MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 JUNE 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BORIS TO URGE G7 TO VACCINATE ENTIRE WORLD BY 2022-END ‘WILL REMAIN CM AS LONG AS HIGH COMMAND WANTS’ THE RACE TO ACHIEVE NET ZERO BY 2050 P7 P4 P10 Partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain/drizzle. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. India logs 1.14 L new cases, lowest in two months, positivity rate falls PTI & SNS NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 84% I Min: 41% TEMPERATURE Max: 38.1°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 03:52 hrs Min: 24.0°C (-4) SUN SETS 19:18 hrs MOON SETS 16:38 hrs THUMBNAILS A cloud-covered sky over the Esplanade area as it wears a deserted look during the Covid-induced IANS lockdown in Kolkata on Sunday. Health workers administer Covid-19 vaccine to a class 12 student during a vaccination drive at IANS South Point High School in Kolkata. Petrol prices above `100-mark in six states: m Petrol price on Sunday crossed Rs 95 a litre in Delhi and diesel breached Rs 86 per litre mark for the first time ever as fuel prices were hiked again. Petrol price was increased by 21 paise per litre and diesel 20 paise a litre, according to (P8) a notification of state-owned retailers. No cabinet expansion in UP: BJP national vicepresident Radha Mohan Singh on Sunday dismissed the possibility of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh and shot down the speculation over a rift between chief minister Yogi Adityanath and PM Narendra Modi. (P4) TMC calls out Dhankhar's nepotism: Addressing West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as 'uncle-ji', TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Sunday said that his family members and acquaintances have been appointed as officers on special duty in Raj Bhavan. Moitra said Sekhawat is the son of Dhankhar's brother-in-law, Ruchi Dubey and Prasant Diksit are respectively wife and brother of guv's former aide-de-camp Major Gorang Diksit. Report highlights need to prioritise pregnant women for Covid-19 jabs For Covid not to further aggravate the already heavy burden of maternal and under five mortality, there is a strong case for inclusion of pregnant women as a high priority group for vaccination REPORT BY A GROUP OF DOCTORS NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE Amidst rising deaths of pregnant women due to Covid-19, a report has made a strong case for their vaccination on a priority basis. For Covid not to further aggravate the already heavy burden of maternal and under five mortality, there is a strong case for inclusion of pregnant women as a high priority group for vaccination, a report prepared by a group of doctors led by Yamini Sarwal of Delhi-based Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital said. “We recommend including Covid-19 vaccination in the routine protocol for antenatal care in all countries, particularly India and Indonesia, in view of their high dual burden,” it said. Currently, either pregnant women are not included for vaccination, or the policies are ambiguous with the decision being often left to the woman, the report said. Evidence is emerging of the efficacy of Covid vaccination, which along with benefits of passing on the protection to the newborn, call for including them in the priority group. Pregnant women are known to be at higher risk for severe covid-related complications compared with PTI non-pregnant women. P12 New low in Covid nos PREGNANT SKY WEATHER INDIA IN NO MOOD TO TAKE B’DESH LIGHTLY ndia reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 5.62 per cent, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,88,09,339. The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,46,759 with 2,677 daily deaths, the lowest in 42 days, while active cases dropped below 15 lakh. With Covid numbers falling, previous hotspots Delhi and Maharashtra have eased some lockdown restrictions starting from Monday. Markets and malls in Delhi can open on odd-even basis while Delhi Metro will resume services with 50 per cent capacity. Maharashtra has announced a five-level plan to relax the coronavirus-induced restrictions in the state from Monday, with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray saying the government was taking a “calculated risk” by relaxing the restrictions. The Uttar Pradesh government has allowed shops and markets in Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad to open for five days a week from Monday after active Covid-19 cases in these districts fell below 600. The Haryana government extended the lockdown in the state till 14 June, while easing several restrictions that were in place earlier.While there are further relaxations regarding opening of shops and shopping malls, religious places have been allowed to open. Delhi adds 381 cases, 34 deaths: The national capital today reported 381 new coronavirus infections — reportedly the lowest since 10 March — and 34 Covid-linked deaths — the lowest in about two months — while the positivity rate 2,88,09,339 14,77,799 1,14,460 1,89,232 3,46,759 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 06 JUNE 2021 dipped to 0.5 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s lat(SEE P 2) est health bulletin. If pizzas can be delivered, why not ration: Kejriwal Hosp revokes order SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the doorstep ration delivery scheme by his government was stalled by the Centre and appealed to him to allow its implementation in the national interest. He said the scheme should be implemented across the country in view of Covid-19 otherwise ration shops will act as “superspreaders”. “If pizza, burgers, smartphones and clothes can be delivered at home, then why can’t ration be delivered at their doorstep,” Kejriwal asked. The Delhi government on Saturday had claimed the doorstep delivery of ration scheme was rejected by the Lt governor saying the Centre’s approval