YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C OPPOSITION PARTIES GEARING UP FOR ASSEMBLY POLLS IN UP OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 11 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 57 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) IND VS SL: ODI SERIES TO BEGIN ON JULY 18, T20IS TO START FROM JUL 25 SPORTS Morning India Sanmarg remodels Ram Awatar Gupt Pratibha Puraskar MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: With schools closed, and the teaching system held online, the largest circulated and most popular Hindi daily in eastern India Sanmarg, headquartered here, has re-modelled the Ram Awatar Gupt Pratibha Puraskar. "We are restructuring this programme according to circumstantial changes due to the pandemic. The objective remains the same and hereafter the foundation shall empower and encourage students, teachers and institutions to pursue and grow in all aspects of the official language. "Now this campaign will proceed in the form of Ram Awatar Gupt Protsahan," Ruchika Gupta, Director, Sanmarg and Trustee, Sanmarg Foundation said in a statement. "Consistent with this new normal, we at Sanmarg Foundation, understood the need to come out of the boundaries of an award ceremony to that of being an encourager and facilitator of the young," she said. The edition also intro- duced "Guru Pranaam", a tribute to the teachers of the Hindi language and a special ceremony would be held in North Bengal. "The approach and eligibility criteria have been modified in light of the pandemic but the response has been overwhelming with entries pouring in from all across the nation. The aim of this event is to encourage students to feel proud in knowing and conversing in Hindi. "In 2006-07, the highest marks obtained would be around 90-92. Today, students are securing full marks" The award, instituted by Sanmarg, has helped increase the percentile of AT A GLANCE UP POPULATION DRAFT BILL DOYEN OF AYURVEDA DR P K WARRIER PASSES AWAY Those with over two kids can’t contest local polls, apply for govt jobs marks across all recognised boards in India, as verified by teachers and institutes of the subject. Established in 1946, Sanmarg today, is the only Hindi newspaper to reach every corner of Bengal, and covers all 23 districts of the State. It is also published from Ranchi, Patna and Bhubaneswar. MALAPPURAM: Doyen of Ayurveda andmanaging trustee of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (KAS) Dr P KWarrier passed away here on Saturday, family sources said. He was 100. KAS sources said Dr Warrier breathed his last around noon. In his lifetime spanning a century, he treated tens ofthousands of patients from across the globe. SEE PG 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,803,396 TOTAL DEATHS: 407,300 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 186,989,671 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,037,995 LUCKNOW: According to a draft of the proposed population control bill, anyone violating two-child policy in Uttar Pradesh will be debarred from contesting local bodies elections, from applying for or getting promotion in government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy. The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission (UPSLC) states that the provisions are part of the draft titled The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021. The UPSLC website says, "The State Law Commission, UP is working on control, stabilisation and welfare of the population of the state and has prepared a draft bill." Suggestions have been invited from the public to improve the draft bill and July 19 is the last date for it. Listing incentives for public servants who adopt the two-child norm, the draft bill says, "Public servants who adopt the two-child norm will get two additional increments during the entire service, maternity or as the case may be, paternity leave of 12 months, with full salary and allowances and three per cent increase in the employ- er's contribution fund under national pension scheme." A State Population Fund will be constituted for the purpose of implementation of the act. Listing the government's duties, the draft bill says that maternity centres will be established at all primary health centres. The centres and NGOs will distribute contraceptive pills, condoms, etc, spread awareness about family planning methods through community health workers and ensure mandatory registration of pregnancies, deliveries, births and deaths across the state. The draft bill also says that it shall be the duty of the government to introduce a compulsory subject relating to population control in all secondary schools. Dileep Sanghani, the chairman and the managing director of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) B S Nakai and U S Awasthi respectively and chairman of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) Bijender Singh. "Today met @ncuicoop Chairman Shri Dileep Sanghani ji, @IFFCO_PR Chairman Shri B S Nakai ji, Managing Director