SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 JANUARY 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ADANI TO TAP GREEN BONDS TO FUND GREEN PLANS US IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON BOSNIAN SERB LEADER P8 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY WITH POSSIBILITY OF DRIZZLE. MODERATE FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 18 AND 12 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. KAZAKHSTAN DETAINS EX-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CHIEF FOR TREASON P10 P11 EC announces seven phase polling for UP, 2 phase for Manipur and single phase for Punjab, Uttarakhand & Goa. Results on 10 March EC bans rallies, roadshows, processions till 15 January Min: 88% TEMPERATURE Max: 16.4°C (-3) SUN RISES 07:15 hrs MOON RISES 11:58 hrs Min: 15.8°C (+8) SUN SETS 17:42 hrs MOON SETS 17:42 hrs THUMBNAILS ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI , 8 JANUARY Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra briefing media over Ass- embly polls schedule, in New Delhi on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY D Devotees carry a holy book of Guru Granth Sahib in a golden palanquin during a religious procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, at the Golden Temple on Saturday. ANI Karnataka govt to stop Cong workers from taking part in Mekedatu padayatra: The Congress and the state government under Basavaraj Bommai are heading for a clash with the former all set to launch its controversial Mekedatu padyatra on Sunday.The Congress is readying for its ten-day 100-km padayatra from Mekedatu to Bengaluru ,despite warnings of action by the state government ,especially during Covid restrictions,including imposition of a curfew.PG5 BJP defeats AAP in Chandigarh Mayor polls: Despite emerging as the largest party in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation polls, the AAP on Saturday lost the mayoral election to the BJP by one vote. AAP National Spokesperson Raghav Chadha and AAP MLA from Punjab Jarnail Singh alleged foul play the day after BJP mayor from Chandigarh, Sarabjit Kaur took an oath to office.Kaur secured 14 out of 28 votes PG3 cast in the election to secure her seat. ates for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand were announced Saturday . Polling will be held over seven phases starting in UP on 10 February, with counting of votes scheduled for 10 March. Manipur will vote in two phases - on 27 February and 3 March.While Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will have single phase polling on 14 February, Manipur will have it in two phase elections on 27 February and 3 March, the Commission said. As regards Uttar Pradesh, it would have seven phase polling on 10 February, 14 February, 20 February, 23 February , 27 February , 3 March and 7 March, said the Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra while addressing a press conference. In wake of pandemic, the CEC has also banned physical public rallies till January 15 and would decide on public rallies after January only after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state. The Commission has told political parties not to carry ‘road shows’ during the campaigning, ‘victory procession’ after the results are declared, and a maximum cap of five people during ‘door to door’ campaign. The Commission is also issuing advisories to all political parties to strictly follow all the Covid guidelines and protocols. If the candidates are not found following the guidelines in letter and spirit, Commission would take strict action against the erring candidates and the political parties, the CEC said. “Even action would be taken against senior government officials if they did not take action against the erring candidates,” the CEC said. The commission has worked with three major objective, one Covid-19 safe elections, hassle free voting experience to voters, and maximum voter’s participation. All the covid guidelines are prepared after interacting with state Health secretaries, experts, centre, security officials and all political parties. According to a rough estimate more than 18.34 crore voters would exercise their franchise in these five state assemblies, with a substantial increase in women voter participation. The CEC said UP witnessed a 29 percent increase in women voters, Goa 24 percent increase, Manipur 19 percent, Uttarakhand 18percent and Punjab 10 percent, the Commission said. There would be around 24.9 lakh first time voters in these five state assembly polls, the CEC said. As regards senior citizens, there would be more than 31.04 lakh votes senior citizens with more than 80 years of age. In wake of pandemic, the Commission has also reduced the maximum number of electors in a polling station from 1500 per polling booth to 1200. Over 2 crore teens received first vax dose INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY More than two crore teens have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, since the beginning of vaccination drive for children aged between 15 to 18 years on 3 January. According to the CoWIN portal, as of now, a total of 2,17,42,837 teens have been vaccinated and the numbers are increasing every minute. Congratulating the children on the occasion, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: "Great Going, my Young Friends. Over 2 crore youngsters between the 1518 age group have received their first dose of COVID19 vaccine in less than a week of vaccination drive for children", said Mandaviya in a tweet. As per the CoWIN portal, as many as 2,37,67,488 young- 3,53,68,372 Vaccination drive at a school, in Chennai on Saturday. ANI sters of 15 to 18 age group have registered for the vaccines so far. As per an estimation, around 7.50 crore teens of this age bracket are in India to whom vaccines will be administered across the country. Out of total, over two crore have received their first dose of the vaccines within the first week of its beginning. According to the health ministry, additional doses of Covaxin have been sent to the Excellent! Well done my young friends. Let us continue this momentum. Urging everyone to follow all COVID-19 related protocols and get vaccinated, if you haven’t already NARENDRA MODI 4,72,169 1,41,986 40,895 4,83,463 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 08 JANUARY 2021 PRIME MINISTER states and Union territories for inoculating this population category. Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi today urged everyone to maintain the momentum of vaccination and has asked everyone to follow Covid appropriate protocol. As a result the polling stations have also been increased by 16 percent to reduce the crowd at a polling station, the Commission said. A total of 690 Assembly constituencies will vote over the next two months, with the maximum in UP (403 seats) followed by Punjab (117), Uttarakhand (70), Manipur (60) and Goa (40). The holding of timely election is the "essence of maintaining democratic governance," Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said, as the top poll body defended its decision to go ahead with elections despite a frightening surge of Covid cases in the third wave. BJP President J P Nadda today welcomed the announcement of the schedule for the assembly elections in five states. “I appeal to all BJP workers to participate in this important electoral exercise by following the EC's guidelines on Covid,” he tweeted. Delhi reports 20,000 fresh Covid cases STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY A glimpse of Sainik Schools during a Webinar on Sainik Schools chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (inset), in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI The minister described the announcement of expansion of Sainik Schools as one of the many important decisions taken by the government in the last six-seven years to improve the quality of basic education of children and ensure holistic development of the coun- try. He hoped that the amalgamation of 'Raksha' and 'Shiksha' in Sainik schools will play an important role in nation-building in times to come. He stated that while 'Sainik' signifies unity, discipline and devotion, 'School' is the centre of education, therefore, Sainik schools are playing a pivotal role in making children capable citizens. He added that the government is focussing on providing quality education to the youth of the country as it lays a solid foundation for the allround development of society. “Quality education is the fourth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. There are several other goals under quality education. It has been our strong political commitment to achieve these goals. Several schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan are being run. Setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools is another important step in that direction,” he said. The Minister termed edu- In the wake of the Covid surge, the Election Commission of India on Saturday directed that no physical political rallies and roadshows will be allowed till January 15, however, further rallies and election campaign meetings will be allowed only in earmarked places and with prior permissions of district administration. In the revised guidelines the ECI said, "No roadshow, Pad-yatra, cycle, bike, vehicle rally and procession shall be allowed till 15 January 2022. The commission shall subsequently review the situation and issue further instructions accordingly. Further, rallies and meetings shall be allowed only in earmarked places and with prior permissions of district administration." The election com- Delhi has reported 20,000 fresh cases today, state Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, a day after the fresh Covid cases in the national capital peaked to its highest in eight months. Delhi has been witnessing a huge spike in fresh cases in the span of last several days with the positivity rate rising to over 17 per cent. Delhi is under a 55-hourlong weekend curfew which kicked in at 10 pm on Friday. The two-day curfew was announced to contain the spread of the coronavirus. cation as a key sector that plays a part in the development of all other areas, exhorting the private sector to join hands with the Government to achieve 'Aatmanirbharta' (self-reliance) in the field and ensure holistic development of children. “Today, our country is moving fast in the path of selfreliance in every field. It is touching newer heights in fields like defence, health, communication, industry and transport due to the synergy between public and private sectors.” “There is a need for a revolution in the education sector and holistic development of children. This is only possible if there is a strong collaboration of defence, education and private sector. This webinar is a foundation stone of this partnership,” he said. mission further said that all the parties or candidates have to furnish an undertaking in the application and allocation of public spaces will be done using the Suvidha app. However, physical rallies during the campaign period, as and when permitted after the decision of the Commission shall be conducted subject to adherence to extant Covid guidelines. The maximum limit of persons allowed for indoor and outdoor rallies and meetings shall be as per the existing direction of respective State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs). "For these meetings, political parties shall distribute masks and sanitisers to persons attending and maintain COVID protocol at entry and exit point," it