MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JULY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Moderate rain/thundershowers towards evening/night. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% Max: 37.3°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:40 hrs MOON RISES 21:17 hrs P5 P7 SNS & PTI Min: 58% I have decided to work till the last minute. I'm ready to resign as and when they ask me to do so... once a message comes, if they ask me to continue, I will continue, or else will resign and get involved in party work BENGALURU/PANAJI, 25 JULY Min: 27.3°C (0) SUN SETS 19:16 hrs MOON SETS 08:42 hrs C THUMBNAILS A boy sifts through the remains of his family’s belongings after a fire at Kestopur slum area in (P4) Kolkata on Sunday. SNS World Heritage site for Ramappa temple: The Ramappa temple at Palampet in Telangana's Warangal has been conferred the tag of UNESCO World Heritage site, the Culture Ministry said on Sunday. The Ramappa temple, a 13th century engineering marvel named after its architect, Ramappa, was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019. Violence mars PoK poll: Voters in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir cast their ballots on Sunday to elect the region's legislative assembly, in an election marred by allegations of irregularities and violence that killed at least two workers of Prime Minister Imran Khan's party. India has previously slammed Pakistan for its decision to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and said any action to alter the status of the militarily (P9) occupied region has no legal basis. MP moves SC on Pegasus row: Rajya Sabha member John Brittas has moved the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe into reports of alleged snooping of activists, politicians, journalists and constitutional functionaries using Israeli spyware Pegasus. Brittas, said that recent allegations of snooping has caused concern among a large section of people in India and that snooping would have a chilling effect on free speech and expression. Weather havoc: Heavy rainfall wreaked more havoc in several parts of the country, including Maharashtra where the death toll in rainrelated incidents climbed to 149. Several parts of Kerala in south India also witnessed heavy rainfall with the MeT issuing yellow alert for several districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kot(P5) tayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam. onfusion continued over the possible change of guard in Karnataka on Sunday with chief minister B S Yediyurappa saying a decision on whether he will continue in office or not will be known by tomorrow, even as BJP president JP Nadda maintained there was no leadership crisis in the party’s Karnataka unit. The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman, the face of the BJP in the state in the past two decades, said this evening that he was yet to receive the "message" from the party's central leadership on whether he should continue in his post or quit. The chief minister had commented in Belagavi earlier in the evening that he expected to hear from the party high command on the issue today. Stating that he had offered to resign two months ago if the party so wished, he reiterated that he would continue in the post if the high command so desired and quit if they asked him to. “I will work for the party day and night for the next 10-15 years. Let there be no doubt about it,” the chief BS YEDIYURAPPA minister, who completes two years in office on Monday, said. Earlier, speaking to reporters in Belagavi, he reiterated that he would abide by the decision of the party's central leadership, and said he was content and satisfied and "will not cross the disciplinary line." Yediyurappa said he has the "lone target" of toiling for the next two years and bringing the BJP back to power in Karnataka, where assembly elections are due in 2023. In Panaji, Goa, BJP national president J P Nadda on Sunday praised Yediyurappa for his "good work". “It is good, he has done a good job. Karnataka (government) is running smoothly. Yediyurappa is looking (managing) at things on his part," Nadda made the state- ment in response to a question on Yediyurappa government completing two years in office and how he views his leadership. Told that there seemed to be a political crisis in Karnataka, he said: “That is what you feel. We don't feel so." Indicating that Monday might be his last day in office, Yediyurappa had recently said that based on the instructions the central leaders will give him on July 25, he will begin "his work" from July 26. “There is no confusion. Nadda is our party's national president. As a party worker, it is my duty to abide by his directions. There is no connection between him praising the good work and other matters. Let's wait till tomorrow morning. After that I will take my decision," Yediyurappa said to a query. To a question about him working actively, even as he expects directions on his future as CM, Yediyurappa said, "I have decided to work till the last minute. I'm ready to resign as and when they ask me to do so... once a message comes, if they ask me to continue, I will continue, or else will resign and get involved in party work." Speculation has been rife for over a week now about Yedyurappa’s resignation, following his interaction with the party’s senior leadership in New Delhi last week. While initially the chief minister did dismiss talk about the resignation, he dropped hints to this effect subsequently while interacting with some Lingayat seers. A few senior ministers in his cabinet, meanwhile, also stated that there were several aspirants waiting to replace him. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JULY Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that as the country enters its 75th year of Independence, every citizen should lead a "Bharat Jodo Andolan" in the same manner as Mahatma Gandhi had led the "Bharat Chhoro Andolan". The need of the nation is to unite and work towards national progress, Mr Modi said in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio address. "Just like Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) led the 'Bharat Chhoro Andolan' (Quit India movement), every Indian must lead the 'Bharat Jodo Andolan (Unite India Movement)'. It is our responsibility that we do our work in such a manner that it helps in uniting our country which is full of diversities," the prime minister said. "We have to move forward with Nation First, Always First," he asserted. Referring to the programmes planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence, Mr Modi said his government has made efforts to get a maximum number of people to sing the national anthem together on the 75th Independence Day and urged citizens to connect with the initiative. "On the 15th of August this time…this is an endeav- India to raise Pakistan’s support to terror, China’s behaviour during talks with Blinken STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JULY India will impress upon the US the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan to deal with terror-financing and its support to terrorist safe havens in the country in talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to New Delhi on 27-28 July, official sources said today. China's aggressive posturing against its neighbours on maritime and territorial issues would also figure during the talks, it is learnt. On the possibility of Blinken raising the issue of human rights during his talks with Indian leaders, sources said, "as a long- India logs 39,742 new cases, 535 fatalities India would also press for the gradual resumption of international travel, especially easing mobility of students, professionals, business travellers. standing pluralistic society, India is open to engaging those who now recognise the value of diversity." They pointed out that human rights and democracy were universal issues and not confined to a particular nation. Blinken will be the third top dignitary from the US to visit India since the Joe Biden administration assumed office in Jan- uary. Earlier, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin had visited India in March, followed by a visit by Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry in April. During his visit, Blinken will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval apart from calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources said India attached considerable importance to Blinken's visit and looked forward to taking forward the conversation with the US on numerous issues ranging from bilateral, regional and global developments to addressing the challenge posed by Covid-19. Sources said the two countries would explore ways and means to deepen their collaboration in defence. The proposal would cover policy exchanges, military exercises and defence technology transfers. The issues would be covered in greater detail during the 4th '2+2' dialogue involving the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries to be held in the US later this year. During Blinken's visit, India would also press for the gradual resumption of international travel, while maintaining health protocols, especially easing mobility of students, professionals and business travellers. Discussions on deep- ening 'Quad' (India, Australia, Japan and the US) engagement would be another major area of talks with the possibility of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries this year. The 'Quad' countries also proposed to take forward their vaccine initiative to supply Covid-19 jabs produced in India to Indo-Pacific countries from 2022, sources noted. On the regional security situation, implications of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan would also be high on the agenda of talks. The US has been insisting that India play a greater role in stabilising the situation in Afghanistan. 3,13,71,901 4,08,212 39,742 39,972 4,20,551 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 25 JULY 2021 Delhi cases: The national capital on Sunday reported 66 Covid cases and two deaths due to the infection, while the positivity rate stood at 0.09 per cent, according to data shared by the health (SEE P 2) department here. Mary, Manika, Sindhu shine, men’s hockey team hammered PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SHIMLA, 25 JULY NEW DELHI, 25 JULY 9 tourists killed in landslide in Himachal’s Kinnaur district STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SNS & PTI India added 39,742 new cases of coronavirus infection taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,13,71,901, while the death toll rose to 4,20,551 with 535 fresh fatalities, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The active cases have declined to 4,08,212 and comprise 1.30 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.36 per cent, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The daily Test Positivity Rate was recorded at 2.31 per cent while the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.24 per cent. Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 43.31 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive. Among the states, Kerala logged 17,466 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 32,71,530, with the Test Positivity Rate going back to more than 12 per cent after falling below it for a day. P12 Exit talk: BSY pledges PM Modi pitches for a end to suspense today Bharat Jodo Andolan BJP chief JP Nadda says Yediyurappa doing good work, no political crisis TEMPERATURE TECHNICAL SNAG COSTS MANU FINAL SPOT THE IMPERATOR OF MARS ‘PM MUST MAKE STATEMENT ON PEGASUS ISSUE’ SUKHBIR MOOTS NATIONAL FRONT OF REGIONAL PARTIES TOKYO, 25 JULY Nine tourists including four women were killed in rockslide that was triggered by a landslide in Batseri area in Sangla valley of tribal Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, around 230 km from state headquarters Shimla. Three persons including one local suffered injuries in the incident and they had been rushed to local hospital for medical treatment. A terrifying video of the incident that took place at around 2.15 pm, went viral on social media in which locals are seen screaming and asking people to run to safe places. Police said eleven people were travelling in the vehicle when their vehicle was hit by boulders while it was crossing Batseri-Sangla road in Kinnaur district. “Eight persons were killed on the spot while one person died while undergoing treatment at a local hospital,”police said. Details on Page 5 The shooters came undone once again and the hockey team took a hammering but badminton ace P V Sindhu, boxing great M C Mary Kom and table tennis star Manika Batra went about their jobs with trademark resolve to keep India's Olympic campaign