DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 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 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 BY UNNY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 TWO WORKERS of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) died of electrocution while repairing a water pipeline at Kurla in Mumbai on Monday. Five others were injured. TheBMChasorderedaprobe with Additional Municipal Commissioner P Velarsu, who is in-charge of hydraulic department, seeking a report within 15 days. The workers were fixing a leakage in a water pipeline at Suman Nagar behind Traffic ChowkiinKurlaeastaround8am. Allsevenworkerswererushedto Rajawadi hospital where Amol Kale (40) and Ganesh Ugale (45) were declared dead. The injured were discharged by evening. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE INDIA-CHINA:ALONG WAYFROM1962 BY SANJAYA BARU PAGE 10 METRO UNLOCKS Versova-Ghatkopar Metro service resumed operation in Mumbai on Monday after seven months. Only around 12,000 commuters availed the service on first day. Pradip Das Instead of refinery, pharma city to come up at Nanar VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 IN A move that will further push the Rs 3 lakh crore Ratnagiri refinery and petrochemical projectintocold storage, the Uddhav Thackeray-ledMaharashtragovernment has denotified the 19,146-hectare land reserved in Raigad district by the previous Devendra Fadnavis-led government for the mega oil refinery. Sources said the land is now being ‘renotified’ for setting up an integrated pharmaceutical city in Raigad. TheShivSenahasbeenaverse totheoilrefineryprojectcoming up in Konkan. The facility, which was to come up at Nanar, was Uddhav Thackeray cleared by the Centre and state government in December 2015, and was to pass through land spread across 17 villages in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.Itwastocomeupasa50:50 joint venture between Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemical Limited (RRPCL) — its investors wereIndianOil,BharatPetroleum and Hindustan Petroleum — and apartnershipbetweentheSaudiowned Aramco and UAE’s National Oil Company. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Zee News argues to protect source, HC says you are no prosecuting agency SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 THE DELHI High Court on MondayquestionedZeeNewsfor making public the purported “disclosure statement” of an ac- cused 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 function of the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020, the Prime Minister said, “...India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for Covid-19. Some of them are in advanced stages. We are not stopping here; India is already working on putting a well-established vaccine delivery system in place. This digitised network, along with the digital 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Tejashwi attacks Nitish Two weeks to go for polls, over Chirag; RJD says on Trump narrows gap, but CM, both ‘on same page’ Biden still has the edge among us. But the way Nitish SANTOSH SINGH Kumar treated Chirag, it is injusPATNA, OCTOBER 19 tice to him.” Tejashwi was the only senior FISHING in NDA waters mud- Bihar Opposition leader to have died by the LJP's growmet Chirag to offer his ing ambition, the RJD condolences after Monday appeared to Paswan's mortal rereach out to Chirag mains arrived at Patna Paswan, with Tejashwi airport. Yadav accusing JD(U) Earlier, in an interchief Nitish Kumar of The Indian DECISION view to Chirag had treating him badly. Express, 2020 Talking to reporters dodged a question BIHAR whilecampaigning,RJD about Tejashwi's chief ministerial candiCONTINUEDONPAGE2 date Tejashwi said, “It is Chirag Paswan who would be needing his father most now. We are all DECISION 2020 sad that Ram Vilas Paswan is not PAGE 7 RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE 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 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 During the 2017 Malabar Exercise in the Bay of Bengal. File E EXPLAINED Data suggests migration back to cities not happening as expected BUSINESS AS USUAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Covid puzzles: jobs back, labour shrinks, demand low but inflation still high 2 BMC workers, repairing water pipeline, electrocuted REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES 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 ● 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 NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MUMBAI, OCTOBER 19 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 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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