DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ‘Govt not in favour of breaking WhatsApp’s encryption, users have full right to it’ Mamata skips PM cyclone meeting as Adhikari attends P15 AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, MAY 28 INDIA IS not the only country seekingaregulatorymechanism to access “limited” data from end-to-end encrypted instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp in order to be able to detect and prevent crime, Union InformationTechnologyMinister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Also, this would not change anythingforordinaryWhatsApp users, the Minister said. “On WhatsApp, I would like to clarify. The ordinary user of WhatsApp has nothing to fear. They will continue using WhatsAppastheyhavebeenusing. What we are seeking is very limited,” Prasad told The Indian Express in an interview. Prasad’s comments come at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court saying that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s FACE-OFF WORSENS Centre recalls her top official to Delhi THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW SANTANU CHOWDHURY & ATRI MITRA RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD DIGHA, KOLKATA, MAY 28 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MINISTER IT NORMS: BARRING TWITTER, MOST COMPANIES COMPLY PAGE 15 (MeitY) norms on the identification of the first originator of the informationwould meanbreaking end-to-end encryption. It is due to this end-to-end encryption that its users — including government officials, law enforcement officials, With Covid-19 cases witnessing a dip in Mumbai, migrant workers who had only a few days back left the city, are returning for work. Passengers, including migrant workers, wait to get tested for Covid-19 outside Thane station on Friday. Deepak Joshi Pvt hospitals in Mumbai BMC seeks vaccines from use 40-50% of stock for Mumbai’s 6 sister cities, Goa court cites chats, corporate immunisations ‘ready to pay in advance’ CONTINUEDONPAGE2 photos, puts question marks on woman MAYURA JANWALKAR PANAJI, MAY 28 ACQUITTING TARUN Tejpal, Tehelka’s former editor-in-chief whohadbeenchargedwithsexual assault of his then colleague in a hotel in 2013, the Goa sessions court has detailed the woman complainant’s WhatsAppchatsandemailmessagesto repeatedlydiscredither. In a 527-page judgment, Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi, has cited the woman’s sexual relationships in the past, her views on consensual sex, drinking, smoking, her “cheerfulandhappyandfarfrom traumatised or upset” appearance in photographs taken after the alleged assault, her visit to Goa govt has challenged order, calling it erroneous the hotel suite of an actor she was chaperoning “at an unnaturally late hour”, “flirtatious and sexual conversations” with friends over WhatsApp to come CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MAHARASHTRA MUMBAI, MAY 28 PRIVATE HOSPITALS in Mumbai are reserving about 40 to 50 per centof theirvaccinestockforcorporate bookings, as from next week,manypreparetobeginimmunisationof employeesof corporates that have entered into dealswiththemforthepurpose. The beneficiaries will pay 16 to 66 per cent extra for a Covishield dose and 4 per cent extra for a Covaxin jab over and above the procurement cost. OnFriday,privatehospitalsin Mumbai together immunised 25,683 people, up from 20,919 on Thursday, while government centres vaccinated 17,498 people, down from 20,211 on Thursday. Since May 1, when private hospitals were asked to procure their stock directly from manufacturers,theyhavetogetherimmunised 1.48 lakh people above BUILDINGSLAB COLLAPSESIN ULHASNAGAR,6DEAD PAGE 6 18 years of age. The government centres, which are administering only second doses to the 45plusagegroup, haveimmunised 5.55 lakh people in the city. As manufacturers start supplying doses amounting to a few thousands to private hospitals, the count of daily immunisations in the private sector has risen in the last one week. Until a week ago, all private hospitals togetherwere vaccinating 5,000 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 28 WITH THE vaccine crunch hampering Mumbai's inoculation drive, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) CommissionerIqbalSinghChahal has written to the city’s six sister citiesabroadseekinghelpandaccess to Covid-19 vaccines. ‘Sistercities” isanagreement between towns, cities and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas, to promote cultural and commercial ties. There are 15 sister cities of Mumbai – Berlin, Los Angeles, St Petersburg,Stuttgart,Yokohama, Honolulu, New York, Zagreb, Barcelona, Busan, Port of Odesa, Jakarta, Nadi, Antananarivo and Shanghai. To meet the demand of 18 millionvaccinedosesforthecity, Chahal has written to the mayors of Yokohama in Japan, Busan in South Korea, Los Angeles and New York in the US, Stuttgart in Kerala, Mumbai ease BMC writes to state EC, vaccinations for casts uncertainty over students headed abroad civic body elections SHAJU PHILIP & SANJANA BHALERAO THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MUMBAI, MAY 28 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE KERALA Health Department Friday tweaked vaccination norms for those travellingabroad,allowingthem to take the second dose of Covishield vaccine after four to six weeks of the first one, as against the existing 12-16-week interval recommended now. Last week, the state government had included those travelling abroad for jobs and studies among priority groups for vaccination, to be administered Covishield procured by the government. Health Minister Veena George said Kerala had brought issues being faced by foreign- bound passengers to the notice of the Centre, and requested it to allow concession for them in administering the second dose of Covishield. The state government decided to go ahead as there was no direction from the Centre, she said. The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) also announced Friday that those going abroad for studies would be given priority among the 18-44year age group for Covid-19 vaccination. The municipal corporation has set aside three days in the week (Monday to Wednesday) for their vaccination without pre-registration, at specified centres in Mumbai. In a late-night notification, the BMC said students with proof of confirmed admission at foreign universities or