TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 MANN TERMS BUDGET AS A ROADMAP FOR NEW PUNJAB P3 P9 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY. POSSIBILITY OF THUNDERY DEVELOPMENT. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 41 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 46% Max: 40.9°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 05:16 hrs Min: 29.8°C (+2) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 19:01 hrs THUMBNAILS People cover their heads with a cloth to protect themselves from the Sun on a hot afternoon, in ANI New Delhi on Monday. Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair held: f Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair on Monday was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in connection with a misleading tweet which hurt religious sentiments too.A senior police official said that it was a separate case lodged against Zubair under sections 153-A and 295 of the IPC in which he has been arrested. AIMIM offers support for Yashwant Sinha: AIMIM legislators will vote for Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the upcoming presidential elections, announced party chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Mr Owaisi said that Mr Sinha has spoken to him over phone. AIMIM has seven MLAs in Telangana, five in Bihar Assembly and two from Maharashtra. The party has two MPs in Lok Sabha. AIMIM was not invited to the first meeting of the Opposition parties convened by Trinamul Congress chief Miss Mamata Banerjee and Mr Owaisi had retorted that he would not have attended even if he was invited. PM: India firm in its climate commitment The Supreme Court on Monday wondered whether the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker can become a judge in his own cause and decide whether the motion to remove him is invalid. The top court also extended, till July 12, the time granted by Deputy Speaker to the 16 dissident MLAs to submit their written responses to the disqualification notice, and asked the Maharashtra government to ensure the protection of all rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and their family members. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Shiv Sena's Ajay Choudhari and Sunil Prabhu, submitted before a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala that rebel leader Eknath Shinde's petition can be heard by the Bombay High Court, saying: "This isn't a case to allow leap-frogging." The bench asked Singhvi a specific query could the Speaker become a judge in his own cause and decide that the motion to remove him is invalid? "Is the Speaker entitled to decide disqualification petitions when his own removal motion is pending?" it asked. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, submitted that his client has questioned the authenticity of the motion seeking his removal, sent through an anonymous email. The top court noted that in all fairness, it should have all the records from the office of the Deputy NEW DELHI/BERLIN, 27 JUNE P rime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Germany, on Monday held a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit at Schloss Elmau and deliberated on areas of cooperation including commerce and energy. "Excellent meeting with @Bundeskanzler Scholz. Thanked him for the warm hospitality during the @G7 Summit. We discussed cooperation in key sectors like commerce and energy. We also had deliberations on furthering environmentally friendly growth for our planet," PM Modi tweeted. The leaders of the G7 nations, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday held discussions on the impact of Russia's war on food and energy supplies including the global economy and said the bloc is determined to support Ukraine in producing and exporting grain, oil, and other agricultural products as well as to address the causes of the evolving global food crisis. Modi also had 'chai par charcha' with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. Modi shared pictures of him having tea with Macron as they discussed bilateral relations. The PM also met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden at the G-7 Summit, in Schloss Elmau on Monday. ANI Modi stressed that India’s dedication to climate commitments was evident from its performance. Speaking at a G7 session on climate, energy and health, Modi said that his country had achieved the target of 40 per cent energy capacity from non-fossil sources nine years before time. He also highlighted that, although 17 per cent of the world’s population resides in India, its contribution of global carbon emissions is only 5 per cent. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the Summit where the leaders of the world’s seven richest countries will discuss various important global issues, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, food security and counter-terrorism. During the summit, Modi will exchange views with the leaders of the bloc and its partners on issues such as energy, food security, counter-terrorism, environment and democracy. PM Modi arrived in Munich on Sunday to attend the G7 summit where he will hold meetings with G7 and partner countries to hold discussions on issues ranging from environment and energy to counter-terror- ‘Agnipath’: Air Force receives over 94,000 applications in 4 days SNS & AGENCIES SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI , 27 JUNE NEW DELHI , 27 JUNE India reported 17,073 fresh Covid infections in the last 24 hours, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. With this, India’s active caseload now stands at 94,420 with active cases now constituting 0.22% of the country’s total positive cases. As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.57% with 15,208 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,27,87,606. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 3.39 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 5.62 percent, as per the data. Besides, the health ministry stated that the last 24 hours saw a total of 3,03,604 COVID19 tests being conducted taking the cumulative tests to over 86.10 crore. Under the National vaccination drive, 197.11 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received 94,281 applications under the Agnipath recruitment scheme within four days of the registration process getting underway on Friday. After the scheme was unveiled on June 14, violent protests against it rocked several states for nearly a week and several opposition parties have been demanding its rollback. "A total of 94,281 Agniveer Vayu aspirants have registered till 10:30 am (Monday). Registration closes on July 5," Defence Ministry Spokesperson A Bharat Bhushan Babu said on Twitter. Till Sunday, the IAF had received 56,960 applications under the scheme. 4,34,07,046 ACTIVE CASES 94,420 NEW CASES 17,073 NEW RECOVERIES 15,208 TOTAL DEATHS 5,25,020 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 27 JUNE 2022 Delhi recorded 628 cases & three deaths in last 24 hours P12 SC relief to Maha rebel MLAs, response deadline extended to July 12 India registers 17,073 fresh Covid cases FACT FILE P10 SNS& AGENCIES Max.72% TOTAL CASES EOIN MORGAN SET TO RETIRE Modi holds bilateral meetings with German chancellor other world leaders WEATHER TEMPERATURE G-7 LEADERS CONFER WITH ZELENSKYY ISRAELI PM HOLDS FINAL CABINET MEETING Under the scheme, the government had said youths between the ages of 17-anda-half and 21 years would be inducted for a four-year tenure, while 25 per cent of them will be subsequently inducted for regular service. The government had on June 16 increased the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme to 23 years from 21 for the year 2022, and subsequently announced a slew of placatory steps like a preference for Agniveers in central paramilitary forces and defence public sector undertakings upon their retirement. Many BJP-ruled states also declared the 'Agniveers' -- as the soldiers inducted under the Agnipath scheme will be known -- will be accorded priority in induction into state police forces. The armed forces have, however, made it clear those who had indulged in violent protests and arson against the new recruitment scheme will not be inducted. ism. On reaching Germany, the Prime Minister interacted with the Indian community in Germany at the Audi Dome, Munich. Thousands of members of the vibrant Indian community in Germany participated in the event. He highlighted India's growth story and mentioned various initiatives undertaken by the government to further achieve the country's development agenda. He also lauded the contribution of the diaspora in promoting India's success story and acting as brand ambassadors for India's success. In his address to the Indian diaspora, PM Modi said, "Today's India has come out of the mentality of 'it happens, it runs like this'. Today India takes a pledge to have to do, have to do, and have to do on time," he said. "I will be exchanging views with the G7 countries, G7 partner countries and guest international organisations on topical issues such as the environment, energy, climate, food security, health, counter-terrorism, gender equality and democracy. I look forward to meeting leaders of some of the participating G7 and guest countries on the sidelines of the summit," the Prime Minister had said in an official statement. After attending the summit, the prime minister will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 28. SNS & AGENCIES MUMBAI, 27 JUNE Can Deputy Speaker be judge of his own court?: SC on Sena row SC asked the rebels' lawyer why they did not approach the Bombay High Court first Uddhav reshuffles portfolios of nine rebel MLAs of Shinde camp A fresh plea by Eknath Shinde, leader of the rebel Sena faction, alleging that there is a threat to the lives of rebel MLAs Sanjay Raut issued ED summons Speaker before it and asked Zirwal to file a detailed affidavit. As the bench again asked Singhvi to explain whether the Deputy Speaker, whose removal has been sought, could himself decide on that notice, Singhvi replied: "Yes, he can." The top court also asked the Maharashtra government to protect the rebel MLA and their families, after their counsel submitted stating they apprehend a threat to their lives. It recorded the Maharashtra government's undertaking that no harm would be caused to life, liberty, and properties. The top court also extended, till July 12, the time granted by the Deputy Speaker to the 16 rebel MLAs to submit their response to the disqualification notices. Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for the petitioners, submitted before the bench that the Deputy Speaker cannot proceed with the disqualification proceedings when the motion seeking his removal is pending. After a detailed hearing in the matter, the top court issued notice on petitions by Shinde and the rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena challenging the disqualification notices issued by the Deputy Speaker to them and also the appointment of Choudhari as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader. In a significant move against the rebel leader, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday reshuffled the departments of ministers "so that the issues of public interest are not neglected or ignored", as per the Chief Minister's Office (CMO). The Chief Minister has handed over portfolios of nine ministers who are camping in Guwahati, to other ministers who