VOL. 3 | NO. 338 | SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 19% Sunrise: 06:15 Sunset: 06:04 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H WINDOWS INDIA LIKELY TO GET COVID VACCINE BY JAN Effective production and distribution a challenge: AIIMS Director Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 151st birth anniversary, at Rajghat in New Delhi on Friday Nirbhaya's lawyer to fight case of Hathras victim Hathras: Seema Kushwaha, lawyer of the 2012 Delhi rape victim, known as Nirbhaya, will now fight the case of the Hathras victim. Seema tried to meet the victim's family on Thursday but was prevented from meeting them by the police. "I will not leave Hathras without meeting the family. They have requested me to stand as their legal counsel, but the administration is not allowing me to meet them," she told reporters. BUSINESS L&T Group looks to exit from Hyd Metro P6 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a protest meeting over Hathras gangrape at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Friday ‘HANG THE GUILTY’ Says Kejriwal at Delhi protest over Hathras rape PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and their supporters assembled at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Friday evening in protest against the BJP government for what they say not doing enough to stop crime against women. Hundreds of people including leaders from Opposition parties gathered there to demand justice in the alleged gangrape and murder of a 20year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras. "We have assembled here in grief. I pray to God that our daughter's soul gets peace. I request the Uttar Pradesh government with my hands folded, hang the guilty as soon as possible. They should get such a punishment that no one will dare commit a crime like this again," Kejriwal said. "I will visit #Hathras. Our struggle will continue till the time UP CM doesn't resign, & justice is served. I urge SC to take cognizance of the incident," Azad tweeted. After the sunset, the protesters lit up candles and stood holding them in the dark, as policemen watched over them. The Delhi Police had imposed restrictions on crowds at India Gate, after which Azad said the agitation had been shifted to Jantar Mantar, 3 km away. While the police order said only 100 people would be allowed at Jantar Mantar, at least 500 turned up at the protest meeting. Earlier, Kejriwal criticised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for the manner in which it treated the Hathras gangrape victim and cremated her mortal remains in the night against Hindu religious customs. Kejriwal said the victim was not only inhumanly treated, raped, and killed by the savages, she and her family were also "wrongly" treated by the ruling BJP in UP. “We are living in democracy and people in power should not forget that they are not the owners of this country but the servants,” he added. Kejriwal had tweeted in the morning that the victim of Hathras was raped by a few men ﬁrst and then by the whole system. The whole episode is very painful, he tweeted. The body of the 19-yearold Dalit woman, who died in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, a fortnight after she was gangraped, was cremated in Hathras in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging that the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night. Priyanka seeks justice for Hathras victim Attends prayer meet at Delhi Valmiki temple New Delhi: Concremate any one gress general secreafter sunset,” she tary Priyanka added. Gandhi Vadra on A tribute for the Friday attended a victim of the brutal prayer meet at the gangrape victim in Valmiki temple in Hathras has been Delhi for the 19organised by the year-old Dalit girl temple trust. Senwho was allegedly AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ior Congress leadgang-raped in Uttar oﬀers prayers during a prayer meet for Hathras ers PL Punia, Pradesh’s Hathras. victim, at Valmiki temple in New Delhi on Friday Sushmita Dev and The woman died Anil Choudhary earlier this week. justice. We will not stop have already offered a ﬂoThe UP police are acuntil we get justice,” said ral tribute and are sitting cused by the family of forcPriyanka Gandhi at the in solidarity. ing the cremation of the prayer meeting. The ConOn Thursday, Priyanka woman in the dead of the gress leader urged every Gandhi and her brother night. District officials conwoman in the country to Rahul, the Congress says, tended that they had conraise her voice against this were brieﬂy arrested as sent from the woman’s injustice. they tried to visit Hathras. family, but the way the de“The family has reThe UP police escorted velopments took place ceived no help from the them back to Delhi. raised questions over the government. Instead, they A teenager who conduct of the administraweren’t even allowed to emerged from the village tion and law enforcement. light the funeral pyre. It is on Friday morning alleged “We have come here to not the culture of our the police had seized mooffer our condolences, but country that the father and bile phones of the rape vicmore than that we are all the brother don’t conduct tim’s family and the family here to ensure that the the last rites. It is not the wanted to make a statefamily and our sister get tradition of our country to ment to the media. Covid strikes Trumps, poll campaign goes awry New York: After belittling precautionary measures