DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES India, Australia, France agree on Indo-Pacific but not on Myanmar SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E ‘Others can’t dictate terms’ E X P L A I NE D DAYS AFTER Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov echoed Beijing’s description of the Quad grouping as an “Asian NATO”, India, France and Australia underlined their common ground on the Indo-Pacific even as they marked their differences on Myanmar. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Wednesday said those using terms like “Asian NATO”areplaying“mindgames” andNewDelhiwillnothaveothers “veto” on what is it going to discuss, and with whom. “So, that kind of NATO mentality has never been India's. If it has been there in Asia before, I think it's in other countries and regions — not in mine,” Tightrope walk on ● Myanmar WHILE IT has expressed support for restoration of democracy, New Delhi has maintained ties with the Myanmar military regime. This is behind India’s reference to its “unique” position on Myanmar. Ganga Muni, husband, grandson at Totapara home. Partha Paul Workers to owners, a tea belt wilts: ‘50% on sale, no buyers’ RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & AMITAVA CHAKRABORTY DOOARS, DARJEELING, APRIL 14 GANGAMUNI(45)hasbeenpicking tea leaves for over two decades, spending a lifetime in a two-room house with her husband,SomraMunda,42,andtheir twochildren.Theyareamongthe 875 families in the Totapara workers’ line (as the tea worker colonies are called) in Dhupguri Assembly constituency of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. Sitting in front of the house with walls blackened by smoke, and no toilet or running water, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAMATA VISITS FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED IN CISF FIRING PAGE 5 WORLD BIDEN ON AFGHANISTAN: ‘TIME TO END AMERICA’S LONGEST WAR’ PAGE 10 Tihar looks for 3,468 inmates gone ‘missing’ while on Covid parole PAGE 1 ANCHOR MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 OF THE 6,740 prisoners at Tihar Jail who were released on parole last year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3,468 have gone “missing”. Jail authorities have now approached the Delhi Police to help trace them. Most of the convicts and undertrial prisoners suffering illnesses such as HIV, cancer, kidney dysfunction requiring dialysis, Hepatitis B or C, asthma The inmates were expected to return by end March. File and TB were released last year to decongest the prison as Covid cases rose. Tihar, with a cumulative capacity of holding 10,026 inmates, is one of the largest prison complexes in South Asia. Sources said that of those CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 21.5 LAKH CLASS 10 STUDENTS, 14 LAKH IN CLASS 12 TO BE AFFECTED Amid surge, Govt puts off Class 12 boards, will take a call in June; Class 10 exams cancelled CBSE will prepare Class 10 results on ‘objective criterion’; ICSE will decide soon Dr Reddy’s: Sputnik V will start arriving in this quarter RITIKA CHOPRA PRABHA RAGHAVAN THE EDUCATION Ministry WednesdaypostponedtheCBSE Class 12 board exams and cancelled the Class 10 exams amid growingconcernsoverthesurge in Covid-19 infections in the country. For the Class 12 exam, the Ministry will review the situation on June 1 to decide fresh dates and make an announcement at least two weeks before the start of the exams. The decision, which affects roughly 21.5 lakh Class 10 students and 14 lakh Class 12 students across the country, was taken at a meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and the Ministry’s top officers on Wednesday afternoon. The meeting was also attended by the Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary to the PM. The Class 10 and 12 exams were earlier scheduled to start May 4. Following Wednesday’s announcement, Gerry Arathoon, Secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate INDIA CAN expect to receive stocksof SputnikVatsomepoint between later this month and June, as Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) begins importing consignments of the Russian-made vaccine against Covid-19. Theavailabilityof thevaccine in India will, however, depend ultimately on factors such as the number of doses that the government wishes to procure, the price, and the capacity of the NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 Ambulances with Covid patients waiting for admission at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital Wednesday night. Nirmal Harindran PAGE7 Few consulted, schools, In bypoll-bound Damoh, officials wonder if CBSE a village shuts itself to missed Mar-Apr window break coronavirus chain SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 THEDECISIONtopostponeClass 12CBSE board exams and cancel the same for Class 10 was taken at the highest level, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top Education Ministry officials, with several members of the CBSE’s governing body telling The Indian Express that they were not consulted. The governing body has 34 members, including government officials, heads of schools, andsomerepresentativesof universities. Four of the members arefromthe Delhi government’s Directorate of Education. A senior official among them confirmed not being part of the decision-making process, as did a private school principal who is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IRAM SIDDIQUE HATTA/ DAMOH, APRIL 14 IN TWO DAYS from now, people will be queuing up to cast their votes in the Damoh Assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh. The district is witnessing huge activity with a string of leaders from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress addressing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At Hinota Kalan, next door to Damoh seat. Iram Siddique CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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