eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE CIRCLE OF HOPE NEWDELHI,LATECITY During the second wave of the pandemic, how volunteering became a social movement PAGES 16, 17, 18 JULY4,2021 20PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM HE CRITICISED G-23, BACKED GANDHIS SUNDAY STORY TMC, Cong warm up? Sonia set to replace Adhir as Lok Sabha leader PAGE 13 NOT OUT AT... Tharoor,Tewariamongcontenders; ChowdhuryledcampaignagainstTMC ... 57, Navjot Singh Sidhu clearly believes he has another innings in him. Is he the player that the Punjab Congress needs? MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, JULY 3 Stock limits on pulses: Govt order MONSOON AFTERNOON flies in face of farm law At a bus-stop near Akshardham Temple in East Delhi on Saturday. The city recorded 19 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Praveen Khanna HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, JULY 3 THECENTRE’Sthreefarmreform laws have not just been stayed by the Supreme Court, but effectively buried by the Modi governmentthatgotthempassedin Parliament and gazetted in September 2020. OnFriday,theDepartmentof Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an order to impose stockholding limits on all pulses, barring moong or green gram, for a period up to October 31, 2021. The limits have been fixed at 200 tonnesforwholesaletradersand importers,and5tonnesforretailers. The stock limit for processors/dal millers has been set at thelastthreemonths’production or25percentof annualinstalled capacity, whichever is higher. The new order is totally at variance with the Essential Commodities(Amendment)Act, 2020 that was one of the three laws whose repeal has been sought by farmer organisations. This Act — against which the protests have actually been less compared to the other two laws thatenablecontractfarmingand purchase of produce outside state government-regulated markets — allowed clamping of stockholding limits only under conditions of war, famine, natural calamities of grave nature or “extraordinary price rise”. Moreover, the price rise thresholdfornon-perishablefoodstuffs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D E Food inflation ● threat WITH PRICES of petrol, diesel, LPG and edible oil on the rise, the threat of renewed food inflation from a stalled monsoon is the last thing the government wants. Not surprising that it has imposed stock limits on the pulses trade, even if this goes against the letter and spirit of its own farm reform laws. The laws are effectively buried now. PUSHKAR DHAMI, 45, TO BE SWORN IN AS 11TH CM TODAY Polls next year, Uttarakhand gets a new Chief Minister, its third in four months An RSS worker, two-term MLA says public service priority LALMANI VERMA DEHRADUN, JULY 3 TWO-TERM MLA from Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district andayoungfaceof theBharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Sunday. He was unanimously elected on Saturday asthe leader of the legislature party in a meeting at the state BJP headquarters. Dhami, 45, will be the 11th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and in fact, the third in the last four months. He will replace Tirath Singh Rawat who resigned Friday night citing a constitutionalcrisisof notbeingable to be elected to the state Assembly within six months of being sworn in. He resigned after directions from the BJP’s centralleadershipinDelhi,wherehe was camping for three days till Tripura to UP, MP to Kerala: Pot simmers in many BJP state units NEW DELHI, JULY 3 Tirath Singh Rawat and Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday. PTI GOVT & POLITICS SETBACK FOR BSY AS COURT ORDERS PROBE IN OLD CASE PAGE 6 Friday evening. At the meeting of the party legislature that started at 3 pm, outgoing Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and party state president Madan Kaushik proposed Dhami’s candidature for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury ganisation — came to light last August. He is also chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. After the election defeat in WestBengalinMay,Chowdhury said that the party couldn't afford to stay "cocooned" in social media but had to hit the street and, as Sonia Gandhi had instructed, actively work to help bring relief to Covid patients. The move to remove Chowdhury is seen as an attempt by the Congress to build bridges with the Trinamool Congress and coordinate the campaign against the BJP and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Judge appointed in France to probe Rafale deal charges Financial prosecutor’s office starts probe; Cong for JPC, BJP points to SC all-clear EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 3 LIZ MATHEW THE ABRUPT change of the Chief Minister in Uttarakhand Saturday by the BJP may have been dictated by a procedural imperative — its inability to get the incumbent elected within six months — but it also comes in the wake of infighting within the state unit. And that’s not just an Uttarakhand story. Indeed, the party faces trouble in several state units and the central leadership, as the devastating second Covid wave recedes, is at the drawing-board trying to manage fractious CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A surprise move, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is likely to replace Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the leader of the party in Lok Sabha. The move, said to be first of the many changes the party is set to unveil in its organisation, comes a fortnight before the monsoon session of Parliament. Chowdhury, who represents Baharampur in Lok Sabha, was the face of the party’s campaign in West Bengal and the chief of the state party unit. He had been one of the staunchest critics of the G-23 group of leaders and had firmly stood behind the leadership (read the Gandhis) when the letter written by 23 senior leaders — seeking wideranging changes in the party or- PAGE 11 ‘Citizens can question govt, but can’t take law into their hands’ YOGI ADITYANATH UTTAR PRADESH CM AUTHORITIESINFrancehaveinitiated a judicial probe into allegations of corruption in the sale of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft to India, according to French website Mediapart. On Friday, Mediapart, which ranaseriesof reportsinAprilthis year on the 2016 inter-governmental deal, reported that a judge had been appointed for a “highly sensitive” judicial investigation into alleged “corruption and favouritism” in the deal. According to Mediapart, a “judicial probe into suspected corruption has been opened in France over the 7.8-billion-euro sale to India in 2016 of 36 Dassault-built Rafale fighter aircraft”. 