DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 Under fire, facing heat within, Kerala govt holds back social media law NEW DELHI, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOVEMBER 23 COVID-19 VACCINE HUNT IN HOME STRETCH Oxford vaccine ‘highly effective’; Pune lab says in India very soon Will discuss in Assembly: CM Vijayan FACING A hailstorm of criticism from across the political spectrum, including the ruling CPM and its LDF alliance, the Kerala government Monday said it will “not go ahead with implementing” the controversial amendment to the Kerala Police Act to mandate a jail term for any “offensive” social media post. Taking a U-turn within 24 hours of claiming that the law would not be used against “free speech”or“impartialjournalism”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said: “The amendment evoked variedresponsesfromseveralcorners. Apprehensions were aired bythosewhosupporttheLDFand profess to defend democracy. In these circumstances,thegovernment will not go ahead with implementing the amendment.” Vijayan said that “a detailed discussion” will be held in the Assembly on the ordinance and “future course of action will be decided after duly considering opinions from all quarters”. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BACK ON TRACK In Ludhiana on Monday. The Railways resumed services in Punjab nearly two months after farmers in the state began a blockade to protest against the new farm laws. The Centre has called farmers’ representatives for another meeting on December 3. Gurmeet Singh REPORTS,P7 Bank licences for corporates: RBI group ignored advice of experts Rajan, Acharya note that most said no, warn of ‘disaster’ The Congress and BJP had slammed the LDF for the “harsh anddraconian”moveto“gagthe media”. The move had also led to unease within the CPM's central leadership, and ally CPI had expressed concern. On Monday, sources told The Indian Express, CPM general CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 23 IN ITS proposal recommending entryof businesshousesintothe bankingsector,theReserveBank of India’s Internal Working Group (IWG) ignored the advice of financial experts it consulted. On Monday, former Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan and ex-Deputy Governor Viral Acharya criticised the proposal, saying that all the experts consulted by the IWG except one “were of the opinion that large corporate/ industrial houses shouldnotbeallowedtopromote a bank”. “Yet it recommends change,” they said, in a note posted on Rajan’s Linkedin site. Thetwosaidthattheproposal toletindustrialhousesintobank- ing will lead to “connected lending” which, according to them, is "invariablydisastrous"andwould further“exacerbatetheconcentration of economic (and political) powerincertainbusinesshouses”. The IWG, which released its report last week, admitted that “all the experts except one were of the opinion that large corporate/ industrial houses should CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SIT probe into ‘love jihad’ Former ministers, officers in list of rules out conspiracy illegal land deal beneficiaries in J&K angle, outside funding PROBE INTO ROSHNI LAND SCAM Have all papers, charges rubbish: Haseeb Drabu DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 23 Clockwise from left: Drabu; Wani; Kichloo FORMER PDP leader Haseeb Drabu and three of his relatives; CongresstreasurerKKAmlaand three of his family members; and four National Conference Three-time CM, he was the voice of Assam in Delhi leaders, includingSajjad Kichloo andHaroonChaudhary,figurein a list of around 400 alleged illegalbeneficiariespreparedbythe J&K administration in relation to the Roshni land scam. UndertheAct,undueconcessions were allegedly given for regularisationof landconversion at rates far below those stipulated and the cut-off year kept getting shifted. The list, prepared on the directions of the Jammu and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UP: Three said they were forced to get married, three said forced to convert MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, NOVEMBER 23 A SPECIAL Investigation Team (SIT) set up in September to probeallegedcasesof 'lovejihad' has ruled out any conspiracy angleinthe14suchcasesitinvestigatedandalsofoundnoevidence thattheMuslimyouthsinvolved gotanyfundingfromabroad.The SIT, which submitted its report on Monday, also dismissed charges that the youths had the backing of any organisation. 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In Pune, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, founder of the Serum Institute of India (SII), which is testing and manufacturing the candidate under licence, said the vaccine would be available in India “very soon”. “A vaccine against the coronavirus disease will be available very soon in our country. We are going to ask for special emergencymarketingauthorisationin 45daysfromtoday,”the79-yearold chairman of the Poonawalla Group told The Indian Express. Scientists at the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish pharmagiantAstraZenecamade threeimportantannouncements about the “highly effective” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE BEFORETHE CURE:QUESTIONS ONEFFICACY, ACCESS BY SHAHID JAMEEL PAGE 10 The Serum Institute of India, which is conducting the trials in India, in Pune on Monday. 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