BHUBANESWAR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION SMALL POSITIVE GROWTH LIKELY IN FY21: RANGARAJAN Despite lockdown, agri and essential goods/services were fully operational in Q1, ex-RBI governor C Rangarajan said ABOVE PAR PERFORMANCE NOT RULED OUT FOREIGN INVESTMENT ANOTHER FACTOR Rangarajan and EY India chief policy advisor D K Srivastava in a paper stated though many have projected a sharp GDP contraction in 2020-21, there are reasons to believe the outcome may be much better. “Agriculture and related sectors, public administration and defence services may perform normally or better than normal,” the paper said ■ ■ Given the current geopolitical situation, Central and state governments have become more active in attracting investment from abroad, which could push growth, the paper noted It added reforms in corporate tax rates in 2019-20 will also facilitate the relocation of various production platforms to India -23.9% RECORD CONTRACTION IN INDIA’S GDP GROWTH IN THE 1ST QTR OF FY21 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Fresh Covid cases cross 90K peak K E S A V A N A N D A B H A R AT I S R I PA D A G A LV A R U DECEMBER 9, 1940 — SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 Seer who saved Constitution’s basic structure EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi His appeal against Kerala govt’s attempts to take over part of his mutt’s land created a landmark case law, though he lost the suit G EO R G E P O I KAY I L A N D KA N U SA R DA @ Kasaragod / New Delhi KESAVANANDA Bharati Sripadagalvaru, the Hindu seer whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the judgment that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution, died at his mutt in Kasaragod on Sunday . Bharati, the pontiff of Edneer Mutt, died of heart ailment at 12.40 am, said his former manager and legal advisor I V Bhat. He was 79. A week ago, Bharati was admitted to a hospital in Mangaluru. “He had a condition in his heart valve and the doctors advised surgery But he . returned to his mutt saying he could not stay away from the daily rituals,” said Bhat. Bharati’s nephew Jayarama Manjathaya, anointed as the new seer of Edneer Mutt, led the funeral rites. Bharati was interred in the mutt on S u n d ay, fo llowing the Covid protocol. The seer had become a beacon of constitutional rights and found a place in law school syllabus when he challenged the constitutionality of the Kerala government’s Land Reforms Act in the SC in 1970. He lost the case, but his writ petition led to the adoption of the landmark Basic Structure Doctrine. The apex court ruled that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution. The verdict involved 13 judges — the largest bench ever to sit in the apex court till date. The case was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in SC. The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-to-day hearing. It’s also the most cited constitutional case in Indian constitutional law. Bharati had contended the land reforms law by the government was an attempt to impose restrictions on the management of the mutt’s property, which was the only source of income for his ashram. While the landmark judgment did not offer individual relief to the seer, the top court by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution was inviolable and could not be amended by Parliament. The basic structure doctrine has formed the basis of the Indian judiciary’s power to strike down amendments to the Constitution by Parliament, which are in conflict with or seek to alter this principle. Noted legal luminary Nani Palkh, ivala, who appeared for Bharati in the SC never met or spoke with the petitioner as per the “Courtroom Genius”, a biography of Palkhivala. The three Constitutional amendments, challenged in the Bharati case, were passed by the Indira Gandhi government to overcome the apex court’s 1967 judgment in the Golak Nath case that ruled Parliament could not amend fundamental rights, including the Right to Property . But there was more to Kesavananda Bharati than the landmark case. He took over the reins of the mutt at the age of 19 in 1968. By then, he was a trained Carnatic classical singer, Yakshagana vocalist and an educationalist, said BJP’s Kasaragod district president K Shreekanth. “The mutt lost more than 300 acres be- We will always remember Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji for his contributions towards community service and empowering the downtrodden. He was deeply attached to India’s rich culture and our great Constitution. He will continue to inspire generations Narendra Modi, Prime Minister SPLIT VERDICT The SC by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be amended by Parliament. The majority opinion was delivered by Chief Justice S M Sikri and Justices K S Hegde, A K Mukherjea, J M Shelat, A N Grover, P Jaganmohan Reddy, and H R Khanna. Justices A N Ray, D G Palekar, K K Mathew, M H Beg, S N Dwivedi, and Y V Chandrachud dissented LONGEST HEARD CASE The case of Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in the Supreme Court. The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-today hearing cause of the Land Reforms Act. Yet, he recently gave 28 cents to the government to build a school at Edneer,” he said. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu condoled the seer’s death. ARMY HOTLINE Rijiju confirms five youth in PLA custody E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Guwahati BACK TO WORK Women agricultural workers busy attending to the crop at a paddy field on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Sunday | BISWANATH SWAIN SBI BOARD CLEARS VRS FOR 2020, THOUSANDS TO APPLY E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E THE State Bank of India board has approved the voluntary retirement scheme for 2020, a senior official told TNIE. All permanent employees who have completed 25 years of service or 55 years of age can opt for the scheme. However, it is up to the bank to accept or reject applications. Those who avail VRS get one year’s full salary or half pay for the remaining service period (whichever amount is lower). SBI offers VRS every year between December and March, subject to board approval. The bank doesn’t have any ‘targets’ for VRS; each year, 15,000-20,000 SBI employees retire. VRS gives the bank the opportunity to rationalise costs while officers who have reached a saturation level in their career get a respectable exit option. However, National Organisation of Bank Workers opposed the move saying it reflects the management’s anti-worker attitude. UNION Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday virtually confirmed that the five “abducted” Arunachal Pradesh youth were in the custody of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as he said the Indian Army had sent a hotline message to its Chinese counterpart. “The Indian Army has already sent hotline message to the counterpart PLA establishment at the border point in Ar unachal Pradesh. Response is awaited,” Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal, tweeted. The youth from the state’s Upper Subansiri district were allegedly abducted by the PLA at the LAC after they had ventured out in the jungle for hunting. The incident came to light after two other villagers, who managed to escape, revealed it on Friday . According to Arunachal Pradesh Police, such incidents do occur in that district. In March last, one person was “abducted” by the PLA and following talks, he was released about a month later. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH INDIA’S fresh Covid-positive count kept going North, with a record 90,632 new cases reported on Sunday morning. The overall case tally crossed 4.13 million, which took it past Brazil as the country with the second highest coronavirus cases. According to the World Health Organisation, Brazil has 40.41 lakh infected people. On the positive side, as many as 31,80,865 people have recuperated so far, improving the national recovery rate to 77.32%. “For the second successive day India has clocked , a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day. 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home/ facility isolation or hospitals in the last 24 hours,” the Union health ministry said in its advisory . While the total coronavirus cases rose to 41,13,811, the toll was at 70,626 (over 70% of them due to co-morbidities) — with 1,065 deaths in the last 24 hours — bringing down the case fatality rate to 1.72%. As of 8 am on Sunday there were , 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which is 20.96% of the to, tal caseload. To help states contain the virus spike, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan spoke to health secretaries of five states and one Union Territory on the management of Covid in 35 districts under their jurisdiction. Four of these districts are in West Bengal, 17 in Maharashtra; all 11 in Delhi and one each in Gujarat, Puducherry and Jharkhand. Also, the health ministry has decided to deploy high level Central teams to Punjab and Chandigarh where cases are ballooning. They will be stationed there for 10 days. Meanwhile, the Director General of Civil Aviation has proposed in the Supreme Court that full refund shall be provided by airlines immediately for tickets booked during the Covid lockdown period for domestic or international travel within the lockdown period. “If the tickets have been booked during the first lockdown period, that is March 25, to April 14, 2020 for the journeys to be undertaken in both first and second lockdown period that is from March 25 to May 3, 2020, in all such cases, full refund shall be given by the airlines immediately (this is being mandated vide MoCA’s OM dated April 16, 2020 as the airlines were not supposed to book P7 such tickets),” it said. ODISHA TALLY FRESH CASES DEATHS RECOVERED TOTAL CASES 3,810 599 96,364 1,24,031 Odisha among top six states fuelling India’s Covid tally E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar POSTING its highest single-day spike of 3,810 new infections, Odisha on Sunday took a place among the top-six states that have been fueling India’s Covid tally for the last few days. The total number of cases in the State logged at 1,24,031 and the rate of positivity jumped from the last week average of five per cent (pc) to 7.5 pc. The previous single-day biggest spike of 3,682 cases was recorded on August 27. The number of new infections in Odisha has surpassed the states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi, where the case positivity rate has come down substantially. In terms of active cases, Odisha is at eighth position with 27,068 cases, though it is far away from Maharashtra which has 2.2 lakh. AP and Karnataka have close to one lakh active cases each while UP and Tamil Nadu have 61,625 and 51,455 respectively. At 77.7 pc, the recovery rate in Odisha is slower than that of Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal which have registered more number of confirmed cases. The sample positivity rate has gone upwards in the last one week. On September 4, the positivity rate was 7.57 pc, the highest P5 in the month.
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