YK MYK RSS STRATEGY SESSION IN DELHI TO SAVE BJP’S IMAGE IS SIGNIFICANT OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 6 JUNE, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 22 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) KOHLI’S INDIA TEAM NOT A PATCH ON WINDIES, AUS AT PEAK SPORTS Morning India Govt serves final notice to Twitter over non-compliance of new IT rules NEW DELHI: Citing noncompliance of New Intermediary Guideline Rules by Twitter, the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Saturday sent a final communication to Twitter asking them to comply immediately with the requirements of the new guidelines failing which resultant consequences as enjoined in the law shall follow. A letter issued by the Ministry to the social media platform stated that the New Intermediary Guideline Rules have become effective from May 26. After expiry of 3-month period given to social media intermediaries for compliance, Twitter is yet to appoint India based Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer. "The provisions for significant social media intermediaries under the Rules have already come into force on May 26 2021 and it has been more than a week but Twitter has refused to comply with the provisions of these Rules. Needless to state, such noncompliance will lead to unintended consequences including Twitter losing exemption from liability as intermediary available under section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. This has clearly been provided under rule 7 of the aforesaid Rules," stated the letter. It further said, "This is with reference to this Ministry's letters dated May 26 2021 and May 28 2021 regarding compliance with the subject Rules and your corresponding responses dated May 28 2021 and June 2 2021. MeitY is dismayed to note that your responses to the Ministry's letters neither address the clarifications sought by this Ministry nor indicate full compliance with the Rules." It also stated that it is clear from the responses of Twitter that till date has not informed about the details of the Chief Compliance Officer as required under the Rules, added that the Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person nominated by the social mdia platform is not an employee of Twitter Inc. in India as prescribed in the Rules. It also said that the office address of Twitter Inc. as mentioned by it is that of a law firm in India, which is also not as per the Rules. The Ministry in its letter to Twitter stated that the refusal to comply demonstrates the socila media platform's lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform. The world's largest democracy has been among the first countries in the world, outside the parent country of Twitter Inc., to enthusiastically adopt the Twitter platform, said the Ministry, adding that despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc. has doggedly refused to create mechanisms that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources. TWITTER RESTORES BLUE TICK ON NAIDU'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT NEW DELHI Twitter on Saturday removed and later restored the verified blue tick on the personal account of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Officials of the Vice President Secretariat said the personal Twitter handle of Naidu @MVenkaiahNaidu was inactive for a long time and the Twitter algorithm removed the blue badge. Expert committee not in favour of conducting board exams WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 24 C MI NEWS SERVICE Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE COURT ALLOWS BANKS TO SELL VIJAY MALLYA'S PROPERTIES NEW DELHI: A Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court has allowed banks to sell certain real estate assets and securities of fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya to recover their debts. "The PMLA court has given permission to banks to sell gcertain real estate properties and securities that belonged to disgraced tycoon Vijay Mallya to recover dues loan amount of over Rs 5,600 crore. It was earlier under the Enforcement Directorate," said a PNB top sources. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,87,75,440 TOTAL DEATH: 3,46,055 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 173,482,886 TOTAL DEATH: 3,731,539 Ethanol has become major priority of 21st century India: PM Modi NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said ethanol has become one of the major priorities of 21st century India and the country has taken a big step towards the sector. Addressing a virtual meeting on Word Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Today, on the occasion of World Environment Day, India has taken another big step. A detailed roadmap for the development of the ethanol sector has just been released. An ambitious E-100 pilot project related to the production and distribution of ethanol across the country has also been launched in Pune. Now ethanol has become one of the major priorities of 21st century India." Prime Minister also interacted with farmers to gain insight on their firsthand experience, as enablers under the Ethanol Blended Petrol and Compressed BioGas Programmes. Prime