FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 MUMBAI - PUNE VOL. NO. 319 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | MAY 6, 2021 | PAGES 12 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN EDIT LESSONS FOR CENTRE IN RBI’S COVID RESPONSE Pg- 6 FOR 24X7 UPDATES Quality at Value WEATHER 37.40c. 22.60c Sunrise : 05.52 Sunset : 06.55 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY If you want to master a subject, you must teach it. Master ChoaKok Sui MARY KOM, 9 OTHER WOMEN BOXERS TO RESUME TRAINING IN PUNE Pg-12 Third wave of Covid inevitable, warns govt's Scientific Advisor AGEENCIES New Delhi The third wave of Covid is inevitable given the amount of virus circulating in India, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government, K. VijayRaghavan warned . on Wednesday Addressing the Union Health Ministry press conference, he said: "Third phase is inevitable given the amount of virus circulating. But it is difficult to predict the timeline. We should prepare for the new (third) wave." He also said that regular monitoring of the Covid-19 vaccines is needed for upgradation to deal with the new strains. The Scientific Advisor also and goes on, same as original," he said. VijayRaghavan also emphasised that vaccines currently available are effective against existing variants. He said that scientists in India and across the globe are working to anticipate new variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. The Union Health Ministry, meanwhile, said that around 2.4 per cent day on day growth in Covid cases has been noticed in . the country Joint Secretary, Health, Luv Aggarwal said: "12 states have more than one lakh active cases, seven states have 50,000 to one lakh active cases and 17 states have less than 50,000 active cases. Maha- Curfew to stay till May 17, dist admns to issue order pointed out that variants are transmitted the same as the original strain. "It doesn't have properties of OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL News Brief Tigress found dead in MP forest HOSHANGABAD: A tigress has been found dead in Budhni forest area of Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Wednesday. The carcass of the big cat, aged about three years, was found lying in the Ramnagar beat of the forest area, he said, adding that autopsy has been conducted as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The exact cause of the tigress' death is not clear yet as the reports of the post-mortem and viscera are awaited. Jaishankar's G-7 team +ve LONDON: All the members of the Indian delegation who are attending the G7 Summit here have tested negative for COVID-19 and have been vaccinated, informed sources said on Wednesday. The development forced the minister to reschedule his in-person meetings and go virtual as a "measure of abundant caution". Jaishankar was made aware on Tuesday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases." Separatist leader Sehrai dies of Covid JAMMU: Prominent separatist leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who was arrested under the Public Safety Act in July last year, died of COVID-19 at a hospital here on Wednesday, officials said. The body of Sehrai, 77, was handed over to his family this evening and taken in a police escort to Kupwara in north Kashmir, at least 350 km from Jammu, where he would be buried at his ancestral graveyard in accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines. One held for selling empty packets of vaccine INDORE: Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested one person for selling empty packets of COVID-19 vaccine in Indore. The accused person, identified as Suresh Yadav, was arrested by the Vijay Nagar Police after he cheated relatives of coronavirus patients worth Rs 2 lakh in the name of providing a vaccine. According to Sub Inspector Suresh Kumar, the relatives of the family had met Suresh on social media where he promised them to provide the vaccine. The corona curfew, initially in place till May 10, has been extended for one week more. Though there has been decline in the number of positive cases in the state, yet the infection is still spreading. So the government has decided to extend curfew till May 17. The district collectors will hold discussions with the crisis management group and issue district-wise orders. At a meeting of the core group, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan indicated that markets should be reopened only after the arrest of cases. He also said that a decision on the matter should be taken at a meeting of the crisis management group. The orders for extending curfew are being issued from Rewa and a few other districts. The corona curfew has been in place since April 10. Rather than issuing order for curfew at one go, the government has decided that the district administrations should do it. new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies Vaccination for 18+ begins OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Vaccination for 18+ beneficiaries started on Wednesday in the state. Besides, vaccination for 45+ beneficiaries also continued. On Wednesday, beneficiaries, born before May 1, 2003, were in the queue for Covid vaccination since morning. Beneficiaries were more enthusiastic so they reached vaccination centres quite early and they waited till their turn came. They were quite enthusiastic about vaccination. Vaccination centres for this age group has been set up in each of the 52 districts of the state, said Additional Director, Health, Dr Santosh Shukla. Vaccination centre was set up at Navin Girls School, Tulsi Nagar. Besides, in Gwalior, Jayarogya Hospital was made the vaccination centre. Manas Bhavan auditorium was made vaccination centre in Jabalpur while Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) head-quarters was made vaccination centre for people of Indore. In Bhopal, DME minister Vishswas Sarang and Health minister Dr Prabhuram Chaudhary visited vaccination centre after 10 am and it irked the beneficiaries who were in the queue since morning. Monika Gupta was the