FRIDAY COURT ALLOWS ASI SURVEY AT KASHI GYANVAPI MOSQUE APRIL, 2021 A local court on Thursday directed the ASI to form a five-member panel, including two minority representatives, for the study 09 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN THE NEWS T O D AY TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PANEL EC notice to Adhikari 3 militants killed Srinagar: Three unidentified militants were killed and a security personnel was wounded in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian town on Thursday, police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Baba Mohalla following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. Militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated. A security personnel sustained injuries in the initial firing, the official said. Three militants were killed in retaliatory firing by the forces, he said, adding that the identity and group affiliation of the militants were being ascertained. tering in a slugfest over availability of vaccines, Modi said he DISAPPROVING political didn’t want to get into vaccine blame game over vaccine avail- politics. “Last year we succeedability and rejecting rumours ed in coming off from the peak of lockdown, Prime Minister of the Covid-19 cases without Narendra Modi urged chief vaccines by banking on proacministers on Thursday to focus tive testing and treatment of on testing, tracking and treat- the patients, besides larger peoing, besides suggesting micro- ple’s participation in following containment zones as the strat- the protocol of wearing masks egy to deal with rising Covid-19 and personal hygiene. Now, cases. Amid widespread ru- some of the states seem to have mours of a fresh lockdown, forgotten testing as a means of Modi said states should work containing the pandemic,” the on local micro-containment prime minister observed. zones instead and proactively Modi called for political unitest all asymptomatic cases. ty in tackling the pandemic by “Lockdown as a strategy suggesting that Governors in worked last year when enough states can call all-party meetfacilities and ings to arrive at acNATIONAL SCENE means to contain tionable agendas to C o v i d - 1 9 c a s e s ■ Fresh cases ■ Recoveries work on. He also weren’t available. ■ Deaths urged states to host Now, we have much a Tika Utsav (vacbetter health infracine festival) durstructure, including April 11-14 to ing testing labs, coincide with the and also the vacbirth anniversaries cines along with of Jyotiba Phule experiences,” he and Bhim Rao said and advised Ambedkar. that the night curP u n j ab C h i e f fews be called “CoMinister Amarindrona curfews” for er Singh sought better awareness flexibility in the of the people to folvaccine protocol, low protocols. saying people beIn the backdrop low the age of 45 of the Maharashwith kidney and tra gover nment l ive r d i s e a s e s April 7 April 8 and the Centre enshould get the jab. PAGES 12 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHORTAGE of Covid-19 vaccines has forced 60 vaccination centres across Maharashtra to shut — 27 in Mumbai alone. Satara, Sangali, Gondia and Panvel stopped vaccination on Thursday. The state had received 1.4 crore doses, of which 9 lakh are left. The Centre has announced 7.5 lakh more. In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, people were reportedly turned away by hospitals, citing unavailability of vaccines. pre-incursion situation along the LAC. His Indian counterpart Arindam Bagchi said InA day ahead of the 11th round dia would like disengagement of Sino-Indian Corps Com- in remaining areas of friction. mander-level talks, “This will provide us there was quiet optithe atmosphere of immism on the Indian proving bilateral ties,” side of some movement he said. forward on further disThe last round of engagement at friction talks was held on Febpoints along the Line ruary 19 at Moldo on o f A c t u a l C o n t ro l the Chinese side of the ROUND 11 (LAC) in Ladakh. LAC, immediately after A senior Army officfull disengagement Indian Army’s er said, “We are hopefrom all friction points 14 Corps ful of some positive at Pangong Tso. Both Commander Lt outcome. The talks will Gen P G K Menon sides had pulled back b e g i n at 1 0 . 3 0 a m their heavy artillary is scheduled to tomorrow.” meet his Chinese and troops on both the In Bejing, Chinese counterpart Major north and south banks F o r e i g n M i n i s t r y General Lin Liu on of the Pangong lake in spokesperson Zhao Li- Friday in Chushul, a phased, coordinated which is on the jian refused to be drawn and verified manner a Indian side of into committing that few weeks ago. the LAC India’s demand of reThe stand-off, howstoring status quo as of ever, continues at DepApril 2020 would be on the talks sang, Gogra, Hot Spring, and in table. “That is something for the Charding Ninglung Nallah the two sides to discuss,” he track junction in the Demchok said. April 2020 refers to the sector. Deep Sidhu, arrested in connection with the Red Fort violence on Republic Day, told a Delhi court that he did not instigate anyone to cause violence and was only exercising his ‘fundamental right’ to protest | P5 685 Odisha also reported acute shortage of doses. On Thursday alone, 670 vaccination centres downed shutters due to the scarcity. On Wednesday, 692 centres were closed. The