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to stop all rumours, tell

people you interacted with me’
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In what is the first time �������������������������������������� ������������������
Pakistan-based terrorists ��������������������������������������� �������
have used drones to strike ���������������������������������������� A villager from Betul dis-
vital installations, two �������������������������������������� trict in Madhya Pradesh
���������� bombs were dropped at the ���������������������������������������� replied in the negative
IAF station in Jammu air- ���������������������������������� when Prime Minister
Deepika Kumari port in the early hours of ������������������������������������ Narendra Modi asked him �������������
on target, gold
Sunday, officials said. ������������������������������������������ if he had got vaccinated. ���������������
Two Indian Air Force per- Modi then asked him not to
rush for India sonnel were injured in the
get impressed with the ru- ������ ���������������
explosions that took place ���������������������������������������� mours and take the jab. He ������������������
around 1.40 am within six ������������������������������ also asked him to motivate �������������������
minutes of each other. The other villagers and quote
first blast ripped off the
his name (Modi’s) to quell ���������������������
roof of a single-storey ��������������������������������������� vaccine fears. ���������������������
building at the high securi- ������������������������������������� MP found a prominent ������������������������
ty technical area of the air- ������������������ mention in Modi’s weekly
port manned by the IAF in ��������������
radio address, ‘Mann ki �������������������������
Satwari area on the out- ������������������������������������� Baat’, this Sunday. First, he �������������������������
skirts of the city. The sec- airport, in an effort to de- ������������������������������������� talked to the residents of ������������������������
ond one was on the ground, termine from where the Dulariya village in Betul
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the officials said. drones came. However, all
district and, second, he �������������������
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������������������������ �� "The attack at the IAF sta- the CCTV cameras focused �������������������������������������� mentioned about another ���������
������������������������� tion in Jammu is a terror on the roadside, officials ���������������������� farmer, Ramlotan, from
���������������������� attack," DGP Dilbag Singh said. Drones cannot be de- ������������������ �������� Satna district, who grows
���������������������� told PTI. tected by radars deployed at ������������������������������������� and preserves species of about the vaccination
�������������������������� He said the police and oth- border areas to monitor en- �������������������������������� rare medicinal plants and drives in other parts of
������������������������� er agencies were working emy activity, they said, sug- ����������������������������������� grains. country in details, along
���������������������� with IAF officials to unrav- gesting that a different ���������������������������������� When Modi asked Rajesh with examples of other vil-
��������������������������� el the plan behind the at- radar system that can de- �������������������������� ��������� Hirawe of Dulariya village lages. Rajesh then prom-
�������������������� tack. A team from anti-ter- tect drones as small as a ��������������������������������������� if he had got vaccinated, he ised to motivate others in
��������������������� ror probe agency NIA was bird be installed. ����������������������������������������� replied in the negative. The his village and also to get
also at the spot. ������������ ���������� prime minister then asked the jab.
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�������������������� It was not immediately ������������������������������������ him the reason and Hirawe Modi talked to another
������������������������ clear from where the ��������������������� ������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������� said that there were ru- person from the village,
���������������������� drones had taken off and �������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� mours about vaccines cir- Kishorilal Dhurve. He, too,
investigations were on to ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������� culating on WhatsApp and gave the same reason for
One more held in ascertain their flight path, ������������ ������������������������������������������ tribal people easily get in- not being vaccinated. After
Sushil Kumar case officials said. ��������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� fluenced by that. a little friendly chat, the
���������� ��������� Investigators scanned ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ Rajesh added that the prime minister said, “Work
������������������������� CCTV footage, including ��������� ������������������������������������������� whole village had not got to stop the rumuors and tell
�������������������������� from cameras installed on ������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������� vaccinated yet. The prime people that you interacted
���������������������� the boundary walls of the �������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������ minister then told him with me.” ������������
Missing man back home from Pak after 20 mths
������������������ around two years ago. He talks between the Pak-
Dhumkkudiya to ������ was mentally unsound and istani government and the
screened at Cannes used to 'go missing' many a ministry of external af-
������� ��������������� A 40-year-old mentally- time. In the last months of fairs, he was released and
��������������������������� challenged man missing 2018, his family members returned to India via the
���������������������� from Pati Shispur village lodged a 'missing' com- Attari border.
���������������������������� in Damoh district, re- plaint with the police. The family members and
����������������������� turned home from Pak- He was arrested at Ba- a police team were sent to
��������������������������� istan on Saturday evening. hawalpur in Pakis99tan on bring back Barelal from
����������������������� Superintendent of Police November 14, 2019, for un- Amritsar.
������������������������� DR Tenivaar said the man, lawful entry into the coun- The SP added that the
���������������������������� Barelal Adivasi, had been try. After that, the Pak- man was not in a condition
�������������������������� missing from his home, lo- istani government contact- to answer any question
���������������������������� cated around 20 km from ed the Indian government about how he had reached
����������������������� the district headquarters, about Barelal. Following Pakistan.

8-month window
to immunise all
���������� ���������� Bengal Governor once 3 held for killing
��������������������������� again slams Didi teen girl after
������������������������ ������� ������� Healthcare and claimed failed rape bid
that now they are moving to TIKAMGARH: Three men
���������������������� ��������������� ‘congenial havens’. were arrested for allegedly
Notably, the ruling Tri- killing an 18-year-old girl af-
������� namool Congress and the ter she resisted their rape
Governor are in logger- bid, police in Tikamgarh in
Kolkata: West Bengal Gov- heads even since Dhankhar Madhya Pradesh said on
ernor Jagdeep Dhankhar took the post in 2019. Chief Sunday. Accused Nilesh,
��������������������� once again took to social Minister Mamata Banerjee Anil and Ramkishan Lodhi,
������������������������ media and slammed Chief recently had written three all in the 20-25 years age
����������������������������� Minister Mamata Banerjee letters to Prime Minister group, lived close to the vic-
������������������������� for post-poll violence. Narendra Modi over re- tim, who was found dead on
“Emergency is grim re- moval of Dhankhar from June 21, Jatera police sta-
Fake currency notes of minder of ravages of author- Governor’s post. tion in charge Bajnath
Rs 5 cr seized; 8 held itarianism & value of democ- Meanwhile, after visiting Sharma said.
������������������� racy. Media, pillar of democ- the violent areas, National "After her post mortem
������������������ racy, need to project enormity Human Rights Commission report on Saturday re-
������������������� of post poll violence/human (NHRC) Committee will in- vealed that rape attempts
���������������������� right violations @MamataOf- teract with complainants were made on her, we
�������������������� ficial and inaction will be and victims of post-poll vio- started a probe and arrest-
������������������������� monumental blunder & con- lence tomorrow in Kolkata’s ed the three accused. She
������������������������� tribute to ever silencing of Salt Lake area. Floating a ci- was out to answer nature's
������������������������ sufferers,” read the tweet. cular, NHRC had also given call when the trio waylaid
������������������������ The West Bengal Gover- two numbers and an email her and tried to rape her.
������������������ nor also slammed the TMC Id where even the displaced When she resisted their at-
�������������������������� supremo by stating that workers from any political tempts, the three stran-
������������������������� once people used to come to parties can contact them gled her and dumped her
�������������������� Bengal for Education, Busi- and share their grievances. body in the thicket close to
���������� ness, Health Care and ������������ a hill," he said.

Prez touches ground to pay obeisance at native village

KANPUR DEHAT: Presi- ordinary boy like me from
dent Ram Nath Kovind on the village would get the
Sunday visited his native privilege of discharging
village Paraunkh and in a the responsibilities of the
rare and emotional gesture, highest office of the coun-
bowed and touched the try. But our democratic sys-
ground to pay obeisance to tem has shown this by do-
the land of his birth. ing it," he said.
While addressing a Jan "The credit for where I
Abhinandan Samaroh in have reached today goes to
his village, the President re- the soil of this village and
membered his background the love and blessings of
and said that Paraunkh was this region and all of you...
not just a village, but was The smell of the earth of
his motherland, from where my village and the memo-
he drew inspiration. ries of the residents are al-
"I had never imagined ����������������������������������������������������������� ways present in my heart.
even in my dreams that an ������������������������������������ ������������
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booty worth Rs 4.5 lakh seized
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The Bhopal Crime Branch

ed with the evidence
against them, they admit-
ted to their crime.
The accused had
days before he committed
the crime in Koh-e-Fiza. He
is charged with 36 cases of
theft, loot, creating ruckus,
Seized counterfeit notes are of While six accused were The gang was trying to has arrested two accused snatched chains from two selling illegal liquor and
different denominations ranging arrested from Balaghat, two supply fake currency notes who would commit rob-
beries in different states
women in Koh-e-Fiza a cou-
ple of weeks ago when they
also under the Arms Act in
Nagpur, Maharashtra.
from Rs 10 to Rs 2,000, he said were held from Gondia in Baihar, Balaghat and were also involved in were out on a morning There are two cases against
the chain-snatching inci- walk. The police seized him in Bhopal and three
������������������ Bamhani Square under dent in the Koh-e-Fiza po- booty worth Rs 4.5 lakh cases in Indore. The other
������ Baihar police station area. lice station area of Bhopal. from their possession. The accused, Prem, faces nine
Both the incidents might They have cases registered cops said the accused cases in Nagpur, three in
Balaghat police busted an have been linked to each against them in Indore, would roam around the Indore and two in Bhopal.
interstate fake currency other, Tiwari said, adding Bhopal and Maharashtra. streets of any city and car- Additional superinten-
racket and seized a huge that the supplier of these They would randomly ry out a recce of the area. dent of police (ASP),
consignment of fake cur- fake currency notes can be reach a city where they Whenever they found any Crime Branch, Gopal
rency notes of Rs 5 crore the same in both the cases. had no acquaintance and woman alone they would Dhakad said the accused
face value on Sunday. Eight The SP said that arrest commit a crime. They were snatch their chain and flee. would target only women
members of the gang have and the seizures are the tip found by the police moving The accused would buy a who were walking alone.
been arrested in this con- of the iceberg, and more in- under suspicious condi- two-wheeler from a city After committing a crime,
nection. vestigation will reveal tions on a two-wheeler and, after committing a they would leave the city,
SP Balagaht Abhishek Ti- more names and the details near Bairagarh a few days crime, sell it again. he added. They were being
wari informed that they about their illegal business. ago. The cops grilled them The accused have been grilled as they had re-
had received a tip-off that Interrogation is under- and brought them to the identified as Prem Khatri turned to Bhopal to com-
some people were trying to way to get information police station. When they and Sachin. Sachin was re- mit yet another crime, he
bring into use the fake cur- about other people in- were quizzed and confront- leased from jail only 12 said.
rency in Baihar. A team volved in this and also to
was formed and during in- know where they have sup-
vestigation it came to fore
that the gang was also op-
plied the fake currency
bills, said the officer. They Short story ‘City Forest’ planned
erating in Gondia, Maha- are being interrogated to
leaves lasting
E in tiger movement
rashtra. arlier this month, Balaghat police and sealed 30 bank accounts used by the know about the gang leader
“After a two-day opera- had busted a pan-India gang in- accused. The police have identified and the supply chain. Be-
tion, the police busted this volved in cyber fraud, with the arrest of nearly 700 operatives involved in the sides, it is also being inves- impact: Maithil
area against rules
gang and arrested eight eight persons including four from gang. The accused have confessed to tigated where and how
people, while six of the ac- Jharkhand. The police have seized Rs 10 have committed fraud worth Rs 20 crore these currency notes were ������������������
cused were arrested from lakh, 300 mobile phones, 75 credit cards so far. printed, he added.The fake ������
Balaghat, two others were currency was sharply de-
held from Gondia,” Tiwari he said. Vishwakarma and Hemant In March this year, police signed and it can only be Short stories are small in ������������������ movement area is marked
told reporters. These fake While six of the accused are from Balaghat, the oth- had arrested four persons traced when observed length but they create a ������ by a fence, while the ‘City
currency notes are of dif- including Rahul Meshram, er two Mukru Tawde and for trying to supply fake minutely. The gang connec- big impact, says short sto- Forest’ area is in a different
ferent denominations rang- Anantram Panche, Hari- Ramu Moje are residents of currency notes of Rs 4.94 tion with the naxal cannot ry writer Ghanshyam Preparations are in the final place. It’s close to it and will
ing from Rs 10 to Rs 2,000, ram Panche, Nanhulal Gondia. lakh face value from be ruled out. Maithil ‘Amrit’ As there is stages for developing a ‘City rather act as a safety cush-
no opportunity for a ‘re- Forest’ with the help of ion for the tiger,” said Ra-
take’ in short stories Green India Mission in the man. Explaining about the
24-year-old woman in
Smart City receives 50K calls
hence it is important to be Chandanpura area, on the concept of a ‘City Forest’,
very cautious while writ- outskirts of the state capi- Raman said that it was ex-
Misrod found hanging ing them, says Maithil,
adding that a little slip on
tal. This area is known as a
‘tiger movement area’.
clusively meant to preserve
the vanishing forests near
BHOPAL: A 24-year-old
woman was found hanging
in her home on Sunday
morning. She used to live
for bicycle passes this month the part of the writer may
negatively impact the
style of the story.
Short story writer Ghan-
Union forest minister
Prakash Javadekar, while
releasing a report earlier,
had mentioned that Bhopal
the urban areas. “Planta-
tion is done and forests are
preserved. It also gives ac-
cess to people to frequent
with her brother in Sahara
Estate at Misrod. The de-
������ � One of the reasons is health benefits attached with cycling shyam Maithil ‘Amrit’
made the above statement
was the only state capital in
India—and, probably, the
that area,” said Raman.
Sources said that a new
ceased was identified as
Nisha Parmar. She was pur- Bhopal Smart City is flood- � Potential users have been asking for details more than ever in a webinar on Sunday.
He presided over the
world—where more than 18
tigers moved around in the
road had been planned to
connect the city to the newly
suing her B.Ed course in ed with requests for passes monthly meeting of the vicinity of the city. developing area around the
Bhopal. Her parents live in of bicycles. Bhopal Smart is likely to rise. As of now, Lucknow unit of the Environmentalists and na- ‘City Forest’. However, a sen-
Raisen district. City Development Corpora- there are 1.7 lakh registered Laghukatha Kendra, ture-lovers are now oppos- ior official from the forest de-
The Misrod police said the tion Limited (BSCDCL) has users with BSCDCL, but Bhopal. ing the proposal of the for- partment said that the deci-
woman was engaged two received nearly 50,000 calls only 500 people use these bi- Chief guest Dr Richa est department to develop a sion had not been finalised
years ago and was planning for passes this month. One cycles each day. The ratio is Sharma from Ahmadna- ‘City Forest’ in that area. yet. “It’ll be finalised after
to marry next year. The girl of the reasons is the health likely to improve now as gar said that short story “This is completely against the chief minister’s ap-
went to bed around midnight benefits attached with cy- people are considering bicy- writers should read a lot. the orders passed by the Na- proval,” said the officer.
on Saturday night and, in the cling. cling as a way of staying They should review their tional Green Tribunal. The
morning, when her brother, The Smart City has devel- healthy. own writings and should NGT has declared it as a re-
Nitin, woke up at 9 am, he oped tracks for a public bike BSCDCL has also placed make a consistent effort to serve forest that restricts all
found her hanging from a sharing (PBS) scheme, but orders for 1,000 new e-bikes improve them. sorts of constructions that �������������
rod. He alerted the neigh- these tracks have been lying and bicycles and these will Ira Johri, Satish Chan- could lead to an increase in �������������������������
bours and she was brought useless since 2017. Now, af- be added to the service next dra Shrivastava, Pushpa human intervention in the ��������������������������
down. The woman was then ter the corona curfew, the month. These 500 bicycles Gupta, Manju Saxena and area that includes Mendora ���������������������������
taken to a hospital where she number of bicycle enthusi- are available at Rs 149 a Shilpi read out their short and Chandanpura villages,” �����������������������������
was declared brought dead. asts has risen considerably. month and users can park stories. Senior critics said environmentalist �������������
The hospital management The calls received by the the bicycles around 100 lo- Gokul Soni and Madhulka Rashid Noor. ���������������������������
informed the police and a BSCDCL were related to cations in Bhopal. Saxena presented their ACTING AS A SAFETY ������������������������
case was registered. The queries about monthly BSCDCL manager Nitin views on the style and the CUSHION: On the other �����������������������������
Misrod police have yet to rentals and rebates on avail- Dave claims that potential contents of these stories. hand, coordinator of the ����������������������������
record the statements of her ing of the facility. users are asking for details Those who attended the project under Green India �������������������������
family members. The BSCDCL has also cleared about the facility more than meet included Girjesh Mission K Raman said it �����������������������������
woman had not left any sui- the bicycle tracks at ever. “We’ve received over Saxena, Jaya Arya, Sheikh had nothing to do with the �������������������������������
cide note behind, said ASI Hoshangabad road and they 50,000 queries for it only Shahzad Usmani, Pawan area marked as ‘movement ��������������������������
Mohan Verma. claim the number of users this month,” he says. Jain and Vimal Shukla. area’ for tigers. “Tiger � ����������������������������

Guna minority community ����������������������������������������������� Jan Aushadhi Kendra

90 colleges did not
Sadr shot dead, four booked on training, placement staff give info duped of Rs 65 lakh
������������������ distributed the napkins to the shops
������������������ of the accused. Tension prevailed in the city ������ around, all the shopkeepers returned
������ The two motorcycle-borne after the news of Sadr murder BHOPAL: As many as 93 colleges have not provided de- the order. Later, a lab test confirmed
men, both residents of Talliya spread. The supporters of tails of their training and placement officers to the Swa- Baghsewania police have booked a Del- that the napkins were of sub-standard
Guna minority community Mohalla, opened fire at Shafiq Shafiq pelted stones at the mi Vivekananda Career Guidance Scheme, the nodal body hi-based firm for duping Jan Aushadhi quality and simply cloth pieces. The
Sadr, Shafiq Khan was shot when he was standing with his house of the accused. for career-related activities in colleges. Kendra of Rs 65 lakh. The company management of the Kendra later asked
dead ‘over an old rivalry’ on friends at Bohra complex. Two Police team reached the The Swami Vivekananda Career Guidance Cell had had sold sub- standard sanitary nap- the firm to return the money but they
Sunday noon. other accused joined the as- house of the accused and asked for details, including the names and contacts of the kins to the Jan Aushadhi Kendra in kept on dillydallying. The complainant
SP Rajiv Kumar Mishra said saulters and attacked the Sadr. seized the motorcycles and a training and placement officers of the colleges. The in- Baghsewania. They sent simple pieces Durgesh Narayan Gautam, GM of Jan
that City Kotwali has regis- Police sources said that inci- car. The family members of formation was sought for proper coordination and infor- of cotton napkins in the name of sani- Aushadhi Kendra told police that the
tered a case against the four in- dent could be the outcome of the accused vacated the house mation disbursal of career-related schemes, opportuni- tary pads. accused did not return money even af-
cluding Ranu Khan, Baby the old rivalry. and ran away. ties and other activities to be organised in colleges across The Jan Aushadhi Kendra had floated ter two years. A police complaint was
Khan, Hanif Khan and Vikky The Sadr sustained bullet in- The anti- encroachment the state. tender for the napkins in 2019, and the lodged a few months back and a case
Khan. All the accused are ab- juries on leg and ribs area. squad also reached the house However, giving short shrift to the instructions, 93 col- firm owned by Shruti Bansal, Yud- was registered on Saturday. ASI RN
sconding. The district admin- Sadr was rushed to the district and started demolishing the leges have not sent any details of the training and place- hveer Anand and Vaibhav Garg bagged Shrivastav said the accused have
istration later razed the illegal hospital, where he died during area which was illegally con- ment officers. This is likely to hamper the employment- the contract. The Jan Aushadhi Kendra changed their mobile numbers but
constructions at the residence the course of treatment. structed. related activities in the colleges concerned. received the consignment and when it their search is on.


20K Chanderi, Bagh, Maheshwari artisans in dire straits

����������������������������� �������������������������������� Rajasthan and Gujarat in search of work.
“We’ve been able to sell a very small part of
���������������������������� ������������������������������
Around 20,000 artisans in Chanderi, Bagh
and Maheshwar towns in the state are in dire
�������������������������������� ���������������������������
our production online. The rest is lying in the
godowns,” he says. He also complains of a
hike in raw material prices. “Cotton fabric
C handeri in Ashoknagar, Bagh in Dhar
and Maheshwar in Khargone district
are nationally known centres of produc-
straits. The two waves of the corona pandem- now costs Rs 50 per metre, up from Rs 20 per tion of traditional handloom textiles
ic have chomped through their earnings. metre before Covid-19 struck,” he says.•
With a ban on exhibitions and with markets ����������������������������
closed for long periods, their sales have ������������������������
dipped. The traders are not making fresh According to Ansari, Maheshwari products
purchases for they are already burdened with Another Bagh master craftsman, Mohammed worth Rs 10 crore are lying unsold in the
unsold stocks. The government, too, has not Bilal Khatri, says he, alone, has lost business town. “What’s Rs 10 crore for the govern-
extended any help to them. “When our worth Rs 20 lakh. He used to sell his products ment?
supreme leader is asking us to become At- at exhibitions in foreign countries, as well as We only want them to• buy our goods and
manirbhar, how can we expect any help?” in major cities in the country. But all that has make payments at the earliest possible op-
asks Allauddin Ansari, a master craftsman now stopped. “I’ve taken a cash credit (CC) lim- portunity,” he says. “But now, the workers
from Maheshwar. it of Rs 25 lakh and I’m paying some amount to are on the verge of starvation,” he says.
my workers so they can survive,” he says. Around 5,000 artisans in Maheshwar are as-
��������������������������� Around 10,000 metres of cloth and 1,000 suits sociated with this work here. Most of them
����������������������������� are locked in his godown. “Yes, shops have re- are doing odd jobs, such as selling vegeta-
According to Vijay Koli, a Chanderi master opened, but where are the buyers?” he asks. bles and working as labourers due to the
craftsman, the municipal town is home to Umar Faruk Khatri, a Bagh master crafts- Around 2,000 artisans in Bagh are dependent pandemic, says Ansari.
around 25,000 families, of which 12,000 are as- thread used in making Chanderi sarees has man, says the pandemic has reduced their on this work for their livelihood.• The artisans say that the government
sociated with the production of Chanderi ap- increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 6,000 per kg. business by 60-80 per cent. He used to organ- All the artisans say that, in their times of should lift the ban on exhibitions and do
parel. Koli, who used to employ around 50 “The government has simply forgotten about ise exclusive exhibitions of his products distress, neither the Mignayanee chain of something to help the artisans.
workers, now has just 15 left. While the de- us. Let alone helping us, the government every year at Gauhar Mahal in Bhopal. But government-owned emporiums, nor the “They’re talented, self-respecting and
mand has dipped to 5 per cent, the cost of raw agencies have stopped buying our stocks,” he they have not been held for two years now. He Laghu Udyog Nigam is coming forward to hardworking people. They deserve help,”
materials has skyrocketed. The price of silk says. says some of his workers have migrated to buy their products. says Koli.


SUNDAY RETURNS after a long wait
Bungalow goes to ACS
A senior IAS officer has begun to mull over liv-
ing in a government bungalow, for the first
time, during his posting to the state capital. He
plans to do that at a time when he is about to
retire. This additional chief secretary has been
allotted a bungalow. There were many con-
tenders for it, but, finally, the much-desired PEOPLE CHOSE TO
house has gone to the additional chief secretary.
As the bungalow has been allotted to this Sahib
the tag that the house has been earmarked for
the chief secretary has been peeled off. The
bungalow was allotted to the chief secretary, but MISS THIS SUNDAY
he has preferred staying in a small bungalow to
a bigger one. The additional chief secretary who
has got this house has always stayed in the IAS
officers’ guest house during his posting to the
state capital. He has been staying there for a long
time. Another reason for his staying in the IAS
officers’ guest house is that his family is living
in Delhi. As he is going to retire he has made up
his mind to stay in a government bungalow. He
wants to go to Delhi on deputation, but his plans
may not come off. OUR STAFF REPORTER
Waiting for transfer This Sunday was not a day

A senior IAS officer is eagerly waiting for post-

ing. Once the officer had a lot of clout in the
government, but nobody thought that he would
to remain indoors and re-
lax which we all had been
doing for almost three
be in the present state before retirement. When months. With the lifting of
he was removed from a board he thought he the Sunday lockdown,
would soon be posted to another department. As things seem returning to
he has not got any posting, he is on pins and nee- normal. With no restric-
dles. He had to count on his friends to get tions in place, people
domestic hands for his house. It has happened, thronged picnic spots,
for the first time during his tenure as an IAS markets and public places
officer, that he has been stripped of an official enjoying Sunday in a real
vehicle. Some of his batch mates have begun to sense like the good old NO MASK, NO SOCIAL DISTANCING: tourists who visit boat club with families after Sunday unlock after three months, toss off COVID protocol
sympathise with him. One of his batch mates is days. People have been

trying to get him posted to some place before the waiting for almost three traders blamed Sunday
officer’s retirement. A politician has also recom- months for the usual Sun- low turnout to the late an- No Sunday crowding in markets, response dull he scene in the market was
no different than the other

mended his posting to any department, but as far day to return. nouncement by the admin- days. It may be because
as the officer’s transfer to another place goes, The state government on istration regarding un-
unday lockdown has been lifted after almost three months. Thok Bazar
remained closed but the business in other markets remained normal. many people were not aware
the higher-ups in the government are not listen- Saturday announced to lift locking. Traders are look- that Sunday lockdown has
ing to anyone. The reason for his not getting all lockdowns on Sunday ing forward to next week-
People's response was not very enthusiastic in the market.
— Anupam Agrawal, general secretary, Thok Vypar Mandal been lifted as many people do
posted is his old department where worked for a as the Corona positivity end. not read newspapers. The
long time. rate has dropped to 0.06 in However, the scene was announcement of the lifting of the
the State. However, night very different at the city restriction was made very late on
Plaints against officers curfew will continue for
picnic joints and eateries.
Many people chose to give
Saturday and many people were
unaware of it.”
M ost of the ministers have complained
against the officials of their respective
departments in a one-to-one meeting with the
After a long period, po-
lice teams were not seen
stopping people, which
shopping a miss this Sun-
day and flocked to picnic
spots with family and
New Market traders Association

Chief Minister. There are a few ministers who was a usual sight on Sun- friends. Lake view, Kolar arket did usual business
neither made any complaint against the officers days for the last few Dam, kerwa dam, Bhojpur, during morning hours,
nor put in any word in favour of them. There months. The traders also Van Vihar witnessed however things improved
was, however, a minister who told the Chief welcomed the decision, as heavy footfall. later in the evening. People
Minister that the principal secretary of his they have been losing busi- However, a number of turned up for shopping on Sunday
department should not be transferred. The min- ness following lockdown people were seen flouting evening after a long time and the
ister further said that the principal secretary is on Sundays. cocona protocol at the pic- response from business point of
working better than other officers, besides he Market witnessed a usual nic spots. Many were mov- view was good.
(the minister) is on good terms with the officer. rush during morning ing without face masks and — RAJ KUMAR BATRA, President 10
Therefore, the officer should not be shifted at hours, however, things im- ignoring physical distanc- number market traders association
least for a year. The minister had bitter relations proved by the evening, ing at the tourist spots.
with most of the officers who were in the depart-
ment. He has good relations with this officer, but

Delhi provides designs to be printed on ration bags

the reason for it is unknown to anyone.
Otherwise also the principal secretary is trying
to stay in the department. He, however, fears lest Rahul lied about
vaccination: CM
he should be shifted anytime. Therefore, he is
getting teeth into strengthening his lobby to stop
his transfer. The principal secretary has always
been in important departments. OUR STAFF REPORTER Publicity material measure following a central gov-
ernment directive.
has decided to centralise the pub-
licity material in BJP-ruled
connection with the vaccination
drive. All the BJP-ruled states are

Bad times
for BJP-ruled states There are a few instructions
from the Centre about the bags
states, which will use the design
of the bags coming from Delhi for
getting vaccine-related publicity
material from Delhi.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
centralised for which the designs have come publicity. The design for the hoardings

