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 SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CRISIS IN RAJASTHAN RULING PARTY Gehlot seeks floor test, targets Governor: Not calling Assembly session, pressure from above Wife of former ADG, SOG is a director in firm raided by I-T Warns of gherao as his MLAs protest at Raj Bhavan; Governor raises six queries — from freedom of MLAs to why session if you have majority HAMZA KHAN & MANOJ CG BUSINESS AS USUAL JAIPUR, NEW DELHI, JULY 24 KEEN TO keep his flock intact and snuff out at the earliest a party rebellion led by former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan Chief Minister AshokGehlotmountedanoffensive Friday against Governor Kalraj Mishra, claiming that he was not calling a session of the stateAssemblybecauseof “pressure from above”. Gehlot did not say who or what he meant by “pressure from above”, buthehasbeen accusing the BJP of plotting with Pilot to topple his government. The Pilot camp has 19 MLAs and Gehlot claims he still has a majorityinthe200-memberHouse. The CM took his party MLAs in four buses to the Raj Bhavan where they sat on a protest on thelawnsanddemandedthatan Assembly session be called Monday. Governor Mishra stepped out to meet them. Earlier, Gehlot warned that Woman accuses ABVP president of harassment over parking slot in Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, JULY 24 BY UNNY Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress MLAs at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur on Friday. PTI MOREREPORTS,PAGE8 "it won't be our responsibility if theentirepopulationof thestate gherao the Raj Bhavan". This prompted BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria to urge the Centre not to leave law and order in the hands of Rajasthan PoliceanddeployCRPFattheRaj Bhavan "so that sanctity of this Constitutional post is upheld”. The MLAs left the Raj Bhavan following an assurance from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HC relief for Pilot camp, Congress cites Supreme Court ruling to raise questions HAMZA KHAN & MANOJ CG JAIPUR, NEW DELHI, JULY 24 IN FURTHER relief to the rebel Congress camp of former RajasthanDeputyChief Minister Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan High Court directed Friday that status Use pandemic lessons well: Centre gives 6-pt mantra to surge states quo as of July 14 be maintained on notices sent by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi to the 19 MLAs led by Pilot. The direction effectively means that rebel MLAs will not be required to submittheirreply to the Speaker and no action can be taken against them till the hearingresumesintheSupreme Court on July 27. “It means that the respondentsneednotfiletheirreplybefore the Speaker, and possibly, the Speaker can’t proceed further. So, the position on (July) 14th is maintained till any order ispassedbytheSupremeCourt,” said lawyer Prateek Kasliwal, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 144 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 12,87,944 RECOVERED: 8,17,208 DEATHS: 30,601 TESTS: 1,54,28,170| DOUBLING RATE: 19.86** KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 24 ABVP leader Subbiah Shanmugam ARUN JANARDHANAN & LIZ MATHEW CHENNAI, NEW DELHI, JULY 24 A 62-YEAR-OLD widow living alone in her apartment in Chennai city suburbs has filed a police complaint against ABVP national president Dr Subbiah Shanmugam, accusing him of harassment, includingurinating and throwing used surgical masks at her doorstep. The incident reportedly followedadisagreementoverparking slots at the housing society. The woman, who does not want to be identified, demanded payment for his use of a parking slot owned by her. In her complaint, filed at the Adambakkam Police Station on July 11, the woman has attached CCTV footage and photos that purportedly show the ABVP leader urinating at her doorstep. The issue came tolight when the woman's nephew, Balaji Vijayaraghavan, a stand-up comic and the founder of a platform that facilitates Carnatic music events, posted about the alleged incidentandsaidthepolice were not helping his aunt. Sourcesinthepoliceadmitted thatnoFIRhasbeenregisteredon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE DIGITAL SWAY BY R S SHARMA PAGE 12 RIGOROUSIMPLEMENTATIONof pandemiclessons,systematiccontainment, and proper planning andprocurementtoplugthegaps inhealthinfrastructurearekey,the Centrehastoldninestatesthatare currently facing a surge in novel coronavirusinfections. At a high-level review meeting that went on for three hours over a video link on Friday, the Centre emphasised six main issues to the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh, top sources told The Indian Express. The meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was attended by the chief secretaries of these states, senior officialsoftheUnionHealthMinistry, and experts from the national EXPRESS NETWORK ` 132 per kilo ` 56 per Dozen task force against Covid-19. ■ The cabinet secretary is learnt to have said that six CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ Maharashtra 3,47,502 9,895 2.91% SONIA FINALLY PUTS RAO ON CONGRESS PEDESTAL, PRAISES BOLD LEADERSHIP PAGE 9 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 24 WITH CHINESE reluctance to step back further from Pangong Tso