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 WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 DU prof is COUNTDOWN TO AUGUST 5 third arrest by NIA in Elgar case DEEPTIMAN TIWARY, ARANYA SHANKAR & SADAF MODAK NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, JULY 28 IN THE 12th arrest in the Elgar Parishad case of December 2017, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday took intocustodyDelhiUniversityassociate professor Hany Babu MT. Babu,whoiswiththeuniversity’sDepartmentof English,was put under arrest after three days of questioning in Mumbai. In a statement,theNIAsaid“accused Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and was a co-conspirator with other arrested accused (in the Elgar Parishad case)”. The 54-year-old associate professor had been delivered summons on July 14 for appearancebeforetheinvestigatingofficer in Mumbai, the next day. He arrivedonJuly24forquestioning. Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena, whoteachesatDelhiUniversity’s Miranda House, called his arrest a “a joke and farce”. “Some officer called me around 5 pm and said Hany Babu was being arrested. I asked if I could talk to him,buttheyrefused.Thisarrest is ridiculous,” she said. NIA officials claim to have proof of Babu’s links with other accused in the case such as Rona Wilson. In September 2019, Babu’s home in NCR had been searched by the Pune police, which first registered a case in the matter. It had booked Babu under charges of sedition and taken away two laptops, a mobile phone and pen drives along with two books. The Pune police claimed to have recovered a letter from Wilson, arrested from Delhi in June 2018, in which a suspected J&K Comments by other authorities interfere with our mandate: EC ONEYEARAFTER AUGUST5 AN EXPRESS SERIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Iltija Mufti: My mother not free as she will speak for the people NEW DELHI, JULY 28 THEELECTIONCommission(EC) on Tuesday took exception to Lieutenant Governor (L-G) GC Murmu’s recent comments in the media on the timing of polls in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The Commission issued a strongly worded statement asserting that all decisions on the conduct and timing of elections are its “sole remit”. The poll panel was reacting to a series of media interviews given by Murmuoverthe last week. In an interview to The Tribune, the L-G said elections to (Political) the J&K vacuum Assembly temporary, would be held he had told aftertheconcluExpress sion of the delimitation exercise. Responding to a question on reviving political activity in J&K, MurmutoldtheHindustanTimes, “TheECisthecompetentauthority to take a call on delimitation. Except Covid, I don’t see any problem in holding elections”. To a similar question, he told The Indian Express that the Covid-19 outbreak marred the efforts to conduct panchayat elections in J&K. On the Assembly election, he said, “Second part is that the delimitation committee is already appointed, now delimitation will start. The Assembly elections should also come simultaneously or after that. So, this parallel work is going on. I think this CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN MUMBAI, JULY 28 Children of the Bakarwal community attend school at Doodpathri in Budgam. The government is holding open-air classes for children of nomadic tribes.. ANI Centre to SC: Need to verify L-G statement on no objection to 4G BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 28 THE CENTRE on Tuesday sought time from the Supreme Court to verify Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu’s statement favouring restoration of 4G internet services in the Union Territory. The Indian Express reported on July 26 that the J&K administration has told the Union Ministry of Home Affairs that it does not have any objection to restoring 4G internet services. EXPRESS NETWORK NC LEADER AGASYED RUHULLAHQUITSAS SPOKESPERSON PAGE 7 “We have been making (a) representation for this… I feel that 4G will not be a problem. I am not afraid (of) how people will use this. Pakistan will do its propaganda, whether it is 2G or 4G. It will always be there… But Idon’t seean issue,” Murmutold The Indian Express last week. Raising the matter before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana on Tuesday, Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for NGO Foundation for Media Professionals, said: “The Lieutenant Governor has made CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MEHBOOBA MUFTI’S continued detention was intended to “break her” and to force her to accept the “disempowerment” of Jammu & Kashmir that had taken place on August 5, 2019, the daughter of the former Chief Minister, Iltija Mufti, told The Indian Express in an interview from Srinagar. “It is kind of understood that if she wants to get out, her freedom is contingent on her not talking about Article 370. Now it’sbecomeagameof