monDAY Lulu mall owner’s chopper belly-lands in kochi marsh 12 NRI bizman Yusuff Ali MA, wife and four others escaped with minor injuries after their copter made emergency landing april, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in minor injuries, All six fliers in hospital facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard The helicopter was scheduled to land on the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies campus ground at Panangad but a sudden deterioration in the weather condition forced the pilots to make a precautionary emergency landing at a swamp near the highway around 9 am, the group later informed. All six injured fliers were admitted to a private hospital SOCIETY PLoTS DDA to hold online auction Bids are for five plots in Rohini and one each in Dwarka & Vishwas Nagar Page 4 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS New Delhi l l J8.00 l PAGES 12 Turnover of the group, which employs most number of indians outside india ‘New policy to create S25-30K cr investment’ Faya z wani @ Srinagar T he new industrial policy for Jammu and Kashmir that was announced in January last would generate an investment of `25,000 to `30,000 crore in the next two years and create as many as five lakh jobs, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha told this newspaper on Sunday . Although a man of few words as he believes in his work doing the talking, the Lt Governor revealed that 25,000 vacant posts in government departments had been advertised and the recruitment process would be transparent. Under a grey sky at Raj Bhawan’s guest lounge that overlooks the famed Dal Lake and the invigorating Tulip garden, Sinha described the `28,400 crore outlay for the new policy as a massive initiative to usher industrial revolution in J&K. Asked about the response of investors, he said, “We are getting good response. In fact, every day we get calls from 4-5 in, vestors exploring possibilities to set up units in J&K.” After the hollowing out of Article 370 and 35A by the Centre on August 5, 2019, the J&K government had planned to hold its first Global Investors Summit in October that year but it could not be held due to various reasons. That did not distract Sinha, who took over as second Lt Governor on August 5 last year, as he quickly picked up the threads to govern the arguably toughest administrative unit in the country . His result-oriented style of functioning appears to be draw- 27L take jab on Tika Utsav Day I Modi urges maximum participation in drive; bar on Remdesivir export till situation eases E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi Migrant workers on train go missing RANCHI: A special train having migrant workers returning from Maharashtra reached Ranchi station with only 30 passengers on Sunday afternoon. Alarmingly, at least 184 passengers were supposed to arrive, but 154 were found missing when the train reached Ranchi. Sources in the railways suspect that these passengers got down from the train to avoid Covid testing when it had halted at Nimiyaghat Station near Gomoh Junction for about 40 minutes. “The train reached at 1:50 pm. The onetime train had 30 passengers on it. All those who arrived were screened properly and allowed to leave only after results,” said Ranchi Division CPRO Neeraj Kumar. Delhi Covid watch April 11 April 10 Positive cases 10,774 7,897 Recovery Active cases Deaths Containment zones Tests Positivity rate 5,158 34,341 48 5,705 1,14,288 9.43% 5,716 28,773 39 5,236 77,374 10.21% About 27 lakh took the jab on the first day of the four-day special Covid Tika Utsav (vaccination fest) that began on Sunday with a pep talk from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Saturday 35.2 lakh benefi, ciaries had taken the shot. Sundays normally have less footfalls (about 16 lakh). “But on the first day of Tika Utsav, more than 27 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 8 pm,” the Union health ministry said. Many workplace vaccination centres, too, are operational and the ones in the private sector functioned on Sunday, the ministry added. Modi sought maximum participation of beneficiaries during the drive. “Anyone eligible for the vaccine should get the jab, and for this the society and administration have to make full efforts,” he said and pitched for “zero vaccine waste”. In a related development, India banned with immediate effect the export of Remdesivir that is administered to treat severe Covid positive cases. All domestic manufacturers of Remdesivir were advised to display details of their stockists and distributors on their website besides ensuring easy access of the drug. “Seven Indian companies are producing Injection Remdesivir under voluntary licensing A woman getting her vaccine at a medical college in Prayagraj | PTI NATIONWIDE Fresh cases April 11 1,52,879 April 10 1,45,384 Recoveries 90,584 77,567 839 794 Deaths Maha lockdown call CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday discussed setting up of oxygen plants, upgrading the number of beds, besides availability of Remdesivir injections in a meeting with the members of Covid task force and set April 14 as deadline to assess the need for lockdown agreement with Gilead Sciences, USA. They have an installed capacity of about 38.80 lakh units per month,” the Union health ministry said. Maharashtra has set up district-level panels for distribution of Remdesivir. In Surat and Ahmadabad, people queued up outside hospitals and medical stores for the drug. There were also reports of panic buyP7 ing and hoarding. Daily cases at new high of 10.7K, CM warns people not to force lockdown E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi As Delhi recorded its highest ever tally of 10,774 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cautioned the people against stepping out of home unless it’s urgent. The gover nment may be forced to reintroduce the lockdown if the surge continues and the health system starts crumbling, he warned. Addressing a digital press briefing, Kejriwal said the fourth wave in Delhi was at peak and more dangerous than ever. He clarified that though the government did not intend to enforce lockdown again, it would have no option if the rapid spike in cases puts a strain on the city’s healthcare facilities. “I am not in favour of lockdown... it is not the solution. It should be imposed by any government only when the hospital infrastructure collapses. (But) Lockdown curtails the pace of Covid spread,” the CM said. If the people continued to support and cooperate and the hospital facilities remained under control, there would be no need for a lockdown. “However, Bus with a marshal to ensure 50 per cent seating on Sunday | pARVEEN NEGI in case the number of beds in hospitals starts falling short, we might have to impose lockdown,” said the CM. From less than 100 infections in February the pandemic has , assumed alarming proportions in the past 10-15 days. However, the CM expressed hope that like the previous three Covid waves, the people of Delhi would follow all protocols and g u i d e l i n e s a n d b e at t h e current wave. Kejriwal requested people to get treatment at government hospitals. “Some people are only going to the private hospitals. These hospitals have lesser number of beds… Good treatment would be provided even in government hospitals. If your app shows beds are available in government hospitals, then please go there,” said the Delhi chief minister, and also urged patients not to occupy hospital beds until the situation is critical. In the wake of the spike in the national capital, the AAP government had announced a series of fresh restrictions late P4 on Saturday evening. ing investors. “We will give capital investment incentives. Those investing in Category A get 30% incentive while those in Category B get 50%,” Sinha said. To ensure that incentives are properly utilised to set up industrial units, “our government will give them incentives only on GST billing,” Sinha added. The GST linked initiative would amount to 300% of the It (the new industrial policy) is the largest incentive and historical industrial package to date. It will give a major boost to J&K’s economy - Manoj Sinha, J&K Lt Governor eligible value of actual investment made in plant and machinery or building construction for 10 years. The J&K gover nment has identified 24,000 kanals of land in different districts to set up industrial estates. It is, however, yet to be decided whether the land would be on lease or would the investors get proprietary rights. Asked to quantify the total investment and the number of jobs the government expects to create, Sinha, a seasoned politician from Uttar Pradesh and a three-time MP said, “Going by , the huge response, we expect an investment of `25,000 to `30,000 crore in different sectors in the next two years. The investment will generate about 5 lakh jobs.” On plans to launch a recruitment drive, he said, “The government has advertised 25,000 vacant posts in different departments so far.” Assuring transparency in recruitment, Sinha said, “We have a comprehensive plan on filling government job vacancies. All recruitments will be done in the most transparent manner.” Mamata mocks EC, Shah criticises selective grief E xpress N ews S ervice EC conditionally allows state to release ex gratia A day after the Election Commission imposed a 72-hour bar on politicians from entering Cooch Behar, where four persons died in CISF firing at a polling booth, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday claimed the unprecedented ban was meant to prevent her from meeting the relatives of the deceased and sharing their grief. While describing the shooting as genocide, Mamata sought to mock the EC’s Model Code of Conduct, saying it was actually Modi Code of Conduct. Mamata’s barbs drew a sharp response from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who blamed her provocative speeches exhorting women to gherao Central forces for the firing. The EC had served a notice on Mamata two days ago for her statement. Leading a rally at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Shah questioned why Mamata was silent on the fifth death. A first-time voter, Ananda Barman, was also shot dead on The EC conditionally permitted the government’s request to release `2 lakh each to the kin of the four deceased. Sources said the EC asserted the issue could not be used in campaigns and it should be handed by officials. @ North Dinajpur & Kolkata Deshmukh’s secy, assistant face grilling in extortion case E xpress N ews S ervice @Mumbai The CBI on Sunday questioned two personal staffers of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with the allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. Deshmukh’s personal assistant Kundan Shinde and personal secretary Sanjeev Palande appeared before the CBI team in connection with its ongoing preliminary inquiry at the DRDO guest house in Santacruz. Former Police Commissioner Singh, in his explosive letter, had claimed that Palande was present when Deshmukh had allegedly asked Sachin Waze to collect `100 crore per month from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Waze in his statement to the NIA had claimed that Shinde was also present during one such conversation. Waze has since been arrested by the NIA in the Antilia bomb scare