" $$$" 4 %4 4 " 4 )*( . . -(./) 2&,+13 &1 "&,2) # ! ' ' 2-/+0) 2-0)1 OMINOUS OMICRON VARIANT: ALERT IN MP $ ! %! !" " (% & $% %&% $ %) ( % # ( Centre to review flight resumption, states begin to reimpose curbs Putting the state on alert amidst Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19, the state government on Sunday withdrew earlier announced relaxations for educational institutions to run classes with full capacity, and decided that they will continue to hold online classes and continue physical classes with 50 per cent strength only after consent from their parents. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in a review meeting on Sunday said: , "At present, schools in the state will remain open with 50% capacity Students will . come to school only after consent from their parents. Also, the option of online education will be available. 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Medical Education Minister Vish- was Sarang, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains and other senior officers were present. The CM said, "Children under 18 years of age need most caution because they have not been vaccinated. Therefore, it has been decided with immediate effect that schools will open from Monday but the attendance of children in schools will be 50 percent. Fifty per cent children will come to schools one day and the remaining will come the next day. In this way, one will attend classes for three days a week. Along with this, schools will have to start online classes, so that parents have the option to study online if they do not want to send their children to school. So keep the options open. If the parents wish, then the children will go to school. Casteism not annihilated even after 75 yrs of Independence, says SC 1 tests C-positive -#.1$ 2 , -8 2 2 ,/+$ 3$23$# /.2(3(5$ '$1$ .4-# 8 '$ #$// 13,$-3 2 ,/+$2 %.1 + ! 2$-3 3$23(-& 3$ .% /.2(3(5$ / 3($-32 6 2 1$".1#$# 3 /$1"$-3 .3 + -4,!$1 .% /.2(3(5$ / 3($-32 1$ "'$# . #$ 3' 6 2 1$/.13$# #4$ 3. 6'("' 3'$ 3.3 + -4,!$1 .% #$ 3'2 2. % 1 2 , -8 1$, (-2 2 / 3($-32 1$ 4-#$1&.(-& 31$ 3,$-3 (- 5 1(.42 '.2/(3 +2 .% 3'$ "(38 .3 + / 3($-32 ' 5$ !$$- #(2"' 1&$# 2. % 1 6(3' %.41 / 3($-32 #(2"' 1&$# .- 341# 8 Incidents of caste-motivated violence show that casteism has not been annihilated even after 75 years of independence and it high is time civil society reacts and responds with "strong disapproval" about the ghastly crimes committed in the name of caste, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court, which delivered its verdict on a batch of pleas in a 1991 Uttar Pradesh honour killing case, in which three persons, including a woman were killed, said it had earlier issued several directions to authorities to take strong measures to prevent honour killings. JIO’S PRE-PAID RATES JUMP 21% MUMBAI:•After Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, India's largest mobile operator Reliance Jio on Sunday announced up to 21 per cent hike in its prepaid tariffs. They will be effective from December 1, 2021. The operator has also launched new unlimited plans that it claims are in line with its "commitment to further strengthen a sustainable telecom industry". The current Rs 75 plan will cost Rs 91 from December 1, a hike of more than 20 per cent. The Rs 129 plan will cost Rs 155; the Rs 399 plan will cost Rs 479; the Rs 1,299 plan will be a pinch on the pocket at Rs 1,559; and the Rs 2,399 plan will cost Rs 2,879. Further, data top-ups will now cost Rs 61 for 6 GB (up from Rs 51), Rs 121 for 12 GB (up from Rs 101), and Rs 301 for 50 GB (up from Rs 251). HONOUR KILLING Those directives should be carried out without any , further delay it said. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao also said that to avert trial getting tainted and "truth becoming a casualty", the State has a definite role to play in protecting witnesses, to start with, at least in sensitive cases involving those in power who have political patronage and could wield muscle and money power. It said that "bigotry" perpetuated by caste-based practices, which are preva, lent even today impedes the Constitution's objective of equality for all citizens. "Two young men and a woman were physically assaulted for nearly 12 hours and killed by the accused for violating caste-ridden societal norms. These episodes of caste-motivated violence in the country demonstrates the fact that casteism has not been annihilated even after 75 years of independence," the bench, also comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai, said. The top court, while upholding the Allahabad HC verdict with regard to conviction of 23 accused in the case, acquitted three persons in view of am. biguity in their identity Referring to the aspect of witness protection, the bench noted that 12 prosecution witnesses in the case turned hostile. "Even if the witnesses have turned hostile, their evidence can be accepted, if they are natural and independent witnesses and have no reason to falsely implicate the accused," it said. More nations on Omicron radar SYDNEY: Australian officials confirmed on Sunday that two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney had tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus; they were asymptomatic and were both vaccinated. The remaining 12 who arrived with them have been placed in quarantine. Two suspected cases of Omicron were also detected among travellers entering Denmark from South Africa. Dutch authorities, meanwhile, have detected at least 13 such cases among 61 incoming travellers from South Africa. Additional cases could emerge, as health officials were still examining test samples. Cases have already been confirmed on multiple conti, , nents, with Germany Italy Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong all reporting cases in recent days. Scientists cautioned that relatively little is known about new variant, and that only a small number of confirmed cases have surfaced . globally NPP demands repeal of CAA at all-party meeting The BJP's ally National leader Party People's Agatha Sangma on Sunday demanded the repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at a meeting of constituents of the ruling NDA as well as at the allparty meeting convened ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament. Sangma, the MP from Tura, urged the government that as it has repealed farm laws keeping in mind the sentiments of the people, the CAA should also be repealed. Sangma made the demand at the all-party meeting called by the government as well as at a meeting of the BJP-led NDA in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union ministers Pralhad Joshi and Piyush Goyal. Karna police deny permission to Munawar Faruqui's show The Bengaluru police have denied permission to Munawar Faruqui's stand-up comedy show in the city on Sunday amid protest by the Hindu right wing outfits who alleged that the artist had hurt the Hindu sentiments in one of his shows. "Yes, we have denied him permission. He ," will not perform any public show today a senior police officer told PTI on condition . of anonymity Faruqui also shared a statement on social media confirming that his Bengaluru show that had sold "600 plus" tickets was cancelled Sunday in the wake of the "threats to venue vandalism" and said he was "done". "My name is Munawar Faruqui. And that's been my time, you guys were (a) wonderful audience. Good bye, I'm done," he said. The proceeds from the show were supposed to be donated to late Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar's charitable organisation. In the same statement, the 29-year-comic said they initially did not want to reveal that the show . was for charity "Putting me in jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows which has nothing problematic in it. This is unfair. This show has gained so much love from people in India irrespective of their religion. This is unfair (sic)" he added in his Twitter statement. Faruqui claimed that his 12 shows were called off in the last two months because of the threats to the venue and audiences. Plum or glum, it is your take Jewellery designer Sabyasachi is creating ripples yet again – this time for featuring glum models in his Autumn Winter ’21 Collection campaign. What caught the attention of online denizens was not the uncut and brilliant cut diamonds, opals, pearls, emeralds, aquamarine and coloured stones in 22k gold. Rather, it was the ‘constipated look’ of the models as if they were perpetually ‘in mourning’. Only very few pointed out that women without makeup enhance the mesmerising effect of exquisite . jewellery One Inuser stagram though had the grace to point out: that somebody was at last representing the real world with models. real ‘‘The movie and modelling world has done extensive damage to women’s self-image and mental health, with thin and airbrushed models. Time to get real,’’ the user declared. Most users were however less charitable, the general tenor being: "Perhaps I don’t understand fashion or “High Fashion”, at all. But when a woman wears jew, ellery she looks , happy festive, jubilant… of course I am referring to normal like you & I. Why would anyone want to advertise their jewellery with such drab-look- ing models?" But soon some supporters of the ad came out of the woodwork. One wrote, "The number of women I have seen troll these three models over their looks is sickeningly high. The ad is literally for Sabyasachi jewellery…so, I don't understand the obsession with their "lustreless skin". Just say you have an issue with models looking like average Indian women…" Sabyasachi had recently been lampooned for his Royal Bengal Mangalsutra campaign, which featured heterosexual as well as same-sex couples, which some labelled as ‘obscene’ and ‘shameful,’ shrugging the campaign off as ‘a lingerie ad’. !'% # ) !# ( % # $ $% OPPN DEMANDS law on MSP, debate on snooping row & rising prices The Winter Session of Parliament is set to begin on a stormy note on Monday, with the government listing a bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws on the first day itself, even as the Opposition plans to push for a law on minimum support price on agriculture produce. The demand for repeal of laws having been met, the protesting farmers are pressing for a law on minimum support price. Various opposition parties have jumped onto the farm bandwagon and raised the issue of statutory backing for MSP at an all-party meet called by the government ahead of the session. 