SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 JULY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 WEATHER PArtly cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers towards afternoon/evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. NEW DELHI, 10 JULY Min: 28.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:22 hrs MOON SETS 20:39 hrs THUMBNAILS Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra ahead of the annual Rath Yatra festival, at Grand Road in Puri on Saturday. IANS Barty beats Pliskova at Wimbledon final: Ash Barty got off to a perfect start in the Wimbledon final by collecting the first 14 points, then needed to hold off a comeback bid before beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Saturday for her second Grand Slam title. The top-seeded adds this championship to the P12 one she won at the French Open in 2019. T he Central government has informed Delhi High Court that it has asked all states and UTs to ensure strict compliance with the national directives for Covid-19 management and take necessary measures under the Disaster Management Act. Order was also issued to them to consider the implementation of targeted and prompt actions for Covid19 management until 31 July, the Centre has said. The Centre also stated that while the opening of activities after a decline in Covid-19 cases was essential, the states and UTs must ensure that the whole process is carefully calibrated. Doyen of Ayurveda Dr P K Warrier dies: Doyen of Ayurveda and managing trustee of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (KAS) Dr P K Warrier passed away in Malappuram, Kerala on Saturday, family sources said. He was 100. In his lifetime, he treated thousands of patients from across the globe and his patients included former presidents and PMs of India and abroad. Indian-origin woman to head to space HOUSTON,10 JULY Sirisha Bandla, a 34-year-old aeronautical engineer, is set to become the third Indianorigin woman to head to space when she flies as part of Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed flight test on Sunday. Bandla, who was born in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Houston, Texas, will join Sir Richard Branson, the company’s billionaire founder, and five others on board Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two Unity to make a journey to the edge of space from New Mexico. She will become the third Indian-origin woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla PTI and Sunita Williams. work from home, staggering of work/business hours, screening and hygiene and frequent sanitisation. Clarifying that the decision to impose or ease restrictions has to be based on the assessment of the ground situation, the Centre added that state/UT authorities should ensure that there is continuous focus on containment efforts and uniformity in implementing graded restrictions/relaxations. P12 WHO to decide on Covaxin’s EUL listing within 4-6 weeks PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The high court was also informed that the framework for implementation of prompt and target action was also shared by the Centre with the states. The framework, Centre said, speaks of a five-fold strategy for effective management of Covid-19 i.e. test, track, treat, vaccinate and adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour. The framework also emphasises that Covid-19 management can succeed only through a whole of government and whole of society approach. The Centre also submitted that a letter was addressed to chief secretaries of all states and administrators of UTs, stressing effective Covid management by following advisories issued by home & health ministries. NEW DELHI, 10 JULY The World Health Organization (WHO) is likely to take a decision on including Bharat Biotech’s Covid19 vaccine Covaxin in the emergency use list (EUL) within four to six weeks, Soumya Swaminathan, the global health body’s chief scientist has said. Speaking at a webinar organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Friday, Swaminathan said theWHO is reviewing Covaxin as its manufacturer Bharat Biotech is now uploading its entire data on the health body’s portal. According to WHO guidelines, EUL is a procedure to streamline the process by which new or unlicensed products can be used during public health emergencies. There is a process to be followed for EUL and pre- qualification of vaccines under which a company has to complete phase 3 trials and submit the whole data to the regulatory department of WHO which is examined by an expert advisory group, Swaminathan said. The completeness of the data, which includes safety and efficacy and also the manufacturing quality, standard is provided. So, I expect that Bharat Biotech has already submitted data and in four to six weeks there will be a decision on its inclusion, Swaminathan added. At present, the WHO has approved vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech, ‘Covid not over’: Bhalla reviews 42,766 new cases, 1,206 deaths virus situation in hill stations STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JULY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 10 JULY Salahudin's two sons sacked from J&K govt: Two sons of the Pakistan-based designated global terrorist and founder of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahudin are among eleven employees of the J&K government who have been sacked on the charges of terror P5 links and terror funding. The statement to Delhi HC was made in a status report filed by the Centre through its standing counsel Anil Soni in connection with the high court’s suo motu proceedings on violation of Covid-19 protocols in various markets in the national capital The Centre also stated that while the opening of activities after a decline in Covid-19 cases was essential, the states and UTs must ensure that the whole process is carefully calibrated. The statement was made in a status report filed by the Centre through its standing counsel Anil Soni in connection with the high court’s suo motu proceedings on violation of Covid-19 protocols in various markets in the national capital. The Centre