CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR NAVALNY CASE: GERMANY PRESSES RUSSIA ‘BORROW MORE TO STIMULATE DEMAND’ P4 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likey in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 34-28 degrees Celsius. COHEN CASTS HIMSELF AS STAR WITNESS AGAINST TRUMP P10 P10 PRESSURE IS A PRIVILEGE FOR SERENA P12 India adds record 90k PLA stuck in quicksand of its own making in Covid cases in 24 hrs Pangong: Think tank RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Gallops past Brazil in total case count, now behind only the USA Max.93% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Min. 62% Max: 34.1°C (2) Min: 28.1°C (2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:21 hrs 17:49 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 20:26 hrs 8:31 hrs Next moon quarter on 10 September THUMBNAILS Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh being received by Iranian minister of Defence, Amir Hatami, in Teheran on Sunday. PIB One killed in stabbing incident in Birmingham: UK police said a murder inquiry has been launched on Sunday after one man was killed and seven people injured in multiple stabbings overnight in the city of Birmingham. According to reports, West Midlands Police believe the victims were picked at random and do not believe the incident was terror or gang related. While a man and a woman are battling serious injuries, the injuries of five others P10 are not life-threatening, the force said. Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora Covid positive: Actor Arjun Kapoor on Sunday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is asymptomatic. The 35-year-old actor said he is ‘feeling ok’ and will be under home quarantine. Hours after Kapoor confirming that he has tested positive, beau and actress Malaika Arora’s sister Amrita Arora confirmed that her sister too has tested positive for Covid-19. “Yes, I have tested positive. I am asymptomatic and have self-quarantined at home. I will bounce back healthier and stronger,” Malaika said. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER he country added over 90,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day for the first time, the highest anywhere, as its case count mounted to over 41 lakh and it outstripped Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of cases, behind only the USA. Union health ministry data uploaded at 8 a.m. on Sunday showed that India had recorded 90,632 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the preceding 24-hour period, taking its total tally to 41,13,811, while the death toll climbed to 70,626 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 1,065 lives during the same period. However, according to reference website Worldometer.info, India’s total tally as of Sunday evening stood at 41,60,493 cases, compared to 41,23,000 cases for Brazil, and 64,34,526 cases for the USA. A PTI tally based on the figures reported by various states, put India’s total Covid-19 caseload at 41,93,237, as of Sunday evening, with the number of Covid-19 linked deaths coming to 71,586. The good news, according to the Union health Ministry is that the recovery rate is also the highest in the world with as many as 73,642 patients having recuperated in 24 hours. The total of recovered patients has surged to nearly 32 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 77.32 per cent. The case fatality rate, which is one of the lowest in the world has further T 41,13,811 8,62,320 90,632 A medical staff takes a sample from a woman that came with a child for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for Covid-19 at a school in New Delhi on Sunday. AFP 5 states, 1 UT with high Covid caseload asked to step up testing PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The Centre has asked five states and one Union Territory from where 35 districts have been reporting high active Covid-19 caseload and fatality rate to strengthen containment measures and scaleup testing to bring down positivity rate below five per cent. These 35 districts comprise all 11 districts in Delhi, Kolkata, Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas in West Bengal; Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, dropped to 1.72 per cent, said a senior officer of the Health Ministry. According to the Health Ministry, there are 8,62,320 active cases of Covid-19 Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Raigad, Jalgaon, Solapur, Satara, Palghar, Aurangabad, Dhule and Nanded in Maharashtra; Surat in Gujarat; Pondicherry in Puducherry and East Singhbhum in Jharkhand. In a review meeting presided by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, they were asked to ensure strict perimeter control, strengthen the active case search focusing on the comorbid and elderly population, early identification by ramping up testing and optional utilization of RT-PCR testing capacity. infection in the country accounting for only 20.96 per cent of the total caseload. “The spike in the daily recovered Covid-19 patients continues in the country. For NCB quizzes Rhea for about 6 hours PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 6 SEPTEMBER Actress Rhea Chakraborty was on Sunday questioned for about six hours by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs case linked to the death of her live-in partner and actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The 28-year-old arrived at the agency’s office in the Ballard Estate area at 12 noon and left shortly after 6 p.m. She was escorted by police personnel. Officials said she has been asked to appear again on Monday for questioning and recording of her statement like today. A team of the agency had early morning visited her home to serve summons to her for joining the probe. A team led by NCB joint director Sameer Wankhede had visited Rhea’s house in Santa Cruz (west) area accompanied by local police and women personnel. He said the agency also conducted fresh raids in this case against a man identified as Anuj Keshvani after his