CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 JUNE 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 JOE BIDEN EYES GRANTS TO NARROW RACIAL WEALTH GAP CURBS ON BELARUS P6 Partly cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 35-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 0.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P10 P5 P12 Vax for 1 cr/day by early Aug: Centre WEATHER Max.94% INDIA’S RIVALS SCRIPTING GLORY STORY HEED ADVICE OF ECONOMISTS: CHIDAMBARAM Min. 65% Max: 35.4°C (-1) Min: 27.6°C (0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:52 hrs 18:18 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 23:56 hrs 10:34 hrs Next new moon on 10 June THUMBNAILS Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS participate in a nationwide ‘Black Day’ protest and a full day strike against Ramdev at AIIMS Hospital, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Vice-Admiral Ravneet Singh takes charge as A deputy chief of Naval staff: Vice-Admiral Ravneet Singh today assumed charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1983, Vice-Admiral Singh has flown HT-2, Kiran HJT 16, TS 11 Iskra, Hunter, Harrier Gr 3, Jet Provost, Chetak, Gazelle, Hawk and Mig 29 KUB aircraft during his illustrious career. He has commanded various frontline ships and Naval Air Squadrons including INS Himgiri, INS Ranvijay, INS Ranvir, INAS 551B, INAS 300 as well as the premier Air Base INS Hansa. Centre says mixing vaccines isn’t a protocol till further update & there is no change in schedule of two-dose Covishield & Covaxin SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE he Centre on Tuesday said that by July or early August, there will be enough Covid-19 vaccine to inoculate one crore people a day. It also said that mixing vaccines is not a protocol till further update and there is no change in the schedule of the two-dose Covishield and Covaxin vaccines. Specifying norms for opening districts, the Centre said that the Covid positivity rate should be below five per cent for a week, over 70 per cent vulnerable population should be vaccinated and there should be community ownership to implement Covid-appropriate behaviour. It said the positivity rate is less than five per cent in 344 districts and 30 states and UTs have reported a decline in active Covid-19 cases since the last week. There has been an almost 69 per cent decline in cases since the peak recorded on 7 May, the Centre said. T Vaccines boost natural immunity Daily Covid count lowest in 54 days, fresh deaths fall below 3K against Covid, reveals study PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 1 JUNE India reported 1,27,510 fresh Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 54 days, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 6.62 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, India’s tally of cases rose to 2,81,75,044 while the death toll climbed to 3,31,895 with 2,795 fresh fatalities, the lowest reported in 35 days, and the active cases were recorded below 20 lakh after 43 days, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity was recorded at 6.62 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for eight consecutive days, the ministry said. The active cases were recorded below 20 lakh after 43 days. They have reduced to 18,95,520 while the national recovery rate has improved to 92.09 per cent. A net decline of 1,30,572 cases has been recorded in the Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 19 successive days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,59,47,629. A total of 3,31,895 deaths have been reported so far in the country. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 9,424 fresh Covid cases and 137 deaths. Kolkata recorded 1,032 cases and 32 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 2,028 fresh cases and 35 deaths in the last 2,81,75,044 18,95,520 1,27,510 2,55,287 3,31,895 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 01 JUNE 2021 24 hours. Total Covid caseload is 13,85,801 and death toll is 15,678 in the state till now. NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE The Union Home Ministry has served a show-cause notice to former chief secretary ofWest Bengal Alapan Bandyopadhyay under a stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment up to two years, amid a tug-of-war between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government over him. A home ministry official said that hours before chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced his retirement on Monday, Bandyopadhyay was served the notice for refusing to comply with lawful direction of the central govern- A Bajrang Dal worker spraying sanitizer at Karol Bagh police station, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Centre’s notice ‘illegal’: TMC MP KOLKATA, 1 JUNE TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy contended that the notice, invoking section 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act, was “void”, and said question of violation of any provision does not arise. “Show Cause Notice imminent danger thereof, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years...,” the Act says. The Centre’s action had come after Bandyopadhyay, Monsoon likely to be normal in north & south, says IMD PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE The southwest monsoon is likely to be normal in north and south India, above-normal in central India and belownormal in east and northeast India, the MeT department said on Tuesday. Releasing its second long range forecast for southwest monsoon 2021, IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said June is likely to witness normal monsoon which is also the sowing season. He said the monsoon this year is likely to be normal in the country as a whole. “We are expecting a good monsoon which will help the agriculture sector, he said in an online briefing. “Quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 101 per cent of the Long Peri- od Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus four per cent,” he said. Rainfall in the range of 96-104 of