MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 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 P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 000.4 Mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 80% P9 TOO MANY GAMES MAY HAVE CAUSED ERIKSEN EMERGENCY P5 ‘India natural ally for G-7 against coercion’ 7 P12 ‘US-bound students won’t need Covid vaccination proof’ Delhi unlock: Restaurants, malls reopen PM Modi’s pitch for TRIPS waiver echoed by other leaders at G7 Summit Min: 54% G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations TEMPERATURE Max: 35.2°C (-4) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 09:28 hrs ‘CONGRESS NEEDS REFORMS TO SHOW IT’S NOT IN INERTIA’ NEW ISRAELI GOVT TO BE SWORN IN HAVE RESTORED US CREDIBILITY: BIDEN AFTER G-7 SUMMIT Min: 23.8°C (-4) SUN SETS 19:20 hrs MOON SETS 22:40 hrs CARBIS BAY, 13 JUNE THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE H Rohingya refugees rummage for belongings on the charred debris of their houses, after a fire broke out on Saturday night. In New Delhi (See P2) on Sunday. AMARJEET SINGH Djokovic wins second French Open title: Novak Djokovic has won his second French Open championship and his 19th Grand Slam title by rallying past Stefanos Tsitsipas in a seesaw final at Roland Garros. The score was 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic erased a two-set deficit to win in the fourth round. Tsitsipas (22) looked like the fresher player early on, and Djokovic was coming off an epic semifinal victory over Rafael Nadal. But the 34-year-old Serb found his form and held every service game in the final three sets. 'Specify Hastinapur Sanctuary in 6 months': The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to issue notification specifying the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary boundary within six months. The tribunal was hearing a plea seeking execution of its 2019 order directing issuance of requisite notification under section 26A of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for protection of the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. ighlighting the country’s civilisational commitment to democracy, freedom of thought and liberty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India was a “natural ally” for the G-7 nations to defend their shared values from a host of threats stemming from authoritarianism, terrorism and violent extremism, disinformation and infodemics and economic coercion. Participating in the outreach sessions of the G-7 Summit in Cornwall (UK), he also underscored the vulnerabilities inherent in open societies and called on tech companies and social media platforms to ensure a safe cyber environment for their users. Briefing reporters on the PM’s participation in the summit via video conferencing, P Harish, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said Modi participated in one session last night and two sessions today. He was the lead speaker in the session pertaining to “Open Societies and Open Economies.” Modi was invited to the summit by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson but he called off his visit last month in the wake of the devastating second wave of the coronavirus in India. The Prime Minister thanked the G-7 and guest countries at the summit (Australia, South Korea and South Africa) for supporting India during the difficult second wave of the pandemic and urged caution and vigilance even as things were getting better. Underscoring the need for genuine global solidarity and leadership, he gave the gathering the ‘mantra’ of ‘One Earth, One Health’~ drawing on India’s belief in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and driving home the message that no one was safe until everyone was safe. Modi’s message was well received by the gathering and German Chancellor Merkel echoed his words in her intervention, calling it an important lesson for the world. Modi highlighted India’s ‘Whole of Government, Whole of Society’ approach to the pandemic, with the efforts of governments at all levels, civil society and industry synergised for The leaders of the world’s richest countries have pledged more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, endorsed a global minimum tax on multinational corporations and agreed they will work together to challenge China’s nonmarket economic practices and to call on Beijing to respect human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Speaking at the end of the G-7 leaders’ summit in southwest England on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the promised vaccine doses would come both directly and through the international COVAX programme. The commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the WHO said is needed to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population and end the pandemic. The decision to support a minimum corporate tax had been widely anticipated after finance ministers earlier this month embraced placing a global tax of at least 15% on large multinational companies to stop corporations from using tax havens to avoid taxes. AP Details on Page 10 best results. Calling on the G-7 countries to demonstrate leadership, the Prime Minister sought their strong support for India and South Africa’s proposal for a TRIPS waiver at the WTO on Covidrelated technologies. His call was echoed by South African President Ramaphosa. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his strong support for the TRIPS waiver, as did WTO Director General Okonjo Iweala and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who identified the TRIPS waiver as an important element of his ‘Global Vaccination Plan’. Modi also made a strong pitch for the reform of the multilateral system based on the same principles of openness, democracy, transparency and inclusion. Participating in the session on “Climate Change”, the Indian leader called for collective action. He spoke of India’s achievements and informed the gathering that India was the only G-20 country on track to meet its Paris Commitments, which were 2 degree compatible. The Prime Minister highlighted the need for climate action to include all dimensions of mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, financing and equity, climate justice and lifestyle change, to provide the necessary space for the developing countries to grow and called on the G-7 to meet their unfulfilled promise of $100 billion annually in climate finance. A few shops open at Connaught Place on Sunday on eve of lifting of curbs. