CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 INDIA-RUSSIA BOND STOOD TEST OF TIME: PM MODI SUGA BOWS OUT OF PARTY VOTE, PAVES WAY FOR NEW JAPAN PM P11 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 35-28 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 0.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 94% TEMPERATURE P5 THUMBNAILS Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur and MoS Nisith Pramanik felicitate Tokyo Paralympics Silver medalist Yogesh Kathuria. In the Capital on Friday. SNS New Zealand police kill 'terrorist': New Zealand authorities said Friday they shot and killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket and stabbed and injured six shoppers. Authorities said the man was a Sri Lankan national, who was known to security agencies and was being monitored around the clock. (P10) NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER he Supreme Court has stayed for a week the Kerala government's decision to conduct offline exams for Class XI commencing from September 6, contending that there is an alarming situation in the state owing to Covid-19. “Cases in Kerala are about 70 per cent cases of the country. Children of this age cannot be exposed to this risk,” the court said on Friday while hearing an appeal challenging a decision of Kerala High Court refusing to interfere in the state government’s decision to hold offline exams for Plus-1 courses. “Prima facie we find force in submission made by petitioner that the state government has not seriously considered the prevailing T SpiceJet employees go on strike: A section of employees of SpiceJet went on strike at the Delhi airport Friday morning over issues related to reduced salaries and their irregular disbursement, sources said. The employees, most of whom work at the carrier's security department, later returned to work following talks with the airline management, they said. TOKYO, 3 SEPTEMBER Shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history once again, teen high-jumper Praveen Kumar knocked off an Asian record for his silver while Harvinder Singh became India’s first archer to finish on podium as the country’s Paralympians raised the bar higher with unparalleled performances in the ongoing Games here on Friday. India picked up three medals on the day and the overall tally rose to 13, including two gold, six silver and five bronze. In a nutshell, the country’s best ever Paralympics continued to get better. It started with Praveen’s silver in the morning. Then came Lekhara and scripted history for the second time. The 19-year-old trailblazer claimed the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had secured earlier in the Games. Lekhara, also competing in her debut Games, qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s. In the evening Harvinder etched his name in the history books with a gritty performance. An economics scholar from the Punjabi University, Patiala, Singh collected three shoot-off wins on the day starting with his triumphs in PTI the opening rounds. Details on Pg 12 ALARMING SITUATION Prima facie we find force in submission made by petitioner that the state government has not seriously considered the prevailing situation before having a physical exam proposed to be conducted in September this year. 3,29,03,289 3,99,778 45,352 SUPREME COURT situation before having a physical exam proposed to be conducted in September this year," said a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar. The court posted the matter for next hearing on September 13. Kerala on Friday added another 29,322 new Covid cases, along with 131 deaths, even as chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that imposing a complete lockdown is not practical in the state. Addressing a meeting of local body repre- The government on Friday said that no cases of ‘Mu’ variant of coronavirus have been detected from over 51,000 samples analysed so far in India. “We are closely monitoring the new Coronavirus ‘Variants of Interest’ named Mu and no case has been detected so far in India,” the Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Dr Balram Bhargav said. This new variant ‘Mu’ was identified first in The WHO has warned that the new Mu variant of coronavirus shows signs of possible resistance to the vaccines Colombia in January 2021, according to the WHO, which has designated the Mu strain as a ‘variant of interest’ (VoI). The WHO has warned that the new Mu variant shows signs of possible resistance to the vaccines. “Based on the latest round of assessments, B.1.621 was classified as a VoI on 30 August and given the label Mu,” WHO said. sentatives convened to assess Covid management, Vijayan criticised the ward level councils over lapses in containing the pandemic, and called for local monitoring committees to be set up to stop people who supposed to be in quarantine from roaming around. “Covid spread should be brought under control within two weeks,” he said. The country, meanwhile, logged 45,352 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while active cases registered an increase for “The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape. Preliminary data presented to the Virus EvolutionWorking Group show a reduction in neutralization capacity of convalescent and vaccines sera similar to that seen for the Beta variant, but this needs to be confirmed by further studies,” it added. NITI Ayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said that government and health scientists are keeping a close watch on this variant of interest. 34,791 4,39,895 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2021 a third day, according to health ministry data. The death toll reached 4,39,895 with 366 fresh fatalities. Bengal cases: West Bengal today logged 686 fresh Covid cases and 11 deaths, with Kolkata seeing 110 cases and 3 deaths. There are 8,694 active cases. Bio-E gets nod for Ph 2/3 trial for kids’ vaxx NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER Biological E has received approval for conducting phase II/III human clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate Corbevax on children aged 5-18, the Department of Biotechnology(DBT) said. Corbevax, an RBD protein sub-unit vaccine, has been developed with supported from the DBT and its PSU Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), PTI it said. ‘Taliban has right to raise voice for Muslims in Kashmir’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 3 SEPTEMBER Amid concerns in India that Afghan soil under the Taliban regime can be used for terrorist activities against it, the insurgent group has said it has the right to speak out in favour of Muslims anywhere, including in Kashmir, though it does not have a policy of conducting “armed operations” against any country. Suhail Shaheen, Taliban