SATURDAY INDIA-PAKISTAN FACE-OFF DURING T20 WORLD CUP 17 The mouthwatering clash between arch-rivals in Super 12 group stage will be their first meeting since 2019 World Cup JULY, 2021 STAGE FIGHT: NEW ZEALAND TOO IN GROUP epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard Not the easiest. India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 stage. Apart from Pakistan, the inaugural champions will face New Zealand and Afghanistan. Group 2 comprises defending champions West Indies, Australia, England and South Africa. The Super stage comprises 12 teams. The final contest will be between eight teams in each group P11 twitter.com/TheMornStandard KASHMIR TWO TERRORISTS SILENCED They were involved in the killing of five security men, including a CID officer A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 TEAMS TO JOIN SUPER 12 FROM QUALIFIERS The qualifying round consists of eight teams divided into two groups. Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia. Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman. Top two teams from each of the two groups will join the Super 12, making it a 16-team contest Says right to life is paramount; all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it AFGHANISTAN KANDAHAR An art teacher gives final touch to a painting of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, in Mumbai on Friday | PTI PAKISTAN Spin Boldak in Kandahar near Af-Pak border, where the Indian journalist fell to bullets EMBEDDED INDIAN JOURNALIST KILLED IN AFGHAN CROSSFIRE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi REUTERS journalist Danish Siddiqui, 38, was killed on Friday in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak near a border crossing with Pakistan. Since early this week, Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist with the Afghan special forces based in Kandahar. The forces were fighting to regain control over Spin Boldak when Siddiqui was killed, Reuters reported. For its part, the Taliban claimed it did not know a journalist was accompanying the soldiers. It has reportedly handed over the body to the Red Cross. “Our Ambassador IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Hindu dominance New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad said any population control measure should be considered keeping in mind that the dominance of Hindus remains intact in the country. VHP general secretary Milind Parande also said if there is just one child in a family, the population of Hindus will be reduced by the Hindus themselves’. “When we talk about population control, the dominance of the Hindu society must remain intact in the country. All the principles of politics, secularism and tolerance are being followed in the country because of the dominance of the Hindu population,” he said. Music mogul in soup Mumbai: Police registered a case against T-Series’ MD Bhushan Kumar for allegedly raping a woman on the promise of providing a job to her. The company, however, claimed the case is “completely false and malicious”. The offence was registered at a police station in Andheri (West) on the basis of the complaint lodged by the 30-year-old woman, who is an actor, an official said. T-Series claimed that the complainant was trying to extort money from the company, leading to file a counter case. Covid ex gratia Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is set to provide `30 lakh each as ex gratia to the family of each of its over 2,000 employees, half of them teachers, who died due to Covid during the panchayat polls duty. Earlier, the state government had claimed that only 74 employees, including three teachers, had died during the poll duty. The Uttar Pradesh Prathamik Shikshak Sangh had released a list of 1,621 primary schoolteachers and other staff, claiming that they died after contracting Covid while on election duty between April 15 and May 5. in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. We are keeping his family informed of the developments,” MEA s p o ke s p e r s o n A r i n d a m Bagchi said. A native of Delhi, Siddiqui is survived by wife Rike and two young children. After graduating in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia Siddiqui pursued a degree in Mass Communication. Though he started his journalism career as a reporter, Siddiqui later decided go behind the camera. He went on to produce world-class work that spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, which won him a Pulitzer, Delhi ri- ots and India’s Covid crisis. Tributes and condolences poured in for the award-winning photojournalist from across the spectrum. Siddiqui. “We condemn the killing of Danish Siddiqui while he was on a reporting assignment in Kandahar yesterday . I extend our sincerest condolences to his bereaved family ,’ Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at the UN Security Council. I&B minister Anura g Thakur also condoled the loss. “Danish Siddiqui leaves behind an extraordinary body of work. ... Sharing one of his pictures below. Sincere condolences. RIP,” Thakur said P7 in a tweet. Electronic bail orders to get prisoners out of jail without delay EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TAKING serious note of the delay in releasing of prisoners despite bail being granted, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will set up a system to ensure that bail orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. “In this age of information and communication technology , we are still looking at the skies for pigeons to communicate orders,” Chief Justice N V Ramana said. “Prisoners are waiting for Supreme Court orders to be sent by post. We had ordered release in some matters and they were not released since they did not receive authentic copy of orders. This is too much.” The bench of CJI Ramana and justices L Nageswara Rao and AS Bopanna made the observation while hearing the suo-motu case regarding delay in releasing convicts by prison authorities even after they were granted bail by courts. Explaining the changes being planned, the CJI said, “We are contemplating a system to ask and secure orders of bail so that such orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. We are directing Supreme Court Secre- tary General to frame the scheme and submit before us.” “The idea of this order is to send the order copies of this court via a secured route. This will be taking care of security ,” Justice Rao added. The court directed all states to answer whether jails have proper internet facility since it will be needed to access the se- ‘Those on bail/parole need not surrender’ The SC directed prisoners granted bail or parole as a measure to decongest jails need not surrender till further orders as the Covid threat persists. The bench also ordered states to inform within a week on the criteria adopted by high-powered panels to release prisoners cure system for transmission of orders being put in place. Recently the SC had granted , interim bail to 13 convicts lodged in Agra Central Jail. The order was passed on July 8 but the convicts were released after four days, as the