DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA UP call to allow Kanwar Yatra disturbing, citizens perplexed… respond by tomorrow, says SC Pointsto ‘disparatepolitical voices’,issues noticetoCentre, UP,Uttarakhand EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Yatra on in UP, matter of faith, tradition… our Covid handling strong: minister MAULSHREE SETH & LALMANI VERMA LUCKNOW, DEHRADUN, JULY 14 HOURS AFTER the Supreme CourtcalledtheUPgovernment’s decision to allow the Kanwar Yatraamidthepandemicas“disturbing” and sought a response by Friday, UP Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jai Pratap Singh said Wednesday that the Yatra will be held because it is a matter of “faith” and “tradition”. On the top court taking suo motu cognisance of a report on the state government’s decision, Singh told The Indian Express: “We will give a reply when the hearing takes place. We will follow all guidelines and instructions given by the court. At the same time, it is a tradition and takes place every year, and we have allowed it because we strongly believe in our Covid management.” Hesaidspecialarrangements will be made at primary health centres and community health centres for the Kanwar Yatris to get RT-PCR and antigen tests done. They will be required to carry the test result reports with them when they move out from their respective districts, he said. Since the Yatra starts July 25, other details, he said, would be decided at a meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. “This Yatra is not new. This usedtotakeplaceinthepastalso CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Maharashtra scraps RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated domestic flyers THE MAHARASHTRA government Wednesday allowed domestic fliers who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter the state without a negative RT-PCR report. Such passengers, however, will have to carry vaccination certificates for both the doses, state Public HealthMinisterRajeshTopesaid. “Today,thestategovernment has taken a decision to allow people,whoarefullyvaccinated, in Mumbai and Maharashtra without RT-PCR test.” Tope said. Until now, a negative RT-PCR (Reverse TranscriptionPolymerase Chain Reaction) test report, obtained 48 hours in advance, was mandatory for all travellers. On Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had requested the state governmentto exempt all fully vaccinated domestic passengers arriving at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Piyush Goyal is Leader PUNE LAND DEAL CASE of House in Rajya Sabha ED probes authenticity of Appointed in place of Thaawarchand Gehlot majority in the Rajya Sabha and the Leader of the House is expected to coordinate with floor leaders of parties over Bills. A Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, Goyal was Deputy Leader of the House when GehlotwastheLeader.Inthelast two years, he played an active role in the BJP's negotiations with Opposition parties for passage of controversial legislation such as over triple talaq, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 revenue dept document submitted by Khadse SADAF MODAK & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, JULY 14 THEENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) is probing the authenticity of adocumentof therevenuedepartment, submitted by NCP leaderEknathKhadseduring his questioning last week, after detecting alleged anomalies in it with regard to the minutes of a meeting submitted by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in connection with the Pune land deal case. The ED claimed that while Eknath Khadse recording his statement, Khadse was confronted with the minutes of themeetingdatedMay 2, 2016.Atthismeeting,whichwas chaired by Khadse as the revenue minister, the leader, who was with the BJP at that time, is alleged to have given directions to authorities to execute the sale deed of a piece of land in favour of his wife and son-in-law, the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 8 hours at airport first hurdle as one India team lands at Olympics PAGE 1 ANCHOR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JULY 14 A TEDIOUS bureaucratic process lasting hours, a Covid test and a ‘technology check’ — the first Indian team to touch down in Tokyo for the Olympics got a taste of what the new normal is like at the Games. The six-member sailing team, comprising four sailors and two coaches, took a little more than eight hours to com- MUMBAI, JULY 14 IN FURTHER trouble for former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday received permission from the state governmenttoconductan“openinquiry” against Singh on corruption charges. The probe is based on a letter written to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government by Inspector Anup Dange, who had alleged that Singh demanded money to reinstate him in the Mumbai Police force when he Param Bir Singh was under suspension last year. TheACBisalsoprobingasecond complaint against Singh, in which another inspector had written to the government accusing him of corruption. The agency, however, is yet to get a go-ahead from the state government to probe this matter. It was based on the claims made by these two officers that ACB began a “discreet” investigation against Singh, who had denied all allegations. “We had written to the government seeking permission to conduct an open inquiry against