CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 JULY 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 ‘FACE MASKS TO BECOME PERSONAL CHOICE IN UK’ FOREIGN SERVICE DON’T GET TRAPPED IN CYCLE OF FEAR: RSS CHIEF URGES MUSLIMS P10 P6 P4 WEATHER DON’T NEED VALIDATION, SAYS MITHALI P12 Cong questions Dhami sworn in as U’khand CM govt’s silence on Rafale probe PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 13.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 95% Min. 79% TEMPERATURE Max: 32 °C (-1) SUN RISES 04:57 hrs MOON RISES 00:42 hrs New moon on 10 Min: 27.5 °C (+1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 13:39 hrs July THUMBNAILS Youths play soccer at a field in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district on Sunday. IANS TMC leaders to meet President today: TMC MPs will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday and will request him to remove Tushar Mehta from the post of Solicitor-General for his alleged meeting with Leader of the Opposition in Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari, who has been accused in the Narada and Saradha cases, said Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, TMC MP. (P3) Pakistan alleges Indian hand in Lahore blast: Pakistan's National Security Advisor Moeed Yousuf on Sunday alleged that an Indian citizen was behind a powerful bomb blast outside the house of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and chief of the banned Jamat-udDawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed in Lahore last month in (P9) which three persons died. Deshmukh moves SC for protection: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday moved the Supreme Court seeking protection from any coercive action in a money laundering case. The ED on Saturday issued fresh summons to the 71-year-old NCP leader seeking his appearance on 5 July in the case. DEHRADUN, 4 JULY CPI-M backs demand for JPC investigation into purchase SNS & PTI “After more than 24 hours of the decision by France to investigate corruption, influence peddling, money laundering, favouritism, there is one question every concerned citizen asks: Why is the GoI still silent?” NEW DELHI, 4 JULY he Congress on Sunday questioned the silence of the government after French authorities ordered a probe into alleged “corruption and favouritism” in the sale of 36 Rafale aircraft to India, while the CPI-M has reiterated its demand for a fresh probe into the deal by a joint parliamentary committee. Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that it was an inter-governmental defence deal, where there cannot be any middlemen or corruption, and asked why, when the beneficiary of any “corruption” has ordered a probe, the other country, which has lost public money, not ordered one. He alleged that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a lot of noise about national security, but undermines the country’s security interests when it comes to helping its crony capitalist friends. “After more than 24 hours of the decision by France to investigate corruption, influence peddling, money laundering, favouritism, there is one question every responsible Indian, every concerned citizen asks: Why is the Government of India still silent?” Khera asked. He said the Rafale T At a Congress Party briefing, in the Capital on Sunday. SUBRATA DUTTA fighter jets deal was an inter-government deal, which means that the governments of the two nations, India and France were on either side. Khera sought to know why, now that the French Public Prosecution Services (PNF) has initiated a probe into the corruption allegations against the previous president of France, who was one of the parties to the deal, no enquiry is being ordered on the role of the key functionaries of the Indian government. “It is downright insulting to the people of India that this government and its ministers have stayed tight-lipped about this entire scandal. Why is the Minister of Defence silent on accountability and scrutiny?” he asked. “The Indian National Congress demands that a fair Joint Parliamentary Committee be constituted immediately and every aspect of the Rafale deal probed by it. The people of India deserve to know Srinagar admin bans use of drones PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SRINAGAR, 4 JULY A week after a drone attack at an Air Force base in Jammu, authorities in Srinagar on Sunday banned the sale, possession and use of such unmanned aerial vehicles in the city. Earlier, authorities in border districts of Rajouri and Kathua in the Jammu region had put curbs on the use of drones and other UAVs in the wake of the terror attack last Sunday. Two explosives-laden drones had crashed into the Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport and there were other suspicious sightings of UAVs, triggering a security alert. In an order, deputy commissioner of Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz directed those having drone cameras or other The authorities in border districts of Rajouri and Kathua in the Jammu region had earlier put curbs on the use of drones and other UAVs in the wake of the terror attack in Jammu last Sunday where two explosives-laden drones had crashed into the Indian Air Force station similar kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles to deposit them in local police stations. The order, however, exempted government departments using drones for mapping, surveys and surveillance in agricultural, environmental conservation and disaster mitigation sectors but directed them After a break, Monsoon set to enter active phase from 8 July PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 JULY After a break, the Southwest Monsoon is again set to enter an active phase, M Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences said on Sunday, noting that forecast models show signs of increasing rain activity from 8 July. He said that models indicate the formation of a weather system in the Bay of Bengal. “Monsoon Update: @moesgoi models show signs of revival- increasing rains in South, west coast & East Central India from 8 Jul. “Models also make an early indication of formation of a weather system over BoB by 12th & subsequent active monsoon phase,” Rajeevan, who has been researching the Southwest Monsoon for more than three decades, tweeted. After a good spell of rains in the first two and half weeks of June, the Southwest Monsoon has not advanced further since 19 June. Delhi, Haryana, parts of west Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, west Rajasthan are yet to see the arrival of the monsoon. In its forecast for the July, IMD said the country as a whole will witness good rainfall this month. However, parts