THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 JUNE 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RUMP IN NEPAL CHINA PREPARES FOR CPC CENTENARY IN SECRET P9 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 77% P6 Min: 28.0°C (0) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 05:37 hrs THUMBNAILS BJP National President J.P. Nadda pays tribute to Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee on his death anniversary at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA New Zealand ace WTC mace with win over India: A tenacious New Zealand lifted the inaugural World Test Championship title, their first major ICC trophy, with a comfortable eightwicket win over India on the sixth and final day of the final at Southampton on Wednesday. After India, overnight 64/2, were bowled out for 170, skipper Kane Williamson (52) and Ross Taylor (47) took New Zealand past the finish line with a 96-run partnership, overhauling the 139-run target without much fuss. (Earlier report on P12) NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 23 JUNE India reported 50,848 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total of confirmed cases to over three crore, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday. The caseload and fatalities both have been on a generally downward trend for the last few weeks. The country reported 1,358 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the sixth consecutive day in the last two months when the toll has been below the 2,000-mark. The overall tally of Covid19 cases in the country now stands at 3,00,28,709. India has become the second country after the USA to record more than three crore cases of Covid. India added one crore cases in the last 50 days ~ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Phone ownership, address proof not must for jab: Govt NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE A bout 40 per cent of the money lost by banks in alleged frauds perpetrated by fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya has been recovered so far, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said after the sale of attached shares worth over Rs 5,800 crore on Wednesday. According to the agency, the latest sale proceeds take the total value of recovery to Rs 9,041.5 crore, or 40 per cent of the over Rs 22,000 crore allegedly defrauded by the trio. Commenting on the development, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Fugitives & economic offenders will be actively pursued; their properties attached & dues recovered.” The three, who fled overseas as the probe against them gathered pace, are being investigated by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The central agency gave the low-down on these two cases ~ the estimated Rs 13,000 crore fraud allegedly carried out by diamond trader Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others in CRIME AND RESTITUTION Frauds perpetrated by Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya by siphoning off bank bank funds through their companies resulte.d in a total loss of Rs 22,585.83 crore to a clutch of banks, according to the ED. The ED has so far attached and seized total assets worth Rs 18,170.02 India's total caseload had touched the two crore-mark on May 3. The country has 6,43,194 active cases presently and has witnessed 3,90,660 deaths so far. India's cumulative Covid19 vaccination coverage has crossed 30 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry. According to the provisional report, the total figure was 30,09,69,538. With the new phase of universalisation of Covid-19 vaccination commencing from June 21, more than 63.26 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday, according to CoWIN data at 9.30 p.m, Delhi cases: Delhi today identified 111 positive cases of the coronavirus infection following 76,185 tests conducted for the purpose, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. The count of fresh deaths due to Covid crore belonging to the trio while investigating the fraud cases. On Wednesday, out of these attached assets, the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), on behalf of an SBI-led consortium that lent money to Mallya sold fresh shares worth Rs 5,824.50 crore of United Breweries Lim- ited (UBL). The banks have earlier recovered Rs 1,357 crore by a similar sale of shares in the case against Mallya and his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Another Rs 1,060 crore worth of assets were “restituted” to the banks earlier in the probe against Nirav Modi. Fugitives & economic offenders will be actively pursued; their properties attached & dues recovered. #PSBs have already recovered Rs 1357 Cr by selling such shares. A total of Rs 9041.5 Cr shall be realised by banks through sale of such attached assets NIRMALA SITHARAMAN UNION FINANCE MINISTER the Brady House branch of PNB in Mumbai and the about Rs 9,000 crore Kingfisher Airlines fraud triggered by Mallya ~ in a statement. It said the three “defrauded” public sector banks by siphoning off the funds through their companies which resulted in total loss of Rs 22,585.83 crore to a clutch of banks. The ED has attached and seized total assets worth Rs 18,170.02 crore in these two cases that included Rs 969 crore worth of properties located abroad. “The quantum of the attached and seized assets represent 80.45 per cent of the total bank loss 3,00,28,709 6,43,194 50,848 68,817 3,90,660 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2021 fell to seven casualties from yesterday’s eight, taking the (SEE P2) toll to 24,940. of Rs 22,585.83 crore,” the ED said. On Wednesday, out of these attached assets, the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on behalf of an SBIled consortium that lent money to Mallya sold fresh shares worth Rs 5,824.50 crore of United Breweries Limited (UBL), the ED said. The DRT action came after the ED transferred the shares worth about Rs 6,624 crore of UBL attached by it to the SBI-led consortium on the directions of a special PMLA court that is hearing these cases in Mumbai. “Further realisation of Rs 800 crore by sale of these 40 cases of Delta Plus variant detected in India NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE As many as 40 cases of Delta Plus Covid variant have been detected in India, a strain the government has