BHUBANESWAR l friday l april 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION court allows ASI survey at kashi Gyanvapi Mosque Terms of reference for the panel A local court on Thursday directed the ASI to form a five-member panel, including two minority representatives, for the study 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 | P8 2,050 Stirring up a hornet’s nest? ■ The court ordered the ASI to bear the entire cost of survey and barred the panel from briefing the media on its findings. The ASI has also been told to make alternative arrangements for Namaz ■ What purpose would it serve if the panel were to establish superimposition? Would it reignite communal passions? the age of the ancient temple built by king vikramaditya, as per petitioners 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 Suggests micro-containment zones; raps vax politics National lockdown ruled out, says Modi Modi said he didn’t want to get into vaccine politics. “Last year Disapproving political blame we succeeded in coming off from game over vaccine availability the peak of the Covid-19 cases and rejecting rumours of lock- without vaccines by banking on down, Prime Minister Narendra proactive testing and treatment Modi urged chief ministers on of the patients, besides larger Thursday to focus on testing, people’s participation in followtracking and treating, besides ing the protocol of wearing suggesting micro-containment masks and personal hygiene. zones as the strategy to deal Now, some of the states seem to with the rising Covhave forgotten testNational scene id-19 cases. Amid ing as a means of w i d e s p r e a d r u - ■ Fresh cases ■ Recoveries containing the panmours on a fresh ■ Deaths demic and are only lockdown, Modi talking about vacsaid states should cines,” he work on local miobserved. cro-containment Modi also called zones instead and for political unity proactively test all in tackling the panasymptomatic demic by suggestcases. ing that Governors “Lockdown as a in states can call allstrate g y worked party meetings to l a s t ye a r wh e n arrive at actionable enough facilities agendas to work on. and means to conHe also urged states tain the Covid-19 to host a Tika Utsav cases weren’t avail(vaccine festival) able. Now, we have during April 11-14 much better health to coincide with the April 7 April 8 infrastructure, inbirth anniversaries cluding testing labs, and also the of Jyotiba Phule and Bhim Rao vaccines along with experienc- Ambedkar. es,” he said and advised that the Punjab Chief Minister Amanight curfews be called “Corona rinder Singh sought flexibility curfews” for better awareness of in the vaccine protocol, saying the people to follow the Covid-19 people below the age of 45 with protocols. In the backdrop of the kidney and liver diseases should Maharashtra government and get the jab. Delhi Chief Minister the Centre entering in a slugfest Arvind Kejriwal suggested over the availability of vaccines, camps be held for the vax drive. 59,258 685 630 59,856 1,15,736 1,26,789 M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi Vax may halt from Saturday, CM Govt bars public transport seeks 10 days’ stock from Centre to Chhattisgarh till April 30 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar With Odisha staring at a situation where Covid-19 vaccinations may come to a halt from Saturday onwards if the Centre did not supply adequate doses immediately, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure at least 10 days’ stock for the State. Raising the issue of acute vaccine shortage during the PM’s meeting with all chief ministers, Naveen said supply issues are set to cripple the inoculation drive in the State. “Odisha has been doing well in the vaccination programme, having one of the lowest wastage in the country with efficient system of administering the vaccine to eligible persons. But, the State has not been able to ramp up the vaccination due to supply issues ,” the Chief Minister said. He said that Odisha is at present vaccinating 2.5 lakh persons per day and has the capability to increase it further. He also demanded that at least `300 crore be released to Odisha for Covid management in 2021-22 to tackle the second wave. During 2020-21, Odisha had requested for `400 crore under Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP), but received only `146 crore. He, however, thanked the Centre for allowing states to spend up to 50 percent of the annual allocation under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for Covid-related activities during 2020-21 and requested that the same should be continued in 2021-22 as Vaccine shortage grips Maha, Odisha, AP E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e 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, citing 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 continued on: P7 southern states have stock for over 10 days. well. The Chief Minister said Odisha has reactivated its system to tackle the new rise in Covid-19 cases especially in districts bordering some states with high incidence of the virus. “The entire country has to put up a united front against this pandemic and we will continue to provide all support in this fight,” he added. Earlier, State Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das told mediapersons that the government had written to the Centre on Wednesday for the supply of 25 lakh doses of vaccines. “Odisha requires 2.5 lakh doses of vaccines every day If the . vaccines do not reach the State by this evening, all session sites will be closed from Saturd a y, ” h e alerted. Covid Stats April 8 879 228 0 April 7 New cases Recovery death 791 246 1 total Total active cases Recovery cases 3,45,526 3,38,890 4,660 deaths 1,923 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e plane, waterways or private vehicles from any part of the country will have to produce In view of the worsening Cov- RT-PCR negative report obid-19 situation in Chhattis- tained within 72 hours of engarh and adjoining western try or final vaccination cerOdisha districts, the govern- tificate. It will be effective ment on Thursday suspended from April 12. People coming all public transport from Odi- without such report will have sha to the neighbouring state to undergo seven-day mandaand vice versa till April 30. tory home or institutional In a fresh