CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 NOVEMBER 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 XI LAYS WAY FOR 3RD TERM IN POWER AGAINST A PM P6 DJOKOVIC WINS SIXTH PARIS MASTERS TITLE SIDHU ATTACKS CHANNI GOVT OVER BLANKET BAIL TO EX-DGP SAINI P9 P5 P12 Humid and discomfort weather is very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 31-19 degrees Celsius. Lakhimpur: SC may IMD: Southern states to see heavy rains in next 5 days appoint rtd HC judge RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY The bench observed that there was nothing in the status report Max.92% SNS & AGENCIES WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 42% Max: 30.6°C (0) Min: 18.3°C (-3) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:46 hrs 16:55 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 10:25 hrs 21:19 hrs Next moon quarter on 11 November THUMBNAILS Chhath devotees protest against Delhi government on the banks of Yamuna river, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Ansal brothers get 7 yrs jail term in Uphaar fire tragedy: Delhi's Patiala House Court on Monday sentenced convict businessmen Sushil Ansal and Gopal Ansal and others to seven years jail term in the case related to tampering with the crucial evidence in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 2.25 crores against Ansals each. India end on winning note: India's spinners pegged back Namibia restricting them to 132/8. India reached the modest target easily to end their disappointing campaign at the T20 World Cup. This also marks the end of Virat Kohli's stint as T20 captain. Ravi Shastri's tenure as India's head coach also comes to an end. NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER he Supreme Court on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction with the SIT probe in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident with regards to the seizure of mobile phone of only one accused and the process of collection of evidence in the two FIRs. It told the Uttar Pradesh government that it is inclined to appoint a retired high court judge to monitor day-to-day investigation till charge sheet is filed. A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli told a counsel, “We are trying to introduce impartiality and fairness in the matter...” At the outset, the Chief Justice told senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the UP government, “There is nothing in the status report. We granted 10 days time...lab reports have not come so far. It (the probe in the incident) is not going the way we expected.” The top court queried Salve why mobile phones of all accused in Lakhimpur Kheri incident have not been seized, except that of prime accused Ashish Misra? T SC junks plea for CBI probe into Lakhimpur INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain submissions from a counsel of a deceased accused, who was allegedly lynched in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident, seeking CBI probe in the matter. A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli told the senior advocate Arun Bharadwaj, representing Ruby Devi, widow of deceased accused Shyam Sundar, that it is trying to introduce impartiality and fairness in the investigation in the FIRs in the incident by recommending a retired high court judge to monitor the investigation till the charge sheet is filed. The CJI, criticising the Uttar Pradesh government over the poor progress in the investigation, told Salve that the court does not want to add to political overtones in the matter, as it emphasized on a retired high court judge to monitor the case. Bhardwaj said: “I want CBI...” The bench replied: “CBI is not the solution to every problem...” “We want to protect the evidence collected,” said the bench. Justice Kohli specifically asked whether it is the stand of the government that the other accused did not use cell phones. Salve submitted there were a total 16 accused in the case, out of which three died and 13 have NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER Centre to buy 1 cr Zydus Cadila vax doses Final nod to Covaxin for kids will take more time 3,43,66,987 1,42,826 11,451 13,204 4,61,057 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 08 NOVEMBER 2021 SNS & ANI AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI/ KOLKATA, 8 NOVEMBER The Centre has placed an order with Zydus Cadila for 1 crore doses of the world’s first plasmid DNA Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D at Rs 265/dose and the needle-free applicator being offered at Rs 93 per dose, excluding GST, said the The data for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children, is under evaluation and the process will take some more time for final approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), sources said. “It’s a sensitive matter. Data evaluation is underway. More data has been submitted,” sources said. Recently, the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) had given a recommendation to the DCGI for the use of Covaxin vaccine for the those aged between 2-18. Earlier, Bharat Biotech, in an official statement, had said they are waiting for further approvals from the drug regulators. Bharat Biotech had submitted data from clinical trials in the 2-18 age group for Covaxin to Central Drugs Standard Control OrganisaANI tion (CDSCO). company on Monday. Speaking on the development, the Managing Director of the company, Dr Sharvil Patel said, “We are happy to support the Government’s vaccination programme with ZyCoV-D. The needle-free application of the vaccination, we hope, will motivate many more to vaccinate and safeguard themselves from Covid19, especially children and young adults in the age group of 12 to 18 years.” The vaccine is administered using using PharmaJet, a needle-free applicator which to a large extent reduces chances of major side effects and will be painless. India lodges protest with Pak over fisherman’s killing STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER Enraged over the killing of an “innocent” Indian fisherman by