TUESDAY RETAIL INFLATION EASES TO 5.3% IN AUG AS FOOD PRICES SOFTEN 14 SEPTEMBER, 2021 Subdued prices of food items like vegetables pulled down retail inﬂation for the third month in a row, within RBI’s comfort zone epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard VEGETABLE PRICES CONTRACT 11.7% IN AUGUST twitter.com/TheMornStandard ICMR STUDY NEED FOR BOOSTER DOSE? Researchers have reported waning antibodies 3-4 months after receiving vax A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 Govt again cites security to duck snoop affidavit SC says it only wants to know if Pegasus was used to spy on individuals; order soon will be placed before your lordships,” Mehta added. WITH the Centre again refusBut the bench said Mehta ing to file a detailed affidavit on was beating around the bush. whether or not it used the “We just wanted you to clarify Pegasus software to snoop on whether their (civil society) journalists and members of privacy was violated or not. the civil society, the SuWhether surveillance, if preme Court on Monday done at all, was after said it will pass its inlawful permission. Was terim order on a batch the interception done of petitions in a twoby any agency unlawthree days. fully? Should the govSolicitor General ernment not be conTushar Mehta said the cerned if any ‘outside Sibal’s Centre did not want agency’ had violated counter matters of national inour citizens’ privacy?” “My friend terest to be part of it asked. Mehta re(Mehta) says public discourse or jusponded saying that making that dicial debate through he had have already statement on an affidavit. “Existfiled an affidavit sayoath itself is ence of whether a paring there was no unaudetrimental to ticular software was thorised interception. used or not cannot be- national security. Pointing out that it I am sorry, it is come part of an affidahad given fair oppordetrimental to vit or subject of public tunity to the Centre to the process of d i s c o u r s e. Ta r g e t make its statement, justice,” Kapil groups, terror groups the CJI said, “Now we Sibal said should not know what have to look into the software is being whole issue and deused,” Mehta told the bench led cide something.” by Chief Justice of India N V The court then reserved its Ramana. interim orders. “We will set up a committee Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, of domain experts. The peti- appearing for journalists N tioners who say their numbers Ram and Sashi Kumar, who are were put under interception among the petitioners, said the can be considered by the com- government cannot tell the SC mittee. The committee report to ‘shut your eyes’. K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi NEW DELHI PUNJAB Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the farmers to spare the state and instead hold protests in Delhi and Haryana. Since the farm laws were passed by the Union government, the farmers should shift the agitation venue to Delhi borders in order to put pressure on the Centre, he said. Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of a government college at Mukhliana village in Hoshiarpur, the CM said the protests and sit-ins being held at 113 places across Punjab, including at toll plazas, were not at all in the state’s interests. “Punjab will suffer financially... There is no use sitting at 113 places in Punjab and weakening its financial position,” he said. “It is your Punjab, your villages, your people. You do whatever you want to do at Delhi (border), put pressure on them (Centre) and make them agree,” Singh said. At another event, Amarinder asked the Centre to shed its stubbornness and repeal the farm laws. Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of College of Agriculture in SBS Nagar district, he said, “The Constitution has been amended 127 times since 1950. So why not one more time to re peal the far m laws for provid- J8.00 PAGES 12 TAKE YOUR SHOT September 12 72,86,883 doses September 13 67,04,768 doses TOTAL DOSES 75,10,41,391 NATIONWIDE SEP 12 SEP 13 T MURUGANANDHAM & K V N A V YA @ Chennai Fresh cases 28,591 27,254 Recoveries 34,848 37,687 Deaths 338 219 DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SEP 12 SEP 13 22 44 00 17 30 00 CONTEMPT PLEA IN SC A contempt plea has been filed in the Supreme Court accusing the Centre of wilful disobedience of SC’s June 30 order to frame guidelines for ex-gratia compensation to families of those who died of Covid-19. It said the Centre filed a partial compliance report. DEATH TRAP Two brothers, aged 12 and 7, died when a 75-year-old building in Delhi’s Sabzi Mandi area collapsed on Monday | PARVEEN NEGI Congress vicharaks vs RSS pracharaks in UP R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi IN a bid to connect with people on the ground ahead of the crucial Assembly elections, the Congress plans to deploy ‘vicharak’s on the lines of RSS ‘pracharaks’. These young activists, primarily members of the Congress’ grassroots front organisation Seva Dal, will visit select constituencies and have meaningful talks with voters on pressing issues such as price rise, unemployment and farmer distress. The experiment will also ing succour to the farmers who have been sitting at Singhu and Tikri borders?” The CM said the central farm laws have already been rejected in the assembly and replaced by the state government’s farm laws, which were sent to governor for his approval, “but to our dismay these have not yet been , forwarded to the President”. He also launched a fierce attack on the Shiromani Akali Dal for “double-crossing” the farmers, saying the agriculture laws were drafted with SAD’s