of north India, some parts of south peninsula, central, east and northeast India could witness rainfall in the category of normal to below normal. It said the conditions are not favourable for the monsoon’s progress till 7 July due to the lack of a weather system. Hence, subdued rainfall activity is very likely to continue to prevail over the northwest, central and western parts of peninsular India during the next 4-5 days, it added. to inform the local police station before using them. The administration cautioned that any violation of the guidelines will attract punitive action, and directed police to implement the restrictions in letter and spirit. The order to ban the use of drones came after the recommendations of the city’s police chief. The decentralised airspace access has to be regulated in view of recent episodes of misuse of drones posing threat to security infrastructure as reported by media/other reliable sources, the order said. To secure the aerial space near the vital installations and highly populated areas, it is imperative to discontinue the use of drones in all social and cultural gatherings to eliminate any risk of injury to the life and damage of property, the order said. Pawan Khera AICC SPOKESPERSON the truth,” he said. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, meanwhile, reiterated his party’s demand for a fresh probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale deal by a joint parliamentary committee. Yechury said the probe into the deal in France further drives home apprehensions about likely shady dealings in the matter. “It is now very clear from all the documents that have come out in the media in France, there is lot of fishy business that needs to be properly dealt with and culprits need to be booked,” the senior CPI-M leader said. Reports from France emerged in the last few days that a French judge had been appointed to lead a judicial investigation into alleged “corruption and favouritism” in the `59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal between the Indian government and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault. Farmers to protest every day outside Parliament during Monsoon session NEW DELHI, 4 JULY Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand, along with an 11-member cabinet, here on Sunday. The oath of office was administered on Dhami and his ministers by Governor Baby Rani Maurya at a simple function held on the lawns of the Raj Bhawan in the presence of a host of MPs and MLAs of the ruling BJP and senior government officials. No new face has been inducted into Dhami’s cabinet, which remains as it was under his predecessor Tirath Singh Rawat. The only difference is that this time, all the ministers are of cabinet rank. The ministers sworn in on Sunday are Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Bansidhar Bhagat, Yashpal Arya, Bishan Singh Chufal, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, Ganesh Joshi, Dhan Singh Rawat, Rekha Arya and Yatishwaranand. Rekha Arya, Dhan Singh Rawat and Yatishwaranand, who were ministers of state in Tirath Rawat’s cabinet, have been elevated to cabinet rank. Earlier in the day, Dhami met Satpal Maharaj at his residence with a bouquet of flowers amidst reports that the senior leader and a few other MLAs of the saffron party were sulking since Saturday as they were not happy with his election as the new leader of the BJP legislature party in Uttarakhand. Dhami later said there was no resentment anywhere. All those said to have been unhappy with the party high-command over its choice of new chief minister were present at the swearing-in ceremony and were sworn in as ministers. At 45, Dhami takes over as the youngest CM of the state. A two-time MLA from Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district, Dhami replaces Tirath Singh Rawat, who resigned on Friday. Dhami is considered to be close to Maharashtra Governor and former Uttara- Delhi stadia to reopen sans spectators PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 JULY The Delhi government has given permission to the city’s stadiums and sports complexes to reopen from Monday but without spectators, according to an order issued by the DDMA. There will be strict adherence to standard operating procedure and other guidelines of the government, and compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour while opening the stadia and sports complexes, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said in its order on Sunday. Cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres, swimming pools, spas, schools and Cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres, swimming pools, spas, schools, colleges to remain shut All kinds of gatherings, social, political, cultural, religious and otherwise, prohibited colleges will, however, remain shut, and all kinds of gatherings, social, political, cultural, religious and otherwise, prohibited. Delhi Metro trains and public transport buses will continue to operate with 50 per cent of their seating capacity, the DDMA said. The order stated that the status of Covid in Delhi was reviewed, and it was observed that the number of coronavirus patients and the positivity rate have declined considerably, and the overall situation has improved. But due caution and care have to be taken for consolidating the whole process of Covid management, it said. As per the Delhi government's health bulletin issued on Saturday, a total 86 Covid-19 new cases and five deaths were reported in the city and the positivity rate stood at 0.11 per cent. Last week, the DDMA had allowed gyms and yoga institutes to open with half their capacity, while capping the number of guests for weddings at banquets, marriage halls and hotels at 50. India records 43,071 new Covid cases, 955 deaths SNS & PTI A group of around 200 farmers will protest against the Centre’s three farm laws in front of Parliament every day during the monsoon session, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced on Sunday. The umbrella body of over 40 farmer unions said at a Press conference that two days before the session begins, a “chetavani patra” (warning letter) will be given to all the Opposition MPs to protest the laws inside the House. The monsoon session is set to begin on 19 July. The SKM also called for a nationwide protest on 8 July. (P4) Uttarkhand chief minister-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami with former CM TS Rawat, in Dehradun on Sunday. AGENCIES NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 4 JULY India saw a single-day rise of 43,071 Covid-19 infections, which took the tally of cases to 3,05,45,433, while active cases fell to 4,85,350, according to Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll has climbed to 4,02,005 with 955 more fatalities, while the case fatality rate has risen to 1.32 per cent from 1.31 per cent, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The daily test positivity rate was recorded at 2.34 per cent, the ministry said. Among the states, Kerala logged 11,551 new Covid cases and 76 fatalities on Sunday, while a handful of states, including Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, as well as Delhi, are reporting less than a 100 daily cases. West Bengal today registered 1,297 fresh Covid19 cases and 20 deaths, with Kolkata recording 111 cases and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. 