FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXVIII NO. 201 | INDORE | MONDAY | DECEMBER 27, 2021 | PAGES 12 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; It's official now: Indore tops in statecases Omicron spread CITY HAS REPORTED 9 EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN FOR 24X7 UPDATES EDIT HATE SPEECHES: NEED TO UPHOLD RAJ DHARMA Pg- 8 News Brief Tutu, South African anti-apartheid hero, passes away PRETORIA: Desmond utu, South African Mpilo T Anglican archbishop, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died at the age of 90.South African presidency in a statement expressed profound sadness at the passing today, of Archbishop Emeritus utu. Desmond Mpilo T utu, the last Archbishop T surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away in Cape utu own. T is widely known T for his anti-apartheid campaign, which resulted in him receiving a Nobel in 1984. OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Omicron has arrived in Indore. In fact, it is the first city in the state to report the fast-spreading variant of Coronavirus. Though district administration had decided to go incognito over the Omicron's arrival, Home Minister Narottam Mishra spilled the beans. The minister confirmed the presence of Omicron variant in eight samples sent to Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, during a press conference in Bhopal on Sunday . Meanwhile, NCDC, New Delhi has also sent reports to MGM Medical College, including a report of one more patient being affected with the new variant of Covid-19. "As many as 26 foreign returnees were found positive in Indore. Eight of them were found to be infected by Omi, cron. Fortunately six of them were discharged after being cured. Two are still hospitalised but they don't have any symptoms," Mishra said. According to senior officials of SAIMS, two patients were found positive on Dec 21, while the remaining six tested positive on December 24. MGM Medical College also received confirmation report of Omicron variant in nine samples, including eight patients, who were tested in SAIMS and a 23year-youth who returned from Dubai on December 15. His sample returned positive on Dec 17. "Yes the number has increased to nine in Indore," CMHO Dr BS Saitya told the mdia. All patients vaccinated and asymptomatic; All patients, who tested positive for the Omicron vari- Health secy to brief EC on C-situation As the Election Commission prepares for assembly polls in five states early next year, its top brass is slated to interact with Union Health Secy Rajesh Bhushan on Monday. The EC is likely to seek updates from Bhushan on the Covid situation and the emergence of Omicron Salman discharged from hosp after snake bite MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is "happy and absolutely healthy" after he was discharged from a hospital on Sunday following a nonvenomous snake bite, said actor-politician Bina Kak, a close family friend. According to sources, the snake bit Khan's hand on Saturday night at his farmhouse near Panvel in the adjoining Raigad district. 2-yr-old killed, sexual assault suspected KHARGONE: A 2-year-old girl was murdered after suspected sexual assault in Burhanpur district, police said on Sunday. The body of the girl, who went missing on Thursday, was recovered on Saturday in a well in Ichchhapur village, official said. Till now, 422 Omicron cases have been reported across 17 states and Union Territories, of which 130 people have recovered. Maharashtra has the highest number of new variant cases, at 108, followed by Delhi at 76, Gujarat 43, Telangana 41, Kerala 38 and Tamil Nadu 34. The Union Health Ministry has asked states to ensure stringent implementation of Covid-19 protocols and urged citizens to not lower their guard, especially during the festive season. It also stated that the world is witnessing a fourth surge of Covid cases. 14 TEST POSITIVE IN CITY INDORE: As many as 14 fresh cases of Covid were found out of 4977 samples tested on Sunday. Rate of positive patients was recorded at 0.28% No death was reported on Sunday. As many as 125 patients are getting treatment in various hospitals of the city. Total 152052 patients have been discharged so far with nine patients discharged on Sunday. ant of Covid-19, have received both doses of the vaccine and are asymptomatic. Health officials said that these patients don't have any symptoms and most of them are already discharged. Those admitted are also asymptomatic. A team of doctors in MRTB Hospital is monitoring the patients. Patients are being given multivitamin and other basic treatment. CONTD. ON P6 THOSE FOUND POSITIVE FOR OMICRON Patient 23 yrs female 20 yrs male 30 yrs male 33 26 33 31 26 23 yrs yrs yrs yrs yrs yrs C+ve on Dec 15 Dec 18 Dec 20 male female male male male male Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec 20 20 20 20 19 17 Travel history UK USA USA Tanzania Tanzania Ghana Dubai Dubai Dubai Vaccination status Present status Discharged 2 dose completed Discharged 2 dose completed Quarantine booster dose taken (pvt hosp) Discharged 2 dose completed Discharged 2 dose completed 2 dose completed In MRTB Hosp In pvt hosp 2 dose completed Discharged 2 dose completed Discharged 2 dose completed Centre forms panel to decide withdrawal of AFSPA from Nagaland Cong seeks to dub Yogi ‘Bulldozernath' LUCKNOW: Congress on Sunday sought to dub CM Aditynath as "Bulldozernath" or the lord of bulldozers, allegedly out to trample the dreams of youths. Congress made the allegation a day after the Lucknow police denied the party to hold a five-km race in the city as part of Congress president Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's “Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon” poll campaign. AN ENTREPRENEUR MUST GO WITH AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE: SHAN KADAVIL Pg-12 OMICRON TALLY IN INDIA REACHES 422 so far, 7 of them have been cured & discharged KL Rahul kisses his helmet as he celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. India were 273 for 3 at draw of stumps No plan to bring back repealed says 'cheap politics' farm laws,Rahul for Tomar Union minister slams MORENA: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday made it clear that the central government has no plan to reintroduce the three withdrawn farm laws, and accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of doing "cheap politics" and misleading people. Tomar's statement comes a day after the Congress alleged that the Centre was hatching a conspiracy to reintroduce the three farm laws after the upcoming assembly polls. The Congress had made the allegation after Tomar, during an event in Maharashtra's Nagpur, said while talking about repealed farm laws that the government moved