CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 ‘FUEL PRICES REMAINING HIGH AS STATES DONT WANT IT UNDER GST’ WILL AUSTRALIA NOW BE A SITTING DUCK? P7 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-26 degrees Celsius. P8 P5 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER India logs 32K new Covid infections in last 24 hours; active cases decline Max. 98% SNS & PTI TEMPERATURE Max: 31.6 °C(-1) Min: 25.9 °C (N) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:26 hrs 17:32 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 19:09 hrs 07:14 hrs Next moon quarter on 29 September THUMBNAILS Unfinished clay images of Durga kept inside a studio in Kolkata on Thursday. IANS Google files writ with Delhi HC against CCI : Google on Thursday said it has moved the Delhi High Court against the leak of antitrust body CCI's confidential report pertaining to the investigation against the tech giant. Google, in a statement, said it aims to prevent any further unlawful disclosures of confidential findings by the investigative arm of Competition Commission of India (CCI). Two killed in Assam firing: Two persons were killed and at least ten others, most of them policemen, were seriously injured on Thursday in firing by the force on protesters demanding rehabilitation of 800 families evicted by Assam's Darrang district administration and the clash that followed between the two sides, police said. A shocking video of the incident also went viral where an apparently dead man with a bullet wound on his chest lay motionless but was still hit by a man slinging a camera. KKR outclass Mumbai: Powered by half centuries from Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen ' Rahul Tripathi and Ventatesh Iyer, the Knights made light work of Mumbai Indians below-par score of 155/6 in 20 overs. KKR won with nearly five (Earlier report on Page 12) overs to spare. T 3,35,63,421 3,01,640 31,923 Thedecision to allow Covid vaccination at home for people who are unable to reach vaccination centres was taken to give a boost to the ongoing vaccination drive in which as 66% of the Indian population have already been vaccinated. boost to the ongoing vaccination drive in which as 66% of the Indian population have already been vaccinated. Niti Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul, during the weekly press conference said, “Those who do not have enough mobil- ity that they can be brought out of their home, or if someone has a disability or some special needs that they can’t be brought to the centre, we have made the provision of at-home vaccination under supervision for them.” Under Covid guidelines 31,990 4,46,050 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 23 SEPT 2021 for the upcoming festival season, mass gatherings has to be avoided in containment zones and in districts with over 5 per cent positivity rate, they said. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 746 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths. COVID RELIEF Centre to consider Rs Complying with the Supreme Court suggestion, the Centre has agreed to consider Rs 50,000 financial assistance for family members of people who died by committing suicide within 30 days from being diagnosed as Covid positive. In an additional affidavit submitted in the top court, the Ministry of Home Affairs said: “It is respectfully submitted that suitable directions in this regard may be passed by this Hon’ble Court, whereby, the family members of people committing suicide within 30 days from being diagnosed as Covid-19 positive as per MoH&F/ICMR guidelines will also be entitled to avail financial help as granted under SDRF in accordance with the Guidelines dated 11.09.2021 issued by NDMA under Section 12 (iii) of DMA”. On 13 September, the top court had observed that NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER he government Thursday announced that differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility will be given Covid vaccine doses at their homes. Addressing a press conference here, Union Health Ministry officials also said the country is still in the midst of the second wave of Covid-19 even though the number of daily new cases are declining. They added, 62.73% of total infections reported last week were from Kerala alone, which is also the only state with over one lakh active Covid cases. Thedecision to allow Covid vaccination at home for people who are unable to reach vaccination centres was taken to give a P12 Centre ready for ex-gratia to kin of Covid suicide victims Vaccine at home for specially-abled: Govt RAINFALL: 17.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 81% FIFA SNUBS UEFA OVER WC CONCERNS EAM: TALIBAN MUST KEEP ITS PLEDGE 50,000 financial assistance for family members of those who died by committing suicide within 30 days from being diagnosed as Covid positive A Covid case, admitted to the hospital/inpatient facility, and who continued to be admitted beyond 30 days but died, will also be treated as a Covid death. there have been cases where people suffering from Covid19 died by suicide and such people do not form part of the guidelines issued on 3 September. It further added that such people should also be considered for ex-gratia, and they should also be included within the ambit of financial help sought to be given by Union of India under the guidelines which would be framed under Section 12 (iii) of DMA. Mandaviya releases guidelines ‘Very happy’: SC on Centre’s on post-Covid-19 management Covid-19 compensation plan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday released the National Comprehensive Guidelines on post-Covid management to provide complete healthcare guidance on long term effects of Covid. These guidelines are aimed at assisting doctors, nurses, paramedics and community health workers across India in dealing with Covid treatment. Releasing the Guide- The National Comprehensive Guidelines on post-Covid management to provide complete healthcare guidance on long term effects of Covid lines, the Union Minister said said that proactive and comprehensive treatment of Covid is required to ensure minimum sideeffects and no negative effect of the treatment. “We have witnessed post-Covid consequences in patients due to higher doses of steroids like cases of Mucormycosis. It is important to take medicines, with less or negligible side effects. If we are alert beforehand, it will be fruitful in tackling the future consequences of Covid. “There is a need to understand and tackle