CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 DECEMBER 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 FOREIGN SECY IN MYANMAR ‘BOOSTER DOSE, KID VACCINATION TO HELP IN COUNTERING OMICRON’ P6 WEATHER Fog/Mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. Temperature likely to be in the range of 26-16 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE Max: 26.4 °C(0) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 23:19 hrs New moon on 03 Min. 44% Min: 15.6 °C(+1) SUN SETS 16:59 hrs MOON SETS 11:13 hrs January THUMBNAILS Raisina Hills is barely visible due to dense smog as air quality remains in the 'severe' category, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI Army rescues over 1,000 tourists stranded in Sikkim : Around 1,027 tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China Border at Nathu La following heavy snow on Saturday were rescued by the Indian Army.Severe snowfall had occurred in areas of Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake and adjoining areas on Saturday afternoon, bringing down the temperature to sub-zero levels. After the heavy snowfall, the vehicles started skidding on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg that connects these PG 2 areas with Gangtok. Six terrorists killed in 48 hrs in J&K security Op: The killer of a police official was among the six terrorists neutralised in the last 48 hours in four anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir, officials said.Police said based on specific information generated by them regarding the presence of a terrorist in the village Kalan Sirgufwara area, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by the police and army's 3 RR on Saturday. In the last 48 hours, joint teams of police and the security forces neutralised six terrorists without any collateral damage. Change tax probe policy: Chinese chambers P10 P12 to defend people Panel to look at AFSPA ‘India readyhostile intentions’ against any abolition in Nagaland STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Committee will submit report to govt within 45 days:Nagaland CM NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER Pointing out that India has never been an aggressor, defence minister Rajnath Singh, in an obvious reference to China and Pakistan, today declared that the country was prepared to defend its people against any nation with hostile intentions. He was laying the foundation stone for Defence Technology & Test Centre and BrahMos Manufacturing Centre, established by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) in Lucknow. The BrahMos Manufacturing Centre, announced by BrahMos Aerospace, is a modern, state-of-art facility in the Lucknow node of UP Defence Industrial Corridor. It will cover over 200 acres and produce the new BrahMos-NG (Next Generation) variant, which carries forward the lineage of the BrahMoS weapons system. This new centre would be ready over the next two to three years and will commence production at a ty, the statement added. Nagaland chief minister thanking the Union home minister on Sunday tweeted: "Grateful to Amit Shah ji for taking up the matter with utmost seriousness. The state govt appeals to all sections to continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere." The Nagaland Assembly, in its special session on 20 December unanimously passed a resolution demanding the Centre to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeast region, and specifically from Nagaland, so as to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the Naga political issue. All major political parties including Congress, CPI-M, CPI, Trinamool Congress, Naga People's Front (NPF), influential Naga Students' Federation (NSF), National People's Party (NPP) head by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma, Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and almost all local and regional parties have been demanding to repeal the AFSPA. The AFSPA, which allows the Army and other central para-military forces to conduct raids, operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice or arrest warrant, is in force in Nagaland,Assam, Manipur barring the Imphal municipal council area and certain districts of Arunachal Pradesh. KOHIMA, 26 DECEMBER committee has been formed to look into the demand of withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from Nagaland and the panel would submit its report to the government within 45 days, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said here on Sunday. The committee was formed after Union home minister Amit Shah on 23 December in New Delhi chaired a meeting which was attended by Nagaland chief minister, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nagaland Deputy chief minister Y. Patton and Naga People's Front (NPF) legislature Party leader T.R. Zeliang. The meeting also discussed the present scenario in Nagaland and the decision about formation of the committee was taken in that meeting. The committee, headed by Additional Secretary of the Union Home Ministry, North East, would submit its report within 45 days and withdrawal of Disturbed Area and AFSPA from Nagaland would be based on the recommendations of the committee. The Nagaland Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (Nagaland) and a senior official of the CRPF are other members of the committee. The com- A The Nagaland Assembly, in its special session on 20 December unanimously passed a resolution asking the Centre to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeast region, and specifically from Nagaland, so as to strengthen the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful political settlement to the Naga political issue. mittee was formed following the vociferous demand to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeastern region after the killing of 14 civilians by armed forces personnel due to "mistaken identity" at Oting in Mon district of Nagaland on 4 and 5 December. According to the Nagaland chief minister, a Court of Enquiry would initiate disciplinary proceedings against the army unit and army personnel, who are directly involved in the Oting incident and action would be taken immediately on the basis of fair enquiry. The identified persons who would face the enquiry will be placed under suspension with immediate