Pakistani forces last week, India today summoned a senior diplomat from the Pakistan High Commission to the foreign office and lodged a strong protest while demanding a thorough inquiry into the incident. “The Government of India condemns this deplorable action by a Pakistani agency of firing at an Indian fishing boat and causing the loss of life which is in contravention to all established interna- tional practices and bilateral understandings,” the Pakistani diplomat was told in unequivocal terms. The Indian side reiterated that the authorities in Pakistan must consider the issue of fishermen as a humanitarian and livelihood matter. Islamabad was also urged to instruct its forces to refrain from such acts, sources said. An Indian fisherman, out fishing, was killed, another injured when Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency personnel resorted to unprovoked firing on an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea on Saturday. India logs 11,451 new cases and 266 deaths: India on Monday logged 11,451 new cases and 266 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry data showed. With 266 more fatalities, the death toll rose to 4,61,057. The cumulative recoveries stand at 3,37,63,104 after 13,204 patients recovered in the last 24 hours while the active caseload is at 1,42,826, the lowest in last 262 days. Active cases comprise 0.42 per cent of the country’s total cases. The weekly positivity rate at 1.26 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 46 days now. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.32 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for last 35 days and less than 3 per cent for 70 consecutive days now. In the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 7,124 fresh infections - the highest recorded by any state and which has been witnessing a surge for several weeks. Maharashtra, the state with the highest overall cases (66,17,654), saw 892 fresh infections. With the administration of 23,84,096 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India's inoculation coverage has reached 108.47 crore as of Monday morning. Bengal:West Bengal on Monday registered 603 fresh Covid19 cases and 14 deaths. Kolkata recorded 149 new cases and 3 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 138 fresh cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. been arrested. Kohli asked, “The mobile phones of one accused out of 13 accused has been seized?” The top court told the UP government that both incidents - mowing down of protesting farmers by a vehicle and the lynching of the accused - have to be investigated with impartiality and fairness. The top court said prima facie view it appears that one particular accused is being benefited by recording statements of witnesses in a particular manner. Justice Kant said: “What appears to us is that SIT is unable to keep the investigative distance between the FIRs (one where farmers were mowed down by the car and the other accused were killed)...important to ensure evidence in 219 and 220 (FIRs) recorded independently”. The bench suggested the names of two former Punjab and Haryana HC judges to oversee the manner in which witnesses’ statements are being recorded to avoid mixing up of the cases. The bench sought response from the UP government on the appointment of an independent judge and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER A cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal that is likely to turn into a low-pressure area and further turn into a depression is set to bring in heavy spells of rain over the rain-battered Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Kerala during next five days, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and heavy to very heavy rain at few places with isolated extremely heavy rainfall are very likely on 10 and 11 November. IMD issued similar forecast for south coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period. “The cyclonic circulation over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea extends up to middle tropospheric levels. Under its influence, a low pressure area is very likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during next 24 hours. It is likely to move west-northwestwards, concentrate into a depression and reach near north Tamil Nadu coast by the early morning on Thursday,” it said. This might cause widespread light to moderate rainfall over Kerala, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu during next five days. A deluge of showers over the weekend has wrecked havoc in several parts of north coastal TN and south coastal Andhra Pradesh with highest rainfall reported over Chennai city and suburban areas People wade through knee-deep waterlogged road in Chennai on Monday. ANI PHOTO and Tiruvallur district Chennai (Nungambakkam - 227.0 mm, DGP Office - 227 mm, MGR Nagar - 171 mm, Anna City -164 mm and Tiruvallur - 205 mm). Squally weather (speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph) over south-west & adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and along and off south AP-TN coasts and Gulf of Mannar during next four days, the IMD forecast said, adding, fishermen are advised against venturing into these areas. Meanwhile, the depression over east-central Arabian Sea moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 8 kmph lay centred at 8.30 a.m. of Monday about 840 kms west-southwest of Mumbai & 800 kms west-southwest of Panjim. It is likely to move nearly westwards and weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area by Tuesday morning. Here too, fishermen have been advised against venture into these areas as there is likely to be squally weather (speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) very Madurai: Two NDRF teams on stand-by MADURAI, 8 NOVEMBER Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams consisting of 22 persons each have been deployed in Madurai, said NDRF Inspector K K Payasi. The two NDRF teams had arrived at the Madurai Collector’s office on Monday morning. “The teams are on standby and ready to be deployed