SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 AUGUST 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 CONG LEADERSHIP IN FIX OVER PK’S ADVICE FOR PARTY REVIVAL CPC COMMANDS THE GUN: XI JINPING P11 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likely to occur. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 32-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 1.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 96 % TEMPERATURE P5 P8 ‘Strict curbs needed in high TPR districts’ Total 46 districts showing more than 10 pc positivity rate: Central govt Min. 79 % Max: 31.0 °C (-1) Min: 26.2 °C (N) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:08 hrs 18:18 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 23:14 hrs 11:32 hrs New moon on 8 August 3,16,13,993 4,08,920 THUMBNAILS 41,649 37,291 4,23,810 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021 SNS & PTI Trial run of East-West Metro from Phoolbagan (See P3) to Sealdah station in Kolkata. SNS India to take over as UN Security Council chief: India will take over the presidency of the UN Security Council on 1 August and is set to host signature events in three major areas of maritime security, peacekeeping and counterterrorism during the month. The August presidency will be India's first Presidency during its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Lalan Singh replaces R C P Singh as JD(U) chief: JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan, better known as Lalan Singh, was on Saturday chosen as its national president at the party's national executive meeting in New Delhi. Singh replaces R C P Singh, who offered to step down as he has been inducted as a Union Cabinet minister. (P5) China, India miss deadline on emissions targets: China and India have missed a United Nations deadline to submit fresh targets for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. The world's two most populous countries are among dozens that ignored the 30 July deadline set by the UN climate change agency. NEW DELHI, 31 JULY istricts reporting a Covid-19 positivity rate of over 10 per cent in the last few weeks need to consider strict restrictions to prevent or curtail people’s movement and crowding, the Centre told 10 states witnessing upsurge in infections and positivity. Highlighting that 46 districts are showing more than 10 per cent positivity rate while another 53 are showing positivity between five and 10 per cent, the Centre has urged the states to ramp up their testing for detection of Covid-19. The Health Ministry said it was forcefully underlined that any laxity at this stage will result in the deterioration of the situation in these districts. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan D chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday to review the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur. The public health measures taken for surveillance, containment and management of Covid-19 by the health authorities in these states were also reviewed. These states are either reporting rise in daily cases or rise in positivity. “All districts reporting positivity rate of more than 10 per cent in the last few weeks need to consider strict restrictions to prevent/curtail the movement of people, formation of crowds and intermingling of people to prevent the spread of infection,” the Health Ministry, said in a statement. Noting that more than 80 per cent of active cases PANGHAL’S OLYMPIC HOPE ENDS ‘FORMULATING STANDARDS FOR SERVICES SECTOR’ in these states are reported to be in home isolation, it said there is a need to effectively and strictly monitor these cases so that they do not meet other people and spread the infection. “The people in home isolation should be effectively monitored in such a manner to ensure that those who require hospitalization are seamlessly transferred for timely clinical treatment. “Detailed standard operating procedure covering various facets of effective clinical management of Covid patients in hospitals have been earlier shared with the states for prompt shifting and effective hospital management,” the Centre told states. The ministry also asked states to focus on those districts where the positivity rate is less than 10 per cent, so as to protect these Centre releases 15 pc of Covid emergency funds to states The Centre has released 15 per cent of the amount under the Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness (ECRP-II) Package to the states to improve health infrastructure, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday. He said an amount of Rs 1,827.8 crore has been sent to the states and Union territories. The amount constitutes 15 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 12,185 crore under the package. The highest allocation of Rs 281.98 crore has been made to Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar (Rs 154 crore), Rajasthan (Rs 132 crore) and Madhya Pradesh PTI (Rs 131 crore). districts by focusing on vaccination there. The Health Ministry also asked states to conduct their own serosurveys for district-wise disease prevalence data, as such a survey at the national level was heterogeneous in nature. With a single-day rise of 41,649 new cases, India’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 3,16,13,993 on Saturday, while the death toll shot up to 4,23,810 with 593 more people succumbing to it, the health ministry said. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 769 fresh Covid cases and 8 deaths, with Kolkata recording 75 cases and 1 death. P12 LAC row: India, China hold 12th round of military talks STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 31 JULY Top Indian and Chinese commanders today held the 12th round of talks on disengagement of troops in Eastern Ladakh so as to restore peace and tranquillity along the borders. The talks, which took place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, were led by Lt Gen P G K Menon on the Indian side. Senior diplomats from the two sides were also present. India is believed to have insisted that disengagement followed by de-escalation was absolutely necessary for resolving the tense stand-off. The Indian side asked the Chinese side to restore the status quo ante that prevailed in the area in AprilMay last year when the face-off began. “We expect forward movement in reaching a disengagement agreement at Hot Springs and Gogra,” official sources in New Delhi said. The military-level talks, which took place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), were led by Lt Gen P G K Menon on