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, JANUARY 12, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CHIEF JUSTICE BOBDE MINCES FEW WORDS Slamming Centre over protests and process, SC suggests stay on farm laws, panel for talks Staying the law: courts have been very cautious SC order today; AG says stay drastic; you failed to solve problem, says CJI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 IN ONE of its rare outbursts against the Government in recent times, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, questioned the processbehindtheenactmentof the farm laws and expressed deep “disappointment” over the Centre’s handling of the farm protests. Scheduling its order for tomorrow,thecourtindicatedthat itcouldevenstaytheimplementation of the new farm laws to ostensibly “facilitate” a solution. CJIBobdemincedfewwords: “We do not think the Centre is handling the issue correctly. We don’t think you are being effective.” Suggesting that the court wouldappointacommitteethat “willtellusif thelawsareinpublic interest,” CJI Bobde said: “We proposetoformacommitteeand if thegovernmentdoesnot,then wewillstaytheimplementation of the farm Acts…We are doing this because you have failed to solve the problem. We are proposing to pass this order to facilitate resolution of this problem by a committee chosen by us...We will make the atmosphere comfortable and conducivefortalks.Tillthenthefarm ` 68 per kilo ` 96 per kilo ` 116 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen Entertainment, sports channels now under Mumbai Police scanner for boosting TRP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 11 THE MUMBAI Police Crime Branch, probing the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam, in which news channels allegedly paidmoneytoincreasetheirTRP, is now expanding the scope of the probe to include general entertainment channels (GEC)and sports channels. The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU)of theCrimeBranch,which on Monday filed a second chargesheet in the case against three persons,includingtwo top executives of Republic Media, said that “around 12 to 13 GECs and at least three sports channels” are under its scanner. The supplementary chargesheet, which ran into around 3,600 pages, was submitted before the metropolitan magistrate court against Republic Media Network chief executive officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani, former BARC chief operating officer (COO) Romil Ramgarhia and former BARC CEO Partho Das. The police have named Republic COO Priya Mukherjee, chief financial officer Shiva Sundaraman and others, including “other related relevant persons of Republic TV”, as wanted CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPRESS NETWORK SHRIPAD NAIK INJURED, WIFE KILLED IN ACCIDENT PAGE 10 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 BEFORE THE ORDER, THE FRAMING The bench made key observations: ■ Not getting into question on repeal ■ Staying action on law isn’t same as staying law ■ Farmers’ groups can appear before govt, why not before committee ■ Want to resolve, create conducive atmosphere for talks laws can be put on hold...If laws areputonholdthennegotiations CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Farmers celebrate after the SC hearing, at the Ghazipur border Monday. Prem Nath Pandey Farmers thank SC but draw line: no panel, no stay, only repeal RAKHI JAGGA & AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 WHILE WELCOMING the Supreme Court’s outburst against the Centre, unions representing protesting farmers turned down the idea of a committee to resolve the issue and KHATTAR, DUSHYANT RUSH TO DELHI ANOTHER SUICIDE BID AT PROTEST SITE PAGE 10 reiterated their demand for a repealof thefarmlaws, notmerely a stay on them. On Monday, the apex court indicated that it could stay the implementationof thenewlaws and proposed the setting up of a committee. Hours after the court proceedings, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a joint forum of farm unions, issued a statement that read, “…we informed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HOW THE Supreme Court operationalises its suggestion to stay the operation of the three farm laws and open fresh talks via a committee will be evident in its orderTuesday.However,alineof precedents shows that courts have been very cautious while passing interim orders to stay laws passed by the Legislature. “In matters involving the constitutionality of any legislation enacted by the legislature and rules, courts should be extremely loath to pass an interim order,” a two-judge Supreme Court bench had said in a 2013 ruling on the validity of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Regulation Act, 2003. “At the time of final adjudication,thecourtcanstrikedown the statute if found ultra vires of the Constitution. However, operation of the statute cannot be stultified by granting an interim order except when the court is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mumbai, Thane report cases of bird flu, BMC issues guidelines SANJANA BHALERAO MUMBAI, JANUARY 11 A DAY after Maharashtra became the latest in the list of states that reported bird flu cases, three crows found dead in Mumbai and 17 birds in Thane tested positive for Avian Influenza on Monday. While samples of crows and herons from Mumbai, Ghodbunder in Thane and Dapoli in Ratnagiri have been found positive for the H5N1 strain, samples from Beed districthavebeenfoundpositivefor the H5N8 strain. Incidentally, the primary investigation conducted at the Pune-based Western Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on 15 pond egrets and two parrots found dead in Thane and three crows found dead in Chembur in Mumbai had ruled out bird flu. These deaths were reported on January 7. No new deaths of birds were reportedinMumbaionMonday. “Crows and not poultry were found infected with bird flu in MumbaiandThane.Thereareno poultry units in Mumbai, which is not an infected area. All the cases have been found in backyard poultries and not in commercial poultry units. It is safe to eateggsandpoultrymeat,if they are cooked for 30 minutes at 70 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Bird flu triggers fresh fears, prices of chicken, eggs crash PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS & HARISH DAMODARAN PUNE, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 WINTER FOR the poultry industry is like summer for ice-cream makers. The winter months are when consumption of chicken and eggs peaks, with those rearing broiler and layer birds also realising better rates. But this time it is different, thanks to the outbreak of avian influenza, now confirmed in 10 states — Kerala, Rajasthan, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR E E X P L A I NE D ANANTHAKRISHNAN G Poultry birds ● mostlysafe ALTHOUGH BIRDS have died in 10 states so far, the only example of deaths in organised poultry farms has