the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 LAXMAN SINGH MUMBAI, MAY 28 ANTICIPATING A third wave of Covid-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration has written to the State Election Commission (SEC) seeking instructions on civic body elections which is schedule to be held in 2022, and how to prepare for it. Following this, the SEC has called a meeting with BMC's election department next week. Before elections are held, the BMC administration notifies wards based on population estimates. It also undertakes a ward reservationexerciseandredraws wardboundaries,whichiscalled delimitation. Many of these preparatory activities are done based on the latest census num- bers to find out the population strength of each locality. However, with the 2021 census work yet to commence due to the Covid-19 pandemic,BMC officials said that they do not have access to the latest population data. “The census could not take place amid the pandemic. There is no clarity if the election can be conducted on the basis of the 2011 census numbers. Also, no steps have been taken on changes in electoral ward reservations or delimitations of wards. Even if we start preparations now, it will still take us a lot of timetocompletethisexercise, as there are only nine months left for the elections,” said an official from BMC's election department. Last week, the department CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Gujarat seeks Centre help to jab all above 18 years for Class 12 state board exams PAGE 1 ANCHOR RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, MAY 28 BANKING ON support from the Centre, the Gujarat government is planning to vaccinate all those aged above 18 who will appear intheClass12stateboardexams due to begin July 1. The drive is expected to cover nearly 6 lakh students from around 10 lakh who will appear for the Class 12 boardandClass10repeatexams, officials said. Confirming the move, Gujarat Education Minister BhupendrasinhChudasama told The Indian Express: “We have analysed the district-wise data of studentswhoare18yearsand above. But this will also depend on the availability of vaccine stocks, for which the state governmentwillrequesttheCentral Governmenttoextendsupport.” Chudasama said that the details, including whether both doses will be given and location of vaccination centres, “can be worked out based on the stock availability and after consultation with the Health Department”. Sources in the Education Departmentsaidthatamongthe potential beneficiaries, nearly 1 lakh are from the two cities of Surat (55,000) and Ahmedabad (40,000), followed by the districts of Rajkot (32,000) and Vadodara (25,000). Accordingtoofficials,over1.4 lakh students will appear for the Class 12 exams in the science stream and 5.43 lakh in the general stream. There will also be over 1 lakh Class 10 repeat students for whom exams start from July 1. So far, records show that 11,36,598 people in the age group of 18-44 years have been vaccinated in Gujarat. On Friday, the Gujarat Self Financed School Management Federation wrote to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Education Minister Chudasama urging the government to vaccinate Class 12 students as a “special case”. “We had also requested the state government during a recentmeetingonthefeasibilityof holding Class 12 board exams that eligible students should get vaccinated on a priority basis,” Bharat Gajipara, who heads the federation, said. “If as per the state government’s records, it is vaccinating over 1.2 lakh people every day foraweek,itcaneasilyvaccinate CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Iqbal Singh Chahal Germany and St Petersburg in Russia. The BMC has offered that it will pay for the vaccines in advance. The six letters written on May 25 stated, “Being a Sister City of Mumbai, may I humbly request your goodself to help andprovideaccess tovaccinefor Mumbai City. We are ready to pay the necessary charges well in advance. Please let us know the availability of the vaccine along with its cost and bank details for depositing the requisite amount of money, Mumbai as a Sister City will surely acknowledge your favour for the same.” “Mumbai is currently facing the second wave of Covid pandemic and compared to the first CONTINUEDONPAGE2 IN JUST THREE weeks since the Trinamool Congress returned to power, the face-off between the WestBengalgovernmentandthe BJP-led Central government has sharply intensified with Chief MinisterMamataBanerjeeFriday skipping a review meeting on Yaas cyclone called by Prime MinisterNarendraModi,andthe Centre recalling Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to Delhi to serve the Union government. TheCentrehadjustfourdaysback on May 24 approved a proposal by the state to extend his tenure by three months till August 31. While top BJP leaders criticised Banerjee for not attending the PM’s meeting and Union Home Minister Amit Shah described her conduct as “an unfortunate low”, Trinamool leaders blamed the Centre for indulging in political impropri- Modi-Mamata riftwidens AFTER THE arrest of four Trinamool leaders by the CBI in a five-year old case, the unusual move on Friday to invite BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, the Leader of Opposition, for a review meeting by the PM, and the sudden recall of the Chief Secretary just a few days after approving his extension, points to a widening rift between the Centre and State. ety. The meeting was between the state government (CM and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Conduct unbecoming, mockery: Judge to Acting CJ over Narada APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, MAY 28 IN AN unprecedented move, a senior judgeof the CalcuttaHigh Court has written a letter to all otherjudgesof thecourt,including Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal,raisingquestionsoverthe decisions taken by a Division Bench led by the Acting Chief JusticeintheNaradabriberycase — from taking up the case in the HighCourt,whichstayedthebail granted to four TMC leaders by a CBI court, and the procedure followed in hearing the matter. The letter, written by Justice Arindam Sinha, stated: “The High Court must get its act together.Ourconductisunbecomingof themajestytheHighCourt commands. We have been CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TMC LEADERS GET BAIL, HC ASKS CBI WHY ARRESTS NOW PAGE 12
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