YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C GOVT STAND ON SEDITION LAW HAS NOT CHANGED OVER THE DECADES OPINION Rainfall may occur. DON'T LET AMARINDER SINGH DOWN, SAY 10 PUNJAB LEGISLATORS NATION Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 19 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 65 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT BEGINS TODAY AT A GLANCE Adhir Chowdhury to stay as floor leader of Congress in Lok Sabha CONGRESS’ PARLIAMENTARY HIERARCHY RECONSTITUTED MI NEWS SERVICE INDIA'S COVID VACCINATION COVERAGE CROSSES 40 CR NEW DELHI: India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the landmark of 40 crores, including 51,01,567 jabs administered in the last 24 hours. Cumulatively, 40,49,31,715 vaccine doses were administered through 50,46,387 sessions, reveals the provisional report of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) received till 7 a.m. on Sunday. AS MUMBAI SLEPT, RAIN FURY KILLS 33, HITS ROAD, RAIL, AIR TRAFFIC MUMBAI: At least 33 people were killed in different incidents as rain fury rocked Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region since midnight, hitting road, rail and air traffic for several hours, the BMC Disaster Control said here on Sunday. As Mumbai snoozed peacefully, the skies suddenly opened up with thunder, lightning and heavy cloudburst-like rains measuring between 197 mm to over 235 mm in some areas, as per the IMD Mumbai. The incessant downpour lasting 4-5 hours resulted in heavy waterlogging in many lowlying areas of Mumbai and MMR, besides crippling road. CORRECTION AND CLARIFICATION In the news report ‘Union Health Ministry recommends Tuberculosis screening for all COVID-19 positive patients’ dated July 18 on Page 5, photograph of former health minister Dr Harshvardhan was inadvertently used. The error is regretted. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,106,065 TOTAL DEATHS: 413,640 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 190,923,871 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,101,639 A man cuts the grass through a lawnmower outside Parliament house, ahead of the Monsoon Session, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI 31 Bills to be taken up in House NEW DELHI: As many as 31 Bills, including two related to finance, are likely to be taken up by the Centre during the Monsoon Session of Parliament that will commence from Monday. Of these, the government has proposed to bring 29 Bills, including six on Ordinances which were passed after the Budget Session, and two legislations related to finance during this session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informed during an all-party meeting held on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired the all-party meeting in Parliament premises, sought cooperation of all parties in the smooth conduct of Business and passage of these legislations, said Joshi. Quoting the Prime Minister as saying, Joshi informed that he stressed for healthy and meaningful discussion in the 19-day Business of the Monsoon Session beginning. Emphasising that the Parliamentarians should try to make PM Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and Pralhad Joshi during an all-party meeting, on the eve of the commencement of the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI it a peaceful session, the Prime Minister said that all issues should be discussed democratically and that all parties cooperate in running the House. "The Prime Minister also assured that the government is ready to discuss on each issue under process," Joshi added. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva among others attended the all-party meeting. NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi reconstituted the party's parliamentary hierarchy in both houses, "to facilitate and ensure the effective functioning". In a directive, the Congress interim chief informed that party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will be the leader of the party in Lok Sabha and Gaurav Gogoi will be his deputy. Congress also informed that K Suresh will be chief whip and Ravneet Singh Bittu and Manickam Tagore will be whips of the party in the lower house. Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Dr Shashi Tharoor will also be part of the group. For Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge will be the leader on the floor with Anand Sharma his deputy. Party appointed Jairam Ramesh as the Chief Whip in Upper House, along with Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh and KC Venugopal as the members of the group. "As chairperson of the CPP, I have decided to reconstitute the following groups to facilitate and ensure the effective functioning of our party in both Houses of Parliament. These groups will meet daily during the session and can meet during the inter-session periods as well where Parliament issues are concerned," the directive stated. "Joint meetings of these groups can be convened as and when needed. Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader Rajya Sabha shall be the convener of the joint meetings," she added. MORE ON PG 7 NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Ahead of Parliament's monsoon session beginning July 19, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has reconstituted the party's Parliament groups for both houses for effective functioning of the party. Putting all speculation to rest, Sonia Gandhi has let Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stay as leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. Sonia Gandhi, as Chairman of the Congress Parliamentary Party, on July 15 issued a letter which said, "I have decided to reconstitute the following groups to facilitate and ensure effective functioning of our party in both houses of Parliament." In the Lok Sabha, the group has Adhir Ranjan Choudhury, Gaurav Gogoi, Manish Tewari, K. Suresh, Manickam Tagore, Shashi Tharoor and Ravneet Bittu. In the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Ambika Soni, Digvijaya Singh, P. Chidambaram and K.C. Venugopal will lead the charge against the government. The letter says they will meet regularly during the session and afterwards whenever required, and Kharge has been authorised to convene joint meetings. The Congress has decided to raise issues of inflation, fuel price hike, COVID mismanagement, and the border issue with China in the upcoming Monsoon session. The party strategy group for Parliament, chaired by HOW CURRENT SNOOPING RULES ARE DIFFERENT FROM 2009 ORDER PAGE 7 Bengal fishermen net CANNES FILM FESTIVAL year’s first Hilsa haul Mumbai filmmaker wins Best Docu Award MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Fishermen in Bengal's South 24 Parganas district have netted this year's first Hilsa haul of around 400 kg in the last two days, an office-bearer of a fishermen's organisation said on Sunday. Some trawlers from Kakdwip, the largest fishing hub in the State, have netted the haul. "Of the 200-250 trawlers venturing into the mouth of Hooghly River, eight-nine netted around 50 kg fish each," Bijan Maity, general secretary of Kakdwip Matsya Unnayan Samity, the apex body of fishermen and trawler owners in the area, said. Noting that this time of the year is conducive to catch Hilsa as the fish swims into the river from the sea to lay eggs, Maity said most of the caught fish weighed between 650-800 gm, while some were heavier than 1 kg. Maity said fish shorter than 23 cm or weighing below 600 gm are released into the water. "We hope that yield will increase in the next few days due to conducive weather conditions," he said. Maity said that the number of trawlers venturing into the sea to catch Hilsa has dipped by 50 per cent, from around 5,000 in 201819 to 2,500 in 2020-21. "The Hilsa haul has come down drastically due to several factors like climate change, frequent cyclones and pollution," he said. The diesel price rise has also increased the monthly cost of operating a trawler from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh, Maity said, adding not many are able to recover the costs due to lesser yield. Besides registration, every trawler must have a remotesensing distress device connected with the Coast Guard, and can have a maximum of 17-18 fishermen on board. Senior TMC leader from Kakdwip, Manturam Pakhira, said that many small trawlers catch small Hilsa, an act prohibited by both the Centre and the State government, and fishermen are being sensitised to discontinue the practice to conserve the fish. "This is a challenge as over 40 per cent of the inhabitants of Kakdwip depend on fishing in some way or the other," he added. CANNES: Mumbai-based filmmaker Payal Kapadia has bagged the Oeil d'or (Golden Eye) award for Best Documentary for her film "A Night of Knowing Nothing" at Cannes Film Festival. "A Night of Knowing Nothing" has emerged the winner in a list of 28 documentaries submitted from around the world. The announcement was made through the Twitter account of Cannes Independent movie selection handle Quinzaine Des Real on Saturday. The tweet read: "The Oeil d'Or, the award for best documentary presented at the Cannes Film Festival all sections combined, goes to A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTH- ING by Payal Kapadia, a film selected at the Directors' Fortnight. Our warmest congratulations to Payal Kapadia and the entire film crew!" The five-member jury was headed by American documentary producer Ezra Edelman. Other names in the jury were French filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli, French actor Deborah Francois, Franco-American film critic Iris Brey and Orwa Nyrabia, artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) Amsterdam. 