SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 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 ESSENTIAL TO WORK WITH TALIBAN: PUTIN NUCLEAR ARMS RACE P6 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Possibility of very light rain/drizzle. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. Max: 95% P4 2 crore jabs given on Modi’s 71st birthday SNS & PTI Min: 69% NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 32.0°C (-3) SUN RISES 06:08 hrs MOON RISES 17:08 hrs P11 As ‘gift’ to the PM, India sets record by administering 2,03,68,343 doses RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 23.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:22 hrs MOON SETS 04:14 hrs I THUMBNAILS A portion of an under-construction flyover fell in Mumbai on Friday, leaving 14 injured. IANS NIA secures conviction of 27 persons: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Government's counter-terrorism organization, on Friday said it had investigated 37 cases of terror attacks, conspiracy and funding which have been inspired by the Islamic State ideology. Chargesheets have been filed in 31 cases, and 27 accused have been convicted after trial. ndia set a record on Friday by administering over two crore Covid-19 vaccine doses, in a major push to the inoculation drive on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. The cumulative doses administered in the country reached 2,03,68,343 at 5.27 pm, according to data on the Co-WIN portal. The total number of doses administered in the country has crossed 78.72 crore. “A gift to the prime minister on behalf of health workers and people of the country. On the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, India has crossed the historic figure of The total number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 78.72 crore. The daily vaccinations crossed the one-crore mark for the fourth time in less than a month. administering 2 crore vaccine doses in a day, setting a new record. Well done India!” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted in Hindi. The daily vaccinations crossed the one-crore mark for the fourth time in less than a month. Mandaviya said this is the fastest pace at which one crore doses have been administered. “On PM @Narendra Modi Ji’s birthday, till 1:30 pm, the country has crossed the mark of 1 crore vaccines, the fastest so far, and we are continuously moving for- MANCUNIANS LEAVING IT TO RONALDO CHHATTISGARH GOVT FACING CRISIS OVER LEADERSHIP ward. I believe that today we will all make a new record of vaccination and give it as a gift to the prime minister,” he said in a tweet in Hindi earlier along with the hashtags “VaccineSeva” and “HappyBdayModiji”. The daily Covid-19 vaccination in the country was over 1 crore on 6 September, 31 August and 27 August. Mandaviya on Thursday had called for a major push to the Covid-19 vaccination drive during Prime Minister Modi’s birthday on Friday, saying it would be the perfect gift for him. 3,33,81,728 3,39,056 34,403 37,950 4,44,248 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021 Delhi cases: Delhi recorded one more Covid-19 death and 33 fresh cases on Friday with positivity rate 0.04 per cent, according to the Delhi government's latest health bul(SEE P2) letin. ANOTHER MILESTONE Radicalisation the root cause of trust deficit: Modi at SCO meet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER Against the backdrop of the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) countries to develop a strong network in the region between moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and traditions associated with Islam. In a veiled criticism of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), he said any connectivity initiative should not be a one-way street. Addressing virtually the SCO Summit being held in Dushanbe, he said the biggest challenges facing the regional grouping on its 20th anniversary were related to peace, security and trustdeficit and the root cause of these problems was increasing radicalisation. “Recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge more apparent. SCO should take an initiative on this issue,” he said in his six-minute address. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SC allows Kerala to hold offline Class XI exams Earlier we had intervened because there was the possibility of the third wave in September. Now as per reports that is not going to happen immediately, SUPREME COURT STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea challenging the Kerala government’s decision to hold physical exam for Class 11, saying “third wave is not in offing immediately,” and all measures related to the Covid protocol are being taken. “We hope and trust that all precautions and necessary steps will be taken by authorities and there will be no risk to children,” a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar said. “Earlier we had intervened because there was the possibility of the third wave in September. Now as per reports that is not going to happen immediately,” it noted. “We are convinced by the explanation offered by the state and trust authorities will take all precautions and necessary steps so that no untoward situation is faced by students.” On 3 September, the apex court stayed the state government decision, three days before the exams were scheduled to begin, observing that “cases in Kerala are about 70 per cent cases of the country and children of this age cannot be exposed to this risk”. Kerala logged 23,260 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the total affected in the state to 44,69,488, while 131 fatalities took the toll to 23,296. The change in power in Afghanistan was not inclusive and took place without negotiations and that it was essential for the global community to take a united stand on whether the new dispensation in Kabul should be accorded recognition. We must ensure that Afghanistan’s territory is not used for exporting terrorism to other countries PM MODI The current members of SCO are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia have observer status with SCO, while its dialogue partners include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Noting that Central