BHUBANESWAR l friday l april 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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 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 Suggests micro-containment zones; raps vaccination politics National lockdown ruled out, says Modi to get into vaccine politics. “Last year we succeeded in Disapproving political blame coming off from the peak of the game over vaccine availability Covid-19 cases without vaccines and rejecting rumours of lock- by banking on proactive testing down, Prime Minister Narendra and treatment of the patients, Modi urged chief ministers on besides larger people’s particiThursday to focus on testing, pation in following the protocol tracking and treating, besides of wearing masks and personal suggesting micro-containment hygiene. Now, some of the states zones as the strategy to deal seem to have forgotten testing with the rising Covid-19 cases. as a means of containing the Amid widespread pandemic and are National scene rumours on a fresh only talking about lockdown, Modi ■ Fresh cases ■ Recoveries vaccines,” he said states should ■ Deaths observed. work on local microModi also called containment zones for political unity instead and proacin tackling the pantively test all asympdemic by suggesttomatic cases. ing that Governors “Lockdown as a in states can call strate gy worked all-party meetings l a s t ye a r wh e n to arrive at actionenough facilities able agendas to and means to conwork on. He also tain the Covid-19 urged states to host cases weren’t availa Tika Utsav (vacable. Now, we have cine festival) durmuch better health ing April 11-14 to infrastructure, incoincide with the cluding testing labs, birth anniversaries April 7 April 8 and also the vacof Jyotiba Phule cines along with exand Bhim Rao periences,” he said and advised Ambedkar. that the night curfews be called Punjab Chief Minister Ama“Corona curfews” for better rinder Singh sought flexibility awareness of the people to fol- in the vaccine protocol, saying low the Covid-19 protocols. people below the age of 45 with In the backdrop of the Ma- kidney and liver diseases should harashtra government and the get the jab. Delhi Chief Minister Centre entering in a slugfest Arvind Kejriwal suggested over the availability of vac- camps be held for the vax cines, Modi said he didn’t want 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 southern states have continued on: P7 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. odisha Stats April 8 879 228 0 Total cases April 7 New cases Recoveries death 791 246 1 total active Recoveries 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 RT-PCR negative report obCovid-19 situation in Chhat- tained within 72 hours of entisgarh and adjoining west- try or final vaccination cerern Odisha districts, the gov- tificate. It will be effective e r n m e n t o n T h u r s d a y from April 12. People coming suspended all public trans- without such report will have port from Odisha to the neigh- to undergo seven-day mandabouring state and vice versa tory home or institutional till April 30. quarantine. In a fresh order, the governCollectors of Sundargarh, ment said the Transport de- Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Barpartment with the help of garh, Balangir, Nuapada, KaState Police and unlahandi, Nabarangder active guidance p u r, Koraput, of the district collecMalkangiri, Ganjam, tors will set up borGajapati, Rayagada, der check points Keonjhar, Mayurb(BCPs) at strategic lohanj and Balasore cations and entry have also been aupoints to manage the thorised to set up and incoming persons operationalise temand vehicles. porary medical cenPe r s o n s c o m i n g tres/cluster tempoPersons coming through the BCPs through the BCPs rary medical centres will have to produce as per requirement will have to produce final final vaccination cerfor providing instituvaccination tificate or RT-PCR tional quarantine facertificate or negative report obcilities for people RT-PCR negative tained within 72 coming from other report obtained hours of entry to the within 72 hours of states. State else, they will entry to the State Expenditure for be put in home or inopening and running SC Mahapatra, stitutional quaransuch facilities will be Chief Secy tine for seven days, borne from the Chief the order issued by M i n i s t e r ’s Re l i e f Chief Secretary SC Mahap- Fund, it said. The gover natra said. ment has also asked all indusThe order said the incom- tries, educational institutions ing persons will have to give and commercial establishan undertaking and submit a ments to ensure implementafilled up form containing the tion of all Covid appropriate name of the person, name of behaviour/protocols and set the place from where s/he is up their own isolation facilicoming, address of destina- ties for positive persons found tion, mobile phone number in their establishments. and alter nate contact However, the expenditure number. for setting up Covid care cenBesides, people coming to tres/Covid care homes will Odisha by any public trans- have to be bor ne by the port like train, bus, aero- institutions. @ Bhubaneswar Jawan free, local journos Mixed feelings: IPL begins Fresh India, China disengagement among mediators 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 @ New Delhi/Raipur 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 Manhas’ release, seven were local journalists. This is not the first time that journalists have successfully negoti- ated 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 over. The role of Bastar’s journalists in the safe return of the CRPF personnel was acknowledged by Inspector General (Bastar Range) P Sundarraj, who thanked Ganesh Mishra, Mukesh Chandrakar, Raja Rathour, Shankar and others for their timely updates. Continued on: P8 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? 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 | P11 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 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? Onfield matters CRPF personnel Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was released on Thursday after a Maoist jan adalat at Pamed in Chhattisgarh | pti Sana Sha k i l and E j a z Ka i s e r Unlike any other season 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 Poll brawl between Odisha and AP in Kotia 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 Andhra Pradesh went ahead with its elections in Kotia amid high drama as both officials and politicians of Odisha and AP engaged in heated exchange of words over polling in the disputed panchayat | P4 past unearthed 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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