DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM IIP DATA Mining, power, drive factory output to near pre-Covid level Where The Towers Once Stood 9 20 YEARS LATER SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 The Indian Express on September 12, 2001 THEEDIT&IDEASPAGES Two other towers that fell PRATAPBHANUMEHTA The nation-state is back CRAJAMOHAN The India advantage RAJEEVMANTRI Muslim politicophobia HILALAHMED America attacked America CCHRISTINEFAIR PAGES8,9 EXPLAINED PAGE13 Failure of imagination AMITABHMATTOO UN Security Council representatives pay homage at the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York on Friday. ANI MOREREPORTS,PAGES6,11 Afghanistan situation Last Test cancelled after India physio fragile, need inclusive tests positive; could be rescheduled dispensation: India SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 THREE DAYS after the Taliban announced a cabinet with inadequate representation of ethnic minorities and minus any woman member, India Friday called for an “inclusive dispensation” in Afghanistan, representing all sections of society. Underlining that it was its “immediate neighbour and a friend to its people”, New Delhi said “the current situation is of direct concern to us”. ThiswasIndia’sfirstresponse to the announcement of the Taliban government, days after the Pakistan ISI chief reached Kabul and handpicked the appointments. Making a statement at the UN Security Council in New York, T S Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, said: “India calls for an inclusive dispensation in Afghanistanwhichrepresentsall sections of Afghan society. A broad based, inclusive and representative formation attained BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WORLD AS FLIGHTS RESUME, PLIGHT OF AFGHAN ALLIES TESTS BIDEN’S VOW PAGE 11 through an inclusive negotiated political settlement would gain greaterinternationalacceptability and legitimacy.” Of the 33 cabinet members, only three are non-Pashtuns — Second Deputy Head of Government Abdul Salam Hanafi is an Uzbek; Chief of Army Staff Qari Fasihuddin and Minister of Economy Qari Deen Hanif are Tajiks. Fasihuddin was key to Taliban’sadvanceinBadakhshan in north-east Afghanistan, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE FIFTH and final Test between India and England that was due to start at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday, has been cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. In a statement, the Board of ControlforCricketinIndia(BCCI) said it was working on rescheduling the game, and would continue to be in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). While the ECB stated that India were “regrettably unable tofieldateam”amidCovidfears, the BCCI said calling off the Test had been a joint decision of the two governing bodies. Until Thursday evening, the ECB were hopeful of the match going ahead on schedule, especially after the first set of RT-PCR tests of the Indian players returned negative. A second set of tests for the Indian players on Thursday eveningalsocamebacknegative on Friday. As reported by The Indian LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 10 THEYOGIAdityanathgovernment issuedanotificationFridaydeclaring 22 wards under the jurisdiction of the Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation a “Pavitra Teertha Sthal (pious place of pilgrimage)”.Thesaleof alcoholand non-vegetarian food will now be bannedintheseareas. The move came 10 days after AdityanathdirectedtheMathura district administration to work on banning meat and liquor in the vicinity of seven Hindu pilgrimage sites in the temple town, saying it was the wish of thelocalpeople.Hemadetheremarks during Janmashtami celebrationsin Mathura-Vrindavan on August 30. The chief minister also said that those involved in liquor and meat businesses near Still impacted by lowbase THE JULY data show industrial output at near pre-pandemic levels, and analysts expect growth to rise further in August. However, the base effect, the outcome of the near paralysis of industrial activity due to last year's lockdown, will begin to wear off from September onward, and the revival thereon will depend largely on improvement in consumer demand. had picked up pace thereafter. For the April-July period, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) showed a growth rate of 34.1 per cent, as compared to a contraction of 29.3 per cent during the same period last year. “The overall index at 131.4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Average debt of farm households up 57% in five years till 2018 HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 A message displayed on a screen at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester on Friday. AP Express in its Friday edition, the Indian players had expressed reluctance to play the match during a meeting held on Thursday evening, after a member of the team’s support staff, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, tested positive on match-eve. The players stayed put at the 10 days after Yogi’s prodding, 22 Mathura wards declared ‘holy’, to ban meat, liquor EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PAGE 1 ANCHOR KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 10 INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT rose by 11.5 per cent in July 2021 as against a 10.5 per cent contractioninJuly2020,ledbysharpexpansionintheminingsectorand growth recorded by the electricity and manufacturing sectors, data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) showed on Friday. The July data show industrial output at near pre-pandemic levels, and analysts expect growth to rise further in August. The industrial output for July was lower than the 13.6 per cent recorded in June, which was impacted by the low base of 2020. The July number too was helped by the base effect, and it is likely to be a factor in the August data too. It is likely to wane from September onward — and the revival from there on willhingelargelyonanimprovement in demand for consumer goods, which is likely to prompt firms to build up stocks from August onward. Activity was impacted in April and May last year due to the nationwide lockdown, but these pilgrimage sites would be rehabilitated. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, who is also ACS (Religious Affairs), told The Indian Express, “An area roughly around10sqkmintheMathuraVrindavan region has been declared a site of pilgrimage. This areawillnowbereviewedbythe Excise as well as the Food and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 team hotel even on the morning of the game. Around breakfast time, captain Virat Kohli, vicecaptainAjinkyaRahane,andsenior batsman Rohit Sharma had another discussion over Zoom, during which they backed the decision to not play, it is learned. All this while, the BCCI had EXPRESS NETWORK been liaising with their English counterparts, as the players waited to hear from the board. Evenwhenthematchwasonlya few hours away, the team was unsure whether they would be asked to play. Finally, a couple of hours CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IT surveys on premises of news portals; NewsClick faces action by third agency EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNJAB CM TELLS GOVT STAFF TO GET VACCINATED OR GO ON LEAVE THE AVERAGE outstanding loan per agricultural household increased57.7percenttoRs74,121 in 2018 compared with Rs 47,000 five years ago in 2013, according to the latest findings of a survey by the National Statistical Office. The findings of the survey — Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households and Land Holdings of Households in Rural India, 2019 — released by the Ministry of Programme Implementation and Statistics onFridayalsoestimatedthatthe average monthly income from differentsourcesrose59percent to Rs 10,218 based on the ‘paid out expenses’ approach in 201819 compared with Rs 6,426 in 2012-13. More than 50 per cent of the increase in income was on account of higher monthly wages, which almost doubled to 4,063 in 2018 compared with Rs 2,071 in 2013. In the ‘paid outexpenses’ approach, all out of pocket expenditure incurred for each type of input is taken into account. The agricultural year in India begins Julyand endsthefollowingJune. The survey also revealed the number of agricultural households with outstanding loans at 4.67croreduringJuly-December 2018, about one lakh less than the 2013 estimate. The number of agricultural households was estimated at 9.30 crore during INCOME TAX surveys were conducted on the premises of news portals Newslaundry and NewsClick in Delhi on Friday, withaseniordepartmentofficial tellingTheIndianExpressthatthe surveys were related to alleged tax evasion. "Surveys have been carried out in the case of both Newslaundry and NewsClick. The department's officials conducted surveys on their premises in Delhi on charges of tax evasion," the official said. The Income Tax Act empowers officials to enter any premises of the assessee, such as residences, shops, factories or offices for a search and seizure operation. Surveys, which are conducted under Section 133A of the Income Tax Act, take place only on business premises. Surveys start during normal business hours, whereas searches can be conducted any time of the day. During surveys, I-T officials look into documents such as books of accounts, bank accounts, cash, stock and nonvaluable documents. Bothorganisationswerepaid a visit by IT officials on June 30 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CM to ticket aspirants, it’s spin doctor season in Punjab election test DIVYA GOYAL GOPAL LUDHIANA, SEPTEMBER 10 FROM BIG firms to new startups, from Chennai to Palamu, agencies offering campaign services to candidates and political parties are making a beeline for poll-bound Punjab. If Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has replaced Prashant Kishor, who gave up the role, with a grandson, and Akali Dal leader Sukbir Singh Badal has hired Mindshare Analytics, lesser-known candidates from across parties are also hiring such firms. The fees can go up to Rs 2 crore, but smaller firms are willing to offer services for even Rs 5 lakh per seat. BesidesChennai-based Sunil Kanugolu’sMindshareAnalytics, other agencies that have already started on-ground surveys for theirclientsincludeChandigarhbased DesignBoxed, Bengalurubased Poll Matrix Consulting Private Limited, Palamu (Jharkhand)-based Cognet Arambha Services and PoliticalEDGE from Gurgaon, among others. While most parties and candidates are cagey about their deals, the package mostly includes surveys, door-to-door reach, social media handling, creative designing, photography and videography, editing and other services. Content writers are beinghired, withknowledge of Punjabi apart from English and Hindi a must. Rupinder Singh Raja Gill, a real-estate developer from Khanna, who is seeking the Congress ticket from Sahnewal, hashiredArambhaServices. The company is also working for Khanna MLA Gurkirat Kotli and Payal MLA Lakhvir Lakha. Gill said he decided to hire a firmastheCongressisyettotake a call on an agency for the party. “Things get delayed if we keep Sukhbir Badal's ‘Gal Punjab Di’ campaign has been designed by Mindshare Analytics. Express waiting for a party-level agency tostartthegroundwork.Itisbetter to prepare at our own level instead of blaming companies later,” Gill said. CongressMLAInderbirSingh Bolaria (Amritsar South) and Punjab Education Minister Vijay InderSinglahavegivenbranding and public outreach work to Design Boxed. The company designed ‘Zimmewaar Sangrur’ and ‘Ambassadors of Hope’ outreach campaigns for Singla during Covid. Poll Matrix Consulting Pvt Ltd — which has its head office in Bengaluru and corporate office in Chandigarh — has been hired by at least six probable candidatesfromtheAamAadmi PartyandCongress,includingan incumbent minister. MindshareAnalyticsrecently kicked off its poll work for Badal withthecampaignGalPunjabDi, as part of which the former deputy CM embarked on a yatra across Punjab. AseniorleaderfromtheAkali Dal's PR & communication team said,“Thecompanywillnotonly look after the party’s campaign overall, it will attach members with each candidate. They will decide what message has to be conveyed to which community. The party has finalised a budget of overRs100croreforcampaign activities,includinghiringof this company,andwearetakingcontributions from candidates.” But, while Mindshare Analytics is working for the party, several Akali candidates such as Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali and Moga nominee Barjinder Singh Makhan Brar have also hired companies at their own level. “I am in talks with several companies. It is easier to fight elections when you have a dedicated team for the groundwork,” Brar said. An aide of Ayali admitted hiring a "professional CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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