DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 INDIAN AND CHINESE ARMIES LOOK AT A ROADMAP Consensus on disengagement: Planned in stages in each sector, no timeline yet To target PM or not: CWC meet shows strains within CorpsCommandersdiscussedfriction areas:Galwan,HotSpring,PangongTso SUSHANT SINGH & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE MEETING between Corps Commanders of the Indian and Chinese armies ended Monday with“mutualconsensustodisengage” with detailed discussions onthemodalitiesofasector-wise, stage-wisedisengagementonthe Line of Actual Control (LAC). But no timeline for the disengagementprocesswasfinalisedat the meeting between XIV Corps CommanderLtGeneralHarinder SinghandSouthXinjiangMilitary Region Commander Major General Liu Lin. HostedbytheChinesesideat theMoldoborderpointopposite Chushul, the meeting lasted nearly 11 hours. On Tuesday, Army chief General MM Naravane reached Leh on a two-day visit to Ladakh. He visited the Military Hospital, Leh and met the soldiers injured intheGalwanValleyclasheswith ChinesetroopsonJune15inwhich 20Indianpersonnelwerekilled. GeneralNaravane,scheduled to visit forward areas in Ladakh Wednesday, was accompanied by Northern Army Commander LtGenYKJoshiwhowasinDelhi for the Army Commanders Conference. Over two days, the Delhi riots: HC grants bail to Safoora Zargar PRITAM PAL SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE DELHI High Court Tuesday granted bail to Jamia Coordination Committee Media Coordinator Safoora Zargar in a case related to the Delhi riots in February, after Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Delhi Police, said he has no objection to her release on purely “humanitarian grounds”. The 27-year-old, who is pregnant, was arrested by the Delhi Police’sSpecialCellonApril10and is facing a UAPA case in connection with the communal violence in Northeast Delhi. In her bail plea, she had submitSafoora tedpregnancyas Zargar was one of the arrested groundsforrelief. on April 10 In its status report filed on Monday in the High Court, the Delhi Police had opposed the application, saying pregnancycannotbeagroundto grant her bail. Police had also stated that as many as “39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi prisons in the last 10 years”. On Tuesday, on the SG’s submission, Justice Rajiv Shakdher orderedZargar’sreleasefromjail anddirectedhertofurnishapersonal bond of Rs 10,000 with a surety of the like amount. Mehta submitted that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR Army Commanders reviewed the situation on the northern and western fronts. An official told The Indian ExpressthattheMondaymeeting atMoldobuiltontheunderstandingreachedatthepreviousmeetingof theCorpsCommanderson June6,andinvolveddetaileddiscussionson“allthefrictionareas,” i.e., Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso areas. No timeline for the process has been decided yet,which will involve further meetings between local military commanders. The local commanders will decide the details based on the roadmap discussed at the Monday meeting, the official said.Datesforthemeetingatthe local commander level will be decided after mutual consultationbybothsideslaterthisweek. At the meeting Monday, Lt General Harinder Singh was accompanied by Major General Abhijit Bapat, GOC 3rd Infantry ‘Trishul’Division,andIGDeepam Seth who commands ITBP's North West Frontier. Brig Rajeev Kapur,BrigBhavnishKumar,Brig Puneet Ahuja, Brig Adarsh Verma and Brig H S Gill were the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 Army Chief General M M Naravane with injured soldiers at the Military Hospital in Leh. ANI China watching, Jaishankar says: respect law, partner’s interests SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 WITH HIS Chinese counterpart watching via a video link, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Tuesday that the “leadingvoicesof theworldmust be exemplars in every way” and that the “challenge today is not just one of concepts and norms, but equally of their practice”. Jaishankar was speaking at the Russia-India-China (RIC) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Expanding ambit, ICMR says all symptomatic persons may be tested KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE INDIAN Council of Medical Research(ICMR)Tuesdayrevised itsCovid-19testingstrategytoinclude “all symptomatic individualsineverypartof thecountry”. The strategy, as of May 18, advisedtestingsymptomaticindivid- uals, but restricted it to those in hospitals,containmentzonesand hotspots, contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case, healthcare and frontlineworkers,andthosewith historyof internationaltravel. A member of the epidemiology and surveillance task force under ICMR told The Indian Express this was the first time CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE LOCKDOWN DAY CASES: 91 4,40,215 RECOVERED:2,48,189 | DEATHS: 14,011 TESTS:71,37,716 | DOUBLINGRATE:19.86** S Jaishankar with Sergey Lavrov (top) and Wang Yi at the RIC virtual meeting on Tuesday. ANI ■ Maharashtra ‘I heard people shouting Kapil Mishra’s men set pandal on fire’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE CHARGESHEET filed by police in the murder case of head constable Rattan Lal during the FebruaryriotsinNortheastDelhi includes the statement of a witness claiming that he had heard