eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE MIRROR, MIRROR, MUMBAI,LATECITY ON THE WALL JULY26,2020 In this pandemic-ridden world, is dressing up a thing of the past? PAGE 14, 15, 16 18PAGES,`5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Ayodhya, Aug 5: PM at Ram temple event will be live on DD KRISHN KAUSHIK & AVANEESH MISHRA NEW DELHI, AYODHYA, JULY 25 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modiwillattendthe bhoomi pujan at the site for the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5andthiswill be telecast live by public broadcaster Doordarshan. Sharingdetailsof theupcoming event, the Shri Ram JanmbhoomiTeerthKshetra,the Trust constituted to oversee the temple construction, took to Twitter Saturday: “The day PM @narendramodi ji will be in Ayodhya to inaugurate the construction of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir, it will be the most historic moment in the history of independent India. TheeventwillbetelecastLIVEon Doordarshan. Other channels will also broadcast the telecast.” SourcesinPrasarBharatisaid theeventwillbecoveredlikeany other event of the Prime Minister. Vishwa Hindu Parishad national spokesperson Vinod Bansal, in a press statement tweetedSaturday,saidthePrime Minister will be in Ayodhya on August 5 and will be “worshipping with revered saints, scholars, trustees and other dignitaries for the grand DON’T SEE AN ISSUE: L-G Change in stand: 4G won’t be a problem, J&K to Home Ministry SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 Media policy will be ‘re-checked’, Information Dept can’t decide what content is fake, anti-national, says Murmu AYODHYA 18.104.22.168 SRINAGAR, JULY 25 From the drawing board to the temple site — catching up with Ayodhya as it dresses up for the big day Janmabhoomi temple of Bhagwan Shri Ram”. Also Saturday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Ayodhya and inspected arrangements ahead of the bhoomi pujan. Announcing that the Prime Minister will be visiting Ayodhya,he directed authorities to run special cleanliness drives until August 3, and to consider it a Swachhta Abhiyan before Deepawali. He also directed that all Covid protocols be followed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE COUNTDOWN Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath at the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Saturday. He reviewed arrangements for the August 5 bhoomi pujan for the Ram temple. Avaneesh Mishra GOREGAON-MULUND LINK ROAD BMC changing tender rules for project to keep Chinese out MUMBAI, JULY 25 THE AMBITIOUS multi-crore Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR)islikelytobethefirstbig ticket infrastructure project that will be affected by the new rules brought in by the Centre to keep Chinese firms out. Civicofficialssaidthatfollowing the recent restriction imposedbytheFinanceMinistryon procurement of goods and services from bidders of countries that share a land border with India, the BMC will make changesintheglobalRequestfor Qualification (RFQ) of GMLR ` 77 per kilo ` 105 per kilo ` 128 per kilo ` 54 per Dozen REVIVE - UNLOCKING MUMBAI! KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS project, which currently allows anyfirmtoparticipateintenders. Accordingtocivicofficialsassociated with the project, on Thursday, the Finance Ministry made amendments in General Financial Rules (GFR), 2017 under which bidders from border countries will be eligible only if they are registered with the Registration Committee constituted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). Also, political and security clearance from the External Affairs and Home ministries will bemandatory.Thechangeshave been made on grounds of national security. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India offers 11 Afghan Sikhs visa: man who was abducted to girl rescued DIVYA GOYAL LUDHIANA, JULY 25 FOUR MONTHS after an Islamic State-backed attack at a gurdwara in Kabul’s Shor Bazaar killed atleast 25members of the community, and amid allegations of abductions and forced marriage, 11 Sikhs from Afghanistan have been granted short-term visas by the Indian Embassy in Kabul. They are expected to reach Delhi Sunday. ChhabolSingh, acommunity leader in Kabul, told The Sunday Express that among those who received the visas Saturday CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E Taliban back,govt ● watches WITH THE Taliban jockeying for power, Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan have been feeling threatened. While making a case for the vulnerable position of the minorities under a Taliban regime, the hint of