LAC — and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaishankar: Galwan clash profoundly disturbed ties.. had deep public impact SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 DELIVERING HIS sharpest comments yet on China since the Moscow meeting last month with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, External Affairs Minister S JaishankarFridaysaidtheborder stand-off in eastern Ladakh is a Lockdown hardship, job loss: cracks in Nitish home citadel ‘(Troops at border) critical security challenge’ “very sharp departure” with a “very deep public” and “very major political” impact. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KalyanBighahasgained,buteconomicdistressaworry DIPANKAR GHOSE HARNAUT(NALANDA), OCTOBER 16 THE ROAD is smooth, blacktopped, white markers in the middlethatspeakofarecentcoat of paint. The fields are green on eitherside.Attheentrancetothe village, there is an ITI, and then a referral hospital. One signpost even boasts of a shooting range. KalyanBigha,inthedistrictof Nalanda, bears the signs of administrative attention, of being ChiefMinisterNitishKumar’svillage. Its residents say that until now, with the village seeing so much work, there has been unanimity among residents, cutting across caste, throwing their weight behind Kumar in polls. But this time, cracks are appearing in that edifice. The larger Harnaut assembly constituencyisasclosetoaNitish Kumar bastion as they come. It was from here that he won his first assembly election in 1985, on his third attempt, and then again in 1995. For the past three terms,therehasbeenaJDUMLA, Harinarayan Singh, who is contesting the elections again, in a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GIRIRAJ CALLS CONG CANDIDATE ‘JINNAH SYMPATHISER’ PAGE 6 DECISION: 2020 BIHAR A SHAURYA Chakra awardee, who had taken on militants at the height of insurgency in Punjab in the 1990s, was shot dead at his house in Bhikhiwind, in Tarn Taran district, on Friday morning,sixmonthsafterhissecurity cover was withdrawn. Police said 'Comrade' Balwinder Singh, 62, a former CPI(M) member, was on the ground floor of his house when FULL COVERAGE, VISIT WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM MIGRANT GODDESS Malegaon blast accused joins JD(U) in UP, says ‘wish to work for society’ EXPRESS NETWORK CHANDAN HAYGUNDE US-CBI op blows lid off call centre fraud targeting elderly Americans PUNE, OCTOBER 16 RAMESHUPADHYAY,anaccused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, has joined the Janata Dal(United)inUttarPradeshand has been appointed state convenor of its ex-servicemen cell. His appointment letter was issued by UP JD(U) chief Anoop Singh Patel on October 12. Upadhyay, a retired army major, had been arrested along with Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit by the Maharashtra ATS for his alleged roleinthe2008Malegaoncase.He was, however, released on bail in 2017.Trialinthecaseisonbeforea specialNIAcourtinMumbai. Ramesh Upadhyay Upadhyay, a resident of Pune and a native of Ballia in UP, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his native constituency as an Independent candidate. Earlier, in 2012, he had contested the UP Assembly elections from Bairia in Ballia district on a Hindu Mahasabha ticket, after seeking permission from the court. Speaking to The Indian Express, Upadhyay said, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 INDIAN AND US investigators workingtogetherhavebustedan alleged call centre racket that had targeted elderly Americans for nine years, the backend operations of which were handled by at least six private companies in Delhi, the NCR cities of Noida, Gurgaon, and Faridabad, Jaipur, and Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. The idol of Durga at Barisha Club in Behala, south Kolkata, depicts her as a migrant mother in an ordinary sari and without jewellery, carrying her child in her arms, with her other children by her side. Artist Rintu Das said he was inspired by the suffering of migrant labourers who were forced to walk to their villages after the lockdown. Partha Paul Victims in the US would see false messages about a malware infection pop up on their computers, which would nudge them to a toll-free number. The userswouldbeconnected tocall centresinIndia,whereoperators would request remote access to the computer to “fix the problem”. After a false diagnosis of a non-existent problem, the victims would be asked for “hundreds of dollars for unnecessary services and software”. In a coordinated move involving the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raidedseverallocationsinthesix towns and cities where the call centresattheheartof thealleged “technical support fraud” were based. A federal court in the US had earlier issued a temporary restraining order against an American individual and five international entities that are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Covid