DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Agri-export body drops ‘halal’ from meat manual: no role for govt LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 4 AMIDSTAsocialmediacampaign by Hindu right-wing groups and Sikh organisations against halal certification for products in the country, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export DevelopmentAuthority(APEDA) has removed the word from its 'Red Meat Manual'. The APEDA also clarified that there was no condition on the partoftheIndiangovernmentregardinghalalmeat.“Itisarequirementbyamajorityoftheimporting countries/Importers. Halal Certificationagenciesareaccrediteddirectlybyrespectiveimporting countries. No government agencyhasanyroleinthis,”itsaid. `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NEGOTIATIONS TO RESUME ON JANUARY 8 Talksinconclusive:Farmersinsiston repeal,Govtforclause-wisediscussion Tomar says hopeful, 2 Punjab BJP leaders to meet PM today PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 4 RAAKHI JAGGA & HARIKISHAN SHARMA LUDHIANA, NEW DELHI, JAN 4 TALKS BETWEEN the Centre and farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws remained inconclusive Monday over two key demands — repeal of the newly enacted laws and provision of legal guarantee on the minimum support price — with the two sides drawing the hard line on their respective positions. The talks will resume on January 8 when the two sides sit across the table for what will be the eight round of negotiations ever since the protests that brought farmers from Punjab andHaryanatothegatesof Delhi on November 26. Meanwhile, two Punjab BJP leaders, Surjeet Kumar Jyani and Harjeet Singh Grewal, who have been in mediation with the farmers, will be meeting the PrimeMinisterTuesdayevening. Jyani said: “Grewal and I had soughttimefromthePM.Hehas CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Women being trained to drive tractors, on the Jind-Patiala national highway on Monday. Express After Adanis, RIL seeks to ‘Daughters of farmers’ on placate farmers: ‘with you’ tractors headed for Delhi mandof thefarmersfor“fairand profitable price on a predictable basis”fortheirproduce,andthat thecompanyhadnoplanstoenter corporate or contract farming, now or in the future. RIL also said it had, through its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm, mentioned a AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 4 TARGETED BY farmers opposed to the new agriculture laws, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) said Monday that the company would always support the de- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUKHBIR SIWACH CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 4 AS FARMERS threaten a “tractor parade” to New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day if their demands against the new agricultural laws are not met, joiningthemwouldbewomenfrom Haryana villages. At several places across the state,womenarereceivingtraining to drive tractors, with one such session held for those belonging to Jind district, at KhatkarTollPlazaonJind-Patiala National Highway, on Monday. Womenhavebeenpresentin CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GST tax credit probe: Day after clashes, road-widening leaves I-T conducts surveys homes demolished in Indore village THE EDITORIAL PAGE at Zee and L&T offices IRAM SIDDIQUE KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & AANCHAL MAGAZINE MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 4 THE INCOME Tax (I-T) DepartmentMondayconducted surveys at the offices of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd andLarsen&Toubro(L&T)Ltdas part of an ongoing tax investigation against the two firms by the Directorate General of GST Intelligence(DGGI),saidsources. A DGGI probe has allegedly foundthatbothZeeandL&Thave availedbogusinputtaxcreditunder GST. The DGGI is investigating the records of these firms for the last five financial years. “The information gathered by the DGGIwassenttotheIncomeTax Department even as the GST probe is still on so that it could taketimelyaction,”sourcesfamiliar with the development said. Sources said starting 11 am on Monday, the I-T Department conducted surveys at over 15 locations in the Mumbai and Chennaiofficesof thecompanies under Section 133A of the Income Tax Act. Some surveys were also conducted at their associateofficesinafewothercities across the country, said sources. “Officials from the