TUESDAY 13 JULY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard LIGHTNING KILLS AT LEAST 41 IN RAJASTHAN, UP AND MP POPULATION BILL VHP AGAINST UP’S ONE-CHILD POLICY Says proposed rule will adversely affect certain sections, wants review A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 Parts of north India were hit by flash floods and landslides. One death was reported from Himachal PAGES 12 TOLL HIGHEST IN RAJASTHAN 23 people, including 7 children, died in Rajasthan, which reported the highest number of deaths. In Jaipur, 12 people, mostly youngsters taking selfies, were killed when a thunderbolt struck the iconic watchtower at Amber Fort. In UP, at least 12 were killed while MP reported 6 deaths | P7 Retail inflation remains high at 6.26% Stays past RBI’s tolerance level for 2nd consecutive month, driven by food, fuel prices; factory output grows 29.3% in May E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi HIGH retail prices continue to wreak havoc on India’s economy as inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was a high 6.26% in June, according to government data released on Monday . With retail inflation remaining above the RBI’s tolerance limit of 6%, experts say it will force the central bank to revise its inflation forecast in the next monetary policy meet scheduled between August 4 and 6. However, analysts don’t expect the RBI to change the key policy rates. In the last monetary policy review, RBI had revised inflation forecasts for FY22 to 5.1%. But, the general consensus among economists is that inflation may average above that level in FY22. “Following today’s CPI inflation print, we expect the inflation forecasts to be revised upwards in the next MPC review, amid a status quo in the rates and stance, albeit with an underlying tone of uneasiness in the commentary said Adit Na,” yar, Chief Economist, ICRA. While technically, retail inflation softened to 6.26% from 6.3% in May, food inflation zoomed to 5.15% from 5.01%. In the food basket, egg prices rose 19.4% while those of oils and fats increased 35%, data showed. Fruit prices also saw a 12% jump, while NEET-undergrad exam now on September 12 STARK 6,813 Above the age of 60 died 6,390 Below the age of 60 died Having entered Euro as favourites, Italy lived up to the billing in the final. Unbeaten in 34 matches, they proved their mettle by winning in the penalty shootout. RACIST ABUSE ON PLAYERS LOST IN THE FINAL STRETCH For all the talk of ‘Its coming home’, England fell short when it mattered. After taking 1-0 lead, they chose to sit back and defend and that proved costly in front of the home crowd. 53 IT IS NOT COMING HOME, YET FIVE Keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has won each of the 5 games in which Italy have faced penalty shootouts Indian Medical Association urges Centre and state governments to stop mass gatherings, saying Covid-19 third wave is inevitable and imminent | P7 Delhi Covid casualties E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its in-principle approval for the listing of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)’s shares on stock exchanges, an official in the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, told TNIE. The initial public offering (IPO) of the state-owned life insurer is part of the government’s efforts to raise `1.75 lakh crore through disinvestment in the current financial year. Sources said all efforts are being made to 13,203 TAKE YOUR SHOT TOTAL DOSES 38,11,04,836 NATIONWIDE JULY 11 JULY 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI 16,966 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 37,154 39,649 724 JULY 11 JULY 12 53 99 03 45 92 03 141 1,016 2,423 3,233 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 3,081 0-10 1,829 47 1,020 94 Deaths as on May 1 41,506 41,526 895 and succumbed to the viral infection. The RTI reply revealed that 1,339 patients aged between 20 and 40 years died in April-May which accounts for , 10 per cent of the total fatalities in the period. A total of 25,015 people have died in the pandemic in Delhi since its outbreak in March 2020. However, things seem to have subsided significantly over the last few weeks. The daily death toll has come down to single digits and daily new cases have also been under 100 for a number of days. Tharoor, Tewari in the race for Adhir’s post as Congress leader in LS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the monsoon session of Parliament beginning next week, the Congress is looking at a leadership change in the Lok Sabha. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is expected to be replaced as the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha as part of the party’s organisational reshuffle. According to sources, Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari are leading the race to replace him. The names of Gaurav Gogoi, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Uttam Kumar Reddy are also doing the rounds. Sources further said former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will not take up that position. Chowdhury is also the president Simultaneous House sessions of the Congress unit in West Bengal, where the party was wiped out For the first time in the recent Assembly elections. since the pandemic Ever since, rumours about his axstruck, both LS and ing as the party’s leader in the Lok RS will function Sabha were doing the rounds, citing simultaneously, the one-man-one-post rule, especialending the two-shift ly because he has no leverage now. structure that was in The speculation has since strengthsince September last ened with indications that the rule year. The monsoon will be rigorously enforced now. sesson will begin on As for Tewari, he is also in the July 19 and end on race to head the troubled Punjab August 13 | P7 unit of the party which is expected , to be announced soon. The monsoon session will begin in July 19. Both Tharoor and Tewari are part of the group of 23 leaders who wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi last year seeking clarity on leadership issues. The monsoon session is expected to be stormy with the Congress planning to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale jet deal. A French court’s recent order to probe charges of corruption and favouritism in the deal, gave impetus to the Congress campaign against the bilateral agreement. The government’s handling of the second wave of the pandemic, too, will be under the critical gaze of parliamentarians. EXPRESS READ Tiger kills 2 in Pilbhit Reserve Bareilly (UP): Two people were killed by a tiger in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, officials said on Monday. Kanhai (25), Sonu (25) and Monu were attacked by the big cat in the forest on Sunday. Monu managed to climb a tree and saved himself. The other two were mauled to death on the spot, said officials of the forest department. July 09 37,23,367 doses July 10 37,03,423 doses DEATHS AGE-GROUP PERIOD: APRIL-MAY 2021 319 ensure the LIC IPO is done within the current financial year, which ends in March 2022. The government, which holds 100% equity holding in LIC, is planning to sell a portion of its stake in the process. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech had brought in necessary amendments in the Life Insurance Act to pave the way for LIC IPO. Deloitte and SBI Capital have been appointed pre-IPO advisors. According to sources, they have prepared a full activity chart for LIC, the milestones, what they have to do with accounts, etc. JAB-O-METER TOTAL NUMBERS OF DEATHS children up to the age of 10 years, while 47 children between the ages of 11 and 20 years succumbed to the devastating disease. According to the RTI reply by the DGHS, 75 children up to the age of 10 had died because of Covid-19 last year, while the disease had claimed 124 children aged between 11 and 20 years from March to November in 2020. During the fourth wave, or second nationwide wave, Delhi hospitals claimed that more young adults were admitted Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who missed their penalties in the shootout, were racialy abused online. Rashford’s mural in Manchester was defaced in the aftermath. Cabinet clears LIC IPO, WARNING issue by March 2022 FROM DOCTORS Deaths as on April 1 Deaths as on May 31 ITALY HAVE WON EURO TITLE AFTER A GAP OF 53 YEARS. England are yet to win a major tournament since lifting the World Cup in 1966. 11,050 24,299 FIELD DAY FOR HOOLIGANS Thousands of fans gate-crashed Wembley before kick-off, leaving many ticket holders stranded. Also, there were scenes of carnage on the streets of London due to unruly conduct. TOLL MAXIMUM IN 61-70 GROUP IN APRIL-MAY KILLER WAVE NUMBERS Manufacturing, which constitutes 77.63% of the IIP, grew 34.5% in May though it shrank 16.4% compared with the pre-Covid period (May 2019). Industrial production had plunged 18.7% in March last year following the Covid outbreak UNBEATEN ITALY CHAMPS entry and exit, contactless registration, proper sanitisation, seatAS reported exclusively in these ing with social distancing etc. columns on July 10, The Nation- will also be ensured. ... All furnial Eligibility cum Entrance Test ture and fixtures and seats will 2021 (NEET) for undergraduate be sanitised before and after the medical courses has been put off exams. The examination room/ by over a month. It will now be halls will have open windows held on September 12 instead of and fans for proper air circulaAugust 1 across the country . tion,” his ministry said. “The NEET (UG) 2021 will be However, no decision has been held on 12th Septemtaken yet on admisber 2021 across the sion to postgraduate 11 languages country following medical courses. The The NEET-UG test COVID-19 protocols. Supreme Court on will be offered in 11 The application procMonday took strong ess will begin from 5 languages — English, note on the delay in Hindi, Assamese, pm tomorrow through announcing counselBengali, Gujarati, the NTA website(s),” ling for NEET-PG adKannada, Marathi, informed new Union missions in dental Odia, Tamil, Telugu Education Minister surgery for exams Dharmendra Pradhan and Urdu. Since last held on December 16, year, admissions to on Monday . 