first to receive dose in 18 plus category at Navin School, Tulsi Nagar. , Today only one centre was opened in , Bhopal. From Thursday more sites will be set up 18 plus beneficiaries. Around 1480 session sites have been proposed for the vaccination of 18 plus beneficiaries in Madhya Pradesh till May 15, targeting 1.48 lakh doses. On May 8 and May 10, around 41,600 doses will be administered at 416 session sites. Around 5.29 crore doses are needed for vaccination. Order has already been placed for 4.76 crore of COVISHIELD and 52.25 lakh COVAXIN vax. At all the vaccination centres, many had to return as allotted beneficiaries were only 100 and more than that figure reached there for vaccination. SC stays High Court contempt move Says action may demoralise officials but at the same time wants to know how 700 MT of oxygen supply will be maintained for the next four days OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI After an intense court drama, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the contempt proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court against the Centre and its senior officials Sumitra Dawra and Piyush Goyal for failing to supply the allocated quantity of oxygen to Delhi and directed the Centre to inform it by evening how the 700 metric tonnes of oxygen supply will be maintained for the next four days. It also asked the Delhi Government and the Centre to take a cue from the BMC on how it managed the same caseload of patients in the pandemic with just 250 MT of oxygen available to Mumbai. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta rushed to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana with a plea that the HC contempt move against officials monitoring oxygen procurement and supply may disrupt the system at a time when they were doing their best. The CJI said he cannot hear the matter. Instead, he directed the Registry to seek convenience of the Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat for possible hearing on Wednesday itself. The CJI referred the matter to this Bench since it is already seized of the suo motu case initiated by former CJI Sharad Bobde and it was its order to supply 700 MT of Oxygen to Delhi by May 3 midnight whose defiance invited Delhi High Court's ire to issue the contempt notice, ordering the two officials to be present in the . court on Wednesday CONTD. ON P8 Highest Covid deaths of 3,780 in India, 3.82L cases in 24 hrs AGENCIES New Delhi Wednesday on India recorded 3,780 deaths, maximum in a day and 3,82,315 fresh cases of Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload in the country to 2,06,65,148, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. It is the 14th straight day recorded India when more than three lakh cases while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past eight days. India's total tally of Covid19 cases now stands at 2,06,65,148 with 34,87,229 active cases and a total of 2,26,188 deaths so far. rashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have more 1.5 lakh active cases." Aggarwal stated that 24 states and UTs have reported more than 15 per cent Covid positivity rate while 10 states have more than 25 per cent positivity rate. Maharashtra has a reported positivity rate of 24 per cent. Niti Aayog's Member, Health, Dr .K. Paul urged physicians to V come forward and provide teleconsultations to people and families at home who are infected with Covid. Referring to the new strain, he said: "The response to the changing virus remains the same... we need to follow the covid appropriate behaviour such as mask, distancing, hygiene, no unnecessary meetings and staying at home." WHO says India accounts for nearly 50% of world's new C-cases, 25% of deaths ndia for nearly of the Covid-19 reported last World Icasesaccountedworldwideonhalfweek, the as the Health Organisation said Wednesday, country's coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours. The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological report that India accounted for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths reported in the past week. Daily infections in the country rose by 3,82,315 on , Wednesday health ministry data showed, the 14th straight day of more than 300,000 cases. India's second deadly surge of Covid-19 cases has seen hospitals runs out of beds and oxygen and left morgues and crematoriums overflowing. Many people have died in ambulances and car parks waiting for a bed or oxygen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been widely criticised for not acting sooner to suppress the second wave of the virus. Religious festivals and political rallies have attracted tens of thousands of people in super-spreader events. CONTD. ON P8 RBI gives relief to small borrowers, loans to vaccine makers, hospitals MUMBAI The RBI on Wednesday allowed certain individual and small borrowers more time to repay their debt and provided a Rs 50,000 crore special window to banks to lend to vaccine makers, hospitals and COVID-related health infrastructure as it looked to cushion the pan. demic's blow to the economy The loan recast of up to two years will be available to individuals and small and medium enterprises that did not restructure their loans in 2020 and were classified as standard accounts till March 2021, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said. This facility will be available to borrowers with a total exposure of Rs 25 crore. As much as 90 per cent of the total borrowers will be covered by this restructuring, according to Indian Banks' Association. Last year, the RBI had allowed banks to restructure loans of small borrowers by extending repayment period for up to 2 years. In the present recast, banks have been allowed to restructure loans through means such as extending tenure or renegotiating interest rate. CONTD. ON P8 Didi takes oath for 3rd time, Guv slams her for violence FROM OUR BUREAU Kolkata TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took oath as the West Bengal Chief Minister for the third time in presence of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. After