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WEDNESDAY, JULY 01, 2020 TWO TERRORISTS KILLED IN ANANTNAG GUNFIGHT >P8 CHINA APPROVES CONTENTIOUS HK NATIONAL SECURITY LAW >P13 Army moves 3 PM extends food aid till November divisions, tanks COVID CRISIS Modi announces free ration for 800mn people for 5 more months, warns of negligence in following health safety rules HT Correspondent n WHAT THE PM SAID email@example.com NEWDELHI: Prime Minister Naren- to Ladakh sector id-19) — social distancing, wear- ing of masks and regular hand- washing — and pointed out that there has been an increase in Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announcing the provi- sion of free ration in her state up to June 2021 — elections are due Rahul Singh Equipment, including dra Modi on Tuesday announced the extension of the provision of free rations to 800 million people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKY) for five more months, until “negligence” after Unlock 1.0 saw the country opening up in the past month. While claiming that the announcement was a result of pressure from Congress presi- in West Bengal in the middle of next year. The PM’s focus in the speech remained on Covid-19 and the extension of the welfare scheme. “Under the lockdown, our ON PMGKAY SCHEME From July, the festival seasons start, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 5. Following this, the month of Saawan will start. In this season of festivals, the needs and expenses of all increases. Keeping this in mind, the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana has been extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, that is till the end of Nov n firstname.lastname@example.org NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has moved three divisions, several squadrons of frontline tanks, additional artillery pieces and › tanks, has been moved to Ladakh from areas in the western sector ON FARMERS, TAXPAYERS November, at an additional cost dent Sonia Gandhi — who had national priority was to ensure I express my heartfelt gratitude to all the taxpayers and fully-ready mechanised infantry where very favourable of ₹90,000 crore. Modi also reiter- urged the government to extend that no one who was poor went farmers, and also salute them… we will further strengthen squads to the Ladakh sector, as ated the government’s commit- the scheme — the Congress criti- hungry. The Centre, state gov- our efforts and continuously work to empower the poor… part of its efforts to strengthen its combat ratios already exist ment to institute the “one nation- cised the PM’s speech for not ernments and civil society deployments in response to forti- one ration card” system to enable addressing the situation at the worked hard to ensure no one While taking all the precautions, we will further expand the economic activities fied Chinese military presence in to deal with Pakistan migrants to access the public dis- India-China border, and for fail- was hungry,” Modi said. the region, four people familiar AN OFFICIAL tribution system (PDS) anywhere ing to come up with more specific In this backdrop, he men- A WARNING AGAINST NEGLIGENCE with developments said on Tues- in the country, asking state gov- announcements on economic tioned the PMGKY — the ₹1.7 Since Unlock 1, there is increasing negligence in day, speaking on the condition of cited above. ernments to take the proposal for- revival and employment crea- lakh crore government package personal and social behaviour. Earlier, we were anonymity. A large number of the troops ward. tion. The announcement also announced at the end of March very careful with respect to wearing of masks, The three army divisions sent reinforcements sent to Ladakh In an address to the nation, PM took a political turn, as the Oppo- right after the lockdown for three social distancing... But today, when we need to to build the necessary military have been drawn from the army’s Modi also spoke about the need to sition accused the PM of being months — and how it had bene- be more careful, increasing negligence is a strength to deter possible aggres- reserve formations, based in a maintain all precautions against motivated by Bihar elections, due fited 800 million people. cause of worry sive moves by the Chinese forces mountainous region in north the coronavirus disease (Cov- at the end of the year, and West CONTINUED ON P 11 deployed across the contested India and another state in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) Hindi-speaking belt. These account for up to 30,000 well- reserve troops have operated in State reports 4,878 trained soldiers, as high-altitude deployments are being bolstered with sharp focus on contingency planning, said the first person the sector as part of their regular training, said the person quoted above. CONTINUED ON P 11 new Covid-19 cases Swapnil Rawal n email@example.com TRANSFUSION TikTok offline after MUMBAI: After clocking over 5,000 Covid-19 cases on each of the past four days, the number came GUIDELINES TWEAKED India app ban, says down marginally on Tuesday as Maharashtra reported 4,878 fresh infections. The state also n Convalescent plasma therapy to treat Covid-19 received a boost on Tuesday will follow directive recorded 245 fatalities, including when the Union health Deeksha Bhardwaj and electronics and information 150 deaths from the previous ministry revised blood Sutirtho Patranobis technology (MEITY), asking not weeks, taking the toll to 7,855. transfusion guidelines to n firstname.lastname@example.org to be named. “The cyber cell is The state’s case count now include the collection of working to ensure the other apps convalescent plasma under stands at 174,761. Of the total NEWDELHI/BEIJING: TikTok stopped are taken down as well.” the clinical trials protocol cases, the state reported a whop- working in India on Tuesday as A MEITY spokesperson con- from people who have ping 107,106 cases in June alone, recovered from infection by the company appeared to comply firmed that the TikTok ban had which is 61.29% of the tally in the Sars-CoV-2 virus. P8 with a ban announced a day come into force. TikTok, accord- Maharashtra. In June, 61,582 before by the Union government, ing to Bloomberg data, had patients have also been dis- which said that the widely used nearly 200 million users in India charged. Maharashtra saw its grim landmark of 2 lakh cases in video sharing tool and 58 other as of January this year and had first case on March 9 and the first week of July, state offi- mostly Chinese apps were a become one of the most promi- recorded 302 cases till March 31. cials said. threat to national security. nent social media tools used by In April, the state recorded Mumbai, meanwhile, reco- Those who had the applica- young Indians. 10,498, while it recorded 67,655 rded 893 new cases on Tuesday. tion were no longer able to use it, In a statement issued by Tik- cases in May. The city recorded less than 1,000 and it no longer came up in Tok on twitter on Tuesday, the With the current trend in the cases after five days. searches on the Google Play company’s India head Nikhil daily increase of Covid-19 cases, CONTINUED ON P 11 Store and the Apple App Store, Gandhi said: “The Government the state is expected to cross the ››RELATED REPORTS, P2 & P3 while the company disabled the of India has issued an interim webpage. Some of the other order for the blocking of 59 apps, prominent applications – such as including TikTok, and we are in mustread WeChat and CamScanner – con- tinued to work and were availa- the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet ble on the application stores of with concerned government MADRAS HC PAVES WAY FOR MURDER both platforms till Tuesday stakeholders for an opportunity CHARGE IN TN CUSTODIAL DEATHS night. to respond and submit clarifica- There is prima-facie grounds to book policemen at the Sathankulam “TikTok has been removed tions.” police station for the murder of P Jayaraj and J Bennicks, the Madras from both the app stores,” said CONTINUED ON P 11 high court observed on Tuesday after reading preliminary post-mortem an official from the ministry of ››RELATED REPORTS, P10 reports and a report by the local judicial magistrate, which said the father-son duo was thrashed through the night with lathis. ››P13 India, China hold New ‘pandemic virus’ in China raises alarm 3rd Lt Gen talks Sutirtho Patranobis “The virus is a unique blend of NEWDELHI: Senior Indian and Chi- nese commanders on Tuesday THIS WAS THE THIRD n email@example.com three lineages: one similar to held an hours-long meeting at MEETING BETWEEN THE BEIJING: New research in China strains found in European and Asian birds, the H1N1 strain that Chushul in Ladakh as part of ongoing efforts at the military DELEGATIONS LED BY LT has revealed a variant of swine caused the 2009 pandemic, and a level to cool heightened border GEN HARINDER SINGH OF flu that is capable of triggering a North American H1N1 that has tensions that have soured bilat- THE LEH-BASED 14 pandemic, according to a study genes from avian, human, and pig eral ties between the two neigh- published in a US science journal influenza viruses,” the American bours, even as the military CORPS, AND MAJ GEN Proceedings of the National Association for the Advances of build-up on both sides of the con- LIU LIN OF THE SOUTH Academy of Sciences on Monday. Sciences (AAAS) said in a report tested Line of Actual Control The new influenza variant has on the findings. (LAC) continues unabated, peo- XINJIANG REGION been named G4 and is genetically Chinese foreign ministry ple familiar with developments linked and descended from the spokesperson Zhao Lijian said said on Tuesday on the condition Lieutenant General Harinder H1N1 strain that caused a pan- China was closely following of anonymity. Singh, commander of the Leh- demic that killed thousands in developments. The talks between the army based 14 Corps, and Major Gen- 2009. It possesses “all the essen- The WHO will read the Chi- delegations, led by corps com- eral Liu Lin, commander of the tial hallmarks of being highly nese study carefully, spokesper- mander-ranked officers, began South Xinjiang military region; adapted to infect humans,” said son Christian Lindmeier told a at around 11 am and were still on and the second after the brutal the authors, who are scientists at Geneva briefing on Tuesday, say- till the time of filing of this clash at Galwan Valley that left Chinese universities and at the ing it was important to collabo- report. There was no official 20 Indian and an unconfirmed Chinese Centre for Disease Con- rate on findings and keep tabs on word from the army on the talks. number of Chinese soldiers trol and Prevention (CDC). animal populations. ››P13 A breakthrough is unlikely at dead. The Galwan Valley clash, this stage but talks will go on, which took place while a previ- ROLLING COVID PEAKS said one of the persons cited ous disengagement process was Cops step up vigil Mumbai records above. This was the third meeting on, has created trust deficit between the two sides, said a sec- after terror threat Wave in new US states fuels raging outbreak cleanest air since between the delegations led by E C O N O M I C FA L L O U T ond person. ››P10 calls to Taj hotels America’s shifting caseload Jamie Mullick firstname.lastname@example.org the second half of March. By the end of March, 60% of all monitoring began China imports stuck n new cases could be traced to Manish K Pathak A surge in cases in the southern and western US is causing a ‘second NEW DELHI: California and these five states. Since then, Badri Chatterjee n email@example.com wave’, undoing gains made by containment in north-eastern states Texas marked record spikes these regions managed to con- n firstname.lastname@example.org MUMBAI: The Mumbai Police beefed up security outside Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Towers in First-wave states (New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts & Pennsylvania) Second-wave states (California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and North Carolina) Rest of the country New Covid-19 cases (7-day average) in new Covid-19 infections on Monday to cap a week that saw the highest-ever number of new infections reported in tain the virus, contributing just 6% in the last seven days. However, this drop in cases was undone as the virus MUMBAI: Overnight rain and high- speed winds helped Mumbai on Tuesday record its lowest pollu- at ports amid tension 40,000 Colaba and Hotel Taj Lands End 39% the US. This latest surge in started spreading in the tion levels since air-quality moni- NEW YORK: Imports from China The consignments are being in Bandra after a caller who iden- cases in the southern and southeast and the western toring began in 2015. The air qual- have been piling up at Indian delayed and firms aren’t sure tified himself as a Lashkar-e- 28% western parts of the country parts in early June. California ity index (AQI) equalled the all- ports pending government clear- why. 30,000 Taiba (LeT) operative from Paki- caused what experts said was is among a number of states time record of the past five years, ances, causing concern that a “Customs authorities have stan made two phone calls to the 55% the second wave of infections including Florida, Texas, Ari- which was on September 4, 2019. recent border standoff between not been clearing consignments hotels and issued threats on Mon- 12% in the US, undoing gains made zona and North Carolina, bat- The pollutant-measuring indi- the two nations could have an coming from China, and they 20,000 day night. The iconic hotel in Col- 60% by north-eastern states such tling a new wave of cases. This cator for PM2.5 pollutant — economic fallout that will dis- haven’t been offering any rea- aba was the major target of Paki- as New York and New Jersey. group of ‘second-wave’ states breathable particulate matter rupt supply chains. sons,” Dinesh Dua, chairman of stani terrorists during the 26/11 10,000 New York led the ‘first- was responsible for less than which is 2.5 microns in size or From active pharmaceutical India’s Pharmaceutical Export First-wave Second-wave attacks. The calls were made on wave’ states that also 3% of new cases reported in smaller that can cause ailments ingredients that go into the Promotion Council, said by states states the day the Pakistan Stock included New Jersey, Illinois, the final week of March. Since — was 12, falling under the ‘good’ world’s most-consumed drugs to phone. Exchange in Karachi was 0 6% Massachusetts and Pennsyl- then, their contribution to the category, according to the System the innards of popular mobile “Five consignments of mine attacked by four terrorists, kill- March 1 April 8 June 29 vania when Covid-19 first infection has grown to 30% in of Air Quality Weather Forecast- phones, Indian companies pur- are stuck,” said Sudhir Hasija, ing four security personnel. swept through the country in the last seven days. ››P13 ing and Research. chase Chinese raw materials chairman and founder of Kar- CONTINUED ON P 11 CONTINUED ON P 11 that feed their finished products. bonn Mobiles. ››P10 02 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 spotlight htspotlight CORONAVIRUS: METRO Source unknown in 4,041 cases? CASES IN MAHARASHTRA 75,979 90,911 ACTIVE CASES RECOVERED 7,855 9,66,723 DEATHS QUARANTINE STATUS 5,78,033 HOME TESTS IN SLUMS Patients not high-risk contacts of cases; BMC says no community transmission, source not identified due to other reasons 1,74,761 Eeshanpriya M S patients. TOTAL CASES 38,866 INSTITUTIONAL n email@example.com In G-North ward, which includes Dharavi along with BMC TO TARGET RISING TOLL IN MUMBAI 77,658 219 Sindhudurg (4 deaths) MUMBAI: A total of 4,041 Covid-19 Dadar and Mahim, BMC has sent Mumbai (4,556 deaths) cases in Mumbai’s slums are not 2,631 high-risk contacts to institu- FATALITY RATE 215 Osmanabad : 47,742 (10 deaths) high-risk contacts of earlier patients , and hence their source tional quarantine facilities between June 3 and June 29. The Mumbai Maharashtra SAVE LIVES STRATEGY MAHARASHTRA of infection is not yet identified, ratio is 1:15. In G-North ward, 9- PO IN T PL AN MMR excluding 175 Nandurbar (7 deaths) 3.7% on every case Mumbai (1,166 deaths) Video surveillance Ratnagiri Brihanmumbai Municipal Cor- there are 178 cases who are not May1 by head of unit and hea d of 595 123 Gondia poration’s (BMC) ‘Chase the high-risk contacts of earlier posi- 4.2% institution 22,327 Pune (752 deaths) (27 deaths) (1 death) Virus’ mission data for June 3 to tive cases. Jalna Detailed audit of eve ry death 552 (14 deaths) 118 Beed June 29 on its website revealed. However, BMC officials have Similarly, in M-East ward that includes Govandi and Mank- and every video to be forensically 5,328 Aurangabad (256 deaths) (3 deaths) 3.7% audited 566 Amravati denied the possibility of commu- nity transmission (in which peo- hurd, BMC has sent 2,150 high- risk contacts to institutional May15 A number of deaths occur as 3,415 Jalgaon (28 deaths) 102 Washim (3 deaths) 3.6% patients remove oxygen to use to (234 deaths) ple get infected, even if they are quarantine facilities between washroom. So, every bed should have 431 Ahmednagar (14 deaths) 99 Parbhani not in contact with an infected June 3 and June 29, and there are a bedpan and every fou r beds have a 3,139 Nashik (141 deaths) (4 deaths) person) saying the source in the 130 cases who are not high-risk 3.2% ff must comply 376 Sangli June 1 commode; cleaning sta Solapur (11 deaths) 94 Chandrapur 4,041 cases is unidentified due to different reasons. They attrib- contacts of earlier positive cases. The ratio is 1:16. 3.3% Ensure sup ply and use of 2,651 (265 deaths) plasma 344 Nanded 80 Bhandara uted the spread to intermingling In H-East ward in Bandra East, antivirals, steroids and (13 deaths) Two mandatory dai ly meetings 1,536 Akola within population of contain- ment zones in slums, saying the where the ratio is 1:19, 465 high- risk contacts have been sent to June 15 3.7% on video or tele pho ne bet ween senior (76 deaths) 331 Latur 66 Gadchiroli (1 death) to disc uss every case (18 deaths) source is linked to earlier positive institutional quarantine facilities 3.7% and junior sta ff adoption n BMC medical staff conducts swab tests of residents of Balaji 1,468 Nagpur cases through layers of contacts. between June 3 and June 29. Tota l accoun tab ility ry cas and e in CHS at Bhoiwada on Tuesday. ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT (15 deaths) 285 Yavatmal 19 Wardha (1 death) by hospita ls of eve (10 deaths) Ashwini Bhide, additional There are 25 patients who are not moderate, severe and crit ical category 1,087 Malegaon municipal commissioner in high-risk contacts of patients. 5.2% (81 deaths) 270 Hingoli 89 Other states doctors, Each hospital has to ensure supply of BMC, said, “This means, there are some cases which are not from among high-risk contacts which are identified and shifted to Covid Care Centres (CCC1). The ratio is 1:13, on an average. The highest instance of Cov- id-19 patients – 400 – who are not high-risk contacts of earlier cases is in S ward in Bhandup, where the ratio if 1:14. BMC has sent 6,586 high-risk contacts to institu- June 16 June 30 4.8% 5.8% 4.4% Total team work of nurses and all Full supportive hea Protocol and check lthc car every patient file paper nothing is missed. are e workers boxes on so that › medicines like antivirals, steroids, and plasma and see that they are used. IS CHAHAL, BMC commissioner 1,076 Satara (43 deaths) 1,094 Dhule 846 (54 deaths) Kolhapur 245 (1 death) Buldhana (12 deaths) Treated in Mumbai (23 deaths) Source: Maharashtra health department * The above data is based on figures provided by the authorised laboratories on Central government’s COVID-19 portal. Because the laboratory report scrutiny and the availability of figures accordingly is an ongoing process, state But in slums, there are low-risk tional quarantine facilities. (11 deaths) numbers are subject to change. contacts too, who are not necessa- Suresh Kakani, additional rily shifted outside [from their municipal commissioner homes to quarantine centres]. There is some intermingling within population of contain- ment zones for essential supplies. So we cannot say that the source incharge of the civic health department, said, “In some cases, BMC is unable to trace the source of infection in any particular patient because maybe the BMC’s ‘Save Lives’ strategy to curb fatality rate of transmission for new cases is patient is in a hospital, and may Eeshanpriya M S and 5am, often when serious fatality progressively (day after not known. Somewhere, it is or may not be reached by civic n firstname.lastname@example.org and critical patients disconnect day) in May and June. The civic linked to the earlier positive cases staff to record his contact his- oxygen support and leave their body believes that the fatality in layers of contacts.” tory.” MUMBAI : To reduce rising fatali- beds to go to the toilet. They rate has not progressively shot BMC’s ‘Chase the Virus’ mis- When asked if the trend shows ties due to Covid-19 in Mumbai, often end up straining them- up in the city over the past few sion was launched by municipal signs of community transmis- the Brihanmumbai Municipal selves and collapse. weeks, and the sharp jump from commissioner IS Chahal on May sion, Kakani said, “No. So far, Corporation (BMC) has come up As part of the Save Lives 3.7% to 5.2% is attributed to the 26. Among other targets, ward there is an index case for every with a nine-point strategy called strategy, the civic body has reconciliation of figures. officers were given the task of Covid-19 positive patient in Mum- ‘Save Lives’. Mumbai’s fatality decided to keep a bedpan for Suresh Kakani, additional tracing or ‘chasing’ maximum bai. In some cases, there are rate due to Covid-19 was 5.86% every bed and a commode for municipal commissioner, in contacts of Covid-19 patients, delays in identifying the connec- as of June 30, higher than Maha- every four beds nearby and has charge of the health depart- moving them to institutional tion between this index case and rashtra’s average fatality rate of instructed all healthcare staff to ment, said, “I have instructed quarantine facilities, and break- new Covid-19 patient. For exam- 4.49%, and India’s average fatal- cooperate with patients who staff from the health depart- ing their contact with the commu- ple, if a patient is in a hospital and ity rate of 2.9% (according to a want to use the toilet in the ment to plot the reconciled fig- nity around them. From the ear- is not able to speak with BMC report by Medical Education night. ures of 862 deaths day-wise, as lier target of ‘chasing’ 10 high- staff, we may not know who all he and Drugs Department, Govern- Municipal commissioner IS and when they occurred, and risk contacts for every one Covid- has come in contact with.” ment of Maharashtra). Chahal said, “Each hospital has then calculate the increase in 19 patient, Chahal increased it to Community transmission is The Save Lives strategy will to ensure supply of medicines fatality. This exercise will be 15-high risk contacts. Currently, supposed to be formally include more detailed monitor- like antivirals, steroids, and completed within two to three on an average, BMC has traced up announced by the government ing and supervision of critical plasma and see that they are days, and will give us a clear pic- to 13 high-risk contacts per posi- and it has not yet been patients, including video sur- used. There will be a mandatory ture of the fatality rate through tive patient across the city. announced. veillance by the head of the unit video or telephone meeting n Healthcare staff screen residents of a slum in Mankhurd. SATISH BATE/HT PHOTO May and June.” Many slum pockets with high On Tuesday, Mumbai reported and head of the hospital. twice a day for every case, In mid-April, the Maharash- number of Covid-19 cases such as 893 new cases and 93 new deaths. In light of a Covid-19 death, a between junior and senior ing the concerned patient’s 862 deaths to the cumulative Following this, BMC issued tra government set up a task Dharavi, Govandi, Mankhurd However, 57 of these 93 deaths mandatory audit will take place, healthcare staff.” treatment, from medicines, dos- Covid-19 toll. The figures were two warnings to hospitals to force of nine doctors to examine and Kurla noticed a trend that occurred earlier. The number of and the video footage will be BMC has also mandated that age, timings, diet, etc. reconciled after many public submit pending data of all old reasons for high fatality in the most subsequent cases were cases now stands at 77,658 and forensically examined to deter- healthcare staff maintain a Fatality rate in the city shot and private hospitals reported deaths within 48 hours (post state and suggest measures to among persons already moved to deaths stand at 4,556. Mumbai’s mine causes. proper protocol for every up from 3.7% on June 15 to 5.2% the deaths that had occurred as warning) or face strict action. reduce it. At the time, the fatal- quarantine facilities by BMC as fatality rate now stands at 5.8% BMC noted that several patient through checkboxes on on June 16, after Mumbai recon- early as March and April, belat- BMC will also conduct a ity rate in the state had crossed high-risk contacts of positive and recovery rate at 56.8%. deaths occurred between 1am individual case papers, updat- ciled figures of deaths, adding edly to BMC. study to examine the increase in 6%. ‘50% EATERIES J U LY 1 I S N A T I O N A L D O C T O R ’ S D AY WILL HAVE TO Discrimination irks private doctors SHUT WITHOUT Rupsa Chakraborty email@example.com GOVT RELIEF’ n MUMBAI: Dr Zabir Hussain, 51, a Naresh Kamath general physician from Chem- n firstname.lastname@example.org bur, who also worked with gov- ernment ambulance service (108) MUMBAI: More than 50% of the for Covid-19 patients at night, city’s hotels and restaurants may died on May 23. The sole bread- be forced to close if they don’t get winner is survived by his wife immediate relief from the gov- and three teenaged children. ernment, according to the Res- While the family so far managed taurant Association of Western the household with Hussain’s sal- India (HRAWI) and Indian Hotels ary of ₹27,000 for May, they now and Restaurant Association plan to return to their hometown (AHAR). in Uttar Pradesh. Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, presi- “My father had to feed four dent of HRAWI, described the mouths, which left him with no industry as “unsustainable” savings. My mother can’t work as n BMC health workers screen a resident of Mahim Police Colony on Tuesday. VIJAYANAND GUPTA/HT because of shrinking demand she is illiterate. We have there- combined with costs ranging fore decided to go back to our from licensing fees to staff sala- ries and rent. n Checking of vehicles led to a traffic jam at a police nakabandi on the Western Express Highway at hometown,” said Adil, his 17-year-old son. MENSTRUAL CYCLE, STIGMA: WOMEN DOCTORS’ WORRY “Our assessment is that 50% of Kandivli on Tuesday. SATYABRATA TRIPATHY/HT PHOTO Like Hussain, 17 other private MUMBAI: Working for six could only see my dreams of the cramps that burn us out,” the restaurants will be unable to physicians have succumbed to hours straight donning per- marriage getting shattered said Dr Shinde. open their establishments,” he said. HRAWI has demanded relief in terms of reduction in both property tax as well as electricity Only 10% industries operational Covid-19 infection in Maharash- tra since the outbreak in March, according to data available with the Indian Medical Association sonal protective equipment (PPE) inside a Covid-19 ward is tough, especially for women doctors during their (sic).” Shinde told HT, “That’s the mentality of the society. We are being stigmatised for sav- Dr Sudeshna Salvi from the Grant Medical College, also known as JJ Hospital, said how once she had forgot- bills. President of AHAR, Shivan- and Shetty, agreed with Kohli’s after govt opened up the sector (IMA). Additionally, 180 doctors have been diagnosed with Sars- Cov-2 virus that causes Covid-19, monthly menstrual cycle. The social discrimination that they face makes it worse, ing lives of patients.” Another 28-year-old resi- dent doctor who is on duty at ten her date of menstrual cycle and started bleeding in her PPE suit. “I had no option assessment. “The current take- Surendra P Gangan and more than 1,500 physicians said most doctors HT spoke to SevenHills hospital also had as I was on my duty and I away business is hardly giving us n email@example.com have been quarantined all across ahead of the National Doc- a similar experience. “The couldn’t open my PPE which any income. More than 80% of our the state. tor’s Day (July 1). groom’s family approached could have been too risky. I staff are migrants and we cannot MUMBAI: Less than 10% of 7.34 lakh Members of IMA said their Dr Reshma Shinde, a resi- my father through a matri- spent six hours standing as I open if they don’t return,” he said. industrial units have resumed records do not reflect the real pic- dent doctor in pathology monial website in February. couldn’t sit,” she said. Dr On Monday, the state operations in Maharashtra after ture owing to poor collection of department at KEM Hospital, We started chatting and Gautam Bhansali, in-charge announced that hoteliers pay 50% the state government opened up data, and the actual numbers are Parel, said even as they are everything was going fine of private Covid-19 hospitals of the annual liquor licensing fee, the sector from lockdown restric- likely to be higher than what being honoured as Covid until April, when I was put on in Mumbai, said women doc- which was raised from ₹6.93 lakh tions on April 20. The govern- exists on paper. warriors, she is experiencing Covid-19 duty,” she said. “He tors have been working brav- to ₹7.96 lakh this year, by Septem- ment had set a target of resump- As gatekeepers in screening stigma that is attached to the started to pressure me to stop ing all odds. “If any woman ber-end and the remainder by the tion of 60% of the industrial units, Covid-19 patients, the state, highly contagious infection. going to the hospital, which I doctor wants to postpone the end of the year. “The government weeks after they were allowed to under the Epidemic Diseases Act, In an open letter, Shinde couldn’t as it is my responsi- duty dates around their men- has always been lenient and be operational. 1897, had directed private physi- wrote, “Though my house bility. In May, they cancelled strual cycle, we do it immedi- hence, we decided to give more Industry stakeholders said cians to keep their clinics open. was blessed with praises for the marriage proposal.” ately. It takes a toll on a time to hoteliers,” said excise that economic slowdown, disrup- Doctors said, in addition to not my work, marriage proposals “During periods, we lose woman to work for hours commissioner Kantilal Umap. tion in the supply chain, and providing them with personal had stopped knocking my additional water and blood, wearing PPE during that However, Shetty said the hike lesser demand are the reasons for protective equipment (PPE) house doors. It took me no which makes us weak and time of the month. But hats in licensing fees posed difficulties this low response. n Residents of Malad being screened. SATYABRATA TRIPATHY/HT despite being highly susceptible time to realise, that, it was dehydrated. In safety suits off to them, for they always for establishments. “Our hote- After Maharashtra opened up to the infection, the state govern- due to the stigma associated for six hours, we can’t even go work with full devotion and liers are paying rents and salaries the industrial sector, 63,891 of in 19 municipal corporations that becoming operational is less in ment has not included private with the word ‘COVID’. I to the bathroom to change enthusiasm,” he said. to staff during the lockdown. total 7.34 lakh industrial units are in red zones. Entry of employ- the organised sector, it is more practitioners under the Covid-19 started feeling very low as I sanitary napkins. Then come RUPSA CHAKRABORTY They cannot survive with addi- that were functioning before the ees to these zones or from them is than 50% in the unorganised sec- insurance cover of ₹50 lakh. tional expenses,” said Shetty, lockdown was announced in restricted. Industries are facing a tor among small and micro indus- On the eve of National Doctor’s pointing out that earnings would March, have resumed opera- phasing problem of the supply of tries. Day, the Maharashtra chapter of patients’ recovery goes to the mium amount for this insurance, cian contracted the infection on reduce once they open, because of tions. Of them, 62, 490 are micro, raw material or some of the com- Aurangabad-based industrial- IMA in an open letter stated that medical fraternity. “The govern- at the same rate by which the gov- duty and died on June 8. “While distancing requirements. small, and medium enterprises ponents that are supplied from ist Ram Bhogale said, “The units their decision to observe and not ment declared insurance of ₹50 ernment will pay the premium of treating an asymptomatic patient Satish Nayak, who owns A (MSMEs) and 1,401 are large scale restricted areas,” said industries have been running at 40-50%of celebrate July 1 as ‘Atma-Sam- lakh for every healthcare these healthcare workers,” reads in a hospital, he got exposed to the Rama Nayak’s Udupi Srikrishna industries. Around 15.57 lakh minister Subhash Desai. the workforce and much lesser man Divas’ as protest against worker. Later on the policemen the open letter sent by IMA on virus. In this backdrop, he should Boarding, said, “We can serve 79 employees have reported back to An official from the Maharash- production than their capacity. what they describe as discrimina- were included...but the private June 30. The kin of Dr Mithkesh get insurance,” said Dr Vimal patrons at a time. With distancing work, though many units are tra Industrial Development Cor- Industries are facing many chal- tion meted out towards private doctors’ plea for a similar insur- Rampal Singh said they are not Singh, brother of the deceased norms, we will not be able to serve running at only 40-50% capacity. poration (MIDC) said that while lenges; one of them is a disruption doctors. ance was ignored. Even the doc- covered under Covid-19 insur- doctor. “The money could have no more than 25 at a time.” “We have stricter restrictions the percentage of industries in raw material supply.” Doctors said the credit for tors were ready to pay the pre- ance although the general physi- secured his wife’s life .” HIN DUSTA N T IMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 hindustantimes 03 sp t g t htspotlight CORONAVIRUS: METRO ‘3 wards with most civic plaints Attention Class XI & XII Pass Students (JEE 2022 & 2021 aspirants respectively) have most containment zones’ DO NOT ALLOW COVID - 19 PRAJA REPORT NGO points to link between hygiene and outbreak in L, M-East and S wards Mehul R Thakkar ply project in 2014, but the aver- TO SHATTER YOUR DREAMS n firstname.lastname@example.org PRAJA REPORT ON DATA FROM JAN-DEC 2019 age time for which water supply was received in 2018 was only 5.9 Go LIVE with your preparation with MUMBAI: Three of the five wards Five wards which now have the most number of containment zones topped in civic hours. Of the 273 zones, 180 zones that have the highest number of complaints, states the report (66%) received only upto 4 hours. containment zones in Mumbai HOW BMC SOLVED ISSUES In terms of public toilets the FIITJEE’s LIVE Online Classes also had most complaints related THE WARDS ACROSS THE CITY report states, “Only 1 in 4 public RN RN to poor civic management such L (Kurla) MUMBAI Complaints Complaints Average days toilets were for women in 2018. as water shortage, bad state of RC RC received closed to resolve There is currently 1 public toilet M-East (Govandi) public toilets, overflowing RS complaint seat per 696 males and 1,769 A true replica of ofﬂine classes. S (Bhandup) RS drains and irregular collection females, while the Swachh Bha- of garbage between January and K-West PN PN 2018 1.16 lakh 83% 46 rat Mission (SBM) prescribes 1 On schedule, no loss of time & equally effective. (Andheri West, TT December 2019, according to PS PS toilet for 100-400 males and 100- Oshiwara) 2019 1.28 lakh 96% 30 NGO Praja’s report released on 200 females, respectively. Tuesday. These wards are L R-South Results of BMC’s toilet survey in SS (Kurla), M-East (Govandi) and S (Kandivli) KW KW HOW THE CIVIC BODY FARED 2015 show only 28% of toilets Ofﬂine Classroom and LIVE Online Classroom Programs Available KE KE (Bhandup). The spokesperson of 17 days: Time taken Mumbai have no were connected to the piped sew- BMC said they do not want to N electric connection in erage system, 78% had no proper Class Program Name Program Mode CIVIC N to solve complaints comment on the report. COMPLAINTS LL under the ‘garbage 2018-19 information of water connection HE HE Students of OFFLINE The NGO claimed this points HW HW lifting’ category in 72%: Not connected available, and 58% of the toilet Two Year Classroom Program (www.