eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The Deep Dark Descending NEWDELHI, LATECITY JULY19,2020 Valorization of the reel cop often blurs the line between vigilantism and justice PAGES 13, 14, 15 16PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 15-MEMBER BODY MEETS IN AYODHYA SUNDAY STORY Ram temple Trust fixes Aug 3 or 5 for start of work, requests PM to join in PAGE 10 Bhoomi pujan planned, L&T to conduct soil tests: Trust gen secy MAULSHREE SETH ON CALL LUCKNOW, JULY 18 In the hierarchy of frontline workers, ambulance staff rank among the lowest. A day with two on duty in Delhi, India’s worst-hit city At the meeting of the Trust in Ayodhya on Saturday. PTI SETTING THE wheels in motion for the construction of a Ram temple at the site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid once stood, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Saturday saidithassenttwodates,August 3 and August 5, to the Prime Minister and he can choose ei- therforthe“bhoomipujan”atthe temple site. Disclosing this to reporters after a meeting of the Trust in Ayodhya, Kameshwar Chaupal, one of the 15 members of the Trust,saidconstructionwillstart when the Prime Minister deems it fit after considering the situation in the country, on the border and the pandemic. “The entire country is of the opinion that it (the bhoomi 8000 SC-ST Cell probe upholds AIIMS doctor’s bias charge against faculty DELHI: NEW CASES vs RECOVERIES SOMYA LAKHANI — Daily new cases — Daily recoveries 6000 NEW DELHI, JULY 18 4000 2000 0 June7 June14 June21 June28 July5 ASTHA SAXENA & AMITABH SINHA NEW DELHI, PUNE, JULY 18 FOR17of thelast20days,including 11 in a row now, the number of people recovering from Covid in Delhi has remained higher thannewlydetectedinfections— nootherstatehascomeclose,yet. If the trend holds for at least twoconsecutiveweeks,whichis the normal recovery time for an infectedperson,itcouldbeanindication that the disease is reaching its peak in the National Capital and that a decline is July12 around the corner, according to top experts and doctors. But there are important caveats. Speaking to The Sunday Express,membersofthestategovernment’s Covid panel said that thenextfewweekswillbecrucial indeterminingwhetherDelhihas actually crossed the peak. “The numbers are going down. The number of positive cases per day, recorded at around 4,000, has now fallen to 2,000 or less. The positivity rate has come down from 30% to 8%. At a time, there were 6,200 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 138 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 6,53,750 DEATHS: 26,273 10,38,715 TESTS: 1,34,33,742| DOUBLING RATE: 21.06** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 2,92,589 8,308 2.97% ■ Tamil Nadu 1,60,907 4,538 3.06% 23.50 ■ Delhi 1,20,107 1,462 1.38% 52.28 ■ Karnataka 55,115 3,693 7.41% 9.72 ■ Andhra 40,646 2,602 6.93% 10.38 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days 24.28 ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: 2.53 NOW: 7.73 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 2.69 7.26 34,884 17,994 DataasonJuly17,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive ACTION REPLAY Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and forensic teams re-enact the events leading to the ‘encounter’ of gangster Vikas Dubey in Kanpur district on Saturday. PTI NCLAT opens window to let firms exit resolution process — and settle AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JULY 18 IN A step that could give debtors significantly more elbow room to settle, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) hasheldthat a company canexit theinsolvencyprocessevenif an interim resolution professional has been appointed and a moratorium has been imposed by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). This provides a new window of opportunity for companies to come out of the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) E X P L A I NE D CASES/RECOVERIES Glimmer in Delhi as recoveries trend up, next weeks key pujan) should be done by the Prime Minister,” he said. Incidentally, August 5 will mark one year of the abrogation of Article370andthebifurcation of the State of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories. Article370andtheRamtemple were two ideological issues that the BJP, in the NDA’s earlier avatar under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had been forced to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E Can cut time and ● red tape WITH RESOLUTION proceedings, on an average, taking up to 375 days, corporate debtors with relatively smaller debt and their creditors can now use this window to settle instead of getting mired in