CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 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 ‘INDIA NEEDS FOUR OR FIVE SBI-LIKE BIG BANKS’ THE HIDDEN BITE OF SNAP ELECTION P7 CLOSELY-FOUGHT ELECTION USHERS IN POST-MERKEL ERA P8 P10 JADEJA PYROTECHNICS HELP CSK WIN P12 Gulabmakes landfall, 1 AP fisherman dead, 1 missing Prioritise LWE threat, Amit Shah tells states STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RAINFALL: 12.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Home minister seeks joint action to choke flow of funds to red ultras BHUBANESWAR/HYDERABAD, 26 SEPTEMBER Max. 97% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-26 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE Min. 75% Max: 32.2 °C(N) Min: 26.5 °C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:27 hrs 17:29 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 20:58 hrs 09:50 hrs Next moon quarter on 29 September THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the construction site of the new Parliament building around 8.45 p.m. on Sunday evening, without prior intimation, catching the officials by surprise. He spent almost an hour at the site and did a first-hand inspection of the construction status of the building. SNS Bharat bandh today: A 10-hour Bharat Bandh, called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of over 40 farm unions spearheading the farmers' agitation, to mark the first anniversary of the passage of the controversial farm laws last year, starts at 6 a.m. on Monday, and ends at 4 p.m. Around a hundred organisations have extended support for the strike. (P4) STRATEGY NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER nion Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday urged the chief ministers of Maoist-affected states to give priority to addressing the menace so that it can be eradicated within a year and sought a joint strategy to choke the flow of funds to the red ultras. Addressing chief ministers, state ministers and top officials of 10 Maoisthit states, Shah also said that the fight against the Maoists has now reached its final phase and it needs to be accelerated and made decisive, an official statement said. He said the death toll due to the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) violence has come down to 200 in a year. The chief ministers who attended the meeting were Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), K Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya U Mumbai Indians go down meekly: Mumbai Indians' famed batting line--up failed to overhaul Royal Challengers Bangalore' s challenging 165/6 in the stipulated 20 overs in their IPL match on Sunday. The RCB innings was powered by half centuries from skipper Virat Kohli (51) and Glenn (Earlier report on Page 12) Maxwell (56). Modi returns home with 157 artifacts handed over by the USA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 26 SEPTEMBER Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday inducted Jitin Prasada and six others into his Council of Ministers, attempting to balance caste and regional aspirations ahead of the Assembly polls early next year. Prasada, who had recently crossed over to the BJP from the Congress, was administered oath as cabinet minister, while six others were sworn in as Ministers of State. important to neutralise the sources of income of the Maoists. The agencies of the central and the state governments should try to stop this by making a system together, he said. According to sources, intensifying operations against the Maoist, action against their frontal organisations, filling up the security vacuum, choking the flow of funds to extremists and concerted action by the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency and the state police were some of the issues discussed threadbare at the meeting. Shah said the state administrations should be proactive and move ahead in coordination with the central forces. If a regular review is conducted at the levels of the CM, chief secretary and the DGP, the problems of coordination at the lower level will automatically get resolved, Shah said. The home minister said the fight against the LWE is now in a crucial stage and the government is optimistic of reducing the menace to an insignificant level. Observing that the LWE claimed more than 16,000 civilian lives in the last 40 years, he said there has been a consistent decline both in the violence figure and its geographical spread in the last decade. Former Union minister Jitin Prasada, who hails from Shahjahanpur, recently crossed over to the BJP from the Congress Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel administered oath to the new ministers at the Gandhi Auditorium in the Raj Bhawan in the presence of the chief minister. With the latest inductions, the constitutional limit of having a maximum of 60 ministers in the state has been reached. Those inducted as Ministers of State are Palturam, Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Sangeeta Balwant, Dharamveer Singh, Sanjeev Kumar and Dinesh Khatik. Among the new ministers, Prasada is the lone Brahmin face, while Dinesh Khatik and Pal- turam are Scheduled Castes and Sanjeev Kumar is Scheduled Tribe. Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar (Kurmi), Sangeeta Balwant (Bind) and Dharamveer Singh (Prajapati) are from backward castes. Former Union minister Prasada, who hails from Shahjahanpur, is all set to become a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council with the UP government sending his name to UP Governor for approval, an official said. Besides him, the names of Sanjay Nishad, who heads NISHAD (Nirbal Indian Shosit Hamara Aam Dal) party, Chaudhary Virendra Singh Gujjar and Gopal Anjan Bhurji have been recommended as nominated members of the Legislative Council, the official added. It is believed that Prasada’s induction was part of the party’s efforts to woo the Brahmin community. When asked about it recently, Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said that Prasada wanted to join the party way back inspired by the work of Prime Minister Modi. On Friday, Union minister and BJP's in charge for UP Dharmendra Pradhan had announced a tieup with the NISHAD party for the 2022 election. Before Sunday's expansion, there were 23 Cabinet ministers, including the chief minister, nine Ministers of State (independent charge) and 21 Ministers of State. The maximum strength of the cabinet can be 15 per cent of the total Assembly. The UP Assembly has 403 seats. PM urges people to ensure no one 28,236 new Covid cases, 258 deaths left out of vaccination ‘safety circle’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday returned to India on completion of his three-day ‘successful’ visit to the United States with