ﬁitjee.com/tycp.htm) The complaints 2018-19 Class XI towards a correlation between to piped sewage blocks surveyed had no electric- www.ﬁitjee.com/ included shortage of MW ME MW ME civic issues not being resolved water supply, toilets, GN GN 20 days: Time taken systems in 2018-19 ity.” Targeting Two Year Integrated School Program (PINNACLE or PANINI) whyofﬂinecrp (poor maintenance and hygiene FN FN to solve complaints In this context, the report fur- choked drainage and 5.9 hours: Average JEE 2022 (www.ﬁitjee.com/pinnacle.htm) Classes will be in the area) and outbreak of a garbage collection related to ‘collection timing of water supply ther adds, “BMC claims 100 % pandemic. Following the three GS FS GS FS point not attended’ in door-to-door collection of waste held online just like in the city in 2018 For XII Pass wards are K-West ward covering Andheri West, Oshiwara and 8,930 complaints D D EE 28% 2018-19 22 days: Time taken 1 community toilet seat per 42 men as on 2018-19. However, of the total 17,116 solid waste manage- Students One Year Extended Classroom Program (www.ﬁitjee.com/oyecp.htm) ofﬂine classes until the government Targeting allows conduction of R-South ward covering Kandivli. reported from these C BB of BMC budget was to solve complaints and 34 women in 2018. ment complaints in 2019, 36% One Year Classroom Program (www.ﬁitjee.com/oycp.htm) The report reveals that only spent on water, related to ‘garbage were related to garbage not being JEE 2021 classroom coaching. 5 wards in 2019 However, Swachch 18% of public and community A A sewerage and drainage, vehicle not arrived’ in Bharat Abhiyaan collected. While BMC citizens’ toilets in the five wards were connected to the sewer system, 22,760 complaints from and solid waste management over 2018-19 58%: Public and prescribes 1 toilet for 35 men and 25 women, charter prescribes 1 day to solve issues of garbage collection of Students of Class XI Two Year LIVE Online Classroom Program (www.ﬁitjee.com/liveonlinecrp_eCTY) compared to 33% in rest of the past four years garbage, it took 17 days on an ONLINE the rest of the city community toilets in respectively. wards. average to solve complaints of Targeting Two Year LIVE Online Integrated Classroom Program (ePINNACLE) www.ﬁitjee.com/ Also, one-third of total com- garbage lifting, 20 days for unat- JEE 2022 (www.ﬁitjee.com/liveonlinecrp_eITY) whyonlinecrp plaints of overflowing or choked demic, water, sanitation and managed waste.” of complaints closed has tended collection points and 22 Classes will be held drains and garbage not collected hygiene (Wash) have gained Mehta said, “For example, the increased to 96% in 2019, com- days for garbage vehicles not For XII Pass and one-fourth of the total toilet- immense importance in preven- water quality tests of BMC pared to 83% in 2018 and 77% in arrived.” One Year LIVE Online Classroom Program Online only. Students Targeting related complaints were from tion of the disease. It is unfortu- showed 1% unfit water samples 2017. Roads, drainage, water sup- The report further states that (www.ﬁitjee.com/liveonlinecrp_eCPA) JEE 2021 these five wards. nate that provision of water sup- in 2018-2019, but there were ply and solid waste management in 2018-19, only 28% of the capital The NGO claims that as of ply, proper sanitation and solid 1,03,509 reported cases of diar- continue to remain the top four budget of the water and sewer- Students joining LIVE Online Classroom Programs would be taught by expert faculty members from Delhi Centres June 24, the five wards had 8,930 waste management (SWM), rhoea, 21 cases of cholera, and complaints, it states. age department was spent, while (Helpline No. 9560021031, 9810599088 & 9599597455) complaints in 2019 relating to which are key determinants of 4,280 cases of typhoid in the same Yogesh Desai, a civic activist the solid waste management shortage of water supply, toilets, health and also the most basic period. These services are there- from Andheri, said, “There department spent only 23% of its choked drainage and garbage services, are brought to impor- fore the most basic requirements might be an improvement in capital budget. collection against 22,760 similar tance only at the time of a crisis. for good health and good quality closing the number of com- In 2019, attendance of corpora- Register for our Home Based Online Admission Test (for selection only)* complaints in the rest of the city. This is not just about the pan- of life.” plaints, but we also need to know tors in ward committee meetings Nitai Mehta, founder trustee, demic. A high number of infec- Further, the number of civic how many complainants were was 73% compared to 79% in and start preparing for your desired goals at the earliest Praja Foundation in the report, tions and deaths are regularly complaints has increased from satisfied with it.” 2018. A total of 952 questions said, “While the entire world is reported due to water contami- 92,329 in 2017, 1.16 lakh in 2018 to The report claims that the were raised in 2019, compared to Test Dates : 12th July & 26th July 2020 grappling with the Covid-19 pan- nation, poor sanitation and mis- 1.28 lakh in 2019. The percentage BMC launched a 24x7 water sup- 1,046 in 2018, states the report. To enrol in a FIITJEE Ofﬂine Classroom Program, register for the Admission Test at www.admissiontest.ﬁitjee.com 10-day lockdown in Thane, To enrol in a FIITJEE Online Classroom Program, register for the Admission Test at www.ﬁitjee.com/liveonlinecrp AAMIR KHAN’S 7 virusupdate *Registration for FIITJEE Admission Test till July 2020 is online. Enrolments will also be online. If you get STAFF TEST +VE RLYS TO START Kalyan-Dombivli from Thurs selected, you will only need to pay (through NEFT) the Admission Fee for FIITJEE Program & Fee for our 700 NEW TRAINS online partner - myPAT. You will be paying the rest of the fee (as per the fee plan chosen by you) based on FOR COVID-19; Megha Pol and Ankita Menon private vehicles will be allowed FROM TODAY your performance in scholarship test (ofﬂine or proctored online mode) on 2nd August 2020. ACTOR NEGATIVE MUMBAI: Around 700 new local n email@example.com unless it is for emergencies. Peo- train services will be intro- STATE TO GIVE ple will have to remain at home.” duced on Wednesday to THANE/KALYAN: The mystery over HOMEOPATHY The decision to impose a com- facilitate the travel of those a complete lockdown in Thane is finally over, with the civic body PILLS TO 5 LAKH plete lockdown in the city was pending since May 27, with the working in essential services. Currently, Central and Western Scholarship Cum Admission Test# issuing an official notification The state rural development police and the civic corporation Railway operate around 200 stating that the entire city will go under lockdown from Thursday department (RDD) directed the district councils to creating confusion among the residents owing to the uncer- trains each for those in essen- tial services. HTC Sunday, 2nd August 2020 to July 12. The Kalyan-Dombivli procure and distribute tainty over the decision. On Mon- Municipal Corporation (KDMC), homeopathy pills Arsenicum day, the police tweeted that there too, announced a complete lock- Album 30 free of cost. The will be a complete lockdown, but PRE-ADMISSION For Students of Class XI aspiring for JEE 2022 down in the twin cities during the department aims to cover hours later, after discussions n Aamir Khan. same period. five lakh people in rural areas. with the civic body, it was decided PROCESS FOR JR Register Online at www.admissiontest.ﬁitjee.com RDD minister Hasan Mushrif Grocery and medical stores, said the decision was taken in to not implement the lockdown. COLLEGES TO HT Correspondent single vegetable stalls and milk Meanwhile, KDMC decided to n firstname.lastname@example.org vendors will be allowed to oper- accordance with the Ayush impose a complete lockdown START TODAY ministry guidelines that state MUMBAI :Actor Aamir Khan, in a ate during the 10-day lockdown. All other essential services such that the medicine helps in boosting immunity. after the twin cities started reporting over 300 cases every MUMBAI: The the pre-admis- sion process for first-year FIITJEE Talent Reward Exam (FTRE)# statement on Twitter on Tues- as banks, ATM kiosks and clinics day. Grocery and vegetable junior colleges (FYJC) will day, revealed that some of his staff members had tested posi- will also remain operate. Sandeep Malvi, deputy civic lockdown from Thursday 7am till stores will be open only from 9am to 5pm, while dairy stores can commence on Wednesday. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Sunday, 2nd August 2020 tive for Covid-19. He also added commissioner of Thane Munici- 7am on July 12, as per the orders operate from 5am till 10am,” entire process related to they were “immediately quar- pal Corporation (TMC), said, issued by civic commissioner Dr Madhavi Pophale, public rela- admissions will be online. From Tuesday, colleges were allowed antined”, and the Brihanmum- bai Municipal Corporation “The city will be under complete Vipin Sharma. No movement of tions officer, KDMC, said. to make changes to intake For XII Pass Students aspiring for JEE 2021 (BMC) officials were prompt capacity and subjects offered For more details & to register, visit www.ﬁitjee-ftre.com and efficient in taking them to a on the admission online portal. See the success stories of our students from XII pass classroom programs, visit www.ﬁitjee.com/xiipassresults medical facility. ANKITA BHATKHANDE The actor mentioned his fam- ily members have tested nega- # Will be conducted either ofﬂine or proctored online mode tive, but his mother, Zeenat REPORT ON COP Hussain, is yet to take the test, Students from all classes who have already joined FIITJEE Classroom Program through ‘Home and asked fans to pray for her. BRUTALITY SOUGHT BY HC Based Online Admission Test’ can also appear in 2nd August 2020 test to avail the scholarships The tweet read: “This is to inform you that some of my staff MUMBAI: The Bombay HC on have tested positive. I would like Tuesday directed the state to More dates for Scholarship Cum Admission Test – 16th August, to thank the BMC for taking submit a report disclosing the such good care of them, and for status of the probe into police fumigating and sterilising the 30th August 2020 (only for XII Pass), 13th September & 27th September 2020 brutality in enforcing the entire society. The rest of us lockdown. The report is likely have all been tested and found to shed light in the case of two If you are a student with distinguished achievements, then you can get admission in FIITJEE negative. Right now I am taking deaths allegedly owing to my mother to get her tested. 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Aamir.” MUMBAI: The National with LIVE Online Classes and Concept Strengthening Sessions Vinayak Vispute, assistant municipal commissioner of BMC’s H-West ward under which the actor’s residence in 60-year-old faces 24-hr ordeal Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) announced on Tuesday that children with special needs who have registered for (conducted by expert faculty members from our Delhi Centres), visit www.ﬁitjee-distancelearning.com or call : 9599597454, 9205261239 Bandra West falls, said, “Seven staff members of Aamir Khan tested positive on Monday, and after testing positive to get bed the Senior Secondary Examina- tion (Class 12 equivalent) will be exempted from the exams. ANKITA BHATKHANDE we have isolated all of them. Ankita G Menon came positive. As the hospital The family then consulted Dr Khan has tested negative, and so n email@example.com was not a Covid facility, the fam- Alfarooq Raut, a general physi- Where winning is a habit ! far none from his family has ily looked to shift him. However, cian from Mumbra. “We reached tested positive. Mr Khan has THANE: Twenty-four hours after a they were unable to find him a out to the civic corporation on BMC: WILL BUY cooperated well with BMC in 60-year-old a Mumbra patient bed at a Covid facility. social media but they only said FOOD PACKETS giving all help and details about was tested positive for coronavi- Later, a private hospital they will look into it,” said Dr VIA E-TENDERING the case.” rus, he was finally given a bed at agreed to admit him, but asked for Raut. The family and Dr Raut Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai ₹75,000 as deposit, despite the then learnt about the availability MUMBAI: After facing BJP’s F O R U M F O R I I T - J E E criticism over the procurement ACTOR ON TUESDAY SAID on Tuesday afternoon. The patient developed fever on family applying under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan of beds at a Covid hospital in Kopar Khairane on Tuesday, and of 1.95 lakh food packets via Mumbai Centres – Andheri West : Saraswati Bhavan, Second Floor, Lotus Link Square Building, New Link Road, Andheri West, Opp. D.N. 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Monday afternoon, the report the patient’s friend. cial. 04 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 spotlig t htspotlight CORONAVIRUS: NATION Modi extends free foodgrain Sonia pressured govt to decide on scheme: Cong scheme for poor till Nov-end HT Correspondent n firstname.lastname@example.org theysay It is important to It’s a miracle they 800 MILLION TO BENEFIT Experts hail decision to support economically weaker sections as pandemic rages on Saubhadra Chatterji email@example.com NEW DELHI: Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to extend the provision of free ration to 800 million citizens till November, › remember that this extension of the scheme was suggested multiple › haven’t taken credit for the vedas, puranas, upanishads, ayurveda and THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 n the Congress claimed that this NEW DELHI: With India in the mid- was due to pressure by party times by the Congress possibly everything good dle of a long battle again Covid-19, president Sonia Gandhi and cri- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Total confirmed cases including new cases added on June 30 New cases Recovered cases tiqued the PM for not doing more president to the PM. under the sun. on Tuesday extended for five to tackle distress and evading S SHRINATE, Cong spokesperson N KOHLI, BJP spokesperson months the free distribution of UT J&K UT Ladakh Arunachal issues in his speech. foodgrain to economically 7,497 260 4,722 973 9 648 Pradesh Party spokesperson Supriya weaker sections under the Prad- 187 5 61 Shrinate claimed that the down for the past three months. Congress, she said, had also han Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Punjab Himachal Pradesh announcement came in response She had written, “The union gov- hoped that the government Yojana — a scheme that proved to 5,568 150 3,867 953 11 575 Sikkim to Gandhi’s letter to Modi on ernment must consider extend- would announce an income be beneficial for many during the June 22 in which she had ing the provision for free food transfer of ₹7500 to the poor. “But pandemic with more than 73 lakh 88 0 49 requested him to provide free grains for a further period of clearly, it was all much ado about million tonne (MT) foodgrain Haryana Chandigarh food grains to the poor for three three months i.e. from July-Sep- nothing. Despite all the euphoria reaching beneficiaries in April 440 6 364 Assam more months from July in view tember 2020. Several states have and the massive build up, in his 14,548 338 9,972 and May, according to govern- 7,836 343 of the prevailing Covid-19 situa- requested for the same.” 17 minute long speech, he made, ment data. Uttarakhand 5,648 tion across the country. “It is The Congress also critiqued what at best is an administrative The extension will continue to DELHI 2,881 50 2,231 important to remember that this the PM’s speech for not address- decision.” benefit 800 million people, or 87,360 2199 58,348 extension of the scheme was sug- ing critical issues. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) more than half of the country’s Nagaland gested multiple times by the Con- “We had hoped that he would spokesperson Nalin Kohli said, population, giving them 5kg Uttar Pradesh 459 8 168 gress president in her letter to look at China in the eye and “It’s a miracle they haven’t still wheat or rice per month. “Along Rajasthan 23,700 672 the Prime Minister,” Shrinate gather the courage for some taken credit for the vedas, pur- with providing 5kg free rice or 18,014 354 14,220 16,084 Meghalaya said, addressing a virtual news tough talk. We had also hoped anas, upanishads, ayurveda and wheat to each member of a fam- conference. that he will talk about substan- possibly everything good under ily, 1kg free whole chana will also 51 1 42 In her letter to the Prime Min- tive measures against corona the sun. Perhaps the only thing be provided to each family per Gujarat ister on June 22, Gandhi had also pandemic. We were hoping he they will not take credit for is for month,” said a government state- 32,643 611 23,670 Manipur said that millions of Indians are was going to speak about the eco- inventing zero because it could ment that followed the PM’s at risk of slipping into poverty nomic ruin and a blueprint to be a self goal, bringing focus on address to the nation. 1,234 7 due to the strict nationwide lock- resolve it,” Shrinate said. The the top leadership.” The Prime Minister said that Madhya Pradesh I N D I A 553 the government will spend more 13,593 223 10,395 I N K A R N ATA K A than ₹90,000 crore for the exten- sion of the Garib Kalyan Anna Dadar & Nagar Haveli Tripura Mizoram Bengal to give free Yojana, pointing out that if the money spent in the previous three months (April-June) is 203 25 77 1,385 33 1,085 151 West Bengal 20 122 Dumping of bodies in foodgrains to the Chhattisgarh added to this, the government’s total expenditure for the scheme will be about ₹1.5 lakh crore. 2,858 97 2,250 Bihar 9,988 370 7,544 18,559 12,130 652 a pit sparks outrage poor till June 2021 Two senior official familiar HT Correspondent Maharashtra Jharkhand Press Trust of India with the matter said that the broad contours of extending the 174,761 4878 90,911 2,490 64 1,884 Andaman firstname.lastname@example.org WORKERS DROPPED n email@example.com BODIES, WRAPPED IN n scheme were discussed in a meet- and Nicobar KOLKATA: West Bengal chief min- ing chaired by the PM on Mon- day. The scheme is a part of Cov- Telangana Odisha 97 7 45 BENGALURU: A video, purportedly showing health workers inap- BLACK SHEETS, INTO A ister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that the id-specific welfare measures 16,339 945 7,294 7,065 206 5,189 propriately burying bodies of LARGE PIT, AS SEEN IN state government would distrib- announced on March 26, days Covid-19 victims in a large pit in THE VIDEO, ALLEGEDLY ute free foodgrains to the under- after sweeping federal lockdown was imposed to check the trans- mission of the virus. The govern- ment also announced compo- Goa 1,315 64 596 Andhra Pradesh 14,595 704 6,511 585,400 Total cases in India* Ballari district of Karnataka, surfaced on social, triggering an outrage among residents of the state. SHOT IN BALLARI for the incident. privileged till June 2021. “For the first three months of the lockdown, we gave each family five kilos of rice. Over the nents such as insurance for Karnataka Puducherry A top official of Ballari dis- “In all, eight bodies were next three months, till Septem- health workers, money for women through Jan Dhan accounts, ex-gratia payments to 15,242 947 7,918 714 24 272 17,409 Deaths due to Covid-19 trict, which is also home to state health minister B Sriramulu, said they are inquiring into the dumped in this fashion in a sin- gle pit,” an eyewitness claimed. Ballari’s deputy commis- ber, we would provide five kilos of rice, along with an equal amount of flour, to each family. the marginalised, and the front- Kerala Tamil Nadu incident. sioner, SS Nakul, said he has We will provide free ration till being loading of the PM Kisan scheme for farmers. 4,442 131 2,304 90,167 3943 50,074 7,004 Cases reassigned In the video, the workers, wearing personal protective taken notice of the viral video. “We have ordered an inquiry,” June 2021,” said Banerjee, addressing media persons at the *Data compiled by covid19india.org and cross-checked from inputs by HT’s correspondents and news agencies. 'Cases reassigned to states One of the officials cited above equipment, are seen bringing he told reporters in Ballari on state secretariat. to states' is as per data released by the MOHFW. This figure has not been included in the calculation for the daily new cases. said that on condition of anonym- bodies wrapped in black sheets Tuesday. The CM’s announcement ity that, in the meeting between from a vehicle parked nearby The district reported 12 Cov- came just minutes after Prime the Prime Minister and chief min- and dropping them, one after id-19 deaths on Monday. Nakul Minister Narendra Modi said isters earlier in June, Maharash- of the consultations for the 37.01 lakh MT has been distrib- tributed to 163 million household lifeline,” he tweeted. another, into a large pit, dug up said five more people succumbed that the Union government tra CM Uddhav Thackeray and scheme, said, “UP received 37 uted, covering 740 million benefi- beneficiaries out of 194 million Former rural development with the help of an earthmover. to the coronavirus on Tuesday, would distribute free food Telangana chief minister K lakh (370,000) jobless migrant ciaries; while in May, 36.42 lakh such beneficiaries. secretary, Jugal Kishore Moha- A man who posted the video, taking the total fatalities in the grains to 80 crore of the coun- Chandrasekhar Rao had labourers and Bihar received 30 MT of foodgrains have been dis- Senior Congress leader Jairam patra, said, “I think the assess- first on YouTube, claimed the district to 29 until now. try’s poorest till November-end. appealed to the government to lakh (300,000). By covering all tributed, covering 728 million Ramesh quickly pointed out how ment is that the pandemic’s effect incident took place in Ballari. In a similar incident, the body “We give better quality rice extend the Garib Kalyan package major festivals, this programme beneficiaries. Out of 5.8 lakh MT UPA-era schemes have made the will continue for a much longer The video went viral on social of a 44-year old Covid-19 victim than the Centre. Only 6.01 crore for at least three more months. also sends a right signal.” of pulses allocated under the welfare programme possible. time. in that case, the relief for media, drawing widespread con- was thrown into a pit in Pud- people or around 60% of the peo- Congress president Sonia Gan- According to government data scheme for three months, 5.68 “Two laws, the MGNREGA of poor people has to continue as demnation over the manner in ucherry earlier this month, trig- ple in Bengal have benefited dhi, too, made a similar demand available till June 20, 113 lakh MT lakh MT has been dispatched to 2005 & National Food Security they are vulnerable and depends which the dead were handled gering public outrage, following from the Centre’s free ration on June 22. of foodgrain has been lifted by 36 various states/UTs. Of this, a Act of 2013, a legacy of the Con- on government aid. It’s a very and people demanding stringent which a few health workers were scheme. We are providing to 10 A senior official, who was part States and UTs for April, and total 3.35 lakh MT has been dis- gress-led UPA is now the nation’s good decision.” action against those responsible suspended. crore people,” she said. BOOSTING ECONOMY Modi reviews preparations for Self-reliance, jobs large-scale vaccination exercise Braving Covid-19 to help focus of PM meet HT Correspondent n firstname.lastname@example.org developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical the coronavirus disease. There are as many as 25 vaccine devel- Kolkata’s sex workers Smriti Kak Ramachandran Research (ICMR) and the opment initiatives underway in and customers. n email@example.com NEWDELHI:A day after India’s first National Institute of Virology India, across academic institu- If red-light areas are kept Covid-19 vaccine candidate (NIV), Pune. The trials are tions, industry, and start-ups, closed following the lifting of NEW DELHI: Focus on the real received the central drugs con- expected to begin in July, the according to the department of lockdown, there can be a delay in estate sector to create jobs, troller’s approval for human clin- company said. biotechnology, one of the agen- the peak of Covid-19 cases by 36 strengthen electronics manufac- ical trials, Prime Minister Naren- ICMR-NIV researchers man- cies spearheading the research hindustantimes days in Kolkata, the study esti- turing to cut dependence on dra Modi on Tuesday reviewed aged to isolate and culture 11 on Covid-19 management. mated. While the science behind other countries, particularly India’s preparations for vaccinat- strains from swab samples in The PM focused on four guid- Tanmay Chatterjee ganas and Hooghly districts. the study was sound, it did not China, and offer rebates to the ing its population against the cor- early February from initial Cov- ing principles that will form the n firstname.lastname@example.org “We were looking for a sup- account for the deep economic micro, small and medium enter- onavirus disease (Covid-19) once id-19 patients in Kerala that could foundation of this national effort: plier of glove and masks for dis- crisis that the sex workers had prises (MSME) were some of the a vaccine becomes available. be used to develop vaccines and such as vulnerable groups should KOLKATA: Days after the nation- tributing these among people been plunged into. suggestions made at Prime Min- n PM Narendra Modi. ANI Vaccination must be afforda- aid research. be identified and prioritised for wide lockdown was announced, when we came across an inter- “A resident, Moti Sur, did a ister Narendra Modi’s meeting ble and universal, Modi said. At a Vaccination of India’s vast and early vaccination; vaccination of sex workers at Sonagachi, Asia’s state helpline run by Bikash Ran- quick survey and identified 250 last week with his ministers, said manufacturing hub of electron- high-level meeting, he directed diverse population will need to anyone anywhere should take biggest red-light area located in jan Bhattacharya, former Kolk- people in need of help. Sur knows people aware of the matter. The ics and said Chinese smartphone officials to start work on a factor in issues including those place without imposition of any Kolkata, realised that the empty ata mayor and member of the the area and the residents for meeting was called to address makers control India’s over 70% detailed plan for carrying out related to management of medi- domicile-related restrictions; lanes in their neighbourhood Rajya Rabha. We joined his team, years. There was no opposition the twin concerns of job creation market. such large exercise in the coun- cal supply chains, prioritisation must be affordable and universal; meant no wages and spelt doom and soon, along with some (other) from the police. They usually and strengthening of the econ- “There was a discussion on try of 1.3 billion people and of at-risk populations, coordina- no person should be left behind; for those who were retired had members of the helpline, started never stop charity work,” said omy. how India can also look at start- review preparations in place for tion between different agencies and the entire process from pro- physical disabilities. our initiative ‘Ektu Din’ (Give A Indira Kanjilal, an editor of a Modi was suggested to focus ing production in areas where vaccination against the viral dis- involved in the process, as well as duction to vaccination should be Around 8000 sex workers live Little),” said Bhattacharya. business magazine, and member on strengthening the govern- we traditionally depend on other ease that has infected at least 10 the role of private sector and civil monitored and supported in real and work in Sonagachi and the The former mayor had formed of the core team. ment’s ambitious project, the countries like aircraft... Going million and killed 508,876 across society, a statement from the time with the use of technology. adjoining bylanes of Sethbagan a team of lawyers and social Sur took into account how Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, forward there is going to be a the globe. In India, the disease has Prime Minister’s Office said. Globally, there are 13 experi- and Rambagan in North Kolkata, workers in April to run a helpline many children and old persons which proposes housing for all great demand for more air travel infected 566,840 people and The government has allocated mental vaccines in clinical trials and for the duration of the lock- for migrant workers stranded in were there in each household, as urban poor and has a target of and India could explore tie-ups caused 16,893 deaths. ₹100 crores from the PM-CARES and another 129 in the preclinical down — which began on March 25 other states and enable their well as kept track of those who building 20 million affordable with manufacturers to set up On Monday, Bharat Biotech (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assist- evaluation stage, according to the and continued till June 15 — their return home. were extremely poor or unwell. houses by March 2022. plants here,” said a second per- said it had received the drug con- ance and Relief in Emergency Sit- World Health Organisation’s work, and ability to earn, came to The efforts by Give a Little Around five volunteers visited “As part of the Atmanirbhar son on condition of anonymity. troller’s approval for carrying uations) Fund to support the initi- (WHO) draft landscape of Cov- a grinding halt. mattered. On May 17, academi- Sonagachi six times, each time Bharat Abhiyan announced by Specific jobs and skill training out human trials on a vaccine it ative to develop a vaccine against id-19 vaccines. In another part of the 300-year- cians from Yale School of Medi- with 250 kits comprised five kilos Union finance minister Nirmala for migrant workers, who want old city, Dipali Bhattacharya, a cine and Harvard Medical School of rice, two kilos of flour, one kilo Sithraraman, ₹3 lakh crore col- to stay back in their native states retired principal of the Govern- released their findings of a study of lentils, besides salt and oil. All lateral-free loans for MSMEs were announced. However, after losing their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic, was also coronanotes ment College of Art and Craft, her friend Aditi Roy Ghatak, a vet- called Modelling the Effect of Continued Closure of Red-Light the volunteers worse masks as they went into the lanes, and the there is a need to address con- discussed. eran journalist and activist, and Areas on COVID-19 Transmis- women would come out and col- cerns that both the banks and the The issue of collaborating SIXTY-FOUR FRESH COVID LESSONS TO GUJ: CASES RISE BY other friends understood the sion in India, which stated that lect it from them to maintain borrowers have. A minister with countries keen to move CASES IN GOA BE TAUGHT IN WB 620, DEATHS BY 20 implications of the lockdown on Indians were at a much lower effective physical distance. made a suggestion that there is a businesses out of China was also vulnerable groups who depend risk of getting Covid-19 if red light Then Cyclone Amphan hit the PANAJI: Goa’s Covid-19 count KOLKATA: The West Bengal AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Tuesday need to build confidence for both part of the discussions. on a daily income to feed them- areas are kept closed after the coast of West Bengal on May 20, reached 1,315 on Tuesday as 64 government is planning to intro- reported 620 new coronavirus sides so that banks can give loans The second person cited above selves and their families. lockdown, until an effective treat- leaving 98 dead and a million peo- people tested positive, with duce lessons on Covid-19 in school cases, taking the overall count to without security and the MSMEs said a suggestion was made for Sankhalim in North Goa accounting syllabus from 2021. Discussions 32,446 in the state, the health What followed, they said, was ment or vaccine for COVID-19 is ple displaced. “Friends and are encouraged to avail of the India and Australia to join forces for as many as 27 of the cases and have already started in this regard, department said. With 20 more an experience of a lifetime, developed. acquaintances started donating lower rate of interests,” said one to become the leaders in steel Curtorim in the southern part of a senior official familiar with the people succumbing to the infec- despite the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the National Aids funds the moment we spread the of the persons on condition of production. “Currently iron ores the state for 31 of the Tuesday’s matter said. “Soon after the state tion, the death toll due to the Over the past two months, the Control Organization (NACO), word on social media. Our work anonymity. go from India and Australia and total. The number of active cases in education minister asked us, a pandemic rose to 1,848, it added. As group has distributed food and there are over 637,500 sex work- increased manifold after Cyclone Modi announced the ₹20 lakh China is the largest manufac- the state is 716, with 596 people week ago, to think about it, we many as 422 patients were dis- essential items like sanitary nap- ers in India, and over 500,000 cus- Amphan ravaged south Bengal crore Atmanirbhar Bharat turer,” the second person said on having recovered and three have started discussions as to how charged on Tuesday, taking the kins, not only among residents of tomers visit the red-light areas districts. So far we have helped Abhiyan (Self-Reliant India condition of anonymity. succumbing to the infection, an we can introduce lessons on number of recoveries to 23,670. Sonagachi and south Kolkata’s daily. around 10,000 people,” Bhatta- Movement) in May that com- In his radio broadcast Mann official said. Mangor Hill and Covid-19 in school syllabus,” said Gujarat has 6,928 active cases, of smaller red light pocket in Kali- The study showed that if the charya estimated. bined policy reforms with fiscal KI Baat on Sunday, Modi reiter- Zuarinagar in Vasco, and Moti Aveek Majumder, chairperson of which 71 patients are on ventilator ghat, but also slum dwellers, red-light areas started operating, Hindustan Times and Facebook have and monetary measures. ated the need for self-reliance Dongor in Margao have been the Expert Committee of School support and in a critical condition, migrants returning to their home the disease would spread partnered to bring you 15 stories of HT Another minister suggested and encouraging local produc- declared containment zones. Education. the department said. state of West Bengal, and villag- extremely fast and infect a very Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the India should be positioned as a tion. ers in the South and North 24 Par- high percentage of sex workers editorial content of this series. HINDUSTAN TIMES MEDIA MARKETING INITIATIVE Enterprising bank Enduring enterprise 65 SBI Foundation Day th BUILDING A BETTER INDIA THROUGH FINANCIAL INCLUSION AND MICRO MARKETS In addition to the branch network, the Bank also extends banking services through its 63,000 Customer Service Points, which are located in close proximity, at no additional cost to its customers. Gramsabha with SBI officials. Financial literacy initiative. S tate Bank of India with nearly for the growth of these communities and investment credit in 25-30 branches Development Corporation, 8500 local education cum promotion campaigns in been consistently working. Various 22000 retail banking branches their future generations. attached to it. Their efforts would be youth would be engaged as apprentices unbanked parts of any region has led to CSR programmes deliver societal bene- out of which nearly 14000 are A major portion of SBI’s CSR spend- supplemented by recruiting officers who under the initiative of Ministry of Skill the success of SBI financial inclusion fits to all geographical regions of the located in semi urban areas has ing will be through this FI&MM vertical specialise in agriculture, horticulture and Development to increase their employ- initiative. Going forward, it would help in country without any regional, linguistic, always been at the forefront of develop- so as to ensure community develop- social banking. Such interventions ability. These apprentices would be uplifting the economic status of the caste, creed, religious or other barriers. ment of the nation - be it corporates, ment. would result in multi-fold benefits to vari- attached at the Bank’s rural and semi-- unbanked population, by encouraging This has made true difference to the MSME, consumer finance, housing or The Bank has set up 260 dedicated ous sectors of the local economy. urban branches. them to be ‘Atmanirbhar’. lives of over a million beneficiaries from rural development. District Sales Hubs to strengthen the In addition to the branch network, the The FI&MM initiative of the Bank ROBUST BUSINESS underserved communities. Rededicating itself to the develop- bonds with the rural economy. These Bank also extends banking services would be a game changer in making CORRESPONDENT CHANNEL ment of “Bharat” and in line with its Hubs would work in close association through its 63,000 Customer Service available effective banking & financial AND CSPs vision of “Being the Bank of choice for a with the local economy, government Points, which are located in close prox- services in rural areas. It would help in Over the years, the Bank has built a transforming India” the Bank has set up agencies and engage with SHGs, JLGs, imity, at no additional cost to its custom- meeting the credit needs of rural areas robust network of low-cost Business a dedicated Financial Inclusion & Micro FPOs, NGOs, etc. Working closely with ers. This initiative would lead to decon- and create a framework of continuous Correspondent (BC) Channel. BC model Markets Vertical (FI&MM). With this, the local community helps these Hubs in gestion at branches and improve inter- growth. is supported by 19 national BCs and 47 nearly 8000 branches in rural and semi identifying the future financial require- action with customers. The sales hubs urban areas would focus exclusively on ments of people in these areas, hence would work in close collaboration with IMPARTING FINANCIAL LITERACY Circle BCs, who deliver Banking servic- A key factor intertwined with financial es through Customer Service Points micro finance, agriculture & allied activi- constructing a blueprint for immense the Customer Service Points and ensure inclusion is financial literacy. With the (CSPs). BC Channel provides banking ties and micro/small enterprises. growth. their optimal functioning. This important objective of imparting financial literacy products and services to the populace This strategic move is aimed at The sales hubs would deliver custom- channel caters to basic banking needs the Bank has set up 341 Financial in unbanked areas. It also facilitates reaching out to the masses at the ised financial products for the local such as cash withdrawals, cash deposit, Literacy Centres (FLCs) across the reduction of footfalls in Bank branches. bottom of the pyramid. With this initia- economy. Each hub would act as an pass book updating, remittances from outbound sales force and promote country. In FY 2019-20, a total of 29,995 SBI has leveraged on the advanced tive, SBI is also creating a value chain and to the remotest places, provide the financial literacy camps were conducted in-house “Kiosk Banking” technology to option of Social Security Schemes such by these FLCs across the country where take banking to every corner of the as Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri PERFORMANCE UNDER FINANCIAL INCLUSION Jiwan Jyoti Bima Yojana & PM Suraksha 16.82 lakh people participated. As a part country. BimaYojana. These schemes are avail- of the pilot project implemented by RBI, INITIATIVE FOR INCLUSIVE AS ON 31.03.2020 FY 2019-20 able at very low costs. The CSPs would the Bank has also set up 15 Centres for DEVELOPMENT also act as collection agents for collect- Financial Literacy (CFL) at Block level, Financial inclusion and community OPENED 12.97 Crores BC CHANNEL RECORDED TRANSLATES TO ing Bank’s loan instalments as and five each in the state of Maharashtra, development go hand in hand at SBI. AROUND FI ACCOUNTS UNDER BC CHANNEL 49.63 Crore when they fall due. The CSPs provide Chhattisgarh and Telangana in associa- Education, women empowerment, WITH DEPOSIT LEVEL OF TRANSACTIONS AMOUNTING TO 18 Lacs self-employment to the Kiosk operator tion with NGOs identified by RBI healthcare and sanitation, arts, TRANSACTIONS having certain basic computer proficien- An all-inclusive approach in creating culture and heritage, sustainability Rs 30,098 Crores Rs 2,29,067 Crores PER DAY cy. Further in terms of an MOU signed more awareness about financial and environment – are areas in which Shri Rajnish Kumar, by the bank with National Skill products and organizing aggressive SBI Foundation’s CSR activities has Chairman - State Bank of India CSPs: THE Reaching beneﬁciaries in BONDING WITH COMMUNI- TIES THROUGH DBT DBT initiatives for FY 2019-20 LOCKDOWN HEROES record time through DBT • Disbursement routed through SBI IT Centre - T A he Customer Service Points Government subsidies available to time bound process, Rs 30,796.39 continued for three months. 