340c. 280c. Sunrise: 06:00 am Sunset: 07:13 pm RIL HAS STRONG BALANCE SHEET TO SUPPORT GROWTH: AMBANI Pg 7 A CHANCE TO REBOOT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM INDIA’S FIRST TRANSGENDER MODEL NIKKIEY CHAWLA OPENS UP ABOUT HER JOURNEY Pg 20 To have a healthy heart, be a good-hearted person and feed the mind with a healthy diet of pure thoughts and feelings. Brahma Kumaris Vol. 65 No. 26 | THURSDAY | JUNE 3, 2021 | 15 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT Pg 15 SC JAB FOR CENTRE: SHOW ALL V-DATA, FILES, NOTINGS SC DEMANDS FULL COVID VACCINATION PURCHASE LIST AND DOSE DATA; SAYS PAID VACCINATION POLICY FOR 18-44 AGE GROUP ARBITRARY AND IRRATIONAL FROM OUR BUREAU New Delhi The Supreme Court has asked the Central government to furnish complete data on the government’s purchase history of all the COVID-19 vaccines till date, including Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik V . The data should clarify: (a) the dates of all procurement orders placed by the Central government for all 3 vaccines; (b) the quantity of vaccines ordered as on each date; and (c) the projected date of supply . The Court also ordered the government to provide data on the percentage of population that has been vaccinated with one dose and both doses, as against eligible persons in the first three phases of the vaccination drive. This shall include data pertaining to the percentage of rural population as well as the percentage of urban population so vaccinated, the court said. The Bench sought not only the data but "all the relevant documents and file noting(s) reflecting its thinking, culminating in its vaccination policy .’’ PAID POLICY IRRATIONAL: The court also said the Centre’s paid vaccination policy for 18-44 age group is “arbitrary and irrational.” The Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat noted that the BETWEEN THE LINES GOOGLE NOT SOCIAL INTERMEDIARY: SALVE Google LLC has moved an appeal in Delhi High Court against a single judge order for misinterpreting the New Information Technology Rules to hold that it is a “significant social media intermediary”. Google is an aggregator. We are an intermediary, but we are not a social media intermediary," Senior Advocate Harish Salve said. In its petition, Google has contended that the function of a search engine is to only crawl and index existing information which is available or published or hosted by independent third-party websites. Salve also objected to some of the general observations and "template directions" passed by the Single Judge with respect to blocking of content. Specifically objecting to the direction to block content globally, Senior Advocate Salve said, "We can block in India. We can't block for the whole world," reports Bench and Law. COURTS CAN CEASE, NOT CENTRAL VISTA? The Delhi High Court’s judgment dismissing the plea to halt Central Vista redevelopment activities, has been challenged before the Supreme Court. The plea before the Supreme Court states that the High Court was not justified in holding the Central Vista redevelopment project as "essential activity" during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic crisis, "especially when the whole country has stopped essential functions during the lockdown period, including the courts.’’ Compared to the larger interest of protecting lives of people, sanctity of a date of completion of the Project for construction can have no meaning, relevance or importance. The time-lines within which the Project is to be completed, can always be extended keeping in view the onground situation and circumstances arising out of the Pandemic," the appeal said, reports Bar and Bench. NO HANDS OFF "Our Constitution does not envisage courts to be silent spectators when constitutional rights of citizens are infringed by executive policies. Judicial review and soliciting constitutional justification for policies formulated by the executive is an essential function, which the courts are entrusted to perform" "Courts have often reiterated the expertise of the executive in managing a public health crisis, but have also warned against arbitrary and irrational policies being excused in the garb of the ‘wide latitude’ to the executive that is necessitated to battle a pandemic" "The Court continues to exercise jurisdiction to determine if the chosen policy measure conforms to the standards of reasonableness, militates against manifest arbitrariness and protects the right to life of all persons" policy does not prioritize persons with co-morbidities and other diseases and persons with disabilities. As of now, the Centre’s policy provides for a free regime for those who are 45 and above and a paid one for those in the 18-44 age group. The court noted, in this context, that most exposed to the second wave were the relatively young in the 18-44 age group. "If ₹35,000 crores have been allocated for inoculation, why it cannot be used for vaccinating the 18-44 age group," the judges have questioned. The court has also questioned if the states were ready to vaccinate the 18-44year-olds for free. CONTD. ON P12 A group of 21 experts had declared the ventilators supplied by Centre as dysfunctional; now, two doctors will be sent by Centre from Delhi to inspect these devices and certify them Mission Ventilators The management of the Haji Ali Dargah has offered the shrine premises to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state government for use as a vaccination centre. The management committee of the 100-year-old dargah has written to the Mumbai District collectorate and the BMC, urging them to set up a camp. Trustees of the dargah have said that many people are still apprehensive about getting vaccinated and setting up a vaccination centre T he Bench also stated that "there exists a digital divide in India, particularly between the rural and urban areas." "The extent of the advances made in improving digital literacy and digital access falls short of penetrating the majority of the population in the country. Serious issues of the availability of bandwidth and connectivity pose further challenges to digital penetration," the court said. It noted that the digital divide could have serious implications on the fundamental right to equality and the right to health of persons within the above