DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19 TO BEGIN First shot at recovery today PMtolaunchrollout,3,006vaccination sitesfor3croreprioritygroups KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 ON SATURDAY, India begins the world’slargestimmunisationexercise against Covid-19, which has so far infected more than a crore people and killed more than 1.5 lakh in the country. On Day 1, at 3,006 session sites, around 100 beneficiaries each from the 3 crore priority group comprisinghealthcareandfrontlineworkerswillbegiventhefirst shots of Covid-19 vaccines, after the rollout is launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Detailed backend preparations up to the block level have gone into the immunisation drive, taking into account both the experience from India's Universal Immunisation Programme and the booth strategy during elections. A technical support team based in Delhi will operate 24X7 to address any issues related to the flagship Co-WIN platform, which will hold real-time information on the vaccination drive, including stocks, storage temperature, and individualised trackingof beneficiaries.Experts will be at hand on the platform toaddresseverythingfromtechnical glitches reported from vaccination sites to any adverse events following immunisation. There is a designated Adverse Event Following Immunisation Management Centre, to which every session site in the country has been linked. A ‘Communication Control THE COUNTDOWN COVID TALLY 1 crore cases 1.5 lakh deaths 3,006 Vaccination sites DAY 1: NEXT MEETING ON JAN 19 100-odd to be vaccinated at each site Form own group to discuss laws: Govt to farmer unions INFRASTRUCTURE 2,900 cold chain points 240 walk-in coolers 70 walk-in freezers 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators 41,000 deep freezers 300 solar refrigerators PERSONNEL 2,360 trained at central level; 5.7 LAKH vaccination team members at state level BUDGET `480 cr to states for first phase CO-WIN: 24X7 support team, for technical glitches, adverse events Room’ at the Union Ministry of Health will closely monitor any "disinformationcampaignandrumour mongering" regarding the two vaccines to be administered CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the LNJP Hospital in New Delhi Friday, ahead of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country. Praveen Khanna THE EDITORIAL PAGE VACCINEEFFICACY NEEDSNUTRITION BOOSTER BY K SRINATH REDDY WITHHOPE Vaccination Day marks a nation’s gratitude to its Covid warriors —and opens a new chapter of hope with caution PAGE 10 Aise hi Covid khatam hoga: Over 8,000 to get vaccine in capital today ASTHA SAXENA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 FROM NURSING orderlies to top doctors, a total 8,100 healthcare workers who have for months fought the Covid-19 pandemic from the front in Delhi, will receive doses of the vaccine on Saturday, the first day of India's mass inoculation drive. “Public ko dikhana hai, aise hi Covid khatam hoga (We have to show the public, this is how Covid-19 will end),” said 28year-old Pavitra Chaturvedi, a nursing orderly at the capital's Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. Chaturvedi, who has been posted in the Covid ward of the Delhi government-run hospital since the beginning of the pandemic,waselatedandemotional to be among those who will receivethefirstshotsof thevaccine. “Last year was a critical time for all of us. Bhagwan se maangte hain ki aisa time fir kabhi na aaye. (We pray to God, may we never have to see such a time again),” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On farmers, SC flagged Kovind gives Rs 5 lakh, Governors & chief no consultation, let it ministers too donate for Ram Temple hear us on J&K: Omar DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 FORMER CHIEF Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and vice-president of J&K National Conference Omar Abdullah Friday said the Supreme Court needs to immediatelystepintohearanddecide the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A on the lines of its recent intervention on the farm laws. “It is not like the Supreme Court is not working at all. We haveseentheSupremeCourttake cognizance of what is happening withthefarmerprotestsandstep into those. If the farmer protests can invite the attention of the Supreme Court and their observations can include words that ‘this did not seem to include any consultation’ … then there were no consultations with J&K before whathappenedon5thofAugust, 2019. By that same yardstick of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR Omar Abdullah at the Idea Exchange on Friday. Express PRESIDENTRAMNathKovindon FridaydonatedRs5,00,100forthe construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, as the Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth KshetraTrustbegananationwide campaign to collect donations. “A delegation of four people had gone to receive the good wishes of the Hon'ble President. ThePresidentalongwithhisfam- The cheque from President Ram Nath Kovind, in New Delhi on Friday. Anil Sharma ily donated a cheque of five lakh and one hundred rupees for the construction of the temple. We arehappythatthisnationalmovementfortempleconstructionhas begun with his hands,” VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said. The President's office did not issueanofficial statementinthis regard. VHP sources said the President made the donation in his personal capacity. The delegation that visited KovindincludedformerPrincipal Secretary to the Prime Minister SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGESHEET IN TRP SCAM CASE Maybecome impossibleto turnclockback THE SUPREME Court's delay in taking up the matter related to the constitutional changes in J&K could result in the new situation becoming permanent, and a point could be reached where it would be impossible to undo some of the changes, Omar Abdullah said. Mumbai Police cite WhatsApp chats between Arnab and ex-BARC chief EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 ASUPPLEMENTARYchargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police on January 11 in the TRP scam case contains over 200 pages of purportedWhatsAppconversations between Republic TV editor ArnabGoswamiandthenCEOof BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) Partho Dasgupta, who is now in custody,showingtheirallegedproximity, with Goswami more than No point, only a few speak for us, say unions; object to FIRs, raids, notices Arnab Goswami; Partho Dasgupta once offering to mediate on Dasgupta's behalf with the political leadership, including the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), and claiming at one point, "All ministers are with us". In one of the chats, which go back to July 2017, 'Dasgupta' sends 'Goswami' exclusive TRP (Television Ratings Point) data. The police have alleged that Goswami paid Dasgupta money so as to show the highest TRPs in the news segment for the two Republic channels. While they claim evidence to prove this, it is not part of the chats attached to thesupplementarychargesheet. TheBARCcalculatesTRPs,onthe basis of which advertisement ratesforTVchannelsaredecided. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 andheadofthecommitteeforthe construction of the Ram Temple, NripendraMishra,memberofthe TrustSwamiGovinddevGiri,VHP International Working President Alok Kumar, and RSS leader Kulbhushan Ahuja. VHPsourcessaidthefirstday of the donation drive had seen an enthusiastic response not only from several dignitariesbut also from common people. A delegation is supposed to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD Representatives of farmer unions after the ninth round of talks with the government in New Delhi, Friday. Amit Mehra HARIKISHAN SHARMA & RAAKHI JAGGA NEW DELHI & LUDHIANA, JANUARY 15 FAILING TO make any headway in talks with farmer unions demanding the repeal of the new agriculture laws, the Centre suggested Friday that the unions constitute their own informal group which could list expectations and make a proposal that could be discussed. Theunions,spearheadingthe protestsatthegatesofDelhisince November 26, said there was no point in forming an informal groupwhenevennow,onlyafew among them speak on behalf of the farmers during the talks. Leaders of the unions said they told the ministers — BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of StateforCommerceandIndustry Som Prakash — that “we are farmers,notyourpoliticalrivals”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIA summons farm union leader for questioning, he says bid to derail protest KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR AMRITSAR, JANUARY 15 COPS, EX-MILITARY AMONG THOSE WHO STORMED U.S. CAPITOL INDONESIA QUAKE KILLS AT LEAST 42, INJURES HUNDREDS PAGE 12 THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned BaldevSinghSirsa,thepresident of Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society (LBIWS) which is one of the unions participating in talks with the Government over the new farm laws, in connection with a case registered against a leader of the outlawed outfit, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Sirsa has been asked to appear at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on January 17 for Baldev Singh Sirsa questioning in the case against SFJ'sGurpatwantSinghPannufor anallegedconspiracytocreatean “atmosphereof fearandlawlessness and to cause disaffection in people and to incite them towards rising in rebellion against the Government of India”. On Friday, LBIWS was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Comedian stays in jail, co-accused include brother, friend, organiser IRAM SIDDIQUE & BENITA FERNANDO BHOPAL, MUMBAI, JANUARY 15 THEINDOREpolicesaysithasno evidence regarding the allegations against Munawar Faruqui, and on Friday failed to produce a case diary before the Indore Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court at his bail hearing. Still, the case against the comedian, held for alleged objectionable remarks against Hindu deities, now has six youngsters behindbarsformorethanafortnight. Of the six, one is the brother of the show's organiser who was in the audience, another a friend of Faruqui's who hadnothingtodowiththeevent, and a third whose only family is a minor brother running around for him now. An Indore Sessions Court has rejected all the bail petitions it has heard so far. After the adjournment Friday due to "nonavailability" of police case diary, the High Court will take up Faruqui's bail plea earliest by next week. Faruqui, 28, was arrested along with Nalin Yadav, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas and Edwin Anthony on January 1 for the allegedobjectionableremarksand for "hurting religious sentiments" at a show in Indore, on a complaint by Eklavya Gaud, the son of BJP MLA Malini Gaud. The next day, Faruqui's friend Sadakat Khan was held when he went to meet him in court. Faruqui was booked under IPC Sections 295A (outraging religiousfeelings)and269(unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) among other charges. At the bail hearing Friday, Faruqui and Yadav's lawyer Anshuman Shrivastav appealed to the High Court to reschedule the hearing for later in the day. Eklavya Gaud (left), Munawar Faruqui at the Indore show, before it was stopped following Gaud’s complaint "Since the Tukoganj Police Station (where the case is registered)isacrosstheroadfromthe High Court premises, we argued that the police should be asked to get the diary... however it (the hearing) was adjourned," he said, calling it a tactic by the police to harass his client. On January 13, a Judicial Magistrate First Class had extended the judicial custody of all the accused except Sadakat for another two weeks. Shrivastav had earlier questionedthegroundsonwhichbail had been rejected by the Sessions Court. "The criminal law does not work on assump- tions but their bail has been denied on an assumption that it will lead to law and order problems and not on any technical or legal grounds." An Indore-based producer and upcoming comedian, Prakhar, 24, had contacted Faruqui for the show. Faruqui's was to be the main act, of about 75 minutes, with Prakhar and Yadav, 24, another small-time comedian, doing five-seven minute gigs each. Priyam, Prakhar's younger brother, was attending the show. Faruqui came down from Mumbai, while Yadav travelled from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh. In its application to the Sessions Court on January 6 objecting to Prakhar and Priyam's bail pleas, the Tukoganj Police StationsaidPrakharhadmadeall the arrangements, and accused him of making objectionable remarks against Hindu deities in hisopeningact.Itarguedthatbail be denied as there were law and order issues in Ujjain and Indore after the remarks. Prakhar and Priyam's family could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Nalin'syoungerbrother,who is 17 and a second-year commerce student, said Nalin was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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