57.27 Cr, (CSPs) became instrumen- these communities. crore and 20.56 crore women benefi- On receiving the request from the Ministry tal in delivering banking Salami’s relentless efforts during ciaries with Jan Dhan Accounts. to have a dash board that has MIS of the ben- • Amount remitted - services to remote areas lockdown has benefitted more than These numbers can only briefly indi- eficiaries of all the banks, SBI’s in-house IT Rs 2,95,045 Cr. during the national lockdown 1000 customers in times of dire cate how State Bank of India made Pradhan Team rose to the occasion to make it available • SBI’s Share in DBT phase. They are SBI’s covid- need. Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMJKY) for the in a short time despite skeletal staff due to transactions 51%. heroes. The story of Manoshi Borah is poor a success in record time. Covid situation. A joint effort of the team made equally inspiring. Early morning, During the COVID-19 pandemic in India, this Yojna successful in short span of time. Manoshi Borah, a CSP of SBI Hon’ble Prime Minister announced a relief RISING TO THE OCCASSION SBI’s role in DBT efforts LPG PAHAL (PRATYAKSH Dergaon Branch reaches her work package under PMJKY for the poor - Rs 500 State Bank of India is playing a major role in HASTANTRIT LABH) SCHEME place by crossing the Brahmputra each to be credited to women Jan Dhan supplementing these efforts of the appointed Nodal Officer for each state to look • 139.01 Cr transactions river by a boat. This has been her Account holders for the months of April, May Government. DBT Desk at Government after their needs. routine even during the lockdown and June, to tide over the hardship caused by FUTURE DBT PLANS • Direct beneﬁt of subsidy to Business Unit in New Delhi, coordinates with phase. strict lockdown. Ministry of Finance and IT Teams of the Bank, Central/State SBI is the accredited bank for Ministry of LPG consumers of all the Ministry of Rural Development, directed SBI Ministries, NPCI, NIC, PFMS and various Chemical and Fertilizer. Department of three PSU oil companies. to act as a nodal bank for sending funds to 32 Implementing Agencies across the country, Fertilizer is working on the project to stream- • Amount processed - Public and Private sector banks, for onward through its wide network of branches. All the line the “Indian Fertilizer Subsidy Programme” credit of Rs 500, which was achieved in Rs 25,122 Crore major schemes of Central Government are by exploring the feasibility of direct cash trans- Salami Shashankar, CSP Hero from Odisha record time. being implemented through SBI on a pan fer to small and marginal farmers for providing HOW SBI CHAMPIONED IT? India level. SBI is the accredited Bank for 26 subsidy to procure fertilizer. SBI is actively MGNREGA, A FLAGSHIP Take the case of Salami The number of beneficiaries for this Yojna was ministries. working with Department of Fertilizer for con- SCHEME OF GOI Shashankar, a 27 year old girl who huge. Hence efforts were made to State Governments are also benefitted by venient payment solutions for procurement of since March 25 has been providing • SBI processed 26.18 Crore stagger the crediting and its disbursement in a using SBI’s robust IT platform for implement- fertilizer by farmers as well as cashless solu- banking services to 20 tribal ham- transactions phased manner. This was done to avoid over- ing their area/region wise schemes for tion to their distribution network. lets in Koraput district, Odisha. She crowding of branches. The process identified target groups. The Bank has DBT is the high priority and focus area of • Amounting to Rs 35,750 is an outsourced staff, aka busi- Government of India. 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The Platform has set a FOCUSSED PRODUCTS FOR SMES SBI’S MAJOR MSMEs immediately. MSMEs (Common COVID 19 Emergency • Conducted 119 webinars for new benchmark in loan pro- PRADHAN MANTRI MUDRA E-MUDRA, END TO END PRIME MINISTER STAND UP INDIA PRODUCT SUITE formed a crucial part of the Credit Line) and easing of working employees to educate them on cessing by reducing turnaround YOJANA (PMMY) DIGITAL DELIVERY MODEL EMPLOYMENT announcements made under the capital finance. the products for support to time for in-principle approval GENERATION SCHEME Sanctioned ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ by During the lockdown, to MSMEs. from days to less than 59 min- Disbursed Supply Chain GOI. empower the MSMEs, SBI • 50 State Bank Institute of utes. Under the platform Bank Rs 194 Crores 4,162 loans Financing Learning & Development & 2 has approved around 8,877 Rs 34,978 Crores has been disbursed Sanctioned by FY 19-20 and Apex Training Institutes at sanctions amounting to Rs 3,193 Crs (from 01.11.2018 to in FY 2019-20 and 10,057 loans Pre-Approved Merchant Loan SBI has always been at the forefront of assisting the MSME sector since 1956. Gurugram and Hyderabad con- ducted 841 webinars during May 12.06.2020) Rs 2,534 Crores R 284 loans We understand that the MSME sector is 2020 in the FY 20-21 Export Credit Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line in the current year the key to revival of Indian economy and SUPPORTING MSMES AND (GECL), the bank has so far sanc- the bulwark of Atmanirbhar Bharat. We BUSINESS ENTERPRISES tioned GECL aggregating Rs COVID-19 INITIATIVES & GECL. SMS was sent to all eligible loans disbursed aggregating Rs are closely working with all MSME units in Responding quickly after issue of 19000 crores to 4 lakh MSME cus- ENABLERS FOR MSMES customers immediately advising 3218 Crores. The purpose of the our fold and beyond to offer them all the ECLGS guidelines by NCGTC, SBI tomers and disbursed loans worth The Bank provided immediate sup- availability of the product. CECL is to meet the temporary required support and are creating a rolled out the Guaranteed Rs 13000 crores. port to MSMEs by extending mora- About 4 lakh GECL loans have liquidity mismatch confronting the Emergency Credit Line Loan Revamp of SME structure: SBI torium for Term Loans. Other been sanctioned and Rs 13000 SMEs arising out of Covid-19. simpliﬁed digital solution in on-boarding Product to support business enter- has created a new position of AGM enablers include - deferment of Crores have been disbursed so far. Restructuring of MSME Shri Arijit Basu, and service. Our resolve and commitment prises. The pre-approved product is SME across 80 Administrative offic- Interest on Working Capital, sanc- COVID Emergency Credit Line accounts: SBI has been proactive- Managing Director is to support this vital sector that provides (CECL): Till now 1,35,992 loans ly restructuring of stressed loans made available within 5 days on es to improve the connect with tion of pre-approved CCECL (for Commercial Clients large employment and is a major pillar of have been sanctioned aggregating under the RBIs Scheme for restruc- sending notification to customer SME customers and function as a WC limits upto Rs 5.00 crore in Group & IT, SBI our supply chain. Rs 8975 Crores. Further, 21,345 turing MSME accounts. and acceptance. Under single point of contact. 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At SBI General, we actively of our business, we continue our enjoys customer's trust, SBI ensures availability identity represents the ethos of evident in recent months. engage with SMEs to provide in- focus on tech/solution-driven in- of credible ﬁnancial sector products with the SBI General – being responsive to Arogya Sanjeevani: a simple and surance solutions and guide them novation. help of its Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures. customers’ needs. standard health insurance policy on covers, exposures, and risk SBI General insurance solutions Their contribution has helped in distributing Though one of the most that makes affordable health care mitigation. are also available on YONO App & important products in general accessible to everyone, which Home insurance has a very low Portal. ﬁnancial products from the branch network and insurance, a plethora of complex also covers COVID-19 hospitaliza- awareness and penetration. We Some of our upcoming products digital distribution channels across the length products, ﬁne prints combined tion expenses. provide simple yet comprehensive are COVID insurance, Kutumb and breadth of the country. with other reasons have led to SMEs form the backbone of our covers that protect the home, its Swasthya Bima & Gramin low adoption of Health Insurance economy, yet the sector battles contents, and related risks. Samriddhi Bima. Shri Dinesh Kumar Khara Managing Director Global Banking & Subsidiaries, SBI Disclaimer: SBI General Insurance Company Limited I Corporate & Registered Ofﬁce: 'Natraj', 301, Junction of Western Express Highway & Andheri - Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai - 400 069. | For SBI General Insurance Company Limited IRDAI Reg. No. 144 dated 15/12/2009 | CIN: U66000MH2009PLC190546 | SBI Logo displayed belongs to State Bank of India and used by SBI General Insurance Co. Ltd. under license.| UIN : SBIHLIP20180V011920, IRDAN144RP0002V01201617, IRDAN144CP0027V02201819 I ADADV/20-21/JUN/424 YONO - GROWTH NUMBERS You only need one app for • More than 24 million registered users • Over 51 million banking and lifestyle services downloads Over 51 million downloads and 5 million logins per day - this is SBI's mobile banking and • Over 10 million card-less lifestyle app YONO (you only need one). As a one-stop-shop app, it offers not just ﬁnancial ATM transactions services but also a gamut of investment, insurance and shopping services. • 6.5 lakh mutual fund S BI's mobile banking and lifestyle credit assessment. 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Paperless instant and energy on serving their customers bet- YONO Cash - With YONO Cash, customers policies without medical check-up or branch driven economy, SBI has agement, Supply Chain Finance Unit, ter. can withdraw cash from 270,000 touch- visit, more than 9 general insurance policies SBI LEADS SEAMLESS BANKING points including ATMs, CSPs or merchant (from health to car insurance), 16+ credit been spearheading digital innovation across its banking E-Forex and E-trade with user-friendly digital interface, real-time fund settle- IN ATM WITH YONO Launched in November 2017 by the hon- shops without needing to use their debit cards. card variants, and thousands of ELSS, landscape through user- ment and paperless transactions equity and DAF mutual funds—YONO • Largest ATM Networks friendly and cost-effective • Loan Life-Cycle Management – Online ourable Finance Minister of India, YONO YONO DURING LOCKDOWN - During makes all these and more available to its in the world has become popular among customers. In lockdown, YONO started a new pre- payment solutions, Loan application & tracking facility for customers on a single platform. What's the 2.5 years since its launch, it has added approved personal loan facility to help cus- more, it also offers wealth and financial multi-channel platforms and MSME borrowers • Deployed more than technology-enabled back-end • Contactless Lending Platform offers many feathers to its cap. In July 2018, it tomers to borrow up to INR 5 lakh within 45 advisory. With YONO, customers do not 58,500 ATMs operations. easy access to loans for SMEs won the Mobile Banking Initiative of the Year minutes and commence their repayment need to switch between apps for their differ- • ATM installed at in India Award at the Asian Banking and journey only after six months. ent financial needs. • Aadhaar-Enabled Payment • e-Mudra – Web application for Mudra highest altitude in the Finance Retail Banking Awards SIMPLIFYING SHOPPING AND YONO FOR FARMERS System (AePS) for cash loans world at Khardungla, (Singapore). In December 2018, it bagged PAYING BILLS WITH YONO Inspired by the overwhelming response to withdrawal • Project Vivek - Objective appraisal Leh in Laddakh the Best BFSI in Terms of Implementation Through YONO's online marketplace, cus- its flagship app, SBI launched YONO Krishi, • BHIM Aadhaar Pay for system of Digital Transformation Award at the CSI tomers can directly shop from more than 80 a platform designed especially for farmers, merchant payment • Pre-Approved Merchant Loan - End-to- • Average ATM uptime IT Innovation & Excellence Awards e-commerce sites. YONO offers a host of in April 2019. Available in eight vernacular • BHIM SBI Pay (UPI) for end digital pre-approved loan offer for - 90% (Mumbai). exclusive and personalised deals to help languages, YONO Krishi provides simplified instant real-time payment Current Account customers • More than 70 mobile NEW AGE DIGITAL SOLUTIONS customers save more as they shop. banking services, an online marketplace to from person to person & • Online Customer Acquisition Solutions ATMs YONO plans to onboard 250 million custom- To further simplify shopping, the platform buy/rent agricultural inputs and equipment, person to merchant (OCAS) - Online platform to capture • Deployed 17,500 self ers by financial year 2025. It also plans to is now developing features such as debit on farming advisory, and investment and insur- • Bharat Bill Payment System leads from tractor and agri-implement add many new products to its portfolio in delivery that enables customers to pay ance products and services, including agri service passbook (BBPS) for payment of utility dealers and state government the coming years, including end-to-end directly through their bank account at the gold loans. Already, it has made life simpler printing machines home loans and pre-approved car loans. time of product delivery, without using their and uncomplicated for farmers, enabling bills departments. (Swayam) YONO relies on a range of new-age digi- debit or credit cards. them to spend more time on their harvest • Doorstep Banking (DSB) • E-Shakti - Aims to digitise self-help tal solutions. It uses data analytics for future YONO also allows customers to pay their and sales. services group (SHG) account holders 08 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 spotlight htspotlight CORONAVIRUS: NATION ‘May be able to TRACKING THE VIRUS: SIX MONTHS ON It was New Year’s Eve when most of the world first heard of this mysterious new virus. On June 30, the number of people infected worldwide push peak until was close to 10.5 million. Here’s how Covid-19 has raged across the planet GLOBAL TIMELINE there is vaccine’ THE COVID-19 INDIA TIMELINE DEC 31 JAN 21 The US’s first FEB 2 The world’s first Covid-19 death outside mainland China occurs, in the Philippines FEB 3 Sars-CoV-2 is shown to MAR 17 APR 2 Global Covid-19 cases pass 1 million; 50,000 have died from complications caused by the virus APR 8 The Wuhan MAY 5 UK death toll crosses 30,000, the highest in Europe MAY 13 &14 Italy and France report that some children JUNE 11 Regeneron initiates Phase 1 trials of its dual monoclonal antibody cocktail against Sars-CoV-2 China notifies WHO of an JUNE 16 HTINTERVIEW outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown causes” in Wuhan confirmed case is reported, in Washington be 96% identical to a bat coronavirus called RaTG13, offering the Genomic analysis strongly supports natural origin of SARS-CoV-2 lockdown ends APR 10 are developing an inflammation syndrome as a result of Covid-19. Symptoms can range from a fever and rash to Dexamethasone becomes the first drug shown to reduce Covid-19 Global Covid-19 APR 28 mortality in a clinical trial DR RR GANGAKHEDKAR, Epidemiologist JAN 9 state first clues to how death toll crosses cardiovascular and clotting problems After days of speculation Covid-19 may have FEB 21 MAR 22 The number of people JUNE 20 Asymptomatic 100,000 infected in the US Rhythma Kaul worldwide over whether or not it is jumped species to WHO launches solidarity MAY 21 MAY 23 The US’s National Institutes of Health carriers strongly crosses 1 million halts hydroxychloroquine Covid-19 trial, n email@example.com a new virus, China pronounces JAN 21 infect humans regarded as trial of four therapies APR 15 Global cases China reports no new preliminary identification of a Antiviral drug pass the 5 infections for the first citing no evidence of clinical benefit China declares a capable of APR 29 million mark time since the beginning NEW DELHI :The challenge for novel coronavirus associated with remdesivir is the outbreak lockdown in spreading Anthony Fauci of the of the outbreak JUNE 22 India will be to strike a balance Wuhan, home shown to reduce US’s NIAID announces Covid-19 death toll in Brazil the virus MAR 27 between managing the indus- to 11 million virus strength, remdesivir as the crosses 50,000 JAN 10 JAN 11 Oxford University’s during animal trial impact and heath impact of FEB 20 new standard of care MAY 27 The first draft of China’s first FEB 26 adenovirus Covid-19 trials as it reduces JUNE 23 Covid-19, says Dr Raman R the Sars-CoV-2 confirmed Italy’s first case Brazil reports vaccine trial enters US death toll crosses hospitalisation time Cases worldwide now exceed 9.1 Gangakhedkar, who retired as genome is Covid-19 death is reported, in the first Phase 1 100,000 million, with over 470,000 deaths the Indian Council of Medical revealed is reported Lombardy Covid-19 case in Research’s (ICMR) head of epi- Latin America demiology and non-communi- cable diseases. Excerpts: HT You moved to ICMR headquarters omy but at the same time be JAN 17 MAR 2 MAY 2 JAN 25 JAN 30 MAR 5 MAR 11 MAY 18 MAY 30 in Delhi in 2018; how was the very cautious to not let the dis- Airports begin Cases appear Number of JUN 8 A ban is enforced India’s first Mass MAR 12 MAR 22 MAR 25 Number of JUN 16 experience? ease spiral out of control. India screening in New Delhi gatherings Almost all India All India’s nationwide samples tested cases Number of Phase 1 of Death toll JUN 24 JUN 26 I can’t tell how the experience is a diverse country so the much international on all Covid-19 case is and visas to India, nationwide deaths Unlock A network of JUN 29 non-essential reported, in are prohibited records its international lockdown closes crosses crosses Cases cross India’s first passengers for a Hyderabad including for crosses stands at begins 1,000 labs is was because I never got time to talked-about peak may not be travel to China Kerala; a recent first flights are offices and schools; 100,000 10,000 500,000; Covid-19 vaccine fever, cough or tourists, are 1 million 5,000 established, think. I was firefighting for 2.5 attained in one go; different returnee from suspended Covid-19 suspended stalls planes, trains; 2.1 lakh tests candidate is sore throat to step up years. When I joined in 2018, peaks will occur in different Wuhan death, in all non-essential are being approved for testing Nipah outbreak struck in Ker- regions because of the diversity Hyderabad activity is paused done per day human trials ala; then a highly contagious and density of the population. Canine Distemper Virus dis- We may actually manage to ease outbreak happened in Gir; push it till there is a vaccine or a TRACK DAILY TOLL TRACK DAILY TOLL IT’S FAR FROM OVER then Zika outbreak in 2019...; drug that should help. We “Case counts are not a reliable indicator of the impact of the epidemic, “Case counts are not a reliable indicator of “The critical question all countries will face in and then Covid-19 happened. shouldn’t only look at numbers because there are too many variables - number of tests conducted, the impact of the epidemic. There are too the coming months is how to live with this but we have to see how to types of tests, false positives and false negatives, criteria for testing, many variables - number of tests conducted, virus. It is the new normal. Most people What has your experience been reduce death-related risks that the element of repeat testing. A fall in daily deaths over 10 consecutive false positives and false negatives, the ele- remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of like while dealing with Covid-19 so is more crucial in our fight. ment of repeat testing. A fall in daily deaths room to move. We all want this to be over. We far? What did we do right? over 10 consecutive days is a more stable all want to get on with our lives. But the hard What has worked in India’s What threats do we face in future indicator. But you also need to factor in total reality is, this is not even close to being over.” fight against Covid-19 is that in terms of diseases? number of deaths and deaths per million.” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director there has been involvement of We need to be very vigilant as all stakeholders together from infectious diseases are not Dr Srinath K Reddy, president, general, World Health Organization the very beginning. We have going to go anywhere. It is not Public Health Foundation of India seen in the past that multi-sec- correct to say that only non- toral response in an outbreak communicable (lifestyle-re- situation usually comes so late lated) diseases are a part of the MULTIPLE PEAKS IN INDIA DEPLOYING THE VACCINE that much of the damage is future. Infectious diseases will “The virus will peak at different times in “The world awaits a vaccine. With the many already done. But in this case, emerge and will keep continu- different parts of the country, as it has done ongoing efforts, more than one will from the most senior officials to ing. After the second outbreak in the US. It will probably start peaking in hopefully succeed. Then, deployment and the junior- most functionaries, of Nipah in 2019, I started to everyone came together much work on a multiple country the next few next few weeks in places like delivery will be the big challenges. We also early when there was lots that project that included Nepal, Sri Mumbai and Delhi, but in other areas it may must prioritise access, stratifying target could be done to save the situa- Lanka, Bangladesh, Mayan- take a little longer. Herd immunity will take groups and delivering first to wherever need tion from going out of hand and mar, Thailand, Indonesia etc. to an even longer time. Rural India has the is most pressing. Given our numbers, this will that led to early lockdown. We work out a strategy to contain advantage of good social distancing. In be an enormous task. Fortunately, we have a bought so much time and pre- the spread. We have to protect the so-called hotspots with high population robust vaccine manufacturing system, and pared ourselves much better. not just ourselves but work in densities... that’s where the aggressive efficient delivery systems too, through our tandem with our neighbours to containment strategy needs to come health services. Building on and strengthen- What challenges do you foresee? achieve larger protection. We into play, which includes testing, tracing ing these foundations will ensure that we are The biggest challenge will be to need to work across borders. achieve the balance between We started with dengue but and isolation.” ready for the complexities of this phase.” industrial impact vs. health then Covid happened and other n A man seen reads a newspaper outside a shuttered store at Janpath market in New Delhi on Dr Randeep Guleria, director, All India Prof K VijayRaghavan, principal scientific impact of Covid-19. You have to projects had to be stalled. Hope Sunday. SANJEEV VERMA/HT PHOTO Institute of Medical Sciences advisor to the Government of India take certain steps for the econ- it is taken up again in future. Govt issues guidelines for blood transfusion services Bihar assembly elections: EC to REVISED Criteria for donors updated to ety (IRCS) is working to create a database of convalescent plasma donors for treating Covid-19 symptoms, and discard or recall donated blood if there was even the slightest suspicion of Cov- provide sticks to touch EVMs patients. “We are creating a list id-19. The donors will have to Anirban Guha Roy pressing EVM buttons and sign- rural employment. Other mate- maintain safety of of eligible convalescent plasma wait for at least 28 days before n firstname.lastname@example.org ing the voter register. Sanitising rials would be purchased locally transfused blood, donors that we pass on to hospi- tals. You have to counsel these they will again be eligible for donation. People who cannot PATNA: With an eye on the safety the EVMs after every vote is not possible. We are not using any and district election officers will be authorised to buy them,” said infection control people as sometimes recovered patients are not comfortable donate blood are laboratory con- firmed cases of Covid-19, irre- of voters during the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar plastic-made items because there is scope of infection another EC officer, who is privy to the discussion. Rhythma Kaul with returning to a hospital even spective of clinical signs and amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the spreading. Bamboo sticks are The ruling BJP and Janata n email@example.com if it is to donate plasma. We do symptoms; contacts of a lab posi- Election Commission (EC) is environment-friendly and dis- Dal (United) said they would sup- not have many recovered tive case or those with travel his- working on proposals to provide posable,” said a senior Bihar EC port any measure suggested by NEW DELHI :Convalescent plasma patients approaching us, so we tory to a country where commu- gloves and small sticks of the size officer, requesting anonymity. the EC to ensure the safety of vot- therapy to treat the coronavirus are dependent on hospitals to nity transmission of Covid-19 of toothpicks to voters to press State election officials said the ers. The opposition Rashtriya disease (Covid-19) received boost provide us a list,” said Dr Van- has been established. the button on electronic voting proposals have been sent by Janata Dal said such measures on Tuesday when the Union shree Singh, director (blood “The blood samples collected machines (EVMs) for contact- chief electoral officer HR Sriniv- would infringe on the rights of health ministry revised blood bank), IRCS. from a donor, who turns out to be less voting, officials at the state’s asa to the Election Commission voters. “If EC takes any steps for transfusion guidelines to include The revised guidelines do not n Guidelines cited studies that say respiratory viruses are not known Covid positive, or is uncon- Chief Electoral Office said. for approval. “Our objective is safety of voters in view of Covid, the collection of convalescent recommend testing of donated to transmit through blood transfusion. SANCHIT KHANNA/HT PHOTO firmed case or even a close con- Another proposal under con- that voters do not come in con- we will support them. But all plasma under the clinical trials blood and blood components for tact of a laboratory positive case sideration for maintaining tact with any physical substance steps to be taken by the poll panel protocol from people who have Covid-19 or going in for more nificant logistical and financial patients with Covid-19 to date. within 28 days of donation, will safety at the polling stations is and there is more contactless should be widely publicised as recovered from infection by the advanced pathogen reduction investment. PRT for whole blood American Association of Blood be discarded. All known positive the use of disposable syringes to method of casting votes,” said our larger objective is that all Sars-CoV-2 virus. techniques, citing reasons such is less widely available and stud- Blanks, USFDA (US Food and cases cannot donate for 28 days mark the fingers of voters with Srinivasa. voters should exercise their “Systems should be in place to as financial impracticality and ies of inactivation of coronavirus Drug Administration) and CDC after the end of seven day home indelible ink to identify those The implementation of the franchise freely,” said Nikhil enable re-entry of cured Cov- lack of enough evidence to sup- in whole blood are lacking. Intro- (Centers for Disease Control and isolation post discharge or when who have already voted, the offi- new innovative measures at the Anand, state spokesperson of the id-19 patients as donors for con- port transmission though blood duction of PRT for the Covid-19 Prevention) in the US are not rec- symptoms subside,” the guide- cials said. A move to install glass polling booths in times of Cov- BJP. JD(U) state spokesperson valescent plasma for treatment transfusion. virus would not be cost-effective ommending additional action by lines say. shields at the table of polling offi- id-19 would not be easy. It would Rajeev Ranjan said, “We are in of Covid-19 patients. The treat- “Testing of the blood for Cov- or proportionate and is not rec- blood collection establishments Dr RN Makroo, president, cers is being considered so that mean procuring millions of favour of safety measures for ment of Covid-19 patients using id-19 is not recommended in light ommended,” guidelines added. at this time because there is no Indian Society of Transfusion voters, when asked to identify gloves and bamboo sticks as well voters.”RJD’s senior leader and plasma therapy is under clinical of the risk of transfusion trans- The document has cited stud- data or precedent suggesting Medicine, said thorough screen- themselves by taking off their as disposal syringes. The state state spokesperson Shakti Singh trial and currently no evidence mission being theoretical or lack ies that say respiratory viruses risk of transfusion-transmission ing is good enough. “For regular masks, do not come in contact has a total electorate of 71.8 mil- Yadav criticised the proposals. of the efficacy of the convales- of demonstrated infectivity of are not known to transmit for Covid-19… As per the donors, thorough screening of with the staff. lion voters; the proposal is “In the name of Covid, there is an cent plasma as a treatment the Covid-19 virus in blood col- through blood transfusion. USFDA, there have been no history is good enough. The new Bihar assembly polls are 106,000 polling booths with the attempt being made to manipu- modality for Sars-Cov-2 is estab- lected from asymptomatic per- “No cases of transfusion- reported or suspected cases of guidelines are pretty compre- scheduled to be held in October- addition of 33,797 auxillary late polls. We will oppose any lished… the use of convalescent sons. Routine practices of infec- transmission were ever reported transfusion-transmitted Cov- hensive and should be followed,” November is the first full-fledged booths to cap the number of vot- move by the EC to provide gloves plasma for routine treatment of tious disease testing for transfu- for the other two corona viruses id-19,” experts said in the guide- said Dr Makroo. “The govern- state elections in the aftermath ers in each booth to 700 for main- or sticks for use on EVMs. We Covid-19 patients is not recom- sion transmissible infections that emerged during the past two line document. ment guidelines say 28 days of of the outbreak of the Covid-19 taining social distancing norms. want the EC to conduct polls as mended at present…,” say the should not be changed,” guide- decades (SARS and MERS-CoV). The government has asked deferral, but we go by six weeks pandemic. “We have sought khadi gloves they did in past. Even in South revised health ministry guide- lines said. “Pathogen Reduction Virus detection in blood has only blood banks to screen donors to be cautious,” said Dr Singh “Gloves and small bamboo from the Bihar State Khadi Korea, polls were held in lines. The Indian Red Cross Soci- Technologies (PRT) require sig- happened in symptomatic thoroughly for Covid-related from IRCS. sticks are being advocated for board so that it can generate recently by using ballot papers.” NEWS F O U R H O S P I TA L I S E D 2 terrorists who killed boy, Two dead after gas leak Money laundering case: ED trooper shot dead in J&K in Vizag chemical plant questions Ahmed Patel again Press Trust of India Ashiq Hussain & well as the CRPF trooper and arms and ammunition were also Srinivasa Rao Apparasu Nehru Pharma City, Parawada, firstname.lastname@example.org AGENCY SLEUTHS HAD to the alleged ~14,500 crore bank loan fraud said to have been per- QUESTIONED PATEL, 70, n Ravi Krishnan Khajuria the boy. recovered from gunbattle site. It n email@example.com on the outskirts of Visakhapat- petrated by Vadodara-based n firstname.lastname@example.org He appreciated the forces for exercising the utmost restraint added the bodies of the two were sent to Handwara, around 100 HYDERABAD: A gas leaked from a nam. Visakhapatnam police commissioner R K Meena said NEW DELHI: Enforcement Direct- orate (ED) investigators on FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR pharma firm Sterling Biotech and its promoters and direct- SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Two terrorists and ensuring a clean operation km away, for their burial after tank at a chemical factory in the chemical factory has been Tuesday began the second ABOUT EIGHT HOURS AT ors-- brothers Nitin Jayantilal were killed in a gunbattle with with no collateral damage in medico-legal formalities. Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapat- sealed and a case has been regis- round of questioning of senior HIS RESIDENCE ON Sandesara and Chetankumar security forces at Waghama in Waghama. “In case any family claims the nam district on Tuesday left two tered against its management. Congress leader Ahmed Patel at Jayantilal Sandesara and Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag Police released Daas’s pic- killed terrorists to be their kith people dead, officials said. “There would be no impact of the his house here in connection JUNE 27 IN THIS CASE Deepti Sandesara -- all of whom district on Tuesday, four days ture and said he was involved in or kin, they can come forward This was the third such inci- gas leak on the surrounding with the Sandesara brothers are absconding. after they fired at a Central the attack on the CRPF patrol on for their identification and par- dent in Andhra Pradesh since areas, as it is not a very lethal gas bank fraud and money launder- MP was allowed questioning at Patel, while speaking to Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Friday. ticipation in last rites at Hand- May 7 when styrene gas leaked and has not spread,” he said. ing case probe, officials said. home by the agency after he reporters last week, had said he patrol and left a trooper of the The gunbattle in Waghama wara,” the statement said. from Visakhapatnam’s LG Poly- The two people who died were A three-member team of the refused to visit the ED office cit- replied to the questions that the paramilitary force and an eight- was triggered after the two ter- Security forces have stepped mers plant and killed 12 people. identified as a shift in-charge, central agency along with few ing prevailing Covid-19 guide- “guests” of the government year-old boy dead, a top police rorists fired at security forces up operations and killed 128 ter- A general manager died at Nan- Ravi Narendra, and chemist other officials reached Patel’s lines that discourage senior citi- posed. “I am surprised that officer said. during a cordon-and-search rorists this year mostly in South dyal in Kurnool district on June Gowri Shankar. Four others, home in central Delhi around zens from going out. Officials instead of fighting China... coro- Inspector general (Kashmir) operation that was launched fol- Kashmir. 26 when ammonia gas leaked Chandrasekhar, Ananda Babu, 10.30 am. Agency sleuths had said Patel’s statement is being navirus and unemployment, the Vijay Kumar said the two and lowing specific information As many as 48 terrorists have from a storage tank at the prem- Janaki Ram, and Suryanaray- questioned Patel, 70, for the first recorded under the Prevention government is fighting the their another accomplice, Zahid about the terrorist presence in been killed in June, the highest ises of SPY Agro Industries. ana, fell sick and were hospital- time for about eight hours at his of Money Launderjing Act opposition,” he had said. The Daas, were involved in the kill- the village. in a month since 39 were gunned The gas leak on Tuesday was ised. All of them are on ventilator residence on June 27 in this (PMLA). law should be allowed to take its ing of a policeman last year as The police statement said down in November 2018. reported from the Jawaharlal support, the police said. case. The Congress Rajya Sabha The laundering case pertains course, he had said. HIN DUSTA N T IMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 hindustantimes 09 HTSPOTLIGHT LAC STAND-OFF France defence US lawmakers UK MPs flay China’s CITE LAC TENSIONS Cong minister hits minister conveys back at Pawar ‘steadfast support’ back India, slam ‘bullying behaviour’ over comments Rezaul H Laskar n letters@hindustantimes China for conflict Prasun Sonwalkar n email@example.com lying behavior” in relation to India, Hong Kong and else- where. about 1962 war MUMBAI: Congress leader and NEW DELHI: France has expressed LONDON: Terming China’s recent He added: “(Given) the Chi- energy minister in the Maha- The Chinese “deep solidarity” over the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent- face-off with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), with French defence min- ister Florence Parly conveying Yashwant Raj n firstname.lastname@example.org WASHINGTON:: Bipartisan support for India has been growing among the US lawmakers amid › Communist Party is certainly using pandemic to try to assert claims and actions on India’s border an example of Chinese ‘aggressive expansionism’, British MPs on Monday night demanded a review of the UK’s dependence on China and highlighting the nese Government’s appalling record on human rights, their attack on freedoms in Hong Kong, their bullying behaviour in border disputes from the South China seas to India, their rashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government, Nitin Raut, has reignited the political controversy around Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s statement “steadfast and friendly support” its military standoff with China. issue of human rights of Uyghur blatant breaching of the rules- reminding the Congress of the to her Indian counterpart Raj- Mitch McConnell, the leader of take very aggressive action Muslims in international fora. based order governing the free 1962 war with China while advis- nath Singh. the Republican-dominated US China was the focus of an market and their delayed decla- ing against politicising issues Parly wrote a letter to Singh on Senate, kicked off a floor debate against almost all of its extended debate in the House of ration on Covid-19, will the Gov- concerning national security. Monday, condoling the death of on next year’s defense budget on neighbours... China has Commons based on a new report ernment now initiate an internal On Saturday, Pawar had said, the 20 Indian soldiers in the clash Monday by slamming China for by the Inter-Parliamentary Alli- review of the UK’s dependence “We can’t forget what had hap- essentially invaded India, in Galwan Valley on June 15, peo- ple familiar with developments said. “This was a hard blow against “picking deadly fights” with India. McConnell appealed for the chamber’s bipartisan support to an ally of ours. And they have killed 20 ance on China that said there is new evidence suggesting that China is pursuing a birth-pre- vention programme targeted at on China, with a view to signifi- cantly reducing that depend- ence?” Nigel Adams, minister for pened in 1962 when China occu- pied 45,000 square kilometres of India’s territory. While making these allegations, one should Street lights to be the soldiers, their families, and the nation. In these difficult cir- cumstances, I wish to express my steadfast and friendly support, pass the National Defense Autho- rization Act, 2021, with remarks highlighting recent threats from China, Russia, North Korea, and Indian soldiers. TOM COTTON, Republican senator Muslim minorities in the Xinji- ang region. Iain Duncan-Smith, former Conservative leader, who tabled Asia, responded that the govern- ment had raised concerns with China at many levels. Britain was pressing China for access to also look at what had happened in the past. This is an issue of national interest and once should not bring in politics installed in ghat along with that of the French armed forces,” Parly wrote in the letter. Parly also recalled that India is Iran. “China has resumed its sub- marine intrusions into Japanese contiguous zones and picked deadly fights with India at high he said on June 18. He also con- veyed his condolences over the killing of the Indian soldiers. the urgent question, said it can- not be “business as usual” with China given what he called “bul- Xinjiang. British diplomats visited the region was in Novem- ber 2019. here.” Pawar’s comments came in response to a question about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s charge that Prime Minister Nar- section of e-way France’s strategic partner in the region and reiterated France’s “deep solidarity” in the letter. altitude,” McConnell said. In a floor speech on June 18, McConnell said the Chinese mili- President Donald Trump offered to mediate in May, but the offer was turned down by both China opens border endra Modi had surrendered Indian territory to the Chinese aggression. The Congress party, Dheeraj Bengrut n email@example.com heavy rain to the ghat section on the expressway and hence, we conducted a pre-monsoon sur- She also expressed her readi- ness to meet Singh in India, at his invitation, to follow up on their ongoing discussions, the people tary appeared to have “instigated the worst violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war way back in countries. In a TV interview on Sunday, Tom Cotton, a Republi- can senator, who is a close ally of Trump, denounced China’s dispute with Bhutan led by its former president, has been taking jibes at the Centre since the June 15 violent face-off between Indian and Chinese PUNE:In a bid to reduce the num- ber of accidents on the Pune- Mumbai expressway, the Maha- rashtra Highway Police (MHP) vey with the help of MSRDC. Street lights will be installed along the entire ghat section of the expressway for better visibil- cited above said on condition of 1962.” The clash left 20 Indian sol- aggression on the border with NEW DELHI: Continuing with its draft summary of the chair was troops in Galwan Valley. department along with the ity. The estimated cost of the anonymity. diers dead on June 15. India to illustrate the growing expansionist agenda, China has approved by the council and Raut hit back at Pawar, saying Maharashtra State Road Devel- project is ~ 7.5 crore. Street lights Parly also conveyed her Also on Monday, another threat Beijing poses to the US and now created a new border dis- despite objection from the Chi- the latter should have “rectified opment Corporation (MSRDC) are being installed on the “heartfelt condolences to the Republican senator, Marco its allies. “The Chinese Commu- pute with Bhutan, one of India’s nese council member, the work the mistakes [done in 1962] when will install street lights in the expressway for the first time. In entire Indian armed forces as Rubio, supported India. “Today I nist Party is certainly using the traditional ally. programme was adopted. he was defence minister”. “Our ghat section. the ghat section, tunnel work well as to the grieving families” of spoke to @SandhuTaranjitS to [Covid-19] pandemic to try to At a virtual meeting of the The council refused to record leader Rahul Gandhiji has been The expressway witnessed 306 will continue simultaneously, the 20 soldiers. express our solidarity with the assert claims and take very Global Environment Facility China’s reason for objection, speaking in the interest of the accidents in 2019 (including but it will take another two years Indian and Chinese troops people of #India as they firmly aggressive action against almost (GEF) in the first week of June, saying that the footnote would nation and asking the questions fatal, serious and minor injuries) to complete and we want to have been engaged in a months- confront unwarranted & lawless all of its neighbours,” he said. Beijing objected to the grant for only record that China objected that are in the minds of people. along with 138 mishaps which reduce the number of accidents old tense standoff along the LAC, armed aggression by the Commu- “...China has essentially invaded Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary to the project. However, the Chi- Pawarsaheb was a Congress did not result in injuries. Till in the coming two years.” especially in Ladakh sector, nist Party of #China.” He was India, an ally of ours. And they (SWS) in eastern Bhutan’s nese council member said that leader when he was defence min- May this year, the expressway According to the state high- where both sides have deployed referring to a conversation with have killed 20 Indian soldiers.” Trashigang district bordering he would need time to consult ister of the country. As a political had recorded 46 accidents way police and MSRDC, if things thousands of additional troops. Taranjit S Sandhu, the Indian The Democratic-led House For- India and China, claiming that with his higher ups to come to a leader, he has been nurtured in (including fatal, serious and go according to plan, the actual France, a key supplier of front- ambassador to the US. eign Affairs Committee chair- the location was disputed. view on the matter. Congress. NCP is part of the minor injuries) along with 12 work of installing the street line combat jets to the Indian Air “India has made it clear, they man Eliot Engel denounced the Even as the rest of the world is The reasons were included in UPA-led by Congress and should mishaps which did not result in lights is likely to start in the next Force (IAF) for decades, has will not be bullied by Beijing,” Chinese aggression early June struggling with the the coronavi- the highlights of the discussion, not deviate from the stand taken injuries. The reduced number of couple of months. stepped up its defence engage- added Rubio, who is a member of before the deadly border clash. rus pandemic, which originated which is a less formal record, by the alliance. He should sup- mishaps has also been attributed While the entire ghat section ments with India in recent years the Senate Foreign Affairs Com- “I am extremely concerned by in Wuhan city of China’s Hubei and not in the chair’s summary, port the stand taken by Rahul to the decreased vehicle move- is 18km long, lights will be and both sides are working on mittee, a congressional panel the ongoing Chinese aggression province, Beijing has been Strat News reported. The draft Gandhi,” Raut said. ment on the expressway due to installed on the 10km stretch closer naval cooperation, includ- with oversight of the State along the Line of Actual Control aggressively attempting to alter summary of the chair mentioned Raut said Pawar should have the lockdown, said officials. between Khandala and Khopoli. ing joint exercises and patrols, in Department and the country’s on the India-China border,” the status quo in East China Sea, in the footnote that “China advised Modi to speak on the This will be the first time The Pune-Mumbai expressway, the Indian Ocean region. foreign policy. Engel said. “China is demonstrat- South China Sea and with India abstains and does not join the issue. “The situation in 1962 was when street lights will be officially named as the Yashwan- The State Department has also ing once again that it is willing to in Arunachal Pradesh and Council decision on this different. After Krishna Menon installed on the expressway for trao Chavan Expressway, has FRENCH DEFENCE held Chinese aggression respon- sible for the borer clashes. Secre- bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to Ladakh. As per Strat News Global, the GEF Council gath- project.”The Bhutan govern- ment has since issued a formal resigned as defence minister, Yashwantrao Chavan took over better visibility at night. The decision comes after MSRDC been operational since 2002. It is the country’s first six-lane con- MINISTER FLORENCE tary of State Mike Pompeo has international law.” ered to decide on funding for var- letter to the GEF council, as the defence minister. Pawar recently conducted a survey crete high-speed highway with a PARLY ALSO RECALLED referred to the clashes several times. “The [Chinese] PLA [Peo- “I am concerned by continued Chinese aggression along its bor- ious environmental projects across the world, was shocked by strongly opposing the references questioning the sovereignty of should also speak about the 1971 war against Pakistan and the vic- wherein officials recorded that lower visibility increased the total of 94.5km joining Pune and Mumbai. THAT INDIA IS ple’s Liberation Army] has esca- der with India,” Ami Bera, Indi- China’s objection and instantly Bhutan and its territory on the tory under the leadership of risk of road mishaps. Maximum fatal accidents FRANCE’S STRATEGIC lated border tensions--we see it an-origin chair of the Asia sub- rubbished it. The majority of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Indira Gandhi and YB Chavan, Vijay Patil, superintendent of have been reported on the today in India, the world’s most committee of the House Foreign GEF council members sup- the documents of the council’s who Pawarsaheb looks up to as a police, Maharashtra Highway expressway in 2016, in which 151 PARTNER IN THE REGION popular, populous democracy,” Affairs Committee, tweeted. ported Bhutan’s view and the session. AGENCIES mentor,” said Raut. HTC Police, said, “Monsoon brings people died. 10 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 sp t g t htspotlight LAC STAND-OFF China imports stuck at 3rd Lt Gen-level talks held at Chushul AMID TENSIONS ports amid strained ties HT Correspondent Lieutenant General Harinder ond person said. Experts were not optimistic n firstname.lastname@example.org Singh, commander of the Leh- With the senior commanders about any fresh hope from the based 14 Corps, and Major Gen- making no progress in imple- military-level dialogue, saying NEWDELHI: Senior Indian and Chi- eral Liu Lin, commander of the menting a disengagement plan diplomatic channels would have nese commanders on Tuesday South Xinjiang military region; aimed at reducing tensions, it is to be worked to reach a break- held a long meeting at Chushul in and the second after the brutal now becoming increasing evi- through. The latest meeting took Ladakh as part of ongoing efforts clash at Galwan Valley that left 20 dent that both armies are prepar- place at Chushul on the Indian IMPASSE Firms say they have paid customs duty, GST; ministries looking into resolving issue at the military level to cool Indian and an unconfirmed num- ing for a long haul and they could side of the LAC, while the previ- heightened border tensions that ber of Chinese soldiers dead. The remain deployed in the sector till ous two meetings were held at Bloomberg have soured bilateral ties, even as Galwan Valley clash, which took the onset of winter (September) , Moldo on the Chinese side. China n email@example.com the military build-up on both place while a previous disengage- said the third person cited above. has not halted — and instead sides of the contested Line of ment process was on, has created The two senior officers first ramped up — its military activity NEW YORK : Imports from China Actual Control (LAC) continues trust deficit between the two met on June 6 to ease growing ten- in Finger Area near Pangong Tso, have been piling up at Indian unabated, people familiar with sides, said a second person who sions along the LAC. The limited Galwan Valley and Depsang ports pending government clear- developments said on Tuesday. asked not to be named. military disengagement that Plains since the senior officers ances, causing concern that a The talks between the army The two delegations last met began in some friction areas after last met on June 22. recent border standoff between delegations, led by corps com- on June 22 when they hammered the first meeting was derailed India is especially concerned the two nations could have an mander-ranked officers, began at out a consensus on disengaging after the bloodshed in Galwan about the Chinese People’s Liber- economic fallout that will disrupt around 11am and were still on till from friction points along the dis- Valley. The Indian side on Tues- ation Army (PLA) holding posi- supply chains. the time of filing of this report. puted border during an 11-hour day reiterated its demand for the tions in the Finger Area. HT From active pharmaceutical There was no official word from meeting. The “mutual consensus pullback of Chinese troops from reported on Tuesday.. ingredients that go into the the army on the talks. A break- to disengage” from all “friction the friction points and sought the The situation is equally criti- world’s most-consumed drugs to through is unlikely at this stage areas” reached eight days ago has restoration of status quo ante cal from the Indian standpoint in the innards of popular mobile but talks will go on, said one of the neither enabled any disengage- (early April) in key areas includ- the Depsang sector as the PLA phones, Indian companies pur- persons cited above. ment on the ground nor led to the ing Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley has mobilised troops, weapons chase Chinese raw materials that This was the third meeting thinning of military build-up by and the strategic Depsang plains, and other military equipment in feed their finished products. between the delegations led by rival forces in the region, the sec- the third person said. sensitive areas. These consignments are now being delayed and firms aren’t sure why. “Customs authorities have not been clearing consignments com- India wary of China investing, INS criticises ing from China, and they haven’t China restrictions been offering any reasons,” Dinesh Dua, chairman of India’s Pharmaceutical Export Promo- n Businesses worry they may end up facing the brunt of a brewing trade war. between the Asian giants sparked by the delays, according to Daara REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO/REUTERS resolve the situation. trading through a third party on Indian media tion Council, said by phone. “It off by a border clash that killed 20 Patel, secretary general of the “We have been assured that Rajeev Jayaswal DATA SUGGESTS INDIRECT in the previous financial year, the has been five days now. We have Indian soldiers and left an undis- Indian Drug Manufacturers the government does not want firstname.lastname@example.org person mentioned above said. HT Correspondent INFLOW OF CHINESE n no source apart from China.” closed number of Chinese dead. Association that represents any disruption in these trying “The principal imports from n email@example.com Dua, who’s also chief executive India plans to impose stringent small- and medium-sized Indian times,” he said, “and all actions NEW DELHI: India suspects that GOODS AND INVESTMENTS Hong Kong, which have shown a officer of Nectar Lifesciences Ltd., said he has written to the quality control measures and higher tariffs on imports from pharmaceutical manufacturers. Firms are “quite anxious and will be taken in the interest of the industry and nation.” China could be engaging in unfair trade practices by supplying THROUGH LOCATIONS significant increase, are electri- cal and electronic products NEW DELHI: The Indian Newspa- per Society (INS) criticised on ministries responsible for phar- China, people with the knowl- concerned about the attitude of Ministries of finance and com- goods and investments through a WITH WHICH INDIA HAS where imports jumped from $1.3 Tuesday the decision by the maceuticals and trade to seek edge of the matter have said. the clearing agencies across the merce declined comments. third party such as Hong Kong FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS billion to $8.6 billion between 2017 Chinese government to restrict help as companies are spending India on Monday banned 59 Chi- country,” he said. One government official and Singapore, but may not bar and 2019,” FIEO director general access to Indian newspapers about 350,000 rupees ($4,630) a day nese apps, citing threats to its sov- Though drugmakers typically aware of development told HT on legitimate Chinese trade and Data shows that total foreign and chief executive officer Ajay and media websites and in demurrage charges. Similar ereignty and security. have stores of API to last as much the condition of anonymity – investments in India while scan- direct investment (FDI) from Sahai said. The increase in said that access to virtual pri- concerns are being voiced by Stopping imports from China as three months, one area that “The industry has approached ning them from the perspective of China is minuscule, but many imports is definitely a setback to vate networks had also been electronics manufacturers, along at domestic ports will lead to could be particularly impacted if the government on this matter national interest, people with Indian firms have received Chi- domestic industry, he said. “If the blocked. with anxiety about how they will losses for those Indian businesses these delays persist could be anti- and both commerce and finance knowledge of the matter said. nese investments. Similarly, goods made in China are In a statement, INS president run their factories, only recently that placed orders before the bor- biotics, given Indian factories’ ministries are taking necessary Data suggests significant indi- imports from China have regis- re-routed through Hong Kong Shailesh Gupta said the action reopened after India’s lockdown der clashes, Nitin Gadkari, dependence on Chinese inputs steps to expeditiously clear all rect inflow of Chinese goods and tered a minor decline recently, and Singapore, showing such ori- of the Chinese government was to contain the coronavirus. Indian minister for Micro Small for those formulations. import consignments that are not investments through locations but at the same time imports from gin of products, customs can uncalled for. “Five consignments of mine and Medium Enterprises, told The Society of Indian Automo- suspicious.” with which India has free trade Hong Kong and Singapore have always ask importers to provide Access to Indian newspapers are stuck,” said Sudhir Hasija, Quintillion Media on Sunday. bile Manufacturers warned in a A second official, working for agreements (FTAs), preferential surged. These figures show that the proof of adhering to the Rules and media websites through chairman and founder of Kar- Gadkari said his ministry is statement that the congestion at an economic ministry said trade agreements (PTAs) or other something is amiss and needs to of Origin,” he said. VPN was stopped using a “tech- bonn Mobiles, which builds actively working with the finance ports could hurt manufacturers. requesting anonymity: “China is bilateral commercial arrange- be probed, one of the people cited A second person working in nologically advanced firewall”, smartphones, chargers and set and commerce ministries to Karbonn’s Hasija said freight for- indulging in unethical and ments. This is not only illegal but above, who works in an economic economic ministry said, “Even the statement added. top boxes. resolve this issue. warders are refusing to lift more unscrupulous trade activities also injuring domestic industry, ministry, said. the Chinese FDI inflow also Gupta “strongly urged” the “The government collected Yogesh Baweja, a spokesman material from China because that not only damage our domes- the people said, requesting ano- According to the Federation of appears skewed.” The latest offi- Indian government to ban all customs duty and GST on them. for the commerce ministry, they don’t have space to store the tic manufacturers but also result nymity. Indian Export Organisations cial data shows foreign direct access to Chinese media in India 100% of the inspections are done. declined to comment when called shipments. into huge revenue loss... While The development comes a day (FIEO), while India’s trade deficit investment from China between and call off collaborations made Now I’m told they are waiting for by Bloomberg News while Rajesh Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman concerns of some industries are after the Narendra Modi goven- with China narrowed by $6.05 bil- April 2000 and March 2020 was by China in Indian media com- release instructions, from whom Malhotra, who represents India’s of the India Cellular and Elec- genuine and government will ment announced ban on 59 lion to $51.25 billion in 2019, the $2.378.71 billion, which is 0.51% of panies forthwith. I don’t know. I haven’t received Finance Ministry, didn’t answer tronics Association, which repre- expedite clearing such consign- mostly Chinese mobile applica- gap with Hong Kong widened the total FDI inflow into the coun- The statement came amid a any communication.” a call outside office hours in New sents companies such as Apple ments,.. . We need to be very care- tions citing concerns that these sharply by $5.8 billion in 2019, try in the two decades. stand-off between India and Businesses worry that they Delhi on Monday. Inc. and Micromax Informatics ful as this is a matter of national are “prejudicial to sovereignty , nullifying almost all the gains. Email queries sent to minis- China and escalating tensions may end up becoming the casu- At least six companies from Ltd., said the industry body is in interest.” defence of India, security of state Similarly, India trade deficit tries of finance and commerce did between the two neighbours in alty of a brewing trade war across India have been affected talks with the government to (With HTC inputs) and public order.” with Singapore was $5.82 billion not elicit any response. the Ladakh sector. Chinese apps may pose Centre used IT Act powers to block apps security risks: Experts Murali Krishnan n firstname.lastname@example.org NEW DELHI : The central govern- ment has banned 59 mainly Chi- vides for the central government to issue directions for blocking public access to any information through any computer resource. This is the provision which has before the content is blocked (Rules 6, 7 and 8). The second method is to deal with emergency cases in which the designated officer can issue an interim order down these apps from their online stores. So nobody can download the apps from now on. Second, it can ask Internet Ser- vice Providers (ISPs) to block Brijesh Singh, inspector gen- eral of police, Maharashtra, cited the potential security issues asso- ciated with such apps. “During hostilities and con- Binayak Dasgupta observed that China is investing nese mobile applications such as been relied on by government blocking the content without giv- traffic to the apps. This will flict between China and other n email@example.com in mass surveillance using not Tik-Tok and WeChat, invoking agencies in the past to take down ing a hearing to the originator or ensure that continued use of app countries, data from these apps only CCTVs but also other inter- its powers under section 69A of online content. intermediary (rule 9). is not possible”, Grover said. will put the Chinese regime to a NEW DELHI: Software and hard- faces. The big worries are Hua- the Information Technology Act The section also sets out the “But the fact of the matter is great geopolitical advantage... A ware developed in China often wei with its 5G networks,” he of 2000 and provisions of the grounds on which such a step can that, even in cases where hearing WHERE IS THE ORDER rapid and thorough assessment pose the threat of being used for said. Information Technology (Proce- be taken - - in the interest of sover- is given before imposing a ban, BLOCKING THE APPS? of Chinese apps from the point of mass surveillance, cybersecu- The entry of Huawei in 5Gmo- dure and Safeguards for Blocking eignty and integrity of India, the hearing is most times One crucial aspect which has view of national security as well rity researchers have said, citing bile communication has trig- of Access of Information by Pub- defence of India, security of the afforded only to the intermediary been pointed out is that no details as individual privacy is the data breaches as well as laws gered concerns in some Western lic) Rules of 2009 to block the country, friendly relations with and not to the originator or con- have been made available in the urgent need of the hour”, he said. that indicate the presence of nations, predominantly the apps. foreign states or public order or tent creator. So we cannot be sure public domain on the ban except Some have pointed out that mechanisms that can be acti- United States, that it may allow This step was taken, according for preventing incitement to the whether a ban is under rules 6, 7 what has been stated in the gov- such a ban affects freedom of vated to collect and sift through for a backdoor for Chinese intel- to government statement, commission of any offence relat- and 8 or under rule 9”, said Gur- ernment statement. Rule 16 of the speech of people who use such troves of user data. ligence to internet as well as because the Centre had informa- ing to above. The provision man- shabad Grover, research man- 2009 rules mandate that strict apps to voice their opinion or One of the strongest hints n India banned 59 apps with phone data. tion that the app companies are dates that the reasons for block- ager at the Centre for Internet confidentiality has to be main- showcase their creativity. Con- came last year when Dutch Chinese links, saying their Gevers as well as Anand said engaged in activities prejudicial ing such content have to be and Society. tained when it comes to com- cerns have also been raised that it cybersecurity experts discov- activities endanger the the risk in particular was to the sovereignty and integrity of recorded in writing. plaints received and action taken stifles access to information. ered billions of messages of users country’s sovereignty, defence because of how free applications India, defence of India, security of There are broadly two proce- HOW WILL THE BLOCK- regarding such a ban. “Many of these apps are used by of Chinese apps WeChat and QQ, and security. work: they collect massive state and public order. dures prescribed under the 2009 ING BE IMPLEMENTED? Since the order is not availa- people to express their opinions which were stored in a manner amounts of user data to sustain The ban has raised a slew of rules. One is when the intermedi- “It will be implemented in two ble, the exact reason cannot also and showcase their talent. A ban that suggested they were part of such manner because it comes the business by offering ads. legal questions. ary or person who has hosted the ways. One, the government will be deduced except that it is on the on them could be construed as a massive dragnet that was used from such a mindset,” he said, “Chinese developers often use Section 69A of the IT Act pro- information is given a hearing ask Apple and Google to take grounds of national security. affecting right under article 19.” to censor content on these plat- while also adding that any user the principles of data collection forms. of such apps was at risk. and data mining commonly used C O M P LY I N G W I T H C E N T R E ’ S O R D E R “Every Chinese tech company has to comply with the Chinese Among the database were roughly 3.7 billion messages sent for advertising and uses it to its mass surveillance system,” train Indian social app cybersecurity law which allows the Chinese government to have access to the data these compa- on one particular day – March 18, 2019 – on WeChat that had a com- mon theme: they all contained said Gevers. “Most of these applications collect far more data than Chingari logs over Govt depts, CMs exit apps after ban nies collect – this is part of the nationwide mass surveillance some specific keywords that were likely to have been identi- required and that has been a very long-going concern. It is a 3mn downloads Sunetra Choudhury We used to use Helo accounts because of the ered 912,000 followers on systems that are in place in China,” said Victor Gevers, head of research at the Dutch Institute of Vulnerability Disclosure (DIVD), who discovered such databases in 2019. fied as triggers for censorship or action by law enforcement. The words included “Jin- ping”, “power”, “CCP”, “Tianan- men”, and “Dalai”. “It became very clear that giant dragnet of data,” added Anand. The two experts also said China was not the first country to carry out such intercepts, pointing to the disclosures in the Agencies n firstname.lastname@example.org BENGALURU : Indians have rushed to download social app Chingari, n email@example.com NEW DELHI: When the ministry of electronics and information tech- nology was sending out its public order banning 59, mostly Chi- › Sharechat for our Malayalee videos but we only got 51,000 followers sheer numbers that they saw as audiences. Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s team said that they got the idea to join Tik- Tok after seeing the Central gov- Helo and 179,000 followers on Tik- Tok. “The kind of followers you get here are 180 degrees different from any other platform. Also, while FaceBook and others have WeChat and QQ are among 59 they actually gather everything documents leaked by American a desi alternative to Chinese Tik- nese, mobile applications, two in that. Comparatively, the ernment using it for its coronavi- ad-based targeting, here you mostly Chinese applications at some point and sift through it intelligence contractor Edward Tok, which is witnessing nearly 1 government departments were rus disease messaging. don’t have to do that,’’ he said. banned by the Indian govern- to see if there has to be any inter- Snowden that showed similar lakh downloads and over 2 mil- tracking the note very carefully. TikTok and Helo accounts “We were just toying with the The Kerala government was ment on Monday after com- ception or human interaction. mass data dragnets being cre- lion views per hour since the gov- One was the Press Information idea of starting a Tik-Tok account exploiting that feature for not just plaints that these were collecting They copy all the data or take a ated by United States’ National ernment banned 59 Chinese Bureau of India (and not because get several times more. for the CM when this order the CM’s messages but also to run and sending data of Indian users stream of realtime data and use Security Agency. apps over national security con- it had to disseminate the order) APPU LENIN, Kerala CM social media came,’’ saod Dileel Konathan, separate accounts for its police outside of the country, a move keywords to trigger a censor sys- In a statement issued by Tik- cerns. and the other was MyGov.in, the account manager who handles social media for the and tourism department as well. that comes in the middle of tem that automatically removes Tok on Tuesday, its India head Already downloaded over 3 platform to crowdsource ideas Telangana CM. “At the moment, In fact, the police had almost a increased hostilities between the content from applications or flag Nikhil Gandhi said TikTok “con- million times, the app which was about governance. lion followers and that may be a we just ran our Corona campaign million followers on Tik-Tok. two countries over the disputed them for a review,” Gevers said. tinues to comply with all data founded by Bengaluru-based pro- As soon as the government reason why many top politicians on Tik-Tok.’’ “We used to use sharechat for border at Ladakh. Indications of unlawful collec- privacy and security require- grammers Biswatma Nayak and announced that these apps pose a may miss the apps, which send According to Konathan, the our Malayalee videos but we only “These data collections are tion of data emerged afresh last ments under Indian law and has Siddharth Gautam last year, was “threat to sovereignty and integ- out short videos and messages. app is appealing because it has a got 51,000 followers in that. Com- not limited to only Chinese users week with another prominent not shared any information of trending at the top spot on Google rity of India,” both PIB and A PIB spokesperson told HT: high captive audience, one which paratively, the Tik-Tok and Helo but all users of a certain platform Chinese company, TikTok, our users in India with any for- Play Store, surpassing Mitron MyGov.in deleted their accounts “We were not on Tik-Tok for the is much larger than that offered accounts get several times more. and the data includes every which was found to have been eign government, including the app, a TikTok clone platform. on Tik-Tok and its regional ver- love of China, but because it has by Twitter and FaceBook. “The They really cater to the regional, interaction,” contended Gevers, logging what people were typing Chinese government”. “Since the word spread that sion, Helo. followers. We wanted to spread demographic is completely differ- tier two audience and every time adding that the leaks in 2019 on their iPhones. According to A Chinese foreign ministry Indians now have a homegrown Confirming this to HT, the word and it was very effec- ent. You get followers in rural we put out our videos, it engaged showed the inner workings of Gevers, logging keystrokes – spokesperson in Beijing said and more entertaining alterna- MyGov.in’s CEO Abhishek Singh tive.’’ areas who may be semi-literate many more people,’’ said Appu these mass surveillance systems what people type – may now China encourages companies in tive to TikTok, we have been said the action was in keeping It’s not just these central gov- and they are all consuming your Lenin, who handles Vijayan’s for the first time. become one of the key ways such its country to function under recording traffic beyond expecta- with government policies. ernment departments. In the last content.’’ social media accounts. Gevers’s concerns were companies intercept the data legal obligations. tions on our app,” said Nayak. “We joined Tik-Tok and Helo few months, Tik-Tok and Helo In other words, they offer a “It takes such little time for a echoed by Anand V, an inde- they are legally required to “I want to stress that the Chi- “As Chingari is setting new in April because we are there on have been hosting a formidable means of communicating with new app to take over, that it pendent security researcher maintain as more apps deploy nese government always asks benchmarks, a lot of investors all platforms,’’ he said. “If the bunch of top leaders. From Delhi grassroots citizens. Ankit Lal, doesn’t really matter,’’ said Lenin based in Bengaluru. “Generally, end-to-end encryption. the Chinese businesses to abide are showing interest in our app. platform violates the law, then we chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who handles social media for suggesting that TikTok may have developers from China are used “What we saw with TikTok is by international rules, local laws We are holding crucial discus- will leave it. We have to abide by and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan to Delhi chief minister Kejriwal, been their engine to reach rural to looking at techno-cultural likely to happen with other and regulations in their business sions to get a good investor(s) on our laws.’’ Punjab’s Amarinder Singh and explained that they came to these audiences for some time now, but approach that all data belongs to applications,” he warned. The cooperation with foreign coun- board so as to scale up our free-of- In just the two months that PIB Andhra Pradesh’s YS Jagan apps very recently, just before they are sure that another app the government. They believe concerns stretch over to hard- tries,” said spokesperson Zhao cost social platform,” Nayak said and MyGov. in were on Tiktok, Mohan Reddy , they had all February’s elections. promising the same features is that it is okay to collect data in ware as well, he added. “We have Lijian. in a statement. they garnered more than a mil- signed up for Tik-Tok and At that time, Kejriwal gath- sure to come along soon. HIN DUSTA N T IMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 hindustantimes 11 frompageone State... Thane recorded 278 new cases, taking the tally close to 10,000 LeT operatives had laid siege to the hotel on November 26, 2008 for PM... important.” She, however, also offered a note of caution. “How- international investors includ- ing the Chinese ones,” he said. being done, and why an emer- gency order was being issued - region, as attempts to reduce ten- sions have not yielded a break- It also reported 95 fatalities, cases, while Kalyan-Dombivli 60 hours. “In a way, over two-and-a-half ever, two things still remain. The According to experts, the ban and the channels to be able to through. If the stalemate persists, including 57 deaths of the previ- reported 435 fresh Covid-19 cases Later, the caller called up times the population of the United first is the urgency of universali- seems to have been enforced by a push back in such review,” said Indian and Chinese forces are ous weeks, taking the toll to on Tuesday, where the total Hotel Taj Lands End in Bandra States, 12 times the population of sation of PDS (ensuring smooth voluntary disabling of services Raman Jit Singh Chima, lawyer likely to hold positions in the area 4,556. cases now stand at 7,503. Navi and issued a similar threat. Both the United Kingdom, and double access to the PDS for all migrant in India by TikTok for the time and Asia Pacific policy director till at least September, with the Out of the 245 deaths reported Mumbai saw 195 new cases, calls were made from a number the population of the European workers and those without rele- being. “It does not work because at Access Now, an international onset of winter making it virtu- in the state on Tuesday, 95 while Ulhasnagar and Mira-Bha- now being investigated by a team Union was given free ration by vant cards), and second, resolv- the developers rerouted digital rights group. ally impossible for the two sides occurred in the past 48 hours and yander recorded 155 and 196 of cyber police officials, said our government.” ing some of the complex federal requests from Indian IP (With inputs from Binayak Dasgupta) to stay forward deployed, said the 150 deaths are from the previous fresh cases respectively. Vasai- Mumbai Police officers. While Suggesting that in the mon- issues associated with the ‘one addresses to the error page. If it fourth person cited above. “The period, the state health depart- ment said. These include 57 Virar recorded 236 new cases, taking the total to 4,729. both hotels have shut down its operations currently due to the soon season, barring agriculture, there is a dip in activities, and the nation one ration card’. If we want to genuinely build robust was blocked by ISPs, there would be a different message dis- Army... deployment of additional forces became mandatory keeping in deaths in Mumbai, 15 in Thane, Besides MMR, Covid-19 cases Covid-19 pandemic and the lock- period also sees a range of festi- social security for India, the gov- played,” explained Anand V, an Soldiers may also have been mind that the Chinese buildup is 42 in Bhivandi, two in Kalyan- continued to rise in Nashik, down that has been imposed, all vals with increased needs and ernment must turn its attention independent cybersecurity pulled out from peace stations for expected to last for the next three Dombivli, four in Mira-Bhayan- Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, measures are being taken to pre- expenses, the PM announced the to these issues fast.” researcher. The ban on the 59 the Ladakh role, he added. HT is months,” he said. dar and Aurangabad, three in Aurangabad, and Jalgaon. Pune vent any untoward situation, said extension of the PMGKY up to The other major theme of the applications was under discus- not revealing the location of the Experts believe that deploying Thane district and Pune, five in recorded 816 new cases, taking a senior police officer, requesting Diwali and Chhath Puja till the PM’s speech was a message to cit- sion since early June but picked bases from where troops, weap- essential and additional elements Palghar, seven in Panvel, six in the tally over the 18,000-mark to anonymity. After the phone calls, end of November.“This scheme, izens to remain careful in the up pace following the fatal con- ons and equipment have been of combat power to the Ladakh Solapur, one each in Nashik and 18,039 cases. Aurangabad dis- Mumbai police has increased giving free ration to 800 million wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. frontation between Indian and deployed to Ladakh because of sector is necessary as the contin- Jalgaon. trict recorded 93 cases, taking patrolling across the city and has people, will continue in July, The PM said that India, com- Chinese troops in Galwan Valley security considerations. uing Chinese buildup calls into As new cases continued to total cases in the district to 1,011, stepped up its vigil across all vital August, September, October, pared to other countries, had a in the middle of the month. While the reserve formations question the People’s Liberation increase in satellite cities while Aurangabad city regis- installations in the city. November. Every member of the low fatality rate, and a “timely MEITY cited complaints from have moved with their own inte- Army (PLA)‘a intent to restore around Mumbai, local authori- tered 128 new cases, pushing the family will get five kg wheat or lockdown” had saved hundreds agencies as well members of pub- gral artillery elements, the tanks status quo ante (early April) in ties in Thane and Mira-Bhayan- der announced lockdown in the tally to 4,317. “Cases in rural Maharashtra Mumbai... rice. Every family will also get one kg of whole chana (gram) per of thousands of lives. “But we have also seen that since Unlock lic that these applications were relaying data of Indian users to and the infantry combat vehicles have been marshalled from mul- strategic areas. “The Chinese military has flexed its muscle two cities. Thane municipal or in tier-two cities of the state It was 13 (good) during the day month, free of cost.” 1.0, there is increasing negligence outside of the country. “The tiple bases across the western with its buildup at the point of commissioner Vipin Sharma are increasing, but are in con- and improved further by the The total expenditure on the in personal and social behaviour. compilation of these data, its sector for force augmentation in impact, as also in depth areas on announced lockdown in Thane trol. We have not seen any expo- evening. The AQI has been pre- scheme — for the past three Earlier, we were very careful mining and profiling by ele- Ladakh, a second person said. their side of the LAC. Due to city from 7am on July 2 to July nential growth. The public dicted at 10 for Wednesday. months and the next five months with respect to wearing of masks, ments hostile to national secu- Additional forces have been China’s belligerence, it is axio- 12, restricting movement of peo- health infrastructure in these Mumbai’s air on Tuesday was — is ₹1.5 lakh crore. The PM also social distancing and washing of rity and defence of India, which sent to Ladakh by road and air, he matic that we should have ple, except for essential work. areas has also been ramped up,” cleaner than major international thanked farmers and taxpayers hands for 20 seconds. But today, ultimately impinges upon the said. The Indian Air Force’s desired combat ratios to offset Thane city has seen 2,533 cases in said a senior official from the cities such as London (21), Tokyo in particular for their contribu- when we need to be more careful, sovereignty and integrity of heavy-lift aircraft have also possible evil designs,” said Lieu- the past eight days alone. health department, requesting (52), Sydney (25), Singapore (25), tion, which had made the scheme increasing negligence is a cause India, is a matter of very deep flown soldiers, tanks and other tenant General BS Jaswal (retd), The Mira-Bhayander munici- anonymity. but New York’s AQI was better at possible.While thanking the PM of worry.” He said there was a and immediate concern which equipment from Chandigarh to a former Northern Army com- pal corporation, too, announced State health minister Rajesh 10. All 10 locations where AQI is for the ”pro-poor scheme“, Union need to remain alert and follow requires emergency measures,” Leh, as reported by HT on Tues- mander. He added that India’s a complete lockdown till July 10 Tope has also cautioned that monitored in the city recorded minister for consumer affairs, rules, like during the lockdown; the ministry said in a statement day. “Military equipment, military posture would enable it after cases spiked in the past few cases are expected to rise in July ‘good’ air quality, and AQI levels food and public distribution Ram emphasised this was particularly on Monday while announcing including tanks, has been moved to talk to the Chinese from a posi- days. In the past eight days and through August. He said that did not cross 30. Colaba had the Vilas Paswan said, “There are a true for containment zones; and the move. Experts said there to Ladakh from areas in the west- tion of strength. India has also alone, Mira-Bhayander has the state is focusing on reducing cleanest air with an AQI of 2, fol- few states, however, that are yet said that those who were not fol- must be more clarity on what ern sector where very favourable deployed its air defence weapon recorded 1,031 cases. While milk the case fatality rate (CFR) in the lowed by Mazagaon at 5, Bhandup to distribute the grains. So, we lowing rules needed to be stopped legal provisions were used to put combat ratios already exist to systems to counter possible aer- and bakery stores will be state, which now stands at 4.49% and Chembur at 8, Borivli 10, BKC urge them to distribute it and are and cautioned. He cited the exam- the ban in place, citing what they deal with Pakistan,” said the ial threats from the PLA-Air allowed to open between 5am — higher than the country’s 15, Andheri 16, Malad 17, Worli 18, issuing a fresh circular.” ple of a leader of a country being said were two particular ways third person cited above. He Force in the Ladakh sector where and 10pm, all other shops, malls, mortality rate of 2.98%. “We have and the highest of 26 at Navi The Opposition, however, cri- fined for not wearing a mask — in this could be done and one did added diverting this equipment tensions rose sharply after a bru- supermarkets, vegetable/ fruits sought ventilators from the Cen- Mumbai. tiqued the PM. Former Congress what appeared to be a reference not require an inter-ministerial from these areas would not make tal clash in Galwan Valley left 20 and grocery stores will remain tre. Besides that, we are also Researchers from SAFAR said president Rahul Gandhi, who to Brazil’s President Jair Bolson- review committee: the emer- any “elemental difference” to the Indian and an unconfirmed num- shut during the lockdown going to procure remdesivir and a combination of factors had led had, before the PM’s speech aro — and said that in India, local gency order route.“If tech plat- situation on the western front. ber of Chinese troops dead on period, local officials said. Home favipiravir drugs for every dis- to the drop in air quality. “The asked him to address how India authorities must exhibit the same forms operating in India Both India and China have sig- June 15. The IAF has raised its delivery of groceries, fruits, veg- trict in the state. It is expected to lockdown period due to the Cov- would evict Chinese troops from “enthusiasm”. “Be it a village received an order directing nificantly reinforced their guard to deal with any military etables, fish, poultry and meat reduce fatalities. Even if there is id-19 pandemic had already Ladakh and demanded an income pradhan or the Prime Minister, blocking of access, they would deployments with thousands of provocation by the Chinese for- will be allowed between 9am and a spike, we are working towards brought down PM concentration transfer scheme for the poor, no one is above the law in India. normally do so. They should soldiers, fighter jets, helicopters, ces and forward bases have been 11pm. Pharmacies will remain it not leading to fatalities. Our to its background levels (concen- tweeted a couplet after the have asked under what process tanks, heavy artillery, missiles ordered to be on their highest open between 9am and 9 pm. On Tuesday, Kalyan-Dom- planning and goal is to further reduce the mortality rate,” the tration without being influenced by human-induced emissions). It speech. This was widely inter- preted as critique of the PM’s TikTok... and legal authority that was and air defence systems in the state of alert, said fourth person. bivli municipal commissioner health department official takes time for PM levels to rise silence on the border stand-off HT was not able to independ- announced lockdown from 7am added. again even after emissions resur- with China in his address to the ently verify if there was a meet- on July 2 till 7pm on July 12. Pub- Meanwhile, 1,951 patients face. Intense rain over Mumbai nation. ing planned since MEITY offi- lic transportation, including were discharged on Tuesday. So between Monday night and early Congress spokesperson cials did not respond to requests autorickshaw, state transport far, 90,911 patients in the state Tuesday morning, high moisture Supriya Shrinate claimed that for a comment on this.In addi- buses, taxi, private buses, etc have been discharged. With a content in the city’s air, combined the speech indicated that the PM tion to the app not being visible will not be allowed to ply. Move- recovery rate of 52.02%, the num- with wind speed up to a maxi- expected the impact of Covid-19 to on the app stores, TikTok also ment of people have been ber of active cases in the state mum of 30kmph, allow swift dis- last till November, and that his appeared to disable access to restricted, unless due to emer- stands at 75,979. Maharashtra persion of pollutants close to the various references to Chhath Indians on its website, redirect- gency. Meanwhile, Navi Mum- has tested 9,66,723 samples and surface,” said Gufran Beig, Puja and Bihar made it crystal ing instead to a “notfound” page. bai have already announced a has a positivity rate of 18.07% for director, SAFAR. “This is a char- clear he had “only state elec- The Chinese government said complete lockdown in 10 con- Covid-19. Currently, 5,78,033 acteristic of the monsoon, but it is tions” on his mind. In West Ben- on Tuesday it was “strongly con- tainment zones from Monday till people are in home quarantine getting further enhanced due to gal, CM Banerjee said that her cerned” about New Delhi’s deci- July 5. The local administrations and 38,866 people are in institu- restrictions in place over the past government would give free sion to ban the apps, adding that took the step to contain the rise of tional quarantine. few months. AQI and PM concen- grains till June 2021, and the qual- move was against “India’s inter- cases in the satellite cities after it tration is likely to remain in the ity of rice being provided to the ests”. The ban follows what has saw a significant rise in cases. Kalyan-Dombivli has recorded Cops... ‘good’ category as rainfall has been predicted in the coming poor was better than the one being given by the Centre. been a period hostility not seen for decades between the two 3,130 cases, while Navi Mumbai A senior police officer, days.” The concentration of Welcoming the decision, Yam- neighbours over the disputed has recorded 1,743 cases in the requesting anonymity, con- PM2.5 was as low as 7 micro- ini Aiyar, president and chief territory in Ladakh. past eight days. firmed the threat calls and addi- grams per cubic metre (µg/m3), executive of the Centre for Policy “China is strongly concerned “The figures in Mumbai seem tional deployment at both hotels. against the prescribed limit of Research, said, “For the last three about the relevant notice issued to have plateaued, but there is a Apart from quick-reaction teams 60µg/m3 for 24 hours as national months, India’s much maligned by the Indian side. We are check- spike in cases in its surrounding (QRTs), counter-terrorism units safe standard, and 25 µg/m3 as PDS system has been the lifeline ing on and verifying the situa- areas and it needs containing as have also been stationed as per the World Health Organization for most Indians. The extension tion,” foreign ministry spokes- the population density is high in requirements and protocol, said (WHO) safe standard. PM2.5 lev- of the PDS based entitlements to person, Zhao Lijian said at the these areas. The chief minister officers. Police officers said the els are likely to fall further to 6µg/ the end of November is a welcome regular ministry briefing on has in no uncertain terms asked first call was made around 12.30 m3 on Wednesday and 10 µg/m3 move. The economic shock Tuesday.Zhao reminded New the local administrations in the am to Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and on Thursday, said SAFAR. PM10 caused by the lockdown has hit Delhi of its responsibilities Mumbai Metropolitan Region Towers in Colaba which was was 14 µg/m3, against the safe India’s vulnerable and poor the towards foreign companies. (MMR) to step up tracking, test- attended by a hotel staffer. The limit of 60 µg/m3. It is expected to most. The worst is still not behind “The Indian government has the ing, and treatment,” a state caller said he will blow up the be 11µg/m3 on Wednesday and us. Ensuring basic protections responsibility to uphold the bureaucrat said. hotel in a fashion similar to when 16µg/m3 on Thursday. for them through the PDS is thus legitimate and legal rights of the 12 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 news Builder must allot City’s rain in June was lowest MSEDCL offers 2% shortstories NIA OPPOSES space for buyer’s BHARADWAJ’S discount on lump BAIL PLEA MUMBAI: The National Investiga- tion Agency (NIA) has opposed the plea of a lawyer and former for the month in 5 years: IMD one vehicle: Nat’l consumer body sum bill payment professor Sudha Bharadwaj who is currently lodged in Byculla 110MM SHORT OF MONTHLY AVERAGE Heavy rain alert in Mumbai from Wed to Sat MUMBAI:The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Tanushree Venkatraman said. Consumer grievance cells Women’s prison for her alleged Badri Chatterjee (NCDRC) recently upheld an n firstname.lastname@example.org have also been set-up at all divi- involvement in the Elgar Parishad n email@example.com order of the Maharashtra State sions to address queries. case. NIA stated that Bharadwaj is Consumer Disputes Redressal MUMBAI: Consumers who pay On Tuesday, Maharashtra using her comorbidities as an MUMBAI:Though parts of Mumbai Commission (MSCRDC), declar- their June bill in a lump sum chief minister (CM) Uddhav excuse to get interim bail. HTC witnessed intense showers on ing that a builder is bound to pro- will get a discount of 2%, state Thackeray tweeted that the Monday night, overall rainfall in vide parking space for at least one energy minister Nitin Raut Maharashtra Electricity Regu- PALGHAR CASE: June has been lowest in five years vehicle to each flat purchaser. announced in a press confer- latory Commission (MERC) has STATE APPOINTS as the city fell 110mm short of its Prem Narain, presiding mem- ence on Tuesday. Additionally, directed power companies to average. On Tuesday, the India ber, NCDRC, dismissed an appeal he said that if Maharashtra show transparency in their bill- SPECIAL PP Meteorological Department by property developer, Saroj State Electricity Distribution ing procedures and redress con- MUMBAI: State government has (IMD) issued a yellow alert (be Sales Organisation (SSO), which Company Limited (MSEDCL) sumer complaints immediately. appointed special public prosecu- updated for heavy rain at isolated moved the commission after its consumers pay even 1/3rd of Following a rising number of tor (PP) Satish Maneshinde in places) for Mumbai and Thane, plea was rejected by MSCDRC, their bill, supply will not be dis- complaints, the power regula- Palghar mob lynching case. The from Wednesday to Saturday. following complaints by the connected and they will have tory authority issued directives state government has already Heavy overnight rain homebuyers, Dolly Bharucha the facility to pay their bills in to the utility firms on Monday. transferred the case to the (between Monday 9.30pm and and Aarati Chorge. The two three instalments. In a statement released on Criminal Investigation Depart- Tuesday 8.30am) helped south moved the district forum after the “Those who have already Monday, MERC said that if one’s ment (CID). HTC Mumbai reduce its monthly rain developer refused to provide paid their bills in total will also bill is more than double the deficit. Colaba weather station, space for parking their vehicles get a 2% discount,” Raut said. average for the amount charged MMRC SETS UP representative of south Mumbai, inside the building compound in The state announced these from March to May, consumers DISASTER recorded 524.5mm between June Kandivli. In 2015, the forum incentives following thousands should be given the option of 1 and June 30 (8.30pm), which is Dark clouds hover over Mahim on Tuesday. SATISH BATE/HT PHOTO directed the builder to provide of complaints registered by con- dividing the payment into three CONTROL ROOM n 16.4mm short of the station’s parking space to the complain- sumers regarding inflated bills. monthly instalments. MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metro Rail average rainfall for the month. in 2016; and 1,106.7mm in 2015. rain for almost two hours led to “Monsoon systems do have ants. Later in 2018, the devel- Raut said that consumers can It has also asked utility firms Corporation (MMRC) has set-up a However, Santacruz weather Director general of IMD Mrutun- several areas in the south and embedded mesoscale systems oper’s appeal was also dismissed also register their complaints by to “set-up a robust monitoring Disaster Control Room to resolve observatory, representative of jay Mohapatra said, “Weather central Mumbai recording three- (microclimate characteristics), by MSCDRC . writing to energyminis- mechanism” like a dedicated monsoon-related grievances the suburbs and Mumbai, systems along the west coast are digit rain figures. However, there which give intense rainfall at During the appeal at the firstname.lastname@example.org or call, help-desk or a grievance officer along the 33.5-km long Colaba- recorded 395 mm rain between strengthening monsoon currents was less rain in the suburbs. highly localised places. This hap- NCDRC, the builder stated that WhatsApp or SMS on 9833567777 at all sub-divisional and divi- Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor. June 1 and June 30 (8.30pm), and above normal rain is Between 8.30am Monday and 8.30 pened on Monday night and con- the complainants had not opted and 9833717777. sional offices to address queries Control room numbers are: which was 110 mm short of the expected in July and August.” am Tuesday, Colaba recorded tinued with intermittent light to for the parking space at the time “The complaints will be from consumers within a day of 9136805065 and 7506706477. HTC average rainfall for June (505 In June 2014, Mumbai wit- 101mm rain while 11.2mm rain moderate showers in south-cen- of booking their respective flats, resolved immediately. We are their receipt. The power supply mm). The suburbs ended the nessed its lowest rainfall reading was recorded in Santacruz. IMD tral Mumbai but since cloud and therefore, were not entitled reaching out to consumers by cannot be disconnected until FIVE ARRESTED month with a rain deficit of 22%. in 10 years (87.3mm) while the classifies 2.5-7.5 mm as light rain; bands were over this region, to any parking space. NCDRC, arranging meetings in societies, consumers have been given the FOR EXTORTION According to IMD, June rain- second-lowest was in June 2012 7.6-35.5mm as moderate rain; there was less rain over the sub- however, refused to interfere via local radio, webinars, send- option of EMIs, and their griev- PALGHAR: Five persons have been fall was 515.1mm in 2019; 792.5mm (298.5mm). 35.6-64.4mm as rather heavy rain; urbs,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy with the MSCRDC decision. ing messages, and even on Face- ances are redressed, MERC arrested by the Manor police for in 2018; 523.2mm in 2017; 695.2mm On Monday, an intense spell of and 64.5-124.4 mm as heavy rain. director-general, IMD. KANCHAN CHAUDHARI book Live,” the energy minister stated. allegedly cheating and extorting 35% commission from tribals, with the promise of a good deal in compensation for their land in Palghar. HTC IIT Alumni Council A first after becoming CM: Thackeray in Relief to Arnab BODY FOUND WITH to eliminate Chinese Pandharpur for Ashadhi Ekadashi prayers Goswami as high STAB INJURIES court suspends MUMBAI: A body of a 50-year-old man with multiple stab injuries was found lying outside an electronic shop in JJ Marg area on systems, softwares HC REFUSES HT Correspondent n email@example.com FIRs against him Monday. The victim has not been HT Correspondent We are also sure that we shall not MUMBAI: State chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray will attend NOD FOR BIG HT Correspondent identified yet. “The locals in- formed us that the victim had a n firstname.lastname@example.org only achieve the goal of self-suffi- ciency for all our initiatives but early morning prayers at the Lord Vitthal temple in Pandhar- PROCESSION n email@example.com dispute with a man over sharing MUMBAI: A day after the Indian would also export our software pur on Ashadi Ekadashi on K A Y Dodhiya MUMBAI: The Bombay high court alcohol,” said an officer. HTC government banned 59 mobile and testing systems to other parts Wednesday. This will be the first n firstname.lastname@example.org (HC) on Tuesday suspended the applications of Chinese origin, of the world,” said Ravi Sharma, time Thackeray will be offering first information reports (FIRs) 4 ARRESTED FOR Indian Institutes of Technology president and chief volunteer, IIT prayers at Pandharpur temple as MUMBAI: The Bombay filed against the editor-in-chief of STEALING 14 BIKES (IIT) Alumni Council has Alumni Council. MegaLab is the CM of the state. high court (HC) has news channel Republic TV, announced the elimination of latest initiative of the council, It is a long-standing tradition refused to grant any Arnab Goswami. The court said THANE: Mumbra police arrested Chinese systems and softwares in which involves building a lab in in Maharashtra for the CM and reliefs to the Warkari no coercive action should be four persons for bike theft in Mumbra, Diva and Kalwa area. all its initiatives. Mumbai that will have the capac- his spouse to attend the morning Seva Sangh which had taken against Goswami till fur- The accused would take bikes for IIT Alumni Council said that it ity to conduct 10 million tests for prayers at the Lord Vitthal tem- petitioned the HC to per- ther orders. a ride and leave it at any place was working with various techni- Covid-19 a month. ple in Pandharpur on the occa- n CM Uddhav Thackeray and family will attend prayers at the Vitthal mit 100 members to par- On April 22 and May 2, two once fuel tank was empty. They cal institutes of excellence and Another initiative, with IIT- sion of Ashadi Ekadashi. temple in Pandharpur on Wednesday. HT FILE PHOTO ticipate in a 6-km proces- FIRs were registered against Gos- stole at least 14 bikes. HTC research, to develop indigenous Roorkee, aims to recycle plastic Despite Shiv Sena being part of sion carrying the Sant wami at NM Joshi Marg and Pyd- and cost-effective solutions to disposables used in the realtime previous governments, the On Tuesday afternoon, Thack- However, given the coronavi- Dyaneshwar palkhi, honie respectively, charging Gos- 76-YR-OLD FALLS replace Chinese systems and soft- ware. IIT Alumni Council com- polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) process (used to diag- Thackeray family has never been part of this tradition, as no mem- eray left to Pandharpur. He will attend special prayers at 2.20am rus outbreak, local authorities have decided to keep the celebra- from the outskirts of Pandharpur in Solapur wami under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for making INTO DUCT, DIES prises alumni, students and fac- nose Covid-19). ber had contested any elections along with his wife Rashmi and tions low-key this year. They to the temple of Lord allegedly communal comments NAVI MUMBAI: A 76-year-old man ulty across all the 23 IITs and However, Subhasis Chaud- till recently. Last year, Aaditya son Aaditya, who is also the envi- decided that this year, the wari, Vitthal. on his TV show. on Sunday fell into a duct from partnering technical institutes. huri, director of IIT-Bombay Thackeray, the CM’s son was the ronment minister. with the padukas (footprints) of The court held that in A division bench of justices the sixth floor of a building in “In support of the Indian gov- (IIT-B), clarified IIT-B is not offi- first member of the family to con- Traditionally, lakhs of ‘wark- Saint Dnyaneshwar, Saint light of the pandemic, Ujjal Bhuyan and Riyaz Chagla, Koparkhairne and died. AN officer ernment’s ban on Chinese apps, cially associated with the council. test and win the state Assembly aris’ (pilgrims) undertake the Tukaram, and seven others will state’s decision to permit responding to the writ petition said, “Shrichand Talreja was IIT Alumni Council is announc- “We are not aware of any of their elections. This year, Thackeray ‘wari’ (pilgrimage) on foot from be taken to Pandharpur by bus only 20 persons to filed by Goswami to quash the waiting for the elevator. There ing an immediate ban on Chinese activities or