CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 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 JOHNSON, CARRIE SYMONDS MARRY IN PRIVATE CEREMONY ‘WILLING TO TALK WITH INDIA IF KASHMIR’S STATUS RESTORED’ P9 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with thundershower likely. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 35- 28 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% TEMPERATURE P10 PM’s POINTS OF PRIDE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THUMBNAILS NEW DELHI, 30 MAY he country has experienced many moments of national pride during his government’s tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today as he highlighted its initiatives on national security and various development measures on its seventh anniversary. Meanwhile, the Opposition Congress party, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the NDA government, released a seven-point charge-sheet of “blunders” it accused the government of committing, and alleged that the Modi dispensation abdicated its responsibilities towards people. The Narendra Modi dispensation is harmful for the country as it has failed on every front and betrayed people’s trust, the Congress charged on Sunday. In his monthly Mann ki Baat address, Modi said that along with successes there have been trials too and referred to the Covid19 pandemic which has hit lives hard across the country and dealt a blow to economy. Over these seven years, he said, the country has followed the T Deserted roads during the Covid-induced curbs. In Kolkata on Sunday. IANS Bengal chief secretary: Uncertainty prevails over whether West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, who has been recalled by the Central government will comply with the order, as the the state government has not released him till Sunday evening while the Centre has not withdrawn their recall order as (P3) appealed by CM Banerjee on Saturday. Monsoon onset over Kerala to be delayed: The arrival of Southwest Monsoon over Kerala is likely to be delayed by two days and it is now expected to make an onset by 3 June, the IMD said. However, Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said monsoon has already (P4) made an onset over Kerala. RBI likely to retain benchmark interest rate: Amidst apprehensions over inflation and continued uncertainty with regard to the second Covid wave, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to retain the benchmark interest rate at the existing levels at its upcoming monetary (P8) policy review on Friday, feel experts. NEW DELHI, 30 MAY The government is likely to lift restrictions on the use of liquid oxygen for some priority industries in the next 2-3 days as demand for medical oxygen has come down, a top government official said on Sunday. To make oxygen available to more people during the peak of the second wave of Covid19, the Centre on 25 April had barred the use of liquid oxygen for any non-medical purpose and asked manufacturing units to maximise its production and make it available to the government for medical use. “Demand for medical oxygen has come down. Some priority industries will get oxygen in the next 2-3 days,” the official said. Exercising the powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had directed the states to ensure that “use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available...for medical purposes only”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also said that providing medical-grade oxygen to different states during the second wave of Covid-19 was a challenge. In normal times, daily production of liquid medical oxygen was 900 million tonnes (MT), which has now risen over 10 times to nearly 9,500 MT, the Prime Minister said. PTI Trials along with success: “Along with successes there have been trials too and referred to the Covid19 pandemic which has hit lives hard across country and dealt a blow to economy” Sabka saath, sabka vikas: “India now moves ahead not under the pressure of other countries but with its own convictions. It makes everyone proud.” Befitting reply to conspirators: “When we witness that now India gives a befitting reply to those who conspire against us, then our confidence soars. When India does not compromise on the issues of national security” mantra of sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas. India now moves ahead not under the pressure of other countries but with its own convictions, he asserted, saying it makes everyone proud. When we witness that now India gives a befitting reply to those who conspire against us, then our confidence soars. When India does not compromise on the issues of national security, when the strength of our armed forces increases, we feel that yes, we are on the right path, Modi said. Many old disputes have also been resolved with complete peace and harmony, and a new confidence underpinned by peace and development has arisen from the northeast to Kashmir, he said. Noting that in seven decades after Independence only 3.5 crore rural homes had water connections, he said 4.5 crore houses have been given clean water connections in the last 21 months alone. Of these, 15 months were during the coronavirus period, he added. When the poor come home healthy with free treatment under Ayushman Yojana they feel that they have got a new life, he said. Many people are thankful that electricity has reached their village for the first time in 70 years, while many others say their village is now connected to city by a paved road, he said. In these seven years, India has worked to show the world a new direction in digital transactions, and it is also setting records in launching satellites and constructing roads, he said. Countering the achievements listed by the Prime Minister, the Congress listed out what it called the major failures of the government, including a declining economy, rising unemployment, inflation, and Covid mismanagement. “The truth is Modi government’s seven years are a story of immeasurable P12 India reports 1.65 lakh Covid-19 cases, 3,460 deaths in 24 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 MAY Congress says Modi government harmful for India; calls