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 FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning... I know she’s looking down on me from above... committed to values she taught COURT SETS AUGUST 24 FOR ‘UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY’ SCurgesrethink,Bhushanstands firm:noapology,mydutytofuture Courtsayssentencewon’tbeactivateduntilreviewdecided ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 V-P CANDIDATE KAMALA HARRIS US senator Kamala Harris accepts the Democratic vice-presidential nomination at the party’s national convention, in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday. Reuters REPORT,PAGE12 Institutional isolation now mandatory for Covid patients over 50 years in Mumbai TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, AUGUST 20 THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) has modified its guidelines to make institutional isolation mandatory for all Covid-19 positive patients aged above 50 years in Mumbai, irrespective of whether they have any symptoms of the infection. Patients may choose either government or private hospitals to undergo institutional isolation, said the civic body. In the first 15 days of August, Mumbai had recorded 588 deaths due to Covid-19. Of the 244 people who died in private hospitals, 94 per cent were above the age of 50 years. Among the 588 deceased, TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 171 CASES: 28,36,925 DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 20,96,664 DEATHS: 53,866 TESTS: 3,26,61,252| DOUBLING RATE: 29.53** INSIDE 2 COPS SUCCUMB TO COVID, TOLL IN MUMBAI POLICE JUMPS TO 62 REGISTRY KEEPS TRACK OF PREGNANT WOMEN WITH COVID ACROSS STATE PAGE 5 SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES KEYSTATES TOWATCH ■ Maharashtra 6,28,642 13,165 1.97% 36.51 ■ Tamil Nadu 3,55,449 5,795 1.76% 40.84 ■ Andhra 3,16,003 9,742 3.16% 22.78 ■ Karnataka 2,49,590 8,642 3.48% 20.71 ■ Uttar Pradesh 1,67,510 5,076 3% 24.03 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO while 75 per cent sought admission within two days of testing positive,6.6percentgotadmitted two to four days later and 11 per cent got admitted after six days. “Many patients who are turning critical are being admitted late to hospitals. There is scope of intervention if they are CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 1.96 1.90 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 8.93 8.69 69,652 58,794 DataasonAugust19,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersinclude datafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive CONVICTED OF criminal contempt by the Supreme Court for two of his tweets, Advocate Prashant Bhushan Thursday firmly stood his ground making it clear to the court that he didn’t want to apologise and in this “momentof history,”thiswashis “responsibility to the future.” Thecourt,afterhearingarguments on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to Bhushan, reserved its order and gave him time to apologise. “We have given time to the contemnor to submit unconditional apology, if he so desires. WORLD RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER IN COMA AFTER SUSPECTED POISONING PAGE 12 DAYS AFTER the Jammu and Kashmir administrationtold the High Court that no National Conference (NC) leader was under detention, a group of senior NC leaders met at party president Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar Road residence on Thursday. This was the first in-person political meeting of the party after mainstream political leaders were detained at the time of the constitutionalchangesof August 5, 2019. An all-party meeting would be convened soon, Farooq Abdullahtoldreporters.“Wewill have a meeting on the Gupkar Declaration; that is our core issue,” he said. A meeting of several political parties in J&K called by Farooq at E E X P L A I NE D SRINAGAR, AUGUST 20 More political meets ● planned While Thursday's meeting was“onlytoseewhetherour colleaguescouldcomeoutof their homes”, Farooq Abdullah will meet more partycolleaguesonFriday.He has also reiterated his commitment to the “core issue” of the Gupkar Declaration, which was adopted by all mainstream parties of the erstwhilestateofJammuand Kashmirthedaybeforeitwas stripped of its special status his residence on August 5, a year afterthespecialstatusof theerstwhile state was removed, could CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Let it be filed by 24.08.2020. In case, apology is submitted, the case to be posted for consideration on the same, on 25.08.2020”, the bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari ordered. RAKESH SINHA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 ON THE day the Supreme Court heard arguments on the sentencingof PrashantBhushan,the advocate it convicted last week for contempt of court over two tweets, former Union Minister, journalist and author Arun Shourie told The Indian Express Arun Shourie THEEXPRESSINTERVIEW that if the Court is offended by a comment, it must, by law, give the person the