DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BOUNDARY ROW ESCALATES DRAMATICALLY AFTER VIOLENCE Assam, Mizoram summon each other’s officials; CM Himanta is named in FIR Assam sends police after Mizoram MP in Delhi; Himanta tells people of state to avoid Mizoram TORA AGARWALA & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. The page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. The page should be read as an advertisement. MP univ pulls out of webinar after ABVP protests, SP sends warning SILCHAR, NEW DELHI, JULY 30 THE ASSAM-MIZORAM boundary dispute, in which six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed in firing and clashes last Monday, became a fullblown crisis Friday when Assam summoned six officials of Mizoram’s Kolasib district and sent police after the state’s lone Rajya Sabha MP. Mizoram retaliated by disclosingthat police of Kolasibdistrict — it borders Assam’sCachar district and its SP is among six summoned by Assam — had lodged an FIR on July 26, the day of the incident, against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and six officials. The FIR, filed at the Vairengte Heavy security bandobast outside Mizoram House in Guwahati; the two chief ministers, Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam (right) and Zoramthanga of Mizoram PTI, Express Archive police station in Kolasib district, names Sarma, IGP Anurag Aggarwal, DIG Cachar Devajyoti Mukherjee, DC Cachar Keerthi Jalli, DFO Cachar Sunnydeo Choudhury, SP Cachar Chandrakant Nimbalkar, OC Gruesome death of Dhanbad judge has wider ramifications: CJI’s bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 30 On campus at Harisingh Gour University, Sagar. Express IRAMSIDDIQUE BHOPAL, JULY 30 A DAY after Madhya Pradesh Police wrote to the vice-chancellor of a Sagar-based Central university,warningofpossibleaction “if religious and caste sentiments arehurt”ataninternationalwebinarthatwastobeorganisedbyits anthropologydepartment,theDr Harisingh Gour University pulled out of the event — two hours beforeitwastohavekickedoff. On Thursday, Atul Singh, Superintendent of Police of Sagar district, wrote a letter to the university’s vice-chancellor, saying he had received “references to the past history, antinationalmentalityandcaste-relatedstatementsof thespeakers attendingthewebinar”andthat an “agreement should be made inadvanceregardingthesubject matter to be discussed and the ideas to be displayed”. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Dholai police station Sahab Uddin. The sections invoked against them include 307/120B/270/325/326 and 353/336/ 334/448/34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation TAKINGSUOmotucognisanceof thedeathof DhanbadAdditional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand in an alleged hit-and-run incident, the Supreme Court said Friday thatthe“gruesomeincident”has “larger ramifications”. The court said it will address larger questionsof securityforjudgesacross The autorickshaw that ran over and killed judge Anand in Dhanbad this week. ANI the country. A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant directed the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) to jointly submit a report in a week’s time on the status of the investigation into the incident. “Having regard to the seriousnessof theissueanditslarger ramifications,wedirecttheChief CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pegasus: SC to hear next week plea for probe by sitting or retired judge EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 30 THE SUPREME Court on Friday said it would hear next week a petition seeking a probe into allegations of surveillance using the Pegasus spyware created by Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO Group. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana agreed to hear the petition after Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar, mentioned it. Seeking an urgent hearing, Sibal said the civil liberties of citizens, politicians belonging to Opposition parties, journalists and court staff were at stake as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dy manager at Mumbai bank killed by ‘debt-ridden’ ex-staffer in robbery bid EXPRESSNEWSSERVICE MUMBAI,JULY30 ADEPUTYmanagerwiththeICICI Bank’s Virar (East) branch was killedandacashiergrievouslyinjured by a former manager of the bank who tried to flee with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.38 crore from the bank’s locker Thursday night, police said. The accused, Anil Dubey, 35, had worked at the bank’s branch as a manager for 15 months and knew there would be fewer staffers past 7.30 pm, police said. He also knew that the branch’s morning security guard would leaveby7pmandthenightguard only reach around 9 pm. Theformeremployeetried tofleewithgoldornaments worthRs3.38crorefromICICI Bank’sVirar(East)branch. OnThursday,hehadtimedhis entrytothebankat8pmandhad stabbed the two former colleagues, both women, several times before reaching out for vault.Atimelyalarmraisedbyone of thestaffers,however,nixedhis plan. Dubey was chased by local residentsandlaterarrestedbythe police for murder charges. “Dubey has been booked for murder and produced before a magistrate court that remanded him to police custody till August 6,”SureshVarhade,seniorinspector of Virar police station said. Deputy manager Yogita Vartak (35), who was stabbed 10 to 12 times died, and cashier Shradha Devrukkar (32), also attacked with a knife from behind and slashed on her head and hands when she tried to defend herself, suffered a deep stab CONTINUEDONPAGE2 (BEFR) as well as Section 3 and 6 oftheMizoramContainmentand Prevention of Covid-19 Act and Section 27(1) (a) of the Arms Act. In an official communication Friday, the SDPO of Vairengte asked the Assam Chief Secretary In pandemic year, record 70,000 get more than 95% in CBSE Class 12 SUKRITA BARUAH & ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, JULY 30 WITH ALMOST all students clearing Class 12 through the CBSE’salternateassessmentpolicy, the highest score bracket of 95% and above is fuller than