case. The CBI has so far recorded the statements of Singh, Waze, DCP Raju Bhujbal, ACP Sanjay Patil, advocate Jayshree Patil, a petitioner and hotel owner Mahesh Shetty . Singh had moved the Bombay High Court after he was shunted out as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai. Taking note of the serious allegations leveled by Singh, the court had ordered a preliminary inquiry into the case by CBI on a 15-day deadline. Hours after the April 5 HC order, Deshmukh had resigned from the cabinet. Trinamool carries out statewide protests EC should rename MCC (Model Code of Conduct) as Modi Code of Conduct! BJP can use all its might but nothing in this world can stop me from being with my people Mamata Banerjee, Bengal Chief Minister Saturday morning in the same area. “She has not shed a single teardrop for Barman just because he belonged to Rajbangshi community, which does not favour the TMC. His death does not fit into her appeasement politics.” Responding to Mamata’s demand for his resignation, Shah said she will have to quit on May 2, when the results of the Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Thousands of party workers demostrated across Bengal in protest against the killing of four people in the CISF firing. TMC activists wore black badges and demanded the resignation of Amit Shah, a senior leader said. A s s e m bly e l e ct i o n s w i l l be declared. Earlier, Mamata made video calls to the families of the deceased persons from Jalpaiguri, where she was campaigning. She said the poll panel’s decision to bar the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district was aimed at “suppressing facts” and asserted that she would visit the area by April 14. “We have an incompetent home minister, the Trinamool chief thundered. Reiterating that the forces were not provoked, she tweeted: “This is genocide like Nandigram. This is murder of democracy. Modiji how many people will be killed? Are you trying to capture Bengal by force? Do you think you can turn Bengal into Gujarat?’’ P8 She has not shed a single teardrop for Barman just because he belonged to Rajbangshi community, which does not favour TMC. His death does not fit into her appeasement politics Man ruled foreigner by Tribunal is Indian, rules Gauhati High Court Express News Service @ Guwahati The Gauhati High Court has set aside an order of a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) declaring a person ‘foreigner’, after he had established his linkage with his father and grandfather who resided in India. Haidar Ali had proven that the names of his father Harmuz Ali and grandfather Nadu Miya figured in the voters’ lists of 1965 and 1970. However, the FT of Barpeta observed he had failed to establish his linkage with his other projected relatives in the voters’ lists and declared him a foreigner by an order passed on January 30, 2019. Ali moved Gauhati High Court challenging the FT order. The court heard the case on March 15 and passed an order in his favour on March 30. A single bench of Justice N Kotiswar Singh said: “…Nonexplanation of the linkage of the petitioner with others How FTs declare someone ‘foreigner’ FTs declare a man foreigner based on the Assam Accord of 1985. It says immigrants, who entered the state after March 24, 1971, are to be detected and deported. The NRC of 1951 was updated based on this cut-off date whose names were shown along with his grandparents in the voters’ list of 1970 does not affect the credibility or genuineness of the evidence in the form of voters’ list of 1970, to show the linkage of the petitioner with his grandparents”. The court said the “fact in issue” required to be considered by the FT was whether Harmuz was the father of the petitioner and Haowa Khatun E x p r ess r e a d TN Cong candidate dies of Covid-19 Chandra set to become new poll panel chief New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the demise of PSW Madhava Rao, the party’s Assembly polls candidate from Srivilliputhur constituency in Tamil Nadu, who died due to Covid-19 complications, and hailed his dedication and loyalty to the party. Madhava Rao was 63 and is survived by his daughter. He died at a private hospital in Madurai where he was admitted on March 20 for treatment, his son-in-law K Rajiv said. New Delhi: Sushil Chandra is set to become the next Chief Election Commissioner, sources said on Sunday. Going by the convention of appointing the senior-most commissioner as the CEC, the government is learnt to have cleared his name for the top post at Nirvachan Sadan. The order of his elevation from Election Commissioner will be issued soon, sources added. Chandra will assume charge on April 13, a day after incumbent Sunil Arora demits office. his mother, and whether Nadu Miya and Aymona Nessa were the parents of Harmuz, who were all Indian citizens. “The voters’ list of 1965 shows that the names of Nadu Miya and Aymona Nessa are included who the petitioner claims to be his grandparents, thereby showing that they were Indian citizens,” it observed. It further said the fact that Harmuz was the son of Nadu Miya was duly proved by the voters’ lists of 1965 and 1970, the genuineness of which was not questioned by the state. “Non-explanation of relationship of the petitioner with other persons… cannot be a ground for disbelieving the correctness of the entry of the names of the grandparents in the voters’ list, when the correctness of the entry of the names of the petitioner’s father and grandfather was not questioned. ready chandni chowk sports new look After years of work, redeveloped stretch of historical landmark to be opened soon Page 5
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