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At the all-par- Use every word with caution, Chouhan tells party leaders Every party worker or leader should utter every word with caution, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after meeting with food and civil supplies minister Bisahulal Singh, at the CM's house on Sunday. "You should be careful while making any statement," advises the CM. Chouhan's statement came on the heels of cabinet minister Bisahulal Singh's apology for his remark on upper caste women. In his statement, Chouhan said, "I had just called Bisahulal Singh ji and publicly apologised for his statement. Whatever his sentiment, the message should not go wrong. Every word should be spoken carefully. I have also warned party leaders not to make such statement under any circumstances." Bihar man gets life term in one day's proceedings ARARIA: In one of the fastest trials ever, a POCSO court in Bihar's Araria district has sentenced a man in just one day's proceedings to life imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old girl. The verdict is possibly the fastest delivered by any POCSO court in the coun. try POCSO Court Special Judge Shashi Kant Rai also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict and directed him to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh for the survivor's rehabilitation. Though the order was passed on October 4, the order sheet pertaining to the case was made available on November 26. The girl was raped on July 22 this year and an FIR was lodged the . next day The case was suAraria by pervised women's police station incharge Rita Kumari. Public Prosecutor Shyamlal Yadav said, "The case in Araria was the speediest trial . of a rape case in the country It beat the record of a court in Datia district that wrapped up in three days a rape trial in August 2018." The CM further said that the expression of such feelings, which send a wrong message to the people, will not be forgiven whoever the person may be, adding that "respect of mother, sister and daughter is paramount for the BJP, its government and for me". Bisahulal had kicked up a storm while speaking about upper caste women and their chores in the backdrop of societal strata while addressing a gathering in Anuppur district on Wednesday . "Big people like Thakur, Thakar and some others keep their women confined to homes and don't let them go out," while "women (from the lower strata of society) in our villages work in the fields and also do household chores", he had said. "Pull out the women of big people - Thakur from their homes. Will this not make them march ahead" he had questioned. ty meeting, opposition leaders also demanded discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, fuel prices and unemployment in the ensuing session. 18 killed as vehicle rams truck in Nadia district At least 18 people were killed during a funeral procession when a vehicle carrying the remains of the dead rammed into a stationary truck in West Bengal's Nadia district early on Sun, day a police officer said. The victims included six women and a child, he said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have condoled the loss of lives. A mini truck, carrying over 35 people and the bier, hit another stone-laden truck parked on one side of a state Hanskhali in highway around 3 am, killing 12 on the spot, the officer explained. Six others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital or during treatment. Local people and the police shifted the injured to Shaktinagar General Hospital, where doctors, after examining their condition, referred the critical ones to another medical institution in Krishnanagar. According to the police officer, low visibility due to fog may have led to the accident. One of those injured said he and others were heading to cremation Nabadwip ground from Chakdah when the accident took place. Iyer adds another feather to record Test debut S Tendulkar’s achin love for the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is well known; Rohit Sharma and his love for the Eden Gardens in Kolkata isn’t a secret. Shreyas Iyer and his affection for Green Park in Kanpur could be the start of another love story in Indian cricket. The 26-year-old became the first from India, and 16th overall, to score a century as well as fifty on Test debut. He made 65 off 125 balls in India’s second innings on Day 4 of the first Test . against NZ on Sunday Iyer’s feat aided with some useful contributions from Wriddhiman Saha (61 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) helped India declare their innings at 234 for seven, setting an improbable 284 to win for NZ. In Kanpur, Iyer scored his IPL best of 96 for Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2017, when they were chasing 196 against Gujarat Lions. Just as Siddhesh Lad was called ‘crisis man’ in the Mumbai Ranji circuit for his saving acts, Iyer has almost always walked in at the Green Park with his team(s) in trouble.