CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 P11 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature most likely to be around 34 °C and 27 °C respectively. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 97% TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederikse and her husband pose for a photo in front of the Taj Mahal, in Agra on Sunday. ANI NC suffers major jolt in Jammu: The National Conference suffered a major setback in Jammu as two prominent leaders Devender Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia resigned from the party on Sunday. They are likely to join the BJP in Delhi on Monday. "Dr Farooq Abdullah has received & accepted the resignations of Mr Slathia & Mr Rana. No further action or comment is deemed necessary," a National Conference spokesman tweeted. (P10) $1.6 million for T20 World Cup winners: The winners of the ICC men's T20 World Cup will take home a winners cheque of $1.6 million while the runners up will get half that amount, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Sunday. All 16 competing teams will receive a part of the $5.6 million allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the UAE and Oman from 17 October. CSK storm into IPL final: Chennai Super Kings stormed into the finals of the Indian Premier League, beating Delhi Capitals by four wickets in a cliffhanger qualifier in Dubai on Sunday. Delhi Capitals posted 172/5 in 20 overs, and MS Dhoni’s men overhauled the target with 2 (Earlier report on Page 12) balls to spare. NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER ower consumption dipped by nearly 2 per cent or by 72 million units (MU) to 3,828 MU on Saturday compared to 3,900 MU on Friday, showing a slight improvement in the supply situation across the country amidst the coal shortage crisis, according to the power ministry’s data. With states from Delhi to Andhra Pradesh sending warnings of a developing power crisis due to shortage of coal, the Central government pressed all resources at its command to ensure power plants have enough feedstock to generate electricity. While Union Power Minister R K Singh reviewed the coal stock position at all thermal power plants, including those units that supply P According to the power ministry’s data, the power consumption of 3,900 MU on 8 October was the highest this month so far, which also became a cause of concern amidst the ongoing coal shortage crisis Power plants are grappling with short supply in a year when the country produced record coal, but rains hit movement of the fuel from mines to power generation units, impacting power generation electricity to distribution companies in the national capital, the ministry of coal said “ample coal is available in the country to meet the demand” and “any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced”. According to the power ministry’s data, the power consumption of 3,900 MU on 8 October was the highest this month so far (from 1 to 9 October), which also became a cause of concern amidst the ongoing coal shortage crisis in the country. The peak power demand met or the highest electricity supply in day touched 172.41GW on 8 October. This is the highest peak power demand met from 1 to 9 October. The data also showed that peak power demand met slowed to 170.03GW on Saturday, 9 October, indicating that the power demand is moderating with the onset of autumn. Power plants are grappling with short supply in a year when the country produced record coal, but rains hit movement of the fuel from mines to power generation units, impacting power generation in many states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. After Singh's review of coal stock position, the power ministry in a statement said coal stocks at power plants is sufficient for four days. It also said the minister has directed that distribution companies of Delhi will get as much power as requisitioned by them as per their demand. “If any DISCOM is found to resort to load shedding despite being power available as per PPA, action would be initiated against them," the statement warned. India has adequate stock: Coal Ministry STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER While maintaining that coal stock at power plants was sufficient enough for four days, the Union Coal Ministry said on Sunday that there was ample coal available in the country to meet the demands of thermal power plants. The ministry said that Coal India Ltd has about 400 lakh tonnes of coal available, which is being supplied to power plants. “Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced,” the ministry claimed. “The domestic coal based power generation has grown by nearly 24% in this year based on a Coal India Ltd has about 400 lakh tonnes of coal available, which is being supplied to power plants. Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced UNION COAL MINISTRY robust supply from the coal companies,” the Ministry said. The daily average coal requirement at the power plants is about 18.5 lakh tonnes of coal per day whereas the daily coal supply has been around 17.5 lakh tonnes per day, it said. “But due to extended monsoons the dispatches were constrained. The coal available at the power plants is a rolling stock which gets replenished by the supplies from the coal companies on a daily basis,” the ministry said. Despite heavy rains in the coal field areas, CIL had supplied more than 255 MT coal to the power sector in this year which is the highest ever H-1 supply from CIL to the power sector, the Ministry said. Out of the total coal supply from all sources, present coal supply from CIL to power sector is more than 14 lakh tonnes per day and with the receding