CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 SEMINAL MOMENT IN GLOBAL POLITICS JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE ‘REVENGE’ THREAT P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with Mist / Fog in the morning. Temperature likely to be between 26 °C and 17 °C. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% TEMPERATURE Max: 26.6°C (1) SUN RISES 06:15 hrs MOON RISES 00:15 hrs New moon on 03 THUMBNAILS Tourists ride on horses as Pahalgam receives snowfall, in Anantnag on Monday. ANI Bureaucratic reshuffle: The Centre on Monday undertook a major bureaucratic reshuffle, with Additional Secretary, Financial Services, in the Finance Ministry Pankaj Jain being appointed the new Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas. Vini Mahajan will be the new Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Jal Shakti Ministry while Sanjay Kumar Singh will be the new Secretary, Steel. Kumar is being replaced as Secretary, Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Pensions and Pensioners by V. Srinivas, currently Special Secretary in the Department. 5G telecom services: The Fifth Generation or 5G telecom services are set to be rolled out in selected cities in India in 2022. The cities which are set to get the 5G telecom services in 2022 include Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, and Gandhinagar. Leading telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea, have set up 5G trials sites in these cities. In November, after a protracted leadership tussle, Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress and formed a new party 'Punjab Lok Congress’ ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER Ahead of Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) and Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress have formed a six member-committee to decide on seat sharing, informed Punjab BJP in charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. A joint manifesto of the allies is also expected to be unveiled ahead of the polls, he added. BJP National President JP Nadda, Punjab Lok Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, and SAD (Sanyukt) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital, along with Shekhawat, on Monday. Speaking to reporters here today, Shekhawat said, "Today the party chief of all the 3 parties BJP, Punjab Lok Congress, and SAD (Sanyukt) headed by Dhindsa met. We will fight the election in an alliance. A committee consisting of 2 members from each party will be formed to discuss the issues like seat sharing. There will be a joint manifesto." In November, Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress and announced a new party 'Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. P5 P12 Missionaries’ FCRA renewal Polls to four civic bodies on 22 Jan; refused over ‘adverse inputs’ Howrah left out MHA clarifies that it did not freeze bank accounts of the Mother Teresa-founded group Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity! 22,000 patients and employees have been left without food and medicines. While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER Min: 16.5°C (3) SUN SETS 17:00 hrs MOON SETS 12:24 hrs January BJP links up with Capt’s party for Punjab polls P7 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min. 54% SHASTRI APPROVES OF SPLIT CAPTAINCY AAP EMERGES ON TOP IN CHANDIGARH CIVIC POLLS The Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charity’s application for renewal of its registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was rejected on 25 December for not meeting eligibility conditions under FCRA 2010 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (FCRR) 2011, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said today. No request or revision application has been received from the Missionaries of Charity for review of this refusal of renewal, MHA said. In a clarification, the MHA said the FCRA registration of the Missionaries of Charity was valid up to 31st December 2021. The MHA also clarified that it did not freeze any accounts of the organisation, founded by Mother Teresa. The State Bank of India has informed that the Missionaries of Charity itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts, MHA said. The MHA clarification came after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted that the central government froze all bank accounts of the MoC on Christmas and over 22,000 patients and employ- ees have been left without food and medicine. The Missionaries of Charity was registered under FCRA vide Registration No 147120001 and its registration was valid up to 31 October 2021. The validity was subsequently extended up to 31 December 2021 along with other FCRA Associations whose renewal applications were pending renewal. However, while considering its renewal appli- MAMATA BANERJEE cation, some adverse inputs were noticed. In consideration of these inputs, the renewal application was not approved, the MHA said, without clarifying what the adverse inputs were. The Missionaries of Charity also clarified that there is no freeze ordered by the MHA on its bank accounts, saying they are not being operated until the issue of its FCRA registration is resolved. “...there is no freeze ordered by the home ministry on any of our bank accounts. We have been informed that our FCRA renewal application has not been approved. Therefore, as a measure to ensure there is no lapse, we have asked our centres not to operate any of the foreign contribution accounts until the matter is resolved," the organisation said. Earlier in the day, Miss Mamata Banerjee posted on Twitter: “Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of MotherTeresa's Missionaries of Charity! 