CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 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 WAS JAMES BOND OF SPYING WHEN IN POWER’ VOLATILE ELECTION P6 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 94% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.8 °C(+1) SUN RISES 05:08 hrs MOON RISES 23:49 hrs New moon on 08 ISRAELI PREMIER BLAMES IRAN FOR OIL TANKER ATTACK P5 P9 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GUWAHATI/AIZWAL, AUG 1 Min. 66% Min: 27.1 °C(+1) SUN SETS 18:17 hrs MOON SETS 12:23 hrs August THUMBNAILS Indian, Chinese armies set up hotline for Sikkim: A hotline has been set up between the Indian and Chinese armies in the North Sikkim sector to further boost confidence along the Line of Actual Control in the region. The hotline is between the Indian Army in Kongra La, North Sikkim and People's Liberation Army at Khamba P5 Dzong in Tibetan Autonomous Region. Myanmar elections in 2023: Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar's military leader on Sunday repeated his pledge to hold fresh elections in two years and cooperate with Southeast Asian nations on P9 finding a political solution for his country. B Pak finalises law on Gilgit-Baltistan status: Pakistani authorities have finalised a law to award provisional provincial status to strategically located Gilgit-Baltistan, a report said. India has maintained the Pakistan government or its P9 judiciary has no locus standi on the issue. Over 24K kids died by suicide from 2017 to 2019, says NCRB data NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST Over 24,000 children in the age bracket of 1418 years committed suicide from 2017-19, with failure in examination being the reason in over 4,000 such cases, according to government data. The consolidated data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on children's suicide was recently presented in Parliament. According to the data, as many as 24,568 children, including 13,325 girls, aged 14-18 years, died by suicide between 2017-19. In 2017, 8,029 children aged 14-18 years died by suicide. The number rose to 8,162 in 2018 and increased to 8,377 in 2019, it said. The highest number of deaths by suicide among children in this age bracket was reported from Madhya Pradesh at 3,115 followed by West Bengal at 2,802, Maharashtra at PTI 2,527 and Tamil Nadu at 2,035. Pusarla V. Sindhu poses for photographs after receiving the bronze medal in women's singles badminton event; (right) Dilpreet Singh, right, celebrates with a team-mate after scoring during a men's field hockey match against Britain at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday in Tokyo. India beat Britain 3-1 to enter the semi-finals. TWITTER PHOTOS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TOKYO, 1 AUGUST he trailblazing P V Sindhu smashed her way into history books with a second successive Olympic medal on Sunday, while the men’s hockey team raised hopes of resurrecting a glorious past by entering the semi-finals for the first time in 49 years as India surpassed its performance at the 2016 Rio Games. Sindhu secured a bronze medal by beating world No.9 He Bing Jiao of China in the women’s singles third place play-off, becoming only the second Indian and the country’s first woman to win two Olympic medals. She had won a silver medal at the Rio Games. With this, India’s medal count swelled to three. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (49kg) has already left after securing a silver, while boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) is assured of at least a bronze after making the semi-finals to be held on 4 August. In Rio, the country had claimed just two medals. “It makes me feel really happy because I’ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final?” the 26-year-old badminton great said after the match. While Sindhu’s bronze T GUTS AND GLORY PV Sindhu becomes only the second Indian and the country’s first woman to win two Olympic medals. She had won a silver medal at the Rio Games. With this, India’s medal count swelled to three. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (49kg) has already secured a silver, while boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) is assured of at least a bronze after making the semifinals to be held on 4 August. The men’s hockey team’s march into the last four at an Olympics Games was the end of a wait that has lasted 49 years. Boxer Satish Kumar bowed out after losing to reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov. On the golf course, Anirban Lahiri ended his second Olympic campaign on the day was a reaffirmation of her being a legend of Indian sports, the hockey team’s march into the last four was an overwhelming emotional experience for not just the men who made it happen but also for the country which gave the world an icon called Major Dhyan Chand. It was the end of a wait that has lasted 49 years. It last happened when American swimming legend Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Olympic Village in Munich in1972 . Manpreet Singh and his men showed what resolve can do when they outplayed Great Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinal, at the end of which the determined men sobbed in jubilation, hugging each other tightly for they knew the enormity of this win. They play world champions Belgium next and a win would mean a medal secured while a loss will still give them a shot at the bronze. “It was believing. Everyone believing in themselves and that was the key today, everyone gave their 100 per cent today and they were dying and almost killed themselves on the field,” said Manpreet. While Sindhu and the hockey team’s guts fetched them the desired results, it was not to be for boxer Satish Kumar, the first super heavyweight (+91kg) to qualify for the Olympics. The 32-year-old entered P12 ‘Border clashes unacceptable’: Assam CM bats for resolution Sindhu earns bronze; hockey men in last 4 India surpasses its 2016 Rio performance, where it had won just 2 medals Civil defence workers distribute