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 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 IN PUSH ON PM’S BIRTHDAY, A VACCINATION RECORD SCO SUMMIT: INDIA DRAWS RED LINES PMonKabul:Questions 2,50,10,390 jabs in 1 day onacceptability,think Serosurvey shows 86.64% of Mumbai’s population togetheronrecognition has Covid antibodies SHOT SPURT ■ Vaccination onSept17 ■ Dailyaverage CONTINUEDONPAGE2 23.37 26.44 4.05 Gujarat 3.98 Madhya Pradesh Uttar Pradesh 3.02 Karnataka TWO-AND-A-HALF CRORE Covid-19vaccinedoseswereadministered across the country Friday, the highest in a day since the drive began in India on January 16, in a push announced to coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. Amajorchunkof thevaccines were administered in large BJPruled states, with Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat accounting 4.94 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 formorethan20lakhdoseseach. “Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccinationnumbers.Iacknowledgeour doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare, and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. As per provisional data till midnight, 2,50,10,390 vaccine doses in all were administered Friday — taking the cumulative number to 79.33 crore vaccinations. With Friday’s record Bihar KAUNAIN SHERIFF M MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17 10.28 At a vaccination camp in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, Friday. PTI SANJANA BHALERAO 27.15 29.38 28.90 vaccinationsinSept* All figures in lakh; * till Sept 16 AS MUCH AS 86.64 per cent of Mumbai'spopulationhasdevelopedantibodiesagainstthecoronavirus,asperthelatestserosurvey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), between August 12 and September 8 this year. In the last serosurvey, conducted in March, before the second wave, the figure stood at 36.3%. Antibodies were found among 90.26% of those partially or fully vaccinated in the latest survey, and 79.86% of the rest. There was only a marginal difference among the slum and non-slum population as per the survey,whichcoveredover8,674 people in the metropolis. While sero positivity was 87.02% among slum-dwellers, it was 86.22% in non-slum areas. It is the first serosurvey that showed the gap to be bridged. In the March survey, while the slums had sero positivity of 41.6%, it was only 28.5% in nonslum areas. This is in line with the infection trends. In the first wave, slums had been affected more than non-slum areas. However, during the second wave,BMCdataforAprilshowed 90% of the 87,000 active cases at the time concentrated in highrise buildings. “Overall, the sero prevalence in slum and non-slum areas in the city of Greater Mumbai is much higher as compared to the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 HC to Govt: Prepare death count of manual scavengers, eradicate Directs Maharashtra to pay Rs 10 lakh each to widows of 3 workers who died OMKAR GOKHALE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17 THE BOMBAY High Court on Friday asked the Maharashtra government to inform if it had carried out a survey identifying thedeathsof manualscavengers in state since 1999, and if compensation had been given to the families. The court asked the state government to take responsibility to ensure that the practice of manualscavengingisnotcarried out anywhere in the state and to ensure that it is “completely eradicated from the society”. It observed that despite “strict legislative intent” as per the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the “shameful practice continues” and the same should “shock the collective conscience of the society.” Maintaining this, the court grantedaninterimrelief tothree widows of scavenger workers who died in December 2019 while cleaning a septic tank in housing society in Govandi, directing the Mumbai suburban CONTINUEDONPAGE2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE SUPREME Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NVRamanaonFridaymaderecommendations to appoint eight new Chief Justices of High Courts, and to transfer 28 judges of High Courts, including five Chief Justices, The Indian Express has learned. Among the significant transfers recommended by the collegiumarethoseof CalcuttaHigh Court Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, and of Tripura High Court Chief Justice Akil Kureshi as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court. DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17 THE ODDS are stacking up against Team India captain Virat Kohli. With the tenures of Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat ArunandfieldingcoachRSridhar comingtoanendaftertheWorld T20 starting next month, the BCCI is set to approach Anil Kumble to take on the role of headcoachonceagain,TheIndian Express has learnt. Kumble, the former captain and legendary leg-spinner, was headcoachof theteambeforehe decided to step down in 2017 after reports emerged of serious differences with Kohli. On Thursday, a week after the BCCI named former skipper M S Dhoni as a mentor for the World T20 in UAE, Kohli announced that he would step down as India's T20 captain, paving the way for the captaincy to be split across formats. Four years ago, soon after Kumble's exit, Kohli had prevailed upon the BCCI, governed then by a committee led by formerCAGVinodRai,togetShastri as the replacement. But now, with a new regime at the helm after the implementation of a FOR THE first time since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised questions Friday on the “acceptability” of the new “system” in Afghanistan and flagged concerns that the change of power there took place without