opportunity to SOON AFTER the Mumbai Police told Raju Velu's family that he had been lynched by a mob in a robbery attempt, his brother tried accessing CCTV footage from when the incident happened.However,bythen,thepolice had collected the digital videorecordersof CCTVcameras in the Nehru Nagar slum area holding footage of the night of March 29-30. Velu's mother Saira Devendra, who raised her four sons working at a food stall, says they already had their suspicions, because of the injury marks all over Velu's body and what locals had told them. On August 17, the police informed the Bombay High Court that four constables had been prove his assertion since truth is a defence. Incidentally, Shourie, along with Bhushan and journalist N Ram, had filed a separate petition before the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of Section 2 (c) (i) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 which defines criminal contempt if one “scandalises or CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Request not to punish Bhushan: Venugopal AG speaks up for Bhushan, sought action over his tweets last year ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 ATTORNEY GENERAL K K Venugopal who on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to spare Prashant Bhushan from punishment for contempt over tweets against the judiciary had incidentally moved the court early last year to punish the advocate for posts allegedly "scandalising" the court and “denigrating” his office. A month later, the AG had, however, told the Bench that Bhushan had communicated that it was a “genuine mistake” and he did not want to go ahead withthepetitionnorwantedany punishment for Bhushan. This happened in February CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LAC: Border mechanism meets, fails to make headway on disengagement SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 TALKS BETWEEN Indian and Chinese diplomats Thursday could not achieve a breakthrough to resolve the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, and New Delhi said the two sides will “continue to sincerely work towards complete disengagement” of troops. This was the fourth meeting via videoconference of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) since the standoff began early May. The Chinese reluctance to BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, AUGUST 20 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Judgments judges deliver, their conduct, determine public esteem, not a tweet’ Farooq holds in-person Raju Velu death: how meeting with NC leaders, Mumbai Police claim says all-party meet soon of lynching unravelled EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Not likely that I will change my statement: Bhushan “I find it hard to believe that the Court finds my tweet ‘has the effect of destabilising the very foundationofthisimportantpillar of Indian democracy.’ I can only reiterate that these two tweets represented my bonafide beliefs, the expression of which must be permissible in any democracy”, Bhushan said in the statement. Asked if he wanted to reconsider his statements and make any amends, Bhushan told the Bench: “I don't want to reconsider the statement...If your Lordships want to give me time, I welcome. But I don't think it will serve any purpose...It is not very likely that I will change my statement". CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DREAM11 SET FOR NEXT FUNDING ROUND, TENCENT’S SHARE TO COME DOWN PAGE 13 THE CITY SUSHANT PROBE: CBI TEAM REACHES MUMBAI PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Accused found hanging in toilet of Taloja jail’s quarantine facility MUMBAI, AUGUST 20 ECONOMY Indian statement Thursday. Nor was there any mention of “early and complete disengagement” which was there the last time. Beijing,however,saidit“positively evaluated the progress made in the disengagement of the front-line forces of the two countries” and agreed to “conscientiously implement the Rs 1,000-KG HEROIN SEIZURE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Raju Velu died in March suspended — a month after acknowledging in court that the CCTV footage didn't show any moblynching.WhetherVeluhad succumbedtoinjuriescausedby police beating was a matter of further investigation, it said. The constables, Santosh Desai, Digambar Chauhan, Ankush Palve and Ananda Gaikwad, are alleged to have misled Velu's family. In the complaint registered on March 31, the police had blamed eight unknown people for Velu's death, and later claimed that two had confessed to the crime. They step back from Pangong Tso, where its troops continue to occupy the ridgeline at Finger 4, and the Gogra-Hot Springs area has stalled the disengagement process despite diplomatic and military talks. Unlike statements of the last three WMCC meetings, there wasnoreferenceto“progress”or “disengagement process” in the OVER A week after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested three men from Delhi for their alleged involvement in the Rs 1,000-kg