CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 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 GEELANI’S BODY DRAPED IN PAK FLAG: MEHBOOBA SLAMS CENTRE FOR FIR KERALA HONEYMOON P6 ROGERS STUNS NUMERO UNO BARTY US OFFICIALS TO MEET GULF ALLIES P5 P10 Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 32-27 degrees Celsius. Centre warns states against fake vaccines RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY WHO had flagged concern over counterfeit Covishield vaccine in SE Asia Max. 97% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P12 WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 60% Max: 35.1 °C(+3) Min: 27.2 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:21 hrs 17:50 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 03:25 hrs 16:59 hrs New moon on 7 September THUMBNAILS Missionaries of Charity nuns attend a prayer on the occasion of Mother Teresa’s death anniversary at Mother House, Kolkata, on Sunday. SNS Case against Chhattisgarh CM Baghel's father: Raipur police have registered a case against Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel's father Nand Kumar Baghel for allegedly making derogatory comments against a community, an official said on Sunday. NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER he Centre has shared a set of parameters with all states and UTs to enable service providers and monitoring teams under the national Covid-19 vaccination programme to identify any fake Covid vaccines so that they are not administered in India. This comes against the backdrop of concerns flagged by the World Health Organization over counterfeit/falsified Covishield vaccine being identified in the South-East Asia and Africa region of WHO. Currently, the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Russian vaccine Sputnik V are being administered to eligible beneficiaries under the ongoing Covid-19 inocu- T NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Four killed in Pakistan suicide attack: A suicide bomber of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan blew himself up in the country's restive Balochistan province on Sunday, killing at least four security personnel and injuring (P9) 20 people, a top police official said. Modi has #1 approval rating among 13 world leaders STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s top leader in terms of his approval by all adult residents, according to a survey by an American data intelligence company. The survey has been conducted by the US based data intelligence company Morning Consult. The ranking of world leaders has been arrived at following a survey of adults in 13 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an approval rating of 70 per cent topped the list followed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador with 64 per cent and Italy PM Mario Draghi with 63 per cent. German Chancellor Angela Merkel with 52 per cent and US president Joe Biden with 48 per cent have been ranked 4th and 5th respectively. The US data firm which tracks the approval rating of government leaders said the rating is decided on the basis of a seven-day moving average of adult residents in each country surveyed by it. Modi’s disapproval rating, according to the company, was at its lowest at 12 per cent on 3 May 2020. It went up to 32 per cent on 10 May 2021 and again came down to 25 per cent on August 31, 2021. ADDITIONAL SECRETARY MANOHAR AGNANI IN A LETTER TO STATES AND UNION TERRITORIES lation drive in the country. “It was requested that the vaccines need to be carefully authenticated before use...the information on genuine Covid-19 vaccine labels and additional information of the Covid19 vaccines in use is being enclosed for reference of program managers and service providers under the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program. “The service providers and monitoring teams for Covid-19 vaccination may be informed about these details and to ensure due diligence towards recognition of counterfeit vaccines,” Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said in a letter to additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries (Health) of all states and UTs on 2 September. A genuine Covishield vial bottle will have the parameters like the SII product’s label shade in dark green, the brand name with the trademark mentioned on the original vaccine and dark green aluminium flip-off seal. The font of the generic name is un-bold, is printed at the end of the generic name, overprinted with CGS NOT FOR SALE. The SII logo is printed on the adhesive side of the label and at a unique angle and position which can be identified by only a select few who are aware of the exact details. The anti-counterfeit features in the Covaxin label include invisible UV helix (DNA-like structure) which is only visible under UV light, micro text hidden in label claim dots, which is written as COVAXIN, green foil effect in X of “Covaxin” and holographic effect on COVAXIN. As for Sputnik, imported products are from two different bulk manufacturing sites from Russia and, hence, there are two different labels for both these sites. Active caseload rises for 5th day SNS & PTI Mamata named TMC candidate for bypoll: The Trinamul Congress on Sunday officially announced chief minister Mamata Banerjee as its candidate for the by-election in Bhabanipur. Jakir Hossain is the TMC candidate in the Jangipur seat, while Amirul Islam is contesting as the party's candidate from Samserganj.. (P3) “It was requested that the vaccines need to be carefully authenticated before use...the information on genuine Covid-19 vaccine labels and additional information of the Covid-19 vaccines in use is being enclosed for reference of program managers and service providers under the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program.” INSPIRATIONAL, INCREDIBLE, INDOMITABLE With 42,766 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus infection in a day, India’s infection tally rose to 3,29,88,673, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. The Covid-19 death toll has climbed to 4,40,533, with 308 new fatalities, according to the ministry data updated at 8 am on Sunday. The active cases have increased to 4,10,048, comprising 1.24 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.42 per cent, the health ministry said. An increase of 4,367 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Less than 50,000 daily new cases are being reported for 70 consecutive days, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was record- ed at 2.45 per cent. Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.62 per cent. It has been below 3 per cent for the last 72 days, according to the ministry. Bengal cases:West Bengal today registered 707 fresh Covid cases and 11 deaths with Kolkata recording 128 cases and 1 death in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 15,52,071 and death toll is 18,502 in the state till now. Nipah returns to Kerala; 12-yr-old dead; central team rushes to state STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/ NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Nipah virus has resurfaced in Kerala after three years. A 12-year-old boy has died due to the dreaded Nipah virus infection at a hospital in Kerala’s Kozhikode. The deceased had been treated in three hospitals and a clinic before being admitted to the private hospital where he died in the wee hours of Sunday. His blood samples, which were sent to the Pune National Institute of Virology, confirmed the presence of Nipah virus. Speaking to the media, after a top-level meeting on Sunday, state health minister Veena George said there is no need to panic, and an action plan has already been put in place. She assured that the state has taken precautionary measures to contain the virus spread and treat potential patients. “Kerala has sufficient stock of medicines to treat potential Nipah virus patients, more medicines will be brought to the state by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” the health minister said. The boy who succumbed reportedly had brain fever, in addition to other symptoms of the disease such as high temperature and vomiting. There are also reports that he had Covid-19.However, the health minister denied such report. Veena George also informed the media that two health workers who came in contact with the 12-year-old boy are also showing symptoms of getting infected by the virus. One of them is a staff at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital, and the other is a staff member at a private hospital in Kozhikode where the boy was under treatment. As many as 188 persons are in the contact list of the deceased, of whom 20 are in high-risk category. 3,29,88,673 4,10,048 42,766 38,091 4,40,533 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 05 SEPTEMBER 2021 NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Devising formula games to make mathematical concepts easy, building a science park, going out of the way for the speedy construction of a school and physically reaching out to students in distant areas of Kargil during the pandemic are among the efforts that earned 44 teachers National Teaching Awards. The awards were conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind during a virtual ceremony where a film detailing their efforts and achievements was also shown (SNS photo). Mamata Paliwal who is a mathematics teacher at the Government Girls' Senior Secondary School in Bhiwani, Haryana, got the award for her innovative methods in making the learning of mathematics easier. “I try to teach mathemat- Devising formula games to make mathematical concepts easy, building a science park, going out of the way for the speedy construction of a school and physically reaching out to students in distant areas of Kargil during the pandemic are among the initiatives for which the teachers were recognised. ics to children in a manner that is fun and simple to understand. I also devise formula games for them to learn certain mathematical concepts,” she said. Kamal Kishor Sharma, the principal of the Government Senior Secondary School in the Kandaghat district of Himachal Pradesh is credited with going out of the way to ensure speedy construction of a school building. "The land on which the school was built had many stakeholders, due to which no construction work was being done. I went door-to-door and convinced the stake- holders and also collected funds for it during the pandemic,” he said. Deputy Principal of Delhi’s Government Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya Vipin Kumar has bagged the award for providing additional help to students who did not have the means to attend coaching classes for competitive exams. “I also prepared a team of students from Delhi government schools for an Olympiad in Moscow. The students secured a bronze medal at the event,” he said. Muhammad Ali who teaches at the Government Middle India’s para-athletes soar high in best-ever performance in Tokyo PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Even on the last day of competitions, the medal rush did not stop and Krishna Nagar won a gold in badminton, taking India’s tally to an unparalleled 19 medals, including five gold. TOKYO, 5 SEPTEMBER India’s paralympians managed to be all these and much more in an epochmaking campaign at the Tokyo Games where an unparalleled 19 medals, including five gold, helped them sign off 24th in the overall tally ~ the highest ever. The tally also included eight silver and six bronze medals but most importantly, it was a performance during which history was scripted almost everyday with the contingent living up to the ‘Spirit in Motion’motto of the Games. Even on the last day of competitions, the medal rush did not stop and Krishna Nagar won a gold after Noida’s District Magistrate Suhas Yathiraj signed off his brilliant run with a silver to complete a remarkable badminton show. The duo’s performance was like icing on the cake for the contingent which found new heroes, celebrated some established ones and brought parasports firmly into spotlight in India. In all, 54 came to Tokyo and 17 of them left