KOZHIKODE l saturday l july 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION A.P. girl ON Virgin Galactic’s fully crewed SPACEFLIGHT Sirisha Bandla 2nd Indian-born woman to go into space Born in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur and brought up in Houston, Sirisha migrated to the US along with her parents when she was 5. She will be the second Indian-born woman to go into space after Kalpana Chawla. Six people, including founder Richard Branson, will be onboard the suborbital rocket-powered space plane VSS Unity, which will lift off from New Mexico Indian-American Sirisha Bandla, 34, will be part of the Richard Branson firm’s first fully crewed test flight slated for July 11 Exciting news upon return: Branson ■ ■ Sirisha, V-P govt affairs and research operations at Virgin Galactic, is one of the four ‘mission specialists’ on the flight “When we return from space, I will announce something very exciting to give more people the chance to become an astronaut. Because space belongs to us all,” Richard Branson tweeted | P7 Livestream of the spaceflight will be available from 6:30 pm on the day of the flight 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 State to publish names of Covid victims from today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram In the wake of mounting pressure following allegations of under-reporting of Covid deaths, the state government on Friday decided to publish the names of persons who died of the viral disease. A meeting chaired by Health Minister Veena George decided to publish the details of Covid victims through the health depar tment website from Saturday . “Already, the age of the victim, the person’s district and date of death are being published by the department. Henceforth, the name of the victim, age and proper place would be published through the health bulletin,” the minister said. However, experts see this as a half measure as the state has failed to address the widespread concerns about the fudging of Covid death figures other than issuing a flat denial. The state reported 13,505 deaths due to Covid so far. However, health activists said the actual toll could be at least two-three times the official number. The minister did not commit herself that the state would review the figures with retrospective effect, which may hit several families that lost their only breadwinners from getting the compensation ordered by the Supreme Court. However, she said the government would examine if there are complaints regarding the non-inclusion of any deaths in the state’s official toll. Addressing a meet-the-press programme in the morning, The state cannot change the guidelines of classifying the deaths unless the Centre or ICMR reviews its guidelines. The government has no plans to review the state’s entire Covid death data in the wake of the allegations Tirath yatra to power just about over? Speculation rife on his resignation; Uttarakhand BJP legislature party meeting expected to elect his successor V i nee t U pa d hyay @ Dehradun Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Friday left everyone guessing after he addressed a press conference late in the evening but did not announce his resignation. When he had called the press meet here earlier in the day after landing from Delhi, it was expected that he would formally announce his resignation. However, Rawat chose to just rattle out his performance report card. Sources in the government and the party said he is likely to put in his papers when he meets Governor Baby Rani Maurya on Saturday around 12 pm. Besides, a meeting of the legislature party of the BJP is scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday . Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar is likely to oversee the selection of a new leader in the legislature party meeting. In the morning, Rawat went into a huddle with BJP president J P Nadda for over 50 minutes in Delhi, during which time he reportedly offered to step down. He also wrote to the Election Commision of India requesting it to announce by-election dates Public spat as CDS calls Air Force a support arm, Air Chief says it is not Veena George, Health Minister Veena George said: “The health department has no plan for a complete revamp of the Covid death confirming system. The state has been following the WHO/ICMR guidelines in classifying deaths as due to Covid. “The state cannot change the guidelines of classifying the deaths unless the Centre or ICMR reviews its guidelines. The government has no plans to review the state’s entire Covid death data in the wake of the allegations,” she said while making clear the government stand on the issue in the light of the Supreme Court ruling that deaths due to Covid-related complications must be certified as such. Meanwhile, stepping up pressure on government, Cong res s s tate pres ide n t K Sudhakaran said the Opposition will raise the issue of fudging Covid death stats until the last family gets social jus● More on P2 tice. M AYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi Jab-o-meter Differences over the proposed integrated command system of defence forces came out in public view on Friday when Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat termed the Air Force just a supporting arm, while Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said “it is not”. Speaking at a defence summit on Friday, Gen Rawat said the “Air force is required to provide support to the ground forces. Do not forget, Air Force continues to remain a supporting arm to the armed forces just as the Artillery or Engineers support the Combatant Ar ms in the Army…. They have an adequate charter of supporting the ground forces in times of war,” the CDS added. July 1 Take 38,17,661 doses your July 2 shot 38,88,643 doses Total doses: 34,41,00,158 NATIONWIDE july 1 july 2 Fresh cases 48,786 46,617 Recoveries Deaths statewide 61,588 59,384 1,005 853 june 1 july 2 Fresh cases 12,868 12,095 Recoveries Deaths 11,564 10,243 124 146 Kitex gets invite from Tamil Nadu Kochi/Chennai: Just days after announcing the decision to scrap a H3,500-cr project, Kitex group chairman Sabu Jacob received an official invite from Tamil Nadu offering a bunch of incentives to choose the state for investment. According to Sabu, the invitation states TN is ready to provide additional benefits should Kitex implement project there. No stay on probe against Aisha Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday declined to stay the investigation in the sedition case registered by the Kavaratti police against filmmakeractivist Aisha Sultana over her alleged remarks that the Centre had used a ‘bio-weapon’ against the islanders. RKS Bhadauria Later, speaking at the same event, the Air Chief said, “Air power has a huge role to play in any of the integrated battle areas and it is not an issue of support alone.” Calling the formation of the theatre commands much more complex the Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said, “Air force is for the formation of theatre commands. But the issues we have raised is about how we should do it. It is the most important reform that has an impact on warfighting.” When asked about the P r o na b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Game is on Czech Republic vs Denmark 9.30pm Ukraine vs England 12.30am Sunday Quarter-final Euro Cup Sunday Switzerland’s midfielder Denis Zakaria (L) reacts as his team concedes a goal to Spain during the Euro Cup quarter-final match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Friday | AFP Saturday MATCHES Kochi: In a rare gesture, a division bench of the Kerala High Court has directed the court Registry to rename the suo motu case initiated in the brutal killing of a dog on Adimalathura beach, Thiruvananthapuram, as “In Re: Bruno...” — in memory of the dog named Bruno. Bipin Rawat charter of the Indian Air Force, Bhadauria said, “Every service has its own doctrine, the best knowledge of how to employ the capabilities and capacities to get the best results.” The 1.4 million Indian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force function to secure and defend the nation under 17 functional commands. The formation of the Chief of Defence Staff in December 2019 was to integrate and synergise the armed forces to prepare them to meet the requirements of modern warfare. Theaterisation is one of the charters of CDS. There are plans are to integrate the forces into five theatre commands – Air Defence, Maritime Theatre, Eastern Theatre, Western Theatre and Northern Theatre. Mamata govt caught on wrong foot in denial of post-poll violence: HC e x p r ess r e a d HC’s tribute to killed dog for the state. Party insiders said that was his last ditch attempt to save his chair. Rawat’s departure would mean the state would get its third CM in less than four months. A Lok Sabha MP from Pauri, Rawat had assumed office as CM on March 10. His anticipated resignation is due to complications in getting elected to the Assembly, sources said. “The party is not confident about him winning the by-elections. That apart, there are legal complications. The senior leadership may also have got the sense that he is unlikely to get elected given the spate of controversies ever since he became chief minister,” said a party insider. It was after Rawat got into the saddle that the Maha Kumbh became a spectacle despite the second Covid wave creating a tsunami of sorts and turning the pilgrimage into a super Uruguay vs Colombia 3.30am Argentina Full vs Ecuador coverage page 11 6.30am f ee l i n g s l i g h t e d Cops don’t salute me, Thrissur mayor complains to police chief E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @Thrissur Thrissur Mayor M K Varghese has sent a complaint to the state police chief alleging that no police officer has shown due respect to him and given him the customary salute though the mayor comes after the governor and chief minister as per the protocol. In his letter, he urged the DGP to look into the matter and do the needful as the mayor is considered the first citizen of the corporation he/she gov- erns. “I was elected the police chief so that mayor of Thrissur Corthere would be a clariporation only a few fication on the matter,” months back. Before said Varghese. that itself, I had noticed “When we go out in this attitude of police the field meeting peoofficers. They