DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES GOVT RELEASES STATEMENT ON ‘MYTHS & FACTS’ ON VACCINATION Some Pfizer doses could come in July, but no call on indemnity request: Govt Says talks around cold chain as vaccine requires ultra-low temp NEW DELHI, MAY 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, MAY 27 Inside the newly set up post-Covid ward at Dhanvantari Hospital in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. Nirmal Harindran MAHARASHTRA, MUMBAI GLOBAL CALL Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents Romanian firm claims to supply Pfizer but withdraws bid within two days TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA, LAXMAN SINGH & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, MAY 27 A ROMANIAN firm that said it would provide Pfizer Covid vaccines to Mumbai but then withdrew its bid after Pfizer said it had no authorised agents; firms linked with food products, apparel, consultancy, rather than vaccines; one that’s been associated with media and film-making — a motley crew of compa- nies have responded to global Expressions of Interest by Maharashtra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for 5 crore and 1 crore vaccines respectively. This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market. The eight firms that responded to Maharashtra’s call, The Indian Express found, are either consultancy firms, involved CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi: Covaxin in June only to those due for 2nd shot MALLICA JOSHI NEW DELHI, MAY 27 THE 91,960 doses of Covaxin that the Delhi government is expected to get in June will only be used to give second shots to people who got their first shot in May. Deputy Chief Minister THE EDITORIAL PAGE PLATFORMPOLITICS BigTechaseditor,govt demandingtraceability,both problematic.Sendingcops weakensDelhi’scase PAGE 10 GOVT EXTENDS COVID GUIDELINES TILL JUNE 30 PAGE 6 Tejpal verdict astonishing, erroneous, says Goa, seeks early appeal hearing MAYURA JANWALKAR PANAJI, MAY 27 UN RIGHTS CHIEF: ISRAELI STRIKES ON GAZA MAY BE WAR CRIMES PAGE 12 APPEALINGAGAINSTtheacquittalof TarunTejpal,formereditorin-chief of Tehelka, who had beenchargedwithsexualassault of histhencolleagueinaGoahotelin2013,thestategovernment Thursday pushed for its early hearing, saying “we owe itto our girls” and that the acquittal order is “erroneous in law” and “unsustainable”. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the state We owe it to our girls, Goa tells HC government, told a vacation benchof theBombayHighCourt in Goa that the way the trial court had dealt with the case of sexual assault made it seem like “any person who is a victim of sexual assault has to exhibit her trauma” and unless she did that, she could not be believed. JusticeSC Guptedirectedthe sessions court that acquitted Tejpal to redact from its judgment references that may reveal the identity of the victim includingheremailaddressandnames of her family members. “I am sorry the High Court has to do this. The trial court should have done it. The court should have been sensitive,” Mehta said. Callingthesessionscourtjudgment “very astonishing”, he said thecaseagainstTejpalwasthatof sexual abuse and the system CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 His student dies of Covid, St Stephen’s principal’s lament: ‘blind leaders immune’ PAGE 1 ANCHOR ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, MAY 27 SATYAMJHAhadpackedinallhe could into his 19-year-old world — a first-year BA (Hons) History studentofStStephen’sCollege,he wasamemberofthecollege'sdebating society; editor of the History department’s journal Tarikh; a council member of the college’sGandhiAmbedkarStudy Circle; and part of the organising committee of the college's Students’FederationofIndiaunit. On May 25, Jha — a “brilliant student” with “immense poten- Police visit intimidation, recent events threat to free speech: Twitter AASHISH ARYAN HC asks trial court to redact references to victim’s identity THE WORLD FACE-OFF WITH GOVT ESCALATES ‘Responsibility of elected officials, civil society to safeguard interests of public’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THE HEAD of the country’s Covid-19TaskForceonThursday saidthatPfizerhasindicatedthat it would be able to make available a “certain amount” of its mRNACovid-19vaccinetoIndia, “possibly starting in July”. However, the government is still examining the American pharma giant's request for indemnityagainstthecostof compensation for any severe side effects, Dr V K Paul said. The ongoing discussions with Pfizer are also taking place around issues related to the cold chain, as the vaccine — developed by Pfizer along with the German biotechnology company BioNTech — requires ultralow temperatures during transport and storage, he said. “Yes, we are engaged with Pfizer because they have indicated availability of a certain amount and volume of vaccines in the coming months, possibly starting in July. “We