B ad times for a retired officer may begin any-

time. An inquiry into an irregularity, com-
mitted by him just before his retirement, is about
Chouhan said on Sunday that
Rahul Gandhi had launched a
misinformation campaign OUR STAFF REPORTER
from Delhi. Photographs of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
On some earlier occasions, the
state government used to design
the publicity material for welfare
and advertisements will be the
same in the BJP-ruled states. The
design for vaccinations is focus-
to start. Two more cases of the department, he about the vaccination drive. BHOPAL Chouhan will be printed on the projects associated with the Cen- ing on giving free jabs. The
was working for, have come to light. Irregularity Chouhan made the allegation bags. A message of the Prime tre. The team of Modi has object- hoardings and advertisements
in both cases is as clear as a sunny day. Both against the former president Rations will be distributed Minister will be printed on the ed to it. The design for the public- for vaccination are being put up
cases have come to the notice of the principal of the Congress, saying that among the poor in bags contain- other side of the bags. ity material meant to promote in Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar
secretary of the department. Once the depart- Rahul had misled the nation ing 10 kg of items. The state gov- The team that deals with the Modi will be made in Delhi. Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal
ment gets approval for a probe, the retired offi- and lied about the vaccine, so ernment is going to take this publicity of the Prime Minister The same thing is being done in Pradesh.
cer’s misdeeds will be out. The principal secre- many people had refused to

tary is an expert in probing any case. Wherever get vaccinated.
he has been posted he has shown interest in It was shameful that Rahul INCREASING NUMBER OF DELTA-PLUS CASES IN STATE

Health dept in action mode with

detecting scams. He has come across many irreg- had done such a thing as lying
ularities in the department. The retired officer
knows that something is cooking up against him
to people about vaccination,
Chouhan said. TODAY IN 26 DISTS ONLY
in his previous department. Thus, the Sahib The prime minister had Bhopal: Only 26 districts, where less than
takes every step with caution. He is trying to sat-
isfy an organisation through his actions.
arranged for free vaccination
and was convincing people to
get jabbed, but Rahul was try-
blueprint of genome sequencing 25 per cent of the population has received
the jab so far, will go for vaccination on
Monday under the Mega vaccination cam-
Angry ACS ing to create confusion by ly-
ing to the people, putting
ing number of Delta-Plus cas-
es in Madhya Pradesh, DME
been detected across the
country till now. The govern-
paign. “Covid -19 doses will be adminis-
tered, under the Mega Vaccination Cam-

A n additional chief secretary-level officer is

unhappy about his department. After joining
there, the officer gave pace to some projects, but
their lives in
Chouhan said. The prime

minister had convinced the

DME minister Vishwas
Sarang said that the state gov-
minister said, adding, “We’re
trying to obtain speedy re-
sults of samples which are be-
ment has already sent out a
warning to Madhya Pradesh,
along with Maharashtra and
paign, at 26 districts only on Monday,” said
State Immunisation Officer Dr Santosh
Shukla, said, adding, “Presently, the de-
as the progress of these schemes have slowed people of Dolaria village in ernment had focused on ing sent for genome sequenc- Kerala, in this regard, urging partment has nearly 4.5 lakh vaccine doses,
down, the officer is angry. At a meeting, he was Betul and, after that, they had genome sequencing with the ing. Genome sequencing is “immediate containment including both Covaxin and of Covishield.”
so annoyed that he said he would recommend the got inoculated, he added. increasing number of Covid the only way for confirmation measures”. He further said that in most of the big dis-
merger of the department with another wing; if Chouhan also criticised for- Delta-Plus cases in the state of Delta-Plus cases.” So far, eight cases of Delta- tricts, including Bhopal and Indore, more
it should continue to function in the same way as mer chief minister Digvijaya as it is a ‘variant of concern’ Sarang further said, “We’re Plus have been detected in than 25 per cent population has been vacci-
it has been doing. To the additional chief secre- Singh for calling the prime (VoC) because of its transmis- making all efforts to prepare Madhya Pradesh with two nated, and now the department will focus
tary, the department seems small. He feels it minister a ‘satyanashi’ or a sibility. He said that samples for the third wave of Covid-19 deaths being reported. The on remaining districts. “The mega vacci-
does not have as much work as he is capable of ‘vandal’. Only a person like would be sent from 51 dis- in the state as it has been pre- health department is in ac- nation campaign will now target those dis-
doing. His name was doing the rounds for trans- ‘Mr Banthadhar’ (spoiler) can tricts of the state for genome dicted for September. Prepa- tion mode with a blueprint of tricts where less than 25 per cent of the
fer to several departments. Yet, as the depart- call a person who always sequencing in a planned way rations are being made on a samples, testing and genome population is inoculated.”
ment, where he is working, deals with an impor- works for the people a ‘van- and that a blueprint had been war footing in the state.” sequencing. However, there The campaign was launched on June 21
tant project, he is not shifted to any other place. dal’. Chouhan further said prepared for it. In fact, over 40 cases of the are more cases of variants, and will continue till June 30. It aims to vac-
He is interested in working in a bigger depart- that the less said about Digvi- The government was very new Delta-Plus strain, tagged such as Alpha and Delta in cinate 50 lakh people. So far, 45 lakh people
ment than he is looking after now. The addition- jaya Singh, the better. concerned over the increas- as a ‘variant of concern’, have Madhya Pradesh. have been vaccinated, Dr Shukla added.
al chief secretary wants to go to a department
after the transfer of an officer posted there.
There are discussions in the corridors of power
that Sahib may join that department.
A principal secretary is trying to return to the
mainstream administration. Many officers OUR STAFF REPORTER ing for the gas victims, floated a tender in April- ties had first carried out
have swung into action to bring him back to the
middle-of-the-road. The principal secretary is
BHOPAL however, have questioned
the removal of not even 5
NGOs, gas survivors May, 2021 for removal of
merely 337 metric tons of
trial runs but thereafter
nothing was done to incin-
using the clout of a powerful BJP leader to DME and minister for gas per cent of the chemical terms clearing of chemical waste but it is erate the waste, said Din-
achieve his goal. Besides that, an influential per- tragedy relief and rehabili- waste lying at the site, stat- just tip of the iceberg. gra, adding, “Why state
son has pulled out all the stops to get the princi- tation, Vishwas Sarang, on ing that it is just an ‘eye- merely 337 MT “There are thousands of government not following
pal secretary shifted to an important depart-
ment. The principal secretary’s bad times start-
Sunday, reiterated his com-
mitment for construction
wash’. The state govern-
ment is not adhering to the
chemical waste, MT tons of chemicals at
the UCIL plant site. Con-
order of the Supreme
Court for disposal of
ed just before the change of government. The of a memorial of Bhopal Supreme Court’s order for term it an eyewash structing a memorial at chemical waste of UCIL?”
government changed just after an important Gas tragedy on the premis- disposal of chemicals the site after removing The apex court had di-
department had gone off his hands. He has been es of the defunct Union dumped at UCIL, they Raise questions over just a tiny part of waste is rected that after the trial,
out of the mainstream administration since the Carbide India Limited added. simply an eye wash by the the authorities were to
change of government. He performed various (UCIL) plant after the dis- Gas victims and NGOs generating state government.” submit a report to the
religious rites to remain in the department, but
that did not work. This time, if the recommenda-
posal of hazardous chemi-
cal waste from the site.
have also raised questions
over generating employ-
employment vis-à-vis memorial construction In 2012, the Supreme
Court had ordered the dis-
high court and “after
considering the report,
tions for his transfer do not work, he has to A memorial will come up ment vis-à-vis construction posal of the toxic waste ly- the high court may issue
struggle for two and a half years. It is, however, at the site after clearing of of memorial. Bhopal Group for Informa- rial construction is noth- ing in the Union Carbide appropriate directions in
difficult for the principal secretary to go to the 337 metric tons of chemical “Government already has tion and Action (BGIA). ing but an eyewash as tons plant in Bhopal at the Pi- the matter of disposal of
Centre on deputation. For this reason, he is try- waste, this will also gener- Rs 100 crore for providing “It is just a mirage to of chemical waste will re- thampur waste treatment the waste,” SC order had
ing to find a way to hit the bull’s-eye in the state. ate employment for the gas employment to gas victims generate employment main dumped at the site,” storage and disposal facil- stated.
tagedy survivors, said the but no concrete measure is through memorial con- she added. ity (TSDF) in Dhar dis- The government has not
� Nitendra Sharma minister. being taken in this direc- struction. Removing just a Dingra further said that trict, said Dingra. As per done anything in this di-
The social activists work- tion," said Rachna Dingra, miniscule part for memo- state government has the direction the authori- rection, said Dingra.
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��������������� The person on the other side asked Pawan said that they got a call mani came to the bank and in-
������� her to verify her account and told from same number once again and formed about the matter, we imme-
her that a certain amount of mon- person on the other side told us to diately froze the account and asked
An elderly woman in Neemuch dis- ey is deposited in her account. share an OTP as it will help them them to file a complaint on the toll
trict became a victim of a cyber After this, about Rs 89,000 was de- get their money back. free number too, so that appropri-

Bhoomi puja of culvert performed

crime on Saturday.
She alleged that Rs 1.76 lakh were
ducted from bank account under
the pretext of making fixed deposit
However, on this occasion Pawan
submitted a written complaint to
ate action can be initiated.
After losing Rs 1.76 lakh, had we Senior citizens
return without
�������������������������������������������� deducted from her account after and after that Rs 87,000 was deduct- the bank officials and the police, de- had not managed to block the ac-
�������������������������������������������������� she received 2 calls on her mobile ed. The victim’s son Pawan Pre- manding action against the cyber count, then the damage would have
��������������������������������������������������� phone. mani told that in the apprehension criminals. been even more.
��������������������������� ��������������������������
The victim Sarita Bai, wife of Ra-
man Das Premani living in Jawa-
of cyber crime, he informed the
bank officer and asked him to block
Premani alleged that the bank of-
ficials delayed the due remedy to
When contacted Neemuch SP
Suraj Kumar Verma said that cyber vaccination,
alleges Cong
������������������������������������������������������� har Nagar, holds a bank account in his mother’s account. However, the them by asking them to complain cell is coordinating with the bank
������������������������������������������������� a private bank in the town. bank official directed him to com- on the a toll free number rather and probing the matter.
����������������������������������������������� On Saturday, Sarita Bai’s daugh- plain on a toll free number. than blocking the account immedi- He appealed to the people to not
������������������������������������������ ter got a phone call from mobile After many efforts the victim and ately. share vital information or OTP re- ���������������
number 8388992882 and the person her kin somehow contacted the toll When contacted Pawan Farkya, lated to their bank account with �����
on other side introduced himself as free number of the bank and assistant branch manager of the anyone over phone or with any site
District judge inaugurates office of bank manager of a private bank. blocked the account. bank said that as soon as the Pre- on internet. District Congress Commit-
Advocates’ Association tee has alleged that senior
citizens are facing incon-

RTE: 1,759 students

One shot dead over venience in getting them-
selves vaccinated against

property dispute

apply in Mandsaur
In a press statement is-
��������������������� sued on Sunday, District
��������������������� ��������������� Congress president Subodh
������������������� ���� Swami said septuagenari-
������������������ an Ganga Prasad has been
���������������������� ��������������� So far, 1,759 children have kiosk centre or from his own One person was shot dead visiting vaccination centre
������������������ �������� submitted online applica- computer or mobile phone. in broad daylight at Bohara in front of government hos-
�������������������� tions under RTE in the dis- While applying, copies of Masjid Complex at about 12 pital for last 2 days for the
���������������� Under Right to Education trict. Of the total, 750 applica- child’s birth certificate, domi- noon on Sunday. After inci- second dose. He pays Rs 30
����������������������������������������������������� Act (RTE), the process of giv- tions have been verified. In cile, caste certificate, ration dent, panic prevailed in the everytime to autorickshaw
�������������������������������������������������� ing free admission to chil- 659 private schools in the dis- card, Aadhaar card, photo etc area. driver to reach the centre
��������������������������������������������������� dren of the deprived sections trict, 5,669 seats have been re- will have to be attached. Deceased has been identi- but he remains to be inocu-
���������������������������������������������������������� of society in private schools served for students under In all, 10 private schools can fied as Mohammed taken to district hospital, lated.
������������������������������������� is underway. For this, 25 per RTE. The last date for appli- be selected at the time of ap- Shafique alias Kale Khan. where doctors declared him Similarly, Basanti Bai, a
cent seats have been reserved cation is June 30, 2021. plication. In this, the school He was shot by Hanif with brought dead. resident of 56 Block, has
Vanvat becomes dist IT cell in private schools, in which Those eligible for admis- whose name will come dur- whom he had property dis- According to information, been visiting vaccination
chief of Congress, feted underprivileged children are sion under RTE include stu- ing lottery system will get ad- pute, Guna superintendent accused fired from the centre for the last 3 days to
to be admitted after online dents of SC/ST category, liv- mission. of police Rajiv Kumar point blank range. As a re- get second dose. “But she is
������������������������������������������������� process. ing below poverty line, forest The arrangements for RTE Mishra said. After incident, sult, Shafiq received severe also returning without vac-
���������������������������������������������������������� The process of online appli- village lease holders, 3 to 5 application verification has Hanif fled from the spot. bullet injury on the left side cination. Many elderly peo-
������������������� cation, verification is going year-old orphaned during been at 44 Jan Shiksha Passersby who heard a of rib cage resulting in ple are returning without
�������������� on from June 10. All this is be- Covid-19. Kendra in the district. Par- gunshot immediately huge blood loss. The police being inoculated as the
��������������� ing done under guidance of District project coordinator ents can take the original doc- rushed to the spot where have registered case in the BJP-led state government
������������������ district panchayat chief exec- RP Prajapati said parents can uments to the centre and get they found deceased lying matter and search is for is not providing vaccines,”
���������������� utive officer Rishab Gupta. apply for child at any online the verification done. in a pool of blood. He was Hanif. Swami added.
Falling water level
YC protests against hike in petrol price Alot police book seven
��������������� of Narmada
causes water ��������������� started from Maharana Pratap Bus Stand in chit fund fraud
����������������������������������������������������� woes in Kukshi �������� and concluded at Ghantaghar Azad
Chowk where they submitted memoran- ��������������� manager Firoz Khan,
�������������������� ��������������� The members of Youth Congress organ- dum to district administration’s represen- ���� Bharat Rathore, the pres-
������ ised a bicycle rally to protest against in- tative. ent branch manager in
Cops, kin rush unconscious crease in petrol prices. They also regis- Besides Nahata, IT cell president of The police registered an Alot, Mukesh Tak, the sec-
The falling level of the Nar- tered protests against rise in price of edi- Youth Congress Chanchalesh Vyas ad- FIR against seven includ- tor branch manager in Jao-
man to hospital mada river waters has giv- ble oil, grocery goods and gas cylinders, dressed the gathering. Congress state gen- ing Sahara India Chit Fund ra.
����������������������������������������������� en rise to drinking water which has hit people hard financially. eral secretary Mahendra Gurjar, Parashu- company chief Subrata Roy Shejwar said many peo-
���������������������������������������������������� shortage in Kukshi tehsil. The Youth Congress activists led by state ram Sisodia, Rakesh Patidar, Vishwanath on Sunday following a com- ple belonging to middle
���������������������������������������������������� Several municipal wards general secretary Somil Nahata took out a Soni among other Youth Congress ac- plaint lodged by local resi- class had invested their
����������������������������������������������������� have not received drinking cycle rally on Saturday at 3 pm, which tivists took part in the bicycle rally. dent Bankatlal Sethia, 48. hard earned money in chit
��������������������������������������������������� water in the past 5 days. Following the directives fund company, anticipating
������������������������������������������������������ This has caused resent- of Ratlam superintendent good returns.
ment among residents. To
provide drinking water
from Narmada river to
Patel inaugurates milk plant of police Gourav Tiwari,
the local police registered
case under Section 420
But when they went to get
back their deposited mon-
ey, they failed to get it. Fol-
42 units of blood donated at camp Kukshi, former Deputy ��������������� transported to Burhanpur, cities in Maharashtra. (cheating) of Indian Penal lowing this, many deposi-
���������������������������������������������� Chief Minister late Jamu- ������� Bhusawal and Jalgaon in Minister Patel said 26 types Code, 1860, and Section 6(1) tors approached local po-
��������������������������������������������������������� na Devi sat on hunger Maharashtra, which will in- of dairy products will be of Protection of Interests lice. Subsequently, Alot
������������������ strike to seek approval for A Sanchi milk plant worth crease the income of the made at the plant. “Amul has of Depositors Act, 2000. SDOP Priyanka Dudwe
����������������� scheme to provide drinking Rs 4.61 crore was inaugurat- dairy sector. a name not only in the coun- Alot police station in- complained to superinten-
��������������������� water to people. ed here on Saturday by Ani- In all, 68 institutions are try but also at international charge Deepak Shejwar dent of police Tiwari and
��������������������� At present, neither the mal Husbandry, Dairy, Social registered with the plant and level. In a similar way, said besides Subrata Roy, district collector Kumar
�������������������� state government nor the Justice and Disabled Welfare 28 more are to be registered. Sanchi dairy products will six others have been booed. Purushottam that money of
������������������ opposition parties are tak- Minister Prem Singh Patel. It has 38,000 members in- be promoted,” he added. They are former Sahara In- many investors of Alot is
��������������������� ing steps to address peo- With the new milk plant, cluding 1,531 women. The Mandhata MLA Narayan dia Alot branch manager stuck in the company. Tak-
��������������������� ple’s grievances. Free Press city milk production capaci- milk coming here will be Patel, president of Dairy Sanjay Mishra, ex-employ- ing cognisance, SP Tiwari
����������������������������������������������������������� attempts to contact Chief ty will increase from 10,000 tested by machines at a fast Union Indore Moti Singh Pa- ee Gaurav Shukla, Mahen- ordered Alot police station
�������������� Municipal Officer Kailash litres to 40,000 litres per day. speed. There are plans to tel among others were pres- dra Pratap Singh, branch incharge Deepak Shejwar
Karma in this regard met In addition to surrounding send milk packets from this ent at the inauguration func- manager at regional office to register the case in the
with no response. areas, Sanchi Milk will be plant to around to about 10 tion. in Ratlam, former branch matter.
Awareness workshop on Int’l
Drug De-addiction Day held
�������������������������������������������������������� Repeal farm laws: RKMM to Prez NEW GUIDELINES :Arrangements for
panies will call the shots.
Penalty for burning stub-
inoculation of pregnant, lactating mothers
��������������������� bles has further added to �� ���� ������� Nodal Officer Dr Sanjeev Kumrawat Mandir), 288 got vaccinated at Day
���������������� Under the aegis of Sanyukt their troubles. ����� were present at the meeting. Care Centre in Shri Ram Colony (Re-
���������������� Kisan Morcha, Rashtriya The memorandum further 1,899 vaccines administered serve Front Line), 209 got vaccinated
��������������� Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh stated that farmers are in A meeting to review status of vacci- On Saturday, 1899 vaccines were in front of Girls School (first and
���������������� (RKMM) district unit has debt and more than 4 lakh nation was held here on Saturday, administered to people at 11 centres, second dose for 45 plus) while 209
������������������������������������������������������ sent a memorandum to Pres- farmers were forced to com- which City Superintendent of Police according to Covid Nodal Officer Dr were inoculated at UPHC Ramlila
��������������������������������������������������������� ident Ram Nath Kovind mit suicide in last 30 years. Manoj Ratnakar presided over. Sanjeev Kumrawat and BMO Dr Ka- Maidan.
�������������������������������������������������������� through Governor That’s why they are de- At the meeting, he said special mal Solanki. About 159 people were Similarly, 220 vaccines were ad-
�������������������������������������������������������� Anandiben Patel in which a manding that farmers arrangements are being made for vaccinated in Saraswati School Gov- ministered at community hall in Un-
������������������������������������������������������� request has been made to re- should get guarantee of pur- vaccination of pregnant and lactat- ernment Colony, 157 got vaccinated hel. In rural areas too, three centres
��������������������������������������������������� peal farm laws. chase of their entire crop at ing women under new guideline on at Grasim Sports Complex, Birla- were set up on Saturday. In all, 156
����������������������������������������������������� National Farmers Labour the minimum support price Tuesdays and Fridays. Tehsildar gram, 165 got inoculated at Gurukul people were vaccinated in Nayan vil-
������ Federation District Presi- according to Swaminathan Ashish Khare, Block Medical Offi- School in Prakash Nagar, 153 got lage, 200 in Hidi village and 163 in
dent Mukesh Vyas Ladusa Commission formula. More cer Dr Kamal Solanki and Covid vaccinated in Block 56 (Ram Karnawad village.
mentioned in the memoran- than 500 farmers lost lives
‘Nashe Ko Kahe Na’ campaign held dum that during corona in the farmers’ movement.
pandemic, when the rest of
the country’s economy came
Ladusa said due to non-de-
marcation by revenue de-
������������������ to a standstill, farmers partment in the district at ������������������������������ �����������������������������������������
���������������������� worked hard without caring the right time, the disputes ������������������������������������ �����������������������������������
��������������������� for their lives and there was between farmers are in- �������������������������������������� ����������������������������������
������������������ record production. creasing. Demarcation ���������������������������� ���������������������������������
����������������� But instead of being should be done soon. He said ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������������
������������������� thankful, the Government that the crop insurance ������������������������������� ��������������������������������
��������������������� of India introduced three amount for 2020-21 should ������������������������������������ �������������������������������
������������ laws, which will ruin farm- be given to the farmers at ���������������������������������� �������������������������������������
�������������������������������������������������������� ing sector as business com- the earliest. �������������������������������������� �����������������������������
25 lakh govt servants tweet to Motorcycles worth
Eyeing 100% inoculation: Vaccination
Rs 20L seized
centres launched in 3 villages
demand restoration of old pension KUKSHI:•As per the in-
��������������������������������������������� ��������������� mand restoration of old pension and to op- struction of SP Aditya Prat-
�������������� ���� pose privatisation. ap Singh additional super-
����������������� The teachers under the leadership of MP intendent of police, Deven-
������������������ A day-long nation-wide campaign was Tribal Welfare Teachers Association dra Patidar, SDOP Kukshi
���������������� launched on Twitter on Saturday in (TWETA) posted maximum tweets among Shri AV Singh and police
������������������� protest against the demand for restoration the district and the state. station in-charge Kukshi
����������������� of old pension and privatization. Over 25 Mansoori said that along with the old Bagh, Tanda and outpost
���������� lakh employees from across the country pension, TWETA has also asked the Chief in-charge Dehri seized 27 station in-charge Bagh MP
���������� tweeted to press their demands. Minister to give the benefits of gradua- motor cycles and a bullet by Verma, station in-charge
���������������� Irfan Mansoori, the provincial media in- tion and seniority to the teachers of the raiding premises of 7 sus- Tanda Vijay Vaskel, station
������������������������������������������������ charge of the MP Tribal Welfare Teachers state. pects. in-charge Dahi Shivram
�������������������������������������������������� Association, said that the over 25 lakhs He said that the provincial president DK The seized vehicles are Jat, outpost in-charge
���������������������������������������������������� employees from across the country tweet- Singor took out a Pension Adhikar Yatra worth Rs 20 lakhs, said the Dehri Sitaram Upadhyay
����������������������������������������������������� ed to the Prime Minister, finance minister in the entire state last year to demand cops. Police station in- among others were part of
���������������������������� and Chief Ministers of all the states to de- restoration of old pension. charge Kukshi KS Gehlot, action, said SP.
��������� �
Digvijaya pays respects to late Lakshmikant Sharma
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�������������������� below 10 in all MP dists

Single day corona count drops

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Single day coronavirus

count in all the districts
97 samples have been re-
jected at time of testing in
the state.
Indore reported seven
while Bhopal 10 corona
Neemuch, Tikamgarh,
Harda, Niwari reported
just one corona case each
and their active cases are
19,7,3,6,5,6 and 4 respec-
����� The Cantonment Land Administrative Singh Thakur, former MP
Lakshminarayan Yadav
dropped under 10 on Sun-
day. Corona positive rate
cases. Their active cases
are 141 and 191 respective-
tively. Other districts re-
ported zero corona case
and legislator from Nar- continued to decline as it ly. Gwalior did not see any and these districts are
The cantonment residents
who have been trying to
Rules amended for renewal of lease wali, Pradeep
raised the issue.
Laria, stood at 0.05 per cent on the
fresh cases in the last 24
hours, while Jabalpur re-
Ashok Nagar,• Aligrajpur,
Agar-Malwa, Bhind,
get the lease of their plots posal. The renewal of can- rules. about the issues. A team led by former Madhya Pradesh report- ported two cases. Their ac- Burhanpur, Dindori,
renewed for over 50 years tonment land was banned In the amended rules, The board of 1998 raised vice president of the board ed 39 new cases, the infec- tive cases are 9 and 28 ac- Khandwa, Sheopur, Seoni,
have heaved a sigh of re- for the first time in 1974. A there are provisions for the issue of renewal relat- Prabhudayal Patel met the tion tally has climbed to tive cases respectively. Chhindwara, Shajapur,
lief after the amendment few days ago, a team of the leasing out civil areas, ed to the lease of farm- defence minister. 7,89,696. So far 8,917 people Ratlam, Betul and Raj- Umaria, Mandla, Guna,
of the Cantonment Land All-India Cantonment Bungalow areas, farmland land. In 2014, demand for de- have died fighting the in- garh reported 3 corona cas- Dewas, Jhabua, Chhat-
Administrative Rules. Board Association led by and barren land. After that, the Amended claring farmland as civil fection. The number of ac- es each while their active tarpur, Panna, Datia,
According to the defence its vice president Virendra The names of a few peo- Act-2006 brought some re- area was put up before the tive cases have dropped to cases are 46, 28 and 22 re- Mandsaur, Barwani, More-
ministry’s Cantonment Patel held discussions ple, whose names were lief to some farmers and board. 816 in the state. In the last spectively. na, Damoh, Singrauli, Bal-
Land Administrative with President Ramnath deleted from the voter’s some citizens. The names of several 24 hours, 129 people were Dhar and Vidisha report- aghat, Sidhi, Raisen,
Rules, a document was Covind. There has been a list considering them en- As the board was non- corporators and those of discharged from the hospi- ed two corona cases each Anuppur, Katni, Shahdol,
made and published. demand for a long time for croachers, may be includ- functional from 2003 to hundreds of people were tals. • and their active cases are Narsingpur, Hoshangabad,
According to the rules, a renewal of lease of the ed in it, after the renewal 2008, there was no deleted from the voter’s Around 69018 samples 10 and 8 respectively. Satna, Shivpuri, Sagar and
proposal for renewal of cantonment land. of their land. progress in the demand for list. They were considered were sent for testing while Rewa, Khargone, Sehore, Ujjain.
the land of cantonment Patel has said that a few A team led by national renewal of lease for land. encroachers.
board and that of agricul- sections of the Canton- president of the All-India In 2009, when the board Against deleting their
ture has been proposed. ment Land Administrative Cantonment Board Associ- was re-formed the then names from the voter’s
Importance on
Empathy is key
If it is approved, the land Rules-2021 have been ation of Jhansi, Sanjeev vice president Virendra list, the corporators
leased out to the residents
for six years and to the
amended in favour of the
Gupta, also met the de-
fence minister.
Patel raised the issue of
farmland lease, Prime
launched an agitation.
They demanded inclu- Abhinay in Kathak
to professional
farmers for 90 years. Sagar cantonment, along After that, he met Kovind Minister’s Housing sion of their names in the
After removing the objec- with 62 cantonments in with former legislator scheme, toilets and other voter’s list, after the disso-
tions, the authorities may the country, will get the Narayan Kabirpanthi and basic amenities. lution of the board this

behaviour: James
put their seal on the pro- benefit of the amended the informed the President The then MP, Bhupendra year.

