Vol. 33 No. 25 | SUNDAY | OCTOBER 24, 2021 | 17 Pages | ` 4* RUSSIA, CHINA HOLD FIRST JOINT PATROL IN PACIFIC First, delimitation; then, statehood HM lays down J&K roadmap OUR CORRESPONDENT Srinagar Delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir will be followed by elections and restoration of statehood, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday as he visited the Valley for the first time since Article 370 was revoked two years ago. "Why should we stop delimitation? Nothing is going to stop. After delimitation, there will be elections and then restoration of statehood," Shah said in an address to members of youth clubs in Srinagar. Earlier in the day Shah discussed the security , situation at a high-level meeting. In his address to the youth clubs, Shah also said the revocation of Article 370 is "irreversible". Defending the communication blockade and curfew following the August 5, 2019 move to revoke Article 370, Shah said they were a "bitter pill" meant to save lives. ‘‘There was a lot of criticism about why there is curfew, why there is internet shutdown. I will answer. First, I want to ask a question. For 70 years, three families ruled here. Why were 40,000 people killed in Kashmir? Do you have an answer?’’ ‘‘During that time [when Article 370 was revoked], they tried to incite people. A conspiracy was hatched, some foreign powers were part of it. How many fathers would have shouldered coffins of their young sons if we had not imposed a curfew. Who was saved by imposing the curfew? The youth of Kashmir was saved." The Home Minister said the abrogation of special status changed Kashmir's narrative from terrorism to development. "Two years ago, news from Kashmir was about terrorism and stone-pelting. Today it's development, education, skill development, youth engagement," he said. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE MOSCOW: Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia's defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The Kalachowkie police on Saturday registered a case in the 61-storey residential building fire against the property owner, the occupant of the flat where the blaze erupted, fire safety maintenance contractor and others, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The main charge pertains to causing death due to rash and negligent act. On Friday a fire engulfed , the 19th floor of One Avighna Park, Currey Road, where a 30-year-old security guard identified as Arun 4,956,391 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS CASES 243,909,285 Source - Worldometer CHELSEA BLOW NORWICH AWAY; MASON MOUNT HAT-TRICKS FOR BLUES STARS VERSUS PRETENDERS For India, their strength is a crack top-five that comprises Rohit, Rahul, Kohli, Suryakumar and Rishabh Pant. India's problem is going to be a long tail and the absence of a sixth bowler if Hardik Pandya is played purely as a batter. For Pakistan, their main player will be skipper Babar, but he will require support from Shaheen with the new ball as Hasan and Rauf could go for runs. Left-arm spinner Imad can vary his pace and will determine how the likes of Pant and Surya fare. GET SET: SUNDAY KO DUBAI Yet, this is a match that everyone awaits in the global event -the fans because of its novelty factor, the ICC and the broadcasters for filling up the coffers. Everyone is invested, be it emotionally like the fans, or material, ly like the other stakeholders. , Be it Sunil Gavaskar or Sourav Ganguly everyone who under, stands the game would tell you that this is the one format where the margins are thinnest and qualitative difference matters the least, as any one performer can win it for his side on a given day . It could be Kohli, who would love to get over his mediocre run of form, or Shaheen Shah Afridi, who could tail one into KL Rahul's pads, to set it up for Pakistan. It could be Mohammed Rizwan, who might just launch into Mohammed Shami or it could be Suryakumar Yadav, who could play a reverse flick off Hasan Ali. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE The most sought-after megastars of the current generation are primed to show their might against a bunch of enigmatic cricketers as India and Pakistan engage in an ICC T20 World Cup face-off, something that transcends the 22-yard strip. The sensitive nature of crossborder relationship between the neighbours has led to minimal sporting engagements and cricket has always become the vehicle of one upmanship for the fans on both sides. In terms of numbers, India have an all-win record against their arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup since its inception in 2007. Incidentally all the matches , were won under the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be there in skipper Virat Kohli's earshot with his 'diamond crusted info-nuggets', which might lead to Babar Azam tearing a hair or two in exasperation. Tiwari fell to his death from the balcony while trying to escape the lethal fumes. The fire brigade personnel had rescued 26 stranded people. Earlier, an Accidental Death Report (ADR) was registered, which was later converted into a First Information Report (FIR) after the negligence of various parties surfaced during the investigation. The suspects have been booked under IPC section 336 (rash or negligent act that endangers human life or personal safety of others), 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and under sections of the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act. The police said they were probing the cause of the fire and how it got out of control. Based on the findings, subsequent action will be taken, and arrests will be made. The fire brigade had categorised it as a Level-4 (major) fire and 14 fire engines and nine jumbo tankers had reached