DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES AMIT SHAH SPEAKS TO CMs AFTER THEY SPAR ON TWITTER FiveAssampolicemenkilledinviolent turntoborderdisputewithMizoram Himanta says LMG used; Assam IGP crossed over with 200 policemen: Zoramthanga TORA AGARWALA & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY GUWAHATI, NEW DELHI, JULY 26 Fault line from history flares up in the present EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 26 In Cachar, at the Assam-Mizoram border on Monday. PTI Chief Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma; Zoramthanga Liton Suklabaidya, MH Barbhuyia, N Hussain and S Barbhuiya. Sarma said there is “clear evidence”emergingwhich “unfortunately shows that Mizoram Police has used Light Machine Guns (LMG)” against Assam Police personnel. “This is sad, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASSAM NAGALAND Karimganj Hailakandi Cachar MANIPUR Bangladesh IN A sharp escalation of the ageold boundary dispute between AssamandMizoram,atleastfive Assam Police personnel were killed in violent clashes Monday atacontestedborderpointwhere tensions had been simmering. Fiftypolicemenwereinjured, including Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, SP of Assam’s Cachar district, who sustained a bullet injury in the leg. Confirmingthedeathof state police personnel, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a Twitter post, said: “I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defendingconstitutionalboundary of our state at the AssamMizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.” A statement from the Assam government later clarified that five personnel had died — SI Swapan Roy and constables `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 MIZORAM Aizawl Kolasib Mamit AT THE heart of the dispute over the 165-km Assam-Mizoram boundary are two border demarcations that go back to the days of British colonial rule, and disagreement over which demarcation to follow. British tea plantations surfaced in the Cacharplains– the Barak Valley that now comprises the districts of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj — during the mid-19th century and their expansion led to problems with the Mizos whose home was the Lushai Hills. In August 1875, the southern CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Yediyurappa quits as CM: ‘no coercion from anyone’ In emotional speech, BSY recalls his efforts to ‘build party’ JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JULY 26 SHORTLY AFTER delivering an emotional speech to mark the second anniversary of his government, when he recalled the days of travelling on cycle and going on "padayatra" to build a base for the BJP in a state where it had none, B S Yediyurappa resigned on Monday afternoon, endingseveralmonthsof speculation over his position as Chief Minister of Karnataka. The BJP national leadership isexpectedtopicka"youngerreplacement" for the 78-year-old Lingayat leader in the next few days by balancing the demands of caste, administrative experience and the need to “fulfil the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” and the BJP. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KARUNJIT SINGH & AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, JULY 26 PUBLIC AND private sector banks, non-banking financial institutions, and other financial lenders to companies undergoing corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) have taken a cumulative haircut of Rs 3.22 lakh crore — or 61.2 per cent of their admitted claims since the InsolvencyandBankruptcyCode (IBC) regime was rolled out five years ago, data analysed by The Indian Express show. The IBC is positioned as a framework for timely resolution CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT TABLES BILL TO AMEND INSOLVENCY LAW PAGE 14 Lukewarm response as Gujarat reopens schools for classes 9-11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE REPORT: FORMER INTELLIGENCE, ED OFFICIALS POTENTIAL SNOOPING TARGETS PAGE 11 AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT, JULY 26 ONLY A few schools resumed offline teaching for classes 9-11 amidheavyrainin somepartsof the state, as low attendance was recorded due to hesitancy and fearof exposingchildrentoCovid infection. While a few schools across boards preferred to wait for a few days to resume offline classes, the ones that opened reported a lukewarm response. As per the attendance record maintainedbytheeducationdepartment, the average Class 11 attendance in the state was the lowest.Itwasonly14.35percent KOLKATA, JULY 26 EXPRESS NETWORK As BJP looks for successor, Yediyurappa will have say LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 26 WEEKSAFTERtheUnionCabinet reshufflesignalledagenerational change in the BJP, the party on Monday managed to effect a transition in Karnataka, with B S Yediyurappa stepping down as chief minister and leaving the succession race wide open. With memories intact of 2012 — when the Lingayat heavyweight had walked out of the party, wrecking the BJP's political fortunes in the state — this time, the BJP leadership is treading carefully as it looks for a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mamata: Panel with Justice Lokur, ex-SC Judge, to probe Pegasus row EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE In 5 years of IBC regime, lenders took 61% haircut on claims: Data Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa at an event to mark two years of the BJP government in Karnataka, in Bengaluru Monday. PTI MAKING AN aggressive new move in her ongoing tussle with the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a commission of inquiry into the alleged surveillance of phones using the Pegasus spyware developed by THE EDITORIAL PAGE GUARDRAILS OF PRIVACY BY SUBHASHIS BANERJEE PAGE 8 the Israeli cyber-intelligence company NSO Group. RetiredSupremeCourtjudge Justice Madan B Lokur, and former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, Justice (retd) Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, have been appointed as members of the commission. Banerjee made the announcement shortly before she left for Delhi on a three-day visit during which she will meet several leaders of the Opposition to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the Don Bosco School, Vejalpur, on Monday. Nirmal Harindran as compared to Class 9 and 10 that recorded an average of 23.26 per cent and 24.25 per cent, respectively. Among the districts with least attendance across these three classes were majorly tribal CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Class 11 offline session: Suman schools record 60 pc attendance KAMAAL SAIYED BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SURAT, JULY 26 SUMANSCHOOLSrunbytheSurat Municipal Corporation (SMC), where Class 11 was launched last week, reported 60 per cent attendance in its first offline session on Monday. SMC is the first civic authority in Gujarat to start Class 11 initsmunicipalschools. The SMC runs 329 schools, imparting education free of cost to 1.5 lakh students in Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Hindi, Telgu, OdiyaandEnglishmediumfrom classes 1 to 8. The SMC also runs 18 Suman At Suman School No. 1in Pandesara area of Surat. Hanif Malek schools for Class 9 and 10 with nearly 10,000 students in various mediums. Nearly 4,500 stu- dents passed in Class 10 in Suman schools this year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 World’s biggest sporting party has a new background score — silence EXPRESSAT OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA TOKYO, JULY 26 THE AUSTRALIAN hockey midfielder, Flynn Ogilvie, picks the ball near the half-line and with a sudden burst of speed, weaves past four Indian players. Just as he is about to shoot, there is a sound of crumpling plastic from outside the playing area. It can be heard around the stadium. Welcome to the eerie world of the Tokyo Olympics. Withoutanyspectatorsdueto Covid restrictions, the silence in- An empty stadium at a women's judo event in Tokyo. AP sidethegiant,emptyarenasprovidesastrangebackgroundscore. At swimming, you can hear the sound of water splashing with every stroke, even at a dis- tance. There is a smattering of applause occasionally but it is hard to say if it's from the volunteersorthefakecrowdnoisethat is, at times, employed. When Tokyo presented its stadiums to the world, this wasn't what anyone had imagined. They had built spaceships, not stadiums. Some, like the volleyball or the hockey venues, are so massive that there are carts and bikes to ferry fans from security checkpoints to the gates. From there, robots would have guidedthemtotheirseats.There are rooms to “keep your feelings calm and relaxed”, and volunteers who are ready to help “if you begin to feel worse”. Butthebest-laidplanshadto be compromised after the city was hit by the fifth wave of the pandemic.Now,theshrillechoes of players and their coaches reverberate around the arena. Thesouvenirshops,cafeterias CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahmedabad
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