DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY On the run for nearly 3 weeks, Olympian Sushil Kumar held for wrestler’s murder MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, MAY 23 THE CITY ANOTHER WEEK OF LOCKDOWNIN DELHI PAGE 3 Kamal Nath’s ‘Indian variant’ remark spread fear, defamed nation: FIR IRAM SIDDIQUE BHOPAL, MAY 23 POLICE IN Madhya Pradesh on Sunday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Kamal Nath for allegedlyspreadingpanicbyreferring to Covid-19 as the “Indian variant of Corona”. TheCrimeBranchhasbooked Nath under IPC section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) on the ground that his statements — made at a press conference — spread misinformation and fear among the masses, and wastherebyinviolationof orders promulgated by the collector CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HEIS used to flashingsmilesand flaunting medals for the cameras. But on Sunday, India's most decorated Olympian, Sushil Kumar, hid his face behind a towel as a Delhi Police Special Cell team paraded him in front of the flashbulbs following his arrest over the murder of a 23year-old former junior wrestling champion. “We have arrested Sushil Kumar, who carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh, and Ajay Sherawat, who had a reward of Rs 50,000,” Delhi Police spokesperson, Chinmoy Biswal, said. Kumar and Sherawat were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Class 12 exam: Most states for shorter version RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 23 Sushil Kumar and his associate Ajay Sherawat after their arrest in Delhi on Sunday. Gajendra Yadav KANCHAN VASDEV DEEP MUKHERJEE CHANDIGARH, MAY 23 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBSE BOARD EXAMS After Harsh Vardhan rap, Ramdev takes back allopathy statement Option: 2 windows, 19 major subjects, 90 mins each, short-answer tests Moderna refuses Punjab In Rajasthan villages, vaccine request, says it outsider-insider deals with Centre alone tensions over vaccines PUNJAB’S EFFORTS to procure Covid-19 vaccines from global manufacturers suffered a setback on Sunday after Moderna turned down the government's request, saying it does not supply directly to states. “They have written to us that as a part of their policy, they do not deal directly with states or private parties. They only deal with the Government of India,” the Punjab government’s Nodal Officer for Vaccination Vikas `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 SIKAR, TONK, JAIPUR, MAY 23 Globalsuppliers havenocapacity WHILE MANY states have said they would float global tenders for vaccines, almost all manufacturers are already committed, and probably have no spare capacity to supply in the immediate future. IN JAJOD village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district, local people on Saturday forced the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination for 18-44year-olds to stop after discovering that most of the recipients were “outsiders”. As tempers flared between the residents from Jajod and those who had come from faraway places after booking slots at the government senior secondary school vaccination centre, the police were called in. MOST OF the states have supported the CBSE’s proposal to conduct the Class 12 Board examinationforonly19majorsubjects in a shortened format in July-August, The Indian Express has learned. However, several states such as Kerala, Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Meghalaya have urged the Central Government to vaccinate teachers and students on priority to ensure their safety during their time at the test centre. Except for a few states, in- NEW DELHI, MAY 23 “Around 80 people aged 1844 were supposed to be vaccinated on Saturday. But after reaching the centre, we found CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sisodia: Scrap Boards, jab students before any exam EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Villagers standing guard against outsiders. Express cluding Delhi and Maharashtra, the others favoured going ahead with the examinations, said an officer who attended Sunday’s meeting of state Education Ministers and Education Secretaries that was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. “The priority of the Governmentisto conductall the examinations in a safe and secure environment,” Singh said after the meeting. All states have been asked to submit their feedback in writing by May 25. Thisvirtuallyrulesoutanannouncement, at themoment, on scrapping this year’s CBSE Class 12 examination. The Class 10 Board examination has already THE DELHI government is not in favour of Board examinations being conducted in any form, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said following a meeting on exams chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday. Sisodia also said 1.5 crore Class 12 students across ‘Talk to Pfizer on vaccinating Class 12 students’ the country must be vaccinated on priority basis before they appear for any competitive exam. The CBSE had proposed two CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the launch of Patanjali’s Coronil in February. File KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MAY 23 IN A strongly worded letter, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Sunday asked Baba Ramdev,thefounderof Patanjali Ayurved, to “completely withdraw”his“objectionableandunfortunate statement” against allopathy in relation to Covid treatment as it can “break the morale of doctors and weaken our fight against the pandemic”. The Union Minister posted the letter on Twitter, tagging Ramdev. Late Sunday, Ramdev CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Post-Covid, everyone will be diminished. We have to handle our problems... not do image management’ SHIVSHANKAR MENON FORMER NSA PAGE 10
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