cloud, a silver lining for Indian football: Aussie league stars line up to play PAGE 1 ANCHOR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 LASTOCTOBER,Britishfootballer Gary Hooper became the "bestever signing" of Wellington Phoenix, a club from New Zealand that plays in Australia’s A-League. With nearly 200 goals in the premier leagues of England and Scotland as well as the Champions League, Hooper was the highest-paid player on the club's roster. Then, the pandemic struck. Today, the 32-year-old centre forwardispartoftheIndianSuper League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters FC,whichwillpayhimRs1.5crore for eight months’ service. Hooper isn’t the only player fromDownUnderwhohasbeen lured to the ISL, which will be held in a bio-secure environment in Goa starting next month. As A-League clubs deal with pandemic-induced finan- Hyderabad FC’s Joel Chianese in Goa. Hyderabad FC NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 THE LARGE, multi-nation 'Solidarity' clinical trial coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to find an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus infection has concludedthatfourcommonlyused re-purposed drugs have little or no effect onpatients admitted in hospital with Covid-19. The trial, carried out in 405 hospitals in 30 countries including India, looked at four drugs or their combinations — remdesivir, developed originally to treat Ebola; anti-malaria drug HCQ; ritonavir/lopinavir, licensed for treatment of HIV; and interferon beta 1a, used to treat multiple sclerosis. “No study drug definitely reducedmortality(inunventilated patients or any other subgroup of entry characteristics), initiation of ventilation or hospitalisation duration,” the research paper, which is yet to be peerreviewed, said. OnJuly6,WHOhadaccepted AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 16 PAGE 5 PAGE 7 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR POVERTY IS ONLY CASTE... I THINK OF ALL OF BIHAR’S 12 CR: CHIRAG CHIRAG ONLY A VOTE KATUA: BJP SC PICKS JUSTICE LOKUR FOR PANEL ON CROP BURNING WHO-led research in 30 countries pours cold water on Covid therapy Acausefor concern REMDESIVIR AND hydroxychloroquine are part of the standard treatment regimen in India. The conclusion of the WHO-led trial – which has been contested by the developers of remdesivir – that no drug or combination reduces mortality or need for ventilation presents a new cause for concern in the search for effective therapeutic interventions before a vaccine can become available. the recommendation of the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 6 months after security withdrawn, Shaurya Chakra awardee shot dead A group of villagers talk politics in Kalyan Bigha, in Harnaut Assembly constituency of Bihar. Dipankar Ghose seat that goes to the polls in the second phase on November 3. On Thursday morning, right next to the blacktopped road, and close to a temple, a group of six elders of the village sit and discuss politics. They are all Kurmi, but believe “only a fool would vote for anyone else” but Nitish Kumar. “What has he not done for this village? There is a road, a big government school, an ITI, a hospital. We remember Solidarity findings ‘unpromising’, trial shows remdesivir, HCQ do not help cial distress, the ISL teams have been able to sign players who, in pre-Covid times, would be beyond their budgets. “There is a lot of financial uncertaintythere(A-League)atthe moment and players want to know when they will be getting paidandthattheywillbereceiving their full salary,” striker Joel Chianese, who has joined Hyderabad FC from Perth Glory, tells The Indian Express. Chianese and Hooper are part of an impressive ensemble, which will be headlined by Englishman Adam Le Fondre. Regarded as a club legend at Sydney FC, with a wealth of Premier League experience, Le Fondre is set to join City Football Group-owned Mumbai City on loanbecauseof aproposedwage cut at Sydney. Earlier this month, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was named the manager of SC East Bengal following his Covidforced exit from Brisbane Roar. Newcastle Jets defender James Donachie has joined Asian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Balwinder Singh two men arrived on a bike and shot Singh six times at pointblankrange.Policesaidtheattack- ers fled on their bike while Singh collapsed and died on the spot. ThefamilyallegedSingh'ssecurity was withdrawn despite their complaints to police about threats that they had been receiving. When asked why Singh's security was withdrawn and not reinstateddespitecomplaintsby the family, Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman H Nimbale said, “We are looking into the matter.” Police sources admitted no FIR was registered on the basis CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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