CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 WHITE HOUSE PANEL AIMS TO SEPARATE SCIENCE , POLITICS SCOTLAND’S FUTURE P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/Thunderstorm in some areas. Temperature to be in the range of 34-25 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 0.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.6 °C (-2) SUN RISES 04:58 hrs MOON RISES 04:06 hrs New moon on 12 P10 P4 Min: 23.6 °C (-3) SUN SETS 18:07 hrs MOON SETS 16:58 hrs May THUMBNAILS Naval vessel INS Trikand carrying a shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen cryogenic containers from Qatar, arrives at Mumbai on Monday. IANS Lookout notice against wrestler Sushil Kumar: The Delhi Police has issued a lookout notice against two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl that led to the death of a wrestler here, officials said on Monday. The notice was issued late Sunday evening. Police have already recorded the statements of the victims of the brawl. The clash took place over (P4) vacating a flat in the Model Town area. PIL for early hearing against Central Vista: A request was made to the Delhi High Court on Monday to give an early hearing to a PIL seeking a stay on the construction of the Central Vista in New Delhi amidst the raging Covid pandemic. The request was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh and the court said an early hearing application be filed first. The application for early hearing is likely to be heard by the high court on Tuesday. The plea before the high court has contended that the project has the potential to be a super spreader. P12 Trust wisdom of exec Slight dip: India clocks in vaccine policy: Govt 3.66L fresh Covid cases Judicial intervention may result in unforeseen consequences, SC told CENTRE’S AFFIDAVIT TO TOP COURT No Covid patient be SNS & PTI Min. 56% ‘INDIA CANNOT HOST WORLD CUP OR DEFERRED GAMES’ SARMA SWORN IN AS ASSAM CM NEW DELHI, 10 MAY he vaccination strategy for Covid19 has been formulated by the Centre in a “just, equitable, non-discriminatory” manner and any “overzealous” judicial intervention may result in unforeseen consequences, the government has told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit filed by the Centre in response to the points raised by the top court, it said as vaccination of the entire country is not possible in one stretch due to the very suddenness of the pandemic, limited availability of vaccine doses and the vulnerability are the prime considerations. The submission was made in a suo motu by the apex court case for ensuring essential supplies and services during the Covid19 pandemic. The top court has taken up issues such as the projected demand for oxygen in the country at present and in the near future, how the government intends to allocate it to “critically affected” states and its monitoring mechanism to ensure supply. The Central government submitted that the vaccination policy conforms to the mandate of Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution and was made after several rounds of consultations and discussions with experts. State governments and vaccine manufacturers require no interference by the top court as dealing with a pandemic of this mag- T refused admission Vaccination of the entire country is not possible in one stretch due to the very suddenness of the pandemic Price factor will not have any impact on the ultimate beneficiary Central government has successfully fixed uniform price to be paid by all the State Governments Any overzealous, though well-meaning judicial intervention may lead to unforeseen and unintended consequences in absence of any expert advice or administrative experience, leaving doctors, scientists, experts and executive very little room to find innovative solutions on the go CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE POINTS RAISED BY THE TOP COURT nitude, the Executive does have room for free play in the joints, in the larger public interest, it said. “Any overzealous, though well-meaning judicial intervention may lead to unforeseen and unintended consequences in absence of any expert advice or administrative experience, leaving doctors, scientists, experts and executive very little room to find innovative solutions on the go,” the Centre told the apex court in its 200page affidavit. It submitted that in the times of such grave and unprecedented crisis which the nation is fighting the disaster of an unprecedented magnitude, the executive functioning of the government needs the discretion to formulate policy in the larger interest. “It is submitted that in view of the unprecedented and peculiar circumstances under which vaccination drive is devised as an executive policy, the wisdom of the executive should be trusted,” it said. The government told the apex court that the price factor of vaccines will not have any impact on the ultimate beneficiary namely, the eligible person getting the vaccine since all state governments have already declared their policy decision that each State will be administering the vaccine to its residents, free of cost. “Thus, while it is ensured that the two vaccine manufacturers are not unduly enriched from out of public money, the citizens are not supposed to make any payment for getting both doses of the vaccine,” the Centre said. The Centre said that the apex court has laid down the parameters for judicial review of executive policies, which can only be struck down or interfered with on the grounds of manifest arbitrariness, allowing sufficient play in the joints to the executive, to function in accordance with its Constitutional All central and state government hospitals managing Covid patients have been directed to ensure that no patient is refused admission due to lack of a valid identity card and a positive test report for coronavirus, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit on the points raised by the top court, the Centre submitted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has intimated all state governments regarding the policy of setting up three-tier Health infrastructure for appropriate management of suspect/ confirmed Covid cases. SNS mandate. On the issue of invoking compulsory licensing of provisions under the Patents Act to ensure availability of vaccines and drugs, the government said that the main constraint is in availability of raw materials and essential inputs and therefore, any additional permissions and licenses may not result in increased production immediately. The affidavit stated that the Ministry of Health is making all efforts to enhance the availability of antiviral drug Remdesivir through ramping up of production and imports. “In view of current constraints on availability of raw materials, the mere addition of more production capacity may not lead to the desired outcomes,” it said. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 10 MAY After recording over four lakh fresh cases for four consecutive days, India witnessed a single-day rise of 3,66,161 Covid-19 cases on Monday, which pushed its tally to 2,26,62,575, according to the health ministry. The death toll due to the virus climbed to 2,46,116 with 3,754 more people succumbing to it, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed. The number of active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country has gone up to 37,45,237, accounting for 16.53 per cent of its total caseload, while the national COVID19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.39 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has climbed to Maharashtra, K’taka and Delhi are among 10 states that account for 73.91 per cent of the overnight addition 1,86,71,222, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.09 per cent, according to the data. Ten states also account for 74.38 per cent of the new recoveries. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi are among 10 states that account for 73.91 per cent of the overnight addition of new infections. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Haryana are the other states in the list of 10. Bengal: West Bengal registered 19,445 fresh Covid cases and 134 deaths KOLKATA 10 MAY Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that Covid vaccines will be given free of cost to all people of West Bengal as soon as stocks are sent by the Centre after the first Cabinet meeting of the third Trinamul Congress-led state government at Nabanna state secretariat. Reiterating that Covid management is her government’s priority, Miss Banerjee asserted that she is not in favour of imposing a complete lockdown as it hampers the livelihood of the common people. “Instead of announcing a lockdown we have imposed restrictions as poor people and daily wage earners suffer a lot due to complete closure. Local trains have been suspended while timings of markets and attendance in offices have been restricted. Follow the Covid protocols and the restrictions very strictly,” said Miss Banerjee while addressing a Press conference after the Cabinet meeting at Nabanna Sabhaghar. She further said that RTPCR tests should be conducted for any person who comes from outside the state, even for those people who land here by special flights, followed by a 14-day quarantining if detected positive. “We require vaccines for 10 crore of the population. We asked Centre for one crore but received only one lakh, which is negligible. We immediately need three to four lakh vaccines in order to enable private hospitals to resume inoculation process. We have decided that one crore vaccines would be given to private hospitals,” said Miss Banerjee. Prior to the elections, We require vaccines for 10 crore of the population. We asked Centre for one crore but received only one lakh. We need three to four lakh vaccines in order to enable private hospitals to resume vaccination. We will give vaccines to all people free of cost as soon as the Centre sends us the stocks. CM MAMATA BANERJEE Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankar and CM Mamata Banerjee during the swearing-inceremony on Monday. Miss Banerjee had assured that vaccines will be given free of cost to the people of the state and she had written to the Centre in this regard. Nepal PM Oli fails trust vote in Parl THE KATHMANDU POST/ANN KATHMANDU, 10 MAY Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday lost his confidence vote. Of the 232 lawmakers present on Monday in the House, 93 votes were cast in favour of Oli, while 124 votes were cast against him. As many as 15 lawmakers stayed neutral. Oli needed 136 votes to win the trust vote in the 271strong House of Representatives. Lawmakers from the Madhav Nepal-Jhala Nath Khanal faction of Oli’s party, CPN-UML, abstained. The Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), which control 61 and 49 votes, respectively, voted against Oli’s trust motion. The Janata Samajbadi Party, which has 32 votes, however, was divided. The Mahantha Thakur-led faction stayed neutral while the Upendra Yadav-led group voted against Oli. “As the votes cast in favour of the motion fell short to achieve a majority of the existing strength of the House of Representatives, I hereby declare that the prime minister’s motion to seek a vote of confidence has been rejected,” announced Speaker Agni Sapkota. “The next meeting of the House has been scheduled for Thursday.” About two months after the Supreme Court invalidated the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and revived the UML and the Maoist Centre to their premerger stage of May 2018, Oli last week announced that he would go for a floor test. Oli was elected prime minister in February 2018 with the support of the Dahal’s Maoist Centre. Days after Oli decided to go for a floor test, the Maoist Centre withdrew its support to Oli, reducing his government into a minority one. 43 Trinamul legislators sworn-in as ministers at low-key ceremony Pg 3 Suvendu Adhikari elected Opposition leader in Bengal Assembly Pg 3 Slamming the Centre over vaccine shortage, Miss Banerjee said that if the Centre thinks that they have given away vaccines to other coun- tries