CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 IS NITISH CAUGHT IN THE POLITICAL GAMEPLAN OF BJP? EX-S.AFRICAN PREZ HANDS HIMSELF OVER TO JAIL AUTHORITIES P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 28.6 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 97% Max: 30.7 °C(-2) SUN RISES 04:58 hrs MOON RISES 03:15 hrs New moon on 10 THUMBNAILS Farmers carry LPG cylinders during a protest against fuel price hike, at their agitation site at Ghazipur border in New Delhi on Thursday. IANS Four killed in LoC encounter: Two Army troopers, including a junior commissioned officer, were martyred on Thursday and an equal number of Pakistani terrorists killed in an encounter in the Dadal village near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rajouri district of Jammu. (P5) Teacher's recruitment: West Bengal Central School Service Commission (WBCSSC) on Thursday published the detailed lists of all candidates who appeared at the 2016 TET (Teachers Eligibility Test) along with their scores for recruitment of teachers in upper primary schools. (P2) India trashes Pak's claim on Lahore blast: India on Thursday strongly trashed as “baseless propaganda” Pakistan's claim that it was behind a bomb blast near the house of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in Lahore last month, and asked Islamabad to take “credible and verifiable” action against terrorism emanating from its soil instead. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the Pakistani leadership continues to “glorify terrorists like Bin Laden as 'martyrs'”. NEW DELHI, 8 JULY he Union cabinet on Thursday approved a Rs 23,123crore package for impro-ving health infrastructure to fight Covid-19 as part of which around 2.4 lakh medical beds and 20,000 ICU ones would be created with a special focus on paediatric care. Addressing a press conference here after the first meeting of the Union cabinet following its reshuffle on Wednesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the package will be implemented over the next nine months till March 2022. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. T Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with directors of centrally-funded technical institutions and stressed on the need to adapt higher and technical education to the changing environment and emerging challenges. Modi noted that technological and R&D institutions will play a major role in the upcoming decade, which, he added, is also being called as “India’s Techade”. Interacting with over 100 heads of institutions via videoconferencing, Modi highlighted the need to focus on developing futuristic solutions in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, defense, and cyber tech- EMERGENCY RESPONSE 2.4 lakh medical beds and 20,000 ICU ones would be created with a special focus on paediatric care Under the new package, the Centre would provide Rs 15,000 crore and states Rs 8,123 crore The plan would be implemented jointly by them across all the 736 districts to improve medical infrastructure Mandaviya said this is the second phase of the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package as the Central government had given Rs 15,000 crore earlier for setting up Covid-dedicated hospitals and health centres across the country. Under the new package, the Centre would provide Rs 15,000 crore and states Rs 8,123 crore, and the plan would be imple- Global Covid toll hits 4 mn WASHINGTON, 8 JULY The global death toll from Covid-19 eclipsed 4 million on Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. The tally of lives lost over the past year and a half, as compiled from official sources by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the number of people killed in battle in all of the world's wars since 1982. With the advent of the vaccine, deaths per day have plummeted to 7,900, after topping out at over 18,000 a day in January. AP More on P10 PM pitches for higher tech, flexible education models NEW DELHI, 8 JULY P10 nologies. He also lauded the research and development work done by these institutions towards meeting the challenges posed by the Covidpandemic and appreciated the efforts of young innovators towards providing quick technological solutions. Modi later tweeted, “Had an enriching interaction with Directors of leading IITs and @iiscbangalore during which we exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects including making India a hub for R&D, innovation & popularising science among youth.” Modi stressed that the country’s higher educational and technical institutions need to prepare the youth for continuous disruptions and changes, keeping in mind the fourth industrial revolution, the PMO said. mented jointly by them across all the 736 districts to improve medical infrastructure at primary and district health centres. Around 2.4 lakh normal medical beds and 20,000 ICU beds would be created of which 20 percent would be specially earmarked for children. The minister said storage facilities for oxygen and medicines would also be created at district level under the plan. An official statement said states and UTs would be supported to create paediatric units in all 736 districts for providing teleICU services, mentoring and technical hand-holding to the district paediatric units. They would be supported to augment 20,000 ICU beds in public healthcare system out of which 20 per cent will be pediatric ICU beds, it said. The Phase-II of the package has central sector (CS) and centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS) components. The statement said that under the central sector components, support would be provided to central hospitals, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, and other Institu- Cairn wins court order to seize Indian properties in Paris 3,07,09,557 4,60,704 Beneficiaries wait in queues to receive Covid-19 vaccine dose at a vaccination centre in Jabalpur on Thursday. Kerala, which has been reporting a significant rise in Covid cases over the past several weeks, accounted for one-third of the new infections with 13,772 cases added overnight, while Maharashtra had 9,558 new cases. The cumulative Covid-19 vac- cine doses administered in the country has reached nearly 37 crore while daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.42 per cent. Bengal today registered 995 fresh Covid cases and 17 deaths. Kolkata recorded 87 cases in the last 24 hours. 