out failures Max: 35.3 °C (N) Min: 28.3 °C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:52 hrs 18:16 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 22:28 hrs 08:31 hrs Next moon quarter on 2 June As demand for O2 comes down, govt to lift curb for few industries P4 PM hails national pride moments on 7th anniv Min. 63% ‘PERSONAL EQUATIONS DON’T MATTER WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING’ SASIKALA HINTS AT EFFORTS TO REGAIN CONTROL OF AIADMK India reported 1,65,553 fresh cases in the last 24 hours and, 3,460 patients succumbed to the coronavirus, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. This is for the fourth time since 12 April that India has recorded less than two lakh cases of Covid. On 25 May, India had recorded 1.96 lakh cases of Covid, 1,86,364 cases on 28 May and 1,73,790 cases on 29 May. Fatalities have also remained below 4,000 for four consecutive days. The daily positivity declined to 8.02 per cent, remaining below the 10 per cent-mark for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 per cent, according to the Union health ministry. India’s overall tally of India fighting Covid with all its might: PM NEW DELHI, 30 MAY Asserting that India is fighting Covid-19 with all its might, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to a number of people ranging from those engaged in transporting medical oxygen to lab technician, and said the country’s resolve to prevail over the virus is equal to the magnitude of the challenge it faces. In his Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi noted that the country was also faced with several natural disasters, including cyclones, landslide and earthquakes, during the pandemic, and said more lives were saved than the past with the Centre, states and local administration coming together to carry out relief and rescue operations. PTI Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,78,94,800 with 21,14,508 active cases and 3,25,972 deaths so far. The Union Health Ministry said that a total of 21,20,66,614 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 30,35,749 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours. Haryana, Odisha and Telangana were the latest among the states and Union Territories to extend the Covid-induced lockdown, while Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday announced a partial easing of restrictions in districts with less active cases, though night curfew and weekend shutdown will remain. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 11,284 fresh Covid cases and 142 deaths, taking the total Covid case count to 13,66,240 and 2,78,94,800 21,14,508 1,65,553 2,76,309 3,25,972 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 30 MAY 2021 death toll to 15,410. Kolkata recorded 1,830 cases and 33 deaths. There are 94,898 active cases in the state. HELPING HAND pain, insurmountable devastation and unfathomable agony and anguish for the nation,” it said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government needs to have the right intention, policy and determination to fight the coronavirus and not just a monthly talk. “You need the right intention, policy and determination to fight corona and not just a pointless talk once in a month,” Gandhi tweeted. DPCC president Anil Choudhary along with some other members distributing food and safety material at Mehrauli Hospital, in the Capital on Sunday. SNS Serum promises 10 cr Govt asks states to stop Nearly 12 crore vaccine doses vaccination in pvt hotels will be available by June: Centre Covishield jabs in June STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 MAY Taking cognisance of reports regarding some private hospitals giving package for Covid19 vaccination in collaboration with luxury hotels, the Centre directed states to stop the violation of guidelines and take action against such institutions. In a letter to states and Union Territories on Saturday, Union Health Ministry said, “vaccination carried out in star hotels is contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately”. “Necessary legal and administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions. Therefore, you are also requested to monitor and ensure that National Covid Vaccination drive is carried out as per the prescribed norms.” Vaccination carried out in star hotels is contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately. Ensure that National Covid Vaccination drive is carried out as per the prescribed norms. UNION HEALTH MINISTRY Under the guidelines, vaccination can be carried out at “government and private Covid vaccination centres, workplaces, near to home covid vaccination centre for elderly and differently-abled persons to be organised at group housing societies, RWA offices, community centres, panchayat bhawans, school and colleges, old age homes etc on a temporary basis.”Over 21 crore doses have been administered so far. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 MAY Nearly 12 crore doses of coronavirus vaccine will be available in June, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. In May, 7,94 crore doses were available for vaccination. In a statement, the ministry said the allocation of supplies to states and union territories is decided on the consumption pattern, population and vaccine wastage. “Visibility for availability of vaccines for the entire month of June 2021 has been provided well in advance to States/UTs...,” it said. “For the month of June, 6.09 crore (6,09,60,000) doses of Covid vaccines will be supplied to the States and UTs for vaccination of priority PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Almost 6.09 crore doses will be supplied to the States/UTs. In addition, 5.86 crore doses will be available for direct procurement by states, UTs, private hospitals group of Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front-Line Workers (FLWs) and person aged 45 years + and above as free supply from Government of India,” the ministry said. “In addition, more than 5.86 crore (5,86,10,000) doses will be available for direct procurement by the state/UTs and Private Hospitals. Therefore, in June 2021 close to 