DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES Covid puzzles: jobs back, labour shrinks, demand low but inflation still high MALABAR EXERCISE NEXT MONTH Signal to China: Quad navies to sail together, Indo-US pact on table Uptick in rural jobs but losses in urban areas, supply chain disruptions India, US, Japan & Australia in joint exercise; BECA being readied for talks AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 SHUBHAJIT ROY & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 Data suggests migration back to cities not happening as expected more people find jobs, as had happened during September, a greater number should have come in looking for jobs. The reverse seems to have happened, the CMIE estimates suggest. The unusual trend is explained by a rural-urban disaggregation of the data: rural India is seeing an increase in jobs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tejashwi attacks Nitish over Chirag; RJD says on CM, both ‘on same page’ Kumar treated Chirag, it is injusSANTOSH SINGH tice to him.” PATNA, OCTOBER 19 Tejashwi was the only senior Bihar Opposition leader to have FISHING in NDA waters mud- met Chirag to offer his condodied by the LJP's growlences after Paswan's ing ambition, the RJD mortal remains arrived Monday appeared to at Patna airport. reach out to Chirag Earlier, in an interPaswan, with Tejashwi view to The Indian Yadav accusing JD(U) Express, Chirag had chief Nitish Kumar of DECISION dodged a question treating him badly. about Tejashwi's abili2020 Talking to reporters ties as a leader, saying, BIHAR whilecampaigning,RJD “He is the Leader of the chief ministerial candiOpposition and has date Tejashwi said, “It is Chirag CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Paswan who would be needing his father most now. We are all sad that Ram Vilas Paswan is not DECISION 2020 among us. But the way Nitish PAGE 6 THE EDITORIAL PAGE INDIA-CHINA:ALONG WAYFROM1962 BY SANJAYA BARU PAGE 10 THE WORLD PAGE 15 A Class 9 student at the Rajkiya Inter College in Noida on Monday. Schools reopened for the senior classes for the first time since the Covid-enforced lockdown. Abhinav Saha New digital health ID will be used in Covid immunisation, says PM KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 TWO MONTHS after he announced that a unique health ID will be provided to every citizen undertheNationalDigitalHealth Mission,PrimeMinisterNarendra Modi on Tuesday indicated that the“digitalhealthIDwillbeused to ensure immunisation”. Addressing the inaugural functionof theGrandChallenges AnnualMeeting2020,thePrime Minister said, “...India is now at Modi had announced health ID in I-Day speech theforefrontof vaccinedevelopment for Covid-19. Some of themareinadvancedstages.We arenotstoppinghere; India is alreadyworkingonputtingawellestablishedvaccinedeliverysystem in place. This digitised network, along with the digital ED quizzes Farooq, NC and PDP say vendetta DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19 THE ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in connection withacaseofallegedmoneylaundering. The case is related to al- health ID, will be used to ensure immunisation of our citizens.” In his Independence Day address, the PM had said that the Unique Health ID provided to every citizen would have details of diseases, diagnosis, report, medication, etc. in a common database. As reported by The Indian Express,ahigh-levelexpertgroup on vaccine administration is looking at mechanisms to track recipients as and when the vaccineisreadytobeadministered; CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY legedirregularitiesingrantsgiven by BCCI to Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). The ED action, which came days after political parties of Jammu and Kashmir came together to announce a united struggle for the restoration of Article 370, evoked angry reactions in the Valley. The People's Alliance for SOFI AHSAN THE DELHI High Court on MondayquestionedZeeNewsfor making public the purported “disclosure statement” of an accused in a case related to the Northeast Delhi riots, saying it wasnotaprosecutingagencyand the document, which has “little evidentiary value” in a trial, has beenportrayedassomethingthat “completely indicts a person”. “It is a misrepresentation of facts of a different level,” observed Justice Vibhu Bakhru. Sayingthatthedocuments“were notsupposedtobetakenoutand published,” the court asked Zee News to file an affidavit and disclose the source of the alleged confession by the accused. The court also rejected the channel's request to be allowed to disclose the name of the journalist, who got the statement, in a sealed cover. “You make (public) documents which are not supposed to be taken out and you want your name to be concealed,” the court told Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who appeared for Zee News. The single-judge Bench was hearing a petition filed by Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha against his “disclosure statement” being allegedly leaked by police to the media. IN THE final week before the US presidential elections on November 3, Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo plans to visit India's two Indian Ocean neighbours, Sri Lanka and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS IN THE US KARISHMA MEHROTRA SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 19 WITH A fortnight left for the November 3 Election Day in the US, Democrat nominee Joe Biden's once-encouraging lead over incumbent Republican Donald Trump has narrowed, leaving both campaigns on edge. BidencampaignmanagerJen O'Malley Dillon said in a memo to donors, reported by Reuters, “Wecannotbecomecomplacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is goingtocomedowntothewire.” “New polling shows this election is going to come down to a few swing states like North Carolina, Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin... Simply put, we can win this but we've got to ramp up our campaign,” said Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 