Shri U S Awasthi ji and @nafedindia Chairman Dr Bijendra Singh ji. "Under the leadership of Modi ji, we are determined to make cooperatives and all cooperative institutions more empowered," Shah tweeted in Hindi. RANCHI: Security forces have foiled a major Maoist attack by recovering a 40-kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jharkhand's Giridih district. The IED was recovered and later defused by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Police on Friday afternoon following a tip-off. On getting information that Maoists have planted an IED in the forest area of village Tengrakhurd under Nimiyaghat police station to target the security forces, an operation was immediately launched by the troops of Quick Action Team (QAT) 154 CRPF and state police to detect and defuse the IED and avert any losses, said the Central Reserve Police Force. "The troops carefully searched the area looking for probable clues of the IED. The troops recovered an IED weighing about 40 kg in a steel container with a command mechanism to trigger the explosion," said the Central Reserve Police Force. MORE ON PG 3 World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 in the final. EUL to Covaxin from WHO expected in first week of August: Sources GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) is likely to take a decision on Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and announce it in the first week of August. A WHO prequalification, or EUL, is necessary for a vaccine company to supply vaccines for global facilities such as Covax or international procurement. The WHO has approved vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca- SK Bio/SII, Johnson & Johnson Janssen, Moderna and Sinopharm for 2ND WAVE NOT YET OVER, HOME SECRETARY CAUTIONS 8 STATES Sounding a note of caution, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Saturday asked eight states having tourist destinations and hill stations to follow strict Covid appropriate behaviour to avoid spread. emergency use. The indigenous vaccine showed 63.6 per cent efficacy against the Delta variant of Covid-19, which has spread in many other countries. Covaxin demonstrated 93.4 per cent efficacy against severe symptomatic Covid-19 and 63.6 per cent against asymptomatic Covid-19. The trial was conducted on 25,800 subjects, and the data submitted to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) showed the vaccine was "well-tolerated." Centre earned Rs 4.91 cr revenue as fuel prices hiked 69 times this year: Adhir Chowdhury PM TO CHAIR MEETING OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ON JULY 14 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a meeting with Council of Ministers on July 14 to discuss key issues amid ongoing Covid-19 crisis as well as other issues to take forward the country to fulfill his 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self reliant India) vision. Sources said that the Prime Minister will take a brief plan from each of the ministers about their future roadmap to manage the crisis due to Covid19 pandemic which has widely affected almost all sectors of the economy, especially the health sector, and other matters related to the growth of the country. The meeting is expected to witness many notable issues and discussion related to key ministries. Govt keen to make cooperatives more empowered: Amit Shah NEW DELHI: The government is determined to make cooperatives and all cooperative institutions more empowered, Union minister Amit Shah, who met some leading figures of the country's cooperative sector on Saturday, said. The meeting came three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reallocated the portfolios of his ministers in which Shah was given the charge of the newly-created Ministry of Cooperation. Those who met the Union home minister include chairman of the National Cooperative Union of India MAJOR MAOIST ATTACK FOILED IN JHARKHAND, 40 KG IED DETECTED Officials said even though Shah has not yet assumed the charge of the ministry of cooperation, he has begun to meet people. In the meeting, the minister asked cooperatives like IFFCO and KRIBHCO to work in the field of seed production using vacant land of 38,000 hectares as well as in organic farming, the NCUI said in a separate statement. The minister also assured that the government is committed to strengthening the cooperative movement in the country, the benefits of which would go to the grass-root level cooperatives, it said. MI NEWS SERVICE BAHARAMPUR: Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, on Saturday claimed that the Centre has earned Rs 4.91 crore revenue as petrol and diesel prices have been hiked 69 times since January 1 this year. Chowdhury, also the Bengal Congress chief, urged the TMC government in the State to follow the footsteps of the Chhattisgarh administration and do away with Value Added Taxes (VAT) to reduce fuel prices. "Unmindful of the sufferings of the people, the Narendra Modi government in Delhi has effected 69 hikes in