CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 SEPTEMBER 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 ‘GATISHAKTI TO PROVIDE FRAMEWORK FOR NIP PROGRAMME’ DIPLOMACY IN LIMBO P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells rain .Temperature likely to be in the range of 35-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% TEMPERATURE P8 P10 Red alert: India logs 47k+ cases Full vaccination must if mass gatherings essential: Govt Min. 65% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Max: 34.3 °C(+2) Min: 27.5 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:30 hrs 17:53 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 00:36 hrs 14:37 hrs New moon on 7 September THUMBNAILS Protecting idols from rain at Kumartuli in Kolkata on Thursday. DEEPBRATA DUTTA Visas of foreigners stuck in India due to Covid extended till Sept-end, says Centre: The Cene tral Government on Thursday announced the extension of visas for all foreign nationals stranded in the country due to the ongoing Covid pandemic till 31 September. They will not be required to submit application to FRRO/FRO concerned for visa extension. The decision was taken because a number of foreigners who came to India on various types of visas prior to March, 2020 got stranded in the country in the absence of flights to their desSNS tinations due to Covid. Geelani given quiet burial in Srinagar: The proPakistan hawk among the Kashmir separatists, Syed Ali Shah Geelani (92), was given a quiet burial in the wee hours of Thursday after he died late night on Wednesday following chest pain. Amid tight security, Geelani was laid to rest in a cemetery at a mosque near his Hyderpura residence in the outskirts of Srinagar at about 3.30 am in the presence of his close relatives and top police officers, sources said. (P5) NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER ogging a big jump on Thursday, the country saw 47,092 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest daily figure registered in over two months. The new cases brought the country's overall caseload to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937), and with 509 deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll increased to 4,39,529, according to data from the Union health ministry. The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583). Kerala, which accounted for 70 per cent of the new cases and a third of deaths, on Thursday reported 32,097 new infections and 188 deaths, as its total cases breached 41 lakh. Its test positivity rate stood at 18.41 per cent after testing of 1,74,307 samples in the last 24 hours, according to a state government release. The test positivity rate was reported at 18.76 per cent on Wednesday. The Union health ministry, meanwhile, said that mass gatherings should be discouraged in the upcoming festive season, but if attending it is essential then full vaccination should be a prerequisite. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, addressing a Press conference, said the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend since the week ending 10 May. However, 39 districts reported over 10 per cent weekly positivity rate in the week ending 31 August while in 38 districts it was L ‘Over half of Indis’s adult population received 1 dose’ 3,28,57,937 3,89,583 47,092 A health worker inoculates a beneficiary with a dose of vaccine in Mumbai on Thursday. AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER More than half of India's adult population has received at least one dose of Covid vaccine and 16 per cent have got both, the Union government said on Thursday as the cumulative number of doses administered in the country crossed 67 crore. In Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Himachal Pradesh all the adult population have got at least one dose of vaccine, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. About ramping up of daily vaccinations, he said 18.38 crore doses were given in August. “That's a huge achievement and would not have been possible without very effective and optimal participation of all healthcare workers, state governments and UT adminisPTI trations,” he said. between five and 10 per cent. Only Kerala has more than 1 lakh active cases while Maharashtra, Karnat- 35,181 4,39,529 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 02 SEPTEMBER 2021 aka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have active cases between 1,00,000 to one lakh. Bhushan added that 69 per cent of the total cases in the last week were reported from Kerala alone. In view of the upcoming festive season, health ministry officials said mass gatherings should be discouraged. “Full vaccination should be a prerequisite if it is absolutely essential to attend a gathering,” ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said. NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul urged people to be careful particularly in the context of the upcoming festivals and changes in weather. Bengal cases:West Bengal today registered 695 fresh cases and 13 deaths, with Kolkata recording 122 cases and 1 death. The state’s total case count is 15,49,978 with the death toll at 18,472. There are 8,734 active cases. Veteran scribe Chandan Mitra dead Bengal post-poll violence: CBI files first chargesheet SNS & PTI SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER KOLKATA, 2 SEPTEMBER Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra died late Wednesday at his south Delhi residence after a long ailment. He was 65. Mitra, who started his career in The Statesman, also worked for various newspapers, including the Times of India and the Hindustan Times, before he became editor of The Pioneer. He is survived by his wife Shobori Ganguly and two sons Kushan and Shakya. The death of the columnist and raconteur, known for his sharp views on politics, was condoled by a host of political leaders across the spectrum as well as President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Shri Chandan Mitra Ji will be remembered for his intellect and insights. He distinguished himself in the world of media as well as politics. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," the prime minister said in a tweet. The president described him as an outstanding journalist whose stint as a parliamentarian added to his reputation. “His understanding of Hindi heartland and its history was profound. His demise leaves a void in Indian journalism. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Kovind tweeted. Mitra's son Kushan said his father had been suffering for a while. "Since it is already out there; Dad passed away late last night. He had been suffering for a while,” he said in a tweet on Thursday. The CBI on Thursday filed a chargesheet in a case of postpoll violence in Birbhum district of West Bengal ~ its first since being handed over the probe into "heinous crimes" by Calcutta High Court ~agency sources said. According to the sources, the chargesheet, submitted before the Rampurhat court, contains the names of the two accused allegedly involved in the murder of a BJP worker, following the declaration of assembly election results on May 2. On August 19, Calcutta High Court had ordered that probe into cases of alleged murder and rape be carried The chargesheet contains names of two accused allegedly involved in the murder of a BJP worker out by the CBI. The state government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the high court order that directed a CBI investigation into the cases. State govt appoints 10 IPS officers to assist SIT probe: The state government, meanwhile appointed 10 IPS officers, by zone, to assist the Special Investigating Team (SIT ) that was formed by Calcutta High Court to probe cases of postpoll violence in the state. According to an order issued RONALDO TOPS GLOBAL LIST OF SCORERS MERKEL’S LEGACY DOMINATED BY TACKLING CRISES Taliban to announce its new govt PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THE LEADER PESHAWAR, 2 SEPTEMBER The Taliban are all set to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group's top religious leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada as Afghanistan's supreme authority, a senior member of the group has said. “Consultations are almost finalised on the new government, and the necessary discussions have also been held about the cabinet,” Mufti Inamullah Samangani, a senior official in the Taliban’s information and culture commission, said on Wednesday. He said the group is all set to announce the formation of the new government in Kabul in the next three days. In the new set-up, Mullah Akhundzada(60) will be the Supreme Leader of the Taliban government, which will follow the pat- Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada is expected to be named Supreme Leader Akhunzada is the top religious leader of the Taliban and has been serving at a mosque in Kachlaak area of Balochistan province for 15 years. tern of the Iranian leadership. In Iran, the supreme leader is the highest political and religious authority of the country. He ranks above the president and appoints the heads of the military, the government, and the judiciary. The supreme leader has final say in the political, religious and military affairs of the country. “Mullah Akhunzada will be the leader of the government and there should be no question on this,” Samangani said, indicating that the president will work under his STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER New Delhi today asserted that its main focus immediately relating to Afghanistan was to ensure that Afghan soil was not used for terrorist activities directed against India. Responding to questions, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said a majority of Indians who were stranded in Afghanistan have been brought back to India though there were still some Indian nationals in the embattled country.His comments NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER The CBI has arrested former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer, Anand Daga, for allegedly trying to subvert the Bombay High Court directed preliminary enquiry against the ex-minister,officials said. The agency has brought Daga, who was arrested in Mumbai, to Delhi on a transit remand, they said. The advocate will be produced before a competent court along with arrested CBI sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari, who was taken into custody on Wednesday night for allegedly receiving bribe from Daga, they said. In its FIR, the CBI