SATURDAY A.P. GIRL ON VIRGIN GALACTIC’S FULLY CREWED SPACEFLIGHT 03 Indian-American Sirisha Bandla, 34, will be part of the Richard Branson firm’s first fully crewed test flight slated for July 11 JULY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard EURO FOOTBALL SIRISHA BANDLA SPAIN ENTER SEMIFINALS Livestream La Roja beat Switzerland 3-1 in tie-breaker after 1-1 deadlock in 120 minutes A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 11 Mamata govt caught on wrong foot in denial of post-poll violence: HC P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata TAKING note of an interim report by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court on Friday said it prima facie appears to have caught the Mamata government on the wrong foot as the administration stayed in denial and tried to conceal more than reveal. The five-judge bench castigated the government for its failure to create an atmosphere of trust to rehabilitate people displaced by the violence. “In the violence, a number of persons were killed. Many suffered sexual violence and grievous injuries. Even minor girls were not spared. They have been brutally assaulted sexually. Properties of many of them were damaged and a number of them were forced to leave their houses and even migrated to neighbouring states. Till date, the state has not been able to create an atmosphere that could build confidence of the sufferers to return back to their homes or carry on their occupations,’’ the bench observed. Following a slew of petitions on post-poll violence, the bench had directed the NHRC on June 18 to constitute a committee to study the situation. While the state authorities had argued that they had received no complaints of violence, the State Legal Services Authority and the NHRC were flooded with petitions from the affected people when a mechanism was created to approach them, the court noted. SECURITY BREACH DRONE OVER MISSION IN PAK, INDIA SEEKS PROBE E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi E VEN as the country’s security establishment remains in a tizzy over the drone attack at the IAF base in Jammu on June 27, it came to light on Friday that a drone was spotted over the Indian High Commission complex in Islamabad just hours before. India sent a note verbal to Pakistan conveying its concerns over the “breach of security” and asked it to investigate and prevent recurrence of such incident. The drone was reportedly sighted during an event being held at the mission on June 26. Islamabad denied any such incident took place and called it “propaganda”. It claimed no proof had been shared to substantiate the allegations. The reports came amid more drones being sighted at Jammu border and being forced to fly back on Friday . ‘MORE TO CONCEAL THAN TO REVEAL’ “The NHRC committee has also recorded in the interim report that different authorities have failed to respond to the queries raised by it. It shows there is more to conceal than to reveal,” the five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court observed “People are afraid to even disclose their identity to apprehending threat to their life and property it pointed out. ,” The bench directed the state government to register all complaints of post-poll violence reported to the police or the NHRC, ensure medical treatment to all victims and provide ration even if the affected people have lost their ration cards. “Some are facing difficulty in getting their ration as their ration cards have been taken away by the goons,’’ the court noted, citing the report. The bench issued notice to IPS officer Rashid Munir Khan, DCP (south suburban division), asking why he should not be hauled up for contempt of court for violating specific orders issued by it to give full protection to the visiting NHRC team. Atif Rasheed, a member of the NHRC committee, was obstructed and he and his team members attacked on June 21 in Jadavpur area. No police protection was provided to them though prior notice was given to the local police by the NHRC, the court pointed out. NEW DELHI PAGES 12 Uttarakhand chief minister puts in his papers; BJP legislature party meeting today to elect an MLA as his successor V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun EMBATTLED Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat late on Friday night submitted his resignation letter to Governor Baby Rani Maurya, marking the end of his rather short tenure. Confirming his resignation, Rawat later said, “I resigned to avoid a Constitutional crisis that arises due to Sections 164 and 151 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.” The crisis he was referring to was about the technical problem in his getting elected to the Assembly before September 10. But another section of the law says bypoll can be held only if the elected person can hold office for at least a year. The term of the current Assembly will end on March 23 next. Uttarakhand BJP president Madan Kaushik said, “The next leader will be chosen in the party legislature meet tomorrow from among the MLAs.” Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar is likely to oversee the selection process. Responding to queries about why he did not contest the April by-elections for the Salt Assembly seat in Almora district, Rawat said, “I was down with Covid-19 then.” Soon after his resignation, names of many leaders aspiring to step into his shoes started doing the rounds. They included those of Satpal Maharaj, Shan Singh Rawat, Bishan Singh Chuphal and Kaushik. Before Rawat met the Gover- nor, he addressed a drab press conference, where he rattled out his performance report during his brief tenure. In the morning, Rawat went into a huddle with BJP president J P Nadda for over 50 minutes in Delhi, during which time he reportedly offered to step down. He also wrote to the Election Commision of India requesting it to announce by-elections dates for the state. Party insiders said that was his last ditch attempt to save his chair. Rawat’s departure means the state would get its third chief minister in less than four Public spat as CDS calls Air Force a support arm, Air Chief says it is not M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 1 38,17,661 doses July 2 38,88,643 doses TOTAL DOSES: 34,41,00,158 NATIONWIDE JULY 1 JULY 2 Fresh cases 48,786 46,617 Recoveries Deaths DELHI 61,588 59,384 1,005 853 JULY 1 JULY 2 Fresh cases 93 93 Recoveries Deaths 111 04 407 02 DIFFERENCES over the proposed integrated command system of defence forces came out in public view on Friday when Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat termed the Air Force just a supporting arm, while Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said “it is not”. Speaking at a defence summit on Friday, Gen Rawat said the “Air force is required to provide support to the ground forces. Do not forget, Air Force continues to remain a supporting arm to the armed forces just as the Artillery or Engineers support the Combatant Arms in the Army…. They have an adequate charter of supporting the ground forces in times of war,” the CDS added. Later, speaking at the same Bipin Rawat RKS Bhadauria event, the Air Chief said, “Air power has a huge role to play in any of the integrated battle areas and it is not an issue of support alone.” Calling the formation of the theatre commands much more complex the Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said, “Air force is for the formation of theatre commands. But the issues we have raised is about how we should do it. It is the most important reform that has an impact on warfighting.” When asked about the charter of the Indian Air Force, Bhadauria said, “Every service has its own doctrine, the best knowledge of how to employ the capabilities and capacities to get the best results.” The 1.4 million Indian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force function to secure and defend the nation under 17 functional commands. The formation of the Chief of Defence Staff in December 2019 was to integrate and synergise the armed forces to prepare them to meet the requirements of modern warfare. Theaterisation is one of the charters of the CDS. There are plans are to integrate the forces into five theatre commands – Air Defence, Maritime Theatre, Eastern Theatre, Western Theatre and Northern Theatre. Delhi govt laxity has turned Yamuna into a drain, says Jal Shakti minister EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre has opened yet another front against the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, this time over Yamuna pollution. In a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has lashed out at his government for showing no urgency for completing projects related to Yamuna cleaning despite the Centre extending all help. The state government’s laxity has turned the river into a ringing drain, Shekhawat said in his letter on July 1. Only two per cent of the Yamuna covers Delhi, but the city is responsible for 80 per cent of its pollution, the minister said, adding that all projects related to cleaning of the river are running 1524 months behind schedule. Expressing strong displeas- Gajendra Singh Arvind Kejriwal Polluting river a criminal offence, says NGT Noting that law of the land makes discharge of pollution in water sources punishable criminal offence, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Haryana government to take remedial measures against discharge of industrial effluents at Hamidi village in Yamunanagar district. ure at the delay Shekhawat said , the central government has provided `2,419 crore to the Delhi gover nment for 13 projects for the river’s clean- ing. But, 3,500 million litres of dirty water is discharged daily from 18 drains in the national capital into the Yamuna without treatment, he said. Assuring all possible help from the Centre, the Union minister in his letter expressed hope that the Delhi government would give priority to the river cleaning work. The letter also questioned the delay in completion of Coronation Pillar Sewage Treatment Plant and grant of permission for tree transplantation for Kondli Sewage Treatment Plant Phase 2. It further asked why the state government was yet to start work on seven proposed STPs to treat waste water from Najafgarh drain. The chief minister’s office was contacted for the Delhi government’s reaction to Shekhawat’s allegations in the letter, but no response was received till late Friday night. SOME RESPITE! A pedestrian caught in the rain in New Delhi on Friday | PARVEEN NEGI Chautala walks out of Tihar, faces acid test to regain ground H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh HIGH MAHARASHTRA NUMBERS PAGE 7 J8.00 Tirath yatra to power just about over FULL STORY ON PAGE 8 Covid-19 cases and deaths in India are falling in most