and Patrolling Point 17A at Gogra stalling the disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Indian and Chinese diplomats held talks Friday, and New Delhi said both sides agreed on “early and complete disengagement”. In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, commenting on the virtual meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, said bothsides “affirmedthe positive progress made in disengaging thefrontlinebordertroopsof the twocountries”andwouldmaintain dialogue “through military and diplomatic channels” to “promotefurtherde-escalation”. The WMCC meeting sets the stage for another round of Corps Commander talks — they have met four times since June 6 — to resume the disengagement process, stalled due to Chinese reluctance to vacate areas in Campaign by villagers saves 400-year-old banyan tree, change in Sangli highway plan 1,92,964 6,472 3.05% CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt diluted IBC, its steps hurt RBI’s move on bad loans: Urjit 23.61 ■ Delhi Pangong Tso and PP 17A, two of four friction points on the Ladakh frontier. At PP 14 (Galwan Valley) and PP 15 (Hot Springs), disengagement has already taken place. In Pangong Tso, Chinese troops had come up to Finger 4 on the north bank of the lake, 8 km west of Finger 8 which India saysmarkstheLAC.Aspartof the disengagement process, the ChinesevacatedtheFinger4base area and headed towards Finger 5. But they still occupy positions on the ridgeline at Finger 4. The underliningof “earlyand completedisengagement”atthe WMCC meeting is significant given that the Indian Army has beenpreparingforthelonghaul, looking to keep its troops deployed in Ladakh through the winter months. India has been seeking restoration of status quo ante—of troopsonbothsidesreturning to locations before the military standoff began in May. Following the meeting of the WMCC, the Ministry of External Affairs,inastatement, said: “The two sidesreviewedthesituation in the India-China border areas Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel 24.74 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,27,364 1,041 1.02% 70.71 ■ Karnataka 80,863 5,030 6.68% 10.78 ■ Andhra 72,711 7,998 9.70% 7.43 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JULY 24 ** 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 2.55 2.38 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 7.68 8.35 49,310 34,602 DataasonJuly23,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive 10 suspended, probe into role of UP police as abduction ends in death JUST OVER a fortnight after the Vikas Dubey shootout and encounter, the Kanpur police finds itself in the dock over an abduction, with the person who was kidnapped dead and the family accusing police of facilitating a ransom exchange. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Diplomats set stage for more military talks, Pangong & Gogra likely focus SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES LUCKNOW, JULY 24 Sanjit Yadav OnFriday,ASP(KanpurSouth) Aparna Gupta, Deputy SP Manoj Kumar Gupta, plus eight other personnelof BarraPoliceStation, weresuspended.Lastweek,SHO RanjitRaihadbeensuspendedas thefamilyallegedinactiononthe matter despite Sanjit Yadav (27) having gone missing nearly a month ago, and despite having paid Rs 30 lakh as ransom. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Residents of Bhose village rallied around the tree whose canopy is spread over 400 sq m. Express SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, JULY 24 THE RESOLVE of a village has saved a 400-year-old banyan treewhichwastobechoppedfor a state highway road project in Sangli district. Residents of Bhose village rallied around the treewhosecanopyisspreadover 400 sq m — literally and figuratively — over the past week, garnering attention on social media and eventually bringing it to the notice of authorities to save it from being brought down. On July 16, state Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray wrote a letter to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari requesting for the tree to be saved by making changes to the Ratnagiri-Solapur highway on state highway 166 pass- ingthroughthevillage.Theletter said that the 400-year-old tree, near a Yellamma Mandir, had a spread of nearly 400 square metres and had been a part of the history of the area as well as is home to many species of birds and animals.Thackeray tweeted on Wednesday that Gadkari had responded positively to the request and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had begun reworking on the realignment of the Ratnagiri-Nagpur highway. On Friday, a senior official of the NHAI said that while the main trunk of the tree, which was coming in the way of a serviceroad,willbekeptintact,some of its branches will be trimmed. “Arelookattheplanwasdoneto save the tree. The main carriageway willrequire trimming some branches of the tree but changes CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FORMER RESERVE Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel has heavily criticised the government for diluting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and the powers of the central bank, saying this undermined efforts made since 2014 to clean up the bad loan mess. In his new book Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver, Patel