TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JULY 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 UDDHAV MOVES SC SEEKING STAY ON ECI PROCEEDINGS ON SHINDE’S PLEA PARTHA DISCHARGED FROM AIIMS, ED CUSTODY TILL 3 AUG P3 RUSSIAN GOAL TO OUST UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT P5 PATEL BREAKS DHONI'S 17-YEAR-OLD RECORD P10 P12 WEATHER Don't support corruption: Mamata Thunderstorms with gusty winds likely. Temperature will be in the range of 30-26 degrees Celsius. Chief minister lashed out Bharatiya Janata Party, Left for dragging in her name RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA 25 JULY Max. 89% wo days after senior minister Partha Chatterjee’s arrest, chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said she does not support “corruption or any wrongdoing” and if anyone is found guilty then he should be life-imprisoned while distancing herself from the Trinamul Congress leader added that her party never spares the guilty, even if he’s a minister. Miss Banerjee nonetheless said that it was to be seen whether the incident occurred or was created. “We don’t know what had actually happened and whether it was a trap or not,” she said. She further said that BJP was wrong if it thought it can break her party by engaging agencies saying: "If anyone is found guilty, he or she must be punished, but I condemn any malicious campaign against me. The truth must come out but within a time frame." State commerce and industry minister Chatterjee was arrested on Saturday on money-laundering charges linked to the TEMPERATURE Min. 83% Max: 30°C (-5) Min: 26°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:05 hrs 18:20 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 02:41 hrs 16:46 hrs Full moon on 28 JULY THUMBNAILS BJP supporters hold National flags during the first-ever Tiranga Bike rally from Lal Chowk to Kargil War Memorial to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas, at the Clock Tower, in Srinagar on Monday. ANI Trainee aircraft crashes in Pune farm: A trainee aircraft crashed in a farm in Kadbanwadi village of Indapur taluka in the Pune district of Maharashtra due to suspected power loss on Monday. Aircraft belonging to Carver Aviation crashed around 11.30 am today. 22yr-old trainee pilot Bhavika Rathod was injured in the incident. T Opposition accuses govt of disrespecting Kharge at Murmu’s oath-taking Enforcement Directorate. Addressing a programme to award Bangabhusan, Bangabibhusan and Mahanayak Samman at Nazrul Mancha today, Miss Banerjee said: “I’m extremely sad and shocked. I can’t believe that anyone could do such a thing. “Please remember, an injured tigress can be dangerous. Please do not play with fire. If anyone has done wrong, prosecute him. But do not touch me. I know how to fight back, for I have done nothing wrong. Take three monthtime, but get to the bottom of the SSC scam, use fast-track courts and within three months get to the bottom of this. If anyone is found guilty then action should be taken against him,” she added. Condemning the CPI-M and BJP for dragging her name into the controversy, Miss Banerjee said: “Don’t try to involve me in this. If you touch me, I know how to fight it out. I have never bowed down before any threat. If you smear ink on me then I will smear coal tar. You should remember that I also know everything about your skeletons. Shall I also bring out photos of your leaders?” she asked adding: “We would neither interfere in the judicial process nor extend our support.” Four Congress MPs suspended for entire Monsoon session over ‘unruly behaviour’ NEW DELHI, 25 JULY ist), and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Rejecting the Opposition's charge, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Congress leader was given a seat in the first row. "To respect the position of Mallikarjun Kharge, he was provided with a seat in the first row.When he still complained that it was on the corner, the staff offered to move him to the centre, but he refused," he said. "On Saturday, for the farewell function, he was duly invited. He had been allotted a seat close to the PM. But he did not show up. In a way, it was an insult to the outgoing President, the Chairman, and the Speaker," the minister added. Four Congress MPs were suspended from Lok Sabha for the entire Monsoon session on Monday after they displayed placards and disrupted the Parliament proceedings despite a warning by Speaker Om Birla. The suspended Congress MPs are- Manickam Tagore, TN Prathapan, Jothimani and Ramya Haridas. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi later moved a resolution to suspend the four MPs. The House then passed the resolution by voice vote and Rajendra Agarwal, who was chairing the House proceedings, announced their suspension. The MPs were suspended according to Rule 374 for ‘unruly and disrespectful behaviour towards the Chair.’ Sources said that the four MPs were suspended as they showed placards in the House despite promising the Speaker to cooperate in the smooth functioning of the House. According to the sources, Birla had warned the Opposition MPs that members might be asked to leave the House if they continued protesting after 3 pm. Following the warning, all MPs met in the Speaker’s room. The Opposition parties had at the time promised Speaker Birla to not create a ruckus in the House. But despite their assurance, the MPs displayed placards when the House resumed after 3 pm. Earlier, Lok Sabha pro- ceedings were adjourned till 3 pm amid Opposition protests over price rise. Speaker Om Birla had warned the protesting members, including from the Congress, TMC and DMK, that those who continue to shout slogans, and display placards will have to do it outside the House after 3 pm. When the House resumed after 3 pm, a visibly irked Birla told the Opposition that the government was ready to discuss issues raised by them and stressed that people want the House to function. Droupadi Murmu was today sworn in as the 15th President of India, becoming the first tribal and the second woman to occupy the highest constitutional post in the country. Incidentally, she is also the youngest president who was born in an independent India. At a ceremony held at the Central Hall of Parliament, Murmu was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana. Present at the ceremony at which outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind formally handed over the charge to her were Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers, chief ministers, and MPs from different parties. In an emotional speech after taking charge of the highest office in the land, Murmu recalled her humble background, narrating how she started her journey of life from a small tribal village in Odisha. ''It is a tribute to the power of our democracy that a daughter born in a poor house in a remote tribal area can reach the highest constitutional position in India.'' Parliamentarians repeatedly clapped as the new president went on to say that her election was proof of the fact that the poor in India could have dreams and fulfil them too. ''And it is a matter of great sat- isfaction for me that those who have been deprived for centuries and those who have been denied the benefits of development, those poor, downtrodden, backwards and tribals are seeing their reflection in me,'' the 64-year-old leader said. She promised that she would discharge her duties with utmost sincerity in the light of the Constitution. ''For me, the democratic-cultural ideals of India and all the citizens will always be my source of energy,'' she assured the nation. Murmu, the NDA's candidate, was elected the country's president last week, defeating joint Opposition nomineeYashwant Sinha by a massive margin. With Murmu occupying the highest office in the country, India has made yet another great stride toward the empowerment of the socially backward sections of society. Her elevation is seen as an inspiration for these deprived sections. Born in a Santali tribal family on June 30, 1958, in Uparbeda village coming under Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, she had her education from Bhubaneswar and went on to work first as a junior assistant in the State Irrigation and Power Department from 1979 to 1983. After this short stint as a clerk, she became a teacher at Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre at Rairangpur till 1997. Murmu took a political plunge in 1997 by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was first elected as the councillor of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat and then went on to become the chairperson of the same panchayat in 2000. Later, she also served as the national vice president of the BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha. Murmu became a member of the council of ministers in the BJP and Biju Janata Dal coalition government in Odisha, first becoming the minister of state with independent charge for commerce and transportation from March 2000 to August 2022 and then minister for fisheries and animal resources development from August 2002 to May 2004. In 2015, Murmu became the first woman governor of Jharkhand. She also became the first woman tribal leader from Odisha to be appointed as the governor of a state. During her political journey, she faced several lows in life, including the deaths of her husband and two sons. But she overcame all the challenges with fortitude and now becomes the new occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. that I am afraid but I don’t fear anyone. Our government does not support any thief or dacoit.” She said that she is entitled to get Rs 1 lakh Parliament pension and Rs 2 lakh as CM but she has not drawn a single penny out of this monthly Rs 3 lakh in the last 11 years. “I did not take any salary when I was Railway minister. Mine is a voluntary service. I always pay for my tea. The money I get is from the royalty of my books, some of which are bestsellers and for writing lyrics of songs. Miss Banerjee said that the woman (Arpita) is not related to either her party or