the spot. “The cause of the fire is tentatively believed to be a short-circuit, which is being investigated,” said Chief Fire Officer Hemant Parab. England, Australia win openers DUBAI: The ICC T20 World Cup got off on a slow track with Australia and England cantering past their respective opponents in a slow scoring match, on day one of the championship. England beat defending champions West Indies by six wickets in Dubai. England cantered to the paltry target of 56 in just 8.2 overs with Jos Buttler top-scoring with 24 not out. Earlier, in the day Australia defeated South Africa by five wickets in a Group 1 match. Australia chased down the target of 119 in 19.4 overs with Steve Smith scoring 34-ball 35. For South Africa, Anrich Nortje took two wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi got one each. Earlier, Electing to bowl, Australia restricted South Africa to a meager 118 for nine. Raj Thackeray, mother & sister test positive The number of Mumbaikars taking Covid-19 vaccines at private centres has reduced by 68 per cent in the last two months, said data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Health Experts said that most of the population who could afford the vaccine at a private centre have already taken the first dose, and the only unaffordable population is remaining. Dr Gautam Bhansali, the chief coordinator of all private hospitals for vaccination, said it was expected as many private hospitals were vaccinating people when other state-run centres were running out of doses. “We have started with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities through which all private partners are being encouraged by the state government and BMC to vaccinated non-affordable population,” Bhansali said. According to the data, a total of 7,52,908 beneficiaries had taken covid vaccine at private hospitals between September 1-20, which dropped to 2,41,261 between October 1-20. Similarly the , number of people taking the first and second doses have decreased by 83.40 per cent and 58.15 per cent, respectively during the same peri, od. As many as 1,43,52,130 people have been vaccinated, CONTD. ON NATION PAGE DHARMENDRA JOSHI Shimla The family of Anjali Ryot, who was killed in a shootout between two drug gangs in Mexico, is shattered. Residents of Himachal Pradesh, they got a call about her death from her brother. Her father K D Ryot told PTI over the phone that it was difficult for him to believe that she is no more. She had spent three-four months with them in Solan last year after the coronavirus outbreak, he recalls. Anjali and her husband Utkarsh Shrivastava had gone to Mexico to celebrate her 30th birthday on October 22; they were otherwise re- siding in San Jose in California. Utkarsh informed her younger brother Ashish, who lives in Chicago, that she was shot dead in the Caribbean coast resort of Tulum soon after they had SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray mother Kunda, and sister Jayawanti , tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday . Raj and Jayawanti were admitted to the Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, but discharged after a check-up on Saturday evening. Thackeray’s mother is being treated at his residence in Dadar, confirmed Dr Jalil Parkar from the hospital. Earlier, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed that Raj and his sister showed mild symptoms and were isolated at their residence. However, later in the day they were moved to the hospital. , CONTD. ON NATION PAGE 68% drop in jabs at Travel blogger, techie from private centres HP dies in Mexico gangwar SWAPNIL MISHRA Mumbai LONDON: Mason Mount scored his first Premier League hat-trick and assisted another goal as Chelsea moved four points clear at the top of the table with a 7-0 win over Norwich City, at the Stamford Bridge, here on Saturday. Jorginho teed up Mount to open the scoring in the eighth minute. DECRIES POOR INFRA PAKISTAN KI CHHUTTI 16% courts don’t Owner, upkeep contractor booked STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Reg. No. MCS/048/2021-23; RNI No. 46955/1988 M.p.c.s. office Mumbai-400001 taken ice cream from a stall following dinner. A former director in Himachal Pradesh's Animal Husbandry Department, K D Ryot, and his wife Nirmala recalled that she had visited Mumbai to do a diploma related to film industry She . visited them immediately after completing her course. She left for California after spending three to four months in Solan. Anjali had gone to California in 2012 to do her masters in electronics from San Jose State University after completing her B Tech from Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Waknaghat. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE have toilets: CJI NARSI BENWAL Mumbai Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday morning highlighted the lack of infrastructure in courts. He did so when Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and Maharashtra's chief minister Uddhav Thakceray were present on the dais. The CJI was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the new annex of the Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench. “The judicial infrastructure in India has always been an afterthought. It is because of this mindset that courts still operate from dilapidated structures,’’ CJI Ramana said. "Only five per cent of court complexes have basic medical aid, and 26 per cent of the courts don’t have separate toilets for women. 