SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 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 HARD-LINER TIPPED TO WIN PRESIDENTIAL POLLS IN IRAN GUTERRES RE-ELECTED AS UN SECRETARY GENERAL P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain/ thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. P11 P7 Bail to 3 activists will not be a precedent: SC RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Top court refuses to stay HC bail order to the three in 2020 Delhi riots case Max: 81% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 48% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.6°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:27 hrs MOON RISES 13:30 hrs Min: 25.1°C (-3) SUN SETS 19:22 hrs MOON SETS 01:40 hrs THUMBNAILS Indian Medical Association doctors protest, demanding a central law to protect doctors IANS against violence, in Patna, on Friday. Nandigram election result case: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's counsel on Friday wrote to the secretary of the Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, seeking reassignment of her petition challenging the election of BJP's Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram, to another bench, alleging that Justice Kaushik Chanda who is hearing Banerjee's plea, “was an active member of the BJP”. U A PA UNDER LENS NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE A vacation bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian expressed displeasure and termed as “troubling” that the high court has written over 100 pages discussing the entire anti-terror law UAPA while deciding the bail applications in the case and said it will require interpretation by the apex court. T he issue of reading down of anti-terror law UAPA is “important” and can have “pan-India ramifications”, the Supreme Court said on Friday making it clear that the Delhi High Court verdicts granting bail to three student activists in north-east Delhi riots case will not be used as precedent by courts in the country. A vacation bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian termed as “troubling” that the high court has written over 100 pages discussing the entire anti-terror law UAPA while deciding the bail applications in the case and said it will require interpretation by the apex court. The apex court agreed to hear the appeals filed by Delhi Police challenging the verdicts of the high court and issued notices to The way the Act has been interpreted, probably it will require interpretation by the Supreme Court. That is why we are issuing notice SUPREME COURT JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita and Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha seeking their responses. While refusing to stay the high court verdicts granting bail to the three accused, the bench said that these judgements will not be treated as precedent by any party before any court. “In the meantime, the impugned judgment shall not be treated as a precedent and may not be relied upon by any of the parties in any of the proceedings. Owner of Delhi’s ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ attempts suicide INDIAN MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR TOKYO GAMES ‘DIVERSITY HALLMARK OF INDIAN MUSIC’ It is clarified that the release of the respondents (Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha) on bail is not being interfered at this stage,” the bench said in its order. “Issue notice,” it said, adding, “Let the counter affidavits be filed within four weeks. List in the week commencing July 19 on a non-miscellaneous day”. Taking note of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s submission that the entire Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) has been “turned upside down” by the high court in granting bail in the case, the bench said, “The issue is important and can have pan-India ramifications”. “We would like to issue notice and hear the other side,” it added. Mehta urged the top court to stay the high court verdicts saying the findings in these judgments “virtually record acquittal for these accused” and other accused would also seek bail relying on them. “The way the Act has been interpreted, probably it will require interpretation by the Supreme Court. That is why we are issuing notice,” the bench said. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the student activists, said there is no doubt that the apex court should consider the ramifications and interpretation of the UAPA so that there is a judgment on the issue from the top court. CROSSING OVER P12 ‘Such breaches will hasten 3rd wave’: Delhi HC concern over Covid norm violations PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE The Delhi High Court on Friday took cognisance of the violation of Covid-19 protocols in various markets in the national capital and observed that such breaches will only hasten the third wave of coronavirus which cannot be permitted at all. The high court said if this behaviour of flouting Covid19 norms continues “we will be in a great trouble”. “God help us if all that happens”. It asked the Centre and Delhi government to take strict measures, sensitise shopkeepers and hold meetings with markets and vendors associations in this regard. A vacation bench of justices Navin Chawla and Asha Menon took note of certain photographs sent to one of the high court judges on WhatsApp by an AIIMS doctor showing SNS & PTI Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill: The Centre on Friday sought public comments on the draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 which proposes to penalise film piracy with jail term and fine, introduce age-based certification, and empower the central government to order recertification of an already certified film following receipt of complaints. NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE The owner of south Delhi’s ‘Baba ka Dhaba’, Kanta Prasad, 81, allegedly attempted suicide and has been admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital, police said. The reason behind his step is not yet known. Prasad’s son Karan said his father consumed alcohol with sleeping pills. Last year, Prasad’s video of him tearfully talking about lack of customers at his eatery and his financial woes went viral.PTI (SEE P2) Villagers