MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 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 THE FARCE OF A RECALL VOTE U.P HAS SEEN COMPLETE . TRANSFORMATION UNDER BJP: YOGI P4 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 93% Min: 26.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:20 hrs MOON SETS 06:12 hrs THUMBNAILS An artist paints a wall graffiti of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics medal winners. IANS In New Delhi on Sunday. Iranian boat with huge drug stock seized: An Iranian boat with seven crew members and a huge consignment of heroin was apprehended in Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, in an operation carried out jointly by the state AntiTerrorist Squad and the Coast Guard. CBI to interrogate Bengal minister: The Central Bureau of Investigation will question West Bengal minister Manas Ranjan Bhunia at his residence on Monday in connection with its probe into the I-Core ponzi scam, a source said. Bhunia, the minister for water resources investigation and development, will be quizzed at his home as he is a senior citizen, sources said. Trailblazing trip to orbit ends with splashdown: Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit on Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier. (P10) Labour codes: The four labour codes are unlikely to be implemented this fiscal in view of slow progress on the drafting of rules by the states and also for political reasons like elections in Uttar Pradesh, according to gov(P8) ernment sources. Jaishankar holds talks with Saudi FM on Afghanistan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 19 SEPTEMBER External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today held talks with visiting Saudi Foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on the emerging situation in Afghanistan, following the Taliban takeover, and a range of other global and bilateral issues. The two ministers are understood to have taken stock of the developments in the war-torn nation after the withdrawal by foreign troops and the grim humanitarian crisis being faced by the Afghan people. They are also learnt to have discussed whether the new dispensation in Afghanistan deserved to be accorded recognition by the global community, given the Taliban’s history. “Delighted to welcome FM of Saudi Arabia HH Prince @Faisalbinfarhan for his first ever visit to India,” Jaishankar tweeted before going into the meeting at the Hyderabad House here. Prince Faisal, who arrived here last night, will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow and is also likely to hold talks with National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. P7 Poll-bound Punjab b gets first Dalit CM RANJEET JAMWAL CHANDIGARH, 19 SEPTEMBER T he Congress on Sunday named a Dalit face of the party and thirdtime legislator from Chamkaur Sahib constituency, Charanjit Singh Channi (58) as the new chief minister of Punjab. Confirming the decision, Congress general secretary Harish Rawat tweeted, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Sh. #CharanjitSinghChanni has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab.” Following the decision, Channi met the Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhawan and staked a claim to form the government. The oath taking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. Channi was accompanied by senior Congress leader Sh. Harish Rawat, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu, Cabinet ministers Brahm Mohindra, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukh Sarkaria and Aruna Chaudhary. (Photo) Channi was the tech- Channi, a former minister in the outgoing government, was one of the four ministers who had openly revolted against Amarinder Singh The chief minister-designate is seen as a choice of the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi nical education and industrial training, tourism and cultural affairs, employment generation minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government. He was one of the four ministers who had openly revolted against Amarinder Singh. Previously, Channi was the leader of Opposition in the Assembly from 2015 to 2016. He belongs to the Ramdasia Sikh community. Channi’s spectacular rise in politics started as a president of the Kharar municipal council 2002. He contested the 2007 RECEIVED CREDIBLE THREAT ABOUT PAK TOUR: NZC CEO WHITE P12 P10 ‘Anguished for last 5 months’: Captain’s letter to Sonia hours before resigning as Punjab CM Congress picks 3rd-time MLA Charanjit Singh Channi; oath ceremony today Min: 64% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.4°C (0) SUN RISES 06:09 hrs MOON RISES 18:19 hrs MACRON TO TALK TO BIDEN OVER SUBMARINE DEAL Assembly polls from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency as a Congress rebel and won as an Independent from this reserved constituency. In 2012, he joined the Congress and won the seat. In 2016, he was made the leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly against the wishes of Captain Amarinder Singh. Channi enjoys faith of the Congress high command and he is seen as a choice of the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Channi will be the first chief minister of the Dalit community in Punjab. Dalits make up an estimated 31.9 per cent of Punjab’s overall population. Besides this, backward classes constitute 18 per cent of Punjab’s population. The Congress move to name Channi as the new Punjab CM is being seen an attempt to woo the Dalit vote bank in the state ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls, which will be a contest among Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party. All political parties are wooing Dalits in Punjab. After severing ties with the BJP, the Shiromani Akali Dal has formed an alliance with the BSP in bid to consolidate its position in the Doaba region, the Dalit heartland of Punjab, which has 23 Assembly