WEDNESDAY PARL PANEL TELLS GOOGLE, FACEBOOK TO OBEY IT RULES JUNE, 2021 Officials of the two social media giants on Tuesday deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT 30 epaper.morningstandard.in REPRESENTATIVES APPEAR IN-PERSON facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard SOMETHING WRONG NOT VACCINATED YET CERTIFIED Multiple cases of persons receiving messages without taking the shot in MP A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 Cipla to import the US jab; mass rollout after safety assessment on first 100 doses Moderna gets emergency use authorisation S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi US-based Moderna on Tuesday got emergency use authorization under India’s revised regulatory norms, which allow Covid vaccines approved in certain nations to enter the country without bridging trials. With this, the number of Covid vaccines cleared for use in India has risen to four. Moderna is the first jab to get clearance under the revised rules. Mumbai-based pharmaceutical firm Cipla will import the vaccine, which has shown 90% efficacy Cipla said . its is supporting Moderna with the regulatory approval and importation, clarifying that at this stage, there is no definitive agreement on commercial supplies. The vaccine can be stored at 2-8 degree Celsius for a month while the vial is unopened, but needs to be stored at -20 to -25 degree Celsius for mediumand long-term storage, which makes the logistics requirement very challenging. Its two doses have to be administered 28 days apart. The development comes even as the Centre is yet to take a decision on the demand of indemnity put forth by Moderna, along with another company Pfizer whose coronavirus vaccine is also looking to enter the Indian market. According to sources in the apex drug regulator, as per the modified rules, the Covid-19 vaccine by Moderna will still need to be administered to 100 people first for the safety assessment and the report will be examined after seven days before mass vaccinations are carried out. “We are pleased to inform that Moderna vaccine has been approved in India today through an Indian partner and it opens the pathways for the vaccine’s availability in the country soon,” said V K Paul, member health, Niti Aayog, in a press briefing on Tuesday, shortly after the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation meeting in which the application by Cipla was cleared. CUT PVT HOSP VAX QUOTA: STATES After Tamil Nadu and Odisha asked the Centre to reduce the 25% quota for private hospitals in procurement of vaccines to 10%, Jharkhand on Tuesday demanded it be reduced to 5% so that the state government gets 20% more vaccines. It also highlighted the poor demand for vaccines in private hospitals. However, sources say the Centre has no plan to change the formula | P7 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 28 JUNE 29 59 72 02 101 119 04 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT June 28 48,01,465 doses June 29 33,79,525 doses TOTAL DOSES: 33,25,81,423 NEW DELHI J8.00 FIRs AGAINST TWITTER IN DELHI, UP, MP Delhi, UP police filed FIRs against Twitter for allowing access to child pornography and putting up a distorted map of India on the platform, respectively. MP govt also plans legal action against it. UP govt has moved the SC against the Karnataka HC’s grant of protection from arrest to Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari | P7 Finger of suspicion on Lashkar; PM holds meet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Srinagar/New Delhi Expeditious framing of a broad-based policy to deal with emerging security threats and futuristic challenges were discussed in the high-level meeting | FILE The new tech threat will be countered through tech. We have made lots of deployments. Security forces are on high alert at vital installations along LoC and within Valley —Vijay Kumar, IG, Kashmir AMID the security establishment’s assessment that it was the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) that was behind the twin drone strikes on an IAF base in Jammu two days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a high-level meeting with defence minister Rajnath Singh, Union home affairs minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. J&K police chief Dilbag Singh pointed his finger of suspicion directly at the LeT, saying it is widely using drones for supplies to its terror operatives. He also said that the drones that attacked the Jammu airbase possibly came from Pakistan. “The drones are sus- Delay in database on migrant workers unpardonable: SC tells Centre & states EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and UTs to implement the ‘one nation, one ration card scheme’ till July 31, while asking the Centre to provide dry ration for free distribution among migrant workers till the Covid-19 situation continues. The court stressed that the government cannot abdicate from its duties to feed migrant workers who do not possess ration card. “There is a large number of such migrants who do not possess any card... due to poverty and lack of education. The state cannot abdicate its duty towards such