330c. 270c. Sunrise: 06:06 am Sunset: 07:20 pm SERVICES SHRINK AT FASTEST RATE IN 11 MONTHS IN JUNE Pg 9 I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A HULCHUL SEQUEL: PRIYADARSHAN Pg 20 IT’S A GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS IN UTTARAKHAND Beware! Every negative emotion has a price tag. Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai Vol. 65 No.54 | TUESDAY | JULY 6, 2021 | 14 Pages | ` 4 | EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper BETWEEN THE LINES MARY TOKYO FLAG BEARER EDIT The CBSE released a notification on Monday announcing a new scheme for 2021-22 wherein the academic year will be divided into two halves with approximately 50% syllabus in each term. The first term exam will be held in November. The decision was taken to increase probability of having a boardconducted exam for Classes 10 and 12 at the end of the academic session. The syllabus for the academic session 2021-22 will be divided into two terms by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the subject experts and the board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. The syllabus for board exam 2022 will be rationalised similar to that of the last academic session to be notified in July 2021 8-TIMES LESS DELTA POTENT At a time Covid studies are dime a dozen, a new study, conducted at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram hospital, claims that Covid-19 vaccines are eight times less effective against the Delta strain compared to the Wuhan variant. The study also claims that the Delta variant is less sensitive to neutralising antibodies found in recovered Covid-19 patients. Re-infection and increased transmissibility have eplayed a significant role in the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. PRANAB SON IN TMC; SAD? Late President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee, who is a former Congress MP from West Bengal, joined the Trinamool Congress on Monday. The former Congress MP from Jangipur was in talks with the TMC leadership for the past few weeks. Moments after the former Congress MP was inducted into the TMC, his sister, Sharmishtha Mukherjee, took to Twitter and wrote" "SAD!!!". The Supreme Court on Monday expressed shock that people are still being booked under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which it had scrapped way back in 2015. Under the scrapped section, a person posting offensive messages could be imprisoned for up to three years as also fined. Terming liberty of thought and expression as "cardinal", the top court had on 24 March, 2015, scrapped the provision saying that "the public's right to know is directly affected by Section 66A 84-year-old FATHER STAN SWAMY dies in Holy Family hospital; body won't be taken to Ranchi as per last wish; instead, funeral to take place in Mumbai NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai Father Stan Swamy the 84-year-old Jesuit priest and arguably , the oldest Indian to be booked on terror charges for his alleged role in the Bhima-Koregaon violence at Pune, died at around 1.30 pm on Monday at the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. Dr Ian D’Souza from Holy Family appeared before the bench of Justices SS Shinde and N J Jamadar and informed that the ailing priest had died. "Swamy was a known case of COVID19, with lung complication, also a case of Parkinson's, and a possible combination of the two led to septicemia," Dr D'Souza said, adding, "He was shifted to the ICU on Saturday after a cardiac arrest." The bench expressed shock while it was scheduled to hear his bail plea and has asked the authorities to place on record the medical papers. The bench said, "We are shocked to hear this. We have no words to express our condolences." Swamy was admitted in Holy Family in May this year after he complained of "steadily deteriorating health." The rights' activist had pressed for interim bail and said that he might die anytime soon and had accordingly expressed his desire to die among "his people" in Ranchi. He had complained that his health has deteriorated ever since his arrest in October last year and since then he is unable to do anything on his own and needs assistance to even eat. CONTD. ON P14 We hereby make it clear that all the necessary inquiries, including the inquiry under section 176 (1-A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, which are required to be made in accordance with law, on account of the death of the appellant (Swamy) in custody, shall be made by the Competent Authorities," the judges said, adding, "This order may not be construed as an expression of opinion on any of the relevant issues of the matter. Goodbye! You will live forever I Fr. Cedric Prakash Dear Fr Stan Swamy, . really do not know what to say tonight! I am heartbroken – simply shattered. Your death has truly left a void in my life and in the lives of millions of others everywhere! This morning – after you showed some improvement, we were praying that you would pull through this ordeal too! But your pilgrimage on earth is just over! Knowing you, I am sure that you will not want us to mourn your death; instead, I say “Goodbye dear Stan: , You will live forever!” “Goodbye dear Stan: You will live forever!”: We thank the Almighty for the Gift of You to so many people everywhere: particularly the excluded and the exploited, the Adivasis and Dalits, the poor and the marginalised; and also, to the Country the Church , and the Society of Jesus. “Goodbye dear Stan: You will live forever!”: We cannot help but think of your incredibly committed and simple life-style. Your frugality was known to all. You have lived your vow of poverty to the fullest; your material needs were few; your actual possessions were even less. The media had a field day when some time ago , the ‘authorities’ came to seize your possessionsthey could find and take away almost nothing! “Goodbye dear Stan: You will live forever!”: You