effect. The 23 December meeting also decided that the state government would provide government jobs to the next of kin of the slain people. "To initiate this process, the Deputy Com- missioner and the Superintendent of Police of Mon district, would carry out necessary procedures in consultation with the concerned village councils and government jobs would be given on compassionate grounds on the basis of eligibility. A Nagaland delegation led by the chief minister impressed upon the Union home minister to replace the Assam Rifles unit in Mon district with immediate effect," an official statement said. It said that the state government appeals to all sections to remain calm and to continue to maintain peace. The democratic and peaceful nature of the civil society groups, 'tribal hohos' and mass based organisations in our collective quest for justice and truth has been well received and has created a positive image of the Naga people to the rest of the global communi- Defence minister Rajnath Singh with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a BrahMos missiles production unit in Lucknow on Sunday. ANI rate of 80-100 BrahMos-NG missiles per year. Congratulating the scientists and engineers of DRDO & BrahMos Aerospace, Rajnath exuded confidence that the two units would play a pivotal role in bolstering national security, defence production as well as the economy of UP . On BrahMos-NG, he said the more advanced missile system, which has proven its firepower in land, water and air would greatly strengthen the modern combat capa- People paying tribute to those killed in the 2004 tsunami, at Pattinapakkam beach, in Chennai on Sunday. ANI Agri minister Tomar clarifies, says no plan to bring back farm laws INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday said that the Centre should ensure the large-scale availability of Covaxin if a mixed match policy is adopted for booster doses for healthcare workers, as majority of the people have taken Covishield as their first and second doses. “On behalf of the frontline and healthcare workers, we hail the announcement of the Prime Minister for the precautionary booster dose for healthcare and frontline workers.It is the right step as the imminent third wave by the new variant is a matter of concern. “Omicron is at our doorstep and we need to protect our healthcare and frontline workers in all possible ways", the IMA said in a statement. On the ongoing RDA strike which has hit all the medical services in the national capital, the IMA said that the issue of expediting PG counselling is the need of the hour to increase manpower ahead of the looming third wave threat. The infrastructure without manpower is a futile measure, it added. Meanwhile, Delhi is also reimposing night curfew starting from Monday night, amdist a spike in the number of cases. Delhi has witnessed 290 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the highest number of cases recorded since 10 June. NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER 3,47,86,802 76,766 6,987 7,286 4,79,682 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 26 DECEMBER 2021 Bengal registered 544 fresh cases and 5 deaths. Kolkata recorded 219 cases and 3 deaths Two days after his statement in Nagpur snowballed into a controversy, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Narendra Tomar on Sunday clarified that the government has no proposal or plan to bring back farm reform laws. “Honourable Prime Minister had declared to repeal the three farm laws to honour the farmers' demand. There is no proposal or plan to bring back the farm laws," Tomar said. Tomar's remark at Nagpur on Friday that farm laws would be brought back -"We had brought in the farm laws, but a few people were not happy with it...We moved Tomar's remark at Nagpur on Friday that farm laws would be brought back had drawn criticism from the Opposition a step back and we will move forward (on farm laws). Farmers are the backbone of India" ~ had drawn criticism from opposition. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday tweeted, “The agriculture minister has insulted the apology (made) by (PM Narendra) Modi.” Tomar, in a statement said, “Congress has been trying to mislead people to hide their own failures. The farmers should be wary of such attempts.” Stating that the Swaminathan Committee report was submitted in 2006 but the PM cautions nation over Omicron in ‘Mann ki Baat’ session STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI , 26 DECEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 84th 'Mann Ki Baat' monthly broadcast to the nation over All India Radio on Sunday exhorted people to welcome the New Year 2022 with a sense of 'self awareness' and 'self discipline' for a decisive victory over the Corona virus and its new variant Omicron. “We also have to keep in mind that a new variant of Corona has already knocked at the door. Our experience of the last two years is that our own effort as a citizen is very important to defeat this global pandemic. Our scientists are continuously studying this new Omicron variant. They are getting new data everyday , their suggestions are being worked upon. In such a situation, self-awareness, selfdiscipline is in itself the country’s strength in fighting against this variant of Corona. It is this very collective strength of ours that will defeat Corona; with this very sense of responsibility we have to enter into 2022," he said. Modi further said it was “because of everyone's effort that India could fight the biggest pandemic in a 100 years. We stood by each other like a family in every difficult moment. To help someone in one’s locality or city... everyone tried to do more than what one could have done." The Prime Minister recounted the manner in which the country had achieved its vaccination targets, a reflection of people's trust in the system, science and scientists. “If we compare the vaccination figures of the world today with those of India, it feels that the country has handled such an unprecedented task... how big a goal has been achieved. Crossing the 140 million vaccine dose mark is an achievement of each and every Indian. This shows the trust of every Indian in the system; shows trust in science and in scientists; and is also a testament to the willpower of we Indians who are fulfiling our responsibilities