a "step back" and "will move forward again". "There is no proposal of the government to bring back agriculture reform laws. People like Rahul Gandhi indulge in cheap politics. These people have tried unsuccessfully to mislead the country by misquoting my statement. There is no such proposal to bring back the repealed laws," Tomar told reporters at Morena on Sunday when asked about Congress allegations. NAROTTAM WARNS SUNNY LEONE, SINGERS KOHIMA A committee has been formed to look into the demand of withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from Nagaland and the panel would submit its report to the government within 45 days, CM Neiphiu Rio said . here on Sunday The was committee formed after Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 23 in New Delhi chaired a meeting which was attended by Nagaland CM, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nagaland Deputy CM Y. Patton and Naga People's Front (NPF) legislature Party leader TR Zeliang. The meeting also discussed the present scenario in Nagaland and the decision about formation of the committee was taken in that meeting. The committee, headed by Additional Secretary of the Union Home Ministry, North East, would submit its report within 45 days and withdrawal of Disturbed Area and AFSPA from Nagaland would be based on the recommendations of the committee. The Nagaland CS and DGP, IG of Assam Rifles (Nagaland) and an official of CRPF are members of the committee. It was formed following the vociferous demand to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeastern region after the killing of 14 civilians by armed forces due to "mistaken identity" in Mon district of Nagaland on Dec 4 and 5. CONTD. ON P6 'Remove Madhuban mein Radhika music video or face action' BHOPAL: Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Sunday warned actor Sunny Leone and singers Shaarib and Toshi to apologise and withdraw their music video 'Madhuban mein Radhika, jaise jungle me nache mor' within three days or else face action. The minister alleged that the video hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus. "Some vidharmis are constantly hurting Hindu sentiments. The video 'Madhuban me Radhika nache' is one such condemnable attempt. I am warning Sunny Leone ji, Shaarib and Toshi ji to understand. If they don't remove the song after Saregama says 'will change' lyrics, name of 'Madhuban' Saregama on Sunday said the company will 'change' the lyrics and name of the song 'Madhuban' after Mishra alleged that the video of the track has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. apologising in 3 days, then we will take action against them," Mishra old reporters. Mishra, who is also the MP govt spokesperson, said Hindus worship Maa Radha and the song has hurt the sentiments of people. The song is sung by Shaarib and Toshi, and eatures Sunny Leone. On Dec 22, Leone had tweeted, "New Song Alert, Party Vibes only with #Madhuban!”, while sharing the video of the song 'Madhuban me Radhika, jaise jungle me nache mor'. CONTD. ON P6 `3 RNI No. 38281/83 Quality at Value WEATHER 26.40c. 11.80c Sunrise : 07.05 Sunset : 05.48 OBC QUOTA Experts to get Guv withdraws cracking, now Ordinance related FP NEWS SERVICE / MUMBAI The country’s two top panels on Covid vaccination will get cracking in the coming week. They will be making key recommendations which will help the government firm up crucial decisions -which vaccine is to be administered to children above 15; which vaccine will be the booster dose; and what will be the gap between the last dose and the ‘precautionary’ dose for the elderly . For children, the toss-up is essentially between Covaxin and Zydus Cadila, though two more vaccinations are lined up. Till now, the understanding is that both will be used, a media report said. The data on trials in the 12+ age group and the 15 to 18 eligible criteria is, however, still not in public domain and has to be reviewed by experts. More important, taking a holistic view, the expert panels will have to ensure that vaccination the process for children and elderly does not interrupt the ongoing process for administering first and second dose to adults. Some health officials were cited as saying by News 18 that studies undertaken globally have shown that it is always better to have a booster dose different from the one that was primarily administered. Another media report indicates that Bharat Biotech has sought permission from India’s drug regulator to conduct clinical trials for evaluating the efficacy of a third dose of its Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin. CONTD. ON P6 to panchayat polls OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Governor Mangubhai Patel withdrew the 'Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Raj Evum Gram Swaraj (Sansodhan) Adyadesh, 2021' on Sunday The Ordinance was . brought to annul the Nath government's Ordinance of 2019 regarding panchayat polls. Earlier, the state Cabinet had approved a proposal to withdraw an Ordinance brought to cancel the process of delimitation and reservation by rotation set by the Nath government in 2019. This Cabinet move came after the Supreme Court order regarding stay on the poll process on seats reserved for OBC candidates in the panchayat elections. Now, the Cabinet's decision will pave the way for cancellation of the panchayat polls in the state. The present BJP government had brought the Ordinance last month to annul the process of delimitation and reservation by rotation, set up by the previous Congress government in 2019. On the basis of this Ordinance, the panchayat election process was started following delimitation of 2014. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held at the state secretariat in Bhopal on Sunday The . meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In the Winter session, home minisNarottam ter Mishra had said that the state Assembly unanimously passed a resolution that the polls panchayat would not be conducted without reservation for OBCs. Mishra further said, "To, day minister for panchayat and rural development Mahendra Sisodia Singh moved a proposal to withdraw the Ordinance for conducting the panchayat elections. The proposal was approved by the Cabinet." The state Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution, which stated that no panchayat polls would be held in the state without reservation for OBCs. CONTD. ON P6 States didn't take proper stand on OBC quota: Patel Sagar: Amid the ongoing impasse over OBC reservation in civic polls, Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said the state governments did not take a proper stand over the matter and the backward classes should not be thrown back into the fire. "There have been mistakes over the matter.