the issues like post-Covid fears, mental health issues and resolve them. Efforts have been made for the management of these postCovid complications to prepare sequelae modules. These are very specialized modules prepared by keeping in mind various fields of Healthcare Professionals.” STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday said it is "very happy" with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) guidelines for providing Rs 50,000 ex-gratia assistance to the kin of those who succumbed to Covid during pandemic. Apprising the top court about the guidelines issued by the NDMA, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the Centre, said: “To ensure uniformity, we No other country managed to do what India did in terms of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic SUPREME COURT have decided that the states from SDRF (State Disaster Response Fund) will give 50,000 to the kin of the deceased who died due to Covid. We cannot repair the loss, but we can do something,” he added. Mehta also clarified that families of those who took their own lives, within 30 days of being detect- ed Covid positive, will also be eligible for assistance. A bench of Justices M R Shah and AS Bopanna lauded the Centre saying “no other country managed to do what India did in terms of its response to the Covid pandemic even as it reserved its order on a case involving the`50,000 compensation proposed for Covid deaths.” “Today we are very happy. There will be some solace. We’re happy that something is being done to wipe out the tears of the those who suffered,” it said. Defence Ministry places order for 118 tanks SC defers order on Pegasus; to set up probe panel PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER The Defence Ministry on Thursday sealed a contract to procure 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 7,523 crore, in a major move to boost its combat capabilities. The defence ministry placed the order for the Arjuna Mk-1A tanks with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai. The MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability, infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant “The Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order with Maha: 15-yr-old raped over eight months; 33 booked, 26 held THANE, 23 SEPTEMBER A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped multiple times over a period of eight months in Maharashtra’s Thane district and the police have arrested 24 persons and detained two minors in the case, an official said. Based on the girl’s complaint, Additional Commissioner of Police (East region) Dattatray Karale told reporters that the alleged incidents took place between January 29 and September 22 this year. The girl told a relative about the ordeal on Wednesday following which the complaint was registered, he PTI added. (See Page 4) The defence ministry placed the order for the Arjuna Mk-1A tanks with the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai. Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army on 23 September,” the ministry said in a statement. “The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the 'Make in India' initiative in defence sector and is a big step towards achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” it said. The ministry said the tanks would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engage- ment during day and night. It has been designed and developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) by incorporating numerous upgrades on Arjun MBT, the in-service main battle tank with the Indian Army. “The MK-1A is equipped with accurate and superior firepower, all-terrain mobility and an invincible multi-layered protection. It can take on the enemy during day and night conditions and in both static and dynamic modes,” the ministry said. It said the production order will open up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian vendors, MSMEs, with job opportunities to around 8,000 people. NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it may set up a technical committee to investigate the allegations of snooping by using the Pegasus spyware and will pass an order on the matter next week. A Bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said the order, which was to be pronounced earlier, will now be delivered next week. “We will be able to finalise the members of technical expert team by next week and then pronounce our orders, the bench said, adding that some experts have expressed their inability to join the probe due to personal reasons. SNOOPING ROW The top court on 13 September had reserved its order, saying it only wanted to know whether or not the Centre used the Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly snoop on citizens. The Centre had informed the Supreme Court that due to national security reasons it does not wish to file a detailed affidavit Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the government will disclose all details before a panel of domain experts “We wanted to pass an order this week,” hief Justice Ramana said, adding, it is taking time to constitute the technical expert committee. The top court on 13 September had reserved its order, saying it only wanted to know whether or not the Centre used the Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly snoop on citizens. The Centre had informed the Supreme Court that due to national security reasons it does not wish to file a detailed affidavit clarifying whether Pegasus spyware was used or not, in its response to a batch of petitions seeking independent probe into the alleged snooping. