Daily Briefing: Satyendar Jain’s medical roecords show 2 epidural procedures; Gujarat wants a ‘strong’ Opposition

The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | 23-11-2022 | 11:45 am

Daily Briefing: Satyendar Jain’s medical roecords show 2 epidural procedures; Gujarat wants a ‘strong’ Opposition

Good morning,The Big StoryThe row over a viral video of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain getting a massage in jail took a new turn with sources in the Tihar jail saying that the massuer is not a physiotherapist, but a “prisoner in a rape case”.Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party had claimed that the minister was undergoing physiotherapy and not getting a massage. Medical records accessed by The Indian Express show Jain had a fall in the bathroom of Tihar jail in June which ostensibly necessitated two procedures to administer transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESI) for back pain. Subsequently, Jain was recommended physiotherapy by the hospital.A Tihar official said that a committee will look into the matter and decide if action should be taken or not. Officials added that undertrial prisoners are not allowed to do such personal labour. Only in the ExpressIn Gujarat, the same electorate that wants the BJP to remain in office also yearns for a “chakachak vipaksh”, or an effective Opposition. Dismissing the Congress party, a Bhavnagar resident says it “stands discredited”. This might as well be the defining story of Gujarat 2022 — a diminished Congress struggling to retain its core support base, threatened by plucky new entrant AAP.In various memorandums submitted to the Railways, sources told The Indian Express, loco pilots have flagged over 80 cases of goods trains jumping signals over the past one year at least because of an erratic brakes system — the Bogie Mounted Brake System (BMBS). Last Friday, the Chief Loco Inspectors’ body held a workshop to discuss the “braking issue”, with the aim to work out a solution. From the Front PageSix persons, including an Assam Forest Guard, were killed in a clash between the Assam Police and a mob over an alleged timber-smuggling attempt near a village in Meghalaya. The incident comes ahead of the second round of talks scheduled for this month-end between the two states to resolve their boundary dispute. The Supreme Court has mooted the idea of including the Chief Justice of India in the appointment committee of the Chief Election Commissioner to ensure “neutrality”. In appointing the CEC, “what is important is that you need someone with character, someone who does not allow himself to be bulldozed,” the court said.Must ReadAfter two years of the pandemic, data shows that in Maharashtra, for every child who lost their mother to Covid, nine lost their fathers. Since March 2020, 28,938 children in the state have lost either of their parents to the infection — of those who died, 2,919 were mothers and 25,883 fathers. This gap in mortality by gender suggests that the pandemic may have pushed many families – especially those in which the men were the sole breadwinners – into financial instability.In our opinion section today, Arshad Khan writes about the fierce opposition met by the film ‘Joyland’ in Pakistan. “Those calling for a boycott do not care about the lives of LGBTQIA folks. They want to maintain a fraudulent culture of piety where people are forced underground, sexual abuse runs rampant and any conversation around sex or sexual awareness is suppressed”.The Indian Space Research Organisation has sprung back from two slow years of pandemic. On Saturday it will undertake its fifth launch mission for the year. The space organisation has also entered the commercial market, filling in the void created by Russia due to the war. Here’s all that’s lined up for ISRO.Bharti Airtel has hiked its entry-level tariff in Haryana and Odisha circles by as much as 57 per cent. In these circles, Airtel has decided to scrap its cheapest Rs 99 plan. The telco’s move could prompt other operators, especially cash-strapped Vodafone Idea, to undertake similar tariff hikes. We explain why Airtel’s move is significant and what it means for the sector.And Finally…Football fans across the globe were taken by surprise when the Saudis Tuesday managed to upset tournament favourites Argentina 2-1, after rallying from a one-goal deficit and listlessness in the first half. The Indian Express reports from Qatar on how the Saudis’ win would define the rest of their lives and make them immortal in footballing lore.Delhi Confidential: CJI D Y Chandrachud has announced the return of a special bench to hear taxation cases in the Supreme Court. In 2015-16, a tax bench comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman and A K Sikri used to sit and help in speedy disposal of tax cases. However, successive CJIs disbanded such special benches.🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 things’ podcast, we talk in depth about the recently concluded COP27 summit, and the debate around loss and damage.Until tomorrow,Sonal Gupta and Anandu Suresh

