VOL. 3 | NO. 315 | WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Clearing skies. Temp: Max.38°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 32% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:33 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 China raises its ugly head again India, China accuse each other of ﬁring warning shots Noted scientist Govind Swarup dead Pune (PTI): Renowned radio astronomer and scientist Govind Swarup died on Monday night in a private hospital here in Maharashtra following illness, the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) said in a statement. He was 91. Swarup, the doyen of Indian radio astronomy, was the founding director of the NCRA, which is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). "National Centre for Rdio Astronomy (NCRA) with a very heavy heart, announces that our renowned scientist, great radio astronomer Prof. Govind Swarup passed away on Monday 9 pm at a private hospital following illness," the NCRA said. Born in 1929, Swarup was one of the pioneers of radio astronomy in India, it said. Russian vaccine released for public Moscow (IANS): In some good news for millions living in hope for a Covid-19 vaccine shot, the Russian Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine has been produced for civilian circulation. The supplies of the medication to the Russian regions are expected soon, the Health Ministry told reporters, reports Tass news agency. "The first batch of the vaccine for preventing the novel coronavirus infection, Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Health Ministry passed the required quality tests and was produced for civilian circulation. "In the near future, the supplies of the first batches of the vaccine to the regions are expected," the ministry said. NATION ITBP deploys female doctors at forward locations in Ladakh New Delhi (IANS): India and China accused each other of indulging in a fresh skirmish at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, where troops ﬁred warning shots in the air to scare and push back each other. China accused Indian Army troops of having ﬁred the warning shots. India, on the other hand, accused Chinese People's Liberation Army troops of ﬁring a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate the Indian Army troops. The incident took place near Shenpao mountain close to the south bank of Pangong Tso (Lake) on Monday. On Tuesday, the Indian Army in a statement said that China continues to "undertake provocative activities to escalate" the situation at the border and it was the Chinese People's Liberation Army troops who "ﬁred a few rounds in the air" in an attempt to intimidate Indian troops. At Actress Rhea Chakraborty at NCB oﬃce in connection with the suicide case of Sushant Singh Rajput, in Mumbai on Tuesday China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers approached towards Indian post near Mukhpari peak at about 6 pm on Monday IAF ﬁghter jet ﬂies in Ladakh region amid the prolonged India-China stand oﬀ, in Leh on Tuesday no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including ﬁring," Indian Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said. The force stated that it is the Chinese People's Liberation army that has been "blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at the military, diplomatic and political level is in progress. "In the instant case on dian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however, it is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. The statement from the Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience." On Monday, China issued a statement that the Indian Army "blatantly ﬁred threats" to the patrol personnel of the Chinese border guards who had made representation, and September 7, 2020, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, the PLA troops ﬁred a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops," Colonel Aman said. However, despite the grave provocation, Indian troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner, the force stated. It also stated: "The In- Army to upgrade ‘night-blind’ vehicles EAM: Situation very serious New Delhi: Ahead of his expected talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said the state of the border with China cannot be de-linked from the state of the overall relationship with the neighbouring country. The external affairs minister also described the situation in eastern Ladakh as 'very serious' which he said calls for 'very very deep conversation' between the two sides at a political level. "The state of the border cannot be de-linked from the state of the relationship. I wrote it before that unfortunate incident happened in Galwan," Jaishankar said referring to his newly published book The India Way. New Delhi (PTI): The Indian Army has kick-started a process to make its infantry combat vehicles capable of operating in the night, a move that comes at a time it is engaged in a ﬁerce border row with the Chinese military in eastern Ladakh, officials said. The army has already invited expression of interest (EoI) from eligible domestic companies for the development of prototype and further procurement of armament for BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicles. The current ﬂeet of BMP-2/2Ks was ﬁrst inducted into the Army in 1985 and it has been the mainstay of the mechanised infantry since then. The EoI said the armament sys- tem is "night blind" and needs to be upgraded with nigh-ﬁghting capabilities. "The terrain along our borders lends itself to conduct of large scale mechanised operations and the belligerence of