has submitted that national directives for Covid-19 management include face coverings, social distancing, not spitting in public places, SLC GETS BCCI SUPPORT FOR ODI SERIES P6 ‘States told to ensure Covid norms followed’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 46% TEMPERATURE Max: 39.8°C (+4) SUN RISES 05:32 hrs MOON RISES 07:22 hrs P4 Emphasis on targeted and prompt action for Covid management: Centre RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 77% EFFECTUAL DIRIGISME PM CALLS FOR RULES-BASED INDIAN OCEAN RANSOMWARE ATTACK FROM RUSSIA: BIDEN WARNS PUTIN Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla today sounded a note of caution against reported blatant disregard of Covid-appropriate behaviour at hill stations and other tourist locations, stressing that the second wave of the pandemic is not yet over. The Home Secretary was reviewing the steps taken by the state governments for checking the spread of Covid-19 at hill stations and tourist loca- The Union Home Secretary sounded a note of caution in the wake of media reports showing disregard of Covidappropriate protocols at hill stations tions, a home ministry statement said. During the meeting, the overall management of the Covid-19 situation and the vaccination status in Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal were discussed. Biden nominates LA mayor as US ambassador to India PRESS TRUST OF INDIA It was conveyed that the decline of the second wave is at variable stages in the different states/UTs, and while the overall case positivity rate may be declining, the case positivity rate in certain districts is over 10 percent, which is a cause for concern. The Union Home Secretary sounded a note of caution in the wake of media reports showing blatant disregard of Covidappropriate behaviour at hill stations and other tourist locations, the statement said. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 10 JULY Garcetti has travelled several times to India, most recently as a councilman. In college, he spent a year studying Hindi and Urdu. It’s the largest democracy in the world, soon to be the most populous country in the world, one of the top handful of superpowers in the world, Garcetti said. We can’t get our climate goals without India hitting its climate goals, he said. two-third of the fatalities reported during the period in question, with as many as 738 deaths, while Kerala saw 130 fatalities. On Saturday evening, the health departments of Kerala and Maharashtra reported additional 14,087 and 8,296 cases respectively, along with 109 and 179 fatalities. Among the smaller states, Manipur reported relatively high daily caseloads of 852 and 788 cases on Friday and Saturday. According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 45,254 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,99,33,538 till date. A total of 37,21,96,268 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 30,55,802 in the last 24 hours. Delhi cases: The national capital today reported 76 fresh coronavirus infections and 1 Covid-linked death while the positivity rate slumped to 0.09 per (SEE P2) cent. 3,07,95,716 4,55,033 42,766 45,254 4,07,145 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 10 JULY 2021 Uttar Pradesh formulates draft Bill on two-child norm WASHINGTON, 10 JULY Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, nominated by US President Joe Biden as the country’s ambassador to India, has said that he is honoured to accept the nomination and will bring the same energy, commitment and love with which he served the sprawling city to his new role in the world’s largest democracy. If confirmed by the Senate, Garcetti, 50, would replace Kenneth Juster, who served as the US Ambassador to India during the Trump administration. “I am honoured to accept President Biden’s nomination to serve in this role,” Garcetti, a Democrat, said in a statement on Friday. India recorded 42,766 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours along with 1,206 deaths, said the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. The country has 4,55,033 active cases, comprising 1.48 per cent of the total infections while the death toll has mounted to 4,07,145. Kerala and Maharashtra continued to report the country’s highest numbers, accounting for 13,563 and 8,992 new cases, respectively. Maharashtra also accounted for nearly On 6 July, India recorded 553 deaths ~ lowest since 6 April. On 23 May, India saw record fatalities with 4,454 deaths in span of 24 hours at the peak of the second wave. Astrazeneca-SK Bio/Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca EU, Janssen, Moderna and Sinopharm for emergency use. We currently have six vaccines approved with EUL and have recommendations from our Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). We continue to look at Covaxin. Bharat Biotech has now started uploading their data on our portal and that is the next vaccine that will be reviewed by our experts committee, the chief scientist said. She also mentioned the WHO Research and Development Blueprint prepared in 2016, shortly after the Ebola outbreak, in which a research roadmap for diseases with pandemic potential was laid out. At present, there are 105 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation out of which 27 are in phase three or four, she said. According to a draft of the proposed population control Bill, anyone violating two-child policy in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies elections, from applying for or getting promotion in government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy. The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission (UPSLC) states that the provisions are part of the draft titled The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021. The UPSLC website says, “The State Law Commission, UP is working on control, stabilisation and welfare of the population of the state and IN CASE OF VIOLATION INCENTIVES INCLUDE Contesting in Uttar Pradesh local bodies elections Two additional increments during entire service Applying for or getting promotion in govt jobs Maternity/paternity leave of 12 months with