WEDNESDAY MESSAGES OF PRIDE & LOVE LEFT ON RASHFORD MURAL 14 An artist repaired the mural of the England striker which was vandalised after he missed his penalty in the Euro final tie-breaker JULY, 2021 YOU ARE OUR ROLE MODEL, BROTHER, SON... epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard Hundreds of hand-written messages of support and respect have been left on Rashford’s mural. The mural was drawn after he helped feed Britain’s most vulnerable children during the pandemic. The artist girl, who covered up the graffiti on Rashford’s mural wrote: “Hero, conquerer, role model, adored, brother, son”. Soon, the public too joined in with messages. twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Veggie market shut New Delhi: The Delhi government on Tuesday ordered closure of the Sultanpuri vegetable market for violation of COVID-19 guidelines. According to an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, the market at P-2 block in Sultanpuri will remain closed till July 16. The decision was taken after authorities conducted a surprise inspection on Monday. BJP strategy meet New Delhi: Top BJP leaders and ministers, including party president JP Nadda, Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, held a meeting to discuss matters related to the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament and frame the party’s strategy to counter the opposition, sources said. The meeting was held at Rajnath’s residence, they said. The Monsoon Session, scheduled to start from July 19, will be the first after the second wave of Covid-19. The opposition is expected to attack the government over this. Cong on cattle bill Guwahati: The new cattle bill presented by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is a “copy-paste” of the ordinance on cow protection introduced by BJP in Uttar Pradesh which has been unnecessarily pushed in Assam on behalf of the RSS, senior Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said on Tuesday. He added that the legislation is meant to cover up the state government’s failure in Covid19 management. INTERNATIONAL Book on Kamala Washington: A group of influential Indian-Americans, scholars, diplomats and entrepreneurs have come together to write an anthology to document the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President and the rise of the small but powerful IndianAmerican community in the United States. “She embodies the promise that so many first and second-generation Indian Americans are aspiring to,” said eminent Indian-American venture capitalist M R Rangaswami. The anthology is called ‘Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans’. Rangaswami said the story of is truly awe-inspiring. China hotel collapse Beijing: Authorities said on Tuesday that at least eight persons have died and nine remained missing after a hotel collapsed in Suzhou city in eastern China. The building collapsed on Monday afternoon, the Suzhou government said. Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twentythree people were trapped in the debris. Five persons have been rescued. Rescue operations are on, although the situation does not look very encouraging. P9 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 In meeting with CMs of Northeast states, Modi emphasises need to monitor and track EXPRESS N E WS S E RVI CE @ New Delhi SHARING concern over the rise in Covid infections in the Northeast and elsewhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday emphasised the need for strict monitoring and tracking of the mutation and its variants to avert the third wave of the pandemic. Interacting with chief ministers of North-eastern states, he urged them to understand and catch the warning signals early and taking strict action at the micro level, while reemphasising the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. Taking note of the big rush of tourists at popular hill stations, the prime minister strongly cautioned against crowding while ignoring precautions. “The third wave (of the pandemic) will not come on its own. The main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases,” he pointed out. At the daily health ministry’s briefing, too, officials fretted at the casual approach of the people. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people were talking about the third wave like it was a ‘weather update’, with many failing to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any wave. On July 16, Modi will interact with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Along with Northeast, these six states have been reporting high number of cases. The ef fective management of the pandemic in these states is seen as crucial to avert the third wave. On a positive side, better sense prevailed on the Uttarakhand gover nment, as it cancelled the Kanwar Yatra to avoid crowding. “We decided to cancel the yatra, according topmost priority to human life in view of the threat of a possible third wave,” CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said. V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 12 37,03,423 doses July 13 34,10,974 doses TOTAL DOSES: 38,50,19,469 NATIONWIDE JULY 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 37,154 39,649 724 JULY 13 32,906 49,007 2,020 Meteoric rise of Yadav talking point as Centre revamps Cabinet committees