DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned, protests inside and outside Parliament EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 20 CRITICISING THE Kerala government for easing Covid-19 restrictions for Bakrid even in areas with high test positivity rate, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that “to give in to pressure groups so that the citizenry... is laid bare to a nationwide pandemic discloses a sorry state of affairs”. While the Bench of Justices R FNarimanandBRGavaidirected the state government to “follow the law laid down” in the court’s order in the Kanwar Yatra case, it said it was not quashing the government’s notification as Tuesday was the last day of the three-day relaxation period. The Bench, however, said that “if as a result of the notification..., any untoward spread in theCovid-19diseasetakesplace, any member of the public may bring this to the notice of this Court, afterwhichthisCourt will take necessary action against those who are responsible”. Last week, the court had asked the Uttar Pradesh governmenttoreconsiderevenallowing asymbolicphysicalKanwarYatra, underlining that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to life are paramount” and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 THE CITY HOMEVACCINATION FOR BEDRIDDEN IN MUMBAI FROM AUGUST 1:GOVT PAGE 4 TELLS HC BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY HARIKISHAN SHARMA Opposition leaders hold a meeting to chalk out their strategy for the Parliament Session Tuesday. ANI raised issues like the Polavaram project and special status for AndhraPradesh,membersof the SADandtheAAPdemandedthat the government repeal the farm laws at the centre of an ongoing protest. A second list of possible targets of alleged surveillance using the Pegasus spyware, which was published Monday by digital news platform The Wire as part of a global collaborative investigation, included mobile phonesof CongressleaderRahul Gandhi, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, political strategist Prashant Kishor, among others. Thestageforanoffensivewas set before the House proceedings began Tuesday with some OppositionMPsstagingaprotest against the alleged snooping outside Parliament House and CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Cost of putting Pegasus in phones runs into crores PRANAV MUKUL & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, JULY 20 THE COST of deploying a spyware like Pegasus is, even by conservative estimates, rather steep. According to estimates basedondocumentsontheNSO Group’s commercial proposal acquired by The New York Times in 2016, the Israeli spyware maker priced its surveillance tools on a par with traditional softwarecompanies—$500,000 installation fee, followed by $650,000tospyon10iPhonesor Android users; $500,000 for five BlackBerry users; or $300,000 for five Symbian users. Further surveillance targets, according to the report, required HEADS OF STATE, EX-CM AIDES ■ 3 presidents, 10 PMs — among them Emmanuel Macron, Imran Khan — and a king in list ■ Aides of Karnataka exCMs Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah said to have been targeted in run-up to collapse of Cong-JD(S) govt in 2019 ■ Also in list are student leaders, activists, such as Umar Khalid PAGES12,14 theclienttopayanadditionalfee —$800,000for100extratargets; CONTINUEDONPAGE2 basedcompany,ViaanIndustries, was linked to the UK-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, which has been under the police scanner since February this year, when they first registered an FIR in the case and arrested nine persons. According to police, Kenrin owned the ‘Hotshots’ phone applicationonwhichpornographic content was uploaded. Kenrin is aproductioncompanyownedby MOHAMED THAVER & SADAF MODAK MUMBAI, JULY 20 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Kundra, associate in custody on Tuesday. Ganesh Shirsekar HOW FEBRUARY ARRESTS IN MADH ISLAND HOUSE LED POLICE TO KUNDRA PAGE 4 26/11: US urges court to extradite Rana LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON, JULY 20 THE BIDEN administration has urged a federal court in Los AngelestoextraditePakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement inthe2008Mumbaiterrorattack. Rana, 59, has been declared a fugitive by India, where he is facing multiple criminal charges for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed. He was re-arrested on June 10, 2020, in LosAngelesonanextraditionrequest by India. InasubmissionbeforetheUS District Court, Central District of California in Los Angeles, the US government argues that India's extraditionrequestcontains sufficient evidence of probable cause on each of the criminal charges for which India seeks Rana's extradition. “Having found that all of the requirements for certification of extradition have been satisfied, the Court certifies the extradition of Tahawwur