2020. “You have been In order to ensure MBBS courses in all dilly-dallying for a s o c i a l d i s t a n c i n g 13 AIIMS and JIPMER year. Tell us within a in Pondy, are being norms, the number of week as to when are cities where the exam- done through NEET you holding it,” bench ination will be conof justices D Y Chanducted has been increased from drachud and M R Shah said. 155 to 198. The number of examiAs many as 13.66 lakh students nation centres, too, will go up, took the NEET-UG exam on Septhough the new figure is yet to be tember 13 last year, which is the determined. Last year’s NEET entry point for admission to exam was held in 3,862 centres. MBBS, BDS, AYUSH (BAMS, To ensure adherence to Cov- BUMS, BHMS) courses in govid-19 protocols, face mask will be ernment and private colleges. Of provided to all candidates at each them, 7,71,500 candidates cleared centre. “Staggered time slots for the test. THE second wave of Covid-19 (fourth wave in the national capital), which saw a massive surge in cases and death in April and May reported maxi, mum fatalities in the age-group of 61 and 70 years, said the Delhi government’s health department in reply to a query filed by this newspaper under Right to Information (RTI) Act. A total of 13,203 persons succumbed to the deadly infection in these two months, according to the Delhi government’s daily health bulletin. Of these, 6,813 people belonged to the 60plus age-group, which accounts for 51.6 per cent, while 6,390 of the deceased were under than 60 years of age, revealed the reply to the query . Of the total number of people who died, 3,233 were in the 61-70 age-group, comprising 24 per cent of the total deaths, which is the highest compared to other age-groups. As per the RTI reply provided by the Delhi Government Health Services (DGHS), 3,081 Covid-19 patients belonging to the 51-60 age-group succumbed to the virus, accounting for 23 per cent of total deaths in April and May, while 2,423 patients, or 18 per cent, in the 71-80 agegroup and 1,829 patients, or 14 per cent, in the 41-50 age bracket lost their lives because of the disease in the national capital in these two months. The deadly second wave also took the lives of as many as 94 Manufacturing rebounds costs continued to rise, registering an 8% inflation. Meanwhile, factory output as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) witnessed a 29.3% growth in May, mainly on account of low base. IIP had contracted 33.4% in May 2020. Economists expect the IIP growth to be between 15% and 20% for the next month. Factory output is the closest approximation for measuring the economic activity of the country’s business landscape. ROME IS THE HOME E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi inflation for the ‘fuel and light’ sub-group rose 12.7% in June compared to 11.6% in May Infla. tion in transport and communication rose 11.6% while health BEEFOFBAN BY GOVT ASSAM Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tables bill in state Assembly that says cow slaughter is not permitted | P8 Uttarakhand extends lockdown Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government on Monday extended the coronavirus lockdown imposed in the state by another week till July 20. District Magistrates were authorised to cap the number of tourists visiting popular destinations in their jurisdictions on weekends if necessary. Covidappropriate behaviour like wearing masks and maintaining social distance remains mandatory. ORGAN TRADE Poverty-driven Assam villagers sell off kidneys P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati DRIVEN by poverty residents of , an Assam village are selling their kidneys. The racket was exposed when some people of Dakshin Dharamtul village in Morigaon district nabbed an ‘agent’ along with another person and handed them over to police. About half-a-dozen villagers have come on record to say they sold off one of their kidneys. In all, some 30 persons are believed to have done so. Some of them took the step to repay loans, while a few others did it for treatment of family members. These villagers are mostly farmers and daily wagers badly affected by the Covid pandemic. Some of those who sold off kidneys said they were taken to Kolkata and underwent surgeries. “Two people, including a woman, have been arrested in connection with the racket,” Morigaon Superintendent of Police Aparna Natarajan said. “We have shared some details with the state authorisation committee for organ transplantation, which is the authority to approve any kind of organ transplantation,” the SP said. The accused would lure these people into selling kidneys for `4-5 lakh and take up to `1.5 lakh as commission. Krishna Das had done this to repay bank loan. She was promised `4.5 lakh by the agent but received `3.5 lakh. Two including woman arrested Local police have arrested two persons including a woman for running the kidney selling racket
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