NEW DELHI 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard IPL in Desert ASK PRABHU www.thesundaystandard.com/www.morningstandard.in The Age of Antiviral Apparel The Show Must Go On PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES Prabhu Chawla TJS George Paul Zacharia Anirban Ganguly Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com, and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, will answer them. Ravi Shankar Anand Neelakantan Anuja Chandramouli Siddharth Dasgupta ‘Judges victims of unfair criticism’ CJI SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana blame social media for judiciary coming under attack that judges lead a luxurious life. “From my own experience, I can state that the life of a judge is not a bed of roses,” he said, adding that the reality was quite different from what people comprehend. “Best judges of the same are the family members, who are usually torn between restraints and relationships.” He pointed to the self-imposed restrictions judges follow in social life to remain independent. “I believe judgeship in the present day requires sacrifices unparalleled in any other profession, and the same is required to be made as the country’s future is dependent on strong independent judges.” For judges, the CJI said, the biggest challenge is to ensure the “country inches towards the goals set in the Constitution”. To achieve the same, he asserted, an independent judiciary is essential. E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi JUDGES have become soft targets of slanderous social media posts and “juicy gossips” in the garb of criticism, Supreme Court judge N V Ramana said on Saturday . “As judges are self-restrained from speaking out in their own defence, they are now being construed as soft targets for criticism,” said Justice Ramana, who is next in line to become the Chief Justice of India April 2021 after incumbent S A Bobde retires. He added the proliferation of social media is to blame for the sudden spike in attacks against judges. Concurring with Justice Ramana, CJI Bobde said the freedom of speech of judges “is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary”. They were Freedom of speech of the judges is curtailed by the same laws and machinery that uphold the freedom for others who use it to criticise the judiciary and judges S A Bobde, Chief Justice of India speaking at the launch of a book authored by former SC judge Justice R Banumathi. CJI Bobde stressed the importance of an independent judiciary is not just limited to independence from executive powers, but from other pres- Judges are self-restrained from speaking out in their own defence... Today, judges have become soft target of criticism and especially with social media advent, judges have become subject to juicy gossip Justice N V Ramana sures and prejudices as well. “The judicial independence is not for the personal benefit of the judges, but for the nature of power vested with the judiciary .” Justice Ramana said there seems to be a misconception D E L H I C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases N E W D E L H I : CPI (M) gen- vangana Kalita and Natasha e r a l s e c re t a r y S i t a r a m Narwal, and Gulfisha FathiYechury, Swaraj Abhiyan ma of Jamia Milia Islamia — leader Yogendra Yadav, econ- in the Jafrabad violence, omist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi from where the riots spread University professor Apoor- to other parts of north-east vanand and documentary Delhi. All three are facing filmmaker Rahul Roy were charges under the Unlawful named by the Delhi Police as Activities (Prevention) Act. co-conspirators in the In the charge sheet, February riots. which was made public just They have been two days before the accused of asking commencement of In trouble anti-CAA protestthe Monsoon SesBhim Army chief ers to go to ‘any exsion of Parliament, Chandrasekhar, treme’, spreading the Delhi Police has United Against discontent in the claimed that Kalita community by call- Hate activist Umar and Narwal admitKhalid, ex-MLA ing CAA/NRC antited to not just their Mateen Ahmed, Muslim, and organcomplicity in the riand MLA ise demonstrations ots but also named Amannatullah to ‘malign the imGhosh, ApoorKhan were also age of the Governvanand and Roy as also named by ment of India’. The their mentors, who a student in names appeared in a l l e g e d l y a s ke d her statement a supplementary them to carry out charge sheet, a copy the protests against of which is with the PTI, filed the Citizenship Amendment by the police on the riots in Act and go to ‘any extreme’. North East District between Their similarly-worded February 23 and 26, which disclosure statements menclaimed 53 lives and left 581 tioned in the charge sheet injured, 97 of them having claim the two JNU students gunshot wounds. said they organised the DaryThese eminent personali- aganj protest in December ties have been made accused and the Jafrafad road block based on the confessions of against the CAA on February three students —- women’s 22, at the behest of Ghosh, collective Pinjra Tod