ever — over 70,000 students have received these top marks in the results declared on Friday. At 99.37%, the pass percentage is over 10 percentage points higher than last year’s 88.78%. Numbers from the past two years of those in the 95%-plus categoryareillustrativeof thebig jump in scores this year, when the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic forced exams to be called off and students had to be assessed internally by schools. In 2019, 17,693 or 1.47% of all WORLD PEGASUS SNOOPING SCANDAL: ISRAEL LAUNCHES PROBE INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NSO PAGE 12 BUSINESS SFIO SEARCHES PREMISES OF VIDEOCON GROUP COS PAGE 13 School toilets in poor shape, teachers in UP seek three days of period leave every month PAGE 1 ANCHOR MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JULY 30 A NEWLY formed association of women teachers in UP has launched a campaign seeking three-day ‘period leave’ every month,given the poor condition of toilets in government schools across the state. As part of the campaign, led by women teachers of Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Department, members of the Uttar Pradesh Mahila Shikshak Sangh have met ministers of the state government and are now reaching out to public representatives, telling them why they should be heard. The association, which was formed around six months ago, already has a presence in 50 of the state’s 75 districts. Talking about the campaign, association president Sulochana Maurya says, “In most schools, teachers share the toilet with over200to400students.There’s hardly any cleaning that happens. In fact, a lot of women teachers tend to suffer from urinary infections because they don’t drink water to avoid using the washroom.Often, the choice is between using the unhygienic washrooms in schools or going to the fields. It’s difficult, especiallywhenwehaveourperiods, becausesomeof ushavetotravel 30-40kmtoreachschools infarflung villages.” On the need to form an association, Maurya, who is the headteacher of a primary school Teachers with UP Labour Minister SP Maurya. Express in Barabanki district, says, “Over 60 to 70 per cent of primary school teachers are women. While we may be given token posts in teacher associations, these are usually dominated by men and they don’t take up theseissues(of menstrualleave). But for us women, this is a major concern.” On paper, however, things are far rosier. According to DISE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 figures for 2017-18, the latest year for which data is available, 95.9 per cent schools in the state have a separate functional toilet for girls, a figure that’s much higher than thenational average of 93.6 per cent. Speaking to The Indian Express, Ruchi Saini, who teaches in a primary school in Bareilly and who is now head of theassociation’sdistrictdivision, says that while the situation of toilets has improved a lot ever since the state government launched the ‘Kaya-Kalpa’ project earlier this year to give government schools a makeover, with most schools having separate toilets for girls and boys, the toilets are mostly dirty from overuse and are rarely cleaned. Saini says that apart from social media campaigns, they have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D ENTERTAINMENT MANTRA REDEFINED and DGP to ask the officers named to be referred to the Vairengte police station. Earlier in the day, Assam summoned Mizoram officials to the Dholai police station in connection with its probe into the July 26 incident DSP Kalyan Das issued identical notices to Kolasib Deputy Commissioner H Lalthlangliana, SP Vanlalfaka Ralte, Additional SPDavidJB,VairengteSDO(Civil) C Lalrempuia, Vairengte SDPO Thartea Hrangchal and India Reserve Battalion Additional SP Bruce Kibby. The notices asked them to appear before the Dholai police station Investigating Officer on August 2 in connection with the FIR under sections 153A/ 447/336/379/ 333/ 3O7/ 3O2/ 427/ 147/ 148/149/120(B)/ 34 of Overto college ● admissions WITH A record pass percentage of 99.37% and 70,000 students scoring 95% and above, the focus now shifts to college admissions. Admissions to Delhi University, which has roughly 70,000 seats and which traditionally sees very high cut-offs, is expected to be even more competitive this year. candidates scored 95% and above. In 2020, when the CBSE adopted an alternative marking scheme as the Board exams CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Lovlina Borgohain after defeating Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in Tokyo on Friday. AP BIG DAY FOR INDIA IN TOKYO Lovlina packs a punch, assures India a medal; Sindhu in semis Men and women hockey teams keep hopes alive with group outing wins EXPRESSAT OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA TOKYO, JULY 30 LOVLINA BORGOHAIN ducked a punch, swayed away from another, and smiled at her Taiwanese opponent. Just another 23-year-old having fun at the Games. That’s what she set out to do. In her welterweight quarterfinalagainstformerworldchampion Nien-Chin Chen, which the Indian boxer won via a split-decision, her only plan was to have no plan. “This time, I went in with a free mind, without any strategy,” she said. It worked. The girl who followed her elder twin sisters, Licha and Lima, to a kickboxing club in Guwahati, where she was spotted by coaches who steered her towards boxing, is now an Olympic medallist. Lovlina shuffle-stepped and punched her way into the wel- terweight semi-finals and assured India of its second medal in the Tokyo Olympics. It is India’s first boxing medal since Mary Kom’s bronze at the London Olympics and the third in history. India continued its forward momentum in badminton and hockey as well. Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu swept aside home favourite Akane CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MEANWHILE FORMER WEST INDIES PACER BENJAMIN’S SON IS STAR HURDLER SABLE BREAKS NATIONAL RECORD BUT FAILS TO QUALIFY NIYONSABA MAKES A MARK DESPITE BEING DISQUALIFIED PAGE 15, 16
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