WEDNESDAY 2 PENDING SESSIONS OF JEE (MAINS) SLATED FOR JULY, AUG 07 April and May sessions of the exams postponed due to second wave will be held from July 20 to July 25, and July 27 to Aug 2 JULY, 2021 CANDIDATES TO GET CHOICE OF CENTRE epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard The Union education ministry on Monday said the National Testing Agency would start inviting applications from July 6 to July 8 for the July 20-25 session. Application window for July 27-Aug 2 session would be open from July 9-12. Those who had registered earlier can now change their centres, whose numbers have been raised to ensure Covidappropriate behaviour twitter.com/TheMornStandard MAHARASHTRA UDDHAV SLAMS DOOR ON BJP Sena chief Uddhav rules out the possibility of joining hands with the former ally A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI PAGES 12 J8.00 THREE MORE ATTEMPTS TO IMPROVE SCORE Test is divided into four sessions. “Students will get multiple chances to improve their score. If a student did not perform well in one attempt, he/she can attempt it three more times a year,” the education ministry said. The results will be out in August. Loaded signals for Cabinet expansion today Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot dropped, appointed Governor of Karnataka; new Ministry of Cooperatives created M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi DECKS have been cleared for the expansion of the council of ministers led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the government on Tuesday unveiling a new Ministry of Cooperatives along with the appointment of Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot as Karnataka Governor. The Prime Minister’s Office has been individually calling the selected candidates to join the council of ministers over phone, with some already reaching the national capital on Tuesday . Gehlot has been suitably accommodated as he was the Scheduled Caste face of the NDA. After a back and forth parleys, a grumbling JD (U) appears to have decided to join the government. The JD (U) was earlier seeking Punish those who framed Stan Swamy: Opposition parity with the BJP’s Bihar representation in the Union ministry by insisting on two Cabinet and two MoS berths. The other Bihar element in the ministry is expected to be Pashupati Paras, who captured the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from under the nose of Chirag Paswan. Late Tuesday evening, the government informed that it has created the new ministry to strengthen the co-op movement. The NDA government had earlier created the Ministry of Jal Shakti. “This ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country a gov,” ernment statement said. The creation of the new ministry is in line with the budget announcement made by the the finance minister, it added. The reshuffle is likely to involve a good number of ministers of state ranks besides filling a few Cabinet berths. Among those who would most probably make it are Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal and Narayan Rane. Apart from allies like the JD (U) and the LJP, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal is likely to get a berth. BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal from Ladakh is also seen as a ministerial hopeful. Caste arithmetic matters in the scheme of things, as the BJP pointed out that of the eight women Governors and Lt Governors it has appointed since 2014, five belong to the SC, ST, OBC LEADERS of major Opposition parties on Tuesday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in holding accountable those responsible for foisting false cases on tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, who passed away under custody the previous day leaving the nation horrified. The letter was jointly signed by Sonia Gandhi (Cong), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool), Hemant Soren (JMM), H D Deve Gowda (JD-S), Farooq Abdullah (NC), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), D Raja (CPI) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M). “We are urging your immediate intervention as the President of India to direct ‘your government’ to act against those responsible for foisting false cases on him, his continued detention in jail and inhuman treatment. They must be held accountable. It is now incumbent that all those jailed in the Bhima Koregaon case and other detenues under politically motivated cases, misusing draconian laws like UAPA, sedition etc be released,” the letter read. Meanwhile, a US forensic agency said incriminating evidence was planted on Bima Koregaon case accused Surendra Gadling’s computer. It had earlier claimed to have found evidence of activist Rona Wilson’s computer being hacked to plant 30 documents to P8 frame him in the case. FOUR ATHLETES FROM DELHI, INCLUDING MEDAL HOPEFUL MANIKA BATRA, WILL REPRESENT INDIA AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS BEGINNING FROM JULY 23. HERE IS A LOOK AT THEM... JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 