spokesman for its political office in Doha, in an exclusive interview to BBC through video link on Thursday, said: “We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are your own people, your own citizens and they are entitled to equal rights under your law.” We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are your own people, your own citizens and they are entitled to equal rights under your law. As Muslims, it was the group’s right to speak out for Muslims living in Kashmir and any other country SUHAIL SHAHEEN TALIBAN SPOKESMAN As Muslims, it was the group's right to speak out for Muslims living in Kashmir and any other country, Shaheen said while speaking from Doha. While recalling the terms of the Doha agreement with the US, he said they had “no policy of conducting armed operations against any country”. Shaheen’s remarks came days after the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi said Indian envoy to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s Political Office in Doha, at the request of the group. Mittal conveyed to Stanekzai that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism. It was the first publicly acknowledged formal diplomatic engagement that came two weeks after the Taliban’s takeover. MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday India’s immediate focus is to ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terrorist activities against it and it was still “very early days” to talk about any possible recognition to the Taliban. India, US sign project deal for air launched unmanned aerial vehicle SNS WEB NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER India and the United States have signed a Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV ) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). The PA for ALUAV falls under the Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Memorandum of Agreement between Ministry of Defence and US Department of Defence, which was first signed in January 2006 and renewed in January 2015. The agreement is a significant step towards deepening defence technology collaboration between the two nations through co-development of defence equip- The PA outlines the collaboration between the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Indian Air Force, and Defence Research and Development Organisation towards design, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation of systems to co-develop an ALUAV Prototype ment, an official release said. The main aim of DTTI is to bring sustained leadership focus to promote collaborative technology exchange and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of future technologies for Indian and US military forces. Under DTTI, Joint Working Groups on land, naval, air, and aircraft carrier technologies have been estab- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER No cases of Mu variant so far: ICMR STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER UP toll from dengue, fever climbs to 50: With three fresh fatalities, the death toll due to dengue and viral fever has climbed to 50 in this Uttar Pradesh district, official sources said. CM Yogi Adityanath directed the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, to camp in Agra and Firozabad districts to take stock of the situation, an official spokesperson said. P12 SC pauses Kerala Class Top court directs Centre to frame guidelines on Covid XI exams over upsurge death certificates by 11 Sept STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Max: 34.5 °C(+2) Min: 27.3 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:20 hrs 17:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 01:30 hrs 15:28 hrs New moon on 7 September Lekhara bags 2nd podium finish; Harvinder wins first archery medal for India P7 Kerala accounts for 70 pc of Covid cases in India, with 30K daily infections Min. 62% JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON IN NEW YORK ‘US ROLE HAS BEEN SHAMEFUL’ lished for focus on mutually agreed projects in respective domains. The PA for codevelopment of ALUAV has been overseen by the Joint Working Group on Air Systems and is a major accomplishment for DTTI. The PA outlines the collaboration between the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Indian Air Force, and Defence Research and Development Organisation towards design, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation of systems to co-develop an ALUAV Prototype. The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) at DRDO and the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), along with the Indian and US Air Forces, are the principal organisations for execution of PA. Afghan govt to be announced today PESHAWAR, 3 SEPTEMBER The formation of a new Afghan government by the Taliban, which was to be announced on Friday, has now been delayed by a day, according to the spokesman of the insurgents Zabiullah Mujahid. Mujahid said the announcement about the formation of the new government will now be made on Saturday. Sources said that the Chairman of Taliban’s Political Office, Doha, Qatar Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to be the head of the Taliban GovernPTI ment. Expressing discontent at the delay by Centre in simplifying the process for issuance of death certificates for people who succumbed to Covid-19, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the government to show compliance by 11 September to the top court order. A bench comprising Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Bose directed the Centre to show compliance by September 11 to the directions issued by the top court on 30 June, to frame guidelines to simplify the process of issuance of death certificates. “We passed the order a long time back. We have already extended the time once. By the time you frame the guidelines, the third wave will also be over,” the bench said. We passed the order a long time back. We have already extended the time once. By the time you frame the guidelines, the third wave will also be over SUPREME COURT Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the top court that the matter was already under process, and soon it would be finalised. Mehta sought for additional time to file the affidavit. Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, the petitioner-inperson in the matter, contended before the bench that the Centre should respect the court order. After hearing arguments, the top court adjourned the matter, and directed the Centre to file the compliance affidavit on or before 11 September. During a Post-poll violence: Justice Chellur to oversee SIT probe STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 SEPTEMBER Justice (retired) Manjula Chellur, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, will monitor the working of the Special investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe certain cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal. This was stated by a Special Bench of Calcutta High Court comprising five judges and presided over by Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal. Earlier, the Special Bench had held that a retired Supreme Court judge will oversee the functioning of the SIT which was to probe post-poll violence cases other than those related to rape and murder. But since such an individual was not available, Justice (retired) Chellur was approached and she had conveyed her assent, it was learnt. The court had, in its order on 19 August, also directed that the CBI will investigate all cases of murder and crimes against women, including rape and attempt to rape, in the aftermath of the West Bengal elections. The state government had formed the SIT after one of the petitioners of the PIL had moved the court The Bench also said that the SIT, headed by Suman Bala Sahoo, will have Soumen Mitra and Ranveer Kumar as members, all of them IPS officers of West Bengal cadre. The state government on September 1 deputed 10 other IPS officers to assist the SIT alleging that the state is yet to form the investigation team in line with the directions of the Special Bench. Justice Chellur is a former chief justice of Kerala High Court, Calcutta High Court and Bombay High Court. She is also the first woman to hold that position in Calcutta High Court. CBI makes third arrest: Making its third arrest in the course of its probe into cases of post-poll violence in the state, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended Ratan Halder, an accused in the murder of a BJP worker's mother, from Jagaddal area in North 24-Parganas district, an agency source said on Friday. The CBI had on August 28 arrested two others ~ Bijoy Ghosh and Asima Ghosh ~ in Nadia district for their role in the murder of a BJP worker. hearing on the matter in August, the top court had sought a compliance affidavit with regard to the directions for guidelines on Covid death certificates by 3 September. On 30 June, the top court had directed appropriate authority to issue simplified guidelines for issuance of death certificates/official documents stating the exact cause of death, “death due to Covid-19”, to the family members of the deceased. “Such guidelines may also provide the remedy to the family members of the deceased for correction of the death certificate/official document issued by the appropriate authority”, said the top court. The top court’s order came on PILs seeking the court’s intervention for payment of Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia amount to the Covid victims’ families. SC snubs WB’s plea to appoint DGP without consulting UPSC NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain West Bengal government’s plea seeking to appoint Director General of Police without consulting the Union Public Service Commission, saying it would be “abuse of law”. A bench comprising Justices Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai and B V Nagarathna, however, allowed the state’s impleadment plea in the main matter on police reforms and said it will start hearing matter which “hasn’t seen the light of day for many years”. The apex court told the state government that the points it was raising were exactly the same which it had raised earlier that UPSC should not have a role in appointment of the DGP “The points . you are raising are exactly the same which you have raised earlier that UPSC should not have a role. When the main matter is taken you can argue this matter. We cannot permit this. This is abuse of process. We will dismiss your application. We cannot have petitions like this. Why are we wasting so much time on these applications,” the bench PTI observed. Details on Page 3 India aims towards C-neutral ecosystem STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER India today hosted an International Climate Summit in New Delhi to propel the country towards a carbon-free energy ecosystem and become a global key player in renewable energy. Hosted by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Invest India, in collaboration with NITI Aayog, environment, forest and climate change ministry, CSIR, and the Union government’s department of science and technology, the summit witnessed the participation of the central ministries, industry bodies, academia, energy experts and diplomatic missions. The purpose of the summit was to establish sustainable routes for the production, storage, transportation, distribution, and deployment of hydrogen technologies by CMYK MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey, addressing the International Climate summit, said India’s growing population needs to be controlled as it is not easy to ensure development, clean air and climate action with such huge number of people 2040. Minister of State (MoS) for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey, addressing the summit, said India’s growing population needs to be controlled as it is not easy to ensure development, clean air and climate action in a country with such a huge number of people. “India’s population has increased and we need to control it as it is not easy for a country with such a huge population to ensure its development and provide clean air to all people, along with keeping in check the impacts of climate change,” he said. Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said India has the potential to become a global hub of green hydrogen in near future. “There is a huge requirement of clean fuel and green hydrogen across the world, and India has the potential to step in to fulfil the requirement of the rest of the world as well. By producing green hydrogen on (a large) scale and taking advantage of the geographical location that India enjoys, we have the potential to transform from (being a) net energy importer to a clean ener- gy exporter,” Singh said. Norway was the partner country for the summit, and its Minister of Petroleum and Energy,Tina Bru delivered a special address. “Green Hydrogen has the potential to realise low to zeroemission solutions in the transportation, industry, and shipping sectors thus opening up new opportunities in these sectors,” said Bru. Reliance Industries managing director Mukesh Ambani, in a keynote address, said that India is determined to achieve ‘Azaadi’ (freedom) from dependence on fossil energy and become ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (selfreliance) in new and renewable energy. “Since climate change is undoubtedly the most daunting challenge facing human civilisation today, we should rapidly transition to a new era of clean, green, and renewable energy,” he said. (See also Page 8)
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