TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the moning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 91% Min: 37% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.8°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:21 hrs MOON RISES 13:35 hrs Min: 22.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 22:56 hrs THUMBNAILS An Idol of Goddess Durga at a community puja IANS pandal in Kolkata on Monday. Legendary Malayalam actor Nedumudi Venu passes away: Legendary Malayalam actor Nedumudi Venu, 73, who acted in more than 500 Malayalam films, passed away on Monday afternoon. The veteran actor was undergoing treatment for various ailments after recovering from Covid. Known for his performances in commercial and art cinema, Venu won 3 national awards and 6 state awards. P8 KKR prevail in thriller:Kolkata Knight Riders just about managed to chase down Royal Challengers Bangalore's sub-par total of 138 in 20 overs. RCB's famed batting lineup were outfoxed by the wily Sunil Narine who snared four big wickets. (P12) P4 13th round of India China talks fall flat India, China fail to make progress on resolving stand-off at E.Ladakh ASHOK TUTEJA This would also be in BIG SETBACK NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER It is learnt that the Chinese side bluntly refused to disengage from the Hot Springs area, Depsang Plains and Demchok areas, as proposed by the Indian side. During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable, said a statement from MoD of the remaining areas,” said a statement issued today by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the talks held at the ChushulMoldo border yesterday. The statement said the two sides have agreed to maintain communications and also to maintain stability on the ground. “It is our expectation that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and will work towards early resolution of the remaining issues while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols,” it added. During the meeting, the Indian side pointed out that the situation along the LAC had been caused due to unilateral attempts by China to alter the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements. Indian Army personnel told their Chinese counterparts that it was necessary that the Chinese side take appropriate steps in the remaining areas so as to restore peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the Western Sector. I ndia and China failed to make headway on resolving the ongoing military stand-off at Eastern ladakh at the 13th round of talks held between their Corps Commanders, putting a big question mark over the disengagement process. It is learnt that the Chinese side bluntly refused to disengage from the Hot Springs area, Depsang Plains and Demchok areas, as proposed by the Indian side. “During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution ‘India to soon cross 100-crore-mark in Covid vaccination’ NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER Ashish Mishra sent to 3 days police remand: A local court in Lakhimpur Kheri on Monday sent Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni, to three days police custody in connection with the 3 October violence. He will, however, have access to his legal team during the period of police remand. (P4) MODI LAUNCHES INDIAN SPACE ASSOCIATION FM LEAVES FOR USA TO ATTEND G20, WORLD BANK MEETS UK POLICE WON’T ACT AGAINST PRINCE ANDREW OVER ABUSE CLAIM Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said India will soon be administering over 100 crore Covid19 vaccine doses in the coming days, adding that the achievement will be a pride for the country. He said, “So far we have administered over 95 crores doses and 73 per cent of the beneficiaries who are above 18 years are vaccinated.” ANI accord with the guidance provided by the two foreign ministers in their recent meeting in Dushanbe where they had agreed the two sides should resolve the remaining issues at the earliest. India emphasised such resolution of the remaining areas would facilitate progress in the bilateral relations. China, meanwhile, blamed the Indian side for the failure of the talks. “India still insisted on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, which made the negotiations more difficult,” a Chinese spokesperson said. The failure of the talks is seen as a big setback to the disengagement process started by the two countries in February to end the military stand-off which began in 2020. Modi to attend G-20 summit on Afghanistan today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER At the invitation of the Italian Presidency of the G-20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the upcoming G-20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit on Afghanistan on 12 October in virtual format. The agenda of the meeting will include a discussion on response to humanitarian needs and access to basic services and livelihood; security and the fight against terrorism; and mobility, migration and human rights. Modi had earlier participated in the SCO – CSTO outreach Summit on Afghanistan. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, participated in the meeting of G-20 foreign ministers on Afghanistan on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The G-20 comprises 20 of the world’s major economies and is an important platform to help build international consensus and facilitate a coordinated approach between multilateral organizations. India logs 18K new Covid cases; 98 pc recovery rate STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER Daily Coronavirus cases across the country continued to decline as India reported 18,132 new Covid19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 215 days and marginally lower than yesterday’s figure when the country reported the lowest single-day rise (18,166 cases) in nearly seven months. The active caseload has continued with its downward slide. It has declined to 2,27,347, the lowest in 209 days, according to the data released by the Union