CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 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 RITTENHOUSE CASE CHINA DOWNGRADES DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH LITHUANIA OVER TAIWAN P9 BOWLING WAS OUR BIGGEST PLUS: ROHIT ANDHRA PRADESH GOVT WITHDRAWS 3-CAPITALS BILLS P6 P4 P12 Humid and discomfort weather is very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-21 degrees Celsius. Fresh Covid cases lowest Tripura violence: in 538 days, 249 deaths TMC MPs meet Shah RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Stage dharna in front of North Block over Tripura police ‘brutality’ SII to export doses Max.94% STATESMANNEWSSERVICE INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE WEATHER TEMPERATURE Max: 32.4°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:55 hrs MOON RISES 19:56 hrs New moon on 04 Min. 43% Min: 21.2°C (+3) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 09:07 hrs December THUMBNAILS Multi-agency exercise Sagar Shakti involving Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, BSF, and Gujarat state's security in Creek sector of Kutch Peninsula. ANI Calcutta HC asks CBI to probe job scam: Four days after pulling up the School Service Commission for faulty recruitment of Group D staff in West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBSSE), the Calcutta High Court on Monday handed over the inquiry into the alleged misappropriation to the Central Board of Investigation. However, the state government has plans to go to the division bench (Pg 3) challenging the verdict. SC panel on farm laws to go public today: The Supreme Court-appointed committee on the issue of three farm laws held a meeting on Monday and said they would hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the fate of the report that they had submitted in March. NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER rotesting against the alleged attacks and suppression in Tripura ahead of the municipal polls, a total of 16 Trinamul Congress MPs today sat on a dharna in front of the North Block which houses the Union home minister Amit Shah’s office and later met him over Tripura police “brutality” against their party leaders and MPs. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said his party MPs had told Shah how the party leaders were arrested and beaten up. “We told him in detail how leaders were arrested and MPs were beaten up. He (Amit Shah) said he spoke to Tripura CM over the phone yesterday and will seek a report from the state,” Banerjee said. The MPs who comprised the protestors in front of the North Block are Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy. On Sunday, TMC Youth Congress president Saayoni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police for allegedly causing a ruckus at a public meeting where Deb was present. The dharna was staged in response to TMC’s request for an P Rajasthan rejig: Gehlot retains home, finance ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL JAIPUR, 22 NOVEMBER Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday allocated portfolios to the expanded council of ministers and retained portfolios of finance and home. Among Cabinet ministers, BD Kalla has been given Education, Sanskrit Education, and Arts, Literature, Culture and ASI. Shanti Dhariwal got local self-government, urban development and housing, law, parliamentary affairs. Parsadilal Meena has been given medical and health, Excise. Lal Chand Kataria has been allotted Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries department. Pramod Bhaya has been given mines and petroleum. Uday Lal Anjana is minister for cooperatives and Pratap Singh Khachariawas of food and civil supplies, consumer affairs. Saleh Mohammad has been allocated minority affairs. Hemaram Chaudhary has been given portfolios of forest, environment and Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya of water resources. Mahesh Joshi is the minister of PHED, ground water; Ramlal Jat of revenue; Ramesh Meena of panchayati raj and rural development; Vishvendra Singh of tourism, civil aviation; Mamta Bhupesh Bairwa of women and child welfare; Bhajan Lal Jatav of PWD; Tika Ram Jully of social justice & empowerment, jail; Govind Ram Meghwal of disaster management, administrative reforms and Shakuntala Rawat of industry. Saayoni gets bail NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER AGARTALA, 22 NOVEMBER Trinamool Youth Congress president Saayoni Ghosh, who was arrested by Tripura Police for allegedly spreading ruckus during a public meeting of chief minister Biplab Deb, has been granted bail on Monday by the Chief Judicial Magistrate court ANI in West Tripura. Tripura: SC to hear TMC contempt plea today NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a contempt plea filed by TMC, tomorrow claiming that the law and order situation in Tripura is “worsening” by the day ahead of civil body elections.Advocate Amar Dave for TMC told the Bench, “Court had passed directions for the arrangement of security, but the situation is worsening every day. The situation is very volatile. Incidents are happening every day.” ANI appointment with Shah being declined and Shah says peace in Manipur after long time A TMC MPs delegation during dharna outside North Block, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Election a