CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 NEPAL NEEDS NUANCED JUDICIAL ACTIVISM MACRON SLAPPED IN FACE DURING WALKABOUT P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Thundershower very likely to occur. Temperature will be in the range of 36-27 degrees Celsius. READY TO MAKE ANY CHANGES CENTRE WANTS IN DOORSTEP RATION SCHEME P5 P7 Govt to allocate vaccine to states and UTs based on some criteria Max.92% SNS & AGENCIES Min. 56% Max: 35.6°C (+1) Min: 25.2°C (-2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:51 hrs 18:20 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 03:53 hrs 17:29 hrs Next new moon on 10 June THUMBNAILS During the unlock process Luxmi Nagar Vijay Chowk Market is open on one day and remains closed on the second day on odd-even basis, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Vaccine prices capped for private hospitals: The Centre on Tuesday fixed the maximum rates of Covid-19 vaccines for private hospitals. Under it, the cost of Covishield has been fixed at Rs 780, Covaxin at Rs 1,410, and Russian vaccine Sputnik V at Rs 1,145. The prices will be monitored every day and strict action will be taken against any private vaccination center for charging more. The Center has asked the states not to allow private hospitals to levy more than Rs 150 as service charge and monitor private hospitals regularly. World Bank sees 8.3 per cent GDP growth: The World Bank today projected India's economy to grow by 8.3 per cent in 2021 and 7.5 per cent in 2022, even as its recovery is being hampered by an unprecedented second wave of the Covid-19, the largest outbreak in the world since the beginning of the deadly pandemic. “For India, GDP in fiscal year 2021/22 is P8 expected to expand 8.3 per cent,” it said. NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE he government on Tuesday stressed on avoiding large gatherings for a couple of months and following Covid-19appropriate behaviour to avert any future wave, even as it noted that there has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new Covid-19 cases in the country. From Tuesday onwards, Covid-19 vaccine doses provided free of cost by the central government to states and the Union Territories will be allocated based on criteria such as population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination. These elements were included in the fresh guidelines for implementation of National Covid vaccination programme which will come into effect from 21 June this year and will be reviewed from time to time. In the guidelines issued by the Union health ministry on Thursday, it is clarified that “wastage of vaccine will affect the allocation negatively”. However, it is stressed that vaccination will be prioritised to health care workers, frontline workers, citizens above 45 years, citizens whose second dose is due and citizens 18 years and above. For those above 18 years, the guidelines mentioned, states and the UTs may decide their own prioritization fac- T ‘Our vaccines effective against mutants in India’ 44 cr doses of Covishield, Covaxin ordered INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE The Centre today said it has placed orders for 44 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin, a day after PM Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would take over the state procurement quota and provide free jabs to state governments for inoculation of all above the age of 18. These 44 crore doses will be delivered by their makers between August and December 2021, Union health minPTI istry said. toring in the vaccine supply schedule. It also mentioned that Centre will procure 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country. The central government will provide states and UTs advance information of vaccine doses to be supplied to them, said the guideline. In order to incentivize production by vaccine manufacturers and encourage new vaccines, domestic vaccine manufacturers can also provide vaccines directly to private hospitals. “This would be restricted to 25 per cent of their monthly production. States and UTs would aggregate the demand of private hospitals keeping in view equitable distribution NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting for expedited action on the electoral reform proposals pending with the government, including the one which seeks an enhanced two-year jail term for those furnishing incorrect information in their poll affidavit. “I have written to the law minister to expedite these proposals and hopefully they will be taken up early by the ministry,” Chandra said. The letter was sent by the CEC last month. Enhancing the imprisonment period for those furnishing incorrect details in poll affidavits from existing six months to two years is a key electoral reform proposal of the EC. A two-year jail term could bar the candidate from ‘HOPEFULLY PROPOSALS WILL BE TAKEN UP EARLY’ A key electoral reform proposal of the EC Enhancing the imprisonment period for those furnishing incorrect details in poll affidavits from existing six months to two years Poll panel has proposed a ban on political advertisements in newspapers during the “silence period” Another proposal relates to linking electoral roll with the Aadhaar ecosystem to root out multiple enrolments. contesting elections for six years. “The present six-month imprisonment does not lead to disqualification,” lamented Chandra. The EC has also proposed making paid news an electoral offence under the Representation of the People Act (RoPA) to provide a strong deterrent against the malpractice. The poll panel, reminded the CEC, has also proposed a ban on political advertisements in newspapers during the “silence period”for a free and fair election. The move will require changes in RoPA. As of now, only the electronic media is barred from showing election publicity material during the 48 hours before conclusion of polling. But the committee recommended bringing the print media under the ambit of Section 126 of the RoPA, 1951. Chandra said another key proposal pending with the government relates to linking electoral roll with the Aadhaar ecosystem to root out multiple enrolments. Prasad had recently said in written reply to a question in People from Delhi-NCR travelling 