HYDERABAD FRIDAY APRIL 09, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION COURT ALLOWS ASI SURVEY AT KASHI GYANVAPI MOSQUE A local court on Thursday directed the ASI to form a ﬁve-member panel, including two minority representatives, for the study TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE PANEL STIRRING UP A HORNET’s NEST? 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 ■ 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? 2,050 yrs 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 bility of vaccines, Modi said he didn’t want to get into vaccine politics. “Last DISAPPROVING political blame game year we succeeded in coming off from over vaccine availability and rejecting the peak of the Covid-19 cases without rumours of lockdown, Prime Minister vaccines by banking on proactive testNarendra Modi urged chief ministers ing and treatment of the patients, beon Thursday to focus on testing, track- sides larger people’s participation in ing and treating, besides suggesting following the protocol of wearing micro-containment zones as the strat- masks and personal hygiene. Now, egy to deal with the rising Covid-19 some of the states seem to have forgotcases. Amid widespread rumours on a ten testing as a means of containing fresh lockdown, Modi said states the pandemic and are only talking should work on local micro-contain- about vaccines,” he observed. ment zones instead and proactively Modi also called for political unity test all asymptomatic in tackling the pandemic NATIONAL SCENE cases. by suggesting that Gover“Lockdown as a strategy ■ Fresh cases ■ Recoveries nors in states can call allworked last year when ■ Deaths party meetings to arrive at enough facilities and actionable agendas to means to contain the Covwork on. He also urged id-19 cases weren’t availastates to host a Tika Utsav ble. Now, we have much (vaccine festival) during better health infrastrucApril 11-14 to coincide ture, including testing with the birth anniversalabs, and also the vaccines ries of Jyotiba Phule and along with experiences,” Bhim Rao Ambedkar. he said and advised that Punjab Chief Minister the night curfews be called Amarinder Singh sought “Corona curfews” for betflexibility in the vaccine ter awareness of the peoprotocol, saying people beple to follow the Covid-19 low the age of 45 with kidprotocols. ney and liver diseases In the backdrop of the should get the jab. Delhi Maharashtra government Chief Minister Arvind Keand the Centre entering in jriwal suggested camps be April 7 April 8 a slugfest over the availaheld for the vax drive. 685 Maoists unconditionally free CRPF commando SANA SHAKIL AND EJAZ KAISER @ New Delhi/Raipur CRPF personnel Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was released on Thursday after a Maoist jan adalat at Pamed in Chhattisgarh | PTI Know the negotiators 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 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 along with his six colleagues had reached the site of a jan adaalat in the Maoist stronghold of Pamed, around 450 km south of state capital Raipur. Sources said 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 the 11 people who had gone to secure release of Manhas, 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 had abducted police constable Santosh Kattam of Bijapur and held him hostage for nearly a week before local journalists convinced them to hand him CONTINUED ON P8 over. EXPRESS READ Pro-Suu Kyi Myanmar envoy locked out of UK embassy LONDON/Yangon : Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, who has criticised the military coup in his country, says he has been locked out of his London office by colleagues. Kyaw Zwar Minn said he was barred from entering the embassy on Wednesday evening by diplomats loyal to the military regime. Last month, the ambassador called for the release of Myanmar’s democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained when the military seized power on February 1 | P9 POT LUCK A realtor found a metal pot filled with gold and silver ornaments while his land in Pembarthy village of Jangaon district was being levelled on Thursday | P2 Don’t let people without negative RT-PCR report enter TS: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad EXPRESSING concern over the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the State, the Telangana High Court on Thursday directed the government to allow only those who have RT-PCR negative report to enter the State. This applies to people who come in through borders with other states as well as those who fly in from abroad. The High Court also asked the government to run RT-PCR tests on those who have already arrived in the State from other states. It also asked the government to create containment zones if Covid-19 cases are high in a particular region if it is not ready to impose a lockdown. It also wanted the government to organise vaccination camps at the offices of government and private companies. These were among several