YK MYK BHUMI PEDNEKAR IS BUILDING UP HER STAMINA POST COVID RECOVERY SCREEN & CINEMA Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 12 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—28 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 26 C PERFORMANCE, CONSISTENCY AND TECHNIQUE ARE WHAT DEFINE PERFECTION: KOHLI GAMES & SPORTS Morning India Return of the prodigal BJP Vice-President Mukul Roy back in TMC-fold MI NEWS SERVICE Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE YES BANK'S ANUP PUROHIT JOINS WIPRO AS CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER Bengaluru : Wipro Limitedon Friday announced the appointment of Anup Purohit as Chief Information Officer. Purohit brings with him over 25 years of experience across banking and financial services, the Bengaluru- headquartered information technology services major said in a statement. In his most recent role as the CIO of Yes Bank, he was in charge of spearheading business technology transformation and digital innovation strategy, it said. Prior to that, Purohit was associated with financial institutions such as RBL, Barclays and JPMC in leadership roles, where he was responsible for building technology platforms and processes, IT infrastructure solutions and service delivery. Purohit said: "I am excited with the opportunity of joining Wipro and playing a role in the transformation journey. I look forward to draw from my prior experience and knowledge, and endeavour to guide businesses as they move forward in the new digital world". KOLKATA: In a blow to the prestige of the saffron brigade, Bharatiya Janata Party's national Vice President Mukul Roy along with son Subranshu, rejoined the Trinamool Congress on Friday, with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the State's ruling party welcoming him back to the fold. Roy, who was closeted with Banerjee in Trinamool Bhavan before his formal reinduction in the party he helped set up, said he was "happy to see all known faces again". Addressing a press meet after the re-joining ceremony, Banerjee said Roy was threatened and tortured in the BJP, and that, in turn, affected his health. "Mukul's return proves that the BJP does not let anyone live in peace and puts undue pressure on everyone," the Chief Minister said. Roy was seated on Banerjee's left side, with Abhishek seated after him, while Partha Chatterjee, another top TMC leader sat on her right, indicative according to TMC sources, of the party's future pecking order. Speculation had been rife for some time on a possible home coming by Mukul Roy who had crossed over to BJP in 2017 after being charged MUKUL ROY SHOULD QUIT AS MLA: BENGAL BJP BJP leader Mukul Roy (third from right) with his son Subranshu rejoins TMC in front of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee and other TMC leaders at Trinamool Bhavan on Friday . Prabir Bhattachary in the Narada tape sting, ever since Banerjee's nephew Abhishek visited his wife at a city hospital earlier this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promptly after Abhishek's visit, rung up to enquire about Roy's wife's health, seen by political observers as an attempt to retain him within the BJPfold. Interestingly, at Friday's re-joining ceremony, both Banerjee and Roy claimed that they never had any differences. The Chief Minister said we will consider the case of those who had left TMC with Mukul for BJP and want to come back. A signal that this may be the start of more defections from BJPs Bengal unit. However, Banerjee clarified that TMC politicians and workers who left to join the BJP just ahead of the AprilMay Assembly elections will not be taken back. Roy, once the second-in-command of the TMC, was removed from the post of the party's national general secretary in February, 2015, sometime after the Narada sting was carried out by investigative journalists where many politi- SC tells Bengal to implement 'One Nation One Ration Card' scheme without giving any excuse RENOWNED NEUROLOGIST PANAGARIYA SUCCUMBS TO POSTCOVID COMPLICATIONS JAIPUR : Renowned neurologist Ashok Panagariya passed away here on Friday after suffering from post-Covid complications. He was in a hospital for over 25 days as his lungs were damaged even as he recovered from Covid. Panagariya has over 90 research papers in different health journals in his name. He has won UNESCO Award for his medical and social cooperation, and was also conferred the Padma Shri. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled his death. "Condolences to renowned neurologist and Padmashri Dr Ashok Panagariya who served significant positions in the medical stream. Even during COVID pandemic, he played a significant role as a medical practitioner in the state," he said in a tweet. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 29,274,823 TOTAL DEATH: 363,097 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 175,691,350 TOTAL DEATH: 3,790,489 cians were allegedly caught accepting wads of cash from a fictitious company. He joined the BJP in November, 2017. The move to bring him back possibly started when Banerjee at an election rally in late March had termed his conduct as not so bad. This was in contrast to the Chief Minister's other election speeches, where she had branded turncoat TMC members such as Suvendu Adhikari as `Mir Jafars, after the infamous Bengal general who betrayed Bengal's Nawab Siraj ud Dowlah in the battle of Plassey against Lord MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The Supreme Court of India on Friday ordered the Bengal Govt to implement the 'One Nation One Ration Card' scheme immediately. The apex court said that the State Govt will have to implement the scheme without giving any excuse, and said they can't cite one or other problem for not implementing the same. The court passed the ruling during the hearing of a suo motu case on the problems faced by migrant labourers during the lockdown. "You can not cite one or the other problem. This is for migrant workers," the court said, warning the Mamata Banerjee Govt that the State can't delay implementing the scheme any longer. Only three States have not implemented the One Nation One Ration Card scheme, Assam, Delhi and Bengal. This scheme by the Central Govt enables people to access items distributed under the Public Distribution System (PDS) using a single ration card. It has not been implemented in Assam because it is linked to Aadhaar for authentication, and the Aadhaar registration had started in Assam only after the NRC was updated, and a larger number of people still don't have Aadhaar. However, Delhi and Bengal have not implemented it giving various excuses. During the hearing, the counsel for Bengal said that they have not implemented the scheme due to Aadhaar seeding problem. However, the court rejected that claim, and said that they have to implement it as other States have already implemented it. To this the counsel replied that they are in the process of implementing the same. The matter came up during the hearing on the plight of migrant workers as the court observed that many people without ration cards were not getting subsidised food grains in the States where they are residing for work, and they are also not aware of schemes available for them. The Supreme Court also asked the Centre to complete the database of unorganised workers in the country soon. When the court asked why it has not been completed yet, the Centre said that it will be a comprehensive portal with in-built monitoring, supervision etc, and developing the software is taking time. The Additional Solicitor General said that the NIC has taken over the task, and it will be done in 3-4 months. Robert Clive's army. TMC will selectively take back people who crossed over. The aim will be to organisationally weaken BJP but at the same time it will not want too many turncoats back as this would be seen as rewarding dissidence, said Rajat Roy, well-known political analyst and member of the Calcutta Research Group. Mukul Roy is a special case as he is known to be an organisational brain. Several former TMC MLAs including Dipendu Biswas and Sonali Guha have in recent past sent letters regretting their decision to Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy's return to the TMC evoked mixed reactions in the saffron camp on Friday, with its State unit president Dilip Ghosh asserting that the move will have no impact on his organisation, and former MP Anupam Hazra claiming that "lobby politics at play is adversely affecting the party". BJP state unit vice president Joyprakash Majumder, on his part, extended his best wishes to Roy, and said that he should immediately quit all saffron party posts. "Mukul babu is a veteran leader, he is a known face in Bengal politics. We wish him the best in his new innings but shouldn't he forthwith quit from the primary membership and all other posts of the BJP? Should he not resign as the MLA as he had won a seat on the Lotus (BJP) symbol," Majumder said. Roy, who held the post of national vice president in the saffron camp, along with son Shubranshu, was welcomed back to the TMC by party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other senior leaders. He had joined the BJP back in 2017. Taking a dig at Roy's claims that not many leaders would be able to stay put for long in the BJP, Majumdar said, "We wonder if he was referring to TMC's new politics of wiping out members of its main political rival. join the BJP and sought to return back to the party fold. Guha, who at one time was considered close to Banerjee, made an impassioned plea on camera seeking the Chief Minister's forgiveness. Guha, a four-time legislator from Satgachia in South 24 Parganas, had also written in a letter that like the way a fish cannot stay out of water, I will not be able to live without you, Didi. Even before the formal entry of Mukul Roy, BJP's national Vice President into Trinamool Congress, BJP leaders reacted angrily to the desertion. BJP leader Dilip Ghosh reacting to news of Mukul Roy's reentry into Trinamool Congress, said he was not sure the party would lose anything from the move given that he was unsure whether we gained anything from Roy's entry three-and-half years back. NIA files supplementary charge sheet against CPI (Maoist) leader in MLA murder case NEW DELHI : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a supplementary charge sheet against Sake Kalavathi, Area Commander of the CPI (Maoist), in connection with the murder of Kidari Sarveswara Rao, Araku MLA of Andhra Pradesh. A NIA spokesperson here said that the agency filed the charge sheet against Kalavathi under several sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act before a Special NIA court in Hyderabad. The anti-terror probe agency official said that during the probe it was revealed that Kalavathi had joined the proscribed terrorist organisation 20 years