FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 OCTOBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BJP ASSURES BSY’S SOLO TOUR BECOMES PARTY AFFAIR JUDGE SUSPENDS SPEARS’S FATHER FROM CONSERVATORSHIP P10 Generally cloudy sky. Very light rain/ thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE Min: 26.4°C (+3) SUN SETS 18:07 hrs MOON SETS 15:06 hrs THUMBNAILS RANJEET JAMWAL NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, 30 SEPTEMBER F A monk stands on the banks of Pangong Tso ANI Lake, in Leh on Thursday. New Indian Air Force chief takes charge: Protecting India's sovereignty and integrity will be ensured at any cost, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said on Thursday after taking charge as the Chief of the Indian Air Force. Chaudhari succeeds Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria after the latter’s retirement. (P5) CSK qualify for playoffs: Chennai Super Kings put up a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 134/7 in the IPL in Sharjah on Thursday. They struggled initially in their quest to get to the modest target but got there in the end to become the first team to make the (Earlier report on Pg 12) playoffs. ormer Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said he was not joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but had no intention of continuing in the Congress, which he said was going downhill with senior leaders completely ignored and not given a voice. Denying any move to join the BJP Amarinder said , he would leave the Congress where he had been utterly humiliated and was not trusted. “I will resign. Will not stay in the party,” he said. “I will not be treated in this humiliating manner. I will not take such insults,” Amarinder said, adding that his principles and beliefs do not allow him to stay in the Congress. Returning to Chandigarh from New Delhi, Amarinder affirmed that he is quitting the Congress but not joining the BJP. Asked if the Congress government should go for a floor test to prove its majority following his deci- Congress is going downhill with senior leaders completely ignored and not given a voice CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH Amarinder Singh addresses a press meet in Mohali on Thursday. ANI Continuing his attack on Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder said the cricketer-turned-politician is not the right man for Punjab. sion to quit the party, the former CM said it’s for the Assembly Speaker to see if a party has lost majority. Amarinder maintained that his meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi were concerned with the issues of security in the border state where drones were being sent from Pakistan on a daily basis. Continuing his attack on Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amar-inder said the crick- eter-turned-politician is not the right man for Punjab. “I will not let him (Sidhu) win from wherever he contests Punjab Assembly polls,” he said. On Sidhu’s resignation as Punjab Congress chief over certain appointments by the Charanjit Singh Channi government, Amarinder said it’s the CM’s prerogative to appoint or remove an officer. “In my over nine years as CM, I have not seen such a situation created by Sidhu,” he added. 69 pc adults got one dose, 25 pc both India blames China for E.Ladakh standoff PTI & SNS NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER Sixty-nine per cent of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 25 per cent has been administered both the doses, the government said on Thursday. It also said that increased population density raises chances of Covid spread and it will be prudent to avoid non-essential travel and observe festivity at low key. The ministry said 65,34,306 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 were administered in the last 24 hours. This pushed the total number of inoculations done since the drive’s launch earlier this year to 3,37,39,980 2,77,020 23,529 28,718 4,48,062 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 88,34,70,578. Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 64.1 per cent doses of Covid vaccine has been administered in vaccination centres in rural areas and 35 per cent in urban areas. Bhushan also stressed that the number of Covid19 tests that are done every day has not reduced and it is still between 15 to 16 lakh tests a day. Meanwhile, India witnessed yet another surge in daily Covid cases with about a 25 per cent rise in fresh cases on Thursday over last day’s figures, as fresh Covid19 cases mounted to 23,529 after three days, according to Health Ministry’s data. India had reported less than 20,000 Covid-19 cases for the last three days. India hit out at China on Thursday for once again holding it responsible for the eastern Ladakh standoff, asserting that the “provocative” behaviour and “unilateral” attempts by the Chinese military to alter the status quo resulted in a serious disturbance of peace in the region. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said China continues to deploy a large number of troops and armaments in the border areas and it was in response to Chinese actions that the Indian armed forces had to make appropriate counter deployments. India’s reaction came in response to China’s fresh allegation that the “root cause” of the tensions between the two PTI countries was New Delhi. After Azad-Sibal demand, CWC meet ‘soon’ S PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet “very soon”, the party said on Thursday, a day after some senior leaders demanded such a meeting in the face of multiple deser- tions and turmoil in the organisation. Chief spokesperson of the Congress Randeep Surjewala said the party president had indicated last week that a meeting of the CWC, the top decisionmaking body of the party, would be called very soon. “Before leaving for Shimla, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had already indicated that a CWC meeting shall be called very soon. Accordingly, the CWC meeting shall be held in the coming days,” Surjewala said. OnWednesday, senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, who are part of a group of 23 leaders seeking organisational revamp, demanded that a meeting of the CWC be convened immediately to discuss internal party issues such as a spate of defections from the party and turmoil in many state units including Punjab. Assaulted IAF officer ‘forced’ to withdraw complaint There should be one PG medical college in every district: PM Modi COIMBATORE, 30 SEPTEMBER JAIPUR, 30 SEPTEMBER A 28-year-old female Air Force officer at the