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Daily Briefing: Gujarat, Himachal election results today; RBI unveils latest review of monetary policy; and more
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 08-12-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
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Good morning! Get your day started with the top reads from today’s edition.Gujarat, Himachal election results todayThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to return to power for a seventh consecutive term in Gujarat, riding on the Narendra Modi-wave. All eyes, however, are on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is flying high after its win in the civic polls in Delhi, and hopes to create dents in the BJP bastion. A question remains over the Congress’s fate after its low-key campaign in the state.In Himachal Pradesh, meanwhile, exit polls have predicted a tight race between the BJP and Opposition Congress, with AAP’s bid falling short after it redirected its energies to the Gujarat elections.Head to indianexpress.com for live updates on the counting of votes, analysis and more.Here are five other stories you shouldn’t missThe role, however, comes with its own set of challenges — from an uphill task of selecting a mayor to tackling issues it attacked the BJP on.While the BJP has managed to perform better than exit polls had predicted, would it have retained its control over the MCD had it not been unified? Take a look at our analysis.The Congress, meanwhile, has won just nine out of 250 seats in the MCD, losing its hold over a city it once governed.2. The UP police thought it was a simple open-and-shut case. They believed that a 14-year-old girl, who went missing from her home in Aligarh, was killed and dumped over 90 km away in Agra by her neighbour. Little did the family and police know that the girl was now a married woman, a mother of two children, working mustard fields, attending weddings and religious functions at her new home in Hathras. A chance meeting with a katha vachak (storyteller) blew her cover and the police investigation.3. As tensions continue to mount along the Maharashtra-Karnataka border, the inter-state dispute was echoed in the Parliament on Wednesday. NCP member Supriya Sule accused Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai of “making ad hoc statements” and “conspiring to break Maharashtra”. Ruling BJP MPs from Karnataka took objection to her remarks and pointed out that the matter is in Supreme Court.4. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has unveiled its latest review of the monetary policy. In it, the RBI cut India’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth forecast for the current financial year, maintained the inflation forecast, and raised the repo rate by 35 basis points. Why has RBI taken this hawkish stand? What does the GDP forecast signify about economic recovery? Udit Misra explains. 5. FIFA World Cup 2022: After Morocco’s win over Spain, the team’s star player Achraf Hakimi tore away to the enclosure where his mother was seated. He climbed over the barricade and hugged her, tears rolling down the eyes of both. Not just Hakimi, you could see several other teammates in the embrace of their parents. In fact, parents of most of the Moroccan players are in Doha to watch their children play, many capping long journeys of hardship and pain. 🎧 Before you go, tune in to our podcast, ‘3 Things’: In today’s episode, we talk about the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka, Goldy Brar’s alleged detention and subsequent interview, and delay in Ayodhya Mosque after 2019 Supreme Court judgement.Until tomorrow, Sonal Gupta and Rahel Philipose 

Daily Briefing: Gujarat, Himachal election results today; RBI unveils latest review of monetary policy; and more
Gujarat polls 2022: BJP poised to return to power, all eyes on how AAP will do
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 08-12-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 08-12-2022 | 11:45 am

