VOL. 3 | NO. 319 | MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.38°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 21% Sunrise: 06:04 Sunset: 06:28 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS Raghuvansh Singh dies at AIIMS, Delhi Patna (PTI): Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday, a close aide said. Singh died around 11am due to breathlessness and other complications, Kedar Yadav, who remains by the side of the septuagenarian, told PTI over phone. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, he said. Singh's wife had died earlier. The body of the 74-year-old leader will be brought to Patna for performance of the last rites, the aide said. Singh had fallen critically ill late Friday night and was put on a ventilator in ICU in the AIIMS, Yadav added. Earlier in June he had tested positive for COVID and was admitted at AIIMS Patna. He was taken to AIIMS in the national capital recently following post COVID complications. Vatican urges return to in-person Mass at the earliest Vatican City (AP): The Vatican on Saturday said it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. The head of the Vatican's liturgy oﬃce, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the real thing. He said physical presence by the faithful in churches was “vital, indispensable, irreplaceable.” The Vatican said on Saturday that Francis had approved Sarah's letter to bishops conferences, which makes clear that government authorities cannot dictate liturgical practices. Francis had urged the Catholic faithful to obey antiCOVID measures, saying government authorities were responsible for public health. He was seen this week wearing a face mask for the ﬁrst time, and has been using hand sanitiser. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Stormy monsoon sessions OPPN TO PIN GOVT ON LAC STANDOFF New Delhi (PTI): The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the corona virus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government is seeking passage of nearly two dozen legislations during the COVIDcurtailed proceedings. The 18-day session is being held amid unprecedented precautionary measures against COVID19 due to a continuing spike in cases. On the eve of the session, the Union Health Ministry reported 94,372 fresh cases in 24 hours. The government has listed 23 legislations for consideration and passage including 11 bills replacing ordinances. Several of the opposition parties are likely to oppose four of these bills replacing ordinances relating to the farm sector and the banking regulation amendments. The opposition is seek- Security personnel wearing face shields and masks patrol the premises of Parliament House, in New Delhi on Sunday ing to corner the government on its handling of the s t a n d o ff with China at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Parliament House COVID-19 situacanteen tion, economic downturn and un- employees wearing employment, and is gloves serve pressing for discus- tea, in New sions on these isDelhi on sues. The Congress Sunday and other opposi- Shah re-admitted to AIIMS New Delhi (IANS): Two weeks after his discharge, Home Minister Amit Shah has been re-admitted to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after complaining breathing issue on Saturday, multiple sources told IANS. However, the hospital did not come on record to conﬁrm this. The sources told that Shah was admitted around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. As per the sources, he is being kept in CN tower, a facility reserved for VVIPs. Shah is getting treatment under Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS. His condition is said to be stable now. Shah has been suffering from post-COVID ailments for a month now. He was previously admitted to AIIMS on August 18 after he suffered post-COVID ailments days after his recovery from COVID-19 disease which he contracted in early August. Cont’d on P5 tion parties raised these demands in the first business advisory committee (BAC) meeting for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla today, but the time for these discussions is yet to be allocated. The BAC for Lok Sabha will be held again on September 15 afternoon to further discuss the issues to chalk out the business Mkts likely to be choppy amid swings P6 Humid Delhi to get rains next week of 37 degrees Celsius, three notches more than normal. Humidity levels ranged between 52 and 86 per cent. The national capital has recorded 74 per cent less rainfall in September so far, according to India Meteorological Department data. The Safdarjung Observatory has recorded just 20.9 mm rainfall against the normal of 80.3 mm this month so far, while the Lodhi road weather station has gauged only 18.5 mm precipitation against the normal of 80.3 mm -- a deﬁciency of 77 per cent. Ban on TikTok only, not on talent! V PRADEEP KUMAR Tirupati: The ban on the Chinese app TikTok could not stop the talent of youth for whom a few Indian apps were ready in store. Though the banned TikTok had millions of users -- both content creators and mere viewers -- who got disappointed initially when the government announced its decision, they were able to switch over to the available Indian apps within no time. For the TikTokers, it was not only an app but also a medium of expressing their innate talent through which they get rid of their N Indian apps give platform for enthusiasts to showcase their skills N They rely now on Instagram Reels, YouTube channel, Roposo, Josh, etc N Many youngsters have earned thousands of followers for their creativity boredom from the stereotyped lifestyle. In Tirupati city only, there were thousands of TikTokers though the number of content-oriented talented contributors among them are around one hundred only. They do videos in the apps out of passion and showcase their talent in their chosen ﬁeld. One such youngster K Sasidhar, who loves nature photography, made it as a hobby to click the beautiful pictures in Seshachalam forest and the lovely places in Tirumala. His