about 157 artifacts and antiquities stolen and smuggled out of the country. The antiquities were handed over to PM Modi by US president Joe Biden following a long process of identification and authentication being carried out by India’s Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) preceding their final hand over. The artifacts and antiquities which were mostly stolen from Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh date back to 11th, 14th and 20th centuries BC and 2nd CE will be sent back to the respective states from where they disappeared under the supervision of ASI once they are handed over by the PMO to ASI. The list of artifacts includes a 1.5-metre bas-relief panel of Revanta in sandstone made in the 10th C, an 8.5 cm tall bronze Nataraj figure from the 12th C, 56 terracotta pieces, several bronze figurines and copper objects and other items of significance. As per initial details of the artifacts, about 60 of the artifacts are linked to Hinduism, 16 to Buddhism and 9 are linked to Jainism. Pradesh), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra) and Hemant Soren (Jharkhand). West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Bhupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan did not attend the meeting. Their states were represented by either a minister or senior officials. The home minister urged all the chief ministers to give priority to the problem of Maoists, also called Left Wing Extremism, for the next one year so that a permanent solution can be found to the problem. It requires building pressure, increasing speed and better coordination, he said. Shah said it is very Meanwhile, a fisherman from Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh lost his life in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday evening while another was missing. Four more fishermen reached shore safely. The six, from Palasa, were returning to their village by sea in a new boat they bought in Odisha two days ago, and were caught in the storm, according to agency reports. In Odisha, evacuation of people from vulnerable areas in the southern districts of Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput and Ganjam was initiated and authorities remained on high alert even though there was no high wind speed nor heavy rain till 11 p.m. Sunday. People were reluctant to shift to shelters as they did not experience heavy rainfall or cyclonic wind.Yet official sources claimed to ha- With eye on polls, Yogi inducts Jitin, 6 others into ministry PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Canada lifts ban on direct flights from India: Canada will allow direct flights from India from Monday, lifting the ban on them after a gap of more than five months. Transport Canada in a tweet said, "Travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada.” Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the review meeting with CMs and officials of Maoist-hit states in the Capital. SNS Filling up the security vacuum Choking the flow of funds to extremists Concerted action by the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency and state police forces. Cyclonic storm Gulabbegan making landfall between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha on Sunday evening, lashing the coastline with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, even as a fisherman from Andhra Pradesh died while another is missing after their boat was caught in the storm. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the landfall process commenced at around 7 p.m, near Modiguda village, 25 km away from Kalingapatnam and continued for the next 2-3 hours. Gulabcrossed the north Andhra Pradesh–south Odisha coasts with a maximum sustained wind speed of 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph, and lay centred at 2030 hrs IST over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, about 160 km south-southwest of Gopalpur and 30 km west of Kalingapatnam, an IMD bulletin issued at 9.15 p.m. said. The system will enter Odisha's Koraput district before moving towards Chhattisgarh on Monday. According to the IMD, the landfall process commenced at around 7 p.m, near Modiguda village, 25 km from Kalingapatnam and continued for 2-3 hours. Gulab crossed the north Andhra Pradesh–south Odisha coasts with a maximum sustained wind speed of 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph Ahead of the festival season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to keep following Covid protocol and ensure that no one is left out of vaccination’s “circle of safety”. Noting that the festival season is approaching, people should remember the fight against Covid. “Team India is making new records everyday in this fight. With regards to vaccination, the country has made many such records which are being talked about the “Team India is making new records everyday in this fight. With regards to vaccination, the country has made many such records which are being talked about the world over” PM NARENDRA MODI world over,” the PM said in the radio broadcast, recorded before he left for US. Asserting that every Indian has an important role in the fight against the pandmeic, Modi said not only one should get the vaccine administered when his or her turn comes, but they should also ensure that no one is left out of this “circle of safety”. “Those around you who have not gotten vaccinated also have to be taken to the vaccine centre. Even after getting vaccinated, the necessary protocol has to be followed,” he said. “I hope that once again Team India will keep the flag flying high in this fight. Wishing you all the best for the forthcoming festivals,” Modi said. The PM also said that people are getting connected to digital transactions through fin-tech Unified Payments Interface (UPI). India recorded 28,236 new Covid-19 cases during the past 24 hours while 258 people died of the coronavirus during the same period increased the cumulative tally of deaths to 4,46,948. On Saturday, nearly 26,032 patients recovered and has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients from the beginning of the pandemic to 3,29,02,351. Recovery Rate is currently at its highest peak, 97.77%, said a senior officer of the Union Health Ministry. With the administration of 68,42,786 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid- 19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 85.60 crore as per provisional reports till 7 a.m. today. This has been achieved through 83,64,110 sessions. Government is committed to accelerate the pace and expand the scope of Covid vaccination in the country. “More than 83.54 crore free vaccine doses have been provided to States so far through the Government of India through direct state procurement category. Further, more than 1.17 Crore doses are in the pipeline,” the officer said. Bengal:West Bengal today recorded 748 fresh Covid cases and 9 deaths with Kolkata recording 139 cases and 1 death. 