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China hackers
ambush Indian
vaccine makers
Cyber sabotage can’t be ruled out; State Govt takes cognisance of FPJ NEWS SERVICE
NYT report; it is a vindication of FPJ story on power grid collapse Mumbai

SANJAY JOG Mumbai in October, which Raut had sounded the possi- The Chinese disruptive at-
Mumbai stopped trains and shut bility of a cyber attack being tempts are not restricted to
down hospitals and the stock behind the power failure. inflicting power outages but

he Maharashtra Gov- exchange for hours, may However, the state govern- also hacking IT systems of
ernment has taken have been linked to these ac- ment appointed technical Indian vaccine makers.
cognisance of a New tivities by a group of Chi- committee or the panel set up Two such companies
York Time report claiming nese hackers, says the report by the Central Electricity Au- which the Chinese have am-
Mumbai power outage on that has been shared with thority in their reports have bushed in recent times are
October 12, 2020, was because the government. not directly referred to a cy- the Hyderabad-based Bharat FROM OUR BUREAU the mask off for a photo shoot
of Chinese cyber attack or Free Press Journal broke ber attack which may have Biotech and the Pune-based New Delhi during the vaccination.
cyber sabotage. the story on October 15 in caused the power failure. Serum Institute of India At 71 (d.o.b 17.09.1950), he
A massive power outage in which energy minister Nitin CONTD. ON P13 (SII), the world's largest vac- Prime Minister Narendra was eligible for the third

Co-Win not
cine maker. Modi on Monday took the phase of vaccination that be-
The coronavirus shots be- first dose of COVID vaccine gan on March 1 for senior cit-
Javed Akhtar defamation complaint ing rolled out by these two for senior citizens at the All izens who are 60 plus and

Warrant out over

firms are the centrepiece of India Institute of Medical those above 45 with specified
the country's immunisation Sciences, setting an example co-morbidities to be certified
campaign. Goldman Sachs- and spurring others in his by registered medical practi-

so winsome
backed cyber intelligence age category to do so as well. tioners. He was the first to

Kangana no-show firm Cyfirma told Reuters

that the Chinese hacking
group APT10, also known as
Stone Panda, had identified
An early riser, he landed at
AIIMS at 7 AM, to ensure no
inconvenience to others, be-
fore flying off to Assam for
be inoculated in this phase
as the actual registration for
it began only two hours later
at 9 AM.
BHAVNA UCHIL / Mumbai CONTD. ON P13 the poll campaign. He took CONTD. ON P13

An Andheri magistrate court on Monday is- SAYING MERIT MUST NOT FAIL...
Technical glitch, sued a bailable warrant against actor Kan-
long waiting hours
cause flagging of
gana Ranaut after she failed to remain
present before it despite having been sum-
moned last month, in connection with a crim-
inal defamation complaint filed against her
HC orders extra MBBS seat
NARSI BENWAL A bench of Chief Justice Di- when a candidate scoring as
seniors’ enthusiasm by lyricist Javed Akhtar, saying that her ab- Mumbai pankar Datta and Justice low as 219 marks in the
sence “shows her conduct”. Girish Kulkarni was seized NEET 2020 obtains admis-
SWAPNIL MISHRA & Magistrate RR Khan ordered issuance of Observing that the admis- with a plea filed by a girl seek- sion to the MBBS course be-
PRATIP ACHARYA bailable warrant of Rs 1,000 against sion process is tainted, with ing admission to the NAMO cause of a quota for the
Mumbai Kangana for “wilful absence without any jus- meritorious students facing college in the district. Coast Guards (to which we
tified reasons despite service of summons”. the heat, the Bombay high The girl was denied admis- have no qualms) whereas
Technical glitches cast a The court also noted that no exemption plea court recently ordered the sion as the authorities con- a candidate like the petition-
damper on the opening day had been filed by her for her absence. Directorate of Medical and sidered another candidate er, scoring as high as 559
of the third phase of the Akhtar’s advocate Vrinda Grover, through Health services in Dadra & who had secured 219 marks marks in the same qualify-
mass immunisation drive in an application had sought that a non-bailable Nagar Haveli to create an ad- in the NEET exams under ing examination, is left high
the city, delaying the process warrant be issued against Kangana. This, ditional seat for an MBBS as- the category reserved for and dry and suffers for
for over three hours. Magistrate Khan found, would be a ‘harsh pirant, who had scored 559 Coast Guards. no fault on her part, com-
In this phase, citizens step’ considering the nature of the litigation. marks in the NEET 2020 ex- The judges, having consid- pelling her to seek judicial
above 60 and those CONTD. ON P13 ams, but wasn’t given admis- ered the facts of the case, intervention.”
aged 45 years and sion because of reservation. said, “It is rather painful CONTD. ON P13
above with comor-
bidities were sup-
posed to get their
end of the
day, with a
The BMC had shortlisted
five civic-run facilities, in- BETWEEN
first dose of the
Covid vaccine,
turnout of 78
per cent of ben-
cluding the Seven Hills Hospi-
tal and the NESCO Jumbo
starting 9.30am on
Monday. Upgrading
eficiaries at the
44 vaccine cen-
Covid Centre and three pri-
vate hospitals for the drive.
to Co-Win 2.0 failed to tres across Mum- There was chaos at all the THE JAB TODAY
weed out technical is- bai. Of the 7,530 eight centres. The on-site reg- Judges of the Supreme Court
sues in the centralised app, people who received their istration process began at will get inoculated for COVID-
resulting in a dismal start to first doses on Monday, there 9am, but the portal crashed, 19 from Tuesday. The families
the proceedings. were 1,982 in the general cat- delaying the drive by as much of the judges, both serving and
But despite all the starting egory, including 1,722 senior as three hours at some of the retired, will also be eligible.
trouble, more than 3,000 sen- citizens and 260 between 45 centres and the inoculation The Supreme Court registry has
ior citizens and 45+ benefici- and 60 years of age with co- could only start after 1pm. arranged a vaccination facility
aries were vaccinated at the morbidities. CONTD. ON P13 at the court complex, but the
judges and their families have

Will you marry

the option to get the shot at
CLASS 12 ISC, any hospital listed by the
government. However, they
CLASS X ICSE will not have an option to

the victim?
choose which vaccine they
EXAM DATES want to take.


The Council for the Indian
School Certificate Examina-
WHO IS ALREADY MARRIED appealed to a person infected
with a powerful Covid-19
tions (CISCE) on Monday FROM OUR BUREAU strain from Brazil to come
announced that the Class 10 New Delhi forward. The variant that
Indian Certificate of Sec- emerged in Manaus, northern
ondary Education (ICSE) A Supreme Court bench head- Brazil, has been detected in six
board examination would be ed by Chief Justice of India people in the UK, one of whom
conducted offline from May Sharad Bobde on Monday cannot be located after they
5 to June 7, 2021, while the granted protection to two al- failed to fill in their contact
Class 12 Indian School Cer- leged rapists, one from Maha- details on a form after taking
tificate (ISC) board exams rashtra and another from Ut- their test. The public appeal
would be conducted from tar Pradesh. came a week before England is
April 8 to June 16, 2021. The It asked Mohit Subhash here house and raped her and due to start unwinding its third
CISCE said the ICSE and ISC Chavan (23) from Maharash- persisted with the sexual as- Covid lockdown.
board exam results would be tra, accused of raping a minor sault till she was in class XII.
issued through conveners to girl studying then in Class IX To a pointed question by the PRASHANT KISHOR BACK IN
the heads of affiliated in 2016 when she was 16, CJI "will you marry her?" his PUNJAB: Prashant Kishor, the
schools by July 2021 and whether he will marry her. It counsel Anand Dilip Langde political whiz kid, has returned
would not be available from was hearing a petition filed by said he will have to take in- to his old employer Captain
the office of the council in the man who is now an elec- structions from the client, not- Amarinder Singh. Four years
New Delhi. tricity department employee ing that Chavan will be sus- after helping the Congress
On Monday, the CISCE re- in the state, against an order pended from service if arrest- wrest control of Punjab, Kishor
leased a circular to all of the Aurangabad Bench of ed in the case. "If you want to has signed on as "principal
schools, informing about the the Bombay High Court, can- marry, we can help you. If not, advisor" to the Chief Minister,
timetables for the Classes 10 celling his anticipatory bail. you lose your job and go to jail who tweeted to say the two
and 12 board exams. The The FIR against him was for seducing and raping a mi- would "work for the
CISCE said, "Candidates lodged in 2019 by the victim nor girl," the CJI remarked. betterment of the people of
must always follow Covid-19 girl on turning a major, under The girl had gone to the po- Punjab". Punjab is scheduled to
safety protocols strictly at Sections 376, 417, 506 of the In- lice after the first rape. Cha- hold Assembly elections in
exam centres, by ensuring dian Penal Code and under van's mother held out an as- early 2022. Kishor had signed
that they wear a face mask, Sections 4 and 12 of the Pro- surance that he would marry on to help Nitish Kumar retain
carry a hand sanitiser, and tection of Children from Sex- her and a document was even- his position in November polls,
avoid touching the face with ual Offences Act (POCSO tually drawn up stating that but was expelled after openly
their hands. The use of Act), 2012. She alleged that the marriage would take place criticising his stand on the
gloves is optional. Chavan had forcibly entered CONTD. ON P13 citizenship law, reports NDTV.


After Azad, Anand strikes discordant note

Says Cong could not be body speaks out of turn. Chowdhury at a rally, sharing the dais
Sharma is upset at the party's West with the Left and the ISF (Indian Secu-
selective about its fight Bengal poll strategy and has asserted lar Front).
against communal forces that the Congress could not be selec- "Congress's alliance with the ISF and
tive about its fight against communal similar parties goes against its core
FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi forces. For a party that swears by its ideology, and the secularism advocated
secular credo such a claim by its by Gandhi and Nehru, which is the

fter Ghulam Nabi Azad, it is the prominent leader is nothing short of soul of the Congress. These issues
turn of Congress leader Anand blasphemy. should have been discussed by the
Sharma to strike a discordant The former Union Minister was pos- Congress Working Committee (CWC),"
note – that too in public – much sibly reacting to visuals of Bengal Sharma tweeted in Hindi.
against the ethos of a party where no- Congress chief Adhir Ranjan CONTD. ON P13
HC allows Varavara Rao to furnish cash surety for release
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed
ailing poet-activist Varavara Rao, accused in the Elgar
Parishad-Maoist links case, to furnish a temporary cash
surety for release on bail until the process of submitting
solvent sureties is completed. Rao (82) was last week
granted interim bail on medical grounds for six months by
the HC which had asked him to furnish a personal bond of
Rs 50,000 and two solvent sureties of the like amount.



As a reply to the LoP’s attack, Dy CM assures the Vidarbha & Marathwada Statutory Boards will be declared the day the 12 names to MLC are declared or the next day

Congress ministers

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Leader

of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, in the state legislative
assembly on Monday, sparred over the allocation of funds
to the underdeveloped Vidarbha and Marathwada regions
arrive on bicycles to
and also on the formation of statutory development
boards for these two regions. protest against rise MSCB SCAM

Court seeks state's

Pawar announced that the statutory development boards
for Vidarbha and Marathwada will be formed immediately
after Governor BS Koshyari approves the nomination of 12
names from his quota to the legislative council. The
in auto fuel prices
government had forwarded these names last year.
However, the governor, despite reminders, is yet to clear

Ministers and legislators of the Congress arrived response on a plea

against clean chits
Fadnavis flayed the Maha Vikas Aghadi for holding on the first day of the budget session at the state
Vidarbha and Marathwada as ransom for the nomination legislature on bicycles to protest against the rise
of 12 names to the state legislative council. Bharatiya in fuel prices. The party shares power with Shiv
Janata Party (BJP) also boycotted the proceedings in the Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the
assembly over the issue. Mooting the issue for discussion Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.
in the assembly, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar alleged Ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Aslam Shaikh, The plea challenged the clean chit and the closure
that the government had not formed the board despite Yashomati Thakur and Satej Patil, former Chief report filed by the economic offences wing of the
Pawar’s assurance on December 15 last year.
In reply, Pawar said the MVA government was of the view
that the boards must be set up. It will make provisions in
the March 8 budget assuming that the boards exist. ' We
Supplementary demands Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra Pradesh
Congress Committee president Nana Patole and
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president
Bhai Jagtap were among those who took part in
city police in the case, which gave a clean chit to
Ajit Pawar and 75 other accused, including the
directors of several cooperative banks

of `21,076.32 crore tabled

wanted to form it as soon as possible. However, the state the bicycle march. Patole accused the central
cabinet had taken a decision of recommending 12 names government of mocking people and committing
to the governor for their nomination as members of the the ‘sin’ of snatching food from their mouths. NARSI BENWAL | Mumbai of several cooperative banks.
legislative council from his quota. The Vidarbha and “The state government has made the life of the Opposing the plea, AG
Marathwada Statutory Boards will be declared the day the SANJAY JOG | Mumbai the National Rural Health Mission, Rs 487.55 common man difficult with the rise in petrol The Maharashtra government, Kumbhakoni told the judges
12 names are declared or the next day,” he added. crore to water resources and Rs 400 crore to clear prices...the central government is mocking the on Monday, raised a preliminary that Arora's protest petition
Fadnavis asked what the people of Vidarbha and The Maharashtra government, which is struggling bills for irrigation and land acquisition and for the people,” he alleged. objection to the petition filed by against the closure report is
Marathwada have to do with the nomination of 12 names to cope up with its shortfall in revenue, on Prime Minister Krishi Sichai Yojana. The Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, an activist in the Bombay High already pending in the sessions
to the state council, which is an issue between the state Monday, presented supplementary demands government has made an allocation of Rs 289.36 however, passed the buck on to the state Court against the clean chit court.
government and the governor. He said that people of the worth Rs 21,076.32 crore on the first day of the crore to the Revenue and Forest Departments, Rs government, saying it can cut taxes and provide given to Deputy Chief Minister "A detailed probe was
two regions will not ‘forgive’ Pawar's stand on the issue budget session. Of Rs 21,076.32 crore, the 280.38 crore for woman and child welfare, Rs relief. Ajit Pawar and others accused in conducted, after which the EOW
and added that his party would continue government has earmarked Rs 16,200 crore to 241.71 crore to the Agriculture, Animal Already Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tijaswi the alleged multi-crore filed a closure report before the
to fight till ‘we get what the repay the advances taken under the Special Husbandry, Milk and Fisheries Departments, Rs Yadav in Bihar, opposition legislators in Madhya Maharashtra State Cooperative sessions court. The probe was
Constitution has given us’. Drawing facility, Rs 2,650.61 crore for pension, Rs 102.50 crore to general administration, Rs 200 Pradesh and Robert Vadra in New Delhi had Bank (MSCB) scam. conducted after the orders of
2,000 crore for the Mumbai Nagpur expressway crore for the Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjivani earlier taken bicycle rides against increasing A bench of Justices Sambhaji this court in 2019 on a similar
equity and Rs 1,149.67 crore for Metro 2A, 2B Scheme and Rs 100 crore for the e-governance prices of petrol and diesel. PIC: BL SONI Shinde and Manish Pitale posted plea filed by the same petitioner
and 7, of which the actual allocation will be Rs project. the hearing till March 22 with a (Arora)," the AG said. "It was
826 crore. The government has also allocated The Maha Vikas Aghadi government, since it directive to state's advocate their prayer in that plea of 2019
Rs 268.59 crore to the state Disaster Response assumed the office in November 2019, has tabled general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to transfer the probe to the CBI.
Fund. supplementary demands worth Rs 1,12,645.32 to file a detailed reply in the This court, however, refused to
The supplementary demands were tabled by crore, comprising Rs 16,120 crore in December matter. handover the probe directly to
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the 2019, Rs 24,273 crore in February 2020, Rs The bench was hearing a fresh the central agency and instead
Finance and Planning Departments, in the 29,084 crore in September 2020, Rs 21,992 crore petition filed by activist Surinder had first ordered a preliminary
state legislature. The government has in December 2020 and Rs 21,76.32 crore in Arora through his counsel Satish probe by the EOW and we have
allocated Rs 2,650.60 crore for the Finance March 2021. Out of the revenue collection target Talekar, seeking to transfer the complied with the orders," the
Department, Rs 2,052.50 crore for public of Rs 3,47,456 crore, the state government has probe in the matter to the AG added.
works and Rs 1,866 crore to collected only Rs 1,88,542 crore at the end of Central Bureau of Investigation Having considered the
MahaVitaran for providing relief to January 2021. This is 35 per cent less than the (CBI). He challenged the clean submissions advanced by the
agriculture consumers in the payment budgetary estimate and 21 per cent lower than chit and the C-summary (closure AG, the judges asked him to file
of long-pending dues. the collection in the same period in the previous report) filed by the economic a detailed response in the
Further, the government has year. The government has raised a record Rs offences wing of the city police matter and highlight this
earmarked Rs 546.09 crore to 73,000 crore through borrowings during April- in the case, which gave a clean preliminary objection, before the
public health, Rs 455.18 crore to December 2020. chit to Ajit Pawar and 75 other next date of hearing, which is
accused, including the directors on March 22.


State committed towards justice for `29,290 cr Goods and Services Tax MVA undertook massive humanitarian
CBI court rejects DHFL
Marathi-speaking people at borders
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, at the joint
dues pending from central government
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, on Monday, said that
programmes amidst pandemic & cyclone
MUMBAI: Governor BS Koshyari, on Monday, at the joint sitting of the bail pleas of promoters
session of the state legislature on Monday, said that the state despite the central government’s delay in clearing the long-pending state legislature, said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government undertook
government is committed to serve justice to the Marathi-speaking Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation dues and the financial massive humanitarian programmes as jobs and livelihood were MUMBAI: The bail applications (PCA). On January 13, the duo
people of the border areas. “My government has strongly presented crunch arisen because of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and affected because of medical emergency and several economic of Dewan Housing Finance had approached the CBI court
the case of Maharashtra in the original suit filed in the Supreme economic downturn, the state government has provided priority challenges. “Under the National Food Security Act, wheat, rice and Corporation Limited (DHFL) for bail. In their bail pleas, the
Court on Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute and, henceforth, funding to the Departments of Public Health, Medical Education and coarse grains were distributed to about 7 crore people at just Rs 1 to Rs promoters Kapil Wadhawan and brothers had told the court that
will continue to present the same. My government expresses its Drugs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Food and Civil Supplies and Home 3 per kg. My government also provided food grains to about 40 lakh Dheeraj Wadhawan were on the debentures for investment in
commitment to the Marathi-speaking people of the border areas and during the pandemic. To stimulate the economy, the state farmers from 14 suicide-prone districts at the cost of nearly Rs 750 Monday rejected by a special which by Yes Bank they had
is committed to get them justice. It has recently published a volume government has provided for 75 per cent of the budgetary provision crore. About 17,000 tons of rice and 762 tons of chana dal was Central Bureau of Investigation allegedly paid bribe to its ex-
titled Maharashtra Karnataka Seemavaad : Sangharsh Aaani Sankalp for capital expenditure and released 100 per cent money to the distributed to 35 lakh stranded and migrant labourers and students court in the Yes Bank scam case. CEO Rana Kapoor, were
to comprehensively present the issue. Copies of this book will be Local Development Fund, district planning committee schemes and without ration cards,” he said. The governor said that the state Earlier, their pleas were rejected oversubscribed by over 2.73
made available to the members of the state legislature in this Dongri Vikas Karyakram (hilly region development). The governor, at government not only tackled the medical crisis, but also successfully by a magistrate court on times. DHFL, they said, did not
session,” said Governor. the joint session of the state legislature, said by the end of February handled multiple natural disasters. The Nisarg cyclone devastated January 8 to which the case had need Yes Bank’s money and had
The governor’s statement came days after a war of words broke 2021, the central government owes dues worth Rs 46,950 crore certain areas of the coastal region of Konkan. Rs 609 crore as relief was been transferred in July last year many eager investors. Further,
between the political leaders from the Maha Vikas Aghadi in towards GST. “The central government has paid just Rs 6,140 crore paid to those affected by this cyclone at enhanced rates. Rs 179 crore at the stage of taking their plea stated that, until
Maharashtra and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in and Rs 11,520 crore as loan for the (GST) compensation. GST was distributed for flood relief in Nagpur. In addition, heavy rainfall and cognisance. It had been today, CBI has not managed to
Karnataka on the long pending border dispute. It all started after compensation to the tune of Rs 29,290 crore is overdue from the floods from June to October, 2020, caused widespread damage to life, transferred as the CBI had not secure sanction to prosecute the
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had proposed that areas central government,” he noted. The governor’s statement comes a cattle, agricultural crops, houses and public properties. “A package of Rs secured the necessary sanctions duo under the PCA and, hence,
dominated by Marathi-speaking people on the state’s border with day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had slammed the 10,000 crore for the damages caused due to this calamity has been required to prosecute public that they cannot be charged
Karnataka should be declared as a union territory till the Supreme Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre for announced. Rs 5,500 crore was earmarked to farmers for crop servants in cases under the under it.
Court gives its final verdict on the issue. -Sanjay Jog clearing the GST compensation arrears. -Sanjay Jog damages,” he said. -Sanjay Jog Prevention of Corruption Act -Staff Reporter

New Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte Maharashtra continues

has tête-à-tête with NCP president to top in GST collection
FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU SANJAY JOG | Mumbai 13,546 crore as against Rs
Mumbai 13,579 crore in September 2019
Maharashtra continues to be at (o per cent); in August, it was Rs
Newly appointed Maharashtra
Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte,
the top amongst all states with a
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
11,602 crore as against Rs
13,407 crore (minus 13 per cent);
MU declares
on Monday, met Nationalist
Congress Party chief Sharad
Pawar at the latter’s residence
collection of Rs 16,103.50 crore
in February against Rs 15,734.66
crore during the corresponding
in July, it was Rs 12,508 crore as
against Rs 15,102 crore (minus
17 per cent); and in June, it was
TYBA sem
and discussed various issues.
Kunte, a 1985 batch Indian
Sharad Pawar and daughter Supriya
period last year, a rise of 2 per
cent. India's GST collection for
Rs 14,987 crore as against Rs
15,143 crore (minus 1 per cent). five results
Administrative Services (IAS) February was reported at Rs Even though Maharashtra
officer, on Sunday took over as
the Chief Secretary from program." "I wished him well for expedite the vaccination drive Sule get a dose of COVID-19 vaccine 1,13,143 crore. This is despite
the fact that the state is yet to
remains on the top, the state
government has been urging the

incumbent Sanjay Kumar who a successful tenure," added across the state. Other priorities MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar recover from the pandemic, central government for an early Around 12,530 students have
retired yesterday. Pawar, whose party is an ally of include revival of the state and his daughter Supriya Sule, on Monday, were administered a lockdown and economic clearance of its GST dues worth passed, as the much-awaited
After the meeting, Pawar in a the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in economy affected by the shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at JJ Hospital in south Mumbai. Pawar downturn. Rs 29,290 crore by the end of results of the Third Year Bachelor
tweet said, "Sitaram Kunte, the the state. pandemic and the completion of in a tweet said, “I took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Sir Maharashtra, being a February. The government has of Arts (TYBA) Undergraduate
newly appointed Chief Secretary Meanwhile, Kunte, who was the government’s ambitious JJ Hospital, Mumbai, today. To strengthen the vaccination drive, I manufacturing state, has been argued that, if the Centre pays (UG) programme semester five
of the Government of welcomed by Deputy Secretary projects in a time-bound manner. appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine and join the way ahead in GST collection the compensation at the earliest, were declared on Monday by the
Maharashtra visited me today. Uday Chaudhary in the presence Kunte urged people to follow fight against coronavirus.” compared with other states. The it will bring relief in the financial University of Mumbai (MU). The
We discussed various issues of former CS Sanjay Kumar, said the COVID-19 norms and Meanwhile, Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale state-ruled by Maha Vikas crunch. Out of the revenue pass percentage of the winter
pertaining to Maharashtra, he would focus on the successful cooperate with the state said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the COVID-19 vaccine Aghadi raked in Rs 17,699 crore collection target of Rs 3,47,456 semester five results of final year
especially pertaining to COVID- implementation of the COVID-19 government to curb the spread today. “I appeal to all the people to take the vaccine that is needed in December 2020 as against Rs crore for 2020-21, the state has BA course is 94.51 per cent.
19 and the vaccination containment measures and of the virus. to save lives,” he noted. -FPJ Political Bureau 15,001 crore in 2019, an collected just Rs 1,88,542 crore The winter semester five
increase of a record 17.98 per at the end of January 2021. This examinations of TYBA
TIK TOK STAR SUICIDE CASE cent. In October, the state’s GST is 35 per cent less than the programme of the Humanities
revenue collection was Rs 15,799 budgetary estimate and 21 per discipline were conducted in

Non-cognisable case against ex-CM for 'defaming' dead woman crore against Rs 15,109 cr in
October 2019 (5 per cent); in
September 2020, it was Rs
cent lower than the collection in
the same period in the previous
January 2021 via online mode.
Out of 14,274 students who
appeared for the winter
AGENCIES | Mumbai sections 500 (Punishment for Wagh. PIC: BL SONI against him. The complaint semester TYBA examination,
defamation) and 501 (Printing or The complaint also named Prasad against Fadnavis and others was 12,530 have cleared the
A non-cognisable case was engraving matter known to be Lad, Shantabai Chavan, and lodged by Shyam Sardar Rathod, examination, leading to a pass
registered on Monday against defamatory) of the Indian Penal woman activist Trupti Desai. who heads youth wing of the percentage of 94.51. The result
former Maharashtra chief minister Code at Manora police station. The 23-year-old woman died in Rashtriya Banjara Parishad in of this examination is published
Devendra Fadnavis and five other Besides Fadnavis, who is the Hadapsar area of Pune in Washim district, as per the copy of on the university website
leaders of the BJP in Washim Leader of Opposition in the state February. Her death triggered a the complaint. Shyam Sardar http://www.mumresults.in/.
district after a complaint was Legislative Assembly, the huge political controversy with the Rathod also accused some news Till date, MU has announced 92
lodged against them for allegedly complaint also named Leader of BJP alleging link of Shiv Sena MLA channels of defaming the results of the winter semester
defaming the woman from Pune Opposition in Legislative Council Sanjay Rathod to the case. deceased woman and the Banjara examinations. On Monday, the
district whose death set off a Pravin Darekar, former ministers Rathod, a Banjara community community. He also threatened to university announced four
political row leading to resignation Sudhir Mungantiwar and Ashish leader, resigned as state Forest launch a protest if a strict action is results, including TYBA semester
of a minister. Shelar, Mumbai MLA Atul minister on Sunday but had not taken against the accused five and TYBA semester five (7
The offence was registered under Bhatkhalkar, and BJP leader Chitra denied all allegations raised persons. grade points).
Three Cox and Kings executives sent to EOW custody
MUMBAI: The custody of Cox and Kings Group promoter
Ajit Peter Kerkar, group’s CFO Anil Khandelwal and its
internal auditor Naresh Jain was on Monday sent to the
Economic Offences Wing (EOW). The trio is currently in
judicial custody in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) case
against them for defrauding Yes Bank. The EOW moved a
special court on Monday for handing over their custody in
a case registered last year. - Staff Reporter

WR installs MTRC in 100 trains Maha reports

Wary auto & taxi drivers ferry giving real-time info to travellers
6,397 fresh
COVID cases on

public amid new (un)fare hike

the situation. This was later
updated to the motormen drop in tests
and guards of trains. The
Every time there is a failure MTRC will prove useful espe- SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai
and the train comes to a halt, cially during monsoon when
commuters are left clueless tracks get waterlogged and In the wake of a dip in coro-
about the cause of the halt. trains make an abrupt halt in na testing in the last 24
Drivers say fares hiked at the wrong time; fear new rates will keep passengers away Now, just as the airports have
Air Traffic Control (ATC),
the middle of the track.
This system can help the
hours, there was a slight
drop in the number of coron-
the Western Railway (WR) rail authorities disseminate avrus cases in Mumbai and
SHASHANK RAO A COSTLY RIDE which the deadline is till introduced Mobile Train Ra- information to commuters Maharashtra on Monday.
Mumbai May 31. The RTOs will test dio Communication (MTRC) stuck inside trains about the The state reported 6,397 new
� Rickshaw drivers are the recalibrated e-meters af- on Monday. actual situation. Likewise COVID infections and 30 fa-
The auto and taxi drivers now allowed to charge ter it's changed and tested This will be for the first at Mahalaxmi, Borivali, Vi- even when there is a techni- talities in the last 24 hours,
feel that they are better off Rs 21 as base fare by ITI institutes and other time on Indian Railways that rar, Churchgate, Bandra and cal problem like signal fail- pushing its tally of positive
charging the old fare than � Taxi drivers are now agencies across Mumbai. such a system would be avail- Jogeshwari that will help in ure, OHE snapping, track cases to 21,61,467 and 52,184
going with new ones that allowed to charge Rs 25 “Already the drivers are able that would give real-time supplementing this system. failure or trespassing acci- deaths.
came into effect from March as base fare complaining about lesser update to commuters travel- This system was first pro- dent; such information can Mumbai reported 855 new
1. The test drive done by earnings in the past few ling in suburban trains; in posed in 2012-13 at a cost of be provided sooner to com- cases and four COVID deaths
Free Press Journal showed weeks since lockdown has case of an emergency or un- around Rs 6 crore. muters. on Monday, increasing its to-
that these drivers didn't them to see if anything can been eased. Now with the toward incident on rail lines. "The MTRC will enable in- WR General Manager A tal positive counts to 3,26,770
even bother checking the be done about the fare hike. fare hike, many have in- The WR authorities have formation to be dispersed Kansal said that the MTRC and deaths to 11,474 so far.
new tariff card. manding revised higher tar- A taxi driver from Mum- formed us about how it installed this MTRC technol- from the control room to the can communicate with all The recovery rate of the
The drivers of both autos iff though his e-meter bai Central said that it would further hurt their ogy in all its 100 trains. This motorman and even com- the 100 trains and 200 motor state and city dropped to 93
and taxis told that they shows the earlier version. would have been better if earnings,” said KK Tiwari, will enable the central con- muters inside local trains. It cabs of these trains. Each per cent from 94 per cent.
would better go with the ex- "Unnecessarily don't want the fare would have been Rs auto rickshaw union leader trol room to not only get in has a combination of cam- train can be communicated There was 25 per cent and 27
isting tariff although they to get into arguments with 20 from the earlier Rs 22 as who has held few meetings touch with motormen and eras, microphones, digital with individually or a broad- per cent drop in the number
know about the revised passengers. As it is people base fare, however the gov- with drivers ever since the guard of local trains but also audio and video recorders as cast call can be made to all lo- of COVID tests on Monday as
rates applicable from March are trying to lessen expendi- ernment revised it to Rs 25. hike was announced. inform the commuters well. There are six signal cal trains from central con- compared to the tests con-
1. The FPJ on March 1 re- ture," he said. "Who is going to travel in an At the meetings, the driv- through the train's passenger towers that will help in sup- trol or a group call can be ducted on Sunday. Dr
ported about the apprehen- The auto rickshaw drivers expensive cab? This hike ers told the union that peo- announcement system. The porting the MTRC," said a made to predefined as well as Archana Patil, Director, Di-
sion of the drivers in charg- are now allowed to charge happened at the wrong ple were still concerned time taken for a call would be WR official. a dynamic group of trains, if rectorate of Health Services
ing the new rates. Rs 21 as base fare. Even the time," said the taxi driver. about travelling long dis- less than 300 milliseconds. Until now, the motormen required. Even motormen (DHS), said they were focus-
Ramnaresh Yadav, an auto late-night charges have in- These drivers are allowed tances in autos and cabs. Sources said that informa- and guard used to contact can speak to other motormen ing on improving the health
rickshaw driver from Kan- creased in this fare hike. to carry a physical copy of And people are using these tion will be provided after 10 station masters who then using this system to check infrastructure to deal with
divali said that he doesn't The drivers had a meeting the tariff card until they re- autos and taxis to ply only minutes of an incident being used to communicate with the extent of failure to get up- any situation, considering
want to take risk of de- with the unions asking calibrate their e-meters for till railway stations. occurred. There are towers the control room to update dates. the spurt in cases.

