FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 CHINESE LEADERS ISSUE OFFICIAL HISTORY TO ELEVATE XI ‘INDIA RAN THE MOST EXTENSIVE DRIVE AGAINST COVID’ P5 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. SHALLOW TO MODERATE FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 26 AND 12 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 95% THUMBNAILS Devotees offer prayers after taking holy bath on the last day of Chhath puja as toxic foam floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna in the Capital on Thursday. SNS Manipur BJP MLAs disqualification row: The Solicitor General on Thursday assured the Supreme Court that the Manipur governor will take a decision soon on the Election Commission of India opinion on disqualification of 12 BJP MLAs in the office-of-profit matter.A bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that he should use his good offices in the matter. HC upholds Bengal govt's decision to reopen schools from 16 Nov: A notification of the state government on reopening some of the classes of schools all over the state on 16 November was upheld by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj of Calcutta HC on Thursday. Earlier, a PIL has been filed in the Calcutta High Court challenging the move, alleging that the state has decided to start classes from 9 to 12 “without any proper planning”, exposing the students to Covid. NEW DELHI, 11 DECEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch two innovative customer centric initiatives of the Reserve Bank of India tomorrow via video conferencing. These initiatives are the RBI Retail Direct Scheme and the Reserve Bank~ Integrated Ombudsman Scheme. The RBI Retail Direct Scheme is aimed at enhancing access to the government securities market for retail investors. It offers them a new avenue for directly investing in securities issued by the Government of India and the state governments. Investors will be able to easily open and maintain their government securities account online with the RBI, free of cost. The Reserve Bank - Integrated Ombudsman Scheme aims to further improve the grievance redress mechanism for resolving customer complaints against entities regulated by RBI. The central theme of the scheme is based on ‘One Nation-One Ombudsman’ with one portal, one email and one address for the customers to lodge their complaints. There will be a single point of reference for customers to file their complaints, submit the documents, track status and provide feedback. A multi-lingual toll-free number will provide all relevant information on grievance redress and assistance for filing complaints.Union finance minister and RBI Governor will also attend the event. Heavy rainfall inundates many parts of Chennai DELUGE CHENNAI, 11 NOVEMBER Min: 12.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:29 hrs MOON SETS 01:00 hrs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P10 Stalin reviews situation, asks ministers to expedite relief activities in affected areas Min: 57% Modi to launch RBI customer centric schemes today P9 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Max: 25.4°C (-3) SUN RISES 06:42 hrs MOON RISES 13:49 hrs ‘YORKSHIRE RACISM EVENTS HAVE TORN LIVES APART' RITTENHOUSE GIVES ACCOUNT OF SHOOTINGS S evere rainfall pounded several parts of the city and its neighbourhood on early hours of Thursday, as the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved towards the Tamil Nadu coast. Most of the low lying areas in the city are waist deep water and people moved out of their houses to get food and water as they are living, in some places, without power and drinking water for several days. Heavy rains have been pounding Tamil Nadu due to the formation of a depression in the Bay of Bengal. Due to severe rains and heavy crosswinds in Chennai, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) decided to suspend the arrivals at Chennai Airport from 1:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The service has been resumed now. Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin has reviewed the sit- As many as 14 people have lost their lives Due to severe rains AAI decided to suspend the arrivals at Chennai Airport from 1:15 pm to 6 pm. The service has been resumed now. The Kodambakkam area of Chennai witnessed trees being uprooted with waterlogging due to heavy rainfall and wind. uation and urged the ministers and officials concerned to expedite relief activities in affected areas. According to the IMD, the depression which caused intense rain in the city has moved with a speed of 27 km per hour and was about 300 km east-southeast of Chennai on Thursday noon and 280 km east-southeast of Puducherry. It is very likely to continue to move west-northwest wards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Karaikal and Sriharikota close to the north of Puducherry by Thursday evening. Special teams from Pudukkottai, Salem, Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur to South Chennai have been rushed to upscale the relief and rescue operations. Around 150 personnel have come to Chennai for rescue operations.Incessant rain caused water-logging in several parts of Chennai including the areas of Nungambakkam, Sterling road, KMC Hospital road due to heavy rainfall. The Kodambakkam area of Chennai even witnessed trees being uprooted with water-logging due to heavy rainfall and wind. As many as 14 people have lost their lives in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains, said Kumar Jayanth, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department on Thursday. Revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran said 94 cattle deaths were reported in the state. Heavy rains have damaged 950 huts and houses. A farmer’s body has said standing paddy crops in at least ‘five lakh acres’ have been ‘damaged’ due to monsoon rains and demanded Rs 50,000 farm input compensation per hectare. The Tamil Nadu government has directed authorities in Cauvery delta regions to assess the damage. According to president of the TN Federation of All Farmers Associations, P R Pandian, paddy crops, both Samba and Thaladi in at least five lakh acres in