CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 APRIL 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SUU KYI APPEALS TO MEET HER LAWYERS IN PERSON UK LOBBYING SCANDAL SNARES FORMER PM P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature most likely to be around 37 °C and 26 °C respectively. P9 P6 India overtakes Brazil with 1.69L new cases RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Active cases have gone past 12-lakh mark; 904 fatalities in 24 hours Max. 87% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Min. 36% Max: 37.1°C (1) Min: 26.2°C (1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:19 hrs 17:56 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 05:32 hrs 18:11 hrs Next moon quarter on 20 April THUMBNAILS A view of the Golden Temple on the eve of Baisakhi festival,in Amritsar, Monday. AGENCIES IIP falls: Showing sluggishness in the economy amid the pandemic, industrial production contracted for the second straight month by 3.6 per cent in February due to poor performance of manufacturing and mining sectors, official data showed on Monday. The manufacturing sector ~ which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the index of industrial production (IIP)~declined by 3.7 per cent in February 2021, as per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO). Meanwhile, retail inflation rose to 5.52 per cent in March, mainly on account of higher P8 food prices. President Kovind returns after surgery: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said he has returned to Rashtrapati Bhavan after bypass surgery at the AIIMS New Delhi. Kovind, 75 , had on 30 March underwent a cardiac bypass surgery. “My speedy recovery is thanks to wishes and prayers of all of you and exceptional care given by doctors and nursing staff at AIIMS and Army's RR hospital. I am glad to be back home, Kovind tweeted. NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL ndia has surpassed Brazil to record the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases at 1,35,27,717, as a record 1,68,912 new infections were reported in a day. The active cases have surpassed the 12-lakh mark, while the death toll increased to 1,70,179 with 904 new fatalities in a day, the highest since 18 October, 2020, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Monday. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has fallen below 90 percent. According tothe Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data, India has overtaken Brazil, which is now at the third spot in the Covid tally with 1,34,82,023 cases. The United States has the highest number of cases at 3,11,98,055 while globally 13,61,36,954 cases have been reported. Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in a row, the active cases have increased to 12,01,009 in India comprising 8.88 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 89.86 percent. Before the latest surge, the active caseload was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020 and had decreased to1, 35,926 on February 12. Thenumber of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,21,56,529,while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.26 percent, I 61 students of IIM-C Covid +ve V-P, PM to meet Guvs NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Governors of various states on 14 April on the Covid19 situation, sources said on Monday. It would be the first meeting of this kind during the pandemic and has been convened amid the Centre looking to push for stronger adherence to the pandemic protocols among citizens across PTI the country. the data stated. 10 states~ Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a steep rise in the daily Covid19 cases accounting for 83.02 per centof the new infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily cases at 63,294. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 15,276 while Delhi reported 10,774 new cases. Sixteen states --Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are displaying an upward trajectory in 1,35,27,717 12,01,009 1,68,912 75,086 1,70,179 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 12 APRIL 2021 daily new cases. Ten States account for 89.16 per centof the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (349). Chhattisgarh follows with 122 daily deaths. Nine states and UTs have not reported any Covid-19 deaths in a span of 24 hours. These are Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh (UT), D&D and D&N, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh. Bengal cases: West Bengal recorded 4,511 fresh Covid cases, which is yet again the highest till date and 14 deaths today. The total Covid case count is 6,19,407 and death toll is 10,414 in the state till now while there are 26,531 active cases. Kolkata recorded 1,115 cases and 4 deaths. ‘Indian Ocean drill could lead to India-US friction’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL The US will not easily discard its hegemony in the Indian Ocean given its strategic location nor will it tolerate any country to share the hegemony with it and this will lead to frictions in strategic interests between India and the US, according to the state-run Chinese media. In an op-ed, the Global Times claimed that out of geopolitical causes, such as coping with the “so-called threat” from China, India has escalated collaboration with the US, but there were still many differences between the two countries. The daily was analysing the US Navy’s announcement last week that it carried out “freedom of navigation” oper- Sushil Chandra is new CEC NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra was on Monday appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner, the Law Ministry said. According to a statement issued by the Legislative Department of the ministry, Chandra will assume charge on 13 April. Incumbent Sunil Arora demits office on Monday. Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on 14 February, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He would demit office on 14 May, 2022. Under him, the EC would hold Assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly ends on 14 May next PTI year. In an op-ed, Global Times claimed that out of geopolitical causes, such as coping with the “so-called threat” from China, India has escalated collaboration with US, but there were still many differences between the two nations ations within India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) without seeking New Delhi’s consent. “This is evidently a kind of hegemonic practice. But since both Washington and New Delhi recently have promoted their ties and stepped up cooperation, including in the military, some analysts said their bilateral ties seem to have entered a honeymoon period,” the influential Chinese newspaper said. It wondered why the Indian government did not immediately respond to the US 7th Fleet’s transit. Instead, India conveyed its concern toWashington two days after the incident. There were domestic voices in India arguing the country’s response was soft, it claimed. “New Delhi has always seen itself as a hegemon in the Indian Ocean area, vigilant toward Washington’s military presence and activities in the region. Yet in recent years, to cope with China’s rise, India has tended to become more tolerant toward US naval operations,'' the daily added. Meanwhile, in another editorial on the 11th round KNIGHTS NOW OUT TO PUT MUMBAI IN THEIR PLACE SUGA IN AMERICA As many as 61 students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta have tested positive for the coronavirus since 2 April and are currently in isolation on campus. Board exams postponed in Maharashtra Maharashtra has postponed the state board exams for classes 10 and 12 amid the Covid surge. The class 12 exams will now be held by the end of May and 10 exams in June, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said Guj HC raps govt on Covid surge With number of daily Covid-19 cases in Gujarat crossing 5,500-mark and long queues to procure injections, the High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the situation, expressing its dissatisfaction over the State Government’s handling of the Covid-19 situation P12 India gets third vaccine jab as expert panel clears Sputnik NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL In view of surge in Covid cases and vaccines being much in demand, a government expert panel has given its nod to emergency use authorisation of Russian-made Covid vaccine, Sputnik-V, in India, Union Health Ministry sources said. After the Drug Controller General of India gives assent to the Subject Expert Committee’s approval, the sources said, India will have a third Covid vaccine after Astra Zeneca-Oxford University developed-Serum Institute of India-manufactured Covishield and Bharat Biotechdeveloped and manufactured Covaxin. According to ICMR’s Dr N.K. Arora, “Sputnik is a two dose vaccine. The composition of the first dose will be different from the second dose and there should be at least a three to four weeks gap between the first dose and the second. The published data suggest that it has 91 per cent efficacy. SNS MoCA bans catering in short duration flights ABHIJEET ANAND NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL In view of the steep rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has banned in-flight meals of short-duration flights. The Ministry considering the increasing threat of Covid-19 and its variants decided to reviewed onboard meal services in the domestic flight operations. The airlines, operating flights on domestic sectors may serve pre-packed snacks, meals, pre-packed beverages as per the policy of the airlines, wherein the flight duration is two hours or more. In all classes, tray setup, plates and cutlery will be completely disposable with no re-use, or cleaned and disinfected rotables will be used, the circular noted. In all classes, tea, coffee, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage services will be in disposable cans, containers, bottles, glasses. There will be no pouring service and beverages will be served in single-use disposable units. All used disposable and rotable meal trays, plates, cutleries, beverages bottles, cans, glasses will be disposed of in the trash bags, carts by the crew, at the end of the meal service. The crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal, beverage service. While domestic flights continue to operate, international scheduled commercial passenger flight services remain banned since March 2020. However, India continues to operate international flights under bilateral air bubble agreements with 30 countries. MAD SCRAMBLE Night curfew in Haryana Haryana on Monday announced a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am as the state battles a huge rise in coronavirus cases Passengers arrive from Mumbai by a special train, amidst surge in the coronavirus cases, at Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow on Monday. AGENCIES CBI calls Anil Deshmukh for questioning SHEER MADNESS of India-China senior commanders’ talks on the standoff in Eastern Ladakh, pointed out that