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, MARCH 2, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 COVID-19 VACCINE FOR THOSE ABOVE 60, 45-PLUS WITH COMORBIDITIES ` 72 per kilo ` 100 per kilo ` 122 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen Phase2,Day1:1.46lakhfrompriority groupsgetfirstshot,25lakhregister PM, ministers, V-P vaccinated; PM appeals to those eligible to get their shots Man accused of raping relative when she was minor, CJI-led bench asks: will you marry her? TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, MARCH 1 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 1 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY PM Narendra Modi receives a dose of Covaxin at AIIMS. Reuters; (Left) At a Mulund hospital on Monday. Deepak Joshi KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MARCH 1 AS THE second phase of Covid19vaccinationsawanationwide rollout on Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above45withspecifiedco-morbid conditions — around 25 lakh potentialbeneficiariesregistered on the Co-WIN portal on Day 1. According to provisional figures late Monday evening, around 1.46 lakh people from the two priority groups got their first doses of the vaccine. This is the first time the general population is being vaccinated; in the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to healthcare and frontline workers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to re- ceive the Covid-19 vaccine — he got his first dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS, New Delhi, early Monday morning. Inatweet,thePrimeMinister said, "Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkablehowourdoctorsand scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us Maharashtra minister suggests foreign hack in Mumbai outage USfirmsaysblackoutChinamessage;Centreconfirmsalert,saysnodataloss PRABHA RAGHAVAN & ZEESHAN SHAIKH NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, MARCH 1 INDIA’S NODAL agency to safeguard critical computer resources had informed the government about attempted intrusions by a Chinese statesponsored group into segments of the country’s power infrastructure early last month, the Power Ministry said on Monday. The Ministry's statement fol- lowedareportbyacybersecurity companybasedinMassachusetts, United States, which noted a “steeprise”intheuseof malware by a Chinese group called Red Echo to target India’s power sector organisations in 2020, when tensions between the two countries were high. The contents of the study by Recorded Future were reported by The New York Times on Sunday. The report said the findings suggested a link between the Galwan clash of June 2020, andthegriddisturbancethatled to a massive power outage in Mumbai on October 12 last year. The NYT report spoke of a “broad Chinese cybercampaign against India’s power grid”, timedasa“messagefromBeijing about what might happen if India pushed its border claims too vigorously”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT make India COVID-19 free!" The Union Health Ministry said that of the 25 lakh potential beneficiaries who registered on the Co-WIN portal on Day 1, 24.5 lakh are those from among the two priority groups in the general population, and the rest are healthcare and frontline workers. “About 6.44 lakh appointments (from among those who registered) were booked today CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E EXPLAINED ASUPREMECourtbenchheaded by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde Monday asked a state government employee, who is facing charges of raping a relative when she was a minor, if he intended to marry her now. “Will you marry her?” the CJI asked while hearing a petition against an order of the Bombay High Court setting aside a sessions court order granting anticipatory bail to the accused. “We are not forcing you to marry. Let us know if you will. Otherwise, you will say we are forcing you to marry her,” the bench said. When the accused, a Maharashtra government employee represented by Advocate Anand Dilip Langde, replied that he had wanted to do so earlier ● Strategic blow CYBERATTACKS CAN deliver strategic and psychological advantage. Russia shut down power in Ukraine on two occasions some years ago, and, after the US discovered that Russian hackers had inserted malicious code into its power grid, it responded in kind. China too has moved to inserting code into infrastructure systems, Western experts say. PAGE 4 MP lawyer in jail after Half-baked, useless piece of paper: judge says his birthday Delhi HC pulls up police on report message ‘indecent’ PROBE INTO ‘LEAK’ OF ‘CONFESSION STATEMENT’ IN RIOTS CASE SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, MARCH 1 IN A scathing indictment of the vigilance inquiry conducted by police into the alleged leak of an accused’s“confessionstatement” in the conspiracy case related to the Northeast Delhi riots, the Delhi High Court Monday describedtheprobereportsubmitted before it as “half-baked”, “a useless piece of paper”, and “worse than...what they do in an ordinary theft case”. The court also asked the Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) to appear before it Friday. It said that such leaks need to be controlled for “fair- ness”totheaccusedandfor“purity of investigation”. Hearing a petition filed by Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha against the alleged leak, Justice Mukta Gupta said: “Do you want me to comment on this vigilance inquiry? I will say this is a useless paper and ratheritiscontemptof courtthat this court had asked for a proper inquiry to be conducted on your own statement where you thought it was a matter of national importance and you were also aggrieved that your investigationpapershavebeenleaked... and see this vigilance inquiry.” “This vigilance inquiry is worse than even a routine PG (Public Grievance) Cell inquiry... whattheydoinanordinarytheft case,” observed the court. The Delhi Police, which has denied any role in the alleged leak, told the court in a report on thestatusof thevigilanceinquiry that “copies of complete case file along with documents were sentbySpecialCelltotheadministrative offices of GNCTD (Governmentof NationalCapital Territory of Delhi) & MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) for obtaining approvals/ sanctions. Allegedleakageof thedisclosure statementof thecomplainantby the investigating agency has not been substantiated so far.” The court, which had earlier sought the original file of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IRAM SIDDIQUE BHOPAL, MARCH 