FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 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. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 92% P5 P3 India scripts history with 100 cr Covid vaccinations West Bengal among top five states to have administered the largest number of vaccine doses Min: 31% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.4°C (0) SUN RISES 06:27 hrs MOON RISES 18:53 hrs RONALDO SAVES MAN UNITED CAPTAIN QUESTIONS CONGRESS’ IDEALS ‘KCOCA CHARGES AGAINST ACCUSED IN LANKESH CASE’ BANNON CASE TESTS US CONGRESS’ POWER Min: 16.0°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:45 hrs MOON SETS 08:39 hrs THUMBNAILS P12 Farmers have right to protest, but roads can’t be blocked: SC The directions came on a petition filed by a woman resident People have of Noida seeking direction to a right to go ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear on roads, it cannot be for smooth traffic movement. blocked The top court asked Samyukt SUPREME Kisan Morcha (SKM) and other COURT farmer unions to file their response in four weeks and scheduled the matter for further hearing on 7 December STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 OCTOBER The largest khadi Tricolour in the country, weighing around 1,400-kg, being displayed at the Red Fort, to mark the completion of administering of 100 crore Covid-19 vacSUBRATA DUTTA cine doses, in the Capital on Thursday. Activists protest calling for the reopening of school and college campuses at Shastri SNS Bhavan, in the Capital on Thursday. Cabinet approves 3 per cent increase in DA: The Central government on Thursday approved the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensions, due from 1 July 2021. The decision was taken by the Union cabinet chaired by PM Modi and will benefit around 47.14 lakh Central Government employees and 68.62 lakh pensioners. Death sentence to 9 for witchcraft in Odisha: The Rayagada district and sessions judge Bikram Patnaik on Thursday while upholding the order of concurrent court, awarded death sentence to nine persons after finding them guilty of viciously killing three persons by injecting them with toxic pesticide. (P5) IAF aircraft crashes: A Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind on Thursday, said police. Bhind SP Manoj Kumar Singh informed that the pilot has been injured in the mishap. Alapan moves CAT challenging Centre’s probe against him KOLKATA, 21 OCTOBER In a significant development, former West Bengal chief secretary and presently chief advisor to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Alapan Bandyopadhyay moved the CAT (Central Administrative Tribunal) against the Centre’s decision to initiate a probe against him. The decision to move the CAT came after the Centre had set up an inquiry committee to find out whether Bandyopadhyay had violated norms by “not attending a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” at Kalaikunda on 28 May, sources said. The one-member committee, sources said, asked Bandyopadhyay to appear before it in Delhi on 18 October, but Bandyopadhyay moved CAT on the same day questioning the jurisdiction of the Government of India in initiating probe for ‘misconduct’ against him. Sources close to Bandyopadhyay said that in a federal structure, the Centre may advise the state government to conduct a disciplinary process against an IAS officer, but cannot probe against the officer directly. “There are several judgments of the Supreme Court in this regard. We have cited those. This is a quasi-judicial process and we will wait to see the final order from the CAT,” the source said. IANS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 OCTOBER I ndia on Thursday scripted history after it achieved a major milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccinations nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme began on 16 January in the global battle against the coronavirus. India’s record vaccination comes months after a huge spike in cases in April and May, when over 4 lakh daily infections and 4,000 deaths were reported. The government’s CoWin portal said that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India. “India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congratulations, Prime MinisWe are witnessing the triumph of ter Narendra Modi, scientists, Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats health workers and the people of India, on your efforts to protect the India on crossing 100 crore vaccivulnerable populations nations. Gratitude to our docfrom Covid-19 and tors, nurses, and all those achieve vaccine equity who have made efforts targets. to achieve this feat NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses, and all those who have made efforts to achieve this feat,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet. Praising India’s efforts to inoculate its population, WHO’s Regional Director, South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said that this “extraordinary feat” was not possible in a short span without “strong political leadership, inter-sectoral convergence, dedicated efforts of the entire health & frontline 3,41,27,450 1,78,831 18,454 TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS WHO CHIEF workforce.” On this historic achievement, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the nation. In his tweet, he said, “Congratulations India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved”. As India achieved the historical landmark, the health ministry released a 100-crore anthem and a visual film to mark the occasion which detail the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. Around 75 percent of adults in the country of 1.3 billion people have been given one shot and around 30 percent are fully vaccinated, the government says. The five states that have administered the highest number of doses are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, sources