CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 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 DUTERTE STEPS OUT RBI MAY MAINTAIN STATUS QUO ON RATES P6 P8 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likely to occur. Temperature likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% TEMPERATURE P7 Priyanka, Rahul meet kin of deceased farmers in UP UP govt initially denied nod; later decided to allow Opp leaders to visit Lakhimpur Kheri Min. 59% Max: 34.3 °C(+2) Min: 26.6 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 5:30 hrs 17:19 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 5:06 hrs 17:20 hrs Next full moon on 20 October THUMBNAILS Indian Air Force aircraft during the full dress rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad, on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA Bonus for railway employees: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a productivitylinked bonus equivalent to 78 days' wage to eligible non-gazetted Railway employees, Union minister Anurag Thakur said. The bonus for the financial year 2020-21 will benefit about 11.56 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees, he said. An expenditure of nearly PTI Rs 1,985 crore will be incurred on this. Govt allows 100 telecom FDI through automatic route: The government on Wednesday allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment in the telecom sector through automatic route to promote ease of doing business in the industry. The telecom department has also reduced performance and financial bank guarantee requirements of telecom operators by 80 per cent. Earlier, 100 per cent of FDI was allowed, of which 49 per cent of investment was permitted through automatic route. SRH beat RCB in thriller: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four runs in their IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, RCB failing to overcome SRH’s modest total of 141. RCB produced a disciplined bowling display to restrict Hyderabad to 141 for seven, but then failed to make the target, with AB de Villiers unable to pull off the six needed off (Earlier report on Page 12) the last ball. Cong may hold CWC by month-end: Sources PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER The Congress Working Committee is likely to meet by the end of the month amid demands by several leaders including those from the G-23 dissident group to hold internal deliberations on the "turmoil" within the party and multiple desertions taking place, sources said on Wednesday. Even though no date has been set, the sources said the CWC, the party's apex decision-making body, may meet this month to discuss the internal matters of the party.The party sources said Sonia Gandhi has already indicated that the meeting of the CWC will be convened soon and internal issues will be debated.Senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, seeking organisational revamp, have demanded that a meeting of the CWC be convened immediately to discuss internal party issues like the spate of defections from the party and the turmoil in many PTI state units including Punjab. LAKHIMPUR/NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER ongress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday met the family members of farmers killed in the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri and promised them all assistance. They arrived in Lakhimpur after the Uttar Pradesh government allowed them visit the violence-hit district. Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi left for Lakhimpur together in a car from a police guest house in Sitapur where she was kept in detention since Monday morning. The day also saw an AAP delegation meet the grieving families in Lakhimpur and junior minister Ajay Kumar Mishra calling on Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi for their first meeting since a murder case was registered against Mishra's son for allegedly mowing down farmers. Sources said Mishra is understood to have briefed Shah about Sunday's incident in his home district of Lakhimpur Kheri. No arrest has been made in the case so far. Initially, the state government had denied permission to Rahul Gandhi for his visit, which led the Congress leader to allege at a press conference that there is "dictatorship" in the country and farmers are being C NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER AAP national spokesperson Raghav Chadha with other leaders interacting with the kin of the deceased in Dhaurahra. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi leave from Sitapur to meet the victims' families of Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Wednesday. ANI Tikait gives UP govt week's ultimatum to arrest Union minister's son: Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday gave a week's ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government for arresting Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra's son, accused in an FIR of being behind farmers' death in Lakhimpur Kheri.“We have given a week to the government to arrest the son of the Union MoS (Home). We all will gather here again on the day of ‘bhog' (a ritual during the 13-day post-death mourning period) and then will discuss and decide the future strategy,” Tikait told newspersons.Tikait, said the minister's son was seen by many people PTI at the spot on the fateful day. “systematically attacked”. “There used to be democracy here, but there is a dictatorship in India now. Politicians cannot go to Uttar Pradesh. We are being told since yesterday that we cannot go to Uttar Pradesh,” Gandhi charged. The BJP accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to fan unrest over the incident. Later, the state government allowed Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and three other Congress leaders to visit the district. It also allowed all political parties to visit the state but not more than five people at a time. Gandhi reached Lucknow's Chaudhari Cha- ran Singh airport in the afternoon from Delhi along with Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel and party general secretaries K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala.They were joined by Deepender Singh Hooda as they staged a brief sit-in inside the airport on being asked to travel to Lakhimpur in a police vehicle. They were finally allowed to go in their own car. “First, I was told that I can go in my own vehicle, now you are saying that you will go in a police vehicle. They are India logs 18,833 daily cases SNS NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER India on Wednesday reported 18,833 fresh Covid cases and 278 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. Active caseload is presently 2,46,687, which is the lowest in 203 days, and which constitutes 0.73 per cent of the country's total cases. India's recovery rate stands at 97.94 per cent ~ the highest since