MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 NOVEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively. Industrialists may approach court against Haryana’s quota law BJP acknowledges ‘some challenges’ RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Expansion plan on anvil; Kerala , TN, Andhra, Telangana areas of focus Max: 91% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 36% NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 29.1°C (0) SUN RISES 06:39 hrs MOON RISES 11:28 hrs Min: 14.2°C (0) SUN SETS 17:32 hrs MOON SETS 20:44 hrs T THUMBNAILS An Indian Coast Guard team douses a fishing boat that caught fire in the Arabian Sea on SunANI day. NZ make semis; India out: India's shock defeats to arch rivals Pakistan and New Zealand in their opening two games of the World T20 championships came back to haunt them on Sunday as they were sent packing out of the tournament. New Zealand entered the semifinals along with Pakistan after beating Afghanistan by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. India's last game against Namibia will now be a mere formality. (Full report on P12) Deshmukh sent to ED’s custody: Bombay High Court on Sunday set aside a special court's order remanding former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to judicial custody, and sent him in the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) custody till November 12 in a money laundering case. The ED had filed an application before a vacation bench of the court challenging the special court's order of November 6 remanding Mr. Deshmukh to 14-day judicial custody. (P4) he top leadership of the BJP national executive, at its convention at the NDMC convention centre here on Sunday admitted to ‘some challenges’ for the party while exhorting the party leaders and workers to gear up to spearhead an expansion plan to reach out to the people beyond the ambit of booths to the ‘page level’. Union Minister and BJP poll-in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Dharmendra Pradhan who briefly came out of the national executive meeting to address the media said that ‘there had still been some challenges for the party’ to overcome. The party after analyzing the future plan of action had identified Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as some of the states which the party needed to focus more on. Mr Pradhan said in Telangana the atmosphere appeared to be changing in favour of the BJP He said . the ruling TRS had been defeated in the two bypoll seats. He said the BJP’s victory margin in Huzurabad was a pointer to that fact. In Andhra Pradesh and Odisha the BJP plans to gain power by working towards increasing its organizational strength. In Kerala the party had to contend with the politics of appeasement by its rival parties, the BJP executive felt, said Mr Pradhan. The national executive further noted that many of Modi urges BJP workers to become ‘bridge of faith’ INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE GURUGRAM, 7 NOVEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted the party workers to serve as a bridge of faith between the party and the common man. He also exuded confidence that the party would romp home in the ensuing assembly elections slated for early 2022. In his valedictory address at the end of the party’s day-long national executive meeting, Mr Modi said, without naming the opposition Congress, that the BJP was not a family centric party but rather believed in working with the spirit of ‘Sewa (service), Sanklap (resolve) and Samarpan (dedication).” Speaking to the media, BJP senior leader and Union minister Bhupendra Yadav later quoting the Prime Minister as saying that whatever the BJP had achieved was by virtue of the targets set by Amit Shah in 2014 had been met by the party such as gaining power in the North East. The party had since gained power in Assam and Tripura, where the Left had been in power. Mr Nadda set the target of reaching out to 10 lakh 10 thousand polling stations in the country to the smaller unit –page level- Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to attend the BJP national executive meeting, in New Delhi on Sunday. SNS the people’s faith." “The Prime Minister gave the party workers the mantra that they should become a bridge of faith between the common man and the party while referring to the BJP’s history of being always associated with the issues related to the common man,” Mr Yadav said. He further quoting the PM as saying the BJP was being run by a culture of public welfare. The Prime Minister booth committees. He cited the Gujarat experiment in this regard to take the plan to the other states. The party plans to complete the appointment process for page level ‘Pramukh’ by 6 April 2022, Mr Pradhan said. Besides, the BJP executive has also decided to leverage on the Prime Minister’s monthly ‘Mann Ki mentioned the welfare works of the party workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said this was a clear indicator that the focus of the party workers was on serving the people. The PM further said that if the world was praising India today it was not due to Modi. "It is not because of someone called Modi but because of the will and confidence of the people and the faith they have in themselves," he said. Baat’ broadcast to the nation. Mr Nadda said the Maan Ki Baat had become a ‘Jan Andolan’. The BJP plans to give PM Modi’s programme an ‘institutionalise structure’ to ensure it is heard by the people at the booth level. The entire process is slated to be completed by May 2022, Mr Pradhan said. The Haryana government's decision to notify a law providing 75 per cent reservation to locals in private jobs is now facing opposition from the industries lobby. The Haryana government's law mandating 75 per cent job reservation for locals will come into effect from January 15, 2022. The law