chennai l friday l july 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l late city EDITION spectators banned from Tokyo OLYMPIC VENUES Following a state of emergency aimed at containing rising Covid cases in the capital, organisers forced to take big call ap first ever games behind closed doors call on events outside tokyo later On Thursday evening, organisers met with local and national government officials and Olympic and Paralympic chiefs to make what Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto termed a “very difficult decision”. Fans from abroad were banned months ago. The decision means Tokyo 2020 will be the first Games ever held largely behind closed doors ■ ■ Some events like surfing, football and marathon will take place outside Tokyo. A decision on fans at events outside Tokyo would be taken in consultation with the governors of each region Decision regarding the admission of spectators during Paralympics will be taken after the completion of Games | P13 920 cOVID CASES IN TOKYO ON july 7, highest in region since mid-may 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 Govt free to go after Twitter: HC E x p r ess News S e r vi c e @ New Delhi The Delhi High Court on Thursday said the Centre was free to initiate action against Twitter in accordance with the IT rules in case it had breached them. Parallelly, new Union information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the law of the land is supreme, adding those who live and work in India have to abide by the country’s rules. Justice Rekha Palli granted two weeks to Twitter to file hard copies of the notarised affidavit of a competent officer on compliance with the new rules. pushback E x p r ess n ews S e r vi c e @ New Delhi The Secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a 57-member grouping, sought to send a delegation to Jammu and Kashmir and raised issues concerning the situation of Muslims in India, in a meeting with India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The rare meeting between an Indian diplomat and an OIC secretary general was held on July 5 in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah. “The Secretary General welcomed Ambassador Ausaf Sayeed and reviewed with him a number of issues concerning the situation of Muslims in India, along with the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and relevant UN and OIC resolutions opposing any unilateral actions on the issue,” a statement from the OIC noted. Ministry of Exter nal Affairs spokesperson Arindham Bagchi said the meeting was held on the request of the Islamic bloc. “A wide range of issues was discussed. Our ambassador conveyed the need to correct some of the misperceptions about India that are being perpetrated by the vested interests in the OIC,” Bagchi said. Ambassador Sayeed told the OIC to ensure that its platform is not used by those with vested interest to make comments on India’s internal affairs or to spread anti-India propaganda through biased and one-sided resolutions, Bagchi said. India has maintained that the OIC has no locus standi on Kashmir, and had, in the past, called out the grouping for making unwarranted references to India in its resolutions. New Delhi had also raised concerns that Pakistan is trying to use the OIC as an anti-India platform. Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 43,733 45,892 47,240 44,291 930 817 tamil nadu july 7 july 8 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,367 3,704 64 3,211 3,565 57 There were 4.6 lakh active cases in India on Thursday effective July 6. Regarding the Nodal Contact Officer, it will try to fill the position on an interim basis in two weeks. And the process of hiring an interim Resident Grievance Officer is expected to over be by July 11, it informed. While the appointments are interim, it would not lessen the responsibilities imposed on those officers to ensure compliance with the new IT Rules, Twitter assured. Twitter also told the court that its first compliance report covering the period of May 26 to June 25 will be filed by July 11. Cabinet meeting seeks to learn from past mistakes OIC meets India envoy, seeks to send team to see J&K situation NATIONWIDE july 7 july 8 “It is made clear that since this court has only granted time to Twitter to file its affidavits to show compliance of the rules and there is no interim protection granted, it will be open for the Union of India to take action against Twitter in accordance with rules in case of any breach of the rules,” the court said, while slating the case for next hearing on July 28. For its part, Twitter said it was not seeking any protection. The microblogging site said it has appointed a resident of India as its interim Chief Compliance Officer Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 7 31,04,426 doses July 8 36,08,940 doses Total doses 36,85,76,352 L23K crore infra package to deal with third wave The `23,123 crore package is a follow up to the `15,000 crore package Having burnt its fingers because of provided by the Centre last year to sluggish response during the initial deal with the first wave of the panstages of the Covid second wave, the demic. Making it clear that the govfirst meeting of the recast Cabinet ernment does not want to take any presided by Prime Minister Naren- chances with the third wave, Mandra Modi on Thursday sought to daviya said the spread and sweep of quickly address challenges from the the package will include creation of anticipated third wave by rustling field hospitals with 5,000 bed capaciup a `23,123 crore healthties, ICU and oxygen beds, Outreach to care package. buffer stock of critical The package aims to restive farmers medicines worth `1 crore create paediatric units in in each district and setThe Union Cabinet all 736 districts because also sought to address ting up 10,000 litre oxygen of the apprehension that plants. concerns of the the third wave could af- agitating farmers by Also, the Centre will fect children. The Centre allowing inclusion of work with states for unialso intends to build synformity in the manner in the Agriculture ergy with state governwhich trained human reProduce Marketing ments while implementsources like resident docCooperatives ing the package as against tors, interns, final year (mandis) in the the policy of passing the `1 lakh crore interest MBBS students