CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 BIDEN ANNOUNCES NEW VACCINE MANDATE TO TURN COVID TIDE ‘INDIAN MOVES EXCESSIVELY CAUTIOUS’ P7 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain . Temperature likely to be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 00.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.7 °C(+3) SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON RISES 8:21 hrs New moon on 21 P10 P11 Modi takes stock of Covid-19 situation PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 26.0 °C(0) SUN SETS 17:45 hrs MOON SETS 20:12 hrs September THUMBNAILS Afghan nationals living in India held a protest against Pakistan, accusing it of sending terrorists into their country, at Chanakyapuri, in the Capital on Friday. SUBRATA DUTTA Industry output grows 11.5 in July: Industrial production surged 11.5 per cent in July mainly due to a low-base effect and good performance by manufacturing, mining and power sectors but the output remained slightly below the pre-pandemic level. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), grew 10.5 per cent in July, according to the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Friday. The mining sector output rose 19.5 per cent in July while power generation P8 increased 11.1 per cent. UP govt reclaims land of Azam Khan's Jauhar University: The Uttar Pradesh government has reclaimed 170 acres of land of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, run by a trust headed by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, officials said on Friday. The development came after the Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a plea against proceedings initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government to take over the university land for non-adherence to certain conditions on which it was granted to a trust in 2005. (P5) NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting on the Covid situation and vaccination as the government noted high caseloads in states like Kerala and Maharashtra to say that there can be no room for complacency. Modi reviewed the status of augmentation of bed capacity for pediatric care and of facilities supported under "Covid Emergency Response Package II", and it was noted that states have been advised to redesign and orient primary care and block level health infrastructure in these areas to manage the situation in rural areas, a statement said. States are being asked to maintain a buffer stock for drugs used in management of Covid, mucormycosis, MIS-C at the district level, it added. “It was discussed that across the world, there are countries where the number of active Covid cases continues to remain high. In India too, the figures from states like Maharashtra and Kerala indicate that there can be no room for complacency," the statement said. However, the weekly positivity was at less than three per cent for the 10th consecutive week, it added. PM underscored the need to rapidly augment the entire ecosystem to ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders and PSA plants. Efforts are also on to install 961 Liquid Medical PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MANCHESTER, 10 SEPTEMBER NEED OF THE HOUR State govts are being asked to maintain a buffer stock for drugs used in management of Covid-19, mucormycosis and MIS-C at the district level P Kerala has been the most Covid affected state in the country for the last many weeks, and on Friday it registered 25,010 fresh cases. Oxygen storage tanks and 1,450 medical gas pipeline systems with an aim to support at least one such unit per district, the government said. The ambulance network is also being augmented to ensure at least one ambulance per block. Modi also reviewed the status of PSA oxygen plants coming up across the country and told that around one lakh oxygen concentrators and three lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed to states. He was also briefed about the concentration of cases in a few geographies, districts with high test positivity as well as the week on week test positivity rate in the country. On vaccines, the statement noted that around 58 per cent of India's adult population has received the first dose and nearly 18 per cent both doses. Modi was also updated about the vaccine pipeline and increased supply of vaccines. He spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants. He was informed that INSACOG (SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium) now consists of 28 labs distributed across the country. The lab network is also linked with a hospital network for clinical correlation. Sewage sampling is also being done for genomic surveillance. States have been requested to share SARS COV2 positive samples with INSACOG regularly. Modi highlighted the need to ensure adequate testing across the country and was told about the support being given to 433 districts to establish RT-PCR lab facility in public health facilities. India logs slight decline in daily cases: Waxing and waning of daily infections continued as India on Friday logged a slight decline with 34,973 new cases in the last 24 hours after a spike in daily cases for the past two days, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs data showed.The country's active caseload accounts for 1.18 per cent of the total cases (3,31,74,954). After a spike in cases for the last two days-- with 43,263 infections on Thursday and 37,875 onWednesday, there was some respite, though Kerala, con- P12 Final Manchester Test called off after Covid case in Indian camp PM also reviews status of PSA oxygen plants coming up across nation Min. 57% QUALIFIER IN A GRAND SLAM TITLE TUSSLE ‘ISOLATING AFGHANISTAN WILL HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES’ 3,31,74,954 3,90,646 34,973 37,681 4,42,009 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 tributing 26,200 new cases, continued to see the highest number of cases recorded by a state in the last 24 hours. At the same time, the country registered as many as 260 deaths, pushing the total related deaths to 4,42,009. Bengal today registered 753 fresh Covid cases and 14 deaths. Kolkata recorded 127 cases and 5 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 129 cases and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total