People urged to keep away from drugs Police run

drive against
Workshop held on ����������� B
bike thefts ������������
esides, the first ses-
sion was held on
International Day ���������������
‘Modern Trends in Ac-
counting Practices’,
against Drug Abuse �������
where resource person
Abhay Chhajed, char-
and Trafficking The superintendent of po-
lice has instructed the offi-
How one conducts oneself
tered accountant, ex-
plained at length the in-
cials to run a drive to check Alok Srivas from New Del- at the workplace is what is tricacies of account
��������������� bikes thefts in the city. hi spoke on the impor- termed as ‘professional keeping and mainte-
�������� A team of Jeerapur po- tance of expressions and behaviour’, says Denzil nance of documents. Ac-
lice confiscated a bike Abhinay in Kathak dance. James, chief training offi- counting is a vital com-
District nodal officer of from the checkpoint in He was speaking on cer, Perfect Leap. ponent of the entire
TB-AIDS Dr Ashish Vyas front of Dag Balaji temple ‘Kathak mein Prayog’ on He was speaking on business process and re-
has appealed to people to on suspicion of it being a Sunday. It was part of the ‘Professional Behaviour at quires timely functions
keep away from drug addic- stolen vehicle. online session of the in- the Workplace’ in an event. that provide relevant in-
tion. health committee of Shiv- treatment. ed to it. Besides, they The man, Jaswant Singh, teraction ‘Ustad-e-Bayan,’ He said• professionalism formation for proper de-
Vyas made the statement puri. There are drug de-addic- should inform the police claimed that he had bought organised by Kalanidika included the behaviour cision-making. It needs
at a workshop held on the Project director of the tion centres in the district about such people as are ad- the bike from a resident of Nritya Natya Sanstha, and physical presentation to be maintained and
occasion of International orgnisation Sandesh hospital in Shivpuri, which dicted to drugs. Ubhapan, Beeram Singh Bhopal. He explained the of the staff and was evi- practised regularly. It is
Day against Drug Abuse Bansal presided over the is being run from room Dr Yogesh Mishra who Sondhiya. Sondhiya was participants about dent in the way they con- a ritual that makes an
and Trafficking on Sunday. function. number 5 in the district also spoke on the occasion arrested and he confessed Aangik, Vachik and ducted themselves. “It’s institution scale new
He said that drug addic- The project manager of hospital. informed the people about to his crime. He informed Satvik Abhinay of Abhi- apparent in such areas as heights of success. He
tion only destroys a family, the organisation Dharmen- Bansal spoke about the the sexually transmitted the police that he had naya Darpan, composed verbal communication and spoke of the paradigm
as well as a society. dra Gupta coordinated the anti-HIV/AIDS measures diseases. bought stolen engines from by Acharya Nandikesh- how well employees shift which the pandem-
The workshop discussed event. to be taken by the high-risk City coordinator of Nodal Saeed Ahmad, who also war. He also talked about adhere to company poli- ic had brought in work
how to keep away from All measures to keep groups. Child Line, Shalini Di- confessed. He also told the its utility and use in cies. Professionalism culture, such as main-
drugs and remain healthy. away from HIV were dis- He appealed to those who wakar, said that if one finds police about another bike dance. He also explained exists within the work- taining soft copies of
The workshop was held in cussed at the workshop. attended the workshop to a child below 18 taking he had stolen. The police the seven types of expres- place, as well as with exter- records and so forth.
coordination with Sankalp Vyas also said how to keep away from drugs and drugs, one should inform retrieved the bike from the sions and explained the nal stakeholders, such as The automated system,
social organisation and treat post-drug deaddiction from those who are addict- helpline number 1098. said hiding point. difference between the customers and clients. which had now emerged,
presentation of Thumri, Empathy is the keyword to was foolproof and a bet-
Bhajan, Ghazal and Van- acquire good behaviour,” ter alternative to an oth-
2 robbers held
De-addiction awareness vehicle flagged off
dana.• • He answered ques- said James. erwise error-free human
tions asked by the partici- The internal quality register, he said.
within 48 hrs pants about• practicing
eye and neck expressions.
assurance cell of the
Bhopal School of Social professionalism at the
HOSHANGABAD: Two ��������������� He also presented a thum- Sciences (BSSS) organised workplace for better per-
men accused of theft have ����������� ri “Shyaam hat jao mohe a Professional formance. The event was
been held within 48 hours chhedo na shyam” and ex- Development Programme open to the higher educa-
of the incident in the city. The deputy director of so- plained its expressions for the non-teaching staff tion institutions to join
They were accused of cial justice Pramila Vaikar beautifully. with the aim of fostering and benefit from.
robbing Rs 50,000 from flagged off an awareness
Shriji Agro agency near vehicle on Saturday on the
Gupta ground. Kotwali sta- occasion of International

Foul play in owl's

tion in charge Santosh de-addiction day.
Singh Chouhan said that The vehicle will raise
they were the residents of awareness about de-addic-

death suspected
Harda. They have been tion for a week in slum ar-
identified as Parth Sharma eas.
and Piyush Dubey, resi- A district level event was
dents of Golpura. The po- organised in the district
lice have arrested them Panchayat building. telling about the side ef- The officials and staff They vowed to stay away
both and confiscated their An art team from the gov- fects of drugs and addic- from the department par- from addictive substance ��� ����� �������� preliminary inquiry, it ficers trying to save the
motorcycle. ernment presented songs tive substances. ticipated in the program. abuse. ������ was found that NGO op- NGO operator are saying
erator Sapna Chaurasia that that the only fault of
The post-mortem report told a family to bring an the NGO operator is that

Oxygen plant at Mission hospital 5 WITNESSES TO TESTIFY TODAY of the owl buried in the injured owl to her. The she did not inform the
shelter home of Animal wings of the owl were cut forest department about
Welfare Society located and its health was in very the owl. According to the

��������������� IN BHAIYYU MAHARAJ CASE in Vijay Nagar is expect-

ed soon.
poor condition. But, with-
out informing the forest
rules, a person cannot
keep a wild animal with
����� ������������������ While people at the ani- department some medi- him nor can anyone treat
������ mal shelter home are not cines were given to save a wild animal on a per-
The second wave of covid- cooperating with the in- the owl. sonal level.
19 has left people with an To testify on the details of calls between Bhaiyyu Maharaj vestigating officials, As soon as the owl died
understanding that oxygen and his servant, Sharad, telecom company officials will sources claim that some in the morning, he was Action will be taken
is a priority. To resolve the
issue of oxygen shortage
testify in court on Monday along with the investigation of-
ficer in the case and other officials.
forest department offi-
cials of Indore range are
buried in the shelter
home premises. The com-
after a day or two
ahead of third wave, the di- Additional public prosecutor Gajraj Singh Solanki said trying to save the NGO plainant in this case also "The direction of the in-
rector of Aadharshila in- that five witnesses, including the investigating officer, operator, as a result of alleged that the NGO had vestigation will be decid-
stitution, Dr Ajay Lal and CSP Manoj Ratnakar, nodal officer from Airtel company, which even six days after put the owl on a drip, due ed only after the PM re-
Dr Indu Lal have decided head constable Dwarkaprasad, Magan Singh and others the incident, the state- to which the owl died. On port. Then the NGO oper-
to install an oxygen plant will testify. ments have not been Wednesday, the owl's ator will be questioned.
at Mission hospital. The The hearings will be held consecutively for two days-on recorded. body was sent for a post The statement of the
Trident company began in-
stalling the power plant Two intensive care units The plant will be ready
Monday and Tuesday. He added that CSP Ratnakar is the
investigation officer in the case regarding which he has
The incident: Owl mortem.
If sources are to be be-
complainant will also be
taken. All this will take a
from Friday. with 28 beds are being pre- for use in 2 days. The plant been called. Similarly, the telecom company official has found buried lieved, the post mortem day or two. At the same
Lal said the inevitable pared in the hospital, he has been built for about Rs been called as he knows about the call details of Bhaiyyu On Tuesday, forest report was received on time, a forest worker will
third wave is expected to said. He said installing a 1.5 crore. Maharaj and Sharad. workers searched the Friday evening, but offi- be in contact with the
affect the children. plant is not a business in- The plant will be able to HC Dwarkaprasad is an officer who has seized evidence shelter home, in which cers did not find time to NGO."
The hospital needed to be vestment but a social re- fill about 80-90 cylinders in in the case regarding which he has been called; others the body of an owl was read its content. ���������������������
ready for the same, he said. sponsibility. a day. have also been called for similar things. found buried there. In Sources said that the of- �����������������


Accuses them of sending class III issues challans even Pal said that the right challans are received, the zonal offi- members. "Employees listen more to their areas. She stated that they
when they do not have to issue challans have cer concerned would have to face mu- engineers. And engineers work as should work keeping public repre-
staff who misbehave with people right to do so. Issuing been given to only sic," she said. per their own wish. They take leave sentatives also in the loop. Officers
challans is not part of three officials viz zonal She said that the indolent employ- or break from work whenever they generally think that even if water
������������������ their duty. No officer, assistant rev- ees should be sent to trenching want. I hold inefficient zonal officers accumulates, it will recede by itself
������ musterkarmi or inspec- enue officer and chief ground for plantation work. If some responsible for that," she said direct- in some two to three hours. I don't
tor should be deployed sanitary inspector. employees have no work to do, send ing zonal officers to shape up. want this type of attitude. Prompt ef-
Enraged over complaints of bullying in the market for issu- "Zonal officers should them to plant trees at trenching forts should be made for removing
by civic body employees, municipal ing challan," she said ensure that no one ex- ground, she added. Clean drainage line, take steps the water in places where it accumu-
commissioner Pratibha Pal here on
Sunday lashed out at officers saying
while addressing a
meeting called for re-
cept the three men-
tioned posts is de-
Zonal officers pulled up to check waterlogging lates, Pal said.
She stated that wherever need be
the officers themselves don't go to the view of Indore Munici- ployed for issuing chal- Pal pulled up zonal officers for dividers should be broken for letting
field but send class three staffers who pal Corporation's pre- lans. If complaints re- working causally. She stated that it Pal directed zonal officers and rainwater pass. I don't want people
misbehave with people. paredness to deal with garding inspector or has come to her notice that they do drainage department officials to to suffer from waterlogging and
"Employees go into the market and the monsoon. musterkarmis issuing not have hold on their office team check and clean drainage lines in complain to higher-ups, she said.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely
enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.

Water wars channelised to divert
Naming controversy attention from burning issues?
takes off, not airport Board. They also claimed that the
AP government was going ahead
both KCR and Jagan are hand-in-
glove on the matter and are hood-
Visakhapatnam and Guntur also
crossed one lakh mark each. With
People were surprised that KCR
was on tour when there were no
t will take at least two years for the completion of the with the project, despite orders winking the public. Interestingly, this, the state also crossed the one- elections or any other important
first phase of the Navi Mumbai International airport from the National Green Tribunal Jagan’s sister YS Sharmila, who is crore mark in the administration programmes in the offing.
but the controversy over naming it has already taken
off. While the Shiv Sena’s choice is party founder Bal
Sojourn and other courts objecting to it.
The Telangana irrigation depart-
trying to establish her political par-
ty in Telangana, is, for obvious rea-
of the first dose of the vaccine. So
far, 1,11,45,738 people have received
He took the opportunity to di-
rectly interact with the people and
Thackeray, the BJP is backing villagers around the airport ment filed a complaint with the Kr- sons maintaining silence on the en- the first dose and 27,35,648 the sec- determine their response to a host
who want it to be named after Dinkar Balu Patil — a local V J M Divakar ishna River Management Board tire matter. ond dose since the vaccination pro- of welfare and development pro-
politician who fought for just compensation for villagers (KRMB) alleging that the Andhra Meanwhile, in AP, last week, over gramme began on January 16. grammes of the state government.

whose land was acquired for Navi Mumbai 50 years ago. here was a lot of bonhomie government decision was ‘illegal’ 13.26 lakh people were vaccinated None can match KCR’s sense of At each of his stops, he made it a
Last Thursday, nearly 25,000 of them defied prohibitory or- between Telangana State point to speak for at least two
ders and traffic curbs for a show of strength. Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chan- hours and then ask people about
netizens are rooting for aviation pioneer J R D Tata, even drashekhar Rao and his Andhra their opinion on various govern-
as Raj Thackeray has proposed that it be named after Pradesh counterpart Y S Jaganmo- ment measures. His witty and hu-
perennial favourite Shivaji. Maharashtra has seen how han Reddy when the latter was as- morous speeches seemed to have
emotive such issues can be in the agitation to rename
sumed office. KCR had invited Ja- been a big hit.
Marathwada University in Aurangabad after Ambedkar.
The event has reopened an old debate. Should national gan and his family members for During his visit to Warangal to
projects be named after historical figures, freedom fight- lunch at his official residence, Pra- inaugurate a super-specialty hos-
ers, saints, politicians, pioneers…? Who takes the final gathi Bhavan, in Hyderabad and pital, KCR did not mince words
call? Shouldn’t there be wider consultation? Do populism the duo had a one-to-one meeting while criticising the media, espe-
and politics prevail over propriety? for several hours. Later, they both cially the electronic media, for cre-
One can say, what’s in a name, but these things can’t be declared that all the contentious is- ating panic and fear in people on
left to the government of the day alone. Mumbai has a na- sues between the two Telugu states, the spread of coronavirus. But he
tional park named after a man who went hunting in a heli- especially water disputes, would be was polite while doing so and in
copter. Recently, a cricket stadium was named after the cur- solved across the table and amica- his inimitable style, gave the me-
rent PM. Aurangzeb Road in Lutyens’ Delhi was renamed bly. In fact, KCR invited Jagan and dia a piece of his mind, asking
as Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Road. Questioning how Mughals the then Maharashtra CM Deven- them not to create fear. He said
can be our heroes, U P Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath de- dra Fadnavis for the inaugural of while doctors, scientists, epidemi-
cided to name the upcoming Mughal Museum in Agra af- the mega lift irrigation project at ologists in the world have yet to fi-
ter Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, reasoning that the Kaleswaram. But a controversy nalise the treatment protocol for
Maratha ruler’s name “will invoke a feeling of nationalism erupted over Jagan’s government corona as on date, running 24x7
and self-esteem”. order giving administrative sanc- programmes on the possible rea-
Coming back to airports, the one at Mumbai is named af- tion to build the Rayalaseema Lift sons for the spread and treatment
ter the Maratha warrior king while the Bangalore airport Irrigation Scheme, which is to was not correct and the media
is named after Kempe Gowda, a just and humane ruler, draw an additional six to eight should not play with the public
widely accepted as being the founder of Bengaluru. The TMCs of water per day from the health. He said many had perished
Bhopal airport is named after Raja Bhoj, a righteous schol-
Srisailam reservoir on the Krishna from the fear of corona than the
ar-king, Indore after Ahilyabai Holkar, the founder of the
river and also the upgradation of A controversy erupted over Jagan’s government order sanctioning the actual disease itself.
city and a revered ruler, while the one at Srinagar is named
after Sheikh ul-Alam, a mystic regarded as the patron saint the Potireddypadu head regulator
canal system and other projects at
Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, which is to draw an additional 6-8 TMCs of In his speech at the Gram Sabha
in Vasaalamarri village which he
of Kashmiris. Surprisingly, the Jaipur airport is not
named after anyone. a cost of over Rs 7,000 crore. water per day from the Srisailam reservoir on the Krishna river and also the has adopted, the CM told the peo-
Most of the other major airports are named after freedom In a knee-jerk response, KCR and ple about Muhammad Yunus, a
fighters or national/regional leaders. Palam Airport is several of his Cabinet ministers upgradation of the Potireddypadu head regulator canal system and other Bangladeshi social entrepreneur,
named after Indira Gandhi, Dum Dum after Netaji Subhash
Bose, Chennai’s domestic and international terminals – for-
have accused the AP government of
constructing illegal projects across
projects at a cost of over Rs 7,000 crore. In a knee-jerk response, KCR and banker, economist, and civil socie-
ty leader who was awarded the No-
merly Meenambakkam airport -- are named after former the Krishna River and stealing wa- several of his Cabinet ministers have accused the AP government of bel Peace Prize for founding the
chief ministers of Tamil Nadu K Kamaraj and C N An- ter from the Srisailam reservoir. Grameen Bank and pioneering the
nadurai, respectively. Ahmedabad airport is named after The Telangana CM also dashed off constructing illegal projects across the Krishna River and stealing water from concepts of microcredit and mi-
Sardar Patel, Nagpur’s after Babasaheb Ambedkar, Hyder- a letter to PM Modi and the Jal crofinance.
abad after Rajiv Gandhi, Lucknow after Chaudhary Charan Shakti Minister to immediately the Srisailam reservoir. The Telangana CM also dashed off a letter to PM Modi There was also an undeclared
Singh, Patna after Jayaprakash Narayan, Bhubaneswar af- constitute a Krishna water Tribu- purpose to KCR’s visit. His political
ter Biju Patnaik and Guwahati after Gopinath Bordoloi, a nal Board to decide on the sharing and violated the AP Reorganisa- from 6am to 8pm in more than 2,200 timing in Telangana. He has the opponents have been criticising
freedom fighter and the first CM of Assam. of waters. tion Act, 2014. The state even decid- locations in all 13 districts of the habit of taking his political oppo- him for not making any public ap-
Under the Congress regime, the Gandhis got inordinate The Telangana government has ed to go to the Supreme Court (SC) state, a record of sorts. This only nents by surprise. When his once pearance during the Covid second
importance in the name game. Now, the BJP wants to hon- also stated that the state govern- on the issue. goes to show that the AP medical right-hand man and now bête noir, wave and for not communicating
our its own stalwarts. Mughalsarai railway junction is now ment had withdrawn its complaint But opposition parties like the team and other staff can vaccinate former minister E Rajender joined with the people. The four-day visit
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Junction after the Bharatiya in the Supreme Court on the assur- BJP and the Congress in Telan- over one million daily, if the Centre the BJP, the media attention and should perhaps silence his oppo-
Jana Sangh leader. The 9.28 km-Chenani-Nashri tunnel in ance of the Central Jal Shakti min- gana have described this as diver- supplies enough vaccines. The two public eye was obviously on Rajen- nents for a while.
J&K, the longest in India, is named after Syama Prasad
ister that withdrawal of the peti- sionary tactics by both KCR and Ja- Godavari districts, East and West, der’s schedule. As if to counter
Mookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The Atal
tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley. The Fer- tion would pave the way for the con- gan to divert public attention from topped the list, with 1.55 lakh and this, CM KCR has embarked on a The writer is a senior journalist
ozshah Kotla stadium is named after Arun Jaitley. The in- stitution of the Krishna Water other burning issues. They say 1.54 lakh vaccinated. Krishna, visit to rural districts for four days. based in Hyderabad
stitute where Indian Foreign Service officers are trained is
named after Sushma Swaraj. Well, we also have a Ram
Mandir railway station in Oshiwara!
In Mumbai, the museum and the Central Railway termi-
nus are named after Shivaji, the zoo and the upcoming
Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road after his mother Jijabai. Maharashtra records 7 lakh vaccinations in a day, Health Minister says ‘can finish vaccinating states in 2-3 months’ TO THE
The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is named after Rajiv Gandhi, the
Eastern freeway after Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Mumbai- Vaccine for all is not available. Bigger cities are getting all the benefits. Small districts are still suffering from lack of EDITOR
vaccines. Why is this bias?
Pune expressway after Y B Chavan, the Dadar flyover after
Jagannanth alias Nana Shankarsheth, a 19th century spice Priyanka Pandit@wittyleaks710 ‘Union government’
and carpet merchant and philanthropist, the Film City after Its still very low... MH with almost half of covid cases n deaths in India gets only 10% of total vaccination??? Some days ago, the Tamil Nadu
Dadasaheb Phalke, the JJ flyover after Makhdoom Ali Mahi- Uncommon Man!!!@PRV2204 government decided to use the word
mi, a 13th century Sufi saint who lived in Mahim, the flyover ‘Union government’, instead of
that links Goregaon West directly to the Western Express It will depend on the vaccines Maharashtra get every week. But we sincerely hope they achieve this milestone. Citizens
have suffered maximum.
Central government, to refer to the
highway after socialist leader Mrinal Gore. Indian Government. The founding
By comparison, the first flyover in India, Mumbai’s Rakesh Kumar Agarwal@rkagarw090117
fathers never used the words
Kemps Corner flyover, which completed 50 years in 2014, is But first check fake vaccination camp. ‘Centre’ or ‘Central government’ in
named after a pharmacy at the junction. Today, you will Chinmoy Sarkar@Chinmoy98007525 the original Constitution. Even the
draw a blank if you ask for Gopalrao Desmukh Marg, S K
lists of division of powers, under
Barodawalla Marg, Naushad Ali Road and Ramdas Nayak
Road. These are the new names for Pedder Road, Alta- seventh schedule, are named as
mount Road, Carter Road and Hill Road respectively. The Union, State and Concurrent lists.
roads were named after British municipal commissioners. The Covid crisis offers a unique opportunity to reimagine our cities, our infrastructure and mobility Hence, this step of the TN
government is constructive because

Remote working – building small-town India

And people will scarcely believe that Ramdas Nayak, a BJP
corporator from Bandra, opposed the renaming of Hill it has the essence of the
Road while he was alive. Constitution, the supreme law of
Ballard Estate, Mumbai’s first corporate park, is named the land. This step is an example of
for Colonel J A Ballard, a founder of the Mumbai Port constitutional morality. As the late
Trust. Connaught Place, now Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, was Nani Palkhivala rightly said, “The
named after the Duke of Connaught, an uncle of King than matchboxes. We want a bit of hometowns, or smaller towns. A big cities for the most opportuni- survival of our democracy and the
George V, who visited India in 1921. greenery. Clean air and community work-from-anywhere approach ties and that explained the invest- unity and integrity of the nation
Coming back to Dinkar Balu Patil, there is nothing except
for a public garden in Kamothe named after the man who Frame of life are becoming important. And,
all of that is possible for large
also allows you to recruit from any-
where. Suddenly it doesn’t matter
ment. The Covid crisis offers a
unique opportunity to reimagine
depend upon the realisation that
constitutional morality is no less
represented Panvel in the state assembly for five terms and
the Kolaba parliamentary constituency for two terms. Reference swathes of service workers, as
more and more companies in India
to the employer if you live in Im-
phal or Begusarai. If you are quali-
our cities, our infrastructure, and
essential than constitutional
The naming debate however must not distract us from is- allow for large proportions of their fied and competent – you have a There are enough and more stud- Mohit Rawal
sues such as the progress on the airport, honouring the Harini Calamur workforce to work from anywhere. shot at the job. This allows for ies showing that small-town India
deal given to the project-affected persons and connectivity And this allows the Indian gov- smaller cities to stem their brain is really the driver of growth, as
Sagacious Pawar
to the airport. y attachment to my city of ernment to rebuild better, after the drain to the big city. As our talent there is migration to this small
birth, Mumbai, is huge. I pandemic. It will also give the econ- pools become more diverse, as we town from nearby villages. As Ref.: ‘Amid third front buzz, Pawar
FPJ ARCHIVES APRIL 22, 1963 love the city. But, last year, omy a much-needed shot in the hire from more diverse cities, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi says not without Congress’ (June
In the midst of the first Covid lock- arm, in the form of an infrastruc- backgrounds – the possibilities are pointed out in Parliament, over 50 26). Facing severe criticism from
down, I took a long, hard look at my per cent of India’s digital transac- the Congress, the Maratha
life. I looked at an aging parent who tions are taking place in ‘small strongman appears to be
needed full-time support and fresh towns’. Additionally, a large pro- reconciling to the inevitability of
air and I took a long, hard look at portion of start-ups registered are having the grand old party on
my life, as it existed, between traf- from tier-2 and tier-3 towns. And, board; so as to put up a united front
fic jams. With a supportive organi- now, with city folk moving back, of 24 secular parties against the
sation, I relocated to a smaller city multinationals investing – it is like- might of the BJP during the 2024
with a better quality of living – ly that in 20 years, the nature of Lok Sabha elections. Such a move
fresh air, greenery, space – and I am small-town living will transform. will go a long way in instantly
not the only one. President Joe Biden recently an- solving one of the two most
Across India, and the world, nounced a $2trillion plan to rebuild vexatious issues before the
working professionals are taking the infrastructure of the USA. This Mahagathbandhan; viz., that of its
the same call. A life that seemed is primarily focused around build- leadership. The other one will be
impossible earlier is now seeming- ing roads, strengthening bridges, about the satisfactory distribution
ly within reach. We no longer have and replacing lead pipes with envi- of 542 seats amongst all the 24
to choose between waking up to ronmentally more efficient pipes. partners in the front, so as to avoid,
the sound of birds chirping and The US, in effect, is building for to- as far as possible, the division in
our ambition to work with the morrow. For India, we need to shrug the ‘secular’ vote.
biggest firms in the world. A off the fiscal handcuffs that are lim- Arun Malankar
Gallup poll in the USA revealed iting the response to the pandemic.
that 48 per cent of those living in Fiscal prudence and debt to GDP ra-
big cities would move to a small One of the things that the lockdown has made tio are great measures when life is Breach of trust
town or a village. Approximately normal. But when you are in an eco- Ref.: ‘Doctor couple who ran
16 million Americans moved dur- apparent is that many of us aspire for homes larger nomic free fall, the government has Shivam Hospital arrested’ (June
ing the pandemic. Rentals in the
big cities are crashing, as people
than matchboxes. We want a bit of greenery to act, and act in a concerted man-
ner. For India, it is less of re-build-
26) makes one think how could
doctors who have taken oaths to
move out of expensive matchbox- ing, as much as systematic develop- protect every person could inject
Sabry gets cold welcome in Peking sized homes, into larger spaces in
the interiors. In India too, with
ture stimulus. Three things that
are needed to get us to decongest
infinite. Building that infrastruc-
ture suddenly opens up the world to
ment of infrastructure - building a
framework for development that
saline or distilled water into those
who trustingly signed up to receive
PEKING, APRIL 21 (REUTER)-- Wing Commander Aly Sabry, large service corporations going our big cities, and enable work different communities that aren’t lasts. The government has to bite Covid vaccination? The irony is
President of the United Arab Republic Executive Council, flew in remote, the trend of the service from anywhere, are uninterrupted ‘megapolises’. the bullet on the deficit, and open that this hospital is one of the
here today from Moscow to a welcome described by diplomatic sector migrant moving ‘back power supply, good roads that con- Much of the infrastructural de- up its purse strings to announce a centres for private immunisation
observers as being noticeably cooler than those for other Premiers home’ has increased. Talk to real- nect to big cities; and adequate velopment in India has been based concerted plan to build a better in Charkop and many people have
who have visited Peking recently. ty agents, they will tell you there is drainage, healthcare and schools. If around metros and the needs of small-town India. taken jabs there. So now, should
Wing Commander Sabry, the first high U. A. R. leader to visit China, a mini boom in real estate activity these are in place, everything else metros. And development has radi- even these people be worried? The
is spending four days in Peking before flying on to New Delhi. across small-town India. will fall into place. ated out from the big cities. This in- The writer works at the intersection of fraudsters need to booked under
...Big crowds lined the steers near the airport, but there were no One of the things that the lock- Also, this is not just about build- cludes satellite towns like Navi digital content, technology and attempt to murder and punished
crowds in the city proper, and no flags decorated public buildings. down has made apparent, is that ing infrastructure to accommodate Mumbai and Gurugram. It was as- audiences. She is a writer, columnist, severely for their dastardly act.
These are customary when a visiting Premier arrives. many of us aspire for homes larger big city people moving back to their sumed that people would move to visiting faculty and filmmaker Maya Hemant Bhatkar

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Five ministers inducted into Pondy cabinet
PUDUCHERRY: Five MLAs of the ruling coalition government led by Chief Minister N Rangasamy sworn in as
ministers by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday. A Namassivayam of Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) and Chandira Priyanga of All India NR Congress are among the prominent names who were
inducted into Rangasamy cabinet. The coalition of All India NR Congress (AINRC), the BJP, and All India Anna
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had emerged victorious in the Puducherry elections in May this year.
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Amidst reluctance from the Bose family,
Chandra Kumar Bose grandnephew of Ne-
taji Subhas Chandra Bose following the
������������� LoP Suvendu is leaving no clarion call 'Chalo Delhi' of Netaji had giv-
������� stones unturned to disqualify en a cap of Netaji to Prime Minister
the MLA post of TMC leader Narendra Modi to preserve it at the Muse-
Amidst speculation that Mukul Roy, Mukul on Sunday um in Red Fort.
Leader of Opposition Suvendu challenged Suvendu to make Talking to Free Press Journal, Chandra
Adhikari might be given equal his father and TMC MP Sisir Bose said that without anyone’s permis-
importance as that of party Adhikari to join the saffron sion and by not even informing the Prime
chief Dilip Ghosh, the BJP camp. Minister the cap has been sent to museum
sources on Sunday said that Incidentally, election agents in Kolkata's Victoria Memorial Hall. "After someone opened the museum at
���������������������������������������������������� during the closed door meet- of Mukul Roy along with "Netaji didn't say 'Chalo Calcutta' (now Red Fort it was noticed that the cap isn't
ing of the party's working BJP national president JP BJP leader Arup Roy from Kolkata), but despite that the Cultural there. The whole purpose was to keep the
PMK releases shadow committee on June 29, the BJP Nadda will also be present vir- Krishnanagar (north) on Sun- Ministry had sent the cap to Kolkata dur- dream of Netaji alive in Red Fort," men-
agricultural budget for 2021-22 leaders will raise the issue of tually to review the recently day had joined ruling Tri- ing the celebration of 125th birth anniver- tioned Chandra.
giving equal importance to concluded poll results and we namool Congress under sary of Netaji. If museums are opened Notably, according to sources of Cultural
�������� �������������������������������� LoP to strengthen the party in will give the proposal there," Mukul Roy. across the country and if the cap goes to Ministry, Netaji's cap was sent to Victoria
���������������������������������������������� West Bengal. mentioned the sources. At a time when BJP is gear- every state then the iconic cap might lose," Memorial in presence of PM Modi and
����������������������������������������� "BJP is mainly controlled by Notably, in an exclusive in- ing up to make the party stated the grandnephew of Netaji also Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
��������������������������������������������� the party chief. Now breaking terview with FPJ, West Bengal stronger, the TMC youth wing mentioning that he had handed over the amidst the 125 th birth anniversary cele-
������������������������������������������������� the tradition in order to BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had in order to create more mass cap to Modi on January 23, 2019. bration of Netaji.
��������������������������������������� strengthen the party more we said that if Suvendu's power connect is forming Quick Re- Chandra Bose also stated that if the cap Incidentally, not just the cap but several
�������������������������������������������� will demand to portray Suven- rises in the party then it will sponse Teams at every district is passed like this then the purpose and Ne- weapons used by Netaji was also kept in
������������������������������������������������� du as an equally important be beneficial for the party. to tackle any untoward inci- taji's dream of marching towards the na- the exhibition where entire Bose family
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WB govt releases
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in Kolkata, West Bengal State gov- of the Covid-19 crisis in Ut- �������������������� sentment over the alleged
ernment new directives that will be tar Pradesh, a ruling party Covid-19 mismanagement
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ties for setting up new Covid Vacci- least 10 people died in ���������������� he feared a sedition charge ����������������������������������������
nation Camps in West Bengal. every village during the for speaking up.
Rajnath embarks on
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facilities, working administrations were learnt from the first leader also demanded that have? If we speak too
1 held in Thiruvananthapuram planning to set up covid vaccination one. Rs 10 lakh be given to the much, treason and sedition

