CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 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 PDP ANC TO , BOYCOTT DELIMITATION PANEL WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-28 degrees Celsius. NO SELF-ISOLATION FOR CHILDREN, VACCINATED AFTER COVID CONTACT ‘DON’T INDUCT PARAS IN CABINET’ P4 P5 P10 Modi 2.0: ‘Major Cabinet shake-up’ likely today RAINFALL: 0.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Ministerial probables arrive in Delhi; party organisation members may find berths Max.91% SNS & PTI Min. 70% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3°C (+2) SUN RISES 04:58 hrs MOON RISES 02:31 hrs New moon on 10 Min: 28.3°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 16:15 hrs July THUMBNAILS People from Faridabad demonstrating at the Jantar Mantar, in the Capital on Tuesday. SUBRATA DUTTA JEE Main exams: Education minister Ramesh Poshriyal has announced the exam schedule for JEE Main (April and May) sessions 2021 on Tuesday. The April session of JEE Main 2021 will be conducted from 20-25 July. The fourth and the last session of JEE Main 2021 will be conducted from 27 July to 2 August. Those who wish to apply for the April session can register from tonight till 8 July and the May session registrations will be open from 9-12 July. Candidates can also change their exam centres. Imran, Kim on ‘press freedom predators' list: Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders has released a list of 37 heads of states who cracked down on press freedom. Pakistan PM Imran Khan, North Korean dictator Kim Jongun and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban are among the “predators of press freedom”. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Hong Kong's administraP 10 tive chief Carrie Lam is also on the list. NEW DELHI, 6 JULY JP leaders Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Narayan Rane, ministerial contenders for Narendra Modi government, arrived in the national capital on Tuesday amid indications of reshuffle in Union Cabinet tomorrow. JD(U) leader R C P Singh and LJP’s Pashupati Kumar Paras, both expected to represent the BJP allies, also reached here from Bihar. All of them observed stoic silence about their possibility of joining the government. Rane told reporters that he had not received any call about his joining the government. Leaders of the LJP faction headed by Paras said he had received a call from Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday but claimed it was related to the birth anniversary of party founder Ram Vilas Paswan. Though there has been no official word on the Cabinet reshuffle, a series of meetings in the government and the BJP have fuelled the speculation. Sources have indicated that it can happen anytime now. Modi’s review ministers’ works, early next year Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab and the pandemic that has been a factor in the internal evaluation of the party’s governance B and organisational works are likely to be factors in the expected reshuffle. Representation of BJP MPs from West Bengal and the northeast may go up. The prime minister may go for new faces while also factoring in caste and regional balances. The reshuffles undertaken by Modi so far, all in his first term, have also seen some ministers being dropped or removed from key portfolios on account of their performance. The PM has also made suprise choices in the past by inducting apolitical persons like S Jaishankar and Hardeep Singh Puri as ministers. A party source said it is likely to be a “big shakeup” and members of party organisation may find berths in the government. Probables are Bhupender Yadav, Anil Baluni, Sudhanshu Trivedi including BJP MPs Sushil Modi, Ashwini Vaishnav and G V L Narasimha Rao. BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh met party president JP Nadda in the evening. Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje also met Santhosh. With Gehlot set to quit as an MP after becoming Governor, his departure will also leave the key post of the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha vacant. It will leave one more position vacant in the BJP’s Parliamentary Board, the party’s apex body, where he is the only Dalit Modi govt creates new ministry of co-operation NEW DELHI, 6 JULY Leaders of 10 opposition parties including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind expressing “outrage” at the death of Father Stan Swamy “under custody”, and seeking his intervention in holding accountable those responsible for “foisting false cases” on him, his continued detention and “inhuman treatment”. The signatories also include NCP chief Sharad Pawar, former prime minister and JDS leader H D Deve Gowda and NC leader Farooq Abdullah. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin (DMK) and his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren (JMM) have also signed the let- ter, besides D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) and Tejashwi Yadav (RJD). The 84-year-old priestactivist Stan Swamy, arrested under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the Elgar Parishad case, died at a Mumbai hospital on Monday while fighting for his bail on health grounds. “We are writing to you in deep anguish expressing our intense grief and outrage at the death of Father Stan Swamy under custody,” the opposition leaders said in their joint letter. “We are urging your immediate intervention as the President of India to direct your government to act against those responsible for foisting false cases on him, his continued detention in jail and inhuman treatment,” they said. “They must be held SC upholds conviction in murder case, quotes Sherlock PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 JULY “You see, but you do not observe,” the Supreme Court said quoting Sherlock Holmes as it dismissed an appeal against the conviction and life term awarded to a man in a murder case. The top court rejected the submission of amicus curiae that it was not possible for the four eye witnesses to see at night the face of the man who had committed the murder. A bench of Justices R F Nariman, K M Joseph and B R Gavai said in its order passed on Monday, we find no ground to interfere with the impugned order passed by the High Court. The SLP is, accordingly, dismissed. During the