5 41,34,068 doses July 6 30,42,302 doses TOTAL DOSES: 36,09,56,621 The 26-year-old paddler is one of India’s medal hopes in the mixed team event where she will partner one of India’s top players A Sharath Kamal. After winning the Asian Games bronze in Jakarta, the pair was considered the best bet in Tokyo. Manika, who hails from Delhi, won India its first women singles gold in TT at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018. Amoj Jacob 4x400m men’s relay The lanky quarter-miler is one of the pivotal runners in India’s 4x400m men’s relay team. The 23-year-old is in form and has clocked a good timing of 45.68s during the Federation Cup athletics meet in March. He along with Mohammad Anas, Arokiya Rajeev and Kunhu Mohammad helped India win its first Asian Championships gold in relay in 2017. Sarthak Bhambri 4x400 mixed relay The 23-year-old quarter-miler has been picked one of the runners in the 4x400 mixed relay team for the Olympics through a trial in Patiala on Sunday. Bhambri overcame had a career-threatening injury four years ago to make it to the team. He was also part of the relay team for the World Relays which India couldn’t participate due to visa issues. SHOOTING 10m air rifle Deepak Kumar The Army shooter qualified for the Olympics in 2019 during the Asian Championships in Doha. The Delhi-born shooter trains in the Capital and believes in hard work and loves meditation. He is expected to pair with Anjum Moudgil in the mixed 10m air rifle event. NATIONWIDE JULY 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JULY 6 39,796 34,703 42,352 51,864 723 553 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Karnataka Madhya Pradesh Mizoram Himachal Pradesh Tripura Jharkhand Goa Haryana and minority communities. That math will be part of the larger strategy for Wednesday’s ministerial expansion so to balance social equations and state representations with an eye on elections next year. With the prime minister having clearly shown his preference for professionals in his team like S Jaishankar and Hardeep Puri, a surprise entry from outside politics isn’t ruled out. From the JD (U), Rajeev Ranjan Singh and R C P Singh are seen to be in the reckoning for the berths. A few of the ministers are likely to be dropped following their performance appraisal, while key loyalists of home minister Amit Shah, including Anil Jain and Bhupender Yadav, are being seen as hopefuls to join the government. Portfolios like Commerce, Industry, Food and Consumer Affairs, Food processing, Social Justice, Civil Aviation, I&B are up for grabs, while changing ministries of a few is P7 also not ruled out. JULY 5 JULY 6 54 132 02 and officials present in differ@ New Delhi ent parts of that country and multiple agencies are in disINDIA is weighing options to cussion for this purpose,” bring its nationals and offi- sources said. Since the procials back from troubled Af- posal is in the planning stage, ghanistan amid the worsening it is difficult to say right now security situation there. 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We DO HOWEVER withdrawal of US troops from continue to closely monitor Afghanistan arrives. the evolving security situa“Plans have been discussed tion particularly around Kanfor bringing back our citizens dahar & Mazar cities.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TABLE TENNIS Manika Batra ATHLETICS Thawar Chand Gehlot Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel Hari Babu Kambhampati Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Satyadev Narayan Arya Ramesh Bais P S Sreedharan Pillai Bandaru Dattatreya State INDIA COULD BRING BACK NATIONALS, OFFICIALS FROM TROUBLE-TORN AF OLYMPICS CALLING E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NEW GOVERNORS Name 79 154 04 STATE OF THE ECONOMY Oil price surges as OPEC+ talks fail Brent crude rose above $77 a barrel for the first time since 2018 after OPEC+ failed to reach a deal on Monday. It added to India’s troubles as fuel prices are already at an all-time high. Petrol price in Delhi stood at `99.86 per litre on Tuesday. With retail inflation surging to 6.30% for May, state and Central governments are faced with a tightrope walk between accepting lower tax revenues and scaling up postpandemic spending to spur the economy | P10 Warehousing market hit hard India’s warehousing market saw a 23% Y-o-Y decline in transactions during FY21 with the second wave of Covid adversely impacting the demand for space, an annual report by the global property consultant Knight Frank said. Although the warehouses have continued to remain an attractive real estate investment, the report stated that economic slowdown before the pandemic and lockdowns led the potential occupiers to cut down their expansion plans | P10 GST mop up at nine-month low After posting above `1-lakh crore collection for eight months in a row, June’s GST mop up slumped to `92,849 crore due to the second Covid wave. This is the lowest GST collection in the last nine months. The finance ministry said while June’s