FRIDAY Wall of steel awaits those who bully China: Xi Jinping 02 JULY, 2021 Warning after the Communist Party celebrates birth centenary with a massive show of force on Thursday epaper.morningstandard.in HAILS BEIJING’S RISE AS IRREVERSIBLE Xi hailed China’s irreversible rise in his address at a ceremony and said those who bully Beijing “will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese.” facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard FRESH FRACAS HAWALA ROW ERUPTS IN BENGAL TMC leader demands clarification from Governor on name in bizman’s diary PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS 9 EU nations OK Covishield jabs to permit entry WHO to share status of Covaxin’s request for emergency use approval by mid-August EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi NINE of the European Union’s 27 member states have so far recognised India’s Covishield vaccine for allowing entry of travellers into their respective countries. In other words, those who already have double shots of Covishield can fly in and out of those nine countries for business or pleasure without hassle but not into the rest of the EU member states. The nations that green-lighted Serum Institute of India’s Covishield are Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Estonia and Switzerland. The approvals came after intense diplomacy with India playing the reciprocal policy card on exemption from quarantine. It meant that travellers from EU member states that do not recognise Covishield as well as Covaxin produced by Bharat Biotech will face mandatory quarantine upon arrival in India. While the nine countries have accepted Covishield, they are uneasy about Covaxin because it is yet to get the World Health Organisation’s approval. New Delhi is learnt to be okay with it and may not press the Covaxin matter till the WHO takes its call. The first hint of a WHO timeline on Covaxin came on Thursday when it said clarity on its emergency use approval should EUA SOUGHT FOR ZYDUS CADILA JAB Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Thursday said it has applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Indian drug regulator for its three-dose Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D, and plans to manufacture 10-12 crore doses annually P7 be available by mid-August. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s top regulatory body, has approved only four vaccines — Comirn a t y ( P f i z e r- B i o N Te c h ) , Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzervria (AstraZeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Vaxzervria and Covishield are different only in their brand names and their manufacturing address. The EMA, however, allowed member states to amend the rules to let people enter after taking any other WHO-approved vaccine. NEW DELHI J8.00 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai AFTER a three-month lull, oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Thursday raised the price of domestic LPG by `25.5 per cylinder, sending prices for both subsidised and unsubsidised consumers in Delhi to `834.50. In Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata, unsubsidised prices rose to `850.50, `834.50, and `861, respectively . The OMCs have not officially released the price notification but industry sources confirmed the price hike. LPG prices have soared a sharp 40% from `594 per cylinder in November 2020 to the current `834.50. Compared with the rise in petrol and diesel prices in the past year, where prices have touched the `100/litre-mark in many places, LPG prices have been increased seven times between December 2020 and now, but revised downward just once. Prices were cut by `10 on April 1, ahead of the Assembly polls in five states. The latest price rise in domestic cooking gas has been primarily driven by the recovery in global crude oil prices, which have reached Manufacturing sector contracts in June India’s manufacturing sector activities contracted for the first time in 11 months in June as rise in coronavirus cases and strict containment measures adversely impacted demand NOVAK DJOKVIC ASSAM’s jailed activist and sitting MLA Akhil Gogoi on Thursday walked out after over a year of incarceration. Observing that blockades without incitement to violence is not a terrorist act, a special NIA court in Guwahati cleared Gogoi and three others of all criminal charges including those under the stringent UAPA. The cour t said Go goi’s speeches “did not incite violence and rather appealed to the people to maintain peace and not indulge in violence”. The activist, who won the Assembly poll from jail, was charged under several UAPA and IPC sections for his alleged role in violent CAA protests in December 2019. “I spent more than a year and a half in jail. A case was filed Sibsagar MLA Akhil Gogoi after his release in Guwahati on Thursday | PTI against me for my links with the CPI (Maoist). In another, I was charged with inciting violence during the anti-CAA agitation. The court has proved these were fake charges,” Gogoi told reporters. Dismissing charges of sedition against Gogoi and three others – Dharya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal and Manas Konwar – the court noted that “though @ New Delhi/Dehradun AMID loads of speculation, clouds of uncertainty continue to linger over Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s status, since he has to get elected to the state Assembly by September 10 to stay in the saddle, but there are technical difficulties in holding byelections to make that happen. While the BJP brass continued to brainstorm over the leadership question, the faction ridden state unit of the BJP indulged in wild speculation, ranging from leadership change to calling early elections. A few of the BJP unit’s heavyweights have also become active, fancy- ing their chances in the event the leadership deciding to opt for a new face in the state. Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act mandates that bypolls for a constituency can be held only if the incumbent has at least a year’s tenure to serve as a lawmaker. With the state elections in likely in February-March, as the term of the Assembly will expire on March 23, 2022, there is no technical scope for holding the by-election. Rawat, a Lok Sabha MP, assumed office of the chief minister on March 10. The state also does not have a legislative council to accommodate him. Having burnt its fingers in the West Bengal elections when Bad loans may swell to 9.8% by Mar 2022: RBI Banks’ gross non-performing assets could rise to 9.8% by March 2022 from 7.48% in March 2021, according to RBI’s Financial Stability Report released on Thursday | P10 ANDY MURRAY LOW ON GRASS! was when the Communist party seized power in China 71-AIRCRAFT SHOW OF FORCE Xi reiterated China’s commitment to reunite Taiwan with the mainland and hit back at criticism on crackdown and internment. Seventy-one aircraft participated in the ceremony. Xi said China will continue to modernise its armed forces to take on its enemies Underground parking lot coming up at Metro station E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHI Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is building an underground integrated parking facility at its upcoming Dhansa Bus Stand station on the Grey Line. This will be integrated with the main station and allow commuters to park vehicles and directly enter the concourse of the station. Officials said this is the only underground station on the entire Metro network, with an underground floor dedicated for parking of cars and two-wheelers. The station situated on the 1.8 km Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand stretch is a four-level underground structure, where the SLOANE STEPHENS ADRIAN MANNARINO MANY THEORIES, NO ANSWERS Wimbledon said persistent rains early in the week haven’t helped. Centre Court and Court No 1, the two largest courts, have retractable roofs. But when the roofs are deployed, the moisture doesn’t evaporate as it does on courts open to the air, wind & sun European war heats up AGAINST ALL ODDS, THEY ARE HERE IS IT ACTUALLY COMING HOME? Czech Republic. Ukraine. Denmark. Switzerland... these aren’t countries that usually play in the last eight. But thanks to a few reasons — goalscorers, attacking flair, lot of grit and a kind group — they have reached this stage. Take for example Czech and Denmark. One of them will be in the semifinals, something that’s happened only once previously this century (in 2004). Quarterfinals of the Euros will begin today with Spain taking on Switzerland (9.30 pm) followed by Belgium vs Italy (12.30 am) the law of sedition continues in our statute book, its colony legacy cannot be overlooked.” The court said that for enforcing the law on sedition, it is desirable for the investigating authorities to be continually trained to conform to the parameters of the law of sedition in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines. The order said Gogoi’s statements asking for a “blockade and closure” cannot be said to have been made with the intention ‘to threaten the economic security of India so as to constitute an offence of advocating commission of a terrorist act’. The court, while emphasising that nobody can take law into their own hands, observed free speech is the very “soul of our cherished democracy”. People have a right to protest provided they do not resort to P8 violence, it added. Even if a few of the big boys complete the top eight, the journey that England have been on make them favourites. Tournament football is usually won by sides that don’t concede and England are yet to concede. That the semifinals and final is also in Wembley is also a big advantage (if they do beat Ukraine in Rome on Saturday). So, yes, it could well come home. Army chief thinks drone warfare will be on the rise M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT June 30 25,14,153 doses July 1 38,17,661 doses TOTAL DOSES: 33,96,28,356 NATIONWIDE JUNE 30 JULY 1 Fresh cases 45,951 48,786 Recoveries Deaths 60,729 61,588 817 1,005 DELHI JUNE 30 Bypoll mandatory Section 150 of the RPA, in case of a vacancy in an Assembly, makes it mandatory for the EC to call upon the Assembly seat to elect a person for the purpose of filling the vacancy, Gupta said platform is designed at the bottom (at an approximate depth of 18 metres). The concourse is next and then an entire floor for parking above it, with the roof level at the top (ground level), said officials. DMRC said the parking lot is equipped with facilities such as entry and exit ramps, lifts, staircases and escalators through which vehicle users will enter the concourse. There will be parking space for about 110 cars and 185 twowheelers. In future, there would also be provision for property development activities at the ground level. As of now, no deadline has been set for this parking lot to be completed. MARATHA QUOTA Supreme Court rejects Centre’s review petition E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi As Wimbledon entered its fourth day, all talk is centred around the grass. Over the past three days, several players including Novak Djokovic have tumbled on court, with many questioning if the grass is extra-slippery this year than in the