MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 P5 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. Min: 71% Min: 23.4°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:28 hrs MOON SETS 23:06 hrs THUMBNAILS Emma Raducanu (18) of Britain, holds up the US Open championship trophy after defeating Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, during the women's singles final of the US Open tennis champi(P12) onships on Saturday in New York. AP Srinagar shooting: A police officer was shot dead from point-blank range by a militant in Khanyar locality of Srinagar on Sunday, evoking strong reactions from various quarters, even as Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh said the perpetrators have been identified and will be brought to justice soon. Separately, a gunfight broke during a search operation launched by security forces in the upper reaches of the Union territory’s Rajouri (P3) district. Row over UP govt ad: The Trinamul Congress on Sunday ridiculed the Uttar Pradesh government for the use of a purported image of a Kolkata flyover in a full-page advertisement showcasing the achievements of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while giving it a backhanded compliment for acknowledging the "great work" done by Mamata Banerjee, his (P5) West Bengal counterpart. PSG DEBUTS DONNARUMMA P10 P12 A Patel returns 28,591 new Covid cases; 6 states, to Guj CM’s office UTs complete 1st dose coverage ahead of polls NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 33.4°C (0) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 13:39 hrs P4 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RAINFALL: 041.1 Mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 100% POPE TO HUNGARY: OPEN YOUR ARMS TO EVERYONE MOILY SAYS SOME LEADERS MISUSED G-23 ‘TALIBAN GOVT UNLIKELY TO SURVIVE’ Surprise pick Bhupendra Patel to replace Vijay Rupani RATHIN DAS GANDHINAGAR, 12 SEPTEMBER DARK HORSE T he BJP leadership on Sunday sprang a surprise by naming first time legislator Bhupendra Patel as its next chief minister in Gujarat. With his elevation to the high office, the chief minister’s post in Gujarat returns to a Patel after a gap of five years since Anandiben Patel was shifted out in 2016. The 55-year-old Bhupendra Patel is a civil engineer by training and represents the Ghatlodia assembly constituency in northwest Ahmedabad, a seat earlier represented by former chief minister Anandiben Patel who is now Governor in Uttar Pradesh. Bhupendra Patel, whose name was not even among the list of ‘probables’ for the chief minister’s post vacated by Vijay Rupani more than a year before his term was to end, emerged as the winner due to the BJP’s ‘realpolitik’ compulsion of putting forward a Patel face ahead of next year’s assembly elections. Wooing the Patels has become a compulsion for the ruling BJP ever since the socially and financially influential community got annoyed with the party over the police excess on youths demanding reservations in jobs and higher educational institutions. The Ghatlodia constituency which Bhupendra Patel won in 2017 with a margin of over one lakh votes had Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA, had contested his maiden Assembly election from Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad in 2017 and won it by a margin of over 1.17 lakh votes, which was a record during that election. Patel, whose name was not even among those considered probables for the chief minister’s post, emerged the winner due to the BJP’s compulsion of putting forward a Patel face ahead of next year’s Assembly elections. witnessed violent clashes between Patels and police during the quota agitation by the community’s youths. His name was reportedly proposed by outgoing chief ministerVijay Rupani at this afternoon’s meeting at the state BJP headquarters. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who has been named as the party’s observer for the succession process, announced the name of Bhupendra Patel soon after the meeting which was attended by most of the party’s 112 legislators who could hurriedly reach the state Capital. Soon after the meeting, Patel, accompanied by senior BJP leaders, met Governor Acharya Devvrat at the Raj Bhavan. Patel presented a letter to form the government, which was accept- ed by the governor, the sources said. He is expected to administered the oath of office on Monday. Though the BJP had won only 99 of the total182 seats in the assembly elections held in December 2017 the party’s strength has now risen to 112 following defections and resignations of Congress MLAs who have been re-elected on the saffron party’s ticket. The other front-runners for the chief ministerial post lost out mainly due to the need for a by-election in case a non-MLA assumes office. Bhupendra Patel being a legislator, there is no need for the BJP to take the risk of a by-election amidst an anti-incumbency wave generated during the Covid-19 pandemic, price rise and job losses. India recorded 28,591 new Covid-19 cases, along with 338 deaths, during the past 24 hours while coronavirus vaccination coverage surpassed 74 crore on Sunday, with six states and Union territories having completed adminstration of at least the first dose of the vaccine to their entire adult population. According to a Union health ministry, statement, all adult people in Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Ladakh and Lakshadweep have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine. Around 50,25,159 vaccine doses have been administered till 8 p.m. country-wide on Sunday, taking the total figure of doses adminis- COVID DEATH CERTIFICATE RULES OUT The govt has informed the SC that the Health Ministry and the ICMR have come out with guidelines for issuing an "official document" for Covid-related deaths. Only those Covid-19 cases will be