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 FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PANGONG TSO REMAINS A CONCERN, MORE TALKS LIKELY ` 118 per kilo ` 145 per kilo ` 52 per Dozen Mutual re-deployment should not be misrepresented, no change in Indian position on LAC: MEA Speaker to take up disqualification today Disengagementcantakeawhile:Army andGovtsayprocessintricate,complex KRISHN KAUSHIK & SHUBHAJIT ROY EXPERT EXPLAINS Nilesh Shah From The Indian Express panel of specialists, exclusive insight NEW DELHI, JULY 16 SUGGESTING THAT the standoff with Chinese troops along the Ladakh frontier, especially in Pangong Tso, could continue for a while, the Indian Army Thursdaysaidwhilethetwosides remain“committedtotheobjec- tiveofcompletedisengagement”, this “process is intricate and requires constant verification”. In a terse statement on the fourth round of talks between XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander Major General Liu Lin, the Army said the two sides “are taking it forward through regular meetings at diplomatic MAKING SENSE OF Centre to 3 states: Use THE SENSEX lockdowns to focus on Virus spreads, there are few green shoots, lockdowns get local and yet the markets are rising. What this means for the nation’s economy — and your money EXPLAINED PAGE 9 A million cases: India goes past grim milestone, but fewer deaths than US, Brazil AMITABH SINHA PUNE, JULY 16 THE NUMBER of Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 1 million (10 lakh) mark as more than 35,000 new infections were detected on Thursday. Data reported by state governments until late in the evening showed the total number of infections since the outbreak of the epidemic had crossed 10,04,000. A few states had not reported Thursday’s data by press time. These new figures will be reflected in the official data of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. The numbers in the chart alongside are up to July 15. India's journey from half a million to 1 million cases has taken just 20 days. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 containment, monitoring KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 16 THE CENTRE has told the three easternstatesthathaveimposed partorfulllockdownsthatwhile it is “not questioning” their decision,thisperiod“mustbeutilised gainfully” by implementing a three-pronged strategy to contain the spread of the infection, The Indian Express has learnt. Bihar went into complete lockdown on Thursday until the end of the month. On Tuesday, West Bengal extended the lockdown in containment zones till July 19. In Assam's Kamrup (metro) district, in which Guwahati is located, a lockdown that has been in place since June 28 will continue until July 19. During an extended video conference on Wednesday, the Centre asked the three states to implement a three-point strategy during the period of the curbs: one, redefining of containment zones, provisioning of buffer zones, and adding new CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 136 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 6,12,814 DEATHS: 24,915 9,68,875 TESTS: 1,27,39,490| DOUBLING RATE: 21.25** ■ Maharashtra 2,75,640 7,975 3.03% 23.79 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,51,820 4,496 3.13% 23 ■ Delhi 45.69 1,16,993 1,647 1.58% ■ Karnataka 47,253 3,176 7.29% 9.88 ■ Telangana 35,451 2,432 6.87% 10.47 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth AT 8,641, STATE RECORDS HIGHEST ONE-DAY JUMP IN COVID CASES PAGE 5 POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: MAHARASHTRA CASE FATALITY RATIO 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 2.75 2.57 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 7.14 7.61 32,695 20,783 DataasonJuly15,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Former EC expert says Centre move on delimitation in NE states illegal RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JULY 16 A FORMER legal advisor to the Election Commission (EC) has red-flagged the Centre’s order setting up a Delimitation Commission for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam and Nagaland, calling it “unconstitutional” and “illegal”. S K Mendiratta, who served Mendiratta has written to poll panel with the EC for over 50 years, wrote a letter to the three election commissioners last month, pointing out that the Law Ministry’s notification of March 6 violates the Representation of the People Act 1950. Section8Aof theRPAct1950, introduced by Parliament in 2008, states that delimitation in the four northeastern states, whenheld,wouldfallwithinthe EC’s remit. Hence, any delimitation exercise in Arunachal, Manipur, Assam and Nagaland by the new Delimitation Commissionwouldbe“declared CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOWRAH, SOUTH 24 PARGANAS, JULY 16 Chanchal (28), son of Shyamsundar Dhara, in Bahira Gram Panchayat, Howrah. The family is waiting for relief. Partha Paul BATTLINGPOLIOsincechildhood, keeping his family afloat, ensuring that at least one of his two sons completes college — ShyamsundarDhara,66,saysthis is possible only because of the Rs2lakhheearnsayear,onanaverage, from his 12 cottah of betel vine in Howrah's Uluberia block. “First came the lockdown. gagement “at the earliest”. Indicating the long-drawn nature of the negotiations, MEA spokesperson AnuragSrivastava said the process of