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nationwide tally of infec-
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Maharashtra has reported ���������������������� Prime Minister Narendra �����������������������
the highest daily new cases Modi on Saturday alleged �������������������������
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at 47,913, followed by 4,991 the “obstructionist mind-
in Karnataka and 4,174 in � ����������������������� set” of chief Minister Mama- ����������������� ��� ������������ ����
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Chhattisgarh. ����������������������� ta Banerjee and her TMC ����������������
Twelve states~ Maha- ������� ���� ���������� deprived West Bengal of ��� ���� ���� ��������
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rashtra, Chhattisgarh, Pun- ����������������������
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jab, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil ������������������������ MINISTRY FIGURES AS He claimed that the nectivity projects. I have
Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, ������������������������ ������������������������� OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY TMC supremo hurt people’s never seen a party which ister Mamata Banerjee on
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Gujarat, Haryana, Rajas- ������� ����� ����� self-respect by claiming takes pride in stopping Saturday accused the BJP
��������������������������������������� ����� than, Uttar Pradesh and Ker- they are attending BJP ral- industries and develop- of engineering commu-
�������� �������������������������������������� ala~ are displaying an Ten districts~ Pune, Covid-19 deaths in a day. ries that have been report- lies after taking money. ment. “We all know what nal strife in the state to win
���������������������������������������� upward trajectory in daily Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, These are Odisha, Assam, ing a very high rise in daily The Prime Minister also happened in neighbouring the Assembly elections.
���������������������������������������������� new cases, the health min- Nashik, Bengaluru Urban, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar cases and fatality because mocked Banerjee for her Singur. They used it for The TMC chief, while
�������������������������������������������� istry said. Aurangabad, Delhi, Ahmed- Haveli and Daman and of Covid-19 in the last two frequent criticism of the furthering their politics addressing an election rally
���������������������������������������������� Eight states~ Maha- nagar and Nanded - account Diu, Nagaland, Meghalaya, weeks. Electronic Voting Machines and then left the people in in Raidighi in South 24
���������������������������������������������� rashtra, Karnataka, Chhat- for 50 per cent of the total Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, These states and UTs “of and the Election Com- limbo. Today, it has no Parganas district, also called
������������������������������������������� tisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, active caseload of the coun- Lakshadweep, Mizoram, grave concern” were advised mission. “She keeps criti- industries and farmers are upon Muslims not to “fall
��������������������������������������������� Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and try. Maharashtra has report- the Andaman and Nicobar to take up immediate steps cising EVM, the EC...If in distress,” he said. in the trap of a BJP-aided
Madhya Pradesh, are wit- ed the highest daily new Islands and Arunachal to ensure containment of players keep criticising Seeking to punch a hole party from Hyderabad and
nessing a steep rise in daily cases at 47,913, followed by Pradesh. active cases and daily deaths umpires, you should know in the TMC’s poll plank of its Bengal ally that are out
������������������������������������������ � new Covid-19 cases and 4,991 in Karnataka and In a significant devel- through enhan-ced testing, their “Khela shesh” (the Bengali pride, Modi claimed to polarise votes.”
����������������������������������������� account for 81.42 per cent 4,174 in Chhattisgarh. opment in the fight against prompt contact tracing game’s over),” he told an Banerjee hurt people’s self- Her jibe was aimed at
������������������������������������������ of the infections reported Maharashtra has shown Covid-19, cumulatively, the and enforcement of Covid- election rally here in Hoogh- respect by claiming they Asaduddin Owaisi-led
����������������������������������������������� on Saturday, the Union a nine-fold jump, the max- cumulative number of vac- appropriate behaviour . ly district. attend BJP rallies after tak- AIMIM and Abbas Sid-
������������������������������������������ Health Ministry said. imum increase in the num- cine doses administered Referring to the Singur ing money. diqui’s ISF.
������������������������������������������ India’s tally of Covid- ber of active cases in the last in the country has crossed Bengal cases witness sharp movement of 2006-08 that “Didi has got jittery The ISF is fighting the
��������������������������������������������� 19 active caseload also two months. In percentage 7.3 crore mark, through rise: West Bengal registered forced Tata Motors to move after sensing defeat. That’s elections in alliance with
��� ���������������������������������������� increased to 6,58,909 and terms, Punjab has report- 11,53,614 session, sources 1,736 fresh Covid cases and out its proposed small car why she is criticising every- the CPI(M) and Congress.
����������������������������������������������� now comprises 5.32 per ed the maximum increase in the Health Ministry said. 5 deaths today. Nano’s production unit body and everything, from The TMC supremo also
cent of the total infections. in active cases, the Ministry Cabinet Secretary Rajiv The total Covid case from there, Modi said the EC to EVMs. She is abus- urged Hindus to be on the
In a day, there has been a data said. Gauba chaired a high-level count is 5,91,658 and death Trinamul used the place for ing me. But while abusing guard against the BJP’s
��������������������������������������������� net rise of 44,213 active India’s cumulative recov- review meeting on Friday toll is 10,340 in the state till political purposes and then me, she has hurt the self- attempts to “instigate com-
��������������������������������������������� cases. eries stand at 1,15,69,241 with chief secretaries, direc- now while there are 8,844 left the people to fend for respect of the people of Ben- munal clashes” and called
�������� ������������������������������������� Maharashtra alone with 44,202 recoveries being tors general of police and active cases. themselves. gal by saying they are tak- upon them to chase away
������������������������������������������������� accounts for 59.36 per cent registered in a day. health secretaries of all Kolkata recorded 528 “Didi and her party’s ing money to attend our ral- outsiders sent to foment
�������������������������������������� of the total active caseload Thirteen states and UTs states, with a focus on 11 cases and 2 deaths in the obstructionist mindset lies. trouble in their localities.
�������������������������������� of the country. have not reported any states and Union Territo- last 24 hours. blocked several industri- West Bengal chief min- Details on Page 3

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���������������������� Envoy for Climate John Kerry, ������������������ an end on the evening of 4 April.
������������������ who will be in South Asia next The final phase of polling will
week, has also chosen to visit The Election Commission Sat- be held on 6 April.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran New Delhi and Dhaka but urday reduced the 48-hour In his representation to the
Khan has not taken kindly to will skip Islamabad. campaign ban imposed on Election Commission on Sat-
the comments and interpre- Pakistan Foreign Ministry Assam minister and BJP leader urday, Sarma had pleaded to
tations being made in news- spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 reduce the ban to 24 hours on
papers and the social media Chaudhri had earlier said that hours after he tendered an the ground that he is himself
on US President Joe Biden his country’s commitment to “unconditional apology” and a candidate in the constituency
ignoring him while inviting 40 The Pakistani leader said addressing the climate change assured the poll panel that he which is scheduled to go for
world leaders to the “Leaders' he has already laid out prior- crisis was “well accepted and will abide by the provisions of polls on Tuesday.
Summit on Climate” he will ities for the UN Climate Change appreciated around the world.” the model code. The EC order said in his rep-
hold virtually on 22-23 April. Conference 2021 (COP26) if the ‘No trade with India under The BJP leader now can start resentation, Sarma requested
Khan took to Twitter today international community was current scenario': PM Imran campaigning from the evening. the poll panel to “accept my
to say, “I am puzzled at the serious about countering the Khan decided that Pakistan He was on Friday initially sincere regret and assurance
cacophony over Pak not being impact of climate change. cannot go ahead with any barred from campaigning- of abiding MCC in future, and,
invited to a climate change Khan tweets notwith- trade with India under the cur- related activities till 4 April for be further pleased to reduce
conf! My govt’s environment standing, Islamabad appears rent circumstances after hold- allegedly making threatening the period of debarment from
policies are driven solely by our clearly upset that its leader- ing consultations with key remarks against Bodoland election campaign from 48
commitment to our future ship was ignored by the Amer- members of his Cabinet on People’s Front (BPF) chief hours to 24 hours”. The EC has
generations of a clean & green ican leader for the much- importing cotton and sugar Hagrama Mohilary. also transferred his brother and
Pakistan to mitigate the impact anticipated summit. from the neighbouring coun- ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Canvassing for the third Goalpara SP Sushanta Biswa
of climate change.” US Special Presidential try, a media report said. ���������������������������������������������������� ��������� ������������ and final phase of Assam Sarma from the district.

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1994 ISRO ESPIONAGE CASE The 79-year-old former
scientist, who was given a clean
ing factual scenario calls for
constitution of a committee ������������� “The driver identified as
���������������������������������� chit by the CBI, maintained to find out ways and means ��������������� Ashok Kumar (46) was on its ����������������
A high-level probe panel ����������������������������������� that the Kerala Police had to take appropriate steps way to Paonta Sahib from
appointed by the Supreme ��������������������������������������� “fabricated” the case and the against the erring officials.” Timely action and alert think- Sataun when he suffered ������������������
Court to take erring cops to ������������������������������������ technology he was accused to “The criminal law was set ing of a driver of private bus heart attack near Rajban
task for causing “tremendous ��������������������������������� have stolen and sold in the in motion without any basis. in Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur Check Post. Taiwan today thanked India
harassment” and “immea- ������������������������������� 1994 case did not even exist It was initiated on some kind district of Himachal Pradesh, Fearing worst, Ashok for expressing solidarity with the
surable anguish” to ISRO sci- at that time. of fancy or notion,” a bench around 220 km from here, turned the bus towards for- East Asian island in the wake of
entist Dr Nambi Narayanan
� ������������������������������ Narayanan had appro- headed by the then Chief saved the lives of 15 pas- est away from deep gorge yesterday’s gruesome rail tragedy
in the 1994 espionage case has
�������������������������������� ached the apex court against Justice Dipak Misra had said. sengers after he suffered which led to the private bus in which 51 people were killed
submitted its report to the apex a Kerala High Court judgement “We are of the view that the heart attack while driving. stopping after colliding with and over 150 injured.
court, sources said. The panel, after investiga- tion. Over a period of almost that said “no action needed appellant was arrested and he The driver turned the bus bushes,” Bir Bahadur told The “Thank you@MEAIndia for
The SC had on 14 Sep- tion, submitted its report in two-and-a-half years, the to be taken” against former has suffered custody for almost towards bushes on the road- Statesman. the expression of solidarity and
tember, 2018 appointed the a sealed cover to the apex court panel headed by Justice Jain DGP Siby Mathews, who was 50 days. His arrest has been side, otherwise the vehicle Bahadur said Ashok, a support. This genuinely friend-
three-member panel headed recently. The CBI, in its probe, examined the circumstances then heading the SIT probe seriously criticised in the clo- would have veered off the resident of Bhanedi village ly gesture will touch the peo-
by its former judge D K Jain had held that the then top leading to the arrest. team, two retired superin- sure report of the CBI. From road and fell into deep gorge in Kamrau tehsil in Paonta ple, & bring Taiwan and India
while directing the Kerala police officials in Kerala were The espionage case, which tendents of police, K K Joshua the aforesaid report, the which might have resulted Sahib, was rushed to hospi- closer in a real & lasting man-
government to cough up Rs responsible for Narayanan's had hit the headlines in 1994, and S Vijayan, and the then harassment and mental tor- in many casualties. tal for further medical treat- ner,” Taiwan Foreign Minister
50 lakh compensation for illegal arrest. pertained to allegations of Deputy Director, Intelligence ture faced by the appellant is Deputy Superintendent ment where he was declared Joseph Wu tweeted.
compelling Narayanan to The case also had its polit- transfer of certain confiden- Bureau, R B Shreekumar, who obvious,” the bench added. of Police, Paonta Sahib Bir dead on arrival. India and Taiwan do not
undergo “immense humilia- ical fallout, with a section in tial documents on India’s were later held responsible by The judgement had said Bahadur said the incident Police said all the pas- have formal diplomatic ties
tion”. the Congress targeting the then space programme to foreign the CBI for the scientist's the prosecution was “malicious took place on Friday evening sengers escaped unhurt in but since 1995, both sides have
The scientist was arrested chief minister late K Karun- countries by two scientists and illegal arrest. and it has caused tremendous when the private bus was on the accident and further maintained representative offic-
when the Congress was head- akaran over the issue, that four others, including two The apex court in its judge- harassment and immeasur- its way to Paonta Sahib from investigations in the case es in their capitals that function
ing the government in Kerala. eventually led to his resigna- Maldivian women. ment had said, “The obtain- able anguish” to Narayanan. Sataun. were on. as de facto embassies. ���
With their help, we feel that we will be able to win the
three Hill seats
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Hill TMC finally backs ����������������������
Congress leader from Siliguri,
who had also filed nomination
Bista today said that Prime Min-
ister Narendra Modi will
party's decision, had earlier
alleged that "one party leader

Gurung Morcha camp

as an Independent candidate address a public rally in Silig- at the national level" had
The BJP has finally managed for Siliguri, has recently joined uri, while BJP national pres- demanded money for the tick-
to woo two rebels, Alok Sen and the BJP and withdrawn his ident JP Nadda will also address et, but that he failed to arrange
Dila Shaibo, who had filed nomination. a rally here and one in the cash.
nominations for the Assem- The three leaders today Kalimpong. On the other hand, Mr Sen
bly elections in the Dabgram- told reporters that they would "Union Home minister said that he had spent a lot of
�������������������������������������������������������������� Fulbari and Phansidewa work for the party candidates Amit Shah will also address money for the party as "one
Assembly Constituencies, in their respective segments, public meetings here and in top leader" had assured him
would affect them, Mr Thapa
said, "In the Hills, supporters ���������� respectively, asn independent
candidates after the party
by "forgetting all BJP's fami-
ly disputes" from tomorrow.
the Hills and he would stay one
night in Darjeeling," Mr Bista
a ticket to contest the elections.
"After the party denied him the
do not follow their leaders as
����������� high command failed to Sources have said that Dar- said. ticket, Sen decided to contest

ollowing a state of sus- seen in the elections of 2019 approve of their candidature. jeeling MP Raju Bista had Asked to comment, both Mr the polls as an Independent
pended animation, the
Trinamul Congress
when the TMC was our alliance
partner, but we lost. Moreover,
����������� Both the dissenting lead-
ers have agreed to withdraw
played a key role in nominating
party candidates in the Hills,
Sen and and Mr Shaibo avoid-
ed questions on the main rea-
candidate just to divide the vote
bank of the BJP in the Dab-
(Hills) has finally decid- our alliance is with the All-India their nomination papers and Terai and even the Dooars, and sons behind their decisions to gram-Fulbari segment, while
ed to support the Bimal Gurung Trinamul Congress." work for the party's official can- after resentment among the withdraw their nominations, he demanded a huge amount
faction of the Gorkha Jan Theparty'sdecisionalsodid didates in their respective aspirants, he also played a even though they were deter- of money as compensation
Mukti Morcha in the Assem- not go down well with some Assembly segments, party role in "pacifying" the rebels mined to take "revenge" on the from the party when negoti-
bly elections. The party in the senior Hill TMC leaders. leaders said here today. by "applying an appropriate party earlier. ations began to pacify him,"
Hills was in a quandary as to party chief Mamata Banerjee "This was a very surprising It may be noted here that therapy" individually. Notably, Mr Shaibo, express- a reliable party source said
which faction of the Morch to maintaining that she had left decision taken by them, as no Nantu Paul, a rebel Trinamul Addressing the Press, Mr ing unhappiness over the today.
lend support to in the elections. the three Hill seats for "friends," such direction has been given
The decision comes as a
blow to the other faction of the
without clarifying as to who
they were.
by our high command on this,
which I personally checked. ��������������������������������������������������������������������
Morcha led by Binoy Tamang, The Gurung camp wel- This was done without con-
which, along with the Gurung comed the decision, with the sultation with our high com- ���������������������� opment Depar tment forest department, fire and and upgrade Dabgram-Ful-
faction, is in alliance with the faction's general secretary, mand. It is being done against ����������������� ����������������� (NBDD)- around Rs 226.54 emergency services, and bari into a civic body.
TMC. Both the camps have Roshan Giri, saying, "We wel- our party, as the three Hill seats crore. Mr Deb had been the tourism department," Mr "This apart, we will ensure
fielded their candidates for the come the decision of the TMC, were left for local parties and Former MLA from Kurseong Outgoing tourism minister minister of the department Deb said. land rights for people living
polls in the three Hill con- and with their help, we feel that no decision was taken as to and leader of the Binoy Tamang and Trinamul Congress elec- during the first tenure of the Some major projects in the area, household sup-
stituencies. we will be able to win the whom we should support," said faction of the Gorkha Jan Mukti tion candidate from the Dab- present government. included the branch secre- ply of drinking water, com-
"The decision to support three Hill seats. We are also party leader Binny Sharma. Morcha, Rohit Sharma, has shot gram-Fulbari Assembly con- The two-time MLA also tariat- Uttarkanya, Bengal pletion of the integrated
the Gurung camp was taken thankful to the United Chris- "How can a few people his resignation letter to party stituency, Gautam Deb, has stressed on the development Safari: North Bengal Wild drainage system, continu-
in a meeting of our party tian Minority Organization take such a decision? Some of chief Mr Tamang. said that development work agenda during the elections. Animal Park, land registra- ing connectivity develop-
today. We took this decision for extending its support to us." them who took this decision "Pls accept my resignation worth around Rs 664 crore had "There has been unprece- tion office, two stations of the ment, second campus of
after looking at the way On the other hand, the were not even there during the from the primary membership been completed in the last 10 dented development work fire and emergency services, Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya on
Gurung's party has been relent- general secretary of the Tamang 2011-2017 period when many of the party with immediate years in the constituency. initiated by the state gov- infrastructure development 2.99 acres of land at Sahu-
lessly campaigning for the faction, Anit Thapa, said, "I were chased away and their effect," Mr Sharma has said in Unveiling a development- ernment for the Dabgram- work, including the alterna- dangi, second campus of the
TMC in the plains with our respect the decision taken by houses torched. At that time, the letter he sent to Mr Tamang oriented 'report card' today, Fulbar i Assembly con- tive Siliguri-Jalpaiguri road, Munshi Premchand
flag," TMC Rajya Sabha MP the TMC (Hills), as it can help the Bengal CM had also been today. Mr Deb said a total of 16 stituency in the past 10 years. electric crematorium, illu- Mahavidyalaya," Mr Deb
Shanta Chettri said in and support whichever side forced to leave the Hills all for Later, when asked over the depar tments had been “A different range of proj- mination of a tiny hamlet said. He said that he will
Kalimpong. She added that it wants. However, I cannot the greed of one person," he phone about his move, Mr involved in those projects ects of around Rs 664 crore located close to the Teesta river reach out to the electors with
their main aim was to hand understand how they could said, adding that he had per- Sharma said that he wants to in the area that falls under the have been completed, involv- and Mahananda Wildlife the 'report card.'
down defeat to the BJP. support such a person under sonally already extended his retire from politics. Jalpaiguri parliamentary seg- ing 16 departments, includ- Sanctuary with solar power, Meanwhile, a 5.35-minute-
The TMC (Hills) was in a whose regime their support- support to the Tamang faction "This is why I sent in my res- ment. ing the NBDD, Siliguri Jal- and several bridges and roads. long audio clip developed
state of confusion in lack of ers were chased and their of the Morcha. He also ignation letter to the party Among the departments, paiguri Development Author- According to Mr Deb, he to highlight the achieve-
proper instructions from the houses torched." appealed to TMC supporters president Binoy Tamang today," the highest amount was spent ity, PWD, PHE, Irrigation and plans to make the area a ments of Mr Deb will be
party high command, with Asked if the TMC move to protest the decision. he said. ��� by the North Bengal Devel- waterways department, ARD, model Assembly constituency played during the campaign.

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oration with Indo German Mr. G Ganesh Khorda ing masks, ensuring social
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Jorasanko constituency in Bengal
represents mini-India...

PM: Didi’s obstructionist mindset Mamata appeals for
communal peace
deprives Bengal of job, industries SOMA MOOKHERJEE

