DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `7.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 TECH, HEALTH, AI, DEFENCE: INDIA, U.S. FLAG PARTNERSHIP Quad signs off on Indo-Pacific: Split on Russia, unity on China ‘ONE PER CENT CUT’ Punjab CM sacks his Health Minister for ‘bribe’ after ‘sting’ KANCHAN VASDEV CHANDIGARH, MAY 24 PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Bhagwant Mann said on Tuesday that he has sacked the state’s Health Minister Dr Vijay Singla on charges of corruption for allegedly seeking “one per cent cut in tender allotment and purchase of goods related to the department”.Singlawaslaterarrested by the Punjab Police underthePreventionof Corruption Act, and remanded in judicial custody for three days. Sources told The Indian Express that the sacking was the resultofa“monitoringoperation” after a state government official raisedacomplaintagainstSingla and his OSD Pardeep Kumar. At 11.05 am on Tuesday, SuperintendingEngineerRajinder Singh,whoisondeputationwith Punjab Health Systems Corpo- Another J&K constable killed, minor daughter injured in attack BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MAY 24 IN THE second attack on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police personnel in less than two weeks, a constable was killed while his nine-year-old daughter was injured when suspected militants opened fire on them outside their house in Soura, on the outskirts of Srinagar, on Tuesday afternoon. The policeman has been identified as Saifullah Qadri, 45. PolicesourcessaidQadriwasgoing to drop his daughter for her tuition classes when they were attacked. Qadri and his daughter were rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar, where he succumbedtohisinjuries.Police sources said his daughter suffered a bullet injury in her hand, and is in a stable condition. “Today at about 1700hrs, policereceivedinformationabouta terror crime incident in Soura area of Srinagar where terrorists fired upon a police personnel. Officersattendingthecrimespot learntthatterroristshadfiredindiscriminately upon one police personnel namely SgCt (senior grade constable) Saifullah Qadri, son of Mohammad Syed Qadri, resident of Ganai Mohalla Anchar outside his house,” J&K CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ration, lodged a complaint with the Mohali Police stating that he has an audio recording purportedlyofSinglaallegedlyaskinghim to pay Kumar “Rs 5 lakh” as part payment in the wake of several demands earlier. Based on the complaint, the police registered an FIR at 11.38 amagainstSinglaandKumarunder sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.Mann’svideomessagewas released to the media at 12.55 pm.AftertheChief Minister’sannouncement,Singlawasarrested and taken to the Phase 8 police station in Mohali. Mann claimed in his video message that the Minister had “confessed” to the crime. But CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OPPOSITION SPLIT OVER MANN’S MOVE SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 24 AT THE fourth Quad summit — the second since the Russian invasion of Ukraine — there were divergences among the leaders of Australia, India, Japan and US on the war in Europe but unanimity in their response to China’s belligerence as they strongly opposed “any coercive, provocative or unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo” in the Indo-Pacific. Significantly, while Washington and Tokyo were vocal in their criticism of Moscow — both US President Joe Biden and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida named Russia in their public statements—IndiaandAustralia did not do so in their opening statements at the summit. Biden’s formulation was the sharpest. Prime Minister Modi listening,alongwithKishidaand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RUSSIA, CHINA JOINT PATROL: JAPAN SCRAMBLES JETS P 12 BID TO COOL INFLATION Prime Minister Narendra Modi with (from left) Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Tuesday. AP E E X P L A I NE D Singla after his arrest; he alleged a conspiracy. Jasbir Malhi Joint statement for free IndoPacific; Quad not fad, we mean business: Biden Papers over ● Ukraine BEIJING’S BELLIGERENCE ensured all four countries are on the same page in calling for a free Indo-Pacific despite India’s divergence on Ukraine. The same template is evident in IndoUS ties as well, with new areas of cooperation despite these differences. Biden to Modi: Thank you for your commitment to make democracies deliver SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MAY 24 SETTING ASIDE their differences over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister NarendraModitoldUSPresident Joe Biden in Tokyo Tuesday that the India-US strategic partnership is truly a “partnership of JIGNASA SINHA NEW DELHI, MAY 24 SHE WAS a civil defence volunteer who started uploading musicvideosonYouTubetosupport her family. Soon, she began performing at shows, making her markinthelocalcircuit.Untilshe disappeared two weeks ago. “She would often go to Haryana and other places for concerts and stage shows. She was the sole breadwinner of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 7 Post-Udaipur, some sops for G23 leaders — but mostly on paper BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, MAY 24 structure—intheadvisorygroup, and not in the task force, sends a signal that they, as things stand now, may have little role in the party’s election management. LEENA MISRA AHMEDABAD, MAY 24 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW on www.indianexpress.com HARDIK PATEL PATIDAR LEADER fer from the BJP, the 28-year-old former Congress working president said: “Offers and bargains THE WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 (Joining) BJP an