CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 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 ASSAM GOVT ORDERS PROBE INTO GORUKHUTI INCIDENT NORTH KOREA OFFERS TALKS P11 P5 APARAJIT CHAKRABORTY Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 17.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE P7 P12 Shootout in Delhi court: Gangster killed by gunmen posing as lawyers WEATHER Max. 98% DELHI CAPITALS LOOK TO CONSOLIDATE ‘CHILDREN SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL’ Min. 81% 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 Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur felicitates actor Sidharth Malhotra at the inaugural ceremony of the 1st Himalayan Film Festival, organised as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahot(See P5) sav’. In Leh on Friday. SNS Sensex hits 60,000 mark: It took just eight months for the BSE benchmark Sensex to cover the journey from 50,000 in January this year to scale the unprecedented 60,000 mark for the first time on Friday. The strong bull rally on Dalal Street has seen the benchmark index rising 10,000 points after hitting the 50,000 mark in intra-day trade on 21 January, 2021. (P8) NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER Gunmen dressed as lawyers barged into a courtroom in the national capital’s Rohini on Friday and shot dead Jitender alias Gogi, one of Delhi’s most wanted gangsters, in a dramatic shootout that ended with both assailants also killed in retaliatory firing by members of Delhi police’s special cell. The incident took place in Rohini court number 206 when Jitender was about to be produced for a hearing. The sudden exchange of fire led to chaos and panic inside the court as it took place at a time when several court sessions were going on and many people were present in the court. “Two criminals opened fire at gangster Jitender Mann, alias Gogi when he was taken to the (Rohini) court for a hearing. In retaliation, police shot dead both the attackers. One of them was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000,” Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said. A woman lawyer was also injured during the shootout, police said. Asthana said that the killers belonged to the rival ‘Tillu’ gang, though he clarified that it was “not a gang war”. An eyewitness, Satyanarayan Sharma, said that around 25-30 rounds were fired. Police sources said Gogi’s murder inside the courtroom can be linked to a 2018 incident in which a ‘Tillu gang’ member was shot dead by Gogi’s men in the vicinity of the same court. “The shootout at Rohini Court is a major security lapse. We condemn it. Such incidents have been Police personnel and others following the shootout at the Rohini Court, in the Capital on Friday. (inset photo) Jitender alias Gogi, the gangster who was shot dead. SNS repeatedly happening, court security is at stake. Despite raising this issue to Delhi CP, no concrete step has been taken,” said Rakesh Sherawat, chairman, Bar Council of Delhi. “The question on whether the metal detec- Modi, Biden hold first in-person talks ‘Stronger, closer, tighter ties’, says Biden as he hosts Modi at White House Harris talks about defending democracies with PM Modi Voicing concern over the threat to democracies around the world, Vice President Kamala Harris has underscored the need to defend democratic principles and institutions in both India and the United States. Harris made the remarks on Thursday in a joint media appearance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their first in-person meeting at the White House during which they decided to further cement the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed global issues of common interest, including Afghanistan and the IndoPacific. “As democracies around the world are under threat, it is imperative that we defend democratic principles and institutions within our respective countries and around the world,” Harris told Prime MinisPTI ter Modi. Modi said this decade will be shaped by talent and people-to-people linkages. “I am glad the Indian diaspora is making an active contribution towards the US’ progress.” He said that technology is becoming a driving force. “We have to utilise our talents to leverage technology for greater global good.” Noting that trade will be an important factor in Indo-US ties in the coming decade, the Prime Minister said that there is much to be done in the area. While the two leaders have met earlier when Biden was the Vice President of the country, this is for the first time that Biden is meeting Modi after he became the 46th president of the US in January. Both Biden and Modi have spoken over the phone multiple times and have attended a few virtual summits. “This morning I’m hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House for a bilateral meeting. I look forward to strengthening the deep ties between our two nations, working to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, and tackling everything from Covid-19 to climate change,” Biden tweeted before the meeting. India, the US and other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising influence. More on Pages 5,10 WASHINGTON, 24 SEPTEMBER POCSO case: A single bench of Justice Shircy V of the Kerala High Court ruled that a settlement or marriage between a rapist and the survivor is not the grounds to quash proceedings against the accused, especially when the offences attract the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. Chennai win: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match on Friday, openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (38) and Faf du Plessis (31) putting up a solid opening stand to overhaul (Earlier report on Page 12) RCB’s 156. 