SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘POLICE LEADERSHIP MISHANDLED DELHI RIOTS’ HC ISSUES NOTICE TO RAHMAN OVER TAX EVASION CASE P4 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 90% THUMBNAILS A local resident does morning exercise on the roadside during a day-long lockdown. AFP In Kolkata on Friday. New school curriculum by 2022 under NEP: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that students will study under a new curriculum drawn from the National Education Policy when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence in 2022. PM Modi was addressing a conclave on “School Education in 21st Century” under the NEP 2020. 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NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER DISCREET DIPLOMACY: KEY HIGHLIGHTS According to the External Affairs Ministry, Jaishankar and Wang agreed that “both sides should take guidance from the series of the consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes" ~ a reference to the agreement reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their two informal summits held in 2018 and 2019. I ndia and China have arrived at a five-point plan to resolve the current military standoff at eastern Ladakh even as External Affairs minister S Jaishankar conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi New Delhi’s concern over the amassing of large numbers of troops and armaments by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the LAC without a credible explanation. Jaishankar had a frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on bilateral relations with Wang, lasting over two hours in Moscow last night, on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting. The meeting between them came at a time when Indian soldiers have consolidated their position by occupying some key heights at Pangong Tso, much to the discomfiture of the Chinese troops. This was the second ministerial meeting between the two sides within a week on the border deadlock. Last week, Defence minister Rajnath Singh had met his Chinese counterpart in Moscow on the margins of the SCO defence ministers' meet. In a “joint press statement” issued this morning, the Ministry of External Affairs said the two leaders agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of The two sides agreed that the border troops should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions. The ministers did not set any timeline for the disengagement of tens of thousands of troops who have been locked in a standoff since May, but agreed consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes. This was obviously a reference to the agreement reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their two informal summits held in 2018 and 2019. Observing that the current situation in the border areas was not in the interest of either side, the two ministers agreed that the border troops should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, main- Social activist Swami Agnivesh, who was suffering from liver cirrhosis for a long time, died of multi-organ failure at a Delhi hospital, doctors said. He was 80. Agnivesh was critically ill and admitted to an ICU of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, and was on ventilatory support since Tuesday, the doctors said. “He was suffering from liver cirrhosis and died today due to multi-organ failure as hiscondition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest at 6 p.m,” a spokesperson of the hospital said. Resuscitation was attempted but he passed away at 6:30 p.m., he said. Born to a Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh, Swami Agnivesh is best known for his campaign against bonded labour. He was also briefly in politics in the late 1970s and joined the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot were among those who condoled his demise. His last rites will be performed on Saturday at Agnilok Ashram in Behelpa, PTI Gurgaon at 4 pm. that “both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs.” They agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to maintain peace in the border areas. tain proper distance and ease tensions. They agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters. The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the IndiaChina boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Sonia removes Azad, Vora, Kharge from AICC posts PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER P12 P11 India, China reach 5-point p plan to end LAC stand-off o ASHOK TUTEJA Min: 26.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:29 hrs MOON SETS 14:48 hrs Social activist Swami Agnivesh passes away P7 India had 6.4 m Covid infections by May: Survey This was the 2nd ministerial meeting between the two sides within a week on border row Min: 44% TEMPERATURE Max: 37.8°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:05 hrs MOON RISES 1:20 hrs BOTHERED BY ANKLE, SERENA OUT OF US OPEN OLI, PRACHANDA AGREE TO POWER SHARING DEAL In a major reshuffle of the party, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday removed Ghulam Nabi Azad (photo), Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni, Mallikarjun Kharge as AICC general secretaries, and reconstituted the Congress Working Committee, appointing P Chidambaram, Randeep Surjewala, Tariq Anwar and Jitendra Singh as its regular members. The reshuffle comes a month after a group of 23 party leaders, among whom Azad was the most prominent, wrote to Sonia Gandhi calling for an overhaul of the party, internal elections and a "full-time, visible