Asia has been a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values and traditions like Sufism have flourished in the region over the centuries, Modi said, “We can still see their influence in the cultural heritage of this region. On the basis of this historical heritage of Central Asia, SCO should develop a common template to fight radicalisation and extremism.” The Prime Minister regretted that the vast economic potential of the region has remained untapped due to radicalisation and insecurity, be it mineral wealth or intra-SCO trade. “The role of Central Asia in history has been that of a connectivity bridge between major regional markets. This was also the basis of the prosperity of this region. India is committed to increasing its connectivity with Central Asia.” Modi said the land-locked Central Asian countries could benefit by connecting with India’s vast market. “Unfortunately, many connectivity options are not open to them today due to lack of mutual trust. Our investment in Iran’s Chabahar port and our efforts towards the International North-South Corridor are driven by this reality,” he added. ‘Don’t view ties through lens of third country’ World Bank cancels business report: The World Bank is cancelling a prominent report on business conditions around the world after investigators found staff members were pressured by the bank's leaders to alter data about China and some other governments. The bank said Thursday it would discontinue “Doing Business” following an investigation prompted by internal reports of “data irregularities” in its 2018 and 2020 editions. (P8) Golwalkar, Savarkar axed from MA syllabus: After a controversy, Kerala's Kannur University has decided not to teach the works of M S Golwalkar and V D Savarkar, which were included in the syllabus of the post-graduate course. VC Gopinath Raveendran said that the controversial portions in the syllabus for MA Governance and Political Science course will not be taught. P12 NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER Health worker inoculates a Covid-19 vaccine dose to a beneficiary during a mega-vaccination drive to mark PM Modi’s 71st birthday, in Ahmedabad on Friday. PHOTO FROM TWITTER 5 pc GST levied on food delivery apps PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 17 SEPTEMBER The all-powerful GST Council on Friday decided to charge food delivery platforms such as Swiggy and Zomato a tax even as it extended concessional tax rates on certain Covid-19 drugs by three months till 31 December. The Council, which comprises the Union finance minister and her state counterparts, decided to continue keeping petrol and diesel out of the GST purview as subsuming the current excise duty and VAT into one national rate would impact revenues. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Council at a meeting here, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said GST has COUNCIL MEET Extension of concessional tax rates on certain Covid drugs till 31 December Petrol and diesel out of the GST purview been exempted on muscular atrophy drugs like Zolgensma and Viltepso, which cost crores of rupees. It extended the period of concessional GST rates on certain Covid-related drugs by three months till 31 December 31 but decided not to give the same benefit to medical equipment. The concessional regime for certain medical equipment will end on 30 September. Sitharaman said 5 per cent GST will be levied at the point where the delivery is made by Swiggy and Zomato. Also, the Council cut GST rate from 12 per cent to 5 per cent on cancer-related rugs and on fortified rice kernels to 5 per cent from 18 per cent. GST rate on bio-diesel for blending in diesel was reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent, while the national permit fee for goods carriage has been exempt from GST. Import of leased aircraft have also been exempted from payment of I-GST, the finance minister said. “GST Council felt it was not the right time to include petroleum products in GST,” she said. The panel decided to levy 18 per cent GST on all sorts of pens. Specified renewable sector devices will be charged 12 per cent tax. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asked China not to view its relations with India through the lens of a third country while underlining that progress in disengagement of troops of the two countries in Eastern Ladakh was essential for peace and tranquility in the border areas. Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last night on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. In a series of tweets later, NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER Badminton rackets used by the Paralympic gold medallist, the javelin which brought India its first gold in the Olympics and gloves worn by the bronze medal winning athlete are among Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mementos which are drawing the highest bids currently on the Culture Ministry website which is e-auctioning them. The highest quoted bids for the badminton racquets of Krishna Nagar, the badminton gold medallist and that of Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, who won the gold and silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games respectively have gone up to Rs 10 crore. The base price of Nagar’s HIGHEST BIDS CRORE CRORE CRORE CRORE Badminton racquets of Krishna Nagar, the badminton gold medallist and that of Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, who won the silver at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games The sabre used by CA Bhavani Devi in fencing at the Olympics The boxing gloves worn by boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics The javelin which gave India its first gold in the 2020 Olympics racket is Rs 80 lakh while that of Yathiraj is set at Rs 50 lakh. The sabre used by CA Bhavani Devi in fencing at the Olympics 2020 also received a highest bid of Rs 10 crore while its base price is Rs 60 lakh. Devi is the first Indian fencer to ever qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The boxing gloves worn by boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who the minister said he had also exchanged with Wang views on global developments while