FIR against patient, bar for COVID Two arrested for

killing 77-yr-old
Pandemic cases jump 40% across Maha in Feb
rule violation; groom’s kin booked woman in Worli
tening, the state started to
ease restrictions that were
imposed to break the chain
ficult to say whether this is a
second wave, but the virus is
showing a concentrated
DIPTI SINGH was found to be roaming out STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai There has been a 40 per cent and control the spread and spurt in some areas like Vi-
Mumbai at around 12:45 pm on Mon- rise in the number of transmission of the virus. darbha, starting from Nag-
day despite having 'no essen- Three days after a 77-year-old COVID-19 cases across Maha- “We are urging citizens to pur, Amravati to Au-
For the second day in a row, tial work' said a civic official woman was allegedly murdered rashtra during the last follow COVID protocols as we rangabad (in Marathwada
Brihanmumbai Municipal from the ward. at her Worli Sea Face bungalow, month as compared to Janu- do not want the same situa- region). Now, the virus is
Corporation's (BMC) M Dr Bhupendra Patil, med- the Worli Police arrested two ary this year when the cases tion as it was in the month of slowly getting transmitted to
(West) ward lodged an FIR ical officer of health (MoH) M persons including a house help had dropped 12 per cent. June, July and September other districts like Pune and
against a 37-year-old Chem- (West) ward said that it is for allegedly killing Vishni According to the data pro- when cases were on peak. Mumbai.
bur resident for flouting the criminal that people who test- Dolwani. vided by the state health de- Moreover we have intensi- "If we do not control it, it
COVID-19 quarantine rules ed positive are freely roaming The accused have been partment, there were 90,673 fied all our protocols to curb will spread to other states in
despite having tested positive in public places. "The per- identified as Amarjit Karmaraj cases between January 1 and across the state. the cases and have alerted all the country. Whether it will
for the virus. The is a second son's wife too was tested posi- Nishad, 22, a house help and 31 which increased to 1,26,723 The spurt in the number of the ward officers to take spread 100 per cent, nobody
such FIR by the ward offi- seeing a surge in new infec- tive. Despite being a covid19 his accomplice Abhijit Joria, 22. during February. Officials cases began in the second strict action if the cases in is sure, but yes, it has the po-
cials in just 24 hours against tions since mid-February. patient the person was seen Dolwani was found dead have attributed this surge to week of February, which is their area have surged,” he tential," he said. Health ex-
COVID positive patient flout- "When we came to know moving around despite them around midnight on Friday, the laxity on the part of the being seen as a result of gen- said. perts said that there is no
ing quarantine. about violations of rules at required to be quarantined. bound and gagged. Gold citizens in not following the eral laxity, mutation of Dr Subhash Salunkhe, tech- need for any new strategy to
Meanwhile, the Mumbai the wedding held on Sunday, They are putting not only ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh were COVID norms and increase COVID-19 strains and un- nical adviser to the Maha- tackle the situation as the ex-
Police registered an FIR we rushed to the spot with their own but even others life stolen from their safe which was in the number of coron- locking. Moreover with the rashtra government on isting strategies are quite ad-
against two members of a police officials. We found if at risk," said Patil. found open. Nishad, who was avirus testing facilities state's COVID-19 curve flat- COVID-19, said it is very dif- equate and effective.
bridegroom's family for around 500 people attending The BMC officials said a working there for three months,
inviting more than 500 guests the marriage," said Dr Satish member of the residential so- was a prime suspect as he went
for his marriage held at a Badgire, Health Officer, ciety where the person re- missing after the murder. The
ground in Kalina, civic and H/East ward. sides reported to the BMC Worli Police sent teams after
police officials said on Mon- The BMC M (West) ward that the man was seen freely Nishad, a resident of Sultanpur
day. As per pandemic norms, lodged a case with the Chem- moving in public. A team in UP. According to the police, to
only 50 people are allowed to bur's Basant Park Police from the civic health depart- make easy money, Nishad took
attend a marriage function against a 37-year-old coron- ment reached the spot. (With help of Joria, a domestic help
in Maharashtra, which is avirus positive patient who PTI inputs) working at Walkeshwar.

Residents demand action After BJP’s criticism,

against traders flouting corona Guv hails MVA’s fight
norms at Deonar goat mkt against coronavirus
DIPTI SINGH / Mumbai SANJAY JOG and successfully dealing
Mumbai with difficult settlements
As the BMC scaling up like Dharavi,’’ he viewed.
COVID safety protocols in A day after BJP alleged ram- The ‘Majhe Kutumb, Majhi
wake of the rising number of pant corrup- Jababdari’ (My Family My
coronavirus cases in the city, tion in the Responsibility) an innova-
residents of Deonar have ap- COVID-19 tive health check-up mission
pealed to the civic body to management in the country was imple-
take action against traders in Mumbai, mented in the State. Under
coming to the Deonar goat Governor BS the said mission, all families
market for flouting social dis- A BMC health worker collects Koshyari in in the State were surveyed in
tancing norms and not wear- nasal swab sample of a trader his speech at two rounds.
ing masks. at Deonar goat market. the joint session of the state The special survey of high-
The administration of the legislature hailed the Dhar- risk individuals and senior
abattoir, however, said that Rafiq Shaikh, a resident of avi model and the successful citizens was also done. Due to
they have been penalised Deonar. implementation of May which, several patients af-
those entering the market According to Yogesh Family My Responsibility fected by Covid infection
without a facemask. Shetye, BMC official and gen- campaign and the recently could be detected. This mis-
Residents have alleged that eral manger of Deonar Abat- launched Mi Jababdar drive sion helped in preparing the
many traders who have been toir, the civic body restricted to curb spread of infection by State health map. ‘’By partic-
visiting the goat market are the time limit for the slaugh- the Maha Vikas Aghadi gov- ipation of citizens in the
hardly seen wearing masks, terhouse's functioning. "The ernment. management of Covid-19
also social distancing is not goat market is open only on The Governor said the state pandemic our State ensured
seen many a time. two days on Tuesday and Sat- government took several successful control of this epi-
"We have seen people going urday. It was made mandato- measures for control and demic. But the battle against
in and out of the slaughter- ry for the butchers to keep management of the COVID- the Covid is still on and now
house without a mask. They the livestock in the abattoir 19 pandemic which have be- the “Mi Jababdar” (I am re-
have put up posters on for at least 24 hours and it come a model for the rest of sponsible) mission has been
COVID awareness. However, should undergo fitness certi- the States and even in other launched,’’ he noted.
none is followed by the fication before slaughter. countries. ‘’Maharashtra has Governor said the state gov-
traders, it seems. The BMC These changes were made most effectively managed the ernment is implementing the
need to take stern action when we decided to reopen it epidemic by bringing down vaccination programme re-
against such people," said on July 3, 2020," he said. the number of active cases garding COVID-19 disease.

BEST mgmt unhappy over action against 74 drivers

PRATIP ACHARYA member Sunil Ganacharya in the minds of BEST driv-
Mumbai said that last week, 74 BEST ers, which distracts them
drivers of Bandra Depot also," he added. Ganacharya
The management committee were called by the manage- also brought the issue last
members of the Brihan- week during the BEST com-
mumbai Electricity Supply
and Transport (BEST) un-
SPEED LIMIT mittee meeting.
However officials in the un-
dertaking expressed their
discontent on the manage-
VIOLATION dertaking mentioned, this is
not any new rule and have
ment for taking action ment for driving their buses been there for a long time
against BEST drivers driving tem (ITMS) which allows the in a speed limit, above 45 since the management want-
above at a speed above 45 officials to monitor the move- km/hour. ed to curb rash driving.
kmph. ment and ETA of the bus. As "This is absolutely unjusti- "If the rule was there, then
In January, the BEST un- a result, in each bus a special fiable, driving the buses at a why did the management call
veiled its new 'Command and Bus Tracking System (BTS) slow speed will not just lead the drivers last week? This
Control' room at the Wadala device has been installed, to increased fuel consump- only after ITMS was intro-
Depot. The control room is which also lets tracking of tion, but will also delay their duced the management start-
equipped with all the smart the speed limit in the BEST arrival in the destination," ed to scrutinise the speed
features including an Intelli- control room. Ganacharya told FPJ. limit," said the committee
gent Traffic Monitoring Sys- Senior BEST committee "This is an added pressure member.
Major fire breaks out at wood factory in Bhiwandi; no casualty
THANE: A major fire was broke out into a wooden
godown in Bhiwandi, during the wee hours on
Monday. The incident led to huge damage of
machineries and wood materials kept in godown.
However, no injury or casualty was reported this

Covid effect: Number of PhD,
Follow Covid norms or won't Actor, bizman MPhil scholars at MU dwindle
hear matters, warns HC judge files
Official attributes the decline in the number to lack of resources for research

Sachiin Joshi Mumbai

bail plea
Research papers, disserta-
tions or theses by Doctor of
Justice Shinde cites the Amravati incident wherein at least 60 advocates tested positive for Covid-19 Philosophy (PhD) and Mas-

still in force and is binding
on each individual who en-
in special court ter of Philosophy (MPhil)
students of the University of
Mumbai (MU) for the aca-
ters the court premises. STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai demic year 2020 have not
One of the senior-most "The SOP is for each one of been uploaded on the Shod-
judge of the Bombay High us and only for our safety. Actor and businessman hganga website. The num-
Court on Monday warned Thus, it is all the more im- Sachiin Joshi on Friday ber of PhD students which
litigants against overcrowd- portant for everyone to ad- filed a bail plea in the is equivalent to the number tension first from June 30, sources for their research
ing in his court hall. The here to the SOP and the so- Omkar Group fraud case in of final year research theses 2020 to December 31, 2020 work." There are 78 Re-
judge said if the parties in- cial distancing norms," the whose connection he had submitted has reduced from and then from December 31, search Department Centres
cluding the advocates fail to judge said while pointing been arrested for money 413 in 2019 to 152 in 2020 2020 till June 30, 2021. The affiliated to MU.
adhere to the social distanc- out that even the judges are laundering. while, the number of MPhil UGC said, "Due to the Covid- The reason for the dip in
ing and other Covid-19 sitting with a safe distance The 37-year-old has been students has reduced from 19 pandemic, universities the number of research
norms in the court hall, he between them. accused of laundering funds 350 in 2019 to 60 in 2020. have remained closed for the scholars in both PhD and
would not hear their mat- Further, Justice Shinde the Group had secured from The research papers com- past several months. There- MPhil courses of MU is the
ters. cited the incident at Amra- Yes Bank for slum redevel- pleted in 2020 have not been fore, students have not been non-availability of online re-
Justice Sambhaji Shinde, vati, wherein at least 60 ad- opment projects. uploaded on the Shodhgan- able to conduct their re- search guides, irregular for-
a senior-most judge of the courtrooms. entire board (of cases) for vocates have tested positive. The ED had arrested him ga website which is a plat- search or experiments in mation of the Research and
HC is presently heading a On Monday, when Justice the day." "We are fortunate that we on 15 February and there- form for research students university laboratories. Recommendation Commit-
division bench that com- Shinde arrived in the court By Monday evening, Jus- aren't subjected to any such after he had been under the to deposit their PhD theses Also, they were not able to tee (RRC) and non-payment
prises Justice Manish hall, he saw the usual rush tice Shinde also issued a cir- untoward situation. We agency’s custodial interro- and make it available to the access library services that of stipend for research
Pitale. The bench is as- and this irked the judge. cular notifying that from have come in the right di- gation till 22 February. The entire scholarly community are critical for completion of work, said Shomit Salunke,
signed to hear criminal "Tell the policemen, Tuesday he would only hear rection till now and don't agency has alleged that with open access. Every thesis." a PhD and professor of Law
matters such as quashing lawyers, and other litigants 60 matters every day, with want to go back to virtual Omkar Group had trans- year, submission of theses is A senior official of MU of MU. Salukhe added, "Both
FIRs, criminal appeals to wait outside the court only 12 matters per hour. hearings," the judge added. ferred funds to his and his done by May-June followed said, "Students have not sub- PhD and MPhil students
against convictions or hall," a visibly irked Justice As per the notice, the Notably, last week another company’s accounts in the by result declaration in July. mitted their theses because have not received a monthly
death sentences, and other Shinde told his staff. bench led by Justice Shinde judge of the HC - Justice name of SRA eviction and But due to the Covid-19 the UGC has given an exten- stipend of Rs 8,000 under fel-
criminal work. "Let's not crowd in this will hear 12 matters from 11 Prithviraj Chavan - had re- tenants’ rehabilitation pandemic, the University sion till June 2021. Also, lowship funds for research
Usually, the court hall of courtroom," he then told am to 12 am and according- fused to take up matters if work, but no actual work Grants Commission (UGC) many students do not have work since the last one and a
the bench that is assigned everyone from his dias, ly till 5 in the evening would the arguing counsel failed was done by him. has provided a 12-month ex- access to necessary re- half year. How are students
with such matters is jam- adding, "If you all fail to ad- hear 60 cases. to wear a mask. He had re- Joshi, the ED says, had

HC dismisses plea of builder Lahoriya

packed with hundreds of here to the social distancing The judge further cited moved a matter from his helped the Group layer and
lawyers, clients, and even norms, we will not hear any the Standard Operating board after the counsel for- siphon off the monies and
policemen present in the matter and discharge the Procedure (SOP) which is got to wear his mask. caused a loss to Yes Bank.

seeking transfer of trial to another court

4 held for abducting, killing stray dogs NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai of his plea, ordered Judge
Vaishnav to consider seeing
PRIYANKA NAVALKAR / Mumbai the accused later dumped it saw the dog being taken In a setback for the son of de- the CCTV footage at the end
in the mangroves. away by an auto-rickshaw veloper Sunil Lahoriya, who of the trial, provided the
Six held for Four men including the sec-
retary of an Andheri-based
A few days later, an animal
activist, Tushar Gogia, who
driver in a bus vehicle, fol-
lowing which he checked the
was shot dead in his office,
the Bombay High Court on
same is certified to be au-
thentic under the Informa-

attempting building were arrested for

giving a ransom of �5,000 to
get rid of the stray dogs in
fed the strays in the neigh-
borhood, noticed that a num-
ber of strays who frequently
CCTV camera footage. With
evidence at disposal, Gogia
approached police and
Monday refused to transfer
the trial in the case from
Judge R R Vaishnav's court case fairly and impartially.
tion & Technology (IT) act.
The plea further alleged
that the judge had a huge

robbery bid the area. During one such ab-

duction, one dog was smoth-
visited were missing. Gogia
searched for the missing
lodged a complaint at Verso-
va police station.
to some other court.
A bench of Justices Samb-
The bench was seized with
a plea filed by Sandeep seek-
heated argument with the
prosecutor and had in fact

in Dahisar
ered and succumbed, whose dogs and saw a restlessness Police arrested the four, haji Shinde and Manish ing transfer of the trial from left the court and rejected
body was later dumped in stray dogs from the locality. among strays. It was earlier identified as Navnath build- Pitale said Lahoriya's son Judge Vaishnav's court. He certain applications of the
the mangroves. All accused The accused then were clear- suspected that the dogs were ing secretary Sunil Jaising Sandeep failed to put forth through his counsel Himan- prosecution from his Cham-
STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai were booked under relevant ing the dog menace and had afraid of the civic vans and and the three auto drivers— an appealing case to show shu Khode pointed out that bers.
sections of the Indian Penal picked up one of the strays, officials, but it was learnt Yasin Maniyar (38), Arvind any wrong on part of the the judge had refused to con- Notably, the HC had specif-
The Dahisar Police arrested Code. who was forced in an auto- that the civic body had not Yadav (24), Raj Singh (23). judge in dealing with the sider CCTV footage, where- ically ordered Judge Vaish-
six men who were about to According to police, the rickshaw. During the scuffle, undertaken any drives re- They were all produced be- case. in, his father is seen to be nav to conduct a trial in the
rob a shop in suburban secretary had paid a ransom one of the accused had unin- cently. fore the Andheri Court on The bench, however, asked alive before reaching the case, while disposing of an-
Mumbai, wherein police of �5,000 to three auto-rick- tentionally choked the stray. A further probe revealed Monday and were released Judge Vaishnav to expedite hospital. other plea of Sandeep in Au-
seized items like cutter, shaw drivers to clear the Panicked with the incident, that a building watchman on bail. the trial and proceed with the The judges while disposing gust 2019.
knives, choppers, and mo-
biles from the accused. Ny-
lon rope, pepper were also
seized from them. Police act-
ed on a tip-off and nabbed
Grantof �21K maintenance to wife who BMC set to restart work on major water supply tunnel 187 more birds found dead BIRD FLU IN MAHARASHTRA

the accused men, who all

happen to be history-
earned �30K not unreasonable: Court STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai alignment of the tunnel.
The previous TBM was SANJAY JOG
According to police BHAVNA UCHIL monial discord. He had fur- After facing a delay of al- drilling soil strata made of Mumbai
sources, a team from Dahis- Mumbai ther stated that there is most a year, BMC all set to Pyroclastic Ash, which is
ar police station, who were nothing in the order to show restart its work on the Ver- very loose in nature. We had A total of 187 poultry birds
on patrolling duty, had re- Refusing to interfere in a she is entitled to the avali-Powai-Ghatkopar wa- approached all TBM experts including 135 in Beed, 43 in
ceived a tip-off that a few magistrate court's order for amount. The court said that ter supply tunnel. The civic even globally to find a way Latur and 9 in Nandurbar
men were to rob a mobile a man to pay Rs. 21,000 as his claim of having to ten- body will be getting a new out. Finally, we have now de- were found dead due to bird
shop. Acting on this infor- interim monthly mainte- der resignation due to mari- Tunnel Boring Machine cided to appoint a new con- flu in Maharashtra. The
mation, police laid a trap nance to his wife in a do- tal unrest does not absolve (TBM) soon, and the project renknecht tunnelling sys- tractor and restart the work samples are being sent to
near Parbat Nagar in Dahis- mestic violence case, a him of the liability to main- will now cost around Rs 300 tems. However, the project and try to cover up the time the National Institute of and 83,694 kg poultry feed
ar (E). At around 2.30 am, Mumbai sessions court has tain his wife. crore including the cost of was stuck for almost a year we have lost. It is a huge High Security Animal Dis- have been scientifically de-
the accused men reached said in an appeal filed by The wife Simran Kaur, 28, purchasing the new TBM. after TBM got stuck in the challenge before us," said a eases in Bhopal and Disease stroyed within a radius of 1
the spot with equipment to the husband that such a had claimed monthly inter- To augment the water sup- same tunnel it was drilling senior BMC official. Investigation Section, Pune. km from the poultry farm in
break in. grant to a woman who used im maintenance of Rs 1 ply in the western and east- near Powai. During the According to BMC offi- Incidentally, no mortality the infected zones.
Police observed that the to earn Rs. 30,000 before lakh stating that her hus- ern suburbs of Mumbai and monsoon last year, the tun- cials, the decision was tak- was reported in other birds The government has re-
accused had arrived in two marriage is not unreason- band earned Rs 34 lakh an- strengthen the water line nel was flooded and the en after series of meetings including herons, sparrows, leased compensation of Rs
auto-rickshaws, MH 47 X able. nually. The salary slips pro- network, BMC’s water sup- stuck TBM is now covered with civil engineers and ex- parrots and crows. 3.38 crore to the poultry
4552 and MH47 AD 9528, fol- The court said that it is to duced by him before court ply department is con- by muck all around. perts from IIT-Mumbai. The According to the depart- farmers where the culling
lowing which police inter- be noted that the wife too showed that he earned Rs structing a 6.6-km tunnel "Mumbai is reclaimed the civic body is planning to ap- ment of animal husbandry, of poultry birds, disposal of
cepted them. Police seized was earning before mar- 90,000 monthly between from Veravali to Ghatkopar. city, the soil strata is unpre- point a new contractor who so far, 9,65,148 poultry birds eggs and poultry feed have
their valuables worth riage and used to get a January and September For this, in August 2019, a dictable. Now, we have bet- will be getting the new TBM including 7,97,604 birds been carried out in the in-
�2,92,080 and arrested them. salary of Rs. 30,000 which 2019. TBM – of German make ter information about the to complete the remaining from Navapur in Nandur- fected zones for contain-
They were booked under rel- was not spent on anything The court also said that was brought from Her- soil strata that exists at the tunnelling and drilling. bar district, 30,00,341 eggs ment of bird flu.
evant sections of the Indian other than herself. Addi- prima facie there was do-

NMMC election likely to be delayed

Penal Code (IPC) for rob- tional Sessions judge UM mestic violence on the
bery and voluntarily caus-
ing hurt.
Judge Padwad opined in
his judgment passed on 20
woman and that she had
quoted numerous instances
Murder accused gets bail as
The accused were identi-
fied as Ramzan Shaukat Ali,
February that the parties
apparently are well educat-
of these and simply be-
cause they are denied by
probe hints a failed suicide pact AMIT SRIVASTAVA ter completion on the in- mittee for each ward office
35, Ayub Sarwar Ali Ansari, ed and used to lead a gener- her husband and his family, AGENCIES / Mumbai ing bail to the accused Kun- Navi Mumbai quiry of objections and sug- under the guidance of
26, Avinash Kamble, 37, Anil ous life and this being so, a it cannot be said that the al- dan Acharya on a bond of gestion raised by citizens. deputy municipal commis-
Jadhav, 26, Yusuf Shaikh, grant of Rs. 21,000 to a lady legations are without sub- The Bombay High Court re- Rs 30,000 on February 16 The civic election of Navi The NMMC administra- sioner level officials.
38, and Rizwan Kankali, 19. who once had Rs 30,000 to stance. cently granted bail to a 26- was made available on Mon- Mumbai Municipal Corpo- tion has received a total of Meanwhile, the number of
All the accused were resi- spend over herself cannot The couple got married in year-old man, who is ac- day. Acharya was arrested ration (NMMC) is likely to 3,497 objections and sugges- active cases of Covid-19
dents of Dahisar and had be said to be unreasonable. April 2019. The woman in cused of killing his 22-year- in November, 2019 by the be delayed further as the fi- tions from citizens on the started increasing and offi-
stolen the two auto-rick- The woman’s husband her domestic violence com- old girlfriend, after investi- Thane rural police. nal voter lists will not be draft voter lists, published cials had to be shifted to
shaws from Ratan Nagar to Ajitpal Singh, 32, had chal- plaint alleged that Singh gation in the case suggested The duo decided to end published on March 3, as last month. Covid management. In the
commit a robbery. lenged the Dadar magis- and his family harassed her that the attack was part of a their lives by assaulting per the earlier plan. Now, As per the directions of short span of time, inquiry
Police suspect that the ac- trate’s order of January last for dowry, made her work suicide pact between the each other after their par- the State Election Commis- the State Election Commis- of all objections and sug-
cused had committed simi- year and stated that he had like a donestic help, and two that went wrong. ents opposed their relation- sion will decide on the re- sion (SEC), the Municipal gestion was not possible;
lar robberies using the same lost his job as he could not that her husband would The copy of Justice ship, the high court was vised date for the publica- Commissioner, Abhijeet the civic body sought more
modus operandi in the past. perform due to their matri- physically assault her. Prakash Naik's order grant- told. tion of the final voter list af- Bangar constituted a com- time.

