YK MYK THERE SEEMS TO BE NO END TO TUSSLE BETWEEN RAMDEV AND IMA OPINION KOLKATA SATURDAY, 29 MAY, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—14 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MAX 34 C MIN 28 C NATION Morning India Rs. 3 WEATHER TODAY ‘LOWEST DAILY NEW CASES IN 44 DAYS, RECOVERY RATE 90%’ Cyclone 'Yaas' Mamata asks Centre for Rs 20k cr relief package for Bengal CM conducts aerial survey MI News Service Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE SUSHANT CASE: EX-FLATMATE PITHANI SENT TO NCB CUSTODY TILL JUNE 1 MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on Friday sent Sushant Singh Rajput's former flatmate Siddharth Pithani, arrested in Hyderabad and brought here, to the custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau till June 1 in connection with a drug case linked with the death of the Bollywood actor last year. Among the prime suspects in the case, Pithani was absconding since long, but was arrested by the NCB in a joint operation with its Hyderabad office on Wednesday, May 26. HC ORDERS MAHA TO ADMIT STAN SWAMY TO PVT HOSPITAL MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Maharashtra government to immediately transfer ailing octogenarian priest and Koregaon-Bhima case accused Father Stan Swamy to a private hospital for 15 days, in view of his deteriorating health. At a special urgent hearing, a division bench said that although Sir J. J. Hospital - where Swamy is current admitted - is wellequipped and medically staffed, it may not be feasible to give proper attention to him, owing to the present Covid-19. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,75,64,857 TOTAL DEATH: 3,19,007 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 169,740,962 TOTAL DEATH: 3,527,396 PURBA MEDINIPUR: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked for Rs 20,000 crore relief package from the Centre after cyclonic storm Yaas ravaged several parts of the State. Briefing media persons at Digha, the Chief Minister said, "Prime Minister had called for a meeting. We did not know I had a meeting in Digha. So we reached Kalaikunda to meet the Prime Minister and handed over a report of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. As far as our estimation, damage of Rs 20,000 crore was caused. So, we asked Rs 10,000 crore package each for the development of Digha and Sundarban." "I do not know whether we will get the aide or not. However, I along with the Chief Secretary met the Prime Minister and handed over the papers. After that, I took his permission to leave Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in North 24 Parganas district, officials said. Accompanied by Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Banerjee took stock of the post-cyclone situation in Hingalganj, Hasnabad, Sandeshkhali, Minakha and other areas of the district, they said. "I have seen that most of the areas have been inundated. Houses and large tracts of agricultural fields are under water. A field survey will also be conducted," Banerjee said. She also held an administrative meeting with the District Magistrate (DM), Superintendent of Police (SP) and Block Development Officers (BDOs). Several areas in Purba Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas districts bore the brunt of cyclone 'Yaas', which made its landfall in neighbouring Orissa on Wednesday morning. Many places in these districts were whiplashed by heavy rain, which accompanied the cyclonic storm. Later in the day, Banerjee also undertook an aerial survey in cyclone-hit areas of South 24 Parganas and Digha, a coastal town, in Purba Medinipur. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Digha to assess the damage caused by cyclone 'Yaas' on Friday. for Digha to hold the administrative review meeting. We will do an aerial survey on Saturday. I believe a permanent solution is needed for this region. Every year this kind of cyclones hit these areas," added Mamata. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting at Kalaikunda in Paschim Medinipur district to take stock of the post cyclonic situ- ation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was supposed to attend the meeting. However, Mamata Banerjee arrived late by 30 minutes and handed PM reports of damage caused by the impact of Cyclone Yaas. Following this, she left for her pre-scheduled meeting at Digha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected areas in Bengal and Orissa. Cyclone Yaas made its landfall in Bengal on Wednesday. Several districts including Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, South 24 Parganas and Jhargram suffered the impact in the last two days. The coastal areas like Digha and Sundarban were the worst affected. 11 DEAD AFTER CONSUMING SPURIOUS LIQUOR IN UP'S ALIGARH ALIGARH: Eleven people died on Friday and some more were taken ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor sold by a licensed vendor here, a senior official said. The authorities have ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and suspend five excise officials while four people, including the liquor vend owner, have been arrested. The inquiry will be conducted by an additional district magistrate-rank officer, DM Chandra Bhushan Singh told mediapersons. The administration is likely to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those found guilty, he said. Modi assesses impact of cyclone CYCLONE YAAS 'Yaas', holds meetings in State PM announces Rs 1K cr relief Governor attends PM meet MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting to assess the impact of Cyclone Yaas in Bengal along with State Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived late for the meeting. Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar received Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force Station in Midnapore district. The Prime Minister visited Bengal and Orissa on Friday to assess the impact of cyclone Yaas which made landfall on the two coastal States. Bengal Governor took to Twitter to inform about the Prime Minister's visit to the State. "WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will receive PM Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force Station on May 28. PM will visit areas affected #CycloneYaas in WB to assess damage to life and material. Governor Dhankhar will attend PM Review Meet with the State Government @MamataOfficial," Dhankhar tweeted. Bengal Chief Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar attended a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the devastation caused by cyclone Yaas, officials said. The meeting was held at Kalaikunda in Paschim Medinipur district on Friday afternoon after Modi undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas, they said. Dhankhar received the Prime Minister at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station, the officials said. "WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will receive PM Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force Station on May 28. PM will visit areas affected #CycloneYaas in WB to assess damage to life & material. Governor Dhankhar will attend PM Review Meet with the State Government," the Governor tweeted. Banerjee also conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas during the day. The Chief Minister has put Bengal's losses due to cyclone Yaas at Rs 15,000 crore. Announcing a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore, she said her Government will run a 'Duare Traan' (relief at doorsteps) programme for the affected people. She has also ordered an inquiry by the Finance Department into the collapse of several embankments, bridges and roads that were constructed after super cyclone Amphan hit the State in May last year. Minister Mamata Banerjee also was supposed to meet with PM Modi at the air force station and discuss issues related to damage caused by the cyclonic storm. ‘China amassing weapons systems at Indian border’ BEIJING: Beijing is amassing new weapons systems in its border with India complicating efforts towards a peaceful solution to the border standoff. Citing Global Times, Asia Times reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced the deployment of new self-propelled rapid-fire mortars to conduct 'mobile, hit-and-run firing positions'. The mortars are the fourth new type of weapons systems brought by the PLA in the region, after the addition of a new 122millimetre calibre self-pro- pelled howitzer, armoured assault vehicles and longrange multiple rocket launcher systems. The missile system and the rocket artillery have been identified as the HQ-17A field air defence missile system and the PHL-11 122mm caliber self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system. However, the logistical burden of the weapons would likely make it difficult, if not impossible, to transport large amounts of mortar munitions up to higher altitudes, even if they were air-dropped by helicopters. Last week, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India's relationship with China is at crossroads following border tensions and its direction depends on whether the Chinese side will adhere to the consensus and whether it would follow through on bilateral agreements reached between the two countries. package after aerial survey NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday conducted an aerial survey to review the damages caused by the severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas in Odisha and West Bengal. Expressing solidarity with the people affected by the cyclonic storm, the Prime Minister announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities. Of this, Rs 500 crore would be given to Odisha, while the remaining amount would be allotted to West Bengal and Jharkhand on the basis of the extent of damage. The Union government will also deploy an inter-ministerial team to visit the states to assess the extent of damage, based on which further assistance will be announced. The Centre has assured all help for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas. An amount of Rs 2 lakh ex gratia would be given to the next of kin of the deceased, while Rs 50,000 would be given to the injured persons. During his visit to Odisha and West Bengal to review the situation arising out of cyclone Yaas, the Prime Minister undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas in Bhadrak and Baleswar districts in Odisha, and East Midnapore in West