DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 RS 6.28-LAKH CRORE FINANCIAL IMPACT: FM Centre rolls out second wave stimulus, expands credit relief for health, tourism New focus: ramping up paediatric health care beyond the top eight cities in the country; interest-rate concessions AANCHAL MAGAZINE, SANDEEP SINGH & PRANAV MUKUL WORLD NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 U.S. WARPLANES STRIKE IRAN-BACKED MILITIA IN IRAQ, SYRIA PAGE 12 IN a first set of measures to mitigatetheeconomicimpactof the devastating second Covid wave, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of stepsaimedtopushcreditofftake in priority areas such as health infrastructure and the severely hit tourism sector by pro- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the press conference in New Delhi on Monday. Anil Sharma CREDIT GUARANTEES ACROSS SECTORS ■ Rs1.1lakhcr loan guaranteeforimpacted sectors; Rs50,000cr for medicalinfra, Rs60,000cr forothers. vidinginterest-rateconcessions. Alongside a move to expand the scope of the Emergency CreditLineGuaranteeScheme— for small and medium firms — from Rs 3 lakh crore to Rs 4.5 lakh crore, she announced a credit guarantee scheme amounting to Rs 50,000 crore to ramp up healthcare infrastructure beyond the eight major metros. And a credit guarantee of Rs 60,000 crore for other sectors impacted by Covid. ■Extra Rs1.5lakhcr to continueemergencycredit lineguarantee ■Creditguaranteescheme tofacilitateloansto 25lakh borrowersthroughmicro financeinstitutions. ■Loanstotravelagencies; first 5lakh touristvisasfree ■AtmanirbharBharat RozgarYojanaextended CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 fromJune30,2021toMarch 31,2022. ■CorpustoNationalExport InsuranceAccountover5 yearstohelpunderwrite Rs33,000cr of incremental projectexports. ■InfuseequityinExport CreditGuarantee Corporationover5yearsto boostexportinsurance coverby Rs88,000cr ■Tenureof PLIscheme inelectronics manufacturingtobe extendeduntil2025-26. Jammu attack IEDs aimed AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION PART-1 to hit in single direction; How independent are two more drones spotted Independent Directors UAVs appear over Army’s Kaluchak base, fly away as troops open fire EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JAMMU, JUNE 28 THE IMPROVISED explosive devices (IEDs) dropped from a suspected drone on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Station in Jammu on Sundaywerefittedwith“shaped charges” for “impact in just one direction”, according to sources. Meanwhile, the Army said “a major threat was thwarted” as its troops opened fire at two drones spotted over the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military area – the first at around 11.45 pm on Sunday, followed by another at 2.40 am on Monday. Sources said it was not known whether the drones were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY In Nov, Amarinder had flagged the threat from drones in Punjab to PM RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 MONTHS BEFORE thesuspected drone-drop of explosives at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging the “seriousimplications”of delivery of weapons and contraband from Pakistan via low-flying SubConventional Aerial Platforms CM also discussed the issue with Amit Shah including UAVs and drones. Top security officials in Punjab told The Indian Express that the letter detailing the threat and the need for countermeasureswassentinNovember CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaish’s hand in killing of SPO, his daughter and wife in Pulwama: police NAVEED IQBAL AWANTIPORA, JUNE 28 A LITTLE after 10.30 pm on Sunday, as Fayaz Ahmad, a Special Police Officer (SPO) with the J&K Police, and his family were preparing to retire for the night, they heard a knock on the door. “Just as he stepped out, a gunshot rang out,” Fayaz’s daughter-in-lawRukaiyaLiyaqat CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SPO Fayaz Ahmad, his wife and daughter were buried on Monday. Shuaib Masoodi Govt decides: Twitter no longer enjoys ‘safe harbour’ protection Company advertises 3 posts after India grievance officer quits AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 THE GOVERNMENT has concluded that Twitter in India is no longer an “intermediary” and, therefore,cannotbeprovidedthe legal protection that is accorded toInternetintermediariesunder PAGE 1 ANCHOR Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, senior government officials said on Monday. The Ministry of Electronics and InformationTechnology has arrived at this view after consultations with legal experts and other