CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 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 TALIBAN ASK US CONG TO UNFREEZE AFGHAN ASSETS MEHBOOBA LEADS PROTEST AGAINST ‘CIVILIAN KILLINGS’ P5 WEATHER Mainly clear sky . Temperature likely to be in the range of 29-18 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% TEMPERATURE Max: 29.5 °C(0) Min: 18.7 °C(-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:50 hrs 16:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 15:42 hrs 3:53 hrs Full moon on 19 November THUMBNAILS Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaks during 'Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon' dialogue, in Chitrakoot on Wednesday. ANI Pak Parliament passes bill to give Kulbhushan Jadhav right to appeal against conviction: The Pakistan Parliament, in a joint sitting on Wednesday, passed a bill that will give Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav the right to appeal against his conviction.The International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020, was moved by Law Minister Farogh Nasim. It was passed with a majority vote, Dawn reported.Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017. India beat New Zealand in first T20: Set a challenging target of 165 in the first T20 match against New Zealand at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday, India got there easily with plenty of wickets to spare, Suryakumar Yadav top-scoring with 62. With this Rohit Sharma' s T20 captaincy got off to a winning start. The absence of big guns from either side was bit of a dampener for cricket enthusiasts, though. (Earlier report on Page 12) Only mantra is ‘duty, duty & duty’: Modi to parliamentarians STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P9 P12 Fully jabbed exceed SC appoints ex-HC judge to monitor Kheri inquiry partially vaccinated ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI , 17 NOVEMBER INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER he number of fully vaccinated individuals on Wednesday surpassed the partially vaccinated eligible population under the mass vaccination coverage, for the first time in the country. The country has in total administered 1,13,68,79,685 vaccines as per 7 a.m. provisional reports, with the administration of 67,82,042 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours. It has been achieved through 1,16,73,459 sessions out of which, 75,57,24,081 doses were administered as first dose and 38,11,55,604 doses were administered as second dose. The number of fully vaccinated individuals which stands at 38,11,55,604, exceed those who have been administered a single dose ~ at 37,45,68,477. “This feat has been made possible due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'Jan-Bhagidari' and ‘Whole of Government Approach’, people's faith and confidence in the government, and the ongoing 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign which has seen tremendous response from various parts of the country,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. Lauding the collective spirit of the country on this achievement, Mandaviya in a tweet appealed to all eligible citizens to get vaccinated. "We will win the battle against Covid19 together," he stated. T 3,44,66,598 1,28,555 10,197 12,134 4,64,153 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2021 He expressed confidence that the country will have vaccinated every Indian by the end of the monthlong ‘Har Ghar Dastak' campaign. “The nation achieved the distinction of having administered 100 crore doses on October 21 this year. Subsequently, PM Modi gave a clarion call and launched the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign on November 3 to knock every door and reach out to every household and immunize every citizen against Covid19 in the spirit of Antyodaya,” Mandaviya said. The month long 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination campaign aims to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first dose of Covid vaccine, while those who are due for the second doses are motivated to take the second dose. Healthcare workers are conducting door-todoor vaccination of eligible people across India with a special focus on districts where less than 50 per cent of the eligible population has been vaccinated. Active caseload dips: India logged 10,197 fresh Covid cases and 301 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Wednesday morning. With the addition of 301 new deaths, the total deaths toll has climbed 4,64,153.The recovery of 12,134 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,38,73,890. Consequent- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 17 NOVEMBER In a major success, commander of proscribed terrorist outfit The Resistance Front (TRF) Afaq Sikander was among five terrorists killed in two separate encounters in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday. Two terrorists each were killed in brief encounters with security forces in the Gopalpora and Pombay villages of Kulgam. Sikander was eliminated in Gopalpora. Joint teams of Army, CRPF and J&K Police were involved in the anti-terror operations. The gunfight was continuing and further details were awaited. Meanwhile, a major tragedy was averted by the Pulwama Police and security forces who apprehended two Security personnel stand guard near the encounter site in Baramulla. LeT terrorist associates namely Amir Bashir and Mukhtar Bhat who were carrying ready to use IEDs for exploding, said IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar. Earlier in the morning two CRPF jawans and four civilians were injured when terrorists tossed a grenade in Palhalan chowk in Baramulla district. A CRPF officer said that terrorists hurled a grenade at a CRPF party that was on routine security deployment. The injured have been shifted to hospital where ly, India's recovery rate stands at 98.28 per cent, highest since March 2020. The active caseload stands at 1,28,555, lowest in last 527 