CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 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 RBI RECIPE FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RUSSIA VOTES BIDEN DOUBLING VACCINE PURCHASE, CALLS FOR MORE GLOBAL SHOTS P6 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain . Temperature likely to be in the range of 30-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 020.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% TEMPERATURE Max: 28.6 °C(-4) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 18:36 hrs New moon on 06 THUMBNAILS Gurmeet Singh, CMD Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India felicitate Paralympic 2020 medal winners at an event, in the capital on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA Bengaluru rises up global startup ecosystem ranks: Bengaluru rose up three spots to be ranked 23rd in an annual analysis of the world's most favourable ecosystems to build a globally successful startup, according to a report released here on Wednesday that is topped by the Silicon Valley in California. Delhi held on to its 36th position in the ‘Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021' by Startup Genome, with Mumbai topping a parallel 'Top Emerging Ecosystems' ranking for the second year in a row. Zee Entertainment to merge with Sony Pictures: India's largest publicly-traded television network Zee Entertainment Enterprises will merge with Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), capping days of high drama during which the firm's shareholders sought removal of key officials. Sony, which will invest USD 1.575 billion, will hold 52.93 per cent stake in the merged entity and Zee the remaining 47.07, Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) (P8) said in a statement. LONDON, 22 SEPTEMBER he UK government on Wednesday issued an updated international travel advisory to include AstraZeneca’s Covishield among the eligible Covid vaccine formulations but kept India out of the 17 countries on an approved vaccinations list, requiring Indians to follow rules set out for nonvaccinated travellers. Under new international travel norms that come in force for England from October 4, India is not yet on a list of 17 countries on an approved vaccinations list and therefore not exempt from quarantine rules. There was widespread condemnation of the Serum Institute of India-manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, not being covered under the reviewed international travel norms T I am not aware of any concerns being raised by the UK. The British High Commissioner met me on 2 Sept and wanted to know details about the Co-WIN system~ 3,35,31,498 3,01,989 RS SHARMA NATIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY CEO and fully vaccinated travellers from India being subjected to the compulsory 10day quarantine in line with non-vaccinated travellers. “We are engaging with the government of India to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India,” a British High Commission spokesperson said on Wednesday. It came amid much confusion over the process for Indian travellers as the advisory states: “Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, 26,964 34,167 4,45,768 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.” However, UK government officials have indicated that Indian travellers to the UK must follow the “nonvaccinated rules”, which means Indian passengers must take a Covid test three days before departure and book in advance for two Covid tests to be taken upon arrival in England. On arrival, the passengers must self-isolate in the place they have confirmed on their passenger locator form for 10 days. PM for easing restrictions: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that international travel should be made easier through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates. In his video remarks at the Global Covid Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Modi also said India is ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines and the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open so that vaccine supplies to other countries can be resumed. (With SNS input) NDMA for `50,000 ex-gratia to kin of Covid dead PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 22 SEP TEMBER The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended that Rs 50,000 be given to the kin of those who died of Covid, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday. It said that ex-gratia assistance will also be given to the kin of those who died of the virus due to involvement in Covid relief operations or activities associated with the prepared- The NDMA issued the guidelines on 11 Sept in compliance with the directive of the Supreme Court ness for dealing with the pandemic. The government said that NDMA has issued the guidelines on September 11 in compliance with the directions of the apex court given on June 30 wherein it had directed the authority to recommend guidelines for ex-gratia assistance. “The author- ity recommends an amount of Rs. 50,000 per deceased person including those involved in relief operations or associated in preparedness activities, subject to cause of death being certified as Covid,” as per the NDMA guidelines. The assistance will not be limited to families affected by Covid deaths in first and second wave of pandemic but will continue in future phases of the pandemic as well, the authority said. “The ex-gratia assistance to families affected ‘Threat email from India caused NZ to call off tour’ Erdogan raises J&K issue in UNGA address PRESS TRUST OF INDIA UNITED NATIONS, 22 SEPTEMBER ISLAMABAD, 22 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday alleged that a threatening email to the New Zealand cricket squad that prompted the Kiwis to call off a tour of the country was sent from India. The Kiwis called off their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years last Friday due to a security threat to the team, followed by a decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday to cancel a bilateral series scheduled for next month in Pakistan. Pakistan has been claiming that India was behind some of the terror attacks in the country recently. India has dismissed these claims as "baseless propaganda" and asked Islamabad to take “credible and verifiable” action against terrorism emanating from its soil instead. “It is not new for Pakistan to engage in baseless propaganda against India. Pakistan would do well to expend the same effort in setting its own house in order and taking credible and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from its soil and terrorists who have found safe sanctuaries there, the international community is well aware of Pakistan's credentials when it comes to terrorism,” an MEA spokesperson said in July. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again referred to the issue of Kashmir in his address to world leaders at the high-level UN General Assembly session. Last year also, Erdogan in his pre-recorded video statement to the General Debate had made a reference to Jammu and Kashmir. Erdogan in his address to the General Debate said: “We maintain our stance in favour of solving the ongoing problem in Kashmir for 74 years, through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant United Nations resolutions.” PTI by Covid deaths will continue to be provided for deaths that may occur in the future phases of the pandemic as well or until further notification,” it said. The country logged 26,964 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Wednesday, taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,35,31,498, along with 383 fresh fatalities, while the active cases declined to 3,01,989. Bengal registered 683 fresh cases and 13 deaths with Kolkata recording 112 cases and three deaths. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Centre's plea to defer the first National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance examination for women candidates, and directed that women should be allowed to sit for the upcoming exam on 14 November, saying 'gender equality issues cannot be postponed'. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul refused to accept the Centre's request to allow women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the NDA from next year. The bench said it doesn’t want women to be denied their right. The induction of women cannot be postponed by one year, it said. “We cannot delay things by a year. We gave hope to the girls. We cannot deny them that hope now. This won't send the right signal to women after having given them the aspiration. Let's begin STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for the United States, saying he would discuss regional and global issues with President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on Friday and raise the issue of terrorism, among other things, in his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday. In a statement before his departure on the five-day visit, the Prime Minister said he would also review the comprehensive Indo-US global strategic partnership with President Biden. He said he was also looking forward to meeting Vice-President Kamala Harris to explore opportunities for cooperation between the two nations, particularly in the area of Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs from New Delhi for his visit to the USA science and technology. “I will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of our virtual summit in March this year and identify priorities for fu- ture engagements based on our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region,” Modi said. He said he would also hold bilateral talks with the Australian and Japanese prime ministers to take stock of the strong bilateral relations with the two countries and continue useful exchanges on regional and global issues. He said he would con- Refusing to accept the Centre’s request to allow women candidates to appear for the NDA entrance from next year, the apex court says it doesn’t want women to be denied their right. from this year," the Bench said. “Women must be allowed to take the November 2021 exams. Cannot defer for one year. Medical standards should be tentatively notified. UPSC to issue a corrected notification for the November exam," the Court said. The direction comes a day after the Defence Ministry informed the court that a notification allowing women candidates to appear for the exam would be out by May next year. The court pushed the Armed Forces to allow women to write the NDA exam in November this year, and not wait till May 2022. It noted that postponing the process of allowing women to write the NDA exam to May will delay their induction to 2023. To the Centre’s plea seeking more time till May 2022 for carrying out certain infrastructural and curriculum changes in view of the induction of women, the bench said the Armed Forces are trained to act in emergencies and it is hopeful that necessary arrangements will be put in place to pave the way for the induction of women in NDA without delay. Earlier, the Centre in an affidavit told the apex court that a study group has been constituted by the defence services to expeditiously formulate a comprehensive curriculum for women cadets. On September 8, the government had assured the court that the induction of women into the NDA was already under consideration by the Armed Forces. RAIN WOES An area of Alipore Bodyguard Lines submerged due to rain in Kolkata on Wednesday. SNS Won’t let Sidhu become Punjab CM: Capt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 22 SEPTEMBER An unrelenting Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday declared that he would fight Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu’s elevation to Punjab chief ministership tooth and nail, and was ready to make any sacrifice to save the country from “such a dangerous man’. Even as he reiterated his intention to counter any move to make Sidhu the state’s CM face, the former Punjab chief minister said he will pit a strong candidate against the state Congress chief in the 2022 Assembly polls to ensure his defeat. “He (Sidhu) is dangerous for the state,” said the former CM in a series of media interviews.Asserting that he will only leave politics on a high, Amarinder said, “I was ready to leave after victory but never after a loss". He disclosed that he had offered his resignation to Sonia Gandhi three weeks earlier but she had asked him to continue. “If