has booked Daga and Tiwari PTI in the case, they said. Details on page 4 came two days after Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal held talks with a top Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai in Doha. The spokesperson said India utilised the meeting to convey its concerns over the possible use of Afghan territory for antiIndia activities and for bringing back the remaining Indians from Afghanistan. “We received a positive response,” he said, referring to the meeting between Mittal and Stanekzai. That meeting was the STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Expressing deep concern over web portals and YouTube channels spinning out fake news, broadcasting communal news and slandering reputations in the absence of a regulatory mechanism, the Supreme Court said the country may get a bad name if this continues unregulated. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said: "On web portals, there is no control of anybody, they can publish anything... If you go to YouTube, you will find how fake news is freely circulated and anyone can start a channel on YouTube." “The content shown in a section of private media bears a communal tone,” said the bench also comprising Justices Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna. “The problem is that everything in this country is shown with a communal angle by a section of the media..," noted Justice Ramana. "Ultimately, this country is going to get a bad name. Have you made an attempt for a selfregulatory mechanism (for these private channels)?" he asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Mehta submitted before the Bench that the Central government has come out with new Information and Technology rules, which address the concerns flagged by the top court. He added that many petitions have been filed challenging the new rules in various high courts. The Centre, Mehta contended, has filed a plea to transfer all these petitions to the Supreme Court. "Not only communal but also planted stories. These portals can even The top court made the sharp observations during the hearing of a Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind petition seeking action against media reports accused of ‘communal branding of Covid’ linked to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi 2020. put fake news,” he added. The Bench agreed to hear after six weeks the Centre's plea seeking transfer of petitions to the apex court that are pending in high courts against the validity of new Information Technology Rules. The Chief Justice added that the social media platforms do not respond if an issue is raised in connection with the content.“I have not come across any public channel, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube ... which respond to us and there is no accountability, about the institutions they have written badly about, and they don’t respond and say this is their right,”Ramana said. This is the condition of institutions, what to talk of individuals, he added. The chief justice added, “Do not know who to approach... they are only concerned with the people who are powerful... judges, common man, they are not bothered” he said. Mehta made a submission before the Bench requesting it to transfer the pleas before it which deal with the IT rules. "Your lordship can have a holistic picture as it is an allIndia issue”, he added. The top court made the sharp observations during the hearing of a Jamiat Ulamai-Hind petition seeking action against media reports accused CMYK first publicly acknowledged formal diplomatic engagement with the Taliban that came two weeks after the insurgent group seized control of Afghanistan. There have been mounting concerns in India over the possibility of rise in activities of various terror groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed from Taliban. On whether India would recognise a Taliban regime now that it was in touch with the Taliban, he said, “It was just a meeting. I think these are very early days.” “I would not like to speculate on the future. I have no update to share on that,” he said. On bringing back the remaining Indians from Afghanistan, the spokesperson said the matter would be revisited once the Kabul airport resumes operations. “We have been prioritising the evacuation of our nationals as well as some Afghans. Currently, the Kabul airport is not operational. I think we will be able to revisit the issue once the operations at Kabul airport resume," Bagchi said. Gone too soon: Popular television celebrity Sidharth Shukla dies at 40 PRESS TRUS OF INDIA MUMBAI, 2 SEPTEMBER Popular television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, who became a household name with his role in the long-running TV show “Balika Vadhu”, died on Thursday. He was 40. Shukla, who is survived by his mother and two sisters, was dead when he was taken to the Cooper Hospital in Juhu around 10.20 am, authorities at the hospital said. “He was brought dead to the hospital. The cause of the death will be known after the post-mortem is conducted..it will take some time,” Cooper Hospital Dean Dr Shailesh Mohite said. The Mumbai born actor's Section of media communalises everything: SC NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER oversight. Mullah