on track despite a medal-less second day at the Games here on Sunday. A day after Mirabai Chanu sent Indian spirits soaring with her weightlifting silver, it was a huge disappointment at the Asaka shooting range where the young Indian marksmen and women failed to make a single final. It ended with another disappointment when the men's hockey team was toyed with by world umber one Australia, which prevailed 71 in one of the most lopsided contests at this stage. In between these two major disappointments, there were some successes to be celebrated with Sindhu, Mary Kom and Batra showcasing the woman power of the contingent. The 26-year-old Sindhu, seeded sixth, beat the 58th ranked Ksenia Polikarpova 21-7 21-10 with ease to start her quest for a second Olympic medal in style. Batra, on the other hand, had to toil hard to upstage world number 32 Margaryta Pesotska and she did that with finesse to make the women's singles third round. The world number 62 from India made a remarkable comeback after losing the first two games to prevail 411, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 115, 11-7 in a match that lasted 57 minutes. In the boxing ring, sixtime world champion Mary Kom (51kg) powered into the pre-quarterfinals after a superb tactical victory over Dominican Republic's Miguelina Hernandez Garcia. The 38-year-old Mary Kom, who is a 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist, prevailed 4-1 against a rival who is 15 years her junior to start her pursuit of a second medal. Full reports on Pg 12 People watch the PM's Mann ki Baat programme at a booth set up by the BJP in the Capital on Sunday. our connected with the National Anthem. It’s an effort on [the] part of the ministry of culture to have a maximum number of Indians sing the national anthem together... I hope you connect yourselves with this novel initiative,” the Prime Minister said. He added that a website, rashtragaan.in, has been created for individuals to upload their own renditions of the national anthem on the website. Mr Modi began the radio address with best wishes to the Indian contingent participating in the Tokyo Olympics and urged all citizens to support the team through the Victory Punch Campaign. “You also share your victory punch along with your team and cheer for India,” he added. As the country gears SNS up to celebrate Kargil Diwas on Monday, Mr Modi said the Kargil war, when Indian forces recaptured crucial strategic heights and Indian territory that was surreptitiously captured by Pakistani forces, was a symbol of valour and discipline of the country’s armed forces. The PM also shared several examples of people following unique ideas for their livelihood. He talked about farmers cultivating apples and ‘Ber’ (Indian jujube) and a food stall-owner in Chandigarh who offers Chole Bhature for free to those who have got themselves vaccinated against Covid-19. Among other issues, the PM also highlighted the importance of water conservation and reminded people to follow all Covidrelated protocols. ‘No follow-up results’ after meeting with PM: Farooq Abdullah SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 25 JULY A month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outreach to mainstream leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday that there has been "no follow-up results" on the ground. Abdullah said this in reference to the prime minister's remarks at the June 24 meeting in New Delhi that he wanted to win the hearts of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and remove “Dilli ki doori” (the distance from Delhi) and “dil ki doori” (distance between hearts). “That was a welcome statement but there is no effort on the ground to win the hearts of the people. People continue to be locked up and dissent is not tolerated. We want to see the change on the ground, a visible effort to win back the people who went through the trauma of their state being dismembered, its special status removed in one sudden blow," the three-time former chief minister told PTI. “Trust is something that has been missing from both sides (Delhi and Srinagar). Successive prime ministers ~ Jawaharlal Nehru, Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ~ made promises but the trust deficit has persisted," he added. The 83-year-old veteran politician said that he and his party had attended the Delhi meeting because it was an invitation from the prime minister although he had no expectations from it. Yet, he had hoped for steps to win the hearts and minds of people but nothing had happened. Abdullah insisted that restoration of "full, undiluted" statehood to Jammu and Kashmir should precede the elections to its Assembly. All major parties have demanded that and the Centre should prove its bona fide by agree- People continue to be locked up and dissent is not tolerated. We want to see the change on the ground, a visible effort to win back the people who went through the trauma of their state being dismembered, its special status removed in one sudden blow FAROOQ ABDULLAH NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESIDENT ing to that. Asked if his party would take part in the elections if the statehood was not granted before that, the NC president said, "We will decide at that time when the bugle is blown. We will then sit down and decide what we should do." Asked about the fate of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of six mainstream political parties including the NC and its arch rival PDP Abdullah said the alliance , stands and“we are together...we all are there. We haven't left.” Abdullah, addressing National Conference, functionaries at meetings at Laamad and Devsar in south Kashmir, also said both India and Pakistan needed to be consistent, coherent and serious in their nascent engagement and ensure people of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh live a life free from unending miseries. Emphasising that there is no substitute to dialogue, he said the moves and the messages indicating a thaw in relations between the countries has put brakes on the escalating tensions. For all the chest thumping, both the countries cannot win a war against each other, and the sooner the two countries realize the ground reality; the more serious, coherent and consistent they are in settling all outstanding areas of disagreements, the better, he said.
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