come from Haryana. Since birds in poultry farms are generally isolated, chances of their catching the virus from foreign avian species are low. Serum says order by govt for 11 mn doses, first lot may head out today ANURADHA MASCARENHAS & PRABHA RAGHAVAN PUNE, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 THE CENTRAL government has signedacontractwiththeSerum Instituteof India(SII)forthesupply of 11 million doses of Covishield, the Indian variant of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the Pune-based firm said on Monday. Doses of the vaccine could start shipping as early as Monday night, a source with direct knowledge of the development told The Indian Express. “(SII) may start despatching the vaccines very soon. It may happen either later tonight or early morning tomorrow,” the source said on Monday evening. The doses will be sent by multiple modes of transport, including by road and by air, the source said. In Pune, SII officials said the consignmentswouldbeflownto the nearest airport and then driven to the depots. Some 60 locations, including in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and Chennai, are mentioned in the consignee list, the SII officials said. TheSIIhasmanufacturedthe vaccine under licence in India. Thecountrywillstartitsmassinoculation programme against Covid-19 on January 16. Around CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Covishield vaccine transport vehicles arriving at the Serum Institute of India in Pune on Monday. Arul Horizon INDIA’S BIGGEST TBM IN MUMBAI India’s biggest tunnel boring machine (TBM), ‘Mavala’, will be deployed to dig 3.4-km-long tunnels as part of the Coastal Road project in Mumbai. It was launched by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. Ganesh Shirsekar PAGE3 Astrologer claiming political links dupes ex-HC judge of Rs 8 crore EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, JANUARY 11 A SELF-STYLED astrologer, who claimed access to top political leaders, has been arrested by Bengalurupolicecrimebranchfor allegedly cheating a retired high courtjudgeofoverRs8crorewith the promise of a “high position” through his connections. Yuvaraj Ramadas, 52, who has a history of cheating cases, was arrested last month for allegedly duping retired judge Indrakala B S, 68. The arrest was based on a complaint filed by the former judge at the Wilson Garden police station alleging that Ramadas had cheated her between June 2018 and November 2019 of Rs 8.27 crore by promising her a “high position” in the country's administration. Following the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that an FIR was registered on the complaint thatRamadas“falselyclaimedto know some important persons andpromisedtogetgovernment jobs and government work done”. “The CCB (Central Crime Branch) took a search warrant for the accused and raided his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Centre will pay for the first three crore shots: PM tells CMs KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 THECENTREwillbearthecostof vaccinating three crore healthcareand frontline workers inthe first phase of the vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus disease, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Chief Ministers on Monday. The PM stressed on three critical aspects of the administration of the vaccine: ensuring that data are uploaded in real time for effective monitoring of beneficiaries; curbing rumours and misinformation about the vaccine; and ensuring effective reporting of adverse events, if any, after vaccination. “...The most important thing will be to identify and monitor the beneficiaries who have to be vaccinated.Forthiswewillbeusing modern technology; using Aadhaar, we will be able to identify the beneficiaries. It is my request that real-time data generated during the vaccination should be uploaded on the CoWIN platform. The states have to ensure this. Even a small glitch candamagethismission,”hesaid. “...Another critical thing is that every state and Union Territory will have to ensure there is no vaccine-related rumourormisinformation.Theexercisecannot be based on ifsand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India take it on the chest, in the ribs, for greatest of comebacks SRIRAMVEERA MUMBAI, JANUARY 11 AFTER THE biggest loss in Adelaideandthegrandestwinin Melbourne, this Test series of extremes threw up the greatest draw in Sydney. In the end, India's pride was left scarless despite a broken hand, a bruised elbow, a sore hamstring,andafewdentsonthe chestastheyhungontofinishthe final day at 334 for five, leaving the four-game series at 1-1, with one more Test to go. Thiswasthelongestfourthin- nings by India in 41 years, after thedrawagainstEnglandin1979. On Monday, they batted 131 overs with four batsmen — Cheteshwar Pujara (77), Rishabh Pant(97),HanumaVihari(23not out)andRaviAshwin(39notout) — playing over 100 deliveries each. AndalthoughtheAustralians perspired to conjure a result in their favour, they were left cursing in the shadows — their frustration amplified by stump microphones and later paraded by Indian fans as proud GIFs, mockingemojis,andcelebratoryhashtags. R Ashwin (right), Hanuma Vihari after holding off Australia to ensure a draw in the third Test, at Sydney, Monday. AP For India, a day that started with thoughts of defeat was astonishingly turned around by PantandPujara,bothfightingredemption battles of their own. During that heady second session, India even dared to dream of a victory. But after those two fell, an injured Vihari, who was playingforhiscareer,andAshwin, wholovesagoodsportingbrawl, made a draw feel like a win. Would an Indian team of the pasthavebattledsomanyinjuries with such a talented and tenaciousback-upgroupputtingupa stirring fight like this? The jury is out on that one. But there is no question about the enormity of this achievement, particularly in thechaoticbackdropofthegame. The trips to hospitals were punctuatedbyvisitstothematch referee to combat racist taunts from the crowd. The evenings were spent on the table of the masseurandinhuddlestodrafta plan to put the racists out of the ground. The nights carried murmurs from the Indian board about a possible boycott of Brisbane, the venue of the final Test.Thedayswerespenttussling with the snarling Australians on the field. “Welcome to the greatest of the comebacks,” was how Australian motormouth skipper Tim Paine welcomed Pant to the crease at the fall of Ajinkya Rahane,whodepartedinthesecond over of the day. It was a deliberate sledge since Pant had been hit on the elbow in the first innings. But the young Indian wicketkeeper kept quiet and walked over to chat with Pujara. But soon, Pant’s bat began to dothetalking.Hewentonarousingattack,launchinghimselfinto off-spinnerNathanLyon.Hedidn’tgetcarriedawaythough,ashe played the pacers on merit, CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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