YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C BANK CREDIT DEPLOYMENT NOT ENOUGH FOR ECONOMY REVIVAL OPINION Rainfall may occur. TOKYO OLYMPICS: IOC ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR MEDAL CEREMONY SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 16 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—73 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) SUPREME COURT ON SEDITION LAW ‘Why keep colonial law used to silence Gandhi, Tilak?’ NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the Centre on the utility of having a sedition law even after 75 years of gaining independence from the British, and also frowned on the misuse of law by the police against people. A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said: “It is a colonial law used by the British to silence Mahatma Gandhi, (Bal Gangadhar) Tilak. Still, it is necessary after 75 years of independence?” “I am indicating what I am thinking,” the Chief Justice told Attorney General K.K. Venugopal AT A GLANCE IMA OPPOSES AYUSH TRAINING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS NEW DELHI: Indian Medical Association (IMA) has raised objection to the provision of including the AYUSH into the modern medical system during the training of medical students, saying “it is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy”. In a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC), the IMA said, “It is not prudent for an Intern trained in modern medicine to partake and practice a system of medicine which he has not learned in under graduation with knowhow and show-how paradigms.” CBSE TO OPEN PORTAL FOR CLASS 11, 12 MARKS MODERATION TODAY NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed that tabulation portal for the moderation of Class 11 and 12 marks will be opened from July 16. The board in a letter to affiliated schools said the portal will be closed on July 22 for declaration of results by July 31. MORE ON PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,007,870 TOTAL DEATHS: 412,204 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 189,383,935 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,077,612 Citing the example of continued usage of Section 66A of IT Act, which was quashed, but abused to arrest thousands for airing their views, the top court pointed out that sedition law (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code) is also not immune to misuse by police to fix persons who speak against the government. “It is like you give a saw to carpenter and he will cut entire forest. This is the impact of this law,” the Chief Justice said. He noted that police officers in a village can invoke the sedition law, and all these issues are required to be examined. “My concern is the misuse of law. There is no accountability of executing agencies. I will look into it,” he said. “The government has already taken out several stale laws, why don’t you look into this,” the CJI told Venugopal, adding that “everybody is a little scared when this section is invoked”. The AG replied that he completely understands the concern of the top court and submitted the court can lay down fresh guidelines to restrict the use of the sedition provision only for protection of nation and democratic institutions. The Chief Justice said the situation on the ground is grave, and if one party does not like what the other is saying, Section 124A is used. “It is a serious threat to the functioning of individuals and parties,” he added. As this, the AG reiterated that the top court can lay down the parameters on the usage of the law, instead of taking out the entire law. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that once the Centre files its counter affidavit on the PIL by Maj Gen S.G. Vombatkere (retd), the court’s task will be easier. On the AG’s request, the Chief Justice said pending petitions challenging the validity of sedition law will be tagged together and issued notice to Centre on Vombatkere’s petition. He pointed that Vombatkere had served the country for very long and the petition cannot be termed motivated. The bench, which also comprised Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, also pointed out that if one examines the history of use of Section 124A, it will be apparent that the conviction rate is very low. The top court observations came on plea by Mysuru-based Vombatkere’s plea challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124A which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 32 workers, 5 kids freed after CM intervention MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Anita Marandi, a resident of the Dumka district in Jharkhand thanked Chief Minister Hemant Soren for listening to her plea when she and other migrant workers found themselves in a problematic situation in Kerala. She expressed her gratitude and happiness for being rescued and decided against going to other states for work. Like Anita, 32 other migrants and their five children, hailing from Dumka are happy and free. Due to the spontaneous action taken by Chief Minister