cross a submerged bridge due to swelling of Chandrabhaga river following AGENCIES heavy rains in Birbhum district on Friday. Studies have shown that following vaccination, chances of hospitalisation among healthcare workers reduce by 75-80 per cent even after contracting Covid and oxygen requirement comes down to 8 per cent, the government said on Friday. NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said in these studies, which have been conducted among healthcare workers who fall in high risk group, also showed that the risk of ICU admission remains only 6 per cent and the protection against virus was 94 per cent. PTI scant regard for Covid-19 protocols by street vendors in markets. “We have paid a huge price in the second wave. Active cases below 8 lakh after 73 days NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE Narada sting case: The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear on 22 June the appeals against Calcutta High Court's denial for filing of affidavits by chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak on their role on the day of arrest of four leaders on 17 May by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting tape case. (P5) ‘Vaccination reduces chances of hospitalisation’ With 62,480 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 2,97,62,793, while the death toll climbed to 3,83,490 with 1,587 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 61 days, according to theHealth Ministry data on Friday. The active cases have fallen below 8 lakh after 73 days and the national Covid-19 recovery rate has crossed 96 per cent. The active cases have declined to 7,98,656 comprising 2.68 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid19 recovery rate has impr-oved to 96.03 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. Delhi adds 165 cases, 14 d e a t h s : Delhi today recorded 165 new Covid cases and 14 coronavirusrelated deaths while its infection positivity rate stood at 0.22 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. (See P2) PM launches crash course to skill, UP assault case: Twitter India MD summoned Rule of land supreme, Twitter told upskill one lakh Covid-19 warriors PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GHAZIABAD, 18 JUNE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a customised crash course programme that aims to skill and upskill over one lakh “Covid warriors” across the country, and said the nation needs to stay prepared as the danger of coronavirus and possibility of its mutation remain present. Speaking on the occasion, he said the second wave of the pandemic has highlighted the challenges the virus can throw up, and the training of more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction. The Prime Minister said the second wave of the pandemic has highlighted the challenges the virus can throw up, and the training of more than one lakh frontline warriors is a step in that direction “We have to further enhance the preparedness of the country to meet the challenges ahead,” Modi asserted. He also said the central government is committed to providing Covid vaccination free to everyone from 21 June. With the country witnessing shortage of medical oxygen during the recent surge in Covid cases, the Prime Minister said work is Top court refuses to cancel PG final year medical exams PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE The Supreme Court on Friday refused to direct the medical universities to cancel or postpone the final year Post Graduate exams on the ground that the examinee-doctors have been engaged in Covid duty. A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah said it cannot pass any general order to all the universities to not conduct or postpone the final year post graduate medical exam. The top court noted that the National Medical Council (NMC) has already issued an advisory in April asking the universities in the country to take the Covid situation into consideration while announcing the dates for final year examination. We have interfered where it was possible like postponing by one month the INI CET examination conducted by AIIMS, New Delhi, where we have found that there was no justification in fixing the date for the exam without giving appropriate time to students to prepare, the bench said. Decision on JEE, NEET entrance exams soon: The Ministry of Education is expected to soon decide on conducting the two remaining editions of the engineering entrance examination JEE-Mains and the medical entrance test NEET in August, according to officials. underway on a war footing to establish over 1,500 oxygen plants, with efforts to reach every district. The customised crash course training will be imparted to people in six customised job roles, namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support, and medical equipment support. The course, launched from 111 centres across 26 states, has been designed by top expert. It is a special programme under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of Rs 276 crore, the PMO said. The Ghaziabad Police has sent a notice to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari, asking him to join a probe in connection with the case involving an assault on a Muslim man here earlier this month, officials said Friday. He has been asked to appear at the Loni Border police station here within seven days to get his statement recorded in the case in which an FIR was lodged against the social media giant also, a senior police official said. “Manish Maheshwari is the MD of Twitter India and was sent a notice yesterday under CrPC section 166 seeking his cooperation in the probe. Some other details Amidst a tussle between the Union government and Twitter over the new IT rules, members of a parliamentary panel on Friday strongly objected to Twitter India officials’ observations that they abide by their policy and categorically told them that the rule of land is supreme. Members of the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology also asked Twitter why it should not be fined as it has been found “violating” rules of the country. Earlier this month, the Centre issued a notice to Twitter giving it last chance to comply with the new IT rules and warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from (P5) liability under the