YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS IN INDIA NEED URGENT REVAMP OPINION Rainfall may occur. LIFE IN BIO-BUBBLE WITHOUT PLAYING IS TOUGH: KULDEEP YADAV SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 20 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—77 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Hospitals have become large industries, better close them: SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that hospitals have become large industries thriving on human distress, and it is better they are closed. The top court added state governments can provide better hospitals, instead of permitting private hospitals to operate from small residential buildings. A bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "Hospitals have become large industries now based on human distress and we cannot let them prosper at the cost of lives. Let such hospitals be closed". The bench pulled up the Gujarat government for extending the deadline for hospitals in connection with building use permissions. AT A GLANCE GUJARAT'S NEW ANTI-CONVERSION LAW CHALLENGED IN HC AHMEDABAD: Provisions of a new Gujarat law which penalises forcible or fraudulent religious conversion through marriage has been challenged in the state High Court, where it was mentioned before a division bench on Monday. The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, was notified in the state on June 15. The matter was mentioned before the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Biren Vaishnav for circulation. Allowing the same, the court said it will be listed after two to three days. OVER 2.60 CRORE UNUTILISED COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES AVAILABLE WITH STATES, UTS: CENTRE NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare son Monday said 2,60,12,352 balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states, union territories and private hospitals to be administered. The ministry said that 42,15,43,730 vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far, through all sources. MORE ON PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,144,229 TOTAL DEATHS: 414,141 The bench cited that one patient had recovered from Covid and had to be released the next day, but he died due to fire, and also two nurses were burnt alive. "These are human tragedies which have unfolded before our eyes! Then, we go on extending time for these hospitals," he said. The bench said hospitals have become a real estate industry, and instead of providing succour to patients in distress, it is widely felt they have become money minting machines, which fleece patients. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on his part, submitted before the bench that visualise the impact, if a 10-story building with 4-5 bedded hospital, which was required for Covid treatment now, "HOSPITALS HAVE BECOME LARGE INDUSTRIES NOW BASED ON HUMAN DISTRESS AND WE CANNOT LET THEM PROSPER AT THE COST OF LIVES. LET SUCH HOSPITALS BE CLOSED". doesn't have building use permission. Mehta added, resultantly hospitals were required to be closed and in total 30,000 beds could become unavailable. Justice Chandrachud responded, there is no point in condoning lapses of these nursing homes which are not supposed to be in those buildings in the first place. Justice Shah added if any recommendation is made, you see to it that corrective measure is taken. "Let the state provide those facilities and Covid care centres. We can't have them in these small residential buildings", said the bench. Referring to a government notification that hospitals do not have to adhere to the norms till June 2022, the bench said: "Once a mandamus is there, it cannot be overridden by an executive notification like this! You now give a carte blanche and say hospitals don't have to adhere till 2022 and people will continue dying and be burnt..." The top court strongly condemned a report by a commission THE BENCH SAID HOSPITALS HAVE BECOME A REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY, AND INSTEAD OF PROVIDING SUCCOUR TO PATIENTS IN DISTRESS, IT IS WIDELY FELT THEY HAVE BECOME MONEY MINTING MACHINES, WHICH FLEECE PATIENTS. on the issue of fire safety in hospitals that was filed in a sealed cover. "What is this report in a sealed cover by the commission, etc.? It is not a nuclear secret," said Justice Chandrachud. The top court told the Gujarat government to withdraw the notification giving relaxation to hospitals. IT minister junks reports of Pegasus project NEW DELHI: A day after reports surfaced in the media of alleged snooping on journalists, politicians and other personalities of the country using Pegasus, a spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, while replying on behalf of the government to questions raised by the opposition in the Lok Sabha on Monday, rubbished the reports of espionage. Terming it is an attempt to malign Indian democracy, Vaishnaw said that by logic, the website (The Wire) only tried to create sensation through baseless news reports. If the members pay proper attention to the news, then they themselves will understand this, he said. The Union minister said, "The NSO has also said that the report is false and baseless. Any kind of illegal surveillance is not possible in our system. This media report coming a day before Parliament session is not a coincidence." He also slammed reports about the government's use of Israeli spyware Pegasus to spy on opposition leaders, journalists and others, including its own ministers. He said that in the past, similar claims were made regarding the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp, which had no factual basis and were denied by all parties. He insisted that no form of illegal surveillance is possible with checks and balances given India's laws and its robust institutions. "In India, there's a wellestablished procedure through which lawful interception of electronic communication is carried out for the purpose of national security. WORLD In December last year, the court had directed the Centre to submit data from all states on fire safety audits carried out in hospitals. The court noted that although different states and union territories have taken measures and conducted inspections, further audits were required and asked the state government to constitute a committee to carry out a fire audit of each Covid hospital at least once in a month, in each district. The bench listed the matter for further hearing after two weeks. The Court was hearing a suo motu case concerning fire tragedies in Covid-19 hospitals across the country following incidents in Rajkot and Ahmedabad. MORE ON PG 7 CM mulls fruit garden in Assembly campus SANJAY SAHAY CONGRESS DEMANDS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION NEW DELHI: Congress party on Monday demanded an independent probe into the alleged illegal surveillance of journalists using Pegasus spyware and sought the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. While addressing the press conference, Congress leader and LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge alleged, "The Prime Minister and Home Minister are involved in snooping on Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, journalists and even Union ministers.” With checks and balances in place, illegal surveillance is not possible," he said. The minister clarified that requests for lawful interceptions of electronic communication are made as per the relevant rules under Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Each case of