45,892 44,291 4,05,028 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 08 JULY 2021 SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 8 JULY In a setback to India, Britain’s Cairn Energy Plc has secured a French court order to seize some 20 government properties in Paris to recover a part of the $1.72 billion due from New Delhi following an arbitration panel overturning levy of retrospective taxes. The centrally located properties mostly comprise flats, valued at more than EUR 20 million, that were used by Indian government establishment in France, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The French court, Tribunal Judiciaire de Paris, on 11 June agreed to Cairn’s application to freeze (through judicial mortgages) residential real estate owned by the Government of India in central Paris, they said adding the legal formalities for the same was completed on Wednesday evening. While Cairn is unlikely to evict the Indian officials residing in those properties, the government cannot sell them after the court order. The Finance Ministry said it has not received any HC: Centre free to take action against Entities like Facebook have Twitter for any breach of new IT Rules to remain accountable: SC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 JULY The Delhi High Court on Thursday told the Centre it was free to take action against Twitter Inc in case of any breach of the new IT Rules and no interim protection was granted, even as the new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said those who live and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country. Locked in a standoff with the Central government over the new Information Technology (IT) Rules, Twitter Inc, meanwhile, informed the High Court it has appointed an interim chief compliance officer, who is a resident of India, and said it will make an “endeavour” to fill the regular position within eight weeks ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO, 8 JULY a rude arrival in Japan for IOC President Thomas Bach, who landed in Tokyo on Thursday just hours before the new measures were announced. Suga said the state of emergency would go in effect on Monday and last through 22 August. This means the Olympics, opening on 23 July and running through 8 August, will be held entirely under Ministers take charge: Bureaucrat-entrepreneurturned-politician Ashwini Vaishnaw, 51, took charge as the country’s new Railway Minister, while Anurag Thakur who was elevated as Information and Broadcasting Minister also assumed office. Vaishnaw also holds two other important portfolios of Communications and Information Technology. Darshana Jardosh took charge as Minister of State for Railways. Mansukh Mandaviya, a BJP leader from Gujarat, took charge as the new Health Minister amidst the pandemic. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 8 JULY India recorded 45,892 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, along with 817 deaths, while the number of active cases increased slightly after being on a consistent downward trend for nearly 55 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. An increase of 784 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, with the figure now standing at 4,60,704, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 a.m. The country’s death toll due to Covid has reached 4,05,028. The French court on 11 June agreed to Cairn’s application to freeze residential real estate owned by the Indian govt in central Paris to recover a part of the $1.72 billion due from New Delhi following an arbitration panel overturning levy of retrospective taxes tions of National Importance under DoHFW for repurposing 6,688 beds for Covid-19 management. 46K new Covid nos; uptick in active cases PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Twitter Inc informed the Delhi High Court it has appointed an interim chief compliance officer, who is a resident of India, and said it will make an “endeavour” to fill the regular position within eight weeks as per the rules. The court granted two weeks time to the microblogging platform to file an affidavit on compliance with the new rules. It is made clear that since this court has not passed any interim order, this court has granted time to Twitter Inc to file affidavit, no protection is granted. It is open to Centre to take action against the Twitter Inc in case of any breach of the rules, a bench of Justice Rekha Palli said “Those who live and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country.” ASHWINI VAISHNAW NEW MINISTER FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY while listing the matter for further hearing on 28 July. Vaishnaw while responding on the issue of Twitter not adhering to the IT rules said whosoever lives and works in India will have to abide by the rules of the country. Twitter has been in the eye of a storm over its alleged failure to comply with the new IT rules in India, which mandates the appointment of three key personnel~chief compliance officer, nodal officer and grievance officer. ‘No-fan’ Olympics as Tokyo under emergency Fans were banned from the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics which will open in two weeks, following a state of emergency imposed on Thursday, Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa announced on Thursday. The ban was announced by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organisers, reducing the games to a made-for-TV event. Overseas fans were banned several months ago, and these new measures announced by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga could clear venues indoor and outdoor of any fans at all. This emergency declaration made for P12 Revamped Cabinet ratifies `23K cr to boost Covid fight PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 25.6 °C(-1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 17:09 hrs July PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P5 Package tobe implemented over the next nine months till March 2022: New health minister Min. 83% TEMPERATURE IS EURO CUP COMING BACK HOME TO ENGLAND? 