SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5.00 |LC* KOLKATA |NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR SUGA READY TO TOP UP PAYOUTS TO EASE COVID-19 PAIN BORIS SEEKS PARTY BACKING FOR BREXIT BILL P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 35-28 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE Min. 54% NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, 12 SEPTEMBER n a gesture which may help bring down the temperature between India and China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) today handed over to the Indian authorities five youths from Arunachal Pradesh, who had gone missing on 2 September and were later found in Chinese territory. “Five civilians from Upper Subansiri who had strayed across LAC have been handed over by the PLA to the Indian Army at Kibithu on 12 September after necessary formalities. After quarantine of 14 days for Covid-19, they will be handed over to their families,” a defence source said. The five youths~ Tanu Bakar, Prasad Ringling, Ngaru Diri, Dongtu Ebiya and Toch Singkam ~ were members of a party of seven who had gone hunting on 2 September. They had gone missing from the vicinity of Sera-7, an Army patrol zone located around 12 km further north of Nacho in Upper Subansiri district. The youths, engaged as porters by the Indian Army, were reported missing by their families on social media. There were allegations that they had been kidnapped by the Chinese troops. A defence spokesman, in an official statement, said that Arunachal Pradesh is known for its rich natural heritage and adventurous people fond of exploring the I Folk dancers perform while participating in a dress rehearsal ahead of ‘Navaratri’ festival. In Ahmedabad on Saturday. AFP Bhushan moves SC on contempt cases: Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, convicted and awarded one rupee fine for his contemptuous tweets against the judiciary, moved the Supreme Court seeking the right of appeal against convictions in original criminal contempt cases to be heard by a larger and a different bench. In a fresh plea filed through lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, he has sought a declaration that a “person convicted for criminal contempt by this court, including the petitioner herein, would have a right to an intra-court appeal to be heard by a larger and different bench”.. Another medical aspirant commits suicide: A 19-year-old medical aspirant died of alleged suicide in Madurai, Tamil Nadu 'apprehensive' over the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET), police said. Jothisri Durga, daughter of a police Sub-Inspector, was found hanging at her home and a purported suicide note left behind said she was 'apprehensive' about NEET though others had high 'hopes' on her. The death comes days after another NEET aspirant in P4 Ariyalur also allegedly committed suicide. US President Donald Trump on Friday brokered another peace deal in the Middle East with Bahrain announcing that it would normalise diplomatic ties with Israel. The announcement by Trump after he hosted a historic call between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain came a month after he had mediated between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to do the same. Leaders of the UAE and Israel are scheduled to sign an agreement in this regard at the White House next week. In the spirit of peace and cooperation, Netanyahu and Al Khalifa agreed that Bahrain will fully normalise its diplomatic relations with Israel, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture. This is a truly historic day, he said. Observing that there have been two peace agreements with Israel in the last 72 years, Trump said that this is now the second peace agreement that he has announced in the last month. And I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow, he said. Ultimately, you’ll have most countries join, and you're going to have the Palestinians in a very good position. They want to come in~ they’re going to want to come in because all of their friends are in, he said. PTI P12 PLA hands back 5 India joins inaugural session Arunachal youths of intra-Afghan peace talks who went missing STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THUMBNAILS WASHINGTON, 12 SEPTEMBER P4 Development comes amidst tension at India-China border Max: 35.8°C (3) Min: 27.3°C (1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:23 hrs 17:43 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:48 hrs --.-New moon on 17 September Trump brokers 2nd peace deal in West Asia; Bahrain, Israel to normalise ties P11 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% THIEM HOPES TO WIN GRAND SLAM TITLE ‘JUDGES BECOMING VICTIMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA GOSSIP’ nature for medicinal herbs and possessing traditional flair for hunting which involves surviving off the land for weeks in jungles and far-flung remote areas. During such adventurous forays, at times youths have inadvertently strayed to the other sides of the LAC. The development comes at a time when the PLA and the Indian Army have been locked in a tense stand-off at eastern Ladakh for four and a half months. Beijing does not recognise Arunachal Pradesh and claims that the north eastern Indian state is part of China’s territory. Sources said persistent efforts of the Indian Army had led to the five missing hunters being located in China. The Chinese Army had on Tuesday responded to the Indian queries and confirmed that the missing Indians have been found on their side. Recently, the Indian Army AstraZeneca resumes Covid-19 