eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE This is Going to Hurt NEWDELHI, CITY JUNE6,2021 In rural area, doctors and nurses battle fear, misinformation and despair 12PAGES,`7.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM UN-LOCKDOWN AFTER MONTH AND A HALF PMlaunches3E100Ethanol StationsinPuneSaturday. PTI PM sets 2025 as date for 20% ethanol blending EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA Modi Saturday launched a pilot project for dispensing E100 (ethanol in its purest form) from three petrol stations in Puneand also released a comprehensive roadmap to start ethanol production across the country and achieve a blending target of 20 per cent by 2025. Marking the World Environment Day with the launch of the pilot project, Modi said the “economy and ecology’’ must and can go hand in hand. Cabinet ministers Nitin Gadkari, PrakashJavadekar,Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and NarendraSinghTomarwerealso present during the launch. “There is a huge movement in the country toward clean energy and we will see a great benefit from this, especially in the agriculture sector. Today, on World Environment Day, India has taken a major step in the ethanol sector by releasing a comprehensive roadmap by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 5 Cases 414, deaths 60, Delhi opens up: Malls, markets, Metro to start Monday ‘Corona situation is now under control. The economy must be brought back on track’, says Kejriwal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE STEP BY STEP STARTING MONDAY, the nationalcapitalwillcomeoutof the stringentlockdownthathasbeen in place for over a month, with markets,shoppingmalls,private officesandtheDelhiMetrostarting. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwalannouncedtheun-lockdown Saturday, as part of measures to "revive the economy". Delhi has seen a significant drop in Covid cases and deaths, after a severe wave in April and May. Over the past 24 hours, the citysaw414casesand60deaths, with positivity rate at 0.53%. The highlight of Saturday's announcementwasthedecision to allow markets and shopping mallstoreopenfromMondayon an odd-evensystem between10 am and 8 pm daily, and for Delhi Metro to run at 50% capacity. This implies that 50% of the shops of every market will open on a given day, with the oddeven rule applying as per the number assigned to themby the local traders' associations. While liquor shops will also reopen as per the same norms, restaurants and bars will remain shut, as will parks and gardens. Barbershops,salons,beautyparlours are also not allowed for now, along with gyms. Self-employed persons such as electricians, plumbers will continue to be allowed, and ■ MALLS, MARKETS to operate 10 am-8 pm, shops (including liquor) to open on oddeven basis NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Locals are wary, athletes anxious. Can Olympics still be the greatest show on Earth Back as CM, Mamata takes next step: Abhishek new gen secretary Makes her nephew the de facto No.2 in the TMC ATRI MITRA KOLKATA, JUNE 5 AMONTHaftertheTMCstormed back to power for a third successive term in West Bengal, party MP Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,wasnameditsnational generalsecretary,thedefactoNo. 2 in the party. The decision to appoint Abhishek Banerjee, MP from Diamond Harbour, to the key TMC post was taken Saturday at a virtual meeting of the working committee, chaired by Mamata Banerjee. It was attended by all party MLAs elected to the new Assembly. Also present was political strategist Prashant Kishor. Following the meeting, ParthaChatterjee,TMCsecretary general, said: “The party has today endorsed the one-personone-postpolicy.”Inlinewiththis policy, Abhishek Banerjee resigned as president of the party youth wing to become the national general secretary. Actress-turned-politician CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Health workers carry vaccines down a hill to Doodkulan village, south of Srinagar, Saturday. AP 8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted INDICATING a lower-than-expected impact of localised lockdowns in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, gross GST (Goods and Services Tax) collections in May (for sales in April) topped Rs 1 lakh crore for the eighth month in a row. AtRs1.02lakhcrore,itislower than April’s record collections of Rs1,41,314crore,butstillhighdespite most states imposing strict restrictionstobreakthechainthe transmission of the infection. “Collections above Rs 1 lakh crore pertaining to the transactions in the month of April indicatethattheeconomicimpactof the lockdowns has been much lower than expected. A close Study maps Vidarbha tiger corridors; movement far beyond guarded areas VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, JUNE 5 Citius, Altius, Fortius, Virus WARNING TWITTER that this is its “one last notice”, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) wrote Saturday to Twitter global Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker, asking him to ensure that theplatformimmediatelyfollow all requirements of the newly announced guidelines for social media intermediaries. The Ministry said if Twitter ■ No curbs on ecommerce services NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 IN A FIRST of its kind project, radiotelemetryhasbeendeployed to identify corridors used by tigersintheVidabhralandscape, tracking their actual movement --indicatingthattheanimalsare moving in a much wider swathe of area outside the protected areas than previously known. Vidarbha has 331 tigers in a forest area of around 26,775 sq km, dissected by 84,202 km of Notice comes on day Naidu, RSS chief accounts lose verified badge, restored NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 ■ Restaurants, bars, parks, barber shops, beauty parlours, gyms to stay shut ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU Last notice, penal action will follow: Govt tells Twitter AASHISH ARYAN & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY ■ DELHI METRO to run on 50% capacity ■ Pvt offices allowed with 50% staff strength PAGES 9, 10, 11 roads, apart from irrigation canals and other projects. There have been growing instances of man-tiger conflict in the region. The project, carried out between 2017 and 2020 using radio signals, identified 37,067 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 watch is required on the next month'scollectionstodetermine the extent of the impact on GST collections FY22,” said MS Mani, Senior Director, Deloitte India. In the corresponding month last year i.e. May 2020, the GST collections had stood at Rs 62,009 crore. Last year, after the nationwide lockdown was announced in March, GST CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GST collections in June (for sales in May) may not be high, because of lockdown restrictions. But as the second wave ebbs and states unlock, GST collections in later half of the year set to be better. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Putin: India, China can solve own issues, need no extra-regional power PRIYANKA TIKOO July riselikely did not ensure immediate compliance with the guidelines, the protections accorded to it under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act would stand withdrawnand“Twittershallbe liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India”. “Despitebeingoperationalin India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc. has doggedly refused to create mechanismsthatwillenablethe people of India to resolve their issuesontheplatforminatimely ST PETERSBURG (RUSSIA), JUNE 5 CALLING both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping "very responsible" leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday said they were capable of resolving the issues that exist between the two countries, and that it was important that no "extra-regional power" interfere in the process. With Russia publicly critical of the Quad -- the four-nation grouping of India, the US, Japan and Australia -- Putin also told PTI that though it was not up to Moscow to assess how any nation participated in an initiative andtowhatextenttheybuildrelations with other countries, no partnership should be aimed at making friends against anyone. China sees the Quad a bid to contain its influence in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. In a virtual interaction with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.