YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 26 C EXPLOSIVE LINKS BETWEEN TWO ENCOUNTER SPECIALISTS IN MUMBAI OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 19 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—35 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 29,780,728 TOTAL DEATH: 383,812 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 178,304,679 TOTAL DEATH: 3,859,977 AT A GLANCE RSS TO CELEBRATE 'HINDU SAMRAJYA UTSAV' LUCKNOW: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will celebrate the valour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to invoke Hindu pride through a weeklong programme called the 'Hindu Samrajya Utsav'. The Utsav is the first event in the Sangh's annual calendar of six events that call for celebration of Hindu 'Sanskriti' (culture) and 'Asmita' (dignity). RAILWAYS APPROVES OPS OF 660 MORE TRAINS NEW DELHI: Keeping in view the demand and unlock in several states with the Covid cases dropping below one lakh in last 12 days, the Indian Railways on Friday said that it has given the approval to operate 660 more trains in a graded manner. The Railway Ministry, in a statement, said that with the flattening of the coronavirus curve, Indian Railways is enhancing the number of special trains to facilitate the travelling public. RAHUL GANDHI FLAYS MODI GOVT OVER RISING FUEL PRICE NATION Morning India BAIL TO PINJRA TOD ACTIVISTS Top court refuses to stay Delhi HC order NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Delhi High Court's order to grant bail to Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha and said that the judgment of the Delhi High Court will not be treated as a precedent and not relied upon by the parties before any Court. "Release of respondents (accused) will not be interfered with at this stage. It will be subject to the final order," said a two-judge vacation bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Hemant Gupta and also comprising Justice V Ramasubramanian while hearing the appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging the Delhi High Court's order granting bail to Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, and Asif Iqbal Tanha. All of them were arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in connection with northeast Delhi violence cases. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Delhi Police submitted to the Apex Court for staying the Delhi High Court judgement to grant bail to them. "Please stay the Delhi High Court judgement," Mehta said. Justice Hemant Gupta, leading the bench said, "Since the issue is important and it can have a pan India ramification, we will issue notice and hear the parties." SG Mehta said that the incident was caused when then US President Donald Trump was visiting Delhi and these people wanted to create a stir during that time. The SG, said that the matter is very serious, at least 53 persons died and so many injured in the incident, of which many were police officers. "These three people allegedly conspired in the incident," Mehta said. "So many people died and look at the way the Delhi High Court is saying?" the SG Mehta said. To this, the bench said, "We can understand. There are many challenges in the issue, maybe the UAPA may have not been challenged in the Delhi High Court." Justice Gupta said, "We are inclined to issue notice first, let us see." "Notice returnable in two weeks," the Apex Court said. The Supreme Court said, let the counter affidavit be filed within 4 weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on July 19. List the matter the week commencing 19 July, on a non-miscellaneous day. Panel gives tough message to Twitter India, says it must abide by Indian law NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) has given a tough message to Twitter India and said that the microblogging platform must abide by the law of the country. During the meeting of the panel on Thursday, Twitter representatives were asked if Twitter India follows the law and land. "We follow our own policies," the Twitter representative said, sources told ANI. Two representatives from Twitter India - from legal and policy wings - attended the Sources said the committee members told Twitter representatives to give in writing "how are you placed in Twitter India and how much executive authority you have in terms of taking important policy decisions". The sources said Twitter was grilled by members of meeting. The meeting was held two days after IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed Twitter and said the the parliamentary panel members for "not following Indian rules" which entail the appointment of a chief compliance officer. microblogging platform had "deliberately chosen" not to comply with new intermediary guidelines despite being given opportunities. Sources said the committee members told Twitter representatives to give in writing "how are you placed in Twitter India and how much executive authority you have in terms of taking important policy decisions". The sources said Twitter was grilled by members of the parliamentary panel members for "not following Indian rules" which entail the appointment of a chief compliance officer. Twitter was asked why the company should not be fined over "non-compliance" with Indian law and the relevant rules. SC to hear plea on filing of affidavits in Narada sting case on June 22 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday decided to hear on June 22 the appeals against Calcutta High Court's denial for filing of affidavits by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak on their role on the day of arrest of four leaders on May 17 by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting tape case. A vacation bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian, meanwhile, requested the High Court not to hear