GOVT’S TWITTER BLUES ‘FAUCI EMAILS PROVE WUHAN LEAK CLAIMS’ WASHINGTON: A Chinese virologist has said that US top coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci's emails prove that she (Pg 7) was right all along. VOL. 33 NO. 5| MUMBAI, PUNE, INDORE, BHOPAL SUNDAY| JUNE 6, 2021| 14 PAGES | ` 4 CORONAVIRUS CASES 173,483,489 DEATHS 3,731,545 VIRTUAL TROUBLE Under the new guidelines, the state’s districts will be divided into five levels Confusion over, city falls in Level 3 plan Saffron leaders fume as Twitter has removed blue badge of many RSS leaders’ accounts l Twitter has 1.75 crore users in India l A war-of-words had broken out between the Centre and Twitter, after the company refused to delete messages that criticised the Modi-government’s authoritarian rule and mishandling of the pandemic l Twitter had alleged intimidation and threat to freedom of speech l Under the new rules, social media companies will have to take down flagged content within 36 hours, and remove within 24 hours content that is flagged for nudity, pornography etc l FPJ BUREAU Mumbai / New Delhi The Narendra Modi-led government on Saturday issued a notice to Twitter giving it one last chance to "immediately" comply with the new IT rules and warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said that Twitter's refusal to comply with the rules demonstrated the microblogging site's "lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform". "Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc has doggedly refused to create a mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner," the IT ministry said. Twitter declined to comment on an email sent by PTI on the issue. The microblogging site on Saturday had removed and later restored the verified blue tick on the personal account of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Officials said the Twitter handle of Naidu was inactive for a long time and the Twitter algorithm removed the blue badge. The ministry said that though with effect from May 26, 2021, "consequences follow" given Twitter's non-compliance with rules "however, as a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the rules, failing which the exemption from liability available...shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India". The notice, however, did not mention a specific date to comply with the rules. Twitter has an estimated 1.75 crore users in India. Recently a war-of-words broke out between Twitter and the Centre over messages that slammed the Modi-government for its authoritarian rule, mishandling of the pandemic and targeting voices of dissent. The government asked Twitter to delete the messages but the company ignored. CONTD. ON P6 Judge compares AR-15 to Swiss knife, overturns California’s ban on weapons PTI/ AP / Sacramento (US) In a ruling that compared the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, a federal judge overturned California's longtime ban on assault weapons on Saturday The judge ruled . that it violates the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989. US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state's definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives lawabiding Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states and by the US Supreme Court. "Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle," the Fast News Govt stops Delhi’s doorstep ration NEW DELHI: The central government has put a stop to the Delhi government’s ambitious doorstep delivery of ration scheme, the Delhi government said on Saturday. According to sources, the Delhi government’s scheme was set to be launched in a couple of days and all the preparatory work had been done. The Kejriwal-led Delhi government had planned to deliver ration to 72 lakh poor beneficiaries at their homes. Full story on Pg6 Japan's birth rate very low in 2020 TOKYO: The number of babies born in Japan fell to a record low in 2020, as more couples put off marriage and starting a family amid a global pandemic, according to reports. Japan has been struggling with a looming demographic crisis for years, with its birth rate continually declining -- raising concerns of the aging population and shrinking workforce. According to the Health Ministry of Japan, the number of births fell to 8,40,832 in 2020, down 2.8% from a year earlier and the lowest since records began in 1899. Every 2nd death in rural area: Report NEW DELHI: The pandemic has exposed the healthcare system in rural India. In May, six districts in rural India accounted for over 52% of Covid deaths and 53% of all new cases of infection, says a new statistical report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The report states that rural India need 76% more doctors, 56% more radiographers and 35% more lab technicians. California Gov Gavin Newsom has condemned the decision Photo AP judge said in his ruling's introduction. "Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive," Benitez said. He issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law but stayed it for 30 days to give state Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal. Despite California's ban, there currently are an estimated 185,569 assault weapons registered with the state, the judge said. Gov. Gavin Newsom con- demned the decision, calling it "a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period." In his 94-page ruling, the judge spoke favourably of modern weapons, saying they were overwhelmingly used for legal reasons. That comparison "completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who've lost loved ones to this weapon," Newsom said in a statement. India calls vax passports ‘discriminatory’ at G7 FPJ BUREAU New Delhi India on Saturday expressed serious displeasure and strong opposition to the Coronavirus “vaccine passport” suggestion at the G7 meeting of health ministers. Calling it ‘highly discriminatory’, Union Health Minister Harsha Vardhan said it will be disadvantageous for people living in developing countries. "Vaccine passports will be disadvantageous for people of the