decisions. Hence we too got elected as a member of the across the state and reach Pan- with a limited number of people, accompany the palkhi in two FIRs, said, “Seventy years was a duct area near the lift. It systems and software for all its cannot comment on their deci- Legislative Council, to retain his dharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi, not on foot as it is traditionally a bus was sufficient. into our republic we cannot be appears he slipped and fell inside.” initiatives including MegaLab. sion,” he said. post as chief minister. which falls on July 1 this year. done. seen to be skating on thin ice so much so that mere mention of a place of worship will lead to ani- ‘State’s annual fish ‘Need clarity on usage of ₹793-cr Focus on China, not mosity or hatred amongst reli- gious communities causing upheaval and conflagration on catch in 2019 was the fund okayed for pollution control’ Oppn: Sena to Centre Badri Chatterjee the streets.” Referring to observations made by the Supreme Court in Goswami’s case, the bench said, lowest in 45 years’ CLEAN AIR PLAN: STUDY RAISES CONCERNS OVER ACCOUNTABILITY n email@example.com MUMBAI:Six cities in the state will MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena took on the Centre and said that instead of giving a befitting reply to China sition parties’”. The Sena also took potshots at Union home minister Amit Shah “India’s freedoms will rest safely as long as journalists can speak to power without being chilled by a Badri Chatterjee receive ₹793 crore from the cen- MUMBAI: A recent study by gest that close to a third of for infiltrating the Indian border and said that he should focus on threat of reprisal; free citizens n firstname.lastname@example.org tral government towards con- think tank Council on the city’s air pollution origi- and martyring soldiers, Prime combating Covid-19 and not pay cannot exist when the news MUM IS A MAJOR trolling air pollution in 2020-21, Energy, Environment and nates outside city limits,” Minister (PM) Narendra Modi- attention to what the Opposition media is chained to adhere to one MUMBAI: The state witnessed its CONTRIBUTOR the Maharashtra Pollution Con- Water (CEEW) and air pol- said Kurinji Selvaraj, led government is focusing on is saying. “The Chinese troops position.” The court further said, lowest annual fish catch in 45 trol Board (MPCB) said. How- lution research group research analyst, CEEW. responding to Congress interim infiltrated in Galwan valley and “We cannot have the spectacle of Maharashtra contributed years in 2019 at 2.01 lakh tons, ever, according to MPCB, there is Urban Emissions revealed However, MPCB chair- president Sonia Gandhi and they are carrying out unautho- a Damocles’ sword hanging over 5.6% of the country’s fish with a rapid decline in all major resources to the nation. The no clarity on where and how the that the mitigation actions man Sudhir Srivastava said party leader Rahul Gandhi. rised construction. Instead of giv- the head of a journalist while con- fish species being caught, the state ranked seventh among fund needs to be utilised. entrusted to multiple state this was not the case. An editorial in the Sena ing China a befitting reply, the ducting a public debate.” Central Marine Fisheries 10 coastal states and union During a meeting scheduled on agencies to improve Mum- “Accountability won’t be an mouthpiece Saamana on Tues- government is giving a strong In its statement, Phoenix Research Institute (CMFRI) said. territories while Tamil Nadu, June 12 with the Union environ- bai’s air quality could frag- issue as action plan moni- day said that the Bharatiya Jan- response to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Legal, which represented Gos- The environmental factors Gujarat and Kerala led the top ment ministry, the pollution con- ment accountability. toring committees have ata Party (BJP) and Congress’s Gandhi, and the Congress party. wami, said, “Both FIRs now stand such as extreme weather events rankings. trol boards of various states were The Maharashtra Pollu- been formed for every non- war of words is on at a time when The Chinese are building bunk- suspended until Arnab’s petition (heavy rain), five tropical informed about the disbursement tion Control Board’s attainment city, which are China is building its army at the ers and tents at the border and is disposed of finally. The police Mumbai was the major cyclones, weather depressions in contributor of fish catch for of funds, said VM Motghare, joint (MPCB’s) clean air action headed by the civic commis- border. It added that “like the here BJP-Congress [battle] is on. cannot take any action concern- the Arabian Sea, and juvenile the state accounting for 40%. director (air quality), MPCB. plan for Mumbai lists 58 sioner and council head. ‘coronavirus caller tune’, some- It seems we have forgotten that ing them or any coercive steps overfishing are said to be the rea- Of the tally of fishing boats in “The minutes of the meeting were measures across 16 different Committee members body should run a tune that ‘we we have to fight the Chinese,” the against Arnab and his colleagues sons for 36% drop in a number of the state, 87.4% are mecha- shared with us on Friday, and we agencies. The Brihanmum- include representatives have to fight China and not oppo- editorial said.SWAPNIL RAWAL at Republic TV.” fishing days in 2019. nised, 12.4% motorised, and can announce that Maharashtra bai Municipal Corporation from state agencies. “Due to extended rainfall 0.2% non-motorised. will get ₹793 crore as per the 15th (BMC) accounted for 41% of Monthly meetings will help beyond monsoon and extreme Finance Commission report. the activities, while 22% take stock of actions by dif- S A N J AY K U M A R T A K E S C H A R G E weather events including However, it is not clear if the dis- accountability lies with the ferent stakeholders.” cyclones, total fishing hours along the Maharashtra coast reduced drastically, especially Arabian Sea cyclones were unu- sually high equalling a 117-year- old record. Rising sea surface bursed funds will be linked to the Centre’s Smart Cities and Swachh Bharat Missions. Also, transport department. The state’s pollution control reg- ulatory body is in charge of Researchers identified key efforts that could help improve accountability. Curbing spread of virus, economic between August and December as compared to rest of the year,” said Anulekshmi Chellappan, temperatures may affect fish forcing them to migrate to cooler waters. However, in the process, we need more clarity on the utili- sation of funds and submission of expenditure statements,” said only 20% mitigation actions. The rest of the responsibili- ties are delineated to the dis- “Scaling up pollution moni- tors, outlining specific tasks for each action point among growth priority for new chief secy scientist-in-charge, CMFRI changing habitats may not be Motghare. trict and urban local bodies. agencies, fixing sector-wise Faisal Malik early as possible. Mumbai. favourable for growth or repro- Mumbai will receive the larg- “Mumbai’s action plan emission reduction targets n email@example.com “The entire bureaucracy and “Owing to low fish catch many duction leading to mortality,” est chunk of the allocation – ₹488 contains information on and developing a protocol political leadership can fishers did not venture into the said Dr Roxy Mathew Koll, senior crore, followed by Pune (₹134 sources and lists financial for reporting progress could MUMBAI: Senior bureaucrat and together bring a change. We will sea at all, due to non-profitable scientist, Indian Institute of Trop- crore), Nagpur (₹66 crore), requirements for imple- help meet the rising demo- additional chief secretary continue to work to combat the operations. Combined with this, ical Meteorology, Pune. Nashik (₹41 crore), while Auran- mentations. However, the cratic demand for clean air (home), Sanjay Kumar on Tues- virus and introduce new poli- over-exploitation of fish stocks Maharashtra was identified as gabad and Vasai-Virar will get plan fails to highlight any in Maharashtra,” said Sar- day took over as the new chief cies and initiatives,” Kumar due to high juvenile by-catch, one of the leading states for post- ₹32 crore each. measures to ensure regional ath Guttikunda, founder, secretary of Maharashtra as the said. which continued unabated simi- harvest fish losses by CMFRI. On February 1, finance minis- coordination, even though Urban Emissions. incumbent chief secretary Ajoy In his career spanning over 35 lar to previous years, further “Whatever brought from the sea ter Nirmala Sitharaman in her independent estimates sug- BADRI CHATTERJEE Mehta retired from the post, years, Kumar has worked as a worsened fish landing numbers,” is a national resource and it can- Budget speech announced ₹4,400 after serving for 14 months. collector of Beed, Osmanabad said Chellapan. not be allowed to be simply crore for clean air in cities with a Kumar, a 1984 batch IAS officer, and Aurangabad district. He The institute released its wasted. Its national food waste,” population more than one mil- pollution control was more than trol in 2019-20 for 17 non-attain- is likely to get eight months ten- n Sanjay Kumar. DGIPR joined the services as the assist- report on the Annual Marine Fish said Chellappan. lion. The fund was to be made the entire budget allocation for ment cities (those with PM con- ure as he is retiring in February ant district collector in Amra- Landings in India for 2019 on The state fisheries department available to the Ministry of Hous- the entire Union environment centration below the national 2021. There is a team working vati in 1985 and has worked as Tuesday that identified a 32% said they were concerned about ing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) ministry (₹3,100 crore) for 2020-21. ambient standards). Kumar said that along with towards it. We have already an officer on special duty at dep- decline from 2018 (2.95 lakh tons) the findings. “Climate change to 46 cities in India. Soon after, the In response, the finance minis- National Clean Air Pro- initiatives and efforts to curb done good work, and will consol- uty chief minister’s office in for Maharashtra. In 2017 it was impacts are affecting the fisheries finance ministry published a doc- try said the allocation would be gramme’s apex panel member SN the spread of Covid-19, initia- idate whatever gains have been 1997. He has also headed women 3.81 lakh tons and 2.92 lakh tons in sector. However, we have taken ument highlighting individual released based on the improve- Tripathi said, “MoHUA will dis- tives will be taken to open up achieved in the last phase.’’ and child development depart- 2016. However, prior to 2019, the all steps to curb overfishing by funds to be disbursed to these cit- ments in average annual concen- burse the fund to individual cities economic activities. The senior-most IAS officer ment and housing department historical trend indicated a simi- issuing advisories to avoid catch- ies, with separate fund alloca- trations of both PM 10 and PM2.5, on a quarterly basis from Janu- When asked about leading said that he cannot predict when as an additional chief secretary. lar situation in 1974 when fish ing juveniles and reducing harm- tions for Swachh Bharat Mission as calculated in January 2021. ary 2021. The two ministries the state in the middle of an Maharashtra will be able to Meanwhile, the state govern- catch dropped to 1.8 lakh tons. ful fishing practices as much as and air pollution mitigation. In Meanwhile, of ₹41 crore allo- [MoHUA and environment min- unprecedented crisis, Kumar come out of the financial crisis, ment has appointed Ajoy Mehta Experts said CMFRI may be possible,” said Rajendra Jadhav, March, a parliamentary panel cated, the state received ₹25 crore istry] are working on the method- said, “I’m not the only officer but they are all working to as a principal advisor to chief accurate. “The number of 2019 joint commissioner (fisheries). that allocating ₹4,400 crore for air from the Centre for pollution con- ology to disburse the funds.” who is dealing with the disaster. ensure the state recovers as minister Uddhav Thackeray. HIN DUSTA N T IMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 hindustantimes 13 world WHO ARE THEY TO TRY TO IMPOSE THEMSELVES WITH THREATS? > NICOLAS MADURO, Venezuela President, giving the head of EU mission in Caracas 72 hours to leave the country after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials shortstories MELBOURNE CITY TALIBAN SAY COMMITTED TO PEACE IN Ire as China passes HK EU borders reopen for 14 nations, not ENTERS PARTIAL LOCKDOWN OVER POMPEO CALL KABUL: The Taliban reaffirmed their commitment to a February deal to draw down the war in national security law India, US, Russia HT Correspondent and Agencies n firstname.lastname@example.org SERIOUS COVID-LINKED CONDITION HITS US KIDS SPIKE IN CASES Agencies n email@example.com Afghanistan during a call with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. CONTROVERSIAL Life term likely for breaking law; Joshua Wong’s party disbands BRUSSELS/ NEW YORK/ TORONTO:The At least 285 US children have developed a serious inflamma- MELBOURNE: Hundreds of thou- The discussion came as President HT Correspondents and Agencies tion, we have decided to disband European Union announced on tory condition linked to the coro- sands of people across Melb- Donald Trump faces pressure to n firstname.lastname@example.org and cease all operations as a Tuesday that it will reopen its navirus and while most recov- ourne’s north and west were explain why he did nothing after group, given the circumstances,” borders to travellers from 14 ered, the potential for long-term ordered to stay at home on Tues- being reportedly told Russian BEIJING/ HONG KONG/ LONDON: Chi- Demosisto said on Twitter. countries, but most Americans or permanent damage is day as Australia’s second-big- spies had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for killing nese President Xi Jinping on Chinese foreign ministry said have been refused entry for at unknown, two studies suggest. gest city struggled to contain a US soldiers. The Taliban have Tuesday signed into law the Hong it will take necessary counter- least two more weeks due to soar- The papers, published online spike in coronavirus cases. denied that their fighters re- Kong national security bill in a measures to “firmly safeguard” ing coronavirus cases in the US. on Monday in New England Jour- The southern state of Victoria ceived any Russian bounties, and closed-door meeting of the of the its national interests in response Travellers from other big nal of Medicine, provide the full- has recorded 233 Covid-19 cases the group’s Qatar-based chief Communist Party of China (CPC) to a decision by the US to end spe- countries like India, Russia and est report yet on the condition. since Thursday - mostly in Melb- negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani elite in Beijing, formalising a leg- cial treatment for Hong Kong Brazil will also miss out. The condition is known as mul- ourne - a major surge in a coun- Baradar reiterated their pledge islation that critics fear could over the new law. As Europe’s economies reel tisystem inflammatory syn- try that has otherwise success- not to strike against the US. crush the city’s freedoms. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing from the impact of the coronavi- drome in children. fully curbed the spread of the Baradar told Pompeo that Hong Kong’s pro-democracy leader Carrie Lam said the law rus, southern EU countries like virus. “according to the agreement, we activists could potentially face will only target a “small minority Greece, Italy and Spain are des- FIGHT IS NOT YET OVER, State premier Daniel do not allow anyone to use life sentences if they are found to of illegal, criminal acts and activi- perate to entice back sun-loving SAYS CANADIAN PM Andrews said more than 30 Afghan soil against the US and have broken the new law. ties”. visitors and breathe life into their Canada is moving in the right Melbourne neighbourhoods other countries”, Taliban spokes- The legislation was unani- damaged tourism industries. direction as far as combating the would be subject to the lockdown man Suhail Shaheen said on mously approved little more than ‘DEEPLY CONCERNED,’ More than 15 million Ameri- pandemic is concerned, but the from midnight on Wednesday Monday on Twitter. AFP six weeks after it was first n A woman walks past a banner promoting the controversial national SAYS UK PM JOHNSON cans are estimated to travel to “fight is not yet over”, the coun- until July 29. unveiled. Xinhua reported that security law in Hong Kong on Tuesday. AP UK PM Boris Johnson the text of Europe each year. try’s Prime Minister Justin Tru- The areas covered are home to MEDHA RAJ TO BE Chinese lawmakers voted to the new law will now be scruti- Citizens from the following deau has warned, even as health more than 300,000 people, in the BIDEN’S ‘DIGITAL adopt the law and decided that it curb the various freedoms handover to China by Britain. nised. “I am deeply concerned at countries will be allowed into the authorities released new projec- city of roughly five million. will be included in Hong Kong’s enjoyed by Hong Kong’s citizens Prominent Hong Kong activist the law being passed. We will be EU’s 27 members and four other tions that indicate that infections Residents will be allowed to CHIEF OF STAFF’ mini-constitution known as under the “one country, two sys- Joshua Wong announced he’s looking at it carefully and scruti- nations in the Schengen travel are sharply tapering off. leave their homes only for work WASHINGTON: Democratic “Basic Law”. tems” mechanism under which it stepping down as leader of his nise it if it is in conflict with the zone: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Canada has so far reported or school, to exercise, or to buy presidential hopeful Joe Biden Beijing says the law will be has been governed since 1997. The anti-Beijing group Demosisto, declaration with China. We have Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, more than 103,000 cases of Cov- food and other essential items. has named Indian-American enforced to tackle separatism and law will come into effect on soon after China passed the con- a duty to BNOs (British National Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, id-19 and at least 8,500 deaths, People from other areas will Medha Raj as his digital chief of foreign interference, but critics Wednesday, which marks the troversial law. Overseas) in Hong Kong as I said Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, according to coronavirus moni- be prevented from entering the staff, a key role in his US election feel it will outlaw dissent and anniversary of Hong Kong’s “After much internal delibera- earlier.” Tunisia and Uruguay. tor Worldometer. worst-affected communities, campaign which is going virtual with police on patrol and officers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Raj stopping cars to conduct random will work across all facets of the digital department to streamline and coordinate how to maximise the impact of its digital outputs, UK regulator: Trial ‘New virus can trigger pandemic’ checks. Many businesses will have to close down just weeks after reopening. the Biden campaign said. Raj had earlier worked for the campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who of HCQ can resume Sutirtho Patranobis n email@example.com the authors, who are scientists at Chinese universities and at the Advances of Sciences said in a report on the findings. rate on findings and keep tabs on animal populations. NEW ZEALAND TO HOST APEC 2021 ONLINE WELLINGTON: New Zealand said on subsequently quit the race and HT Correspondent and Agencies Harping on the mantra of Chinese Centre for Disease Con- Chinese foreign ministry “It also highlights we cannot Tuesday that next year’s APEC endorsed Biden. She is based out n firstname.lastname@example.org “build, build, build”, Johnson BEIJING: New research in China trol and Prevention (CDC). spokesperson Zhao Lijian, when let our guard down on influenza summit of Asia-Pacific leaders of the Los Angeles area in South- drew comparisons with former has revealed a variant of swine The study was published in the asked to comment on the study at and need to be vigilant and con- will be held online, with Prime ern California. She was a research LONDON:A global trial designed to US President Franklin Roosvelt’s flu that is capable of triggering a journal Proceedings of the a press meet on Tuesday, said tinue surveillance even in the Minister Jacinda Ardern warn- assistant for Real Institute Elcano find out whether the antimalarial “New Deal” that took the country pandemic, according to a study National Academy of Sciences on China was closely following coronavirus pandemic.” ing there is no guarantee the in Spain and a consultant at drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) out of depression in the 1930s. published in a US science journal. Monday. “The virus is a unique developments. “We will take all A team led by Liu Jinhua from global coronavirus pandemic Deloitte. AGENCIES can prevent infection with Cov- England is due to ease lock- The new influenza variant has blend of three lineages: one simi- necessary measures to prevent the China Agricultural Univer- would be over by late 2021. id-19 will restart after getting down restrictions on Saturday, been named G4 and is genetically lar to strains found in European the spread and outbreak of any sity analysed nearly 31,000 nasal The annual 21-nation Asia-Pa- TWO INDIANS approval from the UK medicines but Leicester will be excluded due linked and descended from the and Asian birds, the H1N1 strain virus,” he said. swabs taken from pigs between cific Economic Cooperation agency. The Medicines and to a spike in infections, particu- H1N1 strain that caused a pan- that caused the 2009 pandemic, The WHO will read the Chi- 2011 and 2018. The swabs yielded gathering was due to be held in GET OXFORD Healthcare Products Regulatory larly among young people. The demic that killed thousands in and a North American H1N1 that nese study carefully, spokesper- 179 swine influenza viruses, the Auckland in November 2021, SCHOLARSHIP Agency’s decision on the trial infections are particularly high 2009. It possesses “all the essen- has genes from avian, human, son Christian Lindmeier told a vast majority of which were G4 or attracting thousands of dele- LONDON: The annual Indira comes after the drug was found in in areas of pre-existing economic tial hallmarks of being highly and pig influenza viruses,” the Geneva briefing on Tuesday, say- one of five other G strains from gates, diplomats and journalists Gandhi Scholarship at the Univer- another UK trial to have no bene- deprivation, such as Evington. adapted to infect humans,” said American Association for the ing it was important to collabo- the Eurasian avian like lineage. to New Zealand’s largest city. sity of Oxford has been awarded fit for patients already infected Johnson said, “Too many parts to two Indians — Apoorva with Covid-19. of this country have felt left Kulkarni and Divya Choudhary — an India-focussed centre based in the university’s Somerville College said on Monday. Kulkarni and Choudhary will pursue UK’S ‘LITTLE INDIA’ GOES INTO NEW LOCKDOWN UK Prime Minister Boris John- son on Tuesday announced a £5 behind, neglected, unloved, as though someone had taken a stra- tegic decision that their fate did not matter as much as the metropolis.” The shifting geography of Covid in US doctoral study (DPhil) in zoology billion economic package to The economic package Jamie Mullick and biochemistry, respectively recover from what he called the includes building new homes, America’s rolling peak of cases n email@example.com while being based at the Oxford “disaster” of the cornavirus pan- schools, more funding for the India Centre for Sustainable demic, as the east Midlands town National Health Service, tackling NEW DELHI: California and Texas Development. Kulkarni will study of Leicester with a large popula- skills crisis and bridging gaps in marked record spikes in new the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge alongside tion of Indian origin went into the connectivity, productivity and Covid-19 infections on Monday to A surge in cases in the southern and western parts of the US has caused a second wave of infections in the scientific ecological knowledge UK’s first local lockdown. opportunity. cap a week that saw the highest- country, undoing gains made by north-eastern states that finally managed to contained their outbreaks. A for conserving endemic and ever number of new infections threatened bird species in the reported in the United States. look at how the geography of the pandemic has shifted in the country with the most cases in the world tropical forests of central Western This new surge in cases in the First wave New York New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Pennsylvania Ghats, aiming to contribute towards mainstreaming indige- nous communities and livelihoods VIRUS TRACKER southern and western parts of the country ended up being the sec- ond wave of infections in the US, Second wave California Texas Florida Arizona North Carolina Rest of the country 40,000 in biodiversity conservation. HTC undoing gains made by north- 10 states that have 60% New cases hit record high on back ‘FATWA’ ISSUED OVER TEMPLE IN 10,497,212 eastern states such as New York and New Jersey that finally con- trolled their outbreaks to a large of all cases in the US Number of cases of surge in ‘second-wave states’ The seven-day trailing average of daily new cases in the United States GLOBAL CASES extent. shows how the caseload has just shifted to a new set of states ISLAMABAD The state of New York (with 510,621 ISLAMABAD: A leading religious NYC as the epicentre) led the school in Pakistan has issued a ‘first-wave states’ that also included New Jersey, Illinois, 30,000 “fatwa”, or religious edict, against Massachusetts and Pennsylva- the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad. Last week, GLOBAL DEATHS nia when the coronavirus first Prime Minister Imran Khan had swept through the country in approved a grant of 100 million rupees for building the first Hindu WORST-HIT NATIONS (BY CASES) March. By early April, 60% of all new cases in the US could be temple in the capital. The fatwa COUNTRY CASES DEATHS traced to just these five states. from Jamia Ashrafia said that while it is permitted to spend government funds on the upkeep and repair of prevailing houses of 1 US 2,699,317 129,075 Since then, their contribution to new cases dropped to just 6% in the last seven days. 60% of all cases in the US have 20,000 worship of minority communities, 2 BRAZIL 1,383,678 58,927 Cases in these ‘first-wave’ states peaked in early April, come from these 10 states this did not allow for building which resulted in a clear flatten- new houses of worship for 3 RUSSIA 647,849 9,320 ing of the new infection curve non-Muslims. HTC “I think it is important to tell from April 10 (See chart). 4 INDIA* 585,400 17,409 However, this drop was you and the American public IT’S CURTAINS ON undone as the virus started that I’m very concerned BROADWAY FOR 5 UK 312,654 43,730 spreading in the southeast and about what we are seeing the west. California is among a evolve right now in several 10,000 THE REST OF 2020 6 SPAIN 296,351 28,355 number of US states including states... I would not be NEW YORK: Broadway’s theatres Florida, Texas Arizona and surprised if we go up to will remain closed until January 7 PERU 282,365 9,504 North Carolina, battling a new 100,000 cases a day if we next year as the industry figures wave of infections as the nation do not turn this around.” out a plan to function amid the coronavirus, trade group the 8 CHILE 279,393 5,688 emerges from weeks of clamp- DR ANTHONY FAUCI, downs. The ‘second-wave’ states Broadway League has announced. top US infectious disease The Broadway League said 9 ITALY 240,578 34,767 were responsible for less than 3% official, on an alarming rise of new cases reported in the final in cases in California, theatre owners and producers 0 will refund or exchange tickets 10 IRAN 227,662 10,817 week of March. Since then, their contribution to the infections has Florida, Texas, Arizona. March 1, 2020 June 29, 2020 purchased for shows through January 3, 2021. PTI (AS OF 10:45 PM IST) SOURCE: WORLDOMETER * COMPILED BY HT grown to 30% in the last seven SOURCE: JOHNS HOPKINS CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER days. NEWS TN custodial deaths: Grounds for murder case against cops, says Madras HC Divya Chandrababu may disappear by the time the were chances of evidence tamp- do not act now, it will be too and the lathis used by the police- June 19. The First Information tion: additional deputy superin- STATE GOVT PLACES n firstname.lastname@example.org Central Bureau of Investigation ering and appointed CB-CID dep- late...” the bench said. men, as well as the tables on Report (FIR) filed by the police tendent of police D Kumar, dep- ACCUSED SP UNDER took over the case. uty superintendent of police Anil On Monday, the court had which they were placed, had booked them under several sec- uty superintendent of police C ‘COMPULSORY WAIT’ CHENNAI: There is prima-facie On Monday, the state formally Kumar to handle the case. ordered the Thoothukudi collec- blood on them. tions, including Section 188 (dis- Prathapan and constable Maha- CHENNAI: The Superintendent of grounds to book policemen at the asked the CBI to take over the It said the Sathankulam police tor to depute revenue officials to The court has directed the obedience to order duly promul- rajan.The Kovilpatti judicial Police of Thoothukudi, where a Sathankulam police station for probe in the controversial case “are taking advantage of the fact collect evidence at the police sta- Thoothukudi district collector to gated by public servant) and 353 magistrate accused the three of father-son duo died, was on the murder of P Jayaraj and J that sparked nationwide out- that the investigation of the case tion. Kovilpatti judicial magis- ensure the safety of the eyewit- (use of force to deter public ser- obstructing his investigation Tuesday shunted out of the dis- Bennicks, the Madras high court rage. is in limbo and are attempting to trate M S Barathidasan’s four- ness as well as her family. It sug- vant from duty). However, eye- and making an abusive remark. trict and placed under “compul- observed on Tuesday after read- The court stated that “the cause disappearance of evi- page report to the court cited tes- gested she may be allowed to go witness accounts refute the On Tuesday, all three appeared sory wait” by the Tamil Nadu ing preliminary post-mortem ante-mortem injuries found on dence. In fact, they were embold- timony indicative of torture, an on leave as “we fear that there FIR claims, stating the duo was before the bench with the consta- government. reports and a report by the local the bodies of the deceased” and ened enough to even intimidate attempted cover-up and an will be attempt to intimidate her tortured severely by the police ble saying he was “overstressed” Arun Balagopalan IPS “is judicial magistrate, which said the magistrate’s report are the judicial officer to put spokes attempt to obfuscate the investi- and make her resile from her while in custody. On June 24, the and made the remark “by mis- brought to the compulsory wait the father-son duo was thrashed prima facie enough to alter the in the wheel of his enquiry.” gation. The report quoted an version” given to the judicial Madurai bench of Justices PM take”. Last week, the Thoothu- at office of the Director General through the night with lathis. case to Section 302 IPC against It further suggested to the gov- eyewitness, a head constable of magistrate. Prakash and B Pugalendhi took kudi police had suspended the of Police,” a Home Department The court also handed over the Sathankulam police who ernment to “revisit” the idea of the police station who wished to Bennicks, 31, and Jayaraj, 59, suo motu cognisance of the case. station inspector Sridhar, and order said. Villupuram SP S Jey- the probe to the state’s criminal were involved in the investiga- entrusting the matter to the CBI, remain anonymous, who testi- died on June 22 and June 23 after On Monday, the court initi- two sub-inspectors P Raghugan- akumar has been appointed in investigation department tion. if it is satisfied that Kumar is pro- fied that both the father and son hours of alleged torture at the ated a contempt case against esh and Balakrishnan in connec- place of Balagopalan. (CB-CID), fearing that evidence The court observed that there ceeding on the right line. “If we were beaten through the night, Sathankulam police station on three officials of the police sta- tion to the deaths. (With agency inputs) 14 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 § E STA B L I S H E D I N 1 9 24 comment § Imposing costs It can no longer be business-as-usual on China India needs to reset its entire relationship with China. There will be pain, but it’s time to stand up such as TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser. India is only getting started. Banning Chi- nese firms on national security grounds from participating in India’s 5G trials and rollout will be a strong indication of New The app ban is a signal. But GAUTAM violate all the principles, norms, standard procedures which have evolved over the Delhi’s mindset. One consequence of Chinese actions will be smart and strong BAMBAWALE past 25 years to maintain peace and tran- quillity in the border areas. They have dis- be for India to strengthen its partnerships with democracies such as the United States, played how little store it sets by agreements Japan, France, South Korea and, perhaps, T he Indian government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese signed by its own government. Indonesia. India must also expand its rela- apps may seem like a curious way to send a signal to Strategically, what the Chinese are sig- tions with Taiwan. Delhi will have to reas- nalling to India and the world is that they sess its China policy with a cool, calm, Beijing after 20 Indian soldiers have been killed. But are the number one power in Asia and that rational frame of mind. There is no need for T he difference between the sum- they will throw their weight around as they knee-jerk reactions. In order to weigh the India’s app ban, and related restrictions on telecom mer of 2020 and earlier face-offs wish, whether in the South China Sea or on options which can be on the table, India has hardware and mobile handsets, is based on the recog- between Indian and Chinese the India-China border. to have widespread consultations which troops in eastern Ladakh is that, They also want India to understand and must be timebound. The new policy must be nition that data streams and digital tech- nology are a new currency of global ourtake this time around, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has come in strength. accept that China’s comprehensive national power far outweighs India’s, and that the nation must acknowledge its place in the implemented within 2020 itself. Such a reset and recalibration of India’s China policy, particularly in the economic power. They also take aim at one of Several divisions of PLA have been pecking order of Asia. India must roll over realm, cannot be accomplished without China’s most ambitious goals, namely to become the digital super- deployed in the depth areas, and, conse- and play dead. The 21st Century is not an causing some pain to ourselves. When we quently, there are also larger numbers of Asian century but a Chinese century. have decided that a strong message needs to power of the 21st century. The apps were not the most important or troops in close proximity to each other in the India’s military action in eastern Ladakh, n China wants India to roll over and play be sent to China, then we must also be ready most insidious example of how Beijing was accumulating influ- India–China border areas. The Indian Army in turn, sends China the very clear message dead. India’s military action has shown that to bear the pain. has also made a matching build-up in the that India does not accept Chinese hegem- we won’t accept its hegemony GETTY IMAGES Indian soldiers have done this on our bor- ence in this sector. But purging a Chinese browser like UC, number area and all along the Line of Actual Control ony and will not tolerate its bullying and ders; now it is time for ordinary Indians to (LAC). Due to the sheer numbers as well as pushing. India shall stand up to it. The veying to the Chinese that India can live show that they are willing to do so too. The one among Indian phone users, sends a warning that worse things the fact that armour and artillery have also nation’s brave soldiers did exactly this, on with what its army has done. Therefore, pain is likely to come in the form of higher may follow — e-commerce and digital payment restrictions, data been brought up, it is apparent that PLA has that fateful night of June 15 in the Galwan India needs to reinforce and reiterate its consumer prices for certain products; it may planned and prepared this current offen- Valley. Remember, the rest of the world is military messaging through policy deci- come in the form of lower profits for firms; movement regulations, and bans on 5G telecom equipment. sive. It aims at moving the ground positions also watching. If China has thrown down the sions which further underline India’s very it may also take the form of lower revenues India has warned China of “consequences” if the status quo of Chinese troops right up to what they con- gauntlet, India has picked it up. clear national consensus not to accept Chi- for traders. ceive is LAC. Having militarily sent out the clear inten- nese big brotherly attitudes and plain bully- We shall have to accept some pain, if we ante is not restored on the border. Beijing has not backed down By doing so, what, in effect, the Chinese tion to take on China and oppose its aggres- ing. It is for this reason that India will have are to convey that we are a strong, united yet, despite the military movements, diplomatic warnings and are attempting to accomplish is to unilater- sive methods aimed at browbeating other to take measures to indicate that if there is nation which China has made the mistake of ally define and determine LAC without nations including India, we cannot let the no peace on the border, the rest of the rela- riling. India’s strength of character will trade measures already taken. Multiple points of pressure need bilateral consultation with India. China will rest of the India-China relationship con- tionship with China will also be negatively have to be put on full display to indicate to to be applied on many levels and over a long period of time. Digi- decide what is its territory and will move to tinue as normal. It cannot be business as impacted. A reassessment and recalibration China that it will not be business as usual. exercise actual control over it. The Indian usual. of India’s China policy are required to make Gautam Bambawale is a former Indian Ambassador tal action is only one of them. The app ban is a straightforward Army has blocked the Chinese and is Why? If India was to do that we would be India’s messaging crystal clear. to China, Pakistan and Bhutan. Currently, he is Trustee, deployed to protect Indian territorial integ- negating the message of our military action The first step in this resetting of India’s Pune International Centre way to signal intent and leave room for escalation. China, India rity. What PLA has also managed to do is to on the ground, and, in stark contrast, be con- China policy was the ban on 59 Chinese apps The views expressed are personal and most developed countries recognise that the next source of economic growth lies in the digital economy, that its raw mate- rial is data, and that whoever decides standards and builds the electronic backbone will have enormous advantages over every- After the ban, what next for Covid-19: Changing what one else. India has been relatively open to all players. China long ago drove out most foreign apps and software. Western countries India’s digital ecosystem it means to travel safely have begun clipping the wings of Chinese products over security To overcome weaknesses, foster innovation in the private The road ahead requires India to invest in contactless and privacy concerns. India was among the few large markets where Chinese apps were on par, if not ahead of its US counter- sector; increase State capacity to govern new markets travel, while ensuring social distancing. There is a way parts. That edge has now been lost, possibly forever, in a market VIVAN region. JAY One of the first things we need to grap- where numbers matter. SHARAN WALDER ple with is figuring out how transportation To be sure, there must be a recognition that India cannot should deal with future pandemics, in addition to running efficiently in normal afford to sever all its economic links with the world’s second- circumstances. largest economy, even in the digital space. Chinese finance is As it turns out, the hyperloop’s basic design and technology make it ideally presently essential to sustaining India’s start-up economy. Much suited for social distancing, should the T O of the present telecom infrastructure of the country is from he ministry of electronics and infor- ur ability to move has shaped the need arise. That’s because it delivers pas- mation technology (MeiTY) banned world, and it will dictate the sengers with a fleet of pods, with an aver- China and cannot be replaced without enormous disruption. 