TUESDAY AP 25 ANOTHER POLICE SHOOTING OF BLACK MAN ROCKS U.S. AUGUST, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard Violent protests erupted in Wisconsin on Sunday night after police shot an unarmed black man in the back several times instagram.com/themorningstandard MAHARASHTRA 29-yr-old RAIGAD BUILDING COLLAPSE One killed, dozens feared trapped; NDRF roped in A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l JACOB BLAKE WAS SHOT IN FRONT OF HIS THREE CHILDREN PAGES 12 Protesters pound the door of the police department in Kenosha(inset) Jacob Blake. THE VICTIM IS BATTLING FOR LIFE The police said the shooting happened when they were responding to a “domestic incident” on Sunday evening in Kenosha. A footage showed three officers pointing their guns at the man, Jacob Blake, as he walked around the front of a car. He was shot when he opened the driver’s door and leaned in. Sonia to continue as Cong chief for now, party to find new boss Veterans who expressed dissent sidelined at CWC meet; majority sought a Gandhi at the helm R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi SIGNS OF NEW NORMAL Guests arrive in face masks at Ashok Hotel in the national capital after it reopened on Monday | PTI RAJASTHAN SC disposes of plea against Cong-BSP merger EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Bhushan rules out apology; verdict on sentence today @ New Delhi/Jaipur EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE Supreme Court on Monday disposed of as “infructuous” a BJP MLA’s petition seeking stay on the Rajasthan Speaker’s decision, which allowed six BSP MLAs to merge with the Congress, in view of the Rajasthan High Court order earlier in the day asking the Speaker to decide on the matter within three months. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and M R Shah was informed by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Speaker, that the HC had asked the Speaker to decide on the matter on merit within three months. The bench said the plea before it was against an interim order of the high court, and has now become infructuous. On August 17, the SC had deferred the hearing on Dilawar’s plea after it was informed that the Chief Justice of the High Court has reportedly tested Covid-positive and the functioning was postponed till August 19. Earlier, the top court had refused to pass any interim order on the plea after it was informed that the HC has been dealing with the case. Dilawar said the six BSP MLAs have been wrongly allowed to merge with the ruling Congress party . A day before the Supreme Court’s scheduled hearing on the quantum of sentence for his contemptuous tweets, activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Monday reiterated that he won’t apologise for his comments against judiciary . In a fresh statement filed in the apex court on Monday, Bhushan said he believes his comments against the judiciary were right. Therefore, an apology would be insincere and amount to contempt of his conscience, he said. On August 20, the SC had granted him time to reconsider his ‘defiant statement’ refusing to apologise and tender an unconditional apology . “I expressed myself in good faith, not to malign the Supreme Court or any particular Chief Justice, but to offer constructive criticism so that the court can arrest any drift away from its long-standing role as a guardian of the Constitution and custodian of peoples’ rights,” he said. Bhushan added his tweets represented this bona fide belief. “Public expression of these beliefs was in line with my higher obligations as a citizen and a loyal officer of this court. Therefore, an apology for expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere.” @ New Delhi If I retract a statement before this court that I otherwise believe to be true offer an insincere apology, that in my eyes would amount to the contempt of my conscience and of an institution I hold in highest esteem — Prashant Bhushan He noted an apology cannot be a mere incantation and any apology has to, as the court has itself put it, be sincerely made. The activist-lawyer said he believes the Supreme Court is the last bastion of hope for the protection of fundamental rights and constitutional democracy . “Today in these troubling times, the hopes of the people of India vest in this Court to ensure the rule of law and the Constitution,” he said. The court had on August 14 held Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for two derogatory tweets against judiciary . Bhushan faces simple imprisonment of up to six months or with a fine of up to `2,000 or both as punishment. THE much hyped dissent by senior leaders turned out to be whimper on Monday with the Congress Working Committee requesting Sonia Gandhi to continue leading the party until a new leader is elected. “The CWC makes it clear that no one will be or can be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership at this juncture,” said the CWC resolution, sending strong message to dissenters. The seven-hour CWC meeting saw the veterans who wrote to Sonia seeking “collective leadership” being cornered with a majority of the members condemning their move and some demanding action against them for indiscipline. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi was unsparing in his speech and said the move by these leaders will benefit only the BJP. Upset by the insinuation, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad threatened to quit from all party posts. Congress general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, then, took a jibe at Azad that what he said in the meeting was contrary to the letter’s content. Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, too, expressed his anguish but later clarified he “was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him”. After the CWC meeting, a few veteran leaders met at Azad’s residence to discuss the future course of action. The meeting started with the party’s organisations incharge K C Venugopal reading out Sonia’s statement asking CWC “to begin deliberations to put in place a process of transition to relieve me from my duties”. This made her two Unlock 4: Metro services likely to resume New Delhi: Metro train services are likely to restart in the “Unlock 4” phase beginning September 1, officials said on Monday. However, the final decision regarding reopening the rapid transport networks will be taken by states depending on the situation in their respective regions, officials added. A senior government official said deliberations are underway on whether to allow reopening of higher educational institutions including IITs and IIMs but schools won’t be reopened immediately. THE Delhi government plans to connect all hospitals through an information system called the Hospital Management Informative System which will make all hospital formalities such as registration and appointments online. Speaking at the launch of a mobile app and online OPD registration system at the Shri Dada Dev Matri Avum Shishu Chikitsalaya on Monday Chief , Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government was working on the HMIS that will bring all hospitals in Delhi under one platform and integrate the features of the app with the HMIS to improve its efficiency “The . government is bringing together all hospitals in Delhi through the Hospital Management Information System, including mohalla clinics, polyclinics, multi-specialty and super-specialty hospitals,” he said. The CM said the ambitious project and would be completed in a year. “I have shown the app to many people and the app has various features which we will integrate with our Hospital Management Information System to improve the system’s efficiency. I believe that other hospitals should also devise such apps till the time our HMIS starts functioning. I am very happy to inaugurate this app,” he added. According to sources, HMIS was a project the AAP govern- ment was targeting to introduce in their previous tenure but couldn’t be implemented. The government had been planning to introduce online registration of OPDs and availability of surgery dates via an app for quite a time, drawing inspiration from what is currently in place at AIIMS. Sources said as it couldn’t be implemented earlier, the government had prioritised it for this term. The Dada Dev hospital under the state government currently has only 106 beds, but the ca- pacity of the beds will be increased to 281 in coming days, the inauguration of which was held in January and will be completed soon, the CM said. “It’s not right for a national capital to have a hospital where 2-3 women are treated on a single bed. This issue will be solved with the expansion of the hospital that will be done in the coming days. Pregnant women have to come early morning and stand in queues for the registration, then wait for many hours outside the doctors’ rooms,” Kejriwal said. The CM said crowding at hospitals also defied the rules of social distancing. “The app will benefit the people and they can book their appointments from the comfort of their homes. They will have to reach the doctors’ rooms just half an hour before the time of appointment. This app will hugely benefit the people, not only in Covid-19 times but also later.” to be called within six months to elect the next leader. Four of the letter signatories, who are part of the CWC, clarified that the letter was to bring focus on organisation restricting and settling leadership issues and never questioned Sonia’s leadership. Azad and Anand Sharma said they have not breached party discipline while Ambika Soni sought action against the dissenters as per the party constitution. In her concluding remarks, Sonia said she was hurt by the remarks in the letter but doesn’t hold any ill will against party colleagues. P7 FLUTTER OVER BJP LINK After reports that Rahul accused the leaders who wrote the dissenting letter of being in cahoots with the BJP, some party veterans expressed anguish. The Congress quickly clarified he has not uttered a word of this nature NO PLACE IN THE PARTY FOR DISSENT AGAINST GANDHIS? R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi W ITH senior Congress leaders who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi demanding a leadership change coming under attack led by Rahul Gandhi, many party leaders feel that there is no space in the party for raising serious internal matters. The CWC meet on Monday saw senior leaders who wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over