CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 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 SKM CALLS OFF PROTEST AFTER MANN CONCEDES TO KEY DEMANDS PREMIER PLATFORM P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas Temperature likely to be in the range of 35-28 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.6 °C (-1) SUN RISES 04:55 hrs MOON RISES 20:50 hrs New moon on 30 Min: 28.5 °C (+2) SUN SETS 18:11 hrs MOON SETS 06:36 hrs May THUMBNAILS Human rights activists observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of victims of Sri Lanka's civil war, at the ongoing anti-government protest site in Colombo on Wednesday. AP Cabinet empowers board of directors on disinvestment:The Union Cabinet, chai- red by PM Narendra Modi, approved the proposal for empowering the Board of Directors (B of D) of the Holding / Parent Public Sector Enterprises to recommend and undertake the process for Disinvestment (both strategic disinvestment and minority stake sale) or closure of any of their subsidiaries/uni ts/stake in JVs. Mamata exhorts people to badger BJP leaders on Central funds issue: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been criticising the Centre over the alleged 'reluctance' to release dues to the state, appealed to the people to organise a mass movement agai- nst the BJP and demand the immediate release of the funds. "When you meet BJP leaders in your localities, raise the demands for the release of Central dues to the state. Tell them to seek votes only after ensuring that the Central dues on accounts of ICDS and MGNREGA," she said. Pg3 SC appoints 3-member committee to manage m affairs of AIFF: The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed a three-member committee of administrators to discharge day-to-day affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).A bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud appointed the committee of administrators for the All India football federation, which will be headed by a former judge of the Supreme Court. India test-fires naval anti-ship missile in Odisha BALASORE, 18 MAY Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenouslydeveloped Naval Anti-Ship Missile launched from a Naval Helicopter from IntegratedTest Range,Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday. The mission met all its objectives. It is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship missile system for the Indian Navy, stated a release issued by the DRDO. The missile followed the desired sea skimming trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily.The sensors deployed across the test range and near impact point tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events.The missile employed many new technologies, including an indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter. The missile guidan- ce system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics. Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy for the maiden developmental flight test. “India has attained a high level of capability in the indigen ous design and development of Missile systems, he said. SNS P5 P10 Gujarat salt factory wall collapse kills 12 Workers died after bags of salt stacked along the wall fell on them & they got trapped Min. 62% INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE MORBI, 18 MAY t least twelve workers were killed and 15 feared trapped in the wall collapse of a salt factory in the Halvad GIDC of the Morbi district in Saurashtra region of Gujarat. The Morbi district administration has claimed that 90 per cent of the rescue operation has been completed. Sharing information about the tragic incident, minister of state for labour and employment Brijesh Merja said that around 12 p.m., a wall collapsed in the Sagar Salt factory situated in Halvad GIDC. Till the time he briefed the media in Gandhinagar, 12 dead bodies of the workers were found from the debris. He added that 90 per MISHAP PM announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs to the kin of the deceased A cent of the rescue operation has been completed, but it is not yet clear what caused the wall collapse. It is a matter of investigation, which will be done by the police. Soon the state government will announce compensation for the family members of the victims, he said. The minister said that the factory processed and packaged salt.Sources from the factory said, workers died after bags of salt stacked along the wall fell on them, and they got trapped. Morbi Dis- trict Collector J.B. Patel and District Superintendent of Police Rahul Tripathi along with their team rushed to the accident site and closely supervised the rescue operations. The district administration pressed in JCB machines to remove salt bags, hard rock salt and wall debris. SP Tripathi said once the rescue operation is concluded and the area is completely cleared, FSL team with local police will investigate the incident. If factory management is found guilty of WOMEN'S WORLD BOXING: NIKHAT STORMS INTO FINAL ZELENSKYY OPENS CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, LINKS WAR AND CINEMA any negligence, a case can be registered against them too, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the persons who died after a wall of a salt factory of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) in Morbi's Halvad collapsed on Wednesday. The Prime Minister also expressed grief at the loss of lives in the mishap. Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs to the kin of the 12 people. Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday expressed his condolences over loss of lives in a wall collapsed in Gujarat's Morbi, and spoke with the state chief minister. P12 Hardik Patel resigns from Cong, takes aim at party leadership STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 MAY Gujarat Congress Committee working president Hardik Patel resigned from the party today after launching an indirect attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying whenever the country faced challenges and the party needed leadership "Congress leaders were enjoying abroad." Patel’s resignation is being seen as a major setback to the Congress party in Gujarat where state assembly polls are slated to be held this year. Patel, who shot into prominence in July 2015 by leading a Patidar reservation movement, in his resignation letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said, the “lack of seriousness about all issues is a major problem with the Congress party's senior leadership.” He observed that whenever the country faced challenges and when the Congress needed leadership, party leaders were enjoying themselves abroad. ''Senior leaders behave as if they hate Gujarat and Gujaratis. How in the world can Congress then expect that the people of Gujarat will see them as an alternative to lead our state?"Taking a potshot at the state Congress leadership, Patel said Gujarat Congress leaders are least bothered to address real issues of the state but are more focussed on ensuring that the leaders who come from Delhi in Gujarat get “chicken sandwich” on time. “It is unfortunate that workers like us, who travel 500 - 600 km in our cars in a single day to meet people, get to see those big leaders of Congress in Gujarat who are least bothered to address real issues in Gujarat but are more focussed on ensuring that chicken sandwich for leaders who have come from Delhi is delivered on time!” Patel said. I am free says Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict after 31 yrs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 MAY AG Perarivalan (50) is a free man after 31 years. He was 19 when he was arrested on 11June, 1991, for buying 9-volt ‘Golden Power’ battery cells for the LTTE man Sivarasan. These batteries were used in the detonator that killed Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May , 1991. He was sentenced to death by a TADA court in 1998. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence the next year but in 2014 commuted it to life imprisonment. After his release today on the orders of the Supreme Court, he said it was a result of his mother’s struggle over the last three decades. From jail, he reached his home in Jolarpettai, Tamil Nadu to FREEDOM The SC on Wednesday invoked its extraordinary powers to do complete justice under Article 142 of the Constitution, as it ordered the release of A.G. Perarivalan, sentenced to life in the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi a rousing welcome. In a brief meeting with the media, Perarivlan said the “honesty” was what gave him and his mother, Arputhammal, the strength to fight for so long.I am free now, Let me breathe, said Perarivalan after he was set free by the Supreme Court today. He served 31 years in prison after he was convicted in the Rajiv Gand- Sheena Bora murder case: SC grants bail to Indrani Mukerjea INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE hi assassination case.The Supreme Court ordered his release after invoking Article 142 of the constitution. Perarivalan was convicted in 1998 for the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai decided on his release. The Tamil Nadu Cabinet had in September 2018 FACT FILE to fight this battle. The verdict is a victory for her struggle.” While the Tamil Nadu chief minister hailed the release as the victory of federalism, CPI General Secretary D Raja welcomed the Supreme Court verdict. He also wanted the Governor to act in accordance with the Constitution and said the verdict raised many questions about the office of the gubernatorial post. Reacting to the SC verdict, BJP state president K Annamalai Wednesday said the party "accepts" the court verdict. Tamil Nadu chief minister M.K. Stalin said the state government will decide on the release of the remaining six convicts . Stalin said the government will study the judgment, discuss with legal experts and then take steps to release the others. The other six life convicts are Nalini, V Sriharan alias Murugan, Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and P. Ravichandran. The Congress expressed pain and disappointment over the release of Perarivalan, and slammed the government for creating "a situation" in the court to get the killer of a former prime minister released for their "petty and cheap politics." Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said today there is a sorrow and fury not only in every Congress worker, but in every citizen who believes in India and Indianness. (See Pg4) WHITE BEAUTY TOTAL CASES 4,31,27,199 ACTIVE CASES 15,647 NEW CASES NEW DELHI, 18 MAY The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to Indrani Mukerjea accused in her daughter's, Sheena Bora, murder case. A bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao noted that she has been in jail for over six years and the trial won't be concluded in near future. The bench also noted that the case is based on circumstantial evidence and that even if 50 per cent of the witnesses are given up by the prosecution, the trial would not get over soon. During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Mukerjea, submitted before the top court that his client has been in jail for more than six years and taking into account the ongoing state of affairs it is apparent that the trial will not come to an end in 10 years. "Six and a half years she has been in jail. The trial is not going to end in the next 10 years," he submitted before the court. The top court asked Rohatgi, how many witnesses are there in the case. Rohatgi responded that 185 witnesses are yet to be examined. He added that no witness has been examined in the past one and half years, and her husband is already on bail. Rohatgi further submitted Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin meets AG Perarivalan and his mother in Chennai on Wednesday. recommended his release to the governor but the latter took no action. The Supreme Court held that delay on the part of the governor to grant pardon under Article 161 is subject to judicial review. In 2018, Perarivalan approached the top court aggrieved by the delay in his release despite a recommendation by the Tamil Nadu government to release him. In March this year, the top court granted him bail. An emotionally charged Perarivalan recounted the trauma of his mother, “She has faced lots of humiliations, insult, and pain over these years. Despite that, she has fought for justice for 31 years. The honesty in (this) case was what gave both of us the strength 1,829 NEW RECOVERIES 2,549 TOTAL DEATHS 5,24,293 that the trial court has been vacant without a presiding officer since June, 2021. He also informed the