Claims that Mamata has hurt people’s self-respect by claiming that they are attending BJP rallies for money Trinamul Congress chief
Mamata always keeps her
Mamata Banerjee on Saturday
HARIPAL, 3 APRIL came down heavily on Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and
promise ,says Abhishek
rime Minister Naren- Union home minister Amit
dra Modi on Saturday Shah for spreading “commu- Mamata Banerjee addressing
alleged that the STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE nal disharmony” among the at an election rally of TMC at
“obstructionist mind- HOOGHLY 3 APRIL people of West Bengal and ask- Canning on Saturday.��SNS
set” of chief minister Mama- ing vote in the name of Hin-
ta Banerjee and the Trinamul Trinamul Congress leader dutva. for the Trinamul Congress.”
Congress have deprived West Abhishek Banerjee on Sat- She was holding the pub- Mamata also cautioned the
Bengal youths of jobs and urday threw an open chal- lic meetings for her party's can- minority voters not to divide
Fire at Topsia area in
industries lenge to the central BJP didate Alok Jaldata of Raidighi their votes for money.
Kolkata on Saturday.��SNS
He claimed the TMC supre- leadership for an open and Jogoranjan Haldar of She said," One Owaisi from
mo has hurt people’s self- debate on progress and Kulpi. Mamata cautioned the Hyderabad, who is the BJP's
respect by claiming that they development, door. People are happy as Trinamul workers and sup- friend, will come with money
Bullet-hit are attending BJP rallies after
taking money.
While addressing a rally
at Dhaniakhali, he said the
their standard of living has
gone up.”
porters not to get involved in
infighting on the basis of reli-
which they will distribute the
day before voting and may ask
SI at SSKM He also mocked Mamata
for her frequent criticism of
BJP will be bowled out as the
Modi-led BJP government
Mamata during a recent
election campaign at
gion. “ You live in West Ben-
gal where we maintain com-
to vote for Indian Secular
Force (ISF). Please don't vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
KOLKATA, 3 MARCH the EVMs and the Election has “cheated” the masses by Tarakeswar highly praised munal harmony. Please don't for the BJP for money or threat.
addresses an election rally in
Commission. support of his party candi-
not fulfiling its promise. the Dhaniakhali handloom get carried away by what the In Bihar, Owaisi thus helped
L K Roychowdhury, a sub- “She keeps criticising EVM, dates ahead of the third He, however, claimed the weavers for their expertise BJP leaders are saying and do the BJP in dividing minority
inspector of Kolkata Police the EC....If players keep crit- phase of Assembly polls, in number of beneficiary in manufacturing sarees not fight with each other. The votes. You won't gain by divid-
on duty at the state-run icising umpires, you should Hooghly district on Saturday. schemes and projects ini- that are of world standard. BJP, in the name of religion, ing your votes," she said.
premier post graduate med- know their Khela Sesh (game's ��AGENCY tiated by Mamata Banner- The chief minister had said: will try to create riot and burn She also asked the women
ical education and research over),” he told an election jee as chief minister have “To encourage handloom your houses. They are divisive voters to chase the “outside
institute SSKM Hospital was rally here in Hooghly district. party which takes pride in stop- reached every doorstep. Industry we have placed forces who will try to divide criminals” who were brought
gravely injured after being Modi alleged for her “nar- ping industries and develop- “Prime Minister Naren- orders for next three years. your votes for their gain.” in by the BJP in the first two
hit by a bullet fired from his row political gains Mamata has ment. We all know what hap- dra Modi had promised to We are setting up a hand- She slammed Shah and phases of West Bengal poll.
service revolver today. misguided a section of inno- pened in Singur. They used it deposit Rs 15 lakh in every loom hub, where produc- said he is only good at insti- “Don't panic. If they threat-
An investigation is under- cent farmers” and in the name for furthering their politics and bank account and provide tions of handloom sarees and gating riots in Gujarat and en you, don't get upset; rather
way and CCTV footage is of' Singur andolan (agitation) then left the people in limbo. he said. two crore jobs every year for Muslin will be encouraged.” Delhi. Mamata said, “In chase those criminals and
being scrutinised to find drove away the Tata project. Today, it has no industries and Modi said he sensed the jobless youths, destroy black Mamata assured that all Raidighi we changed the can- complain to local police.”
out whether the bullet was “A big hope of industrial the farmers are in distress,” he outcome of Bengal elections money with the imple- the major religious places didate as people there have She came down heavly on
misfired or he tried to kill growth in Hooghly district said. the day polling was held in mentation of demonisa- of worship will be reno- grievances against her. The Modi and Shah for not visit-
himself, police sources said. for hundreds of educated job- “Didi has become jittery Nandigram. tion, raise the Indian econ- vated and beautified. present BJP candidate Santanu ing the Amphan-hit areas and
The officer, in his mid- less youths was shattered for after sensing defeat. That's why “Didi you betrayed people, omy by implementation of She also cautioned peo- Bapuli,son of veteran leader now, she alleged, have become
thirties, is undergoing treat- ever. Earlier, people from she is criticising everybody and you accept defeat,” Modi said GST, but everything failed. ple not to get destroy unity Satyaranjan Bapuli demand- “almost daily passengers to beg
ment at the critical care other states used to come to everything, from EC to EVMs. apparently referring to Mamat- None of the promises has in the name of religious ed Raidighi ticket. But he for votes”. “They did nothing
unit of the SSKM Hospital, West Bengal in search of job, She is abusing me. But while ga's angry outbursts against been kept. The deprived sentiments. “The BJP and lives in Kolkata and cannot be for you. They didn't pay a
he added. He joined duty this but now thousands of edu- abusing me, she has hurt the central security forces and people feel cheated, but a section of Muslim minor- a frequenter to Raidighi. So we single penny during Amphan
morning at the hospital’s cated jobless youths are leav- self-respect of the people of Amit Shah while polling was the beneficiary schemes ity are trying to divide peo- have given ticket to a local boy and Covid. Now they are now
trauma care centre. ing their houses and going to Bengal by saying they are tak- on in Nandigram. implemented by Mamata ple along religious lines for Alok Jaldata.” asking for your votes. It's me
Suddenly, a sound of fir- other states in search of ing money to attend our ral- Modi claimed that Mama- Banerjee have reached every cheap political gains,” She also appealed to the who looked after you during
ing from a nearby building employment,” he said. lies. ta, in order to satisfy her ego, people if they want all the ben- Covid and Amphan. Just drive
under construction close “Didi and her party’s Do people of Bengal take has blocked implementation eficiary schemes of her gov- them out of Bengal by voting
to the centre made people obstructionist mindset blocked money to attend rallies, Didi? of various central schemes. ernment such as Khadhya against them so that never in
mainly hospital staff and several industrial, infra- Who are you insulting while Exuding confidence about said he will attend the oath- implement the PM Kisan Sathi, Swastha Sathi, future they will dare to bring
other policemen panicked. structure and connectivity abusing me? You are insult- forming the next government taking ceremony of the BJP Nidhi scheme as early as pos- Kanyashree, Rupashree and armed hooligans during polls,”
The sub-inspector was projects. I have never seen a ing the people of the state,” in Bengal, the Prime Minister government and request it to sible. Sabuj Sathi, they should vote Mamata thundered.
found lying on the ground
with pool of blood. He was
rushed to the critical care unit
(CCU) at the centre for emer-
gency treatment.
Hakim slams Adhir, banks on TMC’s anti-NRC movement Mamata seen shaking injured leg in video
Police have also started
to explore whether it was an
states, thus paving way for BJP’s
growth across India, he alleged.
sparks war of words between TMC and BJP
attempt to suicide. SNS Firhad Hakim claimed that PRESS TRUST OF INDIA of the video. leg by shaking it then I sug-
The Trinamul Congress leader, Mamata Banerjee did not KOLKATA, 3 APRIL BJP spokesperson Pronoy gest that she start walking as
Firhad Hakim today raised the rope in BJP in Bengal. Roy, who shared the 30-sec- that will help her recuperate
issue of NRC (National In Assam, it was the callous A purported video clip where ond clip on Facebook, said faster.”
Denied ticket, BJP Register of Citizens) and urged Congress government that Bengal chief minister Mama- Banerjee should “stop putting Taking a jibe at the chief
leader to contest the electorate to vote for TMC handed over state to BJP and ta Banerjee is seen sitting on up a drama over her injuries” minister, Rahul Sinha, a
in the coming Assembly elec- in Tripura it was the CPIM-led a wheelchair and moving her to garner public support in the senior leader of the saffron
as Independent tions. government that handed over plastered leg back and forth midst of the assembly elec- party, said the TMC supremo's
Hakim claimed credit for sitting Congress MLA, Abu ments hit Bengal. That time the state to BJP, he remarked has gone viral on social media, tions. bandage will not buy her
BIRBHUM, 3 MARCH series of anti-NRC move- Hena has no record of defeats he was spending time with his while addressing the rally at giving her rivals an opportu- “This video grab which votes.
ments launched by TMC in in last two decades. new wife in Delhi. He was least Lalgola town this afternoon. nity to claim that she was has surfaced on networking “The more she is losing con-
Being denied a ticket by his Bengal. Today he was address- Firhad Hakim today alleged bothered to know if people Explaining why the elec- playing up her injuries to win websites has not been filmed fidence the bigger her band-
present party BJP, contro- ing a rally at Lalgola, that the state Congress chief, were dying or surviving dur- tors should vote for TMC, sympathy. by anybody from the BJP. It was age gets. People are not buy-
versial sitting MLA of Labh- an Assembly constituency Adhir Chowdhury did not ing agitations over NRC.” Mohammed Ali, the TMC The TMC, however, has recorded by some TMC party ing this... She must have for-
pur, Monirul Islam today located along the Indo-Bangla stand by the people of Ben- Hakim today held the Con- contestant from Lalgola, said condemned the “manner in workers. We want her to get gotten which leg is injured, and
filed his nomination papers border in Murshidabad gal during agitations over gress party responsible for that the CPIM and Congress which the party supremo has back to normal life soon, shook the wrong foot. She has
as an independent candidate. district. NRC. the growth of BJP all over combine is not capable to been insulted”, and said the we also pray for that... but she already lost the elections, the
The former Forward Bloc TMC has fielded Moham- Taking a dig at Chowdhury, India. The Congress party, resist BJP. rival BJP should learn how to must stop putting up this bandage won't be able to
leader had joined the mad Ali, the former presi- Hakim said, “Adhir Chowdhury while in power at the Centre, The TMC party-led by respect women. drama by moving around in save her from imminent
TMC before the 2011 assem- dent of Murshidabad district did not care a hang when virtually did nothing to stop Mamata Banerjee alone can PTI could not independ- a wheelchair. defeat,” Sinha said.Taking
bly polls in the state and in TMC at Lalgola where the waves of anti-NRC move- the wrongdoings of BJP-ruled oust BJP, he said. ently verify the authenticity “If she was exercising her strong exce
2016 he had been elected as
the MLA of Labhpur.He went
to the SDM office and filed
his nomination papers for the
Labhpur seat.
3 dead, 1 injured after being SAFETY COMES FIRST
BJP lodges complaint
But after the 2019 Lok
sabha polls he went to New
hit by Falaknuma Express against Mamata
Delhi and joined the BJP in STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE identified as Bapi Nayak,
presence of BJP leaders Mukul KOLKATA, 3 APRIL Nipen Pal and Manik Mon- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Roy and KailashVijayvargiya. dal while the fourth gangman, KOLKATA, 3 APRIL
By flaunting a video
Posters had been pasted in Three railway men were killed Kisan Beshra was rescued Bajoria claimed that
the party office of BJP in while another was injured injured and rushed to Kharag- The BJP on Saturday lodged the way the chief min-
Labhpur by supporters between Dua and Balichack pur Railway Hospital. a complaint with the Election ister continued to
against him. And later the BJP railway stations after being hit All the four railway em Commission against chief stoop such a low by
nominated a local leader, by Howrah-Secunderabad ployees are residents of minister Mamata Banerjee
Biswajit Mondal. Abhijit Falaknuma Express today. Kharagpur. for using derogatory language
using filthy language
Singhya, a close associate of The incident took place at As informed by official while addressing an election against the party they
TMC district president around 10 a.m. when the sources in the South Eastern rally against the party and demanded action
Anubrata Mondal is fighting four railway men were work- Railway, since it was just demanded to censure her. against her
from Labhpur Assembly seat. ing on the tracks between the greasing work which did not A BJP delegation led by Sisir
The CPIM is also fighting two stations of the South require any traffic block or Bajoria today met CEO Aariz Commission sources said
from this seat in Birbhum Eastern Railway. other special measures to be Aftab and demanded action that a report had been sought
Dhruba Saha, the district According to sources, taken. against her. on this regard.
BJP president said that the around five railway men were Usually the gangmen leave By flaunting a video Bajo- Meanwhile the poll panel
party will talk with him why carrying out greasing work on the tracks on getting the ria claimed that the way the has served showcase notices
he has taken such a decision the tracks this morning. sound of the approaching chief minister continued to against unspecified number
to contest as an independ- However, one of them had train. stoop such a low by using filthy of leaders of various political
ent candidate. gone away for drinking water “However, in today’s inci- language against the party they parties for using obscene lan-
Sources said that Monir- when the other three gang- dent, the gangmen might not demanded action against her. guages while campaign was
ul Islam had sought a tick- men were mowed down by the have heard the whistle given “We have demanded that on .
et for his son Ashif Islam from Secunderabad-bound train by the driver leading to the she be censured by the com- In another development,
the BJP for the Labhpur seat, which was running in the unfortunate mishap,” said mission. We also demanded 10 to 12 observers of the Elec-
but when a greenhorn has middle line. the CPRO of the zonal railway, action against Trinamul Con- tion Commission were report-
been nominated he decid- The fourth gangman Sanjoy Ghosh. gress candidate for the Krish- ed to have been down with
ed to himself contest as an jumped on the other side of As informed by the CPRO, nanagar (North) Assembly Covid positive.
independent candidate. the track and made a narrow an inquiry committee has constituency Actress Kaushani According to EC sources
There have been several escape receiving injuries on been formed by the railway Mukherjee for using abusive theyv had either sent on leave
criminal cases against Monir- his leg. authorities to investigate the language while on a cam- or quarantined according to
ul Islam at Labhpur PS. SNS The deceased have been matter. An awarness drive on Road Safety organisd by Kolkata Police on Saturday. � BISWAJIT GHOSHAL paign trail,” Bajoria added. Covid protocol.

Veteran warhorse Kanti twice defeated, but not shy of ballot battle
TIRTHANKAR MITRA though he did not get their humiliating after-effects of cipal opponent of the old and parcel of the campaign pat- three participants of this tri- Sans Dhakir bridge whose absence of the sitting MLA for
KOLKATA, 3 APRIL votes, Kantibhushan Gan- being defeated twice by Tri- warhorse of the Samyukta ter of Jaldata, the TMC nom- angular poll battle are even- work started during Gan- the past decade; in sum, it is
gopadhyay did not sulk; instead namul Congress candidate Morcha in this South-24-Par- inee. ly matched, reinforcements for gopadhyay's tenure in the advantage Gangopadhyay till
At a first glance, a septuage- the CPI-M candidate for actor Debasree Roy, a process ganas Assembly segment. Representing the saffron the Morcha nominee in the Left Front government, a cold date. But in the backdrop of
narian does not stand much Raidighi feels that he will be catalysed by appeals from True to his nature, Gan- camp, Bapuli claims how he form of Indian Secular Front storage and a bus stand, devel- electoral success eluding him
chance against younger polit- third time lucky. none other than Mamata gopadhyay had set up special stayed near the embankment (ISF) activists seems to spell opment eluded Raidighi dur- in near identical situations in
ical opponents in an elec- During campaign trail, as Banerjee. teams to take the afflicted to while Amphan raged. It the difference in his favour. The ing the past decade. the past following "charis-
toral battle, especially after Gangopadhyay stops before Roy has been replaced by the hospital when the Coro- remains to be seen how much sight and sound of Abbas Sid- No skeletons yet tumbling matic interventions", the Mor-
being defeated twice in suc- a hut at Sipaipara and folds his Alok Jaldata amidst charges na scourge struck. He was their poll promise of kick dqui-led ISF campaigning for out of the cupboard of the Mor- cha nominee is keeping his fin-
cession by a political non- hands before the residents of against her of non-perform- there distributing food and starting the development of Gangopadhyay ought to mark cha nominee, the ruling party gers crossed. It remains to be
entity. a hovel at Girjabari, he is wel- ance and aloofness. But the fre- relief materials after Ampan Raidighi cuts ice with the vot- the return of some minority candidate is hard put to explain seen whether Gangopadhyay
Never known to have comed and made to feel that quency of flags and posters in ripped through the area. ers who had the Morcha nom- votes from Sipaipara and the Toto scam, non-receipt of who describes himself to be
shunned his voters be it Aila he has never been away from and around Raidighi are point- State government initiative inee by their sides in prosperity Purva Musalmanpara which Amphan compensation by a “man of the masses” can
or some other catastrophe like the hearts of his voters. ers to BJP candidate Santanu to help the people during and adversity. had gone over to TMC vote some of the affected populace emerge as the people's rep-
Corona and Amphan even Time has worn away the Bapuli emerging as the prin- Corona and Amphan is part Just when it seemed the bank to the Morcha kitty. and not to mention the near resentative.

Those who tried to sabotage survival,growth of
Kerala now speaking of development

No relaxation K’taka’s
Reject the ‘corrupt, dynastic’ new Covid-19 guidelines
DMK-Cong combine, says Shah
Home Minister says, only AIADMK-BJP alliance can protect those who believe in the culture of Tamil Nadu
about 5,000 cases per day
and 3,500 of them are from
Bengaluru alone.
Hinting at no relaxation in the “The technical advisory
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA DMK President M K Stal- mother of CM Palaniswami. new set of guidelines issued committee has said this will
CHENNAI/TIRUNELVELI, 3 APRIL in was worried about making DMK should be ashamed of by the state government, be there for another two
his son Udhayanidhi chief all of these.” Raja had earlier amid pressure from various months, till the May end and

nion Home Minis- minister, Shah later alleged at courted controversy for mak- sectors, Karnataka Health the graph will start declining
ter Amit Shah on an election rally in Tirunelveli. ing alleged disparaging Minister K Sudhakar on Sat- from June first week. If we don't
Saturday attacked “Stalin sir’s anger and BP remarks against Palaniswami's urday said it was inevitable to take measures and some-
the DMK-Congress (blood pressure) goes up mother during an election take certain strict measures thing untoward happens,
combine over “corruption whenever I make a mention rally. so that things don't go out of won't it be the government’s
and dynasty” and said only the of Udhayanidhi and he ends Taking note of a complaint control. responsibility?” he asked.
AIADMK-BJP alliance can up saying something about from the ruling AIADMK, the He said the guidelines have Aimed at curbing Covid-
Police take a person for “protect” those who believe someone,” Shah said. Amit Shah during a roadshow in Tamil Nadu’s Thousand Lights Election Commission barred been issued on the advice of 19 with the spike in cases, the
random Covid-19 testing in the culture of Tamil Nadu. Keeping up his attack of fam- constituency with Kushboo Sundar in Chennai on Saturday. � Raja from campaigning for 48 the technical advisory com- government on Friday in a new
who was not wearing face Seeking votes for NDA ily and dynasty politics against AGENCIES hours and also removed him mittee consisting of experts, set of guidelines had ordered
mask, in Jammu on candidates with a promise the two, Shah said Congress was from his party's list of star cam- after examining the situation, the closure of gyms and swim-
Saturday. ��AGENCIES of all round development of “4G and DMK “3G”, referring entire future of Tamil Nadu by with whom~with those who paigners. and if things are under con- ming pools while capping
the state, Shah said its top lead- to the generation of leaders from trying hard to make care for them or those who Observing that Modi and trol by 20 April, activities will the seating capacity in theatres
Explosion: Eight persons ers, Prime Minister Narendra the respective first families in Udhayanidhi CM,” Shah said. want their son to become Palaniswami “understood the be allowed to resume. at 50 per cent in certain dis-
were seriously injured Modi and Tamil Nadu chief politics. While the leaders of The Maran family, chief minister,” he said. pains of the common man,” “The government is not tricts. It has also ordered
when an LPG cylinder minister K Palaniswami, had NDA, Modi and Palaniswami, Karunanidhi family and Gand- Taking exception to some he recalled that is why the state happy by restricting activities. apartment complexes to shut
exploded in a building here grown from humble begin- started from humble begin- hi family “are dynasty, fami- alleged controversial remarks government had twice waived I have been requesting through common facilities such as
in Maharashtra, police said nings while those in the DMK nings, “on the other side is the ly parties whereas BJP and made by Udhayanidhi against farm loans, while the Centre the media for the last one party halls and clubhouses.
on Saturday. The injured and Congress are from DMK and Congress.” AIADMK are parties that ele- late BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj was implementing an income month that a second wave is The new restrictions
are undergoing treatment “dynasty.” “Congress’ fourth genera- vate grassroot workers to the and Arun Jaitley, Shah said support scheme of Rs 6,000 at our doorstep and if we imposed by the government
at the district civil “Only the AIADMK-BJP tion is running~4g~Jawahar- posts of PM and CM,” he “probably Stalin forgot” the annually to the ryots. don't understand and take pre- through the guidelines will be
hospital. PTI alliance can protect Tamil lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, added. Tamil culture of not making On the bull taming sport cautionary measures, the in force till 20 April.
Nadu’s fishermen, unem- Rajiv Gandhi (all late leaders) While Modi was worried such statements against jallikattu, Shah said the Modi government will have no Noting that the govern-
ployed youth, women and and now Rahul Gandhi,” he about Tamil Nadu’s farmers, deceased people. government had earlier other options and may have ment has issued guidelines after
Shridhar Deshpande dies all those having faith in Tamil said. unemployed youth and fish- Taking on DMK leader A allowed its resumption fol- to take serious measures,” getting several reports from the
at 82: Senior CPI-M leader Nadu's culture,” he told. “The DMK party~its 3g ermen, Stalin was keen on Raja, without naming him, lowing a ban and expressed Sudhakar said. Karnataka technical advisory committee,
Shridhar Deshpande died Single phase polling to party~third generation~M making Udhayanidhi chief Shah said “breaking all tra- fears that Congress and DMK was the first state to resume and after consulting senior offi-
of a brief illness in Maha- 234 Assembly seats is sched- Karunanidhi, after him Stal- minister. “People of Tamil ditions, they made such may stop if they are voted to all the business activities, but cials and ministers, Sudhakar
rashtra's Nashik city on uled on 6 April. in and now Stalin is risking the Nadu should decide to go remarks against the demised power. the state is today reporting said it was not done at one go.
Saturday, family sources
said. Deshpande, 82,
breathed his last at a pri-
vate hospital and his last
rites were performed
IGNITED MINDS Kerala: EC bans crowded finale of open campaigning
today afternoon. PTI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA sion,” the ECI said in a letter.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Though there is no men-
3 APRIL tion of the Covid-19 in the let-
Woman given two doses ter, the sources close to the
of vaccine: An auxiliary The Covid-19 seems to play Chief Electoral Officer here said
nursing midwife (ANM) was a spoilsport on the usual that the ban was imposed to
on a phone call as she crowded culmination to the minimise the virus spread.
administered two shots of weeks-long poll campaigning Meanwhile, the Thiru-
Covid-19 vaccine to a in Kerala as the Election Com- vanathapuram District Col-
woman at a primary mission has banned the years- lector Navjot Khosa has
health centre in Akbarpur long practice in the wake of imposed strict restrictions
area of Kanpur Dehat dis- the virus spread in the state. and vigil in the capital district
trict, officials said on Sat- Based on the request of the ahead of assembly polls.
urday. As the news state Chief Electoral Officer, Bike rallies as part of the
reached the family, they Teeka Ram Meena, the Elec- election campaigning have
created an uproar at the tion Commission of India Known as “Kottikalasham” bringing a maximum number been completely banned in
centre and later senior has approved the banning of in the local parlance, the of supporters to add colour the district since midnight.
officials including the dis- the customary finale marked finale of the open poll cam- to the show. Distribution of free food kits
trict magistrate and chief by immense participation of paigning used to be a jamboree “... the proposal forbanning or any other gift, amounted
medical officer were crowd and celebration on in the southern state in which the practice of Kottikalasham to influence voters,also would
informed about the Students wearing face masks walk near Anand Vihar railway station, amid coronavirus pandemic, Sunday ahead of the 6 April every political party would try in the state of Kerala has been not be allowed till the polls,
alleged negligence. PTI in New Delhi on Saturday. �AGENCIES Assembly polls. to show off their strength by approved by the Commis- official sources here said.