Hemant Soren and minister Champai Soren, they were freed from a life full of suppression. A joint initiative by the labour department’s state migrant control room and PHIA Foundation helped rescue 32 workers of Jharkhand and their five children from Kerala. They reached the Dhanbad railway station on Thursday morning, safe and sound. From the station, they are being taken to Dumka through a special bus, where they would undergo a Covid19 test before being taken to their respective hometowns. The freed workers had gone to Kerala from Dumka in June 2021. On reaching Kerala, they were sent to work in a tea garden in Idukki (New Woodlands) of Kerala. The workers were kept in a small room. The original Aadhar cards of these workers were seized and Rs 1,000 in the name of their travel expenditure was also reclaimed from them. The workers were promised jobs in the cardamom plantations of Kerala, but they were forced to work in the tea garden. The workers were promised a daily wage of Rs. 400 per person. But due to the difficult geographical location, the workers were not ready to work there. While working, the workers were shifted to the Peermed Bethel Plantation, Idukki on behalf of the company. The workers were told that if they want to go back, they can take their aadhar card after paying an amount of Rs 2,20,000 to cover travel expenses. Apart from this, the bus driver there also demanded Rs 6000 per person as fare. On learning about the matter, the CM and minister Champai Soren ordered the state control room to rescue stranded workers. After this, a rescue mission was launched by the labour department and the PHIA Foundation. The control room leveraged video conferencing to retrieve information on the status of these workers. The team put together by the state to address this issue was extremely proactive. Food was arranged for them immediately after their place of residence was discovered. The Dumka deputy commissioner appointed an officer at the district level after talking to the collector at Idukki. Dumka district administration and the state control room constituted a team in Kerala in which officials from CMID Ernakulam, Rural Development Department and officials of India Care were also roped in. On Thursday all the stranded workers were brought back to Jharkhand by train. Aadhar Card and other necessary documents of the workers which were seized by the contractor have been recovered with support from the local police. The investigation revealed that the contractor, from Jharkhand, duped these workers. Further action will be taken against the identified offenders. PM IN KASHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi planting a sapling at the inauguration of the International Cooperation and Convention Centre—Rudraksh, in Varanasi on Thursday. KASHI EMERGING AS ONE OF BIGGEST MEDICAL HUBS OF PURVANCHAL: PM VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Kashi is emerging as one of the biggest medical hubs of Purvanchal, with facilities being made available for the treatment of those diseases for which people had to go to Delhi and Mumbai earlier. PM Modi said, “Kashi is becoming one of the largest medical hubs of Purvanchal. Today facilities are being made available in Kashi too for diseases for the treatment of which one had to go to Delhi and Mumbai earlier.” ANI NHRC criticises Bengal govt for post poll violence KOLKATA: In its final report submitted to the Calcutta High Court, the National Human Rights Commission said that “The situation in the state of West Bengal is a manifestation of ‘Law of Ruler’, instead of ‘Rule of Law’.” The commission also made it clear that the violent incidents in the state reflect the appalling apathy of the state government towards the plight of victims. In the 50-page report submitted to the court the NHRC said, “The spatio-temporal expanse of violent incidents in the state of West Bengal reflects the appalling apathy of the state government towards the THERE IS PALPABLE plight of victims. FEAR AMONG VICTIMS This was retAGAINST POLICE AND ributive violence GOONS OF THE RULby supporters of ING PARTY. MANY DISthe ruling party PLACED PERSONS against supportHAVE NOT YET BEEN ers of the main ABLE TO RETURN TO opposition party. THEIR HOMES AND It resulted in RESUME THEIR NORdisruption of life MAL LIFE AND LIVELIand livelihood of HOOD. THERE HAVE thousands of BEEN SEVERAL SEXUpeople and their AL OFFENCES BUT VICeconomic stranTIMS ARE SCARED. gulation. The local police has been grossly derelict, if not complicit, in this violence.” “To compound the problem, violence and intimidation has continued. There is palpable fear among victims against Police and goons of the ruling party. Many displaced persons have not yet been able to return to their homes and resume their normal life and livelihood. There have been several sexual offences but victims are scared to speak out. Loss of faith in state administration among victims is very evident,” the report mentioned. MORE ON PG 7 Pant, Dayanand test COVID-19 positive; Saha and bowling coach Arun self-isolating IND VS ENG