FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI RNI No. 38281/83 PUNE - VOL. XXXVII NO. 206 | INDORE | SUNDAY | JANUARY 3, 2021 | PAGES 14 WILL QUIT POLITICS IF I FAIL TO PROVE GRAFT CHARGES AGAINST TN MIN, SAYS STALIN Pg-7 WORLD OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Back Maratha reservation in SC: Chavan to Centre JALNA: Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday said the Union government should come out in support of reservation for the Maratha community before the Supreme Court. SC has asked AG Venugopal to assist the court in the matter which will be next heard on January 25, the Congress leader told reporters here. Indian bags Guinness World Record with giant greeting card DUBAI: An Indian expatriate in the UAE has entered the Guinness World Records for the 19th time, after he unveiled a 8.2 sqm giant pop-up greeting card, commemorating the 15th Accession Day of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, according to a media report on Saturday. Ramkumar Sarangapani, a Dubai resident, now holds the most number of world records by an individual in the UAE and India, the Gulf News reported. AIMIM, BTP to jointly contest local polls in Guj BHARUCH: The Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) in Gujarat will contest upcoming local body polls in the state in alliance with the AIMIM, BTP chief Chhotu Vasava said on Saturday after AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel met him at his residence at Jhagadia in Bharuch district. Notably, Vasava had in December announced severing of ties with the Congress party in two district Panchayats in Narmada and Bharuch. 10 held for attack on Hindu temple PESHAWAR: Pakistani police have arrested 10 more people in overnight raids for their alleged involvement in the vandalisation of a Hindu temple by a mob led by members of a radical Islamist party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. With the latest arrests, the number of accused arrested in the case has risen to 55. IAF, NDRF join hands to extinguish wildfire IMPHAL: As many as four IAF copters and 59 personnel of NDRF swung into action to help firefighters extinguish wildfire raging at Dzuko valley range on ManipurNagaland border on Saturday. In addition, 35 SDRF, 32 personnel of Manipur Fire Service were also deployed. As the firefighter team struggled on the ground, 4 Mi-17 V5 copters loaded with bambi buckets were deployed to spray waters from the air. Health workers conduct the Covid-19 vaccination mock drill and the dry run at Government Community Health Centre in Bhopal on Saturday Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appealed to people on Saturday not to be misguided by "rumours" regarding the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine, and said the most prioritised beneficiaries would be vaccinated for free. Vardhan stressed that there would be no compromise on any protocol while approving the vaccine. He said that details were being finalised about how 27 crore priority beneficiaries -- those above 50 years of age and those below it having comorbidities -- would be vaccinated until July. DRY RUN IN 125 DISTRICTS, 285 SITES As India gears up to launch the world's largest immunisation drive, almost all states and Union Territory (UT) governments, including the national capital, on Saturday conducted a dry run at 285 session sites spread across 125 districts to the assess ability and readiness of authorities to administer Covid19 shots to hundreds of millions of people. and The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Saturday imposed fines on Reliance Industries and its Chairman Mukesh Ambani and two other entities for allegedly manipulating share trading of Reliance Petroleum in Nov 2007. Other two are companies Navi Mumbai SEZ and Mumbai SEZ. RIL and Ambani were fined Rs 25 crore and Rs 15 crore, respectively. Mumbai SEZ was asked to pay Rs 10 crore while Navi Mumbai SEZ was penalised Rs 20 crore. The case is related to sale and purchase of Reliance Petroleum shares in future COVAXIN TOO GETS NOD FOR EMERGENCY USE An expert panel of central drug authority on Saturday recommended granting permission for restricted emergency use of indigenously developed vaccine Covaxin with certain conditions. Covaxin has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the ICMR. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) deliberated on emergency use authorisation (EUA) application of the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm after it submitted additional data, facts and analysis subsequent to Friday's review meeting, a source said. VACCINE DRY RUN CONDUCTED IN 7 CG DISTRICTS The Covid ‘dry run’ was held in Raipur and six other districts Surguja, Durg, Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon, Bastar and Gaurela Pendra Marwahi to test preparedness and quality of vaccine delivery. Health Minister TS Singh Deo and Director NHM Dr Priyanka Shukla inspected ‘dry run’ held in Raipur. The Health Minister visited Saraswati Primary School vaccination centre in Purani Basti locality in Raipur. He interacted with health officials on the spot and inquired about problems faced during vaccination. Officials informed the health minister that after verification all registered persons will be vaccinated. After the vaccination as per standard operating procedure, the person is kept under observation in an adjacent room for half-an-hour and allowed to leave the vaccination centre. `40-cr fine on RIL, Mukesh Ambani for manipulative trades AGENCIES Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks mastermind Lakhvi arrested in Pakistan FP BUREAU & PTI Mumbai/Islamabad The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi (61) was arrested on Saturday in Pakistan on terror financing charges, according to an official statement. The arrest came