TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 MARCH 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘TAMIL NADU SHOULD SHOW THE WAY TO INDIA IN OUSTING BJP’ WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. Strong surface winds during the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 100% Min: 45% TEMPERATURE Max: 29.0°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:44 hrs MOON RISES 21:41 hrs Min: 11.8°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:22 hrs MOON SETS 09:28 hrs THUMBNAILS Dramatic scenes played out at Tirupati airport on Monday when police blocked TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu from proceeding to (P4) carry out his programmes. IANS Nomadland, Borat 2 big winners at Globes: m n r Nomadland, director Chloe Zhao's moving drama about van dwellers and Sacha Baron Cohen's satire Borat 2 won top movie honours at a scaled-down virtual ceremony at the Golden Globes, which was held bi-coastally due to the coronavirus pandemic. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was posthumously honoured for his performance as the strong-willed trumpet player Levee in the musical period drama Ma P10 Rainey's Black Bottom, his swansong. PM for more avenues for farmers to sell crops: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasised on farmers getting more avenues to sell crops and said a food processing revolution was needed in the country for value addition to farm produce and to realise better prices. Addressing a webinar on effective implementation of Budget provisions regarding the Agriculture Ministry, he underlined the need for increased participation of private P5 players in the farm sector. P10 P9 P4 WHY AUSTRALIANS WILL CHOOSE TO STICK WITH FINCH SARKOZY CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION SUU KYI FACES COURT FIRST TIME SINCE COUP P12 2nd phase of vaccination: PM gets jab Thousands queue up at government and private medical facilities to get Covid-19 jabs as India expands vaccination coverage SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH Took my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India Covid-19 free! I ndia expanded its Covid-19 vaccine coverage on Monday by including everyone over 60 and those aged between 45-59 who have comorbidities in the net with Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting the pace by being the first person to take a jab. Thousands of people queued up at government and private medical facilities across the country as the country further opened its vaccination programme that started on 16 January for healthcare and sanitary workers. More than one million citizens were registered on the Co-WIN portal till 1 pm, the ministry said. Though registration opened at 9 a.m, the Prime Minister was the first off the block. He visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) early in the morning to take his first dose and appeal to everyone eligible to get themselves inoculated. “Took my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19,” Modi tweeted at 7.06 a.m. The Prime Minister also posted a picture of himself taking the first dose of the vaccine in which he is seen sporting an Assamese gamocha and getting inoculated with a smile on his face. “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India Covid-19 free!” he said. He received the indigenously developed Covaxin PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI AFTER RECEIVING FIRST SHOT OF COVAXIN AT AIIMS, NEW DELHI Huge boost to immunisation drive: Biotech Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International Limited Krishna Ella also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reposing trust in Covaxin. “We thank the Honble Prime Minister Sh.Narendra Modi for taking the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine himself. This has set a powerful example for all Indians to follow, which will go a long way in reducing vaccine hesitancy and building confidence in immunisation against the pandemic,” PTI he said. from Bharat Biotech and will need his second dose in 28 days. The other vaccine being administered in the country is Covishield from the Oxford-AstraZeneca stable. Modi’s move to take the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on the very first day of India opening up the inoculation drive should elim- THE GREAT VACCINE PUSH The vaccination programme started on 16 January for healthcare and sanitary workers. The registration for Covid-19 vaccination for senior citizens and people aged 45 to 59 with comorbidities has begun from Monday. Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination drive will cover 10 crore people across the country. So far, some 1.45 core people have received Covid19 shots. The Central government has said that states were explained the three methods of registration i.e. advance self-registration, onsite registration, and facilitated cohort registration. SELF-REGISTRATION Registrations were set to open at 9:00 am at www.cowin.gov.in and the Aarogya Setu app and citizens from Monday will be able to register and book, an appointment for Covid-19 vaccinations. inate any hesitancy from the minds of people about the vaccine, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria said. He said AIIMS was informed about the Prime Minister’s visit to the hospital to take the vaccine only late Sunday night. “As it was a week day, he chose to come early in the morning so as not to cause any inconvenience to patients at the hospital,” Guleria said. The AIIMS director said Modi took the shot around 6.30 a.m. and was kept under observation for halfand-hour as per protocol and left after that. His second dose is due after 28 days “He is fine after taking the vaccine,” Guleria said. Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered the shot and was informed only in in the morning. She told reporters that the Prime Minister, after being administered the vaccine shot, remarked, Co-Win app for administrators only, says Govt 6 states show Covid surge; India’s total cases touch 1.11 crore STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that the Co-WIN app on Play Store is meant for use only by administrators, and that registration and booking for appointment for Covid-19 vaccination has to be done through the portal. This was clarified by the Ministry amidst reported glitches in doing registrations as India opened up vaccination for senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities. “Registration and booking for appointment for #Covid19 vaccination is to be done through #CoWIN Portal: www.cowin.gov.in. There is NO #CoWIN App for beneficiary registration. The App on Play Store is for administrators only,” the Ministry tweeted.PTI “Laga bhi diya, pata bhi nahin chala (Already done? I didn’t even feel it).” The other nurse, Rosamma Anil, is from Kerala and said it was the happiest day of her life. Because our Prime Minister Modiji came to our AIIMS hospital for taking vaccine, she said. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union home minister Amit Shah and External Affairs minister S. Jaishankar also received their first shots. Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new Covid-19 cases contributing to 87.25 per cent of 15,510 fresh infections reported in a day, pushing India’s tally to 1,11,12,241 on Monday, while 106 fatalities mounted the death toll to 1,57,157 the Union Health Ministry said. India’s total number of active Covid-19 cases was recorded at1,68,627, comprising 1.52 per cent of the total infections, the ministry said highlighting five states that account for 84 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for 46.39 per cent of India's total active cases, followed by Kerala with 29.49 per cent. The positivity rate too has been rising gradually, pushing it to 1.52 per cent. As per the Ministry's data, there are 1,68,627 active cases at present after 11,288 patients were discharged in a day. The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be due to lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to "mutations and new strains" causing the surge, sources in the health ministry said. This trend is alarming as in mid February the average daily new infections oscillated between 9,000 to LPG price hiked again by `25 China targeted Indian power grid during Ladakh stand-off: NYTreport SNS & PTI A 14.2kg cylinder in Delhi now costs `819 as against `794 at which they were supplied on Sunday. Jet fuel prices hiked by a steep 6.5 per cent NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH In a clear warning to New Delhi last year not to press its claims too hard during the military stand-off in Eastern Ladakh, China had launched a cyber campaign against India’s power grid in the midst of the country’s war against Covid-19, the New York Times has suggested. The newspaper reported that a new study has lent weight to the idea that the 15 June Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese troops and the outage in Mumbai four months later might have been connected events as part of a broader Chinese cyber campaign against India’s power grid. The report said the flow of malware was pieced together by Recorded Future, a Somerville, Massachusetts, company that studies the use of the internet by state actors. It found that most of the malware was never activated. “And because Recorded Future could not get inside India’s power systems, it could not examine the details of the code itself, which was placed in strategic power-distribution systems across the country. While it has notified Indian authorities, so far they are not reporting what they have found”, the NYT said. Stuart Solomon, Recorded Future’s chief operating officer, said that the Chinese state-sponsored group, which the firm named Red Echo, “has been seen to systematically utilise advanced cyber intrusion techniques to quietly gain a foothold in nearly a dozen critical nodes across the Indian power generation and transmission infrastructure.” The discovery raises the question about whether the outage that struck on 13 October, one of the country’s busiest business hubs, was meant as a message from Beijing about what might happen if India pushed its border claims too vigorously, the newspaper said. It added that news reports at the time quoted Indian officials as saying that the cause was a Chinese-origin cyberattack on a nearby electricity load-management centre. Authorities began a formal investigation, which is due to report in the coming weeks. Since then, Indian officials have gone silent about the Chinese code, whether it set off the Mumbai blackout and the evidence provided by Recorded Future that many elements of the nation’s electric grid were the target of a sophisticated Chinese hacking effort. The NYT said the investigators who wrote the Recorded Future study, which is set to be published on Monday, said that “the alleged link between the outage and the discovery of the unspecified malware” in the system” remains unsubstantiated. Cooking gas LPG price was on Monday hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder across all categories, including subsidised fuel and those availed by Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries ~ the fourth increase in rates in a month’s time. LPG prices have gone up by Rs 125 per 14.2-kg cylinder since the beginning of February, price data from stateowned oil marketing companies showed. Also, jet fuel prices were hiked by a steep 6.5 per cent on the back of a rally in international oil prices. A 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi now costs Rs 819 as against Rs 794 at which they were supplied on Sunday. The increase is applicable across all categories, including subsidised and non-subsidised users. LPG is available only at one rate, market price, across the country. The government, however, gives a small subsidy to select customers. However, this subsidy has been eliminated in metros and major cities through successive price increases over the past years. So, in places like Delhi, there is no subsidy paid to customers since May 2020 and all LPG users pay the market Scorcher alert: South, central India may be spared PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH Day temperatures are likely to be above normal in north, northeast, parts of east and west India, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday in its summer forecast for March to May. However, it has forecast a likelihood of below normal temperatures in south and adjoining central India. “During the upcoming hot weather season (March to May), above normal seasonal maximum (day) temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of north, northwest and northeast India, few