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 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 RESERVES INTERIM ORDER No beating around the bush, did Govt use Pegasus illegally: SC ` 110 per kilo ` 138 per kilo ` 171 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen EXPRESS NETWORK CONGRESS LEADER OSCAR FERNANDES DIES AT 80 TN CLEARS BILL TO EXEMPT STATE FROM NEET, BJP STAGES WALKOUT PAGE 8 Citizens before us, alleging violation of privacy: CJI bench; Govt says no new affidavit, let panel probe charges ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW GUJARAT CM TAKES OATH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Governor Acharya Devvrat, outgoing Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others at the swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar on Monday. Nirmal Harindran REPORT,PAGE8 SAKINAKA CASE Financial dispute between accused and victim led to sex assault, murder: Police By-elections on October 5 for local body seats vacated after apex court order on OBC quota SAGAR RAJPUT & JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAIPOLICE Commissioner HemantNagraleonMondaysaid theaccusedandthevictiminthe Sakinaka murder case were knowntoeachotherandafinancialdisputebetweenthemledto the sexual assault and murder of the 32-year-old woman. Nagrale said the accused had confessed to his crime, and that there was nothing so far in the police investigation to indicate that the crime was premeditated. The 32-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and an unknown object was inserted in her private parts on Thursday night. She succumbed to her injuries in a hospital on Saturday. The Mumbai Police arrested the accused, identified as Mohan Chouhan, on Friday evening and BY-ELECTIONS WILL be held on October 5 for more than 200 seats in six Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis that were vacatedaspertheSupremeCourt's March 4 order striking down OBC reservations in local bodies until the state had enough empirical information on OBCs. The State Election CommissiononMondayannouncedthe by-election to the vacant seats following a September 9 ruling by the apex court that the state government's August 11 Covid restrictions were not applicable to the by-election process. The court had also asked the commission to take a decision on completingtheremainingstages of by-elections. The by-polls will be the first elections to be held in the state MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 13 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 13 Hemant Nagrale at a press conference in Mumbai on Monday. Ganesh Shirsekar initially booked him for rape. After the woman succumbed to her injuries, murder was added to the FIR. Nagrale said that the victim and accused were known to each other and had met multiple times earlier. "During the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 after the Supreme Court order on March 4 reading down the OBC quota. Elections to these seats had been held earlier subject to the outcome of the petitions challenging the quota that the Supreme Court was then considering. Aside from ruling that there would be no OBC quota in local bodies until the state gathers empirical data on OBCs, the SC also ordered the immediate vacation of the OBC seats and asked the state poll panel to initiate by-elections for these seats from the general category. The OBC seats were then converted to general category seats.Adrawwasheldtoreserve 50 per cent of the seats for women, but the elections were not held due to the Covid situation in the state. On June 22, the SEC announced that voting for 70 vacant seats in five Zilla Parishads NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 UWE HOHN, the German great hiredin2017tocoachjavelinstar Neeraj Chopra, has been sacked by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Hohn, 59, the only athlete to throw over 100 metres, was Chopra’s coach when he won gold medals at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018, and remained in Hohn was Neeraj Chopra’s coach at Asian Games charge as the national javelin coach for the Tokyo Olympics. On Monday, AFI president Adille Sumariwalla said after a performance review of athletes andcoachesatthetwo-dayexecutive council meeting that Hohn wasbeing"senthome".However KlausBartonietz,thebiomechanical expert who coached Chopra when he won the Olympic gold, is set to continue. “WearechangingUweHohn. His performanceis notgood. We will bring two (new) coaches. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Few takers for J&K domicile offer, govt extends deadline, sends teams to camps to register THERE SEEM tobefewtakersfor theJammu andKashmir administration's offer of domicile certificatestoformerresidentswho, or their ancestors, moved out of the erstwhile state years ago, provided they register with the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (Migrants) at Jammu. The administration has now extended the scheme, announced on May 16, 2020, with a deadline to apply within one THE CITY CID BEGINS PROCESS OF SERVING PARAM BIR WARRANT PAGE 3 CELEBRATING INDIA’S BRAVEHEARTS year, to May 15, 2022. The office of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner has also decided to hold special camps to accept applications at places where a