eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE FIFTY SHADES OF BLUE MUMBAI,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 11, 12 14PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 13 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 MAHARASHTRA REPORTS 67,123 CASES Uddhav says called PM, told he was busy in Bengal; Goyal hits back VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, APRIL 17 TRIGGERING A new row with the Centre at a time when Maharashtra is grappling with the surge in Covid-19 cases and shortage of essential medical supplies, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday said he had called Prime Minister Narendra ModiFridayevening,seekinghis intervention for the supply of medical oxygen and Remdesivir, but was told that he was busy withtheelectioninWestBengal. Thackeray said this during a meeting with industry leaders Saturday morning. Haffkine gets no bidder for Remdesivir, Maharashtra set to face acute shortage ` 88 per kilo ` 116 per kilo ` 142 per kilo ` 68 per Dozen THE CITY COLOUR-CODED STICKERS FOR VEHICLES OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES PAGE 3 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, APRIL 17 MAHARASHTRA IS staring at an acute shortage of Remdesivir across all district government hospitals and medical colleges withHaffkineBiopharmaPrivate Limited, the nodal agency for its procurementinthestate,unable to find a bidder to supply the anti-viral drug. With demand high across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, GujaratandDelhi,thestockwith mostmanufacturersarerunning dry. Haffkinehadfloatedatender Nawab Malik “We were told Centre has asked firms not to supply the medicine to the state” to procure 6 lakh vials of Remdesivir on April 15 but got no bidder. On April 16, it floated anewtenderfor2lakhvialswith hopesthatmanufacturerswould entertain smaller tenders. SandipRathod,managingdirector in Haffkine, told The Sunday Express, “We are ready to pay Rs 10,000 per vial. There is a delay in production, but we are reaching out to all sources to arrange the drug.” Across India, there are seven manufacturers with marketing license of Remdesivir. Maharashtra mainly relies on three – Cipla, Zydus Cadila and Hetero Healthcare. On April 9, Haffkine had issued an order of 57,100 vials of Remdesivir for Zydus at a rate of Rs 665.8 per vial. Earlier this week, Zydus wrote to Haffkine saying that it would not be able to supply the stock. “We express ourinabilitytosupply further on same rate contract, as we have committed to other states considering tender terms and conditions for supply of quantity,” CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MAHARASHTRA SHARE OF SENIOR CITIZENS IN COVID POOL RISES EC, CENTRE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECOND WAVE, SAYS SHIV SENA PAGE 4 A statement from the CMO quoted Thackeray saying: “Considering the number of Covid patients, more oxygen is required and we have informed the Prime Minister as well. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 8 No oxygen, 168 patients shifted from BMC hospitals to other facilities EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, APRIL 17 AS MANY as 168 Covid-19 patients were on Friday and Saturday shifted from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals to other facilities, including jumbo hospitals in Mumbai, as they faced shortage of oxygensupply. The BMC said the supply to these hospitals was affected because of a technical glitch at the plant that supplies oxygen to these hospitals. Officials said that between Thursday and Friday, oxygen CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 PAKISTAN 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”. E X P L A I NE D NEW DELHI, APRIL 17 KRISHN KAUSHIK What states ● seek DepsangPlains Ladakh Daulat Hot BegOldie Springs Galwan J&K Leh Pangong Srinagar Tso CHINA 6,303ventilatorsfor6states,1lakhoxygen cylinderssoon;Remdesivirpricesrevised KAUNAIN SHERIFF M China refuses to leave Hot Springs, Gogra: ‘India should be happy with what has been achieved’ 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 Bail granted in last case, Lalu set to be released ABHISHEK ANGAD & SANTOSH SINGH RANCHI, PATNA, APRIL 17 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 Will remain at AIIMS, Delhi grantedbailtoLaluintheDumka treasurycase,NirajRavi,assisting lawyer to the CBI counsel, said. Lalu has been in judicial custodyatAIIMS,Delhi,sinceJanuary 23.Hewasshiftedtherefromthe Rajendra Institute of Medical CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TMC MLA dead, four contestants ailing as Bengal votes under Covid cloud ATRI MITRA & SWEETY MISHRA BARASAT, KOLKATA, APRIL 17 Covid 2.0 Oxygen shortage in Maharashtra, rising toll in Chhattisgarh, lack of beds in Lucknow 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 was virtually non-existent at booths across the state where Thermal screening at a polling booth in North 24 Parganas on Saturday. The state recorded 78% turnout. Shashi Ghosh more than 78% cast their ballots by 5 pm for 45 constituencies. A CRPF jawan posted at a booth in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PM, MAMATA SPAR OVER SITALKUCHI BODIES, TAPE PAGE 5 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. When Soni regained consciousness the next day, she realised she was 80 km away from her home in Chhattisgarh. Then 18yearsold,andworkingasadomestichelpinSarangarhtownof Chhattisgarh, Soni recollected that she had slipped and fallen into the river on a visit to Chandrapur temple. She was found 12 hours later. “Idon’trememberwhathappenedafterIslippedintothewater. I remember waking up in Odisha surrounded by people who saved my life. I knew this wasthenewlifeIhadbeenlonging for all these years,” Soni told this newspaper over the phone. Soni was hardly five when her parents died. She moved from one relative’s house to another and eventually started working as a domestic help to Soni Yadav with her foster parents. Express provide for herself. “I did not want to return to the life I had been leading. Here, they (Kalo and Helia) were extremely considerate and caring when I was in thehospital.Thelove and care that I received here, I knew I did not want to give up on it,” Soni said.Anonlychildbackinhervillage, she is now an elder sister to three young brothers. In Kusmel, Kalo and his wife Ahalyahadalsofoundwhatthey had been longing for — a daughter. “Soni did not want to return toherhouseandinsteadwanted to stay with us. We have three sonsandnodaughterof ourown. We always wanted a daughter....We felt complete after wel- coming her into our family. She came as a blessing, having survived 12 hours of water current. She was God sent,” Kalo said. “We first took her to her native place and visited the police station. She was not a minor and decided to stay with us and neither of the families had any issues.Thepoliceallowedustofoster her. Her paternal uncles and some members of the family continue to visit her,” Kalo said. In the last five years, Soni has walkedthepathof becomingindependent and confident. Thoughsheneverwenttoschool in her early days, in Kusmel, she mastered the art of sewing. Today she stitches kurtas, blouses, masks, handkerchiefs for customers from nearby villages as well. ShealsolearntOriyaforbasic conversationwithherfamilyand villagers. “I did not like working as a domestic help. Here, I learned a new craft, a new language. I will continue to stitch and earn money. I also wish to open a small shop after marriage,” Soni said. As Kalo and his family struggles due to financial constraints, thevillagehaspooledintoorganisethewedding,withthehelpof Jharsuguda MLA Kishore Mohanty who will perform the kanyadaan.Thevillagehasapopulation of around 1,500 people, mostly relying on fishing and contractual labour work to earn their livelihood. The wedding is scheduled for April 21 and is being planned adhering to strict Covid norms. Soni’s marriage has been arranged by the family with Purushottam Yadav, 25, a native of DharmajaygarhinRaigarhdistrict of Chhattisgarh. A contractuallabourerinRaipur,hisfamily farms in an acre of land in the village.
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