1 AN ADVOCATE in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam has been lodgedinjailsinceFebruary9on variouscharges,includingunder the IT Act, for allegedly sending birthday greetings to a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in the district through an email at 1.11 am on January 28 and speed post later. The FIR in the case states that the accused Vijay Singh Yadav, 37, allegedly downloaded a profile picture of the JMFC from her Facebook account without her consent and sent it to her as part of thegreetingwithan“indecent message”. The FIR was registered at the Station Road police station on February8basedonacomplaint from Mahendra Singh Chouhan, System Officer, Ratlam District Court, and includes charges of cheating, forgery and forgery for the purpose of harming reputation, and sections of the IT Act. The complaint stated that apart from the mail, Yadav allegedly sent the JMFC a greeting card through speed post the following day during court hours. Yadav's brother Jay told The Indian Express that his sibling, who is married with four children, was arrested from his home. The police inspector CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Spotlight on visual arts: Encyclopaedia traces work of Bombay School from 18th century PAGE 1 ANCHOR BENITA FERNANDO MUMBAI, MARCH 1 BORN IN 1905, Rajaram Balwant Madilgekar trained under his father,whomadeidolsfortemples in Kolhapur, Belgaum and Hubli. However, Madilgekar was more interested in realistic portrait sculptures. In 1950, moved by the work of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Madilgekar sought an appointment with the leader in Delhi. Ambedkar met the sculptor but refused a sitting. It was only after Madilgekar showed his sculpture of a seated Over 7,000 senior citizens, comorbid people get dose in Maharashtra Rajaram Balwant Madilgekar with B R Ambedkar and his sculpture; S L Haldankar’s Glow of Light - watercolour on paper, 1952. Courtesy: Pundole Art Gallery Buddha that Ambedkar agreed to pose for his bust. Eventually, Madilgekar would make Ambedkar’s sculpture for Siddharth College in Mumbai in 1952. The anecdote is part of a biographical note on Madilgekar that features in a new encyclopaedia on Maharashtra’s visual art. Edited by Suhas Bahulkar and Deepak Ghare, “Visual Art of Maharashtra: Artistsof theBombaySchooland Art Institutions (Late 18th to early 21st Century)” seeks to present a comprehensive chronologyof theregion’sartists and art centres. Thebookwillbelaunchedon Tuesday at Sir JJ School of Art by Rustom Jejeebhoy, a direct descendant of Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy. Published by Pundole Art Gallery, the encyclopaedia is priced at Rs 4,000. Artists Sudhir Patwardhan and Dilip Ranade are the book’s associate editors. Bahulkar, an artist and former chairperson of the advisory committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHARASHTRA VACCINATED 5,867 senior citizens and 1,253 comorbid population on Mondayasthenextphaseof immunisation kicked off, data pooledfromseveraldistrictsand state health department show. Even as a large number of senior citizens and people with variousco-morbiditiesthronged vaccination centres in several cities,Maharashtra'soverallvaccination numbers fell by half on Monday, achieving 48 per cent of targeted vaccinations. Until 9 pm, 29,512 health workers, frontline workers and senior citizens were vaccinated, down from over 58,000 that the stateclockedinitslastsessionon CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 3 RBI says banks reluctant to lend to big business Flagsmoderationinhomeloanofftake, creditcontractiontolargeindustries GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, MARCH 1 THERESERVEBankof India(RBI) has expressed concern over the contraction in credit offtake by large industries and infrastructure and pointed out that there’s reluctanceonthepartof bankers to lend to large industries. The central bank also raised concernoverthesharpdecelerationincreditgrowthinthehome loansegmentandtheadverseeffect it may have on sectors like steel, cement and construction. The recent decline in credit growth was mainly due to large industries, the central bank said in its study on ‘Sectoral deployment of bank credit’. “Owing to thestressedassetsinlargeindustries, there was a general reluctance on the part of bankers to lendtotheseindustries,withthe problemgettingcompoundedby the pandemic,” the RBI said. “Contractionincredittolarge industries and infrastructure remains a cause of concern,” the report said. Credit to industry contracted by 1.3 per cent in January2021ascomparedto2.5 per cent growth in January 2020 Sharma attacks Adhir on alliance with Bengal cleric, he hits back MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, MARCH 1 A DAY after senior Congress leaders shared the stage with an influential Muslim cleric at an election rally in Kolkata, Anand Sharma,aprominentmemberof the party's dissident “G-23 group”, said such association flew in the face of the core ideology of the Congress. The alliance with the Indian SecularFront(ISF),apartyformed in January by Abbas Siddiqui of the Furfura Sharif shrine in West Bengal'sHooghlydistrict,needed to be endorsed by the Congress WorkingCommittee,thehighest policymaking body of the party, Sharma said on Monday. Late in the evening, Congress leader in Lok Sabha and West BengalCongresspresidentAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury hit back at Sharma, saying his criticism was “only serving the polarising agenda of BJP”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das mainly due to contraction in credit to large industries by 2.5 per cent (2.8 per cent growth in January 2020). The outstanding bank credit to large industries declined by Rs 59,610 crore on a year-on-year basis to Rs 22.78 lakhcroreasonJanuary29,2021, according to the latest RBI data. Although credit growth to large industries turned negative inNovember2020,thesilverlining has been the robust growth of credit to medium industries. Credit to micro and small industries registered a moderate increase between November 2019 and November 2020. Credit to medium industries registered a robust growth of 19.1 per cent in January2021ascomparedto2.8 per cent a year ago and credit to micro & small industries registered a growth of 0.9 per cent in January2021ascomparedto0.5 per cent a year ago. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHARASHTRA GOVT AIDED SOCIETY, TOOK STEPS TO CONTROL PANDEMIC: KOSHYARI GOVT, OPPN SPAR OVER DEVELOPMENT BOARDS, MLCS PAGE 4
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