TUESDAY NILEKANI TO JOIN PANEL ON CURBING DIGITAL MONOPOLY 06 JULY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard WOMEN FACE HEAT EXPEDITE OPEN NETWORK E-COMM PLATFORM The council will suugest measures needed to design and accelerate the adoption of Open Network For Digital Commerce. It comes at a time when the govt has proposed changes to e-comm rules and Consumer Protection Act to prevent dominance by market leaders 25% RISE IN COMPLAINTS NCW report shows spike in domestic violence, cybercrime during lockdown PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 Grim Reaper, not state, sets Stan Swamy free at 84 Health check SUDHA BHARADWAJ She is 58, has multiple ailments. Her family members say her health deteriorated during her stay in jail, and that she has developed arthritis and a heart condition ANAND TELTUMBDE At 72, he has preexisting ailments, his family has pointed out, adding inadequate facilities in prison further aggravated his condition and left him exposed to Covid MUKESH RANJAN AND SUDHIR S U R YA W A N S H I @ Ranchi/Mumbai HANY BABU GAUTAM NAVLAKHA He is 70. Taloja prison officials had last year refused to accept a parcel containing new spectacles for him after the old one was stolen in jail SURENDRA GADLING 53-year-old, he has co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes and asthma VARAVARA RAO The octogenarian got interim bail in March after two years in jail. He was denied even basic healthcare facilities during incarceration STAN SWAMY 26 APRIL 1937 ■ 5 JULY 2021 VIRUGALLUR MOURNS Tiruchy: Virugallur village in the district, where Swamy hailed from, on Monday evening was buzzing with scores of people arriving from different places to express their condolences to the bereaved family. A peaceful procession has been organised and a special mass in Stan’s memory will be held at the Our Lady of Seven Dolours church on Tuesday CBSE ANNOUNCES NEW PATTERN OF X, XII BOARDS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE CBSE has decided to rationalise the syllabi of classes X and XII for the 2021 batch and hold boards over two terms, with each covering 50% of the syllabi. The syllabi for the session 2021-22 would be divided into two terms based on a systematic approach, with subject experts looking into the interconnectivity of topics. In a circular to all the heads of schools affiliated to it, the board said it would hold the Term I exam within a flexible 4-8 week window between November and December. The Term I paper would be multiple choice question-based. However, it has kept its options open on holding the exam either from centres or homes based on future situations. For Term II, proposed bet we e n M a rch a n d April, the board is mulling a 2-hour paper in different formats like case or situation-based, open ended short or long answer type. If the situation is not conducive, it might go for a 90-minute MCQ-based exam. JESUIT priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Monday shortly before the Bombay High Court took up his plea for bail. He was 84. Swamy had been languishing in Mumbai’s Taloja Jail ever since the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on October 8 last year. The High Court had on May 28 told state prison authorities to shift him to the private Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. On July 3, the HC slated his bail plea for hearing on July 6. However, his lawyers moved the court on Monday seeking urgent hearing after his health deteriorated and he was put on ventilator. Earlier on March 23, special judge D E Kothalikar had refused bail even on health grounds saying the “collective interest of the community FOUR SCENARIOS If students are able to come to centres: The board will conduct Term I and Term II exams at centres and the theory marks will be distributed equally If schools are closed during Nov-Dec, but Term II exams are held at centres: Term I MCQ based examination will be conducted from home, but its weightage for the final score would be reduced, and weightage of Term II will be increased If schools are closed during MarchApril 2022, but Term I exams are held at schools: Results will be based on the performance of students on Term I MCQ based exam and internal assessment. The weightage of marks of Term I exam conducted by the board will be increased to provide year-end results of candidates If schools are closed during both the terms: Results will be computed based on internals, practical, project work and theory marks of both terms from home People still being booked under law struck down on offensive online messages, says SC E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, expressing shock over continued booking of cases under Section 66A of the IT Act that had been struck down way back in 2015. The section was meant to punish those sending online communication deemed “grossly offensive and menacing.” The SC had annulled the provision, calling it “vague and arbitrary”. The notice came on a petition filed by an NGO, the People’s Un- ion for Civil Liberties, highlighting that 745 cases under Section 66A are still pending before various trial courts, six years after the SC struck it down in its verdict in the Shreya Singhal vs Union of India case. As per the plea, 1,307 cases have been filed under the section, since