DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES FRESH OUTREACH Govtinvitesfarm leadersformore talks,atadate oftheirchoosing SINCE 1932 CBI in Hathras rape: Accused ‘frustrated’ after victim rebuff Says ‘relationship’ with Sandeep got ‘disturbed’ after March AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20 THE 19-YEAR-OLD Dalit woman killed in Hathras was allegedly raped by four men after she rebuffed one of them, Sandeep, and this “change in their relationship” “aggravated his feel- ings” and “frustrated him”, the CBI has said in its chargesheet filed in the case. The chargesheet also has a scathing indictment of the Uttar Pradesh Police, stating that despite the woman naming three people when her statement was recorded on September 19, the name of only one was men- Nepal PM gets House dissolved, sparks protests YUBARAJ GHIMIRE KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 20 As protests continue, Ministry writes five-page letter to 40 farmer leaders HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20 WITH FARM unions intensifying protests to press their demand for the repeal of the three farm laws,thegovernmentonSunday invited farmer leaders for a new round of talks, and urged them to choose a date according to their convenience. In a five-page letter to Krantikari Kisan Union Punjab state president Dr Darshan Pal, VivekAggarwal,jointsecretaryin the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare said: “You are requested to share the details in respect to your doubts after having discussion with farm union leadersinvitedearlier,andinform the date for punah vaarta (next round of talks) according to your convenience, so that the matter can be resolved by holding a meetingagainatVigyanBhawan, NewDelhi;sothatthecurrentagitation can be ended soon.” The letter, addressed to Pal and copied to 39 other farmer leaders, gives the background of the talks held so far. Aggarwal’sletterhascomein response to Pal’s December 16 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20 THEHEALTHMinistry'stopadvisory body will meet urgently on Mondaytodiscussthenewstrain of the novel coronavirus in the UnitedKingdom,whichhastriggeredconcernandpromptedseveral European countries to stop incoming flights from the UK. SourcessaidexpertsfromAIIMS and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), along with a representative from the World Health Organisation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India experts to meet today over new virus strain in UK KAUNAIN SHERIFF M CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 yearsshortof itsfive-yeartenure following months of bickering amongfactionswithintheruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). With legal experts and political leaders slamming the move as“unconstitutional”,severalpetitions were filed before the Supreme Court within hours of the House dissolution. E E X P L A I NE D PM Narendra Modi at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi on Sunday. He paid tributes to Guru Tegh Bahadur. PTI TRIGGERING PROTESTS and the resignations of at least seven Cabinet-rank ministers, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli Sunday dissolved thecountry’sHouseof Representatives, which is the lower house of Parliament, two tioned in the statement. It further states that “though victim allegedmolestation,hermedical examination regarding sexual assault was not conducted”. The CBI chargesheet against thefourupper-castemenhasbeen filedinacourtinHathrasunderIPC Sections 376 (rape), 376 (D) ● A new worry As the US and Europe go through a surge in cases, the detection of a new, potentially more deadly strain of the virus in the UK has triggered concern in India too. The new strain shows alterations in the spike protein that could theoretically make it more infectious. Banking on HC order, interfaith couple say won’t go back to UP SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20 “WE WOULDN’T have been able tomarryinShahjahanpur,someone would have found out and stopped us,” said 25-year-old Shameem,whofledwith21-yearoldSimranfromtheirhometown in Uttar Pradesh last month. Fearing vigilantism in the name of ‘love jihad’ and with the UP Police clamping down on interfaith couples citing the newly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM
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