the Indian side. Senior diplomats from the two sides were also present India is believed to have insisted that disengagement followed by de-escalation was absolutely necessary for resolving the stand-off The two countries concluded the disengagement process at the Pangong Tso Lake in February. Since then, they have failed to arrive at a settlement on disengagement of forces at other friction points despite a series of meetings both at the military and the diplomatic level. The previous round of military talks took place on 9 April when the Indian Army told the PLA that disengagement at all friction points on the border was Parliament worked for only 18 hrs; 133 crore of taxpayers’ money lost PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 31 JULY Rocked by protests from Opposition parties on Pegasus snooping and other issues since the start of the Monsoon session, Parliament has only functioned for 18 hours out of the scheduled time of 107 hours, resulting in a loss of more than Rs 133 crore of taxpayers’ money, government sources said on Saturday. Sources said so far 89 So far 89 hours have been wasted in the ongoing session which started on 19 July and is scheduled to conclude on 13 August, sources said. hours have been wasted in the ongoing session which started on 19 July and is scheduled to conclude on 13 August. According to the sources, while Rajya Sabha has functioned for nearly 21 percent of its scheduled time, Lok Sabha Top JeM commander and Masood Assam-Mizoram border quiet, Guwahati reaches out Azhar kin killed in J&K encounter PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 31 JULY A top Pakistani commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and IED expert Mohammad Ismail Alvi alias Lamboo, who was a close relative of global terrorist Masood Azhar, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday in the Dachigam area of Kashmir. A US made M4 and an AK47 rifles were recovered from the spot where the terrorists were killed. Lt. General DP Pandey, Chinar Corps Commander and IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said in a joint media briefing in Srinagar that Lamboo was from the family of the GUWAHATI/AIZAWL/DIMAPUR, 31 JULY Mohammad Ismail Alvi alias Lamboo was involved in the conspiracy and planning of the 2019 attack at a convoy in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel were killed Pakistan-based top terrorist Masood Azhar and was involved in the conspiracy and planning of the 2019 attack at a convoy in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel died. Lamboo figures in the chargesheet produced by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the court. Lamboo was one of the masterminds for having trained a local terrorist Adil who blew himself up in the IED suicide attack at the CRPF convoy. With the killing of Lamboo, seven out of the 19 accused of the Pulwama attack have been killed, seven others arrested and five are still absconding, they said. Identification of the other killed terrorist was being done. Security forces in the morning launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Namibian and Marsar and the general area of Dachigam, following inputs about the presence of terrorists there. The search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened fire at the search party of the security forces who retaliated. The restive Assam-Mizoram border stayed quiet on Saturday as Guwahati moved in to defuse tensions with some of its northeastern neighbours to ensure tranquility along the interstate boundaries, officials said. Notwithstanding the uneventful situation, five days after a border clash between Assam and Mizoram police, backed by hordes of aggressive civilians, left six police personnel and a civilian dead, not a single truck carrying supplies from Assam entered the neighbouring state. Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, meanwhile, questioned the rationale behind the Mizoram gov- Notwithstanding the uneventful situation, five days after a bloody clash between Assam and Mizoram police, backed by aggressive civilians, left six police personnel and a civilian dead, not a single truck carrying supplies from Assam entered the neighbouring state ernment registering an FIR against him and six state officials over the recent border clash when its place of occurrence is within his state’s “constitutional territory”. No vehicles carrying essential commodities or passengers from Assam have entered Mizoram since Monday, the day of the armed clash, Officer in-charge of Vairengte police station Lalchawimawa said on Saturday. Assam, which even issued an advisory asking its citizens to avoid visiting Mizoram, has been insisting that no economic blockade is in place. Lalchawimawa said not a Olympics: Women’s hockey team in QFs, Sindhu loses PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TOKYO, 31 JULY The women’s hockey team’s perseverance was rewarded with a first Olympic quarterfinal berth in over four decades, while discus thrower Kamalpreet Singh rose from relative obscurity to be in contention for a medal but it was a bad day in office for the stars of Indian contingent today. World number one flyweight boxer Amit Panghal and star shutter P V Sindhu were the big names to experience defeats even though the latter is still in the hunt for a medal when she competes in the bronze playoff on Sunday. Success stories of the day was undoubtedly the women's hockey team and Kamalpreet. Outplayed in their first three games, Rani Rampal's team hung in there by beat- FIRST OLYMPICs QF BERTH IN 4 DECADES Outplayed in their first three games, Rani Rampal’s team hung in there by beating South Africa 4-3 in their final group engagement. World number one flyweight boxer Amit Panghal and star shutter P V Sindhu suffered defeats Kamalpreet Kaur finishes second in discus qualification to make finals Indian women hockey players celebrate during their match against TWITTER PHOTO South Africa. ing South Africa 4-3 in their final group engagement and their prayers for a favourable result in the other group match were answered when defending champions Great Britain defeated Ireland 2-0. That result left India fourth in the group, and set them up for a clash against Australia on Monday. The Indian women last made the quarters of an Olympics in 1980 Moscow edition, where it finished fourth. In the 2016 Rio edition, the team had ended 12th. Kamalpreet produced one of the best performances by an Indian track and field athlete in the Olympics. The 25-year-old, competing in qualification