SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 ‘FARM LAWS CONSPIRACY TO SUBJUGATE FARMERS’ BALDWIN WAS TOLD GUN WAS ‘COLD’ BEFORE MOVIE SET SHOOTING P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 94% P3 ‘J&K statehood after delimitation, polls’ Min: 18.4°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:25 hrs MOON SETS 11:41 hrs THUMBNAILS A woman lights lamps on the 487th birth anniversary of the fourth Sikh Guru Ramdas, at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar on Friday. ANI Tamil film India's official entry to the Oscars: Debutant director PS Vinothraj's Tamil film Koozhangal (Pebbles) has been announced as India's official entry to the Oscars 2022. If selected, the film will compete for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film next year. Danish film Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, won the honour in 2021. India removed from Singapore travel red list: Singapore on Saturday announced the removal of India and five other South Asian countries from its travel restriction list in response to the global Covid-19 situation. All travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from Wednesday. Ahead of Goa trip, Mamata asks Opp to unite: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, prior to her maiden visit to Goa to campaign for the Trinamul Congress for the next Assembly poll, urged all political parties and organisations to come together to take on the BJP. (P4) ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL SRINAGAR, 23 OCTOBER U nion Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir will be restored after delimitation of constituencies and Assembly elections. Shah, who is on a threeday visit to Jammu and Kashmir, was interacting with members of Jammu and Kashmir’s youth clubs on Saturday. “Why should the delimitation be stopped? It is because that will harm political interests. Now nothing will stop in Kashmir. Delimitation will happen, followed by elections and then restoration of statehood so that the youth of Kashmir get opportunities. I had said that in the parliament also. And, this is the roadmap. I came here to make friends with the Kashmiri youth,” Shah said. He said no one can obstruct development in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that strict action will be taken against those who want to disrupt the peace and harmony in the union territory. “Kashmir has seen a new beginning ~ from fear, terrorism, corruption, and family-based politics to peace, development and prosperity. The youth of Jammu and Kashmir have strengthened this change. Terrorism has reduced, stone-pelting has become invisible. I want to assure you that strict action will be taken against those who Amit Shah visits residence of martyred CID inspector STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 23 OCTOBER Despite heavy rain and bad weather, Home Minister Amit Shah reached Srinagar on Saturday morning and drove straight to the residence of CID Inspector Parvez Ahmad Dar who was shot dead by terrorists in June. Shah met Dar’s widow Fatima Akhtar and offered his condolences. He also offered her a government job. Dar was shot when he was on his way to the mosque to offer prayers in Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar on 22 June this year. Shah’s visit to the martyred police officer’s residence has sent the message that the government stands by the security forces that were fighting terrorism in J&K. want to disrupt the peace and harmony of Jammu and Kashmir. No one can obstruct development here. It is our commitment,” Shah said. The minister said that “transparency and cor- MSD MOVES INTO HIS NEW ROLE P7 Union home minister pledges action against those disrupting peace in Valley Min: 44% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.8°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:52 hrs MOON RISES 21:22 hrs PRIYANKA PLAYS THE GENDER CARD Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha accompanied him. Eleven civilians and several policemen were shot dead by terrorists in past few days. Shah was received by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, Union minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and top civil and police officers. The Home Minister later presided over a meeting of the Unified Command in which top brass of the Army, intelligence agencies, BSF CRPF ITBP , , , SSB, J&K Police and other agencies will participate. He will review the security situation in particular context with the recent civilian killings. Shah will meet representatives of youth clubs of the valley and also flag off the Srinagar-Sharjah flight. He will come to Jammu briefly on Sunday. ruption-free governance” Jammu-Kashmir has witnessed since 2019 is the pillar of region’s development. “Would it be possible without abrogating Article 370? Our projects for Jammu and Kashmir are multidimensional. It promotes education and skill development, as well as economic assistance. We’ve also promoted sports and tourism,” he said. The government had abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. It had also bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Shah said the government in Jammu and Kashmir has decided to form a youth club in every panchayat and Rs 25,000 will be provided to every such club. Sports programmes have also been started. Slamming the earlier regimes in the earstwhile state, Shah said, “What did the previous governments give to Jammu and Kashmir in 70 years? 87 MLAs, 6 MPs and 3 families. Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has made it possible that about 30,000 elected representatives in the Panchayat elections, who are serving the people today. Post-independence, the Government of India helped Jammu and Kashmir, but the poverty, unemployment did not go away, infrastructure did not develop. Now poverty is going from here, people are getting employment opportunities.” Earlier in the day, Shah held a security review meeting in Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha was present in the review meeting. This is Shah’s maiden visit to the union territory since the abrogation of Article 370. P12 PM lauds domestic vaccine producers for 100-cr jab feat STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER Interacting with domestic vaccine manufacturers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised their efforts which have resulted in the country crossing the milestone of 100 crore vaccinations. He said they have played a big role in the “success story” of India and