SATURDAY RIVALS CROSS PATH 31 Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis ran into each other at Kolhapur city while inspecting flood-affected areas JULY, 2021 FROSTY TIES epaper.morningstandard.in ■ Uddhav suggested to Fadnavis that visits to disasterhit area should not just be for the sake of publicity. facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard ■ The CM also invited the BJP leader for joint inspection of damaged areas. BHIMA-KOREGAON GADLING GETS TEMPORARY BAIL Had moved HC against an order not granting bail to attend mother’s last rites PAGE 8 DAMAGES PEGGED AT OVER `1,800 CR A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Total washout for second week in Parliament on Pegasus. Obviously the gov, ernment has done something wrong. Obviously, the governTHE ongoing monsoon session ment has done something that of Parliament was almost to- is dangerous for the country, tally washed out for the second otherwise they would say, successive week amid vocifer- please have a discussion,” said ous protests by a united Oppo- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, sition demanding discussion after the meeting of Opposition into the Pegasus snoopgate. floor leaders. While the government introA short duration discussion duced four bills on Friday and on Covid lined up in the Lok passed one quickly, complete Sabha could not happen as the paralysis of Parliament could House was adjourned for the be expected next day. Voicing strong week as well, as floor concern over the conleaders of the Oppoduct of some MPs dursition unanimously ing protests in the Updecided to stay firm per House, Rajya Sabha Rahul hits on their demands. Chairman M Venkaiah out at govt T he Opposition Naidu said such conwants a discussion Since it is refusing duct lowered the digdiscussion on on the snooping in nity and prestige of the snoopgate, the presence of Prime House. obviously the Minister Narendra Amid the din in the Modi or Union home government has LS, two bills — The minister Amit Shah, done something Commission for Air wrong, alleged besides a Supreme Quality Management Rahul Gandhi Court-monitored juin National Capital Redicial probe, while gion and Adjoining Arthe government is not ready to eas Bill, 2021 and the General yield, claim as it does that new Insurance Business (NationaliIT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw sation) Amendment Bill — has already given a detailed were introduced. The Coconut statement on the floor of both Development Board (AmendHouses of Parliament. ment) Bill, 2021 was passed in “Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha the RS. Congress leader Adhir is the place where we have to Ranjan Chowdhury said: “We speak. The government is re- want a discussion but the govfusing to give us a discussion ernment does not intend to.” Lovlina secures second medal NATIONWIDE JULY 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI 43,509 38,465 640 JULY 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JULY 30 44,230 42,360 555 JULY 30 51 70 00 63 34 03 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 29 46,52,914 doses July 30 44,38,901 doses TOTAL DOSES 46,06,56,534 The Modi government ducks questions in Parliament on the consultation process it followed before constituting the Ministry of Cooperation, headed by Amit Shah | P7 Mizo Police file FIR against Himanta and six senior Assam govt officials EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Guwahati THE border row between Assam and Mizoram is getting uglier. The Mizoram Police has filed an FIR against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, six Assam officials and 200 unidentified policemen, holding them responsible for the July 26 violence on the Assam-Mizoram border. They have been booked for attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy spreading infection of , disease dangerous to life, voluntarily causing grievous hurt, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty endangering , human life and trespassing In a WT message to the Assam Chief Secretary, the officials were asked to depose before the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Vairengte in Kolasib district of Mizoram on August 1. The SDPO is the investigating officer of the case. The officers named in the FIR are inspector general of police Anurag Aggarwal, DIG of Cachar Devojyoti Mukherjee, Cachar SP Cahndrakant Nimbalkar, officer in-charge of Dholai police station Sahab Uddin, divisional forest officer of Cachar Sunnydeo Choudhary and divisional commissioner of Cachar Keerthi Jalli. The FIR was registered on Monday on the complaint of one H. Lalchawimawia. It states that the Assam Police officers “forcefully tried to occupy” a Mizoram police camp calling it “an encroachment on the forest land” on the “instructions of the CM”. Meanwhile, Assam Police has summoned Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena from Mizoram on August 1 for questioning in connection with his statement on the border clash. “He has to depose on August 1. It’s a Sunday and there is no Parliament session. If he doesn’t depose, we will have to take the next step, which is (issuance of) warrant (against him),” said GP Singh, Assam’s Special Director-General of Police. Vanlalvena was not available on the phone. Bank credit growth falls further in June, says RBI Core sector output grows 8.9% in June The output of eight core sectors grew 8.9% in June, mainly due to a low base effect and uptick in production of natural gas, steel, coal and electricity, as per official data released on Friday | P10 Fiscal deficit at 18% of FY22 target The Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at `2.74 lakh crore or 18.2% of the full year’s Budget estimate at the end of June, according to data released by the Controller General of Accounts on Friday | P10 S E S A S E N @ New Delhi EVEN as the economy is yet to fully recover from the Covid shock, one financial metric continues to be a big worry — bank credit growth, which has either fallen or remained flat. Latest RBI data show credit growth of scheduled commercial banks declined to 5.8% in June against 6.2% a year ago. On a sequential basis, loan growth remained nil due to low demand from industries and banks’ reluctance to lend to stressed sectors and firms. RBI figures show the credit growth was largely driven by retail and agriculture sectors, while fund flow to industry has ■ Later, Fadnavis tweeted that he urged the CM to expedite relief and rehabilitation. Ace shuttler PV Sindhu is in the form of her life and did what she does best at big events. She overcame a draining challenge from Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight games and reached the semifinals on Friday. The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, outclassed the fourth-seeded Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The Japanese shuttler had scripted a late comeback in the second game, grabbing two game points but Sindhu ensured there were no hiccups. One talking point was a 54-shot rally Yamaguchi won. Sindhu faces second seed Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. “I am happy but it’s not over yet,” Sindhu said after the match @ New Delhi NOT IN MOOD FOR COOPERATION? ■ To the BJP's demand for a relief package, Uddhav said he was not there to declare any eye-popping figures. SINDHU STORMS INTO SEMIFINAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EVADE The Maharashtra government pegged the damages of roads and bridges at over I1,800 crore. In Konkan region alone, the damages caused by heavy rain and landslides were estimated at I800 crore. For Pune, Amarawati, Aurangabad, Nasik and Kolhapur divisions, the losses are over I 1,000 crore, said PWD officials. dried up. Advances to agriculture and allied sectors showed 11.4% growth in June against 2.4% the same month in 2020. Personal, vehicle and gold loans, and credit cards outstanding saw a 11.9% growth. Within personal loans, consumer durable loans fell 19.8% while advances against shares, bonds shrank 23%. Growth in credit to big industries stood at 1.9% against 2.2% in June 2020, while loans to MSMEs saw a 54.6% expansion in June against 9% fall a year ago. Full-year credit growth will likely remain in low doubledigit, noted Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, Care Ratings. T he ordeal Lovlina Borgohain had to face in the last one year would have torn apart any ordinary person. Mother’s kidney transplantation, her own Covid infection and eventual quarantine all alone and missing exposure trip to Italy, the list is enough to drive anyone crazy. But not Lovlina. Like in life, the 23-year-old overcame those challenges with aplomb. Thousands of miles away, her parents could not watch her fight and preferred to spend time walking outside their house in their village in Assam. As for Lovlina, she waltzed through to semifinal in 69 kg boxing event in Tokyo to assure India a medal, its second, on Friday. She comprehensively beat Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-1. Lovlina now faces reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on August 4 ANOTHER HEARTBREAK FOR DEEPIKA KUMARI. THE WORLD NO. 1 ARCHER LOST TO SOUTH KOREA’S AN SAN IN STRAIGHT SETS 6-0 IN THE QUARTERS. THIS IS HER THIRD OLYMPICS | P11, 12 CBSE results out, admission race in E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE highest ever pass percentage of 99.37 in Central Board of Secondary Examination’s Class XII examinations has brought as much anxiety as cheers to students. Even toppers are worried as they fear that college admissions could prove to be an uphill battle. Komal Sharma, a student of St Marks School in Janakpuri, who scored 98 per cent in Humanities stream, said, “I scored more than I expected and I am very happy But this will be the . first year when students are tense despite scoring above 95 per cent. There will be huge competition for admission in universities.” “I want to pursue BA Honours in Psychology from Delhi University and the cut-offs are very high,” said Sharma, adding that getting a college or subject of one’s choice could be more difficult this year even for those who have scored 95 per NATIONAL REPORT CARD 99.13% 99.67% BOYS GIRLS PASSED CLASS 12 EXAM No merit list or list of toppers prepared Candidates scoring above 95%: Up from 38,686 last year to 70,004 Students strike happy pose after knowing their Class 12 results | SHEKHAR YADAV cent and above,” she added. Armaan Chaudhary, a Humanities student and topper of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, echoes same fears. “I am very happy as I topped my school with 99.4 per cent. But despite scoring so well, I am a bit tense because the competition is going to be huge. Last year, the cut-off was 100 in sev- HIT-AND-RUN SC takes suo motu note, seeks report from Jharkhand E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday took suo motu cognizance of the hit-and–run death of a Dhanbad judge and sought a report on investigation progress from the top two officials of Jharkhand. The Jharkhand High Court will monitor the probe into the mowing down of the judge, said the bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana. “An unfortunate incident happened on Wednesday where an ADJ was hit by an autorickshaw. This incident was rightly reported in newspaper and social media, the same was taken into cognizance by the Chief Justice of High Court,” it added. The top court took cognizance of the case after taking into consideration similar threats to judges and lawyers across the country. “We decided to take it up suo moto although we are aware that the Jharkhand HC has already taken suo motu,” said the bench. “We direct the state secretary and DGP to file a report before the registry. We’re not interfering with proceedings going on before the high court.” On Wednesday, the Jharkhand High Court had ordered an SIT probe under the leadership of Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Latkar after taking cognizance of a letter filed by the Dhanbad principal district judge. Two persons were arrested in connection with the case in which district and sessions Uttam Anand was killed on Wednesday CCTV footage showed that Anand was . jogging on the side of a road at Randhir Verma Chowk when a auto-rickshaw veered and hit him from behind before fleeing the scene. The judge was hearing some high-profile cases, including the murder case of Ranjay Singh, a close aide of Jharia MLA Sanjeev Singh. eral courses even in mediumranking DU colleges. This year, a large number of students have scored well above 90 per cent,” said Chaudhary who as, pires to take admission in Political Science (Honours) in Hindu College. “My second option is History and I am also appearing for Jamia Millia Islamia entrance test.” Not every student is worried, 99.84: Overall pass percentage of Delhi region though. Eish Nangia of Manav Sthali School in Karol Bagh, who scored 99 per cent in Commerce stream, said, “I am very happy…Last year was difficult with all the classes being conducted online. But all our teachers took extra efforts to ensure our studies do not suffer. Without their support I would have not secured 99 per cent in all P4&7 subjects.”
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