3-day visit to Ladakh

camp (CVC) must seek prior permis- State BJP working com- kin of those who suc- charges will be slapped on
with 110 kg ganja sion from the Health Department. mittee member Ram Iqbal cumbed to the infection. us as well," Rakesh
������������������� ���������� The CVC must appoint a nodal officer Singh, who made the re- He lamented that after 75 Rathore had told reporters,
������������������������������������������� who will be the contact point of the marks on Saturday, is the years of freedom, this dis- according to a video clip.
������������������������������������������ CVC and health department," read latest among the party's trict with a population of On May 9, Union Labour ��������� the inaugural function of
������������������������������������������������ the directives. leaders who have ques- 34 lakh, has "no doctors or minister Santosh Gangwar several infrastructure proj-
������������������������������������� The directive also mentioned that tioned the management of medicines". had complained to the Defence Minister Raj- ects constructed by Border
������������������������������������������ the CVC will have to disclose their the coronavirus infection On being reminded that chief minister about the nath Singh embarked on Roads Organisation (BRO).
���������������������������������������������������� source of supply of vaccines to the in the state. during his visit to Ballia, situation in his Bareilly Ladakh on Sunday for a Looking forward to it,"
�������������������������������������������������� Health Department and will also Speaking to reporters Chief Minister Yogi constituency, saying offi- three-day visit to the re- Singh tweeted.
������������������������������������������������� have to report on day to day con- here, Singh rued that the Adityanath had expressed cials don't take calls and gion. The Minister had recent-
������������������������������������������������� sumption of the vaccines. Health Department did not satisfaction with the government health centres During his visit, Singh ly visited Kochi in Kerala
������������������������������������������������� "The CVC will have to submit a list learn any lesson from the arrangements made by the send back patients for 're- will inaugurate infrastruc- and Karwar in Karnataka
���������������������������������������������� of people who have completed two first wave of Covid-19 Health Department, Singh ferrals' from the district tural projects constructed for two days to review some
���������������������������������������������� doses of vaccines every weekend and which led to a large num- said the officials had mis- hospital. by the Border Roads Or- of the ongoing projects.
���������������������������� poor compliances and violation of ber of deaths due to the dis- led the CM, and the truth In a letter to Adityanath, ganisation (BRO) and will At Karwar, he reviewed
norms can also lead to cancellation of ease in the second wave. was not shown. he had also complained also interact with troops the Indian Navy's Project
Villagers crowdfund, build the CVC," further read the directive "At least 10 people died He also urged the BJP about the "big shortage" of deployed in the region. Seabird and stated that he
letter also mentioning that the vacci- from every village in the government to give a diesel empty oxygen cylinders "Leaving New Delhi for wants the Karwar Naval
bridge Dakshina Kannada nation camp can be carried out only state during the second subsidy to farmers. and the high prices of Ladakh. During my visit, I base to be Asia's biggest
�������������������������������������������� after written approval from the West wave of Covid-19 pandem- Earlier in May, BJP's Sita- medical equipment in shall be interacting with Naval base for which he
������������������������������������������������ Bengal Health Department. ic," he alleged. The BJP pur MLA Rakesh Rathore Bareilly. the troops and attending will also raise the budget.
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tonnes of mangoes plans another
on roadside Ambedkar
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check dissidence over new chief the roadside near Srinivasapura of Kolar district In an apparent attempt to woo Dalits, ahead of
���������� ������������������������������� due to a steep fall in the prices of certain varieties the 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh,
���������������������������������������������� of the fruit. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has an-
����������������������������������������������� The Banganapalli, Benishan and Totapuri vari- nounced that he would build a grand memori-
��������������������������������������������� eties are been dumped as they are being attacked by al in the name of Dalit icon Dr B.R. Ambed-
���������������������������������������� a fungal disease, and hence the prices are falling kar. The foundation stone for the Bharat Rat-
������������������������������������������������ sharply. na Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial and
��������������������������������������� The mango growers are now demanding compen- Cultural Centre, to be located in Lucknow's
����������������������������������������������� sation from the government. Aishbagh, is likely to be laid by President
���������������������������������������� Narrating the plight of the mango growers, Kolar Ram Nath Kovind during his Lucknow visit
���������������������������������������������� district Mango Growers Association president, on June 28.
�������������������������������������������� Neelaturu Chinnappa Reddy said that compared to The project is expected to cost around Rs 50
����������������������������������������������� the past, the mango growers were particularly suf- crore and sources indicated that a portion of
�������������������� fering a loss this year and were unable to bear the the centre, which would include a 45m high
loss. He stated this to be the reason why the farm- ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� statue will be completed by the first week of
Feel sorry for fan who travelled ers were throwing their produce away. ������������� December so that it can be inaugurated on
Ambedkar's death anniversary on December
to Kodagu from T'gana: Actress 6. Lucknow already has multiple memorials
���������� �����������������������������������
Tejashwi reaches out to Chirag; RJD to celebrate birth anniv of 'Dalit messiah' dedicated to the memory of Ambedkar and
his wife Ramabai. All of them were con-
structed in Lucknow and Noida during the
�������� RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar's Pashupati Kumar Paras for con- it was Lalu Prasad Yadav who various regimes of the Bahujan Samaj Party
�������������������������������������������������� ��������� thoughts. trol of the Lok Janshakti Party sent him to Rajya Sabha from the in the state. According to Yogi Adityanath, the
������������������������������������������������� In an interview with PTI, Ya- (LJP), Tejashwi Yadav alleged Rashtriya Janata Dal quota. proposed Ambedkar memorial would serve as
������������������������������������������� ������� Amid signs of chill in LJP leader dav also said his party has decid- the BJP has "disposed of" and Has anybody done or sacrificed a centre for cultural and educational events.
�������������������������������������������������� Chirag Paswan's ties with the ed to celebrate "Dalit messiah" "abandoned" most of its old al- so much for any other leader or "This will be a grand building, housing a
����������������������������������������������� BJP-led NDA, RJD leader Tejash- Ram Vilas Paswan's birth an- lies after coming to power and party in the country, he asked. statue of Ambedkar, library, museum and au-
�������������������� wi Yadav on Sunday reached out niversary to honour his contri- gaining maximum from them. "Our party has decided to cele- ditorium. As per current plans, the statue will
to him for aligning with the Op- bution to the state. Yadav said his party has always brate Dalit messiah, Ram Vilas be 25 feet high, placed on a pedestal 20 feet
Subbulakshmi, Avudiappan position, saying he can carry for- With Chirag having already stood by Ram Vilas Paswan and Ji's birth anniversary to com- high. Cultural activities will be organised
ward his father Ram Vilas gone public with his disappoint- recounted that when the LJP did memorate his contribution to there through the year, including seminars,
front-runners for DMK RS seats Paswan's legacy only by joining ment with the BJP's silence over not even have a single MLA and the state, I think this itself is self- plays, etc. Students can also visit it for re-
�������� ���������������������������� the "existential fight" against his bitter feud with his uncle Paswan lost the election in 2009, explanatory," Yadav said. search purposes," said a government official.
Infighting in poll-bound states major concern for BJP
���������������������� differences," a party insider said.
In Goa, last month BJP chief J.P.
ences among leadership and cadres
need immediate attention of the
Infighting and discontent in the
poll bound state units are turning
����������������� Nadda had directed chief minister
Pramod Sawant and health minis-
central leadership and in some cas-
es state units have already apprised
���������������������������������������������� out to be a major concern for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) than
����������������������� ter Vishwajit Rane to keep their dif-
ferences aside and focus on control-
them about it."
In Rajasthan, former chief minis-
Woman pours boiling oil on the opposition parties. Assembly �������������� ling Covid in the state. ter Vasundhara Raje is not on the
elections are scheduled in Uttar Another leader pointed out that same page with the state leader-
mom-in-law in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Uttarak- preparations. cal units," he said. local issues must be addressed so ship. While Raje's supporters are
�������� ��������������������������������������� hand early next year. Senior na- "Next year's polls in Uttar BJP central leadership and RSS that everyone should put a united running a parallel organization by
��������������������������������������������� tional party leaders are trying to re- Pradesh and other states will set have already intervened and tried effort in fighting the opposition launching 'Vasundhara Raje
������������������������������������������������� solve the differences within the the momentum for the next general to resolve differences in Uttar parties instead of fighting against Samarthak Manch, Rajasthan', on
�������������������������������������������������� party units in these states. elections in 2024. Party's perform- Pradesh. "On June 22, chief minis- each other. Party leadership in Del- the other hand the state unit has re-
���������������������������������������������� A senior leader said that this in- ance in Uttar Pradesh and other ter Yogi Adityanath and deputy hi also found that infighting and moved her photo from poster and
����������������������������������������������� fighting and discontentment in lo- states is crucial for 2024 rerun, so chief minister Keshav Prasad Mau- discontentment have spread in Kar- hoardings.
������������������������������������������ cal units especially in the poll everyone will be brought to the rya met over lunch in presence of nataka, Rajasthan, Delhi and Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poo-
�������� ������������������������������ bound Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, same page ahead of state assembly national general secretary, organi- Tripura -- irrespective of whether nia told IANS, "Central leadership
������������������������������������������ Goa and Punjab need to be ad- polls. Party is concerned and tak- sation, B.L. Santhosh and RSS gen- the saffron party is in power or not. has been apprised of what's hap-
���������������������������������������������� dressed at the earliest as it might af- ing measures to address the in- eral secretary Dattatreya Hosabale Another senior party functionary pening in the state for appropriate
���������������������������������������� fect party's poll prospects and fighting or differences in all the lo- and Krishna Gopal to resolve the explained, "Infighting and differ- action."
Eight held for spreading anti-vaccine message
Vadodara: Eight persons, including two women, were arrested on Sunday for allegedly spreading anti-Covid
19 vaccination messages among public in Vadodara in Gujarat, police said. A group of eight people,
including six men, gathered near a bus stand with ‘Awaken Gujarat Movement’ and ‘Awaken Barodians’
banners to spread the message against Covid-19 vaccination, an official of the city’s Sayajigunj police
FREE PRESS station said. He said a patrolling team of police personnel learnt about this gathering and reached the spot.

‘Transmission potential of Delta+ variant Covid vaccine for

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Drone attack at...

kids above 12 likely

seems low, needs more research’
The drones dropped the explosive material and were
either flown back across the border or to some other
destination during the night, the officials said. The aer-

by Aug: NTAGI
ial distance from the Jammu airport to the internation-
al border is 14 km. While officials were investigating
the drone attack, another major strike was averted
when a person, probably owing allegiance to the
banned Lashker-e-Taiba, was arrested along with an
improvised explosive device (IED) weighing around six AGENCIES the new variant, because its nature AGENCIES everybody in the country.
kg, the director general of police said. New Delhi (transmission, effectiveness, etc) de- New Delhi In the coming days, our tar-
cides the overall situation of the get is to administer 1 crore
‘Work to stop... The nature of subsequent Covid-19 Covid pandemic,” he said. Zydus Cadila Covid-19 vac- doses every day. It is impor-
outbreaks will depend on the new According to the Union Health Min- cine for children above 12 tant that people come for-
Modi mentions Satna's Ramlotan: During his variants of the virus as one more istry’s report, cases of Delta Plus years is expected to be
Address to the Nation, Modi mentioned about strain called Delta Plus has emerged variant were detected in Maharash- available by August as its
Ramlotan, from Satna district, who is known for con- in a few states, said N.K. Arora, a tra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jam- trials are likely to be com-
serving medicinal plants and grains. ‘Ramlotan member of the Indian Council of mu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Tamil pleted by July-end, said Dr
Kushwahaji, a friend from Satna of Madhya Pradesh, Medical Research (ICMR). Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. N K Arora, Chairman, Na-
has done a very commendable job. Ramlotanji has built Briefing about the Delta Plus vari- Elaborating further on Delta Plus, tional Technical Advisory
a museum of indigenous plants on his farm. In this ant, Arora told IANS that it has of Delta Plus variant was detected in he said there are three parameters to Group on Immunisation
museum, he has collected hundreds of medicinal plants emerged in several parts of the coun- April this year and the research stud- check the effectiveness of a new vari- (NTAGI).
and seeds. And he has brought them here from far-flung try and around 52 cases have been re- ies conducted on the strain so far has ant — level of transmission; how will “Trial will almost com-
regions. Apart from this, he also grows many types of ported, including one in Faridabad. not suggested much on its effective- it affect the pandemic; and how it will plete till July-end and in
Indian vegetables every year. People visit this garden, He, however, added that there was ness and level of transmission. respond to vaccines. August, we will be able to
this museum of Ramlotanji, and learn a lot from it,” still very little knowledge about this “We need conduct more research to Arora said that each of the Covid-19 vaccinate children aged be-
said Modi in his Address. new strain. have more concrete results to aug- variants detected so far have been tween 12-18 years,” said
Who is Ramlotan Kushwaha? “One more thing which is very clear ment our medical system for such pa- highly transmissible; however, effec- NTAGI chief. ward proactively and take
* Ramlotan lives in Pithorabad Nai Bustee, in Uchehara about the Delta Plus variant is that tients. We have to understand that the tiveness was very low. Commenting on the ICMR the vaccines, that’s ab-
block of Satna district * He is a close friend of Pad- its is very strong and it clings to the emergence of new variants are not He further explained that any virus study that Covid-19 third solutely necessary. There
mashri Babulal Dahiya and is working with him to con- lungs. But it does not mean that new things, variants will come with which has more impact on pan- wave is likely to come late, are several rumours, misin-
serve biodiversity * He has a collection of several rare transmission potential is very high.” subsequent waves. What is more im- demics and causes more deaths, dies he said that in the coming formation which is spread-
species of medicinal plants, herbs and grains Arora told IANS that the first case portant to understand is the nature of soon. months, the government ing in the country. Similar-
has targeted to administer ly, people have some vague
Bengal Governor once... one crore doses every day to fear in their minds. They

It can be recalled that taking a potshot at Mamata

Banerjee government Calcutta High Court had
Don’t panic against Take steps to contain Delta
Plus variant: Centre to TN
achieve the target of immu-
nising everyone in the
country within a time
think there may be some
side effect or vaccine may
be unsafe,” said Dr Arora.

Delta Plus variant:

instructed the NHRC to form a committee to review a bracket of six to eight He further said, “Scientif-
post-poll violence situation West Bengal along with months. ically, we have been looking
West Bengal’s counterpart and had also instructed CHENNAI: Union health ministry has called upon the The NTAGI chief also at adverse events during
them to place the review before the court by June 30. Tamil Nadu government to take steps to immediately con- said that vaccination-relat- vaccination, 95-96 per cent

tain the Delta plus variant of Covid-19, as according to re- ed rumours are vague and people have only mild fever
Prez touches ground... search reports, the variant is more transmissible and vaccines in India are 95-96 or local pain, 4-5 pr cent
deadly. Union health secretary, Rajesh Bhushan in a letter per cent safe. people have been hospi-
For me, Paraunkh is not just a village, it is my mother- to Tamil Nadu chief secretary, V. Irai Anbu on Sunday “ICMR has come up with talised due to an allergy or
land, from where I have always been inspired to go AGENCIES er, added, “There is no need called upon the state government to take immediate meas- a study which says 3rd some get anxious and they
ahead and serve the country," he added. The President Jaipur to panic. Researches have ures including preventing crowds and intermingling of wave is likely to come late. have to be hospitalised but
further said that it was this inspiration of his mother- shown that mRNA vaccine people, increased and widespread testing, prompt tracing, We have a window period of otherwise these vaccines
land that took him from High Court to Supreme Court, Delta-plus variant of coron- is likely to be more effective and increasing vaccination coverage. 6-8 months to immunise are absolutely safe.”
from Supreme Court to Rajya Sabha, from Rajya Sabha avirus is highly infectious against it.” The ex-ICMR
to Raj Bhavan and from Raj Bhawan to Rashtrapati but there is no need to pan- chief was part of a group of
Bhawan. Kovind, along with his wife Savita Devi, chose
to travel to their hometown in a special train from Delhi
to connect with people - the first rail journey by an
ic, former ICMR chief, Dr
Raman Gangakhedkar said
on Sunday.
doctors from different parts
of the country who held an
in-depth discussion on the Working on war footing to get medicines
for mucormycosis: Centre tells SC
incumbent President in 15 years. He arrived at his With ICMR data showing possible third wave of coro-
native village on a helicopter and landed near his vil- over 70 per cent of people navirus infection through a
lage. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel and having developed immuni- webinar organised here on
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the President ty against coronavirus, the Sunday.
on his arrival at Kanpur Central Railway Station on country appears to be head- The organiser of the we-
Friday. Speaking about the Indian culture of 'Matri ing towards herd immunity binar and a senior derma- NEW DELHI the steps being taken to ensure drug cious use of the drug, and states and
Devo Bhava' (Mother is God), 'Pitru Devo Bhava' (Father but the Delta-plus variant tologist, Dr Dinesh Mathur availability for Mucormycosis. UTs have been required to put in place
is God) and 'Acharya Devo Bhava' (Teacher is God), he has created a frightening said doctors from top med- The Centre has told the Supreme It said the projected production of L- transparent arrangements for alloca-
said that he was glad to see people in the village respect- environment, said another ical institutions took part Court that Indian missions all over Amphotericin B by domestic manu- tion to private and government hospi-
ing parents and gurus. "It has been a tradition in my doctor in a webinar on in the conference to share the world have been working on a facturers in August is likely to be tals.
family to give the status of mother to the oldest woman Covid. their opinion. “war footing” for sourcing medicines 5.525 lakh units of injections and in “The drug Amphotericin is avail-
in the village and father to the elderly man, irrespective Noting the highly infec- Dr Gangakhedkar also like Amphotericin or additional and order to maintain equitable distribu- able both through domestic produc-
of caste, class or sect. Today I am happy to see that this tious nature of the Delta- dispelled the popular mis- alternative drugs for the treatment of tion, states are given the medicines in tion and by imports, and both sources
tradition of our family of respecting elders continues plus variant, former chief conception that people Covid related Mucormycosis (CAM) accordance with the proportion of have been ramped up. The capacity
even now," he said. With the trip taking place amid the of the Indian Council of should avoid taking the Co- in the country. their reported caseload. and supply have had to be increased
COVID-19 pandemic, the President told the people that Medical Research, Dr Gan- vishield vaccine if they The Union health ministry, in a 375- Besides ramping up domestic pro- manifold in a very short period of
vaccination is like a shield to protect from the coron- gakhedkar said a vaccine is have been given ‘heparin’ to page affidavit filed in the apex court duction facilities of medicines like time to cope with the surge in demand
avirus and urged people to get vaccinated. The Presi- also less effective to it. stop bleeding or they have a on Saturday, responded in detail to the Amphotericin, the government said it seen for the first time in May and
dent is scheduled to return to New Delhi on a special Dr Gangakhedkar, howev- low blood platelet count. query of an apex court bench about has also issued guidance on the judi- June 2021.
flight on June 29.

TN announces Rs 3 cr for
Tokyo Olympics gold winners
Over 10 cr
Covishield Every Indian should
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister, M.K. Stalin has
announced a cash prize of Rs 3 crore for those athletes who
jabs produced cherish, feel proud of
in June
Tamil language: PM
wins gold in the Tokyo Olympics which is starting from
July 23.
The chief minister made the announcement at the Jawa- AGENCIES
harlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday while addressing New Delhi
athletes and sportspersons at a special Covid vaccination
camp held for them. Fulfilling its commitment, NEW DELHI
The silver medal winners will be provided Rs 2 crore as Serum Institute of India
cash prize and the bronze medal winners Rs 1 crore, he has produced over 10 crore Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pointed out
said. doses of its Covid-19 vac- that he is a ‘big’ admirer of “Tamil culture and language”
Nethra Kumanan, Varun Thakkar and K.C. Ganapathy cine Covishield in June so and said every Indian should cherish and feel proud that
(sailing), G. Sathian and A. Sharath Kamal (table tennis), far as India ramps up the the most ancient language of the world.
C.A. Bhavani Devi (fencing) and Paralympian T. Mariap- pace of its vaccination “I am a big admirer of Tamil culture. I am a big admirer
pan have qualified for the Olympics from Tamil Nadu. drive in the face of a possi- of Tamil, the oldest language in the world...every Indian
Stalin reminiscenced his days as a sportsperson in his ble third wave of the viral should cherish and feel proud that the most ancient lan-
younger days and said that sports is a major connector and infection. guage of the world belongs to our country. I take a lot of
said that iconic athletes like Sachin Tendulkar, Karnam India’s Covid-19 inocula- pride in Tamil,” said the Prime Minister during his “Mann
Malleswari, M.S. Dhoni, P.T. Usha and Milkha Singh will tion drive has picked up Ki Baat” radio programme while talking about a letter he
always be an inspiration to the generations of youngsters pace under the new phase received from a listener Guru Prasad.
of the nation. The Tamil Nadu chief minister said that the of universalisation of Congress workers stage a protest against senior BJP leader Maneka Gandhi after an audio clip of hers PM Modi said that Guru Prasad has prepared an E-Book
DMK in its election manifesto had promised that an Covid-19 vaccination that conversation with a veterinarian in an indecent language went viral, in Jabalpur, on Sunday PTI by compiling all that the Prime Minister has spoken about
Olympic Academy will be established in four zones of the commenced on June 21 Tamil Nadu in ‘Mann Ki Baat’, and informed Guru Prasad

PM likely to take some revolutionary steps in J&K: BJP leader

state and added that the promise made in the election man- with around 69 lakh vac- that he will definitely get the book uploaded on the Namo
ifesto would be fulfilled. cine doses being adminis- App. He noted that Independence Day is approaching, and
He said that a world-class gym and a state of the art fa- tered on an average daily in said the ‘Amrit Mahotsav ‘of 75 years of Independence is a
cility to scientifically aid sportspersons will be set up im- the last six days. JAMMU: Senior BJP leader three-member BJP delega- “The Prime Minister is big inspiration for us.
mediately and that his government was committed to pro- The immunisation data and former deputy chief tion from Jammu and Kash- likely to take some revolu- “Let us learn to live for the country. The Struggle for In-
mote and support sports and sportspersons. published at 7 am on Sun- minister Kavinder Gupta on mir who attended the all-par- tionary steps in J&K includ- dependence is the story of those who died for the country,
Stalin said, “If a Dhoni hit a sixer or a Ronaldo scores a day showed that India ad- Sunday said Prime Minister ty meeting chaired by Modi ing early assembly polls to we have to make this post-Independence time the story of
goal, the audience in the stadium and those watching on ministered 64.25 lakh vac- Narendra Modi is likely to in Delhi on June 24, said the ensure that golden days that those who live for the country. Our mantra should be - In-
television feel it as a personal achievement.” He further cine doses in a day, taking take some “revolutionary central government would used to be the characteris- dia First. Every decision of ours, every decision should
said, “A sportsperson can inspire a generation and you all the cumulative number of steps”, including holding “soon restore Jammu and tics of the erstwhile state have the basis - India First!” the Prime Minister said.
should keep that in mind and be assured that the Tamil jabs given so far under the early assembly polls, in Jam- Kashmir’s past glory that too will be back soon,” the BJP PM Modi noted that the country has set many collective
Nadu government will support you in your welfare and nationwide inoculation mu and Kashmir. with people getting opportu- leader said in a statement is- goals in the Amrit Mahotsav to revive the history related
well-being”. drive to 32.17 crore. Gupta, who was part of the nities as never before”. sued here. to our freedom fighters by remembering them.

UP examining feasibility of Vax hesitancy high among women in ‘Temple Trooper Trupti’
plays Cupid for poor girls
rural Kashmir over fertility concerns
population control legislation AGENCIES
abound in the region.
Very few women in the vil-
concerned. Such comments
have prevented her from taking
“When my teams were moving
around helping deprived fami-
lies all over Maharashtra dur-
LUCKNOW/SAMBHAL salient features of the legisla- Yogi Adityanath government lages in Kashmir are getting the jab so far. Talk about the Once dreaded by the manage- ing the pandemic, we learnt of
tive proposal, Justice Mittal was planning to bring in a law India started its vaccination themselves vaccinated against multiple benefits of the vac- ments of temples, mausoleums many poor families facing prob-
The Uttar Pradesh Law Com- said, “We are also examining on population control and drive against Covid-19 almost Covid-19 as many believe it can cine, and she still isn’t sure. and other places of worship for lems of getting their daughters
mission is examining the fea- various family units, besides termed it as a conspiracy six months back and consis- cause problems in menstrua- “But who can guarantee our storming their sanctum sancto- married,” Desai, 36, who is Pres-
sibility of having a state enact- their polygamy and polyandry against Muslims. tently, a lot more men have tion, pregnancy and fertility. safety?” she questioned. rum to give equal rights of wor- ident of the Bhumata Founda-
ment for population control. aspects. It is premature to say “Any law against population been vaccinated as compared to Shameema, a 35-year-old According to the data avail- ship to women, Maharashtras tion, Pune, told IANS in a free-
Asked if the panel is ascer- anything.” “Moreover, it will control will be a conspiracy women. woman, who lives in Balpora able on the Covid-19 Vaccine In- aggressive gender activist Trup- wheeling chat.
taining the viability of a popu- only be our recommendation against Muslims,” asserted In fact, government vaccina- village in south Kashmir’s telligence Network (Co-WIN) ti Desai has now donned a new, One case from Gadchiroli was
lation control law in the state, which the government may ac- the SP MLA from Sambhal. tion data has revealed that Shopian district has been con- portal, which tracks the benefi- gentle role. particularly disturbing, a 26-
the Uttar Pradesh, Law Com- cept or reject,” he added. Mehmood made the asser- nearly 17 per cent more men sistently hearing negative com- ciaries on a real-time basis, the This time, she’s virtually play- year-old girl with a minor eye
mission Chairperson Justice He hoped to submit his pan- tion, claiming that “the rise in are partially or completely vac- ments regarding the Covid vac- highest gendered difference ing ‘Cupid’ for lovelorn but poor defect, unable to get wedded, her
(Retd) Aditya Nath Mittal told el’s report on the issue to the the country’s population is due cinated than women. And this cine, especially from other among vaccinated individuals girls, barred by financial con- parents were simple tribals and
PTI, “Yes. It is under study.” government in around two to Dalits and tribals and not gender disparity is almost dou- married women. “They say if is from Srinagar. The data straints from getting married, farm labourers earning barely
“We are studying various in- months. because of Muslims”. ble in the region of Jammu and women take a dose of the vac- available shows that four out of especially during the havoc Rs 80 daily, with a debt of Rs
centives and disincentives (of Speaking to reporters earlier “It is actually an attack on Kashmir. This is mainly be- cine, it will create problems in ten districts have fewer women wreaked by Covid-19 pandemic 10,000 on the family, with no
having the law),” he added. in Sambhal, Samajwadi Party Muslims in the garb of popu- cause myths and suspicions pregnancy. Women won’t con- getting vaccinated as compared and lockdown of the past 16 help from any quarters in the
Asked about the possible MLA Iqbal Mehmood said the lation control,” he said. about the safety of the vaccine ceive then,” she said, sounding to men. months. Maoist-infested region.