Rahul: Why does PM never Captain opposes DBT to farmers, ‘Second wave Neck-and-neck fight in
say ‘CPI(M) Mukt Bharat’ saying Arhtiyas are not middleman of Covid-19
spreading Thrissur constituency
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA an ideology of violence and
KOYILANDY (KER), 3 APRIL anger. Congressnever spreads STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE as the political leadership of fast in Pondy’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
anger or hatred and only CHANDIGARH, 3 APRIL the world’s largest democra- THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 3 APRIL
Attacking Prime Minister unites”. cy, we have to continuously
Narendra Modi for his ‘Con- Any division will weaken Punjab chief minister Captain think of improving, but I Trissur is witnessing a high-
gress MuktBharat’ jibe,Rahul the country and the state, he Amarinder Singh on Saturday strongly believe that reforms profile, three-cornered fight
Gandhi on Friday said the BJP said, adding the Congress' ide- wrote to Prime Minister are most successful and sus- among UDF’s Congress can-
leader seems to have issues ologyis the beliefthat all Indi- Narendra Modi seeking con- tainable if carried out through didate Padmaja Venugopal,
only with the grand old party ans are equal and the coun- tinuance of the existing sys- a consultative process with NDA’s BJP nominee actor -
and not with the CPI(M). try will progress only when tem of payment to farmers till all stakeholders, ensuring cum politician Suresh Gopi
“Wherever the Prime Min- it is united. a consensus can be evolved ownership of all,” said the CM PUDUCHERRY, 3 APRIL and LDF's CPI candidate P Bal-
istergoes, he keeps saying “This ideologyhas deliv- on the issue of Direct Bene- Amarinder stressed that achandran.
Congress Mukt Bharat (Con- ereddevelopment for many fit Transfer (DBT). guidelines and directives of any reforms, including reduc- An appeal was on Saturday In the 2016 Assembly elec- Padmaja Venugopal
gress Free India).When he gets decades now and will con- Asserting that Arhtiyas the Government of India, the tion in the time of transfer of made by the Director of tions current agriculture min-
up in the morning, he says tinue to do so for many (grain commission agents) are CM said he had noticed a pat- the payment to the farmer or Health and Family Welfare ister .V S Sunilkumar of CPI won equations in the constituen-
Congress Mukt Bharat and decades to come. not middlemen between the tern in some of the recent one- direct payment to the farm- Services S Mohan Kumar to from this seat beating Padmaja cy at present is in favour of the
when he goes to sleep he says “Whateverprogress you farmers and the procure- sided decisions and steps ers by the procurement agen- the people to adhere to safe- Venugopal of the Congress by UDF and Padmaja would def-
'Congress Mukt Bharat'. Why see in India today, whatever ment agencies, but are serv- taken by the Centre. cies should be first discussed ty protocols as, he said, the a margin of 6,987 votes. initely wrest the seat from
does the PM never say 'CPI(M) institutions you see today ice providers, the CM urged He added that as a soldier with all the stakeholders viz; second wave of coronavirus Thrissur has traditionally CPI this time.
Mukt Bharat'?” Modi never have all come out of the con- the Prime Minister to ensure and a farmer himself, he farmers, Arhtiyas and the is spreading fast here. been a Congress bastion, after The entry of actor-cum-
says that. Somehow he does gress ideology. The success of that the livelihood of the “would like to highlight the procurement agencies, “as In his video address, INC’s Therambil Ramakrish- politician Suresh Gopi in the
not have a problem with the India so far has comeas a farmers and all others involved risks and threats that are like- any sudden changes that dis- Kumar said the virus was nan won five consecutive election fray has changed the
Left front and has a problem result of the people of India in the smooth procurement ly to be posed for the ‘food turbs the existing arrange- spreading at an alarmingly terms as MLA from the Assem- entire proposition of the polls
with the Congress,” the and the Congress party”,he said. of food grains is not jeopar- security’ of the nation as a ments may jeopardise the large-scale and people bly constituency. for both UDF and LDF in
Wayanad MP, who reached Attacking theLDF for polit- dised. result of some of these deci- procurement operations, should not lower their guard. Therambil enjoyed thump- Thrissur. It is a fact that Suresh
Kerala on the final phase of ical violence in the state, he In a letter to the Prime Min- sions for being completely thereby not only affecting Basic measures such as ing victories from 1991 until Gopi is making waves in the
campaigning for the 6 April said the Left was time and ister, Amarinder also sought detached from ground real- the food security of the nation, wearing of masks, washing 2011. This trend was disrupt- constituency and it cannot be
Assembly polls, said today. again killing Congressmen. a meeting to apprise him ities of farming in this part of but also threatening the liveli- hands and maintaining ed only after CPI’s Sunil Kumar said now whether this wave will
While the Congress was a “Congress workers will, about the concerns of vari- the country.” hood of millions of farmers, social distance should be fol- won in 2016. This time around, turn into votes. It is to be
unifying force, the Left front however, never kill any- ous stakeholders about chang- Recalling the role of the farm-workers and even lowed. Sunil Kumar is not contesting noted hers that Thrissur is
was divisive, he said adding one.That’s the difference ing the existing payment sys- hard-working farmers of Pun- traders.” Kumar said a free Covid- the elections.Instead, P Bal- one of the Assembly con-
“whereverwe go, we unify between us and them,” Rahul tem “before the situation jab, Haryana and Western Pointing to the mutually 19 vaccination camp was achandran is in the fray as CPI stituency in Kerala that the BJP
everybody. We are a unifying said. gets out of hand.” Uttar Pradesh ushering in dependent relationship inaugurated earlier in the day nominee. is hoping to win by fielding
force. Wherever we go we Reaching out to the fish- On behalf of the govern- the Green revolution and between the farmers and the by Lieutenant Governor The LDF leaders said the Suresh Gopi.
identify everybody and unite ing community, Gandhi said ment of Punjab, he assured ensuring national food secu- Arhtiyas that has developed Tamilisai Soundararajan at goodwill created by the LDF The actor has evoked the
them and make them strong”. he understands their diffi- Modi of his complete support rity, he said that security sys- over generations, the CM the Venkateswarar Medical government through welfare Sabarimala issue by saying
Taking on the RSS, he said cultiesand said the LDF gov- towards evolving a consensus tems and defense are built over said it had helped the agrar- College at Ariyur on the schemes will reflect in the “Sabarimala is not a topic for
they understand that the real ernment had “back stabbed” amongst the stakeholders for decades, but can be com- ian system, which was prim- Puducherry-Villupuram EVMs and Balachandran will election campaign. It is a sen-
threat to them comes from them, referring to the con- long- term durable reforms. promised and demolished itive and based on rudimen- route. win the seat. timental subject.”
those who unite everybody. troversial Rs 5,000 crore MoU Expressing concern over recent in moments. tary literacy, to grow to the As many as 1,000 people Congress candidate Pad- In 2019, the actor has con-
“And they understand signed by the government efforts to ‘rock’ the legally “While I fully endorse the present levels. In fact, the received the first dose of maja Venugopal, daughter of tested from the Trissur Lok
very well, just like them, the with US based firm EMCC over sanctioned, and well-estab- views that as a society, and as relationship is a pivot on vaccine within three hours former CM K Karunakaran, is Sabha constituency as BJP
Left front is also a divider of deep sea fishing, which was lished institutional and social nation we have to continu- which the seamless pro- of commencement of the a familiar face in Trissur and nominee and came second in
society. The Left front is also criticised by Opposition. arrangements through some ously evolve and reform, and curement rotates, he noted. camp at 8 a.m, he said. PTI Congress leaders say political the Trissur Assembly segment.

Soldier eyes Guinness record, begins No question of Yediyurappa

4,300 km run to be finished in 50 days resigning as CM: K S Eshwarappa
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Siddaramaiah, who is the leader strength, he added.
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Nursing Assistant in the 60 Para cities and states,” Lt Col achievement in the Army was SHIVAMOGGA(KTK), 3 APRIL of Opposition in the state
JAMMU, 3 APRIL Field Hospital, is an ultra Navneet said. a gold medal in cross-coun- Assembly, has demanded that K'taka CM should sack
marathoner who is attempt- The PRO said Naik Velu has try 12.5 km in 2012. There is no question of B S the CM step down from his post. Eshwarappa: Shivakumar
Indian soldier Naik Velu P is ing a Guinness world record already won many ultra- He subsequently shifted his Yediyurappa resigning as the He had also urged the Gov- The Karnataka Congress Pres-
all set to make his 30th birth- by running from Kashmir to marathons, Tuffman runs interest to ultra-marathons Chief Minister of Karnataka, ernor to intervene and rec- ident, D K Shivakumar on
day memorable as he left for Kanyakumari for a distance and Stadium runs across and brought many laurels to senior Minister K S Eshwarappa ommend for the President's Saturday said CM B S Yediyu-
a mission to enter his name of about 4,300 km under 50 India. the Army by making many said on Saturday, as he termed rule in the state. rappa should sack K S Esh-
in the Guinness Book of World days,” Udhampur-based Army After covering 200 km dis- such records. his letter to the Governor as “Siddaramaiah is in an warappa forthwith if he still
Records by running from Public Relations Officer (PRO) tance from his starting point, He represents the India an administrative matter. urgency to become the Chief claims that he is running a sta-
Kashmir to Kanyakumari, a Lt Col Abhinav Navneet said. Naik left Udhampur head- team of Athletic Federation of He said Congress leader Sid- Minister. People have reject- ble administration.
distance of about 4,300 km, To start this epic feat, he quarters at 7 am Saturday India since 2016 and in com- daramaiah was demanding ed him, he was defeated in Shivakumar said it is a seri-
under 50 days. said Naik Velu, who is cele- and is on way to Jammu, run- ing September he would be Yediyurappa’s resignation, Chamundeshwari (con- ous matter that a minister in
Last year in June, Velu P brating his 30th birthday on carrying the national flag and ning 10 km per hour, he said. representing India for Stadi- under the illusion of becom- stituency in 2018), he lost the the Yediyurappa cabinet has
became the first Indian ultra- April 21, was flagged off from boosting his morale. Born on April 21, 1991 at um run at the world cham- ing the CM. CM post. He is now under the complained to the Governor
runner to complete 1,600 km 92 base hospital at Srinagar “To cover this mammoth Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu) and pionship at Romania, for Following Eshwarappa’s illusion that if Yediyurappa against the chief minister.
in just 17 days, a feat which on Friday with a heartwarm- distance from Kashmir to having represented his state which he had won a trial run recent complaint to the Gov- resigns, he will become the The CM should sack him
is in the process of being ing gathering of enthusiasts Kanyakumari in 50 days, Velu in athletics at the age of 13, of 24 hour stadium running ernor against Yediyurappa, chief minister,” Eshwarappa immediately or Eshwarappa
entered as an Asian record. who accompanied him in his would be running 70-100 km Naik Velu joined the Army in held at Bengaluru, Lt Col alleging direct interference in said. The former CM is unable should submit his resigna-
“Naik Velu, serving as a solo run for the initial five km per day, crossing major towns, December 2011 and his first Navneet said. the affairs of his department, to digest our organisational tion voluntarily, he said.
Their Sangh teaches them to attack, while non-violent satya-
graha makes the farmers fearless

PM urges Assam militants to join mainstream
Accusing the Cong, Modi said, It is our responsibility to ensure the rehabilitation of those who have returned to the mainstream after years of struggle
SNS/PTI who divided society and threw reposing faith in develop-
TAMULPUR, 3 APRIL crumbs of development at
particular sections for their vote
ment, stability, peace, good-
will, harmony and unity”, he Election: 74 women
uoyed by a raft of bank politics are said to be said.
peace agreements
with underground
outfits in the North-
practising secularism while we,
who ensure that develop-
ment reaches all, are termed
Modi came down heavily
on those claimimg what peo-
ple who will form the next gov-
candidates in fray
east, Prime Minister Naren- communal,” Modi said, attack- ernment will look like and wear. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA cent behind men voters with
dra Modi on Saturday made ing the Congress over long He was apparently referring GUWAHATI, 3 APRIL 80.94 of the 36,09,959 women
a fervent appeal to militants years of violence in the state. to the comments by Abdur electorate exercising their
in Assam who have not sur- “The NDA government Rahim, the son of AIUDF Political parties have made franchise as against 81 per cent
Delhi deputy chief minis- rendered yet to return to the has strived to holistically founder and MP Badruddin promises galore to woo the of the total 37,34,537 male elec-
ter Manish Sisodia receives
mainstream as they are need- empower every section of Ajmal, a Congress ally, who Fri- 49.35 per cent strong women torate and 5.9 per cent of the
the first dose of Covid vac-
cine, Maulana Azad Med-
ed to create an 'Atmanirbhar society with our mantra 'Sabka day asserted “dadhi, topi and electorate but only 74 women 135 third gender voters.
ical College in New Delhi, Assam'. Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka lungi wallahs” will form the candidates are in the fray for The Congress, a part of the
on Saturday. �IANS Addressing an election Vishwas'. This game of secu- next government in the state. the three-phase Assam Assem- Grand Alliance, has put up nine
rally here in Bodoland Terri- larism and communalism has “There cannot be a bigger bly elections in 2021. women candidates with its
torial Region's (BTR) Baksa dis- hurt the nation a lot,” he said. insult to Assam. The people The number of women allies the AIUDF, Rashtriya
HP issues guidelines for trict, the prime minister said During the last five years, of Assam will not tolerate candidates in this year's Janata Dal and Bodoland Peo-
educational institutions: people of the state have reject- the “double engine” NDA gov- those who insult Assam's Assembly election is less com- ples' Front giving tickets to one
The Himachal Pradesh gov- ed violence for development, ernments at the Centre and pride and identity and will give pared to the last two state women candidate each. The
ernment on Saturday peace, unity and stability. in the state have resulted in them a befitting reply through assembly polls. Grand Alliance's total of 12
issued guidelines for edu- Accusing the Congress of “double benefit” for Assam, the the ballot,” he said. In the 2016 Assam Assem- women candidates in this
cational institutions which encouraging violence, Modi prime minister said. The people of the state bly election, there were 91 poll is lower than the 16
will remain close up to 15 said, “It is our responsibility “Whenever we think of have decided to vote the NDA women candidates in the fray women given tickets by the
April owing to surge in to ensure the rehabilitation of any scheme, we think of every- to power again, he asserted. with eight of them winning Congress in 2016 election.
Covid cases in the state. those who have returned to one without any discrimina- “I say this on the strength while in 2011, 85 women con- The BJP has given tickets
The official said all coach- the mainstream after years of tion. We want that the bene- of my political experience, tested and 14 made it to the to seven women candidates,
ing centres engaged in struggle. fits of the schemes reach every the love, affection and enthu- assembly, the highest so far one more than the last polls,
preparations for competi- “I also appeal to those who section of the society, irre- siam they have shown for the elected to the House. The 74 while its alliance partner, the
tive exams and nursing, m- are yet to surrender to return Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally ahead of spective of whether they are NDA in the two phases of candidates comprise a mere Asom Gana Parishad has put
edical will remain open. SNS for the future of the state and third phase of Assam Assembly Elections, in Baksa district on form a vote bank or not, lit- polling already held. They 7.82 per cent of the total 946 up two aspirants, the same as
for their own future, too, as they Saturday. erate or illiterate. We are here are with development, stability, candidates in the fray for the in the last elections.
are needed to create an to work for the nation and to peace, harmony and unity,” 126 member Assembly. The newly floated Assam
UP nun harassment row: 'Atmanirbhar Assam',” he the jungle again”. committed to ensuring that change the lives of people,” he he added. Notwithstanding their poor Jatiya Parishad has given tick-
Three people have been said. “I assure every mother and this does not happen again. said. The NDA government has representation, women came ets to seven women candidates
arrested for breach of Referring to the huge crowd sister of the BTR that the The NDA is committed to The Prime Minister said it been moving forward on the out in large numbers, out- while the other new party
peace and misbehaviour in of women present at the rally, dreams of your children will moving ahead on the path of is for the first time that spe- path of peace and prosperi- numbering men in the first Raijor Dal has put one women
connection with the last the Prime Minister said dur- be fulfilled and they do not development through “peace cial attention has been given ty with every partner of Assam, phase with 76.07 per cent of candidate. Among the nine
month's alleged harassm- ing his last visit to Kokrajhar have to pick up weapons and and goodwill” and it is this that to holistic development of stated Modi urging the youth the total 40,32,481 female candidates of the Congress,
ent of nuns in Jhansi , in BTR on Thursday, he was go to the jungles or fall victim has led to the signing of the 100 districts and out of these, (particularly first time voters) electorate exercising their there are three new faces.
police said. All three were surprised to see women in large to bullets,” he said. historic Bodo Accord, he said. seven are in Assam. to vote in large numbers. He franchise while 75.79 per cent The BJP also has four new faces
produced before the cou- numbers and asked a politi- Every child is special to their The NDA government, he The people of Assam have pointed out that their man- of the 40,77,210 male voters - Surabhi Rajkonwar
rt of city magistrate from cal analyst about the reason, mother but their tears do not asserted, formulates policies realised this and the “Maha- dates would determine how and 11.29 per cent of the 124 (Sivasagar), Nandita Garlosa
where they were shifted and was told “mothers are now stop once the child picks up that are non-discriminatory jhot ka Mahajhooth (the Grand far ahead Assam would be third gender cast their vote. (Haflong), Moon Swarnakar
to a jail for 14 days. PTI sure their children will not pick a gun and goes to the jungle, and for all sections of socie- lies of the Grand Alliance has when India celebrates 100 In the second phase, (Algapur) and Hasinara Khatun
up weapons and go away to he said, adding the NDA is ty. “It's unfortunate that those been exposed with people years of independence. women were a mere .06 per (Baghbor)- in the fray.

Local BJP leader killed: A

52-year-old local BJP lea-
der, a contestant in the
Maha may divert WHAT COVID? Tikait: Attack
panchayat elections in
Narayanpur in Uttar Prad- on my convoy
esh, was shot dead while
he was returning home
all oxygen supply pre-planned by
after attending a public
meeting, police said on for medical use: CM BJP workers
Saturday. Three people ALIGARH (UP), 3 APRIL
were detained following PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
the killing of Brijesh Singh MUMBAI, 3 APRIL Violating Covid norms, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU)
on Friday night. PTI film crew members leader Rakesh Tikait claimed
With Maharashtra recording booked: Police have reg- on Saturday that the attack
over half of the daily coron- istered an offence against on his convoy of vehicles in
Ex-CMD of J&K Bank held: avirus cases in India, the state some members of a film Rajasthan's Alwar was “pre-
The Anti Corruption government is considering crew after more than a planned by BJP workers” and
Bureau on Saturday arrest- diverting all industrial use hundred people were found said it should serve as a
ed the high-profile former oxygen supply for medical use, constructing a movie set reminder to the farmers
chairman-managing direc- chief minister Uddhav Thack- without adherence to Covid protesting against three new
tor of the Jammu and eray said on Saturday. guidelines in Maharashtra's agriculture laws of the Cen-
Kashmir Bank Parvez Ahm- In an online interaction Palghar district, an offi- tre about the travails and
ad Nengroo allegedly for with newspaper owners, edi- cial said on Saturday. The challenges they are going to
illegally allocating houseke- tors and distributors, Thack- case was registered on face in the days to come.
eping of the Bank to a Mu- eray said a decision on impos- Thursday, he said.“The Addressing a “kisan maha-
mbai based company. SNS ing stringent measures to work of building the film panchayat” at Bhaimalkhe-
tackle the pandemic will be set at Suncity grounds in da village in this Uttar Pradesh
taken soon but did not con- Palghar's Vasai had start- district, Tikait said such
Cop dismissed over sexual firm if there will be a statewide ed on March 24. Over a hun- attacks “are, in fact, strength-
favours: Taking more har- lockdown. dred people worked at the ening our resolve to further
sh action against Kailash Maharashtra on Friday site at a time. When a police intensify our struggle, which
Bohra, who was given reported 47827 new cases, the team went there, it was is a battle for our existence”.
compulsory retirement highest daily rise in around found that none of the Talking to reporters , he
from the Rajasthan Police six-and-a-half-months and a workers followed coron- said, “We are mentally pre-
People, not adhering to Covid norms, walk at the Heritage Street near Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday. � IANS
Service for demanding chunk of the 89,129 new cases avirus norms like wearing pared for more such inci-
sexual favours from a in a day recorded in India. masks and maintaining dents.” Stones were alleged-
rape survivor last month, With the demand for oxy- social distancing,” he said. ly pelted at the convoy of Tikait,
the state government has
ordered his dismissal. The
order was issued on Friday
gen surging, the state public
health department had last
month directed oxygen man- considering steps like open-
Sharad Pawar
Covid +ve NC chief shifted to in Rajasthan's Alwar district
on Friday, damaging the rear
windshield of his car. Police
after obtaining the appr-
oval from the governor.PTI
ufacturers to divert 80 per cent
of their stocks for medical use
and retain the rest 20 per
cent for industrial purposes.
ing e-ICUs and increased use
of telemedicine in these try-
ing times, he said.
“If there comes a time
from hospital
hospital from home isolation had detained a student leader,
who the BKU claimed
belonged to the ABVP and
accused the saffron party.
UP gang-rape Thackeray said the state
government is considering
when someone's livelihood
has to be snatched, there is NCP chief Sharad Pawar,
Farooq Abdullah rece-
ived his first dose of
even in the capital cities of
Jammu and Srinagar.
Addressing the “maha-
panchayat” here, Tikait issued
accused shot diverting even that 20 per
cent for medical use, because
bound to be anguish. But if
there is a dilemma on whether
who recently underwent a
procedure for a gall bladder Former chief minister and vet- vaccine on 2 March.
Three teachers of a girls
school in north Kashmir’s
a call to the protesting farm-
ers to be mentally prepared
as he tries of the surge in cases and the
“alarming” situation in the
to save a life or a job, then it
is important to give priority
issue, was discharged from
a hospital here on Saturday,
eran politician, Farooq Abdul-
lah, who was recently tested Saturday decided to shift him
Sopore were on Saturday
tested positive. Five CRPF
to continue with their agita-
tion at least till the end of the
to escape state.
The daily demand for oxy-
to life,” Thackeray said.
“We have been telling peo-
a party leader said.
“Pawar (80) is in good
positive for Covid, was on Sat-
urday shifted to a hospital from
to a hospital for better med-
ical care. Several leaders,
personnel posted at Srinagar’s
High Court have also been
year, when they would taste
victory. He urged them to be
MEERUT, 3 APRIL gen in Maharashtra has ple since last one year. I feel health and is recuperating home isolation as a precau- including Prime Minister tested positive .The count of mobile phone savvy so that
touched 700 metric tonnes that if all people, be it private at home,” said NCP state tionary measure. Narendra Modi, wished him virus infected persons has they can be active on social
One of the four men accused against the state's production offices or shops, had imple- minister Nawab Malik. Taking to Twitter, his son speedy recovery after news of crossed 1.32 lakh and with five media.
of gang-rape of a class 10 girl capacity of over 1200 metric mented our directives of stag- Earlier in the day, a team Omar Abdullah said; “Based his testing positive for the dis- deaths on Friday, the death Farmers hold protest
in Sardhana area of UP's tonnes, an official said. gered duty hours, then maybe of doctors checked Pawar on the advice of doctors to ease came to light. toll has reached 2003. against Khattar in Rohtak:
Meerut district has been A notification stating 80 per the situation would not have and concluded that his con- enable them to better mon- He received his first dose Meanwhile, vaccination Farmers on Saturday held a
shot by the police and he and cent of capping for medical reached such an alarming dition was stable. Malik said itor my father, he has been of vaccine on 2 March. The has picked up in the UT of protest against Haryana CM
his accomplice attempted to use was issued on Tuesday. It level,” he said. doctors have advised seven- admitted to hospital in Sri- number of those testing pos- Ladakh where 2434 persons Manohar Lal Khattar in Rohtak
escape. Lakhan and Vyas said that the rule would apply The chief minister said day rest for Pawar. “If his nagar. Our family remains itive in Jammu and Kashmir in the age group of 45 to 59 district. After they came to
were arrested earlier today to all of Maharashtra and office timings should have health parameters remain grateful to everyone for their is steeply rising day by day but received the first dose of vac- know about the CM's visit,
and were being taken to stay in force till June 30. been divided into 24 hours. stable after the next 15 days, messages of support & their the authorities have yet to cine on Saturday in the Kargil farmers including women
court. However they tried to Thackeray said the state “If staggered timings had a surgery of his gall bladder prayers”. become strict in implemen- district. gathered outside a private uni-
snatch the pistol from one government is increasing been followed, there would will be performed,” he The 85-year-old National tation of preventive measures. The administration of the versity where Khattar's chop-
of the policemen and tried testing and also not keeping have been less strain on local added.He was admitted to Conference president tested Large number of people can UT has urged people not to per was to land.He was to
to flee. The Police said that “even a single positive” case trains and BEST city buses. the hospital on March 30 positive for Covid-19 on Tues- be seen moving on the streets spit in public places and has attend a condolence meet in
an encounter followed and under wraps. Unfortunately, this did not after he experienced abdom- day. He was kept in home-iso- without wearing a mask or ordered a fine of Rs.500 on memory of Rohtak MP Arvind
Lakhan opened fire and The government is also happen,” he said. inal pain. PTI lation initially, but doctors on maintaining social distance those violating the directive. Sharma's father. PTI
Lakhan was shot in the leg
by the cop's return fire.
A case under Section
376D, 302, 328 of IPC and
POCSO was registered against
MHA slams linking its letter on human trafficking to ‘unrelated’issue of farmers’ stir
accused in Sardhana police
station on Thursday night on SNS/PTI elling grave charges against the reports about the letter have ers and they are exploited, mentally challenged people
the complaint of the girl's NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL farmers of the state. juxtaposed in a totally unre- paid poorly and meted out belonging to Bihar and UP were
family. Thereafter two accused These news reports are lated context to conclude that inhuman treatment besides lur- found to be working as “bond-
were arrested while two are The Union Home Ministry on misleading and present a dis- the MHA has framed 'grave ing them with drugs to extract ed labourers” in the border dis-
still at large. Saturday termed as “distort- torted and highly editorialised charges' against the farmers more labour, affecting their tricts of the state and asked it
Girl sets herself ablaze ed” and “misleading” media opinion of a simple observa- of Punjab and has also con- physical and mental health. to take appropriate action to
after repeated molesta- reports linking its letter to the tion about a socioeconomic nected this with the ongoing Keeping in view the multi- deal with the “serious” prob-
tion, dies: A 15-year- old girl Punjab government on the problem emerging from four farmers' agitation, the state- dimensional and over- lem.
who had set herself ablaze plight of 58 bonded labourers sensitive border districts of Pun- ment said. whelming enormity of the In the letter to the Chief Sec-
in a village under Sumerpur rescued in the state to the jab over a period of two years, Farmers, mostly from Pun- problem, this ministry has retary of Punjab, the home min-
police station area after farmers' agitation and said which has been brought to the jab and Haryana, have been only requested the state gov- istry said the Border Security
allegedly being molested by no motive should be ascribed attention of this ministry by the a particular state or states as of Labour and Employment protesting on the borders of ernment(s) to take suitable Force (BSF) has found that these
a boy, succumbed to her to a routine communication concerned Central Armed this is part of routine com- with a request to carry out a Delhi against three central measures to address this seri- 58 people, who were brought
injuries in a Kanpur hospi- over law and order issues. Police Force, the home min- munication over law and order sensitisation exercise in all agri laws since late November. ous problem, the statement to Punjab with the promise of
tal on Saturday, police said. The ministry said a section istry said in a statement.The issues. states to check the duping of The home ministry said said.In its communication good salary but exploited,
The girl had been rushed to of media has erroneously home ministry said, Firstly, no The ministry said the let- vulnerable victims at the hands the letter clearly and only dated March 17, the home were given drugs and forced
the Kanpur hospital as she reported that the ministry has motive can be ascribed to a let- ter has also been forwarded to of unscrupulous elements. states that human trafficking ministry has conveyedto the to work in inhuman conditions
had received severe burn written the letter to Punjab lev- ter issued by this ministry to the Secretary, Union Ministry Secondly, some of the news syndicates hire such labour- Punjab government that 58 once they reached Punjab.
injuries, they said. SNS