and parabuck to states during the medics are roped in for subvention scheme second wave. unveiled in the Union emergency services for a Union Minister for Budget for creation of fixed duration with standHealth and Family Welardised compensation. agriculture fare Mansukh Mandaviya The plan includes auginfrastructure | P7 said the Centre and the menting 20,000 ICU beds states will work as a team to imple- in the public healthcare system, out ment the package between July and of which 20% will be reserved for March, for which consultations will children. For rural, peri-urban and be held with each state government tribal areas, “creating pre-fabricated on ways to strengthen their medical structures for adding additional beds infrastructure. The nine-month span at the existing CHCs, PHCs and SHCs is the upper limit for executing the (6-20 bedded units) and support plan, he assured. would also be provided to establish Mandaviya stressed that the gov- bigger field hospitals (50-100 bedded ernment will expedite work on ad- units) depending on the needs at tierdressing critical issues based on the II or Tier-III cities and district HQs” lessons learnt from the second wave, will be part of the package. It will like augmenting oxygen beds, add- also provide for adding 8,800 ambuing ambulances and ensuring avail- lances to the existing fleet in the pubability of critical medicines. lic sector. MAN I S H ANAND @ New Delhi express read Panel probing NEET impact not valid, Centre tells HC First case of Zika virus adds to Kerala’s worry Chennai: Justice AK Rajan committee constituted by the State government to study the impact of NEET on socially-backward classes is neither requisite nor valid, the Union government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday | P4 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala was put on high alert on Thursday after the first case of Zika virus infection in the state was reported in a pregnant woman in Thiruvananthapuram. As many as 19 samples have been sent to a Pune lab for testing | P7 ‘Issue separate Covid certificate for kin of dead’ E X PR E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State government to ensure that family members of every person who died due to Covid are issued a certificate attributing the cause to the virus, in addition to the death certificate. The court said that such a certificate can be utilised to claim compensation, if any, announced by the State government. The order was passed on a plea moved by one HA Shrirajalakshmi who sought for the court to direct the authorities concerned to mention ‘Covid’ as the reason of death in certificates issued by the State government to claim compensation. During Thursday’s hearing, the counsel for the Central government informed the bench that the State government has been informed on the recent pending plea at the Supreme Court. They added that it was also brought to the State’s notice that Covid death be noted specifically in the death certificates of people who died due to the infection. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed the State that each person who died has to be provided with a certificate, in addition to the death certificate, informing that the cause of death was Covid-19, so that compensation can be claimed in the future, if announced by the State government. The plea was adjourned to 10 weeks for the State to file a detailed report on the issues raised by the petitioner. FB can’t skip Delhi riots panel: Sc K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi Stressing that social media platforms should show accountability towards its users, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the Delhi Assembly can seek information from Facebook and its officials in connection with their alleged role in the 2020 Delhi Riots. However, the Assembly’s Peace and Harmony committee would have no jurisdiction over issues like law and order of Delhi, which comes under the Central government. “Because of the nature of the riots, the Assembly without trans- gressing into any field of the Union under 7th Schedule can look into the issue,” a three-judge bench of the court said. Hearing a plea by Facebook India against the summons issued by the committee to its head Ajit Mohan, the bench, while calling it premature, stated he must appear before the committee, but his representative can choose not to answer questions outside of the Assembly’s domain. The bench said social media platforms like Facebook have the power and potential to influence people across borders, and debates and posts on them have the potential to polarise the society as most people do not have the wherewithal to verify the content. “The capital can ill-afford any repetition of the occurrence, and thus, the role of Facebook in this context must be looked into by the powers that be. It is in this background that the Assembly sought to constitute a Peace and Harmony committee. It cannot be said that its concerns were misconceived or illegitimate,” the court said in its 188-page judgment. P9 Annamalai succeeds Murugan phased in Union, not central as new president of TN BJP Govt in tn textbooks T M u r u g a n a n d h a m @ Chennai Former IPS officer Annamalai Kuppusamy was on Thursday appointed the new president of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit. The 37-year-old is the youngest person to assume the post. Significantly he moved to , the top post in the unit just 11 months after joining the party. By appointing Annamalai to the post, the BJP high command has made it clear that it wants to infuse young blood into the State unit which opened its account in the TN Assembly after a long gap. Annamalai joined the BJP on August 25 last year, in New Delhi, and within five days, was made one of the vice presidents of the unit. He had said, “I think the BJP will be able to give a new vision and direction to TN.” There was speculation that the party might go it alone in the Assembly polls with Annamalai expected to be the CM candidate. However, in the elections, he lost the Aravakurichi seat to DMK, by a 24,816-vote margin.P7 The phrase ‘Central Government’ will be replaced with ‘Union Government’ in textbooks, TN Textbook & Educational Services Corporation said | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID)
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