DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 ALMOST A month after the Boardof Governors(BoG)of IIMCalcutta clipped her powers, AnjuSeth,thefirstwomandirector of the institute, resigned her post on Sunday. Seth cited a “breakdown of confidence” between her and board chairman Shri Krishna 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 the conventional barriers that were holding back the opportunity for IIM Calcutta to emerge asaworld-classinstitution,”Seth told The Indian Express. “I hope that in the future, the institute will continue to build on a culture of transparency and accountability as core values. I have been privileged to work with many dedicated and talented people and wish them the very best for the future. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pawar digs heels in: No need for Deshmukh to go, evidence backs him On key days in Singh’s letter, NCP Minister ‘in quarantine’ ZEESHAN SHAIKH MUMBAI, MARCH 22 WITH POLITICAL pressure rising over the corruption charges levelledagainstMaharashtraHome Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar went on the offensive Monday by disputing key elements of the allegations against his party's leader and firmly ruling out his resignation from the Cabinet. Pawar said he has evidence toprovethatDeshmukhwasailing and in hospital at the time he was said to be discussing a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN PARLIAMENT SENA MP SAWANT THREATENED ME IN LS: MP NAVNEET RANA PAGE 12 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 RAISING THE stakes in his faceoff with the Maharashtra government over his removal as Mumbai's police chief 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 MinisterUddhavThakeray -- 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 month, including Rs 40-50 crore from around 1,750 bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Singh, in his plea, also accused Deshmukh of interfering in investigations, putting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Interval between two doses of Covishield increased to 4-8 weeks KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MARCH 22 THE CENTRAL government on Monday revised the time interval between two doses of Covishield, directing states 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 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 COV- THE EDITORIAL PAGE BAD BANK: A BANKABLE IDEA BY SOUMYA KANTI GHOSH PAGE 8 EXPLAINED Seth quits as EX-TOP COP Vs MAHARASHTRA HOME MINISTER director of IIM-Calcutta, says board maligned her Her term was to end in Feb 2022 `4.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 E 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. ISHIELD 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 protec- tion 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 4,61,07,627 doses administered, including both Covishield and Covaxin, the second dose has been given to only 74,84,953 beneficiaries so far. After Monday’s announcement, the schedulefortheseconddosewill change for all Covishield recipients in this group. India’s decision comes in the backdrop of global trials that haveshownthatanextendedinterval of up to 12 weeks demonstrated greater efficacy in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, of which Covishield is a version. The trials have also suggested CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 XINJIANG: BRITAIN, EU, US IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON CHINA OFFICIALS PAGE 14 BY UNNY INSIDE LS PASSES INSURANCE BILL LS CLEARS NCT BILL TO DEFINE DELHI ‘GOVT’ PAGES 12 Gujarat sees 1,640 Covid cases in a day, highest since pandemic began EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, VADODARA MARCH 22 THE WORLD BUSINESS AS USUAL GUJARATREPORTEDthehighest Covid-19 cases in a single day at 1,640sincethepandemicsetina year ago, with Ahmedabad seeing 481 positive cases, even as Monday saw a spike in the occupancy of private beds in the city. On November 27, last year the state had reported 1,607 cases, which was the highest in one day, so far. Ahmedabad saw bed occupancydoubleoverthelastweek, At SSG hospital in Vadodara on Monday. Bhupendra Rana withamaximumincreasenoted in the high dependency unit (HDU) and intensive care unit (ICU) beds, health officials said. Privatehospitals,offeringCovid19 treatment, have also gone up from 63 to 70 on Monday, taking thetotalcapacityof bedsupfrom nearly 2,200 to 2,631 in the city. InVadodara,wherehospitals have recorded a jump of 480 admissionsforCovid-19casessince Saturday, civic authorities have issuedadirectiontoempanelled hospitals Monday making it mandatory for hospitals to "prudently" admit patients in their facilities and promote homebased care for others. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will stay on and fight 2022 election, says 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. A video from the spot showed a five-year-old boy appealing to his father to come out of hiding. “Thefourlocalmilitantswere killed after they refused the offer to surrender,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said at a press conference. “We also brought the wife of one of the militants to persuade him,butthemilitantsopenedfire from inside the house,” he said. Police cordoned off the area in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after receiving information about the 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 before the 2017 elections that he was contesting for the last time, the Chief Minister said: “I think Singh at the session Monday when I came, we did not have all the facts, like our finances are in a terrible mess... (the) Government of India should be contributingtousinthefoodbill, they added Rs 31,000 crore on to it.Andourpreviousgovernment, 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 was still and heavy with tension. On the evening of March 7, a couple of skirmishes, first over a lost goat and then over a minor accident involving a motorcycle, had flared into large-scale rioting and arson in the town. While police managed to control the situation in a few hours, there Curfew was relaxed in a phased manner. Sreenivas Janyala was more to follow — on March 10, as anger over the rape of a three-year-old girl, allegedly by a Muslim youth, spilled over, the town saw more violence and ar- son. Twelve persons were injuredandtheadministrationimposed Section 144. Police have so far registered 28 FIRs related to separate inci- dents that occurred from March 7 to 10. In the rape case, police arrested a 14-year-old 24 hours later and registered a POCSO case against him. “You never know when the situation will explode,” said Wasim Shaikh, a fruit vendor at the Bhainsa market. "You have to watch what you say... anything can cause a flareup. We are fed up of this now," said Gangadhar Kumar, a school teacher. In the Zulfikar mosque area, where the March 7 incidents happened, residents of both communitiesarewaryof talking to outsiders. On Monday, most people in the area chose to stay indoors. A police officer said peace committees had not been effectivebecausemembersdon't CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahmedabad
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