DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES 28 MLAs out, 114 new names in TMC list; Didi picks Nandigram THE EDITORIAL PAGE AFTERPARIS, CLIMATERESET BY SHYAM SARAN PAGE 10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 THE CENTRE on Friday told the Supreme Court that it would considerbringinginalaworregulations to control OTT platforms, after the apex court said that the recently notified guidelines in respect of these platforms "lacked teeth" to act against violators. Before granting interim protection from arrest to Amazon Prime Video's head of India Originals, Aparna Purohit, in connection with an FIR against her over the Tandav web series, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the Centre for a copy of The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules,2021.TheRuleswerenotified by the government on February 25 for regulating content on these platforms. After going through the Rules, the bench said, “...there is no teeth, no power of prosecution. These are just guidelines. No mechanism to control... Without legislation you cannot control it.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the ATRI MITRA & SANTANU CHOWDHURY KOLKATA, MARCH 5 COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE BEGINS Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Combined Commanders’ Conference at Kevadia in Gujarat on Friday. PTI REPORTP8 CLAIMS MADE IN HIGH COURT HEAT UP POLL-BOUND STATE Customs links Kerala CM to gold smuggling; cheap politics: LDF Commissioner’saffidavit:Swapnasaid foreigncurrencysmuggledatinstance of CM,Speaker…fearsforherlife SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 5 SENDING POLITICAL temperatures soaring ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, the Customs has informed the Kerala High Court that Swapna Suresh, key accused in the gold smugglingcase,“statedwithclarity about smuggling of foreign before NIA, agency also did not charge CM’s former aide EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Pinarayi Vijayan currencyattheinstanceof”Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and SpeakerPSreeramakrishnan,and “about the improper and illegal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GoM’s good news plan: Colour-code journalists, ‘neutralise’ the negative NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 FROM A strategy to “neutralise” those who set “false narratives” against the Government to roping in “right-wing parties” from othercountriestoseek"common ground;” from alleged “colour coding”of journalistsdepending onhowclosetheyaretothegovernment to a “mix of truth and untruth” in news — these are among a range of suggestions in a purported report by a Group of Ministers on how to improve “government communication.” This 97-page document, first THE EDITORIAL PAGE ALL NEWSIS GOOD NEWS PAGE 10 made public by Caravan, shows that most of the nine ministers, who were part of the GoM, flagged “negative” coverage of the government on online and international news platforms and called for supporting journalists “pro our line of thought.” The Ministers included: Union I&B Minister Prakash CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rhea facilitated drug purchase and use: NCB SADAF MODAK & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MARCH 5 THE NARCOTICS Control Bureau filedachargesheetFridayagainst 33 people including actor R h e a Chakraborty, her brother S h ow i k , Agisilaos Demetriades Named in who is the chargesheet brother of actor Arjun Rampal’spartner,andKshitij Prasad,executive producer of Dharmatic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOCHI, MARCH 5 WHILETHECustomshasclaimed thatsmugglingbySwapnaSuresh was done at the behest of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, theNationalInvestigationAgency (NIA), which is probing the case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has not found anyevidencetosuggestthesame. Sources said Swapna, arrested by NIA in the gold smugglingcaselastOctober,wasquestioned at length. “At least in our examination, no such thing has come forth. Swapna Suresh has not made anysuchclaimtous.Butwecannot comment on any other agency's probe,” sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ambani security scare: Owner of stolen vehicle found dead in Mumbai SAGAR RAJPUT & MOHAMED THAVER MUMBAI, MARCH 5 THE OWNER of the vehicle that was found parked outside the southMumbaihomeof industrialistMukeshAmbanilastmonth, was found dead on Friday. On Thursday night, the family of Mansukh Hiren, 47, had lodged a missing person's complaint with the Thane police. An officer said that on Friday morning, the Mumbra Police in Thane was informed about a body floating in the Kalwa creek which was later identified as Mansukh Hiren wasreported missingonThursday Hiren's.Thelocalpolicehaveregisteredanaccidentaldeathreport. The Indian Express has learnt from police sources that while the cloth mask around his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 yrs after maneater Avni was killed, her cub, now an adult tigress, walks out into