people at an anti-CAA protest siteshoutthatapandalhadbeen “set on fire by some of (BJP leader) Kapil Mishra’s people”. According to the statement, the witness — identified as Najam ul Hasan — was present at the protest but “did not see” the alleged incident on February 24, and only heard others shouting about it. Hasan has been listed in the chargesheet among “important SURGEIN 24HRS 7-DAYAVG. DOUBLING GROWTH* RATE ** 1,35,796 3,721 2.96% 24.36 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ■ Gujarat 27,879 562 2.10% 34.28 ■ Delhi 62,655 2,909 5.59% 12.89 ■ Tamil Nadu 62,087 2,710 4.21% 17.08 ■ Haryana 11,025 390 5.22% 13.80 ■ West Bengal 14,358 413 3.23% 22.30 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days CONCERN TELANGANA: Rapid rise in 3 days as number of tests grow; 3,500 cases in last week. CAUTION ** Calculated over 7-day growth KERALA: Still discovering large number of cases. Second surge not yet contained A GLIMMER WEST BENGAL: Slowed down in last one week. Growth below the national average now Based on daily data by Centre, ICMR, state governments CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITNESS IN DELHI RIOTS CHARGESHEET TOTAL CASES KEYSTATES TOWATCH THECONGRESSonTuesdaykept up its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his statementdenyinganyChineseintrusion had far-reaching implications, but the meeting of the party’s Working Committee revealed the strain within — and indicatedthattheinternalissues it has been grappling with since theLokSabhaelectiondefeatare far from resolved. At the meeting, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said there was a “growing feeling among the people that the governmenthasgravelymishandled thesituation”.Shesaidshehoped that “mature diplomacy and decisive leadership will inform the government’sactionsinprotecting our territorial integrity”. During the discussion that followed, however, RPN Singh, a leader from Uttar Pradesh, said the Congress should target Modi’s “policies and wrong decisions”, but the attack on him should not appear personal, BJP leader Kapil Mishra witnesses” who were “fully aware about the conspiracy and planning” of the protests at Chand Bagh. Delhi Police have named 164 witnesses, including 76 police personnel and seven local residents, in the chargesheet. Hasan's statement was recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC, which is evidence admissible during the criminal trial. It says: “...pandal mein Kapil Mishra ke kuch logon ne aag laga di. Maine yeh dekha nahin, parlog aisa shor macha rahe thhe (The stage was set on fire by some of Kapil Mishra's people. I did not see it happening, but people were shouting about it).” Mishra did not respond to calls and texts from The Indian Express seekingcommentonthe allegation. Hehadpreviouslyresponded to allegations about his role in the violence by denying that his supporters had pelted stones and claiming that his presence at the site was to “release pressure” as the “people were very angry” that the protests had blocked two roads that are “the lifelines of this area”. Mishra's role in the escalating tension surrounding the anti-CAA protests in Northeast Delhi sparked outrage after he held a counter-rally near the Jaffrabad Metro Station on February 23. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 First time after 2001, India cuts Pakistan mission strength by half Says Pak officials caught spying, will cut Islamabad mission 50 per cent SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 INDIA ON Tuesday asked Pakistan to reduce the strength of its High Commission in New Delhi by half, and said it would do the same at its own mission in Islamabad within a week. The last time a 50 per cent downgrade of the two High Commissions took place was in December 2001. Following the terrorist attack on Parliament, then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh had asked for the reduction in strength to be completed within 48 hours. Tuesday's move by India came after two Indian High Commission staffers were detained by Pakistani authorities for several hours on June 15, and released only after New Delhi lodged a protest. India had last month expelled two officials of the NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THEMINISTRYof Commerceand Industry’s platform for online procurement of goods and servicesbygovernmentdepartments — the Government eMarketplace (GeM) portal — has made it mandatory for sellers to clarifythecountryof originwhile registering any new product. The GeM portal also has a ‘Make in India’ filter now to allow buyers to choose products that meet the minimum 50% local content criterion, the ministry announced Tuesday. A senior official told The Indian Express that the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPITT) is also actively examin- Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for spying. Ten months ago, Pakistan haddowngradedbilateraltiesafter India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Indiahadretaliated,andboth countries had withdrawn their High Commissioners. Tuesday's decision, conveyed to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan who was summoned to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Trump extends ban on H1B, other work visas; tech firms say damaging to the US AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 EARLY ON