case count is 15,55,405 and death toll is 18,553 in the state. There are 8,219 active cases. Owaisi booked in UP: The UP Police has booked AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for allegedly vitiating communal harmony, violating Covid norms and making indecent remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, police said. A Covid outbreak that triggered “anxiety” among Indian players forced the cancellation of their fifth and final Test against England in a chaotic and unprecedented turn of events on Friday, leaving the status of the series unclear after the host board claimed a forfeiture by the tourists only to withdraw the statement. The England and Wales Cricket Board's statement on the match went from India “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to India “regrettably unable to field a team” after skipper Virat Kohli led a steadfast refusal by the visiting players to take the field. Friday's development came after the tourists were left on tenterhooks following physio Yogesh Parmar's positive Covid test that led to concerns that the infection could spread during the match. As for the series, its status was not clear. India are 2-1 ahead and have not been officially declared winners. The BCCI has claimed that both boards will work towards resched- A message is displayed on a screen at Old Trafford cricket ground after the final cricket test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. AP uling the match but ECB CEO Tom Harrison said the game would be a one-off instead of being a decider for the series. “In lieu of the strong relationship between BCCI and ECB, the BCCI has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled Test match. Both the Boards will work towards finding a window to reschedule this Test match,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said. “No, I think it’s a standalone situation. We have been offered a few other options, probably need to take a look (at those),” Harrison responded when specifically asked on Sky Sports whether the rescheduled match would be a standalone game or the seriesdecider. The only plausible FESTIVE SEASON Devotees celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at Maharastra Sadan amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, in the Capital on Friday. SUBRATA DUTTA India, Oz to discuss Afghanistan, Bypoll: Mamata files nomination papers Indo-Pacific during ‘2+2’ dialogue STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 10 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton arrived here on Friday afternoon for the much-anticipated inaugural India-Australia '2+2' ministerial dialogue to be held tomorrow. External affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the dialogue at which the two countries will discuss a range of bilateral issues as well as global developments, particularly the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi described the upcoming dialogue as a milestone in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. The agenda for the dialogue will cover a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. In the emerging geopolitical scenario, India and Australia are fast emerging to be natural partners. The countries, along with the USA and Japan, are members of the Quad. Concerned over the growing Chinese assertiveness on high seas, the two countries are expected to devote considerable time to finding ways to ensure freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific. They will focus on ramping up defence ties between them. Earlier this week, addressing a virtual conference, Jaishankar said, “The embedding of India in ASEAN-led structures helped create a regular and comfortable interface with others present, including Australia.” He has also said that the two-way Prime Ministerial visits of Abbott and Modi in 2014 had opened the "gates for cooperation just waiting to happen.” Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today filed her nomination papers for the by-election for Bhabanipur Assembly seat at the Survey Building at Alipore. The bypoll is slated on 30 September with counting of votes slated for 3 October. The Trinamul Congress chairperson will be pitted against the BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and the Left Front's Srijib Biswas. The Congress has decided not to field a candidate against her. While going to the Survey Building to file per nomination papers, Mamata Banerjee greeted people and party workers who thronged on both sides of Gopalnagar. Minister Firad Hakim's Mamata Banerjee during her nomination file function for Bhawanipur AC bypoll in Kolkata on Friday. SNS wife, Ishmat Hakim, and Merraj Shah, a representative of the Gujarati community were the proposers for Mamata Banerjee. She made Vaiswanor Chattopadhayay her chief election agent. It is learnt that next week, the Trinamul chief will hold a workers' convention especially for non- Bengali residents of Bhawanipore. People from Punjab, Bihar, UP, Gujarat and Odhisha live in all eight wards of this constituency. While Firad Hakim is in charge of the Trinamul Congress campaign for wards 77 and 82, the BJP is bringing Shahnawaz Hussain to campaign in these two wards dominated by Hindi-speaking minority community and also in Jangipur and Shamshergunj where minority voters predominate. For wards like 63, 74, 75 where Hindi-speaking people from UP and Bihar live, apart from senior ministers like Subrata Mukherjee, Shovandeb Chattopadhayay and Partha Chatterjee, cricketer Manoj Tiwari will campaign for Mamata Banerjee. The BJP meanwhile, has , fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer, to take on Miss Banerjee in the bypoll. Ms Tibrewal, one of the petitioners in the post-poll violence cases against the TMC government in Calcutta High Court, said highlighting the “torture and violence” unleashed by the TMC after the assembly polls will be a key issue in the election. It is learnt that the BJP has assigned Dinesh Tribedi, former Trinamul MP who joined the BJP just before the Assembly elections to campaign for the BJP candidate in Gujaratidominated wards like 70 and 72. The BJP has also announced the names of Milan Ghosh and Sujit Das for Samserganj and Jangipur seats respectively. Cardle (photo). He later sang at his memorial service, also