MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. COHEN CASTS HIMSELF AS STAR WITNESS AGAINST TRUMP NAVALNY CASE: GERMANY PRESSES RUSSIA ‘BORROW MORE TO STIMULATE DEMAND’ P10 P10 India adds record 90k Covid cases in 24 hrs RAINFALL: 018.8 Mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Gallops past Brazil in total case count, now behind only the USA Max: 100% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 61% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.5°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:03 hrs MOON RISES 21:39 hrs THUMBNAILS Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh being received by Iranian Minister of Defence, PIB Amir Hatami, in Teheran on Sunday. 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 are P10 not life-threatening, the force said. Delhi’s single-day Covid cases top 3K: Delhi on d Sunday recorded 3,256 coronavirus (Covid-19) cases — its highest single-day spike in about two-and-a-half months — which took the city’s Covid caseload to 1,91, 449, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. The recovered Covid patients discharged from different hospitals in the national capital during the past 24 hours were 2,188 , which took the cumulative total of such patients to 1,65,973. Delhi’s Covid P4 recovery rate dipped to 86.69 per cent. T 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 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 AFP Covid-19 at a school in New Delhi on Sunday. 73,642 5 states, 1 UT with high Covid caseload asked to step up testing 70,626 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 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 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 the second successive day, India has clocked a record recovery of more than 70,000 Delhi, Kolkata, Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas inWest Bengal; Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, 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 PTI Jharkhand. 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 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. 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 703- P12 PLA stuck in quicksand of its own making in Pangong: Think tank STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Min: 23.0°C (-3) SUN SETS 18:35 hrs MOON SETS 11:07 hrs PRESSURE IS A PRIVILEGE FOR SERENA page 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 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. TURN TO PAGE 4 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2020 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 thinktank 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-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 PangongTso 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 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.
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