Akhunzada is the top religious leader of the Taliban and has been serving at a mosque in Kachlaak area of Balochistan province for 15 years. Samangani said that under the new governmental set-up, governors will control the provinces, while the district governors will be in-charge of their respective districts. The Taliban has already appointed governors, police chiefs and police commanders for provinces and districts. The name of the new governance system, the national flag and the national anthem are yet to be finalised, he said. Meanwhile, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, deputy leader of the Taliban political office in Doha, on Thursday told foreign media channels that women and members from all tribes in Afghanistan will be part of the new government set-up. “Any person who was part of any former Afghanistan governments during the last 20 years will not be included in the new Taliban administration,” he said. He said that Mullah Akhunzada will monitor the government from Kandahar, the stronghold of the Taliban movement. The Taliban want to have friendly relations with the European Union, the US and India, and members of the Taliban political office in Doha are in close contact with different foreign countries, he said. Terrorism concerns primary focus: India Deshmukh’s lawyer held by the state home department today, Soma Das Mitra, DIG Railways and Subhankar Bhattacharya, DC RS have been deputed to aid the SIT in the Headquarters zone. DP Singh, IGP North Bengal and Praveen Kumar Tripathi, DIG Malda Range have deputed for the North zone, Sanjoy Singh, ADG Western zone and BL Mina, IGP Burdwan range for West zone. For the South zone, the SIT will be assisted by Siddh Nath Gupta, ADG South Bengal and Prasun Bandopadhyay, DIG Barasat range. For the zone under the Kolkata Police, Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, additional CP-III, Kolkata and Nilanjan Biswas, joint CP, Kolkata, have been deputed. P12 of "communal branding of Covid" linked to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering at Markaz Nizamuddin in the national capital last year. Earlier, the Centre had told the court the petitioner body’s attempt to obtain a blanket "gag order" on the entire media to prevent them from reporting the Markaz Nizamuddin issue will effectively destroy the freedom of the citizenry to know and the right of journalists to ensure an informed society. The government had said that in the absence of any specific information about any objectionable news published or aired by a specific news channel/agency, the Constitution and the applicable statues do not give it any authority to unilaterally pass any censure order under the Cable Television Networks Rules. family issued a statement requesting the media to draw a line and "give his family and loved ones space and let them grieve". “We are all in pain. We are as shocked as you are. And all of us knew Sidharth was a private person, so please respect his privacy, his family's privacy. And please pray for his soul to rest in peace,” it said. Shukla began his career as a model and made his acting debut with a lead role in the TV show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na. He later appeared on shows such as Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi, Love U Zindagi but it was Balika Vadhu that made him famous. Other than Bigg Boss 13, Shukla participated in other reality shows, including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. In 2014, Shukla made his Bollywood debut with the Karan Johar-produced Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania where. Bigg Boss host Salman Khan wrote, "Gone too soon Sidharth... You shall be missed. Condolences to the family. RIP . Madhuri Dixit said on Twitter that she was yet to come to terms with the news. CBI books pvt institute, others for JEE (Mains) manipulation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 SEPTEMBER In a sensational development concerning the ongoing JEE (Mains) exams, 2021, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a private company, including its directors and three employees, and some “conduits” for alleged manipulation of the ongoing JEE (Mains) Exams. CBI sources said that the manipulation of the online exams was done by the private educational institution, its directors, their associates and staff posted at the examination centres and other unknown persons. Searches were conducted at 19 places leading to the recovery of 25 laptops, seven PCs and around 30 post-dated cheques. The CBI identified the suspects as Affinity Education Pvt. Ltd and others including its directors ~ Siddharth Krishna, Vishwambhar Mani Tripathi & Govind Varshney. The company and its directors were manipulating the online examination and facilitating aspiring students to get admission in top NITs in consideration of huge amount by solving the question paper through remote access from a chosen examination centre in Sonepat, the CBI said. It was also alleged that the suspects had obtained Xth and XIIth mark sheets, User IDs, passwords, and post-dated cheques of aspiring students as security and once admission was done, they used to collect Rs 12-15 lakh, approximately, per candidate.
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