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Restaurants with 50 per cent capacity, weekly markets and religious places will reopen in Delhi from 14 June , chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday, saying the Covid-19 situation has significantly come under control in the city. Salons, beauty parlours and barber shops closed since the imposition of lockdown on 19 April, will also reopen from Monday, officials said. “All activities, except certain prohibited ones, will be allowed from 5 am on Monday. There are also certain restricted or partly allowed activities announced last week that will continue,” Kejriwal said in an online briefing. He said markets, malls and market complexes allowed to reopen on odd even basis, will now open on all days, from 10 am to 8 pm. Only one weekly market per municipal zone per day will be allowed. “If Covid cases do not increase, we will continue the relaxation, but if cases increase, we will have to bring back the restrictions. Educational institutes, cinema halls, theatres, gyms and public parks will continue to be closed till 21 June. The national capital logged 255 new Covid cases and 23 deaths, the lowest since 7 April, on Sunday. (See P2) We recognise the stress and anxiety this has caused to students and their families, and we are actively working to accommodate as many student visa applicants as possible in July and August. Facilitating legitimate student travel to the United States remains a top priority for the US Mission to India DON HEFLIN, THE MINISTER COUNSELOR FOR CONSULAR AFFAIRS AT THE US EMBASSY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE The US mission in India is “actively working” to accommodate as many student visa applicants as possible in July and August, and facilitating their legitimate travel remained a top priority for it, a senior American diplomat said on Sunday. Don Heflin, the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the US embassy, also said that the US-bound students will not require any proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter the country. They will need a negative report of their Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to their departure. There has been growing anxiety among a sizeable number of Indian students aspiring to fly to the US for higher studies in view of certain restrictions in getting visa appointments due to the Covid pandemic. The embassy will start giving visa interview slots for Indian students from Monday. Private hospitals seek clarity on vax procurement New Covid cases at 80K; toll dips PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Several private hospitals across the country said they have no clarity on procuring Covid-19 vaccines under the new policy announced by Prime Minister Modi and that it has led to the vaccination being put on hold at their centres. The hospitals have sought a proper mechanism and a single-window system to be put in place for procurement of vaccine doses. They also claimed that they had approached the vaccine manufacturers~ Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII) ~ and also state governments, but to no avail. Meanwhile, in a recent communication to the Union health ministry, Prakash Kumar Singh, director, Government ABSENCE OF GUIDELINES The private hospitals have sought a proper mechanism and a single-window system to be put in place for procurement of vaccine doses. The hospitals claimed that they had approached the vaccine manufacturers ~ Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII) ~ and also state governments, but to no avail and Regulatory Affairs at SII, is learnt to have written, “As per your direction, we are not accepting any further orders/payment from any private hospital in the country. We await your further direction with regard to roadmap for future supplies to private hospitals.” Elaborating the problems faced by private hospitals, S C L Gupta, medical director, Batra Hospital said, “The problem is that there is no clar- ity on how we will be procuring the vaccines. When we ask the state government officials, they say wait till 21 June stating that the policy is not yet clear. The Central government also has asked us to wait. We have approached the companies too, but they are also not clear on the methodology of procurement, he said. In the whole process, Gupta said, vaccination of people is getting delayed. “With fear of a possible third wave hitting India, we want to vaccinate as many as possible. Also several people and many of our healthcare workers are waiting for their second dose,” he said. P K Bhardwaj, Chief Executive Director, Saroj Hospital said that nothing has been clearly spelt about procurement by private hospitals and how much vaccines will be given to each private hospital. The vaccinations at most of the private hospitals are on hold and the public, those who need to get the second doses, are at the receiving end. Some private hospitals also flagged the service charge for vaccination being capped at Rs 150, saying it may not be feasible for them to to organise sessions outside their own centres at that rate. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Covid-19 cases across India continued to witness a decline as it recorded 80,834 fresh Covid cases, lowest since 1 April and 3,303 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,94,39,989 with 10,26,159 active cases and 3,70,384 deaths so far. According to the Health Ministry, a total of 1,32,062 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,80,43,446 till date. The Health Ministry said that a total of 25,31,95,048 people have been vaccinated so far in BJP working to stitch up strong social alliance for UP polls PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE Joining hands with smaller parties with a political base in different castes was a part of the BJP strategy as it won big in Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 Assembly polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party is again working to stitch up a strong social alliance as it prepares for the state elections slated for early next year. With senior party leader and Union minister Amit Shah reaching out to the leaders of Apna Dal (S) and Nishad Party, both BJP allies but disaffected over the issue of their representation in the government, and Congress leader Jitin Prasada joining the saffron party, the ruling party seems to be taking measures to get its arithmetic right. Prasada hails from a noted Brahmin family of the state that had remained in the Congress for three generations, and the BJP believes that the young leader’s defection to its ranks will help it contain any dissatisfaction a section of the politically influential community might have with chief minister Yogi Adityanath-led government. While Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal has not spoken on her meeting with Shah, Sanjay Nishad of Nishad Party made it clear that his party wants representation in the state government to fulfil the aspirations of the marginalised communities it draws its support