against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump has tested positive for the virulent disease just 32 days ahead of the November 3 election that will determine his future, throwing his campaign and the world into a vortex of uncertainty. Taking to Twitter late on Thursday night, Trump said: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for Covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together." Also in a tweet shortly, the First Lady said: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for Covid-19. We are feeling good and I have postponed all up- coming engagements. "Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together." The Covid-19 infection is a personal and political blow to Trump who had shown disdain for many of the precautions prescribed by health authorities to ﬁght the pandemic. It could shake the conﬁdence of his hardcore supporters who had followed his example by not wearing masks and questioning the health codes. Following the development, the White House sent out a revised press schedule listing only "a phone call on Covid-19 support to vulnerable seniors" for Friday, adding that several events have been cancelled, including a fundraiser in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria said an effective Covid-19 vaccine can be expected in India by January 2021, if everything goes as planned. Speaking during an event, Guleria admitted that it is hard to say when a vaccine will be available in the country and that it depends on a lot of factors - from the ongoing trials to the effectiveness of the vaccine against Covid-19 infections. If all things go as planned, the vaccine could be available in the market by early next year, he said. However, Guleria made it clear that the initial availability of doses will not be enough for the entire population in the country. Highlighting the next big challenge after the vaccine is ready, Guleria said, "The second challenge after the vaccine is deemed effective is production and distribution on such a large scale." When asked how the Covid vaccine will be distributed among Indians considering the shortfall, the AIIMS director said discussions on the matter have already started and indicated that "vaccine prioritisation" model will be followed. Explaining the model, Guleria said AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria GOOD TIDINGS those the vacgroups cine with the highdistribution est risks will be can be done eqprioritised over othuitably." ers. Dr Guleria re"There are two minded people groups that that it is a Prioritisation will be priglobal panof vaccine is very oritised. and crucial. Corona warriors demic priThose who and those who have higher strict have a chances of mortality will be oritisahigher risk given priority. If we prepare tion of infeca priority list and follow it guidelines tion inneed to be eﬀectively, then the cluding followed to vaccine distribution healthcare effectively can be done workers and eradicate the equitably other corona warvirus. If the prioririors. And those who have tisation model is not folhigher chances of mortallowed, it will lead to more ity," Guleria said. "If we deaths and the pandemic prepare a priority list and will keep spreading, Gulefollow it effectively, then ria said. Continued on Page 5 US okays $90 mn sale of aircraft spares to India Washington: The Pentagon has approved India's request to buy equipment, spare parts and logistical support for its ﬂeet of C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft worth $90 million. In its notiﬁcation to the Congress, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship and improve the security of a major defence partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Paciﬁc and South Asia region. The items ordered by India are aircraft consumable spares and repair/return parts; ground support and equipment; Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) ﬁre extinguisher cartridges; ﬂare cartridges; BBU-35/B cartridge impulse squibs. India has also ordered for one spare AN/ALR-56M Advanced Radar Warning Receiver shipset; spare AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System shipset; ten Lightweight Night Vision Binocular (F5032); ten AN/AVS-9 India also seeks instruments and lab equipment support, joint mission planning system, cryptographic device spares and loaders’ software Night Vision Goggle (NVG)(F4949); GPS and Electronic Warfare. It is also seeking instruments and lab equipment support; joint mission planning system; cryptographic effectively to serve the needs of the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy transport requirements, local and international humanitarian assistance and regional disaster relief. device spares and loaders; software and software support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training and training equipment; contractor engineering, technical and logistical support, and other related elements of programme support. According to the notiﬁcation, the proposed sale ensures that the previously procured aircraft operates This sale of spares and services will enable the Indian Air Force to sustain a higher mission-ready status ﬂeet, it said. India will have no difficulty absorbing this additional sustainment support, it said, adding that the proposed sale of this equipment and support worth USD 90 million will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
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