YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C PM MODI LIKELY TO VISIT GUJARAT ON JULY 15-16 NATION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 7 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 53 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MITHALI'S 3 SUCCESSIVE 50S TAKES HER TO NO.1 SPOT IN ICC RANKINGS SPORTS Morning India ‘Shameless PM’ failed to handle COVID crisis, meet vaccine demands: Mamata MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the Centre has failed to meet the vaccine requirements of the State, forcing her dispensation to make purchases on its own, and described Narendra Modi as "a shameless Prime Minister" who has his picture pasted everywhere - from hoardings to inoculation certificates. Banerjee, during her address in the Assembly, said that Bengal has received two crore shots so far, which is "very inadequate", given the State's population, and administering free doses to all under such circumstances was a challenge for her government. "We have already vaccinated 2.26 crore people. And for that, we had to buy at least 26 lakh doses on our own, despite promises by the Centre that it would provide SFI protests Stan Swamy’s death the required number of doses," she stated. The Chief Minister also sought to know why money from the PM Cares Fund wasn't used to bear the expenses of the vaccination drive in the country. She claimed that the Centre, due to its "faulty" policies, couldn't handle the COVID crisis well. "Notwithstanding the Centre's ham-handed policies, we have been able to contain the virus. Our shameless PM has failed the country but his picture is found everywhere -- from vaccine certificates to hoardings. I have seen many Prime Ministers, but none so shameless..." Banerjee said. Bengal has started making preparations for the possible third wave of the pandemic, she noted. Taking a dig at the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, she said, "For days, we saw bodies floating in rivers. Some bodies floated downstream and reached our State. Do they even know how many died in UP (due to the pandemic)? Don't they feel ashamed?" Those who point fingers at Bengal should look in the mirror, the TMC supremo said, lashing out at Adityanath, who had criticised the TMC dispensation at BJP's poll campaigns. Continuing her tirade against the saffron camp, she said its members "do not know courtesy and decency" as was evident from the ruckus they created during Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar's inaugural speech in the Assembly on July 2. Dhankhar had to table his address, after reading out a few lines of his 18-page speech, amid protests by BJP MLAs over incidents of postpoll violence in the State. Banerjee further said that the incumbent Governor, chosen by the BJP leadership at the Centre, should have been allowed to address the House by the party's MLAs in the State. "I have seen BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh to Sushma Swaraj... This BJP, however, is different. They (BJP members) do not know culture, courtesy, decency and civility," the chief minister said during her speech in the House, after thanking the Governor for his inaugural address. The CM, referring to allegations of post-poll violence against TMC workers, said it was the members of the ruling party that endured attacks when the State was under the Election Commission's supervision for Assembly elections. She maintained that stray incidents of violence were reported after the election results were declared, and her government has taken action in all such cases. In a jibe at the poll panel, she said, "The EC shifted district magistrates, police superintendents and others at the whims of its observers, who were from their own party (BJP). Alleging that the BJP is trying to divide the State, the CM said, "Bengal is beautiful. Bengal is united. We won't let that happen at any cost." Highlighting her government's achievements, the CM said, "Bengal occupies the Govt seeks recall of HC order The Bengal government has filed an application before the Calcutta High Court seeking recall of its July 2 order that directed the police to register cases in all matters which have been either reported to it or placed before the NHRC or any other authority in connection with post-poll violence in the State. The order was issued by a five-judge bench, headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, after taking note of an interim report of a committee set up by the NHRC on the direction of the court to probe alleged human rights violation dur- ing the post-poll violence. The state government said in its recalling application that it did not get an opportunity to argue on the contents of the interim report, claiming that it was not made public by the bench after the same was submitted before the court on June 30. The government said that it could not advance any argument against the findings of the report as it did not get an opportunity to contradict the findings of the report and "why the findings should not be accepted, even prima facie". number one spot when it comes to generating employment under the 100 days' work scheme. We are also ahead of all in developing rural roads in the country... We have set up 186 kishan mandis, 24 medical colleges. Modi cabinet reshuffle expected soon, BJP MPs asked to reach Delhi ‘Assumption that private banks rendering more efficient services wrong’ NEW DELHI: Amid strong buzz in the political circle about possible reshuffle in the union cabinet later this week, first in the second term of the Narendra Modi government, sources said that cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place in a couple of days and BJP MPs are asked to reach the national capital at the earliest. However, there is no confirmation from the party or the government about the time of possible cabinet reshuffle. A party insider said that BJP chief J.P. Nadda, who is on a two-day visit to Himachal Pradesh, will be returning