DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES wishes its readers A Happy Holi. In halls, safehouses, Myanmar nationals pray India does not send them back: ‘will be killed’ BORDERLINE Her voice barely a whisper, Nuzel says, “If democracy is reinstated in Myanmar and Suu Kyi is released, we will definitely gohome.If not,wedon’tfeelsafe there.” Nuzel arrived with her son andhusbandJoseph,24,inChapi village in Siaha district of Mizoram on March 6. Like several Myanmaresepolicemennowon the Indian side, Joseph says he chose to defect rather than open PART 1 We are closed today. There will be no edition of the paper on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KRISHN KAUSHIK SIAHA, AIZAWL (MIZORAM), MARCH 28 IN A nondescript community hall in a nondescript village along the India-Myanmar Border, Kawg Heht Kyaw clings to his mother. The nine-monthold is the youngest person in the room. His mother, Nuzel, 22, who is the second youngest, keeps ruffling his hair, kissing him, thankful they are together. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Villagers shelter in the open due to airstrikes on Saturday in Deh Bu Noh, Myanmar. AP JUNTA TROOPS OPEN FIRE AT FUNERAL PAGE 12 The peoples have a bond THE border is porous and many people in Mizoram have family and friends in Myanmar. There is a cultural and ethnic connect, because of which hundreds of fleeing Myanmar nationals have been given shelter by villagers in Mizoram. The state has refused to push back those who have entered. Police kill gangster in Delhi In old battleground with residential society encounter CPM, BJP is retired hurt MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL THE EDITORIAL PAGE PANDEMIC SHOWS UPLABOUR CRISIS BY HIMANSHU PAGE 8 NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 THREE DAYS after he escaped from police custody following a shootout at a hospital, gangster KuldeepMaanaliasFajja(28)was killed in an encounter late Saturday night during an exchangeoffirewithaSpecialCell `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 teaminsidearesidentialcomplex in northwest Delhi, police said. Two others — Bhupinder Mann (40), a physical education teacher at a government school, andYogenderDahiya(35),agym trainer — were arrested from the “hideout” at Tulsi Apartments in Rohini's Sector 14 on charges of harbouringacriminal,policesaid. Fajja, a close aide of jailed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHAJU PHILIP THALASSERY, MAR 28 THE WRITING on the wall DECISION 2021 underlines the BJP’s misKERALA ery in this constituency which holds great political sig- Indian crew UDDHAV MEETS TOP OFFICIALS on Suez ship; all safe: firm MAYURA JANWALKAR PANAJI, MARCH 28 ALL MEMBERS of the crew on board the containership Ever Given,whichiswedgeddiagonally in the Suez Canal in Egypt since March 23, are Indians, the maritimesolutionsproviderincharge of technical management of the vessel said on Saturday. “All 25 crew are safe and accounted for and they remain in good health and spirits. All crew are Indian nationals and remain onboard.Theyareworkingclosely withallpartiesinvolvedtore-float thevessel.ThehardworkandtirelessprofessionalismoftheMaster and crew is greatly appreciated,” Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) said in a statement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 nificance for it due to the history of violence between the party and the RSS in this region. Among the three NDA candidates in Kerala whose nomination papers were rejected CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ SHAH-TMC WAR OF WORDS OVER PHASE 1 ■ NIA ARRESTS CHHATRADHAR MAHATO P 5 Satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the ship stuck in the Suez Sunday. AP Maharashtra stares at lockdown as cases surge Active cases now highest ever, officials fear hospitals could run out of ICU beds TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, MARCH 28 AS THE number of currently active Covid-19 cases touched a new record in Maharashtra, the stateappearedheadedtowardsa lockdown in the coming week, officials told The Indian Express on Sunday. The lockdown option was discussed at a meeting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had with Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Health Secretary Dr PradeepVyas,andtheCovidTask Force to consider ways to bring the surge in cases under control. CRISIS IN NUMBERS 3.25 lakh+ active cases, the highest ever 40,414 new cases on Sunday, a new record 6,933 cases in Mumbai; 8,324 in Pune on Sunday, both new peaks Over the last three days, Maharashtra has recorded more than 1.13 lakh new infections; 40,414 new cases were detected on Sunday. Chief Minister Thackeray is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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