subdivisions from eastern and western parts of central India and few coastal subdivisions of north peninsular India,” the forecast said. There is a probability forecast for above maximum temperatures in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, coastal Maharashtra, Goa and coastal Andhra Pradesh. “However, below normal seasonal maximum temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of south peninsula and adjoining central India,” it added. It said above normal seasonal minimum (night) temperatures are likely over most of the of north India along the foot hills of Himalayas, northeast India, western part of central India and southern part of peninsular India. “However, below normal season minimum tempera- IMD SUMMER FORECAST The IMD forecast says likelihood of day temperatures to be above normal in north, northeast, parts of east and west India Above normal seasonal minimum (night) temperatures are likely over most of the of north along the foot hills of Himalayas, northeast India, western part of central India and southern part of peninsular India tures are likely over most of the subdivisions of eastern part of the central India and few subdivisions of extreme northern part of the country,” the IMD added. The IMD added that moderate La Nia conditions are prevailing over the equatorial Pacific and sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are below normal over the cen- tral and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. The latest model forecast indicates that La Nia conditions are likely to sustain during the upcoming hot weather season (March to May), it added. La Nina is associated with the cooling of the Pacific waters and El Nino is its anthesis. The phenomenon has a impact on the weather of the Indian sub-continent. The IMD said it will release the second summer forecast for April to June in April. The IMD last month had said the minimum temperature recorded in the country in January was the warmest for the month in 62 years. South India was particularly warm. The month was the warmest in 121 years, with 22.33 degrees in south India, followed by 22.14 degrees in 1919 and 21.93 degrees Celsius in 2020 as the second and third warmest months. Central India was also the warmest (14.82 degrees ) in the last 38 years after 1982 (14.92 degrees), while 1958 with 15.06 degrees was the warmest in 1901-2021. price, which currently is Rs 819. Simultaneously, aviation turbine fuel or ATF price was hiked by Rs 3,663 per kilolitre, or 6.5 per cent, to Rs 59,400.91 per kl in the national capital. This is the third increase in jet fuel prices since February. Rates were increased by 3.6 per cent on 16 February, and by Rs 3,246.75 per kl on 1 February. Are you willing to marry her: SC to rape accused PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 MARCH “Are you willing to marry her,” was the question posed to a public servant, who is accused of repeatedly raping a minor girl but when the Supreme Court was told that he is already married, he was asked to seek regular bail from the concerned court. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde was hearing a plea filed by the accused who is serving as a technician in Maharashtra State Electricity Production Company Ltd and has moved the apex court against the Bombay High Court 5 Febru- ary order which had cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to him. When the hearing commenced, the bench also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, asked the accused Are you willing to marry her? If you are willing to marry her then we can consider it, otherwise you will go to jail, observed the bench, adding, We are not forcing you to marry. After taking instructions on the query posed by the bench, the counsel for the petitioner, said the accused was initially willing to marry the girl but she had refused and now was married to someone else. 1,11,12,241 1,68,627 15,510 11,288 1,57,157 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 01 MARCH 2021 12,000 while the deaths were between 78 to 120. Delhi adds 175 cases, 1 death: Delhi today recorded 175 new coronavirus infections and one fatality, even as the positivity rate rose to 0.44 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. The city’s Covid toll climbed to 10,911, the health bulletin said. The new cases took its coronavirus infection tally to 6,39,464. These cases came out of 39,733 tests conducted the previous day. The active Covid cases in the national capital rose to 1,404 from 1,335 the previous day, according to the (SEE P2) bulletin. Bengal polls: TMC likely to axe several sitting MLAs KOLKATA, 1 MARCH The Trinamul Congress is likely to axe several sitting MLAs from its candidate list for the upcoming West Bengal elections, sources said on Monday. The party is planning to nominate more youths, women, and leaders with clean image and acceptability in their area, they said. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee met the party’s 12- member election committee in the afternoon at her residence in Kalighat and brainstormed over the nominations. “Today, the election committee authorised Mamata Banerjee to take the final call regarding selecting candidates,” a senior TMC leader said. Nearly 30 per cent of the 294 constituencies, including those of the 19 MLAs who have switched over to the BJP are likely to have new , candidates, the sources said. “Reports by Prashant Kishor's IPAC on every MLA and their constituencies are likely to play a key role in the candidate selection,” another TMC leader, who was present at the meeting, said. “How the MLAs have performed in the last five years, their image in the area and acceptability will be the main parameters. This time we won’t be taking any chances,” he added. Another party leader said that elderly MLAs with age above 75 are likely to be dropped. “Stress will be given on nominating more woman leaders. Last time our candidate list had around 33 per cent woman candidates. This time it will go up further,” he said. In 2016, the TMC won 211 seats in the 294-member House. Tejashwi meets Mamata: Amidst speculation of a tie-up with the Trinamul Congress for the Bengal Assembly elections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday met TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. SNS
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