VOL. 3 | NO. 317 | FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.38°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:30 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 Rafale inducted in IAF Can be deployed at LAC at short notice: Rajnath Paresh Rawal new NSD chairman New Delhi (IANS): Veteran actor Paresh Rawal has been appointed the new chairman of National School of Drama (NSD). The prestigious institute announced the news on Thursday on its veriﬁed Twitter account. "We are glad to inform Hon'ble President of India @rashtrapatibhvn has appointed renowned actor & Padma Shri @sirpareshrawal as chairman of @nsd_india. NSD family welcome the legend to shower his guidance to NSD for achieving new heights," read the tweet. Rawal, also a politician aﬃliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party, started his acting career in the eighties. Widely respected for his versatility, he has impressed with numerous awardwinning arthouse performances as well as roles as the villain and the comedian in mainstream Bollywood ﬁlms. Rawal was honoured with a Padma Shri in 2014, and he won the National Film Award in 1994 as Best Supporting Actor for "Woh Chokri" and "Sir". Among his many popular roles are "Naam" (1986), "Shiva" (1990), "Tamanna" (1996), "Aitraaz" (2004), "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!" (2008), "OMG: Oh My God!" (2012), and "Table No. 21" (2013). He is particularly loved for his comic roles in commercial entertainers including "Andaz Apna Apna" (1994), "Chachi 420" (1997), "Hera Pheri" (2000), "Aankhen" (2002), "Awara Paagal Deewana" (2002), "Hungama" (2003), "Hulchul" (2004), "Garam Masala" (2005), "Phir Hera Pheri" (2006), "Bhagam Bhag" (2006), "Malamaal Weekly" (2006), "Welcome" (2007), and "Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?" (2010). SPORTS Manohar undid severe damage ICC’s ‘Big Three’ formula inflicted: PCB chief Mani P8 Ambala/ New Delhi (IANS): Five Rafale combat aircraft made by French company Dassault Aviation can be deployed at a short notice at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Ambala Air Base in Haryana on Thursday during the induction ceremony. "This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or the kind of atmosphere created at our borders," said Singh as Rafale aircrafts became operational in Indian Air Force. He also said, "The speed with which the Indian Air Force deployed its assets on forward bases creates a trust that our Air Force is fully prepared to fulﬁll its operational obligations." Singh also stated that during his recent foreign trip to Moscow, he had clearly stated the view of India in front of the world. "I also made everyone aware of our resolve to not compromise our sovereignty and territorial integrity under any circumstances. We're committed to doing everything possible towards this," Singh said. He was in Russian capital earlier this month to participate in a joint meet- BURST OF FIRE IAF pilots board a Rafale ﬁghter aircraft during its induction into the IAF ﬂeet, at the Ambala air base on Thursday ing of Defence Ministers of Shanghi Cooperation Organisation, Collective Security treaty organisation and Commonwealth of Independent States countries. The defence minister said, "Rafale induction is a big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty." Singh said that there is vibrant defence cooperation between India and France. "Rafale deal is a game changer. I am conﬁdent our air force has acquired a technological edge Serum Institute pauses Covid vax trials in India New Delhi (IANS): The Serum Institute of India (SII), which was conducting the India trials for the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University, on Thursday paused the clinical trials of the vaccine in India. In a statement, the Serum Institute of India said: "We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials till AstraZeneca restarts the trials. We are following DCGI's instructions and will not be able to comment further on trials." The declaration by the Pune-based vaccine manufacturer came a day after the Drug Control General of India (DCGI), VG Somani, issued a show-cause notice to them asking for an explanation as to why the institute decided to go ahead with the clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate while doubts about patient safety are yet unclear. The notice was issued in the wake of an advert inci- with Rafale," the minister pointed out. French Defence Minister Florence Parly who was also part of induction ceremony said that today is a stellar achievement for both countries. "Rafale means gust of wind if you are poetic and can also means burst of ﬁre in a battleﬁeld," the French Defence Minister said. Addressing the gathering Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said: "What we see is a result of decisive action by the government to break the impasse over the MMRCA deal. Today the Rafale has been operationally inducted. We are good to go." "Golden Arrows are singularly blessed to be equipped with Rafale. Squadron has undergone intense integrated training with aircraft of other ﬂeets. They are good to go and deliver," the Air Chief said. He also thanked French Air Force for their support and providing tankers for the ferry. Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has latest operation and interoperability, besides allowing militaries of the two countries to use each other's bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies, the official said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who held a telephonic conversation earlier in the day, welcomed the signing of the "Agreement on Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services" between the Indian Armed Forces and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan. The two leaders concurred that the pact will further enhance the depth of defence cooperation be- dent where one of the participants in the UK reported a suspected severe adverse reaction when administered a booster dose of Covishield, a vaccine candidate developed jointly by pharma giant AstraZeneca and University of Oxford, on Tuesday. "Whereas, Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, Pune, till now has not informed the Central licensing authority regarding pausing the clinical trial carried out by AstraZeneca in other countries and also not submitted casualty analysis of the reported serious adverse event with the investigational vaccine for the continuation of phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the subject vaccine in the country in light of the safety concerns," the notice by DGCI read. The DGCI further asked the institute why the authority does not suspend the permission given to the SII for the clinical trials of Covishield. Continued on Page 5 tween the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the IndoPacific region, according to a release from the external affairs ministry here. The signing of the agreement comes at a time India is locked in a bitter border row with China, and rising concerns among countries in the region over increasing Chinese assertiveness in the IndoPacific region. A statement by Japanese foreign ministry said the agreement will promote closer cooperation between the militaries of the two countries, and enable them to actively contribute to international New Delhi (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to consider a plea for not charging interest on interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period and also not downgrade the credit/ asset classification of the borrowers. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah asked the Centre, the Reserve Bank of India and the banks to put their heads together within two weeks to decide on crucial issues -- sector-specific loan restructuring, charging of interest on interest, etc -- and then come up with a concrete decision. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted that an expert committee at the highest level has been set up to take decisions on the issue of moratorium extension, interest on interest during moratorium and other connected issues. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Indian Bank Association, submitted that the RBI and other banks be given time to respond on the prayers made on Thursday. He submitted that the banks have been following a broad system of banking and without considering their stand, no interim order be passed at this stage. The top court said it is inclined to grant two weeks to the Centre to file an appropriate affidavit and it will consider different prayers made by petitioners on the next date. "In view of the aforesaid request made by Tushar Mehta, Solicitor-General, and counsel for banks, we grant two weeks time to file appropriate affidavit to reply the issues which have been raised before us. All decisions taken by the government of India, Reserve Bank of India or the different banks should be placed before the court for consideration," said the bench. The top court observed that its interim orders, where it had said that accounts not declared NPAs on August 31, shouldn't be declared NPAs till further orders, shall continue till the next date of hearing. Counsel for the petitioners also expressed their concern with regard to individual loans, apart from other sectors, contending that individuals are more adversely affected during this period of pandemic. Continued on Page 5 Red Line, Violet Line, Green Line services on New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Metro's Red Line, Violet Line and Green Line resumed services on Thursday after being closed for 172 days due to the COVID19 pandemic, officials said. Yellow Line and Rapid Metro were the ﬁrst to reopen on Monday, followed by Blue Line and Pink Line on Wednesday. "Seven lines of the Delhi Metro network are now open! Thank you dear commuters for following the safety guidelines and helping us maintain good service. #MetroBackOnTrack," the DMRC tweeted after the three new lines resumed services. Services on Red Line, Violet Line and Green Line resumed at 7 AM, officials said. On Monday, the Delhi Metro resumed partial services on the Yellow Line. The Delhi Metro services were suspended on March 22. The Ministry of Home Affairs recently issued guidelines allowing the Delhi Metro to resume operations in a graded manner, following which the DMRC said it would be done in three stages from A security oﬃcial at Kashmere Gate Metro Station after services resumed on Red, Green and Violet line with certain restrictions in New Delhi on Thursday September 7-12. Under stage one, Yellow Line or Line 2 and Rapid Metro were made operational with restricted service hours. Trains are operating in batches of four hours each from 7-11 AM and 4-8 PM. On Wednesday, Blue Line and Pink Line were made India, Japan ink mutual military logistics deal New Delhi (PTI): After years of negotiations, India and Japan have inked a landmark agreement that will allow their militaries to access each other's bases for logistics support, a key development that comes in the backdrop of growing concerns over China's military muscle flexing in the region. The acquisition and cross-servicing pact was signed by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi, a defence ministry spokesperson said on Thursday. The agreement provides for creation of an enabling framework for closer co- weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture. At Ambala, the programme started with ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, then a traditional 'Sarva Dharma Puja'. Then Air Display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by 'Sarang Aerobatic Team'. Afterwards, a traditional water cannon salute was given to the Rafale aircraft. The programme culminated with the ceremonial induction of Rafale aircraft to 17 Squadron. Continued on Page 5 Consider dropping interest on interest during moratorium: SC to Centre peace and security. "It is expected that the agreement will facilitate the smooth and prompt provision of supplies and services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces," it said. The defence ministry said the pact will enhance the interoperability between the armed forces, resulting in further expansion of bilateral defence engagement under the Indo-Japan special strategic and global partnership. "The agreement establishes the enabling framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services," it said. In June, India and Australia sealed a similar Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) while resolving to scale up their overall defence cooperation. India has already signed similar agreements with the US, France and Singapore. India has been signing MLSAs with countries primarily eyeing deeper maritime cooperation which is important considering China's rapid military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean and South China Sea. Continued on Page 5 operational with the same schedule. 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), resumed services on September 10 with the same time schedule, the DMRC said. With the services available on multiple lines now - Yellow, Blue and Pink Lines -- the total ridership on Wednesday was nearly 53,400 till 8 PM, the DMRC said in a statement. The approximate ﬁgures for the three corridors were -- Yel- low Line (26,900), Blue Line (22,600) and Pink Line (3,900), it said. “DMRC will be running 35 trains on Red Line (Rithala-Shaheed Sthal New Bus Adda) performing around 413 train trips during morning and evening hours on 10th September 2020. Similarly, 40 trains with approx. 344 trips will be put into service on the Violet Line (Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh)," the DMRC said on Wednesday. On the Green Line (Kirtinagar/ Inderlok - Brig. Hoshiar Singh), 20 trains with 268 train trips will be put into service, the statement said. "The trips will be subsequently increased as the operational timing of services get extended on September 11-12 with the opening of other lines in a graded manner," it added. The list of gates which will remain open for entry of passengers at each station along with all necessary updates are available on the home page of Delhi Metro's official website www.delhimetrorail.com for easy access of the passenger information. Continued on Page 5
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