B, sent the discus to a distance of 64m in her third and final attempt to be one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final round, the other being American Valarie Allman (66.42m). The final will be held on 2 August. The Indian ended ahead of defending gold-medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18) of Cuba. Perkovic qualified at third and Perez at seventh. But barring this, it was a largely disappointing day with Panghal’s pre-quarterfinal exit being the biggest low point. In fact, it was a thoroughly disappointing day for Indian boxing as Pooja Rani (75kg) joined Panghal (52kg) in exiting the Games after an underwhelming performance, going down 0-5 in her quarterfinal bout against China’s Li Qian. No less a heartbreak was Sindhu’s loss. Her hopes of securing India’s first ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semifinals. The 26-yearold silver-medallist from the Rio Games, will now compete against China’s He Bing Jiao in the third place play-off on Sunday. “I’m a bit sad because it's the semifinals, but I tried my best, it's just not my day. I fought until the end,” she said after the match. More reports on P12 crucial for a resolution . The Indian and Chinese armies began negotiations to resolve the border row on 6 June but had only had limited success. The two sides have held 11 rounds of talks between corps commander-ranked officers since 6 June, 2020, to reduce tensions along the border. The breakdown in trust between the two nations has led to the two armies continuing to mobilise forces on the front line and constructing road communications, airfields and defences in respective areas. Both armies have 50,000 to 60,000 troops each in Ladakh and the deployments have not thinned after the disengagement in the Pangong Tso sector. External Affairs minister S Jaishankar had met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dushanbe in mid-July on the sidelines of the SCO meet and decided the top commanders of the two countries must meet at an early date to carry forward the disengagement process. single vehicle from Assam entered Mizoram even on Saturday but some trucks were heading towards Assam’s Barak valley from there. Mizoram Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi had said in her letter to Union Additional Home Secretary in charge of the northeast that vehicles carrying essential commodities and Covid-19 consignments like test kits were stranded in Lailapur-Dholai area in Assam’s Cachar district on the NH-306. Lalrozama, Deputy Commissioner of Mamit, which also shares border with Tripura, said that some essential supplies are reaching the state. Meanwhile, betraying the unease in his state’s relations with Mizoram, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he will be “very happy" to join the probe but wondered why is it not being handed over to a “neutral agency”. The Mizoram police had lodged an FIR against Sarma and six officials under various charges including those related to attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy at Vairengte police station late on Monday after a gunfight between Mizoram and the Assam police. Responding to the development, Sarma tweeted, “Will be very happy to join in any investigation”. The police of the two states have registered cases against each other's personnel over the clashes and issued summonses. (See also Page 4) Change negative perception of police: PM to IPS probationers PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 31 JULY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told Indian Police Service probationers that the spirit of ‘Nation First, Always First’ should reflect in every action of theirs and also asked them to work to change the negative perception of the force among people. Addressing the IPS probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy via video-conferencing, he urged them to let their every action in field be guided by national interest and perspective. “You are the flag-bearers of Ek Bharat,Shrestha Bharat. Therefore, the spirit of Nation First, Always First, should be reflected in your every action,” the PM said. Noting that the “negative perception” people have about police is a “big challenge”, Modi said this changed a bit during the beginning of the coronavirus period when people saw policemen helping out, but the old situation has returned. In this context, the Prime Minister cited the credibility and good image the National Disaster Response Force enjoys among people and asked if the society has similar sentiments for police. “Our police personnel even sacrifice their lives for security of the country, maintaining law and order and for fighting terrorism. They are unable to go home for days, unable to go home during festivals but when it comes to the police’s image, perception is different,” he said. has managed to function for less than 13 percent of the scheduled time. The disruptions have led to a loss of more than Rs 133 crore to the exchequer, they said. Opposition parties have been disrupting proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding discussion on Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Amid the din, five Bills each have been passed in both the Houses. Babul Supriyo to quit politics, to resign as MP Supriyo hinted the decision was partly due to losing the ministerial berth and also differences with the state BJP leadership KOLKATA, 31 JULY Former Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo said on Saturday that he has decided to quit politics and will be resigning as an MP He hint. ed the decision was partly due to losing the ministerial berth and also differences with the state BJP leadership. Supriyo, who had held several portfolios as MOS in the Narendra Modi government since 2014, was removed earlier this month during a major cabinet reshuffle. “Leaving, Alvida. Spoke to my parents, wife, friends, and after listening to the advice I am saying that I am leaving. Am not going to any other party ~ TMC, Congress, CPIM, nowhere. I am confirming that nobody has called me. “I am going nowhere. I am a one-team player! Have always supported one team #MohunBagan - Have been with only one party - BJP West Bengal. That’s it!! Leaving,” the twotime MP from Asansol said in a Facebook post. “I have stayed for too long… I have helped somebody, have disappointed somebody, It is for the people to decide. To be involved in social work, you can do that without being involved in any politics,” his PTI post read. Details on P3
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