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 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 DAY AFTER PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON CENTRAL PROCUREMENT, FREE VACCINATION Centre tells states to ensure registrations on site, places orders for 44 crore vaccine doses Bill for free vaccines and extra foodgrains will be Rs 1.15 lakh cr in FY21 ‘Change in vaccination policy based on analysis, feedback, public narrative’ NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 ADAYafterthePrimeMinisterannounced that the Centre will directly procure 75 per cent of the total doses to vaccinate every adult in the country free of cost, the Ministry of Health placed an advanceorderTuesdaytosecure44 crore doses from the two vaccine manufacturers in the country. And moving to tide over vaccine registration problems as it expands the inoculation drive, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ` 92 per kilo ` 120 per kilo ` 148 per kilo ` 72 per Dozen HC cancels ‘fraudulent’ SC certificate of MP Navneet Kaur-Rana, fines Rs 2 lakh Independent MP from Amravati OMKAR GOKHALE MUMBAI, JUNE 8 THE BOMBAY High Court on Tuesday cancelled and confiscated the “wrong caste certificate” obtained by Amravati MP Navneet Kaur-Rana in 2013, which was validated by Caste Scrutiny Committee in2017,and said that such an act may “deprive genuine and deserving persons from benefits prescribed in the law.” ThecourtaskedKaur-Ranato surrender the certificate to the Committee within six weeks and directed her to pay a cost of Rs 2 lakh to the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority within two weeks, adding that “all the consequences in law provided upon cancellation of such a fraudulentlyobtainedcertificate shall follow.” The court also pulled up the District Caste Scrutiny Committee,Mumbai,whichvalidated the certificate in November 2017,saying it “did its job rather sloppily and shirked the obligations imposed on it”. With the order, the Member CONTINUEDONPAGE2 E E X P L A I NE D KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Key to shots ● for all ON-SITE REGISTRATION is critical to expanding vaccination, especially beyond urbancentres.Thiswasalso underlinedbytheSupreme Courtwhichaskedthegovernment if mandatory registration on CoWIN was practical given the digital divide in the country. AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 Lucknow shops reopened after 50 days Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav THE PRIMEMINISTER’S decision Monday to providefree vaccines to states for all citizens over 18 years from June 21 is likely to cost the exchequer an additional Rs 15,000 crore compared with the Budget allocation of Rs 35,000 crore. “It is too early to give a cor- AMITABH SINHA PUNE, JUNE 8 A LOW-COST charging system fortwo-andthree-wheelerelectric vehicles, expected to hit the market in about six months, could prove to be a gamechanger for electric mobility in the country. Two-andthree-wheelersaccountforabout80percentof vehiclesalesinthecountry,andare a major source of vehicular emissions. Government officials said the adoption of electric mobility in this segment could be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Maratha quota, GST dues: Team Uddhav meets PM, hopeful of positive response VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, JUNE 8 INONLYhissecondmeetingwith Prime Minister Narendra Modi sincehebecametheMaharashtra ChiefMinister,UddhavThackeray on Tuesday held talks with the PMinNewDelhioverstateissues, as well as met him privately for about30minutes—settingpolitical circles abuzz in the state. Speaking to the media, Thackerayexpressedsatisfaction overthemeetings,whereheand two Cabinet members raised 12 issues, key among them being reservationforMarathasandGST dues.“WemetthePMonimportant issues of the state and gave him notes on all. He heard us seriouslyandpromisedtolookinto them.WearehopefulthePMwill resolvetheissuespositively.”The CMsaidhealsothankedModion the change in vaccine policy, underwhichtheCentrewillnowdo the procurement. Apart from Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan, Thackeray was accompanied by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte. On his one-on-one meeting with Modi, the CM said: “Today we are not politically together, but that does not mean that the relationship has broken. There is nothing wrong if I meet him. I didn’t go to meet Nawaz Sharif." The Nawaz Sharif remark was apparently a reference to Modi's surprise visit to the former NOCHANGEININDIA QSUNIVRANKINGS India’s tally in the world’s top 200 universities remains unchanged for the fifth straight year. IIT-Bombay, IITDelhi, IISc Bengaluru have been the only institutions in the top 200 since 2017, according to the latest QS World University Rankings. PAGES 8, 9 On his separate meeting with Modi, CM: ‘Nothing wrong, didn’t meet Nawaz’ much faster if a low-cost and easily accessible charging system was made available. The new charging system, developed as a government-industry partnership, could be priced as low as Rs 3,500. Existing charging solutions cost anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. A prototype has already been developed and at least half a dozen companies are currently working to manufacture it on scale, officials said. Thenewsystemhasbeenthe result of an initiative led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the government,andindustry and research groups. Theall-weatherchargingde- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 8 MUMBAI ON Tuesday reported seven deaths due to Covid-19, the lowest in the last two-anda-half months since the city recordedsevendeathsonMarch 20 at the onset of the second waveof thepandemic.Withthis, Mumbai breached the 15,000 mark in Covid-19 toll. Tuesday’s toll is the first time when Mumbai reported deaths in single digit during the second wave. The city’s overall toll now stands at 15,006. OnTuesday,682 freshCovid19 cases were recorded in Mumbai – daily case load is down from 900-1,000 cases a fortnight ago. While total number of active cases are over 15,000,thepositivityratehasremained steady below 3 per cent