DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES PM: STRENGTH, VALOUR PRECONDITION FOR PEACE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 MODI PAYS TRIBUTE TO GALWAN: ENEMIES SAW FIRE AND FURY GROUNDLESS TO VIEW CHINA AS EXPANSIONIST: CHINESE EMBASSY ‘Era of expansionism is over’ Citing security, govt to ban power gear from China Such forces wiped out, or forced to turn around: PM in Ladakh KRISHN KAUSHIK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JULY 3 PM Narendra Modi addressing troops during a surprise visit to the Nimu frontier post in Ladakh on Friday morning. ANI Tokyo 2014 to Ladakh 2020: PM’s full circle to draw line for Beijing NEW DELHI, JULY 3 MODIMEETS INJURED SOLDIERS AVOID STRATEGIC MISCALCULATION, SAYS BEIJING PAGE 6 LAST OCTOBER, welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped theirinformalsummitwould“furtherstrengthentiesbetweenIndia and China.” On Friday, he stood in Ladakh, near the Line of Actual Control, and cautioned, in a clear E reference to Beijing, againsttheforcesof its expansionism. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark. And yet there was no mistaking the echo — of his own words fromTokyo on September 1, 2014, during his first bilateral visit to Japan as Prime Minister, four months after taking charge. Addressing a luncheon at- EXPLAINED SHUBHAJIT ROY & RAVISH TIWARI JEE, NEET EXAMS TO BE HELD IN SEPT EIGHTPOLICEpersonnel,including a Deputy Superintendent of Police and three Sub-Inspectors, were killed during a raid to arrest a criminal in Bikru village, near Kanpur city, past Thursday midnight. According to police, a team of about 20 policemen had gone to the village, in Chaubeypur police stationarea,toarrestVikasDubey, ahistory-sheeterwhofacesabout 60 criminal cases including murder and attempt to murder. Police said the team came under heavy fire, including from rooftops. At least seven other security personnel were injured in the attack. A homeguard is reported to be critical. “There is a notorious crimi- PAGE 1 ANCHOR KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES 1,86,626 6,328 3.39% 21.21 ■ Delhi 92,175 2,373 3.23% 22.28 ■ Tamil Nadu 98,392 4,343 4.78% 15.07 ■ Haryana 15,509 568 3.17% 22.69 ■ Telangana 18,570 1,213 7.27% 9.91 ■ Maharashtra * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth tended by Japanese andIndianindustrialists, Modi said: "Today, we see all around what hap● pened in the 18th century… there is expansionism visible… kisi desh mein encroachment karna,kahinsamundarmeinghus jaana, kabhi kisi desh ke andar ja kar kabza karna… in cheezon ki pravritti chal rahi hai (some CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMID THE stand-off along the border with China, Power Minister R K Singh Friday said India would not import power equipment from its northern neighbour. Addressing his counterparts from other states over a video conference, Singh said, “This is something we cannot tolerate that a country will transgress into our territory... we will not take anything from China and Pakistan. We will not give permission for import from ‘prior reference’ countries. We are affected. There could be malware orTrojanhorseinthose(imports fromChina)whichtheycanactivate remotely (to cripple our power systems).” Prior reference countries are those from where imports require advance permission from the government. Such permissionwouldnotbeavailabletoeither China or Pakistan, he said. The decision has been taken to protect the security, integrity andreliabilityof thestrategically important and critical power supply system and network in the country, Singh said. This is the latest such move taken by the government and comes close on the heels of the Ministry of Electronics and InformationTechnologybanning 59 Chinese mobile applications such as TikTok and WeChat, and Road Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkar stating Chinesecompanieswillnotbeallowedtobidforroadprojectsand invest in micro, small and medium enterprises in India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY 2.91 NOW: 6.73 RECOVERED TODAY: Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak 3.12 6.31 20,903 20,032 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Vaccine by August 15: Scientists say ICMR claim absurd and risky Challenging, difficult: AIIMS head Guleria; deadline contradicts firm’s own AMITABH SINHA, KAUNAIN SHERIFF M & KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, PUNE, JULY 3 THE OFFICIAL claim by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that it envisaged the“launch”of a Covid vaccine for “public health use latest by August 15” has drawn sharp criticism from the scientific community and sparked fears that its safety and efficacy could be compromised to meet the “near impossible” timeline. Importantly, the August 15 deadline flies in the face of pub- liclyannouncedtimelinesforthe possible readiness of this vaccine, including the vaccine developer’s own estimate and the timeline provided to the regulatory body, Drug Controller General of India. Even AIIMS Director RandeepGuleria,theheadof the clinicalresearch groupof thenational task force on COVID-19, seemed surprised. “It will be a very challenging and difficult task, considering that we have to look at both efficacy and safety of any vaccine that is introduced. Also, if we get the desired results, the other CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Some hospitals selected for clinical trials caution against ‘impossible’ timeline for murder of 25-yr-old MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 3 Police outside the house in Bakru village, Kanpur, where the eight personnel were killed. Vishal Srivastav nalnamedVikasDubeywhohas around 60 cases against him. On Thursday, an FIR was registered against him for attempt to murder.Apoliceteamwenttohisvillage to arrest him, as he is a knowncriminalandwascontin- uously involved in such activities. These people blocked the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 9 ONE of those chargesheeted in themurderof a 25-year-old during the riots in Northeast Delhi in February, under arrest since March, is the mahamantri (general