MONDAY DESPITE LOCKDOWN, AGRI AND ESSENTIAL GOODS/SERVICES WERE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN Q1, EX-RBI GOVERNOR C RANGARAJAN SAID 07 SMALL POSITIVE GROWTH LIKELY IN FY21: RANGARAJAN SEPTEMBER, 2020 ABOVE PAR PERFORMANCE NOT RULED OUT Rangarajan and EY India chief policy advisor D K Srivastava in a paper stated though many have projected a sharp GDP contraction in 2020-21, there are reasons to believe the outcome may be much better. “Agriculture and related sectors, public administration and defence services may perform normally or better than normal,” the paper said morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard FRUITFUL MEETING INDIA, IRAN DISCUSS TIES Rajnath Singh reached Tehran from Moscow A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 l NEW DELHI DECEMBER 9, 1940 — SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 Seer who saved Constitution’s basic structure KESAVANANDA Bharati Sripadagalvaru, the Hindu seer whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the judgment that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution, died at his mutt in Kasaragod on Sunday . Bharati, the pontiff of Edneer Mutt, died of heart ailment at 12.40 am, said his former manager and legal advisor I V Bhat. He was 79. A week ago, Bharati was admitted to a hospital in Mangaluru. “He had a condition in his heart valve and the doctors advised surgery But he returned . to his mutt saying he could not stay away from the daily rituals,” said Bhat. Bharati’s nephew Jayarama Manjathaya, anointed as the new seer of Edneer Mutt, led the funeral rites. Bharati was interred in the mutt on Sunday , following the Covid protocol. The seer had become a beacon of constitutional rights and found a place in law school syllabus when he challenged the constitutionality of the Kerala government’s Land Reforms Act in the SC in 1970. He lost the case, but his writ petition led to the adoption of the landmark Basic Structure Doctrine. The apex court ruled that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution. The verdict involved 13 judges — the largest bench ever to sit in the apex court till date. The case was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in SC. ARMY HOTLINE Rijiju confirms five youth in PLA custody EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Guwahati UNION Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday virtually confirmed that the five “abducted” Arunachal Pradesh youth were in the custody of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as he said the Indian Army had sent a hotline message to its Chinese counterpart. “The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Arunachal Pradesh. Response is awaited,” Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal, tweeted. The youth from the state’s Upper Subansiri district were allegedly abducted by the PLA at the LAC after they had ventured out in the jungle for hunting. The incident came to light after two other villagers, who managed to escape, revealed it on Friday . According to Arunachal Pradesh Police, such incidents do occur in that district . In March last, one person was “abducted” by the PLA and following talks, he was released about a month later. We will always remember Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji for his contributions towards community service and empowering the downtrodden. He was deeply attached to India’s rich culture and our great Constitution. He will continue to inspire generations Narendra Modi, Prime Minister SPLIT VERDICT The SC by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be amended by Parliament. The majority opinion was delivered by Chief Justice S M Sikri and Justices K S Hegde, A K Mukherjea, J M Shelat, A N Grover, P Jaganmohan Reddy, and H R Khanna. Justices A N Ray, D G Palekar, K K Mathew, M H Beg, S N Dwivedi, and Y V Chandrachud dissented THE State Bank of India board has approved the voluntary retirement scheme for 2020, a senior official said. All permanent employees who have completed 25 years of service or 55 years of age can opt for the scheme. However, it is up to the bank to accept or reject applications. Those who avail VRS get one year’s full salary or half pay for the remaining service period (whichever amount is lower). AFTER a break of almost five months, Delhi Metro is ready to welcome commuters again, but with a lot of precautions and dos and don’ts in place. As per the ‘new normal’, the guidelines issued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have asked commuters to travel only when necessary. On Monday, only the Yellow Line corridor from Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre in Gurugram will be operational between 7 am till 11 am and again from 4 pm to 8 pm. By September 12, all lines will be made fully operational with all safety measures in place to check the spread of Covid-19. The DMRC has asked travelers to ‘talk less’ inside to avoid transmission of the virus. All the metro users should add extra time to travel plans since the stoppage time of trains at every station was increased by 10 seconds so that social distancing can be maintained by commuters while boarding or alighting. “With the carrying capacity of a train drastically reduced to around 20% of the pre-lockdown period due to social distancing norms, it will be a challenge to regulate the passengers who may LONGEST HEARD CASE The case of Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in the Supreme Court. The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-to-day hearing educationalist, said BJP’s Kasaragod district president K Shreekanth. “The mutt lost more than 300 acres because of the Land Reforms Act. Yet, he recently gave 28 cents to the government to build a school at Edneer,” he said. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu condoled the seer’s death. SBI BOARD CLEARS VRS FOR 2020, THOUSANDS TO APPLY E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E l -23.9% PAGES 12 S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi His appeal against Kerala govt’s attempts to take over part of his mutt’s land created a landmark case law, though he lost the suit The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-to-day hearing. It’s also the most cited constitutional case in Indian constitutional law. Bharati had contended the land reforms law by the government was an attempt to impose restrictions on the management of the mutt’s property, which was the only source of income for his ashram. While the landmark judgment did not offer individual relief to the seer, the top court by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution was inviolable and could not be amended by Parliament. The basic structure doctrine has formed the basis of the Indian judiciary’s power to strike down amendments to the Constitution by Parliament, which are in conflict with or seek to alter this principle. Noted legal luminary Nanki , Palkiwala, who appeared for Bharati in the SC never met or spoke with the petitioner as per the “Courtroom Genius”, a biography of Palkhivala. The three Constitutional amendments, challenged in the Bharati case, were passed by the Indira Gandhi government to overcome the apex court’s 1967 judgment in the Golak Nath case that ruled Parliament could not amend fundamental rights, including the Right to Property . But there was more to Kesavananda Bharati than the landmark case. He took over the reins of the mutt at the age of 19 in 1968. By then, he was a trained Carnatic classical singer, Yakshagana vocalist and an J8.00 RECORD CONTRACTION IN INDIA’S GDP GROWTH IN THE 1ST QTR OF FY21 Metro’s Yellow Line reopens today K E S A V A N A N D A B H A R AT I S R I PA D A G A LV A R U G EO R G E P O I KAY I L A N D KA N U SA R DA @ Kasaragod / New Delhi l SBI offers VRS every year between December and March, subject to board approval. The bank doesn’t have any ‘targets’ for VRS; each year, 15,000-20,000 SBI employees retire. VRS gives the bank the opportunity to rationalise costs while of ficers who have reached a saturation level in their career get a respectable exit option. However, National Organisation of Bank Workers opposed the move saying it reflects the management’s antiworker attitude. D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Today Cumulative 2,188 1,65,973 29 4,567 -- 20,909 3,256 1,91,449 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14,171 Covid care centre 8,580 Covid health centre 601 5,101 9,070 1,129 4,679* 413 188 HOME ISOLATION : 11,010 *2772 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 9,217 17,80,512 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ Total tests done so far TrueNat tests 93,711 conducted Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Sept 6 HOPE AFTER-EFFECTS OF COVID-19 LEAVE PATIENTS WORRIED Many patients have complained of chest pain, headache, loss of smell and taste, dyspnea, even days after recovery. Delhi’s RGSSH is helping them deal with their post-Covid complications | P5 T RAVE L SO Ps STAG G E RE D REO P E N I N G SEPTEMBER 7 DOs DONT’s Travel only if necessary Do not travel if you are feeling sick Follow instructions of station staff at the platforms Do not expect pre-lockdown train travel experience Make sure you leave the house 10-15 minutes earlier as the travel time will increase Do not overcrowd the lifts Obey social distancing rules at every station Avoid talking as far as possible inside trains Use smart cards Travel with minimum luggage Use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app with regular health status update is advisable SEPTEMBER 9 Blue Line (Dwarka Sec-21 to Noida Electronic City and Vaishali) Pink Line (Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar) Timings: 7-11 am and 4-8 pm SEPTEMBER 10 Red Line (Rithala to Shaheed Sthal -New Bus Adda) Green Line (Kirti Nagar/Inderlok to Brig. Hoshiar Singh-Bahadurgarh) Violet Line from Kashmere Gate to Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh) Timings: 7-11 am and 4-8 pm SEPTEMBER 11 Magenta Line (Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden) Grey Line (Dwarka to Najafgarh) Timings: 7 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm Passengers are advised to check the earmarked gate number/location well in advance on DMRC website I appeal to all Metro users to follow social distancing. If we responsibly follow protocols in place, we can set another benchmark Kailash Gahlot, Delhi tranport minister head to a station with the expectations of a pre-lockdown travel experience,” said a DMRC official. To avoid overcrowding, DMRC officials appealed people to ‘break the peak’, where passengers stagger travel time so that the carrying capacity offered with new norms can be reasonably uti- Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli to HUDA City Centre) Timings: 7-11 am and 4-8 pm SEPTEMBER 12 Airport Express Line (New Delhi to Dwarka Sec-21) Timing: 6 am to 11 pm lised by creating a travel pattern in which people are not rushing to the station in morning or peak hours only . Officials said at all stations, the CISF staff will be doing ‘contactless frisking’ and red lines have been drawn at a gap of 1 ft to ensure social distancing. The Delhi government will provide civil defence volunteers to help the DMRC staff in managing the crowd, informed state transport minister Kailash Gahlot, who visited the Rajiv Chowk metro station to take stock of the arrangements. The Delhi Metro operations were suspended 169 days ago, on March 22. Fresh Covid cases cross 90K peak, India second worst-hit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA’S fresh Covid-positive count kept going north, with a record 90,632 new cases reported on Sunday morning. The overall case tally crossed 4.13 million, which took it past Brazil as the country with the second highest coronavirus cases. According to the World Health Organisation, Brazil has 40.41 lakh infected people. On the positive side, as many as 31,80,865 people have recuperated so far, improving the national recovery rate to 77.32%. “For the second successive day India has clocked , a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day. 