Quarantine pain for india at the Olympics Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto (right) and CEO Toshiro Muto attend a press conference on Friday | AFP | P11 kalaburagi l saturday l june 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION A new organisers’ manual for the Tokyo Olympics says that everyone from India, including players, must maintain physical distancing for three days. Going by the new rules, athletes from India will be asked to undergo a Covid test for seven consecutive days before leaving for Tokyo. Upon reaching Japan, there is a ban on interacting with athletes from other countries, including training with them. 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 Will start work on Mekedatu project soon: CM K’taka welcomes Central NGT order asking Chennai bench to drop proceedings A s h w i n i M S r i pa d @Bengaluru The State Government will soon start work on the Mekedatu reservoir project after getting clearances from the authorities in the Union Government, said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday . The National Green Tribunal Principal Bench, New Delhi, in an order on Thursday directed , the NGT Chennai bench to close its proceedings, which were based on a newspaper report that alleged violations of environmental norms in the Mekedatu balancing reservoir project near Kanakapura. The proceedings should be dropped as the issue is before the statutory authority and Supreme Court, it stated. The Karnataka Government had challenged the decision of the NGT bench to take up the issue based on a media report. “Now that the NGT has greenlighted the project, we will start the work soon. It aims to generate 4,000 MW of power and supply drinking water to Bengaluru. The water will not be diverted for irrigation purposes,” Yediyurappa said. The Tamil Nadu government has been opposing the project for long. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and requested him to stop the project. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said there are no violations in the project and the government will not allow any injustice to the people of the State in inter-state water disputes. Responding to Stalin’s meeting with the PM, Bommai said the case is before the Supreme Court. CONTINUED ON: P5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths karnataka Petrol price per litre in Bengaluru Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 67,208 1,03,570 2,330 62,480 88,977 1,587 june 17 june 18 5,983 5,783 10,685 138 15,290 168 120 Bharat Biotech gets big boost from WHO Hyderabad: In a major boost to Bharat Biotech, the World health Organisation has accepted its Expression of Interest for Covaxin and scheduled a pre-submission meeting on June 23. The vaccine maker will have an opportunity to submit a summary on overall quality of the jab, WHO said. burning a hole A look at how the price crept up in Bengaluru from the beginning of this month D98.49 D99.63 100 D100.17 D97.20 D99.89 80 June 1 E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @Bengaluru The leadership change issue that rocked Karnataka since Wednesday ended on Friday with the BJP Core Committee deciding that BS Yediyurappa will continue as chief minister undisturbed. But those who created the commotion would not be spared, indicated party national general secretary , Karnataka in-charge, Arun Singh. He said the party will take action against those who are working against it. Without naming them, he said there are only two or three people who are damaging the party and they would be warned. The leadership issue was Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa arrives for the BJP Core Committee at the party office in Bengaluru on Friday | Nagaraja Gadekal raised by senior minister R Ashok at the Core Committee, which was attended by Yediyurappa, Arun Singh, another BJP national general secretary CT Ravi, Union ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Pralhad on the mat Twitter gets an earful, told to respect law of the land E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi TN, K’taka should protect spirit of brotherhood: HDK Bengaluru: In a series of tweets, former Karnataka Chief Minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to find an amicable solution to the Cauvery river water dispute. “The need of the hour is to protect the spirit of brotherhood between both the states. Now, let both of us — politicians — too become brothers with respect to the Cauvery issue,’’ he said. P5 express read NATIONWIDE june 17 june 18 BSY supreme as ‘coup’ ends in whimper June7 June15 June17 June18 Unwanted century, petrol at `100 in B’luru E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @Bengaluru Catching up with the worrying trend across the country and other parts of the State, Bengaluru on Friday saw petrol price breaching the psychological mark of `100 per litre for the first time ever. The meter at petrol stations read `100.17. The price is expected to go up further if the State and Centre do not step in and cut taxes on fuel. Several districts, including Uttara Kannada, had already reached the mark on June 7. When the petrol price in Bengaluru was Rs 98.49, at Sirsi it was `103.51. In a span of 11 days, it CONTINUED ON: P3 has crossed Rs 100 in Bengaluru. Representatives of microblogging site Twitter on Friday got a mouthful from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology for claiming they function on the basis of their own policy They were told to . abide by the laws of the land instead. Carrying forward the Centre’s ongoing confrontation with Twitter, BJP MPs shouted at its representatives, saying the “rule of land is supreme, not your policy .” Twitter was represented by Shagufta Kamran, public policy manager, and Ayushi Kapoor, legal counsel in its deposition before the panel. They landed in hot water while responding to searching questions on whether Twitter follows the rules of the countries it operates in. BJP members Rajyavardhan Rathore and Nishikant Dubey sought to put the representatives of Twitter on the mat, with sources saying they were extra aggressive in their grilling. “The chairman of the panel, S h a s h i T h a ro o r, m e re ly watched as the two BJP MPs shouted at the duo, who mostly maintained silence or replied brief- ly sources said. Opposition