option, AAP has better strategy than Cong: Hardik DAYS AFTER resigning from the Congress in Gujarat, Patidar leader Hardik Patel told The Indian Express on Tuesday that he would play an “important role” in the Assembly elections later this year which, he said, would be “one-sided” in favour of the BJP. Asked if he was considering BJP as an option, Hardik said: “Why shouldn’t it be?” Respondingtoanotherquestiononwhethertherewasanof- WITH THE Archeological Survey ofIndia(ASI)maintainingthatthe Qutub Minar complex’s status cannot be changed to allow worship, a Delhi court Tuesday reservedtillJune9itsorderonaplea Sharma, Azad in political affairs group; Wasnik in task force; Tharoor in ‘Bharat Yatra’ planning group strategist Sunil Kanugolu. The inclusion of Azad and Sharma — among the 23 leaders who had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 seeking sweeping changes in the party are for weak people. Strong people create a space for themselves.”(Thefullinterviewisavailable on indianexpress.com) Indicating that he was keeping all options open, Hardik also praised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for having a “better” electoral strategy than the Congress. Whileclaiminghewasnot“clear if he would join” AAP, he said that “in the upcoming elections, I don’t see the Congress anywhere”. Accordingtohim,theGujarat elections will “not be interesting as it will be one-sided” but he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 family. We last saw her on May 11. She was excited and said she was going to record a music video.Shedidn’treturn,”saidher father. “We searched everywhere and called her friends. We waited for another day.” On May 13, the 28-year-old Dalit singer’s family approached the Delhi Police. “But they asked us to leave. Later, one of her friends told us that he had her Gmail account logged in his device. He helped us trace the last active location,” the father said. The search led to an eatery at Meham in Haryana on May 16, the family said. The singer’s sis- A protest on Tuesday in Delhi over the death of the singer. Police have arrested two men for kidnapping and murder, one of whom she had accused of rape. Gajendra Yadav NEW DELHI, MAY 24 WITHIN A fortnight of banning wheat exports and continuing with its fiscal policy measures to douse domestic inflation, the government Tuesday announced curbs on exports of sugar effective June 1 and allowed duty-free import of 20 lakh metric tonnes of crude soyabean oil and crude sunflower oil a year for two financial years (2022-23 and 2023-24). To maintain “domestic availability and price stability of sugar”, the government said it wouldallowexportsof upto100 lakh (10 million) MTs of exports during the current sugar season (October 2021 to September 2022). Moving raw, refined and white sugar to the restricted list from free for export purposes, a notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said, “With effect from 1 June 2022 up to 31 October 2022 or until further orders, whichever is earlier, export of sugar is allowedonlywithspecificpermission from Directorate of Sugar, Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.Detailedprocedure for issue of necessary permissions for export of sugar will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Qutub Minar plea: ASI says worship can’t be allowed; court verdict June 9 ANAND MOHAN J NEW DELHI, MAY 24 CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi Tuesday included G23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma in a ‘political affairs group’ — the setting up of which was announced at the party’s Udaipur chintan shivir with a rider that it will not be a “collective decision making body” — while packing establishment favourites in a ‘task force’ for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The surprise inclusion in the task force is of election EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Court says right to worship, structure’s character key aspects 200 BODIES FOUND IN BASEMENT IN MARIUPOL’S RUINS LANKA PM SAYS WILL SLASH SPENDING IN NEW BUDGET PAGE 12 EXPRESS NETWORK ARSON IN ANDHRA OVER RENAMING DIST AFTER AMBEDKAR P8 Gmail to CCTV a family’s frantic search for singer , ends with her body buried near Haryana highway PAGE 1 ANCHOR trust” as the two sides launched a slew of initiatives in a range of areas: from critical and emerging technologies to vaccines and defence, from artificial intelligence to data science. “There’s so much that our countries can and will do together, and I am committed to makingtheUS-Indiapartnership Curbs on sugar export; duty-free import of sunflower, soyabean oil terandfather“rushedthere”and after “two days of struggle”, managed to obtain the CCTV footage from the eatery's owner. In the footage, the woman is seen stepping out of a white car, walking unsteadily and accompaniedbyamaninayellowshirt. On Monday, the family’s despair turned to anger after the police’s probe led to her body, buriednearahighwayinRohtak. Hours later, and on Tuesday, the family staged a protest, along with Bhim Army members and local residents, claiming that the singer was gangraped and assaulted, that the police had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 seeking restoration of Hindu and Jain deities inside the premises. Additional District Judge Nikhil Chopra flagged two key aspects in the case — the right to worshipand thecharacter of the structure. The district court questioned how one can claim a legal right for restoration for something that happened 800 years ago. The plea challenged a lower court's dismissal of an application — filed on the behalf of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GYANVAPI: COURT TO HEAR MAINTAINABILITY PLEA MAY 26 PAGE 7
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