DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 TWO DAYS AFTER BAN ON APPS EXPRESS NETWORK Chinesefirmsbarredfromroad projects,investinginMSMEs Curbs on use of Chinese telecom gear, BSNLcancels tenderfor4G SECOND BLAST IN 2 MONTHS AT PLANT IN TN, 6 DEAD TN CUSTODY DEATH: SUB-INSPECTOR ARRESTED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, PATNA, JULY 1 PAGE 7 IN A MOVE that targets Chinese trade and investments in India, the government Wednesday BUSINESS AS USUAL We have taken a firm stand: Nitin Gadkari said it would not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects including thosethroughjointventuresand also not allow Chinese investors in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “We will not give permission tojointventuresthathaveChinese partnersforroadconstruction.We havetakenafirmstandthatifthey (Chinese companies) come via joint venture in our country, we will not allow it,” Union Minister forRoadTransport,Highwaysand MSME Nitin Gadkari told news agency PTI in an interview. On MSMEs, he said while the effort was to enhance local production capacity, foreign investment was also being promoted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LAC stalemate: More meetings needed, Rajnath, Army chief in Ladakh tomorrow BY UNNY SUSHANT SINGH & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JULY 1 California A three-year-old boy walks away from the body of his grandfather (not shown in this regulators photograph) who was killed when militants opened fire on CRPF personnel in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday. A CRPF head constable died in the attack. accuse Cisco of caste bias 3-yr-old watching, his grandfather and ANI PARESH DAVE OAKLAND (CALIFORNIA), JULY 1 CALIFORNIA REGULATORS sued Cisco Systems Inc Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating againstanIndian-Americanemployee and allowing him to be harassed by two managers because he was from a lower caste than them. USemploymentlawdoesnot specifically bar caste-based discrimination, but California's Departmentof FairEmployment and Housing contends in the lawsuit that the Hindu caste system is based on religion, which is a protected class. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, does not name the alleged victim. It states that he has been a principal engineer at Cisco's San Jose headquarters since October 2015 and that he was born at the bottom of the caste hierarchy as a Dalit. Likeother largeSiliconValley employers,Cisco's workforceincludes thousands of Indian immigrants, most of whom were born Brahmins or other high castes. Former Cisco engineering managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella also are defendants in the lawsuit, which accuses them of harassment for internally enforcing the caste hierarchy. Cisco spokeswoman Robyn Blum said the network gear maker followed itsprocesstoinvestigate employee concerns in this case and would "vigorously defenditself"againstthelawsuit. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE HORSEMENOF THEAPOCALYPSE BY SYED AKBARUDDIN PAGE 10 PAGE 1 ANCHOR A DAY after XIV Corps CommanderLtGeneralHarinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander MajorGeneralLiuLinheldextensive talks at the Chushul border pointonwaystoreducetensions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Army sources indicated that more meetings and talks will be needed, both at the militaryanddiplomaticlevels,to Rajnath Singh, J&K L-G Girish Chandra Murmu Wednesday. PTI break the impasse. Sourcessaidbothsides,atthe meeting that went on for 11 hours, “emphasisedthe need for anexpeditious,phasedandstepwise de-escalation as a priority”. Thiswasthethirdmeetingof the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 US backs app ban; China chill prompts pushback elsewhere too SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 1 US SECRETARY of State Michael R Pompeo Wednesday welcomed India’s ban on Chinese mobileapplicationscallingthem “appendages of Communist Party of China's surveillance state.” And Australian Prime MinisterScottMorrisonunveiled Australia’s Defence Strategic Update in which he referred to the India-China stand-off. FromAustraliatoJapan,United States to Asean and countries in Europe, a loose strategic coalition is taking on China even as New Delhi tries to break the deadlock with Beijing amid the standoff alongtheLineof ActualControl. Though this is not linked to SouthBlock’scoercivediplomacy, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA BREAKS SILENCE ON HONG KONG PAGE 7 CRPF head constable killed in Sopore Govt ICUs full, beds short, Bengaluru battle NAVEED IQBAL, ADIL AKHZER & BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, SOPORE, JULY 1 THE THREE-year-old pretends hishand is a gun, turns the index finger towards himself, acts as if he is pulling