MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 DECEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘BOOSTER DOSE, KID VACCINATION TO HELP IN COUNTERING OMICRON’ FOREIGN SECY IN MYANMAR P6 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY WITH VERY LIGHT RAIN/DRIZZLE. SHALLOW TO MODERATE FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 22 AND 10 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 62% TEMPERATURE Max: 21.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 07:13 hrs MOON RISES 01:03 hrs P8 P10 P12 Panel to look into lifting AFSPA in Nagaland WEATHER Max: 97% AUSTRALIA DOMINATE ENGLAND DESMOND TUTU DIES AT 90 Min: 09.8°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 12:34 hrs Tomar clarifies on farm laws: Days after his remarks snowballed into a controversy, Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar on Sunday clarified that the government has no plan to bring back farm reform laws. Tomar had described the repeal of the farm laws as a step back, and said the govt could still go ‘two steps forward‘. The committee would submit its report to the government within 45 days: Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE KOHIMA, 26 DECEMBER A 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 Naga- Rajnath lays foundation stone of Brahmos-NG production unit in UP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 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 rate of 80-100 BrahMos-NG missiles per year. Congratulating the scientists and engineers of DRDO & BrahMos Aerospace, Rajnath exuded confidence that the The new centre will be ready over the next 2 to 3 years and will commence production at a rate of 80100 missiles per year 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 capability 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. BrahMos, he said, has empowered the armed forces and raised India's military stature at the international level. Modi cautions nation over Omicron in 84th ‘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 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, selfawareness, self-discipline 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 fulfilling our responsibilities towards the society. But friends,” he said. The committee was formed following the vociferous demand to repeal the AFSPA from the entire northeastern region after the killing of 14 civilians by armed forces in Mon district land chief minister, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nagaland Deputy chief ministerY. 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 com- mittee. The committee was formed following the vociferous demand to repeal the AFSPA from the entire north-eastern 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 December 23 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 Commissioner 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 community, the statement added. 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 Delhi: The national capital on Sunday recorded 290 fresh Covid infections, which is the highest single day rise after June 10.
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