DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ` 126 per kilo ` 54 per Dozen THE EDITORIAL PAGE EDUCATINGINDIA BY KUMKUM ROY PAGE 12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Justice, a worm’s-eye view: 38 yrs later, cleared of adulteration APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JULY 30 JUSTICE MOVES at a snail's pace — even if all it involves is four mealworms, two weevils, and 600 gm of turmeric. On Thursday, a three-judge Supreme Court Bench finally pulled the curtains on this story, acquitting a Sonepat-based trader, Prem Chand, in a case of adulteration filed 38 years ago. In their six-paragraph order restoring a trial court judgment passedbackin1995clearingPrem Chand of all charges, Justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Krishna Murarirecountedthesequenceof events starting August 18, 1982, when a food inspector visited Prem Chand's shop and found he wassellingturmericwithoutalicence. Froma 10-kgbag,the food inspectortook600gmfortesting, andthesamplewasfoundtocontain “four living mealworms and two live weevils”. The Supreme Court noted that the 2009 high court order convicting Prem Chand had overlooked key facts. First, that the sample had been sent for testing after an unexplained CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘SC was told a blatant lie that I am a free man...why am I being stopped’ Soz says barred from moving out; free to go where he wants, says J&K administration SRINAGAR, JULY 30 A DAY after the Supreme Court disposed of a petition by Saifuddin Soz's wife over his “illegaldetention”,acceptingthe government's submission that hewasundernorestrictions,the J&K Congress leader was stopped by the police as he tried to move out of his house in Srinagar. As mediapersons watched, police personnel pulled away the 83-year-old as he talked from behind a wall, mounted by a barbed wire, around his house. On Wednesday too, soon after the Supreme Court accepted the J&K administration's claim thathewasnotunderdetention, Soz had said he had been stopped from leaving his house. “WhattheSupremeCourtwas told is a blatant lie,” Soz said on Thursday, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone, adding that he would again move the court against his “illegal” detention, "for whatever it's worth". “This (UT) government and the Central government took a position before the Supreme Court thatIamafreeman.Iamnotafree man.Ihavebeenunderdetention since August 5, 2019. If I am not under detention, why am I being stopped?Itriedtomoveouttwice yesterday and twice today." After stopping the former Unionministerfromtalkingtothe media present outside his house, thepolicementoldthejournalists CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15,83,792 NEW DELHI, JULY 30 Congress leader Saifuddin Soz speaks to reporters from across the boundary wall of his residence before being pulled away, in Srinagar on Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi Security paradox: Dip in violence, locals in militant ranks and LoC heating up SRINAGAR, JULY 30 BEHIND THE barbed wire framing Congress leader Saifuddin Soz in his Srinagar home is the paradox of how security has played out over the last one year here:asharpdropinincidentsof violence with many, like Soz, at home undercurbs orin custody; and yet a steady trickle of local young men into the militant ranks and a heating up along the Line of Control. Indeed, in a recent presentation to the Union Ministry of HomeAffairs,Jammu&Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag RECOVERED: 10,20,583 DEATHS: 34,968 J&K DGP Dilbag Singh J&K ONEYEARAFTER AUGUST5 AN EXPRESS SERIES Singh compared law and order incidents in Kashmir over two timestamps – after July 8, 2016, when Hizbul Mujahideen CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GOVERNMENT is likely to takeafinalcallontherestoration of 4G mobile Internet services in the Kashmir Valley after Independence Day celebrations are over next month, official sources told The Indian Express. A “favourable” decision is “alreadyunderconsideration”within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the sources said. The government is waiting for August 5, which marks a year since special status under Article 370 was revokedandJ&KsplitintotwoUnion Territories,andIndependenceDay, to“passoffpeacefully”beforetakingadecision,theysaid. SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 4,00,651 9,211 2.48% 29.08 ■ Tamil Nadu 2,34,114 6,426 3.30% 21.80 ■ Delhi 1,33,310 1,035 0.77% 93.26 ■ Andhra 1,20,390 10,093 9.27% 7.76 ■ Karnataka 1,12,504 5,503 5.80% 12.42 * 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: 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 2.21 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 8.22 8.71 52,123 32,554 DataasonJuly29,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive TRUMP SUGGESTS ‘DELAYING’ U.S. ELECTIONS PAGE 17 KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JULY 30 WITHIN HOURS of the Chinese Defence Ministry claiming that troops on both sides were gradually disengaging and the situation was moving towards deescalation along the Line of ActualControlinLadakh,sources intheIndianArmysaidtherehas been no positive movement on the ground for more than two weeks now. The standoff at Pangong Tso andPatrollingPoint17AatGogra, Armysourcessaid,isstilltoberesolved and is likely to be the focus of the fifth round of talks at the level of the Corps Commander. The fifth round of talks since June 6 is expected in thenextfewdays.Thetalkswere expected Friday or over the weekend but there was no officialworduntilThursdayevening. Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, Thursday said China andIndia“haveconductedeffective communication andcoordination through both diplomatic and military channels since the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Priest, policemen test positive, SONIA MEETING Cong veterans say temple Trust says event on track look within, young MP says start with yourself, UPA II JUST SIX days before bhoomi pujan is expected for the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya, an assistant priest and four policemen posted at the site tested positive on Thursday in a rapid antigen test for the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the ceremony, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Sweets being prepared in Ayodhya Thursday, ahead of bhoomi pujan on Aug 5. ANI Adityanath. The CM had come in contact with the assistant priest, Pradeep Das, 30, during his visit to Ayodhya last week to check arrangements for the bhoomi pujan. Ten other constables in Ayodhyadistricthavetestedpositive.Theauthoritiessaidthedevelopmentswouldhavenoeffect on the programme, scheduled for August 5, and expected to be attended by around 250 people. The priest as well as the policemen who are positive will now beputthroughthemorereliable RT-PCR test for Covid-19. Dasistheassistantof Mahant SatyendraDas, the chief priestof the makeshift Ram Lalla temple CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CID CHARGESHEET In days leading up to Palghar lynching, WhatsApp groups rife with rumours SRINATH RAO MUMBAI, JULY 30 IN THE four days leading up to the lynching of two ascetics and their driver in Palghar on April 16, WhatsApp groups in the area actively spread rumours and fuelled fear in villages in parts of the district. The rumour-mongering began on April 12 with a message about thieves and alleged organ-harvesters being WORLD PUSHING HIS country’s claim to Pangong Tso where Chinese troops came in 8 km west of the pointwhichIndiasaysmarksthe Line of Actual Control, Sun Weidong, Beijing’s ambassador to New Delhi, Thursday said Army trucks in Leh on “China's traditional customary Thursday. ANI boundary line is in accordance with the LAC” on the north bank of the lake. LAC to the Chinese side”. He rejected suggestions that “Withthejointeffortsof both China has expanded its territo- sides,thebordertroopshavedisrial claim at Pangong Tso. engaged in most localities, the The ambassador made these situation on the ground is de-esremarks aheadof the fifth round calating and the temperature is of talks between Corps coming down,” he said. Commandersof thetwo Responding to the armies,expected totake ambassador’s remarks, place in the next few New Delhi said there days. has been “some proSpeaking at a webigress” but the process of nar organised by the disengagement has not Institute of Chinese yet been completed. Studies, Sun said that on Sun Anurag Srivastava, the north bank of Weidong officialspokespersonfor Pangong lake, “China's the Ministry of External traditional customary Affairs, said, “There has boundary line is in accordance been some progress made towith the LAC. And there's no wards this objective, but the dissuchcaseasChinahasexpanded engagement process has as yet its territorial claim. China hopes not been completed.” He said that the Indian troops will senior commanders of the two strictly abide by the relevant bi- sideswillbemeetinginthe“near lateralagreementsandprotocols future” to work out steps in this between the two countries and regard. refrainfromillegallycrossingthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pangong and Gogra not yet resolved, Army awaits talks CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, JULY 30 2.41 PAGE 1 ANCHOR DEEPTIMAN TIWARY AVANEESH MISHRA & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 7 DAYS EARLIER: A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. These pages are an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contain content paid for by advertisers. These pages should be read as an advertisement. Govt to take call on 4G in Valley after August 15 NEW DELHI, JULY 30 NAVEED IQBAL & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER TESTS: 1,81,90,382| DOUBLING RATE: 20.15** KEYSTATES TOWATCH China envoy pushes Pangong claim, India says pullback not over SHUBHAJIT ROY TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 150 CASES: AHEAD OF MILITARY TALKS Ambassador Sun points to Chinese claim line on contested north bank of lake BASHAARAT MASOOD DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 spotted at a few villages, progressed to warnings about 500 Muslims being "let loose" across India to spread the Covid-19 virus and culminated in an announcement at 12.59 am on April 16 -- if you catch a thief do not leave him alive. The three men were killed later that day as they happened to pass through Gadchinchlevillageontheirway to a funeral in Surat. An analysis of five different WhatsAppgroupsof residentsof Gadchinchle and its neighbouring villages in Palghar and the adjoining Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, is part of the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department's (CID) 5,291-page-long chargesheet filed earlier this month against 126 men for allegedly lynching ascetics Mahant Kalpavruksha Giri (70) and Sushilgiri Maharaj (35) and their driver Nilesh Telgade (30). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 30 A YEAR after the Congress’s debilitating debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, months after its exitinMadhyaPradeshandright in the middle of the ongoing crisis in Rajasthan, the tension between veterans and young leaders is coming to a head. Sparksflewatameetingof its Rajya Sabha MPs convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday. Sources said former Union Minister and senior leader Kapil Sibalspokeabouttheneedfor“introspection”onthedefeat.Former Union Minister P Chidambaram saidthepartyshouldreachoutto peopletounderstandtheirdisenchantment with the Congress. It is learnt that newly elected Rajya SabhaMPRajeevSatavwasmore blunt — he said introspection should begin at home. “Introspect by all means…. but how did we come to 44…that should also be looked into. We were 200-plus in 2009. You are all saying this (need to E E X P L A I NE D ` 104 per kilo REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES ` 76 per kilo ● Old guard versus ● new RAJEEV SATAV’S swipe underlines the trust deficit between the old and the new and the sense of vacuum at the top. Bhopal to Jaipur, these are cleaving the Congress but there are few signs of any move to arrest the drift. introspect) now. You were all ministersthen.Frankly,itshould also be looked into where you failed. You have to introspect from the UPA II period,” an MP quoted Satav as having said during the virtual meeting. Satav, 46, a former Youth Congress president, is the AICC in-charge of Gujarat and a permanent invitee to the CWC. Satav’s remarks came in the presence of the key figures in UPA II. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Inside Jaya library: 8,376 books, Tirukkural to Discovery of India ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JULY 30 IN MAY 2012, J Jayalalithaa declared that the Anna Centenary LibraryinChennai,builtbyherrival M Karunanidhi of the DMK andoneofthelargestinthecountry,wouldbeturnedintoasuperspecialty hospital. Book lovers were shocked at the then CM's display of political one-upmanship at the cost of the treasures the library housed. The library survived,butthat'sanotherstory. Now, as the Tamil Nadu government moves to acquire Jayalalithaa'sVedaNilayamresi- dence, in Chennai's Poes Garden area, to set up a museum dedicated to the late chief minister, another story is emerging: that of Jayalalithaa as a book lover, a voracious reader and the owner of a collection of 8,376 books, withtitlesrangingfromtheTamil classic Tirukkural to Jawaharlal Nehru’s The Discovery of India, from biographies to journals. Officials and insiders who had direct access to Jayalalithaa and her residence recalled how she zealously maintained her books with serial numbers and title stickers. And of the long hours she spent reading on the first floor of Veda Nilayam. The 8,376 books are part of the 32,721 'movable properties' in Veda Nilayam listed by the state government. Oneoftheofficerswhovisited herlibrarysaidEnglishtitlesmade up 75 per cent of her collection. “Her Tamil collection had works ofPeriyarEVRamasamy(founder of the Dravidian movement) and former CM C N Annadurai. TranslationsofTirukkural,afewtitles of Adi Shankaracharya and poet Kannadasan’s Arthamulla Indhu Madham are also in her library,”theofficialsaid,addingthat The Discovery of India is “prominently placed”. Jayalalithaa’s collection also Jaya at her library in Kodanadu Estate. She also had libraries in Veda Nilayam and Siruthavur bungalow. Source: J Krishnapriya included books on law and several doctoral papers published by state universities about the political life of Annadurai, her mentor and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran (MGR) and about Jayalalithaa herself. Officials also spotted novels of Agatha Christie and works of Khushwant Singh. Among her “favourites”, said insiders, were biographies and autobiographies of world leaders, including of former US presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. “All these books had markings she made, or bookmarks to chaptersshehadreadormarked for references,” said an official. TheofficialsaidJayalalithaa’s libraryhadtwoportions:onefor bookshelvesandanothersection with a reading corner and her collectionof journals.“Thehouse itself isn'tveryextraordinary,except that there is a lift to the first floor since she had knee trouble. Thereisalsoanintercomsystem tocommunicatewithguestsand others downstairs," he said. For about three decades, Jayalalithaa lived in this house with V K Sasikala and the latter's sister-in-law Ilavarasi and her children. Sasikala and Ilavarasi are in jail in Bengaluru after being convicted in the dispropor- tionate assets case along with Jayalalithaa. Jayalalithaa’s bedroom, though big, is “simple”. “Sasikala’s bedroom is much smaller, with lots of stationery, petitions and papers,” said one of the officials. Karthikeyan, who was Jayalalithaa's private secretary for over a decade, recalled, “She would look up new book releasesandaskmeto order them. We used to order three copies of each book, one for each of her libraries — at Poes Garden, at Siruthavur bungalow (near Chennai) and Kodanadu Estate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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