Health ministry on Monday. The active cases comprise less than 1 per cent of the total infections, currently at 0.67%, lowest since March 2020. A decrease of 3,624 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily rise in new Covid-19 infections has been below 30,000 for 17 straight days. India’s recovery rate currently stands at 98 per cent, the highest since March 2020. While the testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, the weekly positivity rate at 1.53 per cent has remained less than 3 per cent for the last 108 days now. Delhi cases: Delhi on Monday recorded 23 cases of Covid-19 following 46,843 tests conducted for the purpose, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. (SEE P2) JCO, 4 soldiers martyred in Poonch gunfight STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 11 OCTOBER In a major tragedy during an anti-terrorism operation, five soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), of the Army were on Monday martyred in an encounter with terrorists in the Surankot area near the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu’s Poonch district. Giving details of the encounter, defence spokesman Lt. Colonel Devender Anand said that the JCO and four soldiers were critically injured and were evacuated to nearest medical facility but they succumbed to their injuries. Based on intelligence inputs about presence of terrorists, Indian Army launched a cordon and search operation in villages close to Dera ki Gali (DKG) in Surankote jurisdiction of district Poonch. The terrorists opened fire at the troops during the cordon and search operation. The encounter with terrorists is going on and further update will follow, he said. The five soldiers martyred in the encounter with terrorists at Surankot in Poonch district have been identified as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh of village Mana Talwandi in Kapurthala district of Punjab, Naik Mandeep Singh of village Chalha in Gurdaspur (Punjab), Sepoy Gajjan Singh of village Panchranda in Ropar district (Punjab), Sepoy Saraj Singh of village Akhtrarpur Dhavkal in Uttar Pradesh and Sepoy Vaisakh H of village Odanavattam in Kollam district of Kerala. Another soldier is reported to have suffered bullet wounds when exchange of fire resumed some time later. The injured soldier has been shifted to the military hospital. The Army had reportedly received inputs about a heavily armed group of terrorists having infiltrated through the LOC and as such a couple of villages were cordoned and search operation was launched. Reports said that intermittent exchange of fire between the troops and terrorists was taking place. Reinforcements have been rushed to eliminate the terrorists. Meanwhile, two terrorists, including one of The Resistance Front ( TRF) involved in last week’s civilian killing of Mohammad Shaffi Lone in north Kashmir’s Bandipura was this morning neutralized in an encounter with security forces at Gundjahangir in the Hajin area. Trio share Economics Nobel for research on wages, jobs ASSOCIATED PRESS STOCKHOLM, 11 OCTOBER A US-based economist won the Nobel prize on Monday for pioneering research that showed an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for nativeborn workers, challenging commonly held ideas. Two others, Canadian-born David Card of the California University and Joshua Angrist from MIT shared the award for creating a way to study these types of societal issues. 3,39,71,607 2,27,347 18,132 21,563 4,50,782 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 2021 FRANCE WINS NATIONS LEAGUE P12 Shah meets power and coal ministers, reviews situation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER Amidst the reports of power crisis in India, Home minister Amit Shah today met power minister RK Singh and coal minister Pralhad Joshi to discuss the coal situation in the country. Officials from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), power and coal ministry are also said to be present in the meeting. As per the news reports, over half of India’s 135 coalfired power plants, which supplies around 70 per cent of electricity, have fuel stocks of less than three days. The supplies are under strain globally as prices surge and demand and supply chains are strained by the recovery of consumption following lockdowns to contain the pandemic. However, the government refuted such claims citing it is just “entirely misplaced” and the country has sufficient coal for power. It has assured that sufficient dry-fuel is available in the country to meet the demand of electricity generating plants. On Saturday, Tata Power arm Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (DDL) which operates in North and Northwest Delhi, had sent a message to its consumers and asked them to use the electricity judiciously. “Due to limited coal availability in generation plants across the north, the power supply scenario between 2-6 pm is at critical level. Kindly use electricity judiciously. Be a responsible citizen. Incon- SUPPLY STRAIN As per the news reports, over half of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants, which supplies around 70 per cent of electricity, have fuel stocks of less than three days The supplies are under strain globally as prices surge and demand and supply chains are strained by the recovery of consumption following lockdowns venience caused is regretted - Tata Power-DDL,” reads the message of the TPDDL.As per the reports, Punjab is also facing major power cuts. Jharkhand, Bihar and Rajasthan were among the worst affected, an analysis of daily load dispatch data from central grid regulator POSOCO showed. According to the 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 during the ongoing coal shortage. The latest available data of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed that coal stocks at power plants on October 7 were not adequate as there were 16 plants with a cumulative capacity of 16,880 MW which had the dry fuel for zero days.
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