To bring empty IPL stands alive in UAE, engineers in a Mumbai studio cut-paste audio from archives PAGE 1 ANCHOR DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 THE IPL that you see is being played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. But what about the IPL that you hear? With teams playing in front of empty stands due to Covid curbs, the answer lies 2,000 km away from the UAE, where a “sound bank” compiled in a Mumbai studio has recreated the mood and buzz of a throbbing stadium — be it the Wankhede in Mumbai, When Rohit Sharma hits a six, the cheers are different. File Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru or Chepauk in Chennai. Getting this right, says the broadcaster, involved three months of preparation and research. “We went back and studied the sounds of over 100 IPL matches starting from 2018. We studied the sounds associated withaspecificteam,andalsothe team they are playing against. For example, if Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are playing, the decibel level is very different from a game between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” says Star India's head (Sports) Sanjog Gupta. “We had to arrive at a framework of sound that is unique to every player and every team. When M S Dhoni, Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli hits a six, the cheer is different compared to a player who is unknown or an upcoming youngster,” says Gupta. And so, when Mumbai captain Sharma or Bangalore skipper Kohli walk in to bat, a sound engineer in Lower Parel gets into the mix. When Dhoni connects those sixes, there is applause from Chepauk, with a vuvuzela playingalongandthetrademark fan whistles. There are roars from the Chinnaswamy for AB de Villiers while the Kotla roots for Delhi Capitals' captain with chantsof “Shreyas,Shreyas”—all dubbed inside the studio. “The reaction from the crowd to a catch dropped sounds different from the one when a player missesahit,”saysGupta,pointing out that every dip of disappointmenthasitsbespokedecibel,and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 During the 2017 Malabar Exercise in the Bay of Bengal. File E The troika ● of pacts GEOSPATIAL SPECIFICS shared under the BECA will help enhance the accuracy of Indian missiles, and will be key to plans for armed drones. It will complete the troika of foundational pacts – COMCASA and LEMOA being the other two -with the US for greater military cooperation. countries that make the Quadrilateral grouping, better known as Quad. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka, Maldives after Delhi talks MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AMID THE Sino-Indian military standoff along the Line of Actual ControlinLadakhandrisingtensions in the South China Sea, the Quadrilateral grouping of US, Japan, India and Australia are sending their warships for the Malabar Exercise next month. New Delhi and Washington are also stepping up efforts to concludetheBasicExchangeand Cooperation Agreement (BECA) ahead of the Indo-US 2+2 ministerial meeting on October 26-27 – defence and foreign ministers of the two countries will be in a huddle at the 2+2. A key military pact, BECA will allow India to use US geospatial intelligence and enhance accuracy of automated systems and weapons like missiles and armed drones. In February, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for early conclusion of BECA. On Monday, India announced that Australia will be part of the Malabar Exercise in November, making it the first military exercise between all NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN Zee News argues to protect Two weeks to go for polls, Trump narrows gap, but source, HC says you are Biden still has the edge no prosecuting agency NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES CROSS 40 MN THAI GOVT SEEKS TO CRACK DOWN ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF PROTESTS BACK TO SCHOOL E X P L A I NE D WITH ECONOMIC activity picking pace after the easing of lockdown measures, the recovery has thrown up some paradoxes: revival in employment amid a fall in labour force participation, surging inflation rate despite disinflationary impact from weak demand, and improvement in future outlook surveys even as the situation worsens in households. In September, as lockdowns wereprogressivelyeased,anunusual labour market phenomenon was observed in India -while several workers got jobs, many who did not went on to leave the labour force, data collated by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed. Typically, when `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 His Lanka visit comes amid concerns over China Maldives,afterattendingthe2+2 talks in Delhi, The Indian Express has learnt. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PLA soldier strays across LAC, Army says will return him KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 A CHINESE soldier was apprehended Monday in the Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh amid tensions over the border standoff. The Indian Army said the soldier had strayed across the Line of Actual Control and would soon be handed over to the PLA. Inastatement,theArmysaid, "A PLA soldier, identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on 19 October 2020 after he had strayed across the LAC." The Army said, "a request has also been received from the PLA” on “the whereabouts of the missing soldier”, and "as per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities". The Chinese soldier, the Army said, "has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions". A statement from the National Defence Ministry of China quoted PLA spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shuili saying the soldierlosthiswaywhilelooking for a yak that had gone missing. It said herders had asked the soldier to trace the yak. Chinese border guards, Zhang said, informedtheIndiansideaboutthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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