DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES SINCE 1932 COVID-19 NUMBERS Tollthesecondwavetook:Inallbutfour states,deathsdoubledinlastsixweeks 2.1 lakh deaths since Apr 1, more than half in 5 states with highest overall toll RS 4,000-CR INVESTMENT BY GROUP LED BY US PE GIANT Conflict of interest: PNB Housing board that cleared majority stake for Carlyle has links with Carlyle Besides two Carlyle nominees, five of 10 directors have had dealings with US private equity giant SANDEEP SINGH AMITABH SINHA NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 PUNE, JUNE 13 THECOVID-19deathtollinevery state barring four has at least doubled in the last six weeks. In a few states, the toll has increased by close to four times. The only states that have bucked this trend are West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Tripura, and the Union Territory of Ladakh. Nearly 2.1 lakh Covid-19 deathshavebeenrecordedinthe country since April 1, more than 55 per cent — over 1.18 lakh — of whichhavebeenreportedbythe five states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. This is not surprising considering these are also the states with the highest death counts. In each of these five states, close to 60 per cent of the total tollwasrecordedintheselastsix weeks. In other words, their death toll increased by 2 to 2.5 times during this period. INDIA’S DEATH toll has increased by about 2.2 times in the last six weeks. In percentage terms, not much has changed in the contributions of states to the national toll in this period and earlier. This has been true for most other states as well. In some states,almost80percentof their death toll till now has been reported after April 1. This number is the highest in Bihar, where 83 per cent of the state’s death toll has been reported after April 1. But this is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEATH TOLL AS ON Apr 1 Jun 12 % INCREASE Maharashtra 56,262 1,11,309 Karnataka 12,604 32,788 Tamil Nadu 12,738 29,280 129.86% Delhi 11,036 24,800 124.72% 8,820 21,735 Uttar Pradesh RAISING QUESTIONS of corporate governance and conflict of interest, a majority of the board members of PNB Housing Finance Limited that decided to issue shares worth Rs 4,000 crore to investors led by US private equity giant The Carlyle Group, have links to Carlyle. Former HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri, who has joined Carlyleassenioradvisor,willalso Consistent pattern in states INCREASE IN WORST-HIT STATES STATE `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 97.84% 160.14% 146.43% At Khan Market in New Delhi on Sunday. Markets will be allowed to fully open starting from Monday. Rahul Sabharwal REPORT,PAGE4 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Jharkhand door-to-door survey: deaths in Apr-May up 43% from two years ago ABHISHEK ANGAD RANCHI, JUNE 13 AN INTENSIVE Public Health Survey (IPHS) survey in Jharkhand — the first such doorto-door counting of deaths by any state during the second wave of the pandemic — has revealed that 25,490 people died in the state during April-May 2021. This is 43 per cent higher than17,819totaldeathsofficially registered across all 24 districts in April-May 2019 as per the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in the state’s Planning Department. The Planning Department is yettoreceiveupdateddataonregistered deaths from districts for calendaryear2020and2021,and hence comparisons with corresponding period in the previous yearorwithsequentialmonthsin the current year are not possible. Thedoor-to-doorIPHS,originally planned to cover the entire 3.5 crore population of the state, was restricted to the rural areas, and eventually covered 2.56 crore people or almost threefourths of the population. It was conducted between May 25 and June 5 with the help of over 80,000 sahiyas or Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwives) and Community Health Officers (CHOs). The two primary objectives of the survey were: i) to spread awareness, test for Covid-19, provide advice on medication, and prevent the spread of the pandemic, and ii) to count the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 be issued shares. The board’s move to issue shares, as reported by The Indian Express, could reduce the stakeholding of Punjab and National Bank in its housing finance subsidiary to below 26 per cent — a reversal of its own stated public commitment. Of the 12 members, two are Carlyle employees and are nomineedirectorsbyvirtueofthefirm having a 32 per cent stake in the company — Sunil Kaul and Kapil Modi. After the share allotment, thiswillgouptoover50percent. LUCKNOW, JUNE 13 UTTARAKHANDCONG LEADERINDIRA HRIDAYESHDIESAT80 PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AAP, SP allege scam in Ayodhya land deal; Ram temple Trust denies AVANEESH MISHRA & ASAD REHMAN EXPRESS NETWORK Fiveothersontheboardhave a Carlyle link. Consider: ■ Hardayal Prasad, MD & CEO of PNBHF since August 2020: In July 2020, Prasad took voluntary retirement as MD and CEO of SBI Cards and within a monthjoinedPNBHousingasits MD & CEO. In March 2020, Prasad was behind SBI Cards’s Rs 9,500-crore public issue in which Carlyle offered 9.3 crore shares (out of 24.24 crore shares it held) raising over Rs 7,000 crore through its offer. ON SUNDAY when Nripendra Misra, former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, and now head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust’s Temple Construction Committee, met the trustees and experts in Ayodhya to take stock of temple works, the Samajwadi Party and the Aam Aadmi Party alleged fraud and corruption over the purchase of a piece of land by the Trust on March 18 this year. In a press conference in Lucknow,SanjaySingh,AAP’sincharge for Uttar Pradesh, and a Memberof Parliament,said“The piece of land in Ayodhya is registered with number 243, 244 and246.ItsvalueisRs5.80crore. It was purchased from Kusum Pathak and Harish Pathak by Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari for Rs 2 crore. The purchase had two witnesses – Anil Mishra, a member of the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust, and Rishikesh Upadhyay, who is the Mayor of Ayodhya. It was purchasedat7.10pm.Inthenextfive minutes, the same land was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India signs joint statement at G-7 for freedom of expression: ‘Internet curbs threat to democracy’ SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 INDIA SUNDAY signed off on a jointstatementbyG-7andguest countries on “open societies” that reaffirm and encourage the values of “freedom of expres- sion, both online and offline, as a freedom that safeguards democracyandhelpspeoplelive free from fear and oppression”. The statement also refers to “politically motivated internet shutdowns”asoneof thethreats to freedom and democracy. The ‘Open Societies Statement’ was adopted at the end of an outreach session titled ‘Building Back Together—Open SocietiesandEconomies’,where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited as a lead speaker. Participating through videoconference, Modi said that “democracy and freedom were a part of India’s civilisational ethos”. However, he “shared the concern” expressed by several leaders that “open societies are particularly vulnerable to disinformation and cyber-attacks”. According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Modi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Joining a party not like joining a bank… I have far more respect for someone in BJP for 40 years, than Congman who joins BJP’ JAIRAM RAMESH CONGRESS RAJYA SABHA MP & FORMER UNION MINISTER PAGE 9 CBSE Class 12: Students may be marked on pre-Boards, Class 11 and 10 results RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is actively considering a proposal toassessClass12studentsbased ontheirperformanceintheClass 10 Board examination, Class 11 final examination, and the Class 12 pre-board examination. According to sources in the Education Ministry, the 12member expert committee set up by the CBSE discussed this option at a meeting held on Saturday. "The broad consensus was to factor in marks scored in the Class10Boards,Class11(annual) exam, and Class 12 pre-Boards. Thereweredifferencesaboutthe exact weightage to be given to eachcomponent.Thatfinaldecision will be taken by CBSE," said a Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kolkata
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.