DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 50 LAKH REGISTERED, 4.34 LAKH GET SHOTS IN TWO DAYS Centre extends reach of vaccination: longer sessions, all private hospitals can be roped in Govttakesnoteof overcrowding,ICMRchief clarifiesthatbothvaccinessafetobeadministeredforthoseonbloodthinners NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 WITH OVER 50 lakh beneficiaries registering for Covid-19 vaccination since the second phase of theinoculationdrivebeganon Monday,andwithovercrowding being reported in several parts of the country, the Centre on Tuesday directed states toutilise all private hospitals, including those that are not empanelled undergovernmenthealthinsurance schemes, for the vaccination exercise. The Centre has also said that hospitals can, in consultation with state governments, extend their vaccination sessions, and that it is not mandatory to limit the session to 5 pm. Besides, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY A long queue for vaccination at the BKC Covid centre in Mumbai on Tuesday. Ganesh Shirsekar Fresh trouble for BSY BJP vs SP in UP as man on bail for govt, Jarkiholi caught molestation kills victim’s father in a sex CD scandal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, MARCH 2 NEW RULES FOR DIGITAL MEDIA THE RULING BJP in Karnataka found itself mired in a controversy Tuesday with a video CD allegedly featuring Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and a young unidentified woman, and audio conversations between the two, being played on television channels. A social activist, Dinesh Kalahalli, who claimed he was authorisedbythewoman’sfamily, later filed a complaint with the Cubbon Park police in Bengaluru alleging that the woman in the video clips was enticed by the minister with the offer of a government job. The police are yet to register a formal case and are verifying the legitimacy of the complaint, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) M N Anucheth said. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a meeting with party colleagues, and sourcesinthegovernmentsaida decision on seeking Jarkiholi’s resignation will be taken after hearing him out. “Party leaders will decide on the issue,” said Primary Education Minister Suresh Kumar. While BJP leaders have not reacted on the issue, Jarkiholi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Imphal dist admin takes back notice to site after Centre rap PhD thesis: Swamy raises objection, Govt asks for a JIMMY LEIVON IMPHAL, MARCH 2 copy, IIM-A pushes back A DAY after the district authorities in Imphal issued a notice to news website The Frontier Manipur,askingitto“furnishrelevant documents” showing “compliance” with the government’s new rules for digital media, the Centre informed the Manipur government on Tuesday that the implementation of the new Digital Media Ethics Code was not within the state’s purview. The notice was withdrawn by Tuesday evening. The March 1 notice, signed by Naorem Praveen Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West, was addressed to the “publisher/ intermediary” of “Khanasi Neinasi”, a weekly online discussion programme hosted on The Frontier Manipur’s Facebook page. Paojel Chaoba, Executive Editor of The Frontier Manipur, said a police team delivered the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD Swamy asks why ‘upper caste’ tag for BJP; Director says no role for Ministry RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 2 ONE INCIDENT officially flagged inthegovernment’sjustification forabiggersayinthefunctioning of the IIMs last year was a case involving a PhD thesis at IIMAhmedabad in which the Institute’s director, Erol D’Souza, had put his foot down. This was a dissertation with HATHRAS, LUCKNOW, MARCH 2 A 50-YEAR-OLD man was shot dead in Hathras Monday, allegedly by a man accused of molesting his daughter two years ago. Police said the accused, Gaurav Sharma, had allegedly molested the victim’s daughter in 2018, following which a rivalry had ensued between the two families. On Monday evening, the accused, along with five others, opened fire at her father inside their village in Hathras district, police said. The man was rushed to the nearest hospital where he was declared brought dead, they said. INSIDE Spot where the 50-yr-old was shot in Hathras. Gajendra Yadav Themurdertriggeredapolitical firestorm in Uttar Pradesh with leaders of the ruling BJP claiming that the accused is a Samajwadi Party leader. The SP, however, denied the claim and criticised the government for the law and order situation in the state. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARIMAL DABHI AHMEDABAD, MARCH 2 DAYS AFTER its impressive win in elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat, the BJP Tuesday swept the elections to district panchayats, taluka panchayatsandmunicipalities,routing the Congress. Such was the mandate for the BJP – it claimed victory in all 31 district panchayats, around 200 of 231 taluka panchayats and 75 of 81 municipalities which went to polls — that the Congress, which had made significantgainsin2015whenelections to these local bodies were held in the backdrop of the Patidar quota agitation, was washed out even in its bastions. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani resigned from their posts, taking responsibility for the debacle. It has set off alarm bells in the party given that the state Assemblyelectionsaredue next year. A Congress MLA and family CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Priyanka Vadra at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath, Assam, Tuesday. PTI IN ASSAM, CONG VOWS TO NULLIFY CAA PAGE 6 E ForCong, 2022a ● worry A YEAR to the Assembly polls, the Congress is losing time to get its house together, with Tuesday’s results further hurting the party. The gains from the quota agitation have evaporated. CRACKS WITHIN THE GROUP OF 23 PAGE 5 Battlelines in Nandigram between communities, Adhikari vs Mamata marks the bitter Trinamool-BJP battle for Bengal. NANDIGRAM, MARCH 2 Mamata has upped the stakes by declaring her candidaNANDIGRAM IN Purbo ture from the seat, thus pitting Medinipur district once cata- herself directly against Suvendu pulted Mamata Banerjee to Adhikari, one of the BJP’s biggest power. Fourteen years later, acquisitionsfromtheTrinamool. Nandigram defines her Adhikari was not just battle to return to the face of the power for the third Trinamool in Nanditime. However, therein gram, he was also the ends the similarity. The face of the party’s land land acquisition agitaprotest on the ground. DECISION tionof 2007isoldnews, Mamataloomsover Nandigram is now reNandigram in graffiti, 2020 verberating with the CONTINUED ON WEST BENGAL sharp polarisation that PAGE 2 RAVIK BHATTACHARYA NIA TAKES OVER PROBE INTO ATTACK ON BENGAL MINISTER PAGE 6 LANKA CLEARS PORT TO BE BUILT BY ADANI, JAPAN FIRMS PAGE 5 IN CAR, ON PHONE: TN IPS OFFICER LISTS HARASSMENT BY DGP PAGE 6 Mamata hoardings dominate Nandigram. Partha Paul Unfinished room, wedding cards await missing BRO engineer PAGE 1 ANCHOR ASAD REHMAN BALRAMPUR (UP), MARCH 2 NAVALNY ARREST: US, EU SLAP SANCTIONS ON OFFICIALS PAGE 14 threeessaysonelectoraldemocracy approved for the award of PhD degree at a seminar chaired by D’Souza in March 2020. The Ministry of Education (MoE)hadaskedtheInstitutefor a copy of the thesis in April 2020 after Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy sent a letter to the Prime Minister alleging that the thesis said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMIL BHATNAGAR & AVANEESH MISHRA BJP sweeps Gujarat local bodies, Cong loses even bastions E X P L A I NE D states and hospitals have been told “to open the vaccination slots for 15 days to a month”. Currently,beneficiariesapplying on the Co-WIN portal can only find slots for a week. In the first two days of the second phase of the vaccination drive that began Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated co-morbidities — around 10,000privatehospitalsempanelled under Ayushman Bharat, 600 under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), and State Health Insurance were designated as vaccination centres. The direction to states to further ramp up coverage and enlist all private hospitals was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THERE IS an unfinished room on thefirstfloor.Thereare700wedding cards lying in a corner. There’s a father, a mother, a brother, and three sisters. All they want is closure — dead or alive. On June 22 last year, Subhan Ali, a 27-year-old Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), went missing after the vehicle in which he was travelling with a driver fell into the Drass river from the Zozila-Kargil-Leh road. His family in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur is still waiting to know what happened to him. They have been to the site of the accident twice. They have beentoldbyofficialsthatthedriver’s body was recovered a few kilometres from the spot. Last Subhan Ali’s father and brother outside the family’s home in Balrampur. A room was being built for Ali. Asad Rehman month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to Amroha MP Kunwar Danish Ali, who is supporting the family, that a DNA test on “an unidentified body” recovered from the river on the other side of the border, five days after the accident, would take more time. But last week, they were informed that the test conducted by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Chandigarh, with coordination from Pakistani authorities,hadledtoanotherdead end. “It did notmatch their DNA. Thereportcameafewdaysago,” says Kargil SP Anayat Ali. “If we saw his body, we would at least know that he has left us. But till now, all our efforts have been futile,” says Subhan’s father Ramjan Ali (56), a tailor from Kauwapur village. “It has been eight months....” Subhan’s brother Sahban Ali struggles to speak, taking deep breaths before breaking down. “My mother cries all the time, and keeps asking about him. We have told her to stay busy teaching the Quran to children in the neighborhood,” he says. “Subhanwas our everything. Hewassobright.Hewasthedistrict topper in the Class X and XII exams, and all he wanted to do was work for the country... He sent half his salary home every month,” says Sahban (33), who runs an IAS coaching centre in Delhi and is a lawyer at the Delhi High Court. SabhanismarriedwithaninfantsonwhousedtocallSubhan “papa”. “During our school days, Subhan and I realised how hard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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