amidst growing international pressure on Islamabad to bring to justice terrorists roam. ing freely in the country The UN proscribed terrorist Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks TERROR TRAIL Won't compromise on any protocol in vaccine approval: Vardhan and cash segments in November 2007. This followed RIL’s decision to sell 4.1% stake in the Reliance Pelater which troleum, merged into RIL in 2009. “It was observed that a was resolution passed by the Board Directors of of re(hereinafter ferred to as ‘Noticee-1’ /‘RIL’) on March 29, 2007 which inter alia approved the operating plan for the year 2007-08 and resource requirements for the next two years, i.e., approximately Rs. 87,000 crore,” the order by the regulatory board said. “Thereafter, RIL decided to sell approximately 5% of its shareholding in Reliance Petroleum Limited ( up to Rs 22.5 crore RPL shares) in Nov 2007.” CONTD. ON P8 India-UK flights to resume on January 6 NEW DELHI Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced that flights between the United Kingdom and India will restart from January 6 with a limit of 30 carriers operational between the countries every week. “Resumption of flights between India & UK: India to the UK from 6 Jan 2021. The UK to India from 8 Jan 2021. 30 flights will operate every week. 15 each by Indian & UK carriers. This schedule is valid till 23 Jan 2021. The further frequency will be determined after review,” Puri tweeted. Earlier, he had said there will be a short extension of temporary suspension of flights between the United Kingdom and India. There was already a ban on the operation of flights between the two countries till December 31, 2020. This extended suspension will now relax on Jany 6 and 8. HORRIFYING STATISTICS OF DEPRAVED PSYCHOS... Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was designated as a global terrorist by the UN in December 2008 The LeT, led by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed over 166 innocent people case. He was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province. Sources in CTD told PTI that Lakhvi was arrested from Lahore. “Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, organisation proscribed LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing,” the CTD said in an official statement. It further said that Lakhvi was arrested in a case of terrorism financing registered in a police station of CTD Lahore. CONTD. ON P8 More than 1,800 women and girls were raped and more than 4,000 attempts to rape were made in the corona pandemic time (year 2020) in the state. Even while people were in deep sorrow and in extreme panic at that time, some entally sick people were busy outraging the modesty of women. Neighbours & known people According to the National Crime Bureau Report, 2019, in the state 2,485 rape cases were reported and the state was at third . place in the national tally In 2020, 1,832 women filed complaints to Dial-100 about their rape incidents. And 4,031 cry calls were made by victims seeking help to save themselves from rapists; the FRV reached the spot and saved the victims. Sources said that the rape cases and the attempt to rape cases were mostly done by neighbours and people known to the victims. They took advantage of the loneliness of the victims and committed the crimes. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY To have tremendous power and still be humble - that is greatness. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Tractor parade on Jan 26 if demands not met: Farmers Farmers during their ongoing protest against the new farm laws at Singhu Border in New Delhi, on Saturday NEW DELHI Hardening their position ahead of the next round of talks with the government, protesting farmer unions on Saturday said they will take out a tractor parade towards Delhi on January 26, when the country will celebrate Republic Day, if their demands are not met. Addressing a press conference, the union leaders said time has come for "decisive" action as their demands have not been addressed by the government yet. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath on January 26. Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh said their proposed parade will be called "Kisan Parade" and it will be be held after the Republic Day parade. The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on Jan 4. On Friday, the unions had announced that they would have to take firm steps if the meeting fails to resolve the deadlock. After the press conference, farmer leader Abhimanyu Kohar told PTI that farm unions are hopeful Sourav undergoes angioplasty after mild cardiac arrest, stable FP SPORTS DESK Kolkata Former Indian skipper and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday has undergone angioplasty after he suffered a ‘mild’ cardiac arrest. His health condition is stable now, doctors in the medical team said. “Sourav is stable after un. dergoing angioplasty He is conscious and stable now. He has a minor cardiac issue while doing some workout in his home gymnasium,” said Saroj Mondal, the head of medical team treating the BCCI chief. The doctor said that Ganguly, 48, was immediately moved to the hospital and medical necessary all treatments were provided. "He underwent angiogra. phy and angioplasty He is now stable. There are multiple issues for cardiac attack. He will be able to join his daily activities soon," said Mondal, who also heads the cardiology department of the state-run SSKM Hospital. Sources said that there are two more blockages in his heart for which he will be treated. A stent insertion has been done as 90 per cent blockage was found in one of his arteries. He will be monitored for the next 48 hours. Ganguly suffered a sudden blackout following mild chest pain during a workout session at his Behala resi- Over 1,800 rapes, 4,000 attempts to rape in