1ST ODI: INDIA BEATS SRI LANKA BY 7 WICKETS COLOMBO: Riding high on skipper Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten xx runs in xx balls, India beat Sri Lanka by xx wickets here on Sunday. The guest team outplayed the hosts in all feilds. Earlier, the Sri lankan side while batting first set a target of 262 runs, which India crossed in 36.4 overs while seven batsmen remained to bat. With this India's stand-in white-ball captain Shikhar Dhawan brought up 6000 ODI runs on Sunday. As a result, he is now the 10th Indian batsman to do so in the 50-over format. He achieved the feat in the ongoing first ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka here at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag are the other nine batsmen who have scored more than 6000 runs in the ODI format. India kept on taking wickets at regular intervals, but Chamika Karunaratne's unbeaten 43-run knock helped Sri Lanka post 262/9 in the first ODI of the three-match series here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. For India, Kuldeep Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahar returned with two wickets each. Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a steady start as openers Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka put on 49 runs inside the first nine overs. However, the introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal paid off India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during first ODI match against Sri Lanka, at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. ANI straight away in the 10th over as the leg-spinner dismissed Fernando (32). Bhanuka Rajapaksa then joined Minod in the middle and the duo put on 36 runs for the second wicket, but this stand was cut short in the 17th over as Kuldeep Yadav sent Rajapaksa (24) back to the pavilion. In the very same over, Kuldeep had Minod (27) caught at the first slip and as a result, Sri Lanka was reduced to 89/3. Dhananjaya de Silva (14) disappointed with the bat as he went in for an inside-out shot over the covers, but he only managed to hand a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the bowling of Krunal Pandya, and Sri Lanka was left in a spot of bother at 117/4. Skipper Shanaka and Charith party chief Sonia Gandhi, met on Wednesday evening and the party is of the view that it should raise the Rafale issue after the recent development in France, where a probe in alleged kickbacks has been initiated. Coordination with other opposition parties has been entrusted to Rajya Sabha leader Mallikarjun Kharge as the party wants joint opposition strategy in the House to corner the government. Congress leader P. Chidambaram, addressing the media had said on Tuesday: "Congress party will raise the issue of high inflation in the forthcoming session of Parliament and demand a full discussion on the subject as well as substantial relief for the people of India." Meanwhile, TMC MP Derek O'Brien took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he was present in the all-party meeting held on Sunday for less than 10 minutes, reacting to which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said that it was Modi who pioneered attending the meet as PM since 2014. Modi in a Twitter post said that he attended the all-party meeting. Asalanka then got together at the crease and both batters moved the scoreboard slowly and steadily. However, the 49run stand between these two batters was ended by Deepak Chahar in the 38th over as he dismissed Asalanka (38), reducing Sri Lanka to 166/5. Shanaka played a knock of 39 runs, but India bowlers managed to keep the run-scoring in check and as a result, the hosts were restricted under the 265run mark. In the final overs, Dushmantha Chameera (13) and Chamika Karunaratne (43*) hit some valuable big shots to give Sri Lanka a competitive score in the match. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 262/9 (Chamika Karunaratne 43*, Dasun Shanaka 39, Kuldeep Yadav 2-48) vs India. SENIOR CITIZEN FALLS FROM ROOF, DIES KOLKATA: An old woman died after falling from the roof at Golf Green. According to the police, it seems that she has committed suicide. However, the police suspect that there may be other causes of death. Golf Green police have launched an investigation into the incident. The incident happened on Sunday morning on Russa Road at Golf Green. The deceased was identified as Binita Mukherjee (72). Neighbours said the old woman's son and son's wife live in Lucknow. As a result, the old woman lived alone. Neighbours heard of something falling at around 10:30 am on Sunday. They came out and saw the old woman lying on the road in a pool of blood. Police were immediately informed. When the police came and took the body to the hospital, doctors declared the old woman brought dead. The body has been sent for autopsy, police said. Only when the report is received will the real cause of death be ascertained. Initially, it seems that the old woman may have been suffering from depression due to loneliness. However, the police were confused when they saw her body lying on the road. It is being investigated to determine if anyone has pushed her from the roof. Police are also investigating whether anyone entered the old woman's house. Police are talking to neighbours also. The old woman's son has also been contacted.