SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 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 ‘DISRUPTING PARL PROCEEDINGS IS CONTEMPT OF HOUSE’ KABUL DRONE STRIKE WAS A TRAGIC MISTAKE, ADMITS US MILITARY P11 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 90% CHANDIGARH, 18 SEPTEMBER C THUMBNAILS A special vaccination campaign at Sanjay Camp, Chanakyapuri, in New Delhi on Saturday. IANS I-T dept alleges Sonu Sood evaded `20 cr tax: T The CBDT on Saturday alleged that actor Sonu Sood and his associates evaded tax of Rs 20 crore and claimed that after the Income Tax Department raided him and a linked Lucknowbased group, it was found that he routed his "unaccounted income in the form of unsecured loans from many bogus entities". It accused Sood of violating the FCRA while raising donations from abroad. (P5) Airlines can operate 85 pc of pre-Covid flights: C Airlines can now operate a maximum of 85 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights instead of the 72.5 per cent allowed till date, the Ministry of Civil Aviation stated. The carriers have been operating 72.5 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights since 12 August. France recalls envoys protesting submarine deal: America's oldest ally, France, recalled its ambassador to the United States as well as its envoy to Australia on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger after Australia's surprise cancellation of a major submarine contract in favour of a US deal. (P10) STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 18 SEPTEMBER The BJP MP from Asansol, Mr Babul Supriyo, today joined the Trinamul Congress in the presence of the party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and party’s Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Derek O’Brien at Abhishek Banerjee’s Camac Street office. Mr Supriyo, a two-term MP had earlier declared he will , quit politics, before being persuaded by the BJP leadership to continue as a Lok Sabha member. Mr Supriyo told reporters that he will meet the Lok Sabha Speaker next week and tender his resignation as MP. Asked in what capacity, he is joining the TMC, Mr Supriyo said, “That will be decided by party chairperson Mamata Banerjee and party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee.” Political analysts feel that Babul Supriyo’s joining Trinamul Congress just before Bhawanipore Assembly by-poll will be a severe blow for BJP. They also noted that the TMC is aiming for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and in this context the induction of Mr Supriyo is a significant move. Mr Supriyo after joining TMC today said that he became disillusioned with the BJP’s policies and so he decided to leave politics. P12 P7 ‘Humiliated’ Captain resigns as Punjab CM RANJEET JAMWAL Min: 24.6°C (0) SUN SETS 18:21 hrs MOON SETS 05:14 hrs Blow for BJP as Babul Supriyo joins Trinamul ahead of bypoll P5 AN INTERRUPTED SHOW PRESSES RESET BUTTON Govt sets target of 100 crore jabs by first week of October 50 pc population in West Bengal received 1st dose CLP asks high command to choose new CM; Amarinder keeps options open Min: 73% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.4°C (0) SUN RISES 06:08 hrs MOON RISES 17:46 hrs A BRITISH HERO IS BORN. OH, REALLY? iting continued humiliation by the Congress leadership over the past two months, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh resigned from the post on Saturday before a Congress Legislator Party (CLP) meeting called by the Congress this evening under pressure from the ‘change seeking’ 40 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the party, including four ministers. Even as the CLP authorised the party high command to choose a new CM, Amarinder’s stance indicated the ruling party could face a rough ride ahead with the former Army man indicating his openness to explore and exercise his future (political) options when the time comes. Amarinder said he would decide his future political course of action in consultation with his supporters who have stood by him for over five decades. Interestingly, he didn’t rule out joining the BJP Even . saying politics is a fast moving game and options are never closed in it. “There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes. At the moment I am still in Congress,” he said after submitting his resignation. “I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. They called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened CLP here in AMARINDER QUITS CAPTAINCY I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. AMARINDER SINGH EX-CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB Amarinder’s exit mean the Congress could face a rough ride ahead with the former Armyman saying he would decide his future political course of action in consultation with his supporters who have stood by him for over five decades. Amarinder said he will not accept Navjot Singh Sidhu for the chief minister’s post as “he is a total disaster” and could not manage a single department (as minister in the Punjab government) Chandigarh today even as I had told party president about my resignation in the morning,” said Amarinder. “Apparently they (Congress high command) do not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job. But I felt humiliated at the manner in which they handled the whole affair,” he told reporters at the gate of Raj Bhavan after giving his resignation letter to the Governor. “Let them appoint who they trust,” he remarked, taking a dig at the party leadership. Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation, and that of his council of ministers, to the Governor at the Raj Bhavan shortly after 4.30 p.m, pre-empting what was widely being seen as a move to remove him from chief ministership through an emergency Congress Legislative Party meeting at 5 p.m. “I hereby tender my resignation as chief min- ister, and that of my Council of Ministers,” the oneline resignation letter said. On the new CM candidate, Amarinder said he will not accept Navjot Singh Sidhu for the post as “he is a total disaster” and could not manage a single department (as minister in the Punjab government). Amarinder’s resignation came barely two months after cricketerturned-politician Sidhu’s appointment as Punjab Congress chief, notwithstanding the strong opposition from the CM. Sidhu’s appointment emboldened Amarinder’s detractors in the Punjab Congress as they pressed for his removal through repeated open shows of strength. Days after two ministers publicly declared lack of faith in the CM and accused him of being ‘hand-inglove’ with the Badals (former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s