Active Covid-19 cases MBMC’s admission under RTE from March 3 34-yr-old ward boy
held for molesting Now, CIDCO puts 63 residential
in MBMC surge to 607 SURESH GOLANI / Mira Bhayandar
pregnant woman in plots in prime locations on sale
SURESH GOLANI / Mira Bhayandar
In order to avail admission under the Right
to Education (RTE), parents can now fill the KDMC COVID centre
application form online from March 3, for THANE: A ward boy of a AMIT SRIVASTAVA Of the 63 plots, Kharghar
The sudden surge in the the academic year 2021-22. As per the notifi- Kalyan Dombivali Munici- Navi Mumbai has maximum 29 plots and
number of fresh Covid-19 de- cation released by the Education Depart- pal Corporation-run COVID its size ranges from 44 sqm
tections, coupled by compar- ment in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal care centre was arrested for Continuing the supply of to 115 sqm and the offset
atively lower recoveries, the Corporation (MBMC), the online applica- allegedly molesting a preg- land in the satellite city, the price is Rs 1,00,000. New
active cases in the twin-city tions forms can be uploaded on govern- nant patient there, police City and Industrial Develop- Panvel node has 28 plots
has now jumped to 607. ments student portal https://student.maha- said on Monday. ment Corporation (CIDCO) while Ghansoli has only six
While just 112 cases were by healthy recovery rate cas- rashtra.gov.in from March 3 to 21. The ward boy, identified has come up with 63 resi- plots. The lowest offset price
reported between February es had ensured that the num- Last year, the admission process under than 1,300 seats, around 90 private schools as Shrikant Mohite (34), en- dential plots in Ghansoli, is Rs 70,000 of New Panvel
14 to 19, 394 people have test- ber of active cases oscillated RTE was hampered due to the Covid-19 in- were under the ambit of the RTE till 2019. tered the room where the Kharghar and New Panvel plots.
ed positive in the last week of from 300 to 325 and occasion- duced lockdown. Introduced in 2009, the However, MBMC’s education department has victim was resting and mo- nodes for which the filling of Last month, CIDCO of-
February, intensifying wor- ally dipping below 300 in the Right to Education (RTE) Act is aimed at always been on radar for its apathy towards lested her, but was caught e-tenders began on Monday. fered 106 residential plots
ries for citizens and the past couple of months. changing the face of education in India and the effective implementation of the guaran- by others at the centre after The minimum offset price of for auctions in prime loca-
health department of the With the latest additions to ensure that every child between the age of teed admission scheme in the twin-city. she raised an alarm, a these plots ranges from Rs tions of Nerul, Kharghar,
Mira Bhayandar Municipal the number of cumulative 6 and 14 years is entitled to free and compul- Hundreds of students who intend to pursue Bazarpeth police station of- 70,000 to Rs 1,00,000. Ghansoli, New Panvel and
Corporation (MBMC). positive cases has reached sory education. further education after passing out from ficial said. Last month, CIDCO had of- Airoli nodes and the mini-
42 more people tested posi- 27,101. The number of active The RTE mandates 25% allocation of entry- MBMC-run primary schools every year are KDMC medical officer Dr fered 106 bungalow and row mum offset price was Rs
tive on Sunday. The steady cases in the twin-city has level seats in unaided private schools for chil- forced to drop out when they fail to get ad- Ashwini Patil said the civic house plots across Navi 70,000 while the size of plots
decline in the number of now jumped to 607 till Sun- dren from weaker sections and disadvan- mission to the eighth standard in private body was also conducting a Mumbai for which the ten- ranges between 20 sqm and
fresh detections supported day night. taged groups. With an availability of more schools. probe into the incident. der will open next week. 436 sqm.
BIZ BUZZ Europeans get 'right to repair' for some electrical goods for up to 10 years
Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, nent. The "right to repair," as it is sometimes
IREDA likely to be listed on exchanges in hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc
to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the en-
the next fiscal, says government official 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of elec- vironmental footprint of manufactured goods by
As part of its efforts to list more public sector companies on trical waste that piles up each year on the conti- making them more durable and energy efficient. MUMBAI | TUESDAY | MARCH 2, 2021

GST collections cross Rs 1.1 L cr

bourses, the government is likely to conduct an initial public
offering of the Indian Renewable Energy Development
Agency in the next financial year starting April, a senior
finance ministry official said. “We are short-listing candidates
that can be listed in the next 12-24 months, one such
BPCL to sell entire 62%
stake in Numaligarh
for third straight month in Feb
company is IREDA," the official told Informist. In June 2017,
the Cabinet had approved the initial public offering of IREDA.
Shyam Metalics files draft papers for
Rs 1,107 crore public offering Refinery for Rs 9,880 cr
Shyam Metalics and Energy Ltd has refiled the draft red
herring prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of
India for its 11.07-bln-rupees initial public offering of shares.
Mumbai Feb manufacturing NEW DELHI: The board of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd has approved
the sale of its entire 61.65% stake in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd to a
The company had initially tried to tap the capital markets in
August 2018 and had even got the regulator's approval for a
GST collections crossed the Rs 1 lakh
crore-mark for the fifth month in a row
PMI growth flat consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd, and to the state
government of Assam for 98.8 bln rupees, the company said.
9.1-bln-rupee offering in early 2019. The company that in February, rising 7% annually to over The total consideration will be from the consortium in case of non
specialises in production of long steel products and ferro Rs 1.13 lakh crore, indicating economic NEW DELHI: India's manufacturing participation by the state government, it said.
alloys plans to utilise the net proceeds towards repayment of recovery, the finance ministry said. activity remained firm in February, The expected date of completion of the stake sale will be within a
its debt and for its subsidiary Shyam SEL and Power Ltd. Goods and Services Tax (GST) collec- with the Purchasing Managers' Index month from obtaining all requisite approvals, it said. Oil India,
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- tions had risen for two straight months coming in at 57.5 due to better demand which already owns 26% stake in Numaligarh Refinery, is the lead
Reliance Jio's new offers not to affect to touch record Rs 1,19,875 crore in Jan-
uary and Rs 1.15 lakh crore in December.
While the index fell from its three-
member of the consortium.
BPCL's exit from Numaligarh Refinery is a precursor to the former's
Bharti Airtel's 2G subscriber base The gross GST revenue collected Feb-
month high of 57.7 in January, it re- privatisation, which the government expects to complete in the first
New offers by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, for its fourth
generation feature phones, may not dent the 2G subscriber
ruary 2021 is Rs 1,13,143 crore, of which
Central GST is Rs 21,092 crore, State Rs 21,092 cr central GST mained above the long-run average of
53.6, according to IHS Markit.
half of 2021-22 (Apr-Mar).
BPCL Director (Finance) N. Vijayagopal had said last month that
base of Bharti Airtel Ltd, but could cause stress for Vodafone
Idea Ltd, analysts said. The company on Friday had launched
'NEW JIOPHONE 2021 OFFER'. Customers who buy a new
GST is Rs 27,273 crore, Integrated GST
is Rs 55,253 crore (including Rs 24,382
crore collected on import of goods) and
Rs 27,273 cr state GST A Purchasing Managers’ Index read-
ing above 50 shows expansion in ac-
tivity, while one below 50 indicates
the consortium of Oil India and Engineers India would acquire 48%
stake in Numaligarh Refinery, while the Assam government would
pick up 13.65%, taking its stake in the refiner to 26%.
JioPhone can avail of unlimited voice calls and unlimited data
of 2 GB per month without having to recharge at 1,499
Cess is Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs 660
crore collected on import of goods).
Rs 55,253 cr Integrated GST contraction.
This is the seventh consecutive
As Numaligarh Refinery is part of the Assam Accord, the
government did not include it in BPCL's privatisation plan and
rupees for one year and 1,999 rupees for two years. GST revenue in February last year month in which manufacturing activ- decided that its controlling stake in the Assam-based refinery would
The figure is, however,
Power consumption grows marginally
by 0.88% in February
was Rs 1.05 lakh crore.
"In line with the trend of recovery in
the GST revenues over past five months,
the revenues for the month of February
� lower than the record
Rs 1,19,875 crore collected
ity has risen, after having contracted
earlier due to COVID-19 and conse-
quent lockdowns.
"Indian goods producers reported a
be sold to another public sector oil and gas company or a
consortium of such companies. Both Oil India and Engineers India
are under the administrative control of the petroleum ministry.
Oil India will become the largest shareholder in the refiner once
India's power consumption grew 0.88% in February at 2021 are 7% higher than the GST rev- in the previous month healthy inflow of new orders in Feb- the transaction is completed. Numaligarh Refinery is the biggest
104.73 billion units (BU) due to a slight rise in temperature in enues in the same month last year. ruary, a situation that underpinned a consumer of crude oil produced by Oil India from its fields in the
the month, official data showed. Power consumption in "During the month, revenues from further upturn in output and quantity region. Numaligarh Refinery is currently in the process of expanding
February 2020 was 103.81 BU, according to the power import of goods were 15% higher and are 5% higher than the revenues from of purchases," said Pollyanna De its refining capacity to 9 mtpa from 3 mtpa.
ministry data. However, the peak power demand met, which the revenues from the domestic trans- these sources during the same month Lima, economics associate director at The cost of this project is pegged at around 226 bln rupees, and it
is the highest supply in a day, recorded a growth of 6.7% at action (including import of services) last year," the ministry said. IHS Markit. is likely to be completed in 2024.
188.15 GW in February 2021 compared to 176.38 GW in

Automakers report double-digit SBI reduces home loan

February 2020.
‘Strive for seamless digital payments,
lessons to be learnt from NSE's tech glitch’
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday asked civil
accounts officers to have a clear roadmap for seamless digital
payments, saying there are lessons to be learnt from the
"technology-driven glitch" that happened at National Stock
sales growth on robust demand interest rates to 6.7%
Exchange. Addressing the 45th Civil Accounts Day she said MARUTI SUZUKI SALES RISE 12%, HYUNDAI SPURTS 29% ON COVID-LED DEMAND AGENCIES home finance, takes ownership in
the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), who is the New Delhi bolstering consumer sentiments.
bookkeeper of government accounts, has adopted great NEW DELHI: Leading car makers to pre-Covid level sales," HMIL Di- The affordability for the con-
systemic reforms. She said to keep government accounts Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata rector (Sales, Marketing & Serv- State Bank of India (SBI) has sumer increases immensely with
transparent, the CGA will have to adapt and keep pace with Motors reported robust sales growth ice) Tarun Garg said. sweetened its offers on home loans the present offerings as equal
changing technology to keep government account transparent. in the domestic market in February Both domestic and export de- by reducing interest concession of monthly installments will be re-
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- as the demand for personal mobility mand have recorded healthy dou- up to 70 basis points with interest duced."
Air passenger traffic still down, cargo amid COVID-19 pandemic continues ble digit growth last month, re- rates starting from 6.7%. Customers can also apply from
to drive the market. flecting an all-round improvement The country's largest lender said the ease of their home via the
operations continue to climb: AAPA Others, including Toyota Kir- in buyer sentiment, he added. it is also giving 100% waiver on YONO app to get additional inter-
Preliminary January air passenger traffic figures released by loskar Motor (TKM), Mahindra & Tata Motors saw its passenger processing fees till March 31. est concession of 5 basis points. On
the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) on Monday Mahindra, and Honda Cars India, vehicle sales surging over two- The interest concession are based the eve of International Women's
showed that airline operations are still depressed as the also reported strong wholesale folds to 27,225 units in the domes- on the loan amount and CIBIL day, a special 5 basis points conces-
spread of Covid-19 variants resulted in tighter border dispatches to dealers last month. tic market last month. score of the borrower. sion is being made available to
restrictions in international as well as domestic markets. The country's largest carmaker rose 18.9% to 26,884 units, as com- Similarly, Mahindra & Mahindra SBI said it is important to extend women borrowers.
Meanwhile, air cargo demand keeps improving as world Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said its pared to 22,604 units in the year- reported a 41% increase in its pas- better rates to customers who SBI is the largest commercial
trade starts to gain renewed momentum. Asia Pacific airlines domestic sales increased 11.8% to ago month. senger vehicle dispatches to deal- maintain good repayment history. bank in terms of assets, deposits,
carried a combined total of 1.3 million international 1,52,983 units last month, as against Sales of mini cars, comprising ers last month. The company sold Its home loan interest rates start branches, customers, and employ-
passengers in January, just 3.9% of the same month last year 1,36,849 units in February 2020. Alto and S-Presso, however de- 15,391 units last month, as com- from 6.7% for loans up to Rs 75 lakh ees. It is also the largest mortgage
when 33.5 million passengers flew on the region's carriers. The company's sales during the clined by 12.9% to 23,959 units, as pared with 10,938 units in the year- and 6.75% for loans above Rs 75 lender in the country. Its home loan
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- month were driven by compact compared to 27,499 in the same ago period. lakh. portfolio recently crossed the mile-
Goyal: Cut quality testing charges for and utility vehicle segments. month last year. "Demand continues to remain "SBI, being the market leader in stone of Rs 5 lakh crore.
Last month, sales company's Rival Hyundai Motor India re- buoyant for our range of SUVs
MSMEs, startups, women entrepreneurs

LPG cylinder price

compact segment models, includ- ported a 29% increase in its domes- and Pick-ups and we have a robust
Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday ing Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno tic sales at 51,600 units as against order pipeline. However, supply of
said the charges for testing quality of products should be and Dzire, increased by 15.3% to 40,010 units in February 2020. semiconductors, as we all know, is
reduced for MSMEs and initial phase of startups and women 80,517 units, as against 69,828 cars "The company has been consis- a global issue and it is likely to

up Rs 25, ATF 6.5%

entrepreneurs to encourage them to get their products in February last year. tently striving to drive a resur- continue for another 3 to 4
certified and meet standard norms. Goyal, who is also Similarly, utility vehicle dis- gence in sales, thereby contribut- months," M&M Chief Executive
railways and commerce minister, virtually presided the 3rd patches to dealers, including Vi- ing towards economic recovery Officer Automotive Division Vee-
Governing Council meeting of the Bureau of Indian Standards tara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, and bringing the industry closer jay Nakra said.

JLR to write off 1.5 bn pounds in Jan-Mar

(BIS), an official statement said.
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- AGENCIES costs Rs 819 as against Rs 794 at
SBI, other banks seek bids to sell Mumbai which they were supplied on Sun-
stressed loans of Soma Enterprise Cooking gas LPG price was on The increase is applicable across
On behalf of a consortium of lenders, State Bank of India has MUMBAI: Tata Motors Ltd- about 2.5 bln pound sterling per Monday hiked by Rs 25 per cylin- all categories, including sub-
sought bids from asset reconstruction companies, banks, non- owned Jaguar Land Rover Ltd annum, the company told in- der across all categories, includ- sidised and non-subsidised users.
banking finance companies and other financial institutions to will write off 1.5 bln pound ster- vestors. ing subsidised fuel and those LPG is available only at one rate,
sell stressed loans of Soma Enterprise Ltd. As on Mar 2020, ling (approximately 153.8 bln ru- JLR plans to phase out its in- availed by Ujjwala scheme benefi- market price, across the country.
the consortium's fund-based debt exposure stood at 20.99 pees) in Jan-Mar, as part of its ternal combustion engine vari- ciaries - the fourth increase in The government, however, gives a
bln rupees, and investment in Soma Enterprise was at 13.45 restructuring, the company said ants by 2025-26 (Apr-Mar) and rates in a month's time. small subsidy to select customers.
bln rupees. The assets are being offered on a 100% cash in its investor presentation. have battery-powered electric ve- LPG prices have gone up by Rs However, this subsidy has been
basis. The reserve price for the assets is 8.10 bln rupees. This would include 1.0 bln hicles make up for more than 125 per 14.2-kg cylinder since the eliminated in metros and major
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- pound sterling of non-cash 60% of its volumes by 2029-30. beginning of February, price data cities through successive price in-
SBI General forges bancassurance write-down and 0.5 bln pound
sterling in cash. cash net-of-debt by 2025.
It will also rationalise its plat-
forms with three new electric-
from state-owned oil marketing
companies showed.
creases over the past couple of
years. So, in places like Delhi,
tie-up with Indian Overseas Bank JLR had recently announced Under its 'Reimagine' strategy, first plans including modular Also, jet fuel prices were hiked there is no subsidy paid to cus-
SBI General Insurance on Monday said it has tied-up with its plan to become an all-electric the company plans to have a longitudinal, electrified modu- by a steep 6.5% on the back of a tomers since May 2020 and all LPG
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for a bancassurance partnership luxury brand, improve prof- more focused product portfolio lar and oure battery electric ehi- rally in international oil prices. users pay the market price, which
for selling its non-life products. Through the alliance, SBI itability and achieve positive and reduce annual spending to cle. A 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi now currently is Rs 819.
General will offer a range of general insurance solutions and

HDFC Bank net banking HDFC Securities hit by glitch GDP growth lifts
innovative products to IOB customers, SBI General said.
Chennai-headquartered IOB has over 3,200 branches across
the country and also has overseas presence.

in cash segment orders in NSE Sensex 750 pts


faces issues yet again

Bank of India recruits 23 sportspersons
for clerical and officer posts
State-owned Bank of India (BOI) on Monday said it has NEW DELHI: Leading stock ex- ed that there was no issue on fresh MUMBAI: Equity benchmark in-
recruited 23 sportspersons for clerical and officer grade posts changes NSE and BSE on Monday orders or square-offs at the ex- dices traded firm on Monday due
at the bank. The lender had invited job applications from INFORMIST/ Mumbai said all their operations are func- change. "... all segments working to upbeat sentiment in global mar-
various sports disciplines such as archery, athletics, boxing, tioning in a normal manner after fine statement was given in re- kets and India getting technically
gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, weight lifting and table Some customers of HDFC Bank HDFC Securities sponse to brokers out of recession with Q3 GDP data
tennis. The candidates were chosen from categories, including have been unable to conduct on- flagged that confir- and investors report- showing 0.4% growth.
Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Asian line transactions as the lender's mations were not re- ing the problem on Aiding the sentiment was the
Championships, Youth Olympic championships and police, internet banking services were ceived for orders twitter on a compet- country kicking off an expansion
among others, a bank release said. down since early Monday. placed in the NSE ing exchange today of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign
�---------------------------------------------------------------------------- While customers were able to lo- cash segment due to morning. No one has with PM Narendra Modi getting in-
OAKS Asset Management launches gin into their internet banking ac- a "technical glitch". reported any prob- culcated.
count, they could transfer funds. ment. You can complete this After mentioning lems in trading at At the closing bell, the BSE S&P
Rs 500 crore consumer fund The transfer of 2,000 rupees at transaction by using a different about the technical glitch in a @bseindia today or last week any Sensex was up by 750 points or
Leading private equity fund OAKS Asset Management has around 1030 IST was not complet- payment option'." tweet at 10.01 am, HDFC Securities, day," BSE CEO Ashish Chauhan 1.53% at 49,850 while the Nifty 50
launched its second fund, OAKS India Consumer Fund, ed because the one-time password According to a bank official, the at around 11.53 am, issued a state- tweeted. ticked higher by 232 points or 1.6%
according to a press release. The category-II alternative came after 30 minutes, a user, who problem is not widespread and ment saying the issue "got resolved HDFC Securities said there was a to 14,762.
investment fund, registered with Securities and Exchange wished not to be named, told In- only some customers could be fac- at 9.50 am" and that investigation is technical glitch due to which con- Except for Nifty PSU bank which
Board of India, has a fund size of 5 bln rupees along with a formist. "In another instance, the ing intermittent issues. going on to find out the root cause. firmations for orders placed in the slipped marginally, all other sec-
green-shoe option of 2.5 bln rupees. The fund will aim to credit card bill payment could not "The bank is looking into the is- An NSE spokesperson said that NSE cash segment were not re- toral indices at the National Stock
invest in a set of 10-12 entrepreneur-led consumer businesses take place," he added. sue to ensure that customers are all the operations on its platforms ceived and that the issue has been Exchange were in the green with
in India with an investment size ranging between 250 mln "There was message from able to use the services smoothly," were "functioning smooth and nor- resolved. It also added that the mat- Nifty auto up by 2.4%, metal by
rupees and 1 bln rupees per investee company. The fund has BillDesk stating that 'HDFC Bank the official said, while apologising mal". ter is being investigated to find out 1.9%, financial service by 1.8%, pri-
received an initial commitment of 4 bln rupees. Limited is unavailable at the mo- for the inconvenience caused. At little past 10.10 am, BSE tweet- the root cause. vate bank by 1.3% and IT by 1%.


Govt may retain inflation target Rentals beat luxe property prices hands down
NEW DELHI: India is likely tary Policy Committee is every five years in consulta-
to retain the current infla- likely to be notified around tion with the central bank. NEW DELHI: The growth rate of compared to the preceding year. Citing Anarock data, Puri said
tion target of 4%, within a mid-March after approval of The decision to retain the rentals in the top seven luxury Anuj Puri, Chairman of also reveals that from 2014 to 2020,
band of 2% to 6%, for the the finance minister and current inflation target for housing markets of the country Anarock Property Consultants rental prices in the top luxury
next five years starting from the Prime Minister's the next five years is "very rose by 17-26% in the past seven said: "The average rentals for a markets saw consistent year-on-
April, a senior finance min- Office, the official said. much" in consultation years, surpassing the rise in luxu- house of minimum 2,000 square year growth, averaging between 3-
istry official said. The current medium-term with the central bank, the ry property prices in the same lo- feet size in the top seven cities' key 6% annually.
"I think everyone is in inflation target, which was official said. calities during the same period, luxury hotspots rose anywhere be- "In contrast, capital appreciation
agreement that the existing notified in August 2016, ends The RBI has for some with average capital prices in- tween 17% to 26% in 2020, as com- either remained range-bound or
target should remain," the on March 31. time been arguing for re- creasing by 15%, according to an pared to 2014. In the same period, varied each year. Some years saw a
official told Informist. The According to the RBI Act, taining the current infla- Anarock report. average capital prices in these mi- decent yearly rise, even as high as
inflation target for the Re- the government has to set tion target of 4% within a It noted that 2020 was an outlier cro-markets saw a maximum rise 7%, while prices dropped by
serve Bank of India's Mone- the inflation target once band of 2-6%. year for all rental markets with al- of 15%, and some even saw a mar- around 5% in other years, particu-
most no change in monthly rentals ginal dip." larly in 2017,” he said.

Spectrum bids cross Rs 77K cr

Kotak Securities sees muted returns Multiple suitors line
up for Shipping Corp
from equities for most of 2021

on Day 1, all telcos participate

Kotak Securities is of the view that the Indian equity market
could witness consolidation in the coming months and that
further gains are likely only by the end of 2021, when there is NEW DELHI: London-based
clarity about earnings estimates for 2022-23 (Apr-Mar). The private equity firm Fore-
brokerage firm expects muted returns from the market over sight Group is among the
the next few months because expensive valuations and the multiple bidders who have
likelihood of higher bond yields might overshadow potential AGENCIES/ New Delhi "Total value of spectrum put to auc- put in preliminary bids for
earnings upgrades. tion was about Rs 4 lakh crore. In this, buying the government's
India's first auction of spectrum in 700 MHz band was a costly band, and entire stake in Shipping
Godrej buys 1.5 acre land parcels worth five years attracted Rs 77,146 crore of
bids on the opening day with Reliance
that cost itself is Rs 1.97 lakh crore,"
the minister said adding that the gov-
sources said.
of India,

Rs 166 cr for residential proj in Mumbai Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea ernment will take a call on 700 MHz The government is selling
Realty firm Godrej Properties Ltd has bought around 1.5 acre participating in the bidding process - a band, used for 5G, in case it remains its entire stake of 63.75 per Dubai-based GMS.
land parcels for Rs 166 crore in Mumbai to develop a response that the government said was unsold in the ongoing auctions. cent in Shipping Corpora- Essar Group as well as
residential project. In a regulatory filing, Godrej Properties Ltd better than expected. Excluding 700 MHz and 2500 Mhz tion of India, along with the Adani Group have not bid
(GPL) announced the addition of a new residential project in There were, however, no takers for bands, the bidding accounted for 60 per transfer of management for Shipping Corp privati-
Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. Spread over around 1.5 acres, this spectrum in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz "The winning bids that have come till cent of the spectrum that was put to control. The last date for sation, the sources added.
project will offer about 4 lakh square feet of development bands on the first day, and the auctions 6 PM today is Rs 77,146 crore. We auction. submitting the expression In November last year, the
potential comprising primarily of premium residential will continue and conclude on Tues- thought since there are only three The 700 MHz band went unsold dur- of interest was February Cabinet had given an in-
apartments with a small amount of high street retail. The day. players, and spectrum replacement is ing the 2016 auctions, too. During 2016, 13, which was later extend- principle approval for
Mumbai-based developer posted a 69 per cent decline in its About 2,308.80 MHz of spectrum, that happening...our estimation was that when there were seven bidders, the ed to March 1. strategic divestment of
consolidated net profit at Rs 14.35 crore for the quarter ended carry telecom signals, in seven bands the bids will touch about Rs 45,000 spectrum sold was 41 per cent by quan- Department of Invest- Shipping Corp and Contain-
December. Total income of the company fell to Rs 311.12 worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore at the re- crore, but it is a matter of assurance tity and 12 per cent by value of the to- ment and Public Asset Man- er Corp of India Ltd. How-
crore in the third quarter of this fiscal year, from Rs 517.47 serve or start price, was offered for that it has gone as high as Rs 77,146 tal spectrum put to auction. The corre- agement (DIPAM) Secre- ever, the plans were delayed
crore in the corresponding period a year ago bidding in the auction that began on crore," Prasad said. sponding figures in the 2021 spectrum tary Tuhin Kanta Pandey due to the pandemic.
Monday. The bidder-wise details were not auction so far are 37 per cent and 19 on Monday tweeted "multi- In her Budget Speech 2021-
SP Group's litigation stalls resolution Communications Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad said Rs 77,146 crore
available immediately. A total of
2,308.80 MHz spectrum is being put to
per cent respectively, with three par-
ple expressions of interest
have been received for pri-
22, Finance Minister Nir-
mala Sitharaman had said,
process for Reliance Home Finance worth of spectrum was bid on the first auction, out of which there have been Spectrum will be offered for a validi- vatisation of Shipping Cor- "a number of transactions
The debt resolution process of Reliance Home Finance Ltd day but there were no takers for the bids for 849.20 MHz so far, an official ty period of 20 years. Successful bid- poration of India Limited. namely Bharat Petroleum
(RHFL), which is at the final stages, has been hit by the airwaves in the premium 700 MHz as release said. ders can pay entire bid amount in one The transaction will now Corp Ltd, Air India, Ship-
Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group's litigation against the home also 2500 MHz bands. The response Bids were received in 800 MHz, 900 go, or exercise an option to pay a cer- move to the second stage". ping Corp of India, Con-
finance company. The lenders of RHFL are unable to proceed from players and the bids received sur- MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 tain amount (25 per cent for spectrum The sources said Fore- tainer Corp of India, IDBI
with the resolution process due to a coercive stay obtained by passed government's internal esti- MHz bands, as players gave the prized won in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz sight Group has bid in con- Bank, BEML Ltdamong oth-
the SP Group from the Delhi High Court in November 2019. mates, that had anticipated bids worth 700 MHz band a miss on the first day of bands or 50 per cent for spectrum won sortium with Belgium- ers, would be completed in
As per the stay order, RHFL is prohibited from disposing, Rs 45,000 crore. auctions. in 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz bands. based Exmar NV and 2021-22."
alienating, encumbering either directly or indirectly or
otherwise part with the possession of any of its assets, thus
directly impacting the ongoing debt resolution process.

IDBI Bank to set off Rs 45K cr losses

Top marketers to decode I-T dept searches premises of MSN Labs
against balance in premium account
LIC-controlled IDBI Bank will set off its accumulated losses
‘Brands and Consumers: NEW DELHI: The Income
Tax Department has de-
tected "unaccounted" in-
of which the assessee
group has admitted an ad-
ditional income of Rs 350
and non-existent entities,
artificial inflation of cer-
tain heads of expenditure,
worth Rs 45,586 crore against the balance in the securities
premium account, according to the bank's draft scheme.
Its accumulated losses (or debit balance of profit or loss
2021 and Beyond’ come of about Rs 400 crore
after raids on a major
pharmaceutical group
crore," the CBDT claimed
in a statement.
It added that Rs 1.66 crore
alongwith suppression of
receipts relating to by-
product sale were detected.
account) at the end of March 31, 2020, stood at Rs 45,586 STAFF REPORTER/ Mumbai based MSN Labs in Hyder- cash was also seized dur- "Evidence of on-money
crore. And, they were at Rs 44,739 crore as on December 31, abad, the Central Board of ing the operation. payment for purchase of
2020. The accumulated losses as at March 31, 2021, shall be In order to understand the Direct Taxes (CBDT) said "Incriminating evidence lands was also found," it al-
ascertained after the audited financial statements are strategies devised by top on Monday. in the form of digital me- leged.
approved by the bank's board, said the lender, as per the brands to tackle the chal- The searches were car- cal ingredients (APIs) and dia, pen drives, documents, Multiple other legal is-
draft scheme addressed to its shareholders for setting off the lenges of the global pandem- ried out on February 24 at formulations, and majori- etc. have been found and sues were also identified
accumulated losses. ic and to look beyond it, the around 20 locations spread ty of its products are ex- seized," the CBDT said. such as personal expenses
Indian Society of Advertis- across five states. ported to European coun- The statement said digi- being booked in the compa-
Rail min directs IRCTC to terminate ers (ISA), in association with
the Free Press Journal and
The CBDT said the phar-
maceutical group is en-
tries and the USA.
"The search has led to un-
tal evidences were gath-
ered from SAP-ERP soft-
ny's books and land pur-
chased by related concerns
all contracts of mobile catering ABP Network, organised a gaged in the business of earthing of evidence relat- ware. or individuals below gov-
The railway ministry has directed Indian Railway Catering and webinar ‘Brands and Con- manufacturing of interme- ing to unaccounted income "Issues relating to pur- ernment value, the CBDT
Tourism Corp Ltd to cancel all existing mobile catering sumers: 2021 and Beyond’. Brands and Services? What diates, active pharmaceuti- of around Rs 400 crore, out chases made from bogus said.
contracts that involve providing food prepared at base While the first part of are the lessons learnt in

Sebi for dual nod to appoint ind directors

kitchens as per existing terms and conditions, the company this series was a huge suc- overcoming the challenges
said in a regulatory filing. The government's directive follows
the issue of mobile catering being raised by the petition
cess, the second part that
will be held on March 3 will
posed by lockdown, WFH
and fears caused by Covid
Mobility biz
members of Indian Railways' Mobile Caterers Association, or
IRMCA, on Jan 19, in which the Madras High Court had
be no less. In the second
session, the best Marketing
cases? To answer these
questions, we have four recovery in NEW DELHI: Seeking to profit-linked commission for
directed the railway department to consider representation by
the association to restore its services.
minds from across the
service sector will share
prominent leaders from
four different services, India strong, further strengthen the reg-
ulatory framework for inde-
independent directors as
part of reviewing their re-

says Uber
their best practices during sharing their thoughts in pendent directors, Sebi pro- muneration structure.
US manufacturing activity jumps the pandemic and the way
to look beyond.
the second session of
‘Brands and Consumers:
posed putting in place a
dual approval system for
Sebi on Monday issued a
consultation paper for re-
to three-year high in February Commenting on the two- 2021 and Beyond’ hosted by NEW DELHI: Ride hailing their appointment as well viewing the regulatory pro-
US manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace part webinar initiative, ISA and Free Press Jour- major Uber on Monday as removal, and disclosure visions related to independ-
three years with the arrival of a surge in new orders. The Sunil Kataria, ISA Chair- nal on March 3, 2021. All announced that its of entire resignation letters ent directors, giving minor-
Institute for Supply Management reported Monday that its man, said, “Over the years, are welcome to join.” mobility business in India of such directors. system. Minority share- ity shareholders a greater
gauge of manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 60.8 per ISA has been organising This session will have is showing strong signs of In a significant move, the holders would mean those say in their appointment,
cent last month, 2.1 percentage-points above the January knowledge seminars/webi- names like President and recovery fuelled by rising regulator has suggested other than the promoter re-appointment and re-
level of 58.7 per cent. It was the strongest performance since nars for the benefit of the Group Head-Marketing, rider demand for low cost that independent directors' and promoter group. moval.
February 2018. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in ecosystem of advertisers Service Quality, Financial products Auto and Moto. appointments should be Besides, the watchdog has Other proposals include
the manufacturing sector. and marketers. Continuing Services & Innovation, Low-cost products like cleared by the "majority of mooted whether ESOPs with broadening eligibility crite-
the same, our two-part we- Thomas Cook (India) Lim- Auto have already the minority" shareholders a vesting period of five years ria for independent direc-
US spending on construction projects binar series focuses on the
issue most of us are facing:
ited; Ajay Kakar, Chief
Marketing Officer, Aditya
surpassed pre-Covid
levels, the company said
under the dual approval should be allowed instead of tors.

