SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 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 PUNJAB CABINET EXPANSION TODAY; NEW FACES LIKELY AFRICAN ALARM P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likely to occur. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 32-27 degrees Celsius. P5 P10 ‘Using terror as tool’: PM slams Pak at UNGA RAINFALL: 0.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Modi calls for ensuring no country tries to take advantage of Afghan crisis Max. 97 % PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE Min. 77 % Max: 31.5 °C(-1) Min: 27.1 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:27 hrs 17:30 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 20:19 hrs 08:57 hrs Next moon quarter on 29 September THUMBNAILS Student activists protest against the Assam police killing of a Muslim. At the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. SNS Rights activist Kamla Bhasin passes away at 75: Eminent women's rights activist, poet and author Kamla Bhasin passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 75. Bhasin, a prominent voice in the women's movement in India and South Asia, breathed her last at a New Delhi hospital. Delhi HC allows abortion at 22 weeks: The Delhi High Court has allowed a woman to medically terminate her 22-week pregnancy as a certain congenital anomaly was detected in the foetus, saying psychological harm is likely to be caused to her when the child is born. Justice Palli considered that the USG report of the 31year-old petitioner indicated that the child will suffer from various physical deformities . Punjab beat Hyderabad: Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs in their Indian Premier League match in Sharjah on Saturday. West Indian Jason Holder's impressive all -round show with the bat and ball failed to help Hyderabad get the better of Punjab Kings who put up a modest 125 for 7 in their stipulated 20 (Earlier report on Page 12) overs. Shah: Govt will announce new cooperative policy soon STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah today said the government will soon announce a new Cooperative policy that will boost the country’s rural economy. Addressing the first National Cooperative Conference, Shah said the Centre will work closely with States to strengthen the cooperative movement. About 91 per cent of Indian villages have cooperative institutions. Shah, who is also the Union Home Minister, announced that the number of primary agriculture cooperatives (PACs) will be increased to three lakh in the next five years. At present, there are about 65,000 PACs. He said the objective of PM Modi in setting up the Cooperation Ministry is to make development accessible to rural areas, particularly the most deprived among them. The Ministry of Cooperation was announced in the Union Budget in 2021. Addressing the gathering comprising over 2,100 representatives of different cooperatives and nearly six crore online participants, Shah said some people wonder why the Centre created this new Ministry as the cooperatives are a State subject. The Centre, he stressed, will cooperate with states and “there will be no friction”. The conference was organized by India’s leading cooperative organization IFFCO, National Cooperative Federation of India, Amul, Sahakar Bharti, NAFED, KRIBHCO and all cooperatives together. ‘MOTHER OF DEMOCRACY’ UNITED NATIONS, 25 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that countries with “regressive thinking” that are using terrorism as a “political tool” must understand that it is an “equally big threat” for them also, in a veiled attack on Pakistan which is accused by its neighbours of providing safe havens to terrorists. Addressing the 76th UN General Assembly session here, Prime Minister Modi also called for ensuring that no country “tries to take advantage of the delicate situation in Afghanistan and use it for its own selfish interests.” “Today, the world is facing an increased threat of regressive thinking and extremism. In such a situation, the entire world must make science-based, rational and progressive thinking the basis for development. In order to strengthen a science-based approach, India is pro- I represent a country that is proud to be known as the mother of democracy. On 15th of August this year, India entered into the 75th year of its independence P NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER The statement came a day after India in the UN General Assembly said that unlike Pakistan, India is a pluralistic democracy with a substantial population of minorities who have gone on to hold highest offices in the country moting experience-based learning,” he told the UNGA meeting. “On the other hand, countries with regressive thinking that are using terrorism as a political tool must understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them,” Modi said in an apparent reference to Pakistan. Pakistan's neighbours, including Afghanistan’s previous government and India, and the US have long accused Islamabad of providing safe haven and support to militants. Modi said it is absolutely essential to ensure that Afghan territory is not used to spread, terrorism, and for terrorist attacks. Pakistan, specially its intelligence agencies, has close ties with the Afghan Taliban, including its dreaded faction the Haqqani Network, which has seized control of Kabul last month. The Haqqani Network, believed to be behind a number of kidnappings and attacks against US interests in Afghanistan, was accused of bombing the Indian mission in Kabul in 2008 in one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan capital that killed 58 people. Four top leaders of the Haqqani Network are holding key positions in the interim Taliban government which includes at least 14 Cabinet members blacklisted by the UN. Under India’s Presidency last month, the UN Security Council adopted a strong resolution reiterating “the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan, including those individuals and entities designated pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), and notes the Taliban's relevant commitments.” At the time, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had said that the resolution “underlines terrorist individuals and entities designated by UN Security Council (resolution) 1267. This is of direct importance to India." “The adoption of the resolution is a strong signal