200 km for inoculation, says Agra hospital PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE People in the 18-44 age group from the Delhi-NCR region are travelling as far as to Agra in Uttar Pradesh to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Moolchand Medcity, Agra, started vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group four days ago. Of the 450 people inoculated so far, 40 per cent of them came from places like Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Meerut, Etawah and Mathura. The shortest distance between Agra and Delhi is 224 kms. Meerut is 232 kms from Agra. After a ferocious second wave, people have realised the importance of vaccination. They are even travelling 250 kms to get the jabs, Vibhu Talwar, medical director, Moolchand Medcity, Agra said. People have been coming from Mainpuri, Aligarh, Etawah, Mathura, Delhi, Meerut, Gurgaon, Noida, among other places, to get vaccinated. It is a good sign that people are travelling 250 kms to get inoculated that they are taking it seriously, he said. Talwar said around 40 to 50 per cent of those who have been vaccinated at the hospital so far are from outside Agra. Preeti Dungriyal, 35, and her husband travelled from Noida to Agra on Monday to get their second doses of Covaxin. We took our first dose of Covaxin on 8 May and were trying to book a slot for the second for the last three-four days, but couldn’t, she said. Later, we found that slots were available in Agra, so we drove there. It was pretty convenient... What is more important is that we could get the jab in time, Dungriyal said. Pulkit Gupta, 32, from Rajouri Garden in west Delhi also travelled to Agra along with his wife to get the second dose of the vaccine. “Slots in Delhi are getting filled fast. We could not get any slot. So, I started searching for available slots in nearby cities. Agra is just a few hours away...,” he said while returning to Delhi. rural areas and remote blocks. Guleria said a Covid infected person can get vaccinated three months from the day of recovery, replying to a query of the time span after which a Covid positive patient can get vaccinated. Asked if blood clotting is common after taking the jab, Guleria said this side-effect called vaccine induced Thrombosis or Thrombocytopenia-is very rare in India and is found to occur in a much lesser proportion than in Europe. Paul said data of such incidents “have been systematically examined in India” and they are “almost negligible here, so negligible that one need not worry about it”. Our vaccines are effective against mutants seen in India till date, said India’s top two Covid experts-NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul and AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria. Addressing various doubts regarding vaccines, the experts “asserted and reassured” their claims about the two vaccines used in India-Covishield and Covaxin. Later, both Paul and Guleria also termed as “fake and unfounded” the rumours circulating on social media that our immune system becomes weak after taking vaccines or people die after taking vaccines, a wrong belief held by some people in between large and small private hospitals and regional balance.” The price of doses for private hospitals would be declared by each vaccine manufacturer, and any subsequent changes would be notified in advance, guidelines stated. “The private hospitals may charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose as service charges and state governments may monitor the price being so charged.” All citizens irrespective of their CEC reminds Prasad of pending electoral reforms PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P12 ‘Continue to follow New Covid cases below 1L after over two months Covid-19 protocols’ RAINFALL: 1.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE IN THE ELITE LEAGUE Lok Sabha that the EC proposal was under the consideration of the government and that this would require amendments to electoral laws. In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar had put the brakes on the EC’s project to link Aadhaar number with electoral data. The poll panel was then collecting Aadhaar number as part of its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP). Seeking to check multiple entries in electoral rolls and to make them error-free, the EC had embarked on the ambitious project to link Aadhaar numbers with electoral data. Since the Supreme Court order makes it clear that sanction of law is required to collect Aadhaar number, the Commission has proposed changes in electoral law, a poll panel functionary had recently explained. income status are entitled to free vaccination. Those who have the ability to pay are encouraged to use private hospital’s vaccination centres. To promote the spirit of Lok Kalyan, use of non-transferable Electronic Vouchers which can be redeemed at private vaccination centres will be encouraged, enabling people to financially support vaccination of Economically Weaker Sections at private vaccination centres. Many websites disrupted by outage at Fastly LONDON, 8 JUNE SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 8 JUNE India reported less than one lakh new coronavirus infections after a gap of 63 days, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.62 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday. A single day rise of 86,498 cases were registered, the lowest in 66 days, taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 2,89,96,473. The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,51,309 with 2,123 daily deaths, the lowest in around 47 days, the data updated at 8 am showed. A total of 81,466 new cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on 2 April. The daily positivity rate has dropped to 4.62 per cent, the ministry said. The active cases reduced to 13,03,702 while the national recovery rate has improved to 94.29 per cent. A net decline of 97,907 cases has been recorded in the Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 5,427 fresh Covid cases and 98 deaths. Kolkata recorded 528 cases and 21 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 1,109 fresh cases and 27 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 14,37,446 and death toll is 16,460 in the state till now while there are 19,925 active cases. 