rains, this supply has already increased to 15 lakh tonnes and is set to increase to more than 16 lakh tonnes per day by the end of October 2021. The supply from SCCL and captive coal blocks shall contribute to another 3 lakh plus tonnes of coal every day. Domestic coal supplies have supported power generation in a major way despite heavy monsoons, low coal imports and a steep hike in power demand due to economic recovery. It is expected that coal supplies are set to be a record high in the current financial year. Another reason for shortage of coal supply was the steep rise in international prices of coal, as a result supply of power even under PPAs by import based power plants has reduced by almost 30 %, said a senior officer of the Power Ministry. SAINA RETIRES AFTER INJURY IN UBER CUP P12 Lakhimpur violence: Mishra sent to 14 days judicial custody PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LAKHIMPUR KHERI (UP), 10 OCTOBER Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, was produced before a court here late on Saturday night, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the 3 October Lakhimpur violence. After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Mishra in the crime branch office here after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav said. He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing for 11 am on Monday. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra after which a judicial magistrate sent him to custody protesting over UP Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday. Farmer leaders and Opposition parties had been demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son had denied the allegations. Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers in the incident. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Ashish Mishra, who is known as ‘Monu Bhaiya’ in the area, spent the night in the district jail. He had appeared before the SIT at around 10.30 a.m. on Saturday after a second summons was served to him the previous day when he did not turn up for interrogation. He was arrested at around 11 p.m. on Saturday after being grilled by the SIT at the crime branch office in the Police Lines. The Supreme Court had on Friday questioned the non-arrest of the accused, directed preservation of evidence and mulled transferring the probe to another agency. 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 confidence in the investigation. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the farmers’ agitation, had alleged that the violence was held under a pre-planned conspiracy. THE BEGINNING An Idol of Goddess Durga at Bag Bazar Sarbojanin in Kolkata, on Sunday. IANS India, China hold military-level Work to start on monetizing Air talks to resolve LAC stand-off India subsidiaries: DIPAM secy Centre imposes stock limits on edible oil STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER Abdul Qadeer Khan, the disgraced atomic scientist known as the ‘father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb’ under the clandestine enrichment programme and infamous for his controversial role in nuclear proliferation, died here on Sunday after a brief illness. He was 85. Khan, who was born in 1936 in Bhopal (undivided India) and migrated to Pakistan along with his family after the Partition in 1947, breathed his last at about 7.00 a.m. (local time) after being hospitalised with Covid at Khan Research Laboratories Hospital. Later, he was shifted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi but was discharged after recovering from the virus. Khan, considered as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, is revered at home as a hero. He was also called a man who built the Muslim world's first atomic bomb. The nuclear physicist was disgraced in 2004 when he was forced to acknowledge responsibility for nuclear technology proliferation and was forced to live a life of official PTI house arrest. P10 Power consumption moderates by 72 MU PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Max: 34.1 °C(+2) Min: 26.7 °C(+2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 5:31 hrs 17:16 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 09:23 hrs 20:28 hrs Next moon quarter on 13 October ISLAMABAD, 10 OCTOBER P9 Slight improvement in supply across country amidst coal shortage Min. 65% Father of Pak’s nuclear bomb AQ Khan passes away ‘NO TRUTH TO CHARGES THAT MODI HAS BEEN DICTATORIAL’ COCK A SNOOK, GRAB A RIDE TAIWAN REJECTS CHINA’S ‘PATH’ The 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks was held at Moldo in Eastern Ladakh on the Chinese side on Sunday to address the ongoing military stand off between India and China along the LAC (Line of Actual Control). The talks took 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. According to sources, India reported to have asked China to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols. India also reported to have taken up remaining friction areas like Hot Springs and Depsang plains for disengagement in the meeting. The troops from the two countries have been in a face-off 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 on Friday. The matter was resolved following a meeting between local commanders of the two countries. 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. 