directions given to the government by the High Court after a report on steps being taken to contain the viral infection was submitted as ordered by the court two days ago. The High Court observed that liquor shops have become a rich source of Covid-19 and that there was no control on the crowds that are thronging the liquor shops, pubs and cinema CONTINUED ON P3 theatres. `2k, 25 kg rice a month for pvt schoolteachers APPARENTLY moved by the recent suicide by a teacher and his wife due to financial hardship in Nalgonda district, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday decided to provide relief of `2,000 and 25 kg rice per month to teachers and ad- ministrative staff of recognised private educational institutions from this month till the time they are reopened. These institutions have temporarily been closed down due to the second wave of Covid-19. The heartrending tragedy of Ravi Kumar and his wife Anjali trended on social media throughout the day after the latter’s body was fished out from a lake. The poignant development touched the collective conscience of people across the State and probably the CM. The decision to come to the rescue of hardup teachers was taken at a meeting with officials at Pragathi Bhavan during a review on the incidence of Covid-19 in CONTINUED ON P4 the State. COVID-19 2ND WAVE TO BE WORSE THAN FIRST IN TS D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad AS the second wave of Covid-19 continues to intensify in the State, it is becoming clearer by the day that it will be worse than the first one witnessed in 2020. An important indication of the same is that some districts are already seeing more number of cases on a day-to-day basis now, compared to last year. The grip of the virus in Nizamabad, Nirmal and Asifabad districts appears to be strong and total. The data suggests that these three districts have surpassed their daily peak of 2020. The first two are also amongst the worst- Vaccinate all frontline staff: KCR Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, after participating in a video conference with the Prime Minister, wanted all the frontline workers in Panchayat Raj, Municipal, Transport, and the Police departments be vaccinated 100 per cent in a week. The Chief Minister called up the principal secretaries, DGP and GHMC commissioner and asked them to to complete the vaccination in their respective departments. hit districts in the second wave. Telangana saw the advent of the first wave of Covid-19 end of June, which rose to its peak in the first week of September. The highest number of cases recorded in a day in Nizamabad last year was 153 — on August 21. This figure was breached on April 6 this year, when it recorded 179 cases. Similarly, Nirmal saw the highest number of 44 cases last year, on September 3. The number has more than doubled now, with 104 cases recorded on April 6. Asifabad recorded a high of 41 cases this year on April 7, as against 30 recorded P4 on September 9 last year. Vaccine shortage grips Maha, Odisha, AP 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, 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. CONTINUED ON P7 Other southern states have stock for over 10 days. Mixed feelings: IPL begins RELIEF AT LAST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Districts like Medchal, Ranagreddy and even Jagtial are nearing their peaks from 2020. Medchal, for instance, has reported over 200 cases in the last two days, similar to last year. To meet the challenge, the State government is ramping up testing across the State, leading to better detection of positive cases than before. Nationally, the daywise case load has already surpassed the peak in 2020. 59,258 1,26,789 M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi 630 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 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 ROUND 11 something for the two sides to discuss,” Indian Army’s he said. April 2020 refers to the pre-incur14 Corps sion situation along the LAC. Commander Lt His Indian counterpart Arindam Gen P G K Menon Bagchi said India would like disengageis scheduled to ment in remaining areas of friction. meet his Chinese counterpart Major “This will provide us the atmosphere of General Lin Liu on improving bilateral ties,” he said. The last round of talks was held on FebFriday in Chushul, ruary 19 at Moldo on the Chinese side of which is on the the LAC, immediately after full disenIndian side of gagement from all friction points at Panthe LAC gong 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. Suggests micro-containment zones; raps vax politics 1,15,736 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 National lockdown ruled out, says Modi 59,856 Fresh India, China disengagement talks to be held today Medchal, Ranagreddy too nearing 2020 peak 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 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? | P11
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