TUESDAY AAYOG PITCHES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FOR GIG WORKERS 28 JUNE, 2022 1.33% 2019-20 1.16% epaper.morningstandard.in 2017-18 facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 1.15% twitter.com/TheMornStandard 2018-19 0.54% 2011-12 SINHA PAPERS PAGE 7 74.1 25.9 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS HURTING RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS ALT NEWS’ ZUBAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘DEROGATORY’ POST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE “In June 2022, when the Delhi @ New Delhi Police was alerted by a Twitter handle that Zubair had earlier SENIOR journalist Mohammed made an objectionable tweet Zubair, co-founder of the popu- and his followers/social media lar fact-checking website Alt entities had amplified and creNews, was arrested on Monday ated a series of debates/hatehere for allegedly hurting reli- mongering in the tread, he was gious sentiments. examined and his role was Zubair had recently posted a found objectionable,” it added. video of former BJP spokesperDuring questioning, Zubair’s son Nupur Sharma making de- conduct was “found questionTWITTER ro g at o r y re m a rk s able, which warranted against Prophet Muhis custodial interrohammad in a TV degation... Accordingly, bate. The clip had a he has been arrested snowballing effect, and is being produced triggering a major globefore the court for bal controversy and seeking a police cusresulted in Nupur’s tody remand,” the posuspension. lice said. But the case against Putting it in perZubair that led to his spective, Pratik Sinha, Taken to an arrest on Monday was undisclosed co-founder of Alt about a tweet way back News, tweeted: “Zulocation in 2018. He was charged bair was called today “After the with offences under by special cell, Delhi medical Sections 153 (wanton for investigation in a examination, provocation with in2020 case for which he Zubair is being tent to cause riot), 295 already had protection taken to an (injuring or defiling against arrest from undisclosed place of worship with High Court. However, intent to insult the re- location. Neither today at around 6.45 ligion of any class) of Zubair’s lawyers pm we were told he the Indian Penal Code. or I are being told has been arrested in Zubair was arrested where. We are in some other FIR for the police van after he was called for which no notice was with him. No questioning, Deputy given which is mandaCommissioner of the police person is tory under law for the wearing any cyber cell K P S MalSections under which name tag,” Pratik h e hotra said. has been Sinha said After an earlier arrested.” probe against Zubair, The ar rest drew the Delhi Police had said in its widespread condemnation with report that a tweet by him was Congress leader Rahul Gandhi not objectionable. But subse- tweeting, “Every person exposquent tweets were questionable ing BJP’s hate, bigotry and lies and derogatory it alleged. , is a threat to them.Arresting “After having sufficient evi- one voice of truth will only give dence on record, he was arrest- rise to a thousand more.Truth ed in the present case,” the Del- ALWAYS triumphs over tyranhi Police said in a statement. ny #DaroMat.” . NATIONWIDE JUN 26 JUN 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 11,739 10,917 25 17,073 15,208 21 JUN 26 JUN 27 NA NA NA 628 1,011 03 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT June 26 2,41,295 doses June 27 16,56,479 doses TOTAL DOSES 1,97,28,75,825 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 62.4 35.7 30.6 2011-12 64.3 2017-18 37.6 2018-19 2019-20 SC gives rebel MLAs time till July 12 to submit their responses; asks deputy speaker, state, Centre to file affidavits EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi REBEL Shiv Sena MLAs staring at the possibility of being disqualified by the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker on Monday got a breather from the , Supreme Court as it put the notice issued to them in abeyance. The rebels were given time to file their response to the notices till July 12. The deadline set by the deputy speaker was Monday 5.30 pm. The SC also sought responses from Deputy Speaker Narahari Sitaram Zirwal and the state of Maharashtra and posted the matter for July 11. While issuing notice to the deputy speaker, the court directed him to put on affidavit the record of a no-trust notice served on him by the rebel MLAs. The court, however, refused to pass any interim order on the plea of the Maharashtra government that there should not be any floor test in the interregnum, saying they can always approach it in the case of illegali- ty A vacation bench of justices . Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala directed the state government to protect the life, liberty, and property of 39 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and their family members. It also recorded the statement of Maharashtra’s counsel that adequate steps have been taken to provide security to the rebels. Senior advocate N K Kaul, who appeared for the rebels, submitted that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s group is in the minority in the legislative party and has been subverting the state machinery. Kaul said the atmosphere is not conducive for the rebel MLAs in Mumbai as they have been is- SINGHVI’S POSER Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the parent Shiv Sena, questioned the petitioners’ move of leap frogging to the SC without approaching the High Court first sued threats. He cited the SC verdict in the Nabam