TUESDAY Quad FMs meet likely on sidelines of G20 summit 29 JUNE, 2021 EAM S Jaishankar, who is in Italy to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ meet, may hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from few countries epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard G20 foreign ministers’ meeting today twitter.com/TheMornStandard At Quad foreign ministers’ meeting, the leaders may agree to alter the timeline of Covid vaccine manufacturing boosting capacity of India COVID-PROOF ARE MUMBAI KIDS NOW IMMUNE? Another meeting on the Sero survey finds over 50% of paediatric population has developed antibodies A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 sidelines could be India, South Africa foreign ministers’ meet. India and S Africa had floated a proposal at the WTO seeking the waiver of IPR on vaccines PAGES 12 Emergency cash Loan guarantee Electricity Food grains Insurance Public health Broadband Tourism An additional `1.5L cr allocated for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme; `7,500 cr for micro finance institutions `1.1 lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for Covid-hit sectors, of which `50,000 cr is for the health sector to scale up medical infra Of `3,03,058 crore allocated for reformbased result-linked power distribution scheme, the Centre will spend `97,631 crore during FY22-26 Centre to spend `93,869 cr during May-Nov 2021 for free food grains under PMGKY, bringing total cost to `2,27,841 crore `88K cr to be spent during FY22-26 to boost export insurance cover, plus `33K cr for projects through natl export insurance account A total of `23,000 cr to be spent under new scheme for public health in FY22, of which Center will spend `15,000 crore Centre to spend `19,041 crore during FY22-23 under ‘Broadband to each village through BharatNet PPP model’ Working capital / personal loans for those working in tourism sector with 100% guarantee; Govt’s financial implication: `100 cr TARGETED SUPPORT Another stimulus shot to lift economy FM announces fresh credit for Covid-hit small biz, tourism, healthcare sectors; loan guarantee scheme for borrowers A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE finance ministry on Monday announced a slew of measures to help the Covid-battered economy, including fresh credit for MSMEs, and targeted support to the healthcare and tourism sectors. The package includes `1.10 lakh crore of credit guarantee scheme, of which `50,000 crore will be for the healthcare sector, with a three-year single loan of up to `100 crore carrying an interest of 7.95%. Loans to other sectors such as tourism and hospitality would come at 8.25% per annum interest rate. Special support was given to the hospitality sector in the form of retail loan worth `10 lakh to travel agencies and `1 lakh loan for registered tourist guides. “They can use the loans to pay old loan or to buy a vehicle or start a new business,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while announcing the relief package for the tourism sector. A `7,500 crore credit guarantee scheme was extended to banks for existing NBFC-MFIs or MFIs for lending up to `1.25 lakh to about 25 lakh small borrowers. LESS than 24 hours after the first-ever drone bombing on an Indian Air Force base, troops thwarted two possible drone attacks on the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military station in Jammu. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said on midnight of June 27-28, troops spotted two separate drone activities. “One was detected at 11.45 pm and second at 2.40 am. Quick reaction teams engaged them with firing, upon which they flew away,” he said. “A major threat was thwarted by the alertness and proactive approach of the troops.” An Army officer said alert jawans foiled probable drone attacks. Asked whether there was any clarity as to where the drones had come from and where they went, the officer said, “It was night time, so it was difficult to determine it.” The Army launched search operations outside the Kaluchak military station which lasted for a few hours. Incidentally the Ka, luchak military station had witnessed a massacre on May 14, jana and Production linked scheme for one more year. The Centre has also extended the timeline for previously announced free foodgrains scheme for the poor from May to November 2021. The outgo from this scheme in FY22 is estimated at `93,869 crore. This, along with an additional allocation of `14,775 crore towards fertiliser subsidy, takes the size of the relief package to `6.29 lakh crore. However, as most of the an- Loans will be given to the smallest borrowers by MFIs. A maximum of `1.25 lakh will be lent. The focus is on new lending and not on repayment of old loans - Nirmala Sitharaman Jawans foil drone attack in Jammu, avert another strike F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Experts claimed while the intent is good, this will hardly help the sector which have about six crore borrowers. Apart from that, the government increased the cap for availing guarantee under the existing Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme from `3 lakh crore to `4.5 lakh crore and extended the timeline of many existing schemes under Atmanirbhar package for one more year, like Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yo- 2002, when terrorists gunned down 31 people, including 18 Army family members, three Army personnel and 10 civilians. Ten children were part of the fatalities. When asked whether there is a possibility of the drones coming from across the International Border (IB), the officer said, “We don’t know which type of drone was involved. Every drone has a range; some of them have just a few km. Since the type of the drone is not known, it cannot be said whether it had come from across the IB,” he added. A security officer said troops have been placed on the highest mode of alert to foil any drone attacks on security installations. Airports, security and government installations are particularly being kept under strict surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir after the drone incursions on two consecutive days. Elsewhere, Punjab Police chief Dinkar Gupta held a meeting with senior officers of Border Security Force and the state police to chalk out a strategy to deal with the security challenges posed by drones. HC stays yatra, but govt order says otherwise V I N E ET U P A D H Y A Y @ Dehradun HOURS after the High Court staying the Char Dham Yatra on Monday, the Uttarakhand government issued directives to start the pilgrimage for locals of three districts from July 1. The directives were mentioned in a letter regarding the extension of Covid curfew in the state. “First phase of Char Dham Yatra will begin on July 1. In the first phase, pilgrims from Chamoli