WEDNESDAY INDIA HAS NOT LOST AN INCH OF LAND: GEN NARAVANE 31 Disengagement began on February 10 and since then it has been going on according to plan, asserts the Army chief MARCH, 2021 China, India have agreed for a phased disengagement from friction areas and there is relative peace in the LAC, he said epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard From north and south bank of Pangong Tso and Kailash Range, people went back to nearest permanent locations, he told a news agency EXIGENCY MORE BEDS FOR COVID PATIENTS Delhi CM says there’s nothing to worry, but protocols must be followed A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 4 PRECAUTION RT-PCR -ve report must for entry to Uttarakhand NEW DELHI 94,372 1,00,000 90,000 J8.00 PAGES 12 Both sides have withdrawn troops from north & south banks of Pangong lake RISE IN DAILY CASES CONTINUES 67,151 NEW CASES 7 DAY MOVING AVERAGE (NEW CASES) 80,000 61,537 70,000 The standoff began last year when PLA intruded into India’s side of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh area “We have not lost out on any territory, we are where we were before this whole thing started… Not an inch of land has been lost,” he added 56,211 55,722 60,000 20,903 50,000 24,337 40,000 V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun 30,000 12,899 20,000 10,000 0 3 Jul 12 Jul 21 Jul 8 Aug 17 Aug 26 Aug 4 Sep 13 Sep 22 Sep 1 Oct 10 Oct 19 Oct 28 Oct 6 Nov 15 Nov 24 Nov 3 Dec 12 Dec 21 Dec 30 Dec 8 Jan 17 Jan 26 Jan 4 Feb 13 Feb 22 Feb 3 Mar 12 Mar 21 Mar 30 Mar PUNE 59,475 MUMBAI 46,248 NAGPUR 45,322 THANE 35,264 NASHIK 26,553 AURANGABAD 21,282 BENGALURU URBAN 16,259 NANDED 15,171 @ New Delhi PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan has responded to Narendra Modi’s Pakistan Day letter stressing that all outstanding issues between the two countries, including the Kashmir dispute, be solved through dialogue. “People of Pakistan desire peaceful, cooperative relations with all neighbours including India. We are convinced that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, in particular the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Khan wrote in a letter dated March 29. Modi in his letter on March 22 had said India desires cordial relations with the people of Pakistan. “For this, an environment of trust, devoid of DISTRICTS (ACTIVE CASES) Covid guidelines go for a toss at Holi celebrations in Mathura| PTI 2.04% DELHI 10,28,870 2,17,711 1,92,160 1,78,059 5,34,458 7,40,825 6,50,477 FOCUS STATES WITH TESTS DONE IN LAST WEEK & THEIR POSITIVITY RATE 2.22% 2.45% 2.50% 7.82% 8.24% 8.82% 23.44% KARNATAKA MADHYA PRADESH PUNJAB GUJARAT TAMIL NADU CHHATTISGARH MAHARASHTRA Imran welcomes Modi’s idea of having dialogue E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E TOP 10 DELHI 8,032 AHMEDNAGAR 7,952 5,27,031 THE Uttarakhand government on Tuesday made it mandatory to carry an RT-PCR negative Covid-19 report for people travelling to the state from areas reporting a high case load. The advisory was released on Tuesday and will be effective from April 1. “People travelling from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, MP, TN, Gujarat, Haryana, UP Delhi and Rajasthan by , road, air and train to Uttarakhand are advised to carry a negative RT-PCR test report (the test done 72 hours prior to arrival in the state),” it said. The advisory added that people coming from outside as well as those living in Uttarakhand “shall strictly adhere to the norms of safety and social distancing as per the guidelines.” It warned violators would be liable to be proceeded under the Disaster Management Act, Epidemics Act and IPC sections. The advisory also said that people above 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 are advised to travel only in unavoidable circumstances. The district administration shall make arrangements for random Covid-19 testing/checking at airport, railway stations and border check posts. If any inbound person is found positive, the prevailing SOPs will be followed for further care. CM Tirath Singh Rawat on Tuesday instructed senior government officials to check the negative RT-PCR test certificates of those coming from states with a high case load. terror and hostility is imperative,” he had said. The letter was seen as a peace gesture to Pakistan. However, officials played it down saying it was a routine practice for New Delhi to send a letter to Islamabad on the occasion of Pakistan Day . Khan, in his letter, also stressed that the creation of an enabling environment is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue. Relations between India and Pakistan seem to be on the upswing since the joint statement issued by the DGMOs