Hussain Rana to the Secretary of State and commits him to custody pursuant,”accordingtoa draft order proposed by the US attorney in his submission before the court last week. “Based on the evidence submitted by India, Rana allowed CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NEW DELHI, JULY 20 UP TO two-thirds of the Indian population above the age of six have already been infected with the coronavirus, the latest nationwideserologicalsurveyconducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found. That still leaves about 40 crore people who are susceptible to the virus. The serosurvey, the fourth such exercise, was conducted in June and July, after the second wave hadbeganto subside. A total of 28,975 people were tested for the presence of antibodies specific to SARS-CoV2 virus, and 67.6% were found to have them. For the first time, minors in the age group of 6 to 17 years were also included in the serosurvey, with antibodies interestingly discovered in nearly half of them. The results of the latest serosurvey mark a huge jump in the prevalence of infection among the population from the previoussuchexercises,carriedoutin the same districts. In the third serosurvey, carried out in December 2020-January this year, less than 25% of the sur- AGE WISE 6-9: 57.2% HAVE ANTIBODIES 10-17 61.6% 18-44 66.7% 45-60 77.6% Over 60 76.7% Opp cracks in open as PM seeks unity at Covid briefing E Indicates amilder ● 3rdwave THE FINDINGS of the fourth sero-survey, are significant. Apart from dissipating some worries regarding the ferocity of a third wave, it will also help the government go ahead with its gradual opening up. NO DEATHS DUE TO O2 SPECIFICALLY: GOVT PAGE 7 veyed population was found to have the antibodies. CONTINUEDONPAGE2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 20 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi told Parliament floor leaders Tuesday that the Union government and the states must work together as a team and rise above politics to tackle the spread of the pandemic. Maintaining that India is in a betterposition than many countries in terms of the ratio of population hit by Covid-19, the Prime Minister underlined that India cannot afford to lower the guard. He referred to the resurgence of Covid-19 infection in some countries like the UK. The nearly three-hour meeting at Parliament House Annexe to brief floor leaders on the government’s management of the pandemic saw division in the Opposition ranks. While the Congress, CPM, CPI, AAP and RJD stayed away – so did former BJP ally SAD -leaders of the Trinamool CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Uddhav ex-advisor’s flat: I-T says bought via shell firm KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & YOGESH NAIK MUMBAI, JULY 20 MAHARASHTRA REAL Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) Chairman Ajoy Mehta’s apartment in Mumbai has come under the scanner of the Income Tax department, which has alleged that its previous owner was a “shell entity made only for the purpose of holding benami properties”. Mehta, who was Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s principal advisor from July 2020 Ajoy Mehta now head of State Real Estate Regulatory Authority tillhisappointmentasMahaRERA chairman in February this year, earlier served as Maharashtra ChiefSecretary(May2019toJune 2020) and Mumbai Municipal Commissioner (2015 to 2019). InOctober2020,heboughtan apartment in the Samta Cooperative Housing Society, in Mumbai’supscaleNarimanPoint, forRs5.33crorefromPune-based Anamitra Properties Pvt Ltd. OnJuly7, thetaxdepartment issued a showcause notice to Anamitra Properties, saying that the transaction that led to its acquisition of the apartment for Rs 4 crore in May 2009, was "benami" as its two listed shareholders are "people of low means”. Both have also “denied their knowledge of ownership” (of AnamitraProperties),thenotice said. When contacted, Mehta, a 1984-batch IAS officer, told The Indian Express: "It was a proper CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MAHARASHTRA LEGISLATURE SECRETARIAT, VIDHAN BHAVAN, MUMBAI PRESS-NOTE Subject : Inviting suggestions on V FOR.... At TakiGirls SchoolinKolkataTuesdayafterstateboardClass 10results,withrecord100% passingunderCovid formula. Shashi Ghosh In Rajasthan, the wind blowing from Punjab stirs Pilot camp into hope again PAGE 1 ANCHOR DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, JULY 20 THE APPOINTMENT of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress president has given new hope to Congress leaders in neighbouring Rajasthan loyal to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot. Supporters of Pilot in Rajasthan say that the decision Two-thirds of Indians have Covid antibodies, 40 cr still at risk: ICMR Rural-urban data same; on schools, ICMR says can start with primary first Kundra ran porn app, kin involved: Police