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New legal amendments to access tax record of Pak politicians
ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau budget. The anti-graf t watchdog NAB has
(NAB) on Sunday asked the Pakistani government recommended four major amendments in the
to allow the anti-graft body to access local and Income Tax Ordinance 2001 through the Finance
offshore tax records of all politicians, Bill 2021, which the National Assembly is
bureaucrats and their families by introducing expected to approve next week on Tuesday,
new legal amendments before approval of the reported The Express Tribune. INDORE / BHOPAL | MONDAY | JUNE 28, 2021

United we can resist China: Blinken to US allies US, Israel meet in Rome
amid reset relations
Secretary of State is on a week-long trip in Europe travelling to Germany, France & Italy AGENCIES / Rome dramatic initiatives that risk
fomenting opposition at home
AGENCIES / Washington DC lies on China, the State Sec- Blinken further added that Hush-hush diplomacy. In- or distracting from other
retary said that all US and the goal of the United States person visits. And a very priorities.
Noting the challenge posed European countries share a is not to hold China back but public no-surprises agreement That means aiming for smaller
by a more assertive China, very complicated relation- to support a free and open on Iran. achievements, such as shoring
Secretary of State Antony ship which cannot be simpli- US Secretary of system that was established US Secretary of State Antony up the informal cease-fire that
Blinken has called for fied with a single word or a after World War Two. Blinken and Israeli Foreign ended last month's war with
greater convergence single sentence.
State Antony “And I want to be clear on Minister Yair Lapid will meet in Gaza's militant Hamas rulers
among the United States “And what's important, Blinken meets this, our goal is not to hold Rome on Sunday as their new and replenishing Israel's Iron
and its allies to support a whether it's antagonistic, Italy’s Foreign China back. It is not to estab- governments look to turn the Dome defence system. A
free and open system based whether it's competitive, Minister Luigi Di lish a policy against China. It page on former President major push to revive the long-
on established rules-based whether it's cooperative, is Maio (L) at Villa is to support a free and open Donald Trump and former dormant peace process
standards. that we will have a lot more system based on the rules Prime Minister Benjamin between Israel and the
In an interview with the impact when we approach Taverna, the US and standards that France Netanyahu, whose close Palestinians could unsettle the
Office of the Spokesperson China together than if we Ambassadors and the United States estab- alliance aggravated partisan delicate balance.
in Paris, Blinken said, act alone,” he said. This Residence in lished after WWII, and divisions within both countries. "Nobody thinks it's a good
“What I've seen, especially statement comes as the joint Rome, on which have served us well.” Now, with Trump sidelined in idea to start charging through
these last few weeks, is a con- statement issued at G7, Because if we don't have a Florida and Netanyahu on a major new peace
vergence with regard to the NATO rebuked China for is-
Sunday. –AFP
system where countries act leading the opposition, initiative," said Ilan
approach to China and I sues pertaining to human according to the rules, re- President Joe Biden and Prime Goldenberg, a Mideast
think we see it the same rights violations in Hong specting the agreements Minister Naftali Bennett are security expert at the
way.” Over reported differ- Kong and Xinjiang. they have made, the alterna- focused on pragmatic nonprofit Center for a New
ence among the US and its al- With respect to China, tive is war, Blinken said. diplomacy rather than American Security.

Biden admin considers lifting Imran calling Osama martyr Pak PM a security
risk: Bilawal Bhutto

sanctions on Iran’s Khamenei was slip of tongue: Minister ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal
Bhutto Zardari on Saturday
called Prime Minister Imran
AGENCIES In June last year, during an Khan a 'security risk' for the
AGENCIES / Washington Meanwhile, Iranian Presi- Islamabad country following his recent
dent Rouhani's chief of staff Iran rules out address to National Assembly,
Khan recalled how the
remarks on the nation's nuclear
The Biden administration is
considering lifting sanctions
Mahmoud Vaezi was quoted
in Iranian media saying the endless N-deal Pakistan Federal Informa-
tion Minister Fawad Americans had conducted an
In an interview with HBO's
on Iran's supreme leader, Ay-
atollah Ali Khamenei as part
US had already agreed to lift
sanctions on some of Iran's
negotiations Chaudhry has said that
Prime Minister Imran Khan
operation in Abbottabad and Axios, Imran Khan said that
Pakistan's nuclear programme
‘killed Osama Bin Laden --
of negotiations aimed at re-
viving the 2015 nuclear deal.
As per NBC News, the in-
senior leadership, but US of-
ficials denied that account,
reported The Frontier Post.
Iofran will not negotiate
endlessly over the revival
the 2015 nuclear deal, a
had a "slip of the tongue "
when he called slain al-Qae-
da chief Osama bin Laden a
martyred him’
has ‘only one purpose’ –
deterrence. "It is not an
offensive thing," he said.
formation was disclosed by a Asked about lifting sanc- top official said here, while martyr. Foreign Minister Shah Osama bin Laden was the During a rally in Pakistan-
former US official and two of Advanced International tions on the supreme leader, also urging the US to While speaking to Geo Mahmood Qureshi, most re- head of the global terror occupied Kashmir's Kotli area,
people familiar with the mat- Studies who worked as a a senior State Department abandon the "failed legacy" News, Chaudhry said that cently, in an interview with group Al Qaeda and the Bilawal said that his
ter. The US and Iranian ne- diplomat in the Obama ad- official on Thursday left the of former President Donald Pakistan considers Osama TOLO News, claimed that brain behind the 9/11 terror grandfather, Zulfiqar Bhutto,
gotiators have discussed the ministration. "And I think door open to the move but Trump. Bin Laden a terrorist and al- Khan's remarks were taken attacks on the United States "who gave Pakistan its nuclear
possible move in indirect the US is open to it." Asked said nothing had been The remarks were made on Qaeda as a terrorist outfit. "out of context". in 2001. capability" was declared a
talks in Vienna, as part of a about the option of lifting agreed so far. “We are still Saturday for Foreign In June last year, during an "He [PM Imran Khan] was Osama bin Laden was security risk, as was his mother,
wider set of compromises sanctions on the supreme working through all these is- Ministry spokesman Saeed address to the National As- quoted out of context. And, killed in a military operation former prime minister Benazir
that would see the United leader, a State Department sues, and that includes the Khatibzadeh in a tweet, sembly, the Prime Minister uh, you know, a particular by US Navy Seals in 2011 at Bhutto, Geo News reported.
States return to the 2015 pact spokesperson told NBC issues of sanctions that you reports Xinhua news had recalled how the Ameri- section of the media played the garrison town Abbot- "But when your puppet prime
and Iran once again abide by News, “The precise nature mentioned,” the official said. agency. cans had conducted an oper- it up," he added. tabad. He was accused of en- minister says we do not have
restrictions on its nuclear and sequence of the sanc- Removing the sanctions on Iran has actively ation in Abbottabad and "I will let that pass," said gineering a number of ter- any need for the atomic
program, the sources said, tions-related steps that the the supreme leader might participated in the Vienna "killed Osama Bin Laden -- Qureshi, after a brief pause, ror attacks worldwide, par- weapons programme, does he
reported The Frontier Post. US would need to take to help the Biden administra- talks aimed at the revival of martyred him". when he was asked whether ticularly targeting the Amer- not become a security risk?"
"I think that's definitely an achieve a mutual return to tion as it tries to persuade the nuclear agreement, also A viral video clip showed he disagreed that bin Laden ican installations including said the PPP chairman.
Iranian demand," said Vali compliance with the JCPOA Tehran to accept several dif- known as the Joint how Imran Khan lashed out was a martyr. the 9/11 incident of 2001 Bilawal further said that the
Nasr, professor of Interna- objectives is a subject of the ficult compromises in the ne- Comprehensive Plan of at the United States for how Imran Khan was on the re- when close to 3,000 people prime minister had "not only
tional Affairs and Middle talks.” The spokesperson gotiations, according to Ali Action (JCPOA), which the Laden had been killed in Ab- ceiving end of global rebuke lost their lives when five compromised on PoK but also
East Studies at the Johns added: “Nothing is agreed Vaez of the International US tried to "destroy", bottabad. Khan said, "sha- for his comments calling bin planes were hijacked to tar- wanted to compromise
Hopkins University School until everything is agreed." Crisis Group think tank. Khatibzadeh added. heed kar diya". Laden a 'martyr'. get American cities. Pakistan's nuclear capability".

UK to probe leaked footage

Four die in US hot-air balloon crash

of health secretary’s affair

WASHINGTON: Four people were killed and one person was
critically injured following a hot air balloon crash in the US state
of New Mexico, authorities said. The accident took place in the
city of Albuquerque on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency
According to the authorities, the balloon hit a power line after
which the basket that the passengers were riding in detached AGENCIES / London Health will be investigating
and crashed. One of the victims was believed to be the pilot of quite rightly to understand
the balloon. The UK government said on how this was able to hap-
Sunday that it will launch an pen,” UK Northern Ireland
Afghan clash kills 18 Al-Shabab men investigation into how
footage from inside a depart-
Secretary Brandon Lewis
told the BBC.
46 Taliban ultras executed in Somalia mental office was leaked and 'The Sun' newspaper,
KABUL: At least 46 Taliban MOGADISHU: Eighteen Al- ended in Matt Hancock re- which had published images
militants were killed and 25 Shabab terrorists were
others injured in fierce executed on Sunday in Galkayo Matt Hancock quit on Saturday
clasheswith security forces in town of Mudug, the Puntland
Afghanistan's Takhar province, State of Somalia, after being after he was caught breaking
the Ministry of Defence said.
The clashes occurred on
sentenced to death earlier by
the court. Chairperson of
Covid-19 rules by kissing and
Saturday when the Afghan Puntland state court Mohamud embracing an aide in his office
National Defense and Security Abdi Mohamed said their court
Forces (ANDSF) backed by proceedings followed through
local Public Uprising Forces different stages before the
and supported by the Air Force execution. "Puntland State
targeted a Taliban convoy and Court of Armed Forces
militants' aggregations in the executed 18 Al-Shabab
suburban districts of Dasht-e- terrorists this morning. These
Qala and Rustaq, the Ministry convicts were all behind the
said in a statement. killings of many of our
Among the victims were eight important people here. The
outstanding members of the court took the right action
Taliban outfit. against them," Mohamed said.

Civil rights worker killings files made public

JACKSON: Never before seen case files, photographs and other signing as Health Secretary of the illicit kiss that broke
records documenting the investigation into the infamous slayings to make way for Sajid Javid. the COVID-19 lockdown
of three civil rights workers in Mississippi are now open to the The Department of Health rules in place at the time in
public for the first time, 57 years after their deaths. The 1964 and Social Care (DHSC) will early May, said the images
killings of civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, look into how the former came from "a concerned
and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County sparked national health secretary came to be Whitehall whistleblower".
outrage and helped spur passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. videoed kissing one of his Hancock issued an apology
aides, Gina Coladangelo, for breaking the rules on so-
who has also resigned from cial distancing with some-
FIRE IN HONG KONG TYPHOON her DHSC role of non-execu- one outside his household
tive director in the wake of bubble on Friday, which was
SHELTER DESTROYS 30 BOATS the scandal. accepted by Prime Minister
HONG KONG: A fire erupted in a typhoon shelter in Hong There had been growing Boris Johnson.
Kong, destroying over 30 boats and causing at least 10 of calls for a probe after ques- But his position as Health
them to sink. The fire broke out in Aberdeen South typhoon tions were raised about the Secretary soon became un-
shelter in the early hours of Sunday. A total of thirty-five reasons behind the presence tenable as not only the Oppo-
people were rescued and one person was hospitalised as he of a camera inside a smoke sition but even his own Con-
was feeling unwell, CGTN reported citing the Hong Kong fire alarm in Hancock's former servative Party colleagues
service department. The fire department deployed 11 fire boat office and security concerns began speaking out against
monitors, eight jets, and mobilized four breathing apparatus over footage from it being ac- his actions, saying they un-
teams to fight the blaze, authorities said. The fire was brought cessed. dermined public trust in the
under control by around 8 am and doused 30 minutes later. “The Department of lockdown rules.
The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Russia monitors US destroyer in Black Sea

MOSCOW: The Russian Defence Ministry said that its Black Sea
Fleet was tracking the US guided-missile destroyer Ross, which
entered the waters for a multinational exercise with Ukraine.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will join 31 other ships to
participate in the maritime portion of Exercise Sea Breeze 2021
starting next week, the US Navy 6th Fleet said on Saturday.
Ross' participation in this year's drills is ‘a tangible demonstration
of US support for Ukraine’ and part of the enduring commitment
made by Washington and the NATO to enhance maritime security
in the Black Sea, Xinhua news agency quoted Charge d'Affaires
Kristina Kvien at American Embassy in Ukraine as saying.
However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova
said that NATO-Ukraine drills are aimed at causing ‘endless’
destabilisation near Russian borders and transferring weapons and
equipment to Ukraine.
BIZ BUZZ Petrol crosses Rs 100 in Bihar after another round of price hike
Petrol price soared past Rs 100-a-litre mark in notification of state-owned fuel retailers. The
FPIs turn net buyers in June; invest Bihar after fuel prices were hiked again on increase, second in as many days and 31st in less
Sunday on the back of a surge in international oil than two months, took rates across the country to
Rs 12,714 crore in Indian markets rates. Petrol price was hiked by 35 paise per litre fresh highs with Bihar becoming the latest state
After remaining net sellers for two months in a row, foreign and diesel by 25 paise, according to a price to see petrol cross Rs 100-a-litre mark. BHOPAL | MONDAY | JUNE 28 2021
portfolio investors (FPIs) in June turned net buyers by pumping

PSU oil companies may

in a net Rs 12,714 crore into Indian markets. Prior to this,
overseas investors had pulled out Rs 2,666 crore in May and Rs
9,435 crore in April. According to depositories data, FPIs
invested Rs 15,282 crore in equities between June 1 and 25. After AI, Cairn eyes more
state cos to recover money
exit stakes in each other
MG Motor to drive in second electric
model in India in next two years
MG Motor India can launch a new electric vehicle with a price
tag below Rs 20 lakh mark in the country over the next two NEW DELHI: After Air India,
years, according to a top company official. The model would be Britain's Cairn Energy PLC plans
the automaker's second electric vehicle in the country after the to target assets of state-owned
ZS SUV which is currently tagged between Rs 21 lakh and NEW DELHI: The government 40,000-Rs 50,000 crore. However, it firms and banks in countries from
Rs 24.18 lakh (ex-showroom). may gradually end the cross-hold- is likely that companies may the US to Singapore as it looks to
ing structure existing in the oil plough back the money raised ramp up efforts to recover the
Adani Ports, SEZ aims at 40% market sector as it looks to further consol-
idate operations of public sector
through equity sale to the govern-
ment by declaring a special divi-
amount due from the Indian gov-
ernment after winning an arbitra-
share by 2025 from current 25% enterprises and go ahead with its dend. tion against levy of retrospective
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) plans to privatisation plan by getting a fair "The government wants to end taxes. A lawyer representing the representing the company, told PTI.
expand its cargo operations and increase its market share to 40 valuation of assets. cross-holding in the oil sector as company said Cairn will bring law- A three-member international
per cent by 2025. With 247 million tonne of cargo throughput Official sources said that that all its consolidation and privatisation suits in several countries to make arbitration tribunal that consist-
in 2020-21, the company enjoys a 25 per cent market share of oil sector PSUs may be asked to roadmap would create two to three state-owned firms liable to pay the ed of one judge appointed by India
India's exim cargo. "We intend to enhance our country exit from their investments made large integrated entities. This USD 1.2 billion plus interest and had unanimously in December
coverage beyond 90 per cent, increasing market share from an in equity shares of other state- The government is looking would create a situation where penalties that are due from the In- overturned levy of taxes on Cairn
existing 25 per cent at the close of 2020-21 to a projected 40
per cent by 2025," said Adani Ports' CEO Karan Adani in his
owned entities. This could be done
in phases, depending on the mar-
to consolidate operations of cross-holding could be seen as
anti-competitive and aiding con-
dian government.
Last month, Cairn brought a law-
retrospectively and ordered re-
fund of shares sold, dividend con-
message to the shareholders in the company's annual report. ket conditions, so that the shares public sector units to go flict of interest," said one of the suit in the US District Court for the fiscated and tax refunds withheld
get maximum valuation. ahead with its privatisation source quoted above. Southern District of New York to recover such demand.
PG Electroplast to invest Rs 100 crore; The cross-holding structure
among oil PSUs was built in the plan and get a fair
Analysts also believe that of-
floading listed investments could
pleading that Air India is controlled
by the Indian government so much
The government of India, de-
spite participating in the arbitra-
to focus on enhancing AC mfng capacity late 1990s as the government sold valuation of assets make sense even for strategic that they are 'alter egos' and the air- tion proceeding over four years,
Consumer durables maker and electronics manufacturing its shares in Oil India Ltd (OIL), investors looking to buy into line should be held liable for the ar- has not accepted the award and
services provider PG Electroplast Ltd (PGEL) has lined up an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation 2.47 and 4.94% stake respectively BPCL as it would reduce the risk bitration award. has filed a 'setting aside' petition
investment of Rs 100 crore for the ongoing fiscal year, of which (ONGC), Gas Authority of India in GAIL India, and BPCL (2.47%), of any future government inter- "There are a number of state en- in a court in Netherlands - the seat
the majority will be spent on setting up a new air-conditioner Ltd (GAIL) and Indian Oil Corpo- HPCL (2.47%) and IOC (4.93%) to- vention. terprises which we are considering of the arbitration. Pressed by its
manufacturing plant at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, according ration (IOC) in a bid to raise funds. gether own partial equity in OIL. None of the PSU oil companies for enforcement action. Enforce- shareholders - some of whom are
to a senior company official. The company is now going ahead Consequently, while GAIL and Estimates suggest that if the gov- now hold any equity in BPCL and ment action will be soon and it may biggies of the financial world,
with its planned expansions and is also planning to apply for IOC hold 7.84 and 2.45% stake re- ernment divests its stake by tak- only LIC has 5.66% stake in the not be in the US," Dennis Hranitzky, Cairn is seeking to recover the
the PLI scheme for air-conditioners. spectively in ONGC and OIL hold ing the entire proceeds from sale privatisation bound refiner val- head of the sovereign litigation award by confiscating assets and
14.20 and 5.16% stake respectively of shares cross-held by oil PSUs, it ued at current share price of Rs practice at Quinn Emanuel bank accounts of state-owned enti-
Cabinet secy-led panel holds crucial in IOC. Also, IOC and ONGC hold could mobilise upwards of Rs 470.55 at Rs 5,775 crore. Urquhart & Sullivan, a law firm ties in foreign countries.
meeting on bank privatisation
‘Indian economy poised ‘Foreign e-commerce

Gold imports
Inching a step closer to privatisation of two public sector
banks, a high-level panel headed by the cabinet secretary

for recovery in FY22’ cos violated Indian laws’

recently held a meeting to thrash out various regulatory and
administrative issues so that the proposal could be placed with
the group of ministers on disinvestment or Alternative jump multifold
to $6.91 billion
Mechanism (AM) for approval. Pursuant to the announcement
made by FM, the NITI Aayog has suggested a couple of bank NEW DELHI: Although the sec-
names for privatisation to the Core Group of Secretaries on ond wave of the Covid-19 pandem- AGENCIES/ New Delhi
Disinvestment headed by Cabinet Secretary in April, source said. ic again brought businesses and
AGENCIES economic activities to a standstill, Commerce and Industry Minister
DLF sells 551 independent floors since New Delhi Chairman of the State Bank of In-
dia (SBI), Dinesh Kumar Khara
Piyush Goyal has hit out at for-
eign e-commerce companies
Oct for over Rs 1,200 crore on demand Gold imports, which have a bear- has expressed hope that the coun- which are violating Indian laws.
DLF has sold 551 luxury independent floors in Gurugram since ing on the current account deficit, try's economy would recover in "Unfortunately, many of these
October last year for over Rs 1,200 crore and is planning to zoomed to $6.91 billion (Rs 51,438.82 the ongoing financial year. large e-commerce companies have
launch more such residential units this fiscal to encash strong crore) during April-May 2021 due The GDP in India contracted by come into India and very blatant-
demand, DLF Home Developers Ltd Senior Executive Director to low base effect in the wake of the 7.3% in FY2021 and the country ex- With the rollout of pre- ly violated the laws of the land, in
Aakash Ohri said. He expressed confidence that the company Covid pandemic, according to data perienced a second wave of infec- package insolvency, more ways than one," Goyal said have large pools of capital..., they
would achieve its sales guidance of average Rs 1,000 crore a from the Commerce Ministry. tions with cases rising rapidly at an event by the Stanford India should be allowed to get away
quarter, driven by need for home ownership and upgradation Imports of the yellow metal had since March 2021, he said while ad- efforts will be to keep the Policy and Economics Club. with hurting domestic interests,"
to bigger homes with better amenities amid pandemic. plunged to $79.14 million (Rs 599 dressing the 66th Annual General momentum in stressed asset Goyal charged the American e- Goyal said.
crore) in the corresponding period Meeting of the bank. recovery in the current fiscal commerce companies with arro- "I remember a comment I made,
Panel on jute to discuss reservation last year, the data showed.
Silver imports, however, dipped
"Notwithstanding the second
wave of Covid-19, Indian economy,
gance and using capital to the
detriment of small shopkeepers
which became quite a matter of
debate. A large e-commerce player
for packaging commodities by 93.7% to $27.56 million. through its resilience, is poised for well for the Bank and this is re- in India. "I read several engage- had spoken about investing $1 bil-
The standing advisory committee, under the aegis of the Union Significant jump in the gold im- a recovery in FY2022," the SBI flected in various parameters of ments with these large compa- lion in India, and made a song and
Textile Ministry, will meet on June 30 to examine, consider and ports has lead to widening of the chief told the shareholders of the the Bank's performance in FY nies, particularly the American dance about it. But the song and
recommend reservation for packaging of commodities in jute country's trade deficit, difference bank. 2021." ones, and I can see a little bit of an dance has been made about in-
bags for the year 2021-22, industry sources said on Sunday. between imports and exports, to Speaking on the performance of Notably the bank has achieved arrogance of their being big and vesting a billion dollars, but then
There are apprehensions in some quarters about dilution in $21.38 billion during April-May the bank in FY21, he said that al- high level of digitization with their ability to finance large it got to a loss of nearly a billion
reservation by the central government, they said. "It is widely this fiscal as against $9.91 billion in though the last fiscal was an ex- share of Alternate Channels in to- amounts of money in the initial dollars in the previous two years.
believed that the government has retained 100 per cent the year-ago period. ceptionally challenging year for tal transactions increasing to 93% stages to try and capture the Indi- So all they were doing was fund-
reservation for packaging of food grains, and 20 per cent for India is the largest importer of the entire world, the state-run in FY2021, thereby converting a an market or larger part of the In- ing the losses there and this is
sugar, in jute bags," one source said. gold, which mainly caters to the de- bank was able to function against challenging situation into an op- dian market, particularly certain what prompted me to say they're
mand of jewellery industry. all odds with minimal disruption portunity, the Chairman said. products, to the detriment of not doing us a favour, or they're
India's crude steel output grows 46.9% In volume terms, the country im-
ports 800-900 tonnes of gold annu-
for the customers.
"The business continuity plans
He said that in the current finan-
cial year, SBI will continue to ac-
mom and pop stores," he added.
"And I think it's very unfair that
not, it's not a great generosity to
India that they're investing a bil-
to 9.2 mn tonnes in May: worldsteel ally. that were chalked out have worked celerate its digital agenda. just because they are large, they lion dollars in India," Goyal said.
India registered a 46.9 per cent year-on-year growth in its
crude steel output at 9.2 million tonnes (MT) in May, according
to worldsteel data. The country had produced 5.8 MT steel in
the same month a year ago. "The production of the 64 Abu Dhabi 30 farmer NEW DELHI: About 30 farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in three states, including West
Bengal, reported more than two-fold increase in their annual turnover in the last two years after a
countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)
was 174.4 MT in May 2021, a 16.5 per cent increase compared
to May 2020," the global industry body said in its latest report.
Authority buys producer
pilot intervention to make them viable, Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) said.
SFAC, an autonomous body promoted by the Union Agriculture Ministry, collaborated with Grant
Thornton Bharat in 2018 to introduce multiple interventions on 30 select FPOs in West Bengal,

India's coal import rises 30% to $20-mn stake entities see Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh for two years.
"A gamut of interventions were undertaken by way of input, credit, common facilities and

in Mobikwik
market linkages, in addition to capacity-building and training of the Board of Directors (BoDs) on
22 million tonnes in April
India's coal import rose 30.3% to 22.27 million tonnes in April over 2X jump business planning. Notably, almost all of the FPOs were credit-linked for either working capital or
term loan," said SFAC Managing Director Neelkamal Darbari in a statement.

in revenues
amid supply concerns and demand for pre-monsoon restocking AGENCIES According to SFAC, the impact assessment of the interventions showed that the average
of dry fuel. The country had imported 17.09 million tonnes of New Delhi turnover of 30 targeted FPOs increased from Rs 44 lakh to over Rs 118 lakh per annum in a span
coal in April last year, according to a provisional compilation by of two years.
mjunction services, based on monitoring of vessels' positions The UAE's sovereign wealth fund

Railways improves operating Nissan ramps

and data received from shipping companies. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
has picked up a minority stake in
Sheela Foam looking at export, import the IPO-bound digital payments
player Mobikwik for nearly USD
up production
ratio to 97.45% in Covid-hit FY21
substitution as next big opportunities 20 million (about Rs 150 crore),

at Chennai to
Sheela Foam Ltd, maker of popular mattress brand Sleepwell, is valuing it at USD 700 million, the
looking at exports and import substitution as the next big company has said.
opportunities for itself leveraging "on China becoming weaker The company was in bad press
on sentiments" in the global markets, according to company
Managing Director Rahul Gautam. The company, which recently
completed 50 years of operations, is also looking to expand
in March after alleged massive
data theft, following which the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had

Limited train services for most of the

and regulated strictly in line with
train operations. Investments made
in the past seven years in electrifica-
clear backlog
into beddings related adjacent areas such as bedsheets, ordered a forensic audit on the year with no subsidies or concessions tion helped the Railways not only AGENCIES
comforters, duvets, and beds and bedroom furniture as it Gurugram-based company set up and severely tightening of expenses save substantially in diesel cost but New Delhi
embarks on the journey for the next half century. in 2009. have led to the Railways better its op- also helped it to be a more environ-
Personal data of its about 10 erating ratio to 97.45% in the finan- mentally conscious organization. Japanese carmaker Nissan has ini-
NTPC targets 10% reduction in net million customers were allegedly
stolen by hackers.
cial year 2020-21 from 98.36% the pre-
vious fiscal, according to an RTI reply.
"Other expenditure control steps in-
cluded strict economy and austerity
tiated a gradual ramp-up of pro-
duction at its Chennai plant as it
energy intensity by 2032 The latest round of funding of Operating ratio is the amount spent measures, improved manpower plan- looks to cater to the pent up de-
NTPC is aiming to reduces its net energy intensity by 10% by USD 20 million from the Abu to earn every Rs 100. The lower it is ning, better asset utilization, invento- mand for its models across domes-
the year 2032. Declaring its 'energy compact' goals as part of Dhabi Investment Authority val- the better. It is used to measure the op- for 2020-21 has been calculated at ry management etc. These initiatives tic and international markets, ac-
UN High Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE), NTPC has also set a ues the company at USD 700 mil- erational efficiency of any organisa- 97.45% on a provisional basis," the were further supported by higher cording to a top company official.
target to install 60 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032. lion (nearly Rs 5,193 crore), ac- tion. Higher the operating ratio, low- Railway Board said in reply to an RTI freight revenues," the spokesperson The Oragadam-based plant,
NTPC is among the few organisations globally to declare its cording to a Registrar of Compa- er the financial resources available query by Madhya Pradesh-based ac- said. which is owned by Renault Nissan
'energy compact' goals, said a company statement. nies (RoC) filing by Mobikwik. for expansion and growth. tivist Chandra Shekar Gaur. However, the Railways was aided in Automotive India Pvt Ltd
Since March 2021, it has raised The improvement in the running A railway spokesperson attributed its austerity measures by the fact that (RNAIPL), had to temporarily sus-
Moneyboxx Finance aims to triple loan over Rs 235 crore. As part of these
fund raises, it recently added in-
costs of the Railways means the na-
tional transporter was able to lower
the improved numbers to the strict
monitoring of expenses by the na-
it did not operate the highly sub-
sidised passenger segment in full
pend operations from May 26-30
due to the worsening of the
disbursal to Rs 180 crore in FY22 vestors such as ex-Blackstone In- its expenditure and make up for the tional transporter which, he said, is a throttle in 2020-21. COVID-19 situation in Tamil Nadu.
Moneyboxx Finance Ltd (MBFL), which provides small-ticket dia head Mathew Cyriac, Padma shortfall in passenger traffic through "combination of initiatives aimed at Till the end of the year, the Railways The plant closure came after the
loans in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, said it aims to triple loan awardee Sat Pal Khattar, and ex- revenue generated by freight opera- maximizing revenue receipts and ran around 65% trains with no con- company had a prolonged tussle
disbursement to Rs 180 crore during 2021-22 by expanding its Infosys chief investment officer tions. minimizing controllable revenue ex- cessions for any category of passen- with labour unions who demanded
operation to new geographies. With the assets under V G Dheeshjith as new share- "Operating ratio for the year 2019- penses". gers, with the exception of a few, sav- work to be stopped at the compa-
management of Rs 62 crore, the company had disbursed loans holders. 2020 was 98.36%... the operating ratio "The expenditure was monitored ing crores. ny's factory.
of Rs 55 crore during the financial year ended March 2021. The factory recommenced pro-