petrol and diesel prices since January 1 and earned Rs 4.91 crore revenue. "The BJP government is not showing any concern for the plight of the common man. We urge the Centre to roll back fuel price hike, as petrol breached the Rs 100per-litre mark, diesel neared century and LPG rate touched Rs 850 per cylinder," the senior Congress leader told reporters. He said that the petrol price dipped by Rs 12 per litre after the Congress government in Chhattisgarh did away with VAT, and urged other State administrations, including that of Bengal, to follow its lead. "We know that the TMC government in Bengal will have to forego a revenue of Rs 1,300-Rs 1,400 crore yielded from VAT, but a party that has come to power with such a huge mandate shouldn't be found wanting in undertaking pro- Fresh trouble on Assam-Mizoram border after Chief Secy talks A I Z AW L / S I L C H A R (ASSAM): Hours after a meeting of Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram over the border trouble, a powerful grenade was triggered on Saturday when senior officials were visiting the border areas. According to the Assam Police, a powerful grenade was detonated on the Mizoram territory when senior Assam officials including Additional Director General of Police (Border) Harmeet Singh and Cachar district Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli, were visiting the area. Cachar district superintendent of police Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, who was also accompanying the official team, said that no report was received yet about any injury or damage to the properties due to the grenade blasts. "Some people belonging to Mizoram are always trying to encroach on Assam's territory, creating obstructions when Assam officials and workers are undertaking developmental works and indulging in objectionable activities. We have from time to time informed Mizoram but these illegal activities are still going on," Chandrakant told the media. People living along the Asam-Mizoram border areas alleged that they are residing for several decades but now the people of Assam accompanied by police are trying to evict them. Central paramilitary forces are maintaining security on both sides of the inter-state borders since the border troubles began in October last year. An official in Aizawl said that Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and his Assam counterpart Jishnu Baruah on Friday held a meeting in New Delhi in presence of Home Ministry officials on the border issues. India Jute Mill to reopen MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: India Jute Mill in Bengal's Hooghly district, which is closed for nearly three years, will reopen on the auspicious day of Rath Jatra on July 12, sources in the management said on Saturday. The closure was due to a land title issue along with scarcity of raw materials, they said. The government has assured the management to resolve the land title issue, sources said. Serampore MLA Sudipto Roy said that the mill, where over 3,500 employees used to work, is reopening at the intervention of Labour Minister Becharam Manna. people steps," Chowdhury said. Responding to a query, he said that the main opposition party is given the post of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) both in the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha. "I have been the PAC chairman three times. My name was recommended by our leader Sonia Gandhi. However, the Speaker takes the final decision. Appointing the PAC chairman is his/her discretion," he said. However, Chowdhury did not directly comment on the controversy over the appointment of TMC leader Mukul Roy, who recently crossed over from the BJP, as the PAC chairman of Bengal Assembly by the Speaker on Friday, which had sparked a walkout by saffron party members who are demanding his disqualification under the anti-defection law. BANKURA DM SAVED BY A WHISKER MI NEWS SERVICE BANKURA: The District Magistrate (DM) of Bengal's Bankura, K Radhika Aiyar, and Additional DM (Land and Land Reforms) Shankar Naskar were saved by a whisker as the car they were travelling in was hit by a pick-up van on National Highway (NH) 60 on Saturday, police said. The accident took place around 10.30 am when the two officials were travelling from Bankura to Bishnupur, a police officer said. Suddenly, a speeding pick-up van coming from the opposite side hit their car. The driver's quick reaction saved the day as he steered the car to the right, preventing a head-on collision as the pick-up van hit the right side of the vehicle, he said. The District Magistrate escaped unscathed as she was sitting beside the driver, while the driver and the additional DM, who was on the right rear seat, sustained minor injuries, the officer said. The two officials and the driver were taken to the Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, where they were administered first aid and discharged, he said. The driver and helper of the pick-up van were arrested and their vehicle seized, the officer added.