SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 XI VOWS TO REUNIFY TAIWAN WITH CHINA WON’T WORK WITH USA TO CONTAIN ISLAMIC STATE: TALIBAN P10 P11 P6 P12 Lakhimpur case: SIT questions MoS’s son ARRIVAL WEATHER CSK HOLD EDGE OVER DC IN 1ST QUALIFIER DEDICATION TO TRUTH Partly cloudy sky. Thundershower likely to occur. Temperature most likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 2.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Mishra quizzed for 9 hours; farmer leaders seek arrest of both MoS, son Max. 97 % PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE Min. 65% LAKHIMPUR KHERI, 9 OCTOBER Max: 33.8 °C(+1) Min: 27.5 °C(+3) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:31 hrs 17:17 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 08:16 hrs 19:37 hrs Next moon quarter on 13 October U THUMBNAILS An idol of Goddess Durga being transported from Kumortuli to a puja pandal ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Saturday. DEEPRO BISWAS Kashmiri Hindu community protest over the free-run of terrorist activities in the Kashmir. In the Capital on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA CWC to meet on 16 Oct; party polls, Lakhimpur on agenda STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER Mumbai police summon CBI director Subodh Jaiswal: The cyber cell of Mumbai Police on Saturday summoned CBI director and former Maharashtra DGP Subodh Kumar Jaiswal in a phone-tapping and data leak case on 14 October, a senior official said. The case relates to the 'leak' of a report prepared by IPS officer Rashmi Shukla about alleged corruption in police transfers when she headed Maharashtra intelligence department. Kejriwal says Delhi may face power crisis: Delhi could face a power crisis due to coal shortage, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday, and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene so that coal and gas can be diverted to generating plants which supply electricity to the national capital. Bengal govt allows further relaxations for puja: Allowing further Covid relaxations, the West Bengal government on Saturday said all shops, restaurants and bars can remain open as per the normal operational hours during the festive season from 10 to 20 October. (P3) nion Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra was quizzed here on Saturday for over nine hours by an SIT of Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on 3 October, a day after the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the state government's action in the case. Ashish Mishra appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) at around 10.30 a.m. after a second summons was served to him the previous day when he did not turn up for interrogation and the questioning at the crime branch office in the Police Lines was continuing even after 8 p.m, sources said. Security personnel were deployed in strength and barricades put up in the area. Opposition and farmer leaders continued to step up pressure on the ruling BJP demanding the sack, The Congress Working Committee has been convened to meet here on 16 October to deliberate on the current political situation, including recent events at Lakhimpur Kheri, and decide on the party’s organisational elections. Several senior party leaders had demanded the CWC meeting because of serious internal differences in the party’s Punjab unit, leading to the replacement of the party chief minister. There have been defections of party leaders occupying key positions. The party leaders wanted discussion on the political developments also. Former Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had written to the Congress Several senior party leaders had demanded the CWC meeting to discuss serious internal differences in the party’s Punjab unit, defections of party leaders and to decide on the schedule for electing the new Congress chief president to convene a meeting of the CWC soon. In a tweet, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said today “A meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held on Saturday, the 16th October, 2021 at 10 am at AICC Office, 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi to discuss current political situation, forthcoming assembly elections and organisational elections.” The party leadership is also likely to decide on the schedule for electing the new Congress chief. The CWC in its meeting in January decided that the Congress would have an elected president by June, 2021, but the same was deferred at the May CWC meet in the wake of the Covid-19 situation. The coming meeting is being held in the wake of Lakhimpur clashes on 3 October in which eight people lost their lives. The incident has brought the Opposition together, giving opportunity to the Congress to corner the BJP government. The CWC meeting will also discuss certain dissenting notes within the party over the spate of defections and the party’s electoral performance. A group of 23 leaders has questioned the manner of decision-making in the party. CAUGHT IN THE NET Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit on 3 October The Supreme Court had Friday questioned the non-arrest of the accused, directed preservation of evidence and mulled transferring the probe to another agency ing of Ajay Mishra from the Union Council of Ministers and the arrest of the minister and his son. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday. Two BJP workers and their driver were then allegedly lynched by angry farmers. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the incident, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll- bound Uttar Pradesh. Ashish Mishra and his father had denied the allegation, saying they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time. The Supreme Court had Friday on questioned the non-arrest of the accused, directed preservation of evidence and mulled transferring the probe to another agency. Without mincing words, a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana had said, “the law must take its course against all accused” and “the government has to take all remedial steps in this regard to inspire ‘Killing of BJP workers in Lakhimpur reaction to action’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said that he doesn’t consider those who killed BJP workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri as culprits as they only reacted to SUV running over protesters. Eight people were killed in the violence that broke out on 3 October after an SUV allegedly ran over a group of anti-farm law protesters who were demon- strating against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya in Lakhimpur Kheri. The dead included farmers, BJP workers and a journalist. “The killing of two BJP workers in Lakhimpur Kheri after a convoy of cars mowed down four farmers is a reaction to an action. I do not consider those involved in the killings 8 judges elevated as HC chief justices India, China to hold military talks today PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER Eight judges were on Saturday elevated as chief justices of various high courts. Five chief justices were also transferred to various high courts, the Law Ministry said. Justice Rajesh Bindal, acting chief justice of the Calcutta High Court, was elevated as chief justice of the Allahabad High Court. Justice Ranjit V More of Meghalaya was made chief justice of the same high court, according to a list published by the Department of Justice in the Law Ministry. Acting chief justice of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Satish Chandra Sharma has been elevated as chief justice of the Telangana High Court. Justice Prakash Shrivastava of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been made NEW ROLES Justice Prakash Shrivastava of Madhya Pradesh High Court has been made chief justice of the Calcutta High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal, acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court, was elevated as chief justice of the Allahabad High Court chief justice of the Calcutta High Court. Acting chief justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice R V Malimath will now head the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi of the Allahabad High Court will head the Karnataka High Court. Similarly, Justice Arvind Kumar of the Karnataka High Court had been elevated as chief justice of the Gujarat High Court. Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra of the Chhattisgarh High Court has been made chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Separately, Justice A A Kureshi, chief justice of the Tripura High Court has been transferred as chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court. Justice Indrajit Mahanty, heading the Rajasthan High Court has been posted as chief justice of the Tripura High Court. Justice Mohammed Rafiq, heading the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been sent to Himachal Pradesh HC as its new chief justice. Justice Biswanath Somadder heading the Meghalaya High Court has been posted as chief justice of the Sikkim High Court. Justice A K Goswami, heading the Andhra Pradesh Hc has been sent to head the Chhattisgarh HC. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER India and China will hold the 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks tomorrow to discuss disengagement of troops in the remaining areas in Eastern Ladakh to end the ongoing stand-off, according to Army sources. The talks are scheduled to be held at Moldo (Chushul) on the Chinese side of the LAC. The talks will take place nearly two months after both the countries withdrew troops from Gogra.The disengagement at Gogra was carried out on 4-5 August.The disengagement there had taken place after the 12th round of talks between the Corps Commanders held on 31 July. Sources said India would take up remaining friction India, Denmark sign four accords; PM Modi invites Danish investments in India STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER India and Denmark on Saturday signed four key agreements as Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Danish companies to take advantage of economic reforms in India and liberally invest in this country, especially in the manufacturing sector. “India is not new for Danish companies. They have been investing for long in sectors like energy, food processing, logistics, infrastructure, machinery and software. They have not only contributed to our ‘Make in India’ programme but also to our ‘Make in India for the World’ objective,”Modi said PM Modi with Denmark’s PM Mette Frederiksen and her husband Bo Tengberg during her reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, on Saturday. SNS after wide-ranging talks with visiting Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. She is the first head of state or government to visit India after the outbreak of Coronavirus-19 in March last year. Modi said he had discussed regional issues as well as global developments with the Danish PM and appreciated the support India had received from Denmark at different international forums. The Danish Prime Minister said she saw her visit as a milestone for the relations between the two nations. “We consider India as a close partner. I see this visit as a milestone for DenmarkIndia bilateral relations,” she said. Frederiksen praised New Delhi for taking responsibility for the issue of green transition in India and the rest of the world. Earlier today, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar met with the Danish Prime Minister and said her India visit would advance the Green Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The accords signed between the two countries included an MoU between the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, Aarhus University, Denmark and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland on mapping of groundwater resources. The second agreement was signed on the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Access Agreement between the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office. confidence” in the investigation of “brutal murder of eight persons”. Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his “silent protest”, which he started at 6.15 p.m. on Friday outside the home of Kashyap in Nighasan tehsil, after the minister’s son turned up for questioning. “This is the victory of truth. A person may be a king, but no one is bigger than justice. If there is justice, there is ‘shaasan’ (governance), and if there is no justice, there is ‘kushaasan’ (misgovernance). This is the victory of the families of farmers. The family of Lovpreet Singh and the family of Raman Kashyap,” he said. Lovepreet Singh of Palia village of Lakhimpur was among those who died in the violence. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the agitation against the Centre's three farm laws, alleged that the violence was held under a pre-planned conspiracy. DISENGAGEMENT The talks are scheduled to be held at Moldo (Chushul) on the Chinese side of the LAC The talks will take place nearly two months after both the countries withdrew troops from Gogra on 4-5 August. India is likely to take up remaining friction areas like Hot Springs and Dep- sang plains for disengagement. A face-off between the two militaries in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh last week also came to light on Friday. areas like Hot Springs and Depsang plains for disengagement at tomorrow’s meeting. The troops from the two countries have been in a faceoff situation in Eastern Ladakh since April-May last year. A face-off between the two militaries in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh last week also came to light yesterday. The matter was resolved following a meeting between local commanders of the two countries as per established protocols. India has been insisting that peace and tranquility between the two countries can only be achieved by restoring the status quo ante which existed in April-May last year in Eastern ladakh. The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday had stated that it expected China to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh by fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols. Addressing a weekly media briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “It is our expectation that China will work towards early resolution of the remaining issue along the Line of Control (LoC) in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols.” Since 2020, the two sides have held a series of meetings both at the military and diplomatic levels to peacefully resolve the stand-off. India records 7% less Covid cases; ‘ramp up vaccination’, states told PTI & SNS NEW DELHI, 5 OCTOBER Covid-19 containment can derail if festivals are not celebrated following protocols, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya warned on Saturday and exhorted 19 states to escalate their inoculation pace so that India can achieve administering 100 crore vaccine doses in the next few days. India has so far administered over 94 crore Covid vaccine doses. Reviewing the progress of Covid-19 vaccination with principal secretaries and mission directors of the National Health Mission from all major states, Mandaviya underlined that administering 100 crore doses of Covid vaccine is the immediate milestone in India's inoculation journey. According to a Health Ministry statement, Mandaviya noted that if festivals, synonymous with auspiciousness, joy and large gatherings, are not observed as per Covid protocols, containment of Covid-19 can get derailed. India on Saturday reported 19,740 fresh Covid cases, 7 percent lower than yesterday, and 248 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. The active caseload presently is at 2,36,643, which is the lowest in 206 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.70 per cent of the country’s total positive cases. India’s recovery rate stands 3,39,35,309 2,36,643 19,740 23,070 4,50,375 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 09 OCTOBER 2021 at 97.98 per cent, the highest since March 2020. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 776 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths. as culprits,” Tikait said in reply to a question asked during a press conference. Farmer leaders on Saturday demanded that Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son be arrested in the Lakhimpur case. Ajay Mishra should also be removed from the government as he is protecting the culprits, Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader Yogendra Yadav alleged. China’s continuous build-up matter of concern: Naravane If the Chinese military maintains the deployment through the second winter, it may lead to an LoC-like situation though not an active LoC as is there on the western front with Pakistan GENERAL MM NARAVANE CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF NEW DELHI, 9 OCTOBER The military build-up by China in the eastern Ladakh region and new infrastructure development to sustain the large-scale deployment are matters of concern and India has been keeping a close watch on all the activities by the Chinese PLA, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said on Saturday. He said if the Chinese military maintains the deployment through the second winter, it may lead to an LoClike situation (Line of Control) though not an active LoC as is there on the western front with Pakistan. The Chief of Army Staff said if the Chinese military continues with its deployment, the Indian Army too will maintain its presence on its side which is “as good as what the People’s Liberation Army has done”. Indian and Chinese militaries have been on a standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for nearly 17 months though both sides disengaged from a number of friction points this year following a series of talks. “Yes, it is a matter of concern that the large-scale buildup has occurred and continues to be in place, and there has been an equal amount of infrastructure development on the Chinese side,” Gen PTI Naravane said.
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