the wild PAGE 1 ANCHOR VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, MARCH 5 AT 6.45 PM Friday, she finally walked through the gates of the giantenclosureintothe jungle— herfirsttimeinthewildwithout her mother. Behind her, the forest officials shut the gates of the enclosure. The jungles of Pench TigerReserve,would nowbeher home. But this time, she would have to fend for herself, fight the big battles. Now a three-year-old adult tigress, T1C2 was about a year old when her maneater mother T1, nicknamed Avni, had given the entire forest machinery the slip. When Avni was finally shot dead in November 2018 by a sharpshooterinPandharkawada forest in Yavatmal district, her cubs were not found. While T1C2 was captured 50 days after the death of their mother and sent to a 5.11-hectare enclosure in the Pench reserve, T1C1 remainedelusive.Officialsnowbelieve that he may have probably carvedoutaterritoryforhimself. Over the last two years, as part of her "re-wilding" lessons, T1C2 was a year old when she was orphaned MAMATA BANERJEE announced her candidates for 291 of the 294 DECISION seats in the 2021 West Bengal WEST Assembly on BENGAL Friday,including a large number of women, young first-timers, professionals, and local celebrities. Candidatesfor160seatshave beenchanged,and114newfaces have been included in the list of candidates.Twenty-eightsitting MLAs, including five ministers, have been dropped. BY UNNY TIC2 has spent most of her time intheenclosure,learningtohunt and "with no human imprint". OnNovember27lastyear,the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) cleared TIC2's releaseinto thewild. Butevenas authoritiesweregearinguptorelease her after radio-collaring, she injured a paw in a skirmish with another tiger that charged atherfromacrossthefenceof the enclosure.Theauthoritieshadto then wait for her injury to heal. Finally,aboutaweekago,theauthorities decided it was time for her to go home to the wild. "We first opened the gates of the enclosure about a week ago, and had been waiting since then for the tigress to come out. But she didn't leave the enclosure. So, we would close the gates at night and try again next morning. But today, at 6.45 pm, she finally chose to walk out," PTR FieldDirectorRavikiranGovekar told The Indian Express. "Furthermonitoringof thetigresswillbecarriedoutwiththe helpof fieldformationandsatellite tracking. Though we cannot predict how this tigress will behave in the wild, the Forest Department has taken the best of efforts to re-wild the animal using systematic re-wilding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 THEELECTIONCommission(EC) has asked the Union government to stop using Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture on Covid-19 vaccination certificates in states headed to Assembly elections. The EC's order came on a complaint by the Trinamool Congress this week. Sources said the EC wrote to theHealthMinistryonFridayreiteratingitsstandinginstructions CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Leaders from all walks in PM-led panel to mark 75 yrs of freedom DIVYA A NEW DELHI, MARCH 5 Mamata herself will contest from Nandigram — keeping her promise of returning to the political theatre from where a key CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After TMC complaint, EC says remove PM’s photo Swapna made no such claim from Covid jab certificate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KRISHN KAUSHIK BUSINESS AS USUAL E E X P L A I NE D IT rules have no teeth, can’t control OTT without law, says SC `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Model Code of ● Conduct THEEChasstoppedtheuse of PM’spicturesinposters andwebsitesof government welfareschemesduringearlierelectionsaswell.In2017, whenGoa,Manipur,Punjab, UttarakhandandUPwere headedtopolls,ithadorderedtheremovalof Modi's picturefromthePMAYsite. THE GOVERNMENT issued a gazette notification late on Friday evening, announcing a high-level national committee to commemorate 75 years of Independence, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 259-member committee, which includes Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, and eminent citizens from all walks of life, “will provide policy direction and guidelines for formulation of programmes for the commemoration of 75th anniversary of Indian Independenceatnationalandinternational levels”, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. Onthecommitteeareformer President Pratibha Patil, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, more thanadozenMinistersincluding Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Smriti Irani, all Chief Ministers, Governors, and Lieutenant Governors. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the Chiefs of all wingsof thearmedforces are on the committee, besides leaders from across the political spectrum—LKAdvani,SoniaGandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, M K Stalin, Sitaram Yechury, etc. Also on the panel are CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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