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 TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, 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 10 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 51.18% children in Mumbai exposed to Covid-19, shows sero survey TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JUNE 28 A SERO survey conducted on the paediatric population in Mumbaihasfoundthat51.18per cent children have already been exposed to Covid-19, with most remaining asymptomatic, indicating that the severity of the infection continues to remain low among children. In the previous sero survey on paediatric population conducted in March, seropositivity stood at 39.4 per cent. After the second wave, it has risen to 51.18 per cent. TheBrihanmumbaiMunicipal Corporation(BMC)undertookthe surveyfromApril1toJune15with the help of Kasturba hospital and Nair hospital. The two centres collected samples from 2,176 children, who were medically examined for other illnesses in public and privatelaboratories.While1,283 samples were collected from BMC’s Aapli Chikitsa ('Your Treatment') centres that offer free diagnostic facilities, 893 APRIL 1-JUNE 15 SURVEY AGE GROUP SEROPOSITIVITY 1-4 years 51.04% 5-9 years 47.33% 10-14 years 53.43% 15-18 years 51.39% 2,176 children 51.18% ■ Seropositivityinsamples ■ Seropositivityinsamples 54.36% 47.03% frompublicsector Children at a Covid-19 testing centre in Mankhurd. File were collected from two private labs. More samples were fromprivatesector from slums than non-slums areas. Maximum seropositivity (53.43percent)wasfoundinthe 10-14 age group, for which at least 560 samples were collected.Thisisfollowedbythe1518 age group (51.39 per cent). These two groups also venture out to play more than the 0-10 age group. Seropositivity means number of those who test positive for antibodies against Covid-19 – its ratestoodat51.04percentinthe 1-4 year age group and 47.33 per cent in the 5-9 age group. The findings are optimistic and suggest that a large number of children have already developedantibodiesagainstthevirus and most did not require hospitalisation. “Immunity in children is pretty good, even if they are exposed to the virus, they are able to bear severe infection,” said Dr JayanthiShastri,headof microbiology in Nair hospital. “The important message here for paediatricians is to look outforpost-Covidcomplications among children like multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS). Often paediatricians ask CONTINUEDONPAGE6
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