DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Op Langda: In UP encounters, 3,300 ‘criminals’ shot at DAYAFTERMONSOONSESSION GovtderailedHouse:Opp drawsbattelinesoutside Police say maiming not strategy: ‘shows our aim to arrest, not kill’ Twitter ‘locks’ handles of Rahul, Cong, over 20 leaders and party state units AVANEESH MISHRA LUCKNOW, AUGUST 12 ‘LION WHO GUARDED JUDICIAL SYSTEM’ Afsharun, wanted in a case of robbery, suffered a bullet injury on his left leg in an encounter Thursday. Express letinjuriesonhislegduringapolice encounter. Police say the encounter took place after the accused escaped from custody. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Retail inflation hits 3-month low, industrial output up ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 RETAIL INFLATION based on Consumer Price Index (Combined) eased to a threemonth low of 5.59 per cent in July due to moderation in food prices,accordingtodatareleased Thursday by the National Statistical Office (NSO). The inflation print has come Delhi court acquits man in POCSO case, says framed for being Dalit ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 ACOURTinDelhihasacquitteda manwhospentsixyearsinjailfor allegedlysexuallyassaultingfour minorgirls,observingthathehad been “falsely framed due to prejudicial disposition of the parents towards the accused, who belongs to the Dalit community”. The man had been put on trial on August 7 under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. Theprosecutionhadaccused him of being a “serial sexual” offender for allegedly committing repeatedactsof aggravatedpenetrative assault on the four minors. He had been in jail since May 18, 2015, when the alleged incident took place. Principal District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma also took the rare step of ordering the state to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the accused within two months. This CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD TALIBAN SET TO CAPTURE KANDAHAR AFTER TAKING HERAT, GHAZNI PAGE 11 LIZ MATHEW & HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 Chief Justice of India N V Ramana called Justice R F Nariman ‘one of the lions that guarded the judicial institution... one of the pillars’, at the latter's farewell on Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal PAGE6 within the RBI's targeted range of 2 plus/minus 4 per cent after two months, easing concerns of animmediateratehikeactionby the central bank. Industrialoutputroseby13.6 per cent in June as against a 16.6 per cent contraction in June 2020, indicating a waning of the low base effect of last year, according to a separate set of data released by the NSO. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GSLV snag in cryogenic stage, setback for ISRO AMITABH SINHA PUNE, AUGUST 12 THE INDIAN Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost an important earth observation satellite during launch on Thursday morning after the GSLV rocket carrying it malfunctioned about five minutes after lift-off. The launch was supposed to place the earth observation satellite, EOS-03, into a geostationary orbit. The problem with the rocket, however, led to the failure of the mission. Thelaunchfailurewasthefirst sufferedbyISROinfouryears.The last time an ISRO rocket failed to put a satellite in orbit was in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED PAGE 15 E Lift-off from Sriharikota. PTI E X P L A I NE D ■August 12, Ghaziabad: Afsharun,wantedforrobberyandcarryingarewardof Rs50,000,isarrestedafterapoliceencounterin which he is shot in the leg. ■August8,Bahraich:Maniram, wantedinover35casesmainlyof dacoity and carrying a reward of Rs 50,000, suffers bullet injuries on his leg in a police encounter. Police say he allegedly fired first attheteamthatsurroundedhim. ■ August 4, Gautam Buddh Nagar: Sachin Chauhan, a murder accused, suffers a bullet injury on his leg in a police encounter. Officers say Chauhan opened fire at a Noida Police team that apprehended him. ■ June 22, Bahraich: Parashuram,arapeaccused,sustainsbul- New launches ● may be hit INDIA HAS had a few setbacks in the cryogenic stage earlier, but several successes as well. ISRO will have to recalibrate launch plans now, and the forthcoming schedules are likely to be impacted. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Govt fields 8 ministers, alleges threats Opposition leaders meet Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 A DAY after the Monsoon Sessionof Parliamentcametoan abrupt end, Opposition parties launched an offensive against the government, alleging that “outsiders”whowerenotpart of “Parliament security” were brought into the Rajya Sabha to “manhandle” MPs, including women members, during pas- THE EDITORIAL PAGE PARLIAMENT LAMENT Govt doesn’t have language to talk to Opp between elections PAGE 12 sage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill. Leader of the Opposition in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THEMODIgovernmentThursday fielded eight Union ministers to take on the Opposition over the washed-out Monsoon Session, accusing it of “bringing anarchy from the streets to Parliament” andof“literallythreateningthatif (thegovernmentattemptstopass more) Bills, there will be even more damage”. The press conference by the ministers followed days of protests by Opposition parties, which joined ranks to stall the functioningof Parliamentandon Thursday held a march outside the House as well as presented a memorandum to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu over what happened in the House CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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