DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM COVID-19 INOCULATION DRIVE MEETING WITH PM 82.7 lakh jabbed in one day: New phase of vaccination kicks in with Central procurement MP leads numbers, five NDA states account for over 50% jabs; officials say daily shots likely around 45 lakh End of Central rule, power to elected is key agenda, says top Govt official KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NAVEED IQBAL & RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 ASINDIAreturnedtocentralised procurement anddistributionof Covid-19 vaccines, it reported 82.70 lakh vaccinations on Monday, a daily record by far since the vaccination drive was launched on January 16. Underthegovernment'snew vaccinationpolicythatcameinto effectonMonday,theCentrewill procure 75 per cent of the vaccine stock from the open market and distribute it to states, to be administeredfreetoeveryoneof age 18 years or older at government vaccination centres. The remaining 25 per cent is meant for private hospitals and vaccination centres, which can levy a service charge of Rs 150 over and above the price of the vaccine. “Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19. Congratulations to SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 Pointer to way ahead MONDAY’S RECORD vaccination underlines that effective separation of responsibilities will hold the key to success for the mass inoculation drive — that while states focus on planning and executing vaccination coverage, the Centre works on streamlining supply and availability of vaccines. those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. WelldoneIndia,”PrimeMinister CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE TOP TEN MONDAY STATE DOSES STATE DOSES 16.01 Haryana 4.80 Karnataka 10.86 Rajasthan 4.35 Uttar Pradesh 6.90 Maharashtra 3.80 Gujarat 5.05 Tamil Nadu 3.41 Bihar 4.88 Assam 3.39 All figures in lakh Non-BJP platform revived, Pawar to host meeting of Opposition parties today NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 AMID SPECULATION on a possible federal front to take on the BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar will host a meeting of the Rashtra Manch,across-partyplatform,at hisresidenceonTuesday.Pawar's decision is being seen as a move to test the political waters. While the Rashtra Manch, a A yoga session at a Covid care centre in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, to mark International Yoga Day on Monday. Narendra Vaskar On boats, trucks, and spurred by a challenge, officials exceed vaccine target in Arunachal dist TORA AGARWALA Madhya Pradesh MANOJ C G GUWAHATI, JUNE 21 A COUNTRY boat on the Noa Dihing river, a pick-up truck on a dirt road along the Myanmar border,aJCBexcavatoronaroute blocked by trees felled by a storm. These three pictures tell the story of how the remote BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Pawarmet Prashant Kishorfor secondtime intwoweeks political action group set up by former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha in January 2018, has been meeting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, JUNE 21 THERE’S GROWING concern in the Government after capital marketsregulatorSebicalledthe Rs4,000-croreshareissuanceby PNB Housing Finance (PNBHF) to a clutch of investors led by US private equity giant The Carlyle Group as “ultra vires” of the company’s Articles of Association (AoA), The Indian Express has learnt. Officials are flagging concerns over the “fairness of process and valuation,” and the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, located on the border of Myanmar,hasmanagedtoget 50% of its 18-44 population (total 44,366), and over 90 per cent of its 45+ age group (numbering 20,227), vaccinated with a first dose.Amajorityof thiswasdone over a three-day-long campaign held by the district administration last week, as part of which a “vaccination challenge” was NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 BENGAL TO RECRUIT 31,500 TEACHERS P8 waythedealhasbeenstructured in which shares have been sold at a discount to the book value. While PNBHF is not a stressed entity and its NPAs are “manageable” given the existing levelsof capitalisation,“acontrol transaction (majority stake acquisition) is happening without CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 announced for the 12 health centres under Changlang. Devansh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Changlang, said the idea of the competition was spurred on by the rising Covid casesinthedistrict.With194active cases as of June 20, Changlangranksthirdhighestin the state. “A few weeks ago, the active case load had crossed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Share info with Govt, ban on ‘specific’ flash sales: Move to tighten e-commerce norms PRANAV MUKUL PNB Housing can hold EGM but concern in Govt over its Rs 4000-cr Carlyle deal SUNNY VERMA, SANDEEP SINGH & GEORGE MATHEW Gupkar coalition meets today as NC, Sajad Lone welcome Delhi’s ‘good change’ THE MINISTRY of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distributionhasinitiatedsweeping changes to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020,imposingnewregistration requirementsforonlineretailers andabanon“specific”flashsales — and mandating sharing of information with Government agencies. The draft rules released Monday are broadly in line with the IT intermediary rules announced for social media companies earlier this year. Representatives of local traders and sellers described the proposednormsasastepto“purify” the e-commerce landscape of