consent, with Harsimrat Kaur Badal as Union minister, but the party later changed tune when it backfired. Calling Amarinder’s comments irresponsible, Haryana’s home minister Anil Vij accused him of instigating farmers. The Centre expects foodgrain production to touch a new record of over 150 million tonnes in 2021-22 crop year (July-June). “We have received good rains so far this year... foodgrain production will definitely be much higher than last year’s Kharif season,” Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said on Monday Armed with ‘exemption’ Bill, TN ready for NEET war JAB-O-METER CM Amarinder tells farmers to hold protests in Delhi and spare Punjab H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh Consumer Price Index-based retail inflation was 5.59% in July and 6.69% in August 2020. According to data released by National Statistics Office on Monday, food inflation decelerated to 3.11% in August from 4% in July as vegetable prices contracted 11.68% during the month. RBI primarily considers retail inflation to decide the monetary policy every two months RECORD KHARIF PRODUCTION LIKELY: GOVT mark an image makeover for the Seva Dal, whose role and responsibilities were tweaked after Rahul Gandhi became party chief in 2017, by actively engaging in election campaign and public outreach prog rammes in states where it has good presence. The organisation has around 3.7 lakh active members in over 600 districts. It has around 450 members in UP . “It is vicharaks vs pracharaks. We are training our workforce to focus on people’s agen- EXPRESS READ ‘Stand with Afghans’ New Delhi: With a grave humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, India on Monday said it is willing to stand by Afghans and called for unimpeded access to aid providers to the country as also a “non-discriminatory” distribution of relief supplies. In a virtual address at the UN, EAM S Jaishankar said India is monitoring developments in Afghanistan with “understandable concern”. JEE-Advanced delay New Delhi: The registrations for JEE-Advanced for admission to IITs were on Monday deferred again due to delay in announcement of JEE-Main results. The registration process was to begin last week but was deferred till Monday. IIT-Kharagpur, which is conducting JEE-Advanced, hasn’t announced the date and has told candidates to wait for update. da away from emotional and religious agenda of the RSS and other parties ahead of elections. Members of Seva Dal will work in tandem with state units to reach out to people and talk to them on pressing issues,” said Lalji Desai, chief organiser, Seva Dal. He says the team is young and dynamic with 80% of them below 45 years. They have been divided in three groups — Seva Dal young brigade, Seva Dal and Mahila Seva Dal. They have been trained in efficiently using social media tools to communicate with youths and working class. Congress Seva Dal, which was once seen more as a ceremonial organisation, has zeroed in on 100 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where their members would be campaigning for the party The selection . was based on research by team members and work will start after the final go-ahead from Congress general secretary and in-charge for UP Priyanka Gandhi and UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. INFO HEADS URGE CJI TO SHOO HCs OFF TURF EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A group of 15 sitting and retired information commissioners last week wrote to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, urging him to direct high courts not to entertain petitions against orders passed by the Central Information Commission (CIC). Section 23 of the RTI Act says, “No court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceedings in respect of any order made under this act and no such order shall be called in question otherwise than by way of an appeal under this Act.” So, Parliament clearly intended that the final appeal will lie with the information commissions, the letter pointed out. Yet, directions of information commissioners were being negated due to high court stay orders. “At the very least orders of imposition of penalty should not be stayed as no irrevocable harm can come to the penalised official. It should also be ensured that if any stay order is given it should give reasons for staying the statutory order of the commission, the letter said. Its signatories include two sitting state information commissioners of Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Singh and G Krishnamurthy four retired , central information commissioners and one retired chief central information commissioner. The CIC has been set up under the RTI Act. TAMIL Nadu on Monday started a fresh bout of legal war against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) again. The ruling DMK kept its poll promise of passing a Bill to exempt the State from the exam. However, apprehensions around its ultimate success in getting the Union government’s nod remain the same as was the case five years ago when the previous AIADMK regime passed a similar Bill. Despite being an ally of the AIADMK, the BJPled Union government did not budge and returned the Bill. This time, however, the Bill is backed by the report of a special committee, led by Justice AK R a j a n , t h at s t u d i e d NEET’s impact on students from disadvanta g ed backgrounds. “The reason for the President to return the Bill then was not because there was a lack of data. It was on the Constitutional propriety of the state trying to get an exemption from a central law,” said Justice K Chandru, a retired Madras High