minimum of 50 such families are residing. One such camp was held in Delhi around a fortnight ago. Announcing the extension, an order by the J&K Government’s Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, said, "No further extension will be granted" thereafter. PAGE 1 ANCHOR E E X P L A I NE D JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 13 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Not right at Months after he slammed system, India’s javelin coach for Tokyo sacked all: FM on NIHAL KOSHIE ARUN SHARMA in Dhule, Nandurbar, Akola, Washim and Nagpur, and 130 seatsinthe33PanchayatSamitis in their jurisdiction would be held on July 19. However, the commission did not announce the by-elections for 15 vacant seats of Palghar Zilla Parishad and 14 seats of their Panchayat Samitis as the district was in level-3 of the state's Covid restrictions. Subsequently,thestatefileda petition against it seeking deferment of polls citing Covid and the apex court asked the SEC on July 6 to take a decision on this on its own. Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte also wrote a letter, on the instructions of the MVA government, to the SEC requesting deferment of the byelections citing the Covid situation. FollowingtheSCorderof July 6 and the state's request, the SEC ● Political fallout J&K SAW large-scale exodus of the migrant Pandit community, apart from Sikhs, around the time militancy began in the late 1980s. The addition of their numbers as domiciles would have political ramifications in the UT, at a time when it is in the midst of a delimitation exercise. J&Ksawlarge-scaleexodusof the migrant Pandit community, apart from Sikhs, around the time militancy began in the late 1980s. The administration hopedtheywouldavailtheoffer, which would make it easier for them to own land, as well as get jobs and educational opportunities in the Union territory. However, even at the Delhi camp, the response was lukewarm. Of the nearly 25,000 unregistered Kashmiri Pandit families estimated to have settled in Delhi prior to 1989, only 3,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Panchjanya attack on Infy ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 FINANCE MINISTER Nirmala Sitharaman Monday said the article published in the RSS-affiliated Panchjanya, which accused Infosys of being “anti-national” and working to “destabilise“ the Indian economy, was “not right” and that the government was working with the IT major to resolve glitches in the new Income Tax efiling portal. To a specific query on thePanchjanya article, Sitharaman Nirmala told CNNSitharaman News18 in an interview, “That wasn’t right...andIthinktheyalsohada statement coming, distancing themselvesfromwhoeverwrote it. I think that was not called for and rightly, people have withdrawn themselves from associating themselves with it... that (article) wasn’t right at all.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TELLING THE Centre to stop "beating around the bush" on why it does not want to file an additional affidavit into allegations of unauthorised surveillance using the Pegasus software, the Supreme Court said Monday it only wanted to know "whetherthis software hasbeen used by the government, by any method other than permissible under the law". Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, heading a bench also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: "We are again reiterating that we are not interested in any manner or in any way to know the issues which are concerned about the security or the defence or any other national interest issue. We are onlyconcerned,in theface of allegations that some software was used against some particular citizens, journalists, lawyers etc, to know whether this software has been used by the government, by any method other thanpermissibleunderthelaw." The CJI made these remarks after Mehta reiterated the government stand that the issue was fraught with questions of national security, owing to which it did not want to put everything in a public affidavit to be filed in court and make it a matterof publicdebate.Thegovernment, Mehta said, was willing to have it examined by a committee of domain experts whocouldsubmittheirreportto the court. Reserving its interim order, the bench said even if the committee is formed and examines the issues and "the report has to be placed before us", "it will come into the public domain". At this, Mehta said: "Your Lordshipswoulddecidewhether it should or should not. If your Lordships feel, it can come." The CJI reminded him: "It's (filing of affidavit) your prerogative. We have made it very clear... We thought that if something comes, we can take a call on what type of inquiry we have to order." When Mehta said "my position is clear", the CJI told him: "See Mr Mehta, beating around the bush is not the issue." TheSolicitorGeneralreplied: CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EMPOWERED GROUP DATA Covid cases up in kids; experts say no alarm but caution key Share of 1-10 age group in active cases up from 2.8% to 7.04% since March; adults less vulnerable is one reason HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 13 AS THE second wave ebbs, there has been a steady increase since March this year in the share of Covid-positivechildrenbelow10 years in the