salute ple and ensuring that the ministers and even their needs are adM K Varghese MLAs but not the maydressed, some police ofor, who is actually above ficers disrespect us by the other categories as per the showing their back to us,” he ● More on P4 protocol. Hence, I wrote to the added. When we go out in the field meeting people and ensuring that their needs are addressed, some police officers disrespect us by showing their back to us — M K Varghese, Thrissur Mayor Taking note of an interim report by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court on Friday said it prima facie appears to have caught the Mamata government on the wrong foot as the administration stayed in denial and tried to conceal more than reveal. The five-judge bench castigated the government for its failure to create an atmosphere of trust to rehabilitate people displaced by the violence. “In the violence, a number of persons were killed. Many suffered sexual violence and g rievous injuries. Even minor girls were not spared. They have been brutally assaulted sexually Properties . of many of them were damaged and a number of them were forced to leave their houses and even migrated to neighbouring states. Till date, the state has not been able to create an atmosphere that could build confidence of the sufferers to return back to their homes or carry on their occupations,’’ the bench observed. Following a slew of petitions on post-poll violence, the bench had directed the NHRC on June 18 to constitute a committee to study the situation. ‘More to conceal than to reveal’ “The NHRC committee has also recorded in the interim report that different authorities have failed to respond to the queries raised by it. It shows there is more to conceal than to reveal,” the five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court observed While the state authorities had argued that they had received no complaints of violence, the State Legal Services Authority and the National Human Rights Commission were flooded with petitions from the affected people when a mechanism was created to approach them, the court noted. “People are afraid to even disclose their identity to apprehending threat to their life and property it pointed out. ,” The bench directed the state government to register all complaints of post-poll violence reported to the police or the NHRC, ensure medical treatment to all victims and provide ration even if the affected people have lost their ration cards. “Some are facing difficulty in getting their ration as their ration cards have been taken away by the goons,’’ the court noted, citing the report. spreader event. His off-the-cuff comments on ripped jeans and free rations had already made him a punching bag. The latest political turmoil has surprised political experts and members of the civil society in the state. Shveta Mashiwal, a philanthropist in Nainital district said, “Unfortunate that a party that got absolute majority is focusing in changing CMs instead of working for the people.” Yogesh Kumar, a political commentator, said, “Legal hassles and the incumbent’s unpopularity has played a major role what we are witnessing today .” Kodakara heist K Surendran summoned for interrogation E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Thrissur BJP state president K Surendran has been summoned for interrogation in connection with the Kodakara hawala heist case. A notice of summons from the special investigation team led by Thrissur Range DIG A Akbar was served on Surendran at his home in Ulliyeri in Kozhikode on Friday . As per the police, Surendran has been directed to be present at the Thrissur Police Club at 10am on July 6 for interrogation. It remains to be K Surendran seen whether Surendran will appear before investigators as the BJP leadership has recently decided not to cooperate with the probe. The highway hawala heist that happened on April 3 at Kodakara was later proved to be the handiwork of a gang reportedly with the connivance of a section of BJP workers who had been aware of the presence of `3.5 crore in the car that met with an accident. A few days later, the driver of the car filed a police complaint alleging a gang of nine robbed him of `25 lakh. More on P4 minimum tax India agrees to international framework on taxing MNCs A N UR A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi INDIA has extended its support for an international tax framework, which calls for global minimum corporate tax of 15% and makes way for countries to tax multinationals, especially tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon, on their earnings there. According to finance ministry officials, India will be able to tax big MNCs doing business in the country without having physical presence here up to 20% of their profits. In 2017-18, the Indian operations of Google and Facebook reported total revenues of `9,800 crore ($1.4 billion). Their tax payments were `240 crore ($38 mn) primarily on income. According to sources, India may have to let go of the 2% equalisation tax levied on these firms, which is also a major hurdle in the trade negotiation between the US and India.
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