CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 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 P9 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. 93% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.9 °C(+1) SUN RISES 5:29 hrs MOON RISES 03:07 hrs New moon on 06 Min. 67% Min: 26.6 °C(+1) SUN SETS 17:22 hrs MOON SETS 16:12 hrs October THUMBNAILS West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to offer prayers after winning the Bhawanipore by-polls, at a Gurudwara, in Kolkata on Monday. ANI SC dismisses Supertech's plea: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an application by Supertech Ltd seeking modification of an order for razing to ground the twin 40-storey towers in Noida, saying the plea in the guise for a review cannot be countenanced. The builder firm has sought top court's permission to only partially demolish 224 flats of one tower along with its community area to conform with the building norms.. WhatsApp, Instagram, FB down globally: WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have gone down in several parts for the world, users reported around 9 pm on Monday. "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can," a message on the Facebook website said. Users posted messages on twitter saying that the popular social networking and communication platforms were inaccessible. DC go past CSK: Delhi Capitals got the better of Chennai Super Kings in a tense run chase. After being sent to bat, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) put up 136 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets vs Delhi Capitals (DC) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. WELL-MANAGED COMPANIES ATTRACT INVESTORS: FM ‘GOVT COMMITTED TO MODERNISE ARMED FORCES’ FUMIO KISHIDA ELECTED AS JAPAN’S 100TH PM P4 P8 Oppn blocked from visiting Lakhimpur UP reels under backlash from Sunday’s violence; FIR against minister's son SNS & PTI BATTLEGROUND LAKHIMPUR KHERI LAKHIMPUR KHERI/ LUCKNOW, 4 OCTOBER he UP government grappled on Monday with the backlash of violence during farmers protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, lodging a case against Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son, promising a probe by a retired high court judge and stopping Opposition leaders from reaching the trouble spot. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained in Sitapur on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people died and several others were injured on Sunday in the bloodiest clash since the farmers’ protest over the Centre agri laws began last year. Four of the dead were farmers, allegedly knocked down by vehicles driven by BJP workers travelling to welcome Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The others were BJP workers and their driver allegedly pulled out of the vehicles and then lynched by the protesters. Two cars were set on fire. As Opposition leaders headed to the Lakhimpur Kheri’s Tikonia village, about 225 km from Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh authorities clamped section 144 of the CrPC, which bans the assembly of more than four people, in the district. Samajwadi Party president AkhileshYadav, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, his Punjab counterpart Charanjit Singh Channi, BSP’s S C Mishra and AAP’s Sanjay Singh were among those prevented by the state author- T The government has promised to pay a compensation of ` 45 lakh to the families of those who died. The injured will receive a compensation of ` 10 lakh A retired judge will investigate the matter, the government has said Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was arrested while on way to Lakhimpur Kheri, said she was manhandled by the police Ajay Mishra, the junior home minster, has denied that his son was present on the spot Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi sweeps a floor in police custody after she was detained by police The BJP government is doing the politics of crushing the farmers and finishing them PRIYANKA GANDHI VADRA ities from reaching Lakhimpur. In Lakhimpur Kheri, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar announced that the government will order a probe headed by a retired high court judge and give compensation of Rs 45 lakh each to the families of the dead farmers. The kin will also get a government job. The injured will get Rs 10 lakh The announcement in the presence of Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait seemed to end the impasse with the farmer unions, which then allowed the post-mortem of the four victims. Police also registered a murder case against Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, and several PSG GET 1ST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON Police and RAF personnel detain Samajwadi Party supporter during a protest against the arrest of party leader Akhilesh Yadav and General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. ANI Members of various farmers’ organizations shout slogans during a protest in Patiala on Monday. ANI others over the death of the farmers. The minister, who is an MP from the area, has denied allegation by the farmers’ unions that his son was in one of the cars. Mishra said he has evidence to show that his son was at an event being held elsewhere. According to his version, a vehicle toppled after protesters pelted stones at it. It collapsed on two farmers. ‘The incident comes just months ahead of the Assembly polls in the politically vital state. Priyanka Gandhi, who recently spent several days in the state discussing poll preparations, was back in Lucknow at 5 a.m. on Sunday, only to be detained on the road to Lakhimpur Kheri. Videos showed a furious Priyanka lashing out at police personnel for allegedly misbehaving with her and her colleagues. “The BJP government is doing the politics of crushing the farmers and finishing them,” she said on Twitter. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, “Priyanka, I know that you will not retreat.” Congress also staged protests in the national capital. There were farmer protests in Punjab and Haryana as well. Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson and cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh termed the Opposition move to go to Lakhimpur a “political stunt” aimed at vitiating the peace. (More on Pg 5) P12 Is right to protest absolute: Top court on farmers’ plea STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER Visibly upset at the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Supreme Court on Monday said it would decide if the right to protest is an “absolute right” and also whether farmers have the right to take to the streets when the issue of their protest~ the three new farm laws ~is in court. The apex court was reacting to an incident where eight people, including four farmers, were killed in violent protests in an Uttar Pradesh district. Why are farmers continuing their protests even after challenging farm laws in court, the top court said when the Centre argued that there can be “no further farmer protests” as incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri could not be allowed. Responding to a petition by a farmers’ group that wants to stage a protest at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi, the apex court asked “Is the right to protest absolute?” The three new farm laws have already been stayed. What are you protesting against, a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar. asked the farmers. SC IRKED Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee members a protest against violence in Lakhimpur, in Amritsar Why are farmers continuing their protests even after challenging farm laws in court. Is the right to protest absolute? The three new farm laws have already been stayed. What are you protesting against? SUPREME COURT Where is the question of going on protest once a party has already approached the court challenging the validity of the laws, it added. When Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to the Lakhimpur incident in which eight people were killed on Sunday, the bench said nobody takes the responsibility when such incidents happen. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that Drugs case: Mumbai court extends NCB custody of Aryan Khan, 2 others till 7 Oct PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 4 OCTOBER A local court on Monday extended the NCB custody of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two others till 7 October in connection with the seizure of banned drugs onboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. The trio was produced before the court after the end of their oneday custody given to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday. The NCB had arrested them after raiding the Goabound ship. Additional SC orders `50,000 ex-gratia to kin of Covid victims I-Drone to deliver Covid vaccine: Mandaviya STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that no state should deny the ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000 to the kin of persons who died of Covid-19 and the monetary relief be disbursed from state disaster relief funds within 30 days of submitting application if death being certified due to the coronavirus infection. The compensation cannot be denied on the sole ground that death certificate does not mention it as the cause of death, the top court said. It also ordered the states and the Centre to give wide publicity to the scheme in print media and electronic media. The monetary relief to be disbursed from state disaster relief funds within 30 days of submitting application if death being certified due to the Coronavirus infection Approving the National Disaster Management Act guidelines, a bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna said that in cases of death certificates already issued and a family member being aggrieved it would be open for them to approach appropriate authority. On production of essential documents like RTPCR test, the concerned authorities can modify death certificates, the apex court said, adding that if still aggrieved, the members can approach the Grievance Redressal Committee. “No states shall deny ex gratia on ground that in death certificate cause of death is not mentioned that ‘died due to Covid’,” the bench said. The top court also ordered that the Grievance Redressal Committee can examine medical records of deceased patients and take a call within 30 days and order the compensation. Meanwhile, the daily Covid cases in the country remained below 30,000 for the 10th straight day with 20,799 fresh infections recorded in a single day while the active cases declined to 2,64,458. Top court issues notice to Centre on plea for ‘model builder-buyer pact’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Monday said it is important for the country to have a “model builder-buyer agreement” in the real estate sector for safeguarding consumers’ interests as developers try putting in clauses that catch common unawares. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna issued notice to the Centre on the plea saying “It is very important for consumer protection, because builders try to put any number of clauses in the agreement which common people may not be aware of. There should be some uniformity in the agreement.” The PIL sought direction to the Centre to frame model pacts for builders and agent buyers to protect customers and bring in transparency in realty sector Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said there should be a model agreement prepared by the Centre as some states have it and some don’t, and there is no uniformity in those agreements. The bench said that it is an interesting matter as it has earlier dealt with Real Estate Regulations Act and knows its importance. Singh said that in states which have model agree- ments, builders try to influence the conditions to be incorporated and hence, the Centre should frame it and directions be issued to all the states and Union Territories to implement the model agreement. Senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy, appearing for a group of home buyers, said that they are also seeking the implementation of the model agreement to safeguard the interest of consumers. The plea, which was filed in October last year, has also sought a direction to all states to enforce ‘Model Builder Buyer Agreement’ and ‘Model Agent Buyer Agreement’ and to take steps to avoid “mental, physical and financial injury” to customers. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER 3,38,34,702 2,64,458 20,799 26,718 4,48,997 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 04 OCTOBER 2021 West Bengal today registered 601 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths with Kolkata recording 135 cases and 3 deaths. In a landmark event that epitomises the Government’s commitment to ‘Antyodaya’ in health, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday launched i-Drone, ICMR’s drone-based vaccine delivery model, sources said in the Ministry. This the first time in South Asia, a “Make in India” drone has been used to transport Covid-19 vaccines, they said. “Drones can be used in delivering important life-saving medicines, collecting blood samples in critical situations and in tough geographical areas,” Mansukh Mandaviya said. 70 pc of India’s adult population got first dose Seventy percent of India’s adult population has been administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday, as the total doses given across the country crossed PTI 91 crore. The move, the Minister said, will ensure making healthcare accessible to the last citizen of the country. ICMR’s Drone Response and Outreach in North East (i-Drone) is a delivery model to make sure that life-saving vaccines reach everyone. “Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the Nation is progressing at a great pace. Today is a historic day, which showed us how technology is making life easier and bringing social change,” the minister said. Congratulating the people of the country on this innovative step, Mr Mandaviya said, “This is for the first time that a “Make in India” drone has been used in South Asia to transport Covid vaccine over an aerial distance of 15 kms in 12-15 mins from the Bishnupur district hospital to Loktak lake, Karang island in Manipur for administration at the PHC.” Cases related to Pandora Papers to be probed: Govt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER The government today assured that relevant investigative agencies would undertake investigation in Pandora Papers leaks and appropriate action would be taken as per the law. In a press statement the finance ministry said the investigation pertaining to this case will be monitored through the Multi Agency Group, headed by the Chairman, CBDT, having representatives from CBDT, ED, RBI and FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit). “The government in fact has directed the investigations in cases of Pandora Papers leaks appearing in the media under the name ‘PANDORA PAPERS’ will be monitored through the Multi Agency MAJOR EXPOSE The finance ministry said the investigation pertaining to this case will be monitored through the Multi Agency Group, headed by the Chairman, CBDT, having representatives from CBDT, ED, RBI and FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit As per the reports, the Pandora Papers leak exposed the offshore dealings of many prominent personalities from all over the world Group, headed by the Chairman, CBDT, having representatives from CBDT, ED , RBI and FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) ,” reads the statement. As per the reports, the Pandora Papers leak exposed the offshore dealings of many prominent personalities from all over the world including the King of Jordan, the Presidents of Ukraine, Kenya and Ecuador, the PM of the Czech Republic, and former British PM Tony Blair. It consists of 100 billionaires as well as celebrities from countries like Russia, US, India, Pakistan, UK and Mexico used shell firms and incognito bank accounts to purchase secret assets and conduct financial dealings. The government said the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ) has come out with what is claimed to be a 2.94 terabyte data trove that exposes the offshore secrets of wealthy elites CMYK once the matter is before the highest Constitutional court, nobody can be on the streets on the same issue. The Centre is opposing another sit-in at the Jantar Mantar. The Central government, while arguing the matter opposed it, referring to Sunday’s violence. “The events that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri yesterday, eight died. Protests cannot happen like this,” said Attorney General K K Venugopal. The protesters were killed when violence broke out as a large group tried to stop a Union Minister’s visit to Lakhimpur Kheri for an event. The apex court said it would examine the question on 21 October as it issued notice to over 40 farmer leaders and various farmers organisations, who are protesting against the three farm laws, at various Delhi-NCR borders. The top court sought responses from over 40 farmers’ bodies and farm leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Pal, and Gurnam Singh, on the Haryana government’s plea alleging that they have not been participating in talks with the state panel. from more than 200 countries and territories. The investigation is based on a leak of confidential records of 14 offshore service providers that give professional services to wealthy individuals and corporations seeking to incorporate shell companies, trusts, foundations and other entities in low or notax jurisdictions. “The relevant investigative agencies would undertake investigation in these cases and appropriate action would be taken in such cases as per law," claims the government. The government said it would also proactively engage with foreign jurisdictions for obtaining information. Over six Indians have been named by the Pandora Papers that include Anil Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar and Nirav Modi’s sister. (See also P10) Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar noted that the investigation in the case is of prime importance and considering this aspect, the presence of the accused before the NCB is necessary. Opposing the custody, Khan’s advocate Satish Maneshinde argued that his client had no criminal antecedents and has shown good conduct. Two win Nobel for showing how we react to heat, touch STOCKHOLM, 4 OCTOBER Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch, revelations that could lead to new ways of treating pain or even heart disease. Americans David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian identified receptors in the skin that respond to heat and pressure. Their work is focused on the field of somatosensation, which explores the ability of organs like eyes, ears and skin to see, hear and feel. “This really unlocks one of the secrets of nature,” said Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of the Nobel Committee, in announcing the winners. “It’s actually something that is crucial for our survival, so it’s a very important and profound discovery.” The committee said Julius, who was born in New York and now works at the University of California, used capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, to identify the nerve sensors that allow the skin to respond to heat. Patapoutian, who was born in Lebanon and now works at Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla, California, found separate pressure-sensitive sensors in cells that respond to mechanical stimulation.AP
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