tribunals and courts. midway through the formalities and settle with lenders. Althoughproceedingsunder Abducted Sikh released in Kabul, Govt hints can use CAA to get citizenship DIVYA GOYAL & SHUBHAJIT ROY LUDHIANA, NEW DELHI, JULY 18 HOURS AFTER 55-year-old Nidan Singh Sachdeva, an Afghan Sikh who was abducted a month ago from a gurdwara in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, was released Saturday,NewDelhithankedthe Kabul government for its efforts and then pointed to the Citizenship(Amendment)Actto signal that he could be granted citizenship should he apply. Sachdeva and his family moved to India in the 1990s — well before the CAA cut-off date of December 31, 2014 to be eligibleforgrantof Indiancitizenship. Living in Delhi on a longterm visa, Sachdeva keeps returning to Afghanistan and also does sewa at gurdwaras — at the time of his abduction, he was at the Thala Sri Guru Nanak Sahib CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IBC currently stand suspended for a year starting March 25 to protect companies which could default on their debt due to the Covid-19pandemic,theNCLAT's rulingcouldprovideanopportunity to firms already in the resolutionprocess,especiallydebtors with relatively smaller debts. In the past, companies that tried to settle their debts with banks have been turned down either by the NCLT or the creditorsasinterimresolutionprofessionals had already been appointed or an order of moratoriumhadbeenpassedby the adjudicating authority. This lack of flexibility has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK A FACULTY member at AIIMS had “showed his covert and implicit social bias” by using words like “mind your level” with a senior resident doctor, and an “internal committee did not conduct the inquiry with fairness and pressured the woman to withdraw her complaint”. These are the findings of an AIIMSSC-STCellcommitteethat probed complaints of “casteand gender-based” remarks by aseniorresidentdoctoratAIIMS against a faculty member. Thecommitteesubmittedits 17-pagereporttoAIIMSDirector Dr Randeep Guleria on June 24, recommending“appropriateadministrative/legalactionagainst the accused”, who is with the hospital's Centre for Dental Education & Research (CDER). "Although the accused didn'texplicitlyusegenderorcastebased remarks against the victim, but he did use words like 'billi','mindyourlevel',etcwhich are derogatory, humiliating and demeaning, more so to a lady and also to undermine her professional capabilities, and showed his covert and implicit social bias towards the victim," the report, accessed by The Sunday Express, notes. The committee was headed by Dr K K Verma, Professor, dermatology and venereology, at AIIMS. S K Panda, Deputy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BharatiyaTribalPartymemberswithRajasthanChief Minister Ashok Gehlotin JaipuronSaturday. ANI MOREREPORTS,PAGE6 Audio tapes: MHA seeks report as BJP calls for CBI probe into ‘phone tapping’ LIZ MATHEW, MANOJ C G & DEEP MUKHERJEE NEW DELHI, JAIPUR, JULY 18 THE CENTRE has sought a report from the Rajasthan government over alleged phone-tapping a day after the state filed FIRs over two audio tapes purportedly showing a plot to topple it. The Congress government in the state, that is fighting a revolt by 19 MLAs, had accused the BJP of being behind the conspiracy. The BJP on Saturday said this showed that phones of political leaders in the state were being tapped, and demanded a CBI probe. Late on Saturday evening, PTI reported that the Union Home Ministryhadsentacommunication to the Rajasthan Chief Secretary,seekingareportonthe HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 18 AT THE centre of the war in the Rajasthan Congress are audio clips with conversations between three people purportedly plotting to dislodge the Ashok Gehlot government. The Congress has identified two of them as its rebel MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Little is known aboutthethird allegedpersonin the tapes, and the only one arrested in the case: Sanjay Jain alias Sanjay Bardia. PAGE 7 Sanjay Jain with Governor Kalraj Mishra in Oct 2019. From Jain’s Facebook page Thetapesmention“Gajendra Singh”, andthoughtheCongress says that this is actually CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘A life in mathematics, music, institution building, humanism’ PUNE, JULY 18 TOP MANIPUR POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS SELF, IS STABLE allegations of phone tapping. The BJP said the authorities concerned had not given permission for such “tapping”. “Home and chief secretaries havedeniedgivingpermission… Is it not a violation of our civil rights to tap phones without authorisation?” the party