Rebia case of Arunachal Pradesh and said the deputy speaker is not competent to proceed with the disqualification of MLAs when a plea for his own removal is pending. Kaul said 39 MLAs were together against the minority group. Kaul said the Sena’s majority faction appointed Eknath Shinde as its chief, but the minority faction, which has 19 MLAs, quietly made Ajay Choudhari as their chief. Shinde and 15 other MLAs had moved the court challenging the disqualification notices issued by the deputy speaker under the Tenth Schedule of Constitution under various grounds including defection. After the SC’s order, a relieved Shinde tweeted, “This is the victory of Hindu hridaysamrat Balasaheb’s Hindutva and the ideals of (the late) Dharamaveer P7 Anand Dighe.” ALL IN A DAY Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray strips nine rebel ministries of their portfolios Uddhav holds meeting with Aghadi leaders to take stock of the situation Guwahati hotel hosting rebel Sena MLAs extends closure of all bookings for public till July 5 Supporters of rebel minister Rajendra PatilYadravkar and Sena workers confront each other in Kolhapur; cops avert clash Sanjay Raut defiant after getting ED’s summons E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai/New Delhi AMID the ongong power struggle in the Shiv Sena, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut in connection with a money laundering scam over the Patra Chawl redevelopment project in Mumbai’s Goregaon. Raut has been asked to appear before the agency’s officials on Tuesday . “We, Balasaheb’s Shivsainiks are fighting a big battle. This is a conspiracy to stop me. Even if you behead me, I won’t take the Guwahati route,” he tweeted, alluding to the rebellion in the party . The case involves a developer tasked with a project for the rehabilitation of 672 tenants at the chawl. A part of the deal was the handover of certain constructed portions to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority The developer, . however, sold the floor space index of the project to nine builders and pocketed `901.79 crore without constructing the buildings. PM invites G7 countries to invest in India ing in the country. G-7 countries can invest in research, innovation, and manufacturINDIA is home to 17% of the ing in this field, he said. world’s population but acModi, who is attending the counts for only 5% of the total Summit following an invitaglobal carbon emissions, tion by German Chancellor Prime Minister Narendra Olaf Scholz, has met many Modi said at the leaders on the Group of Seven (G7) sidelines. Summit at Schloss During his interElmau, Germany on action with EuropeMonday. “The main an Commission Becoming reason behind this pro-planet people. President Ursula i s o u r l i f e s t y l e, PM Modi highlighted von der, he disIndia’s efforts for which is based on c u s s e d w ay s t o the theory of co-ex- green growth, clean strengthen India-EU energy, sustainable istence with nature,” lifestyles and global cooperation in trade, Modi said. technology and cliwellbeing Speaking on climate action. Arindam Bagchi, mate, energy and Modi also held MEA spokesperson health, Modi hightalks with Indonelighted that India sian president Joko was able to achieve the target Widodo, French President of 40% energy-capacity from Emmanuel Macron, Argennon-fossil sources nine years tine President Alberto Fernbefore time. andez and South African presCiting India’s track record ident Cyril Ramaphosa. in combating climate change, G7 is an inter-governmental he invited the G-7 countries to political grouping comprising tap the huge market for clean Canada, France, Germany, energy technologies emerg- Italy Japan, UK & US. , E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi FAYA Z WA N I @ Srinagar Bilal has spent over `15 lakh on the making of the car | EXPRESS He then worked on converting his Nissan Micra 1988 model vehicle with petrol engine into a solar-powered e-car. The solar panels are remote-controlled and can change direction with the Sun’s direction. Asserting that his car is not a proto-type, Bilal says, “It is an automatic and complete solar car with re-generatve brakes. We can charge the batteries also. I have used lead acid batteries which generate 72-volt which gives good mileage with high speed. If I use a lithium battery, it will give a mileage of 200-300 kms with 100 kms/per hour speed.” 69.4 Maha disqualification notice on hold Maker of solar-powered car, Srinagar math teacher says he missed Musk bus ELON Musk became Elon Musk because he had the resources. If only Bilal Ahmed also had the resources, he believes he too could have become the Elon Musk of India. The mathematics teacher and self-taught innovator from Srinagar has made a solarpowered e-car with gullwing doors after 13 years of hard work. Had he received financial support, Bilal believes he could have achieved this years ago and who knows, he may even have given the Tesla boss a run for his money! Bilal has done civil engineering from Gousia College of Engineering, Bengaluru, and teaches mathematics to Class 11 and 12 students at a private tuition centre. He has been working on the project since 2009. He got the idea of using solar energy to run a car after reading an article in a newspaper that talked about the world facing a petrol and crisis in 1520 years. “I started the project with hydrogen but faced a lot of problems and also, it was dangerous to work with hydrogen. So, I gave up the idea,” says Bilal. IN TOTAL WORKFORCE Organised sector Unorganised sector (%) OPPN PREZ CANDIDATE Files nomination