collection is lower than May’s, it is still 2% higher than the revenues in the same month last year. The ministry was confident of ‘smart recovery’ starting July as the e-way bill for June was showing better movement | P10 AU Bank’s loan book declines 2% AU Small Finance Bank’s June quarter loan book sequentially declined 2% to `35,356 crore because of lower fresh loan disbursals due to weak demand compounded by risk aversion. Disbursements were at `1,896 crore, up 60.5% year-on-year but down 74.45% over the March quarter. As for Bajaj Finance, it said it booked 4.6 million new loans compared to 5.47 million loans in the previous quarter, but significantly higher compared to 18 lakh new loans booked in Q1 FY21 | P10 ED summons to mom, Mehbooba says vendetta F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar HOURS after the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced not to attend the meeting with the Delimitation Commission which arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday on a four-day visit, the Enforcement Directorate summoned party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s mother for questioning on July 14 in a money laundering case. The summons to Mehbooba’s mother Gulshan Nazir was issued by ED assistant director Sunil Kumar Meena. She has been asked to appear at ED’s zonal office at Rajbagh in Srinagar at 11 am on July 14. In case she fails to appear, she would be liable to penal proceedings under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (15 of 2003), the summons warned. Alle ging witchhunt, Mehbooba tweeted, “On the day PDP chose not to meet the Delimitation Commission, ED sent summons to my mother to appear in person for unknown charges. In its attempts to intimidate political opponents, GoI doesn’t even spare senior citizens. Agencies like NIA & ED are now its tools to settle scores.” While the summons sent to Nazir did provide any details of the case in wh i c h h a s b e e n called for questioning, officials said it was in connection with a criminal case filed under PMLA which is to the recovery of at least two diaries by the ED following raids on an alleged associate FOOTLOOSE 5K tourists turned away from Nainital as hill town fears Covid surge V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun AUTHORITIES in the picturesque Nainital have stopped at least 5,000 tourists from entering the hill station following the unavailability of parking space as well as their inability to produce Covid-negative RT-PCR reports, required as per safety guidelines. Nainital’s Senior Superintendent of Police Preeti Priyadarshini said tourists coming to the hill station have registered a considerable spike amid an intensive heat wave in north India. But those who don’t have a Covid-negative report are not allowed in the lake town. With thousands of people thronging to the hills to escape the sweltering heat of the plains, hotspots like Nainital and Mussoorie are jam-packed with no hotel rooms and parking spaces. According to the estimates of the state tourism department and police, more than 10,000 people visited Nainital and Mussoorie last weekend, the two most famous hill towns in Uttarakhand. While those in the tourism Over 10,000 people visited Nainital and Mussoorie last weekend | FILE business are happy with this scenario, it has also evokes fears of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. Memories of huge crowds at Haridwar Kumbh in April being blamed for the deadly second wave are still too fresh to forget. Hence, everyone is being extra careful. Ved Shah, spokesperson for the Nainital Hotel and Restaurant Association, said: “Last weekend, we saw 100% occupancy in hotels. That’s why we are strictly following Covid-19 guidelines and not allowing anyone without negative test re- port prior to 72 hours.” Sandeep Sahni, president of Uttarakhand Hotel Association, sad, “It has been months since local hotels had a good business. The industry has suffered a lot and thousands have lost their livelihood. However, everybody has to be careful about Covid guidelines.” A doctor from a government medical college said an uncontrolled surge in the crowd can spread the virus at an unimaginable pace and the authorities must limit the number of people visiting thes hill stations. of Mehbooba. The diaries contain details of some purported payments made from the chief minister’s discretionary fund in alleged contravention of rules, allegedly during PDP’s rule, officials said. A few lakh rupees from these funds are alleged to have been transferred into the accounts of Nazir and some others, the officials said. Earlier in the morning, the PDP had announced not to meet the Delimitation Commission saying it lacks constitutional and legal mandate and that the outcome of exerP8 cise is pre-planned. TACT SONIA’S DECISION FINAL: CAPTAIN After a closed door meeting with Sonia in Delhi, Amarinder says he will accept whatever decision is taken by the Congress high command PAGE 7
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