DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 LAC NEGOTIATIONS ON SIMULTANEOUS WITHDRAWAL China insists Indians vacate Chushul heights, India says clear Pangong north CHINA PANGONGTSO Ladakh Chushul SPANGGURGAP RezangLa RechinLa RAVISH TIWARI 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 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 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 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 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16 HARNAUT(NALANDA), OCTOBER 16 BY UNNY 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GIRIRAJ CALLS CONG CANDIDATE ‘JINNAH SYMPATHISER’ PAGE 5 DECISION: 2020 BIHAR POVERTY IS ONLY CASTE... I THINK OF ALL OF BIHAR’S 12 CR: CHIRAG CHIRAG ONLY A VOTE KATUA: BJP PAGE 7 FULL COVERAGE, VISIT WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Malegaon blast accused joins JD(U) in UP, says ‘wish to work for society’ CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, OCTOBER 16 WORLD TRUMP AND BIDEN SPAR FROM AFAR AT TOWN HALLS TIME TO PREPARE FOR NO-TRADE DEAL BREXIT: UK PM PAGE 13 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINATH RAO DIPANKAR GHOSE BUSINESS AS USUAL “very sharp departure” with a “very deep public” and “very major political” impact. 4 siblings, all of them minor, hacked to death in Maharashtra KalyanBighahasgained,buteconomicdistressaworry THE ROAD is smooth, blacktopped, white markers in the middlethatspeakof arecentcoat 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 ‘(Troops at border) critical security challenge’ NEW DELHI, 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 MIGRANT GODDESS 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 FOUR MINOR siblings of a tribal family were allegedly hacked to death with an axe at a village in Jalgaon district on Friday, police said.Thechildren--Sangita(12), Rahul (11), Anil (8) and Suman (3) -- lived with their parents, Mehtab and Rumali Bai Bhilala and elder brother Sanjay (16), on afarmatBorkhedaShivarvillage in Raver taluka. The village is located a kilometre away from Raver town. According to police, Mehtab, Rumali and Sanjay had travelled totheirfamilyhomeatGadhivillage in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district on Thursday morningforthefuneralof afamily member and had left the younger children in the care of their landlord Mushtaq Shaikh, whose banana farm they live on and cultivate. Arun Patil, the Police Patil of Borkheda Shivar, said the Bhilala family is very poor and lives in a shack on the outskirts of the village. “The family belongs to the Pawara tribe and had moved to thevillagefromMadhyaPradesh eightyearsagoinsearchof work. Their home has just the bare essentials and is covered with a tin roof,” he said. The family is the onlytribalfamilyinthe villageof 350people,Patilsaid.Sanjayand Sangita studied in Classes XI and VIII, respectively, at a school in Raver town. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Solidarity findings ‘unpromising’, trial shows remdesivir, HCQ do not help WHO-led research in 30 countries pours cold water on Covid therapy KAUNAIN SHERIFF M 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 noeffectonpatientsadmitted 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 A cause for 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 Maharashtra govt allows women commuters to travel in local trains but railways yet to give nod NEERAJ TIWARI MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16 THE MAHARASHTRA government and the railways have squared off yet again, this time over allowing women to travel in Mumbai's local trains. On Friday evening, the Maharashtragovernmentissued adirectivethatwomenwouldbe allowed to travel in local trains starting Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, again from 7 pm to end of services. Minutes later, the railways sent a letter to the state government that it was not possible to start such services from October 17 and it would require clearance from the Railway Board. It also suggested a joint meeting of railway and government officials to work out the modalities. "It is requested that local train services may be made available for all women commuters from 11 am to 3 pm and againfrom7pmtillthelastservicerunswitheffectfromOctober 17, 2020, in Mumbai and MMR," Kishor Raje Nimbalkar, Secretary,DisasterManagement, Relief and Rehabilitation (Maharashtra), said in a letter written to the general managers of both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR). The letter also requested increasing the number of services on both