bhubaneswar l tuesday l june 22, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late 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 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 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. 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 81L get shots, jabs rise 62% in 1 day today to take on the BJP MP leads with 15.5L inoculations followed by Karnataka at 11L; vax centres increased to 67,839 S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta @ 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 government vaccination centres increased by over 20,000 on Monday, while private 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 Karnataka where . P9 about 11 lakh beneficiaries received the jabs. 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 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 20 june 21 3,577 5,082 40 3,031 4,587 43 Positivity rate falls below 5 pc after two months Keeping pace with the national trend, the Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR) fell below five per cent (pc) in Odisha after more than two months | P2 Odisha administers 3.32 lakh doses, crosses 1 cr landmark E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi/Mumbai 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 ing their jabs at the public health facilities and the supply depends on consumption, the On a day when the country set State government has made a record in vaccination, Odisha elaborate arrangements to fintoo achieved its highest single ish the stock in the next four day numbers administering days with a target of three lakh 3.32 lakh doses and doses every day . crossed the milestone Additional Chief of 1 crore jabs. Secretary of Health Health department PK Mohapatra said the sources said 3,32,717 record number of vacdoses of both Covcination showed that ishield and Covaxin the target is achievavaccines were adminble when vaccine adistered to people aged ministration is done 18 years and above at in an efficient 1,613 vaccination cenmanner. tres on Monday. A to“With a negative It is a significant tal 1,00,25,629 doses wastage of three per milestone in have been adminiscent, one of the best in Covid-19 tered in the State so the country, the State vaccination that Odisha has far. While 81,30,573 has saved 2.96 lakh administered beneficiaries have got doses of vaccine. If t h e i r f i r s t s h o t , more than a crore supply is streamlined, vaccine doses. 18,95,056 are vaccinatwe can vaccinate four Most of our ed with double dose. lakh people a day,” he frontline warriors It was the highest said and added that have been number of doses adthe Centre has assured vaccinated ministered in a day to provide five lakh Naveen Patnaik, since the vaccination more doses this Chief Minister drive was rolled out month. In a bid to cover a maon January 16. Earlier, a maximum 2.71 lakh doses jority of population prior to the were administered on April 3 possible third wave, the State through 1,476 centres and 2.63 government has also planned to lakh people had got the jab on divert Covaxin to few vaccination centres in Ganjam district April 5. Since the Centre would pro- after all eligible beneficiaries are vide the vaccine for all the age- vaccinated in Bhubaneswar. CONTINUED ON: P7 appropriate beneficiaries tak- E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar 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 Congress), Sharad Yadav and Arun Shourie. Tewari and Shatrughan Sinha are unlikely to attend. They anyway need approval from Vamsadhara Tribunal allows AP to construct Neradi barrage, weir E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada In a relief for Andhra Pradesh, the Vamsadhara Water Dispute Tribunal on Monday in its final , order, accorded permission for the construction of Neradi Barrage across the river Vamsadhara and a side weir Katragadda. The barrage will irrigate 45,000 acres in Srikakulam district. The tribunal, headed by Justice Dr Mukundakam Sharma, declared the yield of the river at Gotta barrage in Andhra Pradesh is 115 TMC and the same is to be shared equally between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The same principle has to be followed in any year of distress or even when there is surplus water. Neradi Barrage will have a right head sluice with a design capacity of 8000 cusecs for meeting the requirements of the state and a left head sluice for Odisha. The capacity of the latter must be intimated to Andhra Pradesh by the Odisha government within six months. The cost of the proposed Neradi barrage will be Ex-chief secy of Bengal gets sharp warning E x p r e s s Ne w s Se 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 threemonth 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. The gameplan 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 borne by the two states on ayacut basis. Andhra Pradesh has also been permitted to draw water from Vamsadhara through the Neradi Barrage during the first crop (from June 1 to November 30) every year. Thereafter, all flows have to be used by both the states as agreed. The tribunal directed Odisha to acquire 106 acres in its territory for the Neradi barrage and hand over the same to Andhra Pradesh within one year. In turn, Andhra has to pay Odisha all costs, including compensation, charges and expenses incurred, for the compulsory acquisition of lands as provided in the detailedproject report. Besides, Andhra Pradesh has also been allowed to draw water up to 8 TMC from June 1 to November 30 every year through the side weir, for which permission has been granted. However, gates of the head regulator of the flood flow canal of the side weir have to be closed on December 1 or earlier in case total drawal of water reaches 8 TMC. CONTINUED ON: P7 dashing performance Dutee betters her 100 m best, picks two national records Ta n m ay D a s @ Bhubaneswar INDIA’S ace sprinter Dutee Chand added yet another feather - actually two - in her cap on Monday as she broke her previous national record by clocking 11.17 seconds in women’s 100m dash at the Indian Grand Prix 4 in Patiala. She, however, fell agonisingly short of Tokyo Olympic qualification mark, which is 11.15 seconds. The 25-year-old athlete from Odisha can still make it to the mega event through her ranking which is 42 on the Road to Tokyo list. The top 56 qualify for the Games. “I am extremely happy with my performance today (Monday) as I broke my own national record”, said Dutee Chand. Despite missing out on the Olympic qualification mark by a whisker, Dutee is confident of making the Olympic cut in the upcoming inter-state nationals, which is scheduled from 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. June 25 to 29. “Though I missed the qualification mark, I am happy with my preparations. As of now, I am the fastest Indian sprinter this year. I will put my best foot forward in the forthcoming inter-state senior national athletics championships to achieve my O ly m p i c g o a l s, ” s h e added. She along with Hima Das, S Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseendran also bettered the previous national record in 4x100m. The quartet clocked 43.37 seconds However, they needed to clock 43.05 seconds to be in the top 16 teams on the P13 Road to Tokyo list. ‘Govt will take all steps to protect Odisha’s interest’ Bhubaneswar: As the Vamsadhara Water Disputes Tribunal on Monday allowed Andhra Pradesh government to construct Neradi barrage and side weir across the river, the Odisha government maintained that further steps will be taken in consultation with the Law department. “All steps will be taken to protect the interest of Odisha,” Minister of State for Water Resources Raghunandan Das said. The Minister said it seems that Odisha’s interest has been hampered. He, however, said that the order will have to be studied in detail to reach a conclusion. “Whether to go for an appeal can only be decided only after consultation with the Law department,” he said, adding a meeting will be convened soon in this regard. The Vamsadhara Water Disputes Tribunal was constituted by the Centre in February, 2010 to adjudicate disputes over sharing of water between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
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