FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI No. 38281/83 INDORE PUNE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI - VOL. XXXVII NO. 172 | INDORE | MONDAY | NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | PAGES 12 INDORE PETROL PRICE CROSSES Rs 90 IN CITY - Pg- 3 FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi Paswan’s wife may contest RS bypoll PATNA: The opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar is likely to throw its hat in the ring for the Rajya Sabha seat, which has fallen vacant upon the death of former Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, sources in the fiveparty coalition said on Sunday. Sources in the Grand Alliance said the feelers have been sent to Chirag he consider fielding his mother Reena Paswan from the seat and assured him of its "full support". Navy finds debris of MiG-29K in Arabian Sea MUMBAI/PANAJI: The Indian Navy has recovered some debris of the MiG-29K aircraft that went missing three days back in the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast, a spokesperson said on Sunday, adding the search continued with ships and aircraft for missing pilot Cdr Nishant Singh. Chouhan to meet Modi tomorrow OUR STAFF REPORTER / Bhopal Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 1. The Chief Minister is going to present to the Prime Minister the Covid situation prevailing in the state and the work done to control the pandemic and also in the postlockdown period. He is also going to present the road map of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh to Modi. The Chief Minister is going to discuss the issues related to housing-for-all, Smart City Project and other important development projects in the state with the Prime Minister. UP registers first case under anti-love jihad law AGENCIES / Lucknow Uttar Pradesh has registered its first case under the new anti-conversion law in Bareilly district based on a complaint from the father of a young woman. The case was registered at the Devarniyan police station in Bareilly district on Saturday officials said. , In a statement issued here on Sunday Additional Chief , Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said a case was registered by Tikaram, a resident of Sharif Nagar village under Devarniyan police station (in Bareilly), who accused a man -- Uvaish Ahmed -- of the same village of trying to convert his daughter through "allurement" (bahla-phuslaakar). CONTD. ON P8 BJP TOP BRASS MEETS AT NADDA RESIDENCE TO DISCUSS CRISIS T he BJP and the government’s efforts to resolve and end the ongoing protests by farmers from various states at various border points of the capital intensified on Sunday with party chief JP Nadda holding a high, level meeting at this house. Home Minister Amit Shah joined the meeting, as soon as he returned from Hyderabad after campaigning for the GMHC polls, while Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was also present farmers and given them “new rights and opportunities,” he claimed. A banned secessionist group, Sikhs for Justice, tried to muddy the troubled waters by announcing $1 million aid for farmers who suffered injuries or damage to their vehicles while facing police action in Haryana. The information has sent security agencies into a tizzy, with many deployed on protest spots in plainclothes to keep a close tab on SFJ supporters who may mingle with protesters to take undue advantage of the situation. The spat between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has become another strand to the ensuing conflict with the latter accusing the former of “lack of coordination” and linking it to the raging pandemic. “If any dangerous situation arises due to coronavirus, the Punjab government will be responsible for it. I tried to speak to Amarinder Singh on this matter but he denied receiving any call. Later, when I showed him the proof, he was speechless,” Khattar said. CONTD. ON P8 BHIND KIDNAPPING CASE CBI puts lover boy behind bars Man arrested after 3 yrs is now a father RAJESH THAKUR / BHOPAL A young man from Uttar Pradesh has landed in the custody of the CBI three years after he had eloped with a teenager from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh. They married and are now the parents of a two-and-a-half-year old boy The couple, who was . living in Patiala district of Punjab, was traced by the CBI on the orders of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Arun Pal of Dhoota village of Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh was in love with a teenager of the same village. When her family came to know of their affair, the girl was sent off to her aunt's place at Raun in Bhind district. Arun Pal reached Raun on his bike and eloped with her. The girl's family lodged a report of abduction with police. However, when the police of both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh failed to trace her, the family moved the Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The CBI traced the couple and arrested the husband on Tuesday who was presented before a Patiala court for transit remand. CONTD. ON P8 Covid update: 523 fresh cases, 4 deaths in city OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore As many as 523 patients tested positive out of 4,625 sample reports received on Sunday. Rate of positive patients was recorded at 11.31 per cent and total number of positive reached 42, 149. Four deaths were reported as a result, the toll was pegged at 760. According to the bulletin released by CMHO, reports of 351 PATIENTS ADDED TO DISCHARGED LIST As many as 351 patients were added to the discharged patients’ list on Sunday as reconciliation. Health officials said these were patients who were discharged but were not informed by hospitals. total samples received till Sunday night was 5,07672. As many as 4,051 samples were tested negative on Sunday. Department has taken 3,610 more samples for testing, including 1,730 RTPCR samples and 1,880 Rapid Antigen Tests. As many as 4,644 patients are undergoing treatment at various city hospitals. Total 36, 745 patients have been discharged so far. Kulhad pe charcha: Rlys to be plastic-free FP CORRESPONDENT Jaipur Eco-friendly kulhads will replace plastic cups at all railway