CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 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 PM TO KICK OFF 23 PROJECTS IN UTTRAKHAND FUNDS & DEVELOPMENT JASPRIT BUMRAH PRODUCES SCINTILLATING SHOW ADANI'S WORLD’S BIGGEST COAL BASIN HEADS FOR EXPORT P5 P6 P8 P12 Light rain likely to occur in some areas towards night.Temperature likely to be in the range of 25-17 degrees Celsius. Covid: Alarm bells as Delhi, Mumbai see spike in cases RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Delhi resident docs’ protest continue; seek cops’ apology Cambridge tracker says India could be heading into intense but short-lived virus wave STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Max.91% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 DECEMBER WEATHER TEMPERATURE Max: 25.7 °C(0) SUN RISES 06:15 hrs MOON RISES 01:13 hrs New moon on 03 Min. 54% Min: 17.4 °C(+4) SUN SETS 17:01 hrs MOON SETS 13:02 hrs January THUMBNAILS AISA activists protest against UGC NET paper leak and demand that the examination be held again at UGC Office near ITO, in the Capital on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA SIT questions Army personnel, locals in Nagaland killings: The special investigation team probing killing of locals in Nagaland grilled 14 Indian Army personnel and a few locals, sources said on Wednesday. The SIT, comprising of local police and Army officers also held meeting with Konyak Union and Konyak Students Union along with relatives of the deceased and village representatives. The team reached Oting village for forensic details. Inflation, Omicron major risks to Indian eco, says RBI: Inflation and Omicron pose major challenges to the Indian economy, the Reserve Bank of India said on Wednesday. In the Reserve Bank's latest Systemic Risk Survey, all broad categories of risks to the financial system global; macroeconomic; financial market; institutional; and general- were perceived as 'medium' in magnitude, but risks arising on account of global and financial markets were rated higher than the rest. Kerala: Minors kill relative who assaulted their mother STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 29 DECEMBER Two minor girls on Tuesday surrendered at the Ambalavayal police station in Kerala’s Waynad district and confessed that they had killed their paternal aunt’s husband, for attempting to rape their mother, chopped his legs into pieces and dumped his body in an abandoned well. The girls, aged 15 and 16 surrendered before the police on Tuesday, hours after the murder and confessed that they hacked 68-year-old Muhammed, their paternal aunt’s husband, to death when they saw him trying to rape their mother at their home. They dumped the torso in an abandoned well in their neighborhood while the legs were dumped in a chemical plant. Sources said Muhammed’s wife’s brother is the accused children’s father. The police, who have detained the girls, have taken mother into custody. Muhammed’s wife, however, has alleged that it is not the girls and their mother who has committed the murder and said that her brother committed the murder, while his wife and daughters were taking the blame for it. The girls' mother has also been arrested under IPC section 302 for the murder of the man who is her relative. Police said the girls have been housed in a shelter home and will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday. The body of the man was found stacked in a sack and dumped in a 3-ft-deep pit in an adjacent plot. A dismembered portion of his right leg from below the knee was recovered from near a waste treatment plant. ndia reported 9,195 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, 44 per cent higher than yesterday's 6,358 cases along with 302 deaths, even as the tally of the highly transmissible Coronavirus variant Omicron mounted to 781, spread across 21 states. Even as Covid numbers rose in several states, pandemic trackers say India may see a spurt in the Covid-19 growth rate within days and head into an intense but short-lived virus wave spurred by the highly-infectious Omicron variant. National capital Delhi on Wednesday reported 923 cases ~ an 86 per cent jump in cases from yesterday and the highest since 30 May, while the country’s financial capital Mumbai logged 2,510 new cases on Wednesday, an 82 per cent jump over yesterday's 1377 cases. Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray held a meeting with civic officials on Wednesday to assess the situation. I Modi’s Jan visit to UAE postponed Mamata asks officials to review Covid situation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Amidst a rise in Covid cases, chief minister Mamata Banerjee today asked state officials to review the pandemic situation in the state and impose containment zones in Kolkata where appropriate from 3 January and said that schools and colleges might be closed for some time if the situation demands. Offices may be asked to function with 50 per cent staff strength if necessary and a decision will be taken on international flights and local train services after reviewing the situation, Banerjee said. “ If we see that cases are increasing then we may consider closing down schools and colleges for some time as the third wave is approaching," Banerjee said. Meanwhile, Bengal on Wednesday registered 1089 cases and 12 deaths.Kolkata recorded 540 cases and 3 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 145 cases and 2 deaths in the last 24 DETAILS ON PG3 hours. “It is likely that India will see a period of explosive growth in daily cases and that the intense growth phase will be relatively short,” Paul Kattuman, professor at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge which has developed a Covid India tracker, stated in an e-mail to . “New infections will begin to rise in a few days, possibly within this week,” he said, adding that it was hard to predict how high the daily cases could go. Kattuman and his team of researchers, developers of the India Covid tracker, are seeing a sharp rise in infection rates across India. The tracker spot- KOLKATA, 29 DECEMBER 3,48,08,886 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 DECEMBER 77,002 9,195 7,347 4,80,592 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 29 DECEMBER 2021 lighted six states as a “significant concern” in a 24 December note, with adjusted growth rate of new cases exceeding 5percent. This had expanded to 11 Indian states by 26 December, according to the tracker, which corrects for “day of the week effects” and other variations. (With agency inputs) BJP ready for virtual rallies: Union minister NEW DELHI ,29 DECEMBER Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the