disengagement is “complex”. On concerns that suspension of patrolling at the friction points mayleadtoyieldingcontrolofterritorytoChinesetroops,Srivastava said:“Thedisengagementprocess CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SANJANA BHALERAO MUMBAI, JULY 16 SEVENPERSONSwerekilledand at least 16 injured in two incidents of building collapse on a day of heavy rainfall in Mumbai on Thursday. Portions of two buildings – a three-storey chawl in Malad’s Malvani and a six-storey MHADA building in Fort area – collapsed during the day. The northern portion of Bhanushali Building, near Lucky House at Ganesh Chawl in Fort area, collapsed at 4.43 pm, leaving five dead and at least three injured. Four of the deceased were identified as Kusum Padmalal Gupta (45), Jotsna Padmalal Gupta (50), Padmalal Mevalal Gupta (50) and Kiran Mishra. While Neha Gupta (45), a local EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JULY 16 WRITER-ACTIVIST Varavara Rao, who has been behind bars since 2018 in the Elgar Parishad case, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Doctors said hewasasymptomatic, but unabletowalk Varavara Rao due to weakness. On Monday, the 80-year-old had been shifted to J J Hospital here from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai after complaining of dizziness. His family members CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E Northeast’s ● concerns IN THE last delimitation exercise, completed in 2008, Arunachal, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland were kept out due to apprehensions over use of the 2001 Census. The Centre’s move to club the four with J&K comes in the backdrop of unrest in the region over CAA. In paan belt, Amphan relief leaves bitter taste: ‘Not got a single paisa’ RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & ATRI MITRA On the fourth round of talks inChushul,whichstretchedinto the early hours of Wednesday, the Army said, “Senior Commanders reviewed the progress on implementation of thefirstphaseof disengagement anddiscussedfurtherstepstoensure complete disengagement”. Hours later, the Ministry of External Affairs said the two sides discussed complete disen- Amid heavy rain, 7 die as parts of two buildings collapse in Mumbai Varavara Rao tests positive, doctors say stable SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES KEYSTATES TOWATCH and military level”. This, in effect, means more meetings will be needed to take the disengagement process forward, especially in the Pangong Tso area where the Chinese came 8 km west of Finger 8 which India says marks the LAC. While they have vacated the Finger 4 base, PLA troops in large numberscontinuetooccupythe ridgeline there. EXPLAINED ` 90 per kilo CHALLENGE ANTI-DEFECTION LAW AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION PART 3 Then, Cyclone Amphan almost completely ruined my crop. We heard that the state government is sending money directly to the accounts of those affected,” says Dhara at his home in Bahira Gram Panchayat. It's been nearly two months now, and the family is “still CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pilot and his MLAs go to court, cite freedom of speech HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 16 A DAY ahead of Rajasthan Speaker C P Joshi taking up the matter of the Assembly membership of the 19 rebel Congress MLAs, including Sachin Pilot, they filed a petition before the High Court citing violation of their freedom of speech and expression, and challenging the anti-defection law. In the petition, that makes Joshi as well as Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur parties,theMLAssaidnooffence had been made out against them, and that the disqualification notices to them on the groundof defectionwentagainst their right to freedom of speech. The MLAs were represented by former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve and ex- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY AttorneyGeneralMukulRohatgi, among others, while Rajasthan Advocate General M S Singhvi and Abhishek Manu Singhvi were part of the team that appeared for the respondents. Justas the hearing in the case CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In surprise move, Pilot speaks to Chidambaram MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 16 A part of the six-storey MHADA building collapsed in Fort area on Thursday. Ganesh Shirsekar resident, was in a critical condition, two others – Bhalchandra Kandu (48) and Shailesh Bhalchandra Kandu (17) – sustained injuries. Over a third of the building crumbledtotheground,officials said.Withahugeamountdebris, a team of the National Disaster CONTINUEDONPAGE2 KEEPING THE Congress guessing, Sachin Pilot sprang a surprise Thursday by reaching out toseniorpartyleaderandformer Union minister P Chidambaram even as he approached the Rajasthan High Court to challenge the disqualification proceedings initiated against him and 18 other MLAs. Pilot spoke to Chidambaram, a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee, over phone in a reach-out that came days after the Congress stripped him of the posts of Deputy Chief Minister and president of the Rajasthan PCC. “I just reiterated that the leadership had publicly invited him to meet with it, and all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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