the two sides failed to issue a joint statement, clearly suggesting that it would be challenging for them to iron out differences over disengagement at other friction points. It noted that the two sides had regularly issued a joint statement after the sixth round of meeting held in September 2020. Also, the statement from China this time around was issued by the PLA Western Theater Command and not the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. The latest meeting apparently did not result in an agreement of a full disengagement in other areas as expected. Domestic travel Pre-packed snacks, meals, beverages Tray set-up, plates and cutlery will be completely disposable No pouring service NEW DELHI, 12 APRIL Amidst rising coronavirus cases nationwide, sadhus during the second Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) at Har Ki Pouri, at Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar on Monday. AGENCIES (Report on P5) The CBI has called former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on Wednesday in connection with allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh and suspended officer Sachin Waze, officials said. The notice calling Deshmukh to join the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe was issued on Monday morning, a day after his two aides Sanjeev Palande and Kundan recorded their statements before the agency, the PTI officials said. In a first, Modi, Shah campaign on same day in West Bengal SNS& PTI KALIMPONG/RANAGHAT/ BARDHAMAN, 12 APRIL For the first time, this polling season Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were campaigning in Bengal on the same day. Drawing a cricket analogy, Prime Minister Modi said on Monday the people of Bengal have hit so many fours and sixes in the first four phases of the Assembly polls that the BJP has already completed its century and the TMC is on course to being wiped out. He came down hard on chief minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of instigating people against Central forces on election duty in the state. The Prime Minister also launched a blistering attack on Banerjee, saying she did not care to express regret after a Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in support of BJP candidates in East Burdwan on Monday. SANJOY KARMAKAR “leader very close to her” called Scheduled Castes “beggars”. “People of Bengal hit so many fours and sixes that BJP has already completed a century (of seats) in the first 4 phases of Assembly polls. They have wiped out the TMC in half the match (aadha mein poora saaf). “People of Bengal have clean bowled Didi in Nandigram and have asked her entire team to leave the field,” he told an election rally in Bardhaman. Seeking to allay fears created among the people of the hills by TMC’s “lies”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Monday that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will have no impact on the Gorkhas. Shah, during an address after a roadshow in Kalimpong, said as long as the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is there at the Centre, no Gorkha will be harmed. “NRC has not yet been implemented, but whenever it is done, not a single Gorkha will be asked to leave,” the senior BJP leader said. “The Trinamul Congress is lying about the possible fallout of NRC on the Gorkhas to create fear among them,” he said. Noting that Darjeeling and Kalimpong have suffered atrocities for long, Shah claimed in 1986, over 1,200 Gorkhas lost their lives, but they did not get justice. The home minister also alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government has also been responsible for the death of many Gorkhas in recent times. CMYK Mamata banned from campaigning for 24 hours SNS & AGENCIES KOLKATA, 12 APRIL Mamata Banerjee was banned from campaigning in Bengal for 24 hours this evening over speeches that the Election Commission said violated the poll code. The chief minister was accused of breaking the law with her comments on Muslim votes and for allegedly urging voters to revolt against central security forces. Mamata Banerjee announced a sit-in protest against the ban. “To protest against the undemocratic and unconstitutional decision of the Election Commission of India, I will sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from noon,” she tweeted. The ban till 8 p.m. on Tuesday~ outgoing Election Commissioner Sunil Arora’s final order~ comes halfway through the Bengal election, with four more rounds of voting left in an intense campaign pitting Mamata Banerjee against a galaxy of BJP leaders including Prime Minister Modi. The Bengal chief minister, 66, had been served two notices last week by the Election Commission, which said her replies to them betrayed “selective amnesia”. She was asked to explain her speeches on 28 March and 7 April, allegedly accusing Central forces of intimidating voters and urging women to hit back or surround the security personnel. “As and when whatever information we get regarding the Sitalkuchi incident, we will share with the media”, said Sanjay Basu, additional CEO. Meanwhile, Biman Basu, who led a delegation of Sanjukta Morcha while speaking to newspersons junked EC’s argument of an alleged mob attack trying to snatch the arms of the CISF personnel led to the opening of fire was highly “hypothetical” in the absence of documentation. Shortly after the EC’s decision, her party claimed that the poll panel was behaving like a “wing of the BJP” and its decision smacks of authoritarianism.
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