considered which have been diagnosed through RT-PCR test, molecular test, rapid-antigen test or clinically determined through investigations at a hospital or in-patient facility by a treating physician. Deaths occurring due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and accident, among others, will not be considered as Covid-19 deaths even if the infection is an accompanying condition. tered to over 74 crore. The total number of Covid cases in India crossed 3,32,32,168, out of which 3,24,09,345 have recovered. Presently the active caseload stands at 3, 84, 921 cases. According to a chart put out by the Union health ministry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu administered 6.26 lakh doses, Goa 11.83 lakh doses, Himachal Pradesh 55.74 lakh doses, Ladakh 1.97 lakh doses, Lakshadweep 53,499 doses, and Sikkim 5.10 lakh doses to cover their entire eligible population with the first dose of the vaccine. Delhi: No death due to Covid-19 was recorded in 3,32,36,921 3,84,921 28,591 34,848 4,42,655 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 Delhi on Sunday, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. (SEE P2) NEW LOOK A view of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib during the inauguration of the redeveloped Chandni Chowk market. The 1.3-km stretch between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri Masjid crossing has been improved and beautified. SUBRATA DUTTA Govt appoints 31 members in NCLT, ITAT SC to hear pleas seeking independent India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details this month KEY MILESTONE probe into Pegasus row today NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA (P2) PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER The government has appointed 31 people as judicial, technical and accountant members at the NCLT and the ITAT, amid the Supreme Court flagging concerns about vacancies at various tribunals. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) deals with matters mainly related to companies law and insolvency law while Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) deals with income tax matters. The appointments come at a time when the SC had said the Centre was "emasculating" tribunals by not appointing officials to the quasi-judicial bodies that are facing staff crunch. Details on Page 4 The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged snooping on certain people in India involving Israeli spyware Pegasus. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had on September 7 had granted more time to the Centre to decide on filing a further response on the petitions after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that due to some difficulties he could not meet the officials concerned to take a decision on the filing of the second affidavit. The Centre had earlier filed a limited affidavit in the apex court saying the pleas seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations are based on "conjectures and surmises or on other unsubstantiated media reports or incomplete or uncorroborated material". On August 17, the top court had issued notice to the Centre on the pleas, making it clear that it did not want the government to disclose anything which compromises national security. In its short affidavit filed in the court earlier, the Centre had said the position on the issue has already been clarified in Parliament by Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. With a view of dispelling any wrong narrative spread by certain vested interests and examining the issues raised, the government will constitute a committee of experts, it had said. The top court, while issuing notice on the pleas, had said that it did not want the government to disclose anything related to the national security and had asked the Centre what is the "problem" if the competent authority files an affidavit before it on the issue. "Our considered response is what we have respectfully stated in our last affidavit. Kindly examine the issue from our point of view as our affidavit is sufficient," the law officer had told the bench. India will get this month the third set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals under an automatic exchange of information pact with Switzerland and this will include for the first time the data about real estate properties owned by Indians there, officials said on Sunday. Marking a key milestone in the Indian government's fight against black money allegedly stashed abroad, India will get this month the complete information on flats, apartments and condominiums owned by Indians in Switzerland as also on earnings made from such properties to help it look into tax liabilities associated with those assets. While it would be the third time that India will get details about bank accounts and other financial assets held by Indians in Switzerland, it will be the first time that the information being shared with India would include information about real estate assets. India will get the complete information on flats, apartments and condominiums owned by Indians in Switzerland as also on earnings made from such properties to help it look into tax liabilities associated with those assets. While it would be the third time that India will get details about bank accounts and other financial assets held by Indians in Switzerland, it will be the first time that the information being shared with India would include information about the real estate assets. While the Swiss government has agreed to share details of real estate assets, the information about contributions to non-profit organisations and other such foundations, as also details on investments in digital currencies still remain out of bounds from the automatic exchange of information framework, officials said. Experts and those engaged in the business of attracting