since the last few days. Mumbai is the only city updating its daily toll in real time. State officials said that other urban areas like Pune and Nagpur are now reporting deaths that occurred in April and May. On Tuesday, Pune added 37 A Covid care centre in Nerul lies vacant on Tuesday. Narendra Vaskar deaths to its tally and Nagpur 18. “The reason Mumbai has managed to efficiently report its deaths is because the entire system is decentralised and each ward reports cases and deaths from its jurisdiction. This has reducedthe burdenonBMC headquarters to compile records,” a state official said. AcrossMaharashtra,thepublic health department reported 702 deaths due to Covid-19 on Tuesday. Of these, 208 occurred in the last 48 hours and the rest earlier. Maharashtra’s daily toll continues to remain high even as fresh cases dip consistently due CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Agra hospital shut down after owner’s video: ‘mock drill... cut oxygen supply’ AMIL BHATNAGAR & AVANEESH MISHRA AGRA, LUCKNOW, JUNE 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his deputy Ajit Pawar (right) of the Nationalist Congress Party, and his Cabinet colleague Ashok Chavan of the Congress in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Pakistani PM in December 2015. However,Thackeray did not give any details regarding what he discussed with the PM. Chavan, who is the chairman of a Maharashtra Cabinet subcommittee on Maratha quota, said that as per the recent Supreme Court order, the final say in regard to inclusion or exclusion of SEBCs (Socially and EducationallyBackwardClasses) for reservations lies with the Centre.“So,werequestedthePM to initiate the legal process. Even if states get the power for SEBC reservation, it will not be useful due to the 50% upper limit for reservation.Thereisaneedtorelax that limit. The PM assured us that he will get information on this and take further steps,” the Congress leader said. On the Supreme Court staying the state's reservation of 27% of seats in local bodies for OBCs, Thackeray requested Modi to provide the relevant data from the 2011 Census and to include OBCasaseparatecategoryinthe 2021 Census. OBCs, it said, should be given constitutional status, the same as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, rather than remaining statutory. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New learning spaces to teacher postings: Punjab’s topping mantra KANCHAN VASDEV CHANDIGARH, JUNE 8 FROMRANKING 13thin2017-18 to climbing to the top of the latest school ranking index, from teacher-less schools to smart classrooms,Punjab’sgovernment schools have emerged a winner. On Sunday, when the Education Ministry released the latesteditionof thePerformance Grading Index or PGI, Punjab was right on top in the overall ranking, scoring 929 points out of 1,000 and leaving star performances such as Kerala (fourth) and Delhi (sixth position) behind. Chandigarh stood second, followed by Tamil Nadu. PGIisanindexthatmeasures the performance of states and Union Territories in school edu- cation across 70 parameters such as learning outcomes, enrollment and infrastructure. “We have very good teachers who are IT savvy and are keen to deliver. Four years ago, we introduced English-mediumschools, right at the primary level, and now our children speak fluent English. We have our results to show for it,” saidKrishanKumar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Plug, charge, ride: Low-cost charging system could be game-changer for electric bikes and 3-wheelers PAGE 1 ANCHOR rect estimate with multiple suppliers and different prices. But the rough estimate is total expenditure for vaccines for this year may be Rs 45,000-50,000 crore. In the Budget, we had provided Rs 35,000 crore, and of this, the government has paid out about Rs 5,000 crore,” a senior government official who did not wish to be named told The Indian Express. First time since March, single digit deaths reported in Mumbai At the opening of two EV charging points at NITI Aayog in 2018. The big hurdle for EV technology in India has been the limited availability of charging points. Amit Mehra/Archive vice can be installed in any place withaccesstoa220-volt,15-ampere power line. Parking lots of Metro and railway stations, shopping malls, hospitals, office complexes, apartments and evensmallcoffeeshopsorkirana outlets could be ideal spots. The charging system has a charger, a smart electric socket capable of communicating with a mobile phone, and mobile apps with provisions to make payments. “Oneof thebiggesthurdlesin thewidespreadadoptionof electricvehiclesinIndiahasbeenthe limited availability of charging stations. This proposed solution seeks to address that problem. It isdesignedtobeinstalledalmost anywhere at an affordable cost. People can charge their vehicle batteries in a few minutes. The hesitancy with regard to electric vehicles, even cars, has typically stemmed from ‘range anxiety’ — can I get my battery recharged whenever I want, the way I can CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MAHARASHTRA ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGPARTOF PROTOCOL, SAYS FADNAVIS PAGE 5 THEDISTRICTadministrationon Tuesday ordered the sealing of Shri Paras Hospital, a prominent private hospital in Agra, following a purported video clip of its ownerwherehetalksabouthow the hospital cut off oxygen supply to Covid-19 patients for five minutes as part of a “mock drill” to find out “who will die”. He says that 22 patients were “filtered out” during this “experiment” as they “turned blue”. Speaking to The Indian Express, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh confirmed that the person in the video clip was the hospital owner, Dr Notice at Shri Paras Hospital Tuesday. Praveen Khanna Arinjay Jain. The incident is reported to have occurred on the morning of April 26, and the video was made on April 28. While Jain talks about 22 patients who “turned blue”, Singh said four Covid-19 patients died onApril26andthreeonApril27. In the video clip, Jain says the CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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