SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 P4 P5 Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain.Temperature most likely to be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. Max. 96 % Rupani exit to prevent anti-incumbency, Modi only BJP CM to finish full term Min. 73 % TEMPERATURE Min: 27.5 °C(+1) SUN SETS 17:44 hrs MOON SETS 20:55 hrs September STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, 11 SEPTEMBER Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani submits his resignation letter to governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar on Saturday. THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, 11 SEPTEMBER n a sudden but not so unexpected move, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani submitted his resignation on Saturday. The chief minister’s resignation came within hours after he, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and other BJP dignitaries attended a ceremony at the Rs 200 crore Sardardham which was virtually dedicated from Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Soon after the Sardardham ceremony, Rupani went to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation to governor Acharya Devvrat. Though no official reason is available for the chief minister’s apparently sudden exit, speculations have linked the move to the unscheduled visit here on Thursday night by Union home minister Amit Shah. His exit comes after the BJP eased out two party chief ministers in Uttarakhand and one in Karnataka in the last few months. Coming out of the Raj Bhavan after handing in his resignation, Rupani told reporters that he is thankful to Prime I Immersion of a Lord Ganesha idol in Hooghly at Babughat on Saturday. SNS NEET-PG held across country: The National EligiP bility cum Entrance Test (NEET) – Postgraduate was held at 679 centres in 270 cities on Saturday with 1.6 lakh candidates appearing for it following Covid protocols. Initially, the NEET-PG was scheduled to be held on 10 January but was rescheduled for 18 April because of the Covid situation, only to be rescheduled again. Govt cuts custom duties on edible oil: The government has slashed base custom duties on palm oil, soyoil and sunflower oil to ease elevated level of edible oil prices, according to the Finance Ministry.The base import tax on crude palm oil has been reduced to 2.5 per cent from 10 per cent, while the tax on crude soyoil and crude sunflower oil has been reduced to 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent, the Finance Ministry said in a notification issued late on Friday. Marriages can be registered in virtual presence of parties, rules Delhi HC: Marriages can be registered in the virtual presence of parties, the Delhi High Court has ruled, saying that in the present times, citizens cannot be prevented from exercising their rights because of a rigid interpretation of law which calls for "personal presence". Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and the BJP leadership for giving him an opportunity to serve as the chief minister. Rupani, who had completed five years as chief minister only last month, said that he would shoulder any responsibility assigned to him by the BJP leadership. He also added that ‘change of guard’ is a natural phenomenon in the BJP, an indirect hint that he was asked to put in his papers. In a statement, he said that his resignation would give the BJP leadership an opportunity to infuse more energy and new encouragement into the administration so that the journey of development can be taken forward in Gujarat. Among the front runners to succeed Rupani are Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, a speculation that led to the arrest of a local journalist last year. Among the other contenders for the chief minister’s chair are deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, Union Minister Parshottam Rupala and state BJP president C R Paatil who had allegedly been interfering in the Rupani administration’s functioning dur- With the resignation of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the only Gujarat BJP chief minister who had a smooth exit, that too an elevation to a higher position. Except Modi all other BJP chief ministers in Gujarat had to quit midway through their tenures, though Rupani is the only one to have completed a five-year term while Modi was at the helm for about 13 years. Keshubhai Patel, the BJP’s first chief minister in Gujarat in 1995, was pulled down by a rebellion by party rebel Sankersinh Vaghela within six months in protest against the ‘backseat’ driving of his government by the then organising secretary Narendra Modi. The compromise nominee for the post, Suresh Mehta was overthrown by a split in the party that led to a brief spell of President’s Rule in Gujarat in 1996. Though Keshubhai returned to the helm again in 1998, he was made to quit by the BJP high command which sent Modi to Nirbhaya re-run: Maha woman brutally raped, dies PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 11 SEPTEMBER A 34-year-old woman, who was raped and brutalised with a rod by a man inside a stationary tempo in suburban Sakinaka area died during treatment at a hospital in the early hours of Saturday, police said. The crime which bore a chilling similarity to the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rape case of Delhi took place in the wee hours of Friday. The suspect who had been arrested within a few hours of the incident has been now charged with murder. While the city police formed a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident, Opposition BJP demanded capital punishment for the accused and questioned if women were safe in Maharashtra. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray termed the incident as a a "blot on HORROR CONTINUES A 34-yearold woman, who was raped and brutalized with a rod by a man inside a stationary Tempo in Sakinaka area died during treatment According to police, accused Mohan Chouhan (45) worked as a driver and lived on the pavement in the same area. humanity". “The trial in the case will be held on a fast track and the victim, who succumbed to injuries today, will get justice,” he said in a statement. He has discussed the case with state home minister Dilip Walse-Patil and Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale, Thackeray added. According to police, accused Mohan Chouhan (45) worked as a driver and lived on the pavement in the same area. Besides being raped, the victim woman was assaulted with an iron rod in her private parts and lost a lot of blood, a police official said. She had also been stabbed with a knife, he added. Police commissioner Nagrale said that the crime came to light when the watchman of a company located on Khairani Road called the police control room and said that a man was seen thrashing a woman. Police reached the spot within 10 minutes and found the victim inside a parked tempo. As her condition was serious, they decided to take her to a Ghatkopar hospital in Keshubhai Patel, the BJP’s first CM in Gujarat in 1995, was pulled down by a party rebel Sankersinh Vaghela within six months succeed him following intense criticism of lapses in the rehabilitation process after the earthquake in 2001. Modi was the only BJP chief minister in Gujarat who completed all his terms before getting elevated for the Prime Ministerial responsibility.His successor Anand -iben Patel too had to quit following the inept handling of the Patels’ agitation demanding reservations in higher education and jobs. Rupani’s exit is certainly aimed at getting the BJP government rid of the anti-incumbency factor ahead of the assembly elections due next year. Though the BJP still enjoys substantial support in Gujarat over issues of aggressive Hindutva, start of the Ram temple at Ayodhya and a Gujarati being the Prime Minister, an undercurrent of resentment against the saffron party has become visible over the last one year. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER India and Australia today called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan which would not allow the war-torn nation to again become a breeding ground for terrorists as the two countries decided to intensify defence and security cooperation and work together for ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The two countries held their first '2+2' ministerial dialogue in New Delhi at which External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the Indian side while Australia was represented by Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton. The two sides discussed a range of issues, particularly the increasing bilateral defence cooperation.China's behaviour on the high seas is also understood to have figured prominently during the talks. Addressing a press conference after the dialogue, The Indian foreign minister said the two sides held in-depth talks on the situ- the same vehicle so as to save time. The police also obtained CCTV footage of the spot. A man seen leaving the tempo was identified as Mohan Chouhan who hails from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh,the commissioner said. He was arrested and produced before a court which sent him in police custody till 21 September, Nagrale said. His blood-stained clothes were seized. They would be sent for forensic analysis to find out if it is the victim's blood , the commissioner added. A Special Investigation Team has been formed to conduct the probe, he said. “As the victim was unconscious, her statement could not be recorded. But it will be ascertained during the investigation,the probe so far has revealed the involvement of only one person in the crime, the commissioner said. first became the chief minister on 7 August, 2016, following the resignation of incumbent Anandiben Patel, and continued in the office after the BJP's victory in the 2017 Assembly elections. Heavy rains lash Delhi as Monsoon breaks 46-yr record NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER Record heavy rains lashed the national capital on Saturday, making it the wettest monsoon season in 46 years and causing extensive waterlogging that affected operations at the Delhi airport, disrupted traffic on key roads and left passengers trapped in vehicles in flooded underpasses. Delhiites woke up to the sound of thunder and lightning