OPINION, P2 LEISURE How social media became a recruitment portal for people looking for small-time paid assignments and even well-paid jobs amid the Covid-19 crisis Page 5 Bigotry unbound WORDS WORTH Unshackling India is a critical and balanced analysis of the wrongs in our economy Page 4 JOBS IN THE PANDEMIC: A CLICK APART ACROSS THE AISLE, P CHIDAMBARAM VOL. XXI NO. 11 Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. App available on App Store & Play Store Setting the economy right SPOTLIGHT WWW.FINANCIALEXPRESS.COM HEAD OVER HILLS FINANCIAL EXPRESS ON SUNDAY NEW DELHI SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022, 14 Pages, `10 (Patna `10, Raipur `10) P U B L I S H E D F R O M : A H M E D A B A D , B E N G A L U R U , QuickPicks C H E N N A I , READ TO LEAD H Y D E R A B A D , K O C H I , SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED MHA restores FCRA licence of Missionaries of Charity THE UNION home ministry (MHA) has restored the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of the Missionaries of Charity, days after revoking it following some “adverse inputs”, reports PTI. A home ministry official said that with the restoration of the FCRA licence, the Kolkatabased famed organisation will be able to receive foreign fundings and can also spend the money lying in the banks. The Missionaries of Charity (MoC) is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Nobel laureate Mother Teresa to help the poor and destitute. PAGE 3 Lawyers say Djokovic had Covid-19 last month: Report LAWYERS FOR Novak Djokovic filed court documents in his challenge against deportation from Australia that showed the tennis star contracted Covid-19 last month, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported on Saturday, reports AP. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic was denied entry at the Melbourne airport on Wednesday after border officials cancelled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. P 14 ODD & EVEN C H A N D I G A R H , ROHNIT PHORE Five states go to polls from Feb 10-March 7 POLL SCHEDULE ● Covid-safe Uttar Pradesh Manipur election assured; 7-PHASE 2-PHASE ban on physical rallies, roadshows 60 403 seats seats till January 15 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, January 8 ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held between February 10 and March 7 in seven phases, with counting of votes on March 10, the Election Commission announced on Saturday, while banning physical rallies and roadshows till January 15 due to Covid concerns.The elections have huge political significance with BJP ruling four of these five states, while it is making a big push to capture Congress-ruled Punjab,where the Aam Aadmi Party is also emerging as an important player. Announcing the election schedule with a strong focus on digital and virtual modes of campaigning, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said the ban on ral- ■ Feb 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 ■ March 3, 7 ■ Feb 27 ■ March 3 Uttarakhand 117 seats 70 seats COUNTING: MARCH 10 Goa 40 seats ENSURING SAFETY ■ Ban on victory celebrations ■ Air time on DD doubled for parties L U C K N O W , M U M B A I , N E W D E L H I , P U N E COVID-19 Omicron driving third wave in India, shows data PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, January 8 19 pandemic across all states is being driven by the fastspreading Omi- New cases cron variant, offiDelhi : cial sources said on Saturday,citing 20,181 the latest data. Mumbai : Till a few days 20,318 ago it was only in the western region of the country that the surge in Covid cases was due to Omicron. ■ All poll staff to be vaccinated Sushil Chandra Chief Election Commissioner phases of the polls will take place, he said the situation is very dynamic. He said nobody can predict Covid numbers of future date. Continued on Page 11 A student is vaccinated in Chennai on Saturday PTI Over 2 cr in 15-18 age group jabbed OVER 2 CRORE 15-18-year- oldshavegottheirfirstCovid vaccinedoseinunderaweek sincethelaunchofaninocu- Continued on Page 11 lation drive forthem,the government said,PTI reports. Continued on Page 11 5G SPECTRUM Trai to take call on pvt networks ● Allocation to be decided by regulator for non-telco players ■ Virtual, digital campaigns encouraged lies, roadshows, nukkad sabhas, padayatras and vehicle rallies will be reviewed on January 15. Asked about experts predicting the third wave of the Covid pandemic to peak in February, when voting for five of the seven K O L K A T A , THETHIRDWAVE of the Covid- SINGLE-PHASE - FEB 14 Uttar Pradesh Punjab Several homegrown brands are setting up shop in the mountains Pages 6-7 FE BUREAU New Delhi, January 8 THE ISSUE OF allocation of spectrum — through auctions or administratively — for setting up private networks will be decided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) when it submits its recommendations on the reserve price for 5G spectrum auctions. The recommendations are expected by March. Since 5G would herald the era ofprivatenetworks,theTrai hasaskedthetelecomoperators andotherstakeholderswhether the licensing framework needs to bechangedwhen bandwidth is used for purposes other than providingdirectservicestocon- “ Gao Miyan Malhar Yaa Bhimpalasi, Cough Syrup Hai T Alvida Toh Khansi “ /TorexSyrup COUGH SYRUP HAI TO ALVIDA KHANSI For more information, please contact : +91 97792 14455, +91 73199 35154 (Whatsapp) / firstname.lastname@example.org New Delhi sumers.“Theycanbeusedbyindustries to automate manufacturing lines, to reduce security risks,toprotectemployeesfrom dangerousenvironments,monitoring and control of assets etc,”Trai has said. The issue assumes significance sincewith 5G services on theanvilatusslehasstartedbetween telcos and non-telecom firmsoverallowingsettingupof private networks. Continued on Page 11
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