22,000 patients and employees have been left without food and medicines. While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised (sic).” More on Page 2 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 27 DECEMBER The West Bengal Election Commission today announced that municipal elections to Bidhanagar, Asansol, Chandernagore and Siliguri municipal corporations will be held on 22 January. State election commissioner Sourav Das told the media that no decision has been taken regarding the Howrah Municipal Corporation, which of late has sparked a feud between Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and the state government. The polls to Bidhanagar, Asansol, Chandernagore and Siliguri municipal corporations will be held on 22 January while counting will be done on 25 January. Candidates can start filing their nominations from tomorrow (28 December) Centre issues guidelines for precaution dose, jabs for kids SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday issued guidelines for Covid19 vaccination of children between 15-18 years, and precaution dose to health care and front line workers, and those above the age of 60 with comorbidities. The Covid-19 vaccination of children in the 1518 age group will start from 3 January 2022, and the vaccination option would be Covaxin only. The precaution dose can only be taken after 9 months i.e., 39 weeks from the date of administration of 2nd Covaxin is the only vaccination option for beneficiaries aged between 15-18, as this is the only vaccine with EUL for the age group. The precaution dose for priority groups, including those aged 60 years and above with co-morbidities, can be taken 9 months after receiving their second dose of the vaccine. dose. The priority group is health care workers and front line workers who have received two doses and they are eligible to get "precaution dose" of Covid-19 vaccine from 10 January. The Union Health Ministry also clarified that the precaution dose will be a third dose of the same vaccine a person has taken ~ be it Covishield or Covax- in. There will be no mix-andmatch of vaccines for the third dose to be given in view of the highly transmissable Omicron variant that is rapidly spreading in the country, sources in the ministry said. As per the guidelines for 60 years and above with comorbidities, "All persons aged 60 years and above with comorbidities who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, will on doctor's advice be provided with a precaution dose from January 10, 2022. The guidelines will come into effect from January 3, 2022 and will be reviewed from time to time. National Health Authority (NHA) chief Dr RS Sharma said that a person aged 60 and above can get the precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine only if they have some comorbidities and will have to present a medical certificate for the same. According to Dr Sharma, the other process of vaccination will remain the same NITI Aayog releases 4th edition of health index SHAILENDER PANDEY NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER The NITI Aayog today released the fourth edition of the state health index for 2019–20. The report, titled “Healthy States, Progressive India”, ranks states and Union Territories on their yearon-year incremental performance in health outcomes as well as their overall status. Round IV of the report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvement of states and UTs over the period 2018–19 to 2019–20. The report was released jointly by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant, Additional Secretary Rakesh Sarwal, and World Bank Senior Health Specialist Sheena Chhabra. The report has been developed by NITI Aayog, with Maximum annual incremental performance is shown by UP, Assam and Telangana among larger states, Mizoram and Meghalaya among smaller states and Delhi and J&K among Union Territories technical assistance from the World Bank, and in close consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The state health index is the annual tool to assess the performance of states and UTs. It is a weighted composite index based on 24 indicators grouped under the domains of ‘Health Outcomes’, ‘Governance and Information’, and ‘Key Inputs/Processes’. Each domain has been assigned weights based on its importance with the higher score for outcome indicators. To ensure comparison among similar entities, the ranking is categorised as ‘Larger States’, ‘Smaller States’ and ‘Union Territories’. Among the ‘Larger States’, in terms of annual incremental performance, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Telangana are the top three ranking states. Among ‘Smaller States’, Mizoram and Meghalaya registered the maximum annual incremental progress. Among UTs, Delhi, followed by Jammu and Kashmir, showed the best incremental performance. On overall ranking based on the composite index score in 2019–20, the top-ranking states were Kerala and Tamil Nadu among the ‘Larger States’, Mizoram and Tripura among the ‘Smaller States’, and DH&DD and Chandigarh among the UTs. A robust and acceptable mechanism is used for measuring performance. Data is collected online through a portal maintained by NITI on agreed indicators. The data is then validated through an independent validation agency selected through a transparent bidding process.The validated data sheets are shared with the states for verification, followed by video conferences with the states for resolving any disagreements or disputes. The final sheets thus settled are shared with the states, and after agreement, the data is finalized and used for analysis and reportwriting. ‘States are beginning to take cognizance of indices such as the State Health Index and use them in their policymaking and resource allocation. This report is an example of both competitive and cooperative federalism,’ said VC Dr Rajiv Kumar. as before. All details will be available in the CoWin App. There are twenty medical comorbidities criteria, he said, including diabetes, kidney disease or on dialysis, cardiovascular diseases, stemcell transplant, cancer, cirrhosis, sickle cell disease, current prolonged use of steroids or immunosuppressant drugs, Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs. These will also include multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness and severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years. 3,47,93,333 75,841 6,531 7,141 4,79,997 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 27 DECEMBER 2021 Covovax recommended for approval: Report AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER An expert panel of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has recommended granting Emergency Use Authorisation to Serum Institute's Covid vaccine 'Covovax' with certain conditions, official sources said on Monday. Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India (SII) had submitted an application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) in October for grant of market authorisation for Covovax for restricted use in emer- gency situations. “The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) reviewed the emergency use authorisation (EUA) application for the second time on Monday and after detailed deliberation recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Covovax," an official source said. The government had recently permitted the export of two crore doses of vaccine Covovax to Indonesia produced in India by the SII, though the jab had not yet been approved for emergency use in the country. The SEC said the state government is yet to intimate it regarding elections to Howrah Municipal Corporation till 3 January, 2022. The date of scrutiny is 4 January and last date of withdrawing candidature is 6 January. The election process will be completed by 28 January. The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from today. On the topic of holding polls to Howrah Municipal Corporation, Mr Das said that though the state government had earlier said that five municipal corporations will go for polling, it is yet to intimate the state election commission regarding Howrah. Details on Page 2 Govt extends Covid curbs till 31 January STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today extended Covid-19 containment measures, along with the Health Ministry’s advisory on Omicron, till 31 January 2022, taking note of the increasing incidence of Omicron and Covid cases. In an order, the MHA noted that Omicron cases had increased in the country, and made the Health Ministry’s 21 December guidelines for “evidencebased” containment measures against the new variant, enforceable under the Disaster Management Act. State governments have been directed to ensure strict implementation of the measures by the District Magistrates, invoking Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to enforce social distancing, the MHA order said. The Centre on Monday also advised the five pollbound states of Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab to ramp up the COVID testing and vaccination drive for the eligible population and asked them to draw up district-wise weekly vaccination implementation plans. Bengal cases:West Bengal today registered 439 fresh Covid cases and 10 deaths. Kolkata recorded 204 cases and 1 death. PM Modi presides over groundbreaking ceremony of ` 28,197 crore projects STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SHIMLA/NEW DELHI, 27 DECEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presided over the second groundbreaking ceremony of the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors' Meet at Mandi. In the event, 287 investment projects worth Rs 28,197 crore were given the nod and these projects are expected to provide impetus to economic development in the region as well as generate around one lakh job opportunities. Amongst the mega projects were Renukaji Dam project worth Rs 6,700 crore by SJVN, the state’s first defence park worth Rs 2,000 crore by SMPP Pvt Ltd, API unit worth Rs 850 crore by Kinvan Pvt Ltd. Other than the industries and energy sector, there were other projects from various sec- tors such as Tourism, Health, Ayurveda etc. “Hydro-power projects launched today reflect India’s commitment to eco-friendly development. In 2016, India had set a target to meet 40 percent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. India has achieved this goal in November this year itself,” Mr Modi said, as he laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore. The Prime Minister expressed concern over the spread of plastic everywhere. CMYK He said plastic was going into rivers. “We have to make efforts together to stop the damage it is causing to Himachal.” Mr Modi was all praise for Himachal Pradesh for the force behind India’s emergence as the ‘pharmacy of the world’. If India is called the pharmacy of the world today, then Himachal is the force behind it. Himachal Pradesh has helped not only other states but also other countries during the Corona global pandemic,” he said. Separately, addressing a public meeting at Paddal Ground in Mandi district to mark the completion of 4 years of BJP government in HP Mr , Modi said implementation of Central schemes got impetus with the state government accelerating the pace of development. He started his speech in local dialect (Mandyali) as he called for electing a “double engine” government in the state. Underlining the benefit of double engine governments, Mr Modi stated that the people of the hill state benefited a lot when it had a government run by the same party that is in power at the Centre, as welfare schemes of the Centre were implemented in a more efficient manner. The Central government had launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme while the state government initiated Himcare scheme to complement it, he said. The PM began his speech in Himachali language and stated that he had come to Mandi, also known as ‘Chhoti Kaashi’ from ‘Badi Kashi’ (Varanasi) - to take blessings of Baba Bhootnath and local deities. The steep mountains and people of Himachal Pradesh had played a vital role in shaping his life, he said, while thanking the people for coming in huge numbers despite cold weather to bless the BJP government on completion of 4 years. The PM said ease of living was the topmost priority of the Union government in which electricity had a major role and the hydro projects worth Rs 11,000 crore whose foundation and inauguration was done today, will play a significant role in meeting the target. He stated that the Indian government had set a target of reducing dependency on fossil fuel generated electricity by 2030 but the country had achieved the target nine years in advance in November 2021 which shows our commitment on conserving the environment.
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