district will be allowed to go to Badrinath, pilgrims from Rudraprayag to Kedarnath and from Uttarkashi to Gangotri and Yamunotri. Every pilgrim is required to register for the Yatra and must have Covid negative report not prior to 72 hours of the pilgrimage,” reads the 12page letter. Earlier, in the day the Utta, rakhand HC stayed the decision of the state Cabinet to allow the yatra from July 1 and allowed live streaming of rituals for pilgrims. One of the drones was detected at 11.45 pm and the second at 2.40 am. Quick reaction teams engaged them with firing, upon which they flew away — Lt Col Devender Anand, defence spokesperson CLOSE SHAVE Patients are evacuated after a fire broke out at a room in emergency department of AIIMS in New Delhi on Monday. Luckily, nobody was injured | PTI | P4 Single parent no issue for school admission: Sisodia GAYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi Security personnel check vehicles after two drones were noticed hovering over Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military station in Jammu | PTI nouncements were part of the credit guarantee scheme, the fiscal impact for the government will be limited, said Siddharth Sanyal, chief economist and head, Research, Bandhan Bank. Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA, estimates the step-up in the fiscal outgo within FY22 based on fresh announcements at `60,000 crore. That said, Monday’s package packed more wallop due to the much-needed attention on health, whose FY22 budget allocation was deemed grossly inadequate. An additional `23,220 crore was directed towards health expenditure, with special emphasis on P10 paedetric care. SCHOOLS cannot deny admission to a child on the grounds that the name of only one parent is mentioned, announced Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the portfolio of education department. A circular to this effect has been issued by the Director of Education (DoE) . “All the heads of schools if all management are hereby directed to not deny admission to the candidates who have filled the details of even one parents in the application form while taking admission,” stated the order issued by Udit Prakash Rai, Director, DoE. According to officials, no child with single parent has been denied admission so far but due to technical issues, single parent — mostly women — faced trouble in getting the documents. In many cases, they had to mention the child’s father name in the certificates even though they did not wished to, just to get their child enrolled in a school. “About 7-8 years ago, following a petition, the Supreme Court intervened and issued an order that any child can use their mothers name in the board certificates and the same was conveyed to the CBSE,” said Anil Kumar, Principal of Sarvodya Kanya Bal Vidyalaya, Jhilmil. “It is a very progressive step and will ease the process of admission easy for single parents.” Indian fliers hit as Covishield not on EU’s approved list E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulatory body for the European Union (EU), has excluded Serum Institute of India (SII)-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield from the bloc’s ‘Green Pass’, putting fliers from India under stress. The Green Pass, which will come into effect on July 1, will enable people to travel to EU member states for business and tourism if they have taken either of the four approved jabs. They are Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s jab manufactured in Europe), Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moderna) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). SII missed the bus because it had not applied for its emergency use with the regulatory agency. But there is no difference AstraZeneca’s Va x z e v r i a a n d Covishield. “In my view, this June 27 JAB-O-METER decision is clearly TAKE 64.25 lakh doses discriminatory and YOUR June 28 without any plausiSHOT 48,01,465 doses ble explanation on TOTAL DOSES: 32,85,54,011 why the same vaccine produced in two different countries is being treated differently,” said Chandrakant Lahariya, health systems and vaccine expert. India has taken up the matter with Brussels and also the French government. Meanwhile, Adar Poonawalla, sounding more like India’s foreign minister than SII’s CEO, tweeted: “I realise that a lot of Indians who have taken COVISHIELD are facing issues with travel to the EU, I assure everyone, I have taken this up at the highest levels and hope to resolve this matter soon, both with regulators and at a diplomatic level with countries.” The EMA has given a free hand to member states to allow entry for travellers vaccinated with jabs not on P7 the EMA list. NATIONWIDE JUNE 27 JUNE 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI 50,040 46,148 Fresh cases 57,944 58,578 Recoveries 1,258 58,578 Deaths JUNE 27 JUNE 28 89 285 04 59 72 72 Twitter map shows J&K, Ladakh outside India; drops it after flak EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TWITTER dropped a map from its website page after a fresh controversy erupted on the social media giant leaving Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh outside India’s map. Twitter users flagged the incorrect map, following which there was an uproar demanding action against the micro blogging site. The map in question appeared on the career section of Twitter website. When this paper reached out to Twitter, it declined to comment on the issue. The row comes at a time when the ties between the Centre and Twitter are strained over the new IT rules notified in February . This is not the first time that Twitter has misrepresented India’s map. Last year, the Centre sent it a notice over a geotag for Leh which showed it was part of China. The Centre had written to CEO Jack Dorsey that it was disappointed over Ind i a ’s m a p b e i n g misrepresented. “Twitter is confirming by its actions the apprehensions expressed widely in the last few months about its bias towards Indian interests and sensitivities. Twitter’s mischievous repre- sentation of Indian Map is strongly condemned. Twitter has to follow law of land..!” tweeted BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao. The relationship between the government and Twitter became more strained when Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the social media giant denied him access to his account for around an hour last Friday. This was after complaints that he had violated copyright laws by posting his clippings from TV debates. Jeremy Kessel is new grievance officer for India Twitter has appointed California-based Jeremy Kessel as its new grievance officer for India after Dharmendra Chatur quit from the post. But IT rules manade the officer be a resident of India. P7
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