VISAKHAPATNAM Sunday, September 20, 2020 WIDE ANGLE Will the new guidelines make the Oscars better represent gender, race and sexual orientation? p6 LITERARY REVIEW D.H. Lawrence was writing about the loneliness of the deracinated individual more than a century ago p4 COVER BOOKEND Podcast Scrolls & Leaves takes science, health and history beyond the dominant Western perspectives p7 BACK PAGE Writer, poet, grassroots activist Trepan Singh Chauhan of Uttarakhand died last month p8 Breadwinners Construction workers on a building site in Dubai, 2006. AP The big wage Gulf Hundreds of Indian migrant workers in GCC countries have had to pack their bags and return home without months of salary owed to them p3 Kapila Vatsyayan no more Arts scholar, institution builder, and founder of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Padma Vibhushan Kapila Vatsyayan passed away in New Delhi aged 91. Mentored by Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay and Rukmini Devi Arundale, Vatsyayan authored classics such as Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts , The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts , and Bharata: The Natya Sastra . Invisible deaths The Labour Ministry told Parliament that there was no data on the migrant workers who had lost jobs and lives during the lockdown, so the question of compensation “does not arise”. This invited scathing attacks from the opposition. A database of migrant workers is supposed to be maintained under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979, and activists have raised concerns over this. Trials resume No questions Days after the Serum Institute of India stopped trials for the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University following a notice from the DCGI, the institute resumed them after it got a go-ahead. Phase 3 trials by AstraZeneca and Oxford University were suspended briefly after a volunteer in the U.K. developed transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. In an unprecedented move that was sharply criticised, the Lok Sabha did away with Question Hour and private members’ business for the current parliamentary session, citing extraordinary circumstances and curtailed sittings. Opposition MPs called it a violation of norms and an erosion of legislative oversight of the executive. Defence minister Rajnath Singh claimed it had already been discussed with opposition leaders. Wildfire Continuity cabinet Conspiracy theory After arresting former JNU student leader Umar Khalid under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for his alleged role in the Delhi riots, Delhi Police said it would confront him with 40 GB of data — 11 lakh pages — extracted from his phone. Khalid’s arrest came a day after the police named several politicians and intellectuals as ‘conspirators’, including CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. CM YK As many as 28 major wildfires in California, exacerbated by high temperatures, high winds and lack of rain, killed 24 people and destroyed 4,200 structures. Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres of land — larger than the State of Connecticut. So intense is the fire that smoke reached the skies of New York city and even Europe. Yoshihide Suga was formally elected Prime Minister of Japan after winning the race to become leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party following Shinzo Abe’s exit. The 71-year-old, Abe’s former chief cabinet secretary and long regarded as his righthand man, indicated that he would pursue many of his predecessor’s policies, as he put together a ‘continuity cabinet’, keeping roughly half the ministers in place. VZ-X

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