3,36,52,745 3,03,476 28,326 26,032 4,46,918 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 The total Covid case count is 15,66,393 and toll is 18,736 in the state till now while there are 7,683 active cases. ve evacuated 40,000 people. District authorities of Gajapati, Koraput and Rayagada said at 10 p.m. there were only brief spells of rain without much wind. Prime Minister Modi spoke with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured them of the Centre’s support in facing the situation arising in the wake of Gulab. The Navy has kept two ships ready and put on standby naval aircraft at Naval Air Stations INS Dega at Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake necessary rescue and relief measures. With heavy rain predicted for the next two days across the state, Telangana has alerted all districts to open control rooms and monitor the flood situation. In balancing act before polls, Channi picks 7 new ministers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 26 SEPTEMBER Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who took charge of the top post on 20 September, inducted 15 new ministers into his cabinet on Sunday, less than five months ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Eight ministers from former CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s ministry have been included in the Channi cabinet. Channi, 58, was sworn in as the CM of Punjab on Monday after the sudden resignation of Amarinder Singh under pressure from the Congress high command. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath to the 15 cabinet ministers at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday afternoon. In a balancing act ahead of Punjab Assembly polls due in less than five months, seven new faces were inducted into the Channi’s Cabinet on Sunday even as the Congress played it safe by dropping five and retaining eight ministers in the previous Captain Amarinder Singh government. The list of the new ministers was finalised on Friday night following the chief minister’s meeting with the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Details on Pg 5) CJI backs 50 pc women’s quota in judiciary Don’t shift goalposts: India to China PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Sunday exhorted women lawyers to strongly raise their demand for 50 per cent reservation in the judiciary while assuring them of his “total support”. “I don’t want you to cry but with anger, you have to shout and demand that we need 50 per cent reservation,” he said. The CJI said that it’s an issue of thousands of years of suppression and women are entitled to the reservation and added, “It’s a matter of right, and not a matter a charity.” He said, “I want to say that I strongly recommend and support the demand of a certain percentage of reservation PRESS TRUST OF INDIA I don't want you to cry but with anger, you have to shout and demand that we need 50 per cent reservation. It's a matter of right, and not a matter a charity N V RAMANA CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA in all law schools of the country for women, so that they can join the judiciary.” Speaking at a felicitation function organised by Lady Advocates of Supreme Court for the nine newly appointed judges, including three women judges, CJI Ramana said he has modified Karl Marx’s “Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chain” quote for the occasion and added: “Women of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chain.” The CJI said, “You all are laughing. Yes, I don’t want you to cry but with anger, you have to shout and demand that we need 50 per cent reservation. It's not a small issue but an issue of thousands of years of suppression. It is high time we have 50 per cent representation of women in the judiciary. You are entitled (to it), it’s a matter of right. It is not a matter a charity. It is unfortunate that some things are realised very late.” “All my sisters and all of you have carved out exceptions for people in the society and women of the society and for that matter youngsters whether male or female are all waiting and looking at you as if you are role models. “Your success stories will make them more impulsive and we expect more women will join the profession and we will achieve the goal of 50 per cent shortly. I wholeheartedly support all initiatives taken by you,” he said. “In the entire country, in subordinate judiciary less than 30 per cent are women, in high courts women judges are 11.5 per cent and in Supreme Court four women judges out of 33, that is 11 or 12 per cent,” the Chief Justice of India said. He said that out of 1.7 million advocates in the country only 15 per cent are women. CMYK BEIJING, 26 SEPTEMBER India has told China not to “shift goalposts” and “confuse” managing the border affairs and restoring peace at the frontiers with the larger issue of the resolution of the boundary question, which is dealt with by different designated mechanisms. After the standoff erupted in eastern Ladakh in May last year, India has consistently maintained that peace and tranquillity in the border areas are essential for the overall development of relations between the two countries. Besides being neighbours, India and China are also large and emerging economies and “it is not unusual to have differences and problems”, Indi- Indian envoy Vikram Misri told China not to “confuse” managing the border affairs and restoring peace at the frontiers with the larger issue of the resolution of the boundary question, which is dealt with by different designated mechanisms an envoy to China Vikram Misri said while addressing the 4th High-level Track II Dialogue on China-India Relations held on 23 September. “The key question is how to deal with them and ensure that outcomes are informed by reasonableness, maturity and respect for peace and tranquillity along our frontiers,” Misri said. The meeting held virtually was co-hosted by the School of International Studies of Sichuan University (SCU), China Centre for South Asian Studies and Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MPIDSA). Besides Misri, China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong also participated in the meeting. Referring to “multi-faceted dialogue” held by the two countries since last year, including several rounds of talks between the top military officials on both sides and the meetings between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to resolve the military standoff in Eastern Ladakh, Misri said: “These contacts have resulted in significant progress on the ground”.
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