YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 26 C CENTRE MUST GIVE SPECIAL ASSISTANCE TO JHARKHAND OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 22 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—38 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) TOKYO OLYMPICS: RANI TO LEAD INDIAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM SPORTS Morning India Bengal to employ 32k teachers by next March: Mamata Banerjee MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA TO HIKE CAR PRICES IN JUL-SEP QTR CM moves SC against HC order Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conducts a press conference at Nabanna in Howrah on Monday. MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Bengal Government will be appointing over 32,000 teachers for upper primary and primary levels by March next year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday. The appointment process to fill up at least 14,000 vacancies in the upper primary level (classes 5-8) and 10,500 in the primary level (classes 1-4) will be completed before Durga Puja in October. Around 7,500 more posts for primary teachers will be filled up by March 2022, Banerjee said. "So, around 32,000 teachers will be appointed by next March. This will definitely help our school education," the CM said. She said that the appointments will be made on the basis of the merit list and no lobbying will be required. "Those who have passed the examinations are eligible for the jobs. The appointments were stuck because of court cases," Banerjee said. The Calcutta High Court had in February ordered an interim stay on the recruitment process for primary teachers following petitions filed by job aspi- Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court's denial for filing of affidavits by her and State Law Minister Moloy Ghatak on their role on the day of arrest of three and a former Trinamool Congress leader on May 17 by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting tape case. A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Aniruddha Bose will be hearing the separate appeals filed by the Chief Minister, Ghatak and Bengal Government on Tuesday. Earlier, the top court had said that it would hear on June 22 the appeal filed by Ghatak. The top court on June 18 had requested the High Court to hear the case a day after the apex court considers the appeals of the State Government and Ghatak against the order. rants who alleged discrepancies after their names did not feature on the merit list issued by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. The High Court later directed the West Bengal Central School Service Commission (WBCSSC) to ensure that deserving candidates are not left out and the recruitment process is conducted transparently. The Calcutta High Court, which initially asked the Commission to publish the interview list by May 10, had allowed them some Daily COVID-19 count in India lowest in 88 days SHARAD PAWAR TO LAUNCH NATIONAL OPPN UNITY EFFORTS TODAY MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: In a major initiative, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar will, from Tuesday, kick-start opposition unity efforts ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, a top party official announced on Monday. NCP sational spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said that in the first round, Pawar will meet leaders of a few political major parties, media persons, lawyers, social ativists, retired judges and bureaucrats, analysts, and other prominent experts from different fields at his New Delhi home on Tuesday morning. The political leaders would include Yashwant Sinha. NEW DELHI: India reported 53,256 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 88 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,99,35,221, while the active cases further reduced to 7,02,887, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 3,88,135 with 1,422 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 65 days. The active cases now comprise 2.35 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.36 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed A net decline of 26,356 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. As many as 13,88,699 tests were conducted on Sunday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 39,24,07,782. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.83 per cent . It has been less than 5 per cent for 14 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 3.32 INSIDE AMARNATH YATRA CANCELLED IN WAKE OF COVID19 PANDEMIC PAGE 5 per cent. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 39th consecutive day.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,88,44,199, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.30 per cent, the data stated. C u m u l a t i v e l y, 28,0036,898 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the onecrore mark on December 19.India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4. MORE ON PG 5 time in view of the ongoing COVID pandemic. The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of teachers in upper primary schools was held in August 2015 and the results were declared in September 2016. The results of the interview were out in August 2019. Around five lakh candidates had appeared for the tests. In December last year, Banerjee had announced that 16,500 teachers would be appointed at the primary level. INDIA'S COVID VAX COVERAGE CROSSES LANDMARK OF 28-CR NEW DELHI: In a significant development, India's cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 28 crores on Sunday, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Monday. In its latest provisional report till 7 a.m. on Monday, the Ministry said a total of 28,00,36,898 vaccine doses have been administered through 38,24,408 sessions, however, 30,39,996 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. Of the total vaccination, 1,01,25,143 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) have received their first dose while 70,72,595 have been administered the second dose. Similarly, 1,71,73,646 Frontline Workers (FLWs) have been inoculated with the first dose while 90,51,173 have received their second dose. People aged between 18 and 44 years who received their first dose are 5,59,54,551 while 12,63,242 have been inoculated second dose. JSSPS GIRL SELECTED FOR WRESTLING WORLD CUP SQUAD PC JHA RANCHI: Corona pandemic might have demoralised the players yet the athletes of Jharkhand are making new records. In women's hockey where two players booked a berth for the Olympics, another girl has earned the distinction of representing the country for the first time in wrestling where she will participate in the World Cup wrestling competition. Jharkhand's female wrestler Chanchala Kumari has been selected in the Indian wrestling team for the Sub Junior World Wrestling Championship 2021 to be held in Budapest, Hungary from July 19 to 25, 2021. Chanchala defeated all her rivals and qualified for the Sub Junior World Championship in the selection trial organized by the Wrestling Federation of India at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi today, which will be the first time in the history of Jharkhand that a wrestler from Jharkhand has been selected for the World Cup Championship. Chanchala Kumari, a trainee of Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society (JSSPS), started wrestling and won several medals in her age groups competitions at the national level bouts. Jharkhand State Wrestling Association