March 2020. Meanwhile, 278 more deaths have taken the total toll to 4,49,538, as per the Health Ministry data. Kerala continued to contribute the maximum number of cases followed by Maharashtra. The weekly positivity rate, at 1.68 per cent, remains less than 3 per cent for the last 103 days now.With 59,48,360 LONDON, 6 OCTOBER 3,38,71,881 2,46,687 18,833 24,770 4,49,538 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 06 OCTOBER 2021 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours, India's vaccination coverage crossed the 92 crore mark as per provisional reports till 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Meanwhile, AIIMS Director, Dr Randeep Guleria cautioned that the pandemic is not over yet as the second Covid surge is still continuing with the coun- The global outage that knocked Facebook and its other platforms offline for hours was caused by an error during routine maintenance, the company said. Santosh Janardhan, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure, said in a blog post that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp going dark was “caused not by malicious activity, but an error of our own making." The problem A BUG IN THE WORKS The problem occurred as engineers were carrying out day to day work on Facebook's global backbone network; the computers, routers and software in its data centres around the world along with the fiber-optic cables connecting them occurred as engineers were carrying out day to day work on Facebook's global backbone network; the computers, routers and software in its data centers around Facebook's systems are designed to catch such mistakes but in this case a bug in the audit tool prevented it from properly stopping the command, says Santosh Janardhan, Facebook's vice president the world along with the fiber-optic cables connecting them. “During one of these routine maintenance jobs, a command was issued with the intention P12 Changes in NEET-SS exam pattern from 2022-23: Centre to SC The govt indicated that it may defer the examination for the academic year 2021-22 by a couple of months as they have to start the process all over again. Top court takes cognisance of incident, CJI-led bench to hear matter today PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PM-CARES for kids: A C total of 845 children who were orphaned during the pandemic have been approved as eligible for benefits under the PMCARES for Children scheme till now. Of the 3,915 applications received for support under 'PM-CARES for Children' scheme, applications of 845 children have been approved, a senior Women and Child Development Ministry PTI official said. try reporting many thousands of cases per day. Appearing in an information video series by the Health Ministry titled 'Covid Gurukool', he said that though this pandemic will eventually turn endemic in due course of time, as of now people should not lower their guard. doing some mischief,”Gandhi told reporters. After he left the airport, it took Gandhi a couple of hours to reach the Provincial Armed Constabulary guest house in Sitapur, around 88 km from Lucknow, where Priyanka Gandhi was kept in detention since Monday morning. Sitapur Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) Pyarelal Maurya said in the evening that Priyanka Gandhi has been released. Sources had said they may first stop at Nighashan in Lakhimpur district, the native place of journalist Raman Kashyap who also died in Sunday's violence. Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also said a party delegation will meet Shah and request him to ensure exemplary action against those involved in the killing of farmers. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged the BJP government is committing more atrocities than the British, and its minister is threatening to suppress farmers' voices. to assess the availability of global backbone capacity, which unintentionally took down all the connections in our backbone network, effectively disconnecting Facebook data centers globally,” Janardhan said Tuesday. Facebook's systems are designed to catch such mistakes but in this case a bug in the audit tool prevented it from properly stopping the command, Janardhan said. That change also trig- The Supreme Court has taken cognisance of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which eight people were killed in violence during a farmers' protest, with a bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana scheduled to hear the matter on Thursday. According to the causelist uploaded on the apex court website, a three-judge bench comprising CJI Ramana and justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli would hear the matter titled ‘In re violence in Lakhimpur Kheri (UP) leading to loss of life' on Thursday. Two lawyers had on Tuesday written a letter to the CJI seeking a high-level judicial inquiry, involving the CBI, under the supervision of the apex court into the incident. The letter had urged the CJI to treat it as public interest litigation (PIL) so that guilty could be “brought to justice”. It had also sought direction to the Home Ministry and the police to register an FIR in the case and punish those involved in the incident. Ex-gratia from Chhattisgarh, Punjab govts: Both Chhattisgarh and Punjab governments on Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh each to families of four farmers and a journalist killed in the violence that broke out in Uttar Pradesh’s PTI Lakhimpur Kheri. SNS/PTI NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER In a relief to thousands of young doctors pursuing higher specialisation courses, the Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that in the interest of students, it has decided to implement changes in the pattern of the NEET-Super Speciality (NEET-SS) examination from the academic year 2022-23. The government indicated that it may defer the examination for the academic year 2021-22 by a couple of months as they have to start the process all over again. The top court was hearing a batch of pleas of 41 postgraduate doctors and others who had challenged the lastminute changes made to the syllabus after the notification was issued on July 23 for the test to be held on 13 and 14 November. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath, and BV Nagarathna recorded the submission of Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati and disposed of a batch of pleas of students who have challenged the Centre's decision to implement changes in the examination pattern of NEET-SS from this year. Bhati said, “In the interest of the students, who have prepared in line with Mamata writes Modi, seeks solution to man-made floods STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 6 OCTOBER Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immediate intervention to ensure that the Centre engages with the governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand as well as the authorities of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to come up with a permanent solution to the regular “grave man-made floods” due to DVC’s “uncontrolled and unplanned discharge of water”. Miss Banerjee suggested the Centre to come up with some short- and long-term measures to address the issue. “Unless the Government of India addresses the basic underlying structural and managerial issues, both on a short term and a long term basis, the disasters will continue unmitigated in our lower riparian State,” wrote Fb blames outage on error during maintenance ASSOCIATED PRESS KKR EYE BIG WIN TO REMAIN AHEAD IN PLAY-OFF RACE FACEBOOK SHOULD SHED ITS OPACITY gered a second problem that made things worse by making it impossible to reach Facebook's servers even though they were operational. Engineers scrambled to fix the problem on site, but this took time because of the extra layers of security, Janardhan said. The data centers are “hard to get into, and once you're inside, the hardware and routers are designed to be difficult to modify even when you have physical CMYK access to them.” Once connectivity was restored, services were brought back gradually to avoid traffic surges that could cause more crashes. While accusing the giant social network of pursuing profits over safety, a former Facebook data scientist told Congress that she believes stricter government oversight could alleviate the dangers the company poses, from harming children to inciting political violence to fuelling misinformation. The Bengal CM urged Centre to take some serious action without any further delay as the issues raised by her affect millions of lives Banerjee. Complaining that the Centre had not responded to her earlier letter dated 4 August on the same issue, she urged the Centre to take some serious action without any further delay as the issues raised by her affect millions of lives. “This is the second time in this monsoon period, within a short span of ¾ months that due to excessive discharge lakhs and lakhs of people in West Bengal have been marooned, displaced from their homes and forced to stay in relief shelters accompanied by loss of life and property,” her letter read. Blaming DVC for the regular floods in the state, Miss Banerjee wrote: “DVC has completely failed to scientifically regulate the inter-state flow and discharge of water into Damodar and take corrective measures to either increase the water holding capacity of its dams or maintain or upgrade its existing infrastructure by way of desiltation and dredging of the dams. We have been highlighting this requirement on the part of DVC for the last 10 years.”“The Government of West Bengal has to bear the brunt of the unplanned discharge of DVC and to pay for the inadequacy and structural deficiency of the DVC management. It has to compensate for the damages caused to the vast multitudes of the people in the districts of south Bengal from out of its own meagre resources, while adequate funds are not made available by Government of India/ NDRF,” her letter read. Nobel in chemistry honours greener way to build molecules ASSOCIATED PRESS STOCKHOLM, 6 OCTOBER Two scientists won the Nobel Prize for chemistry Wednesday for finding an “ingenious” new way to build molecules that can be used to make everything from medicines to food flavourings.The work of Benjamin List of Germany and Scotland-born David W.C. MacMillan has allowed scientists to produce those molecules more cheaply, efficiently, safely ~ and with significantly less environmental impact.“It's already benefiting humankind great- ly,” said Pernilla WittungStafshede, a member of the Nobel panel. Making molecules ~ which requires linking individual atoms together in specific arrangement ~ is a difficult and slow task. Until the beginning of the millennium, chemists had only two methods ~ or catalysts ~ to speed up the process. Johan Åqvist, chair of the Nobel panel, called the new method as “simple as it is ingenious.” “The fact is that many people have wondered why we didn't think of it earlier,” he added. The SC was hearing a batch of pleas of 41 PG doctors and others who had challenged the lastminute changes made to the syllabus after the notification was issued on 23 July for the test to be held on November 13 and 14. the old scheme, the government in consultation with the two expert bodies (National Medical Commission (NMC) and National Board of Examination (NBE)) has decided that this revised scheme of NEET-SS will be implemented from 2022”.She said that this will mean that the current NEETSS-2021 will be held in accordance with the norms that were there in the NEET-SS2020. The bench recording the submissions said, “The Union of India states that a decision has been taken by it in consultation with the NMC and the NBE to the effect that having regard to the interest of the body of students, who would have commenced preparations for the ensuing NEET-SS-2021 examination before the change in the pattern was notified, the modified pattern shall be given effect to only from the academic year 2022-23”. During the brief hearing, Bhati said that she wanted to allay the apprehension which the court has expressed on Tuesday about an attempt being made to fill private medical college seats.Bhati said that she just wants to inform the court that out of 805 seats that remained vacant last year 561 were private medical college seats and 241 were government medical college seats. Pak’s ISI chief replaced, to head army’s Peshawar Corps ISLAMABAD, 6 OCTOBER In a surprise military shakeup, the Pakistan Army on Wednesday announced that the powerful spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed has been appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander - a crucial position in view of the Taliban's takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan. Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was appointed as the new Director-General of InterServices Intelligence (ISI) in place of Lt Gen Hameed, who was transferred as Peshawar Corps Commander, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the Pakistan Army. The ISI chief is appointed by the prime minister but as part of a tradition he executes this power in consultation with the Pakistan Army chief. The post of ISI chief is considered one of the most important in the Pakistan Army, which has ruled the country for more than half of its 73 plus years of existence and has hitherto wielded considerable power in the matters of security and foreign policy. Initially, the Army said in a statement that Lt Gen Hameed was posted out but his replacement on the key post of the ISI chief was not immediately announced. Lt Gen Anjum, who belongs to the Punjab Regiment of the Pakistan Army, has served as Karachi Corps Commander as well as the commandant of Command and Staff College Quetta.PTI
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