places, but in the western state they are not subsiding after the second wave even though there has not been any major spike of late OF THE SPACEFLIGHT WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 6:30 PM ON THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT 2ND INDIAN-BORN WOMAN TO GO INTO SPACE Born in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur and brought up in Houston, Sirisha migrated to the US along with her parents when she was 5. She will be the second Indian-born woman to go into space after Kalpana Chawla. Six people, including founder Richard Branson, will be onboard the suborbital rocketpowered space plane VSS Unity, which will lift off from New Mexico Former Haryana CM and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala being welcomed by party supporters at Delhi-Gurugram border after his release on Friday | PTI FORMER Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala, jailed in connection with a teacher recruitment scam, walked out of Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Friday after serving his sentence. The 86-year-old Jat leader’s release could change the way politics plays out in the state, especially at this juncture when the farm agitation is building up again and panchayat polls are scheduled soon. Chautala’s release appears to have infused a new energy in his party workers and support- ers. Hundreds of them gathered at Delhi-Gurugram border to welcome their leader and started beating drums, raising slogans and showering flower petals as soon as his cavalcade arrived. The INLD veteran said he would continue to fight or the poor and the farmers. The biggest challenge for Chautala will be to regain the lost ground, with upcoming panchayat polls being his first test. He is faced with the task of consolidating his Jat vote bank and re-building the party . During his incarceration, the INLD suffered a major setback as a family feud broke up the party and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) was formed in December 2018. The JJP won 10 seats in the 2019 assembly polls and Chautala’s grandson Dushyant Chautala becoming Deputy CM as the JJP joined hands with the BJP to form government. The INLD’s lone MLA, Chautala’s elder son Abhay Chautala, resigned from the assembly in January in solidarity with the protesting farmers. In Chautala’s absence, former CM and Cong ress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda had assumed the Jat leadership. But with the BJP coming into power and M L Khattar becoming CM, Jat dominance in power was weakened. months. Rawat, a Lok Sabha MP from Pauri, had taken oath of office as chief minister on March 10. Apart from the legal hassle, party insiders said his resignation was due to difficulty in getting him elected to the state Assembly . It was after Rawat got into the saddle that the Maha Kumbh became a spectacle despite the second Covid wave creating a tsunami of sorts and turning the pilgrimage into a super spreader event. His off-the-cuff comments on ripped jeans and free rations had already made him a punching bag. MINIMUM TAX India agrees to international framework on taxing MNCs ANURADHA SHUKLA @ New Delhi INDIA has extended its support for an international tax framework, which calls for global minimum corporate tax of 15% and makes way for countries to tax multinationals, especially tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon, on their earnings there. According to finance ministry officials, India will be able to tax big MNCs doing business in the country without having physical presence here up to 20% of their profits. In 2017-18, the Indian operations of Google and Facebook reported total revenues of `9,800 crore ($1.4 billion). Their tax payments were `240 crore ($38 mn) primarily on income. According to sources, India may have to let go of the 2% equalisation tax levied on these firms, which is also a major hurdle in the trade negotiation between the US and India. After remaining a nonstarter for many years, the tax proposal got a big push after US president Joe Biden and his Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sought to stop American firms fleeing to countries like Ireland, Hungary and Lichtenstein and those in the Caribbean region that offer lower corporate taxes. According to OECD, profit shifting practices cost countries $100-240 billion in lost revenue annually, which is the equivalent to 4-10% of the global corporate tax revenue. Some experts warn the proposal is tilted in favour of big nations. What will be the long term implications of the tax for India, is still a matter of debate. Finance ministry officials however claim that they have bargained hard on their demands. EXPRESS READ Laxmi Nagar market to reopen, says DDMA New Delhi: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday allowed the Laxmi Nagar market to reopen, two days after it was ordered to be closed till July 5 for violating Covid protocol. The DDMA has also directed officials to place a mobile testing van in the area, organise vaccination drives for shopkeepers, vendors and keep a strict vigil. In an order issued on Tuesday, Sonika Singh, chairperson of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (east district), had said the market association and shopkeepers in the main bazaar were “unable to ensure Covid protocols.”
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