by the side of the Hudson. Jupiter left a 5-year-old son whom his parents had named Santi to signify peace. Part of Jupiter's ashes were also taken to the top of Tiger Hills in Darjeeling and strewn in the air and also at North Point's Upper Division Flats (playground) where the record he had set in 1974 still stands today. The Jesuit priests at North Point had organized the memorial services there. Jupiter’s dreams of reaching the pinnacle of the great American dream had almost come true for he was poised to become Vice-President of theWindows of theWorld, which was not just a posh eating place but one where multi-million dollars deals were struck.Then Laden arrived and shattered the lives and dreams of thousands. The US misadventure in Afghanistan began to oust the Taliban and 20 years later as the world braces for the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, Joe Biden has handed power back to the Taliban. Nothing could be more ironic than this. Anyway, Barack Obama was able to liquidate Osama Bin Laden and all that I had said at the time was that “with Bin Laden’s death my brother Jupiter’s soul can now finally be at peace.” A 9/11 scar that won’t fade away YAMBEM LABA t was evening in India on that fateful day of 11 September. I was sitting in a hotel room with a national political leader friend visiting my hometown of Imphal. The TV was on and I thought a new blockbuster Hollywood movie was being released as it showed an airliner crash into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. To my horror, I then saw the streamer that read "WTC under Terrorist attack". I remember blurting out "that's where my brother works".The whole night was spent checking e-mail and trying to get to his family, but all lines were jammed. Past midnight I got a call from an inter- I national journalist friend who was somehow able to speak to his wife, Nancy, who confirmed that my brother Jupiter was at work when the tragedy struck. He was working as Senior Banquet Manager in the Windows on the World which was located on the 106th and 107th floors of the 110-storeyedWTC Building. He must have reached the rooftop because his cell phone had kept ringing for two more days. It was on the third day that the New York Fire Department found his body. Although he had been in the USA for 20 years and married an Irish-American woman, he had never given up his Indian Passport. The Statesman had then broken the news, "Terrible Tuesday claims Jupiter". His body was cremated in New York, but his ashes were brought home and immersed in the Loktak lake and a portion at Gaumukh where the Bhagirathi Ganga emerges from the Gangotri Glacier and begins its long journey to the sea. It was on a hot June day in 1981 that Jupiter and I had left New Delhi. He was headed for the US as a Camp Counsellor for the Camp America programme and I was headed for Darjeeling to take up my teaching and House Mastering assignment at North Point where we had both studied. Prior to their departure for the US, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had hosted the team for breakfast and had termed them as India's Young Ambassadors. In the US, he was placed in charge of an outdoor camp for the visually impaired inVermont. Later, in 2002, when we had gone to Ground Zero to pray for his soul and offer flowers and incense sticks, we caught up with one of his fellow Camp Counsellors who told us how one of the boys was sick and could not make it to the top of the mountain on his own. Jupiter was not on the peak when the group had arrived but some 20 minutes later, he emerged, carrying the sick boy on his back. He stayed on in the US and worked his way through college, working in restaurants and even chopping wood to fund his way through school at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After school, he pl- unged into the hospitability industry. His clients ranged from Elizabeth Taylor at World Yacht Inc, where clients would be entertained while cruising the Hudson River, to Hillary Clinton and the Levi brothers at the Windows on the World. He was also very socially involved, teaming up with legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson. Seeger also later sang at Jupiter's VineYard wedding to Nancy Mc- CMYK window for such an arrangement seems to be July next year when the India team visits England for a six-match white-ball series.Earlier, after hectic consultations, the match was cancelled a couple of hours before toss. The initial statement issued by the ECB categorically mentioned the word “forfeit” but that was later omitted from a revised media release. “Due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team,” read the revised communication. It is learnt that, Kohli, late on Thursday, got into a huddle and couldn’t be convinced by either the BCCI or the ECB brass to play the game. IT dept ‘surveys’ Newsclick, Newslaundry in tax case NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER The Income Tax department on Friday conducted separate "survey operations" at the premises of online news portals Newsclick and Newslaundry here, officials said. The operations are being conducted to verify certain tax payment details and remittances made by the organisations, they said. Some documents have been found and these are being studied, the officials said.In a survey operation, which is carried out under provisions of section 133A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, tax officials cover only the business premises of an assessee and those linked to it and not their residential addresses. However, tax authorities can seize documents. There was no immediate reaction from the two portals or their promoters, but their social media handles continuously updated news stories and articles. Newsclick and its founders were raided by the ED in February under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and that investigation is linked to alleged dubious foreign funding received by its registered company, which runs the news portal. The money laundering case arises out of a Delhi Police FIR alleging that PPK Newsclick Studio Pvt Ltd received foreign direct investment (FDI) of Rs 9.59 crore from Worldwide Media Holdings LLC USA during the 2018-19 financial year. PTI
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