the case on Monday but a day after the apex court considers the appeals of the State Government and Ghatak against the order. List on Tuesday. Mr Solicitor General (Tushar Mehta) has put in appearance. The copy of the special leave petitions (SLPs) be served on him... In the meantime, we hope that the High Court defers the hearing scheduled on Monday before it to Wednesday, the bench said in the order. On June 9, a five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court, hearing CBI's application for transfer of the Narada sting tape case from the special CBI court to the High Court, had said it will decide later on considering the affidavits by Banerjee and Ghatak on their respective roles on the day of the arrest of four leaders in connection with the case. Senior advocates Rakesh Dwivedi and Vikas Singh appeared for the Law Minister and the State Government and said it was necessary to bring on record the affidavits of the High Court as they deal with the roles of the persons con- cerned on May 17. The Law Minister was attending the Cabinet meeting and was not in the court premises at the time of hearing, Dwivedi said, adding that even the CBI officials were not there on the spot as the lawyer for the agency addressed the court virtually. It has been alleged that the State's ruling party leaders played key role in stopping CBI from performing its legal duty after arresting four leaders on May 17 in the case.You may not be partly correct. It was stated that he (Law Minister) was in court, the bench observed. The CBI is an agency which aims to find the truth. They were themselves in CBI office and addressed the court virtually. They do not know as to what happened in the court. The Law Minister is yet to address court on this, Dwivedi said. Singh said that under the rules there is a right to file affidavits and, moreover, CBI filed as many as three affidavits and did not take the permission of the court. The High Court, which on June 9 decided to con- sider later the affidavits of Banerjee and Ghatak, was urged by the Solicitor General that the affidavits cannot be accepted on the ground of delay as they were filed after the completion of his arguments. The CBI, which has filed an application seeking transfer of the Narada sting tape case from the special CBI court to the High Court, has made the Chief Minister and the Law Minister parties in its plea there. It had claimed that while the Chief Minister had sat on a dharna at the CBI office in Kolkata soon after the arrest of the four accused, Ghatak had been present at the Bankshall Court premises during the virtual hearing of the case before the special CBI court there on May 17. Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former Mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the CBI which is investigating the Narada sting tape case on a 2017 order of the High Court. Evaluation criteria for standard X and XII State board examinations announced W.B. Council of H.S. Education, President Mahua Das and W.B. Board of Secondary Education, Kalyanmoy Ganguly at a joint press conference on the result issue at Vidyasagar Bhavan, Salt Lake in Kolkata on Friday. Prabir Bhattacharya MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: After the cancellation of class 10 and 12 exams in Bengal due to the pandemic situation, the two boards on Friday announced the evaluation criteria and that the results will be announced in July. President of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Kalyanmoy Ganguly told a joint press meet that for the 2021 class 10 results a 50:50 formula will be followed. As per the formula the candidates marks in class 9 annual examination and the internal assessment in class 10 will be taken into consideration. "For Madhyamik (class 10) examination the criteria will be on 50:50 basis with equal emphasis given on the class nine annual exam mark and internal formative assessment for every subject in class 10...", Ganguly said. The President of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das said at the same press meet that the highest marks in four of the seven subjects the candidate secured in 2019 Madhyamik (Class 10) examination will be given weightage as well as his/her marks in class 11 annual tests. With this weightage, the total marks secured by the candidate in class12 project/practical will be added. "The evaluation will be on 40:60 ratio (2019 Madhyamik results with four highest scoring paper marks and class 11 annual exams marks)," she said, adding for science/arts stream students the marks in practical/projects in class12 will be added in the assessment. In both exams, if any candidate is not willing to opt for the evaluation criteria he/she can apply to sit for exams which will be held when the situation becomes conducive for exams, both Ganguly and Das said. At the press meet Das handed over the marks details of 2019 Madhyamik candidates to mediapersons. She said authorities of higher secondary schools have been asked to submit annual exam results of their candidates by June 23. Both the secondary (Class 10) board and higher secondary (Class 12) council said the results will be out by July but didn't give a date. Referring to the announcement made by both the boards, educationist Pabitra Sarkar said "this cannot be the alternative to exams for which our children prepare throughout the year. This complex calculation reminds me of the children's classic by Bengali writer Sukumar Ray. But in the present situation there is no other way out left for the authorities conducting exams where lakhs of children have to sit." On June 7, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that class 10 and Class 12 board exams were being cancelled in view of the COVID-19 situation and said an expert committee, formed earlier to recommend on the issue of cancellation or postponing