mem- Apoorvanand and Roy . bers and JNU students De PTI Hospital Care centre Health centre 3,141 1,81,295 28 4,715 -- 28,059 4,321 2,14,069 Rapid antigen test conducted in city 20,82,776 1,09,619 Total tests done so far 14,390 6,294 8,096 8,580 1,614 3,673* 601 459 142 Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 231 HOME ISOLATION : 15,371 Containment zones as on date *3293 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 12 J&K VILLAGE’S TRYST WITH POWER 9,182 50,894 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Total beds Occupied Vacant LIGHTS W A T C H TESTING STATUS Today Cumulative (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Yechury, Yogendra Yadav named in Delhi riots The Greys in Black and White 1,383 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,496 After 73 years, electricity finally reached Dunnadi Asthan in Shopian, whose residents see a much better future for their children | P5 Delectable Discards Ode to the Painter Prince From Bollywood with Love STATES GASP TO FILL UP OXYGEN STOCKS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WITH India’s single-day Covid-19 tally set to hit the 1 lakh mark, availability of oxygen for medical use has become the latest worry for the Centre and the states, particularly those where the cases are still surging. Struggling to meet the rising demand from hospitals for Covid-19 patients, some states are resorting to measures like capping the use of oxygen for industrial purposes and restricting inter-state supply. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab are among the states facing oxygen shortage while almost the states have seen a big increase in demand. The Centre, on its part, has put the onus on the states to ensure the availability of oxygen and has directed them to remove the restrictions on its supply to other states. A Union health ministry directive to this regard came on Friday in the wake of the Maharashtra government ordering restrictions on use of oxygen so that patients do not suffer. The Uddhav Thackeray government recently put a cap on use of oxygen for industrial purpose under the Epidemic Act. It directed all producing units in the state to supply 80% of their oxygen for medical use and remaining 20% for industrial use in Maharashtra only . The state, where the coronavirus cases have crossed the 1 million mark, hit the panic mode after a few deaths were attributed to poor oxygen supply in hospitals, even though authorities refused to confirm the same. Private hospitals in Navi Mumbai, Nasik and Dhule have reportedly pressed the alarm button and reduced the flow of Some states are resorting to measures like capping the use of oxygen | PTI Demand for oxygen from hospitals has increased significantly, but the patients are not suffering not because of a shortage of oxygen Arun Unhale, FDA Commissioner, Maharashtra the oxygen to Covid-19 patients so that they do not run out of supply. Seven people died at a Jogeshari hospital and the families of the deceased alleged non-availability of oxygen. In Maharashtra, 24 manufacturers produce a total of about 1,000 metric tonnes (MTs) of oxygen per day With . the pandemic raging on, the demand for health purposes alone has gone up to 900 MTs per day as against 400 MTs earlier. There are 66 oxygen refilling units in state. Arun Unhale, Commissioner, of Food and Drugs Administration, admitted that the demand for oxygen from hospitals had increased significantly, but added that “the EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi REPRESENTATION of women in India’s top scientific and educational institutions such as IITs, NITs and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research showed a wide gap in gender equality. The IITs showed the steepest divide with average number of women faculty being 11.24%, says a study . The study by the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune, observed the , recruitment pattern in various science-related streams of various prominent institutions/ universities over the years. The study was published in the latest edition of the scientific journal Current Science. “It is clear that irrespective of the year of establishment, eminence and geographical distribution, all research and teaching institutions in India show a similar pattern in employing women faculty/researchers, merely 10–20 per cent of the total strength, with very few exceptions,” said authors Akanksha Swarup and Contrasting tales While IISc-Bengaluru was most male-dominated with 8.6% female faculty, Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham (45.8%) and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (40.53%) had most balanced distribution of gender Tuli Dey . The first group of seven IITs established between 1951 and 2001 showed an average of 10.74% women faculty in the S c i e n c e a n d Te ch n o l o g y stream, followed by 11.6% in patients are not suffering not because of a shortage of oxygen…We have suf ficient stock...is no need to panic”. The Maharashtra government’s decision restricting supply of oxygen to other states