Singh. On Wednesday, the government wrote to us giving us permission for the same," a senior officer said. Asperlaw,onlyafterthecompetent authority in case of government employees gives permissioncanACBprobeanofficial. A police officer said that an “open” inquiry means that the ACBcansummonpeople,callfor statements like income-tax returns andsalarystatements,and seek details about movable and immovable assets. If it finds CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SHUBHAJIT ROY MUMBAI, JULY 14 SENIOR BJP leader Piyush Goyal was on Tuesday appointed the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha filling the vacancy left by Thaawarchand Gehlot, who has been appointed as Governor of Karnataka. Goyal,Ministerof Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, FoodandPublicDistributionand Textiles,willhavehistaskcutout during the Monsoon Session, starting July 19 and lasting till August 13, as the Opposition is expectedtogrillthegovernment over price rise and problems in Covid pandemic handling. TheBJPdoesnotenjoyaclear MOHAMED THAVER K C Ganapathy and Vishnu Saravanan at Haneda airport, Tokyo, Tuesday. SAI Photo plete the entire process at Tokyo’s Haneda airport Tuesday beforetheycouldfinallyleavefor their hotel. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY GOVT & POLITICS GOVT HIKES DAFOR EMPLOYEESFROM 17% TO 28% PAGE 7 Itwasunusuallylong,butnot unexpected. Following a meeting last week between Chef de Missions fromallcountriesandtheorganisingcommittee,IndianOlympic Association president Narinder Batra had warned the country’s 227-strongcontingenttobeprepared for delays. The contingent learnt that several countries had to wait up to four hours for the immigrationprocesstostartand then another three hours to board their dedicated transport. “Sharing with all of you so that you are mentally prepared for what you may very likely CONTINUEDONPAGE2 AASHISH ARYAN REFLECTING THE urgency and concern over the developing situation in Afghanistan, India Wednesday said the world is “against seizure of power by violenceandforce”,and“peacenegotiations inearnestare theonly answer”. This was spelt out by S Jaishankar at the meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai CooperationOrganisation(SCO), in Dushanbe Wednesday. Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov (Russia), Wang Yi (China) and Shah Mahmood Qureshi (Pakistan) were present at the meeting, among others. In a series of tweets, Jaishankar said, “The world, region and the Afghan people all FOLLOWING THE implementation of the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code — commonly called the IT Rules — on May 26, the Ministry of Electronics and InformationTechnology(MeitY) is learntto havewritten to Apple India seeking details on compliance with the new rules, specifically with respect to the US tech major’s proprietary messaging service. The letter,however, waslater withdrawn after the government reached an understanding thatApple's iMessagewouldnot be considered a ‘social media intermediary’asitwasnot“primarily or solely” an instant messaging service provider for enabling NEW DELHI, JULY 14 NEW DELHI, JULY 14 Jaishankar with his Afghan counterpart Mhd Haneef Atmar in Dushanbe. PTI want the same end state: An independent, neutral, unified, peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation... The future of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘LACK OF MOVEMENT FROM CHINA IMPACTING TIES’ P7 E E X P L A I NE D A queue for vaccination in Mumbai on Wednesday. Ganesh Shirsekar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 14 Govt gives go-ahead to ACB to conduct open inquiry against Param Bir Singh Jaishankar: Talks only Govt letter to Apple answer... Afghanistan asking for IT Rules future can’t be its past compliance withdrawn NEW DELHI, JULY 14 LIZ MATHEW `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 TAKES SUO MOTU COGNISANCE OF REPORT IN EXPRESS CONTINUEDONPAGE2 REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES TAKINGSUOmotucognisanceof a report in The Indian Express on the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow the Kanwar Yatrawhichhasbeensuspended by neighbouring Uttarakhand amid fears of a possible third Covid-19 wave, the Supreme Court Wednesday sought responses by Friday from the Centre and the governments of UP and Uttarakhand. Issuing notices, the bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai said: “We were a little disturbed given today’s headline in the ‘Indian Express’ of 14.07.2021 about the ‘Kanwar Yatra’, which is likely to be held from 25.07.2021.” Taking up the matter, Justice Nariman told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: “We read something disturbing in The Indian Expresstodaythatthestateof UP has chosen to continue with the Kanwar Yatra, while the state of Uttarakhand with its hindsight of experience,hassaidthatthere will be no Yatra… Citizens of India are completely perplexed ● ● Anew greyarea THE DECISION to leave out Apple’s iMessage from being considered a significant social media intermediary could open up a grey area. In the US, Apple had refused to unlock a phone despite requests from the FBI. interaction between two or more users, sources told The Indian Express. Neither Apple nor the IT Ministry responded to queries seeking to know whether CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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