SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 ‘CARE NEEDED TO CURB VIRUS’ ‘CONG WORKERS WHO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE SHOULD GET REWARDS’ P5 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY.MODERATE FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 26 AND 12 DEGREE CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 95% Min: 12.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:29 hrs MOON SETS 01:59 hrs Mumbai court sends Anil Deshmukh to 3 more days' ED custody: A Special PMLA Court on Friday sent former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to three days' extended custody of the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case. Arguing for extended custody, the ED Special Public Prosecutor Shriram Shirsat said it was needed since new facts have emerged in the case which need to be probed. Further, he submitted before Special Judge H. S. Satbhai that dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze, an accused in the same case, is currently in Mumbai Police custody till the next day. Indian-origin student among 9 killed in Travis o Scott's concert tragedy: A 22-year-old Indianorigin student has succumbed to her injuries sustained during the deadly crowd surge at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, taking the death toll in the tragedy to 9, her family has said. Bharati Shahani, who was about to graduate from Texas A&M University in the spring, died on Wednesday night after suffering a severe brain injury PG 10 in the tragedy on 5 November. JAMMU, 12 NOVEMBER In an overnight operation, security forces gunned down three top terrorists including one belonging to Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind outfit who was tasked to carry out a suicide attack in Srinagar. The three terrorists belonging to Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were neutralised in two separate encounters in Srinagar and south Kashmir's Kulgam, IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said. Joint teams of Army, CRPF and J&K Police were engaged in these encounters. The terrorist killed in Srinagar encounter has been identified as Aamir Riyaz of Khrew in Pulwama affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind. He was relative of one of the accused of Lethpora (Pulwama) terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. He was assigned to carry out fidayeen attack but got killed before doing that, said the IGP. An AK rifle alongwith ammunition has been recovered from him. The IGP said that among the two terrorists gunned down in the overnight encounter in Chawalgam area of Kulgam, one Shiraz Molvi was district commander of HM. He was active since 2016 and was involved in recruiting innocent youth into terror ranks and several civilian killings. The other terrorist has been identified as Yawar Bhat. The IGP described their killing as a big success for the security forces. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually launched two ‘innovative’ customer centric initiatives namely 'Integrated Ombudsman Scheme' and 'Integrated Ombudsman Scheme' in a bid to improve running of banks and strengthen people's trust in the banking system. “One of the biggest touchstones of a democracy is the strength of its grievance redressal system. The Integrated Ombudsman Scheme will go a long way in that direction," the PrimeMinister said. About the retail direct scheme Modi said, "Retail Direct Scheme will give strength to the inclusion of everyone in the economy as it will bring in the middle class, employees, small businessmen and senior citizens with their small savings directly and securely in government securities.”The Prime Minister said the government’s measures were help- A Poor visibility due to a thick layer of smog, in the Capital on Friday. SNS RIZWAN’S GRIT P12 Centre to grant PC to Modi launches customer centric banking schemes women army officers NEW DELHI,12 NOVEMBER THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P11 ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL Min: 48% J&K:Suicide bomber among three militants killed: Police P7 After SC warns that it was going to initiate contempt proceedings against Army TEMPERATURE Max: 27.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:43 hrs MOON RISES 14:23 hrs MYANMAR COURT SENTENCES US SCRIBE TO 11 YEARS IN JAIL fter the Supreme Court cautioned the Indian Army of contempt, the Centre on Friday assured that it will roll out Permanent Commission option to all eligible Women Short Service Commission Officers (WSSCO) in the Army. The Centre told the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that a swift decision would be made within ten days with regard to eleven women army officers, who have approached the top court, to grant Permanent Commission (PC). As the apex court warned that it was going to initiate contempt proceedings against the Indian Army for failing to grant PC to eleven women officers in line with its previous orders, the Centre submitted that it was ready to grant Permanent Commission to the officers before the Court. The Bench in its order noted that Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said that those officers whose case is not before the court in contempt proceedings but meets criteria laid in its previous judgment, will be granted a permanent commission and necessary orders in this regard will be passed within three weeks from today. The ASG clarified that not just the eleven Women Short Service The top court was hearing a batch of pleas filed by women officers who alleged that the apex court's March 25 order was not considered and all 72 of them were rejected from consideration for the Permanent Commission at one go. Commission (WSSCO) Officers who have moved the court in contempt as a part of 72 officers and who were not granted PC till date, but even those officers who are not before the court but are meeting the criteria will be granted PC, subject to their willingness. During the hearing, the apex court said that it appeared that the directions of the court are not complied with, and warned that it will hold the Army and the Defence Ministry in contempt. Justice Chandrachud cautioned ASG Jain, "We will hold the Army guilty of Contempt. I am putting you on guard." The top court said, "Army may be supreme in its own authority but the Constitutional court of the country is supreme in its own jurisdiction." 