eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI, LATECITY OCTOBER18,2020 PAGES 14, 15, 16 Talkin’ About a Revolution 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM JAMMU AND KASHMIR PANCHAYATI RAJ ACT AMENDMENT NosignofAssemblypolls,Centrefloats PM: Learn from for polls to prepare newlocallevelgovtinJ&K:distcouncil vaccine delivery UT administration says will empower third tier; PDP’s Naeem Akhtar calls it end of politics NAVEED IQBAL AN IPL BLOCKBUSTER SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17 Starring: T Natarajan A TN village fed on a diet of Rajini films has found a new hero in the yorker king this IPL. The remarkable cricketing journey of the son of a weaver and food shack owner Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah at a meeting on Thursday. ANI WITH ALL senior political leaders including Mehbooba Mufti released, the Centre on Saturday amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, to facilitate the setting up of District Development Councils (DDC), the members of which will be directly elected by voters in the Union Territory. Each district will be divided into 14 territorial constituencies for which elections will be held, andthewinnerswillelectachairperson and a vice-chairperson from amongst themselves. The councils will replace the District Development Boards, which earlier (when J&K was a state) were chaired by a Cabinet MinisteroraMinisterofStateand included MLAs, MLCs and Members of Parliament. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 What is theDistrict DevelopmentCouncil? THE DDC will comprise elected representatives from 14 territorial constituencies to be identified in each district. It will have jurisdiction over the entire district excluding parts under the municipal corporation. Each will have a fund comprising grants and its own resources. The Block Development Councils will function under the DDC. AFTER JAGAN LETTER TO CJI EXPRESS NETWORK Need free judiciary, it is for a judge to withstand pressure, says Justice Ramana FIR AGAINST KANGANA, SISTER; REPUBLIC STAFFER QUESTIONED PAGE 7 COX & KINGS CA QUESTIONED BY ED FOUND DEAD, SUICIDE SUSPECTED PAGE 9 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 CHAIRING A meeting to review the Covid-19 pandemic and preparedness of vaccine delivery, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that to ensure speedy accesstothe vaccine, the deliverysystemcouldlearnfrom the successful conduct of elections and disaster management. A statement issued by the government quoted the PM as saying that given the geographical span and diversity of the country, speedy access to the vaccine should be ensured. “He further directed that we should make use of the experienceof thesuccessfulconductof elections and disaster management in the country. The Prime Minister said that in a similar manner,vaccinedeliveryandadministration systems should be put in place. This should involve RAMLILA, VIRTUALLY Jagan Mohan Reddy; Justice N V Ramana oneself.” “Most importantly, particularly for a judge, one must be steadfast in holding on to principles and be fearless in decisions. It is an important quality for a judge to withstand all pressures andoddsandtostandupbravely against all obstacles,” he said. Theremarkscomeaweekafter Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Principal Advisor Ajeya Kallam released to the media the CM’s October 6 letter to the CJI, alleging that Justice Ramana “has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAN AMAN SINGH CHHINA CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 17 Proposals include cutting down on ceremonial practices like brass bands. File These proposed measures are part of a report circulated after an internal review of existing practices.Titled ‘Optimisationof the participation of States/ UTs/ District Level functionaries, civil society organisations, volunteers, citizens, and experts from all necessary domains,” the statement said. The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to PM, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, Principal Scientific Advisor,seniorscientists,officers of the PMO, and officials from various other departments. The suggestion by the Prime Minister comes even as the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 is working closelywith states on prioritisation and distribution once a potential vaccine is made available. The government had previouslyestimatedthat itislikelyto receive and utilise 400-500 million doses of Covid vaccine and that as many as 25 crore CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEET: HOW THEY FARED NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 A scene from the Ramlila being shot on the banks of the Yamuna, in Delhi on Saturday. With live shows no longer an option, it will be screened on YouTube. Praveen Khanna REPORT,PAGE4 WORLD NEW ZEALAND PM JACINDA ARDERN WINS SECOND TERM IN LANDSLIDE VOTE PAGE 13 BJP snub to Chirag came after JD(U) note of caution Can’t play both sides, says JD(U), wants no RS seat, no Cabinet post for LJP THEONGOINGpandemic seems to have hit young women aspiring to get into medical school this year harder than their male counterparts. The Sunday Express analysed data since 2017 to find that like every year, while more girls (7,48,866) than boys (6,18,075) appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the