secretary) of the BJP’s Brahampuri Mandal and has been associated with the party for over a decade. While the chargesheet, filed on June 23, before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purushottam Pathak at Delhi’s Karkardooma Court, talks of Brijmohan Sharma’s political ambitions,sayinghewasknown locally as ‘Netaji’, it does not mention any party. Testing at Mandala in Mumbai Friday. Amit Chakravarty Brijmohan Sharma was arrested on March 28. Express Brijmohan, 41, was arrested on March 28, along with his neighbour Sunny Singh (32), over the killing of Irfan during the riots at Kartar Nagar, Pusta4 on February 26. The chargesheet quotes him as confessing to the murder. His father Harish Chandra CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JULY 3 INITSletter,theIndianCouncilof MedicalResearch(ICMR)hastold the 12 hospitals selected for carryingoutclinicaltrialsof Covaxin to“ensurethatthesubjectenrolment is initiated no later than July 7”. While only six have got approval from their ethics committeessofar,someof thehospi- tals cautioned against the timeline set by the ICMR. Fourof thesixwhichhavegot approval — Gillurkar MultispecialtyHospital(Nagpur), JeevanRekhaHospital(Belgaum), Prakhar Hospital (Kanpur), and RanaHospitalandTraumaCentre (Gorakhpur) — are small private hospitalsthatareneitherresearch centres nor attached with any medical college. At least seven of the 12 are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Biryani in Banka: Migrants bring taste of Hyderabad home PAGE 9 SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 3 THE ROAD TO WELLBEING ORGANIC FOOD 6,25,543 TESTS: 92,97,749 | DOUBLING RATE: 20.35** DSP, seven cops killed in failed Chargesheet in Delhi riots names BJP leader raid for UP history-sheeter KANPUR, JULY 3 CHOREOGRAPHER SAROJ KHAN PASSES AWAY AT 71 RECOVERED: 3,79,891 DEATHS: 18,213 NOW: ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU AVANEESH MISHRA INSIDE 123 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN CASE FATALITY RATIO NEW DELHI, JULY 3 IN THE strongest message to Beijing since the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops along the Line of Actual Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Ladakh Friday, said the “era of expansionism is over” and “history is witness that such forces have been wiped out, or have been forced to turn around”. Underlining that valour and strength are a precondition for peace, Modi reminded troops that“Indiahasemergedstronger after every attack”. Making an unannounced visit to Ladakh after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh deferred hisinspection of the situationon the ground, the Prime Minister, addressing troops at Nimu near Leh, paid rich tributes to the soldiers who died or were injured while defending the Galwan Valley—20IndianArmypersonnel were killed in clashes with Chinese troops on June 15. “Aapki shaurya gathayein ghar-ghar mein goonj rahi hain aur Bharat Mata ke dushmano ne aapki fire bhi dekhi hai aur aapki fury bhi (Stories of your valour are echoing in every house. Mother India's enemies have seen your fire and fury),” he said, referring to the Lehbased XIV Corps, also known as the Fire and Fury Corps that guards the LAC. The Prime Minister spoke at length on the end of the era of expansionism, sending China a strong message over massing of troops along the LAC. “Vistaarvaad ka yug samapt ho chuka hai. Yeh yug vikasvaad ka hai (The era of expansionism TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE IN THE middle of last month, when senior officials of Bihar's Banka district administration met with a group of skilled migrants who had returned to the state from Telangana, they had a pleasantsurprise—andalotelse — served to them. There was mutton biryani, Hyderabadi chicken biryani, chicken 65, and chilli chicken, as well as a vegetarian biryani, paneer 65, and paneer chilli. Plus, a range of kebabs. The migrants were a group of culinary artists, specialists in making the famed biryani and kebabs of Hyderabad. The lockdown and the shutting of restaurants had forced them to return to their villages — all in Fullidummar block of Banka district. The officials were surprised to learn that some of the most storied food of Hyderabad was prepared by migrants from little-known Fullidummar, which has been exporting cooks and chefs to that city for many years now. Askill-mappingexercisethat the district administration carried out subsequently, drew up an impressive list of hotels and restaurantsin Hyderabad where the cooks had been working beforethelockdown:Paradise,celebrated for its biryani, the Sky Garden and My Friend’s Circle restaurants, restaurants at the Golf Club and Country Club, and hotels including Baseraa. The skill-mapping exercise is ongoing, but for many, a new “culinary hotspot” has already been established in Fullidummar. The food and its cooks obviously got excellent reviews from the officials, who included the At Fullidummar, with old links to Hyderabad, their menu has chicken 65, paneer 65 and a range of kebabs. Express district magistrate and superintendent of police of Banka. But the big question after that meal was: how to engage this exceptional talent that they had discovered? And the solution found by the district administration was to initiate the process of getting at least 10-15 partnership firms registeredfortheseculinaryspecialistsasMSMEs.Toensurethat they qualify for the government’s upcoming catering and housekeeping tenders, the administration has given them catering responsibilities for several large meetings that have got underway ahead of Assembly elections due in OctoberNovember. The administration has also floated catering and housekeeping tenders for its four circuit houses, which could be worth aboutRs1croreannually.Alarge number of those who have returned are also skilled in housekeeping. In all, over 5,000 chefs, cooks, stewards, waiters, doormen, and housekeepers have returned to Fullidummar from Hyderabad and Secunderabad, officials said. Banka district magistrate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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