leadership issues coming under attack led by Rahul Gandhi with many party leaders feeling that there is no place for raising serious party-related matters in the party . In the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet on Monday, a majority of the CWC members joined Rahul and questioned the dissent- D E L H I EXPRESS READ Delhi govt plans online formalities in all hospitals EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ New Delhi confidantes former PM Manmohan Singh and A K Antony requesting her to continue lead the party while calling the letter by his party colleagues as “unfortunate and cruel”. A majority of the CWC members lend weight behind the Gandhis and said Sonia should continue to lead the party till Rahul takes over the reins. Congress-ruled CMs, senior leader Ahmed Patel and other CWC members were unanimous that only a Gandhi can keep the party together. However, sources said Rahul is still reluctant to take the hot seat. An AICC session is likely C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Today ers for their move and also leaking the letter. Senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad did clarify that the purpose of the letter was not to question Gandhis’ leadership, but point out the issues in the functioning of the party and its organisational restructuring that needs immediate attention. It is not for the first time that senior party leaders are raising their voice against the leadership. But the party’s history shows that dissenters have never been able to win back the trust of the Gandhi family, which is the most important thing to survive and to get important posts in the party . “Ample examples in the past show that any dissent in the party challenging Gan- Cumulative 1200 146588 13 4313 -- 11626 1061 162527 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14127 3590 10537 Covid care centre 10143 625 5687* Covid health centre 594 207 387 HOME ISOLATION : 6143 *3831 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Aug 24 W A T C H (COVID-19) TESTING STATUS 3,826 8,084 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 14,43,004 75,947 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 644 n Calls received in control room: 82 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 934 n Total number of calls refused: Nil dhi’s supremacy has been unwelcoming and dissenters have been sidelined. The treatment meted out to two non-Gandhi Congress presidents – PV Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri – before Sonia Gandhi took over the reins of the party in 1998 is well known,” said a party leader. Kesri was unceremoniously dethroned and locked in a room at the AICC headquarters as Sonia took over as party chief. Rao was sidelined completely. The party did not allow even his dead body to be kept at the party headquarters for people to pay last respects. Many others like Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasada, Sharad Pawar and PA Sangama were either sidelined or left the party . PANEL TO INITIATE PROCEEDINGS IN FB CASE TODAY Delhi Assembly committee on peace and harmony, chaired by AAP’s Raghav Chadha, will initiate on Tuesday proceedings in connection with complaints about the Facebook’s alleged “deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content” in India | P5 RTI REPLY EC shared pics, addresses of Delhiites with police, says activist EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Election Commission of India shared photos and addresses of voters from NorthEast Delhi with the Delhi pol i c e a f t e r t h e Fe b r u a r y communal riots, alleged Right to Information activist Saket Gokhale. Citing a letter from the Election Commission of India to the Chief Election Officer of Delhi dated March 12, Gokhale said the entire voter list, with photos was handed over “illegally” to the Delhi Police to enable the identification of suspects. The letter from the ECI to the Delhi CEO stated, “I am directed to refer to your letter No F 2.(12/CEO/ER/ 2012351 dated 06.03.2020, on the subject cited, and to state that the electoral database of entire AC/ District should not be shared with the Police Authorities in accordance with the Commission’s prevailing policy .” The same letter, shared on Twitter by Gokhale, noted that the Election Commission, “keeping in view a request from the Delhi Police for photographs of electors, as available in the electoral roll of the North-East Shahdara and East Delhi Districts, to be matched with the photographs of culprits captured through CCTV , has directed to advise CEO Delhi to display the electoral roll along with images of electors of North-East Parliamentary Constituency”. Gokhale wrote on Twitter that, “The 1st line of the order itself admits that voter lists shared with the police CANNOT contain photos. ECI broke these rules & made these full voter lists WITH PHOTOS available to police.” Reacting to Gokhale’s charge, the poll panel said, “It is hereby clarified in view of the anecdotal reports which are not based on empirical facts that the Commission has not in any way deviated from the original guidelines of 2008 and clarificatory orders of 2020 in any manner.”
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