FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI `4 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 - PUNE VOL. 10 NO. 131 | BHOPAL | SUNDAY | OCTOBER 25, 2020 | PAGES 14 LALU TRIED TO KILL ME 3 YRS AGO, ALLEGES SUSHIL MODI Pg-7 WORLD DESIS LOVE JOE & KAMALA Pg- 9 Quality at Value WEATHER 32.40c. 17.60c Sunrise : 06.28 Sunset : 05.54 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY www.freepressjournal.in Endeavour to attain concentration and grow steady and unshakable like the mountain in your spiritual pursuit. Sri Ma SAIF’S ‘NOT-SO FILMY’ REACTION TO BABY NEWS Pg-12 Tests up, positive cases down SOOTHING NEWS FROM COVID FRONT TARUN TIWARI Indore It's better late than never. After repeated complaints that not enough testing was being done, the district administration and health department have increased sample testing of Covid-19 patients in the city and fortunately the re, ports are encouraging. In the last few days, the health department has almost doubled the number of samples being tested and fortunately the rate of positivity has dropped to half. Earlier, the number of samples being tested was around 2000-2500 samples and rate of positivity was over 10 per cent - fluctuating between 10 and 14 per cent- and at one point it had increased to 19 per cent in the beginning of this month. For example, on October 20, the number of samples tested was 2,467 and the rate of positivity was 10.57 per cent. Surprisingly the positivity rate , dropped to half the very next day when 4,774 samples were tested and the rate of positivity was 5.07 per cent with only 242 positive patients found. The lowest number of positive cases in the last two months was found on October 18 and only 181 patients were found positive. However, the rate of positive patients was 8.07 per cent. "Increased sampling and testing is an at- tempt to know the exact positive rate in city and prevalence of the disease," Nodal officer for Covid-19 Dr Amit Malakar said. He added that they about 141 teams are on the field and sample testing has been intensified. "We are now focusing on quick sampling and quick results to contain the spread of virus at the earliest due to which we are testing people more through Rapid Antigen Test and serious ones are tested through RTPCR," Dr Malakar added. Meanwhile, contact tracing in-charge Dr Anil Dongre said, "Increased testing will ultimately help in decreasing the positive rate as it will help in diagnosing and containing the virus." Rate of positivity in last 10 days Date October 23 October 22 October 21 October 20 October 19 October 18 samples tested samples positivity rate of positive 5226 251 4.8 5477 4774 2467 1797 2080 ‘WE ARE ANTI-BJP NOT ANTI-NATIONAL’ October 17 2328 FAROOQ TO LEAD GUPKAR ALLIANCE, MEHBOOBA TO BE HIS DEPUTY News Brief ITR filing deadline extended till Dec 31 NEW DELHI: In a relief to taxpayers, the government on Saturday further extended the deadline for filing returns by individual taxpayers for FY 2019-20 by a month till December 31. Also, the due date of furnishing ITRs for taxpayers whose accounts require to be audited has been extended till Jan 31, 2021. Suicide bombing in Kabul kills 18 KABUL: The death toll from the suicide attack on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education centre in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. The interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says that the attacker was trying to enter the centre when he was stopped by security guards. Action against staff of Republic Media flayed NEW DELHI: National Union of Journalists (India) has expressed shock and condemned the action of Mumbai Police booking the entire editorial staff of Republic Media Network in an FIR. The NUJ (I) president Manoj Mishra and Secretary-General Suresh Sharma have condemned this action of Mumbai Police and have demanded immediate scrapping of the FIR. It has also requested the PCI to take cognisance of the matter. Alliance cobbled for restoration of ArtIcle 370 SRINAGAR Seven mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday gave a formal shape to their recently cobbled alliance for the restoration of Article 370, electing National Conference's Farooq Abdullah as its chairman and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti as vice-chairperson, and asserted that theirs was “not an anti-national” grouping. CPM leader MY Tarigami Man rapes 3-year-old in Gwalior GWALIOR: A three-yearold girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Gwalior, . police said on Saturday The minor was playing at a Durga pandal in Sewa Nagar locality on Friday night, when the accused, an autorickshaw driver, lured her by offering