DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 Army got political signal to identify, occupy ‘6-7 locations’ on LAC in May NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7 THE ARMY'S move to occupy dominantheightsintheChushul sub-sectorandbolsteritsposition in the border face-off with China ineasternLadakhwastakenafter apoliticalgo-aheadinMaytooccupy “six to seven locations” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a senior government official told The Indian Express. Following these directions, thetopofficialsaid,theArmyformulated plans and outmanoeu- vred Chinese troops in Augustendtooccupytheheights,including Mukhpari, Rezang La, Rechin LaandGurungHillamongothers, and the south bank of Pangong Tso in the sub-sector. The political leadership “had given instructions to the forces in May itself, to identify six to seven locations where we can go”, the official said.Underlining the significance of these positions, the official said several of them are beyond the LAC. “It has givenIndiasomethingtobargain with,” the official said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW PARLIAMENT Farmers at the Singhu border in New Delhi on Monday. Praveen Khanna Ahead of Bharat bandh today, war of words between BJP, Congress NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7 Five held, ISI-Khalistan nexus busted: Delhi Police A DAY after a united Opposition extended support to the December8BharatBandhcalled by protesting farmer groups, the ruling BJP on Monday hit out at the political parties for opposing the farm reform laws and, citing their earlier support to many of the provisions, accused them of "shameful double standards". The Congress hit back, saying theBJP,bylaunchinga“senseless” and “mindless” anti-Congress EXPRESS NETWORK 2fromPunjablinkedtoShauryaChakra awardee’skilling;3fromKashmir:cops MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7 THE SPECIAL Cell of the Delhi Police on Monday arrested five alleged terrorists and claimed to havebustedanarco-terrornexus of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and proKhalistan militants. DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah identified the accused as Gurjit Singh and Sukhdeep Singh from Punjab, and Shabir Ahmad Gojree, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No work until pleas decided, can go ahead with Dec 10 foundation laying KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Central Vista: SC cautions, makes Govt hit pause EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE The men were arrested from East Delhi on Monday. PTI First details of immunisation emerge: shots in batches of 100 people; 30 minutes each INSIDE FARMERS APPEAL FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTS DELHI BORDERS UNDER WATCH tirade,wastryingtohidethe“sin” of attempting to snatch the livelihood of farmers and handing it overtoits“cronycapitalistfriends”. NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7 EXPRESSING ITS concern at the Government proceeding “aggressively”withtheCentralVista redevelopment while petitions against the project are pending, theSupremeCourtMondaygave its go-ahead for the foundationlaying ceremony on December 10 for the new Parliament building only after it was assured that no construction, demolition, or translocationof treeswillbecarried out at the site till it decides the various pleas. “After interacting with the Solicitor General, and when the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E ● On hold for now THE SUPREME Court order comes at a time when the government is aiming to complete the new Parliament building by August 2022. For the government, the advantages of the project are many: security, technology and the cost-benefit of integrated offices. It will now have to put its plans on hold till the court clears the way. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In UP, ‘love jihad’ has two faces: man jailed in one case, woman gets police escort in other LUCKNOW, DECEMBER 7 PAGE 5 BY UNNY PAGES 4, 6 MANISH SAHU PHASE 4: BOYCOTT HITS TURNOUT IN SOUTH KASHMIR BUSINESS AS USUAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE E X P L A I NE D KRISHN KAUSHIK `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM UTTAR PRADESH police have recorded five cases so far in the nine days since the state's anticonversion law, which imposes stringent conditions on interfaith marriages, came into force. But two of these cases, lodged within 24 hours of each other, present a sharp contrast — and show how police have wielded the new law selectively. In Bareilly Saturday, police did not entertain the complaint of a father that his daughter had married a Hindu man after conversion. Police said they went by the woman's testimony that she gotmarriedinSeptemberbefore the law came into force. But in Moradabad Sunday, police arrested and jailed a Muslim man under the anticonversion law despite his wife saying that they got married in July. The man's brother was also arrested and jailed. In Bareilly, police said they dropped the woman back at her husband's home. In Moradabad, police said the woman has been lodgedinastateprotectionhome. On Saturday, Shahid Mian, the father of 22-year-old Alisha, lodged an FIR at Prem Nagar policestationinBareillystatingthat his daughter had been kidnappedbythreepersons,including the owner of a firm where she had worked. Besides Siddharth Saxena alias Aman (24), who married Alisha, the FIR named his sister Chanchal,whowashercolleague CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 7 ■100individualswill beadministered the vaccine during each session at a vaccination centre. ■ The vaccinator will take at least30minutestocompletethe process of vaccinating each recipient, to ensure tracking of a possible adverse event. ■ Both government and private healthcarefacilitieswillberoped in to conduct the first round of immunisations for frontline healthcare workers. Asvaccinesthatareexpected to finally defeat the novel coronavirusthathassickened67million people and killed over 1.5 million around the world seems increasinglyclose,thehigh-level expert group working on the logistics of administering it to Indians has firmed up some key decisions. AfterSerumInstituteof India sought emergency use authorisationforCovishield,aversionof the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate that it is manufacturing under licence, Hyderabadbased Bharat Biotech approached the regulator on Monday seeking similar approval for Covaxin, the country's indigenous Covid-19 vaccine candidate. “Bharat Biotech has applied CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPERT PANEL TO REVIEW VACCINE APPLICATIONS TOMORROW PAGE 7
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