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 TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 RAJASTHAN CRISIS Governorstallscallfor Housesession:‘Whythe silenceontrustvote’ Says confidence motion should be telecast live, asks what Covid steps in place for House HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 27 READY FOR TAKE-OFF The first batch of five Rafale jets at the Dassault aviation facility in Merignac, France, ahead of their flight to India. After air-to-air refuelling and a single stop enroute, the multi-role fighter aircraft are scheduled to arrive at the Ambala Air Force Station on Wednesday. PTI REPORT,PAGE8 Parekh, Kotak push for one-time restructuring of corporate loans GEORGE MATHEW/ SUNNY VERMA Won’t stand up for them tomorrow, says NC Vice president, on Opposition ‘betrayal’ over Centre’s August 5 move NAVEED IQBAL, BASHAARAT MASOOD & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, JULY 27 SRINAGAR, JULY 27 Raise demand at CII meet addressed by RBI Governor E E X P L A I NE D WITH ALMOST 50 per cent of borrowers and outstanding loan amounts comingundermoratorium,financialsectorbigwigsincluding HDFCChairman Deepak Parekh and Kotak Mahindra Bank Vice Chairman and MD Uday Kotak on Monday pushed for a one-time loan restructuring scheme to tackle the rising banking stress due to Covid-19 pandemic. After listening to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das’s address to the CII national council onthedynamicshiftsunderway in the Indian economy, Parekh advised him against extending the moratorium on loan repayments since it would hurt banks and institutions. The total nonfood credit as on July 3, 2020, stoodatRs102.05lakhcrore,and half of it is under moratorium. “Please do not extend the moratorium because we see that even people who have the ability topay,whetherindividualsorcorporates,aretakingadvantageunder this moratorium and deferring payment,” Parekh told the Governorinanonline CII session. I will fight, will not engineer protests to score a point: Omar Demands ● for succour HALF THE loan outstanding is under moratorium, even as banks stare at higher NPAs by March 2021. Given the demands for succour, RBI is weighing between extending the moratorium beyond August and allowing a one-time loan restructuring programme. “Thereissometalkthattherewill be another extension of three months… this is going to hurt us, particularly the smaller NBFCs,” he said. The RBI had announced a VOWING to fight, “politically, democratically and legally,” the abrogation of special status and downgrade of Jammu and KashmirtotwoUnionTerritories, Omar Abdullah, Vice President, J&K National Conference, suggested the need for an “honest” recalibrationof hisparty’sslogan on autonomy and finding a new “political plank.” In an interview to The Indian Express on Saturday, his first since August 5, 2019, and his release on March 24 this year, Abdullah said the time for street protests to force a rethink had passed and that he was not a leader who would “engineer streetprotests”.(Full text of interview, see indianexpress.com). “I'm sorry, that is not me. It is not my politics, it is not my party's politics. I will not engineer a protest to score a point. Particularly in Kashmir, where I knowthatanengineeredprotest will, in all likelihood, end very badly for poor youngsters who will get sucked into it,” he said. “I've said this before, if I am notwillingtoputastoneoragun into my own kids' hands, I have no business doing the same to any young Kashmiri. I am very clear on that…So if the people of Jammu and Kashmir are looking towards me as some sort of person who will rally them out into CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 147 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 14,35,452 RECOVERED: 9,17,567 DEATHS: 32,771 TESTS: 1,68,06,803 | DOUBLING RATE: 19.81** CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARATHA QUOTA SC adjourns hearing on pleas challenging recruitment as govt stops process till Sept 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 27 THESUPREMECourtonMonday adjournedahearingonpetitions challengingtheMaharashtralaw providing reservation to Marathasinjobsandadmissions to September 1, with the state undertaking not to make any fresh recruitments till September 15, 2020 Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and P S Patwalia, appearing for the state govern- ment, told a bench of Justices L N Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat that the state had already decided by way of a Government Resolution on May 4 that no fresh recruitment will be made. The SC bench was hearing petitions challenging The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018. The petitions have challenged the Bombay High Court order of June 2019 which, while upholding the law, had also held CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR MUMBAI, JULY 27 PAGE 12 SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 3,75,799 9,431 2.77% 26.03 ■ Delhi 1,30,606 1,075 0.89% 81.35 ■ Tamil Nadu 2,13,723 6,986 3.26% 22.06 ■ Karnataka 96,141 5,199 6.04% 11.92 ■ Andhra Pradesh 96,298 7,624 9.93% 7.25 * 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: INTERVIEW ‘FINDING A POLITICAL PLANK IS THE CHALLENGE’ OMAR ABDULLAH FORMER CM, JAMMU & KASHMIR INTERVIEW ON www.indianexpress.com NOW: 2.28 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 7.96 8.54 Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease 49,931 31,991 Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak DataasonJuly24,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Speaker withdraws plea in SC against initial order of HC ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 27 THESUPREMECourtMondayallowed Rajasthan Assembly SpeakerCPJoshitowithdrawhis petition challenging the Rajasthan High Court order of July 21. TheHighCourthadextended until July 24 the time given by the Speaker to 19 Congress rebel MLAs, seeking their response to the disqualification notices he had served. The bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari allowed the Speaker to withdraw his petition after senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the HC had subsequently passed a detailed order on July 24 in view of which the petitioner wanted to withdraw the challenge to the earlier order and take appropri- Amidst race for vaccine, Govt readies trial sites, detailed data on volunteers PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, JULY 27 THE GOVERNMENT has at least five sites ready across four states for late-stage human clinical trials expected by the end of this year for several Covid-19 vaccine candidates, including those developed by the University of Oxford, Zydus Cadila and Bharat Biotech. An A couple of thousand voluteers at each site: DBT Secy additional six sites are being set up to ensure ready availability of healthy participants. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, Department of Biotechnology Secretary Dr Renu Swarup said thatwithtrialsitesready,companies would have a handy and large database of volunteers, “a coupleof thousands”ateachsite, as well as trained personnel, at a time when efforts are being fasttracked to find a vaccine against rising cases. Locating the right volunteers — who have not been infected with Covid-19 earlier, are not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ate legal recourse against the later order. “Mr. Kapil Sibal, learned senior counsel, has submitted that the High Court has passed a detailed order and the ad interim CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE NEED AGLOBAL COALITIONOF DEMOCRACIES BY C RAJA MOHAN PAGE 10 THE IDEAS PAGE THELOCKDOWN ADVANTAGE BY VINOD K PAUL PAGE 11 Class 12 star performer from Kerala Dalit colony, family says hardships could not stop his dream RECOVERED TODAY: 2.46 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur. Holed up there, Gehlot, loyalists held a ‘Save Democracy, Save Constitution’ protest Monday. PTI SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 27 WHEN OFFICIALS from the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan tookhimtoKochiFridaymorning, 18-year-old Vinayak M Malil was told that he would get a call from a “top person”. It was only when the call came that they finally brokethesuspense--itwasPrime Minister Narendra Modi calling during the recording of Mann Ki Baat, which was aired Sunday. Theteenager,hailingfroman SC family in Manjallur village of Kerala’s Ernakulam district, is among the top scorers in the CBSE Commerce stream in the Class 12 board exams. And the Prime Minister was speaking to him during his interaction with Vinayak (second from left) with his family. Express fourstarperformerswhobraved the odds to score high marks in this year's exams. Thesonof dailywageworker Manoj and Thankamma, Vinayak studied at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Neriamangalam in Ernakulam, and bagged 493 marks out of 500 in the exam. “When officials from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shot in Yemen, scammed in India, surgery stalled by lockdown SRINATH RAO WORLD’S BIGGEST COVID VACCINE STUDY UNDERWAY AS U.S.-MADE SHOTS PUT TO FINAL TEST KEYSTATES TOWATCH THE EXPRESS WHILE HE returned the Ashok Gehlot government’s recommendation for an Assembly session from July 31 — the second time in five days — Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra said on Monday that “if the government wants to seek a trust vote, then this can be a reasonable basis for callingasessiononshortnotice”. But,hesaid,whiletheGehlot government's comments, as reported in print and electronic media,makeitclearthatitwants a trust vote, it hasn’t mentioned thisinitsrecommendationforan Assembly session. Citing the Covidpandemic,Mishraalsosaid that a session cannot be called “without any special urgency”. Saying that “Raj Bhavan has no intention of not calling an Assembly session”, Mishra, according to a statement released by his office, asked the government to act on three points and send a fresh proposal addressing these: ■ Reiteratinghisearlierstatement,hesaid“aclear21-daynotice” should be given for calling an Assembly session. He also pointed out that a healthy debate on importantsocialand political issues can be held online. ■ Mishra also issued directions in case of a trust vote: it shouldbeconductedinthepresenceof theprincipal secretary of theparliamentaryaffairsdepartment, be decided only through BEITthebattlefieldsof Yemenor the trap he fell into in India, Muhammad Gibran Saleh Gibran has only one name for those responsible: “Bad men”. One of them fired the bullet that shattered a part of his face two years ago, and two others “ran away” with his passport and money in Mumbai. The 26-year-old is among several soldiers who were flown over in January for specialised treatment by Yemen’s exiled government after they were in- juredinthecivilwarthaterupted in 2015 between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Today, the soldiers are confinedtotheirhotelrooms,awaitingsurgeriesstalledbytheCovid lockdown, nursing landmine injuries, gunshot wounds and shatteredbones.And,Gibranhas as much disdain for his compatriots fighting for the Houthis as for the two Yemeni nationals who allegedly scammed him and have since been arrested. “In Yemen we are fighting Iran,andinIndiawearetroubled bycheats...ourownpeople,”says Gibran,anInspectorintheYemen Army, who has been put up at a hotelinVashiwithfivecolleagues. The UN has termed the Yemen war as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster with over an estimated 100,000 people killed, more than 3 million displacedandnearly3.2millionfacing starvation. And the governments of Saudi Arabia and Yemen have an agreement with Fortis Group of Hospitalsto treat wounded soldiers at their centres in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. The soldiers say that before thepandemicstruck, when tests and surgeries were underway at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, a fellowsoldierbeingtreatedinPune (From left) Abdel Fattah Ismail Omar Al-Rajhi, Khaled Abbad Mohamed Saleh, Abdullah Khaled Al-Shagdari, Muhammad Gibran Saleh Gibran in Vashi, Mumbai. Amit Chakravarty lured the group with the promiseof bettertreatmentatanother hospital in Navi Mumbai in February. Theysaythatthesoldierconnected them to two Yemeni translators, Fahad Razwan AlMaktari and Abdulgani Ali AlGuzi. Taken in by promises of quicktreatmentandreturn—AlGuzi falsely claimed to be working with the Yemen Embassy in Delhi — the soldiers say they were admitted to another hospital in violation of the agreementwithFortisandtrickedinto surrendering their passports. The two accused allegedly used the passports to withdraw 11,500 Saudi Arabian Riyals (Rs 2.05 lakh) that the Yemen government had wired for the soldiers. Gibran then lodged a police complaint following which the duo was arrested in Powai last month-end. “Al-Guzi and Al-Maktari were arrested and booked last month by the Powai police on charges of cheating and forgery. They were released on bail last week,” says Ankit Goyal, Deputy Commissioner of Police. “We have seized the passports from thecustodyof theaccused. Once the complainant writes to the court, and the court passes an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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