DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM FOR 60+ POPULATION, 45+ WITH CO-MORBIDITIES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCES Beneficiaries can’t choose vaccine type; one mobile number can register four every second plea Nextroundofvaccinationbegins Green tribunal cited delay in filing today,slotscanbebookedonline as reason to dismiss Crowd at the joint rally of the Left Front, Congress and ISF at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday. Partha Paul KAUNAIN SHERIFF M In grand joint rally at Brigade, palpable tension between Cong and Siddiqui FOR THE first time since India began its vaccination programme against Covid-19 on January 16, the general population will be eligible for the vaccinewhenthenextphasebegins on Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities. In the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to two priority groups: healthcare and frontline workers. While the second phase of vaccination comes at a time when India's active Covid cases Left, Cong: BJP, TMC two sides of same coin, both playing communal agenda ATRI MITRA KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 28 ON A day the Congress, Left Front and Furfura cleric Abbas Siddiqui-ledIndianSecularFront (ISF) kicked off their campaign for the West Bengal Assembly elections with a mammoth joint rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground, tension over seat sharing was visible between Congress and ISF leaders who are still engaged in talks. The Sanjukta Morcha or United Front rally was attended by Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, Suryakanta Mishra, Biman Bose, D Raja and Manoj Bhattacharya; Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel; and ISF founder Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui and his brother Naushad Siddiqui. Siddiqui, whose entry briefly disrupted the speech of Bengal CongresspresidentAdhirRanjan Chowdhury, announced from the stage that he would not field candidates against the AIMIM and pledged to give his "blood" for the United Front. “TheLefthasgivenustheseats as per our demand... In the coming days, people will overthrow BJP and its B team Mamata. WherevertheLeftFrontwillfield its candidates, we will give our blood, if necessary. If this (seat- DECISION 2020 W E ST B E N GA L NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY are under control, eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Director Seth can't make appointments or initiate disciplinary action NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 PAGE 3 FULL COVERAGE, VISIT WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM sharing) agreement had been reached a week earlier, I would havegatheredtwiceasmanypeople because the people of Bengal are angry with the Mamata government,” the cleric said. Siddiqui had earlier said that the Left Front had agreed to part with 30 seats for him, while the seat-sharing talks with the Congress are still on. Meanwhile, senior leaders of the three parties lashed out at the TMC and BJP, accusing them of playing“communal agenda”. “Even though both (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee havecome topowerby CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A move that has implications on managingaccountabilityand responsibilityina top Centralinstitution,theBoardof Governors (BoG) at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, has divested the institute's director, AnjuSeth,of herpowerstomake appointments and initiate disciplinary action. Thisunprecedenteddecision, taken at a meeting Saturday, EXPRESS NETWORK comes amid a turf war between the director and the Board, days after the latter passed a resolution against Seth. AsfirstreportedbyTheIndian Express on February 27, the Board, in a special meeting February 20, passed a resolution 9AMTO3PM ■ Beneficiaries can't choose vaccine type at time of appointment. In case the vaccine is not of their choice, they can only opt out ■ Slots to be open from 9 am to 3 pm ■ One mobile number can be used to register as many as four beneficiaries. But they need separate IDs ■ Registrations through Co-WIN or Aarogya Setu CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Twist in IIM-C turf war: Board divests Director of key powers RITIKA CHOPRA BUOYED BY TURNOUT, SIDDIQUI TAKES THE CENTRE STAGE AT RALLY Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh — have been a cause of concern, reporting an uptick in daily cases in the last two weeks. Ahead of the Monday rollout of phase 2 of the vaccination drive, the government on Sunday spelled out to states detailed operational guidelines on the inoculation drive. Whileunderliningthatitwill continue to procure all the vaccines to be administered at both government and private facilities, the Centre has, in its communication to states, said that it will supply Covishield and Covaxin. However, the vaccine type will not be disclosed to the againstherforwritingdirectlyto the government against Board Chairman Shri Krishna Kulkarni and for her alleged inability to collaborate with the faculty, among other charges. Earlier this month, Seth wrote to the Ministry of Education (MoE) accusing Kulkarni of infringing on her executive powers. She had cited her alleged sidelining in drafting the new regulations under the IIM Act as an example of that. At Saturday’s meeting, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD PROTESTS AGAINST COUP IN MYANMAR: UN RIGHTS BODY SAYS 18 KILLED ANOTHER EX-AIDE ACCUSES NEW YORK GOVERNOR OF HARASSMENT PAGE 10 BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 Relief Dismissed Dismissed Total* fordelay granted onmerit Noofcontestedprojects/Noofappeals 7/7 9/11 6/10 22/28 5/5 12/13 5/5 22/23 3/4 12/16 5/5 20/25 4/5 9/11 11/11 24/27 *Excluding infructuous appeals JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 IN 2020, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dismissed a total of 22 appeals, mostly by local residents against green clearances issued to 20 projects. As many as 11, half of these dismissals,ananalysisbyTheIndian Express of the orders shows, were on the technical ground that appellantsdidnotapproach the Tribunal in time. Under the NGT Act, 2010, a clearancecanbechallengedbyan affected party within 30 days whiletheTribunalhastheauthority to condone another 60 days’ delaygiven“sufficientcause”.This timelimitappliesfromthedayof communication as both regulatorsanddevelopersarelegallyrequiredtoplaceeveryprojectclearance in the public domain. The NGT’s move raises questions of due process for two key reasons: One, of the 11 dismissals because of delay, as many as five Raisesquestion of dueprocess TRIBUNAL CAN’T wait indefinitely but six of the 11 appealswerefiledbetween 44-90days,undertheouter time limit. Most were by residentsinruralareaswho said they needed time for paperwork.Thenumberfor 2020 was highest share in four years. were filed within 44 to 90 days, well within the outer limit. One was filed on Day 91 and another four were filed within two monthsbeyondthe90-daylimit. Ironically, the NGT itself, in its orders, acknowledged that the “provisionrelatingtocondonation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPERT EXPLAINS Rukmini Banerji From The Indian Express panel of specialists, exclusive insight PSLV LIFTS OFF WITH 600-KG BRAZILIAN SATELLITE, 18 OTHERS PAGE4 RETURNING TO SCHOOL EXPLAINED PAGE 9 Day after Cong-23 raised ante, Azad praises PM: Does not hide true self EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, FEBRUARY 28 ‘In Disha Ravi case, sedition charge wrong… To curb dissent with such tactics not authorised by Constitution’ MUKUL ROHATGI FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA PAGE 8 A DAY after some of the senior Congressleaderswhohavebeen demanding reforms in the party reiterated their call for change, one of them, Ghulam Nabi Azad, praisedPrimeMinisterNarendra Modiassomeonewho"doesnot hide his true self". Speakingatafunctionorganised by the Gujjar Desh Chartiable Trust in Jammu on Sunday, Azad drew parallels between himself and the Prime Minister, saying that like him, Modi too hailed from a village and has not forgotten his roots. "I like a lot of things about Earlier, PM bid Azad an emotional farewell in Rajya Sabha many leaders. There are many big leaders. Even our Prime Minister comes from a village and he used to sell tea. We are political rivals, but I appreciate the fact that he does not hide his true self,’’ he said, adding that one should be proud of oneself. “I am also from a village and I feelproudofit.Ihavetravelledthe whole world and Ihave stayedin 5-starand7-starhotels,butwhen I sit down with people from my village... the fragrance... the feeling is unmatched,” he said. Azad's remarks have not gone down well with many Congress leaders. Congress MP from Tamil Nadu Jothimani tweeted,“DearGulamNabiAzad Ji you can praise Modi Ji as much as you want. But pls remember he tore Kashmir into pieces. This is the state & its people who madewhatyoubeenfordecades along with @incindia.” Azad’s praise comes days after the PM bid the senior Congress leader an emotional farewell on his retirement from the Rajya Sabha. Breakingdownasherecalled his close association with Azad, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 11 days after he was shot at, son of Srinagar eatery’s owner dies PAGE 1 ANCHOR BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 28 ELEVEN DAYS after he was shot at by suspected militants, Akash Mehra, the 22-year-old son of the owner of a popular eatery in Srinagar, died in hospital on Sunday. On the evening of February 17,thedhabawasfilledtocapacity when two masked men bargedinwithpistols.Theywent straight to the cash counter, where Akash was sitting, and shothimfrompoint-blankrange. Akash Mehra’s mother at his funeral in Jammu, Sunday. PTI Akash was hit in the abdomen. The dhaba and a few others in the highly guarded Sonawar neighbourhood of Srinagar have been shut since the attack. "His (Akash's) condition worsened on Thursday and he was put on life support," said a doctor at Srinagar's Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, whereAkashhadbeenadmitted. A day after the attack, police arrested three men, who, they said, had been instructed by a South Kashmir-based Lashkare-Toiba militant to carry out the attack. “One of the reasons for targeting the dhaba owner is that he belongs to Jammu and is Hindu," Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said on February 18. "The aim (of the attackers) could have been to disturb communal harmony.” Barely a few hundred metres from the United Nations Observers office in Srinagar, KrishnaDhabaispopularamong CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kolkata
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