YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 20 C LABOUR LAWS NEED TO ENSURE SOCIAL SECURITY TO WORKERS OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 20 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—36 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 29,844,372 TOTAL DEATH: 385,526 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 178,703,446 TOTAL DEATH: 3,869,134 AT A GLANCE KOHLI GOES PAST 7500 RUNS IN TEST CRICKET SOUTHAMPTON: India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday reached the mark of 7,500 runs in the longest format of the game. He achieved the feat in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Kohli surpassed the mark on Day Two of the ongoing Test match. Kohli has now become the ninth-fastest batsman to cross the 7500 run mark in Test cricket. Among Indian cricketers, he is the fourth fastest to achieve this feat. RATS NIBBLE AT DEAD BODY IN INDORE'S DISTRICT HOSPITAL INDORE: A case of negligence came to the fore in Indore's district hospital on Saturday morning wherein a dead body kept in the post-mortem room was bitten by rats The identified body is of a person named Krishnakant, a resident of Shejawai village Dhar district, whose age is said to be around 41 years. Dr Santosh Verma, Civil Surgeon at the District Hospital told ANI that Krishnakant died of poison and his body was sent from a private hospital in Indore to Government District Hospital on Friday evening for postmortem. DELHI GOVT STARTS FOSTER CARE SYSTEM FOR CHILDREN NEW DELHI: In a first, the Delhi government has started the system of foster care and invited applications from people who can temporarily care for children, a situation necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. EURO 2020: ENGLAND FORCED TO GOALLESS DRAW WITH SCOTLAND SPORTS Morning India Calcutta High Court snubs Mamata Government on post-poll violence MI News Service KOLKATA: Four days after Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that the State Government has been inactive and indifferent about the sufferings of the people due to post-poll violence, the Calcutta High Court on Saturday criticised the Mamata Banerjee Government and observed that the State has not taken any concrete steps to address the complaints pertaining to post-poll violence. "In a case where the allegation is that life and property of the residents of the State are in danger on account of alleged post- poll violence, the State cannot be allowed to proceed in the manner it likes. The complaints required immediate action... It is the duty of the State to maintain law and order and inspire confidence in the resi- dents of the State," the High Court observed. The five-member bench, hearing a clutch of petitions alleging hundreds of persons got displaced due to the violence and that they are now unable to return to their homes due to fear of backlash, also observed, "Though action should have been taken by the State but despite matter being pending in Court apparently no concrete steps have been taken". The 5-judge bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal reminded the Bengal Government that it is duty bound to maintain law-andorder situation in the State and to inspire confidence in the people. The Bench also comprises of Justices I.P. Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar. The Court asked the State to ensure that there is no obstruction of any kind in this process. "Such obstruction shall be viewed seriously, which may entail action under the Contempt of Courts Act besides others," the order said. The Court also directed the State Legal Services Authority to look into complaints of displaced persons who are being prevented from returning to their homes and take necessary steps for their rehabilitation. The court then ordered the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to constitute a committee that will examine complaints filed by persons who were displaced during the post-poll violence in Bengal. Earlier, the High Court had constituted a committee composed of members nominated by NHRC, SHRC & SLSA to coordinate rehabilitation of displaced persons of Entally constituency.The Committee shall examine all the cases and may be by visiting the affected areas will submit a comprehensive report to this Court about the present situation and also the steps to be taken to ensure confidence of the people that they can peacefully live in their houses and also carry on their occupation or business to earn their livelihood. "The persons prima facie responsible for crime and the officers who maintained calculated silence on the issue, be pointed out," the Court added. The case will be heard again on June 30. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar recently wrote a strong letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticising her silence over post-poll retributive bloodshed, violation of human rights, outrageous assault on dignity of women and wanton destruction of property. The letter was met with utmost criticism from the State Government. Differences of opinion on probe agency in Narada case: LS Speaker MI NEWS SERVICE Narrow escape for Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Exp after landslide MI NEWS SERVICE KODERMA: The debris of the mountain fell on the railway track due to landslide between Baskatwa block halt and Nathganj Ghat section of ManpurKoderma section under Dhanbad division of East Central Railway. The engine of New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Special train number 02242 got damaged due to its grip. Due to this two Mail Express trains were stopped at different stations. Train no. 02314 New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Special and Train No. 03126 Ghazipur CityKolkata Express were stopped at Gurpa station for about 3 hours. Dhanbad Railway Division PRO Prabhat Mishra said that the PWI Inspector of Gujhandi station informed the Dhanbad Railway Division about the incident at 5:17 am on Saturday. The PRO said that all the passengers are safe in this incident, no passenger has been injured nor the train has derailed. A relief train was immediately dispatched to the spot after the incident was reported. After which the damaged engine was separated at 8:05 in the morning and the train was sent to its destination with another engine. Divisional Railway Manager Ashish Bansal, Senior Divisional Engineer LL Meena reached the spot to take stock of this major incident that took place under Dhanbad Railway Division. In the same landslide area, the work of removing the debris of the mountain is being done by the railways by employing 100 labourers. After inspecting the landslide, Divisional Railway Manager Ashish Bansal has constituted a 2-member high level investigation team to take steps to prevent such incidents in future. The probe team comprises Dhanbad Railway Division's Senior Divisional Safety Officer AK Rai and Senior Divisional Engineer Amit Kumar. It is to be known that in the Ghat section between KodermaManpur, there are frequent incidents of stone falling on the railway track from the mountain, such incidents increase significantly during the rainy days. "The Narada matter is pending before me and I have sought the opinion of experts. I have received differences of opinion from the experts. NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday said that he has received difference of opinion from experts over CBI seeking prosecution sanction from him against some sitting and former MPs in the Narada case and the matter has been sent for further legal opinion. "The Narada matter is pending before me and I have sought the opinion of experts. I have received differences of opinion from the experts. Due to this, no decision can be taken on the members unless they are properly examined," Om Birla said here. He said the matter is being examined by the Law Department. CBI has sought sanction to prosecute former MP Suvendu Adhikari and Trinamul MPs Prasun Banerjee, Saugata Roy and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in the Narada case. CBI officials said that it is mandatory to get the prosecution sanction from the Lok Sabha Speaker for any charge-sheet to be filed against MP and also in case of former MPs if the allegations pertain to period when he was member of the House. 