CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ADANI UNVEILS GREEN VISION TRUDEAU’S LIBERALS WIN CANADA POLL, MISS MAJORITY P10 GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED: YOGI ON MAHANT GIRI’S DEATH P8 P4 Humid and discomfort weather is very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 30-26 degrees Celsius. Afghan crisis on Modi-Biden radar RAINFALL: 43.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Modi scheduled to meet US V-P, CEOs of top American companies Max.98% ASHOK TUTEJA WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 83% Max: 29.2°C (-3) Min: 24.4°C (-2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:26 hrs 17:33 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 18:36 hrs 06:21 hrs New new moon on 06 October THUMBNAILS MoS and MP Meenakshi Lekhi inaugurates an automatic sanitary pad manufacturing machine at Women Technical Institute, Netaji Nagar, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS New IAF chief: Air Marshal VR Chaudhari will take the reins as the chief of the Indian Air Force after the incumbent, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria who retires on 30 September. New Calcutta HC CJ: Justice Prakash Srivastav will be the next Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. He will be joining from Madhya Pradesh High Court. Acting Chief Justice, Calcutta High Court, Rajesh Bindal will be joining Allahabad High Court as its Chief Justice. Modi discusses Afghan situation with Macron NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to ask the US not to abandon Afghanistan and keep a close vigil on the developments in the war-torn nation, during his much-anticipated bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on Friday. “Afghanistan is a very important issue for both India and the US... it is very important to ensure that Afghan territory is not used for terrorism against other states,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at a media briefing ahead of the PM’s trip to the US. Modi will leave here tomorrow for the US. He is heading a high-level delegation which includes National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and foreign secretary. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is already in the US as part of the PM’s delegation. Apart from his bilateral meeting with President Biden, Modi will attend the Quad Summit P STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER in Washington on Friday and then visit New York to address the UN General Assembly the next day. The Quad Summit will also be attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Asked if the recent UK, US and Australia security pact had not diluted the Quad, the foreign secretary said the Aukus accord between the three nations was neither relevant to Quad nor would it affect its functioning. Apart from discussing ways to further enrich the global strategic partnership between their two countries in a range of areas, particularly defence and trade, the two leaders will take stock of the global developments, especially the evolving situation in Afghanistan after its takeover by the Taliban. The foreign secretary said India would stress the need to stem radicalism, extremism and cross-border terrorism in the context of the developments in Afghanistan. They will also review the cooperation between their two countries in the Indo-Pacific region against the backdrop of China’s aggressive behaviour on maritime issues. Modi is also scheduled to meet USVice-President Kamala Harris during his stay in Washington apart from holding a meeting with the CEOs of top American companies to attract investments in India. After completing his engagements in Washington, PM will leave for New York to address the UNGA. In his address, he is expected to talk about Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed regional issues, including the recent developments in Afghanistan with French President Emmanuel Macron, the MEA said. The two leaders shared their concerns about possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, as well as the need to ensure human rights, rights of women and minorities. They reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the IndoPacific region, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region. various global issues, including the challenge posed by Covid-19 to the global community and how it should unitedly fight the pandemic. ‘TEAM DIDN’T LOSE BECAUSE KOHLI GAVE QUIT NOTICE’ P12 Kerala, Maha R-values fall below 1 in mid-Sept SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/KOLKATA/ HYDERABAD, 21 SEPTEMBER R-value, which reflects how rapidly coronavirus is spreading, dropped to 0.92 by midSeptember after spiralling over 1 in August-end, according to researchers. According to the data, the R-value of Mumbai stands at 1.09, Chennai 1.11, Kolkata 1.04, Bengaluru 1.06. The Rvalue of Delhi and Pune are below 1. The R-values of Maharashtra and Kerala are below 1, giving a much needed relief as these two states have highest number of active cases. The R-value was 1.17 at the end of August. “The good news is that India’s R has continued to be less than 1, as is that of Kerala and Maharashtra, the two states having the highest number of active cases,” said Sitabhra Sinha of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, who is leading a team of researchers who calculate the R-value. The R-value value between 4 and 7 September was 0.94, 0.86 between 11 and 15 September and 0.92 between 14 and 19 September. Daily Covid cases dip: India’s daily Covid tally declined as 26,115 new cases were recorded in a single day taking the total tally to 3,35,04,534, while the active 3,35,04,534 3,09,575 26,115 34,469 4,45,385 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 cases fell to 3,09,575 by 8,606 cases, the lowest in 184 days, the Union health ministry data showed. With 252 fatalities, the total fatalities in the country mounted to 4,45,385. The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days. According