leadership". Sonia Gandhi also removed Luizinho Faleiro as AICC general secretary, and formed a special committee to assist her in party matters. The new members in the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision making body, will replace Faleiro, Vora, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Tamradhwaj Sahu. The six-member special committee, formed to assist her in organisational and operational matters, will have Court denies bail to Rhea, Showik PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 11 SEPTEMBER A special court here on Friday rejected the bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, arrested by the NCB in connection with a drugs-related case pertaining to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The court also rejected the bail pleas of four other accused in the case. Special Judge G B Gurao, presiding over cases under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, rejected their bail applications. All the accused are currently in judicial custody. Special public prosecutor Atul Sarpande, appearing for the Narcotics Control Bureau, welcomed the decision and said the court, while rejecting the bail pleas, has accepted the contentions of the prosecution that the investigation is at a crucial stage. Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said they would decide further course of action after perusing the court order. In her bail plea, Rhea had claimed that she was falsely implicated in the case. AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal, Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala as its members. Surjewala has also been made the general secretary in-charge for Congress affairs in Karnataka. From the 'group of 23' leaders, who had written a letter to Gandhi seeking an overhaul, Azad and Sharma continue to be regular members of the CWC, while Jitin Prasada has been made a permanent invitee to CWC from being a special invitee earlier. Prasada has also been made in-charge of party affairs in West Bengal. Mukul Wasnik, another leader who was among the 23 letter-writers, has also been made a general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh. The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs should also continue its meetings. India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings. The two ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas. The five-point agreement has not mentioned any timeline for disengagement and restoration of peace and tranquillity. Wang told Jaishankar that as two large developing countries emerging rapidly, India and China Fresh round of military-level talks soon PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER Indian and Chinese armies are expected to hold a fresh round of Corps Commanderlevel talks early next week with a focus on implementing certain provisions of a fivepoint agreement reached between the two countries to disengage and de-escalation the situation in eastern Ladakh, government sources said. The sources said Indian Army will keenly observe Chinese military’s overall approach along the LAC in eastern Ladakh to make an assessment of their seriousness in easing tensions as agreed in the foreign ministers’ meet. The deliberation was attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Gen Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and others. PTI need cooperation and not confrontation, mutual trust and not suspicion, says China. The Chinese statement quoted Jaishankar as saying that India did not want tensions to escalate in the border areas. India’s policy towards China has not changed, he told Wang while hoping that there was no change in Beijing’s policy towards India either. The much-awaited findings of the first national serosurvey conducted by the ICMR, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, indicate that 0.73 per cent adults in India were exposed to SARS-CoV2 amounting to a total of 6.4 million infections by early May. The survey was conducted from 11 May to 4 June and covered 28,000 individuals whose blood samples were tested for IgG antibodies using Covid Kavach ELISA kit. Also, seropositivity was the highest in the age group of 18-45 years (43.3 per cent), followed by those between 46-60 years (39.5 per cent) and it was the lowest among those aged above 60 (17.2 per cent). It’s estimated that there were a total of 64,68,388 adult infections in India by early May, the survey report said. “The findings of our survey indicated that the overall seroprevalence in India was low, with less than one per cent of the adult population exposed to SARSCoV-2 by mid-May 2020. “The low prevalence observed in most districts indicates that India is in early phase of the epidemic and the majority of the Indian population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the survey report stressed. It highlighted the need to continue to implement context-specific containment measures including testing of all symptomatics, isolat- The findings of our survey indicated that the overall seroprevalence in India was low, with less than one per cent of the adult population exposed to SARS-CoV-2 by mid-May 2020. The low prevalence observed in most districts indicates that India is in early phase of the epidemic and the majority of the Indian population is still susceptible to SARSCoV-2 infection NATIONAL SEROSURVEY REPORT CONDUCTED BY ICMR ing positive cases and tracing high-risk contacts to slow down transmission and prevent overburdening of the health system. Males living in urban slums and with occupations involving high risk of exposure to potentially