from. Political power is stronger than God’s power, he said to emphasise its importance to address myriad issues facing different deprived communities. He also reiterated his demand for giving the com- HEARTLAND ARITHMETIC With senior party leader and Union minister Amit Shah reaching out to the leaders of Apna Dal (S) and Nishad Party, both BJP allies but disaffected over the issue of their representation in the government, and Congress leader Jitin Prasada joining the saffron party, the ruling party seems to be taking measures to get its arithmetic right. munity of boatmen, who come under various castes and subcastes, benefits under the scheduled castes and not under the category of Other Backward Communities as being given currently in UP. In a message to the BJP he , said the community has in the past supported parties like the BSP SP and the Congress but , stopped voting for them after they did not address their concerns. We understand the Modi government has been busy with important national issues, he said, referring to Article 370 revocation. Now we believe our concerns will be addressed, he said. His son Praveen Kumar Nishad’s victory as Samajwadi Party candidate from Adityanath’s pocket borough of Gorakhpur had shocked the BJP which then worked to woo , him over to its camp during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Anupriya Patel was a minister in the first Modi government but her party’s reported talks with the Congress during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections even as it finally fought as a BJP ally resulted in the Kurmi leader being kept out of its second innings. There have been reports that the BJP may also bring its former ally Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party to its fold again but its leader Om Prakash Rajbhar has ruled out such a possibility. BJP sources said their party has always worked to give due representation to various communities and noted that it has never been averse to tying up with smaller parties. The BJP has a lot at stake in the next round of Assembly polls in five states early next year as it is in power in four of them, including Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and UP. the countr y, including 34,84,239 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours. The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,70,384 while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 4.25 per cent. The active cases further declined to 10,26,159 comprising 3.49 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.26 per cent. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 31st consecutive day. Delhi cases : The national capital today recorded 255 new coronavirus cases and 23 Covid-linked fatalities — reportedly the lowest since 7 April — while the positivity rate stood at 0.35 per cent, according to the Delhi 2,94,39,989 NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE There has been no cyber breach into the email system of the government, maintained by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), an official release said on Sunday. The email system is “totally safe and secure”, the Ministry of Electronics and IT said while dismissing a report claiming that data breaches in organisations such as Air India, Big Basket and Domino’s had exposed email accounts and passwords of NIC emails to hackers. “There has been no cyber breach into the email system of the Government of India maintained by the NIC. The email system is totally safe and secure,” the release said. “We recognise the stress and anxiety this has caused to students and their families, and we are actively working to accommodate as many student visa applicants as possible in July and August. Facilitating legitimate student travel to the United States remains a top priority for the US Mission to India,” Heflin said. “Students returning to academic programmes that resume on or after 1 August may travel to the US up to 30 days before the programme resumes. There is no National Interest Exception required in this situation,” he said. “We recommend continuing students discuss their specific resumption plans with their respective universities to develop a travel timeline,” the official said. The National Interest Exceptions allow travel to the US for persons whose entry is considered of national interest. “We intend to start an intensive two months of interviewing student visa applicants on 1 July,” Heflin said. 4L Covid-19 vaccine doses for states/UTs in next 3 days 10,26,159 80,834 1,32,062 A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a woman at a drive-in vaccination centre in Bengaluru. 3,70,384 NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 13 JUNE 2021 government’s latest health (See P2) bulletin. Govt: No cyber breach into NIC email system PRESS TRUST OF INDIA US-bound students will only need a negative report of their Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to departure to enter the country. The US embassy will start giving visa interview slots for Indian students from today. Students returning to academic programmes that resume on or after 1 August may travel to the USA up to 30 days before the programme resumes. It further noted that cyber security breach on external portals may not impact the users of Government email service, unless the Government users have registered on these portals using their official email address and used the same password as the one used in that email account. “NIC Email system has put in place several security measures such as two-factor authentication and change of password in 90 days. The release further stated that any change of password in NIC Email requires mobile OTP and if the mobile OTP is incorrect then change of password will not be possible,” it said, adding that any attempt of phishing using that particular email can be mitigated by NIC. In next three days, more than four lakh (4,48,760) vaccine doses will be given to the States and the Union Territories (UTs), sources in the health ministry said here. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) made the announcement and also clarified that more than 1.53 crore (1,53,79,233) Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. The Ministry further said that more than 26 crore (26,64,84,350) vaccine doses have been provided to states/ UTs so far, through government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 25,12,66,637 doses, reveals the data available at 8 a.m. on Sunday. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Central government has been supporting the states and the UTs by providing them Covid vaccines free of cost. In addition, the Central government has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the SNS states and the UTs.
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