salary Receiving any kind of government subsidy 3 pc increase in employer’s contribution fund has prepared a draft Bill.” Suggestions have been invited from the public to improve the draft Bill and 19 July is the last date for it. Listing incentives for public servants who adopt the twochild norm, the draft Bill says, “Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three per cent increase in the employer's contribution fund under national pension scheme.” A State Population Fund will be constituted for the purpose of implementation of the act. Listing the government’s duties, the draft Bill says that maternity centres will be established at all primary The Bill seeks to revitalise efforts and provide for measures to control, stabilise and provide welfare to the population of the state by implementing and promoting two-child norm. health centres. The centres and NGOs will distribute contraceptive pills, condoms, spread awareness about family planning methods through health workers and ensure mandatory registration of pregnancies, deliveries, births and deaths across the state. The draft Bill also says that it shall be the duty of the government to introduce a compulsory subject relating to population control in all secondary schools. The draft Bill reads, “In Uttar Pradesh, there are the limited ecological and economic resources at hand. It is necessary and urgent that the provision of basic necessities of human life including affordable food, safe drinking water, decent housing, access to quality education, economic/livelihood opportunities, power/electricity for domestic consumption, and a secure living is accessible to all citizens.” It is necessary to ensure healthy birth spacing through steps related to augmenting the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality reproductive health services to achieve the goal of population control, draft Bill reads. Messi, England, Djokovic eye history on blockbuster Sunday INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JULY Sports fans will find it exceedingly difficult to tear themselves away from their television screens this Sunday, 11 July, with sporting history set to be made across two continents. Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who has earned honours at Barcelona to become one of the two best footballers of this era alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, is yet to win a major trophy in national colours. On Sunday morning, he will lead the “Albiceleste” in the Copa America final against arch-rivals Brazil in Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium. The two teams have an iconic rivalry; the last Copa America game between the two countries went in favour of Brazil, who won the 2019 semi-final 2-0. Despite his legendary status, Messi has had many near-misses in Argentina national colours and has often fallen at the last hurdle. His team lost the Copa final in 2007, 2015 and 2016 as well as the World Cup final in 2014. These are massive disappointments that have made Argentina fans question his commitment towards the national team. In fact, the 2016 Copa America final loss was almost too tough to bear for Messi, who announced his retirement after missing a penalty in the shoot-out in the final against Chile. Sunday, he gets a chance to redeem himself. His closest rival on the international stage, Ronaldo, has won European Championships with SCHEDULE OF EVENTS COPA AMERICA FINAL WIMBLEDON FINAL Argentina vs Brazil Djokovic vs Berrettini 5.30 a.m. IST Time: EVENING EURO 2020 FINAL Italy vs England 12.30 a.m. (Monday) IST Portugal as well as club trophies to stay a step ahead of him. The match will begin 5.30 a.m. India time, 4.00 a.m. United Arab Emirates time and 1 a.m. British Summer Time. With the Copa final to start with, sports fans get to round off this Blockbuster Sunday with the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, scheduled to begin shortly after midnight Indian time, as England look for their first ever major international trophy in football since the 1966 World Cup. They face Italy at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London in front of their home crowd. In fact, this will be their first-ever final at a major football tournament since 1966. England’s best at the Euros have been semi-final finishes in 1968 and 1996, when they hosted the event. English fans have been saying, “It’s coming home” on social media since the last three years. They were in the running to win the 2018 World Cup. But they lost in the semifinal to Croatia. Their opponents, Italy have won the Euro in 1968 and finished runner-up twice, in 2000 and 2012. They’ve also been world champions as recently as 2006. The Euro final will begin late on Sunday night at 12.30 a.m. (Monday) India time, 11.00 p.m. UAE time and 8 p.m. British Summer Time. In between these two foot- 2ND WOMEN’s T20I India vs England 7 p.m. IST ball continental finals, Novak Djokovic will be playing in the Wimbledon final against Matteo Berrettini, eyeing his 20th Grand Slam title to draw level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as players to have won most Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Djokovic, the world No 1, has won 19 so far and starts favourite against Berrettini, who is into his first Grand Slam final. The Wimbledon final will be played in the evening. Apart from football and ten- nis, there are cricket matches as well. The Indian women’s cricket team, on tour in England, will be playing the second T20 International on Sunday night. They lost the first game on Friday night. The match will begin at 7 p.m. India time, 5.30 p.m. UAE time and 2.30 p.m. British Summer Time. Australian men’s team, on tour in the Caribbean, will play West Indies in the second T2O International after losing the first. The match will begin 5 a.m. India time, 3.30 a.m. UAE time and 12.30 a.m. British Summer Time. In the third international cricket game of the day, South Africa will play Ireland in the first ODI in Dublin. The match will begin at 3.30 p.m. India time, 2 p.m. UAE time and 11 a.m. British Summer Time.
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