making it clear to him that India did not subscribe to any clash of civilisations theory. “It is also essential that China does not view its relations with India through the lens of a third country,” he told the Chinese minister. On the military stand-off at Eastern Ladakh, he told Wang that peace and tranquility at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was the basis for development of bilateral ties. As for Asian solidarity, it was for China and India to set an example. Jaishankar also had a meeting this morning with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He also exchanged courtesies and perspectives with new President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi before the start of the SCO Summit apart from meetings with his counterparts from some other SCO countries. SC collegium recommends eight names for appointment as chief justices in HCs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court collegium headed by CJI N V Ramana is learnt to have recommended eight names of judges, including acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal, for their elevation as chief justices of different high courts. Besides, the marathon collegium meetings on Thursday and Friday have led to recommendations of transfer of five chief justices, including that of Tripura High Court Chief Justice Akil Kureshi, and 28 other high courts judges, reliable sources said. Justice Bindal of Calcutta The three-member collegium has recommended names of judges for elevation as chief justices of the high courts of Allahabad, Calcutta, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Meghalaya, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Justice Prakash Srivastava’s name has been proposed for appointment as chief justice of Calcutta High Court, whose current acting chief justice, Justice Rajesh Bindal, has been recommended for appointment as chief justice of Allahabad High Court. High Court has been in news recently due to his administrative and judicial decisions in matters related to political stand-off between the BJP and the TMC in West Bengal. Justice Kureshi, one of the senior-most high court judges in the country, was originally elevated as a judge in the Gujarat High Court and has been Sports gear of Tokyo Olympians lead e-auction of PM’s gifts PRESS TRUST OF INDIA External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also underlined to his Chinese counterpart that progress in disengagement of troops of the two countries in Eastern Ladakh was essential for peace and tranquility in the border areas won a bronze in the welterweight (64-69kg) classification semi-final for women at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the third Indian boxer to win at Tokyo Olympics has received a bid of Rs 1.80 crore. The base price for the gloves is Rs 80 lakh. The highest bids for the javelin which gave India its first gold in the 2020 Olympics is over Rs 1.20 crore while its base price is Rs 1 crore. The sharp-shooting glasses worn by Manish Narwal, who bagged a gold medal in the mixed 50m pistol SH1 final at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games has so far received its highest bid of Rs 95.94 lakh. The shooting glasses were presented by him to the prime minister. The proceeds from the e- auction will go to the Namami Gange Mission aimed at conserving and rejuvenating the Ganga River. The memorabilia also a replica of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Chardham, sculptures and paintings among others. The wooden model of the Mandir placed inside a glass box has received the highest quoted of Rs 3 lakh so far. Another interesting memento which has grabbed eyeballs is the replica of the Rudraksha Convention Centre in Varanasi which has got the highest bid of Rs 40 lakh. Individuals and organisations can participate through the website pmmementos.gov.in between 17 September and 7 October. in news due to his non-elevation as a judge of the apex court. The sources said the three-member collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, has decided to recommend names of judges for elevation as chief justices of the high courts of Allahabad, Calcutta, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Meghalaya, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The collegium, also including Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar, has recommended the transfer of Justice Bindal as the chief justice of Allahabad High Court. The collegium also recommended that Justice Kureshi be transferred to Rajasthan High Court. The 25 high courts of the country have a combined sanctioned strength of 1,080 judges and on 1 May, 2021, the high courts were functioning with 420 judges only. The series of recommendations have been made close on the heels of a historic decision to recommend 68 names in one go for judgeship in 12 high courts across India. Telangana HC orders judicial probe into rape accused’s death STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, 17 SEPTEMBER Telangana High Court today ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of the Pallakonda Raju, the main accused in the rape and murder of a six year old girl. The bench directed the third metropolitan magistrate of Warangal to conduct the inquiry and submit the report in sealed cover to the court within four weeks. Although the police had yesterday declared it to be a “clear case of suicide”, a PIL was filed by State Civil Liberties Committee chief G Laxman due to apprehension that he was killed in custody which was being passed off as suicide. The advocate general argued it was a clear case of suicide with police recording the statements of eyewitnesses. The autopsy of his body conducted last evening was also videographed. The court then directed the video recording should be handed over to Warangal district judge. Raju had jumped in front of a running train at Ghanpur station of Jangaon and was identified by his tattoo marks as his face was disfigured. The incident took place two days after Telangana minister Ch Malla Reddy said on 14 September that the accused in the case would be caught and that there should be an “encounter” against him.
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