are looking at what Pfizer’s expectations from the government are, and they are lookingatwhatourexpectations from them are. That is the processinwhichitwillmovebecause they have to come into India; they have to apply for licensure, that is one part... “There are imperativesof the cold chain that are being looked at,” Dr Paul, who also heads the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), said. TheIndiandrugregulatorhas not granted indemnity against thecostsof compensationforsevere side effects to the manufacturers of any of the three Covid19 vaccines to which its has issued emergency use authorisation (EUA). However, Pfizer, which has receivedEUAinseveralcountries, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Satyam was part of college Gandhi-Ambedkar Circle tial”,ashisteachersdescribedhim —diedofCovidataprivatehospitalinKota,Rajasthan,adeaththat moved his principal John Varghese to pen an anguished note on the college website. “The second wave of the pandemic has been heartless in its ruthless rampaging through our country exposing our hollow claimsofbeingprepared,ofbeing one of the largest producers of pharmaceutical products in the world,of evenbeingacivilization that places value on the higher thingsinlife.Butiflifeitselfisgone, thenwitheralltheseclaims?They are merely a futile breath of air. A mere posturing, signifying nothing,” he wrote. “Theclaimsof belligerentand blindleaderswhoareimmuneto thesufferinganddeathsofsimple people also show that we are veeringoffdangerouslytobecoming a cruel and insensitive race. Howdoallthoseclaimsof power andimportancematterbeforethe death of a loved one? Nothing,” Varghese wrote. Jhadiedwithoutbeingableto step into the campus he worked so hard to get into. With the pandemicshuttingdowninstitutions, he had been attending classes fromKota,wherehiselderbrother Shubhamhadbeenpreparingfor his MBBS. Their mother too had moved in with them. “AroundMay8,Satyamdeveloped some low-grade fever. When he started getting breathless, we finally admitted him to NMCH(thegovernment-runNew Medical College Hospital) late on May 18,” said Shubham. Ashisconditionworsened,the family shifted him to the private CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Applicable to 18-44, says Sisodia Manish Sisodia told The Indian Express that the decision has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after Facebook-owned WhatsAppapproachedthecourt to challenge the traceability provision in the new IT Rules, another US social media giant TwittertermedtheDelhiPolice's visittoitsofficesas“intimidation tactics” — and said it was concerned for its employees in India andbya"potentialthreat"tofree speech of Twitter users. “Right now, we are concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve. We, alongside many in civil society in India and around the world, have concerns with regards to the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service, as well aswithcoreelementsof thenew IT Rules. We plan to advocate for changes to elements of these regulations that inhibit free, open public conversation,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “We will continue our constructivedialoguewiththeIndian Governmentandbelieveitiscritical to adopt a collaborative CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt, police: ‘Bid to dictate terms to largest democracy’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 27 REACTING SHARPLY to a statement from Twitter about a “potential threat to freedom of expression” for its users in India, and “intimidation” by Delhi Police, the Union IT Ministry accused the social media platform of “scuttlingfreespeech”withits “opaque policies” that result in accounts being suspended and tweets“deleted arbitrarily without response”. “Twitter’s statement is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democracy. Twitter refuses to comply with those very regulations in the Intermediary Guidelines on the basisof whichitisclaimingasafe harbour protection from any criminal liability in India,” the Government said. The Delhi Police described Twitter's statement as “mendacious” and “designed to impede a lawful inquiry” into the Congresscomplaintagainstallegations levelled by BJP leaders of a “toolkit” plot to malign the Prime Minister and Government. On Sunday, police visited Twitter's offices in Delhi and Fault lines getdeeper THE LATEST exchange sharpens the fault lines between Government and big tech companies. While privacy and security are the main sticking points, the issue between the lines is of control. What the court does in the WhatsApp case could shape the next steps in policy. Gurgaon to serve notice asking the company's top executives to reveal information that led them to label tweets alleging the “toolkit” plot as “manipulated media”. The IT Ministry condemned CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONG ASKS DELHI POLICE TO STOP PROBE PAGE 2
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