3,05,45,433 4,85,350 43,071 52,299 4,02,005 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 04 JULY 2021 No new face has been inducted into Dhami’s 11-member cabinet, which remains as it was under his predecessor Tirath Singh Rawat. The only difference is that this time, all the ministers are of cabinet rank Dhami also met Satpal Maharaj amidst reports that senior leaders of the saffron party were sulking with his election as the new leader khand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is his political mentor. Dhami takes over the reins of power at a time when Uttarakhand has a few months to go for the Assembly polls, which are due early next year. Earlier in the day, Dhami paid courtesy visits to his predecessors as chief minister, Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat, at their residences and another former chief minister and BJP stalwart, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri. Philippine military plane crashes killing 45; 49 rescued The remains of the Philippine military C-130 plane MANILA, 4 JULY A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded while landing in the south on Sunday, killing at least 42 army soldiers on board and three civilians on the ground in one of worst disasters in the air force’s history. At least 49 other soldiers were rescued with injuries and survived the fiery noontime crash into a coconut grove outside the Patikul airport in Sulu province, including some who managed to jump off the aircraft before it exploded and was gutted by fire, military officials said. Three of seven villagers who were hit on the ground died. The aircraft had 96 people on board, including three pilots and five crew while the rest were army personnel, the military said, adding only five soldiers remained unaccounted for AP late Sunday. Details on Pg 9 Kejriwal asks Centre to honour medics with Bharat Ratna STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE “I want to request the Central government to award this year's Bharat Ratna to the Indian Doctors. By the Indian Doctor I mean the entire medical fraternity ~ all doctors, nurses and paramedics should be given the award collectively. This is the greatest manner in which we can pay our respect to those who have got martyred while serving the nation during Covid-19-related duties NEW DELHI, 4 JULY Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday requested the Central government to honour the medical fraternity collectively with the country’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in recognition of its services to the nation during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making the request, Mr Kejriwal wrote that awarding the Bharat Ratna to all doctors, nurses and paramedics who served the people amidst the Covid19 pandemic will be a true homage to the medical personnel who lost their lives to the coronavirus. “Many doctors and nurses sacrificed their lives fighting the pandemic. If we honour them with Bharat Ratna, then it will be a true tribute ARVIND KEJRIWAL to them. Lakhs of doctors and nurses served people selflessly without worrying about their lives and families. There can be no other better way (than honouring them with Bharat Ratna) to thank and honour them,” he wrote in the letter in Hindi. He stressed that, if needed, necessary changes should be made in rules so that the medical community can be awarded the highest civilian award. Mr Kejriwal mooted the same proposal during a “Doc- CMYK tors’ Day Celebration” programme organised by the Project StepOne where he was invited as the chief guest. He participated in it through video-conferencing. Paying homage to the departed souls, Kejriwal remarked that awarding the Bharat Ratna to doctors and paramedics as a fraternity would amount to recognising the sacrifices of all those doctors and paramedical staff who lost their lives on duty. “I want to request the Central government to award this year’s Bharat Ratna to the Indian Doctors. By the Indian Doctor I mean the entire medical fraternity ~ all doctors, nurses and paramedics should be given the award collectively. This is the greatest manner in which we can pay our respect and homage to all those who have got martyred while serving the nation during Covid-19-related duties,” Mr Kejriwal said. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “This year the ‘Indian Doctor’ should get the Bharat Ratna. The ‘Indian Doctor’ means doctors, nurses and paramedics. This will be a true tribute to all who have been martyred. This will honour those who serve without worrying about their lives and families. The entire country will be happy with this decision.” Talking about the dedication shown by the medical fraternity during the Covid-19 crisis, the chief minister said, “I personally know a lot of doctors who could not be home for months because of their Covid-19-related duties. They relentlessly served the country, putting their own lives at risk. They were not getting any special benefits, extra payments or promotions. They weren’t getting anything in exchange. Yet they all did their best because of their love for humanity. We salute all these brave doctors, nurses and paramedics.” Describing the efforts made by doctors, Kejriwal said, “I received an interesting message once. It read that all temples are shut during the Covid-19 crisis because God is serving at hospitals wearing a white coat. It signifies the amount of love and respect doctors command. Despite this, there were some incidents around the country where doctors were mistreated, yet in 99 per cent cases, our doctors bore through the agony in empathy for patients and their families.” Briefing the doctors about the government’s efforts in this regard, he said an ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 crore was being given to the families of frontline workers and doctors who died on duty, but it was no compensation, just a token of respect for their services.
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