2016 deal: 36 Rafale fighter jets for Rs 59,000 cr It said the “highly sensitive probeintotheinter-governmental deal signed off in 2016 was formally opened on June 14th”. The probe, Mediapart said, had been initiated by the national financialprosecutors’office(PNF). According to the report, the PNF initially refused to investigate the sale, and Mediapart had accuseditof “burying”theinvestigation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 V-Cs go for launch of Governor’s biography, Behind five bodies found in a pit in return with cartons of its copies — and a bill Dewas: how police chased a phone HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, JULY 3 ON JULY 1, after the launch of a biography of Governor Kalraj Mishra on his 80th birthday, vice-chancellors of all the 27 state universities in Rajasthan had a meeting with him and then proceeded to their official vehicles. There, they were in for a surprise. Waiting for each of them Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Governor Kalraj Mishra, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and others at the book release function in Jaipur on July 1. Express in their vehicles were two cartons of books, with a bill that their drivers handed over: Rs 68,383 for 19 copies of the Governor's biography, titled Nimitt Maatra Hoon Main (I am just a medium), in hardcover coffee table format. One additionalcopy of the biography was for free. “In the meeting with the Governor, someone took the names and numbers of our CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IRAM SIDDIQUE NEMAWAR (MP), JULY 3 SITTING IN her small, one-room house, Bharati Kaste chokes recalling the moment when semidecomposed bodies of her mother, siblings and cousins were exhumed from a nearby field on Tuesday. "I was praying, 'let it not be them'. But when five bodies were recovered from the pit, I Bharati, Santosh are the only surviving family members knew," says Bharati, whose only remaining family now is brother Santosh. The two were not at home the day of the murders. Thepit,8-ftdeep,waslocated inthefieldof SurendraChauhan, who was in a relationship with Bharati'ssisterRupaliforthepast two years while being engaged to another. The provocation was reportedly a post on Instagram, whereRupali,a21-year-oldfrom thisnon-descriptblockinDewas CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New US envoy comes with memories of Panipat visits, halwa-puri PAGE 1 ANCHOR SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 3 ATUL KESHAP remembers travelling to his grandmother’s home in Panipat on summer vacations along with his father in the1970sand early ’80s,onstate road transport buses. She would dote on her grandson, who had come from overseas, and feed him halwa-puri. On Friday night, Keshap, 50, was back in India. This time to take charge as the Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy. “I was very moved as the plane was landing in Delhi because I have a lot of thoughts of my father... I was flooded with memories of my grandmother,” Keshap told The Sunday Express, inhisfirstexclusiveinterviewafter coming to India. Keshap’s father Keshap Chander Sen was a Partition-era refugee, who came from Lahore to Delhi. He graduated from the DelhiSchoolof Economicsinthe late 1940s and joined the civil service in Punjab. After serving in Shimla for seven years, he went to London to pursue his PhDineconomics,wherehemet Keshap’s mother Zoë Calvert. Between 1958 and 1960, Calvert was posted in the US Embassy in Delhi as a diplomat, fromwhereshemovedtotheUS Embassy in London, where she met Sen in the early ’60s. Keshap's father would go on to serve at the International Labour Organisation and several other UN agencies. Keshap remembers his mothertalkingabouthertimein Delhi as a diplomat. “Chanakyapuri (where the US Embassy is located) was at that time a construction site, with countries building their em- Atul Keshap with his mother Zoe Calvert. Express bassies there. There was no wall aroundthe US Embassy, you just stepped over the hedge, walked across the street, stepped over another hedge, and you were at the Embassy. She said, at night, you could hear the jackals, because it was just a jungle.” In December 1959, during the time she served at the Embassy,USPresidentDwightD Eisenhower visited India. It was the first visit by a US President to independent India. Keshap was born in 1971 in Nigeria, when his father was posted there. He says they made frequent visits to India. “I have these vivid memories of sum- mer times in north India. And I remember India of the mid1970s,sodifferentfromtheIndia of today. It's amazing what India has achieved in the past 50 years,” he says. Keshap's father settled in Mysore in the last 15 years of his life, founding a charity institution called ‘Lost Cause-Mini Fund’, providing books, medicines and food to the needy. He passed away in 2008. By then, Keshap, a career diplomat, was serving at the US Embassy in New Delhi as a political counsellor in his first stint therefrom2005to2008.Hewas part of the team that worked on the Indo-US nuclear deal under then US Ambassador David Mulford. Between 2013 and 2015, Keshap served as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for SouthAsia,working closelywith AssistantSecretaryof StateNisha Desai Biswal to coordinate US government policy towards India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. From 2015 to 2018, he was US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Before coming to India, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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