said. The Congress hit back saying the BJP’s remarks amounted to an “admission of guilt” by it in the “murder of democracy” in the state, and that the party only seemed worriedabout “why did we get recorded and was the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Middleman, partyman, businessman: The mystery of Sanjay Jain EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJNATH VISITS POST NEAR LINE OF CONTROL, AMARNATH SHRINE People paying for Congress discord: Vasundhara CELEBRATED MATHEMATICIAN and teacher C S Seshadri, who is globallyacclaimedforhisworkin a branch of mathematics known as algebraic geometry, died in Chennai late Friday. He was 88. Seshadri,whowasalsoanaccomplished exponent of Carnatic music, set up the ChennaiMathematical Institute, a leading centre of excellence in mathematics, computer science C S SESHADRI 1932-2020 andphysics,and wasconsidered to beoneof thefinestteachersof mathematics in the country. “In passing away of Professor C S Seshadri, we have lost an intellectual stalwart who did outstanding work in mathematics. Hisefforts,especiallyinalgebraic geometry, will be remembered for generations,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. President Ram Nath Kovind described Seshadri as a “multifaceted personality and mathematical genius”. “In his passing, we have lost an institution builder,” Kovind said. Hailing from the temple CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Veerappan’s daughter is now BJP youth wing leader: ‘Believe in humanity’ ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JULY 18 THE NAME once struck terror across two states and an entire forest range in the Western Ghats. It was said to be behind thedeathsof over150people,includingpoliceandforestofficers, andthepoachingof over100elephants. It was also a buzzword forthesmugglingofsandalwood. Today,it'sasurnamethatsignals a new future. “Vidhya Veerappan,” she says over the phone. The daughter of forest brigand Veerappan, who was killed by police in 2004, is now a 29year-old law graduate who runs a “school for kids” in Krishnagiri — and the new vice-president of theBJP'sTamilNaduyouthwing. For the party, which is struggling to stay afloat in the state, thenameisacatchyaddition.For Vidhya,it'sabout“socialservice”. “I don’t relate to any particular community, I believe in humanity,” she says. Vidhya came to know about her appointment through a Facebook post by the state party leadership.Andalmost immediately, the talk was all about her father. “I had seen him only once, during a school vacation, when I was at my grandfather’s village Gopinatham, near Hanur in Karnataka. There was a forest nearby, I was hardly six or seven years old. He came to where we wereplaying,spentafewminutes talking to me, and left. I remember him asking me to ‘do good, studywelltobecomeadoctorand Vidhya Veerappan serve people’,” says Vidhya. “But by the time I started knowing the world, he had lived his life...I believe it was the situationaroundhimthatmadehim choose a problematic path. But some of the stories I heard about him motivated me to do social service,” she says. Veerappan made national headlines in 2000 with the kidnapping,andreleaseweekslater, of Kannada movie legend Rajkumar.Hemadeittothefront pagesonceagain,fouryearslater, whenhewaskilledinashootout with the Tamil Nadu Police Special Task Force (STF) headed by K Vijay Kumar, who went on to become a security advisor in the Union Home Ministry. In his book Veerappan: ChasingtheBrigand,Kumarwrote about how Vidhya was born in a Chennaihospitalafterhermother surrendered to police, and was lodged in a women’s hostel where she was named “Vidhya Rani” by an STF officer. The popular narrative about Veerappan also includes a subtext:hisimageasa“RobinHood” for the Vanniyars, an influential OBCcommunitytowhichhebelonged. “He was never into politics but his approach and actions were based on his understanding of the world around him. There are many interpretations about his work for the Vanniyar community,” says Vidhya. In fact, her mother Muthulakshmi is still affiliated with the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), an offshoot of the PMK, a Vanniyar party and NDA ally. Vidhya, however, joined the BJP in February, about a couple of years after a local leader first introducedhertothethenUnion Minister Pon Radhakrishnan. “I was interested in social service, and Radhakrishnan suggested that I do the same work for the party,” she says. Today, despite her new appointment, Vidhya admits that politicsisanunknownarena.But then, she is known to put up a fight—likein2011,whenshedefiedhermotherandhercommunity to marry the man she loved.
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