rises 1.7% in January Brands & Consumers-2021 Birla Capital; Mohit in a statement.
Spending on US construction projects rose 1.7 per cent in
January as new home building continues to lift the sector.
Last month's increase followed small revised gains in
and Beyond. We bring you
leadership views
strategies from across the
Kapoor, Group Vice Presi-
dent -Advertising & Inno-
vations, Jio Platforms Lim-
Kolkata, Hyderabad and
Mumbai are among Uber's
fastest recovering metro
Govt eyes Rs 3.4 L cr investment
December and November. Spending on residential
construction rose 2.5 per cent in January, with single family
home projects up 3 per cent, the Commerce Department
Manufacturing and the
Services sectors."
The upcoming session on
ited; and Ravi Desai, Direc-
tor, Mass & Brand Market-
ing International, Amazon
markets, it added.
Uber Auto's recovery
across India, in terms of
at Maritime India Summit 2021
reported Monday. ‘Services’ will be moderat- India. All speakers are ISA gross bookings, has now AGENCIES edition of the Maritime In-
ed by Narendra Ambwani, members. exceeded pre-Covid levels New Delhi dia Summit to be held from
Developers must be cautious about ISA Executive Council
Member and former MD,
Abhishek Karnani,
Director, The Free Press
with Mumbai, Delhi,
Hyderabad, Mysore, The government is aiming
March 2 to 4.
These MoUs will be signed
hiking property prices, say experts Johnson & Johnson. Com- Journal, said, “This initia- Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, to attract investment worth with different coastal states
With the property market in the country witnessing menting on the session, tive will be significant to Nagpur, Indore, Nashik Rs 3.39 lakh crore during and stakeholders of the sec-
momentum on account of lower interest rates and various Ambwani said, “All aspects all advertisers and mar- and Kochi showcasing the Maritime India Summit tor. These agreements are
government incentives, developers should ensure that real of our lives were impacted keters who want to strate- strongest growth. 2021 in various projects. focused on attracting in-
estate prices do not appreciate much which could hit by the pandemic during gise the future course of "As tens of millions of Prime Minister Narendra "The Ministry of Ports, vestment, skilling, and gen-
demand, feel experts. Over the past few months, home sales 2020. Brands and Con- actions for their brands.” Indians start travelling in Modi is scheduled to inau- Shipping, and Waterways erating employment in the
have surged in few regions, including in Mumbai, driven by sumers expectation as well The knowledge partner the new normal, the gurate Maritime India Sum- (MoPSW) is in process of fi- sector, the statement said.
lower interest rates and cut in stamp duty. as behaviours faced many for the webinar is Mogae strong recovery in smaller mit 2021 (MIS 2021) on Tues- nalising more than 487 The signing of these
challenges. Of course, Media and Laqshya is the towns underscores day, which will be held vir- MoUs for investments MoUs will help in stream-
True North to pick up minority stake everyone discovered vari-
ous ways to handle the sit-
outdoor partner.
Catch the upcoming webi-
success for the company's
'India to Bharat' strategy,
tually and is likely to be
participated by many na-
worth approx Rs 3.39 lakh
Crore," the government
lining the process of ship
manoeuvring, resulting in
in Anthem Biosciences uation. Many new opportu- nar live from 5 pm onwards which offers new tions, including Russia, said in a statement on Mon- more business to the ports
Private equity fund True North on Monday announced that it nities also emerged. Which on March 3 on the YouTube products in regional Uzbekistan, Qatar, Den- day. and economic stability to
will be acquiring a minority stake in Bengaluru-based pharma changes will become future channel of the Free Press markets," the statement mark, Iran, Afghanistan, These are likely to be the sector and its stakehold-
player Anthem Biosciences by investing an undisclosed sum in expectations from the Journal and ABP Live. said. and Armenia. signed during the second ers, it said.
the company. True North has signed definitive documents to

What's holding FMCGs down?

acquire the stake and looks to partner with founders Ajay
Bhardwaj, Ganesh Sambasivan and KC Ravindra as Anthem
invests growth capital towards expanding capacity and
capability for its rapid growth phase.
NSE, MCX, INX sign
pact to set up bullion
Credit to services rises,
PGCIL board okays interim dividend
of Rs four per share for 2020-21

FMCG sector has come under pressure

exchange at GIFT City ebbs for large industries
despite the strong demand outlook due to
State-run Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL) on Monday said its the rising raw material prices. AGENCIES AGENCIES/ New Delhi
board has approved an interim dividend of Rs 4 per share for Home and Personal care (HPC) companies New Delhi
2020-21. The interim dividend shall be paid to the members are particularly impacted as the impact is As credit flow from banks
on March 30, 2021, the company said in a BSE filing. "Board highest among these segments. The National Stock Exchange of In- improve with the accelera-
of Directors in its Meeting held today i.e. on 1st March, 2021 Home and Personal Care companies to see dia Ltd, Multi Commodity Exchange tion in economic activities
have approved the payment of Interim Dividend of Rs. 4 per margin erosion in March quarter. Palm Fatty of India Ltd, India INX Internation- post the gradual lifting of
equity share of Rs. 10/- each (@40% of the paid up equity Acid Distillate (PFAD) is witnessing steep al Exchange Ltd, National Securi- the lockdown restrictions,
share capital) for the Financial Year 2020-21," the filing said. inflation during the quarter due to 36% YoY ties Depository Ltd and Central De- credit growth has not been
increase in palm oil prices. pository Services (India) Ltd have on the same lines across
Bank credit to grow 400-500 bps PFAD is the key raw material for soap
manufacturers, HUL and Godrej Consumers.
signed a memorandum of under-
standing to set up market infra-
As per the the Reserve
mained weak in the recent
years. A peak of 6.9 per cent
higher at 9-10% next fiscal: Crisil High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) has also structure institutions. Bank of India's data, loans was achieved in April 2019
Bank credit is seen growing 400-500 basis points (bps) higher witnessed a surge in prices, up 28% YoY, This will comprise an internation- towards large industries de- but there has been a contin-
at 9-10 per cent next fiscal as the Indian economy recovers, during the current quarter as Crude prices al bullion exchange, clearing corpo- clined on the back of uous decline in credit off-
supported by budgetary stimulants and measures announced have increased 16% YoY. HDPE is a ration and depository at Gujarat In- stressed assets in the seg- take since then, with credit
by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Crisil said on Monday. he packaging raw material. ternational Finance Tec-City, NSE ment, while that in the serv- growth turning negative in
ratings agency has already raised India's GDP growth forecast The surge in Crude and HPDE will impact said in a press release. ices sector increased. October 2020, it noted.
for next fiscal to 11 per cent, or 100 bps higher than what all FMCG companies. Inflation in Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), key raw It will be in line with the Centre's Industrial credit includes The recent decline in cred-
was presaged in December 2020. In the current fiscal, bank Copra prices have continued to remain in material for paints, has gone up by 9% YoY objective to make India a price-set- credit to micro, small, medi- it growth was mainly due to
credit is seen rising 4-5 per cent despite the sharpest an uptrend. and 3% QoQ. Crude prices have also gone ter in bullion through GIFT Interna- um and large industries, de- the large industries.
contraction the Indian economy has seen since Independence. It has increased by about 24% YoY and 5% up 16% YoY. tional Finance Service Centre in ac- pending upon the firms' in- "Owing to the stressed as-
QoQ. During the quarter, other important Among the Agri commodities, wheat prices cordance with the International Fi- vestment in plant and sets in large industries,
Paytm claims to cross 1.2 billion raw materials like
Liquid paraffin oil (LLP) is up 28% YoY and
have dropped by 5% QoQ benefiting food-
based FMCGs like Nestle and Britannia.
nancial Services Centres Authority
(Bullion Exchange) Regulations,
and their there was a general reluc-
tance on the part of
monthly digital payment transactions 16%. It is a key ingredient for hair oil. It will However, that impact is nullified by the 2020 and other applicable laws. Large industries consti- bankers to lend to these in-
Digital payments firm Paytm on Monday said that it has put pressure on the margins of Marico along hike in milk prices which has gone up from The Centre had notified the bullion tuted around 82 per cent of dustries, with the problem
crossed 1.2 billion monthly transactions driven by high with inflation in HDPE. Rs 24 to Rs 31 in last six months. Prices of spot delivery contract and bullion the credit offtake to the in- getting compounded by the
growth in offline payments and financial services. Marico has already increased the prices of Palm Oil and Coffee also continue to remain depository receipt as financial prod- dustrial sector, while the pandemic," it said.
The company said that it maintains the highest market share Parachute coconut oil to mitigate the impact on a higher side. ucts and related services under the micro, small and medium The silver lining has been
in offline merchant payments with 15 per cent month-on- of the rising cost of copra. It is likely to take International Financial Services industries together consti- the robust growth of credit
month growth. Paytm, which has over 150 million monthly a price hike in its value-added hair oil Teji Mandi (TM Investment Technologies Centres Authority Act, 2019. The In- tuted the rest in November to the medium industries.
active users has witnessed that the majority of its account category as well during the quarter. Pvt. Ltd.) is a SEBI registered investment ternational Financial Services Cen- 2020. The services sector, on the
holders embrace and adopt banking, lending, insurance, Paint companies have also started to advisor. No information in this article should tres Authority will run the opera- Credit to the industrial other hand, witnessed a ro-
wealth and other financial services on the platform. witness the impact of inflation in key raw not be construed as investment advice. Please tions of the bullion exchange. sector has generally re- bust credit growth.
materials like Crude, TiO2, and HDPE. visit www.tejimandi.com to know more.
Prithviraj Chavan heads Assam screening panel
NEW DELHI: The Congress on
Monday constituted a screening
committee for selection of the Assam
Assembly candidates, with former
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan
as its chairman and Kamleshwar
Patel and Dipika Pandey as its
members. –Our Bureau

AIADMK faces dilemma as BJP

insists on taking Sasikala on board
N CHITHRA / Chennai VK Sasikala
The ruling AIADMK faced an
unusual dilemma with a BJP
delegation headed by Union
Home Minister Amit Shah re-
portedly insisting that they
take on board the Amma
Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam
(AMMK) floated by VK
Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhi-
nakaran for the coming As-
sembly polls. BJP state president
Shah was involved in a late
night discussion with the
Murugan claimed that this
AIADMK leadership of Chief was an internal issue of
Minister Edappadi
Palaniswami and his deputy
K AIADMK and BJP did not
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi does push-ups with a school student obliging her challenge, at in Government O Panneersel- make any suggestion to
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva's primary
Mulagumoodu, Tamil Nadu. –PTI disciple Sri Madhavdev, in Lakhimpur on Monday.
vam that lasted beyond mid- take the AMMK on board
night Sunday. According to

TN should show the way to Priyanka begins

sources in the AIADMK,
Shah said that the AMMK since he is not fully resigned
could be taken on board so to accepting Palaniswami as
that a stronger alliance can Chief Ministerial candidate;

India in keeping out BJP: RG 2-day Assam visit

take over the DMK-led Secu- the latter is in no mood to
larProgressive Alliance. compromise. “Palaniswami
“We understand that the had made it clear that he will
BJP leaders said that the have no truck with Sasikala
AIADMK can allot them or Dhinakaran. If the
around 33 to 35 seats and it AIADMK accepts the propos-
AGENCIES Stalin-led DMK. accompanying Congress AGENCIES / Guwahati proceeding to the Shakti posted on her Facebook page, would in turn allot a section al, it will lead to confusion
Kanyakumari If he were to interview leaders Dinesh Gundu Rao Peeth atop Nilachal Hills. "Today I will start my two-day of these seats to the AMMK. It among cadres at this ad-
Prime Minister Narendra and K S Alagiri joined him. Congress leader Priyanka Clad in a red outfit, the Assam tour by visiting Maa was also suggested that the vanced stage of election sea-
Tamil Nadu should show the Modi, Gandhi said he would At a public address in Gandhi Vadra began her prevalent colour symbolising Kamakhya Devi. I will take AMMK candidates could con- son,” a source said.
way to India in keeping away ask "why are you convinced Nagercoil in the district, two-day visit to poll-bound Shakti, the Congress leader part in the dialogue with the test on the AIADMK’s ‘Two BJP state president L Muru-
forces that are inimical to that all answers should come Gandhi said history has Assam on Monday by offer- said that she wanted to visit sisters-brothers and party Leaves’ symbol. Our top lead- gan, however, claimed that
language and culture and from you". shown nobody can rule ing prayers at the famed Ka- the temple for long and "her workers of Assam on many ership was taken aback,” said this was an internal issue of
those projecting "one culture, He also said the National Tamil Nadu other than the makhya Temple in Guwa- wish has come true". "I important issues." an AIADMK leader. AIADMK and the BJP did not
one nation and one history" Eligibility cum Entrance Tamil people. hati. sought blessings for myself, Bora said that entire Assam Meanwhile, another ally make any suggestion to take
concept, Congress leader Test (NEET), strongly op- "This election will show the The AICC general secre- my family and above all for is "looking forward to her DMDK played truant de- the AMMK on board. He said
Rahul Gandhi said on Mon- posed to by Tamil Nadu polit- same thing that only a per- tary, accompanied by the par- the people of Assam," she two-day visit and the enthusi- manding 23 seats on a par the seat sharing talks would be
day. ical parties, was a "big issue" son who truly represents the ty's Assam in-charge Jiten- told reporters. asm is evident". with the PMK. Party founder finalised in a day or two.
The Lok Sabha MP partici- and "not beneficial" for stu- Tamil people can be a Chief dra Singh, was received at the Asked about the forthcom- "Her visit, which further fu- Vijayakant’s brother-in-law L Meanwhile, the DMK allot-
pated in multiple engage- dents. Minister of Tamil Nadu," he Lokpriyo Gopinath Bordoloi ing elections in the state, she els hope in the heart of every K Sudhish indicated that the ted five seats between two
ments in this district as part The Wayanad MP displayed said. Airport here by state unit said she will talk later about last person in Assam, de- party would go it alone if the Muslim parties – IUML (3) and
of his three-day tour of his fitness when he effort- "Tamil Nadu chief minis- chief Ripun Bora and other politics. "I come to temples to ceived by lies and fake prom- demand was not met. Manithaneya Makkal Katchi
Tamil Nadu, ahead of the lessly did multiple pushups, ter (K Palaniswami) who party leaders. seek blessings and offer ises in these five years, of a While it is believed that Pan- (2). Its talks with the Congress,
April 6 Assembly polls in the including one-handed, while bows to Prime Minister She halted at Jalukbari thanks to the God who has new dawn of progress await- neerselvam, who in the past MDMK and VCK remained in-
state which his party is fac- he shook a leg with the stu- Narendra Modi will never be area, where Congress sup- given me a lot," she added. ing the state under Congress rebelled against Sasikala, conclusive as they could agree
ing in alliance with the M K dents he interacted with, as able to do this. porters felicitated her, before Earlier, the Congress leader rule," Bora tweeted. may be open to the suggestion on the numbers.

Plea in Apex court

Tejashwi tells Biharis living Another Bengali
actor joins BJP
BJP leader Rakesh Singh
remanded in police custody
against Bengal
polls in 8 phases
in Bengal to back Mamata
KOLKATA: Celebrities joining
the politics and fighting polls is
not new in West Bengal. With ARITRA SINGHA work in my house," said OUR BUREAU
the TMC supremo Mamata Kolkata Singh. New Delhi
Banerjee starting this legacy in Notably, earlier in the day,
ARITRA SINGHA should understand that 2011 assembly polls, even the BJP leader Rakesh Singh, Kolkata Police had arrested Delhi lawyer Manohar Lal
Kolkata where Tejashwi is fighting, I 2021 Assembly polls will not accused in the cocaine case, one Suraj Kumar Sahu Sharma, known for filing the
am fighting. And where I am have much difference as now was sent to police custody whom Rakesh called to be PILs in Supreme Court at a
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) fighting, he is fighting," men- both the TMC and the BJP is till March 9. his servant. drop of the hat, on Monday
leader Tejashwi Yadav met tioned the TMC supremo. depending on the celebrity On production before the Amrit Singh, another sus- moved it to declare as
West Bengal Chief Minister According to poll analysts, faces as their probable Alipore NDPS court on pect in this case had escaped unconstitutional the Election
Mamata Banerjee on Mon- inclusion of other regional candidates. Monday, the court ordered from the police but Rakesh Commission's decision last
day and assured full support parties will cut the votes of With Bengali actor Srabanti police custody for the BJP denied to even know him. Friday to hold the West Bengal
to the TMC to beat the BJP. Hindi speaking people resid- Chatterjee joining the BJP, it leader and his close aides It can be recalled that BJP assembly elections in eight
After a half-an-hour meet- ing in West Bengal. was clear that she will contest till March 9. youth wing leader of West phases.
ing with the TMC supremo at "Not just from Bihar there the poll scheduled in eight faces While being taken to the Bengal, Pamela Goswami He has claimed in his petition
the West Bengal secretariat, are several Hindi speaking starting this month. court, the BJP leader was arrested by the police that conducting the elections in
Yadav said that to beat the people who are the perma- The actor was welcomed by Rakesh Singh cried foul stat- from New Alipore area as so many phases violates the
'communal' BJP, RJD will nent citizens of West Bengal. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip ing it is a ploy of TMC MP she was found with cocaine right to equality and life under
lend full support to the ruling With inclusion of RJD, the Ghosh and West Bengal BJP Abhishek Banerjee and po- worth rupees lakhs in her Article 14 and 21 of the
Trinamool Congress. Hindi votes will be cut be- observer Kailash Vijaywargiya lice officer Murlidhar Shar- car and handbag. Constitution.
"There are sizable Biharis' tween RJD and the BJP," at a five-star hotel in Kolkata. ma. Post her arrest on Febru- No date is yet fixed for hearing
residing in West Bengal. I mentioned the analysts. Joining the saffron camp the "The nephew of the Chief ary 20, Goswami had said his plea for an urgent direction,
would urge all the people power," urged the RJD leader. should know that it is for the However, West Bengal BJP Bengali actor said that she is Minister and Murlidhar that Rakesh Singh, who is a pleading to take it up
from Bihar and everyone else Speaking with the media, TMC. chief Dilip Ghosh said that ready to contest the poll and Sharma had plotted against close aide to BJP West Ben- immediately since the
to vote for the TMC. The BJP Chief Minister Mamata "Tejashwi is a young leader inclusion of more regional left the party's senior leaders to me. The truth will come out gal observer Kailash Vijay- notification for the first phase
is privatizing everything. Banerjee said that even if and I know that RJD will rule parties will not affect the decide the rest. soon. The police have even wargiya had plotted of polls is to be issued on
They should not come to RJD gives candidates, people Bihar one day. Everyone vote bank of the BJP. –Our Correspondent arrested those who used to against her. March 2.

Ponzi scam: ED summons FINALISING CANDIDATES UP ATS bust

WB parties hold closed-door meetings

gang involved Another Dalit girl raped, killed in UP
TMC leader Kunal Ghosh in illegal entry
of Rohingya
LUCKNOW: Another Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered
in the Jayaganj area under Akbarabad police station of Aligarh
district in Uttar Pradesh. Irate villagers pelted stones at the police
OUR CORRESPONDENT/ Kolkata and blocked the road by setting on fire several vehicles to block
ARITRA SINGHA / Kolkata walks of life had been decid- observer Kailash Vijay- LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh entry of police into the village for taking away body of the
TMC spokesperson Kunal ed. Candidates above 80 years wargiya along with senior Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) busted deceased Dalit girl. Two police officers were injured in the clash. A
Ghosh has been called by the With the Assembly polls of age won't be allowed to leaders held a closed door a gang, involved in facilitating 16-year-old Dalit girl had gone to the field to collect fodder on
ED in connection to the Sara- starting this month in the contest the polls. People with meeting at a five-star hotel in illegal entry of Rohingya Sunday in Jayaganj village. When she did not return home, her
da ponzi scam on March 2. poll bound West Bengal both mass connect and having a Kolkata to decide upon the Muslims into different parts of family launched a search only to return emptyhanded. Later, her
Talking to Free Press Jour- the TMC and the BJP are clean image will be given candidates of the first two the country, by arresting two blood-soaked body was found on the outskirts of the village. The
nal, Kunal said that he will busy with finalising phases. brothers from Myanmar. police came to know of the incident when a video of recovery of
visit the CGO complex in Salt their candidates list "Though we have de- The arrested persons have been Dalit girl’s body went viral on the social media. Her family
Lake area in ED office and at least for the first cided the probable identified as Farooq alias Hasan suspected their daughter was raped and murdered by unidentified
ensure all help to the officials phase. candidates list but we and Shahid. Both are brothers, persons. They alleged her undergarment was soaked with blood
and also that he will carry The ruling Tri- are yet to send it to the Rohingya Muslims and residents and clothes were torn. Agitated villagers blocked the road, pelted
the letter of the Sarada ponzi mer TMC Rajya Sabha MP. namool Congress Delhi leadership. Not of Myanmar. The ATS have stones on police to deny them taking the body of the deceased for
scam kingpin Sudipta Sen Notably, Ghosh, who is out who were supposed to just the actors but recovered two passports, post mortem.
where Sen has mentioned on bail in the Sarada case. In declare their candi- people belonging incriminating documents and Rs
the names and amount of 2013, the former TMC Rajya dates on Monday held from every profession 5 lakh cash from their 3 labourers killed in UP wall collapse
leaders whom Sen has given sabha MP was suspended for a closed door meeting will be given tickets," possession. The ADG (Law and LUCKNOW: Three labourers were killed when a wall of an
money. alleged anti-party activities, with the party's elec- mentioned Dilip Order) Prashant Kumar said that underconstruction house collapsed late on Sunday night in
“Since 2013, whenever ED but was later reinstated as tion committee to fi- Ghosh. the two brothers were involved Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh. SP Mahoba RK Gautam said the
is calling me I am supporting the party spokesperson. nalise the names. tickets," added the sources. in helping Myanmar’s Rohingya construction was being carried out at night illegally as the area
them with everything they Meanwhile, the ED had According to the TMC TMC MP Sougata Roy stat- CONG TO CONTEST 92 Muslims settle in different parts falls into historical Keerat Sagar Sarovar, protected by the ASI. On
want. I just want to remind again held a raid in different sources, a total of 40 names ed that the TMC Supremo SEATS: Congress senior of the country. Sunday night, a wall suddenly caved in and 3 labourers were
them that there are political parts of the state in connec- had been decided for the first knows every district of the leader Adhir Ranjan “They will help them cross the buried under its debris. Neighbours informed the police about the
leaders who have taken mon- tion to the coal smuggling phase of the polls that is state so nicely that she is the Chowdhury said the border illegally and prepare incident and helped police rescue the three labourers early
ey from the Sarada kingpin. I case. In a fresh arrest of six scheduled on March 27 and one who can decide upon the Congress will contest 92 their Indian documents to get Monday morning. They were rushed to the hospital where they
will carry the letter written businessmen it was found also that the TMC supremo suitable candidate. seats in the upcoming them jobs in meat processing were declared brought dead. The owner of the house Munna
by Sudipto to remind ED that that these businessmen are Mamata Banerjee will take Earlier, this day West Ben- West Bengal Assembly factories. They used to charge Chaurasia is on the run.
others should also not be somehow connected with the final call. gal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh elections. hefty sums for the work done,”
spared,” mentioned the for- Anup Majhi alias Lala. "A list of 40 people from all along with West Bengal BJP Kumar said. –Srawan Shukla Husband of lady cop sets ablaze landlady, 2 kids
LUCKNOW: In a bizarre case, husband of a lady police constable
poured petrol on his landlady and her two minor children and set

Row over CPI-M, RSS links Death convict’s picture with another woman convict goes viral in social media them on fire in Nehru Nagar area of Akbarpur, Kanpur Dehat in
Uttar Pradesh. The four-year-old daughter and two year old son

forces a denial from communists Shabnam shifted back to Bareilly Jail

succumbed to burn injuries in the hospital on Monday while the
landlady is battling for life. After committing the crime, the
accused Avanish tried to make a good escape on his mobike. But
SRAWAN SHUKLA on social media, the Rampur breach of security and viola- he met with an accident when a speeding truck hit his mobike. He
K RAVEENDRAN CPI-M central committee two meetings, first in Kannur Lucknow Jail authorities ordered an tion of Jail Manual, the Dis- sustained serious injuries in the accident and is admitted in the
Thiruvananthapuram member M V Govindan has and the second in internal inquiry and found trict Magistrate AK Singh hospital. According to police, Usha, who is a constable, was living
denied any interactions between Thiruvananthapuram and chief The death row convict Shab- two jail employees, including ordered for shifting the with her husband Avanish, accused in the case, in a rented house
A claim by Jemaat e Islami RSS and CPI-M and claimed that minister Pinarayi Vijayan had nam along with another a woman, had clicked a pic- death row convict Shabnam in Nehru Nagar under Akbarpur Police Station in Kanpur Dehat.
about CPI-M, RSS interactions the association with Shri Em attended both. woman convict were shifted ture of Shabnam with the and the other woman con-
has caused embarrassment to was only in connection with He claimed that the meetings were to Bareilly Jail from Ram- other woman convicted vict to Bareilly Jail. UP: Hooch claims four lives in Mirzapur
the communists to the extent of yoga classes. The CPI-M leader organised in the interest of peace pur after their picture with- against the Jail Manual. She was lodged in Bareilly LUCKNOW: Four persons were killed in a hooch tragedy in
issuing a denial even as the described Shri Em as a secular and for the good of the Kerala in the Jail premises went vi- “After an internal inquiry, Jail before being shifted to Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. Taking serious note of the
person mediating between the person and asserted there was society and there was no other ral on social media. we found that the picture Rampur Jail one and half incident, the state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry.
two has admitted the contacts. no political significance to the political significance to the parleys. Rampur Jail Superinten- was clicked and made viral years ago. The hooch tragedy was reported from Newadia Ghat village in
Adding to the CPI-M discomfort interactions. Opposition Congress and UDF dent PD Salonia has sus- by two employees of the jail. Shabnam stayed in Ram- Mirzapur district where Mahesh (34), Chedi (55) and two others
is a land allocation to the The Satsang Founder leader, have been alleging tacit pended two jail employees, They have been suspended pur Jail for about one and had consumed country-made liquor, manufactured locally. After
Satsang Foundation, a saffron meanwhile, claimed in a understanding between CPI-M including a woman, in con- and disciplinary action is half years. Her 12-year-old drinking spurious liquor, their condition started deteriorating.
outfit headed by Shri M, who newspaper interview that he and RSS in certain issues. There nection with the Shabnam’s being initiated against son met her twice in the jail They were admitted to the hospital where all of them died during
was the mediator between the had mediated between CPI-M have also been allegations of viral picture along with an- them,” said the Jail Superin- in the last two months after treatment. Even before the police could know about the hooch
two sides. The land was meant and RSS following the clashes political adjustments between other woman convict in tendent. media reports of her immi- tragedy, bodies of two others were cremated by their family
for the establishment of a yoga between the two sides in the two sides to defeat UDF Rampur Jail. Taking serious note of the nent hanging, first of any members to avoid police cases.
centre in the state capital. Kannur. He said that there were candidates in elections. After the picture went viral incident amounting to woman in the country. –Srawan Shukla
34 countries in queue to receive Covid vaccines: Jaishankar
NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 vaccine has become a new currency for inter-
national diplomacy, in which India seems to be having an upper hand over
its competitor China. With an unmatched vaccine manufacturing power,
India is giving away millions of doses to its neighbours, friendly and estra-
nged alike. Recently, neighbours in South Asia like Nepal and Lanka have
received the shots in plenty while 40 nations have been benefited by the
goodwill gesture of India. India is in no mood to slow down and would be
offering the doses to 34 more nations, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said.

