DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 COUNTDOWN BEGINS AMID TALK OF POWER-SHARING PACT india75 Fear&forebodinginKabulasTalibanclose THEEDITORIALPAGE,P12 ● PRATAP BHANU MEHTA ● RISHAD PREMJI THEIDEASPAGE,P13 ● MENAKA GURUSWAMY ● RAKESH SINHA ● SUHAS PALSHIKAR in,citizenslookforpassageout— orwayin City’s parks turn into shelters for refugees pouring in as Taliban take four more provincial capitals BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESSINAFGHANISTAN SHUBHAJIT ROY KABUL, AUGUST 13 IT’S 5.40 PM, Friday. At the Hamid Karzai International AirportinKabul,theAfghanistan flag flutters in the wind under a clear sky. The calm is deceptive — moments after arrival, what hits you is the foreboding sense of departure. At theairport entrance,there are two billboards of a beaming Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir who was the nemesis of the Soviets, the hero of the Mujahideen when they took Kabul in the 1990s, and a perennial thorn for the Taliban before their ouster in 2001. Athirdbillboard isof the current President, Ashraf Ghani, whose forces are waging a desperate battle — in many provinces, a losing one — to check the return of a militia the world thought had been dealt with 20 years ago after two towers fell on a 9/11 morning many seas across. The Massoud hoardings in DariandEnglishcarrymessages. “To compensate for a political mistake is difficult,” says one. The other is more direct: “If our independenceislost,lifewillnot have any joy and value.” Telling quotes, especially on a day the Taliban swept the EXPLAINED, PAGE 15 Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in Kandahar. AP MOREREPORTS,PAGE16 4th time in 2 yrs, Centre rejects collegium name for judge in J&K AVINASH NAIR APURVA VISHWANATH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 YOUR OLD CAR & YOU EXPLAINED, PAGE 15 E E X P L A I NE D THOSE WHO scrap their old vehicles will get a waiver on the registration fee for their new vehicle, and will be entitled to relief in road tax, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. Modi, who formally launched the national vehicle scrapping policy, said Alang in ● NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13 Win-win policy SCRAPPING OLD vehicles and replacing them with new, greener, and more modern machines is seen as a way to reduce their carbon footprint and to make the roads safer. Also, the development of India as an auto-scrapping hub would attract investments, Modi said. “MUMBAI KA king main nahin hoon...Thekingof Mumbaiinentertainment is OTT,” said actor Manoj Bajpayee at the Express e-Adda on Thursday evening. Bajpayee's remarks were, of course, a nod to his famous dialogue in Satya (1998), the cult classic that established the 52year-old actor as a powerhouse performer in Bollywood — "Mumbai ka king kaun? Bhiku Mhatre!". Yet, it was also an acknowledgement of the distance the actor and Hindi cinema have travelled since then — with the Manoj Bajpayee at the Express e-Adda OTT media space revolutionising the way Indians have consumed their movies. Hastodecidetypeof committee— ethics, privileges,special—torecommendaction NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13 PM launches scrap policy ‘OTT has proved that writers are for unfit vehicles; projects superstars, it’s a writer’s medium’ gain for owners, economy EKTAA MALIK GANDHINAGAR, AUGUST 13 Venkaiah considers action against ‘unruly’ Opp MPs, seeks advice KRISHN KAUSHIK CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARCH OF TALIBAN CHAOTIC SCENES IN RS ON AUGUST 11 "OTT has completely changed the game, so much so CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13 THE CENTRE is learnt to have returned the Supreme Court collegium’srecommendationtoappoint advocate Moksha Khajuria-Kazmi as judge of the JammuandKashmirHighCourt. This is the fourth such instance of the Central government returning the SC collegium’s recommendations on postings to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in over two years. On October 15, 2019, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAJYA SABHA Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu is said to be actively considering some kind of action against “unruly” members of the Opposition over their conduct in the well of the Rajya Sabha Wednesday when the monsoon session of Parliament ended on a bitter note amid chaotic scenes. VenkaiahNaidu,itislearnt,has startedexaminingprecedentsand holding legal consultations with former and serving senior mem- Says Opp and treasury benches his two eyes bersoftheRajyaSabhasecretariat on the next steps for appropriate action against the MPs over their behaviour. Onthetableisalsothenature of the committee that should look into the matter and recommendaction—whetheritshould be the committee on privileges, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kharge: Govt didn’t let Opp speak, how can we raise issues if no voice EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13 FAULTING THE government for not letting the Opposition raise “relevant issues” or allowing any discussion in the House during the monsoon session, Congress leaderMallikarjunKharge,Leader ofOppositioninRajyaSabha,said Friday that “only when we can stayalive,canweraiseissuesthat are important for the public”. Speaking at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express, Kharge said the government was not letting the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mallikarjun Kharge at the Idea Exchange, Friday. Express
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