age group. The court, therefore, directed the Central government to clarify whether it is feasible to require the majority of our population to rely on friends/NGOs for digital registrations over CoWIN, when even the digitally literate are finding it hard to procure vaccination slots. The Supreme Court further noted that the CoWIN website suffers from certain impediments. NO VACCINATION IN CITY TODAY STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai FPJ NEWS SERVICE Mumbai The virtual hearing of Juhi Chawla's lawsuit against radiation risk posed by 5G rollout became a lyrical exercise on Wednesday with a fan of the actress crooning songs from her films at the drop of a hat. The fan -- without any provocation, some would say -- first broke into the sensu- ous ‘Ghoonghat Ki Aad Se’ from Juhi's 1993 blockbuster, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke. Just when the proceedings were becoming more festive and the virtual audience, too, was warming up to the filmi feast, the anonymous fan decided to give his audience a break. But he joined a little later – some would say on popular demand – and started singing the pulsating, Formal announcement expected after state disaster management authority OK SANJAY JOG Mumbai The Maharashtra Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray unanimously approved the cancellation of Class 12 HSC board examinations in view of the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 and a possible third wave. The cabinet gave its inprinciple approval and the final decision will be announced in a day or two, after addressing legal and technical issues. The Maharashtra HSC exam issue is still pending before the Bombay High Court and the government needs to take formal approval of the state disaster management authority for the cancellation of the exams. The decision comes a day after the Centre cancelled the CBSE Class 12 board exams. “The Maharashtra Government will take the final call on the pending HSC final exams in a day or two. The health and safety of students is top priority for the state government. A proposal regarding Class 12 exams has been sent to the state disaster management authority said ,” School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad. Gaikwad had, in a series of PIC: BL SONI Conspiratorial clouds laden with rain keep Mumbaikars guesssing Deport Choksi to India, Tiger Shroff, Dominica tells court Disha booked quired a momentum of its own with Mukul’s son Subhrangshu saying that he was ‘delighted’ over Abhishek’s visit. It may be recalled that a couple of days back, when a political slugfest was on between the ruling TMC and the BJP Subhrangshu took , to social media and without naming any party endorsed Lal Lal Honthon Pe from Juhi's 1995 film, Naajayaz. He again left the virtual hearing only to return a third time with ‘Meri Banno Ki Aayegi Baraat’ from the actress's 1993 release, Aaina. The Delhi high Court was clearly not amused and issued a contempt notice. It also had the protagonist removed from the session. The actor had shared the link for the court hearing on Twit- ter and Instagram, inviting people to join in. She wrote, "Hum...tum aur 5G! If you do think this concerns you in anyway feel , free to join our first virtual hearing conducted at Delhi High Court, to be held on June 2, 10.45 AM." Initially when the disrup, tion occurred, the judge was heard muttering under his breath: Please mute. CONTD. ON P12 he third wave of Covid-19 could be as severe as the second wave and could last for an average duration of 98 days, according to an SBI report. However, the number of Covid-related deaths can be reduced by increasing vaccinations and improvements in health infrastructure, it noted. In a five-page report, it pointed out that the average duration of the third wave for developed countries was 98 days, as against 108 days in the second wave. If the country is better prepared for the third wave, “the decline in serious case rate (patients that require oxygen, intensive care unit beds, etc) will lead to fewer deaths," the SBI Ecowrap report said. OUR CORRESPONDENT Kolkata tweets on June 1, welcomed the Centre’s decision to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams. “In view of the current status of the pandemic, projections that children are vulnerable to newer strains and the anxiety among them, the Maharashtra government had demanded that a "Non-Examination Route" be considered for Std XIIth students. I welcome the Centre's decision to cancel the CBSE board exams,” Gaikwad had tweeted. “The decision regarding the state board’s Std. XII exams will also soon be taken keeping the student's health and safety in mind,” Gaikwad said."Students have been studying in class 12th for over 14 months. Personally I believe that we should re, move the uncertainty regarding exams & take a decision that is in students’ interest,” said the minister. CONTD. ON P12 FPJ NEWS SERVICE Port of Spain it will get entangled in local Antiguan laws which suits Choski. India, which has sent Choksi’s extradition papers to Dominica in a chartered aircraft along with an 8member legal team, has contended that the fugitive diamond merchant had acquired Antiguan citizenship based on false declarations. Last week, on May 28, the Dominican court had “restrained" authorities from removing Choksi from the Caribbean island country till further orders. The order came on a petition filed by the lawyers of Choksi, who was detained in Dominica for “illegal entry". CONTD. ON P12 STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai A case under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of orders promulgated by a public servant was registered at Bandra in connection with an incident where actors Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani were caught being driven around the Bandstand while returning from the gym on Tuesday evening. The two actors, along with their driver, were booked under section 188 and section 34 pertaining to common intention on Wednesday. Police intercepted their car and asked them to verify their documents near Bandstand, after which they were booked and asked to leave. A source said, Patani was seen seated in the front and Shroff was at the back. According to the restrictions amid 'Break The Chain', citizens cannot