WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 MAY 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 SL PM PROPOSES SELLING OFF FLAG CARRIER ‘NAVY MUST KEEP INDO-PACIFIC OPEN, SAFE & SECURE’ P5 WEATHER MAINLY CLEAR SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 43 AND 28 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 57% P9 P8 India has come out of 2G-era corruption: PM Modi said this at the silver jubilee celebrations of TRAI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 27% NEW DELHI, 17 MAY TEMPERATURE Max: 41.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:29 hrs MOON RISES 21:53 hrs RAHANE RULED OUT ‘NO SHORTAGE OF OF THE REMAINDER FERTILIZERS, INDIA TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT SOON’ OF IPL 2022 Min: 27.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:07 hrs MOON SETS 08:10 hrs THUMBNAILS Students cover their heads with cloth to protect from the Sun on a hot summer day, in ANI Mathura on Tuesday. SC Collegium recommends transfer of Telangana HC Chief Justice to Delhi HC: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court as the new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. The Collegium also recommended the elevation of Justice Vipin Sanghi, Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, as the Chief Justice of ANI Uttarakhand High Court. I n an indirect dig at the previous Manmohan Singh-led UPA regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the country has moved rapidly from 3G to 4G and now 5G and 6G under the NDA dispensation, coming out of the despair, frustration, corruption and policy paralysis of the 2G era. ''...before 2014, not even 100 village panchayats in India were provided with optical fibre connectivity. Today we have made broadband connectivity reach about 1.75 lakh gram panchayats. Hundreds of government services are reaching the villages because of this,'' he said addressing a programme marking the silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Modi said the telecom sector was a great example of how self-reliance and healthy competition created a multiplier effect on society and the economy. The PM said the selfmade 5G Test Bed that he dedicated to the nation today was an important step toward self-reliance in critical and modern technology in the telecom sector. He congratulated all those associated with this project, including the IITs. “The country's own 5G standard has been made in the form of 5Gi, it is a matter of great pride for the country. It will play a big role in bringing 5G technology to the villages of the country,'' he added. The PM said that con- nectivity would determine the pace of progress in 21st century India. Therefore, connectivity has to be modernised at every level. 5G technology, he continued, was also going to bring positive changes in the governance of the country, ease of living and ease of doing business. This would boost growth in every sector like agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics. This would also increase convenience and create many employment opportunities. For rapid roll-out of 5G, efforts of both the government and industry were needed, he added.Modi noted that in the last eight years, new energy was infused into the telecom sector with the ‘Panchamrita’ of Reach, Reform, Regulate, Respond and Revolutionise. He credited TRAI for playing a very important role in this. The country was now going beyond thinking in silos and moving ahead with the ‘whole of the government approach’. The Prime Minister said to make the mobile accessible to the poorest of the poor families, emphasis was placed on the manufacturing of mobile phones in the country itself. The result was that the mobile manufacturing units increased from 2 to more than 200. The Prime Minister noted that today India was connecting every village in the country with optical fibre. He said that the ‘whole of government approach' was important for the regulators like TRAI and also for meeting the present and future challenges. TOURIST ‘HOT’ SPOT Colonel Dharamvir, hero of the Battle of Longewala, passes away: Colonel Dharamvir, the hero of the Battle of Longewala in the 1971 war with Pakistan, passed away on Monday in Gurugram. He had commanded 23 Punjab between 1992 and 94. His role in the movie Border based in the Battle of Longewala was portrayed by actor Akshaye Khanna. ANI Delhi HC to hear Sharjeel Imam's bail plea on 26 May: The Delhi HC is scheduled to hear the bail plea of JNU student leader Sharjeel Imam, on 26 May, seeking interim bail for alleged inflammatory speeches given by him at Aligarh Muslim University and in the Jamia area during the (P2) anti-CAA agitation in 2019 and 2020. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,31,25,370 ACTIVE CASES 16,400 NEW CASES 1,569 NEW RECOVERIES 2,467 TOTAL DEATHS 5,24,260 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 17 MAY 2022 Delhi registered 393 fresh Covid cases and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours. Steep decline in Covid cases: At 1,569 fresh Covid cases, India reported a decline in a span of 24 hours against the previous day's count of 2,202. Tourists enjoy Shikara ride on the Dal Lake on a hot summer day, in Srinagar on Tuesday. AGENCIES P12 Gyanvapi mosque: Secure ‘Shivling’ area but Namaz should continue, says SC SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 17 MAY The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the area within Gyanvapi mosque where the 'Shivling' has been found needs to be protected, but there should be no restriction on Muslims entering the mosque to offer namaz. A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and P.S. Narasimha issued the notice on a plea filed by the Committee of Management Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Varanasi, against the Allahabad High Court's April order, which dismissed a petition challenging a Varanasi court's order to appoint an advocate as a Court Commissioner to inspect the Gyanvapi Masjid complex. The top court, which is likely to take up the matter for further hearing later this week, said that the Shivling found inside the mosque during the survey needs to be protected, but the restrictions on Muslims entering the mosque to offer namaz is not correct. It, however, did not entertain a plea for stay of proceedings before the trial court, which was scheduled to receive the Court Commissioner's survey report. Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing the petitioner, contended that the trial court was not correct in ordering sealing of 'wuzukhana' - a place for washing hands, feet, and face before offering prayers - where the 'Shivling' has been purportedly found. Citing the Places of Worship Act, he said the status quo has been changed and the wuzukhana has been used for time immemorial. Ahmadi sought permission for use of the wuzukhana, saying its usage SC directs ED to quiz TMC’s Abhishek, his wife in Kolkata SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 17 MAY The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira Banerjee in Kolkata instead of Delhi. A bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia said the ED has to give at least 24 hours prior notice to the couple before interrogation and simultaneously a notice shall be issued to the Commissioner of Police and Chief Secretary of Kolkata. The Supreme Court in an interim order stayed Delhi High Court March 11 order by which Banerjees' pleas against the issuance of summons by the ED were dismissed.The Court said it would not tolerate any kind of obstruction and interference by state machinery if ED interrogates the Banerjees in Kolkata. The apex court also issued notice to the ED on Banerjees' appeal against the HC order and sought a response within three weeks and posted the matter for hearing on July 19. CBI books Karti Chidambaram in ‘bribe-for-visa’ case Doubt about 20 pc fake accounts STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 MAY Congress leader Karti Chidambaram has been named as an accused in an FIR lodged against the alleged issuance of visas to Chinese nationals by flouting rules, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said today. This fresh development comes amid the ongoing raids being conducted on Tuesday at around 10 places including Chennai, Mumbai, Koppal (Karnataka), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Mansa (Punjab), and Delhi belonging to former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti. The raids started at 8 am and were still going on. The CBI isalso recording the statements of the persons who are at the house of the Chidambarams. Meanwhile, in his reaction to the raid, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram criticised the raid and in a tweet said, "This morning, a CBI team searched my residence at Chennai and my official residence at Delhi. The team showed me a FIR in which I am not named as an accused. The search team found nothing and seized nothing. I may point out that the timing of the search is interesting." The CBI has registered the case against five accused including private persons based in Chennai, Mum- bai, private companies based in Mumbai, Mansa (Punjab), etc and unidentified public servants and private persons. The accused include Karti P Chidambaram. According to the CBI, the case has been registered on certain allegations including bribery to facilitate the issuance of a visa to a Chinese company beyond the ceiling. The other four accused in the case have been identified as S Bhaskararaman (close associate) based in Chennai, Vikas Makharia, representing Mansa (Punjab) based private company, M/s Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, Mansa (Punjab), M/s Bell Tools Limited, Mumbai (Maharashtra), and other unidentified public servant(s) and private person(s). "It has been alleged that the private company based at Mansa was in the process of establishing a 1980 MW thermal power plant at Mansa (Punjab) and establishing of the plant was outsourced to a Chinese Company. It has been further alleged that the project was running behind its schedule. In order to avoid penal actions for the delay, the said private company of Mansa was trying to bring more and more Chinese persons/professionals for their site at District Mansa (Punjab) and needed Project VISAs over and above the ceiling imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs," the CBI said in a press release. Earlier Karti faced CBI and ED investigations for his involvement in alleged corruption and money laundering cases, including helping INX media to get clearance for receiving Rs 305 crore foreign fund. could scuttle Twitter deal: Musk ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL WASHINGTON, 17 MAY Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday said that he will proceed with his USD 44 billion take over of Twitter only if the microblogging giant is able to prove that less than 5 per cent of its users are bots. "20 pc fake/spam accounts, while 4 times what Twitter claims, could be *much* higher. My offer was based on Twitter's SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter's CEO publicly refused to show proof of it. This deal cannot move forward until he does," Musk tweeted. His tweet came in response to a Twitter user who wrote that the Billionaire entrepreneur may be looking for a better deal as the previously quoted amount of USD 44 billion seems too high with 20 per cent users being fake or spam accounts. This comes a day after Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal issued a series of tweets amid the debate surrounding the spam controversy between the company and Musk. Agarwal on Monday emphasised that the company is strongly incentivized to detect and remove as much spam as we possibly can, every single day. The Twitter head said the company suspends over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter. Musk last week said that the deal to buy the social media platform Twitter is put on hold due to the calculation of fake accounts in it. Twitter shares fell by 20 per cent in early trading after this announcement. is essential before namaz. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, however, said if anyone put his foot on the 'Shivling' during wuzu, it would disturb law and order, and urged the top court to seal the area. After hearing arguments, the top court ordered sealing of the area. A court in Varanasi removed a top official involved in the filming of the Gyanvapi mosque complex and has given a twoday extension to submit the report. The commissioner in charge of the job, Ajay Mishra, an advocate, was removed after lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners and the mosque respondents had a heated argument in court today over the findings of the filming being leaked to the media even before the report was submitted to the court. India slams Pak’s 'farcical resolution' on J&K delimitation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 MAY India today categorically rejected the resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, regretting that the neighbouring country continued to interfere in India's internal affairs instead of putting its own house in order. In response to media queries regarding the resolution, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Pakistan has no locus standi to pronounce on or interfere in matters that were internal to India, including the Indian territories under Pakistan’s illegal and forcible occupation.''The entire territory of the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has been, is and shall always remain an integral part of India. The delimitation exercise in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a democratic exercise based on the principles of extensive stakeholder consultation and participation, he said and charged Islamabad with indulging in baseless and provocative antiIndia propaganda. He further said; ''We reiterate that Pakistan must immediately cease anti-India crossborder terrorism and shut down its infrastructure of terrorism; stop the grave and persistent human rights violations in PoJKL; refrain from effecting any further material changes in the status of PoJKL; and vacate the Indian territories that are under its illegal and forcible occupation.” Hassle-free Amarnath Yatra: Amit Shah reviews preparations Kannada actress dies during fat removal STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 MAY Home Minister Amit Shah today held high-level review meetings on preparations for the up-coming Amarnath Yatra, including security and safety of pilgrims. The meetings were attended by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha, Chief of Army Staff Manoj Pande, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Director of Intelligence Bureau, and the Chief Secretary of the Union Territory. The meeting on the safety of the Yatra and facilities required for the pilgrims was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also. The Yatra is being resumed after a gap of two years due to Covid-19. The Home Minis- ter said the Modi Government wanted Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to have hassle free Darshan, without any problems. He directed that arrangements be made for all essential facilities including movement, lodging, electricity, water, communication and health of the pilgrims. The Home Minister said this was the first Yatra after the Covid-19 pandemic and in case the Yatris faced health related problems due to high altitude, there should be adequate arrangements to resolve them. The Home Minister said the number of mobile towers be increased on the Yatra route for better communication and dissemination of information. He instructed deployment of equipment for immediate removal of hurdles, in case there were landslides. Shah directed that oxygen cylinders be arranged in adequate supply, along with an adequate number of medical beds at altitudes above 6,000 feet, and deployment of ambulances and helicopters to deal with any emergency medical situations be made. He said that all types of transport services be increased during the Amarnath Yatra for the convenience of yatris. The Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir said that for the first time every Amarnath Yatri will be given a RF ID card and would be insured for Rs 5 lakh. A tent city, Wi Fi hotspots and proper lighting will be arranged on the yatra’s travel route. Along with this, online live Darshan of Baba Barfani, live telecast of the morning and evening aarti at the holy Amarnath Cave and religious and cultural programs will be organized at the Base Camp. surgery, parents allege negligence SNS & AGENCIES BENGALURU, 17 MAY In a shocking development, a 21-year-old Kannada small screen actress died while undergoing fat removal surgery in Bengaluru on Tuesday. According to police, she was undergoing surgery without knowledge of her parents. Chetana Raj is the young actress who succumbed during surgery. The parents are now alleging negligence on part of the surgeons. They are also saying that the surgery was conducted without proper equipment.Chetana Raj is a resident of Abbigere in Bengaluru. The hospital authorities are maintaining that the death occurred due to water getting deposited in her lungs during surgery.Govinda Raj, father of Chetana Raj explained that his daughter was admitted to the hospital at 8.30 am on Monday. By the time they got to know about it, the surgery had already started. By the evening, the lungs were filled with water or fat content and she had faced breathing problems. There were no proper facilities in the ICU, he said.Chetana Raj had asked them for permission to undergo fat surgery but the family had told her not to undergo the surgery. She had undergone surgery without family members' knowledge, he explained. "My daughter died due to the negligence of the hospital. The doctors have conducted surgery without parental consent and without proper equipment," he stated."My daughter was hale and hearty. She was absolutely fine. She had gone to hospital with her friends. Someone has suggested to her that she had more fat in the waist and without consulting any family member she had come for the surgery. "I will initiate legal action against hospital authorities," he said.
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