in February reiterating their commitment to strictly enforce the 2003 ceasefire. Many statements have emerged from Pakistan’s top political and military leadership since Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa urged India to bury the past and move forward. Covid situation going from bad to worse, health ministry tells states Instruction issued to ensure strict imposition of protocol, 100% vaccination for all above 45 S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Centre on Tuesday warned that the Covid-19 situation in India is getting from bad to worse and asked districts with high caseloads to ensure 100% vaccination of all above 45 within the next two weeks. The warning came as the country recorded over 4 lakh new cases over the past one week, registering nearly 58,000 daily cases on an average and a growth rate of nearly 7% active cases. On Sunday, over 68,000 new cases were reported — the most in a day since October and about half of them were from Maharashtra. “We are facing an increasingly severe and intensive situation in some districts but the whole country is STATUS OF VARIANT VIRUS 11,064 CHIEF Justice of India SA Bobde has written to the Centre seeking its stand on the matter of elevation of a senior advocate, who identifies himself as a gay to the Delhi High , Court as a judge. In his letter to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, sources said, the CJI mentioned that if the government does not decide about Saurabh Kirpal’s appointment within four weeks, the Supreme Court collegium will make its decision. Kirpal’s name was recommended by the Delhi High Court collegium in October 2017, but the Supreme Court thrice deferred its deliberations. It is not the first time the CJI has raised the issue with Prasad. He highlighted the fact stating that the minister is yet to respond to a previous letter written in Jan- SAMPLES GENOME SEQUENCED 807 haviour. “Some districts that saw a high number of cases in August-November are again seeing a high growth rate,” said the letter. “In addition, a number of new districts that saw a limited prevalence earlier, are worryingly, showing a surge in Covid cases.” The secretary has said where there are clusters of cases, simply quarantining individuals or families will not help and larger containment zones with clear boundaries and controls must be implemented. All districts with high case load and fast growth of cases have been asked to ensure 100% saturation of vaccination of the priority group of 45 and above, in the next two weeks. UK VARIANT FOUND 47 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tiruppur “THE defence corridor that is set to come up in Tamil Nadu will bring many benefits to the state. I will never forget the tank built in Tamil Nadu, which was dedicated to the nation on the northern border,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election gathering on Tuesday. Seeking votes for the candidates in AIADMKBJP alliance, he said the state will also have a ‘Toy cluster’ that will show the way for producing top-quality toys for the world, adding that the Centre has changed the criteria for MSMEs and as much as `14,000 crore were sanctioned for 3.6 lakh MSME units. Modi claimed that around 1.5 lakh people related to MSMEs benefitted through interest subvention scheme, and 1.8 lakh units benefitted through creditguaranteed fund trust scheme. “I appreciate the people of Kongu region. You have created wealth and value for the nation. Though the Kongu people are known for their business sense, they also have remarkable affection and compassion. Last There are 47 districts which have been identified in these two categories and vaccination for all above 45 without any condition begins from April 1. The states have also been asked to focus on mortality reduction by examining indicators such as case fatality rate and its growth, identifying localities and hospitals where deaths are high and doing death analysis to understand the system related issues of why the deaths are happening. The government has also promoted states to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour using Police act or powers under DM act. Districts have been asked to review the number of households per containment zone and cases from such zones. P8 SOUTH AFRICAN VARIANT FOUND ‘BJP STANDS FOR TN DEVELOPMENT’ year, MSME units went out to help others. I am here to assure that my government is committed to help the business units.” As the Prime Minister is known for touching upon Tamil saints and literary figures in his speeches, this time he picked up Andal and Avvaiyar, and said the National Democratic Alliance and he were inspired by their ideals. 