CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 ‘FLED KABUL TO SAVE 6 MN PEOPLE IN THE AFGHAN CAPITAL’ SHAH REVIEWS SECURITY SITUATION IN J&K P5 DJOKOVIC GETS CLOSER TO WHAT HE WANTS ‘AL-QAIDA MAY SEEK COMEBACK IN AFGHANISTAN’ P9 P10 P12 Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. Temperature likely to be in the range of 36-27 degrees Celsius. BRICS countries call for ‘18 pc of adult population got both doses of vaccine’ intra-Afghan dialogue RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY PM says 5 countries have adopted BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan Max.97% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 67% Max: 34.0 °C(2) Min: 26.5 °C(0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:22 hrs 17:46 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 7:21 hrs 19:33 hrs Full moon on 21 September THUMBNAILS An elderly woman greeting Rahul Gandhi near Vaishnodevi shrine on Thursday. SNS Ford stops manufacturing vehicles in India: After nearly three decades of struggling to make a mark in India, US auto major Ford Motor Co on Thursday said it will stop vehicle production at its two plants in the country and will sell only imported vehicles going ahead as part of a restructuring exercise.The company, which invested about $ 2.5 billion at its Chennai and Sanand plants, has accumulated operating losses of around $ 2 billion in P8 India in the last ten years. First in-person Quad summit likely in Washingp ton on 24 Sep: The first in-person summit of the leaders of the Quad countries is likely to take place in Washington on 24 September with a focus to chart a new roadmap for expanding the overall cooperation in diverse areas, diplomatic sources said on Thursday. Modi is likely to travel to Washington during which he is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly in New York. New governors appointed: Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, who retired as the deputy chief of Army, was on Thursday appointed the governor of Uttarakhand, a post which fell vacant after Baby Rani Maurya tendered her resignation. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique, Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit has also been shifted to Punjab. The Centre's interlocutor RN Ravi has been shifted from Nagaland to Tamil Nadu as its new governor. SNS & PTI he five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries today expressed concern over the latest developments in Afghanistan and called for an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue so as to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order in the embattled country. In the ''New Delhi declaration'' adopted by them at the end of their 13th summit chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BRICS nations appealed to all parties in Afghanistan to refrain from violence and settle the situation by peaceful means. “We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks near the Hamid Karzai Kabul International Airport that resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries. We underscore the priority of fighting terrorism, includ- T Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the BRICS Summit, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday. ing preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as terrorist sanctuary and to carry out attacks against other countries, as well as drug trade within Afghanistan. We emphasise the need to address the humanitarian situation and to uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities,'' the 74-point declaration said. Apart from Modi, the summit was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russia President Vladimir Putin, South African President Ramaphosa and Brazil President Bolsonaro. The BRICS nations strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed. ''We recognize the threat emanating from terrorism, extremism conducive to terrorism and radicalization. We commit to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the cross-border movement of terrorists, and terrorism financing networks and safe havens,'' the declaration said. Earlier, addressing the summit, Prime Minister Modi said the five BRICS countries have arrived at a consensus with regard to starting a virtual BRICS Vaccination Research and Development Centre. He said the five countries have also adopted the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan. “With an agreement on Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation between our space agencies, a new chapter of cooperation has begun (among BRICS countries),” he added. He observed that with cooperation between customs departments of the BRICS countries, intraBRICS trade would become easier. The Prime Minister said BRICS Alliance on green tourism was also another new initiative of the grouping. “All of these new initiatives will not only benefit our citizens but will also enable BRICS as an institution to remain relevant in the coming years”.“Today we are an influential voice for the emerging economies of the world. This platform has also been useful for focusing attention on the priorities of developing nations as well” he added. Future-Reliance deal: SC stays proceedings before Delhi HC STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court Thursday stayed all the proceedings before the Delhi High Court for four weeks related to implementation of an award by Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator (EA) restraining Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from going ahead its Rs 24,731 crore merger deal with Reliance Retail. The top court directed market regulator SEBI, National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT) and Competition Commission of India (CCI), not to pass any order against the Future Group for four weeks. The matter had come up for hearing before a threejudge bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice A S Bopanna. Earlier Future Coupons Private Limited had moved the apex court seeking to stay an order passed by the Delhi HC to attach the assets of Future Coupons, Future Retail and Future Group promoter Kishore Biyani. A single judge of the Delhi High Court had ordered the attachment of its assets in March and had directed the Future group firms and pro- moters to file their affidavits giving details of their assets for violating an Emergency Arbitrator award. Amazon