food to affected people on Sunday as the Delhi accelerates evacuation efforts in the Yamuna floodplains after a flood alert was issued. SNS MCKEON LEAVES TOKYO WITH 7 SWIM MEDALS the ring with 13 stitches on his face against reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov. His cuts opened up but Satish didn’t back off and though he lost the bout, he earned the respect of his opponent and the fans. “That’s the whole idea of being a sportsperson. You don’t give up, you never give up,” he said. On the golf course, Anirban Lahiri ended his second Olympic campaign at Tied 42nd spot after carding a one-over 72 in the fourth and final round. Lahiri, who began the week with a superb 67 and was inside Top-10, slid down the ladder thereafter with rounds of 72-68-72 over the next three days for a total of 5-under 283. He had finished 57th in 2016 Rio Olympics. The other Indian in the fray, Udayan Mane, who got into the field as a result of some withdrawals, also shot one-over 72 in the final round and ended 56th. Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza picked up 11.20 penalty points and was placed 22nd after the cross-country round. On Monday, the women’s hockey team will make its own pursuit of history when it takes on Australia in the quarterfinals, while discus thrower Kamlpreet Kaur will compete in the women’s finals, hoping to replicate her brilliant qualification performance. More reports on P12 Six days after a violent clash between police forces of Assam and Mizoram claimed seven lives and injured over 50 people, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said such incidents along the inter-state border are “unacceptable” to people of both the states and advocated a resolution through talks. The Assam chief minister, who has been charged with criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder in an FIR by Mizoram Police, also spoke of keeping alive the spirit of the North East in a Twitter post. The tweet comes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to both Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga over telephone earlier in the day to defuse the border tension between the two Northeastern neighbours. “Our main focus is on keeping the spirit of NorthEast alive. What happened along the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both states. “Honble CM @ZoramthangaCM had promised to call me post his quarantine. Border disputes can only be resolved through discussion,” Sarma tweeted. Despite an attempt by Shah to resolve the long standing border disuptes NE states’ borders to be demarcated though satellite imaging: Centre The Centre has decided to demarcate boundaries of the Northeastern states through satellite imaging to settle inter-state border disputes that are often becoming a cause of concern and sometimes even leading to violence. Two senior government functionaries said the task has been given to the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC), a joint initiative of the Department of Space (DoS) and the North Eastern Council (NEC). The NESAC helps augment the developmental process in the Northeast region by providing PTI advanced space technology support. between Assam and its neighbours earlier this month through a meeting he chaired, at least six Assam Police personnel and one civilian were killed while defending a disputed boundary with Mizoram and more than 50 injured, including the police chief of the district of Cachar. The Mizoram police had lodged an FIR against Sarma and six Assam officials under various charges, including charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, at Vairengte police station. The Assam Police has also issued summons to six officials of Mizoram government, including the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Kolasib district, and ordered them to appear at Dholai police station on Monday. However, on Sunday, the chief secretary of Mizoram has said the state’s chief minister had frowned Pegasus: SC to hear on 5 Aug pleas seeking probe into snooping allegations PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on 5 August the pleas, including the one filed by senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar, who have sought an independent probe by a sitting or a retired judge into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter. According to the cause list uploaded on the apex court website, a bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant would hear on 5 August three separate petitions seeking probe into the reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli spyware Pegasus. According to the plea, the alleged snooping represented an attempt by agencies and organisations to muzzle free speech and dissent in India. The petition also seeks a direction to the Centre to disclose if the government or any of its agencies obtained licence for Pegasus spyware and used it, either directly or indirectly, to conduct surveillance in any manner. The petitioners have claimed that investigations involving several leading publications around the world have revealed that several Indians, including journalists, lawyers, ministers, opposition politicians and activists, have been identified as potential targets using Pegasus software. India registers single-day rise AYUSH ministry, UK to conduct clinical of 41K new cases, 541 fatalities trials on Ashwagandha for Covid recovery SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST India saw a single-day rise of 41,831 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 3,16,55,824, while the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 47 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data. The death toll climbed to 4,24,351 with 541 daily fatalities. Registering an increase for the fifth consecutive day, the active cases have climbed to 4,10,952 and comprises 1.30 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid19 recovery rate was at 97.36 per cent and the daily positivity rate was at 2.34 per cent, the data at 8 a.m. showed. Meanwhile, the