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Cen- tre, had submitted before the top court that the government will disclose all details in connection with the Pegasus case before a panel of domain experts but not on an affidavit for national security reasons. Mehta said there are terror organisations, which better not know which software is used to combat terror etc. The pleas seeking an independent probe are related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus. An international media consortium has reported that over 300 Indian mobile phone numbers were on the list of potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware. Then, a bench of Justices M.R. Shah and A.S. Bopanna asked the Centre to consider suicide committed by Covid positive patients as Covid death cases to enable their family members for compensation. The top court noted that the person must have taken the extreme step due to the suffering from Covid infection. The bench was informed by the Centre that a Covid19 case, admitted to the hospital/in-patient facility, and who continued to be admitted beyond 30 days but died, will also be treated as a Covid-19 death. The government said that the MoHFW and ICMR has further clarified that death certificate indicating Covid-19 deaths either already issued prior to 3 September guidelines or as rectified by the District level committee shall be treated as the valid document for considering any death as ‘death due to Covid-19’. India, UK hold talks on vaccine certification NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER British High Commissioner Alex Ellis on Thursday said India and the UK held “excellent” technical discussion on the issue of vaccine certification. “An important step forward in our joint aim to facilitate travel and fully protect public health of UK and India,” he tweeted. Referring to new British travel rules, Ellis had on Wednesday said there was no problem with Covishield vaccine and that the main issue is Covid-19 vaccine certification done through the CoWIN app. Following India’s strong criticism over the UK’s refusal to recognise Covishield, London on Wednesday amended its new guidelines to include the Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine in its updated international travel advisory. However, Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK notwithstanding the amendment, UK officials clarified on Wednesday saying the inclusion of the vaccine will not make much of a difference. The UK government said that Covid-19 vaccine certification from all countries must meet a “minimum criteria” and that it is working with India on a “phased approach” to its internaPTI tional travel norms. Modi meets global CEOs, highlights opportunities G-4 including India call for UNSC expansion PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON, 23 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met five top American corporate leaders on a oneon-one basis from a range of diverse sectors ranging from drones to 5G, semiconductor, and solar and encouraged them to step up their investments by highlighting the vast opportunities in India. Modi, who arrived here on Wednesday on an official visit to the US during which he will hold the first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, held separate meetings with CEOs of Qualcomm, Adobe, First Solar, General Atomics and Blackstone. "Talking technology...," the Prime Minister's Office said in aTwitter post after Modi's meeting with Qualcomm CEO Cris- Two of the CEOs are Indian Americans ~ Shantanu Narayen from Adobe and Vivek Lall from General Atomics. The three others being Cristiano E Amon from Qualcomm, Mark Widmar from First Solar, and Stephen A Schwarzman from Blackstone tiano Amon and First Solar CEO Mark Widmar. "PM Modi highlighted the vast opportunities India offers. Mr. Amon expressed keenness to work with India in areas such as 5G and other" Digital India efforts, it added. Modi described his meeting with Amon as "fruitful" and said they talked about leveraging technology for greater public good and tech opportunities in India. "He was interested in India's strides in 5G and our efforts such as PMWANI to boost connectivity," Modi said. During his meeting with Widmar, Modi discussed India's renewable energy landscape and welcomed the leading US-based manufacturer of solar panels to invest in the country. "The subject of solar energy is very close to my heart, because it concerns the future of our planet. Met the CEO of @FirstSolar, Mr. Mark Widmar and discussed why India is the right destination to invest in solar energy. Also talked about our green hydrogen mission," Modi tweeted. Widmar shared plans to use the Indian government's ambitious production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for manufacturing solar power equipment with unique thinfilm technology and integrating India into global supply chains, it added. In his meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Modi discussed Adobe's ongoing activities in India and future investment plans. The discussions also focused on India's flagship programme Digital India, and the use of emerging technologies in sectors like health, education and R&D. Modi also met Vivek Lall, chief executive of General Atomics, and Stephen A Schwarzman from Blackstone. CMYK NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER India and the other G-4 nations have strongly pitched for an expansion of the UN Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories to enable the body to effectively deal with the ever-complex and evolving challenges to the maintenance of international peace and security. The G-4 nations, which also include Japan, Germany and Brazil, support each other's candidature for inclusion in the UNSC. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participated in a G-4 meeting in New York last evening on the margins of the UN General Assembly along with Foreign Minister of Brazil Carlos Alberto Franco Franca, Foreign Minister The G-4, which also include Japan, Germany and Brazil, support each other's candidature for inclusion in the United Nations Security Council of Germany Heiko Maas and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Motegi Toshimitsu. A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today said the four foreign ministers underlined the urgency of reforming the UNSC in order to make it more legitimate, effective and representative by reflecting the reality of the contemporary world, including developing countries and major contributors, the G4 Ministerial Joint Press Statement said. They expressed their strong determination to work towards launching text-based negotiations without further delay in the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN), on the basis of a single document, with a view to its adoption in the General Assembly. The ministers instructed their delegations to the UN to support the efforts of the President of the 76th General Assembly Abdulla Shahid and the IGN chairs, and to identify ways to develop a single consolidated text as a basis for a draft resolution. The four ministers also decided to intensify dialogue with all interested member states, including other reformminded countries and groups, in order to seek concrete outcomes in a definite time frame.
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