dragged Future Group to arbitration at Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) in October last year, arguing that FRL had violated their contract by entering into the deal with rival Reliance. On 6 August, the Supreme Court gave the verdict in favour of Amazon and held that Singapore EA's award, restraining the FRL-Reliance Retail merger deal, is valid and enforceable under the Indian arbitration laws. NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER More than half of India's adult population has received at least one dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine while 18 per cent got both the shots, the Union government said on Thursday as the total number of doses administered in the country crossed 72 crore. One dose of vaccine is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing death and two Covid shots are 97.5 per cent effective, health ministry officials said, citing data between April and August. Addressing a Press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India is still going through the second wave of Covid and it is not over yet. He said 35 districts are still reporting a weekly positivity rate of over 10 per cent while in 30 districts it is between five to 10 per cent. According to health ministry officials, 68.59 per cent of the total infection registered last week was from Kerala. As per health ministry data released in the morning, India recorded 43,263 new infections and 338 deaths in 24 hours, with Kerala reporting 30,196 of the new cases. The state on Thursday reported 26,200 more coronavirus cases and 125 deaths. About resuming physical classes in schools, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said no scientific body, epidemiology and no evidence suggest that vaccination against Covid should be a condition to reopen schools. However, inoculation of teachers, other school employees and parents is desirable, he said. About the vaccination drive, an official said eighteen per cent of India's adult population have received both the doses of vaccine while 58 per cent were administered at least one dose.The average daily vaccine doses administered in a month rose from 19.69 lakh in May to 59.19 lakh in August. The average daily vaccination in the first seven days of September was 78.10 lakh. The Union government, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras retained the top spot among institutes all over India for a third straight year whereas the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru was the best among research institutions, according to the Ministry of Education’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings. The sixth edition of NIRF rankings was announced on Thursday by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Seven IITs ~ IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwa- NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER hati and IIT Roorkee ~ figured in the top 10 in the overall rankings. In the ‘universities’ category, IISc Bengaluru bagged the top spot followed Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at second and third rank, respectively. Calcutta University, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Jamia Millia Islamia, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Jadavpur University, University of Hyderabad and Aligarh Muslim University bagged the subsequent positions in the universities category. Eight IITs ~ Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati and Hyderabad ~ have bagged the top eight ranks among the 'engineering institutions' category. NIT Tiruchirapalli and Suratkal have ranked ninth and tenth in the category. In the ‘medical colleges’ category, AIIMS, Delhi, bagged the top spot, followed by PGIMER Chandigarh and Christian Medical College, Vellore. Among colleges, Miranda House ranked as the best in the country followed by Lady Sri Ram College for Women and Loyola College, Chennai at second and third spot, respectively. St Xavier's College, Kolkata and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah bagged the fourth and fifth rank, respectively. The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday announced dates for bypolls to seven Rajya Sabha seats that have fallen vacant due to various reasons like resignations, death and end of tenure of members. According to a notification issued by the EC, there are two such seats in Tamil Nadu and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh Rajya Sabha (RS) seat got vacant after BJP leader and former Union cabinet minister Thaawarchand Gehlot was elevated as the Karnataka governor in July.The polls to all these seven seats will take Archeological excavations currently in progress in Tamil Nadu point to the existence of a river civilisation in the Sivakalai region 3,200 years ago, state chief minister M K Stalin told the Tamil Nadu Assembly today. Releasing key findings of excavations by the archeological department, Stalin said that carbon dating done at a US laboratory of rice and husk found in an offering pot within an urn at Sivakalai yielded the date of 1155 BCE. Making a statement Under Rule 110 in the state Assem- POINTERS TO THE PAST Carbon dating of rice along with husk found in an offering pot excavated at Sivakalai yielded the date of 1155 BCE A silver punch-marked coin found at Keeladi was found to be from before 4th Century BCE bly, he said the State Archaeology department has undertaken excavations in different parts of the state including at Keeladi, Adhichanallur, Sivakalai, Korkai, Kodumanal, Mayiladumparai and Gangaikonda Cholapuram. He also said that the Tamilnadu State Archaeology Department will make earnest efforts to undertake excavations in historically important sites in other neighbouring states, such as Pattanam in Kerala, Vengi in Andhra Pradesh, Thalaikkadu in Karnataka and Palur in Odissa to trace the roots of the Tamil culture. “As a first step, excavations would be carried out at the Sangam age port town of Musiri which is now known as Pattinam and located in Kerala,” he said. “Several unique artefacts are being unearthed in each location and they are being tested and validated in reputed laboratories in India and across the globe,” Stalin said. He said select carbon samples were sent for AMS (Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) Carbon Dating to the Beta Analytical Laboratory in Miami, Florida, USA. The results which were received