vaccine trials PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 12 SEPTEMBER Biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University on Saturday said that clinical trials for their coronavirus vaccine have resumed in the UK after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority’s (MHRA) confirmed that the trials were safe. The human trials resumed days after a pause had been announced in the trials after an adverse reaction in one of the participants. AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as the trial sponsor, said that they cannot disclose further medical information but confirmed that independent investigations concluded that the trials were safe to restart. Clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, have resumed in the UK fol- lowing confirmation by the MHRA that it was safe to do so, AstraZeneca said in a statement. AstraZeneca is committed to the safety of trial participants and the highest standards of conduct in clinical trials. The company will continue to work with health authorities across the world and be guided as to when other clinical trials can resume to provide the vaccine broadly, equitably and at no profit during this pandemic, the company said. On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow the review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators. The UK committee concluded its investigations and recommended to the MHRA that trials in the UK are safe to restart. had rescued three people from China ~ two men and a woman~in North Sikkim after they lost their way. The Indian soldiers also offered them food and warm clothes to protect them from the harsh climate in the area. The three Chinese citizens had lost their way in the Plateau area of North Sikkim at an altitude of 17,500 feet. Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu and MP and Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju thanked the Union government in New Delhi and the Army authorities in particular for ensuring the safe return of the five youths. Earlier in March, a 21year-old man was abducted by the PLA from the Asapila sector near the McMahon line. His two friends, however, had managed to escape. After 19 days in captivity, Togley Sinkam was released by the Chinese Army. India expects that the soil of Afghanistan is never used for any antiIndia activities, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, joining the inaugural session of the intraAfghan peace negotiations in Doha through video conference. The Taliban and the Afghan government are holding direct talks for the first time to end 19 years of war that has killed tens of thousands of people and ravaged various parts of the country. An Indian delegation, led by Mr J P Singh, Joint Secretary dealing with Afghanistan in the External Affairs Ministry, was physically present at the inaugural session of the talks. Jaishankar’s participation was in response to an invitation extended to him by Qatar deputy Prime Minister and Foreign minister of the State Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani. In his address, the Indian minister referred to the millennia-old relationship between India and Afghanistan which, he said, had withstood the test of time. He highlighted India’s role as a major development partner of Afghanistan with over 400 proj- GET BACK ON TRACK Kolkata Metro authorities conduct a trial run on the eve of restart of services. In Kolkata on Saturday. SNS New high in India’s Covid tally STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 12 SEPTEMBER India on Saturday once again recorded over 97,000 cases in a single day, taking the total tally to 46,59,984, the Union Health Ministry data revealed. It is more than double the single day spike in the US, which is the only country ahead of India in terms of number of Covid-19 cases. There were 1,201 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, with the toll reaching 77,472 so far. Out of the total cases, 9,58,316 are active, while 36,24,196 have recovered so far, according to the data updated at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. They account for above 60 per cent of the active cases, according to the Ministry. The recovery rate stands at 77.65 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.67 per cent, the Ministry data showed. Sixty per cent of the recoveries are also from the five states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and UP . According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 10,91,251 tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,51,89,226. Upward trend in Bengal cases continue: Continuing the upward trend in daily Covid-19 numbers, West Bengal today recorded 3,161 fresh Covid cases and 59 deaths. Till now, 1,99,493 people have been detected with Covid, 3,887 died due to the infection and 1,72,085 recovered in the state, leaving 23,521 active cases. Registering the maximum single-day Covid cases, North 24-Parganas recorded 556 fresh 46,59,984 9,58,316 97,570 81,533 77,472 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2020 cases and 16 deaths followed by Kolkata with 547 cases and 12 deaths. DGCA warns of 2-wk flight ban if photo rule flouted PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER Aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday said a scheduled flight will be suspended for a period of two weeks if anyone is found taking photographs inside the plane. This announcement comes a day after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after it found alleged violation of safety and social distancing protocols by mediapersons