JAWANS HONOURED Soldiers of the Bihar Regiment pay tribute to the Indian soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil War, in Patna, on Sunday. Commemorations were at the National War Memorial in Delhi and across the country | PTI THRISSUR l MONDAY l JULY 27, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION NATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS WAR HEROES ON KARGIL DIWAS Amid tensions in eastern Ladakh, India commemorated 21 years of victory over Pakistan in the Kargil war on Sunday MODI HAILS VALOUR OF JAWANS Prime Minister Narendra Modi In his monthly Mann ki Baat radio address praised the war heroes. “Pakistan’s mis-adventurism was given a befitting reply, and the world witnessed the valour of India’s brave jawans,” he said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, paying his tributes in Delhi, said, “Kargil is not only a symbol of national pride, but also a big step against injustice.” ■ May 3, 1999 ‘INDIA WON’T FORGET THE BETRAYAL’ ■ Modi noted India was trying to improve ties with Pak in 1999, but was back-stabbed. “We can’t forget the betrayal,” he said The war ended on July 26, 1999 after India flushed out the Pakistani soldiers who had crossed the border. As per official sources, 527 Indian jawans were killed. Pakistan lost 1,042 soldiers WHEN INDIAN SHEPHERDS FIRST SPOTTED PAKISTANI ENCROACHMENT CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI CIFIC ENHANC PE EM -S IA DEAL AND DEPLOYMENT ● D59,000 crore deal for 36 fighters finalised in September 2016 ● 5 of 36 fighters to be inducted on July 29 ● All 36 fighters to be delivered by April 2022 ● Will add two squadrons to combat squadrons ● First squadron, 17 Golden Arrows, to be based in Ambala (Haryana) for western border with Pakistan ● Second squadron, 101 Falcons, to be based in Hashimara (West Bengal) for eastern borders with China Gehlot sends 2nd proposal to Guv, mum on floor test Cong to step up political pressure, mulls withdrawing petition from Supreme Court ing for an Assembly session. It is likely that the SLP will be withdrawn as that would also IN a new twist to the crisis in delay Gehlot’s demand for an Rajasthan, Chief Minister immediate assembly session,” Ashok Gehlot has sent a sec- said a senior Congress leader. ond proposal to Gover nor Curiously, in his proposal, Kalraj Mishra for calling an Gehlot listed discussion on Assembly session from July Covid-19 as part of the agenda 31, even as the Congress is of the Assembly session but planning to withdraw the Spe- there was no mention of a cial Leave Petition floor test. (SLP) filed in the SuThe governor had Covid preme Court to make turned down the earsituation it a political battle alarming: Guv lier proposal saying than a legal one. it did not mention a Rajasthan While Gehlot has date or rationale for Governor Kalraj been pushing for an the House session. Assembly session, it Mishra on Sunday Meanwhile, the was felt a legal battle expressed concern Congress on Sunday over growing will be a long-drawn accused the Govercoronavirus one and it is better to nor of acting in a parbuild pressure on the infections in the tisan manner at the state, and said political front. behest of the BJP . the number of On Monday the SC , “The Governor is active cases has is slated to hear Rabound to function jasthan Assembly tripled since July 1 with the aid and adSpeaker C P Joshi’s vice of the state govSLP challenging the Rajasthan ernment but he is listening to HC order staying disqualifica- his master’s voice — the govtion proceedings against 19 ernment at the Centre,” ConCongress MLAs led by Sachin gress leader Abhishek Manu Pilot. Singhvi said. The party’s top leadership is But Union Minister Arjun of the view that the issue Ram Meghwal rubbished the should be fought politically charges, saying the Governor rather than legally and that has the right to take decisions the petition be withdrawn and according to his discretion unGehlot should continue push- der Article 163B. RAJESH ASNANI & RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur / New Delhi KERALA CASE DIARY 10 COVID DEATHS Kerala on Sunday reported 10 more Covid deaths — the highest in a day — including three in Alappuzha and two in Kozhikode. The other deaths were reported from Kottayam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod districts. However, only two deaths made it to the state’s official toll. P4 927 733 Infected through local transmission Fresh cases on Sunday 67 Unknown sources 16 Health workers infected 9,655 Active cases 689 Recoveries DEATHS: 2 (Official records) Move to cremate Covid victim sparks protests Kottayam town witnessed tense moments after some residents of Muttambalam housing colony prevented the cremation of a Covid patient, who died on Friday, in the electric crematorium of the municipality on Sunday. Though the authorities put off the cremation in the evening after the protesters refused to budge, they cordoned off the area and cremated the body of Ouseph George, 83, of Nadumalil House, Chungam, late in the night. P4 Patel, Acharya finally break silence on their premature exit from RBI S U N I T H A N AT T I @ New Delhi They came. They saw. But left without conquering. Dr Urjit Patel and Dr Viral Acharya’s tryst with the RBI as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively was short, but the duo’s synchronised moves shook the banking sector and the sovereign for the most part of their tenure. Incidental or not, both released their books last Friday, and should be read together for a 360-degree view of the ills ailing India’s banking sector, how the government caused its destruction, and is unwittingly rooted to its spot from making it any better. But neither offers an account of the differences with the bureaucracy and how and when the government wields its influence. If Patel’s book Overdraft dealt at in length about the genesis of bad loans led by the government The inflection points Their collective optimism went sour as capital standards and PCA norms were diluted, besides intense pressure to open up liquidity and