59 Chinese digital applications availa- future of the human race. But as age of 28 seats per pod, that are guided by ble in India on Monday evening. The the world struggles through an a command-and-control system that bal- Threats that are double-edged are not credible and will only list of banned applications includes TikTok, a unprecedented lockdown, it faces a scary, ances supply and demand. In “distancing weaken India’s negotiating position. Which is why, though New popular user-generated content platform, and new question: How will cities safely move operation” mode, where social distancing UC Browser, the most widely used Internet billions of people after a pandemic? mandates the passenger density to be, say, Delhi will need to take many more actions on many more fronts browser in second and third-tier cities. The Before Covid-19, we took mobility for reduced to half, the number of pods in the to impose costs on Beijing, these actions must be weighed on government ban, affected under the Informa- granted. On an average day, five million system can increase to move more people tion Technology (IT) Act, 2000, seems to form travelled by the Delhi Metro, and over 10 through the system safely. This can all scales of both smartness and strength. a part of the retaliatory strategy against Chi- million by Delhi’s public buses. The Indian happen while not stopping the system. nese incursions in Ladakh. This is the first n It is worth asking whether India is prepared Railways carried over 24 million, and Unlike rail, the pods are controlled by an time that India has used such a direct lever in for a Balkanised digital world AFP Mumbai’s buses over 30 million passen- artificial-intelligence-powered automa- § the digital sphere, to react to military events. gers a day. A million passengers travelled tion system, allowing them to travel Several commentators have warned that Many of the companies that India banned through India’s airports every day. within seconds of each other (like cars on Extending PMGKY is the Internet might splinter along national bor- ders in the future, as countries such as India increasingly assert their sovereignty in on Monday also follow the platform model. They achieved multi-functionality and a global scale because, like the US, China allows Today, those numbers are down sharply. As India thinks about how to reopen safely, the question will be how a highway), safely. The system is demand-responsive. The hyperloop can anticipate and control rid- the right step cyberspace. This reality seems closer than its digital entrepreneurs to take risks. The will it move millions, while keeping people ership in emergencies or special situa- ever, since the world is simultaneously wit- People’s Republic of China picks winners and safe. Can you have social distancing dur- tions. You don’t have to “trust” passengers nessing the Covid-19 pandemic, a widespread provides unconditional State support for its ing rush hour on a Mumbai local train? In to be physically distant, as in subways, for economic slowdown and the destabilising national champions to scale. On the other 2020, will we be torn between environ- example; you can enforce a certain num- It will prevent hunger, help the poor impact of the trade war between the United States (US) and China. Uncertainty breeds hand, the US provides legal certainty for inno- vation and competition to flourish. India will ment-friendly, efficient mass transit and fuel-guzzling personal transport? ber of empty seats on each pod or give pri- ority to emergency and health care work- save, and aid economic recovery fear-based responses like protectionism. This is evident in the responses of the US and the have to strike a balance between both these approaches. It’s heartening to see that India’s pio- neering technology services industry has ers. Even in “normal” operations, we still United Kingdom, which have signalled a In either case, sudden bans cannot be part embraced working from home. However, want to take precautions and provide a I n his address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nar- retreat from globalisation, a framework they of India’s playbook. The digital ecosystem is a for many, personal transport or working seamless customer experience. The hyper- endra Modi announced that the government is extending have championed for decades. The digital breeding ground for the creative destruction from home is not an option. Mass transit loop is designed to have touchless ticket- economy is not immune to such fundamental of old methods of doing business. It must also must find solutions to get back up and run- ing with minimum human exposure, free ration to 800 millions Indians up to November under shifts. prompt a revisit of old approaches to eco- ning while slowing the spread of the coro- advanced filtration, and regular cleaning. the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). In It is worth asking whether India is pre- nomic regulation, including blunt instru- navirus. The New York City Transit, The system also enables a flexible station pared for a Balkanised digital world. Accord- ments reminiscent of the licence-permit raj. responsible for the city’s buses and sub- design, allowing decentralisation and less addition to 5kg of rice or wheat per family member, the beneficia- ing to Ericsson, global mobile data traffic was India’s digital applications are governed by way, is testing social distancing markers crowding at the stations since multiple ries will also get 1kg of gram, an important source of protein, per around 456 exabytes in 2019, of which India a 20-year-old law and an eight-year-old policy. at stations, as well as “rides by reserva- smaller pods leave within minutes vs a accounted for approximately 75 exabytes, or Both are unsuitable to digital markets tion”. The city’s subway authorities disin- larger train with multiple cars. month. This decision deserves appreciation. As Covid-19 cases 16%. Around 14% of the global population because they were designed for the business fect each train every night. The Paris, Lon- Safety is at the forefront of our minds resides in India, and therefore, it punches process outsourcing ecosystem, not for mod- don and Singapore Transit authorities are right now, but it is critical that we think continue to surge, any immediate economic recovery, and there- slightly above its weight in terms of mobile ern digital applications or platforms. Simi- making face masks mandatory for riders, about the big picture. We must still look to fore, restoration of incomes is unlikely. Ensuring food security data consumption. However, India has not larly, the Copyright Act, which provides installing thermal scanners, and limiting fight congestion and the climate crisis. begun to generate commensurate economic incentives and protections for most of the con- the number of seats available on trains. In Take the Mumbai-Pune corridor, where for all has to be the first priority in such a situation. value from this outsized data consumption tent, organised datasets and source codes, China, robots are disinfecting trains and we hope to invest in and build the world’s While 60% of India’s population will benefit from the pro- yet. In fact, the global digital economy seems that sit at the heart of the digital economy, was stations, and providing hand sanitisers to first commercial hyperloop system, which to mimic its physical counterpart, with the US last amended in 2012. India’s top 10 digital passengers. Smart-card readers with ther- will shrink a 3.5 hour trip to less than 30 gramme, it will also generate economic benefits beyond prevent- and China making up the lion’s share. companies are valued at a tenth of the Chinese mal scanners can even spot feverish pas- minutes, with zero direct emissions. It has ing hunger. It will make sure that poor workers do not see a col- According to the United Nations, the US equivalents, while its per capita income is sengers. the capacity to move over 200 million pas- and China account for 90% of the market capi- about 44% of China’s. There is, therefore, My prediction is that many govern- sengers annually to meet the demand of lapse in their bargaining power. Savings on food spending — talisation of the 70 largest digital platforms in room for India to unlock greater value ments and transit companies will rely this route. We feel that this private invest- India’s poor spend more than half of their household budget on the world. They also account for 75% of all pat- through a digital reboot of rules and regula- more on apps and contactless travel — a ment into Maharashtra will help support ents related to blockchain technologies, 50% tions. trend that was already taking hold, and the people with new opportunities for food — will also give a boost to non-food demand. This will be cru- of global spending on the Internet of Things, Finally, just as India is revisiting its align- will be catalysed by the crisis. growth. We hope that we can work and more than 75% of the global market for ments in international relations, it may have Airlines and long-distance travel together to make it happen in the near cial for bringing the non-farm economy back on track. The State public cloud computing. It’s clear that the two to develop a cogent strategy for trade and com- options also aim to contain the spread by future. We are ready. should remain vigilant that farm incomes do not suffer due to countries will remain at the forefront of global merce in the digital economy. If the revenues measures such as blocking the middle I still believe our ability to move will technological developments, which will feed of information technology-enabled services seats, thermal scanning for passengers, dictate the future of the human race. Our excess production leading to a collapse in prices of food items, their dominance in the digital economy. The are anything to go by, a majority of digital sanitisation upgrades, inter-seat separa- ability to move billions safely in a pan- which are not included in the free ration scheme. Given the emergence of this bipolar digital landscape economy revenues will come from exports. A tors, and readjusting the air-conditioning demic will help decide its present, and its narrows India’s strategic choices. The world’s large share of these exports will head west- systems every three-to-four minutes. near future. The tail of this pandemic is weakness in aggregate demand, this cannot be ruled out. To be largest digital democracy must foster innova- wards. This trend will hold because the eco- These solutions are useful, but there is going to be a long one, and mass transit sure, today’s announcement also had politics in mind. The PM tion, competition and scale in the private sec- nomic impact of the pandemic is likely to be an opportunity for more. After spending and transportation around the world has tor, as well as increase State capacity to gov- more pronounced in developing countries my entire career in transportation, and to adapt, so that passengers are safe and mentioned Chhath, the most important festival in Bihar, which ern new markets in parallel. than in developed ones. The country will need now as CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, I believe can continue with their lives. is due for elections at the end of the year. While this has drawn The biggest digital companies in the world exports to offset the concomitant slowdown in it is critical that we collectively and pro- Jay Walder is CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, which are platforms that offer multiple functions. domestic consumption. actively invest in infrastructure that will plans to build the world’s first hyperloop system to criticism, and speculating on motives is always hazardous, in a Such platforms now determine how a large Since global trade is built on the principle of serve us in the next century. Let’s encour- connect Mumbai and Pune. He was CEO of Hong share of the global population communicates, reciprocity, India must do to others, as it age investment that not only helps us Kong’s transit company MTR Corporation, chairman democracy, there is nothing wrong in politics driving augmenta- transacts, searches for information and servi- wishes for itself. rebuild, but evolve. This crisis is upon us and CEO of New York City’s Metropolitan Transporta- tion of welfare. The challenge now is implementation. ces, buys consumer products, finds new jobs, Vivan Sharan is a Partner at Koan and we need to provide a solution that tion Authority, and managing director for finance and stores data, distributes and markets products, Advisory Group, New Delhi moves the masses in a safe way, and helps planning at Transport for London and so on. 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Data issued separately by the statutory retirement savings on members during these difficult n email@example.com The gradual recovery was seen Controller General of Accounts NEWDELHI:Fitch Ratings on Tues- an average in the past three times, especially for members for instance in Maruti Suzuki (CGA) on Tuesday showed the fis- day cut India’s growth forecast weeks as they grappled with with monthly wages of less than NEWDELHI: India’s infrastructure India Ltd which sold 18,539 vehi- cal deficit breached 58.6% in the for 2021-22 fiscal to 8% from 9.5% income and job losses, a factor ₹15,000. Receiving the Covid-19 output slumped 23.4% in May cles in May after failing to sell a first two months of FY21 against projected last month. that may hold back a swift eco- advance to the extent of basic though lower than April’s 37% single unit in the preceding 52% in the same period a year ago. It, however, retained its pro- nomic recovery. wages and DA for three months decline, signalling a bottoming month. India’s top carmaker With a severe squeeze in revenue jection of Indian economy con- While established companies or up to 75% of the amount stand- out as the country gradually reopened two of its plants in a receipts amid a marginal con- tracting by 5% in the current fis- have let go of their employees ing to member’s credit in the EPF limps back to normalcy from a phased manner last month after traction in total spending, the fis- cal. Indian economic growth because of Covid 19-related dis- account, whichever is less, has prolonged lockdown that has the government eased lockdown cal deficit widened to ₹4.7 lakh stood at an estimated 4.2% in ruptions, new jobs are being cre- provided timely relief to many pummeled the domestic indus- curbs. Meanwhile, the unem- crore during April and May, hint- 2019-20. In its June update of ated at a snail’s pace, data from n More than 74% claimants workers, preventing them from try. ployment rate declined sharply ing at a very difficult fiscal year Global Economic Outlook, Fitch the Employees’ Provident Fund earned less than ₹15,000, falling into indebtedness,” EPFO This as the country’s fisc in recent weeks, coming close to amid rising demand for resour- projected Indian economy to Organisation (EPFO) accessed by according to EPFO. MINT had said in a recent statement. showed increasing signs of stress n Of the eight core sectors, only the pre-lockdown levels, accord- ces to fight the Covid-19 pan- grow 5.5% in 2022-23. Mint showed. The retirement fund manager while the current account turned fertiliser production recorded ing to the Centre for Monitoring demic. Prime minister Narendra “In India, where authorities Since April 1, more than 5.5 ment has eased lockdown curbs. has been claiming that its tech- positive in the March quarter on positive growth in May. ANI Indian Economy. Modi on Tuesday announced imposed one of the most stringent million salaried workers have Of the total withdrawals since nology adoption in recent months the back of lower imports. Global rating firms however extension of free ration to 80 crore lockdowns globally to try to halt withdrawn money from their April, nearly 60% were non-Cov- has helped it make faster pay- May was the third straight while things will start to look up continue to keep their dim projec- Indians for another five months the spread of the virus, measures employees’ provident fund (EPF) id-19 withdrawals, said a govern- ments and ensure “social secu- month of decline in core sector from May onwards. tions for the Indian economy this at a cost of ₹90,000 crore which are being relaxed only very grad- accounts, the data showed. More ment official, requesting ano- rity support for its members in data, comprising eight infra- Prime minister Narendra fiscal. Fitch Ratings, said in its would put additional pressure on ually; with a limited policy easing than 5.58 million claims worth nymity. While Covid-19-related times of crisis”. Though a fresh structure sectors. Only fertilisers Modi and chairman of the 15th latest Global Economic Outlook the fisc. response and ongoing financial around ₹15,000 crore have been withdrawals were designed as a breakup of withdrawals data is recorded an increase with a 7.5% Finance Commission NK Singh (GEO) on Tuesday, that it still India’s current account bal- sector fragilities, we have pared settled so far this fiscal by EPFO, temporary measure to help EPFO not immediately available, the rise in production. The core sec- have earlier said that multiple expects India’s GDP to contract ance recorded a surprise mar- our 2021 forecast to 8% from 9.5% as per data. The fact that close to subscribers during the lockdown EPFO had in June said that a look tor data issued by the industry green shoots of recovery are visi- by 5% in FY21. “In India, where ginal surplus at 0.1% of GDP in in the previous GEO,” Fitch said. 2 million people have withdrawn period, non-Covid-19 withdraw- at wage slab-wise data indicates department showed large ble in the economy citing fertil- authorities imposed one of the the March quarter, compared S&P has forecast growth to their savings between June 9 and als reflect rising instances of job that more than 74% of the total declines in output in sectors such iser production and auto sales most stringent lockdowns glo- with a 0.4% deficit in the Decem- recover to 8.5% next fiscal. June 29 points to the fact that and income losses. claimants during the lockdown as steel (48.4%), cement (22.2%), data, and robust employment bally to try to halt the spread of ber quarter, after a gap of 12 years Moody’s expects 8.7% growth for hardships of India’s salaried class As many as “5.57 million on were subscribers who earn less electricity (15.6%) and refinery print. The manufacturing Pur- the virus, measures are being because of lower trade deficit and India in fiscal 2021. continue even after the govern- last count…It’s a huge outgo and than ₹15,000 a month each. products (21.3%). chasing Manager’s Index (PMI) relaxed only very gradually; with higher remittance inflows, data This was in line with expecta- released by IHS Markit earlier a limited policy easing response released by the Reserve Bank of tions of most economists that April will be the worst hit due to the nationwide lockdown to con- this month stood at 30.8 in May, slightly better than April’s 27.4 but still well below the 50 mark and ongoing financial sector fra- gilities, we have pared our 2021 forecast to 8% from 9.5% in the India showed. Current account deficit in FY20 narrowed to 0.9% from 2.1% in FY19 on the back of YES asks court to restrain Zee stake sale Pay cut for Vistara tain the coronavirus outbreak that divides contraction from previous GEO,” it said. shrinking trade deficit. Gopika Gopakumar n firstname.lastname@example.org senior executives; titles and interest under the put option in favour of the trustee on India Inc’s China units face brunt of geopolitics MUMBAI: Almost a year after pro- moters of debt-ridden Zee Enter- IndiGo extends LWP behalf of YES Bank as additional guarantee for the $50 million loan, along with Goenka’s guar- MUMBAI: Replacing its leave with- tainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) antee. out pay policy (LWP) that was Romita Majumdar email@example.com nese apps on Monday evening. Actions by the Indian authorities INDIAN IT PROVIDERS dra & Mahindra, Tata Jaguar Land Rover, Sundaram Fasten- sold 11% stake in the company, YES Bank Ltd has moved the According to YES Bank, after the promoters sold an 11% stake implemented from April to June, the full service carrier- Vistara, THAT SERVICE GLOBAL n could lead to retaliatory meas- ers and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Mumbai High Court, asking it to in ZEEL to Invesco Oppenheimer on Tuesday, announced pay cuts MUMBAI: Barely two months after resuming operations in China, ures by Chinese counterparts. Indian IT companies have MNCS IN CHINA MAYBE AT among many others. Nasscom as well as the IT companies did not prevent them from selling any more stake, and stop Zee pro- Developing Markets Fund on 31 July 2019, their stake in ZEE fell ranging from 5% to 20%, for 40% of its employees for the entire Indian tech companies with a been eyeing the Chinese market RISK OF LOSING THOSE respond to queries on any meas- moter Punit Goenka from leaving below 30%, breaching the LEL- year citing effects of Covid-19 Chinese presence find them- as part of their strategy to reduce PROJECTS, SAY EXPERTS ures they are taking to safeguard India. Essel group, which n YES Bank has moved Bombay YES Bank loan agreement. How- pandemic. These 40% employees, selves facing new uncertainties dependence on tapping the Chi- their Chinese operations. After includes ZEEL, owes as much as high court against ZEE. ever, when Yes Bank invoked the according to airlines, consist of amid rising geopolitical tensions nese market to the US and UK, China ended its Covid-19 lock- ₹8000 crore to YES Bank, which BLOOMBERG put option, ATL declined to pur- management level employees between Indian and China. which together make up over 70% spend was more than $35 billion, down in early April, Indian busi- itself is in the middle of a compli- chase the committed 64.38% stake and licensed engineers, and does Experts suggest that Indian IT of Indian IT exports. The current of which India’s share was nesses that were affected else- cated rescue. based in Mauritius. While LEL in Veria and transfer $52.5 mil- not include pilots. Vistara als o providers that service global hostile environment is expected around $500 million. Now, web- where globally were able to start According to the YES Bank procures and supplies health and lion to repay the loan. declared that its chief executive MNCs in China maybe at risk of to affect such plans. Last year, the sites for all three phases are inac- operations in China. According petition, Zee group company Liv- wellness content, ATL operates Additionally, YES Bank also officer will be taking a 20% losing those projects, which will IT industry body Nasscom had cessible. to data from Gartner research, ing Entertainment Ltd (LEL) had 35 TV channels outside India in sought an injunction restraining monthly pay cut from July 1 to impact the investments made by launched the third phase of the According to data from the Indian IT services providers such borrowed $50 million from YES 170 countries. Goenka from leaving the coun- December 31, 2020, adding that it these companies in the Chinese Sino-Indian Digital Collabora- Shanghai Indian Consulate, as Infosys, Wipro, TCS have mul- Bank in 2016 to buy shares in its Under the put option, if the try. It claimed Zee is attempting will implement graded monthly market. tion Plaza, an initiative to bring Shanghai gets the maximum ti-location footprint (including own unit Veria International. promoter stake in Zee fell below to transfer its assets and proper- pay cuts for staff at other levels. Such concerns have arisen as Indian IT companies and Chinese Indian investments while hous- Beijing, Shanghai) in China. The Goenka had provided guarantees 30%, ATL must buy up to a 64.38% ties out of India by declaring divi- Meanwhile, India’s largest India is seeing a strong anti- enterprises closer to each other ing companies like TCS, Infosys average employee strength may for the loan. Separately, LEL stake that LEL holds in Veria dends and making undue pay- domestic airline, IndiGo, on the China sentiment culminating in on a single AI enabled platform. and NIIT Technologies. Regions vary between 1000 to 5000 employ- entered into a put option agree- International, and also repay the ments to its officers. The bank other hand, extended leave with- the government announcing a According to Nasscom estimates of Zhejiang and Jiangsu house ees for each of the leading service ment with another group com- loan. After this agreement was also fears promoters may shift out pay LWP for its pilots. temporary ban on a host of Chi- from 2019, Chinese IT services manufacturing units of Mahin- providers. pany called ATL Media. Both are made, LEL assigned all its rights, focus to offshore businesses. NEHA LM TRIPATHI NEWS shortstories ‘ FA I L E D L E A D E R S H I P ’ DRAFT GREEN POLICY PLEA IN SC FOR STAY ON Nepal leaders seek PM Oli’s resignation HC extends time to SCHOOL FEE NEW DELHI : A petition has been HT Correspondent n firstname.lastname@example.org lishing the country’s new map that depicts Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura as part of Media reports said Prachanda too asked Oli to show evidence to back up his comments that the submit suggestions filed in the SC seeking a morato- Richa Banka rium on payment of school fees NEW DELHI: Top leaders of the rul- ing Nepal Communist Party, Nepalese territory. India has controlled these ter- Indian government and leaders of the Nepal Communist Party email@example.com HC SAYS THAT THE UNION ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY n for the period beginning April 1 till the commencement of physical including Pushpa Kamal Dahal ritories for decades, and Nepal’s were engaged in efforts to n Imran Khan classes. The petition by a group of Prachanda, on Tuesday claim had worsened relations remove him over the new map. NEWDELHI: The Delhi high court on DID NOT ADDRESS THE ten parents from Delhi, Maha- rashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, demanded the resignation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, saying he has failed to provide between the two sides. Prime Minister Oli is facing intense criticism within the The reports said Prachanda told the meeting that he, and not the Indian government, was seeking Pak PM Imran Tuesday extended the deadline for submission of public com- ments and objections to the draft COURT’S QUERY REGARDING blames India for Rajasthan, Odisha and Uttara- khand has also demanded effective leadership. Nepal Communist Party for his Oli’s resignation. Environment Impact Assess- facilities to be provided for Prachanda, Madhav Kumar governance and handling of the Pushpa Kamal Dahal Pra- ment (EIA) Notification, 2020, “AMBIGUITY” IN ITS DECISION IN MAY TO socially and economically back- Nepal, and Jhalanath Khanal KP Sharma Oli coronavirus (Covid-19) pan- chanda’s demand was backed by Karachi attack until August 11. It said the Union n ward students to cope up with were among the leaders, who demic and many believed he had senior leaders Madhav Kumar environment ministry did not the online classes till the lock- called on Oli to step down during paper reported 17 of the 18 lead- created the bogey of a coup and Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal, address the court’s query regard- EXTEND THE DEADLINE down is in force. The petition filed a meeting of the standing com- ers, who spoke at the meeting raised a nationalistic issue such the reports said. Imtiaz Ahmed ing “ambiguity” in its decision in TILL JUNE 30 by advocate Mrigank Kshirsagar mittee of the Nepal Communist held at Oli’s official residence, as the new map to remain in his Prime Minister Oli’s remarks n firstname.lastname@example.org May to extend the deadline till has been numbered by the SC Party in Kathmandu, members demanded that he resign as both position. on Sunday about activities in June 30. tion was issued on March 23 and Registry and is expected to be of the party were quoted as say- prime minister and chairman of During Tuesday’s meeting, Kathmandu to remove him from ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minis- “There is not a word (in the uploaded on the ministry’s web- listed in the coming weeks. ing by the Nepalese media. the party. several leaders demanded that his post were seen as being ter Imran Khan told Parliament affidavit) on the ambiguity. Your site on April 11. It added it was The leaders sought Oli’s resig- The development came just Oli should provide proof of the aimed at other leaders of the on Tuesday that there was “no reply is silent on the main point. hence erroneous on the Centre’s nation because “he had failed to two days after Oli had on Sunday attempts being made to topple Nepal Communist Party, includ- doubt” that India was behind We are, frankly, a little surprised part to issue another notification run the government”, The Kath- accused India and politicians in him, The Kathmandu Post ing Prachanda, Nepal, and Kha- Monday’s attempted attack on at the obstinacy of the central on May 8 amid the Covid-19 pan- IRCTC ORDER mandu Post reported. Nepal of being involved in a con- quoted an unnamed standing nal, who have been critical of his the Pakistan Stock Exchange in government. The government is demic to extend the deadline till The website of Kantipur news- spiracy to topple him for pub- committee member as saying. governance. Karachi. being obdurate in this matter,” it June 30 even when the statutory TO SACK “What happened in Mumbai, said, referring to the ministry’s 60 days had not lapsed. The bench STAFF HELD they wanted to do the same (in reply to the court. sought to know the “urgency” in NEW DELHI: Indian railways’ catering and tourism arm, IRCTC on 80-yr-old woman Govt plans scheme for cashless Karachi); they wanted to spread uncertainty. We have no doubt this was done by India,” Imran The draft notification was issued in March as part of the process to overhaul environmen- the matter. Vikrant Tongad, an environ- ment conservationist, moved the Tuesday said it has decided to put on hold its found dead at treatment of accident victims Khan said, referring to the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which more tal regulations for infrastructure projects and the deadline was due court on Friday, saying the dead- line be extended either till Sep- order to terminate the services of over 500 contractual workers days south Delhi house Anisha Dutta THE CENTRE ALSO and around 400 people lose their than 160 people were killed. In his address, he also praised a police sub-inspector and three to expire on Tuesday. Environ- mental groups have opposed the draft citing its contentious tember 30 or until the prevailing restrictions because of Covid-19 persist Additional solicitor-gen- after it terminated their HT Correspondent email@example.com lives on account of them, accord- security guards who lost their clauses and had called for eral Maninder Kaur Acharya PLANS TO CREATE A n contracts. “Decision has n firstname.lastname@example.org ing to the transport ministry. lives during the attack. He called another extension to the dead- told the court the notification has now been taken to keep in abeyance the notice for NEWDELHI: An 80-year-old woman NEWDELHI: The government plans to unveil a scheme for the cash- MOTOR VEHICLE “It is envisioned to have a scheme by the central govern- them “heroes of Pakistan”. “They gave sacrifices and line. The clauses include the one pertaining to the regularisation been in the public domain for 80 days since March. She said the the termination of the was found dead at her south less treatment of road accident ACCIDENT FUND TO PAY ment for providing access to thwarted a major incident, which of projects, which violated the ministry followed all procedures contract till further advise,” an IRCTC spokes- Delhi house in Malviya Nagar victims and create a motor vehi- FOR THEIR MEDICAL cashless trauma care treatment was planned by India to destabil- EIA Notification, 2006, by starting and sent the zero draft of the EIA