YK MYK ONLY VACCINATION OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION CAN BEAT THE VIRUS OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—18 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 28 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE CONFIDENT TO INOCULATE WHOLE POPULATION BY DEC 2021: ICMR DG NEW DELHI: Underlining that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in the country, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava on Tuesday expressed confidence that India's entire population will be vaccinated by December 2021. Briefing the press on Covid and vaccination-related updates in the country, Bhargava stressed that the Covid positivity rate should be below 5 per cent for a week and over 70 per cent vulnerable population should be vaccinated in order to lift restrictions in districts. "We need to be patient. We have administered nearly as many vaccine doses as the United States. There is no shortage of vaccines. By mid-July or August, we will have enough doses to vaccinate 1 crore people per day. We are confident of vaccinating the whole population by December," he said. 4-TIME SLAM CHAMP OSAKA OUT OF FRENCH OPEN, CITES ANXIETY SPORTS CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,82,12,727 TOTAL DEATH: 3,32,644 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 171,579,703 TOTAL DEATH: 3,567,425 RESHUFFLE IN INDIAN MILITARY'S TOP HIERARCHY NATION Morning India PM MODI: STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO APPEAR FOR EXAMS IN SUCH A STRESSFUL SITUATION CBSE CLASS XII BOARD EXAMS CANCELLED NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday decided that class XII board exams of CBSE would not be held this year in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID-19 and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders. The government said that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a timebound manner. It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive. The decisions were taken at a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the class XII board exams of CBSE. The Prime Minister said that the decision on class XII CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. Officials at the meeting gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including state governments. The Prime Minister said COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of board exams has been causing immense anxi- ety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end. Acoording to a PMO release, the Prime Minister said that the COVID-19 situation is a dynamic situation across the country. not be the reason to put the youth at risk. The Prime Minister said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students, and directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner. "In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time- Centre issues show-cause notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay MI NEWS SERVICE People shop at a market as all non-essential shops get allowed to remain open between 7 am to 2 pm, at Dadar, in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI Covid slows India’s May manufacturing growth: PMI data NEW DELHI: India's manufacturing sector activity witnessed a significant loss of growth momentum in May due to the intensification of the COVID-19 crisis and its detrimental impact on demand, a monthly survey said on Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), fell to 50.8 in May, down from 55.5 in April, as companies observed the slowest rises in new work and output in ten months amid intensification of the COVID-19 crisis. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion while a score below 50 denotes contraction. "The Indian manufacturing sector is showing increasing signs of strain as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies. Key gauges of current sales, production and input buying weakened noticeably in May and pointed to the slowest rates of increase in ten months. In fact, all indices were down from April," said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit. Lima, however, noted that the detrimental impacts of the pandemic and associated restrictions seen in the manufacturing MOODY’S PEGS INDIA GDP GROWTH AT 9.3 PC IN FY22 NEW DELHI: Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday pegged India's GDP growth at 9.3 per cent in the current fiscal ending March 2022 and 7.9 per cent in FY23. The reimposition of lockdown measures along with behavioural changes on fear of contagion will curb economic activity, but we do not expect the impact to be as severe as during the first wave. sector are considerably less severe than during the first lockdown when unprecedented contractions had been recorded. "Growth projections were revised lower, as firms became more worried about the escalation of the pandemic and local restrictions. The overall degree of optimism towards the year-ahead outlook for output was at a ten-month low, a factor which could hamper business investment and cause further job losses," Lima said. NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Just a day after being appointed as Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Chief adviser, Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been issued a show-cause notice by the Central Government on Tuesday under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. As per the official statement, "A