eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE This is Going to Hurt MUMBAI, LATECITY JUNE6,2021 In rural area, doctors and nurses battle fear, misinformation and despair 14PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM UNLOCKDOWN FROM TOMORROW ` 92 per kilo ` 120 per kilo ` 148 per kilo ` 72 per Dozen 20% ethanol blending: Target 2025, 5 years early ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Saturday advanced the country’s target of 20 per cent ethanolblendinginpetrolbyfive years to 2025, from 2030. “This goal (of 20 per cent ethanolblending)wasearlierset at 2030. But seeing the kind of strides that the country has madeinthepastsevenyears,we havedecidedtoreducethetimeline by five years,’’ Modi said at the launch of a pilot project for dispensing ethanol from three petrol stations in Pune. The Prime Minister also releasedareportof aninter-ministerial committee which lays out a comprehensive roadmap for the development of the ethanol sector. So far, ethanol was being produced in sugar growing states, but now it will be produced across the country with thesettingupof foodgrainwaste distilleries and agricultural waste ethanol plants, he said. The government had last year set a target of 10 per cent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 8 Citius, Altius, Fortius, Virus Locals are wary, athletes anxious. Can Olympics still be the greatest show on Earth Mumbai at Level 3, partial reopening, local trains still off limits for most LAXMAN SINGH Hoteliers, shopowners welcome decision; restrictions on movement remain MUMBAI, JUNE 5 RESTAURANTS, SHOPS selling non-essential products, gyms and salons in Mumbai are set to reopen from Monday, as are public spaces under the new 'Break the Chain' unlock guidelines issued by Brihanmumbai MunicipalCorporation(BMC)on Saturday, though with time restrictions and curtailment of movement after 5 pm. As per the parameters of Covid-19 positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds set by the Maharashtra government to determine the five levels of restrictions to be imposed across state,Mumbaiisin Level 3of unlockdown. This means the city's positivity rate is between 5 to 10 per cent or more than 40 per cent of its oxygen beds are occupied, making it unsafe for free movement and a full unlock. Till June 3,Mumbai's hadrecordedapositivity rate of 5.56 per cent while oxygen bed occupancy is at 32 per cent. Of the 13,659 new cases reported in Maharashtra on Saturday,Mumbairecorded866, with 29 deaths in the last 24 hours. While the doubling rate of cases is 511 days, the overall recovery rate of patients in 95 per cent. As of now, 6,77,445 patients have recovered and there are 16,133 active cases. Though women have been permitted to ride in local trains CONTINUEDONPAGE2 STEP BY STEP NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 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 restrictions to break the chain of 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 At TMC meet Saturday, the CM, her nephew. CMO/PTI TMC post was taken Saturday at a virtual meeting of the working 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 ■ DINE-IN allowed in restaurants till 4 pm ■ MALLS, THEATRES and multiplexes shut ■ PUBLIC PLACES and parks open from 5 am to 9 am AJAY JADHAV PUNE, JUNE 5 A DAY after Maharashtra announcedafive-levelunlockdown plan, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Saturday declared partial opening up of most major activities, allowing functioning of private offices, restaurants, gardens, social, religious and entertainment pro- 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 watch is required on the next month’scollectionstodetermine the extent of the impact on GST collectionsFY22,”saidMSMani, 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 PAGE 1 ANCHOR VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, JUNE 5 Forest department officials radio collaring a tiger. Photo courtesy: Forest department 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Putin: India, China can solve own issues, need In Pune, offices, parks & restaurants open for limited no extra-regional power PRIYANKA TIKOO hours, curbs on movement of residents after 5 pm ■ PRIVATE OFFICES allowed till 4 pm with 50% staff strength Health workers carry vaccines down a hill to Doodkulan village, south of Srinagar, Saturday. AP MAHARASHTRA HOW STATE PLANS TOOPEN UP PAGE 4 Julyrise likely THE GST collections in June (for sales in the month of May) may not be high, because of lockdown restrictions. But as the second wave ebbs and states unlock, GST collections are set to get better for this year. Saayoni Ghoshhas replaced him as the youth wing leader. She contested from Asansol South constituency in the Assembly elections, but lost. Raj Chakraborty, also an actorturned-politician who was elected MLA from Barrackpore, is the new chief of the party cultural cell. TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar has been appointed president of the party’s Mahila Morcha, while MP Dola Sen is CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Study maps Vidarbha tiger corridors; movement far beyond guarded areas IN A FIRST of its kind project, radiotelemetryhasbeendeployed to identify corridors used by tigersintheVidarbhalandscape, 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 roads, apart from irrigation Notice comes on day Naidu, RSS chief accounts lose verified badge, restored NEW DELHI, JUNE 5 ■ ALL SHOPS to operate till 4 pm, gyms and salons can function with 50% capacity Mamata picks Abhishek for gen secy, effective No. 2 in TMC ATRI MITRA Last notice, penal action will follow: Govt tells Twitter AASHISH ARYAN & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY 8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU PAGES 12, 13, 14 canals and other projects. There have been growing instances of man-tiger conflict in the region. The project, carried out between2017and2020usingradio signals, identified 37,067 sq km, in all, of tiger corridors, further categorisedintofiveclassesasper frequency of tiger use -- namely very low (10,289 sq km), low (18,727 sq km), medium (5,689 sq km), high (1,418 sq km) and very high (942 sq km). The investigators, belonging to the Maharashtra Forest Department and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), principallytrackeddispersalof 15subadult tigers, including seven females, to identify the corridors. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 grammesandgeneralbodymeetings with limited attendance. However, educational institutions, indoor sports, cinema and theatres will remain shut. There will also be restrictions on movement of local residents after 5 pm. According to the state's fivelevel restriction easing plan, districts and municipal corporations will be classified into five levels every week, and they will have varying degrees of restrictions and relaxations depending on the Covid-19 positivity rate and occupancy of oxygenequipped beds. Earlier in the day, Pune Collector Rajesh Deshmukh said that areas under Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations will see ‘Level3’ relaxations while areas in rest of the district (Pune Rural and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 as a bid to contain its influence in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. 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