EXPRESS N E WS S E RVI CE @ New Delhi WITH the government revamping its Cabinet committees by bringing in younger faces after the big-ticket reshuffle, one name stood out from the crowd for his meteoric rise. It was of the powerful BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a key aide of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Though a first-timer in the ministry Yadav has been made , a member of two important panels — Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) and Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development. In his first shot at the ministry during the reshuffle, he straight away got Cabinet rank and is now handling two sensitive portfolios of Environment, Forest Climate Chang e and Labour and Employment. Others who have been included in the committees are Smriti Irani, Sarbananda Sonowal, Anurag Thakur and Mansukh Manadaviya. Curiously, the panels have no representatives from allies. The CCPA handles issues related to Centre-state relations and examines economic and political issues that require a wider perspective but have no internal or external security implications. With the exit of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan, the only old-timers left in the CCPA were Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. The reconstituted CCPA com- prises Prime Minister narengra Modi and Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Giriraj Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya and Bhupender Yadav. Union ministers Arjun Munda, Virendra Kumar, Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur have been made part of the reshuffled Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The revamped Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs comprises Modi, Singh, Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Tomar, S Jaishankar, Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. After receiving racial abuse, Rashford tweeted: “Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone different. I can take critique of my performance, but I will never apologise for who I am”. Covid-19 shadow: Uttarakhand no to Kanwar Yatra Stop creation of third wave: PM JAB JOB IN INTERIOR ARUNACHAL Team of health workers walk nine hours through mountains and jungles to vaccinate group of 16 cattle grazers in rarely-accessed village of Northeastern state PAGE 7 and Kanwar Yatras among other issues. The decision must CHASTENED by the Kumbh have come after a go ahead to experience, the Uttarakhand cancel the Kanwar Yatra by the government on Tuesday can- central leadership. The leadercelled Kanwar Yatra for the sec- ship probably do not want the ond consecutive year amid repetition of what happened growing fear of a looming third during and after Mahakumbh,” wave of the Covid pandemic. said a senior official. “We deliberated extensively On Monday the IMA’s Uttara, on this issue (Kanwar Yatra) khand chapter had urged Dhaand held discussions with mi not to approve the yatra conneighbouring states. We decid- sidering the fear of Covid third ed not to let Haridwar become wave. A communiqué from the a centre of Covid CM’s office on Tuesspread. People’s lives day evening said that are a priority and we Dhami discussed with are not going to take it senior officials regardlightly That is why we . ing the Kanwar Yatra. have decided to cancel “Every aspect related the Yatra,” Chief Minto Covid was discussed ister Pushkar Singh including surfacing of Dhami said. Delta Plus variant, D evo t e e s a r r ive looming threat of the from Delhi, UP Harya, third wave and sugna, Rajasthan, Punjab We decided not to gestions from the exas well as from faraperts. Keeping the let Haridwar way Bihar, Odisha, safety of human lives become a centre Jharkhand, Chhattisparamount, the Kanof Covid spread. garh and MP. In 2019, People’s lives are war Yatra was cana priority and we over 3.5 crore pilgrims celled,” it mentioned. are not going to congregated in HaridThe CM also intake it lightly. war. “Our government structed the Home That is why we has decided to cancel Secretary and DGP to have decided to the yatra. We appeal reach out to neighcancel the Yatra everyone that because bouring states and enthe pandemic is still Pushkar Singh Dhami, sure implementation Chief Minister ongoing, so saving of the measures to people’s lives is more check the spread of important. God would also not the virus. The state governlike it if people lose lives,” Dha- ment may allow transport of mi said when asked about his ‘Ganga jal’ to UP Delhi, MP Bi, , UP counterpart’s decision to har to ensure that faithfuls can start the yatra from July 25. perform rituals without travelSources in the government ling to Haridwar. said the decision came after Analysts said a major disasconsultation with the Centre ter was averted. “This is a good which gave its go ahead. Last decision. A big crisis was avertweek, the Uttar Pradesh gov- ed. We all witnessed what hapernment had urged Uttara- pened in the Mahakumbh,” khand to allow the yatra with said Anoop Nautiyal from Sorestrictions. “The CM visited cial Development for CommuDelhi to discuss the Char Dham nities Foundation. NEET-PG to be held on September 11: Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after postponing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses from August 1 to September 12, the Centre on Tuesday said NEET for postgraduate courses will be held on September 11. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s announcement on the NEET-PG schedule came a day after the Supreme Court had made caustic remarks on the delay in holding counselling for NEETPG admissions in dental surgery for exams that were held way back in December 2020. NEET-PG is usually conducted in January each year to fill up about 30,000 seats in various medical colleges across the country. Earlier, 1.74 lakh students had applied to appear for joining PG courses. Meanwhile, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the NEET-UG will be conducted in 13 languages for the first time, with Punjabi and Malayalam being the new additions. Besides, a new examination centre has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student community in West Asia, the minister added. IT’S HERE, FINALLY Commuters make their way through heavy showers and waterlogged roads as Delhi ended its wait for the arrival of monsoon on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV Maharashtra govt presents draft policy for EVs Incentives for buyers and charging stations SUDHIR SURYAWANSHI @ Mumbai THE Maharashtra environment ministry, headed by Aaditya Thackeray has prepared , a draft policy for electrical vehicles (EVs), setting up charging stations across the state and given incentives for scrapping old vehicles. According to the draft, the government will offer fiscal incentives for EV buyers. This will be based on the model of vehicles. Those buying EVs before December 31 will be eligible for early bird discounts of `5,000/kWh of the vehicle battery capacity. Maximum discount will be `1,00,000. Thackeray stated that the incentive will encourage buyers to buy EVs. He said all EVs sold in Maharashtra will be ‘I WILL NEVER APOLOGISE FOR WHO I AM’ The draft policy says there will be discounts for EV buyers and added incentives for scrapping old vehicles. Those developing charging stations will get property rebates. There will be reserved parking space for EVs exempted from road tax till the duration of the policy. “Buyers will be also exempted from payment of fees for renewal of registration certificates. For scrapping old vehicles, they will get incentives between `7,000 to `25,000 as per vehicle segment.” Thackeray added that they will appeal to banks and financial institutions to offer pref- erential interest rates for EV customers. “There are concerns among buyers about the battery life of EVs and resale value of vehicles. We have addressed that in the draft policy Thackeray stated. ,” “Those developing charging stations for EVs will be incentivised and given property rebates by local bodies. Residential owners will also get the same benefits for setting up charging stations in their premises,” said the draft. Thackeray said that henceforth, while preparing the development plan of any location, charging stations should be considered as amenities and space should be reserved or earmarked in the development plan. Urban local bodies will be also asked to provide preferential parking space for EVs. In residential complexes, 20% space will be reserved for EV parking. “Maharashtra government will encourage factories to set up EV manufacturing units. We will offer competitive incentives to them. The implementation of this eco-friendly policy will help reduce air pollution,” stated the draft policy . High fuel prices force people to spend less on health & grocery, says SBI report E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Future tense ALARMING inflation, induced by obscenely high petrol prices, has drastically altered consumers’ spending patterns as people are now spending less on health and other non-discretionary items such as grocery and utilities, says a new report by SBI. “Analysis of SBI card spends indicates spend on non-discretionary health expenditure has been substantially reduced to accommodate increased expenditure on fuel,” said Soumya Kanti Ghosh, group chief economic adviser at SBI. “Such spending has more than crowded out the spending on other non-discretionary “The future outlook hinges on the production increases by OPEC+. The recently cancelled meeting of OPEC+ indicates we are headed towards elevated levels in Brent and this will have cascading impact on fuel inflation in India,” the report noted items, like grocery and utility services to such an extent that the demand for such products has significantly declined.” According to SBI’s estimates, the share of non-discretionary spending on items such as fuel jumped to 75% in June from 62% in March. Fuel cost hurts more now as the price rises come at a time when many households are grappling with medical bills amid the pandemic and rising commodity prices upsetting their budget. With every 10% increase in petrol prices, SBI estimates there is a 50 basis point increase in consumer price inflation, the report says. “Our estimate indicates that during the second wave period (Jun’21 over Mar’21) the number of districts with deposits outflows might be double than the first,” Ghosh added. According to RBI’s estimates, household financial savings rate in the December 2020 quarter came down to 8.2% of the GDP from 21% and 10.4% in the previous two quarters.
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