VOL. 3 | NO. 316 | THURSDAY 10 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 Heavy rains lash Kerala, N India remains dry New Delhi (PTI): Heavy rains lashed several parts of southern India, including Kerala on Wednesday while dry and sultry weather prevailed in the north, even as the IMD forecast widespread rainfall over Peninsular regions in the next four to ﬁve days. In Delhi, dry weather pushed the mercury up slightly as the maximum temperature settled at 35.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. According to the Met department forecast, the city's maximum temperature is expected to rise by a few notches as rainfall is unlikely over the next few days. Delhi has recorded just 20.9 mm rainfall against the normal of 58.3 mm -- a deﬁciency of 64 per cent -- in September so far. ing ready by early next year as results showed that it produced a positive immune response. The vaccine moved to Phase III testing in recent weeks, involving around 30,000 participants in the US as well as in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. “As part of the ongoing randomised, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process was triggered and we voluntarily paused vaccination to allow a review of safety data by an independent committee,” said a spokesperson for AstraZeneca on Tuesday evening. “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials. In large trials illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully,” the spokesperson said. Stressing that the adverse reaction involved only a single patient, the spokesperson added that the team is working to expedite the review of the “single event” to minimise any potential impact on the trial timeline. “We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials,” the spokesperson said. Phase III trials in vaccines often involve thousands of participants and can last several years. For ChAdOx1 nCoV19, the so-called Oxford vaccine, clinical trial volunteers are located in countries across five continents, including India, the UK, Brazil, South Africa and the US. Continued on P5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with beneﬁciaries of PM SVANidhi scheme, via video conferencing, in New Delhi PM gives 3 mantras to street vendors Blue, Pink lines reopen Interchange facility at 9 stations begin after 171-day Covid hiatus New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Metro's Blue Line and Pink Line resumed services with interchange facilities at nine stations on Wednesday after being closed for 171 days due to the COVID19 pandemic, officials said. The services resumed with curtailed operations on these two lines at 7 am with strict safety and social distancing measures being in place. Trains are to operate in two batches of four-hour each from 7-11 AM and 4-8 PM in the ﬁrst stage. "The Blue and Pink lines resumed services today. Slowly and steadily, Delhi Metro will be back to take you places! #MetroBackOnTrack," the DMRC tweeted. As the day began, some riders wearing face masks were seen entering the premises of key stations like Rajiv Chowk, Noida Sector 15 and Anand Bihar on the Blue Line, which connects Dwarka Sector 21 in Delhi to Electronic City (Noida) and Vaishali (Ghaziabad). Pink Line connects Majlis Park to Shiv Bihar. Raj Ku- A commuter waits for a Metro train at Rajouri Garden station following resumption of services on the Blue and Pink Line in a graded manner, in New Delhi on Wednesday mar, who boarded the Metro at Anand Vihar, said that he faced no inconvenience during his journey. "There was no issue regarding social distancing. I have to go to Rajiv Chowk and the journey was smooth, but we Delhi-born businessman Dy Mayor of UK London (PTI): An Indian-origin businessman in the UK has been elected as the deputy mayor of London Borough of Southwark for the second time. Sunil Chopra was the mayor of the London Borough of Southwark in 2014-2015, and deputy mayor in 2013-2014, the ﬁrst Indian-origin person to hold the prestigious oﬃce in the Borough. New Delhi-born Chopra who was the general secretary of the Indian Overseas Congress, London, is the ﬁrst and only Indian-origin elected councillor in London Borough of Southwark Council, which has only 2 per cent Indian-origin people. He is living in London for the last 40 years and actively involved in local community works. Commenting on his election, Chopra said on Wednesday “I feel really proud to be an Indian. It is not only a great honour for me and my family but for the whole Indian community. I will keep working with the community locally and internationally." /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Oxford University halts Covid vaccine trials London (PTI): The human trials of one of the most promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates, being developed by the University of Oxford, has been put on hold after a UK participant had an adverse reaction to it. AstraZeneca, the biopharmaceutical giant in tie-up with the university to produce the vaccine, described the pause as a "routine" one following what was “an unexplained illness". The trials had moved into Phase III after successful Phase I and II testing had raised worldwide hopes of it be- Narcotics Control Bureau officers take Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, who has been sent in judicial custody till September 22 by a local court, to Byculla women jail, in Mumbai on Wednesday. She was arrested in a drugs case linked to her boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death on Tuesday /thehansindia | are not sure during our journey which gate is open and which is not," Kumar said. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the Blue and Pink lines will ensure availability of nine of the exist- ing 28 interchange Metro stations, including Rajouri Garden (Blue Line & Pink Line); INA Delhi Haat (Yellow & Pink Line); Mayur Vihar Phase – I (Blue Line & Pink Line); Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line & Yellow Line); Anand Vihar ISBT (Blue Line & Pink Line) and Sikanderpur (Yellow Line & Rapid Metro). On Monday, the Delhi Metro had resumed services with curtailed operation of the Yellow Line, since the closure of the urban transporter on March 22. The Ministry of Home Affairs had recently issued guidelines allowing the Delhi Metro to resume operations in a graded manner, following which the DMRC had said it would be done in three stages from September 7-12. In addition to Yellow, Blue and Pink lines, three more lines --- Red Line (Rithala to Shaheed Sthal New Bus Adda (Ghaziabad); Green Line (Kirti Nagar/ Inderlok to Brig. Hosihar Singh (Bahadurgarh); and Violet Line (Kashmere Gate to Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh) -- will also resume services from September 10 with the same time schedule. The DMRC said the entire Metro network will resume normal services from September 12. ‘Restart business by wearing mask, maintain cleanliness and social distance’ New Delhi (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned Madhya Pradesh street vendors, who are starting afresh battling the pandemic induced crisis to follow three mantras - wearing mask, cleanliness and social distancing. "Now when you are starting your business afresh, you have to take some precautions. Until the corona vaccine arrives, you have to take full care of yourself and your customers' safety. Masks, cleanliness, do gaaj ki doori all these have to be adopted," cautioned the Prime Minister on Wednesday as he virtually addressed scores of Street vendors of Madhya Pradesh who availed the centre's PM-SVA Nidhi scheme. Prime Minister spoke to three select beneﬁciaries through video conferencing. While speaking to one vegetable seller, he asked whether they are organic and if they are, whether his buyers are aware of it. He also spoke to a tikki seller who runs a stall by the name of 'Sharma Tikki seller'. Taking a subtle dig at his predecessors, Modi claimed that there has been a lot of talk of the poor in our coun- try, but the work done for the poor in the last six years has never been done before. "Every area, every sector where the poor-victims-exploited-deprived, were in need, the government's plans came as its backing," remarked the Prime Minister. Making a strong push for the Centre's pro-poor agenda, Prime Minister said that street vendors now have Ujjwala for gas connection, an electricity connection, connected with Ayushman Bharat scheme and are getting the beneﬁt of the insurance scheme. He also said that now they have a roof of their own. He was speaking beneﬁciaries of the Centre's SVANidhi yojana in MP, which the PM said, has beneﬁted over 1 lakh street vendors in 2 months. "Our poor friends and street vendors heavily felt the crisis. Therefore, since the ﬁrst day of the Corona crisis, it has been the endeavour of the government to overcome the crisis of the poor," PM Modi said. The Centre had launched PM SVANidhi scheme on 1st June, 2020 to help poor street vendors, impacted by Covid-19, resume livelihood activities. Kangana takes on Shiv Sena, tells Uddhav his ego will be crushed HAL's Indigenous Light Utility Vehicle (LUH) completes hot and high altitude trials in the Himalayan mountain ranges in Leh, Ladakh China starts fresh build-up north of Pangong Lake New Delhi (IANS): As India dominates south of Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh, China has started fresh build up at Finger area north of the Lake, sources said on Wednesday. It started soon after the skirmish on the southern bank took place on September 7 where warning shots were ﬁred by both sides. The deployment of People's Liberation Army troops have increased since Tuesday evening. They are also bringing in more materials and logistics items. The troops from both sides are at a short range from each other. "They are within clear visible range and Indian troops are keeping a close watch on the activities," said a government source. The Chinese continue to sit atop Finger 4 ridgeline. The north bank of the lake is divided into 8 ﬁngers that are contested by both sides. India claims that the Line of Actual Control at Finger 8 and had been holding on to area till Finger 4 but in a clear alteration of status quo the Chinese have been camping at Finger 4 and have set up fortiﬁcations between Finger 5 and 8. The Indian Army have occupied crucial heights in areas around the south bank of Pangong Lake and the Chinese have made several attempts to take over Indian positions. It has become the new friction point where Indian Army seems be in an advantageous position. The Indian Army has occupied heights that