the trigger, and mimics the sound of gunshots. It’s several hours since the child was photographed sitting on the body of his grandfather, killed during an encounter at Sopore on Wednesday morning. He is still wearing the blue track pants and full-sleeved T-shirt that officers at the Sopore Police Station bought for him, to change him out of his bloodstained clothes. The J&K Police, which released the boy’s photos saying they had rescued him at the site of the encounter, said his grandfather, 65-year-old Bashir Ahmad Khan, was killed when militantsopenedfireonsecurity forcesontheoutskirtsof Sopore. The CRPF, which lost a Head Constable while three of its men were injured, said they had got off their vehicles to set up a routine checkpoint when the attack happened. “Militants hiding in Powered by entry-level surge, Maruti, Hyundai see spike in June sales the attic of a mosque started firing indiscriminately,” a CRPF spokesman said, identifying the deceased as Head Constable Deep Chand. While they fired back,theCRPFsaid,themilitants managed to escape. As the boy listens, back at Khan’s home on the outskirts of Srinagar, the family accuses police of shooting Khan after dragging him out of his car. He quietly hands over a glass of water tohismotherIram,whoisinconsolable at the loss of her father. “Couldn’t they see he was accompaniedbyachild?”shecries. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 against surge leaves ambulances stranded JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JULY 1 A SYSTEM designedto centralise bed allocations in Bengaluru, with the municipal corporation given the powers to inform patients, determine the severity of their symptoms, and ensure their transfer in ambulances to hospitals or care centres, has led to chaos in the city. Ambulances, often carrying TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 121 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 3,47,978 DEATHS: 17,400 5,85,492 TESTS: 88,26,525 | DOUBLING RATE: 19.84** TRACKINGTHEVIRUS, LOCKDOWN multiple people, are waiting for hours outside hospitals as the latter demand paperwork regarding tests, which is not being Someshunning public transport AUTOMAKERS BELIEVE they are seeing some pentup demand, along with people moving away from public transport as the economy reopens slowly even as the pandemic rages on. Availability of credit on easier terms is also helping. 2020. Hyundai Motor India announced the sale of 21,320 units in June. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES 1,74,761 4,878 3.32% 21.66 90,167 3,943 4.88% 14.76 ■ Delhi 87,360 2,199 3.95% 18.22 ■ Telangana 16,339 945 7.97% 9.04 ■ Haryana 14,548 338 3.39% 21.24 ■ Maharashtra ■ Tamil Nadu * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: NOW: RECOVERED TODAY: Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak 3.17 2.97 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 6.20 6.63 18,653 13,157 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive state’s anti-coronavirus measures onJune25, saidonce theresult was known, officials of the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) “who have access to a spreadsheet with the latest hospital bed positions will find a vacancy and coordinate with the patient and ambulance servicestotakethepatienttothe right hospital”. While this was meant to prevent a situation where patients CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9 of 12 confession statements near copies of one another NEW DELHI, JULY 1 NEW DELHI, JULY 1 made available to patients. On June 27, Karnataka Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Dr Om Prakash Patil issued a circular forbidding government and private laboratories from conveying positive results of Covid tests to individuals concerned directly. They were told to upload the results on the ICMR portal and only share details with state officials. Revenue Minister R Ashoka, who was given charge of the DELHI RIOTS MURDER CHARGESHEET KAUNAIN SHERIFF M SANDEEP SINGH MARUTI SUZUKI India and Hyundai Motor India have reported a sharp rise in sales in June over the previous month — spikes driven by pent-up demand for cars, and a trend of first-time buyers choosingsmall and compact vehicles in order to avoid using public transport. Both carmakers have experiencedafasterrecoveryinsalesin ruralareasthatarelessimpacted bytheCovid-19pandemic.There is also greater demand for CNGrun vehicles amid the continuousincreaseinthepriceof petrol over the past month. Maruti Suzuki India, the biggestmanufacturer of passenger vehicles in the country, announced sales of 51,274 units in the domestic market in June TEST REP RTS FROM THE FIELD THE POLICE have charged 12 with the brutal murder of 20-year-old waiter Dilbar Negi on February 26 in the Delhi riots. Negi’sbodywasfoundmutilated and charred in Anil Sweets in