FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI RNI No. 38281/83 PUNE `3 - VOL. XXXVII NO. 215 | INDORE | TUESDAY | JANUARY 12, 2021 | PAGES 12 BIRD FLU CONFIRMED IN 3 MORE STATES: EATING CHICKEN SAFE Pg-7 Quality at Value WEATHER 25.00c. 17.00c Sunrise : 07.09 Sunset : 06.00 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY www.freepressjournal.in EDIT JAB WE MEET: READYING FOR ROLLOUT Pg- 6 Real education is not just superimposing all kind of date upon our brains from outside sources. Real education is to bring out what is within us. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj ACHIEVEMENTS MAKE ME HUMBLE, NOT ARROGANT: PANKAJ TRIPATHI Pg-10 Govt orders 11 mn vax from Serum Institute Each dose to cost Rs 210 NEW DELHI The Union government on Monday placed a purchase order with Serum Institute of India (SII) for 11 million doses of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, each costing Rs 210 including GST, official sources said. Dispatch of the vaccine is likely to start by late Monday evening, they said. According to the order placed, each dose of the vaccine has been priced at Rs 200 and with GST of Rs 10 it would cost Rs 210. The health ministry is also likely to soon sign a purchase order for another anti-coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin, which has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech, a source said. Covishield vaccine doses would be initially shipped to 60 consignee points from where those would be distributed to various vaccination centres across India, the sources said. As many as 2,54,500 doses of Covishield are set to be delivered at Delhi's central storage, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital, in Tahirpur. The HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking, issued the supply order on behalf of the Union Health Ministry in the name of Prakash Kumar Singh, Additional Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India. "The Ministry of Health has nominated HLL Lifecare Limited vide letter dated January 11 as procuring agency for procurement of vaccine. For the purpose of this order, the Ministry of Health, Government of India is the 'purchaser' and HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) is 'procuring agency'. Vaccine-laden trucks will move out from Manjari location of the Punebased SII amid elaborate police security The Maharashtra government has . decided to provide police security to the trucks carrying the vaccine up to airports and to the borders of the state. India had recently approved two vaccines, Oxford's Covishield manufactured by the Serum in the country and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, for restricted emergency use. Govt to bear expenses for 1st round of vaccination: Modi rime Minister Modi the Monday Pannounced onNarendrathatthe Central government will bear JABS FOR 30 CR IN FIRST FEW MONTHS: PM expenses of vaccinating nearly 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first round and suggested that public representatives should not be part of this initial exercise. Interacting with chief ministers, Modi underscored the enormity of what he described as the world's biggest vaccination exercise, which begins on January 16, saying over 30 crore citizens will get the jabs in the next few months in India against only 2.5 crore people vaccinated so far in over 50 countries in around a month. Put farm laws on hold or else we will do it, SC tells Centre “Each one of us is responsible. The responsibility is on all of us, including the SC, that there will be no bloodshed. We don’t want any blood on our hands. There should be no violence. A stray incident can spark violence” STAY ON 3 FARM laws on cards, SC order likely today OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI News Brief Surya Namaskar to be performed online today BHOPAL: Covid-19 pandemic has laid its shadow on 'Surya Namaskar' event that has witnessed gathering of students in large number every year. The group Surya Namaskar event that is organized as part of Yuva Diwas on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12 will be held online this year due to Covid pandemic. Participants have been asked to remain at home and perform Surya Namaskar through radio. The online programme will start at 9 am and continue till 9.45 am. YC to collect soil as part of anti-farm laws protest INDORE: The Youth Congress on Monday started a campaign here against the Centre's new farm laws as part of which soil from different places will be used to make a map of India in Delhi, the outfit's president Srinivas BV said. Illegal coal mining: ED raids 12 places in WB KOLKATA: Enforcement Directorate on Monday raided 12 premises across Bengal, as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal coal mining, an official of the agency said.The searches were conducted at the residences and offices of people who are “considered close to Anup Majhi alias Lala” — the main accused in the coal scam, he said. The ED official said the agency is probing money laundering aspect of illegal coal mining. Sensex captures 49,000 peak MUMBAI: Sensex and Nifty soared to lifetime highs for the second straight session on Monday as encouraging corporate earnings prompted investors to accumulate IT, finance and auto stocks. After