DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ` 90 per kilo ` 118 per kilo ` 145 per kilo ` 65 per Dozen DESHMUKH QUIZZED BY CBI FOR 8 HOURS, DENIES CHARGES PAGE 3 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 8 WRITES TO PM ON A DAY CURFEW WAS IMPOSED ACROSS MAHARASHTRA TILL MAY 1 DeclareCovidanaturalcalamity,letSDRFbe usedtohelppeopleaffectedbycurbs:Uddhav Dr Reddy’s: Sputnik V will start arriving in this quarter VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, APRIL 14 A DAY after announcing a financial package of Rs 5,476 crore for people of various sectors impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that the pandemic be treatedasa naturalcalamity and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) be used to provide individual benefits to the affected. Thackeray, while addressing the state on Tuesday, had said that for earthquake, heavy rainfall and flood, natural calamity is announced and individual benefits are given to the people affected. “We all have accepted this (panUddhav demic) as a natThackeray ural calamity. So, we are requestingthePM to give individual benefits that are given in natural calamitiesto the people whose livelihood has been impacted by the pandemic,” he had added. Confirming that Thackeray has written to the PM, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte said: “Though the pandemic is a calamity, it is yet to be defined as a natural calamity. So, individual benefits cannot be given as per the existing system.” He added that treating the pandemic as a natural calamity is a policy decision to be taken at the national level and the Centre has to take a call on it. Officials said that the SDRF, whichwasconstitutedunderthe DisasterManagementAct,2005, is the primary fund available with state governments when it comes to responding to notified disasters. While the Union governmentcontributes75percent towards SDRF allocation, Maharashtra contributes the remaining 25 per cent, said an official, adding that SDRF has around Rs 4,200 crore. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CM SAYS ENFORCE CURBS STRICTLY, POLICE CALLS FOR ‘MAXIMUM RESTRAINT’ WHILE DEALING WITH VIOLATORS PAGE 4 PAGE 1 ANCHOR MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 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 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 9 PM, CSMT Mumbai on Wednesday night after curfew was imposed. Pradip Das Govt puts off Class 12 Few consulted, schools, boards, will take call in June; officials wonder if CBSE Class 10 exams cancelled missed Mar-Apr window RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 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 situa- tion 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 In bypoll-bound Damoh, a village shuts itself to break coronavirus chain 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 boththerulingBJPandtheopposition Congress addressing public gatherings in different places. Presenting a picture in stark contrast is a village Hinota Kalan whichhasabout3,500residents. Picking up the gauntlet to break theCovid-19chainasthesecond waveof the pandemicrages,this At Hinota Kalan, next door to Damoh seat. Iram Siddique village in Hatta tehsil in Damoh district decided to shut itself down. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tihar jail looks for 3,468 inmates gone ‘missing’ while out on Covid parole 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 REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES THE CITY ● inmates, is one of the largest prison complexes in South Asia. Sources said that of those released, 1,184 were convicted in- mates let out of Delhi’s three jails, at Tihar, Mandoli, Rohini. “They were initially released for eight weeks,which was later extended from time to time. They were finally supposed to surrender between February 7 and March 6. But out of 1,184, 112 are missing. When jail officials approached theirfamily members, they were told that they were not present at their homes,” jail sources said. Of the undertrial prisoners, only around 2,200 of the 5,556 released on interim bail have returned. “The process to surrender started on March 6 this year and they were asked to surrender by the end of March,” sources in Tihar jail said. All states had constituted high-poweredcommitteestolay down criteria for the release of convictedandundertrialprisoners to decongest jails following a Supreme Court suggestion in March last year. Following this, states released inmates on bail for 30-60 days. For Delhi, the committee was headed by Delhi High Court judge Justice Hima Kohli. It also included then Delhi government Principal Secretary (Home)/Additional Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and Tihar Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel. Asked about the "missing" prisoners, DG Goel said, “We have shared a list of UTPs CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 THEDECISIONtopostponeClass 12CBSE boardexams 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 arefromtheDelhigovernment’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 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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