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.37 per cent of the country's total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020. Also in the same period, a total of 12,42,177 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 62.70 crore cumulative tests. The weekly positivity rate at 0.96 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 54 days now. Meanwhile, Bengal today registered 862 fresh Covid cases and 8 deaths. Kolkata recorded 238 cases and 2 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 122 cases and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Rakesh Kumar Jain, former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case to ensure transparency, fairness, and absolute impartiality. The apex court reconstituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and named three senior IPS officers, SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan in it. The top court is to hear the case next after the chargesheet is filed and a report is received from the retired judge, Local farmers had blamed Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra 'Teni' and his son Ashish Mishra for the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers a local journalist and SC reconstituted the SIT and named senior IPS officers SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan in it. others during a farmers' protest. They were mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh. The apex court was a hearing case where two lawyers had written a letter to the CJI seeking a highlevel judicial inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The top court had also declined to hand over the probe to the CBI saying “CBI is not the solution to everything”. It had expressed concerns about the case against the prime accused in the case relating to mowing down the farmers being diluted by clubbing the investigation with the counter-case of mob lynching.The top court had said that the investigation in both cases must be separate and the statements of witnesses in both cases must be recorded independently. The apex court had also observed that the pace of the investigation is not up to the expectation and said that the prima facie view it gets is that one particular accused is benefited by recording statements of witnesses in a particular manner. As per reports 13 people, including Ashish Mishra have been arrested so far in connection with the case. Ashish Mishra had allegedly mowed down farmers with his car. Two advocates ~ Shiv Kumar Tripathi and CS Panda ~ had sent the letter petition before CJI seeking punishment for politicians allegedly involved in the ghastly incident. DAY’S END A fisherman rows a boat on the Brahmaputra river at sunset, in Guwahati on Wednesday. ANI SC pulls up Delhi govt, Centre over air pollution TRF commander among 5 terrorists killed in Kulgam NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressing the inaugural session of 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference here via video conferencing said democracy is not only a system for India but is "ingrained in our nature and part of life in India." He stressed that the next 25 years are very important for India. In this, he urged the parliamentarians to realize only one mantra ~ "duty, duty, duty." Modi stressed that “we have to take the country to newer heights, achieve extraordinary goals in the years to come. These resolutions will be fulfilled only by 'Sabka Prayas’'. And in democracy, in the federal system of India, when we talk about 'Sabka Prayas', then the role of all the states is a big basis for that”. Elaborating on the importance of ‘Sabka Prayas’,he said whether it is solutions to the decade old problems of the Northeast or completion of all the big projects of development that have been stuck for decades, many such works in the country have been done in the past years, it has been done by everyone's efforts. He also cited the fight against Corona pandemic as a great example of ‘Sabka Prayas’. Modi stressed on ensuring that the traditions and systems of the Houses of our legislatures should be inherently Indian. He called for policies and laws of the Government to strengthen the Indian emotion of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ . P10 India’s active Covid-19 caseload dips, lowest in 527 days Min. 47% GANGULY APPOINTED CHAIR OF ICC MEN'S CRICKET COMMITTEE ‘LIVERPOOL ATTACK SHOWS UK’S DYSFUNCTIONAL ASYLUM SYSTEM’ INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER their condition was stable. Security forces have launched massive search for terrorists involved in the incident. Three OGWs of terror outfit were arrested in Kashmir and cash amounting Rs.42 lakh was recovered from them by security forces. Initial investigation revealed that they had brought the money from Punjab. Home secy reviews situation: Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla today reviewed the security situation of Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of targeted killings of civilians.Apart from the State’s Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, and CID Chief, the DGs of Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force and officials from the Intelligence Bureau attended the meeting. The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre and state governments for their inability to present a crystal-clear way forward to combat the menace of air pollution in the national capital. A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant, after hearing submissions of counsel of the Delhi government and Central government, said it needs clear answers on steps to curb air pollution in the Capital, which has become a yearly phenomenon for the past several years. Justice Kant told Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, that nobody understands the plight of farmers and under what circumstances they are forced to burn stub- Centre for ‘pooling of vehicles’ not work from home, SC told STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHII, 17 NOVEMBER The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that it was not asking the Central government employees to work from home, as normalisation of functioning of offices is returning post-Covid, rather it has issued an advisory to employees for pooling and sharing of vehicles. The Centre, in an affidavit, said the number of vehicles used for the Central government business in NCR was not very significant, ble.