300c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:00 am Sunset: 07:15 pm ANIL AGRAWALTO SNAP UP VIDEOCON AS NCLT APPROVES RESOLUTION PLAN Pg 7 DEBINA BONNERJEE TIME TRAVELS TO HER COURTSHIP DAYS WITH GURMEET CHOUDHARY Pg 22 LET US THANK THE APEX COURT Real wealth is in the hearts of those with faith in the love of God. His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj Vol. 65 No. 31 | WEDNESDAY | JUNE 9, 2021 | 15 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper BETWEEN THE LINES POLL-BOUND UP HAS ITS OWN EC U P has every reason to feel happy: former Uttar Pradesh-cadre IAS officer Anup Chandra Pandey has been appointed as election commissioner. He will be in the 3-member poll panel that will preside over the Assembly election in UP and four other states in mid-2022. A 1984batch IAS officer, Pandey has served as additional secretary in the Ministry of Defence and joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment. He has also served as additional secretary in UP There was a vacancy in . the poll panel. Sunil Arora demitted office as the chief election commissioner (CEC) on April 12. While Sushil Chandra is the CEC now, Rajiv Kumar is the other election commissioner. SLAP GREETS PREZ MACRON F rench President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on a walkabout in southern France, video of the incident showed. Macron's security entourage quickly intervened to pull the man to the ground and move Macron away. Two people were arrested in connection with the incident. French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the incident was an affront to democracy. The incident took place while Macron was on a visit to the Drome region, where he met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the Covid-19 epidemic. The identity of the man who slapped Macron, and his motives, were unclear. While slapping the president, he could be heard shouting "Montjoie Saint Denis," which was the battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy. Macron appeared very relaxed and thought he was getting a good reception from those watching him,' said an eyewitness. 'He was outside a catering school when he stuck his right hand towards a man who promptly grabbed it. 'Then the man slapped the President in the face, before Macron was pulled away by security guards.' NAWAZ MOMENT MINUS Centre gets cracking, THE POLITICAL BIRYANI tap opens on doses EDIT Pg 17 Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s exclusive 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left his allies, the NCP and the Congress, as well as his opponents, slack-jawed. Thackeray’s second meeting after taking over as CM in November 2019 also led to a buzz about a possible reunion between estranged allies Shiv Sena and BJP being on the cards. Although Sena MP Sanjay Raut has ruled out the possibility of a new political equation, Thackeray has shown that he is like his father, Bal Thackeray who had , friends of every hue and colour in every corner. Confirming his private interaction with Modi, Thackeray said, “We may not be together politically but that doesn’t mean our relationship is broken. Main koi Nawaz Sharif se nahi milne gaya tha'. So, if I meet the PM separately in person, there’s nothing wrong in it.” Thackeray reminded that his bond with Modi was not new but has existed for a long time. Thackeray’s closed-door meeting with Modi comes on the heels of the growing tension between the Centre and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government on various issues, including the limited supply of vaccines and medicines to combat the pandemic. While his party ministers and NCP and Congress leaders were firing salvos against the BJP-led government at the Centre, with Tuesday’s meeting, Thackeray opened up a channel of communication to maintain cordial relations between the Centre and Maharashtra. The meeting coincided with state BJP leaders, including former CM Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil issuing new dates for the collapse of the MVA government CONTD. ON P13 in the state. INDIAN PILOTS SEEK FRONTLINE STATUS A body of India's airline pilots has demanded "frontline worker" status for its members, seeking all Covid-related benefits that go with the tag. This includes priority vaccination, insurance coverage, and compensation. To buttress its claim, it has cited 17 pandemic-related deaths in this segment over the past year -- 13 of them since February 2021 alone. Maratha quota, GST & Kanjur land on menu SANJAY JOG / Mumbai F aced with calls given by restive political parties and organisations for the restoration of the Maratha and OBC reservations scrapped by the Supreme Court, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by Deputy Chief Ajit Pawar and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan, went to New Delhi to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to uncap the 50 per cent ceiling on reservation. This is Thackeray's second visit to the national capital after becoming the CM in November 2019. He said that the outcome of the 90-minute meeting was quite positive. He said his government had urged Modi to take steps to amend Articles 15(4) and 16 (4) of the Constitution of India, which would help restore the 12 per cent quota in education and 13 per cent quota in government jobs to the Maratha community. CONTD. ON P13 SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai In the second wave of the pandemic, doctors are seeing a delayed presentation of complications such as stroke and heart attacks in patients recovering from Covid, sometimes, as long as two months after the patient having been discharged from the hospital. Doctors say they are treating more than 30 such patients every