CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 ‘END OF WAR MUST SIGNAL LASTING PEACE’ NCP TO ALLY WITH SP FOR UP POLLS P5 P7 P10 Cloudy sky with rain or thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 24-17 degrees Celsius. In blow to BJP ahead of polls,UP minister quits RAINFALL: 4.6mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY At least 4 more BJP MLAs close to Maurya also resigned from the party Max.96% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 57% Max: 27.6 °C(+2) Min: 18.6 °C(+4) SUN RISES SUN SETS 06:18 hrs 17:10 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 12:18 hrs 00:35 hrs Full moon on 18 January THUMBNAILS A train running on snow-covered tracks on Tuesday in Kashmir's Baramulla stretch. MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR IMD predicts enhanced rainfall over east, central India till 14 Jan: The India Meteorological Department warned of an enhanced rainfall, thunderstorms activity over east and adjoining central India till 14 January. The IMD has also forecasted scattered to fairly widespread rainfall and snowfall very likely over Arunachal Pradesh during January 11-13 and scattered rainfall very likely over Assam & Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura on January 12 & 13. SC to hear plea on hate speech case today: The SC will hear on Wednesday a petition seeking an independent inquiry into the Haridwar Dharma Sansad speeches allegedly inciting violence against the minority community.A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will hear the matter tomorrow. Corrigendum: In a news item that appeared on Page 1 in The Statesman edition dated 11 January 2022 defence minister Rajnath Singh has been wrongly referred to as home minister. The error is regretted. CBDT extends due dates for filing of ITR NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers and other stakeholders due to Covid and in electronic filing of various reports of audit under the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 196, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to further extend the due dates for filing of Income Tax Returns and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22. The due date of furnishing of returns of income for the assessment year 2021-22 has now been extended to March 15, 2022, according to a statement issued by the Union ministry of finance. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also decided to further extend the due dates of furnishing audit report under any provision of the Act for the previous year (202021) to February 15, 2022. The due date of furnishing report from an accountant by persons entering into international transactions or specified domestic transactions under Section 92E of the Act for the previous year (2020-21) is now February 15, 2022. "The due date of furnishing of 'Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22', which was October 31, 2021 under Sub-section (1) of Section 139 of the Act, as extended to November 30, 2021 and February 15, 2022, is further extended to March 15, 2022," the ministry said. "The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which was November 30, 2021 under Subsection (1) of Section 139 of the Act, as extended to December 31, 2021 and February 28, 2022, is further extended to March 15, 2022," it added. IANS NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY n a big jolt to the BJP in the run up to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, labour minister in the Yogi Adityanath government Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday resigned from the government in protest against alleged indifference of the party to the plight of Dalit, backward, farmers, small and medium scale traders and youth, among others. Four more MLAs close to Maurya - Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati, Bhagwati Sagar and Vinay Shakya - were reported to have announced their resignations later in the day. The developments came on a day when the top central leadership of the BJP were closeted at the party headquarters here to deliberate on the ensuing elections in Uttar Pradesh. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath were present in the meeting. Political experts were unanimous that Swamy Prasad's resignation may have thrown a spanner in the BJP's gameplan in electorally crucial Western Uttar Pradesh, Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions of the state. It might impact the BJP's fortunes in about 13 to 17 seats in the State, they said. The BJP has particularly set up specific region wise party leaders committees to address the specific electoral purpose of those areas. The party swung into action soon after to MLAs FOLLOW SUIT We will go wherever Swami Prasad Maurya goes. We came with him from BSP to BJP and our future journey will continue with him I BHAGWATI SHARAN SAGAR FORMER BJP MLA UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in Lucknow on Tuesday. This photo of Akhilesh Yadav with Swamy Prasad Maurya was tweeted by the Samajwadi leader. ANI undertake a damage control exercise. Though Swami Prasad Maurya admitted to media that he had submitted his resignation to the UP governor, he said he had not yet resigned from the BJP and would take a decision in this regard after a discussion with his supporters and other like-minded leaders who he indicated may also follow suit and leave the BJP with him. Earlier, amid speculations that Swamy Prasad Maurya was likely to join the Samajwadi Party, the SP chief and former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a picture of him with Swamy Prasad Maurya. However, it is learnt that the BJP leadership was aware of Prasad's change of mind and his changing political inclination. During his interaction with media in the state, Maurya neither denied nor confirmed that he had joined the SP He said he had . resigned from the Yogi government. He said he did not want to point finger at any individual. When reporters asked if had any differences of opinion with the chief minister and whether this was the reason for his decision to step down, he said had served the state with the best of his abilities and got everyone’s affection including the top leadership of the BJP such as Prime Minister Narendre Modi, president JP Nadda, Amit Shah and others. Asked if would relent if the party high command speaks to him, he said he had never said that he would not talk to