her a ride, CSP Nagendra Singh Sikarwar said. The accused allegedly raped the minor in his autorickshaw and later left her at the pandal and fled, the official said.When the subsequently victim reached home, her family saw her condition and informed the police, Sikarwar said, adding that the girl was taken to a hospital, where doctors confirmed the assault. Following the incident, security has been beefed up in the area and a hunt has been launched for the absconding accused, who already has two criminal cases to his name, the CSP said. NC chief Farooq Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and others look on as People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration spokesperson Sajjad Lone speaks THE DIFFERENCES MEHBOOBA MUFTI said unless special status of J&K is restored as it existed before August 5, 2019, participation in any electoral process was meaningless. FAROOQ ABDULLAH, so far, stopped short of making the restoration of the special status a pre-condition for participating in the elections. was elected as the convener while Lok Sabha member from South Kashmir Hasnain Masoodi would be the coordinator of the conglomerate known as Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD). Sajjad Gani Lone of People's Conference would be the spokesman for the amalgam. After a meeting held at Mehbooba's house, Abdullah, who turned 84 earlier this week, said the alliance is fighting for the restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and is an "anti-BJP platform" and not an anti-national amalgam. " CONTD. ON P8 Shivraj is not even dust of Nath's feet: Patwari OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The language politicians are using against one another in the run-up to the . by-elections lacks civility At a meeting in Mandhata , on Saturday former minister Jitu Patwari said, "Shivraj Singh Chouhan is not even dust of Kamal Nath's feet." "If Nath calls up Ratan Tata, he will come immedi," ately Patwari said. He made the above statement with reference to Nath's clout. BJP to According Rajneesh spokesperson Agarwal, Patwari's statement is nothing but an offence to people of the state. "Scared of defeat, the Congress leaders have gone ," crazy said Agarwal. He wanted to know on which capacity Patwari made such a statement. Patwari had made such controversial statements earlier also. CONTD. ON P8 Pradyuman puts his head at feet of Congress man; video goes viral New video clips have begun to crop up daily due to the upcoming byelections in state. Energy minister omar, who is Pradyuman Singh T fighting elections from Gwalior, was seen in the video putting his head at the feet of Congress leader Raghuraj omar. Pradyuman was trying to T omar was not please him. When T pacified, Pradyuman sat down on the omar's feet. floor and put his head on T omar to go Pradyuman requested T somewhere along with him but the latter was not ready to oblige him. Pradyuman was heard saying, "Then cut my throat. If I do that, I will rain six out of six (Chh ki chh utar dunga)." Congress's media coordinator Narendra Saluja said the condition of those who defected to the BJP from Congress is so bad that they have to put their heads on the feet of their relatives. But the relatives are not even ready to oblige them. 271 4.95 5.07 242 10.54 260 226 12.68 215 9.26 8.7 181 MP HC seeks list of pending cases against former & sitting MPs, MLAs AGENCIES Jabalpur The Madhya Pradesh High Court here has directed its registry to furnish a list of pending criminal cases against former and sitting MPs and MLAs in the state within two weeks. A division bench of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav and Justice Sujoy Paul gave this direction on Fri.Assistant Solicitor Genday eral J K Jain said the High Court asked its registry provide within two weeks a list of pending criminal cases of MPs/MLAs, particularly those in which a stay was granted. The direction was issued during the hearing of a suo motu petition registered the in compliance of Supreme Court order of September 16, he said. The apex court had asked the states to monitor the progress of trials of pending criminal cases against former and sitting MPs and MLAs. The Supreme Court's direction has come on a petition of Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and others vs Union of India and others, he added. Postal ballots for Covid suspects convert into issue Shivraj wants to win with officials help: Digvijaya OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Lack of transparency in postal ballots for new categories including Covid-19 patients and suspects have created quite a stir in the Congress. It charged that there was no transparency in regard to postal ballots for Covid suspects. AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh submitted a written complaint in this regard and charged the election apparatus of no transparency in postal ballots issued to Covid suspects. This work has been completed on October 14 but officials of the Election Commission are silent over numbers, said Singh. 