DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Seth quits as director of IIM-Calcutta, says board maligned her RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 ALMOST A month after the Boardof Governors(BoG)of IIMCalcutta clipped her powers, AnjuSeth,thefirstwomandirectorof theinstitute,resignedfrom her post on Sunday. Seth cited a “breakdown of confidence” between her and board chairman Shrikrishna Kulkarni. Seth’s resignation came two daysaftershewentonsickleave, leaving Prashant Mishra, Dean (New Initiatives and External Relations),inchargeasactingdirector. Her term was to end in February 2022. “I am disappointed as I am leaving a dream only partially fulfilled; it is not what I had sought.YetIamproudthatItried my best and that I’ve disrupted CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EX-TOP COP Vs MAHARASHTRA HOME MINISTER Pawar digs heels in: No need for Deshmukh to go, evidence backs him On key days in Singh’s letter, NCP Minister ‘in quarantine’ IN PARLIAMENT NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses the media at his residence in New Delhi on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey Mumbai’s former police chief moves SC for CBI probe against Deshmukh NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 PAGE 7 RAISING THE stakes in his faceoff with the Maharashtra government over his removal as Mumbai’s policechief last week, IPS officer Param Bir Singh Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into alleged corruption by the state’s Home Minister Anil Desmukh “before the evidences are destroyed”. In his plea, Singh repeated the allegations he had levelled against Desmukh in an eightpage letter sent last week to Chief Minister Uddhav Thakeray — that the Minister had asked AssistantPoliceInspectorSachin Waze, who was later arrested by the NIA in the bomb scare case, to collect Rs 100 crore every CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will stay on and contest polls in 2022: Amarinder EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, MARCH 22 At the encounter site in Manihal village, Shopian. Express 4 militants killed; ignored pleas from family: police BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MARCH 22 FOUR MILITANTS were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian late on Sunday night. All four were locals,andhadbeenmilitantsfor less than six months, police said. An Army soldier was injured in the exchange of fire that took place at Manihal village in Shopian. Police said the militants chose not to surrender even after the wife and children — a son and a daughter — of one of the four men were brought to the encounter site to appeal to them to give up the fight. Avideofromthespotshowed a five-year-old boy appealing to PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said Monday that he will run for the 2022 Assemblyelections,andhangup his boots only after being sure that he had pulled the state out of a “mess”. Speaking at the Express eAdda,Singhsaid:“Mystateismy love. I have been 52 years into politics, I take a lot of interest in what I can to pull people out of distress, whether it is industrial mess or agriculture mess, or whatever mess. I feel if I can do a little bit, then it is my contribution. I tend to stay on and I tend tofightitandItendtobeelected.” When reminded of his line Singh at the session Monday before the 2017electionsthathe was contesting for the last time, the Chief Minister said: “I think when I came, we did not have all CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 days & counting in Telangana town: politics and distrust keep pot boiling PAGE 1 ANCHOR SREENIVAS JANYALA BHAINSA (TELANGANA), MARCH 22 ON MONDAY, as the weekly market at Bhainsa, a town in Nirmal district of Telangana, opened for the first time in 10 days, people rushed to replenish supplies. Yet, the air wasstill and heavy with tension. On the evening of March 7, a couple of skirmishes, first NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 THE CENTRAL government on Monday revised the time interval between two doses of Covishield, directingstates to increase it to 4-8 weeks from the current protocol of 4-6 weeks. TheUnionMinistryof Health and Family Welfare took the decision on the recommendation of two expert groups — the National Technical Advisory BY SOUMYA KANTI GHOSH PAGE 10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SENAMPSAWANT THREATENEDMEIN LS:MPNAVNEETRANA KAUNAIN SHERIFF M BAD BANK: A BANKABLE IDEA MUMBAI, MARCH 22 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Interval between two doses of Covishield increased to 4-8 weeks THE EDITORIAL PAGE ZEESHAN SHAIKH WITH POLITICAL pressure rising over the corruption charges levelledagainstMaharashtraHome Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai police chief Param BirSingh,NCPchiefSharadPawar wentontheoffensiveMondayby disputing keyelementsof the allegations against his party’s leader and firmly ruling out his resignation from the Cabinet. Pawar said he has evidence to prove that Deshmukh was `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Curfew was relaxed in a phased manner. Sreenivas Janyala over a lost goat and then over a minor accident involving a motorcycle, had flared into rioting and arson in the town. While police managed to control the situation in a few hours, there was more to follow — on March 10, as anger over the rape of a three-yearold girl spilled over, the town saw more violence and arson. Twelve persons were injured and the administration imposed Section 144. Police have so far registered 28 FIRs related to separate incidents that occurred from March CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD XINJIANG: BRITAIN, EU, US IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON CHINA OFFICIALS PAGE 12 GrouponImmunisation(NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC). “Duringthismeetingtherecommendation has been revised to provide 2nd dose of COVISHIELDat4-8weeks’intervalafter the first dose, instead of earlier practised interval of 4-6 weeks. This decision of revised timeintervalbetweentwodoses is applicable ONLY to COVISHIELD and NOT to COVAXIN vaccine,” the Ministry said. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to states that based on the scientific evidence, it “appears that protection is enhanced if the second dose of COVISHIELD is administered between 6-8 weeks, but not later than stipulated period of 8 weeks”. Data on the Co-WIN dashboard show 4.22 crore doses of Covishield have been administered so far during the country’s vaccination drive. Of the total CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES Greater vaccine ● efficacy INDIA’S DECISION on the second dose for Covishield comes after the WHO’s expert team recommended that a longer interval between 8 and 12 weeks between the two doses are associated with greater vaccine efficacy. Britain was the first country to extend the interval between the initial and booster doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to 12 weeks. Delhi rewrites liquor policy, cuts legal drinking age from 25 to 21 MALLICA JOSHI NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 SIGNALLING KEY changes in the Delhigovernment'sliquorpolicy, AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Mondaythatthelegalageforconsumption of alcohol will be reduced to 21 years from 25 — “on apar”,hepointedout,withneighbouring BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. Sisodia also announced “age gating”, a system in which those under the age of 21 will not be allowedtoenterestablishments, including restaurants, that serve alcohol unless they are “supervised”. Officials said rules “will be finalised soon to decide who, other than parents, will be allowed to supervise them. “The permissible age for liquor consumption in different states is different and this issue has been raised several times. It is higherinDelhiascomparedto that in Uttar Pradesh. The Group of Ministers recommended that theageof liquorconsumptionbe brought on a par with Uttar Pradesh,” Sisodia said. Sources said the reference to UPwas“deliberate”toavoid“unnecessary criticism by BJP”. Sisodia said the new policy is based on about 14,700 comments received as feedback to the draft policy prepared CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LS PASSES NCT BILL ON DELHI ‘GOVT’ PAGE 7
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