DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 TWO SUICIDE BOMBERS TARGET AIRPORT GATE 12 US troops among those killed in blasts near Kabul airport; Taliban witness, ISIS-K suspect Airlift in chaos; India condemns attack, says stand against terror, its sanctuaries KABUL, AUGUST 26 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Waiting, watching, says Govt as Opp seeks clarity on its Taliban strategy SHUBHAJIT ROY & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 THEGOVERNMENTisadoptinga “wait-and-watch” approach in dealingwiththeTaliban,depending on the evolving situation, External Affairs Minister S JaishankarislearnttohavesaidonThursdaywhilebriefingall-partyleadersontheAfghanistansituation. Describing the situation as “critical”, he said the government is committed to “full evacuation” of Indians. TheCongressislearnttohave questioned the government on Anti-conversion law: HC says no, Gujarat argues fighting jihadis AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 26 HOURS AFTER the Gujarat High Court turned down the state government's plea seeking rectification of its recent order in which it stayed Section 5 of the amended anti-conversion law, Pradipsinh Jadeja, state home and law minister, said on Thursday that the "anti-love jihad law” was brought in “as a weapon to destroy the jihadi forcesthatabuseourdaughters". He said the state government would challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court. Section5statesthatreligious priests must take prior permission from the district magistrate for converting any person. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Talib as Taliban: a slip grounds cricket team PAGE 1 ANCHOR DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, AUGUST 26 IT WON the match decisively, but long after the last ball was bowled, a silly point is threatening to trip a cricket team from a village in Jaisalmer. While its score was being uploaded on an app, it was discovered that an autocorrect had changed the name of the team from Talib Cricket Club to Taliban Cricket Club. In the four days since, with NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 As protesters seek action, police say no foul play, only an autocorrect. Express pressure from right-wingoutfits accusing the team of being "inspired by the Taliban ideology", Talib Cricket Club has been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After the meeting in Delhi Thursday. Tashi Tobgyal THE WORLD COUNTRIES STOP EVACUATIONS AMID RISING THREATS DISPLACED FAMILIES SEEK FOOD AND SHELTER IN KABUL PAGE 14 EXPLAINED its strategy vis-a-vis the Taliban, asking whether it would engage with the Taliban. Sources in the Congress said the government’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ISIS:WHO,WHATIN AFGHANISTAN PAGE 15 Afghan MP deportation an error, says Govt, offers her an emergency visa EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 THE GOVERNMENT Thursday saidthedeportationof awoman member of Afghan parliament from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on August 20 — it was reported by The Indian Express — was an inadvertent error. ItalsoreachedouttoRangina Kargar, member of the Wolesi Jirga representing the Faryab province, and “apologised” for whathadhappened.Itaskedher to apply for an emergency visa. Theissuewasraisedatanall- Significant protection 50 PER CENT single dose coverage of the adult population has significant public health implications: it means a significant percentage of the population has a certain level of protection against the infection. The Health Ministry has asked states to focus on enhancing second dose coverage. received the first dose, and 15 per cent is fully vaccinated. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Despite SC freeze, 7 Uttarakhand projects get ok, 1 flash-flood hit One of the people injured in the two blasts outside Kabul international airport on Thursday being brought to hospital. The New York Times ENS & PTI ENGINEERING EDUCATION KAUNAIN SHERIFF M INDIA ON Thursday completed administering at least one dose of theCovid-19vaccinetohalf its eligible adult population, as it crossed 61.10 crore cumulative vaccinations across the country. Accordingtothegovernment, basedontheprojectedmid-year count for 2020, the total populationof thecountryaged18 years and above is approximately 94 crore. On Thursday, India completedadministering47.29crore first doses — which is 50.30 per cent of this projected adult population. Dailyvaccinationshavesofar averaged 52.16 lakh doses in August, compared to 43.41 lakh doses administered in July. According to the Health Ministry, 50 per cent of the population above the age of 18 has SAYEDZIARMALHASHEMI, LOLITACBALDOR &JOSEPHKRAUSS AT LEAST 12 US service members -- 11 Marines and a Navy medic -- were among several killedThursdayaftertwosuicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. Russian officials and aid workers said at least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded. One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Those who moments earlier had hoped to get on flights out could be seen carrying the wounded to ambulances in a daze, their own clothes darkened with blood. AUSofficialsaidthecomplex attackwasbelievedtohavebeen carried out by the Islamic State group. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan – Islamic State (Khorasan) -- is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz and condemned the attack. Westernofficialshadwarned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport, but that advice went largely unheeded by Afghans desperate to escape the countryinthelastfewdaysof an American-led evacuationbefore the US officially ends its 20-year presence on August 31. Russia’s Foreign Ministry gave the first official casualty count, but the numbers Vaccine milestone reached: 50% have got at least one dose Express reported the Aug 20 deportation of Kargar party meeting convened by the government to brief leaders on the situation in Afghanistan. The Indian Express reported Thursday that Kargar arrived at the IGI Airport early August 20 from Istanbul on a Fly Dubai flight. Although she was carryingadiplomatic/officialpassport which facilitates visa-free travel CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAY MAZOOMDAAR NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26 EIGHT YEARS after the Supreme Court imposed a moratorium on clearinghydro-electricprojectsin Uttarakhand following a flash flood that killed over 5,000 people in June 2013, the Union ministriesofEnvironment,Powerand Jal Shakti have reached a consensus on allowing construction of sevenhydelprojectsontheGanga and its tributaries in the state. Theconsensuswasconveyed inaconsolidatedaffidavitplaced in the Supreme Court on August 17 by the Environment Ministry. On the list is NTPC’s 4x130 MW Tapovan Vishnugad project which was ravaged by a flash flood in the Dhauli Ganga river in Chamoli district in February thisyear.Theothersarethe1000 MW Tehri Stage II, 444 MW Vishnugad Pipalkote, 99 MW CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tapovan power project in Chamoli. File GIVEN THE GREEN SIGNAL ■ Tehri Stage II ■ Tapovan Vishnugad ■ Vishnugad Pipalkote ■ Singoli Bhatwari ■ Phata Buyong ■ Madmaheshwar ■ Kaliganga-I
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