Macro data, vaccination trend to guide markets

MediBuddy unveils campaign to Madras High Court allowed the
plant to continue with production
acknowledge frontline workers while asking the automaker to ad-
MediBuddy has unveiled the #MediBuddySherni Campaign to dress issues flagged by the state
salute the gallanting spirit of female frontline workers for their government on the safety of work-
relentless and selfless efforts throughout this pandemic. The MUMBAI: Macroeconomic data, drive is certainly encouraging as monitor the movement of Brent men, vis-a-vis COVID-19.
pandemic has been an extremely challenging time for the the pace of vaccination and glob- it gives hope of further unlocking crude, investment pattern of foreign "After a brief pause due to the
nation. Especially for the healthcare community and frontline al trends would be the major driv- by the states, the cases of new institutional investors and the rupee. challenges posed by the recent in-
workers, who even in times like these have continued to ers for the domestic equity mar- COVID variant might derail the Nirali Shah, Head of Equity Re- crease in COVID-19 cases in India,
support the community with their unceasing commitment. kets this week, analysts said. plans," said Ajit Mishra, VP Re- search, Samco Securities said, we have carefully resumed opera-
Besides, the progress of mon- search, Religare Broking. "Domestic indices are expected to tions and initiated a second shift by
Allow life insurers to play bigger role soon will also be monitored.
"This week marks the begin-
"This week, the market is ex-
pected to continue its focus on
mirror global equities. June auto
sales numbers would give in-
ramping up production in a phased
and gradual manner," Nissan Mo-
in healthcare ecosystem: Parekh ning of the new month also, so global events as the domestic vestors a fair idea around the re- tor India Managing Director
Life insurers in India should be allowed to play a bigger role to participants will be eyeing the market lacks key triggers. Manu- vival of ground-level sentiment." Rakesh Srivastava told PTI.
create an ecosystem in the healthcare sector so that they can high-frequency indicators like facturing PMI data is the major "Investors will be watching the As a people-first organisation, the
be the "disruptor" rather than the "disrupted", HDFC Life auto sales and manufacturing domestic economic data awaiting progress on daily caseload, vacci- company has taken a host of meas-
Chairman Deepak S Parekh said. The year started on an PMI during the week. Besides, its release this week," Vinod Nair, nation ramp-up and monsoon ures towards employee well-being,
uncertain note, the pandemic led to a significant loss of human the progress of monsoon will also Head of Research at Geojit Finan- progress in the near term," said while continuing to observe all
life and now presents a challenge to public health systems, the remain on their radar.
STOCKS cial Services said. Binod Modi, Head Strategy at Re- safety protocols mandated by the
way of working and the social norms, Parekh said. "While the pace of vaccination THIS WEEK Market participants would also liance Securities. government authorities, he said.
Srihari Nataraj breaches Olympic 'A' cut, awaits FINA's confirmation
NEW DELHI: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj breached the 'A' standard
time for the Tokyo Games by clocking 53.77s in the men's 100m
backstroke at the Sette Colli Trophy but his participation in the Olympics
will be confirmed if FINA approves the timing. Nataraj had come
agonisingly close to the breaching the 'A' standard a couple of days back
but missed it by 0.05 second after an effort of 53.90 seconds.


Budapest Last 3 meetings- Czech R. vs Netherlands IN STORE TODAY
Swiss Knives vs French forwards
oals from Tomas
Holes and Patrik
Schick helped the
W inning the toughest
group at the European

H-2-H- France 16 | Switzerland 12 | Draw 10

Czech Republic in defeat- Championship wasn't
ing 10-men Netherlands to really a big surprise for the
World Cup champions.
sail through quarterfinals
Winning only one match in
of ongoing Euro 2020 on mark in the game, Nether- But Czech's persistence that group was, though.
Sunday here at the Puskas lands were down to 10-men paid soon as they went Regardless, it was still enough
Arena. after Matthijs de Ligt delib- ahead from a deep corner, for France to finish first in
The first half witnessed a erately fouled and denied which was met at the back Group F and set up a match
rather cagey affair between Schick a goalscoring oppor- post by Tomas Kalas who against Switzerland on
two teams as it turned goal- tunity resulting in Russian headed it back across goal Monday in the round of 16.
"A new competition is
less at the break between
the Netherlands and the
referee Sergei Karasev pro-
ducing a red card for the
as Tomas Holes then pow-
ered it into the back of the
Probable XI starting," France coach Didier
Deschamps said.
Czech Republic. Juventus man after a net from close range de- France (4-3-1-2): Lloris; With Mbappé, Griezmann and
The Dutch started the bet- lengthy VAR review. spite the efforts of Van Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Benzema, Deschamps has
ter of the two teams with It was all hands on deck Aanholt on the line. Dubois; Kante, Pogba, enough power to deliver
Matthijs de Ligt going close for the Netherlands after 10 minutes from time back-to-back major titles.
Tolisso; Griezmann; Mbappe, "We know we need to
with a header from an they went down to 10 men Schick proceeded to rub the
acute angle while both as they sat deep in their salt on wounds of The Benzema improve," said midfielder Paul
Tomas Soucek and Antonin half and soaked a lot of Oranje as he scored his Swirtzerland (3-4-1-2): Pogba, another of France's key
Barak have had chances off pressure, with the Czech fourth goal of the tourna- Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, players. Switzerland has its
own battle with history to
target for the Czechs. Republic pushing forward ment to double the Czech Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, deal with. The Swiss are
Just before one hour at every opportunity. lead. Freuler, Zuber; Shaqiri; hoping to end a run of three
Embolo, Seferovic consecutive exits in the round
Match starts @ 12.30 am of 16 at major tournaments.

‘To write off Germany is crazy!’ Spain, Croatia peak at right time

D ani Osmo will be
lining up against
some familiar

H-2-H- Spain 4 | Croatia 3 | Draw 1

London opponents when Spain
faces Croatia in the round

of 16 at the European
iverpool FC head coach Jurgen Klopp Championship. "There was
has stated that it would be crazy to Czech's persistence was paid by Tomas Holeš, who powered the header from close range
interest from Croatia, but I
write off Germany at the ongoing always preferred to play for
Euro 2020, despite their struggles in the final Spain," Olmo said.
group stage clash against Hungary. 0 - GOALS - 2 However, Croatia will be
without one of its best Probable XI
Germany qualified for the European
Championships round of 16 after finishing players for the game in
Copenhagen after forward Croatia (4-3-3): Livakovic;
second in the 'group of death' behind world Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida,
Ivan Perisic tested positive
champions France, with defending champi- for COVID-19. Perisic, who Gvardiol; Brozovic,
ons Portugal also progressing as one of the a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena in Munich. scored two goals during
four best third-placed teams. This nerve-racking draw came after
Kovacic, Modric; Vlasic,
the group stage, will have
"To write off Germany now, it would be Joachim Low's side produced a stellar dis- to self-isolate for 10 days Kramaric, Rebic
crazy," Goal quoted Klopp as a saying to play to beat Portugal 4-2. and would also miss the Spain (4-3-3): Simon;
BILD when asked on his country's chances "We struggled against Hungary, yes. But quarterfinals and semifinals Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres,
of reaching the quarter-finals. "We played nothing more happened. Sometimes as a if Croatia advances that far. Alba; Busquets, Koke,
Spain and Croatia both
well against France, Portugal we dominated team, you need such a game. And now we're
seem to be peaking at the Pedri; Moreno, Olmo,
like hardly any other opponent in recent going to make a real go of it on Tuesday." right time after slow starts Morata
years." On Wednesday, Germany faced a Germany will lock horns with England in to the tournament. Match starts @ 9.30 pm
hard time as they rallied to hold Hungary to the round of 16 match on Tuesday.


Birth of Wahab Riaz
Birth of Pakistan fast bowler
Beaumont, Sciver deflate India as hosts win 1st ODI by 8 wickets
Wahab Riaz. The left-arm
seamer made his ODI debut in
2008 but had to wait two years
for his first Test, where he FP NEWS SERVICE with Punam Raut (32) and 65
India: 201 for eight in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 72;
made an impact at The Oval, Bristol with Deepti Sharma (30) -- to
Sophie Ecclestone 3/40). help India go past the 200-run
taking a match-winning 5 for

England: 202 for 2 in 34.5 ovrs (Tammy Beaumont
63. He took a five-for in the
2011 World Cup semi-final
Ind vs SL: Dravid's probation 87*, Nat Sciver 74*; Jhulan Goswami 1/25).
kipper Mithali Raj's fight-
ing half-century went in
But England Women can-
vain as England Women tered home with 91 balls to
against India in Mohali, and in
the next World Cup, in 2015, he
as coach begins with Sr. team Mithali Raj
rode on Tammy Beaumont and
Nat Sciver's aggressive unbeat-
spare, thanks to opener Beau-
mont (87 not out off 87 balls)
gave the Australians - Shane FP NEWS SERVICE retirement, after having en fifties to beat a below-par In- and Sciver's (74 off 74) unbro-
Watson in particular - jitters New Delhi tried his hand at TV com- dia Women by eight wickets in ken 119-run third-wicket part-
with his hostile spell in the mentary. the first ODI of the three- nership that came off just 19

quarter-final in Adelaide. On ahul Dravid has al- His achievements as a match series here on Sunday. overs.
ready taken meaning- coach include an Under-19 Mithali led from the front England lost Lauren Wind-
both occasions, though, he ful steps as a cricket World Cup triumph in 2018, with a patient 72 to guide India field-Hill (16) early in their
ended on the losing side. After coach and his probation be- and another final that India Women to a modest 201 for chase but Beaumont and skip-
two years out of the ODI side, gins with his first assign- lost to the West Indies in 2016 eight after being put in to bat. per Heather Knight (18) shared
he made it to his third World ment with a 'senior India in Dhaka. Besides, he has Mithali held India's innings to- 59 runs for the second wicket to
Cup, in 2019, and took three team that is touring Sri Lan- guided the Indian junior gether following two early dis- get the hosts back on track.
apiece in Pakistan's wins over ka. So far, the former India teams to bilateral and multi- missals. She shared two cru- But Knight fell prey to a love-
England and South Africa. captain has coached the In- lateral series wins, both in cial partnerships -- 56 runs ly delivery from left-arm spin-
dia 'A' and national Under-19 India and abroad. ner Ekta Bisht (1/55) that
teams, and is working as the Dravid's real test begins turned just enough after pitch-
Head of Cricket at the Ben- now as he accompanies a sec- A day after she became ing to beat an onrushing Eng-
galuru-based National ond string India team to Sri only the second land skipper's bat and disturb
WHAT’S Cricket Academy (NCA) of Lanka for a short limited- international cricketer the timbers.
the Board of Control for over series starting next Sciver, however, did not let
Cricket in India (BCCI). month; the senior team is in after Sachin Tendulkar Bisht to settle down as she
2:30: Brazil vs. Ecuador on SONY TEN 1
Dravid, 48, has come England for the upcoming to complete 22 years in pulled and drove straight past
2:30: Venezuela vs. Peru on SONY TEN 2
21:30: R-16 - Croatia vs. Spain on SONY TEN 2 & 3 & 4 & SIX
through apprenticeship with Test series. ODI cricket the bowler for two boundaries
flying colours as a coach, a in the spinner's next over.

00:30 France vs. Switzerland on SONY TEN 2 & 3 & 4 & SIX vocation he took up after his

I-League to commence in Focus is to get the best out
Kolkata in mid-Dec: AIFF of youngsters, says Dhawan
NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) MUMBAI: Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who will
is planning to organise the I-League this season in captain Team India during the Sri Lanka tour, on Sunday
Kolkata with the scheduled start tentatively fixed in mid- said it is a "great honour" for him to lead the side.
December. "We are looking at a tentative date of mid- India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in three ODIs and
December onwards for kicking-off the Hero I-League. three T20Is, beginning July 13. The likes of Sanju
We are in talks with the Indian Football Association Samson, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav are in
(Bengal), and also the Government of West Bengal to the white-ball squad.
organise the League in Kolkata and its suburbs like last Dhawan said he is working with Rahul Dravid, the India
edition," I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said. head coach for the Sri Lanka tour, and the two sync
Max Verstappen takes together quite well.
dominant F1 Styrian GP win England humble Sri Lanka
again, clinch T20I series 3-0 Archery: Deepika Kumari MotoGP: Marquez, Espargaro
STYRIAN (AUSTRIA): Red Bull's Max Tokyo Olympics: Amit Panghal completes Golden hat-trick salvage top-ten finishes
Verstappen extended his lead in the 2021
Formula One world championship with an easy
SOUTHAMPTON: Sri Lanka suffered an 89-run
defeat in the last T20I game as England made a
to enter Games ranked No.1 PARIS: India's ace archer Deepika NETHERLANDS: An incredible charge through the
victory in Sunday's Styrian Grand Prix at the Red clean sweep of the three-match series, with 31- MELBOURNE: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said that Kumari completed her hat-trick of Gold field from Marc Marquez at the Dutch TT delivered
Bull Ring here. Starting from pole position, year-old left-arm pace bowler David Willey (3/27) Joe Root's captaincy lacks imagination which might haunt England at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in seventh from 20th on the grid as Pol Espargaro
Verstappen managed the gap to push Mercedes' wrecking the top order after Dawid Malan (76) and during the Ashes slated to be played later this year. The first Men's Paris on Sunday as she won the clinches another top-ten. Round nine of the 2021
Lewis Hamilton in second place and led every lap Jonny Bairstow (51) had struck quick half Ashes Test will begin at Brisbane's Gabba from December 8-12 ahead Recurve individual event by 6-0. Deepika MotoGP World Championship was held under clear
on his way to his fourth win in eight races so far centuries for the hosts. Bairstow's 43-ball 51 and of a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 16-20. Kumari defeated the Russian, Elena skies at the historic TT Circuit Assen, the Repsol Honda
this season, reports Xinhua. "Straightaway I felt a Malan's 48-ball 76 laid the foundation for Chappell said in Australia there are situations when a skipper has to be Osipova by 6-0 in a thumping manner. Team lining up on the grid as they prepared for an uphill
good balance in the car," said Verstappen England's 180/6 in the allotted 20 overs after Sri imaginative which isn't the strength of the England skipper. "Root's This is Deepika's second individual challenge. The morning started well with both Marc
afterwards. "It was good to manage the tyres Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl on captaincy often lacks imagination. His tendency to have long World Cup Gold medal of 2021 and the Marquez and Pol Espargaro finishing the morning
from the start. It felt that I had tyres left [at the end Saturday. The Kusal Perera-led Sri Lanka once discussions with senior players is reminiscent of Alastair Cook at his third gold of the day as she had earlier Warm Up in the top ten and displaying promising pace.
of the race]. We kept on trying to hit our lap times. again came up with an insipid display, getting worst," Chappell wrote. won gold in the women's team and Early fears of rain soon vanished as the grid formed up
That worked really well today.” bundled out for 91 runs. mixed team event as well. for the 26-lap GP later.
Sajan Prakash sets national record in 200m freestyle
NEW DELHI: A day after achieving the elusive ‘A’ cut for the Olympics, swimmer Sajan
Prakash continued his purple patch by setting a new national record in the 200m freestyle
event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy on Sunday. Prakash clocked 1:49.73 seconds in
the heats at the FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifier, bettering the 2010 Asian Games bronze
medallist Virdhawal Khade’s previous national mark of 1:49.86 seconds.

One good stand could Yuvraj, Gayle

Krishan Kumar, Harmilan Bains bag

could play for
have done the trick Melbourne

men’s and women’s 800m gold

for India: Tendulkar A

cricket club has claimed
that it is very close to


Krishan Kumar of Haryana

and Harmilan Bains of
Punjab claimed the men’s
and women’s 800m gold
medals respectively with
comfortable wins on the striking a deal with Yu-
third day of the National In- vraj Singh and Chris
ter-State Athletics Champi- Gayle for its T20 games
onships here on Sunday. this summer.
MUMBAI getting Kohli and Pujara Kumar grabbed lead at the The Mulgrave Cricket
out. They got out in quick bell and pulled away from Club, who play in Mel-
Former India skipper succession and [Ajinkya] the pack to add another gold bourne’s Eastern Crick-
Sachin Tendulkar has said Rahane too got out which to the Federation Cup title et Association (ECA)
that it was important for kept the pressure on India. he won in March. third-tier competition,
the Virat Kohli-led team to The batters had to hang in Uttarakhand’s Anu Ku- said they are also in
not lose a wicket in the first there,” Tendulkar said on mar tried to stay on Ku- talks with West Indies
few overs at the start of the his YouTube channel. mar’s heels but the Haryana legend Brian Lara and
reserve sixth day of the Tendulkar said India athlete sustained his pace South Africa great AB
World Test Championship needed one good partner- and momentum to win in 1 de Villiers.
final in Southampton, but ship on the last day to draw minute 50.12 seconds. Asian Mulgrave have already
once New Zealand made the game, and that even af- Games gold medallist Man- secured the services of
early inroads, India lost the ter losing three early wick- jit Singh (Haryana) took the Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne
plot — and the match. ets, the team could have put bronze. Dilshan and Upul Tha-
Tall New Zealand pacer New Zealand under pres- Harmilan Bains enjoyed ranga for the summer
Kyle Jamieson rattled India sure by posting a decent to- the vocal support of the jumpers Eldhose Paul, women’s heptathlon gold by Thingalaya (Maharashtra) Chanda (Delhi) 2:03.36; 3. with Sanath Jayasuriya
at the start of the sixth day, tal.”I’d mentioned that the handful of supporters at the Karthik Unnikrishnan and amassing 5004 points in the 14.11 seconds; 2. Mo- Nimali Liyanaarachchi (Sri as their head coach.
accounting for overnight first 10 overs on the last day NIS as she left M R Poovam- Abdulla Aboobacker were gruelling seven-event two- hammed Fais (Kerala) 14.34; Lanka) 2:05.69. Mulgrave president
batsmen Cheteshwar Pu- would be critical. If we can ma in her wake after the locked in a high-intensity day competition. 3. Amrinder Singh Aulakh High Jump: 1. Angel P Milan Pullenayegam
jara and Kohli, to leave last till drinks, then we had first lap and opened up a siz- competition just like they The Results (finals): (Punjab) 14.48. Devasia (Kerala) 1.65m; 2. said talks are on with
them struggling.”Not los- the firepower to accelerate. able lead despite being had done during the Feder- Men: 800m: 1. Krishan Ku- Triple Jump: 1. Eldhose Giji Geroge Stephen (Tamil former India all-round-
ing a wicket in the first 10- How Rishabh came and shadowed by Delhi pair of ation Cup here in March. mar (Haryana) 1:50.15; 2. Paul (Kerala) 16.58m; 2. Nadu) 1.60m. er Yuvraj and West Indi-
12 overs was very impor- played some shots; and the Shalu Chaudhary and Paul emerged winner in Anu Kumar (Uttarakhand) Karthik Unnikrishnan Pole Vault: 1. Baranica an Gayle.”
tant but that’s where New rest too when they realised Chanda. the end with a best effort of 1:51.05; 3. Manjit Singh (Kerala) 16.54; 3. Abdulla Elangoval (Tamil Nadu) We’ve secured Dilshan,
Zealand were successful in the game is a bit safer… The 22-year-old Harmilan 16.58m. Federation Cup gold (Haryana) 1:51.44. Aboobacker (Kerala) 16.37. 3.90m; 2. Babita Patel (Mad- we’ve secured Sanath,
won in 2:02.57 while Sri medallist Unnikrishnan 5000m: 1. Kartik Kumar Discus Throw: 1. Kirpal hya Pradesh) 3.40; 3. Rosy we’ve secured Tha-
Lanka’s Nimali had to wait until his fifth (Uttar Pradesh) 14:42.76; 2. Singh (Punjab) 58.90m; 2. Meena Paulraj (Tamil ranga. And now we are

Stricter Covid-19 protocols for Liyanaarachchi found the

pace on the home stretch to
push Shalu to bronze.
try to get 16.54m and go past
Abdulla Aboobacker for the
second place.Sonu Kumari,
Adesh Yadav (Maharash-
tra) 14:45.45; 3. Arjun Ku-
mar (Uttar Pradesh)
Harpreet Singh (Punjab)
57.73; 3. Gagandeep Singh
(Punjab) 56.33.
Nadu) 3.30.
Heptathlon: 1. Sonu Ku-
mari (Haryana) 5004 points;
working on finalising
agreements with a few
other potential players,”

Indian contingent for Olympics

At the Punjabi University bronze medallist at the Fed- 15:01.21. Women: 800m: 1. Harmi- 2. Kajal (Haryana) 4740; 3. Pullenayegam told
campus, Kerala triple eration Cup, won the 110m Hurdles: 1. Siddhant lan Bains (Punjab) 2:02.57; 2. Madhu (Haryana) 4357. ‘cricket.com.au’.

TOKYO ports Xinhua.

NHK added that the meas-
Not taking Bhuvi to UK a Fraser-Pryce wins Jamaican
100 meters race Lewis guides
huge mistake: Sarandeep WI to big T20I
India is among six South ures would take effect on
Asian countries whose ath- July 1.Participants from KINGSTON
letes, coaches and officials these countries have al-
will have to take Covid-19 ready been told to get vacci- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce cruised

win over SA
tests every day for seven nated for seven consecutive NEW DELHI in it. But it should have take the pressure off Kohli to a victory in the 100 meters at the
days prior to their depar- days before entering Japan, been changed as the condi- and Rohit.” Sarandeep also Jamaican national championships
Not taking “your best tions got more conducive to highlighted the fact that In- and will head to Tokyo in search of
swing bowler” Bhuvnesh- fast bowling (after dia have not been able to her third Olympic gold
war Kumar on the tour of
England is a huge mistake
rain),”Sarandeep said.
“It is too early to call for
win an ICC event under
Kohli despite playing well
medal.Fraser-Pryce ran the final
Friday night in 10.71 seconds to de- Lewis smashed seven sixes and four
and Shardul Thakur should
have been a part of the 15-
feat Shericka Jackson by .11.
Elaine Herah finished third. boundaries in his 71-run knock
man squad for the World The 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce
Test Championship final won her fourth world title at the ST GEORGE’S (GRENADA) foundation for the big win
that India lost, feels former 100 meters in 2019, two years after for the two-time T20 world
selector Sarandeep Singh. having a son, Zyon. She is the 2008 Evin Lewis went on a six- champions on Saturday.
Since Thakur was not a and 2012 Olympic champion, and hitting spree as West Indies Earlier, sent in to bat, the
part of the 15-man squad, won bronze in Rio de Janeiro in scored a morale-boosting Proteas got a flourishing
he could not be drafted into 2016.Her victory sets up a matchup eight-wicket win against start with Rassie van der
the playing eleven as the with American champion Sha’-
fast bowling all-rounder af- Carri Richardson, who is 13 years
ter rain in Southampton younger than Fraser-Pryce.
made conditions more In the men’s 100, Yohan Blake
ture for Japan for the which is not a pre-condition favourable for the pace qualified for his third Olympics by
Olympic Games. for athletes from other bowlers. finishing second behind Tyquendo
Japan’s state broadcaster countries. And not picking Bhu- Tracey, who won that final in 10
NHK said on Sunday that All overseas teams should vneshwar for the WTC final seconds flat.
athletes and all other mem- have members tested twice and the five Tests against This is the first Olympic cycle
bers of delegations from In- within four days prior to England starting August 4 without Usain Bolt since 2000. Bolt
dia, Nepal, Pakistan, the departure, and every day in is baffling, said Sarandeep debuted at the Olympics in 2004,
Maldives, Sri Lanka and principle after arriving in whose tenure ended with an overhaul but change of consistently.”They deserve then won the first of his three
Afghanistan will face Japan. Participants from the triumph in Australia approach is very much to win, they are playing golds in the 100 by setting the
stricter countermeasures Egypt, Vietnam, Malaysia, earlier this year.”The play- needed from the batsmen. well for over four years but world record in Beijing in
because of the spreading Britain and Bangladesh are ing eleven picked two days Even in Australia the lower why it is not happening 2008.Blake took silver behind Bolt
Delta variant, which was also required to be tested ago before the game was order made those crucial means there is something at the 2012 Olympics in both the
first identified in India, re- every day for three days pri- perfect with two spinners runs. We need players to wrong,” he added. 100 and 200.

Appleyard: Cricketer who endured

miserable childhood to excel Diksha finishes 4th after a

Former England
for Yorkshire in
superb 66 in final round South Africa in the opening
T20 International here.
After the disappointment of
Dussen scoring a 38-ball un-
beaten 56, but then stut-
tered to end on 160/6 off
cricketer Bob Ap- and taking 11 BEROUN (CZECH REPUBLIC) in Australia. losing both the Test matches their 20 overs. Opener
pleyard, who suf- wickets. But his Earlier this month when to the Proteas by big margins Quinton de Kock chipped in
fered a miserable best came the fol- Diksha Dagar registered she was unable to play at at St. Lucia, the gloom in the with a breezy 24-ball 37
childhood — in- lowing season, her best result in almost the Jabra Ladies Open in home team camp was partial- while captain Temba Bavu-
cluding the loss of when Appleyard two-and-a-half years with a France, she decided to play ly lifted when Lewis smashed ma got 22 off 20 balls but no
his father, step- took 200 wickets. superb Tied-4th place finish at the Amundi Czech seven sixes and four bound- other batsman managed to
mother and two Soon after, he with a flawless final round Ladies on the LET Access aries in his 71-run knock to pass 20.Lewis was named
sisters in a gas was diagnosed of 6-under 66 at the Tip- Series (LETAS), the second upend South Africa’s total of Player of the Match.
leak when he was 15 — was reer almost getting de- with tuberculosis and was sport Czech Ladies rung tour for women in Eu- 160/6 in the allotted 20 overs Brief scores: South
born on this day in York- stroyed by illness and injury, not expected to live for long, Open.This is Diksha’s sec- rope, and finished Tied- for the loss of just two wick- Africa 160/6 in 20 overs (Q
shire in 1924. he went on to take 31 wickets but Appleyard, whose First- ond-best result after her sixth.That helped her confi- ets and with five overs to de Kock 37, RV der Dussen
Appleyard, who could bowl in the nine Tests he played class career did not start un- lone win on the Ladies Eu- by a back problem in the dence and it showed in her spare. 56 not out; F Allen 2/18, D
fast-medium and off-spin- and another 708 wickets in til he was 27, returned to ropean Tour in early 2019 second half of the pandem- second start in Czech Re- Lewis led the charge, tak- Bravo 2/30) lost to West In-
ners with exactly the same 152 First-class games. cricket taking 154 wickets in when she took the Investec ic-hit 2020, last achieved a public within a month.This ing just 35 deliveries to dies 161/2 in 15 overs (A
action, was touted among Appleyard, who passed 1954.He would bowl his off- Women’s South African top-10 result in February week India’s other player reach his 71. His opening Fletcher 30, E Lewis 71, C
the country’s best bowlers in away on March 17, 2015 at spinners at almost medium Open. last year when she was Tvesa Malik and Astha partnership of 85 with An- Gayle 32 not out, A Russell
the 1950s, and despite his ca- the age of 90, made his debut pace. Diksha, who was troubled Tied-7th at the NSW Open Madan had missed the cut. dre Fletcher (30) laid the 23 not out).