tax department visited the offices of the company with certain queries. The officials concerned of the company are providing all therequiredinformationandextending complete cooperation,” the official spokesperson of Zee INDORE, JANUARY 4 A house that was partially demolished. Vishnukant Tiwari CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Earning members among 24 dead at crematorium in UP, families left destitute IN WHAT has deepened anxieties in the wake of the communal tension during rallies by right-wing organisations in few districts in Madhya Pradesh, the local administration in Indore partially demolished 13 houses in the minority-dominated Chandan Khedi village last Wednesday, stating these were 5HLTKTR TARGET 2021 ALL INDIA CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMS TEST SERIES TEST UPSC POSITIVE THE PLAN 0OMJOF 5FTU 4FSJFT 4QSFBE PWFS 'JWF .POUIT .$2 5FTUT 4FDUJPOBM +BO UP +VOF 5FTUT PG (4 1BQFS BOE 5FTUT PG (4 1BQFS 4FNJ $PNQSFIFOTJWF $4"5 BOE $PNQSFIFOTJWF 5FTUT -VDJE &YQMBOBUJPOT 5FYU BOE 7JEFP "MM *OEJB 3BOLJOH 3FXBSET GPS 5PQ 5XFOUZ 3BOLFST 3FGFSSBM $PEF %FUBJMT BWBJMBCMF PO UIF 8FCTJUF BOE #PPLMFU COURSE FEE - Rs. 6,250/- (Six Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty only) Rs. 5,250/- (Five Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty only) For SRIRAM's Alumni Grieving relatives in Muradnagar on Monday. 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Robin's CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Covaxin to protect against mutants, data in a week: Bharat Biotech 03 $0--&$5 5)& )"3% $01: 0' 5)& #00,-&5 '30. 5)& 0-% 3"+*/%&3 /"("3 0''*$& "/% &/30-- 0''-*/& IAS 2022 063 614$ (&/&3"- 456%*&4 $0634&4 '03 *"4 8*-- $0..&/$& '30. .": 45 8&&, %&5"*-4 8*-- #& "//06/$&% 400/ SRIRAM’s IAS - 35th Year of Service to the Nation 43*3".³4 *"4 508&34 # 164" 30"% #"%" #";""3 ."3( 888 43*3".4*"4 $0. THEMADHYA PRADESHLETDOWN PAGE 8 illegal encroachments on government land. The demolition happened a day after clashes were reported last Tuesday during a Ayodhya CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE HEAD of Bharat Biotech expressed confidence at a press conference on Monday that Covaxin, the vaccine candidate developed by the company, will be effective on mutant strains of the novel coronavirus — a major reason why the candidate has been granted approval for restricted use. The company will be able to establish the “hypothesis” of the candidate's ability to protect against mutations in a week, chairman and managing director Dr Krishna Ella said. “It’s only a hypothesis right now...but just give me one week’s time (and) I’ll giveconfirmatory data,” Dr Ella said. He was responding to a question on whether there were data to showCovaxiniseffectiveagainst the mutant strain of the SARSCoV-2 virus that was first detected in the United Kingdom E E X P L A I NE D TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES ● Extrashot inarsenal AMID CONCERNS that Covaxin had been given emergency use authorisation without full data, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has clarified that this was a “strategic decision”. “...This approval ensures India has an additional vaccine shield in its arsenal esp against potential mutant strains in a dynamic pandemic situation - A strategic decision for our vaccine security,” he posted on Twitter. and has since been found in more than 30 other countries. Evidence from vaccines for other viruses like rabies support CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 38 UK variant cases now; strain isolated, NIV to test vaccines EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 4 THE NUMBER of samples detected with the the new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus — the UK “variant under investigation” VUI202012/01 — is now 38, the government said on Monday. “All these persons (detected with the UK strain of the virus) have been kept in single room isolation in designated Health Care facilitiesby respective State Governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine.Comprehensivecontacttracinghasbeeninitiatedfor co-travellers,familycontactsand Prof Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, gets the AstraZeneca vaccine in Oxford, UK, Monday. Reuters others. Genome sequencing on otherspecimensisgoingon,”the Union Health Ministry said in a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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