infected persons were associated with seropositivity. According to the survey report, seroprevalence ranged between 0.62 and 1.03 per cent across the four strata of districts. The stratification of districts as zero cases (15 districts), low (22 districts), medium (16) and high (17) was done on the basis of the reported number of Covid19 cases as on April 25. Based on the overall adjusted seroprevalence of 0.73 per cent and reported number of Covid-19 cases, it was estimated that for every RT-PCR confirmed case of Covid-19 there were 82-130 infections in India. As part of the survey, a total of 30,283 households were visited and of 28,000 individuals consented to participate, the report stated. Huge single-day Covid-surge; tally 45.6L d s STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Meanwhile, the Health Ministry and ICMR have jointly written to all the States and UTs and urged them to ensure that all symptomatic negative cases of rapid antigen test are mandatorily retested using the gold standard RT-PCR test to ensure that such symptomatic negative cases do not remain untested and spread the disease. NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER India on Friday recorded huge single-day Covid-19 spikes, both in number of fresh cases and deaths. There were 96,551 new infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 45,62,414, Union Health Ministry data revealed. There were 1,209 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is also the highest number of fatalities in a single day, with the toll reaching 76,271 so far. Out of the total cases, 9,43,480 are active while 35,42,663 have recovered so far, according to the health ministry data updated at 8 a.m. The PTI tally compiled at 9 p.m. based on figures reported by the states put the total number of cases at 46,46,705 and the death toll at 77,373, while 36,10,815 people were reported to have recovered in the previous 24 hours. India has breached the USA’s Health workers take swab samples from residents of the Azadpur market area for Covid DEEPAK testing. In the Capital. record in terms of the number of new cases added in a day, but the USA still holds the record of number of single day deaths record of 2,494 on April 15. The recovery rate stands at 77.74 per cent, while the fatality rate has dipped to 1.68 per cent, the Ministry data showed. Delhi records over 4K Covid cases again, logs 60K tests: Delhi today recorded 4,266 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, which was the city’s second highest single-day Covid figure so far. Today was the third successive day that Delhi reported over 4,000 fresh Covid cases. The national capital had yesterday recorded 4,308 fresh coronavirus cases ~ its highest singleday Covid spike so far. However, the number of tests conducted for detection of coronavirus infections in Delhi today shot up to 60, 580, which was a new record till date. Yes- 45,62,414 9,43,480 96,551 70,880 76,271 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020 terday, 58,340 coronavirus tests were conducted in the city. SEE P 2 Biggest B’deshi hilsa consignment to hit WB markets STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 11 SEPTEMBER As much as 1,450 metric tonnes of Bangladeshi hilsa is expected to hit markets in West Bengal ahead of the Pujas, a piece of good news for Bengalis amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time since 2012, when Bangladesh had banned the export of hilsa fish to India, the government of the neighbouring country has given special permission for the export of the much-loved delicacy to India. The export wing under the Bangladeshi commerce ministry on Thursday approved nine private agencies in the country to export around 1,450 MT of hilsa to India from next week. “It will be the biggest ever consignment of Bangladeshi hilsa hitting markets in Kolkata and other towns since 2012. The Bangladesh government has responded to our requests seeking hilsa for Bengal and approved nine agencies in their country to export the item to India,” Anwar Muqsood, secretary of both the Fish Importers’ Association and Howrah Wholesale Fish Market, told The Statesman today. “We are getting 1,450 MT hilsa next week in different phases till the Durga Puja festival though the ban on exporting the fish to India is still on. We are thankful to the Bangladesh government for responding to our letters to their commerce ministry,” said Muqsood, who will be getting more than 75 per cent of the total consignment. He said that exorbitant prices of hilsa in the city market would also come down once the Bangladeshi hilsa land in Bengal. The price of Bangladeshi hilsa would come down to Rs 1,200 per kg for bigger sizes and Rs 8,00 per kg for smaller sizes, weighing 700 to 800 grams, he added. Ganga hilsa and sea hilsa are being sold in Kolkata markets at between Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,800 per kg. The Border Security Force (BSF) seized close to 2,800 kg of Bangladeshi hilsa in the last seven months, in a rare example of ‘reverse smuggling’. About a week ago BSF troops at the Kalyani border outpost (BOP) in Nadia district in the southern part of the IndiaBangladesh frontier seized 200 kg of hilsa worth Rs 2,40,000 (price at source). The smugglers had been wading through a water body near the border, a senior BSF official said. Bangladeshi hilsa, ‘Padmar ilish’ (hilsa from river Padma in Bangladesh) is believed to be of superior quality in taste. Bangladesh banned its export about eight years ago, and supply resumed only briefly in 2019.
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