the LPA is categorised as normal. The LPA of the season rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1961-2010 is 88 cm. In its first long range forecast for southwest monsoon 2021, the IMD had predicted rainfall to be 98 per cent of the LPA which also falls under the normal category. But it has not upgraded its forecast to 101 per cent of the LPA which is on the higher side of the normal range. Mohapatra said there is a 40 per cent chance of a normal rainfall, 22 per cent above normal, 12 per cent excess and 18 per cent below normal. “The southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the four homogeneous rainfall is most likely to be normal over north- west India (92-108 per cent) and south peninsula (93-107 per cent). Seasonal rainfall is most likely to be below normal over northeast India (106 per cent),” the IMD said. He said spatial distribution suggests normal or above normal seasonal rainfall is most likely over many areas of northwest and central India, and eastern parts of southern peninsula. Below normal seasonal rainfall is most likely over some areas of north, east, northeast parts of the country and western parts of the south peninsula, he said. Mohapatra said the latest global model forecasts indicate the prevailing neutral ENSO conditions are likely to continue over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and possibility of development of negative Indian Ocean Dipole conditions over the Indian Ocean during monsoon season. voir that contains a diverse collection of antibodies. The study suggests that these people were developing an improved, long lasting defence against the virus. The researchers found that these antibodies were further enhanced among 26 people in the group who had received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. This subset of people developed antibodies that are exceptionally resistant to the most concerning SARS-CoV-2 variants, such as those first isolated in the UK, South Africa, and New York City in the US. According to the researchers, these potent antibodies are produced by groups of highly evolved memory B cells, which expand dramatically after a nudge by the vaccines. The study also suggests that well-timed boosters with the current vaccines may provide additional protection in people who have never had had the disease. CISCE cancels 12th board exams NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE ment in violation of Section 51-B of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The officer has been asked to reply within three days to the notice, the official said. According to Section 51 (b), whosoever refuses to comply with any direction given by or on behalf of the central government or the state government or the National Executive Committee or the State Executive Committee or the District Authority under this Act, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine, or with both. “And if such obstruction or refusal to comply with directions results in loss of lives or time, antibodies produced by memory B cells got better at neutralising the virus. Study suggests these people were developing an improved, long lasting defence against the virus. CBSE XII board exams cancelled; PM Modi says students’ safety foremost NO LET-UP Alapan gets show-cause notice from MHA under DM Act SNS & PTI Researchers at the Rockefeller University in the US analysed antibodies present in the blood of Covid patients, tracking the evolution of these molecules. Data from their follow-ups show that, over Vaccination boosts the natural immunity in people infected with the novel coronavirus so much that they are likely protected even from the emerging variants, according to a study. Researchers at the Rockefeller University in the US analysed antibodies present in the blood of Covid patients, tracking the evolution of these molecules. The 63 people in the study, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, had Covid in the spring of last year. Data from their followups show that, over time, antibodies produced by the immune system’s memory B cells got better at neutralising SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The memory B cells serve as an immune reser- SNS & PTI Swapan Dasgupta renominated to Rajya Sabha: Former journalist Swapan Dasgupta, who had resigned from Rajya Sabha and unsuccessfully contested the recent West Bengal Assembly elections on a BJP ticket, has been renominated to the Rajya Sabha. The President nominates renowned personalities to the Rajya Sabha on the advice of the government. GLIMMER OF HOPE NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE served upon former Chief Secretary of Bengal is void ab initio in as much as no direction was issued to him .under Sec 51(a) or(b) of the Disaster Mangement Act. As such the question of violation thereof does not arise. Stop such blatant act of vengeance,” he tweeted. More on P 3 along with the CM, did not stay for a meeting held by Prime Minister on Yaas’ impact. However, he didn’t come to the Capital and chose to retire, instead of accepting a threemonth extension. The government on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class XII board exams amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic across the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the decision has been taken in the interest of students and the anxiety among the students, parents and teachers must be put to an end. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Modi in which it was decided that the CBSE will take steps to compile the results of Class XII students as per a welldefined objective criteria in a time-bound manner. With the decision coming amid a high caseload of Covid cases in several states and continuing health-related apprehensions about the future, Modi said the health and safety of students are of utmost importance, and there would be no compromise on this aspect. Anxiety among students, parents and teachers must be put to an end, and students NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation, a government statement quoted the prime minister as saying. Modi further asserted that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for the students as well as their parents and teachers. In the review meeting, officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including by the state governments. “In view of the uncertain conditions due to Covid-19 and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year,” the statement said. Modi said at the meeting that Covid-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of board examinations has been causing immense anxiety among students, par- The CISCE on Tuesday decided to cancel Class 12 board examinations this year in view of the Covid19 situation, according to its secretary Gerry Arathoon. “The exams have been cancelled. The alternative assessment criteria will be announced soon,” PTI Arathoon said. ents and teachers, which must be put to an end. He said the Covid situation is dynamic across the country, and that cases are coming down with some states managing it through effective micro-containment, while some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation, he noted, asserting that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation. BRICS calls for setting up vaccine R&D centre STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE Expressing grave concern over the continuing public health, societal and economic impact of Covid-19 globally, India and China today joined other BRICS nations in calling for timely establishment and effective operationalisation of a BRICS Vaccine Research and Development Centre and stressed the need for further work on the proposal for a BRICS Integrated Early Warning System for preventing mass infectious diseases risks. At the BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting, the five countries also supported the effort to hold a BRICS symposium on vaccine cooperation. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar chaired the virtual meeting which was attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazil Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto and South African Foreign Minister Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor. In a statement, the BRICS countries emphasised the value of bilateral and multilateral cooperation among countries to effectively combat the pandemic and its impacts. They called for better international preparedness to fight Covid-19 and other current and future health challenges, including through mobilisation of political support, necessary financial resources, strengthening of local production, transfer of technology, equitable and affordable access to medicines, vaccines, medical products and equipment, diagnostics and therapeutics and strengthening the resolve of citizens. They also called for strengthening and reforming the multilateral system and CMYK We have identified four key deliverables for our Chairship - reform of the multilateral system, counter terrorism cooperation, using digital and technical solutions to achieve SDGs, and enhancing people to people cooperation. S JAISHANKAR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER resolved to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including cross-border movement of terrorists, terror financing networks and safe havens. In his opening remarks, Jaishankar called for a multipolar global system that recognised sovereign equality and respected territorial integrity of all countries. “We strive for a fair, just, inclusive, equitable and representative multipolar international system. It is one based on international law and the UN Charter, that recognises the sovereign equality of all states, and respects their territorial integrity while displaying mutual respect for interests and concerns of all,” he said. In his remarks, the Chinese foreign minister expressed solidarity with India in the wake of the second wave. “I express my sympathy to India for the severe impact of the second wave of Covid-19. At this trying time, China stands in solidarity with India and all BRICS countries,” he said. The next BRICS summit will be hosted by India later this year. The theme for the summit is ‘BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’. Frivolous cases delaying matters of national importance: SC Today, when we were going through listed cases, we found that 95 per cent of the cases are frivolous. Yesterday, I had to finalise the order in the suo motu matter on Covid management, which is a matter of national importance but could not upload it because I had to go through the files listed for today JUSTICE D Y CHANDRACHUD SUPREME COURT NEW DELHI, 1 JUNE The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that frivolous cases being filed before it are consuming most of its time, making the institution dysfunctional and delaying matters of national importance. The remarks of the special bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah came while hearing an application related to a consumer dispute. The bench said that the matter has already been disposed of and final order passed but the petitioner has come up again with an application on a petty issue. We cannot pass another order in an already disposed of matter. We should not be hearing you. Actually, this is how the Supreme Court is becoming dysfunctional. Judges have to spend their important time to go through these files before the start of the day, Justice Chandrachud said. He said that judges should be able to spend time on matters of national importance, which are serious matters. Today, when we were going through listed cases, we found that 95 per cent of the cases are frivolous. Yesterday, I had to finalise the order in the suo motu matter on Covid management, which is a matter of national importance but could not upload it because I had to go through the files listed for today, he said. The bench which refused to entertain the application said, frivolous matters are making the institution dysfunctional. These matters waste important time of the court, which could have been spent on serious matters, panPTI India matters.
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