CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 OCTOBER 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 P10 WEATHER A few spells of light to moderate rain likely. Temper ature likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 97% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3 °C(1) SUN RISES 5:28 hrs MOON RISES 00:13 hrs New moon on 06 P5 Mamata blames DVC, J’khand for WB floods STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 26.2 °C (N) SUN SETS 17:25 hrs MOON SETS 14:06 hrs October THUMBNAILS Artist Manas Sahoo creates a sand art of Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his 152nd birth anniversary. In Puri on Friday. ANI Kovind, V-P greet nation on Gandhi Jayanti: P President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday greeted the nation on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti tomorrow. In his message, the President said, “On the occasion of the 152nd anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, I pay tributes to him on behalf of a grateful nation.” K Rajaraman takes charge as telecom secy: Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer K Rajaraman on Friday took charge as the new telecom secretary. His joining comes following the superannuation of Anshu Prakash on 30 September. Prior to his elevation, Rajaraman was serving as the additional secretary for investments at the Department of Economic Affairs. KOLKATA, 1 OCTOBER hief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held Jharkhand and DVC responsible for the current “man made” flood in the southern part of the state that has claimed two lives including a child in Ghatal and affected over 22 lakh people while attributing it to the unplanned and enhanced discharge of water from dams and barrages in the neighbouring state without information. Miss Banerjee will conduct an aerial survey of some of the flood-hit areas of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly tomorrow. The state administration stated this to be the second massive flood in this season. Many flooded areas were such that those were flooded during July-end but the water had still not receded. Miss Banerjee alleged that lack of dredging in dams and barrages by Jharkhand has led to excessive discharge of water causing the flood situation in Bengal and urged the Jharkhand PBKS beat KKR: Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul performed with the bat to set up a much needed win for the team.Put in to bat, Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop Kolkata Knight Riders at 165 for seven in the Indian Premier League here on Friday. NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER In a move to encourage sugar mills to divert excess sugar cane for ethanol production, the Union Government on Friday d oubles incentive on sugar sacrificed for producing ethanol, from October. The decision was taken with a view to maintain the demand supply position of sugar in the country and to stabilize ex-mill prices of sugar and also to ensure sufficient availability of sugar for domestic consumption. Government on Friday said that incentive on sugar sacrificed for producing ethanol from B-heavy molasses/sugarcane juice/ sugar syrup/sugar has been doubled from October onwards in their monthly release quota. “Now, those sugar mills which will be diverting sugar to ethanol would be getting the entire quantity of sugar sacrificed on producing ethanol in their monthly release quota,” the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution stated. In every sugar season (October-September), production of sugar is around 320-330 Lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) as against the domestic consumption of 260 LMT which results in huge carry over stock of sugar with mills. “MAN-MADE FLOOD’ “ The flood here is due to water release by Jharkhand and DVC. This is unjust. We cannot keep facing such a situation whenever it rains. It’s a man-made flood. If we had prior information of water release then we could have managed to evacuate the people” C WEST BENGAL CM MAMATA BANERJEE Total people affected: Over 22 lakh Evacuated: 4 lakh Total relief camps: 1,500 that accommodates 3 lakh people; over 6 lakh tarpaulin distributed and 2,000 metric tonne rice along with dry food packets RELIEF OPERATION: Total Army deployed: 8 columns including 3 in West Burdwan, 3 in Hooghly and 2 in Howrah NDRF: 25 teams SDRF: 24 teams Over 200 speed boats deployed government to carry out dredging in its reservoirs. She warned of “massive protest” if dredging of dams and barrages is not done to prevent recurrence of floods. Opposition BJP and the Congress said that DVC always apprised the Bengal government before releasing excess water and this time was no exception. “DVC released water at 3 am without prior information. As a result the entire Asansol area was submerged along with Bankura and Purulia. If it rains in Jharkhand and Bihar, we suffer. The Jharkhand government should do dredging. It is a crime. If excessive water is released without information in the dead of the night, how will people save themselves?” she questioned adding that state chief secretary HK Dwivedi has spoken to Jharkhand chief secretary in this regard. DU 1st list: 100 pc cut-off for 10 courses SNS NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P7 West Bengal CM will conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas today Min. 57% Govt doubles incentive to sugar mills producing ethanol to meet India’s target NO ANTI-INCUMBENCY AGAINST BJP: DELHI BJP PRESIDENT ‘WORLD SAW THE HUMILIATION HEAPED ON ME’ SENATE OKAYS BIDEN’S LAND AGENCY PICK OVER OPPOSITION The Delhi University first cut-off list 2021 for admisison to UG programmes has been released. The varsity has released the cut-off list for Arts, Commerce, and Science streams. In an unprecedented development, a total of 10 courses have been given a 100% cut-off across various colleges under Delhi University. A 100% cutoff has been set for Computer Science at Hansraj College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. Ramjas College has demanded 100% cutoff for Physics and one BA Programme combination. ‘You have strangulated Delhi’: SC pulls up farmers’ body over road blockades STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up a farmers’ body seeking its permission for a satyagrah sit-in at Jantar Mantar over the three agricultural laws, saying you want to come inside the city after “you have strangulated the entire city (Delhi) and blocked highways”. The farmers’ body, Kisan Mahapanchayat, had sought permission from the top court to hold a ‘satyagrah’ at Jantar Mantar, the designated protest site in