tagged as a ‘Variant of Concern’. A total of 21 cases of the new strain have been found in Maharashtra, six in Madhya Pradesh, three each in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, two in Karnataka and one each in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu. The variant is a mutation of the Delta strain or B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India. Soon after the findings, the ministry alerted the states to take precautionary measures and shared that Delta Plus has characteristics like increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response. The Delta Plus cases are emerging as large parts of India are ending lockdown restrictions with Covid cases on the decline after a fierce second wave. SNS shares is expected by June 25,” it added. The banks have earlier recovered Rs 1,357 crore by a similar sale of shares in the case against Mallya and his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, the ED said. Another Rs 1,060 crore worth of assets were “restituted” to the banks earlier in the probe against Nirav Modi. In addition, official sources said, Rs 329.67 crore has been realised in the government exchequer after Modi's assets were confiscated in July last year after he was declared a fugitive economic offender by a special court in Mumbai. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LEH, 23 JUNE A security personnel stands guard in Srinagar on Wednesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. AGENCIES Declaration (PAGD). Tarigami is among the 14 leaders invited for the allparty meeting convened by Modi. Others invited include four former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The Communist leader said the PAGD will “be out there to protect the interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” This is the first meeting between Jammu and Kashmir mainstream parties and the prime minister after the Cen- The health ministry on Wednesday dismissed media reports alleging that homeless people have been “barred” from registering for Covid-19 vaccination due to unavailability of technical requirements as “baseless”. There have been some media reports alleging that homeless people have been “barred and conspicuously left out” from registering for Covid-19 vaccination due to unavailability of technical requirements, the ministry said in a statement. The reports have further stated that the “requirement to register digitally”, “knowledge of English and access to a computer or a smartphone connected to the internet” are some of the factors depriving people of vaccination, it added. “These claims are baseless and not based on facts,” the ministry said while clarifying that the ownership of a mobile phone is not a prerequisite for Covid vaccination, production of address proof is also not compulsory and it is not mandatory to pre-register online on Co-WIN for availing vaccination. It further said that for an easy understanding of LONDON, 23 JUNE Nirav Modi has lost the first stage of his extradition appeal in the High Court here, just over two months after the wanted diamond merchant's extradition to India was ordered by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in the estimated $2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case. The case was before a High Court judge for a decision “on the papers” submitted for the appeal to determine if there are any grounds for an appeal against the Home Secretary's decision on April 16 or the Westminster Magistrates Court’s February ruling in favour of Modi's extradition to India. The decision leaves Modi with five days to make his case at an oral hearing in the High Court with a renewed “leave to appeal” application for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full appeal hearing. PTI the users, Co-WIN is now available in 12 languages ~ Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Gurumukhi (Punjabi) and English. While one of nine identity cards, including Aadhar, voter ID card, ration card with photo, disability ID card, is required for vaccination, special provisions have been made for organising vaccination sessions for those who may not have any of these identity cards or own a mobile phone, it added. More than two lakh such beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far, the statement said. For those who may not have access to the internet or smartphones or even mobile phones, free of cost on-site registration and vaccination is available at all government vaccination centres. Eighty per cent of all vaccine doses administered so far were through the on-site-vaccination mode, the ministry said. Bengal govt to prioritise vaccination of mothers of children of up to 12 years: CM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 23 JUNE Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately get approval for Covaxin from WHO or else suggest a remedy for the recipients of this vaccine as they are facing problems to travel abroad. Miss Banerjee also said that the state would prioritise vaccination of mothers of children aged upto 12 years as well as upgrading pediatric care infrastructure in hospitals in view of apprehensions of children being affected the most in the third Covid wave. “Students who are set to join foreign universities are in deep trouble as Covaxin is not approved by WHO. What should these students now do? They cannot take another vaccine as they have already taken Covaxin. PM Modi had suggested this vaccine so he Ladakh parties bat for House NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, 23 JUNE NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE UK high court rejects Nirav’s extradition plea We are giving three lakh doses per day and from tomorrow onwards this figure will go up to four lakh a day... We plan to inoculate 70 lakh people by July. - MAMATA BANERJEE should now come up with an alternative. He should suggest a remedy for this problem. Either the Centre should immediately get Covaxin approved by WHO or else suggest a remedy to this problem. It is for the Government of India to take some initiative,” said Miss Banerjee at Nabanna after reviewing the Covid situation in the state. Miss Banerjee said that the West Bengal government has solely used Covishield but many people had taken Covaxin from private hospitals. Along with students, people who have to go abroad