VOL. 3 | NO. 334 | TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Increasing cloudiness. Temp: Max.39°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:13 Sunset: 06:09 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 BRAHMOS, NIRBHAY, AKASH INDIA ROLLS OUT TOP MISSILES TO TAME CHINESE THREAT Nirbhay missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, can reach up to 1,000 km and is capable of low-level stealth strikes on targets A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network stands pad 39A moments before the launch was scrubbed due to weather concerns at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Monday Cong MP moves SC over farm Bills New Delhi: As farmers’ organisations and Opposition and regional parties continue to protest against the contentious new farm laws, a Congress MP from Kerala moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of one of the Acts. TN Prathapan, the Lok Sabha MP from Thrissur, has alleged that the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 is violative of Article 14 (right to equality), 15 (prohibition of discrimination) and 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution. He argued that the law, which was accorded Presidential assent on Sunday, is “liable to be struck down as unconstitutional, illegal and void”. Pakistan Oppn leader arrested Lahore: In an eventful day, top leaders of major Opposition parties were indicted by Pakistani courts in cases of money laundering and corruption. Shahbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and leader of the Opposition parties in Parliament, was arrested from the courtroom after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his bail plea. The two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court rejected Shahbaz's bail plea and he was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Shahbaz Sharif had sought pre-arrest bail in cases of assets beyond means and money laundering. BUSINESS RBI defers MPC meet as 3 posts lie vacant P6 SPORTS P8 Don’t compare Samson with Dhoni: Gambhir, Sreesanth New Delhi: In a major boost to India's longrange defence, the security forces have rolled out BrahMos, Nirbhay and Akash missiles to deter Chinese misadventures in eastern Ladakh, where the two countries are locked in a standoff. The 500 km-range Brahmos cruise missile, 800 km-range Nirbhay cruise missile along with Akash surfaceto-air missile (SAM) with a capability to target aerial threats 40 km away are at the core of India’s stand-off weapon deterrence to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) missile deployment in Xinjiang and Tibet regions. While the PLA’s western theatre command has deployed stand-off weapons up to 2,000 km range and long-range SAMs in Tibet and Xinjiang after the Ladakh stand-off, the supersonic Brahmos, subsonic Nirbhay as well as Akash have been deployed to counter them by India in the worst-case scenario. India’s main stay in the stand-off weapons is the Brahmos air-to-air and air-to-surface cruise missile with its 300-kilogramme Nirbhay warhead which can take care of airstrips in Tibet and Xinjiang, or a warship in Indian Ocean. The Brahmos missile has been deployed in sufficient numbers in the Ladakh sector with the option to deliver the standoff weapon from a Su-30 MKI ﬁghter. B e s i d e s, the Brahmos can be used to c r e a t e c h o k e points in the Indian Ocean using the Car Nicobar air base in India’s island territories. The IAF’s Car Nicobar air base is the advanced landing ground for SU-30 MKI’s which can use airto-air refuellers to protect against any PLA warship threat coming from the Strait of Malacca to Sunda Strait across Indonesia, a senior government official PENDING WAGES New Delhi: More than 13,000 Northern and Eastern Municipal Corporation teachers on Monday staged protest demanding payment of pending salaries immediately. The teachers claim that it has been more than t h r e e months that they are not being paid. The striking teachers have threatened to block the proposed municipal meeting on Monday and Tuesday if wages are not paid. According to the Teachers' Association, the teachers of the Northern Municipal Corporation were last paid in the month of May. At the same time, the teachers of Eastern Municipal Corporation were last paid in June. A group of teachers sit on a two-hour strike outside the Municipal Corpo- ration headquarters every day for the last 26 days demanding payment of arrears. MCD Teachers Association General Secretary Ramnivas Solanki said, “We sit here on a two-hour strike every day after working here. We will not allow the corporation to w o r k peacefully until our o u t standing salaries are paid. We are working in this epidemic regardless of our lives. They are not even giving our salary. In such a situation, EMI of loan, house rent, and tuition fees of children are also difficult to pay. Our accumulated capital is also getting depleted.” There are around 9,000 teachers in North Delhi Municipal Corporation schools, while 4200 teachers are working in East Delhi Municipal Corporation schools. said. The surface-to-surface Nirbhay missile has a reach of up to 1,000 km. It is capable of low-level stealth strike on targets. It means it is capable of ﬂying between 100 metres to four km from ground and pick up the target before Punjab Youth Congress activists set on ﬁre a tractor near India Gate during a protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi, Monday Youth Congress workers torchy tractor at India Gate New Delhi: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Agriculture Bills and made them laws, Punjab Youth Congress workers on Monday set ablaze a tractor in the high security India Gate area to protest against the contentious legislation. The Delhi Police detained ﬁve people involved in the incident. About 10-15 Punjab Youth Congress activists arrived in the national capital in a truck to protest against the controversial farm laws around 7.15 am on the birth anniversary of revolutionary Bhagat Singh. The activists offloaded a tractor from the truck and set it on ﬁre. "If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud: Bhagat Singh," the IYC quoted the martyr in a tweet. Continued on Page 5 First Covid vaccine to be available in India by early 2021 13,000 Delhi municipal teachers stage protest PURNA SINGH India’s main stay in the stand-oﬀ weapons is the Brahmos air-to-air and air-to-surface cruise missile with its 300-kilogramme warhead which can take care of airstrips in Tibet and Xinjiang, or a warship in Indian Ocean engaging it. The Nirbhay missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and has been in the testing for 7 years. This is Nirbhay