VOL. 3 | NO. 310 | FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Showers late. More sun than clouds. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 61% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:38 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS PM's twitter handle hacked, restored later New Delhi (PTI): Twitter on Thursday said the account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal website was hacked, and it has now been restored. "We're aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. The compromised account has about 2.5 million followers. After hacking the @narendramodi_in Twitter account, which is the Prime Minister's personal website, the cybercriminal reportedly sent out posts seeking donations for the PM National Relief Fund for COVID-19 using crypto currency. "Yes, this account is hacked by John Wick (email@example.com), We have not hacked Paytm Mall," another message had said. Govt ready to answer question in Parliament New Delhi (PTI): The government on Thursday said it will answer every question asked in Parliament and 160 "unstarred" questions will be answered every day during the upcoming Monsoon session starting September 14, sources said. Countering the Opposition charge of curtailing the Question Hour, the sources in the government said this is not the first time that the Question Hour will not be taken up during a session as it was dispensed with in 2004 and 2009, besides also in 1991 as well as in 1962, 1975 and 1976 for various reasons. A research conducted by the Rajya Sabha also revealed that 60 per cent of Question Hour time was not availed during the last five years with only 40 per cent utilisation. Sources said the Question Hour was first done away with during the Emergency in 1975 and 1976, when everything was functioning normally except opposition leaders, who were put behind bars, and the media, which was censored. Unlike then, the government has argued that it is a real health emergency in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the session is being held under extraordinary circumstances even as there is a paucity of time /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Talks, incursions go on Army chief in Ladakh to review ops to thwart Chinese incursion attempts New Delhi (IANS): Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a two-day visit to Ladakh to review operational preparedness of the force amid border tension with China. General Naravane reached Leh early Thursday and interacted with senior officers present. His visit to forward location was expected, said source in the forces. The Army chief would be discussing strategy over how to thwart Chinese incursion attempts. Chinese's People Liberation Army (PLA) troops have made fresh incursion attempts into India territories. Both the countries military representatives are now engaged in dialogue to de-escalate the tension. China made provocative military movements to change the status quo at Pangong Tso. On August 31, Chinese troops indulged in provocative actions despite Indian soldiers earlier occupying the heights to thwart the PLA's land-grabbing bid over the weekend. On the intervening night of August 29 and August 30, PLA troops violated previous consensus agreed in military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and tried change the status IAF Chinook helicopter ﬂies amid the prolonged India-China stand oﬀ in the Ladakh region, in Leh on Thursday China funds protests along Indo-Nepal border New Delhi (IANS): China has paid Rs 2.5 crore (in Nepali currency) to various organisations based in Nepal to carry out demonstrations against India along the Indo-Nepal border that stretches to over 1,700 km, intelligence agencies said. "Chinese Embassy in Nepal has provided financial support to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore (NPR) for organising anti-India protests/ demonstrations along India-Nepal border areas highlighting the recent border disputes and interferences of India in Nepal's internal/ political matters," the agencies stated. NPR stands for Nepalese Rupee. The India-Nepal relation has been strained after China increased its influence on the Himalayan nation. It was India's road construction to the Lipulekh at 17,000 feet that had sparked a diplomatic row between India and Nepal as Kathmandu claimed the area to be its territory. Lipulekh is a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley in Uttarakhand. The road construction was aimed at shortening travel time for pilgrims visiting the Kailash Mansarovar. After this, Nepal brought out a new political map showing the contested area as its own. quo. Naravane would also be reviewing the formidable logistical challenges posed by harsh climate at heights exceeding 12,000 feet and temperature as extreme as minus 50 degrees Celsius as winter approaches. The force requires special clothing, diet and shelter for around 35,000 extra troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Most of the friction points in Ladakh like Pangong Lake and Galwan Valley where the face-offs have happened are 14,000 feet above the sea level. Both countries have been engaged in the current four-month-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues. On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley. Chinese aggression started increasing along the LAC and more