president cum NIS wrestling coach Bholanath Singh expressed his happiness over the selection of Chanchala Kumari and said, “She is a talented budding wrestler and will come up to our expectation by representing the national team for the first time like World Cup championship.” NIS wrestling Coach Bablu Kumar has worked very hard in teaching wrestling to Chanchala. On the selection of Chanchala in the Indian team, K Ravi Kumar, IAS, the guide of Jharkhand State Wrestling Association, congratulated and wished the Jharkhand Wrestling Association. President cum Chanchala's coach Bholanath Singh, General Secretary Rajnish Kumar including all the officials of Jharkhand State Wrestling congratulated its wrestler. Local people perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day organised by Bidhannagar Yoga Samiti at Salt Lake in Kolkata on Monday. Yoga remains a ray of hope amid Covid crisis: PM Modi NEW DELHI: At a time when the entire world has been fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said people's enthusiasm for Yoga Day has not diminished and Yoga remained a ray of hope amid the crisis. Addressing the nation on the event of 7th International Day of Yoga, the Prime Minister said in this difficult time, even as people are in so much trouble, they could forget Yoga or ignore it. "But on the contrary, peo- ple's enthusiasm for yoga has increased, love for yoga has increased." "When the invisible virus of Corona had knocked the world, then no country was prepared for it, by means, by strength and by mental state. We all have seen that in such difficult times, Yoga has become a great medium of self-confidence," Modi said. Noting that whenever India and its sages spoken of health, Modi said it has not only meant physical health. "That is why so much emphasis has been laid on physical health as well as mental health in Yoga. NEW DELHI: The country's largest automobile maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Monday said it will hike prices of its cars in the second quarter of the current fiscal due to increase in the input costs. "Over the past year, the cost of the company's vehicles continue to be adversely impacted due to increase in various input costs. Hence, it has become imperative for the company to pass on some impact of the above additional cost to customers through a price rise," Maruti Suzuki India said in a regulatory filing. The price rise has been planned in the second quarter (JulySeptember period) of the current financial year and the increase shall vary for different models, the company added. On April 16, Maruti Suzuki announced the weighted average price increase in exShowroom Prices (Delhi) across models of 1.6 per cent. NHRC sets up panel to probe complaints of post-poll violence in Bengal Cal HC refuses to stay its order MI NEWS SERVICE New Delhi/Kolkata: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has constituted a committee to inquire into the complaints of post-poll violence in Bengal following a Calcutta High Court order in the matter, officials said Monday. The multi-phase Bengal Assembly elections in MarchApril were marred by incidents of post-poll violence. In a statement, the NHRC said Monday its chairman Justice (retd) Arun Mishra has constituted a committee to "inquire into the complaints of post-poll violence in Bengal, in accordance with the orders of the Calcutta High Court". Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court dismissed a Bengal Government plea for recalling its order that directed the NHRC to examine all cases of alleged human rights violations and during post-poll violence in the State. The committee, which will start functioning immediately, will be headed by NHRC Member Rajeev Jain. It will examine the complaints which have already been received by the NHRC or which may be received, the officials said. The panel shall also point out the "persons, prima-facie, responsible for crime and the officers who maintained calculated silence on the issue", the statement said.The panel members include, Atif Rasheed, Vice The Calcutta High Court on Monday dismissed the petition to recall or stay its order directing the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to constitute a committee for examining complaints of post-poll violence in Bengal. While hearing the matter, the five judge bench of the Calcutta HC directed NHRC to constitute a committee for examining complaints and submit the report to the High Court. The Calcutta High Court on May 1 formed a three-member Committee for rehabilitation of victims of post-poll violence after Assembly polls. The Committee comprises of one representative each from State Human Rights Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Member Secretary, and State Legal Services Authority. The Committee may coordinate with police and arrange for rehabilitation of people to the places they have a right to and if there is any dispute, that will have to be seen. The five-judge larger bench of Calcutta High Court is hearing the PIL seeking an investigation into Bengal post-poll violence. Several incidents of violence have been reported at various places after the declaration of the Assembly poll results on May 2. Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities; Rajulben L Desai, Member, National Commission for Women; Santosh Mehra, Director General (Investigation), NHRC; Pradip Kumar Panja, Registrar, West Bengal State Human Rights Commission; Raju Mukherjee, Member Secretary, West Bengal State Legal Services Authority; and Manzil Saini, DIG (Investigation), NHRC, the statement said. The committee shall also examine the complaints which have been received by the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority and further complaints that may be received by the Authority, it said. "The cases shall be examined, including by visiting the affected areas and (the committee) shall submit a comprehensive report to the High Court of Calcutta about the present situation and also 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 statement said. Lack of vaccines to delay universal vaccination drive in Bengal: Official MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Bengal Government could not start its universal vaccination programme - aimed at inoculating people in the 18-45 age group free of cost - due to paucity of jabs, a senior Health Department official said. The State will continue to give priority to the groups it has identified as "superspreaders" and increase the number of daily vaccination depending on supply, he said. "We were unable to launch the universal vaccination programme from Monday because of shortage of vaccines. The ongoing vaccination process will continue. Our first target is to cover the priority groups," the official said. The Bengal Government had identified bus conduc- tors, drivers, hawkers and vegetable vendors as "super- spreaders", and said focus would be to inoculate them, their family members and close relatives. "We will take stock of the supply and decide upon the future course of action... At present, we can vaccinate close to three lakh people per day, but have the capacity to augment it to five lakh daily shots," the official added. The Central Government on Monday kick-started the universal vaccination programme to supply States free vaccines for the 18-45 age category. Till Sunday, around 1.9 crore people had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Bengal, according to official data. Out of this number, 42,74,276 beneficiaries have been fully inoculated with two doses.