Air Force Administrative College here who was sexually assaulted, has levelled serious charges against the IAF authorities, including subjecting her to a banned two-finger finger test to ascertain rape, which was banned by Supreme Court, and also forcing her to withdraw the complaint against the accused flight Lieutenant. Police had arrested the accused Amitesh Harmukh on 25 September. Both the rape victim and the accused, hailing from Chhattisgarh, were part of a training course and had attended a party in the officers’ mess on the night of PTI 9 September. The government is making efforts to ensure each district of the country has a medical college or an institution for post-graduate medical education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. He also said the gap in medical education and delivery of health services is being reduced and that the government's focus is on preventive healthcare as well as promoting ayurveda and yoga. In six years, more than 170 medical colleges have been completed and work on over 100 new medical colleges is going on at a fast pace, Modi said at a virtual ceremony to mark the foundation stone laying of four med- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ical colleges and inauguration of the Institute of Petrochemicals Technology in Rajasthan. “The Centre is making efforts that there should be one medical college or institution for PG (post-graduate) medical education in every district,” he said. Talking about the erstwhile Medical Council of India (MCI), he said that questions used to be raised on its decisions and there were allegations on its transparency. These had an adverse impact on quality of medical education and delivery of health services, the prime minister said. He said after efforts and many challenges, the government was finally able to bring reform by forming the National Medical Commission in place of the MCI. The impact of the commission is now visible, Prime Minister Modi said. The Centre worked on a national approach and a new national policy to transform the health sector, Modi said. “Health is a state subject and I know what difficulties are there, because I was also a chief minister. The problem here was that the health system was divided and there was a lack connectivity and collective approach at the national level,” he said. RONALDO SCORES LATE WINNER FOR UNITED P9 Amarinder vows to not let Sidhu win from wherever he contests in Punjab Min: 59% Max: 35.2°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 01:43 hrs P4 Quitting Cong, but won’t join BJP: Capt WEATHER Max: 86% NORTH KOREA’S KIM SEEKS BETTER TIES WITH SOUTH Earlier, terming the senior Congressmen as thinkers, who were critical to the future of the party, the former CM said the younger leadership should be promoted to implement the plans, which the senior leaders are best equipped to formulate. Unfortunately, the seniors were being completely sidelined, he said, adding this was not good for the party. He also condemned the attack on Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s house by party workers only because he had chosen to express views that were not palatable to the party leadership. Misgovernance in Punjab would give Pakistan the opportunity to create trouble in the state and in the country, he said. Meanwhile, a nearly two-hour meeting between Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Sidhu in Chandigarh apparently broke the logjam over the latter's resignation from state Congress chief's post with the two leaders said to have reached consensus on some issues while others remain to be resolved. (More on Pg 3) P12 SC collegium approves 16 names for elevation as judges to four HCs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER In a bid to fill up vacancies in the country’s higher judiciary, the Supreme Court Collegium recommended 16 names for elevation as judges of the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat, Orissa and Punjab and Haryana. In its meeting held on Wednesday, the Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, approved the proposal for elevation of 16 names ~six judicial officers and 10 advocates as judges of these four high courts. The Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of four judicial officers~A L Pansare, S C More, U S JoshiPhalke and B P Deshpande~ as judges of the Bombay High Court, according to the statements uploaded on the apex court website on Thursday. The Collegium has recommended names of advocates Aditya Kumar Mohapatra and Mruganka Sekhar Sahoo and judicial officers Ra d h a K r i s h n a Pa t tanaik and Sashikanta Mishra for their elevation as judges of the The Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, approved the proposal for elevation of 16 names ~ six judicial officers and 10 advocates as judges of the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat, Orissa and Punjab and Haryana Orissa High Court. For the Gujarat High Court, the Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of seven advocates ~ Mauna Manish Bhatt, Samir J Dave, Hemant M Prachchhak, Sandeep N Bhatt, Anir uddha Pradyumna Mayee, Niral Rashmikant Mehta and Nisha Mahendrabhai Thakore ~as judges there. The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 29 September, has approved the proposal for elevation of Sandeep Moudgil, advocate, as judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Besides the Chief Justice of India, the threem e m b e r Co l l e g i u m which deals with the appointment in high courts includes Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar. Implement law to end farmers’ blockades, top court tells govt How can highways be blocked perpetually? Where does it end SUPREME COURT BENCH STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Centre and state governments over the continued road blockades and c o n g e s t i o n c a u s e d by protests. Emphasising that roads cannot remain blocked perpetually, a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul asked the Centre what steps has it taken to remove the road blockade by farmers, protesting against the three agriculture laws at Delhi borders. “We have already laid down the law and you have to implement it. If we encroach, then you may say that we have trespassed on your domain. How to implement the law is your business. The court has no means to implement it,” the bench told the Centre’s counsel: The top court said there are grievances, which need t o b e a d d re s s e d a n d queried, “How can highways be blocked perpetually? Where does it end”.
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