for official work are facing problems in travelling to for- Kashmiri leaders reach Delhi ahead of PM’s meet Most of the 14 leaders including four ex-chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir invited for an all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Union territory on June 24 have arrived here by Wednesday evening. The Thursday's meeting will be the first between the Centre and mainstream Jammu and Kashmir politicians after the abrogation of Article 370 and the divisions of the erstwhile state into two union territories in 2019. With no agenda announced for the Thursday meeting, the J&K leaders said they will go with an open mind. “We have not been given an agenda. We will be attending the meeting to know what the Centre is offering, said CPM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who is also a spokesman for the six-party People's Alliance for Gupkar P12 40 pc of loss in PNB, Mallya fraud cases recovered: ED Amidst Covid decline, total caseload hits 3 cr STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P5 Shares worth Rs 5,800 crore of Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries Limited sold Min: 31% TEMPERATURE Max: 40.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 19:11 hrs TEENAGER MAKES A SPLASH ‘PRIYANKA TO BE CONGRESS CAPTAIN IN UTTAR PRADESH’ A day before the meeting of mainstream parties from J&K with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, a grouping of socio religious and political parties in Ladakh on Wednesday raised the demand for a legislature in the UT along with safeguards like the Sixth Scheduled of the Constitution. The group, an amalgam of almost all Leh-based parties including BJP and Congress, said the decision was taken at a meeting which was among others attended by Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, veteran politician Thupstan Chhewang told reporters here. Chhewang, who was flanked by prominent leaders including Namgyal, said the grouping was formed last year to press for safeguards under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to the union territory and has held two meetings with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the PTI past. tre revoked the erstwhile state's special status and carved two union territories out of it in August 2019. While the PAGD ~ a grouping of the National Conference, PDP CPM, CPI, Awami Nation, al Conference and People's Movement ~ has decided to attend the meeting, the constituents will be sending their individual representatives as well, indicating the bloc might be having a difference of opinion over the key issue of restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The PAGD was formed with the aim of striving to restore Jammu and Kashmir to its position as it existed before Article 370 was revoked on August 5, 2019. The National Conference, meanwhile, continued intraparty interactions and a delegation of Jammu-based leaders headed by Devendra Rana met party president Farooq Abdullah at the latter's residence here on Wednesday. “Our only stand is a single J-K, to maintain its unity and integrity and respecting the wishes and aspirations of the people of J-K, Rana said. He said dialogue and inclusiveness is an important and vital essence of democracy. “Any dialogue that can take us out of this morass and can lead to the welfare of the state of J-K and its people, we are all for it,” he said. He said the party leaders from Jammu have reposed faith in Abdullah as he is not only the president of the NC, but the tallest leader of J-K. eign countries, she said, asking chief secretary HK Dwivedi to write a letter to the Union health secretary and Cabinet secretary. In view of apprehensions that children are likely to be most affected in the third Covid wave, the state government today decided to vaccinate mothers of children aged upto 12 years on priority basis and has put together an elaborate plan for upgrading pediatric care infrastructure in the hospitals. The state government has planned 1,300 pediatric ICU, 350 SNCU, 10,000 generalised beds for pediatric and women patients in government hos- pitals by July. Along with this, infrastructure has been planned to cater the additional demand for oxygen. Asserting that the vaccination status in West Bengal is very good, Miss Banerjee said that two crore doses have already been given, including 33 lakh to potential superspreaders. “We are giving three lakh doses per day and from tomorrow onwards this figure will go up to four lakh a day. We had demanded three crore vaccines from the Centre but did not receive it. Had we got the additional doses then we could have given one lakh to the private hospitals. We plan to inoculate 70 lakh people by July. Miss Banerjee also said that by-polls to the state Assembly should be held soon as the Covid situation is currently conducive in the state, adding that seven days were enough for campaigning. Kishor meets Pawar, 3rd time in fortnight PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 23 JUNE Political strategist Prashant Kishor met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar here onWednesday, a day after leaders of eight opposition parties gathered at Pawar's residence and discussed various issues facing the country. According to sources, the closed-door discussions between Kishor and Pawar, held at the latter's residence in Delhi, lasted for about an hour. This was their third meeting within a fortnight. Kishor, who was instrumental in the thumping victory of the Trinamul Congress in the West Bengal Assembly polls, had met Pawar over lunch at his residence in Mumbai on June 11. He again called on the NCP chief at his residence in Delhi on Mon- The meetings have fuelled speculations about the possibility of opposition parties coming together to form a third front against the BJP. day. These meetings with Pawar have fuelled speculations about the possibility of opposition parties coming together to form a third front against the BJP. Pawar on Tuesday hosted a meeting of the leaders of eight opposition parties including the Trinamul Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Left at his residence in Delhi. However, leaders who took part in that discussions asserted that it was a “non-political” meeting of like-minded individuals.
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