VOL. 3 | NO. 344 | FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 32% Sunrise: 06:18 Sunset: 05:57 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ /thehansindia | ‘Unmistakable poetic voice’ Nobel Literature goes to Louise Glück Stockholm: The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück ‘for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence univerLouise Glück sal,’ the Swedish Academy said. The prize was announced here on Thursday by Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. New York-born Glück, 77, who is a professor of English at Yale University, made her debut in 1968 with “Firstborn,” and “was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature,” the Nobel Academy said. Her poetry is “characterized by a striving for clarity,” often focusing on childhood and family life, and close relationship with parents and siblings, it said. She has also received several prestigious awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize (1993) and the National Book Award (2014). Glück will take home the 10 million Swedish kronor prize (over $1.1 million) along with a gold medal, courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. Notably, the announcement comes after years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade. In 2018, the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy. ON Wednesday, French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry whereas Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Gheza won the Physics Nobel for their research on black holes. /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H FAKE NEWS ON TABLIGHI JAMAAT IAF Day: Prez, PM greet nation, laud air warriors for humane services New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of 88th Indian Air Force (IAF) Day and hailed the role played by the Air Force personnel in not just safeguarding the country but also for playing a major role in humanitarian services during any disaster. Indian Air Force Day is commemorated on October 8 every year to mark the foundation day of the Air Force. The President said, "On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force." He said the nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing skies and assisting civil authorities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. Union minister Paswan dead New Delhi: Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away late on Thursday, son Chirag Paswan said. He recently underwent heart surgery in a Delhi hospital. Paswan, one of the country's most noted Dalit leaders, has been hospitalised for the last few weeks. He had long suﬀered from a heart condition, according to reports. World Bank forecast India’s GDP expected to contract by 9.6% Washington: The World Bank on Thursday said that India's GDP is expected to contract by 9.6 per cent this fiscal which is reflective of the national lockdown and the income shock experienced by households and firms due to the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that the country's economic situation is “much worse” than ever seen before. The Washington-based global lender, in its latest South Asia Economic Focus report ahead of the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, forecasts a sharper than expected economic slump across the region, with regional growth expected to contract by 7.7 per cent in 2020, after topping six per cent annually in the past five years. “India's GDP is expected to contract by 9.6 per cent in the fiscal year that started in March,” the World Bank said in the report released here. Delhi air quality to deteriorate further New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital remained in the poor category on Thursday as forecast said AQI will likely deteriorate in the next three days by Sunday. This could prove acutely hazardous for Covid patients in the capital. Particulate matter of diameter of 2.5 micrometers that is too small to be ﬁltered out of the body remained the main pollutant. The System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), which comes under the aegis of the Ministry of Green war room opened in Delhi HANS NEWS SERVICE Earth Sciences, has attributed the increase in pollution to gradual increase in stubble burning in the adjoining states. Synergized fire count was 399 on October 7. Continued on Page 5 New Delhi: Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday inaugurated a 'Green War Room' at the Delhi Secretariat to monitor pollution levels in the city this winter. The minister said that a 10-member team has been formed to monitor the level of primary pollutants, measures to control pollution and the status of complaints received through the Green Delhi mobile application. MHA MODIFIES COVID GUIDELINES Freedom of speech most abused: SC Govt allows political gatherings New Delhi: Freedom of speech is one of the most abused rights during the recent times, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while hearing a case seeking action against television channels for allegedly disseminating fake news about the Tablighi Jamaat and communalising the Nizamuddin markaz incident. A bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, also took strong exception to the affidavit ﬁled by the Central government in response to the petition and stated that it has been ﬁled by a junior officer and also does not address any speciﬁc instances of bad reporting raised by the petitioner. “You cannot treat this court this way. The affidavit is ﬁled by a junior officer. It is also extremely evasive and does not respond to the incidents of bad reporting,” CJI Bobde told SolicitorGeneral Tushar Mehta. Mehta said that he will see to it that a fresh affidavit is ﬁled. The court asked Mehta to ensure that the secretary concerned ﬁles volves muzzling of Secretary the fresh affifree speech. must tell us what he davit. “Freedom of thinks of the speciﬁc “Secrespeech is one of incidents (cited by the the tary must most petitioner) and not tell us what abused freemake nonsensical he thinks of doms of recent averments like what times,” the CJI the speciﬁc has been done incidents remarked. now (cited by the peThe court was titioner) and not hearing petitions make nonsensical averfiled by Jamiat Ulama-iments like what has been Hind, Peace Party, DJ Halli done now,” Bobde said and Federation of Masjid posted the case for further Madaaris and Wakf Instihearing after two weeks. tute and one Abdul Kuddus Senior advocate Dushyant Laskar alleging that the Dave, who was representing media was reporting the the petitioner, submitted incident in a skewed manthat the government has ner and demonising the claimed that the issue inMuslim community. PURNA SINGH New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has revised corona guidelines for 12 electoral states. Political rallies have been allowed in these states with immediate effect. Only on Wednesday, the Election Commission revised the criteria relating to star campaigners for ongoing and future elections during the corona epidemic. The ministry on Thursday issued the revised guidelines to be followed during Unlock 5.0. Now, more than 100 persons can gather at a political rally. If the meeting is inside any closed building only half capacity will be allowed to attend. These new SOPs are only for districts where elections are being held. However, the state government or district administration may formulate guidelines according to the current situation in the community. In an executive order, the Home Ministry said this order should overwrite its September 30 notification for new guidelines during Unlock 5.0 allowing states/ UT governments to permit social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political, and other congregations outside the containment zones. Cont’d on Page 5
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