eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE As The Curtain Rises NEWDELHI,LATECITY MARCH14,2021 As theatre opens up slowly, directors are experimenting with smaller spaces to make every experience count 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA EXPRESS NETWORK DGCA: WEAR MASK PROPERLY, OR BE DE-BOARDED, PUT ON NO-FLY LIST PAGE 7 WORLD TWELVE KILLED AS MYANMAR FORCES CONTINUE CRACKDOWN BIDEN BOOSTS U.S. VACCINE STOCKPILE AS WORLD WAITS PAGE 11 MARCH 10 NANDIGRAM INCIDENT IN WHICH MAMATA WAS INJURED No proof of planned attack against CM, no OK sought for event: EC observers Security lapse, says report, seeks action against local officials; EC to discuss today RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 A DAY after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleged a “premeditated” attempt on Mamata Banerjee’s life, the Election Commission’sObserversinWest Bengalhavereportedbacktothe poll panel saying there is no evidence of that, sources told The Sunday Express. According to these sources based in Kolkata, Special Police ObserverVivekDubeandGeneral Observer Ajay Nayak have informed the Commission, in their report submitted Saturday, that the incident which led to her injury was a security lapse. Significantly, they have also INSIDE SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 Farmer leaders target BJP in Bengal, but Left sees red, stays away member. But now that KOLKATA, MARCH 13 protest leaders have landed in Kolkata — WHEN THE Samyukta among them are Balbir DECISION Singh Rajewal, Rakesh Kisan Morcha, spear2021 heading the protest at Tikait, Yogendra Yadav WEST Delhi’s borders against and Medha Patkar — the Centre’s farm laws, the CPM has begun disBENGAL announced that it would tancing itself from the campaign against the BJP in SKM programme. West Bengal, the Left parties Singur and Nandigram have warmed up to the SKM. After been chosen for the SKM mahaall, Hannan Mollah, general sec- panchayats against the BJP, but retary of the All India Kisan the choice of these two venues Sabha and a key member of the hasmadetheLeftsee red—TMC SKM, is also a CPM politburo CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ATRI MITRA YASHWANT SINHA JOINS TRINAMOOL PAGE 6 pointed out that no permission wasobtained for the Nandigram event as per EC norms and that iswhytherewasnoofficialvideo recordingof thecampaignbythe election machinery. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CAA Minus In Assam’s first election since anti-CAA protests, the issue has found little traction so far Can trade scrapping certificate or use it to get discount on new car: Ministry NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 THEPROPOSEDvehiclescrapping policywillallowownersofoldvehicles to claim certificates which can be used to get a discount or a waiver in registration charges while purchasing a new car. In case an owner does not wish to buy a new vehicle, she can even trade the certificate or transfer it. Announced in the Budget for 2021-22, the new policy is set to be notified soon, and plans to create an ecosystem which provides incentives to old vehicle owners to decide in favour of scrapping,evenif thevehiclehas residual life. “Wewillmakethescrappage certificatetradable.Supposeyou are scrapping your vehicle, you cansellthecertificateandsomebody else can claim it. We have consulted the industry and have incorporated their suggestions E E X P L A I NE D AVISHEK G DASTIDAR ● EXPRESS NETWORK SHATABDI COACH CATCHES FIRE, NO CASUALTY PAGE 8 Aboostto autosector INCENTIVISINGscrapping of oldvehiclesandcreatingsupportinfrastructure suchasfitnesscentresand scrappingunitsiscritical tonudgeownerstogetrid of theircars.Thegovernmentestimatesover10 millionvehiclestobeolder than15years.Scrapping thesewillnotonlyreduce pollution,butalsogivea bigboosttotheautomobileindustryandexpand itssizeby33percent. also,” Giridhar Aramane, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, told The Sunday Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BREAKINGHERsilencemorethan afortnightafterbeinggrantedbail byaDelhicourtinaseditioncase, climate activist Disha Ravi said Saturday that “truth, no matter how long it takes, always reveals itself”. She slammed the media trial that followed her arrest,saying“myautonomywasviolated… Disha Ravi was arrested on Feb 13 by seekers of TRPs”. In a four-page statement she posted on Twitter “to present a narrative that is my own”, 22year-oldRavi,whospent10days in police and judicial custody af- SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 Farmers build concrete structures at the protest site at Delhi’s Tikri border. Gajendra Yadav Farmers raising pucca structures at protest sites, officials step in ASHNA BUTANI & JIGNASA SINHA NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 MORE THAN three months after theyshowedupatDelhi’sborders to protest the Centre’s farm laws, farmersandtheirkinhavestarted raising pucca brick-and-cement terbeingarrestedFebruary13by Delhi Police in connection with a Toolkit on the farmer protests thatwastweetedbySwedishactivist Greta Thunberg, recalled her experience at the Patiala House Courts where she was produced after being brought to Delhi from Bengaluru. “AsIstoodinthatcourtroom, desperately searching for my lawyers,Icametotermswiththe fact that I would have to defend CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 structures on the highways at Singhu and Tikri, prompting authorities to intervene. Bothconstructionsitesfallon the Haryana side of the border. While work has stopped midway at Singhu, it’s yet to halt at Tikri.Thoseraisingthestructures say they are preparing for the harsh summer months. AtTikriborder,thefirstpucca settlementcameuponMarch12 anda'grihapravesh'wasmarked bytyinganartificialgreenparrot tothewindow.RohtashGill,a30year-old from Jind, among the farmers who built the structure, said;“Wehavethistraditionduring house-warming ceremonies CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lanka to ban burqa, shut many madrasas: Minister WARUNA KARUNATILAKE COLOMBO, MARCH 13 SRI LANKA will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said on Saturday, the latest actions affecting the country's minority Muslim population. Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference he had signed a pa- peronFridayforcabinetapproval tobantheburqaon"nationalsecurity" grounds. "In our early days, Muslim women and girls never wore the burqa," he said. "It is a sign of religious extremismthatcameaboutrecently.We are definitely going to ban it." The wearing of the burqa in theBuddhist-majoritynationwas temporarilybannedin2019after thebombingofchurchesandhotelsbyIslamicmilitantsthatkilled CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Accident in Haryana, an amputation later, 22-yr-old’s Tokyo dreams ride on his javelin PAGE 1 ANCHOR NITIN SHARMA CHANDIGARH, MARCH 13 AT 66.43 M, javelin-thrower Sumit Antil finished seventh at the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala lastweek.Thoughtheeventwas won by Tokyo Olympics-bound star Neeraj Chopra, who broke the national record with 88.07 metres, the day's loudest cheer wentupforthe22-year-oldAntil. Sixyearsago,thisboyfromvillage Khewra near Haryana's Sonepat was returning home from a tuition class. A tractor hit his bike, his left leg had to be amputated.Aftermonthsinhospital, aprostheticlegrevivedhissporting dreams, gave him the confidence to compete with national stars and, at the Indian GP, break theworldrecordforparaathletes. In Patiala last Saturday, Antil, a 2019 World Para Championship silver medallist, broke compatriot Sandeep Chaudhary's world record in the javelin's F44 and F64 categories — para track-and-field events have classificationsbased on the physical disabilities of athletes. Chopra, along with another elite thrower Shivpal Singh, and with national coach German Uwe Hohn, the first man in history to break javelin's 100-m PAGES 13, 14, 15 ANTILIA BOMB SCARE & ‘MURDER’ NIA arrests Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze who claims police plot to implicate him Beforequestioning,hepostsmessage: ‘timetosaybyetoworldcomingcloser’ SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, MARCH 13 AFTER QUESTIONING him for over 12 hours, the National Investigation Agency late Saturday night arrested AssistantPoliceInspectorSachin Vaze in connection with the bombscareatMukeshAmbani’s Antilia residence. Vaze has been booked under Sections120(B)forcriminalconspiracy; 286 for negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance; 465 for forgery; 473 for making or possessing counterfeit seal and 506(2) for criminal intimidation. Earlier, shortly before walking into the NIA’s south Mumbai office at 11 am, Vaze posted a message on social media alleging that his colleagues in the force were falsely implicating him. He signed off saying the “time to say goodbye to the world is coming closer”. On Friday, Vaze was moved Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze out from the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch to the Special Branch amid allegations linked to his role in the bomb scare and theallegedmurderof Thaneresident Mansukh Hiren. The SUV found parked outside Antilia with gelatin sticks on February 25 was traced to Hiren. “3rd March 2004. Fellow officers from the CID arrested me in a false case. That arrest inconclusive till date. Sensing the historyis goingto repeat. Myfellow officers are on to falsely trap me. There's a slight difference in the scenario. Then probably I had 17 years of hope, patience, life and service too. Now I will have neither 17 years of further life nor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 71 countries, 58 million doses, India’s vaccine diplomacy gets Quad booster My autonomy was violated, was held guilty by TRP-seekers: Disha Ravi BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, MARCH 13 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Sumit Antil finished seventh at the Indian Grand Prix barrier, would walk across to congratulateAntiland"givetheir blessings".Hohnwouldevencall Antil’s coach Naval Singh to talk about the new world record holder's potential. "Because of the pandemic, I was competing in my first meet since the 2019 Worlds. After our para national body gave me the permission to compete in the Indian Grand Prix, I was very excited. I was only thinking about my performance. I was motivated to see Neeraj Bhai and Shivpal Bhai throw over 80 m that evening. And to have a coach like Uwe applaud my effort was my biggest reward,” Antil told The Sunday Express. At an early age, Antil took to wrestling.Thedeathof hisfather, who served in the Indian Air Force, because of cancer didn't deter him. The youngest of four children,hewasaregularatlocal dangals. Antil would soon graduate to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre at Bahalgarh. Things were going as he had planned — until that day in January 2015. "Kushti aur padhai mein kuch karkenaukrilagnekasapnatha.(I had plans to get a job through wrestling and also focusing on studies). But the accident changed things. When it happened,Iwasconsciousandmade the call to the ambulance. Later, doctors told me about the need CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IT’S BEEN 55 days, 71 countries, 586lakhdosesandcountinginto India’s Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy. And the first ever summit of the Quad leaders Friday has givenitawholenewboostershot. While 80.75 lakh doses have been sent as gift, free of charge, 165.24 lakh doses have been delivered as part of Covax mechanism under the aegis of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and 55 DAYS AND COUNTING, GLOBAL OUTREACH 585.66 lakh doses to 71 countries 37 countries got free vaccines; 17 through Covax mechanism At least 50% of least developed countries, Immunisation. An estimated 339.67 lakh doses have been sentaspartof commercialdeals. one-third of small island developing countries among recipients Pacific Island and South- East Asian countries yet to be covered; Quad initiative intends to cover them Just under a fifth of the entire stock of New Delhi’s Vaccine CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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