MONDAY INDIA MAY HAVE TO PULL DIPLOMATS FROM KABUL TOO 12 India could be forced to consider shutting its Afghan embassy in Kabul if the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, sources said JULY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in 50 EVACUATED FROM KANDAHAR CONSULATE India on Saturday night pulled out 50 diplomats and security personnel working at its consulate in Kandahar as the Taliban advanced into the city. The evacuation was a temporary move and the staff would be sent back once the security situation improves. For now, the consulate will continue to function with the help of local staff, the foreign office said | P7 facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard WORRY FOR INDIA CHINESE ACTIVITY IN LAC ALARMING Permanent structures to help air force coming up in areas occupied by PLA PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Twitter falls in line, names grievance officer Micro-blogging site releases first monthly compliance report on the total complaints it received and acted upon EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER staring the Centre in the face for weeks, microblogging site Twitter on Sunday partially fell in line, appointing an Indian as its grievance redressal officer as mandated under the newly notified IT rules. It also released its first monthly compliance report in accordance with the rules. Called the ‘India Transparency Report: User Grievances and Proactive Monitoring July 2021’, Twitter said it received 94 grievances and ‘actioned’ 133 URLs in the period between May 26 and June 25. Twitter named Vinay Prakash as its resident grievance officer in India to comply with the rules and shared his company email on the website. On Twitter’s transparency page, it said, “In compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, we have published our inaugural report on July 11, 2021 for the reporting period from May 26, 2021 through to June 25, 2021.” The company said it had received 94 grievances via its grievance officer-India channel. The majority of complaints were of defamation, abuse/har- assment, sensitive adult content, impersonation and privacy infringement, IP-related infringement, and misinformation/synthetic and manipulated media. The highest number of URLs against which action was taken was for defamation, followed by abuse. “In addition to the above data, we processed 56 grievances which were appealing Twit- ter account suspensions. These were all resolved and the appropriate responses were sent.” In the category of ‘proactive monitoring data’, Twitter said 18,385 accounts were suspended over the issue of child sexual exploitation, non-consensual nudity and similar content. Over 4,100 accounts were suspended for promotion of terrorism. These, however, represent Action against defamation highest The catagory-wise URLs ‘actioned’ upon are: defamation (87), abuse/harassment (38), impersonation (1), infringement of privacy (6) and misinformation/synthetic and manipulated media (1) global actions and are not just India specific. Recently, the Delhi High Court had refused to allow any interim protection to Twitter. Earlier this month, the microblogging giant had appointed an interim chief compliance officer. It had also sought eight weeks from the Delhi High Court to appoint a grievance officer. Twitter has already been booked in four cases. Following a reshuffle of the Cabinet, newly appointed Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said the law of the land was supreme and Twitter will have to fall in line. Ambitious UP policy to reduce fertility rate E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow DJB moves SC over ‘no water from Haryana’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE national capital may witness acute water shortage from Monday Vice-chairman . of Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Raghav Chadha said on Sunday the Haryana administration is not discharging adequate quantities into the Yamuna. The river is one of the largest sources of potable water supply in the city . The DJB has moved the Supreme Court, seeking directions to Haryana to release the capital’s legitimate share. “We are witnessing all-time low water levels in Yamuna as Delhi’s water share, determined by the court in 1995, withheld by Haryana. The water level at Wazirabad pond should be 674.5 feet. It has come down to 667 feet. The entire river has dried up. Despite orders of the SC, Haryana has stopped the water of Delhi, while the treaty on water had been signed several decades ago,” said Chadha. He added that because of non- vailability of enough water, treatment plants (WTPs) are not fully functional. According to Chadha, Chandrawal WTP has been operating at 55 MGD (million gallons a day) capacity against a normal of 90 MGD. Wazirabad and Okhla have been operating at 80 MGD and 12 MGD capacity, as against the normal of 135 MGD and 20 MGD. The DJB has been supplying 945 MGD of water to city residents this summer against a demand of 1,150 MGD. At present, Delhi has been receiving 479 MGD against 609 MGD from Haryana. Besides, Delhi draws 90 MGD groundwater and receives 250 MGD from the Upper Ganga Canal. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, however, said mismanagement and water mafia were responsible for the water crisis in Delhi. He said an audit should be conducted. BJP and AAP leaders caught in water spat Raghav Chadha of DJB and AAP said they are not asking for any donation, but demanding that Haryana obeys a previous court order. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari accused AAP of running a misleading campaign to malign the Haryana government, which is run by the saffron party. A day after the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission shared a draft population control bill to incentivise the two-child norm, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday released an ambitious new Population Policy 2021-30, indicating how serious he and his cabinet is in addressing the matter. The new population policy aims to bring down the gross fertility rate from 2.7 now to 2.1 by 2026 and 1.9 by 2030. The policy also has provisions to ensure healthcare for all and to pay special attention to pregnant women, infants, sick newborns and children w h o a r e s e ve r e l y malnourished. Launching the ‘Population Stability Fortnight’ Adityanath said there should be adequate gap between births of two children to control population growth. If the gap is not ade- quate, their nutrition will be affected and the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate will be very difficult to control, he said. UP’s fertility rate was 3.3 in 2016 when the national average was 2.6. Due to sustained efforts, the state’s fertility rate has come down to 2.7, while the national average is at 2.2. “Earlier efforts have yielded good results; further push is needed,” he added. Under the new policy efforts , will be made to make contraceptives more accessible and provide a proper system for safe abortions. “The new population policy is not only concerned with stabilising population growth, but also providing a path to prosperity for every citizen,” he claimed. Uttar Pradesh’s maternal mortality rate, too, has come down to 197 as against 258 instances in 2016, the chief minister pointed out. Novak Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to win his 20th Grand Slam title and equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally. Djokovic is the second man after Rod Laver in the Open Era to win the FIRST THREE GRAND SLAMS in a calendar year. P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi A day after India pulled out its diplomats and security staff from its consulate in Kandahar in the wake of the Taliban’s continued onslaught, government sources said New Delhi might have to close its embassy in Kabul if the situation continued to deteriorate. Though the Afghan capital has not fallen to the Taliban yet, analysts had predicted that the militia would capture the city within months of US troop withdrawal. With the Taliban gaining control of new areas around Kandahar, India on Saturday night evacuated 50 diplomats and ITBP personnel from its consulate in the southern Afghan city However, Ministry . of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Sunday said the move was temporary and was taken given the intense fighting near Kandahar city . “India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount. The Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed. However, due to Leo SIXTH I needed to remove from myself the thorn of not achieving something with the national team. LIONEL MESSI Djokovic also won his sixth title at Wimbledon, leaving him two short of Roger Federer’s record of 8 titles at SW19. Indian consulates in Afghanistan. Two of them were shut last year. TALIBAN GAINS CAST SHADOW ON INDIA’S AFGHAN MISSION High Djokovic’s 20th The equaliser FOUR Apart from 6 Wimbledon titles, the Serbian has won the Australian Open the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being. I want to emphasise that this is a purely temporary measure until the situation stabilises. The consulate continues to operate through our local staff members,” Bagchi said in a statement. Sources said the diplomats, other staff members and the ITBP personnel were brought back in a special Indian Air Force plane that avoided Pakistani airspace during the operation. Sources said officials are reviewing the highly volatile situation in the wartorn country on a daily basis and responding to any emerging challenges within 48 hours.Bagchi’s statement said arrangements are being made to ensure continued delivery of visa and consular services through the country’s embassy in Kabul. “As an important partner of Afghanistan’s, India remains committed to a peaceful, sovereign and democratic Afghanistan,” it stated. India had shut down its consulates in Jalalabad and Herat last year. However, officially the Covid-19 was cited as a reason for that. Argentina ended their 28-year wait for a trophy after beating arch-rivals Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final