missile's ﬁrst deployment. The third stand-off weapon used by Indian military is the Akash SAM, which has also been deployed in sufficient numbers to counter any PLA aircraft intrusion across the LAC in Ladakh sector. The PLA Air Force ﬁghter activity in occupied Aksai Chin continues albeit at a reduced level. However, there is concern over PLA air activity across the Daulet Beg Oldi sector near Karakoram Pass. The Akash missile with its three-dimensional Rajendra, a passive electronically scanned array radar that has the capacity to track 64 targets at a time and simultaneously engage 12 of them. The missile has the capacity to engage all aerial targets including ﬁghter planes, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. ‘Trump firms paid $750 in taxes in US, $145,400 in India in 2017’ Washington: Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in the year he was elected US president and also in his ﬁrst year in the White House, according to a media report, which also said that he or his companies paid $ 145,400 taxes in India in 2017. Trump entered the 2016 Presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "Donald J Trump paid $ 750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his ﬁrst year in the White House, he paid another $ 750," the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax return data extending over 20 years. New Delhi: As the world races to develop a potential vaccine against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said the first vaccine in India will most likely be available by early 2021. The Health ministry said the research to develop a Covid-19 vaccine is being “done expeditiously”. During a media briefing, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Research to develop a vaccine is being done expeditiously. There ar at least 3 viable such vaccine candidates that are in the phase of clinical trials right now in the country. We’re hopeful that within 1st quarter of 2021 it will be available.” With a spike of 82,170 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 60-lakh mark on Monday, according to the data provided by health ministry. The Health ministry on Monday also released the 100-year timeline history of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Vaccine portal launched New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched an online portal about Covid-19 with all the latest information on the coronavirus disease. The web portal will have data on research development, clinical trials on potential Covid-19 vaccine in India, its launch date and other information, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. “An online portal about Covid19 vaccine has been launched. Everyone will be able to go online to that portal and look up all contemporary research-development and clinical trials related information. It will also provide information about other vaccinations provided in the country,” Vardhan said. Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 to resume ﬂight ops from Oct 1 PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Flight operations at Terminal 2 of Indira Gandhi International Airport will resume from October 1, more than six months after it was shut due to coronavirus pandemic. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport, said on Monday that all flights of GoAir and IndiGo 2000 Series will depart from T-2 from October 1. Dial said that 96 pairs of flights will be operational on T-2 from October 1. This number will be increased to 180 by the end of October. The terminal will have 11 counters for GoAir and 16 for IndiGo. The first flight will leave at 6:25 am on October 1. This Indigo flight will fly from Delhi to Srinagar. IndiGo will operate all its flights with series code between 6E2000 and 6E2999 from Terminal 2 when operations start. Entire flight operations of GoAir will be conducted from the same terminal. Presently, flights at the Delhi airport are operational from the T3 terminal. IndiGo operates 105 domestic flights from this terminal, Mint reported. “As the capacities grow, operations from Terminal 2 will also allow adequate space to maintain social distancing guidelines while providing a safe and hassle-free travel experience,” said Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, IndiGo’s chief operating officer and president. No ‘Annadata’ burns ‘venerable’ tractor: Tejaswi Surya PURNA SINGH New Delhi: MP and National president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Tejashwi Surya condemned the burning of a tractor by Youth Congress activists in New Delhi on Monday. “Farmers worship the tools used in their farming and they won’t burn tractors useful in farming. Instead of burning, it would have been better if the Youth Congress had presented a tractor to a poor farmer,” he said. Surya alleged that the Congress had been trying to provoke farmers of the country on the subject of agricultural Bills, which were passed in Parliament. Continued on Page 5 CIVILS SERVICES PRELIMS SC seeks UPSC response on not postponing exam New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the UPSC as to why the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations, scheduled on October 4, should not be postponed in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and heavy rain and ﬂoods in several parts of the country. A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari asked the Union Public Service Commission counsel to ﬁle an affidavit by Tuesday. The UPSC counsel objected to the plea for the deferment of the exams, as it would upset the schedule of the exams. After a brief hearing on the matter, the bench asked the UPSC counsel to bring on record the reasons for not postponing the exams. The bench will continue to hear the matter on Wednesday. The plea, ﬁled by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and others through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought that the Civil Services exam should be postponed for two to three months, as Covid-19 cases have been peaking currently and the curve may ﬂatten in this time period. The petitioners also cited incessant rains disrupting daily life in many parts of the country. In the earlier hearing on the matter, the top court had said: "Liberty is granted to serve advance copy on the Standing Counsel for the Union Public Service Commission as well as on the Standing Counsel for the Central Agency representing Union of India through email/online." The plea contended that the exam, being a recruitment examination, is altogether different from an academic examination and thus in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session.
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