Mamata Banerjee was not informed at all that the ‘local MLA’ (MLA Suvendu Adhikari) would be there. This is what Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said in her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Kalaikunda meeting. Although she did not write Suvendu’s name in the official letter. But in a five-page letter to Narendra Modi about not releasing Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Mamata wrote about 9 of the 13 issues he raised.
At the very end of the third page of her letter to Narendra Modi, she wrote, “The modified structure of the PM-CM meeting that you told us had the name of a local MLA from your party. Before the meeting on Friday, Nabanna had verbally informed Delhi on Thursday that Mamata would not attend the meeting if Suvendu would be there. As she will not meet the Prime Minister in the presence of any ‘party MLA’.” It is clear that Mamata is still not recognising Suvendu as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’. Besides, she wrote in the letter that the Governor and other Union Ministers also have no constitutional right to be present in the meeting. But in the courtesy call, she did not raise any questions about it. In other words, she is raising questions about Suvendu’s presence and therefore, she did not attend the meeting.
On Friday, the BJP unveiled the Assembly’s acknowledgement in the name of Suvendu as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ through which it was explained that Suvendu, not as an MLA, but as the Opposition Leader was present in the meeting. Even after that, Mamata remained steadfast in her speech. She also raised this issue at a press conference on Saturday without naming Suvendu.
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WHO chief asks China to cooperate with probe into Covid-19 origins
World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Ghebreyesus has called on China to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 amid renewed call to further probe the virus.
Dr Tedros made these remarks after taking part in the Group of Seven (G7) summit by video conference on Saturday, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
The WHO Director-General hoped there would be better cooperation and transparency when the next phase of the probe into the virus’s origin is underway. “As you know we will need cooperation from the Chinese side,” he said. “We need transparency to understand or know or find the origin of this virus…after the report was released there were difficulties in the data sharing, especially in the raw data.”
He further said that the preparations for the probe’s next steps were underway and that the issue of the origin of the virus was discussed by G7 leaders on Saturday, WSJ reported.
Earlier this week, the US and the UK had extended support to a “timely, transparent and evidence-based independent process” for the next phase of the WHO-convened study of Covid-19 origins. “We will also support a timely, transparent and evidence-based independent process for the next phase of the WHO-convened COVID-19 origins study, including in China, and for investigating outbreaks of unknown origin in the future,” a joint statement said after US President Joe Biden met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.
This comes amid growing calls for a timely, transparent, and evidence-based independent process for the next phase of the WHO-convened origin study.
Recently, the calls to investigate further the origins of the virus have intensified. President Biden has also ordered a fresh US intelligence inquiry into the origins of the pandemic.
The origin of novel coronavirus that caused havoc around the world has remained a mystery even after 1.5 years the first case of infection was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Now, scientists and world leaders are calling for further investigations to figure out whether the virus originated naturally or leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
G7 NATIONS CALL OUT CHINA OVER XINJIANG, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN
In a veiled criticism of the Dragon, Group of Seven (G&) leaders called on China to respect human rights in its Xinjiang region, allow Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, and refrain from any unilateral action that could destabilise the East and South China Seas, Reuters reported quoted a draft version of the G7 summit communique.
“We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” the G7 said in a communique that was almost finalised.
Before the G7 criticism emerged, China cautioned G7 leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world were long gone.
The G7 also said they underscored “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues”.
“We remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions.”
“We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 Covid-19 origins study including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China,” the communique, which is almost finalised, said.
“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said.
“We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries.”
Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
UN experts and rights groups estimate over a million people, mainly Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, have been detained in recent years in a vast system of camps in Xinjiang.
China denies all accusations of forced labour or abuse. It initially denied the camps existed, but has since said they are vocational centres and are designed to combat extremism. In late 2019, China said all people in the camps had “graduated”.
Won’t comment before studying matter: Ram Janmbhoomi Trust on corruption charges
Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai on Sunday said he will not make any comment without studying the matter. This came hours after SP leader Tej Narayan Pandey made corruption allegations against the trust.
“They keep making allegations on us. It has been like this for the last 100 years. They blamed us also for the death of Mahatma Gandhi. I will not say anything in the matter without a study,” Rai said. Rai was speaking after participating on the first day of a two-day meeting between trustees and engineers, chaired by Ram Temple construction committee chairman Nripendra Misra. The next meeting is scheduled to be held at 10:30 am on Monday in the Circuit House here.
Earlier in the day, Pandey accused the Trust of committing corruption in a land deal and sought a CBI probe into the matter.
“The Trust purchased a piece of land, which had been bought in Rs 2 crores just 10 minutes before, in Rs 18.5 crores on March 18,” he alleged. He also said that Trust member Anil Mishra and Mayor of Ayodhya Rishikesh Upadhyay are witnesses in both the sale agreements.
Taking to Twitter, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, attaching several documents, said: “Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari bought land worth Rs 2 crores at 7:10 pm. At 7:15 pm, Champat Rai of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust bought this land from them for Rs 18.5 crore.”