1 mn registered on Co-WIN portal till 1 pm: Govt

China hand in city blackout
Incidentally, the Mumbai Cyber Cell, in its report, which has been
submitted by Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to Raut, has alleged

Chaos reigns as website Virus cases jump that there was an attempt to hack the servers of the MSEB in
Mumbai. The erstwhile Maharashtra Electricity Board has been split
into separate companies for generation, transmission and

keeps shutting down OUR BUREAU

New Delhi
distribution. The Cyber Cell has hinted that the transmission server is
believed to have been hacked. According to the Cyber Cell, evidence
has been found that about 14 Trojan horses tried to enter the MSEB
NEW DELHI: Over one mil- ly while processing the inoc- The active Covid-19 cases continue to rise in India Mumbai system. Further, 8 GB of data may have been transferred
lion citizens have registered ulation exercise. It resulted with 4116 cases reported in the past 24 hours to from an external server to MSEB's server. An attempt may have been
themselves on the Co-WIN into hours long delay for push up the cumulative total of 1,68,627 which is made to log into MSEB's server from a blacklisted IP address.
portal till 1 pm on Monday, those who came early for 1.52% of 1.11 crore positive cases. Raut told Free Press Journal, ‘’ The Cyber Cell report will be
the Union Health Ministry registration on-site and Maharashtra tops with as many as 4,478 active submitted to the state legislature on Tuesday.’’ He declined to
said as India opened up vac- even those who self-regis- cases while other states with significant number divulge further details. Incidentally, the Cyber Cell report was
cination for those over 60 tered through the portal. of active cases are: Punjab 196, Madhya Pradesh submitted to Raut on a day the New York Times study was carried by
years and within the age However, the ministry in 119, Karnataka 166, and Gujarat105. a section of the media. China-linked threat activity group RedEcho
bracket of 45 to 59 years the afternoon clarified the There were 106 fatalities in the past 24 hours, may have planted malware in key power plants in India, said the
with specified comorbidi- Co-WIN app on Play Store is with Maharashtra accounting for 62 of them, fol- study reported by New York Times. The links to the Mumbai power
ties. meant for use only by the ad- lowed by Kerala 15 and Punjab 7. As many as 19 cut "provides additional evidence suggesting the coordinated
As the registration on the ministrators, and that regis- out of 36 states/Union Territories had no death in targeting of Indian Load Despatch Centres," said the study , which
www.cowin.gov.in opened tration and booking for ap- the last one day. indicated that some of the country's most sensitive national
up at 9 am on Monday, peo- pointment for COVID-19 As many as 15,510 persons were detected with infrastructure is vulnerable to systematic attacks from Chinese
ple took to social media to vaccination has to be done the positive symptoms in 24 hours in the tests con- hackers who use state-of-the-art viruses that hack into systems.
flag glitches in the registra- through the portal Elderly people wait to register their names to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at a ducted on 6.28 lakh. As many as 21.69 crore per- The study shows that alongside the Ladakh tensions, which
tion system. www.cowin.gov.in.
government hospital in Siddipet, Telangana. —AFP
sons have been tested so far. escalated in June with the clash at Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian
The third phase of the "Registration and booking The country's Covid-19 recovery rate on Monday soldiers died, Chinese malware was flowing into systems that
drive turned into a chaos af- for appointment for Portal:www.cowin.gov.in. on Play Store is for administrators reached 97.07%, with 11,288 patients recovered in manage power supply across India.
ter the CoWIN portal kept #COVID19 vaccination is to "There is no #CoWIN App for only," the ministry tweeted. 24 hours up to 8 AM. The total number of recover- Further, the flow of malware was detected by the US based
shutting down intermitent- be done through #CoWIN beneficiary registration. The App —Agencies ies has gone up to 1.08 crore. Recorded Future that analyses online digital threats. It found that
most of the malware was never activated. And because Recorded
VACCINE SIDELIGHTS Future could not get inside India's power systems, it could not


One jab of Pfizer or
Oxford-AstraZeneca offers
UP tiny-tots welcomed with ‘tilak’ as examine the details of the code itself, which was placed in strategic
power-distribution systems across the country.
China hackers Ambush Indian vaccine makers
As the vaccination programme got underway amid
hopes it would help control the uptick in Covid-19
cases in several states, Vice President M Venkaiah
90% protection: Report primary schools reopen a year later gaps and vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and supply chain
software of the two vaccine makers.
Naidu, Union ministers Amit Shah and S Jaishankar, his NEW DELHI: Just one vaccine shot re- SRAWAN SHUKLA "The real motivation here is actually exfiltrating intellectual property
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Governor of duces the risk of being hospitalised by Lucknow and getting competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical
Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu Kalraj Mishra and Banwarilal Covid-19 by more than 90%, according companies," said Cyfirma Chief Executive Kumar Ritesh, formerly a
Purohit respectively, Infosys co-founders N R to new findings, Daily Mail reported. Closed for nearly a year due to the Covid-19 top cyber official with British foreign intelligence agency MI6.
Narayanamurthy and Kris Gopalakrishnan were among Public health officials have told Minis- pandemic, primary schools in Uttar Pradesh He said APT10 was actively targeting SII, which is making the
the noted personalties who received their shots. ters in the UK the remarkable results up to Class V finally reopened on Monday un- AstraZeneca vaccine for many countries and will soon start bulk-
apply for both the Pfizer and Oxford-As- der strict Covid-19 protocol. manufacturing Novavax shots. In the case of Serum, the hackers
NITISH LEADS BIHAR traZeneca vaccine, with the British jab
proving slightly more effective, it said.
All primary schools were declared closed in
March 2020 after the outbreak in the state.
have taken advantage of the weak public servers. SII and Bharat
Biotech declined to comment, reports Reuters. The Chinese foreign

ihar CM Nitish Kumar, who turned 70, got a Covid-
19 vaccine shot at the Indira Gandhi Institute of
Sciences in Patna on Monday morning. After
The new one-dose vaccination figures
were calculated by comparing Covid
hospitalisation rates in those who have
The decision to reopen them was taken after
seeking consent from parents and making all
arrangements, particularly in rural areas.
ministry did not immediately reply either. The US Department of
Justice had revealed in 2018 that APT10 had acted in tandem with
the Chinese Ministry of State Security. Incidentally, Microsoft said in
spending 30 minutes in the observation room, the CM received their first dose with those of a The state government reopened colleges November that it had detected cyberattacks emanating from Russia
said, “There was no adverse effect of the jab. Every similar age who haven't. The report said and schools in a phased manner. Colleges for to welcome students after a year. and North Korea targeting COVID-19 vaccine companies in India,
citizen in the state would be vaccinated free of cost.” it helps to explain why the numbers be- Classes 9 to 12 were opened in November 2020 Children were only allowed inside schools Canada, France, South Korea and the United States.
His deputies Renu Devi and Tarkeshwar Prasad, educa- ing hospitalised are falling so rapidly in in view of their Board exams while online after sanitising hands, wearing masks and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN shot, developed with
tion minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and energy mini- the oldest age groups. classes continued. Schools for Classes 6 to 8 thermal scanning. Some schools distributed the State-run Indian Council of Medical Research, will be exported to
ster Brijendra Prasad Yadav were also administered first Deaths among over-75s have dropped were reopened on February 10 while primary kits containing masks, small sanitiser bottles many countries, including Brazil.
doses of vaccine. All the legislators will get their doses by 40%, while the number of over-85s classes up to V were reopened from Monday. with instructions to follow guidelines. Only
during the budget session. Union Law, Justice and IT being admitted to ICUs with Covid has The state education department made all 50% attendance and twice a week classes Co-Win not so winsome
Minister Ravishankar Prasad will reach Patna on Tues- dropped to zero. The strong results for the arrangements to reopen primary schools were allowed in every primary school. Like clockwork, senior citizens had reached the entrance of the

day morning to get the first dose. —Law Kumar Mishra the Oxford vaccine are a rebuke to the under strict Covid-19 protocol of wearing Days for classes were fixed on odd and even facilities at 9am sharp on Monday. While many of them were
German authorities, which last month masks, maintaining social distancing and basis. Classes I and V on Mondays and Thurs- accompanied by their children and other family members, some
Politicians are known to be very advised against its use in the over-65s, it sanitised classrooms. days, Classes 2 and IV on Tuesdays and Fri- came alone. They had hoped the process would be on a first-come-
thick-skinned. Are you (nurses) said. The vaccine developed by Oxford Some schools in Lucknow welcomed tiny- days and Class 3 on Wednesdays and Satur- first-serve basis but it was more than three hours before they could
planning to use some special thick University and AstraZeneca is very ef- tots by putting ‘tilak’ on their foreheads, oth- days. UP CM Yogi Adityanath himself visited be registered and get the vaccine. “We had reached the centres early
fective at preventing recipients becom- ers showered rose petals, made rangolis and a school in Lucknow to check the arrange- morning but we realised the application was not working and we
needle for me? —PM Modi ing seriously ill, a new analysis shows. decorated classrooms with colorful balloons ments and spend some time with children. had to wait. Our names were then manually noted and we were
asked to wait at the centre,” said 62-year-old Neha Sharma (name

Farmers should get more Govt’s silence on talks lull

changed). For the convenience of senior citizens, pre-registration was
CM presents budget not mandatory and on-the-spot registration was available at the
venues but most of the beneficiaries came pre-registered. However,
of Rs97k-crore with
before storm: Rakesh Tikait
preregistration was compulsory for healthcare workers (HCWs) and
focus on rural C’garh
avenues to sell crops: PM
frontline workers (FLWs).
Sameer Nikam, 82, who had travelled to the NESCO facility all the
AVDHESH MALLICK / Raipur way from Andheri east said that his grandson had done the

To create a new Chhattisgarh

Rakesh Tikait said the Modi
Nikita moves court registration for him from Bengaluru. “I came here before 9am,
hoping to get the dose before afternoon, but I only got it after 130,"
(Gadhbo Naya Chhattis- NEW DELHI: PM Modi on impact on the sector, he government’s silence on for pre-arrest bail Nikam told FPJ. Gulshan Patel, 71, a retired entrepreneur from Juhu
garh), Chief Minister Bhu-
pesh Baghel on Monday pre-
sented a budget of Rs97,106
Monday emphasised on
farmers getting more av-
enues to sell crops and said a
added. Highlighting various
provisions for agriculture in
the Union Budget, the PM
holding fresh rounds of talks
is an indication of lull before
the storm against agitating
N ikita Jacob, who is accused
along with Disha Ravi in
sharing a "toolkit" on social media
said, the process of online registration was swift but the
management at the vaccination centre was very poor. “I wonder
why they needed to register our credentials once again when we
crore for 2021-22 in the state food processing revolution said agriculture credit target farmers. related to the farmers' protest, had already preregistered ourselves? They could have easily verified
Assembly. was needed in the country has been hiked to Rs16.5 lakh Tikait feared something is moved a Delhi court seeking and let us be,” Patel said.
“The budget defines the for value addition to farm crore with priority to animal cooking up in the minds of anticipatory bail. The application Both Nikam and Patel are diabetic, but said they suffered no side
concept of development produce and to realise better husbandry, dairy and fish- the central ministers against moved by Jacob, charged with effects after receiving the dose. At NESCO, there were three queues
through the acronym prices. eries sector. the agitating farmers. “Their sedition, is likely to come up for for beneficiaries. One for those pre-registered, the other for spot
HEIGHT —H for holistic de- Addressing a webinar on ef- The prime minister laid silence on holding a fresh hearing Tuesday before additional registration and the third for HCWs and FLWs. However, civic
velopment, E for education fective implementation of emphasis on the effective and round of talks is an indica- sessions Judge Dharmender Rana. officials who were present said the footfall of the FLWs and HCWs
(equal opportunity for all), I Budget provisions regarding tion, Modi said there is a timely implementation of tion of lull before the storm. was minimum. The beneficiaries claimed that slots were available
for infrastructure, G for gov- the Agriculture Ministry, he need for expanding options the budget provisions so that The Centre seems to be about any new action by the only at the NESCO facility. “We live in Vile Parle and the Seven Hills
ernance, H for health and T underlined the need for in- for the country's farming benefits reach to maximum chalking out a strategy to Modi govt. “We will not go facility would have been closer but we were only able to get a slot
for transformation,” he said. creased participation of pri- community to sell agri pro- people. "There is a need for take a big action against back till the issue is resolved. at this facility,” said Rakesh Tandon, 53, a banker.
It is public-centric, child- vate players in the farm sec- duce. "Today the need of the post harvest revolution or farmers to quell their agita- We will continue our stir and A Jogeshwari resident, Rashmi Mankan, reported a similar
friendly, development-orient- tor, including in research and hour is that farmers of the food processing revolution tion,” he told media in Bijnor. earn our livelihood through experience. “I had started booking slots since Sunday evening for my
ed budget with 38 % provi- development (R&D) work. country get more and more and value addition in the The BKU leader pointed out farming,” he said. He put the in-laws but couldn’t get a centre other than NESCO,” said Mankan.
sion for social sector, 39 % for Without making any direct options to sell their produce," country in the 21st century, farmers have already faced ball in the Modi govt court Those who came pre-registered said, there was no time slot
economic sector and 23 % for reference to the new farm he said. amidst ever-increasing agri- enough repressive measures when asked about resump- available on the website, which had led to overcrowding.
the general service sector. laws or to the farmers’ agita- Restrictions had a negative cultural production," he said. and they are not worried tion of talks. —Srawan Shukla “If you are registering online, there are only two broad slots -
morning and afternoon slots. Morning means before 12pm and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 afternoon means after 12 pm, other than this there were no slots,”
said Mayank Shinde, 71, a retired banker.
Warrant out over Kangana no-show against COVID-19," the tweet said. marry his victim. He was already married and hence there was no “They should have generated time slots and online tokens, as they
question of marrying her, they pointed out. had been doing with frontline workers,” said Deepak Lokhande, 56,
Appearing for Kangana, her advocate Rizwan Siddiquee argued that he HC orders extra MBBS seat How can the CJI make such a suggestion to let the girl marry the man an entrepreneur.
would be challenging the entire proceeding as the witnesses mentioned The chief justice, in his separate judgment, noted that during the whom she had accused of rape, they asked. One said the highest court At the facility, in all, there were fifteen units were set up for
in Akhtar’s complaint had not been verified on oath. He further argued Covid-19 pandemic, several doctors had succumbed to the virus and in the country should know that marrying a survivor to her rapist is not vaccination. However, the beneficiaries claimed, only five-six units were
that the court could not proceed further, as cognizance taken by the court thus the pool of doctors had to be replenished. The judges also said a solution. Some even tagged the women's rights organisations, asking active. “This is sheer mismanagement, most of the units are empty
was not as per law. In this regard, the court said that no doubt, the that the present admission process was tainted. “The admission them to take action. One twitter user said, "punishing the survivor to without any doctors and there is no volunteer to coordinate,” said
accused had every right to challenge its order before the sessions court process, in my view, suffers from a serious taint and if such a tainted live with her abuser for the rest of her life is shocking." Deepak Kumar, who had brought his parents for inoculation. “There are
and high court, but the question arose whether the intent to challenge it admission process is saved, the rule of merit would be compromised, UP CASE: In the Uttar Pradesh case, the Bench stayed the arrest of the no doctors and people are exhausted after waiting for more than four-
before a higher forum would result in automatic stay on the proceeding. which, in turn, would frustrate the labour of meritorious students like alleged rapist for eight weeks, allowing him to withdraw the petition six hours,” said another beneficiary, requesting anonymity.
“The answer is certainly in the negative. Though the accused is going to the petitioner, apart from development in them of a sense of aversion with liberty to seek discharge from the Allahabad HC, which is seized Meanwhile, officials at the spot said, in an attempt to control
challenge the entire proceeding before Hon’ble High Court...however in to the concept of qualifying examinations,” CJ Datta said. of the matter of the woman registering an FIR of alleged rape against crowds, no spot registrations were allowed after 2pm. “They are just
absence of any orders from higher courts, her remaining absent despite “Covid-19, in the past year, has taken away from society a number of him after living with him for years as husband and wife. "When two shouting out our slot numbers and not using any mic. The place is
receipt of summons shows her conduct,” the court said. reputed doctors. The pool of doctors, thus, has to be replenished fast. people are living as husband and wife, however brutal the husband is, so crowded, many missed their chance as they failed to hear when it
It stated further that the mere intent to challenge the proceedings would If meritorious students desirous of becoming doctors are not can the act of sexual intercourse between them be called rape," asked was their turn,” said Durgesh Repal, 62, who had come with his
not absolve her of her liability as an accused to attend this court. It also encouraged in such challenging times, it would amount to a grave the CJI. He was responding to the petition seeking quashing of the FIR wife. Beneficiaries also said the number of private vaccination
noted that she had had the option to file an exemption application for disservice to the society,” the chief justice added. The CJ further said alleging rape due to false promise of marriage. The petitioner claimed facilities should be increased.
the absence, but did not opt for the same. Magistrate Khan said that that the “resolve to render social justice would be a distant dream, if they were living together and had consensual sexual relationship, but “This is sheer mismanagement, there is no crowd control, they
since she has “voluntarily remained absent without any justified reasons interference in this case were declined”. “This is indeed an exceptional the woman filed the FIR after their relations turned sour. The court, should charge money now or else the problem will increase day by
despite service of summons” and did not even file any exemption case where commencement of classes notwithstanding, the petitioner however, refused to quash the FIR. It took the decision after the day,” felt Vinod Kapadia, a Juhu resident who had brought his
application, therefore, as per law, issuance of bailable warrant of Rs is still entitled to claim admission in the MBBS course upon creation of woman's counsel Aditya Vashisht said the man had inflicted violence on parents to be inoculated. While on-the-spot registrations began after
1,000 would be justified. In his complaint filed in November last year, an additional seat in the relevant college,” the chief justice held. her by brutally beating her on going back on the promise to marry. The 9am, actual vaccination could only begin after 11am because of a
Akhtar had stated that Kangana had made comments in an interview to While concurring with the decision of Justice Kulkarni, the CJ said that lawyer produced a medical certificate of the injuries. glitch. Officials are required to register details about the allotment
Republic TV on 20 July, 2020, wherein she had called him part of a the resolve in the Preamble was to secure “social justice” to all. “In Senior Advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, appearing for the petitioner, before administering doses but were unable to complete this
certain 'gang' in the context of the death case of actor Sushant Singh the class-ridden society that we live in, ‘social justice’ should mean submitted that the allegations did not make out a case for rape and process, leading to the delay. “There was a one-hour delay in the
Rajput. Akhtar had complained about the social media trolling he had to justice for the weaker and poorer sections of society, particularly when that the counter-affidavit of the woman clearly exhibited her consent. morning but now, the vaccination process is going on swiftly. By
face as a result of her allegations in the interview. we have also resolved in the Preamble to secure ‘equality of status She said: "This is a habitual case with the lady as she has done this afternoon, over 100 senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities
and opportunity’ and securing justice to the weaker and the poorer with two other people in the office." The CJI said if this is the case, the had registered. We have the capacity to vaccinate upto 1,000 senior
PM SETS EXAMPLE section could make them equal with the rest of the society.” man has a good case for discharge and could apply for it. He, however, citizens a day, in addition to medical personnel and other frontline
Modi was administered Covaxin, the locally made government-backed “In a given case such as the present, where it is neither black nor objected to the senior lawyer calling the rape victim as "habitual." He workers,” said Dr Rajesh Dere, dean of the Covid centre at the BKC.
vaccine developed by Hyderabad's pharma company Bharat Biotech, a white but a grey area, to rise to the challenge for ‘social justice’, said: "You know what the courts have said about calling rape victims Pradeep Angre, the dean of the Mulund facility said that the server
24-year-old company. There has been some hesitancy about taking this whenever the weaker or poorer section faces a combat against the habitual. We suggest you withdraw and apply for discharge after the had started working around 11.45am. People had been able to
particular vaccine in view of its lack of exhaustive human trials. By stronger or richer section, the courts ought to lean in favour of the evidence is led. We are not inclined to entertain your petition." register themselves on the CoWin app though, he informed.
taking the jab, PM Modi has given it his personal stamp of approval, a former so that ‘social justice’, i.e., justice to the weaker or poorer On Makhija pleading her client is a working person, "with this sword Meanwhile, the Society for the Rehabilitation of Crippled Children
testimonial that will enable many to overcome their inhibition. The only section of the society is ensured,” the judge observed. hanging," the CJI responded: "We will see you are not arrested till final (SRCC) at Haji Ali, was one of the centres requesting senior citizens to
other vaccine being administered in India is Covishield which has been decision in trial." He changed it to protection for eight weeks after the register themselves on the Co-Win app so that they would save time.
developed by Oxford and is manufactured locally in Pune by the Serum Will you marry the victim? woman's lawyer submitted that the person had attempted extortion. However, those who had not pre-registered on the app were asked to
Institute of India (SII). It enjoys a fair degree of acceptance worldwide once she turns 18. She, however, filed a rape complaint when Chavan give their names to be cross-verified on the portal. There will be two
and is the favoured drug, a fact that works to Covaxin's disadvantage. refused to marry her. The CJI said he should have thought before After Azad, Anand strikes discordant note counters set up for the registration in the hospital premises.
Modi was wearing an Assamese 'gamcha', when he reached AIIMS to seducing and raping the young girl. He hastened to add: "We are not "In the fight against communalism, the Congress cannot be Rupesh R Choubey, Facility Director, SRCC, said initially there was
take the jab, possibly because he was shortly scheduled to fly out to forcing you to marry. Let us know if you will. Otherwise, you will say we selective. We must fight against communalism in all forms. The West confusion because of the glitches in the app. So at the facility, the
poll-bound Assam. In keeping with his style, PM Modi was wearing a are forcing you to marry." When the case was taken up again after other Bengal Congress chief's presence at the rally and support is names of all those who were not registered on the application were
Bengali 'kurta;' incidentally, the sister who inoculated him was P matters, the lawyer told the court that the marriage was not possible shameful, he has to explain his stand," he added. Chowdhury noted. “Since morning, more than 100 beneficiaries have turned up to
Niveda, a nurse from Puducherry, and standing behind him was since his client had already married someone else, though he initially retorted that he never took any decision without a nod from the the centre but we are helpless, as the Co-Win 2.0 is not working
Rosamma Anil, another sister from Kerala. All four states, besides wanted to marry the victim, but she refused. His client is a Hindu and so powers that be in Delhi. ‘‘We are in charge of a state and don't take properly, because of which we are not able to cross-verify the names.
Tamil Nadu, are going to polls later this month. He also spoke to the he will be committing a crime if he goes in for a second marriage. any decision on our own without permission," he was quoted as But after 1pm, we began the vaccination drive, as the problem was
two nurses after the vaccination. After taking the vaccine, the Prime The Bench, which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V telling news agency ANI. The Congress's Bengal plan unwittingly resolved but we could only vaccinate around 40 people, while the rest
Minister tweeted an appeal to all to take the vaccine. Ramasubramanian, dismissed the petition, giving liberty to seek regular pits it against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming were asked to come tomorrow. We will give senior citizens who have
"I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let bail and granted the petitioner protection from arrest for four weeks. Bengal election, even though she is battling a common enemy – the registered on the Co-Win 2.0 application priority, despite having taken
us make India Covid-19 free. Remarkable how our doctors and ACTIVISTS ANGRY: The users on the social media were incensed BJP. The Congress also finds itself on the right side of the Left, its down names manually. We are also going to be calling each beneficiary
scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight over the CJI asking the alleged rapist in the Maharashtra case to bitter rival in Kerala. and inform them about their slot,” he said.
India, US reaffirm strategic partnership at meeting of UN envoys
UN: India and the US have reaffirmed their strategic partnership and agreed
to work together to strengthen multilateralism during a meeting between the
top UN diplomats of the two countries here. Newly appointed US
Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield met India's Permanent
Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti as part of a series of
bilateral meetings with her UN Security Council counterparts. "Pleasure to
meet new @USAmbUN Permanent Representative @LindaT_G and discuss
priorities of US Presidency of @UN #SecurityCouncil," Tirumurti tweeted.

Sarkozy convicted of Trump hints at 2024 run

graft, gets 1 yr in jail
Former US Prez attacked Biden, who has been in office for just 39 days, asserting
that in just one short month, we have gone from ‘America First’ to ‘America Last’
AGENCIES tent and serious evidence". calls with Herzog, Sarkozy
New York
Republican Party, it's going
to unite and be stronger than
... says India,
Paris The court said the facts
were "particularly seri-
said of Azibert: "I'll make
him move up ... I'll help Former US President Don-
ever before," he said, annou-
ncing an enemy's list of sev-
China, Russia
A Paris court on
Monday found
ous" given that they
were committed
him." In another, Herzog re-
minded Sarkozy to "say a
ald Trump has roared back
into the political arena with
eral members of his party
who voted for this impeach-
not clean
French former by a former word" for Azibert during a a hint that he may run for of- ment or to convict him. rump raised the climate
President Nicolas president who trip to Monaco. Legal pro- fice in 2024 and a jet of vitri- He flexed his political mus- issue, criticising his
Sarkozy guilty of used his status ceedings against Sarkozy ol against members of his cle at the annual conference successor Biden for
corruption and to help a magis- have been dropped in the Republican Party not loyal of the Conservative Political rejoining the "very unfair"
influence ped- trate who had Bettencourt case. Azibert to him, as well as Democrats. Action Committee (CPAC) Paris Agreement, saying what
dling and sen- served his per- never got the Monaco job. Speaking in public on where an informal poll good does it do when
tenced him sonal interest. In Prosecutors have con- Sunday for the first time showed that 68 per cent of America is "clean" but China,
to one addition, as a cluded, however, that the since leaving office, Trump the participants wanted him Russia and India are not.
year lawyer by training, he "clearly stated promise" did not admit defeat in the to run again and 95 per cent “We have the cleanest air
was "perfectly in- constitutes in itself a cor- November 3, 2020 election supported his policies. and cleanest water. and what
formed" about ruption offense under and instead said, "I may The group represents the ents a dilemma for the party. of Washington, DC estab- good does it do when we're
committing French law, even if the even decide to defeat them a more conservative wing of He is a divisive figure who lishment political hacks and clean, but China is not and
an illegal promise wasn't fulfilled. third time." the Republican Party reflect- caused many unaffiliated everybody else all over the Russia is not and India is not,
action, the Sarkozy vigorously denied He tamped down specula- ing his base and the crowd, voters and those in the mid- country." He named the Re- so they are pouring fumes...
court said. any malicious intention. tions that he may start a many of them unmasked dle to vote against him. publicans like Senator Mitt you know the world is a small
Sarkozy He told the court that his third party calling it fake and not socially distanced, Yet the party cannot win Romney and Representative piece of the universe and
had firmly political life was all about news seeking to divide the repeatedly chanted, "We love without his supporters. Liz Cheney, who have criti- we're trying to protect
denied all "giving (people) a little help. Republican vote "so that you you". Trump's hold on a Trump said, "The only di- cised him and voted against everything," Trump said amidst
the allega- That all it is, a little help," can never win". "We have the broad base of the party pres- vision is between a handful him during impeachment. applause from his supporters.
tions he said during the trial.

Khashoggi’s fiancee seeks

in prison and a two-year against him during the 10- The confidentiality of
suspended sentence.
The 66-year-old politician,
who was president from
day trial that took place at
the end of last year.
The corruption trial fo-
communications between a
lawyer and his client was a
major point of contention
Imran Khan dreams of
Gwadar as ‘next Dubai’
punishment for Saudi Prince
2007 to 2012, was convicted cused on phone conversa- in the trial.
for having tried to illegally tions that took place in Feb- "You have in front of you a
obtain information from a ruary 2014. man of whom more that
senior magistrate in 2014 At the time, investigative 3,700 private conversations AGENCIES ing Zones Authority) ex-
about a legal action in judges had launched an in- have been wiretapped... Rome port processing zone. It in-
which he was involved. quiry into the financing of What did I do to deserve AGENCIES stead restricts the local
The court said Sarkozy is the 2007 presidential cam- that?" Sarkozy said during Istanbul While Prime Minister Im- population, whose liveli-
entitled to request to be de- paign. During the investi- the trial. ran Khan-led government hood depends on fishing,
tained at home with an elec- gation, they incidentally Sarkozy's defense lawyer, The Turkish fiancee ofslain journalist Jamal "plans" to make Gwadar the from accessing the sea.
tronic bracelet. This is the discovered that Sarkozy Jacqueline Laffont, argued Khashoggi yesterday demanded that Saudi "next Dubai" under the Chi- "The real purpose of the
first time in France's mod- and Herzog were commu- the whole case was based Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin na-Pakistan Economic Cor- barbed wire and the 15,000
ern history that a former nicating via secret mobile on "small talk" between a Abdulaziz Al Saud be "punished without de- ridor (CPEC) initiative, he Chinese soldiers deployed
president has been con- phones registered to the lawyer and his client. lay" over the murder. is restricting Baloch locals at the port, on which the
victed of corruption. alias "Paul Bismuth." The court concluded that "It is essential that the Crown Prince, who from accessing basic neces- Chinese and Pakistani flags
Sarkozy's co-defendants - Conversations wiretapped the use of wiretapped con- ordered the brutal murder of a blameless sities by fortifying the city fly, is not to ensure the safe-
his lawyer and longtime on these phones led prose- versations was legal as long and innocent person, should be punished Administration, it is vital for all world lead- at the behest of China. ty of commercial installa-
friend Thierry Herzog, 65, cutors to suspect Sarkozy as they helped show evi- without delay," the BBC quoted Khashoggi's ers to ask themselves if they are prepared to According to journalist tions but to defend Beijing's
and now-retired magis- and Herzog of promising dence of corruption-related fiancee Hatice Cengiz in a statement. shake hands... I urge everyone to put their Francesca Marino, the interests and keep the
trate Gilbert Azibert, 74 - Azibert a job in Monaco in offences. "This will not only bring the justice we have hands on their hearts and campaign to pun- barbed wire being put up Baloch out," said Marino.
were also found guilty and exchange for leaking infor- Sarkozy withdrew from been seeking.... but it could also prevent sim- ish the Crown Prince." by the Pakistan govern- Meanwhile, Islamabad
given the same sentence as mation about another le- active politics after failing ilar acts recurring. Cengiz's statement comes three days after a ment does not surround has stepped up its security
the politician. gal case, known by the to be chosen as his conser- In the statement, Cengiz, a Turkish academ- de-classified US intelligence report released Gwadar port free zone, in Balochistan to protect its
The court found that name of France's richest vative party's presidential ic researcher, made an appeal to world leaders on February 26 assessed that the Crown GIEDA (Gwadar Industrial facilities as there is a rise
Sarkozy and his co-defen- woman, L'Oreal heiress candidate for France's 2017 to distance themselves from the Crown Prince Prince approved an operation to "capture or Estate Development Au- in attacks on CPEC proj-
dants sealed a "pact of cor- Liliane Bettencourt. election, won by Em- and impose sanctions on the Kingdom. kill" Saudi Khashoggi in 2018. thority) industrial zone ects, the Pakistan military
ruption," based on "consis- In one of these phone manuel Macron. "Starting with the (US President Joe) Biden "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown and EPZA (Export Process- said earlier.