Cauvery delta regions, including Nagapattinam and Thanjavur, have been damaged. Amid heavy rainfall 18 self-contained teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry to tackle the issues related to rescuing and relief arising out of the situation. TREASURE HUNT Judge remark row: CBI seeks help from US NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER The Central Bureau of Investigation has approached Interpol in order to arrest two accused believed to be staying in the United States in connection with a case related to alleged derogatory social media posts against judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The CBI on Thursday filed six more chargesheets separately against the accused in an ongoing investigation of a case related to making derogatory posts on social media against judges and the judiciary. ANI Farmers pluck saffron flowers from a saffron field in Pampore on Thursday. ANI P12 Punjab Assembly passes resolution against BSF order STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, 11 NOVEMBER Terming the Centre's decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab as an "insult" to the state police and gross violation of the spirit of federalism, the Punjab Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution seeking the withdrawal of the Centre’s notification extending the BSF jurisdiction. The House unanimously passed the resolution “rejecting” the Centre’s order in the absence of the only two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of the state Assembly. The Union government had last month amended the BSF Act to authorise the border guarding force to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a 50 km stretch, up from the existing 15 km, from the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. The resolution was moved by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. It said "Punjab is a land of martyrs and the brave". "Punjabis have made exemplary sacrifices in our Country's freedom struggle and later on in the wars of 1962, 1965, 1971 and 1999 Punjabis have received the highest number of "Gallantry Awards" in the Country. Punjab Police is an unique patriotic force which has contributed immensely in maintaining the unity and integrity of the country," it said. The resolution said as per the Constitution of India, maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the state government and for this purpose the government of Punjab is fully competent. “The decision of extend- Centre had last month amended the BSF Act to authorise the border guarding force to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a 50 km stretch, up from the existing 15 km, from the international border in Punjab, Bengal and Assam. ing the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 km to 50 km by the Union government is an expression of distrust towards the state police and the people of Punjab. This is their insult too. The Union government should have consulted the state government before taking such a major decision. The law and order situation in Punjab is totally under control. and there is no need to extend the jurisdiction of BSF,” it said. The resolution said "this is a gross violation of the spirit of federalism enshrined in the Constitution of India. Extending the jurisdiction of BSF is also symbolic of petty politics. All the political parties of Punjab have unanimously condemned this decision and have demanded the Union government should withdraw notification,". Randhawa termed the Centre’s notification on extending BSF’s jurisdiction an “attack on the federal structure”. He also said that the House members should meet Prime Minister over the issue. Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia told the House that the Congress-led government in the state should pass a decision that the Punjab Police would not co-operate with the BSF beyond 15 km. India never accepted China’s ‘illegal ‘Vax Prachar toli to begin 100 pc drive’ occupation’ of its territories: MEA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER Reacting to a US Department of Defence’ report which makes a reference to construction activities by China in the Arunachal Pradesh sector, India today asserted that it has neither accepted illegal occupation of its territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims. “We have taken note of the US Department of Defence’ report to US Congress which inter-alia makes a reference to construction activities by the Chinese side along the India-China border areas, particularly in the Eastern Sector. Reports had also appeared in the media earlier this year,” Ministry of External affairs NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER, The govt remained committed to the objective of creating infrastructure along the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal~ ARINDAM BAGCHI spokesperson Arindam bagchi said.He said India has stated in the past also that China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas including in the areas that it has illegally occupied over the decades. But New Delhi has not accepted such illegal occupation of its territory. He said New Delhi has always conveyed its strong protest to such activities through diplomatic means and would continue to do so in the future.