are in support of Thackeray. Nine Maharashtra ministers have joined the rebel camp led by Eknath Shinde. Apart from Shinde, the other ministers camping in Guwahati are Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, and Sandipan Bhumre. Sanjay Raut was today served summons by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. Raut responded with the charge that "this is a conspiracy to stop me". Sachin Pilot plays down Ashok Gehlot comments SNS & AGENCIES JAIPUR, 27 JUNE Congress leader Sachin Pilot today brushed aside Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's remarks on his rebellion of 2020 that had brought the state government to the brink of collapse. Gehlot's fury was mostly directed at the BJP's Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat -- in connection to his alleged efforts to scuttle the government – but Pilot's name cropped up too. Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Gehlot had said, was "hand-in-glove" with Sachin Pilot during the revolt by Congress MLAs against his government two years ago. Asked about the matter today, Pilot said he has not taken offence. "Earlier also, Ashok Gehlot had said many things about me like 'Nakara', 'Nikamma' (useless, idle),"Pilot told reporters in Rajasthan's Tonk. "He (Ashok Gehlot) is an experienced, senior person, a father figure so I do not take offence... Right now my focus is to bring back our government in the state," added Mr Pilot. Talking about a court notice to Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in a case of horse-trading allegations, Gehlot said on Saturday, "You yourself conspired to topple the government. Now that you are taking the name of Sachin Pilot, that he erred, which proves it further, you put the stamp on the fact that you were hand-in-glove with him". Pilot played downplayed the issue earlier too, saying that Rahul Gandhi has recently commended his level of patience."A few days back, Rahul Gandhi while addressing an event in Delhi, had praised my patience level. If a leader like Rahul is appreciating my patience level then I think no one should unnecessarily get disturbed by his (Ashok Gehlot's) statement and take it in the right spirit," Pilot had said. Credited for the party's revival in Rajasthan after five years of BJP rule, Pilot was a contender for the Chief Minister's post after the party's victory in the 2018 assembly polls. But he was persuaded by Rahul Gandhi to take the job of Ashok Gehlot's deputy. His uneasy equations with Gehlot started since, which Pilot played down. Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha files nomination for Presidential poll STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE Joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha on Monday filed nomination for 18 July Presidential election and termed the upcoming poll as a 'big battle'. He attacked the Centre for not making an effort for a consensus candidate. Sinha also termed the upcoming Presidential election as "a battle between the ideology of absolute power and that of freedom". Sinha filed his nomination at the Parliament in the national capital in the presence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Sinha also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar before filing his nomination. Meanwhile, the TRS announced its support to Sinha. "President of @trspartyonline Sri KCR Garu has decided to extend support to the candidature of Sri @YashwantSinha Ji in the election for President of India. Along with our Members of Parliament, I will be representing the TRS at the nomination today," working president of TRS and minister Telangana government KT Rama Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha during a press conference at Constitution SUBRATA DUTTA Club of India, in the Capital on Monday. Rao tweeted announcing party's support to Sinha's candidature. Talking to reporters, Sinha said, "I'm thankful to all the opposition parties who came togeth- er and chose me as their candidate. It's being said that I am the fourth choice but I want to say even if I was at the tenth number, I would have accepted because it is a big battle." Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "All opposition parties unitedly supported Yashwant Sinha. Of course, we support the individual but the real fight is between twoideologies. RSS's ideology of anger and hatred is on one side, while the ideology ofcompassion of the other parties (Opposition) is on the other side." "Over 17 parties are backing us. In order to save Indian democracy, and to defend our Constitution, we must all be united in our fight against BJP. We are all rooting for Yashwant Sinha," said Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said. The support to Sinha as joint opposition candidate comes days after TRS opted out of the meeting called by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the strategy for Presidential polls. Now Sinha will also begin his campaign to meet MPs and MLAs. On Friday, Sinha had telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's offices seeking their support for the poll. He also wrote a letter to all the leaders of the opposition parties. In the letter Sinha wrote: "India is going through extremely difficult times. I shall raise my voice for the common people." Sinha had also said that the leaders of the other ideology are intent on throttling the Constitution and "making a mockery of the people's mandate in elections." NDA presidential candidateDroupadiMurmufiled her nomination for the election on June 24. The election for the office of the President of India is scheduled for July 18 and the counting of votes, if needed, will be done on July 21.
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