72 Women Short Service Commission Officers, who were denied Permanent Commission, had moved to the apex court seeking Permanent Commission in August 2021 seeking con- tempt proceedings against the Ministry of Defence for not complying with the Court's March 2021 judgment in which the Indian Army was directed to "positively grant permanent commission to all Women Short Service Commission Officers (WSSCO) who fulfilled the prescribed criteria". On October 22, the apex court had directed the Centre to issue orders granting PC to 39 WSSCO Officers in the Army in seven working days. It had also asked the Centre to furnish the details of 25 officers with reasons, who were not considered for a Permanent Commission. The Centre had told the top court that they have re-examined the case of 72 women SSC officers in compliance with the earlier order of this court and has found 38 officers eligible for grant of PC and a case of one officer is pending consideration, which in all probability will be considered for PC.Before that, the Bench had asked the Centre to file an affidavit explaining why 72 women SSC officers have been rejected from the grant of a Permanent Commission. The top court was hearing a batch of pleas filed by the women officers who alleged that the apex court's March 25 order was not considered and all 72 of them were rejected from consideration for the Permanent Commission at one go. In its March 25 order, the top court had directed the Army to consider granting Permanent Commission to the women Short Sevice Commission Officers subject to their obtaining 60 per cent marks in the assessment subjects, being found fit on medical criteria as per the August 1, 2020 order of the Army and having received disciplinary and vigilance clearances. On March 25, the apex court had said that the evaluation criteria set by the Army for granting permanent commission to women serving Short Service Commission officers constituted "systemic discrimination" which has caused an "economic and psychological harm" and an "affront to their dignity". On February 17 last year, in a landmark verdict, the apex court had directed that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission. NEW DELHI, 12 NOVEMBER ing improve the governance of banks and the trust in the system which he said, "is getting stronger among the depositors”. “The decisions of the RBI also helped in enhancing the impact of the big decisions that the government has taken in recent times.Till 6-7 years ago, banking, pension and insurance, used to be like an exclusive club in India.In just seven years, India has jumped 19 times in terms of digital transactions” he pointed out. Modi said the banking system in the country is operational 24 hours, 7 days and 12 months anytime, anywhere in the country. Union finance and corporate affairs minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the governor of the RBI Shaktikanta Das were also present at the event. The Prime Minister further praised the Finance Ministry and institutions like RBI for their efforts during the pandemic. Referring to the two schemes that have been launched today, he said that these schemes will expand the scope of investment in the country and make access to capital markets easier, more secure for investors. Retail direct scheme has given small investors in the country a simple and safe medium of investment in government securities. Similarly, One Nation, One Ombudsman System has taken shape in the banking sector with the Integrated Ombudsman Scheme today, he said. He said that in the last 7 years, NPAs were identified with transparency, the focus was on resolution and recovery, Public Sector Banks were recapitalized, one after the other reforms were carried out in the financial system and public sector banks. He added, to further strengthen the banking sector, cooperative banks were also brought under the purview of RBI. Due to this the governance of these banks is also improving and the trust in this system is getting stronger among the depositors, he added. ALL DECKED UP A camel adorned with ornaments during the annual Pushkar Camel Fair, in Pushkar on Friday. ANI Covaxin 77.8 pc effective, Cong has ‘pathological hatred’ for Hinduism: BJP says data published in Lancet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 NOVEMBER INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, 12 NOVEMBER Covaxin, India's first indigenous vaccine for Covid, has been found to be 77.8 per cent effective, according to the safety and efficacy analysis data from Phase III clinical trials peer reviewed and published in reputed medical journal The Lancet. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech said the Lancet peerreview confirms the efficacy analysis which demonstrates Covaxin to be effective against Covid. The vaccine maker Covaxin is the only vaccine to have demonstrated efficacy data from phase III clinical trials against the Delta variant at 65.2 per cent.A"The efficacy analysis demonstrates Cov- 3,44,14,186 1,37,416 12,516 13,155 4,62,690 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2021 axin to be 77.8 per cent effective against symptomatic Covid-19, through evaluation of 130 confirmed cases, with 24 observed in the vac- cine group versus 106 in the placebo group," the company said. The efficacy analysis also demonstrates Covaxin to be 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic Covid. “Safety analysis demonstrates adverse events reported were similar to placebo, with 12 per cent of subjects experiencing commonly known side effects and less than 0.5 per cent of subjects experiencing serious adverse events,” it said. The efficacy data also shows 63.6 per cent protection against asymptomatic Covid, 65.2 per cent protection against the SARS-CoV-2, B.1.617.2 Delta and 70.8 per cent protection against all variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus. The BJP on Friday hit out at the Congress party after its leader Rahul Gandhi sought to distinguish between ‘Hinduism’ and ‘Hindutva’, two terminologies that have come to define and underline the RSS and Sangh Parivar ideological matrix. The development came on a day when another Congress stalwart Salman Khurshid’s book on Hindutva and Ayodhya stirred a hornet’s nest by likening forces of ‘Hindutva’ to dreaded terror outfit ISIS. The book by the senior Congress leader sparked off a surge of protests by the BJP workers in Uttar Pradesh and other states which experts reportedly predicted could The development came on a day when Congress stalwart Salman Khurshid’s book on Hindutva and Ayodhya stirred a hornet’s nest by likening forces of ‘Hindutva‘ to dreaded terror outfit ISIS have far reaching implications for the Congress ahead of the