order, the govern- quarantine. ment said the Transport deCollectors of Sundargarh, partment with the Jharsuguda, Samhelp of State Police balpur, Bargarh, Baland under active angir, Nuapada, Kalaguidance of the dishandi, Nabarangpur, trict collectors will Koraput, Malkangiri, Ganjam, Gajapati, set up border check Rayagada, Keonjhar, points (BCPs) at straM ay u r b h a n j a n d tegic locations and Balasore have also entry points to manbeen authorised to set age the incoming up and operationalise persons and Persons coming temporary medical vehicles. Persons coming through the BCPs centres/cluster temwill have to porary medical centhrough the BCPs produce final tres as per requirewill have to produce vaccination ment for providing final vaccination certificate or institutional quarancertificate or RTRT-PCR negative tine facilities for peoPCR negative report report obtained obtained within 72 within 72 hours of ple coming from other hours of entry to the entry to the State states. E x p e n d i t u re fo r State else, they will SC Mahapatra, opening and running be put in home or inChief Secy such facilities will be stitutional quaranborne from the Chief tine for seven days, M i n i s t e r ’s Re l i e f the order issued by Chief Secretary SC Mahap- Fund, it said. The government has also atra said. The order said the incom- asked all industries, educaing persons will have to give tional institutions and coman undertaking and submit a mercial establishments to enfilled up form containing the sure implementation of all Covid appropriate behaviour/ name of the person, name of the place from where s/he is protocols and set up their own coming, address of destina- isolation facilities for positive tion, mobile phone number persons found in their estaba n d a l t e r n a t e c o n t a c t lishments. However, the expenditure for setting up Covid number. Besides, people coming to c a re c e n t re s / C ov i d c a re Odisha by any public trans- homes will have to be borne port like train, bus, aero- by the institutions. @ Bhubaneswar Maoists unconditionally Mixed feelings: IPL begins Fresh India, China disengagement free commando talks to be held today 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 7.00 pm | Chepauk Final is on May 30 No of venues 6 Ahmedabad, Chennai Kolkata Delhi Bengaluru Mumbai 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), who was 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. He was given food, medicine and was not har med throughout the five days, the mediators said. The Maoists later appealed to the media to display the same alacrity they showed in this case when locals were detained by the police. Attached to the 210 CoBRA battalion, Manhas had gone missing after the April 5 ambush that killed 22 troopers. Know the mediators 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 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 CRPF personnel Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was released on Thursday after a Maoist jan adalat at Pamed in Chhattisgarh | pti E j a z Ka i s e r @Raipur Unlike any other season 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 cities in six months M AYA N K SI N G H and PUS H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi A day ahead of the 11th round of SinoIndian 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 Control (LAC) in 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. Round 11 Indian Army’s 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen P G K Menon is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Major General Lin Liu on Friday in Chushul, which is on the Indian side of the LAC express read Poll brawl between Odisha and AP in Kotia Jeypore/Koraput: Andhra Pradesh went ahead with its mandal and zilla parishad elections in Koraput’s Kotia on Thursday amid high drama as both officials and politicians of Odisha and the neighbouring State engaged in heated exchange of words over polling in the disputed panchayat | P4 tracing the past Stone age tool find hints at early human settlements in Bargarh mayan k B h u s an pan i @ Sambalpur In a major discovery, researchers from the Sambalpur University’s History department have unearthed tools and artefacts dating back to the middle and late stone age period on the southern fringes of Debrigarh hill range, around four km from Bhatli township and two km from Torajunga in Bargarh district. The excavations point to the existence of early Homo Sapiens in the region during the middle palaeolithic (middle stone age) and upper palaeolithic (late stone age) period about 65,000 to 25,000 years back. The artefacts include red ochre saddle querns and pestles from the middle stone age and late stone age respectively . Speaking to mediapersons on Thursday, department Professor Pradeep Kumar Behera said,” The excavated items were scientifically examined by Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences in Lucknow and Phytolith Research Institute in Pune and subjected to The excavated artefacts from Bargarh optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) technique to date them. Excavated soil samples were also tested to determine contemporary vegetation pattern of the area”. Prof Behera said the OSL date of the artefacts from middle stone age is determined as 65.6 (±4.1) thousand years and those from late stone age period is determined as 25.8 (±1.6) thousand years. This apart, the phytolith analysis of soil samples have revealed shift in vegetation pattern from woodland to savanna between the two periods of human occupation at the site. “It is very interesting that the saddle querns recovered are of ground red ochre (iron oxide). However, there was no deposit of red ochre there. The nearest place to the site, where red ochre deposit is found, is 80 km away towards north of Barapahad. Hence, the discovery of the saddle quern indicates existence of a long distance trade network and developed cognitive abilities of humans who had settled at Torajunga site,” he added. A team of postgraduate history and archaeology students under leadership of Prof Behera, coordinator Dr. Neena Thakur, curator of NK Sahu Museum, Kshirasindhu Barik and research scholars have been exploring and carrying out excavations in the upland areas of Bargarh since 2015.
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