With which is incorporated

Means and Ends A MEMBER

The Englishman ~ Founded 1821

In many instances, noble cause corruption has its genesis in systemic arrogance. Many ASIAN VOICES
Towards Open Sesame? police officers mistakenly start believing that they have the right to decide what is Politicization of
good or bad and punish the wrongdoers accordingly. But systemic arrogance has no
Y virus & hate crimes
et another embroidery of the Trump era has
been jettisoned by President Joe Biden on All place in policing and generates an organisational culture that legitimises abuse of authority

Fool’s Day. Abrogated on April 1 was the non- he mass protests staged across
immigrant visa that allows companies in the United the United States and many parts
States to employ foreign staff in what they call “spe- of the world in support of Asian
ciality occupations” that require theoretical or tech- Americans’ fight against the wide-
nical expertise. While, according to surveys, the ban spread and rising racial discrimination
had little or no impact on domestic employment in against them should drive home the
America, the IT sector in India is reported to have message that the world’s self-pro-
claimed champion of human rights
welcomed the move. The White House has allowed a
should stop pointing fingers at others
ban (imposed in 2020) on H1-B skilled workers and and seek remedies for its own woes.
certain other temporary visas to expire on March During the Covid-19 pandemic, more
31. H1-B visas, that are used more by Indian profes- and more Asian Americans have
sionals than any other citizens abroad, were suspe- become the target of discrimination
nded by Mr Biden’s predecessor in June last year, and abuse thanks to the "China virus"
ostensibly to protect American jobs, that had lan- spite spouted by US politicians and
guished because of the pandemic. It is quite anoth- media. To gloss over the country’s
er story that efforts, if at all, to contain the dreaded incompetence in fighting the pandem-
disease and minimise the casualty toll were by and ic and shift the blame, some irrespon-
sible US politicians and media have
large ineffectual under Mr Donald Trump. Also affe-
adopted racist rhetoric and stoked
cted by the ban were visas for intra-company trans- anti-Chinese sentiments, fueling hate
fers (L1), exchange visitors (J1), temporary non- crimes targeting Asian Americans.
agricultural workers (H-2B) and dependents of H1- According to a survey released by
B holders (H4). In a word, this is a cross-section of the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-
potential visa-holders, notably those who would hate organization headquartered in
visit the US on State Department programmes, or New York, some 17 per cent of Asian

junkets if you will. While a large section of foreigners he term “Noble cause criminals and terrorists, who order to get rid of hardened ment for fighting terrorism, the Americans have experienced verbal
faced the prospect of closed doors, it is open to que- corruption” was first defy law and the criminal justice criminals. Therefore, unless US Department of Justice issued harassment and physical threats, up
used in Edwin Delatre's machinery. Due to the malfunc- senior officers take a decisive notorious “torture memos” that from 11 percent a year ago. Stop AAPI
stion whether Biden’s decision to let the ban “expire”
book “Character and tioning of the criminal justice stand against these forms of ille- sought to restrict the definition Hate, a California-based nonprofit so-
will translate to open sesame across the Atlantic. Cops ~ Ethics in policing” pub- system, there is also public gal practises and patterns, dis- of torture to serious physical cial organization tracking incidents of
The White House did not make an official statement lished in 1989. It has now be- approval of the dubious police honest law enforcement in pur- injury and justified some milder violence against Asian Americans and
on the abrogation chiefly because President Biden come a standard phrase for char- work and operations. suit of so-called noble ends will forms of ill treatment as “stress Pacific Islanders, said it had received
was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to unveil his $2 acterising police action to abuse The idea of noble cause cor- continue. and distress” techniques on gro- nearly 3,800 reports of abuse or attacks
trillion American Jobs Plan ~ an eight year scheme and misuse power and authority ruption finds powerful exposi- Admittedly, justification of unds of paramount security of against people of Asian descent betwe-
pertaining in the main to infrastructure. Jobs and for achieving apparently noble tion in a film called “Dirty Harry.” noble cause corruption implies the state. en March 2020 and February 2021. The
migration are closely intertwined. While the stated objectives. The concept has a In the film, the police officer, faith in the concept that the end But torture does not become rise in the number of hate crimes agai-
reason why Trump had banned this category of classical origin. Inspector Harry Callaghan in justifies the means. But the diffi- permissible by euphemistically nst Asian Americans has ignited natio-
visas was to protect American jobs in the face of In Plato’s Republic, the phil- order to rescue a kidnapped girl, cult problem in this case is that calling it something else. More- nwide anger and calls for immediate
osopher king justifies the use of inflicts pain and torture on her in police work, it is often seen over, using torture sparingly has action by the US government. Respon-
unprecedented unemployment last year, the ban
noble lies to advance the welfare kidnapper, who persistently that ends are not that important never worked out. There is the ding to the growing outrage, President
did not have its intended impact, according to the of the city. Herein lies a dichoto- refuses to disclose her where- and serious to justify adoption of danger of the “slippery slope” Joe Biden on Tuesday announced steps
preliminary findings of a Wall Street Journal survey. my. Whereas, Plato’s noble cause abouts. The conflict of emotion brazenly illegal means. In polic- and the difficulty of knowing to protect Asian Americans against dis-
Businesses employing foreigners “struggled to fill does not imply anything more of the Inspector depicted in the ing, detection of crime and con- where to draw the line. crimination and violent attacks, which
jobs (aka the burgeoning vacancies)” despite very than use of lies or other forms of film is emotionally compelling. viction of criminals is no doubt Writers like Delatre have include establishing a Justice Depart-
high domestic unemployment. deception to advance a worth- But it is also true important, but held the view that when the ment initiative to track reports of anti-
The Indian IT industry entity, NASSCOM, said it while cause, many a police offi- that in many cases what is far more police take important decisions
applauded the decision to let the visa ban expire. cer justifies blatant abuse of policemen resort to important in a lib- between the choice of ends and
According to a statement issued in the immediate authority and violation of human torture or high- eral democratic means, the responsibility has to
rights of the suspects for achiev- handed methods order is to uphold rest with a senior officer enjoy- Asian hate crimes and expand its out-
aftermath of the decision: “...allowing the suspen-
ing the so-called desirable objec- not for rescuing a the constitutional ing greater authority, experience reach to community organizations.
sion to lapse makes great sense for the United tives. They believe that some- girl or for any other rights of the citi- and discretion. But it has to be The announcement comes two weeks
States. As the courts seemed to agree, there was no times it is necessary to adopt ille- laudable objectives. zens. The fact of the borne in mind that this kind of after eight people, including six
credible evidence that the visa holders do harm to gal means for achieving ends On the contra- matter is that wro- referral is not always possible in women of Asian descent, were shot
the US labour market. Quite the contrary, these which are beneficial for society ry, the motivating ng means ultimate- tense and fast-moving situations. and killed in Atlanta. Asian Americans,
individuals are a vital part of the US workforce and and such a course of action factor is the dispo- ly pervert the end It is also to be kept in mind that of course, are not the only group sub-
their presence enhances and helps enable the US should not be equated with cor- sition on the part of and thus, propor- the police, though a top-down ject to racial discrimination and social
economy, innovate, and grow jobs across the coun- ruption for sordid personal gains. the police to per- SEN tionality of the me- command organisation, allows injustice as the US, touted as the bea-
try. NASSCOM believes this will help US businesses Unfortunately, this kind of flaw- form such acts. ans has always to exercise of considerable discre- con of human rights, has a long history
access talent critical to the economic recovery ed logic is touted not only by just Such coercive me- The writer is Senior be kept in view. tion by its officers down the line. of discrimination against African
Fellow – Institute of
the bad apples in the organisa- thods and strong- It has been ob- Hence, field officers seeking Americans and other disadvantaged
phase in the post-Covid world.” Mr Biden has tion but, at times, by many seni- arm tactics clearly
Social Sciences, a former
Director General of the served that dispro- to exercise noble cause corrup- groups.
choreographed a bold decision to spruce up the or and conscientious officers. violate the rights of
National Human Rights
Commission and former portionate use of tion while handling a case have The trial of police officer Derek
economy of the United States of America and the One common and frequent the suspects and Director, National
force in operations to carefully ponder if the end jus- Chauvin charged with the murder of
Police Academy
job market generally. form of noble cause corruption corrode the moral against the terror- tifies the means because acts of African American George Floyd last
is testimonial corruption to fibre of the police. ists and criminals noble cause corruption are often year, which sparked the Black Lives
Myanmar’s civil strife secure conviction of criminals by
improving on evidence by the
In many instances, noble cause has proved to be counter-
corruption has its genesis in sys- productive. Hence, to break the
caused by a degree of moral neg-
ligence. The police have to keep
Matter movement, began on Monday.
True, when political, economic and

xactly two months after the Myanmar military police. It is a euphemism for per- temic arrogance. Many police law in the name of law enforce- in mind the rights of the victims social problems arise, ethnic minori-
seized power, post an election that Aung San jury. When the police adopt this officers mistakenly start believ- ment is objectionable because it as well as the suspects. ties tend to be made a scapegoat. The
Suu Kyi had won yet again, the screws have philosophy, they erroneously ing that they have the right to becomes arbitrary as a process Therefore, there is need for Anti-Defamation League found the
been turned on her with almost brutal severity. The think that the end justifies the decide what is good or bad and and random in its effects. In a training police officers and men distribution of white supremacist pro-
means and illegal methods, if punish the wrongdoers ac- democratic polity, order main- in humane and ethical policing. paganda in the US increased nearly
latest charge against her is that she violated the necessary, have to be adopted to cordingly. tained through illegality leads to The police have to develop sensi- twofold in 2020 from the year before.
beleaguered country’s secrecy law. And one of the imprison those who prey on the But systemic arrogance has ultimate disorder. tivity for those who are policed. But the racial discrimination in the US
well-guarded secrets of the state is why for the past society. no place in policing and gener- However, in many countries, In policing, mechanical applica- is obviously not just a symptom of dis-
three decades the omnipotent military has been Moreover, besides padding ates an organisational culture in order to combat war against tion of discretion does not help. tress during the pandemic, it has deep
loath to allow Suu Kyi wield power, concordant with evidence, the police also resort that legitimises abuse of authori- terrorism, torture has been jus- Discretion is not license. Though roots. As such, people around the
the certitudes of democracy. The charge has been to other palpably illegal tactics ty. Many senior officers approve tified and viewed as noble cause grounded on rules, it is a form of world cannot help but ask why the US
levelled a day after she appeared in court by video like custodial violence, fake and, at times, encourage adop- corruption. While President Bush judgment rather than mere fol- should feel it is in a position to lecture
link in connection with earlier charges. She has now encounters, etc. against dreaded tion of such illegal means in condemned torture as an instru- lowing of rules. other countries on human rights.
been charged with breaking a colonial-era official
secrets law, the most serious charge filed against LETTERS TO THE EDITOR editor@thestatesman.com
her thus far. Her lawyer was informed about the
allegation just two days ago, one that carries a jail
term of up to 14 years. The comeuppance is no less
critical than imprisonment for life. Suu Kyi was Policemen are the key absorbing politics but very few bother
about water preservation. Now a days IMRAN'S RESPONSE
arrested on 1 February when the military grabbed electronic Medias are relentlessly high-
power in a coup. It alleges that a general election SIR, With reference to Devendra Sak- nel must ensure that they uphold the lighting the political issues depicting SIR, Please refer to
last year, which saw Suu Kyi’s ruling National League sena’s article, ‘Systemic Fault-lines’ (28 values of their service and strive to do the ups and downs of political parties' your today’s report ‘Pak
for Democracy (NLD) win by a landslide, was fraud- March), the police is largely under the the right thing without any fear or fortunes but eh alarming issues of desires peace: Imran
ulent, though there is no evidence to substantiate control of the political class and the favour in all situations to win the trust degradation of biodiversity as well as writes to Modi’. Res-
bureaucracy. For long they have wield- of the general public. Police them- preservation of water are getting a skip ponding to Prime Min-
the charge. Myanmar has been rocked by weeks of ed their power and that has an intoxi- selves are the key players in restoring from their telecast. Enormous amount ister Narendra Modi’s
protests since the coup. The upsurge, most particu- cating effect on them. Having become honesty and integrity in their service. of Industrialisation which is obvious letter greeting Pakistan
larly in Yangon and Mandalay, has been countered inured to using the police for certain Yours, etc., Ranganathan Sivakumar, for sustenance of our ever growing on its national day,
with increasingly violent military crackdowns. More purposes over and above their normal Chennai, 1 April. population develops huge amount of Pakistan’s PM, Imran
than 500 people ~ including 40 children ~ have been functions, politicians are not letting industrial waste which most unfortu- Khan, has claimed that
killed so far. Suu Kyi has not been seen publicly the power go out of their hands. A state FOOD AND COMMERCE nately get dumped into water bodies. his country seeks
since her arrest. Suu Kyi, along with three of her security commission is the main pro- SIR, In these days of more and more Everyday these millions of toxic efflu- “peaceful, cooperative
deposed cabinet ministers and a detained econom- vision the Supreme Court had recom- demand for commercial production ents are being drained into our seas, relations with all
ic adviser, Sean Turnell, has been charged under mended to stop interference in the for food and non food items, we are rivers, ponds as the water bodies are neighbours, including
functions of the police. The commissi- steadily and gradually losing our basic ultimate absorber of Human civiliza- India”. Mr Khan also
the official secrets law. The military authorities have on is supposed to be the watchdog concern for preservation of nature. The tion which we boast of. When water said that durable peace
been less than explicit in spelling out the provisions between the government and the most precious components of our preservation is absolute need for our and stability in the
of the law and the violation thereof. The 75-year- police. On the one hand, it would mother nature is Water which we are survival instead we are engaged in region was contingent
old ousted leader already faces charges of corrup- ensure that the government would not wasting in every second without paus- toxic ting the bounties of our Mother on resolving all issues
tion, with the military alleging that she accepted interfere in police operations, while on ing for a moment that it will ultimately nature. between India and
$600,000 in cash and 11 kg of gold. She has also the other the police would not trans- ruin our future. Scientists have already Solutions lie in our realisation, in Pakistan, “in particular,
been charged with violating the country’s Natural gress the law. But, one wonders how warned that by the year 2040 the world our awareness. All of us should take an the Jammu and Kash-
Disaster Law and with possessing illegal walkie- effectively this commission balances will have half the water it needs and initiative for the cause. The day is not mir dispute”. He added
talkies. Myanmar’s military seized power after over- these two ends. for India the tragedy may take place by far when water rationing will prove lit- that the creation of “an enabling environment” was
The insensitivity on the part of the 2030. In our country directly and indi- tle to combat the situation. With our “imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dia-
throwing the government and declared a state of
authorities is also a result of a tacit rectly crores of rupees are spent for basic instinct to grab more and more logue”.
emergency. Just days later, the civil disobedience understanding between the wings of Election and related political issues. with cheaper and cheaper we are There are two ways to interpret this letter. The
movement began to emerge with professionals the government to not make life diffi- People from all strata are willfully get pumping money into corporate which first, sceptical, view can see it as an attempt by Pak-
refusing to return to work in protest. The movement cult for each other. Our police person- engaged and involved in this all eventually destroying the nature. The istan to hold the ties hostage to the J&K issue yet again,
quickly started to gain momentum and it was not production of one kilogram of meat without confronting the issue of terrorism. The logical
long before hundreds of thousands of people began takes about the water used in bathing conclusion of such a reading would be that there is
taking part in street protests. But there has increas- for one year. little merit in engaging with Pakistan. A second way to
ingly been an escalation of violence between the One commode flash releases more read the letter is to focus on why Mr Khan has said
police and civilians. According to the Assistance than a bucket of water. Present day what he has, and what he has not said. A reference to
Association for Political Prisoners, more than 500 what we eat, what we wear, what we J&K is imperative for any Pakistani leader to survive
use, all are industrial products which domestically. The fact that despite relentless propa-
people have been killed since the military crack- require huge quantity of water. Unless ganda over the past year-and-a-half against India’s
down began. The Tamidaw (military) ought to have we change our lifestyle, our fooding moves in J&K, Pakistan has not made any tangible
been explicit in disclosing the violation of the offi- habits, our likings, we are surely to be demands other than mentioning an “enabling envi-
cial secrets law. The world in general and hoi-polloi plunged into the age of water crisis, ronment” leaves space for diplomacy. This reading
in Myanmar have been kept guessing. Suffice it to thus endangering the very existence of would lead to a different conclusion, specifically of
register that Myanmar bears witness to a political our civilization. the merits of engagement.
conflict between the people and the military, a civil Yours, etc., Arindam Ray, South Yours, etc., Khokan Das, Kolkata, 31 March.
strife if ever there was one. 24-Parganas, 22 March.



Insights from tutoring NOW AND AGAIN

Following an
W Chinese students
hen I was a graduate stu-
dent in physics at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin in
the early seventies there
was a disproportionate number of
Indian and Chinese students in our
department. One of my fellow students
jokingly used to say that “eventually there I was so overwhelmed by pride TIRTHANKAR MITRA
would only be Chinese and Indians in by these achievements that I started

