SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 AUGUST 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR CENTRAL BANKERS MUST STOP BEING NANNIES BIHAR POLICE ‘CAN’T LOCATE’ RHEA CHAKRABORTY P5 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Very light rain/drizzle. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 06.7 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 95% Min: 58% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.3°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:44 hrs MOON RISES 18:28 hrs Min: 26.8°C (0) SUN SETS 19:11 hrs MOON SETS 05:05 hrs THUMBNAILS Amar Singh passes away: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who once wielded immense influence in power circles as a close aide of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, has died in Singapore where he was undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments. Singh, 64, had undergone kidney transplant in 2011 and was not keeping well for a long time. He was admitted to a hospital in Singapore some P5 eight months ago. Vizag mishap: At least 11 people were killed at Hindustan Shipyard Limited in Visakhapatnam when a heavy duty crane collapsed during a trial run to test its load bearing capacity, trapping workers under its debris. Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered an inquiry into what is the latest among a series of worrisome industrial accidents that Vizag has witnessed in recent times, the last being the styrene gas leak from a LG PolyP4 mers plant which killed 12 people. P7 DHONI IS PAST HIS BEST, SAYS ROGER BINNY P10 India’s Covid tally races past 17 lakh P12 UNITED IN FAITH Month of July alone saw 65 per cent of total cases SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST India's Covid-19 tally of cases went past 17 lakh on Saturday evening, of which 11.1 lakh were reported in July alone thus accounting for about 65.48 per cent of the total instances of the viral infection reported in the country so far. While around 7.32 lakh new cases were registered between July 15 and 31, the past month also so 19,111 lives lost due to the disease, which is around 52.34 per cent of the total 36,511 deaths recorded so far. According to Union health ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Saturday, the country recorded 57,118 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours taking the tally to 16,95,988, while the death toll increased to 36,511 with 764 people succumbing to the disease during the same period. At the same time, the number of recoveries too surged to 10,94,374. This was the third consecutive day that Covid-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000. However, by the evening, a PTI tally of figures showed that India's Covid-19 count has crossed the 17-lakh mark and the number of recoveries has gone past 11 lakh. The tally has been compiled with information provided by respective states and union territories. 16,95,988 5,65,103 57,118 36,569 36,511 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 08.00 A.M. SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2020 The health ministry had in the morning reported that there are 5,65,103 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country. The recovery rate among Covid19 patients was recorded at 64.53 per cent, while the fatality rate had further dropped to 2.15 per cent, the data showed. India continues to maintain the record of registering the lowest Covid-19 mortality rate, the ministry said. “The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.15%, lowest since the 1st lockdown. It has been continuously reducing from around 3.33% in mid-June," the Shourie, Bhushan, Ram move SC, challenge validity of contempt law PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST Former Union minister Arun Shourie, journalist N Ram and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan have moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt for “scandalising the court”, saying it was violative of freedom of speech and right to equality. The petition, which may come up for hearing next week, challenged the validity of Section 2(1)(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 as being unconstitutional and incompatible to the basic feature of the Constitution and is vague and manifestly arbitrary. The provision defines what BIDEN’S SEARCH FOR RUNNING MATE IN FINAL STRETCH constituted criminal contempt and said that if by way of publication of words, the dignity of the courts is lowered and if they scandalise the courts then the offence of contempt of court is deemed to have been committed. The impugned sub-section is unconstitutional as it is incompatible with preambular values and basic features of the Constitution. It violates Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of speech and expression), is unconstitutional and incur- ably vague, said the plea filed through lawyer Kamini Jaiswal. The filing of the plea challenging the validity of the provision assumes significance in view of the fact that a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on July 22 had issued a show cause notice to Bhushan after taking note of a petition urging it to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him for his alleged tweets against the judiciary. This case is listed for hearing on August 5. The top court is also scheduled to hear on August 4 another criminal contempt case against Bhushan which was initiated in 2009 over his alleged comments against former CJIs in an interview given to a magazine. ministry said. The case fatality rate, in epidemiology, is the proportion of people who die from a disease among all individuals diagnosed with it. Meanwhile, the total number of recovered cases are nearly eleven lakh. With 36,569 patients discharged in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday, the total recoveries have jumped to 10,94,374. The recovery rate stands at 64.53 per cent amongst Covid-19 patients. With such a consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active Covid-19 cases currently stands at 5,29,271, according to the ministry. Of the new 764 deaths reported on Saturday, 265 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu, 84 from Karnataka, 68 from Andhra Pradesh, 45 from West Bengal, 43 from Uttar Pradesh, 27 from Delhi, 23 from Gujarat, 16 from Punjab, 14 each from Bihar and Telangana, 12 from Jammu and Kashmir and 11 from Rajasthan. Ten fatalities have been reported from Madhya Pradesh, eight from Odisha, four each from Assam, Haryana and Uttarakhand, three each from Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, two from Chhattisgarh while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Manipur and Puducherry registered one fatality each. Muslims offers Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid in Delhi on Saturday. NEP aimed at changing intent and content of education system: PM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the new education policy announced by the government emphasises on making ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’ and is an attempt to transform the intent and the content of the country's education system. Addressing the finale of the Smart India Hackathon, he said the National Education Policy-2020 facilitates inter-disciplinary study which will ensure that the focus is on what the students want to learn. “It is not just a policy document but a reflection of the aspirations of over 130 crore people. A large section of students feel they are judged on the basis of subjects in which they have no interest... often there is pressure from friends and families and they start studying a particular subject without interest,” he said. “This approach has contributed to a population which is literate but what it has studied is of no use to it... despite having a pile of degrees, individuals feel incomplete and lack con- fidence which affects their whole life. The new education policy is an attempt to change this approach and bring systematic reforms in the education system by reforming the intent and content,” he added. Modi said that the new NEP has been framed keeping in mind the aspirations of the youth of 21st century of our country. “The 21st century is the era of knowledge. This is the time for increased focus on learning, research, innovation. This is exactly what India's National Education Policy, 2020 does. We are focussing on the quality of education in India. Our attempts have been to make our education system the most Do not discredit your own legacy: Cong veterans to young leaders PRESS TRUST OF INDIA, NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST Amid an ongoing tussle between the young and old guard in the Congress, party veterans urged their colleagues on Saturday not to discredit their own legacy and said by doing so, they would only be aiding the BJP's designs to undermine the party in the public eye. Advising restraint in airing grievances in public, several former Union ministers cautioned party colleagues, saying such tendencies divide the Congress at a time when unity is needed. They also said one needs to learn from past defeats and revive the party rather than play into the hands of its “ideological enemies”. Rising in defence of the Congress-led United Progressive The debate was triggered by Rajiv Satav, who asked former ministers Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram to introspect on the decline of the party Alliance (UPA), the performance of which was questioned by young leader Rajiv Satav at a recent meeting of the party's Rajya Sabha MPs, former Union minister Anand Sharma said no one discredits their own legacy. “Congressmen must be proud of the UPA's legacy. No party disowns or discredits its legacy. Nobody expects the BJP to be charitable and give us credit, but our own should respect and not forget,” the deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha said. Another leader said it is sad to see certain elements in the Congress knowingly or unknowingly aiding the BJP's design of keeping the party at loggerheads in public perception, when everyone should be seen united against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. “BJP was out of power for 10 years 2004-14. Not once did they ever blame Vajpayee or his Government for their then predicaments. In Congress, unfortunately, some illinformed would rather take swipes at Dr Manmohan Singhled UPA govt than fight NDA/BJP. When unity is required they divide,” former Union minister Manish Tewari wrote on Twitter. Replying to Tewari, former MP Milind Deora said, “Well said, Manish. When demitting office in 2014, Dr Manmohan Singh said, ‘history will be kinder to me’.” “Could he have ever imagined that some from his own party would dismiss his years of service to the nation and seek to destroy his legacy - that, too, in his presence?” Deora asked in a tweet. Another former Union minister, Shashi Tharoor, agreed withTewari and Deora and said, “UPA's transformative ten years were distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative. There's plenty to learn from our defeats and much to be done to revive Congress. But not by playing into the hands of our ideological enemies.” Punjab hooch tragedy toll goes up to 86 Trump says will ban TikTok in the USA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 1 AUGUST Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered the suspension of, and inquiry against, seven excise and taxation officers and inspectors, along with six officers of Punjab Police, in connection with the hooch tragedy, which has so far claimed 86 lives in the three districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar Rural and Gurdaspur. As the death toll in the hooch tragedy rose, the Punjab Police on Saturday arrested 17 more persons in a massive crackdown spanning more than 100 raids in the three affected districts of Amritsar Rural, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, along with several other places