MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 JUNE 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘INDIAN ECONOMY WILL DOUBLE IN NEXT 9 YEARS’ BUMPS FOR BORIS P6 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 40 AND 29 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. P5 UP:BJP demolishes SP bastions in LS bypolls SNS & AGENCIES Min: 49% NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE TEMPERATURE Max: 40.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 04:27 hrs P8 Sweeps Rampur, Azamgarh seats; AAP suffers setback in Punjab RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 69% ENTIRE NATION NOT IN THE GRIP OF HINDUTVA: KHURSHID Min: 29.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 18:07 hrs THUMBNAILS A boy rows a makeshift raft through toxic foam floating on the Yamuna river, at ITO, Yamuna ANI Ghat, in New Delhi. MP create history, win maiden Ranji Trophy: Madhya Pradesh created history and captured their maiden Ranji Trophy title, defeating favourites Mumbai in the finals by six wickets at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Mumbai, 41-time champions, had headed into the finals as favourites, but on the final day of the match could only manage 269 in their second innings, leaving MP with a paltry target of 108, which they overtook in Pg12 style. Monkeypox an ‘evolving threat‘, says WHO: Monkeypox virus that has been identified in more than 50 countries with over 3,000 cases since the early May, is an "evolving threat" but does not currently present a global health emergency, said the World Health Organization (WHO). The highest level of warning by the UN health agency currently applies only to Pg9 the Covid-19 pandemic and polio T he Bharatiya Janata Party demolished two Samajwadi Party bastions in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday by wresting the Rampur and Azamgarh parliamentary seats in the recently held byelections, while the ruling Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major setback in Punjab, losing the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar). The Election Commission declared the results of the bypolls to the three Lok Sabha seats and to seven Assembly constituencies on Sunday. The bypolls were held on 23 June. Of the seven Assembly seats, the BJP won three, Congress two and one seat each went to AAP and YSRCP. In Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ won against his nearest rival, Dharmendra Yadav of the Akhilesh Yadav-led party by 8,679 votes. The BJP's Ghyanshyam Singh Lodhi wrested the Rampur seat from the SP by defeating Mohd Asim Raja with a margin of more than 42,000 votes. Raja was handpicked by SP leader Azam Khan. Rampur and Azamgarh are the home turfs of the SP’s two tallest leaders ~ Akhilesh Yadav and Mohd Azam Khan, and this, being the first Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath with deputy CM Brijesh Pathak celebrates the party's victory in the ANI by-poll elections in Lucknow on Sunday. by-elections after the March assembly elections, the loss is a major blow to the party leadership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the bypoll wins in Azamgarh and Rampur are historic and indicates wide-scale acceptance and support for the double engine governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh. “Our government will continue fulfilling people’s aspirations. I laud our Karyakartas for their hardwork,” he wrote on Twitter. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the results were a seal of approval on his working and his government. He said that the results were a vindication of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies.”Victory in bypolls has sent an optimistic message regarding 2024 General Elections. People have shown their trust in the double-engine government under the leadership of Prime Minister . People have given a clear message to 'parivarvadis', casteist and communalist elements," Adityanath said. The Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat was earlier held by SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who had resigned after winning the assembly polls in March. In Punjab, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government suffered a major setback as Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann on Sunday won the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll, the home turf of state chief minister and AAP leader Bhagwant Singh Mann. Mann won the bypoll with 2,53,154 votes thus defeating the ruling party's candidate on a Lok Sabha seat held last by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. "This is a great win for our party. We have defeated In Punjab, the AAP government suffered a major setback as Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann won the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll, the home turf of state chief minister and AAP leader Bhagwant Singh Mann all national parties in this bypoll. My priority will be to raise the issue of the poor economic condition of Sangrur including the condition of farmers under debt. We will work with the Punjab government," said Simranjit Singh Mann. The Aam Aadmi Party swept the Rajinder Nagar bypolls in Delhi with a margin of around 11,555 votes, while Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) retained Atmakur Assembly seat by a huge majority of over 82,000 votes. The Bharatiya Janata Party won the Town Bardowali, Jubarajnagar and Surma Assembly seats in Tripura, with state chief minister Manik Saha winning from Town Bardowali. The Congress won the Agartala Assembly seat. Congress candidate Shilpi Neha Tirkey also won the by-election to Jharkhand’s Mandar Assembly seat. (See pages 3,4) ‘We should never forget that dreadful period of Emergency’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the Emergency imposed in India in 1975 and said when the country is celebrating 75 years of its independence, people, including the generations to come, should never forget that dreadful period of Emergency. “Today, when the country is celebrating 75 years of its independence, Amrit Mahotsav, we should never forget that dreadful period of emergency. The generations to come should also not forget. The Amrit Mahotsav not only encompasses the victory saga of freedom from hundreds of years of slavery, but also the journey of 75 years after independence. We move forward, learning from every important stage of history," the Prime Minister said in the 90th edition of his Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a warm welcome from members of the Indian diaspora, in Munich on Sunday. ANI monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast over All India Radio. Modi asked the youth in the age group of 24-25 years if they knew that when their parents were young, their right to life was snatched