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 THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ‘COURTS CANNOT REMAIN SILENT SPECTATORS WHEN RIGHTS BEING INFRINGED’ INSIDE SC asks govt for a vaccine roadmap, calls policy for 18-44 to pay ‘arbitrary, irrational’ CENTRAL TEAM IN MAHARASHTRATO TOUR CYCLONE-HIT AREAS PAGE 7 Questions policy of giving free jabs to Covid orphans in Maharashtra to get Rs 5 lakh as FD, monthly aid EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 2 THE MAHARASHTRA governmentonWednesdayannounced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh for children who have lost their parents to Covid-19. The relative orguardianof theorphanedchild will also get Rs 1,125 per month to look after him or her. Further, thegovernmentwillbeartheentire expenses of their education till they turn 21 years old. The proposal was moved by WomenandChildDevelopment Minister Yashomati Thakur at a Cabinet meeting. “Fixed deposits of Rs 5 lakh will be made in the name of the orphaned children. When he or she turns 21 years of age, the entire amount can be withdrawn alongwithinterest,”saidThakur. She added that the government has also decided to take responsibility of their education. Thebenefitswillbeextended to three categories of children. “First, children whose both parents have died between March 2020andMay2021canavailthe aid. The second category is of children who have lost one parent to Covid-19 and later lost another parent to some other ailment. The third category caters to children who have lost one parent before March 1, 2020 to non-Covid ailment but later lost the other parent to Covid-19,” Yashomati Thakur THE CITY BMC POLLS IN MIND, LEADERS ORGANISE VACCINATION CAMPS NO VACCINATION AT STATE & CIVIC CENTRES TODAY PAGE 3 the minister said. “Any child who falls in these categories will be eligible for the benefits of the scheme,” she added. The state task force constituted to identify the children have provided the details of 141 such orphans so far. Thakur said that as per their estimates, the numberof childrenwillincrease to 200. Assuming this, the Cabinet CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Maharashtra govt to cancel Class XII state board exams EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 2 ADAYaftertheCentreannounced the cancellation of Class XII CBSE examinations due to the second Covid-19 wave, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to cancel state board Class XII examinations. The matter was discussed in the state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Thedecisionwillbe referred to the State Disaster ManagementAuthority (SDMA) and a formal announcement in this regard will be made in the nexttwodaysaftergettingitsgoahead, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said. Gaikwad said that in a meeting held by the Centre with the education ministers of all states, the state had made a pitch for cancelling the Class XII exams. “In that meeting, we had raised the issue of vaccination, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Varsha Gaikwad health and safety of the children and impact on their mental health.TheCMhadalsosaidthat there shouldbe a uniform policy on Class XII examination. We briefed the Cabinet today about theCentreandotherstates'decision to cancel the exams. Now, the school education department will send a proposal to the SDMA, which will meet in a day or two, and a final decision will be taken,” Gaikwad told mediapersons. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi aftertheUniongovernmentcancelled Class XII CBSE exams. In his address to the state on CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR MUMBAI, JUNE 2 PAGE 8 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 UNDERLINING THAT “our Constitution does not envisage courts to be silent spectators whenconstitutionalrightsof citizens are infringed by Executive policies”,theSupremeCourtsaid Tuesday that the Centre’s policy of arranging free Covid-19 vaccine jabs for the 45-plus age category, Health Care Workers (HCW) and Front Line Workers (FLW) while asking the 18-44 age group to pay for the vaccination by state and Union territory governments and private hospitals was “prima facie arbitrary and irrational”. Directing the Centre to “undertake a fresh review of its vaccination policy addressing the concerns raised”, the bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat—theorderinthesuomotu matterof Covid-19management heard May 31 was uploaded Tuesday—soughtdetailedinformationintheformof anaffidavit in two weeks. This is what the bench told theCentreandaskedittoclarify: ■ The concerns of the amici (friends of the court) regarding the vaccine procurement process,theunwillingnessof foreign vaccine manufacturers to negotiate with states and UTs andtheirpreferencetodealwith New pension rules gag order, say rattled ex-security, intel