will provide 75 per cent reservation for local candidates in private sector for jobs offering a gross monthly salary of up to Rs 30,000. To raise their concern over the bill, several industry associations, including those in Manesar, Gurugram, Sonipat, Panipat, Panchkula, Rohtak and Faridabad, had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court earlier. "The associations had gone to the high court against this law before, but the court had said that let it be a gazette notification, after which the court will hear the matter," Manoj Tyagi, General Secretary, IMT Industrial Association, said in a statement. The Industrial Association may again approach the court against this law. "In the eyes of industries and associations, this law is not correct, as it will not benefit the state," the statement said. The law mainly covers private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms in the state. As per the law, all shops, show- CAUSE FOR CONCERN The new Haryana law provides for 75 per cent reservation for local candidates in private sector for jobs offering a gross monthly salary of up to Rs 30,000. Industry associations say that the law will not benefit the state and instead cause entrepreneurs to move to other states. According to them, at present 80 per of employees are from other states as locals do not have the required skills rooms and industries in the state, which employ more than 10 people, have to ensure that 75 per cent of their staff are locals. Pawan Yadav, President, IMT Manesar Industrial Association, said, "We believe that locals should be given employment. There are two ways to provide employment ~ first, more big industries should be set up here, and second, skill development for locals should be done so that they can get employment automatically." He added that large industries, which have the capacity to provide employment to 10,000 or more people, avoid setting up industries in states where such laws are applicable. Satish Chand, ex-President, IMT Manesar Industrial Association, said that all types of technical skills are not available in Haryana. He also said that decisions like whom to employ, who is suitable for which job etc. should be left to the industrialists, and the gov- ernment shouldn't interfere in these matters. Yadav said that big industries should be set up in Haryana so that not just 75 per cent, but 100 per cent locals can get employment. "The government should have discussed the matter with the industrialists or industrial associations before passing the law. This law will compel the entrepreneurs to move to other states. There is no need for such reservation law in the private sector," said K.K. Gandi, President, Sector-37 Industrial Association, Gurugram. The representatives of the industrial associations, however, said that while they are not against Haryana government's decision, they can't risk their businesses as they need skilled workers for their production units. They said that at present, 80 per cent of the employees are from other states as the locals are not capable to work in export/garment/automobile industries. Active caseload lowest in 260 days Chennai on flood alert, schools shut amidst heavy rains STATESMAN NEWS DELHI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 NOVEMBER With the addition of 10,853 new cases of Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, India’s total active cases stand at 1,44,845 ~ lowest in the past 260 days. While the cumulative total Covid-19 cases has crossed the 3.43 crore figure since the outbreak of the pandemic, India has lost more than 4.6 lakh lives due to Covid-19 since March 2020. As regards vaccination, India is doing extremely well and its coverage has exceeded 108.21 crore as per the provisional reports till this morning, said a senior officer of the Union Health Ministry here on Sunday. India on Saturday administered 28.40 lakh vaccine doses The recovery of 12,432 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,37,49,900 since the beginning of the pandemic. The active caseload is presently at 1,44,845 which is lowest in 260 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.42 per cent of the country's total cases. While the Weekly Positivity Rate has come down as low as 1.28 per cent, the Daily Positivity rate was reported to be 1.18 per cent, the Ministry said. Delhi cases: The Covid-19 positivity rate in the national capital was 0.11 per cent on Sunday, higher than yesterday's figure of 0.10 per cent. SEE PAGE 2 CHENNAI, 7 NOVEMBER 3,43,55,536 1,44,845 10,853 12,432 4,60,791 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 07 NOVEMBER 2021 Chennai witnessed the heaviest single day’s rain on Saturday since the devastating floods of 2015, causing severe inundation, which forced the authorities to declare a holiday for educational institutions for the next two days. Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin, who inspected several inundated parts of the city , announced a two-day holiday for schools in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet and Kancheepuram districts. More severe rains are forecast for the next two days. Mr Stalin also requested people with plans to travel to Chennai to postpone their travel by two or three days. Chennai received extremely heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours, getting over 20 cms of rain. Ten other districts ~Karur, Tiruvallur, Namakkal, Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Tiruchi, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Erode ~ too recorded over 20 cms of rainfall. Four NDRF teams had been deployed to Madurai and Chengalpet districts. Mr Stalin said over 50,000 food packets had been distributed in Chennai and this would continue. He added that he had ordered officials to fix fallen electricity poles and fix potholes on priority. “It is also my request