seats. The SAD has also promised deputy CM’s post for a Dalit. The AAP has given the post of the Leader of Opposition to a Dalit, Harpal Singh Cheema and promised the deputy CM’s post to the community. The BJP too has said whoever gets the Dalit votes will win the Punjab election. (More reports on P 3, 5) STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 19 SEPTEMBER Hours before he formally submitted his resignation as Punjab chief minister yesterday to the Governor, Captain Amarinder Singh had on Saturday written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, apprising her of his decision, while expressing anguish at the political events of the last five months, which he said were clearly “not based on full understanding of the national imperatives of Punjab and its key concerns.” “Notwithstanding my personal anguish, I hope this will not cause any damage to the hard-earned peace and development in the state, and that the efforts I have been focusing during the last few years, would continue unabated, ensuring justice to one and all,” Amarinder had written in his letter to Sonia, indicating his apprehension of instability in Punjab as a result of the political developments in the state unit of the Congress. “Notwithstanding my personal anguish, I hope this will not cause any damage to the hard-earned peace and development in the state, and that the efforts I have been focusing during the last few years, would continue unabated, ensuring justice to one and all AMARINDER SINGH At the same time, Amarinder expressed his personal satisfaction at having done his best for the people as chief minister of Punjab, which “has many geo-political and internal security concerns, which I tried to handle effectively without any compromise”. While she (Sonia) herself may be personally aware of some of the things achieved in the last four and a half years, “the people of Punjab are looking up to Congress for its mature and effective public policies, which not only reflect upon good politics, but also address the concerns of the common man that are specific to this border state,” wrote Amarinder, while informing about his decision to demit the office of the CM Punjab, after completing nine-and-half years as such from 2002 to 2007 and 2017 to September 2021. He said he had worked wholeheartedly for the welfare of the people of Punjab. “This was extremely satisfying for me because not only I established the rule of law, and ensured transparent governance, but maintained ethical conduct even in management of political affairs, winning eight out of 13 seats in the Parliament elections in 2019 and the PRI and ULB elections,” he wrote. Amarinder said his government had fulfilled 89.2 per cent, while work was in progress on the remaining commitments. On the sacrilege cases and the police action of 2015, Amarinder wrote the criminal proceedings in these cases are currently underway and I am sure that in due course justice will be done. HOMECOMING Channi’s elevation may placate Amarinder STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 19 SEPTEMBER The Congress move to appoint Charanjit Singh Channi as the new chief minister of Punjab may placate Captain Amarinder Singh who quit office on Sunday citing continued humiliation by the party high command. In an indication that Amarinder, who had yesterday said he would explore his future political course and refused to rule out joining other parties, had accepted the decision to appoint Channi as CM. The veteran leader on Sunday congratulated the CM- designate ahead of his swearing in on Monday. “My best wishes to Charanjit Singh Channi. I hope he’s able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border,” Amarinder tweeted. In another tweet, he said Channi will give jobs to kin of 150 farmers who had lost their lives in stir against farm laws. “Sad at not being able to personally hand over job letters to kin of 150 farmers who had lost their lives in stir against #FarmLaws. Hope CM-designate Charanjit S Channi will do needful at earliest. I con- tinue to stand with farmers in fight for justice,” he said in the tweet post by his media advisor. Dubbing state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu as anti-national, dangerous, unstable, incompetent and a security threat to the state and the country, Amarinder had yesterday said he will fight any move to make the Punjab Congress president the Punjab CM “tooth and nail”. An artist makes an idol of Goddess Durga at Kumortuli workshop for the forthcoming IANS Durga Puja festival. In Kolkata on Sunday. Modi set to visit US for Quad, UNGA India may soon allow foreign tourists STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 19 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit the US to attend on Friday the first in-person Quad Summit, being hosted by US President Joe Biden in Washington, and address the UN General Assembly in New York the next day. It is after nearly six months that Modi is visiting a foreign country since the outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020. He had last visited Bangladesh in March this year to join the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the neighbouring country’s independence. This will be Modi’s fifth visit to the US since he took over as the Prime Min- The Quad summit will provide PM Modi an opportunity to hold his first in-person meeting with President Biden who took charge of the administration in January ister in May 2014. Apart from Modi and President Biden, the Quad Summit will be attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The summit will provide PM Modi an opportunity to hold his first in-person meeting with President Biden who took charge of the administration in January. The two leaders have spoken to each other at least thrice and were present at two important virtual events~ Biden’s Climate Change Summit on 22 April and the Quad meeting on 12 March. Modi will also hold