papers in the presence of top leaders; AAP and JMM keep away GIG WORKERS’ SHARE India’s gig workforce is likely to grow to 2.35 cr by FY30 from 77 lakh in 2020-21, says a new NITI Aayog report According to Bilal, the solar panels show 20-30 per cent less efficiency because of the weather in Srinagar. “That’s why I have used monocrystalline solar panels, which work in less visibility he says. ,” Bilal has spent over `15 lakh on the making the car and says its price will be at par with those of petrol and diesel cars. He is thinking of further upgrading the e-car. His only regret? “I was not financially sound. Had somebody supported my project financially, I would have become the Elon Musk of India by now.” BIDEN WALKS UP TO MODI, SHAKES HANDS While the world leaders were getting ready for the customary group photo session, US President Joe Biden was seen walking up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who was chatting with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau— and tapping him on the shoulder. The two leaders then shook hands and exchanged pleasantries Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (right) at G7 Summit in Germany on Monday | PTI EXPRESS READ UP cops book RGV over tweet on Prez candidate Lanka: Only essential services allowed till July 10 Lucknow: Film director and producer Ram Gopal Varma has been booked for making uncharitable remarks on NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. The case was registered against Varma over a tweet. Varma had tweeted, “If Drapaudi is the President who are the Pandavas? And more importantly, who are the Kauravas?” In a tweet on June 24 he tried to clear his stand. “Draupadi in Mahabharata is my favourite character but since the name is such a rarity I just remembered the associated characters and hence my expression. Not at all intended to hurt sentiments of anyone.” Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday announced that only essential services will operate from midnight till July 10 and all other operations will be temporarily suspended as the crisis-hit nation faces acute fuel shortage. The move came days after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday last said that the debt-laden economy of the island nation has ‘collapsed’ after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity. Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Minister decided that only essential services will operate from Monday midnight to July 10. P9 ALLEGATION Rape case filed against Sonia’s personal secy E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHI Police has registered a case of rape and criminal intimidation against P P Madhavan, the personal secretary of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, based on a complaint by a 26-year-old woman. “A complaint was received at Uttam Nagar police station on June 25. A case under Sections 376, 506 of IPC has been registered. We are investigating the matter,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police M Harsh Vardhan. According to the complainant, Madhavan, 71, raped her after calling for a job interview. He also allegedly promised to marry her. The complaint says the woman’s late husband used to work at the Delhi office of the Congress. “I started looking for a job in February 2020 after my husband’s passing and contacted Madhavan. He called me for interview. He used to talk to me on WhatsApp and conduct video calls,” she said in the complaint. “He pushed himself on me inside his car after driving me to a remote spot close to the Uttam Nagar metro station. He took me to a Sundar Nagar apartment in February 2022 and groped me against my will,” the complaint added. When contacted, Madhavan said the charges were baseless, “I am a 72-year-old person. I have granddaughters. These allegations are completely baseless. She did this to tarnish my reputation,” he told this paper. No relief to Jain: Special court extends his judicial custody for two more weeks E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHI’S Health Minister Satyendar Jain will have to spend at least two more weeks in jail as a city court on Monday extended his judicial custody for another 14 days. Special Judge Geetanjli Goel passed the order on a plea moved by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Earlier in the day, the judge had refused to entertain the plea noting that neither Jain nor his lawyer was present be- fore the court. After being informed that Jain was hospitalised, the court directed the probe agency to ensure Jain’s presence before it later in the day through video conference. The AAP leader was admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital on June 20 after his oxygen level dipped. Two days earlier, he had been denied bail. He was arrested by the Central agency on May 30 in a money laundering case, based on a 2017 FIR registered by the CBI, and sent to jail on June 13 on completion of his custodial questioning. Reacting to the extension of Jain’s custody, AAP leader Gopal Rai alleged the Centre was “shamelessly” misusing the Central agency against opposition parties that dared to question it. “It’s not a secret anymore and it’s not about one or two opposition parties but every party that dares to raise its voice against the BJP ,” Rai said. BIHAR AGNIPATH PROTESTS DERAIL HOUSE PROCEEDINGS As soon as the House assembled, members of the RJD, Congress and CPI(ML) stormed into the well demanding that the Speaker accept their motion to pave way for discussion | P8
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