SP leader Tej Narayan Pandey accused Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust of committing corruption in a land deal and sought a CBI probe into the matter. Holding a press conference on Sunday, Pandey said that “The piece of land was earlier purchased for Rs 2 crore by Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari. 10 minutes later, the Trust bought the land for Rs 18.5 crore on 18 March.”
The SP leader also claimed that Rs 17 crore was sent to the bank account of Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari through RTGS mode of payment and demanded a probe into the RTGS money transfer.
With ANI inputs
MILKHA SINGH’S WIFE NIRMAL KAUR SUCCUMBS TO COVID
Track legend Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur passed away at the age of 85 after battling with Covid-19 on Sunday. She had tested Covid positive in May. “We are deeply saddened to inform you that Nirmal Milkha Singh passed away after a valiant battle against Covid-19 at 4 pm today,” read a family statement. Nirmal was a former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government and was also a former captain of the Indian women’s national volleyball team.
Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi condoled the demise of Nirmal Milkha Singh. In a condolence message, the Sports Minister said, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of Nirmal Milkha Singh, which is extremely shocking and unfortunate.”
KEJRIWAL PLANS BIG GUJARAT PUSH, SAYS STATE YEARNING FOR CHANGE
The political atmosphere in Gujarat began heating up on 11 June when it was announced that a meeting of the leaders of Leuva and Kadwa Patidar would be held at Khodaldham in Kagwad, the centre of faith of Leuva Patidars. They criticised the government’s performance in Covid-19 pandemic and praised the work done by the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and other states during the meeting that was held on 12 June.
Amid these developments, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is coming on a one-day visit to Gujarat on the morning of 14 June. He also tweeted in Gujarati, on Sunday, that he is coming to Gujarat tomorrow. His visit is likely to bring many twists and turns in Gujarat politics.It seems the AAP has become active in Gujarat.
While the Congress has selected some leaders including the state president, BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav is scheduled to be on a three-day visit to Gujarat and meet MLAs on 15 June.
A day before the tour, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Gujarati, “Gujarat will change now. I am coming to Gujarat tomorrow. I will meet all the brothers and sisters of Gujarat”.
According to sources, Kejriwal will arrive at Ahmedabad airport at 10.30 am and will go directly to Shahibaug Circuit House. He will meet party workers. A press conference will be held at Vallabh Sadan at 11.30 am. Former journalist Isudan Gadhvi and 10 others are likely to join the AAP. The party will inaugurate its new state office at Navrangpura in the afternoon. Kejriwal’s visit is a sign of AAP’s readiness for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. More people will get connected to make the AAP organisation stronger. He will also visit Surat. In addition to AAP corporators, he will hold meetings with local leaders and workers and also guide the upcoming Assembly elections.
On the other hand, Yadav’s visit to Gujarat is signalling a major political upheaval in the coming days. According to sources, he had a meeting with the experienced leaders and asked them about the performance of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, working style of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, and state leadership of BJP state president C. R. Patil. Yadav had asked about the current situation in Gujarat and what can happen next. He may have asked about the AAP for the first time. Kejriwal’s visit can impact the local body elections.
IN A VIRAL VIDEO, CAR VANISHES AS LAND CAVES IN MUMBAI
A scary moment was caught on camera by an onlooker and it quickly went viral. As heavy rainfall continues in Mumbai, a video of a parked car suddenly being swallowed up by a sinkhole has taken social media by storm.
In the viral video, a black car was seen sinking into the ground rapidly and then quickly disappearing into a pool of muddy waters. Even as the car, which appeared to be a hatchback, was swallowed up, two other vehicles parked near it were not affected. The incident took place on Sunday at Ram Niwas society’s parking lot situated in Cama Lane in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area. Fortunately, no one was killed or injured in the incident as no one was in the car.
Several years ago, the society had closed half the portion of the well by carrying out RCC work where they would park the vehicles. This well runs as deep as 50 feet and is nearly a hundred years old as per residents. As the video went viral — BJP leader Kirit Somaiya asked BMC, “BMC Nala Safai?” BMC responded by saying, “The corporation has nothing to do with this car accident. This is an incident in a private society in the Ghatkopar area.” The press release stated, “In this connection, it has been informed by the Emergency Management Department of the Corporation that the incident in this video has taken place on 13 June 2021 in the morning in Ghatkopar West area. Preliminary information has come to light that a car parked on the RCC was submerged in water. No one was killed or injured in the incident as no one was in the car.”
In this connection, the work of water abstraction is being coordinated by the concerned departmental office of the Municipal Corporation. Also, the concerned society has been informed to take necessary measures for safety in this place immediately.”
Meanwhile, the Traffic Police department of the Ghatkopar area said, “The RCC on this well has been washed away by rain/water today and the car parked by Pankaj Mehta on it has fallen into the well and drowned. Officers/staff of local Ghatkopar police station are present at the spot.” Nagraj Majge, Inspector of Police in-charge, Ghatkopar Traffic Department said that BMC officials after alert worked on recovery operations. Once the sinkhole is drained using pumping machines, a crane will be used to pull out the car that fell into the sealed well.
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