name came to the fore during the interrogation of Kaizan Ebrahim who was arrested by the agency earlier in the case. The agency has said it also wants to confront Rhea with her younger brother Showik Chakraborty (24), Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda (33) and his house staffer Dipesh Sawant in order to ascertain their individual roles in this alleged drug racket after it obtained mobile phone chat records and other electronic data that suggested some banned drugs were allegedly procured by these people. The NCB has, over the last two days, arrested these three men in this case. Officials said Rhea was questioned on these lines. Rhea, in interviews given to multiple TV news channels, has said that she has never consumed drugs herself. She had, however, claimed that the late actor used to consume marijuana. A total of eight people have been arrested till now by the NCB. When the probe in the case began, the agency had arrested two men, Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora, for alleged drug peddling and officials have claimed that through them they reached Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar who are allegedly linked to this drugs case as they were in touch with Miranda. Miranda, they had said, used to allegedly procure drugs from them on the purported instructions of Showik, agency officials said. 73,642 70,626 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2020 the second successive day, India has clocked a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day,” the Ministry said. A total of 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home or facility isolation or hospitals in a day, according to the Health Ministry data. “With this surge in numbers of patients getting recovered on a daily basis, India’s recovery rate has been further pushed upwards to 77.32 per cent,” the ministry said. Sustained efforts by the Centre, state and Union Territory governments have substantially resulted in a higher number of people getting identified at an early stage for the infection through very high levels of testing, the Ministry said. Spirited, tactically sound responses by India’s troops have left China stuck in a quicksand of its own making that it can neither extricate itself easily from nor remain stuck in for too long, a leading Amsterdam-based European think-tank has said while analysing the developments on the night of 29/30 August at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh. India has taken a leaf out of the Chinese book and taken control of some strategic heights not only on the southern bank of Pangong Tso, but also its northern bank, thereby bolstering its position, according to the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the European Union accredited independent, nonprofit think tank and policy research institution. India’s move has taken China by surprise and appears to have unsettled it, the institute said. The EFSAS noted that public opinion in China has been woven around a strong and invincible image of President Xi, which would be tarnished greatly were China to pack up and leave the Himalayan heights at this stage. Digging in for the long haul with winter fast approaching would present its own set of serious physical and logistical challenges at altitudes well over 4000 meters. As for India, the think- EFSAS also notes that despite the repeated incidents near Pangong Tso, the saving grace was that public statements still seem to be prioritising peace over a war tank said it had been brought out in October 2018 in the institute’s study paper titled The Doklam Standoff: A Template for Countering Chinese Belligerence and Expansionism that India had learnt from the Doklam face-off in 2017 that it was firm resolve on the ground backed by potent and demonstrated military capabilities that would force China to back down and negotiate. It said China had anticipated much less pushback against its attempts since April to alter the status of the LAC at multiple points through surreptitious incursions into India side. The institute said that despite the repeated incidents near Pangong Tso over the last few days and the visible erosion of trust, the saving grace was that public statements emanating from the two countries still seem to be prioritising peace over a war Kolkata containment zones down to one; state adds 3,087 new cases STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 6 SEPTEMBER West Bengal yet again recorded over 3,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day today even as the total number of containment zones across the state has come down with Kolkata having only one such zone. The lone containment zone in Kolkata is at Umesh Datta Lane in Girish Park, which is under Kolkata Municipal Corporation Ward 26 of Borough 4, according to the list released by the state government. On 11 May, there were 338 containment zones in the city which came down to 17 on 23 August and finally to one on 5 September. A total of 541 people in the city were detected Covid-19 positive during the preced- On 11 May, there were 338 containment zones in Kolkata, which came down to 17 on 23 August and finally to one on 5 September. The lone such zone is at Umesh Datta Lane in Girish Park ing 24 hours and eight people died due to the infection. North 24-Parganas registered the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state during the day with 590 cases and 10 deaths, though the district, as well as South 24Parganas, saw a fall in the number of containment zones. North and South 24-Par- ganas now have 31 and 54 zones respectively while Howrah and Hooghly have 74 and 18 zones respectively. Currently, there are altogether 2,662 containment zones in the state with Nadia having the highest number of 489 zones, while North Dinajpur, which had witnessed a surge in zones, has registered a dip with 292 zones. In the last 24 hours the state registered 3,087 fresh cases and 52 deaths due to the infection taking the total case count to 1,80,788 and death toll to 3,562 while there are 23,218 