made Madhya Pradesh jitter, with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan dialling his counterpart to reconsider the decision. MP too, reported a few , Covid-19 deaths, allegedly due to lack of oxygen, though the authorities denied the same. At least three patients were reported to have died at a private hospital in Dewas district on September 8. The district’s chief medical officer, however, said upon inspection, 400 oxygen cylinders were found to be available at the hospital, where 156 patients were admitted. The Chouhan government, however, is not depending on Maharashtra and has taken steps to augment oxygen supply. The CM had said 120 tonnes of oxygen per day was available to the state and the supply would be increased to 150 tonnes by September 30. CONTINUED ON P7 RELIEF China hands over Arunachal youths to Army P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati The committee has prima facie found Facebook “complicit” in Delhi riots | PTI the international media about the social media platform allegedly bending its rules on hate contents for the ruling BJP leaders. According to the chairman of the committee, the proceedings were initiated after he received multiple complaints alleging that despite Facebook’s comprehensive policies and regulations, it turned a blind eye to “mass manufacturing and propagation of vile, hateful communal content.” “Taking into account the gravity of the allegations, the Delhi Assembly’s committee has decided to delve into the issue to unravel plans of rabble- rousers who want to wreak havoc in the country, particularly in the NCT of Delhi,” the statement said. Last month, Facebook had said its platform prohibits hate speech and content that incites violence and these policies are enforced globally without regard to political affiliation. Big gender divide in India’s premier educational, scientific institutions R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Let’s Open Our Hearts COVID FIGHT Hate content: Panel summons FB India chief THE Peace and Harmony Committee of the Delhi Assembly on Saturday summoned Facebook India MD Ajit Mohan following complaints that the social media giant allegedly bent rules on hate content to benefit the BJP . The committee, headed by AAP MLA Raghav Chadha, has prima facie found Facebook “complicit in Delhi riots of February 2020” on the premise of incriminatory material prod u c e d on re c ord by t h e witnesses”. The committee proceedings have been held live twice during which Chadha has talked to various domain experts and activists over the complaints. A report was published in AMMA SPEAKS the second set (2008-09; eight IITs) and 11.33% in the third set (2012-16; eight IITs). “It can be assumed that the dearth of qualified women candidates remained the same (in IITs) from 1951 to 2018,” the study noted. However, the profile of the faculty in the top 20 universities of the country differed significantly as the average num, ber of women faculty was 27.11%. “This can be probably explained by the fact that these universities handle teaching and research mostly related to basic sciences rather than technical subjects,” it said. Among the universities, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru was most male-dominated with 8.6% female faculty , while Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham (45.8%) and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (40.53%) stood out with most balanced distribution of gender within India. The NITs (National Institute of Technology) showed an average of 17.75% women faculty and the CSIR had 4,600 active scientists, of which only 18.48% were women. The gender-wise distribution in IISERs (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) throughout the country was 15.47% and 84.52% male. Different research institutions (mainly focused on biological sciences), such as National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) exhibited a similar profile with 23.12% women scientists compared to 77.49% male scientists. CHINA on Saturday morning handed over five youths of Arunachal Pradesh to Indian authorities near Kibithu border post in Anjaw district. Toch Singkam, Prasat Ringling, Dongtu Ebiya, Tanu Baker and Ngaru Diri — all of them hailing from Arunachal’s Upper Subansiri district — went missing from Tungdara Mountain near the LAC since September 2. “Indian Army took over all five individuals at Kibithu on September 12 after completing all the formalities. Individuals will now be quarantined for 14 days as per COVID-19 protocol and will thereafter be handed over to their family members,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said. This is the third such incident in Arunachal this year. China had handed over individuals in the previous two incidents as well. “Army approached PLA on hotline to trace them. On September 8, response on the hotline confirmed that the missing individuals had been traced.” A r u n a c h a l C M Pe m a Khandu thanked the Central government and the Army for ensuring the return.
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