13,03,702 86,498 1,82,282 3,51,309 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 08 JUNE 2021 FAMILIAR SCENE Crowd at Sadar Bazar as shops reopen after the ‘unlocking’, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Om Birla urges MPs to share details of Covid-19 relief work SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE Numerous websites were unavailable Tuesday after an apparent widespread outage at the cloud service company Fastly. Dozens of high-traffic websites including the New York Times, CNN, Twitch and the UK government’s home page, couldn’t be reached. San Francisco-based Fastly acknowledged a problem just before 1000 GMT. It said on its website that it was continuing to investigate the issue.” Visitors trying to access CNN.com got a message: “Fastly error: unknown domain: cnn.com”. Down Detector, which tracks internet outages, said: “Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Fastly, which may be impacting your serAP vice.” 2,89,96,473 Parl Monsoon session will begin hopefully in July: Joshi NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday urged Members of Parliament to share details of the relief work done by them in their constituencies amid the Covid-19 pandemic to develop best practices at the national level to deal with similar situations in future. Birla, in a letter to all the MPs, said as public representatives, it is the duty of parliamentarians to stand with people in this severe crisis and help them in every respect. “I believe that you have spent most of your time helping people in their adversity. You have not only given moral support to the distressed citizens but have also made all out efforts to resolve their problems,” he said in the letter. “The need of the hour is to share your stellar work and experiences with the entire country so that we are able to develop best practices at the national level to deal with such situations,” the speaker said. Birla, the MP from Kota in Rajasthan, had announced that students who were preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams and had lost their parents or earning members of the family to Covid-19 would be provided free coaching and accommodation in his constituency. The government is hopeful that the Monsoon Session of Parliament will begin on its normal schedule in July, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday amid the second wave. Last year, the Monsoon Session, which usually starts in July, had begun in September. Sources said the modalities of holding this year’s Monsoon Session are still being discussed. The authorities are confident of holding the session in July itself as most of the MPs, staff members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats and other stakeholders have received at least one dose of vaccine. PTI Class 5 student hails SC’s steps against Covid, CJI says ‘beautiful letter’ SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE Amid debate whether the Centre’s decision to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to all above 18 years was triggered by the Supreme Court’s recent remarks on the jab policy, a class five student of Kerala, Lidwina Joseph, has written to Chief Justice N V Ramana lauding the top court for its effective intervention and saving lives in the fight against pandemic. Joseph, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Thrissur, also enclosed in her letter a drawing depicting discharge of duties by the apex court where a judge is seen hammering down coronavirus and has the Tricolour, lion capital and smiling portrait of I am happy and feel proud that your honourable court has moved orders for supply of oxygen and saved many lives. I understood your honourable court has initiated effective steps in bringing down Covid-19 and the death rate in our country especially in Delhi. I thank you, your Honour for this. Now I feel very proud and happy.. LIDWINA JOSEPH, CLASS 5 STUDENT OF KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA, THRISSUR I have received your beautiful letter along with a heart-warming illustration of the Judge at work. I am really impressed with the way you kept track of happenings in the country and the concern that you have displayed for the well-being of people in the wake of the pandemic. I am sure you will grow-up into an alert, informed and responsible citizen who will contribute immensely towards nation building. N V RAMANA, CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA Father of the nation. I was much worried about the deaths in Delhi and other parts of the country due to Corona. From the newspaper CMYK I understood that your honourable court has intervened effectively at the sufferings and death of ordinary people in the fight against Covid-19. I am happy and feel proud that your honourable court has moved orders for supply of oxygen and saved many lives. I understood your honourable court has initiated effective steps in bringing down Covid19 and the death rate in our country especially in Delhi. I thank you, your Honour for this. Now I feel very proud and happy.., Joseph wrote to CJI Ramana towards the end of May when Delhiites were facing tough times due to the deadly second corona wave. The lucky girl got Chief Justice of India’s response and best wishes as well for her beautiful letter and heart-warming illustration of a judge at work in her drawing accompanying the letter. I have received your beautiful letter along with a heart- warming illustration of the Judge at work. I am really impressed with the way you kept track of happenings in the country and the concern that you have displayed for the wellbeing of people in the wake of the pandemic. I am sure you will grow-up into an alert, informed and responsible citizen who will contribute immensely towards nation building, the CJI wrote back wishing the best and all round success to the little girl. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on Monday that the central government will provide free vaccine to states for all above the 18 years from 21 June and this led to an intense debate in the media as to who and what triggered the decision.
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