CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 POLITICAL ACTIVITY GAINS MOMENTUM IN JAMMU & KASHMIR JOE BIDEN TO REASSURE ALLIES IN FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely to occur. Temperature will be in the range of 33-26 degrees Celsius. P5 P8 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ‘Aim is to remove Modi, Centre’s ill-advised policies are hurting all sectors’ Max. 90% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min. 66% Max: 33.0°C (-2) SUN RISES 04:51 hrs MOON RISES 04:32 hrs New moon on 10 Min: 25.8°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:20 hrs MOON SETS 18:22 hrs June THUMBNAILS At Chandni Chowk in Delhi on Wednesday as the Covid-induced lockdown is progressively eased in the national capital. SNS Suvendu meets PM: West Bengal Assembly Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and apprised him of the political situation in the state, including alleged post-election violence, and other issues. Meanwhile, three other senior state leaders of the BJP, including MP Arjun Singh, Nisith Pramanik and Saumitra Khan, were summoned to Delhi to meet BJP chief JP Nadda. P3 Pandey assumes charge as EC: Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey assumed charge as an election commissioner on Wednesday. Pandey joins the Election Commission (EC) as the second election commissioner. The three-member body is headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar is the other election commissioner. Pandey was appointed as an election commissioner on Tuesday. He will demit office in February 2024 on attaining the age of 65. Centre clears MSP hike for Kharif crops KOLKATA, 9 JUNE hief minister Mamata Banerjee today suggested sending a common letter from all the non-BJP chief ministers in support of the farmers' movement to the Centre after a meeting with Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait at the state secretariat this afternoon. "From Covid to farmers and unemployment to industrialisation, India is in need of policies. Laws are being enacted forcibly as a result of which farmers and industries are limping. The farmers' movement is on for the last seven months but why has nobody spoke to them? Don't they belong to our country? We want immediate withdrawal of the three farm laws. This is not an issue of the farmers of C NEW DELHI, 9 JUNE Chief minister Mamata Banerjee during a meeting with Yashwant Sinha and Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday. SNS Punjab and Haryana but of the entire country. Let's raise our voice collectively. I don't want to lead this movement. Our aim is to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi," said Miss Banerjee af the meeting. Mr Tikait, who is spearheading the farmers' protest at Delhi’s borders met Miss Banerjee to seek her support for the ongoing farmers' movement against the three new farm laws. “I have complete support for the farmers' movement. During the agitation of the farmers we had sent our MP team and I too spoke to the agitating farmers. I will speak to the non-BJP leaders on the issue," Miss Banerjee said. She said the Central government's incorrect policies are hurting all sectors, from agriculture to vaccines. "For the last seven years the BJP is running the government autocratically and forcibly. GST is being imposed upon all items. All states should raise their voices against these issues,” she said. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of almost all Kharif crops for the Marketing season 2021-22. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar told media that the MSP of paddy (common) has been increased by Rs 72 per quintal to Rs 1940. He also said the Centre was ready to resume the dialogue with the agitating farmers to resolve their objections to the three new agri laws. SNS NEW DELHI, 9 JUNE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 JUNE Amidst continued infighting in its Punjab and Rajasthan units, the Congress suffered a major jolt onWednesday as it lost Jitin Prasada, a prominent young face from Uttar Pradesh, to the BJP . Son of Jitender Prasada, who contested against Sonia Gandhi for the post of Congress president in 1999, Jitin quit ahead of the crucial 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections. Jitin was part of the group of 23 leaders who had written to party chief Gandhi last October seeking organisational overhaul and elections at all levels. Reports of the 47-yearold Jitin planning to quit the Congress and joining the BJP first came to light in March 2019 ahead of Lok Sabha elections when top party leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra talked him out of defecting from the party. Prasada was made party in-charge for West Bengal, where the Congress drew a blank in the recent elections. A third generation Congressman, Jitin also failed to win the Lok Sabha election from his traditional seat Dhaurahra in 2014 and 2019 and also lost the MLA election in the 2017 assem- bly polls in Uttar Pradesh. He was Minister of State for Steel, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Road Transport and Education in the UPA since 2008 and was considered close to Rahul Gandhi. Prasada's decision to join the BJP could trigger a wave of fresh defections from the Congress with several disgruntled young leaders likely to switch sides. Some of the leaders said to be frustrated in the Congress are former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot, former MP Milind Deora KOLKATA, 9 JUNE The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and IIT Delhi are featured in the list of top 200 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022 . “Today, I'm extremely proud to share that India is taking a leap in the field of Education and Research and is emerging as a VISHVAGURU,” tweeted the education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. IISc Bangalore is the world's top research university as per the Citations per Faculty indicator. Overall, IISc has been ranked 186th. Twitter has written to the government that it is in advanced stages of finalising chief compliance officer as per the new IT rules and additional details will be submitted to the government within a week In its reply to the government’s final notice, dated 5 June, Twitter said that it is making all efforts to comply with the new guidelines but has been unable to do so because of the global impact of the Covid19 pandemic. vice. We have assured the Government of India that Twitter is making every effort to comply with the new Guidelines, and an overview on our progress has been duly shared. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the Indian government.” The new IT rules for social media companies that came into effect last month mandate large platforms like Facebook and Twitter to undertake greater due diligence and make these digital platforms more accountable and responsible for the content hosted by them. Under the rules, significant social media intermediaries ~ those with over 50 lakh users ~ are required to appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer and a chief compliance officer. These personnel have to be residents in India. Further, social media companies will have to take down flagged content within 36 hours, and remove within 24 hours content that is flagged for issues such as nudity and pornography. The new social media guidelines came into effect from May 26, 2021 but Twitter did not comply with the rules. Big jolt for Congress as Prasada quits, joins BJP India adds 92K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 JUNE Falling in line Social media platform Twitter is learnt to have written to the government that it is in advanced stages of finalising chief compliance officer as per the new IT rules and additional details will be submitted to the government within a week, according to an official source. Twitter in its reply to the final notice of the government dated June 5, said that it is making all efforts to comply with the new guidelines but has been unable to do so because of the global impact of Covid19 pandemic. According to the source, the letter was sent on June 7 to the Ministry of Electronics and IT. When contacted, a Twitter spokesperson said, “Twitter has been and remains deeply committed to India, and serving the vital public conversation taking place on the ser- among others. The Congress leadership continues to battle internal factionalism in Punjab and Rajasthan, with trouble emerging even in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. While in Punjab former minister Navjot Sidhu has been publicly attacking chief minister Amarinder Singh, in Rajasthan former deputy CM Pilot has been voicing his disappointment over the AICC functioning and continues to be at loggerheads with chief minister Ashok Gehlot. IISc, Blr world’s top Ludhiana gangsters shot in city encounter research university STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P12 Twitter finalising chief compliance officer appnt Mamata vows to rally Opp behind farmers RAINFALL: 1.7 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE BUTTLER, MORGAN UNDER PROBE FOR RACIST REMARKS GOVT CAN CONSIDER COVID BONDS: SUBBARAO “Very proud to share that @IISCBangalore ranked number 1 in the world for research and ranked 186th in universities ranking at the 18th edition of QS World University Rankings. Hearty congratulations for the great work,” Mr Pokhriyal said. According to the 18th edition of the QS World University Rankings, IIT Bombay is India's top-ranked institution. However, it has fallen four places to 177 from 172 rank last year. IIT Delhi, is India's secondbest university according to the rankings. The institute has improved its position from the 193rd rank to 185 since last year, overtaking IISc Bangalore in the process. A Special Task Force (STF) team of Kolkata Police gunned down two allegedly wanted gangsters from Ludhiana, Punjab, in an operation at New Town this afternoon. The two gangsters killed in the exchange of fire were identified as Jaipal Bhullar and Jaspreet Singh, who are said to have fled Punjab after killing two after killing two ASIs Assistant Subinspector) of police in an encounter there last month. Punjab police had declared earlier an award of Rs 10 lakh on Ferozepur resident Bhullar's arrest and that of Rs 5 lakh over Mohali man Jaspreet's apprehension. The two had been on the run since the killings of two ASIs at the new grain market at Jagraon in Ludhiana. Jaspreet Singh Jaipal Bhullar The epicentre of today’s encounter was the posh Sapoorji housing complex at New Town. According to police, the encounter started at around 3.30 p.m when the alleged gangsters started firing on seeing the police and the STF coming, prompted the STF to return fire resulting in the death of the two men. An STF officer, identified as Kartik Mohan Ghosh, sustained serious bullet injuries and now undergoing treatment at a private hospital. A senior officer of the STF quoting Punjab Police officials said that the two deceased were history-sheeters. According to police, Jaipal Bhullar had 40 cases against his name, including cases of extortion, murder, bank dacoity and arms snatching from the police. ADG STF Vineet Goyal told newspersons that they had specific information from the Punjab Police that the alleged two dreaded gangsters were hiding at this housing complex. “Based on technical surveillance and tracking their phone numbers, an operation was conducted this afternoon at around 3.30. When the force was entering the complex premise, the two alleged gangsters who were in 101 room at the B Block of the complex started indiscriminate firing. In the resultant exchange of gunfire, the two were eliminated. Cash worth Rs 7 lakh and five sophisticated arms were seized from their possession," said Mr Goyal. new cases, active tally dips STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 9 JUNE India onWednesday recorded 92,596 new Covid infections in 24 hours, less than one lakh cases for the second straight day and 6,098 cases more than Tuesday, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. On June 8, India recorded 86,498 cases, the lowest since April 2 when the country logged 89,129 new cases. In the past 24 hours, 2,219 more people died due to the pandemic. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,90,89,069 with 12,31,415 active cases and 3,53,528 deaths so far. After battling a brutal second wave for weeks, fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh-mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7. The 2,219 new fatalities include 702 from Maharashtra, 409 from Tamil Nadu, 179 from Karnataka and 124 from Kerala. In the last three weeks, India has recorded over 93,000 deaths. According to the Health Ministry, a total of 1,62,664 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,75,04,126 till date. 2,90,89,069 12,31,415 92,596 1,62,664 3,53,528 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 09 JUNE 2021 The Ministry said that a total of 23,90,58,360 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 27,76,096 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 5,384 fresh Covid cases and 95 deaths, with Kolkata recording 547 cases and 17 death. The state’s total Covid case count is 14,42,830 with death toll at 16,555 while there are 14,702 active cases. Streets, rail tracks flooded in Mumbai as monsoon arrives with a bang PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 9 JUNE Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Wednesday, causing flooding on roads and rail tracks and disrupting suburban train services as the south-west monsoon arrived in the city with a bang, while the MeT department issued an alert for more downpour. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a ''red alert'' for Mumbai, and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, warning of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places there. The first rains of this year''s monsoon season in Mumbai caused water-logging in various parts of the city, prompting the traffic police to shut four subways and forcing motorists to abandon their vehicles on roads. The heavy downpour also disrupted local train services, which are running only for personnel engaged in health and other essential services, and are out of bound for general commuters in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. While there were fewer vehicles on the city roads amid the downpour, motorcyclists and other two-wheeler riders were unable to manoeuvre their vehicles at some of the flooded places. The traffic police closed Milan, Khar, Andheri and Malad subways for motorists due to water-logging at these places. "We have closed the subways due to water-logging of up to two feet at these junctions. However, traffic is smooth on the SV Road, Linking Road and the Western Express Highway. So far, no traffic congestion has been reported," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Western Suburbs, Somnath Gharge told PTI. Heavy rains caused low visibility and increased the risk of accidents, hence the traffic police personnel are on roads to prevent such incidents, the official said. Cranes were used to clear roads on which motorists had abandoned their vehicles due to water-logging, he added. The city police appealed to Mumbaikars not to step out of their homes unnecessarily and cautioned them against travelling to some of the inun- CMYK dated areas. Mumbai and its suburbs experienced thunderstorms along with moderate to intense spells of rainfall during the day, it added. Suburban train services from Mumbai''s Chhatrapati Shivaji MaharajTerminus (CSMT) to neighbouring Thane and Vashi in Navi Mumbai were suspended due to waterlogging on tracks, officials said. Routes of some BEST buses, run by the city civic body''s transport wing, were diverted to avoid flooded streets, they said. According to the IMD, the western suburb of Santacruz recorded 164.8 mm rain in six hours from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m, while Colaba in south Mumbai recorded 32.2 mm rain during the same period. "It’s monsoon arrival in Mumbai today," Dr Jayanta Sarkar, head of the India Meteorological Department''s (IMD) Mumbai office, said in the morning. The IMD said conditions are favourable for onset of the monsoon in remaining parts of Maharashtra in the next two to three days. “GOOD NEWS. Onset of SW Monsoon declared over Mumbai Thane Palghar today 9th June. Monsoon line today passing frmValsad (Gujarat), Nagpur in Maharashtra & then Bhadrachalam Tuni..Conditions r favourable for onset of monsoon in remaining parts of Maharashtra in nxt 2,3 days," the IMD''s head SID, Climate Research & Services at Pune, K S Hosalikar, tweeted. There was inundation at several places in the city, including on tracks near Sion and Chunabhatti stations on the Central Railway (CR) route. The local train services were initially suspended on the CR’s main line between CSMT and Kurla from 9.50 am. Later, the train services were suspended between CSMT and Thane (main line), and between CSMT and Vashi (Harbour line) from 10.20 am, CR’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said. "However, services on the Trans-Harbour line and BSU (Uran in adjoining Raigad district) lines are running smoothly. Also, shuttle services from Thane to Karjat/Kasara and Vashi-Panvel are operational," he said. Mumbai Police in a tweet said, "#WaterLogging Netaji Palkar Chowk, S.V. Road Baherambaug Junction, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Neelam Junction, Govandi, Hindamata Junction, Iqbal Kamani Junction, Dharavi Restaurant, Dharavi, Sion Junction, King Circle. Please plan travel likewise.#StaySafeMumbai #MonsoonSafety."
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