COURT ORDERS SURVEY AT KASHI TEMPLE SITE A Varanasi court on Thursday ordered a survey of Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi Mosque complex by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The court further directed the Uttar Pradesh government to bear the cost of the survey. The ASI is likely to set up a five-member team that will visit the campus soon. The court also stipulated that at least two members of the archaeologist team should be from the minority community. P7 MANGALURU FRIDAY APRIL 09, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION 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 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ No national lockdown: PM Micro-containment zones should be considered, says Modi M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi DISAPPROVING political blame game over vaccine availability and rejecting rumours of lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged chief ministers on Thursday to focus on testing, tracking and treating, besides suggesting microcontainment zones as the strategy to deal with the rising Covid-19 cases. Amid widespread rumours on a fresh lockdown, Modi said states should work on local micro-containment zones instead and proactively test all asymptomatic cases. “Lockdown, as a strategy, worked last year when enough facilities and means to contain the Covid-19 cases weren’t available. Now, we have much better health infrastructure, including testing labs, and also the vaccines along with experiences,” he said and advised that the night curfews be called “Corona curfews” for better awareness of the people to follow the Covid-19 protocols. In the backdrop of the Maharashtra government and the Centre entering in a slugfest over the availability of vaccines, Modi said he didn’t want to get into vaccine politics. CONTINUED ON: P7 CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was released on Thursday after a Maoist jan adalat at Pamed in Chhattisgarh | PTI Maoists free abducted commando E J A Z K A I S E R @Raipur After five days in captivity a , CRPF personnel abducted by Maoists during Saturday’s Bijapur ambush was released unconditionally on Thursday The rebels handed over . the CoBRA commando, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, to a team of four mediators during a jan-adalat (kangaroo court). While there was no official word on who appointed the mediators, Chhattisgarh CM congratulated the team for its success. Manhas was brought to the Basaguda CRPF camp on a bike by 6-7 local journalists, who had also reached the jan adalat site unaccompanied by mediators. Padma Shri awardee Dharampal Saini (87), one of the mediators, said the unharmed jawan had shown signs of stress. He was later taken to a hospital for a medical checkup. The mediators arrived at Bijapur on Wednesday night and left for Pamed, a Maoist stronghold around 450 km south of Raipur, on Thursday . A video clipping of the handing over showed Maoists untying the jawan’s hands in the presence of locals. GOVT NIXES MYSURU DC’s ORDER Hours after Mysuru DC Rohini Sindhuri announced that RT-PCR negative reports were mandatory to visit tourist places, resorts, clubs and theatres in the city, as well as another advisory for travellers from Bengaluru, the State Government struck it down. The Principal Secretary to the Revenue Department issued an order stating that such matters will be decided by the government. 10 pm-5 am curfew in 7 cities from tomorrow A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru STARTING Saturday night cur, few will be enforced in seven district headquarters of the state between 10 pm and 5 am till April 20. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced the ‘Corona Curfew’, as coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after a video conference along with CMs of other states. The night curfew will be limited to district headquarters of Bengaluru city Mysuru city Tu, , Cases Deaths Recoveries APRIL 8 6,570 36 2,393 APRIL 7 6,976 35 2,794 makuru city, Udupi-Manipal, Mangaluru city Bidar city and , Kalaburagi city While all com. mercial activities will be prohibited during the curfew hours, essential services, including transport, will be allowed. “To contain the spread of Covid-19, night curfew is being imposed in specific district headquarters. All commercial activities like hotels, bars, pubs, clubs, events, etc., will be prohibited, but essential services won’t be disrupted,” he said. P4 Karnataka registers 53,395 active cases. The last time it crossed the 50,000-mark was in November, 2020 At 4.65 per cent, the day’s positivity rate has remained the same since Wednesday Vaccine shortage grips some states EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Beneficiaries argue with officials outside a closed Covid-19 vaccination centre in Mumbai after the jab went out of stock on Thursday | PTI 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 just 9 lakh are left now. The Centre has announced 7.5 lakh more doses. In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, people were reportedly turned away by hospitals, cit- ing unavailability of vaccines. Odisha has also reported acute shortage of doses. On Thursday alone, as many as 670 vaccination centres downed shutters due to the scarcity On . Wednesday, 692 centres were closed. However, 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. CONTINUED ON: P7 MIXED FEELINGS: IPL BEGINS With Chennai gearing up to host the first match of the 14th edition of IPL, here’s a look at a few talking points... TODAY’S MATCH RCB vs MI 7 pm | Chepauk Final is on May 30 NO OF VENUES 6 Ahmedabad, Chennai Kolkata Delhi Bengaluru Mumbai 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? On-field 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 | P11 EXPRESS READ SC rejects pleas of Anil Deshmukh, Maha Govt against CBI probe New Delhi: In a setback to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed their pleas challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Fresh India, China disengagement talks to be held today 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 A day ahead of the 11th round of Sino-Indian Corps Commander-level talks, there was quiet optimism on the Indian side of some movement forward on further disengagement at friction points along the Line of Actual C o n t r o l ( L AC ) i n Ladakh. A senior Army officer said, “We are hopeful of some positive outcome. The talks will begin at 10.30 am tomorrow.” In Bejing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian refused to be drawn into committing that India’s demand of restoring status quo as of April 2020 would be on the talks table.” That is something for the two sides to discuss,” he said. April 2020 refers to the pre-incursion situation along the LAC. His Indian counterpart Arindam Bagchi said India would like disengagement in remaining areas of friction. “This will provide us the atmosphere of improving bilateral ties,” he said. The last round of talks was held on February 19 at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, immediately after full disengagement from all friction points at Pangong Tso. Both sides had pulled back their heavy artillary and troops on both the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in a phased, coordinated and verified manner a few weeks ago. The stand-off, however, continues at Depsang, Gogra, Hot Spring, and in the Charding Ninglung Nallah track junction in the Demchok sector.
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