departments of the government over the last several days, and is likely to present it beforethecourtsor law enforcement agencies as and when the need arises, the officials said. “It is up to the courts to decide finally whether Twitter will still enjoy safe harbour status or not.Asfar as we(the ITMinistry) are concerned, our view is now decided. They (Twitter) have till CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Rajnath in Ladakh: Neighbours can talk, need pure intentions Minister inaugurates 63 bridges built in frontier states and UTs by BRO of PSUs? Half from BJP Maharatna, navratna, mini-ratnas — of 172 Independent Directors on 98 PSU boards, as many as 86 have links to ruling party, an investigation shows YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW tion of records of 146 Central Public Sector Undertakings, for which details were available, showthatthereare172Independent Directors in 98 PSUs. Of AN XPRESS RTI them, at least 86, serving on 67 APPLICATION PSU boards, are linked to the ruling BJP. Below is an illustrative list of SHYAMLAL YADAV IndependentDirectorsfromblueNEW DELHI, JUNE 28 chip PSUs, including maharatnas (annualturnoverof morethanRs MARKETS REGULATOR 25,000 cr over three years) and Securities and Exchange Board their date of appointment. The of India is expected Indian Express conto discuss Tuesday tacted all 86 of thFULLLISTOF how to reform the em, 81 got back wisystem of indeth their comments, indianexpress.com pendent directors fivedidnotrespond. — their appointBharat Heavy ment and their role in the board. Two years ago, the Indian Electricals Ltd Institute of Corporate Affairs Manish Kapoor: Deputy (IICA), a Central Government Treasurer, UP BJP. (Appointed think tank, put it bluntly: “The to the PSU board on Jan 30, selection of Independent 2020). “I am a professional and, Directors (ID) for PSUs has not as an independent director, I remained independent. Instead have my codified duties. I am of experienced domain experts, chairing the CSR committee of preference is being given to ex- the board but everything is IAS or recently to political affin- done as per norms.” ity so the whole idea of ID has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 been vitiated.” TOMORROW Data obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to FORMERBUREAUCRATS InformationActandaninvestiga- E 86 When UPA did the same, HC said: Hope Govt will give serious thought ahead SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 AS EARLY as 2009, when the Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre, the Gujarat High Court ruled on a PIL stating that the appointment of Independent Directors on the boards of Public Sector Banks was not done on merit but to favour politicians connected with the Congress and its allies. Dismissing the concern, thecourtstated:“PrimaryconsiderationoftheGovernmentshould be the interest of public sector banks, its depositors and not interest of the nominees or any othervestedinterest.Wearesure thattheGovernmentwillgiveserious thought in future so unnecessarycriticismcouldbeavoided.” The petition was based on an investigation by The Indian Express in May 2007 that the then Government headed by Manmohan Singh appointed SRINAGAR, JUNE 28 FOLLOWING AN alleged forced interfaith marriage of a Sikh girl, whichtriggeredlocalprotestslast week, Sikh leaders from outside Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) arrived here on Monday to protest against what they called “forced conversions and marriages” of Jago Party protested outside J&K House in Delhi Monday. Prem Nath Pandey KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JUNE 28 SEEKING “RESOLUTION of issues” through talks, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday that India’s neighbours should also think that “we will remain neighbours” and issues can be settled if the intentions are “pure”. SpeakinginKyungam,88km from Leh, from where he inaugurated 63 bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) across eight states and UnionTerritories,Singh,without naming China, said “a big challengehadcomeuponthenorthern border, which we had to face” last year, and “no praise was enough” for the capability demonstrated by the Indian armed forces. “I would like to say that our military has proven that it has bravery, courage and patience as well. Where patience is needed, our military shows patience, and where bravery and courage are needed, they demonstrate that too.