SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 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 SENATE OKAYS BIDEN’S LAND AGENCY PICK OVER OPPOSITION P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Very light rain/drizzle. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 2.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% Min: 62% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.0°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:15 hrs MOON RISES 02:44 hrs Min: 26.5°C (+4) SUN SETS 18:06 hrs MOON SETS 15:49 hrs 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. NO ANTI-INCUMBENCY AGAINST BJP: DELHI BJP PRESIDENT ‘WORLD SAW THE HUMILIATION HEAPED ON ME’ P5 P7 PM launches Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 2nd phase focuses on making cities garbage-free and ‘water safe’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Thakur inaugurates Clean India programme in Prayagraj NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER P rime minister Narendra Modi on Friday kicked off his government’s Swach Bharat Mission 2.0 for ‘rejuvenation and urban transformation’, the second phase of the nationwide cleanliness drive with a focus on making cities garbage-free and ‘water safe’. “Goal of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0’ is to make the cities completely free of garbage,” the Prime Minister said while launching the clean India mission here at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in Delhi. Modi said addressing the gathering that the country’s target in the next phase of Mission AMRUT is, ‘Improving sewage and septic management, making our cities water-safe cities and ensuring that no sewage drains anywhere in our rivers.” Modi said Babasaheb Ambedekar believed in urban development as a great means of removing inequality. He said the next phase of Swachh Bharat Mission and Mission Amrit STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER was an important step towards fulfilling the dreams of Babasaheb. “Cleanliness is a great campaign for everyone, every day, every fortnight, every year, generation after generation. Cleanliness is a lifestyle, cleanliness is a life mantra,” the Prime Minister further said. Speaking about the cleanliness in the country, Modi citing data said, “In 2014, less than 20 per cent of the waste was processed. Today we are processing about 70 per cent of daily waste. Now, we have to take it to 100 per cent.' “We have to remember that cleanliness is not a task just for a day, a fortnight, a year or for just a few people. Cleanliness is a great campaign for everyone, every day, every fortnight, MANDHANA’S TON PROPS INDIA TO 276 Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur today participated in a cleanliness drive on the launch of a nationwide “Clean India” programme from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Deputy chief minister of UP Keshav Prasad Maurya and Minister of State for Sports, Youth Welfare, Panchayati Raj in the UP government Upendra Tiwari were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Thakur said that there could not be a better place than the “Sangam” city to start this “Clean India” programme. “The message emanating from here will inspire the whole country. Prayagraj has been an important part of history, once again history is being created here with the launch of a cleanliness drive which will be the largest in the world,” he said. The minister appealed to everyone to take part in this programme which will run from 1 October to 31 October. “We are celebrating 75 years of India’s independence, our freedom fighters freed the country from the colonialists, now the youth will free the country of garbage,” the Union minister added. every year, generation after generation. Cleanliness is a lifestyle, cleanliness is a life mantra,” the Prime Minister said. Modi termed street vendors and hawkers as one of the most important partners of any city in the program related to urban devel- opment. “PM Svanidhi Yojana has come as a new ray of hope for these people .More than 46 street vendors have availed benefits under Svanidhi scheme and 25 lakh people have received 2.5 thousand crore rupees,” he said. 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 RTPCR test on arrival. The UK nationals, irrespective of their vaccination status, will again have to undertake All UK nationals will have to take mandatory quarantine at home or destination address for 10 days after arrival in India. New rules come into effect from 4 Oct 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 Delhi cases: Delhi recorded 32 fresh Covid cases and no new fatality, while the positivity rate stood at 0.05 per cent. Only five fatalities due to coronavirus were reported last month one each on September 7, September 16 and September 17, and two on September 28, according to official figures. ICMR chief: 95 pc of Covid antibodies last over a year STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER ICMR director General Dr Balram Bhargava on Friday said several studies have shown that 95 percent of antibodies generated postvaccination remain in the body for over a year. This information becomes significant as according to earlier research studies the antibodies generated through Covid vaccines remained for only 90 days. In view of the new literature, the booster doses after six months no longer remain mandatory. “Currently, the talk of booster dose is not pertinent. The call of the hour is to give the two-dose vaccination, which we call full vaccination, covering the entire adult population. That has to be the goal and has to be continued,” Bhargava said.
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