in an emergency situation such as floods, tsunami, earthquake,” said Payasi. “Primarily we will cover the Madurai district along with the entire south area, as per the directions of the collector. We will join the rescue teams soon,” he added. See pg 4 likely over east-central and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea and speed reaching 4050 kmph gusting to 60 kmph in the next 24 hours. Sukma: CRPF jawan kills four sleeping colleagues TOXIC AIR RAIPUR, 8 NOVEMBER Water being sprayed to curb air pollution in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Post-poll violence: HC seeks fresh status report STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 8 NOVEMBER The Special investigation Team (SIT) and CBI were today directed to file applications stating the names of the persons who are yet to return to their respective homes by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice I P Muk- erji of Calcutta High Court on Monday. The court will pass necessary orders thereafter, it was stated. The Division Bench further held that issue of compensation to those hit by post-poll violence will be considered after the SIT and CBI file their reports. The Division Bench directed both SIT and CBI to file fresh status reports on 23 December, the next date of hearing. Appearing for the petitioners, Priyanka Tibrewal submitted that several persons in Barrackpore are unable to return to their homes. The court directed that a list of such persons be given to it and it will be shared with the advocate general. Four CRPF personnel were killed and seven others injured after their colleague opened fire at them while they were asleep in a camp in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday. The accused jawan has been identified as Ritesh Ranjan and is under custody at Maraiguda Police Station, said Sunil Sharma, SP, Sukma. “In the preliminary investigation it has emerged that Ritesh Ranjan (accused CRPF jawan) after getting ready for duty, randomly opened fire on other personnel sleeping in the barrack,” the official statement read. However, the reason is yet to be ascertained. Three of four CRPF personnel killed are from Bihar, another from West Bengal. They have been identified as Dhanji, Rajib Mondal, Rajmani Yadav and Dharmendra Kumar. The incident occurred around 3.30 am at a camp of CRPF’s 50th battalion deployed in Lingampalli village of Sukma. AGENCIES Board sows the wind, reaps the whirlwind PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY It was funny how it came home to all of us in this land, all of a sudden, after India's loss in the Twenty20 World Cup in West Asia to New Zealand that our boys, though arguably bio-secure, were groaning painfully in the bubble. Captain Virat Kohli’s mid-October photo on social media - tied inextricably to a chair - hinted at as much. And then, with two colossal defeats and one rather unimportant victory, we began hoping honest trundlers Afghanistan would get heroically past the tough Black Caps to wave us through to the round of the last four. Cinema Technicolor, that was, and pathetic too. Since nothing like that was ever likely without the game being fixed, we said the exit from the World Cup had better be blamed on the Board of Control for Cricket in India as the global tournament had been got into so closely on the heels of the Indian Premier League that well might the boys have got too knackered to do well. Even machines break down. Nothing wrong with the analysis, of course, but the amusement quotient soars when you realise it's said in a tone which suggests, extremely naively, that the BCCI got it wrong by chance and allowed itself a costly error. There’s an innocence in this which is better than such expertspeak as “the only reason behind the ouster was our bad batting in the harder games” (Sunil Gavaskar). Kapil Dev was very close to letting the cat out of the bag with his appeal for better planning for the future but television, meeting him virtually, shepherded him elsewhere. But the BCCI is not a fool's paradise. Only shrewd and streetwise people make it to the country’s richest sport authority. It also happens now to be led by a man who once captained India. It knew what it was doing when IPL II of 2021 was taken to West CMYK Asia after its Indian bubble had got shot through with breaches galore and all foreign players were desperate for a quick getaway. The only “window” for it was the one the BCCI grabbed gleefully with both hands and the way the Indian team left England for the pot of gold in the desert - with a Test match not begun and dangling in suspended animation - clearly indicated individual and institutional priorities. It was a shame as we were insulting Test cricket and brazening it out. The institutional as well as individual partiality within cricket to the IPL, which now dominates India’s sport calendar despite so many controversies and indictments and punishments over the years, is a state of being which the BCCI has had to work towards, exploring avenues and turning stones. But the tournament, quite apart from its doubtful moral standing, had always held within itself the possibility that it would outweigh the requirements of Indian cricket itself, given its resources, and much of what happened over the past few years illustrated it. If cricketers are inclined to make the most of it, it's the board which has also taught them how to shape their professional careers in the age of hyper-commer- cialism, when making money any which way counts much more than much else. That is how the BCCI goes about its own business too, doing what’s good for the takings rather than what is good. It doesn’t mind having players stepping out of one bubble to step into another with months rolling by in captivity. When the IPL was shifted, we were told this was what the doctor had ordered. The exit showed the patient’s condition had worsened. New Zealand, who’re not half as rich as India in terms of cricketing income, lick us to a splinter habitually nowadays. Ganguly’s board rolls in the stuff.
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