Serena will not play in Tokyo Olympics

Sindhu needs to examine past performances: Vimal WIMBLEDON (ENGLAND) were won with her
NEW DELHI from Spain has pulled out about the two Chinese older sister, Venus,
of the Tokyo Games after girls, Chen Yufei and He Serena Williams said she as her partner.
Absence of defending suffering a knee injury. Binjiao. I haven’t seen will not go to the Tokyo At the 2016 Rio de
champion Carolina Marin “Marin was a strong con- them play of late, so don’t Olympics, but did not want Janeiro Games,
will be an advantage but tender for the gold and her know how prepared they to say why during her pre- Serena Williams
there are at least six more absence will be felt. So are or how they will per- Wimbledon video confer- lost in the third
title contenders at the many players will have ad- form. Ratchanok ence with reporters Sun- round of singles to
Tokyo Games and PV Sind- vantage not just Sindhu. Inthanon also can be day.”I’m actually not on the Elina Svitolina of
hu must examine their past Sindhu is definitely in with tricky.” “It will also boil Olympic list..Not that I’m Ukraine and the
performances to devise a a chance for the gold but down to that particular aware of. If so, then I siblings were beat-
proper strategy, says for- there are at least six other day, who is in the right shouldn’t be on it,” en in the first
mer India chief coach Vi- girls, who can claim the ti- mental and physical con- Williams said. round of doubles.
mal Kumar. tle,” Vimal said. ditions on that day to pull The 39-year-old Williams held the tennis competition Before that, they had been
Sindhu had to settle for a “Tai Tzu Ying, the two through. So it is still very has won four gold medals at at the All England Club - 15-0 as an Olympic doubles
silver five years back at the Japanese girls Akane Ya- open, anybody from these past Summer Games for the and in doubles at the 2000 team. “There’s a lot of rea-
Rio Games after going maguchi and Nozomi six girls can be 1-2-3,” he United States: in both sin- Sydney Olympics and 2008 sons that I made my
down against Marin.The Okuhara are strong con- said.Vimal said there is gles and doubles at the 2012 Beijing Olympics. Olympic decision,”
three-time world champion tenders. I am not sure still a lot of time London Olympics - which All of her doubles golds Williams said Sunday,
SpaceX aiming for July for Starship orbital launch
SAN FRANCISCO: Elon Musk-run SpaceX is "shooting for Chica (Texas) test site, Space News reported on Saturday.
July" for the first orbital launch of the company's Starship "We are headed for our first orbital attempt in the not-too-
vehicle despite lacking the regulatory approvals needed for distant future. We're shooting for July," she said. "I am
such a launch, media reports said. SpaceX President hoping we make it, but we all know this is difficult. We are

Gwynne Shotwell said the company was pressing ahead really on the cusp of flying that system, or at least
with plans for an orbital flight involving the Super Heavy attempting the first orbital flight of that system, in the very
booster and Starship upper stage from the company's Boca near term," she added. —IANS

Dream job and the one

Craving to go on a date? you get are connected
Here are some ideas that can be easily implemented keeping Covid protocols in mind
AGENCIES menu of quick snacks that can be easily packed AGENCIES may sometimes be unreach- ments, and vocational inter-
New Delhi such as toasts, fruits or cheese. Curate a list of Washington able. ests of career aspirations.
topics or questions that you would like to ask The findings of the study "Results revealed that most

he Covid-19 pandemic has made dating a each other or take some nice board game along study led by a team of were published in the Jour- adolescents aspired to ca-
lot trickier, whether one is already in a re- with you. Apart from this, if you wish your date international re- nal of Career Assessment. reers with low potential for
lationship or is itching to meet new peo- to be Instagram-worthy, then go for coordinated searchers reported "Almost 50 per cent of ado- automation. However, there
ple. And though FaceTime dating has cut it for outfits that complement each other. So, what are the existence of important lescents aspired to investiga- were large discrepancies be-
some time, now with the weather being all nice you waiting for? Bring out a bedsheet, nibbles, discrepancies between tive or artistic careers, tween adolescents' aspira-
and things gradually opening up, many of us are refreshing drinks and enjoy to the hilt! young people's dream jobs which together account for tions and the number of jobs
wishing to actually see people in person — espe- and employment realities. A only 8 per cent of the US available in the labour mar-
cially if you are totally into them. Go Bike Riding: This is another great idea to en- University of Houston psy- labour market," reports ket," said Hoff.
Being in a global pandemic doesn't really lend joy together. Take some time and get out of the chology researcher believes Hoff, whose research exam- For females, the most pop-
itself to extensive physical contact. However, dis- house to enjoy a long bike ride through nature to- that when it comes to career ined the career aspirations ular aspirations were doc-
couraging touch does not have to mean discour- gether. Working up a sweat over long stretches of aspirations for teenagers, it's of 3,367 adolescents (age 13- tors, veterinarians, teachers,
aging romantic pursuits. Even while being dis- road will not only keep both of you healthy and best to shoot for the moon, so 18 years) from 42 US states. and nurses. The doctor was
tanced, couples can continue to enjoy each oth- improve your mood, but will also help develop a one can at least land in the Investigative jobs include most popular in early ado-
er's company, albeit from a distance. The pan- strong bond as studies have proven that exercis- stars. The truth is the moon those in the field of science lescence (accounting for
demic-induced lockdown has dramatically al- ing with your partner can elevate your emotion- and re- around 12 per cent of all fe-
tered how we date. Erstwhile, you would get to al bond. search. male aspirations at ages 13-
know your potential partner by having a glass of Hoff's team 15), whereas veterinarian,
wine or two together in a nice restaurant. But Take a City Tour Together: As places open up conducted a teacher, and nurse were
now things are a lot different. As events unfold- slowly and gradually, very less crowd will be large-scale more popular in late adoles-
ed in the past year, some people may have given flocking to these spots. Take your pick and plan coding effort cence (ages 16-18).
up on the idea of dating, while others may have to meet up there. Majority city centres are much using the Oc- For males, the athlete was
brightened up at the idea of flirting virtually, ex- quieter now than they ever were before. So, this cupational overwhelmingly the most
hausting all their data on video calls. is a great time to see some of the beautiful Information popular aspiration during
Still, technology cannot take the place of good tourism hotspots devoid of the crowds. Network early adolescence (account-
old dating in real life. And with the new guide- Travelling with your partner is a wholesome (O*NET) to ing for 22-32 per cent of male
lines, it's again possible to see your potential experience, not only you get to spend time to- compile the aspirations at ages 13-15) but
date. Here are some innovative dating ideas for far, the weather has been good to us, even bless- gether but you also face different situations col- automation became less popular in late
you as suggested by Gleeden users in India. ing us with rains from time to time. So, go on and lectively as partners and this experience is risk levels, adolescence (accounting for
enjoy this time with your potential future part- enough to stronger the ties of the relationship. educational 5-13 per cent at ages 16-18).
Cute Picnic Date: It's the summer season and so ner by organising a nice picnic date. Prepare a —IANS require- —ANI

Amazing Ayurveda
Keeping India’s culture & heritage alive Fortifying tea with follate, Talisaadi Churn inflammation, swelling in

Vit B12 could help women

Key property: This Ingredient: Shirish Chhal
FPJ FEATURES DESK/ Mumbai forming arts and traditions to keeping seminar on August 13 and 14 “to dis- ayurvedic formulation is (Albizia lebbeck/
our heritage alive, the Foundation has seminate the knowledge about Sanjhi effective against cold Shirisha), chaal

and cough, fever,

tackle health issues

atri Foundation was born out of been doing its bit in whatever way pos- art in aid of all artists associated with means bark, Red
passion for India's rich heritage, sible. During the Covid pandemic, the the art”. This is being done in collabo- and breathing Sandalwood,
culture and ancient, traditional Foundation has been helping artistes, ration with and is funded by IGNCA, related dis- Mulethi
knowledge systems. Shedding light on skill centres by providing them with ministry of Culture Govt of India. eases and dis- (Liquorice
the Foundation's motive, Katyayani monetary assistance during the pan- Post this, they will be conducting an AGENCIES diets vary considerably ac- orders. Root) etc.
Agarwal — Founder, Datri Foundation, demic. “We have created an Oxygen online art auction for the Baul singers Mumbai cording to cultural, reli- Ingredient: Quantity:
said, “The endeavour is to conserve, re- Concentrator Library in Pune and of West Bengal August 21. This will be gious, and ethnic differences Talisa Patra Mix it wa-

vive, save and also disseminate infor- Mumbai, where we lend the machine to followed up with training workshops study has found a and beliefs. (Himalayan ter, make a
mation about the invaluable wealth of anybody who needs it free of charge for for women to teach them the craft of new way to fortify tea Besides water, tea is the Silver Fir), paste and ap-
India and empowering the communities as many days as required. We have dis- making handmade paper and products. in order to tackle most common beverage Black Pepper, ply to the af-
especially the women involved in them. tributed tablets to underprivileged On of the most important projects health issues in women with drunk in India. It's cheap and Long Pepper etc. fected areas of
Reviving, restoring, skilling, empower- school going children to help them with supported by Datri Foundation is the chronic nutritional deficien- is largely grown and proces- Quantity: 2 to 3 body, or should be
ing families, communities and regions.” their online classes,” Agarwal shared. revival and development of the 700- cies. The findings of the sed in the highlands of only 4 grams, mix it well with used as directed by the
The other members of the core com- The Foundation has been implement- year-old village of Kazipura, near Au- study published in the on- states: Assam, West Bengal, honey and consume, or as physician.
mittee of the Foundation are Chetna ed various initiatives to provide aid to rangabad. An INTACH project, the vil- line journal 'BMJ Nutrition Tamil Nadu and Kerala. directed by the physician.
Khanna, Alok Agarwal, Vaibhav those belonging to performing arts. lage has a very rich history linked to Prevention and Health' sug- A single daily cup might (To know more about
Shri Mohta Ayurvedic
Dalmiya and Kartikeya Agarwal. Speaking about their activities Agarw- Mohammed Bin Tuglaq and the craft of gested that forti- Dashang Lep Rasayanshala, call on
From supporting lesser known per- al says there will be a two-day online handmade paper. fying tea with fo-
late and vitamin Key property: This 0151-2523227/ or reach at
B12 may help ayurvedic medicine is ef- mohtarasayanshala
counter the high fective against herpis and @gmail.com)

Your Housing
levels of
anaemia and Disclaimer: The description of the above-mentioned
neural tube de- products is an excerpt from a booklet, Sankshipt
fects associated Aushad Parichay Patrak. Please consult your doctor/ or
with these wide-

Problems & Solutions

contact the clinic before taking them.
spread nutri-
tional deficien-
cies in Indian No evidence Covid vax booster a must
women. WASHINGTON: There is "Boosters may be required for a
Most women of childbear- therefore provide an ideal currently no data to support broad population. However, it
Electric Shocks from ing age in India eat a poorly vehicle for fortification with that a Covid-19 vaccine booster could also be that the need for
Water Pipeline in CHS balanced diet, resulting in these water-soluble vita- shot is needed for the general boosters of Covid vaccine may
Q: Recently, in our housing society all the chronic folate and vitamin mins, the study authors population, according to the US only be demonstrated in some
owners are experiencing electric B12 deficiencies. Although thought. Centers for Disease Control and populations," Sarah Oliver, co-
shocks from the water taps in their many countries have suc- The authors concluded, Prevention. But, an extra dose lead of the working group and
flats. It could be due to earthing prob- cessfully fortified flour with "Tea is an outstanding scala- may be needed for more- a medical epidemiologist with
lem or someone may be playing with folate nationally to ward off ble vehicle for fortification vulnerable groups, such as the CDC's National Center for
water pipe line in the bathroom. I neural tube defects, logisti- with folate and vitamin B12 older adults or organ transplant Immunisation and Respiratory
have brought this to the notice of the cal issues make this strategy in India, and has the poten- patients. However, public Diseases, was quoted as
chairman of the society and his sug- difficult to implement in In- tial to help eliminate haema- health officials will continue to saying. According to the
gestion was that every member dia. This is because around tological and neurological monitor the virus to determine committee, rising cases of
change their water tap to a shock 70 per cent of the population complications arising from if additional shots are Covid infections in fully
proof one, since the Society has in- lives in over 650,000 rural vil- inadequate dietary con- warranted in the future, said vaccinated individuals may be a
curred a lot of expense to route out lages, where cereal grain is sumption or absorption of the CDC's Advisory Committee clear indicator to decide
the earthing problem. I would like more often grown, milled, folate and vitamin B12." on Immunisation Practices, whether boosters are needed,
seek your guidance on whether socie- and purchased locally. And —ANI CNBC news reported. NBC news reported. —IANS
ty should find out the earthing prob-

Detox yoga: How eating, asana practice

lem or members should replace the
shock proof (pvc) water taps. Please
A: Kindly ask your society to check

and breathwork interconnect

earthing of all the fittings such as
geyser and also test earthing for
all the plug points, in all the flats
and shops your society's building.
This is the only way to check RADHIKA IYER wholesome life. An ancient and seasonal are the correct mind making us stronger
earthing system in your building's New Delhi practice that has been tried tools to live a healthy and more flexible, less
flats and shops. By changing taps and tested for over thou- lifestyle. lethargic and more active.

or piping from iron pipes to plastic ndic traditions empha- sands of years, a yogic diet Not to mention we will be
pipes, you will still get shock, as flat. If you are good enough to work which was not awarded. Pay- sise that good mental and promotes mindful eating, Asanas for great health: able to lead a disease and in-
tap water has traces of salts, make a complaint and argue in the ment is cleared by some members be- physical health is direct- consumption in moderation, Physical exercise like yoga fection free life once we start
which help to carry electric cur- consumer court, you need not hire fore start of work. Please advise, ly connected to three prime eating according to the sea- is known to help tune into our yogic journey.
rent in the water flow. the services of an advocate. whether Society can charge interest activities — what we eat, son and indulging in organic the body's mechanism. We
For the safety of all the residents, get on repair fund for the work which is how we breathe and the way and natural food for con- now need to connect individ- Correct breathing: Our tra-
earthing tested of all the flats not awarded nor materialised? we think. These help us to sumption. A wholesome diet ual intelligence with that of ditions emphasise that good
About Repair Fund understand the deep connec- promotes the concept of the universal consciousness. mental and physical health
from a good licensed electrician. A: If society has passed a resolution
The expenses for this work would & Defaulters to collect building repair fund in a tion between our bodies, "mit-aahar" or moderate eat- Our seers devised yoga as a is directly connected to the
be shared by all flats where the Q: Society started collecting monthly in- Society's General Body Meeting minds, emotions and ing encourages one to eat way to overcome all suffer- way we breathe. Correct
testing has been done. stalment of Repair and Painting Fund (GBM), then according to this res- thoughts. One needs to re- food that is in accordance ing, internal or external, to breathing is known to help
during September 2019 to do the olution, collection of repair fund spect the balance between sharpen the brain and body,
work on a future date, before the start will be done. the physical or the food that increase immunity, reduce
Delay in Transfer of we eat, mental or the stress and increase efficien-
of monsoon. Though tender process If some members are defaulters in
Flat from Seller was initiated, no work order was the schedule of payment of repair thoughts that we manifest by cy. Modern research con-
Q: My client purchased a flat last Febru- placed on any contractor due to the fund, then Society will ask them to what we think, emotional or firms that most of us use
ary, on part payment and balance Covid pandemic. Some members were pay a fine on the defaulted the reactions or responses to only 20 percent of our
through bank’s financial support. But unable to pay the accrued instalment amount. If some members have situations that we give and breathing capacity during
due to Covid-19 lockdown the pay- due to the strains put on by the pan- paid their repair fund fully as per the spiritual aspects that we our entire lifetime, essential-
ments were late, so the seller has tak- demic and have assured to make the society's schedule, the society can- experience in understand- ly hyperventilating on two
en some extra money. Till date he has full accrued amount before the start not start the repair work as work ing the connection between overworked and exhausted
not signed the society’s transfer set, of repair work, so that the work is not may stop halfway, due to a lack of us and the cosmos. Only lungs throughout our lives.
and on full and final payment receipt. hindered. Society finalised the con- funds (from the defaulters). When when all this is in balance And without realising this,
Please suggest what can my client do, tract work order in mid November all members have paid their share will we have the fortune to we live a stressful and dis-
as his lawyer who has registered the 2020 and before the start of the work of the repair fund and society has experience a healthy, peace- ease filled life. Specific
documents is also helpless. some members have also fully paid not started repair work, only then ful and successful life. Let us breathing routines have
A: Buyer of the flat should make a the total accrued amount in a single can you raise a complaint to the briefly divide these three im- thus been established by our
complaint against the seller, at the payment. However, Society is now society. portant aspects that help with one's doshas. Our civi- enable us to live a healthy ancients that are as relevant
Consumer Court with all proofs raising bill for interest on delayed detox our bodies and help us lization understood the in- and peaceful life. Yoga helps today as they were thou-
that are available with the buyer, if payment for the period from Septem- Answers provided by experts of live a wholesome life. terspersed connection be- centre the mind in chaotic sands of years ago. Simple
buyer has paid full value of the ber 2019 to till October 2020 for the Moneylife Foundation. tween the ecology and us times, strengthening immu- breathing techniques to
A balanced diet: Based on and this probably is the one nity and building a strong manage breath must be
the principles of the Indic reason that we must find the but calm mind that can help practiced everyday to con-
sciences, our life is primari- lost connection on why we us to withstand everything sciously navigate the body
Send your queries regarding ‘housing woes’ to sachin@fpj.co.in. ly composed of elements
that are sattva or pure, ahim-
need to discipline our food
eating habits in accordance
that comes our way. Practic-
ing yoga asanas for just 30
towards great health.
You can also visit https://www.moneylife.in/lrc sa or non-violence and upyo-
gita or symbiotic living. It is
to nature. Indulging in
wholesome grains, fresh
minutes everyday combined
with simple breathing tech-
(The writer is an
Entrepreneur, Yogini, Mod-
in this context that a yogic vegetables and fruits, nuts, niques and meditation, will el,
diet is recommended to live a seeds etc that are both fresh help stretch the body and Mountaineer and a
It’s a wrap for lia Bhatt on Sunday finished shooting for her upcoming movie Gangubai

Alia Bhatt’s A Kathiawadi and described filming the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial as a
“gigantic life changing experience”. The film features Bhatt as Gangubai, one of
the most powerful, loved and respected madams from Kamathipura, Mumbai’s
Gangubai red light area, during the 1960s. The 28-year-old actor took to Instagram and posted
pictures from the film's set, along with Bhansali and the crew. Earlier this year, the makers
had announced that the film will open theatrically on July 30. There is no clarity on the
film’s new release date as yet. —PTI

‘We have good content, ‘TV has not evolved,

but we have to marry it is still regressive’
Niki Aneja Walia opens up about

it to entertainment’
the small screen, her second innings,
and the OTT boom
LIPIKA VARMA ing for something new and
Laila Raichand of Dil Sambhal

n 1994, when actress Ja Zara made the shot.
Niki Aneja Walia made “It was opposite of what I had
her debut opposite Anil done earlier. In fact, it was dif-
Gashmeer Mahajani, currently seen in Kapoor in Mr Azaad,
little did she know that she
ficult to convince myself to do
that role. There was enough
the TV show Imlie, talks about the would become a television sen-
sation in the time to come. Niki
reason for me to come back to
India for the TV show. I didn’t
Marathi film industry and shares his turned the spotlight on her by
portraying Dr Simran Mathur
get major lead roles but I got
some diverse characters,” says

take on what can be done to make it in Astitva... Ek Prem Kahani.

The show made her a house-
the actress.
While it is a known fact that
hold name and women across showbiz is notoriously ageist
as popular as its counterparts India started relating to her
character. Thereafter, Niki
and actors after a certain age
don’t get to play the protago-
went on to do popular shows nists, Niki feels makers take
LIPIKA VARMA Over the years, there have been several like Ghar Ek Sapna, Yeh Ka- the shorter route and don’t
Marathi films, which managed to create han Aa Gaye Hum, among want to work on different sto-

t was in 2010, when Gashmeer Ma- waves, scooping National Awards on the many others, before she mar- ries. “Makers don’t want to
hajani, son of veteran Marathi ac- way — Dombivali Fast, Harishchandrachi ried UK-based entrepreneur work on an actor’s appearance.
tor and director Ravindra Maha- Factory, Jait Re Jait, Mala Aai Vhhaychy!, Sonny Walia and moved to Lon- Here, if you fit the character
jani, stepped into the world of show- Pinjara, Ringan, Shala, to name a few. Some don where she lives with her you get the role; there is no
biz with the Hindi movie, Muskurake popular Marathi movies have also been re- twins — Sean and Sabrina. question of my abilities. I don’t
Dekh Zara. But, it was the 2015 critically-ac- made in Bollywood, like Sairat and Mulshi In 2015, the actress made her look at the character. I am ex-
claimed Marathi film Deool Band that Pattern. But times have changed, and so has comeback by essaying the role tremely satisfied with what I
catapulted him on the road to star- the theatre-going audience. of Pankaj Kapur’s wife in the am doing as I am able to main-
dom. He followed this up with yet “Unless it’s a massy entertainer, people movie Shaandaar, which tain a healthy balance between
another popular film Kanha, won’t go to the theatres if they aren’t getting starred Alia Bhatt and Shahid India and London.” She also
and has since then become a good content wrapped in an equally good Kapoor. She followed it up with shares that OTT has more
popular face in the Marathi dose of entertainment. Or else people will the television show Dil Samb- opportunities.
film and TV industry. just wait for the particular movie to be aired hal Ja Zara, starring Sanjay Having worked in some major
Currently, the actor, who on TV rather than wasting money on going Kapoor. Niki forayed into the TV productions, Niki has cer-
is basking in the praise to a theatre,” he adds. digital space with the Zee5 web tainly earned her space in the
coming his way for the Over the past several years, be it Bolly- series, Never Kiss Your Best industry with sheer hard work
Hindi TV show Imlie, is wood or Sandalwood, almost every film in- Friend, and Tuesdays and Fri- and talent. She feels the same
gearing up to play dustry in the country has created a ‘hero’ of days. Niki will next be seen in is missing in newcomers.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Ma- sorts — like a Baahubali from the South or a Puncch Beat season 2 for Alt- “They are insecure. The beauty
haraj in the Marathi Singham from the Hindi film industry. Balaji. As of now, the actress of our time was that we helped
historical, Sarsenapati Gashmeer says for the Marathi film indus- continues to shoot in London each other. This is missing in
Hambirrao. The actor, try to flourish and lure the audience to the where she lives with her family. today’s generation.
who has also explored theatres, it needs to create a ‘hero’ too. “You However, she says coming They focus more
the OTT space with the see, in the regional cinema they have creat- to India for work is never on stardom than
Hindi web series, ed heroes. Telugu and Tamil cinema have a challenge. on the craft.
Shrikant Bashir, says heroes, along with good content of course. A “Thanks to social media, There is a lot
he wants to see more ‘hero’ is someone who is created by an intel- the makers got to know of insecurity
Marathi films breaking ligent director, scriptwriter or producer, and that I am available for in young ac-
language barriers and has a certain following on the basis of work. I shot most of my tors,” she
gaining recognition which people will go and watch the film in recent shows in London. I concludes.
that it deserves. the theatres. And by this I don’t only mean like to shoot there as my
The OTT boom has the male leads, because it is no longer family is there with me,”
given a new lease of life gender-specific.” says the actress, who has
to regional content, Irrespective of male or female lead, content an illustrious career of
with several movies needs to lure the audience is a general per- over three decades with
and shows becoming spective. “Definitely. Nowadays, people a prominent body of
available for pan India watch movies in theatres because of a par- work on television.
viewing. Apart from the ticular heroine too, or if the film is female- However, she feels
content from the South centric. But, what I am talking about is creat- TV has not evolved
film industry, Marathi ing faces. Just the way the Tamil and Telugu at all. “It was a
content too found a new cinema have created. They have created he- golden era of tele-
fanbase on these plat- roes based on which people will spend Rs vision. I had a lot
forms. So much that many 400-500 to watch a film, but it has to be enter- of fun doing it.
platforms also came up with taining. But in Marathi cinema, because But when I
web series in the language, makers want to sell content they are not fo- came back
which wasn’t the case earlier cusing on the other factors. As a result, they from a sabbat-
— Samantar, Kaale Dhande, are unable to make money. If that thing is ical, I felt no
Gondya Ala Re, Pandu, Ani fixed then I think Marathi cinema will go a change. It
Kay Hava, among others are a long way.” was, and is
proof of that. In 2019, Gashmeer starred in filmmaker still regres-
But, Marathi films have still not Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical drama, Pa- sive. A hand-
managed to break the regional bar- nipat. The movie, which was fronted by Ar- ful of TV ac-
rier the way South films have. Ask jun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, failed to rake tors were do-
him what ails the industry, and the ac- in the moolah at the box office. So, does he ing some
tor says, “I feel there are two things: We regret saying yes to the movie? “Profession- good roles.
have good content, but we have to marry ally, yes. Personally, no. I did the film be- So, I feel
it to entertainment. People watch cinema cause of Ashu sir [Ashutosh Gowariker]. He TV has
for entertainment and they want social is such is a lovely person. Even today, if I not pro-
messages or lessons to be weaved in the sto- call him, he will definitely spare some time gressed,”
ry without being too preachy. The message for me. Otherwise, I don’t like talking about she opines and
automatically gets registered in the subcon- the film because it did not turn out the way I shares that af-
scious when the viewer is entertained with wanted it to. I felt my character was side- ter Astitva
what he/she is watching. Why would a cine- lined and had no arc. Neither did I take she was wait-
ma goer pay ten times more if he/she isn’t away anything from the film, nor the film
getting entertained?” take anything from me,” he signs off.