12 crore (11,95,70,000) doses will be available for the national Covid vaccination programme,” it said. The ministry said the delivery schedule for this allocation will be shared with states in advance. “The objective behind informing the States/UTs in advance of the quantum of free vaccine doses to be made available from Centre for 15/30 days and the total vaccine doses which are available for direct procurement by States/UTs is to ensure better planning and delivery of vaccine by States/UTs,” it said. For the month of May, 4,03,49,830 vaccine doses have been made available by the Centre to states and 3,90,55,370 doses for direct procurement by states, UTs and private hospitals NEW DELHI, 30 MAY Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the government that it will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of Covishield in June, official sources said on Sunday amidst complaint by states about the shortage of the Covid vaccine jabs. In a recent letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, SII said its employees have been working round the clock in spite of various challenges because of the pandemic. “We are pleased to inform that in the month of June we will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of our Covishield vaccine to the country as compared to our production capacity of 6.5 crore In the month of June we will be able to manufacture and supply nine to 10 crore doses of our Covishield vaccine as compared to our production capacity of 6.5 crore doses in May PRAKASH KUMAR SINGH DIRECTOR, SII doses in May,” Prakash Kumar Singh, the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at SII, wrote. “SII has always been sincerely concerned about the protection of the citizens of our country and world at large from Covid. Under the leadership of our CEO, Adar C Poonawalla, our team have been working relentlessly to fight the pandemic,” he said. Antiguan PM: India sent Choksi Google, FB update websites under new IT rules deportation docus to Dominica PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 MAY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 MAY India sent a private jet to Dominica carrying documents related to the deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in a Rs 13,500 crore bank loan fraud case, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne told a radio show in his country. There was, however, no immediate official confirmation from Indian authorities about it. A Qatar Airways private jet landed at the Douglas-Charles airport in Dominica, Antigua News Room reported, leading to speculations about deportation of Choksi who was detained in the Caribbean island nation after his mys- terious disappearance from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda. Browne told the radio show that the jet came from India carrying necessary documentation needed for deportation of the businessman, the media outlet reported. Publicly available data of Qatar Executive flight A7CEE shows that it left the Delhi airport at 3.44 p.m. on 28 May and reached Dominica at 13.16 local time on the same day, via Madrid. The Dominica High Court has stayed the removal of Choksi from its soil and put a gag order on the developments till the matter is heard in an open court on 2 June. Choksi has alleged that he was abducted from Jolly Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda by policemen looking like Antiguan and Indian and taken to Dominica. Purported pictures of 62year-old Choksi that have surfaced in Dominica shows him with red swollen eye and bruises on his hands. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted for allegedly siphoning Rs 13,500 crore of public money from the state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) using letters of undertaking. CMYK Large digital companies like Google and Facebook have begun updating their websites to reflect the appointment of the grievance officers under the new social media rules that came into effect recently. According to government sources, large social media companies like Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared details with the IT Ministry as per the requirement of the new digital rules, but Twitter is still not following the norms. The new rules require significant social media intermediaries - those with other 50 lakh users - to appoint a grievance officer, nodal officer and a chief compliance officer. These personnel are required to be resident in Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared details with the IT Ministry as per the requirement of the new digital rules, but Twitter is still not following the guidelines India. Google’s ‘Contact Us’ page shows details of Joe Grier as a contact person with an address from Mountain View, US. The page also contains details on the grievance redressal mechanism for YouTube. As per the rules, all intermediaries have to prominently publish on their website, app or both, the name of the grievance officer and his/her contact details as well as the mechanism by which a user or a victim may make a complaint. The grievance officer will have to acknowledge the complaint within 24 hours and dispose of such complaint within a period of 15 days from the date of its receipt; and receive and acknowledge any order, notice or direction issued by the authorities. Twitter has not sent details of the chief compliance offi- cer to the IT Ministry. While Twitter did not respond to email queries on the issue, its website mentions Dharmendra Chatur as the ‘Resident Grievance Officer for India (Interim)’. The sources had earlier said that besides Google, Facebook and WhatsApp, other significant social media intermediaries like Koo, Sharechat, Telegram and LinkedIn too have shared details with the ministry as per the requirement of the IT norms. Under the new rules, social media companies will have to take down flagged content within 36 hours, and remove within 24 hours content that is flagged for nudity, pornography etc. The new rules are designed to prevent abuse and misuse of platforms, and offer users a robust forum for grievance redressal.
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