4 SUSPECTED KILLERS OF HAITI PREZ SLAIN emergency measures. The Paralympics open on 24 Aug. Taking into consideration the impact of the delta strain, and in order to prevent the resurgence of infections across the country, we need to step up virus prevention measures, Suga said. Suga, who had long favored fans, hinted at a no-fan Olympics in announcing the emergency. I have already said I won’t hesitate to have no spectators, he added. Just two weeks ago, organizers and the IOC allowed venues to be filled to 50% of capacity but crowds not to exceed 10,000. The state of emergency has forced a lastminute turnaround, which was always an option if infections got worse. We will have to consider the option of no spectators, said Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa in opening remarks with the IOC and others as they went on to discuss ban on fans. The main focus of the emergency is a request for bars, restaurants and karaoke parlors serving alcohol to close. A ban on serving alcohol is a key step to tone down Olympic-related festivities and keep people from drinking and partying. Tokyo residents are expected to face stay-home requests and watch the games on TV from home. How to stop people enjoying the Olympics from going out for drinks is a main issue, Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said. The present state of emergency ends Sunday. Tokyo reported 896 new cases on Thursday, up from 673 a week earlier. It’s the 19th straight day that cases have topped the mark set seven days prior. New cases on Wednesday hit 920, the highest total since 13 May. The no-fan atmosphere could include the opening ceremony at the $1.4 billion National Stadium,traditionally the most watched event during the Olympics. CMYK NEW DELHI, 8 JULY Delhi Legislative Assembly and its committee have the power to compel attendance of members and outsiders on grounds of its privilege, the Supreme Court held today while observing that digital platforms like Facebook have become power centres with ability to influence opinions and will have to remain accountable. Entities like Facebook, which has around 270 million users in India, have to remain accountable to those who entrust them with such power, the apex court said. It dismissed the plea filed by Facebook India Vice President and MD Ajit Mohan and others challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Top court dismissed the plea files by Facebook India V-P challenging the summons issued by Delhi Assembly panel in 2020 Delhi Riots case Assembly’s Peace and Harmony committee for failing to appear before it as witness in connection with last year’s north-east Delhi riots. The bench delivered its verdict on the plea filed by Mohan, Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd and Facebook Inc which contended that the committee lacked power to summon or hold petitioners in breach of privileges for failing to appear before it and had exceeded its constitutional limits. Centre’s reply sought on pleas against conjugal rights law PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 JULY The Supreme Court on Thursday termed “important” the pleas challenging Constitutional validity of the matrimonial law provisions which empower courts to ask estranged spouses to cohabit and take part in sexual intercourse to restore conjugal rights and asked the Centre to file its response within 10 days. A bench of Justices R F Nariman, K M Joseph and B R Gavai listed the pleas for hearing on 22 July and allowed various intervention pleas. Attorney General K K Venugopal said he needed time to file written submissions. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the petitioners, said the The pleas challenged the Constitutional validity of the matrimonial law provisions which empower courts to ask estranged spouses to cohabit and take part in sexual intercourse to restore conjugal rights matter deals with a pure question of law with regard to the validity of section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) and other related provisions . The top court was hearing pleas including one filed by the students of Gujarat National Law University at Gandhinagar, challenging the validity of section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), Section 22 of the Special Marriage Act (SMA) and certain provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC). order from any French court and will take appropriate legal remedies after it gets an order. A three-member international arbitration tribunal that consisted of one judge appointed by India, had in December last year unanimously overturned the levy of taxes on Cairn retrospectively and ordered refund of shares sold, dividend confiscated and tax refunds withheld to recover such demand. The government has not accepted the award and has filed a ‘setting aside’ petition in a court in the Netherlands~the seat of the arbitration. With its shareholders~ who include the biggies of the global financial world ~ egging it to get the money back, Cairn has got the arbitration award registered in countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Mauritius, France and the Netherlands. It has since started seeking enforcement action. It has identified $70 billion of Indian assets overseas for potential seizure to collect award, which now totals $1.72 billion after including interest and penalty. Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh passes away at 87 SHIMLA, 8 JULY Virbhadra Singh, the longest serving chief minister of Himachal Pradesh and exUnion minister, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 87 at Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla after battling post Covid complications for over two months. Singh, fondly called ‘Raja Sahab’ by many, had contracted Covid infection twice, first in April and then in June, but had successfully recovered. The second longest serving CM of the country after Jyoti Basu, Singh was put on ventilator support after he developed breathing problems on 6 July and passed away at 3.40 a.m, on Thursday. The six-time CM was elected to the state Assembly nine times in 1983, 1985 from Jubbal Kotkhai constituency, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003 from Rohru, 2007, 2012 from Shimla (Rural) and 2017 from Arki constituency. He was also a five-time MP and was the youngest member of Lok Sabha when he was elected in 1967 at the age of 27. Singh was born on 23 June 1934 in the royal family of erstwhile Bushahr princely state at Sarahan in Shimla. A staunch Congressman, Singh was a loyalist of former SNS PM Indira Gandhi.
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