CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 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 RAISI OPEN TO ‘USEFUL’ TALKS ON LIFTING SANCTIONS AF-PAK EQUATION P9 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 32-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 6.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 94% TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Devotees pay respect on the eve of the 417th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, at the Golden Temple. IANS 'Varavara Rao need not surrender till 25 Sept': The Bombay High Court on Monday adjourned till 24 September the hearing on the plea for interim bail extension of poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, and said he need not surrender to Taloja prison authorities till 25 September. PM to chair BRICS Summit on Thursday: Amid the ongoing Sino-Indian military stand-off at Eastern Ladakh, PM Modi will come face-to-face virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping when he chairs the 13th BRICS Summit on 9 September. Apart from Modi and Xi, the meeting will be attended by Brazil President Bolsanaro, Russian President Putin and S.African leader Ramaphosa. Pele in hospital: Former Brazil soccer great Pele has been in hospital for six days with an undisclosed health problem but the 80-year-old is not seriously ill, an advisor to the former Santos and New York Cosmos forward said. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, was questioned for about nine hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here on Monday in a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal pilferage scam in the state. Stepping out from the agency’s Jam Nagar house office in central Delhi just before 8 pm, the 33-year-old MP hit out at the BJP saying , its “tyranny will be defeated”and the Trinamul Congress will battle it out with “full vigour” against the party holding power at the Centre. The MP from Diamond Harbour was grilled for close to nine hours after he entered the ED office shortly before 11 am. Officials said his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He is understood to have been questioned about his links to the other accused involved in the case and in the context of two companies allegedly linked to his family in which some purported illegal transactions were done, they said. The ED had filed the criminal case under the PMLA after studying a November 2020 FIR of the CBI that alleged a multi-crore coal pilferage scam related to Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in the state's Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around Asansol. (P3) P5 Taliban claim they took Panjshir Valley ASSOCIATED PRESS Max: 33.1 °C(+1) Min: 28.0 °C(+2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:21 hrs 17:49 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 04:23 hrs 17:40 hrs New moon on 7 September ED grills TMC MP Abhishek for nine hours P6 Taliban fighters charge into the last holdout Afghan province overnight Min. 64% KABUL, 6 SEPTEMBER he Taliban said on Monday they have seized the last province not in their control after their blitz through Afghanistan last month, apparently overrunning forces who had opposed their takeover. Thousands of Taliban fighters charged into eight districts of Panjshir province overnight, according to witnesses from the area who spoke on condition of anonymity. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the province, which is north of the capital, was now held by their fighters. “We tried our best to solve the problem through negotiations, and they rejected talks and then we had to send our forces to fight,” Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul later Monday. T In this 25 August file photo, armored vehicles are seen in Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP The resisting forces were led by the former vice president, Amrullah Saleh, and also the son of the iconic anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud. Experts had doubted that the holdout efforts could succeed long-term against the Taliban, whose rapid advance through Afghanistan met little resistance in the final days of America’s 20-year war. The US withdrew its last troops a week ago and ended a harrowing airlift to evacuate Western citizens and their Afghan allies that was marred by scenes of horrific violence. Meanwhile, the Taliban say they are working to repair Kabul’s airport, where only domestic flights have resumed and just during the day for now. Experts did not think the anti-Taliban fighters in Panjshir, the last holdout province, had much of a chance, even given the area’s geographical advantage. Nestled in the towering Hindu Kush mountains, the Panjshir Valley has a single narrow entrance. Local fighters held off the Soviets there in the 1980s and also, for a brief time, the Taliban a decade later under the leadership of Massoud. Massoud’s son Ahmad called for an end to the fighting on Sunday. The young British-schooled Massoud said his forces were ready to lay down their weapons but only if the Taliban agreed to end their assault. Late on Sunday dozens of vehicles loaded with Taliban fighters were seen swarming into the Panjshir Valley. In a second statement on Monday, a now-defiant Massoud accused the Taliban of attacking even as they were ready to agree to a cease-fire. He vowed to fight on, urged Afghans to join in their battle against the Taliban. More on Pg 10 PM Modi meets Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Ajit Doval to discuss Afghanistan Top court refuses to defer NEET-UG scheduled on 12th SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at his residence this evening to discuss the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan, with Taliban claims of total control over the country and the presence of the chief of Pakistan intelligence agency ISI in Kabul. Foreign minister S Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman were also present. More than three weeks after Taliban seized control of Kabul, there is still no clarity on the formation of a government. India, officials said, is closely watching the top resistance leadership, who are in Tajakistan. Last week, India’s envoy to Qatar Deepak Mittal held talks with a top Taliban leader in Doha. The foreign ministry said New Delhi's immediate focus is to ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities against India. NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Monday said the Centre was testing its “patience” and “emasculating” tribunals by not appointing officials to the quasi-judicial bodies which are facing severe crunch of presiding officers as well as judicial and technical members and sought action on the matter by September 13. Asserting that it did not want any confrontation with the government, a special bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana asked the Centre to make some appointments to the tribunals before next Monday. There are around 250 posts lying vacant at various key tribunals and appellate tribunals such as NCLT, DRT, TDSAT andT. SC RAPS CENTRE The Supreme Court said that the Centre was not appointing officials to the quasijudicial bodies which are facing severe crunch of presiding officers as well as judicial and technical members and sought action on the matter by 13 September “You are emasculating the tribunals by not making the appointments,” said the bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested the bench to adjourn hearing due to nonavailability of Attorney General K K Venugopal due to personal issues. “No, sorry. Last time, we There is no respect for the judgments of this court. This is what we are feeling. You are testing our patience. Last time, you made a statement that some persons have been appointed. Where are they appointed had made it very clear. We have set up this special bench of two senior judges by disturbing two regular benches. They had earlier heard these matters and passed detailed judgements,” the CJI said. “There is no respect for the judgments of this court. This is what we are feeling. You are testing our patience. Last time, you made a statement that P12 39K new Covid cases; India logs lowest daily deaths in 167 days SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER India logged 38,948 new coronavirus infections and 219 fresh fatalities, the lowest in 167 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Monday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of Covid-19 cases has climbed to 3,30,27,621, while the death toll has climbed to 4,40,752. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.33 per cent after 48 days, according to the data updated at 8 am. India had reported 199 deaths in a single day on 23 March. The active cases have declined to 4,04,874 comprising 1.23 per cent of the total infections while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.44 per cent, it said. some persons have been appointed. Where are they appointed,” he said. Mehta said these appointments were made in Central Administrative Tribunals and shared information from the Finance Ministry on the new Tribunals Reforms Act and the rules to be framed under it. “The government will ensure that within the next two weeks, a decision on appointments to all the tribunals, where the search and selection committee has already recommended names for appointments,” he said. The court took note of the submissions and adjourned the hearing on a batch of pleas pertaining to the vacancies at the tribunals and the new law for further hearing on 13 September. The case fatality rate has declined to 1.33 per cent after 48 days India had reported 199 deaths in a single day on 23 March A decrease of 5,174 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Less than 50,000 daily cases are being reported for 71 consecutive days, the ministry said. As many as 14,10,649 tests were conducted on Sunday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 53,14,68,867 . The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.76 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.58 per cent. Modi lauds Himachal Pradesh for 100 pc first dose vaccination India today is administering over 1.25 crore doses in a day which is a record in the world PM MODI The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar on Monday refused to defer the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG examination, scheduled for 12 September, saying it does not want to interfere with the process and it will be “very unfair” PTI to reschedule it. Centre emasculating tribunals, rues top court PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MR WENGER WANTS HIS CUP OF JOY EVERY TWO YEARS CAPTAIN TRASHES CONG-POLICE-CRIMINAL NEXUS CHARGE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SHIMLA/NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Asserting that he was proud of Himachal Pradesh’s achievement of 100 per cent vaccination with first dose not as ‘Jan Sewak’ but also as a family member, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to strike an emotional chord as he lauded the state for achieving the feat. “Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a champion in the fight against the largest epidemic in 100 years,” the Prime Minister said while virtually addressing a gathering of healthcare workers and beneficiaries of vaccination. He said the success had underlined the importance of Aatmvishwas and Aatmnirbharta. Interacting with corona warriors and people of the state, PM Modi thanked frontline workers for support extended to the vaccination campaign and said India today was administering over 1.25 crore doses in a day which was a record in the world. “Despite tough geographical conditions and hilly terrain, Himachal has emerged as champion in the fight against Covid and has vaccinated the eligible population with first dose. Not only this, the state has also vaccinated over 1/3rd population with the second dose,” he added. PM Modi stated that 100 per cent vaccination had also been completed in remote and inaccessible areas of Dodra Kwar in Shimla, Bara Bhangal in Kangra, Pangi in Chamba, Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur. Lauding the 100 per cent vaccination with first dose in Lahaul Spiti, the PM said the district earlier used to remain cutoff from the rest of the world for over six months but the construction of Atal Tunnel Rohtang had ended the isolation of tribal population. “Sikkim, Dadar and Nagar Haveli too achieved the target and soon many other states of the country will also achieve the target,” he said while urging the people of the state to take the second dose on time too. He praised doctors, ASHA workers, Aanganwadi workers, medical personnel, teachers, and women for their contribution to the vaccination campaign. BJP national