with medals around their necks. It was an improved performance no doubt but calling it just improvement would be an understatement given that India’s overall Games haul was a mere 12 before this edition. “Phenomenal Rise of Indian Paralympians! A New Era has Begun,” said sports minister Anurag Thakur. There were several firsts to celebrate and the euphoria lasted the entire duration of the Games. Two athletes, shooters Avani Lekhara and Singhraj Adana, finished on podium twice, creating their own legacies in their debut Paralympics. More on Pg 12 Tikait sounds poll bugle from farmers’ rally PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BKU leader Rakesh Tikait at a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders “rioters” and said the party should be given a drubbing in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls MUZAFFARNAGAR/LUCKNOW, 5 SEPTEMBER Thousands of farmers gathered on Sunday at a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, where BKU leader Rakesh Tikait called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders “rioters” and said the party should be given a drubbing in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The farmers unanimously gave a call for a complete Bharat Bandh against the three contentious farm laws on 27 September. Tikait also targeted the Yogi Adityanath government over sugarcane prices. “This (Muzaffarnagar) is the sugarcane belt. There was a government which had raised the sugarcane price by Rs 80, while another government Exceptional efforts earn 44 teachers national awards PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The flag bearer carries the Indian flag into the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2020 Paralympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday. AP School located in Kargil, Ladakh, went the extra mile for his students during the pandemic by physically reaching out to each one of them living in far-flung areas. State Teacher Award and Auraiya Ratna awardee Manish Kumar is a science teacher in a pre-secondary school at Shivganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya. Kumar started campaigns like Young Changemakers and Child Achievers for the students. He has started work on building a science park to help children in their learning. Before this, there was no such park in the Kanpur division in which children could play and learn at the same time. The National Awards to Teachers were first instituted in 1958 to recognise the excellence and commitment of teachers in shaping the minds as well as the future of the youth. CMYK had increased it by Rs 50. Is the Adityanath government weaker than these two dispensations? It did not increase the price even by one rupee. “This government should be given vote ki chhott’(electoral defeat). The slogan of ‘fasalon ke daam nahi,to vote nahi’ (no fair price for crops, no votes) will have to be raised,” Tikait said at the mega rally attended by farmers from UP and neighbouring states. The mahapanchayat was organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) at the Government Inter College ground in Muzaffarnagar in protest against the Centre’s controversial farm laws. Lashing out at the Centre over its National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP), the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson said “India for sale” boards have been put up. Referring to Modi, Adity- anath and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as “outsiders”, the farmer leader said he has no objection if they become Prime Ministers after winning polls from Uttarakhand or Gujarat. “But on the soil of Uttar Pradesh, these rioters will not be tolerated,” he said. Tikait said SKM’s aim is to “save the country and its mission is not confined to Uttar Pradesh or Uttarakhand”. He further claimed the country’s railways, airlines and airports are being “sold” along with “privatisation of electricity” and “sale of roads”. Medha Patkar and Yogendra Yadav were also seen on the dais. BJP MP Varun Gandhi described the protesting farmers as “our own flesh and blood” and suggested that the government should reengage with them in reaching common ground. RSS disowns Panchjanya article critical of Infosys, Murthy PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday distanced itself from an article critical of Indian software major Infosys that was published in Panchjanya, a magazine associated with the saffron organisation. Sunil Ambekar, the RSS' all-India prachaar pramukh, said Panchjanya is not a mouthpiece of the RSS and the article reflects the author’s opinion and should not be linked with the organisation. In its 5 September edition, Panchjanya has a four-page cover story on Infosys ‘Saakh Aur Aghaat’ (Reputation and Damage), with its founder Narayana Murthy’s picture on the cover page. In its 5 Sept edition, Panchjanya has a four-page cover story on Infosys ‘Saakh Aur Aghaat’ (Reputation and Damage), with its founder Narayana Murthy’s picture on the cover page. The article has attacked the Bengaluru-based company and dubbed it as 'Unchi Dukan, Phika Pakwaan' (great cry and little wool). It also alleged that Infosys is aligned with “anti-national” forces and as a result messed up the government’s Income Tax portal. However, Ambekar took to Twitter to clarify Sangh’s stand. “As an Indian company, Infosys has made seminal contribution in the progress of the country. There might be certain issues with a portal run by Infosys, but the article published by Panchjanya in this context only reflects the individual opinion of the author. “Panchjanya is not a mouthpiece of the RSS and the said article or opinions expressed in it should not be linked with the RSS,” he tweeted. The article drew flak from the Opposition parties which lashed out at the magazine calling the piece “anti-national”. Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi on Sunday questioned the “silence” of India Inc on the issue months after commerce minister Piyush Goyal’s criticism of Tata Sons.
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