to the people to avoid waterlogged areas for safety reasons,” he said. As much as 230 mm of rain was recorded near the Director-General of Police’s office at Marina beach. Nungambakkam received rainfall of 215 mm, People being evacuated from flood-hit areas in Chennai. Chennai airport 113 mm from 8.30 am on Saturday to 8.30 am on Sunday. On 1 December 2015 Chennai had received 494 mm of rainfall over a 24-hour window, leading to the deaths of 250 people. Chennai was declared a disaster zone on 2 December, 2015. People in many areas of the ANI city today woke up to flooded streets. Scenes from Mambalam show evacuations by boat of people needing emergency care from a private hospital in the area after the hospital lost power connection. Flooding is being reported in Mylapore, Velachery, T Nagar and other parts of the city. The IMD has predicted more rains in the city, with a low-pressure area expected to form over southeast Bay of Bengal. Thunderstorms with heavy to very heavy rains are expected over the next few hours in Chennai and several other districts. The Tiruvallur Collectorate announced earlier today that 3,000 cubic feet per second of water will be released from Poondi reservoir from 9.00 a.m. onwards. Similarly 1,000 cubic feet per second of water is to be released from Puzhal Lake. 500 cubic feet per second will be released from Chembarambakkam Lake this afternoon. In 2015, it was the failure to release water from Chembarambakkam Lake in a timely manner that played a huge role in the disastrous flooding. Climate talks see bold commitments, protests as first week wraps up VISHAL GULATI/IANS GLASGOW, 7 NOVEMBER Armed with raincoats, umbrellas and colourful banners, thousands of protesters took over the streets of this Scottish city on the official culmination of the first week of the two-week-long 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) under the UK Presidency. Throughout the hectic week the weather was an odd combination of dark clouds, pouring rain and blue skies that switched over short periods of time, and ended up with a few rainbows ~ an appropriate greeting from Mother Nature, marking its own special day at COP26. Indigenous leaders, as nature keepers, raised their voices inside and outside the COP26 venue, while delegations made a few new commitments to invest in naturebased solutions and greener farming practices. COP26, with a gathering of around 200 governments, is being held in uncertain times of weather-related disasters that have increased five-fold in the past 50 years alone. Humanity and especially vulnerable communities are adapting to a new reality of weather extremes. The most important highlights from the first week at COP26 were global methane pledge, global forest pledge, carbon pricing, etc. Climate negotiators told IANS on Sunday the commitments and initiatives seen in the first week of COP26, if fully delivered, would amount to 40 per cent of the emissions cuts needed by 2030 to keep 1.5C alive. The International Energy Agency (IEA) believes the commitments made in the first week could put world on track for 1.8C warming, which means they were short-term actions and credible policies still lacking. According to the UN, there was no clear indication of where talks will lead or how ambitious countries will be in tackling the climate emergency. Ministers arriving early this week will seek to resolve points of contention, with COP26 president Alok Sharma calling this “where the rubber hits the road”. The aim is to conclude with agreement on greater emission cuts, stronger efforts on adaptation and resilience, and more climate finance. Many issues must still be worked out. With progress so far being insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, there is a strong call for countries to update nation climate plans more regularly, even annually. Many countries are pushing for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and phasing out coal-fired power plants. Negotiations are proceeding on boosting measures for climate adaptation and resilience as well as "loss and damage" compensation for those harmed by climate change. Also under negotiation are contentious provisions on finance, trade and transparency. In the past week, the COP26 Presidency announced that 45 governments, led by the UK, will ramp up efforts to protect nature and shift to more sustainable farming. Over $4 billion in new public sector investment was pledged for agricultural innovation, including climateresilient crops and regenerative solutions to improve soil health. This would help make such techniques affordable for hundreds of millions of farmers. Canada announced C$1 billion in international support for nature-based solutions, a fifth of its climate finance. It supports an international target to protect 30 per cent of lands and oceans by 2030, and earlier announced it would back a fund for coral reefs. Presenting a position paper endorsed by 40,000 people, youth representatives urged world leaders to consider young people's demands in climate talks. The paper calls for ensuring the representation of underrepresented groups, recognizing the role of cities in achieving a just transition, and respecting, protecting, fulfilling and promote all human rights in climate action. As world leaders left Glasgow, attention at COP26 turned to the specifics of moving the climate action agenda, with a focus on how to finance the transition to a greener future. The issue of finance is all encompassing. There is much concern over the failure of developed countries to meet their promise to provide $100 billion a year to help developing countries finance climate mitigation and adaptation. At the same time, there is a broader effort to mobilize vast amounts of private investment globally behind low-carbon and eventually no-carbon growth.
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