MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 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 P5 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain/drizzle. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 86% Min: 52% TEMPERATURE Max: 37.0°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 3:26 hrs Min: 26.6°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:27 hrs MOON SETS 16:32 hrs THUMBNAILS Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the Women's sinP12 gles final of the 2020 US Open. AFP Tamhane shines at Venice film fest: Director Chaitanya Tamhane won the best screenplay award for his Marathi-language feature The Disciple at the Venice Film Festival that saw Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao bagging the top prize of the coveted Golden Lion for her drama Nomadland. The winners of the main competition were announced by the festival jury during the closing ceremony, held on Saturday and live-streamed globally. P5 Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passes away KOEMAN'S REJUVENATING DECISIONS P10 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER T he issues of the ongoing standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the Opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government is seeking the passage of nearly two dozen legislations during the Covid-curtailed proceedings. The 18-day session is being held amid unprecedented precautionary measures against Covid-19 due to a continuing spike in cases. On the eve of the session, the Union Health Ministry reported 94,372 fresh cases in 24 hours. The government has listed 23 legislations for consideration and passage including 11 bills replacing ordinances. Several of the opposition parties are likely to oppose four of these Bills replacing ordinances relating to the farm sector and the banking regulation amendments. The opposition is seeking to corner the government on its handling of the standoff with China at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Covid-19 situation, economic downturn and unemployment, and is pressing for discussions on these issues. The Congress and other opposition parties raised these demands in the first business advisory committee (BAC) meeting for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla today, but the time for these discussions is yet to be allocated. The BAC for Lok Sabha will be held again on September 15 afternoon to further discuss the issues to chalk out the business schedule for the first week. The same demands were raised by the Congress in the BAC for Rajya Sabha too. The session will commence tomorrow with both houses paying obituary references to former President Pranab Mukherjee and other sitting and former members who have died during the interregnum period. Both Houses will be adjourned for an hour after the obituary references. The Rajya Sabha will then hold the election to the post of Deputy Chairman, while Lok Sabha will take up ‘The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020' and 'The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020', to replace the ordinances issued earlier. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the government is ready to discuss all issues decided by the BAC and has appealed to all parties for their cooperation. He said a meeting of leaders of various parties would be held on Tuesday on whether a discussion on the India-China border issue will be held. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Monsoon session is being held amid fear and unprecedented times due to Covid. He said, “India and China are in a conflict situation in Ladakh and there is tension, GDP is tumbling and inflation is rising”. “We want to discuss many issues in Parliament that the country and its citizens would want to hear about,” he said. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Congress has demanded that there should be a discussion on the situation at the border and Chinese aggression, as well as on the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy and joblessness, but the government is yet to give any assurance. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the Congress and other opposition parties will oppose four of the 11 legislations the government proposes to bring in the session to replace the ordinances issued earlier and expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reply to their concerns. Ramesh said the Congress is in touch with other like-minded parties and has decided to strongly oppose the three agriculture-related legislations and the amendment to the Banking Regulation Act in both houses of Parliament. See also Page 4 Opp parties slam govt after Yechury ‘named’ in riots charge sheet PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The CPI (M) Sunday criticised the government over the reference to its leader Sitaram Yechury and some civil society members in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police which cites statements from some accused to say that they mobilised anti-CAA protestors. The Congress also came out in support of Yechury and others named in the supplementary charge sheet. “The CPI(M) condemns this obnoxious action by the Delhi Police to further the narrative of its political masters and urges the government to desist from such acts of criminalising peaceful political protests, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo said in a statement. The reaction came a day after it was reported that the names of CPI(M) general secretary Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand figure in the supplementary charge sheet in the February riots cases, allegedly for “provoking and mobilising” anti-CAA protesters. The Sunday statement