have taught us all, the true meaning of ‘solidarity’ what it means to actually walk the talk; that to meaningfully empower the exploited and the excluded, one has to be in solidarity with them in their struggles and to accompany them visibly and vocally , with prophetic courage for a more just and humane society You did this unre. servedly to the very end! “Goodbye dear Stan: You will live forever!”: Today , we celebrated the amazing work you have done on this earth! You were a known Adivasi rights activist working on various issues of the Adivasis: land, forest and labour rights; questioning the non-implementation of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, which stipulates setting up of a Tribes Advisory Council with members solely of the Adivasi community for , their protection, well-being CONTD. ON P14 F leeing from the premonsoon dry heat, the denizens of the land of five rivers and adjacent states can only take refuge in the hills, to mop up the sweat on their brow, as the adage goes. What had held them back thus far – at least until the first Covid wave lasted -were fears of being struck by the lethal virus. But feeling charged up with vaccines and smug in the belief of the Information Technology Act." A bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, KM Joseph and B R Gavai issued notice to the Centre on an application filed by an NGO, 'People's Union for Civil Liberties' (PUCL). "Don't you think this is amazing and shocking? The Shreya Singhal judgement is of 2015. It is really shocking, what is going on is terrible," the bench told senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, who was appearing for PUCL. Parikh said that despite express directions of the court in 2019 that all state governments should sensitise police that they carry antibodies, the loosening of the curbs has seen floodgates open into Himachal Pradesh. So far so good, but what began as a trickle has turned into a swarm with bumper to bumper traffic on roads leading to Shimla And Manali. With hotels running out of beds – almost a replay of the distress witnessed in Delhi’s Covid designated hospitals – tourists prefer tossing and turning all night in their large SUVs. Most hotels are operating at nearly 90 per cent occupan- cy at weekend and tourists are perforce scouring for ‘spots’ in the countryside. More worrisome is the stampede in postage-stamp sized hill stations like Manali, where shops and eateries are chock-a-block. Tourists have few places to hang around and jostle for a toehold on the Mall as they eat and shop for trinkets on the trot. The scramble for cooler climes in apparent breach of Covid-19 protocols has come on the heels of alarming predictions of a third phase of the coronavirus outbreak. A report by SBI Re- personnel about the 24 March, 2015 judgment, thousands of cases have been registered under the section. The bench said, "Yes, we have seen those figures. Don't worry we will do something." Parikh said there has to be some kind of method to handle the matter as people are suffering. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said that on perusal of the IT Act it can be seen that section 66A features in it, but in the footnote it is written that the provision has been scrapped. CONTD. ON P14 SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Pandemonium marked the first day of the two-day monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislature on Monday Twelve legislators of . BJP were suspended for a year for abusing and manhandling Presiding Officer Bhaskar Jadhav and also for their irresponsible behaviour in the Speaker’s chamber. The 12 suspended members are: Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Mahajan, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Parag Alavani, Harish Pimpale, Yogesh Sagar, Jay Kumar Rawat, Narayan Kuche, Ram Satpute and Bunty Bhangdia. Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, who was present as the ruckus unfolded, insisted that these were ‘false allegations’ and the ac- T tion was manufactured by crafting a story He said that . Jadhav’s account of the incident to the House was one-sided. However, Jadhav sought a probe into the allegation that some Shiv Sena members and he himself had made uncharitable remarks and said he was ready to face any punishment if it was TWITTER HAS NOT COMPLIED: GOVT proven true. Legislative Affairs Minister Anil Parab moved the motion to suspend the 12 legislators and it was passed with a voice vote. Parab said, during the period of suspension, the 12 legislators would not be allowed to enter the premises of the legislature in Mumbai and Nagpur. CONTD. ON P14 he Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that social media giant Twitter Inc has failed to comply with India's new IT Rules, which is law of the land and is mandatorily required to be complied with. The Centre, in an affidavit filed in the high court, said any noncompliance amounts to breach of provisions of IT Rules, leading to US-based Twitter losing its immunity conferred under the IT Act. The affidavit has been filed in response to a plea by lawyer Amit Acharya, in which he claimed non-compliance of the Centre's new IT Rules by the microblogging platform. The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing on Tuesday. T Slums in the city have proliferated because of the neglect and by design of successive state governments, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told a Bombay high court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Girish Kulkarni on Monday . Having said this, the civic body while stating that , slums were a problem, also advocated that they were essential for the functioning of the city The BMC then sug. gested that the Maharashtra government should allow only ground plus one structures that are 14 feet in height to remain standing while demolishing those be- search says that the third wave may hit India next month