DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES Govt push sees players lining up to make solar equipment NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 IN AN indication that the Centre's ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ push could be yielding early results in the solar energy space, the Renewable Energy Ministry has received proposals from a range of players for over 10GW (giga watts) of fresh solar equipment manufacturing. The proposals over the last couple of months to domestically manufacture solar equipmentinIndiaincludethosefrom the US-based First Solar, Rajput account: Withdrawals of Rs 55 lakh, ED finds no big transfers to Rhea KHUSHBOO NARAYAN E E X P L A I NE D PRABHA RAGHAVAN & ANIL SASI Boost for home ● industry INDIA AIMS to set up 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022, up from 34.6 GW currently. Given that the cost of modules produced in China is up to 10% cheaper than the ones manufactured in India, the push for input manufacturing domestically could improve cost competitiveness and reduce the dependency on imports. Gurgaon-based Renew Power, Kolkata-based Vikram Solar and the Delhi-headquartered Waaree Energies. This surge in interest in the domestic manufacture of solar equipment coincides with measures initiated by the government to slap additional dutiesonimportsacrosssectors,including solar power. Power and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh told The Indian Express that the government'smovetoshiftfromthe use of short-term 'safeguard duties' to protect domestic manufacturers to the imposition of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 100 DAYS OF LAC CRISIS Indian envoy reaches out, Delhi waits for Beijing word on talks CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOMINATED FOR VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Devi Harris: Biden’s historic pick Reflects response to changing US society, politics The mob set fire to vehicles; 145 people have been arrested . PTI JONATHAN MARTIN & ASTEAD W HERNDON WASHINGTON, AUGUST 12 INNAMINGKamalaHarrisashis running mate, Democratic Presidential candidate Joseph R Biden made a groundbreaking decision, picking a woman of colourtobeVicePresidentof the United States and, possibly, a successor in the White House. Yet in some ways, Biden's choice, made public early on WednesdayIndiatime,wasconventional: elevating a Senator Your mother would be proud: In Delhi, an uncle remembers CANDIDATE KAMALA “KAMALA,Iamsohappyforyou. Shyamala would have been very proud." CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 8 MUMBAI, AUGUST 12 AFTER QUESTIONING actor Rhea Chakraborty for almost 18 hours, theEnforcementDirectorate(ED) is now examining cash withdrawalsmadefromSushantSingh Rajput'saccountsoverthelastone year as the agency has not found any “substantial direct transfers” from the late actor's account to Chakraborty or her family members, sources familiar with the case told The Indian Express. Thesewithdrawalsamountto Rs 55 lakh and are from Rajput's primaryaccountwithKotakBank. Sources said the agency is trackingthetrailofthesewithdrawals. This account, sources said, had about Rs 15 crore at the Biden with Harris in Sept 2019. AP SOMYA LAKHANI & ARUN JANARDHANAN NEW DELHI, CHENNAI, AUG 12 Expert group plans digital backend to track vaccine The Indian Embassy in China tweeted this photograph of Vikram Misri with Liu Jianchao SHUBHAJIT ROY & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 INDIA’SAMBASSADORtoBeijing, Vikram Misri, reached out Wednesdaytoakeyinterlocutor `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 in the Communist Party of China’sCentralCommitteetotry and make headway in talks on resolvingthecrisisalongtheLine of Actual Control in Ladakh where the standoff between troops of the two countries CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 AT ITS first meeting on Wednesday, the National Expert Grouponvaccineadministration for Covid-19 held detailed deliberations on modifying existing technology platforms to track potentialvaccinesfromprocurement to last-mile delivery. Sources told The Indian Express that talks were held on building a digital infrastructure so that a potential vaccine, from the several beingdeveloped,can be administeredto a large population. Specifically, sources said, there was a discussion on upgrading the existing eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) — an indigenously CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULLCOVERAGE,PAGE11 Early Wednesday, 80-yearold Gopalan Balachandran, a Delhi-based academic, sent this congratulatory message to his niece Kamala Harris, soon after she was chosen by Democratic nominee Joe Biden as his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Bengaluru mob violence over social media post, 3 killed in police firing JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, AUGUST 12 THREE YOUTHS were killed in police firing in east Bengaluru Tuesday night after a mob attacked a police station and targeted a Congress MLA's house over perceived official inaction in arresting a relative of the legislator for a social media post with alleged derogatory references to Islam. Police said 145 people, including the MLA's relative, have been arrested and the situation isundercontrol.KarnatakaChief MinisterBSYediyurappasaidthe governmentwillconductaprobe byamagistrateintotheincident. “Therearereportsthattheviolence is a fallout of rivalry CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Despite court order, ex-J&K Dy CM moves to new house near Army ammunition depot ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 12 FORMERDEPUTYChief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and BJP leader, Nirmal Singh, and his family moved into their newly constructedbungalowatBanvillage, near the Army’s ammunition sub-depot (ASD) on July 23, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Singh’s house in Nagrota
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