of the exams will decide on the alternative evaluation method in the best possible way with interest of students in mind. Banerjee also said the exams were being cancelled as recommended by the committee and as suggested by members of public in an opinion poll conducted by the department thereafter. Over 12 lakh and 8.5 lakh students were slated to appear for the Madhyamik and Uchha Madhyamik examinations respectively this year. PVT SECTOR ROLE CRUCIAL FOR SUCCESS OF VACCINATION DRIVE: HEALTH MINISTRY NEW DELHI: Private sector engagement is critical for the success of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program to reach the largest possible number of people, the health ministry said in a briefing on Friday. Dr VK Paul, Member, Health of the Niti Aayog, in the briefing said that private sector procurement of Covid19 vaccines would also be a systematic process and state governments would play an important role when the Centre's new vaccination program commences on June 21. "75 per cent of domestically produced vaccines will be procured by the Centre and distributed to the state for free for implementation. 25 per cent will be done by the private sector. States will see the demand and vaccination capabilities of private hospitals in the state, aggregate it and share with the Centre," Paul said. "There will be a systematic flow of vaccines to the private sector as well. I am hopeful that in this way, there will be a lot of energy.” Two die of electrocution in Kolkata KOLKATA: Two persons died of electrocution in the city on Friday as several areas continued to remain waterlogged following heavy rain over the past two days. Sujay Mondal (22) died in Patuli area while fishing in a water-filled pit, which was right next to an electric box, a police officer said. The pit was overflowing as water from a nearby pond had gushed in, he said. Another man, Manik Barui, in his 30s, died while negotiating his way through a waterlogged stretch on his motorcycle in Haridevpur area, the officer said. Eyewitnesses said his twowheeler came in contact with a snapped cable. Both the bodies were retrieved after power was temporarily disconnected in the respective areas, the police officer added. CHOKSI REMANDED TO DOMINICA STATE PRISON BY COURT NEW DELHI: A Dominican court has ordered Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi to be remanded at the Dominica State Prison despite a decline in his health, the local media reported. Apex court judge recuses from hearing plea in Bengal poll-related violence case MI NEWS SERVICE N E W D E L H I / K O L K ATA : Supreme Court Judge Justice Indira Banerjee on Friday recused from hearing a plea field by kin of two BJP workers, who were killed in pollrelated violence on May 2 in Bengal, seeking court-monitored probe and transfer of cases to CBI or Special Investigation Team (SIT). As soon as the matter was taken up Justice Indira Banerjee said, I have some difficulty in hearing this matter. Let this matter be listed before another bench. The vacation bench also comprising of Justice M R Shah ordered, List the matter before another bench in which Justice Banerjee is not part. The top court on May 18 had agreed to hear the matter and sought responses from Centre and Bengal Government on the plea filed by Biswajit Sarkar, whose elder brother was killed and co-petitioner Swarnalata Adhikari, whose husband was killed in poll-related violence. They have contended that this is a very serious case and State has not been taking any action into the brutal killing of two BJP workers, which happened on the day of counting of votes for Assembly elections in the State. They have said that this is a matter which requires probe by an agency like CBI or a SIT under court's supervision, as the State Police has not been taking any action despite a complaint being made. The plea filed by advocate Sarad Kumar Singhania alleged that Abhijit Sarkar, was killed on May 2, by a mob comprising of 20 supporters of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) party. It said that the mob entered the house of Biswajit Sarkar, dragged his elder brother (Abhijit) and killed him in front of his mother and other family members. Petitioner No.1 (Biswajit Sarkar), his mother who was also molested are the eye witnesses of this gruesome murder, while Petitioner No.2 (Swarnalata Adhikari) is the widow of Haran Adhikari, who was a local booth worker at Booth No.199A at Sonarpur Dakshin Vidhan Sabha. He was attacked with bricks, sticks, spades, and shovels at his home and brutally killed in the presence of his 80- yearold father, who was also kicked, the plea said. It said that the petitioners, who are both victims and eye witnesses have been constrained to invoke the extraordinary writ jurisdiction of this Court seeking fair investigation by a Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the murders and large-scale incidents of violence unleashed at the behest of a particular political party. The plea said that the court should also examine the failure of the State administration which while identifying itself with this vengeful cause of the ruling political party in the State has chosen to turn a blind eye leaving victims of these crimes remediless as the entire genocidal attacks are part of a well thought of political design of the party in power to take political revenge after declaration of results of Assembly elections on May 2. It further said that there are series of such well planned attacks with the active connivance, knowledge, support and at times participation of the local police under the instructions of the State Government. The plea also sought direction to monitor the investigation, trial and the progress of criminal cases emanating from the incident and attacks occurring in the aftermath of the Assembly elections in the State of Bengal.