'They are not telling us numbers of Covid-19 suspects and numbers of postal ballots issued. The contestants are not informed about them, not even during receiving of postal ballots,' said Digvi- jaya Singh, talking to media persons on Saturday They . (EC) are not providing us even the names and addresses of the people issued postal ballots, he added. Replying to a question, Singh said that Shivraj wants to win these elections with the help of officials. Shivraj is being rejected by the voters therefore he wants to win with the help of officials, he added. The Election commission has added a new category for postal ballots for the first time in view of Covid19 pandemic. Now senior citizens above the age of 80 years are also eligible for postal ballots. Nevertheless, bone of contention is the voters who are either Covid positive or Covid suspects. Both of these have been made eligible to exercise their franchise through postal ballot. However, authorities at Commission Election haven't come out yet and given exact numbers of Covid positive patients and Covid suspects who have been given postal ballots unlike numbers of service voters. CONTD. ON P8 Congress rips into Imarti's statement A video clipping of Minister for Women and Child Development Department Imarti Devi who stole the limelight after MPCC president Kamal Nath called her 'item' has also gone viral. In the video, she is allegedly saying that let the party go to hell. Reacting to Imarti Devi's statement, Congress leader KK Mishra said the one who did not belong to the parent party could not fit into the . BJP CM Chouhan must judge them before by-elections, he said. Devotees throng a Durga puja pandal flouting social distance norms on Saturday Aradhya bags Rs 1.5 cr scholarship from Cambridge China occupies Nepal's land at many places: Intel FP NEWS SERVICE Jaora Cambridge University has awarded Rs 1.5 crore scholarship to young jurist Aradhya, who hails from Jaora, for research on constitutional systems. He has done his Masters of Law from Yale University in the US and Master of Philosophy from Oxford . University In 2010, the film 3 Idiots inspired him to do something different. Aradhya, being the son of a printing press owner Ashok Sethia, got an opportunity since childhood to understand politics, government programmes and activities related to law. Aradhya reached the city of Cambridge in England and also started research under the guidance of Prof Alison Young. His mother, a homemaker, is ecstatic over his achievement. NEW DELHI China has illegally occupied Nepal's land at several places spreading over seven bordering districts and Indian intelligence agencies have sounded an alert in New Delhi. The agencies have flagged that Beijing is fast moving forward and further pushing Nepali boundaries by encroaching more and more landmass. "The actual scenario could be worse as the Nepali Communist Party (NCP) is trying to shield the expansionist agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)," an internal intelligence agency report pointed out. The report also talked about the Survey Department of Nepal flagging China's attempts to grab land before Nepal PM Oli which was ignored. It stated that Nepali districts which are victims of China's landgrabbing plan includes Dolakha, Gorkha, Darchula, Humla, Sindhupalchowk, Sankhuwasabha and Rasuwa. China has pushed the inter- national boundary 1,500 metres towards Nepal in Dolakha including pushing the boundary pillar Number 57 in the Korlang area in Dolakha, which was previously located at top of Korlang. Similar to Dolakha, China has relocated Boundary Pillar Numbers 35, 37 and 38 in Gorkha district and Boundary Pillar Number 62 in Nampa Bhanjyang in Solukhumbu. The first three pillars were located in Rui village and areas of Tom River. Though Nepal's official map shows the village as a part of Nepali territory and citizens of the village have been paying taxes to Nepal government, China had occupied the region and merged it with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in 2017. Numerous houses that used to be a part of Nepal have been now taken over by China and assimilated into the Chinese territory The . Nepal Ministry of Agriculture also recently came up with a report highlighting multiple cases of land grabbing by China.