FRIDAY Spectators banned from Tokyo Olympic venues 09 JULY, 2021 Following a state of emergency aimed at containing rising Covid cases in the city, organisers forced to take big call epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard FIRST EVER GAMES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Organisers met with government officials and Olympic and Paralympic chiefs to make what Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto termed a “very difficult decision”. Fans from abroad were banned months ago. The decision means Tokyo 2020 will be the first Games ever held largely behind closed doors | P11 twitter.com/TheMornStandard MAYHEM VIOLENCE IN UP LOCAL POLLS Clashes reported in many districts, nomination papers snatched, SP complains A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI GOVT FREE TO GO AFTER TWITTER: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Delhi High Court on Thursday said the Centre was free to initiate action against Twitter in accordance with the IT rules in case it had breached them. Parallelly, new Union information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the law of the land is supreme, adding those who live and work in India have to abide by the country’s rules. Justice Rekha Palli granted two weeks to Twitter to file hard copies of the notarised affidavit of a competent officer on compliance with the new rules. “It is made clear that since this court has only granted time to Twitter to file its affidavits to show compliance of the rules and there is no interim protection granted, it will be open for the Union of India to take action against Twitter in accordance with rules in case of any breach of the rules,” the court said, while slating the case for next hearing on July 28. For its part, Twitter said it was not seeking any protection. The microblogging site said it has appointed a resident of India as its interim Chief Compliance Officer effective July 6. Regarding the Nodal Contact Officer, it will try to fill the position on an interim basis in two weeks. And the process of hiring an interim Resident Grievance Officer is expected to over be by July 11, it informed. While the appointments are interim, it would not lessen the responsibilities imposed on those officers to ensure compliance with the new IT Rules, Twitter assured. Twitter also told the court that its first compliance report covering the period of May 26 to June 25 will be filed by July 11. T O D AY INDIA LAC disengagement New TN BJP prez The BJP on Thursday named K Annamalai, who quit the IPS to join politics, as its Tamil Nadu state unit president in place of L Murugan, who has joined the Modi government as a minister of state. At 37, Annamalai Kuppusamy, is the youngest president Tamil Nadu BJP ever had and he is the first to rise to the position in the state unit within a year of joining the party. Belonging to Karur in the Kongu region, he hails from an agricultural family and belongs to the influential Gounder community. BJP has pockets of influence in the Kongu belt. GRILL ED QUESTIONS EKNATH KHADSE Purchase of government land in Pune by NCP leader’s wife and son-in-law under lens PAGE 8 ‘Dalai Lama a guest’ India has a consistent policy of treating the Dalai Lama as a respected religious leader and an honoured guest in the country, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. The assertion, in response to a question, came two days after PM Narendra Modi called up the Tibetan spiritual leader and greeted him on his 86th birthday. The Dalai Lama while responding to the greetings said he has taken “full advantage” of India’s freedom and religious harmony. Beijing has in the past accused him of indulging in “separatist” activities and considers him as a divisive figure. J8.00 PAGES 12 K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi STRESSING that social media platforms should show accountability towards its users, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the Delhi Assembly can seek information from Facebook and its officials in connection with their alleged role in the 2020 Delhi Riots. However, the Assembly’s Peace and Harmony committee would have no jurisdiction over issues like law and order of Delhi, which comes under the Central government. “Because of the nature of the riots, the Assembly without trans- gressing into any field of the Union under 7th Schedule can look into the issue,” a three-judge bench of the court said. Hearing a plea by Facebook India against the summons issued by the committee to its head Ajit Mohan, the bench, while calling it premature, stated he must appear before the committee, but his representative can choose not to answer questions outside of the Assembly’s domain. The bench said social media platforms like Facebook have the power and potential to influence people PA R V E Z S U LTA N @ New Delhi Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Narendra Singh Tomar and Mansukh Mandaviya brief the media about the government’s decisions after a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Thursday | PTI `23K CRORE INFRA PACKAGE TO DEAL WITH THIRD WAVE Package aims to create paediatric units in all 736 districts because of the fear of children being affected at large M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi to take any chances with the third wave, Mandaviya said the spread and sweep of HAVING burnt its fingers because of the package will include creation of sluggish response during the initial field hospitals with 5,000 bed capacities, stages of the Covid second wave, the ICU and oxygen beds, buffer stock of first meeting of the recast Cabinet