01 BRAZILIAN VARIANT FOUND BIG CHANGE IN AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS FROM APRIL 1 3 1 New RBI rules require banks to send a notification to the customer 24 hours before the transaction is slated. The amount will be debited only after the customer gives nod 2 Auto-debit payments for utility bills and subscription-based services will come to a halt 3 Standing instructions on credit or debit cards will get deactivated WHAT WILL BE AFFECTED Mobile and utility bill payments, subscription for online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar etc Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur ahead of the Assembly polls to garner votes for the candidates in the NDA alliance | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM FACE-OFF MAMATA VS SHAH VERBAL BATTLE GETS INTENSE BJP heavyweight says Didi’s defeat will herald end of Trinamool Congress rule, Bengal chief minister hits back, saying BJP goons from other states are harassing her voters in Nandigram | P7 Clear stand on elevation of gay advocate: CJI to govt EX PRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi potentially at risk. All efforts to contain the virus and save lives should be taken,” said V K Paul, member, health at Niti Aayog and chairman of the national Covid-19 task force. With the vaccination window for all above 45 years opening from Thursday, the health ministry said those without pre-registrations (walk-ins or onsite registration) can get vaccines after 3 pm and not in the forenoon session. In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said many districts are seeing clusters of cases because of specific events and places where large gatherings are not following Covid appropriate be- uary 2020, the sources said. In the first letter, Bobde, as per the sources, had asked Prasad to convey the government’s view in light of a communication sent by the RAW, which objected to Kirpal’s elevation. In 2019, the RAW reportedly highlighted the possibility of a “strong scope” for conflict of interests in the future due to Kirpal’s perceived sexual orientation and his association with a foreigner, who is a human rights activist. Some senior judges consulted by previous CJI Ranjan Gogoi had given a clear view that the candidate has to be judged on merit as a lawyer and knowledge of law and not on sexual preference. Since CJI Bobde is scheduled to relinquish charge on April 23, the SC Collegium is likely to meet before it to decide whether or not to recommend Kirpal’s name for judgeship, the sources said. Open to moving top court against NCT Bill, says Rai S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi THE AAP government is open to approaching the Supreme Court for legally challenging the GNCTD Amendment Bill, senior Delhi minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday . All legal remedies are being considered to contest the Bill, the minister added. “Going to Supreme Court is one of the legal options we are exploring. Because if an order of SC has been overturned by Parliament, then it’s an option (to challenge it). But the final decision will be taken after we look at all other legal options,” said the minister. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP leadership are vehemently opposed to the Bill, terming it as “unconstitutional”. The ruling party accuses the BJP of trying to curtail the powers of the elected government by overriding the Supreme Court ruling of 2018. President Ram Nath Kovind had on Sunday granted assent to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which gives greater powers to the Lieutenant Governor over the elected government. The Bill makes it mandatory for the Delhi government to take the opinion of the L-G before any executive action. AAP and L-G Anil Baijal have often clashed over jurisdiction of powers. WHAT WILL NOT BE AFFECTED Standing instructions on bank accounts for recurring payments such as EMIs, payments or mutual funds etc will continue as usual WHY THE NEW RULES To safeguard customers from data leaks, hacking of confidential data and payment frauds For `5,000banksauto-debit a payments above this amount, must send one-time password to customer to authenticate EXPRESS READ President Kovind’s bypass successful New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday underwent a cardiac bypass surgery at the AIIMS here, a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. The surgery was successful and his condition is stable, it said. “The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind underwent cardiac bypass surgery today morning (March 30, 2021) at AIIMS, New Delhi. Surgery was successful.
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