THURSDAY CONSTRUCTIVE SUMMIT, SAYS PUTIN AFTER TALKS WITH BIDEN 17 The high-stakes meet in Switzerland came as ties between the two countries had hit a new low over a range of issues JUNE, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in ENVOYS TO RETURN TO THEIR POSTINGS Describing the talks as constructive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said both countries would return their expelled envoys to their respective postings. They also agreed that cybersecurity was vital for both nations and decided to open a consulatation process. The summit was wrapped up in under three hours, though it was expected to go on for 4-5 hours facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA ‘Don’t target media’ A press body demanded quashing of an FIR filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police against a news portal and spme journalists for circulating a video clip in which an elderly Muslim says he was beaten up and asked to chant “Jai Sri Ram”. Expressing ‘shock and disappointment’ with the police action, the IWPC said the Ghaziabad police, under whose jurisdiction the alleged attack took place, is spending time and resources to go after the journalists and news organisations. This seems to be an attempt to muzzle the media and divert attention, the IWPC said. P7 Adesh Gupta grilled? Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta was questioned for a couple of hours on Wednesday by Delhi government’s Drug Control Department about party’s oxygen vans launched during the second wave of COVID-19, the party said in a statement. The Kejriwal government is “misusing” court’s directions for political reasons instead of trying to check black marketing of oxygen, medicines and other Covid-related items, it said. The Drug Control Department has sent a notice to Gupta regarding the Oxygen Van campaign it had started for the coronavirus victim. Choksi faces charges Mehul Choksi was running a “circular trade” with companies propped up by him as pearl suppliers in Hong Kong, through which he had managed to siphon off over `6,345 crore borrowed from Punjab National Bank, the CBI said in its supplementary charge sheet. The CBI has alleged that Choksi made his employees directors of Shanyao Gong Si Limited and 4C’s Diamond Distributors and Crown Aim, based in Hong Kong, and was controlling them. He had availed over `6,345 crore showing purchase of fresh water pearls from these companies. A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Deliberate defiance Popular Covid drugs not for kids by Twitter, says govt E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR filed against it in Ghaziabad for failing to remove misleading content EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE ongoing sniping between the Centre and Twitter drew fresh blood on Wednesday with Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashing out the microblogging site for failing to comply with new IT rules despite being given multiple opportunities. The minister’s attack came after Twitter appeared to have lost its safe harbour immunity , exposing it to being liable for platforming third-party content, as it failed to appoint the mandatory statutory officers in time. The first such case in which Twitter can face charges was filed in Ghaziabad on Tuesday , on the alleged assault on an elderly Muslim man on June 5. Twitter has been accused in the FIR of not proactively removing misleading content linked to the incident. For its part, Twitter claimed it has already hired an interim Chief Compliance Officer (COO). The new rules mandate the appointment of a CCO, a nodal officer and a resident grievance officer. “We are keeping the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) apprised of the progress at every step of the process. An interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with the ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines,” a Twitter spokesperson said. The COO will be responsible for liaising between the company and government agencies on all kinds of legal requests received from various law enforcement organisations and government agencies relating to the platform. Prasad said, “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May .” Twitter, he said, was given multiple opportunities to comply with the rules, but has “deliberately chosen the path of non compliance. The culture of India varies like its large geography. In certain scenarios, with the amplification of social media, even a small spark can cause a fire, especially with the menace of fake news. This was one of the objectives of bringing the Intermediary Guidelines.” “It is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines,” he remarked. The minister also charged that the microblogging major was selective in applying its internal policy of flagging tweets as ‘manipulated media’ only when it suits its own likes and P7 dislikes. What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been over-enthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, its failure to act in multiple cases like UP is perplexing & indicates its inconsistency in fighting misinformation Ravi Shankar Prasad Following local laws Indian firms that go to do business abroad follow local laws. Why is Twitter reluctant in following Indian laws designed to give voice to the victims of abuse and misuse, Prasad asked THE Centre on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for treating children with Covid, emphasising that most of the drugs used for adults are not recommended for kids. Medicines like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir, doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed to adult patients have not been tested on children, it said. However, it allowed the restricted use of remdesivir. Once vaccines are approved for children, those with co-morbidities and those having severe symptoms would be prioritised for inoculation, the guidelines said. “Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority the in, fection is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommon to have moderate to severe Covid among healthy children,” it said. The government called for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. “A combined effort from the private and public sector is needed to handle any surge (in cases) in the future after the withdrawal of the lockdown over the next three to four JUNE 15 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 60,471 1,17,525 2,726 JUNE 16 62,224 1,07,628 1,07,628 June 15 25,68,858 doses June 16 32,62,233 doses TOTAL DOSES: 26,53,17,472 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT DELHI JUNE 15 JUNE 16 Positive cases Recovery Active cases Deaths Containment zones Tests Positivity rate 228 364 3,078 12 6,476 71,291 0.32% 212 516 2,749 25 6,169 77,891 0.27% Centre dismisses AAP govt’s panel probing oxygen deaths in city ernment they had elected to work, but the Centre continTHE Centre has denied ap- ued to put roadblocks in proval to a medical committee its way . set up by the Delhi govern“As a responsible government to look into compensa- ment, we want to offer comtions for deaths caused due to pensations to the families who oxygen shortage, Delhi’s Dep- lost their loved ones and