active cases. Recording a discharge rate of 85.19 per cent, 3,207 patients were discharged from hospitals in a day. A total of 1,54,008 patients have been discharged in the state till now. Key petitioner in ‘basic structure of Constitution’ case no more PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The acclaimed basic structure doctrine, which clipped the widest power of Parliament to amend the Constitution and simultaneously gave the judiciary the authority to review any amendment, came into being in 1973 while deciding a case of Kerala seer Kesavananda Bharati. Bharati, the petitioner in the landmark judgement in Indian legal history, died in Kerala on Sunday. In 1970, Bharati, the hereditary head of Edneer Hindu ‘Matha’ in Kasaragod district of Kerala, had moved the top court challenging the state government’s two land reform Acts meant to restrict the management of religious properties. The case had a number of firsts to its credit. It was heard by the largest bench ever of 13 judges for maximum number of days till date that is 68 and the judgment was 703page long. The arguments commenced on 31 October, 1972, and ended on 23 March, 1973. However, the most important takeaway of the historic judgment was that the principle that Parliament has all the power under the sun to amend every bit of the Constitution was shattered by a wafer-thin majority of 7:6 bench headed by Chief Justice S M Sikri with Justice H R Khanna leading from the Kesavananda Bharati had moved the top court challenging the Kerala government’s two land reform Acts. The historic judgment was that Parliament has all the power to amend every bit of the Constitution was shattered front. The then sharply-divided verdict, which later found many supporters among eminent jurists, had held that though Parliament has power to amend under Article 368 of the Constitution, it did not have the power to emasculate its basic features. It said every provision of the Constitution can be amended but they will be subject to judicial review to ascertain that the basic foundation and structure of the Constitution remains the same. Justice Khanna used the term ‘basic structure,’ in his judgment and said that judiciary has the power to review and strike down constitutional amendments and Acts which are not in conformity with the doctrine. The top court had given the broad outline as to what CMYK would be the part of the basic structure of the Constitution and had said that concept of secularism and democracy would be its part. It also left this issue wide open for future benches to decide as to what will be the part of the doctrine. Bharti, whose case was argued by one of the most eminent jurists, Nani Palkhivala, had challenged the validity of Kerala Land Reforms Amendment Acts of 1969 and 1971. These two laws were put in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution to keep them beyond the judicial review power of courts. However, later it became a case where the width and scope of Parliament to amend the Constitution under Arti- cle 368 was discussed and decided for all times to come. The 13-judge bench had delivered 11 separate judgments in which they agreed on some points and differed on some. But the ‘basic structure’ principle was supported by 7 out of 13 judges which later became ground of setting aside several constitutional amendments; one such recent case was the quashing of the Constitutional amendment and corresponding NJAC Act on appointment of judges in higher judiciary. It has been held that the independence of the judiciary has been the part of the basic structure of the Constitution and hence, not amendable. that would hurt both countries severely in critical spheres. Actually achieving such peace, though, would require a considerable amount of deft negotiations and mutual give and take, and hence the present standoff promised to linger and be protracted. The potential of violent flare-ups in the intervening sensitive period till an agreement was eventually reached existed, and both sides needed to be alert to prevent that from happening. The think tank said China, not without justification was feeling that any major act of aggression by it against India at a juncture when its own stock internationally was very low and highly suspect, could be the spark that would set off much bigger and wider events way beyond its control that it stood to suffer greatly from. BCCI finalises IPL schedule, MI to face CSK in opener DUBAI, 6 SEPTEMBER Ending days of anxious wait, the BCCI on Sunday released the schedule for the upcoming IPL, and in keeping with tradition, defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the opener in Abu Dhabi on 19 September. Moved out of India due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, the upcoming edition of the world’s biggest T20 league will be held in the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE. After the tournament-opener in the capital city, Dubai will host its first game the next day when Delhi Capitals take on Kings XI Punjab followed by the third match on Monday between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The action will then shift to Sharjah on 22 September when Rajasthan Royals will host Chennai Super Kings. There will be 10 double headers, with the first match starting at 3:30 p.m. IST and the second 7:30 p.m., according to a BCCI release. In all, 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah.Venues for the playoffs and the IPL 2020 final will be announced later. The final is slated for 10 November. The upcoming 53-day edition is by far the longest in the history of the league. The schedule was expected to be out in the last week of August but the announcement was delayed after 13 personnel of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp tested positive for the dreaded virus. Also, due to different quarantine rules in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, IPL’s operations team took time to PTI finalise the schedule. Details on Page 12
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