16 per cent of the courts don’t even have toilets for men. Moreover, 50 per cent of the court complexes don’t have a library and 46 , per cent don’t have the facility to purify water," the judge said. "If a different outcome is wanted from the judicial system, we cannot continue to work in these conditions," the CJI said, adding, "These are hard facts. Judicial infrastructure has always been an afterthought. Improving infrastructure is important to enhance access to justice." "Improvement of judicial infrastructure is being carried out in an ad-hoc and unplanned manner," he further lamented. In his speech, the CJI further pointed out that the need for a separate bench at Aurangabad was highlighted way back in 2011. But it took 10 years for this vision to come to fruition. This is extremely worrisome," he remarked. ‘DON’T SHIRK FROM MOVING THE COURT’ The Chief Justice also stressed that people should not hesitate to approach courts since faith in judiciary is the biggest strength of democracy . Many a time, people are not keen on approaching courts and take pride in the fact that they have never seen a court building in their life, he said, calling for the need to dispel this notion. He said it is the courts in India that guarantee constitutional rights and have upheld freedom of individuals and safeguarded them from actions of the executive. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE BETWEEN THE LINES BOOSTER DOSES MAY BE NECESSARY B ooster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine might become necessary sometime next year - depending on how long the first two doses protect against hospitalisation and death - Dr Randeep Guleria, chief of Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) told NDTV on Saturday. The AIIMS chief also discussed vaccination of children and said he was confident vaccines for kids - something other countries like the United States have recommended - would be rolled out soon. The final decision on boosters - which have been allowed by countries like the US, Israel, the UK, the EU and the UAE - would have to be based on time (length of protection from the coronavirus), rather than the presence of antibodies. ‘‘But we need more data... in the UK we are seeing increased cases but not increased hospitalisation or deaths. UK started vaccination in December (a month before India) and if we're not seeing greater hospitalisation then that means doses given in December seem to be holding out... if we keep that in mind we are still in a safe zone. But if the virus mutates (this decreases immunity) then sooner or later boosters must happen," Dr Guleria explained. PHOTO BY BL SONI Very humane relationship with Captain Sahib: Aroosa CLAIMS RAW HAS GIVEN HER A CLEAN CHIT GAJINDER SINGH Chandigarh Stung by the war of words over her relationship with former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and her alleged links with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, Aroosa Alam, early Saturday lashed out at her detractors “who , are dancing to the tunes of their petty interests.” On Friday Punjab deputy chief , minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, who led the revolt with some Congress ministers and legislators against Amarinder, had announced that Aroosa’s “ISI links” would be probed. The lady’s relationship with the Patiala royal family , especially Amarinder, dates to over 15 years. She has stayed at both Patiala and Chandigarh residences of Amarinder during her numerous vis- its to Punjab. “Mine has been a very humane relationship with Captain Sahib. I take great pride in the fact that I am his best friend. I have learnt a lot from him. This bunch…(they) can’t even inch closer to his stature,” Aroosa said in a chat with this correspondent. Terming as “shameless” those who were making wild allegations against her, Aroosa claimed RAW had cleared her of the ISI-link charge. “I and my activities in Pakistan have been thoroughly checked by RAW through mutual intelligence , agencies. I have been cleared by RAW and multiple international intelligence agencies,” Aroosa said. Perhaps hurt at the way Amarinder had been dethroned by his own colleagues, many of who owe their rise in politics to him, Aroosa said the Congress has given the razor in the hands of a monkey (“bandar key haton mein ustra’’). Hinting that she could approach international courts for justice over the allegations being made against her, Aroosa said she reserved the right to file defamation petitions against “all the politicians and media houses which have named and flashed my pictures. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE An electric Victoria in the city streets but without the horses. SINGAPORE CURBS: INDIA OFF THE LIST S ingapore on Saturday announced the removal of India and five other South Asian countries from its travel restriction list; all travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from Wednesday, the health ministry said. However, travellers from these countries will be subjected to the tightest of border measures, which involve a 10-day, stay-home notice period at a dedicated facility, it said. As of Friday, Singapore reported a total of 165,663 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. The disease has claimed 294 lives so far in the country. Vote dena ho to do ultimatum RASHMI SHARMA Lucknow With elections around the corner, it seems there is no control on CM Yogi's ministers. While farmers are struggling to secure fertilizer in the peak Rabi season, a minister in the Yogi government has used disparaging language against them. On Friday evening, a farmer died in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh after waiting for two consecutive days in a queue for fertilizer. Manohar Lal, alias Munnu Kori, a state minister in the Yogi cabinet, reached the fertilizer distribution centre on Saturday and had a tiff with the waiting farmers. The dejected asked the minister as to why they are being denied fertilizer. Irked by their outburst, the minister said .... Vote Dena Ho To Dena Warna Na Do.