DHARMAPURI TUESDAY JUNE 22, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION AMARNATH PILGRIMAGE TO BE SYMBOLIC THIS YEAR AS WELL The J&K administration said the holy annual yatra will stay symbolic for the second successive year due to the pandemic DECISION BASED ON PANDEMIC SITUATION RITUALS TO CONTINUE UNHINDERED In the normal course, the 56-day yatra to the 3,880-metre-high Himalayan cave shrine was scheduled to start from Pahalgam and Baltal on June 28. But Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board decided to keep the yatra symbolic to save lives considering Covid’s unpredictability. However, live telecast of the aartis will happen, he said ■ ■ Rituals would continue unhindered and arrangements have been made for Lord Shiva’s mace to be taken to the cave on August 22 when the yatra ends, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan The yatra came up for discussion at a meeting Union home minister Amit Shah called last Friday on the J&K situation 30 minutes DURATION OF THE LIVE STREAMING OF THE AARTI 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 Flash sales bar in basket of proposals to turn heat on e-comm biggies B I S M A H M A L I K @ Bengaluru AFTER making defiant social media giants fall in line, the Centre seems all set to go after e-commerce biggies such as Amazon and Flipkart by proposing to make the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 more stringent. On Monday, the ministry issued a notification seeking suggestions from stakeholders on amending the Rules. Among the major changes mooted by the ministry are appointing a Chief Compliance Officer and a Resident Grievance Officer. Also on the table are compliance with government requests on information sharing, registering with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), prohibition of ‘flash Road to growth: EAC formed to advise CM Stalin Panel to focus on economy, policy initiatives for underprivileged & ensuring social justice ECONOMIC ADVISORY Raghuram Rajan Esther Duflo Arvind Subramanian Jean Dreze S Narayan T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai THE DMK-led Tamil Nadu government has formed a weighty five-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to help rescue the fiscal situation, rendered brittle by Covid, as well as ensure social justice. The core EAC comprises Prof Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr Arvind Subramanian, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, Nobel Laureate Prof Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Prof Jean Dreze, Development Economist, and Dr S Narayan, former Union Finance Secretary . Announcing this on Monday during his address to the 16th Tamil Nadu Assembly the Gov, ernor, Banwarilal Purohit, said the EAC, comprising the five renowned economists, would advise the Tamil Nadu government led by Chief Minister MK Stalin on revitalising its economy , bringing on track policy initiatives for underprivileged groups and ensuring social justice. A G.O., issued by Finance Secretary S Krishnan, said: “The EAC is expected to provide the CM and the government with quick advice proactively and/or in response to specific requests. Hence, individual members may suo motu or on request from the Chief Minister or the Minister for Finance, provide specific inputs. The outputs should be in the form of policy briefs or notes or even oral consultations.” The State Finance Department will be the secretariat for this Council and Finance Secretary Krishnan will be its convenor. The Council can decide its own operational modalities, and also provide general guidance on economic and social policy, social justice and human development related issues, matters related to ensuring equal opportunities for women and the well-beP4 ing of under-privileged groups. sales’ offering deep discounts, and banning misleading ads. E-commerce firms must now also register with the DPIIT within a prescribed period and also display the registration numbers. In case of any impor ted goods, the country of origin will have to be displayed along with name of the seller to ensure the ranking mechanisms don’t discrimi- nate against domestic sellers. The chief compliance officer shall ensure implementation of the rules, while the resident grievance officer will redress user complaints. Besides, e-tailers shall provide information sought by government agencies for investigations, verification of identities or cyber security activities within 72 hours. The government has given stakeholders 15 days time to The announcement comes at a time when the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has dragged the e-commerce giants to the Karnataka High Court seeking a probe into their business models. Welcoming the notification, CAIT general secre- CAN’T FAVOUR A SELECT FEW SELLERS E-tailers and their related firms can’t engage in any direct sale of goods / services or collect information to benefit a few sellers on thier platforms tary Praveen Khandelwal termed it the first logical step to making e-commerce an evenplaying field. “The gross violation of FDI policy and other laws by the foreign