this morning and, according to the weather department, the city recorded 121.1 mm rainfall from 5:30 AM to 5.30 PM. It has been a bountiful September for Delhi, with 383.4mm of rainfall recorded till Saturday evening, which is the highest for the month in 77 years, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Details on Page 5 Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar with their Australian counterparts, Peter Dutton and Marise Payne. ation in Afghanistan in the wake of its takeover by the Taliban. The two countries were of the firm view that the soil of Afghanistan must not be allowed to be used by anyone in any manner for terrorist activities. He said the new government in Afghanistan must be inclusive which should pay attention to the condition of women and children. It should also allow humanitarian assistance to reach to the people of the embattled country. Payne said Australia was acutely conscious of what happened the last time Afghanistan was under Tal- Tax survey attempt to stifle independent journalism: Portals PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER ing the last few weeks. The state BJP leadership has summoned all the party legislators to be present here on Sunday morning for selection of the new incumbent to the chief ministerial post.He P12 India, Oz call for inclusive Afghan government; freedom of navigation Speculation over Patel, Mandaviya as next CM after Rupani's resignation RAINFALL: 013.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY ONE MORE WIN WILL CLINCH IT FOR DJOKOVIC P7 Gujarat CM resigns WEATHER Max: 32.2 °C(0) SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON RISES 9:23 hrs Full moon on 21 CONGRESS OPTS FOR THE NGO ROUTE 9/11 WAS ATTACK ON HUMANITY, SAYS PM KOVIND BATS FOR WOMEN'S INCREASED ROLE IN JUDICIARY Online news platform Newslaundry on Saturday said it does business "honestly and with integrity" while another such portal Newsclick said investigation against it by various agencies including the latest Income Tax Department survey is an attempt to "stifle" independent journalism. The tax department surveyed the office of Newslaundry located at Sarvodaya Enclave in south Delhi on Friday along with that of Newsclick in Saidulajab area on charges of alleged tax evasion. “We have nothing to hide and have done everything by the book and are not in any breach or violation of any law. We conduct our business honestly and with integrity," Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri said in a message posted on his Twitter handle. He said the tax team told him he "cannot" speak to his lawyer and the law requires him to comply "without seeking legal advice" adding that the officials were courteous and professional. He said "no signed The tax department surveyed the office of Newslaundry located at Sarvodaya Enclave in south Delhi on Friday along with that of Newsclick in Saidulajab area on charges of alleged tax evasion. hash value of the data copied" was provided to him and that he considered this as violation of his fundamental right to privacy. A hash value is a numeric value that uniquely identifies data. Hash values represent large amounts of data as much smaller numeric values, so they are used with digital signatures. Sekhri said the tax team comprising 6-7 people arrived at their office around 12.15 pm and left around 12.40 am on Saturday.“They searched and looked through all computer devices at the premises. My personal mobile phone, laptop and a couple of office machines were taken control of and all the data on them downloaded by the IT team," he said. Sekhri said this was the second visit by the tax authorities, the first being in June, and they had given all documents related to accounts to the officials then. iban rule, and that any deterioration in the humanitarian or security situation there could have significant implications for regional and international security, including terrorism. She said Afghanistan must provide safe passage to foreigners who wish to leave the country.Jaishankar said that as members of the Quad, India and Australia recognized the importance of plurilateralism in a multipolar and re-balanced world. “We appreciate the value of our trilaterals with Japan, France and Indonesia and will hold these dialogues soon,” he added. Probe ordered over lathicharge, Farmers call off stir at Karnal STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 11 SEPTEMBER Haryana farmers' leaders on Saturday called off their indefinite protest at Karnal mini secretariat after the state government accepted their key demands including probe against former Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha and government jobs for kin of a farmer who died of heart attack after getting injured in the police lathicharge on 28 August. Addressing a joint Press conference with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Haryana leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, additional chief secretary (ACS) Devender Singh said the government would hold an inquiry into the lathicharge by a retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge. Former SDM Ayush Sinha, who was seen in a