officers DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 THE CENTRE’S amendment to pension rules for civil servants, prohibitingretiredofficialsof intelligencesecurityorganisations from publishing anything pertaining to their workplace, including information relating to their experience and expertise, withoutclearancefromthehead, has rattled the security communitywithmanycallingitavirtual gag order and “retrogressive.” Notifying the Central Civil Services (Pension) Amendment Rules, 2020,, the Department of Personnel and Training introduced this condition as a substitute clause in rules on pension subject to future good conduct. This amendment to Rule 8 meansthatpensioncanbewithheld or withdrawn if the pensioner disobeys the rules – the retired official will have to sign an undertaking to this effect. Thisislikelytoimpactretired officials of security and intelligence organisations who write in the press or author books on their former organisations and experiences. Amending the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules,1972, the DoPT brought in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 the federal government, and whether the government can use its monopoly as a buyer to bargain for higher quantities of vaccines at reasonable prices. ■ Whether it will intervene in the vaccination distribution process, whether the pro rata allotment will take into account thequestionof inter-statemigration, healthcare infrastructure and existing capacities of a state/UT,theliteracyrate,ageand overall health condition of its population,sothatstate/UTgovernmentshavearealisticassessment of the assistance they can expect from the Union of India. ■ Provide data on the percentage of rural and urban population vaccinated with one or both doses, as against eligible persons in the first three phases of the vaccination drive; and data regarding the purchase history of Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik V vaccines till date. ■While states need to file affidavits on whether they are vaccinating their population free of cost, the Centre must place on recordaroadmapoftheprojected availability of vaccines until December31,2021;preparedness regarding specific needs of children in the event of a third wave; and the number of crematorium workers vaccinated in Phase 1. ■ Whether, under the policy of theUnionof India,itispermissible for state/UT governments CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As cases come down, only one Covid patient is left in a ward of Shaleen Hospital, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. Nirmal Harindran As Naveen writes to all HC on vaccine shortage: CMs, Kerala House lends Some must be ‘charged heft to ‘free vaccine’ call with manslaughter’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 AS MORE states joined the chorusforfreeuniversalvaccination by the Union government, the demand gained political momentum Wednesday with the Kerala Assembly unanimously passing a resolution that the Palestine to India: Silence at UN body stifles fight for rights SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 DAYS AFTER India abstained at theUNHumanRightsCouncilon a resolution proposing to set up a Commission of Inquiry into violations related to the latest round of violence in Gaza, the foreign minister of the Palestinian National Authority hascomplainedthatNewDelhi’s abstention“stiflestheimportant work of... advancing human rights for all peoples, including those of the Palestinian people”. “Indiamissedanopportunity tojointheinternationalcommunity at this turning point, both crucial and long overdue, on the path to accountability, justice and peace,” Riyad al-Maliki has written in a sharply worded letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. India was among 14 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Centre should make vaccines available free of cost to all states in a time-bound manner. The resolution moved by Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the most suitable preventive step against the pandemicwasuniversalvaccination, but asking states to procure vaccines from the open market was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Diplomatic tightrope INDIA IS walking the diplomatic tightrope between Israel and Palestine, but has made neither side happy. The Palestinian National Authority has expressed disappointment, and Israel has not thanked India. Besides the abstention, Ramallah is upset that New Delhi did not refer to “the just Palestinian cause”. Five senior AI pilots die of Covid in May, vaccine drive hit by scarcity PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 AT A time when Air India’s pilots have repeatedly demanded vaccination for crew and their families, it has emerged that at least five senior pilots with the national carrier succumbed to Covid during May. Official sources in Air India and