Central government has directed states including Kerala to step up vaccination for people above the age of 45 as 80% of the Covid deaths are report- Mandaviya slams Rahul, promises major vax boost The vaccination drive in the country is set to get a major boost this month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday as he took a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for questioning the government’s vaccine delivery programme. Mandaviya said more than 13 crore doses were administered in July and the drive is going to accelerate this month. PTI ed from this age group. The Centre has suggested tough measures in districts with Covid Test Positivity Rate (TPR) above 10%. In this regard, the Kerala government is considering to do away with TPR-based restric- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST 3,16,55,824 4,10,952 41,831 39,258 4,24,351 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 01 AUGUST 2021 tions and planning to let the district collectors decide on imposing restrictions locally. West Bengal today registered 701 fresh Covid cases and 13 deaths while Kolkata recorded 60 cases and 1 death. The AYUSH Ministry has collaborated with UK’s London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct a study on Ashwagandha for promoting recovery from Covid-19. The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH, and LSHTM recently signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct clinical trials of Ashwagandha on 2,000 people in three UK cities~ Leicester, Birmingham and London (Southall and Wembley), the ministry said. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), commonly known as ‘Indian winter cherry’, is a traditional herb that boosts energy, reduces stress and makes the immune system stronger. It is an easily accessible, over-the-counter nutri- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), commonly known as ‘Indian winter cherry’, is a traditional herb that boosts energy, reduces stress and makes the immune system stronger The successful completion of the trial would be a major breakthrough and give scientific validity to India’s traditional medicinal system. tional supplement in the UK and has a proven safety profile, it said. The successful completion of the trial can be a major breakthrough and give scientific validity to India’s traditional medicinal system. While there have been several studies on Ashwagandha to understand its benefits in various ailments, this is the first time the Ministry of AYUSH has collaborated with a foreign institution to investigate its efficacy on Covid patients, it said. According to AIIA Director CMYK Dr Tanuja Manoj Nesari, who is also a co-investigator in the project along with Dr Rajgopalan, Coordinator ~ International Projects, the participants have been randomly selected. Dr Sanjay Kinra of LSHTM is the principal investigator of the study. “For three months, one group of 1,000 participants will be administered Ashwagandha (AG) tablets while the second group of 1,000 participants will be assigned a placebo, which is indistinguishable from AG in looks and taste. Both patients and the doctors will be unaware of the group’s treatment in a double-blind trial,” Dr Nesari said. The participants will have to take the 500 mg tablets twice a day. A monthly followup of self-reported quality of life, impairment to activities of daily living, mental and physical health symptoms, supplement use and adverse events will be carried out. She added that the study has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and certified by WHO-GMP It . is being conducted and monitored as per the internationally recognized GCP (Good Clinical Practices) guidelines, she added. After the trial's success, Ashwagandha will be a proven medicinal treatment to prevent infection and be recognized by the scientific community worldwide. on charges levelled against his Assam counterpart and indicated these are likely to be withdrawn. Despite an agreement hammered out on Wednesday night, by the Union home ministry to maintain calm on the border and to allow a neutral central police force to act as peacekeepers, the two states have continued to trade charges of reinforcing police pickets and of not refusing to honour the agreement which calls for pulling back forces from the border. Assamese local organisations which had soon after the clash announced an economic blockade of Mizoram have since lifted their ‘blockade’. Assam government on Thursday had also issued an unprecedented travel advisory asking people not to travel to Mizoram and advised people from the state working or staying there to “exercise utmost caution.” PM likely to preside over UNSC meet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 AUGUST India today assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for August, identifying maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism as its priorities during the month-long tenure. “It is a singular honour for us to be presiding over the Security Council the same month when we are celebrating our 75th Independence Day,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said in a video message on the eve of India assuming the rotating presidency of the powerful 15-nation body. In a tweet, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s former envoy to UN wrote, “A first in the making.With India as President of @UNSecurity Council in August, an Indian Prime Minister may perhaps preside, albeit virtually, a Council meeting for 1st time on 9 August 2021”. If Modi does so, he will be the first Indian Prime Minister to preside over a meeting of the UNSC. According to Akbaruddin, several high-level meetings will be chaired by India’s top officials including the Prime Minister, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. As president of the body, India will decide the agenda for the month, coordinate important meetings and other related issues. The first working day of India’s presidency will be Monday.
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