DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES UK, SA, BRAZIL VARIANTS ALSO DETECTED ‘Doublemutant’variant found,nolinkwithsurge Govt says no change in testing and treatment protocol, but it is important to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour Needsstudy, butgovtflags complacence KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 THE GOVERNMENT announced on Wednesday that a new “double mutant variant” of the novel coronavirus has been detected in the country, along with the three variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. The government underlined, however, that the mutations have not been detected in numbers that would be “sufficient” to establish the rapid increase in cases in some states. Thesevariantsdetectedinthe community“havebeenprevalent sincelast6-8months”,theCentre said. “The occurrence of mutationsisanaturalprocess.TheRNA strand of the virus will replicate andwillmakemistakesresulting in mutations. We should not worry about mutations,” Dr V K BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Testing in progress in Delhi on Wednesday. Amit Mehra Paul,chairpersonofIndia’sCovid19 task force, said. “However”, Dr Paul said, “the mostimportantthingtoremember is that viruses will not mutate if they are not allowed to replicate. Therefore, we have to only suppress the chainof transmission to stop mutations of the virus. Testing, quarantine, and containment will limit the spread of the virus”. The Indian SARS-CoV-2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE double mutant is a “variant of interest”, which requires further investigation to establish a direct link with the ongoing surge. The second wave is attributable to large susceptible population not affected in the first wave, and a lowering of the guard in the last few months. EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT VIRUS VARIANTSIN INDIANPOPULATION PAGE 13 AVISHEK G DASTIDAR & ASAD REHMAN NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, MARCH 24 Man borrows from Saddam book, uses thallium on wife, in-laws MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 INSPIRED BY former Iraqi presidentSaddamHusseinandhisintelligence agencies who allegedly used thallium to kill the regime’s political opponents, a 37-year-oldreal-estatebusinessman in Delhi allegedly used the toxin to target his wife and inlaws, police said. On Tuesday night, police arrested Varun Arora, a resident of Greater Kailash, for allegedly killing his mother-in-law. His wife has been in a coma since February, and his sister-in-law died around the same time. “The incident came to light on March 21 when Devendra CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD MASSIVE CARGO SHIP TURNS SIDEWAYS, BLOCKS SUEZ CANAL UN BEGINS TO MONITOR SRI LANKA: REPORT PAGE 14 ONE YEAR AFTER LOCKDOWN 1.0 Services sector distress means journeys of hope are cut short THE MISSING WOMEN Grab from video posted on social media. Express FEMALE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE AND GREATER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY AGE GROUPS AgeGroup (Years) AN EXPRESS SERIES PART 2 PRANAV MUKUL, AANCHAL MAGAZINE & ANIL SASI GURUGRAM, NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 A GELATERIA in Bengaluru, a top European hotel operator, a tony boutique in a high-end Gurgaon mall, a global HR consultancy — these are far away from factory shop-floors in Manesar or Tirupur but here too, it’s the women who have been hit hard bytheCoviddistress,losingtheir jobs and finding re-instatement a challenge. Like 24-year-old Lavleen Manglani. A Bachelor’s in catering technology from Hyderabad’s Culinary Academy washerticketoutof Ichalkaranji, a town in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district known for its weaving industry where her fa- Nuns forced off train; Shah promises action after protest by Kerala CM FOUR CHRISTIAN women, including two nuns, were verbally harassed and forced off a train in `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh by Railwaypersonnelandsomefellow passengers identified as ABVP workers who falsely accused them of engaging in forced religious conversion. Theincident,whichoccurred at Jhansi station on March 19, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 >=65 LabourParticipation Rate(%) Sep-Dec Sep-Dec 2020 2019 2.71 2.32 10.93 14.31 10.39 13.14 10.98 12.43 12.68 14.96 13.39 15.11 13.09 13.58 9.85 11.13 9.47 10.13 4.07 6.19 1.81 1.95 GreaterUnemployment Rate(%) Sep-Dec Sep-Dec 2020 2019 95.16 83.36 78.01 72.24 42.73 43.85 25.65 22.18 22.85 15.66 15.67 10.78 14.23 9.54 13.26 5.79 16.39 3.64 20.43 1.56 29.12 9.70 Source: CMIE ther is a cloth trader. She started off with a five-star hotel in Kolkata and then moved as an outlet manager at a gelateria in Bengaluru. Last year’s Covid lockdown cut short her aspirational journey — she is back in Ichalkaranji, struggling to earn a steady income as a home baker. She’s aware of the privilege her father’s income cushion brings. “I got calls from my subordinates, housekeepingand se- curity guards, for whom things had become really difficult…I sent e-mails to the manager but to no avail…They wanted to cut down on comparatively higher paid employees(so)theydid not ask me to join back,” she said. For Madhu, her work as an Area Sales Manager at a leading hospitality brand backed by one of Europe's biggest hotel operators became increasingly CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 parties unite to oppose as Centre pushes through Delhi Bill; black day: AAP HARIKISHAN SHARMA & KARISHMA MEHROTRA THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE CONTROVERSIAL Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to make theLieutenantGovernorof Delhi equivalent to the Delhi government, was passed in Parliament Wednesday with the Rajya BY SHAILAJA CHANDRA PAGE 10 NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 UPHOLD,DON’TALTER THECONSTITUTION Sabha giving its nod — but not before it became a rallying point for the entire Opposition and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Month before he retires, CJI recommends Justice Ramana as his successor ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 WITHONEmonthtogoforhisretirement,ChiefJusticeofIndiaSA Bobde has officially recommendedthesecondmostseniorJudge of the Supreme Court, Justice N V Ramana, as his successor. Ramana will take over from CJI Bobde, who is due to demit office on April 23, and serve as thethe48thChief Justiceof India till August 26, 2022 — a term of over sixteenmonths. Theofficial letter recommending Justice Ramana’s name was forwarded to the Centre Wednesday. Appointed as a judge of the top court on February 17, 2014, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC INQUIRY REJECTS JAGAN COMPLAINT AGAINST RAMANA PAGE 9
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