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.” PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER After the historic Air India privatisation, the government will now start work on monetising its four other subsidiaries, including Alliance Air, and over Rs 14,700 crore worth noncore assets like land and building, DIPAM Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said. The government on 8 October had announced that salt-to-software conglomerate Tatas have won the bid to acquire debt-laden national carrier Air India for Rs 18,000 crore. This includes a cash payment of Rs 2,700 crore and tak- As a precursor to Air India’s sale, the government in 2019 had set up a special purpose vehicle ~ Air India Assets Holding Ltd (AIAHL) for holding debt and noncore assets of the Air India group ing over Rs 15,300 crore debt. The deal, which is expected to be completed by December-end, also includes sale of Air India Express and ground handling arm AISATS. Pandey said that the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will now get down to working out a plan for monetising the subsidiaries of Air India which are with the special purpose vehicle AIAHL and setting off the liabilities. “There will be a plan for monetising the assets of AIAHL. It is a very big task again of clearing of AIAHL liabilities and disposal of assets. In the AIAHL there is a company of ground handling, engineering and Alliance Air which have to be privatised,” said Pandey, who spearheaded Air India’s privatisation. “It (sale of subsidiaries) could not be started because these all are intimately linked. Unless and until Air India goes, we could not proceed with other things,” he added. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE In the wake of rising prices of edible oil, Centre imposed stock limits on edible oil and oilseeds till March 2022 and suspended future trading on Mustard oil and oil seeds. The decision was taken to soften the prices of edible oils in the domestic market mainly during the festive season, said an officer of the Food and Public Distribution Ministry. Centre has also asked states to update the stocks of edible oilseeds. The high prices in the international market has a substantial impact on the domestic edible oil prices. (P10) With festive season, Covid compliance hits new low Govt allows export of Russia’s Sputnik PRESS TRUST OF INDIA A survey by LocalCircles has found that only 13 per cent people rated mask compliance in their area and district as effective while just 6 per cent termed social distancing norms as beneficial NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER As India enters the festival season, a survey by a digital community-based platform that has measured basic Covid-19 safeguards found that only 13 per cent people rated mask compliance in their area and district as effective while just 6 per cent termed social distancing norms as beneficial. The survey by LocalCircles, which received 65,000 responses from citizens residing in 366 districts of India, found out how people were complying to mask and social distancing protocols in cities and districts, while travelling in flights/airports, trains/railway stations and bus/bus stands as well as places like vaccination cen- tres which many have visited in the last few months. Sixty-four per cent were men and 36 per cent respondents were women. Forty-six per cent respondents were from Tier-1 areas, 29 per cent from Tier-2 areas, and 25 per cent from Tiers-3, 4 and rural districts. A previous LocalCircles survey from June 2021, which was shared by the Union Min- istry of Health in its briefing on July 6 this year, had indicated that mask compliance was rated as effective by 29 per cent people then and social distancing compliance as effective by 11 per cent. “The drop in mask compliance ratings from 29 to 13 per cent and in social distancing compliance ratings from 11 per cent to 6 per cent indicates that complacency has set in with many now believing that Covid-19 is gone," said Sachin Taparia, founder of LocalCircles. “With 2021 festive season already on and likely to see significantly higher levels of socialising, shopping and community events, the risk of Covid cases rising is now high”, he warned. The travel euphoria currently is stronger than the one LocalCircles reported in February-March this year, Taparia said. LocalCircles on 23 March this year had raised the red flag highlighting the need to enforce social distancing compliance and implement movement restrictions or lockdown at the earliest when its “citizen pulse trackers” indicated high levels of risk. CMYK Light Covid-19 vaccine made in India SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 10 OCTOBER The government has permitted the export of Russia’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik Light domestically produced here as the jab has not yet been approved for emergency use in India, sources said on Sunday. Indian drug firm Hetero Biopharma Limited has been allowed to export 40 lakh doses of Sputnik Light to Russia, sources in the know of the developments said. Sputnik Light is the same as component-1 of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V which is being used in India’s anti- Covid inoculation programme after getting emergency use authorisation from India’s Drug Regulator in April. The Russian ambassador had urged the Indian government to allow the export of Sputnik Light produced by Hetero Biopharma, one of the partners of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in the production of the jab, to Russia till the vaccine gets emergency use authorisation from India’s drug regulator. Meanwhile, the total administered doses of Covid-19 in the country has crossed 94.70 crores. Bengal cases: Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 760 fresh Covid cases and 11 3,39,53,475 2,30,971 18,166 23,624 4,50,589 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER 2021 deaths, with Kolkata recording 166 cases and 2 deaths.
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