DURHAM: Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant nears completion of his self-quarantine period while training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani has tested positive for COVID-19, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday. Team India (Senior Men) were on a three-week break after the conclusion of the ICC World Test Championship final held in Southampton against New Zealand. “Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and Rishabh Pant Dayanand Garani currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI Medical Team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests,” stated an official BCCI release. The BCCI Medical Team have identified B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was in the team hotel when he tested positive following RT-PCR tests on July 14. The four personnel will undergo 10-day isolation and will remain in their respective rooms in the team hotel in London. The entire Indian contingent including travelling family members and caretakers were administered the second dose of the COVID vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis. Team India will begin their preparations for the upcoming five-match Test series against England with a three-day warm-up game at Emirates Riverside against County XI starting on Tuesday. ‘EARLY STAGES’ OF COVID’S THIRD WAVE, WARNS WHO CHIEF GENEVA: The world is now in the early stages of a third wave, amid rising cases of Covid’s Delta variant, World Health Organisation Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. The spread of the Delta variant, along with increased social mobility and the inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both case numbers and deaths, he said at the 8th meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Wednesday. “And after 10 weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again. The virus continues to evolve, resulting in more transmissible variants. Unfortunately, we are now in the early stages of a third wave,” Ghebreyesus said. “The Delta variant is now in more than 111 countries and we expect it to soon be the dominant Covid-19 strain circulating worldwide, if it isn’t already,” he added. At the same time, there is “shocking disparity” in the global distribution of vaccines, and unequal access to life-saving tools, he lamented. Many countries still have not received any vaccines, and most have not received enough. Covax, the international vaccine-sharing initiative -- led by the WHO) and other international organisations -- has shipped just over 100 million doses, so far. Ghebreyesus stated that inequity has created a two-track pandemic -- namely, one track for countries with the greatest access to vaccines, who are lifting restrictions and reopening their societies, and a second track for those without vaccine access who are left “at the mercy of the Beneficiaries wait to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Shri Krishna Memorial Hall, in Patna on Thursday. ANI virus”. He reiterated WHO’s appeal for a massive push to vaccinate at least 10 per cent of the population of every country by September, at least 40 percent by the end of 2021, and at least 70 per cent by mid-2022. Emphasising that vaccines alone will not stop the pandemic, he also called upon countries to persist with a “tailored and consistent approach”. This includes using the full array of public health and social measures, and a comprehensive risk management approach to mass gatherings. “So many countries around the world have shown that this virus can be stopped and contained with these measures,” he stressed. The global health agency is also reviewing options to digitalise the International Certificate for Vaccination and Prophylaxis, THE SPREAD OF THE DELTA VARIANT, ALONG WITH INCREASED SOCIAL MOBILITY AND THE INCONSISTENT USE OF PROVEN PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES, IS DRIVING AN INCREASE IN BOTH CASE NUMBERS AND DEATHS, HE SAID AT THE 8TH MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY. to support a harmonised approach for recording vaccination status. Meanwhile, India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the landmark of 39 crore that includes 34,97,058 shots administered across the country in the past 24 hours. Cumulatively, 39,13,40,491 vaccine doses have been administered through 49,41,567 sessions, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) citing the provisional report received till 7 a.m. on Thursday. In the ongoing massive vaccination coverage, 1,02,59,902 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) have been so far administered first dose of the anti-Covid jabs and 74,67,814 of them have been provided second dose. A total of 1,77,49,670 Frontline Workers (FLWs) have received first dose of the vaccine and 1,01,08,761 have been administered the second dose. The vaccination exercise, which is claimed to be world’s largest drive, has so far covered 11,80,17,979 people aged between 18-44 who have got their first dose and 42,03,947 have received their second dose.