Shiv Vihar, the shop where he worked. Besides murder, the accused have also been charged with criminal conspiracy, rioting, and promoting enmity between groups. A scrutiny of their confession statements by The Indian Express reveals a pattern: Nine of the 12 accused have statements near identical — words and sentences are repeated ad verbatim. Three of the remaining accused have distinct statements where they talk of how they got a pistol and one admits that he started “indiscriminate firing on Hindus.” These statements, recorded under Section 161 CrPC and attached in the chargesheet, are notsubstantiveevidencebutcan beusedtocorroborateorcontradict evidence during the trial. The chargesheet has been filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Karkardooma. All the accused are in judicial custody. Matching excerpts for four: Seelampur Consider the matching excerpts in the following statements of Azad (24), Rashid/Monu (20), Ashraf Ali (29) and Mohd Faizal (20) related to the Seelampur riots: AZAD: “In the last few days, there were protests against CAA CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 3 admit to pistol, firing; hunt on for 24 suspects KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 1 WHILE NINE of the 12 have near identical confessions, the remaining three, Shahnawaz, SalmanandSonuSaifi,haveseparate statements in which they talkof procuringapistoland one admits to “firing at Hindus.” According to Shahnawaz’s statement — part of the Delhi Police chargesheet in the murder of Dilbar Negi — as he saw the crowd coming from Mustafabad, “I and my friends, Sahil Parvez, Salman and their friends collected sticks, matchstick and bottles.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 In China Market: ‘Want to sell Indian goods but where are they?’ ASADISTRICT UNLOCKS AN EXPRESS SERIES DIPANKAR GHOSE BHAGALPUR, JULY 1 THE SIGNS of economic distress are obvious. It's the city’s oldest “big hotel”, and at 4 pm on a weekday, with offices and markets nearby, the restaurant of HotelRajhansisempty.Thereare only two waiters, both watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce more free ration for the poor. As the speech ends, the overwhelming feeling is of relief — and a little disappointment. Relief, says Sonu Kumar, one of the two waiters, because “he did not announce another lockdown”.Anddisappointment,because he was waiting for the Prime Minister to tell the country about what was happening ontheborderwithChina.“Idon’t mean a ban on goods, because that would mean more losses, but he should have at least mentioned China, no?” he asks. Bhagalpur aspiresto become one of the four “Smart Cities” in Bihar,withmarketsthat sellmobile phones and plastic trinkets, flatscreen TVs and silk sarees. Here, traders back the government in its economic offensive against China. But, with an important caveat: the government must provide options that will not sink the local economy. With 60,000 returning migrants, and a Covid count touching500,thedistrictisalsothefocus of a month-long assignment by The Indian Express to track how lives and livelihoods in smalltown India arecoping with the unlockdown. The flavour of the week, though,isChina.Orrather,China Market, opposite the Bhagalpur railway station. Its small shops The China Market in Bhagalpur; (Right) Honorary Naib Subedar Yogendra Mandal served for 20 years. His two sons are in the Army, one posted in Galwan Valley. Dipankar Ghose sellcheap electronicequipment, most of it sourced from China. There is a torch that sells for Rs 230, an emergency light for Rs 150, plastic bats, toys. But there are no customers. “China killed 20 of our sol- diers on the border, we are with the government. Who doesn’t want to sell Indian goods? But arethereanyinthemarket?Give us an alternative,” says Manish Sah, a shopkeeper. “Our business has fallen over 90 per cent. Much of the market revolved around the railway station, and since that is shut, except for one train, everything is gone. If the government bans Chinese items without giving us any other options, where will we go?” asks another shopkeeper, who does not wish to be named. As for those clamouring for war, there is a word of caution outside the district soldiers welfareoffice,about3kmaway.And the man voicing it is Honorary Naib Subedar Yogendra Mandal, who spent 24 years in the Indian Army, serving in 10 Bihar and 14 Bihar. He spent four years in Ladakh, over two terms, and is one of the nearly 6,000 ex-servicemenfromBhagalpurdistrict. That's not all. Both his sons are also in the Indian Army and, he says, one of them is being moved to Galwan Valley, the site of theviolentface-off withChina two weeks ago. “I know how difficult the terrainis.Iwaspostedabout110km CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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