DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CONSENT CLAUSE FOR CBI PROBE REVOKED Leadership squirms as Gehlot ratchets it up, calls Pilot nikamma Pilot breaks silence: Sad, not surprised at charges, bid to stifle voice A PASSAGE — AND A MESSAGE The USS Nimitz carrier strike group and Indian Navy warships sail in the Indian Ocean Monday amid tensions with China over Ladakh and the South China Sea. The Nimitz’s transit is part of the Passage Exercise. Photo courtesy US Pacific Fleet via Twitter REPORT,PAGE5 Ahead of anniversary, PM’s J&K package audit: 50% funds used, third of projects done 5of 9projectsrelatetoinfrastructure, includefour-laningof section of NH-1A NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JULY 20 NEARLY FIVE years since the announcement of the Prime Minister’sDevelopmentPackage (PMDP)forJammuandKashmir, only 49 per cent of the funds allocated towards 54 projects (excludingLadakh)hasbeenutilised, accordingtoareviewundertaken by the administration in July. The review splits the PMDP outlay for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.Of theRs58,627croreallocatedfortheUnionTerritoryof J&K, only Rs 28,768 crore has been utilised. The package was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Srinagar on November 7, 2015. J&K was a state then, run by a BJP-PDP coalition, with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister. In the last about five years, only nine projects have been ONEYEARAFTER AUGUST5 SRINAGAR, JULY 20 AS THE countdown begins to mark one year of the abrogation of special status, splitting and downgrade of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the first LieutenantGovernor of the Union Territory of J&K, G C Murmu, speaks to The Indian Express. Excerpts: AN EXPRESS SERIES fully “completed”, and eight more “substantially completed” in J&K. The outlay for this set of 17 projects stood at Rs 10,465 crore, which is less than a fifth of the total package for the Union Territory. A majority of 31 projects are “ongoing”, two are “slow moving” and four are at the DPR (Detailed Project Report) stage. ThoseatDPRstageincludesmall hydro power projects (PMDP outlay Rs 2,000 crore), those underBharatMala(Rs2,700crore), flood management of river Jhelum — Part 2 (Rs 1,178 crore) and the Sudhmahadev-Goha tunnel (Rs 2,100 crore). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 12 EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT OXFORDVACCINE, OTHER VACCINES PAGE 11 NEW DELHI, JULY 20 OXFORD UNIVERSITY researchers on Monday said their vaccine candidate had triggered a dual immune response in humans against the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Apreliminaryreportonearlystagehumantrialdataof thevaccine candidate — which is being developedjointlywiththeBritish pharmagiantAstraZeneca—had shown an “accepted safety profile”, the researchers said. In a paper published in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers said the candidate, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, had during PhaseIandIIhumanclinicaltrials, induced neutralising antibodies that specifically rendered the virusnon-infectiousin“allparticipants” who had been administered a second dose. TheOxford-AstraZenecavac- What’s your assessment of the implementation of the Prime Minister’s J&K package? The PM’s package was declared in 2015. Only 27 per cent expenditure (was recorded) by the end of 2018. We have now reached 54 per cent. Projects completed (have gone up) from seven to 17. WITH On August 5, The Ranbir canal in G C MURMU Jammu and Jammu has been L-G, J&K Kashmir will mark cleaned up after 11 one year since its years. In the Keran special status was abrogated sector,electricitysupplywasnot and the state was split. What there, we had to use DG sets. For has changed? the first time, we have laid an August 5 is not a mile- electricity line there. Our idea is stone…thatwasadecisiontaken to expand employment opporto abrogate a temporary provi- tunitiesfortheyouthbybringing sion.Ourhorizonsarelong-term, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EXPRESS Political process has started, vacuum temporary: Murmu INSIDE CLASS12NCERT: SEPARATISTPOLITICS OUT, AUG5MOVEIN PAGE 7 E E X P L A I NE D ON COVID, TOP GOP LEADERS BREAK RANKS WITH TRUMP ACROSS U.S., MANY WALK OFF JOBS TO PROTEST RACIAL INEQUALITY KAUNAIN SHERIFF M (for) all-round well-being of the people of the Union Territory. We have started our journey. ADIL AKHZER Much awaited Oxford vaccine gets immune response in early tests WORLD PAGE 1 ANCHOR J&K ‘People want growth, can’t say that because they are afraid’ INTERVIEW TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 140 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 7,00,086 DEATHS: 27,497 11,18,042 TESTS: 1,40,47,908| DOUBLING RATE: 20.52** CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HAMZAKHAN& MANOJCG JAIPUR, NEW DELHI, JULY 20 EFFECTIVELY SLAMMING the door on former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and ruling out anypossibility of rapprochement, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ratcheted up the rhetoric Monday, calling Pilot a “nikamma” and a “nakara” (useless and worthless). He said Pilot had been “conspiring” to “stab the party in the back” but “no one believed that KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 3,10,455 9,518 ■ Delhi 1,22,793 1,211 1.26% 57.17 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,70,693 4,979 3.03% 23.73 ■ Karnataka 63,772 4,120 7.34% 9.81 ■ Andhra Pradesh 49,650 5,041 7.90% 9.12 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days 2.88% 24.97 ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY 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 2.64 2.46 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 7.44 7.96 40,425 22,664 DataasonJuly18,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, JULY 20 HOURS AFTER a BSP-turnedCongressMLAfromRajasthanallegedthatSachinPilothadoffered him money to join the BJP, Pilot hit back on Monday, saying such “vexatious” allegations were being levelled to “malign” him and to “stifle” the “legitimate concerns” that he had raised against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Sources close to Pilot said his next move will depend on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE WHIP ONLY FOR HOUSE, NOT FOR PARTY MEETING: HC PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 When Parnami was state BJP chief, son had set up a firm with Sanjay Jain DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, JULY 20 FOUR YEARS ago, when Ashok Parnami was the Rajasthan BJP President, his son Udai Parnami had entered into a partnership with Sanjay Bardia alias Jain — now arrested for allegedly conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlotgovernment—andfloated alimitedliabilitypartnershipfirm Kuber Prime Infrastructure. According to documents obtained from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and accessed by The Indian Express, Kuber Prime Infrastructure was incorporated on June 2, 2016, as an LLP with the Registrar of Companies in Jaipur. The first subscriber list shows Sanjay Bardia and Udai Parnami as des- Data hints Delhi may be past peak, but can’t let guard down: Guleria NEW DELHI, JULY 20 NOW: cine candidate is made from a weakened version of a common coldadenovirusthatcausesinfections in chimpanzees. The team of researchers led by Dr Sarah CM accuses him of conspiring with BJP; another CLP meeting called today ASTHA SAXENA Promise and some ● caution THE OXFORD candidate, along with the Chinese and Moderna candidates, represent rising hope that scientists are getting closer to a vaccine that would defeat the coronavirus. It is important to remember though, that the Oxford data is from early stage clinical trials; results of the larger Phase III trials will be crucial. Gehlot outside a hotel in Jaipur, Wednesday. Express AIIMS DIRECTOR Dr Randeep Guleria, who is part of the core team monitoring the pandemic in India, has told The Indian Express that data from the national capital suggests that the Covid curve is flattening and the city“mayhavecrossedthepeak”. On Monday, Delhi reported 954 cases — the first time in weeks that the daily tally has dipped below 1,000. This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 1,23,747. The number of active cases is 15,166. “If you look at the data from Delhi, it does suggest that we seemto have flattened the curve and, maybe, are showing a downward trend. So, it is possible that we have crossed the peak as far as Delhi is concerned. But, considering the trend in other cities and even in the US, having crossed the peak doesn’t ‘We seem to have flattened the curve’ meanthatyoucanletyourguard down. We still need to be very careful. If you start decreasing social distancing and maskwearing, there can be a resurgenceof casesandyoumayhave another spike,” Guleria, the country's top pulmonologist, told The Indian Express. “The infection has not gone away totally, but it has come down. We have to continue to sustain (this) by following social distancing, wearing masks, and close surveillanceso thatif there is a small cluster developing somewhere, it does not become an area of spread. All those measures which are being followed need to be aggressively CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ignated partners, with each contributing Rs 50,000 as capital. Udai’s address mentioned in theLetterof Consentforthepartnership is the same as provided by his father Ashok Parnami in theaffidavithesubmittedahead of the 2018 Assembly election. Ashok Parnami, a BJP candidate, had lost the elections from the Adarsh Nagar constituency. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ex-SC judge to be in UP Dubey panel as CJI says ‘law needs arrest, trial’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 20 THE UTTAR PRADESH government Monday agreed to expand the one-man inquiry committee constituted to probe the death of gangster Vikas Dubey in an encounter on July 10, to include an ex-judge of the Supreme Court and a retired police officer. Dubey was This was after killed on the top court July 10 underlined the state’s “responsibility to maintain rule of law” which, it said, “requires arrest and conviction if found guilty”. A Bench comprising Chief JusticeSABobde andJusticesAS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In sixth heaviest deluge, highland & corridors shelter Kaziranga rhinos ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JULY 20 THEFLOODSinAssamhavesubmerged 85 per cent of the KazirangaNationalPark,famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. Already 113 animals, including 11rhinos,havedied—two of the rhinos succumbed to natural causes. And with this year's deluge said to be the “sixth heaviest” in the park's history, the fear is that the animal toll will rise. But park officials insist there is hope. Theysaythe33newartificialhighlandscreatedwithinthe sanctuary in 2017-18 and better corridor management will make adifferencethistime.Inthefloods last year, over 300 animals had died, including over 20 rhinos. “Elephants and deer migrate whereasavastmajorityoftherhinostendtoremaininsubmerged partsoftheparkandforthem,the highlands provide succour,” said park director P Sivakumar. “Obviously, the highlands have helped. On a recent trip, I saw over 50 animals on three highlands.Wehavealsoensured thatfood isprovided atthe highlands,” said Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya. Thisyear,theCentreapproved Rs 12.5 crore for a highland and road project that will heighten someofthelowroadsinthejungle to the level of the existing touristcircuitroad.“Inthenon-monsoon period,itcanbeusedforpatrolling andduringfloods,itwillserveasa highland,”Sivakumarsaid. But still, artificial highlands have their critics. Uttam Saikia, HonoraryWildlifeWardenof the park, warned that these “highlands should not come up in the core areas of Kaziranga because it might damage the ecology”. “They can be built in the periphery and additional areas. Rhinos take refuge on a highland in the flood-hit Kaziranga National Park, in Golaghat district, Monday. PTI Animals are forced to take shelter in these artificial highlands, the mountains are the natural highlands for them,” he said. Sivakumar rules out any new constructioninside thecorearea. And Akashdeep Baruah, a senior IFSofficerwhowastheparkdirectorwhenthehighlandswereconstructed,maintainsitis“possible” that had they not been there, more animals would have died. “Thehighlandswerebuilt for a very limited purpose and they areservingthatwell—theywere neverthoughttobeapermanent solution,” Baruah said. Sivakumar says the park ad- ministration is also focussing on managing animal corridors, includingthosecuttingacrossNH37. “Recently, we took over 500 hectares, which will help in developingthreecorridors,”hesaid. During floods, animals in Kaziranga migrate to the upper reaches, crossing the highway -and often get hit by vehicles. At least 15 hog deers have been killedinroadaccidentssofarthis season. On Sunday, a video of a rhinorestingonNH-37,whileforest officials and police restricted traffic,wentviralonsocialmedia. “Traffic control on the highwayhasbeenmoreeffective.This year, rescue teams have been strengthened with more equipment and boats. We have been abletorescuebiganimalsalsoon boats,”MinisterSuklabaidyasaid. As of now, officials say, 140 animals have been rescued. However, Honorary Wildlife Warden Saikia contends that floodsareessentialtoKaziranga’s eco-system. “It’s a process that maintains ecological balance — deaths are a part of that process. Forthelast100years,weseethat floodsplayaveryimportantrole in the natural balance. But obviously for us humans, we feel really bad,” he said.
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