was not sought and that a litigation was pending in the high court regarding it. The Central government has said that Delhi government’s claim that its doorstep delivery scheme was rejected was “baseless”. He alleged that the Centre was fighting with everyone, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand governments, farmers and the people of Lakhsadweep. “People are distressed that the Central government is fighting everyone. If we fight like this, how will we tackle Covid-19,” the chief minister said at an online briefing. “The Delhi government legally did not require the Centre’s approval for the implementation of the scheme, but it sought per- mission five times to avoid any dispute,” Kejriwal said. The Delhi government on Saturday had claimed the doorstep delivery of ration scheme was rejected by the Lt Governor saying the Centre’s approval was not sought and that a litigation was pending in the high court regarding it. The Centre has said that Delhi government’s claim that its doorstep delivery scheme was rejected was “baseless”. Kejriwal said the scheme would have finished the powerful ration mafia in Delhi whom he had fought while working in Delhi’s slums 17 years ago and faced attacks several times. “If you stand with the ration mafia, who will stand with the poor peo- ple,” he said, adding that the scheme was intended to benefit 72 lakh people in the national capital. He claimed that it was being said by some central government officers that the Delhi government can not take credit for the scheme by using the ration provided by the Centre. In a blistering attack on Kejriwal, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Delhi government’s ration-atdoorsteps scheme was a sham. ‘Kejriwal is trying to mislead the country. The party will expose this drama. He is trying to project PM Narendra Modi as someone opposed to the scheme.‘One nation, one ration card’ is a central government scheme,” (MORE ON P2) he said. Ex-bureaucrats write to L’dweep admin order fuels outrage PM over Lakshadweep PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KOCHI, 6 JUNE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE A group of 93 former civil servants wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, expressing “deep concern” over what they called were “disturbing developments” in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in the name of “development”. They have urged the Prime Minister to ensure an appropriate development model, in consultation with the islanders with emphasis on access to safe and secure healthcare, education and just governance among others. Asserting that Lakshadweep occupies a unique place in India’s geographic and cultural diversity, the group highlighted drafts of three regulations introduced by P K Patel after assuming additional charge of Administrator of Lakshadweep in December 2020. Patel is also the Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu. “These drafts have been introduced without local consultation and are presently with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Centre, for necessary approvals,” said the letter . “We write to you today to register our deep concern over disturbing developments taking place in the pristine UT of Lakshadweep in the name of ‘development’, the letter said. Amidst protests by islanders against its “reform” measures, the Lakshadweep island administration has taken a set of decisions, including deputing government officials on board local fishing boats for intelligence gathering. The administration also issued a new order on managing cleanliness and hygiene, on 4 June, directing the islanders to “scientifically dispose” of the tender coconut shell, tree leaves, coconut husk, coconut shell, trunk etc in and around dwelling and public places. Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal attacked the administration for its new directives, terming them as a India slips two spots to 117 rank on 17 SDGs adopted as 2030 goal PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE India’s rank has slipped by two places from last year to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015, a new report has said. The State of India’s Environment Report 2021 revealed that India’s rank was 115 last year and dropped by two places primarily because major challenges like ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2), achieving gender equality (SDG 5) and building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation (SDG 9) remain India’s rank dropped to 115 because major challenges like ending hunger and achieving food security, gender equality, building strong infrastructure remain in the country in the country. India ranks below four South Asian countries~ Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it said. The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100. Elaborating state-wise preparedness, the report said Jharkhand and Bihar are the least prepared to meet the SDGs by 2030, which is the target year. While Jharkhand lags in five of the SDGs, Bihar lags in seven. It said the states/UTs with the best overall score which are on the path to achieving the SDGs are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. There are 17 SDGs which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing. The report said India ranked 168 out of 180 countries in Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which is calculated on indicators, like environmental health, climate, air pollution, sanitation among others. A meeting chaired by principal secy-advisor to the Administrator decided to depute government servants on board local fishing boats for intelligence gathering “mockery” and urged the authorities to withdraw them immediately. On 28 May, a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary cum Advisor to the Administrator decided to depute responsible government servants on board local fishing boats for intelligence gathering. The meeting also decided