CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 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 GOVT TO STEP UP OIL EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION: PURI NITISH REFUSES TO ROLL BACK PROHIBITION LAW IN BIHAR P5 BULGARIA’S RADEV LEADS PREZ ELECTION: EXIT POLL P8 P10 NO INDIAN IN ICC’S TEAM FOR T20 WORLD CUP P12 Humid and discomfort weather is very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 27-20 degrees Celsius. Delhi govt faces SC SC to appoint retd judge for Kheri probe on 17 Nov ire on air pollution RAINFALL: 1.6 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Bench says lame excuses will force an audit on popularity slogans Max.94% SNS/AGENCIES WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 78% Max: 23.9°C (-6) Min: 20.4°C (0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:50 hrs 16:53 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 15:11 hrs 03:02 hrs Full moon on 19 November THUMBNAILS SFI members protest to reopen campuses and other demands outside the ministry of education at Shastri Bhawan, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Two terrorists gunned down: Two unidentified terrorists were on Monday evening killed in a brief gunfight with joint team of security forces in Hyderpora locality of Srinagar. The first terrorist was gunned down in about six minutes after a joint team of Army, CRPF and J&K Police cordoned the area. Another was neutralised after about an hour of encounter. UK police treating taxi blast as 'terrorist incident': The UK police on Monday said that it is treating the deadly blast in a taxi outside a Liverpool hospital on Sunday as a "terrorist incident". Russ Jackson, head of Counterterrorism Policing in northwest England, said the explosion outside the Liverpool Women's Hospital involved an IED, reported DW News. NEW DELHI, 15 NOVEMBER he Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Delhi government for making “lame excuses” in connection with air pollution in the Capital. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana and also comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant told senior advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the national capital government, that ‘the Delhi government wants to accuse the farmers for stubble burning as a major contributory factor for air pollution in the capital’. It pointed out that it is an insignificant source of pollution here. The bench, citing the Centre’s affidavit, said stubble burning is only contributing 4 per cent to air pollution in winters. According to the Centre’s affidavit, stubble burning is not a major factor leading to severe air pollution level in the Capital, rather the agricultural burning leads to merely 11 per cent contribution to PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration. The bench queried Mehra, “How many machines do you have for road cleaning?” As Mehra started mak- T SC orders Centre, states to submit action plan by today SNS/AGENCIES The Supreme Court on Monday sought an action plan within 24 hours from the Centre and state governments regarding steps taken by task forces to stop air pollution caused by vehicular traffic, construction work, stubble burning, power plants, entry of heavy vehicles, dust, etc. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana told counsel appearing for the Centre and state governments, “Need an action plan by tomorrow evening. Hold a meeting...” The top court also asked the Centre and states to allow the people to work-from-home. The bench, also comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant, noted that the Centre in its affidavit has submitted that stubble burning is not a major factor leading to severe air pollution level in the Capital, rather the agricultural burning leads to merely 11 per cent contribution on PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration. The top court told the Centre to call an emergency meeting of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments on Tuesday for taking urgent measures to bring down air pollution levels. The top court also said, “Don’t take action against farmers, persuade them.” The Delhi government has told the Supreme Court that it is ready to take steps like complete lockdown to control the local emission but added that it will have only a limited impact. ing submissions, Justice Kant said: “These kind of lame excuses will force us to hold an audit of the revenue you are earning and spending on the popularity slogans.” Justice Chandrachud told Mehra, “We want some positive steps...how will you augment the number of machines...” The bench told Mehra to refrain from passing the buck on municipal corporations, and sought a clear answer from the Delhi government on steps it proposes to take to curb air pollution. Mehra started submissions on the measures taken towards road cleaning, and submitted that the municipal corporations may be asked to file an affidavit detailing the same. At this juncture, the bench asked him not to pass on the buck to the municipal corporation and cited that in some other matter they have learnt that they do not have money to pay salaries on time. “You want to pass on the buck to them,” said the bench. After receiving instructions, Mehra informed the bench that there are 69 machines (mechanical road sweeper machines) and added that the government will work on war footing to curb air pollution. The SC was hearing a plea by a minor Aditya Dubey seeking directions on stubble burning which is leading to air pollution in the Capital. NEW DELHI, 15 NOVEMBER Home, defence, IB, R&AW chiefs can now get 2-year extensions AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 15 NOVEMBER The Central government on Monday extended the tenure of the Union home secretary, Defence Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau and Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing for a period of two years. According to the gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension on 15 November, the tenure of these officials can be extended up to five years. “Provided also that the Central government may, if it considers necessary in public interest to do so, give extension in service to the Defence Secretary. Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau, Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing and Director of Central Bureau of Investigation appointed under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (25 of 1946) and Director of Enforcement appointed under the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 (45 of 2003) in the Central government for such period or periods as it may deem proper on a case-to-case basis for reasons to be recorded in writing, subject to the condition that the total term of such Secretaries or Directors, as the case may be, who are given such extension in service under this rule, does not exceed two years or the period provided in the respective Act or rules made thereunder, under which their appointments are made.” According to the gazette notification: “The chiefs of the Central agencies currently have a fixed two-year tenure, but the government can now give three annual extensions from case-to-case basis.” The Centre on Sunday issued a notification to extend the tenure of the Directors, Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate up to five years. On 27 May, the Centre had extended the tenure of IB chief Arvind Kumar and secretary, R&AW, Samant Kumar Goel by one year. Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla was also given an extension of one year on 12 August 2021. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha alleged that extending tenure of ED, CBI directors to five years is an attempt to destroy democratic institutions. “Parliament session is going to start after two weeks and before that, the decision to extend the tenure of the heads of CBI and ED through an ordinance raises doubts about the intention of the government. The ordinance has been brought by the government on 14 November, which is the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first Prime Minister and the strongest pillar of democracy. This is the government’s intention to undermine democracy and destroy democratic institutions,” Jha said. After the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it can appoint a former High court judge to oversee the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case investigation, the apex court said it has to finalise the name of the retired judge and will pass an order on 17 November. A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said, “We will need another day since we are considering either Rakesh Jain or some other Judge. We need to talk to the judge we will appoint”. The apex court also said that it will consider the names of some retired SC judges to monitor the Lakhimpur Kheri investigation and emphasised that the UP government upgrade its task force officers who must be high-ranking officers. Currently, there are local Sub-Inspector-level and DSPlevel officers in the task force. Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the UP government, submitted that the top court can appoint a retired judge to monitor the SIT probe. A bench said, “Now, we have a lot of freedom for a retired SC or HC judge. Let us see...” The bench noted that it will find out a judge who is willing to take up the assignment. Salve submitted, “Judge can be appointed from any other state”. During the hearing, the top court emphasized that the Uttar Pradesh government should upgrade the task force investigating the matter. It said the officers must be high-ranking officers, currently there are local Lakhimpur Kheri, Sub-Inspectorlevel and DSP-level officers on the task force. Concluding the hearing, the top court asked the UP government to look into grievances of the victim’s families, who have not been paid compensation. Additional Advocate General Garima Prasad submitted that the state would take necessary steps. Earlier, the top court had said it wanted to appoint a judge outside of UP . Concluding the hearing, the top court asked the UP government to look into grievances of the victim’s families, who have not been paid compensation. Additional Advocate General Garima Prasad submitted that the state would take necessary steps. The violence occurred on 3 October which killed eight, including four farmers were allegedly mowed down by the vehicles in the convoy of Ashish Misra, the son of Union minister and BJP MP Ajay Kumar Misra. Alapan case: SC to hear Centre’s plea on 22 Nov NEW DELHI, 15 NOVEMBER A woman at India International Trade Fair 2021 in New Delhi on Monday. IANS Heroic stories of tribals not given enough importance by previous govts: PM Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GAURAV CHANDRA KOLKATA, 15 NOVEMBER BHOPAL, 15 NOVEMBER The mortal remains of Rifleman Shyamal