SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 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 HARD-LINE JUDICIARY HEAD WINS IRAN PRESIDENCY A LEADER THE WORLD MUST CHERISH P7 P11 P4 Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likely to occur. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 28-24 degrees Celsius. 14 J&K leaders invited to meet chaired by PM RAINFALL: 14.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY All-party meet is expected to set road map for assembly polls in 2 UTs Max. 97 % PTI & SNS WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 90 % Max: 25.9 °C(-8) Min: 25.1 °C(-2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:53 hrs 18:23 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 12:42 hrs 00:19 hrs Full moon on 25 June THUMBNAILS A crowded market area during Covid-induced lockdown, in Kolkata on Saturday. AGENCIES HC grants bail to Saradha scam accused: The Calcutta High Court on Saturday granted bail to Debjani Mukherjee, an accused in the multicrore Saradha chit fund scam, in one of the several criminal cases against her. A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee ordered bail to Mukherjee on furnishing a bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each, one of whom must be local. Mukherjee will, however, continue to remain behind bars since she is yet to obtain bail in cases pending against her in other states. (P3) Stricter norms on India’s Olympic-bounds NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, 19 JUNE nvitations were sent out on Saturday to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including four former chief ministers, for participation in a high-level meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on 24 June, which is expected to set the road map for holding assembly elections there. These leaders of eight political parties~the National Conference (NC), PDP , BJP Congress, Jammu and , Kashmir Apni Party, CPI(M), People’s Conference, and the Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party ~ were telephonically invited by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla for participation in the meeting to be held at the Prime Minister’s residence at 3 p.m. on Thursday. This will be the prime minister’s first interaction with all the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019 when the Centre abrogated special the state’s status and bifurcated it into union territories. The erstwhile I HIGH STAKES The leaders of eight political parties ~ the National Conference (NC), PDP, BJP, Congress, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, CPI(M), People’s Conference, and the Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party ~ were telephonically invited state has been under the Centre’s rule since November 2018. The move is being seen as an olive branch to the alienated Kashmiri leaders most of whom were put under detention for more than a year after J&K’s special status was scrapped and the state split into two union territories. Officials said the Centre is keen on holding Assembly elections in the union territory as early as possible, likely to be held either in December or March next year after the Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (retd) Ranjana Desai completes its task of redrawing constituencies in the next few months. The Commission was granted one year’s extension in March this year. Youth kills family members, keeps them buried for months AVIJIT ROY NEW DELHI, 19 JUNE MALDA, 19 JUNE The Indian athletes and officials travelling for the Tokyo Olympics have been asked by the Japanese government to undergo daily Covid-19 tests for a week prior to their departure and not interact with anyone from another country for three days on arrival, strictures that have left the IOA fuming. Stricter regulations have been put in place for all travellers who have resided in 11 countries, including India, within 14 days of their arrival in Tokyo. “The unfair and discriminatory” rules have drawn sharp criticism from the Indian Olympic Association, which has written to the games organising committee to ensure Covid-19 do not have any “adverse impact” on perPTI formance of athletes. Details on Page 12 A horrific incident of a young man killing four members of his own family and burying them in the basement of their house has sent shockwaves across Malda district. The four, including three women, were killed and buried four months ago allegedly by Asif Mohammad, 19, in Gurutola village under the Kaliachak police station. The incident that sent shivers down the spine of residents there came to light only this morning when the police reached the house and recovered the remains of the four family members. The police acted on a complaint filed by the elder son in the family, Rahul Shaikh, only last night. According to the police, the man had murdered his family members on 28 February. “The accused used to demand huge amounts of money from his parents with which he bought electronic devices and gadgets. The deceased Jawad Ali was a wealthy trader and always fulfilled his son’s demands,” a local man said. According to the police, during interrogation, the accused confessed to his crime and revealed that on 28 February he sedated his family members then bound and gagged them and put them in coffins. “There was a tunnel to the garage from the house through which the family members were taken to be buried in a grave that he had already dug. He placed the coffins in the grave, filled it with water. When the water level partially went down, he filled it with soil. The elder brother somehow managed to flee,” a source said. Details on Page 2 This will be the prime minister’s first interaction with all the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories All the leaders have been asked to come along with a Covid negative certificate, the officials said. Among those invited are four former chief ministers ~ Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. When contacted, Omar Abdullah confirmed having received the invite and said that he would go by the directions of his party. Sources in the NC said that the senior Abdullah will be consulting party leaders about participation in the meeting. The PDP chief, when contacted, said that she would be holding an innerparty discussion on Sunday to decide the future course of action. India abstains from voting on UNGA resolution on Myanmar UNITED NATIONS, 19 JUNE India has abstained on a UN General Assembly resolution on Myanmar, saying its views have not been reflected in the draft and New Delhi does not believe the resolution, tabled hastily, is conducive to “aiding our joint efforts towards strengthening democratic process in the country. The UN General Assembly adopted the draft resolution