WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 15 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 ZOMATO CO-FOUNDER GAURAV QUITS PUTIN TO SELF-ISOLATE DUE TO COVID CASES AMONG INNER CIRCLE P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Light to moderate rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. Max: 98% P3 Modi to attend Quad meet in US on 24 Sept ASHOK TUTEJA Min: 68% NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 35.4°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:07 hrs MOON RISES 14:41 hrs P8 PM will travel to New York to attend UN General Assembly on 25 Sept RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 24.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:26 hrs MOON SETS 01:03 hrs P THUMBNAILS Afghanistan refugees demonstrate against Taliban and Pakistan, holding placards near Chanakyapuri police station, in the Capital on SUBRATA DUTTA Tuesday. I&B fact check account: In a bid to counter fake news, the I&B ministry on Tuesday launched an account on social media platform Telegram. The account was launched as 'PIB Fact Check'. 'Sansad TV': Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will jointly launch “Sansad TV” at a function tomorrow. The programme will be primarily in four categories. rime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US next week, his first foreign trip in nearly six months and his second after the pandemic hit, to participate in the first in-person Quad summit in Washington on 24 September and address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York the next day. The Quad Summit, hosted by the US President Joe Biden, will also be attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. “The leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12 March 2021 and discuss regional issues of shared interest,” the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said while announcing the trip. It said that as part of their ongoing efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the leaders will review the ”Quad Vaccine” initiative which was announced in March. They will also excha- MODI-BIDEN BILATERAL TALKS EXPECTED B The Afghanistan situation after Taliban’s takeover will be deliberated extensively at the summit The Quad leaders are expected to discuss on expanding cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the face of rising Chinese military muscleflexing in the region MEA said the leaders will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance and education. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be participating, along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and President Joseph R Biden of USA, in the Leaders' Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC, USA, on 24 September MEA STATEMENT nge views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, climate change and education. The summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, the MEA added. Since the summit is being held closely on the heels of the withdrawal by American troops from Afghanistan and Taliban’s takeover, the OPEN SESAME AFTER THE BIG VICTORY MY REMARKS ON FARMERS WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT: CAPT developments are bound to figure prominently at the meeting. India is likely to draw the summit leaders’ attention towards Afghanistan’s abject poverty. China’s aggressive posturing on maritime issues may also figure during the summit. Meanwhile, the US administration said President Biden was looking forward to welcoming the PMs of India, Japan and Australia at the White House for the summit. Hosting the Quad leaders demonstrated the Biden administration’s priority to engage the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century, it added. Modi is expected to hold extensive bilateral talks with Biden on the margins of the summit. He will also hold bilateral meetings with his Australian and Japanese counterparts. Modi is scheduled to address the general debate of the 76th session of the UNGA on 25 September where the theme for this year’s General Debate is “Building Resilience through hope to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations”. P12 Farmers stir: NHRC notices to 4 govts over its ‘adverse impact’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER The NHRC has sent notices to governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajastan and their police chiefs over allegations that the ongoing farmers protests have “adversely impacted” industrial units and transportation, and Covid safety norms have been grossly violated. In a statement released on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that notices have been issued to the chief secretaries of UP Haryana, Rajas, than and Delhi, and DGPs of the three states and Delhi police commissioner, asking them to submit their respective action taken reports. The panel, sources said, has also asked the National Disaster Management Authority, Union home and health ministries to submit reports over “adverse impact of farmers agitation on various aspects and observance of Covid protocols at the protests sites”. “The NHRC has received several complaints regarding the ongoing farmers protest. There are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously effecting more than 9,000 micro, medium and large companies,” it said. Allegedly, commutation and transportation is heavily impacted, causing hardships to the commuters, patients, persons with disability and senior citizens. They are forced to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads occupied by the agitating farmers, the rights panel said. Besides allegations of violating Covid-19 protocols at protest sites, the inhabitants are being barred from moving out of their houses due to the blockade of the passage, it added. There are reports that people have to cover longer distances due to the agitation as barricades have been placed on the state borders, it added. Since the agitation involves the issue of human rights, whereas the right to agitate in a peaceful manner is also to be respected, the commission needs to take care of various human rights issues, the statement said. The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) will submit a comprehensive report by 10 October examining the adverse impact of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities and production, and disruption of transport services