negotiations, and was not inclusive. In his intervention at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, Modi called upon the international community to take a decision on the critical question of “recognition”of thenewdispensation in Kabul in a “thoughtful and collective manner”. The Prime Minister, who did not name the Taliban in his speech, said if instability and fundamentalism continue in Afghanistan, it “will lead to terrorist and extremist ideologies all over the world”. Andthis,hesaid,willencourage other extremist groups to seekpowerthroughviolence—a EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 BRIDGE BEING BUILT COLLAPSES Fourteen workers were injured after a girder span of an under-construction flyover collapsed while work was on at BKC in Mumbai early Friday. Pradip Das PAGE4 E Most ● significant ACTING CHIEF Justice of Calcutta HC Justice Rajesh Bindal had found himself in controversy in the political tussle between the BJP and TMC. Justice Akil Kureshi, Chief Justice of Tripura HC, was at the centre of a two-year impasse within the collegium over appointment of judges. The Supreme Court collegium has not yet formally notified its recommendations. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AANCHAL MAGAZINE & MAULSHREE SETH NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 17 RATE CUTS for a number of cancerandCovid-relatedmedicines and a shift in tax payment liability to restaurant delivery aggregators such as Swiggy, Zomato, and cloud kitchen operators instead of restaurants, were two of the key decisions taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its meeting in Lucknow on Friday. The Council, which held an in-person meeting after 20 months, also decided to continue compensation cess levy only for repayment of borrowed amounts beyond June 2022. Nirmala Sitharaman at GST Council meeting. Express A proposal to bring petroleum products under the indirect tax regime was discussed, but it was decided to keep the proposaloutof itsambitfornow. Goingahead,theCouncilwill lookatraterationalisationunder the inverted duty structure, and compliance measures through e-way bill and composition schemes, for which two Groups of Ministers will be constituted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Four years after bitter fallout with Kohli, Kumble is back on BCCI radar for job of head coach PAGE 1 ANCHOR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dushanbe. PTI Jaishankar disagrees with CDS: India doesn’t believe in clash of civilisations SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 ADAYafterChief of DefenceStaff General Bipin Rawat mentioned the“clashof civilisations”theory to describe China’s growing ties with the Islamic world vis-a-vis the West, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar sought to distance the government from General Rawat’s statement, and toldhisChinesecounterpartthat “India had never subscribed to anyclashof civilisationstheory”. InastatementonJaishankar’s meetingThursdaywithWangYi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) gathering in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, the Ministry of ExternalAffairssaidtheMinister underlined that Asian solidarity would depend on the example set by India-China relations. The two ministers, the MEA said, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New Zealand pull out of Pakistan tour: ‘security alert, escalation in threat level’ E X P L A I NE D NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 SHUBHAJIT ROY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Collegium recommends Covid-19 medicines transfers of High Court cheaper, food delivery CJs Bindal and Kureshi firms liable for paying tax APURVA VISHWANATH & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G ‘Increasing radicalisation big threat, instability risk in region’ Kumble quit in 2017 after reports of differences with Kohli. File Supreme Court-mandated panel's recommendations, it is learntthatwaystobringKumble back are being explored. With Kohli stepping down as T20 captain soon, the BCCI is convincedthattheteamrequires a new coach. In its press release Thursday after Kohli’s decision, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had stated that the board has a clear roadmap for Team India. It is believed that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had wanted Kumble to continue in 2017, despite Kohli's reservations, when he was a member of the BCCI's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC). With Kumble as coach — he was appointed in June 2016 — Indiareachedthefinalofthe2017 ICC Champions Trophy, which they lost to Pakistan. He is currently in the UAE as head coach anddirectorof cricketoperations for IPL franchise Punjab Kings. Before deciding to approach CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MINUTES BEFORE their first matchinRawalpindiFriday,New Zealand pulled out of their limited-overs tour of Pakistan because of a “security alert” from their government — a decision that comes as a setback to the host nation, which has not seen much international cricket since abuscarryingSriLankanplayers wastargetedbygunmenin2009. Soon after New Zealand’s withdrawal, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they would decide in the next 24-48 hours whether their planned tour should proceed. The England men's and women'steamsarescheduledto visit Pakistan in October. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) saidinastatementthatthey“are abandoningtheirtourofPakistan followingaNewZealandgovernment security alert”. “ThesidewastoplayPakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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