touching a record intra-day high of 49,303.79, the 30share BSE Sensex ended 486.81 points or 1 per cent higher at 49,269.32, closing above the 49,000-level for the first time. The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its "disappointment" at the way the Centre is handling the farmers' protest, bluntly telling it that the court may step in if the government cannot control the crises. "Tell us whether you will put the laws on hold or else we will do it, what is the ego here," remarked Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde who is hearing a bunch of petitions on the farmers' protest. The Bench noted that there is no improvement on the ground as every round of talks has resulted in a stalemate. It, however, made it clear that it would not at this stage go into the question of constitutionality of the laws. Bobde CJI Finally, abruptly adjourned the hearing for Tuesday without passing any order. To the farmers, he said that an order of stay on the implementation of the laws would not mean they have to call off their protests, pack up and go home. “Even after we stay the implementation of the laws, you [farmers] can carry on with the protest. We don’t want any criticism that the court is stifling the protest,” the CJI observed. Censuring the government’s two top law officers for claiming that majority of the farmers support the farm laws, the CJI said: "We don't know whether you are part of the solution or the problem. There is not a single petition here which says the laws are beneficial....If the laws are put on hold, negotiations before the committee will be much better." He also questioned the government's "insistence" on implementing the laws first, wondering why they were brought without proper consultations. advocates Senior Dushyant Dave, Colin Gonsalves, H S Phoolka and Prashant Bhushan suggested that former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha could head the committee to resolve the stand-off. The court, however, said it would choose from a panel of names; the government has promised to come back on this on Tuesday. On the lawyers telling the court that they would have to first discuss with their clients, the Kisan Ekta Morcha was quick to clarify that none of the farmer unions under its coordination has gone to the court, nor did any empower they lawyer to commit on their behalf. CONTD. ON P8 Indore in top 4, beats 96 cities 76 test +ve, no death in city INDIA SMART CITIES AWARD CONTEST 2020 ARSH RAFIK VISAAL Indore In a contest organised by the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under the Smart cities Mission, Indore has managed to remain in the top four slot and goes into the final stage of selection process for the India Smart Cities Award Contest 2020. One hundred cities took part in the contest. Indore Smart City's nine projects have been selected for as many as seven categories of the awards out of 12 categories. The Smart City had participated for all the 12 categories and had sent in 20 projects for the nomination out of which nine were selected. The Smart City Official said for the 2019 awards, Indore Smart City had won the award for River Front Development category beating other cities. CONTD. ON P8 Positive percentage reaches 1.61 OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore CATEGORIES AND PROJECTS 1. Built Environment - Indore Chappan Dukaan 2. Culture - Conservation of Heritage 3. Innovation awards - Carbon Credit Financing and Mechanism 4. Economy - Carbon Credit Financing and Mechanism Value Capture Finance 5. Sanitation - MRF (Material Recovery Facility for Dry Municipal Waste) 6. Sustainable Business Model - Integrated Command and Control Center 7. Covid-19 Innovation Award 8. Smart City of the Year - (This award is given to smart city based on overall presentation) "It is an achievement for Indore Smart City that in one year nine of our projects got selected for seven categories. We are all set for the competition. We are in the final stage." ADITI GARG, Chief Executive Officer, Smart City Indore As many as 76 patients tested positive out of 4712 sample . reports received on Monday Rate of positive patients was recorded at 1.61% and total number of positive patients reached 56704. No deaths were reported in city . Toll remains at 910. According to the bulletin released by CMHO, reports of total samples received till Monday was 713915. As many as 4628 samples were . tested negative on Monday Department has taken 4756 more samples for testing including 2152 for RTPCR. As many as 2203 patients are going under treatment in various hospi. tals of the city Total 53591 patients have been discharged so far. Department has reported 123 patients discharged as well. Woman gangraped by four in Sidhi Girl’s marriage age to be increased to 21 yrs: CM OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The condition of Sidhi gang rape victim is stated . to be stable on Monday A 45-year- old widow was ganged raped and the accused inserted an iron rod into her private parts on Sunday night. This Incident occurred at Mura Pahad near SidhiRewa border under Amalia police station in Sidhi district. All the four accused-Balkrisna, alias Pintu Bailal Patel, Lallu Kol and Yogendra Kol-- have been arrested under Section 376, 452 and other sections of the IPC. The