THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 SEPTEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA| NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. Min: 68% Min: 26.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:33 hrs MOON SETS 20:17 hrs THUMBNAILS Christian devotees gather on the final day of the St Mary Feast at St Mary Basilica Church at ShivaIANS jinagar in Bengaluru on Wednesday. SC collegium recommends names of 10 for appointment as permanent judges in K’taka HC: Close on the heels of a historic decision to recommend 68 names in one go for the judgeship in 12 high courts, the SC collegium headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana has recommended 10 names to the Centre for appointment as permanent judges in the Karnataka High Court. In the meeting held on 7 September, the three-member collegium also approved the proposal of the Kerala High Court collegium to appoint two additional judges, Justice M R Anitha and Justice K Nair Haripal, as permanent judges. (P5) Uttarakhand governor resigns: Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya resigned on Wednesday, two years before completing her tenure. She tendered her resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, a Raj Bhavan official said. She has resigned for personal reasons, he said. She had completed three years in office PTI as the governor last month. SC upholds extension of Mishra’s tenure as ED director NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER Observing that a reasonable period of extension can be granted to facilitate completion of ongoing investigations, the SC dismissed a plea challenging retrospective change in the 2018 appointment order of Sanjay Kumar Mishra as director of the Enforcement Directorate . A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, made it clear however that extension of tenure of officers who have attained the age of superannuation should be done in rare and exceptional cases. The court also made it clear that no further extension can be PTI given to Mishra. I The candidate, on qualifying the exam and on successful completion of training at the NDA and subsequent training at the respective academy of the service the cadet opts for, gets commissioned into the service as a permanent commissioned officer by the age of 19-22 years old. ities to do it themselves, and sometimes things only move when the court steps in. "Armed forces are respected forces of this country. But on gender equality they have to do more,” said Justice Kaul. “The idea is when nothing happens, the court steps in. Let me assure you it's not a happy situation to step in and we would like the armed services to do it themselves. They are very respected forces of the country but on gender equality they have to do more and sometimes P12 Assam ferries collide, many feared dead Govt to open NDA gates to women n a path-breaking moment for Indian women defence personnel, the Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it has taken a decision to allow women into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the three services chiefs have agreed to give them permanent commission. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, on behalf of the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that a decision has been taken at the highestlevel that women will be inducted for NDA, and the chiefs of three Armed Forces have also agreed. Bhati said the decision had been taken late evening Tuesday. Justice Kaul said that the court has been periodically nudging the author- TWO-GOAL GRIEZMANN GIVES FRENCHMEN THE TASTE OF VICTORY P10 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 33.7°C (0) SUN RISES 06:04 hrs MOON RISES 09:13 hrs P9 Armed forces have agreed to induct women through NDA: Centre to SC RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 97% VIRGINIA DISMANTLES CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E LEE’S STATUE TALIBAN GOVT’S 14 MEMBERS ON UNSC'S BLACKLIST YEDDY’S PROPOSED YATRA WORRIES BJP the resistance does not come out well," said the Bench, also comprising Justice M M Sundresh. The Bench said “the court is extremely glad to learn that the Armed Forces themselves took decisions to induct females in the NDA. However, the top court emphasised that it is important for it to take a stand on these issues. The Bench further said, “You have to file an affidavit on what you are doing, what will be the steps in the future and what orders will be required from us.” The Court has sought a timeline of when women will be given permanent commission in India. The Centre said it will file an affidavit regarding its submissions allowing girls into NDA. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Kush Kalra, seeking NDA to open its doors for women aspiring to join the Armed Forces. The plea was argued by senior advocate Chinmoy Pradip Sharma. The plea also sought a direction from the court to allow women to get trained in the Indian Naval Academy as well. On 18 August, the Supreme Court had said the mindset is not changing and asked why judicial orders are required to allow women candidates to take the entrance exam for National Defence Academy (NDA), even after the court's judgment extending the permanent commission in the Army to women. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JORHAT/GUWAHATI, 8 SEPTEMBER A boat with over 120 people on board sank in the Brahmaputra river after colliding with a ferry steamer near Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district of Assam on Wednesday and there could be "many casualties", officials said. The accident occurred when the private boat 'Ma Kamala' was headed to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and the government-owned ferry 'Tripkai' was coming from the riverine island. “The boat capsized and sank. We do not have much detail at this moment,” an official of the Inland Water Transport (IWT) Department said. Another IWT official said more than 120 passengers were on board the boat but many of them were rescued by lifeguards on 'Tripkai'. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ashok Barman told PTI that 41 people The accident occurred when the private boat Ma Kamala was headed to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and the government-owned ferry Tripkai was coming from the riverine island. Authorities said more than 120 passengers were on board the private boat but many of them were rescued by lifeguards on board NDRF personnel carry out the ferry Tripkai rescue work in Jorhat have been rescued so far and bodies of people suspected to have died in the crash are yet to be recovered. “We cannot say right now how many people have died," a senior official of Jorhat district administration said. Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF have started a search and rescue operation.The boat was also carrying vehicles. Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed concern over the accident and directed the district administrations of Majuli and Jorhat to undertake a rescue mis- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 8 SEPTEMBER Devotees purchasing idols for the forthcoming Ganesh Chaturthi, in New Delhi on Wednesday. SNS IAF to get 56 C-295 Airbus aircraft 2 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER In a major decision, the Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday approved procurement of 56 twin-turboprop C-295 aircraft for the Indian Air Force to replace its ageing Avro fleet. Sixteen aircraft will be procured from the Airbus Defence and Space in a flyaway condition while 40 will be manufactured in India by the aerospace major as part of a consortium with the Tata, according to the defence ministry. “Today, Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft from M/s Airbus Defence and Space SA, Spain for the Indian Air Force," the defence ministry said in a statement. The IAF is looking at procuring around 350 aircraft from the domestic aerospace industry in the next two decades that include the 83 Light Combat aircraft Tejas, RKS BHADAURIA AIR CHIEF MARSHAL The C-295MW aircraft is a transport plane of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro aircraft of IAF. “Sixteen aircraft will be delivered in flyaway condition from Spain within 48 months of the signing of the contract and forty aircraft will be manufactured in India by TATA consortium within 10 years of the signing of the contract," the ministry said. It said the aircraft has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo. “This is the first project of its kind in which a military aircraft will be manufactured in India by a private company. All 56 aircraft will be installed with indigenous electronic warfare suite,” the ministry said. It said the project will give a boost to the aerospace ecosystem in India wherein several MSMEs spread over the country will be involved in the manufacturing of parts of the aircraft. A large number of detail parts, sub-assemblies and major component assemblies of aero structure are scheduled to be manufactured in India. Before completion of deliveries, ‘D’ Level servicing facility (MRO) for C-295MW aircraft are scheduled to be set up in India. In addition, the OEM will also discharge its offset obligations through direct purchase of eligible products and Services from Indian Offset Partners giving further boost to the economy. sion earnestly with the help of NDRF and SDRF He . also asked minister Bimal Bora to rush to the site of the accident. Sarma asked Principal Secretary to the chief minister Samir Kumar Sinha to monitor the developments round-the-clock. He will visit Nimati Ghat tomorrow to take stock of the situation. Union shipping minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed deep concern over the mishap and directed his ministry to provide all necessary help for the rescue operations. He also spoke to Sarma and enquired about the tragedy. ‘All Covid deaths not due to medical error’ Bengal needs 14 crore vaccine doses: Mamata FESTIVE MOOD BRAHMAPUTRA TRAGEDY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI,8 SEPTEMBER With the threat of a third pandemic wave looming large, the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said Bengal needs a total of 14 crore doses, including for children, while the state government has completed about 75 per cent of vaccination in Kolkata. Banerjee, during her address at Ahindra Manch, today said that the state is receiving inadequate vaccines from the centre when the requirement is about 14 crore doses. Her comment comes in the wake of several incidents unfolding at various vaccination centres in the state due to vaccine paucity. Reports of chaos and scuffles have surfaced after many who were waiting in queues since midnight was asked to return without vaccines due to lack of supply. People complained of what they termed as harassment since they had to leave all their work for a whole day to get their vaccines. Many have complained it affected their daily living. Banerjee said, “We are giving about 10 to 12 lakh doses every day but we are helpless if the Centre doesn’t send us adequate supply.” The state on Wednesday registered 751 fresh Covid cases and 9 deaths. Kolkata recorded 128 cases with no deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 116 cases and 1 death in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 15,53,928 and death toll is 18,531 in the state till now while there are 8,288 active cases. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said presuming all deaths due to Covid during the second wave of the pandemic were due to negligence would be "too much".The apex court observed that though the second wave had an impact across the country but it cannot be presumed that all deaths occurred due to negligence. “To assume that each death due to Covid took place due to negligence is too much,”said a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud. Refusing to entertain a plea seeking compensation for kin of the victims who fell prey to Covid, on ground of medical negligence, the bench also comprising Justices Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli said, “Courts cannot have a presumption that all Covid deaths happened due to medical negligence.” Advocate Sriram Parakat, representing the petitioner, contended before the bench that this petition is different.He added that the petition focuses on the element of negligence and compensation for the deaths which occurred due to medical negligence. The bench directs the National Disaster Management Authority to frame appropriate guidelines within six weeks for ex-gratia assistance for 3,30,96,718 3,91,256 37,875 39,114 4,41,411 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 08 SEPTEMBER 2021 family members of persons who succumbed to Covid. India adds 37,875 cases, in a day: India once again witnessed a slight rise in both cases and fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.India registered 37,875 new cases, 21.3 percent higher than the previous day when 31,222 cases were logged on Tuesday. The total number of active cases as of now is at 3,91,256. With 369 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death tally rose to 4,41,411, the Ministry data showed.India has so far administered 70.7 crore doses of vaccines. SC-appointed panel member says India talks Afghanistan with US, UK, Russian security officials report 100 p.c. in favour of farmers SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI/PUNE, 8 SEPTEMBER Hopeful of an early resolution to the long-running farmers’ protests on the national capital borders, a key member of the Supreme Court-appointed panel on contentious agri-laws on Wednesday said the report submitted by the committee is "cent per cent" in favour of farmers and the apex court must take up the matter without any delay. The panel member acknowledged that the government and the Supreme Court have to consider the law and order issue that may arise with the release of the report for which they need- Farmers have been protesting for over 9 months, demanding repeal of farm laws & also a legal guarantee for MSP. ed to take time, but "they just cannot dump it and they should not dump it." Shetkari Sanghatana President Anil J Ghanwat, the panel member who had written to the Chief Justice of India on September 1 urging him to make the report public, also said the committee does not support repeal of the three laws, as being demanded by protesting farmers, but he and his organisation certainly believed that there are "many defects" in the laws that needed to be addressed. It is therefore very important for the apex court to release the report in the public domain at the earliest to clear all apprehensions of farmers, Ghanwat said. “The report has to be made public at the earliest. If they do it tomorrow, that will be better... When the people will know the content of the report, they will decide whether the new farm laws are in favour of farmers or not,” he said. Other members of the committee are Ashok Gulati, former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and Pramod Kumar Joshi from the International Food Policy Research Institute. India has conveyed its concerns to the top security and intelligence officials of the USA, the UK and Russia over the possible implications of Pakistan's links with the Taliban and various terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan for regional security and stability, people familiar with the development said. India apprised its apprehensions to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns, the head of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Richard Moore and Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev during their separate visits here over the last few days. In the meetings, Indian officials highlighted links of Pakistani spy agency ISI with ter- ror groups in Afghanistan such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba and the possible risk they pose to India and the region after the Taliban's capture of power in Kabul, the people cited above said. NSA Ajit Doval on Wednesday held extensive talks with Patrushev on ways to deal with any possible security threat from the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, a day after hav- ing similar deliberations with CIA chief Burns. Burns, Patrushev and Moore were among a number of key intelligence and security officials to visit India in the last few days. Referring to the delegation-level talks between Doval and Patrushev, the sources cited above said it was India's first detailed and extensive review of the situation in Afghanistan with Russia after Kabul fell to the Taliban. The Indian delegation included officials of the ministries of external affairs and defence and security agencies. There was a convergence of views between the two sides on all major issues and common threats and they agreed that there is a need for the Taliban to adhere to its promises and that Islamic extremism was a matter of concern, the people cited above said. In the talks, the Indian side mentioned Pakistan's special responsibility to ensure that Afghan soil is not used to spread terrorism, they said. After holding talks with Doval, Patrushev met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A Russian read-out of the Doval-Patrushev talks said attention was paid to intensifying joint work by "special services and military bodies" of both the countries and that emphasis was given on further interaction on the "anti-terrorist track", combating illegal migration and drug trafficking. CIA chief Burns, accompanied by a few officials, paid a quiet visit to India primarily to discuss ways to mitigate security threats that may emanate from Afghanistan. It is learnt that Burns held talks with Doval and a number of senior officials of the National Security Secretariat on Tuesday. When asked about the visit, the US embassy declined to comment. There was no comment from the Indian security establishment as well. Moore also held wide-ranging talks with Doval during his brief visit.
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