in August. "Going by the current data, India could experience cases around 10,000 in the second week of July However, the . cases could start rising by the second fortnight of August," the SBI report adds. Shimla hotel and restaurant association president Sanjay Sood told PTI that the withdrawal of the condition of negative RTPCR report and e-Covid pass to enter the state had given a boost to footfall. It was only in Maharashtra that encroachment on government land was allowed and, in return, the encroachers got free housing. It is like a person being inadvertently given an Aadhaar card and based on that he is automatically granted citizenship — Justice Kulkarni Sena, BJP like Aamir & Kiran TAILPIECE A SANJAY JOG / Mumbai In the wake of the suicide of a 24-year-old MPSC aspirant, Swapnil Lonkar, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced in the state assembly on Monday that all posts for which Maharashtra Public Service Commission exams had been completed, would be filled by July 31. Recruitment for a record 3,000 posts and interviews for MPSC aspirants who have cleared various exams, have been delayed for the last three years. On the first day of the monsoon session, Pawar said, “Due to Covid, several functionaries are affected and the same is the case with MPSC exams. Still, I would say that Swapnil shouldn’t have taken such an extreme step.” CONTD. ON P14 he Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a plea seeking a NIA probe into the alleged Congress "Toolkit", and also suspension of registration of the Congress party if charges against the party of indulging in anti-national acts and playing with the lives of people were found true. A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah queried the petitioner, advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha, how could a petition under Article 32 be entertained by the court against political propaganda? Justice Chandrachud said: "If you don't like the toolkit, ignore it". HC seeks data on G plus two houses across slums in city yond this height. The bench then sought data on the total number of houses in slums across Mumbai that are beyond the permissible 14 feet height and have more than a floor above a ground floor structure. The judges, during a daylong hearing, were critical of the state’s policy to regularise illegal and unauthorised structures up to 2000, saying such a policy shouldn't be allowed. Upon being asked, the state through Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the bench that it would not be possible for the state to demolish ground plus two and above structures in the slums across the city . CONTD. ON P14 MPSC POSTS PROCESS TO BE EXPEDITED CONG TOOLKIT: SC NIXES PIL BY NEGLECT AND DESIGN OF SUCCESSIVE STATE GOVTS NARSI BENWAL / Mumbai Per litre Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 12 BJP MLAs suspended Never mind Covid, anything for cooler climes LAST WORD FPJ NEWS SERVICE MANALI/SHIMLA Per litre www.freepressjournal.in twitter.com/fpjindia ‘Misbehaviour’ with presiding officer Fast News CBSE YR: TWO HALVES, NOW DIESEL ` 96.91 FINALLY FREE; Shocking! Booked under BUT NO BAIL a law scrapped in 2015 Pg 15 OUR BUREAU / New Delhi Celebrated boxer MC Mary Kom and men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be flag bearers at opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics. One of India's biggest hopes, wrestler Bajrang Punia will be flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8. In a first, India will have two flagbearers -- one male and one female -- to ensure "gender parity". The Tokyo Games are scheduled to open on July 23 and over 100 Indian athletes would be gunning for podium finishes. PETROL ` 105.92 SANJAY JOG day after Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis declared that the BJP had no enmity with the Shiv Sena, only ideological differences, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed on Monday that even though his party has parted ways with BJP, the friendship between the two parties remains. To explain his point, Raut cited the example of the post-divorce relationship between actor Aaamir Khan and Kiran Rao. “Look at Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Their paths are different but they are friends. Ditto for the BJP and Shiv Sena. Our paths are separate but friendship remains. There will be friendship in politics. But this doesn't mean that we are going to form a government in Maharashtra,” Raut said. He has thereby scoffed at rumours that the Shiv Sena will ditch its new allies the NCP and Congress and patch up with its estranged ally BJP to form the government in the state. Hunt for 1.5L seniors still not injected SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is now going to seek out the more than one lakh senior citizens who have not received even one Covid shot so far. The national immunisation drive was thrown open to seniors on March 1 this year. According to civic data, there are 11.50 lakh senior citizens in Mumbai, of whom 9.50 lakh have taken the first dose of the vaccine, while 4.50 lakh have been administered both doses so far. But around 1.50 lakh have yet to take the vaccine reportedly because they are afraid of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus if they do so or are skeptical about the efficacy of the vaccine. The civic body also plans to collate data from the ‘My Family My Responsibility’ survey that was conducted last year. Civic and health officials believe citizens above 60 years of age are more susceptible to coronavirus and need to be vaccinated before the third wave. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said they had directed the medical officers in every ward to track down senior citizens who had not yet taken the vaccine and the reasons for their not coming forward to do so. “More than 80 per cent of senior citizens have taken vaccines, but still 1.50 lakh of them are hesitant to do so.