761 candidates clear 2020 civil services exam: UPSC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTE,MBER WASHINGTON, 24 SEPTEMBER A total of 761 candidates, 545 men and 216 women, have cleared the coveted civil services examination 2020, with engineering graduates Shubham Kumar and Jagrati Awasthi bagging the first and second ranks respectively. The Union Public Service Commission on Friday declared the results of the examination, conducted annually to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers, among other civil servants. Kumar (photo) a he relationship between India and US, the two largest democracies in the world, is destined to be “stronger, closer and tighter,” US President Joe Biden said on Friday as he hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House for the first bilateral meeting during which the two leaders discussed a wide range of priority issues, including combating Covid-19, climate change and economic cooperation. Prime Minister Modi, who is visiting the US for the seventh time after T Bachelor of Technology (civil engineering) graduate from IIT Bombay, has qualified the examination with anthropology as his optional subject. Awasthi is the topper among women candidates. She completed B.Tech (electrical engineering) from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT ), Bhopal. tors were not working in the court premises is a matter of investigation. We are already investigating the case and no one involved in the shootout will be spared,” Asthana said, adding police will reveal more after a detailed investigation. assuming office in 2014, described Friday’s bilateral summit with Biden as important as they’re meeting at the start of the third decade of this century. “Your leadership will certainly play an important role in how this decade is shaped. The seeds have been sown for an even stronger friendship between India and the US,” Prime Minister Modi told Biden. Biden said the relationship between India and the US, largest democracies in the world, is “destined to be stronger, closer and tighter.” “We are watching a new chapter in India-US ties,” he added. Jitender, a historysheeter, was earlier arrested in 2016 but managed to flee police custody within three months. He was involved in several criminal cases in Delhi, including murders, attempts to murder, extortion, pos- session of illegal arms, carjacking, land grabbing etc. Gogi was arrested in March 2020 under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The MCOCA proposal against Gogi details 19 cases of murder and attempted murder, besides dozens of extortions, dacoities, carjackings and robberies. Even after his arrest, Gogi was found operating freely from behind the bars, police sources said. In February 2017, Gogi is said to have murdered one Devender Pradhan from Alipur as Pradhan’s son was involved in the murder of his associate, Niranjan. Gogi allegedly killed popular Haryana folk singer Harshita Dahiya, a prime witness in a murder case lodged against his close Govt inks deal with Airbus for C-295 MW transport aircraft STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER In what will be a major boost to the tactical airlift capability of the Indian Air Force, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday signed a deal worth almost Rs 20,000 crore with Airbus Defence and Space of Spain to procure 56 C-295 medium transport aircraft. “Contract signed between MinistryOfDefence and @AirbusDefence &Space, Spain for procurement of 56 C-295 transport aircraft for the IAF,” MoD spokesperson A Bharat Bhushan Babu tweeted. The MoD also signed an offset contract with Airbus Defence and Space through which Airbus will discharge its offset obligations through direct pur- Out of 56 aircraft, 40 will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. All the deliveries will be completed within ten years of signing of the contract chase of eligible products and services from Indian offset partners. The two contracts were inked following their approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier this month. “The induction of C295MW will be a significant step towards modernisation of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF),” the MoD said. Out of 56 aircraft, 40will India’s active Covid caseload declining STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER India logged 31,382 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, even as the active cases declined to its lowest in 188 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Friday. The fatality rate stood at 1.33 per cent for the last few weeks. Kerala, which has been reporting the maximum new cases for the last few weeks, witnessed yet another spike on Thursday as it reported 19,682 new cases against 19,675 on Wednesday. 3,35,94,803 3,00,162 31,382 32,542 4,46,368 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2021 Bengal: West Bengal today registered 744 fresh Covid cases and 13 deaths with Kolkata recording130 cases and 3 deaths. UPSC allows unwed women to apply for NDA exam India rejects China’s ‘Indian troops SC DIRECTIVE encroachment’ comment on Galwan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER India today rejected China’s claim that the Galwan Valley incident in Eastern Ladakh on 15 June last year took place because Indian troops encroached upon Chinese territory illegally. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had again claimed at a media briefing in Beijing that the Galwan valley clashes took place because India "encroached upon China's territory" and violated all agreements. “We reject such statements. Our position with regard to developments last year along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh has been clear and consistent. It was the provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the We reject such statements. Our position with regard to developments last year along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh has been clear and consistent. It was the provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Chinese side to alter the status quo in contravention of all our bilateral agreements that resulted in serious disturbance of peace and tranquility. This has also impacted bilateral relations,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said when asked about Beijing’s charge that India violated all the treaties and agreements. The Indian spokesperson said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has already emphasised in his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier this month that it was New Delhi’s expectation that the Chinese side would work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral protocols. Twenty Indian soldiers, including their Commanding Officer Col Santosh Babu, were killed in a bloody clash with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the Galwan Valley incident that had brought the two countries to the brink of war. China recently admitted that it had also lost four of its troops in the incident. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed unmarried women to apply for the national defence academy (NDA) and naval academy exam, an official statement said Friday. The move follows a Supreme Court directive on the issue last month. In compliance with the apex court’s interim direction, the UPSC has decided to open the application on upsconline.nic.in for this exam to enable “unmarried women candidates only” who are otherwise eligible in terms of nationality, age, educational qualification etc, the statement said. Physical standards and the number of vacancies for women candidates would be notified after it is received from The application window will remain open for women candidates from 24 September to 8 October (till 6 p.m.). The examination is scheduled to be held on 14 November Physical standards and the number of vacancies for women candidates would be notified after it is received from the Ministry of Defence The admission of the women candidates in the national defence academy and naval academy examination (II), 2021, will remain provisional and subject to the final outcome of a writ petition pending in the Supreme Court the Ministry of Defence, it said. The application window will remain open for women candidates from 24 September to 8 October (till 6 p.m.), said the statement issued by the UPSC. No application will be accepted beyond the prescribed last date/time, i.e., 08.10.2021(till 6 p.m.) or through any mode other than the aforesaid online mode, the statement said. “Women candidates are not required to pay fee for their application for this examination,” the statement said. The examination is scheduled to be held on 14 November, an official said. The admission of the women candidates in the CMYK associate, Dinesh Karala. A teacher, Deepak, was murdered outside a corporationrun school in November and one Ravi Bhardwaj in Prashant Vihar this January by Gogi’s gang, according to police sources. The two gangs had been engaged in a turf war for years and clashes have been going on even when Gogi was behind bars. Both the gangs have been running extortion rackets in Alipur and Sonipat, police sources said. In the last six years, over 10 members of the two gangs have been killed, the sources said. Gogi was accompanied by members of Delhi police’s counter-intelligence team on Friday, as a few months ago, his associate Kuldeep escaped police custody when he was being produced in Karkardooma court of Delhi. national defence academy and naval academy examination (II), 2021, will remain provisional and subject to the final outcome of a writ petition pending in the court or such other order(s) as may be passed by the Supreme Court and action by the government of India in the matter, the statement said. In a major step towards gender equality, the apex court had on 18 August allowed eligible women to take the examination for admission to national defence academy. A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy passed the interim order on a plea filed by a person named Kush Kalra who sought a direction to the authorities concerned to allow eligible female candidates to appear in the ‘national defence academy and naval academy examination’ and train at the NDA. be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. All the deliveries will be completed within ten years of signing of the contract. All 56 aircraft will be installed with indigenous electronic warfare suite. After completion of the delivery, the subsequent aircraft manufactured in India can be exported to countries which are cleared by the Government of India. The aircraft will replace the ageing Avro transport aircraft of IAF, and is capable of operating from semiprepared strips and has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo. It will be of immense help to the IAF in its operations in the Northern and N-E sector and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ivermectin, HCQ dropped from Covid treatment guidelines STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 SEPTEMBER Two drugs, Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) that were being used in the clinical management of Covid-19 patients have been dropped from the revised guidance protocol for management of adult Covid 19 patients. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s Covid-19 national task force made the recommendation to drop the use of these two drugs in its revised guidelines. The clinical guidance version dated 19 May, 2021, prepared jointly by the AIIMS and ICMR~ national task force for Covid-19 and the Joint Monitoring Group was reviewed on 20 August, in the context of lack of evidence of a potential therapeutic effect of the widely used medicines against the coronavirus. Many studies showing increased mortality risk (10/13) and low mortality benefit of HCQ (2/13) were the reason behind dropping Hydroxychloroquine. The drug is also known to increase the risk of address drug effect (ADE) when co-administered with Azithromycin. “HCQ may be considered for removal since there is some genuine uncertainty regarding the possible benefit for severe cases and in low dose),” the guidance document says.
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