heroinseizurefromNhavaSheva port, one of the men was found dead in the toilet of the quarantine facility of Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai. Another accused is also suspected to have attempted suicide by overdosing on pills but is currently stable, an official said. Delhi resident Mohammed Nauman (43) is suspected to have died by suicide early Thursday.Nauman,suspectedto beamiddleman,wasarrestedon August 9 with importer Sarvesh Bhatia and logistics provider Mahendra Nigam from Delhi and brought to the city in connection with the heroin seizure. The three men were initially sent to DRI's custody and produced before a magistrate in Panvelcourton Wednesday.The courtdirected them to be sent to judicial custody. With Taloja jail not allowing newinmatestobedirectlytaken to its premises, all accused are first taken to a school in Kharghar – converted into a temporary jail and quarantine facility – after they test negative for Covid-19. The Kharghar facility has inmates housed in six classrooms. According to an officer from the Kharghar police station, Nauman's death was reported CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Start-up from Kerala village wins govt’s challenge to take on Zoom — and Rs 1 cr PAGE 1 ANCHOR SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUGUST 20 ELEVEN YEARS ago, Joy Sebastian took a leap of faith. He wound up his career as a tech consultant in Kochi and moved to a village near Alappuzha wherethestategovernmenthad set up a 66-acre Info Park. His dream: start an R&D centre for video-conferencing solutions. Thatleaphasnowlandedthe 44-year-old and his company Techgentsia Software Technologies Pvt Ltd on the national centrestage — and a prize of Rs 1 crore. On Thursday, Techgentsia's Vconsolwasnamedaswinnerof the Ministry of Electronics & InformationTechnology'sDigital India “Grand Challenge” that was rolled out on April 12 to develop a world class video-conference solution — an Indian equivalent of Zoom in the time of Covid, according to officials. ForSebastian,whohailsfrom Pathirappally, a village near the backwaters and close to the Info Park, the challenge presented an opportunity —to showcase his dreamtotheworld.“Wedecided to develop a product for the country. Now, that dream has materialised,” he says. “IstartedTechgentsiain2009 with a friend, Tony Thomas. We were classmates from school, and he has now moved to Australia. We have been focusing on R&D in video-conferencing solutions from the beginning,andhaveafewclientsfrom the US, Europe and India for our B2Bmodel. We have grown over the years, and now employ 65 people,” says Sebastian, who completed his MCA from TKM Collegeof EngineeringinKollam. Joy Sebastian, 44, founder of Techgentsia Developed in three months, Vconsol's USP is security, says Sebastian,“apartfromallthefea- turesthatareavailableonZoom” in the premium option. “Security has been pointed out as a problem with Zoom. Vconsol has addressed it with tighter measures. Each participant will have a different password. And, to ensure that only those expected or invited are able to join the video-conference, an OTP verification code will be sent to mobile phones of participants,” he says. According to the IT Ministry, Techgentsia, which was picked from 1,983 applicants, will be provided with financial support of Rs 1 crore, and additional Rs 10 lakh for operation and main- tenance for the next three years. The start-up made its way through a longlist of 12 applicants, who were provided with Rs 10 lakh each to develop a prototype. Then, it cleared a shortlistof five,whowereprovidedfinancial support of Rs 15-20 lakh for “mentorship, testing and onboarding” on the National Informatics Centre (NIC) cloud. “In addition, the jury also selected products developed by three(other)applicants...anddecided to offer a developmental contracttobesupportedbyRs25 lakh each for further maturing their product within a period of threemonths,”theMinistrysaid. Allthefour--Techgentsia,Sarv WebsPvtLtd(Jaipur),PeopleLink Unified Communications Pvt Ltd (Hyderabad)andInstriveSoftlabs Pvt Ltd (Chennai) -- will be supported by various government techarms,includingCERT-Inand CDAC. The NIC, meanwhile, will facilitate their adoption on GeM,thegovernment'se-market portal. Announcing the winner, IT MinisterRaviShankarPrasadreferred to Prime Minister Narendra's Modi call for AatmaNirbhar Bharat and said: “We are committed to develop India’s software product and mobile app economy in a big way and efforts like this will go a long way in that direction.” For the challenge, the jury and mentors included: Debjani Ghosh, NASSCOM chairman; Saurabh Srivastava, who heads Indian Angel Network, a grouping of investors; Sharad Sharma of iSpirit, a software think tank; and officials and experts such as Rajat Moona from IIT-Bhilai, Santanu Chaudhary from IITJodhpurandYatindraNathSingh from IIT-Kanpur. So what made them choose Sebastian's fledgling firm? “Confidence in our technology and the ability of our developers,” he says.
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