month. While such issues are mostly being seen in those who had moderate to severe Covid, not even people without comorbidities and those younger in age are spared, doctors have observed. Prof Dr Charan Lanjewar, interventional cardiologist and hon. consultant, Global Hospital, said, “It has been our Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 OUR BUREAU / New Delhi The Centre has placed advanced orders for 250 million doses of Covishield with Serum Institute of India and 190 million doses of Covaxin with Bharat Biotech International Ltd, scheduled to be delivered by Aug-Dec. At a briefing on Tuesday , NITI Aayog member V .K. Paul said the government has released 30% of the amount to both manufacturers as advance payment for the fresh order, which was placed on Monday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the revised vaccination procurement policy . With these new vaccine orders, a total of 740 million doses will be available in the MAXIMUM PRICE FOR PRIVATE HOSPITALS Covishield . . . . . . . . . .₹ 780 Covaxin . . . . . . . . . . . .₹ 1,410 Sputnik V. . . . . . . . . . .₹ 1,145 THE PRICES WILL BE MONITORED EVERY DAY RATE OF VACCINATION 60 and above . . . . . . .33% 45-60 age group . . . .41.7% 18-44 age group . . . .25.3% COVID STING IN THE TAIL observation that currently young people with no comorbidities are experiencing heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism and other thrombotic complications. Vascular endotheliitis remains the key patho-physiological factor for multi-organ dysfunction and vascular complications has been revealed by multiple autopsy studies. Recent ICMR data reveals that people who have not been vaccinated are at a greater risk of severe Covid infections, making them more vulnera- NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In what could cost her parliamentary seat from Amravati, a Bombay High Court bench of Justices Ramesh Dhanuka and Virendra Bisht on Tuesday ‘cancelled and confiscated’ the ‘fraudulently validated caste certificate’ of Independent MP Navneet KaurRana. Further, the bench imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the first-time MP to be paid , within two weeks to the state legislative services authority . The bench was seized with Monsoon holds a mirror to the city a plea filed by Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul and an activist, Raju Mankar, who highlighted the lapses on part of the district caste scrutiny committee, Mumbai, for “working sloppily and shirking its responsibility”. ble to vascular complications. “ large chunk of the so-called mildly A symptomatic patients also have elevated plasma D-Dimer levels, a test which detects the hypercoagulability of the blood, within the first two weeks of the disease. High clinical suspicion, early virus identification by RT-PCR, elevated D-Dimer levels, ECG, echocardiography and CT scan of the heart and lung vessels are cornerstones for timely diagnosis of such cases. Certain blood thinners are effective therapeutic options for such patients. Thus, it appears, the coronavirus may leave the risk of delayed vascular complications even among those who have recovered from it,” said Prof Dr Charan. CONTD. ON P13 daily hotel collections in the escrow account and the Company/ Hotel are not allowed to make any payment including government taxes (like GST, VAT, TDS, PF, ESIC, etc.), vendors payments, on roll employees'' salaries (more than 300 hotel and corporate employees) and other critical hotel services from the said account", it added. Yes Bank has only made some payments from the company's escrow account towards the hotel's electricity water and gas charges, , Asian Hotels (West) said. CONTD. ON P13 Adsul, who lost to KaurRana in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls argued that the MP had fraudulently obtained certain documents to substantiate her claim that she belonged to the ‘Mochi’ caste. He further claimed that the city’s caste scrutiny committee had not considered the report of the vigilance committee concluding that there were discrepancies in the documents submitted by Kaur-Rana. Having gone through the material on record, the bench noted that indeed the scrutiny Hyatt city shut as funds stuck in escrow account Rana to Mumbai Asian Hotels (West), owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai, whose operations have been suspended, on Tuesday said Yes Bank has barred it from making payments from an escrow account following a loan default. In a regulatory filing, Asian Hotels (West) said the company on April 28, 2021, defaulted on a loan repayment to Yes Bank due to the massive effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the company and the entire hotel industry . Since then, Yes Bank has held all funds "including Not near the house, go door-to-door: HC LAST WORD ‘You just cannot stop vaccination because of these 475-odd deaths’ NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai Just because 475 people have died across India after being vaccinated, the Central government should not stop the vaccination drive for any age group, remarked a Bombay High Court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni on Tuesday The bench has . accordingly ordered the Indian government to reconsider its ‘near-thehouse’ vaccination policy go ahead , and start door-to-door vaccination. The bench was dealing with a PIL filed by Advocate Dhruti Kapadia seeking directives to the Central government to start door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens and the bedridden, as they would find it difficult to reach the vaccination centre and even to register for the jab. When the matter was called out for hearing on Tuesday Kapadia told the , bench that the Union health