THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 28 and 13 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% P9 Central govt gives nod to restoring MPLADS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER Min: 13.4°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:30 hrs MOON SETS 24:00 hrs T THUMBNAILS Nepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma (left) with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin ANI Rawat, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Cop, civilian injured in grenade attack by terrorists in J&K: A policeman and a civilian were on Wednesday injured in a grenade attack by terrorists in Srinagar's downtown Eidgah that has witnessed several terror incidents in the past some time.The injured polic- eman has been identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat and the civilian as Aijaz Ahmad. Both were rushed to the hospital where their condition was stable. he Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved restoration and continuation of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) during the remaining part of 2021-22 and up to 2025-26, co-terminus with the period of the 15th Finance Commission. The scheme was suspended following the outbreak of Covid. Requirement of additional resources for management of the pandemic necessitated the suspension of the scheme. The total financial implication for restoration and continuation of the MPLADS for the remaining part of the Financial Year 2021-22 and up to 2025-26 The objective of the scheme is to enable MPs to recommend works of developmental nature with emphasis on creation of durable community assets for drinking water, primary education, health, sanitation & roads in their constituencies will be Rs 17417.00 crore. The Ministry will release MPLADS fund at the rate of Rs 2 crore per Member of Parliament for the remaining period of FY 2021-22 in one installment and at the rate of Rs 5.00 crore per annum per Member of Parliament during FY 2022-23 to FY 2025-26, in two installments of Rs 2.5 crore each. The MPLADS is a Central Sector Scheme fully funded by the Government FORMIDABLE PAKISTAN FACE DETERMINED OZ IN SECOND SEMIS P12 P10 India, 7 other nations call for inclusive govt in Afghanistan Suspended due to Covid, scheme’s annual allocations till 2025-26 announced Min: 37% TEMPERATURE Max: 29.6°C (0) SUN RISES 06:41 hrs MOON RISES 13:49 hrs JUDGE REJECT’S TRUMP’S REQUEST TO BLOCK 6 JAN RECORDS KISHIDA REELECTED JAPAN’S PM IN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE GANGSTER-STYLE of India. The objective of the scheme is to enable MPs to recommend works of developmental nature with emphasis on creation of durable community assets for drinking water, primary education, public health, sanitation and roads, etc., mainly in their constituencies. The annual MPLADS fund entitlement per Member of Parliament (MP) constituency is Rs 5 crore, released in two installments of Rs 2.5 crore each, subject to the fulfilment of conditions as per the MPLADS Guidelines. To meet the burden of additional health infrastructure and adverse impacts of Covid-19, the Cabinet on 6th April last year, had decided not to operate MPLADS during the FYs 2020-21 and 202122, and place the fund at the disposal of Ministry of Finance for managing the pandemic. As the country is now on the road to economic recovery and the Scheme continues to be beneficial in fulfiling aspirations of locally felt needs of the society in skill development and creation of jobs, the Government decided to restore the MPLADS. The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation conducted a Third Party Evaluation of the MPLADS works during 2021 in 216 districts across the country. The Evaluation Report recommended the continuation of the MPLADS. Since the inception of the scheme, a total of 19,86,206 works and projects have been completed with the financial implication of Rs 54171.09 crore. SUN GOD WORSHIP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER Meeting for the first time since the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, security czars of India, Russia, Iran and the five Central Asian countries today called for an ''open and truly inclusive'' government in the troubled nation while emphasising that Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist acts. At the 3rd “Regional Security Dialogue” on Afghanistan hosted by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the eight nations reiterated strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan while underlining the respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs. Pakistan and China stayed away from the meeting which was attended by the NSAs/ Secretaries of the National Security Councils of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The visiting security czars also called on Prime Minister Naren- Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the NSAs of seven ANI countries in New Delhi on Wednesday. dra Modi. According to the “Delhi Declaration” issued at the end of the daylong meeting, the participants discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, especially the security situation and its regional and global ramifications. They paid special attention to the current political situation in Afghanistan and threats arising from terrorism and drug trafficking as well as the need for humanitarian assistance. The eight countries expressed deep concern over the suffering of the people of Afghanistan and condemned the terrorist attacks in Kunduz, Kandahar and Kabul. They condemned in the strongest terms all terrorist activities and reaffirmed their firm commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including its financing, the dismantling of terrorist infrastructure and countering radicalisation, to ensure that Afghanistan would never become a safe haven for global terrorism. They called for a collective cooperation against the menace of radicalisation, extremism and separatism in the region. They stressed the necessity of forming an open and truly inclusive government that represented the will of all the people of Afghanistan and had representation from all sections of their society, including major ethno-political forces in the country. Inclusion