situation is fairly better in southern states except in Andhra where the vaccine stock will last only for the next two days. Other southern states have stock for over 10 days. There are over 4,000 vaccinations centres in Maharashtra. “We are speedily running out of stock. Because of rising cas- May 30 NO OF VENUES 6 Ahmedabad Chennai Kolkata Delhi Bengaluru Mumbai April 7 7,437 5,506 Recovery 3,687 3,363 Active cases 23,181 19,455 24 20 4,226 3,708 Tests 91,770 90,201 Positivity rate 8.10 % 6.10 % INDIA TOPS GLOBAL DAILY SHOTS TABLE India topped globally in terms of the number of jabs administered daily, with an average of 34,30,502 doses per day, the health ministry announced. Cumulatively, 9,01,98,673 vaccine doses have been given so far. These include 89,68,151 healthcare workers and 97,67,538 frontline workers who have taken the first dose and 54,18,084 HCWs and 44,11,609 FLWs who have taken the second dose. Besides, 3,63,32,851 and 11,39,291 beneficiaries above 60 have been inoculated Night curfew imposed in Noida and Ghaziabad (Top) A Mumbai vaccination centre shows it has run out of stock; Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes his second vaccine jab at AIIMS on Thursday| PTI/PMO es, people who were earlier reluctant are now rushing to take jabs,” said state health minister Rajesh Tope. “Maharashtra is the No 1 state in vaccinations; still adequate vaccines are not made available to us.” In Mumbai, 27 out of 76 vaccination centres were closed down on Thursday “If the Cen. tre did not provide the vaccines on time, the remaining will also be closed... We had no option but to shut down the centres,” said Mayor Kishori Pednekar. Ghaziabad headed into With Chennai gearing up to host the first match of the 14th edition of IPL today, here’s a look at a few talking points... Final is on April 8 Positive cases Containment zones Mixed feelings: IPL begins TODAY’S MATCH RCB vs MI 7.00 pm | Chepauk DELHI COVID WATCH Deaths Vaccine shortage grips several states as cases rise M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME’ M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi April ’20 status quo on LAC talks table? R-DAY ‘WAS AT WRONG J8.00 1,26,789 New Delhi/Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned the mother of former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for questioning in a money laundering case, officials said on Thursday. Gulshan Nazir, in her seventies, has been asked to appear before the central probe agency at its office in Srinagar on April 15. Mufti, 61, also the president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was questioned in this case on March 25 in Srinagar. These funds are alleged to have been diverted during the tenure of Mufti as the CM of the erstwhile state. 59,258 ED calls Mufti’s mom NEW DELHI PM Modi tells states micro-containment zones and testing need of the hour, raps politics over inoculation drive 630 Mumbai: Former police officer Pradeep Sharma on Thursday appeared before the NIA for the second day in connection with the case of an explosivesladen SUV found near industrialist’s Mukesh Ambani residence and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran. The NIA had summoned the “encounter specialist” to record his statement. He was questioned for more than nine hours, said an official. No to lockdown, nod for vaccine festival 1,15,736 NIA quizzes ex-cop A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS 59,856 New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday issued a notice to Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP candidate from Nandigram in West Bengal, for alleged communal overtones in his speech made last month. He has been asked to respond to the notice within 24 hours. The notice said the poll panel received a complaint which alleged that on March 29 Adhikari delivered a “hate speech” while addressing a public meeting. THE AGE OF THE ANCIENT TEMPLE BUILT BY KING VIKRAMADITYA, AS PER PETITIONERS The prime focus of the committee would be to find whether there is a “superimposition, alteration or addition or structural overlapping with/over any other religious structure” at the site. The order was passed on a plea, claiming the mosque stands at the site of an ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which was razed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1664 | P7 UNLIKE ANY OTHER SEASON Hosting a two-month tournament where there is going to be frequent travelling amid a pandemic will challenge every administration. BCCI pulled it off in UAE. Can they repeat it? LACKING BUZZ The IPL in India is akin to a festival. But that usual atmosphere is lacking. In 2020, the IPL acted as the great distraction. In 2021, it’s second in six months, can it have the same effect? ONFIELD MATTERS For players, though, this tournament is perhaps the most important one of the year. Impress selectors and they could be in with a shout of representing their countries at the T20 World Cup in the same P11 cities in six months Thursday’s vaccination drive with just 12,000 doses with a target of 10,000 inoculations. Neighbouring Noida is also facing a similar supply crunch. Rajasthan is left with only three days’ reserves, unless the current stock is replenished, according to the state health department. For a seven-day buffer, Rajasthan now needs around 40 lakh vaccine doses. Odisha has only 1 lakh doses of Covaxin and 2.5 lakh doses of Covishield in hand. CONTINUED ON P7 E-pass applicants mostly rejected Delhi authorities received over 1.19 lakh applications for e-passes for movement during night curfew and nearly 86,909 of them have been rejected. Of the 1,19,369 applications, only 12,068 were approved. Most were rejected either because the applicants did not fall in exempted categories or due to wrong entries. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TAKING note of the rapid rise in infections, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday imposed night curfew in eight districts, including Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region. The restrictions will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am till April 17. Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Bareilly and Meerut are the other districts where night curfew came into force. Movement of essential goods and commodities and persons engaged in medical and other essential services will be exempted. All central and state government officials will also remain exempted, and so will be pregnant women and others in need of medical help as well as print and electronic media employees. Travellers going to the airport, railway stations and bus stands will be allowed movement during the night upon producing valid travel tickets, the orders stated. While all examinations, including practicals, will be allowed as per schedule, government and private educational institutes — barring medical, paramedical and nursing colleges — and coaching centres cannot hold physical classes. Maoists unconditionally set free CRPF commando, local scribes play their part Know the mediators SANA SHAKIL/EJAZ KAISER @New Delhi/Raipur WHEN an abducted CRPF commando walked free after five days in Maoist captivity on Thursday, his release was as much due to the intervention of mediators as to the crucial role played by local journalists in the conflict zone of Bastar. The CoBRA commando, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, reached the paramilitary’s Tarrem camp riding pillion on the bike of a journalist, who with his six colleagues had reached the site of a jan adaalat in the Maoist stronghold of Pamed. Sources said that Manhas was released around 4:30 pm in the presence of social workers Dharampal Saini and Gondwana Samaj chief Gelam Boraiya, and hundreds of villagers. Of CRPF personnel Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was released on Thursday the 11 people who had gone to secure Manhas’ release, seven were local journalists. This is not the first time that journalists have successfully negotiated the safe return of security personnel. In May last year, Maoists abducted police constable Santosh Kattam of Bijapur and held him hostage for nearly a week before local jour- Besides Dharampal Saini, who is head of social organisation Mata Rukmani Sewa Sansthan, the other mediators included the president of Gondwana Samanvaya Samiti Gelam Boraiya, retired teacher Rudra Kare and Bijapur’s Murtunda woman sarpanch Sukhmati Hakka. All four have good social standing in Bastar nalists convinced them to hand him over. The role of Bastar’s journalists in the safe return of the CRPF personnel was acknowledged by IG (Bastar Range) P Sunder raj, who thanked Ganesh Mishra, Mukesh Chandrakar, Raja Rathour, Shankar and others for their timely updates. CONTINUED ON P8 Parents of boy born midair struggle to collect birth certificate R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur PARENTS of a boy born on board a Bengaluru-Jaipur IndiGo flight on March 17 are struggling to get his birth certificate. As per rules, a birth certificate has to be issued within 21 days of the birth. The baby was born with the help of flight crew and a doctor who was travelling in the same flight. The midair birth took place at a height of 33,000 feet, sending the passengers and the family of Bhairon Singh, the father of the baby, into impromptu celebrations. Nearly three weeks after the exceptional birth, the baby’s father who is an auto driver in Bangalore, is running from one office to another for the birth certificate. After medical examination of the mother and newborn in Jaipur, Singh took them to their village near Beawar town in Ajmer. A few days later, he started looking for the birth certificate. Singh says officials are confused since the baby was born midair. “I was told tp go to Jaipur airport for the certificate.” After calling up the airport, he got no clear answer. “I first approached the post office in village Surajpura, but an employee directed me to the Jawaja hospital in our area. Later I was told that I should go to Jaipur airport and get a certificate from there,” said Singh. He called up the authorities at Jaipur airport, but got no clear answer. Even though IndiGo inquired about his son’s health, they, too, couldn’t offer any concrete help in getting the birth certificate. When this newspaper spoke to officials at the airport, they said the Jaipur Municipal Corporation has to be contacted. Before that, the parents would need to file an application to the airport authority, who would then send a letter to the Jaipur Municipal Corporation about the child’s birth.
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