YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C TALIBANS CONTINUE CAPTURING NEW AREAS IN AFGHANISTAN OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 23 JUNE, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 39 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE UNION CABINET TO MEET TODAY NEW DELHI: A meeting of the Union cabinet is scheduled to be held on Wednesday. "Union Cabinet meeting will take place at 11 am," an official said. The meeting comes amid the speculation over a possible cabinet expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modiled Central Government. The buzz that was going on for quite some time intensified after a series of meetings took place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda in the national capital. POORER NATIONS SHORT OF COVID VAX SUPPLY: WHO LONDON: Many poorer countries lack Covid-19 vaccine doses to continue with their inoculation programmes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. WHO senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme -- the international vaccine-sharing initiative -- had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries, but it is nowhere near enough to protect populations from the deadly virus, the BBC reported on Monday. MORE ON PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,002,691 TOTAL DEATH: 389,661 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 179,661,054 TOTAL DEATH: 3,890,926 TRP SCAM: GOSWAMI NAMED IN SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGE SHEET NATION Morning India SC to hear pleas of CM Mamata Banerjee, Law Minister in Narada case on Jun 25 MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The Supreme Court Tuesday decided to hear on June 25 the appeals of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the State Law Minister Moloy Ghatak against the June 9 order of the Calcutta High Court which had refused to take on record their affidavits on the CBI's transfer plea related to the Narada scam case. The appeals, initially listed before a vacation bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, were referred to another bench by Chief Justice N V Ramana during the day itself after Justice Bose recused from the hearing without citing any reason. A bench of Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheswari, to which the cases were referred, took up the matter in the afternoon. At the outset, Justice Saran said that the matters are fresh for the bench and they needed to go through the files before the hearing. On being pointed out that earlier the top court had requested the High Court to defer the hearing till it decides the appeals, the bench said that it would pass the same order urging the High Court to postpone the scheduled hearing there on June 23 and wait for two more days. The bench then enquired from Solicitor-General Tushar IRDAI ALLOWS HOME TREATMENT AS ADD-ON COVER IN HEALTH INSURANCE NEW DELHI: The Indian insurance regulator IRDAI has allowed non-life insurers to offer "homecare/domiciliary treatment" or treatment at home as an add on cover afresh or to their existing policies. In a circular to all non-life insurers including standalone health insurers, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has said companies have to file their products with it, if home treatment is offered as an add-on cover. According to IRDAI, homecare treatment is one taken at home for an ailment that normally needs hospitalisation provided that a medical practitioner advises the insured home treatment; there is a continuous active line of treatment with the health status of the insured monitored daily by a medical practitioner during the duration of home treatment; and that records of daily monitoring of the insured patient and the treatment given are recorded and signed by a medical practitioner Norms for settlement of claims should be mentioned in the policy document and prospectus, it said. IRDAI said that insurers can offer the cover to their existing policyholders by charging an additional premium for the residual period of time. MORE ON PG 2 Mehta, and senior Advocates Rakesh Dwivedi and Vikas Singh, whether they will be able to conclude the arguments on Friday. The lawyers answered in the affirmative. "The Supreme Court had noted earlier on June 18 that the High Court may not take up the matter on 21 and 22. Since the matter could not be taken up on Tuesday, we hope the High Court will not take up the matter on any date prior to the 25th", the bench said in the order. The top court was scheduled to hear three appeals including that of the State Government challenging the High Court's denial for filing of affidavits by Banerjee and Ghatak in their role on the day of arrest of four Trinamool Congress leaders on May 17 by CBI in the case. It has been alleged that the State's ruling party leaders played a key role in stopping the CBI from performing its legal duty after arresting four leaders in the case. Initially, the State Government and the Law Minister had moved the top court with their appeals and later the Chief Minister filed her plea against the June 9 order of the High Court. The top court on June 18 had requested the High Court to hear the case a day after the apex court considered the appeals of the State Government and Ghatak against 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, appearing for Ghatak and the State Government, had said it was necessary to bring on record of the High Court the affidavits as they deal with the roles of the persons concerned on May 17. The Law Minister was attending the Cabinet meeting and was not in the court premises at the time of hearing, Dwivedi had said, adding that even the CBI officials were not there on the spot as the lawyer for the agency addressed the court virtually. The High Court, which on June 9 decided to consider 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. Kashmir leaders ‘Boards are independent’ agree to attend SC nod to CBSE, ICSE Class 12 assessment schemes PM Modi meet NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petitions challenging the CBSE and the CICSE's decision to cancel Class 12 board examinations and also approved the assessment schemes proposed by the boards to evaluate students. A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said: "We hold that there is no need to interfere with the scheme propounded by the CBSE and the ICSE. It takes into account concerns of all students." It noted that boards have taken a conscious decision at the highest level and they have also taken into consideration the larger public interest. "We are not going to sit in judgment over it," said the bench. The bench noted that if other boards have conducted exams, that doesn't necessarily mean that boards before it -- CBSE and ICSE -are bound to do that. "These Boards are independent Boards. They have taken decision to cancel exams STATE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVEN ONE FATALITY IN EXAM, SC TO ANDHRA "We hold that there is no need to interfere with the scheme propounded by the CBSE and the ICSE. It takes into account concerns of all students." A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari which, according to them, is in larger public interest of the students," said the bench. The top court dismissed all challenges to the assessment policies framed by the CBSE and the ICSE to evaluate class 12 students after the cancellation of exams. The top court upheld the submissions of the Attorney General, representing the Centre, that the schemes have been formulated by expert body. The bench said that all aspects were taken into account and decision regarding formulation of scheme was taken with holistic approach, to ensure that no candidate is prejudiced. "We will uphold the scheme as formulated by boards, which are independent boards and entitled to take decisions regarding exams to he conducted by them," it said. The top court noted that it is not possible to accept the submission of the petitioner's counsel that since other institutions were able to conduct exam, then the CBSE and ICSE, can hold the exams too. