TIRUNELVELI l friday l july 16, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION Pant Covid-19 positive in UK, three others in isolation Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani test positive for coronavirus in Britain Rishabh Pant posted pictures watching Euro match at Wembley | Twitter Three others placed in quarantine Did they let their guard down? Pant, who watched Euro 2020 from the Wembley Stadium tested Covid-19 positive on July 8 and is recovering well. Garani, who joined the team over the weekend after two-week break, tested positive on July 14. His contacts bowling coach Bharat Arun and players Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran are in isolation and will join the team in Durham next week ■ ■ A few of the players and support staff were seen at the Wimbledon and the Wembley watching Euro 2020 matches without masks. This prompted BCCI to send a circular In the first week of July, the BCCI arranged for the second dose of Covid vaccine to the team members in London | P11 August 4 date when the five-match Test series versus england begins 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 SC concern over Substantial slack in economy even with 9.5% growth: RBI rampant misuse of sedition law EX P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Wonders why there has been no govt bid to repeal it while many others have been axed was not blaming any government but added that the conExpressing concern over the cern was about the “misuse of rampant misuse of the colonial the law and no accountability sedition law, the Supreme Court of the Executive”. on Thursday asked the Centre According to Section 124 A of why it has not got rid of the leg- the Indian Penal Code, those islation when several other old who attempt to create hatred or laws have been repealed. contempt against the governThe observation came when ment shall be punished with a bench headed by Chief Jus- im risonment or fine or both. p tice of India N V Ramana was The offence is not bailable. hearing a plea by retired In 1962, the Supreme Major-General S G VomCourt had upheld it in batkere, who challenged the Kedar Nath Yadav the Constitutional vaversus the State of Bilidity of Section 124 A har case. (sedition) of the IPC on “The government has the grounds that it taken out a lot of stale causes a chilling effect laws, I don’t know why Sedition on free speech. case count they have not looked “Dispute is that it is a (2014 to 2019) into this,” Justice Racolonial law and was mana told Attor ney used by British to supGeneral K K Venugopal. Arrested press freedoms and The latter suggested used against Mahatma that instead of repealGandhi and Bal Ganing the section, paramgadhar Tilak. Is this Chargesheeted eters and guidelines law still needed after 75 could be laid down. years of IndependHowever, CJI RamaConvicted ence?” Justice Ramana na once again emphawondered. sised the “gravity of Pointing towards its the situation” and said Acquitted/ misuse, the CJI said, “If “if a party does not Discharged you see the history of want to hear the voice Source: NCRB charging under this of the other party they , section, the conviction may use this type of rate is very low. The enormous law and implicate other peopower of this section can be ple.” The court then issued nocompared to a carpenter being tice to the Centre and tagged it given a saw to make an item, with other pending cases. (but) uses it to cut the entire forFormer Union minister Arun est instead of a tree. That’s the Shourie too has approached the effect of this provision.” Supreme Court challenging the The CJI also clarified that he sedition law. K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi 559 337 10 73 in self-defence Woman kills would-be rapist, let off under Sec 100 S a h aya N o v i n s t o n L o b o @ Chennai A 23-year-old woman who allegedly killed a man to protect herself from an attempted rape was let go by the police on grounds that she had acted only in self-defence. According to the police, the woman, a mother of two, was struggling to free herself from the clutches of the deceased when she pushed him. The man, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, is believed to have hit his head against a rock and died on the spot. After preliminary inquiries pointed that the woman had only acted in her self-defence, Tiruvallur District Superintendent of Police, V Varun Kumar, invoked section 100 of the IPC (right of private defence) and released her on station-bail. According to the police, the locals reported a man found dead in a fish farm near Minjur on Wednesday afternoon. His body was retrieved and sent to the Tiruvallur Government Hospital for postmortem. A case of suspicious death under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was registered. From his appearances, police suggested that he could be a migrant