by the Politburo said it was “shocked by the brazenness with which the Delhi Police, acting under Home Minister Amit Shah, has tried to implicate prominent political leadership, academics, cultural personalities and activists in connection with the horrific communal violence in North East Delhi in February.” No condemnation is strong enough for this act of crude partisanship and vengeance, the statement said. The Congress said the BJP has “stooped to a new low” in its attempt to suppress peaceful dissent against its policies. “Delhi police have brought the criminal justice system to ridicule by naming Mr Sitaram Yechury and many other scholars and activists in a supplementary charge sheet in the Delhi riots case,” Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted. Delhi Police, however, downplayed the matter, saying one of the accused had disclosed these names in their disclosure statement. Delhi Police have not filed a charge sheet “against” Yechury and the others, police sources had said. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER With the addition of 94,372 fresh cases, along with 1,112 fresh deaths, India on Sunday morning crossed the 47 lakh-mark in its Covid-19 tally, reporting a a total of 47,54,356 cases. According to the daily tally put together by news agency PTI at 9 p.m, however, the total figure has gone past the 48 lakh mark. The PTI total, based on figures reported by states, stood at 48,36,188 cases. The total number of deaths stood at 79,644. Out of the total 47,54,356 cases reported by the Union health ministry at 8 a.m, 9,73,175 are active cases, 37,02,595 have been cured and discharged so far while 78,586 lost the battle against the virus. Also, in the previous 24 hours, 78,399 patients were discharged. While the recovery rate was at 77.77 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.66 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state, with a total of 10,15,681 cases including 28,726 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar. According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 10,71,702 sample tests in a single day on Saturday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,62,60,928. On the global front, India remains the second worst hit nation with the Covid-19 pandemic while DGCA clarifies on photography ‘ban’ NEW NORMAL PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER join Bihar's ruling JD(U) ahead of the state assembly polls likely in October-November. “Since the death of Jannayak Karpoori Thakur, I stood behind you for 32 years, but not now,” he had said in his brief one-line resignation letter to Prasad, who is serving sentences in four fodder scam cases in Ranchi. Hours later, Prasad wrote back from jail in complete disbelief. “I don't believe... a letter purportedly written by you is on social media. I, my family, and the RJD family that have nursed the party want you to get well soon and be amongst us,” Prasad wrote. “For four decades, we have together discussed political (matters)... You are not going anywhere, you understand,” he wrote. A galaxy of leaders, including President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad condoled Singh’s death. Obituary, Page 5 Covid-19: Over 94K fresh cases push tally past 47 lakh Curtailed Monsoon session of Parliament begins today; Govt to seek passage of 23 Bills PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, under whose stewardship of the rural development ministry the ambitious NREGA was launched by the Manmohan Singh government, died at AIIMS in New Delhi where he was admitted for treatment of postCovid complications. Singh, a socialist stalwart, was 74, and is survived by two sons and a daughter. He had fallen critically ill on Friday night and was put on ventilator in the ICU. Singh became breathless and developed other complications before breathing his last at 11 a.m, Kedar Yadav, a close associate of Singh said. Avadhesh Kumar Singh, the former Union minister's representative in Vaishali, said his mortal remains will be flown to Patna around 8 p.m. on Sunday. He will be cremated with full state honours at Hasanpur Ghat on the banks of the Ganga, about 15 km from his village Shahpur in Vaishali district. Singh, a long-time friend and associate of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, had resigned from the party on Thursday and speculation was rife that he could P12 Opp looks to corner govt on LAC row, Covid, economy NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER Veterans upset: A group of armed forces veterans on Sunday expressed shock at the attack on a retired Navy official in Mumbai by Shiv Sena members and said that the grant of bail to the accused has “added insult to injury”.“It is unbelievable that the Mumbai police investigation as well as the Maharashtra government prosecutors took this serious matter so casually that there has not been even a semblance of justice,” a statement signed by 600 veterans, including retired Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik, said. U.K. EX-PMs CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF BORIS’ BREXIT BILL MODI HAILS BIHAR AS POWER HOUSE OF TALENT ‘CONSPIRACY ON TO MALIGN MAHARASHTRA’ On board a Kolkata Metro train carrying NEET aspirants to their examination centres on Sunday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL Aviation regulator DGCA clarified on Sunday passengers can take photos and videos inside flights but can't use any recording equipment that creates chaos, disrupts flight operations, violates safety norms or is banned by the crew members. On Saturday, the regulator had said that a scheduled flight will be suspended for a period of two weeks if anyone is found taking photographs inside the