area on Sunday. Police said the cle accident fund to pay for their for road accident victims at the ise us,” he said, adding that the construction work before envi- Notification, 2020, to all the states person said. “They had only been served a notice woman’s 55-year-old son was medical care, including during CARE, INCLUDING nearest appropriate hospital in attackers had a lot of ammunition ronmental clearance or by and Union territories a year in and not been removed admitted to a hospital a week the so-called golden hour. DURING THE SO-CALLED the country, in accordance with and they wanted to take hostages. expanding capacity. The draft advance. ago, leaving her alone. Golden hour refers to the first the Supreme Court ruling, and by “My cabinet and its ministers also proposes the shortening of A detailed order was due to be yet,” he added. Officials said the woman was hour after trauma when, if proper GOLDEN HOUR drawing its power from the Motor know that all our agencies were the time for public hearings, uploaded on the high court web- a patient of acute diabetes. Her and timely first aid is given, road Vehicle(Amendment) Act 2019 on high alert. Our agencies pre- which give people affected by a site on Monday. second son lived separately and accident victims’ chances of sur- and such scheme may contain (MV Amendment Act). Such empted at least four major project the opportunity to under- “We welcome this order from 29YROLD WINS has been bedridden for the past vival improve. provisions for creation of a fund cashless treatment shall be attempts of terrorism and two of stand it and give their consent. the court. However, considering C’WEALTH SHORT two-three months, police said. The transport ministry has for such treatment…the National extended to road accident victims them were around Islamabad. The draft was released for the overall issue and scope, this is STORY PRIZE Senior officers said the woman is proposed a cap of ~2.5 lakh for the Health Authority being the nodal including during golden hour, as “We were fully prepared ... this comments on March 23 and 60 just an interim relief. The draft suspected to have died of natural victim’s treatment per accident agency for PMJAY having foot- defined by the MV Amendment was a huge win for us,” he said, days were provided to the people notification issued by the minis- LONDON: India’s Kritika Pandey causes. Autopsy details are and designated the National fall all across the country with Act,” the ministry’s proposal paying tribute to the security to send their comments. The min- try is anti- environment and con- was on Tuesday awarded the awaited. Health Authority as the nodal more than 21,000 hospitals on said. Setting up of a road accident agencies. istry extended the deadline from sidering the Indian environmen- 5,000 pound Commonwealth According to the police, they agency to implement the scheme board has been entrusted to fund was one of the key provi- On Monday, Foreign Minister May 22 to June 30 because of the tal crisis, we would want this to be Short Story Prize 2020 for “The Great Indian Tee and Snakes” in a were alerted about a foul smell under the Pradhan Mantri Jan implement the scheme of cash- sions of the MV Amentment Act Shah Mehmood Qureshi made a lockdown imposed in late March repealed or taken back. Now that virtual ceremony in London. The coming from the house on Sun- Arogya Yojana. All road accident less treatment of motor vehicle passed by parliament in Septem- similar claim. to check the Covid-19 spread. R P the time has been extended, we Asian Regional Winner beat day. victims of Indian or foreign accident victims and also a nodal ber last year. Reacting sharply to Qureshi’s Gupta, the environment ministry would go into further details of challengers from four other “A team reached the house on nationality will be considered eli- agency for PMJAY,” the trans- “The cashless treatment remarks, India described it as secretary, last week said they do the notification issued by the contenders in the final round. the second floor of a building and gible under the scheme. port ministry said in its letter scheme proposed by the Centre , “absurd comments.” In a strong- not intend to extend the deadline Centre and decide our next “This is an incredible moment. The found that the door was locked The Centre has sought feed- addressed to the states, a copy of is a pathbreaking development ly-worded response, external as they have received 30,000 com- course of action, “ Tongad said. award is so reassuring. It really from inside. Our officers broke back on the proposed scheme which has been reviewed by Hin- towards saving lives of road affairs ministry spokesperson ments. HT on Monday reported the makes up for the struggle I went open the door and found the body from all chief secretaries by July dustan Times. crash victims,” said Piyush Anurag Srivastava said unlike A division bench of Chief Jus- ministry has received thousands through (to become a writer),” of the woman lying on a sofa. She 10. “The central government More than 150,000 people die Tewari, founder and CEO, Save- Pakistan, India has no hesitation tice DN Patel and Justice Prateek of requests over the last month said the 29-year-old from Jhark- was identified as an 80-year-old shall make a scheme for the cash- per year due to road accidents in LIFE Foundation, which works in condemning terrorism any- Jalan on Tuesday said the first for extending the deadline and for hand said after she was declared woman who lived with her son,” less treatment of victims of the India. On average, 1,200 road acci- to save lives on the roads and where in the world, including in order inviting suggestions and the redressal of concerns related the winner. said a police officer. accident during the golden hour dents happen in India every day, improve road safety. Karachi. objections to the draft notifica- to the draft. 16 hindustantimes HIN DUSTA N TIMES, MUMBA I WE D N ESDAY, J ULY 01 , 2 02 0 SERBIA ALLOWED EVERYONE TO DO WHATEVER, EVERYTHING WAS OPEN... IT IS NOT HIS FAULT THAT HE HOSTED THE TOURNAMENT > NEMANJA MATIC, Man United midfielder defends compatriot Djokovic for hosting charity tennis event Homecoming for umpires in crisis MHA slammed for accepting status NEW CHAPTER After two decades, local officials will return as international cricket resumes with Test series in England Sanjjeev K Samyal n email@example.com as district unit MUMBAI: Though the pandemic has forced both the temporary IT WAS ALL IN THE GAME B Shrikant n firstname.lastname@example.org level players they will now be district-level players. It is very disappointing. They have killed decisions, there is some irony Home umpires faced many accusations of bias by visiting sides, until ICC made MUMBAI:Former hockey players, an organisation which has so International Cricket Council neutral on-field officials a must in Tests in 2002. Five major incidents coaches and officials criticised much history,” said Satinder (ICC)’s ban on saliva use on the on Tuesday Mumbai Hockey Walia, ex-international umpire ball has caused so much debate The kick Association’s (MHA) decision to and women’s national coach. and the decision to post home 1979-80: Clive Lloyd’s West Indies were involved in two major incidents as they accept Hockey India’s directive “The letter came in January umpires in Tests none. protested New Zealand umpiring in the series. In the first Test at Dunedin, Michael and become a district unit of and they had enough time to con- ICC’s switch to neutral Holding kicked the stumps at the striker’s end after John Hastie turned down a Hockey Maharashtra, which sult everyone and take a proper umpires in Tests in 2002, after a caught-behind appeal. “This was not cricket and I didn’t have to be part of it. I was on will no longer allow the city unit decision,” said umpire Ranjit decade of experiment, was due to my way to the pavilion, quite prepared not to bowl again, when Clive Lloyd and to field its own teams in the Dalvi, who came to Mumbai from (keeper Deryck) Murray persuaded me back,” Holding later said. constant complaints by visiting national championships. Kolhapur to play and later offici- teams that local umpires As a separate entity, over 100 ated at the Mahindra Stadium, favoured the home team. Unlike The collision players—male as well as the city’s hockey hub. in the past, when appointments 1979-80: Things got worse in the second Test at Christchurch. West Indies team female—represented Mumbai Three members of the manag- were done by the home boards, refused to come out on to the field after tea on the third day, demanding umpire Fred across various age groups in the ing committee said the decision ICC will be in charge this time. Goodall be immediately removed. They were persuaded to play on, and resumed. The national championship. to affiliate with Hockey Maha- next day, fast bowler Colin Croft was infuriated by Goodall’s repeated no-ball calls and The ‘homecoming’ and saliva “It is a huge setback to hockey rashtra was taken without tak- turning down of a close caught-behind appeal. Coming into deliver the next ball, Croft ban will come into force when shoulder-charged Goodall; Lloyd later regretted letting things go out of control in Mumbai as aspiring players ing their opinion. “I am vice- England host West Indies in the will now get limited chances to president in the committee and first Test starting on July 8. ICC participate in nationals,” Olym- nobody consulted me,” Malkit said in a statement “the require- Polite enquiry pian Merwyn Fernandis said. Singh Bal said. ment to appoint neutral match 1976: New Zealand umpiring had been in focus four years earlier when India drew a “Merging the teams from Maha- “When this matter was dis- officials will be temporarily three-Test series 1-1 after winning the opening game. Leg spinner Bhagwat rashtra and Mumbai, we had 36 cussed in January, it was removed… owing to the current Chandrasekhar though had sarcasm as his ally. Frustrated after many close leg before players in each event and now it decided to seek legal opinion and shouts were not given, he finally bowled the batsman. Chandra turned around and logistical challenges with inter- appealed. “He is bowled,” the umpire said. Chandra responded: “I know he is bowled, will be 18.” file a case. I don’t know when this national travel.” but is he out?” Joaquim Carvalho, former change of stand happened,” said The trial with home officials India player and coach blamed another committee member, though is likely to face conflict of MHA’s managing committee for who did not wish to be identified. interest questions straight-up as The walk-off not taking the matter to court, Ranvir Singh, a life member of ex-England batsman Chris Broad 1981: In the MCG Test, skipper Sunil Gavaskar, already upset after several leg before demanding that president Man- MHA, said affiliation with could be Match Referee appeals by his bowlers had been turned down by home umpires, was given out lbw by gha Singh Bakshi and secretary Hockey Maharashtra would be Rex Whitehead. Gavaskar protested he had played on, but Dennis Lillee, the bowler, (England’s only ICC panel ref- Ram Singh Rathor should illegal as the Mumbai body’s con- ran down the pitch and pointed to the batsman where he was hit. Gavaskar walked off eree) with son Stuart playing. taking partner Chetan Chauhan with him. India team Manager Shahid Durrani though resign. “They did not have the stitution has provision for that. The ICC Cricket Operations met them at the boundary and asked Chauhan to return, averting a forfeiture will to fight,” he said. “MHA is registered under the department though will vet all “It is very disappointing. Company Act 1956. How can it code of conduct sanctions, and Mumbai has a rich history in become a district unit? The MHA appeals will be heard by a neutral Slanging match Indian hockey. It has given chan- constitution says it is affiliated to Elite Panel match referee. Only 1987: On Day 2 of the Faisalabad Test, Pakistan umpire Shakoor Rana stopped play ces to so many players from out- the national body. It can’t be a the fourth umpire (reserve) will n Neutral umpires and DRS have cut down on contentious decisions, saying England skipper Mike Gatting had moved his fielders during the bowler’s side, like myself, to play and district unit without amending be appointed by the home board. but disputes are still very much part of cricket. GETTY IMAGES run-up without informing the batsman. Rana said Gatting had used abusive language serve the game,” said former the constitution,” he said. while the latter accused the umpire of calling him a cheat. Rana refused to resume play In ODIs, one field umpire and the India goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Rathor said they had no till Gatting apologised. The third day’s play was lost and the incident threatened fourth umpire were named by Miandad of sledging bowlers and given out wrongly in both innings diplomatic ties. The England board ordered Gatting to write an apology to the umpire Negi, who resigned as the man- choice but take such a decision. home boards before the pan- fielders while batting. (‘the umpire saw six stumps aging committee member late “We took this decision keep- demic and ICC only appointed the “The arrival of the prickly instead of three,’ he says of the last year. ing Mumbai hockey’s interests match referee for T20Is. Javed in the middle had everyone first innings). came from everywhere, says says former Test umpire AV Jay- improve with more opportuni- Mumbai has produced over a in mind. If a player is good on the edge. As usual he strutted In 1984, New Zealand captain Miandad. “Credit was denied for aprakash. “(Before 1980s) at the ties. “The communication, body dozen Olympians and other enough, he will get a chance and MIANDAD FOCUS around like he owned the place. Jeremy Coney too had threat- deserving performances.” fag end of their careers, umpires language will be better. They are India players. Its last national in case such a thing does not hap- Despite the circumstances, home Consecutive unsuccessful leg ened to walk off in the Karachi Criticism though further would be gifted one of two more used to our conditions— title came in 2010, ending a pen, we are there to fight for such umpires will still feel the heat before shouts when he was 15, Test after controversial umpire eroded the confidence of home matches by BCCI. If you haven’t that will be one of the biggest 21-year wait. “From national- players,” said Rathor. of scrutiny. both from the bowling of Tim May Shakoor Rana turned down an umpires. For the 1989 India been good enough for 20 years to advantages.” Former Pakistan batting and both of which we thought appeal against Miandad. series, Imran got two English do international matches, how The timing of 36-year-old Nitin great, Javed Miandad, knows all were quite obviously out, only set umpires to stand. ICC took note, can you become good at retire- Menon’s inclusion in the about controversies and home the tone but dramatically altered NEUTRAL UMPIRES and started posting one third- ment time?” he asks. Elite Panel of umpires can’t umpires. His wry smile, abrasive the course of the match. The seeds for neutral umpires country umpire in Tests on trial Between 1995 and 2002, BCCI be better. India has three umpires body language and brilliant bat- “...Except he wasn’t going to be though were sowed in Pakistan, basis in 1992, expanding it two made around 45 officials ODI in the second-rung International ting was a challenge for visiting given lbw. Most frustrating of all, after their win in the first Test of years later before making it per- umpires, says a former Test Panel—C Shamshuddin, teams in Pakistan at his peak in he knew it and would tell you so the 1986 series against West manent in 2002. umpire, who did not wish to Anil Chaudhary and Virender the 1980s, and they were left feel- whenever he got to the non- Indies again led to criticism of the Miandad though still backs be identified. “It will be good if Sharma. ing the men in white coat too were striker’s end. I recall him saying umpires. To end the wrangling, home umpires. “With so much ICC does the assessment. If left to Jayaprakash says Indian against them. to me just out of earshot of the skipper Imran Khan invited technology, there can be no han- the home boards, there will be umpires must do their home- Such complaints though umpires, during one of my fruit- Indian umpires Piloo Reporter ky-panky; anyone giving a poor favouritism. It used to happen… work. “They will have to be thor- weren’t exclusive to playing in less spells in the debilitating heat, and VK Ramaswamy to stand in decision will be exposed. The offi- whoever came into the panel ough about the rules on saliva Pakistan. Other country umpires ‘What are you doing? Don’t waste the next two Tests. cial will think of his prestige… if got his man. All have done one to ban… There is no point in reading too have courted criticism and your time. This is my turf.’ He Miandad rejects Waugh’s he does two bad games, he will two matches. That’s why ICC about the same old things. I used controversies. was referring to an earlier appeal claim on sledging and criticism want to retire. If there’s any didn’t give chance to anyone to go through laws on the uncom- In his book, Out Of My Comfort for leg before.” of the umpires. “You can’t doubt, you can use the review. except S Venkataraghavan, who mon mode of dismissals. In the Zone, former Australia skipper Miandad hit a double century take away credit from any The standard will also improve was the only one in the Elite panel 2001 Chennai Test, I gave Steve Steve Waugh dedicates a chapter and Pakistan won by an innings, player,” he says. Pakistan and with opportunities.” for years.” Waugh out handled the ball. The ‘Death by Silence’ to incidents in leaving Australia doubly frus- India bore the brunt of criticism In India, the selection process Former Test umpire Suresh scorer is going to ask, we can’t n Mumbai last won the national title in 2010 in Bhopal, which was the 1988 Karachi Test, accusing trated. Waugh claims he was though umpiring complaints also hurt umpiring in those days, Shastri feels home umpires will fumble there.” conducted by the now-defunct Indian Hockey Federation. 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Main toh filmon mein (Right) Ustad Rashid Khan and (inset) Sonu Nigam made easy S make music have a set four to bohot shaukiya gata hoon, habnam Khan, a 13-year- T he recent explosive video of five artistes who are given all aur isiliye gaata hoon old girl, could not lift her Sonu Nigam bashing music the songs, and all the kyuki mujhe acha right leg after waking up labels, saying they have opportunities are exhausted lagta hai kabhi from sleep. She tried to get up started a “mafia culture” in the just on these people. What Sonu kabhi. But that is from the bed, but fell down Indian music industry has led bhai is saying is absolutely not my profession. immediately. Her mother and to a myriad of opinions coming correct. I am in complete My main thing is grandparents got her to SRCC in from a lot of people from the support of him. The rest of the classical music. Children’s Hospital, and industry. While many believe people in the industry also But politics exist in consulted paediatrician that Nigam was right in believe the same, but they this field also. And Dr Nehal Shah. He saw her, pointing out the unfair should come out and talk about earlier, record labels and noted that it was a case of practices taking place in this it in the open. If one person has used to sign contracts neurofibromatosis. He sector, a lot of young singers taken it upon himself, the for multiple years and tie immediately involved and musicians have said that industry should support him. talents with them. Nobody paediatric neurologist they came up on their own and Sonu bhai ne apne upar itni should be scared, if someone is Dr Anaita Hegde and got fair chances to prove their takleef uthai hai... bohot log a good singer and wants to paediatric neurosurgeon talent. But acclaimed classical unko dhamkiyaan bhi de rahe come up, then why shouldn’t Dr Sumeet Pawar and advised singer, Ustad Rashid Khan hai. But Sonu bhai ne kuch he/she? Har cheez mein an MRI of brain and spine. firmly asserts his support for galat nahi kiya” he says. dadagiri chalegi kya? Main toh Neurofibromatosis is a Nigam saying, of course, these Khan also believes that there dadagiri kisiki maanne wala disease where there is things happen here. is a fair amount of arm twisting hoon nai and I don’t care,” says unrestricted proliferation of “If young people are getting that happens in the industry. Khan, who has sung the very the covering of the nerves work then it’s good. But there He says that these honchos popular Bollywood song Aaoge (nerve sheath). It is a genetic are, of course, many kids and have a lot of people under their Jab Tum (Jab We Met; 2007). disease with no cure, but it can young people who don’t get an thumb. “Dara ke toh rakha hi n firstname.lastname@example.org definitely be controlled. The symptoms vary in each patient, and can be due to ‘Our ambitions are a compression, irritation or Shabnam Khan (centre) with her family members PHOTO: HTCS WILL damage to the nerve or surrounding structures. In this case, Khan’s MRI tolerated the procedure well, and with aggressive Dr Pawar, who is also the program director of NF TELECONSULTATION was done, which was physiotherapy, was seen Clinic, says that “early reason for depression’ suggestive of a massive walking in the wards with identification and BE THE NEXT dumbbell shaped tumour in her spinal canal. One half was compressing the spinal cord support on second day of surgery. Repeated consultations, intervention alone can help the child achieve relatively disease free status”. “Once a Kavita Awaasthi responsible and take BIG THING IN and the remaining was extending into the thoracic investigations and surgeries can take a huge toll on such child is seen in NF Clinic, they are given a systematic ownership of our successes and HEALTHCARE? cavity thus, compressing the patients mentally and plan for follow up and A ctor Sushant Singh’s death failures. Nobody can make you, right lung. financially. Dr Pawar teamed screening half yearly or not only triggered and no one can destroy you. A multidisciplinary team as up with Cotecna Inspection yearly,” he says. conversations around There are days when one feels a part of NF Clinic was called India Pvt Ltd and has set up a Dr Hegde highlighted the mental health but also about low, and even if you are PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY) upon, and her condition was Neurofibromatosis Clinic. The benefits of a multidisciplinary people’s expectations and surrounded by friends, they Srinidhi Gopalakrishnan discussed among a team of clinic has multiple specialties approach for the holistic ambitions in Bollywood. And seem invisible to you. One Dr Aashish Chaudhry. “I urge might have its drawbacks, neurologists, neurosurgeons, coming together and also has care of children with T actor Shashank Vyas feels that needs to understand that it his year, National people to have more faith notes Capital-based Dr Gauri orthopedic surgeons, grants that allow the surgeries neurogenetic disorders such people need to accept their happens because they are Doctor’s Day comes at a than fear in their ability to Agarwal. “Guarded by PPEs, geneticists, ophthalmologists, to be done at a heavily as neurofibromatosis, failures and shortcomings the unable to meet their very crucial juncture, control the virus,” he says, the interaction is likely to and radiologists, along with a discounted rates. Khan was tuberous sclerosis and a host same way they welcome their expectations. When someone with the fear of contracting adding that hereafter, become more impersonal social worker. The plan of able to undergo the dual of other such conditions. success. expects something in life and it Covid-19 having seeped into healthcare institutions will and physically distant. This action was immediately surgery, ICU stay, etc., for a “This way, the child is The Balika Vadhu actor doesn’t happen, why do they our lives. And for doctors, have to innovate. “Digital can emerge as a challenge in designed for her and while she total cost of 20 thousand only. approached and treated from shares, “Ambitions and forget that those were their the situation isn’t very health is going to take a big detecting and treating was operated upon the next The remaining cost was borne all aspects under one roof in expectations cause depression. dreams, and they need to different, either. leap. Healthcare at home is diseases,” she says. day, she was holistically by CSR department of one session,” says Hegde. We create them and get accept them — whether they Extended working hours, the new big thing. Gone are Dr Arjun Dang, the CEO investigated, treated, and Cotecna. This concept of depressed when they are not were successful or not.” hospitals teeming with the days when patients will of a renowned city-based counselled for the future. Dr Sudhir Gupta, vice multidisciplinary approach to realised. So, we need to be The actor follows a simple patients, the risk of getting visit hospital,” he says. private lab which is Dr Pawar removed the president South and South such children is the highlight mantra in life and that is to give infected and barely any ‘me Echoing similar thoughts, conducting drive-through spinal tumour micro- East Asia of Cotecna, says, of SRCC Children’s Hospital your best. “Be nice to people, time’ — these are just a few medical director of a Delhi Covid-19 testing, also neurosurgically with “Dr Pawar is aware that managed by Narayana respect everyone, and do your things doctors face every day. hospital, Dr HS Chhabra, outlines compassion and neuromonitoring. Once the these patients need repeated Health.Patient Helpline No: job. Beyond that, one can’t do The pandemic has also come says, “Teleconsultation has care as basic tenets of spinal component of tumour screening and investigations. 18602080208. much,” he says. The Roop - with its own set of challenges seen a great surge, and this is treatment. He adds, “One was removed, paediatric Our CSR efforts primarily Log Onto: Mard Ka Naya Swaroop actor for medical practitioners, who likely to stay. In rural areas, thing that has always been surgeons Dr Rasik Shah and focus on children health and www.narayanahealth.org further reveals that mental feel their field may undergo a tele-consultancy can help in the cornerstone of good Dr Amit Nagpure approached education, hence, it is Disclaimer: The veracity of peace is important to him. rejig in the way it functions. primary healthcare and healthcare is the trust and the remaining tumour in the imperative that needy any claim made in the above “When my mental peace gets But one cannot let fear take triage, subject to better empathy between doctors chest thoracoscopically and children get necessary article is the responsibility of affected, I do nothing. There over, asserts Delhi-based network connectivity.” and their patients.” excised the tumour financial support and we the concerned hospital/doctor. are times when you need to let senior orthopedic consultant However, such interaction n email@example.com completely. The child strive in that direction. HTC things settle on their own.” Vyas discloses that music helped him cope with stress and motivated him when he was not getting any work SCRAMBLE - 3503 CALVIN AND HOBBES Bill Watterson on TV. “I was giving a Solve the four anagrams and move one letter to each square to number of auditions, form four ordinary words and music helped me stay motivated. I BOZEO can’t imagine I JOST my life without CESTNY music. For me, it’s as important as EH I RTH breathing. Just as there Now arrange the letters marked with an asterisk (*) to form the are highs and lows in life, answer to the riddle or to fill in the missing words as indicated. there are a variety of To make your children capable of ____ is the beginning of edu- Shashank genres of music to cation. - John Ruskin (7) Vyas appeal to you and your ning of education. - John Ruskin senses,” he signs off. ANSWER: To make your children capable of honesty is the begin- SCRAMBLE SOLUTION: Booze, joist, encyst, hither n firstname.lastname@example.org Astrologer Prem Kumar Sharma can be contacted at: Delhi: 011-47033152, Pamela Anderson: The Canadian-American WEDNESDAY, DAILY HOROSCOPE JULY 01, 2020 40532026 (Sat to Mon): Panchkula: 91-172-2562832, 2572874 (Tues to Thurs); Mumbai: 09716145644 (Last week of every month) model, actor and activist, who is known for TV series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P., turns 53 today. 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Vedika I do feel bad for those who have been app TikTok, is raising Palani, a Chennai-based neglect took a toll on HAPPY DOCTORS GO GLOBAL became sensations as their making some eyebrows, for the simple student says, “I’ve seen her health. But you households were running couple videos reason that it was numerous job postings by would be glad to know To celebrate National Doctors’ Day today, a team of because of it. Going but we have voguish. “I am a content TikTok on Linkedin. I just hope that with love and with doctors collaborated with other doctors from been sharing it round-the-clock care, she is on PHOTO: Aatmnirbhar is the best creator myself,” says the people who work for the INSTAGRAM/ around the world to shake a leg. Dr Sheetal on other the path to recovery at SOS Wildlife WILDLIFESOS step but, I feel, focus Indore-based professional company find new jobs. But Sawankar, organiser of the video says, “This video platforms, too. I Hospital, Mathura, where the staff pampers should be on Shraddha Jandial, adding, “I do this is the time to promote our is a prescription from doctors all around the world think there is nothing bigger believe that what has to go viral brands and applications.” her with her favourite treats. promoting Swadesi for for mental wellness, happiness and positivity the love of our own than our country and soldiers. will find its ways, TikTok has Disha Arora, a Delhi-based among all the negatives that loom around us.” people. I hope our I’m sure the government’s been a platform that has taken professional, agrees, and adds, Send your Six Shots entry to email@example.com government provides decision is for the good User Generated Content to a “It is true that apps like TikTok Complied by Swati Chaturvedi alternate solutions, and we will abide whole new level.” have changed many lives. But too. by it. However, many if it is invading privacy, then youngsters have one action had to be taken.” PHOTO: TORANJ AAMIR’S STAFF ‘Zorawar now spends I’m happy we got a TESTS POSITIVE less time on his iPad’ Aamir FOR COVID-19 Khan PHOTO: KALPAK PATHAK/HT Shikhar go-ahead to resume A amir Khan has revealed some of his staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been shifted to a medical facility. The actor Samarth Goyal H e only does things that are close to his heart. So, when he is not training to be a had decided that I would adopt instead of buying” he says. So, when his wife, Aesha, Dhawan HT PHOTO shoots: Taapsee added that his family members better cricketer, Shikhar showed him have tested negative. Dhawan likes to spend time a photo of can’t, so we won’t go to work’, Sharing a note on Twitter, with nature, and animals. “two really cute” indie dogs — all were 20-21 year olds. Sham we have to find a way within Aamir wrote, “This is to inform “It’s important for us to be Chole and Valentine — who ko geri pe nikal jaate the, green the guidelines,” says the actor. you that some of my staff have compassionate towards those were up for adoption, it was an masti karne. Kyuki kuch aur It’s a given that putting tested positive. They were who can’t talk. They have instant yes. “My son, Zorawar, karne ko nahi hota tha. Ab bhi everything together, with immediately quarantined, and the same right to be on this ever since this Lockdown, wahi situation hai,” he says. Covid-19 cases on the rise, will BMC officials were very planet as us,” he says. wasn’t going out of the house But that doesn’t mean he is take time. And the 32-year-old prompt and efficient in taking All his love and compassion much. He has been spending not excited to be back on the explains that it’s a ‘positive them to a medical facility. I is because of the fact that he time with them. He now spends pitch. “I have made comebacks sign’ nonetheless, one which would like to thank the BMC has always been around dogs. less time on iPad, because he is in the team in the last signifies that we are for taking such good care of “I have three dogs in playing with them,” he adds. few years. So, moving ahead. them, and for fumigating and Australia. Here, at my parents The left-handed batsman mentally speaking She says, “I’m happy sterilising the entire society. home as well, there are two has cherished every moment I have made that at least we have a go- The rest of us have all been dogs. I had been planning to get with his family in the last few myself very ahead. The producer will tested and found negative. a few at my place as well,” he months. strong to always have to put the logistics Right now I am taking my says. “I know I’ve had pedigree “I was telling this to Aesha be ready to together in the new rules, mother to get her tested. dogs before. But then, I have the other day, that we have all play,” he says. get permissions, that will She is the last person in gone beyond looks and breed. I gone back to the time when we n firstname.lastname@example.org be the first step. Then, put the loop. Please pray things together with that she is negative.” restrictions in public HTC transport and locations. It Will dance and choreography be the same? Nishad Neelambaran used to the ‘new normal’, we will take some time.” Since the time relaxations were given, the number of Covid-19 positive cases has seen a spike, as people are spoke to choreographers to getting back to work. R ecently, a few Bollywood understand what the future Pannu says that the one filmmakers opened their will be for them and their thing people should still offices with 10% staff as per teams. Remo D’Souza, Bosco- “follow strictly” is social BOSCO government guidelines. Caesar and Ashley Lobo open Rishabh Suri distancing, be it on the streets LESLIE MARTIS Besides, shoots for a few TV up about rehearsals, mega or a film set. “It should be A serials have also commenced. dance crews, and more. ctor there regardless of corona. Right now, the most As the film industry tries to get n email@example.com Taapsee It’s not just about the important thing is Pannu is disease now. It the government happy that the Maharashtra prevents you from a lot guidelines. We government has given a go- of other problems, too,” she need to implement ASHLEY LOBO REMO D’SOUZA ahead for shoots to resume for says. Pannu further stresses and follow A Hindi film cannot be I think songs will be the last all formats. Though there are upon the importance of them. It is made without music, but to be touched as you need strict guidelines in place, the building immunity, as she feels going to be a the treatment and dancers and that too a big actor feels eventually, the that’s one thing which is in our task. I don’t choreography will change. group. So, that would be bigger thing is everyone needs hands. “I can’t guarantee the think rehearsals Big group dances will take against the social distancing to work. health of people working with will be on the CAESAR a backseat and the focus norms. Duets and situation- “As many people as possible me, or when I’m walking would be on the actors based songs would be the same scale. It will probably be more of GONSALVES in the song. Rehearsals, preference. If rehearsals need to be employed. We can’t just stop shooting because it’s around. I can take care of my health not just by staying video conferencing. I don’t know what the “new which are done happen, it would be with the not in the so-called comfort indoors, but also by keeping the May be that is how it is normal” is going to be. If virtually or with social core team and the assistants. zone. Eventually, everyone fitness high, that is all you can going to be. I don’t think there are other dancers distancing norms in And once it is set, only then wants to work. No one will stop, do,” she ends. mega crews behind an involved, then we will place will have to would it be taught to the saying ‘one is allowed, two n firstname.lastname@example.org actor will happen anytime have to divide them into a evolve. Another dancers in small groups. But I soon. We won’t have the group of five or 10 and possible solution could don’t see anything same luxury of shooting follow all the guidelines be shoot the song in parts happening soon. At least, till like the way we used to. laid by the government. and then edit it together. the year end. 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