to New Delhi on Tuesday evening. "Nadda ji has reached Himachal Pradesh to attend his personal and organisational program. He is reaching Delhi later today for some impor- Lord Jagannath willing, there will be proper Rath Yatra next year, says CJI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: There is an erroneous assumption on the part of policymakers that private sector banks are rendering more efficient services to the economy and people, whereas the truth is otherwise, said Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy. He said the TMC will support the demands of bank unions against privatisation in the interest of people of the country. "Even during the past two decades, many private banks, including the new-era private banks, had collapsed due to governance and management failures. "Prior to nationalisation, private bank failures were routine. Hence, eulogising private ownership lacked a sense of history," Roy said while addressing an event organised by the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA). Recent examples of failure of private sector bank include Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank. Expressing concern over the current frequent bank scams, Roy said, NEW DELHI: Declining permission to a statewide celebration of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Odisha, with only exception to the Puri Jagannath temple, the Chief Justice on Tuesday revealed that he too has been waiting fervently to be part of the annual ritual, however, Covid-19 was still playing spoilsport. In June, the Odisha government had said the Rath Yatra will be held on July 12 only in Puri following the guidelines issued by the top court, while banning it in all other places of the state. A counsel appearing for a Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Speaker Biman Banerjee pay homage to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his birth anniversary in the Assembly on Tuesday KOLKATA: SFI activists on Tuesday staged a demonstration here demanding an investigation into the death of jailed tribal rights crusader Stan Swamy alleging that he had been "brutally murdered". A section of activists belonging to the Kolkata District Committee of the SFI, a Left-wing students union, held the protest in front of the main campuses of the Calcutta University and Presidency University in the College Street area. "Elderly tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy has been brutally murdered. We demand an investigation into the matter. We also demand the release of all political prisoners immediately," Students Federation of India (SFI) leader Subhajit Sarkar said. The 84-year-old Jesuit priest, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, died at a Mumbai hospital on Monday afternoon. He was waiting for interim bail on medical grounds in the case. petitioner seeking the Rath Yatra at other places argued that Covid-19 situation is different now (number of cases have decreased). The Chief Justice responded, nobody knows how Covid situation will be (in the future). The Chief Justice told petitioners, seeking the Rath Yatra in other places alongside Puri: "You want to pray to the God. You can do it from home. I also wanted to go to Puri but I couldn't in the last one and half years. This isn't the time". Dismissing the petitions, Chief Justice N.V. Ramana observed: "Last year few peo- tant work," he said. Sources said that ahead of reshuffle the Prime Minister is likely to hold a meeting with senior ministers and party chief Nadda in the evening but there is no confirmation about the meeting. Party functionaries claimed that calls were made to several party leaders who are expected to be inducted in the cabinet, to reach Delhi. "Following the direction of ple died, this year many people died (due to Covid). We hope God will allows us these rituals next year." A bench headed by the Chief Justice said the court agrees with the Odisha government order in the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic. The Naveen Patnaik government submitted before the top court that it would be impossible for it to ensure the strict Covid protocol to be followed by thousands of devotees at temples across the state if the annual ritual was given the go-ahead. The bench also comprising party leadership, former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia are reaching Delhi today," he said. Sources said that Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is likely to be inducted in Modi cabinet, has cut short his visit to Indore in Madhya Pradesh and is reaching the national capital in evening. "Earlier Scindia is expected to take on a flight from Indore to Delhi on July 7 at 11 a.m. But after he was asked to reach Delhi at the earliest, Scindia is leaving for Delhi from Indore at 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday. Before leaving for Delhi, Scindia took blessings at Mahakal Temple in Ujjain," said a BJP leader aware of the Scindia program. Amid the buzz, a video of former union minister late Ram Vilas Paswan's brother Pashupati Paras went viral in which he Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy refused to allow the rath Yatras in Baripada, Sasang and in other cities of Odisha. On June 23, the Orissa High Court declined to entertain five petitions seeking permission to hold the festival of Rath Yatra in Kendrapara and Bargarh districts. Last year, the top court had permitted the Rath Yatra on the condition that there would not be any public attendance and all entry points into Puri would remain closed. The court had ordered that each of the three chari- is seen buying clothes for his new 'kurta' he is likely to wear in swearing in ceremony. "Inducting Paras in the cabinet will also clarify BJP's stand that which faction of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has the support of the Prime Minister and the saffron party," a party leader said. Some BJP MPs eyeing the ministerial berth this