this world”. to believe that the future of Silicon abhor standing in queues. A last minute
It was not a difficult prediction, Valley companies and other high- visit to a cinema house to see the
simply by looking at the total popula- tech companies in the US would be “opening day, opening show” was either
tion of China and India and their determined by Indian-Americans in preceded by requests to friends to pur-
growth rates compared to the rest of the near future. They will decide the chase an advance ticket for me or paying
the world. It is no wonder that these product line, locations of new facili- through the nose to a ticket “blacker” in the
two ethnic groups are now dominant ties, hiring practices of workers and back alley.
forces in the USA. strategy for future growth. There were other occassions of stand-
There have been a few unfore- The Chinese are also very good ing behind neighbours and strangers. The
seen developments since my gradu- in software development and other former often took pity on me and collected
ate studies days. The number of engi- skill sets necessary in IT and are our family’s ration cards and bags to spare
neers from India in the area of Infor- employed in massive numbers by me from what I considered to be an ordeal.
mation Technology (IT), a majority of high-tech companies. However, they But this jumping of queues had its
whom are only temporarily in this do not have two skills compared to fallouts. There were quite a few others in
country on H1B visas, has been their Indian counterparts – fluency the queue who objected to the “neigh-
increasing dramatically. China has in English and people management bourly act” and hurled invectives at me
become a very wealthy nation and a skill – which are essential to move up and my collaborators.
source of virtually all manufacturable the ladder. That observation cement- Friends, relations and neighbours
goods throughout the world. The ed my belief about Indians taking often chided me for my inability to wait.
educational system in high schools over. I even used to joke that it is for- There were accidents which I tried to pass
in the USA has faltered for a number tunate Indians are peace-loving peo- off as adventures.
of different reasons and schools are ple because otherwise, if they wanted There was an occassion where I
simply not producing a sufficient to, all the Indians in upper echelons missed my foothold trying to board a run-
number of qualified students to fill of technological companies could ning bus and would have been crushed
the demand for technical personnel. collude and bring the US to a beneath its wheels had not a passerby
On the technology front, there screeching halt. held me by my collar and dragged me
has been a major global revolution After my retirement, I have been away. On another occasion, I lay sprawled
going on since the introduction of tutoring high school and introductory on the pavement after having overlooked
internet. Internet commerce has college level students in physics and an auto rickshaw which hit me as I was in
enormously boosted valuations of mathematics. I live in Orange County, a hurry to cross a road.
many internet-based companies but California and most of my students But I have learnt to wait since the
at the same time, helped corpora- are from the Irvine area. For some 1989 parliamentary elections. Armed with
tions to streamline their operations reason, Irvine is very popular with the a pass empowering its holder to walk into
and reduce headcount in many ways. Chinese immigrants and I ended up any polling booth, I was about to use it to
The inherent analytical skills of Indi- tutoring many Chinese students. saw Daniel and told me that I could they were ready to spend whatever impose a high expectation on their cast my vote when I stood transfixed in my
an engineers, coupled with inexpen- My first Chinese student was keep the book as a “gift”. Clearly Lily money it took. children as far as their academic tracks.
sive leaning tools (basically a high- Daniel Wang. He needed my help in was ready to do almost anything for At the end, both Lily and Daniel achievements are concerned, they do I stopped after I caught sight of an old
powered laptop computer) and more Advanced Placement (AP) calculus better grades for Daniel so that he were satisfied with my job. I had sim- not seem to have the same kind of man in crumpled dhoti kurta. He was ask-
openness of the Indian government course. Daniel attended the “Univer- could get admission to a good college ilar experience with a few other Chi- zeal and regimented approach that I ing another voter not to jump the queue
to international trade have led to a sity High School”, supposedly the and money was not an issue. nese students I have tutored since. saw in Lily in driving their kids. Also, no matter what pressing assignment he
massive army of IT engineers who best school in the area. I was confi- The book did not go into too This experience opened my eyes to a they probably are reluctant to spend had.
have excelled in supporting the IT dent because I have a PhD in theo- much detail on any topic; it relied cultural phenomenon going on in money on tutoring, perhaps because It was Ganesh Ghosh. His identity as a
infrastructures of companies, not retical physics. I soon realized that it heavily on a few worked out “exam- this country. A lot of Chinese people they think that it is an unnecessary freedom fighter who had British troops in
only in the US but throughout the was a very difficult course and Daniel ples”. The expectation was that stu- (those living in China as well as in expense and they can tutor them- the crosshairs of his gun in the Jalalabad
world. The H1B visa arrangement was an extremely smart and serious dents would learn by doing the exer- USA) made tons of money from the selves if necessary. hills during the Chittagong armoury raid
turned out to be a mutually conve- student. The fact that I did not have a cises. The number and variety of soaring Shanghai stock market and I do not get too many Caucasian far preceded his persona as a legislator and
nient arrangement for both Indian calculus book at home and was out of problems at the end of each chapter this money has been making its way students. The ones I have tutored all MP in post-independence India.
engineers and their American touch with academia for the past 35 were exceedingly large. I spent liter- to USA, mainly in the form of real seemed to have some issues such as The scars of nearly 90 winters lined
employers. years did not help. ally hours in preparation. In the estate investment. As a result, they attention deficiency disorder, some his face as he stood in the sun. It was
It is not just the engineers on I developed a rapport with his process I realized that the course cov- have “invaded” upscale neighbor- type of addiction, extra-curricular indeed a momentous occasion as he wait-
H1B visas, but the first-generation mother – a friendly lady who called ered topics that we learned in second hoods in places like Irvine, Pasade- activities or low expectations set by ed for his turn to vote in an election where
immigrants who had already become herself “Lily”. I was constantly anx- or third year of college and a few in na, San Francisco and Dallas with parents. a prime minister after coming to power
US citizens and were engaged in ious that I would not be able to solve M.Sc. I even learned some new sub- good schools. Even people who are My view has changed. Now my with a mammoth majority five years earli-
technological areas in Silicon Valley, a problem correctly or take an unusu- jects and techniques that I had never still living in China are sending their conviction is that Silicon Valley will er was seeking the people’s verdict in the
Seattle, Austin and similar hubs who ally long time thinking about it. Final- learned before. kids to USA for education. eventually be run by the second-gen- wake of charges of corruption.
excelled in the new computer related ly, I decided to be upfront with Lily. I I also had several conversations One of the universal goals of eration Chinese. They will not have Time lay heavy in our hands. Some-
fields. Their achievements were epit- told her that I would be more effec- with Lily which gave me a sense of everyone is to get a solid education the handicap in language or people body offered Ghosh, a living legend in our
omized by Satya Nadella and Sundar tive if I had the same book at home how Chinese families thought about in Science, Technology, Engineering interaction like the first generation. locality, a chair which he politely refused.
Pichai, who became the CEOs of that Daniel followed and asked where their children’s education. It seemed and Math (STEM) subjects. From Of course, there will still be hundreds Instead the veteran freedom fighter
Microsoft and Google, respectively. I could find a copy. Lily understood that behind every student there was a what I see among the children of my of Indian engineers on H1B visas, but preferred to stand holding the shoulder of
More recently, Arvind Krishna the situation, but said that a new “tiger mom” watching every step, Indian friends and colleagues, sec- not the kind with a futuristic vision the man preceding him in the queue.
became the CEO of IBM. The remark- book would cost $225. It was a very every grade and every activity and ond-generation Indians are not that and commitment to the company or There were several volunteers and a small
able common aspect of these three thick hard-cover book, but I was still pushing them to excel all the time. It focused on STEM subjects. It seems country. I feel a certain degree of knot of people gathered round him
brilliant Indian technologists is that shocked by the price. was apparent from the way they that medical fields, business schools, sadness at this realization. Men in uniform rose to disperse the
they are first-generation Indians, hav- I was overwhelmed by Lily’s gen- spoke that they had virtually ruled economics, journalism and even law small crowd around Ghosh but decided
The writer, a physicist who worked in
ing received their undergraduate erosity when she handed me a book out non-Chinese students from their school are more popular. Secondly, academia and industry, is a Bengali settled against it. It had suddenly dawned on
degrees from schools in India. she got from e-Bay the next time I group of worthy competitors. Finally, while Indian parents certainly in America. them that they were seeing a man who had
written history and whose acts ought to

It ain’t over till it is over

have been written in letters of gold.
am affiliated with - from the govern- remind us that it was inhumane to His turn to vote came. Ghosh exer-
ment level, apart from sending occa- stop services or clamp extra charges cised his franchise and left with folded
sional lip service and survey ques- without any forewarning and contin- hands. As his footsteps receded, my long
SHAMSHAD MORTUZA resilience, betrayal, love and hate. istry say there will be no exams, while tionnaires. Yet there has been a ban gency plan. nursed habit of being unwilling to wait left
The sickness during the war, in con- there is another ministry taking on exams till May 23. Our job is to We forgot to address the social with him.

ovid-19 is back and it is back trast, appears to be a footnote in the MBBS admission tests? How can one take the horses to the riverbank, but inequalities that allowed the disease
with a vengeance, as if to grand scheme of history, and a refer- ministry say there will be no public not to let them drink water. How will to spread fast. The privileged group
puncture the false confidence ence point for our ongoing havoc. gathering, while there is another one we bring the semester system to a that cursed the protesters occupying 100 YEARS AGO
we were assuming about the We have lost more than a year to arranging national events? What kind fruition if there is no exam? Your the streets demanding basic trans-
antidotes. The rate of being cured this invisible enemy. Soon enough, we of message does this forgetfulness guess is as good as mine. portation services or livelihoods, for- MAYO HOSPITAL
made some of us think of the disease would like to forget this experience suggest: a damage in the ageing brain The rest of the world has suc- got the others who endanger their To The Editor Of The Statesman
as nothing more than a regular flu, some like a cricketing tour to Kiwi land or a memory management to keep cessfully designed and devised vari- lives to be exposed to the wrath of the SIR, - I beg to bring to your notice the
kind of media sensationalism and cor- where we saw black caps all over us. the system running? On the glorious ous online protocols for assessments. disease while being on the streets. great poverty of the Mayo Hospital. It is
porate conspiracy. We forgot the way Surely, there are benefits in forgetting golden jubilee of Bangladesh, all our If one can adopt to the virtual teach- There are structural discriminations the oldest Hospital in Calcutta, having
bodies were dumped in the streets, fam- too. Neuroscientists believe that for- focus has been on remembering. ing and learning model, then why that lie deep within the system that been founded in 1792 and never since
ily members were abandoned, and ven- getting is an essential memory man- Ironically, it seems forgetfulness is can’t one do the same with assess- needed to be addressed to make our closed. It is at present in debt to the extent
tilators were not to be found last year, agement system that sets aside creeping into the system. What ment? In the private system, the celebrations meaningful. of Rs 7,348 per annum, and it has been
this time around. We started herding unused memories to store new mem- lessons have we learnt in the last one entirety of assessment/evaluation is We also need to remember the found necessary to close the Ripon Street
in parties and in public places as if our ories. This is called the active model year? What algorithm did we use to done by individual teachers. We have ones who chalked the disease up to Dispensary as money is not forthcoming.
proximity would ensure immunity of forgetting; the passive model is predict the rate of infection? relied on their professionalism, be media sensationalism, downplay- Unless there is a substantial increase in
and consequent indemnity. Our zest- suggestive of biological decay of neu- The lack of sincerity has made regardless of the examination modal- ing the intensity of the disease. The the funds other serious retrenchments will
ful celebrations will dethrone the rons that happen naturally. many of the good efforts that con- ities. So why stop now? Because stu- callousness, forgetfulness and negli- be necessary. The building itself has not
crown-shaped virus. We did not hes- But the way we are forgetting trolled the disease in its early phase dents will cheat. How about the gov- gence are hurting us all. been repaired or redecorated for six years,
itate to display our collective irre- what we are preaching during this become futile and meaningless. ernment decision to pass everyone Last week, I received an email and sadly needs both. The total yearly
sponsibilities on social media. pandemic is tantamount to passive Imagine all your health service front- without any exam whatsoever? It is from a designer who was supposed number of patients treated is well over
Maybe one of these days, we will aggression. The routine circulars that line workers being forced to be in a interesting the way we selectively to deliver a web product for me: all 130,000, with a daily average of 734. It was
have enough “netlore”—stories, inundate the media show that there crowded examination hall for proc- remember and forget. five of his team members are affect- hoped that a further Government grant
memes, jokes and urban legends cir- is no coordination among different torial duties, knowing that the conta- We remembered to increase the ed, with two losing their family mem- would be given to the institution, but this
culated over the internet—to laugh branches of administration. The tally mination rate has shot over 22 per fare of buses, forgetting that the coro- bers. I am trying to forget the harsh has been refused. Can you possibly help
away the disease with its unbearable of deaths is on the rise, the infection cent. Who will treat you if these ser- navirus safety protocol was never lift- email that I sent earlier to remind us by an urgent appeal to your readers to
lightness of being, just like stories of rate is on the rise. The curve is show- vice providers are affected? ed in the first place. We forgot to him of his professional lapses. The give all they can to support this oldest of
the First World War superseded the ing no sign of flatness as it swings In the last one year, many of the come up with safety gadgets or pro- sooner we can forget this pandemic, the Calcutta Hospitals?
Spanish Flu. People hardly talk about back to climb new heights. The educational institutions have learned tective gear for ride sharing services the better. But let us not forget the PAUL K. GILROY,
the 1918 pandemic that killed 50 mil- human miseries behind the pitiless to adapt to the online system. during this entire year. And suddenly ones who we have lost during this Surgeon-Superintendent and
lion people worldwide against the 8.5 data, however, remain unforgettable. Schools, colleges and universities are we remembered that strangers battle. And let us not forget: it ain’t Secretary, Mayo Hospital,
million people who died in the Great The forgetfulness-remembrance trying to deliver lessons. I do not should not ride in such close prox- over ‘til it’s over. Calcutta.
War. There are so many war stories to binary is best evident in our adminis- know of any initiative to monitor the imity. Then, the bike riders and pas-
tell us about human courage, trative paradoxes. How can one min- process - at least in the institution I sengers blocked the city roads to The Daily Star/ANN. RANCHI’S AMENITIES
To The Editor Of The Statesman
CROSSWORD SIR, - I am a mere visitor to Ranchi,
NO 28873 but on behalf of the permanent residents,
I trust you will give publicity to two facts,
which, in my opinion, are a standing dis-
SOLUTION FOR 28 MARCH ACROSS heart (7) DOWN finally sent down ... this grace to a station, chosen as the summer
21 Copper's bringing posh calls for a celebration (6)
7 Snatch of metal caught on
Spanish banker in for
1 Perhaps Blair years
13 Isn't it arch working for the
headquarters of the Bihar Government.
the radio (5)
questioning (7)
ultimately written about as
enemy? (10) Firstly, as regards the lighting of the streets.
8 Bent coppers i.e. people in corrupt (8)
deep may be shown up by
23 Acclaimed, but first to be
2 Those last seen in militia
15 Fancy riding in gear some Without any exaggeration it can be said to
this (9)
dismissed and charged (7)
will attack Area 51 base (6)
time? (8) be practically non-existent. Where there
25 Beaming traitor keeps lead 16 Isolated police officers
10 Fella briefly engaged in
from DI Fleming? (7)
3 Deceptive designs sending
brought back to catch
are lights, they are so far apart and so bad,
dodgy activity to make
26 After coupling with
a PC to trial (7,3)
wicked one (8) as to be a menace rather than an aid to
some bread (7) 4 Federal investigators over
11 AC-12's coppers showing
another, tech billionaire
the pond uncovered
17 New recruit covering up traffic. The other point is in connection
signs of stress (7)
stretches (9)
something in the water (4)
corruption? (6) with railway communications. It seems
27 Innocent Methuselah 18 Superintendent sets
12 Country's crime data
framed by villain on tape (5)
5 Operation's legal
example, arresting sucker (6)
incredible, but nevertheless it is true, that
evenly distributed (7) proceedings repeatedly
20/24 Criminal due to fly in for a passenger travelling from Bombay to
13 Report from snout failing to get answers (1-7)
reportedly being discussed 6 At least 100 coppers or
police show featuring 14 Ranchi, must spend several hours at one
(2,5) plods (6)
(4,2,4) or other of the salubrious spots - Sini,
22 Worker in community
14 Police leader probing 7 Friendly note on beauty
armed DS Arnott regularly
Chakardarpore, or Purulia, because the
strange deaths (3,8) treatment has lowered
(3,3) Bombay-Calcutta mail, has no train con-
19 Most smooth, detailed poet tone (6)
from the east has India at 9 Preview clip with culprit
24 See 20 necting it with the Purulia-Ranchi express.
And so the traveller, can look forward this
NOTE: Figures in parentheses denote the number of letters in the words required. (By arrangement with The Independent, London)
time to 24 restful hours at Sini.

Ather Energy will treble its annual capacity to around 3 lakh
units by the end of FY23 if the current demand trend continues

GMR Group unveils

Ficci plea: Industry body
‘Gas producers continue to new vertical to
Ficci has urged the gov-
ernment to ramp up Covid
testing across the states
and open up the vaccina-
bleed as prices remain low’ foster innovation
tion for the age group 18-
45 years, while assuring it
Domestic gas price notified at $1.79 per million British thermal unit for six months beginning 1 April PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
including Airbus, Plug and Play
(leading global corporate
of the complete support PRESS TRUST OF INDIA been seen in the past few liquefaction capacity added innovation platform), Swedish
of the industry in fighting NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL ICRA REPORT years post implementation of in 2019 and 27.8 MTPA in Infra major GMR Group today Institute (SI), IIT-Hyderabad,
the pandemic. “We are the modified Rangarajan for- 2020, besides which capaci- launched a new business ver- among others.

currently testing about atural gas produc- Going forward, the supply mula make exploration and ty additions till 2025 would be tical dedicated to fostering and Speaking on the occasion,
11 lakh samples a day, tion remains a loss- glut is expected to keep prices production unviable even for in excess of incremental driving innovation ~ GMR Pradeep Singh Kharola, sec-
while we had reached the making proposition of domestic gas low in the benign geologies, Icra noted. demand which will weigh on Innovex ~ with a vision to cre- retary, ministry of civil avia-
level of testing 15 lakh for most fields for the near to medium term leading “Accordingly, low natural gas prices, Icra said. ate an enabling framework for tion, said during Covid-19
samples a day in January. Indian upstream producers as to poor returns even as domes- gas prices remain negative for From the consumers' per- innovation across all aspects times the aviation sector was
Further, there is capacity government-dictated gas price tic gas producers such as ONGC the upstream sector adverse- spective, the low domestic of the business. hit hard, but has emerged
of performing much more remains at its lowest level, rat- and Reliance Industries Ltd ly impacting revenues, prof- gas price is a positive. GMR Innovex will operate stronger and many new tech-
tests with 2,440 labs in ing agency Icra has said. (RIL)-BP ramp up gas itability and cash accruals “The continuation of the on an "open innovation" nologies took shape during this
the country operational The domestic gas price production significantly and the incumbents have low domestic gas prices would model, acting as an "innova- period and were all aimed at
for Covid testing, includ- notified at $1.79 per million petitioned the Government of lead to a competitive cost of tion exchange" to partner making the industry robust.
ing more than 1,200 from British thermal unit for the six India to provide a floor price generation for the domestic with startups, corporates, “The future of air travel is
the private sector,” Ficci months beginning 1 April for gas prices.” gas-based power generation innovation platforms, research one of passengers just walk-
president Uday Shankar remains the lowest since the SABYASACHI MAJUMDAR Spot LNG prices had projects,” it said. institutions and academia to ing through an airport in a fully
said in a letter to the institution of the modified CORPORATE SECTOR RATINGS, ICRA breached $30 per mmBtu in Given the cost-plus nature bring innovative ideas and paperless way. GMR Airports
Union health & family wel- Rangarajan formula. February 2021 due to increase of the power purchase agree- solutions to life and help to has been the first airport to
fare minister Harsh Vard- Additionally, the ceiling the long run from the expec- of the gas producers but only in oil prices, unplanned out- ments tied up by the gas- nurture and sustain a culture launch the e- boarding serv-
han. PTI on price for gas produced tations of continued supply to an extent. ages at export facilities in based power projects, the of innovation and entrepre- ice and today 90 per cent of
from deep water, ultra deep- overhang,” Icra said com- Sabyasachi Majumdar, sen- several countries, multiple benefit is expected to be neurship, a Press release from passengers use this method.
water, high temperature and menting on the gas price noti- ior vice-president & group cold waves, high shipping passed on to the customers, GMR said. GMR Innovex will become an
AGC Networks buy: AGC high-pressure fields has also fied by the government ear- head, corporate sector ratings, rates and delays in the Pana- mainly the state distribution A dedicated new facility for excellent hub to train talent
Networks on Saturday been announced at $3.62 per lier this week. Icra, said: “Going forward, ma canal. utilities (discoms). innovation has also been for various specialised jobs
said it has completed the mmBtu for April-September As per an Icra note, at such the supply glut is expected to Though spot prices have However, the extent of the established at the Hyderabad across the aviation indus-
acquisition of 76 per cent 2021-22 which is 10.8 per low gas prices, gas production keep prices of domestic gas come down to $6-6.5 per benefit would be limited for airport campus to act as a plat- try,” Kharola said.
stake in Z Services HQ cent lower than the price ceil- remains a loss-making propo- low in the near to medium term mmBtu levels, low inventory the discoms, given the subdued form for various innovation Somesh Kumar, Telangana
DMCC. In March, AGC Net- ing of $4.06 for October-March sition for most fields for the leading to poor returns even levels as winter ends are set utilisation of the gas-based activities by various collabo- chief secretary, said: "We are
works had said its sub- 2020-21 which would damp- Indian upstream producers as domestic gas producers to support prices, as well as power plants in the country rating startups, industry part- glad that GMR innovation is
sidiary ~ Black Box Hold- en the development of such notwithstanding some decline such as ONGC and Reliance demand, as North Asia and with annual average plant ners and GMR employees, it stationed in our state. With its
ings ~ will acquire a projects. in oil field services/equip- Industries Ltd (RIL)-BP ramp Europe look to refill gas stor- load factor (PLF) of 22-25 per said. strategic presence around
majority stake in Z Ser- “While this is unfavourable ment costs. up gas production signifi- age. cent for the gas-based capac- On this launch event, GMR the globe and being in one of
vices HQ DMCC for about for domestic producers, it However, the depreciation cantly.” Nevertheless, the supply ity at all-India level, amid the Innovex also announced inno- the key sectors, GMR inno-
$3.94 million (around Rs will benefit gas consumers. The of Indian rupee against US dol- The absence of a floor and overhang remains with about inadequate supply of domes- vation-focused partnerships vation hub is going to make
28.6 crore). PTI consumers will also benefit in lar, would aid the realisations sustained low prices as has 37.6 million tons per annum tic natural gas. with multiple new partners, a difference.”

Jio game: Jio in partner-

ship with an arm of mobile
chip maker company Qual-
Forex reserves fall Bajaj Electricals
declares lay-off Exports jump by 58% in March
comm announced hosting
of online shooting game
Call of Duty Mobile Aces
to $579.28 billion at UP unit PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL Drop 7.4% in FY'21
tracted by 10.89 per cent to
$306.67 billion.
Esports Challenge on the PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL year 2020-21, howev- Gold imports jumped to
JioGames Esports plat- MUMBAI, 3 APRIL Forex reserves had The country's exports jumped er, dipped by 7.4 per $7.17 billion during the month
form. Call of Duty game, touched a record high Bajaj Electricals today said it by 58.23 per cent to $34 bil- cent to $290.18 billion under review.
published by US based The country's foreign of $590.185 billion in has declared lay-off at its lion in March as key sectors compared to $313.36 Commerce and industry
Activision Publishing, is a exchange reserves declined the week ended 29 manufacturing unit located such as engineering, gems and billion in fiscal 2019-20, minister Piyush Goyal in a
competitor of PUBG that is by $2.986 billion to reach at Shikohabad in Uttar jewellery and pharmaceuti- the data showed. tweet said: “Make in India,
banned in India. Jio and $579.285 billion in the week
January 2021. Pradesh. cals recorded healthy growth Make for the World: Mer-
Qualcomm CDMA Technolo- ended 26 March, RBI data The lay-off is with effect rate during the month, accord- � Imports during 2020- chandise exports in March
gies Asia Pacific Pte have showed. the foreign currency assets from 3 April 2021, until further ing to the commerce ministry's 21 contracted by 18 2021 grew by 58 per cent
started registration for In the previous week ended include the effect of appre- notice, the company said in provisional data. per cent to $388.92 bil- year-on-year to USD 34 bil-
the first e-contest of "Call 19 March, the forex kitty had ciation or depreciation of a regulatory filing. Exports during April-March lion compared to lion, the highest ever in Indi-
� Exports during April- $474.71 billion during fis-
of Duty" in India with a increased by $233 million to non-US units like the euro, "We have to inform you that period of financial year 2020- an history. PM @Naren-
prizepool of Rs 25 lakh. PTI $582.271 billion. Forex reserves pound and yen held in the for- the company has declared 21, however, dipped by 7.4 per
March period of financial cal 2019-20. draModi ji's policies have
had touched a record high of eign exchange reserves. lay-off, as per the Industrial cent to $290.18 billion com- propelled Indian economy to
$590.185 billion in the week The gold reserves increased Disputes Act, 1947, at the pared to $313.36 billion in fis- “India's merchandise 2020. The trade deficit dur- historic new heights, despite
Coal India contribution: ended 29 January 2021. by $276 million to $34.907 bil- company's manufacturing cal 2019-20, the data showed. exports in March 2021 were ing the month widened to the pandemic”.
Coal India Limited has In the reporting week lion in the reporting week, the unit located at Shikohabad, Imports during 2020-21 $34.0 billion as compared to $14.12 billion as against $9.98 Federation of Indian
signed a MoU with Shri ended 26 March 2021, the fall RBI data showed. Uttar Pradesh, w.e.f. 3 April 2021 contracted by 18 per cent to $21.49 billion in March 2020, billion in March 2020. Exports Organisations (Fieo)
Kedarnath Uthhan Charita- in reserves was on account of The special drawing rights until further notice," the com- $388.92 billion compared to an increase of 58.23 per cent,” In March, oil imports grew director-general Ajay Sahai
ble Trust, Badrinath, and a decrease in foreign cur- (SDRs) with the Internation- pany said. $474.71 billion during fiscal the ministry said in a state- by 1.22 per cent to $10.17 bil- said that despite issues relat-
will contribute Rs 19 crore rency assets (FCA), a major al Monetary Fund (IMF) The board of Bajaj Elec- 2019-20. ment. lion. During 2020-21, oil ed with container shortage and
for a road development component of the overall dipped by $9 million to $1.49 tricals on 25 March 2021, had In March 2020, the exports It said that “first time ever imports dipped by 37 per movement of ships in Suez
project at Badrinath-Joshi- reserves. FCA declined by billion. The country's reserve approved rolling out of a VRS stood at $21.49 billion, which in a month”, the exports cent to $82.25 billion. Canal, the exports have
math in Uttarakhand, $3.226 billion to $537.953 position with the IMF declined for 281 permanent employ- was a decline of about 34 per crossed $34 billion. Non-oil imports in March crossed $290 billion.
according to a Press billion, as per weekly data by by $27 million to $4.935 bil- ees, in the “workmen and cent over March 2019 due to Imports too rose by 52.89 were up by 777.12 per cent to “It is extremely good growth
release from the mining the Reserve Bank of India. lion in the reporting week, staff” category at Shikohab- global slowdown induced by per cent to $48.12 billion as $37.95 billion. During the looking into Covid-19 chal-
major. SNS Expressed in dollar terms, according to the data. ad unit. PTI the Covid-19 crisis. against $31.47 billion in March full fiscal, the imports con- lenges,” he said.