recently are quite a revelation to the archeological community, he said. He said already Adhichanallur has been dated to the 9th Century BCE and Korkai to the 8th Century BCE. “With the cur- 40,567 4,41,749 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2021 meanwhile, has placed a purchase order with the Serum Institute of India for 66 crore doses of Covishield vaccine to be supplied by December. Bengal today registered 724 fresh cases and 8 deaths. Kolkata recorded 118 cases and 2 deaths. The state’s total case count is 15,54,652 and death toll is 18,539. There are 8,246 active cases. NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER National Disaster Response Force personnel search for missing people after two passenger ferries collided Wednesday in the river Brahmaputra, near Nimati Ghat, in Jorhat, Assam on Thursday. AP POLLS ON 4 OCTOBER STATES SEATS Tamil Nadu 2 West Bengal 1 Assam 1 Maharashtra 1 Puducherry 1 Madhya Pradesh 1 place on 4 October, the EC said.The two seats in Tamil Nadu fell vacant due to the resignation of AIADMK leaders K P Munusamy and R Vaith- rent findings we can come to the conclusion that a mature civilisation existed along the river Porunai (Thamiraparani) with Adhichanallur and Sivakalai as habitations and Korkai being the port,” he said. Stalin said a silver punch marked coin recently found at Keeladi with the symbols of sun, moon and a few geometrical designs was found to be from before 4th Century BCE, which is Pre-Mauryan by comparing with Gupta Hardekar series. He said former Director General of ASI Rakesh Tiwari and Banaras Hindu University Professor Dr Ravindra N Singh opined after careful analysis of Northern black pottery CMYK 43,263 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ilingam who are now members of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.The West Bengal Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after resignation of TMC leader and cabinet minister in West Bengal government Manas Ranjan Bhunia. In Assam, the seat held by assembly speaker Biswajit Daimary fell vacant after he resigned from the membership of the upper house of Parliament and his earlier party, the Bodoland People's Front, and joined the BJP before the recent polls in the state. The BJP may field Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal from the Assam seat as he is yet to become a member of either house of Parliament. The Maharashtra seat got vacant due to the death of Con- ‘TN excavations indicate 3,200-year-old civilisation’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 9 SEPTEMBER 3,93,614 ‘India reasserts V-shaped recovery, despite 2nd wave’ RESCUE MISSION NIRF ranking: IIT Madras retains EC declares bypolls to 7 RS seats in six states top spot; CU 4th among varsities STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 3,31,39,981 which are datable upto 6th Century BCE, that places along VagaiValley such as Keeladi and port towns such as Korkai, definitely had vibrant trade links which the Gangetic valley in north India and with other countries. Stalin also said that a museum would be set up at Tirunelveli at a cost of Rs 15 crore to display the archeological artefacts found at the excavation sites at Adichanallur, Sivakalai and Korkai. He said the State Department of Archaeology has undertaken archeological excavations at seven places in 2021 in order to bring out the cultural wealth of Tamil Nadu in a more scientific manner. gress leader Rajeev Satav in May this year due to Covid infection. In Puducherry, the RS seat will fall vacant soon as the term of incumbent member N Gokulakrishnan ends on October 6. The EC said in its order that all “broad guidelines of COVID-19” have to be followed during the election process, that is from the time of issue of notification to the counting of votes. “The chief secretaries of states concerned are being directed to depute a senior officer from the state to ensure that the extant instructions regarding Covid containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the election," the poll panel said. The V-shaped recovery in the first quarter of 2021-22, despite the brutal second wave of the pandemic, is a testimony to India's strong macroeconomic fundamentals, according to the Finance Ministry. In its latest Monthly Economic Review, the Finance Ministry also expressed concern over high incidence of Covid cases in Kerala and Maharashtra and underlined the need for strengthening pandemic control and management in these two states. The Indian economy grew by 20.1 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year reaffirming, "India's resilient V-shaped recovery despite an intense second wave," it said. Hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the economy had dipped by 24.4 per cent during the first quarter of the previous fiscal. Going forward, the report said the agriculture sector continues to offer comfortable prospects with Kharif sowing at 101 per cent of normal levels as on September 3, despite a 9 per cent deficient monsoon so far in the year. More recently, the eightcore industries index for July 2021, rose by 9.4 per cent yearon-year (YoY)with all sectors except crude oil and refinery products surpassing prepandemic levels, it said. See Pg8 Centre: ITR filing deadline for individuals extended to 31 Dec PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 SEPTEMBER The government on Thursday extended the deadline till December 31 for filing of income tax returns by individuals for the financial year 2021, amid Covid and technical glitches in the IT portal. Earlier, the deadline was extended to 30 September 2021. Usually, the last date for filing the ITR (Income Tax Returns) for the individual taxpayers is 31 July. “On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers and other stakeholders in filing of ITR and vari- ous reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22 under the Income-tax Act, 1961, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to further extend the due dates for filing of ITR and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22,” the finance ministry said in a statement. The CBDT has also extended the ITR filing deadline for companies till 15 February 2022 from 30 November 2021. For filing belated or revised return of income, the last date has been extended by another two months to March 31, 2022.
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