pre- critical medicines worth `1 crore in sided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi each district and setting up 10,000 litre on Thursday sought to quickly address oxygen plants. challenges from the anticipated third Support would also be provided for wave by rustling up a `23,123 crore expanding the national architecture of healthcare package. eSanjeevani tele-consultation platform The package aims to create paediatric to provide upto 5 lakhs tele-consultaunits in all 736 districts because of the tions per day from the present 50,000, apprehension that the third the gover nment said wave could affect children. in a statement. Support Outreach to The Centre also intends to would also be provided for restive farmers build synergy with state IT interventions, including The Union Cabinet governments while implestrengthening the Co-WIN menting the package as also sought to address platform, it added. concerns of the against the policy of passAlso, the Centre will work agitating farmers by ing the buck to states during with states for uniformity allowing inclusion of the second wave. in the manner in which the Agriculture Union Minister for Health trained human resources Produce Marketing and Family Welfare Manlike resident doctors, inCooperatives sukh Mandaviya said the terns, final year MBBS stu(mandis) in the Centre and the states will dents and paramedics are `1 lakh crore interest work as a team to impleroped in for emergency servsubvention scheme ment the package between ices for a fixed duration unveiled in the Union July and March, for which with standardised consultations will be held Budget for creation of compensation. agriculture with each state government The plan includes auginfrastructure | P7 on ways to strengthen their menting 20,000 ICU beds in medical infrastructure. The the public healthcare sysnine-month span is the upper limit for tem out of which 20% will be reserved executing the plan, he assured. for children. For rural, peri-urban and Mandaviya stressed that the govern- tribal areas, “creating pre-fabricated ment will expedite work on addressing structures for adding additional beds at critical issues based on the lessons the existing CHCs, PHCs and SHCs (6-20 learnt from the second wave, like aug- bedded units) and support would also be menting oxygen beds, adding ambulanc- provided to establish bigger field hospies and ensuring availability of critical tals (50-100 bedded units) depending on medicines. the needs at tier-II or Tier-III cities and The `23,123 crore package is a follow district HQs” will be part of the up to the `15,000 crore package provided package. by the Centre last year to deal with the It will also provide for adding 8,800 first wave of the pandemic. Making it ambulances to the existing fleet in the clear that the government does not want public sector. 920 COVID CASES IN TOKYO ON JULY 7, HIGHEST IN REGION SINCE MID-MAY FB CAN’T SKIP DELHI RIOTS PANEL: SC Changes proposed in Act for ease in land pooling IN THE NEWS India on Thursday reiterated that only early completion of disengagement in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh could pave the way for both Indian and Chinese troops to consider de-escalation and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas. At a media briefing, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said such a step could enable progress in bilateral relations between the two countries. “I would like to reiterate that only early completion of disengagement in the remaining areas could pave the way for the two sides to consider de-escalation of forces,” he said. AP The Centre was apprised about the efforts needed by the DDA. We hope the proposal is placed before Parliament in next session. Legal dept will check the draft Anurag Jain, DDA Vice-Chairman Housing challenge Incorporated in the MPD-2041, the policy was notified in Oct 2018 which covered over 90 urbanised villages. Under the policy, DDA aims to meet housing needs with construction of nearly 17 lakh dwelling units in rural areas in next 20 years FOR effective implementation and facilitation of its ambitious land pooling policy the Delhi Development , Authority (DDA) has proposed amendments to the DDA Act, 1957. The draft for modifications has already been sent to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for vetting and notification thereafter. DDA vice-chairman Anurag Jain said changes in certain statutory clauses including stamp duty provisions are mandatory as these are creating hurdles on , the ground during implementation. “It will require certain statutory provisions to make land pooling policy mandatory, besides stamp duty exemption. Without these two things, implementation on the ground is difficult,” Jain said at a webinar held to explain the draft Master Plan of Delhi-2041 recently . The top DDA official is hopeful that the proposed amendments can be introduced in Parliament for nod during the monsoon session. DDA officials said changes in the Act are needed to give it legal provisions. The stamp duty is another issue as the policy requires the transfer of land twice between the owner and developer. The landowners will form a consortium and pool their land parcels, which will be handed over to the developer entity After plan. ning, 60 per cent of the land will be returned to the landowners or developed by the consortiums for residential, commercial and public and semi-public use. UTTARAKHAND UP’s request on Kanwar Yatra under consideration E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Dehradun AFTER Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged the Uttarakhand government to allow Kanwar Yatris in Haridwar, the state government may reconsider the decision to cancel the pilgrimage, said officials. A note from the Chief Minister’s Office said: “With regard to Kanwar Yatra, the Chief Minister has instructed officials to take suitable decision after discussion with concerned states.” E a rl i e r t h i s we e k , Ashok Kumar, the Director General of police in Uttarakhand, had said that those found entering Haridwar for the yatra will be booked under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act and placed under quarantine according to Covid guidelines. Before that, the state government had cancelled the Yatra in view of the pandemic situation. An order to this effect was issued on June 30. This was done last year too. Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said a decision will be taken in a day or two. Devotees of Kanwar Yatra come to Uttarakhand mostly from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, O d i s h a , J h a rk h a n d , Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. A recent inter-state coordination meeting of police officials suggested that the Yatra should remain suspended in view of a possible third wave. One suggestion that emerged from the meeting said if the Yatra is suspended, Ganga water can be collected by neighbouring states in tankers after obtaining permission from the state police. across borders, and debates and posts on them have the potential to polarise the society as most people do not have the wherewithal to verify the content. “The capital can ill-afford any repetition of the occurrence, and thus, the role of Facebook in this context must be looked into by the powers that be. It is in this background that the Assembly sought to constitute a Peace and Harmony committee. It cannot be said that its concerns were misconceived or illegitimate,” the 188-page P5&7 judgment said. PUSHBACK OIC meets India envoy, seeks to send team to see J&K situation E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a 57-member grouping, sought to send a delegation to Jammu and Kashmir and raised issues concerning the situation of Muslims in India, in a meeting with India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The rare meeting between an Indian diplomat and an OIC secretary general was held on July 5 in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah. “The Secretary General welcomed Ambassador Ausaf Sayeed and reviewed with him a number of issues concerning the situation of Muslims in India, along with the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and relevant UN and OIC resolutions opposing any unilateral actions on the issue,” a statement from the OIC noted. Ministry of Exter nal Affairs spokesperson Arindham Bagchi said the meeting was held on the request of the Islamic bloc. “A wide range of issues was discussed. Our ambassador conveyed the need to correct some of the misperceptions about India that are being perpetrated by the vested interests in the OIC,” Bagchi said. Ambassador Sayeed told the OIC to ensure that its platform is not used by those with vested interest to make comments on India’s internal affairs or to spread anti-India propaganda through biased and one-sided resolutions, Bagchi said. “As regards Pakistan, I have already referred to vested interests in my remarks.” India has maintained that the OIC has no locus standi on Kashmir, and had, in the past, called out the grouping for making unwarranted references to India in its resolutions. New Delhi had also raised concerns that Pakistan is trying to use the OIC as an anti-India platform. NATIONWIDE JULY 7 JULY 8 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 43,733 45,892 47,240 44,291 930 817 JULY 7 JULY 8 93 64 04 93 101 03 THERE WERE 4.6 LAKH ACTIVE CASES IN INDIA ON THURSDAY JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 7 31,04,426 doses July 8 36,08,940 doses TOTAL DOSES 36,85,76,352 HE MEANS BUSINESS Lalu’s son turns entrepreneur, takes to manufacturing incense sticks R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad has got an entrepreneur in his family: his son Tej Pratap Yadav has got into the business of manufacturing incense sticks with the brand name ‘L&R’ (Lalu-Rabri). Tej Pratap shared information about the incense sticks being marketed in Patna on Wednesday . A manufacturing unit has been set up in the Danapurbased cattle shed of Lalu Prasad where a range of perfumed incense sticks are made with organic material such as flowers dumped outside temples. “Flowers offered in temples are collected and with the help of essential oils are converted into incense. The holding straws are not of bamboo but of coconut leaves without scented chemicals,” he said. The brand name of ‘LR’ is ex- Tej Pratap is manufacturing the incense sticks under the brand name L&R plained as an abbreviated form of ‘Longest and Rich.’ But party sources said it stands for ‘Lalu-Rabri’ (Tej Pratap’s parents). The incense sticks are interestingly named Krishna Leela Agarbatti, Barsana Agarbatti and Sewa Kunj Agarbatti. Tej Pratap has often drawn eyeballs for his eccentric ways, such as dressing and acting like Lord Krishna. “The owner often comes to the cowshed to monitor the production. The entire facility is under CCTV surveillance and Tej Pratap himself keeps an eye through his mobile phone,” said an employee at the Danapur unit. “We supply the incense sticks to retailers and stockists across the country .” A supporter of Tej Pratap remarked jocularly that the product could eventually challenge products sold in the name of yoga guru Ramdev.
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