particularly in Galwan Valley since May 5. The Chinese side transgressed in the areas of Kugrang Nala, Gogra and north bank of Pangong lake on May 17 and 18. Arrangements made by the Delhi Metro at its stations for a new travel protocol to be followed by the passengers once Metro services resume from September 7, at Rajiv Chowk Metro station in New Delhi on Thursday Metro for least contact travel Foot pedal-driven lifts, auto-dispensers for sanitiser New Delhi (PTI): From automated thermal screeningcum-sanitiser dispenser to lift calling system driven by a foot pedal, Delhi Metro has taken a slew of measures to ensure least physical contact for riders when it resumes services next week. After being closed for over ﬁve months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, metro services will be resumed in three stages from September 7-12, but stations located in containment zones will remain closed. On Thursday, a preview was held for mediapersons at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, from the point of entering station premises to boarding a coach. A city police official said wearing of masks inside the premises and inside trains is mandatory and "challans will be issued if they violate this" rule. Officials said that at all stations, CISF staff will be doing "contactless frisking" and red lines have been drawn at a gap of one feet to ensure social distancing while queueing up. At the point of entry at 45 stations, automated thermal screening-cum-sanitiser dispensers have been installed, which can read a commuter's body temperature once a person puts their forehead in front of it, and sanitiser will drop from a dispenser below, once hands are kept below the nozzle, officials said. This facility will be available at 17 metro stations, in- Remove 48K shanties along rail tracks in 3 months: SC CAG to audit TTD funds HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: The accounts of Lord Venkateswara would now be subject to scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). This decision was taken by the TTD recently but was kept under wraps for reasons best known to it. Normally, the TTD announces all major decisions taken by the board but in this case it had not only taken a decision to get the accounts audited by the CAG but had also asked the AP State Audit Department o hand over all the records to the CAG for ﬁnancial year 2020-21. Not just that, it had also resolved and requested the CAG for a special CAG audit for the years of 20142019 when the TDP was in power. These decisions were taken at the TTD board meeting held on August 28. While it is being said that auditing of accounts by the CAG would Delhi among 5 states which account for 70% Covid deaths New Delhi (PTI): Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu account for 70 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths in the country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry further said that the five states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu account for 62 per cent of the active cases in the country. Addressing a press conference, Health Sec- retary Rajesh Bhushan said if deaths are tracked in these states and UTs across weeks then a different picture emerges. "If we track deaths in these five states across weeks, then out of 5 only 2 states i.e Karnataka and Delhi have shown an increase in Case Fatality Trajectory. However, in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu there is decrease in daily deaths," he said. Continued on Page 5 bring in greater transparency, why it decided to seek special auditing for 2014-2019 has now become a matter of political controversy. The issue would not have come to light if the BJP MP Dr Subrahmanyam Swamy had not tweeted saying, “My associate Satyapal Sabharawal and I had ﬁled a PIL in Andhra HC seeking a CAG audit of Tirupati Temple funds for the last 5 years and hereafter. Continued on Page 5 PUBG players pin hopes on VPNs Most of VPN providers China-based; dominance likely to continue P V PRASAD Nellore: As soon as the Centre had announced a ban on 118 Chinese apps, including the popular Player Unknowns’ Battle Ground (PUBG), now gamers are pinning hopes on the VPN technology to play the game. The Centre had banned only mobile version and still gamers can play it on the desktop and laptop versions which requires some Game organizers assuring players that servers would be set up in India shortly for restarting the indigenous game oﬃcially authentication. The Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is also called the black hole, being operated by foreign servers, hides credentials of the people who visit any website or server. In fact, it is a tool to protect browsing from cyber hacking and dangerous malware. But this is being used for playing hereafter if technology permits. A VPN creates a secure connection over the internet between a computer, smartphone, or tablet and the app people are using. It maintains an authenticated, encrypted way for securely passing data traffic. So, nobody will be able to track their location. There are practically no chances for the hackers to look up for any attempts to breach the data. Continued on Page 5 India with G-4 serves ultimatum on UN Security Council reforms United Nations (IANS): India, along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has served an ultimatum