KOCHI l saturday l july 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION india-pakistan face-off during T20 World Cup Stage fight: new Zealand too in group 2 The mouthwatering clash between arch-rivals in Super 12 stage group will be their first time since 2019 World Cup Not the easiest. India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 stage. Apart from Pakistan, the inaugural champions will face New Zealand and Afghanistan. Group 2 comprises defending champions West Indies, Australia, England and South Africa. The Super stage comprises 12 teams. The final contest will be between P11 eight teams in each group ■ 16 teams to join super 12 from qualifiers ■ The qualifying round consists of eight teams divided into two groups. Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia. Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman Top two teams from each of the two groups will join the Super 12, making it a 16-team contest no of teams taking part in the T20 World Cup 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 Centre red-flags spike in Covid cases, says next 100 days crucial SC gives UP last chance to call off its Kanwar Yatra E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Says right to life paramount; all other sentiments, including religious, subservient K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi Giving the Uttar Pradesh government one last chance to reconsider its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday emphasised that the right to life is paramount while all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it. Hearing a suo motu case, a bench of justices R F Nariman and Ajay Rastogi said no physical congregation can be allowed and gave the Yogi Adityanath government time till Monday to take its final call. “UP cannot go ahead with physical yatra. Either we will pass orders directly or , will give you one more opportunity to reconsider your decision,” the court told senior advocate C S Vaidynathan, who appeared for the UP government. The yatra had been cancelled last year, too, amid the first wave. During the hearing, Vaidyanathan spelt out the raft of safety measures taken by the UP government to hold the yatra. While kanwariyas have been generally advised to skip it, those determined to perform the yatra need to apply for registration, have to be fully vaccinated and also produce a negative RT-PCR report, which is not more than three days old, he told the bench. “The yatra would be symbolic,” he said, and sought to invoke the right to religion. UP plans to station Ganga water tankers at key locations from where kanwariyas can collect it and perfor m abhishekam at a nearby Shiv temple. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre was against the yatra to Haridwar. Taking note of both the stands, the bench said it “goes at the very heart of Article 21... The rest of the citizenry of India and their right to life are paramount. All other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right.” State could contain Covid second wave, CM tells PM T’Puram: Kerala was successful in containing the spread of Covid second wave and was able to keep the case fatality rate at 0.48 per cent. The test positivity rate was brought down to 10.4% from around 30%, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told Prime Minister Narendra Modi. P2 The huge rush witnessed at SM Street in Kozhikode, the commercial hub of the city, on Friday | T P Sooraj Ahead of Bakrid, state relaxes curbs for 3 days from tomorrow E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Shops to open The state government has decided to relax lockdown restrictions for three days from Sunday in view of the Bakrid festival. The weekend lockdown announced will be in effect only on Saturday and shops will function on Sunday . The decision to allow seamless functioning of shops in local body areas where Covid test positivity rate (TPR) is below 15% was taken during a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with leaders of Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) here on Friday. Along with shops selling essential items, footwear, fancy, textiles, elec- Along with shops selling essential items, footwear, fancy, textiles, electronic and jewellery stores can open till 8pm on June 18, 19 and 20 in all local body areas where the TPR is below 15% Relaxations not applicable In local bodies where test positivity rate is above 15% tronic and jewellery stores can open till 8pm on June 18, 19 and 20 in all areas falling under A, B and C classification based on TPR. In D category local bodies where TPR is above 15%, relaxations won’t be applicable. In Kerala, Bakrid will be celebrated on Wednesday . During the meeting with the E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi eXPR E SS n E WS s E RVIC E @ New Delhi 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express T’Puram: People who have taken both doses of Covid vaccine need not submit an RT-PCR negative certificate for purposes which mandated the test result earlier. This will be applicable for people coming to Kerala from other states too. They need to produce the vaccination certificate which shows that they have taken both the doses, said an order issued by Chief Secretary V P Joy. P2 NATIONWIDE july 15 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 39,130 40,026 581 542 stateWIDE july 15 july 16 Jab-o-meter 41,806 38,949 july 16 Fresh cases 13,773 13,750 Recoveries Deaths 12,370 10,697 87 130 Take your shot July 15 35,15,093 doses July 16 38,79,917 doses Total doses 39,93,62,514 Swapna, other accused formed terror gang to smuggle gold, NIA tells HC Electronic bail orders to let prisoners out without delay tAKING serious note of the delay in releasing of prisoners from jails despite bail being granted, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will set up a system to ensure that bail orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. “In this age of information and communication technology, we are still looking at the skies for pigeons to communicate orders,” Chief Justice N V Ramana said. “Prisoners are waiting for SC orders to be sent by post. We had ordered release in some matters and they were not released since they did not receive authentic copy of orders. This is too much,” he said. The bench of CJI Ramana and justices L Nageswara Rao and A S Bopanna made the observation while hearing the suo-motu case regarding delay in releasing convicts by prison authorities even after bails were granted by courts. Explaining the changes being planned, the CJI said, “We are contemplating a system to ask and secure orders of bail so that such orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. We are directing Supreme Court Secretary General to frame the scheme and submit before us.” “The idea of this order is to send the order copies of this court via a secured route,” Justice Rao added. The court directed all states to answer whether their jails have proper internet facility, which is required to access the secure system. chief minister, KVVES representatives led by T Naseeruddin demanded that all shops be allowed to function throughout the week. Citing Bakrid and the Onam season that follows, they said the traders see these festivals as their last ray of hope for survival. They said the traders across the state had lost business during Onam in the last three years owing to Covid and flood. The CM replied that time was not ripe for relaxing all restrictions. A formula to allow opening of shops for three days ahead of Bakrid was arrived at