the pilots’ union identified the pilots who died as Captain Prasad Karmakar, Captain Sandeep Rana, Captain Amitesh Prasad, Captain G P S Gill and Captain Harsh Tiwary. An Air India special flight during Covid curbs. ANI file Tiwary, 37, died on May 30 and was a first officer on the Boeing 777 aircraft. All of them wereoperatingwide-bodiedaircraft being flown for overseas flights, and were a part of Vande Bharat Mission. On May 4, following a threat by its pilots to stop flying if not vaccinated, Air India had said it would organise camps to inoculate all of its employees by the end of the month. However, three of its camps were cancelled due to non-availability of vaccines, and the drive commenced with a delay on May 15. The airline had earlier held vaccination camps for its employees aged over 45 years. SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 02 SAYING THERE is a “tearing emergency” to fast-track approvals and “handhold” vaccine manufacturers in the country, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday said some people need to be “charged with manslaughter” for sitting on the “untapped potential” of Covid19 vaccine manufacturing. “What answer will you give forthelossof livesbecauseof lack of vaccines?”thecourtaskedthe Centre in another strong indictment of its vaccine policy. “There is such an element of palpable disquiet throughout CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Adda, moderated by National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra. Express PM told me to have ‘Zero Hour’ in Cabinet to hear negative feedback: Sarma EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GUWAHATI, JUNE 2 ASSAM CHIEF MINISTER Himanta Biswa Sarma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised him to introduce a concept like the ‘Zero Hour’ during Cabinet meetings where he will get to hear only the negative feedbackaboutthegovernment. SarmametthePrimeMinisterin New Delhi on Wednesday. “IntheCabinet,ministerswill DOCTOR HIT, SARMA PUTS OUT 24 NAMES PAGE 6 compile all the negative feedback (collected from MLAs) and give it to a senior minister. Then CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Nashik’s Buddhist caves complex, a chance new find VALLABH OZARKAR COURT HEARS CHOKSI PLEA AGAINST DEPORTATION some people, asking others to pay; seeks detailed affidavit in two weeks ALMOST TWO centuries after a British military officer documented the Trirashmi Buddhist caves — also known as Pandav Leni — in a hill in Nashik, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)hasfoundthreemorecaves in the same area. The antiquity of the caves — which may have been dwellings of Buddhist monks — is yet to be established; archaeologists studyingthem,however,believe they could be older than the Trirashmi caves. TheTrirashmiorPandavLeni cavesareagroupof 25cavesthat werecarvedoutof TrirashmiHill betweenthe2ndcenturyBCand 6th century AD. The caves complexwasdocumentedin1823by oneCaptain JamesDelamaine;it is now an ASI protected site and a tourist destination. Salim Patel, a ‘multi-tasking staffer’ at the ASI’s Nashik division, stumbled upon two of the caves on May 22. Following the chancefinding,awider searchof the area by Senior Conservation Assistant Rakesh Shende, who heads ASI Nashik, led to the discovery of the third cave. ASI officials said the first two caves were discovered during the annual pre-monsoon cleaning of a drainage line on the hill. Patel was looking for a place to dump the soil, dry grass and dry wood that had been removed, when he spotted a cavity. “I went closer and removed the tree branches covering the cavity. I saw two cave-like structures that had been carved out of the rock. I immediately informed my seniors, including The caves could be older than the Trirashmi Buddhist caves in a hill in Nashik, dated to 2nd century BC-6th century AD Shende sir, who were at the spot,” Patel said. “Iwasthrilled. Thisis thefirst time something like this has happened to me in 25 years of my service,” he told The Indian Express. Shende said immediately after the discovery, the site was cleanedandsecured.“Wewillbe documenting the three caves, and send the details to our head office for notification in the gazette. The public can’t reach the caves now, since there are no pathways or safety railings. We will make the necessary arrangementsoncethecavesare notified,” Shende said. AtulBhosekar, director of the Mumbai-based Trirashmi Research Institute of Buddhism, Indic Language and Scripts, who has been studying the caves for nearlythreedecades,saidhehad visited the site of the new discovery. The third cave, located closetothefirsttwo,wasdiscoveredwhenhewastherewiththe ASI team, Bhosekar said. “These caves are on the opposite side of the current complex, and 70-80 feet above the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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