that the supporters of Security Council reforms will be forced to look for other ways to move the process forward if the UN's Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for reform continues to be "held hostage" by those opposing change. As the General Assembly rolled over on Monday the deadlocked IGN process to the next session that starts later this month, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu issued the warning in a letter to Assembly President Tijjani Muham- mad-Bande written on behalf of the G-4, the group of four countries that mutually support each other for a permanent seat on a reformed Council. He wrote, "There is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council." "If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reforms will be forced to look for other ways to finally make progress, including potentially outside the IGN process," he added. The letter did not identify the countries hiding behind the "smokescreen" of procedures in the IGN to hold the process hostage. They are a group of 12 countries that call themselves Uniting for Consensus (UfC) led by Italy and includes Pakistan. The group's agenda is prevent adding permanent members to the Council. For more than a decade the group has blocked the adoption of a negotiating text on which to base the discussions by insisting that there should be a consensus on reforms before the text can be adopted. Consequently, the IGN cluding Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Vishwavidyalaya stations, of the Yellow Line which will be the ﬁrst to resume services on September 7. At other stations, auto-dispenser for sanitiser will be there, but thermal screening will be done manually using a thermal gun, officials said. Also, at 16 metro stations, including at Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, IGI Airport, Hauz Khas, and Mandi House, push-button facilities to call a lift have been disabled, and commuters can press a foot pedal to call it. Beyond that the lift will operate automatically, from vertical movement to opening and closing of doors. Continued on Page 5 process has not been able to hold meaningful negotiations. "In the last decade or more of IGN meetings (since 2009), there has been practically no progress," Nagaraj wrote, because of the contention that "rules of procedure, allegedly, should not apply, due to the supposed 'informal nature' of the discussion." "There has been no effort to capture the discussions in a single consolidated text for negotiations, which should be the essential task for any facilitator of any UN negotiations," he added. The formal decision to rollover the negotiations was adopted on Monday using the si- lence procedure of voting under which resolutions and decisions are declared approved by the Assembly if no one voices an opposition within a timeframe after the Assembly president's announcement. The procedure is being followed because the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped in-person Assembly meetings where voting can be held in the traditional manner. The letter on behalf of the G-4 and a separate one written along the same lines by India were not to be construed as "breaking the silence," which would be a vote against the decision. One of the avenues for bypassing the IGN is initiating the process to amend the UN Charter under its Article 108, which requires a two-thirds majority of UN members including all the permanent Council members. While it may be possible to muster a two-thirds majority, the hurdle would be getting all the permanent members to agree. The US, Britain and France support India's permanent membership while Russia is lukewarm in its backing and China is against it. The US is likely to oppose possible African nations for permanent membership. New Delhi (IANS): The Supreme Court has ordered removal of around 48,000 slum dwellings across railway tracks in Delhi within three months and said no political interference will be entertained in the matter. The observation from the top court came while dealing with the issue of piling up waste, plastic bags and garbage, lying along the railway tracks in Delhi. "The encroachments which are there in the safety zones should be removed within a period of three months and no interference, political or otherwise, should be there and no court shall grant any stay with respect to removal of the encroachments in the area in question," said the top court. The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that any interim order granted with respect to encroachments, which have been made along with railway tracks, will not be effective. "The picture painted in the report of the EPCA, as well as in the reply ﬁled by the Railways indicates that nothing has been done so far and waste is being piled up and at the same time, there is human habitation which has come in the same area unauthorisedly, which are required to be taken care of," observed the top court. It asked for a meeting of all the stakeholders, i.e. Railways, Delhi government and concerned Municipal Corporations as well as Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Trust (DUISB) to be called next week and work be started forthwith. "70 per cent of the requisite amount shall be borne by the Railways and 30 per cent by the state government," said the top court.
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