DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Pak claims Jadhav didn’t file appeal, India calls it ‘farce’ NEW DELHI, JULY 8 FORMER INDIAN Navy official Kulbushan Jadhav, who is on death row on charges of spying and terrorist activities in Pakistan,hasrefusedtofileanappealintheIslamabadHighCourt (IHC) against his conviction by a military court, the Pakistan government said Wednesday. Hours later, India responded sharplyandsaidPakistan’sclaim that Jadhav has refused to initiatereviewpetitionis a“continuation of the farce” in play for the last four years. “Pakistan is only seeking to create an illusion of remedy,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokespersonAnuragSrivastava said Wednesday. Stressing that Jadhav has been sentenced to execution through a farcical trial and remains under custody of Pakistan’s military, the MEA spokesperson said, “He has Delhi’sapproach:Lower rhetoric,putoffpatrols, keepeyeonfrictionspots E E X P L A I NE D SHUBHAJIT ROY DISENGAGEMENT STRATEGY FIRMED UP Afterfour years, back ● atthe start DESPITE LAST July’s ICJ verdict which directed Pakistan to stay Kulbushan Jadhav’s execution and held Islamabad to be in violation of international law, there has been little movement. The Indian government may now explore other options, including approaching the ICJ again. Trucks carrying items from Priyanka Vadra’s Lodhi Road home enter Sonia Gandhi’s residence Wednesday. The government had asked her to vacate the bungalow. Anil Sharma clearly been coerced to refuse to file a review in his case…. In a brazen attempt to scuttle even the inadequate remedy under the Ordinance, Pakistan has obviously coerced Jadhav to forego his rights to seek an implementation of the judgment of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP leader, relatives killed in Valley, 10 in security detail held ADIL AKHZER SRINAGAR, JULY 8 THREE members of a family, all linked to the BJP, were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday evening in North Kashmir’s Bandipore, leading to the arrest of their entire security detail. Thedeadincludedamember of the BJP state executive committee, Sheikh Waseem Bari, 27, and his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and brother Sheikh Umar, who were also office- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY bearers of the party. The attack happened right outside the Bandipore Police Station, when the three were at the family shop, run out of their home. The J&K Police said they had arrested 10 of its personnel assigned to the security of Bari and his family, for failing to protect them. Police said the personnel security officers were not present with them when the attack happened. The high-profile killings in a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 128 CASES: DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 8 THE CENTRE has set up an interministerial committee to “coordinate investigations” into the funding of three trusts linked to the Nehru-Gandhi family — the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), RajivGandhiCharitableTrustand Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. This comes a fortnight after the BJP alleged that the RGF had received funds from China to “conduct studies that are not in the interest of the country”. Announcing the decision on Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the committee will “coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA (Prevention of Money LaunderingAct),IncomeTaxAct, FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) etc” by these Dubey bodyguard shot, 2 policemen among 8 held MANISH SAHU & SAKSHI DAYAL LUCKNOW, GURGAON, JULY 8 FIVE DAYS after eight policemen were killed during a failed raid to capture gangster Vikas Dubey in hisvillagenearKanpur,theSpecial Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police gunned down a close associate and bodyguard of RECOVERED: 4,56,830 DEATHS: 20,642 7,42,416 TESTS: 1,04,73,771| DOUBLING RATE: 20.87** thecriminal.VikasDubeyhimself remains absconding. Six other men — including four associates of Vikas Dubey’s —andtwofemalerelativesof the gangster’s associates, were arrested in three separate operations in Kanpur and Faridabad, Haryana. Also on Wednesday, Kanpur Policearrestedtheformerstation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD U.S. NOTIFIES U.N. OF PULLOUT FROM WHO MIT, HARVARD MOVE TO BLOCK I.C.E. ON FOREIGN STUDENTS PAGE 15 SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** ■ Maharashtra IIT admissions: Board marks criterion may be dropped this year False claim, neglect and incompetence: Probe indicts LG Polymers SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JULY 8 ■ Top officials of LG Polymers claimed they promptly reached the accident site but CCTV footage showed they arrived more than two hours later. ■ The surge in polymer content that set off the leak on May 7 at 2.42 am had also happened barely 10 days earlier but no serious note was taken. ■ There was no onsite and offsite emergency plan, the management didn’t alert the local residents and washed its hands of the tragedy, leaving thecleanup to the administration. ■Cost-cutting hurt talent;some staff classified as “engineers or senior engineers” were merely Class XII graduates. These are among the key points in indictment of LG Polymers at Visakhapatnam by thegovernment-appointedcommittee probing the Styrene vapourleakthatkilled12onMay 7 and affected almost 300. The committee is headed by Special Chief Secretary (Environment, Forests, S&T), Neerabh Kumar Prasad. Theleakbeganat2:42am,and as per the committee’s report, CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 5,134 3.15% 22.86 1,02,831 2,008 2.36% 30.55 