DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES CLAIMSONAPARTY, THECASE OFLJP BY S Y QURAISHI PAGE 10 Centre plans Bill to order censors to re-examine a cleared film KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE CENTRE on Friday sought public comments on its draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which proposes to bring back its “revisionary powers” over the Central Board of Film Certification. This would empower the Centre to order “re-examination” of an already certified film, following receipt of complaints. In November 2000, the Supreme Court had upheld a Karnataka High Court order which struck down the Centre’s “revisional powers in respect of filmsthatarealreadycertifiedby the Board”. The draft Bill also includes provisionstopenalisefilmpiracy with jail term and fine, and introduce age-based certification. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it wanted to add a provision “for granting revisionary powers to the government on account of violation of Section5B(1)of theAct”(principles for guidance in certifying films). “Since the provisions of Section 5B(1) are derived from Article 19(2) of the Constitution and are non-negotiable, it is also proposed in the Draft Bill to add a proviso to sub-section (1) of Section 6 to the effect that on receipt of any references by the Central Government in respect CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHAH, L-G, NSA, SECURITY CHIEFS MEET ON DEVELOPMENT, SECURITY Since split, first key political move: Centre calls all-party meet on J&K delimitation Mehbooba says she received call to attend meeting June 24, word awaited on Gupkar Alliance stand NAVEED IQBAL & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY SRINAGAR, NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 IN WHAT could be a renewed — and more substantive — push to the political process in Jammu and Kashmir after the District Development Council (DDC) elections, the Central government has reached out to mainstream parties in the Valley for a meetingnextweektodiscussthe delimitation exercise or the processof redrawingconstituencies in the Union Territory. This could mark the first step towards conducting Assembly elections. People’s Democratic Party Vaccinated healthcare workers’ data show a fall in hospitalisation KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 PRELIMINARY DATA from the Covid vaccination drive among healthcare workers facing the severe second wave show a reduced need for hospitalisation, oxygen therapy, and ICU admission, according to Dr V K Paul who heads the country’s task force on the pandemic. Referring to data from Christian Medical College, Vellore — 8,991 vaccinated healthcare workers, including those who received only one dose — Paul underlined that the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E Reaffirming vaccines ● work THE LIMITED clinical trial data of vaccines approved for the Covid vaccination drive show a reduction in mortality and severity of disease. Healthcare workers were among the first to be prioritised for vaccination. Six months on, real-time data re-affirm that vaccines offer significant protection, specifically in high-risk groups. to his confirmation: Mamata wants HC Nandigram case ‘re-assigned’ RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & ATRI MITRA Justice Chanda was Addl SG of India from 2015-19 KOLKATA, JUNE 18 SAYING THAT Justice Kausik Chanda—AdditionalJudgeinthe Calcutta High Court who is hearing her petition seeking re-evaluation of the Nandigram poll results — is an “active member” of theBJP,andthatshehadobjected tohisconfirmationaspermanent Judge,WestBengalChiefMinister Mamata Banerjee has asked for the case “to be re-assigned”, citing “likelihood of bias”. While the case came up for hearingonFriday,JusticeChanda deferred it to June 24, and said the petitioner (Banerjee) would have to be present. In a letter to HC Chief Justice (Acting) Rajesh Bindal, counsel forBanerjeeSanjayBasuhassaid the CM had earlier “conveyed her objections andreservations” aboutJusticeChanda’sconfirmation as permanent Judge, and so there was “reasonable appre- Rule of land supreme, must abide UP cops summon head by laws: House panel to Twitter of Twitter in India over LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 EVEN AS it is caught in a tussle withtheUniongovernmentover thenewInformationTechnology rules, Twitter was on Friday pulled up by the parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, which told the social media firm that the rule of the land was supreme and it must abide by Indian laws. Twitter India’s public policy manager Shagufta Kamran and legal counsel Ayushi Kapoor de- THE WORLD posed for 90 minutes before the panel, chaired by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Twitter is learnt to have said that it had no intentiontodefyIndianlawsand wasalreadytakingstepstocomply with them, while apologising to MPs for the delay in this. The panel has sought a writtenreplyfromTwitteronvarious questions.Thecommitteeisalso expectedtosummonTwitterofficials again, having indicated thatdiscussionswouldcontinue. Atthehearing,Twitterreiterateditsstandonthe‘manipulated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 PAGE 12 BY UNNY video of ‘attack’ in Loni AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 DAYS AFTER filing an FIR against Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, some Congress leaders and journalists for tweets regarding a purported video clip of a 72-year-old man, Abdul Samad Saifi, being assaulted, the Ghaziabad police department has told Twitter IndiaManagingDirectorManish Maheshwari to “report to the LoniBorderPoliceStationwithin seven days”. “Some people used Twitter as a platform to spread animosity and hatred among people. Twitter did not take cognizance of such messages that sought to spread enmity and affect harmony among communities in the country/ states. Such messages were also allowed to go viral.Thecaseisbeinginvestigated andyourparticipationismandatory. Report to the Loni Border CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Not my call; no consensus among parties on virtual