DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OPERATION BY SEVENTH FLEET WARSHIP ` 101 per kilo ` 129 per kilo ` 159 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen Italian marines case: Deposit compensation, SC tells Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 THE SUPREME Court Friday directedtheCentretodepositinits account Rs 10 crorethat Italy has agreed to pay as compensation over the February 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines off the Kerala coast. Hearing a plea by the Centre, which urged it to close criminal proceedings against marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said it will consider the prayer only after the amount is deposited.SenioradvocateSuhail Dutt, appearing for the Republic of Italy, told the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, that the compensation amount, payable in terms of the award dated May 21, 2020 by the Arbitral Tribunal, constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which India is a party, will be deposited in the account to be specified by the Ministry of External Affairs. “We direct that after the amount is received by the Union of India, the same shall be depositedinthisCourtwithinaperiod of one week,” the bench said, fixing April 19 as the date forthenexthearing.InJuly2020, the government had told the top court that it had decided to accept the Tribunal’s ruling. USwarshipstirsthewaters‘without Indianconsent’,Delhiconveysconcern USS John Paul Jones was in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone, 130 nautical miles west of Lakshadweep Responding to this public announcement by the US Navy which raised eyebrows given the growing ties between the armed forces of the two countries, especiallytheirnavies,NewDelhisaid: “Wehaveconveyedourconcerns regarding this passage through ourEEZtotheGovernmentofUSA through diplomatic channels.” In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said: “The USS John Paul Joneswascontinuously monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits.” KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 DAYS AFTER the first summit of the Quadrilateral grouping and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin’svisittoNewDelhi,theUS Seventh Fleet announced that oneof itswarships,USSJohnPaul Jones(DDG53),hadcarriedouta Freedomof Navigationoperation west of Lakshadweep Islands, “inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent, consistent with international law”. The USS John Paul Jones EXPLAINED PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, APRIL 9 EVEN AS the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) has launched a preliminary enquiry into allegations of corruption made by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh against NCP's Anil Deshmukh, forcing himtoresignastheMaharashtra homeminister,thestategovernment has ordered its own "preliminary enquiry" against Singh. Singh had on March 20 written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accusing Deshmukh of settingmonthlycollectiontargets for the Mumbai Police. The home department had issued the orderfor the probeon April 1, when Deshmukh was Param Bir Singh SANJAY PANDEY GETS ADDL CHARGE AS STATE DGP PAGE 3 still the minister. Senior IPS officer Sanjay Pandey has been tasked to conduct the inquiry. Sources said that if anything incriminating is found, a department inquiry could be ordered and lead to Singh's suspension. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Champak Kalita, a general secretary of the party contesting from Barkhetry constituency; and Dalgaon candidate Mujibar Rahman, who is unwell. “We have taken some time off. Of course, the risk of horse trading is there,” AIUDF’s influential general secretary Aminul Islam, a candidate from Mankachar constituency in Assam, told The Indian Express over phone from Jaipur. InJaipur,taskedwithhosting the AIUDF leaders, Congress CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The empty stands at the opening game of the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Due to the Covid-19 surge, the BCCI has decided not to allow spectators. Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets. ANI REPORT,PAGE16 West Bengal 4th PHASE TODAY 44 of 294 Assembly seats 1.15CROREVOTERS seatsinthenorthBengaldistricts of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur and DakshinDinajpur(theareavotes on April 10). “Both the Trinamool and BJP did puja at my home before startingtheircampaigninCooch Behar... Recently, soil was taken CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sedition charge against Patna groups for CAA, NRC lessons to streetkids SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, APRIL 9 THE PATNA Police has lodged a case of sedition against two voluntary city groups on the charge of"provocativeandanti-national" lessons on the CAA/NRC to street girls at a Danapur residential school. The case was registered after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) took suo motu cognizance of the matter, dating back to the passage of the CAA in Parliament in December 2019. The child rights panel had carried out inspections on February 15 and 25 at the Danapur residential school that lets out its space for the two voluntary groups to hold classes for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 For Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, ‘the only man I could ever love’ APRIL 9 PRINCE PHILIP, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles andpatriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure would not be Britain’s last, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England. He was 99. His death was announced by Buckingham Palace, which said he passed away peacefully. Philip had been hospitalised several times in recent years for various ailments, most recently PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921-2021 in February, the palace said. The queenandPrincePhilipreceived MUMBAI, APRIL 9 IPL 14, SECOND WAVE COOCH BEHAR, APRIL 9 THREE YEARS after it was set up, a museum to honour the legacy of Panchanan Barma, a prominent Rajbanshi leader and social reformer, in Khalisamari village of Cooch Behar, is already crumbling. To descendant Timir Kumar Barma, 55, the state of the museum, located in the compound where Barma was born, shows the lip-service politicians have paid to the Rajbanshis. Both the TMC and BJP are vying for West Bengal's largest Scheduled Caste group, with an estimated population of 50 lakh — particularly aheadofthepollswheretheycan influence results in at least 26 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & AMITAVA CHAKRABORTY Badruddin Ajmal for such a step was already here. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold an all-party meetingonSaturdaytobuildconsensus on the steps needed to break the chain of transmission. Acompletelockdownwillalsobe discussed at the meeting. “I am not in favour of a total lockdown but the state seems to be heading in that direction. If casescontinuetoriseandweexhaust our beds we will have no option but to implement a lockdown,” Tope said. Atwo-three-weeklockdown State gets 4.59 lakh vaccine doses, will last till weekend MARILYN BERGER PAGE 9 Maharashtra enters weekend lockdown, 2 ministers say may need extended lockdown AS MAHARASHTRA headed into a weekend lockdown, two senior government ministers on Friday spoke of the possibility of anextendedlockdowninviewof the fast rising cases of coronavirusinfectionandthestretched healthcare system in the state. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said Maharashtra seemed headed towards a lockdown; ReliefandRehabilitationMinister Vijay Wadettiwar said the time PAGE 1 ANCHOR QAEDA-LINKED OUTFIT’S CHIEF AMONG SEVEN MILITANTS KILLED IN J&K CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MOHAMED THAVER GUWAHATI, JAIPUR, APRIL 9 EXPRESS NETWORK A NEW Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) adoptedbythe US Navy to underline its freedom of navigation is behind the unusual public statement issued by the Seventh Fleet on its warship entering India’s Exclusive Maharashtra govt orders probe against Param Bir Singh ABHISHEK SAHA & HAMZA KHAN BY UNNY NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 Economic Zone west of Lakshadweep Islands,TheIndian Express has learnt. There are several red faces in South Block over the statement that USS John Paul Jones had carried out a Freedom of Navigationoperation, “insideIndia’sexclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent,” MUMBAI, APRIL 9 Polls over, Congress Wooed with statues, hosts Ajmal’s AIUDF Rajbanshis say want candidates in Jaipur jobs, not tall promises BUSINESS AS USUAL SHUBHAJIT ROY In Mumbai on Friday night. Ganesh Shirsekar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DECISION 2021 ASSAM, WEST BENGAL THE BADRUDDIN Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a pre-poll ally of the Congress in the just-concluded Assembly electionsin Assam, on Friday flew 17 of its 20 contestants toJaipurto keep them away fromanyattemptsof horsetrading by the BJP. The three-phase polls to the 126-seat Assam Assembly concluded on April 6. The results are scheduled on May 2. Of the 20 who contested the polls, those who did not travel to Jaipur are Sirajuddin Ajmal, Ajmal’syoungerbrotherandcontestant from the Jamunamukh constituency, a family bastion; In time of Quad, a new SOP, unusual statement set off disquiet in Delhi their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in January. He died just as Buckingham Palace was again in turmoil, this time over Oprah Winfrey’s explosive televised interview with Philip’s grandson Prince Harry and Harry’s biracial wife, Meghan, on March 7, when the couple, in self-imposed exile in California, lodged accusations of racismandcrueltyagainstmembers of the royal family. As “thefirst gentleman in the land”, Philip tried to shepherd into the 20th century a monarchyencrustedwiththetrappings of the19th.Butaspageantrywas upstaged by scandal, as regal weddingswerefollowedbysensational divorces, his mission, as hesawit,changed.Nowitwasto help preserve the crown itself. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 MAHARASHTRA 3 DEAD IN NAGPUR HOSPITAL FIRE PAGE 5 OF 17.43 lakh Covishield doses assured, Maharashtra received 4.59 lakh doses by Friday night. The fresh stock will extend the state’s immunisation drive till the weekend. Districts said that if more stock does not come by Sunday,centreswillremainshut on Monday. Mumbai is slated for around 1 lakh doses; on Friday night Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had sent its vehicle to Pune to collect the vials. A facility in BKC suspended inoculation Friday. Pradip Das Mumbai will shut all its 72 private vaccination centres for the next three days in view of vaccine shortage.“If we don’t receive more stock by Sunday, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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