farce in Tripura: Mamata STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 22 NOVEMBER The Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today alleged that the way BJP is attacking and injuring TMC leaders, it reflects there is no democracy in BJP- run states where “election is only a farce.” Miss Banerjee questioned as to why the TMC youth chief, Saayoni Ghosh, was arrested and alleged that she was arrested without any evidence against her. She also asked, “Where is the National Human Rights Com- mission (NHRC) and other national agencies now?” Miss Banerjee said that she would meet the Prime Minister and discuss why BSF’s area of operation was extended from 15km to 50 km. “Every force has its own jurisdiction but it's unfortunate that BJP is using central forces as their party cadres. BSF is not the BJP Security Force,” she said. She said she is going to meet her MPs who are holding a dharna in front of the North Block which houses the Union home minister’s office. against police “brutality” in Tripura. O’Brien said: “We want to meet Shah as in Tripu- ra, TMC activists and leaders are being brutally attacked and arrested on fake charges.” The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has got the approval to export Covid vaccines under the COVAX programme, said a source on Monday. The ministry has allowed SII to export 50 lakh Covishield doses to the COVAX, an UN global body. The first batch of the vaccines will be exported to Nepal, Tajikistan and Mozambique, official sources said. The SII will also export Covishield to Bangladesh under COVAX. The SII can begin the export from 23 November. Union health minister STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 22 NOVEMBER India registered 8,488 new infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest single-day spike in 538 days, the health ministry said on Monday. Also in the same period, 249 people succumbed to the virus, which increased the overall nationwide death toll to 4,65,911. The recovery of 12,510 patients has increased the cumulative tally to 3,39,34,547. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.31 per cent, the highest since March 2020. The active caseload stands at 1,18,443. Active cases presently constitute 0.34 per cent of the Mansukh Mandaviya had announced that India will be resuming export of vaccines under Vaccine Maitri in the fourth quarter starting from October. He had said that vaccine export will resume to fulfill the commitment of India towards COVAX in line with the motto ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. India stopped the Covid19 vaccines in April this year after a severe surge in cases during the second wave to jab its own population. While announcing to resume the vaccine exports, Mandaviya said that the surplus vaccines will be used to fulfill the commitment towards the world. country’s total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020. Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 0.93 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 58 days now. The daily positivity rate at 1.08 per cent has also remained below 2 per cent for last 49 days and less than 3 per cent for 84 consecutive days now. With the administration of 32,99,347 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 116.87 crore as of Monday morning. Bengal:West Bengal today registered 615 fresh Covid cases and 14 deaths. Kolkata recorded 173 cases and 5 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 138 cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. Poor visibility due to smog, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA SNS & AGENCIES STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The Supreme Court on Monday termed the legal battle between former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as “very disturbing”, stating that a former commissioner seems to show lack of faith in the police. The top court also granted protection from arrest to Singh in the cases lodged against him in Maharashtra, and directed him to join the investigation. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh said: “We do find the picture very disturbing. An earlier commissioner seems to show lack of faith in the police! We wonder what would happen to the common man and arrested.” Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh, submitted that his client is very much in India, but apprehends action being taken by the Maharashtra government. He also submitted that the prayer in the petition was for directing respondent No. 2 (CBI) to inquire and investigate into the criminal conspiracy charges. Bali submitted that the petition was dismissed at a pre- 12,510 4,65,911 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2021 Mandaviya exhorts states to motivate people for full vaccination: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday urged the states to reach out to every eligible person with the message of full vaccination by deploying state government officials for a day every week. “We are in the last lap of vaccination. Let us launch aggressive campaign to fully vaccinate the adult population by increasing the pace of vaccination and expanding the coverage,” he said, during a virtual interaction with health secretaries and senior officials of the health departments of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and