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Pawar under fire after cars in his convoy roll on to athletics track CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sikh leaders protest over ‘forced conversions, marriages’ in Valley BASHAARAT MASOOD Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with troops of the Army’s 14 Corps in Ladakh on Monday. PTI girls from their community. Even as Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Singh SirsaandsomeotherSikhleaders reached Srinagar Monday, local Sikhleaderswarnedagainst“peoplefromoutsideexploitingthesituationfortheirpoliticalinterests”. On Saturday, the local Sikh community had alleged that an 18-year-old Sikh girl was CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Vehicles in Sharad Pawar’s convoy on the athletics track at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Saturday. ANI PARTHASARATHI BISWAS PUNE, JUNE 28 NCP CHIEF Sharad Pawar and other seniorleadersof theruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) have come under criticism for using a racetrackatthe ShivChhatrapati Sports Complex here to park their vehicles on Saturday. BesidesPawar,thevehiclesof StateSportsMinisterSunilKedar andMinisterofStateAditiTatkare werealsoparkedontheracetrack. Tweeting photographs of the vehicles on Sunday, BJP’s Shivajinagar MLA Siddharth Shirole said: "#VIP Culture & Arroganceof the #MVA...Athletic track at Shivchhatrapati Sports Complexbeingusedasaparkinglotfor Cars belonging Ex. IOA President @PawarSpeaks ji, Sports Cabinet Minister@SunilKedar1111 ji and MoS Sports @iAditiTatkare ji.” Reacting to the tweet, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Rescued 9-month-old tiger cub learns to hunt, one paw at a time SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 28 LASTYEAR, shewasfoundabandoned near a temple in Idukki — frail, her eyes cloudy, and with a bad limb. But now, under the watchful eyes of officials of Kerala’s Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR), the nine-month-old tiger cubisbeingtaughtakeysurvival skill: hunting in the wild. The cub, named Mangala by PTR staff, is undergoing a rewildingprocessaspartof whichshe willbetaughthuntingskillsover the next two years before being released into the wild. PTR, spreadover777sqkm,hasabout 40 tigers. PTR Deputy Director Sunil Babu told The Indian Express, “Rewilding is a long, costly process. For the last seven months, the cub has been in a small 500-sq-ft enclosure and is being fed by handlers. Within a few days, she will be taken to a larger enclosure of one hectare, erected in the core area of PTR, whereshewilllearnherhunting skills for the first time. Later, the enclosure will be gradually widenedto40hectares.Hunting skills are crucial for the tiger’s survival in the wild. We hope thatwithintwoyears,beforeshe is released, she will gain enough exposureinhuntingdownprey,’’ he said, adding that tiger cubs usually start to hunt independently whentheyarearoundtwo. On November 21 last year, the cub, barely two months old, was found near the Mangala Devi temple within the reserve, possibly abandoned by her mother, say park officials. They putupcameratrapsintheregion Mangala is being ‘rewilded’ at the Periyar reserve. Express and waited for a few days, hoping the mother would come to take back her stranded cub. But she did not come, and the park officials took the cub in. Babu says that when they found her, both her eyes were cloudy and she was dragging her hind limb. But under the care of the PTR staff, she is now in good shape. From 3 kg seven months ago,thecubnowweighsahealthy 30-35kg,thankstoadietof meat and imported goat milk powder. On possible reasons for the cub being abandoned, the PTR Deputy Director said, “It is pos- sible that the mother died and the cub was orphaned. Another possibility is that the mother abandoned her cub because she had deformities. The rescued cubhadissueswithhereyesand leg, and tigers have a habit of abandoning such cubs.’’ While her traumatic past is behind her, another challenge awaits the cub: she needs to learn to hunt, a key factor in the rewilding process. “In the next stage of rewilding, human interaction will be reduced to almost nil. In the larger enclosure, the animal will be monitored using surveillance cameras. When we expand the size of the fenced area, she will be allowed to hunt down prey. Initially, wewill have to dropdomesticanimalssuchasgoats.But feeding the tiger domestic animals is also a risk as that might create a tendency for the tiger to foray into human settlements. Once she is in the larger enclosure,wewillputupgatestosend in animals that tigers usually prey on.’’ AnuRaj,aveterinarianatPTR, said the park is following the CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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