has said that the Supreme Court's April 2019 verdict had not found the RBI’s February 2018 one-day default regulation on the insolvency process “problematic” – however, the subsequent (June 7, 2019) circular issued by the central bank had diluted this aspect, making the insolvency regime “vulnerable and brittle”. It had also delayed the process, helping many defaulters escape thebankruptcy court. The February 2018 circular, issued when Patel was Governor, had forced banks to classify borrowers as defaulters immediately, and had brought several large defaulters to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pied cuckoo, harbinger of monsoon, to be tracked in climate change study PAGE 1 ANCHOR NEW DELHI, JULY 24 ` 108 per kilo INDIA’S DAILY case count surged close to 50,000 on Thursday. Several of the states that are seeing a spike are also those with a poor testing record and inadequate health infrastructure. It is critical for these states to employ important lessons to quickly get a grip on their situation. KEYSTATES TOWATCH MANISH SAHU ESHA ROY ` 80 per kilo Implementation holdsthekey SARIKA ANIL PALIWAL, wife of Anil Paliwal, Additional Director General of Police (Personnel) is a Director in Mayank Sharma Enterprises Private Ltd, one of thecompanieswheresearchand survey operations were undertaken by the Income Tax department on July 14. Anil Paliwal was ADG (ATS & SOG) for almost a year till July 3, before he was shifted as ADG (Personnel). It was during his tenure as ADG (ATS & SOG) that Congress Chief Whip Mahesh Joshihadsubmitted a complaint to the Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan Police in June, alleging attempts of horse trading of MLAs to destabilise the Ashok Gehlot government. ADG Paliwal couldn't be reached for his response despite repeatedcallsandtextmessages to his mobile phone as well as the number of his residence India: Agreement with China on early, complete disengagement THE WILDLIFE Institute of India (WII), along with the Indian Instituteof RemoteSensing(IIRS) and the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology, has begun a study of the migration of the pied cuckoo from Africa to India and back, by tagging two of the birds with satellite transmitters. This is the first study in the country that seeks to trace and observe the migratory routes of the pied cuckoo. Equally importantly, it will help gather data and information on climate change,scientistsinvolvedinthe study say. Dehradun-based WII, under the Union Ministry of Environment,ForestandClimate Change, is India's apex institute for the study of wildlife science. IIRS, also in Dehradun, is a constituent unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The arrival of the pied cuckoos (Clamator jacobinus, also called pied crested cuckoo and Jacobin Cuckoo) in the Himalayan foothills has traditionally been seen as heralding Birds have been tagged with satellite transmitters the onset of the monsoon. Last week, researchers tagged two of the birds with transmitter chips made by Microwave Telemetry, an American company specialising in wildlife satellite tracking technology. “Thesebirdshavehighsitefidelity, that is, they come back to thesamelocationyearafteryear. We believe that the pied cuckoos that come to the Himalayan foothills are from Africa, but this has never been ascertained through collected data. Also, we still don’t know which part of Africa they come from,” Dr Suresh Kumar, a scientist with WII'sdepartmentof Endangered Species Management who is in- volved in the study, told The Indian Express. “There is a community of piedcuckoosinsouthernIndiaas well,butthoseareresidentbirds and not migratory, Dr Kumar said.Thepiedcuckooisoneofthe fewspeciesthatcometoIndiain thesummer,hesaid.“Mostother migratory species come in winter from colder places like Mongolia, Siberia, northeastern China, Kazakhstan, etc.” Gatheringinformationabout the migratory route of the pied cuckoo can be invaluable for research on “climatic variations” taking place in the world, Dr Kumarsaid–especiallysincethe species has such a close associa- tion with the monsoon. “Farmers have traditionally relied on the arrival of the pied cuckoo as a signal to sow seeds, as they know that the monsoon willbeuponthemsoon.Thissignal is never wrong, because the pied cuckoo arrives in India riding the monsoon wind,” he said. Researchers around the world have been documenting how various bird species are adapting to climate change and variations,andstudyingthepied cuckoo “will give us information on the monsoon, changes in the monsoon and monsoon winds, erratic rainfall, seasonal fluctuations, water vapour pressure, etc.,” Dr Kumar said. “What hap- pens to these birds, for instance, if the monsoon is poor or erratic?” The pied cuckoo migration study is part of a larger project called the Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN) funded by the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT), which aims to put relevant Indian bioresourcesinformationonline. Dr Gautam Talukdar of WII, another scientist involved in the pied cuckoo migration study, said the IBIN project “consists of various biodiversity and environmental parameters which will help in assessing the likely CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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