MONDAY AT LEAST 25 KILLED AS HEAVY RAINS PUMMEL MUMBAI 19 Landslides triggered by downpour claims lives, besides hammering the civic infrastructure in Mumbai on Sunday JULY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in CLOUD TOP TWICE THE HEIGHT OF MT. EVEREST Seventeen persons died when a wall overlooking an illegal tenement collapsed in suburban Mahul. Images from a doppler radar showed a cloud top height of 18 km, twice the size of Mount Everest and comparable to the one that wreaked havoc in the city in 2005. All major reservoirs were spilling over, while waterlogged streets raised fresh health concerns amid the pandemic facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard LOW FUEL RURAL INDIA STILL USES LESS LPG Southern states fare better when it comes to use of the cleaner kitchen fuel PAGE 7 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 PM’s joint address plan on Covid opposed Oppn wants debate on the floor of the House, says the proposal is another way of bypassing parliamentary norms E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Union minister Pralhad Joshi with Cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge before the all-party meeting on Sunday | SHEKHAR YADAV NATIONWIDE JULY 17 JULY 18 Fresh cases 38,079 Recoveries Deaths DELHI 41,157 43,916 42,004 560 518 JULY 17 JULY 18 Fresh cases 59 51 Recoveries Deaths 91 04 80 00 BOXER DREAMS, VILLAGE HOPES Lovlina’s performance in the ring in Tokyo could fetch water and road connectivity to the remote Baro Mukhia village in Assam PROBE LAUNCHED Gunmen target house of TMC leader who questioned BJP MP’s nationality | P8 Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents 2016, when the then chief minister Sarabanda Sonowal promHEN boxer and a hot ised to connect Baro Mukhia medal prospect, Lov- with Kargil war martyr Padum lina Borgohain, steps Bahadur Shrestha’s village in into the ring at To- Hatighuli. kyo’s Kokugikan AreBut after only 100 metres of na, the boxing venue for Olym- the 12-kms stretch was conpics 2020, the hopes of a billion structed, the gover nment Indians will ride on her as a seemed to give up and the bromedal will bring them ken road remains to this joy and pride. day. Villagers claimed But for the 2,000-odd seriously ill patients dwellers of Baro have died because they Mukhia, Lovlina’s vilcould not reach the hoslage in Assam’s Golapital quickly enough. ghat district about 320 The champion pugilkms east of Guwahati, a ist’s village also has no medal at the world’s piped water supply. P A R T - 1 From washing, irrigatshowpiece spor ting event could mean much ing and drinking, it demore than that. It could shake pends on tubewells and ponds off years of government ne- for water. glect and bring to the village Healthcare facilities at Baro facilities as basic as a road and Mukhia are also non-existent. water supply . The nearest primary health The village has no concrete centre is 3 kms away at Barroad worth the name, it is con- pathar, but it has no bed and nected with the rest of the doctors seldom turn up. If anyworld by a mud and stone track. one at the village falls seriously The last time an effort was ill, they have to travel 45 kms to made to build a road was in the district headquarters in P RASA N TA M A Z UM DA R @ Guwahati W EX PRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi GUNFIRE the floor of the House. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikar jun Kharge demanded a discussion on the security situation with China while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Afghan situation after withdrawal of US troops must be discussed. Many members demanded that the MPLAD funds be restored. More than 40 members from 33 parties attended all-party meeting and suggested subjects that ought to be discussed. Addressing the meet, Modi said the suggestions of all are valuable and the government will make note of them, Joshi said. The monsoon session will begin on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. OLYMPIC GLORY Delhi cancels Kanwar Yatra under shadow of Covid-19 DELHI joined Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday in canceling the annual Kanwa Yatra amid fear of resurgence in Covid cases. In its notification, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said the decision was taken to not permit the yatra keeping in mind the persisting Covid situation. Incidentally Uttar Pradesh had , cancelled the Yatra on Saturday after much dilly-dallying on the issue. Prior to this decision, the Supreme Court had asked the Yogi Adityanath government to reconsider even allowing a symbolic yatra given the fear of a third Covid wave. The DDMA asked all district magistrates in Delhi as well as deputy commissioners of police to ensure strict compliance of the order apart from adequately sensitising field staff about the instructions for strict compliance in letter and spirit. No celebrations, processions, gatherings shall be allowed during the forthcoming Kanwar Yatra starting from July 25 in the national capital, it added. Shiva