away from them? "You must be thinking how could this have happened? This is just impossible! But my young friends, this has happened once in our country. This took place years ago in 1975. It was the month of June when an emergency was imposed. In that, all the rights were taken away from the citizens of the country," he said. The Prime Minister noted that one amongst those rights was the 'Right to Life and Personal Liberty' provided to all Indians under Article 21 of the Constitution. “At that time an attempt was made to crush the democracy of India. The country's courts, every constitutional institution, the press, were put under control. The condition of censorship was such that nothing could be printed without approval," Modi said. Talking about the ban imposed on famous singer Kishore Kumar after he refused to toe the government line, the Prime Minister said, "His entry on the radio was stopped. But even after many attempts, thousands of arrests, and atrocities on lakhs of people, the faith of the people of India in democracy did not shake at all." “For us, the people of India, the sanskars of democracy which we have been carrying on for centuries, the democratic spirit which is in our veins, finally won. The people of India got rid of the emergency and re-established democracy in a democratic way. It is difficult to find such an example of defeating a dictatorial mindset, a dictatorial tendency in a democratic way, in the whole world. During the Emergency, I had the good fortune to have been a witness; to be a partner in the struggle of the countrymen - as a soldier of democracy," he said. PM addresses Indian diaspora in Munich: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Indian community in Munich on Sunday. It is the largest gathering of the Indian diaspora in Germany post-pandemic. Most of the people came dressed in traditional attire. Earlier in the day, he received a grand welcome from the Indian diaspora at the Hotel in Munich where he will be staying during his trip. (See pages 5) ROHIT SHARMA TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID P12 ‘Legal action’ against Sena rebels, Shinde group knocks on SC door ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL MUMBAI , 26 JUNE Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra triggered by a rebellion by a large section of Shiv Sena MLAs, who are currently camping in Assam, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Sunday informed that the party has initiated legal action and served notices to concerned MLAs. The rebel group, which comprises over 35 Shiv Sena MLAs and 8 ministers, has moved the Supreme Court with two separate petitions filed ~ one challenging the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and second challenging the disqualification notices issued by the deputy speaker of Maharashtra Assembly to 16 rebel MLAs. The matter is likely to be mentioned on Monday for urgent hearing before a vacation bench of the SC. The development comes amidst reports that Maharashtra minister Uday Samant has joined Shinde and his group in Guwahati, further swelling the rebel ranks. Addressing reporters today, Sawant said, “Political turbulence is going on in Maharashtra, many MLAs defected and have gone to Assam. We have initiated legal action against them and notice has been served to 16 MLAs till now.” Advocate Devdutta Kamat, Shiv Sena's Senior Counsel also said to reporters, "Proceedings Shiv Sena supporters stage a bike rally to protest against the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in Mumbai on Sunday. ANI have been initiated by Shiv Sena against 16 MLAs, under the provision in the Constitution which says that if a person gives up the membership of a party then he's eligible for disqualification."“There were several meetings that were called by Shiv Sena at different times, none of which were attended by them. Visiting BJP-ruled states, meeting BJP leaders, and attempting to topple government amounts to a violation by rebels,” Kamat said. Kamat said the concept of 2-3rd (to surpass anti-defection law) applies only if there is a merger. "Until the MLAs, don't merge with another party, disqualification applies. Till today there's no merger, they have voluntarily given up membership," Adv Devdutta Kamat said.Notably, the national executive meeting of the Shiv Sena on June 25 passed six resolutions giving absolute rights to Maharashtra Chief Minister and party president Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebels to bring the revolt SIT formed to probe allegations against Teesta, two others INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, 26 JUNE Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Deputy Inspector General Dipan Bhadaran to probe allegations of forgery and conspiracy against former DGP R.B. Sreekumar, former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and activist Teesta Setalvad. After a criminal complaint was filed with the crime branch on Saturday evening, former DGP Sreekumar was arrested from Gandhinagar while Teesta was picked up from Mumbai and arrested on Sunday morning in Ahmedabad. Both were produced before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Sunday, where the crime branch demanded 14 days of remand for them. Before producing them before the court, Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner Chaitainya Mandlik told the media, "Police will investigate conspiracy angle, it will check their bank transactions and other documents. Police will also investigate into who were behind them and instigating them for legal processes." When Teesta was picked up from her residence, no documents or any other things were seized or recovered. If she has any complaint with the police, she will have an opportunity to complain before the magistrate court, when she is produced, said the officer. “Police will investigate financial transactions, whether there is any foreign funding to the NGO run by Teesta Setalvad and it will even investigate whether any politicians were behind instigating Teesta and the two police officers. If any foreign funding issues are revealed during investigation, if required even the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will be informed about such transactions," the officer added. When Teesta was being taken to the Metro court in Ahmedabad, she said, "I am not a criminal." within party under control. The meeting was called in the wake of Shinde's rebellion, which has not only destabilised the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government in the state but also poses a risk of the Thackerays losing control of the party. The advocate said that under the constitution, the deputy speaker has the power of the speaker in the latter's absence and can adjudicate on such matters. "No confidence motion was sent through an unauthorized email