CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 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 ‘MARSHAL ALL RESOURCES TO FIGHT COVID SURGE IN INDIA’ NETANYAHU FACES MIDNIGHT DEADLINE TO FORM COALITION GOVT P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 32-24 degrees Celsius. P10 P4 India’s Covid tally crosses 2 cr-mark RAINFALL: 27.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Receives essential medical supplies from US, Ireland, UAE and Kuwait Max.96% SNS & PTI TEMPERATURE Min. 59% Max: 29.5°C (-6) Min: 21.2°C (-5) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:02 hrs 18:05 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 01:18 hrs 12:43 hrs Next new moon on 12 May THUMBNAILS A medic administers Covid-19 vaccine at Saraswati Vihar polyclinic, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS J&K ex-Guv Jagmohan passes away: Former G Union minister and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan, whose tough measures as an administrator in various roles won him many admirers but also drew criticism from some quarters, passed away following an illness. He was 93. The J&K administration has announced a three-day state mourning till Thursday on his demise. Jagmohan was first appointed the erstwhile state’s Governor in 1984 and P5 completed his five-year tenure. Kangana's Twitter account permanently suspended: Twitter on Tuesday said it has permanently suspended Kangana Ranaut's account for repeatedly violating its rules. “We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. The referenced account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of our Hateful Conduct policy and Abusive Behaviour policy,” a spokesperson said. NEW DELHI, 4 MAY ndia’s total tally of Covid-19 cases crossed the 2-crore mark with over 50 lakh infections being added in just 15 days. The total tally of cases in the country mounted to 2,02,82,833 with 3,57,229 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 2,22,408 with 3,449 new fatalities,according to the Union health ministry data updated today. Registering a steady increase, the active cases have climbed to 34,47,133; the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,66,13,292, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.10 per cent, the data stated. The 3,449 new fatalities include 567 from Maharashtra, 448 from Delhi. I Foreign supplies arrive: India today received essential medical supplies from several countries, including the US, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as hospitals across the country continued to reel under an exponential growth in Covid-19 cases. Seven tankers each carrying 20 metric tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) arrive at Mundra Port in Gujarat in the first such shipment of LMO to India. A special flight from the US brought to Delhi MUCH ADO ABOUT SPECTATORS IN TOKYO OLYMPICS STALIN TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DMK MEN FOR VANDALISM 2,02,82,833 34,47,133 3,57,229 Relatives mourn the death of a Covid-19 victim, at a crematorium in New Delhi on Tuesday. 3,20,289 the country’s fifth consignment of medical aid comprising 545 oxygen concentrators. The second shipment of medical supplies from Ireland, included two oxygen generators, 548 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators and other medical equipment. An Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 450 oxygen cylinders arrived in Chennai from the United Kingdom, External Affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. India also received a shipment of 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies from Kuwait. Under the additional package, Denmark is sending to India 53 ventilators and Spain is supplying 119 oxygen concentrators and 145 ventilators. came into effect today. Certain categories of students, academics, journalists and individuals have been exempted from the ban, according to the US State Department. US nationals, those having green cards, their non-citizen spouses and children below 21 years, are among the various categories exempted from the restrictions. The new travel restrictions have been imposed for an indefinite period and will require another presidential proclamation to end it. Students seeking to commence studies in the fall, academics, journalists and individuals who provide critical infrastructure support in countries affected by a geographic Covid-19 restriction may qualify for the exception, it said. US travel ban comes into force:The travel ban imposed by US President Joe Biden for people coming from India Nearly 16 crore got jabs: The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 2,22,408 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 04 MAY 2021 15.89 crore on Tuesday with more than four lakh people aged between 18 to 44 years vaccinated in the Phase-3 drive. A total of 4,06,339 beneficiaries of the age group between 18 and 44 years received their first dose of Covid vaccine across 12 states and Union Territories. Cumulatively, 15,89,32,921 vaccine doses have been administered through 23,35,822 sessions so far, as per the provisional report till 7 am today, said ministry of health and family welfare (MoHF). While 4,06,339 beneficiaries aged between 1844 years have received first dose, those aged between 45 and 60 account for 5,30,50,669 who were administered first dose and 41,42,786 injected the second. Mamata 3.0: New faces may get Cabinet berths SOMA MOOKHERJEE KARACHI, 4 MAY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 MAY This was the day when the bottom dropped out of it, laugh awhile or move on. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s hauteur and amazing insensitivity in trying to carry on as business as usual in defiance of India’s appalling, current Covid-19 crisis notwithstanding, the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League was today “suspended indefinitely.” Truth to tell, Sourav Ganguly’s BCCI let up only when it couldn’t be helped any more. Covid-19 had got into the IPL’s so-called controlled interior and no professionally aired eulogy by any stalwart would have sufficed. The official focus is now on making sure everybody goes home safely, it was said. So they knew even that could be difficult. Players in SunRisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals, said to be Wriddhiman Saha and Amit Mishra, having tested positive for the coronavirus, there was no alternative to the shelving, it was said. The caseload was piling up, somewhat inexorably. Earlier in the day, the BCCI said it would reschedule tomorrow's match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals here as CSK had been forced into a hard quarantine with bowling coach L Balaji testing positive for Covid-19. The subsequent suspension of the entire tournament was confirmed by IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel. BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said: “We will try to decide if we can find a suitable window later in the year. It could be September. As of now we are not conducting it any further.” Coronavirus infections inside the IPL’s bio bubble were said to have started with Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakrabarty and Sandeep Warrier coming to be afflicted with the disease ahead of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned outfit’s game versus Royal Challengers Bangalore, originally fixed for last night, which was put off without a fresh date being announced simultaneously for exchanges to take place. SRH were to meet Mumbai Indians tonight in New Delhi. “The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind,” the cricket board said today, having virtually ignored it all all these days when widespread and mounting criticism of the continuation of the IPL in the midst of the countrywide coronavirus crisis, or its devastating second surge, did not seem to matter to it at all. There were reports last night the BCCI, having planned a six-venue competition, was contemplating bunging every- The International Cricket Council is in contact with the Emirates Cricket Board to move the Twenty20 World Cup from India to the United Arab Emirates since the coronavirus situation in India is worsening daily. Reliable sources told DawnNews today the ICC and and the Board of Control for Cricket in India were now convinced the Covid19 crisis in India made it impossible to stage the tournament in that country. “The ICC and the BCCI are discussing shifting the event to the UAE and an announcement is likely to be made in the next two DAWN/ANN weeks.” Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as West Bengal chief minister for the third time likely at 11 am tomorrow. Party sources revealed new faces will be inducted into the Cabinet. But as the Trinamul Congress chief, Miss Banerjee’s edict over choosing her Cabinet colleagues will be final. Some who had been ministers in the last Cabinet may lose their portfolios. Among the new entrants, Madan Mitra and Dr Manas Bhuinya, winners from Kamarhati and Sabong, respectively, are likely to become ministers. Earlier, Mitra was the state transport minister and Bhuinya, the state irrigation minister when Congress was in alliance with Trinamul Congress in 2011. Party sources revealed that there are demands from Budge Budge to make Ashoke Deb a minister since he has been winning the election since 2001. Moreover, TMC this time has given a stunning performances in South 24 Parganas where it won 30 out of 31 seats. Biman Banerjee, who was elected from Baruipur (west) would be made the Speaker of the state Assembly for the third time. The existing ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Dr Sashi Panja, Shovandeb Chattopadhyay, Bratya Basu, Ashish Banerjee, Chandranath Sinha are most likely to retain their portfolios. Partha Bhowmik, Nirmal Ghosh and Tapash Chatterjee may have a ministerial berth this time. The existing food and civil thing into its Mumbai bio bubble, hoping thereby to obviate the crisis elsewhere. “These are difficult times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, it is imperative the tournament is now suspended,” the board said, in extenuation of what it had previously done but few were likely to be taken in: money, oodles of it, was the reason why 2021 had got going in the first place. True, even Pakistan has had similar problems with its own Twenty20 league, but the latest, if interrupted, edition of it had started in a much more agreeable circumstances and stopped the moment things started going wrong. The BCCI decided bull-headedly to press ahead, come what might, and probably thought only of the losses it would incur if the show stopped somewhere along the way. over post-poll violence STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 MAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his concern and anguish over West Bengal post-poll violence in a conversation over telephone with state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, asking him to restore law and order. In a tweet, Dhankar informed, “PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law and order situation @ MamataOfficial.” “I share grave concerns @ PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continued unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order,” Dhankhar added. Violence and arson have been reported in the aftermath of the Bengal Assembly elections in which the ruling TMC secured a hat-trick with a mammoth mandate. BJP candidates were allegedly targeted, their houses set ablaze allegedly by TMC activists and clashes have also resulted in deaths. The vehicle of Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, was also reportedly attacked. At Natabari, the car of BJP candidate Mihir Goswami was learnt to be damaged after the Election Commission announced his victory defeating Rabindranath Ghosh, minister and senior TMC leader. The Union home ministry on Monday had sought a detailed report from the state chief secretary on the violence. In another development, BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia has in a peti- Post-poll violence: Mamata holds meeting KOLKATA, 4 MAY After virus stings, big show gets pulled PM speaks to Bengal Guv World Cup plan P12 tion before the Supreme Court demanded a CBI investigation into the spate of violence in West Bengal. The party had allegedly blamed TMC goons for violence in the state. Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra termed the violence as state sponsored. He said people following a particular ideology were being targeted at the behest of the ruling dispensation. He termed the development worrisome, unfortunate, shameful and condemnable. “Bengal is burning. At the indication of Mamata government our workers were being murdered, women leaders humiliated in the most abominable manner,” Patra said, adding that there could no room for such inhuman actions in a democracy. He demanded immediate punishment of perpetrators behind violence and killings and accused Miss Banerjee of vitiating the civil society by her utterances. KOLKATA, 4 MAY supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick may not have his earlier portfolio. In this Cabinet, there may be two education ministers. Meanwhile, Akhil Giri of Ramnagar and Soumen Mahapatra who finally managed to win from Tamluk with a margin of 1,000 votes, are arch enemies of the Adhikari family and are likely to be inducted into the Cabinet. The Cabinet may have sports personalities like Bidesh Bose and Manoj Tiwari along with Aroop Roy from Howrah. For the first time, TMC got 17 seats from Murshidabad and nine from Malda, North and South Dinajpurs and some of the MLAs from these districts should be inducted as ministers in Miss Banerjee’s cabinet. Already there is a demand from Murshidabad to have more ministers this time. The list of invitees for the swearing-in ceremony includes former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Left Front chairman Biman Bose, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, BJP’s Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and BJP’s legislative leader Manoj Tigga. TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee, party’s state pres- West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a meeting with the top administrative and police officers of the state on the post poll violence in the state, an official said. In the meeting, which was held at Miss Banerjee’s Kalighat residence. she took stock of the situation, he said. Present in the meeting were chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, Home Secretary H K Dwidevi, Director General of Police P Nirajnayan and Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra, the official said. The state has witnessed a number of incidents of violence since Sunday when the results of the assembly election was declared and rivals TMC and BJP have traded charges for it. At least six people were killed in post poll violence in different parts of the state including one in the city, police PTI said. ident Subrata Bakshi, MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, Saugata Roy, Abhishek Banerjee,Subrata Mukherjee and MP Satabdi Roy and actor Deepak Adhikari (Dev) will be present at the occassion. Sources said Bhattacharya won’t be able to attend the ceremony due to his failing health. UK, India agree on ‘Roadmap 2030’ to strengthen ties ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 4 MAY At their virtual summit this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson today agreed on a ‘Roadmap 2030’ to deepen ties. India has elevated the status of its relationship with the UK to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership-the first European country to be granted that status. The roadmap will pave the way for a deeper and stronger engagement over the next ten years in the key areas of people-to-people contacts, trade and economy, defence and security, climate action and health. Briefing reporters, Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary, ministry of external affairs, said the two leaders discussed the Covid-19 situation and ongoing cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, including the successful partnership on vaccines. The Indian official con- firmed that during the summit, Modi sought an early extradition of Indian economic offenders who have taken shelter in the UK. To this, Johnson said his government was seized of the matter and would act in accordance with laws of land. Modi thanked Johnson for prompt medical assistance by the UK amidst the vicious second wave. Johnson appreciated India’s role in extending assistance to the UK and other countries over the last year, including medical supplies and vaccines. As part of the Enhanced Trade Partnership, the two countries agreed to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), including consideration of an interim trade agreement for delivering early gains. A new India-UK ‘Global Innovation Partnership’ was announced that aims to support the transfer of inclusive Indian innovations to select developing countries, starting with Africa. SC strikes down Bengal realty law, calls it unconstitutional SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 4 MAY The Supreme Court Tuesday struck down West Bengal’s law on regulating real estate sector saying it was unconstitutional as the state’s statute encroached upon the Centre’s Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The top court also said that WB HIRA has failed to include valuable safeguards for the homebuyers. A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act (HIRA), 2017 is more or less identical to the Centre’s RERA and hence repugnant to Parliament’s law. The state law has encroached upon the domain of the Parliament and hence is unconstitutional, the verdict said. It said however that homebuyers who have purchased properties under state law before its verdict, will not have to worry as their registration and other acts would remain valid. The judgement came on a plea of Forum For People’s Collective Efforts’, an umbrella CMYK homebuyers association, challenging the constitutional validity of West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017, which is more or less identical to the Centre’s RERA. Pronouncing the verdict through video conferencing, Justice Chandrachud said that fundamental features of WB HIRA overlaps and is word-toword copy of Centre’s RERA. The bench, which passed a lengthy verdict on the issue, said that WB HIRA touches upon entry 6 and 7 of the concurrent list which was occupied by the law passed by Parliament and set up a par- allel regime in the state. WB HIRA is directly in conflict with RERA, without any valuable safeguards for the home buyers, the bench said, adding that it is invoking powers under Article 142 to hold that registrations of properties done under the state law before its verdict, will be valid. The top court had during the hearing of the petition wondered whether a state, in the name of cooperative federalism, enact a legislation under the concurrent list to occupy the same subjects in which Parliament has enacted a law. Meanwhile, homebuyers’ body FPCE today said the Supreme Court’s decision will help in protecting consumers' interest and preventing any dilution in RERA to favour builders. When contacted, FPCE President Abhay Upadhyay said WBHIRA made us very nervous as the whole objective of having one law pan India was getting defeated. WBHIRA also watered down certain provisions of RERA in favour of builders, he said. “If this was allowed to go through, then we had fear that other states may follow suit,” Upadhyay said.
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