funded ecommerce firms has forced thousands of (brick-n-mortar) shops to close,” he claimed. Amazon declined to comment but sources said Flipkart has appointed key officers to comply with the rules. Pawar to host Oppn meet today to take on the BJP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Mumbai Governor Banwarilal Purohit delivers his customary address to the first session of the 16th Tamil Nadu Assembly at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on Monday Quick rundown of the key points discussed in TN Assembly Economic Advisory Council to CM to be formed An empowered LokAyukta An energised Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) A Right to Services Act to streamline delivery of various public services New legislation to regulate groundwater use Legislation to ensure students are not adversely affected by NEET Satellite towns to decongest large cities Third Master Plan for Chennai before 2026 Master Plan for TN tourism to be unveiled in 2021 Strong grievance redressal process for police personnel A White paper on the State’s finances in July Establishing more industries in northern districts Singara Chennai 2.0 programme for world-class infrastructure and services Maduravoyal to Port road project to be expedited A State-Level Advisory Committee for all major Hindu temples to enhance facilities for devotees, improve maintenance and to advise on related issues Native Tamils, especially those who have studied in Tamil-medium and govt schools, to be given priority in recruitment for govt posts Separate Budget for agriculture every year Uzhavar Sandhai (Farmers’ markets) will be revitalised Target of 125 lakh metric tonnes of food grain production during 2021-22 The Anna Centenary Library will be renovated A mission mode project that will ensure continuity of education delivery will be implemented Expert committee for revival of MSMEs Studies for Mass Rapid Transit Systems for Tiruchy, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli Backlog of unfilled vacancies for Adi-Dravidars and Scheduled Tribes in Government jobs to be filled Ex-chief secy of Bengal gets sharp warning E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata THE face-off between the Centre and West Bengal over a percieved slight to visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, continued to snowball with the department of personnel and training writing to former chief secretary Alapan Bandhopadhyay warning him of ‘major penalty proceedings’ if he fails to submit a satisfactory response to a memo issued to him within 30 days. The memo was issued over his no-show at a meeting convened by Modi. He stands to lose his post-retirement perks if the matter continues to fester. The Centre had on May 28 ordered Bandhopadhyay to report to Delhi, barely days after giving him a three-month extension as chief secretary in view of the pandemic. But Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pulled a fast one on May 31, saying Bandyopadhyay had retired and she had appointed him as advisor. A furious Centre then slapped a show-cause notice on Bandhopadhyay under the Disaster Management Act. convey their views. The changes seek to hold ecommerce firms operating in India accountable, said Archana Tewary partner, J Sagar As, sociates. But the changes are so wide-ranging it needs to be seen how it will pan out, she added. SEA YOGA Naval personnel onboard INS Airavat performing yoga to mark the International Day of Yoga on Monday. The amphibious war vessel of the Indian Navy is currently deployed at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam | PTI THE process to cobble together a united national front against the BJP at a time when the ruling party’s chips are down, picked up momentum on Monday with NCP chief Sharad Pawar calling a meeting of leaders of Opposition parties at his residence in Delhi on Tuesday . It will be co-chaired by Trinamool leader Yashwant Sinha. The process was said to be ideated by poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who met Pawar on Monday, their second meeting in as many weeks. For the record though, Kishor said he will not be present at Tuesday’s meeting, adding he does not believe any third or fourth front can successfully challenge the BJP . Tuesday’s meeting will be held under the banner of Rashtra Manch floated by Yashwant Sinha in 2018. Invites have been sent to leaders associated with the Manch, but informal The gameplan With the Congress failing to seize the initiative to build a rainbow coalition, analysts see Sharad Pawar trying to position himself as the hub of an alternative non-BJP, non-Congress front invites have also gone to some other Opposition leaders. Those associated with Manch include Sanjay Singh (AAP), Manoj K Jha (RJD), Ghanshyam Tiwari (SP), Manish Tewari and Shatrughan Sinha (both Cong), Sharad Yadav and Arun Shourie. Tewari and Shatrughan Sinha are unlikely to attend. They anyway need approval from 81L GET SHOTS AS JABS RISE 62% IN ONE DAY S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi INDIA recorded a whopping 62% jump in vaccination numbers on Monday jabbing , nearly 81 lakh people against the 31-lakh figure it achieved on Sunday. Monday also marked the beginning of the Centre taking charge of providing free shots to all adults in government hospitals across the country It opened . the walk-in window to all eligible beneficiaries. “Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening. The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight Covid-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. Well done India!” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per its new policy, the Centre would procure 75% of vaccines and supply them to the states for free. Private hospitals, on the other hand, will continue procuring the remaining 25% vaccines and charging the beneficiaries. The vaccination drive has been ramped up by the increased availability of vaccines and streamlining of the supply chain. Besides, advance information on vaccine availability for June helped states plan effectively , the Centre claimed. A dashboard maintained by the Centre on vaccination showed that the number of the party high command to participate. Invites have also gone to CPI’s D Raja and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury . “The invites have not been sent to political parties but to party leaders who have been associated with the Rashtra Manch in the past or have been associated with Pawar’s discussion on national scenarios. The discussion will be on the national agenda - economy, harmony Covid-19 and leader, ship among others,” said a leader associated with the Rashtra Manch. NCP minister and chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the party’s national council will meet hours before Pawar’s interaction with Opposition leaders. “The country is going through a very difficult phase. There is huge anger against the BJP-led Central government. Various issues will be discussed in this meeting and the future strategy chalked out,” Malik said. NATIONWIDE JUNE 20 JUNE 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT 58,419 87,619 1,576 53,256 78,190 1,422 June 20 30,39,996 doses June 21 80,95,314 doses TOTAL DOSES: 28,81,32,212 TAMIL NADU JUNE 20 JUNE 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 7,817 17,043 182 7,427 15,281 189 EXPRESS READ HC dismisses Bengal govt plea on NHRC probe gover nment vaccination centres increased by over 20,000 on Monday while pri, vate vaccination centres remained around 2,000. As on Monday, there were 67,839 government hospitals offering vaccinations. The dashboard showed BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh leading the drive with nearly 15.5 lakh inoculations in a day It was followed by Kar. nataka where about 11 lakh beneficiaries received the P7 jabs. Kolkata: The Calcutta HC on Monday dismissed the West Bengal government’s plea for recalling its order that directed the National Human Rights Commission to examine all cases of alleged human rights violations in post-poll violence in the state SP jibe at BJP after UP minister’s CM pick byte Lucknow: UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya has said the state’s next CM will be decided by the BJP’s central leadership after the assembly polls, prompting the Samajwadi Party to suggest that the ruling party is divided on the leadership issue | P8 Pondy’s tryst with uncertainty continues, this time with no Cabinet ministers D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry FORTY FOUR days have passed since N Rangasamy took oath as Chief Minister of Puducherry yet confusion persists over , the induction of his Cabinet ministers. It is the differences within the NDA alliance of the AINRC and BJP and internal is, sues within the parties that have been coming in the way of formation of a ministry in the Union Territory. The Opposition parties, Congress and the DMK, have flayed the NDA, stating that it was a mockery of democracy, while Lok Sabha MP V Vaithilingam stated that the MLAs were after the chair, rath- er than on people’s welfare. After initial hiccups within the alliance, the saffron party submitted its list to the Chief Minister on June 15. Among those whose names had featured were J Saravana Sai Kumar, a first-time MLA, and A Namassivayam, a Congress turncoat who had also served as the PWD Minister. John Kumar, another turncoat, also was a contender for a Cabinet berth, but it seems the BJP chose to stick with a loyalist (Saravana), who has been with the party for a decade now. “The portfolios will be decided after the induction of ministers. We will sit and amicably decide on it,” said Nirmal Kumar Surana, BJP leader in-charge of UT. Now, it is the NR Congress that is taking its own sweet time in deciding ministers. Rangasamy is finding it tough to decide among senior MLAs K Lakshminarayan, C Jayakumar, and P Rajavelu, and giving representation to Karaikal (PNR Thirumurugan and Chandrapriyanka), and including someone from the Schedule Caste (P Rajavelu, U Lakshmikandan and Chandrapriyanka). After the deal with the BJP the , CM now has three ministerial berths and one Deputy Speaker’s post to fulfil his political compulsions.
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