DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM No words for a headline SC panel says will try to convince farmers, member backs reform HARIKISHAN SHARMA & RAAKHI JAGGA NEW DELHI, LUDHIANA, JANUARY 19 India after chasing 328 to win the Test series against Australia 2-1, at Brisbane, Tuesday. It was the first loss for Australia at ‘Fortress Gabba’ in 32 years. @BCCI A billion get booster dose from Brisbane: World wakes up to watch Indian cricket’s big rising BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 KAPIL DEV on the Lord’s balcony in 1983, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman batting an entire day at EdenGardensin2001,MSDhoni sealingitwithasixatWankhede in 2011 will remain Indian cricket’s iconic moments — but they can still be re-enacted. India’simpossible-to-forget Test SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JANUARY 19 IN WHAT raises questions of conflictof interestandpropriety, a cement company part-owned by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s family, has received a bulk of the purchase orders for state government works in the first 10 months of the current financial year. BharathiCementCorporation Private Ltd — in which Reddy’s family holds 49 per cent stake, and his wife is a Director — received 14 per cent or 2,28,370.14 metric tonnes of all purchase orders for cement made by the statefromApril2020tillJanuary 18, 2021. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD BIDEN, HARRIS TO BE SWORN IN TODAY, WASHINGTON UNDER SECURITY BLANKET PAGE 14 EXPRESS NETWORK TANDAV MAKERS AGREETO CHANGES PAGE 12 E X P L A I NE D Firm owned partly by CM Jagan family gets bulk of govt orders E Gainsfor Jagankin ● incement A PORTAL for allocation of cement purchase orders reveals that a company owned 49% by Andhra CM’s family has bagged 14% of orders by the state. If the orders of India Cements and Penna Cements, named by the CBI in a quid pro quo case, are added, it makes up a third of purchases. AMARAVATI: TDP GETS HC CLEAN CHIT PAGE 6 SRIRAM VEERA MUMBAI, JANUARY 19 “Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout.” NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER wininBrisbaneandthecomingof-age series triumph in Australia are unlikely to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt asks WhatsApp to scrap update: ‘Invasive... for Indian users’ AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 THEMINISTRYof Electronicsand InformationTechnology(MeitY) on Tuesday wrote to Will Cathcart, the global Chief Executive Officer of WhatsApp, asking him to withdraw the latest privacy and policy update on the instant messaging platform, which,itsaid,enabledWhatsApp and other Facebook companies “tomakeinvasiveandpreciseinferences about users". Collection and sharing of sensitive data such as the time, frequency and duration of interactions, group names or paymentsandtransactiondatawith CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rishabh Pant, 89 not out, on scoring the winning runs. PTI RISHABHPANT’Smatchwinning 89 under the harsh Brisbane sun was draining. But at the end of it all, he didn’t look like a superhero on the verge of collapse. It was more of an unfazed millennial hoping that when the history-making photographs are taken,hishairpartingwouldstill be in place. “The only thing I keep on thinking every day is that I want to win matches for India,” Pant said at the end of his unbeaten 6.31 lakh get vaccine: Centre flags hesitancy, asks states to engage KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 INDIA’S COVID vaccination programme crossed the 5-lakh mark on the fourth day with the Centre urging states to address “vaccine hesitancy” among some in the priority group, and indicating that the drive will soon be extended to the larger population. “Thevaccinationdrivewillbe further accelerated... Whatever doses of vaccine are made available, we will ensure that they reach maximum beneficiaries. This will be done soon,” said Dr V K Paul, who heads thehighlevel national expert group on vaccination administration. While the Health Ministry citedaprovisionalreportat6pm CITY 48% TURN UP FOR SHOTS, 16ADVERSE EVENTS REPORTED PAGE 4 to state that 6,31,417 healthcare workershavebeenvaccinatedso far across 11,660 sessions, Paul said that “vaccine hesitancy has to extinguish before the pandemic extinguishes”. “In India, the vaccine is being prioritised for health care and frontline workers. However, despite that, if some of them are hesitant to take it, particularly the doctors and nurses, then it is disappointing. We don’t know what turn the pandemic will CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A pioneer in medical sciences, she blazed a trail in fight against cancer PAGE 1 ANCHOR ANURADHA MASCARENHAS & ARUN JANARDHANAN PUNE, CHENNAI, JANUARY 19 SOME DAYS ago, Dr V Shanta was upset with a former student when the latter broke to her that she was stepping down from active practice after a long and il- lustrious career as an oncologist. “She was really annoyed with me. She asked me how could I quit when at her age, she was still examining patients,”said Dr P P Bapsy, former HoD of Medical Oncology at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru. “It was only after I told her that I would continue to be engaged in supportive work for an NGOthatworksforwomenwith cancer that she was no longer so annoyed,” added Dr Bapsy, who PERSONAL VIEWS NO BAR FOR PANEL: CJI Power Pant vs spinner Lyon: Duel captures Farm stir has to end, India story for the ages both sides must find Bio bubble, 11 injured — fightback by a team that’s lived the art of fighting back SANDEEP DWIVEDI FULLCOVERAGEPAGES19,20 A DAY ahead of the next round of talks between the Centre and farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws, the SupremeCourt-appointed committee of experts held its first meeting in New Delhi Tuesday, and its members said they would “try to convince” the protesting farmers while seeking views of other farmer organisations and the government. Shetkari Sanghatana president Anil Ghanwat, addressing the press along with the two other members of the committee, agricultural economists Parmod Kumar Joshi and Ashok CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DR V SHANTA 1 9 2 7-2 0 2 1 completed her doctorate in medical oncology under Shanta’s guidance. Early Tuesday, Dr Shanta, chairperson of The Cancer Institute at Adyar in Chennai, and doyen of oncology, who focused her expertise over half a century in trying to make cancer care affordable in the country, died of a heart attack. She was 93. Born in 1927 in a family of achievers — both her maternal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 knock. Head coach Ravi Shastri looked ahead: “By keeping his composure like today, if he can keep winning matches, it will be huge for us.” On Tuesday, Pant hit arguably the most important four in Indian cricket history when he smashed Josh Hazlewood to long-off for the winning runs to complete a dramatic final day of the series that went India’s way. Incidentally, that shot from the Roorkee-born came nearly 10 years after another smalltowner M S Dhoni had walloped a six to trigger hysteria on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 8 way out: RSS gen secy P8 RAVISH TIWARI & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 CALLING FOR “sensitivity” while dealing with the farmers’ agitation over the new farm laws, RSS Sarkaryawah(general secretary) Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi has said that a “middle ground must be found and both sides must work to find a solution”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW SURESH ‘BHAIYYAJI’ JOSHI RSS GENERAL SECRETARY
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