interception is approved by the competent authority. The minister was making a statement on the Pegasus project reports published in The Wire, which showed that over 300 phone numbers including those of two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, among others, - could have been targetted for hacking using the Pegasus spyware. TOTAL CASES: 191,372,142 MINISTERS VAISHNAW, PRAHLAD PATEL, IRANI'S FORMER OSD ON POTENTIAL PEGASUS TARGETS TOTAL DEATHS: 4,108,615 PAGE 3 CM Hemant Soren plants a sapling at Vidhan Sabha premises on Monday. PM: Some can’t digest Dalits, women, SC/ST as ministers NEW DELHI: Due to the ruckus created by opposition parties in both houses of parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not introduce his recently inducted Council of Ministers on Monday but he launched scathing attack on opposition memmbers and alleged that some people can't digest Dalits, Women, SC/ST and OBC made ministers. "I thought that there would be enthusiasm in the Parliament as so many women, Dalits, tribals have become Ministers. This time our colleagues from agricultural and rural background, OBC community, have been given a berth in Council of Ministers," the Prime Minister said while he introduced his new Ministers in the lower House. Taking congnisance of huge pandemonium created by the Opposition on different issues, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House for the day. The parliamentarians from Congress, Trinamool Congress were among other Opposition leaders who started sloganeering against the government and trooped near the Speaker's podium after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media as it rains on the first day of the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. Union Ministers Dr. Jitendra Singh and Arjun Ram Meghwal are also seen. ANI Prime Minister started introducing his ministers. Earlier, Defence Minister and Deputy Leader of the House Rajnath Singh raised an objection against the Opposition uproar while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was introducing his Council of Ministers in the House. However, Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till 2 p.m. amid continuous uproar. Several Trinamool Congress MPs cycled to Parliament on Monday to protest against the rise in prices of fuel and other commodities before the House assembled at 11 a.m. RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Monday proposed that a huge fruit garden may be developed in the Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha premises, adding it would make the institution one of its kind in the country. While speaking during the 72nd Van Mahotsav at the Vidhan Sabha premises, the CM said, "Since the Vidhan Sabha is spread over a plot of 50 acres there is scope for developing a big garden for fruit trees in its premises. The garden would generate resources for the institution. The Vidhan Sabha would become the first institution of its kind in the country to fund its maintenance through its own fruit garden." The CM further said that the development process has led to the exploitation of natural resources several times, adding that it is leading to forest fire, drying up of rivers, flooding, storms, unseasonal rains and several other forms of natural disasters. He said that the exploitation of natural resources has started giving signals, which are dangerous for life. He said that harmony between nature and human life is necessary. The CM stated that presently numerous seminars and discussions are being organized on environment protection. He stated Jharkhand is gifted with forest, rivers, and scenic places adding that the state is also known for it rich minerals resources. The records of past decades have proved that people have not been able to protect nature at the requisite level, the CM mentioned. There has been large scale cutting of trees in the name of building infrastructure, he said. Soren advised that people should gift each other with saplings instead of bouquets adding the sapling should be nurtured by the receiver. He opined that if everyone saves one tree then overall the society could make an important contribution towards environmental protection. MORE ON PG 3 FY22 YOY CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT EXPECTED TO WIDEN: REPORT BUSINESS Indians searched more on immunity, e-learning during pandemic DIGITAL ADOPTION WITH PEOPLE SPENDING SIGNIFICANT TIME ON THEIR PC, PHONES, AND TABLETS INCREASED BENGALURU: There has been a massive increase in searches related to physical fitness, financial investments, entertainment, e-learning searches in the last one year as people continued to shelter at place and work from home due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, revealed a report on Monday. The InMobi report, titled Search in India-2021 Trends Report, showcased insights on the shift in netizens' online behaviour and their search preferences from the data analysed between April 2020 and June 2021. During this period, there was a 125 per cent increase in immunity related searches, while home-fitness related searches like online dance and home gym saw 28 times and 14 times increase respectively. Investment preference shifted from physical assets to financial instruments in the past year and an increased preference for using digital channels was seen. Asset management-related searches increased by 13 times while those related to digital payments continued to grow at 12 per cent. "In the last few years, digital content consumption has increased manifold. The pandemic has further accelerated digital adoption with people spending significant time on their PC, phones, and tablet screens. These behavioural changes have opened up newer avenues for search advertising and it will perhaps be one of the most effective mediums for brands to reach out to the right audience," said Rohit Dosi, Director, Microsoft Advertising at InMobi, in a statement. Further, staying at home led to a spike in the demand for hyperlocal delivery services. Searches related to cake delivery soared 15 times as people celebrated more at home. With theatres shut, concerts suspended, and people working remotely from their homes, there has also been a massive increase in search volume for entertainment and music content. The keyword 'most popular Netflix series' was searched 28 Investment preference shifted from physical assets to financial instruments in the past year and an increased preference for using digital channels was seen. Asset managementrelated searches increased by 13 times while those related to digital payments continued to grow at 12 per cent. times more, while 'cricket live score' witnessed 381 times increase. Online games related searches saw a 52 per cent rise. In addition, searches for education and e-learning related content also saw a massive spike. There has been a 367 per cent increase in searches related to 'learning online', while a 103 per cent increase in those related to 'training'. "The massive shift in an individual's online browsing and searching pattern has paved the way for brands looking to invest in search advertising. There has been a steady growth of search as a digital medium across PC and Mobile in India with approximately 25 per cent of digital media spends accounting for search advertising. While some brands have already started leveraging this medium to achieve their larger business goals, others can leverage search advertising to create a smarter customer journey to reach the right audience, with the right message," Dosi said.