Foundation Stone laid for the Extension of Terminal IRFC came up with a BHEL forays into Lump-sum Kalyan Jewellers announces first
Building at Gorakhpur Airport in Uttar Pradesh 20-year bond issue on Turn Key (LSTK) business of phase of network expansion post IPO
The Foundation Stone for 26th March 2021 Process Package for Kalyan Jewellers, one of launch a total of five
Extension of Terminal Build- The 20-year bond subscribed by six India's largest jewellery new outlets including a
ing at Gorakhpur Airport in issuance of IRFC has times as compared to Downstream Oil & Gas Sector companies, has today flagship showroom.
Uttar Pradesh was laid by been very competi- the base issue size of Against stiff international IOCL's Paradip Refinery announced that the Keeping in mind the
Shri Yogi Adityanath, tively priced at 6.80%, Rs.500 Crore. competitive bidding (ICB), in Odisha. Notably, the brand is planning to overwhelming response
Hon`ble Chief Minister, (annualized) which is However, the Bharat Heavy Electricals company's diversification increase its retail footprint by the brand received in 2015 for
Uttar Pradesh in the pres- the lowest ever in Company retained a Limited (BHEL) has bagged strategy into non-coal based 13% in the first quarter itself. its Chennai outlet, the company
ence of Shri Hardeep Singh this segment. sum of Rs.1375 Crore, a major order for a Sulphur business areas has begun The company plans to plans to open yet another flag-
Puri, Minister of State for The aforesaid based on the bor- Recovery Unit from IOCL. paying dividends and this enhance operations across ship store in the very heart of
Civil Aviation (I/C) on 28th bond issuance rowing target man- Significantly, with this is a milestone order for seven states and will add 14 new Chennai's shopping destina-
March 2021. Shri Nand Gopal Gupta, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Dr. received a very good dated by the Min- order, BHEL has made an BHEL as part of its new showrooms, all on April 24th, tion - North Usman road.
Dignitaries also flagged Minister of Civil Aviation, Radha Mohan Das Agraw- response from the istry of Railways for entry into the downstream growth areas initiative. 2021.While the brand has plans The company will also be
off an Alliance Air flight Uttar Pradesh; Shri Ravin- al, MLA Gorakhpur Urban investors compris- the current fiscal. oil & gas process package With the execution of this to scale up existing operations strengthening its presence in
from Gorakhpur to Luc- dra Shyamnarayan Shuk- (U.P.) Shri Anuj Agrawal, ing long term / ultra- The bond issue has business. order, BHEL will establish in the tier-1 cities, it will also Delhi, Mumbai and Hyder-
know under RCS-UDAN la 'Ravi Kishan' MP (Lok Chairman, AAI, and other long-term investors set a new benchmark The package, valued at itself as an LSTK player focus on the tier-2 and tier-3 abad, with a showroom each
on this occasion. Sabha); Shri Shiv Pratap senior officials of AAI were including primarily in this segment for over Rs.400 Crore, envisages for process packages in markets, with mid-size show- in Dwaraka, Matunga, Lower
The ceremony took place Khukla, MP (Rajya Sabha); also present on this occa- the provident funds. similar issuances in setting up a 525 TPD Sul- the downstream oil & gas rooms. In the tier-1 cities, Parel Phoenix Palladium and
in the august presence of Shri Jai Prakash Nishad, sion. The issue was over- the future. phur Recovery Unit at sector. Kalyan Jewellers has plans to Dilsukhnagar.

NHPC takes over Jal Power PFC and REC reduce NTPC Dadri Chairman, SAIL Smt TRIFED exchanges MoU with the
Corporation Ltd. lending rates Soma Mondal elected as Administration of Dadra &Nagar Haveli and
PFC and REC, Navratna CPSEs new Chairman, SCOPE Daman & Diu for the implementation of MSP
under Ministry of Power, are the
prime financiers of Indian has been elected for MFP scheme and Van Dhan Yojana
Power Sector capturing a sig- for a term of two
nificant market share in financ- years, w.e.f 1st April, Continuing with its efforts
ing Indian Power Sector. PFC 2021. Smt. Mondal to take the benefits of its
and REC as group companies NTPC Dadri organised an Online Com- assumed the charge schemes and initiatives
have been aligning operations munication Workshop for their senior of Chairman, SAIL to far-flung areas of the
to realise synergies. executives on the topic Effective Com- on 01st January, country, so that each and
NHPC, India's premier Shri Biswajit Basu, Direc- As a part of such effort, PFC munication for Brand Promotion and 2021. SCOPE is an every tribal across our
hydropower company tor (Projects) and other and REC have now decided invited Shri Naresh Kumar, Senior Gen- apex professional country is positively
took over Jalpower Cor- senior officers from together to reduce lending rates eral Manager (Corporate Communica- organization rep- impacted, TRIFED has
poration Ltd. on 31st NHPC, Secure Finan- upto 2%. This initiative was tions) POWERGRID to conduct this Smt Soma Mondal, resenting the Cen- recently entered a Mem-
March 2021 after pay- cial Creditors from PFC undertaken to offer competi- workshop as guest faculty. Shri C. Sivaku- Chairman, Steel tral Public Sector orandum of Under-
ment of resolution and PNB and Resolution tive rates, in line with the rates mar, Group GM NTPC Dadri inaugurated Authority of India Enterprises (CPSEs). standing with the Admin-
amount of Rs. 165 Crore Professional. Shri R.S. being offered by peers in the mar- the session and closing remarks were made Limited (SAIL) has It is promoting istration of Dadra and
into the Lenders desig- Dhillon, CMD, PFC was ket. This will also help PFC and by Shri K.S. Murthy, Head of HR. The ses- been elected as the excellence in organ- Nagar Haveli and Daman
nated account. The also present on the occa- REC to continue their busi- sion was followed with a question- new Chairman of izations where pub- & Diu on March 5, 2021
Handing Over / talking sion. Jal Power Corpo- ness growth going forward in answer session with senior officials. Standing Confer- lic investment is for the implementation Haveli, Daman and Diu cial and Development
over ceremony was car- ration Ltd. is developing addition to maintaining rea- Shri Pankaj Narain Saksena, Manager (Cor- ence of Public involved, in order to of the MSP for MFP S c h e d u l e d Ca s t e / Corporation Limited has
ried out in the presence a 120 MW Rangit Stage- sonable spreads. The lending porate Communications), NTPC Dadri Enterprises enable them to be Scheme and the Van Scheduled Tribes and been appointed as the
of Shri R.P Goyal, Direc- IV Hydroelectric Pro- rates will be effective from 1st compèred the proceedings of the virtual (SCOPE) on 26th globally competi- Dhan Yojana. Other Backward Class- State Implementing
tor (Finance), NHPC, ject in the State of Sikkim. April, 2021. Communication Workshop. March 2021. She tive. The Dadra and Nagar es and Minorites Finan- Agency.

Colourful performances mark the second day of Fulkari 2021 ACI ASQ Award for Kolkata Airport Cost of Domestic LPG cylinder to reduce by Rs. 10/- cylinder effective
The splendour and richness The local band is amongst The COVID-19 pan- Airport Service Quali- 1st April 2021; Petrol & diesel prices see downward revision
of Jammu came alive once the top 100 performers of demic had a dramatic ty awards highlight the
again on the second day India's Got Talent Season impact on global pas- world's best airports as Prices of crude oil and petro- prices resulted in increase in Further, with a view to give relief
of "Fulkari 2021" a two 3. The main highlights of senger traffic in 2020 as judged by their cus- leum products in the inter- domestic price of petroleum to domestic LPG consumers,
days festival of folk, colours the evening were live per- well as changing cus- tomers. Kolkata Air- national market have been on products. the price of Domestic LPG
and music organized by the formances by famous play- tomer perceptions and port is honoured to be a constant uptrend since Oil Companies have cylinder has been reduced by
Directorate of Tourism back singer and performer" expectations of the air- amongst the best air- November 2020. reduced the Retail Selling Rs 10/cylinder from Rs 845.50
Jammu in collaboration Ground opened with a Titliyan fame"Afsana Khan, port experience. Recog- national (ACI) World ports in the category of As India is largely import Price (RSP) of Diesel and Petrol to Rs 835.50 at Kolkata effec-
with Atlas Event Manage- power packed perform- Television Actress Prerna nising these efforts of announced Airport Ser- 'Best Hygiene Mea- dependent on crude oil and by 60 paise per litre and 58 paise tive 1stApril 2021. Same reduc-
ment Company. The musi- ance by "Saptak Classical Bhat and "VePathra" fame the Airports, the Air- vice Quality (ASQ) sures' in Asia Pacific the prices are market linked, per litre respectively in Kolkata tion has been carried out in
cal evening at Gulshan Fusion Band" from Jammu. Gursaaz. ports Council Inter- Awards for 2020. The region. the increase in international market over the past few days. other markets.
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���������������������� The positivity rate of 26,700 The small district of Nua- that the number of positive ���������������������� to his chamber to examine the Pramila Mallik, talking to
��������������������� samples tested in 24 hours pada sharing border with cases are bound to rise in the ��������������������� recording. media persons, said the video
stood at 1.69 per cent. Chhattisgarh has been report- coming weeks as RT PCR tests Following this, the ruling footage showed hurling of

ith the resurgence A notification issued by ing the highest number of are aggressively done and the The budget session of the BJD members demanded ear phones, papers and shoes
of coronavirus the Special Relief Commis- cases in the past two weeks. mathematical models indicate Odisha Assembly came to a action against the BJP mla’s at the Speaker’s podium.
positive cases in sioner (SRC) today stated that Despite the daily spike in a continued rise in cases tumultuous end , five days who had lowered the dignity Veteran Congress leader
western parts of the night curfew will be infections, the state's coron- Kalahandi district has ahead of the schedule, today. of the House. Narasingha Mishra said pass-
the state bordering Chhat- clamped in Sundergarh, Jhar- avirus death toll continues to reported 249 cases in the past Earlier the ruckus which Government chief whip ing a bill without any discus-
tisgarh, the Odisha government suguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, remain static at 1,921 with no 10 days including 26 during witnessed hurling of head- Ms Pramila Mallick moved a sion is undemocratic and
on Saturday decided to enforce Nuapada, Bolangir, Kahalan- fresh fatality reported in the the past 24 hours. A college, phones, papers etc led to the motion requesting the Speak- whatever happened in the
night curfew in 10 districts with di, Nabarangpur, Koraput and past 24 hours. market complex in Junagarh, suspension of three BJP MLAs- moved. er to suspend the members for Assembly today is con-
effect from April 5. Malkangiri. The night curfew The State’s recovery rate cur- two panchayats have been Mohan Majhi, Jayanarayan Outraged by this as well as their unruly behaviour. demnable.
District authorities inKand- restrictions will come into rently stands at 98.59% with declared a micro contain- Mishra and Bishnu Sethi for the charge that the Leader of The Speaker said the mem- The rules clearly state that
hamal and Kalahandi have effect from April 5 from 10 PM as many as 3,37,212 patients ment zones. the session. Opposition P Naik ( BJP) was bers were placed under sus- a bill cannot be passed with-
already declared certain areas to 5 AM. cured of the disease so far. The sarpanch of Brund- The BJP MLA’s denied the not allowed to speak, the BJP pension after the video clip- out discussion when the House
as micro containment zones. The 10 districts reported 248 The state has so far tested abahal declared Limser village charge of flinging slippers members staged a noisy pings showed that these three is not in order.
Meanwhile Odisha on Sat- positive cases, accounting for 91,30,648 samples for as containment zone as six and squatted on protest dhar- protest. members hurled six articles With the passage of the Bills
urday recorded yet another 54% of total infections report- COVIOD-19 including 26,700 cases were detected and vil- na near the statue of Mahat- Repeated adjournments at the Speaker’s podium. and submission of the CAG
steep spike in Coronavirus with ed today in the State. on Friday. lagers alleged that one infect- ma Gandhi in the Assembly by the Speaker S N Patro failed Talking to reporters outside report, the Speaker adjourned
452 positive cases in the last People in border districts The State government ed person who was on home premises. to restore calm. the Assembly, Leader of Oppo- the House sine die .
24 hours. The state capital in both the states are inter- which had set the target of 2 isolation had died. Trouble started in the During the unruly scenes sition Pradipta Naik said the The Budget session came
Bhubaneswar has also wit- dependent and the inter-state lakh beneficiaries per day District collector Harshad morning with the Congress headphones, dustbins and house was being conducted to an end five days ahead of
nessed a rise with 71 cases . movement of locals to carry inoculated 2.52 lakh on April Parag Gavali appealed to peo- mla’s protesting against the slippers were allegedly hurled. in an undemocratic manner. its scheduled closure.
The COVID graph has been forward the economic activ- 2. ple to strictly follow Covid rejection of their notice for Speaker Patro called for the The bills were hurriedly passed The BJP MLA's continued
on the climb over the last few ities is a daily ritual here. So far a total of 28,66,255 guidelines. The vaccination adjournment on the mining video recording and invited without any discussion and the with their protest beneat
days . Thus transmission of virus people have been given vac- drive has been stepped up at lobby controlling state poli- the Leader of Opposition, notice for adjournment on the Gandhiji's statue even after the
The active cases have from the COVID-affected cine shots, said the health 40 centres of the district and tics. Leader of Congress party, gov- mining issue was rejected, house was adjourned. The
jumped to 2,821 with today’s pockets to Odisha’s bordering officials. over the last three days 28846 Amid the hullabaloo the ernment chief whip and par- he pointed out. said the protests will contin-
steep jump in positive cases. districts is a distinct possibility. Public health experts say people were vaccinated. CAG report and a few bills were liamentary affairs minister Government Chief Whip ue through the night.

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the holy shrine will remain
open on all days of the week
��������������������� fidence is by way of building except Sundays. The deci- ����������������������
character and creating holis- ���������������������� In view of the surge in COVID- sion on the closure of the tem- ���������������������
We have a lot to learn from the tic well rounded individuals. ��������������������� 19 cases in Odisha, the Shree ple for devotees on Sunday will
tribal communities who live “We should bring back this Jagannath Temple Adminis- be implemented from tomor- OPCC chief Niranjan Pat-
a simple life in harmony with great Indian tradition to cre- Odisha government had tration (SJTA) has decided to row. naik appealed to party work-
nature and it is this that had ate well-rounded and inno- orderedasmanyas16admin- close the Puri JagannathTem- There will be complete ers and the general public to
resulted in the tribal popula- vative individuals who will have istrative probes by Revenue ple for devotees in order to sanitization of the temple switch off lights for 30 min-
tion of Odisha being largely the distinctive ability to trans- Divisional Commissioner, undertake disinfection on premises on every Sunday. utes from 6.30 to 7 pm tomor-
untouched by the COVID 19 form the country both social- Northern Division in the past every Sunday. Night time sanitization of row as a mark of protest
pandemic, said Vice Presi- ly and economically”, he said. three decades. However the Issuing a revised Standard the temple premises will be against the power tariff hike.
dent Venkaiah Naidu. He congratulated RBI Gov- State government is yet to ini- Operating Procedure (SOP) for conducted twice a week, after The BJD government has
Addressing the Convoca- ernor Shaktikanta Das, Girish tiate action on the recom- containing the spread of the closure of temple for public effected a 50 paise per unit
tion of Utkal University here Chandra Murmu, CAG, Oris- mendations made by the virus, the SJTA stated that darshan. hike in power tariff within a
today, the Vice President called sa HC judge Justice Sanju RDC-headed inquiries, span of seven months , said
upon the youth to lead the fight
against social evils like
Panda, Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohan-
ty, Director, Bhabha Atomic
alleged a RTI activist.
Since 1990 till 2016, the
������������������������ Patnaik while describing it as
a cruel blow to people at
castiesm, communalism , cor-
ruption and violence.
ly in rows, instead of in groups;
and while walking, they main-
tions like Utkal University to
take up research on issues faced
Research Centre (BARC) and
Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Advi-
RDC, had conducted inquiries
into 16 cases relating most-
������������������� large who are reeling under
the economic impact of the
Referring to the tribal dom- tain a reasonable distance by tribals and actively con- sor, Government of Odisha for ly to law and order issues in ���������������������� intervened to rescue the pandemic.
inated areas of Odisha, he from one another. Such safe tribute to policy formation for being conferred Honoris Causa western Odisha on direc- �������������������� woman, said Kabuli Barik,
said a study by Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes
distancing and hygiene norms,
rooted in the tribal culture cou-
their development and well-
by the university today.
Odisha Governor Prof
tions of the government. The
RDC had furnished reports
A 24-year-old married woman
was allegedly stripped naked
the Inspector Nikirai police
station, adding that the vic- ������
Research and Training Insti-
tute (SCSTRTI) revealed that
pled with the natural food have
helped them stay safe during
He called upon the youth
to fight against corruption,
Ganeshi Lal , state higher
education minister Dr Arun
within a year. However the
government sat over the
and beaten up in Korua vil-
lage under Nikirai police sta-
tim’s uncle had lodged an
FIR in this connection. ����������
the tribal population in Odisha
was largely untouched by the
COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the Convoca-
tion of Utkal University here
communalism, casteism and
The VP also stressed on
Sahoo, vice chancellor of the
university Sabita Acharya
were present
report and failed to implement
the recommendations made
in the reports, said Pradip
tion in Kendrapara district on
Saturday by her in-laws.
The offensive act was
The victim was medically
examined. Police have record-
ed her statement. All the accused
The unique customary
practices and traditions of
today, the VP suggested that
universities should focus on
making disaster management
an integral part of the edu-
Vice Chancellor Prof. Sabi-
ta Acharya presented the uni-
Pradhan, RTI activist .
The reports include chlo-
caught on camera and the
video footage had gone viral
persons have fled from the
village. A case has been regis-
tribals have been credited for these positive aspects of trib- cation from early days. versity report .A total of 40 Ph.D. rine gas leak at Sambalpur in in social media platforms. tered and further investigation ����������������������
keeping the infection at bay. al communities and include Talking about the transition degrees and 90 Gold 2005, firing by pvt security at The victim woman was is underway. A special squad ����������������
The study notes that by them in their curriculum. from the campus to the out- medals/endowment prizes Burla , in 2002 etc, charged stripped and beaten up by her has been constituted to nab the
habit, the tribals walk most- “I would also like institu- side world, the VP said the abil- were awarded . Pradhan. in-laws. Some locals had offenders, the official added. A special team of Jajpur dis-
trict police have launched an

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harassment complaint lodged

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by a woman against a police
officer .
Jajpur SP , Mr Rahul P R
���������������������� vant documents to come ious districts. The one by the ordered the probe after the vic-
�������������������� under rehabilitation plan. villagers of Satabhaya and tim met him and narrated
Each of the beneficiary Kanhupur was on the contrary ���������������������� valued at Rs 4.18 crore during sumables and equipment. worth Rs 2.24 crore”. her ordeal on Wednesday.
The Kendrapara district family will be provided with for displacement. People here ��������������������� April 2017 to May 2019. OSMCL could supply 49 per Similarly, OSMCL could She complained that the
administration has decided to 10 decimals of land and Rs 1.5 wanted to be displaced and “During the course of audit cent of the indented/approved procure only 43 per cent EIF OIC of Jhumpuri police beat
rehabilitate sea-erosion-affect- Lakh subsistence allowance. rehabilitated as sea made Ineffective monitoring and of OSMCL for the period 2016- quantity of drugs and medical against the approved quan- house, B K Swain had touched
ed 118 more families at the The resettlement colony is steady advance towards their distribution of drugs to the hos- 19 revealed that there was consumables to health insti- tity during 2016-19. As of her inappropriately and sought
Bagaptia resettlement colony equipped with all basic ameni- villages. pitals by the State-run Odisha inordinate delay in finalisation tutions during 2016-19. Non- June 2019, 19 per cent of the sexual favour when she had
in Rajnagar tehsil. ties. It has emerged as a model The decision to relocate 571 State Medical Corporation of annual procurement plans supply of indented quantity procured EIF had not been gone to lodge a complaint
As many as 571 families village for human habitation. families living at the vulner- Limited (OSMCL) resulted in for drugs, medical consumables resulted in non-availability installed and were lying .She with her family had been
from Satabhaya gram pan- Sixteen revenue villages able coastal villages had been the expiry of precious drugs Equipment, Instrument and of essential drugs in health insti- unutilised with different to the police beat house but
chayat have already been spread over 3440 acres of land taken in 2008 at a meeting and medicines, observed the Furniture (EIF)”, the CAG tutions, the report says. indenting agencies. Swain asked the family to wait
rehabilitated in 2018 at the in Satabhaya panchayat were chaired by Chief Minister CAG. report pointed out. “Owing to which the health The government was outside when he misbehaved
State’s first resettlement pro- reduced to a couple of ham- Naveen Patnaik. According to CAG report The OSMCL is an inde- institutions procured local- unsuccessful in providing an with her and sought sexual
ject for the sea-erosion-hit peo- lets-Satabhaya and Kanhupur The project in Kendrapara tabled in the State Assembly pendent procurement agency ly and incurred excess expen- unbroken supply of essential favours to register her com-
ple. as furious sea battered these district is incidentally the on Saturday, ineffective mon- officiating under the Depart- diture. During 2018-19, test drugs to patients in public plaint.
However 118 families, who areas almost on a daily basis. State’s first-ever rehabilita- itoring of indents, distribution, ment of Health and FamilyWel- checked health institutions health institutions as per its “The probe is underway and
are being rehabilitated afresh, The state government has tion and resettlement project consumption, stock position fare shoulders the responsi- had incurred excess expen- own prescribed Essential we will submit the finding to
could not be relocated as faced innumerable anti-dis- for people displaced by sea ero- of drugs through e-Niramaya bility of procurement and dis- diture of Rs 98.12 lakh (44 per Drugs List, the CAG report the SP after its completion,”
they could not furnish rele- placement movements in var- sion. software led to expiry of drugs tribution of drugs, medical con- cent) in procuring medicines concluded. said Additional SP Mr Behera.