developing countries as their vaccine coverage is far less than that of the developed countries," Vardhan said at the G7 health ministers' meeting. Dr Vardhan tweeted: "With vaccine coverage as a % of population in developing countries still low compared to developed countries, such an initiative could prove to be highly discriminatory ." Vardhan added that the focus should be on increasing the production of coronavirus vaccines and ensuring their equitable supply "it . is imperative to increase production of #COVID19vaccines and ensure their equitable supply he said. ,” favourable for further advancement of the monsoon," she said. A few days back, the IMD had predicted that monsoon is likely to be normal in north and south India, above-normal in central India and belownormal in east and northeast India. Quantitatively , the monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 101% of the Long Period Average with a model error of plus or minus 4%, it had said. l l Sectors of relaxations Malls and shopping centres will open on an odd-even basis Standalone shops can remain open without any curbs daily Essential items' shops and medical shops can open on all days Metro trains will be allowed to run at 50% capacity. Home delivery via ecommerce sites will be allowed for essentials Allegedly committed the crime by promising a role in industry Television actor Pearl Puri was held for allegedly raping a minor girl by the Waliv Police on Friday night. The actor had allegedly promised a role in the glamour industry and had been raped on the same pretexts. The Amboli Police assisted Waliv police officials to arrest him from the Lokhandwala area of the city . According to police sources, the actor was accused of raping a minor girl, from whom he had sought sexual favours in exchange for a break in the Bollywood movies. Police said that it is an old case, in which the victim made the accusations. Banned areas Schools, colleges, private coaching centres, cinema halls, gyms and eating in restaurants Political as well as cultural gatherings continue to be banned with full strength, but now the time is to slowly put back the economy on rails, he told a press conference here. CONTD. ON P6 after the blood reports are received. The trials will be held in three phases. Children in the age group of 12-18 years will be given the shots first followed by the 6-12 years age category before inoculating children in the 2-6 years age bracket. Children with good results will No B-day wish for Yogi from BJP top brass? FPJ BUREAU / Mumbai/New Delhi The social media was abuzz on Saturday with speculations of a possible change of guard in Uttar Pradesh as Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not publicly wish chief minister Ajay Bisht (aka Yogi Adityanath) on his birthday Sources said the . PMO personally called and wished Bisht. Some netizens, scribes noticed that there was no birthday greeting for Yogi from the BJP top brass. They questioned if all was well between the CM and the central leadership. in its guidelines have not permitted women to travel in Mumbai locals. In Mumbai, travel in local trains is permitted only for medical and essential services, the BMC said in its order. All passengers will be permitted to travel by public transport buses. Gyms and salons in the city are set to open from June 7 with 50 per cent capacity till 4 pm. Dine in at restaurants at 50 per cent capacity shall be allowed till 4 pm after which only takeaway and home delivery is permitted. Shops selling essential items will be open till 4 pm on all days. CONTD. ON P6 TV actor Pearl Puri held for raping a minor girl STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Bharat Biotech on Sunday will launch the clinical trial of Covaxin on children in the age group of 12-18 years in Maharashtra’s second capital Nagpur. Of the four locations shortlisted by Bharat Biotech across the country Nagpur is , one of them. The trial will be conducted at the Meditrina Hospital under the supervision of paediatrician Dr Vasant Khalatkar. According to the sources from the district collectorate, blood samples were collected from children between the age group of 12 and 18 years. A screening of 50 volunteers (children) has been conducted and the clinical trials will begin l Delhi unlocks partially from Monday with malls and shops opening on an oddeven basis, private offices to function with 50 per cent capacity and the metro trains to resume services but with 50 per cent capacity in view , of a sharp dip in the Covid-19 restrictions, while lockdown-like curbs will be imposed in districts falling in the Level 5 category . CONTD. ON P6 SANJAY JOG Mumbai l cases in the national capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced some relaxations while extending the lockdown in the National Capital till 5 am on June 14 with daily night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, saying the restrictions will be gradually eased. Delhi fought the Coronavirus in Level 1 will have minimum restrictions l Lockdown-like curbs will be more in districts falling in the Level 5 category l General public is barred from travelling Mumbai local trains l All passengers in a vehicle will require individual epasses while travelling in Level 5 Sanjay Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 2), Mira Bhayandar Vasai Virar (MBVV), said, "The actor was arrested from Andheri on Friday He has been . booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He was produced before a magistrate Screening of 50 volunteers (12 to 18 years) done and trials will be held in 3 phases l FROM OUR BUREAU / New Delhi After U-turn now comes an official order on the unlock strategy in the state. The Maharashtra government in the late-night order on Friday has announced a five-step unlock plan under the BreakTheChain order from Monday . Under the new guidelines, the state’s districts will be divided into five levels based on weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancies. The state government said that districts in Level 1 will have minimum Unlocking