Tuesday India time, United States President Donald Trumpsignedanexecutiveorder extendingthebanonimmigrant andnon-immigrantworkervisas until the end of this year. Work visas, including the coveted H1B and H2B, as well as certain other categories of H4, J, and L visas too shall remain suspended until December 31, 2020, an official release said. The ban on the entry of nonimmigrant workers with H1B visas is likely to have the biggest impact globally, and especially on Indian information technology(IT)companiesandworkers. The order also replaced the current system of awarding H1B visas by lottery with a system that privileges applicants who arepaidmorethanothers.While Indian IT firms have progressively cut down their depend- Govt procurement portal asks sellers to specify country of origin PRANAV MUKUL Officials of Indian mission in Pakistan who returned on Monday. Source ANI ing a proposal put forth by a group of traders that the ‘country of origin’ tag be made a must for products listed on private ecommerce platforms as well. Senior DPITT officials are scheduled to meet executives of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORTS PAGE 15 E E X P L A I NE D WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATECITY, 16 PAGES H1B still matters to ● Indians SINCE THE arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, Indian IT companies have progressively reduced their dependence on workers with H1B visas. Indian IT workers, however, still corner a lion’s share of all H1B visas approved every year. These highly skilled workers form a significant talent pool from which global tech giants such as Google and Amazon hire. ence on H1B visas, their margins willbeputunderpressurebythe changed system. Many big global tech CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK TRADER, SON DIE IN POLICE CUSTODY, TAMIL NADU TOWN PROTESTS PAGE 9 Shingnes & Khans, separated by 500 km, united by a 94-yr-old VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, JUNE 23 WHEN SHE went missing, it was awintermorningin1979,“probably January 20”. The Shingne familylookedforPanchfula,then 53,fortwoyears,beforegivingup. For 41 years, Panchfula lived lessthan500kmaway.Givenher mentaldisability,shecouldn’ttell the Muslim family that took her in about her home; and the Shingnes had few resources to track her down, in the time before mobile phones and Google. Last week, a sudden name Panchfula dug out of her mem- ory, a quick Internet search, and some photos and videos shared over the phone reunited her, now 94, with her family. From the Shingne home in NagpurtotheKhanhouseholdin KotatalavillageinDamohdistrict of Madhya Pradesh, the story of the miracle is being shared over and over six days later. Esrar Khan, 40, talks about how his father Noor Mohammad, a truck driver, stumbled upon Panchfula just outside their village Kotatala, lying by the roadside and stung by honeybees. “He took her to a doctor. After she recovered, he tried to find out who she was, but she was not coherent. She would utter words like ‘Khamia Nagar’, ‘Nagpur’, ‘Medical’. My father even went to Nagpur, but policecouldnothelp,”Khansays. Overtheyears,Panchfulabecameamemberof thelargefamily — Khan has two brothers and four sisters — with everyone addressing her as “mausi (aunt)”. Panchfula called Noor “Chaturbhuj bhaiyya”. Khan recalls how, at every meal, she would keep aside one roti in a basket, saying it was for either “Bhaiyyalal” or “Chaturbhuj” – thenamesof hersonandbrother, as the Khans now realise. In May, Khan, who works The Shingne family with Panchfula, reunited after 41 years, at their home in Nagpur. Vivek Deshpande withan organisationthatorganises cleft-lip corrective surgery camps for the needy, says he heard Panchfula utter a new word, ‘Parsapur’. “I was not sure if she had ever taken that name before. So, I immediately Googledit,tofindtherewassuch a place in Amravati district of Maharashtra. Further search led me to a name, Kanishka Online, from the same place with a phone number. When I called up, a person called Abhishek picked up, and I asked if there was aplace calledKhamia Nagar nearby. He said there was one Khanjam Nagar, about 3 km away. I sent him some photos andvideosof Panchfula,requesting him to search if she had any kin there.” Soon, Abhishek got back: yes, Panchfula originally belonged to that village in Amravati and continued to have relatives there. Theyinturngotintouchwithher family settled in Nagpur. On June 17, Bhaiyyalal’s son, Pruthvi Bhaiyyalal Shingne, arrived in Kotatalatomeethisgrandmother. Khan says they were heartbroken when they realised Pruthvi wanted to take her back. “Itoldhimyoucancometomeet her whenever you want, but please don’t take her away. But, he was insistent. So I said he had to accord us the privilege of conducting her last rites as per our tradition, when the time comes, to which he agreed.” The whole village turned up to see Panchfula off. The Khans were in tears. Panchfula herself was content, once told it was Bhaiyyalal who had come to get her, Khan says. Bhaiyyalal, Panchfula’s only child, died in 2017. Pruthvi says her husband Tejpal passed away in 1995, and Chaturbhuj six months ago. Over at Kotatala, Noor too is dead, having died of heart problems in 2007. The families can’t say if CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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