DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CRISIS IN RAJASTHAN: CONG SAYS PARTY INTACT ` 108 per kilo ` 132 per kilo ` 51 per Dozen Bangladesh personnel at border back smuggling of cattle: BSF DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 12 IN WHAT may be the first such official articulation on cattle smuggling, the Border Security Force (BSF) has said the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) supports the “inhuman, merciless and seditious” activity. InapressstatementdatedJuly 6,onitspreparationstocheckcattle smuggling ahead of Eid ulAdha or Eid Qurban later this month,theBSFhascitedreligious andmedicalreasonstounderline that the meat of the smuggled cattle is not fit for consumption. Thestatement,inHindi,givesdetails of how the animals are smuggledacrosstheborder.“The inhuman,mercilessandseditious actions of cattle smugglers are very disgusting,” it says. It says the cattle are blindfolded, and banana stems are tied to them to help them float ontheGanga,sothattheycanbe swept across to Bangladesh. “When they arrive in Bangladesh, there are hundreds of Bangladeshi cattle smugglers who capture these animals, using their speedboats. This task is sometimesdonewiththeagreement of the Border Guard Bangladesh personnel,” says the statement, signed by DIG S S Guleria of South Bengal Frontier. It says that on Eid Qurban, personally reared animals are supposed to be sacrificed, not those that have been smuggled and “tortured”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK NIAARRESTS TWOFROMPUNE FOR ‘ISLINKS’ PAGE 6 Pilot digs in, claims he has the numbers to cut Gehlot to size Says won’t join BJP as his office claims 30 MLAs back him, won't attend CLP today Why this time battle-lines are drawn harder than ever Ashok Gehlot; Sachin Pilot MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 12 HAMZA KHAN, DEEP MUKHERJEE & MANOJ CG JAIPUR, NEW DELHI, JULY 12 IN WHAT appears to be a showdownbyRajasthanDeputyChief Minister Sachin Pilot almost 18 months after Congress returned to power in the state, his office on Sunday claimed that the Ashok Gehlot-led government was reduced to a minority after over 30 Congress and some independent legislators pledged support to Pilot. The statement issued by Lokendra Singh, who manages media relations for Pilot, also said, “Rajasthan Deputy CM & Congress leader Sachin Pilot not to attend Congress Legislative Party meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT UNDERSTANDING PILOTVS GEHLOT PAGE 7 Outside Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday. Abhinav Saha Tharoor to Sibal, Cong leaders hear wake-up call, hope leadership listens MANOJ C G BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, JULY 12 THE CRISIS threatening the Congress government in Rajasthan, just four months after thepartyletMadhyaPradeshslip fromitsgrasp,hasonceagainunderlined the leadership vacuum in the party and how its sense of drift is deepening faultlines within:oldversusyoung,secondgeneration leaders versus those who rose through the ranks. BY UNNY MUMBAI, JULY 12 INDIA IS considering establishing an air bubble or air travel bridgetotheMaldives,whichreopens for tourists on July 15 after a four-month shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Maldives government hasmadeaformalrequestinthis regard to New Delhi, and an agreement may be reached in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Unhappy hours: Maharashtra sees a sharp drop in alcohol consumption in April-June THE DIP IN DEMAND SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, JULY 12 STATISTICS COMPILED by the state’s Excise department show that alcohol consumption between April and June across Maharashtra was down 59 per cent as compared to the consumption level for the same period last year. As against 24.08 crore bulk litres (bl) consumed in AprilJune2019,the consumptionwas barely 9.89 crore bl this year. Senior excise officials and industry players indicate the recovery *April-June *April-June Percentage 2019 2020 decline Beer 9.82 2.76 72% IMFL 5.25 2.83 46% CountryLiquor 9.01 4.30 52% Total 24.08 9.89 59% *(incrorebulklitres)Source:Excisedepartment,Maharashtra to 2019 consumption level may take a while. According to Maharashtra’s Excise Commissioner Kantilal Umap, restaurants, hotels and permit rooms have over the *June 2019 3.13 1.79 3.10 8.02 years contributed to 50 per cent of beerconsumption,30percent of alcoholicspiritand40percent of country liquor sales. “The trouble is these growth drivers are expected to be subdued over *June 2020 1.37 1.65 2.63 5.65 Percentage decline 56% 8% 15% 30% the near to medium term. The spending