IT Act. PTI have been sought from him and he has been given seven days’ time to appear at the local police station,” Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad Rural) Iraj Raja told reporters Friday. The Ghaziabad Police had on 15 June booked Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, The Wire, journalists Mohammed Zubair and Rana Ayyub, besides Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani, Shama Mohamed and writer Saba Naqvi. They were booked over the circulation of a video in which the elderly man, Abdul Shamad Saifi, claims he was allegedly thrashed by some young men who also asked him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on 5 June. The police claim the video was shared to cause communal unrest. The police said the assault took place because the accused were unhappy about the amulets sold to them by Saifi, and ruled out any communal angle in the case. The 15 June FIR states that the Ghaziabad Police had issued a statement with facts of the incident but despite that the accused did not remove the video from their Twitter handles. Past years’ grades to factor in Madhyamik, HS scores STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 18 JUNE A student’s performance for the last two years will be considered while preparing the results of the now-cancelled Madhyamik exam, while for the Higher Secondary exams, performance over the previous three years would be taken into account. The results would be declared within July. In case students are dissatisfied with their results, they can opt for a written exam that will be conducted once the Covid situation improves and the marks obtained in that exam will be considered final. The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of High- MADHYAMIK Equal weightage (50:50) would be given to the marks obtained in class IX annual exam (total marks is 100) and the internal assessment (total marks is 10) HIGHER SECONDARY Total marks obtained in the best of four out of seven subjects in Madhyamik will be given 40 per cent weightage. Remaining 60 per cent would be given to the marks obtained in class XI annual theory exam and class XII project or practical. er Secondary Education today jointly announced the evaluation system for candidates who were supposed to appear in the class X and XII board exams this year. For evaluating the Madhyamik candidates, equal weightage (50:50) would be given to the marks obtained in class IX annual exam (total marks is 100) and the internal formative assessment (total marks is 10). “The schools have the records of the class IX annual exam, which they have to submit to us while the internal formative assessment marks have already been sent to us. Based on the marks obtained in these two exams, the Madhyamik marksheet will be prepared,” said Mr Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of the West Bengal Board of Sec- ondary Education at a joint press conference today. For the Higher Secondary exams, the marks obtained by the candidates in Madhyamik, class XI annual exam and class XII practical or project would be considered. The total marks obtained in the best of four out of seven subjects in Madhyamik 2019 will be given 40 per cent weightage. Remaining 60 per cent weightage would be given to the marks obtained in class XI annual theory exam (for non-lab subjects the total marks is 80 and for labbased it is 70) and class XII project (20 marks for non-lab subject) or practical (30 marks for lab subject). “The evaluation system has been finalised after tak- ing opinion from experts. This is proven to be very student-friendly,” said Ms Mohua Das, president of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. The heads of schools have been asked to submit the marks of the class XI annual exams conducted in 2020 to the council by 23 June so as to enable it to prepare the final marksheet. Similarly, the state secondary board, Rabindra Mukta Vidyalaya and Madrasa Board have been asked to submit the marksheets of the class X board exams by 23 June. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 7 June had announced the cancellation of this year’s Madhyamik and Higher Secondary exams. We don’t know if there is any household which has not suffered in the second wave, closely or remotely,” the bench observed, adding that “we as a citizen of this city are worried when we see these images”. It further said the memory of the second wave of Covid-19 is still fresh with so many people having suffered personal loss. “Such breach will only hasten the third wave, which is likely to come and this cannot be permitted,” it added. Taking suo motu cognisance of the photographs, the HC initiated a PIL, directing the Centre, the Delhi government and the Delhi Police to file status reports. Observing that people need deterrent but it should come from within, the court fixed the next hearing on 9 July, directing it be placed before the Chief Justice. 2,97,62,793 7,98,656 62,480 88,977 3,83,490 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2021 One step closer: WHO accepts Bharat Biotech’s EoI for Covaxin HYDERABAD, 18 JUNE In a major boost for Bharat Biotech, the World Health Organisation has accepted its Expression of Interest (EoI) for Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin and scheduled a pre-submission meeting on 23 June, a step that will take the vaccine maker closer to a WHO emergency use listing (EUL). Though the meeting will not be a detailed review on the product, the vaccine maker will have an opportunity to submit a summary on overall quality of the jab, according to the WHO. The information was provided in the WHO website in the Status of Covid-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL-PQ evaluation process document. Bharat Biotech had said last month that it expects approval for its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin from the World Health Organisation for emergency use listing during July-September. EUL is a procedure to streamline the process by which new or unlicensed products can be used during public health emergencies. Meanwhile, Ahmedabadbased vaccine manufacturer Zydus Cadila has told the Centre that it could apply for emergency use authorisation for its Covid vaccine ZyCoVPTI D in the next ten days.
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