lines. Subsequently, WR sent a reply that it cannot allow it without the Railway Board's permission. "The matter has been referred to the Railway Board.Onceapprovalisreceived, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 6 months after security withdrawn, US-CBI op blows lid off Shaurya Chakra awardee shot dead call centre fraud targeting KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR AMRITSAR, OCTOBER 16 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 Balwinder Singh ground floor of his house when two men arrived on a bike and shot Singh six times at pointblankrange.Policesaidtheattackers 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 elderly Americans 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. 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 userswouldbeconnectedtocall centresinIndia,whereoperators would request remote access to the computer to “fix the problem”. After a false diagnosis of a non-existent problem, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Officegoers in Kalyan, Dombivali use ferry service to cut commute time PAGE 1 ANCHOR SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16 WITH SUBURBAN train services restricted and rickety buses frequently stranded on potholed andcongestedroads,officegoers from Kalyan and Dombivali areas have resorted to a decadeold ferry service, which operates between Mangaon in Dombivali and Vellu in Bhiwandi, to cut down on travel time. Previously accessed only by local villagers to ferry goods to the city market, the service across the Ulhas creek can save nearly three-four hours’ commute. Shreya Gavankar, who works at a mall in Thane, had been taking the state transport buses to reach her workplace since September. But long queues and trafficcongestions,shesays,took hermorethanthreehoursjustto reachthere.Aftersheswitchedto travellingbyaferrytillBhiwandi, Gavankar says, she has managed to save four hours of daily travel. “Icanreachofficeinaboutan hour. It also bypasses an hourlong waiting time at bus stands andtheheavytrafficcongestions from Manpada to Shilphata,” Gavankar says. Currently, she takes a ferry from Mothagaon to Vellu, then an autorickshaw to Mankoli junction and another 15-minute autorickshaw ride to reach office. Shakshata Verma, who also works in Thane, says, “I never reach my workplace on time. Once I had left my house at 8 am and reached office at 11 am. On Thursday, I left office at 4.45 pm andreachedhomearound9pm. Travellingbybusleavesmehelpless and frustrated.” As businesses reopened after the lockdown restrictions were gradually rolled back, many among the Mumbai Metropolitan Region workforce, who stay in faraway locations The ferry ride has cut commute time by three-four hours. Deepak Joshi from commercial business districts, have seen their daily commutetimedoubleastheyarenot allowed to access the suburban trains.Insomecases,commuters from satellite suburbs, like Vasai, Virar, Panvel and Kalyan spend overfourhoursone-waytoreach their places of work. The cost of commuting, too, has gone up substantially. While a67-kmcommuteonasuburban line would cost only Rs 35, commuters now spend anything between Rs 200-300 to cover the samedistancebyroad.Therehave beenprotestsanddemonstrations in these places seeking the resumptionofnormaltrainservices. The need to cut down travel time has also led to people compromising on safety. Harshada Darmapurkar (22), who lives in Diva, says that people are travelling at their own risk. “When I took the ferry service for the first time, I was scared because there wasn’t any safety jacket. But instead of travelling by bus and getting stranded at one place for hours, I feel this is the better optionandnowIhavegotusedtoit. There is a risk involved which people are willing to take in order to save their time and energy,” she adds. According to officegoers, massive traffic congestions are witnessed on roads leading to Shilphatajunction,Kongaonand Patripolbridge.“Thevehiclesare stranded for hours on these stretches,” says Bharat Shah, a resident of Dombivali. The poor condition of the roadsintheareahasalsoledmotorists to skip their daily ride to work. “I work as a manager at a warehouse in Bhiwandi where my reporting time is 10 am. I would leave home at 8.30 am to reach office on time, but could never manage to do so. Besides riding in that traffic takes away the fresh morning energy. Now, on my colleague’s suggestion, I havestartedusingtheferryservice and I am saving a lot of time,” Vikrant Thorat, a resident of CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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