eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE FIFTY SHADES OF BLUE NEWDELHI,LATECITY APRIL18,2021 Is it a fashion statement or a faux pas? What is it about ripped jeans that divides fashionistas and politicians alike? PAGES 14, 15 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA PRIME MINISTER TAKES STOCK; HARSH VARDHAN SPEAKS TO 11 STATES/UT OF CONCERN Alarmingrisein cases,infection ratefasterthan recoveries:Govt ChinaneverraisedDSDBOroadattalks; Depsangpredatesstandoff,Indiaadded ittoresolveissue,saystopsource CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E THEsurgein11states/UTof concernhaspromptedurgentreviewof theground situation.Thestateshave flaggedfourissues:augmentingsupplyof oxygen cylinders;steppingupsupplyof Remdesivirinhospitals;addingtotheventilatorstock;andenhanced supplyof vaccinedoses. Not right to link surge to polls… no situation for lockdown in a hurry: Shah LIZ MATHEW KOLKATA, APRIL 17 THE SECOND Covid surge has touched states where there are no elections and so linking it to polls is “not right,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Friday, adding that the situation, as of now, doesn’t warrant a “lockdown in a hurry.” He added that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 16 NEW DELHI, APRIL 17 Migrant workers board buses for their home states in Gurgaon, which recorded over 2,000 cases on Saturday. PTI As PM appeals, akhadas opt for ‘symbolic’ Kumbh dip EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, DEHRADUN, APRIL 17 THE LAST shahi snan at the KumbhMelaislikelytobe"symbolic",withminimumparticipation by sadhus, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said he had appealed to the akhadas to minimise the numbers amidst rising Covid cases in Uttarakhand. “Today I had a telephonic conversation with Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Poojya Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji. I asked about the health of all the Sants. I thanked the Sant Samaj for their full cooperation with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OVER 24,000 NEW CASES IN DELHI Kejriwal sounds alarm: Oxygen & drugs running out, situation very serious EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, APRIL 17 WITH DELHI reporting 24,000plus new cases on Saturday, marking a new high for the Capital and the highest daily number for any city in the country so far, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the situation had become"veryseriousandworrisome", with oxygen stock, remdesivir and tocilizumab drugs in short supply. "The rate at which Covid is spreading, thereis no telling when thepeak will be reached," the CM said. The increasing caseload has strained the health infrastruc- ABHISHEK ANGAD & SANTOSH SINGH ASITTINGTMCMLAsuccumbed to Covid-19 on Saturday, after the death of two West Bengal poll contestants earDECISION lier, as the state 2021 turned out in WEST large numbers to BENGAL cast votes for the fifth phase of polling. While masks and sanitisers were at hand, social distancing RJD SUPREMO Lalu Prasad is expectedtowalkoutof jailafterthe Jharkhand High Court Saturday grantedhimbailinafodderscam case on the grounds of "half the sentence already served”. Lalu had earlier got bail in threeoutof thefourcasesrelated to the fodder scam. On Saturday, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh grantedbailtoLaluintheDumka treasurycase,NirajRavi,assisting lawyer to the CBI counsel, said. BARASAT, KOLKATA, APRIL 17 CITY DEEPSIDHUGETS BAIL, ISARRESTED AGAIN PAGE 4 RANCHI, PATNA, APRIL 17 Thermal screening at a polling booth in North 24 Parganas on Saturday. The state recorded 78% turnout. Shashi Ghosh was virtually non-existent at booths across the state where more than 78% cast their ballots CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PM, MAMATA SPAR OVER SITALKUCHI BODIES, TAPE PAGE 6 4 COVID PATIENTS KILLED IN FIRE AT RAIPUR HOSPITAL UDDHAV: CALLED PM, TOLD HE WAS BUSY IN BENGAL; GOYAL HITS BACK PAGE 5 ture, with hospitals now reporting a shortage of beds, oxygen, remdesivir and tocilizumab, Kejriwal said in a webcast as Delhi figures rose by 24,375 cases and 167 deaths. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will remain at AIIMS, Delhi An ailing Lalu has been in judicial custody at AIIMS, Delhi, since January 23. He was shifted therefromtheRajendraInstitute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, where he had been lodged since August 2018, serving most of his sentence there. After the bail order, Lalu's CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Washed ashore 5 years ago, ‘Mahanadi girl’ gives reason for Odisha village to celebrate PAGE 1 ANCHOR AISHWARYA MOHANTY BHUBANESWAR, APRIL 17 KUSMEL,Aremotevillageonthe banks of the Mahanadi river in Jharsuguda district, bordering Chattisgarh, is in celebratory mode. The entire village is coming together to solemnise the wedding of their daughter, Soni Yadav, also fondly called the ‘Mahanadi girl’. But what is unusually endearing about the wedding is the girl’s affiliation with the village. Five years ago, on a September morning in 2016, SanyasiKalo,now52,foundSoni covered in mud, lying on the banks of the Mahanadi. As Kalo rushedtowardsher,hefoundher gasping for breath and took her home.Thevillagersthentookher to the nearest public health centre almost 10 km away. Soni Yadav with her foster parents. Express PAGE 10 When Soni regained consciousness the next day, she realised she was 80 km away from her home in Chhattisgarh. Then 18 years old, and working as a domestic help in Sarangarh town of Chhattisgarh, Soni recollectedthatshehadslippedand fallen into the river on a visit to Chandrapur temple. She was found 12 hours later. “Idon’trememberwhathappenedafterIslippedintothewater. I remember waking up in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 which, along with Depsang Plains,remainthefrictionpoints between the two sides — Indian and Chinese troops and armoured columns had disengaged on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso and the Kailash range in February. A highly placed source, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD THE SECOND SURGE TMC MLA dead, four contestants ailing Bail granted in last case, Lalu set to be released as Bengal votes under Covid cloud ATRI MITRA & SWEETY MISHRA SUNDAY STORY IN A little over a fortnight from now, the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along theLineof ActualControlineastern Ladakh will be a year old. Elevenroundsof militarydiscussionslater,itisstilltoberesolved, with the Chinese reluctant to returntotrooplocationsbeforethe start of the standoff. TheSundayExpresshaslearnt that on April 9, during the last round of talks at the Corps Commander-level, China refusedto pullbackitstroopsfrom Hot Springs and Gogra Post DepsangPlains Ladakh Daulat Hot BegOldie Springs Galwan J&K Leh Pangong Srinagar Tso CHINA UNDERLINING THE “alarming rise in daily number of active cases which currently stand at 16,79,000” and “a sharp growth of 10.2% in the number of deaths”, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday said “the widening gap between daily new cases and daily new recoveriesreflectsthattheinfectionisspreadingatamuchfaster ratethanrecoverieswithconsistently growing active cases”. KRISHN KAUSHIK What states ● seek PAKISTAN NEW DELHI, APRIL 17 E X P L A I NE D 6,303ventilatorsfor6states,1lakhoxygen cylinderssoon;Remdesivirpricesrevised KAUNAIN SHERIFF M China refuses to leave Hot Springs, Gogra: ‘India should be happy with what has been achieved’ Covid 2.0 Oxygen shortage in Maharashtra, rising toll in Chhattisgarh, lack of beds in Lucknow POLICE: FOUR OF EIGHT INDIANAPOLIS SHOOTING VICTIMS WERE SIKHS WORLDWIDE COVID TOLL TOUCHES 3 MILLION PAGE 12
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