Suu Kyi in court 1st time since military coup 3rd Covid wave feared in Pak
ISLAMABAD: Due to the eas-
ing of most of the coron- DASHBOARD
AGENCIES avirus restrictions across
Less than 10% of the
Yangon Pakistan, health experts
world’s population have
have sounded alarm over a Covid antibodies
Myanmar's tallest leader Aung San Suu Kyi, third wave of the pandemic
denied a second tenure in power by a mili- if there was a resurgence of Global Covid-19 cases
tary takeover on February 1, faced court on fresh cases, a media report top 114 million
Monday through a video link, her lawyer said on Monday. Nepal's Army Chief
Khin Maung Zaw said. On Sunday, the country receives first dose of
Zaw told this writer he had seen his registered 1,176 new Covid- Made-in-India vaccine
client for the first time since a military 19 cases, which increased
NY Covid-19
coup exactly one month ago, after which the overall tally to 581,365.
hospitalisations drop to
the country has plunged into huge and The death toll currently lowest level
ceaseless protests. stood at 12,896.
Suu Kyi's court appearance, in a minor
case over alleged possession of foreign-
made walkie-talkies , came on a day when
protestors again hit the streets, despite a
bloody Sunday, when at least 19 people died Protesters back on streets
in firing by security forces across Myanmar. YANGON: Police in Myanmar's biggest city on Monday fired
At least 30 were injured and 10 missing tear gas at defiant crowds who returned to the streets to
during the mayhem unleashed by the forces protest the military's seizure of power a month ago, despite
in Yangon, Mandalay, Dawei, Myitkyina reports that security forces had killed at least 18 people around
and several other cities. the country a day earlier.
The UN Human Rights office confirmed The protesters in Yangon were chased as they tried to gather at
18 deaths but the Democratic Voice of Bur- their usual meeting spot at the Hledan Center intersection.
ma provided details of 19 people who died Demonstrators scattered and sought to rinse their faces with
in the firings. water in vain attempts to ease the irritating effects of the gas.

Prince Harry: Split from royal life 'unbelievably tough' Prince Philip
shifted to
second hosp
posite Winfrey and side-by-
Los Angeles side, holding hands during
the interview that was con-
Prince Harry says the ducted in a lush garden set- LONDON: Britain's Prince Philip,
process of separating from ting. Meghan, who recently the Duke of Edinburgh, has
royal life has been very diffi- announced she is pregnant been transferred to a second
cult for him and his wife, with the couple's second hospital in London to continue
Meghan. child, wore an empire-style treatment for an infection,
In an interview with Oprah black dress with embroidery. Buckingham Palace said on
Winfrey, Harry invoked the Harry wore a light gray suit Monday. The 99-year-old
memory of his late mother, and white dress shirt, minus husband of Queen Elizabeth II,
Princess Diana, who had to a tie. who spent 13 nights at the King
find her way alone after she As Meghan Markle, the Edward VII's Hospital in central
and Prince Charles divorced. actor starred in the TV le- London after being admitted ���������������������
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Girl dies after being caned during ‘exorcism’ in Sri Lanka

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LANCELOT D’SA who passed away on 04/01/2013, and who was
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owner of Flat bearing No. 004 Building No.A-01 in Sector A-7 on
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area equivalent to 124.18 Sq.mtr Built-up with One Open car Parking
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Palghar, (Said Property). Late. MALCOLM LANCELOT D’SA have
during a ritual they believed would drive sciousness, she was taken to a hospital, �
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away an evil spirit. where she died. An autopsy was scheduled Michelle Marina Heather D’sa 4) Melissa Joanne D’sa 5) Master
The two suspects — the woman perform- for Monday. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � �� Melroy Joel D’sa. All person other than 1) Mrs. Juliet Jacinta D’sa 2)
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were to appear in court on Monday to hear the girl was known in the area for offering ����������������� �������� ��� ������� Melissa Joanne D’sa 5) Master Melroy Joel D’sa having any right, title,
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curred over the weekend in Delgoda, a were investigating whether anyone else had ��������������������
small town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) been abused, Rohana said. same in writing along with the documentary evidence to the Adv. Vikas
N. Patil having office at. Shop No. 16, Building No. 9, Yashwant
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Rohana, the mother believed her daughter first to die during such a ritual. ����������������������������������
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Crossword #032
LORD GANESH 1 Wind toy (4)
4 Evaluate (6)
MESSAGE FOR THE DAY 8 Limited, in short
10 Dissolute fellow
Today be patient and do not be impulsive, react 13 Brolly (8)
only after calmly processing everything. 14 Unconventional
person (7)
If you follow the path of patience 15 First-class (3-3)
you will experience joy and 17 Blown by the
peace. A wish will get fulfilled, wind (9)
even if it is small be grateful. 21 Needle feature (3)
22 A fuss (3)
Do not get frustrated as 23 Label (3) DOWN 19 Ex-India skipper
BLONDIE / Dean Young & Mile Gersher 1 Pavement edging Amarnath (4)
things are getting delayed, 26 Settle __ ___ : get
revenge at last ? (4) 20 Rum (3)
they will surely happen have 2 Currency of 23 Chef's tall hat (5)
faith and take action. I loved 27 Local word for Bangladesh ? (4) 24 Heredity units (5)
the red flowers you offered. potato ? (6) 3 Needle-case (4) 25 Reviles or
28 Fruit-filled pastry 5 Make taut (6) mistreats (6)
Tip for the day: Visualise a clock and say "Dear (7) 6 Long fish (3) 26 Canadian capital
32 Formerly Ceylon 7 Irritable or ill- (6)
Ganesha, please remove the obstacles from my
(3,5) tempered (6) 28 Firmament (3)
wish so, that I can experience them soon. Please let 9 Tamil Nadu pty. (3) 29 Chinese weight (4)
34 Facile (4)
time be in my favour, this or better thank you". 11 Eagle's nest (5) 30 Challenge (4)
35 Evergreen tree (3)
36 Square dance 12 Piano piece (5) 31 Orpheus's
Lots of divine miracles your way, Sheetal Sapan Mhatre.
move (6) 15 Pairs (4) instrument (4)
37 Daniels of early 16 Russian king (4) 33 Binet-Simon test


18 Russian no (4) measurements (3)
Daulatabad Fort
Be aware that God is always watching over you!
24 Genes, 25 Abuses, 26 Ottawa, 28 Sky, 29 Tael, 30 Dare, 31 Lyre, 33
Aerie, 12 Etude, 15 Twos, 16 Tzar, 18 Nyet, 19 Lala, 20 Odd, 23 Toque,

– Dada J. P. Vaswani
Down: 1 Kerb, 2 Taka, 3 Etui, 5 Strain, 6 Eel, 7 Snappy, 9 Dmk, 11
IN the heart of Maharashtra, 15 km away
from Aurangabad, lies a formidable citadel Batata, 28 Strudel, 32 Sri Lanka, 34 Easy, 35 Yew, 36 Sashay, 37 Bebe.
long considered a gateway to the Deccan.
Once known as Devagiri, the capital of I am not alone, God is with me! work for the good of the community, society, na- Tip-top, 17 Windblown, 21 Eye, 22 Ado, 23 Tag, 26 Old scores, 27
the Yadavas, the impregnable fortress This, I believe, is the mantra for modern man, tion and humanity. We sacrifice our health, Across: 1 Kite, 4 Assess, 8 Ltd, 10 Rake, 13 Umbrella, 14 Beatnik, 15
was built in the 12th century. It was later struggling with the problems of isolation, alien- wealth, rest and leisure. Yet our work produces
renamed as Daulatabad (City of Fortune) ation and rootlessness that characterise life in no effect: it gives us no satisfaction. The world
by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq, the eccentric the twenty-first century. speeds on, from danger to destruction, and our EASY_PAGE_1_4.TIF
FPJ - SUDOKU - 34 Level: Hard
Sultan who had shifted his capital here On the upper galleries of the cathedral of Mi- life is reduced to a never ending cycle of work,
from Delhi for two years. lan, there are many statues of saints carved in tension and frustration!
The fort changed hands many times exquisite white marble. The dedicated sculptor The reason for this is that our work is not in
after the Yadavas were defeated by
who created these masterpieces was busy at his tune with the Divine Will. Our work is tainted
Alauddin Khilji in 1294. Tughlaq, the
work when one of his friends came to see him. with the self – desire for prominence, desire for
Bahmanis of the Deccan, Nizamshahs of
Ahmednagar, Mughals, Marathas and “I don’t see why you are wasting your artistic recognition, or even thought of reward in the
finally, the Nizams of Hyderabad held it effort in such a place. High up here, in these un- life beyond. We have not relinquished control to
until independence. up with smoke through a small opening, turning seen galleries, nobody will ever get to look at God!
Daulatabad Fort is renowned for its complex it into the deathly gas chamber. It also had fake your statues. Therefore, your work will not real- The man who offers his life, his all at the Lotus
defence system. It is perched on a 200m high entrances to mislead and entrap intruders. The ly be appreciated. Isn’t that a pity?” Feet of the Lord, works with peace in his heart.
conical hillock that has been manually chiselled tunnel ended at the foot of a long flight of steps, “It is enough for me that you recognise their He works as a servant of God and man. His work
to make its granite cliffs virtually impossible to leading to the main fort at the summit. Little value,” smiled the artist. does not take him away from God: his work is
scale. It is encircled by three concentric walls of wonder then, that the fort could be won only by “And what if I had not climbed up all those God-guided. In his work there is no hustle or bus-
fortifications and deep moats. deceit, never in a frontal assault. stairs to see your work?” countered the friend. tle, no fuss, no noise, no aimless rushing about.
Even if enemy soldiers managed to get past Today, the fort complex has the ruins of
“My friend,” said the artist, “surely God and In his work there is no unrest – but peace that
the outer walls, they would have to access the temples, mosques and palaces like the Baradari,
fort through a treacherous ascending tunnel a summer house built for Shah Jahan, and the
his angels would have seen it, and that is passeth understanding!
hewn into the rock. The confused soldiers would Chini Mahal, where the last king of Golconda enough!” (Dada J.P. Vaswani is humanitarian, philosopher, WHAT TO DO: Fill in the grid so
have to grope their way along the zigzag passage was imprisoned by Aurangzeb in 1687. A 64m Many people tell me: we work so hard, we work educator, acclaimed writer, powerful orator, messiah of that every row, every column and
in pitch darkness. high minaret, Chand Minar, stands as a proud so strenuously, and yet we achieve nothing. We ahimsa, and non-sectarian spiritual leader.) every 3x3 box contains the digits
At a point midway, the tunnel could be filled reminder of 150 years of Bahmani rule. 1 to 9. Every puzzle has only one
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ponder your goals and aims for the future. in your life today. You will feel fresh, with a plans with your friends. Avoiding fickle in the air for some. Today, you might not or profession may go wrong today. There relaxation techniques will help you tide
You will feel rejuvenated, and perform need of a partner who will understand your behaviour would be the first step to pour take on tedious tasks. Don’t worry about might be a slump in work, so don’t get over the bumps. Don’t feel sad if your work
wonderfully at work. feelings. Romance is in the air. your heart out to your beloved. problems arising in politics. frustrated. doesn't get rewarded by seniors today.
TAURUS: You might feel uncomfortable to CANCER: Your strategies are going work VIRGO: There may be an expansion of SCORPIO: Participation in social activities CAPRICORN: Foreign tours for some may PISCES: Those in film sector will get chance
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at a workplace sometimes we have to meetings will be beneficial for your future solved with the help of friends or an alert enough to discover them. Making waiting for admission for higher studies Your intelligence will impress your seniors.
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The ‘idea of India’ seems to be in peril bers in strategic areas of our country. Af-
ter Kashmir, Assam is their next target.

Nationwide vaccination State of the Union They have been successfully flooding As-
sam, Tripura and the rest of Bengal

key to economic growth

since long.”
ASHUTOSH Golwalkar indicates that the presence
of Muslims in large numbers in Kash-
mir, Assam and West Bengal is a direct

he economy may now be ready to return to the
he results of the forthcoming elec- lar values, respect for the democratic threat to the nation. If Jammu and Kash-
normal growth path with the latest quarter fig-
tions to four state assemblies and ethos, autonomy of the constitutional in- mir is a Muslim-majority Union Territo-
ures coming in just when the nation-wide vac-
one Union Territory will have a stitutions, a culture of debate and dis- ry, then Assam has more than 30 per cent
cination drive to immunise the people against the
momentous impact on the political his- cussion, the tradition of inclusion of all Muslims and in West Bengal, their num-
Covid-19 virus got underway. A lot is also riding on
tory of the country, particularly if the and exclusion of none, the inculcation of ber is 27 per cent of the population. In
the success of the vaccination drive for the economy
BJP manages to retain Assam and wins a scientific temper and a promise to tralised the minorities, mainly Muslims. Kashmir, remedial steps have been taken,
to build on further from the 0.4 per cent growth in
West Bengal. The BJP has very low build a modern nation-state, where the It brags that the politics of Hindutva Art 370 has been abrogated, the state has
the third quarter of the current financial year, after
stakes or a marginal presence in Tamil rule of law was to be supreme. Some peo- have changed the electoral bargaining been split into two and has been reduced
two quarters of big contraction. Gross value added
Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. In Tamil ple call it the ‘Nehruvian consensus’ and power of the Muslims. For the party, the to a Union Territory.
(GVA) grew by one per cent in the last quarter. Sim-
Nadu, the BJP is riding piggyback on the others name it the ‘idea of India’. concern for the minority by the earlier In Assam, the BJP succeeded in form-
ply put, all things considered, the worst seems to be
behind us. After 15.9 per cent contraction in the first
AIADMK and even if the AIADMK al- Today that ‘idea of India’ seems to be in For the old governments is equal to appeasement of ing the government in 2016 and the
liance wins, not much credit will be giv- profound danger, waiting to be replaced consensus, Muslims and is reverse communalism, process of identification of the
half of 2020-21, growth is expected to flatten out in
en to the BJP. In Kerala, the BJP has no by an ‘alternative idea’. which poses inherent dangers to natural Bangladeshi migrants, who, in their
the second half, as per the advanced estimates. With- history was a
chance of turning the tables and emerg- This ‘alternative idea’ has its contours security. opinion, are mostly Muslims, began in
out doubt, the main driver is stepped up government
ing victorious. drawn but is yet to be examined by the fu- guiding force, a There is no denying the fact that the the name of the NRC but the task is still
expenditure, not only on pandemic-related activity torchbearer for
Similarly, it has a negligible presence ture, to ascertain if it is deep enough to Prime Minister has propounded a new incomplete. Assam was the first state
but in boosting demand and employment in key sec-
in Puducherry. But in Assam, the BJP build a new consensus and survive as the future, but slogan after 2019 – Sabka saath, sabka where the anti-CAA and NRC protest
tors such as construction, roads, highways, etc. Even
the private real estate sector is returning to the
has its government. And retaining that many years as the old one. If the old con- the new vikaas, sabka vishwaas (Every one’s sup- erupted majorly, followed by the other
government will be a huge challenge. sensus was rooted in a grand old civilisa- consensus seeks port, everyone’s development, every- states. So, despite the massive resent-
growth path, thanks to benign interest rates, incen-
In West Bengal, the BJP was a margin- tion, based on compassion and diversity, one’s trust). Everyone’s trust was added ment, if the BJP wins Assam again, then
tives offered by developers to offload pending inven-
al player in the 2014 parliamentary the new one, in its DNA has disregard for
revenge on the to counter the mounting criticism that it will be an indicator of the fact that the
tory and sops by banks to boost credit in the rela-
elections and in the 2016 assembly elec- the pluralism and its edifice is built on past. In its the government does not trust minori- victory of the Hindutva forces was not a
tively secure middle-and-upper-income segments. A proclamation to
tions as well. In fact, in the 2014 elec- hate. It believes in the superiority of one ties. But the same did not reflect on the fluke earlier and that it has a deeper res-
number of state governments have helped by lower-
ing the circle rates for land, as also the stamp duty on
tions, the BJP had got only 16 per cent tradition and within that tradition, the discover the old ground. onance in the society.
property registration. Farm sector is another bea-
votes, despite riding on the huge Modi paramountcy of the select few. Exclu- and ancient, it The abrogation of Article 370, passing Ideologically, like Assam, West Bengal
wave and afterwards, slipped to 10 per sion, not inclusion is the rule. has heaped of the citizenship law, the brutal crack- has to be a very high priority state for the
con of hope, growing about four per cent in the last
cent of the vote share in the assembly For the old consensus, history was a down on the Shaheen Bagh protest, the followers of Hindutva. But till 2019, it
quarter and set to record three per cent growth in the
elections in 2016. guiding force, a torchbearer for the future
disdain on its demonisation of the Tablighi Jamaat failed to make inroads into the state.
full year. A good monsoon, high crop yields and food glorious
Since 2014, the political landscape in but the new consensus seeks revenge on during the pandemic, the random mis- Now, after winning 18 parliamentary
inflation boosted rural incomes. Maybe one reason tradition; the
the country has changed. A new para- the past. In its proclamation to discover use of sedition laws against Muslims seats and attaining 40 per cent of the vote
for the sluggish response elsewhere in the country to
the protest by Punjab farmers over the farm legisla-
digm has engulfed the nation and a lot of the old and ancient, it has heaped disdain multi- and the promulgation of the Love Jihad share, it has tasted blood. The unprece-
water has flown under the bridge. Fun- on its glorious tradition; the multi-di- dimensional Act in different BJP-ruled states belies dented aggression displayed by the BJP
tions has been the good crop this year. Still, it will
damental changes have taken root in the mensional approach to address multi-lay- approach to the claim of the government. The Mus- and its leaders vis a vis the Mamata
help if the government on its own made the gesture,
body politic of the country. Now, the ered history has been reduced to simple lim minority today virtually lives in fear. Banerjee government, is propelled by
suspended the implementation of reforms till after
hegemony of the Congress system has formulae, facts have been fictionalised to address The Hindutva ideology sees them as the the rigour of the conviction, soaked in
the Supreme Court-appointed panel of experts sub- multi-layered
collapsed and is being replaced by the suit its narrative and it has succeeded in enemies of the state, and they are re- Hindutva. A victory in West Bengal will
mitted its report. Sullen and angry farmers in a key history has been
BJP’s overpowering presence. Its domi- brainwashing a larger audience for the ferred to as ‘cockroaches’ and ‘termites’ provide an ‘ideological opportunity’ to
state do not help anyone. Back to the growth num-
bers. Manufacturing too was back on track, record-
nance is robust, and the Congress is ly- construction of a utopia. reduced to by the top leaders. ‘stop the spread of the menace’, ‘deci-
ing in the pits. On the one hand, while This idea seems to be winning as of simple formulae, This thought flows from the writings of mate enemies of the nation’ and correct
ing 1.6 per cent in the third quarter, suppressed de-
the Congress is struggling to retain its now. Democratic institutions have been the second chief of the RSS, M S Gol- the wrongs of history.
mand due to prolonged lockdowns finding a release
presence as a serious national party in crumbling, the pillars of the Constitu-
facts have been walkar, who identified them as one of the And if the BJP could win both Assam
after the graded opening. The sector is set to regain
Parliament and the state legislatures, the tion have surrendered to the executive fictionalised to enemies of India. In his book, ‘Bunch of and West Bengal, then it could easily be
normalcy, though new pressure points in creeping suit its narrative
BJP on the other, has improved its tally and the majoritarian view prevails over Thoughts’ he writes, “It would be suici- said that Hindutva has far greater trac-
protectionism and high fuel prices could prove a
drag. The case for reducing taxes on fuel both by the
in the Lok Sabha and pocketed new fron- the rest. Parliament has been reduced to and it has dal to delude ourselves into believing tion than is normally assumed, that it has
Centre and the states remains strong, especially
tiers for itself. one party and the party has submerged succeeded in that they have turned patriots overnight perfected the art of majoritarian politics
The Congress has, in the past, lost elec- into one entity; that entity is the law and brainwashing a after the creation of the Pakistan. On the and governance and that their unfin-
when relatively moderate prices of energy can boost
tions many times but the basic ethos of the government; his views are unwritten contrary, the Muslim menace has in- ished civilisational project is on the
growth and arrest inflationary pressures in the econ-
politics remained more or less the same. Constitution. In the majoritarian view,
larger audience creased a hundred-fold by the creation ‘right’ track, in which Muslims will have
omy. As it is, fears of inflation are beginning to
Today, the political consensus which was the rule of the majority is sovereign, and for the which has become a springboard for all no other option than to forfeit their polit-
spook share markets. Rising bond yields too are a construction
arrived at during the freedom struggle the minority should not complain about their future aggressive designs on our ical space and live like a second-grade cit-
negative pointer. High energy and food prices would
inevitably cause the Central bank to step in to hon-
and continued afterwards, has been bro- its numerical inadequacy. of a utopia. country.” izens for a long time to come.
ken. The broader framework of that con- Within this framework the BJP takes He further writes, “The second front of
our the commitment to hold the consumer inflation
sensus encompassed adherence to secu- great pride that it has successfully neu- their aggression is increasing their num- The writer is an author and Editor,
within the 4-6 per cent band. In turn, a higher bank
rate would have a negative impact on growth. Given
that the informal sector was still reeling under the
devastating effect of the pandemic, small businesses,
which employ an inordinately large number of peo-
ple, will suffer further if steps are not taken to revive "If a couple is living together as man and wife, the husband may be a brutal man, but can you call the act of sexual intercourse a rape?"
them. Of course, a lot depends on the success of the asked Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday while hearing a case of alleged rapeRadhika Roy
vaccination program which got underway on March @royradhika7 Catch-22
Ref.: ‘Auto-rickshaw, taxi
Despite several hitches reported in the working of Marriage does not entail blanket consent to sexual intercourse. You do not become the property of your husband, to be treated as he
pleases. How is this still be up for discussion ?
drivers apprehensive
the online registration for taking the jabs, it is hoped
@royradhika7 about fare hike’ (March
that the countrywide operation will succeed in re-
1). A couple of months
moving the fear of the virus. At a minimum, a third "If a couple is living together as man and wife, the husband may be a brutal man, but can you call the act of sexual intercourse a rape?" ago, when the auto and
of the population needs to be vaccinated before we asked Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday while hearing a case of alleged rapeRadhika Roy taxi unions approached
can attain herd immunity. States like Kerala and Ma- VJ@VJ290481 the government for
harashtra, which are in the grip of a resurgence, can
assistance, they were
avoid lockdowns only if the immunisation pro- No, it is not up for discussion. What gives men the idea that marriage entails unlimited access to sexual intercourse as they desire?
Avijit Saxena@avijitsaxena87 offered a fare hike. In
gramme is implemented smoothly. Happily, the price
view of the pandemic,
of the vaccine is unlikely to prove a dampener, While sexual intercourse in a marriage without the consent of wife should be labelled as marital rape, the real question is - how will you however, the unions had
though state governments ought to give it completely establish consent, or the lack of it, within s bedroom where there is no other witness? protested and refused
free to the poorer sections, on a priority basis. Poor Former Bhakt@bhakt_former
the offer. They were
people everywhere have suffered the most in the pan-
aware of the loss of jobs
demic, having lost their livelihoods and accounting
which had led to
for a high percentage of the Covid-19 infections. It is
lessened demand. What
important that growth regains momentum at the ear-
they wanted was some
liest. Government spending will need to drive Going ahead, some economists see the continuation of a K-shaped recovery, as against the govt’s claim of a V-shaped one sort of waiver on vehicle

Economy’s out of recession,

growth not only in the current financial year but the
loans. Almost a year
next as well. Fortunately, the government faucet re-
later, the economic
mains wide open, set to release Rs 6 lakh crores in
situation is no better, so
subsidies alone in the current financial year. Under
where do they stand
the circumstances, reluctance to cut fuel levies may
today? Their arguments
be better appreciated.

but not out of the woods

make sense. If there is
no demand, they are
FPJ ARCHIVES looking at financial ruin.
FEBRUARY 5, 1963 The question is, who
benefits from this fare
hike? It’s not the autos
jections are conditional on the pace of virus in- private demand is still some time away and may or taxi drivers or the

Comment fections remaining in check. The latest figures for

the third quarter also show that the manufactur-
ing sector, which had registered a 1.5 per cent de-
impact the overall economic scenario in the near-
to-medium term. Similarly, government spending
continued to decline at 1.1 per cent, although the
public. Apparently, this
fare hike is being forced
on the unions. It’s a
A L I CHOUGULE cline in the second quarter, grew by 1.6 per cent in pace of decline has slowed. Gross fixed capital ‘Catch-22’ situation for
Q3. As expected, the agriculture sector, which formation, a measure of investment demand, ex- them.
stood out in the previous two quarters, continued panded 2.6 per cent, which is a sharp recovery af- Melville X D'Souza
its growth run, to register a 3.9 per cent expan- ter a 6.7 per cent and 46 per cent contraction in the

fter contracting as much as 15.8 per cent in sion. Agriculture was the rare bright spot that second and first quarters of the current fiscal, re-
the April to September period of FY ’21 – a
24.4 per cent fall in the first quarter and a
had expanded 3 per cent each in the previous two
quarters as well.
Although a bit lower than expectations, the fact
Pink-ball outings
7.3 per cent slide in the July to September quarter However, private consumption expenditure, that the economy did move into the green in Q3, While T-20s and ODIs
(revised data) – due to the Covid-19 pandemic and which is a measure of the crucial consumer de- indicates that the measures taken by the govern- make life hell for the
national and regional lockdowns, economists had mand, continued to contract, falling by 2.3 per ment to contain the spread of the virus have had bowlers, Test matches of
predicted that the GDP growth would see a mar- cent in Q3, though the extent of contraction re- a positive impact on growth. Going ahead, some late, especially the pink-
ginal expansion in the October-to-December duced from the second quarter when it had economists see the continuation of a K-shaped re- ball, D/N Test matches
quarter. Therefore, after two consecutive quar- shrunk 11 per cent. Government spending, on the covery, as against the government’s claim of a V- come like a whiff of
ters of a waterfall-like slide, the data for the third other hand, also fell in the latest quarter. While shaped recovery, with some sectors growing fresh air for them. How
quarter released by the National Statistical Or- the economy has managed to snap out of reces- faster than others. But there is also a cause for many times have we seen
ganisation (NSO) on February 27 did not come as sion and the government feels the positive growth concern in view of the virus raising its ugly head bowlers toil on flat
a surprise, as gross domestic product for Q3 re- rate was a sign of revival to pre-pandemic times, once again in some states, causing a spike in dai- batting pitches and
turned to year-on-year growth, although of a the economy, the government admitted, is still not ly cases over the past two weeks. While some ex- batsmen making merry
small magnitude and on a low base, thus putting out of the woods. This calls for, according to ex- perts see the economy reaching the pre-pandem- on these surfaces, with
an end to India’s technical recession. perts, continued fiscal and monetary measures to ic output levels by the end of 2021, others are not no result after five days.
While the GDP was expected to return to positive support the fragile economy. So, what are the key so optimistic and see a full recovery not before Most batsmen’s
territory, there was uncertainty about the extent of takeaways from the latest GDP data? mid-2022. This is because while big businesses techniques are found
steady recovery, which had begun in the last quar- The NSO data is a mix of many positives and have almost returned to their normal potential, wanting on pink ball Test
ter. According to average estimates of 10 econo- some negatives. Festival-led consumption and the real pain is in the informal sector – the SMEs match surfaces, like a
mists polled by Bloomberg, the GDP was expected pent-up demand should have helped the economy – where millions of jobs have been lost and pro- deer in the headlights. To
to grow 0.5 per cent in the third quarter. State Bank expand higher than 0.4 per cent. But this has not duction levels are yet to pick up. prevail on this surface,
of India’s chief economist Soumya Kanti Ghosh happened and consumer confidence continues to So, does GDP growth in Q3 call for celebration? batsmen must use
had projected the GDP growth to be around 0.3 per be low. The revised growth estimates for the full Not really, but one should be happy about the techniques like taking
CHINESE SET UP INFORMATION cent, based on the bank’s ‘SBI Nowcasting Model’. fiscal at minus 8 per cent, against the RBI’s esti- many positives. The Indian economy is a large off-stump guard, try to
SQUADS IN TIBET The rating agency ICRA had estimated a rise of 0.7
per cent, while DBS Bank predicted the third quar-
mates of minus 7.5 per cent, also suggests slower-
than-expected growth in manufacturing and
and complex economy, with a sizable unorgan-
ised sector. Therefore, the revision of GDP num-
play off-breaks outside
the line of off-stump in
The FPJ News Service terly growth to be at 1.7 per cent. The NSO data services sectors. While the manufacturing sector bers is not a rare occurrence. Q1 and Q2 GDP order to take LBW out of
GANGTOK, Feb. 4: The Chinese Communist Party unit in Tibet shows India’s Q3 GDP growth rate was in line with has revived and expanded by 1.6 per cent from the numbers of the current fiscal have been revised – the equation against
has recently set up "peoples information squads" to "enlighten expectations: a marginal rise at 0.4 per cent, reaf- same period a year ago, after contracting 1.5 per one up, the other down – and it is possible that the spinning balls and must
people about the progress achieved under the people's regime firming that the economy has managed to exit the cent in the earlier quarter and agriculture con- Q3 numbers could also see an upward or down- use their feet to smother
and to expose the designs of the imperialists". pandemic-led slump by 2020-end. tinues on its growth trajectory, financial and real ward revision because, as the NSO has said, the spinning ball and also
A number of the Chinese-trained Tibet an youths have been taken However, the GDP for the current financial year estate sectors have also seen a growth of 6.6 per “Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the eco- use their backfoot game,
in these squads which will likely ve in the towns and villages in is expected to contract by a slightly bigger margin cent; in the last quarter. This category had seen a nomic activities as well as data collection mecha- allowing a bit of extra
Tibet and address people's rallies. Every Tibet an has to attend of 8 per cent, according to the government’s offi- dismal performance, contracting 9.5 per cent. nism…Estimates are, therefore, likely to undergo time to adjust to the
compulsorily such rallies which are generally addressed by the cial updated forecast. The first advanced esti- Consumer spending, a key indicator of domes- sharp revisions for the aforesaid cause in due turn and bounce.
local bosses of the Communist Party. mates had forecast a 7.7 per cent contraction. This tic demand in a consumption-driven economy, course, as per the release calendar.” So, the pic- Twilight is the crucial
The necessity to from such squads is understood to be the means a deeper decline in full-year GDP, implying continued to fall, although the pace of decline has ture is far from unambiguous. period for the batsmen in
eagerness of the Chinese to enlist real cooperation from the a 1.1 per cent contraction in the January-to- slowed. A 2.4 decline in consumer spending in a such matches.
Tibetans in their war preparations against India. March quarter. The note of caution is that all pro- crucial festive quarter suggests that a rebound in The author is an independent senior journalist. V Nagendra Kumar

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FPJ NEWS SERVICE have now been taken out of
Mumbai their comfort zone at pres-
Orange City cyclist completes golden ride ent and they have got to find
NAGPUR: Overcoming bad road conditions and a slew of other There is nothing new about ways and means to cope
challenges, Nagpur resident Amit Samarth has successfully cycled the past and the present with what they are going to
the 6,000-km Golden Quadrilateral, which touches all the metro English cricketers moaning encounter. "Spin is also a

cities of India, in just over 13 days, an effort what can earn him an and groaning about the part of the game, this is
entry into the record books. Samarth, 43, started from the outskirts spin-friendly wickets. what a Test match brings.
of the financial capital on February 15 and completed the ride by They are not prepared to The Indian pacers have
reaching the same spot on Sunday. meet the challenge, says the been brilliant over the past
legends in the nutshell few years in terms of sub-

about the recent cry over stance, the wicket-taking
Desai, Batra off to winning start the Motera wickets on ability and stuff like that."
DOHA: Ace Indian paddlers Manika Batra and Harmeet Desai which the third Test match The legend urged the Eng-
made an impressive return to the international circuit by registering between India and England lish team to work harder
straight-game victories in their respective qualifying round-2 was over in less than two and face the challenge res-
matches at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender series here on days.