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Deadly breach could delay Capitol fencing
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Police officer William Billy Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, was killed on Friday when a man rammed his car into a barrier
TOKYO 17 13 CL
LONDON 11 02 CL ASSOCIATED PRESS It's an eyesore, it sucks, that had opened to allow traf- While the indoor parts of fencing should come down
DUBAI 30 24 S WASHINGTON, 3 APRIL Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of fic in and out of the Capitol the building have been closed because the next security
SAN FRANCISCO 13 9 CL Ohio, the chairman of a House and rammed a barrier that had for the last year because of the problem is highly unlikely to

NEW YORK 13 5 S deadly breach of the spending committee that protected the building long coronavirus pandemic, the be a carbon copy of the last
MOSCOW 7 -2 CL US Capitol's perime- oversees security and the before January 6. And there was plazas, roads and sidewalks that problem.
S= sunny, CL= clear, ter could delay the Capitol, said of the fencing in no evidence that Green's surround the Capitol were Republican Rep. Carlos
H=hazy, R= rainy... gradual reopening of the hours after Officer Evans actions were in any way relat- only closed after the insur- Gimenez of Florida told Fox
the building's grounds to the and the driver were killed. ed to the insurrection. rection keeping the public News he believed Democrats
THUMBNAILS public just as lawmakers were Nobody wants that there. Still, it was a reminder that away from the area com- were keeping the fence up for
eyeing a return to more nor- But the question is, is the there is always a target on what pletely. political reasons.” But hatred
mal security measures fol- environment safe enough to may be the country's most vis- I would like to see it come of the fence is a rare issue the
lowing the January 6 insur- be able to take it down? In the ible and maybe the most down at the earliest possible two parties agreed on.
rection. meantime, maybe that fence fraught public building, espe- moment, Wexton said of the It's just ghastly, it's an
The driver, identified as can prevent some of these cially after the public atten- fencing. While lawmakers embarrassment, said Illinois
25-year-old Noah Green, was things from happening. tion over the broad security were initially supportive of the Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Sen-
shot and killed after he got out Ryan stressed that no deci- failures three months ago. fencing to secure the area, and ate Republican. If there's a bet-
of his car and lunged at police deaths, including a Capitol nuisance to those who lived sions had been made, and that This may just cause every- the thousands of National ter way to protect us, I want
with a knife. Police officer. in the area, blocking major lawmakers would be review- body to pump the brakes a bit Guard troops sent to the Capi- to see it. I want to work to get
The incident came fewer While lawmakers hated arteries that cross the city, ing everything after Friday's on taking the fence down tol to back up the overwhelmed it. Security officials, though,
than two weeks after the Capi- the fencing in bipartisan fash- but also a stark symbol of the breach. His committee, along entirely because of the sense police force, they soon said they say that the Capitol can't
tol Police removed an outer ion with some calling it an over- fear many in the Capitol felt with others, is looking at not of security that it provides were ready for a drawdown. return to status quo. In Feb-
fence that had cut off a wide reaction the police who took after the violent mob laid only the fence but at the us, said Democratic Rep. Jen- I think we've overdone it, ruary, Capitol Police Chief
swath of the area off completely the brunt of the siege that day siege to the Capitol. staffing, structure, and intel- nifer Wexton of Virginia, anoth- said Senate Republican Leader Yogananda Pittman testified
from vehicular and police have still left an inner fencing Lawmakers said the seat of ligence capabilities of the er member of the spending Mitch McConnell last month. that even before the 9/11
traffic, an effort to secure the perimeter intact, as they try American democracy was Capitol Police. The scab got panel that oversees the leg- It looks terrible to have the bea- attacks, security experts,
complex after thousands of for- to ensure the safety of the com- meant to be open to the peo- ripped off again here today, islative branch. con of our democracy sur- including former chiefs of
Demonstrators hold a ban- mer President Donald Trump's plex and the lawmakers who ple, even if there was always Ryan said. So we've got to fig- As a lawmaker who repre- rounded by razor wire and police, argued that more need-
ner march leaving Hyde supporters marched on the work there. going to be a threat. ure this out. sents the suburbs of Wash- National Guard troops. ed to be done to protect the
Park during a 'Kill the Bill'
building January 6 and around The tall, dark fencing parts But after Friday's incident, The breach happened ington, Wexton said she wants Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the Capitol complex. The Capitol's
protest in London. The
demonstration is against
800 of them broke inside. of it covered in razor wire lawmakers said they needed inside the perimeter, as the dri- to see the Capitol open back top Republican on the Senate security infrastructure must
the contentious Police, That violence led to five until recently was not only a to procced with caution. ver slipped through a gate up again to visitors. Rules Committee, said the change, she said.
Crime, Sentencing and
Courts Bill, which is cur-
rently going through Par-
liament. �AGENCIES
Germany faces AstraZeneca vaccine safe:
'crisis of trust'
8 killed in Mexico cartel
battleground: Eight bullet- amid pandemic UK medicines regulator
ridden, mutilated bodies
have been found in a FRANKFURT, 3 APRIL
western Mexico township
where drug cartels have President Frank-Walter Stein-
been waging tenacious meier said that Germany is
turf battles. The prosecu- enduring a crisis of trust
tors office in Michoacn and urged the country to pull
state said late Thursday together as it weathers a
that the eight bodies, all second Easter amid pan-
men, were found in the demic restrictions and dis-
township of Aguililla. AP satisfaction over the gov-
ernment's response.
In the text of an address
Couple tried to join Islamic to be broadcast Saturday,
State held: A newlywed Steinmeier conceded that PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The number and nature of
husband and wife who there have been mistakes LONDON, 3 APRIL suspected adverse reactions
expressed interest in regarding testing, digital reported so far are not unusu-
fighting for the Islamic solutions and vaccina- The UK's medicines regula- al in comparison to other
State group were arrested tions. tor has confirmed seven cases types of routinely used vac-
at a port near New York Trust - in a democracy it of blood clot-related deaths cines. The overall safety expe-
City as they attempted to rests on a very fragile under- in people who received the rience with both vaccines is
board a cargo ship that an standing between citizens Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine so far as expected from the clin-
undercover law enforce- and the state: You, state, do against COVID-19, but stressed ical trials, it adds.
ment officer said would your part, I, citizen, do mine,' on the safety of the jabs as there The MHRA added that
take them to Yemen, pros- he said. I know that you, the is no evidence of a causal link. there were no blood clot
ecutors said.James citizens, are doing your part The Medicines and Health- reports for the Pfizer/BioN-
Bradley, 20, and Arwa in this historic crisis. You have care Products Regulatory Tech vaccine, the other jabs
Muthana, 29, were taken done much and you have Agency (MHRA) said in its lat- being rolled out in the UK.
into custody on the gang- gone without much. est Yellow Card monitoring of Concerns had been raised
plank at Port NewarkEliza- Artworks of Sophia on display at Hanson Robotics studio in Hong Kong. Sophia, a robot of many talents‚ speaks, jokes, sings and Your expectation for those the coronavirus vaccine pro- about blood clots after a small
beth Marine Terminal in even makes art. Recently she caused a stir in the art world when a digital work she created as part of a collaboration was sold at in government is, 'get it gramme this week that of the proportion of cases arose
New Jersey. AP an auction for $688,888 in the form of a non-fungible token. �AGENCIES together.' AP 18.1 million people who had among millions who received
the Oxford vaccine in the the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab
UK, 30 people developed across Europe. Some coun-
blood clots and seven had died tries, such as Germany, have
Aiming big, Joe Biden is looking to restore faith in govt as of 24 March.
Its official advice contin-
ues to be that the benefits of
restricted its use to certain ages
but the European medicines
watchdog and the World
ASSOCIATED PRESS aware that the moral trajec- racies do, Biden said Wednes- seats in their first midterm elec- the vaccine, which is also Health Organisation (WHO)
WASHINGTON, 3 APRIL tory of the United States has day when he announced his tions: play it safe to try to pre- being produced as Covishield both continue to advise that
made a difference in both infrastructure plan in Pitts- serve power or go big? by the Serum Institute of it is safe and effective.
As President Joe Biden preach- domestic and foreign policy. burgh. Biden's bet for the latter is clear, India, far outweigh any risks. As an additional measure,
es patience but acts with Over his first two months in That's what competition banking that voters will ignore Our rigorous review into the British Society for Haema-
urgency, his vision of the pow- office, Biden has signed into between America and China big price tags and reward tan- the UK reports of rare and spe- tology has issued new guid-
ers of the Oval Office is quick- law USD 1.9 trillion COVID- and the rest of the world is all gible results on vaccines, cific types of blood clots is ance for doctors, amid con-
ly taking shape, modelled 19 relief bill and, this past week, about. It's a basic question: Can roads, broadband and more ongoing. Up to and includ- cerns cases of blood clotting
after Democratic predecessors proposed an even larger USD democracies still deliver for while forcing Republicans to ing 24 March, we have received could be linked to a condition
who dramatically expanded 2.3 trillion infrastructure and their people? Can they get a defend a tax structure that ben- 22 reports of cerebral venous known as thrombocytope-
the reach of government to tax plan that is the first install- majority? Biden continued. I efits ultra-wealthy compa- sinus thrombosis and 8 reports nia. At the moment, any
confront generational crises. ment of a two-part legislative believe we can. I believe we nies. of other thrombosis events causal association with coro-
In a recent meeting with his- package meant to reshape must. The president has urged Even so, the progressive with low platelets, out of a total navirus vaccination has not
torians and in private con- the American economy. action despite a very narrow forces in the Democratic Party of 18.1 million doses of COVID- been established. However, if
versations with advisers, Biden His team's guiding prin- Democratic majority in the that helped elect Biden are 19 vaccine AstraZeneca given you identify patients with
looked to the examples set by run for office in the shadow Biden insists are resonating ciple is that the United States House and a 50-50 split in the already pushing the presi- by that date, the MHRA report this syndrome in proximity to
Presidents Franklin D Roo- of Johnson's Great Society, with Republican voters, if not must push past the pan- Senate that requires Vice Pres- dent to go bigger still, demand- said. On the basis of this coronavirus vaccination, it is
sevelt and Lyndon Johnson as Biden has long believed in gov- their elected officials. demic and the Jan. 6 insur- ident Kamala Harris to break ing immediate action on gun ongoing review, the benefits very important that you com-
he aims to use the levers of ernment as an instrument The president was clear rection at the Capitol to ties. No Republican lawmak- control, immigration and cli- of the vaccines against COVID- plete the online Yellow Card
executive authority to create for good. Now, with the COVID- about the crisis of democra- rebuild the economy in an ers voted for the COVID-19 mate change. 19 continue to outweigh any this will trigger a request
opportunities and break down 19 public health pandemic and cy and aware of the factors and equitable way that shows the relief bill, although it was Biden is asking for patience, risks and you should contin- from MHRA for further
barriers. the economic carnage it forces that may try to under- nation can still make good for popular among voters of both keenly aware of the arith- ue to get your vaccine when details,” their guidance notes.
Unlike Roosevelt and John- wrought, that philosophy is mine the American experiment its citizens as it faces a threat parties. metic of the Senate and the invited to do so, it said. The MHRA has previous-
son, who enjoyed formidable being put to a fundamental test if we are not careful to protect from autocratic states, includ- No Republicans appear headwinds he'll face on some The regulator said that ly said that anyone who has
Democratic majorities in Con- and Biden's place in history it, said historian Michael Eric ing China, for global eco- likely to support the infra- issues. But the 78-year-old investigations are underway had the vaccination and who
gress, Biden has had to oper- is in the balance. Dyson, who attended the nomic supremacy. structure plan. president also has pressed to determine if there is a link then has a headache that
ate with a no-margin-for- He has chosen momentous recent session. There's a lot of autocrats To this point, the White for urgency, knowing that his or if the cases are a coincidence lasts for more than four days
error edge in fiercely partisan action over incremental, will- There was no question in the world who think the rea- House has refused to enter- party's hold on Congress is ten- and reiterated that increased afterwards, or bruising beyond
Washington. ing to cast aside visions of a that the president was con- son why they're going to win tain the debate that often uous and believing that now adverse reaction or ADR the site of the vaccination after
Born soon after Roosevelt's bipartisan Washington in cerned about how we treat our is democracies can't reach bedevils presidents who know is the moment to restore a wary reports reflect the increase in a few days, should seek med-
New Deal and having first favour of tangible results fellow citizens and is keenly consensus any longer; autoc- their party traditionally loses public's faith in government. vaccine deployment. ical attention.

US Labour Dept seeks public input on determining H-1B wage levels US Secretary of State assures
Daniel Pearl's family of justice
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA specific occupations and geo- first five business days each
WASHINGTON,3 APRIL graphic areas, complete nec- year from fiscal 2014 through
essary system modifications fiscal 2020.
The US Department of Labour and conduct public outreach. In February, the US Citi-
has sought feedback from The rule is a carry-over zenship and Immigration Ser- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA tice and accountability for death sentence of Sheikh
the public in the next 60 days from the Trump administra- vices, the federal agency which WASHINGTON, 3 APRIL those involved in Daniel's convicted of kidnapping and
on determining the wage lev- tion, which had proposed screens and allocates H-1B kidnapping and murder, State murdering US journalist Pearl
els for the employment of revisions mandatory salaries applications, said it received US Secretary of State Antony Department Spokesperson in 2002 to seven years and
various immigrants and non- after losing a court battle to a sufficient number of peti- Blinken has spoken with Ned Price said on Friday. acquitted three others who
immigrants, including those organisations including the Bay tions needed to reach the Daniel Pearl's family and Last week, Pakistan's were serving life terms in the
on the H-1B visas, the most Area Council over an initial ver- Congressionally-mandated their representatives, and Supreme Court criticised the case almost two decades after
sought-after work visa among sion. According to the Depart- 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap assured them of the Ameri- prosecution for its failure to they were found guilty and
Indian professionals. ment of Labour, the proposed and the 20,000 H-1B visa US can government's commit- prove the guilt of British- jailed. The Supreme Court
The H-1B visa is a non- rules delay in effective date will advanced degree exemption, ment to get justice. born al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed on January 28 ordered author-
immigrant visa that allows result in the reduction of known as the master's cap, for Pearl, the 38-year-old South Omar Saeed Sheikh, the main ities to release the accused
the US companies to employ The request by the depart- eign workers on a perma- transfer payments in the form fiscal year (FY) 2021. Asia bureau chief for The Wall accused in the sensational kid- while issuing a split order.
foreign workers in speciality ment's Employment and Train- nent or temporary basis of higher wages from employ- The Biden administration Street Journal, was abducted napping and murder of Pearl Voicing outrage over the
occupations that require the- ing Administration follows a through certain immigrant ers to H-1B employees. in February announced that and beheaded while he was in 2002. His murder took acquittal of Sheikh and his
oretical or technical expertise. prior announcement by the visas or through H-1B, H- Additionally, the proposed it was delaying the H-1B pol- in Pakistan investigating a place three years after Sheikh, aides, the White House had
The technology companies department proposing an 18- 1B1 and E-3 non-immigrant rule would delay the poten- icy of the previous Trump story in 2002 on the links along with Jaish-e-Moham- asked Pakistan to expedi-
depend on it to hire tens of month delay in the effective visas. While the E-3 visa is one tial for deadweight losses to administration on the allo- between the country's pow- mad chief Masood Azhar tiously review its legal options.
thousands of employees each date of a final rule changing for which only citizens of occur in the event that requir- cation of the popular foreign erful spy agency ISI and al- and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Amid mounting pressure from
year from countries like India on calculating the prevailing Australia are eligible, the H- ing employers to pay a wage work visas by continuing with Qaeda. was released by India in 1999 the US, the federal government
and China. wage levels for certain immi- 1B1 visa is for people from Sin- above what H-1B workers are the lottery system until Decem- Blinken spoke with mem- and given safe passage to filed an application before the
In a federal notification grants and non-immigrant gapore and Chile. willing to accept results in H- ber 31, 2021, to give the immi- bers of the family of Daniel Afghanistan in exchange for apex court to be allowed to join
published on Friday, the US workers. The proposed delay will give 1B caps not to be met, it said. gration agency more time to Pearl and their representatives the nearly 150 passengers of as a party in the proceedings
Department of Labour urged Published in January 2021, agency officials sufficient time The Department has develop, test and implement today to assure them that hijacked Indian Airlines Flight and further seek review and
the public to respond to its the final rule affects employ- to compute and validate pre- observed that the annual H- the modifications to the reg- the US government remains 814. The Sindh High Court on recall of the court's 28 Janu-
request in the next 60 days. ers seeking to employ for- vailing wage data covering 1B cap was reached within the istration system. committed to pursuing jus- April 2, 2020 commuted the ary judgement.

Every office and court will be closed during this lockdown
but industries and mills will continue their operation on

B’desh to impose 7-day nationwide

Trouble mounts for PM Oli: lockdown amidst spike in COVID-19
Oppn seeks his resignation PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

The Bangladesh government

Prime Minister Oli himself is in a difficult position inside his own party on Saturday decided to impose
INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE for supporting Dahal when the day.Time has come for other a week-long nationwide lock-
KATHMANDU,3 APRIL party was united under the opposition parties to play down from Monday as COVID-
banner of Nepal Communist their role, Bhattarai said, 19 cases and deaths surged

epal Prime Minis- Party.After Oli refused to wel- adding, today our foremost pri- across the country.
ter KP Sharma Oli come Nepal and his faction ority is to remove Oli.Mean- Road Transport Minister
who is in trouble inside the old party, the Prime while, Oli said that he was also Obaidul Quader made the
inside his own party, Minister's party has once aware of what the opposi- announcement at a media
is likely to face tougher days again landed in fresh trouble. tion are doing."First with- briefing in Dhaka on Satur-
ahead as the primary oppo- After the Supreme Court draw your support to the gov- day, the Dhaka Tribune news- apply to utility and emer- registered a massive jump in
sition, Nepali Congress (NC) split the Nepal Communist ernment. paper reported. gency services. new COVID-19 cases with
has decided to seek his res- Party into two, the UML and Then I will resign," he said, Bangladesh on Friday logged Factories will remain open and 5,358 infections, the highest
ignation and initiate the for- Maoist Center, now, the adding that this is not the first 6,830 new cases of the coro- workers can work shifts by fol- single-day increase since the
mation of a new government Prachanda-led Maoist Center time that his resignation has navirus, the highest count in lowing hygiene rules, the pandemic broke out in the
under its leadership.The deci- is also preparing to withdraw been sought."I cannot resign a day, taking the tally of infec- report said. country in March last year, it
sions were taken at a Central A section of the party led by Prime Minister and sought his support lent to Oli in 2018 to meet each and every tions to 624,594. The death toll Every office and court will be said.On Monday, the Prime
Working Committee (CWC) former Prime Minister Mad- resignation.On February 23, before the party unification. demand."Meantime, the climbed by 50 in 24 hours to closed during this lockdown Minister's Office issued an 18-
meeting of the NC. hav Kumar Nepal is forming the Supreme Court of Nepal If Maoist Center withdrew Nepali Congress' decision to 9,155, according to data but industries and mills will point directive, including a ban
NC spokesperson Bishaw parallel party structures with- reinstated the House but Oli its support, Oli's party will auto- seek Oli's resignation and released by the government. continue their operation on on all public gatherings in areas
Prakash Sharma said the part in the UML after Oli sus- refused to step down.The matically reduce to a minor- unseat him, could create a new In a bid to arrest the spread rotation, State Minister for Pub- with high rates of infections.
has decided to seek Oli's res- pended four senior leaders, apex court on March 7 dropped ity government. political equation in Nepal.If of the coronavirus, the gov- lic Administration Farhad In a gazette notification, it
ignation as he has not taken including Nepal, for six another bombshell invoking In that case, either Oli has three opposition parties, ernment has decided to Hossain was quoted as say- asked to limit gatherings in all
any initiative of a way forward months.Oli accused Nepal the 2018 party merger between to take a vote of confidence Nepali Congress, Maoist Cen- enforce a seven-day lock- ing by the Dhaka Tribune. types of events, including
despite the House of Repre- and other leaders for being Oli's UML and Pushpa Kamal or face a no-confidence ter and Janata Samajbai Party down from Monday as the Asked why industries will not social, political and religious.
sentatives, which he dissolved involved in anti-party activ- Dahal Prachanda's Nepal motion.Nepali Congress's come together, they will eas- coronavirus cases and deaths be closed, the minister said: It also said that buses will not
in December 2020, being ities and violating rules and Communist Party-Maoist Cen- decision to seek Oli's resig- ily unseat Oli.And party lead- are surging across the coun- If we close the mills then the be allowed to carry passen-
restored.Prime Minister Oli norms.After Oli dissolved the terNepal, who was earlier nation is a welcome step and ers have said that now time try, Quader, also the general workers may have to leave their gers more than half of their
himself is in a difficult posi- House on December 20, 2020, close with Prachanda, returned time has come to remove Oli, has come to expedite talks secretary of the ruling Awami workstations and head for seating capacity and have to
tion inside his own party, a section of party leaders to his mother party but Oli former Prime Minister Babu- between the opposition to League, said. home. maintain the safety COVID-
Nepal Communist Party-UML. upped the ante against the refused to incorporate them ram Bhattarai said on Satur- unseat Oli. However, the order does not Bangladesh on Wednesday 19 safety guidelines.