our adversaries on the borders necessitate that our capabilities are adequately built up to match the threat," the Army said in the document. It said the existing armament sighting system in use is based on image intensiﬁer technology which has its limitations and is not ﬁt for modern-day warfare. "Present system is also deﬁcient of modernised Fire Control System and Automatic Target Tracker which adversely affects the capability of BMP- China tests secret spacecraft New Delhi/ Beijing (IANS): China claims to have successfully tested a secret "reusable" spacecraft amid crisis along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India in Ladakh and confrontation with multiple nations in South China Sea. The Xinhua news agency on Sunday said that the vehicle returned to its "scheduled landing site" following a two-day mission in orbit after it was launched on a Long March 2F rocket on Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert. Continued on Page 5 P3 Popular Telugu actor passes away HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Popular Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away on Tuesday at his residence in Guntur. The actor suffered cardiac arrest. He was 74 and diabetic. The villain turned comedian Jaya Prakash Reddy was not only a versatile thespian but also a great theatre artiste. Reddy was popular for his role in ﬁlms like Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakadi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru, Jaya Prakash Reddy Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu. Initially, the actor gained popularity for villainous roles, and later in his career, he appeared in several comic roles. Starting off with serious roles as a villain in movies, the Chinese border guards were forced to take "countermeasures to stabilise the situation on the ground. "India's actions seriously violated the relevant agreements and the agreements between China and India, pushing up regional tensions and easily causing misunderstandings and misjudgments," said Chinese People's Liberation Army's Western Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Shuili in a statement. Continued on Page 5 Reddy later transitioned into a highly successful comedian as well. He was last seen in Mahesh Babu’s ﬁlm Sarileru Neekevvaru, which was released during Sankranti. Tributes poured in from politicians as well as Tollywood personalities and others. "Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy expressed grief over the death of Jaya Prakash Reddy, who created a special place for himself through his inimitable dialogue delivery and mannerisms." Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed condolences on the passing away of actor Jayaprakash Reddy. Expressing his sorrow, Rao said the actor was quite popular with the masses. "Telugu cinema and theatre has lost a gem today with the demise of Jaya Prakash Reddy garu. His versatile performances over several decades have given us many a memorable cinematic moments," said former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Mahesh Babu took to Twitter to pay his tributes to Jaya Prakash Reddy. He wrote, "Saddened by the passing of #JayaPrakashReddy garu. One of TFI's ﬁnest actorcomedians.” Continued on Page 5 2/2K to ﬁght both during day and night," it said. The Indian Army is engaged in a standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh since early May. Both sides held a series of diplomatic and military talks to resolve the row. Tensions have further escalated since last week in the region after Indian troops foiled attempts by the Chinese PLA to occupy Indian territories in the Southern Bank of Pangong lake area on the intervening night of August 29 and 30. Following the confrontation, India occupied a number of strategic heights in the Chushul sector overlooking crucial bases of the Chinese military. Continued on Page 5 NCB arrests Rhea Chakraborty on third day of grilling Mumbai (IANS): After days of intense speculation and three days of tough grilling, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in connection with its ongoing probe to unravel the drugs nexus in the ﬁlm industry, officials said. Rhea has been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act for her alleged role in the drugs angle that has emerged during investigation into the June 14 death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Rhea, who has all along pleaded innocence, was quickly whisked away for a mandatory medical test at the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's LTMG Sion Hospital. She is likely to be presented by the NCB before a court for her remand, while her legal team prepares to get her bailed out. Reacting to the development, Rhea's lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed the arrest a "travesty of justice" in a scathing statement targeting the family of Sushant. "Three central agencies hounding a single woman -just because she was in love with a drug addict, suffering from mental health issues for several years under the care of ﬁve leading psychiatrists in Mumbai, who ended up committing suicide due to consumption of illegally administered medicines and used drugs," Maneshinde said. Her much-anticipated arrest came a day after Rhea took time out -- at the height of the NCB interrogation sessions -- to hit back at the late actor's family by lodging a police complaint against Sushant's sister Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar of RML Hospital in New Delhi and others, alleging forged medical prescriptions. Continued on Page 5
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