attendance rate of girlshad,for the firsttime in four years, fallen behind that of boys. This year, the overall attendance rate fell from 92.85% to G R EERIN GIN EN G COLL CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2017 4,73,305 95.22% 6,16,772 96.09% 2018 5,53,849 95.38% 7,16,072 95.98% 2019 6,30,283 92.63% 7,80,467 93.03% 2020 6,18,075 86.25% 7,48,866 85.02% 85.57%, but the gender break-up shows the drop is much steeper for girls. According to the National Testing Agency (NTA), 86.25% of the registered male candidatesappeared for the test, which is 6.38 percentage points lowerthanlastyear.Ontheother hand, 85.02% of the girls who had registered took the test this time, an 8.01 percentage point drop since 2019. The Union government has beenconductingthemedicalentrance test for admission to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AJAY KUMAR GARG ENGINEERING COLLEGE, GHAZIABAD Affiliated to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow Be part of the unmatched record breaking performances in the College that enables students to realize their full potential LIZ MATHEW Manpower and Resources: Reviewof PracticesandFacilities inIndianArmy',theexercisewas conducted earlier this year. Several suggestions were circulated among major establishments, command headquarters and major directorates of the Army —andreceived broadconcurrence. TheSunday Expresshaslearnt that the proposed measures include discontinuing the Army Day parade on January 15 and Territorial Army Day parade on October 9. The number of Army bands BOYS GIRLS Year Appeared Attendance(%) Appeared Attendance(%) EG E AKGEC Proposal to Army: Cut ceremonies, canteen for better use of resources A SLEW of measures proposed to streamline utilisation of manpower as well as financial and material resources has been received well, but is creating ripples in Army circles. Because the proposals include doing away with Army Day and Territorial Army Day parades in New Delhi, cutting down on ceremonial practices such as brass bands and quarter guards, individual officers’ mess and CSD canteen for units in peace stations. KAUNAIN SHERIFF M RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 DAYS AFTER Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy's letter to Chief Justice of IndiaSABobderaisedallegations ofimproprietyagainsthim,Justice NVRamanasaidSaturday“itisan important quality for a judge to withstand all pressures and odds andtostandupbravelyagainstall obstacles”andthata“vibrantand independent judiciary... is required in the current times”. Speaking at a condolence meeting for former Supreme Court judge Justice A R Lakshmanan who passed away on August 27, Justice Ramana, next in line to be the CJI, said: “Thereareinnumerablequalities that a person needs to live what can be called a good life: humility, patience, kindness, a strong work ethic and the enthusiasm to constantly learn and improve Says involve dist officials, civil society organisations, volunteers, experts Covid effect? Sharper fall in girls’ NEET attendance than boys ‘Strengthof judiciaryisfaithof people... can’tbecommanded,hastobeearned’ GA PAGE 11 HEALTH MINISTER, PMO OFFICIALS AT MEET AJAY KUM AR SUNDAY STORY A handful of contemporary practitioners are trying to negotiate a place for Dalit identities in the Indian art world NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 RATTLED BY Lok Janshakti Party leaderChirag Paswan’s repeated attacks on its leader Nitish Kumar — and his simultaneous praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP — the Janata Dal (United) has cautioneditsallythatthiscouldhurt the alliance. Nitish Kumar in Aurangabad AndhasaskedtheBJPtoclearly district on Saturday. PTI signal that it’s not playing both sides. This may be BJP planned to prop up easiersaidthandone. the young Paswan, hopBut, sources said, ing this will “cut Nitish this was behind senior to size,” blunt antiBJP leaders Friday comincumbency,andreduce ing out sharply criticising Paswan, backing DECISION hispartytoajuniorpartner. 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The study by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, found that the fault line, the Indus Suture Zone (ISZ), 10m 21m 26m IndusR A part of the Indus Suture Zone at Upshi Bazgo in Ladakh. Photo: Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology isnot"locked"andistectonically active. "While the frontal and cen- tral parts of the Himalayas — the Shivaliks, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim — are still known to be active and moving, thecurrentunderstandingabout the Ladakh region is that it was locked. Our survey has found that this is actually not the case and that the plate is still tectonically active. The fault line runs all along the Indus river, from China through India and Pakistan,’’ said co-author of the study, Koushik Sen. A suture zone is a linear belt of intense deformation, where distinctterranes,ortectonicunits with different plate tectonic, metamorphic, and paleogeographic histories, join together. The study was conducted in Ladakh from the north of Ladakh’s capital, Leh, to the Tso Moriri lake, a distance of 213 kilometres. Alow-intensityearthquakein 2010 near the village of Upshi in Ladakh, which falls on the fault line, can now be attributed to a thrust rupture, the study said. 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