her government. “I went to a Durga Puja pandal where the organisers had invited a woman on the stage. This woman is learnt to be the ex-education minister’s (Partha Chatterjee) friend. Now how am I supposed to know this?” she questioned. “And if that is the case, then what about Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, who were seen clicking photos with the Prime Minister himself? What about the PM Cares Fund?” she questioned. Miss Banerjee also India records 16,866 fresh Covid cases, 41 deaths in last 24 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE India reported 16,866 fresh Covid cases and 41 deaths in the last 24 hours, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. With this, India’s active caseload now stands at 1,50,877 with active cases now constituting 0.34% of the country’s total positive cases. Murmu takes oath as India’s 15th President ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 25 JULY Miss Banerjee said that the SSC case pertains to some years back but it wasn’t reported in the media right then. “Over 1 lakh people have got jobs, and if there are 200 complaints, what about the 1 lakh who got the jobs? Anyone who has committed a crime, should and will be brought to book. But a media trial before the verdict is something I will not support,” she said. Asserting that she did not support corruption or any wrongdoing, Miss Banerjee said: “Supporting corruption is neither my passion nor profession. If I didn’t say anything today then people would have said NEW DELHI, 25 JULY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JULY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The Opposition today accused the government of showing disrespect to Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, saying he was made to sit in a seat not commensurate with his position at the swearing-in ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu. In a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, they said "We are writing to express our shock and protest at this deliberate disrespect shown to a very senior leader violating the warrant of precedence and not in accordance with protocol courtesies due to him." The letter, shared by Congress communication incharge Jairam Ramesh on his Twitter account, is signed by leaders of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marx- school jobs scam. He was accused of allegedly illegal appointments of schoolteachers and staff in government-run schools when he was education minister. Around Rs 20 crore in cash was found from the house of a close associate of Mr Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee. Mr Chatterjee was arrested after midnight. The Enforcement Directorate said the minister was in contact with Miss Mukherjee and that the cash found in her home was "proceeds of crime". Meanwhile, an Arrest Memo of ED revealed that Mr Chatterjee had made three calls to the chief minister after his arrest but all three went unanswered. He had chosen Miss Banerjee for his call to a "relative/friend whom the person taken in custody intends to inform". His first call to her, after his arrest at around 1.55 am, was made at 2.33 am. He called again at 3.37 am and 9.35 am, but without luck. The Trinamul Congress had denied the calls. Senior leader Firhad Hakim had said yesterday that there was "no question" of the arrested minister calling Mamata Banerjee as his phone was with the As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.46% with 18,148 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,32,28,670. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 4.49 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 7.03 percent, as per the data. questioned the reason behind shifting Mr Chatterjee to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for treatment despite premier hospitals like SSKM, RG Kar, NRS and other medical colleges in the state. “We have so many reputed government medical colleges and hospitals as well as private nursing homes here. But instead of these institutions, why do you want to take him to AIIMS Bhubaneswar and Commando Hospital? The main aim is to opt for an institute that has a central gover nment’s touch. What is the intention behind such a move? This is an insult to Bengal,” she said. Complaining about delayed justice, Miss Banerjee said justice is yet to be delivered for the Tapasi Mallick murder and Nandigram incident. “Even though the Sarada scam occurred during the Left Front’s regime, our people were nabbed for it and though 10 years have passed, no one knows the fate of the case. Again, 22 years have passed but CBI is yet to recover Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel,” she said. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,39,05,621 ACTIVE CASES 1,50,877 NEW CASES 16,866 NEW RECOVERIES 18,148 TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,074 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 25 JULY 2022 Bengal recorded 1,094 cases and 7 deaths
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