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,18,594 3,616 3.99% 18.03 ■ Haryana 17,999 495 3.09% 23.32 ■ Telangana 27,612 1,879 7.78% 9.25 * 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 2.97 2.78 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 6.63 7.09 22,752 16,883 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive WITH THE Covid-19 outbreak disrupting Board exams across thecountry,theIndianInstitutes of Technology (IITs) are considering dropping the Class 12 performance criterion for admissions this year. Usually, a general category rank holder in JEE (Advanced) shouldhaveeitherscoredatleast 75percentorfigureinthetop20 percentileof herBoardresultsto secure a seatat an IIT. SC/ ST candidatesshouldhaveeitherscored atleast65percentorfulfilthetop 20 percentile requirement. Last month, key school Boards, including CBSE and CISCE, cancelledtheirremaining Class 10 and Class 12 exams amidst growing concerns over student safety as many states continuetoreportarecordsurge in COVID19 positive cases on most days. FACING A wave of domestic demand, manufacturers have stopped its export. States, hospitalsandevenresidentialsocieties are snapping it up. And now, experts are warning against its use without medical supervision. From cylinders to concentrators, the demand for medical oxygen has shot up ever since it emerged as a key element in the treatment of Covid, say manufacturers, doctors and top government officials. AN EXPRESS SERIES PART-2 At the moment, “much less than 10 per cent of Covid patients require oxygen”, says Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and AS IT works with Beijing to reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, New Delhi has decided on a fourpronged disengagement approach: lower the public rhetoric, temporarily suspend patrolling of buffer zones by either side, mount sustained surveillance and reconnaissance of friction points, and keep adequate troops in depth areas until the process is completed. This four-pillar approach, which had been in the works since the June 24 meeting of the Working Mechanism for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi Government has launched India's ﬁrst Plasma Bank If 14 days have passed since you recovered from Corona, you can donate your plasma and help save someone's life. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 THE COVID BUSINESS VENTILATORS TO TESTING KITS, OXYGEN SUPPLIES TO PPE NEW DELHI, JULY 8 Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs and the June 30 meeting of Corps Commanders on the two sides, was firmed up at a briefing by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Special Representative-level talks with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on July 5. Besides the PM and the NSA, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister RajnathSinghandHomeMinister Amit Shah were instrumental in finalising this approach. It was donebetweentheeveningofJuly 5 and the afternoon of July 6. Recovered Corona patients can donate their plasma and help Corona patients recover DON'T BE AFRAID OF DONATING PLASMA At a Covid facility in Khel Gaon, Delhi. Gajendra Yadav Internal Trade, who also heads a Central panel that monitors the supply of medical oxygen for Covid treatment countrywide. And yet, demand continues CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 IT DOESN'T CAUSE DONORS ANY WEAKNESS YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME FORWARD TO HELP SAVE LIVES. To donate plasma, Call 1031 or visit www.delhiﬁghtscorona.in/donateplasma PAGE 1 ANCHOR NEW DELHI, JULY 8 SHUBHAJIT ROY SAVE A LIFE Govts to homes, Covid case spike lifts demand for oxygen SHYAMLAL YADAV Four-pillar approach got approval after Doval briefed PM on Wang talks CONTINUING THE slow process of disengagement on the Line of Actual Control, Chinese and Indian troops Wednesday stepped back from another frictionpointinLadakhasbothsides prepared for more meetings at the diplomatic and military levels for the next steps to resolve the border situation. AseniorArmyofficertoldThe Indian Express that troops from both sides moved back by around 2 km from the standoff site at PP15 in the Hot Springs sector, after the remaining tents there were dismantled by Chinese soldiers and taken back in vehicles. A security establishment officer said the withdrawal was done according to the disengagementformula usedatPP14. "The progress is good. Both forces are moving back with vehicles and structures. The target wassetforthiseveninganditappears it is going to be achieved. NOW YOU CAN HELP STAY SAFE STYRENE LEAK TRAGEDY 2,17,121 ■ Delhi An Army convoy moving towards Ladakh on the Manali-Leh highway in Kullu district, Wednesday. PTI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JULY 8 TOTAL CASES NEW DELHI, JULY 8 three organisations. All the three organisations are headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leaders P Chidambaram, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are among the trustees at the RGF. According to sources, the inter-ministerial committee will be headed by a Special Director from the Enforcement RITIKA CHOPRA KEYSTATES TOWATCH SUSHANT SINGH, DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & KRISHN KAUSHIK Govt to probe finances of Gandhi family trusts, Cong calls it witchhunt TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN Troops step back 2 km in Hot Springs, Gogra next STAY AT HOME WEAR A MASK AVOID CONTACT WITH SICK PEOPLE DON’T TOUCH MOUTH, EYES NOSE WASH HANDS OR CLEAN WITH ALCOHOL BASED SANITIZER Delhi Government Corona Helpline - Call 1031 Download 'Delhi Corona' App from Google Play Store or Apple App Store Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi
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