CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 LINK WEAVERS, ARTISANS THROUGH E-COM PLATFORMS DEAL REACHED ON US MILITARY CURBS TO HALT CORONAVIRUS P9 WEATHER Fog/mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later. Temperature will be in the range of 27-16 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 99% TEMPERATURE JAISHANKAR DISCUSESS INDO-PACIFIC WITH FRENCH FM P8 P4 PM Modi takes stock of alarming Covid surge Accelerate vaccine drive for adolescents: Modi tells top government officers Min. 44% Max: 27.4 °C(+3) Min: 15.3 °C(+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 06:24 hrs 17:08 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 10:45 hrs 22:16 hrs Full moon on 18 January THUMBNAILS RT-PCR testing going to detect Covid-19 at Najafagarh,in the capital on Sunday. SNS India's IAC Vikrant goes for another sea trial: India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant is heading out for another set of sea trials for 10 days to check its various sensors and extreme sustenance and see how it performs in various conditions. IAC Vikrant has already been visited by the President and the Vice President of India with a span of less than two weeks and SNS gone through two rigorous sea trials. Kolkata registers nearly 25k new cases: With a spike of over 5,000 single day Covid cases, West Bengal today registered 24,287 fresh cases and 18 deaths. In Kolkata, 8,712 cases and 5 deaths were recorded while North 24 Parganas recordSNS ed 5053 cases and 6 deaths. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY rime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a high-level meeting to review the COVID19 pandemic situation in the country with a particular focus on awareness and preparedness to deal with the rise in Covid cases fuelled by the Omicron variant across the country. Prime Minister Modi called for ensuring adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He underlined the need for accelerating the vaccine drive for adolescents in a mission mode, a PMO note here said after the meeting. "Need continuous scientific research in testing, vaccines and pharmacological interventions including genome sequencing given that the virus is evolving continuously," the Prime Minister emphasized. Modi said there is a need to ensure continuity of non-Covid health services and leverage telemedicine to ensure the availability of health-related guidance to people in remote and rural areas. P The prime minister said a meeting of the state chief ministers be convened to discuss statespecific scenarios, best practices and the public health response. Modi said a public awareness campaign or 'Jan Andolan' focusing on Covid appropriate behaviour is critical in our ongoing battle against COVID19. Modi took stock of the ongoing preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, the status of the vaccination campaign in the country and the emergence of the new Covid19 variant Omicron and its public health implications for the country. The meeting was attended among others by Home Minister Amit Shah, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar, Member (Health) NITI Aayog V K Paul, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary A K Bhalla, Secretary (MoHFW ) Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary (Biotechnology Rajesh Gokhale, DG ICMR Balram Bhargava, CEO NHA R S Sharma besides Secretary Pharmaceuticals, Civil Aviation, External Affairs, Member NDMA and others. A detailed presentation highlighting the surge in cases currently being reported globally was given by the health secretary. This was followed by the status of COVID-19 in India highlighting various states and districts of concern, based on the surge in cases and high positivity being reported. Further, various efforts taken by the Central government so far in terms of supporting states to manage the upcoming challenge were highlighted. Various predictive scenarios of peak cases were also presented. Prime Minister Modi stressed the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He asked officials to maintain coordination regarding this with the states. Maharashtra govt revises Covid norms: The Maharashtra government on Sunday revised its Covid restrictions allowing beauty salons and gyms to function at 50 per cent capacity with the services being open to only fully vaccinated people. In its last order, the Maharashtra government had said that beauty salons and gyms in the state will remain completely shut. "Gyms are allowed to remain open with 50 per cent capacity, subject to the use of masks while performing any activity.” Covid cases rising, but don't panic: Kejriwal NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the national capital is expected to report 22,000 new Covid cases on Sunday. He added that there is no need to panic citing the comparative statistics with the second wave in the country. Kejriwal said, "Yesterday, nearly 20,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi, today, it is expected to rise to 22,000 cases. The cases are rising daily which is a matter of concern. But there is no need to panic." "In the second wave in April-May, 2021, nearly 20,000 cases were reported in Delhi on May 7, 2021. 341 deaths were reported then, but yesterday when the city reported the same number of cases, only 7 deaths were reported," he said. "I have presented this data so that you understand that there is no need to panic. There is a need to be responsible," KejriANI wal added. REAL MADRID CRUISE TO WIN P12 India reports over 1.5 lakh Covid cases in last 24 hours, Omicron tally reaches 3,623 SNS&AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY India reported 1,59,632 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 10.21 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and FamilyWelfare on Sunday. With this, the COVID-19 tally has risen to 35,528,004 in the country. According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,623 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The number of recovered patients from the variant rises to 1,409. Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (1009), followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441). The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 5,90,611 which accounts for 1.66 per cent of the country's total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate currently is at 6.77 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 10.21 per cent. As many as 40,863 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,44,53,603. The recovery rate is at 96.98 per cent. The country also reported 327 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll 3,55,28,004 5,90,611 1,59,632 40,863 4,83,790 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 09 JANUARY 2022 to 4,83,790. India conducted 15,63,566 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 69,00,34,525 tests so far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data. India has administered a total of 151.58 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The coronavirus vaccination drive began on January 16, 2021. 1,51,57,60.645 people have been vaccinated in the country so far. 89,28,316 doses were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours. BJP slams Punjab CM for briefing Govt completes survey of defence land Priyanka Gandhi on PM’s security ‘Sulli deals’ creator arrested STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 9 JANUARY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY The ruling BJP on Sunday hit out against the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for allegedly briefing Congress general secretary incharge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security. In a hard hitting remark, BJP spokespersons Sambit Patra in a tweet questioned Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s authority to be briefed about the Prime Minister’s security by Punjab chief minister. Sambit Patra demanded Gandhi family come clean on why a sitting chief minister briefs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on the PM’s security. “A sitting CM briefs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on PM’s security! Why? What constitutional post does Priyanka hold & who is she to be kept in loop regarding PM’s security? We firmly believe that the Gandhi family should come out clean on this: Sambit Patra,” the BJP spokesperson tweeted. Another BJP leader C T Ravi pointblank asked as to who Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was that she had to be informed about the Prime Minister’s movement. He wanted to know as to why chief minister Channi did not respond to the PM and instead brief Priyanka Vadra. He said he wanted to know who Priyanka Vadra was that she had to be briefed by the Punjab CM. Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shad said that his ministry had sought a detailed report on the Prime Minister’s reported security bread in NEET-PG counselling to start from 12 Jan: Health Minister STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY After the Supreme Court announced the resumption of medical Counseling, the Centre announced here on Sunday that the medical counseling for NEET-PG would start from January 12. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said after the Supreme Court order, the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) would start counseling from January 12. In his tweet, the Minister said the decision is in accordance with the assurance given to the resident doctors by the Union Health Ministry. “This would help us in fighting Covid-19 pandemic. My best wishes to all applicants,” the Minister said. The resident doctors have been protesting for the past one month seeking immediate resumption of NEET-PG counseling. In an interim order on the NEET-PG admission on January 7, the apex Court allowed the resumption of medical counseling for NEET-PG admissions for the year 202122 and upheld the validity of 27 percent quota for the other backward classes (OBC). The SC was hearing a batch of petitions filed by the NEET-PG candidates, who had challenged a July 29, 2021 notification for the implementation of the OBC and the EWS quotas from the 2021-22 academic year on grounds that the Rs 8 lakh income criteria for determining EWS was without any scientific study. Punjab. He said such laxity in following the PM’s security protocol was unacceptable. He also demanded that accountability in the matter be fixed. Further, Chief Minister Channi has also said that there had been no threat to the Prime Minister’s security during his 5 January visit to Punjab. With the war of words between the Congress and BJP over the PM’s security showing no signs of abating it is expected to further intensify in the days to come in the run up to the ensuing assembly polls. In a remarkable achievement, the Ministry of Defence, for the first time since independence, has completed the entire exercise of survey of about 1.61 lakh acres of defence land inside cantonments and 16.17 lakh acres outside cantonments in the country. The survey has been completed by using the latest survey technology and in a large number of pockets in association with the revenue authorities of various state governments. ''The magnitude of land holding, location of land in approximately 4,900 pockets across the country, inaccessible terrain in many places and association of various stakeholders makes this survey one of the largest land surveys in the country,'' the MoD said today. As per the records maintained by defence estates offices, the MoD owns large tracts of land measuring about 17.99 lakh acres out of which about 1.61 lakh acres is situ- ated within the 62 notified cantonments. About 16.38 lakh acres is spread across many pockets outside the cantonments. Out of 16.38 lakh acres land, about 18,000 acres is either state hired land or is proposed for deletion from records on account of transfer to other government departments. Clear demarcation, boundary survey of defence lands and fixing of the boundaries are necessary for protecting the defence land, safeguarding