House panel meetings, says Speaker LIZ MATHEW HARDLINE JUDGE RAISI COULD BE NEXT IRAN PRESIDENT AZ CLAIMS VICTORY IN TUSSLE WITH EU OVER DELIVERIES BUSINESS AS USUAL SPEAKER OM BIRLA, who has had to preside over the Lok Sabha through unprecedented restrictions because of the pandemic, said there was “no consensus” among parties over holding meetings of the parliamentary Standing Committees online,andthathehadissuedno restrictions regarding not convening the same. Some Opposition members, mainly of the Congress, had demanded that the committees be allowed to meet virtually rather than not being convened at all. They had argued that through these committees, the House could give a message of solidarity to the people amidst the pandemic rather than appear as a mute spectator to Covid. P6 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW OM BIRLA SPEAKER OF LOK SABHA However, the demand had been rejected. In an interview to The Indian Express, Birla, who is completing two years in office on Saturday, said, “In fact, there was no consensus over conducting the StandingCommitteesonline...Of the 16 committees, 14 did not want to have virtual meetings... Anyway, I have never given any instructions not to hold CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, independent India’s first sporting superstar, dies at 91 NITIN SHARMA & SHIVANI NAIK CHANDIGARH, MUMBAI, JUNE 18 MILKHA SINGH never looked back in anger at that one momentwhenhe'dfatefullylooked back. Missing what could have been India’s greatest track and field medal — a bronze at the Rome Olympics in 1960 by 0.1 seconds — independent India’s first sporting superstar taught a nation entering its teens what a heartbreak felt like. An Army man, who impressed a Pakistan General so much that he gave him the famous moniker “Flying Sikh”; a tracklegendwhoputIndiaatthe starting blocks of the biggest sporting stage; and a trailblazer who demanded excellence from all those who represented the country — Milkha Singh passed awayfromCovid-relatedcomplicationslateFridayattheageof91. MILKHA SINGH 1929-2021 (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Friday confirmed to The Indian Express that she had received a call to join a meeting withthe“topleadership”inNew Delhi on June 24. But it was not confirmed if all members of the mainstream coalition — the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration(PAGD)—wouldjoin the meeting, she said. Just eight days ago, in what were the first signs of forward political movement, National Conference President and PAGD Chairperson Farooq Abdullah had said they were open to talks with the Centre. “We have not closed any doors or options… If they invite us, then we will decide at that time,” he had said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NOTICE ON APPEALS AGAINST BAIL Delhi HC’s order surprising, need to examine reading Judge a BJP member, had objected of UAPA, says SC Home Minister Amit Shah, Jammu & Kashmir Lt Gov Manoj Sinha in New Delhi on Friday. PTI E X P L A I NE D THE EDITORIAL PAGE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Five days ago, Milkha’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former India volleyball captain, had lost her battle with the virus at the same Mohali hospital where the legendary runner breathed his last. Milkhaissurvivedby14-timeinternationalwinnerandgolferson Jeev Milkha Singh, daughters Mona Singh, Sonia Singh and AleezaGrover—andalegacythat is part of India’s sporting lore. Whilehisfourgoldmedalsin the Asian Games and duels with Pakistan’s Abdul Khaliq lit up stadiums, one of Milkha’s more famous wins was his historic 400m gold at the then British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, UK. Running in the outermost laneat Cardiff Arms Park in front of morethan70,000fans,Milkha pipped the then world record holder, South Africa’s Malcom CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 16 hension... of bias”. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday tweeted two photographs of Justice Chanda sharingastagewithWestBengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh. Asked if Justice Chanda was a BJP member, Ghosh said he “wasn’t sure”. Ghosh, however, admitted that before he became a Judge, Justice Chanda had attended the party’s legal cell programmes and “may have appeared” for the party before the HC. He said the photographs probably dated back to “around 2015”. “What is wrong with it,” he asked. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE AFGHAN SITUATION FLUID, UNCERTAIN, SAYS SHRINGLA PAGE 5 Declines to interfere in activists’ bail; says June 15 order can’t be precedent ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE SUPREME Court issued notice Friday on Delhi Police appeals against the Delhi High Court order granting bail to student-activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanhawhohadbeenbookedunder the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a Northeast Delhi riots conspiracy case. While it declined to interfere with the bail order, the bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramaniansaid“inabail application, a 100-page judgment discussing all laws is surprising us” and “can have panIndia ramification”. It said “the manner in which the High Court had interpreted the Act (UAPA) will probably require examination by the Supreme Court”. Directing that “in the meantime, the impugned judgment shall not be treated as a precedent and may not be relied upon (From left) Narwal, Tanha, Kalita Thursday. Gajendra Yadav byanyof theparties inanyof the proceedings,” the bench said “what we can say is, bail has been granted (to the student activists) and they will not be affected but will stay the effect of the HC order”. The bench “agreed” with “concerns” raised by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the interpretationof theUAPAbythe HC in the verdict raised several questions especially “since the legality of UAPA did not arise (in theproceedingsbefore theHC)”. Mehta said the grant of bail need not be reversed, but the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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