Das, of 46 Assam Rifles who was martyred in an attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in the Singhat sub-division of Churachandpur, Manipur on Saturday was brought to Panagarh Military Station. In a befitting ceremony honouring the valour, bravery and sacrifice made by the gallant soldier, wreaths were laid by the General Officer Commanding, Brahmastra Corps on behalf of the Chief of Army staff and General Officer Commanding in Chief , Eastern Command alongwith other officers. The mortal remains of Das was carried to Khargram, Murshidabad today for the final rites. He is survived by his wife Suparna Das. In another major step to further woo tribals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today equated tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda to Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr B R Amdekar. “India will observe Birsa Munda Jayanti each year on 15 November from now on,” the PM said. Addressing on the occassion of ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ at the Jamboori Grounds, Modi lauded tribals for their contribution to India’s freedom struggle. “The contribution of tribals in our country’s history and development has deliberately been either not told at all or has been skewed in a way to suit the previous governments,” the PM said, apparently attacking the Congress schemes for tribal welfare. “Through our ‘District Mineral fund’ scheme, we have provided around Rs 50,000 crore to various states and that fund has to be utilized for the development of those areas only from where minerals and natural resources have been extracted,” Modi informed. “The tribals are our real diamonds,” he said. “The previous governments provided Minimum Support Price (MSP) on only about 8 or 10 forest produce, NEW DELHI, 15 NOVEMBER TRADE UPTICK? Rifleman martyred in Manipur honoured without naming. Modi pointed out that his top priorities have been the overall welfare and progress of tribals, adding that previous governments "utterly lacked political willpower to uplift tribal communities. “While many educated urbans around the world still have doubts about getting vaccinated, our tribals have welcomed vaccination and got themselves vaccinated,” the PM said. The PM launched 14 new AGENCIES but our government is providing MSP on 90 forest produce,” the PM said. The PM asserted there was a lot one could learn from the rich tribal culture. “Can we ever imagine Lord Rama’s success without the help of forest communities and tribals?” the PM questioned. Modi officially inaugurated and dedicated to public, the privatized and modernized Habibganj railway station, which has been renamed ‘Rani Kamlapati railway station’ in honour of erstwhile Bhopal state’s Gond tribal queen Rani Kamlapati. Bhopal’s Bansal Group has refurbished the railway station and equipped it with world-class facilities at an approximate cost of Rs 100 crore. The private owner had taken over the 42-year-old station from the railways in 2017. (Photo : ANI) CMYK More than 10K new cases, 125 deaths STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 15 NOVEMBER, India on Monday reported 10,229 fresh cases and 125 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union health ministry. The death toll now stands at 4,63,655. With the recovery of 11,926 patients in the last 24 hours, cumulative recoveries have climbed to 3,38,49,785. Active caseload stands at 1,34,096, lowest in the last 523 days. With the administration of 30,20,119 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s inoculation coverage has reached 112.34 crore as of Monday morning. Bengal: West Bengal today registered 782 fresh Covid cases and 5 deaths. Kolkata recorded 216 cases and 1 death while North 24 Parganas recorded 123 cases and one death in the last 24 hours. 3,44,47,536 1,34,096 10,229 11,926 4,63,655 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2021 The Supreme Court on Monday posted for 22 November an appeal of the Central government against the Calcutta High Court order which had set aside the order of the Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) transferring a case filed by former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay from Kolkata to Delhi. After a brief hearing, a Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar posted the matter for next Monday. The central government has moved Supreme Court challenging the 29 October Calcutta HC order quashing CAT decision to uphold the transfer of case against Badhopadhyay out of Bengal to New Delhi. The Centre claimed that the High Court lacked jurisdiction to pass the order contending that cause of action has arisen entirely in New Delhi and therefore, jurisdiction would lie with the Principal Bench, New Delhi since charge sheet was issued from here. Further, any challenge to the CAT order would lie before the Delhi HC, and not the Calcutta HC, Centre added. In May 2021, Bandyopadhyay was serving as Chief Secretary when the Centre decided to cut short his tenure with the Bengal government and asked him to report to New Delhi. On 31 May Bandyopadhyay superannuated. Subsequently, an inquiry was initiated against him by the Centre for not attending a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on 28 May 2021 for assessing the loss of life and property caused by Yaas. After the inquiry order, Bandyopadhyay moved CAT’s Kolkata Bench challenging ANI it.
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