kottayam l monday l june 07, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION Delta variant is 40% more infectious than alpha: UK British authorities said the Delta strain is 40% more virulent and leads to twice the number of hospitalisations than Alpha data shows vaccinated are protected While Delta was first found in India, Alpha preceded it and was detected in UK initially. Health secretary Matt Hancock said of the 9,427 cases in hospital due to Delta in the last two days, only seven (0.07%) were from the fully vaccinated group. However, Britain’s former health advisor Neil Ferguson pegged the Delta strain’s virulence at 60% higher than Alpha ■ >50% Cabinet to decide on unlock on june 14 ■ ■ Amid an intensified vaccination drive, the Delta variant would figure on top of the June 14 Cabinet meeting to decide on unlock The Alpha variant was estimated to be 40-80% more infectious than the Covid samples collected in November last year Britain’s R-rate, or rate of infection, has risen over the past week Of england’s population has been fully vaccinated 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 Twitter will not lose legal cover, contend experts Say consequences of it losing intermediary status may not be visible for quite some time summons to Twitter to stand trial, as police investigations do Amid the ongoing face-off be- not happen in criminal defamatween the Centre and social me- tion cases. So, Twitter losing dia platforms, legal experts intermediary status only plays opined that the latter would not out slowly and the consequencbe liable directly for messages es may not be visible for quite posted by users on their web- some time.” sites, in view of Section 79 of Domain expert and lawyer the Information and Technolo- Akur Raheja said, “Though the gy Act, 2000. government is right now conMicroblogging site Twitcentrating on giant social ter was on Saturday media companies only, served a final notice to the scope of new intercomply with the new IT mediary guidelines is rules that mandate the wide enough to bring in platform to appoint Inits preview many SMEs dia-based compliance as well like domain/ and grievance officers hosting or other small As the law among other clauses, online companies. stands failing which it will Many of them could be Section 79 of the unaware of the comface consequences. IT Act protects But Supreme Court pliance requirements advocate K V Dhanan- intermediaries if right now.” jay said, “If we assume they unknowingAnother Supreme that Twitter loses pro- ly host illegal or Court lawyer D K Maunlawful contection under Section hant cited messaging 79, even then it does tent. When alert- platform Telegram’s ed about any not automatically sufcase, which he fought objectionable fer because user A before the Delhi High posts a message that content through Court. “There have user B thinks is defam- a court order or been various litigation by the Centre, atory to him. User B against Telegram, insimply cannot rush to they are expect- cluding a copyright ed to remove it a criminal court lawsuit, which I fought against Twitter on the before the Delhi High ground of criminal defama- Court this January. Telegram tion.” He reasoned that “if undertook before the high court Twitter cannot be shown to be to not only remove the identispecifically aware of such con- fied content but also any future tent on its website, it cannot be content within 48 hours of Telimputed with criminal intent. egram being informed of the Unless a criminal court is pri- copyright infringement. Hence, ma facie satisfied with Twitter in my view the provisions are intentionally hosting the con- working, the intermediaries tent in question, it cannot issue are following them,” he added. K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi base erosion are Dalit-based parties losing ground? TNIE takes a look at why the popularity of parties that espoused the cause of the downtrodden is on a downward spiral and why Mayawati’s BSP seems to be imploding | P7 EXPRESS READ Custodial death: Call for detailed medical check-up of suspects T’Puram: Justice Narayana Kurup, who carried out the inquiry into the infamous Nedumkandam custodial death of a 49-year-old man, has recommended the government that the suspects who are taken into police custody shall be subjected to an intense medical screening to ascertain whether they are tortured by the cops during interrogation. This was one among the recommendations made in the report tabled by government in the assembly. Move to reorganise police women cell T’Puram: The police department move to reorganise the state women cell without the consent of the assembly has raised many eyebrows. A detailed proposal for the reorganisation of the cell has been sent to the government. The officers currently working there have been temporarily redeployed for better utilisation of manpower till the government issues orders in that regard. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, YOUR LIFE COACH INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Clean Ganga crematoriums could have offered dignity to the dead R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi Hundreds of Covid-19 victims whose bodies were thrown into the river Ganga or were buried in the river banks could have got a dignified final farewell if only the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) had finished constructing crematoriums along the serpentine river in time. The NMCG was sanctioned to construct 33 ghats and crematoriums at a cost of `833 crore in Bihar and UP under the Centre’s ambitious Namami Gange Programme. A majority of these projects were sanctioned between 2016 and 2019 with a target to complete them by March 2021. But an analysis of the progress data available with the NMCG shows that just over 51% of the projects have been completed. In the rest, work is either still in progress or tenders are being floated for identifying the contractors. Of the 33 projects, 17 have been completed, 13 are under progress, two are in the tendering stage while one is yet to be tendered. Eighteen of the ghats and crematoriums are in UP and 15 in Bihar. Last month, bodies of suspected Covid patients were found floating in the Ganga. The decomposed bodies were first found in Bihar’s Buxar but later more were discovered in UP districts also. Although an inquiry is still under way to ascertain the cause, it is suspected that the existing crematoriums in Bihar and UP could not take the load of the pandemic victims and the bodies had to be thrown into the river. Days after the bodies washed ashore, hundreds of bodies were found loosely buried in the river banks in Unnao and Badohi districts of UP, begging the question that had the ghats and crematoriums been completed, would the suspected Covid victims be insulted in death. The bodies were found in six districts of UP — Mirzapur, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Ballia and Ghazipur — and three of Bihar: Buxar, Saran and Patna. Continued on: P8 status check 33 Total ghats & crematorium projects in UP, Bihar sanctioned H833 cr Funds allocated for the project Progress of projects UP Bihar Fully completed 13 4 75-99% work done 1 3 50-75% work done 1 1 25-50% work done - 3 Less than 25% work 1 3 Tendering process on for 2 others; not even that for one project State-wise breakup of ghats & crematoriums in five Ganga states Work in State Total Completed progress Tendering process Bihar 15 4 10 1 UP 18 13 3 2 West Bengal 29 24 5 Jharkhand 4 3 1 Uttarakhand 13 11 1 1 Hawala heist: Police may quiz Day after, govt hospital Surendran’s son, BJP sees plot in Delhi nixes ban on nurses win speaking Malayalam S o m r i ta G h o s h @New Delhi A day after its offensive circular directing Keralite nursing staff not to speak in Malayalam at work created an uproar, the Delhi governmentrun GB Pant Institute of PG Medical Education and Research Hospital on Sunday revo ke d t h e o rd e r a n d launched a probe to contain the damage. Shortly after the order was revoked, the Delhi Malayali Nurses Committee called of f its proposed agitation. Saturday’s order had barred Kerala nurses from speaking in Malayalam at work, citing the inconvenience caused to patients who could not understand the language. The order had advised the nurses to stick to only Hindi and English or face serious action. Nullifying the order, medical director R Anil Kumar E X P RE S S N E W S S ER V I C E @Thrissur/Kochi said: “It was issued by the Nursing Superintendent without knowledge of the hospital administration and the Delhi government.” Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to slam the order. While Rahul called for stopping language discrimination, Tharoor said the order was ‘crude, offensive’. According to one of the senior nurses at the hospital, the order was issued after two staffers spoke in Malayalam about a therapy in the presence of another nurse, who could not follow them. “We only talk to other people from Kerala in Malayalam at the hospital. This is the first time such an order has been passed,” said Jeemol Shaji, general secretary of the nurses’ union in LNJP Hospital. The special police team investigating the Kodakara hawala case may question BJP state president K Surendran’s son after the call data records (CDRs) revealed that he had contacted Dharmarajan, a Kozhikode-based businessman with RSS leanings, many times on the day of the heist. Dharmarajan, on whose behalf the money was carried, is the complainant in the case. The CPM is playing Investigating officers said Thristhe politics of revenge by sur Range DIG A Akbar may quessummoning the tion Surendran’s son Harikrishnan family members K S, an engineering graduate, who of state president was active in his father’s assembly for questioning. election campaign. As per the The party will face CDRs, Harikrishnan, 24, contacted any attempt to Dharmaraj several times on April unleash false 3 when the vehicle was waylaid and propaganda unitedly the money looted by a group of men at Kodakara on the ThrissurKummanam Ernakulam highway . Rajasekharan, BJP Meanwhile, former state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the CPM was playing the politics of revenge by summoning the family members of the state president for questioning. The heist incident came to light after Shamjeer Shamsudeen, driver of Dharmarajan, first lodged