“People sitting in 5-star and 7-star facilities in Delhi keep accusing the farmers (contribute four per cent and 30 therefore “the Central government decided that in view of the recent normalisation of functioning of Central government offices post-pandemic, the advantage of not passing work from home direction would outweigh the advantages which would be gained from work from home directions”. or 40 per cent to pollution). If you have a scientific alternative (a resolution)...let us look at it, rather than blaming farmers...", said Justice Kant. The Chief Justice pointed out that according to an IIT Kanpur study stubble burning and firecrackers are not main contributors for pollution. The bench pulled up the government and bureaucracy for not doing enough to curb air pollution. The bench said the bureaucracy has gone into inertia and they don't want to do anything. "Bureaucracy developed paralysis...all these things we have to say - how to use sprinklers, how to stop vehicles...they do not want to take any decision", said the bench. The bench also pointed out that debates on TV are creating more pollution and added that they don't understand the issue and statements are taken out of context. The bench noted, “Everyone has their own agenda...”. The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing next Wednesday. Trouble for Cong in J&K: Azad loyalists rebel against PCC chief Mumbai court declares STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 17 NOVEMBER On the pattern of neighbouring Punjab, the Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir has plunged into crisis with several loyalists of Ghulam Nabi Azad revolting against the PCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir and resigning from their organisational posts. Mir on Wednesday warned of disciplinary action against those party activists who have indulged in "indiscipline" by going to the media instead of seeking resolution of their grievances on the proper party forum. Resignation of the two Vice-Presidents of PCC, GM Saroori and Ghulam Nabi Monga alongwith a cou- ple of former legislators and office bearers has rocked the Congress that was already witnessing a cold war between the Mir and Azad camps. The Azad loyalists had in the past also made vain attempts to dislodge Mir. The development has come when Azad was in J&K addressing rallies in rural areas. Party sources said that Azad has not informed the PCC about his program of addressing a series of rallies in his home district. Mir told The Statesman that he was unaware of contents of the letter that Azad loyalists have sent to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and the party's J&K incharge Rajni Patil. Those close to Mir claimed that during the recent Diwali CRISIS DEEPENS Resignation of the two Vice-Presidents of PCC, GM Saroori and Ghulam Nabi Monga alongwith a couple of former legislators and office bearers has rocked the Congress that was already witMilan organised by Azad here, the letter had been prepared and was got signed after the party was over. Mir camp said that the Azad loyalists were behaving like the dissident G-23 group that was in the habit of leaking every party-related development to the media. It is learnt that Azad loyalist former legislator and PCC Vice- nessing a cold war between the Mir and Azad camps. The Mir camp said that the Azad loyalists were behaving like the dissident G-23 group President GM Saroori was leading the dissidents against Mir. The development has come ahead of the assembly election that is expected to be held after the delimitation commission submits its report. It is learnt that Azad loyalists have taken the step to express their annoyance over the PCC chief "not involving them in party decisions". CMYK Some former ministers were also among the signatories of the resignation letter. They include Saroori, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Waqar Rasool, Manohar Lal Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Monga. Name of two Azad loyalists, Tara Chand, former deputy chief minister and Yogesh Sawhney, former minister, was not in the letter. The dissidents have warned that the party was heading towards a worst period as several senior activists have already joined other political parties. They have sought that Mir should immediately be dislodged from the post of PCC chief to save the party from being doomed in the assembly elections. Param Bir as ‘absconder’ INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, 17 NOVEMBER In a significant development, a magistrate's court in Mumbai on Wednesday accepted a plea move by the Mumbai Police to declare ex-city Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as a 'Proclaimed Absconder' for his alleged involvement in an extortion case lodged against him. The development follows an application filed by the Mumbai Police seeking a declaration to this effect with regard to Singh, who is ‘untraceable’ since several months now. Allowing the police plea, Additional Chief Metropoli- tan Magistrate S.B. Bhajpale passed the order against Singh. Earlier, courts in Mumbai and Thane had issued non-bailable warrants against the Singh, presently designated as Director-General, Maharashtra Home Guards. Besides Singh, the police had sought a similar declaration against two other coaccused in the same case -suspended policeman Riyaz Bhati and Vinay alias Bablu Singh. The three had been accused in a case filed based on a complaint lodged by Mumbai hotelier Bimal Agarwal against the trio, besides dismissed cop Sachin Vaze, in an extortion case.
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