from the UNSC and the international community on its expectations in Afghanistan,” he had said. UNITED NATIONS, 25 SEPTEMBER Mourning the loss of lives lost due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reiterated India’s commitment to start giving vaccines to needy persons in other countries, even as he gave a clarion call to manufacturers to “Come, Make Vaccine in India”. “For the last one-anda-half years, the whole world is facing the biggest pandemic in 100 years. I pay homage to all those who lost their lives in such a terrible pandemic and extend my condolences to the families,” Modi said, addressing the high-level 76th United Nations General Assembly session here. India’s vaccine delivery platform - COWIN, is providing digital support for hundreds of millions of vaccine doses in a single day, he said. India had stopped the export of Covid-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country hard in April this year. On Monday, India said it will resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme and to meet its commit- Active Covid count continues to drop; below 1% NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 85 crores with over 62 lakh vaccine doses being administered on Saturday till 7 pm, the Union health ministry said. “In a landmark achievement, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 85 crore landmark milestone (85,54,78,279) today. More than 62,42,122 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today,” it said. More than 82.57crore vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far by the Centre and through direct state procurement category. PTI India recorded 29,616 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours but also reported 28,046 recoveries in the same time span, increasing the total number of Covid recoveries in the nation to 3,28,76,319. As per the health bulletin, a total of 28,046 people have recovered from Covid in India in the last 24 hours, pushing the total recovery to 3,28,76,319. The recovery rate now stands at 97.78 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. The new coronavirus infection cases recorded on Saturday are 5.6 per cent lower than what was registered on Friday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE There are 3,01,442 active cases in the country at present, 1,280 more than the figure reported on Friday. India’s active caseload accounts for less than one per cent of total covid cases, the Union Health Ministry updates showed. The total active cases in India is 0.90 per cent. Of the five states which registered the most number, are Kerala with 17,983 cases, Maharashtra with 3,286 cases, Tamil Nadu with 1,733 cases, Mizoram with 1,322 cases and Andhra Pradesh with 1,246 cases. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 762 fresh Covid cases and 11 deaths with Kolkata recording 137 cases and 2 deaths. Identify and electrify left-out houses under SAUBHGYA scheme, states told VIJAY THAKUR NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Centre on Saturday asked all state governments to launch special campaigns for SAUBHGYA scheme and identify all left out un-electrified households so as it could be provided with electricity connections. The scheme was launched four years ago to electrify all left out households in rural as well as in urban areas. In the past 18 months more than 2.63 crore households have been electrified in rural and urban areas under the scheme claimed the Union Power Ministry. The Ministry said more than 2.82crore households have been electrified since the scheme was launched four years ago. SAUBHAGYA is one of the largest household electrifi- LIGHT UP The scheme was launched four years ago to electrify all left out households in rural as well as in urban areas. More than 2.63 crore households have been electrified in rural and urban areas in the past 18 months and 2.82 crore in the last four years cation drives in the world, which was launched by the Modi Government on 25 September, 2017. The objective of the scheme was to achieve Universal Household electrification in India through last mile connectivity and providing access to electricity to all un-electrified houses of the poor. The scheme has become very popular in the rural and urban areas. “Nearly 18.85 unelectrified houses’ from Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jarkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Assam and Uttar Pradesh, who were unwilling to take the connections in 2019, have now come forward to take it under scheme,” said a senior officer of the Power Ministry. The total financial implication of the project was Rs. 16,320 crore with Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs. 12,320 crore. The outlay for the rural households was Rs. 14,025 crore with the GB support of Rs. 10,587.50 crore. For the urban households, the outlay stood at Rs. 2,295 crore and GB support of Rs. 1,732.50 crore. The Government of India largely provided funds for the scheme to all States. 3,36,24,419 3,01,442 29,616 28,046 4,46,658 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 ‘Pakistan an arsonist’: India’s strong reply to Imran Khan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER New Delhi slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against India and described the neighouring country as “an arsonist disguising itself as a fire-fighter.” Exercising India’s ‘Right of Reply’ in response to the Pakistani leader’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Indian diplomat Sneha Dubey said, “Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, in fact, the entire world has suffered because of their policies.” Referring to Khan’s remarks on the minorities in India, Dubey, the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, said, “Today, the minorities in Pakistan, the Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, live in constant fear and state-sponsored suppression of their Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, in fact, the entire world has suffered because of their policies. INDIAN DIPLOMAT SNEHA DUBEY IN RESPONSE TO THE PAKISTAN PM’S SPEECH AT THE UNGA rights. This is a regime where anti-Semitism is normalised by its leadership and even justified.” She said pluralism is a concept which was very difficult to understand for Pakistan which constitutionally prohibited its minorities from aspiring to hold high offices. Unlike Pakistan, India was a country