Bengal. India terms WHO-convened study on COVID-19 origin as ‘important first step’ NEW DELHI: India on Friday termed the World Health Organisation's (WHO) global study on the origins of COVID-19 as an "important first step" and stressed the need for next phase studies to reach robust conclusions. In response to media queries on WHO convened global study on the origin of COVID-19, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the follow up of the WHO report and further studies deserve the "understanding and cooperation" of all. "The WHO convened global study on the origins of INSIDE PRODUCTION BATCHES OF COVAXIN INITIATED IN MARCH TO BE READY ONLY IN JUNE PAGE 7 COVID-19 is an important first step. It stressed the need for next phase studies as also for further data and studies to reach robust conclusions," he said in a statement. "The follow up of the WHO report and further studies deserve the under- standing and cooperation of all," he added. New Delhi's response comes amid reports that the WHO is expected to restudy the "dominant theory" that the SARS-CoV-2 probably originated and spread across the world from China's Wuhan lab. According to CNN, previously overlooked Chinese data on extensive screening of animals for coronavirus around the time the pandemic erupted is among several areas identified for further study by WHO scientists investigating the origins of the virus, as per a source. Guard against ‘judicial largesse’ to accused, SC tells courts Discretionary powers to grant anticipatory bail cannot be exercised in an untrammelled manner: Bench NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said protection from arrest should not be granted to accused, while dismissing their plea for anticipatory bail at the same time, as they would roam freely without being apprehensive of coercive action. A bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose said the court's discretionary powers to grant anticipatory bail "cannot be exercised in an untrammelled manner". The top court made it clear that if protection is granted while denying anticipatory bail then, such an order must necessarily be "narrowly tailored" to protect the interests of the applicant, while taking into consideration the concerns of the investigating authority. Cautioning the lower courts on this aspect, the top court said such directions, where protection from arrested is granted while denying pre-arrest bail, exceeds judicial discretion and amounts to "judicial largesse", which the courts do not possess. The top court set aside two orders passed by the Allahabad High Court, dismissing the plea of pre-arrest bail by the accused but granting protection from arrest for 90 days. "The resultant effect of the High Court's orders is that neither are the respondents found entitled to pre-arrest bail, nor can they be arrested for a long duration.. We are thus of the view that the High Court committed a grave error in passing such protection to the respondents accused," it said. It stressed that if protection is granted to the accused, then such an order "must necessarily be narrowly-tailored to protect the interests of the applicant while taking into consideration the concerns of the society at large, and the investigating authority". "Such an order must be a reasoned one," it noted. The bench added that the High Court, giving the relief of 90 days, had not considered the concerns of the investigating agency, the complainant or the proviso under Section 438(1), Cr.P.C., which necessitates that court pass such an exceptional discretionary protection order for the shortest duration that is reasonably required. However, it observed the High Court can give protection to accused in certain extraordinary circumstances, even though the investigating agency has made out a case for arrest. Meanwhile, aggrieved by nonissuance of a passport by the authorities with a change in name and gender, a transgender person moved the Delhi High Court for issuance of the travel document with the requisite changes. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Ministry of External Affairs seeking its stand on the plea which has claimed that the petitioner was issued an Aadhaar card, PAN card and a Voter ID under the changed name and gender, but not a passport. "That since all the documents of the petitioner, including her Aadhaar Card, Voter ID as well as her PAN Card have been issued to her with the required changes in name and gender on the basis of the affidavit dated December 2, 2019, the petitioner is also entitled to be issued her new passport with the same changes as have been made in her other documents," the petition has said. The petitioner, who was born a male and subsequently changed his gender to female by way of a self declaration on an affidavit in 2019, has also challenged a requirement under the Passport Rules 1980 to submit a "sexchange certificate" from a hospital for issuance of the travel document. In the petition, filed through advocates Siddharth Seem and Oindrila Sen, the petitioner has claimed that the requirement for a sex-change certificate was "illegal and unconstitutional" and it has prevented several transgender persons in getting their passports to reflect their self-identified gender.