appreciated their hard work during the Covid pandemic. Representatives from seven vaccine makers~ Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech~ attended the meeting with PM Modi. Modi was of the view that the country needed to institutionalise the best practises learnt during the last one and a half years, and said this was an opportunity to modify the practises, in tune with global standards. He said that the entire world was looking up to India, in the backdrop of the success of the vaccination The entire world is looking up to India, in the backdrop of the success of the vaccination drive. The vaccine manufacturers should continuously work together to be ready to face future challenges. PM NARENDRA MODI drive. The domestic vaccine manufacturers appreciated the vision and dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister in providing continuous guidance and support towards the development of the vaccines. They also praised the never-before-seen collaboration between the government and industry, and applauded the regulatory reforms, simplified procedures, timely approvals, and forthcoming and supportive nature of the government throughout this Shop online, avoid travel: Govt advisory for festivals STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER States must ensure Coronavirus precautions are followed strictly during the festive season, the government said in an advisory on Saturday, listing measures like promoting online shopping and avoiding unnecessary travel to stop infection rates from spiralling as they have in some countries. Delhi reports 40 new Covid cases, zero deaths: Delhi recorded zero deaths due to Covid-19 and 40 fresh cases on Saturday with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. Four fatalities due to Covid have been recorded so far this month in Delhi, on October 2, 10, 19 and 22. United Nations celebrates climate action in India India, UK ask Taliban to curb terrorism STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER The UN in India commemorated the 76th year of its founding with a celebration of climate action in India, highlighting its enduring partnership with the government and the people of India. The commemoration also showcased the incremental role young people are playing in India achieving its climate ambition. Speaking at the in-person commemoration, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Bhagwanth Khuba, said, “Over the years, India and the UN have cooperated closely on our shared objectives of world peace and the guarantee of sustainable development. The Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals is upon us. And unprecedented actions are needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. I believe the theme of climate action is timely.” The first-ever solar-powered UN Day, organized in partnership with the International Solar Alliance, highlighted India’s pioneering leadership on climate action. Surya Bhavan~ which hosts Three more arrested in Lakhimpur violence case the ISA secretariat ~was illuminated in the colours of the Sustainable Development Goals to underscore India’s ambition on renewables and commitment to the Agenda 2030. “India has already scripted history by halving poverty and by rapidly bringing lighted homes, safe sanitation, and clean fuel to millions. India has made tremendous gains LAKHIMPUR KHERI, 23 OCTOBER A SWAT team of the Uttar Pradesh Crime Branch on Saturday arrested three more persons in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case taking the total number of arrests to 13. The accused have been identified as Mohit Trivedi, Dharmendra Singh and Rinku Rana. The three accused would be presented before the court soon. The crime branch is going to request the court to send the accused to 14-day police custody. Ten people, including Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and BJP MP Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’, were arrested earlier in connection with the case. The police had served a notice to Mishra and summoned him for questioning. A total of eight people including four farmers died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that took place on 3 October. Local farmers blame Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ and his son for the violence. They were allegedly mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh. Videos are also being circulated on social media where a Mahindra Thar was seen knocking down protesters from behind. However, Ajay Mishra Teni had refuted the allegations saying that his son was not present at the site. NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER India and the United Kingdom have asked the Taliban to ensure that Afghan territory was not used to threaten or attack any country, shelter or train terrorists or plan/ finance terrorist attacks. At a meeting here last night between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and visiting UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the two countries also stressed the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The two ministers undertook a detailed review of the “Roadmap 2030” launched during the India-UK Virtual Summit held on 4 May. They appreciated the progress so far on the implementation of At a meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and visiting UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the two countries also stressed the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan the roadmap despite the constraints posed by the pandemic. There was a detailed discussion focused on enhancing cooperation in the key priority areas of trade and investments, people-to-people relationship, health partnership, climate change, science and innovation and defence and security, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said today. Both ministers welcomed the progress in delivering the Enhanced Trade Partnership announced at the virtual summit and underlined the need for launching FTA negotiations at the earliest, with a focus on negotiating an interim agreement that can deliver quick gains to businesses in both India and the UK. They also discussed the Migration and Mobility Partnership and the Global Innovation Partnership and committed to their early implementation. They also acknowledged the establishment of new dialogue mechanisms for discussing consular issues and maritime security. Both sides also agreed on instituting the India-UK Strategic Futures Forum Track, a new 1.5 Dialogue mechanism to foster expert deliberations on longterm strategic links between the two countries. CJI pushes for complete financial autonomy of judiciary ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL in accelerating progress towards the SDGs. Now, India is about to script history on climate action. And we look forward to its contribution,” said Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, on behalf of the UN in India. India’s partnership with the UN spans all seven decades of its life. India signed the founding Charter of the United Nations in San Francisco on 26 June 1945. “The values that have powered the UN Charter for the last 76 years ~ peace, development, human rights, and opportunity for all~ have no expiry date. As we mark UN Day, let’s unite behind these ideals, and live up to the full promise, potential and hope of the United Nations,” said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his video message. Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday pushed for “complete financial autonomy of the judiciary” through the establishment of a National Judicial Infrastructure Authority (NJIA) of India. Highlighting major concerns over judicial infrastructure in the country, Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Saturday made some shocking revelations, including how almost 20 per cent of the judicial officers in the country don’t even have proper courtrooms to sit. Noting that good judicial infrastructure for Courts in India has always been an “afterthought”, the CJI said he has sent a proposal for setting up the NJAI to the Ministry of Law and Justice. MAJOR CONCERNS Noting that good judicial infrastructure for Courts in India has always been an “afterthought”, the CJI said he has sent a proposal for setting up the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority (NJIA) to the Ministry of Law and Justice. Highlighting major concerns over judicial infrastructure in the country, Chief Justice of India made some shocking revelations, including how almost 20 per cent of the judicial officers in the country don’t even have proper courtrooms to sit. CJI Ramana urged law minister Kiran Rijiju to ensure that the proposal is taken up in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament. “If we want a different outcome from the judicial system, we cannot continue to work in these circumstances. An integral aspect, in this regard, is the financial autonomy of the judiciary. I urge the Hon'ble Minister of Law and Justice to expedite the process and ensure that the proposal to create the National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India (NJIAI) with statutory backing is taken up in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament,” CJI said. He added “Institutionalising the mechanism for augmenting and creating stateof-the-art judicial infrastructure is the best gift that we can think of giving to our people and our country in this 75th year of Independence.” "Judicial infrastructure is important for improving access to justice and to meet the growing demands of a public that is more aware of its rights and is developing economically, socially, and culturally. It is baffling to note that the improvement and maintenance of judicial infrastructure is still being carried out in an ad-hoc and unplanned manner,” he said. Inaugurating the Bombay High Court Aurangabad Bench's Annex Building’s B and C Wings along with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries, CJI Ramana said good judicial infrastructure is important to improve access to justice and meet the rising demands of the people who are more aware of their rights and developing economically, socially and culturally. The event was also attended by Supreme Court Judges ~ Justice UU Lalit, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice BR Gavai, Justice Abhay Oka, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Dipankar Datta and others. In his address, Thackeray said he would soon allot land for the extension of the Bombay High Court and invited the CJI to come and perform the ground-breaking ceremony for it. endeavour. They noted that had the country been following old norms, there would have been considerable delay and they would not have been able to reach the vaccination level that has been attained till now. In a tweet, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawala said, ‘The vaccine industry and I, thank you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, for excellent interaction. We feel energised and encouraged by the vision you have laid out for the industry.” Bharat Biotech Managing Director Krishna Ella thanked Modi for having taken Covaxin, and for the continuous support and motivation during its development. Pankaj Patel, chairman of Cadilla Healthcare thanked the Prime Minister for talking about the DNA-based vaccine in the UN General Assembly. Biological E’s MD Mahima Datla commended the vision of the Prime Minister which helped the country attain the vaccination milestone. 3,41,59,562 1,73,728 16,326 17,677 4,53,708 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2021 CISCE to conduct board exams in offline mode The ICSE exams for class 10 will begin from 29 November and for class 12 (ISC) from 12 November NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER The first term board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be conducted in offline mode, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced on Saturday. The council also released a revised date sheet according to which the ICSE exams for class 10 will begin from 29 November and for class 12 (ISC) from 12 November. The exams will conclude on 16 and 20 December respectively. The CISCE had last week announced the postponement of first term exams citing reasons “beyond its control”. Earlier, the class 10 and 12 exams were scheduled to begin from 15 and 16 November respectively. “The CISCE has been in receipt of numerous mails from heads of schools, parents and students who had expressed their difficulties and apprehensions if first semester exam were to be conducted online,” said Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive, CISCE. Mr Arathoon said the major reasons cited by students and parents for not conducting online exams were non-avaliblity of devices, irregular power supply and network and bandwidth problems. “After much deliberations, we decided that the exams will be conducted in offline mode in respective schools. Detailed guidelines will be announce ANI shortly,” he added.
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