Will it be a seventh consecutive term in power for the BJP in Gujarat; how many seats will the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), flying high after its victory in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections on Wednesday, win; and what will be the Congress’s fate after it ran a low-key campaign?If the exit polls are anything to go by, the BJP is set to equal the Left Front’s record in West Bengal on Thursday while the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is not likely to cross 10 seats in the 182-member Assembly. The Congress, whose spirited campaign had brought down the ruling party’s tally to 99 seats in 2017, is expected to register its worst performance in Gujarat, with none of the pollsters giving the grand old party more than 51 seats.The BJP’s campaign blitzkrieg was centred around Prime Minister Narendra Modi who crisscrossed the state, making an emotional pitch to Gujaratis to “strengthen him”, the son of the soil. He addressed around 30 rallies and road shows, wrapping up the campaign with two roadshows and covering more than over 50 km in Ahmedabad city that is considered to be the BJP’s bastion. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was the second-most prominent campaigner for the party. He was in the state for almost two months, micromanaging the campaign and election strategy for the BJP. He also spent a considerable time in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, finalising the candidate list and trying to pacify rebels.The BJP also deployed its heavy-hitters such as chief ministers Yogi Adityanath, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Pramod Sawant, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and national president JP Nadda for campaigning. The ruling party struck a balance between playing its Hindutva card — it raked up issues such as the 2002 riots and “love jihad”, and in its poll manifesto promised an anti-radicalisation cell and the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code — and its caste arithmetic.Unlike in 2017, when the Patidar quota agitation hit the party hard and benefitted the Congress, this time the BJP tried to get the caste calculus right. It dropped veterans and fielded at least 19 candidates who were originally from the Congress, emphasising “winnability” at the cost of some dissidence in its rank and file.AAP’s debutThe AAP put as much effort into its campaign as the BJP, with its convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann addressing almost as many rallies a day as Modi. With a debilitated Congress running a quiet campaign, the AAP succeeded in creating the perception that it is the main Opposition to the BJP. In a state where the BJP is overwhelmingly dominant, it projected itself as a better candidate to be a more vigilant Opposition than a deflated Congress.Kejriwal’s campaign was based on a call for change after decades of BJP rule and focused on pushing the Delhi school model, a set of “10 guarantees,” and the promise to take pilgrims to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Though the party is expected by all to open its account, most likely it has to be content with having a foundation on which it can build for the future in a state that has never had a third front.Interestingly, both the Congress and the BJP found common ground in their Opposition to the AAP, saying that the noise it created is disproportionate to its strength and that history isn’t on Kejriwal’s side when it comes to a third front. Former CMs Shankersinh Vaghela who led the Rashtriya Janata Party and Keshubhai Patel who led the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) failed in building a third front in the state.Congress’s troublesIn 2017, the Congress was able to take advantage of the churning in the state resulting from the disenchantment of the Patidar community, farmers and traders with the BJP. Before the elections, it deputed its top leader Ashok Gehlot, the current Rajasthan CM, to Gujarat well in advance and allocated significant resources for campaigning.But this time, Rahul Gandhi, who led a major outreach and travelled across the state, was busy with the Bharat Jodo Yatra and visited Gujarat only for a day. Save Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, other top leaders of the party were absent. Though former Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia claimed that this strategy of running a grassroots campaign “helped the candidates focus on the real issues of price rise, unemployment, on which the BJP avoided a debate”, the exit polls showed this will likely fail and lead to a further shrinking of its footprint in a state where it has been out of power for more than three decades.

Gujarat polls 2022: BJP poised to return to power, all eyes on how AAP will do
Lumpy Skin Disease: Over 2,000 animals died in state last week despite 100% vaccination of cattle
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 08-12-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 08-12-2022 | 11:45 am

A FEW days ago, on November 29, the Maharashtra government had announced completion of 100% vaccination of cattle in the state against Lumpy Skin Disease. However, from that date onwards till December 5, the state has seen 2,018 animal deaths as per the data available with The Indian Express.So far, the state has seen 24,430 cattle deaths due to the disease since the outbreak in mid-September.The government claims that it has vaccinated 100% cattle, which is over 1.39 crore animals in the state. However, the Opposition has raised doubts over the vaccination claims of the state government.As per the data of state’s Animal Husbandry department available with The Indian Express, the cattle affected by LSD in the state till December 5 is 3,50,171, out of which 24,430 animals have succumbed to the disease. “We have vaccinated 100% cattle in the state. The total number of vaccinated animals is 1,39,41,581 and we believe the disease is under control,” said an official from the Animal Husbandry department.On November 29, Maharashtra government had issued a notification which said that 100% vaccination of the cattle is achieved in the state. It said that permission has been given to transport animals from the LSD-affected areas to those which are not affected by the disease and carry the certificate of vaccination. It also said the district collector can give permission for animal fair and sports in areas other than controlled ones.However, the Opposition Congress has contested the claims of the state government. “If 100% vaccination is complete, then why animals are still getting infected and dying due to this disease? The government had claimed that timely vaccination of animals does not lead them to death and despite that hundreds of deaths are recorded in the state daily,” said Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole.Patole claimed that the state government’s efforts to vaccinate animals are not fool-proof and the claims of 100% vaccination need to be checked once again.

Lumpy Skin Disease: Over 2,000 animals died in state last week despite 100% vaccination of cattle