DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES Ambani home bomb scare, Waze mess fallout: Mumbai Police Commissioner is shunted out MUMBAI, MARCH 17 IN A MAJOR fallout of the case where a Scorpio with 20 gelatin sticks was found parked outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s South Mumbai residence ‘Antilia’ on February 25, the Maharashtra government Wednesday removed 1988 batch IPS officerParam Bir Singh as the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, and posted him as Director General, Home Guards. Singh was replaced by THE EDITORIAL PAGE A SCORPIO ON ALTAMOUNT ROAD BY JULIO RIBEIRO PAGE 10 THE WORLD EU THREATENS BAN ON VACCINE EXPORTS TO BRITAIN PAGE 14 Hemant Nagrale, a 1987 batch IPS who was holding charge as Director General of Police, Maharashtra, in addition to being the DG, Legal and Technical. Rajneesh Seth, a 1988 batch IPS officer and DG, Anti Corruption Bureau has been posted as the DGP of the state. The reshuffle came three days after the National KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 Hemant Nagrale after taking over as CP Wednesday. Pradip Das Woman in sex CD missing, father files abduction report EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, MARCH 17 THE YOUNG woman, who allegedly featured in a video CD with Ramesh Jarkiholi that forcedhimtoresignasKarnataka Water Resources Minister on March 3, has been missing since March 2, her father has told police in a complaint. He has also claimed that she has been abductedandisbeingheldcaptive. In his complaintto the APMC Yard police station in Belagavi 150% surge in 70 districts, PM calls for quick, decisive steps Modi to CMs: Stop vaccine wastage, curb small-town surge CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FADNAVIS: PROBE POLITICAL MASTERS BEHIND WAZE PAGE 6 ‘EMERGING SECOND WAVE’ Tuesday, the woman’s father said the family has not been able to reach her since March 2 — it was the day TV channels played the video clip. He claimed his daughter was whisked away from near her PG accommodation in Bengaluru and was being held captive at a secret location. His complaint states that “she has been forced into filming fake indecent videos” which are being distributed to the media and that she is also being harassed sexually. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY PRIMEMINISTERNarendraModi on Wednesday urged states to take“quickanddecisivesteps”to stoptheemerging“secondpeak” oftheCovid-19pandemic,includingincreasingthenumberofvaccinationcentres,takingcorrective steps to reduce vaccine wastage, and augmenting RT PCR tests with special focus on smaller citiesthatarewitnessingasurge. As many as 70 districts have reported a 150 per cent increase E CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 GROUP CAPTAIN DIES IN MiG-21 CRASH PAGE 8 ● Taking Stock THE PM raised multiple concerns emerging from the inoculation drive, and underlined the need to streamline the process and make it more effective. Sharp rise in Delhi’s jobless, women worst hit, says survey SOURAV ROY BARMAN PM Modi during the meeting with CMs on Wednesday. PTI Maharashtra reports 23k cases, but this wave has a silver lining: fewer deaths TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA & ANURADHA MASCARENHAS MUMBAI, PUNE, MARCH 17 MAHARASHTRAONWednesday reported this year’s record high of 23,179 Covid-19 cases, accounting for over 60 per cent of new cases diagnosed in India. Thisisclosetothepeakof 24,886 that the state recorded in September last year. Thenexthighestcaseloadreported by a state on Wednesday —Punjabat2,039cases—islower than that of Maharashtra cities such as Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 WITH A SLOW easing of lockdown measures, the unemployment rate in Delhi six months post-pandemic, rose to 28.5 per centin October-November 2020 compared with 11.1 per cent in January-February, according to a Delhi government-commissioned survey accessed by The Indian Express. The survey observed that 89 per cent of the unemployed respondents, of whom 56 per cent are jobless for over six months, continuetolookforwork,necessitating a “job guarantee scheme torevivetheeconomyofthecity”. As many as 30 per cent of the job seekers said they were unable to find work due to economic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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