DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● POSTAL REGN. NO. JAIPUR CITY/014/2021-23 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021, JAIPUR, LATE CITY, 12 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 togetheronrecognition KAUNAIN SHERIFF M SHOT SPURT 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 pushannounced 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 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 vaccina- ■ Vaccination NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 onSept17 ■ Dailyaverage CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 4 23.37 26.44 27.15 4.05 Gujarat 3.98 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 Madhya Pradesh Uttar Pradesh SEROSURVEYSSHOW OVER80%INMUMBAI, CHANDIGARHHAVE ANTIBODIES 3.02 4.94 the result of efforts anchored by government nurses and ASHA workers, deployed at the block level, for the mobilisation and administration of vaccines. In Karnataka tions. With Friday’s record vaccinations, 63% of the estimated adultpopulationhasreceivedits firstdosewhile21%arefullyvaccinated. Friday’s record was mainly EXPRESS NETWORK Bihar At a vaccination camp in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, Friday. PTI All figures in lakh; * till Sept 16 Collegium recommends Covid medicines cheaper; food transfers of High Court delivery firms liable for paying tax CJs Bindal and Kureshi GST Council sits Lists new Chief Justices for eight HCs NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 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. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY E EXPLAINED APURVA VISHWANATH & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 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, also comprising Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 17 AUSTRALIAREJECTS CRITICISMOF NUCLEARSUBDEAL PAGE 8 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AANCHAL MAGAZINE & MAULSHREE SETH 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 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 Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the GST Council meeting in Lucknow on Friday. Express in-person meeting after 20 months, also decided to continue compensation cess levy only for repayment of borrowed amounts beyond June 2022. 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. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the rate-cut IN WHAT will add fire to the raging controversy over claims of "love jihad" and "narcotic jihad" targetingtheyouthof Kerala,the ruling CPM has now cautioned its cadres about attempts being made on campusof professional colleges to "lure" educated young women to extremism. The CPM flagged the issue in apamphletdistributedtospeakers at meetings of its branch and local-level committees which began on Thursday, cautioning againstIslamistextremistoutfits, "supportfortheTaliban",andthe "trend of communal influence" amongChristians.Thenotesaid: "At professional college campuses, there are deliberate bids to distract educated young women to extremism and fundamentalism.Thestudentfronts and the youth front should pay special attention to this issue." As the Congress and BJP both seized on the note to attack the CPM, party state secretary A Vijayaraghavandefendedit,saying communalism could come in many forms. "Communalism will operate in many ways. It CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IRAM SIDDIQUE BHOPAL, SEPTEMBER 17 THE CABINET Secretariat has asked the Ministry of Railways to act upon a series of recommendations including a merger of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd into IRCON, of RailTelintoIRCTC, and a takeover of Braithwaite & Co Ltd by RITES. These proposals are part of a report on rationalisation of government bodies prepared by Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance,afterstudyingthestructureanddistributionof Railways EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ministry. Theproposals arewide ranging, and not restricted to PSUs: bringing 94 schools run by Railways under the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS), upgrading125RailwayHospitals— most of them under-invested — through an institutional mechanism and opening these to the publicat large.Whereverappropriate, it suggests a PPP (publicprivate partnership) model for schools and hospitals run by the Railways. This will help the organisationfocusonitscorecompetence of running and maintaining the railway service. 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 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 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 steppingdownas T20 captain soon, the BCCI is convincedthattheteamrequires a new coach. In its press release 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’ Kerala CPM lends weight: Centre pushes Rlys to Attempt to ‘lure’ college reform, merge RVNL & women to extremism Ircon, Rail Tel & IRCTC SHAJU PHILIP WORLD for first physical meeting in nearly 2 yrs; no GST on auto fuels now NEW DELHI, LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 17 ‘Increasing radicalisation big threat, instability risk in region’ SHUBHAJIT ROY 10.28 29.38 28.90 vaccinationsinSept* 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, whenhe 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 anddirectorofcricketoperations for IPL franchise Punjab Kings. Before deciding to approach CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 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
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.