photos can be found in ‘beautiful Tirupati’ page which became viral in the social media. Having millions of followers in TikTok, he felt that only TikTok was banned not the Mumbai (PTI): Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, who is locked in a bitter battle with the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, met state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari here on Sunday to apprise him of the "injustice" done to her. She said she explained to the governor her "point of view" and sought "justice". The meeting took place days after the Senaruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished alleged illegal alterations at Kangana's bungalow at Pali Hill in suburban Bandra following a verbal spat between the ruling party and her over her remarks on Mumbai and the city police. Talking to reporters after the meeting at Raj Bhavan, the actor said, "I met the governor. He heard me as a daughter. I came to meet him as a citizen. I have nothing to do with politics." "I told him about the injustice meted out to me and what happened was improper. It was indecent behaviour," she said. Conspiracy to malign M’rashtra: Uddhav Mumbai (PTI): Facing ﬂak from detractors on both political and corona virus fronts, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said a conspiracy is afoot to malign Maharashtra. "Whatever political storms come, I will face... I will ﬁght coronavirus too," Thackeray said in a televised public address. A day after COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 10-lakh mark, Thackeray said his government has done effective work to tackle the pandemic. Speaking in the backdrop of political criticism over demolition of actress Kangana Ranaut's bungalow in Mumbai and the way his government handled the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, Thackeray assured people that he would ﬁght the political crisis too. "I will have to remove the mask of Chief Minister to respond topolitics. I don't speak doesn't mean I don't have answers," Thackeray said. Speaking on the state government's "Mission Begin Again" campaign during the pandemic, Thackeray said his administration effectively tackled the COVID-19 situa- I will have to remove the mask of Chief Minister to respond to politics. I don’t speak doesn’t mean I don’t have answers tion, cyclones and ﬂoods andwill also deal withthe political stormwith people's support. Thackeray said the pandemic is showing no sign of a respite and the virus is spreading in rural Maharashtra as well. "But the number of patients recovering is also more. Facts and ﬁgures show that if detected early, all patients recover fast," he said. Students write NEET amid strict Covid protocols New Delhi (PTI): Medical entrance exam NEET began on Sunday amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic at over 3,800 centres across the country with students queuing up as per their designated time slots, adhering to social distancing norms The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) began at 2 pm, but entry to centres started at 11 am. BUSINESS New Delhi (PTI): Dry weather pushed the mercury slightly up in the city on Sunday and a fresh spell of rains is likely next week, the weatherman said. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a maximum schedule for the first week. The same demands were raised by the Congress in the BAC for Rajya Sabha too. The session will commence on Monday with both Houses paying obituary references to former President Pranab Mukherjee and other sitting and former members who have died during the interregnum period. Both houses will be adjourned for an hour after the obituary references. Rajya Sabha will then hold the election to the post of Deputy Chairman, while Lok Sabha will take up 'The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020' and 'The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020', to replace the ordinances issued earlier. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the government is ready to discuss all issues decided by the BAC and has appealed to all parties for their cooperation. Continued on Page 5 Kangana meets Guv, seeks ‘justice’ talent as there are no dearth of other apps like Instagram Reels, YouTube channel, Roposo and Josh to reach out to the followers. For a micro artist D Moulesh, the pencil is his canvas on which he draws artefacts. He used TikTok to exhibit talent and earned thousands of admirers. Now he relies on Instagram Reels and YouTube channel. However, he felt that his followers have scattered in the absence of TikTok but expressed conﬁdence that he could earn many fans with his talent even if he starts with zero now. Continued on Page 5 Students were allotted different slots for entry to ensure there is staggered movement and social distancing is maintained. Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for NEET, which was earlier postponed twice in view of the pandemic. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' wished luck to the candidates appearing for the exam and assured that arrangements are in place for their safety. "I wish luck to candidates appearing for NEET today. I am conﬁdent that students will appear for the exam with conﬁdence and follow all guidelines. All states have made required arrangements to ensure hygiene and safety of students as per guidelines," he tweeted. Mohammad Ovais, who came from Moradabad to his exam centre in Dilshad Garden here, said his entry slot was at 11 am. "I left from Moradabad at 5 am. It is not that risky if everybody follows all precautions, the problem arises when people take it casu- ally. There was no crowding at the centres as everybody had designated slots," he said. Vanhika Chaurasia, a resident of Rohini said, "Online exam would have been a better option than a pen and paper-based test but we have no option. More delay in exams would have caused loss of a year". For Yuvraj Kumar, the bigger concern was travelling by public transport.
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