in the airline’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger. According to a video of the incident that took place inside The Directorate General of Civil Aviation asked IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after it found alleged violation of safety and social distancing protocols by mediapersons in the airline’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger In case any violation (photography) occurs on any scheduled passenger aircraft, the schedule of flight for that particular route shall be suspended for a period of two weeks from the next day, the regulator said. Wednesday’s flight, reporters and cameramen were jostling and bunching up to get a comment from Ranaut, who was sitting in one of the front rows of the plane. The DGCA order on Saturday said, “It has been decided that from now on, in case any violation (photography) occurs on any scheduled passenger aircraft ~ the schedule of flight for that particular route shall be suspended for a period of two weeks from the next day (of the incident).” ects completed in all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Jaishankar said India’s policy on Afghanistan had been consistent. New Delhi was of the firm view that any peace process must be Afghanled, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled and has to respect the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the wartorn country. The peace process must preserve the progress made in the establishment of a democratic Islamic Republic in Afghanistan. The interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed, he added. Jaishankar wished for the success of the IntraAfghan negotiations in delivering to the people of Afghanistan what they have longed for~ a peaceful and prosperous future in an independent and sovereign nation. India is Afghanistan’s major development partner and has built several key projects, including the India-Afghanistan friendship dam in the western province of Herat and the Afghan Parliament in the capital city of Kabul. The order was sent to all the domestic airlines in India. The order stated that as per Rule 13 of the Aircraft Rules 1937, no person is allowed to take any photographs inside a flight except when permission is granted by the DGCA or the Civil Aviation Ministry. “In spite of these regulations, it has been noted that at times, the airlines have failed to follow these stipulations primarily because of lack of diligence on their part,” the order noted. “Needless to say that such deviations result in compromise in maintaining the highest standards of safety and therefore, is not to be allowed,” it mentioned. Therefore, the order said if any incident of photography takes place inside any flight, that scheduled flight will be suspended for two weeks and it will be “restored only after the airline has taken all the necessary punitive action against those responsible for the violation”. An airline can put an “unruly passenger” on its “no-fly list” for a certain period of time after an internal enquiry. About the ChandigarhMumbai flight incident, a DGCA official had said that the issues were related to “photography on board in violation of Aircraft rules 13, violation of Covid protocols and certain actions falling within the purview of unruly behaviour on board”. Eye on I-League, Mohammedan Sporting train in Kalyani seclusion PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY KALYANI, 12 SEPTEMBER Regardless of how Mohammedan Sporting Club came to choose this university town for their bio-secure bubble, probably West Bengal’s first, their preparations for the I -League’s second tier might not have found a better setting, all allied things considered. It’s a place where people seem not to butt into each other’s life, prizing their own privacy. Some fans did try to gatecrash into the stadium when Mohammedan Sporting Club began tuning up there some two weeks ago but the police, headquartered close by, were equal to the task of coping with them without trying out third-degree methods. So, as coach Yan Law told The Statesman today, the players go out to practise in the morning, return to Lake Hall, a comfortable residential facility with the predictable amenities near by, wash their own clothes in a departure from preCovid -19 norms and rest. It isn’t a concentration camp, nor is it a carnival. “Every alternate day, we have two knockabout sessions,” Law said, adding: “It depends on my reading of the players’ minds and conditions. It’s not just about Every alternate day, we have two knockabout sessions, It’s not just about trying to hit the peak early. There are only four matches and we have to make the most of them, through MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB COACH YAN LAW trying to hit the peak early. There are only four matches and we have to make the most of them, through” he said. Law is so young there is an amusing side to his trying to explain why being isolated from family and friends will not affect the players psychologically. But he is very serious when he says, back in action after so many months of enforced inertia, the footballers will take the restrictive regulations central to any bio-secure bubble in their stride. Law knows a lot hinges on Mohammedan Sporting Club for the I-League’s continued popular acceptance now that both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are in the Indian Super League but hopes the Kalyani biosecure camp will give the black-and-white brigade the push they could do with. “Pressure is part of life but you’ve to carry on,” he says.
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