said. According to data from the Health Ministry, a total of 1,00,00,15,714 jabs have been administered as of 10 am on 21 October. Dr V K Paul, NITI Aayog member and chief of the 17,561 4,52,811 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 21 OCTOBER 2021 government’s vaccine panel, said it was remarkable to reach the 1 billion dose mark in just over nine months. Even though the first dose has been given to over 75 percent of adults, 25 percent remain unvaccinated, Dr Paul said. Delhi cases: The national capital today registered 22 positive cases of Covid19 on Thursday. See also pages 2, 5 The Supreme Court on Thursday once again said that farmer groups have the right to protest, but they cannot keep roads blocked indefinitely. Asking Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and other farmer unions to file their response in four weeks, a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said farmers have a right to agitate but roads cannot be blocked indefinitely. The directions came on a plea filed by a woman resident of Noida seeking direction to ensure that the road between Noida to Delhi is kept clear for traffic movement. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing the farmers' group, submitted before the bench that road blockade would end, if permission is granted to continue the protest either at Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, citing Republic Day violence, opposed the plea saying that this happened despite farmer unions’ undertaking that there will be no violence during tractor rally scheduled on January 26. The bench, also com- prising Justice M.M Sundresh told the farmers group counsel that they may have a right to agitate in any manner but roads should not be blocked like this. “People have a right to go on roads, it cannot be blocked”, noted the bench. “Ultimately some solution has to be found. We are not averse to their right to protest even when a legal challenge is pending, but roads cannot be blocked,” the court said. The bench asked SKM and other farm unions to file their response in four weeks in the matter, and scheduled the matter for further hearing on 7 December. Earlier, another bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, had questioned the rationale behind farmer groups continuing their protest, wherein national highways have been blocked, Justice Khanwilkar had said it will examine whether those protesting against farm laws have a right to do so even after challenging the contentious legislations in the top court. The apex court had earlier called for redressal through judicial forum, agitation or parliamentary debates while referring to the blockade of highways by farmers. CCEA approves PM GatiShakti National Master Plan NCB ‘probes’ Mannat, summons STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 OCTOBER The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan including institutional framework for rolling out, implementation, monitoring and support mechanism for providing multi-modal connectivity. The PM GatiShakti was launched last week to speed up infrastructure projects. It was intended to break Departmental Silos and bring in more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects with a view to address the issues of Multi Modal connectivity and last mile connectivity. It would not only bring down the logistic cost, but would also translate into HOLISTIC PLANNING The PM GatiShakti was launched last week to speed up infrastructure projects. It was intended to break Departmental Silos and bring in more holistic and integrated planning and execution of projects with a view to address the issues of Multi Modal connectivity and last mile connectivity. enormous economic gains to consumers, farmers, and other stake holders. The PM GatiShakti had proposed implementation framework including setting up of an ECOs (Empowered Group of Secretaries), a NPG (Network Planning Group, and a technical Support Unit (TSU) with required technical competence. The Empowered Group of Secretaries, which would review and monitor implementation of infrastructure projects, would be headed by Union Cabinet secretary and consist of secretaries of 18 ministries as members and Head of Logistic Division as Member convenor. The EGOS has been mandated to review and monitor implementation of the PM GatiShakti NMP to ensure logistics efficiency. It is also empowered to prescribe framework and norms for undertaking any subsequent amendments to the NMP. It would frame the procedure and definitive framework for synchronisation of vari- Shah: 64 dead, 11 missing due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand DEHRADUN, 21 OCTOBER Union Home Minister Amit Shah On Thursday said that the death toll in the rain-battered Uttarakhand has mounted to 64 and more than 11 people have been reported missing so far. Shah, who was addressing the media after conducting an aerial survey of the rainaffected areas in the state, said that no tourist casualty has been reported in the state so far and the Char Dham Yatra has also been resumed. “I held a high-level review meeting with officials of the State and Centre over the natural calamity in Uttarakhand. Due to timely rainfall alerts, the extent of damage could be controlled. Now, the Char Dham Yatra has The Union home minister, after conducting an aerial survey of the rain-affected areas in the state, said that no tourist casualty has been reported and the Char Dham Yatra has also been resumed resumed,” said the Home Minister. He further said that more than 3,500 people were rescued and over 16,000 precautionary evacuations were done so far. “As many as 3,500 people were rescued and more than 16,000 precautionary evacuations were done in the state. 