past JULY 1 Fresh cases 94 93 Recoveries Deaths 240 06 111 04 Uncertainty stays on Rawat as U’khand CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE pre-pandemic levels after sinking to multi-decade lows in April last year. Unsubsidised LPG prices are now higher by `28 compared to pre-pandemic levels. It works out to be costlier by `231 for subsidised consumers as the gover nment eliminated most DBT LPG subsidies when crude prices tanked last May, but did not restore them when oil prices rose. NICK KYRGIOS Activist Akhil Gogoi walks free after court strikes down terror charges P R A SA N TA M A Z U M DA R A N D SA N A S H A K I L @ Guwahati / New Delhi PAGES 12 PAY `25 MORE FOR COOKING GAS COVOVAX TRIAL ON KIDS HAS TO WAIT India’s apex drug regulator on Thursday turned down a proposal by the Serum Institute to test Covovax vaccine on children saying it first needs to evaluate safety and immunogenicity data from the ongoing bridging trial in adults P7 1949 the Covid second wave had started rising menacingly, the Central Election Commission apparently decided not to notify the bypoll. In all, by-elections to 26 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats across the country have been withheld because of the pandemic. Dr Kartikey Hari Gupta, who practices in Uttarakhand Hugh Court, told this newspaper: “As per Article 164 (4), a minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the legislature of the state shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a minister. For this six-month limitation, the Constitution does not differentiate between a minister and a chief minister.” A few days after a drone attack on the Indian Air Force base near Jammu, Army Chief General MM Naravane said these will be used more often in future. “Drones will be increasingly used in all sorts of combat in the future, both by the state and non-state actors and we will have to factor this in all our future plans,” General Naravane said on Thursday . On June 27, in a first of its kind incident, two drones dropped payload on a building in the air base. Talking about challenges, the General said easy availability of drones increases the complexity and challenges for the forces. The Army has planned measures to handle this. “All our troops on ground have been sensitised to this evolving threat and we are developing capabilities to deal with it, both in the kinetic and non-kinetic realms,” he said. About the situation in Kashmir and Line of Control, he said things have got better. “Ever since the ceasefire understanding between the two DGMOs in February the situa, tion in J&K has improved.” THE Supreme Cour t on Thursday dismissed the Centre’s review petition challenging its interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional amendment in its May 5 judgment that declared the Maratha quota unconstitutional. A five-judge Constitution bench, while dismissing the review petition, said, “We have gone through the review petition filed against the judgment dated May 5. The grounds taken in the review petition do not fall within the limited ground on which the review petition can be considered. The various grounds taken in the review petition have already been dealt with in the main judgment. We do not find any sufficient ground to entertain this review petition.” In the May 5 judgment, the court had ruled that as per the Article 342A that was inserted into the Constitution through the 102nd amendment, the Central government alone can identify Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) and include them in a list to be published under Article 342A (1), specifying the SEBCs in relation to each state and UTs. The top court had ruled the states can only make suggestions, under Article 338B, for the inclusion, exclusion or modification of castes or communities in the list. NATURAL JUSTICE Stray dogs have the right to food & citizens right to feed them: HC E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi FEEDING stray dogs often leads to quarrels between neighbours. One such fight has resulted in the canines having the last laugh, or bark if you prefer, as the Delhi High Court has upheld their right to food. Citizens have the right to feed community canines, Justice J R Midha ruled on Thursday, but at the same time observed that in exercising this right, care and caution is must to ensure that no nuisance, harm or harassment is caused to others. Laying down guidelines on feeding of street dogs, the high court said any person having compassion for stray dogs can feed them at their private entrance or driveway of their house or any other place not shared with other residents. No one can restrict the others from feeding dogs until and unless it is causing harm or harassment to them, it added. Community dogs have to be fed at areas designated by the Animal Welfare Board of India in consultation with resident welfare associations or municipal corporations, the court said. To implement the guidelines, the court formed a committee comprising the director of Animal Husbandry Department or his nominee, senior officers of all municipal corporations and Delhi Cantonment Board and certain advocates. It was directed to hold its first meeting within four weeks. The order came in a case of dispute between two residents of a locality One of them had . sought direction to restrain the other from feeding street dogs near the entrance of a property . Animals had a right under law to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity and it was the moral responsibility of each and every citizen to protect them, it added.
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