BJP is ready for virtual election rallies and the party will follow the Election Commission's guid- elines issued regarding polls in the wake of the emergence of Omicron. Shekhawat said, “Conducting elections is the responsibility of the EC. The EC is holding talks with the health secretary and the experts over the pandemic situation of the country. The EC will make a decision on election rallies and we will follow the guidelines.” ANI Huge queue outside a Metro station after Delhi government ordered Metro services to operate with 50 per cent capacity, in the Capital on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA Amid an upsurge in Covid cases both in India and abroad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in early January has been postponed, it is learnt. The visit was planned to celebrate 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Modi was also expected to visit the India Pavilion at the ongoing Dubai Expo during his first overseas visit in the new year. There was also a possibility of India and the UAE signing a free trade agreement (FTA) during the visit. Sources said the visit could be rescheduled, depending upon the Covid situation. This is not the first time the PM's foreign visit has been postponed due to Covid. His visit to Portugal, France and the UK was postponed earlier this year due to the pandemic. Last year, his visit to Brussels was postponed as the number of Coronavirus cases increased. NEW DELHI, 29 DECEMBER Amidst rising Omicorn cases in the capital, the resident doctors stir continued after a failed meeting with Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday. After a meeting with Mandaviya on Tuesday evening, protesting resident doctors in Delhi decided to continue their strike over the issue of delayed NEET-PG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance TestPostgraduate) counselling. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) president Manish Nigam, who is leading the protest in Delhi, said, “Firstly, we want the concerned authorities to ensure that we should get a date for counselling right after the Supreme Court's hearing on 6 January concludes. Secondly, we want an apology from the authorities as the police manhandled the doctors. Thirdly, we want the withdrawal of FIRs registered against protesters.” “The strike is still underway. We demand a written apology for police brutality during yesterday's protest of resident doctors at ITO. We will hold a meeting with all Resident Doctors Association at 8 pm today to decide the future course of action,” he said. The stir intensified after police lathi chrge on protesting doctors on Monday. At least 10 hospitals in the national capital, including GB Pant Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital, have had to bring in consultant doctors in the absence of the striking res- Clean chit to security forces in Hyderpora incident evokes fury ED charge-sheet names Anil Deshmukh, sons, in graft case STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 29 DECEMBER Clean chit by a special investigation team (SIT) to the security forces in the Hyderpora encounter in which a Pakistani terrorist and three other persons were killed has triggered criticism of the administration by the Kashmir based political parties. Four persons were killed in the encounter on 15 November when the police claimed that all the slain men had links with terrorism. The magestrial probe into the incident is yet to be made public but the police SIT has given a clean chit to the security forces although relatives of three killed civilians have claimed they were innocent. The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has demand- How can one expect justice when they themselves are judge, jury & executioner? MEHBOOBA MUFTI PDP CHIEF ed a judicial enquiry into the incident. PAGD spokesman Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement said that the alliance firmly believes that nothing short of a credible judicial probe will clear the doubts. The administration must, without any further delay, order a time bound judicial probe. There is a strong public perception that the civilians killed in the incident were made human shields by the security forces and the latest statement of the police seems to be a “concocted cover up story”. It will not suf- 1 kg cocaine pellets in stomach, Ugandan woman held at IGIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 DECEMBER Customs officers at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi, unravelled yet another case of cocaine smuggling by detecting a case of human ingestion of specially designed pellets (in photo) containing cocaine. A few days back, customs officers spotted the Ugandan passenger, who had arrived at Terminal-3, IGIA displaying unusual gait and body movements. The female passenger was asked if she needed help, but she refused and displayed a disinclination to engage in conversation. She was finally intercepted while approaching the exit gate, and divulged upon questioning that she had swallowed 91 capsules of fice the legitimate concerns of the people at large and family of the slain victims, Tarigami said. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said, “SIT’s clear chit to armed forces in Hyderpora encounter isn’t surprising. It was purely a charade to cover up a botched up operation & absolve those culpable for killing innocent civilians. How can one expect justice when they themselves are judge, jury & executioner?" Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone said, "Hyderpora probe on expected lines. One more addition to hundreds of ornamental probes.Any victims of the past or of the future better ensure that they are not caught up in wrong place at the wrong time or even right place at the wrong time. Onus to save oneself is on the self". The Enforcement Directorate (ED) onWednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh and has named his two sons, Hrishikesh and Salil, in the alleged bribery case lodged against him, officials said here. The supplementary charge sheet running into several thousands pages was filed before the Special PMLA Court and among other things, has accused Deshmukh of corruption and money-laundering. A senior Nationalist Congress Party leader, Deshmukh was arrested on November 2, a day after he appeared before the ED offices in Mumbai, and has remained in custody since then. The ED has claimed that Deshmukh was the prime beneficiary of the laundering of the bribe monies allegedly collected by dismissed policeman Sachin Vaze, who is also an accused in the same case. In the earlier charge sheet filed in August, the ED had named 14 