then they should arrange vaccines from outside India. “The Centre has enough money and by spending Rs 30,000 crore, the Centre can give vaccines to all but why they are not doing so I don’t know,” she said. “If 65 per cent vaccines have gone away from India then arrangement has to be made to contact countries where there is availability. It is for the Centre to think as to from where they would get the vaccines. One is the requirement of medical oxygen and next is vaccines and for both we require a clear policy,” she said, adding that she had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that GST should be waived off for equipment and drugs related to Covid treatment. “The Union finance minister yesterday said that GST has been waived off but I have 37,45,237 3,66,161 3,53,818 2,46,116 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 10 MAY 2021 today. Kolkata recorded 3,948 cases and 34 deathsin the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 10,12,604 while there are 1,26,663 active cases. UNCERTAINTY & DESPAIR Medics attend patients to be admitted at Covid care centre of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), in Chennai on Monday. AGENCIES ‘Total lockdown to hamper livelihood’: Mamata after first cabinet meet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 2,26,62,575 heard that it is being taken in some cases,” she said. Miss Banerjee announced an English-medium school in every block and emphasised that Eid gatherings should be restricted to 50 people. The Cabinet further set up a committee headed by chief secretary and comprising home secretary, finance secretary, health secretary and industry secretary to ensure that commitments of the government are being met. “There can be no development without development of the people,” she said, adding that the Cabinet will next meet on 17 May. Contending that peace prevails in the state, Banerjee affirmed that her government will act against anyone circulating fake videos over post-post violence. “Those who are circulat- ing fake videos could not accept their defeat. They are talking about genocide but I could not see any such incident anywhere. There was only one case at Sitalkuchi. Just because they have RSS units in 30 countries they are sending fake news about West Bengal. It is completely peaceful here. “If they (BJP) had minimum courtesy then despite the landslide victory, they could not have sent the Central team within 24 hours of oath taking. Law and order is a state subject.Why is the central team visiting houses of BJP workers? Why did they not visit the houses of TMC workers or SUCI workers or workers of other parties? We offered compensation to victims of post-poll violence but was any such effort taken in Tripura or Hathras?” questioned Miss Banerjee. Sonia: Need to take note of poll setbacks NEW DELHI, 10 MAY Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the party has to take note of its serious setbacks in Assembly polls, and face the reality. Addressing a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Gandhi said she intends to set up a small group to look at every aspect that caused such reverses. The Congress fared poorly, drawing a blank in Bengal and failing to win back power in Kerala and Assam, besides losing Puducherry. It only came to power with the help of its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu. The CWC also unanimously decided to defer the crucial election to the post of party president in view of the current Covid situation. See P5 Family members turn their backs on loved ones MANOJ CHAURASIA PATNA, 10 MAY The covid-19 pandemic is not only annihilating humanity across all age groups but has now also begun to dismantle pious family relations. Believe it or not, very own family members are now abandoning their near and dear ones after their deaths from coronavirus, apprehending they might catch an infection if they dared to perform their last rites. In the latest incident, a sitting judge from the Siwan district in Bihar refused to perform the last rites of his 70year-old father after he died from coronavirus last week. The judge admitted his father to the local Covid care centre last Monday when he developed the Covid symptoms. Later he tested positive for the virus and eventually died on Friday. After his death, the hospital staff contacted the judge and requested him to take his father’s body for cremation but he refused. Instead, he asked CMYK the hospital authorities to perform the last rites of his father. “We can’t take his (father’s) body home since my entire family might get infected. Please perform his last rites at your level,” a health official quoted the judge as having told them. The judge was unmoved even after the local adminis- tration intervened and finally authorised a local lawyer to receive his father’s body from the hospital and perform his last rites. It was then that his father's body could be cremated with the help of local social workers on the banks of a local river. A tragic story came from the Gaya district where a family abandoned their young son after he succumbed to coronavirus last week. Let aside his cremation, the family didn’t enquire about his condition since he was admitted to the hospital on 25 April. Eventually, it was the local district administration that performed the last rites of the youth on the banks of river Falgu. Another heart-rending story came from Darbhanga district where a youth abandoned the body of his father at the local medical college and hospital and fled the scene after his death from coronavirus last month. He refused to take his body for cremation despite repeated requests from the hospital authorities. Here, an NGO official performed his last rites. Last week, the visual of a teenage girl dressed in a PPE kit and burying her dead mother went viral on social media. The girl had to bury her mother since no relatives or co-villagers helped her cremate her mother who died from Covid-19. The incident took place in the Araria district of Bihar.
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