address by rebels," he said. Two Independent MLAs on 26 June called for the removal of the Maharashtra deputy Speaker,Narhari Zirwal who could be the key decision-maker about the disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agarwal, have moved for the removal of Zirwal, who is from NCP. Baldi reached Vidhan Bhavan today and submitted a letter to the office Deputy speaker saying that he cannot disqualify the 12 MLAs. UN official concerned by Teesta arrest NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE An official of the United Nations has expressed “deep concern” over the arrest of activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat Police and called for her release. “Deeply concerned by reports of Teesta Setalvad being detained by the ATS of Gujarat Police. Teesta is a strong voice against hatred and discrimination. Defending human rights is not a crime. I call for her release and an end to persecution by the Indian state,”said Mary Lawlor, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. Ms. Lawlor’s views were echoed by Front Line Defenders, a global organisation that she founded in support of human rights activists. Front Line Defenders said, “Alarmed by attempts to arrest Teesta Setalvad in India. Gujarat Anti Terror police forcibly entered her home and detained her without basis. We call for her immediate release and an end to her legal persecution for her peaceful human rights work.”Amnesty India, in a social media message, has described the arrest as a "direct reprisal" by the IndiAGENCIES an authorities. Support swells for Murmu, JMM baffled Young Indian women with comorbidities at high death risk from Covid: Study INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE The BJP's decision to choose a tribal woman as its Presidential candidate has met with considerable success so far, with many parties extending support to Draupadi Murmu. All allies of the NDA, including JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar are unitedly supporting the BJP choice.Besides, leaders of two other political parties, Biju Janata Dal and YSRCP, (the ruling parties in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh respectively) signed on the nomination papers of Draupadi Murmu, further cementing her chance to win. BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday extended her support to Murmu, saying tribals form an integral part of the party's movement. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), which is in power in Jharkhand in alliance with the Congress, is also under pressure to support the NDA presidential candidate as Murmu had been the governor of the state. The JMM is not being able to decide whether to support joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha as per its earlier commitment, or as per party's ideology and identity. It may likely to come round in support of Murmu as tribals comprise a significant part of the Jharkhand population. The meeting was chaired by party president Shibu Soren and was attended by the party's elected representatives and senior leaders.Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren was also present in the meeting. During the meeting, Shibu Soren was authorised to take decision on behalf of the party with regard to the presidential election, sources said. It is also being said that Hemant Soren will meet Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and only after that the JMM will be able to make up its mind whom to extend support in the presidential polls. Tribal MLAs and MPs in the ranks of the opposition are also under pressure. Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Deve Gowda also prasied Murmu, giving more fillip to her chance to win. BJP's show of strength during the Murmu's filing of nomination proved that she is easily going to sail through. Some political parties may be forced to support her due to political compulsions. Oppn to meet today ahead of Sinha's nomination: Ahead of nomination of Yashwant Sinha, the opposition presidential candidate, the leaders of the Opposition parties will be meeting on Monday in Parliament. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who is firefighting the Maharashtra crisis has landed in Delhi for the meet. The opposition has been put to test since the NDA announced its candidate. The big question is who all from the opposition will be present in Monday's meeting as Congress MLAs and MP are busy signing the nomination papers. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE Young women with comorbidities like chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes, hypertension had a higher risk of death due to Covid than males during the first phase of pandemic in India, according to a retrospective study. A team of researchers of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi conducted the study on 2,586 Covid hospitalised patients who were admitted in the hospital from April 8 to October 4, 2020.The patients were divided into two categories: aged between 18-59 years; and those above 60 years of age. The team observed the association of diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and CKD on the prognosis and mortality of Covid infected hospitalised patients. The conditions have been, from the beginning of the pandemic, associated with progression of Covid disease to severity and higher mortality risk. These have also been linked with prolonging the recovery period. The findings, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, showed that patients with CKD were the most prone to severity as well as mortality, followed by high blood pressure and diabetes. Compared to the elderly patients with these comorbidities, the severity of Covid infection as well as mortality was found to be much higher in younger patients. Many studies have reported males to be at higher risk of infection than females. In this study, although the number of Covid admitted male patients (69.6 per cent) were more than twice the number of females (30.4 per cent), the risk of severity of infection and mortality was found to be higher amongst the females. This is even after having the same comorbid conditions, except for the hypertensive patients, the researchers said. “Our study showed risk of the severity of Covid infection in younger patients with underlying comorbidities were found to be relatively at higher risk of severity of disease as well as to mortality compared to elderly patients with similar underlying condition,” said Dr Vivek FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,33,89,973 ACTIVE CASES 92,576 NEW CASES 11,739 NEW RECOVERIES 10,917 TOTAL DEATHS 5,24,999 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2022 Ranjan, co-author and Chairperson at the hospital's Department of Blood Transfusion.
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