credit taps to prop up the economy. The hell broke loose when the govt proposed to alter RBI’s governance structure. Patel eventually quit and Acharya followed six months later. while the banking regulator astonishingly looked the other way, Acharya’s book Quest For Restoring Financial Stability in India, is a collection of his speeches at RBI and working pa- pers with policy prescriptions. Their tenure was the most tenuous in recent memory and their relationship with the government swung from receiving adulation to being at the line of fire in no time, as Acharya notes. Tied to a common goal of overhauling the financial system, they proposed decisive reforms to change ownership of staterun banks, putting weaker lenders under stringent Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) norms, enforcing timely recognition of losses and resolution of stressed assets and pushing for full disclosures on bank defaults. The progress achieved on each varies. Some like re-privatisation of banks or the bad bank remained as proposals, while others like NPAs recognition saw moderate success though the next critical steps including restructuring or resolution have much ground to cover. 3,210 2,123 1,281 371 CHINA 410 TOTAL AIR FORCES 224 250 296 INDIA 314 359 486 722 328 23 49 911 DE 281 Pakistan $10.3 bn PAKISTAN FENCE SPEN China $261 bn DI 111 77 India $71.1 bn JAILS RACING AGAINST TIME IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS BALA CHAUHAN, M S T H A N A R A J , A S I S H M E H TA , RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ B’luru/Tiruchy/ Bhubaneswar/Patna PRISONERS RELEASED ON PAROLE / BAIL Uttarakhand: 855 Pilot: One Scalp air to ground cruise missile. Assam: 5,767 Max takeoff weight: 24.5 tonnes MICA air-to-air missile for close-in dogfights as well as in BVR (beyond visual range) mode Chhattisgarh: 6,000 Overall empty weight: 10 tonnes Meteor air to air missile. Range:120-150 kms Cold engine start to operate from high-altitude bases 172 19 -20 Combat range: 780-1,650 km 300 Infrared search and track systems, jammers 320 1,232 538 NG Max height: 50,000 ft Store stations across India 120-150 Maharasthra: 10,000 Max Speed: 750 knots (around 1,400 kmph) 14 West Bengal: 12,000 Height: 5.30 m Uttar Pradesh: 18,000 Length: 15.30 m WEAPONS AND MISSILES Flight data recorders storage for about 10 hours of data IN D Wing span: 10.90 m Radar warning receivers Attack Transport Trainers Helicopters Attack Special Fighters aircraft helicopters aircraft The first batch of five Rafale jets will take off from Merignac, France, on Monday. After a brief halt in the UAE, the fleet will touch down at Indian Air Force Base in Ambala, Haryana, on Wednesday. AIRCRAFT SPECIFICATION Helmet-mounted sight Fighters RAFALE JETS ON THE WAY TS EN WHILE the rest of the country is trying to beat the coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns, physical distancing norms and personal hygiene, India’s crowded prisons are staring at the prospects of becoming the next big virus clusters. “It is impossible to maintain social distancing among the prisoners inside the cells,” said a senior prison official at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, which houses 4,600 inmates. The jail has reported 51 infections, including six among jail staff. In all, 157 inmates and 24 staff tested positive CBSE topper gets surprise call from PM Modi K I R A N N A R AYA N A N @Kochi “HOW’S the josh?” asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “High, sir,” replied Vinayak M Malil, a Thodupuzha native who topped the commerce stream in Vinayak M Malil the Kerala region, securing 493 marks out of 500, in the CBSE Class XII exams. The national topper among SC/ST candidates, Vinayak was speaking to the PM on Sunday during the Mann Ki Baat radio programme. Vinayak, who scored 100 per cent in three subjects — Accountancy, Business Studies and Information Practices — as a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Neriamangalam, said he never imagined he would get a chance to interact with PM Modi. “When the results were announced two days ago, we received a call from a higher official saying that an important person will call soon to congratulate me. I got to know that the PM is the caller just before the final call was connected,” Vinayak told TNIE. ● More on P5 EXPRESS READ All eyes on Sivasankar’s quizzing by NIA today T’Puram: As the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to grill former IT secretary M Sivasankar in Kochi on Monday in the gold smuggling case, the ruling front is in a precarious political position. If NIA arrests or arraigns him in the case, the LDF will have to fight it out to save its skin. P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) across nine Central prisons in the state. In neighbouring Tamil Nadu, 150 prisoners and 92 jail staff have contracted Covid. India’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra, has reported the largest number of positive cases among prisoners at over 800, followed by Assam at 481. The horrendous state of affairs in jails caught public attention after the Assam Human Rights Commission issued notices to Assam Chief Secretary and the IGP (Prisons) last week, in response to complaints of violation of Covid-19 protocol in jails. According to experts, the situation in prisons is explosive and the actual infections could be much higher than reported. Many cases go unnoticed due to lack of tests as a large number of patients turn out to be asymptomatic. It is not that prisons are not doing their bit to contain the virus spread. Thousands of prisoners across the country were released on parole or bail to decongest jails. Most prisons have also taken possible measures to contain infections among inmates and jail staff, but the pandemic is reportedly spreading fast in these highsecurity zones. Kerala, for instance, don’t send remand prisoners to jails directly Instead, they are tak. en to first-line treatment centres, where their swab samples are collected. CONTINUED ON: P7
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