of the title of MOD, updating land records, maps and preventing encroachments Towards this end, the Directorate General Defence Estates of the Ministry of Defence commenced the survey of defence land in October 2018. Modern survey technologies like Electronic Total Station (ETS) and Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) were used in the survey. To further speed up the process, Drone imagery and Satellite imagery based surveys were leveraged for reliable, robust and time bound outcomes. For the first time, Drone imagery based survey technology was used for survey of lakhs of acres of defence land in Rajasthan. The entire area was surveyed with the help of the Surveyor General of India in a matter of weeks, which earlier used to take years. Besides this, satellite Imagery based survey was done for the first time for many defence land pockets, especially for certain pockets again measuring lakhs acres of defence land. 3D modelling techniques for better visualisation of defence land in hilly areas have also been introduced by utilising Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in association with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). During the last six months, as a result of the active intervention of the Defence Secretary and use of latest survey technologies, the survey progressed at a much faster pace, which is evident from the fact that out of 17.78 lakh acres, 8.90 lakh acres was surveyed during the last three months. As a part of Survey, a project for real time change detection system based on the Time series Satellite imagery for detection of encroachments on defence land has also been initiated. Pilot test has been carried out on satellite imageries of defence land pockets procured from National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad. Geo-referenced and digitised shape files are made available to enable quick decision making by officials of DGDE & MoD. Association of Revenue officials in survey will eventually help in reducing boundary disputes amongst stakeholders and would also help in resolving legal disputes at various levels. A team of the Delhi Police arrested Aumkareshwar Thakur (26), believed to be the creator of the perverse ‘Sulli Deals’ app, from Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday night. Sources said the Indore Police, where the new Police Commissionerate system has been recently introduced, had no clue at all about the operation by the Delhi Police. Thakur’s arrest has also caused further embarrassment to the ruling saffron party BJP in Madhya Pradesh, as the masterminds of both the ‘Bulli Bai’ app and the ‘Sulli Deals’ app, created to defame and troll Muslim women, have now been connected to MP Police officials said today . that hundreds of Muslim women were listed for ‘auction’ on the ‘Sulli Deals’ mobile application, allegedly created by Aumkareshwar Thakur, with photographs sourced without permission and morSNS phed. PM Modi greets Indian diaspora on Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas SNS&AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted everyone, especially the Indian diaspora on Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "Greetings to everyone, especially the Indian diaspora on Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. Our diaspora has distinguished itself all over the world and has excelled in different spheres. At the same time, they have remained connected to their roots. We are proud of their accomplishments." On January 9, the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is observed to strengthen the engagement of the Indian community overseas with the India government and reconnect them with their roots. It is celebrated to mark the contri- bution of the Indians living abroad in the development of the land of their ancestors. Union Minister of State for External AffairsV. Muraleedharan will address a virtual youth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas conference on 'the role of Indian diaspora' with regard to innovation and new technologies. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted everyone, especially the Indian diaspora on Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "Greetings to everyone, especially the Indian diaspora on Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. Our diaspora has distinguished itself all over the world and has excelled in different spheres. At the same time, they have remained connected to their roots. We CMYK are proud of their accomplishments."On January 9, the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is observed to strengthen the engagement of the Indian community overseas with the India government and reconnect them with their roots. It is celebrated to mark the contribution of the Indians living abroad in the development of the land of their ancestors. Union Minister of State for External AffairsV. Muraleedharan will address a virtual youth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas conference on 'the role of Indian diaspora' with regard to innovation and new technologies. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since, in 1915, Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, had returned to India from South Africa, on this day, and led the country's Freedom Struggle which changed the lives of Indians forever. Started in 2003, these conventions provide a platform to the Indian community overseas to engage with the government and the people from the land of their ancestors, for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since, in 1915, Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, had returned to India from South Africa, on this day, and led the country's Freedom Struggle which changed the lives of Indians forever. Started in 2003, these conventions provide a platform to the Indian community overseas to engage with the government and the people from the land of their ancestors, for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.
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