CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 JULY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR CHINA BLAMES US FOR FROSTY RELATIONS AS TALKS BEGIN NO PLAN TO PRINT CURRENCY NOTES TO TIDE OVER CRISIS: SITHARAMAN P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. US HEADED IN ‘WRONG DIRECTION’ ON CORONAVIRUS P8 P10 Firing by miscreants from Mizoram injures 50, including Cachar SP Max.94% SNS & PTI Min. 72% Max: 34.5°C (+2) Min: 27.6°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:06 hrs 18:20 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 21:01 hrs 08:02 hrs Next new moon on 8 August THUMBNAILS Women farmers having lunch during Kisan Sansad against farm laws at the Jantar Mantar, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA (P5) SC refuses to stay trial of Gautam Gambhir Foundation: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Gautam Gambhir Foundation and refused to stay the prosecution in connection with an inquiry initiated by the drugs controller for allegedly stocking and distributing Covid drugs during the second wave. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said: "We have our eye on the ground, people were running helter-skelter to procure medicines, oxygen cylinders, etc. Suddenly a group of people come and say we will distribute drugs." “It could lead to serious discrepancy in drug supply,” the bench added. UK court declares Vijay Mallya bankrupt: A British court on Monday granted a bankruptcy order against Vijay Mallya, paving the way for a consortium of Indian banks led by the SBI to pursue a worldwide freezing order to seek repayment of debt owed by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. GUWAHATI, 26 JULY t least six personnel of the Assam Police were killed in firing by miscreants from neighbouring Mizoram on Monday as violence escalated along the interstate border in the Cachar district, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. A senior Assam Police officer, who is still inside the forest amid continuous firing from across the border, said that at least 50 personnel, including Cachar Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, were injured in firing and stone-pelting. “I am deeply pained to inform that six brave jawans of @assampolice have sacrificed their lives while defending constitutional boundary of our state at the Assam-Mizoram border. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” Sarma tweeted. The senior police officer said miscreants from across the border suddenly started firing when civil officials of both sides were holding a dialogue to sort out the differences. “I immediately cannot say how many people have been injured, but my guess is at least 50 personnel. Our SP was also injured in the firing and a bullet hit his leg,” the officer said over the phone. As the IPS officer A spoke while he was hiding inside a forest, firing could be heard in the background. Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday spoke to the chief ministers of Assam and Mizoram over the ongoing border row between the two states and asked them to ensure peaceful resolution of the dispute, sources said. During his separate telephonic conversations with Assam CM and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga, Shah asked them to maintain peace along the inter-state border where tension prevails, the sources said. The home minister asked the chief ministers to resolve the border issue mutually. Both chief ministers have assured the home minister that the needful will be done to ensure peace and resolve the border issue amicably. Police forces from both states are expected to return from the disputed site, the sources said. A tense situation prevailed along the disputed Assam-Mizoram border following clashes while chief ministers of the two states were locked in a war of words on Twitter on Monday. Zoramthanga posted a video in his Twitter handle of a stand-off between Assam police personnel and a group of stick-wielding youths. “Shri @AmitShah ji….kindly look into the matter. This needs to be stopped right now. #MizoramAssamBorderTension,” he said, tagging the Prime Minister’s office and Union Home Minister’s office, Sarma and officials of Assam’s Cachar district. Zoramthanga also alleged in another tweet that “an innocent couple” on their way back to Mizoram via Cachar was “manhandled” by “thugs and goons”. “How are you going to justify these violent acts?” he asked. The Assam chief minister tweeted: "Honble @ZoramthangaCM ji , Kolasib ( Mizoram) SP is asking us to withdraw from our post until then their civilians won't listen nor stop violence. "How can we run government in such circumstances? Hope you will intervene at earliest @AmitShah@PMOIndia," he tweeted along with a video of the situation. Later, Sarma said he has spoken to his Mizoram counterpart and reiterated that Assam Police will maintain the status quo and peace along the border. “I have just spoken to Hon'ble Chief Minister @ZoramthangaCM ji. I have reiterated that Assam will maintain status quo and peace between the borders of our state. I have expressed my willingness to visit Aizawl and discuss these issues if need be @AmitShah @PMOIndia,” he said. However, Zoramthanga again tweeted: “Dear Himantaji, after cordial meeting of CMs by Hon'ble Shri @amitshah ji, surprisingly 2 companies of Assam Police with civilians lathicharged & tear-gassed civilians at Vairengte Auto Rickshaw stand inside Mizoram today. They even overrun CRPF personnel/Mizoram Police,” he claimed. Assam’s Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi share a 164 km long border with Mizoram’s three districts of Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit. Mamata forms first Pegasus probe panel Nation marks ‘Vijay Diwas’ SNS & PTI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 26 JULY Ahead of her three-day Delhi visit, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a two-member inquiry commission to probe into allegations of snooping on politicians, officials and journalists. The decision came shortly before the TMC supremo boarded a flight for New Delhi where she will hold parleys with opposition leaders to explore ways to galvanise an anti-BJP parties ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Former chief justice of Calcutta High Court Jyotirmay Bhattacharya and ex-Supreme Court judge Madan Bhimrao Lokur are the two members of the commission. “The Cabinet today approved the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry in exercise of power conferred P12 6 Assam cops killed ‘Trial by fire’: BSY quits as K’taka CM after 2 years in border violence RAINFALL: 14.