of all sections of the society in the administrative and political structure was imperative for the successful national reconciliation process in the country, the declaration said. Chinese PLA surveys PoK villages, army posts 3rd non-bailable warrant against Param Bir: A b Mumbai court on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against ex-city police chief Param Bir Singh in an extortion case lodged with the Marine Drive Police Station. The NBW, issued by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R.M. Nerlikar, is the third against Singh, whose current whereabouts are not known since the past several months. NDPS court defreezes Rhea Chakraborty’s bank account MUMBAI, 10 NOVEMBER After over a year, the Special Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court in Mumbai on Wednesday allowed actor Rhea Chakraborty's application to defreeze her bank account and to release her gadgets that were seized, subject to certain conditions. The court has ordered to return her laptop, mobile phone and other gadgets seized during the investigation into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case. After "no strong opposition" from the NCB, the court ordered the return of the gadgets on executing "Indemnity Bond" for Rs one lakh. “Applicant/accused is directed not to sell or dispose off the above articles in any manner till the final disposal of the case and to produce it as & when required in the case," read the court's order.Sushant's demise led to a series of developments including the CBI probe and an investigation into the alleged drug nexus in Bollywood by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The NCB filed a case in August 2020 after it received official communication from the ED, in which there were various chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage, and transportation. The NCB had frozen Rhea's bank accounts and fixed deposits after her arrest on 8 September that year, to which she claimed that it was done without a reason and is causing grave injustice and prejANI udice to her. Devotees perform rituals on the bank of Yamuna during Chhath Puja, at Dussehra Ghat in Agra on Wednesday. ANI SC asks MHA to take steps on prison reforms INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed its dissatisfaction over the delay by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in taking action on recommendations submitted by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana in a report on prison reforms, after it was found some Tihar jail officials were extending undue assistance to ex-Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra. A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah told Additional Solicitor General K.M. Nataraj: “When will MHA take action. Need immediate reforms - jammers and body scanners - to ensure no unauthorised use of mobile phones takes place (on the Tihar jail premises).” Nataraj, appearing for Delhi Police, submitted A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah expressed dissatisfaction over the delay by the Union ministry of home affairs in taking action on the recommendations submitted by Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana in a report on prison reforms after it was found that some Tihar jail officials were extending undue assistance to exUnitech promoters before the bench that an FIR was registered on October 12, and there are a total 37 accused, which includes 32 jail officials, the Chandra family members, and two staff. As he said that Tihar Jail does not fall under Delhi Police, the bench queried under whom the Tihar jail falls - the MHA or Delhi Police? A counsel in the matter informed the bench that Tihar jail is under Delhi government. Justice Chandrachud told Nataraj that recommendations made by Delhi Police Commis- sioner are very important and the court wants the MHA to take steps to implement them. At this juncture, Justice Shah, citing news reports, said murder has happened on Tihar jail premises. “Sorry state of affairs in Tihar jail. Murder happened. You need to take action and not wait for something to happen in future," he said. Nataraj replied that investigations into the matter are underway. Citing its 6 October order, the bench said it had directed the MHA to take necessary steps based on the suggestions made by Delhi Police chief on prison reforms and prison management. It emphasised that necessary steps need to be taken immediately, and an action plan should be made and submitted to it, and this process should not be delayed any further. Against the backdrop of its previous order, the bench reiterated that no steps have been proposed, despite multiple recommendations by Delhi Police chief. After hearing arguments, the top court posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks. On 6 October , after a stormy hearing, the SC had ordered immediate suspension and a fullfledged probe against Tihar Jail officials, who were identified by the Delhi Police Commissioner in a report for extending undue assistance to ex-Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra. Mandaviya to meet health ministers of states, UTs today NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMEBR Four coal miners feared dead in T’gana: Four coal miners were trapped after the roof caved in at the underground mine belonging to Singareni Collieries Company Limited in Srirampur area of Mancherial district of Telangana. The collapse occurred when the workers were engaged in roof stitching work. ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL Chinese People Liberation Army personnel are carrying out a survey of the border posts and villages in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to strengthen the Pakistan military apparatus across Line of Control, said sources, adding Indian security forces are keeping an eye on the activities and motives behind the survey. Source said that around four dozen Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers arrived in general area Kel, Jura and Leepa sectors of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a month ago. Indian armed forces say that these areas ~ Kel, Jura and Leepa~are among those from where Pakistan pushes terrorists into Indian territory. Source said that the over 40 People's Liberation Army soldiers came to these regions, divided themselves into groups of five or six each, visited a number of villages and conducted surveys of villages, Pakistan Army posts and "infiltration routes used by terrorists to reach the Valley”. The groups were accompanied by Pakistan Army personnel, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officers, IANS and interpreters. NEW DELHI, 10 NOVEMBER Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya is slated to hold a meeting with health ministers of all the states and Union Territories on Thursday regarding the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign. With this campaign, the Centre is targeting to complete maximum single dose and second dose adult Covid vaccination. It was launched on 2 November on the occasion of Dhanwantari Diwas. Earlier, while announcing the launch of the campaign, the Health Minister had said "We are going to launch a mega vaccination campaign We have decided that for the next one month, healthcare workers will go door-todoor to vaccinate people eligible for the second dose and also those who have not taken the first dose.” India registered 11,466 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country's cumulative tally of infections to 3,43,88,579. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a total of 460 fatalities were reported in Climate talks draft agreement expresses ‘alarm and concern’ ASSOCIATED PRESS GLASGOW, 10 NOVEMBER Negotiators at the United Nations climate talks are considering a draft decision that highlights “alarm and concern” about global warming the planet already is experiencing and continues to call on the world to cut about half of its emissions of heat-trapping gases by 2030. The early version of the cover decision released Wednesday at the climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, doesn’t provide specific agreements on the three major goals that the U.N. set going into the negotiations. The draft mentions the need to cut emissions by 45per cent by 2030 from 2010 levels and achieve “net-zero” by mid-century. Doing so requires countries to pump only as much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere as can be absorbed again through natural or artificial means. It urges countries to “accelerate the phasing out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels,” but makes no explicit reference to ending the use of oil and gas. The draft also acknowledges “with regret” that rich nations have failed to live up to their pledge of providing $100 billion a year in financial help by 2020 to help poor nations dead with global warming.The draft reaffirms the goals set in Paris in 2015 of limiting warming to RED ALERT The draft mentions the need to cut emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels and achieve “net-zero” by mid-century. The draft also acknowledges “with regret” that rich nations have failed to live up to their pledge of pro- viding $100 bn a year in financial help by 2020 to help poor nations dead with global warming. 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, with a more stringent target of trying to keep warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) preferred. Highlighting the challenge of meeting those goals, the document “expresses alarm and concern that human activities have caused around 1.1 C (2 F) of global warming to date and that impacts are already being felt in every region.” Separate draft proposals were also released on other issues being debated at the talks, including rules for international carbon markets and the frequency by which countries have to report on their efforts.The draft calls on nations that don’t have national goals that would fit with the 1.5 or 2 degree temperature rise limits to come back with stronger targets next year. Depending on the language is interpreted, the provision could apply to most countries. Analysts at theWorld Resources Institute counted this element of the draft as a win for vulnerable countries. “This is crucial language,” WRI International Climate Initiative Director David Waskow said Wednesday. “Countries really are expected and are on the hook to do something in that timeframe to adjust.’’ In a nod to one of the big issues for poorer countries, the draft vaguely “urges” developed nations to compensate developing countries for “loss and damage,” a phrase that some rich nations don’t like. Whatever comes out of the meeting in Glasgow has to be unanimously approved by nearly 200 nations attending the negotiations. A lot of negotiating and decision-making is to come in the next three or possibly four days. The deadline for the talks is Friday, but climate talks often go past planned end dates. The cover decisions provide more than anything the parameters for the issues that need to be resolved in the last few days of the annual U.N. conference, Waskow said. 3,43,88,579 1,39,683 11,466 11,961 4,61,849 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2021 the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,61,849. The recovery of 11,961 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,37,87,047. With this, the country's recovery rate stands at 98.25 per cent, the highest since March 2020. The active caseload stands at 1,39,683, the lowest in the last 264 days. Currently, the active cases constitute 0.41 per cent of the country's total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020. Meanwhile, India has so far conducted over 61.85 crore cumulative tests with a total of 12,78,728 tests being conducted during the said period. IIT engg held for rape threat to Kohli’s daughter STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, 10 NOVEMBER A 23-year-old man Ramnagesh Srinivas Akubathini was arrested from Hyderabad by the cyber cell of Mumbai police for issuing online threats to the tenmonth-old daughter of Indian men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli. The Twitter user who had used an anonymous account to issue the rape threat while pretending to be a Pakistani, was currently unemployed. The IIT graduate had later deleted the tweet as well as the account after the uproar over his threat to a child.
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