top court that his client is also not well. "My husband is on bail. This lady is not well. She is suffering," he said. Mukherjea has been in jail since her arrest in the murder case in 2015. Recently Mukerjea created a sensation by sending a letter to the CBI claiming that her daughter Sheena Bora was alive. The CBI has made it clear this particular angle will not be taken up, unless there is an intervention from the court. In April 2012, a case was filed with the Mumbai Police alleging kidnapping and murder of Sheena Bora. In 2015, the CBI took up the investigation. Indira was arrested and so was her husband Peter Mukerjea, who was granted bail in March 2020. In December last year, Indrani wrote a letter to the CBI stating that she would move the special court to record the statement of an inmate who had claimed to have met Bora in Kashmir. UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2022 Bengal recorded 26 cases and zero deaths A white peacock spreads its feathers in its enclosure at Alipore Zoo, in Kolkata on Wednesday. ANI He said during his three years stint in the party, he found that the Congress party and its leadership both at the central and state level have been merely reduced to opposing everything. Referring to Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and implementation of GST, Patel said India wanted solutions for these issues for a long time and Congress only played the role of a “roadblock and was always only obstructive”. Patel said Gujarat Congress has weakened the party and diluted many issues of public importance - all for “humongous personal financial gains”. He said Congress today has been rejected in almost every state of India because the party and its leadership have not been able to present a basic roadmap to the people. Meanwhile, the Congress party has said that it has not received Hardik's resignation either in soft or hard copy. "The party leaders have heard this from social media, and through media that he has resigned," said Manish Doshi, spokesman of the Congress. Citing personal reasons, Delhi Lt.Governor Baijal resigns SNS AND AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 18 MAY Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday tendered his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind, sources said. According to the sources, Baijal resigned citing personal reasons. A 1969 batch IAS officer from the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre, Baijal served as the 21st Lt Governor of Delhi for a period of five years and four months from December 31, 2016 to May 18, 2022. As the Lt Governor, he had been at loggerheads with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over several issues. Baijal had also served as Union Home Secretary during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Besides, Baijal has also served as the Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chairman and MD of Indian Airlines, CEO of Prasar Bharati, Development Commissioner of Goa, Commissioner (Sales Tax and Excise) of Delhi. He also served as a member of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy chaired by SP Prabhu, currently Minister for Railways. State of Inequality Report points at income disparities STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 MAY According to the State of Inequality in India report, the share of the top 1 per cent accounts for 6-7 per cent of total incomes earned, while the top 10 per cent accounts for one-third of all incomes earned, indicating the level of income inequality in the country. The report also mentions income data from 2019-20 which shows that a monthly salary of Rs 25,000 is already amongst the top 10 per cent of total incomes earned, again pointing towards high levels of income disparity. The State of Inequality in India Report was released today by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. In 2019-20, among different employment categories, the highest percentage was selfemployed workers (45.78 per cent), followed by regular salaried workers (33.5 per cent) and casual workers (20.71 per cent). The share of selfemployed workers also happens to be the highest in the lowest income categories. The country’s unemployment rate is 4.8 per cent (2019-20), and the worker population ratio is 46.8 per cent. The report has been compiled by the Institute for Competitiveness and presents a holistic analysis of the depth and nature of inequality in CMYK The State of Inequality in India Report was released by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the PM India. The report has also compiled information on inequities across sectors of health, education, and the labor market. As the report presents, inequities in these sectors make the population more vulnerable and trigger a descent into multidimensional poverty. Consisting of two parts – Economic Facets and SocioEconomic Manifestations – the report looks at five key areas that influence the nature and experience of inequality. These are income distribution and labor market dynamics, health, education, and household characteristics. The report stretches the narrative on inequality by presenting a comprehensive analysis that shapes the ecosystem of various deprivation in the country. It is a study that cuts across the intersections of class, gender, and region and highlights how inequality affects society. The report focuses on income distribution to understand the capital flow, the report emphasizes that wealth concentration as a measure of inequality does not reveal the changes in the purchasing capacity of households. As per the report, in the area of health infrastructure, there has been a considerable improvement in increasing the infrastructural capacity with a targeted focus on rural areas. From 1, 72,608 total health centers in India in 2005, total health centers in 2020 stand at 1, 85,505. The reports point out that though 58.6 per cent of women received antenatal check-ups in the first trimester in 201516, which increased to 70 per cent by 2019-21 and 78 per cent of women received postnatal care from a doctor or auxiliary nurse within two days of delivery, and 79.1 per cent of children received postnatal care within two days of delivery, nutritional deprivation and prevalence of anemia remain areas of concern.
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