power of the salaried class has also taken a hit. This will also impact recovery,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 As river rises, villagers pull down their homes to save bricks for rebuilding ASADISTRICT UNLOCKS AN EXPRESS SERIES DIPANKAR GHOSE GOVINDPUR, JULY 12 THEFLOODWATERSof riverKosi swirlaroundhim,hishouseapile of rubble,withredbricksstacked on one side. Just a day back, this was a home Rohit Kumar had built with his own hands. Today, he pulled it down to prevent the river from washing it away. With the river changing course over the years, Govindpur is a hamlet that has become an island. Dipankar Ghose 200 ASSEMBLY STRENGTH ■ RashtriyaLoktantrikParty 3 ■ BharatiyaTribalParty 2 ■ CPI(M) 2 ■ RashtriyaLokDal 1 ■ Independents 13 PAGE 5 died. Since June 2, the country has had fewer than 50 daily positive cases – and even though this number rose to 64 on Saturday, it is considered a low corona-risk country. Establishing the air corridor will send out a strong signal of solidarity with the Solih government and the Maldives, government officials said. The economy of the Maldives, located to the southwestof IndiaintheIndianOcean, In times like these, with a lockdown outside and fears that Covid may strike home, Rohit is keen to at least save the bricks when he gets down to rebuilding the house once the flood waters recede Govindpur, a dariya or a hamlet in Bhagalpur. It has now turned into an island with the river changing course over the years. These days, it is accessible only by a rickety boat that transports humans, livestock, and tractors. A microcosm of Bihar, Bhagalpuristhefocusofamonthlong series by The Indian Express CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP 72 MORE REPORTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 the next two or three days, The Indian Express has learnt. President Ibrahim Solih announcedonJune23thattheatoll nationwouldreopenresortsonits islandsonJuly15,andhotelsinthe populated centres, including in thecapitalMalé,onAugust1.Visas will be free, on arrival, and there willbenocompulsoryquarantine. As of July 11, Maldives, which has a population of a little over 500,000, had 2,681 confirmed Covid-19 cases, of which 2,238 had recovered, and 13 patients 107 INC ALLIES: BTP, CPI(M), RLD BJP ALLY: RLP ■ 3 of 13 Independents removed as Congress associate members As Maldives reopens for tourists, India may create special air bubble NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN STATE OF PLAY CONGRESS THE ASHOK Gehlot vs Sachin Pilot tussle in Rajasthan has become some sort of a cliche in Congress infighting. But the latest showdown between the Chief Minister and his Number two is qualitatively different. Both the timing and the framing aresignificant. It comes ● when the pandemicand the lockdown have forced parties to put most political activity on temporary snooze. And, unlike previous times, it doesn’t have an external trigger. Indeed, it has more to do with the Congress’s internal dynamics.That explains why this time many Congress leaders feel it is time the leadership – read Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi –notkickthiscandowntheroad as they have been doing since the party won Jaipur in December 2018. At least two MPs even articulated their concerns in public. This is also different from the E EXPLAINED ` 80 per kilo CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Evidence of immunity is a glimmer, but data show lasting Covid-19 damage P7 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 12 EMERGING DATA on the body's immune response suggest that “we may be protected” more than we currently believe, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS and one of the experts leadingthecountry'snovelcoronavirus disease response, told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW ‘PULMONARY... BUT CAN ALSO BE CALLED SYSTEM DISEASE’ DR RANDEEP GULERIA DIRECTOR, AIIMS TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 132 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 5,34,620 DEATHS: 22,674 8,49,552 TESTS: 1,15,87,153| DOUBLING RATE: 21.30** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 2,46,600 8,139 3.03% 23.74 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,34,226 3,965 3.29% 21.88 ■ Delhi 1,10,921 1,781 1.90% 37.81 ■ Karnataka 36,216 2,798 7.70% 9.35 ■ Telangana 33,402 1,178 5.93% 12.13 * 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 2.86 2.67 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 6.88 7.33 28,637 19,235 DataasonJuly11,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive
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