Mending fences : South Korean foreign
minister meets Chinese counterpart
ASSOCIATED PRESS permanent peace amid North intended to send a message issues from trade to human
HONG KONG, 3 APRIL Korea's nuclear standoff with toWashington against attempt- rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and
Washington. ing to shore up a U.S.-led China's western Xinjiang
South Korea's foreign minis- Chung said both China and anti-China coalition.” region, as well as over Taiwan,
ter met his Chinese counter- South Korea share the goal of The Biden administration has China's assertiveness in the
part in the southern Chinese complete denuclearization stepped up efforts to bolster South China Sea and the coro-
city of Xiamen on Saturday, as of the Korean Peninsula. cooperation with allies South navirus pandemic. China has
Seoul seeks to improve ties with He said South Korea asks Korea and Japan, focused on also been accused of lax
its top trading partner even as China to continue serving a China's growing influence enforcement of U.N. sanctions
US-China relations remain constructive role in the sta- and the North Korean nuclear aimed at curbing North Korea's
strained. ble management of the situ- threat. nuclear program.
Ahead of the trip, South Korea's ation on the Korean Peninsula On Friday, Biden's national The worsening relations
newly appointed Foreign Min- and achieving substantial security adviser Jake Sullivan between Washington and Bei-
ister Chung Eui-yong told progress in the Korean Penin- hosted his South Korean and jing have raised concerns in
reporters that he expected sula peace process. Japanese counterparts in the Seoul that it would become
North Korea to be a key issue The Foreign Ministry in Seoul U.S. Naval Academy in squeezed between its main
in talks with Wang Yi. said the meeting started at Annapolis, Maryland for dis- security ally and biggest trade
In his opening statement, around noon. cussions on the countries' partner.
Wang said China and South South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo three-way partnership and Earlier this week, Wang also
Korea will seek a process for newspaper speculated that Washington's policies on met his counterparts from
a political resolution of the China's decision to host Chung North Korea. four Southeast Asian countries
Korean Peninsula issue, as in Xiamen, a city close to the The United States and China Singapore, Malaysia, Indone-
Pope Francis lies down in prayer prior to celebrate Mass for the Passion of Christ, at St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, April
part of pursuing policies for self-ruled island of Taiwan, was are at odds over a range of sia and the Philippines.
2, 2021, during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. � AP

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest in

Sri Lanka tightens church security ahead of Easter deadly train crash that killed 50
COLOMBO, 3 APRIL ASSOCIATED PRESS ing an arrest warrant for the ed cliff area on the island's east
HUALIEN COUNTY , 3 APRIL truck's owner, who was ques- coast.The operation should be
Security at churches across tioned along with several oth- done within a week, said Weng
Sri Lanka have been beefed up Prosecutors in Taiwan on ers. She didn't offer details cit- Hui-ping, head of the railway
ahead of Easter, police said on Saturday sought an arrest ing an ongoing investigation. administration's news group.
Saturday, ahead of the second warrant for the owner of an President Tsai Ing-wen vis- During the repairs, all east coast
anniversary of the April 2019 unmanned truck that rolled ited hospitals near the crash trains will run on a track par-
coordinated attacks on tourists onto a rail track and caused instead of the site itself so as allel to the one damaged in the
and minority Christian com- the country's worst train dis- not to interfere with rescue accident, causing delays of 15
munity in the country in aster in decades that killed 50 work, her spokesperson said. to 20 minutes, he said.
which 270 people, including people and injured 178. This heartbreaking accident The National Fire Service
11 Indians, were killed. The train was carrying 494 caused many injuries and said the dead included the
“We have tightened secu- people at the start of a long deaths. I came to Hualien train's young, newly married
rity of churches by deploying holiday weekend on Friday today to visit the injured and driver and the assistant dri-
over 12,000 security person- when it smashed into the express my condolences to the ver. The government's disas-
nel, Senior Deputy Inspector construction truck that slid deceased passengers' families,” ter response center said it
General and police spokesper- down a hillside above the Tsai said. “We will surely help was the worst rail disaster
son Ajith Rohana told reporters tracks, the Taiwan Railways them in the aftermath.Tsai told since a train caught fire in 1948
here. Administration said. reporters Friday that she asked in suburban Taipei, killing 64
The security personnel Many passengers were the Transportation Safety people.Train travel is popu-
include 9,350 police officials crushed just before the train Committee to conduct a strict lar during Taiwan's four-day
and 2,542 troops from the tri entered a tunnel, while some investigation.Transportation Tomb Sweeping holiday, when
forces (Army, Nay and Air survivors were forced to climb Minister Lin Chia-lung said families often return to home-
Force), he said. out of windows and walk repairs will be accelerated. towns to pay respects at the
Rohana said some 111 attack.As many as 270 people Church, a top priest had said in the blasts, cautioning the vent the deadly attacks despite along the train's roof to safe- When such a thing hap- gravesites of their elders.
churches in the western coastal were killed and around 500 oth- that pieces of flesh were government that if justice is the prior intelligence made ty. pens, I feel very sorry and I will Taiwan is a mountainous
town of Negombo would be ers injured when six near- thrown all over the walls, on not served, he would approach available on the impending ter- Authorities initially report- take full responsibility, Lin island, and most of its 24 mil-
provided security, along with simultaneous and coordi- the sanctuary and even out- international organisations. ror strikes.The Buddhist- ed 51 deaths but revised the said after touring the site. lion people live in the flatlands
107 churches in the neigh- nated explosions, carried out side the church.The church, According to him, the inves- majority nation was about to count down by one on Satur- Workers removed the two along the northern and west-
bouring coastal town of Chi- by local jihadist group Nation- built in 1946, is one of the many tigations have only focused on mark a decade since ending day.The truck's emergency rearmost cars from the tracks ern coasts that are home to
law and some 98 churches in al Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) churches in Sri Lanka dedi- failure to prevent the attack a 37-year-long Tamil sepa- brake was not properly Saturday morning. However, most of the island's farm-
the eastern town of Batticaloa. linked to the Islamic State cated to St Sebastian who is and not on the possible mas- ratist war in May 2009 when engaged, according to the a third could not be moved land, biggest cities and high-
The St Sebastian's Church (IS), rocked three churches and considered a martyr in the terminds of the blasts. the suicide bombings in 2019 government's disaster relief before tracks are repaired tech industries. The lightly
at Negombo's Katuwapitiya three luxury hotels frequent- Catholic Church history. The previous government rocked the country.The center. while the other five cars were populated east where the
was the worst-hit in the East- ed by tourists in Sri Lanka on The head of the church, headed by President Maithri- churches have been observ- Yu Hsiu-duan, chief pros- still wedged into the tunnel. crash happened is popular with
er Sunday blasts that rocked April 21. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, pala Sirisena and Prime Min- ing 'Black Sunday', demand- ecutor in eastern Hualien Two large construction cranes tourists, many of whom trav-
the island nation in 2019 with While describing the hor- has recently expressed his ister RanilWickremesinghe was ing justice for the families of County, where the train could be seen drawn up next el there by train to avoid
114 people dying in the church ror scene at the St Sebastian's disappointment over the probe blamed for its inability to pre- the victims. derailed, said they were seek- to the train in a remote wood- mountain roads.

Myanmar death toll mounts amid protests, military crackdown

ASSOCIATED PRESS strations across Myanmar asked if anyone dared to help their homeland along the bor- operating in the region. the Karen and the Rakhine
YANGON, 3 APRIL demanding the military step them,” a witness told the news der with Thailand. About 3,000 Karen fled to Arakan Army have denounced
down and reinstate the demo- service. The attacks have caused the Thailand, but many returned the coup and said they will
The civilian death toll in the cratically elected government. They pointed their pistols at death of many people includ- under unclear circumstances. defend protesters in their ter-
crackdown by the Myanmar Late Friday, armed plain- passersby and at people in the ing children and students, Thai authorities said they ritories.
junta has reached 550 since clothes police took five peo- store, a witness said of two and the destruction of schools, went back voluntarily, but After weeks of overnight cut-
the Feb. 1 coup, a human ple into custody after they police officers who forcibly took residential homes, and villages. aid groups say they are not safe offs of internet access, Myan-
rights group said Saturday. spoke with a CNN reporter in away two other women in These terrorist acts are clear- and many are hiding in the jun- mar's military on Friday shut
Of those, 46 were children, a Yangon market, local media the market. ly a flagrant violation of local gle and in caves on the Myan- all links apart from those
according to Myanmar's Assis- reported, citing witnesses. Meanwhile, the Karen Nation- and international laws, the mar side of the border. using fiber optic cable, which
tance Association for Political The arrests occurred in three al Union representing the group said in a statement. More than a dozen minority was working at drastically
Prisoners. Some 2,751 people separate incidents. ethnic minority rebel group In areas controlled by the groups have sought greater reduced speeds. Access to
have been detained or sen- Two women reportedly shout- that has been fighting the Karen, more than a dozen autonomy from the central mobile networks and all wire-
tenced, the group said. ed for help as they were being government for decades con- civilians have been killed and government for decades, less the less costly options used
Threats of lethal violence and arrested, Myanmar Now news demned non-stop bombings over 20,000 displaced since sometimes through armed by most people in the devel-
arrests of protesters have service reported. One police and airstrikes against villages March 27, according to the Free struggle. Several of the major oping country remained
failed to suppress daily demon- officer, who was carrying a gun, and “unarmed civilians in Burma Rangers, a relief agency groups including the Kachin, blocked on Saturday.
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��������������������������� aving welcomed ��������������� matches will be held in Chen-
������������������������ exciting new play- ���������������������� nai and Mumbai, the band-
���� ���� �������� �� ����� ers, including Aus- ������������������ The Board of Control for wagon moves to Ahmed-
���� tralia all-rounder ���������������������� Cricket in India has listed abad and Delhi for the sec-
Glenn Maxwell and New Zealand ��������������������� Hyderabad as an optional ond. The last phase of the
���������������������� paceman Kyle Jamieson, peren- ������������������ venue for Indian Premier league games will be held in
�������������������������� nial under-achievers Royal League matches in view of ris- Bangalore and Kolkata. The
������������������������� Challenger Bangalore will ��������������������� ing Covid-19 infections, with play-offs and the final are
�������������������������� hope to battle hard in their ���������������������� Maharashtra on the verge of scheduled to be held in
������������������������� bid to win the elusive Indian Pre- ������������������ a lockdown. Ahmedabad towards the end
���������������������� mier League trophy. �������������������� "Hyderabad has emerged of May. The matches will be
������������������������ Balance problems in the �������������� ������ as a back-up venue option, played behind closed doors.
������������������������� squad, injuries and an over- should one or more of the six IPL 2020 was held in the
��������������������������� reliance on skipper Virat Kohli ��������������������� designated host cities not United Arab Emirates owing
����������������������������� (***in photo***) and AB de Vil- �������������� be able to hold their match- to the Covid-19 pandemic.
������ liers reduced RCB's chances last ���������� es," a website report said However, the board has decid-
season. Having got off to a today. None of the franchis- ed to host it in India this year.
�������������������������� brilliant start, they ran out of ��������� es has been spoken to by the India is scheduled to host the
��������������������������� steam towards the fag end of RCB have assembled a strong board about a venue change. Twenty20 World Cup later
������������������������� the tournament, losing five batting line-up. Kohli, with his the firepower to the middle be joined by off-spinner Sun- no experience of playing in While the first phase of the this year. ����
����������������������������� games in a row to bow out in impressive record as an open- order while Sachin Baby, the dar, Kohli's go-to man in the pow- India.The other options include
�������������������������� the Eliminator. er in the league, has confirmed experienced Daniel Christian erplay sessions last season. The medium-pacer Harshal Patel, the all-rounder has been a dis- AB deVilliers, Devdutt Padikkal,
������������������������� Having released 10 players he will be in the top order. Part- andWashington Sundar add to two will be assisted by Maxwell and the Australian trio of Chris- appointment in the IPL so far. Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed
����������������������� ahead of the auction, the team nering Kohli will be the Devdutt the squad's depth. RCB possess while Adam Zampa is another tian, Daniel Sams and Kane Siraj, Kane Richardson, Wash-
��������������������� management focussed on Padikkal, who impressed every- a potent spin battery and it is leg-spin option. Richardson. ������� ington Sundar, Pavan Desh-
����������������������� strengthening the batting and one last season.Wicketkeeper- good for them that they will play- Maxwell is central to RCB's pande, Finn Allen, Shahbaz
����������������������� pace bowling units this time batsman Mohammad Azharud- ing a major chunk of their ���������� ����������� scheme of things. If he tanks with Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam
����� around. deen, who had a strike rate of matches on the slow tracks in The RCB pace department does The presence of several big-hit- the bat, it could have disastrous Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn
Here is an analysis of the side 194.54 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Chennai and Ahmedabad. Leg- not inspire confidence. Navdeep ters should help them while chas- consequences.The team's over- Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin
������������������� ��� that will take on defending Trophy, and New Zealand's spinnerYuzvendra Chahal has Saini and Mohammad Siraj ing big totals. It is also a perfect reliance on Kohli and deVilliers Baby, Mohammed Azharud-
���������������������� champions Mumbai Indians in Finn Allen are other attacking enjoyed a lot of success in the lack white-ball experience and opportunity for Maxwell to set continued last year despite big deen, Daniel Christian, KS
������������������������ the tournament's first match, options at the top. league and will be eager to cre- tend to leak runs. Jamieson the tournament ablaze. A proven signings. Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai,
����������������������� fixed for 9 April. DeVilliers and Maxwell add ate magic with the ball. He will has struggled in T20Is and has match-winner for Australia, Squad:Virat Kohli (captain), Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel.

were small; while the pitch at
the Sir Vivian Richards Stadi-
um was still playing well on the
�������������������������� A century opening partner- fifth day, it was slow and did not �������������������� about the growing number positive,” the DC statement office bearer told PTI.
������������������������ ship between Lahiru Thiri- favor fast scoring. Thirimanne ��������������� cases at the Wankhede stadi- said. “He is currently in isola- As of now, none of the teams
�������������������������� manne and captain Dimuth was the first man out with the um. The number was 8 till Fri- tion at a designated medical care currently in Mumbai -- Delhi
����������������������������� Karunaratne (in photo)helped score at 101 in the 39th over. The BCCI is bullish about hold- day evening but now it's 10. facility.The Delhi Capitals med- Capitals, Mumbai Indians,
�������������������������� Sri Lanka bat throughout the Karunaratne followed in the 56th ing the 10 IPL games in Mum- If that wasn't enough, around ical team is in constant touch Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings
����������������������� final day to draw the secondTest over after compiling his first half bai between April 10-25 despite six members of the event man- with Axar and ensuring his -- have access to Wankhede.
������������������������ against theWest Indies and the century of the series. an enormous spike in COVID- agement team have also test- safety and well-being.” “Delhi Capitals and Punjab
�������������������� ������� two-match series. Fernando and Chandimal 19 cases in the city, saying cre- ed positive for COVID-19 and With addition of 47,000 Kings for example are taking
��������������������������� Sri Lanka entered the final stuck together for almost 24 overs ating a bio-bubble at an alter- have been sent to isolation. cases on Friday, Maharashtra turns to train at the Brabourne
����������������� day on Friday 347 runs behind to secure the draw, with Fer- native venue would not be fea- “Yes, it was 8 positive cases is looking at a potential situa- Stadium and Bandra Kurla
theWest Indies after trailing by nando posting his third half cen- sible at a short notice. yesterday as far as ground- tion of a mini-lockdown as Complex (BKC) ground. KKR
����������� ��������������� 376 when the home team tury in nine tests. The series Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel, 10 staff are concerned. Today two indicated by Chief Minister is training in Navi Mumbai at
��������������������������� declared their second innings ended with both matches members of the ground staff at more positive cases have Uddhav Thackeray. the DY Patil before they leave
���������������������������� on Thursday at 280-4. drawn but Brathwaite was Wankhede stadium and six emerged and all 10 have been When a senior BCCI office- for Chennai,” the official
����������������� ���������� Karunaratne made 75 and happy with his team's overall event managers, deployed by sent back home and are isolated. bearer was asked about the sit- informed. It is expected that
������������������������� Thirimanne 39 in a 101-run waite's assertive declaration performance. "There were the BCCI, have added to the “We are bringing fresh uation, he admitted that BCCI BCCI's medical unit will enhance
����������������������� opening stand. When they came late on the fourth day with good pitches in both test match- growing list of positive cases in ground-staff from the Mumbai is indeed concerned but are the testing rate due to the surge
������������������������ were out, Oshada Fernando and the hope theWest Indies bowlers es and the bowlers obviously the Indian Premier League CA ground in Kandivali for hopeful of pulling off match- of cases in the state. The event
�������������������������� Dinesh Chandimal combined might make early inroads into worked hard," he said. "I was (IPL), starting April 9. preparations. Also 6 to 7 event es. “Look, even if there is a management and operations
��������������������������� to bat Sri Lanka to 193-2 when the Sri Lanka top order. But they pleased that none of the guys Hyderabad and Indore have management staff hired by lockdown, the teams are in of IPL till last year, was handled
������������������������ stumps were drawn early. Fer- found Thirimanne and ever gave up, even down to been kept as stand by venues BCCI have also tested positive,” bio-bubble and also it's a closed- by the IMG but from this year,
nando was 66 not out and Karunaratne immovable. The Alzarri (Joseph) in the last spell for the IPL in case the COVID a senior Mumbai Cricket Asso- door event. So we are still con- the board is handling the event
������������� ���������� Chandimal 10 not out in an Sri Lanka openers reached 29- of the match, still giving it situation spirals out of control ciation official told PTI. fident that IPL games in Mum- on its own. “We have enough
������������������������ innings which had lasted 82 min- 0 before stumps on the fourth everything. but as of now, the BCCI is con- In the afternoon, Delhi Cap- bai will be held as per sched- back-up staff to handle as we
��������������������������� utes.TheWest Indies dominated day and batted through all of "Batting-wise we contin- fident about holding the games itals issued a statement that their ule with Delhi Capitals playing had factored in that the situa-
�������������������������� the match, mainly through the the rain-affected first session ue to bat a number of overs ... in Mumbai. “Yes, Hyderabad is spin all-rounder Axar Patel has Chennai Super Kings on April tion in Mumbai is grim at the
��������������������������� efforts of captainKraigg Brath- on Friday to put the tourists on 90-plus overs which is a posi- one of the stand-by venues been shifted to a COVID isola- 10 on the second day of the tour- moment. But yes, we are close-
����������������������������� waite who made 126 in the first the path to a draw.By lunch Sri tive for us. Yes, we would have but for all practical purposes, tion facility after testing posi- nament. “But Hyderabad and ly monitoring the situation,” the
������������������������ innings - his ninth test centu- Lanka was 93-0 and Karunaratne liked to have won but I was very we are still not thinking about tive. “Delhi Capitals all-round- Indore are there on stand-by in official added. Meanwhile, a pos-
���������������������������� ry and first as captain - and 85 and Thirimanne had given the happy with the attitude we shifting games from Mumbai. er Axar Patel has tested posi- case the situation goes out of itive case has also emerged
����������������������������� in the second. tourists the solid foundation they had and the discipline." It will be difficult to create tive for COVID-19. He had hand. But if there is lockdown, from Chennai Super Kings'
���������������������� The hosts scored 354 after needed to avoid almost any pos- Brief scores:West Indies 354 another bio-bubble at such checked into theteam hotel in it is even more easier to hold media content team.The mem-
being made to bat first and dis- sibility of defeat. Their chances & 280/4 drew with Sri Lanka 258 short notice,” a senior BCCI offi- Mumbai on March 28, 2021, with the games as the crowd factor ber isn't a part of the bio-bub-
���������� ������������������� missed Sri Lanka for 258 to take of chasing down such a sub- & 193/2 (D Karunaratne 75, O cial told PTI on Saturday. a negative report. His report from even around the venue and other ble. The team's training sched-
�������������������������� a first-innings lead of 96. Brath- stantial fourth-innings target Fernando 66 not out). The organisers are worried the second COVID test, came paces is taken care of,” the ule remains unaffected.
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����������������������������� �������������������� Kumble. When Tendulkar, al cricket was all about. I start- �������������������� for another two or three years, far as the rest of my career is
������������������������ ������������������ Dravid left, Virat Kohli, Rohit ed to train myself over the peri- ������������������ and there will be some young- concerned, thank God that rel-
����������������� Sharma, Rishabh Pant took od of 3-4 years not just physi- sters who will be arriving (to atively I haven't had that many
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly over,” he said. cally but mentally also on how India paceman Umesh Yadav play). I feel this is just healthy, injuries.
���������������� �������� (in photo)says he is“obsessed” “There is so much talent for to handle the pressure,” he (***in photo***) says he can drag because it ultimately benefits And that is satisfying as a
��������������������������� with Rishabh Pant's game and cricket in India that I think it will recalled. “My series in Aus- "his body for another two or the team. When you have five fast bowler, because once a fast
����������������������� calls the swashbuckling India produce world beaters in every tralia in 1992 actually helped me three years" and wants to or six fast bowlers on a tour of bowler starts getting injured
��������������������������� wicketkeeper-batsman “an generation.” Ganguly, who was become a better cricketer. make a match-winning con- four or five Tests, you can play (regularly), he starts strug-
��������������������������� absolute match-winner”. The picked for India's tour of Aus- When I went to England in 1996, tribution to the World Test each one of them for two gling, which ultimately reduces
��������������������������� former India captain added tralia in 1992 but didn't get a I was much stronger. I knew what Championship final against games to help reduce their stress his (playing) life. After an
������������������������� that he loves watching the likes singlegame, recalled how that it takes to score runs in inter- New Zealand in June. and workload, so it helps that injury, there is the recovery, and
��������������������������� of Virat Kohli and Rohit Shar- experience Down Under and national level. “I had another He has played 48 Tests in pack (of fast bowlers) play for then you need a rehab, which
���������������������������� ma bat. the hard work that followed in four years of domestic cricket a stop-and-start career and is longer," Umesh told a crick- consumes a lot of time, which
��������������������� “There are some fantastic the subsequent years made under my belt where I kept scor- part of arguably India's best- et-specific website. you can never get back. But I
players and I think as President an absolute match-winner. him a better cricketer. ing runs.Those four years I think ever pace attack, which includes Umesh has bowled more at have lost very little time to injury
�������������������� ������ of the Board I should not say Jasprit Bumrah is good, “I consider my 1992 series was a blessing in disguise for Ishant Sharma, Mohammad home than overseas but feels periods, which has kind of
��������������������������� who is my favourite player. All Mohammed Shami is good, I as a failure. To be honest I did- me. Failures makes you better Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. experience helps him per- helped me lengthen my career.
���������������������������� are favourite to me but I enjoy like ShardulThakur a lot because n't get much opportunities to cricketer.” Ganguly, who under- Despite having done well over form in all conditions. So I haven't had to compro-
������������������������� Kohli, I enjoy Rohit Sharma,” he has got the courage and guts. play and I came back from the went two rounds of angio- the past three years, Umesh is "I haven't played much mise a lot on my pace as well,"
�������������������������� Ganguly said during an inter- “There is immense cricket- tour of Australia, but I was plasty at a Kolkata hospital in not a sure starter considering overseas, and I haven't had he said. Umesh had suffered
��������������������������� active session organised by ing talent in India.When (Sunil) young,. That (series) actually January after complaining of the competition which has much experience of those a calf injury in Australia but
��������������������������� Classplus, a platform for edu- Gavaskar was there people helped me to become a better chest pain, said he is hale and got stiffer with the emergence wickets. But I've played a fair returned to the squad for the
������������������������� cators to go digital. used to think what will happen cricketer.“I came back stronger hearty now. “I am absolutely fit of Mohammad Siraj. amount ofTests so far and learnt final two Tests against England
������������������������� “I am obsessed with Rishabh after him, then came (Sachin) mentally. I was not fitter, I and fine and back to work, "I am 33 now and I know with experience how a par- at home. However, he did not
��������������� Pant because I think he is just Tendulkar, (Rahul) Dravid, Anil understood what internation- doing everything as I did before.” that I can mostly pull my body ticular surface will behave. As get a game.


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minton Association, part- house's short stories, *** Up ture - in which we try cerebrally
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nering the sport's state par- o watch as India took From the Depths, *** in which to distance ourselves from enlarge and deepen what would own discovery of a bold, you-
ent body, recently held a sub- in six goals from the conflicting loyalties had result- what we love, which is Indian be their cherished memories can't-stare-me-down India. It
junior and junior tourna- United Arab Emirates ed in tennis being described as football, and fail to come to of an unforgettable day.The vic- showed we could be triumphant
ment where the winners were was to pass through a "outdoor ping-pong" and golf, terms with its degeneration, team after the boots-and- a blue moon, they go wild. In tory was important because East abroad too. But few people in
Ishan Haldar (U-13 boys sin- spectrum of emotions, leading as "cow-pasture pool." planned, organised and insti- brains shock. And India's foot- an edition of the Asian Foot- Bengal had not really been the national federation's por-
gles), Srenakshi Mondal (U- finally, as often, to a sense of Had the comic genius seen tutionalised by the national fed- ball decline is so well-chroni- ball Confederation Cup, when counted on to win. tals of power love the game more
13 girls singles), Samarth Raj- emptiness. First, humour. Our India in action in that empty eration. cled a fact that it shocks nobody East Bengal left Jordan's Al But they played with verve than life's tangible gifts as
garia (U-15 boys singles), worthies were so hopelessly out- stadium, well might the Indi- When what you call your No anybody. Which is sad. Widhat humbled winning by and vigour, tutored by Aloke exemplified by, well, this and
Sampriti Pal (U-15 girls sin- classed the two teams seemed an variety of football have 1 tournament is a matter of so But Indians abroad do feel a clear and emphatic margin Mukherjee, who was tethered that. So there will always be these
gles), Ankit Mondal (U-19 to be playing two different come to be described just as many crores being pocketed hurt, and very badly so, wit- of two goals to nil, some Indi- to no theoretical dogmatism, six-of-the-best experiences
and U-17 boys singles), games, akin to a surreal duo- jocularly as tennis and golf. annually by the company that nessing or reading about these ans in Amman erupted in irre- and the second goal, a pile-driv- and the shame, moved on
Sukanya Choudhury (U-17 logue in which neither knew But pathos is seldom very bankrolls you, this is inevitable, periodic drubbings. pressible joy, screaming in full- er from Alvito D'Cunha, was from without batting an eye-
girls singles), Sutanwi Sarkar his interlocutor's language. far from these moments of quite as much as the coach call- So when the unexpected throated ease at the stadium - good enough for any level of lid. Tomorrow, of course, is
(U-19 girls singles). ��� It also reminded - the hop synthetic, unfelt mirth - which ing for overseas Indians in his happens, admittedly once in they were a small huddle in the the game, anywhere. It sent the always yet another day.

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