ministry had filed an affidavit, the crux of which was “it doesn’t want to go doorto-door but near the house of citizens”. CONTD. ON P13 country from August, which include 300 million doses of Hyderabad-based Biological E Ltd's COVID-19 vaccine, Paul said. The government has paid 15 billion rupees in advance to Biological E for its COVID19 vaccine, which is expected to be available in September, he added. REVISED GUIDELINES: The doses provided free of cost by the Centre will be allocated to states and union territories based on criteria like population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination, the government said in its revised guidelines on Tuesday . It further warned that wastage of shots will affect the allocation negatively . CONTD. ON P13 FISCAL SLIPPAGE : PM Modi's vaccination "volte-face," coupled with the free food scheme announced on Monday, may lead to the government missing its budgeted fiscal deficit target, a report by a Japanese brokerage said on Tuesday. The tab of vaccination for all adults, coupled with the extension of the free food scheme till November, will entail an expenditure of up to Rs 1.05 lakh crore or 0.5 per cent of the GDP Nomura said. It added that this can result in the government slipping on the 6.8 % fiscal , deficit target. Such an eventuality could also weigh on the country's sovereign ratings, which are due for review by the year-end or early-next year, it said. The vaccination alone will cost an extra Rs 14,000 crore, assuming that the Centre will spend an average of Rs 725 per person for two jabs. Amravati MP may lose her seat A Per litre www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia Stroke and heart attacks, two months after recovery 5% GST FAVOURED ON COVID ITEMS n 8-member Group of Ministers is understood to have recommended a uniform Goods and Services Tax rate of 5% on all Covid-related materials, including Oxygen concentrates, medical grade Oxygen, essential medicines, Covid testing kits, pulse oximeters, medical products, surgical masks, hand gloves, hand sanitisers, PPE kits (Personal Protective Equipment), ambulances and hospital equipment like ventilators. This is the rate already applicable to the Covid vaccine, which the GoM, headed by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, left untouched, wanting its reduction to be decided by the GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The GoM was given a deadline of June 8. Its recommendations will now be examined by the GST Council. Per litre DIESEL ` 93.58 Places fresh order for 440 million doses of Covishield, Covaxin ‘Main koi Nawaz Sharif se nahi milne gaya tha’: CM on tete-a-tete with PM; opens up channel of communication with Modi amid growing tension between BJP & MVA SANJAY JOG / Mumbai PETROL ` 101.52 committee had not considered the negative report of the vigilance committee against Kaur-Rana and had wrongly validated her caste certificate, obtained in 2017. “Such a wrong caste certificate may deprive genuine and deserving persons of their due benefits. Thus, in our view, the claim was made with the intention to obtain various benefits available to a candidate from such Scheduled Caste category knowing , well that she does not belong to that caste,” the judges held. CONTD. ON P13 3 LEADERS SKIP BJP BENGAL MEETING OUR CORRESPONDENT / Kolkata West Bengal BJP held a closed-door working committee meeting on Tuesday , ostensibly to discuss the post-poll scenario, but couldn’t keep the rumblings within under the wrap. Conspicuous by their absence at the meeting were three senior leaders -- Mukul Roy , Shamik Bhattacharya and Rajib Banerjee. What added to the gloom within was the tepid explanations put forth by BJP state president Dilip Ghosh to explain the absence. He told a TV channel that BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy could not make it as his wife is unwell, while spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya's father had passed away . TMC minister-turnedBJP leader Rajib Banerjee could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons. Interestingly on the , sidelines of the meeting, Rajib Banerjee took to Twitter to say that imposing president’s rule in West Bengal, in a knee-jerk response to incidents of postpoll violence, would be going against the people’s mandate. CONTD. ON P13 TAILPIECE move SC SANJAY JOG Mumbai Independent member of Parliament from Amravati Navneet Rana announced on Tuesday that she would approach the Supreme Court following the order of the Bombay High Court earlier in the day cancelling , her caste certificate. “I respect the court’s order as a citizen of this country I . will approach the Supreme Court. I am confident that I will get justice.” However, the Shiv Sena and the NCP are clamouring for her resignation. Rana has been hogging the headlines for targeting the Shiv Sena led Maha Vikas Aghadi government on various issues, including its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. CONTD. ON P13 A INTERNET 'BROKEN' massive internet outage left hundreds of websites - including Amazon and Spotify – howling offline. Millions of users worldwide reported problems accessing web pages, with CNN and BBC hit by the issue. The issue is believed to stem from Fastly - a content delivery network company which helps users view digital content more quickly It is currently investigating an outage on its platform . which may have caused problem. Users took to social media to vent their frustrations about the outage. One called it an 'internet apocalypse', while another said 'everything just shut out of nowhere'. Another tweeted that the internet was 'broken'. Websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times and Bloomberg News also faced outages.