towards the society. But friends,” he said. Modi cited a letter written by Shaurya Chakra recipient CaptainVarun Sing who recently died in a chopper crash, to exhort students to dedicate themselves to achieving their goals irrespective of being considered academically “mediocre” in school. “It is ok to be mediocre. Not everyone will excel at school and not everyone will be able to score in the 90s. If you do, it is an amazing achievement and must be applauded. However, if you don't, do not think that you are meant to be mediocre. You may be mediocre in school but it is by no means a measure of things to come in life. Find your calling - it could be art, music, graphic design, literature, etc. CMYK bility of the Indian Army in the coming years. He said the purpose of the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system was to act as a deterrent. He said, the system not only reflected the technical cooperation between India and Russia, but also the long standing cultural, political and diplomatic ties. He termed BrahMoS as the world's best and fastest precision-guided weapon which has strengthened India's credible deterrence in the 21st century. PRAYING FOR SOULS IMA: Ensure availability of Covaxin if cocktail policy for booster is adopted NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER Stating that their confidence in the country is now “shaken”, two Chinese chambers in India have urged the Centre to change its “tax probe practice” and create a “non-discriminatory business" environment for Chinese firms. This comes after the Income Tax department earlier this month conducted searches on leading Chinese mobile companies across the country. Mobile companies including Oppo, Xiaomi and One Plus were covered in this search, sources said. More than two dozen premises were covered in the search this month. “Recently, Chinese mobile phone companies in India have encountered unprecedented difficulties. Some companies have got sudden check and fined by the Indian related government organizations.As a result, these companies are unable to carry out normal production and operation, and their confidence in developing in India is shaken,” read the statement sent to China's Global Times. This statement was issued by the Chinese Chambers of Commerce in India and the India-China Mobile Phone Enterprise Association. Earlier, sources said that some fintech companies were also covered in this search. Chief Executive Officers of these companies were covered in this search and they were interrogated by the Income Tax sleuths. Further, sources informed that the search was conducted on the intelligence inputs of huge tax evasion by these Chinese mobile firms. ANI P8 INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.96% AUSTRALIA DOMINATE ENGLAND DESMOND TUTU DIES AT 90 Whatever you work towards, be dedicated, do your best. Never go to bed, thinking, I could have put-in more efforts,” Modi quoted Varun Singh. In this letter Varun Singh has written ~“Never lose hope. Believe in yourself and work towards it.” Modi said like the previous year this year also he was planning to discuss with the students before the exams. “The registration for this program is also going to start two days later, 28 December onwards on Mygov.in. For this, online competition will also be organized for students, teachers, and parents of class 9 to 12. I would like you all to take part in this... Together we will brainstorm on many aspects related to examinations, career, success and student life,” Modi further said. then Congress government sat on the report instead of implementing the recommendations therein, Tomar said, "Under Prime Ministe’s leadership, we have implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee.” He also recounted the various steps taken by the Centre over the last seven years to bring in farm sector reforms. "Farmers are being empowered through the payment of Rs 6,000. The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Bima Yojana has come as a boon for the farmers facing losses. The Agriculture Infrastructure Fund worth Rs one lakh crore and 10,000 farmer producers companies have led to innovations in the farm sector.” CUCET must for admission in central universities NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER The admission process in most of the central universities will change from the upcoming academic session as Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) will come into force for admission to all undergraduate courses in different central universities across the country. The Union Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission have informed central universities about the mandatory entrance test from next academic session, after which all central universities have started preparations for the CET.IANS Attacks, media trials among new threats to judiciary: CJI INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE VIJAYAWADA, 26 DECEMBER Calling attention to the increasing incidents of attacks on the judiciary, Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana on Sunday underlined the need for the law enforcement agencies to deal with them effectively. He made the remarks while delivering the fifth Late Sri Lavu Venkateswarlu Endowment Lecture. “In recent times, physical attacks on judicial officers are on the rise. At times, there are also concerted campaigns in print and social media against judges if parties do not get a favourable order. These attacks appear to be sponsored and synchronised. The law enforcing agencies, particularly the specialised agencies, need to deal with such malicious attacks effectively. It is unfortunate that unless the Court interferes and passes orders, the authorities generally do not proceed with the investigation. The governments are expected and duty bound to create a secure environment so that the judges and judicial officers can function fearlessly,” he said. He also brought the spotlight on media trials, and said that they cannot be the guiding factors for deciding cases.Justice Ramana also said that judiciary has to be quick to adapt and be flexible to resolve any challenge that comes its way. Appreciating the government for appointments of several judges, the CJI debunked the claims of judges themselves appointing judges.
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