also uty Chief Minister Manish investigate and confirm what Sisodia said on Wednesday . led to these deaths. This deci“Following a court directive, sion to dismiss the committee the Delhi government consti- is unreasonable and without tuted a committee of any logic,” Sisodia health experts to assaid further. certain what led to Reacting sharply, these deaths. It is exthe Delhi BJP actremely saddening cused him of “misAs a responsible that the Central govleading” the people. government, we er nment has dis“It is sad that the want to offer compensations to missed this commitdeputy chief ministhe families who tee,” said Sisodia. ter has said that the During the second lost their loved ones Centre has dissolved ... This decision to wave, supply of meda compensation comdismiss the ical oxygen was a mittee formed by the committee is major problem at Delhi Government unreasonable many hospitals, reon May 27. Fact of Manish Sisodia, sulting in deaths of this matter is that Deputy CM patients in many casthe Supreme Court es. The four-member had already formed a committee formed by the AAP committee with regard to oxygovernment was mandated to gen deaths compensation on examine whether compensa- May 6, consisting of Randeep tionwas required to be given. Gulieria, A Budhiraja and The file was sent to L-G Anil Joint secretaries in central Baijal for approval. and Delhi governments,” it Questioning the ‘obsaid. structionist’ attitude of In April and May, sevthe central gover neral hospitals had reportment, Sisodia said the ed a number of deaths people of Delhi due to oxygen wanted the govcrunch. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ROW IN MP, IAS OFFICER’S LEAKED CHAT LANDS HIM IN TROUBLE AWKWARD PHOTO OP It began with an awkward photo op, during which the two leaders appeared to avoid facing each other, indicating strain in bilateral ties. There was no hostility in the talks, Putin said. Biden brought up the issue of human rights and dissident Navalny’s arrest | P9 While the MP govt has issued a showcause notice, the bureaucrat has applied for transfer to his home state citing personal grounds | P8 MASKED RELIEF Visitors at Humayun’s Tomb which reopened on Wednesday after Covid rules were relaxed | PARVEEN NEGI A boy admiited at a COVID-19 care centre in Sangli, Maharashtra | PTI months. The basic principles of equity and dignity of care should be followed.” It suggested designating specific areas in Covid facilities for pediatric care, adding parents should be allowed to accompany the child. “For children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome who test negative for acute Covid, care has to be provided by the existing pediatric facilities,” it said. Remdesivir was earlier not recommended for children Earlier, the Centre had said that antiviral drug Remdesivir was not recommended for children. It had said steroids should be used to treat only moderately severe and critically ill patients in hospital settings. At the same time, it recommended a six minuted walk test to assess “cardiopulmonary exercise tolerance”. TRIO HAS TO WAIT FOR RELEASE, COPS CONTEST HC ORDER E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A day after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal and Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha, the Delhi Police is yet to release them and has sought more time to verify the addresses of the sureties for the three. A Delhi court reserved its order on the plea moved by Kalita and Narwal seeking their immediate release from Tihar Jail. Asif is currently on custodial bail to take his BA final examinations. All three were arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the Delhi riots case. The police on Wednesday also approached the Supreme Court against the bail order. In its plea seeking more time to release the trio, the Delhi Police stated, “…Since accused person namely Asif lqbal Tanha and Devangana Kalita are per manent residents of Jharkhand and Assam, respectively, the investigating agency requires time till June 21 to verify the said address and would be able to file report on June 22 before this court. Similarly accused Natasha , Narwal is a permanent resident of Rohtak, Haryana. Therefore, the investigating agency requires time till June 18 and would file report on June 19 before this court.” The police also sought directions to the Unique Identification Authority if India to verify the Aadhaar card details of the sureties. In its plea challenging the HC order, the police stated that the judgment was passed without due application of mind to the evidence mentioned in the charge sheet. There is enough evidence in the charge sheet, including WhatsApp messages and social media posts, to establish the allegations of conspiracy for widespread violence, it contended. The trio was arrested in May last year. Granting bail to them, the Delhi High Court said had said it seemed that in its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. “If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy it had noted. ,” Natasha Narwal Asif Iqbal Tanha Devangana Kalita ‘Bizarre excuses being made’ The Delhi Police working under the MHA is giving “bizarre” excuses to prevent the on-bail release of the three students, alleged CPI-M leader Brinda Karat who had provided a surety required for Narwal to walk out of jail ‘Chardham Yatra will not commence until safety rules assured’ V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun THE Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday asserted that the Chardham Yatra will not be allowed until it is convinced about Covid safety protocols. Citing the example of Kumbh congregation, the high court observed that last minute decisions do more harm than good. “Kumbh could not be managed due to last minute decision and situation spiralled out of control,” it added. The bench recalled the spike in Covid cases across the country during and aftermath of the Kumbh. “If it happens yet again, we cannot go around sullying our state’s reputation.” Secretary tourism Dilip Jawalkar, who was present during the virtual hearing, was questioned about the arrangements made for the pilgrimage. Not satisfied with his replies and the culture and religion affairs department’s affidavit, the court issued orders to file a report on or before June 21 detailing the government’s decision about various aspects of the yatra. It includes the details of the different phases in which the pilgrimage is to be opened, about the preparations made to ensure that the SOPs are strictly adhered to by the pilgrims, the sanitisation of the 16 km trek to Kedarnath, the infrastructure facilities and equipm e n t p rov i d e d fo r s u ch sanitisation by the Uttarakhand government. “We requested the court that the focus should be on cleanliness of the temple premises as well as the trekking route. The court found that the information regarding the responsibilities given have not been intimated,” a lawyer said. Opening pilgrimage after June 22 under consideration The Uttarakhand government submitted that it has decided not to open the pilgrimage till June 22. But the government also mentioned that the decision is yet to be taken for the period after that.
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