BUSINESSMAN RAJ Kundra, arrested in a pornographic films case, was “actually running” the mobile application which streamed these videos, overseeing the content as well financial dealings, Mumbai Police said on Tuesday. A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Kundra, husband of BollywoodactorShilpaShetty,to police custody till July 23. The IT head of his company, Ryan Thorpe, was also arrested and sent to custody till July 23. PolicesaidKundra’sMumbai- 4TH SERO-SURVEY, 1ST INCLUDING CHILDREN E X P L A I NE D Bakrid: SC pulls up Kerala for ‘bowing to pressure’, says heed Kanwar Yatra order THE ROW over an alleged surveillance operation using the Pegasus spyware rocked Parliament Tuesday as the Opposition and some parties friendly to the ruling coalition, seeking answers from the government,disruptedproceedings in Lok Sabha and did not allow the treasury benches to transact any business for the second consecutiveday—signallingthatthe first week of the Monsoon Session could be a washout. TheCongress-ledOpposition did, however, allow a discussion in Rajya Sabha on the Covid-19 pandemic situation — it led the debate — after the government agreed to its demand for a debate on the floor of the House ahead of a briefing outside Parliament on the Covid preparedness levels. There were stormy scenes in Lok Sabha where members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK raised slogans, showed placards over the alleged snooping controversy – there was an uproar over this in Rajya Sabha as well. They demanded a probe by a SupremeCourtjudgeintoclaims that the Pegasus spyware had been used to snoop on journalists,politicians,ministers,judges and others. While YSRCP members `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Pegasus row: Storm in House, Opp says democracy in crisis, seeks SC judge probe NEW DELHI, JULY 20 REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES LIZ MATHEW ● Cong Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken (right) with state PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra. Retweets by Maken since Punjab changes appear to take a swipe at Gehlot. Rohit Jain Paras taken in Punjab shows that the Congresshighcommandcanact decisively. Sidhu was appointed PCC chief despite stiff opposition put up by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The Pilot faction has been hoping for over a year now that the high command will intervene to address their grievances regarding party affairs in the state. “The self-respect of the party worker should be protected and they should get opportunities in political appointments. The de- cision taken in Punjab (elevation of Sidhu as state party president) shows that the high command is strong,” Masuda MLA Rakesh Pareek told The Indian Express. He added, “We are hopeful. In the Congress, there is only the high command which can take all the decisions and everyone has to abide by them. We had communicated all our issues to the high command last year. We are all soldiers of the Congress party. Sachin Pilot ji stood with us common party workers, took CONTINUEDONPAGE2 (1) L. A. Bill No. XVII of 2021 - The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill, 2021. (2) L. A. Bill No. XVIII of 2021 - The Farmers produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill, 2021. (3) L. A. Bill No. XIX of 2021 - The Essential Commodities (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill, 2021. ON 6th July 2021, the aforementioned bills were introduced in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Since the subject matter of these bills are very important from the view of farmers in the State and since they are causing effect on the farmers, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly have passed a resolution that the said bills be referred for eliciting the public opinion within a period of two months. Accordingly, any person who wish to send amendments/ suggestions, may send the same in the form of representation in the set of three copies to this Secretariat on or before Monday, the 20th September 2021 till 5.00 p.m. addressed to Shri Rajendra Bhagwat, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat, Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai, or on email id. email@example.com. Marathi and English version of these bills are available for sale at Government Printing Depot, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and at the Manager, Publisher, Government Printing Press, Charni Road, Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg, Mumbai- 400004. Moreover, the copies of these bills are also available on the web site of Maharashtra Legislature- www.mls.org.in Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai, Date : 21st July 2021 Rajendra Bhagwat, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat DGIPR-2021-22/1247
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