the 2015 judgment. “Don’t you think this is amazing and shocking? What is going on is terrible,” a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman told Attor ney General K K Venugopal, and asked him to file a counter-affidavit. Venugopal informed the bench that the statute book still has Section 66A on it. “If your lordships see the IT Act book, there is only a small asterisk and a footnote that says ‘deleted by order of Supreme Court’. No one r e a d s t h e f o o t n o t e, ” Venugopal said. He suggested that next to the section, it be mentioned, ‘Struck down by the Supreme Court’ so that the police are not confused. EXPRESS READ SW Monsoon to reach Delhi by July 10: IMD CHAOS TWELVE BJP MLAs SUSPENDED While the Maharashtra govt accused them of misbehaving with Speaker-in-chair, the BJP claims it was done to reduce opposition numbers | P8 New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon will reach Delhi around July 10 this year, making it the most-delayed in the last 15 years, the IMD said. “The monsoon is likely to advance over remaining parts of west UP, some more parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and Delhi around July 10,” it said. The weather system is very likely to increase rainfall activity over northwest and central India from July 10, it said. According to Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional centre, the monsoon had reached Delhi on July 7 in 2012 and July 9 in 2006. ‘Follow rules when accused try to flee’ Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma certified a “pattern” for the police to fire upon accused fleeing from custody. “Somebody asked me if it has become a pattern in Assam that criminals are fired upon when they attempt to flee from police custody. I would say that should be the pattern,” he said. If an accused tries to flee, he should be fired upon, not on the chest but the legs, he said. The police had nothing to fear about in such cases, he added. “We should be clear in our conscience that what we are doing is for the wellbeing of the public.” NILEKANI WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE UIDAI, WHICH ISSUES AADHAAR PAGES 12 Jesuit priest had just about recovered from Covid but suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday, was put on ventilator; arrested in Oct last year in the Elgar Parishad case, was fighting for bail ever since At 54, Babu developed acute eye infection in Taloja jail. He now has little vision in the eye due to swelling. He is currently at Breach Candy at his own expense after testing Covid+ BIG NAMES ON BOARD R S Sharma, CEO of National Health Authority; Adil Zainulbhai, QCI chief; Suresh Sethi, NSDL head Infosys’ Nandan Nilekani to be on a 9-member council to expedite the launch of an open e-commerce platform would outweigh Swamy’s right to personal liberty” given the seriousness of the allegations made against Swamy “As such the old age and or . alleged sickness of the applicant would not go in his favour,” he said. Prima facie Swamy had hatched a “serious conspiracy” with members of a banned Maoist outfit to create unrest and to overthrow the government, the court had ruled, while refusing bail. On Monday, when a bench comprising justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar took up the bail plea around 2.30 pm, counsel Mihir Desai urged the court to hear Dr Ian D’souza, director of the Holy Family Hospital. He broke the news of Swamy’s demise at 1.24 pm. Swamy had suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday and count not be revived, the doctor said, adding, “Cause of death is definitely pulmonary infection and Parkinson’s disease among others.” A shocked bench said, “With all humility at our command, we are sorry to know that Stan Swamy passed away . P8 We have no words to express.” Unruly Kerala MLAs must stand trial: SC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TAKING a stern view of vandalism by Left MLAs in the Kerala Assembly in 2015, the Supreme Court on Monday said prima facie they must face trial. Hearing a petition from the Kerala government seeking to withdraw cases against CPM leaders who were involved in the ugly face-off when the Left Front was in Opposition, the court said, “Prima facie we have to take a strict view of this kind of behaviour. Look at the behaviour of an MLA who throws mic on the floor of the house. He must face trial.” During the hearing, a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said, “This kind of behaviour cannot be condoned. That is why face trial under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. What is the use of guarding an MLA who prevented the passage of a finance bill?” Justice Chandrachud maintained that “these (Assembly proceedings) are sentinels of democracy and that it is essential to maintain a sense of decorum”. “Now these incidents are happening (frequently). It is happening in the Parliament, too,” Justice Shah weighed in. The matter was adjourned for July 15. The plea was filed against a March 12 order of the Kerala HC, which dismissed the state’s petition against a CJM court order refusing permission to withdraw cases against the accused, including sitting ministers. Lajpat Nagar market shut for flouting Covid norms E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE popular