CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 AUGUST 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 P5 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 31-26 degrees Celsius. W. HOUSE CALLS ON STATES TO PREVENT EVICTIONS AS BIDEN FACES CRITICISM OBITUARY OF DEMOCRACY BADAL RELEASES SAD-BSP PACT’S 13-POINT CHARTER P6 P10 Opp conduct ‘insult’ to Parl, says Modi RAINFALL: 38.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Bills don’t belong to govt but aims at people’s welfare, says PM Max.97% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE Max: 31.6°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:10 hrs MOON RISES 01:09 hrs New moon on 08 Min. 76% Find amicable solution to Parl impasse: Naidu urges govt, opp NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST Min: 25.7°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:16 hrs MOON SETS 15:01 hrs August rime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed the opposition for its conduct in Parliament, including tearing papers and making “derogatory” remarks on the way Bills have been passed, as he accused them of insulting the legislature and the Constitution. Opposition’s protest over the Pegasus issue has sputtered Parliamentary proceedings. Briefing reporters on Modi’s speech at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the PM expressed anger at the conduct of some opposition members and noted that those who tore papers and threw it around have remained unrepentant. This shows their arrogance, Modi said and asked his party members to maintain restraint. While a TMC member in Rajya Sabha had torn the statement of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the Pegasus issue, several opposition members had torn papers in Lok Sabha and flung it in the air and towards the Chair. A tweet of TMC leader Derek O’Brien criticising the manner of Bills’ passage in Parliament also drew Modi’s ire, Joshi and another Union minister V Muraleedharan told reporters, without naming the TMC mem- P THUMBNAILS Delhi Mahila Congress burning effigy against the constant silence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of women safety. SNS Army helicopter crashes, pilots safe: Both pilots of the army helicopter that crashed on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district are safe, defence sources said. Army's aviation ALH Dhruv helicopter that had taken off from Pathankot in Punjab crashed Tuesday morning into the Ranjit Sagar Dam. Two BSF personnel killed: Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were gunned down by banned armed militants on Tuesday morning at Manikpur village in Dhalai district of Tripura following an encounter with armed militants. The martyred BSF men have been identified as SI Bhuru Singh and constable Raj Kumar. Pentagon lockdown: The Pentagon was put on lockdown on Tuesday morning after reports of an “active violence incident” in its transit center, Pentagon and fire officials said. There were reports of a shooting on a bus platform. NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST ber. He had tweeted, “In the first 10 days, ModiShah rushed through and passed 12 Bills at an average time of UNDER SEVEN MINUTES per Bill. Passing legislation or making papri chaat!” Such comments are “derogatory” to the parliamentary procedure and the esteem of elected representatives, Muraleedharan said quoting Modi. The conduct of the opposition is an “insult” to Parliament and the Constitution, Joshi said, quoting Modi, adding that he has accused them of having “undemocratic” attitude and said they are reluctant on meaningful debates. In the meeting, Modi asserted that his government will leave no stone unturned to fulfil its commitment to people. Bills do not belong to the government but are aimed at people’s welfare, he added. The PM, Joshi said, reiterated the government’s stand for constructive and rich debates. The BJP parliamentary party also hailed Modi at the meeting over the government’s decision to provide reservation to the OBC and the EWS in the all-India quota in the medical entrance test NEET. Modi also highlighted the rise in the GST revenue in July with a collection of 1.16 lakh crore to express confidence about the state of economy. Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman also spoke in detail about the economic conditions and asserted that the recovery has gathered pace despite the second wave. India’s foreign reserves are at an alltime high while the GST collection also rose significantly last month, she added. The government’s package for the MSME sector is now at Rs 4.5 lakh crore while the banking sector has also made recovery and posted profit of over Rs 31,000 crore, sources quoting her said. Economic indicators have been doing well, she said. India adds 30,549 fresh cases, 422 new deaths SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 3 AUGUST Despite a reported decline in new daily Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours across India, increase in reproductive values (R values) has been worrisome. Talking about R values, Union health ministry joint secretary, Lav Agrawal, at a press conference on Tuesday said that in total, eight states have shown R values of over 1. He expressed concern over rising R values in Himachal Pradesh, adding that the second wave of Covid is far from over now. Meanwhile, a total of 30,549 fresh Covid-19 cases with 422 deaths were registered across the nation, the Union health ministry data showed. India is registering less 3,17,26,507 4,04,958 30,549 38,887 4,25,195 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 03 AUGUST 2021 than 50,000 daily new cases for 37 consecutive days. With 422 more Covid fatalities, India’s cumulative death toll now stands at 4,25,195. India’s active caseload has witnessed a decline to 4,04,958 and recovery rate currently stands at 97.38 per cent. Active cases comprise 1.28 per cent of total cases. The daily positivity rate continues to remain below 5 per cent for 55 continuous days and currently stands at 1.85 per cent. According to the government data, a total of 38,887 patients were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered to 3,08,96,354 to date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 55 days. The health ministry data revealed that a total of 61,09,587 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours taking the total vaccination count to 47,85,44,114 so far. India achieved another milestone on Monday when ICMR study pointed out that Covaxin proved effective in combating the delta variant. The total number of samples tested so far has reached 47.12 crore as on 3 August. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 729 fresh Covid cases and 9 deaths. Kolkata recorded 59 cases and North 24 Parganas 86 cases while there were no deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 15,30,024 and death toll is 18,170 in the state till now while there are 10,767 active cases. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged both the government and the opposition to collectively resolve the present stalemate in Parliament. It has been learnt that Naidu also discussed the stalemate in the House with Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge after the first adjournment of the House on Tuesday. According to sources, he held a meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Leader of the House Piyush Goyal on Monday evening. The sources added that Naidu has urged both the opposition and the government to sit together and work out an amicable solution to the current impasse in Parliament. The opposition has been demanding a discussion in Parliament on the Pegasus snooping allegations and the farmers’ issues among others. They have also been demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the spyware snoopPTI ing issue. FROM RUNNING IN JEANS TO WORLD RECORDS P12 Opp attends Rahul’s breakfast meeting over Pegasus strategy SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST In a bid to present a united face on the Pegasus spyware issue, leaders of several opposition parties attended a breakfast meeting hosted by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the Constitution Club here on Tuesday. Apart from around 100 MPs of the Congress, leaders of several opposition parties including TMC, NCP, Shiv Sena, CPI-M, CPI, RJD and Samajwadi Party attended the meeting. Leaders of JMM, JKNC besides IUML, RSP KCM and , RSP were also present at the meeting. TMC, which had skipped the last meeting of Opposition leaders by Gandhi, was today represented by Kalyan Banerjee and Mohua Moitra. Besides Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, KC Venugopal and Jairam Ramesh were present at the meeting. The meeting comes amid continued standoff between the opposition and the government over the Pegasus snooping issue with the opposition demanding a discussion in Parliament and a Supreme Court-monitored probe in the matter. The government is, however, saying that this is a nonissue and does not want it to be discussed in Parliament. Leaders of 17 opposition parties were invited but the BSP and AAP did not attend. “Nobody in the government is listening. So we have decided to get together. The opposition is united,” Kharge said at the meeting. Among the leaders who attended the meeting were Sanjay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi (Shiv Sena), Manoj Jha (RJD), Kanimozhi (DMK) and Ram Gopal Yadav (SP). LS passes 2 key Bills amid din SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST Lok Sabha continued to witness protests by the Opposition over the Pegasus snooping controversy and farmers' issues on Tuesday and had to be adjourned for the day after the House passed two key Bills. The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 and the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 were passed separately by voice vote in the midst of continuous protests by opposition members. Amid protests by some opposition members on the intent of the Bill, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, who piloted the measure, informed the House that the “biggest thing” is that “we have taken a decision to add a sunset clause in this (Bill)”. A sunset clause gives an expiry date to a law. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he wants to assure the House that after the parliamentary nod and presidential assent, the Act will become effective only when it is invoked. As the minister was speaking, opposition members continued their protests over Pegasus snooping row and farmers’ issues. 4 more Indian pharmas likely to start vax production by Oct-Nov: Mandaviya PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said in Parliament that four more Indian pharma firms are expected to start anti-coronavirus vaccine production by October-November that will accelerate the inoculation drive. Even 7 to 9 per cent of the doses that remain unutilised by private hospitals are being used by the government vaccination centres, he added. Mandaviya was speaking amid a din in the house over the Opposition’s demand for a discussion on the Pegasus issue and the farm laws. “Vaccination drive is going on smoothly... It will get more accelerated in the coming days with the ramping up of production by four more Indian companies,” the minister said. The government expects that by October-November, four more Indian pharmaceutical companies will start production of indigenous vaccines that will help meet the domestic demand, he said. Biologicals E and Novartis vaccines will also be available in the market in the coming days, while Zydus Cadila will soon get an emergency-use nod from an expert committee, the Union Health Minister said At present, two companies (Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute) are supplying the vaccine to the government. Sputnik vaccine is also available and production of which has begun, he added. To a query by BJD member Amar Patnaik about the vaccine rollout plan for 12-18year-old and the need for a third or fourth dose, Mandaviya said, “The government’s target is to vaccinate the entire population at the earliest and constant efforts are being made to achieve this.” Unlike BCG and polio vaccines that came to India much later after its launch in other parts of the world, the vaccine against coronavirus was made available in India at the same time in the world due to the efforts of the Narendra Modi government, he said. Attend to situation in Af: Jaishankar at BRICS Hockey heartbreak for India men at Olympics STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today warned the international community that the consequences of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan would not only be felt in the country’s neighbourhood but well beyond, if it was left unattended. The nursery of terrorism lay in conflict-ridden spaces “made fertile for radicalisation