said. The ECI said that between 8 pm and 8 am no rallies and public will be allowed on any campaign day, while the Nukkad Sabhas will not be allowed on public roads, roundabouts or public streets or corners. It also advised Political parties and candidates to conduct their campaign as much as possible through digital, virtual, media platforms or mobile-based mode instead of physical mode ensuring strict compliance with COVID safety norms. The ECI also directed the District Election Officer to identify dedicated grounds for public gatherings with clearly marked entry and exit points. It also said that the District Election Officer should ensure that markers for social distancing norms are put in place in advance by organisers of the meeting/rally. For door to door campaigning a maximum of five persons including a candidate, excluding security personnel will be allowed. WEEKEND CURFEW Closed shops at Khan market during the weekend curfew in the Capital on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA Missionaries of Charity gets back FCRA licence INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY ‘Sainik schools to provide opportunity to girls to join forces’ Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the government believes in increasing the role of women in the Armed Forces and a series of steps have been taken in that direction, including clearing the way for admission of girls in Sainik Schools and providing Permanent Commission to women officers. He exuded confidence that the decision to establish new Sainik schools will encourage girls to realise their dreams of serving the country. “The setting up of 100 new Sainik schools will provide an opportunity to girls to join the Armed Forces and contribute to national security,” said Rajnath Singh while chairing a webinar on Saturday. P12 Assembly polls in 5 states from 10 Feb RAINFALL: 40.6 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 100% KHAWAJA SLAMS ANOTHER CENTURY The Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity (MTMC) got back its Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) licence again on Saturday. Missionaries of Charity is a Kolkata based organisation which operates orphanages and shelters for the poor, sick, and destitute in India, its FCRA licence was not renewed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). On the occasion of Christmas, the MHA had refused to renew its FCRA licence. The MHA had reportedly found some adverse input following which it didn't renew the licence. The move of the MHA had led to a nation-wide con- According to sources, the MHA finally agreed to renew the licence after necessary documents were furnished with the concerned authorities troversy with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemning the move. After losing its FCRA license the organisation was helpless to access foreign funds parked in over 250 accounts. To access the foreign funds of 250 accounts the organisation needed to revive its FCRA licence. As of now the Centre has not made any statements in this respect. According to sources, the MHA finally agreed to renew FIR lodged over fake video claiming removal of Sikhs from Indian Army INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 JANUARY Delhi Police has registered an FIR against a fake video that claimed the Cabinet Committee meeting on Security had given a call for the removal of Sikhs from the Indian Army. DCP (Cyber Crime Unit) K.P Malhotra said during .S. social media monitoring their unit noticed that there were two tweets going viral on social media, in which it was being propagated that the Centre is taking decisions against the Sikh community. “The said video was factchecked and it was found that the video was morphed and there was a voice over," the DCP said. He further informed that in reality, the video was shot on the day when a highlevel committee was briefing Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the demise of CDSGeneral Bipin Rawat, who was killed when his helicopter crashed on December 8, 2021. “In this regard taking into consideration the possibility of this particular act being malicious in nature and trying to create a disharmony among various religions, we have registered a case and taken up the investigation,” Malhotra said. The FIR was registered under section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the IPC. the licence after necessary documents were furnished with the concerned authorities. Soon after it was restored, the TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev tweeted: "Service to mankind is the greatest service". Derek O'Brien, another TMC MP took to twitter to criticise the Centre. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram has also attacked the Centre on Twitter following the renewal of the licence. According to the information, a police complaint was lodged with Gujrat Police against one unit of the MTMC. It was a children home of MTMC and the complaint was against its director. It was alleged that a conversion racket was being run at the children home. VK Bhawra is new Punjab Police chief CHANDIGARH, 8 JANUARY A 1987-batch IPS officer, Viresh Kumar Bhawra, on Saturday assumed the charge of Director General of Police (DGP) in Punjab, replacing Siddharth Chattopadhyaya. Bhawra is the third DGP in just three months of the Congress government led by Charanjit Channi. Chattopadhyaya replaced senior IPS officer Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota. After assuming charge, the newly appointed DGP said with the state Assembly elections round the corner, Punjab Police will ensure smooth conduct of elections. Bhawra said his focus would be on eradicating drug menace and terrorism from PG3 the state.
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