Minister said India's capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250 percent in 6-7 years. India is today in the top-5 countries of the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. He emphasised that the capacity of solar energy has been increased by about 15 times in the last six years. "Until 7-8 years ago, ethanol was rarely discussed in the country. The focus on ethanol is having a better impact on the environment as well as on the lives of farmers. Today we have resolved to meet the target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025," PM Modi added. "Today, India is setting an example in front of the world that when it comes to protecting the environment. It is not necessary to block development works while doing so. Economy and Ecology both can go together, can move forward, this is the path India has chosen. 21st century India will get energy only from the modern thinking and modern policies of the 21st century. With this thinking, our government is continuously taking policy decisions in every field," he stated. Prime Minister said that a large part of the country's railway network has been electrified and airports. KOLKATA: The expert committee formed by the Mamata Banerjee Government to assess the possibility of conducting the board exams, is likely to give their opinion against any kind of exam during the pandemic situation. The six-member committee that has already submitted the report to state Education Secretary Manish Jain has opined strongly against taking the examination of 12 lakh Madhyamik (Class X) students but suggested that the Government may evaluate the 7.5 lakh Higher Secondary students through assessment, assignments and examinations from home. "The expert committee has suggested examinations from home for the Higher Secondary students. The board can send assignments to the students asking them to submit it within a scheduled time. "The board can only look for online examinations that are being taken by several schools and colleges all around the country but it is strictly against any kind of examination where the students will have to appear physically for giving the exam," a senior board member close to the expert committee said on condition of anonymity. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) is in favour of conducting examinations for HS students. Sources said that the proposal of conducting HS board Exams 2021 at home instead of exam centres had come up in the meetings of the expert committee. In the meeting, Mahua Das, president of WBCHSE said that if college/university students can take their exams from Bengal draws up plan to protect East Kolkata Wetlands MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Bengal Government has chalked out a Rs 120 crore plan, to be executed over five years, to protect and nurture East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), a 12,500 hectare zone, a top official of the Environment Department said Saturday. A wetland is a land area that has water, either permanently or seasonally, and it takes on the characteristics of a distinct eco-system. The Government has also set a programme to protect the coastline of the State which was damaged during cyclones Amphan and Yaas in 2020 and last month respectively, Additional Chief Secretary (environment) Vivek Kumar said at a func- A sapling is being planted to observe World Environment Day in Kolkata on Saturday tion held on the occasion of the World Environment Day. The plan to protect EKW has components like ways to stop encroachment, prevent contamination of water by pesticides used in farming and effluents from tanneries, besides creating awareness about the wasteland, a desig- nated Ramsar site, Kumar said. A Ramsar site is a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention of 1971. The EKW is a vital organ of the city helping to treat solid waste and averting its inundation in natural calamities, the official said. It is a treatment plant gifted by nature, unlike man-made treatment plants which would have cost the Government crores of rupees to install, he said. Kumar said the Government has formed a Sankarpur- Digha Coastal Zonal Road and Management Plan to protect the State's coastline. He said that the target of planting five crore mangrove saplings in the Sunderbans post-Cyclone Amphan had been accomplished "and you will see the result after 8-10 years." Trinamool Congress effects organisational changes with Abhishek’s notable elevation their homes, why is it not possible to hold board examinations from home? "Higher Secondary is a gateway to higher education and so the committee is of the opinion that an examination in any form should be taken. It will not only help the students to evaluate themselves but at the same time it will allow the students to get prepared for the All-India exams," the member said. Sources familiar with the matter said that the expert committee's report has been submitted to School Education Secretary Manish Jain, who will send the report to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) soon. The six members of the committee have separately expressed their views on the examinations. The committee has strongly given its verdict