plane. Two days back, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had asked IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after it found alleged violation of safety and socialdistancing protocols by mediapersons in the airline's Chandigarh-Mumbai flight of September 9 that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger. A video of the incident showed reporters and cameramen jostling and bunching up to get a comment from Ranaut, who was sitting in one of the front rows of the plane. The DGCA on Sunday clarified that a bona fide passenger travelling in a commercial flight may take photos and videos inside such an aircraft while in flight as per its circular dated December 9, 2004. “However, this permission does not include use of any recording equipment which imperils or compromises air safety; violates prevalent norms; creates chaos or disruption during operation of flight or expressly prohibited by crew,” the regulator noted in its order. Chyawanprash, yoga Union health ministry’s prescription for recuperating Covid patients STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stressed on ayurvedic intervention to manage postCovid conditions in its latest guidelines issued on Sunday for recovered patients, including use of chyawanprash and AYUSH medicines. In the guidelines, the Ministry recommended the use of immunity-boosting medicines like Ayush Kwath and Samshamani Vati on a daily basis, for effec- tive recovery from post-Covid health conditions. "In the clinical practice, chyawanprash is believed to be effective in postrecovery period," a Ministry advisory said while listing yoga, pranayama and daily walks among the other suggestions. The protocol provides an approach for managing patients who have recovered from Covid19 for care at home and is not meant to be seen as a preventive or curative therapy, the advisory said. At the individual level, the Min- istry advised people to strictly follow protocols like wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance, and other respiratory hygiene. It also suggested involvement in regular household chores, if health permitted. “Professional work should be resumed in a graded manner,” the ministry advisory added. Stressing the need to self-monitor one’s health at home, the ministry advised recuperating persons to check body temperatures and blood pressure on a regu- lar basis. It also asked them to take oxygen readings on pulse oximeters on the advice of doctors. “Look for early warning signs like high-grade fever, breathlessness, unexplained chest pain, onset of confusion, and focal weakness,” it said. At the community level, the Ministry advised for spread of awareness by recuperating persons about coronavirus by sharing experiences with friends and relatives and through the social media. “The sharing of these experiences on social media will help create public awareness, dispel myths, and stigma," the advisory said. Besides, the Ministry advised for mental health support, if needed. “Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers, and counsellor. If required, seek mental health support service. Take support of community-based self-help groups, civil society organisations, and qualified professionals for the recovery and rehabilitation process (medical, social, occupational, livelihood)," it said. 47,54,356 9,73,175 94,372 78,399 78,586 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 the US leads the board with 64,83,064 total cases. So far, globally, a total of 2,86,61,777 people have been infected with the deadly Covid-19 virus while a total of 9,19,094 persons have died due to the virus. Vaccine by early 2021, says Vardhan: A Covid-19 vaccine is likely to be available by early next year and the government is considering its emergency authorisation for high-risk people, Union minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday said, asserting he will take the first shot to address any trust deficit over its safety. According to a health ministry statement, Vardhan said while no date has been fixed for the launch of a vaccine, it may be ready by the first quarter of 2021, and made available first to those who need it the most, irrespective of their paying capacity, Delhi sees over 4K new virus cases for 5th day SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER Delhi today witnessed another spike in coronavirus infections (Covid-19), recording 4,235 fresh Covid cases, which took the cumulative total of such patients to 2,18, 304. This was the fifth consecutive day that Delhi recorded a daily spike of over 4,000 fresh Covid cases. The city recorded its biggest single-day jump of 4,321 new coronavirus cases yesterday, 4,266 on Friday, 4,308 on Thursday and 4,039 on Wednesday. The number of Covid tests conducted in the city today was also very high: 56,656. According to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin, the total Covid recovered cases in the city were now 1,84,748. The recovery rate was 84.62 per cent. The national capital today recorded 29 fresh Covid fatalities, which pushed its death toll due to coronavirus to 4,744. The Covid patients getting treatment in various hospitals numbered 6,503 and the count of active cases was 28,812. The bulletin stated that there were 15, 946 Covid patients getting treatment under home isolation in the city. Of 56,656 tests conducted to detect Covid infections, 10,116 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 46,540 rapid antigen tests. A record 60,580 tests were conducted last Friday, followed by 60,076 on Saturday. The health authorities have conducted around 5.5 lakh tests over the last 13 days — with an average of more than 42,000 a (SEE PAGE 2) day.
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