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. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 19 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—76 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT BEGINS TODAY AT A GLANCE BJP ups ante against ‘News Click’ after ED probe CONGRESS’ PARLIAMENTARY HIERARCHY RECONSTITUTED 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: After Enforcement Directorate probe into Newsclick's funding revealed alleged 'violation' of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms and its connection with China, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Sunday accused the media portal of defaming India and spreading foreign propaganda in the country using foreign funding. Addressing a press conference here, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the motive of some portals, which run under the cover of media, is to create unrest in the country. He said there is an international conspiracy in the form of an international toolkit with an objective to spread anti-India propaganda. "'Newsclick' is a portal, which tries to portray itself as a media house. It received crores of rupees from abroad in a suspicious manner with a motive to portray India's system and government as a failed one and spread foreign propaganda in India," Patra said. "The motive of some socalled activists and portals which run the portal under the cover of media, some foreign forces, and some mainstream politicians, is to create unrest, confusion, and chaos in the country. They work very strategically and in incoordination. This is a part of the international toolkit. It would not be wrong to point out that apart from a domes- HOW CURRENT SNOOPING RULES ARE DIFFERENT FROM 2009 ORDER PAGE 7 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL COVID-19: After U’khand, UP, Delhi too cancels Kanwar Yatra Mumbai filmmaker NEW DELHI: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has cancelled Kanwar Yatra in the national capital. According to the order by the DDMA today, it read, "Whereas upcoming Kanwar Yatra-2021, will commence from July 25, 2021, and in spite of being banned/ suspended by Uttarakhand Government, there is an apprehension of gatherings/ congregations processions during Kanwar Yatra-2021, therefore, in view of persisting COVID-19 situation, it is decided that Kanwar Yatra2021 should not be permitted in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in the territory of NCT of Delhi." Earlier, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh governments decided to call off the Kanwar Yatra in view of COVID-19. Exercise powers conferred under section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Chairperson, State Executive Committee, DDMA directed that no celebrations, processions, gatherings shall be allowed during the forthcoming Kanwar Yatra-2021 starting from July 25, 2021, in the national capital. All District Magistrates of Delhi and their counterpart District Deputy Commissioners of Police and all other authorities concerned shall ensure strict compliance of this order and adequately inform and sensitise the field functionaries about these instructions for strict compliance, in letter and spirit, informed the DDMA order. The Kanwar Yatra, in which Shiva devotees from northern states travel on foot or by other means to collect water from River Ganga at Haridwar, Uttarakhand, to offer at Shiva temples in their areas, was set to begin from July 25. wins Best Docu Award 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 tic toolkit there is an existence of an international conspiracy in the form of an international toolkit," he said. The Enforcement Directorate probe into money laundering case against media portal Newsclick has said that the company allegedly laundered funds up to Rs 9.59 crore in FDI "at artificially enhanced prices" in violation of the foreign direct investment norms for the news media outlets which also require that CEO of the company would have to be an Indian citizen and that all foreign employees working for more than 60 days would need a security clearance. The BJP leader said that India's vaccination policy was criticised by some portals and organisations through foreign funding. "All over the world, our vaccine policy was appreciated, the vaccine friendship was appreciated. Some people, some organisations and some portals have tried to defame our country and our vaccine policy. This was happening through foreign funding," he said. 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. NORTH INDIA LIKELY TO WITNESS INTENSE RAINFALL JULY 18-21: IMD NEW DELHI: Northern India is likely to witness intense rainfall activity between Sunday to Wednesday (July 21), and the west coast till July 23, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Sunday. It has also predicted moderate to severe thunderstorms with lightning at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and east Rajasthan during the next 24 hours, and warned of casualties to people and animals staying outdoors. "Rainfall activity is very likely to increase with widespread rainfall to isolated heavy to very heavy rains very likely over the western Himalayan region (Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) and adjoining northwest India -- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and north Madhya Pradesh -- from July 18 to 21," the IMD said in a statement. However, there will be a decrease in rainfall activity over the same regions thereafter, it said. Isolated extreme heavy rainfall is also very likely over Uttarakhand between July 18 and July 19.