www.thehansindia.com VOL. 3 | NO. 307 | TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: Tstorms late. Overcast. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 99% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:42 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Alvida Pranab Da EX-PRESIDENT DIES AT 84 HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: Former President, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee (84), is no more. Pranab Da, as the illustrious son of India was affectionately called by one and all, was admitted to the Defence Hospital at New Delhi for a brain surgery for the removal of blood clot, but also tested positive for Covid-19. He breathed his last on Monday evening. He was admitted to Army hospital on August 10 and had undergone surgery for the clot in brain. He was later found to be Covid positive and he slipped into coma, deep Coma and on Monday he went into septic coma. He leaves behind a daughter, Sharmishta Mukherjee and two sons, Indrajit Mukherjee and Abhijeet Mukherjee. Pranab was born in a Bengali family in Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district, West Bengal) on December 11, 1935. His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee was active in the Indian independence movement and was a member of West Bengal Legislative Council between 1952 and 1964 as a representative of the Indian National Congress and was the member of AICC. His mother was Rajlakshmi Mukherjee. Continued on P 5 S More reports: P3 A scholar par excellence PM condoles Pranab’s death P ranab Mukherjee made Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible to common citizens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he paid his tribute to the former President -- the “scholar par excellence and a towering statesman”. “India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. GDP SEES Physical hearings in SHARPEST Delhi HC from today DIP EVER India's GDP shrank by the steepest ever 23.9 per cent in the April-June period, as per provisional estimates released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) on Monday. The government had imposed a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to curb the spread of Covid-19, which adversely impacted all sectors of the economy. Agriculture was the only outlier as all other sectors, including manufacturing, construction and services, suﬀered steep declines. S P6 BAN ON INT’L FLIGHTS EXTENDED TILL SEPT 30 PURNA SINGH PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Physical hearings will begin in the courts of Delhi from Tuesday. During this period, only ﬁve benches of the Delhi High Court will hear important matters. Dwaraka and Karkardooma courts have also released duty rosters for the conduct of court proceedings. In a cautious attempt to return to normalcy amid the raging corona pandemic, the court administration announced standard operating procedures for lawyers, litigants, clerks and others. Due to pandemic, the Delhi High Court had been hearing cases since March 24 through videoconferencing According to the standards set by the High Court regarding the Covid-19 epidemic, preparations have been made to start physical hearings in some courts of Dwarka court, although the rest of the courts will hear cases through video conferencing. Courts under the duty roster will be heard in two sessions. The court will be completely cleaned up in the interval time between the two sessions. During this time, only 25 cases will be heard in these coats in a day, and out of these, necessary cases will be given priority for hearing. According to the duty roster, a person will be allowed to appear in the court on behalf of a lawyer, a court worker and the litigants concerned in the court during the hearing. During this time, junior law interns and their fellow lawyers and relatives will not be allowed to enter the court. Also, lawyers and clerks over 65 years of age and ill will not be allowed to enter the court. New Delhi: The suspension of scheduled international passenger ﬂights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday. "However, international scheduled ﬂights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," noted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular. India has so far created air bubbles with USA, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar and Maldives. India is in talks with many more countries to create air bubbles like Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The idea of these bubbles is to ensure continuity of travel between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till schedule ﬂights resume. Continued on Page 5 43% Covid cases from Maha, AP, K’taka New Delhi: Around 43 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in India have been recorded from just three states, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Union health ministry said on Monday. It asserted that the Centre is regularly engaging with the states and Union Territories that are reporting a spurt in cases and those with a higher fatality rate. Such states and Union Territories have been advised to undertake aggressive measures to ensure higher testing, effective clin- A medic collects samples for COVID-19 tests at a road side free clinic, as coronavirus cases surge across the country, in Bengaluru, Monday ical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels, the health ministry said. "India has registered 78,512 cases in the last 24 hours (August 30). Hence the report by certain media entities of about 80,000 cases in the last 24 hours is without any basis," it said. The ministry also said that seven states have contributed to 70 per cent of these new cases in the last 24 hours. Of these, Maharashtra has contributed the maximum caseload amounting to almost 21 per cent, followed by Andhra Pradesh 13.5 per cent, Karnataka 11.27 per cent and Tamil Nadu with 8.27 per cent. Continued on Page 5 FRESH FACEOFF IN LADAKH Army staves off China bid to change status quo New Delhi: Even as the talks between India and China to resolve the nearly four-month long standoff in eastern Ladakh have been stuck in a stalemate since mid-July, the Indian Army said on Monday that China had tried to create fresh trouble at a new point over the weekend. The Army mentioned that the Chinese troops tried to change the status quo on the south bank of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29 and 30, an attempt that was thwarted by the Army. “On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” the Army said in its statement. “Indian troops preempted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground. Continued on Page 5 Modi holds meet after fresh faceoff China builds missile site at Kailash-Mansarovar New Delhi: Amid tensions with India over the standoff in Eastern Ladakh sector, China has reportedly built a site for surface-to-air missile launch near a lake, which is a part of the Kailash-Mansarovar. The development of the missile site, according to experts, is a continuation of the aggressive provocation by the Chinese and it could further complicate the border tensions between the two countries, The Epoch Times reported. Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, commonly known as the Kailash- Mansarovar site is revered by four religions and is linked to culture and spiritual scriptures in India. While the Hindus consider the site as the abode of Shiva and his consort Parvati, the Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rinpoche, the "Precious One of Glacial Snow," and revere it as the abode of Demchog and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and consider it to be the place where the first of their 24 spiritual masters achieved liberation. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi: Hours after India thwarted China’s attempt to change the status quo by carrying out “provocative military movements" in Ladakh, R K Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, reached Delhi to brief the authorities about the latest faceoff. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding continuous meetings with persons concerned to understand the situation and it was established during the discussions that India is prepared for any eventuality. Sources added that the situation is currently under control. Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said a Brigade Commander level meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues.
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