ago and was an Area Committee member of the organisation at the time of her arrest. "She is the wife of Kakuri Peddanna, a State Zonal Committee member of CPI( Maoist) and she, along with her husband and other coaccused persons was part of a 40 member team which was camping in Dumbriguda 15 days prior to the incident of the murder." "She was an armed cadre of CPI (Maoist), used to carry INSAS Rifle and was instrumental in providing logistics support to the team that carried out the killing of Rao, the then MLA of Araku and Siveri Soma, exMLA of Araku," the official added. The case was originally registered on September 23, 2018 at Visakhapatnam relating to the murder of Rao, Araku MLA and Soma, ex-MLA, by armed cadres of CPI (Maoist) at Livitiputtu village in Dumbriguda Mandal, Visakhapatnam. The NIA had re-registered the case on December 6, 2018. After investigation, the NIA had filed the charge sheet against. Why big pharma had a responsibility to profit from the pandemic MICHAEL JAMES BOLAND CORK : The Conversation) The pharmaceutical company Pfizer expects to earn up to US 26 billion ( 18 billion) this year from the sale of its COVID-19 vaccine. Profits for the first quarter of 2021 are apparently 44% higher than they were a year ago. Similarly, Moderna expects to make US 18.4 billion ( 13 billion), and record its first ever profit this year. This has led some to ask whether it is right for these big drug companies to effectively profit from the pandemic especially in light of commitments from competitors Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca to sell their vaccines on a non-profit basis. From a moral point of view, one might think such huge sums are unacceptable when so many industries the arts, hospitality, retail, travel, to name but a few have taken such a hit from lockdowns and social restrictions. On the other hand, it could be argued that pharma companies have both a business and a social responsibility to use their profit-making model to provide the world with vaccines. Indeed, corporate law supports this position. There's a long-standing divide in this area of corporate legal research. On one side are those who see the corporation as a profit max- imising machine for shareholders. On the other are those who believe that while profit making is a necessary corporate objective, the corporation also has responsibilities towards its employees, the environment, its community and society at large. Those of us who take the latter view do so partly because it is supported by practices across the common law world countries including the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada and Australia, where decisions of the most senior courts are sources of law and are binding on other courts dating back to the 19th century. This approach recognises the corporation as an entity distinct from its shareholders. But not only is this view of corporate responsibility legally correct, it is also the socially responsible view of the corporation because it recognises the wider consequences of a profit at all costs mentality. It takes into account the human side of business, such as the impact on workers and local communities when factories close and production is outsourced to places with lower wage costs (and often less regulation). This view of what a corporation should be fully accepts the essential role shareholders have in providing capital to fund expensive research and the development of essential products. But it also recognises those other essential roles of employees who provide their talents and labour, and of society in providing demand for goods and services. Seeing as the corporation could not function without every stakeholder playing their part, all of these and other interests should form part of the decision making process. And it seems as though this is what Pfizer and Moderna have done. Surely it would have been more troubling if their management teams had chosen not to work on a COVID-19 vaccine because of the huge financial costs involved, and the reputational costs that would inevitably follow if their attempts failed. Corporations deciding to take the cheaper route to secure their bottom line is all too familiar. A big pharma executive could legitimately have argued that looking the other way during a global pandemic and thus avoiding all the potentially crippling externalities associated with the development of a brand new vaccine might be the safest option. But this was not the path that Pfizer for example chose when it weighed up the various factors in play, including the societal benefits of a COVID19 vaccine, the associated business risks of such a venture, and of course the chance to increase profits. Risks and rewards : Moderna and Pfizer (and its development partner BioNTech) also did exactly what the corporate law frameworks in their respective countries required. In the US, where Pfizer and Moderna are based, the Supreme Court has recognised that corporations have responsibilities beyond exclusively going after profit. Also, most states have enacted so called constituency statutes , which make it clear that management can consider any or all groups affected by the corporation's actions shareholders, employees and yes, the wider community. The same is true in Germany, home of BioNTech, which first developed the Pfizer vaccine. The broad obligation on management in German corporations is to work in the interests of the company .