VOL. 3 | NO. 311 | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Mostly cloudy. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.31°C. Humidity: 41% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:37 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Preserve humane image built during pandemic: PM to police HANS NEW SERVICE Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holds a poster reading "School strike for Climate" as she protests in front of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen, in Stockholm on Friday. The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said Monday she is heading back to school after a year off, but has resumed her weekly protests outside Sweden’s parliament Hyderabad: Appreciating the Covid warriors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the humane face of police manifested during the Covid-19 pandemic. Requesting the force to safeguard and build on human face of the police as an asset during the virtually address of the probationers of the Indian Police Service's 2018 batch passing out of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad, the Prime Minister said the new image built by the force during the crisis had become its biggest asset and there was a need to preserve it. Modi said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a virtual interaction with IPS probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, on Friday country saw the humane face of khaki during the pandemic as the police per- sonnel were seen singing songs, providing food and water to those living on Teachers are guiding force: Prez Kovind New Delhi (PTI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said teachers are the guiding force for students and true nation-builders. With sheer perseverance and patience, a teacher helps students comprehend the rich legacy of the country's culture, he said. "The changing times call for new methods of pedagogy that may help us equip our younger generation, to learn, explore and contribute more eﬃciently to the society. I hope that we continue to be guided by our sagacious teachers and build a future of this great nation," Kovind said in a message on the eve of Teachers' Day. "Ideal teachers consistently encourage students to pursue this objective and realise their goals. No doubt, teachers are the guiding force for students and true builders of our nation. This is the precise reason why the 'Guru-Shishya' tradition holds special reverence in Indian culture," the president said. Gadkari to open 2 flyovers on Sept 18 Amaravati: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the Kanaka Durga and Benz Circle flyovers on September 18, according to a tweet by TDP MP Kesineni Nani. These two flyover were to be inaugurated on Friday September 4 but the programme was postponed following the death of former President of India Pranab Mukherjee. footpath and risking their lives to carry patients to hospitals. "In the eyes of a common man, by and large, the image of police was of a baton, argument and repression. It does not mean that they were not doing any humanitarian work earlier but during coronavirus, the society felt its collective impact for the ﬁrst time," he said. Of the 131 IPS probationers, 121 belong to the 2018 batch and the remaining 10 to the 2017 batch. Eleven out of 131 probationary IPS officers who underwent nearly two-years of training at the SVPNPA were allotted Telangana State. The probationer Akhil Mahajan from J&K was allotted Telangana cadre. During an hour-long interaction with the IPS probationers from various parts of the country, the Prime Minister shared his thoughts on various issues.He underlined the need for the police to make use of the power of the society which always comes forward to render humanitarian assistance during crises. The Prime Minister suggested that the humanitarian works undertaken by police are given a written form at the level of each police station through involvement of local schools. He said this would help the old, young and the coming generation to know about their work. Continued on Page 5 All eyes on Rajnath’s meet with Chinese DefMin Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces and the Museum Complex, in Moscow on Friday Covid protocols in place for TS Assembly session Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held telephonic talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the row. Singh and Wei are in Moscow to attend a meeting of the SCO defence ministers on Friday. The sources said the meeting has been requested by the Chinese defence minister. "The meeting is likely to take place," said a source. Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter standoff in multiple places in eastern Ladakh. Continued on Page 5 Leh (IANS): Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday said that the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is tense and the force is prepared for all contingencies. "The nation can count on us," said General Naravane who was on two-day visit to Ladakh where he also met troops deployed at forward locations along the LAC. "The situation along the LAC is tense. We have undertaken precautionary deployment in some areas. The troops are prepared for all contingencies that may arise. All these actions have been carried out only along the LAC," the Army Chief said. General Naravane said that he reached Leh on Thursday morning and spent time with the commanders and troops to make a first-hand assessment of the situation along the borders. Indian Army chief returned to Delhi on Friday afternoon. "It was very satisfying to see our soldiers and local commanders in high morale and good health. It gives me confidence that they are well prepared to safe guard the territorial integrity of our nation," said General Naravane, adding that Indian Army is known for its commitment and resolve. CBSE 10 & 12 compartment exam from Sept 22 to 29 HANS NEWS SERVICE HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The State Assembly, which is scheduled to commence its nearly two-week-long monsoon session from September 7, is fully geared up to meet the Covid protocols to ensure safe proceedings. According to Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, it will be “nocorona test, no-entry’ whether it be the members, staff, officers, media or police personnel. Similarly, those who were tested with oxygen levels below 90 would be barred from the entry into the Assembly. All the MLAs and MLCs will have to show their corona test results to the monitoring staff at the entry point of the House. The members attending the session have been advised to stop going out of station and not to visit even their relatives till the session is over. Restrictions on the movement of the legislators and officials at the Chief Minister Ofﬁce and the ministers’ chambers inside the Assembly will also be in force during the session. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi (PTI): In the midst of heightened tensions in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Friday evening in Moscow on the sidelines of a ministerial meet of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), government sources said. It will be the ﬁrst high-level meeting between the two sides after the border row escalated in eastern Ladakh in early May though External Situation along China border tense, says Army Chief Naravane New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday released the dates of improvement and compartment examination for class 10 and 12. CBSE 12th compartment examinations will be held from 22 to 29 September and 10th compartment examinations will be held from 22 to 28 September 2020. CBSE on Friday in- formed the Supreme Court that the improvement, compartment examination will be conducted by the end of September and a notiﬁcation in this regard will be issued. The Supreme Court was hearing the petitions ﬁled by the students challenging the compartment examination. The court ﬁxed September 10 as the next date of hearing. The petitioners have demanded cancellation of compartment examinations in view of the corona virus epidemic. Earlier, the Supreme Court had been told by CBSE that the facility of compartment examination will be given only to those students who have failed or are not happy with the result released under the assessment scheme. CBSE also informed that compartment examinations will be conducted keeping in mind the Corona Guidelines. The board also said that if compartment examinations are not conducted, it will affect the future of many students. Meanwhile, students and some parents have questioned the decision of CBSE to conduct the examination. They believe that conducting exams during the epidemic would prove to be endangering the lives of students. The All-India Students Association (AISA) has written a letter to Union Education Minister Nishank demanding that the examinations be cancelled. Nellore tops in AP with 60 Covid hotspots P V PRASAD Nellore: Nellore is on top among the districts with coronavirus hotspots across the state with a huge number of cases. The district has 60 hotspots in which 26 are in urban areas and 34 in the rural areas. Across the state, there are 396 hotspots and Kurnool stands in the second position with 53 hotspots. In Nellore, as on date, there are 37,099 conﬁrmed positive cases, and 28,203 patients have been discharged from COVID hospitals and Care Centers. There are 317 reported deaths up to September 3. Even though the number of hotspots is more, the situation is under control with a limited number of infected cases. In fact, hotspots are the areas declared by the government where 6 or more COVID reported infected cases. The hotspot area also includes areas where any person is found to be infected, and the others suspected to be infected and it would be declared as a corona hotspot. Continued on Page 5 INS Sahyadri is one of the naval ships that has been deployed for mega military exercise in the Bay of Bengal by Indian and Russian navies from Sept 4 to Sept 5 to further bolster their operational interoperability in dealing with emerging security challenges He pointed out that over the past three months, both India and China have been engaged in resolving the situation. "Military and diplomatic channels are functioning. The Indian side is firmly committed to resolve the current situation along the LAC through engagement," he said. General Naravane said that India will continue to utilise all existing mechanisms to reduce tension and to ensure that the status quo is not unilaterally changed. He went to Ladakh after China made fresh incursion attempts and Indian Army thwarted there acts. Chinese's People Liberation Army (PLA) troops had made fresh incursion attempts in India territories along south of Pangong Tso (Lake) on August 29 and again on August 31. On August 31, Chinese troops had indulged in provocative actions after Indian soldiers occupied the heights there to thwart a PLA land-grabbing bid over the weekend. Continued on Page 5 Corona test for passengers from abroad to board local flights PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Passengers from abroad, who want to catch a domestic flight, will now be able to get their corona virus infection checked at the Delhi airport. Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the airport, said on Friday that it has tied up with GeneStrings Diagnostic Center to build the Covid-19 test lab. The laboratory will be built over 3,500 square metres in the multi-level car parking of the international terminal at the airport. The results of the investigation will come in four to six hours. The Ministry of Civil Aviation was asked to arrange a corona check on an experiment basis for passengers arriving from abroad who want to catch a second connecting domestic flight. After arrival abroad, passengers will be coronated at the first airport. Originally this arrangement has been made for those passengers who have not been able to get corona test done 96 hours before taking a flight from abroad.Passengers whose reports will be negative at the airport will be able to catch a connecting flight. One must follow the local state health guidelines when the report is positive. 82% back Centre’s Health ID initiative but wary of data-sharing New Delhi (IANS): A whopping 82 per cent people support the Central Government's new National Health ID, provided it only seeks and stores health-related information and not sensitive personal details such as banking information, sex life, caste, religion, political affiliations, etc. The National Digital Health Mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech. The ambitious initiative will see the creation of health IDs for every citizen that will enable storing personal medical records and disease history electronically. The draft of the policy was released on August 26 with a week stipulated for public feedback. However, on September 1, the government extended the public feedback deadline till September 10. On the basis of 34,000 responses from citizens residing in 272 districts of India, 'Local Circles' attempted to bring out what the masses feel about the idea of creating a citizen digital health id. In the ﬁrst question, citizens were asked about their views on the creation of such a digital health id. Over 23 per cent said it should be created as it could help in faster access to healthcare, while 18 per cent said it should not be created as it could lead to personal sensitive data getting compromised. As many as 59 per cent said it should be created but data sought should be restricted to just health information. The results of the poll show that 82 per cent support digital health id creation but believe sensitive personal details should not be sought. The main objective of the draft policy has been stated as providing guidance and creating a framework for secure processing of personal data of individuals who are a part of the national digital health ecosystem. NHA has earlier rolled out schemes like Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna, which gave health beneﬁts to millions of Indians. The Government in its draft National Health Data Management Policy which proposes to create a digital health id for citizens will be storing the data selectively at three levels -- central, state or UT -- and at the health facility level. Citizens were asked how they feel this should be done. 11 per cent said storage should be at central, state and health facility levels is ﬁne, while 21 per cent said storage should only be at central level and accessed by state and health facility after the citizen's authorisation. At least 10 per cent said storage should be at central and state levels and access by health facility after their authorisation, and 57 per cent said it should only be done for health information and it should be stored only at central level with authorisa- tion needed for use by health facility. This shows that the majority want the digital health id to have just health information with storage only at the central level and authorisation-based access for state government and health facilities. The key concern among people with information storage at state level or at a health facility level is the risk of the information getting compromised. People prefer that their private sensitive information be deleted post usage by these entities. Continued on Page 5
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