offering them shelter through the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) helps the government make a political case at home. TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 145 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 13,36,860 RECOVERED: 8,49,431 DEATHS: 31,358 TESTS: 1,58,49,068 | DOUBLING RATE: 19.62** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 3,57,117 9,615 2.89% 24.93 ■ Delhi 1,28,389 1,025 0.96% 75.22 ■ Tamil Nadu 1,99,749 6,785 3.14% 22.95 ■ Karnataka 85,870 5,007 6.54% 11.01 ■ Andhra Pradesh 80,858 8,147 10.32% 6.97 * 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 2.53 2.35 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 7.73 8.43 48,916 32,223 DataasonJuly24,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive THE UNION Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has told the Union Ministry of Home Affairs that it did not have any objection in restoring 4G internet services, and that high-speed Net connectivity would not pose any problem. “We have been making (a) representation for this… I feel that 4G will not be a problem. I am not afraid how people will use this. Pakistan will do its propaganda, whether it is 2G or 4G. It will always be there… But I don’t see an issue,” Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu told The Sunday Express here Friday. This is a change in the earlier positiontakenbytheJ&KadministrationtwomonthsagoinMay. In an affidavit filed on Thursday in the Supreme Court, theCentrehadsaidthataspecial committeesetuptoexaminethe demands for restoring 4G services, following the orders of the court on May 11, had met twice on May 15 and June 10, and arrived at a decision that “no furtherrelaxationof therestrictions on Internet services, including 4Gservices,wouldbecarriedout at present”. The special committee comprises the Union Home Secretary, Department of Telecommunications Secretary and the Chief Secretary of J&K. ‘Pak will do its propaganda, whether it is 2G or 4G’ J&K ONEYEARAFTER AUGUST5 AN EXPRESS SERIES On May 11, the J&K administration had sought the dismissal of a plea by the Foundation for Media Professionals at the Supreme Court by pointing out that high-speed internet would enable the spread of fake news/ rumours, and transfer of heavy audio/videofiles,whichcouldbe used by terror outfits for incitement as also in planning attacks. To another question on the J&K Information Department’s Media Policy 2020, which empowerstheDIPR(Departmentof InformationandPublicRelations) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JULY 25 INDIA AND China are expected to schedule the fifth round of talks at the Corps Commander levelnextweektoresolvethesituation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. New Delhi has decided to sticktoitsstrategyof “incremental change despite slow progress” while pressing for the end-goal, the restoration of status quo ante as of April — before the start of the military standoff. It has also ruled out application of any kind of military pressure against China as an option, soastoavoidanyinadvertentescalation. A government official told The Sunday Express that both sides have agreed to hold the talks at the level of the Corps Commanderduringthemeeting Friday of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maharashtra reduces syllabus for Classes I to XII by 25 per cent ABHA GORADIA MUMBAI, JULY 25 TO REDUCE the burden on studentsamidthecoronaviruspandemic, the Maharashtra government on Saturday announced that syllabus for Classes I to XII willbereducedby25percentfor 2020-21 academic session. The movefollowssimilarannouncements by the CBSE, ICSE and a few other state boards. In a video post on Twitter, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said, “Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the proposal submitted by the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training to reduce the syllabus for Classes 1 to 12 for the academic year 2020-21 has been approved by the government.” Gaikwad said the details of lessons that have been omitted havebeenuploadedonthewebsite of the MSCERT. Astatementissuedbythedepartment said the MSCERT, Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production & CurriculumResearch(Balbharti) and Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, under the directions of the syllabus committee, took the collective decision in the matter. The work, sources said, had begun over a month-and-half ago. “Different subject committees, under CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Cong feels House test best bet, Gehlot ready to take battle to PM MANOJ C G & HAMZA KHAN NEW DELHI, JAIPUR, JULY 25 A DAY after Ashok Gehlot and the MLAs in his camp sat on a protest on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan, the Rajasthan Chief Minister on Saturday warned that if Governor Kalraj Mishra still does not agree to their demand for a session of the state Assembly, the party will take its protest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi. Gehlot was addressing a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) at Fairmont Hotel, where the party is keeping its MLAs. This push for a session of the state Assembly is in line with the Congress leadership’s decision to focus its energies on waging a political battle in Rajasthan since its legal ma- noeuvres so far have hit a wall. Gehlot has conveyed to the leadershipthatheisconfident of the numbers and the party will now insist on a floor test in the Assembly rather than fight it out in courts. Sources in the party said someof theleaderswereinitially not in favour of taking the battle totheSupremeCourtbutagreed when Assembly Speaker C P Joshi strongly felt that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Congress MLAs cheer as CM Gehlot speaks at a meeting at Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur Saturday. Chief Minister’s Office 69-yr-old actor in HC over Covid curbs: I’m in the game still ALAKA SAHANI MUMBAI, JULY 25 US SAYS NEW FOREIGN STUDENTS CAN’T ENTER IF COURSES ONLINE P13 A senior official from the Bridgesdepartmentsaidoncondition of anonymity, "The new rules will affect Chinese participationintheproject.Soon,aswe receive the Finance Ministry's rules, we will change the tender clause accordingly and a revised RFQ will be put on the website." In 2019, when the BMC had invited global Expression of Interest (EOI) for 'Design and Construction of Twin Tunnel includingapproachesandboxtunnels for GMLR project', 30 firms hadparticipatedincludingacouple of companies from China. Apartfromthat,companiesfrom Japan and Korea had attended E X P L A I NE D LAXMAN SINGH India for incremental progress, status quo ante at LAC NAVEED IQBAL & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER THE MOVIE Chhal (2019) opens with the murder of Pramod Pandey’scharacterbyhismanipulatingwife. In the TV show Tujh Se Hai Raabta he is a judge, while in horror series Laal Ishq he is a kind-hearted grandfather who is spared by killer ghosts. His smart quip as the owner of a women’s underwear shop in web-series Apharan is now a popular meme. Aftermakingblink-and-miss appearances in about 80 serials andfivemovies,Pandeyrecently turned petitioner in the Bombay High Court, challenging the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government prohibiting those over 65 years of age from shooting due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Even though I am senior by age, I am still a struggler,” says Pandey, who turns 70 on August 23. Shooting has gathered pace in Maharashtra after remaining shutsincemid-March due to the threat of the pandemic. Pandey expected to return to the sets for a series called Ek Mahanayak: Dr B R Ambedkar. He was promised around five days of work in a month. But then the actors’ coordinator asked for a copy of Pandey’s Aadhaar card, required for health insurance as per the newguidelines,andrealisedthat Pandey was above the permissible age of 65. Earlier this month, the Agraborn actor filed a petition calling the Maharashtra government’s age restriction on sets as “dis- Before lockdown, and after. When he has shaved and his hair is dyed, he can pass off as in his late 50s, says Pramod Pandey crimination”. “Imposing such a ruleis unconstitutional and itviolates our fundamental rights. Now, the characters played by 65+ actors in serials are either being erased or replaced by younger actors. In some cases, the storyline is being changed. So, I am fighting for justice,” says Pandey. Whenheisclean-shavenand his hair is dyed, Pandey says, he passes off as someone in his late 50s and is offered roles as such. Pandey’s last acting job was that of an aggrieved secretary of a housing society in Yeh Hain Chahatein on March 12. Hearing the case on Friday, the Bombay High Court directed the state to file a reply elaborating the grounds on which the age guideline was imposed. The next hearing will be on July 29. This is Pandey’s second stint in the world of entertainment. Back in 1973, he had applied for both acting and direction courses at the Film and TelevisionInstituteof India(FTII), Pune,aftergraduatinginbiology CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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