whoblinks first. But the bad news for them CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 P7 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW ‘GAME OF WHO BLINKS FIRST… IT WON’T BE MY MOTHER’ ILTIJA MUFTI DAUGHTER OF MEHBOOBA MUFTI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 148 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 14,83,156 RECOVERED: 9,52,743 DEATHS: 33,425 TESTS: 1,73,34,885 | DOUBLING RATE: 19.81** Ahead of military talks, China claims troops have disengaged at most sites SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 28 FOUR DAYS after New Delhi announcedthatIndiaandChinahad agreed on “early and complete disengagement”alongtheLineof Actual Control in Ladakh, Beijing Tuesday said border troops of bothcountries“havedisengaged inmostlocalities”followingclose communication via military and THE EDITORIAL PAGE PRESIDENTXI’S LONGGAME BY VIJAY GOKHALE PAGE 10 ` 76 per kilo ` 104 per kilo ` 127 per kilo ` 54 per Dozen diplomatic channels. Therewasnoofficialconfirmation or response from either the Indian government or the Indian Army to the Chinese Foreign Ministry’sstatementaheadofthe fifthroundoftalks,likelylaterthis week, between Corps Commandersof thetwoarmies. The Chinese reluctance to step back from Pangong Tso has stalled the disengagement CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 3,83,723 7,924 2.69% 26.78 ■ Delhi 1,31,219 613 0.84% 85.61 ■ Tamil Nadu 2,20,716 6,993 3.31% 21.73 ■ Karnataka 1,01,465 5,324 6.01% 11.97 ■ Andhra Pradesh 1,02,349 6,051 9.64% 7.47 * 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: 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 2.43 NOW: 2.25 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 8.03 8.56 47,704 35,176 DataasonJuly27,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 28 THE IMPASSE between the Ashok Gehlot government and Governor Kalraj Mishra continued on Tuesday as the state cabinet sent another recommendation to Raj Bhavan — the third in six days— stickingto its demand for calling an Assembly session on July 31. This comes a day after Mishra sought a revised proposal addressing three points: a 21-day notice for calling a session, live broadcast of the proceedings in case of a trust vote, and adequate social distancing measures in the House. He had, however, said that “if the government wants to seek a trust vote, then this can be a reasonablebasisforcallingasession on short notice”. But, he said, while the Gehlot government’s comments, as reported in the media,makeitclearthatitwants a trust vote, it hasn’t mentioned this in its proposal. The state government, in its fresh recommendation, has re- Higher share in slums exposed to virus than in societies: Mumbai sero survey TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JULY 28 One of the five Rafale jets, headed to India from France on Monday, being refuelled mid-air. Tweeted by IAF, via PTI Gehlot govt sticks to demand for July 31 House session, still no mention of trust vote A SERO-SURVEY conducted in Mumbaishowedthatmorethan half the people, or 57 per cent, tested in slums had been exposedtoanddevelopedantibodies against SARS-CoV-2 virus as compared to only 16 per cent of those tested in residential soci- Testing at Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar On Delhi portal, job-seekers call in from Bengal to Kerala SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, JULY 28 THEY ARE calling. From West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, even Kerala, and of course Delhi. Almost every call carries a tone of desperation—andthisrefrain: “I will handle whatever work you want me to, please hire me.” Within two days of the Delhi government launching a new job portal — jobs.delhi.gov.in — to revive the local economy from its Covid slump, it’s a virtual stampede for slots, say several employers. By Tuesday evening, the portal had logged 1.89 lakh jobseekers for 1 lakh openings posted by 4,294 employers across 32 categories. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 eties. The survey, conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in three wards of Mumbai, was done on 6,936 people – 61 per cent of them slum-dwellers and the remaining 39 per cent in residential societies. The survey also found that more women than men had developedantibodies.Amongpeople in slums, 59.3 per cent of the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 E E X P L A I NE D Hany Babu accused of links with those named earlier EC frowns on J&K L-G talk of election timing, says poll decisions its ‘remit’ Plugging ● the gaps THE PORTAL aims to plug two key gaps in the local economy on a single platform. It helps traders and small businesses reopen by reconnecting them to the workforce, and generates employment for returning migrant workers and local residents who lost their jobs in the Covid lockdown. EXPRESS NETWORK GEHLOTBROTHER TOLDTOAPPEAR