Monday. Batra, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, The severe criticism came

from former England cap-
registered a 12-10 14-12 11-8 victory over Spain's Sofia-Xuan tains like Michael Vaughan ut now you've
Zhang in women's singles, while world no. 73 Desai notched up an and a section of the British seen the other
easy 11-5 12-10 11-6 win over compatriot Anthony Amalraj to
progress to the third round of the men's singles qualifiers.
All the chatter has not
side, and this is
gone down well with why I think it was
Kapur roped in as brand ambassador Richards, whose incredible given the name Test
range of strokes and fear-
DUBAI: Shiv Kapur, one of India's leading professional golfers, has
less approach to the game The legend feels that India have match cricket,
been appointed as the brand ambassador of the newly formed
Emirates Amateur Golf League (EAGL). The 39-year-old is a three-
terrorised the best of pushed England out of their comfort because of the test
bowlers in his prime in
time champion on the Asian Tour and was the Rookie of the Year on every corner of the cricket- zone, weeks after the visitors started of the mind and will
the Tour in 2005. The Dubai resident also won twice on the ing world. the series with a big win and everything else
European Challenge Tour, including the 2013 Challenge Tour Grand "I've been asked questions
Final that was played in the city. recently about the Test that goes with it
match that was played in In- when you're
Churchill survive late Kerala scare dia, the second and third
Test match against Eng-
KOLKATA: Churchill Brothers squeezed past a last-minute scare land.
to beat 10-man Gokulam Kerala FC 3-2 at the Kishore Bharati "And I am a little confused who are moaning, in my has mostly been about tack- Test match cricket, because "People seem to forget that olutely.
Krirangan in Kolkata on Monday, and extended their lead at the top about the question really opinion, should realise that ling quality spinners and of the test of the mind and if you're going to India, you "...now that you're in In-
of the I-League table to five points. Hero-of-the-Match Luka because there seems to be a there are times that you're that England may not have will and everything else should expect that. You are dia, you are going to en-
Majcen's brace and Kingslee Fernandes' goal helped Santiago lot of moaning and groan- going to get a seaming done their homework prop- that goes with it when going to spin land. You counter things and have got
Valera's side win. ing about the wicket that track, a ball that is jumping erly ahead of the tour. you're competing. should prepare yourself to to find a way. You're going to
they were playing on," off a good length and every- Weighing in on the debate, "And the complaints have know what you're going to get dirty. There is nothing
Richards said in a video one thinks that's a problem the batting great said, "... been that the wicket is spin- encounter." in the rule book that says
Sayali stands out in her sub-juniors posted on his Facebook for batters," he reasoned. But now you've seen the ning too much and all that "Ever since that first Test I've got to score my runs in
INDORE: Sayali Wani of Maharashtra outwitted Haryana's Suhana page. The 68-year-old pointed other side, and this is why I sorts of stuff. This is anoth- match, England were in pretty, classical ways," he
Saini 4-3 to emerge champion at the 82nd Cadet & Sub-Junior "I just felt that the ones out that playing in India think it was given the name er side of the coin guys. their comfort zone. They said.
National Table Tennis Championships here on Monday. Top-seeded
Suhana led 3-2 but goofed it up in the crucial sixth game, allowing

Mumbai humble Himachal

her Nasik rival to inch ahead. Sayali courageously saved a match
point at 9-10. And when she made it 10-all, she grabbed the first
chance to go 11-10 up before finishing the game and match in style. Shaw to lead Mumbai
Indian shuttlers Varun, Malvika win
MUMBAI: Indian shuttlers Varun Kapur and Malvika Bansod
registered hard-fought wins to clinch the men's and women's
Sarfaraz Khan (11) failed to convert
his start. Then began the rescue act
in Hazare knockouts
singles titles respectively at the 2021 Uganda International in with the prolific Suryakumar, who FPJ NEWS SERVICE
Kampala. Varun had to sweat it out to get the better of seventh Domestic giants Mumbai trounced toyed with the Himachal attack, Mumbai
seeded Sankar Muthusamy 21-18 16-21 21-17 in the men's singles Himachal Pradesh by 200 runs in striking 15 boundaries on his way to In absence of three main players, Prithivi Shaw has been handed the
their final Elite Group D game here a 75-ball 91. skipper's baton of the 22-member Mumbai squad for the knock-out phase
final, while second seed Malvika notched up a come-from-behind on Monday to remain unbeaten in He found an able ally in the experi- of the Vijay Hazare Trophy national 50-over championship.
17-21 25-23 21-10 victory over compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya in the league stage of the Vijay Hazare enced Tare (83 off 98 balls; 6x4; 1x6) Mumbai will not have the services of regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, pro-
the women singles summit clash. Trophy. who played the perfect second fiddle lific Suryakumar Yadav and pacer Shardul Thakur, who will be away on
Mumbai had won their first four as the duo forged a 99-run fifth wick- national duty.
Deaf Zonal cricket to be held in Delhi matches against Delhi, Maharash- et stand to rally the innings. Apart from Shaw, the Mumbai batting line up has young opener
NEW DELHI: The second ODI National Zone Cricket tra, Puducherry and Rajasthan. After Suryakumar fell in the 31st Yashasvi Jaiswal, crisis man Siddhesh Lad, experienced wicket-keeper
Championship League for the deaf will be held here from March 1 Opting to bat at the Sawai Mans- over, Tare and Shardul added 112 batsman Aditya Tare, Akhil Herwadkar, Sarfaraz Khan and all-rounder
ingh Stadium, Mumbai posted an runs for the sixth wicket, as they tack- Shivam Dube.
to 5, the Indian Deaf Cricket Association (IDCA) said on Monday. imposing 321 for nine, courtesy led the Himachal attack with ease. The bowling attack will be led by experienced speedster Dhawal Kulka-
The 50-over tournament will be held at the MCG 2 & 3, Ghevra Shardul Thakur's 92, Suryakumar Shardul, one of the heroes of the rni and comprises pacers Tushar Deshpande and Aakash Parkar, spin-
Cricket Ground, Kanjhwala here and will witness deaf cricketing Yadav's 91 and Aditya Tare's 83 after Shreyas Iyer (2) cheaply. Brisbane Test against Australia, ners Prashant Solanki, Atharva Ankolekar and Shams Mulani. The
talent from across the country competing for the championship title. a top-order failure. While Jaiswal was caught by hammered six boundaries and as knock-outs, which will be played in New Delhi from March 7.
Himachal were then bundled out Praveen Thakur off Rishi Dhawan many sixes, as he cantered to 92 in
Brady loses in 1st match since Oz Open for a meagre 121, with leg-spinner (4-84), Shaw holed out to Mayank Da- just 57 balls. The Squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Yashaswi Jaiswal, Akhil Her-
DOHA: Jennifer Brady lost in her first match since the Australian Prashant Solanki (4-31) shining with gar off Vaibhav Arora. Dhawan Brief Scores wadkar, Siddhesh Lad, Dhaval Kulkarni, Sarfaraz Khan, Aditya Tare,
the ball. trapped Iyer in front of wicket as Mumbai 321-9 (Sl Thakur 92, S Yadav 91, Chinmay Sutar, Hardik Tamore, Shivam Dube, Aakash Parkar, Atif At-
Open final, falling to Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 6-2 Monday in the first Mumbai were teetering at eight for Mumbai got off to a horrendous tarwala, Shams Mulani, Atharva Ankolekar, Sairaj Patil, Sujit Nayak,
round of the Qatar Open. Brady, who lost to Naomi Osaka in her A Tare 83; R Dhawan 4/84, P Jaswal 3/65)
three after losing openers Yashasvi start. beat Himachal Pradesh 121 (M Dagar 38 Tanush Kotian, Prashant Solanki, Aman Khan, Tushar Deshpande,
first major final just over a week ago, made 25 unforced errors Jaiswal (2), Prithvi Shaw (2) and It soon became 49 for four, after Siddharth Raut and Mohit Awasthi.
against her Estonian opponent. Kontaveit had only nine unforced not out, P Solanki 4/31, S Mulani 3/42)
errors and didn't face a single break point against the seventh-

Waugh hails Kohli for changing mindset of Team India

seeded American.

Stephan resigns as Rennes head coach

RENNES: Rennes head coach Julien Stephan has resigned from PRESS TRUST OF INDIA media release issued here after the they will be able to feel the very dulkar said in the documentary, "I
the position, the Spanish club announced on Monday. This comes Mumbai launch of the documentary. emotion of the journey." played all my school cricket on
amid the club's poor run in the Ligue 1. Rennes currently holds the Waugh said he was always fasci- The documentary captures the those maidans and it becomes
ninth spot on the table with 38 points from 26 games. Australian great Steve Waugh feels nated by how the people in India very essence and undying love for sometimes difficult to figure out
that Virat Kohli is like a modern- celebrated cricket. the game in India through the lens who is fielding for which team and
Coles Scotland's full-time women's coach day hero who represents the new at-
titude of India of taking everything
"Capturing Cricket is especially
very near to my heart as it covers
of Waugh and is brought by discov-
then to find gaps became more chal-
EDINBURGH: Scotland Cricket has appointed Mark Coles as the head on with a mind set of nothing two of my passions i.e. cricket and The documentary narrated by "We had to be dead sure that this is
first full-time head coach of the national women's team. The New is impossible. photography," he said. Harsha Bhogle, directed by Nel a single available between point
Zealander, who succeeds Steve Knox, will arrive with an impressive In a 60-minute documentary ti- "Since, my first visit to India in Minchin and written by Mithila and cover fielder. It just helped you
pedigree which includes two years at the helm in Pakistan. "I'm tled, 'Capturing Cricket: Steve 1986, I was always fascinated by Gupta, also features additional in- to find gaps. I remember after that
extremely excited," Coles was quoted as saying by Scotland Waugh in India,' the former Aus- how the locals celebrated the sport terviews by legendary Sachin Ten- when I went to these big stadiums it
Cricket's official website. "I'm very humbled and privileged to be tralia captain said that Kohli is of cricket." dulkar, Rahul Dravid, alongside for- became easy for me to find gaps."
given this opportunity. loved by the fans for his attitude of According to Waugh, his recent mer Australia wicket-keeper Adam Dravid said the youth of India be-
not being intimidated by an opposi- trip to places like the stadium in Gilchrist and former Australian lieve that they can achieve every-
tion. Dharamshala and Oval Maidan in women's captain Lisa Sthalekar. thing.
Search operation in Barca's stadium "What they love about Kohli is Mumbai gave him Memories of a The story of the documentary re- "The youth of India always had
MADRID: Catalan police detained several people after raiding that it's like the new attitude of In- lifetime. volves around Waugh's passion for the intelligence, they always had
Barcelona's stadium on Monday in a search and seizure operation, dia, get stuck in, don't be intimidat- "My recent journey visiting Taj photography and his fascination for the ability, but now that's been
adding to the club's turmoil less than a week before it holds ed. Take everything on and any- Mahal, Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Kolkata, gave me stories and life- India and its cricketing culture backed up with a system and that's
presidential elections. The operation was related to last year's thing is achievable and possible. Maharajah Lakshmi Vilas Palace, time memories," he said. since his first international tour in been backed up with opportunity to
'Barçagate,' in which club officials were accused of launching a But he's like the modern-day hero," HPCA Stadium, Oval Maidan, as "I am positive that when the fans 1986, the release said. be able to get the best out of their
smear campaign against current and former players who were Waugh was quoted as saying in a well as locations around Delhi and in India watch the documentary, Remembering his early days, Ten- talent," he said.
critical of the club and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Police

All eyes on Chirag-Satwik Man U's title Mumbai CAFE

said detentions were made but did not say who or how many
people were taken into custody. The club said it offered full
collaboration to the legal and police authorities to help make clear
facts which are subject to investigation.
bid drifts away Rising Stars emerge champions
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Danish Mia Blichfeldt -- FPJ NEWS SERVICE * Rising Star won the Varroc Cup beating Sanjeevani Cricket
Basel (Switzerland) whom she is likely to meet -- London Academy in the finals under-13 championship by 10 wickets, here
to set up a semifinal face-off recently. Dilip Vengsarkar, former captain and administrator was the
WHAT’S Reigning world champion P
V Sindhu will be eager to re-
with Sindhu.
Former world number one
Former champions' Man-
chester United's bid to hit the
chief guest gave away the prizes.
Brief Scores: Sanjeevani cricket Academy: 128-5 (Harshvardhan
turn to the podium as former Saina, who turns 31 this top met with yet another set 43, Atharva Dhond 34, Yash Mali 32; Dainik Save 2-22) lost to Rising
06.30: WWE Raw’ Sony Ten 1
winner Saina Nehwal looks month, is at the fag end of an back as they were held to
09.35: WWE Raw Talk; Sony Ten 1 to regain her touch in the title before the COVID-19 illustrious career, having goalless encounter against
Star: 129-0 in 17.3 overs (Advait K *39, Ayush Makwana *86).
20.00: WWE Raw; Sony Ten 1 season-opening Swiss Open pandemic disruption. slipped to 19 in the BWF Chelsea at the Stamford
23.00: Serie A; Lazio vs Torino; Sony Ten 2 tournament beginning here The 25-year-old from Hyder- rankings but she still has the Bridge, here on Sunday. Anuj, Medhali best divers
01,15: Serie A; Juventus vs Spezia; Sony Ten 2 on Tuesday. abad, seeded second, will hunger to make it to another It was the fifth time United * Anuj Shah and Medhali Redkar, both from Vile Parle’s CSMSS
Indian men's singles play- look to go the distance again Olympics. has been held in the nine swimming pool, emerged best divers in their respective men and


ers, too, have tasted success as she opens her campaign The London bronze medal- Premier League matches women’s sections in the one-day selection trials organized by The
in this tournament with against Turkey's Neslihan list will hope to make a posi- since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Swimming Association Of Maharashra at Goregaon Sports Club on
Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy Yigit. tive start when she opens side went top 47 days earlier.
and Kidambi Srikanth Sindhu didn't have a good against Thailand's Phittaya- No wonder Solskjaer
Sunday. Anuj bagged gold in the one metre springboard event. Rohan
Ireland's finest hour came Sambrani (Mumbai) grabbed gold in the 3-mtr springboard section.
courtesy a man with pink hair emerging victorious in 2018, outing in the three events in porn Chaiwan, a former downplayed the elevated sta-
2016 and 2015 respectively Thailand recently but the world junior championships tus, even after the Jan. 12
on this day in Bangalore.
Kevin O'Brien smoked the
and B Sai Praneeth finishing road to the quarterfinal here bronze medallist. victory over Burnley gave Water polo trials from March 6
runners-up in the last edi- looks smooth for the Indian All eyes will also be on United a glimmer of hope of * Trials will be held at Deccan Gymkhana (Pune) on on March 6
fastest hundred in World Cup tion. where she is likely to con- world number 10 men's dou- ending an eight-year title and 7. Entries from individuals as well as from districts will be
history, off a round 50 balls, All four will be looking to front fifth seed Thai Busanan bles pair of Satwiksairaj drought. accepted upto March 4. A swimmer is allowed to enter maximum of
against the old enemy, relive the moments and ex- Ongbamrungphan, an oppo- Rankireddy and Chirag With only three wins since
five individual events.
England, to help his side pull tend India's good run at the nent she had beaten at the Shetty after their semifinal then, United has allowed
off one of the great upsets in USD 140,000 event which will Toyota Thailand Open in finish at Toyota Thailand Manchester City to take con-
the game. When England racked up 327 and Ireland lost a wicket also resume the extended January. Open. trol - with City showing the LNCC cricket today
off the first ball of their chase before going on to sink to 106 for 4, it Olympic qualifying period. Two-time former winner The Indian pair, seeded sec- attacking strength complete- * The Lord NorthBrook CC will be orgainsing the 1st LNCC Omni
It was here at St. Jakob- Saina, too, is in the same half ond, would look to stretch its ly lacking in United's display Global Trophy Invitation U-19 Cricket Tournament 2021, from
had seemed over bar the shouting. Enter O'Brien, who launched a
shalle venue that Olympic but the senior pro will have good run, especially after a at Stamford Bridge. Tuesday (March 2, 2021). This limited overs (45 overs) tournament
breathtaking assault, plundering 16 fours and six sixes to bring up silver medallist Sindhu had to overcome players like Ko- month-long training session "We were both quite sort of
113 in 63 balls, and the rest, as they say, was history. is approved by Mumbai Cricket Association for MCA affiliated clubs.
claimed the world champi- rea's sixth seed Sung Ji under new doubles coach safe," United defender Luke
onship gold in 2019, her last Hyun and fourth seeded Mathias Boe of Denmark. Shaw said.
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Google Chrome to increase browser security
SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s Chrome browser will soon try to use (URL) bar – Chrome will load the typed link, regardless of protocol.
HTTPS as default when users forget to type the HTTP or HTTPS prefix. But if users do not add the protocol, Chrome will add the prefix
The move is in line with Chrome engineers efforts to increase browser “http://” and attempt to load the domain via HTTP. According to
safety. These HTTPS-first changes will arrive in Chrome 90, scheduled Chrome security engineer Emily Stark, this will change in Chrome 90.
to be released in mid-April this year, ZDNet reported last week. At Starting with v90, Chrome will try to open the site via “https://” when
present, when a user types a link in the Omnibox - Chrome address users leave out the prefix when typing a URL. –IANS

Eating 5 servings of Indians meditate in

pursuit of happiness,
fruits, veggies a day peace and growth: Survey
linked to longer life
New Delhi

hat makes Indians
meditate? Accord-
ing to a recent sur-
According to a study, following the ‘5-a-day’ rule i.e., two fruits and three vegetables may protect you from vey by meditation and mind-
fulness app ThinkRight.me,
the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. It lowers death risk by 13 per cent it is the pursuit of happi-
AGENCIES er risk of death from respiratory data from two studies including ship journal Circulation. ness, peace, and personal
New York disease, such as chronic obstruc- more than 100,000 adults who were Not all foods that one might con- growth that keeps most Indi-
tive pulmonary disease (COPD). followed for up to 30 years. For this sider to be fruits and vegetables of- ans going in the meditation

f you are scouting for a magic The study identifies an optimal analysis, researchers also pooled fered the same benefits. For exam- sphere.
potion to live a longer and intake level of fruits and vegetables data on fruit and vegetable intake ple: Starchy vegetables, such as Spanning 1,000 individuals
healthy life, try five daily serv- and supports the evidence-based, and death from 26 studies that in- peas and corn, fruit juices and po- between the age group of 18
ings of fruits and vegetables, in succinct public health message of cluded about 1.9 million partici- tatoes were not associated with re- to 60 years, across Mumbai,
which two are fruits and three are ‘5-a-day,’ meaning people should pants from 29 countries and terri- duced risk of death from all causes Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune,
vegetables, according to new re- ideally consume five servings of tories in North and South Ameri- or specific chronic diseases. the survey also cites stress
search that combed through stud- fruit and vegetable each day. ca, Europe, Asia, Africa and Aus- On the other hand, green leafy management and better
ies representing nearly 2 million “While groups like the American tralia. vegetables, including spinach, let- sleep as other key areas
adults globally. Heart Association recommend four Analysis of all studies revealed tuce and kale, and fruit and vegeta- where meditation has growth, while Punekars and proposition. With time, we
Compared to those who con- to five servings each of fruits and that intake of about five servings of bles rich in beta carotene and vita- helped individuals. From an people in Bengaluru are in also hope more people take
sumed two servings of fruit and vegetables daily, consumers likely fruits and vegetables daily was as- min C, such as citrus fruits, berries app data perspective, almost search of peace and happi- to meditation and a more
vegetables per day, participants get inconsistent messages about sociated with the lowest risk of and carrots, showed benefits. 40 per cent of the users of ness. mindful way of life so collec-
who consumed five servings a day what defines optimal daily intake death. “Eating more than five serv- “Our analysis in the two cohorts ThinkRight.me meditated Delhiites turn to medita- tively there's a positive
of fruits and vegetable had a 13 per of fruits and vegetables such as the ings was not associated with addi- of US men and women yielded re- daily in 2020, spending a to- tion for better sleep and change in people's overall
cent lower risk of death from all recommended amount, and which tional benefit. Eating about two sults similar to those from 26 co- tal of 2.64 billion minutes on stress management. mental and emotional
causes; a 12 per cent lower risk of foods to include and avoid,” said servings daily of fruits and three horts around the world, which sup- the app in the entire year. As per Rajan Navani, Vice- well-being.”
death from cardiovascular disease, lead study author Dong D Wang, a servings daily of vegetables was as- ports the biological plausibility of The survey also revealed Chairman and Managing Di- The onset of 2020 brought
including heart disease and stroke; member of the medical faculty at sociated with the greatest longevi- our findings and suggests these how meditation helps differ- rector of JetSynthesys, the with it Covid-19, a global
a 10 per cent lower risk of death Harvard Medical School. ty,” said the study that appeared in findings can be applied to broader ent age groups differently. company which owns the pandemic which has been
from cancer; and a 35 per cent low- Wang and colleagues analysed American Heart Association's flag- populations,” Wang said. — IANS The peace and happiness app, “India often tops the harsh on most individuals
tops the charts across all age charts when it comes to stud- and the app data is proof of
groups – and goes up as one ies on stress and anxiety. We that reality.
grows older, as one in two launched ThinkRight.me According to this platform

New AI tool brings old photos to life

people aged between 36-45 two years back to make the with over 2 million down-
years meditate for peace and benefits of meditation acces- loads, the maximum traffic
happiness compared to 1 in 5 sible to all. We are big believ- seen on the app was during
among the 18-25 age group. ers of the power of thinking the months of April 2020 to
The age bracket of 18-25 right, therefore the name, June 2020, during the Covid-
AGENCIES day. In its FAQ page, the com- a short video that people can years and 46-55 years showed because our thoughts do 19 induced lockdown, with
San Francisco pany said that the technolo- share with your friends and similar patterns; the quest guide how our day and life daily active users increasing
gy for animating photos was family. for peace and happiness was pan out. All the daily affir- by 50 per cent coupled with a

hat if you could licensed by MyHeritage “The driver guides the followed by better sleep, per- mations and guided medita- significant increase in sub-
make your late from D-ID, a company spe- movements in the animation sonal growth, and stress tion sessions on scriptions too. The daily pos-
grandfather in an cialising in video re-enact- so you can see your ances- management, in that or- ThinkRight.me are born out itive affirmations followed
old photo look up and smile ment using deep learning. tors smile, blink, and turn der.When it comes to city- of this core belief, and we by guided meditation offer-
at you? This and numerous MyHeritage integrated their heads. This really specific analysis, most hope to use these survey ings top the charts for what
other possibilities have in- this technology to animate brings your photos to life,” women in Mumbai meditate findings to make TRM an helped app users the most in
trigued social media users the faces in historical photos MyHeritage said. to seek peace and personal even more compelling 2020. –IANS
after discovering an Artifi- and create high-quality, real- Twitterati is using the pro-
cial Intelligence (AI)-pow- istic video footage. gramme to generate memes
ered service called Deep The company said that the of all kinds with some even
Nostalgia that animates the
faces in still photos.
Offered by online genealo-
Deep Nostalgia feature uses
several drivers prepared by
MyHeritage. Each driver is a
applying the tool to animate
ancient statues.
MyHeritage said that “pho- NASA astronauts complete
7 hour-long spacewalk
gy company MyHeritage, video consisting of a fixed tos uploaded without com-
the Deep Nostalgia service sequence of movements and pleting signup are automati-
helps users create the effect gestures. cally deleted to protect your
that a still photo is moving, It applies the drivers to a privacy.”
The Verge reported on Sun- face in a still photo, creating —IANS AGENCIES / Washington

Gene editing useful in climate I

n the third spacewalk
Amazing Ayurveda of the year outside the
International Space
Station, NASA astronauts
Shaktivardhika Vati Skwith Malham
proofing global food supplies
Kate Rubins and Victor
Glover concluded their
Key property: It wards off Key property: This spacewalk after 7 hours
weakness. It is effective ayurvedic formulation is and 4 minutes.
against gonorrhea and effective against skin AGENCIES/ Washington this with unprecedented safe- too long for breeders to detect The two NASA astro-
can help treat premature problems like itching, ty, precision and speed,” Dr and make that genetic diver- nauts began work on Mon-

ejaculation. boils, warts etc. It he findings of a recent Massel said. sity available to farmers, with day to install modification
Ingredient: Shyam can also provide study by scientists “This type of gene editing a breeding cycle averaging kits required for the up-
musli, Shakakul relief against from The University of mimics the way cells repair about 15 years for cereal coming solar array up-
mishri (Trachy- constipa- Queensland suggests that in nature.” Her review rec- crops. “Plus CRISPR allows grades, the US space
dium lehman- tion. gene-editing technology is go- ommended integrating us to do things we can't do agency said in a blog post.
ni), traga- Ingredient: ing to play a vital role in cli- CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing through conventional breed- The duo worked near the configuration. port hardware and se-
canth gum, Vaseline, mate-proofing future crops in into modern breeding pro- ing in terms of generating farthest set of existing so- The bolt likely will need cured it to the space sta-
pellitory, borax, cop- order to protect global food grams for crop improvement novel diversity and improv- lar arrays on the station’s to be secured further be- tion’s exterior structure
Colchicum lu- per sul- supplies. in cereals. Energy-rich cereal ing breeding for desirable left side, known as P6. fore installing one of the until work can be complet-
teum, ashwa- phate and Biotechnologist Dr Karen crops such as wheat, rice, traits. Glover built a bracket new solar arrays that will ed on the next spacewalk
gandha, Pistacia tankan Massel from UQ’s Centre for maize and sorghum provide In proof-of-concept studies, structure and worked with be delivered to the space on March 5.
lentiscus, mandur bhasma. Crop Science has published a two-thirds of the world’s food Dr Massel and colleagues at Rubins to attach the station later this year During the spacewalk on
bhasm, agar, gooseber- Quantity: As per re- review of gene editing tech- energy intake. the Queensland Alliance for bracket and support struts aboard SpaceX’s 22nd March 5, Rubins and
ry and sangayashava. quirement or directed by nologies such as CRISPR- “Just 15 plant crops provide Agriculture and Food Inno- to the mast canister, the commercial resupply serv- Japan Aerospace Explo-
Quantity: 1 to 2 tablets. the physician. Cas9 to safeguard food securi- 90 per cent of the world’s food vation (QAAFI) applied gene- base, of one of the P6 solar ices mission, NASA said. ration Agency (JAXA) as-
Should be taken twice a ty in farming systems under calories,” Dr Massel said. “It’s editing technology to arrays, known as 2B. Rubins and Glover then tronaut Soichi Noguchi
day with milk. Or as di- (To know more about Shri Mohta stress from extreme and vari- a race between a changing cli- sorghum and barley pre- One of the bolts did not moved to begin identical will venture outside the
rected by the physician. Ayurvedic Rasayanshala,
able climate conditions. mate and plant breeders’ abil- breeding programs. “In fully engage on the first at- assembly work for the orbiting outpost to com-
call: 0151-2523227/ or reach at
mohtarasayanshala@gmail.com) “Farmers have been manip- ity to produce crops with ge- sorghum, we edited the tempt, so Rubins used a bracket for the second of plete the installation of
ulating the DNA of plants us- netic resilience that grow plant's genes to unlock the di- power drill to back it out the P6 solar array pair, the 4B array modification
Disclaimer: The description of the above-mentioned ing conventional breeding well in adverse conditions gestibility level of the avail- and reseat it, then used a known as 4B. kit and are expected to
products is an excerpt from a booklet, Sankshipt Aushad technologies for millennia, and have enriched able protein and to boost its ratchet wrench to tighten They completed the con- tackle additional work,
Parichay Patrak. Please consult your doctor/ or contact and now with new gene-edit- nutritional qualities. nutritional value for humans the bolt, reaching a safe struction of upper sup- NASA said. — IANS
the clinic before taking them. ing technologies, we can do The problem is that it takes and livestock,” she said. –ANI