restrictions l Districts Putting an end to all the confusion, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday issued a formal order saying that that Mumbai falls under 'Level 3' of Maharashtra government's unlocking plan as it has 5.56 per cent positivity rate and 32.51 per cent oxygen bed occupancy . This comes after the state government on Friday midnight announced a fivelevel plan to relax the coronavirus-induced restrictions in the state, based on the weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds. According to the Maharashtra government's Level 3 guidelines, travelling in local trains is restricted to medical, essential staff and women. However, the BMC Covaxin trial on kids to begin in Nagpur today l People make their way through a wholesale food grain market during lockdown in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: AFP) SANJAY JOG Mumbai FPJ BUREAU Mumbai Delhi to unlock partially from Monday Malls, shops to open on odd-even basis; 50% staff to be allowed in pvt offices SANJAY JOG Mumbai Monsoon arrives in Maha, first showers in Ratnagiri The southwest monsoon arrived in Maharashtra on Saturday bringing showers , in some coastal parts of the state, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. The progress of the monsoon is as per our expectations, said Shubhangi Bhute, director of the IMD's regional centre. “The southwest monsoon has arrived in Maharashtra. It has officially reached Harnai port in coastal Ratnagiri district. Its actual line is spread till Solapur and some parts of Marathwada, followed by some parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh," she said. It is expected to bring showers to these regions, she added. "Conditions are PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic progressed into the fourth round of the ongoing French Open beating Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis. (Pg 9) After U-turn, Maharashtra govt announces 5-level unlock plan Source - Worldometer l Modi-govt gives the social media giant a ‘last chance’ to comply with new IT rules l Outcry after microblogging site removes and restores blue-tick on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s account l RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat loses blue badge too FRENCH OPEN: DJOKOVIC IN FOURTH ROUND be given a second dose after 28 days. These trials at Nagpur are being launched days after Bharat Biotech was granted permission to conduct Phase- II and III trials of Covaxin on children in the age group of 2-18 years. The expert panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSC) had recommended the conduct of trials. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has accepted the recommendation of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC). The trial will be conducted in 525 healthy volunteers. During the trial, the two doses of vaccine will be administered to the volunteers. The gap between the first and second dose will be 28 days. CONTD. ON P6 Didi’s nephew Abhishek appointed AITC gen secy ARITRA SINGHA Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appointed her nephew Abhishek Banerjee as the national general secretary of the All India Trinamool Congress. Maintaining the rule of ‘one person one post’, soon after getting the new post Abhishek resigned from the post of president of All India Trinamool Congress’ (AITC) youth wing. Notably Mukul Roy and , Subrata Bakshi were earlier the national general secretaries of the AITC. Addressing a press conference after the organisational meet, TMC secretarygeneral Partha Chatterjee said actor-turned-politician Saayoni Ghosh would be the new president of AITC’s youth wing. “The Trinamool Congress supemo stressed new and young faces for various organizational posts. Ritabrata Banerjee became the president of INTTUC, Sayantika Banerjee and Kunal Ghosh became the state general secretary of the Trinamool Congress,” said Partha. He said that under the leadership of the MPs, the Trinamool Congress will soon strengthen their party outside West Bengal. “Discussions were held to fight the 2024 parliamentary election. The first step towards the 2024 election is to strengthen the organisation outside,” said Partha. court and remanded in judicial custody ." A police source said that the victim, who was a minor at the time of the incident, had approached police and filed a complaint against Puri, accusing him of rape, long time ago. An official said that the incident had allegedly taken place in 2019. Police are now investigating the matter and are making further inquiries. Puri has appeared in a number of serials like Naagin 3, Bepanah Pyaar Dil Ki , Nazar Se Khoobsurat, Phir Bhi Na Maane...Badtameez Dil, Meri Saasu Maa and Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha among others. He has also played a key role in Brahmarakshas 2. Court allows banks to sell Vijay Mallya's properties to recover Rs 5,600 crore debt FPJ BUREAU Mumbai/New Delhi A Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court has allowed banks to sell certain real estate assets and securities of fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya (65) to recover their debts. “The PMLA court has given permission to banks to sell certain real estate properties and securities that belonged to disgraced tycoon Vijay Mallya to recover dues loan amount of over Rs 5,600 crore. It was earlier under the Enforcement Directorate," said Mallikarjuna Rao, managing director, Punjab National Bank. "Now the lead bank will sell those properties. PNB does not have much loan exposure in Kingfisher, but we will get our due share whatever once lead bank to realize," added Rao. Mallya is accused in a bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines and is presently in the United Kingdom. Mallya was declared as a fugitive economic offender in January 2019 by a special court in Mumbai. Mallya has gone through and exhausted the full legal procedures available to him to fight the government's effort to extradite him to India to face charges of defrauding a consortium of banks.