DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES KANWAR SANGHS CONTACTED Reconsider even symbolic Kanwar Yatra: SC to UP govt `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Bearing Witness Until His End BHATPARA, JULY 16 BY UNNY On his final assignment, Danish Siddiqui was embedded with the Afghan Special Forces in Kandahar. This is one of his last photographs, of Afghan Special Forces searching a house in Kandahar on July 12. Danish Siddiqui/ Reuters Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, whose images riveted the world, killed on assignment in Afghanistan demic, was told by told Senior AdvocateCSVaidyanathan,who appearedfortheUPgovernment, that the state will hold only a “symbolic physical” Kanwar Yatra keeping religious sentiments in mind — it starts July 25. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10% ‘breakthrough’ cases hospitalised, but O2, ICU not needed: ICMR study ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, JULY 16 ABOUT 1 in 10 people who caught the coronavirus infection after being vaccinated required admission to hospital for treatment of the disease, a new study commissioned by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has shown. Crucially, none of those admitted to hospital required ven- RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SWEETY KUMARI BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, JULY 16 THE SUPREME Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government Friday to reconsider even allowing a symbolic physical Kanwar Yatra given the fear of a third Covid-19 wave. Underlining that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount,” it said,“allothersentiments,albeit religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right”. The bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai, which had sought responses from the Centre, UP and Uttarakhand after taking suo motu cognisance of a report in The Indian Express on UP’s decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra during the pan- EXPRESS NETWORK DIPANKAR GHOSE & ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, JULY 16 DANISH SIDDIQUI, a Pulitzer Prize-winningIndianphotojournalist for news agency Reuters, was killed Friday while covering clashesbetweenAfghansecurity forcesandtheTalibanintheSpin Boldak district of Kandahar province, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two children. WORLD PM MEETS SIX CMs, SAYS CONCERN OVER RISING CASES IN SOME STATES PAGE 10 tilator or oxygen support, and none had to be put into ICU. “Thisishighlysignificant,and underlinesthecrucialroleof vaccines in reducing severity of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EUROPE FLOOD TOLL 125, WATER LEVEL STILL RISING QUITE SCARY: UK TOP MEDIC’S WARNING ON COVID OUTLOOK PAGE 13 NEW DELHI, JULY 16 FOURTEEN ENGINEERING colleges across eight states have secured permission from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to collectively admit over 1,000 students in undergraduateprogrammesthatwill be taught in regional languages fromthenewacademicyear. At least half of them — four from Uttar Pradesh, two from Rajasthan and one each from Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand — will teach in Hindi. The remaining colleges — from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and EXPLAINED In line with NEP, 14 engg colleges to teach in regional languages RITIKA CHOPRA Next to lotus on a wall, a death, a piece of land and a web of politics NHRCreportonBengalviolencehasbecomethe latestflashpoint.The Indian Express tracksdown fourillustrativeincidents,anallegedmurder,rape, arsonandsocialboycott.Howpoliticalfault-lines —andthestate’sresponse—playontheground Health and right to life paramount, all other sentiments subservient to this most basic right, says Bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & MAULSHREE SETH AN EXPRESS SERIES PART-1 E Lessons from the ● past MADHYA PRADESH’S Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya and Tamil Nadu's Anna University have done this in the past. But the initial response to the Vishwavidyalaya’s programmes was lukewarm since there wasn't enough reading material in Hindi for engineering students. Drawing from that experience, AICTE is now translating material. Tamil Nadu — will offer the programme in Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Tamil, respectively. The technical education regulator's approval has been granted for select branches — most of them are for computer science,followedbyelectricaland electronics engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and information technology. ThisisthefirstyearthatAICTE — in line with provisions of the new National Education Policy (NEP) that calls for education in one’s mother tongue as far as possible — has permitted engineering colleges to offer B.Tech programmes in 11 regional languages (Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ghani slams Pak for Afghan crisis; not fair, retorts Imran At Tashkent summit, Jaishankar attacks Pak for blocking access to Afghanistan SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 16 I shoot for the common man: Danish Siddiqui As tributes poured in for the photographer who captured some of the most riveting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan listening, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf GhanionFridaylashedoutathim and Pakistan’s military for supporting the Taliban. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar slammedIslamabadfor“blocking CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Tashkent. AP STANDINGATthenarrowdoorof their small house in Bhatpara, North 24 Parganas district, SwapnaYadav,17,showsthetiny lawnwhereheruncleJoyPrakash Yadav (28) died, hit on the head byacrudebombamonthintothe West Bengal results. The family alleges that Joy Prakashwasoneof thevictimsof the violence unleashed by the Trinamool after its return to power,ashewasaBJPworkerand a lotus symbol adorns a wall of theirhouse.Whilepolicehavearrestedtwopeople,includingone alleged to have links with both the TMC and BJP, the family claims the "mastermind" was a TMC worker who roams free. Swapnasayspoliceonlycollected evidence such as the phone on whichsherecordedavideoofthe incident two days ago. In its report submitted to the Calcutta High Court on the postpoll violence in Bengal, the findings of which came out Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Joy Prakash Yadav’s parents, wife and niece at their home in Bhatpara. Partha Paul CASE DIARY JOYPRAKASHYADAV, killed June 6 ACCUSED NAMED IN FIR TUNTUNCHOUDHURY (arrested on June 8, in jail): Earlier in BJP, now said to be close to TMC leaders ANIMESHPAL (arrested on June 8, in jail): No political link found yet CHANDANSINGH: TMC LALLANSINGH: TMC 29 murders in Bengal since May 2 (NHRC report) ■ BJPCLAIM: 42murders ■ TMCCLAIM: 9 murders Railways can be turned into centre of economic activity using its assets: PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, JULY 16 INAUGURATING INDIA’S first redeveloped railway station in Gandhinagar on Friday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the assets of the Indian Railwayscanbeusedtoturnitinto a centre for economic activity. “This modern Gandhinagar railway station is also big proof that the assets of railways can be put to good use to turn it into a centre of economic activity. Using modern technology, a hotel has been constructed on top of the railway tracks in such a waythatthemovingtraincanbe seen, but it’s vibrations cannot be felt. The quantum of land is the same as what was present earlier,butit’susehasdoubled… What can be a better location that the spot where the train passes,” said Modi while virtually addressing the gathering at “Gandhinagar capital railway station” where Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Chief MinisterVijayRupaniwere present. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Schools shut, Gujarat municipal teachers hold classes in parks, bridge digital divide PAGE 1 ANCHOR RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, JULY 16 CLASS 8 has assembled for their English grammar lesson. Not in their classroom, not on screen, but in an open park in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad. The white board is propped up on a concrete bench, facing a group of around 15 children, all from the Naranpura Hindimedium school run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A group of Open-air class in Naranpura, Ahmedabad. Nirmal Harindran elderlyregularsattheparkpause to watch the children and their teacher at work. Some distance away, a group of bhajan singers periodically strike discordant notes — about the only time the childrenlookupfromtheirbooks. In another corner of the garden, Usha Rajput, the Class 6 mathematics teacher of the same school, is teaching ‘sides and angles’. The open classes are part of the Gujarat education department’s sheri shikshan (street education) initiative that was launchedinthelastweekof June for children who had been left out of the virtual learning programme. With the pandemic forcing schools shut since last year, teachers are now holding classes for smaller groups in open spaces — in public parks and in temple complexes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahmedabad
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