the country. According to the new provi- AHEAD OF a key meeting Tuesday of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Delhi’s move to initiate talks, theFarooqAbdullah-ledNational Conference, while calling it a “goodchange”,saidthereisrealisation at the Centre that it cannotmoveforwardinJ&Kwithout themainstreampoliticalparties. People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone, who held discussions Monday with his colleagues,toldTheIndianExpress: “Thisisawelcomedevelopment. Coming at the level of the Prime Minister,itspeaksof theseriousness of this engagement. Given what has happened in the last two years, I am hoping that this could herald the start of a new phase of reconciliation.” The People’s Conference un- AMARNATH YATRA CANCELLED IN THE wake of the Covid pandemic, the Amarnath yatra has been cancelled for the second straight year. On Monday, the J&K administration has decided that the annual Amarnath Yatra will be kept symbolic. The 56day yatra was to start on June 28 and end on August 22. PAGE10 derlined the need for “the political class to play a constructive role vis-à-vis ending the prevalent logjam and finding durable and democratic solutions to all the challenges facing the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” It called for “the scripting of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Central govt initiates action against Bengal ex-chief secy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 Health workers on way to villages in Changlang. Express WORLD IRAN’S HARDLINE PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS HE WILL NOT MEET JOE BIDEN P12 THREE WEEKS after his retirement,theCentrehasinitiatedmajor disciplinary proceedings against former West Bengal chief secretaryAlapanBandyopadhyay, who now faces the prospect of losing his retirement benefits, either fully or partially. Since retiring from service last month, Bandhyopadhyay, a 1987-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been appointed special adviser to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. On June 16, the Department of Personnel and Training Alapan may lose pension (DoPT), under the Ministry of Personnel, sent Bandyopadhyay a “memorandum” mentioning the charges and giving him 30 days to reply, ministry officials said Monday. He has been warned of major penalty proceedings, which allows the Centre to withhold pension or gratuity, or both, either in full or in part, they said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 sions, e-commerce companies would need to register with the Department of Promotion for Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). They would also have to share information with the “Government agency, which is lawfully authorised for investigativeorprotectiveorcybersecurityactivities,forthepurposes of verification of identity, or for the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution, of offences under any law for the time being in force, or for cyber security incidents”. They propose that the information sought by the Government agency will have to beproducedbythee-commerce company“within72hoursof the receipt of an order from the said authority”. On the lines of IT intermediary rules, the Consumer Affairs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 yrs after arrest in IISc attack case, Tripura man freed; no proof he helped key accused, says court PAGE 1 ANCHOR JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 21 FOUR YEARS after he was arrested from Agartala for his allegedinvolvementinaidingaterrorist attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluruin2005,HabeebMiya, 40, a driver, was released last week after the NIA Special Court saidpolicehadfailedtoestablish a prima facie case against him. A visiting professor from Delhi, M C Puri, had died in the IIScattackonDecember28,2005. Habeeb Miya, who was arrestedinMarch2017,wasalleged to have helped a key accused, Sabauddin Ahmed, cross over to Bangladesh, both before and aftertheattack.Ahmedwaspicked up from Nepal in early 2008. Allowing a discharge plea filed by Habeeb Miya ahead of the framing of charges, the NIA Special Court, in its June 14 order, referred to Ahmed's statement that Habeeb Miya had helped him to cross the border. Fromacarefulperusalof “the entirestatementof accusedNo.1 (Sabauddin Ahmed), it is seen that except for these averments, there is nothing to indicate that accusedNo.7(HabeebMiya)had knowledgethataccusedNo.1isa terrorist or he is receiving funds from terrorists, and that he has planned to commit terrorist acts in Bengaluru,'' said the court. A professor from Delhi had died in the 2005 IISc attack. Express “The statement of accused No.1 discloses that accused No.1 has not even disclosed his real name before accused No.7, nor stated as to why he is going to Bangladesh,'' it said. The court said police had not brought any evidence to show that Habeeb Miya had any knowledge that Ahmed, who approached him using a fake identity, “is a Lashkar-e-Taiba memberandreceivingarmsand ammunition in order to commit terrorist acts”. “Ifindthattherewasnothing in the statement of accused No.1 to implicate accused No.7 in the crime.Itisseenthatafteraccused No.7 was arrested and his statement was also recorded, there is no further evidence collected to prove the involvement of accused No.7 in the crime,'' said SpecialJudgeDrKasanappaNaik. No effort was made to track two others in Agartala who are reported to have helped Ahmed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kolkata
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