bilateral talks with his Australian and Japanese counterparts. Issues like security of the Indo Pacific are expected to figure prominently at the summit in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness on maritime issues and the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. From Washington, Modi will travel to New York to address the UNGA where he will hold bilateral talks with some of the world leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA. PTI & SNS NEW DELHI, 19 SEPTEMBER Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said. Initially, five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced. Top Union Home Ministry officials are deliberating with all stakeholders on the expected date and modalities for opening up of the country for foreign tourists. A formal announcement may come within the next 10 days, an official from the Home Ministry said. The decision is being taken in view of the declining number of Covid cases in the country. On Sunday, 30,773 new cases were reported while active cases had come down to 3.32 lakh. India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has also crossed 80 crore on Saturday. The free visas to the tourists will be issued till 31 March, 2022 or the issuance of five lakh visas, whichever is earlier. The total financial implication for this would be Rs 100 crore. Delhi cases: The national capital identified 28 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Sunday with zero death attributed to 3,34,48,163 3,32,158 30,773 38,945 4,44,838 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021 the deadly virus, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. WHO panel to take call in Oct on Covaxin EUL HYDERABAD, 19 SEPTEMBER The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) of the World health Organisation would be meeting on 6 October to make its recommendations on Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin on Emergency Use Listing (EUL). Bharat Biotech is expected to give a presentation on the Vaccine’s safety and efficacy data of clinical trials (phase 1-3 trial results and post marketing)and Risk management plans and other implementation considerations, according to the SAGE PTI draft agenda. Govt yet to take call on SC-referred names for HC judges 1.20 lakh deaths due to negligence in road accidents in 2020, average 328 daily: Data COLLEGIUM RESOLUTIONS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 19 SEPTEMBER The government is yet to take a call on the recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium on appointing a total of 68 judicial officers and advocates as judges of various high courts, sources aware of the procedure for appointment to the higher judiciary have said. Between 8 August and 1 September this year, the apex court collegium had processed over 100 names recommended by various high courts and had finally sent 68 names to the government for appointment as judges to 12 high courts. The government is yet to take a call on the names rec- The apex court collegium had processed over 100 names recommended by various high courts and had finally sent 68 names to the government for appointment as judges to 12 high courts On Friday, the collegium recommended the names of eight judges, including acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal, for their elevation as chief justices of different high courts. ommended by the SC collegium headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, the sources said. Out of the 68 names, two from Karnataka and one from Jammu and Kashmir have been sent for a third time, while 10 others have been recommended for a second time. The rest are fresh recommendations. Prior to these recommendations, in a historic decision on August 17, the SC collegium had sent nine names, including three women, for eleva- tion as judges of the Supreme Court. The names were cleared with significant pace by the government leading to their swearing-in as apex court judges on 31 August. On Friday, the collegium 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 high court chief justices, including Tripura HC Chief Justice Akil Kureshi, and 28 other high courts judges. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 19 SEPTEMBER India recorded 1.20 lakh cases of “deaths due to negligence relating to road accidents” in 2020~ 328 people losing their lives every day on an average ~ despite Covid-19 lockdowns, according to government data. As many as 3.92 lakh lives have been lost in three years in deaths due to negligence related to road accidents, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) revealed in its annual ‘Crime India’ report for 2020. While 1.20 lakh such deaths were recorded in 2020, the figures stood at 1.36 lakh in 2019 and 1.35 lakh in 2018, Despite Covid lockdowns, on an average, there were 112 “hit-and-runs” reported across the country every day in the past year, according to National Crime Records Bureau data the data showed. The country also logged 1.35 lakh cases of “hit and run” since 2018, the report of the NCRB, which functions under the Union Home Ministry, showed. In 2020 alone, there were 41,196 cases of “hit and run” while there were 47,504 such cases in 2019 and 47,028 in 2018, the report showed. On an average, there were 112 cases of “hit and run” reported across the country every day in the past year. The cases of causing “hurt” by rash or negligent driving on public way stood at 1.30 lakh in 2020, 1.60 lakh in 2019 and 1.66 lakh in 2018, while the cases of “grievous hurt” stood at 85,920, 1.12 lakh and 1.08 lakh, respectively. Meanwhile, 52 cases of deaths due to negligence relating to rail accidents were recorded across the country in 2020, from 55 in 2019 and 35 in 2018, the report showed. During 2020, India also logged 133 cases of “deaths due to medical negligence”, up from 201 in 2019 and 218 in 2018, the data showed.
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