YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 22 C UGLY SIDE OF IMRAN KHAN-LED PTI CAKEWALK IN ‘AZAD’ KASHMIR POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 28 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—73 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) INDIA RECORDS LESS THAN 30,000 FRESH COVID-19 CASES IN OVER THREE MONTHS NEW DELHI: India recorded less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after 132 days while its active caseload fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days on Tuesday, according to Union health ministry data As many as 29,689 new coronavirus infections took the country's tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,40,951 while 415 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,21,382, the data updated at 8 am showed The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,21,469, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, it said The number of active cases dropped to?3,98,100 and comprises 1.27 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 97.39 per cent, it stated The number of active cases fell by 13,089?in a span of 24 hours As many as 17,20,110 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Monday, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,440,951 TOTAL DEATHS: 421,414 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 195,585,809 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,187,559 CM Mamata meets PM Modi; demands more vaccines and medicines MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what she called a courtesy meeting. This is the first official meeting between Prime Minister and Banerjee in the national capital after she became chief minister of West Bengal for the third time after stunning victory in assembly polls. The meeting, held at Prime Minister's residence, lasted for around 45 minutes. It is learnt that during the meeting, Banerjee discussed Covid situation in the state and demanded more vaccines and medicines for the state. After meeting with the Prime Minister, Banerjee said, "It was a courtesy Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday meeting. I told the Prime Minister about need of more vaccines and medicines in the West Bengal. I also raised the pending issue of change of the name of the state on which the Prime Minister said he will see." In July, 2018, West Bengal assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the state to Bangla. Banerjee also discussed several different projects of the state and tax issues. On issue of her meeting with the opposition leaders, Banerjee said, "Many parties and their leaders are old friends. I am meeting them." Banerjee also said that she will be meeting Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. "On Wednesday, I am meeting Sonia Gandhi. She has invited me for tea," she said. On her plan to bringing all opposition parties on one platform, She said, "Though the Lok Sabha polls are far away, we must have to start planning in advance. Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tripura. Our people were arrested in Tripura." Earlier she met Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath. Banerjee's meeting with opposition leaders is being seen as an attempt to bring all the opposition parties together before 2024 Lok Sabha polls. She is also likely to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi on a five-day visit. Mamata Banerjee to meet Sonia Gandhi today MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in the national capital for the first time since her victory in the assembly elections, is likely to meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. The meeting will take place around 4:30 pm at Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath. Banerjee landed in Delhi on Monday. Earlier today, she met Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Sharma said, "Mamata Banerjee and I have close ties as we have worked together for years. I appreciate her for how she fought the recent polls and won. She has come to Delhi for the first time after victory, so I came and had tea with her." Last week, Banerjee had said she will meet President Maoists inducting kids, giving military training, says Centre NEW DELHI: The CPI (Maoist) are inducting children in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh and using them for cooking, carrying daily use materials apart from giving them military training, the government told Parliament on Tuesday. In a written reply to parliamentarian Vishnu Dayal Ram, Minister of States (Home Affairs) Nityanand Rai said that there have been some reports of CPI (Maoist) inducting children into the organisation in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He said that they are using them for cooking, carrying daily use materials and collecting information on the movement of security forces. "They are also imparted military training," the minister said. Replying to a question whether the Government SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE KRUNAL PANDYA TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, 2ND T20I POSTPONED has implemented any scheme or programme for the rehabilitation of such children, he said as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, subjects of police and public order are with the state governments. "Therefore, state governments take legal action in such matters," he said. He said that as far as the Central government is concerned, it has enacted the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act) for children in distress situations including children in conflict with law (CCL) and children in need of care and protection (CNCP). As per provisions of the JJ Act, a child who is a victim of or affected by any armed conflict, civil unrest or natural calamity, is included as a "child in need of care and protection", among others. Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and leaders of Opposition parties during her two to three day stay in Delhi. Briefing media persons, West Bengal Chief Minister had said, "I will go to Delhi during the Parliament session and meet some leaders there. I will meet the President and the Prime Minister if given an appointment." Banerjee's visit during the ongoing Parliament's Monsoon session holds significance as the Opposition is cornering the BJP-led NDA government on a range of issues including price rise, increasing cost of diesel and petrol, and issues related to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a standoff between the Centre and Opposition parties over several key issues including the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy and scrapping of farm laws. Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma meet ‘Didi’ A day after West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee reached the national capital, she met Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Tuesday. Apart from Nath, Congress leader Anand Sharma also met West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee in Delhi. Speaking to the media after meeting Banerjee, Sharma said, "Mamata Banerjee and I have close ties as we have worked together for years. I appreciate her for how she fought the recent polls and won. She has come to Delhi for the first time after victory, so I came and had tea with her. Last week, Banerjee had said she will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and leaders of Opposition parties during her stay in the national capital for two-three days. Briefing media persons, West Bengal Chief Minister had said, "I will go to Delhi during the Parliament session and meet some leaders there. I will meet the President and the Prime Minister if given an appointment." This is the first visit of Banerjee after her victory in the Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year. Banerjee's visit during the Parliament's Monsoon session holds significance as the Opposition is cornering the BJP-led NDA government on a range of issues including price rise, increasing cost of diesel and petrol, and issues related to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a standoff between the Centre and Opposition parties over several key issues including the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy and scrapping of farm laws. Over 75K kids either lost one/both parents in Covid, SC told NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has informed the Supreme Court that over 75,000 children have either lost one parent or became an orphan during the Covid-19 pandemic and are in need of care and protection. In an additional affidavit, the child rights body said the number of children who have lost either their mother or father or both parents between April 1, 2020, to July 23, 2021, is based upon the information uploaded on "Bal Swaraj" portal up to July 23. The child rights body said total of 75,320 children have become orphans or lost either parent amid the pandemic, and this also includes 247 children, who were abandoned. It said that of all the children affected due to the pandemic, those in the age group 8-13 years were the highest, at 29,886. Elaborating on data collected from various states, the NCPCR said in Maharashtra, 13,589 children were affected, followed by Odisha where 6,562 children were affected, and Andhra Pradesh, where 6,210 children were affected. The affidavit said: "In some cases, while examining the data, the Commission has observed that the schemes/benefits being given to the child or his/her family were inadequate and the Commission observed that there could be other government implemented schemes under which the child or his family/guardian could get benefits." The NCPCR said it is presently in the process of examining data, which has been uploaded by the states/UTs on the Bal Swaraj portal for purpose of ensuring that all benefits for which each child is entitled are being given adequately. "Wherever there is some discrepancy or lacunae being identified by the NCPCR, a letter is being issued to the concerned district authority to rectify the discrepancy and to ensure care and protection to the child," it said in the affidavit. MORE ON PG 5 Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh felicitates new Karnataka CM Basavaraj S Bommai in Bengaluru on Tuesday. ANI Basavaraj Bommai chosen as new Karnataka CM BENGALURU: Basavaraj Somappa Bommai was on Tuesday chosen as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, succeeding B.S. Yediyurappa. A strong Lingayat leader from north Karnataka, he was elected to the post at the legislature party meeting held at a private hotel, and chaired by Central observers, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and G. Kishan Reddy. Yediyurappa proposed Bommai's name and it was agreed upon by the BJP legislators. Bommai will be sworn in as the 30th Chief Minister at the Raj Bhavan at 3.20 pm on Wednesday. Born on January 28, 1960, Bommai held the portfolio of Home, Law, and Parliamentary Affairs in the Yediyurapa government. He has also served as Water Resources and Cooperation Minister. Bommai's decision to stay with the party when Yediyurappa left and launched his KJP and his ability to gain Yediyurappa's confidence after his return to the BJP are said to have worked for him. The son of former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal leader S.R. Bommai, he had joined the BJP from the Janata Parivar in 2008, and though being a blue-eyed boy of Yediyurappa, his ability to defend the party is appreciated by all. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering and agriculturist and industrialist by profession, he started his political career with the Janata Parivar. He was elected a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council in 1998 and 2004 from Dharwad local authorities' constituency. Apex court slams Bengal govt MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Bengal government for not uploading correct information of children who were orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. A Bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose directed the District Magistrates of Bengal to collect necessary information relating to children who have become orphans, either they lost both parents or the lone surviving parent, after March 2020 and upload it at the portal earliest. The apex court's order came after it was informed by the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) KM Nataraj, appearing for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that the number of orphans uploaded by some states like Punjab, Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir appear to be unrealistic. During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Bengal objected to ASG's statement and asked on what basis ASG is saying that data is incorrect. To this, the Bench asked Bengal's counsel, "Are you sure only 24 children have become orphans in your state? We will record your statement that this is the truth and then order a separate investigation?" Bengal later clarified that information was sought of children who became orphans because of the death of parents due to COVID19 and not during the pandemic and the information will be collected thereafter a report will be submitted. UNESCO names Harappan city of Dholavira in Gujarat as world heritage site KUTCH: Dholavira- a Harappan era city located in present day Gujarat's Rann of Kutch has been added to the list of World Heritage Sites by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). "Dholavira: A Harappan City, in #India, just inscribed on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List. Congratulations!" UNESCO tweeted on Tuesday. Union Minister of Culture, Tourism G Kishan Reddy took to Twitter to inform that Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be given the UNESCO's World Heritage Inscription. "It gives immense pride to share with my fellow Indians that #Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be given @UNESCO's World Heritage Inscription. Another feather in India's cap as we now enter the Super-40 club for World Heritage Site inscriptions," the minister tweeted. He added, "Today is a proud day for India, especially for the people of #Gujarat. Since 2014, India has added 10 new World Heritage sites - one-fourth of our total sites. This shows PM @narendramodi's steadfast commitment in promoting Indian culture, heritage and the Indian way of life." This comes days after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple in Telangana got inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the nation on the occasion and urged people to visit the 'majestic Temple complex and get a first-hand experience of its grandness.' With this successful nomina- tion, India has 40 world heritage properties overall, which includes 32 cultural, 7 natural and one mixed property, a statement from the Minister of Culture, Tourism read. Italy, Spain, China, Germany and France are the only other countries that have 40 or more World Heritage sites. The Harappan city of Dholavira, is one of the very few well preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE. It is the sixth largest of more than 1,000 Harappan sites discovered so far. Occupied for over 1,500 years, Dholavira not only witnesses the entire trajectory of the rise and fall of this early civilization of humankind, but also demonstrates its multifaceted achievements in terms of urban plan- ning, construction techniques, water management, social governance and development, art, manufacturing, trading, and belief system. With extremely rich artefacts, the well preserved urban settlement of Dholavira depicts a vivid picture of a regional centre with its distinct characteristics that also contribute significantly to the existing knowledge of Harappan Civilization as a whole. Four natural sites and three cultural sites were added to the Unesco World Heritage List. The natural sites added on Monday are the four islands with rich biodiversity in Japan; a coastal area of geo-diversity and bio-diversity in South Korea; part of the mountain ridge running down the Malay Peninsula in Thailand; and a corridor along the eastern coast of the Black Sea in Georgia, reports Xinhua news agency. The three cultural sites are the Dutch Water Defence Lines; the Arslantepe Mound archaeological tell in Turkey; and the Colonies of Benevolence in Belgium and the Netherlands. The World Heritage Committee of the Paris-based Unesco made the announcement during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou, China. The four islands on a chain in the southwest of Japan, encompassing 42,698 hectares of subtropical rainforests, are entirely uninhabited by humans and have high bio-diversity value with a very high percentage of endemic species, many of them globally threatened and some having no living relatives anywhere in the world, the committee said.