show-cause notice has been issued to former Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay under Disaster Management Act 2005 asking him to write within 3 days." Monday also, a show-cause notice was served to Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who was earlier in the day appointed as Chief Adviser to the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for failing to report to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) as directed by the Central Government on Monday, sources said. "A show-cause notice is being served to Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay for failing to report to the Department of Personnel and Training," a source said. Banerjee, who addressed a press conference on Monday said, Bandyopadhyay has retired from service and will not join in Delhi and has been made Chief Adviser. "Since Alapan Bandyopadhyay has retired today on May 31 from his service, he is not going to join in Delhi. I will not allow Alapan Bandyopadhyay to leave Nabanna. He is now the Chief Adviser to Chief Minister," she had said. A BENCH COMPRISING JUSTICES L. NAGESWARA RAO AND ANIRUDDHA BOSE ASKED THE CENTRE'S COUNSEL TO FILE AN AFFIDAVIT REGARDING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PACKAGE MADE UNDER PM CARES FUND. A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose asked the Centre's counsel to file an affidavit regarding the announcement of package made under PM Cares Fund. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati submitted that the details of the scheme, including identification of beneficiaries would be filed before the court. According to the scheme, all children who lost both parents or a surviving parent, legal guardian or adoptive parents due to Covid-19 disease will be supported by a corpus of Rs 10 lakh from the PM Cares Fund. This corpus will be used for providing a monthly stipend for five years when the children are Banerjee said a new Chief Secretary has been appointed in the State. "We have appointed HK Dwivedi as the new Chief Secretary and BP Gopalika as the new Home Secretary. We just got a letter from IAS cadre rules. The purpose of extension of service is not served," she said. Bandyopadhyay was to retire on May 31 and had earlier been given three months extension. The Central Government had on Friday issued an order to recall Bandyopadhyay. The order said that placement of his services with the Government has been approved. The State Government was asked to relieve the officer with immediate effect and he was directed to report to North Block by May 31. The development took place after Banerjee along with the State Chief Secretary skipped the review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in the aftermath of cyclone 'Yaas'. Mamata defied protocol, misleading on controversy over Chief Secretary: GoI sources MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee defied protocol in a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the post-cyclonic situation in the State and is misleading on the controversy surrounding Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, said Government of India (GoI) sources on Tuesday. After the Prime Minister landed at Kalaikunda last week, Banerjee left for Digha after meeting him briefly and did not attend the review meeting over the damage caused by cyclone 'Yaas'. Mamata maintains she took the Prime Minister's permission before leaving but the GoI sources say that the PM Modi had not given permission to Banerjee to leave the meeting. "She left before the PM left, which is clearly contrary to accepted practices and protocol. It is clear that Mamata Banerjee's statement of being made to wait is entirely false and that she made the PM wait," a source said. The sources also said that the Chief Minister had agreed to attend the meeting, but changed her mind after coming to know that the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari was going to be part of the meeting, which she also mentions in her letter. Slamming her claims of being told to wait for 20 minutes before the Prime Minister, the Government sources said that she was expected to come in advance, as SC seeks details of PM Cares Fund scheme to help kids orphaned by Covid NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to provide details of the scheme recently announced under PM Cares Fund to help children who were orphaned due to Covid and how the scheme will be implemented. Amicus curiae, advocate Gaurav Agrawal submitted before the top court that the government announced a scheme on May 29 to benefit children orphaned due to the pandemic. He added that they don't know yet how many children are beneficiaries of this scheme, though it said children who have lost parents, adoptive parent, etc would be its beneficiaries. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. The Prime Minister said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation. He stressed that the health and safety of students "are of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect" and added that in today's time, such exams can- 18 years of age. The top court was hearing an application filed in a suo motu matter on prevention of Covid-19 in child care institutions across the country. According to an affidavit filed by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the pandemic orphaned over 1,700 children, led to 140 children being abandoned while more than7,400 children lost one of their parents. The NCPCR counsel had informed the court that a web portal "Bal Swaraj" was launched, through which each district can upload information about children during the pandemic. The top court, last week, had directed to all states to upload data beginning March 2020 by May 29 and allowed the NCPCR to file its response in the matter. Acting on Agrawal's suggestion, the top court told Telanagana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Jharkhand to appoint a nodal officer who would interact with the advocate regarding necessary information of orphans. The top court noted that at present there 9,000 such children who've lost both or one parent. MORE ON PG 5 everyone does when PM is supposed to land at any airport. The sources said the Prime Minister landed at Kalaikunda much before her. They said both Orissa and Bengal were informed about the Prime Minister's programme at a similar time and Orissa managed the programme very well, which was before his visit to Bengal. The sources also said that the Bengal CM had chosen to prevent other officers too from attending the meeting and in effect cancelled the review meeting scheduled by the Prime Minister, as she sensed that she had to wait till the meeting was over. "Mamata Banerjee chose to boycott the review meeting because the LOP of Bengal was present. No issue was created by GoI on this, because what mattered was cyclone relief activities. It was suggested to her that PM will meet her immediately after the review meeting as that was the reason for which he travelled to the State," the sources said. bound manner," the release said "It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive," it added. Referring to the wide consultative process, the Prime Minister expressed appreciation that a studentfriendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the states for providing feedback on this issue. WHO renames coronavirus B.1.617.2 strain as ‘Delta variant’ GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday renamed the B.1.617.2 variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, as the 'Delta variant'. In a statement, the WHO said that it convened an expert group that recommended using easy-to-pronounce and non-stigmatising labels for Variants of Interest (VOIs) and Variants of Concern (VOC). The group recommended using letters of the Greek Alphabet - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, which will be easier and more practical to discussed by non-scientific audiences. Apart from the B.1.617.2 variant, the B.1.1.7 strain first identified in the United Kingdom has been identified as 'Alpha variant'. The VOCs that were identified in IN A STATEMENT, South Africa and THE WHO SAID Brazil have been THAT IT named 'Beta' CONVENED AN and 'Gamma' EXPERT GROUP respectively. THAT RECOMAs for VOIs MENDED USING identified in the EASY-TO-PROUnited States, NOUNCE AND Brazil, NON-STIGMATISPhilippines and ING LABELS FOR other countries, VARIANTS OF the WHO has INTEREST (VOIS) used nomenclaAND VARIANTS OF ture like CONCERN (VOC). 'Epsilon', 'Zeta', 'Iota', 'Theta' and more. The B.1.617.1 strain, also first identified in India, has been named as 'Kappa variant'. The B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19 is believed to have led to a devastating second wave of the pandemic in India, crippling healthcare infrastructure in the country and resulting in thousands of deaths every day. On May 15, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said that the B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is likely to take over and dominate in the UK. The WHO earlier this month informed that the B.1.617 variant of COVID19, first found in India in October last year, had been detected in sequences uploaded "from more than 40 countries in all six WHO regions". MANY AMERICANS WANT TO RELOCATE FACILITIES FROM CHINA TO INDIA PAGE 6 Marriage not a contract, but a sacramental one: HC CHENNAI: A husband and wife must realise 'ego' and 'intolerance' are like footwear and should be left out of their house, when they enter. Else, their children will have to face a miserable life, the Madras High Court has warned young couples. Justice S Vaidyanathan also reminded youngsters that marriage is not a contract, but a sacramental one. The judge, however, regretted the word 'sacrament' has no meaning after the coming into effect of the Domestic Violence Act in 2005, which approved livein-relationship. Unfortunately, there was no provision like the Domestic Violence Act to proceed against the wife by the husband for lodging a false complaint, the judge noted. The judge made the observations while allowing a petition from Dr P Sasikumar, challenging an order dated February 18, 2020 of the Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, removing him from service and to reinstate him with all attendant benefits. According to Sasikumar, he was removed from service on the ground that he was involved in a domestic issue on the basis of the complaint lodged by his erstwhile wife. The ex-wife had initiated divorce proceedings against the petitioner under the Domestic Violence Act before the Judicial Magistrate-cum-Additional Mahila Court in Salem. The petitioner had also filed a similar petition before the First Additional Sub Judge, Salem. The divorce petition filed by the petitioner on the ground of alleged cruelty and voluntary desertion by the wife was accepted by the Family Court and it had become final.