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday warned the Andhra Pradesh government that the court would hold it responsible if there is even one fatality, due to its decision to go ahead with the physical examination for Class 12 students. A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari told Andhra Pradesh counsel: "You can't keep everything uncertain. Remember, if there is even one fatality, we will make the state responsible." SRINAGAR: Leaders of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday announced to attend an all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24 but remained rigid on restoring Article 370 and 35A which gave special rights to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. "Mehbooba Mufti, Mohmmad Yusuf Tarigami, and I will attend the all-party meeting called by PM. We hope to keep our agenda before Prime Minister and Home Minister," National Conference president Farooq Abdullah told reporters here. The alliance took the decision after its meeting at the residence of its chairperson Farooq Abdullah earlier today. Several parties, including the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference and CPI(M) and Muzaffar Shah's Awami National Conference formed the PAGD. Farooq Abdullah was chosen as president of the alliance and Mehbooba Mufti as its vicepresident. National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on October 24 last year had said that the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has been formed to ensure the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are restored. Sharing the meeting's agenda, Gupkar Alliance member, Muzaffar Shah said, "There can be no compromise on Article 370 and 35A." TMC targets Centre on ‘penalty proceedings’ against Alapan Bandopadhyay MI NEWS SERVICE India's Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of New Zealand's BJ Watling during the fifth day of the World Test Championship final match between New Zealand and India, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. ANI State budget session to begin from July 2 MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The budget session of the Bengal Assembly will begin from July 2 with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's address, Speaker Biman Banerjee said on Tuesday. The budget is likely to be placed in the house the next day of the commencement of the session or the day after, Assembly sources said. The duration of the session is yet to be finalised. "The budget session of the West Bengal Assembly will begin from July 2 with Governor's address. However, it is yet to be decided till when the session will continue," Banerjee said. The session will be conducted following all COVID19 protocols. According to TMC chief whip Nirmal Ghosh, just like the previous vote-on-account was placed by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself in February session due to ill health of State Finance Minister Amit Mitra, this time too the budget might be presented by either the CM or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee in case Mitra is unable to do so. "However, nothing has been decided so far in this regard", he said. Ghosh said the tenure of the budget session is likely to be decided during the Business Advisory committee meeting on June 28. This will be the first occasion that Banerjee and Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari will face each other on the Assembly floor. Once considered a protege of Mamata Banerjee, Adhikari switched over to the BJP just ahead of the Assembly polls and defeated the Chief Minister from the high-profile Nandigram seat by a slim margin. BJP with 75 MLAs is the main opposition in the Bengal Assembly. Congress and the Left parties have no representation in the present house. This will be the first budget of the new Trinamool Congress Government, which stormed back to power for the third consecutive time in the April-May elections with a massive mandate. KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday slammed the Centre for its decision to hold a major "penalty proceedings'' against former Chief Secretary of Bengal Alapan Bandopadhyay, who is presently serving as the adviser to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, under All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules. TMC MP Saugata Roy alleged that the Central Government is acting vindictively against the rules in the matter of Bandyopadhyay, stating that he is a retired official and not duty-bound to the Centre. "It is a vindictive act against the rules. Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a retired official and is not bound by the rules and regulations of the Government of India. They are trying to pressurise him by pointing out that he tends to lose his pension and gratuity. It is a mean step to take," Roy said. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Monday informed Bandyopadhyay that the Central Government proposes to hold major penalty proceedings against him under All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules. DoPT also asked the former Bengal Chief Secretary to submit a written statement in his defence and state if he desires to be heard in person within 30 days. And, in case of no reply from him, inquiry authority may hold an inquiry against him ex parte. Earlier, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's newly appointed Chief Adviser, Alapan Bandyopadhyay had been issued a show-cause notice by the Central Government under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 asking him to write within three days. "Bandyopadhyay had to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and follow up. But when the Prime Minister arrived at the briefing he was not present. And after being contacted by the Prime Minister's entourage he came to the meeting room and left without attending the review meeting," official sources had said. Another show-cause notice was served to Bandyopadhyay for failing to report to the DoPT as directed by the Central Government. The development took place after CM Mamata Banerjee had, along with the then State Chief Secretary, skipped the review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi on May 28 in the aftermath of cyclone 'Yaas'. Bandyopadhyay was to retire on May 31 and had earlier been given a threemonth extension. STF unlocks iPhone of Chinese national Han Junwei MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Finally, the STF was able to unlock the iPhone of Han Junwei, a Chinese national caught in Malda. The whereabouts of many suspects have been found from his iPhone. Apart from Indian and Chinese citizens, there are also citizens of other countries. It is learned that Han kept in touch with the suspects through fake mail ID. However, investigators have not been able to open Han's laptop yet. On Tuesday, a special team of Central Intelligence Agency interrogated Han. Han Junway is currently in the custody of the STF. The 35-year-old Han Junwei, a Chinese national, has been under interrogation since Thursday afternoon. He was caught on the IndoBangladesh border in Malda on June 10 while he was trying to cross the IndiaBangladesh international border illegally. Apple laptops and iPhones were recovered from Han. One Bangladeshi SIM card, one Indian SIM card, two Chinese SIM cards, two pen drives, three batteries, two small torch lights, five Money Transaction Machines, two ATM/Master Card, US Dollars, Bangladeshi currency and Indian currency were recovered from him. According to the police, there is no way to open the laptop without matching the password. These passwords are in Mandarin language. A special cyber expert was appointed from Kolkata to crack the password In addition, Han is being interrogated to find out where the huge amount of money had came from, who gave it, who had contacts with Han in India.