at Maracana Stadium on Saturday. Lionel Messi was ecstatic after winning his first trophy with the senior team since making his debut in 2005. Before this victory, Messi had lost four finals with Argentina. Messi’s four goals during the competition took his tally to 76 for Argentina. He is just one goal away from matching the all-time South American mark set by Pele for Brazil. NINE TIMES, French Open twice and US Open thrice. I could definitely envision the calendar Grand Slam happening. I am going to give it a shot. I am in good form. Playing my best tennis at Grand Slams is my highest priority NOVAK DJOKOVIC Delhiites left high & dry as monsoon misses its date with capital yet again EXPRESS READ Branson completes space trip Spaceport (USA): British billionaire Richard Branson flew to space and back on Sunday aboard space plane VSS Unity. Virgin Galactic’s spaceship VMS Eve, carrying VSS Unity, took off from Spaceport, New Mexico, USA at 8.10 pm IST. The rocketpowered space plane detached from the mothership at 50,000 feet and ascended to a height of 88 km, before returning to Earth. NATIONWIDE JULY 10 JULY 11 Fresh cases 42,766 41,506 Recoveries 45,254 41,526 Deaths 1,206 895 DELHI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHIITES’ wait for relief from the sweltering heat got longer as the monsoon played truant on Sunday, too, despite predictions for rain. The weather department said the arrival of the longdelayed monsoon will now be announced on Monday . “The conditions continue to remain favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon over Delhi, remaining parts of west Uttar Pradesh, some more parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan during the next 24 hours,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement. The arrival of the monsoon will be announced in Monday’s midday bulletin, based on observations at 8.30 am, IMD scientist Sunitha Devi said. According to the standard operating procedure, the monsoon onset is declared based on the rainfall reported during the past 24 hours ending at 8.30 am, she explained. The met office has been way off the mark in its monsoon forecast for Delhi this year. The IMD had earlier said the monsoon will arrive in the city 12 days early, on June 15, but it got delayed as the wind system entered a ‘break’ phase. Last week, the department announced July 10 as the new arrival date. But on Saturday, too, the monsoon missed its date with the national capital, with the weather department re- vising its prediction and saying it will reach the city in the next 24 hours. However, Delhi residents were left waiting for the showers on Sunday too. , Devi said predicting the arrival of the monsoon in northwest India is a complex process, compared to the southwest monsoon landfall in Kerala, as the variability is high because of less rainfall. This has been most delayed since 2002, when it had arrived on July 19. Delhi has received 64 per cent less rainfall than normal so far, putting it in the category of ‘large deficient’ states. In other parts of north India, however, several lives were lost to rain related incidents. Eight people, including seven children, were killed by lightning in Rajasthan while three persons died d at a village in Uttarakhand after their house collapsed in a landslide caused due to heavy rains. Conditions remain favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon over Delhi, remaining parts of west UP, some more parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan during next 24 hrs — India Meteorological Department JULY 10 JULY 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 76 81 01 53 99 03 INDIAN-ORIGIN BOY JR WIMBLEDON CHAMP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai SAMIR Banerjee came into Wimbledon with one objective: win one round. So it’s fair to say his reaction after the final — where he beat Victor Lilov 7-5, 6-3 — was perfectly par for the course. An overcooked backhand from Lilov prompted the 17-year-old to drop his racquet on No 1 Court. He then proceeded to mouth ‘what have I done?’ a few times before shaking Lilov’s hand. After that exchange at the net, he once again asked himself ‘what did I do?’ He may have also pinched himself in the process, to convince himself that this wasn’t a dream. To answer his question, he became the first US player to win a junior boys Wimbledon title since 2015 (Reilly Opelka). What’s remarkable is that this was only his second appearance at this level (the US player of Indian origin lost in the first round of the French Open). Both his father (born in Assam) and mother (born in Andhra Pradesh) moved to the US more than 30 years ago. However, Banerjee will not be becoming a professional. Not yet anyway His Instagram . page notes that he will soon be moving to Colombia University P11 in New York. VIEW GAME ON IN COOPERATIVE SECTOR New ministry under Amit Shah likely to help BJP make inroads in a sector where it is not very strong, as opposition parties see attack on federalism PAGE 8
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