BEFOREEDTODAY PAGE 7 fused to mention whether it is seeking a trust vote. Sources told The Indian Express that the government has said that the agenda of the House is decided by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC). “Regarding how a trust vote is to be held, whether it is to be recorded etc. all that is to be decided by the Speaker too,” said a source. The Speaker is the ex-officio chairman of the BAC, which includes members from the ruling party and Opposition. Section 22 under Chapter 6 of the Rules of Procedure and Conductof Businessof Rajasthan Assembly says: “On days allottedforthetransactionof government business, such business shall have precedence and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sushant’s father files FIR against actor’s friend for abetting suicide SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 28 ACTOR SUSHANT Singh Rajput’s father has filed an FIR in Patna against actor Rhea Chakraborty and five others, including three of her family members, for abetment of suicide, police said on Tuesday. Inspector General of Police, Patna Central, Sanjay Rhea’s Singh conkin also firmed that the named FIR was filed on Saturday. “My son was at the peak of his acting career tillMay2019.Duringthatperiod, Rhea and her relatives developed an acquaintance with my son, under a deliberate conspiracy, so that Rhea could establish herself in the film industry and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fighting cancer & Covid, MP family returns to city flyover for 3rd time SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, JULY 28 SAHIBA (22) IS trying to gather clothes, bags and her two-yearold son Noor, trying to protect them all from the rainwater leaking from a flyover near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. "We are living under this flyover, and he wants to go out – which means we walk around holding him," said Sabiha pointing towards Noor. This January, Noor was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rarecancerof theliver,settingoff achainof eventsthathadturned the family from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh virtually into nomads,astheyshuttlebetween their hometown and Mumbai, and between shelter homes and the flyover. This is the family's third visit to Mumbai. In April, The Indian Express had reported how the family, along with other cancer patients, was shifted by the hospitalfromundertheflyoverintoa Bandra shelter for the homeless. "This is our life now. I haven't been able to work since January, our savings have run out," said Noor's father Zafar (24), a construction worker. AsenioroncologistinJabalpur had referred Noor’s case to the Tata Memorial Hospital. On January27,atNoor’sfirstOPDappointment at the hospital, it had dawned on Zafar that the treatment would be a long haul. “The doctorssaidhewouldneed10cycles of chemotherapy at 15-day intervals.Ididn’tevenknowwhat chemo was until then,” he said. “As the tumour grew, Noor would throw up everything he ate,” Sahiba recounted. Lacking resources for a prolonged stay, the couple returned home after thefirstchemocycleinFebruary, defaulting on the treatment for three weeks. Noor with his parents at a makeshift shelter. Express “In the case of hepatoblastoma, not missing a (chemo) cycle is very important to stop the tumour from worsening,” said an oncologist, who is treating Noor at the hospital. The family would return to Mumbai in the first week of March,asNoor’sconditionworsened. The cancer care shelter wheretheyhadstayedinJanuary refused to take them back, forcing the poor family to camp on the street outside the hospital. “We saw other families living on the road and joined them,” Zafar said. They had never before lacked a roof over their head. Zafar's mother and sister would join them mid-March. “Thelockdownwastheworst thing to happen to us. Suddenly, there were no food vendors and NGO activists couldn't come often because of the travel curbs,” Zafarsaid.Livingintheopenalso carriedthedangerof contracting the virus. ThemovetotheBandrashelter was a blessing, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC)soonrealised that housing immune-compromised cancer survivors along with other homeless persons could actually spell disaster during a contagious pandemic. They were then moved to a lodge that did not allow them to use a stove to make fresh meals for Noor, who was diagnosed as "severely malnourished" at 7.5 kg. Eventually, the family was moved to another private accommodation arranged by the hospital. For the next two months, as the family stayed on, their savings started running out. Their landlord in Jabalpur started threatening eviction. As Noor was an OPD patient, he was checked for Covid-19 before every chemo cycle. On May 27, Noor and his mother tested positive for the virus, which led CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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