“Further, as conveyed earlier the government has also stepped up border infrastructure including the construction of roads, bridges etc, which has provided much needed connectivity to the local population along the border”, he added. He said the government remained committed to the objective of creating infrastructure along the border areas for the improvement of livelihood of its citizens, including in Arunachal Pradesh. The government kept a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India's security and took all the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday asked the states to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first dose under the ongoing “Har Ghar Dastak” mega-vaccination drive, while those who are due for the second dose are also motivated. The minister reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strategies for strengthening the campaign, including deploying “Prachar Toli” in villages to mobilise and counsell the eligible population regarding vaccination along with awareness campaigns. This would be followed by “Vaccination Toli” which would ensure that all eligible citizens are vaccinat- 3,44,01,670 1,38,556 13,091 13,878 4,62,189 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2021 ed with the first and second doses. More than 12 crore people are due for their second vaccine shot in India, he said. Of the total eligible adult population, only 79 per cent has got the first dose, while 38 per cent has received the second dose, he added. Mandaviya made the observation during a meeting with health ministers of all states and union territories. “Lets us ensure collectively through collaborative and multi-stakeholder efforts that no eligible citizen is left without the 'Suraksha Kawachh' of vaccine in the country. Let us reach out to every household across the country and motivate people to take both the doses under Prime Minister's Har Ghar Dastak campaign", the minister said. Mandaviya stressed on the strategies of multiple vaccination teams to ensure 100 per cent coverage in the targeted area in a time-bound manner, development of a ranking mechanism for identifying and facilitating the vaccination teams which administer the maximum number of vaccine doses every 24 hours, utilising local weekly "bazaars" and "haats" for creating awareness and providing vaccination services and collaborating with local religious and community leaders in the meeting. India added 13,091 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 14 per cent higher than yesterday, and 340 deaths during the same time span, Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.25 per cent, the highest since March 2020. Delhi: The city identified 40 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Thursday out of 49,912 tests conducted in various parts of the national capital. Climate finance isnt charity by rich: Environment minister at COP26 ASSOCIATED PRESS GLASGOW, 11 NOVEMBER India’s environment and climate minister says rich countries have “an obligation, responsibility, duty and a vow” to provide climate finance to developing nations and should deliver on an unfulfilled promise to raise $100 billion a year. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, BhupenderYadav said addressing the shortcomings on finance was paramount to making the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, a success. “I believe the biggest responsibility ... lies with the developed countries,” Yadav said. “Because if there is any gap that remains it is in the action for climate finance.” India recently announced it would stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2070 ~ two decades after the net zero target set by the U.S. and 10 years after that of China. Yadav heads the Indian delegation at the two-week talks scheduled to end Friday. A draft deal under negotiation noted “with regret” that rich nations had failed to meet their promise to provide $100 billion each year in climate finance to poor nations as of 2020. Currently, rich nations provide an estimated $80 billion annually, which poorer nations say isn’t enough to develop clean energy systems and to adapt to worsening climate shocks. India alone said it needs $2.5 trillion, in a 2019 finance ministry document. “Climate finance isn’t charity,” Yadav told AP on the sidelines of the conference. “This is an obligation, responsibility, duty and a vow.” He said helping the developing world cope with climate change is a call of conscience that “should be in the heart of every person. But especially in those who’ve a greater his- torical responsibility than others.” The minister said India — a country with nearly 1.4 billion people or almost onefifth of the global population and yet accounting for just 5% of its emissions — is among the few countries in the world on track to meet its climate targets before 2030. However, emissions analysts say India should have more ambitious targets to help put the world on track to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the goal of the U.N. climate negotiations. India recently announced it would stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2070 — two decades after the “net zero” target set by the U.S. and 10 years after that of China. It has also promised to get half of its energy from clean energy and rein in its emissions growth by 2030. But to achieve those goals, developing nations like India need financing.India has been reluctant to commit to phasing out coal-fired power plants — the largest single source of human-caused emissions. The dirty fuel is crucial for producing electricity in the country where millions still don’t have access to it, and energy is crucial for development. The draft on Wednesday also called for accelerating the phasing out of coal — the largest source of emissions — but didn’t set a timeline. Asked about coal phaseouts, Yadav said “we are not phasing anything out completely right now. We will move towards our green energy, as per our national needs.” TN teenage girl recognised at Glasgow climate meet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER Work of a 15-year-old Indian girl, who had developed a ‘Solar Ironing Cart’, was appreciated and recognized during the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, UK. The 10th class student from Tiruvannamalai district Tamil Nadu, Vinisha Umashankar has also been recognized as Earth Day Network Rising Star 2021(USA) for her idea of ‘Solar Ironing Cart’. Earlier she has also received the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards instituted by National Innovation Foundation – India for her mobile ironing cart. She used solar panels to power a steam iron box in her ‘Solar Ironing Cart’. Addressing the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at Glasgow, she said, “I am not here to speak about the future, I am the future”. A key benefit of the solar ironing cart is that it eliminates the need for coal for ironing bringing about a welcome shift towards clean energy.
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