accused, including Deshmukh's private secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde, a trust run by the Deshmukh family in Nag- pur, and others. The ED has contended that the Desmhmukh family was controlling or managing the activities of over two dozen companies that were used to launder the bribe money by showing them as donations for CSR activities. Denying the allegations, Deshmukh has countered the ED claiming that the money was loans and CSR funds received from various companies. The supplementary charge sheet includes statements of Deshmukh, former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh, ex-Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, certain IPS officers, police officials and other witnesses in the case, besides various documents and other evidence that came up during the probe. Atmanirbhar: India stops import of 2,851 components used in defence platforms SNS/IANS NEW DELHI, 29 DECEMBER narcotic substance. Since, it was an impending emergency, the passenger was admitted to the RML hospital. X-ray scanning revealed that the colon was filled with oval pellets. Under medical supervision, an ejection procedure was carried out and it yielded total recovery of 91 pellets over several days. The diagnostic test revealed the substance to contain cocaine. Later, the hospital authorities handed over the passenger to the Customs. The passenger was arrested under section 43(b) of NDPS Act, 1985 on 29.12.2021. MUMBAI, 29 DECEMBER India has decided to stop import of 2,851 components used in defence equipment manufacturing with the expectation of saving foreign exchange worth approximately Rs 3,000 crore every year. The defence ministry on Wednesday notified a positive indigenisation list of subsystems, assemblies, subassemblies and components to achieve self-reliance in defence and minimise imports by Defence Public Sector Units. The positive indigenisation list has been notified by the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, as part of the efforts to achieve This Aatmanirbhar (Self-Reliant) initiative will save foreign exchange approximately equivalent to Rs 3,000 cr every year DEFENCE MINISTRY self-reliance in defence manufacturing and minimise imports, the ministry said. The list contains 2,500 imported items which have already been indigenised and 351 imported items which will be indigenised in the next three years. These items will only be procured from the Indian Industry. “This Aatmanirbhar (Self-Reliant) initiative will save foreign exchange approximately equivalent to Rs 3,000 crore CMYK every year,” said the Defence ministry. Earlier, two positive indigenisation lists of weapons, platforms, systems and ammunition were notified by the Department of Military Affairs in order to provide impetus to self-reliance in the defence manufacturing. Earlier, this month defence minister Rajnath Singh underscoring the importance of achieving Aatmanirbhart' (Self-Reliant India) in defence said that India cannot depend on other countries for defence technologies due to its stature, its geographical location as well as the security challenges it faces.Rajnath Singh was addressing the 94th Annual General Meeting of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), on the theme 'India Beyond 75' in New Delhi. He had voiced the government's vision to make India a global defence manufacturing hub in the coming times, stressing that the focus is to modernise the Armed Forces and create a strong and Aatmanirbhar defence industry. He had said: “For the security of India and its people, it is necessary that we develop our defence capacity and capability so that even the most powerful country in the world has to think a thousand times before planning anything that endangers our interests. Our government's aim is not to attack anyone, but prepare our Armed Forces to be ready at all times to give a befitting reply to the country's enemies." Resident doctors of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai during a candle light march against alleged police action on resident doctors of Delhi last Monday. ident doctors. “We want immediate action. We also held a meeting with resident doctors’ associations in other states and have decided to continue our protest. All the doctors on Covid duty have joined in on the protest as well,” Nigam said. He mentioned that doctor representatives from eight states in the country, including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, have joined in the protest in Delhi. In his press briefing on Tuesday, Mandaviya had urged doctors to call off the protest.“I held a meeting with all resident doctors. The matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court. The hearing will take place on 6 January 2022. I hope counseling will start soon,” he said. Amid these developments, the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) has called off its threat to protest. The RDA had issued a statement declaring that the doctors will go on strike and will shut down all non-emergency related services from Wednesday if their demands are not met within 24 hours.Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, urged the Centre to listen to the demands of the protesting doctors. Food poisoning row: Apple puts Foxconn on probation The Sri Perumbudur facility has been put on probation after 250 women employees were affected by food poisoning CHENNAI, 29 DECEMBER The Sri Perumbudur facility of technical company Foxconn that assembles Apple iPhones has been put on probation after 250 women employees of the facility were affected by food poisoning in their dormitory. A statement from Apple on Wednesday said that the company would ensure that strict standards are ensured at Foxconn facility before the company is allowed to reopen. The company also said that it holds suppliers accountable to the highest standards in the industry. There were protests against the Foxconn company facilities after 250 women employees reportedly fell ill due to food poisoning . Meanwhile, Foxconn on Wednesday said that it was restructuring the local management team and added that it was taking immediate steps to improve the facilities. The company also said that it will ensure that it will maintain the standards required. Apple company said that it has already sent independent auditors to check the dormitory facilities of Foxconn after complaints on the living conditions in the dormitories. The company also said that it was working with the supplier company to improve the living conditions. It also said that corrective actions will be implemented at the earliest in the supplier company.
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.