CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 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 AMARINDER TO FLOAT HIS OWN PARTY TODAY BILLIONAIRE TAX CRITICIZED AS BIDEN PUSHES FOR BUDGET DEAL P10 WEATHER Humid and discomfort weather is very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-24 degrees Celsius. P5 P6 Bharat Bioteach applied to WHO for emergency use listing on 19 Apr Max.96% INDO-ASIANNEWSSERVICE Min. 55% Max: 32.4°C (+1) Min: 23.7°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:39 hrs 17:02 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 22:02 hrs 11:12 hrs New moon quarter on 29 October THUMBNAILS Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri with BJP MP Manoj Tiwari at a special Covid-19 vaccination drive for ‘Chhath’ devotees at Burari, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Five trekkers' bodies recovered in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar: State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on Tuesday retrieved bodies of five trekkers who were part of a team of six, who had gone missing at Sundardunga trek in Kapkot of Bageshwar district. Child pillion draft safety norms: The Centre on Tuesday released stringent draft laws on child pillion passenger. Children below four years riding pillion on a two-wheeler must be fastened to driver with a ‘safety harness' and the speed should be less than 40kmph, the draft notification by the ministry of road and transport stated. Children between the age of nine months and four must wear own crash helmet or bicycle helmet complying with ASTM norms. NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER he World Health Organisation is likely to grant emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin “within 24 hours”, according to media reports on Tuesday. “If all is in place and all goes well and if the committee is satisfied, we would expect a recommendation within the next 24 hours or so,” Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for WHO, was quoted as saying at a UN press briefing. The Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech had applied to the WHO on 19 April for Covaxin’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) and submitted additional document on WHO’s request on 27 September. The WHO had earlier said that it will carry out the risk and benefit assessments before granting the EUL to determine if a manufactured vaccine is quality-assured, safe and effective. “The World Health Organisation is very clear that we want all countries to recognise vaccines that have been given an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the WHO advisory process. “But it’s also very important that WHO, T 3,42,02,202 1,63,816 12,428 15,951 4,55,068 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2021 when it makes a recommendation like that, is making that globally,” WHO Health Emergencies Programme Executive Director Dr Mike Ryan had said. State health ministers' meet: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has called a meeting of health ministers of states on Wednesday to discuss the progress of vaccination. A top source with the Union health ministry said the meeting has been called to scale up vaccine administration across the country. Daily spike lowest in 238 days, 356 deaths STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 26 OCTOBER India reported the lowest surge in daily cases in 238 days with 12,428 new infections, 13.1 per cent lower than yesterday, and 356 deaths in last 24 hours, the Union health ministry data showed on Tuesday. On 18 October, India had logged 13,596 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily spike in cases in 230 days. The cumulative caseload stands at 3,42,02,202, data showed. With 356 fresh fatalities, the death toll mounted to 4,55,068. India’s recovery rate now stands at 98.19 per cent. Across the country, states have been witnessing a drop in daily cases. The top five states which have registered maximum cases are Kerala with 6,664 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,112 cases), Maharashtra (889 cases), West Bengal (805 cases) and Mizoram (790 cases). With 15,951 patients recovering in last 24 hours, the total recoveries rose to 3,35,83,318 across the country. The active caseload has declined by 3,879 in the last 24 hours to 1,63,816, the lowest in 241 days. The weekly positivity rate stood at 1.24 per cent this morning; it has been less than 2 per cent for the last 32 days. The daily positivity rate stood at 1.1 per cent; it has been less than 2 per cent for last 22 days. At 98.19 per cent, the recovery rate is the highest since March 2020. India has administered a total of 64,75,733 doses in the last 24 hours, which brings the total tally of doses administered to 1,02,94,01,119. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 806 fresh Covid cases and 15 deaths. Kolkata recorded 248 cases and 6 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 148 cases and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours. Lakhimpur: SC seeks UP govt report on 2nd FIR STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 2 more held in Lakhimpur case NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought from Uttar Pradesh a separate report on investigation in the second FIR in Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which four persons, including a journalist, were killed. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana ordered protection of witnesses in the case after being informed that UP police have not taken any action against the three accused of the violence and were allegedly roaming free. The widow of an accuseddeceased told the top court that her husband’s killers were roaming free, and no action has been taken against them. Senior advocate Arun Bhardwaj, representing Ruby Devi, widow of Shyam Sundar said, “killers are roaming free and threatening his client”. Another advocate representing the journalist, who was killed in the incident, also urged the court to direct the police to apprehend the accused involved. The bench directed separate replies must be filed by Uttar Pradesh with respect to the counter-case of lynching LAKHIMPUR KHERI, 26 OCTOBER of a person named Shyam Sundar, who was allegedly attacked after the car ploughed into farmers’ protest, and also killing of journalist Raman Kashyap. In Sundar’s matter, Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted he was an accused who was also killed in the incident and the police are also probing it along with the death of the journalist, who was in the car. CJI Ramana told Salve to file a separate reply in the matter. The bench noted there are two complainants before the court - one by Ruby Devi and the other in connection with the death of a journalist. “State is directed to file separate replies in the case,” said the bench, fixing the matter for further hearing on 8 November. The bench also compris- The Special Investigation Team (SIT ) formed to investigate the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in Uttar Pradesh has arrested two demonstrators on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the violence. As per the SIT, the accused have been identified as Vichitra and Gurvinder Singh. The arrest was made based on an FIR filed by another accused Sumit Jaiswal, the ANI SIT informed. ing Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also sought forensic labs, examining the digital evidence in the matter, to expedite the process of submitting evidence in the case. The bench expressed surprise that out of a gathering of 4,000-5,000 people, only 23 people are eyewitnesses to the incident, where a car ploughed into the farmers protest. Salve, in the beginning of PM shares inspirational stories of Karyakartasfrom Jan Sangh days STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday shared a piece of information from his NaMo App that contains various inspiring stories regarding party workers since Jan Sangh days. Taking to Twitter, Modi wrote that NaMo app had inspiring stories about ‘Karyakartas’ since Jan Sangh days to the present. He also shared snippets of work by leaders like Pandit Devendra Shastri and S Mallikarjunaiah which can P12 WHO nod likely for Aryan Khan bail plea hearing to continue today Covaxin 'in 24 hrs' First bail RAINFALL: 0.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE ENGLAND AIM TO CONTINUE WINNING MOMENTUM COUP IN SUDAN Stories can be found under ‘Kamal Pushp’ category in Namo App be assessed under the category ‘Kamal Pushp’ in the app. “A freedom fighter from Uttarakhand, Pandit Devendra Shastri ji was a beacon of principled politics all his life...,” the PM tweeted. “Mallikarjunaiahjitoiled all his life through selfless hard work, to popularise BJP in Karnataka...,” he wrote in another tweet. “The NaMo App has a very interesting section known as ‘Kamal Pushp’ that gives you the opportunity to share and know inspiring party ‘Karyakartas’ from the Jan Sangh days to the present, who toiled to popularise our ideology. Do contribute and enrich this section,” Modi wrote. The PM attributed party’s success at the Centre and states to people’s blessings. “A key reason behind this trust of people is the stellar role played by generations of Karyakartas who have devoted their lives to the party and nation-building,” he added. the hearing had submitted that out of the 68 witnesses, the statements of 30 including 23 eyewitnesses have been recorded under CrPC 164. CJI Ramana queried that in a case where there were hundreds of farmers in a rally, only 23 people were there? Salve replied that the government gave an advertisement and the people who saw the accused in the car are already there. “Digital media (large numbers) has been recovered. There are overlapping videos,” he added. Salve further contended that there was also a person who was conducting videography of the event, and the digital evidence would be sent to labs so that they can be admitted as evidence in the case. The top court had registered a petition based on a letter by two lawyers seeking a probe by the CBI in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight, including four farmers, were killed apart from the two BJP men and their driver. Minister of state, home affairs, Ajay Misra Teni’s son Ashish Misra, has been arrested and booked for allegedly mowing down farmers. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, 26 OCTOBER The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned, till Wednesday, the hearing of the bail application of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who has been arrested along with 19 others in the cruise party case by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Making a forceful plea for bail to Aryan Khan, his lawyer and former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the star-son was a special invitee to the ship through event manager Prateek Gaba. Both Aryan and Arbaaz Merchant were caught before they boarded the ship on 2 October, nothing was recovered from Aryan, and the NCB has nothing to show he consumed anything (drugs), he said. “He was arrested on Ocober 3 and his statement recorded. There was no occasion to arrest my client, short and simple,” Rohatgi told a single judge bench of Justice NW Sambre. He pointed out that even though the NCB officers are not police officers, they exercise police powers, and citing a precedent, said that confessions given to them are inadmissible as evidence. Contending that Aryan Khan was “wrongly arrested”, Rohatgi said the only thing against him was he arrived with Merchant, and apparently had knowledge of the drugs found on the latter, and hence, had “conscious possession”. However, in Aryan Khan’s in cruise drug case MUMBAI, 26 OCTOBER Former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi arrives at Bombay High Court to represent Aryan Khan, in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI case, there was no conscious possession at all and even if this is considered the maximum punishment is