in and around Rajpura and Shambhu border. The Tarn Taran accounts for 63 deaths, followed by 12 for Amritsar (rural) and 11 in Gurdaspur (Batala) total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 25. A mafia mastermind, a woman kingpin, a transport owner, a wanted criminal and owners/managers of various dhabas from where the illicit liquor was being supplied are among the arrested, Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said. The raiding parties have also seized large quantities of Lahan from various villages and dhabas in the region around the Shambhu border, Rajpura and Patiala, he said, adding that the raids had exposed a massive racket in illicit liquor, extending across several districts. The dhabas, identified as Zilmil Dhaba, Green Dhaba, Chhinda Dhaba on Shambhu, and Banur and Rajpura in Patiala, have been sealed. Meanwhile, the CM has also announced Rs 2 lakhs exgratia compensation to each of the families of the deceased, most of whom are from Tarn Taran, which accounts for 63 deaths, followed by 12 in Amritsar (rural) and 11 in Gurdaspur (Batala). Strict action will be taken against any public servant or others found complicit in the case, said the CM, describing the police and excise department failure to check the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor as shameful. During the 13th edition of the Facebook Live #AskCap- tain interaction, the CM announced the suspension of ETOs (excise and taxation officers) Lovejinder Brar from Gurdaspur, BS Chahal from Amritsar and Madhur Bhatia from Tarn Taran. The excise and taxation inspectors who have been suspended with immediate effect are Ravi Kumar (Gurdaspur), Gurdeep Singh (Amritsar) and Pukhraj from Fatehbad and Hitesh Prabhakar from City Tarn Taran in district Tarn Taran. The police officers suspended on charges of negligence in duty include deputy superintendents of police of Jandiala (Amritsar Rural) and Tarn Taran, and the station house officers of Tarsikka (Amritsar Rural), City Batala (Batala police district), Sadar Tarn Taran and City Tarn Taran. AMARJEET SINGH PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 1 AUGUST US President Donald Trump has said that he will act to ban TikTok as soon as on Saturday, amidst reports of American technology giant Microsoft being in advanced talks to acquire the popular Chinese-owned video app. Trump, talking to reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force 1 from Florida on Friday, said he could use the emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States. As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States, he said. Referring to the emergency economic powers, the President said: Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that. Trump also made it clear that he was not in favour of a deal to let a US company buy TikTok's American operations. Trump added that he planned to take action against the popular video-sharing app as soon as Saturday. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, including TikTok, a move the Trump administration has welcomed. The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft, headed by Indian-American Satya Nadella, is in advanced talks to acquire the US operations of TikTok. The deal could run into billions of dollars.“A deal could be completed by Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, and the talks involve representatives from Microsoft, ByteDance and the White House. Talks are fluid, and a deal may not come together,” the report said. China-based ByteDance is the parent company of TikTok. Media reports also said the Trump administration will order ByteDance to divest of its ownership of TikTok's US operations. advance and modern for students of our country. “The policy is about the spirit which reflects that we are shifting from the burden of the school bag, which does not last beyond school, to the boon of learning which helps for life, from simply memorising to critical thinking. The role of the youth is very important in achieving the goal of 'ease of living' to give a better life to the poor,” he said, while addressing students. The NEP approved by the Union Cabinet earlier this week replaces the 1986 National Policy on Education and is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems. Covid-19: Fresh serosurvey begins in Delhi SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST A fresh sero-prevalence survey began in Delhi today, with the five-day exercise set to cover all districts and various demographic segments. The exercise is being undertaken for a comprehensive assessment of the novel coronavirus (Covid19) situation in the national capital. A senior government official said 15,000 samples would be collected from 1 to 5 August as part of the exercise, spanning different areas and age groups.The representative samples will be taken from all the 11 districts of Delhi. A sero-prevalence survey involves testing the blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against infection. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on 22 July had announced that after analysing the results of the last serosurvey, it was decided that more such exercises would be undertaken every month to formulate better policies for tackling the Covid situation in the city. The last sero-prevalence survey was conducted by the Delhi government in collaboration with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) from 27 June to 10 July. The last sero-prevalance survey had found that around 23 per cent of the people surveyed in Delhi had been exposed to the novel coronavirus, the central government had then said. Meanwhile, the national capital today recorded 1,118 fresh coronavirus cases, and 26 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours. Delhi has so far recorded a total of 1,36,716 Covid cases, of which 1,22,131 patients have recovered, according to the Delhi government’s latest health (SEE PAGE 2) bulletin.
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