anyone. Interestingly, Swamy Prasad Marya said in the wake of political developments centering his decision to resign from the Yogi government, there would be no change in the existing position of his daughter Sanghmitra Maurya who is currently the BJP Lok Sabha MP from Badaun in UP . After Maurya, more BJP MLAs, including Roshan Lal Varma, Brijesh Prajapati from Tindwari in Banda said that they had submitted their resignations from the saffron party. Varma, Prajapati and a host of other OBC MLAs met Swami Prasad Maurya to discuss the political situation. The MLAs, including Bhagwati Sharan Sagar from Bilhaur, said that the Yogi Gangasagar: HC drops Opp leader from monitoring panel Mayawati will not contest polls LUCKNOW, 11 JANUARY Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati and party MP Satish Chandra Mishra will not contest the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Satish Chandra Mishra told reporters here that the BSP chief will ensure the party's victory in the five poll-bound states while he will also focus on the party's campaign and strategy for elections. Mishra, however, exuded confidence that the party will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh. “Former chief minister Mayawati and I will not contest the Assembly elections. If Samajwadi Party does not have 400 candidates, how will they win 400 seats? Neither SP nor BJP will come to power, BSP is going to form the govt in Uttar Pradesh," he said. Adityanath government is not catering to the interests of the farmers, OBCs and other weaker sections of the society. “We will go wherever Swami Prasad Maurya goes. We came with him from BSP to BJP and our future journey will continue with him,” said the legislators. Another minister, Dharam Singh Saini, is also believed to be ready to quit, but there is no confirmation of the same yet. KOLKATA 11 JANUARY India sees slight dip in cases, Omicron tally climbs to 4,461 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY At 1,68,063 India registered a slight decline in daily Covid cases - 6.4 per cent less than a day before, and 277 deaths in the last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday. With the fresh fatalities, the death toll mounted to 4,84,213. The active caseload has jumped to 8,21,446 which constitute 2.29 per cent of the country's total positive cases. The Omicron infection tally has climbed to 4,461 across the nation. However, out of total Omicron positive cases, 1,711 have been discharged from hospitals after recovery. So far, total 28 states have reported Omicron infection, the ministry added. With 69,959 patients getting cured of the virus in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally rose to 3,45,70,131. Also in the same period, a total of 15,79,928 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 69.31 crore cumulative tests. NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY The eastern states of India ~Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha~ are now feeling the sting of increased winter air pollution, reveals a new analysis of regional pollution trends done by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The winter smog that engulfs North India during early November begins to extend eastwards during late December and early January. Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha are affected mostly during this time when winter inversion and the cool and calm conditions trap the local pollution that is already high. “The analysis of real-time air quality data for the period 2019-2021 shows that the downward dip in the pollution that was induced by the Private offices to work from home: DDMA NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY People flout protocols near Jama Masjid in Delhi on Tuesday. ANI 3,58,75,790 8,21,446 1,68,063 69,959 4,84,213 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 11 JANUARY 2021 Bengal registered 21,098 fresh cases and 19 deaths In the wake of spike in Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed all private offices, barring those under exempted categories in the national capital, to send their employees to work from home. “All private offices, except those which are falling under the 'Exempted Category' as prescribed in DDMA's GRAP order dated 08.08.21. The practiceofworkfromhomeshall be followed,” the order read. The exempted categories include healthcare workers, those involved in essential services, media persons, judges and judicial officers, staff in the offices of diplomats. Till now, offices were asked to function with half their employees in office and the IANS rest at home. SPEEDY RECOVERY An art school teacher gives a finishing touch to a painting of Lala Mangeshkar that reads ‘Get Well Soon Lata Didi’, after the singer tested Covid positive in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI A healthcare worker inoculates a sadhu with a dose of vaccine at Ganga Sagar Mela Transit camp at Babughat, in Kolkata on Tuesday. ANI The Trinamul Congress without naming Suvendu Adhikari had objected to the presence of any political personality because that might create problem in taking the right decision. With the High Tata to replace Vivo as title sponsor of IPL Court order, the TMC is considering it to be its moral victory. Earlier in its order the court had asked the state government to issue notification declaring the Sagar Island as "Notified area" within a period of 24 hours from the time of judgment. The order also asked the home secretary of Bengal to ensure that restrictions issued by the state are duly implemented without any lapse during mela.The home secretary has also been asked to issue advertisements in the daily newspapers having wide circulation in the state and also through the electronic media, making the public aware of the risk of visiting Gangasagar Island in large gathering. India hosts cyber-security conclave India on Tuesday hosted the first Security Conclave on ‘Developing Regional Cyber security Capabilities on Defensive Operations’. This is for the first time that half a dozen countries from the third world countries joined hands for regional Cyber Security on defensive operations, Deep/Dark Web Handling and Digital Forensics, said a senior officer of the National Security Council Secretariat. He said the virtual workshop was aimed to address key areas of Deep Web and Dark Net Investigation and Challenges, Digital Forensics, Cyber Threat intelligence, and Defensive Operations in Cyber Domain. The discussions focused on technolog- The Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday confirmed that TATA will replace VIVO as the main sponsor for the upcoming edition of the tournament. “Yes, TATA will replace Vivo as the title sponsor," Patel said. Vivo still has two years left in its sponsorship deal with the league and as a result, during this period, Tata will remain the main sponsor.Indian Premier League's two new teams~ Sanjiv Goenka's RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team received the formal clearance from the ANI BCCI. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY Eastern India to see rise in winter air pollution: CSE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P12 NEW DELHI , 11 JANUARY INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE In a revised order by the Calcutta High Court on Gangasagar Mela, the division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Kesong Doma Bhutia dropped leader of the Opposition Suvednu Adhikari from a three-member committee formed by the court on January 7 to monitor compliance of Covid restrictions at Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island. The court has instead reconstituted it to a twomember committee comprising former Justice Samapti Chatterjee and the member secretary of the West Bengal Legal Services Authority. ‘WE NEED TO IMPROVE AS A DEFENSIVE UNIT’ JOHNSON FACES LOCKDOWN BREACH CLAIMS HOVERING THREAT Bihar, Bengal, and Odisha are affected mostly during this time when winter inversion and the cool and calm conditions trap the local pollution that is already high The objective of this new analysis is to understand the trend and magnitude of pollution in different regions that have real- time air quality monitoring systems This new analysis of real-time pollution data by CSE is a part of the air quality tracker initiative of the Urban Data Analytics Lab of CSE. hard lockdown phases of the pandemic in 2020 is threatening to bounce back with the levels in 2021 already rising. But in many cases, the levels are still lower than in 2019. This underscores the urgency of scaling up the action across all sectors to prevent further worsening and to arrest the trend in this region,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, research and advocacy at CSE. “Even though real-time air quality monitoring has begun to expand in these states to provide more up-to- date and real-time information on air quality, there are serious concerns around missing data and gaps that make proper risk assessment difficult. In some stations of Bihar and Odisha, data availability is so low that the trend cannot be assessed. Quality control of data is necessary,” says Avikal Somvanshi, programme manager at Urban Data Analytics Lab, CSE. This new analysis of realtime pollution data by CSE is a part of the air quality tracker initiative of the Urban Data Analytics Lab of CSE. The objective of this new analysis is to understand the trend and magnitude of pollution in different regions that have real-time air quality monitoring systems.This is an assessment of annual and seasonal trends in PM2.5 concentration for the period CMYK January 1, 2019, to January 4, 2022. This analysis is based on the real-time data available from the current working air quality monitoring stations. A huge volume of data points have been cleaned and data gaps have been addressed based on the USEPA (United States Environment Protection Agency) method for this analysis. This analysis covers 29 continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) spread across 12 cities in the three states: West Bengal — seven stations in Kolkata, three stations in Howrah, and one station each in Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Haldia; Bihar – six stations in Patna, three stations in Gaya, three stations in Muzaffarpur and one in Hajipur; Odisha — one real-time station each in Talcher and Brajrajnagar. Participants shared their experiences in dealing with cyber security threats and discussed solutions to specific cyber security challenges ical advancements, research challenges and approaches in these areas. Participants also shared their experiences in dealing with cyber security threats and discussed solutions to specific cyber security challenges, the officer said. The virtual workshop was organized jointly by the National Security Council secretariat (NSCS-India) and National Forensics Science University (India) and the Secretariat of the Colombo Security Conclave. Delegates from Member and Observer States of the of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) including Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Bangladesh participated in the workshop, said a senior officer of the National Security Council agreed to cooperate on cyber security and identify key deliverables, the officer added. During the fifty Deputy NSA Level Meeting of the Colombo Security Conclave in August 2021, all member countries had agreed to cooperate on four pillars of security including Maritime Safety and Security, Terrorism and Radicalization, Trafficking and Organized Crime and Cyber Security and Protection of Critical Infrastructure. This workshop was first step in this direction, the Secretariat stated. US man gets pig heart in world-first transplant INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK,11 JANUARY In a rare medical feat, the US doctors have successfully transplanted a geneticallymodified pig heart to a 57-yearold patient with terminal heart disease. The patient, David Bennett, a Maryland resident, who had been hospitalised and bedridden for the past few months, is doing well three days after a first-of-its-kind surgery, said doctors at University of Maryland Medicine (UMMC) in a statement. The organ transplant demonstrated for the first time that a genetically-modified animal heart can function like a human heart without immediate rejection by the body, it added. The team of doctors at UMMC conducted the procedure called Xenotransplantation, wherein they knocked out three genes ~ responsible for rapid antibodymediated rejection of pig organs by humans~ in the donor pig. And then six human genes ~responsible for immune acceptance of the pig heart ~ were inserted into the genome. One additional gene in the pig was also knocked out to prevent excessive growth of the pig heart tissue.
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