CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 MAY 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 NEPAL PM TO SEEK CONFIDENCE VOTE ON 10 MAY BIDEN RECALLS RAID ON BIN LADEN IN 2011 P10 Rain or thundershowers accompanied with gusty wind likely. Temperature to be in the range of 35-25 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 002.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P9 P4 P12 Mamata to take oath as WB CM on 5 May WEATHER Max. 81% ‘PERSONA NON GRATA IN THE TEAM HE LED’ ‘SWEARING-IN CEREMONY WILL BE SIMPLE’ Min. 42% Max: 35.1°C (N) Min: 23.6°C (-2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:02 hrs 18:04 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS -- -10:45 hrs Next moon quarter on 04 May THUMBNAILS People above 18 years of age queue up for vaccination against Covid-19 , at a centre in the Capital on Monday. SNS Banerjee called on the Governor and said oath-taking ceremony for her third consecutive term as CM would be a low-key affair STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 MAY amata Banerjee will be sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third time on 5 May, her party announced on Monday. The newly-elected MLAs of the Trinamul Congress unanimously elected Banerjee as the legislative party leader at a meeting here, its secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said. The TMC legislators elected the speaker in the outgoing House, Biman Banerjee, as the pro-tem speaker in the new Assembly. “The newly-elected members will take oath in the Assembly from 6 May,” Chatterjee told reporters at the party headquarters here M after the meeting of the legislators. Miss Banerjee today declared that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the oath-taking ceremony would be a low-key affair in keeping with Covid protocols. She also said her party would arrange a grand celebration after the pandemic is over and would organise the meeting at Brigade Parade ground where other chief ministers and Opposition leaders of different states would be invited. Mentioning that all the national leaders, including Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Akhilesh Yadav called ‘Nandigram RO did not order recounting as he feared for life’ SNS/PTI KOLKATA, 3 MAY Trinamul supremo Mamata Banerjee meets West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan, on Monday her to congratulate her on the electoral success, Banerjee said, “There is a lot of time to think on this. This is a time when we should fight Covid and I am only SNS & PTI The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and states to inform their chief secretaries and police chiefs that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment to individuals seeking help on any platform in relation to Covid-19 would result in coercive action NEW DELHI, 3 MAY Manipur HC to rescue of Myanmarese refugees: The Manipur High Court on Monday came to the rescue of seven Myanmarese Citizens who had entered India defying a Government of India's standing order that no Myanmarese citizens should be allowed to enter Indian territory in view of the recent coup in that country and in the wake of the massive civil uprising there which has costed hundreds of lives till date.(P4) Concerned over surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, the Supreme Court said the Centre and state governments may consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare. However, the apex court put a caveat before them saying if they decide to go for lockdown then arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of the poor people. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, in its order passed in the suo motu case for ensuring essential supplies and services during the Covid-19 pandemic, also asked Modi to hold virtual summit with UK PM today: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson tomorrow. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the summit will be an important opportunity to elevate multifaceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Both leaders will also discuss Covid-19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic. A comprehensive ''Roadmap 2030'' will be launched during the summit. (P5) STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 3 MAY Twenty four patients, many of them young, who were getting treated for the Covid -19 virus in Chamarajanagar district, near Mysuru, died yesterday after the hospital ran out of oxygen. According to the officials, about 23 deaths occurred in the district Covid hospital while another passed away at a private institution. The deaths have triggered anxiety and panic among the relatives of patients in general, troubled as they are over the scarcity of oxygen in the hospitals. The incident has also led to allegations that the district administrators of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar had failed to initiate a coordinated approach, The deaths were reported after there was a fall in oxygen supply level on Monday DISTRICT HOSPITAL OFFICIAL resulting in the loss of lives. In fact, oxygen supplies that were due to reach Chamarajanagar from Mysuru did not arrive on time, to go by a local official . The Mysuru authorities, on their part, claimed that about 250 oxygen cylinders were despatched and that there was no delay on their part. Even as Opposition parties slammed the government, seeking a judicial probe into the incident, chief minister B S Yedyurappa, sent health minister , K Sudhakar, to Chamarajanagar. He has also convened a cabinet meeting tomorrow. KOLKATA, 3 MAY Two of southern Asia’s most senior cricket board officials are said informally to have questioned today the wisdom behind the International Cricket Council sticking with India as the host of this year’s Twenty 20 World Cup after a pair of Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing tonight’s