VOL. 32 NO. 22| MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY| OCTOBER 04, 2020| 14 PAGES No Queeen’s events this yr at Windosor, Buckingham LONDON The UK's Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled all events at Buckingham Palace and the Windsor Castle for the rest of the year amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has so far infected 469,764 people and killed 42,358. She is currently at the Sandringham House. (Report on Pg 7) Coronavirus Cases 34,944,168 Deaths 1,034,801 Source - worldometer RaGa, PRIYANKA ENTER HATHRAS Even as Congress leaders meet the family of the 19-year-old victim after high drama, CM Yogi Adityanath recommends CBI probe into the case FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi Buckling under intense pressure of the Opposition and media and chastened by BJP MP Uma Bharti for not handling the Hathras case sensitively , the Uttar Pradesh government let Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to meet the family of the victim on Saturday amid high drama. “The family couldn't see their daughter for the one last time. UP CM Yogi Adityanath should understand his responsibility Till . the time justice is delivered, we'll continue this fight,” Priyanka Gandhi said after the meeting that lasted about 45 minutes. Rahul Gandhi said no power can stifle the voice of the family . Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has already suspended the SP and four other cops, recommended a CBI probe into the crime that has sparked a nationwide outrage. The victim, a 19-year-old girl, was allegedly gangraped on September 14 in an assault by four men that left her critically injured. She died at a Delhi hospital last Tuesday . The decision to hand over the case to the CBI came within hours of Director General of Police (DCP) H C Awasthy and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasti visiting the family . CONTD. ON P6 Fast News Oxford’s Covid vaccine to be out in 6 months NEW DELHI: India's coronavirus related deaths crossed 1 lakh mark on Saturday. The vaccine candidate under trial by University of Oxford scientists in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is the furthest in the process of trials and, according to a report in “The Times’, it could be given the required clearances by Christmas in December. Tejashwi to lead grand alliance for Bihar polls PATNA: The RJD-led opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar has finally arrived at a seat-sharing deal. RJD chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav said on Saturday that the RJD will contest on 144 seats, while Congress has been given 70 seats. Besides, a total of 29 seats have been allocated to three Left parties—CPI-ML (19), CPI (6), CPM (4)—to contest. The RJD that will contest 144 seats has left half-a-dozen seats to Mukesh Sahni’s Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP). Trump admitted in military hospital NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump has been admitted to the Walter Reed Military Medical Centre, Washington for several days after testing positive for Covid19. Trump has started Remdesivir therapy and will be working from Reed hospital. In Varanasi, Smriti Irani faces protests by Congress, SP workers Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi at the home of the victim in UP’s Hathras district on Saturday —ANI FPJ BUREAU & AGENCIES New Lucknow/Varanasi Congress and Samajwadi Party workers protested against the alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, raising slogans before Union Minister Smriti Irani in Varanasi on Saturday . Congress protesters tried to block Irani's cavalcade demanding justice for the woman's kin. The Union minister is in Varanasi to hold a dialogue with farmers and agricul- ture scientists amid protests over the new farm laws. She also faced a similar protest by workers of SP's women's wing as soon as she reached the venue. She alleged that the Opposition is merely indulging in politics on the issue. When asked about the last MahaSeWA: Illegal to block home delivery of newspapers FPJ BUREAU Mumbai It has long been established that newspapers don’t spread coronavirus. It has also been quite some time that restrictions on the delivery of this most reliable source of information have been done away with. However, many housing societies continue to stop vendors from home-delivering newspapers. As society-imposed bans compel several newspaper readers to walk up to their security cabin or the nearest vendor to collect a copy of their favourite newspaper every morning, the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MahaSeWA) has rites of the victim being performed in the dead of night, she said, "I do not interfere in the working of the Women's Commission but they have told me that they have been taking up the issue from the very first day with the district administration and government so that justice can be ensured to the victim." "I have myself talked to the Chief Minister and also seen that an SIT has been constituted and action has already been taken against the SP