3rd wave not far if Covid-appropriate behaviour ignored by people: AIIMS chief NEW DELHI: AIIMS director Randeep Guleria on Saturday said India could see a third wave of coronavirus in six to eight weeks if Covid-appropriate behaviour is not followed and crowding is not prevented. As many states ease Covid-related restrictions, Guleria said there was a need for stricter surveillance and area-specific lockdowns in case of a significant surge. He said Covid-appropriate behaviour needs to be followed aggressively until a big chunk of the population is vaccinated. "If Covid-appropriate behaviour is not followed, the third wave can happen in six to eight weeks. We need to work aggressively to prevent another large wave till vaccination kicks in," Guleria told PTI. However, Guleria also said “IF COVID-APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR IS NOT FOLLOWED, THE THIRD WAVE CAN HAPPEN IN SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. WE NEED TO WORK AGGRESSIVELY TO PREVENT ANOTHER LARGE WAVE TILL VACCINATION KICKS IN,” GULERIA SAID. that a nationwide lockdown cannot be a solution to rein in the pandemic as it could impact economic activity. Instead, area-specific lockdown and containment measures should be implemented to control the surge in cases in an area where the positivity rate goes beyond 5 per cent, he added. The AIIMS director also reiterated that till now, there is no evidence to suggest that children will be affected more in the next Covid-19 wave. The Centre on Saturday urged the states undergoing unlock to follow the five-fold strategy to counter any surge in Covid-19 cases. The central communication comes after the easing of Covid-related lockdown norms has led to crowding in markets and other places in different states. The five-fold strategy includes Covid-appropriate behaviour, test-track-treat and vaccination to prevent the spread of the disease. In a communication to all states and Union Territories (UTs), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also said that vaccination against Covid-19, in the present scenario, is critical to break the chain of transmission. Therefore, all state and UT governments should step up the pace of vaccination to cover maximum number of people in an expeditious manner. RELAXING COVID CURBS SHOULD BE CAREFULLY CALIBRATED: MHA PAGE 5 PM MAY HOLD ALL-PARTY MEET ON J&K NEXT WEEK NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold an all-party meeting on Jammu and Kashmir next week, a first such move taken since the abrogation of Article 370 from the region and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories in August 2019, sources said. However, the schedule is not yet fixed, it is learnt that the meeting may occur any time next week. The meeting will be held in Delhi as the central government wanted to restart the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir which was bifurcated into two UTs -- Jammu and Kashmir with an assembly and Ladakh without one. Regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir may also agree to participate in the Delimitation Commission proceedings. The commission was set up in March 2020 to redraw the constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir before the next assembly elections are held. However, the National Conference (NC), one of the oldest parties in Jammu and Kashmir, may not join the meeting as it is adamant on the restoration of the statehood of J&K. Raisi wins Iran prez polls by Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi landslide: Preliminary results among India’s top 31 wanted terrorists TEHRAN: Ebrahim Raisi, the incumbent Chief Justice of Iran, has won the country's presidential election by a landslide, according to preliminary results released on Saturday by the Interior Ministry. Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said 28.6 million Iranians participated in Friday's election, and with around 90 per cent of the votes counted, Raisi garnered over 17.8 million votes, Press TV reported. In the second place was Mohsen Rezaei, a senior officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and current secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, with 3.3 million ballots. Meanwhile, former Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Nasser Hemmati garnered 2.4 million votes, and conservative MP AmirHossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi won almost one million votes, the Ministry figures revealed. Orf added that vote counting was still ongoing an official announcement will be made later. Addressing a meeting of the national committee fighting the coronavirus, outgoing President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday praised the participation of the voters and welcomed the winner without naming Raisi, reports Xinhua news agency. "Although I will delay the official congratulations in conformity with the law, the people's choice is already clear and he will take over the government in 45 days," Rouhani said. In a message on his personal Instagram account, Hemmati expressed hope that the new leader "will make the Islamic Republic of Iran proud, and also improve the livelihood and prosperity, and provide welfare for the great nation of Iran". Rezaei and Hashemi have also extended their congratulations to Raisi. Raisi, who has been the Chief Justice since 2019, has formerly held several other posts in the country judicial branch following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. NEW DELHI: Maulana Masood Azhar, the founder of Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-eMohammed (JeM), Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) co-founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, and key Mumbai attacks perpetrator Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi feature in India's list of 31 most wanted terrorists. These 31 terrorists have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and figure in the list of most wanted individuals by the Indian government for their involvement in various anti-India activities such as bomb blasts, killings and other conspiracies which somehow compromised the country's internal security. The names of these terrorists are mentioned in the latest updated list of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which is responsible for securing the internal security of the country besides with taking strict actions against those conspiring against India. Azhar, Saeed and Lakhvi are among the top five in the list of 31 terrorists, along with dreaded Indian gangster-tuned-drug lord Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Wadhawa Singh Babbar, a key leader of banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).