The situation in Myanmar' on Friday with 119 Member States voting in favour, including Myanmar while 36 nations abstained This resolution was tabled in the UNGA in a hasty manner without adequate consultations with neighbouring countries, India’s Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said.PTI 3rd wave: Centre cautions as states open up STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 19 JUNE In the wake of reports of attacks on health professionals and establishments treating Covid-19 patients, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla today asked States to register institutional FIRs against the assaulters and fast track such cases. In a communication to Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories, the Home Secretary said the States “may also like to invoke provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Act, 2020, where applicable.” He told the Chief Secretaries “You will agree that any incident of threat or assault on doctors or healthcare professionals may dampen their morale and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. This may adversely affect the healthcare response system.” Bhalla wrote another letter to states on the resumption of crowds at public places and said the local authorities must ensure that removal of lockdown restrictions is accompanied by adherence to Covid-appropriate behav- India logs 60,753 fresh Covid cases With 60,753 new Covid cases being reported in a day, India’s total tally rose to 2,98,23,546, while the number of active cases stand at 7,60,019, the lowest in 74 days, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 3,85,137 with 1,647 fresh fatalities and active cases comprise 2.55 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.16 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. West Bengal today registered 2,486 fresh Covid cases and 55 deaths. Kolkata recorded 217 cases and 9 deaths. SNS iour, along with the strategy of test-track-treat and vaccination. He said the States were given advisories on the subject on 27 April and 9 June also, which mentioned adequate security for health professionals. “In the present circumstances, it has become imperative that strict action be taken against those who assault healthcare professionals,” he said. “I would also like to reiterate that a close watch be kept on any objectionable content in social media which may exacerbate such situations,” he said. Bhalla said the Centre’s advisories had earlier asked the States to provide adequate security at healthcare facilities, especially at Covid19 designated hospitals along with controlled and restricted access to the premises. There should be facilitation centres at the entry point to provide information, as well as sharing of authenticated information regarding medical resources with public through website, helpline, etc., besides deployment of quick response police teams at vulnerable locations with effective commu-nication/security gadgets and effective local level medical intervention along with well equipped centralized control room for monitoring and quick response. “Concerted efforts should be made through posters in 2,98,23,546 7,60,019 60,753 97,743 3,85,137 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2021 hospitals, social media etc to emphasise the valuable contribution being made by doctors and other healthcare personnel in the fight against Covid-19,” the Home Secretary said. The States should proactively engage with members of medical fraternity to assuage their concerns, he said. GILMOUR HELPS SCOTLAND HOLD OFF ENGLAND KERALA CONG CHIEF DENIES VIJAYAN’S CLAIM OF KIDNAP PLOT Four former deputy chief ministers of the erstwhile state~ Congress leader Tara Chand, People's Conference leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig, and BJP leaders Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta~ too have been invited to the meet. In addition, CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) chief Altaf Bukhari, Sajjad Lone of the People’s Conference, J-K Congress head G A Mir, BJP's Ravidner Raina, and Panthers Party leader Bhim Singh have been invited to the meeting. The Congress and the CPI(M) too have said they will take a call on attending the meeting after deliberations within their respective parties. The meeting convened by the Prime Minister is in accordance with the wishes of heads of various political parties who have been seeking time from him and demanding such a meeting for a long time, he added. The meeting~ the first such exercise since the 2019 is likely to be attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other central leaders. P12 Milkha Singh cremated with full state honours; nation mourns passing of legend Colossal sportsperson, who captured India’s imagination PM NARENDRA MODI In this 1961 file photo, Milkha Singh, the famed middledistance runner, starts the 400 metres race in Warsaw. (inset) the cremation of the legend on Saturday. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, 19 JUNE “We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran ‘like Milkha Singh’,” India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri summed up what ‘The Flying Sikh’ meant to the nation, which mourned the end of an era following the nonagenarian sprint icon’s death. Milkha died at Chandigarh’s PGIMER hospital on Friday night, less than a week after he lost his wife Nirmal Kaur, a former national volleyball captain, to the same ailment. He was 91 and is survived “We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran like Milkha Singh” by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. The legendary sprinter was cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh on Saturday. Milkha was bid a tearful adieu in the presence of his family members and several dignitaries, including Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore. His son and ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh lit the funeral pyre. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cricket superstars, the tributes that came pouring in. Modi described him as a “colossal sportsperson, who captured India’s imagination.” SUNIL CHHETRI Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said Milkha’s legend will live on. “RIP our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji. Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come,” Tendulkar tweeted. It was Chhetri, who best summed up the icon for a generation which didn’t see him compete but grew up being inspired by his life. “We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran ‘like Milkha Singh’. And for me, that will always be the legend you leave behind. Rest in peace, sir. #MilkhaSingh,” Chhetri tweeted.
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