SNS Puducherry. NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER Abhinandan Varthaman awarded Vir Chakra what kind of faith they would have in the police. The matter has become curiouser in the battle between the then home minister and the then police commissioner." The bench added that the only question which has to be examined is whether in view of the CBI looking into the matter, the other aspects arising are also to be entrusted to the CBI. The bench said the stands of the CBI and the state government are also not known as the writ petition stands decided on a threshold point of sending it to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The bench said: “Prima facie, this may not be the appropriate course of action. The notices issued to the respondents are returnable on December 6. In the meantime, the petitioner shall join the investigation, but shall not be 8,488 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ‘Picture very disturbing’, SC grants protection from arrest to ex-CP Param Bir NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER 1,18,443 Decide on Mukul’s disqualification quickly: SC asks Bengal Speaker NO RESPITE NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER Lauding the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief minister N Biren Singh, Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday said that peace prevails in Manipur after a long time and the northeastern state is progressing in every field. Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’ in Manipur virtually, Shah said, “There was a time when armed groups spread terror in Manipur and in many cases the then governments were also involved, but there has been a very big improvement in law and order situation under Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh”. See pg 5 3,45,18,901 liminary stage on the ground that the petitioner must approach the CAT, as the issue raised is of the service of the petitioner with the state government. Bali said that FIRs against his client have been lodged by bookies, extortionists etc., against whom he had taken action. He submitted that his client was broached by the commissioner, whom he handed over the charge, who advised him not to fight against the system and in effect withdraw the letter sent to the Chief Minister making complaints against Deshmukh, as otherwise the consequences could be varied. Singh had levelled sensational charges of Rs 100 crore extortion against Deshmukh. Bali urged the top court to allow Singh to appear before any officer of the court of the CBI. 5 dead, 40 injured after SUV speeds into Christmas parade NEW DELHI, 22 NOVEMBER President Ram Nath Kovind today presented Defence Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at Rashtrapati Bhavan. In the first ceremony for 2020 awards, a Kirti Chakra to Sapper Prakash Jadhav of Corps of Engineers, First Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles and two Shaurya Chakras to Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal of Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, 55th Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles; and to Naib Subedar Sombir, Jat Regiment, 34th Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles, were given posthumously. There were 14 recipients of Param Vishisht Seva Medal. Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF received Vir Chakra. CMYK ASSOCIATED PRESS WAUKESHA, 22 NOVEMBER A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as an SUV sped through barricades and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 others. One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck Sunday. A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those hit. A “person of interest” was in custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said, but he gave no details about the person or any possible motive. See Pg 10 The Supreme Court on Monday told the West Bengal Assembly Speaker to expeditiously decide on the petition seeking disqualification of Mukul Roy after his defection from BJP to TMC. A bench of justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.V. Nagarathna adjourned the matter to the third week of January. The bench orally expressed concern over delay in taking decisions on disqualification of defecting legislators under the antidefection laws. The top court was informed that the Speaker has fixed the next hearing on the disqualification petition on 21 December. At the beginning of the hearing, the bench asked the Bengal government counsel whether the high court passed any order on 7 October. The counsel informed the top court that it adjourned the matter on account of plea in the Supreme Court. The bench noted that there are so many cases where there is delay by the Speaker, and the court is often told to stay away and allow the Speaker to decide. The top court was hearing petitions, which included a petition by the Speaker of the Bengal Assembly, challenging the Calcutta HC order asking him to consider Roy’s disqualification under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. In September, the HC had asked the Speaker to decide on disqualification of Roy by 7 October or it would itself take a call on the matter. The HC had passed this order on a plea filed by BJP MLA Ambika Roy.
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