Sleep apnea could be Coronavirus antibodies transferred

linked to memory issues
AGENCIES / Toronto from pregnant ladies to their infants
disorder called obstructive sleep apnea AGENCIES study’s senior author. the virus and all were COVID nega-
that occurs when breathing is repeat- Washington Dr Yang and her team analysed tive at the time of birth, further in-
edly interrupted during sleep is com- blood samples from 88 women who dicating that the antibodies had

mon in people with thinking and memory study drove by the ‘American gave birth at New York-Presbyteri- crossed the placenta – the organ that
problems, says a new study. The risk of cogni- Journal of Obstetrics and Gy- an/Weill Cornell Medical Center be- provides oxygen and nutrients to a
tive impairment increases as people age. necology’ discovered that the tween March and May 2020, a time growing baby during pregnancy –
“Better sleep is beneficial to the brain and antibodies that help in guarding when New York City was the global Into the foetal bloodstream.
can improve cognitive skills. Yet in our study, against the COVID-19 infection are epicentre of the pandemic. Newborns with symptomatic
we found that over half of the people with Neurology's annual meeting scheduled to be transferred from mothers to their All of the women had COVID-19 an- mothers also had higher antibody
cognitive impairment had obstructive sleep held virtually from April 17 to 22. babies while in the womb. tibodies in their blood, indicating levels than those whose mothers had
apnea,” said study author Mark Boulos of In addition, researchers found that the This discovery adds to growing ev- that they had contracted the virus at no COVID symptoms.
the University of Toronto in Canada. severity of obstructive sleep apnea corre- idence that suggests that pregnant some point even though 58 per cent This data implies that pregnant
“We also found that those with the sleep sponded with the degree of cognitive impair- women who generate protective an- of those women had no symptoms. women could pass along vaccine-
disorder had lower scores on thinking and ment as well as the quality of sleep for par- tibodies after contracting the coron- Furthermore, while antibodies generated antibodies in the same
memory tests. Fully understanding how ob- ticipants, including sleep time, how quickly avirus often convey some of that nat- were detected in both symptomatic way, potentially shielding both moth-
structive sleep apnea affects this population they fell asleep, the efficiency of their sleep ural immunity to their fetuses. and asymptomatic women, the re- er and child from future infection.
is important because with treatment, there and how often they awoke at night. “People The findings also lend support to searchers observed that the concen- However, it is not yet known exactly
is potential to improve thinking and memo- with cognitive impairment should be as- the idea that vaccinating mothers-to- tration of antibodies was signifi- how protective these antibodies
ry skills as well as overall quality of life.” sessed for obstructive sleep apnea because it be may also have benefits for their cantly higher in symptomatic might be, or how long that protection
The study involved 67 people with an average can be treated by using a continuous positive new-borns. women. might last.
age of 73 who had cognitive impairment. Par- airway pressure (CPAP) machine that helps “Since we can now say that the an- They also found that the general Dr Laura Riley, chair of the De-
ticipants completed questionnaires on sleep, keep the airway open at night,” said Boulos. tibodies pregnant women make pattern of antibody response was partment of Obstetrics and Gynecol-
cognition and mood. They also took a 30-point “However, not everyone who tries CPAP against COVID-19 have been shown similar to the response seen in other ogy at Weill Cornell Medicine, obste-
cognitive assessment to determine their level chooses to regularly use the therapy, and this to be passed down to their babies, we patients, confirming that pregnant trician and gynaecologist-in-chief at
of cognitive impairment. Researchers found may be a bigger challenge to people with suspect that there's a good chance women have the same kind of im- NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cor-
that 52 per cent of study participants had ob- thinking and memory problems.” “Future they could pass down the antibodies mune response to the virus as the In addition, the vast majority of nell, and one of the study's co-au-
structive sleep apnea. People with the sleep research should be directed toward deter- the body makes after being vaccinat- larger patient population--some- the babies born to these women –78 thors, is still advising pregnant pa-
disorder were 60 per cent more likely to score mining ways to diagnose and manage the ed as well,” said Dr Yawei Jenny thing that hadn’t previously been per cent – had detectable antibodies tients who decide to get vaccinated
lower on the cognitive test than people who did disease that are efficient and easy to use in Yang, an assistant professor of known for sure since a woman's im- in their umbilical cord blood. There to continue to follow current safety
not have sleep apnea, according to the study to people with cognitive impairment,” Boulos pathology and laboratory medicine mune system changes throughout was no evidence that any of the in- guidelines to prevent the spread of
be presented at the American Academy of said. — IANS at Weill Cornell Medicine and the pregnancy. fants had been directly infected with the disease. — ANI
Gal Gadot, al Gadot and husband Yaron Varsano are expecting their third child together,

husband Yaron G the actress took to social media to make the announcement on 1 March.
Resting her hand on her baby bump, the Wonder Woman star, 35 wrote,
"Here we go again" in the post. She welcomed their first daughter in 2011
Varsano expecting and second in 2017, Maya and Alma, after marrying the Israeli real estate
developer Yaron Varsano in 2008. Fans did notice Gadot’s loose-fitting Globes outfit as
third child she looked marvellous and donned in a flowing Givenchy dress with marked sleeves to
present at the Sunday’s awards show.

Bollywood Bytes

Nationalism is not all black Alia Bhatt launches

production house

and white: Sumeet Vyas B

star Alia
Bhatt on
announced the
launch of her
production house
The actor reveals why love for one’s country is a universal ‘Eternal Sunshine
Productions.’ The
emotion and one need not be vocal about it always ‘Student Of The
Year’ actor hopped
on to Instagram
SHOWLI CHAKRABORTY ular Indian regiment in will always connect to it! family, it does not mean that I and unveiled the
which around 126 men defend- That is never going to be out love them any less. It cannot logo of her production house. The logo of Bhatt’s

umeet Vyas, who ed the border while the war of fashion. be all black and white! company sees a bright yellow logo that comes with
played the role of broke out. They ended up two cats. Elated to announce the launch of her
Rakesh in the fighting thousands of Chinese Don’t you think that we Why are Indian celebs not production house, the actor noted in the caption, “And I
comedy stoner soldiers. The conditions were have seen a lot of over-the- as vocal about social and am so happy to announce... PRODUCTION! Eternal
High Jack (2018) is very bad and they lacked top ‘nationalism’ in films in political issues as celebs in Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales.
back, now in the role proper facilities to keep them- the last few years? the West? Warm and fuzzy tales. Real tales. Timeless tales.” –ANI
of Officer Ram Ku- selves warm during the harsh Yes, of course. It is a sort of We work for a storytelling
mar in the series pangs of winter. All that kept raging topic these days. The medium. If we start meddling
1962: The War In them going just for the sheer nation is like one’s own home. in politics, our houses are at- Dust has a global appeal,
The Hills. The love for their country. It was a The nation is like my home tacked all of a sudden. Our
series, stream- small victory in a big war! and l love it just like my house films are barred from releas- feels Vinay Pathak
ing on Hotstar and family. However, do I need ing, the theatres are attacked he Vinay
is a war-drama
of dauntless
Do you think that this is an
apt time to come out with
a series about conflicts
to reiterate this always? No,
that is unnecessary.
One need not be screaming
by mobs and criminal cases
are filed in courts.
It’s completely acceptable to
T Pathak-
starrer Dust
fought to the with China? from the rooftops about it. not watch our content if one dropped
last bullet I feel that it is incidental and Also, if I point out what I cannot handle what we pro- digitally only now,
during the not intentional. We had shot don’t like my nation or my duce. However, nobody can go but the actor
1962 India- this in 2019 and there was no about vandalizing our work! proudly recalls how
China real conflict in the borders the indie film,
war. back then. It is not essentially “The nation is like my Have you ever been trolled written and directed
Excerpts a pro-war series. It is more online? by Udita Bhargava,
from the about the people who took part home and l love it Not really! That’s also made waves when it
inter- in it and what kind of lives because I don’t comment on was screened at the
view they lead. The war is just the just like my house political issues often. I am not prestigious Berlin
with mere backdrop of the story. and family. However, a very opinionated person International Film Festival in 2019.
the and I respect other people’s “I remember our screening at the Berlinale where
actor. Don’t you think that por- do I need to reiterate opinions. I don’t think my barring me, Udita and her parents, the rest of the
Tell us traying ‘nationalism’ in films comments on an issue will audience in the screening theatre, which was a full
about has been done to death? this always? No, that help the cause. In fact, some- house, was an entirely international audience. The way
1962: No, I don’t think so! I agree is unnecessary. One times it can have a negative the audience reacted to the story after the screening
The War that there are a lot of films on impact instead. was overwhelming. Dust is an Indian film with a global
In The Hills the lives of the army-men but need not be Unless you can really do appeal and perhaps that is why we touched the right
It is a series it is one sentiment that will something productive about chords,” Vinay recalls, speaking to a news agency.
about the always work, as it has instant screaming from the an issue that will help solve Dust, also featuring Morten Holst, Amrita Bagchi and
1962 Indo- connect with the audience. rooftops about it.” it, simply making a random Kalyanee Mulay, streams on Mubi app. –IANS
China War Love for one’s country is a comment is not going to be
and this partic- universal emotion and one helpful!
Honey Singh drops

‘I would avoid watching

another dance number

M composer
and singer

horror films earlier’

Yo Yo
Honey Singh
released his dance
track Shor
Machega, which is
LIPIKA VARMA Says Varun Sharma, whose next is My request to everyone reading this also the first track
would be to allow people to pursue of upcoming film
ctor Varun Sharma, who was last seen in a comedy-horror film, titled Roohi, their future. I am a living example of Mumbai Saga.

A Chhichhore (2019) is back on the big

screen, this time in a completely new
genre, horror-comedy. The actor who had
that releases worldwide on 11th
March. The Fukrey (2013) actor
someone who has made it in this industry
through rigorous auditions.
Finally, I paved my way up to banners who
Yo Yo Honey
Singh shot for this
special number, composed, sung and written by the rap
earlier starred in commercially successful films reveals that although he wasn’t has films Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Rock star with his protégé Hommie Dilliwala, for two days in
including Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015), Dilwale On!! (2008) to their credit, one must do Mumbai last year with John and Emraan.
(2015), and Fukrey Returns (2017) will be sharing fond of the genre before, watching their bit and try to be a part of this Talking about the song, Honey Singh said, “This has
screen space with Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi industry, which is very welcoming been one of my best compositions and I’m excited to
Kapoor in Roohi. The movie is set for a theatrical
it now brings joy and laughter   and loving! collaborate with Hommie for this song. We kept the
release on March 11. In an interview with the theme of the movie as the essence of our music and
Cinema Journal, Varun talks about the movie, Any director on your bucket wanted to give audiences a song that is catchy and
working with Rajkummar, Janhvi, and his personal list?  groovy. It was a pleasure sharing the screen with John
life. Excerpts from the interview: I want to work in different and Emraan.” –IANS
genres of films and not stick to
Tell us about Roohi. Do you watch horror movies? a specific kind. Thrillers are
Roohi is almost like the crazy sister of Stree (2018)! It is something I would really love to Prabhas’s Salaar
quirky yet unique. Its story is something that has never do. Talking about directors on
been seen before. The film revolves around a boy who my bucket list, I want to work to be out in April
falls in love with a female ghost (Chudail). The genre with Zoya Akhtar and Rajkumar ctor
being horror-comedy, the screenplay is driven with
ample turns and twists. I would avoid watching horror
films earlier but after watching Stree, I feel watching

When will we see you doing an

A Prabhas’s
them brings in loads of laughter and fun. out-and-out romantic genre film?  film Salaar will
How was your experience working with Rajkummar I am keen on doing romantic films and I hit theatres on April
Do you think that Roohi’s distributors will benefit Rao and Janhvi Kapoor? hope to get one soon.  14, 2022. The actor
because the theatres have re-opened? The experience was absolutely amazing! This was my announced it on his
It is a blessing that the theatres have finally reopened. second outing with Rajkummar Rao, the first being Dolly Are you single? What kind of a partner Instagram page on
Many had held their films back and waited to release Ki Doli (2015). We always bounced of splendid are you looking for? Sunday.
them in theatres, Roohi being one of them. Roohi will chemistry, both off and on camera. If we lacked have I admire someone who is cute and family- The actor shared
be the first proper release since the government’s chemistry off-screen, it would have surely reflected oriented. However, I’m not seeing anyone the poster of the film
announcement of 100% seat occupancy at the theatres.  on-screen! Working with Janhvi Kapoor was fabulous! currently. My mother always advises, ‘Abhi toh and captioned it as,
With the Covid-19 pandemic, the entertainment I did not know her personally, apart from meeting her girlfriend bana le’, (Get a girlfriend, now) “Delighted to share
industry faced a major setback. However, people have at events, occasionally. We had properly met at the (laughs)!  the release date of #SALAAR. 14th April 2022 see you
accepted this conundrum and learned to live with it. narration/reading of the film. Honestly, it isn’t easy to in cinemas!” The film, which is set to present Prabhas
They have resumed normalcy, to an extent, by attending play two characters simultaneously, (being Roohi & Do you intend to take up direction in the future? in a never-seen-before violent, dark shade, also stars
cricket matches and gradually stepping into theatres. Afzana ), which she has performed with ace and I feel that direction is a very tough job. It requires actress Shruti Haasan.
Similarly, I feel, that people have regained their exuberance. multiple skill-sets. I am unsure of my capacity as a The film’s mahurat took place here in January
entertainment spirit and will definitely flock director. That being said, I would definitely like to this year. The film is directed by Prashanth
to the theatres to watch Roohi, benefitting the What is your message to new talents who are learn the art of direction and direct a fun film Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur of Hombale
distributors.   trying to make a mark in the industry? someday.  Films. –IANS

ENTERTAINMENT, AND GLITZ! Actress Nicole Borat, Nomadland bag top awards, late
Chadwick Boseman named best actor
Kidman was
he Golden Globe Awards were

accompanied by
presented on 28 February in
quite a pandemic-like fashion. It her husband and
was a fun-packed entertaining their daughters orat Subsequent Moviefilm and category in Globes history, after Barbara Party who was assassinated at the age of minister Margaret Thatcher.
show, brimming with smiles and hu-
mour. The award ceremony indeed saw
some incredible moments, from Meh:
B Nomadland were among the
top winners at the 78th Golden
Globe Awards. The Crown and
Streisand in 1983, reports bbc.com. The
Sacha Baron Cohen-starrer Borat
Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to
21 in 1969. The actor said that he hopes
generations after this would see how
Hampton fought.
Late star Chadwick Boseman was
posthumously named best actor in a
drama film for his performance in Ma

Amy and Tina’s opening jokes late star Chadwick Boseman were 2006’s hugely successful Borat, was The Crown won four honours including Rainy’s Black Bottom. His wife, Taylor
to Daniel Kaluuya among winners, too, while veteran Jane named best musical or comedy film. the best drama series. Josh O’Connor and Simone Ledward, accepted the award on
unable to unmute his Fonda was feted with the lifetime “Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Emma Corrin both won for their his behalf. Boseman passed away last
microphone and yelling, achievement award. Foreign Press,” said Sacha Baron Cohen performances as Prince Charles and summer after quietly battling colon cancer
“You’re doing me dirty!”, The ceremony was held virtually and as he accepted the prize, referring to the Princess Diana respectively. Actress Gillian for years.
we had it all! Here’s a look the live audience consisted of frontline recent revelation that the organisation Anderson was named in the best Actress-singer Andra Day won in the
at some of the most Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicking it workers and first responders of the Covid- behind the Globes currently has no black supporting category in the series for her best actress in a motion picture (drama)
remarkable moments off by seeking change while still 19 pandemic. Actresses Tina Fey and Amy members. The actor joked about the portrayal of former prime category for her performance in
from the show. delivering a witty, funny monologue Poehler returned to hosting duties this awards body as he was named best actor the OTT film The United States
year, but they were in New York and Los in a comedy or musical for vs. Billie Holiday. Day is only the
Angeles respectively, marking the first the same film. second Black woman to win at
time the Golden Globes have been Other winners included the Globes after Whoopi
bicoastal. Rosamund Pike, who was Goldberg, who won 35 years
The best drama film went to named best actress in a ago for The Color Purple,
Nomadland starring Frances McDormand musical or comedy film for I according to Variety.
Salma Hayek as a homeless woman traveling through Care A Lot. The best The Queen’s Gambit was
Actress the American West. Schitt’s Creek was supporting actor went to named best-limited series and
marvellous, Amanda named Best Comedy series. Actress Daniel Kaluuya for his its star Anya Taylor-Joy, was
Seyfried Catherine O’Hara, who plays the role of performance in Judas And named best actress in a
acording Moira Rose in the show, was feted with the Black Messiah. limited series. Other winners
herself in a dressed up in
Actor Daniel best comedy actress honour. The film cast Kaluuya included Mark Ruffalo for best
cherry-red, an amazing The best director award went essayed the role of US actor in a limited series, and
Kaluuya forgot floral peach
one-sleeve Nominees kept getting into sub-zooms, to unmute his mic
to Chloe Zhao, who became activist Fred Hampton, Pixar’s Soul, which won best-
romantic suddenly adding new people gown the second female winner of the chairman of the Black Panther animated film.  –IANS
and started yelling
REGD. NO. INDORE MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI NO. 38281/83

Motivation is what gets

you started. Habit is
❝ what keeps you going.


PM takes first shot of C-vax

rime Minister Narendra our doctors and scientists have
Modi on Monday took his worked in quick time to strengthen
first dose of the Covid-19 vac- the global fight against COVID-19,"
cine at AIIMS in Delhi and appealed Modi tweeted after taking the vac-
to all those who are eligible to get in- cine shot. The prime minister also
oculated. The prime minister posted a picture of himself taking
reached the All India Institute of the first dose of the vaccine in
Medical Sciences early this morning which he is seen sporting an As-
and was administered Bharat samese 'gamocha' and getting inocu-
Biotech's COVAXIN by nurse P Nive- lated with a smile on his face. Nive-
da, who hails from Puducherry. An- da later told reporters that the
other nurse Rosamma Anil from prime minister, after being adminis-
Kerala also assisted in the process. tered the vaccine shot, remarked
"Took my first dose of the Covid-19 "Laga bhi diya, pata bhi nahin chala
vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how (Already done? I didn't even feel it)."

3K inoculated Keeping commuters updated Skiing to check

T echnical glitches cast a dampener on the opening
day of the third phase of the mass immunisation
drive in the city, delaying the process for over three
E very time there is a failure and a train comes to a halt,
commuters are left clueless about the cause of the halt.
Now, just as the airports have Air Traffic Control, the West-
T o counter expan-
sionist China's habit
of creeping forward by
hours. In this ern Railway making small incremen-
phase, citizens introduced tal moves, the Indian
above 60 and those Mobile Army has planned
aged 45 years and Train Radio mountaineering expedi-
above with comor- Communica- tions and research stud-
bidities were sup- tion (MTRC).
posed to get their This will be
first dose of the for the first
Covid vaccine, time on Indi-
starting 9.30am on Monday. But despite all the starting an Railways that such a system that would give real-time up-
trouble, more than 3,000 senior citizens and 45+ bene- date to commuters travelling in suburban trains; in case of
ficiaries were vaccinated by the end of the day. an emergency or untoward incident on rail lines.
ies at high-altitude areas
in the northern borders
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Army is also coming up

'5-a-day' rule for healthy life with a skiing expedition

-- ARMEX-21 -- covering
the distance from the

I f you are scouting for a magic potion to live a longer and

healthy life, try five daily servings of fruits and vegetables,
in which two are fruits and three are vegetables, according to
etable had a 13 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and
a 35 per cent lower risk of death from respiratory disease, such
as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lead study
Karakoram Pass to Lip-
ulekh Pass. It will cover
areas of Ladakh, Hi-
new research that combed through studies rep- author Dong D Wang, a member of the medical machal Pradesh,
resenting nearly 2 million adults globally. Com- faculty at Harvard Medical School and his col- Garhwal and Kumaon
pared to those who consumed two servings of leagues analysed data from two studies includ- sectors. Civilians will
fruit and vegetables per day, participants who ing more than 100,000 adults who were followed participate in the expe-
consumed five servings a day of fruits and veg- for up to 30 years. ditions.
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'Provide free jabs to all'
ONE FOR INSPIRATION T he Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday re-
quested the Central government to provide Covid-
19 vaccination free of cost to healthcare workers

(HCWs) and people of
the country. In an offi-
cial release, the IMA

n a village lived some said: "Vaccination is an
mice. On the outskirts effective way of protect-
of this village, there ing people against
was a lake, which a herd of harmful diseases. We
elephants visited regularly request to provide the
to bathe and drink water. Covid-19 vaccination
On the way, the elephants free of cost to the people of the country." The IMA also
trampled the mice. So, the congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for tak-
king of mice decided to ing the first jab of coronavirus vaccine today.
meet the elephants. He told
them, "As you travel
through the village, many
mice are trampled. We will
be very grateful if you you mice return? Neverthe- made by the king of mice
$6.6 bn for in-person classes
could please consider
changing your route. We
will remember and return
less, we honour your re-
quest and change our
route." After a few days, the
He sent a fellow elephant
who was not trapped, to ask
the mice king to come and
C alifornia's public schools could get USD 6.6 billion from
the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruc-
tion by the end of March, according to a new agreement an-
the favour when you are in elephants got trapped in help them. Soon, all the nounced Monday
need." The elephant king nets that were set up by mice came and started nib- between Gover-
laughed, "We are giant ele- hunters. The elephant king bling the nets, and freed the nor Gavin New-
phants. What favour can remembered the promise elephants. som and the
state's legislative
leaders. Califor-

Al Pacino's nap is viral nia can't order

schools to return

H ollywood actor and filmmaker Al Pacino who appeared to

be taking a nap during the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony is
trending on social media. Footage of the iconic 80-year-old ac-
to in-person in-
struction, but
state officials can
tor, who was nominated for 'Best Actor, Television Series Dra- offer a lot of mon-
ma', for his role in Amazon's 'Hunters', was all over the Internet. ey to those that do. Newsom, who could face a recall election
Prior to The Crown's Josh O'Connor's win, the camera showed later this year spurred by his handling of the coronavirus, has
the 5 nominees, and the 'Godfather' actor appeared to be have been at odds with legislative leaders on the best way to en-
closed his eyes until he suddenly looked front with a bit of a jolt. courage school districts to return students to the classroom.

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A round 100 farmers from Konkan on
Monday joined hands with Global
Kokan to launch an online platform
Make your late granny smile at you
'Myko' to promote Alphonso mangoes. hat if you could make your
The online platform late grandfather in an old
www.mykofoods.com is a flagship project photo look up and smile at
by Global Kokan, a socio-economic ven- you? This and numerous other possibil-
ture that seeks to make Konkan Alphon- ities have intrigued social media users
so or 'Hapus', a global brand and to make after discovering an Artificial Intelli-
lakhs of mango growers from Konkan gence (AI)-powered service called Deep
self-sufficient. Nostalgia that animates the faces in
still photos. Offered by online genealo-
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T he International Yoga Festival began at Rishikesh on

Monday with nearly 400 yoga enthusiasts participating in
the event. Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural func-
talgia service helps users create the ef-
fect that a still photo is moving. "The
driver guides the movements in the an-
tion, Uttarakhand Agri- imation so you can see your ancestors
culture Minister Sub- smile, blink, and turn their heads. This
odh Uniyal said yoga really brings your photos to life," My- upload a photo. From there the process
activates positive ener- Heritage said. Twitterati is using the is automated. The site's FAQ says it does
gies inside human body. programme to generate memes of all not provide the photos to any third par-
Yoga guru Ramdev's kinds with some even applying the tool ties, and on its main page a message
aide Acharya Balkrish- to animate ancient statues. The Verge reads "photos uploaded without com-
na said the real cure of reported that users have to sign up for pleting signup are automatically delet-
diseases lies in yoga, a free account on MyHeritage and then ed to protect your privacy.
not in medicines.
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Chinese malware in India's power grid
A Paris court on Monday found

French former President Nico-
las Sarkozy guilty of corruption
and influence peddling and sen-
tenced him to one year in prison

and a two-year suspended sentence.
The 66-year-old politician, who was
president from 2007 to 2012, was
convicted for having tried to ille-
gally obtain information from a
senior magistrate in 2014
'No glitch A midst the border ten-
sions, a Chinese gov-
about a legal action in in Co-Win' ernment-linked group of
which he was in-
volved. D ispelling the rumours of
a glitch in Co-WIN plat-
form, created to track delivery, utilisation
hackers targeted India's
critical power grid system
through malware, a US com-
and distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in real time, Em- pany has said in its latest
powered Group chairman, RS Sharma, on Monday study, raising suspicion
said the confusion was whether last year's massive
created by spreading power outage in Mumbai
misinformation that was a result of the online in-
vaccination registra- trusion. Recorded Future, a operations of Power System hitting the economic activi-
tion is being done Massachusetts-based com- Operation Corporation ty hard. The New York
through a mobile ap- pany, in its recent report de- (POSOCO) due to any mal- Times, in a report, said that
plication. He clarified tails the campaign conduct- ware attack. However, the the discovery raises the
that the registration is taking place only through 'Aar- ed by a China-linked threat ministry did not mention question about whether the
ogya Setu' app and Co-WIN's portal 'cowin.gov.in'. activity group RedEcho tar- about the Mumbai outage. Mumbai outage was meant
geting the Indian power sec- On October 12, a grid failure as a message from Beijing
tor. In New Delhi, the Min- in Mumbai resulted in mas- about what might happen if
istry of Power on Monday sive power outages, stop- India pushed its border
Man cycles 6K km in 13 days said there is no impact on ping trains on tracks and claims too vigorously.

O vercoming bad
road condi-
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CISCE exams from April 8 QUICK NEWS

other challenges, he Council for the In- which is class 10 exam, will 'Soch' is about
Nagpur resident dian School Certifi- be conducted from May 5 to pursuing dreams
Amit Samarth has
successfully cycled
cate Examinations
(CISCE) will conduct board
June 7. The Indian School
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crops in several villages in Jharkhand's Koder-
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herd of wild ele-
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standing crops in
HTTPS to be default in Chrome
several villages in-
cluding Kharpoka
under Jayanagar block in the border area of Hazarib-
G oogle's Chrome browser will soon try to use HTTPS as default when users forget to type
the HTTP or HTTPS prefix. The move is in line with
Chrome engineers efforts to increase browser safety. These
agh and Koderma district in the last two days, the of- HTTPS-first changes will arrive in Chrome 90, scheduled to
ficials said. Police said the elephants have trampled be released in mid-April this year. At present, when a user
crops planted in about 50 acres of land. types a link in the Omnibox - Chrome address (URL) bar --
Chrome will load the typed link, regardless of protocol.
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V eteran
actor Amitabh
this age are
delicate and
need preci-
Bachchan on sion han-
Monday re- dling...the
vealed that he best is being
recently under- one and one
went an eye hopes all
surgery. The shall be
actor also well... the
penned a note sight and the
of thanks to recovery is
his fans who slow and dif-
showed concern for his medical ficult so if there are typing er-
condition."Thank you for all rors they are to be excused,"
the concern ...eye surgeries at Bachchan wrote in his blog.

Team India 'The Queen's Gambit'

sweats it out
T he Indian cricket team is preparing in-
tensively for the fourth and final Test
P opular Netflix
Globe for her powerful
performance as an or-
against England and leaving no stone un- took home two prodigy. Taylor-Joy
turned at the Narendra Modi Stadium. awards at this year's played the role of Beth
The Board of Control for Cricket in India Golden Globes. The Harmon in the seven-
(BCCI) on Monday shared a video on Twit- show was named the part series which fol-
ter to give a glimpse of players sweating it best television limit- lows her meteoric rise
out in the nets. In the video, India skipper ed series and its lead through the chess
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane can be actor Anya Taylor- world in the 1950s and
seen batting in the nets. Joy won a Golden '60s America.

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ce Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on
Monday announced that he will stop us-
ing all social media handles till the Tokyo
ndian Premier League (IPL) champions
Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday an-
nounced its partnership with DHL Express.
J amaica's two-time Olympic gold medallist
sprinter Yohan Blake said that he would
rather not participate in the Tokyo Olympics
Olympics as he wishes to completely focus on The international express service provider than take a vaccine for Covid-19. The Interna-
his prepara- has joined MI tional
tions. He fur- as a principal Olympic Com-
ther said he will sponsor and mittee (IOC)
return to social official logis- has "encour-
media after the tics partner aged" all ath-
conclusion of ahead of the letes travel-
the quadrennial 2021 season of ling for the
event. "Mein the IPL. This Games to take
apne sabhi so- is DHL Express's first cricket sponsorship. It a vaccine but
cial media handles ko aaj se band kar raha hu. has previously been involved with Rugby Sev- it is not compulsory. "My mind still stays
Ab Olympic ke baad aap sabhi se mulaakaat ens Series, ESL One, MotoGP and Formula 1 strong, I don't want any vaccine, I'd rather
hogi ... ummeed karta hu aap apna pyaar ba- along with being involved with Premier miss the Olympics than take the vaccine, I am
naye rakhenge ..... jai Hind," he said. League giants Manchester United. not taking it," Blake, 31, said.

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