hearing, advocate Pijush Kanti Roy, who has been appointed amicus in the matter, said it was a dark night in an isolated place and there was no way the four eye witnesses in the case could have seen the face of the petitioner. Justice Nariman then said, It’s like Sherlock Holmes telling Dr Watson, ‘You see, but you do not observe’. Roy said his only endeavour is that an innocent should not get punished for the crime he has not committed. The bench told Roy, You are flogging a dead horse. accountable. It is now incumbent that all those jailed in the Bhima Koregaon case and other detenues under politically motivated cases, misusing draconian laws like UAPA, Sedition etc, be released forthwith,” they said. The leaders said the activist who championed the rights and causes of the Adivasis in far flung areas of Jharkhand was jailed on “trumped-up” charges under the draconian UAPA and was sought to be linked with the Bhima Koregaon case. They have also alleged that he was denied treatment for his various ailments including the debilitating Parkinson’s disease. “Only after a nationwide campaign was conducted that even a sipper to drink liquids was made available to him in jail. The numerous appeals to shift him out In a historic move, a separate ‘Ministry of Co-operation’ has been created by the Narendra Modi government for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’. The ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country and help deepen co-operatives as a true peoplebased movement reaching the grassroots. In our country, a co-operative based economic development model is very relevant where each member works with a spirit of responsibility. The ministry will aim to streamline processes for ‘Ease of doing business’ for cooperatives and enable development of MultiState Co-operatives SNS (MSCS). leader. Incidentally, top RSS brass, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat and joint general secretaries Krishna Gopal and Manmohan Vaidya, were also in the city for the last few days. BJP has often taken RSS feedback in its key decisions. of the over-crowded Taloja jail that had seen a huge rise in Covid cases went unheeded. “His appeals for bail and being sent home too were rejected. Thanks to the Bombay High Court’s intervention he was admitted to a private hospital when his condition started deteriorating after he was infected with Covid. But it was too late to prevent his death in custody,” they claimed in their letter. Dr Ian D’souza, director, Holy Family Hospital, where Swamy was undergoing treatment, and tribal rights activist’s lawyer Mihir Desai on Monday informed a bench of the Bombay HC of his death following cardiac arrest. In a tweet, Yechury demanded release all detenues “detained by misusing UAPA/Sedition etc, on politically motivated charges.” P12 Lowest daily Covid deaths in three months May roll back easing of restrictions, warns govt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Guvs’ list STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 JULY Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha and Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as Governor of Karnataka among an array of transfers and appointments for the gubernatorial post. Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel, a BJP tribal leader of Gujarat and a former member of the state Cabinet, has been appointed Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel held additional charge of Madhya Pradesh Governor last year when then Governor Lalji Tandon fell ill and died. Centre moves SC over pleas against new IT Rules NEW DELHI, 6 JULY Thaawarchand Gehlot (Karnataka); Hari Babu Kambhampati (Mizoram); Mangubhai Patel (Madhya Pradesh); Rajendran Arlekar (Himachal Pradesh); Bandaru Dattatreya (Haryana); PS Sreedharan Pillai (Goa); Satyadev Narayan Arya (Tripura); Ramesh Bais (Jharkhand) NEW DELHI, 6 JULY Sonia Gandhi, other opposition leaders write to Kovind over Stan Swamy’s death ‘under custody’ SNS & PTI Eight states get new Governors BRAZIL IN FINAL AS PAQUETA STRIKES AGAIN Union health ministry on Tuesday warned that gross violations of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour after lifting restrictions in various parts of the country can lead to a roll back of the decision. During a briefing on the Covid situation, now on the slump, the ministry highlighted gross violation of Covid protocols. Ramesh Bais, Governor of Tripura was transferred and appointed Governor of Jharkhand. He had served as a Union minister of state for Environment and Forests in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, a former Union labour minister, is transferred and appointed as Governor of Haryana. Rajendran Vishwanath Arlekar, a former Speaker of Goa Assembly, has become Governor of Himachal Pradesh. PS Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram was transferred and appointed Governor of Goa; Satyadev Narayan Arya, Governor of Haryana, was transferred and appointed Governor of Tripura and Hari Babu Kambhampati has been appointed as Governor of Mizoram. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 6 JULY With 553 fresh fatalities, India recorded the lowest daily death toll in around 90 days while 34,703 new cases of were reported, the lowest in 111 days, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, the total caseload climbed to 3,06,19,932, while the death toll climbed to 4,03,281. The active cases further declined to 4,64,357, the lowest in 101 days. The national recovery rate has improved to 97.17 per cent. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.11 per cent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,97,52,294. Under Nationwide Vaccination Drive, 35.75 crore have been inoculated. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 962 fresh Covid cases and 17 deaths. Kolkata recorded 59 cases Wreckage of missing plane found in Russia ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI, 6 JULY MOSCOW, 6 JULY The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pleas pending in different high courts across the country challenging the validity of new IT Rules to the apex court for an authoritative pronouncement on the issue. A senior law officer confirmed the development. Petitions pending in the high court have challenged the new IT Rules intended to regulate social media firms like Facebook, Twitter as well as OTT players. Under the new Rules, the social media firms will have to put in place the complaint redressal mechanism with an officer being based in the country to deal with online PTI contents. Wreckage from a plane that went missing on Tuesday in Russia’s Far East region of Kamchatka was found around five km away from a runway at an airport on the coast where it was supposed to land, officials said. An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew members, flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana on the Okhotsk Sea coast, missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from radar as it was on approach for landing. The governor of Kamchatka, Vladimir Solodov, told the Interfax news agency that the aircraft’s fuselage was found on land near the coast, while other wreckage was found nearby in the Okhotsk Sea. According to Russian media reports, none of the 28 people on board have survived the crash. The plane belonged to a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise. The company’s director, Alexei Khabarov, said that the plane was technically sound before taking off. A criminal investigation into the incident has been launched. Company’s deputy director, Sergei Gorb, said that the plane practically crashed into a sea cliff, which wasn’t supposed to be in its landing trajectory. The head of the local government in Palana, Olga Mokhireva, was aboard the flight, spokespeople of the Kamchatka government said. Details on pg 10 In subtle message to Beijing, Modi greets Dalai Lama on b’day ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 6 JULY In a development with farreaching ramifications for Sino-India relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama and greeted him on his birthday. “Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life,” Modi tweeted later. It is understood that the call lasted nearly 20 minutes. The Dalai Lama, widely considered a symbol of the struggle by the Tibetan people against China’s occupation of Tibet, is said to have been quite happy after receiving the phone call. Several other Indian leaders, including Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, also sent their wishes to the Dalai Lama. This was the first time since 2015 that Modi publicly acknowledged speaking to the Dalai Lama. Last year, Modi did not wish the Tibetan leader but in 2019 privately sent him birthday greetings. The phone call came amid the tense Sino-India military impasse at Eastern Ladakh which has not ended despite umpteen rounds of talks between the two countries because of Beijing’s refusal to restore the status quo ante that existed in the area in April-May last year. Over the past decade or so, the Indian government has avoided wooing the Dalai Lama, lest such a move upsets Beijing. The Chinese, who have never appreciated India’s position on the Dalai Lama, have repeatedly asked New Delhi not to make any public mention of the Tibetan leadership living in India. This was in a way quietly agreed to by New Delhi in the larger interest of ties with CMYK China. New Delhi had, however, clearly told Beijing that the Dalai Lama would continue to be treated as India’s honoured guest who is free to travel both inside and outside the country. At the same time, the Tibetan leader, who has been living in exile in Dharamshala for more than six decades, was also requested not to indulge in any politi- Referring to the massive footfall of people in hill stations like Manali, Shimla, and Mussoorie, Joint Secretary, health, Lav Agarwal on Tuesday stated that people travelling to hill stations are not following Covid appropriate behaviour. He also cited recent incidents of overcrowding at markets in Delhi and Mumbai. “We can nullify the ease in restrictions again if protocols are not complied with,” he said. cal activity. However, the Eastern Ladakh stand-off, preceded by Beijing’s continued claim over Indian territories in Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, appears to have made mandarins at the foreign office to reconsider their strategy vis a vis China. “Modi’s phone call to the Dalai Lama is aimed at sending out a clear message to China that India can also hit Beijing where it hurts the most,” a knowledgeable source said. The phone call came even as India avoided sending any message of greeting to the Communist Party of China on its centenary celebrations for which several world leaders are visiting Beijing. 3,06,19,932 4,64,357 34,703 51,864 4,03,281 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 06 JULY 2021 and 3 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 92 fresh cases and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 15,07,241 and death toll is 17,834. Delhi HC directs Twitter to inform by 8 July when it will appoint RGO NEW DELHI, 6 JULY The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed Twitter to inform it by 8 July as to when it will appoint a resident grievance officer (RGO) in compliance with the new IT Rules. Justice Rekha Palli took exception to the fact the court was not informed that the earlier appointment of the RGO was only interim and he has already resigned which gave a wrong impression to the court on 31 May. “If he went away on 21 June, the least Twitter could do was to appoint another officer in these 15 days since you knew that this matter was coming up for hearing on 6 July. If Twitter thinks it can take as long as it wants in my country, I will not allow that,” the judge said. Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, representing Twitter, said though Twitter is in process of making the appointment, it was true that as on date there is no chief compliance officer, RGO and nodal contact person. Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, representing the Centre, said the rules a three-month window was given to the intermediaries to comply with the rules, which has expired on 25 May. During the hearing, the court passed over the matter for a while, asking the Twitter’s counsel to take instructions on how much time will it take to complete the process of appointment. Come up with clear instruction, otherwise you will be in trouble, it said, adding that let the government and everybody else PTI know your stand.
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