CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 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 JORDAN’S PALACE DRAMA MOVES TO COURTROOM KHURSHID’S DIG AT G-23: ‘REFORM IS ACHIEVED BY SACRIFICING’ P5 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 30-25 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 11.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.4 °C(-3) Min: 24.6 °C(-2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:53 hrs 18:24 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:43 hrs 00:57 hrs Full moon on 25 June THUMBNAILS Villagers cross a flooded Kunye river, following heavy monsoon rain at Laghata in Birbhum district of Bengal on Sunday. IANS Public parks to open in Delhi from today: The Delhi government has allowed reopening of bars, public parks and gardens from Monday under a phased easing of restrictions imposed due to the second Covid wave. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in an order on Sunday stated that bars will be allowed to reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity, from 12 pm to 10 pm, from next week. The lockdown was imposed in Delhi amid a surge in second wave of Covid-19 on 19 April. (P5) Record 12.56 lakh people vaccinated in AP: Andhra Pradesh achieved a unique feat on Sunday, vaccinating over 12.56 lakh people under the Mega Covid vaccination drive that the health authorities hope could be a record in any one province in the world. The state also crossed the one crore mark in the administration of the first dose of coronavirus vaccine. So far, 1.10 crore people in the state got the first dose and 27.29 lakh the second dose since the vaccination programme began. Lakshadweep admin moots shifting HC jurisdiction to Karnataka The proposal was said to have been initiated by the islands administration after several litigations were moved before Kerala High Court against the decisions taken by the new administrator KOCHI/NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE The Lakshadweep administration, which has been facing widespread protests from the islands’ people over some of its policies, has mooted a proposal to shift its legal jurisdiction from the Kerala High Court to the Karnataka High Court, officials said. The proposal was initiated by the administration after several litigations were moved before the Kerala High Court against the decisions taken by the islands’ new administrator Praful Khoda Patel. These decisions included revising standard operating procedures for Covid norms, introduction of the “goonda act” and demolishing hutments of fishermen for widening of roads. Patel, who is the administrator of Daman and Diu, was given the additional charge of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in the first week of December last year, when the former administrator Dineshwar Sharma died after a brief illness. This year, as many as 23 applications have been filed against the island administrator and against the alleged high-handedness of the police and the local government. However the admin has made a proposal for shifting its legal jurisdiction from KerPTI ala to Karnataka. P9 P8 P12 India records less than Mufti may skip PM’s 60K cases after 81 days all party meet on J-K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 20 JUNE Min. 83% INDIAN WOMEN’S TEAM HAILED FOR BRISTOL DRAW ‘GOVT OPEN TO MORE MEASURES TO BOOST ECONOMY’ India on Sunday reported less than 60,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time after 81 days, while the country’s active caseload has also declined to 7,29,243, which a month ago was hovering at around 17 lakh cases. A total of 58,419 fresh infections were reported in the previous 24 hours, according to Union health ministry, taking India’s total number of confirmed Covid cases to 2,98,81,965. The death toll climbed to 3,86,713 with 1,576 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 63 days. The test positivity rate has further gone down to as low as 3.22%. Regarding vaccination, a total of 27,66,93,572 vaccine doses have been administered till date. More than 3.06 crore vaccine doses are also available with the States/UTs to be administered while another 24,53,080 doses are in the pipeline and will be received by States /UTs within the next 3 days. Decline in Bengal's new cases: New Covid-19 cases fell further in Bengal with 2,184 fresh cases and 53 deaths. Active cases increased marginally, currently standing at 23,016, while the state’s total Covid case count is 14,81,707, with a toll of 17,348. Kolkata recorded 185 cases and 7 deaths in the last 24 hours. Farooq to take part in 24 June meet meant to address impasse in the UT 7,29,243 87,619 3,86,713 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 20 JUNE 2021 Covid-19, irrespective of co-morbidities, are to be classified as deaths due to the infection. The MHA affidavit said: “The only exception could be where there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be attributed to Covid (e.g. accidental trauma, poisoning, acute myocardial infarction, etc) where Covid is an incidental finding.” It submitted, that for recording of Covid-19 deaths, there is a statutory mechanism in place either by way of an Act of Parliament or guidelines having the force of law. “Any breach of the guidelines would be a criminal offence,” it said. PDP leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti might skip Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with J-K leaders that has been convened on 24 June to break the political impasse in the sensitive Union territory. However, the National Conference (NC), after separate deliberations announced in the evening that the party chief Dr Farooq Abdullah will participate in the meeting. Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday morning convened a meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party to deliberate on the issue of the invitation for the meeting. Sources said although the PAC authorised her to take the final call, Ms Mufti was likely to skip the meeting because of the “insulting manner” in which the BJP had toppled the PDPBJP coalition government headed by her on 19 June 2018. Another reason she might take the tough stand would be to thereby try and retrieve her position in the valley. Post poll clash: WB govt seeks HC order review The state government has filed a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking a review of its order directing the National Human Rights Commission to set up a committee to look into cases of post-election violence in Bengal. The matter is likely to come up tomorrow. A Bench of Calcutta High Court headed by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal had directed the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission to form a panel for examining all cases of alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence. The panel would scrutinise the complaints the NHRC has received or could receive, and submit a comprehensive report before it by 30 June about the present situ- A Calcutta HC bench headed by acting CJ had directed the chairperson of the NHRC to set up a panel for examining all cases of alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence. The Bengal government, in its application, prayed for grant of an opportunity to deal with a report by the member secretary of the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) on the matter before the next date of hearing, and make submissions on the steps taken by it on such complaints of clashes and violence. ation, “may be by visiting the affected areas”. The report should mention the steps taken to restore the confidence of the people that they can peacefully live in their homes and carry on with their business to earn their living, it was directed. The persons prima facie responsible for the crime and the officers who maintained “calculated silence” on the issue be pointed out, it was directed. The court had earlier pointed out that the gov- Man assumed dead in 2010 train derailment found alive PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KOLKATA, 20 JUNE A man, whose family had claimed that he died in the 2010 Jnaneswari Express derailment in West Bengal and got a job and compensation, was allegedly found to be alive, a railway official said. The sister of the man who got the job and their father were called for questioning on Sunday in connection with the matter, a CBI official said. At least 148 people were killed in the incident that happened in May 2010. Several bogies of the HowrahMumbai Jnaneswari Express got derailed at Sardiha in Jhargram, while a goods train coming from the opposite side ramming into it. It was alleged to have been caused by sabotage as the region was grappling to deal with Maoist violence at that time. Claiming that his son died in the incident, a man from Kolkata allegedly identified a body through DNA sampling, the South Eastern Railway official said. As per the railway’s announcement following the incident, a member of the family was given a job in the railway apart from monetary compensation, he said. The sister of the man has been working in the signalling department of the Sealdah division of the Eastern Railway. On receiving a complaint that the man is alive, the Vigilance Department of the railways conducted a probe and referred the matter to the CBI. a PAGD forum. Fourteen J&K leaders, including former chief ministers, deputy chief ministers and presidents of the mainstream political parties have been invited for the meeting. Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief GA Mir has engaged the party leadership on the issue and there was a likelihood of the party attending the PM’s meeting. Mir said that the Congress believes in the process of dialogue to settle issues. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is one of the top leaders of the G-23 Group within the party, JAMMU, 20 JUNE INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE KOLKATA, 20 JUNE However, the final decision on the issue will be taken by her in the meeting of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) in Srinagar on 22 June. NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar told mediapersons after a meeting of top party leaders that the party will attend the meeting with the Prime Minister. Another senior leader of NC, Mohammad Akbar Lone, said that the party will take up in the PM’s meeting the issue of restoration of the Article 370 that was abrogated on 5 August 2019. He said that the NC will attend the meeting as STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Ahead of a meeting called by Prime Minister Modi on Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress on Sunday said the Centre should accept the demand for restoration of statehood to J-K in the interest of the Constitution and democracy. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala drew attention to the 6 August, 2019 resolution of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) where the party clearly demanded the restoration of full statehood for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “We believe that undoing it is a direct attack on democracy and the constitutional principles,” he told reporters. His remarks came after invitations were sent out to 14 political leaders from J-K for participation in a high-level meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Modi at his residence here on 24 June. Surjewala said the Congress believes that grant of full statehood to J&K as also holding elections, so that people can elect their representatives and have an assembly of their own to carry on the affairs of the state instead of a rule by Delhi, is the only way forward to guarantee full restoration of democratic rights in Jammu and Kashmir. 58,419 ‘Action if Covid deaths aren’t certified as such’ The Centre has told the Supreme Court that any death resulting from Covid-19 infection should have to be certified as Covid death, and if this is not done so, the certifying doctor will face action. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in an affidavit, said: “It is mandated that any death resulting from Covid must have to be so certified that is, as Covid death, failing which everyone responsible, including the certifying doctor, will be responsible for penal consequences.” It emphasised that all deaths with a diagnosis of PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE WHO advisory to prevent another surge The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called upon countries in its south-east Asia region to scale up public health infrastructure, rigorously implement social measures and make efforts to accelerate vaccination to prevent another Covid-19 surge. This week, Maldives and Myanmar confirmed the transmission of coronavirus variants of concern. Earlier, variants of concern have been confirmed in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka. The variants of concern along with the opening of economies contributed to the recent surge globally. PTI Restore J-K’s statehood, says Cong ahead of meet 2,98,81,965 ernment has not taken any “concrete steps” to prevent post- poll violence. The state government, in its application, prayed for grant of an opportunity to deal with a report by the member secretary of the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) on the matter before the next date of hearing, and make submissions on the steps taken by it on such complaints of clashes and violence. The government also prayed that the findings in the order of 18 June “against the state of West Bengal and/or its officers may be expunged”. The five-judge had passed the order two days ago after taking into account the PILs before it on post-poll violence. The PILs have alleged that political attacks have led to displacement of people from their houses, physical assault, destruction of property and ransacking of offices. The bench observed that in a case where the life and property of the residents of the state are allegedly in danger on account of post-poll violence, the state cannot be allowed to proceed in the manner it likes. Contending that the complaints required immediate action, the bench said, “From the facts as are available on record and are sought to be projected by the petitioners, such an action is missing.” has also been invited for the meet in his capacity as a former chief minister. The BJP and Altaf Bukhari-led J&K Apni Party have confirmed their participation, while four other parties, PDP, Congress, Peoples Conference and CPI(M), will hold deliberations with their respective leadership on the issue. A senior leader of J&K Apni Party Ghulam Hassan Mir while welcoming the step tweeted; “A Good initiative by Government of India to reach out the Politicians of J&K .People of J&K are yearning for empowerment. Election to the assembly and Statehood are the main concerns . People want their own Government. Earlier the better” (sic). However, leaders who have been invited for the meeting were so far not aware of the agenda of the meeting. Mr Modi held a highlevel meeting on Sunday with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly to set the roadmap for the meeting. Holding Assembly elections might be on the top of the agenda but for that purpose the NC will have to withdraw its boycott of the J&K Delimitation Commission. A senior official of the Delimitation Commission will hold a virtual meet in the next few days with all deputy commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to discuss various inputs on geographical features of constituencies and the suggestions made by them. RISE AND SHINE Enthusiast practice Yoga as sand artist Manas Sahoo creates a sand sculpture ahead of International Yoga Day, in Puri on Sunday. AGENCIES India rejects criticism of new IT rules by UN rapporteurs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ‘MISPLACED CONCERNS’ NEW DELHI, 20 JUNE India has dismissed criticism of its new IT rules relating to social media by three UN special rapporteurs on rights issues, saying the country’s democratic credentials are well recognised and the right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed under its Constitution. “The concerns alleging potential implications for freedom of expression that the new IT Rules will entail are highly misplaced,” India’s permanent mission to the UN in Geneva said in a strongly worded response, asserting that the rules are “designed to empower ordinary users” of social media. The enactment of these rules had become necessary The enactment of these rules had become necessary following widespread concerns about increasing instances of abuse of social media and digital platforms The concerns alleging potential implications for freedom of expression that the new IT Rules will entail are highly misplaced INDIA'S PERMANENT MISSION TO THE UN IN GENEVA following concerns about increasing instances of abuse of social media and digital platforms, it said. The Upper House of Parliament had repeatedly asked the government to strengthen the legal framework and make the social media platforms accountable under the Indian laws and the rules were framed after extensive deliberations, it noted. Also, the Supreme Court of India in two judgments had CMYK directed it to frame necessary guidelines to eliminate child pornography and related contents in online platforms and also said that it was imperative to frame proper regime to find out the persons, institutions, and bodies who were the originators of such content messages. “The Permanent Mission of India would also like to highlight that India’s democratic credentials are well recognised. The right to freedom of speech and expression is guaranteed under the Indian Constitution,” it said in a communication to the rapporteurs.“The independent judiciary and a robust media are part of India’s democratic structure,” it added. The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy had expressed concerns over India’s IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. “The concern that the rules may be misused deliberately to make a large number of complaints so as to overwhelm the grievance redres- sal mechanisms created by social media platforms is also misplaced, exaggerated and disingenuous and shows lack of willingness to address the grievances of the users of these media platforms while using their data to earn revenues,” the Indian mission said in its response. “We would like to recall that restrictions to freedom of expression must never be invoked as a justification for the muzzling of any advocacy of multiparty democracy, democratic tenets and human rights,” the Rapporteurs said in a communication. Under the new rules, social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are required to appoint nodal officers and create mechanisms to remove offending posts and messages.
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