overall active cases, according to data available with the Empowered Group-1 (EG-1) that is tasked with formulating the nation’s Covid emergency strategy. The data show that the share of childrenaged1-10yearsinthe total active Covid-19 cases has increased steadily from 2.80% in March this year to 7.04% in August (see chart). That is, of every 100 active Covid cases, around seven are of children. Insisting that the "marginal shift" towards children can't be SHARE OF 1-10 AGE GROUP IN ACTIVE CASES 8 7.04 7 6 5.25 5 3.59 3.10 3.36 3.28 2.80 3.23 4 3 4.07 2 2.95 3.33 2.72 3.41 1 3.43 3.46 0 March ’21 August ’21 June ’20 * As percentage of total active cases termed "dramatic", experts say therisingCovidcasesin the1-10 years age group could be the result of reduced vulnerability of adults to the virus. The data was presented at a meeting of the EG-1 -- headed by NITI Aayog member V K Paul -- that had officials from different ministries in attendance, in- cluding the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The data show that before March, in the nine months from June2020toFebruary2021,childrenaged1-10wereintherange of 2.72% to 3.59% of the total active cases. Out of 18 states and Union CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sterlite firing is scar on democracy: Madras HC ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 13 THE FIRST Bench of the Madras High Court Monday directed the authorities concernedtodropall cases registered against protesters involved in the anti-Sterlite agitation, which had ended in police firing that killed 13 people in May 2018. In oral observations, as reported by PTI, the Bench, including Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice T S Sivagnanam, said the firing was a scar on Indian democracy and should not be forgotten. Urging the State to ensure there was no repeat of such an incident, the Bench observed that while the protest might not have been legal or legitimate, citizens could not be fired at on behalf of a corporate body. In its order, the court asked the government to "go the extra mile" and "be seen to be with the families". The court was hearing a PIL filed by social activist Henry Tiphagne over a report by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the policefiringnotbeingmadepublic. AttheAugust9hearing,thecourt haddirectedtheNHRCtosubmit its report, and it did so on Monday. “The matter should be brought to its logical end, as expeditiously as possible, to give a meaningful closure to the matter and the circumstances in NEERAJ CHOPRA BAJRANG PUNIA PAGE 7 ‘We are still improving... We will be learning till the end of our careers’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 How legal aid bodies built case against Covid in Himachal RAJESH CHANDER SHARMA UNA, SEPTEMBER 13 BEHIND HIMACHAL Pradesh's coronavirus vaccination success are several unlikely heroes. Among them are office-bearers of its district- and state-level legal service authorities, and the para-legal volunteers who work with them. Through YouTube videos, online camps and doorto-door visits, they have been raising awareness about the virus and how to check it since the first Covid-19 wave. At the office of the Nari Chintpurni gram panchayat in Unadistrict,agroupof peopleare gatheredonSeptember9tohear Vivek Khanal, secretary of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), at an online nukkad camp. Khanal, 44, describes the officialdutiesof theDLSA,thatis offeringfreelegaladvicetothose who can't afford it, before going on to congratulate the audience ongettingthemselvesvaccinated and helping Himachal become the first state in the country to cover all those eligible with at Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with healthcare workers in Himachal Pradesh. PTI file least the first shot. It may be months down the Coronavirus road, but Khanal doesn'tskipthepartunderlining Covid-appropriate behaviour. "When you wash your hands, it isnotpossibletolookatthetime. What I do is I keep washing my hands till I count up to 80," Khanalsays."Wehavetolearnto live with the virus. Mere hisab se agli garmi tak aise hi chalega (According to me, things will continue like this till the next summer). Till then we should not lower our guard." Sanjay Kalia, a shopkeeper at Nari Chintpurni village, says he likes Khanal's way of explaining things. "Unka assi wala tarika bahut achcha hai (His suggestion to count up to 80 is very good.)" PremPalRanta,membersecretary, Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), saystheyhavebeenholdingsimilar camps across the state. Each district has a DLSA, and Himachal has 12 districts, with the two districts of Lahaul and Spiti, and Kullu sharing one authority. Besides the online camps, andmessagesonWhatsAppand email, every DLSA runs a YouTube channel that puts up videos on Covid-19. The Una DLSA has an animation series called Kaki Ki Karona Klass, which talks about the virus and vaccination, the whys and wherefores, the do's and don'ts, and basic instructions on everythingfromwearingamasktousing an oximeter. Ranta says the SLSA has also advertised mobile numbers of DLSA secretaries as helpline numbers through the media. "People were indoors and in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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