time, however, said that they have not received any call from either the Prime Minister office or party. "Appinting a minister is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. I haven't received any call but heard MPs are asked to reach Delhi as soon as possible," a BJP MP said. Another BJP functionary said that alliance partner Janta Dal United (JDU) leaders -- R.C.P. Singh and Rajeev Ranjan 'Lallan' are also reaching the national capital. ots, would be pulled by not more than 500 people who were required to test negative for Covid-19. The Odisha government submitted before the top court it was practically impossible to impose conditions throughout the state as the second wave continues. The counsel argued that this is the only yatra in the whole world, where 149 countries participate. "I don't want to say more," the Chief Justice said, adding, "What can we do? I myself wanted to go...I cannot entertain. I also feel bad. I can't help. I also want to see." MI NEWS SERVICE "If you allow the corporates to loot the money and run away after taking photographs with the Prime Minister, then this country will not survive." Highlighting the importance of public sector banks (PSBs), he said only nationalisation of banks done in 1969 took banks to the people. AIBEA, in a statement on Tuesday quoting Roy, said some of the infrastructure projects funded by PSBs during the last decade did not take off in time due to issues related to land acquisition and environmental clearances, thus choking the funds deployed and leading to stressed loans could not be a reason for blaming the PSBs. Terming the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) as an organised loot, he said there are cases where 80-90 per cent haircut are being allowed, and thus this has led to poor recovery. He asserted that the TMC will not have any hesitation to raise the red flag wherever it is required for people's rights and the betterment of Indian citizens. The AIBEA is affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI). Earlier, speaking at the AIBEA event, Prashant Bhushan, an activist lawyer, stated that banks were custodians of public money, hence the ownership of banks holding the money of common people of the country could not be left to private entities. That was the philosophy that guided nationalisation of banks five decades ago, which has served that the cause has much relevance in contemporary times also, Bhushan said. Unfortunately, privatisation of banks was being advocated by the policymakers, he said adding that it is only mis-adventure by the government. Twitter will be in trouble if it fails to comply with India rules: HC NEW DELHI: In a major setback for Twitter in India, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the micro-blogging site for failing to appoint resident grievance officer (RGO), saying, "How long will your process take place? This cannot be allowed", even as the court free pass to the central government to act against the social media firm. A bench of Justice Rekha Palli told Twitter's counsel, "Come up with a clear response, otherwise you will be in trouble", and sought information on Twitter's compliance with other provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021) by the next date of hearing. The high court told central government counsel: "We are not stopping you from taking action, court has not granted any protection to Twitter. If they are in violation, you know what to do." The Centre submitted that Twitter India is in clear violation of IT Rules,2021. The Centre had informed the Delhi High Court that Twitter has failed to comply with the IT Rules, 2021 as on July 1, on four counts: Chief compliance officer not being appointed; The position of the resident grievance officer being vacant; The position of the nodal contact person (even on an interim basis) being vacant; and The physical contact address, which was shown to be there on May 29, was not available on Twitter's website. The central government counsel submitted before the court that Twitter was given three-month window to comply with IT Rules, but they did not. The counsel added that they are most welcome to do business in India, but they have to comply. The bench said, "I am not giving them any protection. I have already made it clear that they have to comply." Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, representing Twitter India, submitted that an interim grievance officer was appointed, but he had withdrawn his candidature on June 21. The bench responded that after June 21, and till July 6, the least it could have done was appoint another person. "How long does your process take? If Twitter thinks it can take as long it wants in our country, I will not allow that," said the bench. Poovayya sought time to seek instructions on the new appointment, which was allowed by the court, and it passed over the matter. Later, Poovayya submitted that he needs more time to obtain detailed instructions from San Francisco-based Twitter. The bench observed that these rules are binding but Twitter has not appointed anyone till now. The court posted the matter for further hearing on Thursday, and asked Twitter to inform by when it will appoint an RGO and other officials. On May 31, the Delhi High Court had issued a notice to the microblogging platform on a plea by advocate Amit Acharya. The plea had urged the high court to issue directions to the Centre to pass necessary instructions to Twitter India and Twitter Inc to appoint a resident grievance officer under Rule 4 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 without any delay. The plea had contended that in a nutshell, every significant social media intermediary has the responsibility of appointing not only a resident grievance officer who will act as a single-point authority for receiving and disposing of complaints within a fixed time, but someone should also receive and acknowledge any order, notice and direction issued by the competent authorities.