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE ONUS ON NEERAJ CHOPRA by Section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act of 1952 in the matter of widely reported illegal hacking, monitoring, putting under surveillance, tracking and recording of mobile phones of various persons in West Bengal,” she said. “They will look into who all are involved in this hacking issue and how they are doing this illegal activity. And also how they are keeping others mum,” she told a press conference before leaving for New Delhi, where she is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under the Commission of Inquiry Act both the Centre and states can institute a probe. However, if the central government has ordered such an inquiry, “no state government shall, except with the approval of the central government, appoint another commission to inquire into the same matter for so long as the commission appointed by the central government is functioning,” the Act says. It also says that if a state government has ordered an inquiry, “the central government shall not appoint another commission to inquire into the same matter for so long as the commission appointed by the state government is functioning”. “We had hoped that the Centre would form an inquiry commission or a court-monitored probe would be ordered to look into this phone-hacking incident. But the Centre is sitting idle... So we decided to form a Commission of Inquiry to look into the matter.West Bengal is the first stateto take a step in this matter,” she said. “Sometimes, you need to wake up some people when they are sleeping,” she added. “Names of people from West Bengal have figured on the Pegasus target list. We also need to find out who all in the judiciary got affected by this spyware,” she added. More reports on Pg 3 NEW DELHI, 26 JULY Led by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the nation today celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the Kargil ‘Vijay Diwas’ by paying homage to its war heroes. President Kovind laid a wreath at the Dagger War Memorial, Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. He said: “The nation salutes the soldiers and officers of the 19th Infantry Division, who have been safeguarding our borders in the most hostile terrains.” Modi tweeted: “We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour. Today, on Kargil ‘Vijay Diwas’ we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day.” More on Pg 5 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 26 JULY An emotional BS Yediyurappa today resigned as Karnataka chief minister on the day the government completed two years amid speculations over his exit and a day after he said he would take a decision on his own if the party didn’t send any message. He announced his decision at a programme to celebrate two years of, highlighting his instrumental role in expanding BJP in Karnataka. After thanking the party leadership,Yediyurappa asserted that he was not bidding farewell out of any sadness. In fact, he told the gathering that, “I’m resigning not out of grief, but happiness. A 75-yearold Yediyurappa was allowed to become the CM for two years. So, words can’t express my gratitude to PM Modi, home minister, Amit Shah and party president, JP Nadda.” Recalling those days when BJP was a fledgling unit, he said, “At a time when there were no cars, I remember cycling to places to work for the party. We built the party when there was no one to do it.” Back then, he said, “Not even 300-400 people would attend our programme. Now, the BJP has come to power because of all our efforts.” In this context, he said BJP stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted him to become a Union minister. “I told him that I want to stay in Karnataka and build the party.” After visiting the Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to Governor, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Yediyurappa told said he would not accept any post or honour now as his ambition was to ensure that the party rode back to power again. He was equally quick to emphasise that his resig- nation was voluntary. He also vowed to help bring the BJP to power in the state again with an absolute majority. The Raj Bhavan issued a statement later to say that the governor had accepted his resignation and “consequently, the Council of Ministers, headed by him, stands dissolved.” It added that Yediyurappa “shall continue to function as chief minister till alternative arrangements are made.” According to informed sources here, the BJP’s central leadership is expected to send an observer by tomorrow or day after to oversee the election of a new leader to replace him. Describing his term as “trial by fire”, he said, “when I took charge (as CM 2 years ago), I was not allowed to form the cabinet by the Centre (by the BJP central leadership), there was drought and then there was flooding and I had to travel everywhere alone. Later the cabinet was formed, and then in the last one-and-half year there is Covid.” “Despite facing repeated trial by fire, with cooperation from everyone, I have worked efficiently for the welfare of the state and brought in a change...I have put in efforts beyond my limit for this,” he added, as he thanked his offi- India logs 39,361 cases, 416 deaths in 24 hours SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 26 JULY With 39,361 people testing positive for Covid-19 in a day, India’s caseload jumped rose to 3,14,11,262, according to the Union health ministry data on Monday. The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 4,20,967 with 416 fresh fatalities. The active cases have increased to 4,11,189. Recoveries surged to 3,05, 79,106. Under the nationwide vaccination drive, 43.51 crore have been inoculated. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 657 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths. Kolkata recorded 46 cases and two deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 84 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid 3,14,11,262 4,11,189 39,361 35,968 4,20,967 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 27 JULY 2021 case count is 15,24,296 and death toll is 18,085 in the state till now. Chanu returns to warm but chaotic reception Olympics: Archers hit Korean wall, Sharath advances PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 26 JULY Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu returned to the country on Monday after her superb silver medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics, walking into sheer chaos after stepping out of the airport where social distancing went for a toss. Chanu walked out of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, flanked by security and clad in a face shield and mask. “Happy to be back here in amidst so much love and support. Thank You so much,” she tweeted after landing. Inside the airport, the 26year-old was greeted with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' by the staff present there and felicitated by officials of the Sports Authority of India among others. Once out, the young star was mobbed by the waiting media, leading to a melee and had to be completely enveloped by security personnel as she made her way through. She is scheduled to meet sports minister Anurag Thakur later in the evening. The diminutive Manipuri lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) in the 49kg category to better Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics on Saturday. With that performance, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift, leaving her shattered. Chanu has also been a former world champion and a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist. She was training in the USA before the Games and lived upto the medal expectations from her with a confident performance. The Manipuri’s focus for the past five years also kept her away from her family and she said he spent just five days with them during this period. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TOKYO, 26 JULY Veteran paddler A Sharath Kamal turned back the clock to make the next round and fencer CA Bhavani Devi showed some spark in her debut but India’s Olympic campaign on day 3 was littered with disappointments in archery, shooting, boxing and tennis. But the women’s singles campaign in the same sport came to an end with both Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee losing their respective preliminary round matches. Loss awaited India’s firstever fencer in the Olympics, C A Bhavani Devi, too. But the two rounds she lasted, before being outwitted by world number three Manon Brunet in the women's individual sabre event, made for memorable moments in an otherwise deflating day. There was an all-too-familiar disappointment awaiting the archers when they squared off against the invincible Koreans. Two days after the mixed team was knocked out by Korea in the quarterfinals, the men’s trio of Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai succumbed in straight sets against their formidable opponents in the same round of eight stage. South Korea went on to win the title by smashing Chinese Taipei 6-0. On the tennis court, Sumit CMYK Nagal was blown away by world number two Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles second round as India’s tennis challenge all but ended at the Games. Another downer has been the men’s boxing campaign. A third one bowed out on Monday in middleweight (75kg) Ashish Chaudhary, paying for an underwhelming start in his maiden Olympic appearance. A better fight came from the women’s hockey team but poor execution proved to be its undoing, leading to a 02 defeat at the hands of Germany. There were no surprises in swimming either with Sajan Prakash failing to qualify for the men’s 200m butterfly semifinals finishing fourth in Heat 2. In badminton, the Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straightgame loss to world number one Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in their second Group A match. After the proclaimed medal hopes misfired, the skeet shooters too made quiet exits. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 18th while his senior compatriot Mairaj Ahmad Khan ended 25th in the men’s skeet event, failing to make the six-man finals by some distance. The medal hopes now are hinging on the young shooters in the mixed events. cers. His resignation comes after much drama, starting with his visit to New Delhi last week for interaction with the party high command. His reiteration, post the meetings, that he had not been asked to resign, only fuelled the rumours. Despite all his assertions about resigning voluntarily, he desperately hoped for a favourable response by its leadership. This is evident from what K Sudhakar, senior health minister,told media. “It was a surprise for me as Yediyurappa had told me that he may receive a favourable decision from the high command by 26 July,” he said, adding that he was only quitting as CM ,not active politics. Yediyurappa tweeted “it has been an honour to have served the state for the past two years. I have decided to resign as the chief minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them.” BJP leaders in the state, however, commended Yediyurappa for bringing the party to power in 2008. Besides, under his leadership, BJP has bagged 25 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka in 2019. For the record ,this is the fourth time that Yedyurappa is resigning as CM. Hours after Yediyurappa’s resignation, Shikaripura, the Assembly seat in Shivamogga district which he has represented seven times, was shut as a mark of protest by his supporters as traders expressing sympathy voluntarily shut down their business roads were deserted as his supporters hit the streets raising slogans and put up his cutouts to show their solidarity with him. Two Bills passed amid din in LS NEW DELHI, 26 JULY The government on Monday pushed its legislative agenda in Lok Sabha as the House passed two Bills amid uproar by opposition members over the Pegasus row and farmers issue. As soon as the House met at 3 pm after repeated adjournments during the day, Lok Sabha took up the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021, separately. Discussion on the two Bills could not take place as Opposition members continued to stage protests demanding a discussion on the Pegasus snooping allegations and the farmers' demand of repealing the agri laws. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi urged the oppositon to participate in the debate on the Bills and said the issues raised by them could be taken up. Soon after the Bills were passed, the House was adjourned for the day. Earlier in the day, the House saw repeated adjournments and when it met at 2 pm and ran for a few minutes, papers were laid on the table and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021. As soon as the House met in the morning, Speaker Om Birla paid tributes to personnel of the armed forces for their valour and sacrifice during the 1999 Kargil War as members observed silence for those who made the supreme sacrifice, on the 22nd anniversary of ‘OperPTI ation Vijay’.
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