persons, especially in the wake of the pandemic where large numbers of migrant workers are not able to get jobs which may satisfy their basic needs,” a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah observed. The court directed the Centre and states to ensure that none among the estimated 38 crore migrant workers goes hungry during the pandemic and ordered the state governments to frame schemes to distribute dry ration to migrant workers by July 31. “The States/Union Territories have to make extra efforts to reach migrant labourers so that no migrant labourer is denied two meals a day,” the judgement read, adding that the Centre has to supply whatever additional quantity of food grains a state demands. “The allocation of additional food grains and running of community kitchens in prominent places to feed workers should continue throughout the pandemic,” the court directed. It ordered all the states to implement the ‘one nation one ration card scheme’ by July 31. The scheme allows migrant labourers covered under the National Food Security Act to access food at any fair price shop with his or her ration card anywhere in India. The apex court also slammed the Labour Ministry for its ‘unpardonable apathy’ in not completing the work of the `45.39-crore National Database for Unorganised Workers (NDUW) portal to register and identify migrant workers and unorganised labourers to ensure their rights, welfare and food security . More than one-fourth of India’s population The plea was filed by activists Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar. Quantifying the migrant workers, the court said the NSO put it around 38 crore in 2017-18. That works out to more than 1/4th of the country’s population Special CP to take additional charge as Delhi Police chief GOAL! ENGLAND SETTLE OLD SCORE, BEAT GERMANY 2-0 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SPECIAL CP (Vigilance), Balaji Srivastava will hold the additional charge of Commissioner of Police of Delhi, after the retirement of SN Shrivastava until further orders. The current Commissioner of Police will retire on June 30. Balaji is an 1985 IPS officer. “Consequent upon the suppernuation of SN Shrivastava (AGMUT 1985), Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Balaji Srivastava will hold the additional charges of Commissioner of Police, Delhi, in addition to his re gular charge until further appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever earlier,” read an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to officials, Balaji has been given this additional charge instead of a permanent appointment. Earlier, Shrivastav was given additional charge a month before the retirement of Amulya Patnaik. Balaji was tranferred to Delhi Police last October from Puducherry where he was the Di, rector General (DG). He also served as Additional DG of Andaman and Nicobar. He had served as Special CP of Delhi Police special cell, economic wing and intelligence. PAGES 12 The panel chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had asked the social media site officials to appear in-person. Facebook’s country public policy director Shivnath Thukral and general counsel Namrata Singh deposed before the panel, while Google was represented by its country head (govt affairs & public policy) Aman Jain and director (legal) Gitanjali Duggal BACK HOME Manmeet Kaur arrives from Srinagar with her family at IGI airport. Her family claims she was forced to convert | EXPRESS | P7 After goalless first half, Rahim Sterling and Harry Kane find the target late at Wembley Stadium to take team into quarterfinals. Joachim Low’s 15-year reign as manager of national side comes to disappointing end, as offcolour Germany suffers inglorious exit from Last-16 stage of continental championship | P11 pected to have come from across (the border) but we are still probing as of now,” he said. Laskhar’s role was established in most cases of arms smuggling through drones along the Line of Control and the International Border in J&K, he added. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency on Tuesday formally took over probe into the airbase attack. Two NIA teams — one from Jammu and the other from Delhi — were already part of the investigation since Sunday. An NIA spokesperson termed the twin blasts as “a well-planned conspiracy”. At the meeting chaired by Modi, the security establishment deliberated on futuristic challenges in the defence sector and on “equipping our forces with moder n equipment”, sources said. Policy matters on security were discussed in detail, they added but refused to elaborate. Sources said security agencies have not found any debris of the drones used in the IAF station attack. “Had the debris been found, we could have detected their point of origin and the route from their GPS coordinates. It is believed that the drones were not self-destructive and probably returned to their source after dropping two explosives, including RDX, injuring two IAF personnel,” a highly placed source told this newspaper. Splinters found at the site of explosions have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis. EXPRESS READ Five-fold strategy for Covid management Gauri Lankesh: SC notice on accused’s bail New Delhi: The Centre released fresh Covid guidelines for July, asking states to focus on the five-fold strategy for effective management. It said the process of relaxing restrictions should be carefully calibrated. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla directed the states/UTs should regularly monitor the districts with a high number of active coronavirus cases per million population. New Delhi: The Supreme Court issued a notice to Karnataka government on a plea filed by Kavitha Lankesh challenging the HC order quashing charges under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act against one of the accused in the murder case of her sister Gauri Lankesh. According to the petitioner, Mohan Nayak is relying on the impugned judgment to seek bail. Faux pas in certificates; Chhattisgarh Congress infighting to blame? While the incident could just be a faux pas and may have no EVEN as the Congress is strug- links with the tension between gling to put its house in order in the CM and his cabinet colpoll-bound states, differences league, Baghel’s recent decibetween Chief Minister Bhu- sion of promoting the role of pesh Baghel and Health Minis- private health sector in rural ter T S Singhdeo in Chhattis- area has not gone down well garh are growing and this is with Singhdeo, who did not creating piquant situations. hide his displeasure. The Covid-19 vaccine benefiOn June 26, Baghel decided ciaries in Janjgirto offer grants to speChampa district were cialist health profesrecently handed over sionals who will set vaccination certifiup private nursing It is an error by the cates that not only homes in villages. A printing press. We carried the photos of miffed Singhdeo said, have been Baghel and Singhdeo “Neither was such instructed to but referred to both plan discussed with discontinue as CM. As the vaccime nor am I in favour distributing these nation card went vi- erroneous cards and of the decision. At a ral on social media, time when the state replace them. health department ofhas inadequate finanA senior official ficials blamed it on cial resources, giving the negligence of the funds to the private block medical officer (BMO). sector that will further charge District collector Jitender Ku- the people for treatment is mar Shukla said the officer had s o m e t h i n g b e y o n d m y been shunted out. However, comprehension.” Anil Choudhary BMO of Sakti , Baghel’s recent reshuffle of block in the district, said, “It is district in-charge ministers an error by the printing press. was seen as a move to clip the We have been instructed to dis- wings of Singhdeo. He was incontinue distributing these er- charge of 12 Assembly constitroneous vaccination cards and uencies but now has only five replace them.” segments. E J A Z K A I S E R @ Raipur TALE OF FLOODS Bridge not too far! Award for Assamese actor at Ottawa Film Festival P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati DIRECTOR Kripal Kalita’s extensive search for a rustic face in his Assamese movie has paid off. Kalita’s ‘Bridge’ fetched its lead actress Shiva Rani Kalita the Best Actress award at the Ottawa 4th Indian Film Festival Awards. Screened at 28 international film festivals, including the Indian Panorama category for 51st International Film Festival of India, the film shows the complex relationship between a destructive Brahmaputra and the flood-ravaged villagers who rebuild their houses on the very banks of the mighty river that washed away their homes. The director says he looked for qualities of a village in the lead actress. “We discovered her from among 300 girls who had come for the audition. The role demanded the character, Jonaki, to do the work of a man —ploughing, rearing cattle, building a house etc,” Kripal says. “ After the lead actor’s parents died in the floods, it fell on her to take care of her brother’s education. This is so real in Assam’s flood-affected areas.” The search was for a girl who did not know acting, he said. “ As such, she had to mostly do the activities.” Shiva Rani is on cloud nine following the recognition. “I always aspired to become an actress but never imagined would be selected for the award. I thank Gupomoni Gogoi and Anil Chamuah who had taken me to Kripal sir.” Rama Kumar Das and Sabita Devi are the film’s producers Kripal says the central idea was the nuanced relationship between the river and the dwellers on its banks. “The floods wreak havoc every year. So, the message that I wanted to give is that life must go on despite struggles, challenges and adversities,” he says. “The film also throws light on the socio-economic condition of people. The annual floods are our biggest problem that impedes development. Since the village does not have a bridge, nobody comes to marry its girls.” The artists and technicians had to go wade through water to shoot the 89-minute movie that was made in two years. Given the floods, Kripal says it took eight hours to shoot a twominute scene. Shiva Rani (middle) had some experience of stage as she acted in plays | EXPRESS
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