prison authorities stated they did not receive the copy of the order by post. SC gives UP last chance to call off its Kanwar Yatra K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi GIVING the Uttar Pradesh government one last chance to reconsider its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday emphasised that the right to life is paramount while all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it. Hearing a suo motu case, a bench of justices R F Nariman and Ajay Rastogi said no physical congregation can be allowed and gave the Yogi Adityanath government time till Monday to take its final call. “UP cannot go ahead with physical yatra. Either we will pass orders directly or , will give you one more opportunity to reconsider your decision,” the court told senior advocate C S Vaidynathan, who appeared for the UP government. The yatra had been cancelled last year, too, amid the first wave. During the hearing, Vaidyanathan spelt out the raft of safety measures taken by the UP government to hold the yatra. While kanwariyas have been generally advised to skip it, those determined to perform the yatra need to apply for registration, have to be fully vaccinated and also produce a negative RT-PCR report, which is not more than three days old, he told the bench. “The yatra would be symbolic,” he said, and sought to invoke the right to religion. UP plans to station Ganga water tankers at key locations from where kanwariyas can collect it and perfor m abhishekam at a nearby Shiv temple. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre was against the yatra to Haridwar. Taking note of both the stands, the bench said it “goes at the very heart of Article 21... The rest of the citizenry of India and their right to life are paramount. All other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right.” Uttarakhand to seal its border with Uttar Pradesh Dehradun: Uttarakhand has decided to seal its borders with UP to prevent pilgrims from entering the state, especially Haridwar. Arrangements are being made to make Haridwar impregnable, including halting trains at the border. A senior police officer said all necessary steps are being taken | P8 Institute to offer free education for Covid-hit students R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna A Ghaziabad-based engineering college has agreed to provide free education in all four engineering streams for the next four years to students who have either lost one or both parents or earning members of their families due to Covid. The announcement was made by the college management committee on Friday . RD Engineering College was requested for help by the Private Schools and Children Welfare Association. National president of the association, Shamael Ahmad, said the noble gesture will save the future of 50 students who have lost their parents or earning members in the pandemic. Sanjeev Sharma, Director, RD Engineering College & Technical Campus, said the chairman of the college, Rakesh Sharma, has accepted the association’s request. The college will not charge hostel fees and provide free books. “The students will have to make arrangements for their own food and university exam fees.” Sharma said the association has recommended a 50 per cent scholarship and free hostel accommodation for needy children. Ahmad said the association would request Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to provide information about such aspiring engineering students. Demolition on at Faridabad, UN body frowns H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh THE Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) is going ahead with the demolition drive at Khori village to clear encroachments in the Aravali forest area, as directed by the Supreme Court last month, even as the UN Human Rights office urged the government on Friday to halt the ‘eviction’ of nearly one lakh people at a time when they are already facing hardships because of the pandemic. With the six-week deadline set by the Supreme Court for removing the encroachments ending July 19, the MCF had kicked off the demolition drive on Wednesday Over 2,000 police personnel . were deployed to maintain law and order. The police had heavily barricaded entry and exit points to the village. “The demolition drive is going on peacefully and there is no resistance from the public. They understand that this is a Supreme Court order,” said Yashpal, Deputy Commissioner of Faridabad. “Our teams have demolished approximately 800 structures in three days and a few were demolished earlier. There are around 5,300 such structures in the area in which about 10,000 people were staying. We are razing the buildings and also clearing the debris.” The demolition was started only after a rehabilitation policy was announced on Tuesday . The residents will be allotted EWS flats at two places. CONTINUED ON P5 ‘Spare homes of poor’ The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged government to respect its own laws and goal of eliminating homelessness by 2022 and to spare homes of 100,000 people. JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Crowding at Banashankari temple in Bengaluru on Ashadha Friday | ASHISHKRISHNA HP Govt red-flags Covid spike, says next 100 days crucial EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CITING the rising Covid-19 caseload in various parts of the world as well as a few states in India, the Centre on Friday raised a red flag saying the situation could get worse from here, adding the next 100 days are going to be crucial. With the World Health Organization issuing an alert on the early signs of a third Covid wave, saying global cases and deaths increased by 10% and 3%, respectively, last week, the Centre said there was no room for complacency . Dr V K Paul, who heads the national Covid task force, said the world moving towards the third wave should be seen as a red flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of six states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra July 15 35,15,093 doses July 16 38,79,917 doses TOTAL DOSES: 39,93,62,514 Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Karnataka — where cases are either rising or have plateaued at a high number. “PM has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible,” Paul said, adding that while the situation is under control now, it may change for the worse if public health measures are not taken and individuals do not behave responsibly . While Spain has seen a 64% hike in weekly cases, Netherlands has recorded a 300% spike. Highlighting India’s vulnerability Paul said, “We have , not reached herd immunity — not even through infection. Not that we want to achieve herd immunity through natural infection. We are making continuous progress in vaccination,” he said. He, however, said at least 50% of the most vulnerable section is now vaccinated. NATIONWIDE JULY 15 JULY 16 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,949 40,026 542 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 41,806 39,130 581 JULY 15 72 88 01 JULY 16 66 79 01
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