a complaint saying `25 lakh that he had carried was ● More on P5 looted. ‘Bribing namesake’: Surendran likely to face police heat G e o r g e P o i k ay i l @Kasaragod More political trouble is brewing for the BJP and its state president K Surendran after his namesake K Sundara told police that he was bribed by the BJP leader’s confidant Sunil Naik to pull out of the Manjeshwar assembly election. Kasaragod police have registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the allegations, which include abduction, wrongful confinement and bribery . A top officer of the Kasaragod police said an FIR would be registered against Surendran “because he is the apparent beneficiary of Sundara withdrawing his nomination papers”. The preliminary probe was launched after CPM leader and LDF’s candidate in Manjeshwar V V Rameshan submitted a plaint to district police chief P B Rajeev against Surendran.On Sunday , Badiadka police recorded the state● More on P5 ment of Sundara. Minority scholarships: League rejects proposal to form expert panel ment’s press release,” said Kunhalikutty. Basheer said the court order has led to a huge The Indian Union Muslim crisis for the Muslim commuLeague (IUML) has rejected the nity and no scholarship can be government’s proposal to con- distributed this academic year. stitute an expert panel “No recommendation to find a solution to the of the Sachar Commisproblem that arose after sion report can be imthe High Court canplemented after the celled the 80:20 ratio in verdict. The party exallotting scholarship for pected a concrete soluminorities. tion taking into considAddressing a news eration the gravity of conference in Malapthe problem,” he said. puram on Sunday, At the meeting, the IUML leaders P K Kun- The government chief minister said halikutty and E T Muthere will be more disdidn’t present hammed Basheer said cussions and that the this suggestion there is no need for government will seek at the all-party meeting. We such a committee as it legal advice. “There came to know would only delay the are various persons, about the solution. They said including the Advocate there are enough re- proposal to form General, and the govan expert panel ports by various comernment can get legal through the mittees and what the advice with one hour,” government’s government need to do said Basheer. “It is press release is only to implement clear that the governP K Kunhalikutty them. ment wants to procras“The gover nment tinate and expert comdidn’t present this suggestion mittee is only a tool for the at the all-party meeting held on purpose. If the government Friday We came to know about continues with the attitude, we . the proposal to form an expert will think of other possibili● More on P4 committee through the govern- ties,” he said. 227 deaths The state on Sunday recorded the highest single-day Covid deaths. As many as 227 more people died of the disease taking the state’s toll to 9,946. Meanwhile, the state’s test positivity rate came down slightly to 14.27% from Saturday’s 14.89%. Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e statewide Fresh cases Recoveries @Kozhikode 209 Deaths NATIONWIDE bye to paris clay Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns the ball to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer during the men’s singles third round tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Sunday. Federer who won and reached the last 16 later pulled out of the tournament as a precautionary measure to rest up before Wimbledon | AFP june 5 june 6 17,328 14,672 24,003 21,429 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 5 227 june 6 1,20,529 1,14,460 1,97,894 1,89,232 3,380 2,677 June 5 31,20,451 doses June 6 33,53,539 doses Total doses: 23,13,22,417 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Announce sector-specific relief packages, says SJM Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on Sunday urged the Centre to announce relief packages for sectors facing stress due to the pandemic. In a resolution at its two-day national council meeting, the SJM also expressed concern at the astronomical cost of cost of medicare at private hospitals. Private healthcare provid- Incentives for MSMEs The SJM also sought a package for employment linked incentives to strengthen the MSME sector, adding the RBI should announce need-based moratorium to suit every sector and direct the banks for liberal monetary support ers should realise this is not the time for making profits, and ensure treatment with minimum cost, the outfit said. Its resolution also sought enhanced fund allocation for the rural jobs scheme, called the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which was conceived during the U PA regime and mocked at initially by Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi. The outfit also demanded that the government come out with specific packages for varous sectors affected by the pandemic, including construction, fishing and horticulture. “The SJM firmly believes that the mayhem caused by the pandemic can be overcome only by concerted efforts of every section of the society it ,” said.
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