where people belonging to the minority communities have held high offices, such as President, Prime Minister, Chief Justices and Chiefs of Army Staff. About Khan’s allegations of “war crimes” by India, Dubey recollected India, US condemn cross-border terror WASHINGTON, 25 SEPTEMBER ment to the COVAX global pool. "India, which lives on Sewa Paramo Dharma (service is the main duty), is engaged in vaccination development and manufacturing despite limited resources. I want to inform UNGA that India has developed the world's first DNA vaccine, which can be administered to all people above the age of 12 years,” Modi said at the UNGA. Covid vaccination crosses 85 crore P12 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Modi invites vaccine manufacturers to ‘make in India’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA DC BEAT RR BY 33 RUNS CANADIANS RELEASED AFTER HUAWEI CFO RESOLVES U.S. CHARGES Stepping up their joint fight againt terrorism, India and the US have said that they will take concerted action against all terror groups, including those proscribed by the United Nations, condemned cross-border terrorism and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice. A joint statement issued after the first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday said that the United States and India stand together in a shared fight against global terrorism. The two leaders reaffirmed that the United States and India “will take concerted action against all terrorist groups, including groups proscribed by the UNSCR 1267 Sanctions Committee.” They “condemned cross-border terrorism, and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice. They denounced any use of terrorist proxies and emphasised the importance of denying any logistical, financial or military support to terrorist groups which could be In a joint statement, the two sides condemned cross-border terrorism, and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice used to launch or plan terror attacks,” the joint statement said. Pakistan-based radical cleric Hafiz Saeed’s Jamatud-Dawa (JuD) is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans. Under India’s Presidency last month, the UN Security Council adopted a strong resolution reiterating “the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan, including those individuals and entities designated pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999. India's permanent seat in UNSC: US President Joe Biden has reiterated America’s support for India’s permanent membership on a refor-med United Nations Security Council and its entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group during his first in-person bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. (More on Page 5 ) the genocide perpetrated in Bangla-desh in 1971 during and before the War of Independence in which more than 3,00,000 people were killed by Pakistan and hundreds of thousand women raped. The Indian diplomat made it clear again that Jammu and Kashmir was, in and would remain an integral part of India. She said it was for Pakistan to vacate the areas illegally occupied by it in Jammu and Kashmir. In his address to the UNGA via video link, Khan sought the intervention of the world community for preventing a conflict between India and Pakistan by resolving the Kashmir issue. “India’s military buildup, development of advanced nuclear weapons, and acquisition of destabilising conventional capabilities, can erode mutual deterrence between the two countries,” he said. (See also Pg 11) Quad pledges to ensure ‘free’ and ‘inclusive’ Indo-Pacific WASHINGTON, 25 SEPTEMBER The Quad leaders have pledged to ensure a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, which is also “inclusive and resilient”, as they noted that the strategically vital region, witnessing China’s growing military manoeuvring, is a bedrock of their shared security and prosperity. The Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue comprises India, the US, Japan and Australia. PM Narendra Modi, his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden after their first in-person Quad summit on Friday described it as an opportunity to refocus themselves and the world on the Indo-Pacific and on our vision for what they hope to achieve. “Together, we recommit to promoting the free, open, rules-based order, rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, to bolster security in the IndoPacific and beyond,” the PTI Quad leaders said. (See P5) Cylonic storm Gulab to hit Odisha, Andhra today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a warning of a cyclone storm that may hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the coming four days and might cause heavy to extremely heavy rains in the region along with very strong winds. In an advisory, IMD said a low pressure area was formed over East Central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood on Friday morning, which further intensified into a deep depression on Saturday and would develop into a cyclonic storm. Late Saturday evening it is going to become a cyclonic storm and move westwards. It is likely to cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur around Kalingapatnam on Sunday evening depending upon the prevailing environmental and sea conditions, said a senior officer of the IMD. Monday morning might witness heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over south Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Vidarbha, and West Bengal with wind speed touching 95 kilometer per hour at some places, the advisory issued by the IMD stated. Kolkata and its adjoining areas, which are still reeling under the impact of torrential rain that occurred earlier this week, should brace for heavy showers next Tuesday and Wednesday owing to this new weather system, the IMD said in its forecast. The deep depression may also bring heavy rain to East Midnapore on Sunday and West Midnapore and South 24 Parganas on Monday. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) today met under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and reviewed the preparedness of Central Ministries and Agencies and State Governments to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm developing in the Bay of Bengal. NDRF has deployed 18 teams in these states and additional teams are also kept in readiness. (See also Pages 3,4,9)
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