of the district,” said the Union Minister. The 20-year-old stuns former champion Stan Wawrinka Beed youth’s suicide note is forged: Police SANJAY JOG Mumbai AIIMS report rules out murder in Rajput case The Supreme Court's continuous pressure against interest charged by banks despite the RBI-prescribed moratorium on loans for six months from March 1 to August 31 ultimately worked. The Government has conceded on an affidavit to waive the compound interest on loans up to Rs 2 crore to eight categories of borrowers, excluding the big borrowers of the higher amount of loans. The government has also agreed to bear the burden resulting from this waiver as the "only" solution instead of making the banks bear it services over Mumbai Suburban railway network on October 3 and 4. Exam call letter and identity card of the candidate will be considered as authority for entry at the stations. Additional booking counters will be opened at important railway stations for the passengers,” said Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer, Western Railway . The Railways have appealed to the public that except for essential category staff and specified categories, as per the directives of the state government, others are requested not to rush to the stations. “It is also requested that travellers should follow medical and social protocols as mandated for COVID19. The public is requested not to believe any rumours,” he added. SANJAY JOG Mumbai The All India Institute of Medical Sciences' (AIIMS) panel led by Dr Sudhir Gupta to look into the Sushant Singh Rajput's death case has ruled out the murder of the late actor in its report. This development has come as a major shot in the arm for the Mumbai Police and the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which were under attack from BJP The AIIMS re. port stated there were no injuries on Sushant’s body other than hanging. There were also no marks of struggle/scuffle on the body and the clothes. This has prompted the Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to demand that CBI Now, drive from Manali to Spiti Valley in 15 minutes Better Connectivity Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the all-weather Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh. The 9.02 km horseshoeshaped two-lane tunnel links Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti Valley . Addressing the public from the snow-clad Sissu town of Lahaul valley PM Modi said , that the tunnel will boost tourism and ease travelling. “It will connect the youth of this entire region with employment opportunities. Some people will run homes- tays, guesthouses, shops or become guides. Handicrafts, fruits and medicines will also get a boost.” He added The Atal Tunnel is 9.02 kmlong, horseshoe-shaped single-tube, two-lane tunnel It is the world's longest motorable tunnel at 3,000 metre above the sea level It is under the 3,978 metre Rohtang Pass in the Pir Panjal, Himachal Pradesh that the tunnel will benefit the local farmers, horticulture, cattle-rearers, students and traders. “Earlier, people that would otherwise hit the depositors, rendering most of them become unviable with "a very serious question mark over their very survival." The categories and loans to be covered for the waiver are: MSMEs (Micro, small & medium enterprises), education, housing, credit card dues, consumer durables, autos, consumption and per- sonal loans to professionals. In a 13-page additional affidavit filed by Aditya Kumar Ghosh, an undersecretary in the Department of Financial Services, the government vowed to continue the tradition of handholding the small borrowers by giving relief of compound interest during the 6-month moratorium to the most vulnerable category of the borrowers. However, the affidavit does not state how much this waiver will cost, but it says it would be more than Rs 6 lakh crore if interest on loan of all classes and categories of the borrowers were to be covered. CONTD. ON P6 FPJ BUREAU New Delhi ONE FOR THE ROAD: PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI IS OPTIMISTIC THAT THE TUNNEL WILL BOOST TOURISM AND THE STATE’S ECONOMY FPJ BUREAU New Delhi should soon release the inquiry report so that everyone can know whether the case was about suicide or murder. “We want the CBI inquiry report to soon to be made public so that it will be known whether it was a suicide or murder.” He however, declined to make further statements saying that it will not be proper for him till the government receives official information in this regard. Deshmukh reiterated that the Mumbai Police was investigating the SSR case very well when suddenly it was handed over to CBI. “The Supreme Court in its judgement on August 19 has commended Mumbai Police's investigation in the case. The Mumbai Police had earlier registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and launched an investigation. ’SSR case was investigated by Mumbai Police in a professional manner. This was again substantiated by the observations by the Supreme Court and AIIMS report,’’ noted Deshmukh. Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had earlier said the CBI investigation will not be different from the city police probe. CONTD. ON P6 Centre to waive CI on loans up to `2cr Candidates allowed to use locals for UPSC exam today The Ministry of Railways has allowed candidates taking the Union Public Service Commission exam and their escorts to travel on the special local services being run by the Western Railway and Central Railway . The decision comes after the UPSC secretary had requested the Railway Minister to allow candidates to travel on suburban trains. The UPSC Preliminary examination is slated to be held from 9.30 AM on Sunday . “UPSC Candidates and their family members can travel by special suburban PARIS: Not many would have given the last Frenchman standing heading into Friday, Hugo Gaston, much of a chance to keep on going. 20-year-old stunned 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka with a wildly good performance, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, in a rain-interrupted contest on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. (Report on Pg 15) Report acts as booster for Mumbai Police & MVA govt The suicide of Vivek Rahade (18) from Beed district, who could not pass NEET exam and later committed suicide for the cause of Maratha reservation, has taken a dramatic turn. The Beed rural police checked three samples of Vivek’s handwriting and concluded that the suicide note was written by somebody else, not by Vivek. They further said that the alleged suicide note was forged and written with an intention to disturb peace. As reported by Free Press Journal, Vivek’s death has created a political storm as NCP Chief Sharad Pawar’s grandnephew Parth Pawar said he was devastated by his death and will approach as an intervener in the Maratha reservation case. Thereafter, Rajya Sabha MPs Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje and Chhtrapati Udayan Raje Bhosale, who were nominated by BJP urged the , Maratha community youths not to take extreme steps but be patient. BJP ally Shiv Sangram headed by Vinayak Mete had also blamed the state government for Vivek Rahade's suicide. Mete had said that another victim had died due to the state government's denial of Maratha reservation. The police sources confirmed that they have registered an offence against unidentified person for violating the public peace by making the suicide note viral on the social media. Police sources said the investigation has also revealed that claims made by Vivek’s family that he had peened the suicide note were incorrect. CONTD. ON P6 STAFF REPORTER Mumbai termed such moves “wrong and not legal”. “Home delivery of newspapers is an essential service that should not face any hindrance. It has come to our notice there are some housing societies and Resident Welfare Associations which are not allowing distribution of newspapers to their residents. This is wrong and is not legal,” as per a release by MahaSeWA. CONTD. ON P6 Quality at Value in areas like Lahaul-Spiti and others were left to struggle on their own. In recent years, work is being done with new thoughts," he said. The completion of the Atal Tunnel is a key element in the Defence Ministry's attempts to make the entire 475 km-long Manali-KeylongLeh highway used by the , armed forces to reach forward areas in Ladakh bordering China and Pakistan, motorable almost round the year. IANS IPL player calls out ‘corrupt’ approach, ACU on high alert FPJ BUREAU New Delhi A cricketer, competing in the Indian Premier League in the UAE, has reported a corrupt approach, putting BCCI's anti-corruption unit (ACU) on a high alert. The 13th edition of the IPL is being held in the UAE in a bio-secure environment, which has significantly reduced the chance for persons with dubious credentials approaching the player directly . The threat though still remains by and large due to the online network of corruptors. BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh confirmed the development to PTI. “Yes (a player has reported an approach). We are tracking him. It will take some time,” said Singh, the former DGP of Rajasthan Police. As per anti-corruption protocols, the name of the player (Indian or overseas) or franchise is not revealed for confidentiality purposes. With players and support staff staying in a bio-bubble, unlike other years, the ACU is concentrating on online corrupt approaches. Most of the players, especially the younger ones are on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter where unknown people masquerading as fans try to befriend them. A senior BCCI official said all the players whether overseas or Indian international, uncapped domestic players have all attended multiple anti-corruption classes. “The best part is that the player who was approached immediately sensed that something is fishy He im. mediately shared his concerns with the ACU. Every player, even those who have come from the U-19s are well aware about each and every anti-corruption protocol,” a BCCI official said. The BCCI has tied up with UK-based company Sportradar, which will offer its services to prevent corrupt practices.