17 NDRF teams, 7 State SDRF teams, 15 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and more than 5,000 police personnel are deployed for the rescue operations,” Shah said. Ananya Panday, conducts raids INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, 21 OCTOBER In a major development, teams of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) paid a formal ‘visit’ to the residences of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan in Bandra west, and actress Ananya Panday in Khar west, and raided a location in Andheri on Thursday as part of the ongoing probe into the 2 October luxury cruiser rave party. “The NCB Mumbai Zonal Unit officials visited 'Mannat', the residence of Aryan Khan in connection with the (Cr.94/21 case) for seeking certain material related to the investigation of the case from Shah Rukh Khan, by following due procedure of notice, Shah Rukh Khan arrives at Arthur Road Jail to meet his son Aryan Khan on Thursday etc.,” said NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede in a statement later. The development, which grabbed national attention, came shortly after the Bombay High Court this morning decided to take up his son Aryan Khan’s bail plea on next Tuesday. Spelling no respite for Aryan Khan, a special NDPS court on Thursday extended his judicial custody till 30 October, even as his bail plea is expected to come up before Bombay High Court on 26 October . Simultaneously, Ananya Panday ~ daughter of Bollywood actor Chunky Panday and granddaughter of the renowned heart surgeon, the late Dr. Sharad Panday ~ has been summoned to the NCB offices this day for the probe and the actress. The NCB has claimed that her name apparently figures in some WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan recovered by the agency, along with others. The NCB has arrested a total of 20 persons so far in the case. ‘Heatwaves, droughts had worst impact on health in 2020’ INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 OCTOBER ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL ous activities, and ensure that various initiatives of infrastructure development are part of the common integrated digital platform. Besides this, it would look at the interventions required to meet the demand side, in efficiently transporting bulk goods on the requirement of various Ministries like Steel, Coal, and Fertilizer. The CCEA has also approved formation, composition and terms of reference for Network Planning Group (NPG) consisting of heads of Network Planning wing of respective infrastructure ministries and it will assist the EGOS. Further, in view of the complexities involved in the integration of networK, the Technical Support Unit is approved for providing the required competencies. In 2020, adults over 65 were hit by 3.1 billion more days of heatwave exposure than in the 1986-2005 baseline average and the senior citizens from China, India, the US, Japan, and Indonesia were the most affected, a latest report from the Lancet said on Thursday. Climate change is driving an increase in the frequency, intensity and duration of drought events, threatening water security, sanitation, and food productivity, with 19 per cent of the global land surface in 2020 affected by extreme drought in any given month, the 2021 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Code Red for a Healthy Future, said. Increasing the risk of wildfires and exposure to pollutants, this extreme drought CODE RED FOR FUTURE The Lancet report also talks about the potential for outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika increasing most rapidly in countries with a very high human development index, including European countries. over 19 per cent global land surface is worrying as this value had not exceeded 13 per cent between 1950 and 1990, it said, adding: “The five years with the most areas affected by extreme drought have all occurred since 2015. The Horn of Africa, a region impacted by recurrent extreme droughts and food insecurity, was one of the most affected areas in 2020.” The report also talks about the potential for outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika increasing most rapidly in countries with a very high human development index, including European countries. Suitability for malaria infections is increasing in cooler highland areas of countries with a low human development index. “Coasts around northern Europe and the US are becoming more conducive to bacteria, which produces gastroenteritis, severe wound infections and sepsis. In resource limited countries, the same dynamic is putting decades of progress towards controlling or eliminating these diseases at risk,” it said. The report outlined the growing risks to health and climate and exposed inequities in the global response to climate change in general. “It is the countries lowest on the human development index and often least responsible for rising greenhouse gas emissions that are lagging behind in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts and in realising the associated health benefits of accelerated decarbonisation.” Observing that the world continues to subsidise fossil fuels, the report said, in 2018, 65 out of the 84 countries analysed by the Lancet Countdown researchers had net-negative carbon price equivalent to an overall subsidising fossil fuel. The report pointed out how climate change and its drivers are creating ideal conditions for infectious disease transmission, potentially undoing decades of progress to control diseases such as dengue, fever, chikungunya, Zika, malaria and cholera. Only eight out of those 45 countries reported that their assessment of the effects of climate change on their citizens’ health had influenced the allocation of human and financial resources. As many as 69 per cent of the countries said insufficient financing was a barrier to implementing these plans, the report said. “The Lancet Countdown report has 40 indicators and far too many of them are flashing red,” said Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown, Professor Anthony Costello.
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