investments to Switzerland said the move would help clear misconceptions about all fund inflows into Swiss assets being illicit and would go a long way in establishing Switzerland as a preferred investment destination, including for real estate properties. India had received the first set of details from Switzerland under AEOI (Automatic Exchange of Information) in September 2019. It was among 75 countries to get such information that year. In September 2020, India received the second set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals and entities, along with 85 other recipient countries with whom Switzerland's Federal Tax Administration (FTA) exchanged information on financial accounts within the framework of global standards on AEOI last year. Mooted after 26/11, NATGRID to finally see Forces to have training module on Taliban light of day soon with PM Modi’s launch PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon expected to launch the National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID that aims to provide "cutting-edge technology to enhance India's counter-terror capabilities", official sources said. They said the final "synchronisation and testing" of the ambitious electronic database, which was mooted after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, is being carried out so that it can go live. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had recently indicated that NATGRID, conceptualised as a seamless and secure database for information on terrorists, economic crimes and similar PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The final synchronisation and testing of the ambitious electronic database, which was mooted after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, is being carried out so that it can go live incidents, may finally see the light of day. “Had corona (Covid-19) not been there, the Prime Minister would have dedicated NATGRID to the country. I am hopeful that the Prime Minister will dedicate NATGRID to the country in some time," Shah said during the 51st Foundation Day event of the Bureau of Police Research and Development here last week. The NATGRID has been envisaged as a robust mechanism to track suspects and prevent terrorist attacks with realtime data and access to classified information like immigration, banking, individual taxpayers, air and train travels. The 26/11 terrorist seige in Mumbai back in 2008 exposed the deficiency that security agencies had no mechanism to look for vital information on a real-time basis. According to the first phase plan, 10 user agencies and 21 service providers will be connected with the NATGRID while in later phases about 950 additional organisations will be brought on board. In the fol- lowing years, more than 1,000 organisations will be further integrated into the NATGRID. These data sources include records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and financial transactions and telecommunications. Federal agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Central Board of Direct Taxes (for Income Tax Department), Cabinet Secretariat, Intelligence Bureau, Directorate General of GST Intelligence, Narcotics Control Bureau, Financial Intelligence Unit and the National Investigation Agency are authorised to access the NATGRID database. Lack of quick information to intelligence and enforcement agencies was considered to be one of the major hurdles in detecting US terror suspect David Headley's movement across the country during his multiple visits between 2006 and 2009. Headley had provided key information and videos of terror targets to Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-eTaiba that carried out the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including foreigners. The Cabinet Committee on Security had given approval to the Rs 3,400 crore NATGRID project back in 2010 but its work slowed down after 2012. Later, Modi, who came to power for the first time in 2014, later gave directions for its revival. NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER Border forces and armed police units deployed in the counter-terrorism grid have been directed by the central security establishment to prepare and administer a new training module on the Taliban and its modus operandi to troops in view of the emerging scenario following the Islamic militia taking over Afghanistan. With the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last month expected to have a serious bearing on the security situation in India, the ground forces and their intelligence setup have been asked to update both their strategy, tactics and combat syllabus on the new “geo-political situation in central and The directive also envisages a scenario where cross-border infiltration increases, including that by foreign terrorist fighters south Asia and its grave security implication on India's borders and the hinterland." The directive issued by the security establishment a few days back also envisages a scenario where infiltration from across the border from Pakistan on India's west and ille- gal entry of terrorist operatives from open fronts in the east may increase including that by foreign terrorist fighters. A senior officer told PTI that the existing training module of border forces like the BSF and SSB, state police units and those involved in counterterrorist duties like the CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have an existing title "changing dynamics of border management". “This included information on the Taliban as well but it was not updated," the officer said. A full-fledged training, intelligence and combat module on the Taliban, its leadership and their modus operandi is being prepared apart from specific case studies that have taken place in that country and the region, he said.
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