allow it to dominate the Chinese Moldo garrison and the Spangur Gap under Chinese control. Both Indian and China lay claim to some of these heights. One of the most critical heights the Indian Army is manning is the Rechin La, which the Chinese are protesting against. Continued on Page 5 Mumbai (PTI): Actor Kangana Ranaut landed here on Wednesday from Himachal Pradesh, angry and caustic as she took on the Shiv Sena, called her home Ram mandir, referred to Bullywood' and described herself as the daughter of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The Queen actor, who has been given Y-plus category security from the Centre, was met with black ﬂags and slogans from protesting Shiv Sena workers. But there was support too from workers of the RPI (A) and Karni Sena, who also gathered at the airport. Addressing Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, Ranaut posted a video message saying his "ego will be destroyed" the way her Bandra home was demolished. The actor said she is working on a project on Ayodhya but now understands the pain of Kashmir Pandits and will also make a movie on their plight. Ranaut, known for her provocative statements, again compared Mumbai with Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) after the Shiv Sena-led BMC demolished "illegal alterations" at her Bandra bungalow. "Uddhav Thackeray, 'tujhe kya lagta hai' (what do you think)?. You think you have taken a huge revenge by destroying my house in collusion with the movie maﬁa. Today my house is destroyed, tomorrow it will be your ego. The wheels of time keep chang- HC stays demolition of Ranaut’s ‘illegal office’ Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) oﬃcers demolish 'illegal alterations' at the Bandra bungalow of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, in Mumbai on Wednesday ing, she said in a video message in Hindi, referring to the chief minister in the informal tu' rather than the more respectful aap'. "Uddhav Thackeray, this cruelty and terrorism, it is good that it happened to me because there is some meaning to it," she said in the video. In a series of posts earlier in the day, Ranaut said there has been no "illegal construction" in her house. "... also government has banned any demolitions in Covid till September 30, Bullywood watch now this is what Fascism looks like #DeathOfDemocracy #KanganaRanaut," the actor tweeted. In another post, she wrote, "I am never wrong and my enemies prove again and again this is why my Mumbai is POK now #deathofdemocracy". Continued on Page 5 Undue importance: Sharad Pawar N CP chief Sharad Pawar said undue importance is being attached to Kangana's statements, adding people are not taking her remarks seriously. Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis said the state of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has not seen such a "timid and anti-democracy" government till now, and ccused the state government of stifling voices of those holding the other view. Kangana's lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui claimed the BMC was lying about illegal construction at the bungalow. "BMC said they gave stop-work notice. But such notice is given when the construction process is underway. There is no construction going on at the place. It was over about oneand-a-half years ago," he said. Mumbai (IANS): The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed the demolition drive of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut's "illegal office" barely a couple of hours after the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) squad started bulldozing the premises. Ranaut's lawyer had challenged the BMC notice earlier in the morning before the high court, contending that there are no illegalities in the office works even as the civic demolition squad swooped on the premises in Bandra West. The high court has directed the BMC to file its reply to Ranaut's plea challenging the demolition order by 3 p.m. on Thursday. Even as the high court was hearing the matter, the BMC H-West Ward dozen-strong team, which was accompanied by a strong police posse, halted the demolition process awaiting the court orders. However, a significant portion of the office premises from the inside and outside appeared to have been razed with massive bulldozers, JCBs, and other heavy equipment. The fast-paced developments came barely hours after the BMC pasted a notice outside the office rejecting a reply filed by Kangana's lawyer, Rizwan Siddique, to the Tuesday (September 8) notice in which the civic body had listed a series of violations in the ongoing works in her office. The BMC Executive Engineer said that he was satisfied that the (illegal) works were being carried out and the actress had failed to produce the permissions/approvals/sanction for it as per the BMC laws. As per the notice, the violations include: merging of two bungalows, converting a ground-floor toilet into an office cabin, converting a storeroom into a kitchen, making an unauthorised pantry in the ground floor, adding toilets near the storeroom and a parking area, illegal partitions in first floor living room, an illegal meeting room in the "puja" room, converting a balcony into a habitable area besides a floor extension, etc.
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