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home/ facility isolation or hospitals in the last 24 hours,” the Union health ministry said in its advisory . While the total coronavirus cases rose to 41,13,811, the toll was at 70,626 (over 70% of them due to co-morbidities) — with 1,065 deaths in the last 24 hours — bringing down the case fatality rate to 1.72%. As WOMAN REINFECTED In what could be the first case of a coronavirus re-infection, a 27-year-old woman has again been found positive for the disease after her treatment and discharge, a private hospital in Bengaluru said on Sunday. of 8 am on Sunday there were , 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 20.96% of the to, tal caseload. To help states contain the virus spike, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan spoke to health secretaries of five states and one Union Territory on the management of Covid in 35 districts under their jurisdiction. Four of these districts are in West Bengal, 17 in Maharashtra; all 11 in Delhi and one each in Gujarat, Puducherry and Jharkhand. Also, the health ministry has decided to deploy high level Central teams to Punjab and Chandigarh where cases are ballooning. They will be stationed there for 10 days. Meanwhile, the Director General of Civil Aviation has proposed in the Supreme Court that full refund shall be provided by airlines immediately for tickets booked during the Covid lockdown period for domestic or international travel within the lockdown period. “If the tickets have been booked during the first lockdown period, that is March 25, to April 14, 2020 for the journeys to be undertaken in both first and second lockdown period that is from March 25 to May 3, 2020, in all such cases, full refund shall be given by the airlines immediately (this is being mandated vide MoCA’s OM dated April 16, 2020 as the airlines were not supposed to book such tickets),” it said. Congress ignores dissenters Prasada, Babbar in panels for UP poll E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Congress constituted committees on Sunday to prepare for the Uttar Pradesh elections in which leaders such as Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar, who were among signatories seeking a re-haul of the party failed , to find a place. Another prominent leader from Uttar Pradesh RPN Singh also was not accommodated in any of the committees. Both Prasada and Babbar were among the 23 leaders who had signed a letter addressed to Sonia urging “inter nal democracy”. Interestingly, senior leaders Nirmal Khatri and Naseeb Pa- than, who who denounced the letter writers, have found places in the panels announced on Sunday evening. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has constituted the ‘Manifesto Committee, Outreach Committee, Membership Committee, Programme Implementation Committee, Training and Cadre Development Committee, Panchayati Raj Election Committee, and Media and Communication Advisory Committee of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, said a press release from Cong ress leader KC Venugopal. The crucial UP Assembly elections are likely to be held in February-March 2022. Rise above affinity for kin: Expelled leaders to Sonia Nine expelled UP Congress leaders have written to party president Sonia Gandhi, asking her to “rise above the affinity for the family” and run the organisation by establishing mutual trust. In the letter dated September 2, the leaders said Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi built the Congress and the country with democratic values. But it’s ironical that for sometime, the way in which the party is being run, there is confusion and depression among workers, they added. Almost all senior leaders have been accommodated —Salman Khurshid on the Manifesto Committee, Pramod Tiwari on the Outreach Committee, Rashid Alvi on Media Advisory Committee. Noor Bano, Anugrah Narayan, and Rajesh Mishra have also got appointed to various committees. Those in the Membership Committee include Ajay Kap o o r, B L K h a b r i , M o h d Muqeem, former MP Kamal Kishore and former Varanasi MLA Ajay Rai. The Media and Communication Advisory Committee has Rashid Alvi, Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Surendra Rajput, Omkar Singh and Virendra Madan. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president and the Congress Legislative Party leader will be ex-officio members of all the committees, an official communication from the party said. Prior to this development on Sunday senior Lok Sabha MPs , Manish Tewari and Shashi Tharoor had not been accommodated in the Congress’ Lok Sabha panel mandated to formulate the Grand Old Party’s strategy in the House. Tharoor, a former Union minister, had later tweeted calling for an end to leadership debate in the party . With agency inputs
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