president J P Nadda, chief minister, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, besides MPs, MLAs, Panchayat leaders were also present on the occasion. Odisha’s Manda buffalo Telangana’s iconic Tank Bund to be more kid-friendly gets national recognition ANINDITA CHOWDHURY HYDERABAD, 6 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHUBANESWAR, 6 SEPTEMBER A rare breed of Manda buffaloes, bred and reared in the thick forest areas and hilly heartlands of south Odisha, has been conferred the national recognition with the indigenous buffalo becoming the 19th recognised breed in the country. The Centre-run National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR)~an Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institute~ has approved registration of Manda buffalo as a breed, said officials of State’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services on Monday. Manda buffalo is native to Odisha and has an isolated breeding tract and geographical distribution to hill ranges of Eastern Ghats and plateau of Koraput region. There are around 1,00,000 buffaloes of this breed in the native tract. These buffaloes have mostly ash grey and grey body colour and a unique coat with copper colour hair. Some are silver white. This buffalo germplasm was first identified and a detail survey was made by Animal Resources department of Odisha in collaboration with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT). The findings of the project were placed before the NBAGR for recognition. Tank Bund, the largest urban lung space in Hyderabad has been drawing vast number of people ever since traffic curbs were placed on Sundays during evening hours but more seem to be in store as the state government is making plans to make it more kids-friendly with laser shows on the iconic Hussain Sagar lake. It is due to the pandemic that gatherings in closed spaces are no longer being encouraged and such public spaces are drawing people after being cooped up at home for a long period of time. The state minister for municipal affairs and urban development, KT Rama Rao has proposed that the department should put up laser shows with visitors gallery as well as add some music, art and craft to make the experience of those who are flocking to the Tank Bund on Sun- days during traffic curbs more magical. The state government has recently spruced up Tank Bund which goes around the iconic Hussain Sagar Lake, connecting the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad. Originally built during the time of the Nizams, it was former chief minister NT Rama Rao who had conceived of a beautified Tank Bund, putting up statues of noted Telugu personalities as well as the Buddha statue at the middle of the lake. In recent years, Tank Bund CMYK wore signs of neglect ,although, bus loads of tourists from other states visited the area every day before the pandemic struck last year. Taking advantage of the lockdown and low traffic last year, the state government agencies started working on a facelift, spending about Rs 15 crore to attract crowds and create a public space for families to unwind on Sundays. The drainage system was refurbished to prevent water logging. Lawns and greenery were relaid and are now ready to bloom. New street furniture including antique looking lamp posts were put up and certain areas were redesigned for immersion of Ganesh and Durga idols. But it was on Twitter that a user suggested to the minister in late August to curb traffic on that stretch of Tank Bund on Sundays so that the public can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. After the minister happily acceded to the request, Hyderabad police decided to stop traffic between 5 and 10 p.m. for the past two weeks to allow families to walk and enjoy the beautified stretch. For the past two weeks, as people visited in large numbers, the gaiety all around atmosphere prompted the minister to take to Twitter and suggest : “Let’s start more kids oriented activities. Arts+crafts+music will create a magical experience. Let’s explore the show in the lake and some viewer galleries on all sides.” 3,30,27,621 4,04,874 38,948 43,903 4,40,752 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 06 SEPTEMBER 2021 Bengal: West Bengal today registered 505 fresh Covid cases and 13 deaths with Kolkata recording 107 cases with no deaths in the last 24 hours. Kerala HC allows Covishield second dose before 84 days for paid jabs The court said that if the government can permit persons who are traveling abroad to exercise a choice between early protection and better protection from Covid19 infection, there is absolutely no reason why the same privilege shall not be extended STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOCHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The Kerala High Court on Monday has ruled that individuals who pay for Covishield vaccine have the right to choose whether to get the second dose any time after four weeks from the first dose. The single bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar,directed the Centre to immediately make changes on the Co-Win vaccination portal so as to enable scheduling of the second dose of Covishield vaccine after four weeks of the first dose for those who are willing to pay. “If the government can permit those intending to travel abroad to exercise a choice between early protection and better protection from Covid-19 infection, there is absolutely no reason why the same privilege shall not be extended to others,” the court said. The order came on a plea by Kitex Garments Limited seeking to administer the second dose of Covid vaccine to its employees without waiting for the 84-day time gap between two doses as they had already purchased the sufficient stock of vaccine. 4th Test: India beat England by 157 runs LONDON, 6 SEPTEMBER Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja blew away the England middle order to fashion India's emphatic 157-run victory in the fourth Test, here on Monday. Chasing 368 for a win, England were positioned nicely at 131 for two in the opening session but lost six wickets in the middle session with Bumrah and Jadeja wreaking havoc on the fifth and final day of the game. The hosts were eventually all out for 210 to hand India a 2-1 lead in the fivematch series. The final match will be played in Manchester PTI from September 10. See P12
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