against any kind of examinations for the Madhyamik students. "There are more than 12 lakh students across Bengal and it would be difficult to conduct any kind of examination for them in this pandemic situation," the official said. Instead, the expert committee suggested evaluating the students on the basis of their exam in Class XI and internal assessment. "This assessment should be based on the students' overall performance throughout the year," the expert committee suggested. TMC Core Committee meeting conducted by Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee at Trinamool Bhavan on Saturday MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday elevated her nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee as the party's allIndia general secretary, the second-most important post in the organisation, a senior leader here said. Addressing a press conference here, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee stated that the working committee has zeroed in on a new policy, under which one person in the party can hold one post, and the decision has been duly ratified by the core committee members. "As the party chief, Mamata Banerjee has made MP Abhishek Banerjee the national general secretary of the All India Trinamool Congress," Chatterjee said, following two back-to-back organisational meetings, which was also attended by political strategist Prashant Kishor as an invitee. Kishor was hired by the ruling party as its adviser for Assembly elections. The elevation of Abhishek, who is often referred to as the possible successor to Mamata Banerjee in the party, assumes significance as he happened to be the focal point of multiple attacks by the BJP's top leadership during poll campaigns in the State. The 33-year old leader emerged as the number two in the TMC in the run-up to the elections, turning out to be the most prominent campaigner after the supremo, often locking horns with BJP leader and the current Leader of Opposition, Suvendu Adhikari, who was a former Minister in the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet before he switched sides ahead of the polls. The Diamond Harbour MP and Adhikari continue to hurl stinging barbs on one other. "We thanked Mamata Banerjee in the meetings for the way she led the election campaigns, addressing 150 to 160 public meetings despite her injury," Chatterjee said. Banerjee had suffered an injury in her leg during electioneering in Nandigram, where Adhikari, however, managed to defeat her by over 1,900 votes. She is likely to contest by-poll from home turf Bhawanipore to get elected to the State Legislature. Several other changes were made in the organisation on Saturday, with MP Kakali Ghosh Dastidar being made the women's wing chief, and actor-turned-politician Sayoni Ghosh the youth wing president - a post earlier held by Abhishek. Kunal Ghosh, a spokesperson for the TMC, has been appointed as the general secretary of the party's State Committee, Chatterjee said. Similarly, South Kolkata MP Mala Roy has been made the president of TMC's "Banga Janani Bahini". Ritabrata Banerjee, a former CPM Rajya Sabha MP who joined the Mamata Banerjee camp after being expelled by the Marxist party, will head the TMC's State labour wing. Veteran leader Purnendu Basu will helm the Khet Mazdoor cell of the party, and filmmaker Raj Chakraborty has been made TMC's cultural cell president. Apart from that, Ashim Majhi, Ashish Chakraborti, Becharam Manna, Arjun Ghosh and two others have been nominated as secretaries in the party's State unit. Chatterjee further clarified that the party did not hold any discussion on turncoats, who had crossed over to the BJP before the polls, and were now willing to rejoin the camp. "The issue was not discussed, party chief Mamata Banerjee will take a call on that later," he said. Several leaders, including Ministers and local-level functionaries, who had made a beeline for BJP membership ahead of the polls, have now queued up again to return to the TMC fold prominent among them being former MLAs Sonali Guha and Dipendu Biswas. A few others have also been sending feelers to the TMC leadership about their eagerness to return. Abhishek's visit to a city hospital recently to meet BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy's wife, and effusive praise of the TMC MP by the saffron party leader's son have given rise to speculation about a possible change in equation. Mukul Roy, once the national general secretary of the TMC, was removed from the post in February, 2015. Senior leader Subrata Bakshi then replaced him. Senior Ministers, including Firhad Hakim and Jyotipriyo Mallick, attended the TMC working committee meeting during the day, which was chaired by its supremo. Later, a virtual meeting was held among the party's core committee members, which also saw the presence of organisational leaders, MPs, MLAs and district-level leaders. Chatterjee said that the leaders during the meetings have decided to demand abolition of GST on vaccines and free-of-cost inoculation for all. He also said that more changes in the district-level leadership are in the offing. "The party has decided to work towards gaining foothold in other States," the senior TMC leader added.