by malign players, including states. The transition in Afghanistan that we are seeing today and the warfare that has yet again been forced upon its people has sharpened this challenge,” he said inaugurating the BRICS Academic Forum here. He said the entire global community was stakeholders in the quest for a clear, coordinated and undifferentiated response to terrorism. “In the 21st century, legitimacy cannot be derived from mass violence, brutal intimidation or covert agendas. Representation, inclusion, peace and stability are inextricably linked.” Jaishankar strongly pitched for reforms of global institutions, saying an updating and recalibration of the postWorld War II multilateral architecture could not be postponed any further. “The pandemic and the normative breakdown in its wake have rudely reminded us that institutions built to tackle problems of the 1940s desperately need to be upgraded and made fit-for-purpose for our century,” he added. He was of the view that an expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council was a necessary ingredient but not sufficient. Mul- tilateral institutions have been disadvantaged by structural inertia, competitive gridlocks, uneven resourcing and skewed navigation, he said. Jaishankar said the proliferation of new and smaller platforms, including of plurilateral and regional groups, was, therefore, a response to such felt gaps. He pointed out that India’s presidency of BRICS was underpinned by four pillars – reform of the multilateral system; counter-terrorism cooperation; technological and digital solutions for Sustainable Development Goals; and enhancing P2P (people to people) cooperation. Jaishankar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a human-centric globalisation was not just a recognition of pandemic-induced distortions, but in fact of broader inequities. TOKYO, 3 AUGUST PM to invite Olympic contingent to Red Fort on I-Day The Indian men’s hockey team’s dream of entering the Olympics final after 41-years remained unfulfilled as it lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in the last-four stage but the side is still in the hunt for a bronze in the Tokyo Games here on Tuesday. Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 49th, 53rd minutes), the tournament's highest goal getter, scored a hat-trick while Loick Luypaert (2nd minute) and John-John Dohmen (60th) also struck to hand the reigning silver-medallists their second successive entry into the final of the Olympics. India's goals came from the sticks of Harmanpreet Singh (7th) and Mandeep Singh (8th). India's last appearance in the final of the Olympics NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi will invite India’s Olympic contingent to the Red Fort as special guests on 15 August when he will deliver his eighth straight independence day speech. Official sources said Modi will also invite them to his residence for interaction. PTI came way back in 1980 Moscow Games, where they went on to win their last of the eight gold medals. The Indians had only themselves to blame for Tuesday’s disappointment as Belgium’s all four goals came from penalty corners. The Indian defence was put under relentless pressure by the Belgians as they secured CMYK as many as 14 penalty corners out of which they converted four. Belgium’s game plan was clear from the onset as they tried to enter the Indian circle and earn penalty corners with Hendrickx and Luypaert in their ranks. The ploy worked to perfection as the Indian defence wilted under pressure to concede the set pieces. India too earned five penal- ty corners in the match but could make use of just one. The Indians still have a chance to secure an elusive medal from the Olympics as they will feature in the bronze medal match on Thursday against the losing team from the second semifinal between Australia and Germany later in the day. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury termed the Bill as “draconian” and said that it should not be passed when the House is “not in order”. The Bill was later passed by a voice vote amid continuous uproar by opposition members. MoS Defence Bhatt said there was no intention to harm the interests of government employees. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday amid continuous protest by opposition parties over their demand for a discussion on the use of Pegasus spyware, farmers’ agitation against farm laws. However, the House passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 with a brief discussion amid the ruckus created by opposition parties. After the brief debate by a few members, the Bill was moved for passage in the House and it was passed with voice vote amid the din by the opposition. The Bill seeks to replace the IBC Amendment Ordinance, 2021 promulgated in April which introduced pre-packs as an insolvency resolution mechanism for micro, small and medium enterprises with defaults up to Rs 1 crore. Record students pass CBSE Class X exam, girls outshine boys STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 AUGUST In CBSE Class X results declared on the basis of alternative means of assessment today, 99.04 per cent students who appeared have passed. A total of 21,13,767 candidates registered for the exam, of which results of 20,97,128 students have been released. A total of 16,639 students results are under process. Trivandrum recorded the highest pass percentage of 99.99 per cent. At the same time, Bengaluru and Chennai has the second and third highest pass percentage. Pass percentage of boys is lower than that of girls. Girls have a pass percentage of 99.24 per cent. The Class X exam were scheduled to start on 4 May and end on 7 June, in offline mode. The practical examinations were to be conducted from 1 March. However, the surge in Covid-19 cases compelled the Board to cancel the exam. The CBSE results for Class X students are being prepared on the basis of an alternative means of assessment, as the exam could not be conducted due to the pandemic. According to this alternative assessment plan, 20 marks are based on internal assessments conducted by schools, 10 marks are allotted to periodic/unit tests, 30 marks are allotted to half-yearly exams, and 40 marks are allotted to pre-board exam scores. In case any school has not conducted a particular component of assessment, a Result Committee in every school will decide on the criteria for awarding marks.
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