KKR-versus-Royal Challengers Bangalore to be postponed. “Who will rely on an Indian bio bubble after this?” one of the officials reportedly told his associates in a capital city, sources told The Statesman insisting on anonymity. The other highup is believed to have spoken pessimistically about the ICC being powerful enough to Sources close to BCCI were inclined to think it was too early to talk about taking the WC away from India take an unpleasant decision. “It’s extremely doubtful that they can take the tournament off India, which wields a lot of clout because it bankrolls the game,” he said, adding that precious time was being lost even though it was clear that, given the magnitude of the Indian Covid 19 situation, a recovery fast and enduring enough might be an unrealistic hope. The competition is fixed for October-November. ICC media manager Rajshekhar Rao told The Statesman the global authorities were monitoring the situation and were also in com- had called me before.” “At the same time, I would like to remind the BJP that what it is doing is not the Centre and state governments to put on record the efforts taken and to be taken by them in future to ensure the virus does not spread further. In a 64-page order uploaded on the apex court’s website late Sunday night, the bench, also comprising justices L Nagesara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, said, “In light of the continuing surge of infections in the second wave In these trying times, those desperately seeking help for their loved ones on these platforms should not have their misery compounded through the actions of the State and its instrumentalities SUPREME COURT of the pandemic, we direct the Central Government and State Governments to put on record the efforts taken to curb the spread of the virus and the measures that they plan on taking in the near future. At the same time, we would seriously urge the Central and State Governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events. India clocks 3.68L new cases; PM reviews Covid staff strength STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 MAY In a significant move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced a slew of measures aimed at ramping up availability of doctors and medical staff to deal with surging number of Covid 19 cases in the country. The decision came during a review meeting held to assess the requirement of ‘adequate human resources for responding to the Covid19 pandemic.’ The daily Covid-19 cases in India showed a slight dip with 3,68,147 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, taking the total tally of cases to1,99,25,604, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Monday. “It was decided to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months and the exam will not be held ‘Let’s get the World Cup out of India’ PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY focused on that. The Prime Minister didn’t call me. That doesn’t matter though. He might be busy, but he Consider lockdown: Top court to Centre, states FINAL COUNT O2 shortage kills 24 Covid patients in Karnataka West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Monday that the returning officer of Nandigram feared for his life and so he did not give a recounting order. Addressing a Press meet, Banerjee reiterated that she will move court over the election result in Nandigram where she lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Mamata Banerjee made public a purported SMS from the Nandigram Returning Officer to a CEO official, claiming that he had expressed fear that if he ordered recounting he would face serious consequences, and may even have to die by suicide. “How come EC reverse Nandigram result after formally announcing it? We will move court against this,” she said. Details on Page 3 munication with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Sources close to the BCCI spoken to by The Statesman were inclined to think it was too early even to talk about taking the World Cup away from this country but the sceptic high-ups elsewhere on the sub-continent disagreed. They negotiations with television tend invariably to take a lot of time nowadays, it was pointed out. “You also have to take into account the fact that a few Australian cricketers left the IPL this time around even as their teams played matches and they had very few good things to say about the situation in India. And it isn’t as if India will have to clung on to even it’s left palpably overwhelmed as its second coronavirus surge wreaks havoc,” it was said. (See also Page 12) correct. One of the supporters has been killed in East Burdwan. They are torturing our supporters in Cooch Behar,” she said, adding, “I also want to tell the police that some of them have worked in favour of the BJP But this is the time . when we should work together to save people from Covid.” TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee met West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan today evening and tendered her resignation as chief minister of the present government staking claim to form the government. Party’s secretary-general Partha Chatterjee and Trinamul Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee accompanied her to Raj Bhavan. ON WARFOOTING To postpone NEETPG for at least 4 months. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties To allow deployment of Medical Interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty before 31 August 2021. Students will also be given atleast one month of time after announcement of exam before it is conducted. This will make a large number of qualified doctors available for Covid duties,” a note from Prime Minister Office stated here. Accordingly it was also decided to allow deployment of Medical Interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation. “The services of Final Year MBBS students can be utilised for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of Faculty. This will reduce the workload on existing doctors engaged in Covid duty and provide boost to efforts of triaging,” the PMO note further added. The services of Final Year PG Students (broad as well as super-specialities) as residents is also proposed to be utilised until fresh batches of PG Students joined. B.Sc./ GNM Qualified Nurses is also to be utilised for full-time Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses. Accordingly, “individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitments after they complete minimum of 100 days of Covid duty.” To ensure safety, the medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. “All health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government and be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from Government of India,” the note further added. Bengal cases: West Bengal registered 17,501 fresh Covid cases and 98 deaths today. Kolkata recorded 3,990 cases and 21 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 8,80,894 and death The apex court said however that NEW DELHI, 3 MAY Batting for “free flow of dialogue” in courts, the Supreme Court on Monday said it would neither restrain the media from reporting oral observations made during proceedings in public interest, nor demoralise high courts - “vital pillars of democracy” by asking them to refrain from raising questions. The apex court said however that it’s order would take into account Election Commission’s submission that wanton charges levelled against it by the Madras High Court were unwarranted and would try to strike a balance between two Constitutional bodies. It termed as too farfetched the poll panel’s plea of restraining media from reporting remarks made in it’s order would take into account Election Commission’s submission that wanton charges levelled against it by the Madras High Court were unwarranted and would try to strike a balance between two Constitutional bodies. court proceedings. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah reserved its order on the EC appeal against the Madras High Court’s “critical” remarks holding it responsible for surge in Covid-19 cases in the country and fastening responsibility on its officials with the murder charge. It assured the poll panel that the high court’s remarks were not meant to “run down” a Constitutional body but may have been made momentarily in the flow of discussions and that’s why it was not in CMYK EC plea on media too far fetched, it can’t be restrained from reporting court discussions SUPREME COURT the judicial order. Election Commission is a seasoned constitutional body, entrusted with the responsibility to ensure free and fair election in the country. It should not be rattled by the observations made. “We cannot say in today’s time the media will not report the discussions taking place in the court as it is also in public interest. The discussions that take place in courts are also important as is the order. Therefore, unfolding of the process in the court of law is in public interest,” the bench Covid battle rages on 1,99,25,604 34,13,642 3,68,147 3,00,732 2,18,959 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 03 MAY 2021 toll is 11,637 in the state till now while there are 1,19,961 active cases. SC rules out media gag, demoralising HCs SNS & PTI They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare, Justice Chandrachud, writing the order for the bench, said. The apex court said that it was cognizant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalized communities. Thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities, it said. The bench on 22 April had taken note of the pandemic situation due to sudden surge in Covid cases and said it expected the Centre to come out with a national plan to deal with the distribution of essential services and supplies. said. It said that the media is a powerful watchdog of unfolding of the process in court of law and we cannot object to that reporting by media. Justice Chandrachud said that judges ask questions to elicit response from lawyers and it does not mean that the court is against that person or body. We have an Indian pattern of arguments in our courts. It’s not a monologue that one person will speak and then judges will speak. We have discussions here and there is an aspect of application of mind, the bench said. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for EC said it is not objecting to the observations made by the High Courts but it has to be in the context of matter in hand and there should not be any off-the-cuff remarks. Tankers with medical oxygen gas for Covid patients, arrive in Ghaziabad on Monday SC directs Centre to revisit vaccine policy: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to revisit its Covid19 vaccine pricing policy, saying the differential pricing would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health. (P5) Very early signs of plateauing in some states: The Centre on Monday said some states are showing very early signs of plateauing in daily new Covid-19 cases, while some remain a cause of concern. 13 states, including Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Punjab are showing signs of plateauing while Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal are showing an increasing trend in daily cases. SC directs Centre to prepare buffer stock of O2: The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes in collaboration with states and decentralise the location of the stocks so that it is immediately available if the normal supply (P5) chain is disrupted. 30 people on board Air India flight found positive: At least 30 people on board Air India’s Amritsar-Rome flight last Wednesday were found Covid positive on arrival. At least two of the 30 are flight crew members, they added.
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