the heart of Delhi. A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and comprising Justice CT Ravikumar said: “You cannot come to the court and at the same time continue with protest… The farmers’ body, Kisan Mahapanchayat, had sought permission from the top court to hold a ‘satyagrah’ at Jantar Mantar. You have strangulated the entire city, now you want to come inside the city. The residents around, are they happy with the protest? This business should stop.” The apex court also told the group that once they have approached the court against the three farm laws, they should have trust in the judicial system and let the matter be decided. “If you have faith in courts, pursue that for urgent hearing instead of protesting. Are you protesting against the judicial system also? Are you protesting against the judi- cial system also?” the court asked. The apex court said right to protest is there but the citizens also have equal rights to move freely and without fear. “Even the security personnel were obstructed during the protest and when defence personnel were travelling, they were stopped and heckled, it added. When the counsel argued that the petitioner body has not blocked any highways, the bench said, “You are not part of that protest, declare that position on affidavit.” Meanwhile, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately find a permanent solution to the farmers’ demands on the priority. Confusion looms over Air India bid RAKESH KUMAR NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER Confusion prevailed throughout the day today whether Tata Sons won the bid for national carrier Air India or not. Reports by some media agencies suggest that Tata Sons was indeed the front runner for the bid but the government said the news showing approval of financial bids were incorrect. “Media reports indicating approval of financial bids by the Government of India in the AI disinvestment case are incorrect. Media will be informed of the Government decision as and when it is taken,” reads the tweet of Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Finance Ministry. The media reports say the deal is already finalised and only a final political nod on the deal is awaited. The political clearance will come in two levels: at one level is the Air India-Specific Alternative Mechanism, which is an empowered group of ministers of Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Min- ister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and others. Then it will go to the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for clearance. These approvals, the reports claim, are a matter of formality and can be given anytime soon. The beleaguered airline is said to have accumulated losses of over Rs. 70,000 crore and the government loses nearly Rs. 20 crore to run the national carrier every day. In December 2020, the government had invited expression of interest for the divestment of Air India, then the four bidders had entered the race to take over it. Among them, only Tata Group and Spicejet CEO Ajay Singh were the only ones to make it to the final stage. CMYK Claiming that reservoirs in Jharkhand have not been cleaned in the last 50 years, Miss Banerjee said: “If the cleaning processes had been carried out in time, the dams and barrages would have held more water.”. She said that she was sad that the flood took place just before the Durga Puja and affected lakhs of people. She also expressed fear that the situation may deteriorate on Mahalaya day before the pujas when the high tide takes place. “I would have understood if the flooding was due to heavy rainfall. But the flood here is due to water release by Jharkhand and DVC. This is unjust. We cannot keep facing such a situation whenever it rains. It’s a man-made flood. If we had prior information of water release then we could have managed to evacuate the people,” she added. Giving a detailed account of the excessive water discharged by dams, Mr Dwivedi said Panchet and Maithon dams have discharged 1.5 lakh cusec of water till this afternoon and it was reduced by 25,000 cusec in the evening. MANDHANA’S TON PROPS INDIA TO 276 P12 Vaccine row: India decides on reciprocal action against UK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER In the backdrop of the vaccine certificate row with the United Kingdom, the government today decided to take reciprocal steps against UK nationals arriving in India from the European country. The strong step by New Delhi came as the issue relating to the UK not recognising Indian vaccine certificates could not be resolved amicably by the two countries. Under the norms, all UK nationals arriving in India, irrespective of their vaccination status, will also have to undertake the pre-departure Covid-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travel, sources said. They will also have to undertake Covid-19 RT- PCR test on arrival. The UK nationals, irrespective of their vaccination status, will again have to undertake the RT-PCR test on Day 8 of their arrival in India. India has been insisting that the UK recognise at least Covishield which is a product of a UK-based company being manufactured in India. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had taken up the issue with newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in New York last week and sought an “early resolution” of the issue. However, the UK refused to budge. Though Covishield was added to the list of approved Coronavirus vaccines by the UK in its latest travel advisory, Indians travelling to the country were still asked to quarantine for 10 days. 3,37,66,707 2,75,224 26,727 28,246 4,48,339 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 01 OCTOBER 2021 Bengal Covid cases: West Bengal today registered 708 fresh Covid cases and 13 deaths. Kolkata recorded 146 cases and 4 deaths. The total Covid case count is 15,69,778 and death toll is 18,806 in the state till now. Central govt issues order to provide ex-gratia to next of kin of Covid victims STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER The Government has issued an order revising the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) assistance norms to provide grant of ex-gratia payment to the next of kin of those who died due to Covid-19. The order dated 25 September last was issued so as to implement the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on 11 September in compliance with an order passed by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has approved release of the second instalment of the Central share of the SDRF amounting to Rs 7,274.40 crore for 23 States.
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