clan), 40 of 80 Congress MLAs, including four rebel ministers, had sent a signed letter to the Congress high command seeking a meeting of MLAs to decide if Amarinder enjoyed majority. To Amarinder’s surprise, Congress’ Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat last night announced the emergency Congress Legislature Party meeting on Saturday. As it made clear the party high command’s backing for the Sidhu-led rebel camp, Amarinder had little choice but to resign as even his supporter MLAs were not prepared to go against the party leadership just four months before the Assembly polls will be announced in the state. The rebellion against Amarinder was brewing for some time now for more than one reason. Besides lack of any action against the Badals over their alleged wrongdoings during the decadelong rule of the Parkash Singh Badal government, Amarinder’s lack of accessibility, reliance on bureaucracy and a coterie of close aides for running the government are believed to have alienated a big number of MLAs from the CM. Moreover, with a change in leadership months ahead of Assembly polls, party leadership and most MLAs hope to counter the strong anti-incumbency. With Amarinder’s resignation, the Congress appears to have made a big gamble as it hopes the new CM face can lead the party’s campaign for the elections slated next year. More on Page 4 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 18 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 SEPTEMBER Enthused by creating a new world record of 2.5 crore vaccinations against Covid19 in a day, India is all set to reach a target of 100 crore jabs by the first week of October, sources in the Health Ministry said. The government sources said they hope to achieve the 100 crore target by 7 October. The feat of administering 466 vaccine doses per second, with a new world record of 2.5 crore vaccinations in a day for the first time on Friday, comes as a shot in the arms of the health workers who are now ready to work with more vigour and zeal, said doctors in the Indian Medical Association. India, however, needs to build on the momentum of Friday’s record-breaking vaccination and consider having weekly days to push the drive aggressively, Dr Randeep Guleria, chief of Delhi’s All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was quoted as saying. Yesterday’s achievement shows that “Of course we can do it,” said a health worker at by Max Hospital. The number of vaccinations administered on 17 September is equal to the “population of Australia”, the Health Ministry said on Twitter. India’s vaccination drive has surpassed the record set by China which in June inoculated 2.47 crore ~ the most number of people in a day, they said. Karnataka topped the Covid vaccination drive in the country by administering 26.92 lakh doses till 9 p.m. The State stood first in the country ahead of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, which achieved over 26.62 West Bengal has recorded a remarkable progress in Covid vaccination with 50 per cent of the eligible population having received at least a single dose till today. The drive started in Bengal along with the other states on 16 January 2021 and till 30 April, one crore doses were administered. In the next 54 days till 23 June two crore doses were given. The vaccination figure rose to four crore on 31 August. Till 18 September, a total of five crore doses have been administered which means that one crore doses were given in only 18 days. Around 11.5 lakh doses were administered today till 6 p.m. lakh doses and 24.86 lakh doses respectively, his office said in a release. The country has so far administered over 80 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses since the countrywide vaccination drive against the coronavirus was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. “Standing tall against Covid-19. India administers 80 crore vaccine doses. Congratulations to the nation on this momentous feat,” Mandaviya tweeted using the hashtag “WorldsLargestVaccinationDrive”. The total number of doses administered crossed the 75-crore mark on 13 September. (With PTI inputs) BRICS asks all countries to stop facilitating terror High-level meet reviews strategy to STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 SEPTEMBER The BRICS nations have called upon all states to refrain from organising, instigating, facilitating, financing, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities. In its counter-terrorism action plan adopted at the BRICS Summit earlier this month, the five-nation grouping, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has also asked all states to to take appropriate practical measures to ensure that their territories are not used for terror bases or preparation or organisation of terrorist acts intended to be committed against other states or their citizens. The action plan was adopted earlier this month at the BRICS Summit at which Prime Minister Narendra Indian officials say the formulation in the action plan at the BRICS Summit was aimed at sending out a clear message to countries like Pakistan that they could no longer play the victim card on the issue of terrorism and sponsor the menace in their neighbourhood. Modi led the Indian delegation. Indian officials say the formulation in the action plan was aimed at sending out a clear message to countries like Pakistan that they could no longer play the victim card on the issue of terrorism and sponsor the menace in their neighbourhood. According to the action plan, the BRICS countries will strengthen their unity in countering international terrorism and its financing and consider undertaking concerted measures against those involved in organising, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities. The BRICS nations will deepen their cooperation to reaffirm the support for the central and coordinating role of the United Nations in combating international terrorism, the need for strict and full implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions related to counter terrorism, comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced way, and implementation of the provisions of the international counter-terrorism conventions and protocols. The Brics countries will improve the practical cooperation among security and law-enforcement authorities to prevent and combat terrorism, including by sharing timely and accurate information, and consider, if necessary, creating legal framework for sharing. They will work on suppressing the facilitation of terrorist groups, entities and associated persons by not making available to them any resources. They will utilise BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group to strengthen intelligence and information sharing and cooperation on terrorist organisations listed by the UN Security Council; pursue collectively the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on international Terrorism; prevent geographical expansion of terrorism and address the threats posed by terrorists returning from conflict zones. avert 3rd wave; India logs 35K cases STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 SEPTEMBER The government on Saturday held a high-level meet to review public health response to Covid and progress of vaccination. There is no room for any complacency, said Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chairing a meeting in the presence of Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and Chief Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries (Health), Principal Secretaries (Health), Municipal Commissioners, District Collectors and other senior officials of States and UTs. The meeting, held via video conference, also stressed on the need to strictly enforce Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB). He congratulated the Urgent need for Indianisation of our legal system: CJI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 18 SEPTEMBER Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday said Indianisation of the country’s legal system is the need of the hour and it is crucial to make the justice delivery system more accessible and effective. He said Courts need to be litigant-centric, and the simplification of justice delivery should be the pressing concern. “Very often our justice delivery poses many barriers for the common people. The working and the style of courts do not sit well with the complexities of India. Our systems, practice, rules being colonial in origin, it may not be best suited to the needs of the Indian population,” Jus- Very often our justice delivery poses many barriers for the common people. The working and the style of courts do not sit well with the complexities of India. Our systems, practice, rules being colonial in origin, it may not be best suited to the needs of the Indian population Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said courts need to be litigant-centric, and the simplification of justice delivery should be the pressing concern tice Ramana said. Speaking at an event organised here to pay tributes to late Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, he said the need of the hour is the “Indianisation of our legal system.” “When I say Indianisation, I mean the need to adapt to the practical realities of our society and to localise our justice delivery system. For example, parties from a rural place fighting a family dispute are usually made to feel out of place in the court; they do not understand arguments or pleadings which are mostly in English, a language alien to them,” he added. Further noting that these days judgments have become lengthy, the Chief Justice said it further complicates the position of the litigants. “For parties to understand the implication of the judgment they are forced to spend more money. Courts need to be litigant-centric as they are the ultimate beneficiaries. The simplification of justice delivery should be our pressing concern. It is crucial to make justice delivery more transparent, accessible and effective,” he said. Justice Ramana said procedural barriers often undermine access to justice. “A common man while approaching the court should not feel scared of judges and the courts; he should be able to speak the truth. It is the duty of lawyers and judges to cre- ate an environment which is comforting for litigants and other stakeholders,” he said. “We must not forget that the focal point of any justice system is the litigant, the justice seeker,” he said, adding that “usage of alternative dispute mechanisms such as mediation and conciliation would go a long way in reducing the friction between parties and would save resources. It also reduces the pendency and requirement of having lengthy arguments and judgments.” Remembering Justice Shantanagoudar who died on 25 April at a private hospital in Gurugram, as an “extraordinary judge”, the Chief Justice said these are the topics he used to discuss with him everyday. States/UTs for the landmark achievement of more than 2.5 crore vaccine doses administered on Friday. The Cabinet Secretary advised the State Health administrators to undertake granular analysis of their Covid trajectory, ramp up their health infrastructure at the earliest, to meet any potential surge in cases. Meanwhile, Covid infections in the country once again showed an upward swing as India recorded a fourth straight day rise in Covid cases. With 35,662 new Covid cases, India’s overall coronavirus count has gone up to 3,34,17,390 and the total toll has mounted to 4,44,529 according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. Delhi cases: The national capital on Saturday recorded 3,34,17,390 3,40,639 35,662 33,798 4,44,529 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2021 41 fresh Covid cases with positivity rate 0.06 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin issued by the Delhi gov(SEE P2) ernment. Saudi FM arriving in New Delhi for Afghanistan talks STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 SEPTEMBER Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud is arriving here late tonight for urgent consultations with Indian leaders on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Prince Saud will meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tomorrow and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday before leaving for New York. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both close allies of India in the Middle East, have been concerned over the developments in Afghanistan in the wake of the takeover of the embattled country by the Taliban. The two countries have also not been enthused by the role played by Pakistan and Qatar in the unfolding scenario in Afghanistan following the withdrawal by foreign troops. Sources said India is expected to impress on Saudi Arabia the need to ensure that Pakistan was not allowed to get away with its agenda in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister has already stated yesterday that the new dispensation in Afghanistan was not inclusive and had seized power with negotiations. He also asked the global community to consider whether the new rulers in Kabul should be accorded recognition. This issue is also expected to figure during the India-Saudi Arabia talks.
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