stations, Railway Minister announced on Sunday . At an event in Alwar district of Rajasthan, he said no work was undertaken on development of Railways in Rajasthan during the Congress rule. Goyal was speaking at the inauguration of the newly electrified railway line between Digwada and Bandikui on the Delhi—Jaipur route. Goyal flagged-off the first electric engine drawn freight train on the Digwada-Bandikui section. Representational pic Goyal said in the last six years, the central government has taken unprecedented steps to improve railway infrastructure and passenger amenities. He said prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is continually taking steps towards a cleaner, greener India and electrification of railway lines is a step towards that. After 2014, 1433 km railway lines have been electrified. Goyal also said that tea is currently served in kulhads at 400 railway stations and 25.20c. 11.70c Sunrise : 06.50 Sunset : 05.41 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY When you gather together in a group, the Higher Beings are forced to appear. Master Choa Kok Sui ‘BIG SCREEN HAS A CHARM OF ITS OWN,’ SAYS RAHUL DEV - Pg-10 Home Minister offers conditional talks, farmers say 'no' News Brief WEATHER www.freepressjournal.in BJP'S SHAHASTRA FAILS TO PACIFY AGITATING FARMERS C’GARH TO GET ANOTHER LANDMARK - MUSEUM OF TREES Pg-7 The farmers on Sunday rejected Home Minister Amit Shah’s proposal for talks, as it was contingent upon their lifting the blockade of the national Capital and shifting their agitation to Burari ground, on the outskirts of Delhi. “As soon as you shift to the ground at Burari, the very next day a highlevel committee of Union ministers will hold talks at Vigyan Bhavan with your representatives,” Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has stated in a letter to the farm unions. The farmers, however, said they could not accept the offer of talks as it was conditional and thousands of them continued to rally for the third consecutive day on Sunday at Delhi’s three interstate border points. “We have decided that we will stay put. We will not go to Burari,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) president Buta Singh Burjgill said, echoing the popular sentiment among the protestors that the supply chain has been disrupted and the pressure is mounting on the government. The offer came after PM Modi stated in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ that he was committed to the welfare of farmers, and the Centres’ new farm laws were a step in this direction. The “agricultural reforms” have “unshackled” the `3 Quality at Value the Railways plans to sell tea only in kulhads at all railway stations. “This will be the contribution of the Railways towards a plastic-free India,” he said adding that use of kulhads would provide jobs to lakhs of people. Goyal said between 2009 and 2014 (when Congress was in power in Rajasthan) no work on electrification of railway lines or development of Railways was undertaken in Rajasthan. He said between 2009 and 2014, Rs682 crore worth of investment was done in Rajasthan by the Railways whereas between 2014 and 2020, Rs2800 crore has been invested. Chhote Sardar wants to banish Nizam culture FP DESK Hyderabad Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the BJP wanted to liberate Hyderabad from the ‘Nawab Nizam’ culture and transform it into a modern city. Addressing a news conference at the end of his daylong visit to campaign for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections slated to be held on December 1, he said that the BJP also wanted to ensure Telangana and Hyderabad’s transition from “dynasty to democracy”. The BJP leader, who conducted a roadshow and visited the Bhagyalakshmi temple, which is next to the iconic Charminar, slammed both the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) for their penchant for “family politics”. Page 7 Serum Institute seeks Rs 100 cr in damages from trial subject CHENNAI/NEW DELHI An Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant in Chennai has sought a compensation of Rs 5 crore for allegedly suffering serious side effects from the shot, a claim which is being investigated by the Drugs Controller General of India and the institutional ethics committee at the trial site. A senior ICMR official said that a preliminary assessment has not indicated any causal link between the alleged adverse events shown by the volunteer and the ‘Covishield’ vaccine. The 40-year-old business consultant, who was a volunteer for the third phase of the vaccine trial conducted by Serum Institute of India (SII), has alleged he suffered a virtual neurological breakdown and impairment of cognitive func- tions, and has sent a legal notice to SII and others. However, the SII on Sunday rejected the charges as “malicious and misconceived” and said it will seek damages in excess of Rs 100 crore. The man was administered the shot at Chennai’s Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER), one of the trial sites on October 1. A law firm on his behalf has now sent a legal notice to Director General of ICMR, CEO, Serum Institute of India Private Limited, Pune, Drugs Controller General of India, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, CEO, Astra Zeneca UK, Professor Andrew Pollard, Chief Investigator of Oxford Vaccine Trial and Vice Chancellor of Sri Ramachandra Higher Education and Research. CONTD. ON P8 PM to talk to 3 teams involved in developing Covid vaccine AGENCIES New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with three teams involved in developing Covid-19 vaccine via video conferencing on Monday . The Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet on Sunday that the three teams are from Gennova Biophar- ma, Biological E and Dr. Reddy's. "Tomorrow, on 30th November, 2020, PM @narendramodi will interact, via video conferencing, with three teams that are in- volved in developing a Covid-19 vaccine. The teams he will interact with are from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr Reddy's," it said. Modi had on Saturday visited Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the development and manufacturing process of coronavirus vaccines at facilities in these cities.