accused will be produced in the court on . Tuesday After medical reports, sections may be enhanced. The victim, in profuse bleeding condition, was referred to Rewa Medical College. Her condition is stated to be stable after operation. Her two children, who are of 20 to 25 years of age, are working in Surat. Sidhi ASP Manjulata Patle said, "The gang-rape victim's condition is stable after operation. The widow, who runs shop at Mura Pahad area, was gangraped and the accused inserted an iron rod in to her private parts. CONTD. ON P8 18-year is too less to be burdened with household responsibilities OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The State government will soon increase marriage age of girls from existing 18 to 21 years. This would ensure over-all development of girls, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing felicitation programme of ‘real hero’ of crime against . women on Monday The event marked start of 15-day programme to felicitate people who foiled crime specially against women. Appreciating the role of police in curbing crime during lockdown, he said, “Crime rate dropped 15% to 50% across the state during lockdown.” Referring to marriageable age of a girl, the CM called for a discussion to fix the age of marriage. “I think 18 years is quite low to take up the household responsibilities. Besides, it also hinders overall development of the girl,” he said. Sharing concern over high incidence of girls, boys and women going missing, he said that serious action was required in case of missing girls. Terming disappearance of girls a matter of concern, he said finding and recovering such girls should be a priority for police and administration. CONTD. ON P8 Fed up with extortion, Power Mech to surrender contract in Bhind, Sehore Firm has already left Hoshangabad mine NITENDRA SHARMA BHOPAL The extortion from the companies by local politicians, police, bureaucrats and goons has become a big problem for the firms digging sand in various districts. Fed up with extortion, Power Mech Projects Limited is planning to give up mining contracts in Sehore and Bhind. Power Mech Company did not take the contract in Hoshangabad, just after the mining work had been allotted to them. Power Mech has two and a half years more for the contract. Therefore, the firm will surrender the work in two districts in June after completing the target. The company has a contract of Rs 120 crore in Sehore and that of Rs 90 in Bhind. It is because of the goons in these two districts that the company has incurred heavy loss. It says unless the government protects the companies, they cannot earn profit. This is the reason why they are planning to pack off from MP. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to hold a meeting with the di- rectors of Power Mech Company, and it is only after that, the company will take a decision. Executive director of Pow, er Mech Company Krishna Praveen Kota, says whether the firm continues its work in MP or not will be decided soon. He said that the directors of the company would soon hold a meeting with the chief minister. A decision on the issue will be taken only after the meeting, he said. CONTD. ON P8 Shankar Lalwani most active MP, says IIM-Indore survey MANISH UPADHYAY Indore It surely is a proud moment for Indore. Following a survey conducted by two professors of IIM, Indore, MP Shankar Lalwani achieved the top slot for being the most active MP during the difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Shubhomay Dey of IIM Indore and Dr Deepak Jaroulia, PMIR surveyed MPs of the country on several parame- ters and Indore MP Shankar Lalwani turned out to be the best leader during the difficult Corona kaal. Prof. Dey informed that the survey examined the 'ActiveEnergetic Leaders and their Leadership Traits' of various Parliament of Members (MPs) from a management point of view in times of Covid disaster. The survey included various important parameters like prelockdownactivity, number of Narendra inner MP Lalwani said, He is WModiday our inspiration."PM works and night. Lalwani thanked tirelessly Modi is our inspiration: Lalwani people of the area and said that the strict lockdown was made successful by the people and saved the city from Corona's onslaught. MP Lalwani termed Maa Ahilya as a symbol of good governance and said that Maa Ahilya always cared about her people and it is a matter of pride to represent her city. Earlier, in the survey of South Gujarat University also MP Lalwani had been declared the most active MP in the country. meetings, initiatives taken in the Lok-Sabha constituency, contribution to social work, awareness raising and coordination with the Central government. These parameters of the Leadership Survey were analyzed of help the with Microsoft's BI platform. In this survey, important Leadership Traits like foresight, decision making, commitment, courage, empathy, intelligence were studied. Ramesh Dhaduk of Porbandar, Ranjan Ben Bhatt of Vadodara, Naib Singh of Kurukshetra and Vishnudutt Sharma of Khajuraho jointly finished second. Ramcharan Bohra of Jaipur, Sanjay Bhatia of Karnal, Praneet Kaur of Patiala and Raju Bista of Darjeeling are in the third slot. In the survey, Members of Parliament holding ministerial or other national level responsibilities were not included.