YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C SC SEEKS CENTRE, AG’S RESPONSE ON PLEA CHALLENGING SEDITION LAW NATION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 13 JULY, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE— 59 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MANPREET-LED HOCKEY SIDE HAS LOTS OF QUALITY PLAYERS: TIRKEY SPORTS Morning India Prez Kovind, PM Modi greet people on Jagannath Rath Yatra Priests carry idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra during the ISKCON Ratha Yatra Festival in Kolkata on Monday : Prabir Bhattacharya NEET 2021 to be held on Sep 12: Dharmendra Pradhan NEW DELHI: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate (NEET UG) 2021 exam will be conducted across the country on September 12 following the Covid-19 protocols. The application process for NEET (UG) 2021 will start from 5 p.m. on Tuesday through the website(s) of the NTA, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday. Pradhan said that during the NEET exam on September 12, all the rules to prevent Covid will be followed. He said, "To ensure AT A GLANCE VICTORY FLAME REACHES KANYAKUMARI CHENNAI: The Victory Flame to commemorate the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 war against Pakistan reached Kanyakumari, the southern tip of peninsular India on Sunday evening, said the Defence Ministry. The Golden Jubilee celebrations to commemorate the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 war commenced in December last year. Four Victory Flames were lit from the eternal flame of the National War Memorial and one each is being carried to the four cardinal directions through the cities and villages of the 1971 war veterans and Veernaris (war widows). According to an official statement, war veterans were invited and honoured in the presence of district civil administration. Retired Corporal Michael Antony shared his experience in the 1971 war. social distancing, the number of cities where the examination will be conducted has been increased from 155 to 198. The number of examination centres will also be increased from 3,862 centres used in 2020." To ensure adherence to Covid protocols in NEET (UG) 2021 examination, face masks will be provided to all candidates at the examination centres. Time slots during entry and exit, contactless registration, proper sanitization, seating with social distancing etc will also be ensured. India’s Covid recoveries cross 3-crore mark NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that India's cumulative recoveries have crossed 3 crore mark. Out of those infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,00,14,713 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 39,649 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.22 per cent, which is showing a sustained increasing trend. A total of 37,73,52,501 vaccine doses have been administered through Centre deploys NDRF as flashfloods hit Himachal SHIMLA: The Central government on Monday deployed the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh led to flashfloods in upper Dharamsala in Kangra district, washing away parked cars and partially damaging houses. Two persons have been reported missing after heavy rain in the district. Reviewing the ground situation in the state, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the phone, assuring him that an NDRF team will be deployed to handle any exigency. He said the Centre will provide all assistance needed to tide over the crisis. Dharamsala, nearly 250 km from the state capital Shimla, recorded precipitation of 184 mm, the highest ever during this monsoon. The damage to property was reported in villages located in the vicinity of McLeodganj, the political, cultural and spiritual hub of the Tibetan diaspora. More than 10 cars, most of them belonging to tourists, were washed away in Bhagsunag. Elsewhere in Kangra, three houses and five shops located along a seasonal rivulet in the Gaggal area were damaged by gushing water. The damage to property was largely due to encroachments on rivulets, officials told IANS. Claiming there was no cloudburst in the district, Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal said Boh village in Shahpur sub-division has been cut-off after massive landslides and a rescue operation is underway. India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Manmohan Singh told IANS that heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded at many places in Kangra district. The rainfall was widespread across the state. Palampur in Kangra district recorded 155 mm rain, the highest in the state, while it was 48 mm in Dalhousie, 10 mm in Shimla and 55 mm in picturesque tourist resort Manali. The Chief Minister expressed grief over the loss of life and property due to heavy rain. 48,51,209 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 a.m. on Monday, while 12,35,287 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from June 21, 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and to take place as a condition of the person being enlarged on bail." The bench noted that it is clear from a plain reading of Section 357 that such compensation can only arise after the conclusion of trial albeit, of course, the same being a matter of discretion. Thus, without a full-fledged trial, there cannot be a sentence and, thus, there cannot be any such compensation, the bench added. The top court order came on the plea of two accused, who were granted bail by the high court with a condition requiring them to deposit Rs 2 lakh each as compensation to the victims. An FIR was registered at Amreli police station in November 2019, regarding a fight between the complainant and certain members of his caste. Two persons succumbed to their injuries and an FIR was registered against 13 persons under various sections, which included Sections 302, 307, 324 etc., The bench observed in cases of offences against expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The Country has reported 37,154 daily new cases in the last 24 hours. Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for the last fifteen days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs. India's active Caseload on Monday stands at 4,50,899 and active cases are now only 1.46 per cent of the country's total positive cases. With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 14,32,343 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 43 crore (43,23,17,813) tests so far. While on one side testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed. Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.32 per cent while the Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.59 per cent. Daily Positivity rate has remained less than 3 per cent for 21 consecutive days, and has remained below 5 per cent for 35 consecutive days now. happiness, prosperity and health." Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also wished that the Covid-19 pandemic would end soon with the blessings of the deities. He prayed for the happiness, prosperity and well-being of all. Union Home Minister Amit Shah prayed that Lord Jagannath may shower his blessings on everyone and fill everyone's life with good health, prosperity and good fortune. "Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath shower his blessings on everyone and fill everyone's life with good health, prosperity and good fortune. Jai Jagannath!," Shah tweeted. Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswasbhusan Harichandan, BJP President J.P. Nadda, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnaw and many senior leaders greeted people on this occasion. Yogi govt announces hefty cash awards for Olympic medallists LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced hefty cash awards for medal-winning athletes at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. Athletes who win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be awarded Rs 6 crore each by the state government, while silver and bronze medallists will get an amount of Rs 4 crore and Rs 2 crore, respectively. All athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics will be given Rs 10 lakh each by the state government. According to a government spokesman, for the ath- letes in team sports, the Yogi government has decided to give Rs 3 crore to the winners of a gold medal and Rs 2 crore and 1 crore to the players winning silver and bronze medals, respectively. The government, under the campaign 'Khoob Khelo, Khoob Badho', is making all the necessary arrangements for the better training of the players. Special coaches have also been appointed to impart training. Along with increasing the convenience of players in the hostels, the construction of new stadiums is also being done in the state. Parliament’s Monsoon Session from July 19 on usual 11 a.m. time NEW DELHI: After running the previous two sessions with different time slots for both houses due to Covid-19 pandemic, Parliament will return to its usual functioning from 11 a.m. during its Monsoon Session taking place between from July 19 to August 13. Seating arrangements for the Members of Parliament have also been made in the same chamber, unlike during the previous two sessions when a group of MPs were sitting in Lok Sabha and the others in Rajya Sabha. In the previous two sessions, the Rajya Sabha functioned between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Lok Sabha from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the parliamentarians used to sit in both the chambers to avoid the spread of Covid-19 virus. Noting that this will be the sixth session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said that the Monsoon Session will take place from July 19 to August 13 with 19 days of business. The timings of the session Can’t impose compensation to victims as a bail condition: SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has observed a condition of payment of compensation to victims cannot be imposed at the stage of granting bail. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said: "We may hasten to add that we are not saying that no monetary condition can be imposed for grant of bail. We say so as there are cases of offences against property or otherwise but that cannot be a compensation to be deposited and disbursed as if that grant has BHUBANESWAR: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, and prayed for the good health of all. Modi wrote on Twitter: "Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We bow to Lord Jagannath and pray that his blessings bring good health and prosperity in everyone's lives. Jai Jagannath!" Tweeting in Hindi, President Kovind also wished everyone happiness and good health. He said: "I wish that with the blessings of Lord Jagannath, the lives of all the countrymen remain full of body, compensation to the victim should be a methodology for redemption. However, it said: "To prevent unnecessary harassment, compensation has been provided where meaningless criminal proceedings had been started. Such a compensation can hardly be determined at the stage of grant of bail." The bench said the deposit of compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the legal heirs of the deceased, naturally cannot be sustained and has to be logically set aside. will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for both the Houses, he added. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the session will be held in both the Houses of Parliament with all necessary protocols and arrangements are being made to accommodate members on a social distancing basis. Birla said all members and media will be allowed in accordance with Covid-19 rules. "RTPCR test is not mandatory. We will request those who have not undergone vaccination to undergo tests," he said. He said the sitting of the House during the Monsoon Session will start at 11 a.m. According to the health safety protocol, he said that the arrangements have been made for the parliamentarians to sit in the house with social distancing. "As many as 280 members will be able to participate in the proceedings of the house by sitting in the Lok Sabha chamber and 259 in the galleries of the assembly." During the monsoon session, all subjects including Question Hour, Zero Hour, matters falling under Rule 377, government legislative business, and private member's business will be taken up. Birla said that RT-PCR test will not be mandatory for members, media persons, and officials of various ministries who have got Covid vaccination done, and "if there is no vaccination, RTPCR test will have to be done". "As before, the entry of other persons in the Parliament House complex will be restricted." He further mentioned that the tenure of the 17th Lok Sabha so far has been historic in many ways like the work productivity stood at 122 per cent during the five sessions held in the last two years. "Around 167 per cent work productivity of the fourth session is a remarkable achievement. During the five sessions, 114 sittings were held which is more than the 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha." "The special achievement of the 17th Lok Sabha was to provide maximum opportunities to the members to bring to the notice of the government matters of urgent public importance during the Zero Hour. So far 3,389 subjects (on an average 29 subjects per day) were raised during Zero Hour, which is more than the previous Lok Sabha," Birla said. "Timely replies are also being received from the Ministries on the matters raised by the members under Rule 377. About 90 percent of the topics raised so far under this rule have been answered within a time limit of one month. This is also more than the previous Lok Sabhas." The Speaker said that information technology is being used more and more to modernise the day-to-day functioning of the Lok Sabha. "All types of notices are being received from members through electronic means. Parliamentary papers are also being sent to them through the electronic medium." Rs 11,141 cr paid to wheat farmers as MSP in UP in 20-21 NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has said that the government has paid Rs 11,141.28 crore to the farmers as MSP in Uttar Pradesh as the state records highest ever procurement of wheat. It said, 58 per cent more wheat was procured in rabi marketing season (RMS) 2021-22 in Uttar Pradesh as compared to RMS 2020-21. Record 56.41 LMT procurement of wheat has been done during Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22 in Uttar Pradesh as compared to 35.77 LMT wheat procured from 6.64 lakh farmers in RMS 2020-21. Besides, record 66.84 LMT paddy was procured from 10.22 lakh farmers of Uttar Pradesh during KMS 2020-21. During current RMS 2021-22, a record quantity of 56.41 Lakh Metric Tonnes of wheat was procured from 12.98 lakh farmers at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in Uttar Pradesh. This is the highest ever procurement of wheat in the history of the state. A total of Rs 11,141.28 crore has been paid to the farmers as MSP. There is an increase of 58 per cent from RMS 2020-21 during which 35.77 Lakh Metric Tonnes of wheat was procured from 6.64 lakh farmers. Procurement of paddy in Uttar Pradesh has also jumped during Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 itself. A record procurement of 66.84 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy was done from 10.22 lakh farmers of Uttar Pradesh during KMS 2020-21. This is the highest ever procurement of paddy in the history of the state. A total of Rs 12,491.88 crore has been paid to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh as MSP. The current Marketing Season RMS 2021-22 has concluded in most of the wheat procuring states and up to July 8, 2021, a total of 433.32 LMT of wheat has been procured (which is an all time high, as it has exceeded previous high of 389.92 LMT of RMS 2020-21) against the last year corresponding purchase of 387.50 LMT. About 49.16 Lakh farmers have already been benefited from the ongoing RMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs 85,581.02 crore. Paddy procurement in the ongoing season Kharif 2020-21 is also continuing smoothly in the procuring states with purchase of 866.05 LMTs of paddy (includes Kharif crop 707.59 LMT and Rabi crop 158.46 LMT) up to July 8, 2021 against the last year corresponding purchase of 756.80 LMT.