MPs, too, ,” questioned the “brazenness of the representatives for saying they have their own policy”, sources said. Responding to questions on its failure to make appointments in line with the Information and Technology Act’s rules, the duo reiterated it was because of the pandemic’s constrinits. They refrained from committing themselves to any specific timeline to abide by the new IT rules, despite being prodded by the panel to do so, sources said. “India isn’t a banana republic,” retorted an MP, as Twitter’s representatives remained evasive to most queries, sources added. The MPs also sought information about the employment status of the duo. The panel will be calling representatives of other social media platforms later, sources added. Later, Twitter issued a statement saying: “We appreciate the opportunity to share our views... Twitter stands prepared to work with the committee on the important work of safeguarding citizens’ rights online in line with our principles of transparency freedom of ex, pression, and privacy We will continue work. ing alongside the government as part of our shared commitment to serve and protect the public conversation.” Appointment of fact-checkers BJP members sharply questioned Twitter’s representatives on the policy for appointing factcheckers, alleging they were not politically neutral. Members of the committee later held a meeting with information and technology ministry officials Bail order stays, but can’t be precedent: SC Ka n u Sa r d a @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Friday observed that the Delhi High Court’s order granting bail to three activists, arrested in connection with last year’s riots in the national capital, was based on a watered-down reading of the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and said it will not set a precedent. The top court agreed to examine the HC’s order saying the issue of reading down of UAPA is important and can have “pan-India ramifications”. The court, however, did not stay the bail order. A bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta issued notices to three activists—Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha—on an appeal filed by the Delhi Police against the high court’s bail order. Appearing for the Delhi Police, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the high court’s order should not be used as a basis by other co-accused in the case to seek bail. He said the HC had turned the UAPA on its head. “It virtually pronounced the acquittal of the accused in a bail order, and the observations regarding the application of UAPA have a farreaching effect on other cases,” he said. He submitted that going by the HC’s interpretation of the UAPA, a terrorist accused of murder cannot be tried under the Act. “The court has said that since the riots eventually were c o n t r o l l e d , UA PA should not have been invoked. This means if a probe agency diffuses a bomb planted somewhere, then as per this judgment, anti-terror law shall not apply,” Mehta contended. He further said, “The right to protest did not include the right to kill”. ‘Judgment surprising’ The Supreme Court expressed surprise that the high court came up with a 100page judgment touching on the constitutionality of the UAPA. “It was a bail order and for the High Court to write 100 pages on it and to discuss the laws is surprising,” the apex court said Joshi, among others. As all eyes were riveted on Arun Singh, he said, “I have already made it clear that there is no question of leadership change, Yediyurappa will continue.’’ The government, however, looked into specific allegations raised by dissenters. On the phone-tapping charges made by MLA Arvind Bellad, Home Minister Basavraj Bommai ordered a police inquiry . On MLC H Vishwanath’s allegations of ‘irregularities’ in the Upper Bhadra project, the Water Resources Department issued a clarification suggesting that there was no wrongdoing. REPORTS: P3 Slash oil tax, says worried panel advising PM A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi Timely supply side policy measures with regard to petrol and diesel, edible oil and pulses, among others, would be critical to bring about a durable softening of price pressures — RBI Amid growing disquiet over high fuel prices, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) has suggested to the government to take a political call on taxing oil, warning it could otherwise build inflationary pressure, and its spill-over impact would dampen consumer sentiment and dampen recovery . “Petrol and diesel price cannot be used as cash cow forever. Some political intervention is required as it will finally dampen the consumer spending and will delay the recovery A delay in interven. tion will prolong the recovery process. Focus needs to be to promote growth of industry and jobs,” a senior member of the PMEAC told this newspaper. The member added that recovery will be fragmented if private consumption is not stepped up. Similar concer ns were raised recently by the Reserve Bank of India, as gleaned from the minutes of its monetary policy meet. “The rising trajectory of international commodity prices, especially of crude, together with logistics costs, pose upside risks to the inflation outlook. Excise duties, cess and taxes imposed by the Centre and States need to be adjusted in a coordinated manner to contain input cost pressures emanating from petrol and die- Further jump Petrol and diesel prices were on Friday increased again by 27 paise and 28 paise, raising their cost in Mumbai to B103.08 and B95.14 per litre sel prices,” the minutes said. “Timely supply side policy measures with regard to petrol and diesel, edible oil and pulses, among others, would be critical to bring about a durable softening of price pressures,” the RBI added. High fuel price and food cost pushed up retail inflation, measured by the consumer price index (CPI), to 6.3% in May overshooting the , RBI highest band of 6%. Even the wholesale price inflation has reached 12.94, highest since 2013, pushed mainly by fuel and power inflation, which was up by 37.6% in May. Experts claim this will make things difficult for the RBI. Petrol and diesel prices are at all-time highs though crude oil fell nearly 2% from its highest level this year on June 17 to $72.23.
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