one year for the 6 gms (seized from Merchant). He also questioned the NCB’s charges under various acts including charging him with conspiracy, and said that the WhatsApp chats recovered from Aryan Khan’s phone, which are cited but not on record, don’t relate to the cruise party. Moreover, he said even if there was a plan to smoke there, it was aborted as they were arrested before, but the penalty (by the NCB) was of consumption, and argued that there was no case of either consumption, sale, or purchase of drugs. Rohatgi said that Aryan is not accusing anybody from the NCB nor concerned or connected with the ‘Panch Witness’ (Prabhakar Sail or Kiran Gosavi) and their allegations, adding that while the NCB Mumbai said it (the controversy) was due to some political leader, today they are An accused in the Mumbai drugs on cruise case, Manish Rajgaria, has been granted bail by a citybased special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court on Tuesday. As per Rajgaria’s lawyer, Ajay Dubey, the court has granted his bail plea in the ANI matter. blaming Aryan for it. He pointed out that Aryan Khan’s mobile phone was not seized and when the court asked the basis for the chats, Rohatgi said they were older chats and nothing to do with the cruise case. He reiterated that Aryan Khan went there, had nothing on him, but was arrested, has not financed anybody for drug trafficking or cultivating drug plants or production. Another lawyer for Aryan Khan, Amit Desai said that the NCB is roping in anybody and everybody under the “umbrella charge of conspiracy” and when Aryan Khan, Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were arrested, they were not booked by the agency for conspiring. As the matter went beyond the regular court hours, it will now continue further before Justice Sambre on Wednesday afternoon. BUYING SPREE Pegasus: SC verdict today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER The Supreme Court will pronounce judgment on Wednesday on a batch of petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter. On 23 September, the top court had indicated that it may set up a technical committee to probe the allegations of snooping by using the Pegasus spyware on journalists, activists etc. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana had told senior advocate C U Singh, who is appearing for one of the petitioners in the matter, that some experts have expressed their inability to join the probe due to personal reasons and an order on the committee is expected soon. The CJI had said that theorder was deferred as some members, who the court had wanted to be part of the technical committee, had expressed personal difficulties to be on the panel. A women seen shopping at market ahead of Diwali Festival in Kolkata on Tuesday. IANS Imran’s pick Nadeem Anjum new ISI chief INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER The Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday notified the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum as the new chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He will replace the incumbent Lt Gen Faiz Hameed from next month, Dawn reported. “The prime minister has seen and approved the appointment of... Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum... as director general Inter-Services Intelligence, with effect from November 20, 2021, from the panel of officers at para 6 of the summary,” a notification issued by the Pak PMO dated 26 October said. The appointment comes after nearly three weeks of an alleged standoff between the Pakistan military and the government over the appointment of Pakistan’s new spymaster. Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, who was commissioned in service in September 1988, earlier headed Corps V in Karachi. India, UK hold their most ambitious tri-service exercise ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 26 OCTOBER Armed forces of India and the UK are currently participating in a tri-service exercise, the most ambitious conducted by the two countries to date. The week-long exercise ‘Konkan Shakti’, which began on 21 October, follows on from the May 2021 announcement by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Boris Johnson of the India-UK 2030 Roadmap. The UK is only the third country with which India is conducting a tri-service exercise. The UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG), led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, is also participating in the exercise. The exercise is another step in deepening the defence and security ties and boost strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The exercise provides an opportunity for the armed forces of two outward looking, confident democracies to work in synergy and uphold our shared commitment to peace and security, the British High Commission here said today. UK’s First Sea Lord Admiral and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Tony Radakin said: “The CSG’s engagement with India showcases the deep- CMYK The sea phase of maiden tri-service exercise Konkan Shakti 2021 between UK and Indian armed forces in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday. ANI ening comprehensive strategic partnership. Both the Indian and the Royal navy are bluewater, multi-carrier navies, which places us in a very exclusive club. Our growing interactions are a testimony to the shared commitment to rules-based international system, a belief in the values of open trade, and in the importance of the freedom of the high seas - a right conveyed on all nations.” Defence Adviser at the British High Commission, Gavin Thompson, said: “A strengthened partnership with India is a key pillar of the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson agreed to work in lockstep for our shared security and prosperity. Konkan Shakti will not only boost the cooperation of our armed forces but also strengthen the living bridge connecting the people of our two great nations”.
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