C-pandemic time RAJESH THAKUR BHOPAL 27.70c. 16.80c Sunrise : 07.08 Sunset : 05.54 DISHA PATANI IS EXCITED TO GET BACK ON THE SET Pg-12 US CONGRESS OVERRIDES TRUMP VETO OF DEFENCE BUDGET, 1ST FOR HIS ADMIN Pg- 9 HEALTH DEPARTMENT all set for actual roll out News Brief WEATHER www.freepressjournal.in STATE GOES INTO VAX DRY RUN MODE After two-hour dry-run in Bhopal on Saturday, the health department is now well set for actual roll out of the Covid vaccine in Madhya Pradesh. It may take a week for actual vacfrontline to cination healthcare workers in the state. The Union Government is expected to clear ‘Covishield’, the Indian version of the corona vaccine developed by University of Oxford and AstraZeneca by Monday and then after a week, it may start in Madhya Pradesh. The health department checked its preparations through a dry run conducted at three session centres. Similarly, the team monitored sending SMSs to beneficiaries and telephonic talks with them to ensure their availability and other things, for the success of the dry run. JP Hospital was main controlling centre of dry run. Dummy vaccine was transported from JP Hospital to all three vaccination centres. The health department team reached vaccination centres before 9am to monitor the dry run. Deputy Director, health Dr Saurav Purohit said, “We reached vaccination centre at 7:30am and the dummy vaccine was brought here at 8:30am to start dry run from 9am. So there was no delay in dry run and everything was .” done smoothly Immunization Officer Dr Santosh As per the Shukla said, “ guidelines, the dry run was to be conducted in state capitals to ensure fully preparedness for the roll out..” `4 Quality at Value ‘HELPERS’ WERE THE CULPRITS in the name of providing help, such ources mod, and security the SasInfood added that, even culprits snatched the women’shome . esty many cases, women and girls who wanted to reach in Covid times were raped by people who came forward to ‘help’ them. SP of Dial-100 Beena Singh informed Free Press that the police had worked hard during corona times and tried to pro. vide relief to the needy She added that, during the pandemic, the FRVs remained more active compared to normal times. People called the police many times for help. In 2019, 1,872 cry calls from rape victims were made in 12 months; but, in 2020, in just , 11 months, the number had touched 1,832. Similarly in 2019, 3,707 calls were made by women who faced rape attempts; and, in 2020, in 11 months, the number touched 4,031. dence this morning. He called up his family doctor who advised him to get admitted to a hospital immedi. ately He was moved to Kolkata's Woodlands Hospital at around 1 pm. He became the BCCI's 39th president succeeding C K Khanna, who was the interim head of the Board since 2017. West Bengal chief minisBanerjee Mamata ter tweeted: "Sad to hear that Sourav Ganguly suffered a mild cardiac arrest and has been admitted to hospital." Banerjee also wished him a speedy and full re. covery "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," the CM said. Sources close to Ganguly said that an ECG test was conducted upon him after he was rushed to the hospital. He is now stable and out of danger. A troponin-T test was also performed upon the BCCI chief to determine the cause of his sudden chest pain. CONTD. ON P8 Solution in next round of talks: Minister Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Kailash Choudhary on Saturday expressed his confidence citing that the next round of talks with farmers would bring a solution and conclude the impasse. Choudhary said, "I am confident that in the next round of talks with farmers a solution will be reached and the ongoing protest will come to an end. The Government of India had already agreed their demands of decriminalising stubble burning, the continuance of power subsidies and provisions of civil courts." for the January 4 meeting, but they cannot trust the government going by their experience with them. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at three Delhi border points --- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur for more than a month, demanding repeal of the farm laws, a legal guarantee for minimum support price for their crops and two others. CONTD. ON P8 Former home minister Buta Singh passes away at 86 FP BUREAU New Delhi Former Union home minister and senior Congress leader Buta Singh passed away at the AIIMS here on Saturday morning. He was 86. Singh had been in a coma since October last year, when he was admitted to the AIIMS after he suffered a brain hemorrhage. His family said Singh died around 7.10 am. He will be cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium here later in . the day Singh was an eighttime MP and also served as governor of Bihar. Singh remained in public service for a long time and served under four prime ministers. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice Venkaiah M President Naidu, PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh condoled his demise. 155 new cases, four deaths in 24 hours Positive percentage reaches 3.32 pc OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore As many as 155 patients tested positive out of 4,675 sample reports received on Sat. urday Rate of positive patients was recorded at 3.32% and the total number of positive patients reached 55,475. Four deaths were reported taking the toll to 884. According to the CMHO bulletin, reports of total samples received till Saturday was 6,73,569. As many as 4,504 samples were tested negative. Department has taken 4,823 more samples for testing including 2411 for RTPCR testing. As many as 2726 patients are getting treatment. Total 51865 patients have been discharged so far. As many as 45 patients were added to the discharged list on Saturday reconciliation. Department has reported 215 patients discharged as well.