DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 85 bodies found, Navy says all accounted for, search to go on until each identified JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU AND YOGESH NAIK MUMBAI, MAY 23 BY UNNY 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Naval helicopter Chetak during the search near Bandra. They were identified by FrancisKSimon,chiefengineerof the boat, who was one of only two of the boat's survivors. Varaparada sank with 11 of its 13 crew. "Nagendra Kumar is exIndian Navy. He had sent the distress call to Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). The police took my help to identify them. They sent me photos and I identified them," Simon told The Indian Express from Kochi. The secondsurvivorfromthetugboat is 23-year-old sailor Saheb Bhunia. They were picked up by INS Kolkatathatspottedtheminalife raft within hours of Varaprada sinking. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the IndianNavyrecoveredfourmore bodies during search operations in the sea. They are searching in anareameasuringapproximately 10,000 square miles around the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Moderna refuses Punjab On the run for nearly vaccine request, says it 3 weeks, Sushil Kumar deals with Centre alone held for wrestler murder KANCHAN VASDEV CHANDIGARH, MAY 23 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 VARAPRADA CAPTAIN, ENGINEER IDENTIFIED BUSINESS AS USUAL REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 12 PAGES BODIES OF the captain and another crew member of the tug boat Varaprada, which sank duringCycloneTauktaelastMonday, wereidentifiedfromamongseveral bodies that came ashore on the Maharashtra and Gujarat coast over the weekend, Yellow Gate police officials said Sunday. Sofar15bodieshavebeenrecovered from the shore --- eight in Raigad district of Maharashtra and seven in Valsad in Gujarat. Bodies of 62-year-old Nagendra Kumar, captain of Varaprada, and Umeed Singh, its second engineer, were among those that washed ashore at Valsad in Gujarat. ● 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. Class 12 exam: Most states for shorter version NEW DELHI, MAY 23 After Harsh Vardhan rap, Ramdev takes back allopathy statement Option: 2 windows, 19 major subjects, 90 mins each, short-answer tests RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 23 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- 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 Government istoconduct allthe 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Rajasthan villages, tensions over vaccines MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & MIHIR VASAVDA HEISusedtoflashingsmilesand flauntingmedalsforthecameras. But on Sunday, India's most decorated Olympian, Sushil Kumar, hid his face behind a towel as a DelhiPoliceSpecialCellteamparaded him in front of the flashbulbs following his arrest over the murder of a 23-year-old former junior wrestling champion. “We have arrested Sushil Kumar, who carried a reward of CBSE BOARD EXAMS 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 DEEP MUKHERJEE SIKAR, TONK, JAIPUR, MAY 23 Sushil Kumar and associate Ajay Sherawat after their arrest in Delhi. Gajendra Yadav Rs 1 lakh, and Ajay Sherawat, who had a reward of Rs 50,000,” Delhi Police spokesperson, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 theresidentsfromJajodandthose Villagers standing guard against outsiders. Express ‘Post-Covid, everyone will be diminished. We have to handle our problems... not do image management’ SHIVSHANKAR MENON FORMER NSA who had come from faraway CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 8
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