Spotted Hollywood Talk

Ed Sheeran teams up with with K-pop band BTS
Paris Hilton: collaborated on Make It Right from the latter’s
Rocking the 2019 album Map of the Soul: Persona. In an
interview with the American radio show Most
DJ world Requested Live, Sheeran said he is
looking forward to their new track.

ocialite and BTS has a CD version of their
entrepreneur Paris latest chart-topping English-
Hilton has talked about language hit Butter coming up in
her love for DJing. She July, and their label Hybe
says she simply Corporation previously
followed her passion inger-songwriter Ed Sheeran announced that it will include a
and that playing
music and
performing has
S says he has teamed up with BTS
once again for the music group’s
upcoming song. The English singer and
brand new track. It is, however,
uncertain if the group’s new song
with Sheeran will be included in the CD
always been her the South Korean septet previously version of Butter. —PTI
Paris posted a
picture of her Quentin Tarantino opens Liam Neeson reveals why he
playing music in a
club on Instagram late up about his swansong rejected James Bond role
Saturday night,

according to India time. uentin Tarantino iam Neeson, in a
“When I first decided to learn has opened up recent interview,
to DJ, I simply followed my about the plans revealed that he
passion, my love for music for making his was reached out
and the joy I felt being final movie before he to play James Bond in
able to light up a room retires. Tarantino was the 1990s, but rejected
It was a busy day for the and share that energy asked about his decision the role as his late wife
paparazzi as the streets of with others. Playing during an appearance on was not keen on the idea.
Mumbai were buzzing with music and Real Time With Bill Maher People magazine reported

celeb activity. Mira and performing has and confirmed he’s still that the actor appeared
Shahid Kapoor were always been my bowing out to focus on writing, reports on James Corden’s show, where he admitted that
spotted at the airport. Farah superpower,” aceshowbiz.com. he was approa-ched by producer Barbara Broccoli
Paris wrote Tarantino told the host he had considered for it. “I know they were looking at various actors
Khan was snapped at a salon, while alongside the image. making his swansong a sequel of his first film, and I apparently was among them. However, my
Alaya F was clicked at a dance She says she did not know she would Reservoir Dogs. He said: “That’s kind of a dear, departed wife did say to me...‘Darling, if
studio. Arjun Kapoor seemed to be become the highest paid female DJ in ‘capture time in a moment’ kind of thing,” you’re offered James Bond and you’re going to
having a lazy Sunday. the world. —IANS Tarantino said. “I won’t do it, internet. But I play it, you’re not going to marry me’,” he
considered it.” —IANS told Cordon. —ANI

15 INDORE | MONDAY | JUNE 28, 2021




SUMIT DHINGRA, Vice-President & General Manager - India & South-East Asia at Crocs, is
the business:
Uttam Malani
confident that interesting collaborations and a digital-first marketing strategy will
strengthen the Crocs connect with Gen Z and millennials, as the brand rides on people’s
preference for health, wellness and comfort in COVID times to register its best year ever


we also took this adversity as an opportuni-
ty to expand our retail footprints by negoti- ‘I LEARNT TO PLAY GOLF OVER THE LAST YEAR’ Director of Centuary Mattresses,
ating better commercials at prime locations. Coimbatore, Vizag, Vijayawada,
We aim to launch more such global concept “I picked up golf over the last year. It is a socially talks of the brand’s efforts to Kurnool, and sales offices across South,
distant game by design and something I wanted
stores keeping our iconic classic clog and per-
to learn for a long time. I like to play tennis and I ensure good health and hygiene East and West India.
sonalization at the forefront.
love to cook over the weekends for my family. for customers during the The pandemic has caused sleep distur-
What are the current shoe trends that you Apart from this, photography is an old hobby for pandemic, as well as his ambition bance among people due to stress.
which, unfortunately, I don't get much time now,”
see? Is people’s preference for athleisure and
says Sumit Dhingra. of foraying into a more premium What is Brand Centuary doing to pro-
comfort footwear here to stay? vide sleep solutions in the COVID-19
COVID-19 has transformed workplaces, our ap- space, while remaining accessible scenario?
What have been the principal focus areas at proach towards education, fashion, and trade is to the masses We have a wide range of offerings for all
Crocs India over the last two years that you bound to dictate consumer behaviour. Athleisure Tell us about the Crocs Cares initiative and our consumers that fits their require-
have been at the company? How has the was already a mega-trend pre-COVID and post some of your efforts there. BY S. LAHIRI ments physically, mentally and monetari-
brand fared in India and globally? COVID, the consumer preference towards Crocs Cares is our philanthropic division ly. During the pandemic, the brand re-
The last few years have been phenomenal for health, wellness and comfort has further ac- which focuses on providing assistance to com- Please take us through your experience purposed all its products with anti-mi-
the brand. Crocs has gone from strength-to- celerated. We firmly believe that these trends munities around us. India as a country has had after joining the family business, man- crobial foam shield to ensure the good
strength, breaking performance records almost are here to stay, and Crocs as a brand is perfectly to bear the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. aged by three generations of entrepre- health and hygiene of its customers.
every year; 2020 was our best year ever and we positioned to tap into this demand. Another Since COVID-19 first hit us, globally we have neurs. What have been the high points Centuary Protect, aimed at meeting
have started 2021 on a similar uptrend with trend that is taking over the fashion and donated more than 9,10,000 pairs of of your journey? evolving consumer needs, was tested by
Q1’21 being our best quarter ever. India’s per- lifestyle choices is personalization. As footwear to frontline healthcare work- I joined Centuary Mattresses - popular- two of India’s renowned testing laborato-
formance has been no different. Fuelled by the consumers become more conscious ers. In collaboration with our ly known as India’s sleep specialist - in ries and also certified by the National
strong brand momentum generated globally and confident of expressing their brand ambassador, Priyanka 2007 and took over the mantle of Execu- Health Academy (NHA), for effectiveness
with great collaborations and a digital-first individuality, in our Jibbitz shoe Chopra Jonas, we donated tive Director in 2013. I have been looking against microbes and germs, which oth-
marketing strategy to connect with Gen Z charms, we have the most seam- footwear to healthcare workers after the growth trajectory of the brand erwise tend to breed on mattress sur-
and millennials, we have managed to navi- less personalization tool possible, in government hospitals across and its products, along with its market- faces.
gate the troublesome COVID times un- and this would further help us en- Delhi and Mumbai early last ing strategies for over a decade. As an in-
scathed. At the start of 2020, we also intro- gage with the Gen Z consumer. year. When the second wave dividual and as a brand, we need to know How did the brand fare in terms of
duced Priyanka Chopra Jonas as our global started taking its toll in the coun- our strengths; and learn to play towards growth and revenue during the last
brand ambassador, allowing us to create more Social media is all agog about Ba- try, we reached out with a cash do- them. My vision for the brand Centuary year-and-a-half of the pandemic? What
relevance for the brand in India. lenciaga collaborating with Crocs to nation of Rs 25 lakh to the PM Cares (and subsequently our foam brand kind of traction did your products see
make the high-heeled version of Crocs fund for COVID response efforts of the Cenflex) has always been to upsell and on e-commerce platforms as compared
Amidst the pandemic, you launched your shoes. What is your take on that? Is it avail- government. Recently, we also donated $ foray into a more premium space, to pre-COVID days?
biggest store in India at Connaught Place in able in India? 1,00,000 to support our brand ambassador while still remaining accessible to the We expect to improve our market-share
New Delhi in February. What made you pick Though not available in India, Balenciaga Priyanka Chopra Jonas for her fund-raiser masses. Some of the key milestones in to 13-14%, up from the current 9-10% on
this particular time? Crocs 2.0 is a part of Balenciaga’s with Give India, focused on providing essential this journey have been the recognition as the back of product launches and expan-
When we were launching this store in Febru- Spring/Summer 2022 collection. It will be medical infrastructure such as oxygen concen- India’s largest exporters (and the recent sion of our distribution network. We are
ary, offline stores had started to open and even available in bright green and in black, and trators and oxygen cylinders. Throughout the Star Export House status); launch of the also looking to double the share of ex-
the COVID-19 situation was withdrawing. The looks like the typical Croc shoe, complete pandemic, we have tried to ensure the safety exclusive baby mattress category; prod- ports to around 40% of our total
CP store has taken inspiration from the brand’s with rubber finish, plenty of holes and a and well-being of our employees by extending uct leadership in premium and technical turnover in the next two years. The com-
global concept and instantly transports you to strap back, but also features a high heel. facilities like additional leave, salary advances grade PU foams for industrial consump- pany witnessed close to 20% growth in
a world of style as you walk through the vi- Crocs has found great resonance with Gen Z for unforeseen medical expenses and insurance tion; aggressive marketing campaigns by business in FY21, aided by a surge in
brant and energetic store. We had both defen- worldwide, and such collaborations have cover for COVID treatment. roping in Sania Mirza as the brand am- at-home consumption and pent-up de-
sive and offensive strategies in place to counter helped us strengthen our Gen Z connect global- bassador, etc., to name a few. mand in the months following the
the post-pandemic market conditions. While ly and in India. We have some interesting col- Going forward, what are your plans and pri- lockdown due to COVID-19. We expect
we took stringent measures to conserve cash laborations in the pipeline for this year and orities for Crocs India? What is the USP of Centuary today, in around 30% growth in sales this year,
flows, and to ensure safety of our employees, next. We’re super excited for what’s to come. Globally, Crocs posted its most successful year a highly competitive market? Tell us with better product availability and a 3X
to date in 2020, with $1.4 billion in revenue, up about the Sleepables range of mat- growth in online sales.
12.6% from the same period of 2019 and 2021 is tresses and other recent and upcom-
already off to a great start, re-affirming our ing innovations by Centuary. Going forward, how will your own ap-
confidence in our strategies. We are a digital- The biggest USP at Centuary is the ver- proach to business change? What are
first organisation, and we will continue to in- tically integrated manufacturing set-up, your future expansion plans and prior-
vest here to get closer to our consumers. Our which gives the brand an edge in prod- ities for the brand, including the inter-
collaborations have been hugely successful, uct innovation and quality. Today, the national business?
and you will see a lot more of these form us. brand offers a comprehensive range of We are one of the largest exporters of
Our over-arching brand campaign ‘Come As sleep solutions such as spring mattress- rubberised coir from India to several
You Are’ is perfect representation of the dem- es, foam mattresses, coir mattresses, countries such as Greece, Russia, Hun-
ocratic, inclusive brand that we are, and we memory foam mattresses, orthopaedic gary, the UK and South Korea, among
will continue to create compelling story- mattresses and accessories such as pil- others. Our exports grew by over 40%
telling opportunities within this. Clogs is our lows, cushions, bolsters, mattress protec- in the last fiscal. We have been swift to
unique offering, and we foresee sandals as tors, slim mats and more. Strengthening launch several market-specific products
one of the biggest growth-opportunities, es- its value proposition, the company re- aimed at particular geographies and
pecially in India, which prefers open cently launched Sleepables by Centu- consumer preferences. Backed with sta-
footwear. As a brand that thrives on innova- ary ‘Pocketed spring roll-pack mat- ble demand and supply-chain restric-
tion, we will continue to add more fun, colours tress in-a-box’, a technologically supe- tions in several markets, we expect to
and vibrancy to our clogs and sandals offer- rior spring mattress designed with in- double our growth in exports this fiscal.
ings. Our Jibbitz shoe charms - that allow con- dependent pocketed springs available
sumers to show their unique style and creativ- exclusively for online channels. Apart What are you looking forward to per-
ity - is a product category that has just started from this, understanding that the needs sonally at this point?
gaining traction within our TG, and we fore- of a growing baby’s body are different I look at my role as that of future-proof-
see huge potential here, with both clogs and from adults, Centuary launched a spe- ing the business. For that, it is very im-
sandals. cial baby mattress collection under the portant to continue to re-invent oneself,
Another trend that is taking over the fashion brand name Beddy by Centuary. Centu- and while doing so, one needs to not
and lifestyle choices is personalization. As What is one motto or rule that you always ary Mattresses has established a strong just learn from the past, but also be
follow in life? presence in the country across 18 States adaptive and avoid the temptation of
consumers become more conscious and confident It is not the strongest of the species that sur- with 4,500+ dealers and 450+ exclusive sinking into a comfort zone. The other
of expressing their individuality, in our Jibbitz shoe vives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that brand stores. It has multiple manufac- important virtue is empathy – as a parent
charms, we have the most seamless personalization tool. is most adaptable to change. Learning is a life- turing plants located in Hyderabad and and leader, I have come to realise its im-
long endeavour, having a learner’s mindset is Bhubaneshwar, company-operated sales portance. I try to live by these virtues
— SUMIT DHINGRA key to success. depots in Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, both in my personal and professional life.

Ah well, it’s wellness time!

Gaurav Jain named India
Agencies are changing their narrative internally, but need key business partners’ support to succeed chief of Reckitt Benckiser
PINION the intent and seemingly adopting this much- that always put their people at the centre of what terday and be the kind of client that no one can Rcompany
eckitt Benckiser has elevated
Gaurav Jain to overall chief of the
needed practice in their repertoire. But why does they do. While we hear some awful tales of cer- cherish. Instead, clients need to believe in collab- in the country, four years
it always have to be a calamity to bring about the tain agencies putting the lives of their employees oration, be respectful and in return get the best of after it had split the business into healthcare and
humane and decent side of agency leadership? at stake, there are also fantastic initiatives taken work and respect from their agencies (plenty hygiene revenue streams. Jain, so far, had been in-
By SHAVON BARUA As far as one can recall, working with impossible up by agencies for the health and wellness of such clients already exist). Agencies are chang- charge of the India health business.
timelines, burning the midnight oil, graveyard their workforce. The latter are the agencies of ing their narrative internally. They will only suc-

y the time this article is out, a whole bunch shifts and essentially thriving in chaos has been the future. ceed if their key business partners support them. Google’s Sanjay Gupta is
of adlanders would be all nostalgic, their the ‘culture’ of the world of advertising. Often,
memories of the time spent at the French one used to wonder how other industries could WHAT IS WELLNESS? LAUGH, CRY, WRITE, SING
new chairman of IAMAI
Riviera, soaking up sunshine, rosé and the
world’s best advertising work and craft making
work effectively and efficiently
within the office timings, and
Wellness is not just a programme to
be implemented; it is a cultural shift
Lessons are learnt from the dark hours. The pan-
demic has made people rethink and re-evaluate G oogle India Vice President and
MD, Sanjay Gupta, has been
elected as chairman of the industry
them sigh and remember how they defined the was it an advertising industry is- that is the need of the hour. Work things that are important. Well-being is one of
ultimate happiness of being in advertising. But sue alone? But one neither chal- has now become intrusive – it has them. It is important to show appreciation, cele- body Internet and Mobile Association of India
all that has changed. Now, even the top ad show lenged nor questioned the way of come home and comfortably settled brate milestones and set goals to motivate and en- (IAMAI) for the period 2021-23. Facebook India
has got locked on the screen, and the couch at working. When it came to new itself in that little place of escape courage employees. Like it is said, tell people you Vice President and MD, Ajit Mohan, is now Vice
home has replaced the deckchair, never mind the business or pitches, all hell that people had. Not everyone is able love them while they are around. Chairman of the association.
rosé. Earlier, along with the stress and insane broke loose. Giving up on personal time was a to cope with this deft take-over of personal place, Go on, take that break, cook that dish, nurture
schedules, there were the award shows, both lo- given. Snatching a few hours of sleep was compounded with the raging pandemic and the that garden, call the retired boss who taught you Cannes Lions 2021: India
cal and global, that really added to the happiness deemed a privilege and working round the clock insecurities about losing lives and livelihoods PowerPoint, catch up with an old friend, make a wraps up with 22 metals
quotient, and to mental and emotional well-be- and living on endless coffee and greasy meals the that come with it. So, wellness is critical. Switch- few new ones… Laugh, cry, write, sing. Live a lit- ndia won a total of 22 Lions at the
ing. Well-being, of course, is one of the major order of the day. Showing any resistance got folks ing off is not a luxury, but a need. Agencies are tle or a lot. Keep working hard, keep enjoying Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
things that has been hit in recent times. All that labelled as non-ambitious or shirkers or often, actually encouraging people to speak, reach out, work, dream of travel and how fabulous it will be held virtually from June 21-June 25, 2021.
remains is stress, leading the agency bigwigs to not good enough. take time off… they are declaring holidays just to be back with work mates. Do it all or do some India’s tally comprises two Gold Lions, nine Silver
rethink. The recent calamity has compelled every leader like that. Finally, leaders are realizing that they of it. But do stay well. Because wellness is all Lions, and 11 Bronze Lions, with FCB (8 metals) and
in the business to look at their leadership style. must be compassionate to be competent. this. Wellness is worthwhile. Dentsu Webchutney (7 metals) leading the charts.
FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH Autocratic leaders are a thing of the past. Inclu- Behavioral change will also need to come from And along with being well, dream of the India’s two Gold Lions came for the campaigns ‘The
Corporate chatter these days is all about how sive and collaborative leaders are paving the way the agencies’ clients. It is time for them to show Riviera and rosé again! Punishing Signal’ for the Mumbai Police by FCB
global corporations are focusing on the mental for the new agency ecosystem. The best places to empathy. It is not cool to continuously throw un- Interface, Mumbai in the Health & Wellness
well-being of their employees. Not to be left be- work do attract the best talent. Good leaders get necessary challenges at the agency, organize (The author is an independent brand curator, category and ‘Project Free Period’ for Stayfree by
hind, Indian adlanders are genuinely showing the best people. Good companies are the ones pitches and shop for ideas, want everything yes- coach and consultant) DDB Mudra in the Creative Strategy category.

Knowledge partner
REGD. NO. INDORE MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 RNI NO. 38281/83

I believe every human

has a finite number of
heartbeats. I don't intend
to waste any of mine


P rime Minister
Narendra Modi
today encouraged
ting vaccinated,
one can protect
themselves against
people to overcome the deadly disease,
vaccine hesitancy, he said. "Those
underlining that who are spreading
even his nonage- rumours on vac-
narian mother has cines, let them be.
taken anti-Covid
shots as he urged
We all will do our
work and ensure
1 crore vax a day
people not to be-
lieve in rumours
relating to the vaccine. "I not believe any rumours re-
people around us
get vaccinated," he
said while speaking to a
N K Arora, chairman, Covid working group,
has said the country will aim at adminis-
tering 1 crore vaccine doses every day over the
urge you all - trust science. lating to vaccines. Let us nev- group of people from a vil- next six to eight months. While speaking to
Trust our scientists. So many er believe in rumours relat- lage in Madhya Pradesh. The ANI, Dr NK Arora said: "ICMR has come up
people have taken the vac- ing to the vaccine," PM Modi villagers from Betul district with a study, which says 3rd wave is likely to
cine. I have taken both doses. said as he addressed the na- had told PM Modi about vac- come late. We have a window period of 6-8
My mother is almost hun- tion on the 78th edition of cine hesitancy among people months to immunise everybody in country. In
dred years old, she has taken his monthly radio address, following rumours about coming days, our target is to administer 1 crore
both vaccines too. Please do "Mann Ki Baat". Only by get- vaccine. doses every day.''

Single-dose Sputnik Mahakaal Temple reopens today

T he first batch of the single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine will soon be ad-
ministered to civilians in Russia, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko
said. About 2.5 million doses of the
T he famous Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh will re-
open to devotees on Monday after a gap of 80 days, a member of its man-
agement committee said.
vaccine will be ready for use by the The temple was shut to the
end of this month.He said that the public on April 9 this year
jab will be administered to those following a rise in daily
who have contracted Covid-19, as Covid-19 cases in the state.
well as those who have received two It had to be closed for the
doses of vaccines six months ago or second time during the
more to boost their immunity. Russ- pandemic that broke out
ian authorities are encouraging the last year, he said. It will re-
public to get re-vaccinated. open tomorrow at 6 am.

ASI Tukaram
took bullets in A new species of spider, Icius Tukarami, has been
named after assistant sub-inspector Tukaram
ASI Tukaram Omble AC, who captured the main terrorist.
The assistant sub-inspector stood in front of Kasab and
his chest Omble, the hero of 26/11, who was responsible for the cap- took multiple bullets at point-blank range to safeguard the
ture of terrorist Ajmal Kasab. The coinage 'I- other police officers present at the spot.
Spider cius Tukarami' first copped up in a paper pub- Tukaram Omble was awarded India's high-

species lished by a team of researchers which dwellt on

"two new species of the genera Phintella and
est peacetime gallantry award Ashoka
Chakra for his bravery. In his memoir, for-
named after Icius from Maharashtra". The research puts it mer Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh
in perspective: The specific epithet is dedicated Maria wrote that Omble's action was key to
26/11 hero to a hero of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, foiling of Lashkar-e-Taiba's plans.
� ������ INDORE | MONDAY | JUNE 28, 2021


����������� 'Lifestyle diseases key challenge'

������������� T
he Covid pandemic which are non-communica-
has paved the way ble diseases (NCDs). "Many
for learning many young people died in the
lessons with regard to the second and first wave of

O nce upon a time, there

lived two pigeons. They
were husband and wife. One
man is shivering and hun-
gry. He needs your help."
Hearing this, the wife flew
country's health situation
and preparedness in gener-
al as well as highlighted
the pandemic, but their
conditions were not detect-
ed. Causalities among the
evening, as the wife was around getting dry twigs. the need to redesign welfare systems, young has caught us without any clue,"
waiting for her husband, she She made a fire Noble laureate and renowned economist the economist said, terming awareness
saw a bird-catcher coming for the bird- Abhijit Banerjee said on Sunday. While about NCDs a key challenge. Banerjee
towards her. In a cage he had catcher. Then addressing a webinar organised by the also said that the welfare system of the
a pigeon. It was her husband. she looked at National Institute for Implementation country has not been designed for a pan-
"I wish I can help my hus- the bird-catcher Research on Non-Communicable Dis- demic and stressed on the need for re-
band," she said. Soon, it and said, "You eases, Banerjee focused on the econom- designing the welfare mechanism to
stopped raining. "Brrr! are our guest, ic aspect of the country's health situa- deal with such situations in the future.
It is so cold," said the since I have no tion, welfare and healthcare systems. The noble laureate also highlighted the
bird-catcher. His food to offer, I He said that India has a large popula- issue of over-prescribing of medicines
clothes were wet. will jump into tion afflicted with lifestyle diseases, for very normal ailments.
He decided to sit this fire. In few
same tree
the minutes you can
eat me." The
US 'no' to fireworks Cars on sports tracks
where the
two pi-
geons lived.
by the hospitality of the pi- A mericans aching for normality as
pandemic restrictions end are look-
N ationalist Congress Party (NCP)
chief Sharad Pawar and Maha-
rashtra sports minister Sunil Chattra-
The poor wife sat by her hus- geon couple, stopped the wife ing forward to traditional Fourth of pal were slammed on Sunday for park-
band's cage. The husband from jumping into the fire July fireworks. But with a historic ing their vehicles on the sports track of
said. "Do not feel sad, dear. and opened the cage and set drought in the U.S. West and fears of an-
We now have a guest. This the husband free. other devastating wildfire season, offi-
cials are canceling displays, passing

'Netaji's cap is safe' bans on setting off fireworks or begging

for caution. Fireworks already have

N etaji Subhas Chandra Bose's cap has been given to Victoria

Memorial in Kolkata for an exhibition, said Union Culture
Minister Prahlad Patel on Sunday after the freedom fighter's
caused a few small wildfires, including
one started by a child in northern Utah.

grandnephew claimed the artifact has

been "transferred to another place it
was not meant to be at". Chandra Ku-
mar Bose said the cap was handed Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. "As
over to Prime Minister Narendra it is we are lacking in sufficient sports
Modi during the inauguration of a museum dedicated to Netaji at facilities. All the sports centres need
Red Fort in Delhi. Patel in a tweet said, "Netaji Subhas Chandra proper care," said Union Sports Minis-
Bose's cap and his sword are completely safe." ter Kiren Rijiju.

US musician to fly after 12 yrs England defeat India

A merican musician Travis
Barker recently signalled that
he is ready to get back on a plane
E ngland Women de-
feated India Women
by eight wickets in the
after surviving the deadly 2008 first ODI to take a 1-0
crash that killed four people and lead in the three-match
injured his friend DJ AM. Recent- series at Bristol on Sun-
ly, on Friday, June 25, Travis ran- day. Put in to bat, India
domly tweeted, "I might fly again," Women scored 201 for
adding a plane emoji. The rocker eight. Skipper Mithali
has not flown since the crash. He Raj top-scored with a
takes buses to get to concerts in 108-ball 72-run knock while Punam Raut made 32. For England Women, So-
North America and has travelled phie Ecclestone (3/40) was the pick of the bowlers, while Anya Shrubsole
on cruise ships a few times. (2/33) and Katherine Brunt (2/35) shared four wickets between them.
INDORE | MONDAY | JUNE 28, 2021 ������ �
Pune continues
with curbs
T he water levels of important rivers in Bihar's See-
manchal region are on the rise due to continuous
rain for past one week. The

A ll malls and audito-

riums will remain
closed beginning June 28
water level of Mahananda,
Kankani, and Parman rivers
are flowing above the danger
in Pune in Maharashtra level at various places like
����������������������������������������������� with the municipal cor- Purnea and Araria districts.
poration imposing fresh Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department of Bihar has

��������������������������� restrictions under the

level-3 category. As per
the order issued by the
alerted people to stay indoors in concrete houses during
the rain as heavy rainfall with thunderstorms and light-
ning is expected in next 24 hours in various districts.

P resident Ram
Kovind on Sunday said
Nath pad near his village, Kovind
bowed and touched the soil to
Pune civic body on Sat-
urday, shops under the
he had never imagined that
an ordinary village boy like
pay obeisance to the land of
his birth. This is the first
non-essential category
will operate from Mon-
Windows 11 can sideload apps
him would have the honour
of occupying the highest post
in the country, and thanked
time the president is visiting
his village after taking over
his present assignment.
day to Friday till 4 pm.
M icrosoft's Windows
11 may not be limit-
ed to the Amazon App
Amazon App Store. When
Microsoft announced An-
droid app support in Win-
the people of his birth place
for this. He was addressing a
"Wherever I have reached to-
day, the credit goes to the soil
Twitter Store to in-
stall An-
dows 11, it
came with
gathering at the Paraunkh of this village, this region, grievance droid apps the caveat

officer quits
village, which is his birth- and to your love and bless- as it will be that apps
place, in Kanpur Dehat dis- ings," he said. He said the possible to would be
trict of Uttar Pradesh. The
Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted
that in a rare emotional ges-
scent of soil of the village
and the memories of its resi-
dents always remain etched
T witter's interim resi-
dent grievance offi-
cer for India has stepped
sideload An-
droid apps.
The users won't be limited
from the
Microsoft Store via the
ture, after landing at the heli- in his heart. down, leaving the micro- to the Android apps on the Amazon App Store.
blogging site without a
grievance official as

'Shooting for July' mandated by the new IT NO VAX TO ALLOCATE: WHO

E lon Musk-run SpaceX is "shooting for July" for

the first orbital launch of the company's Starship
rules to address com-
plaints from Indian sub-
scribers, according to a
T he head of the World Health Organization lamented
the lack of coronavirus vaccines being immediately
donated by rich countries to the
vehicle despite lacking the regulatory approvals source. The source said developing world. WHO director-
needed for such a launch, that Dharmendra general Tedros Adhanom Ghe-
media reports said. Chatur, who was recent- breyesus said Friday that there
SpaceX President Gwynne ly appointed as interim was nothing to discuss during a
Shotwell said the compa- resident grievance offi- recent meeting of an advisory
ny was pressing ahead cer for India by Twitter, group established to allocate vac-
with plans for an orbital has quit from the post. cines.In his words: "There are no
flight involving the Super The social media compa- vaccines to allocate." Tedros says concerns being raised
Heavy booster and Starship upper stage from the ny's website no longer by some donors that African countries don't have the in-
company's Boca Chica (Texas) test site. displays his name. frastructure to deliver vaccines are inconsequential.

Farmers dump mangoes

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mangoes on roads for over a week due to steep fall in
demand and crash
in their prices,
T okyo's governor, who has taken time
off since last week due to severe fa-
tigue, needs to rest several more days this
T he capability of drones to evade radar,
wreak devastation at strategic instal-
lations and transport weapons to terror-
traders said on week even as experts warn a resurgence of ists has been a continuous concern for the
Sunday. "As demand the infections country's security establishment, and in a
for some variety of less than a maiden incident,
mangoes like month before these unmanned
Thothapuri and the capital city vehicles were
Banganapalli fell hosts the used to strike an
drastically due to Olympics. Gov- IAF base in Jam-
the extended lock- ernor Yuriko Koike has been deeply in- mu on Sunday. Pakistan-based terrorists
down, the growers have been forced to dump their volved with preparations for the Olympics used drones to drop two bombs at the In-
unsold stocks, as the fruit was ripening faster in sum- and Paralympics as well as leading the dian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu's
mer heat," grower-cum-trader G.B. Suraj said. capital's coronavirus response. Satwari area leading to minor damage.
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s a result of defeating Austria in the on-
going Euro 2020, Italy on Saturday set a
new national record, extending their unbeat-
merican tennis star Serena Williams has
decided to skip the upcoming Tokyo
Olympics. "Yeah, I'm actually not on the
A fter clinching a gold medal in the
Archery World Cup Stage three, India's
Abhishek Verma
en run to 31 games. Olympic list, so... said that he is
Extra-time goals saw Not that I'm glad to make the
Italy triumph over aware of. If so, country proud.
Austria in the round then I shouldn't Abhishek
of 16 match of the be on it," Sky clinched his sec-
ongoing Euro Cup Sports quoted ond individual
2020 at London. Af- Williams in a me- World Cup gold
ter the win against dia interaction ahead of the Wimbledon. in the Archery
Austria, Italy broke a record that has stood "There's a lot of reasons that I made my World Cup Stage
for 82 years. Vittorio Pozzo was the coach of Olympic decision. I don't really want to - I three in Paris on Saturday. Abhishek emerged
Italy when the side went four years without don't feel like going into them today. Maybe victorious after beating USA's Kris Schaff in
defeat between October 1935 and July 1939. another day. Sorry," Serena added a shoot-off to win the gold medal.

Gangubai… wrap up 'Cinnamon gurl'

A lia Bhatt has finally completed shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
much-anticipated film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'. Taking to her In-
stagram handle, Alia shared a string of pictures from the sets of 'Gan-
B ollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor shared a picture on social media and tagged
herself as "cinnamon gurl". Janhvi posted the picture on Instagram on Sun-
day. In the image, Janhvi is
gubai Kathiawadi' and announced the wrap-up by penning an endearing dressed in a white bathrobe. A
note in the caption. "We started shoot- person in the background can
ing Gangubai on the 8th of December be seen doing her hair, while
2019 .. and we wrapped the film now 2 she poses for the camera. "Cin-
years later! This film has been through namon gurl," Janhvi captioned
two lockdowns.. two cyclones.. director the image. Meanwhile, Janhvi
and actor getting covid during the is gearing up for the release of
making!!! " Alia wrote her film "Dostana 2".

Happy b'day, Pancham Da

B ollywood celebrities -- actors, musicians and filmmakers took
to social media on Sunday to remember legendary music com-
poser Rahul Dev Burman aka R D Burman on his birth anniver-
sary. Taking to Twitter, playback legend Lata Mangeshkar wrote in
Hindi, "R D Burman ko kaun nahi jaanta. Wo janam se rajputra tha
aur sangeet ka wo raja tha." Poet-lyricist-screenwriter Javed
Akhtar wrote, "Time is always kind to genuinely great people."
Singer Shilpa Rao tweeted, "Happy Birthday Pancham Da"

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