to the Union health ministry data, 34,469 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative recoveries to 3,27,49,574. India has administered more than 81.85 crore doses and 96,46,778 jabs were given in the last 24 hours. Bengal situation:West Bengal today registered 537 fresh Covid cases and 14 deaths. Paediatric Covaxin: BB completes Phase 2/3 trials HYDERABAD, 21 SEPTEMBER Bharat Biotech has completed the Phase 2/3 trials of Covaxin for use in children under 18 years and is expected to submit the data by next week to the DCGI, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International Ltd, Krishna Ella said on Tuesday here. Speaking to reporters, he said Covaxin production would touch 55 million doses in October as against 35 million in September. He also said the Phase 2 trials of the firm’s intranasal Covid-19 vaccine is expected to be over by next month. “Paediatric Covaxin just completed phase 2/3 trials. The data analysis is going on. We will be submitting the data ( to the regulator) by next week. The number of subjects ( volunteers) is touching 1000,” PTI Ella said. Kolkata recorded 108 cases and 3 deaths. The total Covid case count is 15,62,710 and death toll is 18,678 in the state while there are 7,741 active cases. Army helicopter 13 HCs will get new Chief Justices as SC NDA gearing up to train collegium recommends names to Centre women cadets, SC told crash-lands, two pilots killed PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 21 SEPTEMBER Two pilots were killed on Tuesday when an Army Aviation helicopter crashed in a dense forest near Patnitop in Jammu’s Udhampur district. “Today, during a training sortie in Patnitop area, Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter crash-landed in Shiv Garh Dhar area in the district,” a Jammu-based defence spokesman Lt. Colonel Devender Anand said. He said that two pilots, Major Rohit Kumar and Major Anuj Rajput, were critically injured in the incident and evacuated to the nearest medical facility but they succumbed later. Major Rohit Kumar belonged to NOIDA and Major Anuj Rajput was from Panchkula in Haryana. Videos of the crash showed that the helicopter hit deodar trees in the forest and local villagers were trying to rescue the pilots from the wreckage. Army and police personnel reached the spot later. The area was engulfed in thick fog following the crash. “Army Commander, Northern Command, and all other ranks salute the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty on 21 September 2021 at Patnitop and offer deepest condolences to their families,” the Army’s Northern Command tweeted. Officials said the incident reportedly occurred between 10.30 am to 10.45 am when the chopper was caught in bad weather. Thirteen high courts in the country will get new Chief Justices (CJs) as the Supreme Court collegium headed by CJI N V Ramana has recommended to the Centre eight names, including acting Calcutta High Court CJ, Justice Rajesh Bindal, for elevation and transfer of five sitting CJs to other high courts. Besides Justice Bindal, who would now become the Allahabad High Court CJ if the Centre assents to the recommendation, there are other seven judges whose elevation as CJs have been recommended by the collegium which also comprises Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar. “The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 16th September, 2021 has recommended elevation of Judges as Chief Justices of the High Courts, as men- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE tioned...,” the apex court’s statement said. Besides Justice Bindal, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices Ranjit V More, Satish Chandra Sharma, Prakash Srivastava, R V Malimath, Ritu Raj Awasthi, Aravind Kumar and Prashant Kumar Mishra for elevation as CJ of the HCs of Meghalaya, Telangana, Calcutta, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh respectively. In another statement, uploaded on the website, the apex court provided the list of five CJs who have been transferred to other high courts. A A Kureshi, CJ of Tripura HC, has been recommended to become CJ of the Rajsathan HC, while Justice Indrajit Mahanty, the CJ of Rajasthan HC would go to Tripura HC as the CJ, it said. Mohammad Rafiq, Madhya Pradesh High Court CJ, has been recommended to head the Himachal Pradesh Besides Justice Bindal of Calcutta HC, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices Ranjit V More, Satish Chandra Sharma, Prakash Srivastava, R V Malimath, Ritu Raj Awasthi, Aravind Kumar and Prashant Kumar Mishra for elevation as CJ of the HCs of Meghalaya, Telangana, Calcutta, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh respectively. HC as the CJ, it said, adding that Biswanath Somadder Meghalaya HC CJ would be transferred in the same capacity to the Sikkim HC. Chief Justice A K Goswami of the Andhra Pradesh HC has been recommended to become CJ of Chhattisgarh HC. As per the third statement on the apex court’s website, the collegium has recommended “transfer/re-transfer” 17 HC judges. India warns of reciprocal steps against UK over travel rules 90K patients use ‘eSanjeevani’ daily STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER India today threatened to take reciprocal measures against the United Kingdom if it did not amicably settle the row between the two countries over London’s Covid-19 related travel rules under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated. Addressing a media briefing here, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla wondered why the UK had resorted to this ‘discriminatory policy’ which was affecting Indian travellers to the European nation. “Here is Covishield, a product of a UK-based company being manufactured in India...why should it not be given recognition?” he asked. Shringla noted that External Affairs Minister S Jais- The foreign secretary said his information was that the British side had assured Jaishankar that it was keen to settle the matter at the earliest. hankar had taken up the issue with newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in New York last evening and sought an “early resolution” of the issue in mutual interest of the two countries. The foreign secretary said his information was that the British side had assured Jaishankar that it was keen to settle the matter at the earliest. “Pleased to meet new UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Discussed the progress of Roadmap 2030. Appreciated her contribution on the trade side. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting. Jaishankar, who arrived in New York on Monday to participate in the UN General Assembly, also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the developments in the IndoPacific during his meeting with the British leader. He also had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from some other countries, including Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein. The meeting with the British foreign minister came a day after the UK announced new Covid-related travel restrictions which have caused a furore in India. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The central government’s national telemedicine service ‘eSanjeevani’ has attained great success as around 90,000 patients daily use it for consultations. Widely adopted by patients, doctors, and specialists across the country, this online digital mode has so far completed 1.2 crore consultations, sources in the ministry said. Considering the usefulness of telemedicine and in planning for the expected third wave of Covid-19, the initiative by the Union health ministry is being augmented further to enable 5,00,000 consultations per day. Andhra Pradesh tops among the leading 10 states using ‘eSanjeevani’. It was the first state to roll out eSanjeevani AB-HWC services. They are Justices Jaswant Singh, Sabina, T S Sivagnanam, Sanjaya Kumar Mishra, M M Shrivastava, Soumen Sen, Ahsanuddin Amanullah, Ujjal Bhuyan, Paresh R Upadhyay, M S S Ramachandra Rao, Arindam Sinha, A M Badar, Yashwant Varma, Vivek Agarwal, Chandra Dhari Singh, Anoop Chitkara and Ravi Nath Tilhari. The series of recommendations has been made close on the heels of a historic decision to recommend 68 names in one go for judgeship in 12 HCs across the country. The fresh recommendations assume significance in view of the statement made by the CJI that it has been his endeavour to address the issue of vacancies in the higher judiciary on an “urgent basis”. The CJI had said during the function that in another month, he expected that 90 per cent of vacancies will be filled. NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER The National Defence Academy (NDA) is being readied for the admission of female cadets in view of women being allowed to appear for the entrance exam from May 2022, the government said in an additional affidavit filed before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The government said in the affidavit that it is in the process of establishing “appropriate” medical and physical fitness standards, and building “required” infrastructure, which includes “robust physical separation between male and female residential areas”. However, “dilution of physical training, and service subjects like parameters of firing, endurance training, field craft and living off the land... would invariably impact battle worthiness of armed forces”. “... only medically fit candidates meeting selection SHEER JOY CMYK Taliban expand Cabinet, fail to appoint women KABUL, 21 SEPTEMBER More than 51,00,000 patients have been served through the ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’ which hosts more than 430 online OPDs The other states are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Kerala. Till now, more than 51,00,000 patients have been served through the ‘eSanjeevaniOPD’ which hosts more than 430 online OPDs. Premier tertiary level medical institutions such as AIIMS in Bathinda (Punjab), Bibinagar (Telangana), Kalyani (West Bengal), Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), King George Medical College, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) provide outpatient health services through eSanjeevaniOPD. eSanjeevani AB-HWC has completed nearly 67,00,000 consultations. criteria are allowed... standards for male cadets are in place, appropriate standards for women are in the process of formulation...taking into account age and nature of training, as also functional/operational requirements,” the government told the court. In the affidavit submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, the Centre said: “A study group has been constituted by the defence services, comprising experts to expeditiously formulate the comprehensive curriculum for women cadets at NDA and a Board of Officers has been convened to give a holistic and futuristic proposal for training of women cadets at NDA”. A notification allowing women candidates to take the entrance exam for entry into all defence services through will be released in May 2022, it said but didn’t clarify how many women candidates will be inducted in the first batch. Children enjoying the rain, in the Capital on Tuesday. SUBRATA DUTTA The Taliban expanded their interim Cabinet by naming deputy ministers Tuesday, but failed to appoint any women, doubling down on a hard-line course despite the international outcry that followed their initial presentation of an all-male Cabinet lineup earlier this month. Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid defended the latest additions to the Cabinet at a news conference Tuesday, saying it included members of ethnic minorities, such as the Hazaras, and that women might be added later. Mujahid was also asked about the recent restrictions imposed on girls and women, including a decision not to allow girls in grades six to 12 to return to classrooms. Mujahid suggested that “soon it will be announced when they can go to school.” AP See P 9
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