Court judge. NEET was enabled by a law passed in Parliament, and at best, the state assembly can pass a resolution showing its disapproval, he said. Some other legal experts have a different opinion. Justice Hari Paranthaman, a retired Madras HC judge, said there have been earlier instances of such exemptions from central law for a single state. Much will depend on how the Union government will treat the Bill. As much as legal, there are other factors, including political considerations. The Centre also seems determined on a uniform education policy . KERRY SAYS ZERO-EMISSION TARGET IS FOR ALL Visiting US special presidential climate envoy said it is imperative that all parties commit to it | P7 Now, undergrads in Madhya Pradesh Emotionally spent Djokovic falls at final hurdle universities to study Ramcharitmanas BREAK POINT S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai CHASING invincibility is never easy Pressure, as most elite ath. letes maintain, is a privilege. But add expectation and history to the mix and it can turn heady. Especially in a world filled with unending news cycles, where the best can feel claustrophobic from all the attention. Novak Djokovic temporarily lifted the veil to allow mortals a peek into this world at the Tokyo Olympics. He arrived in Japan as the prohibitive favourite to win a fourth gong in his quest to complete a Golden Slam: winning four Majors as well as an Olympics gold. It’s hard. Only one player in history, Steffi Graf (1988), had done it. The Serb failed in this lofty quest, going down in the semifinal in Tokyo. In the bronze medal match, there was a spectacular implosion. At one point, he flung his racquet into the stands. On another occasion, he broke it so badly even the scrapyard wouldn’t have accepted its remains. On Sunday night, inside the sport’s biggest theatre — Arthur Ashe Stadium — the 34-year-old was chasing another piece of history. The Grand Slam, win- ning all four in a calendar year. Only five have done it ever. The narrative was set in stone even before the final. It would be the night of Djokovic’s coronation. Not just a Grand Slam but the night would also see him move past both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for sole lead of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won his first Major defeating World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open final Everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle — Djokovic Novak Djokovic breaks the racquet after losing a point to Daniil Medvedev | AP most Majors won by a male. There was logic behind that assertion. Coming into the final, the Djokovic-ian trait of coming back after losing the first set, winning the most important points in matches and outlasting opponents were all present. Even when he lost the first set to Daniil Medvedev, there was no cause for alarm. Ten minutes later, though, the pendulum shifted dramatically . The Serb lost five break point opportunities to let the Russian off the hook. There was also a code warning for racquet abuse in this period. Watching him, it was evident he wasn’t being himself. It seemed like he was emotionally spent. Something he agreed in the post match press conference. “I was glad it was over,” he said. “Mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot to handle.” E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal AFTER lectures on Hindutva icons Dr KB Hedgewar and Deendayal Upadhyaya for firstyear MBBS students, now undergraduates will study Ramc h a r i t m a n a s i n M a d hya Pradesh. The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has decided to introduce ‘ pplied PhiA losophy of Ramcharitmanas’ as an optional subject in BA First-Year syllabus in colleges and universities under the New Education Policy . The state’s higher education minister Mohan Yadav said the subject had been introduced on the recommendation of a panel of experts who designed the syllabus in sync with the NEP 2020 and will be taught by Philosophy and Hindi teachers. The BA first-year students will also be taught ‘Preface to Mahabharata’ by C Rajgopalach- ari in the English Foundation Course. Yoga and Meditation too are being made part of the foundation course from the 2021-2022 academic session. Defending the decision, Yadav said, “The Ramcharitmanas has science, culture, literature and ‘shringar’. This is not about a particular religion. We have also introduced Urdu ghazal as a subject.” Yadav said it would be wrong to see Ramcharitmanas as just a religious scripture “as it also embodies aspects of arts, science and literature”. Even the When new syllabus is being implemented in context of NEP, we are also trying to bring our glorious past to the fore, whether it is related to our scriptures or to our great men Mohan Yadav, MP’s Education Minister NASA had acknowledged Ram Setu was a man-made bridge built millions of years ago, which is the biggest evidence of Ramcharitmanas also comprising scientific aspects, the minister added. “Not everything should be seen with political/ideological glasses,” Yadav said, adding that teaching Applied Philosophy of Ramcharitmanas will also ingrain rich values in students and help in their character building. While the BJP welcomed the move, the Congress dubbed it as another effort to further the saffron agenda. “It’s important that our students know in depth about the hidden treasures in terms of our ancient scriptures,” BJP secretary Rajneesh Agrawal said. Congress’ Narendra Saluja said. “The need of the hour is to introduce more technical education subjects.”
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