ensuing Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Slamming Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Salman Khurshid, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra launched an all out attack on them alluding to their ‘pathological hatred’ towards Hinduism.Patra said the Congress was wont to flay Hinduism and its culture at any given opportunity. He said it was a part of Congress 'character' to target Hinduism and 90 pc kids suffer from ENT & eye problems: Survey STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 NOVEMBER Even as the nation is due to celebrate Children’s Day this Sunday, 14 November, a survey report conducted by Healpha revealed that about 90 per cent of children between age group of 3 to 18 years old suffer difficulties related to ENT, and eye problems. According to the report, 90 per cent of the children have similar problems related to vital statistics, ENT, and eye problems.Hyderabad-based startup Healpha and its School Health Program conducted a detailed health study by establishing contact with 64,615 parents for a health screening of three to 18-year-olds from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra over The survey was conducted across five leading states in India, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, TN, Karnataka and Maharashtra over a period of 18 months preCovid in India by establishing contact with 64,615 parents 18 months pre-Covid in India, where it was found that a very few numbers of children have good health scores. While an alarmingly high number of children suffer from cavities and plaquerelated issues, a large number of children suffer from lifestyle issues like BMI. “Significantly more girls are suffering from thyroid disorders than boys and lack of dental hygiene, unhealthy eating patterns have led to large numbers of children having dental problems,” revealed the survey report.The key findings of the report discloses that 41per cent of children suffer from hygiene-related problems in the ear, 39per cent of children suffer from ear wax related issues reducing their focus on studies, 17per cent of tested children suffer from BP issues, 9per cent of tested children are at active risk of one-eyed blindness.Not only this, 13per cent of all children suffer from respiratory issues while 22per cent of children suffer from tonsils. “Atleast 5per cent of tested girls and 4per cent of tested boys are at active risk of one-eyed blindness due to previously unidentified Lazyeye ailment. Additionally, 10per cent more of screened children already suffer from Anismetropia which can eventually lead to Lazyeye ailment and potential blindness in one eye,” mentioned the Healpha health report card. The number of children suffering from ENT related issues is certainly a serious concern given that the ear hygiene and ear wax related issues can result in hearing loss and infection. Elucidating the views on the report, Raj Janapareddy, Founder & CSO, Healpha, said, “The Health Report Card is a reality check for parents, teachers, principals and the Government about the onground status of the health of children.” He said, “In a population of 1.3 billion, 41per cent of the population are below 18 years. The report has revealed that we are moving towards a high working population but a very low healthy working population.”He added, “While dental issues are not considered the top of the pyramid in priority order, issues like tartar, plaque and cavities can eventually impact gums, enamel, teeth bones and cause persistent bad breath.” A simple technique to reduce incidences of dental issues apart from the commonly known better eating and brushing habits is to ensure that less food with food colouring is consumed. spread ‘hatred’ in the society. “It is in the character of the Congress and the Gandhi family to attack Hinduism at every opportunity... What they say is not a coincidence but an experiment. And the headmaster of this experimental lab is Rahul Gandhi,” Patra said, alleging, “There is a pathological hatred for Hinduism among Congress leaders... and they get traction for this from the Gandhi family.” In response to a reporter’s question on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Hinduism, the BJP spokesperson asked, “Can they talk on similar lines about other religions? Of course not. They cannot talk of similar issues in any other religion. The question is why they always talk ill of Hinduism?" Patra further asked. He also named other Congress leaders like Shashi Tharoor and P Chidambaram for using terms like ‘saffron terror’. He alleged that these Congress leaders make such comments because they were asked to do so by Rahul . Meanwhile, after the controversy broke out over the remarks made by Khurshid in his new book Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times, the Congress seems to have gone into damage control mode with former Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, criticising the comparison drawn in the book between ISIS and Hindutva. On other hand, Vineet Jindal, a Delhi-based lawyer, on Thursday filed a complaint with the police against Khurshid for the remarks made in his book. Sale of non-veg street food banned in two Guj cities STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, 12 NOVEMBER Municipal authorities in at least two important cities of Gujarat have ordained that non-vegetarian food cannot be sold on their streets. Though the authorities differ on the reasons for their new diktat, the effect would be the same in the two cities, Rajkot and Vadodara. The roadside stalls selling eggs and chicken fries, catering mostly to low income people, would have to shut down even while non-vegetarian customers in big restaurants are growing in Gujarat. Though veiled threats to non-vegetarian stalls by foot soldiers of the saffron brigade have ceased to be news in Gujarat, this is probably the first time that a ban on such stuff have been imposed by the municipal authorities. Ironically, the ban on nonvegetarian food in public comes at a time when the number of restaurants offering such delicacies have gone up, many of them in partnership with people having allegiance to political groups professing virtues of vegetarianism. Municipal officials in Rajkot and Vadodara have cited different reasons for the ban on non-vegetarian stalls. While some say that the move is part of general antiencroachment drive against vendors who clog to the busy roads, some others have said that the sight of egg and chicken hurt religious sentiments of the people.
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