to strengthen security measures to monitor the local fishing boats and crews, inten- sify checking of passenger boats and vessels reaching the islands and strengthen the ship berthing points and helibase by installing CCTV cameras. Faizal questioned the practicality of implementing the order, saying there are hundreds of fishing boats operating from the islands and asking how many officials are going to be deployed in such vessels. He pointed out that a well established system of surveillance by the Navy and the Coast Guard was already in place in all the islands, while the fishermen were regularly trained to report suspicious movement at sea. He alleged that the administration’s actions showed that they do not trust the fishermen community of isles. barring nurses from talking in Malayalam PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 JUNE Facing flak over a circular asking its nursing staff not to use Malayalam at work, the Delhi government-run G B Pant hospital on Sunday revoked the order and said strict action will be taken in the matter. The circular which was issued by the Nursing Superintendent, G B Pant Hospital, without any instructions or knowledge of the hospital administration and the Delhi government stands withdrawn with immediate effect, a new order issued by the Medical Director Dr Anil Agarwal read. “The matter is being investigated and strict action will follow,” Dr Agarwal said. The circular issued on Saturday read, “A complaint has been received regarding Malayalam language being used for communication in working places in GIPMER. Whereas maximum patients and colleagues do not know this language and feel helpless causing a lot of inconvenience. “So, it is directed to all nursing personnel to use only Hindi and English for communication. Otherwise, serious action will be taken,” it had said. An official of the G B Pant nurses’ association said there are around 850 nurses working at the hospital, of which around 400 are Malayali. The association’s president, Liladhar Ram- The circular issued at Delhi’s G B Pant hospital read, “A complaint has been received regarding Malayalam language being used for communication in working places in GIPMER. Whereas maximum patients and colleagues do not know this language and feel helpless causing a lot of inconvenience. chandani, claimed the circular was issued based on a complaint sent by a patient to a senior officer in the health department, regarding use of Malayalam language at the hospital, while adding that “the union disagrees with the wordings used in the circular”. The circular invited criticism from the medical fraternity, political leaders and the public. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called for stopping language discrimination. Party leader Shashi Tharoor said that the order was unacceptable, crude, offensive and a violation of the basic human rights of Indian citizens. Slamming the Delhi government over a hospital circular, the BJP on Sunday said this was ironical that it requested Kerala for oxygen when in need it during the Covid crisis and has now attempted to snatch its peoples' right to speak in their language with each other. 6 years on, 17 Indian inmates in Pak remain forgotten PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 JUNE Six years after Pakistan conveyed to India about 17 mentally unsound Indians languishing in jails in that country, efforts to confirm their identity have not yielded any result despite the Ministry of Home Affairs putting up their photos on its official website and seeking assistance from the general public as well as states and UTs. They have completed their sentences but due to non-confirmation of their nationality they could not be repatriated to India, an official said. Among the 17 prisoners in Pakistan who are believed to be Indians, four are women and were named Gullu Jan, Ajmeera, Naqaya and Hasina by Pakistani authorities. The others are Sonu Singh, Surinder Mahto, Prahalad Singh, Silrof Salim, Birju, Raju, The 17 mentally unsound Indians languishing in jails in Pakistan have completed their sentences but due to nonconfirmation of their nationality they could not be repatriated to India, a Ministry of Home Affairs official said. Bipla, Rupi Pal, Panwasi Lal, Raju Mahouli, Shyam Sunder, Ramesh and Raju Rai. The MHA has said anyone who can identify these 17 persons should give information to the Under Secretary (Foreigners) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, the home department of state governments or UT administration concerned or respective Director General of Police or Inspector General of Police or Commissioner of Police. “Photographs of 17 men- tally unsound persons, believed to be Indian nationals, who are lodged in jails in Pakistan, are attached. These persons have not been able to disclose any other particulars about them including the names of their parents or relatives, address in India, etc. due to their mentally unsound condition,” the MHA notification said. In 2015, Pakistan had conveyed to India about these 17 Indians lodged in their jails and said they have completed their jail terms in that country but they cannot be sent back home as they are unable to recall their whereabouts since they are mentally unsound. As Pakistan failed to get details of their background, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was then given special consular access to these prisoners hoping to make breakthroughs. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad had sent the pictures of all these 17 prisoners to the Ministry of External Affairs to trace their family members. The MEA subsequently forwarded the pictures to the MHA to help identify their families and homes in India. We have put their photos on the MHA website but so far no clue has been received from anyone. We have shared their photos with the states, UTs but no information has been received, a MHA official said.
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