CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 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 ‘EC NEEDS TO DO COURSE CORRECTION’ WAR CRIMES P6 Partly cloudy sky. Rain in some area. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 35- 27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 3.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P7 P5 Interim bail for Narada 4 WEATHER Max.97% DELHI UNLOCK TO BEGIN FROM 31 MAY Min. 64% Max: 33.9 °C (-1) Min: 25.6 °C(-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:52 hrs 18:15 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 20:32 hrs 06:23 hrs Next moon quarter on 2 June THUMBNAILS The aftermath of cyclone Yaas at Shankarpur in East Midnapore on Friday. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee met PM Modi at Kalaikunda in West Midnapore on Friday, and submitted a report on the damage. BHASKAR MALLICK (P3) Bengal chief secretary recalled to Delhi: The Centre has directed state chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay to serve with the Government of India in Delhi. The Cabinet Appointment Committee has approved Mr Bandopadhyay's placement following which he has been asked to report to the department of personnel and training, North Block in New Delhi at 10 am on 31 May. The state government has been asked to relieve Mr Bandopadhyay with immediate effect. Four leaders released on `2L bond each, told not to speak to media on the issue STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 28 MAY nterim bail was granted to four heavyweight political leaders, namely Bengal ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, on personal bonds of Rs 2 lakh for each petitioner by a five-judge Bench of Calcutta High Court today. The Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice I P Mukerji, Justice Harish Tandon, Justice Soumen Sen and Justice Arijit Banerjee, had been constituted after a two-judge Bench that was considering the matter could not reach agreement on granting of bail to the four leaders. I RELIEF, FINALLY The interim bail order ends the house arrest of Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee, arrested by the CBI in the Narada sting tapes case. As a bail condition, the leaders, who were seeking recall of the stay order of Calcutta High Court of a trial court order granting bail to them, have been directed not to speak to the media about the Narada sting case and old cases relating to this issue. The four petitioners were directed not to tamper with evidence and to “meet virtually” the investigating officer of the case whenever required. The day’s interim bail order The four petitioners were directed not to tamper with evidence and to “meet virtually” the investigating officer of the case whenever required ends the house arrest of the four leaders, which the previous two-judge Bench had directed earlier. Earlier, acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal said as the case will continue for a long time, the petitioners may be granted interim bail subject to the result of this writ petition. The matter won’t be consigned to cold storage, he assured the solicitor general, Tushar Mehta. Earlier, Mehta had opposed the granting of interim bail as the petitioners are influential persons. Justice Mukerji pointed out that these persons were influential persons in 2017 when the case started but no arrests were made then. Then why arrest them now, he asked. Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the leaders do not have much scope for public interaction, Justice Mukerji said. But they are needed to monitor the fight against Covid, he added. The four leaders were arrested by the CBI from their homes on 17 May in connection with the Narada sting case. At a virtual hearing, the CBI court granted bail to the four. Later, Mehta, appearing for the CBI, challenged the matter before a High Court Division Bench, which stayed the bail. GST Council leaves tax on vaccine unchanged SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 28 MAY The GST Council on Friday left taxes on Covid-19 vaccines and medical supplies unchanged but exempted duty on import of Amphotericin B, used for treatment of black fungus. A group of ministers will deliberate on tax structure on the vaccine and medical supplies, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters The GST Council, headed by the Union Finance Minister and comprising representatives of all states and UTs, exempted levy of I-GST on import of Amphotericin-B, which is used for the treatment of black fungus. after a meeting of the GST Council. The GST Council, which is headed by the Union Finance Minister and com- prises representatives of all states and union territories, exempted levy of I-GST on import of Amphotericin-B, which is used for the treatment of black fungus. Currently, vaccines attract 5 per cent GST. Sitharaman said the Council decided to continue a waiver of I-GST on free Covid19 related supplies imported from abroad. Also, the panel decided that the Centre will CMYK borrow Rs 1.58 lakh crore and pass it on to the states to make up for the shortfall in their revenues from the implementation of the GST. A special session of the Council will be held soon to consider extending the fiveyear GST shortfall compensation period to states beyond 2022. The panel provided relief to small GST taxpayers through an amnesty scheme for late return filers. THE HONOUR GUARDIOLA WANTS AGAIN P12 ‘Will complete jabs by Dec’: Javadekar after Rahul jibe 1.86 L new cases PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 28 MAY Asserting that the Covid-19 vaccination will be complete in India by December this year, the BJP on Friday slammed Rahul Gandhi for his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the pandemic’s spread and said the language he used and the way he tried to stoke “fears” confirm that the Congress was behind the “toolkit”. Speaking to reporters, senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar noted that the health ministry had recently given a roadmap about producing 216 crore doses by December and how 108 crore people will be vaccinated, as he rebutted Gandhi’s claim that it may take three years to finish the exercise. Attacking the Congress leader, the Information and Broadcasting minister alleged that his choice of words like “nautanki” for the Prime Minister when he is working to curb Covid is part of the toolkit’s script, referring to a controversial docu- India’s fresh daily Covid-19 caseload fell below the 2-lakh mark for the second time this month on Friday, with the Union health ministry reporting 1,86,364 fresh Covid-19 cases and 3,660 Covid-linked deaths in the last 24 hours. Friday’s figures of new cases was the lowest in around 44 days. India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,75,55,457 with 23,43,152 active cases, and 3,18,895 deaths, so far. West Bengal registered 12,193 fresh Covid cases and 145 deaths on Friday, with Kolkata seeing 1,857 cases and 30 deaths. SNS ment about targeting the government. The BJP has claimed that the Congress is behind it, a charge the Opposition party has rejected. Earlier, Gandhi had held Modi’s “theatrics” responsible for the second coronavirus wave and warned of more waves at the current rate of vaccination. Calling on the government to evolve a vaccine strategy for the entire population, the former Congress chief said Modi and his government have still not understood the virus and that is why they have no strategy. Going by the current pace of vaccinations, the entire inoculation exercise will take another three years, till May 2024, and the country will witness several Covid waves by then, Gandhi warned. 2,75,55,457 23,43,152 1,86,364 2,59,459 3,18,895 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021
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