Lajpat Nagar market in South Delhi was shut on Monday after the district administration observed violation of Covid-19 safety protocols. The order to close the market “till further orders” was issued by the DDMA on Sunday . The Delhi government also ordered the wholesale hub of Rui Mandi in Sadar Bazaar area to be closed till July 6. South East District’s sub-divisional magistrate Padmakar Ram Tripathi said gross violation of Covid guidelines was observed upon inspection at the Lajpat Nagar Central Market. The DDMA directed the market association to take all measures to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour is followed within a day “whereafter , a review shall be taken regarding opening of this segment of the market”. It also ordered MCD officials and police to ensure no street-side or unauthorised shops are functional within the market area. Traders said they might be allowed to resume operations from Tuesday “Mem. bers of all traders associations had a meeting with DM and SDM. We have given an assurance to make every possible effort to control crowding. We will place barricades to restrict the number of customers,” said Yoginder Dawar, president, Central Market association. SDM, Kotwali, Arvind Rana issued the order for closure of Rui Mandi saying Covid protocols are not being followed due to huge footfall. Paramjit Singh Pamma, vice-chairman of the Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders Association, sought deployment of central forces. “The crowding is mainly because of illegal vendors and encroachers. We may deploy private security guards… but I request the government to supplement our efforts.” Lajpat Nagar Market was shut after shoppers and traders were found flouting Covid protocols | PARVEEN NEGI JAB-O-METER NATIONWIDE JULY 4 JULY 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 43,071 52,299 955 39,796 42,352 723 TAKE YOUR SHOT July 04 14,81,583 doses July 05 41,34,068 doses TOTAL DOSES: 35,71,05,461 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JULY 4 JULY 5 94 111 07 54 132 02 PM meet disappoints Gupkar, seeks statehood before poll FAYA Z WA N I @ Srnagar IN its first joint statement since the June 24 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the Gupkar Alliance on Monday asserted that Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir should be held only after restoration of statehood. The six-party alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the AllParty Meeting (APM) chaired by the PM saying “whatever little hope we had was not fulfilled and no assurance was given and no CBMs (confidence building measures) announced”. All the leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration met at chairman Farooq Abdullah’s residence at Srinagar on Sunday evening. They expressed disappointment at the outcome of the Delhi meeting, especially at the absence of CBM like “ release of prisoners and concrete steps to end the siege and atmosphere of suppression that has choked J&K since 2019,” Alliance spokesman Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said. On restoration of statehood, he said both PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had promised to do so within and outside Parliament. “Why they have not fulfilled the promise so far is our con- cern,” the CPM leader said. Tarigami said the PAGD does not want Delhi-type statehood but restoration of the pre-August 2019 status. Assembly election must be held only after restoration of full statehood to J&K. “To make the election process credible, the Centre should restore statehood to J&K,” he added. Asked whether the Gupkar Alliance would meet the Delimitation Commission which begins its four-day visit on Tuesday, Tarigami said political parties that are part of the Gupkar Alliance will take their own decision on this. Punjab infighting: Amarinder to meet Sonia today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PUNJAB CM Amarinder Singh is expected to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday in the wake of the ongoing infighting in the state unit. The meeting comes after Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is opposed to Amarinder, met Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi last week. On June 23, party’s Punjab affairs incharge Harish Rawat had said that Sonia would resolve all issues related to the state unit by early July and a united party would fight the next Assembly elections. Sonia is expected to apprise Amarinder of an agreeable formula whereby Sidhu is accommodated at a higher post either in government or party organisation. Last month, the Punjab CM met the central panel under Mallikarjun Kharge and was given an 18-point agenda with the deadline on issues related to sacrilege cases, liquor mafia and sand mining. He was denied meeting with the Gandhis during that trip which led to speculation that the party will not let Sidhu go with rumours of him hobnobbing with the AAP in Punjab. Sidhu has been targeting Singh over his non-induction in the cabinet. His recent comments that Punjab is ruled by two families — hinting at Amarinder and the Badals — has not gone down well with the party high command. Sidhu has been eyeing the post of state Congress chief while Singh is against it.
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