video asking policemen to "smash the heads" of protesters breaking down police barricades on 28 August, will remain on leave till the inquiry is complete in a month. The ACS said the administration has been holding talks with the agitators in amiable atmosphere continuously for the last four days, as a result of which a mutual agreement has been reached between the two sides today. He also made it clear that farmers are like family and this agreement has been met in a very respectful manner. ‘Daily +ve cases continue to decline’ ‘Pilot’s non-adherence to SOP probable cause for Kozhikode crash’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER India reported 33,376 new daily Covid cases and 308 fatalities in the last 24 hours, continuing a declining trend for the past three days, pushing the overall tally to 3,32,08,330 and 4,42,317, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's latest data on Saturday. This is 4.6 percent lower than the daily case count of 34,973, recorded yesterday. However, there are 3,91,516 active cases in the country at present, which is 870 more than what was reported the previous day. India added 308 more deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total toll to 4,42,317. Meanwhile a total of 32,198 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing India's total recoveries to 3,23,74,497. India's recovery rate now stands at 97.49 per cent. The weekly positivity rate in the country is 2.26 per cent. The daily positivity rate is 2.10 percent currently. Kerala with 25,010 cases continues to register the most number of cases among the five states with Tamil Nadu at 1,631 cases, Andhra Pradesh with 1,608 cases, Karnataka with 967 cases and Bengal with 753 cases. According to the data, currently there are 3,91,516 active cases which constitutes 1.8 per cent of the total infections. Bengalregistered 752 fresh cases and 14 deaths. Kolkata recorded 119 cases and no PRESS TRUST OF INDIA According to the AAIB report, the investigation team is of the opinion that the role of systemic failures as a contributory factor cannot be overlooked in this accident. NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER 3,32,08,330 3,91,516 33,376 32,198 4,42,317 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 127 cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. The pilot's non-adherence to the standard operating procedure is the probable cause of the Air India Express plane crash at the Kozhikode airport last year but the role of the systemic failures as a contributory factor cannot be overlooked in the accident, according to the AAIB probe report. The crash, involving a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, killed 21 people, including the two pilots, and injured several others. While trying to land at the airport amid rain, the aircraft overshot the runway and later broke into pieces. There were 190 people onboard when the crash happened on August 7, 2020. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) released the report on Saturday. The report, released a little over a year after the deadly crash of the Air India Express plane, said the "probable cause of the accident was the non adherence to SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) by the PF (Pilot Flying)". The PF continued an unstabilised approach and landed beyond the touchdown zone, "half way down the runway, in spite of 'Go Around' call by PM which warranted a mandatory 'Go Around' and the failure of the PM to take over controls and execute a 'Go Around'", it noted. According to the report, the investigation team is of the opinion that the role of systemic failures as a contributory factor cannot be overlooked in this accident. “A large number of similar accidents/ incidents that have continued to take place, more so in AIXL, reinforce existing systemic failures within the aviation sector. “These usually occur due to prevailing safety culture that give rise to errors, mistakes and violation of routine tasks performed by people operating within the system. Hence, the contributory factors enumerated below include both the immediate causes and the deeper or systemic causes,” it added. On Thursday, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scinida said the report would be made public in the next couple of days. “Whatever steps that have been advocated on the basis of that report, those steps will be and has to be executed. “... within the ministry, we will be also putting together a group of people that will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the steps that have been recommended in the report are put in place at the airport," he said. Last month, minister of state for civil aviation V K Singh told the Lok Sabha that final compensation offers have been made to all the next of kin of the deceased passengers, but none of the "next of kin has sent their acceptance as of date”. “Final compensation offers have been made to all the 165 injured passengers, out of which 73 passengers accepted the offer and have been paid a total amount of Rs 60.35 crore as the final settlement as of date," he had said.
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