SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 BUTCHER OF BOSNIA P6 P7 Generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain/thundershowers accompanied with gusty winds. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. Mamata welcomes ex-aide; says defectors who left before polls won’t be welcome RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 91% P4 Prodigal Mukul Roy returns to TMC fold WEATHER P12 ICMR to conduct sero survey in June to track Covid spread: MoHFW Min: 47% TEMPERATURE Max: 39.0°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 07:32 hrs IF DRAVID MAKES A PROMISE, HE LIVES UP TO IT FILMMAKER FACES SEDITION FIR FOR ‘BIOWEAPON’ REMARK ‘RURAL VACCINATION MUST FOR GROWTH’ ON MUKUL ROY Min: 20.4°C (-8) SUN SETS 19:20 hrs MOON SETS 21:08 hrs “Mukul Roy is like one of our family members. He was feeling claustrophobic in the BJP. Any person with selfrespect cannot work with BJP. The BJP leaders are like landed zamindars and they did not treat their party workers with dignity” THUMBNAILS ON OTHER DEFECTORS Mukul Roy and Subhrangshu Roy re-join the Trinamul Congress in the presence of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. At TMC Bhavan in Kolkata on Friday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 11 JUNE Sea waves crash ashore near the Gateway of AGENCIES India during high tide in Mumbai. M ED notice to cryptocurrency exchange: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has issued a show cause notice to the country's largest cryptocurrency exchange for undertaking transactions worth over Rs 2,790 crore in alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Mumbai headquartered WazirX is as a domestic crypto currency and bitcoin exchange start-up registered under the company name Zanmai Labs Pvt Ltd that was incorporated in December, 2017. Govt holds back release of IIP data for April: The government has held back the release of complete data of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for April, as was done for the same month last year due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Last year in June, the National Statistical Office (NSO) had held back the release of complete IIP data due to the effect of the nationwide lockdown on factory output. This year too industrial production was hit due to lockdown restrictions. According to the partial data released on Friday by the NSO, the IIP (general index) stood at 126.6 points in April this year. Pak Assembly passes Bill to give Jadhav right of appeal ukul Roy, a BJP national vice president, on Friday rejoined the Trinamul Congress, with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee welcoming him back to the party fold. Miss Banerjee, announcing Mr Roy’s return to the Trinamul Congress at Trinamul Bhavan here, said: “Mukul Roy is like one of our family members. He was feeling claustrophobic in the BJP Any per. son with self-respect cannot work with BJP The BJP . leaders are like landed zamindars and they did not treat their party workers with dignity.” She also said that Roy was suffering from mental pressure and gradually he was becoming sick but he could not say it in public, Mr Roy told the Press: “I’ve left the BJP as I cannot work there. I’m feeling satisfied to be back in my old party.” Reporters reminded Mr Roy that when he joined the BJP he , criticised both Mamata Banerjee and her nephew, who is at present party’s all India general secretary and asked him what he has to say about that. Before Mr Roy could reply, Mamata Banerjee quipped: “Mukul never said anything against the party. Even during election he never abused Trinamul Congress. So we have decided to take back Mukul into the party.” She said there are two categories of defectors. One category is of those who are subdued like Mukul Roy. “But our party had decided not to take back those defectors who had changed sides for money, power, just before election and openly abused the party.” Asked whether the party was strengthened at Mukul Roy’s return to the party fold, the Trinamul supremo said, “Our party was strong enough as we won the Assembly poll with a landslide victory.” Mamata SNS I’ve left the BJP as I cannot work there. I’m feeling satisfied to be back in my old party. MUKUL ROY Banerjee also hinted that Mukul Roy would be asked to look after the party’s organisation. Asked about Sonali Guha and Rajib Banerjee, other TMC leaders who defected to the BJP, Miss Banerjee said that the party has taken no decision yet. Asked whether Mukul Roy is worried about ED and CBI coming after him over the Sarada and Narada cases, Miss Banerjee said angrily: “Why is this case going on for seven years? Trinamul Congress has no connection with these cases. Remember, this is Trinamul Congress party office. Don’t ask questions that the BJP leaders have asked you to ask me. Do you have the courage to question BJP leaders about Rs 35,000 crore PM Cares Fund and about the dearth 2,92,74,823 11,21,671 A medic collects nasal sample from a passenger at Dadar station Friday. NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE “Our party had decided not to take back those defectors who had changed sides for money, power, just before election and openly abused the party” ON MUKUL’S CONNECTION N TO SARADA-NARADA “Why is this case going on for seven years? Trinamul Congress has no connection with these cases.” MAMATA BANERJEE of vaccines in the country?" Mukul Roy along with his son Subhrangshu Roy came to Trinamul Bhavan at 3 p.m. Mr Roy had left TMC in 2017 September and joined the BJP. Mr Roy was made BJP’s all India vice president but sources said that he was more or less sidelined in the party after Suvendu Adhikari joined the BJP. Speculation had been rife for some time on a possible homecoming by Mr Roy who had crossed over to the BJP in 2017 after being charged in the Narada tape sting case. 91,702 SNS & PTI The ICMR’s fourth round of national-level sero survey to assess the intensity of the spread of Covid-19 in India will begin this month, but all states/UTs should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, the Centre said on Friday. As the daily Covid-19 count in India remained below the one-lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day with the country reporting 91,702 fresh cases, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul, at a press conference, said that the Covid situation in the country appears to be stabilising with decline in daily and active cases and the positivity rate coming down to almost 5 per cent. With the fresh cases, the total tally of cases has climbed to 2,92,74,823. He, however, urged people to continue following the Covid appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms. India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,92,74,823 with 11,21,671 active cases and 3,63,079 deaths so far. 1,34,580 3,63,079 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021 The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed, as recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 29th consecutive day. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the sero survey will be held across 70 districts in 21 states and will include children aged 6 years and above. Speaking about the improving Covid scenario in the country, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, health ministry said almost 78 per cent decline in daily new Covid-19 cases has been noted in India since the highest reported peak in daily cases on 7 May. He also said that there has been a 74 per cent decrease in weekly Covid19 positivity rate since the highest such rate was report- ‘FDA snub to Covaxin will have no impact’ After the US FDA rejected emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, the Indian government on Friday said it respects the decision but asserted it will have no impact whatsoever on India’s vaccination programme. In what could potentially delay the launch of Covaxin in the USA, the Food and Drug Administration there has “recommended” Ocugen Inc, the US partner of the Indian vaccine maker, to go for Biologics Licence Application (BLA) route with additional data, nixing hopes of emergency use authorisation. PTI Details on Page 5 ed between 30 April to 6 May at 21.6 per cent. Delhi’s positivity rate dips to 0.31 pc: The national capital today recorded 238 new coronavirus cases — the lowest in over three months — and 24 Covidlinked deaths while the positivity rate dropped to 0.31 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. The fresh cases were detected out of 77,112 tests, the health bulletin said. This was the lowest count of coronavirus infections in the city in over three months as 217 cases were reported on 2 March with the figure rising to 240 on (SEE P 2) 3 March. PM Modi meets Shah, Nadda Implement 1 nation 1 ration card: SC to WB amid Cabinet reshuffle buzz STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 11 JUNE NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE The Pakistan government has rushed through the National Assembly a Bill to provide the right of appeal to Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav amidst ruckus and boycott by the Opposition. The lower house of Parliament passed the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 on Thursday. The Bill is aimed at allowing Jadhav to have consular access in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict. Jadhav, the 51-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the International Court of Justice against Pakistan for denial of consular access to Jadhav and challenging the death sentence. The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan must undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and also to grant consular access to India without further delay. The ICJ, in its 2019 verdict, had asked Pakistan to provide a proper forum for appeal against the sentence given to Jadhav. The Bill was among 21 laws passed by the National Assembly on Thursday evening, ignoring protests by the Opposition lawmakers who wanted the proper reading of Bills. But the government suspended rules of business regarding legislation to bulldoze 21 laws in a single PTI sitting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held deliberations with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda amid speculation about a reshuffle in the Union Cabinet, an exercise Modi has not undertaken since forming the government for a second time in May 2019. There is also a growing buzz about a Cabinet expansion in Uttar Pradesh after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the PM and the BJP top brass in the national capital. Sources, however, added that Modi has been meeting Union ministers in different batches of late, and Nadda has also been present there. The deliberations among the top BJP leaders at the prime minister's residence came a day after Shah also met party allies from Uttar Pradesh, including Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel who was a minister in the first Modi government but was not inducted in the next. There has been no official word from the party on these deliberations. The BJP has of late engaged in the review of its organisation and government works in different states. Nadda had also held a meeting with the party general secretaries where, besides the relief work carried out by the saffron organisation during the Covid-19 pandemic, its performance in the recent assembly polls were reviewed. With the party now gearing up for the next round of assembly polls in five states early next year, including in all important Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to take various measures to bolster its social equation. Of these five states, the BJP is in power in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur besides Uttar Pradesh, while the Congress is at the helm in Punjab. Sources said the party leadership may move to take a series of measures to reinvigorate its state organisations and governments, and a reshuffle of the Union cabinet can be a part of the larger exercise. ‘THIS IS FOR MIGRANT WORKERS’ NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that there were nearly 2.8 crore migrants without ration cards, and they are under serious difficulty as they would not be covered under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana. The Bench noted that the scheme has been extended till November, but Dave said the scheme will benefit only those who have ration cards. West Bengal government counsel submitted that the state has not yet implemented the scheme tioners, submitted that there were nearly 2.8 crore migrants without ration cards, and they are under serious difficulty as they would not be covered under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana. The Bench noted that the scheme has been extended till November, but Dave said the scheme will benefit only those who have ration cards. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta pointed out that 80 crore have been identified under the Garib Kalyan scheme. As the Bench queried what scheme will cover the people who don’t have ration cards, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati replied that the latitude has been left to the states and it is for the states to have schemes for those who do not have ration cards. The Bench noted that the Centre is ready to distribute food grains, and it has to see The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government to immediately implement the ‘one nation one ration card’ scheme. A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and M.R, Shah said no excuse will be considered and the state must implement the scheme, as the state government counsel submitted that there are Aadhaar seeding issues. The bench said: “You cannot cite one or the other problem. This is for migrant workers.” Hearing the suo moto case, the top court addressed the problems and miseries of migrant workers amid the Covid pandemic. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the peti- G-7 pledges 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine shots for world ASSOCIATED PRESS CARBIS BAY, 11 JUNE British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted world leaders on a wooden boardwalk on the freshly raked sand of Carbis Bay to open the Group of Seven summit on Friday, offering elbow bumps to dignitaries gathering for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus was set to dominate their discussions, with leaders of the wealthy democracies club expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling countries. A commitment from US President Joe Biden to share 500 million doses and one from Johnson for another 100 million shots set the stage for the G-7 meeting in south- west England, where the focus is Building Back Better From COVID-19. "We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners, Biden said. The G-7 also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. The leaders hope the meeting in the resort of Carbis Bay will also energise the global economy. On Friday, they are set to formally embrace a global minimum tax of at least 15 per cent on corporations, following an agreement reached a week ago by their finance ministers. The minimum is meant to stop companies from using tax havens and other tools to avoid taxes. Climate change is also a top issue on the agenda, and hundreds of protesters gath- ered in Cornwall to urge the leaders to take action. Some activists sent a barge floating off the coast that was carrying large inflatable figures depicting Biden and Johnson. At one protest, demonstrators carried flags that read G7 drowning in promises and Action not words. The G-7 leaders have faced mounting pressure to outline their global vaccine-sharing plans, especially as inequities in supply around the world have become more pronounced. In the US, there is a large vaccine stockpile and the demand for shots has dropped precipitously in recent weeks. Biden said the US will donate 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and previewed a coordinated effort by the advanced economies to make vaccination widely and speedily available everywhere. The commitment was on top of 80 million doses Biden has already pledged to donate by the end of June. Johnson, for his part, said the first 5 million U.K. doses would be shared in the coming weeks, with the remainder coming over the next year. He said he expected the G-7 to commit to 1 billion doses in all. The US commitment is to buy and donate 500 million Pfizer doses for distribution through the global COVAX alliance to 92 lowerincome countries and the African Union, bringing the first steady supply of mRNA vaccine to the countries that need it most. Biden said the US-manufactured doses will be shipped India likely to support follow-up probe by WHO into Covid origins India is likely to support the call for a follow-up inquiry by the World Health Organisation (WHO) into the origin of the coronavirus during the G-7 Summit of the world’s top industrialised nations being held in the United Kingdom. This was clearly indicated by Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi while briefing the media in New Delhi. “I think we have been very clear that we support the need for a follow-up to the WHO report on the origin of Covid-19 and for further studies and we have called for understanding and cooperation of all in this regard,” he said ahead of the summit. PM Modi will head the Indian delegation at the summit and participate in the sessions in virtual format. The leaders of the G-7 nations~ Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US ~ will take part in the summit. SNS starting in August, with the goal of distributing 200 million by the end of the year. The remaining 300 million doses would be shipped in the first half of 2022. A price tag for the doses was not released, but the US is now set to be COVAX’s largest vaccine donor in addition to its single largest funder with a $4 billion commitment. what mechanism can be adopted. The Bench said that there are states that don’t have such schemes, and can the Garib Kalyan scheme be temporarily extended to also those who don’t have the ration cards. To this, Mehta said that the Centre’s officials can have talks with the secretaries concerned in the states and revert after a week. “Nobody is leaving them to die. There are schemes to help them,” he said. During the hearing, counsel for the Maharashtra and Punjab governments informed the court they follow the one nation one ration card scheme. At this stage, the Bengal government counsel submitted the state has not implemented the scheme yet and the Bench said that it has to implement it when the others have. Top court to order closure of case against Italian marines in India NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE The Supreme Court on Friday said it would pass orders on 15 June on closure of proceedings in India against two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012, and the disbursal of Rs 10 crore compensation to the heirs of the victims. Referring to the international arbitral award and the terms of the agreement among India, Italy and the Kerala government, a bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah said the case against marines would be now pursued by Italy there. PTI Details on Page 4
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