devotees from various states including UP Bihar, , Delhi travel on foot to reach haridwar in Uttarakhand to collect water from the Ganga which is then offered to the temples in their hometowns. The festival takes place during the month of Shraawan (July -August) in the Hindu calendar. The Delhi-Moradabad NH24, Delhi-Roorkee NH-58 via Hapur and Muzaffaranagar, Delhi-Aligarh NH-91 are some of the routes taken by kanwariyas, especially those from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. WITH the Opposition flagging a slew of issues it wants to discuss during the monsoon session of Parliament that will begin on Monday, including the farm laws and price rise, especially those of petrol and diesel, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured that the Centre is ready for a healthy discussion on all matters. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the Opposition that Modi will jointly address members of both Houses on Tuesday on the pandemic situation at Parliament annexe. Health experts will be present during the address, Joshi said, but the Opposition demanded a full discussion on the floor of the House, adding the current proposal was another way of bypassing parliamentary norms. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien was caustic: “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on Covid-19 from the PM or this government in some conference room.” He also said the regular presence of the PM in the House was important. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” he added. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say it can do so on , Now, two athletes test positive at Games Village Two athletes belonging to the same country tested positive in the Games Village in news that raises fears of an Olympic cluster. The athletes belong to the same country as the official who tested positive a day earlier. Games spokesman Masa Takaya said the three cases ‘were from the same country and sport’. All of them are ‘isolated in their rooms and Tokyo 2020 is delivering meals to them’. Golaghat. But all this could change if Lovlina rewrites the history books. Her co-villagers are aware of the transformation to the village of Hima Das after she scorched the 400 metre track to win a gold at the World under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. The Assam government built a 1.5 km road, a village gate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadium in Kandhulimari, Hima’s village. “We pray that Lovlina wins a gold medal at the Olympics as her success could change the fate of our village. It has happened with Mary Kom’s village in Manipur. Her village has developed on all fronts after she shot into the limelight,” said Horen Gogoi, a family friend of Lovlina. Hemanta Mahanta, another villager, agreed. “We hope Lovlina excels at the Olympics. We have waited for long to see some infrastructure development. CONTINUED ON P7 `7 lakh MAXIMUM CITY GETS 250 MM RAIN IN JUST 3 HOURS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai MUMBAI and its adjoining locations Thane, Navi Mumbai were battered by heavy rainfall which threw life out of gear. Mumbai recorded over 250 mm of rain in just three hours (between midnight and 3 am), touching 305 mm by 7 am on Sunday a , meteorologist said. At least 25 people died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai, with 17 casualties reported from Chembur alone in a wall collapse mishap on Sunday . In Chembur, a retaining wall collapsed resulting in the death of 17 people and injuring four others. Seven were killed in Vikroli, while another lost life in Bhandup. A NDRF team rescued the trapped victims from the accident site before concluding the operation in Chembur. While the Maharashtra government announced an ex-gratia of `5 lakh for the kin of each of the victims, the PMO announced `2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. A sum of `50,000 would be given to the FOURTEEN years after the BSP’s one-of-its-kind DalitBrahmin social engineering secured it a majority on its own for the first and only time in UP , the party on Sunday brushed dust off the formula to tap into the community’s disgruntlement over its perceived sidelining by a pro-Thakur Yogi Adityanath dispensation ahead of the crucial 2022 polls. Announcing the revival of the for mula, party chief Mayawati said the Brahmin outreach would be spearheaded by her second-in-command and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra from Ayodhya, a key rallying point for BJP . “I am confident that Brahmins will not vote for BJP in the next assembly polls. A campaign under the leadership of our party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with the Brahmins and assure them that their interests are safe only under the BSP’s rule,” she said in Lucknow on Sunday . According to BSP sources, at least six Brahmin Sammellans (meetings) would be convened across the state to bring back into the party’s fold the crucial Brahmin vote bank, which not only played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007, but also ended the 16-year-old era of coalition politics in UP. Before 2007, the last majority government was headed by BJP’s Kalyan Singh in 1991. While the formal announcement came only on Sunday the ground, work was laid six months ago, when Mishra sent out feelers to prominent Brahmin caste bodies in 70 out of 75 districts. The Bhaichara Committees (brotherhood) that played a key role in BSP’s social engineering by bringing under a common banner the SC, MBC, EBC and Brahmin votes, too, are being revived to win back the non-Jatav votes, which have backed the BJP since 2014. P8 injured. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting and directed the agencies to remain more alert. “There was more than 200 mm rainfall in the city that caused the accidents at few places in Mumbai. We have asked local authorities to evacuate and relocate the people who are staying at dangerous locations and the structures of these areas are declared dilapidated and dangerous,” he added. In Mumbai, water logging incidents were reported at several locations. In the souther part of the ciiy, the waterlogging reported at Hindmata junction, Sion Road, Gandhi market, Wadala Church, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Nair hospital, Sangam Nagar, Wadala, and Mundke Buwa Chowk while in eastern suburb, the waterlogging reported at eleven locations that include Shital Cinema, Shell Colony, RCF colony, Anjana Bai Nagar etc. In Western suburbs, the waterlogging was reported at ten locations that include Nationa college, Bandra, Milan Suburbway, Wakola Bridge etc. BATTLE ROYALE Cong backs Sidhu, makes him Punjab unit president H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh CONGRESS president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the Punjab unit despite stiff opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sonia also appointed four working presidents to assist Sidhu. However, contrary to the assurance given to Amarinder on Saturday that he will have a say in the selection, none of the four — Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra — was from his camp. The announcement came after days of speculation amid opposition from the CM, who wanted Sidhu to publicly apologise for his nasty remarks. With the decision, the party leadership has clearly signalled to put its weight behind Sidhu while ignoring the opposition of Amarinder, who has been for long the face of the grand old party in Punjab. UP polls: Maya bets on Brahmin-Dalit combo for encore of ’07 show E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow Ex-gratia: PM (I2 lakh) & Maharashtra govt (I5 lakh) EXPRESS READ Nepal PM wins vote of confidence in Parl MOURNING IN SILENCE Mortal remains of photojournalist Danish Siddiqui arrives at his home in New Delhi on Sunday | PTI | P4 Kathmandu: Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba sprang a surprise on Sunday by seeking a vote of confidence in the reinstated lower House of Representatives and comfortably won it, averting a general election in the Himalayan nation amidst the Covid pandemic. Deuba, the the Nepali Congress chief, secured 165 votes in the 275-member House. A total of 136 votes was required to win Parliament’s confidence. He had to seek a trust vote within one month after being appointed as prime minister. SURVEY FINDINGS Lockdown harmed emotional wellbeing of kids R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna COVID-19 induced lockdown had a negative impact on the emotional wellbeing of children as they were confined to their homes, according to a survey of 1,000 children across 15 districts of Bihar. The survey, facilitated by Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT) and BhoomikaVihar, a civil society organization, said girls in the hinterland showed more willingness to at- tend schools than boys at the end of the first lockdown, last year. At least 90% of girls from 15 districts of Bihar expressed interest in returning to schools as soon as they opened, the survey found. Of a total of 1,000 children surveyed, 68% sounded hopeful that their schools would reopen soon. The survey found that a substantial number of children, especially boys, were ir- ritated about being confined to homes during the lockdown. The regional convenor of CACT and chief of Bhhomika-Vihar, Shilpi Singh said, the survey took inputs from about 3,400 respondents, including 1,000 children. This includes members of families belonging to SC, ST OBC, minority groups, and upper caste. “We found that of all the children interviewed, 69% were school- going. Twenty-four per cent of them were unable to learn at their homes as their parents are unschooled and unable to help them,” she said. “During the first lockdown, 51% girls spent time helping their parents in household chores instead of studying”. About 45% of children expressed uneasiness at being confined to homes. “We found that Covid had a strong effect on the emotional well-being of children,” Shilpi said.
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