on com- Won’t revisit decision on grant SC junks plea seeking ex-gratia of SC, ST quota in promotion: SC for kin of deceased lawyers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would not reopen its decision on granting reservation in promotions to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) as it was for the states to decide how they implement it. Taking up various pleas pertaining to alleged hurdles in granting reservation in promotions to SCs and STs in various states, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao directed the Advocate on Records of state governments to identify issues peculiar to them and submit those within two weeks. “We are making it very clear that we are not going to reopen Nagraj or Jarnail Singh (cases) because the idea was only to decide these cases in accordance with the law laid down by the court,” said the bench, also comprising Jus- We are making it very clear that we are not going to reopen Nagraj or Jarnail Singh (cases) because the idea was only to decide these cases in accordance with the law laid down by the court. SC BENCH tices Sanjiv Khannna and B R Gavai. The top court noted that in its earlier order, the state governments were directed to finalise the issues which are peculiar to them so that court can proceed in the matter. The issues framed by Attorney General K KVenugopal and the ones circulated by others are enhancing the scope of cases, it said. “We are not willing to do that. There are certain issues which are already decided in Nagraj that also we are not going to take up. We are very clear that we are not going to permit any arguments for reopening of cases or arguing that law laid down from Indira Sawhney is wrong because the very scope of these cases is to apply the law as laid down by this court.” the court said. Venugopal submitted before the apex court that nearly all these issues have been covered by judgements of the top court and he would give a background of all the cases on issue of reservation since the Indira Sawhney case. Responding to the submission, the bench said, “We are not here to advise the government what they should do. It’s not for us to tell the gov- India, UK to launch FTA talks in 2021 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER India and the United Kingdom have agreed on the way forward to launch later this year negotiations on a comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between them. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday held talks with Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liz Truss on the scope and ambition for the FTA. They discussed the findings from the consultation and agreed upon the steps to get ready to launch negotiations later this year-including the start of a series of trade working groups from September. “These discussions between the two governments will help both sides better understand each other’s position on potential chapter areas in any trade deal including tariffs, standards, IP and data regulation,” a press statement here said. TWO MINISTERS DISCUSS ETP Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday held talks with Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liz Truss on the scope and ambition for the FTA. They discussed the findings from the consultation and agreed upon the steps to get ready to launch negotiations later this year India & UK are strengthening trade ties by moving towards an early harvest deal, followed by a comprehensive FTA PIYUSH GOYAL UNION COMMERCE & INDUSTRY MINISTER “Held a productive discussion with Secretary of State for International Trade, UK Rt Hon. @TrussLiz, on enhancing the India-UK trade partnership. India & UK are strengthening trade ties by moving towards an early harvest deal, followed by a comprehensive FTA,” Goyal tweeted. The two ministers also discussed the newly established Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP), and confirmed their commitment to timely implementation of the market access package. The British minister reaffirmed her ambition to nego- tiate a trade agreement that delivers results for the British people and businesses including those in digital and data, tech and food and drink. Both ministers agreed that continuing to engage with the business community was vital throughout the negotiations. Findings from the British Department for International Trade’s consultation will be published before the start of negotiations as part of a wider package outlining a strategic rationale for the FTA, including London’s negotiating objectives and economic analysis of a potential deal. ernment how to implement policy. States have to decide what to do subject to judicial review.” Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said he does not want to get into the question of representation as Indira Sawhney judgment is clear that it’s not proportionate representation. The A-G said the problem of Union of India is that there are three interim HC orders of which two say that promotions can continue to be made, while one HC has issued status quo orders on promotions. “The Government of India has 1,400 posts (secretariat level) stagnating where no promotions could be made on a regular basis because all three orders dealt with regular promotions. The issue is whether the promotions for regular appointments can be continued to be made, and whether it affects the reserved seats,” Venugopal said. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking directions to the Centre and others to pay Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia to kin of advocates - aged 60 or less-who died due to Covid or other reasons even as it said lawyers’ life cannot be said to be “more precious” than others. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud observed that it cannot encourage filing of “bogus” public interest litigation by lawyers. The PIL, the apex court said, did not raise even a single relevant ground. The bench, also comprising Justices Vikram Nath and B V Nagarathna, said, “This is a PIL and just because you are in black coat does not mean your life is more precious than others,” adding, “You know there are a lot of people who died. Lawyers can't be an exception here, Mr Yadav”. The bench dismissed the petition with a cost of Rs 10,000 payable to the Supreme Court Bar Association within a week. Niti Aayog expects WHO nod for Covaxin by end-Sept: Covaxin is likely to get WHO approval before the end of September, Dr VK Paul, member Niti Aayog and chairman of the National Expert Committee on vaccine administration, said today. India registers 25,404 new cases: India registered 25,404 new infections taking the total caseload to 3,32,89,579 while active cases dropped to 3,62,207 in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry data showed. The country’s total toll climbed to 4,43,213 with 339 fresh fatalities. Total recoveries surged to 3,24,84,159. Delhi cases: The national capital identified 38 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday out of 70,308 tests conducted across Delhi. It was a day of zero 3,62,207 25,404 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 37,127 4,43,213 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 death again and the positivity rate was 0.05 per cent, according to the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government's health department. Farmers face crisis as ‘untimely’ rains wreak havoc on Rabi crop KOLKATA, 14 SEPTEMBER VIJAY THAKUR The TMC on Tuesday named Sushmita Dev, who recently joined the party after quitting the Congress, as its candidate for bypoll to a Rajya Sabha seat. The seat in the state fell vacant after Manas Bhunia quit the upper house having won assembly elections from Sabang in West Midnpore. Bypoll to six Rajya Sabha seats, including the one in Bengal, will be held on October 4. “We are extremely pleased to nominate @SushmitaDevAITC to the Upper House of the Parliament. @MamataOfficial's vision to empower women and ensure their maximum participation in politics shall help our society to achieve much more!” the party tweetPTI ed. With heavy to very heavy downpour in most parts of the country, farmers are praying to the rain God to stop the ‘untimely and unwanted’ rains to save their Rabi crop. Situation is bad in Gujarat where rains this week were 400 per cent more than the normal, Odisha had 535 per cent more than the average, West Bengal 515 per cent more than normal, Kerala 475 per cent more than normal and central Maharashtra 255 per cent more. “The paddy crop has already flowered. It would fall due to water weight during the rains. Though presently it has not yet affected much in most parts, but we see heavy rains in the coming weeks again, the paddy crop will be ruined. So would happen to pulse crops as well which cannot sustain rains,” said Mohit Bhatti, a farmer from Dankaur area of Uttar Pradesh. The Agriculture Department, however, does not see it as a major crisis. “According to my assessment, these rains would not affect much,” said Assistant Director General ICAR (Commercial Crop) R K Singh. He declined to comment on what will happen if India sees similar rains in the coming weeks. “No point commenting on hypothetical questions,” he said. The assessment of crop loss would be done by the respective state governments, Centre lacks any system of crop assessment, he said. Most of the senior ICAR however admitted the situation could be worse for the standing crop if heavy rains continue. It will have a bad impact on guar (cluster bean), paddy, and pulses, said a senior offi- Shah: All regional languages must be promoted 3,32,89,579 TMC supremo nominates Sushmita for RS NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER mercial and normal consumers, including inconvenience and additional expenditure, the statement read. The NDMA, Union home and health ministries have been asked to submit reports with respect to the adverse impact of farmers agitation on various aspects and compliance of Covid protocols at the protests sites, it said. “In the case of alleged gangrape of a human rights activist at the protest site, no report was received from the DM, Jhajjar regarding the payment of compensation to the next of kin of the deceased. A fresh reminder was issued to the DM, Jhajjar, to file the report by 10 October,” the statement said. Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi has been requested to depute teams to conduct a survey and submit a report. Farmers from various states have been protesting against the three farm laws at Singhu Border and Tikri Border between Delhi and Haryana, and Ghazipur border separating Delhi and UP. cer of the agriculture ministry. But at the same time these rains could be good for the crops where sowing was late. “Actually, rains were less in August and June because of what we saw late sowing in some rain fed areas. The present rains could be a blessing for such crops,” he said. Though it is too early to say the extent of the impact it would have on the crop yields, there is already some pressure on the crop prices in Mandis, said sources in the marketing Mandis. However, the excess rains would have a positive effect on Kharif crops, particularly in the rain fed areas, the officer said. The flooding in Gujarat, Rajasthan, central Maharashtra would retain moisture for Kharif and “we could expect good wheat, pulses and oil seeds crop in Kharif”, the officer said. NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said Hindi is a friend of India’s regional languages and all of them should be promoted and encouraged. Addressing a function on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Shah also appealed to parents to communicate with their children at home in their mother tongue even if they study in English medium schools. Otherwise, the children will be cut off from their roots, he said. “Hindi has no difference with any regional language. Hindi is the ‘Sakhi’ (friend) of all Indian regional languages,” he said. Shah said all Indian regional languages complement and complete Hindi and all regional languages must be promoted and encouraged. Since 2014, more MPs are speaking in their own regional language in Parliament and they are being translated verbatim to English and Hindi, he said and added that this has helped people’s representatives to highlight the problems of their respective areas in the highest forum. Shah said people should not only be ‘Atma Nirbhar’ (self-reliant) in producing goods but also for languages. He cited PM Narendra Modi’s example of speaking only in Hindi at all international forums to convey his thoughts. “Hesitation over Hindi is a passe,” he said. Referring to the New Education Policy envisaged by Modi, Shah said it has provisions for promotion of regional and Hindi languages.
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