during the discussion. By next Wednesday the expert commit, tee will meet to review lockdown restrictions. ● More on P4 RT-PCR -ve report not needed for fully vaccinated Citing the rising Covid caseload in various parts of the world as well as a few states in India, the Centre on Friday raised a red flag saying the situation could get worse from here, adding the next 100 days are going to be crucial. With the World Health Organization issuing an alert on the early signs of a third Covid wave, saying global cases and deaths increased by 10% and 3%, respectively, last week, the Centre said there was no room for complacency Dr V K Paul, who heads the na. tional Covid task force, said the world moving towards the third wave should be seen as a red flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of six states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Karnataka — where cases are either rising or have plateaued at a high number. “PM has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible,” Paul said, adding that while the situation is under control now, it may change for the worse if public health measures are not taken and individuals do not behave responsibly . While Spain has seen a 64% hike in weekly cases, Netherlands has recorded a 300% spike. Highlighting India’s vulnerability Paul said, , “We have not reached herd immunity — not even through infection. Not that we want to achieve herd immunity through natural infection. We are making continuous progress in vaccination,” he said. afghanistan kandahar An art teacher gives final touch to a painting of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, in Mumbai on Friday | PTI pakistan Spin Boldak in Kandahar near Af-Pak border, where the Indian journalist fell to bullets Embedded Indian Journalist killed in afghan crossfire E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, 38, was killed on Friday in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak near a border crossing with Pakistan. Since early this week, Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist with the Afghan special forces based in Kandahar. The forces were fighting to regain control over Spin Boldak when Siddiqui was killed, Reuters reported. For its part, the Taliban claimed it did not know a journalist was accompanying the soldiers. It has reportedly handed over the body to the Red Cross. “Our Ambassador in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. We are keeping his family informed of the developments,” MEA s p o ke s p e r s o n A r i n d a m Bagchi said. A native of Delhi, Siddiqui is survived by wife Rike and two young children. After graduating in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, Siddiqui pursued a degree in Mass Communication. Though he started his journalism career as a reporter, Siddiqui later decided go behind the camera. He went on to produce world-class work that spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, which won him a Pulitzer, Delhi riots and India’s Covid crisis. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday informed the Kerala High Court that the motive of Swapna Suresh and other accused in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case was to gain money by causing extensive damage to the security and economic stability of the country . “For committing the terrorist act, the accused conspired together, recruited people, formed a terrorist gang, raised funds and smuggled around 167kg of gold from the UAE since November 2019, through import cargo addressed to dip- ‘Threat to country’s economic security’ According to the NIA, the motive of the accused was threatening the economic security of India, besides damaging the friendly relations between the UAE and India. lomats at the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram,” the NIA said, while opposing Swapna’s bail plea. “Detaining the main conspirators, including Swapna Suresh, in judicial custody is absolutely necessary considering the transnational ramification,” it said. The offence under UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) will stand against Swapna Suresh, who is one of the prime conspirators in the case, said NIA. Their motive was threatening the economic security of India, besides damaging the friendly relations of the UAE with India. According to the NIA, evidence has to be collected regarding the source of smuggled gold and the involvement of any other players inimical to the economic security of India, in facilitating the crime from the UAE. Swapna’s counsel Sooraj T Elenjickal argued that the chargesheet does not disclose sufficient material evidence to connect her with the alleged gold smuggling. The HC will hear the bail plea on July 29. E X P RESS RE A D Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards for Gracy, Abin Joseph T’Puram: Writers Gracy and Abin Joseph have been selected for this year’s Kendra Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar, respectively. Gracy was selected for her work ‘Vaazhthapetta Poocha,’ while Abin’s ‘Kalliassery Thesis’ got picked for the laurel. Govt cancels good service entry awarded to revenue official T’Puram: The government has cancelled the good service entry awarded to revenue under-secretary Salini O G who had provided a copy of the revenue file on the controversial tree felling order under the RTI Act. Revenue additional chief secretary’s order said the official’s integrity is ‘not beyond doubt’. P5 The right lesson Make students sign ‘no dowry bond’ before awarding degree, Guv tells VCs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi Taking forward the fight against dowry, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has directed the universities in the state to come up with a system that will ensure that the social evil is eradicated from society . The effort should begin from the educational institutions, the governor said during his meeting with vice-chancellors here on Friday . The governor — the chancellor of the universities in the state — said the first step towards curbing the menace is to ensure that the educational qualifications of prospective grooms are not used as a tool for haggling over dowry . “Hence, it has been suggested to make the students sign a bond promising that they won’t accept or give dowry, before they are awarded their degree certificates,” It has been suggested to make students sign a bond promising that they won’t accept or give dowry, before they are awarded degree certificates — Arif Mohammed Khan said the governor. “Recently, Kerala has been in the news for very wrong reasons. The deaths caused as a result of dowry harassment has shaken the people of the state. It is paradoxical that in a state which has the highest literacy rate and great social awareness such incidents have happened. This is the state which has seen a lot of contributions by women in its social and economic development.” He said it is unbelievable that such monstrosities are happening in Kerala. “So I would like the students to pledge that they shall never demand or give dowry As a step . towards motivating them, I have asked the vice-chancellors to obtain or get the students to sign a bond that promises that they will not seek or give dowry The degree certificates will . be awarded only to those students who have signed the bond,” the governor said.‘Vidya’ is supposed to give us enlightenment or ‘vivek’, the governor said. “But today it has turned into a thing that is being used to squeeze out money the gover,” ● More on P4 nor said.
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