worker. On investigation, it was found that the man had been stalking one Lakshmi (name changed). IT’s said all’s well that ends well. With the unpleasantness surrounding the second Covid wave declining, economic indicators are ‘brightening’ prospects. But, one may have to wait for that perfect ending. At least RBI believes so. In its monthly bulletin released on Thursday, it noted that the gradual decline of in- fections and an aggressive vaccination push have brightened the near-term prospects for the economy. But, there will be a substantial slack in the economy and demand pressures may take some more time to become evident. This is notwithstanding the projected 9.5% GDP growth rate this fiscal. Aggregate demand is the cleanest guide to recovery, but as the central bank noted, consump- tion isn’t at full-throttle. “While several high frequency indicators of activity are recovering, a solid increase is aggregate demand is yet to take shape,” it noted. Several mobility indicators shot up in June, so did attendance at workplaces, power consumption and digital transactions – all of which considered forerunners to a revival in busi- tn seeks exemption from neet; 4 cities added as test centres E X P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday met Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi and requested him to give an exemption to Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Pradhan also enquired in detail about the reasons for such a request and promised to ponder and discuss about the Jab-o-meter July 14 Take 32,10,451 doses your July 15 shot 35,15,093 doses Total doses: 39,49,78,565 same, said Subramanian. After the meeting, Pradhan tweeted that he had informed Subramanian that for the convenience of the students of Tamil Nadu, four new cities — Chengalpattu, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, and Tiruppur — have been added for conducting NEET (UG). Further, number of languages being offered this year have been increased from 11 to 13 NATIONWIDE july 14 july 15 with the addition of Malayalam and Punjabi, Pradhan said. Speaking to reporters after meeting the minister, Subramanian said that he appraised the former of the impact of NEET on rural students, suicide of 13 students in four years, and also the difference in syllabus between CBSE and State Board, among other related issues. P4 tamil nadu july 14 july 15 Fresh cases 38,792 41,806 Fresh cases 2,458 2,405 Recoveries Deaths 41,000 624 Recoveries Deaths 3,021 55 3,006 49 JEE-main 4th edition postponed The fourth edition of engineering entrance exam JEE (Main) has been postponed to August 26-September 2 to give aspirants a four-week gap between two sessions of the crucial exam, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday 39,130 581 ness and consumer confidence. In fact, RBI’s 27-factor nowcasting model estimated Q1 real GDP growth at 21%. Adjusted for Q1’s 5.5% inflation, nominal growth is pegged at 17.5%. While on the supply side, agricultural conditions are turning buoyant with the revival in the monsoon, but the recovery of manufacturing and services sectors has been interrupted by the second wave. Likewise, specific demand-supply mismatches too exist such as protein-rich food items, edible oils and pulses, which were being addressed by specific supply-side measures, according to the report. RBI also stressed inflation will persist at elevated levels for some months before easing in Q3 of FY22 when the kharif harvest reaches markets. Law of ruler in Didi’s turf, says stinging NHRC report P r o n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Squarely holding the Mamata Banerjee administration responsible for the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in its final report observed that the situation in the state is a manifestation of ‘Law of Ruler’ instead of ‘Rule of Law’. The report, submitted before a five-judge bench of the Kolkata High Court two days ago, recommended that grievous offences like murder and rape be handed over to the CBI and the cases be tried outside the state. The probe panel, set up on the direction of the Kolkata HC, also observed that the spate of violence in the state shows a pernicious ‘politico-bureaucratic-criminal nexus’, which it termed “a deadly combination” that has larger national security implications as Bengal is a border state. According to the panel, violence was neither sporadic nor random as the attacks were targeted at sections of people who had links with other political parties. The report named notorious criminals as well as TMC functionaries including forest minister Jyotipriya Mullick for the attacks. Reacting angrily to NHRC’s caustic remarks, Mamata Banerjee described the report a ‘distorted one’ that was written as part of a conspiracy against the state. Continued on: p8
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