she had just called me and asked me to step down, I would have,” he said, adding that “as a soldier, I know how to do my task and leave once I am called back. Amarinder said he had even told the Congress president he was ready to hang up his boots and allow someone PM leaves for US, says visit to strengthen bilateral ties NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEBER P12 Women to participate in Nov NDA exam: SC Covishield added to UK travel advisory PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 26.0 °C(0) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 06:21 hrs October Air India chairman Rajiv Bansal has been appointed as the new aviation secretary as part of a major top-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre on Wednesday. K Rajaraman, Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, a Personnel Ministry order said. Rajaraman will take over the charge from Anshu Prakash who is due to superannuate on September 30. Bansal, a 1988 batch lAS officer of Nagaland cadre, will replace Pradeep Singh Kharola, upon his retirement this month-end. Steel Secretary Pradip Kumar Tripathi has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), it said. Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary in the Department of Home, will be Secretary, Ministry of Culture, the order said. Anurag Jain, Vice Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, has been appointed as the Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. K Sanjay Murthy, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited, will be Secretary, Department of Higher Education, the order said. Devendra Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises will be Secretary, Ministry of CoopPTI eration. P10 But Indians still have to follow rules set out for non-vaccinated travellers Min. 91% AI chairman Rajiv Bansal appointed aviation secy P8 SRH'S NATARAJAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID clude his visit with an address at the UNGA, focusing on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues. “My visit to the US would be an occasion to strengthen the comprehensive global strategic partnership with USA, consolidate relations with our strategic partners – Japan and Australia -- and to take forward our collaboration on important global issues,’’ the PM stated. This is Modi’s second visit abroad since the onset of Covid in March last year. He had visited Bangladesh in March this year to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of the creation of the neighbouring country. Modi is expected to discuss with President Biden CMYK during their first in-person meeting the disturbing situation in Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban and Pakistan’s role in the crisis in the embattled country. He is also likely to impress upon the American leader the need to maintain a constant vigil on the situation in Afghanistan so that it was not allowed to become a sanctuary for terrorists. China’s aggressive posturing on maritime issues in the context of the Indo-Pacific region is expected to figure prominently during the Quad Summit. The Quad leaders will also review the cooperation among the four countries in tackling the challenge posed by Covid. Modi is also likely to hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders on the margins of the UNGA. else to take over as CM after leading the Congress to another sweeping win in Punjab. “But that did not happen, so I will fight,” he asserted, taking strong exception to being subjected to humiliation by the party leadership calling a Congress Legislature Party meeting in a secretive manner, without taking him into confidence. “I would not have taken MLAs on a flight to Goa or some place. That is not how I operate. I don’t do gimmicks, and the Gandhi siblings know that is not my way,” he said, adding, “Priyanka and Rahul are like my children…this should not have ended like this. I am hurt.” He said the Gandhi children were quite inexperienced and their advisors were clearly misguiding them. Indicating that he was still keeping his political options open, the former CM said he was talking to his friends before deciding on his future course of action. “You can be old at 40 and young at 80,” he quipped, making it clear that he did not see his age as a hurdle. On allegations of inaccessibility, Amarinder said he had been elected to the Assembly seven times and twice to Parliament. “There must be something right with me,” he remarked, adding that the Congress leadership had evidently decided on making the change and were trying to make up a case. Referring to complaints that he was not taking action against the Badals and Majithia in the sacrilege and drugs cases, the former CM said he believed in allowing the law to take its course. Padmanabha Swamy temple’s trust will face 25 yrs’ audit: SC STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined a plea filed by Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trust, run by the Travancore royal family, seeking to exempt it from the audit of 25 years as ordered by the top court last year. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said the audit should be completed as early as possible, preferably within three months. The apex court however refrained from passing any order on the plea of the Trust to exempt it from the administrative supervision of the Administrative Committee constituted by it, saying that it requires factual analysis. The Administrative Committee of the Shree Padman- abha Swamy Temple in Kerala had on September 17 told the apex court that it is in great financial stress and the offerings are not sufficient to meet the expenses, while seeking an audit of the temple-related trust run by the Travancore royal family. All temples in Kerala are closed and while this temple''s monthly expenses are Rs 1.25 crore, “we are able to hardly get 60-70 lakh rupees. Therefore, we have sought certain directions," senior advocate R Basant, appearing for the committee, had said. The temple is in great financial stress and "we are not able to function”, Basant had said, alleging that the Trust is trying to avoid its obligation by not making their record available for audit.
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