a landslide victory against the main opposition BJP , it was a huge victory for the TMC after 2011 polls when the TMC managed to oust the 34-year-long rule of the Left Front. Even in 2016 the TMC gave a tough fight to both BJP and the LeftCongress alliance. Soon after the ‘swearingin’ ceremony, West Bengal Jagdeep Governor 12,319 fresh cases in state, toll 6,074 OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Corona positive rate is decreasing consistently while active cases started increasing again in Madhya Pradesh. On Wednesday, the active cases rose to 89,244. previously, it had come to 85,000, but now it recorded increase in the state. Corona positive rate is at 18.5 per cent. It shows that corona positive rate is decreasing in the state with 66,283 samples were sent for lab testing. However, 328 samples were rejected at the time of testing. The State reported 12,319 corona cases pushing infection tally to 6,24,985 and toll to 6,074 with 71 deaths. Around 9,643 patients were discharged in state. Indore reported 1817 corona cases and its tally reached 1,19,902 and toll to 1176. Bhopal’s tally went up to 98,055. Indore’s active cases increased to 12,930 while active cases in Bhopal increased to 11,107. Jabalpur reported 826 cases with active cases of 4,894 while Gwalior reported 1174 cases with 8921 active cases. Rewa reported 341 corona cases with 2384 active cases while Satna reported 231 corona cases with 1746 active cases. Sagar reported 236 corona cases with 1964 active cases while Ratlam reported 308 corona cases with 1958 active cases. Dhar reported 252 corona cases with 1474 active cases while Shivpuri reported 328 corona cases with 2091 active cases and Vidisha reported 193 corona cases with 1014 active cases. CONTD. ON P8 50% QUOTA CEILING ‘INVIOLABLE’ * STATES CAN'T DECIDE BACKWARD CLASSES Dhankhar had sent out a sharp comment to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hinting towards the post-poll violence in West Bengal. “In our constitution, the law has the highest position and we should maintain that. We should immediately take necessary action and send relief to the victims’ families. The Chief Minister should rise ahead of her party to help people during the crisis,” claimed Dhankhar. Claiming that the Election Commission had the charge of West Bengal for the last three months for which she couldn’t take anything. CONTD. ON P8 India-China ties going through a 'very difficult phase': Jaishankar LONDON: India's relationship with China is going through a "very difficult phase" but recent discussions have yielded positive results in terms of easing the flow of logistics during the COVID-19 , pandemic in the country External Affairs Minister S Jais. hankar said on Wednesday During a virtual session here, Jaishankar was asked about India-China relations and the outcome of his recent discussions with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. "The last conversation was significantly focussed on the COVID pandemic and my discussions were essentially that COVID is something bigger and it is in our mutual interest to work together to deal with it and that's what Foreign Minister Wang Yi told me as well," said Jaishankar. CONTD. ON P8 SC REJECTS MARATHA QUOTA IN EXCESS OF 50% CAP FROM OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI A 5-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, on Wednesday held the Maratha reservation, more than the 50% ceiling limit fixed by a 9-judge Bench in the Indra Sawhney case, as illegal. The court also found no 'exceptional circumstances' to justify the grant of reservation to the Marathas. "Neither the Gaikwad Commission, nor the (Bombay) High Court, have highlighted an exceptional situation for exceeding the ceiling of 50% reservation,’’ the court held. (The State had provided reservation to members of the Maratha community in government jobs and higher education.) The court further struck down the special provision made under the Maharashtra Socially and Economically Backward Class Act, 2018, as violative of . the principle of equality The court also rejected the plea to refer to a larger Bench of nine or eleven judges for recon- sideration the verdict in 1992 in the Indra Sawhney case, which had placed the 50% cap on reservations in government jobs and education. The court refused to review "the legal precedent that has, for three decades now, held the ceiling as inviolable." The Bench, also comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, S. Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, also upheld the validity of the 102nd Constitutional Amendment and ruled that the Centre alone has the powers to determine the so- cially & educationally backward classes (SEBCs) and the states can't have a separate list as the power is only with the President to notify the list of SEBCs, who shall be guided by the National Backward on Commission Classes, constituted through this constitutional amendment. Terming it a matter of “seminal importance”, the bench had also heard the Centre and several states on the necessity of reviewing the mandate laid down in the Indra Sawhney case. The 1992 judgment also barred reservation solely on economic criterion that many states used even thereafter to help out the communities still . reeling under extreme poverty Most states, including Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, were in favour of breaching the 50% ceiling, claiming that even after seven decades of the Independence, several classes and communities were deprived of development. They were united in the Supreme Court in asking for a review of the 1992 verdict. The Apex Court, however, did not heed to their demand. The organisations, which appeared before the Bench in support of the 50% ceiling, pointed out that since 1992, no judgment by the top court had questioned the sanctity of the 50% rule. Instead, they argued that subsequent judgments have followed the Indra Sawhney’s ruling. During one of the hearings, the bench also wondered for how long reservation should be allowed to continue.