DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NDMA FAILED IN ITS DUTY: BENCH AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION PART 3 Not just PSUs, even India Inc likes IAS on board as director Top Finance officer as HDFC Bank chairman to Industries official on Escorts board: cooling off period is just warm-up SANDEEP SINGH, KRISHN KAUSHIK & PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 IF PUBLIC Sector Undertakings provideanassuredperchintheir boardstopoliticiansandbureaucrats,asTheIndian Express investigationrevealed,formanyinthe private sector, too, government officersareprimepickings.More so, when they bring to the table experienceof thesectorinwhich the company operates. The Indian Express analysed data from primeinfobase.com, a private corporate database, to find that since 2009, at least 225 retired Central Government officials became directors and joined the boards of private listed companies. These include Small savings interest rates kept unchanged EXPRESS NETWORK J&K ‘CONVERSION’: FAMILY SAYS ‘DIDN’T LIKE RELATIONSHIP’ CONSIDER COVAXIN, COVISHIELD FOR TRAVEL TO EUROPE: INDIA TO EU PAGES 15, 10 AANCHAL MAGAZINE & SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 HAVING WITHDRAWN a cut in rates soon after announcing the same in April, the government has decided to keep the interest rates for small savings schemes unchanged for the JulySeptember quarter, the fifth in a `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 row. The government’s move, comingamidrisinginflationand falling incomes, is likely to providesomerelief tolowerincome earners and senior citizens who will continue to earn higher interest income than fixed deposits in banks. The last revisioninsmallsavings rates was for April-June 2020. Given Wednesday’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 155 IAS officers, 30 from the IRS, 18IPSofficers,18fromtheIndian Foreign Service, and four others. In many cases, they were madedirectorsincompaniesbefore the mandatory cooling-off CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TOMORROW FROMREGULATOR TOREGULATED A UAV patrols the area near the Jammu IAF station. PTI Days after PM meet, delimitation panel plans visit to J&K EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 DAYS AFTER Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought cooperationof politicalpartiesinJammu andKashmirinadelimitationexercise, as a step towards holding of electionsintheUnionterritory, the Delimitation Commission Wednesday announced a fourday visit to the UT. The Commission will be visiting J&K from July 6 to July 9, and interact with political parties, public representatives and state government officials for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC:KinofCovid victimsentitled tocompensation, frameguidelines Does not specify relief amount: ‘No State has unlimited resources’ APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 OBSERVING THAT the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had “failed to perform its duty”, the Supreme Court Wednesday directed it to recommend guidelines within six weeks for ex gratia to family members of those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is the statutory duty cast upon the National Authority to recommend guidelines for the minimum standards of relief to be provided to persons affected by disaster, which shall include CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES What this can ● lead to WHILE THE ruling reads the provisions of the Act to the letter and mandates the NDMA to frame compensation guidelines, it is likely to set a precedent. It also raises questions on the rationale of the government’s invocation of the Act to tackle the pandemic, a disaster distinct from natural disasters for which the Act was envisaged. Mere right to change ruler is no guard against tyranny: CJI CJI Ramana cautions against social media noise SOHINI GHOSH AHMEDABAD, JUNE 30 NOTINGTHAT“themererightto change the ruler, once every few years, by itself need not be a guarantee against tyranny,” Chief Justiceof IndiaNVRamana, quoting legal scholar Julius Stone, said Wednesday that “elections, day-to-day political discourses, criticisms and voicing of protests” are “integral to the democratic process”. While underlining that judges cannot stay “in ivory castles”, he said they “have to be mindful of the fact that the noise”amplifiedonsocialmedia “is not necessarily reflective of what is right and what the majority believes in”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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