be outside without a valid reason. Is Mukul returning to the TMC? A Model Tenancy Act 5G rollout se darr lage to gaana gaa LAST WORD Nod to cancellation of Class 12 HSC exams Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee visited Apollo hospital on Wednesday to look up BJP’s national vice-president Mukul Roy’s wife, who is suffering from corona. According to hospital sources, Abhishek spoke to the doctors and took stock of Roy's wife's health. But no sooner did West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew visit the hospital, speculation started about the real ‘intent’ behind the visit. The buzz ac- at one of the city’s oldest shrines could help encourage more people to come and get their shot. “Our shrine has is closed to the public due to the ongoing restrictions. We have lots of open spaces inside the dargah and the authorities can easily set up a vaccination centre here,” said Mohammad Ahmed Tahir, administrative officer and trustee of the dargah. Ahmed said that there were large prayer rooms with marble floors in the dargah, with attached restrooms that are CONTD. ON P12 Per litre Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 the stand taken by the ruling Trinamool Congress. It is pertinent to mention that during the poll campaign, Mamata Banerjee had time and again underscored that Mukul Roy was better than Suvendu Adhikari, her arch rival in Nandigram. Mukul is known as ‘Chanakya’ of West Bengal politics and was once a very close aide and advisor of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. In 2017, Mukul had defected to the saffron camp and is currently a BJP MLA from Krishnanagar (North). CONTD. ON P12 sonnel in the hospital to operate these ventilators. Additional Solicitor General of India Anil Singh, for the central government, responded that two senior doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Safdarjung hospitals would visit the GMCH in Aurangabad, to carry out extensive inspection of the ventilators. CONTD. ON P12 DIESEL ` 92.69 www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia The government of Dominica has washed its hands of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi and told the court that he must be deported to India; this was submitted during a hearing on a habeas corpus plea filed by Choksi. Choksi’s legal team – in all, seven lawyers -- is arguing that he had been whisked away from Antigua harbour and brought to Dominica. If the court accepts the argument, he will be sent back to Antigua, where he had acquired citizenship and escaped before he could be brought to India. That should effectively block his extradition to India; or at least Nagpur, had examined the ventilators and had found it faulty on multiple counts. The report stated that the ventilators suffered continuous breakdowns even after repairs, there were problems with desaturation, water drainage issues, defective user interface and the oxygen sensor frequently failed. The report also said that the hospital had 269 trained per- Haji Ali vax centre? PRATIP ACHARYA / Mumbai DIGITAL DIVIDE Per litre Owing to insufficient vaccine stocks, the BMC has suspended its COVID-19 vaccination drive in the city on Thursday . The BMC in an official statement said that all civic-run and state government-controlled vaccination centres will remain shut on June 3; however, senior BMC officials said that they are expecting additional vaccine stocks anytime. "We will be able to know the exact quantity of doses only after we receive the consignment, but we are expecting adequate vials of both Covishield and Covaxin that would see us through the rest of the week," a senior official told FPJ. "Once our stocks are replenished, we will update the information through our social media handles regarding the resumption of the drive," the official said. Officials also said that on Wednesday ow, ing to the shortage, some vaccination centres were shut and vaccination for the 18-44 age group remained suspended in some facilities. CONTD. ON P12 STAFF REPORTER / Mumbai An Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and Bhalachandra Debadwar while , hearing a public interest litigation on faulty ventilators supplied to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Aurangabad, told the Central government on Wednesday that it would be , held responsible if the use of such ventilators resulted in any casualty . The bench recorded this after Chief Public Prosecutor D R Kale submitted a report which stated that a group of 21 experts, including members from the manufacturer Jyoti CNC, Rajkot, supplier Hindustan Latex Limited, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, Director General of Health Services AIIMS, URBAN-RURAL PETROL ` 100.72 SANJAY JOG / Mumbai In a serious bid to revamp rental housing in the country the Union cabinet , chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Model Tenancy Act. The Act is expected to give an impetus to private participation in rental housing as a business model for tackling the huge housing shortage. The first draft of the Act was released by the government in 2019. The Act will enable institutionalisation of rental housing by gradually shifting it towards the formal market. It aims at creating a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive rental housing market in the country It . will enable creation of adequate rental housing stock for all income groups. It will further facilitate unlocking of vacant houses for rental housing purposes. It is expected to give a fillip to private participation in rental housing as a business model for addressing the huge housing shortage. CONTD. ON P12 3rd wave could last for 98 days T TAILPIECE “We find that if serious cases decline from 20 per cent to 5 per cent (due to better health infrastructure and rigorous vaccination) in the third wave, the number of deaths in the third wave could significantly reduce to 40,000, as compared to the current deaths of more than 0.17 million." In a warning regarding children who could be the next vulnerable group, it said vaccination should be the key priority “With around . 150-170 million children in the 12-18 age bracket, India should go for an advanced procurement strategy like that adopted by developed nations to inoculate this age-group," the report said.